Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 11/14/2022
New music is due from Heather Trost, Dives, and Ilpo Väisänen, while older music is due from Man Or Astroman, Second Woman, and the Legendary Pink Dots.
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CAT #: 202020 007LPGALAXIE 500 Today LP
2022 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."
CAT #: 202020 008LPGALAXIE 500 On Fire LP
2022 repress. "On Fire is widely recognized as the canonic pinnacle of Galaxie 500's career. The artwork conveys this, with a low-angle shot of the band, looking up towards an amber sky. This record marked the realization of their signature sound. Nowhere is it clearer than on the album opener, 'Blue Thunder,' the closest a song can come to waves crashing on a beach in song form. Lyrically inconsequential, with a chorus composed entirely of 'las', the track's power lies in a systematic build and break of intensity that reaches a Spector-like climax. It is the quintessential Galaxie 500 song, encapsulating all that was great about the band. For the first time since its original pressing, On Fire 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."
CAT #: 202020 009LPGALAXIE 500 This Is Our Music LP
2022 repress. "After producing two albums celebrated by a thirsty underground network of fans, Galaxie 500 released what turned out to be their unexpected swansong, This Is Our Music. The title is an intentionally declarative statement. After being labeled masters of the disengaged and forlorn, Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang delivered a full-length comprised of their most stately material. Here, one can hear potential realized, as well as changes afoot. For the first time since its original pressing, This Is Our Music 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."
CAT #: AKU 1031CDKADEF ABGI Diva Of Deva Loka CD
Kadef Abgi came together in a serendipitous way. Devin Brahja Waldman was walking up St. Laurent borough in Montreal when he heard an otherworldly voice emanating from the venue Divan Orange. He walked in and listened to the singer on stage. When he was done, Devin walked over to him. After a short exchange about playing a house show in a couple of days, Ziad Qoulaii told Devin that he was available for all his projects. Shortly thereafter, Devin and Ziad met up at Mathieu Pelletier-Gagnon's studio with Anas Jellouf and Hamza Lahmadi. Later on, Anas Hejam, Vicky Mettler, and guitarist Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, The Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Karkhana, Land Of Kush) joined. The music materialized in a natural, collectively improvised way, without any compositions or ideas discussed beforehand -- and without second takes. From there, Waldman began editing and mixing. Ala Dehghan painted the album's great artwork. A single composer's imagination would not have produced Diva Of Deva Loka as it is music created from a collective consciousness unfolding in real time. The album has its roots in each musician's sonic experience: this includes Arabic music including most notably Moroccan Gnawa -- as well as rock n' roll, jazz, and the avant-garde. Devin Brahja Waldman is a New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer. He has performed with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, along many other artists. He has also accompanied his aunt, the poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. He leads a NYC/Montreal-based band, B R A H J A, performs in Heroes Are Gang Leaders and is a member of Artists For A Free World Marching Band. Along with Anne Waldman and his cousin Ambrose Bye, Waldman co-directs Fast Speaking Music -- a still-active music and poetry label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Meredith Monk, CA Conrad, and many others. Vinyl replica style CD.
CAT #: AKU 1033CDYUNIS Mulid El-Magnoun CD
Mulid El-Magnoun addresses the term "moulid" and its various manifestations it takes on in Egyptian folk music. Here, the word "moulid" does not exclusively refer to Sufi moulids: rather also the intertwined artistic spaces that lie between the moulid in its Sufi sense and what it carries in distinctive rhythmic patterns, musical instruments, and artistic forms, and the moulid as a musical genre originating from folk weddings that enjoy special aesthetics and unique styles. Through this project, YUNIS tries to explore the spaces where those two concepts collide through producing an original musical composition which reflects his own vision and understanding of "moulids" as well as the manifestations the word carries within him. Deluxe limited CD in a 350grm vinyl replica gatefold sleeve; printed on reverse cardboard; edition of 300.YUNIS (b. 1994 - Kafr El-Dauwar) is an Egyptian musician and music producer. He has produced two albums until now; The Blue Djinn Dance which was his first solo album, and Ya Khal which was a collaborative work with Ibrahim X. He is also a co-founder of Kafr El-Dauwar Records, an independent digital record label interested in contemporary and experimental music, founded by a group of young artists with the aim of creating a musical movement in the city, by supporting a group of artists to start their music from Kafr El-Dauwar with the potential of going with the music to the farthest point it could arrive. In his music, YUNIS seeks inspiration from the popular Egyptian folkloric heritage, which boasts many instruments, tools, and musical styles. He then reads and analyzes the musical legacy and presents it with the forms of his contemporary time.
CAT #: AKU 1034CDSUZUKI AND SPIRITCZUALIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER, DAMO Arkaoda CD
As a traveler-without-age, Damo Suzuki has been touring all over space-time. Presenting the light of "instant composing" to new generations, he refers to his makeshift collaborators as sound-carriers. Exactly fifty years after the release of the profoundly iconic Ege Bamyasi (1972), you can hear his voice on yet another fantastic album, as in "derived from fantasy." Manifested from the meeting with Spiritczualic Enhancement Center -- an eight-piece group of self-proclaimed disciples from the CAN University have gathered at Arkaoda (Turkish for "backroom"). Named after the place in Berlin where it was recorded, this release freewheels down the "Autobahn of Consciousness" as it swerves along that ancestral road. A witness of this session was quoted calling it "unfiltered, freeform, de-programming music." The album's three volatile tracks -- "U," "Ra," and "Beya" -- are unity-enhancing, non-boolean excerpts from this serendipitous symposium at the beginning of 2020 (just before the new measures). Let your children hear this! Deluxe limited CD in a 350grm vinyl replica sleeve; printed on reverse cardboard; edition of 400."Damo was so natural, like a zen master, a spiritual elder. He spoke to us in kind, authentic, deep mannerisms -- and yet, was so approachable, not the least apparent in the fact that he immediately said 'yes, sure' to my offer to partake in some Hashish smoking -- and we sat and laughed and spoke for hours ... rather philosophically and intellectually, you could say, but in a way that seemed so easygoing nonetheless. I was moved by this, as I didn't know what to expect -- there was this anticipation that he'd be 'too big' and kinda feel above us, but this feeling was not there in the slightest. We were merged, from the start. And this felt like his secret, the way by which he's able to tour and play with completely new musicians every time, for decades. And it isn't a method or a tactic." --words from Spiritczualic Enhancement Center.
CAT #: AKU 1035CDCRANKSHAW & THE DEAD MAURIACS, EVAN Expedition CD
Expedition is a collaboration between sound artist The Dead Mauriacs (aka Olivier Prieur) and collage artist Evan Crankshaw, based on their mutual interest in treating exotica as both a subject and a material. Evan Crankshaw's 2015 collage book, also entitled Expedition, is assembled and collaged by hand from a vast archive of popular exoticist printed materials, and explores recurring motifs in expedition narratives, simultaneously evoking and alienating the exoticist fantasy. In 2018, the book was interpreted for a live performance at Festival BBMix in collaboration with The Dead Mauriacs, who created a complete exotica-concre?te score accompanying projected images of the book and live narration. That collaboration can be heard on this album, an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of an imagined actual elsewhere, stitched from pieces of narcotizing fabulisms, disturbing actualities, and incomprehensibilities -- an interior excursion into the exotic immensity. Evan Crankshaw is a collage artist residing in North Carolina and the host of Explorers Room on WFMU's Give The Drummer Radio. The Dead Mauriacs' music is a journey into post-industrial landscapes, concrete exotica, Ballardian dystopia: a joyful nightmare. It is Olivier Prieur's art and music project. Gatefold CD sleeve.
CAT #: AKU 1037LPBERROCAL/DAVID FENECH/VINCENT EPPLAY, JAC Transcodex LP
Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, and Vincent Epplay are back with a true gem of an album: Transcodex. Turning more towards pop than in their beginnings, this fourth record follows the footsteps of their previous album, Exterior Lux (AKU 1026LP, 2021). The trio seems limitless: they experiment with a large variety of styles (pop, dub, electronica, dark jazz), always colored by their very own touch. Jac Berrocal's trumpet, richer than ever, plays over an ever-changing sonic landscape engineered by the duet of musicians/producers Vincent Epplay and David Fenech. For this album, they invited two amazing musicians: Jah Wobble (founding member of Public Image Ltd and collaborator of African Head Charge, Brian Eno, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Evan Parker, Sinéad O'Connor) plays deep bass lines on two tracks and Jean-Hervé Peron (founding member of the German band Faust, and who recorded with Tony Conrad, Nurse With Wound, Pascal Comelade) brings his prowess to two tracks as well. Peron writes lyrics in French, German, and Russian -- and plays the French horn like no one else/ The closing track of the A side is a tribute to Christophe Bevilacqua (1945-2020), friend to Jac Berrocal. The song summons the place Bevilacqua used to live in: an Art Deco flat on Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris. Even if its intentions are clear, Transcodex does not reveal all its secrets right away. It's up to you to find the solution, the key, the Transcodex yourself. It must be revisited over and over again for its beauty to be fully revealed.
CAT #: AKU 1038LPSTAMOU, TASOS Balkan Express LP
Contrarily to the rest of Tasos Stamou's experimental discography, the musician's latest album Balkan Express has a more obscure electro-folk approach. It consists of seven pieces, all recorded with seven different vintage electric keyboards from Stamou's own collection, blended with oriental acoustic solos. Since Stamou grew up in the Balkans in the '80s, he wanted to pay homage to the essence of the sound of the era that unintentionally shaped a whole culture. It was when these inexpensive, available-to-all electronic keyboards with synth sounds and drum machines replaced traditional Balkan folk music ensembles. The acoustic instruments solos and melodies of the album were influenced by local traditions and the heritage of the Ottoman music. Balkan Express is meant to be a time capsule taking the listener to the folk-wave retro-Balkan subculture. Tasos Stamou is an electroacoustic music composer and performer, alternative electronic instrument maker, instructor and sound technician. He explores the gap between ancient and contemporary transcendental music, using both traditional and advanced media. For ten years, he has been performing and recording, developing a unique style of live electroacoustic composition.
ALIEN TRANSISTOR (GERMANY)
CAT #: N 083LPWHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR? What Are People For? LP
What Are People For? make the perfect kind of dystopic dance music for our times. Born from a collaboration between artist Anna McCarthy and musician/producer Manuela Rzytki, the band could be the illicit lovechild of Tom Tom Club and Throbbing Gristle, displaying the ideal balance of hip shaking vibes and dark provocative content. On their collaborative debut, McCarthy and Rzytki share songwriting duties. The album was produced by Rzytki herself. They are joined by Paulina Nolte on backing vocals and Tom Wu on drums, while Keith Tenniswood mastered the record. The whole project stems from a publication and exhibition by McCarthy laying the foundations for the content and lyrics of the album, which is humorous, poetic and political. As a lyricist, McCarthy uses her storytelling ability to explore anxieties and desires, digging into free surreal word associations reminiscent of Su Tissue's tongue in cheek experiments with Suburban Lawns, but also explosive and gripping like a Kae Tempest rap. Rzytki's precise sonic palette and talent at penning structured bangers perfectly complement McCarthy's playful and subversive language manipulations. Rzytki's beats are rooted in old school hip-hop loop principles and an authentic love for the analog. Her use of an array of synthesizers and other "real" instruments adds to WAPF's depth, soul and sincerity. Throughout the album, lyrical themes revolve around underground aspects of society, violence, political ideologies, sexuality, and mysticism. "73", with its drum machine hysteria and hypnotic synth basses is a text collage written on the 73 bus through London, consisting of situations and conversation snippets encountered along the way. "Nursery Rhyme" brings more soothing incantations. There is definitely an affinity for fairytales, albeit adult ones and especially the anarchistic ones such as The Moomins, who were a consistent influence on the band. WAPF? have absorbed and digested a variety of influences. Trip hop, punk, and techno are rubbing shoulders on "Party Time". "Mz. Lazy" starts like an invitation to meditation and references Gertrude Stein's book Ida in which she develops the idea that publicity is a new religion and people are now famous for being famous. "Fantasize", on its part, is raw, sexual, and liberating while the closing track "Bring Back the Dirt" is a welcome hymn into a world that is becoming more and more sanitized. While exploring deep subject matters throughout their album, WAPF? manage to remain satirical, exciting and funny. WAPF? is a rare combination of contemporary punk energy, irresistible groove, absurdist dry humor and astounding depth of field. Includes printed inner and insert; also includes download code; edition of 500.
CAT #: ARBITRARY 013CDSCOTT, RICHARD Delirious Cartographies CD
Arbitrary presents Delirious Cartographies by composer, improviser, and synthesist Richard Scott. "These compositions capture aspects of my personal sonic experience of specific times and places. Extending beyond my usual work with analog synthesizer, these pieces open the doors and windows to the outside world, incorporating field and live recordings made in various locations and situations. Rather than intending any clear sense of narrative, these are molecular dialogues between elements and geographies which do not necessarily share organic points of connection, other than my own incomplete experience and memory of them." The final piece "6 Graphic Etudes" (included as digital prints) is intended as a set of visual/sonic sketches, each of which describes a discrete kind of movement or texture. These may have a variety of uses; as musical exercises, as scores, combined as parts of scores, or simply as stand-alone visual propositions/artworks. The pieces were composed between 2017 and 2021 at Sound Anatomy, Berlin, Spektrum Berlin, EMS Stockholm, NOVARS, University of Manchester University, Boliqueime, Portugal and the Electronic Music Studios University of Huddersfield. As well as various microphones, hydrophones and recorders, the instruments used on this recording are mostly analog and modular synthesizers: Hordijk Modular, Serge Modular, EMS Synthi A, various Eurorack modules, Buchla Thunder midi controller, Oberheim Xpander, Clavia Nord Micro Modular, CataRT and maxMSP, Rob Hordijk Blippoo box. On "Thunder, actually bicycles..." Axel Do?rner plays a Holton Firebird trumpet with additional live-sampling via maxMSP and a controller interface developed by Sukandar Kartadinata. Written and produced by Richard Scott. Drawings by Richard Scott. Graphic design by Mads Emil Nielsen. Mastered and cut by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Part of the Danish imprint's Framework editions. Includes six printed drawings as well as a text by Scott. CD version comes in a digipak.
CAT #: ASSO 010LPJAY, TOMMY Tommy Jay's Tall Tales Of Trauma 2LP
Classic release from 2016. R.I.P. Tommy Jay. Assophon present an expanded reissue of Tommy Jay's Tall Tales Of Trauma, originally released on cassette in 1986. "Tucked away between I-71 & US-62 lies nestled the quaint, speed trap hamlet of Harrisburg, Ohio. With its humble ambience, affable familiarity, weekend fish fries and Christian B&B ('mind the sherry, brother, for it is the Lords nectar'), blink twice and you might think you've been transported into a 21st century Winesburg, Ohio. Only now the emphasis is on a new chapter, 'The songsmith-concerning Tommy Jay'. In a converted barn just off Main St, Jay and friends have been forging a massive catalog of music, both original and cover variations, for a solid four decades. Fellow towns-person and erstwhile participant, one Mike 'Rep' Hummel (Serpent Mound expert, croquet enthusiast) was the first to make these recordings available when he issued a cassette of the proceedings under the title, Tommy Jay's Tall Tales Of Trauma via his homespun DIY label, Old Age/No Age, in 1986. For anyone prescient enough to lock in back then, they were staggered by talent, far removed from the stars of High Street (Great Plains, Gibson Bros, Willie Phoenix). A singer/songwriter par excellence, Tommy Jay ably forged a hybrid of pre-speedball Stephen Stills with post Iron Cross-headed Lou Reed, the results of which come across as both effortless and visionary. Some 20 years later, Tall Tales would finally receive it's long deserved elevation to the vinyl format (this time through Columbus Discount Records), and was now being heard by a new generation of ears, garnered immediate success, quickly sold out and inexplicably was never repressed. In the intervening limbo, copies were more sought than found, lucky bumpkins forking upwards to three figures for pride of ownership. Recently, Assophon, a US label with Jim Rockford-like determination, swooped in to un-fuck this glaring wart. Plus, time and patience being the powerful warriors they are, the new, expanded edition is brimming with a whole second platter of hoot; 13 unreleased tracks what's rarely been discerned this side of Tony's Coney's. Which all goes to say that the new and improved, 30th anniversary edition of Tommy Jay's Tall Tales Of Trauma is, to paraphrase the words of the late, great Randy Poffo, 'The record the whole world, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus... Or anywhere else is waiting for'." --Tom Lax Lynx.
AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)
CAT #: AUS 016LPVON ERCKERT, DAMIANO The Past The Present The Future 2LP
Damiano von Erckert's The Past The Present The Future lands on Aus Music. TPTPTF is Damiano's third studio album and sees him perfectly balancing rave euphoria with more cuddly intimate moments moving effortlessly from deep Detroit techno to the spacious kraut sounds associated with his homeland. The Past The Present The Future has depth substance and timelessness all packaged beautifully by design and art legend Eike Koenig. The Past The Present The Future is for all independent thinking romantics and specialists looking for urban melancholy and the feeling of freedom and security. It is for those who find themselves in the dust and rain of the night darkness. It serves people who are determined to conquer their inner fears and readjust the orientation of their minds to banish stress, anger and despair from their lives. Finally, it is the soundtrack for lovers and fighters who want to slow down time and create new patterns to open up new dimensions in their lives as ravers, dancers and people of the night. It is about forgotten fragments of past sounds and the simplicity of clubbing.
CAT #: AUS 176EPDJ TENNIS Repeater 12"
Life and Death founder Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis debuts on Aus Music with Repeater -- here he delves deep into his own cosmos creating two cuts that are uniquely spacey whilst playful and powerful. DJ Seinfeld needs no introduction. His DJ Kicks mix and debut album for Ninja Tune have both been critically acclaimed. His rave-y mix of "Repeater" is a tension builder, his version simmers away for seven minutes patiently dropping metallic stabs and Detroit FM synths licks. Manfredi's career spans over two decades as agent, manager, promoter, label owner, DJ, and producer. His releases are few and far between so.
CAT #: AVE66 017EPMOIRE Circuits Remixes 12"
Moiré's rain-streaked and masterful Circuits (AVE66 013LP) album dropped in September 2022. RA's Andrew Ryce stated the eight-track album cast the shadowy producer into "a rarefied air occupied by the only the finest and most influential of ambient techno artists." Now, in short order, the label returns with a remix EP charting out multiple hubs of oblique dancefloor innovation. If there's a sonic motif on the A-side, it's vastly reactive interpretations of the "factory floor" element that inspired techno's pioneers. Matthew Herbert, a pioneering force in his own right, mixes steam engine percussion with the dreamy atmospherics of "Circuit 15" and comes up with eight minutes of cerebral machine funk. Tolouse Low Trax, meanwhile, continues his masterclass in modern motorik on his remix of "Circuit 7," integrating a chiming piano into a fascinating, perfectly-timed 110 BPM rhythm. The B-side, meanwhile, doubles down on the oneiric nature of the original material. Workshop head and Avenue 66 alumnus Lowtec builds allows the synths of "Circuit 04" to billow into Gas-like immersive layering, sheets of melody are anchored by a restrained beat for an ambient techno track that doesn't tip the scales too far in one direction or the other. Rather, it achieves a perfect balance. Hamburg/Dial mainstay Lawrence closes things out with his version of "Circuit 18," which also concludes the original album. While the original has a wistful, Deckard's dream quality, Lawrence's version is deeply-rooted in the late-night German style; a low-slung bassline will keep dancers deeply rooted while those wistful chords sweep in like the violet before dawn.
BA DA BING!
CAT #: BING 174CDTROST, HEATHER Desert Flowers CD
"As Heather Trost put together her new album Desert Flowers, she imagined herself sitting out on the mesa amidst the arid climate and sand. Even with such little water to survive, wildflowers bloom. This vision is an embellishment of Trost's Albuquerque surroundings, an intersection of rural splendor and emptiness. She remains focused on those purple, yellow and orange flowers with faces beaming up to the sky, thriving on very little. 'How does a flower grow in the desert?' she sings. Desert Flowers postulates the potential for new life. Using the messages from the unconscious during sleep, the record ultimately conceives a bridge to the world beyond one's own. Written and recorded in her home studio, Trost began with harmonic frameworks, allowing the melodies to naturally take root. Introductory track 'Frog And Toad Are Friends' -- yes, named after the book -- is like a surf song from a sci-fi movie. Trost sees it as a mindwipe, 'a playful kind of romp to help shake off the cobwebs and get the bones moving.' The album ripens as it progresses, and 'Sandcastles' best embodies the spirit of the record. Lush strings and bass are complemented by a slow guitar groove, as Trost soulfully fantasizes about Earth's regeneration. 'In time, the bullets and tanks, and all of humanity's violent creations will melt back into mountains and the ocean,' she says. Integral to the record's creation was Trost's cohort in A Hawk & A Hacksaw and record label Living Music Duplication, Jeremy Barnes. 'This album wouldn't sound the way it does without his wonderfully discerning and courageous ear,' she says. Much like her previous two albums, Agistri and Petrichor, the record was primarily recorded at their home studio. Many of the tracks on Desert Flowers were created during difficult years, during which Trost's strident creativity offered a much-needed path to solace. 'Maybe these songs are a bit like desert flowers,' she reflects, 'pushing their way towards the sun, and in turn searching and pushing roots deep into the ground for water. As above, so below, the light and the dark, extroverted and introverted, color and monochrome.'"
CAT #: BING 174LPTROST, HEATHER Desert Flowers LP
LP version. "As Heather Trost put together her new album Desert Flowers, she imagined herself sitting out on the mesa amidst the arid climate and sand. Even with such little water to survive, wildflowers bloom. This vision is an embellishment of Trost's Albuquerque surroundings, an intersection of rural splendor and emptiness. She remains focused on those purple, yellow and orange flowers with faces beaming up to the sky, thriving on very little. 'How does a flower grow in the desert?' she sings. Desert Flowers postulates the potential for new life. Using the messages from the unconscious during sleep, the record ultimately conceives a bridge to the world beyond one's own. Written and recorded in her home studio, Trost began with harmonic frameworks, allowing the melodies to naturally take root. Introductory track 'Frog And Toad Are Friends' -- yes, named after the book -- is like a surf song from a sci-fi movie. Trost sees it as a mindwipe, 'a playful kind of romp to help shake off the cobwebs and get the bones moving.' The album ripens as it progresses, and 'Sandcastles' best embodies the spirit of the record. Lush strings and bass are complemented by a slow guitar groove, as Trost soulfully fantasizes about Earth's regeneration. 'In time, the bullets and tanks, and all of humanity's violent creations will melt back into mountains and the ocean,' she says. Integral to the record's creation was Trost's cohort in A Hawk & A Hacksaw and record label Living Music Duplication, Jeremy Barnes. 'This album wouldn't sound the way it does without his wonderfully discerning and courageous ear,' she says. Much like her previous two albums, Agistri and Petrichor, the record was primarily recorded at their home studio. Many of the tracks on Desert Flowers were created during difficult years, during which Trost's strident creativity offered a much-needed path to solace. 'Maybe these songs are a bit like desert flowers,' she reflects, 'pushing their way towards the sun, and in turn searching and pushing roots deep into the ground for water. As above, so below, the light and the dark, extroverted and introverted, color and monochrome.'"
BANG! RECORDS (SPAIN)
CAT #: BANG 027LPKILL DEVIL HILLS, THE The Drought LP
Killer reissue of the second album by The Kill Devil Hills, The Drought, originally recorded in November 2005, where the band goes toward dirtier and rawer sounds. The band continues in the direction of their first work, Heathen Songs, but adds dirtier nuances and rock. If in the first album you could mention Nick Cave and Hugo Race as influences, in this second one you can easily add The Beasts Of Bourbon to the list of influences, when listening to some of the rawest songs of it. This gang of animals from Perth, Australia, take their swampy folk-blues and take it to a new world of more extreme and wild sounds where melodies and violins create a wall of sound that involuntarily forces you to listen. After their successful tours of Australia and America, The Kill Devil Hills released this album in which they showed you that they were not "the next big thing", they were really a great band with overwhelming live shows. A key band and a pillar of the new emerging and ardent scene that has once again made Australia a hotbed of creativity. Bang! Records returns to edit this band, and as usual, with the quality Bang! Edition of 500.
CAT #: BNSD 070LPRAUELSSON & TATU RONKKO Myriadi LP
Recorded both in Spain and Finland, the 13-track album Myriadi documents Tatu Rönkkö and Raúl Pastor Medall's first standalone collaboration, entirely created, performed and mixed by the pair. With Myriadi, the two artists walk listeners into a world that somehow manages to feel ancient and modern at the same time. It is peaceful and dreamy but also raw, solemn and unsettling. Tatu's improvisational, crude and almost ritualistic sonic approach blends in seamlessly with Raúl's more melodic and melancholic schemes of composition. With its simplicity and clarity, Myriadi belongs in the realms of dark ambient and drone as much as it belongs to a tradition of minimal acoustic music. Myriadi embraces loose ends, harmonic freedom, and even atonality; regardless of whether it involves the sound of glass-blowing water bottles, a small Finnish harp, bell-like sounding metal plates or piano strings played with paint brushes and sticks, the overall improv-based character of the project gives Myriadi a primal, unpredictable, and meditative feel. This spontaneous study of form and timbre has room for bold rhythmic pieces played with a drum set consisting of six floor toms, but also for hypnotic chants of granular flute-like sounds and spoken word poetry (featuring voices by Raúl and Tatu's moms). The spontaneity and lack of premeditation that permeate through Myriadi paradoxically reinforce the cohesiveness of the record. Rauelsson (Raúl Pastor Medall's musical moniker) and Tatu Rönkkö met in 2015 through common friends. They both have released music on the Berlin-based label Sonic Pieces and have collaborated on stage and in the studio on a number of occasions. Tatu appeared as a guest musician on Rauelsson's Mirall (2018) and contributed significantly on some film and TV projects that Raúl has worked on for the last couple of years. For the recording sessions of the dystopian TV Series Anna (2021) Tatu travelled to Spain where they explored countless rhythmic ideas with relatively untraditional instrumentation. These free and relaxed creative meetings led to other recording sessions completely unconnected to any scoring project, planting the seed for what Myriadi would become. RIYL: Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Brian Eno. Mastered by Martyn Heyne at Lichte Studio, Berlin, Germany. Cover art by Tatu Rönkkö. Photo by Saku Soukka.
BEAT RECORDS (ITALY)
CAT #: DDJ 021DLX-CDMARIANO, DETTO La Casa Stregata/Mia Moglie E' Una Strega CD
After Il Ragazzo Di Campagna another release dedicated to maestro Detto Mariano, with this CD release featuring two unreleased soundtracks, La Casa Stregata and Mia Moglie E' Una Strega. Two movies with a common male protagonist, Renato Pozzetto, facing some esoteric plots, in the former movie in a bewitched mansion, in the latter having married a right a witch. Co-star gorgeous Gloria Guida and beautiful Eleonora Giorgi. Two scores waited since a long time by maestro's fans, finally available in full displaying the typical sound of this never too much celebrated artist, unfortunately recently late, to whom Beat Records dedicate this release. The music of La Casa Stregata and Mia Movlie E' Una Strega are in jewel case with a 16-page deluxe booklet, liner notes by Andrea Morandi, master by Claudio Fuiano, graphic layout by Daniele De Gemini.
CAT #: BE 017LPHALLELUJAHS Eat Meat, Swear an Oath LP
Reissue, originally released in 1986. A dreamlike dispatch from mid-80s Japan, the first and only Hallelujahs album is an entrancing and gentle work of psychedelic pop brilliance. In a series of informal studio sessions between 1985 and 1986, Shinji Shibayama (Nagisa Ni Te) gathered a group of friends, emerging luminaries from the burgeoning Kansai underground rock scene including Naoki Zushi (Hijokaidan, Spiral Stairs / ????), Ken Ichi "Idiot" Takayama (Idiot O'Clock), and Chie Mukai (Ché-SHIZU) to form what would become known as Hallelujahs. The result was a music of deep feeling and wonderment created through simple song craft and imbued with a sort of guileless magic. Their sole album presented a set of unvarnished songs, filled with vulnerable, intimate moments, caught on reel to reel, most often in single takes never to be repeated. The album was self-released in 1986 in a micro-edition of 300 copies. It was the first record by Shibayama's now revered ORG Records which would go on to introduce the world to the likes of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Reiko Kudo as well as his own group, Nagisa Ni Te. With affinities to the sounds of the Rough Trade and Flying Nun labels, the Paisley Underground and Galaxie 500, the Hallelujahs' Eat Meat, Swear an Oath is an utterly unique masterpiece that remains a touchstone for generations of like spirited artists in Japan and around the world. Black Editions is proud to present this all-time classic in a deluxe vinyl edition, remastered from the original tapes and presented in a heavy tip-on jacket with textured paper, mounted high quality print, foil stamped finishes and spot colors. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.
CAT #: BE 018LPNAGISA NI TE New Ocean 2LP
Since their first album in 1995, Japan's Nagisa Ni Te has created an enchanting and deeply personal sound world woven from elements of folk, psychedelia, and rock along with wistful melodies and gentle arrangements. Centered on Shinji Shibayama (Hallelujahs) and Masako Takeda's partnership, the group has created intimate, emotionally resonant music that floats and breathes with an ease that can only come from a sort of telepathic chemistry. Released in Japan on the group's 25th anniversary, New Ocean is a clear eyed, expansive collection of songs evoking love and loss, hazy sunshine and looming darkness, human yearning amidst nature's grandeur. Deluxe 45 RPM double-LP, gatefold edition featuring heavy tip-on jackets with embossing, gloss UV and strike through matte coating. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.
CAT #: 9781953691118BROWN, WESLEY Blue in Green Book
"The latest work from the veteran novelist called 'one hell of a writer' by James Baldwin and 'wonderfully wry' by Donald Barthelme: a timely meditation on the psychological impact of police brutality, through the lens of a day in the life of Miles Davis. Written by playwright and novelist Wesley Brown, Blue in Green narrates one evening in August 1959, when, mere weeks after the release of his landmark album Kind of Blue, Miles Davis is assaulted by a member of the New York City Police Department outside of the Birdland jazz club. In the aftermath, we enter the strained relationship between Davis and his wife, Frances Taylor, whom he has recently cajoled into ending her run as a performer on Broadway and retiring from modern dance and ballet altogether. Frances, who is increasingly subject to Davis' temper -- fueled by both his professional envy and substance abuse -- reckons with her upbringing in Christian Science and, through a fateful meeting with Lena Horne, the conflicting demands of motherhood and artistic vocation. Meanwhile, blowing off steam from his beating, Miles speeds across Manhattan in his sports car. Racing alongside him are recollections of a stony, young John Coltrane, a combative Charlie Parker and the stilted world of the Black middle class he's left behind. Wesley Brown (born 1945) is a novelist and playwright. He is the author of novels including Darktown Strutters, Push Comes to Shove and Tragic Magic, which was reissued in 2021 to critical acclaim. He has led an active political life, having held memberships in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. In the early 1970s he spent more than a year in federal prison for refusing induction in the armed services during the Vietnam War. In this time, he drafted his first novel, which was edited by Toni Morrison. He is a professor emeritus of English at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he taught for 26 years. Brown lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia."
BONDAGE MUSIC (GERMANY)
CAT #: BOND 12067LPHOMM, MARKUS After Dark 2x12"
Markus Homm unveils his twelve-track debut LP After Dark on German imprint Bondage Music. An artist with a rich history within deeper house spheres and minimal territories, Markus Homm has been a fixture of the scene for over twenty years with a long list of appearances at renowned institutions, including Panorama Bar, Watergate, Kater Blau, and Tresor. Whether releasing stand-out solo material or collaborating with fellow countryman Mihai Popoviciu, Homm's continual evolution and development have seen him become a staple name within sets of the industry's leading talent. A regular on the imprint with a string of releases dating back to his label debut in 2012 as remixer for Miguel Lobo -- Atemporal, the Romanian-born, Nuernberg-based talent returns to Bondage-Music as he presents his first album on the label. Markus Homm: "The album came together over the period of the last few years. I wanted to find the sweet spot of timeless music you can listen to at home or in a club. A few tracks have been completed also during the worldwide lockdown two years ago, such as the track After Dark. Most of us had the feeling of being in a dark place in life, for myself I always knew things would get better and I was looking forward to the moment, that motivated and inspired me to make my first artist album. After these difficult times, After Dark, just look forward again, and feel new joy." After Dark, a rich collection of eight productions on the vinyl, the album is a carefully crafted project. Starting with "The System", Homm delicately introduces the deep and dubby textures he's so well known for and sets the tone for what is to come. "Generator" builds upon this foundation with a selection of deep, aquatic tones, while "Trespasses" and "Grauzone" subtly pick up the pace and energy, guiding listeners down equally hazy and captivating trips. "Blue Mountain" harnesses skipping drums alongside resonant chords, while title track "After Dark" is an exemplary display of the Romanian's ability to fuse delicate layers of misty pads, intricate percussion and resonant stabs. "I Wish" is a spirited and breezy journey through rich soundscapes guided by floaty vocals, while "Who Are You" concludes the physical package with a twisting production crafted for the after-hours. A display of deep textures, After Dark marks showcases Homm's signature sonics while offering new shades to his sound. Four vinyl-only tracks; 180 gram vinyl.
BUH RECORDS (PERU)
CAT #: BR 135LPVARSOVIA Disenar Y Destruir LP
Diseñar Y Destruir (Design and Destroy) is the second album by Varsovia, an electronic punk project created in Lima at the beginning of 2012 by Dante Gonzales (synthesizers), Fernando Pinzás (synthesizers), and Sheri Corleone (guitar, vocals). Unlike their celebrated debut album Recursos Inhumanos (Inhuman Resources) (BR 065LP, 2014), this new production reflects a greater influence of styles such as industrial music and EBM but maintaining the sound of analog synthesizers as a principle. The lyrics follow a concept based on the period of violence that Peru experienced in the 1980s, with samples of General Juan Velasco Alvarado and songs that refer to situations such as blackouts, bombings of terrorist groups, and the uncertainty of living in the midst of the armed conflict in a city lost in chaos. The songs of Diseñar Y Destruir were recorded between 2015 and 2017 and finished during 2021. This process was marked by the exit of Corleone (when she moved to the Netherlands) and the entry of Carla Vallenas as lead singer, with whom the first version of the album was recorded, and a promotional video was released. During this period, the band shared the stage with important artists such as She Past Away, Sixth June, Ash Code, Mueran Humanos, or the legendary group of the '60s, Silver Apples. After a few years of activity, Carla Vallenas left the band, and both Dante Gonzales and Fernando Pinzás went on to work on different personal projects. Until 2021, when, after a brief activity of Varsovia as a duo, they decided to re-record the album with Sheri Corleone on vocals and guitar, marking the return to the original formation of the group. Varsovia has gathered great international attention in recent years thanks to the inclusion of a song from its first album in the soundtrack of the HBO series Los Espookys. The band was again invited to include a new song in the second season of the series, which premiered during 2022. Includes guest musicians such as Mexican saxophonist Martín Escalante and guitarist Óscar Reátegui of the legendary band Dios Hastío. It was recorded and mixed at Paraíso del Silicio by Dante Gonzales and mastered by Alberto Cendra at Garden Lab Audio. Cover art by About Studio. Edition of 500.
CAT #: BR 140LPLOS HERMANOS BALLUMBROSIO Homenaje a El Carmen LP
Homenaje a El Carmen (Homage to El Carmen), Los Hermanos Ballumbrosio's debut album for Buh Records, captures the true spirit of the musical tradition of El Carmen, a city located a few miles to the south of Lima that is home to the largest black community in Peru. Songs based on percussion and zapateo bring back the memories and experiences of a culture that has produced one of the greatest treasures of Peruvian music. Members of one of the main families of El Carmen, Chincha, a cotton-producing province located 200 km south of Lima and known for hosting the largest black community in Peru, the Ballumbrosio brothers are the heirs of a great cultural tradition, embodied in the figure and teachings of their father Amador Ballumbrosio Mosquera, as well as their mother Adelina Guadalupe de Ballumbrosio. The patriarch of the family was an icon of Afro-Peruvian musical culture, a violinist, a performer of zapateo (a local type of tap dance) and, for a long time, a leading exponent of the "Danza de Negritos" (also known as "Hatajo de Negritos"), a traditional religious dance that is part of the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Amador and Adelina had fifteen children, all of them heirs and practitioners of the Afro-Peruvian tradition who became great cultural ambassadors of El Carmen by turning their family house into a pilgrimage site for visitors in town. Hence, the Ballumbrosio brothers cultivated music from a very young age, training as percussionists and in particular as virtuosos of Afro-Peruvian zapateo, which constitutes a fundamental element of the "Hatajo de Negritos". Currently, the Ballumbrosio brothers are made up of Chebo, Miguel, Roberto, Camilo, and Pudy Ballumbrosio, all of them with a recognized individual career in various groups and solo projects. Homage to El Carmen, the third volume of the series "Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music", signals the return of the group to the recording studio, and also to the sources of rhythms such as festejo and panalivio, which they interpret with cajón, quijada (jawbone), congas, bongo, and batá. The result is a distillation and a testimony of the memories and experiences that portray the cultural universe of El Carmen. There is a selection of traditional songs that are heard during the festivities and two traditional Christmas carols. There are songs that speak of the difficulties of rural life, but they also serve as a vehicle to demonstrate the Ballumbrosio brother's mastery in the art of zapateo, a dance that is accompanied by violin and bells. Includes eight-page booklet with liner notes in Spanish and English. Produced by Manongo Mujica and Daniel Mujica. Cover by Yerko Zlatar. Edition of 300.
CAT #: BR 143LPPERKUTAO Mis Ancestros LP
If, among the Afro-Peruvian music groups that have emerged in recent years, there is one that has dared to take the sound to new dimensions, it is Perkutao. Heirs to the best Afro-Peruvian tradition, they have been able to integrate Afro-Cuban elements and various contemporary popular styles, which they play with amazing with speed and precision. Mis Ancestros, is their debut album for Buh Records. Perkutao is an Afro-Peruvian percussion ensemble founded in 2005, directed by Percy Chinchilla, musician, percussionist, zapateador, and teacher of young generations of percussionists. Mis Ancestros (My ancestors) is their first record under the production of Manongo Mujica and is the fourth title of the collection Perspectivas de la Música Afroperuana (Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music). Chinchilla shares the artistic direction of Perkutao with William Nicasio 'Makarito', another outstanding percussionist. Both grew up in the famous Callejón del Buque, in the district of La Victoria, a spot preferred by bohemians and known by local music partying -- jaranas criollas. Both were also formed in Perú Negro, an emblematic Afro-Peruvian ensemble, and both carry in their blood the cult of percussion and Afro tradition. Perkutao arose precisely from the merging of Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean music traditions, and have become one of the most sought-after percussion ensembles due to the intensity of their sound and their powerful performances. In addition to Chinchilla and Makarito, the ensemble is completed by Edu Campos, Andree Liendo, and Víctor Sánchez Pitín. "Azañero Colorao", "Trucutum Kiti Pa", and "Cancha con Sabor", composed based on minor percussion (cajita, quijada), zapateo and cajón, respectively, are compositions that serve as an introduction, a tribute to the essential instruments of the Afro-Peruvian tradition. The last one in particular already defines Perkutao's style: a trepidant and orgiastic rhythm, hypnotic and hard hitting, Dionysian and cathartic. With "Madre África" and "Al Tayta Bukense", for djembes and congas, respectively, you find Perkutao retaking the Afro-Cuban heritage embedded to the Afro-Peruvian sounds, abakuá and festejo. "Lloraré", a version of a famous Cuban song, mirror the ensemble's fascination with Caribbean music (salsa is another genre cultivated by its members). Mis Ancestros is an album about a tradition, but it is also a renewal. Perkutao opens a new direction for Afro-Peruvian music, its sound is an evocation and the here and now, it is deep-rooted but freely flowing percussion.
CAT #: BR 162LPAGUILAR, LUIS DAVID Ayahuasca: Musica Para Cine De Luis David Aguilar (1978-1983) LP
Ayahuasca: Music for Film, by Luis David Aguilar (1978-1983) compiles works by Luis David Aguilar, one of the most prolific composers of film scores in Peru. It shows the great versatility and avant-garde style that has distinguished his work. Luis David Aguilar (Arequipa, 1950) occupies a fundamental place in the history of film music in Peru, not only because of the prolific nature of his work (which also includes music for television and advertising), but because of the singular, experimental style found in many of his scores. Aguilar's music blends modern academic composition with the use of native instruments, synthesizers, sound collages, and a diversity of resources, which identify him as a key figure to understand a period of Peruvian music marked by the imprint of the avant-garde and the use of native sounds, which developed during the late '70s and the early '80s. Aguilar belongs to the so called "Generation of the '70s", along with Peruvian composers such as Walter Casas, Seiji Asato, and Aurelio Tello, who were then immersed in the languages of contemporary classical music. But he also shares the spirit of renewal of a generation of musicians who came from the world of jazz and electronic experimentation such as Manongo Mujica and Arturo Ruiz del Pozo. Ayahuasca is an album that collects pieces from 1978 to 1983 and offers an overview of the different musical paths that Aguilar followed during his career as a soundtrack composer. The album opens with music from the film El viento del ayahuasca (The Wind of Ayahuasca) (1983), by director Nora de Izcue, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Cuba under the baton of Luis David Aguilar, with Chucho Valdés on piano. It is an ambitious orchestral and vocal composition, in which you can hear the beginning of the famous melody of "Mujer Hilandera" (Female Weaver), popularized by the Amazonian cumbia group Juaneco y su Combo. The next track is the music for the documentary Anónimo cotidiano (Anonymous Everyday) (1979), by director Jorge Rey, a unique experimental piece for synthesizers (played by Aguilar), drums and percussion (played by Manongo Mujica), with the addition of various Andean instruments (panpipes, charango, among others). And finally, Los Constructores (The Builders) (1978), by director José Carlos Huayhuaca, a salsa which incorporates unusual sounds of tubular bells and prepared pianos. Remastered audio from the original reel tapes by Aldo Montalvo. Includes a booklet with notes by Luis David Aguilar; edition of 300.
CAT #: BR 166LPPUPPIES IN THE SUN Light Became Light LP
Light Became Light is the debut album from Puppies in the Sun, a project composed of Alberto Cendra (synthesizers) and Cristóbal Pereira (drums), both originally from Peru and currently based in Rotterdam. Friends since childhood, they crossed paths again in Barcelona by sheer coincidence. This spontaneous pulse is also what dictated the beginnings of the project's characteristic sound: lengthy improvisational and sound exploratory sessions which are summed up in the project's first two EPs (Unheard EP and The Church of Puppies in the Sun, 2018). Light Became Light is Puppies in the Sun's statement towards bringing the improvisation's spontaneity and unruliness into a new phase in order to come up with their first full length. Like other well-known duos, Puppies in the Sun maximizes their compact instrumentation to establish themselves as a (noise) rock band without the presence of guitars or bass guitars. Far from being a limitation, this has provided them with great freedom. The lower end of the album's soundscape is triggered on Cendra's synthesizer scheme by Pereira's drums. This is one of the characteristics that emerge from the organic, minimal and spontaneous style of the band. As if it was a rocket, Light Became Light takes off in search of a sound and a space that pays tribute to cosmic rock and synthesizer music without leaving the melodic rawness of noise rock or even black metal behind. Some might also perceive an atmosphere that owes its existence to techno parties and a slight wink towards folk imagery. If there is anything that makes their sound iconic is the call for constructing wild and festive ambiances, state of trance and agitation. Light Became Light was recorded and mixed by Oscar Moreno at El Purgatorio (Madrid, Spain). In the middle of an intense heat wave, Puppies in the Sun locked themselves through the course of two weeks to record and process various analog and digital synthesizers, pianos, drums, and vocals, to later mix Light Became Light in a classic analog console. Artwork by the band itself and designed by Fernanda Binvignat. Edition of 300.
CAT #: BR 167LPMUJICA, MANONGO Del Cuarto Rojo (From the Red Room) LP
The story of Del Cuarto Rojo (From the Red Room) began in March 2020, when the Peruvian composer and percussionist Manongo Mujica received a call notifying him that the visual artist Rafael Hastings, his friend of almost half a century, had passed away. Since then, and in the midst of the pandemic, Manongo Mujica began a personal journey searching for sounds, which has resulted in a new set of pieces that evoke the memory of a friendship. Del Cuarto Rojo (From the Red Room), subtitled Homenaje sonoro escuchando la pintura de Rafael Hastings (Sound Tribute Listening to Rafael Hastings' Paintings), is Manongo Mujica's new album, and it has also motivated the preparation of a new show by the dancer and choreographer Yvonne von Mollendorff, wife of Hastings. The history of this friendship dates back to 1974, when a young Manongo returned to Lima, after ten years living in London, while young Rafael Hastings and Yvonne von Mollendorff settled in Peru after a long period in Europe. Since then, the collaborations between these artists have been continuous, always marked by an experimental impetus. The attitude of listening to images and painting sounds was more than a metaphor and became a code that identified them and a way of working, where the crossing of disciplines set the tone, both in video works and in unusual visual/conceptual scores, works of dance and experimental music, in the context of a creative effervescence that renewed the arts and music in Lima in the '70s. Del Cuarto Rojo is an album that integrates many of the musical resources developed by Mujica. It is an amalgam that well sums up his own language: from the creation of environments with extended techniques and objects, to experiments in jazz fusion; from the use of field recordings and sound montages to compositions with string arrangements: everything around the hypnotic pulse of percussion and drums, which oscillate between moments of subtlety and explosive improvisation. The album features the participation of outstanding musicians such as Pauchi Sasaki (violin), José Quezada (cello), Terje Evensen (electronic effects), Jean Pierre Magnet (saxophone), Cristobal, Daniel, and Gabriel Mujica (sons of Manongo Mujica, on percussion, string, and wind arrangements). Includes a full color 12-page booklet with a sample of Rafael Hastings's visual art, which also illustrates the album cover.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
CAT #: BB 419CDAREU AREU Areu Areu CD
Reissue, limited 30th anniversary edition. Originally released in 1992. Under the name Areu Areu, the two Camouflage musicians, Heiko Maile and Marcus Meyn, released a five-track EP in 1992, which is now being re-released in an extended version in a limited edition and for the first time on vinyl. In 1991, a friend and companion of Heiko Maile and Marcus Meyn, the photographer Reiner Pfisterer, celebrated his 24th birthday. Instead of records or books, the two Camouflage founders planned to present the birthday child with a performance by a band formed especially for the occasion and launched Areu Areu. After Camouflage had just released their rather acoustic sounding album Meanwhile, Maile and Meyn were more in the mood for purely electronic music, so this side project was just what they needed to play around with the electronic gear they had accumulated in their studio in the center of the small town of Bietigheim in southern Germany. The result was cover versions of songs that had always strongly influenced Maile and Meyn: you hear "Day Tripper" (Beatles), "Cold" (The Cure), Fad Gadget's "Ricky's Hand" and a two-song medley of "I'm Your Money" (Heaven 17) and the Depeche Mode classic "Tora! Tora! Tora!". In addition, several versions of their legendary German-language song "Mr. X" were worked out. A few weeks after the party, Maile and Meyn told their A&R manager about the project, and in 1992 a small number of tracks were released in a small edition on CD. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of this release, the complete work of Areu Areu now appears on an album for the first time. Areu Areu created the perfect soundtrack for a party in the hot summer of '91. Areu Areu are danceable, unpolished and wild.
CAT #: CHKLP 010LPMAN OR ASTROMAN Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 LP
Originally released in 2013. "Repress on blue vinyl. Man Or Astroman have returned to earth for the human masses and after years of hibernation they are now unveiling their finest recorded work to date. it has been nearly 12 years since the band last released their intergalactic sonic wave forms, and the new album, Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 is here now with a striking validity that the band is unquestionably as both tuneful and energetic as they ever have been. The record combines ever-familiar Astro audio tones and the well-established playing ferocity that MoAM are known for, but yet now, there is an un- deniably evolution to the band that is both intuitive, logical and well crafted. Defcon is here and is here with imminent purpose. Recorded by Steve Albini and Daniel Farris."
CIEN FUEGOS (AUSTRIA)
CAT #: CF 025LPPILZ/PETER KOWALD/PAUL LOVENS, MICHEL Carpathes LP
Produced and recorded by Jost Gebers on August 1st and 2nd, and September 7th and 8th, 1975 in Berlin. This album was originally released on FMP in 1976. Vinyl remastering by Martin Siewert in 2021. Cover design by Paul Lovens. Personnel: Michel Pilz - bass clarinet; Peter Kowald - bass; Paul Lovens - percussion. 180 gram vinyl.
CLUB CULTURE RARITIES (GERMANY)
CAT #: CCR 008EPMR. MARVIN Entity 12"
Club Culture Rarities, the record label exclusively dedicated to re-prints of cult and rare 12" taken form Expanded Music's labels. The eighth release on Club Culture Rarities: Entity, originally released on Dance Floor Corporation in 1991. Before becoming world champion of acrobatic flight, Mr Marvin (aka Sasha Marvin) has been one of the most appreciated Italian deep house producers and DJs. Joyful acrobatic flights are present in the variety of sounds that go throughout the four original versions, all included in this new precious re-release of the 1991 Entity by Mr. Marvin.
CAT #: CCR 009EPN.O.I.A. Stranger In A Strange Land 12"
Club Culture Rarities is a record label exclusively dedicated to re-prints of cult and rare 12" taken form Expanded Music's labels. The ninth release on Club Culture Rarities is Stranger In A Strange Land from N.O.I.A., originally released on Italian Records in 1983.
COSMIC ROCK (ITALY)
CAT #: COSMR 012LPUCHIDA & THE FLOWERS, YUYA Challenge! LP
Reissue, originally released in 1969. All-in-all the debut album by cultish Japanese freak-rockers Flower Travellin' Band, then called Yuya Uchida & The Flowers. It features mainly cover songs of influential Western bands such as Cream, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Jefferson Airplane. It was named number 34 on Bounce's 2009 list of "54 Standard Japanese Rock Albums."
CAT #: COSMR 013LPADVANCEMENT, THE The Advancement LP
Reissue, originally released in 1969. After collaborating with Gabor Szabo on such influential "rare groove" albums as More Sorcery (1967) and Dreams (1968), bassist Louis Kabok and drummer Hal Gordon further embraced jazz-rock fusion under The Advancement moniker. Their self-titled album from 1969 opens with the moody expressiveness of "Juliet" moving on "Moorish Mode" on more interesting drums break. Their heady melting pot of jazz, hard rock, and psychedelia is anyhow well described on closing number "Fall Out".
CAT #: COSMR 014LPASSAGAI Assagai LP
Reissue, originally released in 1971. South-African jazz-rock worshippers alert! Assagai was an Afro-rock band, active in the early 1970s in London, whose relatively short career produced two albums recorded in 1971. It has been described as "the second best-known African group of the late '60s/early '70s in Britain" after Osibisa. The original band consisted of five members, three from South Africa and two from Nigeria: drummer Louis Moholo, trumpeter/flautist Mongezi Feza, alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, tenor saxophonist Bizo Mngqikana, and guitarist/bassist Fred Coker Assagai's self-titled debut album was released in 1971 on Vertigo; among the African musicians who played with the group on the recording was Terri Quaye. Previously, in the 1960s Pukwana, Feza, and Moholo had been members of the jazz band The Blue Notes alongside Chris McGregor.
CAT #: COSMR 015LPFLIED EGG Dr. Siegel's Fried Egg Shooting Machine LP
Reissue. 1972 debut album by cultish Japanese combo. This unbelievable psychedelic/progressive rock band came together the same year after Shigeru Narumo and Hiro Tsunoda shelved their project Strawberry Path (they had a sole album release in 1971 and eventually a 7"). Their sound is pure adrenaline, a stormy, hard blues kinda thing, with heavy Hammond organ riffs and more than a freakbeat influence. Partially informed by contemporary British bands, like Deep Purple or Uriah Heep, they opened to more gentle and sophisticated arrangements in the soulful ballad "I Love You" with an epic string section. The hypothetical single "Plastic Fantasy" could have been an alternative dancefloor classic with that Traffic/Brian Auger feel in the end.
CAT #: DEL 75040LPDELTRON 3030 Deltron 3030: The Instrumentals 2LP
2022 repress. "Deltron 3030 The Instrumentals is the sibling of Deltron 3030's legendary self-titled debut and an experience all its own. Since the record's release in 2000, Deltron 3030 has moved into the pantheon of greatest recordings of all time, of any genre. Del's Deltron Zero persona certainly has much to do with the release's setting in a dystopian future. But beyond that, and beyond the great guest appearances the foundation of that setting is the sonic landscape presented by Dan The Automator. The Instrumentals puts the focus on the mood forged by The Automator's soundscapes which create a listening experience often referred to as cinematic. Long out of print since its initial release in 2001, The Instrumentals return housed in a unique die-cut jacket with a full color obi rounding out the package. The result is a set that's visual appeal compliments the rich soundscape created by Dan The Automator."
CAT #: CDDM 319CDNICOLAI, BRUNO Il Conte Dracula CD
Digitmovies presents the original soundtrack for Jesus Franco's Count Dracula (aka Il Conte Dracula). The series Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco comes back, years after, with this divine soundtrack composed and directed by Bruno Nicolai. Although the film was released in theaters in 1970, it was only in 1982 that Edipan released a LP record containing twenty stereo tracks selected by the author. In 1994, that same material was released on CD. Thanks to the stereo master tapes of the original recording session, one unpublished track was discovered. The soundtrack opens with Dracula's theme called "Processo", epic and suggestive piece with the intervention of the Hungarian harpsichord played by Leonida Torrebuono, which is then brought back in several tracks, such as "Sparviero", "Incubi", and "Magia". Dramatic music takes turns with classical music, like "Concerto variator". This edition is a new chapter in the ever-growing discography of maestro Nicolai, a musician much loved by his fans all over the world.
CAT #: LPDM 040LPNICOLAI, BRUNO Il Conte Dracula LP
LP version. Color vinyl. Digitmovies presents the original soundtrack for Jesus Franco's Count Dracula (aka Il Conte Dracula). The series Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco comes back, years after, with this divine soundtrack composed and directed by Bruno Nicolai. Although the film was released in theaters in 1970, it was only in 1982 that Edipan released a LP record containing twenty stereo tracks selected by the author. In 1994, that same material was released on CD. Thanks to the stereo master tapes of the original recording session, one unpublished track was discovered. The soundtrack opens with Dracula's theme called "Processo", epic and suggestive piece with the intervention of the Hungarian harpsichord played by Leonida Torrebuono, which is then brought back in several tracks, such as "Sparviero", "Incubi", and "Magia". Dramatic music takes turns with classical music, like "Concerto variator". This edition is a new chapter in the ever-growing discography of maestro Nicolai, a musician much loved by his fans all over the world.
DIRT CREW (GERMANY)
CAT #: DIRT 141EPMILL, STEVE Love Attack EP 12"
Back from a hot summer we are presenting you this great new release by Steve Mill who truly captures the sun and warmth in these new jams. The Greek born artist who lives between Berlin and Thessaloniki just released his The Mistake EP on Tensnake's own True Romance label where you could already hear his soulful and groovy disco infused sound. The opener "Love Attack" is a real "good times" tune with catchy vocal snips and a bad ass funky arpeggio bass line topped with spaced-out strings and pads, this one is reminiscent of Krystal Klear material and Lorenz Rhode. Saying that, there was no one better than Lorenz to take on this tune and drawing the inspiration to create his own super funked-up version. As always, all parts are played and recorded live in his Cologne studio with the same hot summer vibes on this one as well. You can find the vocal version on vinyl. "Make Me Feel" featuring the Berlin based vocalist Tee Amara has disco flavors all over it and is just an irresistible house tune, majestic and soulful. Followed by the slow and developing "Next to You" that's steadily building towards a crescendo "heaven" gem, much in the tradition of disco edits from back in the '80s. It is reminiscent of Ben La Desh records on Dirt Crew from ten years ago. Get in the groove with Steve and Lorenz and let it surprise you with a truly funky, groovy, and above all positive vibes. Mastered by Salz Mastering in Cologne. Photography and art by Break 3000.
DOGHOUSE & BONE RECORDS (FRANCE)
CAT #: DGRTR 001LPRONDELLS, THE Exotic Sounds From Night Trips LP
The new exotica sensation has a name: The Rondells. This talented French trio+1 is exploring the world and its crazy rhythms on this amazing debut album. All the cuts were recorded and mixed at the Electrophonic Studio, down in Lyon, France, by the wizard of the place, Hervé Bessenay. With a handful of vacuum equipment and vintage effects, Hervé's got it! The mid-century lounge exotica sound that was in vogue from Miami to Malibu in the '50s... full analog recording rules! So get your bamboo skirt and limbo barefoot in the sand.
CAT #: DC 851LPBITCHIN BAJAS Switched On Ra LP
"A year after the cassette-only release of Switched On Ra, another format has fallen from whatever kind of rare ether Bitchin Bajas occupy when they're at home. The LP edition of Switched On Ra bears all the same riches (only richer of course) in its grooves, adding a lovely screen-printed rendering of the graphics to its larger-than-cassette-cosmos dimensions. Switched On Ra is the outcome of a typical Bajas exercise: pouring some out for the pioneers that came before (as they've done with Bitchitronics and their participation in the annual Chicago performance of 'In C' over the years) . . . Before long, they're playing with the inspirations twined, as they can only come from within. For Switched On Ra, this meant a deep delve into the song-book of one of their soul-predecessors, Sun Ra, whose music is literally written in the Bajas DNA. Digging into this music sounded wild on paper: the drone synth group taking on the Arkestra harmonies and Ra's loose grooves? The trick was to get that sense of rhythm to translate across the spectrum from Ra to Bajas, in a way that worked for them both. Their rearrangements of the tunes went good -- up and down the EQ band, they were finding the round sounds and jagged edges that brought Ra's music into their own thing. Then at the last minute, there was another twist -- why not pay tribute to the Queen herself, and think of the arrangements with a Wendy Carlos vibe? A little side homage? After all, Switched on Bach was visionary, bringing analog synths from the outside all the way into the mainstream in the late '60s -- and this take on Ra is meant to take him to new ears everywhere . . . Bitchin Bajas have been content to dominate in a microtonal world, usually without a single chord to be found anywhere. But here, they step up righteously, their vibe triangulated as they bring Ra's music forward with some Wendy C style, making an unexpected space for all to thrive. There's a real feeling of joy as these collected signals bounce off the platter and through the speakers into your space. To get this unique colloid exactly right, Bitchin Bajas used nineteen different keyboards. They abstained from deploying their arsenal of reed and woodwind instruments: everything had to be on the keys. This meant Yamahas, Rolands, Korgs, Casios, a MicroMoog and of course their trusty Ace Tone organ. They even broke out the Crumar DS-2, to have some of Ra's chosen tone in the mix. Then Jayve Montgomery added an EWI as a solo voice on a few tunes, just to get some air-blown signal (and a natural shout out to EWI master Marshall Allen) in there, after all..."
CAT #: DC 852LPNACE, BILL Through a Room LP
"Bill Nace's Through a Room represents a seismic progression from Both, his startling 2020 debut solo LP for Drag City. Nace's career has been defined by a relentless probing of ways to frame the complex menu of human emotions, and that the guitar has been his primary tool for exploring this terrain is of little consequence. On this new release, he also employs tapes, hurdy gurdy, doughnut pipe, quelle est belle, as well as his latest instrument of choice, taish?goto. This is also, ultimately, insignificant. What matters is the discerning spirit which animates his work. The tracks are carefully built from loops and phrases that talk to each other, subsume one another, overlapping and crashing and diving and expanding and emerging into unimagined vistas. On the whole, the record offers a fascinating and engrossing chronicle -- a sequence of interrelated stories told by a temporally dislodged narrator. You think you're here, then you're there, and then you go through trapdoors and along tunnels, into cellars and secret rooms, and you find that actually you're back where you started. But it's not hard to follow. Trust me. Nothing this enticing can be hard to follow. The record was recorded and edited in Philadelphia during the uncertain summer of 2021 with engineer and co-producer Cooper Crain. Where Both was a chiseling down of spontaneous live performance, Through a Room, while obviously the work of the same artist, treats its sounds as building blocks, combining them to mesmerizing effect. What's striking is the poise, the degree of authorial intensity. The false dichotomy of composition and improvisation is thoroughly and rightfully abolished. Bill's interests range from post-punk to post-industrial to hip-hop to free jazz to avant-garde composition, and every area between such unhelpful labels. From the inscrutable, evocative track titles to the enticingly baffling cover art by his longtime compatriot Daniel Higgs, Nace is guided by an ineffable, internal muse, a persistently personal stormcloud of ideas that, ultimately, comprise that thing we call art. Here's the real deal." --Matt Krefting, Holyoke, 2022
CAT #: DROID 922EPIDJUT BOYS Portion Out Of Control 12"
Portion out of control. In a shocking act of extreme togetherness, and ruthless efficiency, a third Droid platter in one earth year. The crack management team at Tape Man Enterprises have assured you this is not a temporary blip, more bacon donors will be flying through the cosmos... as sure as night follows day, thus proving that for some ineptitude can work as a lifestyle choice and pigs do fly. Hopefully this humble offering can pierce the shitstorm of life and help replenish your joy batteries...
ECHO BEACH (GERMANY)
CAT #: EB 067RED-LPDUBXANNE Police in Dub (Red Vinyl) LP
Red vinyl version. Originally released on CD only in 2008, this album has been in constant demand and has already seen a number of vinyl reissues. At the beginning of the 1980s, The Police were among the biggest acts on the planet, and their reunion tour in 2007 filled halls and stadiums worldwide. Like hardly any other pop band, the trio profited from influences of African and especially Jamaican music. Songs like "So Lonely" and "My Bed's Too Big Without You" would be nothing without Sting's bass foundation carpentered parallel to the vocals, and "Walking On The Moon" is probably one of the few reggae-killer bass lines that originated outside Jamaica. Time for an appreciation of a special kind: DubXanne is probably the first dub showcase based entirely on Police riddims. The album was recorded by Okada, the backing band of reggae artist Zoe, and many guests like Earl 16, Rankin Rogers, Eased (Seeed), and poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The result is saturated bass, a dynamic, repetitive steady beat, sound system atmosphere and above all: synchronicity -- a feedback of The Police's abstracted reggae elements with their Jamaican roots.
CAT #: EB 139LPNOISESHAPER Noiseshaper LP
The sound company operating under the project name Noiseshaper is poised to release a very special vinyl album into record shops worldwide. The band received great acclaim for their first albums, which were released on the legendary and famous Rockers Hifi label Different Drummer. They later became celebrated for their musical contribution to the US television series CSI - Miami! The Viennese coffee table boys Axel Hirn and Florian Fleischmann achieved cult status with their 12" single The Only Redeemer, which was later released in the US by Quango (Island Records/Palm Pictures) and fast became a permanent fixture on the playlists of the best and most popular DJs in Berlin, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, London, and New York. The next dancefloor filler followed with "All A Dem A Do", sung by Juggla, which was the band's first release to get heavy rotation on many European and US radio stations. Next up were remixes by and for heavyweights such as Sly & Robbie, Outkast, Seven Dub, and Carl Douglas. Noiseshaper's defining sound has been distilled and condensed an utterly distinctive blend of "house-y downbeats with a fat reggae flavor" has brought the Noiseshaper's international acclaim and popularity. The very special vinyl release is the essential of what Noiseshaper has ever done all over the years with a special focus on heavy bass remixes by Adrian Sherwood and Paolo Baldini. It is another very impressive display of how a musical style has progressed. Dub as a style with all its reference points between commerce and innovation! Eight pounding dub flavor tunes all are best for bringing the dancefloors of the dub universe to boiling point. Heavy bass for heavy dancing! Features Sammy Dread, Kid Kenobi, MC Shureshock, Vido Jelashe I, G.Rizo, and Juggla.
CAT #: EB 185CDL.A.B L.A.B In Dub (by Paolo Baldini DubFiles) CD
L.A.B return with a brand-new remix album L.A.B In Dub. The ten-track album features an array of dubbed-out L.A.B remixes by Italian producer and remixer Paolo Baldini DubFiles. This collection of tracks has been lovingly crafted by Baldini at his Alambic Conspiracy Studio in San Foca, Italy. Each dub has been created live in the studio, with Baldini working live on the stems of each track. These new versions are all created in one take with no overdubs or edits, creating entirely new versions. With the tracks hand-picked from L.A.B's catalog, L.A.B In Dub see's Baldini bring a new light with his dubbed-out versions. Combining a range of L.A.B's eclectic sounds including funk-inspired tune "Fashion Dread" and reggae-pop fan favorite "Why Oh Why", the album sees Baldini bring his signature dub-filtered sound, approaching each track with his analog techniques inspired by Jamaican pioneers King Tubby and Scientist. Following on from multiple number one singles and albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales and awards across New Zealand and Australia, this is the band's first ever full-length remix album in collaboration with Loop and European dub-focused label Echo Beach.More on L.A.B: L.A.B's groove blends an eclectic mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk, and rock -- all combining to create a sound entirely their own. L.A.B made their name on the live stages of Australasia and were recently publicly-voted as Radio New Zealand's Best Live Act. L.A.B have become a mainstay in the NZ Music Charts and on the festival circuit, performing at every major festival across NZ, plus marquee slots at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and WOMADelaide. A summer run of sold-out stadium and greenfield shows from January to April 2022 saw them perform to over 70,000 people in Australia and New Zealand and take out fourth spot in Pollstar's top Australasian acts for 2021/2022. 2021 saw L.A.B win Best Group, Best Album and Best Single at the New Zealand Music Awards, named as the most-played NZ act on NZ radio. After releasing five albums in five years, the band have cemented themselves on the NZ charts, with "In The Air" and "Why Oh Why" both reaching number one and remaining in the charts for over three years. Their accomplishments include all five albums reaching platinum status, alongside ten platinum singles and 13 gold singles. The biggest of these include "Why Oh Why" (three-times-Platinum), "Controller" (six-times-Platinum), and "In The Air" (eight-times-Platinum in NZ and Gold in Australia).
CAT #: EB 185LPL.A.B L.A.B In Dub (by Paolo Baldini DubFiles) LP
LP version. L.A.B return with a brand-new remix album L.A.B In Dub. The ten-track album features an array of dubbed-out L.A.B remixes by Italian producer and remixer Paolo Baldini DubFiles. This collection of tracks has been lovingly crafted by Baldini at his Alambic Conspiracy Studio in San Foca, Italy. Each dub has been created live in the studio, with Baldini working live on the stems of each track. These new versions are all created in one take with no overdubs or edits, creating entirely new versions. With the tracks hand-picked from L.A.B's catalog, L.A.B In Dub see's Baldini bring a new light with his dubbed-out versions. Combining a range of L.A.B's eclectic sounds including funk-inspired tune "Fashion Dread" and reggae-pop fan favorite "Why Oh Why", the album sees Baldini bring his signature dub-filtered sound, approaching each track with his analog techniques inspired by Jamaican pioneers King Tubby and Scientist. Following on from multiple number one singles and albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales and awards across New Zealand and Australia, this is the band's first ever full-length remix album in collaboration with Loop and European dub-focused label Echo Beach.More on L.A.B: L.A.B's groove blends an eclectic mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk, and rock -- all combining to create a sound entirely their own. L.A.B made their name on the live stages of Australasia and were recently publicly-voted as Radio New Zealand's Best Live Act. L.A.B have become a mainstay in the NZ Music Charts and on the festival circuit, performing at every major festival across NZ, plus marquee slots at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and WOMADelaide. A summer run of sold-out stadium and greenfield shows from January to April 2022 saw them perform to over 70,000 people in Australia and New Zealand and take out fourth spot in Pollstar's top Australasian acts for 2021/2022. 2021 saw L.A.B win Best Group, Best Album and Best Single at the New Zealand Music Awards, named as the most-played NZ act on NZ radio. After releasing five albums in five years, the band have cemented themselves on the NZ charts, with "In The Air" and "Why Oh Why" both reaching number one and remaining in the charts for over three years. Their accomplishments include all five albums reaching platinum status, alongside ten platinum singles and 13 gold singles. The biggest of these include "Why Oh Why" (three-times-Platinum), "Controller" (six-times-Platinum), and "In The Air" (eight-times-Platinum in NZ and Gold in Australia).
EDITION AKASHA (GERMANY)
CAT #: EDAK 002EPHAUL, EIRA Star Vertigo 12"
You'd spent our whole life in a dance of fear. And when you examine that, you realize that very often the thing you were frightened of wasn't nearly as frightening as the fear. Eira Haul returns to Edition Akasha to launch us into the ether by way of the Star Vertigo EP. Moving across a luminous range of otherworldly atmospheres, five tantalizing original cuts strike a spellbinding balance between body-shaking euphoria and meditative mind-healing. On the A-side, the garage shuffle and ultra-deep bass wobbles of "Ceramics" corrode beneath its hypnotic strings, while the fast-paced acid lines of "Anthracite" bubble and squeak over a choir of fallen angles. "Memory Rush" captures a similar tension as the engulfing dub chords at its center ebb and flow on-top a muscular four-to-the-floor pulse to illuminate the darkest of nights. The B-side is equally captivating: Like a gravitational collapse, the stellar melodies of "Incense Trip" break down into a void of razor-sharp percussion only to shine again in full effect thereafter. Lastly, Eira Haul sheds the black holes to ascend to catharsis with "Star Vertigo": "We wanted to try to understand what the fear is [...] and whether that energy is something we can transform -- is it our friend, is it our foe?" muses the voice on-top the tender bounce of the title-track's lush framework, leaving you with a lofty sense of hope transcending this exceptional sophomore EP.
EDIZIONI MONDO (ITALY)
CAT #: MND 014EPWANDT, NIKLAS Abbondanza 12"
"The five tracks that became Abbondanza all materialized from summer to winter of 2020, a time of unprecedented productivity in the home studio. Some of them developed from first time fiddlings on new synthesizers, some from unaccompanied jams on percussion instruments. I hope these tracks capture my naive fascination and joyful jamming I had while creating them. My Florentine friends of the Intro-Spettiva collective introduced me to the concept of 'stalla' (stables) -- their codeword for a proper party. At a particularly memorable Tuscan stalla in 2019, I got to know Edizioni Mondo head Francesco de Bellis and his amazing music. A year later, we listened to the first demos of this record in his damp basement studio close to Vatican City and here it is in all its abundance!" --Niklas Wandt
EFFICIENT SPACE (AUSTRALIA)
CAT #: EFFICIENT 030EPJEFF DREAD Dub The Farmer's Daughter/Out On A Limb 7"
A double shot of Y2K digi thrillers from Sydney via Bromley electro-dub producer Jeff Dread. Part of the city's burgeoning network of blunted bass and sound system culture, Dread worked in parallel with the likes of Sheriff Lindo, Andy Rantzen, and Ali Omar, issuing two dynamite albums on Creative Vibes in 1999 and 2001. Utilizing the Atari 1020 Ste, Dread would frantically live mix up to nine tracks direct to CD-R, echoing the same rough and ready low-tech intuition as Jamaican trailblazers King Tubby, Scientist and Jack Ruby and their UK-based disciples Jah Shaka, Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor. While unmarked discs of his indulgently durational sessions litter the archives, this plate showcases versions immortalized by two crucial compilation CDs. Wicked stepper "Dub The Farmer's Daughter" burrows the ear canal with its addictive melodica and tightly coiled acid synth lines, edited for high impact by Sheriff Lindo for his volume of Dub For the Masses (Dread would curate its successor), while "Out On A Limb" hails from Just Is, a double album sequenced by legendary Sydney queer party crew Club Kooky. A bass bin creeper that was extended with horns for his second long-player Return From Alpha One, it's this unembellished work in progress that really stings. With Dread's allegiance to local sound system heavyweights Firehouse, these totally brained studio jams are tried and tested weapons, finally blasting on the sacred 7" format.
CAT #: EF 101CD
FILE UNDER: CLASSICALRILEY, TERRY Les Yeux Fermés & Lifespan CD
2022 restock. "After changing the world in the late '60s with In C and A Rainbow in Curved Air, legendary American composer and father of minimalism Terry Riley abandoned tape manipulation and written composition to concentrate on longform keyboard cycles and improvisations. In the early '70s, while in Europe, he was invited to create scores for two films. The first, in 1972, was Joel Santoni's Les Yeux Fermés, a feature-length art film that instantly became a cult classic by virtue of its never having screened in the USA. The second, Lifespan, directed by Alexander Whitelaw in 1974, featured Klaus Kinski. Both soundtracks were released in limited editions on LP and have long been out-of-print. This first-ever CD release of these two classic Terry Riley soundtracks -- both on one disc -- was remastered from the original tapes, the hypnotic songs sounding far superior to the below-average vinyl pressings. Having brought the '60s Corti archive back into print, Elision Fields now turns its attention to the under-examined crucial period of Riley's work -- the '60s."
CAT #: ESK 123LPMANNI MONO Pension Central LP
Behind Manni Mono hides Schu von Blumentopf, he was 1/5 of the band Blumentopf and has given the band as a lyricist and rapper several Top 10 albums. He finally exchanged the mic for a sampler. With Pension Central he now celebrates his vinyl long-player debut. Almost infinite samples and set pieces are disassembled down to their molecular structure and put together to a nerdy and yet unique mosaic. Pension Central is a true Frankenstein in the world of beat.
CAT #: FAITICHE 027LPSCHERK, JONATHAN Toon! LP
As Jonathan Scherk's split album with Daniel Majer, It's Counterpart (FAITICHE 019LP, 2019), made abundantly clear, Jonathan Scherk is a master of his craft. Toon! immerses you in a highly distinctive world of plunderphonics-sampledelica-
CAT #: FIGURE X026EPROBERT, ARTHUR Transition Part 2 12"
Limited restock. Transition Part 2 continues Arthur Robert's reduced style, opening with a sleek tunnel-vision thumper, but then deviates for a playful breakbeat space exploration in collaboration with like-minded modular nerd Naty Seres. Eventually closing out the B-side of his strong eight-track package, Robert first boils the energy down to essential deep minimalist trip first, then ramps up the levels one last time for an exquisite example in rumbling dub-techno. Both parts of the Transition EPs firmly establish Arthur Robert further as an expert craftsman, merging the sonic textures of psychedelic jams with the forceful rhythms and intricate melodies of purist techno.
FINDERS KEEPERS (UK)
CAT #: FKR 001X-LPVANNIER, JEAN-CLAUDE L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches (FKR 10th Anniversary Edition) LP
2022 repress. To mark its 2015 ten-year anniversary, the Finders Keepers label presents an improved, remastered repress, with updated liner notes in a gatefold sleeve, of its first release, a reissue of Jean-Claude Vannier's 1972 album L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches. At the time of the 2005 reissue the resurgence of '60s Gallic pop, once known as yé-yé music, had escalated beyond an interstellar height. Without a shadow of doubt, the flagship LP with the best odds on becoming a discerning household object was Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) by one Serge Gainsbourg, an inimitable 45-minute concept LP handcrafted by a bass-driven psychedelic rock group and a heaven-sent 1001-piece orchestral and choral symphony. The album left hip hop producers and progressive rock aficionados crying out for more and more for years to come. This LP was in a league of its very own... or was it? The seldom-sung musical arranger for Melody Nelson, Jean-Claude Vannier, is the lesser-spotted tell-tale seal of sample-friendly quality when it comes to crate-digging "en Français." Suitably, rumors among French record dealers claiming "the band who played Melody Nelson recorded a follow-up LP" became a legend of psychedelic folklore. Another unconfirmed rumor about JCV taking the remaining outtakes of the beloved Melody Nelson to create a promo-only experimental rock LP left sample-hungry producers and DJs in turmoil... The answers to these mysteries lay between the gatefold sleeve of an undiscovered conceptual album bizarrely titled L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches by a custom-built avant-rock entourage called Insolitudes. So here we have it. For record-collectors looking for that special something, this LP contains the extra-special everything. Peruse the following genres: psychedelic, classical, soundtrack, jazz, hip hop, samples, avant-garde, funk. Then place a copy of L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches in each section. History notes that when M. Gainsbourg first heard the initial bones of this LP he took his poetic pencil to paper and composed bizarre liner notes, thus consummating the most extraordinary concept album of all time. The story "The Child Assassin of the Flies" was to be included as the only information to grace the LP's highly collectible concertina-gatefold sleeve. The story in full is reproduced in its native tongue on this very special re-release package. DJs and producers such as Jim O'Rourke, Stereolab's Tim Gane, and David Holmes have spent sleepless nights in perusal of original copies of this perfect release and now regard it as "One of the Best."
CAT #: FKR 110LPSPOERRI, BRUNO Der Wurger Vom Tower LP
There's a devious religious sect underneath the Tower Of London which consists of some of the most greedy and powerful men and women in the world! The plot of this obscure Soho-based German thriller perhaps feels more believable during today's political climate than it did when it was released back in 1966, taking diehard fans of Edgar Wallace paperback adaptations on a slightly more macabre and mystical journey than they had come to expect. What is perhaps less believable is the almost "criminal" fact that this films unheard spooked-out jazz score by one of the most innovative European players and composers has spent almost fifty-five years locked away. For those who thought soundtracks and conceptual cinematic records like Mad Monster Party and The Vampires Of Dartmoore were unrivalled in there phantasmagorical micro-genres, well the time has come for the original "jazz electronicien" Bruno Spoerri and the Finders Keepers archivists to unleash thick plodding bass lines, mind-bending percussion effects, wayward electric organs and breakneck European jazz to the loneliest part of your record library. Encapsulated in the unbroken chains of baritonal chants by mystical mad monks during cloaked underground ceremonies while the life-blood of some of the most important and coveted players of the Swiss, French and German jazz scenes perform outlandish musical exchanges under Dr. Spoerri's watchful eye Der Wurger vom Tower delivers on a rare conceptual brief marking a truly unique moment in their combined careers. Having finally been liberated from Bruno Spoerri's meticulous master tape vault this music takes you to the furthest reaches spanning right back to his first-ever feature-length soundtrack commission in order to find its place alongside other recently resuscitated oblique jazz scores by the likes of Basil Kirchin, Krzysztof Komeda, Angelo Michajlov, Roger Webb, and Jonny Scott. For an established jazz composer like Spoerri, who would quickly gravitate towards the rise of electronic music to become one of its biggest champions and pioneers, it is easy to identify within this score the early murmurs of minimal electronic sound design and bizarre jarring keyboard motifs which wouldn't sound out of place in recordings by Sun Ra if you can imagine an unlikely recording session with the John Barry Seven. Heinz Pfenninger's thick plodding bass notes (complete with double tracking and spring reverbs) embody the classic Bert Kaempfer. and Tony Fisher's wet bass sound, successfully pinning down the sodden plot against the damp underground canals of '60s London in conjunction with legendary Swiss jazz drummer Rolf Banninger as the rhythm sections unwittingly channels McCallum and Axelrod in the dark shadows.
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CAT #: GET 51310LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOPNAS It Was Written 2LP
2022 repress. 'Illmatic, the 1994 studio debut of Nasir 'Nas' Jones, was more than just a critical success for the Queensbridge-based rapper. At a time when East Coast hip-hop was increasingly being taken less seriously than their West Coast counterparts, Illmatic's raw jazz and soul-based production, dire atmosphere and lyrics, coupled with Nas' uncompromising flow was integral in restoring interest in the East Coast as a hotbed of hip-hop artistry. Along with key releases from Wu-Tang Clan and Notorious B.I.G., it shifted attention away from the funky, dayglo synth-based G-funk coming out of California and back to the grimy streets of New York. After such an unprecedented debut record, expectations were understandably high for Nas' follow-up. What came next threw critics and fans for a loop, but was no less influential than Illmatic, and would become the most commercially successful album in the entirety of Nas' discography. The 1996 sophomore follow-up was titled It Was Written, and in contrast to the urban bleakness of his debut, had Nas dipping his toes into the world of mafioso rap. Amidst production from heavy hitters like Trackmasters, Dr. Dre, L.E.S., Havoc of Mobb Deep, and Illmatic-collaborator DJ Premier, among others, Nas weaves evocative narratives of gang warfare, downtrodden neighborhoods, drug deals gone awry, and gangsta triumph, against a backdrop of samples from Sam Cooke, Etta James, the Isley Brothers, and even Chuck Mangione. It Was Written was not hard up for top-tier guests either, featuring major guest turns from Lauryn Hill and Joel 'JoJo' Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo. It also introduced the world to The Firm, the brief Nas-led supergroup featuring rappers AZ, Foxy Brown, and Cormega. It even managed to cause some minor controversy in the hip-hop community for its collaboration with West Coast producer Dr. Dre, at a time when the East Coast/West Coast rap feud was reaching a fever pitch, briefly attracting the ire of one Tupac Shakur. Not only was It Was Written received warmly by critics, but became a major commercial success, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 charts, reaching platinum sales status four times, and alongside albums like Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, helped usher in the era of mafioso rap in the mainstream. It rendered chart hits out of singles like the Eurhythmics-mimicking 'Street Dreams', and the Grammy-nominated 'If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)', and proved to be a major influence on artists like Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and many more."
CAT #: GET 52721LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOPROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, PETE Mecca and the Soul Brother 2LP
2022 repress. "The critically acclaimed 1992 full-length debut from Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album is considered as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. Boasting tracks such as the first single, 'They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)', a dedication to their deceased friend; 'Trouble T-Roy', which went on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of Hip Hop's all-time great songs. The album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soulful interludes; usually bits of old R&B tunes layered with his signature trumpet and sax loops. Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery pieces together the perfect vocal match that, together, creates a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Mecca And The Soul Brother has stood the test of time. The release has been named one of the essential recordings of the 90s by Rolling Stone, appears on Ego Trips listing of the Top 25 Hip Hop albums released from 1980-1998, and appeared on The Source's 100 Greatest Rap Albums of all time."
CAT #: GB 128CDLIRAZ Roya CD
The new third album from award-winning Israeli-Persian singer Liraz is an invitation to dream. Anthems, love ballads, glittery Middle Eastern dance tunes -- a collection of 11 tracks that enrich that signature blend of tradi-modern rhythms and retro-Persian sonics. Liraz and her Israeli sextet (three women, three men) recorded Roya over ten days in Istanbul, in a basement studio hidden from public view and crackling with creativity. With them, on violin, viola and the tar, the wasp-waisted wooden Iranian lute, were composers and musicians from the Iranian capital, Tehran. The same clutch of anonymous players who previously collaborated with Liraz online, under the radar of Tehran's secret police, for her feted 2020 album, Zan (GB 101CD/LP, 2020). Players who'd travelled undercover from Tehran to Istanbul to work with Liraz and producer/multi-instrumentalist Uri Brauner Kinrot in the flesh. Featuring music written by bassist Amir Sadot, "Doone Doone" is a rollicking ode to the Tehrani musicians Liraz befriended through computer screens. "Mimiram" delivers dramatic protestations of love with knowing irreverence; while "Omid" -- with lyrics by an anonymous Iranian female musician and music by Zan co-writer Ilan Smilan -- tells of a man named Hope and of hope, who is also a man. A slow, lonely song about Iran, the string-and-synth-driven "Tanha" was recorded on the day the Iranians may or may not have arrived in Istanbul. Her Hebrew accent intact, her confidence boosted by prestigious awards (Songlines Artist of the Year 2021) and widespread international acclaim, Liraz has never sounded so passionate, so strong and defiant. Roya, then, is the next phase of a high-profile career further distinguished by a drive to fight oppression, to champion the right of women everywhere to sing, perform and be heard. Liraz grew up dancing to the music of divas such as Ramesh and Googoosh celebrated in Tehran in the '60s and '70s, the golden age of Persian pop. She also loved female singer-songwriters: Kate Bush, Tori Amos. Lessons in singing, music and acting -- and a stint spent clubbing - were followed by three years working in the US as an actress, appearing in the big budget films such as Fair Game and A Late Quartet. Liraz also appeared as a Farsi-speaking Mossad operative in the 2020 Apple TV espionage series Tehran. In Tehrangeles -- the Little Tehran of Los Angeles -- she found her people, embraced her inner Persian. With each album, Liraz has grown bolder, more outspoken (ask her about Palestine and she'll extol Palestinian rights, too). Recorded in secrecy in Istanbul with her band from Tel Aviv and risk-defying Iranian musicians from Tehran. A musical portal to a place of peace, joy and unfettered freedom.
CAT #: GB 129CDTAU & THE DRONES OF PRAISE Misneach CD
The kaleidoscopic third album from Seán Mulrooney and his Ireland meets Berlin ensemble. Ecstatic folk-psych that full embraces the natural world and living ancestry, through joyful experimentation and deeply rooted sonics. An inspired soundscape that echoes eclectic and eccentric atmospheres: traditional Irish folk, outsider pop, global sacred music and drone rock. Features guests from Tindersticks, Clannad, as well as Irish troubadour Damien Dempsey. Titled after this concept of bright bravery, Misneach, is the third full-length from Ireland's Tau & the Drones of Praise. Following on 2016's Tau Tau Tau and 2019's self-titled album, as well as 2020's widely acclaimed Seanóirí Naofa EP, it is a next-stage realization of the traveler-folk vision of principal songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Seán Mulrooney, whose travels invariably inform the songs being written. That's nothing new for Tau, now officially Tau & the Drones of Praise, who have in the past engaged with folk traditions stemming from Mulrooney's Irish homeland as well weaving in the teachings of the indigenous first nations people from Turtle Island, the continent of America. Recorded like its predecessors mostly in Berlin at Impression Studios by Robbie Moore, who also plays in the main four-piece studio lineup with Mulrooney, Earl Harvin (Tindersticks) and Iain Faulkner (who helmed additional recording in Dublin at Sonic Studios), Misneach is nonetheless the boldest and farthest-reaching work Tau & the Drones of Praise have done, stepping beyond expectation born of their past and into a reimagined future of interaction with the natural world both within and outside ourselves. Misneach is a homecoming for Mulrooney, who, even as the arrangement of opener "It's Right to Give Drones and Praise" seems to reference Screamadelica-era Primal Scream, establishes Ireland as the backdrop on which the songs are built. Heralded Irish folk troubadour Damien Dempsey and Pól Brennan from the legendary County Donegal band Clannad are just two of the more than 16 guests featured on the album. Engineer Robbie Moore calls it "adding to the party," a process where an organic interwovenness is joyfully unleashed. But in the hands of Mulrooney -- and the significant company he keeps -- Misneach is also the clearest and most live-sounding that Tau & the Drones of Praise have been yet. The songs are brimming with energy but are never overblown or melodramatic, even as grand ideas coincide with arrangements that, despite their depth, remain wholly unpretentious and earthed. Cultures, languages and gods tie together.
CAT #: GB 129LPTAU & THE DRONES OF PRAISE Misneach LP
LP version. The kaleidoscopic third album from Seán Mulrooney and his Ireland meets Berlin ensemble. Ecstatic folk-psych that full embraces the natural world and living ancestry, through joyful experimentation and deeply rooted sonics. An inspired soundscape that echoes eclectic and eccentric atmospheres: traditional Irish folk, outsider pop, global sacred music and drone rock. Features guests from Tindersticks, Clannad, as well as Irish troubadour Damien Dempsey. Titled after this concept of bright bravery, Misneach, is the third full-length from Ireland's Tau & the Drones of Praise. Following on 2016's Tau Tau Tau and 2019's self-titled album, as well as 2020's widely acclaimed Seanóirí Naofa EP, it is a next-stage realization of the traveler-folk vision of principal songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Seán Mulrooney, whose travels invariably inform the songs being written. That's nothing new for Tau, now officially Tau & the Drones of Praise, who have in the past engaged with folk traditions stemming from Mulrooney's Irish homeland as well weaving in the teachings of the indigenous first nations people from Turtle Island, the continent of America. Recorded like its predecessors mostly in Berlin at Impression Studios by Robbie Moore, who also plays in the main four-piece studio lineup with Mulrooney, Earl Harvin (Tindersticks) and Iain Faulkner (who helmed additional recording in Dublin at Sonic Studios), Misneach is nonetheless the boldest and farthest-reaching work Tau & the Drones of Praise have done, stepping beyond expectation born of their past and into a reimagined future of interaction with the natural world both within and outside ourselves. Misneach is a homecoming for Mulrooney, who, even as the arrangement of opener "It's Right to Give Drones and Praise" seems to reference Screamadelica-era Primal Scream, establishes Ireland as the backdrop on which the songs are built. Heralded Irish folk troubadour Damien Dempsey and Pól Brennan from the legendary County Donegal band Clannad are just two of the more than 16 guests featured on the album. Engineer Robbie Moore calls it "adding to the party," a process where an organic interwovenness is joyfully unleashed. But in the hands of Mulrooney -- and the significant company he keeps -- Misneach is also the clearest and most live-sounding that Tau & the Drones of Praise have been yet. The songs are brimming with energy but are never overblown or melodramatic, even as grand ideas coincide with arrangements that, despite their depth, remain wholly unpretentious and earthed. Cultures, languages and gods tie together.
CAT #: GODRECORDS 026VA Folding Cassettes Greatest Hits LP
"That ol' spirit and image of SF has meant a lot of things loved and lost over the past couple centuries -- but the most recent golden age is still cooling in the hearts and minds of many nu music enthusiasts, god bless 'em! In truth, it's already hardened into fact and myth -- or in the case of this fantabulous GOD? release, into retrospective compilation, with the far-flung fascinations of the Folding Cassettes label repping the time and place for our dew-eyed purposes. Folding Cassettes -- yup, a cassette label -- was pretty much done and sorted when the new era of peak cassette improbably broke wide in the early twenty-teens. Back in 2001, when founded by Mike Donovan, it was more representative of the exclusive confines of the urban underground, well represented as always around the Bay area. Mike had been jitterbugging through the scene for several years, playing with this group and that, starting a label and releasing some actual LPs and CDs (to no avail) -- and with notoriety fronting Sic Alps still several years hence, he had the time and energy to reach out and tap the shoulder of his fave local talents, not to mention legends, resulting in a sequence of dozens of delightfully EFFED SF-ite releases on Folding Cassettes . . . The various musics curated included everything from lo-fi to free-form to metal (so far as rock was concerned), with further genre distinctions including abstract electronics, laptop noise, contempo-jazz-fusion, country-folk and even comedy, all of it delivered with a highly demanding, archly punk sensibility. The players? Hailing from names you might recognize today -- members of OCS (multiple ones!), Gang Gang Dance, Child Abuse, Krallice, Lightning Bolt and Comets on Fire, all of them getting down with the freedom and some truly head-cleaning sounds. Plus, Kit Clayton (as himself)! Mikey Wild! A slice of (the now-defunct style of (now impossible)) anonymous crank call comedy! And even a little number from curator Mike D. himself! All burned into vinyl for the first time literally EVER . . . The liner notes there unpack whats, whos and wheres for us, bringing other aspects of The Way It Was in those DIY days back into visceral life in all their manually-typewritten glory. No details skimped! Personal memoir touched upon! And of course, a discographical list of all 44 Folding Cassettes releases, including the unreleased Tits2 single (FC CEO, what are the odds of finally getting that one out there?!). Folding Cassettes Greatest Hits is a wild night on the old town and an earful that's awful too..."
CAT #: GOO 022LPSONIC YOUTH Confusion Is Sex LP
2022 repress; LP version. "Originally slated to be a seven-inch single to follow up their self-titled debut, Sonic Youth's Confusion Is Sex blossomed into the band's first album: a brain-bludgeoning, completely fried endeavor of dissonance and disarray, a perfect soundtrack for running from a chain-wielding gang near the SIN Club. This was the sound of 1983 New York City: nothing like London where punks were starting to scrub their faces and sounds to get on Top of the Pops, and nothing like the jangly roots of college radio rock starting to formulate in Athens, Georgia. It sounded like no one else on Earth, for that matter. The raw, Wharton Tiers 8-track production is dark, the Kim Gordon-scrawled cover figure art of Thurston Moore is dark, Lee Renaldo 's back cover photo-collage and Catherine Ceresole's crumpled-xeroxed images that adorned the inside are dark. It's an album that moves Sonic Youth forward from their first EP almost by devolving backwards into true ugly, lo-fi primitivity."
GUIDED BY VOICES INC.
CAT #: EAT 018BKPOLLARD, ROBERT EAT 18 Book
"235 pages of Robert Pollard's fantastic collage art in a perfect bound book. HE NEVER STOPS CREATING."
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
CAT #: HPS 234CDLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE To Hell With The Lords CD
Reissue, originally released in 2002. "We were tired of instrumental music, and completely burned out after touring 300 + shows a year in our previous band (the Bomboras). We needed a change, we needed rock n' roll -- fuzz guitar and leather. We were out for blood --big boots, bikes, and wild angels!" Recorded 100% analog and mastered to tape. Garage punk in its purity. Take all your biker movie soundtracks and throw 'em away, replace it with the soundtrack to your life -- To Hell With The Lords.
CAT #: HPS 234LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE To Hell With The Lords LP
LP version. Reissue, originally released in 2002. "We were tired of instrumental music, and completely burned out after touring 300 + shows a year in our previous band (the Bomboras). We needed a change, we needed rock n' roll -- fuzz guitar and leather. We were out for blood --big boots, bikes, and wild angels!" Recorded 100% analog and mastered to tape. Garage punk in its purity. Take all your biker movie soundtracks and throw 'em away, replace it with the soundtrack to your life -- To Hell With The Lords.
CAT #: HPS 234LTD-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE To Hell With The Lords (Oxblood Vinyl) LP
LP version. Oxblood vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2002. "We were tired of instrumental music, and completely burned out after touring 300 + shows a year in our previous band (the Bomboras). We needed a change, we needed rock n' roll -- fuzz guitar and leather. We were out for blood --big boots, bikes, and wild angels!" Recorded 100% analog and mastered to tape. Garage punk in its purity. Take all your biker movie soundtracks and throw 'em away, replace it with the soundtrack to your life -- To Hell With The Lords.
CAT #: HPS 234ULTRA-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE To Hell With The Lords (White/Red/Black Vinyl) LP
LP version. Striped white/red/black vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2002. "We were tired of instrumental music, and completely burned out after touring 300 + shows a year in our previous band (the Bomboras). We needed a change, we needed rock n' roll -- fuzz guitar and leather. We were out for blood --big boots, bikes, and wild angels!" Recorded 100% analog and mastered to tape. Garage punk in its purity. Take all your biker movie soundtracks and throw 'em away, replace it with the soundtrack to your life -- To Hell With The Lords.
CAT #: HPS 235CDLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Lords Have Mercy CD
Reissue, originally released in 2005. "Our attempt to achieve the sound of the Sonics first album with extra raw drums recorded live In Long Beach California Shawn Medina (bass player) did all the guitar playing aside from Wic Coleman (close friend and honorary member) the solo for 'Velvet' on a big box 100watt JMP Marshall and 1968 Burns Bison. Johnny had left the band after co-writing and performing most of the songs on this album. 'Action' was written with the plans to have Poison Ivy play the lead. It was discussed, but never became a reality. Todd Youth (formerly of Agnostic Front/Warzone/Murphys Law/Danzig) joined the band shortly after."
CAT #: HPS 235LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Lords Have Mercy LP
LP version. Reissue, originally released in 2005. "Our attempt to achieve the sound of the Sonics first album with extra raw drums recorded live In Long Beach California Shawn Medina (bass player) did all the guitar playing aside from Wic Coleman (close friend and honorary member) the solo for 'Velvet' on a big box 100watt JMP Marshall and 1968 Burns Bison. Johnny had left the band after co-writing and performing most of the songs on this album. 'Action' was written with the plans to have Poison Ivy play the lead. It was discussed, but never became a reality. Todd Youth (formerly of Agnostic Front/Warzone/Murphys Law/Danzig) joined the band shortly after."
CAT #: HPS 235LTD-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Lords Have Mercy (Violet Vinyl) LP
LP version. Violet vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2005. "Our attempt to achieve the sound of the Sonics first album with extra raw drums recorded live In Long Beach California Shawn Medina (bass player) did all the guitar playing aside from Wic Coleman (close friend and honorary member) the solo for 'Velvet' on a big box 100watt JMP Marshall and 1968 Burns Bison. Johnny had left the band after co-writing and performing most of the songs on this album. 'Action' was written with the plans to have Poison Ivy play the lead. It was discussed, but never became a reality. Todd Youth (formerly of Agnostic Front/Warzone/Murphys Law/Danzig) joined the band shortly after."
CAT #: HPS 235ULTRA-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Lords Have Mercy (Red/Orange/Black Splatter Vinyl) LP
LP version. Transparent back, red/orange/black splatter vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2005. "Our attempt to achieve the sound of the Sonics first album with extra raw drums recorded live In Long Beach California Shawn Medina (bass player) did all the guitar playing aside from Wic Coleman (close friend and honorary member) the solo for 'Velvet' on a big box 100watt JMP Marshall and 1968 Burns Bison. Johnny had left the band after co-writing and performing most of the songs on this album. 'Action' was written with the plans to have Poison Ivy play the lead. It was discussed, but never became a reality. Todd Youth (formerly of Agnostic Front/Warzone/Murphys Law/Danzig) joined the band shortly after."
CAT #: HPS 236CDLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE The Altamont Sin CD
Reissue, originally released in 2008. "'No Love Lost' is our favorite track -- originally by Joy Division but with an 'angels hard as they come' approach. This album was as close as we were ever going to get as an 'original lineup'. Johnny DeVilla came back after a hiatus, and Micheal Davis (MC5) joined the band. Recorded at Woody Jackon's world famous studio located in Nichols Canyon in Hollywood, California. Laurent Bagnard graced us with bad ass photos of the band. Johnny DeVilla's wife Jamie posed for the album cover on Eric Or's of the Cretins Motorcycle Club Norton Commando. Artwork by Sergio Palami.
CAT #: HPS 236LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE The Altamont Sin LP
LP version. Reissue, originally released in 2008. "'No Love Lost' is our favorite track -- originally by Joy Division but with an 'angels hard as they come' approach. This album was as close as we were ever going to get as an 'original lineup'. Johnny DeVilla came back after a hiatus, and Micheal Davis (MC5) joined the band. Recorded at Woody Jackon's world famous studio located in Nichols Canyon in Hollywood, California. Laurent Bagnard graced us with bad ass photos of the band. Johnny DeVilla's wife Jamie posed for the album cover on Eric Or's of the Cretins Motorcycle Club Norton Commando. Artwork by Sergio Palami.
CAT #: HPS 236LTD-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE The Altamont Sin (Magenta Vinyl) LP
LP version. Magenta vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2008. "'No Love Lost' is our favorite track -- originally by Joy Division but with an 'angels hard as they come' approach. This album was as close as we were ever going to get as an 'original lineup'. Johnny DeVilla came back after a hiatus, and Micheal Davis (MC5) joined the band. Recorded at Woody Jackon's world famous studio located in Nichols Canyon in Hollywood, California. Laurent Bagnard graced us with bad ass photos of the band. Johnny DeVilla's wife Jamie posed for the album cover on Eric Or's of the Cretins Motorcycle Club Norton Commando. Artwork by Sergio Palami.
CAT #: HPS 236ULTRA-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE The Altamont Sin (Orange/White/Yellow Vinyl) LP
LP version. Orange/white/yellow vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2008. "'No Love Lost' is our favorite track -- originally by Joy Division but with an 'angels hard as they come' approach. This album was as close as we were ever going to get as an 'original lineup'. Johnny DeVilla came back after a hiatus, and Micheal Davis (MC5) joined the band. Recorded at Woody Jackon's world famous studio located in Nichols Canyon in Hollywood, California. Laurent Bagnard graced us with bad ass photos of the band. Johnny DeVilla's wife Jamie posed for the album cover on Eric Or's of the Cretins Motorcycle Club Norton Commando. Artwork by Sergio Palami.
CAT #: HPS 237CDLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Take Altamont CD
Reissue, originally released in 2014. "Censored by a controlling under powered label we have finally released the album as it was intended. Altamont was no joke, it changed the world, it changed rock n' roll forever. We covered at least one song every band that participated in Altamont -- minus The Grateful Dead, who went home scared. Every song has a lord's twist that is like a solid punch between the eyes. This was one of the hardest and funnest albums to record. It was great seeing all the past members come together for a session. Burrito Bros, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- how did we do it(Dec 6th, 1969 forever changed. 17 former Lords recorded this album in Los Angeles at the Glory Hole with Nic Jodoin, Gabe Hammond, John Tyree, Max Eisdon, Johnny DeVilla, Spencer Robinson, Wic Coleman, Dave James, Harry Drumdini, Kevin Starr, Harlen Spector, Warren Eaton, Christian Martucci, Jake Cavaliere, Shawn Medina, Lights Out Levine, John Saletra."
CAT #: HPS 237LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Take Altamont LP
LP version. Reissue, originally released in 2014. "Censored by a controlling under powered label we have finally released the album as it was intended. Altamont was no joke, it changed the world, it changed rock n' roll forever. We covered at least one song every band that participated in Altamont -- minus The Grateful Dead, who went home scared. Every song has a lord's twist that is like a solid punch between the eyes. This was one of the hardest and funnest albums to record. It was great seeing all the past members come together for a session. Burrito Bros, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- how did we do it (Dec 6th, 1969 forever changed. 17 former Lords recorded this album in Los Angeles at the Glory Hole with Nic Jodoin, Gabe Hammond, John Tyree, Max Eisdon, Johnny DeVilla, Spencer Robinson, Wic Coleman, Dave James, Harry Drumdini, Kevin Starr, Harlen Spector, Warren Eaton, Christian Martucci, Jake Cavaliere, Shawn Medina, Lights Out Levine, John Saletra."
CAT #: HPS 237LTD-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Take Altamont (Brown Vinyl) LP
LP version. Brown vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2014. "Censored by a controlling under powered label we have finally released the album as it was intended. Altamont was no joke, it changed the world, it changed rock n' roll forever. We covered at least one song every band that participated in Altamont -- minus The Grateful Dead, who went home scared. Every song has a lord's twist that is like a solid punch between the eyes. This was one of the hardest and funnest albums to record. It was great seeing all the past members come together for a session. Burrito Bros, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- how did we do it (Dec 6th, 1969 forever changed. 17 former Lords recorded this album in Los Angeles at the Glory Hole with Nic Jodoin, Gabe Hammond, John Tyree, Max Eisdon, Johnny DeVilla, Spencer Robinson, Wic Coleman, Dave James, Harry Drumdini, Kevin Starr, Harlen Spector, Warren Eaton, Christian Martucci, Jake Cavaliere, Shawn Medina, Lights Out Levine, John Saletra."
CAT #: HPS 237ULTRA-LPLORDS OF ALTAMONT, THE Take Altamont (Transparent Orange/Red Splatter Vinyl) LP
LP version. Transparent orange/red splatter vinyl. Reissue, originally released in 2014. "Censored by a controlling under powered label we have finally released the album as it was intended. Altamont was no joke, it changed the world, it changed rock n' roll forever. We covered at least one song every band that participated in Altamont -- minus The Grateful Dead, who went home scared. Every song has a lord's twist that is like a solid punch between the eyes. This was one of the hardest and funnest albums to record. It was great seeing all the past members come together for a session. Burrito Bros, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- how did we do it (Dec 6th, 1969 forever changed. 17 former Lords recorded this album in Los Angeles at the Glory Hole with Nic Jodoin, Gabe Hammond, John Tyree, Max Eisdon, Johnny DeVilla, Spencer Robinson, Wic Coleman, Dave James, Harry Drumdini, Kevin Starr, Harlen Spector, Warren Eaton, Christian Martucci, Jake Cavaliere, Shawn Medina, Lights Out Levine, John Saletra."
CAT #: HPS 240CDBJORK, BRANT Bougainvillea Suite CD
Once again, Brant Bjork is back with a wonderful new album, Bougainvillea Suite. He's never missed a shot in the last 20 years. His discography is connected by an imaginary line which crosses different sounds and melodies, but always with the same attitude. In the background you can imagine the Mojave Desert where everything started many years ago, but his last record sounds fresh as his debut Jalamanta. Brant says about this album: "This is a bitter sweet record for me. So much change in my life. Some stuff more positive than others. But it's always a blessing to be able to make a record and get the music out and to the fans. This is the last record to be recorded in my Joshua Tree studio. I'm saying good bye to an era and looking down the road toward new beginnings." Bougainvillea Suite is composed by eight songs. Produced by Yosef Sanborn and Brant Bjork. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA. Engineered and mixed by Yosef Sanborn.
CAT #: HPS 240LPBJORK, BRANT Bougainvillea Suite LP
LP version. Once again, Brant Bjork is back with a wonderful new album, Bougainvillea Suite. He's never missed a shot in the last 20 years. His discography is connected by an imaginary line which crosses different sounds and melodies, but always with the same attitude. In the background you can imagine the Mojave Desert where everything started many years ago, but his last record sounds fresh as his debut Jalamanta. Brant says about this album: "This is a bitter sweet record for me. So much change in my life. Some stuff more positive than others. But it's always a blessing to be able to make a record and get the music out and to the fans. This is the last record to be recorded in my Joshua Tree studio. I'm saying good bye to an era and looking down the road toward new beginnings." Bougainvillea Suite is composed by eight songs. Produced by Yosef Sanborn and Brant Bjork. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA. Engineered and mixed by Yosef Sanborn.
CAT #: HPS 240LTD-LPBJORK, BRANT Bougainvillea Suite (Mustard Vinyl) LP
LP version. Mustard vinyl. Once again, Brant Bjork is back with a wonderful new album, Bougainvillea Suite. He's never missed a shot in the last 20 years. His discography is connected by an imaginary line which crosses different sounds and melodies, but always with the same attitude. In the background you can imagine the Mojave Desert where everything started many years ago, but his last record sounds fresh as his debut Jalamanta. Brant says about this album: "This is a bitter sweet record for me. So much change in my life. Some stuff more positive than others. But it's always a blessing to be able to make a record and get the music out and to the fans. This is the last record to be recorded in my Joshua Tree studio. I'm saying good bye to an era and looking down the road toward new beginnings." Bougainvillea Suite is composed by eight songs. Produced by Yosef Sanborn and Brant Bjork. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA. Engineered and mixed by Yosef Sanborn.
CAT #: HPS 240ULTRA-LPBJORK, BRANT Bougainvillea Suite (Black Splatter Black/Orange Vinyl) LP
LP version. Half black, half orange vinyl with black splatter. Once again, Brant Bjork is back with a wonderful new album, Bougainvillea Suite. He's never missed a shot in the last 20 years. His discography is connected by an imaginary line which crosses different sounds and melodies, but always with the same attitude. In the background you can imagine the Mojave Desert where everything started many years ago, but his last record sounds fresh as his debut Jalamanta. Brant says about this album: "This is a bitter sweet record for me. So much change in my life. Some stuff more positive than others. But it's always a blessing to be able to make a record and get the music out and to the fans. This is the last record to be recorded in my Joshua Tree studio. I'm saying good bye to an era and looking down the road toward new beginnings." Bougainvillea Suite is composed by eight songs. Produced by Yosef Sanborn and Brant Bjork. Recorded at The Rad Cabin, Joshua Tree, CA. Engineered and mixed by Yosef Sanborn.
HEIST RECORDINGS (NETHERLANDS)
CAT #: HEIST 001EPDAM SWINDLE Break Up to Make Up EP 12"
2022 repress. This is the very first release from Heist Recordings from 2013. "The Break Up" features an infectious set of airy chords, a bumpy bass-line and a lush female vocal. "The Make Up" is a deeper track, but still a genuine house tune, with some repetitive, almost hypnotic vocals and stabs, and of course, a pumping groove. You'll lose track of everything halfway through the break, but as soon as the beat kicks in, you know its business time.
CAT #: HEIST 064EPDAM SWINDLE Keep On Swindling Pt. 2 12"
After the chart-topping Keep On Swindling Pt. 1 (HEIST 061EP), that included summer anthem "All I Want" and the live jazz rework of "The Break Up" by Emma-Jean Thackray, Dam Swindle are now back with part two of their ten-year anniversary series. Keep On Swindling Pt. 2 includes a new Afro-tinged DS original, alongside a never-released remix of an obscure Guadeloupean record and remixes by rising star of the Detroit music scene Ash Lauryn and Rush Hour favorite Arp Frique. To top things off, the boys release their Afro-brass dancefloor burner "Call of the Wild" featuring Jungle by Night for the first time on a single. The EP kicks off with a new original production by DS: "Good Woman." This track has Dam Swindle on their best dancefloor behavior: Powerful live drums with an electronic edge and a big smudge of soul through smart sampling. The next track is somewhat of a special project. Tipped in 2019 by close friend Vincent "Venz" Reinders who now runs one of Amsterdam's finest venues Radioradio, Lars and Maarten started working on a rework of the song "A Ka Titine" by Guadeloupean band Gaoulé Mizik. The original release was only distributed from private press in small amounts, and therefore did not reach that many people. The Dam Swindle rework was first put out as a free download, but was taken offline quite soon after. Fast forward three years and we're here with an official remix of this amazing piece of music where the guys add an electronic twist to the original to bring that classic Gwo Ka music towards today's clubs. On the flip, we've got the amazing Ash Lauryn remixing the title track of Dam Swindle's 2018 album: High Life (HEIST 001CD/LP). This remix -- co-produced with Stefan Ringer -- takes a deep and grooving approach to the original, with new heady percussion to add that original Detroit flavor. The next track is a remix by of our favorite and colorful Dutch artists: Arp Frique. Arp Frique is known for his multicultural take on music, combining Caribbean and Cabo Verdean styles with classic disco and funk. He decided to write a whole new song around the vocals of the Swindle and Tom Misch hit "Yes, No, Maybe." He takes a loose-limbed, tropical disco direction where the live, analog recording lays a perfect foundation for this breezy track.
CAT #: HOLY 77525LPOM Variations on a Theme LP
2022 repress. "OM reunites one of the most powerful rhythm sections in rock music: Al Cisneros [bass, vocals] and Chris Hakius [drums], both ex-members of the legendary Sleep. Variations on a Theme is comprised of three long songs employing a series of rhythmic chants whose cadence-like textural drive conveys flight. The album's numerous lyrics serve as symbolist vehicles to a state outside the field of time and space. Variations on a Theme is a series of vibrations and flow. The opening track,'On The Mountain at Dawn' is the thematic blueprint of the entire album; a transportive series of differentiated verse with sets of solid groove. 'Kapil's Theme' furthers the motif while the closer 'Annapurna' breaks the spell, where the final wash of sound reflects the infinite."
CAT #: HOS 797CDMASONNA/PRURIENT Annihilationism CD
Longbox CD. Years in the making, Annihilationism is a split full-length of brand new material of "harshtronics and exclamation" from Japan's Masonna and "doom electronics" by America's Prurient. Arranged in alternating sequence with one track from each artist until burning annihilation. Mastered by Kris Lapke.
CAT #: HOS 797LPMASONNA/PRURIENT Annihilationism LP
LP version. Includes two-sided poster and download code. Years in the making, Annihilationism is a split full-length of brand new material of "harshtronics and exclamation" from Japan's Masonna and "doom electronics" by America's Prurient. Arranged in alternating sequence with one track from each artist until burning annihilation. Mastered by Kris Lapke.
I SHALL SING UNTIL MY LAND IS FREE (UKRAINE)
CAT #: SONG 006EPVAISANEN, ILPO Keskipaivan Hetken Sumea Vaillinaisuus 12"
Music by Ilpo Va?isa?nen, founding member of Pan Sonic. Mastering by Noel Summerville. Artwork by Dmytro Fedorenko. Design by Zavoloka. Release produced by Dmytro Fedorenko. 180 gram black vinyl. 45rpm. "Still against this invasion. Summer is at its best, but for some, it's not that. Russia continues its brutal war in Ukraine, bombing civilian targets, killing civilians, and deliberately destroying cities and villages. The war goes on, and Russia's tactic is to prolong it so that the West at some stage will forget the whole thing. Putin is using energy and food as a weapon, hoping to destroy our unity. I want to point out that there is a genocide currently happening in Europe. Damn it, it's here now. Don't forget!" --Ilpo Va?isa?nen
IN THE RED
CAT #: ITR 360CDLUNADON, DION Beyond Everything CD
"After releasing his self-titled debut album in 2017, Dion Lunadon (The D4, ex-A Place To Bury Strangers) and In The Red Records is proud to release his sophomore album, Beyond Everything. Beyond Everything will be Lunadon's first release on In The Red (an ideal match for his music), as well as his first full-length since departing A Place To Bury Strangers. Written, performed and recorded by himself, the songs tap into a raw, palpable energy that blur the line between the music and the person. Drums on the record were played by Blaze Bateh (Bambara) and Nick Ferrante (The Black Hollies). Lunadon says; 'The record was written and recorded sporadically between 2017 and 2019. I probably wrote about one hundred songs during this period. The first album was pretty relentless which I liked, but I wanted to make something more dynamic for the second record. Something that could be more conducive to repeated listens. I'd get in my studio, come up with a song title, and start working on any ideas that I had. For example, with 'Elastic Diagnostic,' the idea was to create a hum that evokes the sound of life coursing through your body. Everything else kind of formed around that idea.'"
CAT #: ITR 360LPLUNADON, DION Beyond Everything LP
LP version. "After releasing his self-titled debut album in 2017, Dion Lunadon (The D4, ex-A Place To Bury Strangers) and In The Red Records is proud to release his sophomore album, Beyond Everything. Beyond Everything will be Lunadon's first release on In The Red (an ideal match for his music), as well as his first full-length since departing A Place To Bury Strangers. Written, performed and recorded by himself, the songs tap into a raw, palpable energy that blur the line between the music and the person. Drums on the record were played by Blaze Bateh (Bambara) and Nick Ferrante (The Black Hollies). Lunadon says; 'The record was written and recorded sporadically between 2017 and 2019. I probably wrote about one hundred songs during this period. The first album was pretty relentless which I liked, but I wanted to make something more dynamic for the second record. Something that could be more conducive to repeated listens. I'd get in my studio, come up with a song title, and start working on any ideas that I had. For example, with 'Elastic Diagnostic,' the idea was to create a hum that evokes the sound of life coursing through your body. Everything else kind of formed around that idea.'"
CAT #: ITR 367LPSPENCER & THE HITMAKERS, JON Spencer Gets It Lit LP
LP version. "The incredible, indelible Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, Pussy Galore, Heavy Trash, etc) is back with the incendiary HITmakers -- and with his hottest record yet! Spencer Gets It Lit is classic Jon Spencer taken to the extreme -- electro-boogie, constructivist art pop, and a psychedelic swamp of industrial sleaze and futurist elegance. It is an epic master work of freak beat from the world's weirdest garage. Across brain-boggling layers of fury, fuzz guitar, and a crash-bang battery of phaser blasts, photon torpedoes, and otherworldly zounds, he frantically spits, croons, rhapsodizes, and seduces. Spencer Gets It Lit is his most complex and groovy record in years, a dark, danceable odyssey -- both a studied take-down of the early 21st century, and a celebration of the place where electricity meets the mind. Thirteen wicked hot songs of love, loss, lust, life -- from the Farfisa-fueled, warped psycho-punk rave-up of 'Junk Man,' to the intimate lover's plea of 'My Hit Parade,' to the outer-space, end-of-days country funk of 'Worm Town,' Spencer Gets It Lit delivers all of the friction, excitement, and post-modern depravity one could ever ask for! Says Spencer, 'Send out the Hit Signal! This is the most uncompromising album I've ever made!'"
CAT #: IF 1020-10Y0RONE Tohu Bohu (Recycled Color Vinyl & Sleeve) 2LP
Double LP, recycled color vinyl and recycled sleeve; includes two sticker sheets with the artworks of each track of the album. Tohu Bohu (released in 2012) has become Rone's most cult album, with tracks like "Bye Bye Macadam" or "Parade." InFiné decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album with an anniversary edition in recycled vinyl (random color), recycled sleeve, and two sticker sheets with the artworks of each track of the album. It has been a decade since electronic producer and musician Erwan Castex, known by the pseudonym Rone, released his groundbreaking and breakout second album Tohu Bohu in 2012. Created in a three-month period soon after moving from Paris to Berlin, Tohu Bohu is more a contemplative, reflective record than it is an observation of his newfound present environment. The result is a truly transcendent, transportive album that has for ten years occupied a space in the electronic music landscape that is wholly its own. Tohu Bohu was met with a steady landslide of critical acclaim, and hailed by The Creator's Project as "a beautiful musical artifact from an increasingly powerful musical archaeologist," and "grand in scale, yet delicately intimate" by Interview Magazine. The tenth anniversary of the album will be celebrated with a special edition vinyl reissue on InFiné, made with fully recycled materials. In the words of Death + Taxes Magazine in 2012, "Rone is one of the shining lights of electronic music in a decade of micro-genres and artists that burst brilliantly then fade into internet obscurity," and the decade following the release of Tohu Bohu is conclusive proof of that. Features High Priest of Antipop Consortium and Gaspar Claus.
CAT #: IF 1064LPBLANOS, MISCHA City Jungle LP
LP version. Renowned as an exhilarating solo live performer, Mischa Blanos makes the piano his own on his second album City Jungle, using it as rhythmic element, organic groove or drowned in noise, perfectly interplaying with free flowing, polyrhythmic percussion and morphing synths, to create his own unique musical force. From his early education through the release of two EPs, Second Nature (2018) and Indoors (2019), to the creation of City Jungle, Blanos has lived in various cities around the world and travelled through many others. Each city held "a unique atmosphere and pressure" as Blanos describes it, "each of them with new rules to follow and different rhythms to attune to." Sometimes traveling alone, Mischa Blanos was able to dissolve into the crowd -- to be an outsider exploring the depths of the huge, pulsing city organism. Often, he was traveling with fellow countrymen Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia, performing as one third of the influential "Ro-minimal" techno outfit Amorf, bringing his unique groove and musicality to their live shows at the world's most famous clubs. Taking in new musical and social influences, a new part of the artist within Blanos was growing: the need not just to perform on the piano, but to finally make it his own. In 2020, the global pandemic meant that Mischa Blanos found himself stuck in Bucharest, no longer able to travel. With a curfew in place between 9pm and 9am, he would spend long, solemn nights in his studio making music, letting the memories, the different rhythms and pressures of the cities and spaces that he used to explore, flow through him. You travel with Blanos from interconnectivity, globalism, humanity -- all the way to isolation, reflection, emptiness and bliss. City Jungle is an extensive exploration of all aspects of the modern age, but it is also a very personal one, born because Blanos was forced to stand still, to come face to face with himself. The result is, as always with Blanos, truly unique.
JUKE JOINT 500 (GERMANY)
CAT #: JJ 5011CDBOOGIE BEASTS Blues From Jupiter CD
Dirty beats, hypnotizing slide, screaming harmonica riffs and plenty of fuzz: all of these will be served by this four-men band from Belgium. Boogie Beasts translate their passion for (hill country) blues into a most characteristic sound of their own, which has a touch of The Black Keys jamming with John Lee Hooker at a rave in the wee hours of the morning, or Morphine on a psychedelic trip with Little Walter, or even RL Burnside backed up by the young Rolling Stones at a juke joint-gig. So far, the bass-less (two guitars, harmonica, drums) band released three studio albums and played all venues in Beneluxa last three times. Here's the story behind their fourth album, Blues From Jupiter: In early 2021, venues and clubs were closed due to restrictions from the Covid pandemic. Belgian blues rock band Boogie Beasts were looking for alternatives to celebrate their ten-year anniversary. On March 6, they are live on Facebook from Studio Jupiter, where they recorded their second and third album but also owned by their sound engineer Koenraad Foesters. During the entire livestream, Boogie Beasts honored their roots and biggest influence: the blues. It resulted in an intense and energetic set of 11 covers that were received with great enthusiasm. The feedback was so enthusiastic that the idea arose to release this live session as an album.
CAT #: JJ 5011LPBOOGIE BEASTS Blues From Jupiter LP
LP version. Edition of 666. Dirty beats, hypnotizing slide, screaming harmonica riffs and plenty of fuzz: all of these will be served by this four-men band from Belgium. Boogie Beasts translate their passion for (hill country) blues into a most characteristic sound of their own, which has a touch of The Black Keys jamming with John Lee Hooker at a rave in the wee hours of the morning, or Morphine on a psychedelic trip with Little Walter, or even RL Burnside backed up by the young Rolling Stones at a juke joint-gig. So far, the bass-less (two guitars, harmonica, drums) band released three studio albums and played all venues in Beneluxa last three times. Here's the story behind their fourth album, Blues From Jupiter: In early 2021, venues and clubs were closed due to restrictions from the Covid pandemic. Belgian blues rock band Boogie Beasts were looking for alternatives to celebrate their ten-year anniversary. On March 6, they are live on Facebook from Studio Jupiter, where they recorded their second and third album but also owned by their sound engineer Koenraad Foesters. During the entire livestream, Boogie Beasts honored their roots and biggest influence: the blues. It resulted in an intense and energetic set of 11 covers that were received with great enthusiasm. The feedback was so enthusiastic that the idea arose to release this live session as an album.
CAT #: KEPLARREV 011LPEHLERS, EKKEHARD Plays 2LP
Ekkehard Ehlers's seminal plays series was originally released on three 12"s (Staubgold) and two 7"s (Bottrop-Boy) in very limited runs. The entire series was previously only available as a CD compilation. Keplar finally presents it on double vinyl for the first time, featuring a new artwork. Domestic ethnology: Ekkehard Ehlers plays. "Play" is a word in English with many meanings attached. Each one sends you down a different cognitive pathway. When Ekkehard Ehlers plays, he is very much on his own. Or, at least, alone but at the same time keeping intimate company with the artistic innovators named in his titles. Robert Johnson. John Cassavetes. Albert Ayler. Cornelius Cardew. Hubert Fichte. Is he playing with them, against them, about them, for them, to them? This can never be known. It is certainly a mistake to try to hear the "work" of these originals in the sounds played by Ekkehard. They're not cover versions. They're hardly tributes in the conventional sense. Cassavetes and Fichte are not even musicians, although music played an important part in both their careers. Sure, there are little nods and flashes of recognition -- tiny guitar licks among the minimal beats of "Robert Johnson 2"; rich bowed instruments in "Albert Ayler", recalling the violin, cello and double bass arrangements on Ayler's 1967 Live in Greenwich Village LP; the elongated organ lines of "Cornelius Cardew 1" gesturing towards passages in Paragraph 1 of the British composer's 1971 Marxist monolith, The Great Learning. Ekkehard is not so much playing these figures as allowing himself to be played by them. Playing as an activity also suggests freedom. Maybe the only thing all five named persons have in common is that they were all quiet radicals. In music, literature and cinema, they all stepped, without self-promotion or fanfare, into unmapped territories. Once there they found it necessary to invent new languages in order to survive. Necessity was the mother of their inventiveness. They were also uncomfortable avant-gardists. Lonely types, fighting their corners out on the margins, with little reward, often misunderstood, ridiculed or ignored. All died unfairly young. The deaths of Johnson, Ayler and Cardew have never been satisfactorily explained, and remain shrouded in myths and conspiracy theories. The pioneering expeditions of all five began in that spirit of playful freedom, but inexorably drew them towards the heart of darkness. Ekkehard Ehlers's intuitive electronic portraits are a form of domestic ethnology in themselves. Invoking another of Ekkehard's musical aliases, they are portraits of cultural "autopoiesis" -- creators whose works were strong enough to have their own self-regenerating life force. Featuring Stephan Mathieu, Joseph Suchy, Anka Hirsch. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Cut to vinyl by Lupo, Berlin, 2022. Redesigned by Sandra Kastl, 2022. Photos by Ludger Blanke. Gatefold sleeve; includes download code; edition of 500.
KOMMERZ RECORDS (GERMANY)
CAT #: KOMMERZ 005CDXADES Shaded CD
Xades (pronounced "shades") is the newest creation of the DJ and curator known mostly under MSJY. Whilst MSJY's DJ sets are known for their heavy bass drip and bouncy rhythmic darkness, Xades is an ode to the sweet Latina soul hidden underneath the tiny powerhouse bouncing behind the booth. Whilst it is certainly new to hear the voice behind the sound, MSJY has been spreading her music all over the world for more than eight years. By using it as a portal to connect to people and interact with her surroundings, she enjoys exploring its various soundscapes with a sharp mind, sensitive ear and a dedicated heart. The Dekmantel affiliated selector as well as former resident at Amsterdam's De School, Groningen's OOST, and Berlin's Griessmuehle is known for thoughtful and playful sets that dig into bass and breaks adding dashes of her passed influences of trip-hop and IDM. As Xades, Jenny explores her voice and songwriting, extending her tentacles into different genres, serving a vulnerable exploration that transitions smoothly from dub, downtempo electronica, and contemporary R&B. Her multiplicitous musical and cultural roots (Brazilian mother, Argentinian father, Swiss passport) seep through all the versatile layers of her sound. A perfectionist at heart, it needed a gentle push by her partner (in crime, music, and life) to find the confidence to share an album that proves that finesse for depth and layer her long-time listeners have always admired her for. Includes a 16-page booklet with all lyrics. Features remixes by Premis, LUZ1E & MSJY, Maroki, Atrice, and Coffintexts.
KRACHLADEN DUB (GERMANY)
CAT #: KLD 003LPA ROCKET IN DUB Ltd. 2x12"
For some, melancholy is the joy of being sad. But for A Rocket In Dub, the reawakened project of Düsseldorf producer Stefan Schwander, also known under pseudonyms like Antonelli Electr. or Harmonious Thelonious, Viktor Hugo's famous saying always applies. Two years ago, the Düsseldorf producer and musician released a 4x7" box set on Krachladen Dub, his first release after a break of 17 years at the time. Now, two years later, nine new tracks follow as a long player, double vinyl release. Even more experimental, more playful, more hypnotic and with a trombone! Monotony is nice! The rocket is back in the club, teaching genres like house and minimal Jamaican dub deepness again. Third Album from A Rocket In Dub with past releases on Italic Records and Krachladen Dub.
CAT #: KRANK 176CDGROUPER Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill CD
2022 repress. "The third full-length release for Portland, Oregon-based Liz Harris. Harris might have achieved a significant fan base thanks to the whispering, near-ambient vocal crusades of her debut album Way Their Crept and its follow-up Wide, but those with a careful ear would have heard slightly more trapped beneath her fuzzy chain of effects. Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill marks a departure of sorts for Liz, which sees her turn down the fuzz boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. It is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop and far from shying away from the reference, Liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, creating an album's worth of perfect, left-field pop songs. Using delicate song structures which are at once both familiar and somehow alien, her vocals cry out hauntingly over stripped-down guitar lines and looped environmental recordings. These are the future soundtracks to love, despair and ultimately, hope." "This remarkable album is actually what I personally always wanted 4AD records to sound like, only they never quite delivered the hazy pleasures their beautiful sleeve art promised." --Pitchfork (8.2)
CAT #: KRANK 235LPVANTZOU, CHRISTINA No5 LP
LP version. "While on the island of Syros in the Aegean Sea for a film festival performance, Christina Vantzou experienced what she characterized as 'a moment of focus' -- a specific vision for the sprawl of raw recordings she'd been amassing for her fifth album. Upon relocating to the Cycladic island of Ano Koufonisi, she situated herself outside at a patio table with a laptop and headphones, taking brief breaks to swim, and began the 'reductive process' of shaving and shaping the source material into uneasy but lyrical movements, alternately austere and adorned with strange inflections: glottal groaning, cavernous water, glittering eddies of modular synth, languorous silences. Mixing the pieces herself without outsourcing to an engineer compounded the intimacy and autobiographical dimension of the music; she refers to Nº5 as 'almost like a first album.' Drawing on sessions staged in February 2020, Vantzou's editing instincts emphasize process and isolation, spotlighting resonance and restraint, liquidity and long tails. Fleeting configurations of piano, wind, strings, synthetics, and field recordings, these are spaces as much as compositions, surreal grottos of shifting light, suffused with a sense of invisible divinity. Although seventeen musicians appear on the record, the proceedings feel minimalist and malleable, sculpted from interstitial moments and oblique synchronicities. The definition of a composer as 'one who joins things' is here both plumbed and proven; Vantzou describes Nº5 as 'a letting go,' a place of 'soft borders,' unfixed and undefinable."
LANTERN REC. (ITALY)
CAT #: LANR 020LPCLARKE, JOHNNY Can't Get Enough LP
First time vinyl reissue, originally released on UK label Arts & Crafts in 1982. This legendary Johnny Clarke recordings is something you wouldn't miss. Completely written by the Jamaican singer himself -- backed here by Roots Radics (the Channel One studio session group) -- and arranged by Clarke and Stafford Douglas (alias Mafia Tone). "Can't Get Enough" witnesses the peak of his career with his first British production. The beginning of a period that would bring Clarke to London and see him churn out a string of hits with Douglas's production, before returning to work with Bunny Lee and Mad Professor, King Tubby, Errol Thompson, Prince Jammy. Roots reggae at its best here! Fully remastered and licensed.
LES ALBUMS CLAUS (BELGIUM)
CAT #: LAC 028LPHUMBROS Druidarium LP
After From 0 to 90, released in 2020 on the British label Phantom Limb, Humbros returns with Druidarium, always with this focus on the mixture, the hybridization of synthetic and acoustic sounds. Captured in the mass, the eleven pieces are a concentrate of the different mediums and materials explored by the duo during four days of improvisation in the Ateliers Claus studio in December 2020. Eleven scenes, panoramic or microscopic faux-field-recordings, strewn with stridulations and buzzes, from which sometimes emanate melodies seeming to escape from occult radios, from a deserted hotel hall, or even from a festive parade. Sound environments with different depths, textures, and distances made possible by the movement of microphones in space, the use of different types of speakers as well as a multitude of acoustic and electronic percussion played on both sides of the studio. Recorded by Christophe Albertijn at Les Ateliers Claus. Mixed by Etienne Foyer. Mastering by scape Mastering / Stefan Betke. Artwork by Valentin Verron.
LIFE AND DEATH (ITALY)
CAT #: LAD 059LPATAXIA Out Of Step 2LP
The Detroit duo Rickers and Ted Krisko, AKA Ataxia, present their debut long player Out Of Step. Featuring guest spots from close peers DJ Minx, Andrés, and Mr Joshooa, they twist house, techno, electro, breakbeat, and rave into revitalized new shapes; embellished with a touch of soul, funk and hip-hop. Out Of Step is a standout record that's big in character, bringing to mind the renegade spirit of Underground Resistance, and the bombastic brilliance of The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers. Defiantly optimistic despite the state of the world, a "life is good" vocal sample meets minor chords sliding over 808 hats on the exemplary house/techno pumper "Detroit Gospel", before a lighter moment on the album, but no less impactful with its hefty low-end thump, is "Pine Island" featuring Motor City hero Andrés. Together they cook up a Motown-inspired house cut awash with horn swells and backup singers, bouncing to wide swung funk bass, in classic 313 style. "Language" turns the club on its head -- busting out one of the most distinct basslines in recent times, and bristling with buzzy, undulating chords, whilst "Maxia" features influential Detroit royalty DJ Minx. The high-tech funk of "Spit In Your Percolator", is laser-guided in its efficiency, with a strobe-like, increasingly intensifying energy, peppered with clever, tripped-up vocal chops. With the next cut, conveyor belt noises and fast churning low-end gives way to a dubbed-out breakdown, on the deep breakbeat roller "98 Degrees". Charged with a blistering, rave intensity, "Number Streets", is a futuristic distorted techno workout that booms through the subs, whilst "The Formulator" mixes filtered snippets, abstract synth noises and melodic bleeps. Closer to the UK definition of hardcore, combining 4/4 and breakbeat, "The Pusher" evokes the spirit of late '80s orbital raves. "Feels Like" sees Rickers and Ted team up their studio mate and fellow TV Lounge resident and club booker, Mister Joshooa. Inspired by Photek but also almost UKG in style, this breakbeat session is stamped with MJ's signature chopped vocals and intricate rhythmic interplay. The bubbling, wobbly loose swing of "WM" is constructed around a classic chopped-up MTV cribs sample, with a filtered vocal creating a far-out psychedelic effect -- all of which is propelled apace by a huge bruising LFO. The LP concludes in fine style with "Dance The Bridge", where bouncy beats and wigged-out keys meet bright, gently uplifting synth chords that bring a clear-skied mood; ending the record as it began, on an optimistic note.
LONDON RECORDS (FRANCE)
CAT #: LMS 5521215MINOGUE, DANNII Neon Nights 2CD
2022 repress; Originally released in 2003, Dannii Minogue and London Records re-release Neon Nights to celebrate its 15th year anniversary of its release. A veritable pick and mix of the European dance scene at the time, Neon Nights spawned four Top 10 hit singles in the UK "Who Do You Love Now?" (No.3), "Put The Needle On It" (No.7), "I Begin To Wonder" (No.2), and "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" (No.5). The album reached No.8 on the UK Official Albums Chart and was certified gold. In Australia it was nominated for "Best Pop Release" at the 2003 ARIA Music Awards. Dannii says: "When I embarked on a solo recording career and released my first album in 1990, music was only released on 7" and 12" vinyl. Fast forward through my album releases and throw in a bunch of technology changes; cassingles, cassette albums, CDs, Mini CDs and we are finally back to vinyl! Neon Nights never had a vinyl release -- it was the '90s, and the industry was entering the digital age, and no-one was looking back at this experience of music listening. Thankfully Gen Y has embraced the nostalgia of the record player, so you finally get to put the needle on it with these tracks (please turn the volume up loud enough to annoy your neighbors!)" includes bonus tracks and remixes by Tiga, Jason Nevins, and Almighty. Double CD version includes 24-page stapled booklet.
CAT #: LMS 5521804COMMUNARDS Red (35th Anniversary Edition) LP
LP version. Includes printed inner sleeve. The Communards' sophomore album Red consolidated the genius of the musical partnership between Bronski Beat singer Jimmy Somerville and pianist Richard Coles. Fusing synths and hi-NRG production with lush string and horn arrangements, the Communards straddled pop and the political, the album's themes set against the political unrest and moral panic of late '80s Britain. A global smash upon its release in 1987, this is the remastered and expanded 35th Anniversary Edition with new sleeve notes.
MAIS UM (UK)
CAT #: MAIS 036LPMINYO CRUSADERS Echoes of Japan 2LP
Limited restock; double LP version, black vinyl. Glossy gatefold sleeve; Includes insert with Japanese lyrics and English translations. 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.
MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)
CAT #: MNQ 114LPBOURBONESE QUALK The Spike LP
Reissue, originally released in 1985. Bourbonese Qualk's third album The Spike was recorded during the period 1984-1985 and published by the Berlin based Dossier/Atonal label while Bourbonese Qualk were involved in organizing the Berlin Atonal festival. Parts of side two of the album is a recording of pieces made for a dance and film performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in 1985. Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence. They're also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners' strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building -- The Ambulance Station -- on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism -- specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984. This is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge. Remastered by Rude 66. Graphic design by Simon Crab. Edition of 400.
CAT #: MNQ 115LPBOURBONESE QUALK Bourbonese Qualk LP
Reissue, originally released in 1987. The self-named LP marked the fifth album and end of the first incarnation of Bourbonese Qualk. Julian Gilbert left the group after The Spike (1986) to concentrate on writing and theatre, leaving Steven Tanza and Simon Crab who parted ways after touring in Europe in early 1986 and recording this album. Steven Tanza went on to found the group The State and while Crab continued as Bourbonese Qualk (with the new line-up of Miles Miles, Crab and Owen If), dissolved the Recloose Organisation label and founded New International as the outlet for future Bourbonese Qualk and Recloose Org releases."If we were awarding prizes for making people rush out of the room in blind panic Bourbonese Qualk would have a trophy cabinet to match Bayern Munich's. Strange, because whilst some of their music is damned uncomfortable listening, an equal part is pleasantly ambient. Pretty, even. Their fifth album is no exception with different types of track side by side throughout, so that the listener can neither drift along in a state of slumber nor masochistically subject themselves to the audio equivalent of the Chinese water torture. This makes it all a very stop-start thing but all the more rewarding as a result." --Can't Be Beat, London 1986Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence. They're also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners' strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building -- The Ambulance Station -- on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism -- specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984. This is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge. Remastered by Rude 66. Graphic design by Simon Crab. Edition of 400.
CAT #: MNQ 151LPADRIANI, ALESSANDRO Program & Rhythm 2LP
Alessandro Adriani marks his comeback on Mannequin Records with an impressive body of work on this double-LP Program & Rhythm, inspired by the Italian library music and soundtrack composers. Italian composers from the '60s to the '80s seemed limitless in their experiments and endlessly colorful, despite being a hidden part in the history of music. Library music takes weird and fantastic detours, between garish drum machines, seedy guitars, synthesizers gone haywire, and fractious brass sections. The scene's big names included Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Giampiero Boneschi, Egisto Macchi, A.R. Luciani, and Bruno Nicolai, just to name a few. After spending weeks on end in an improvised-by-covid home studio recording hours and hours of music every day, Alessandro was turning and shaping his analog machines into an experimental synth pop, psychedelic funky jazz, and weird ambient fusion, making up six different releases called simply Program & Rhythm from the Roland CR-78 programming buttons. The final selection of 42 tracks out of the six releases -- originally intended to be put out as tapes -- would finally compose the track list of the double vinyl presented here, with the catalog number PR and roman numerals used for the track titles. An exceptional document of music in Alessandro's discography, Program & Rhythm enters into an ultimate unknown journey, creating music for films that do not yet exist, putting his steps deeper into a faceless obscure music.
CAT #: MIA 053LPALL THAT WE SEE OR SEEM All That We See or Seem LP
"Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?" This quote from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe sums up the lamenting, primal work that is All That We See or Seem; a project conceived between Finland, England, and Brazil. The self-titled album consists of two long-form pieces of droning mysticism hailing from the trio of Gruth (concept, production, electronics), Ellen Southern (vocals, field recordings, percussion), and Johanna Puuperä (violin, modular synthesizer, additional vocals). The album opens straight into a thousand-yard stare with "Myrskymielellä", adapted from a 1891 poem by the Finnish national poet, Eino Leino, who wrote it at the tender age of 13. Here a blank distant droning of synths and the sounds of flowing water hover underneath like a dark river observed from the air. This is a sound and feeling that will stay constant for the entirety of the piece's thirty-minute duration. It is a trance-inducing composition that slowly unfolds elements of pagan ancestry into its own life. The tranquility of the first half is slowly morphed into a full-blown ceremony as driving ritualistic percussion and a foreboding witch-like presence shifts the piece into a Dead Can Dance-like territory. Here a constant enveloping mixture of violins, modular synths, field recordings and vocal screams creates the feeling of a grand finale. It is an astounding piece of music that develops like a drone symphony for the beginning of time. With the second piece, "A Dream Within A Dream", from Edgar Allan Poe's 1849 poem, you are transported to the shores of an undisclosed island; a place where it´s only you, your thoughts and the endless emptiness. The continual sound of waves is soon brought together with a cloud of synths and mourning violins that will keep a steady dreamlike state during most of the piece's duration. The composition flows like a slow caress of the soul and feels like the spirit twin of Gavin Bryars's "The Sinking of the Titanic" with its lamenting slow movements towards the unknown. Truly a ghost of a record, All That We See or Seem is an experience hard to shake and feels like entering sacred ground. We are in a place surrounded by earth, both ancient and present. Artwork with silver spot color; includes insert; includes download code; edition of 300.
CAT #: MTB 005EPVA MTB005 12"
Purely raw techno cuts in Detroit manners let you drift hypnotic. Benales, Zadig, Tsuyoshi Ogawa, and Gerald VDH give expression to this record. Pressing by Austrovinyl Mastering and lacquer cut by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering Berlin.
CAT #: MO 007LPASTATKE, MULATU Timeless 2LP
2022 repress; 2LP version. "Packaged in a beautiful, five-color gatefold jacket printed on brown chip board. Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music. He is the inventor of Ethio-jazz. His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers and a whole new generation of fans. His music veers from the sublime tezetas to the most foot-stomping funk. The award-winning and invaluable Ethiopiques series has shed a light into a vital and amazing music scene that existed in the Addis Ababa in the '60s. The composer/arranger of that era was Mulatu Astatke. On February 1st he blessed the sold-ut Luckmann Theatre with an amazing show. He shared the stage with veterans of the Los Angeles jazz scene Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence and Phil Ranelin. The performance is beautiful, showcasing many classics as well as some new material. Nas, Damien Marley, Cut Chemist, Quantic, Madlib and K'naan all have felt the influence of Ethio-jazz. This special edition 2LP honors Mulatu and his music. Part one of a three-part series."
CAT #: MOLP 2109LPVEROCAI, ARTHUR Mochilla Presents: Timeless 2LP
2022 repress. "In 2009, Brian Cross (aka B+) organized a series of live events at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angles. The Timeless series captured the lasting impact of several artists on the world of Hip Hop and beyond. Live fully orchestrated performances by Ethiopia's Mulatu Astatke and Brazil's Arthur Verocai bookended the incredible Suite For Ma Dukes, a tribute to James 'Dilla' Yancey, by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. These superb quality live recordings, now long out of print, are back in effect. On Mochilla Presents: Timeless Arthur Verocai the Brazilian composer/arrange leads a full orchestra through his self-titled 1972 release. The result was stunning. Having just witnessed the show captured on this recording MF DOOM remarked 'A true master conductor. Just as incredible live as recorded' with Madlib saying 'I could listen to this music every day for the rest of my life. Full color gatefold jackets with printed inner sleeves.'
MONO-TONE RECORDS (FRANCE)
CAT #: MT 057LPSUBSONICS 2 Minutes or Less LP
Fabulous compilation of all the Subsonics' 45s! All non-LP tracks from their beginnings to their most recent record. 19 songs in less than 40 minutes of the best American rock n' roll band of the 21st century. The Subsonics -- Atlanta's notorious gutter glam legends who pummel VU urbanity with Cramps causticity and offer you a heaping teaspoon of primitive rock n' roll on this fabulous compilation: 19 infectious, irresistible instant classics, all non-LP 45 tracks. Warning! Two Minutes or Less drives through the underground canals of dubious charms, bleak isolation, and crumpled covers!
NAKED LUNCH (ITALY)
CAT #: NAKED 037LPMACHITO Afro-Cuban In New York LP
First Naked Lunch release dedicated to the Afro-Cuban golden age. Machito was a seminal figure in the New York Afro-Cuban scene of the post-World War II era, vastly responsible to deliver this new genre of music to happy-feet crowds populating the ballrooms of the time -- in fact essentially creating the so-called Cubpop and contributing to the large adoption of Salsa as a new kind of dance for the American audience. An unmissable collection for the lovers of the truly vintage Afro Cuban sound.
CAT #: NN 023LPBROTZMANN & HAMID DRAKE, PETER Solid And Spirit 2LP
2022 restock, last copies. Recorded on April 18, 2010 at Clemente Velez Center, New York City. German free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann: alto and tenor sax, B-flat clarinet, tarogato. American jazz drummer/percussionist, Hamid Drake: drums and percussion.
CAT #: OHR 2021206LPMYTHOS Mythos LP
Ohr present a reissue of Mythos' self-titled album, originally released in 1972. Mythos was formed in 1969 on the initiative of Stephan Kaske (flute, keyboards, vocals, guitar), who found two comrades-in-arms in Harald Weisse (bass) and Thomas Hildebrand (drums). Various performances impressed label boss and talent scout Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser so much that the band was able to release their debut album on the Ohr label in 1972. On Mythos the band realized a mixture of art rock and psychedelic with oriental influences in lengthy pieces. This album was also re-recorded and remastered from the original analog tapes.
ONE WORLD RECORDS (DENMARK)
CAT #: AAONE 2022CDADEDEJI Yoruba Odyssey CD
The Nigerian singer and guitarist's third album, Yoruba Odyssey, is a project that goes back to the very core of Adédèji's roots. The result is a progressive jazz-funk record, influenced with vintage Afrobeat and Yoruba eclectic sounds, that greatly reflects Adédèji's up-bringing in the metropolitan city of Lagos. A ten-track educating, entertaining, feel good, funky album, that chronicles his interpretation of the music and artists that influenced him. From soul, to jazz, to blues, to funk, to the traditional Yoruba music he grew up with. Yoruba Odyssey was recorded during three days in Lagos, Nigeria, at the legendary Afrodisia/Decca Studio, that has housed giants like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Ebenezer Obey, to name a few. The album presents authentic and personal ideas with tremendous harmonies and tight arrangements. The line-up includes some of Nigeria's most skilled musicians; the grooviest rhythm section and a splendid horn section, adds to the Afrobeat-influenced sound together with powerful female and male backing vocals, that clearly reference Adédèji's gospel upbringing. The lyrics are song in Yoruba, English, and Pidgin English. In the texts, Adédèji's reignites the traditional identity of Yoruba culture using riddles and proverbs, as well as talking about the society. "Every aspect of the human life, depicts a form of sojourn or the other. From the previous albums Ajò through the double dose of Afreekanism to this point of the Lagos experience, let your mind transverse the cosmos," Adédèji says. Adédèji started singing in a Church Choir in Lagos, and by the age of ten, he became the leader of the choir. His first album, Ajo, featuring Lionel Loueke, got great international reviews and won the VNO NCW Noord Talent Award, The Netherlands, in 2012. His second album, Afreekanism, won him the LBM Awards for "Best Afro Fusion Artist" in Nigeria in 2017. Adédèji shared stages with Tony Allen, Lionel Loueke, Gene Jackson, Ayo Bankole, Paco Sery, FraFra Sound, and many more.
CAT #: ORN 053EPSTEFANIK, DANIEL Echoes EP 12"
Deep, trippy, dub techno and Detroit inspired cuts by Daniel Stefanik. Clear marbled vinyl.
OUTSIDER (ITALY) (ITALY)
CAT #: OUTS 021LPFRANKLIN, ARETHA A Natural Woman... In Sweden LP
Mandatory Scandinavian recordings for the queen of soul! In 1968, she issued the top-selling albums Lady Soul and Aretha Now, which included some of her most popular hit singles, including "Chain of Fools", "Ain't No Way", "Think", and "I Say a Little Prayer". That February, Franklin earned the first two of her Grammys, including the debut category for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance". In the same year, Franklin toured outside the US for the first time in May, including an appearance in Stockholm, from where this historic recording was taken.
CAT #: OVM 318EPWINK & TRUNCATE, JOSH Be Aware 12"
Josh Wink is as iconic as it gets in electronic music. The Philly artist crafted several of the genre's most enduring hits early in his career and has continued to remain at the forefront of the scene ever since. His Ovum label is part of the reason for that, as are superb new tunes like this one. Truncate is one of the new techno dons, known for his funky signature style of jackin' tracks, along with crafting vast, all-consuming grooves that dominate dance floors. He has done so mostly on his own label and together the pair cook up some real magic on this new release. Be Aware came about during a multi-day studio session at Truncate's LA studio and is the first of two EPs that will be released from that same creative collaboration. Josh has been a fan of Truncate's for years and had him remix his 2016 single "Shoelaces" and 2017 single "Resist", while in return Josh remixed Truncate's 2017 tune "Concentrate". The timeless "Be Aware" is a ghoulish techno track with freaky vocals that keep you looking over your shoulder. A sparse lead synth rises and falls to edgy effect, slick drums roll deep and unique tweaked effects flesh out this most well-crafted of tracks. Truncate offers his own impactful interpretation, where the tempo quickens and builds into an infectious powerful groove that has immense impact. This EP is a perfect example of an artist collaboration, where you can equally hear the signature sound of each producer in one distinctive track. This is the first coming together of these two underground icons and the results are unsurprisingly powerful.
CAT #: PALOMA 008EPWANG, DANIEL DSDN EP 12"
The label imprint of the beloved Berlin based club Paloma delivers its eighth release, and it was created by none other than a vogueing encyclopedia of musical and club culture knowledge (plus a cherished Paloma resident DJ). The disco professor: Daniel Wang. It is his first original production under his own name in many years, and you can easily tell that this is not a tool to join in with dancefloor conformity (after all, his first album was called Idealism for a reason). Daniel Wang had already evolved from innocently enthusiastic sampling to synth wizardry during the heyday of his legendary Balihu label, and while studying the masters, he became one himself. DSDN is an ode to nocturnal Berlin and its party community, a city that never left the center of international attention for its vital and influential scene. Daniel Wang is a part of it for twenty years, and he was influenced by what he experienced as much as he left his mark on many nights, both as a DJ, and as a producer. Of course, this release follows the traditional structure of a Disco EP by using a main tune "DSDN" with complementing dubs and instrumentals. Four to be exact, because four is the magic number with this format. "DSDN" reflects the internationality of the clubs across town in English and German words and pays homage to all the districts, and it effortlessly manages to unite sounds of both '80s NYC and Italo disco, '90s NYC and Italo house, synthpop and rap before it became too successful, Balearic vibes before they became a mere excuse, and then it just majestically unfolds into both a charming summer hit and a complex opus magnum, but all an aural sunbeam that blows a kiss to those who emerge from recent sensations in clubs, bars, parks, and streets. Alone or together, happy or sad, resolute or irresolute, tired or energized, or all at once.
CAT #: PERL 032EPLUCIANO & MAT JONSON Alpine Rocket 12"
2022 repress. "Part 1 of a series of 12"s featuring Lucien 'n' Luciano in various collaborations with friends. Luciano's first appearance on Perlon was a song of his and Ricardo Villalobos' project, Sense Club, followed by the beautiful "Indio Muerto" on the label's Superlongevity 2 compilation. Today, Geneva-based Luciano invited Mat Jonson from Victoria/Canada to the Alps to build the Alpine Rocket, a ten-minute ride featuring vocalist Cassy Britton. On the other side, it's Luciano solo with 'Mr. Chancleta'."
CAT #: PERL 074EPDYGAS, MARGARET Invisible Circles 12"
2022 repress. The most essential 12" released in the year 2009. Malgorzata Dygasiewicz was born in Poland and moved to Berlin in 2006. Before that, she lived in London, where she consolidated her DJ skills in famous clubs like Fabric and The End. Just 2 years ago, Ms. Dygas decided to produce her own tracks, which were released through Contexterrior and Tobias Freund's imprint, Non Standard Productions. For Perlon, she brings the deepness.
CAT #: PERL 091EPVILLALOBOS, RICARDO Any Ideas 12"
2022 repress. "Two new tracks on this 12" by Ricardo Villalobos. A pre-taste of his upcoming full-length album, scheduled for summer 2012."
CAT #: RAJATON 001CSRIPATTI DELUXE Speed Demon Cassette
Cassette version. Edition of 100. Sasu Ripatti, aka Vladislav Delay, now sporting the new Ripatti Deluxe moniker, presents his very own abstract take on early rave and happy hardcore. Speed Demon marks the first release on Vladislav Delay's newly launched label, Rajaton. The Finnish word "raja" has multiple meanings. It could refer to a "border", "limit", "boundary", or even "capacity" if understood broadly. It feels that "border" is the first interpretation that comes to mind when the word is met in isolation of additional context. It often includes political energy of some sort. Or perhaps it's just this particular point in time that leads the mind into such field of thought. As the Dutch author Rutger Bregman notes in his book Humankind: A Hopeful History, the real trouble with people began when the first person had the idea of drawing a line on sand and claiming ownership of the area on their side. The concept of physical borders was born. Naturally, there are mental borders, as well. Think about all the things you shut out because they're "not for you". They are numerous and we do it all the time. The issue is not to stop that, but to recognize when to let new things in, even if they're not commonplace. Mental borders might often be easier to rewrite than physical ones, but the challenge remains a real one. That's where the derivative form "rajaton" comes to play. By simply adding the "-ton", all borders, limits, boundaries and capacities are lifted in an instant. We have something "borderless" instead, and are thus free to expand our thinking. One could argue that the word "rajaton" implies not the removal of borders but instead their very non-existence at large. How will our mind work when the concept of borders doesn't even enter the conscious thought? Mental borderless-ness is a truly fascinating concept. A maximalist array of opportunities and potential ideas enters the picture -- one which is also limitless, unlimited, sans boundaries, and also without a danger of being depleted. It's an all-existence of multitudes where hierarchy also starts to deteriorate, giving way to a new form of full understanding without judgement. Music is one fine place for such thinking, especially when thinking about the role of the listener. Occupying a much more active position than is generally recognized, the listener can greatly benefit from borderless thinking, and thus help to enhance the collective perceived significance of any given body of work. As the late revolutionary jazz pianist Burton Greene: "Borders are boring!"
REAL SOON (UK)
CAT #: RSOON 028EPULTRAMARINE FEAT. ANNA DOMINO $10 Rework 12"
Ultramarine and Anna Domino meet again for a reworking of their collaborative track "$10 Heel". The song originally appeared on the Ultramarine album Signals Into Space (Les Disques du Crépuscule, 2019). "$10 Rework" replaces the urgent, jittery rhythm of the original with a straighter house backbone and then proceeds to disassemble the structure with a pair of freestyle, hands-on-the-desk, on-the-fly dub mixes. Anna Domino's stream-of-consciousness lyrics tell the impressionistic tale of post-club after-hours chaos in Times Square, NYC circa 1979. Anna raps off studio equipment brand names like passing neon signs glimpsed in a blur through a taxi cab window. Iain Ballamy wields his saxophone like a graffiti artist with a spray can; scrawling and skronking across the canvas. Ric Elsworth lurks in a side alley, unraveling a trash can monologue of wild flamming bongos. Ultramarine is the UK duo of Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond. Formed in 1989, their albums include Every Man and Woman is a Star (Rough Trade, 1991), United Kingdoms (with Robert Wyatt) (Blanco Y Negro, 1993), and Signals Into Space. Anna Domino is an American musician based in LA and NY, best known for her classic run of releases on Belgian label Les Disques du Crépuscule in the 1980s and '90s. Iain Ballamy is a composer and saxophonist; a member of the Loose Tubes collective in the 1980s and more recently with several albums to his name on ECM. Ric Elsworth is UK-based percussionist and vibraphone player.
CAT #: RECOG 044LPSIENKIEWICZ, JACEK Pristine LP
The sun, kissing the forehead through half-closed blinds; the night, coming uninvited through a windowpane like a damp, sticky shroud. Light and darkness, solid foundations and elusive glimpses of parallel realities. Armies of digital insects -- taken aback by warmth of one brave heart, '90s chillout rooms updated for today's vast and desolated space full of fragile souls desperate in their look for any kind of communion; "artificial intelligence" after three decades of wandering, trying to finally find a helping hand, solace and peace. Shimmer and shine. Welcome to Pristine, a new recording from the mind of Jacek Sienkiewicz. For the past years Jacek has been escaping his image of relentless producer and performer of driving, multi-layered club music. His most recent works include deep ambient records, abstract electro-acoustic experiments, and super smart, stripped-down yet incredibly complex contemporary electronica. The last few records, mostly on his own label Recognition include albums with Max Loderbauer and AtomTM, reinterpretations of works by Bogdan Mazurek of the legendary Polish Radio Experimental Studio, scores for radio plays and last year's massively overlooked "Krasz", music for theatrical performance of Ballard/Cronenberg's "Crash". "Pristine", a labor of love, is at times abstract and atonal, at times breathtakingly beautiful and tender. Eight tracks written and performed in Jacek's unmistakable, singular style, and covering many grounds -- abstract, electronic forms, neo-classical wonders, super tight compositions and freeform, jazz-like improvisations and stripped-down rhythms. Different moods, machine-translated and reverse-engineered in a variety of recording locations, make up this exceptional record. Shimmer and shine, immerse and enjoy. Co-financed by the Minister Of Culture And National Heritage of Poland. The project has been implemented in co-production with Recognition Records and the National Centre for Culture of Poland. Includes download code.
RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)
CAT #: RCD 2228CDMOLLESTAD & TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA, HEDVIG Maternity Beat CD
Hedvig Mollestad says her new album, Maternity Beat, is her most ambitious work to date, and that's not a proclamation to be taken lightly. Mollestad, after all, has been one of Norway's most adventurous and hardest-working musicians since the Molde International Jazz Festival named her the "Young Jazz Talent of the Year" in 2009. Recorded with the 12-piece Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (who have previously worked with legends like Chick Corea and Joshua Redman), Maternity Beat is a sprawling double album and true career milestone. In addition to encompassing the full evolution of her sound to date, it offers deeply personal meditations on the nature of family and pressing social justice issues. While listeners will no doubt encounter the Mahavishnu Orchestra-inspired fire music that has made the Hedvig Mollestad Trio (HM3) heavyweights in 21st-century fusion and jazz-metal, Maternity Beat also expands on the contemplative experimentation showcased on two of Mollestad's recent solo works: 2020's Ekhidna (RCD 2215CD/RLP 3215LP, 2020), and the Arne Nordheim-inspired Tempest Revisited (RCD 2223CD/RLP 3223LP, 2021), both of which netted her a Spellemannpris (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy). The sheer sonic and emotional scope of Maternity Beat required Mollestad wear multiple hats: guitar explorer, composer, arranger, improviser, collaborator, and, as the striking title implies, mother. That latter role serves as the album's thematic focus. This represents a novel direction for her. Back around 2019 -- when the Molde International Jazz Festival and Midtnorsk Jazzsenter originally commissioned the creation of Maternity Beat -- Mollestad felt compelled to compose a new and far more personal work that weighed her own privileged experiences with parenting and nurturing against the harsh political realities unfolding before her. Let's not forget: This was a time when graphic images of migrant families drowning at sea were flooding international news. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which further drove home how the economic systems in which we are all complicit tear apart humanity's far less fortunate. The harsh contrast of humanity and systemic failure fuels the tense shifts in mood coursing throughout Maternity Beat. Featuring the vocals of Mai Elise Solberg and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad, the opening "On the Horizon Part 1" directly references the migrant crisis, while "On the Horizon Part 2" unleashes the full power of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Harrowing moments are counterbalanced by some of the most unabashedly touching music in Mollestad's catalog. "Her Own Shape," for example, expresses the profound desire of parents to give their children the tools they need to thrive. Jazz has witnessed an explosion of boundary-breaking creativity in the last several years. The boom of musicians interested in cutting-edge forms of fusion, spiritual jazz, and electronic-based improvisation has infused the genre with an urgency relevant to our tumultuous times. Mollestad -- who likens the making of Maternity Beat to the jittery thrill of "jumping off a cliff" -- embodies precisely the kind of daring that not only makes her a vital leader on the Norwegian jazz scene, but also a key voice in jazz's global vanguard.
CAT #: RLP 3229LPMULELID TRIO, KJETIL Who Do You Love The Most? LP
Who Do You Love The Most? is the young trio's third album in just over four years, and continues in the tradition of their two previous efforts; beautiful and evocative melodies, rich on harmonies, often rhythmically complex textures and a typically folk-like Scandinavian character with the occasional gospel feel. The album's ten songs are all Kjetil Mulelid originals, except for a gripping cover of Judee Sill's "The Archetypical Man". Two of the originals are the trio's versions of songs that first appeared on the pianist's much lauded solo piano album (Piano) from 2021 (RCD 2220CD/RLP 3220LP).Kjetil André Mulelid comes across as an exceptionally mature pianist and composer. The trio's 2017 debut Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House (RCD 2196CD/RLP 3196LP) received wide international acclaim, with writers most typically mentioning Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. The praise continued for 2019's follow-up What You Thought Was Home (RCD 2208CD/RLP 3208LP), with the Jazz Journal giving it a 5/5 rating and calling it "some of the most captivating music I´ve heard in quite some while". All About Jazz noted the maturity of the work, feeling like coming from three well-seasoned pros. Mulelid grew up in the small village of Hurdal, and started playing the piano when he was nine, after hearing Chopin on the stereo. Later he did a bachelor degree in jazz performance at NTNU in Trondheim, blessed with top teachers such as Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas and Espen Berg. He is also a member of jazz quartet Wako. Bjørn Marius Hegge has been making waves on the Norwegian jazz scene lately, with his quintet's debut album Hegge winning a Norwegian Grammy. He has his own trio as well, with pianist Oscar Grönberg and young drummer ace Hans Hulbækmo (Moskus). In 2019 he released Ideas with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Håvard Wiik, and Hans Hulbækmo. Andreas Skår Winther is, like the other two, a "product" of the fertile milieu at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. His discography includes Left Exit, Mr. K with Michael Duch and Klaus Holm (Clean Feed) and Megalodon Collective.
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
CAT #: RB 112X-EPEAGLES & BUTTERFLIES Retropolis Vol. 01 12"
Welcome to Retropolis! Known for the inimitable Can't Stop with Coloray, an unhealthy obsession with vintage music machines, a baroque style in the use of synthesizer melodies and a forewarn-looking approach to the past, Chris Barratt's music as Eagles & Butterflies can be as fun-loving as melancholically beautiful. For his long overdue debut on Running Back, the English man dishes out a bit of both in a healthy bowl of broth. "Retropolis" is not only the direction giving title, but bold and bonny at the same time. That its working title was Italo should tell you all you need to know. Suitable for big rooms, major moments, minor miracles and sophisticated car chase scenes alike. "Faster" takes off in another direction. Imagine two people falling in love during a bumper car ride -- heartfelt vocals included. On the flip side, E&B follows a similar state of equilibrium. Like the highs and lows and ups and downs in a John Hughes movie, it also showcases the characteristics of two synthesizer classics: the exuberant piano version of "Juno Ninja" (please look at the digital release for a version devoid of it) offsets the poignant and plangent vibe of "CS-80". In summary: made with lots of synthesizers and for fans of keyboard music. And always keep in mind: the future sounds and looks better than you think.
RUNNING BACK DOUBLE COPY (GERMANY)
CAT #: RBDC 008EPLOSOUL Open Door 2x12"
In certain circles, this is a record that would easily be called "eternal". Back in 1996, when it was originally released, it sounded like nothing else -- and still does. The sixth record of Frankfurt's soon to be imperial Playhouse label and Losoul's first outing on the label, it hot-wired many things at once: house and techno, US roots and European fruits, grittiness and wittiness, high tech funk, the expansion pf playtimes and the concept of minimalism in dance music. Elegance met effectiveness. A composition that hooked you and also caused a stir elsewhere. Daniel Bell licensed it to his Elevate label and commissioned a very young Theo Parrish to remix it, Michel De Hey did the same with his EC Records and treatments by Gerd among others. Here you finally get both of those carefully restored, remastered and reissued next to the originals. Amply placed on a double 12", it also features the previously unreleased "D1". Stemming from the same time and era as "Open Door," it rings and feels like a compact lost brother. Addictive as on the very first day and here to stay.
SCISSOR & THREAD
CAT #: SAT 054LPZG ZG LP
ZG is the moniker of London based Zansika Lachhani and Grant (aka Anthony Collins, and the Tony in Frank & Tony). The concept was borne out of a connection online, as Grant and Zan connected on Soundcloud, both independently vibing off each other's music and approach to their art. In 2018, they began to work together, developing a number of tracks but eventually parking the project as other life commitments got in the way. Fast forward to 2021, while clearing out old hard drives, Grant rediscovered the recordings and was blown away by the music already put down. Together they began to rework and develop the project further, resulting in a blindingly beautiful seven track LP. Opener "Jungle Times" sets the scene, an atmospheric dreamy opening giving way to an idiosyncratic breakbeat and whispered vocals from Zan, setting the tone perfectly, floating the sound equally between London and New York styles. Following it up is the enigmatic "Roll of Thunder", drawing its power broken beat patterns, deep and soulful strings and washes reminiscent of 4Hero in their prime. "When Young" also brings a jazz aesthetic to the fore, with upfront drums and Rhodes chords washing over in melodic bliss. "Ombre" starts with a thick bassline and urgent synth stabs before developing into a tripped-out groove, layered with thick synth lines and subtle harmonic touches. Similarly, "Aura" uses some of the same sound palette as well with touches of guitars and more sparking pads creating an uplifting yet melancholic journey. The first real vocal arrives with the penultimate track "Dog Days", dreamily layered over beautifully evolving synth washes and skittering beats. By the time "Drift Out" arrives to usher in the last act of this exceptional LP, you are on cloud. Includes download code.
SILUH RECORDS (AUSTRIA)
CAT #: SILUH 105HC-LPDIVES Wanna Take You There (White Vinyl) LP
LP version. White marbled vinyl version. Vienna three-piece Dives are shaping up to be mainline Europe's biggest export. Since forming at pink noise Girls Rock Club in 2016, they have played over 150 gigs in over ten countries, toured with LA Witch and Courtney Barnett, headlined Viennese Popfest, played big name industry festivals such as Eurosonic, Reeperbahn Festival and c/o pop, whilst also building a huge grassroot fanbase playing beloved underground venues (8mm Bar, Ostpol Dresden). Dives' forthcoming second album Wanna Take You There is the first to be released in the UK and follows their debut self-titled EP (2016) and debut album Teenage Years Are Over (2019). Whilst the debut album was characterized by unpolished garage-guitar sounds, new album Wanna Take You There is a collection of smoother, more compact pop moments. Garage-rock, surf-pop, '90s-flavoured indie, and harmonies à la The Breeders blend with a touch of riot grrrl attitude, present in the lyrical presentation of Dives' manifesto: Anti-discrimination and pro-equality and humanity. Dives' sound is fun in a big way, but also clever and versatile, veering from upbeat power pop on "Walking The Dog", big anthems on "100 Times", or dream pop on "Only Lies." Album opener and title track "Wanna Take You There" adds to the renaissance of playfully clever guitar songs to dance to as trailblazed by Wet Legs. Dives know how to party with their sound evoking images of road trips with friends and long days on the beach, "Oh let's head out, to a place that's pretty," sing Dives on "Streets," "Where the lights, they never go out." Simultaneously, Dives riot grrrl energy sees them sharing important messages and personal experiences within their danceable indie-pop tunes. The trio's first UK single "Ego" is about one-way conversations with narcissists "This conversation is too odd; you got to listen and stop." Or, on the song "Burger," they lay bare every woman's experience of patriarchal society's enabling in the purposely antagonizing line "You cannot blame him anyway, 'cause honey you know, he doesn't mean it that way." Wanna Take You There is a vibrant, fun, danceable and socially conscious ride. On it, Dives rally against the wrongs in the world whilst reminding us to live life to the full, and simultaneously offering us the perfect soundtrack to do just that.
CAT #: SILUH 105LPDIVES Wanna Take You There LP
LP version. Vienna three-piece Dives are shaping up to be mainline Europe's biggest export. Since forming at pink noise Girls Rock Club in 2016, they have played over 150 gigs in over ten countries, toured with LA Witch and Courtney Barnett, headlined Viennese Popfest, played big name industry festivals such as Eurosonic, Reeperbahn Festival and c/o pop, whilst also building a huge grassroot fanbase playing beloved underground venues (8mm Bar, Ostpol Dresden). Dives' forthcoming second album Wanna Take You There is the first to be released in the UK and follows their debut self-titled EP (2016) and debut album Teenage Years Are Over (2019). Whilst the debut album was characterized by unpolished garage-guitar sounds, new album Wanna Take You There is a collection of smoother, more compact pop moments. Garage-rock, surf-pop, '90s-flavoured indie, and harmonies à la The Breeders blend with a touch of riot grrrl attitude, present in the lyrical presentation of Dives' manifesto: Anti-discrimination and pro-equality and humanity. Dives' sound is fun in a big way, but also clever and versatile, veering from upbeat power pop on "Walking The Dog", big anthems on "100 Times", or dream pop on "Only Lies." Album opener and title track "Wanna Take You There" adds to the renaissance of playfully clever guitar songs to dance to as trailblazed by Wet Legs. Dives know how to party with their sound evoking images of road trips with friends and long days on the beach, "Oh let's head out, to a place that's pretty," sing Dives on "Streets," "Where the lights, they never go out." Simultaneously, Dives riot grrrl energy sees them sharing important messages and personal experiences within their danceable indie-pop tunes. The trio's first UK single "Ego" is about one-way conversations with narcissists "This conversation is too odd; you got to listen and stop." Or, on the song "Burger," they lay bare every woman's experience of patriarchal society's enabling in the purposely antagonizing line "You cannot blame him anyway, 'cause honey you know, he doesn't mean it that way." Wanna Take You There is a vibrant, fun, danceable and socially conscious ride. On it, Dives rally against the wrongs in the world whilst reminding us to live life to the full, and simultaneously offering us the perfect soundtrack to do just that.
CAT #: SILUH 106CDDIVES Wanna Take You There CD
Vienna three-piece Dives are shaping up to be mainline Europe's biggest export. Since forming at pink noise Girls Rock Club in 2016, they have played over 150 gigs in over ten countries, toured with LA Witch and Courtney Barnett, headlined Viennese Popfest, played big name industry festivals such as Eurosonic, Reeperbahn Festival and c/o pop, whilst also building a huge grassroot fanbase playing beloved underground venues (8mm Bar, Ostpol Dresden). Dives' forthcoming second album Wanna Take You There is the first to be released in the UK and follows their debut self-titled EP (2016) and debut album Teenage Years Are Over (2019). Whilst the debut album was characterized by unpolished garage-guitar sounds, new album Wanna Take You There is a collection of smoother, more compact pop moments. Garage-rock, surf-pop, '90s-flavoured indie, and harmonies à la The Breeders blend with a touch of riot grrrl attitude, present in the lyrical presentation of Dives' manifesto: Anti-discrimination and pro-equality and humanity. Dives' sound is fun in a big way, but also clever and versatile, veering from upbeat power pop on "Walking The Dog", big anthems on "100 Times", or dream pop on "Only Lies." Album opener and title track "Wanna Take You There" adds to the renaissance of playfully clever guitar songs to dance to as trailblazed by Wet Legs. Dives know how to party with their sound evoking images of road trips with friends and long days on the beach, "Oh let's head out, to a place that's pretty," sing Dives on "Streets," "Where the lights, they never go out." Simultaneously, Dives riot grrrl energy sees them sharing important messages and personal experiences within their danceable indie-pop tunes. The trio's first UK single "Ego" is about one-way conversations with narcissists "This conversation is too odd; you got to listen and stop." Or, on the song "Burger," they lay bare every woman's experience of patriarchal society's enabling in the purposely antagonizing line "You cannot blame him anyway, 'cause honey you know, he doesn't mean it that way." Wanna Take You There is a vibrant, fun, danceable and socially conscious ride. On it, Dives rally against the wrongs in the world whilst reminding us to live life to the full, and simultaneously offering us the perfect soundtrack to do just that.
CAT #: SMALL 058EPALEXANDER, AMIR Love Notes To Brooklyn 12"
Amir Alexander's unique production style and his musical output has been an inspiration for a long time. His record were always special ones and Smallville were loving the fresh vibes outta Chicago a lot. In 2012, the lable were happy to host Amir to play his first-ever DJ-gig in Germany at their Smallville night at Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, as part of his first EU tour ever. The night remains a memorable one and the label closes the circle now and release this special 12" by Amir. Full cover artwork by Stefan Marx. The tracks were made in loving memory of Nathaniel Jay. Rest in peace and all the love to you.
CAT #: SODA 011LPMISTER WATER WET Top Natural Drum LP
Following releases on West Mineral and Lillerne Tapes, Iggy Romeu's inimitable Mister Water Wet project makes its Soda Gong debut. Top Natural Drum feels like a double entendre ode to digging culture, drawing equally from the plant life in the dirt and the grooves in the stacks. Tracks like opener "Soak" concoct a haze of resonant ceramic/wooden percs, skittering drum programming, and addictive yet diffuse melodic and harmonic textures. Dusty-fingered nodders like "Caged at Last", "Classicfit," and "Gossamer Hits Softly Spun" harken back to the glory days of instrumental hip-hop and downtempo, sounding a bit like transmissions from some lost Landspeed Records or Mo' Wax comp, or like field recordings from the courtyard at Scribble Jam that have been infused with the slippery sonic signatures and sleights of hand that define MWW productions. What links these two distinctive tonal registers is a sort of lingering warmth -- warmth like the saturation of natural dye or sunlight on a brisk, clear Midwestern autumn day. Written and produced by Iggy Romeu. Mastered by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering. Artwork by Felix Luke and Alex McCullough. Die-cut sleeve; gloss laminate finish; includes download code; edition of 500.
CAT #: SOL 187CDLEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE The Maria Dimension - The Complete Recordings 3CD
"The Legendary Pink Dots classic psychedelic masterwork from 1991 is released now with all the bonus tracks previously available on the extremely limited (and expensive) 5LP box set from 2015. In addition to the original album, remastered by Edward Ka-Spel, two additional CDs of material from the same recording sessions are presented here. It's all packed into an eight-panel digipak with a 12-page booklet with lyrics and notes about the recordings. It's three hours of music in one package!"
CAT #: SOULG 006LPRAM JOHN HOLDER Black London Blues LP
Reissue, originally released in 1969. Singer and guitarist Ram John Holder was born in 1939 in Georgetown, British Guiana, then moved to Cincinnati in 1954, and to the East Coast to work as folk blues singer in the early 1960s. In 1963, he took residency in England where he recorded several albums. Released in 1969, Black London Blues is surely a masterpiece. A socio-political manifesto, the album chronicles the trials and tribulations that were the result of being a black-immigrant in London, and it contains all the pathos and pain one can imagine. Self-conscious, as concept albums often are, the record is almost like an audio A-Z or pub guide. It's funky and represents his own black experience. It is a must have for all the blues revivalist out there, a record to rank along the lines of early Mike Cooper and American stalwarts like Eugene McDaniels or Sixto Rodriguez. Fully licensed.
SOWING RECORDS (ITALY)
CAT #: SOW 035LPCOOKE, SAM Twistin' the Night Away LP
Reissue, originally released by RCA Victor in 1962. Twistin' the Night Away is Sam Cooke's eighth studio album. The album shows how the one and only Sam Cooke approached the twist dance phenomenon and as a result became one of Cooke's most successful releases. In fact, Twistin' the Night Away peaked while the single of the same name charted high at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Twistin' the Night Away stands as one of the great dance albums of its period, and a brilliant soul album as well. Clear vinyl.
CAT #: SOW 036LPQUEBEC, IKE Bossa Nova Soul Samba LP
Reissue, originally released in 1962. Bossa Nova Soul Samba came as Ike Quebec's best contribution to the fruitful marriage between jazz and Brazilian music. Recorded in 1962 and released on Blue Note in the same year, this was Quebec's final recording before his death in January 1963. A beautiful studio session dominated by Quebec's tenor sax warm tone and the light and gentle groove provided by Kenny Burrell (guitar), Wendell Marshall (bass), Willie Bobo (drums) and Garvin Masseaux (chekere). Clear vinyl.
CAT #: SOW 037LPCOLEMAN, ORNETTE Tomorrow is the Question! LP
Reissue, originally released in 1959. This was definitely a perfect title for Ornette Coleman's second and last album for Contemporary before switching on Ertegun's Atlantic label. Tomorrow is the Question! was an early evident step towards the revolution to come. An adventurous yet accessible, bluesy album with Coleman and Don Cherry tasting for the first time the freedom of a piano-less rhythm section featuring Percy Heath or Red Mitchell on bass and the great Shelly Manne on drums. Clear vinyl.
CAT #: SP 043LPSECOND WOMAN S/W LP
2022 repress. Includes download code with Gábor Lázár remix as a bonus. Future music duo Second Woman's sophomore full-length for Spectrum Spools further hones their distinctive fusion of shape-shifting software sculpture and tessellated footwork. Shivering digital textures oscillate with and against algorithmically mapped percussion samples; smeared synthetic chords levitate in the distance; stabs of digital noise punctuate the mix in twitchy, time-distorting patterns. Their anamorphosis verges on ascetic: stark, splintered waveforms rendered into unique fiber optic hieroglyphs. Multi-instrumentalists Josh Eustis and Turk Dietrich share a deep history going back to their days in the New Orleans ambient electronic community, as part of Telefon Tel Aviv and Belong, respectively. Even so, S/W pushes beyond their combined discographies to date, flexing impossibilities, building rhythms from arrhythmia, teasing veiled emotion from bold iterations of cold code.
CAT #: SQM 006RE-LPBRUGGER, MARTIN Music For Video Stores (2022 Repress) LP
2022 repress. On his debut, album producer and Squama co-founder Martin Brugger hovers through ambient, (upbeat) downbeat, and unfulfilled build-ups. Conceptualized as a blank soundtrack, the music was sent to fellow artists who shared their visual and verbal associations which became the source for the artwork and track titles, effectively making the album a collective effort. Evident in all of his recent projects is Brugger's passion for working and thriving within closely set limits. The only audio sources in the process of making the album were his record player and a Dave Smith Prophet 08 synthesizer. In an antithesis to most sample-based music, Brugger takes the more ephemeral moments of recorded music and uses pitching tools as a magnifying glass to dive deeper into the sound and bare layers that normally remain unheard. 180 gram viny; includes printed inlay.
CAT #: SQM 018LPOHTA & MATTHIAS LINDERMAYR, MASAKO MMMMH LP
Pianist Masako Ohta and trumpet player Matthias Lindermayr's music flows in gentle waves, moving with ease between every theme they imagine. Their music is largely improvised, embracing chance and following sound down winding paths. Their debut collaborative album, MMMMH, highlights this loose process through its relaxed pace, surprising turns, and drifting style. The album presents small vignettes that each encapsulate their free-flowing motion and tranquil melodies, drawing from simple ideas to create a fully bloomed, radiant sound. 180 gram vinyl.
CAT #: STAGO 187LPVA Buzzsaw Joint: Johnny Alpha & Carl Combover - Cut 8 LP
Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol' trashy rock n' roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee. Get your ears around the wild n' weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Cut 8 introduces Johnny Alpha and Carl Combover, purveyors of all things sleazy, greasy and raw. When delinquent-at-large Carl isn't pounding drums, he's running the Go-Go Cage, Liverpool's most raucous '60s night. Johnny's Killer Diller radio show, broadcast from a bunker in Wigan, unearthed so many exclusive 45s, it defined a genre. For years this pair have slung records at Europe's coolest clubs and fuzziest festivals. Now they've stewed up a heady mix with pungent notes of tonic wine and spiced rum. Slurp! Features Lee Castle, Ernie Fields, The Champs, Dynamics, Tarheel Slim, Bobbie Smith, Swan Silvertones, Goodie Rene, Lee The Big Masher Lilly, Plas Johnson, Nite Caps, The Rollers, Secrets, Majestics, Richard Anthony, and Johnny Fisher. Violet vinyl; edition of 500.
CAT #: STAR 3303001LPFIRESIDE Bin Juice LP
Fireside, Sweden's supreme indie rockers (back then it was called emo-core) are back with their first studio album since 2003. Kristofer Âström on vocals singing better than ever. Pelle Gunnerfeldt studio wizard and producer (The Hives, Viagra Boys) here on guitar have written some of the very best Fireside songs. Guitar-driven indie rock with layers of sounds but still clean and melodic.
STASIS RECORDINGS (CANADA)
CAT #: SRWAX 018LPAURAL IMBALANCE Dreaming In Future Tense LP
Lush and atmospheric tapestries are the hallmark signatures of Aural Imbalance's compositions. Easily spotted and loved by his knowledgeable fans. Dreaming In Future Tense remembers all the euphoria, optimism, and exploration of the nineties D&B movement and carries it forward to the now in six soothing rollers. The perfect balance of embracing the past, living in the present, and eyeing the future. Features Luna Pixie.
STIL VOR TALENT (GERMANY)
CAT #: SVT 316EPKADOSH Unanimously 12"
The versatile debut full-length offering from Tel-Aviv-based producer Kadosh on Stil vor Talent, Unanimously. Bridging the club universe with that of deeper, further immersive off-floor narratives, Kadosh entices you down a compelling path of rhythmic enlightenment and all-embracing togetherness. Casting mutable strains of EBM, house, pop and exotica entangled in one dizzying polyphony throughout the album, the Israeli vibist has us surfing our way across his musical headspace effortlessly. From the stealth, neo-noir-like opening sequence of "Interstellar" featuring Marc Piñol to the epic Luso-Italo vibrations of "Sandcastles" featuring vocal hoodooist Abrão, via the exquisite Afro-informed piano house and all-round atmospheric luxuriance of "My Mind" featuring Floyd Lavine and Erika Krall's supremely smooth yet characterful timbre, Kadosh swings the pendulum with constant surprise and bravura. Aside from his compositions' obvious hooking nature, there's also great lots of textural back funk to dive in at every corner. Hauntingly transporting, "From Jaffa to Frederichshain" featuring Upon You's Marco Resmann works a more jagged programming, flush with big-room reverbs and muted drums, while the slo-evolving "Pronto" featuring Emanuel Satie morphs from a low-key DJ tool into a full-fledged, melancholy-charged peak-time burner. Bearing both Kadosh and David Mayer's signature, "1999" lets the '80s-inherited arsenal of iridescent Casio synths and lashing percussions talk in unhindered fashion, whereas "Volantage" featuring Murat Uncuoglu goes all in on the trampling kicks, sooty claps and prismatic keyboard stabs. Sensual to the fullest, "Moran" in collaboration with Rodriguez Jr. is certainly one of the album's highlights with its impeccably laid-down mélange of bassy thunder and shapely Latin rhythmic backbone ushering us down an irresistibly poignant and hypnotic tunnel of sound. A joint effort with Locked Groove, "Far Too Close" is a further loopy discoid affair reminiscent of the French filtered-house scene's heyday, while the album's closer "Think it Over" featuring Stereo MC's is that perfect pop-indebted electro chugger that'll rev up any tired engine with reinvigorated, ecstasy-inducing horsepower. The four-track 12" includes download with the full ten-track album.
SUBSOUND RECORDS (ITALY)
CAT #: SUBSOUND 121LPMULLA Don't Cry My Africa LP
Mulla is a black metal act from Iraq. Their members are currently anonymous. Mulla denies that they, in their own words, are a terrorist group or religious fanatics. Their goal is to provide a musical feel for the "frightening atmosphere of the Middle East these days." Genre: Black metal, raw black metal, atmospheric black metal.
CAT #: SUBSOUND 121LTDMULLA Don't Cry My Africa (Grey Vinyl) LP
LP version. Grey vinyl. Mulla is a black metal act from Iraq. Their members are currently anonymous. Mulla denies that they, in their own words, are a terrorist group or religious fanatics. Their goal is to provide a musical feel for the "frightening atmosphere of the Middle East these days." Genre: Black metal, raw black metal, atmospheric black metal.
CAT #: SND 017LPTANAKA, FUMIYA One More Thing (Second Part) 2x12"
The second part of Fumiya Tanaka's One More Thing. The first part was released in January 2022 as 12" double-pack (SND 015LP).
CAT #: SV 151LPSPACEMEN 3 Playing With Fire LP
2022 repress. "Spacemen 3 began assembling their third album, 1988's Playing With Fire, at perhaps the freest, most confident point in their career. Recording began with the band road-tested and rugged, even amidst the functional volatility that famously motivated their course. The sessions' first offering came in the form of 'Revolution,' a single of heroic Stooges-devotion and the most commercially successful release the group had to date. High expectations for the album were soon exceeded, as Playing With Fire would become Spacemen 3's crowning studio achievement and cement their rightful place on the vanguard of otherworldly rock 'n' roll. An exquisite mix of stuttering tremolo guitars and wistful melodies, Playing With Fire sheds any trappings of revisionism and furnishes a nuanced grade of psychedelia. Epic entries like 'Suicide' (named after the notorious NYC band) and the mesmeric 'How Does It Feel?' catch Spacemen 3 at their celestial apex, the very point where their collective writing, performance and production would crest and wondrously splinter. Includes download card and new insert with liner notes by Marc Masters."
CAT #: SV 152LPSPACEMEN 3 Recurring LP
2022 repress. "1990's Recurring, the fourth and final studio album by Spacemen 3, is often considered the introduction of two brilliant solo projects (Spectrum and Spiritualized) rather than the work of a functioning band. While Spacemen 3's departing statement surely reveals a deep divide within the S3 camp -- each side of the LP was written by Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce separately and, unlike previous releases, the two do not play on each other's songs -- Recurring maintains a cohesive, dreamy feel with its chief sonic officers backed by fellow travelers Will Carruthers, Mark Refoy and Jon Mattock. Opening saga 'Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)' marries ambient haze with narcotized indie rock, while 'I Love You' manages to arrange a beautiful flute alongside a defiantly throbbing bass track. 'Hypnotized,' a reimagined fuzz-pop hymn, would become the group's first entry in the UK Singles Charts. Recurring lays bare the essence of Spacemen 3's persistent sound, rooted in both aural expansion and phenomenal songwriting. Includes download card and new insert with liner notes by Marc Masters."
CAT #: GB 133CDETCETERAL Rhizome CD
Etceteral are a Slovenian experimental trio (saxophone and electronics, drums, visuals) who create a propulsive, polyrhythmic futurist jazz. It is a sound marked by abstract modular explorations, hypnotic drumming, ricocheted horn textures and crystalline production. Interzones between dub, krautrock, Afro-rhythms, free improvisation and quantized electronic music are brightly lit on this thrilling second album. The idea of musical elasticity is central to Rhizome, the sophomore album of the Slovenian audio-visual electronic jazz trio Etceteral who debuted in 2020 with the album Ama Gi for Kapa Records. Following a series of domestic and international gigs, the band consisting of Bostjan Simon (saxophone, synth, electronics), Marek Faku? (drums), and Lina Rica (visuals) returned to the studio, taking their ambition to meld audio and visuals to a whole new level on their debut for the tak:til imprint. On Rhizome, the band explores the interzone between groove-driven contemporary jazz, quantized electronic music, abstract modular explorations and free improvisation. Like rubber that is able to stretch and be returned to its original shape, Etceteral expands its arrangements to the point of no return, pushing its sonic architecture to the maximum without ever letting it collapse onto itself. Given carte blanche to self-produce their second album, they centered it around the concept of rhizome -- a continuously growing horizontal underground stem which puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals. The sophisticated songs of Rhizome are interconnected in their structures, growing from the inside out. With its interlocking synth sequence, saxophone ornaments and hip-shaking syncopations, the opening earworm "Meadow Sage" sets the pace of the record, boasting an ambitious and adventurous sonic character. New songs took shape organically through jams, the only exceptions being the intermezzo "Ton 618," a nod to exploratory modular techno, and the IDM-inspired coda "Idler Idol," both arranged as links between adjacent songs. The interplay between synth sequences, the kick drum, and saxophone represents the foundation of Etceteral's sonic realm. Their sound palette consists of the iconic synth Dave Smith Evolver, a saxophone with a MIDI controller, sound effects, and drums. In Pygmy traditions, one of the band's reference points, every singer or musician follows a single theme or rhythm which is then unified into polyphony or polyrhythmic patterns. Etceteral build their sonic architecture from inside out, never fully defining the outlines of their songs. Even though their sequences are quantized, Faku? only rarely uses click tracks, rather opting for a more instinctive approach to electroacoustic fusionism, which results in a spontaneous flow and jazzy vibe.
TAPETE RECORDS (GERMANY)
CAT #: TR 524LPROBOCOP KRAUS Why Robocop Kraus Became the Love of My Life 2LP
Double LP version. Long time no hear: after an extended hiatus and just the occasional gig, Robocop Kraus have rewired and reunited. They're back in the game. Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the band was formed, a period which saw them release on labels like L'Age D'Or, Epitaph, and Anti. Now they have put together a compilation featuring all of the tracks which, for one reason or another, were not available on their regular albums, with an intriguing number of rarities and previously unreleased material. Meticulously detailed liner notes courtesy of the band. Artwork by Lorenzo Zimmermann."Why Robocop Kraus became the love of my life. Good question, if indeed it is a question (no question mark in sight): Founded in the late 1990s by members of former (secondary modern and grammar) school bands in the small Middle Franconian town of Hersbruck, endowed with the most rudimentary technical skills on their respective instruments (the deal was that every band member would play an instrument he had yet to master) and unafraid of hammering out songs from blatantly pilfered or well-worn musical ideas, the band was, to all intents and purposes, set up to fail. Nevertheless, Robocop Kraus became the love of our lives: five albums between the years of 1999 and 2007, the first on the band's own label Swing Deluxe, the last on the internationally renowned Epitaph label. Hundreds of shows across Europe, the USA, Russia, and Japan. Encounters and friendships with people and bands, adventures and events in squats, bars and clubs. Enough answers? Things quietened down in 2010, a lengthy break with just the odd show here and there. But last year, 2021, we had to concede that Robocop Kraus really are the love of our lives: a concert request was spontaneously accepted -- surprising even the promoter, not to mention ourselves. Back to the rehearsal room. Now we are six and we have more instruments too. We had to listen back to the old songs so we could practice, and as we rummaged through the archives we happened upon the 28 songs now gathered here together for you. They range from our very first recordings to songs for (and in) 2022. EPs, compilation tracks, a few all-time faves like 'Poor Soul Relax' and previously unreleased songs or alternative versions..."
CAT #: TR 526LPVA Revenge of the She-Punks: Compilation Inspired by the Book by Vivien Goldman 2LP
Double LP version. Since the historiography of punk is a male-dominated one, a Revenge of the She-Punks was long overdue. This feminist reckoning was written by none other than post-punk pioneer Vivien Goldman, who has an insider's perspective due to her work as a musician and one of Britain's first female music writers. Along four themes -- Identity, Money, Love and Protest -- the "punk professor" traces empowering moments that punk holds especially for women. This compilation is inspired by the book, originally released by University of Texas Press in 2019. Compiled and with liner notes by Vivien Goldman."We're not talking a mean-spirited gotcha! revenge here. As both my book that inspired it and this recording prove, us She-Punks' revenge is about our complex survival in an all too often hostile environment. The book offers a template to finding a way through the patriarchal labyrinth of the music industry by telling the backstories of thirty-eight songs by women from not only the Anglophone countries, but Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern and Continental Europe. Together, they demonstrate how girls around the world, with no or few role models, found ways to thwart blockages and become self-expressive musicians, breaking traditions and expectations, setting new standards with every chord . . . We open with Identity featuring Fea, Big Joanie, The Raincoats, Blondie, and Poly Styrene with X-Ray Spex. Then comes Money with Patti Smith, Shonen Knife, Malaria! and the Slits; followed by Love/Unlove: Crass, Cherry Vanilla, Grace Jones, Rhoda Dakar with the Special AKA, Alice Bag (The Bags), Tribe 8 and the Au Pairs, the Mo-Dettes, Neneh Cherry from the UK/Sweden/US and this writer/musician. The closing chapter, Protest, features Sleater-Kinney, Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Skinny Girl Diet, Vi Subversa and the Poison Girls, the Czech Republic's Zuby Nehty, Colombia's Fertil Miseria, and Jamaica's Tanya Stephens. Many people have questioned how I arrived at those four themes (answer: thinking,) and so far, no-one has disagreed. However, in sequencing this compilation, the important thing was to sonically flow through the breadth of our creativity, led by the rhythms and sound, rather than the lyrics; they, I already knew, formed a compelling whole, an implacable critique. My perspective on punk is based on spirit rather than adherence to the venerated concept of the genre as only a frenetic full-frontal sonic attack (though that is also represented here). Having been involved with the movement at the start in mid-1970s London, as Features Editor of the punk rock weekly, Sounds, I understood it to be a front line, inclusionary genre, with DIY at its core, which is why it was the first genre to give anything approaching an equal platform to women musicians. Especially for the less conventional, all too often the path for women artists is still steeper than that of male peers. Despite the massive success of today's female superstars, there remains a quota perception in an industry that still largely lives in boystown (though always factor in that it's not the men, it's the mentality,) who are less receptive to forceful females; like the sort of bookers who say, 'Well, we've done our bit, we've booked our female artist' -- as if booking women were some grim post-MeToo duty. But as heard in these tracks, in all its forms, whether sounding strident or soft, punk is a music of resistance; women's punk specially so..." Also features Bush Tetras and The Selecter.
THINK ZIK! (GERMANY)
CAT #: TZA 020CDTHINK ZIK! ALL STAR Acoustic Love Sessions CD
Acoustic "Love" Sessions, is the first part of the Acoustic Sessions collection conceived by the Think Zik! label. The concept is simple: 14 love songs in English revisited in their simplest form... In these times when music is so formatted, the freshness of this organic album, is a pleasure to hear by finding the salt of great voices such as Ben L'Oncle Soul, Imany, Rover, Faada Freddy, Tété, China Moses, or Hugh Coltman. Also highlighted are new voices, such as Saandia, Anwar, Ginne Marker, or Yaya Minté. The album was produced by Johan Dalgaard, pianist/keyboardist known for playing with Benjamin Biolay, Jean-Louis Aubert, Gaëtan Roussel. Dalgaard also produced Alain Chamfort's album which was awarded at the Victoires de la Musique in 2019, several albums of Christophe Maé and the latest album of Bénabar. Also features Paper Plane, Axelle Rousseau, and E.B. CD version includes 12-page booklet.
TOY TONICS (GERMANY)
CAT #: TOYT 135LPCURRIE, CODY Lucas 2x12"
The 14-tracker will land via Berlin's Toy Tonics label and glides from disco to jazz, house, and funk and features key collaborations with the likes of Jitwam, Eliza Rose, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, and his close friends. After having met Mathias "Kapote" Modica, creative mind behind Germany's well respected Toy Tonics label three years ago, East London born Cody Currie understood Kapote and his international TT Crew have the perfect understanding for his talents and share the same visions and so Cody joined the TT crew and released three EPs with the German label. Now finally he steps up to present his highly anticipated debut album, Lucas. The roots of Cody's artistry runs deep, hailing from Leytonstone in East London by his father a fashion designer and his Spanish mother a music writer, it was inevitable that Cody would follow suit in the world of creativity. Currie's keen ear and penchant for retro disco licks, chopped keys, and broken beats have landed him also with one-off releases on other notable labels like Razor-N-Tape, Dan Shake's Shake Records. The past few years has found Cody in the midst of a fresh, unique buzz taking over Europe, predominantly in Berlin and London, as he bridges the gap between jazz and house music with his energetic DJ sets, talented instrumental skills and effortless swag. This debut album, like his EPs, represents the new essence of jazz burgeoning out of London's youth scene of today. Cody doesn't use any samples, only live instruments, vocals and great chord combinations, a nod towards his music school studies in London before moving over to Berlin. Cody comes from playing jazz piano and playing in bands and combines this real musician's attitude and knowledge with his skills as an electronic producer and extremely talented DJ/selector. On Lucas, Cody defines his work by enjoying the collaborative process with other talented artists such as Eliza Rose and Ziggy (Freedom Zeitgeist Energy Exchange), as well as some of Cody's close personal friends like Jitwam, Ally McMahon, Andreas Kon, and more. Currie comments on the album saying: "Lucas LP is a collection of tracks which I've either done myself around the world recording in different places, or collaborating with my friends. The music reflects my enjoyment of the musical process and I'd say it's inspired a lot by George Duke and Frank Zappa, the disco and funkier stuff from the '70s and '80s. Some of the tracks are quite deep and introspective, whilst other ones are more fun and silly like "That Stick"..." Also features MiK and Tino.
CAT #: TRI 628LPLUST SYNDICATE, THE Capitalism is Cannibalism LP+CD
2019 release. Capitalism is war. Capitalism is cannibalism. Western society is devouring itself, just as it previously devoured other societies. This realization brings anger, and demands an answer. Simone Salvatori (the Spiritual Front mastermind) brings this fury to us. With his martial post-industrial pop project The Lust Syndicate, he destroys all we came to trust, infecting our imaginary idylls forever. Capitalism is Cannibalism is the title of his first work with The Lust Syndicate, and the aggressive course pursued by the death-fixated cover, which is full of weapons, skulls, and dildos, is an effortless and perfect fit for the tracks collected here. The album is made up of critical and downright politically provocative statements, and surprises not only with its clearly defined theses on the present day, but also with some well-known guests: Michael de Victor from the neofolk band While Angels Watch, the Italian genre actor Mark Thompson Ashworth, the American occultist Paul Smalley, Gary Carey (Joy Of Life), Sean Ragon (Cult Of Youth), Erin Powell (Awen), and Caroline Jago (Sol Invictus) all appear here, positioning the album in a European post-industrial tradition. Salvatori's countless appearances with the cult figures of neofolk over the last two decades (including Death In June and King Dude) have left clear traces. But The Lust Syndicate has more to offer than accusation -- driving percussion, melodic fragments, and gut-wrenching noise. With its tribal metallic beats, the song "Deserted Future" is reminiscent of Australian industrial pioneers, SPK. But Hunting Lodge also come to mind, with their driving "Tribal Warning Shot", as do Test Dept., whose accusatory agitation shines through again and again (such as on "United States of Slavery"). But Simone Salvatori is known for the suicide pop of Spiritual Front, which on this album he dresses up to be variously colder or more electronic. The vocals in "Utopia as Violence" and "Death Moves Towards Us" are indeed reminiscent of electro-pop legends Depeche Mode. Once you've heard The Lust Syndicate, there's no escape. Simone Salvatori's new project gives our powerlessness a voice and calls for a revolt. White 180 gram vinyl; reverse board printed cover sleeve; includes color inner sleeve with lyrics; included CD contains six bonus tracks.
CAT #: TRI 659LPAWEN The Hollow In The Stone LP+CD
2019 release. Impressions of eternity. A modern voice for an ancient messenger. The delicate balance of warm wood, cold stone, and steel. These are some of the sonic flashes imparted on the listener of The Hollow In The Stone, the third album from the Texas-based neofolk/post-industrial band Awen. Led by the stentorian voice of Erin Powell, sustained by the dulcet tones of Katrin X, and propelled by the delicate guitar work of Wes Radvansky, the album pushes and pulls in measures through avenues of melancholy and moments of horror, forcing the listener to become an active participant on the journey. Archaic actions leave palpable impressions -- The Hollow In The Stone. Featuring guest appearances from Jerome Reuter (Rome), b9 InVid (Et Nihil, Luftwaffe, The Muskets), and Greg Elliott (Dying And Rising). Clear 180 gram vinyl; reverse board printed cover; color printed inner sleeve with lyrics; includes CD.
CAT #: TRI 696LPOSTARA Eclipse of the West LP+CD
2020 release. Ostara's eight album, Eclipse of the West, is an uncompromising confrontation with the Zeitgeist, brimming from start to end with a sense of tragic urgency. Inspired by the Sturm und Drang movement, singer songwriter, Richard Leviathan, weaves a barbed thread through the centuries, from the battle cry of the Norse god Wieland to the contemporary echoes of failed utopias, mass narcissism, the loss of love, and the death of hope. This is an album for the times, a bleak yet stirring harbinger of a dark new decade. Solar gold 180 gram vinyl; reverse board printed cover; includes color printed inner sleeve with lyrics; includes CD; includes postcard.
CAT #: TROST 217LPSAKATA & TAKEO MORIYAMA, AKIRA Mitochondria 2LP
Double LP version. Spectacular live recording from 1986 of two seminal figures of the Japanese avantgarde -- Akira Sakata on saxophone and Takeo Moriyama on drums. Mitochondria captures the reunion of the two free jazz masters, who started playing together in the Yosuke Yamashita Trio in 1972 until 1975. For both, the experience with the trio was an important step in the development of their own career and musicianship. The recordings are a remarkable performance in which each successfully highlights the essential elements of his playing while giving of room for the other musician. Recorded at Kashiwa Church Chiba Pref. in Japan on May 24, 1986 by Yukio Tezuka on Sony stereo cassette recorder. Mixed by Jim O'Rourke, Mastered by Martin Siewert. Graphic design/cover photo by Lasse Marhaug. Liner notes by Kazue Yokoi.
CAT #: TROST 222LPBROTZMANN/FRED VAN HOVE/HAN BENNINK, PETER Jazz in der Kammer Nr.71 2LP
Double LP version. The first concert of Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, and Han Bennink in East Germany -- 4.11.1974, Deutsches Theater, Berlin. Recorded by radio for the series Jazz in der Kammer Nr 71. Liner notes by Bert Noglik, with translation by Jeb Bishop. Recorded by Radio GDR, Berlin. Produced by Brötzmann, 2021 mastering by Martin Siewert. Artwork/design by Brötzmann/Untiet. Personnel: Peter Brötzmann - alto/tenor saxophone; Fred van Hove - piano; Han Bennink - drums.
CAT #: TROST 224LPGUSTAFSSON & NU ENSEMBLE, MATS Hidros 8 - Heal LP
LP version. Includes download. Personnel: Anna Högberg - alto and baritone sax; Mats Gustafsson - baritone sax and conductions; Susana Santos Silva - trumpet; Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba; Hedvig Mollestad - guitar; Dieb13 - turntables; Christof Kurzmann - lloopp, voice; Massimo Pupillo - bass; Gert-Jan Prins - drums and electronics; Ivar Loe Bjørnstad - drums.Recorded at DE Studio, Antwerp, November 23rd, 2016. Mixed by Mikael Werliin. Mastered by Lasse Marhaug. Cover illustration/design by Lasse Marhaug.
CAT #: TROST 229CDAMADO, RODRIGO Refraction Solo CD
An intimate solo set by Portuguese tenor saxophone player Rodrigo Amado, recorded at the Church of The Holy Ghost (Igreja do Espírito Santo), Caldas da Rainha. Amado is a key player of the current European jazz scene and has regular band projects with Joe McPhee, Hernani Faustino, Chris Corsano, and leads his own groups Lisbon Freedom Unit and Motion Trio. Mastered by David Zuchovski. Photo by Laurent Orseau. Liner notes by Stuart Broomer.
TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)
CAT #: TURBO 217EPTIGA Easy - Remixes 12"
Turbo Recordings present he latest from executive honcho Tiga, a massive ode to passive-aggressive income remixed by Héctor Oaks, Der Zyklus, and Decius. "No one wants to work their body anymore," says the Montreal merrymaker from atop a throne in the exact shape of a digital wallet. "I get it. Who wants their surplus sweat equity vacuumed up off the dance floor by corporate parasites when the real future's in decentralized skanking? But that's why people in my position -- the top one-percent in terms of nightlife and hospitality take-home pay -- have to offer real benefits to risking it all in the clubs. I'm talking dance-move insurance, competitive drink ticket packages, and -- most of all -- the kind of brick-and-mortar bangers Rhythm Nation was founded upon back in 1814." While gratingly content with the original version, Tiga has nonetheless chosen to flood the marketplace of ideas with a plurality (three) of voices he feels will optimally position this release in today's unforgiving neo-centrist landscape. This stunning grassfed vinyl 12" opens with a remix by Berlin-based vinyl-only DJ Héctor Oaks, who has been described as "operating at the absolute vanguard of rave." Please remember that describing people this way is basically injecting them with Imposter Syndrome. The release also features a remix by Der Zyklus, an alias of Gerald Donald, the epochal genius from Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, Japanese Telecom, Abstract Thought, Zerkalo, Zwischenwelt, and many other fantastic projects. Finally, Decius closes out the EP with all the British mischief you might expect from UK luminaries from Trashmouth Records, Fat White Family, and Paranoid London. "I've designed my entire life around the concept of ease," adds Tiga. "I never wanted to work for a law firm. I wanted to make beats for a law firm. I've always been self-employed, and that why my street cred's off the street charts. And I've let as much of that freedom trickle down to the audience as I can. Because when it comes to music, there's no such thing as an acceptable minimum wage. You gotta know that you gotta give it all you got or you're gonna get got."
CAT #: UKW49B 001A-EPVA Sound Of The Concrete Lady Part 1 12"
The UKW club in north-east Germany and its street location number calling 49b. A unique building and home for music enthusiasts where no fame exists. The new inhouse label is now starting its output with music from friends and regulars of the club. The label philosophy is simple: Music from the heart that moves. This first release comes as a compilation split into two parts packed with chords, raw analog drums, dubby elements dreamy pads, and bleepy elements. Features Kyle Geiger, Stojche, Don Williams, Mareena, and AVION.
UMOR REX (MEXICO)
CAT #: UR 145LPOESTERHELT, CARL The Dualistic Principle LP
Throughout his productive career, Carl Oesterhelt has proven to be an artist who finds it easy to move between musical genres and concepts. Much of his work has been within classical and chamber music, but he has also scored museum exhibitions and he is sometimes part of The Notwist crew as an angular figure on the Munich scene. In Umor Rex, the label has been lucky enough to publish an array of Oesterhelt's universes. In Eleven Pieces for Synthesizer (UR 121LP, 2019) you heard his kosmische side, where the connections with Harmonia or Klaus Schulze were amalgamated with ecclesiastical organ pieces and intense semi-automatic rhythms. A deeply melodic, fresh album. Pure syntax of the modern synthesizer. Further, in The Aporias of Futurism (UR 133LP, 2021), in collaboration with Andreas Gerth (Driftmachine, Tied & Tickled Trio), Oesterhelt showed what is perhaps his darkest side -- a work full of nuances within concrete music and midnight atmospheres. As deep and cerebral an album as it is surprising and catatonic. Yet, it seems that Carl Oesterhelt has another ace up his sleeve. Now he surprises his listeners with The Dualistic Principle, a fantastic album full of weird but charming electronic melodies, rhythms that push the body to movement, sometimes syncopated and abstract, others permanent and fluid. In this work, Oesterhelt invited Johan Simons to give voice to the lyrics. The Dualistic Principle is a sort of rendition of a philosophical review or a nostalgic memory of the glamorous years. There is also underlying humor in the post/space-pop/Munich-disc assortment. The Dualistic Principle is the score to an imaginary film of contemporary hedonism. All music and lyrics by Carl Oesterhelt. Voice by Johan Simons. Additional strings played by the Ensemble für synkretische Musik. Recorded in Munich and Bochum, Germany. Mastered by John Tejada in Sherman Oaks, USA. Artwork by Daniel Castrejón in Mexico City. Blue vinyl; includes download code.
V I S (GERMANY)
CAT #: VIS 008LPSTRING Last Index Of... 2LP
"Nothing is explained in the mysteries around us, but some art touches their soul: last year, Justin Tripp, one half of the US-American impro electronic duo Georgia and London-based electronic artist Zaheer Gulamhusein, man behind projects like Waswaas and XVARR, joined forces as String. Together they went on a virtual vacation and never came back. As the virtual is fully real due to its virtuality, they created a truly authentic aural hardware journey, hauntingly adventurous, calm, and surprising. Without defining the scope, String tumbled through a dark musical zone that stretched to the horizon, letting the sound shape itself while falling discreet into an appealing abstract space. Hovering clockwise shortly above the ground, they formed impossible geometric musical figures -- weightless, fluid clouds, made up of relations between asymmetrical elements. Like in nature, their collaborative work avoids identical characteristics. In an expression of respectful admiration, they softly celebrate the irregularities between their specific genetic musical fingerprints, creating eight light binding clouds of dawn. A meditative musical voyage that transports cosmic particles of idealistic Berlin school ambient right into the heart of their electronic machines. All tunes swing calm but constitutive, dancing around synthesized surfaces that form obsessed flaming orbs of fear and hope, of matter and antimatter. A shared love for hardware and the ethos of improvisation guided String into an experimentation, in which each party aligns closely to the core ideas of co-operative, in-the-moment electronic music, tied across the eight tracks in a sequence. Finding a home with the highly esteemed Hamburg based label V I S, String's debut Last Index Of... will enter the earth in double vinyl." -- Michael Leuffen
CAT #: VAMPI 245LPDESUMANOS Desumanos LP
Desumanos' fresh mixture of guitar driven melodies is as evocative as it is playful. This instrumental project is made up of a dream-team of Brazilian producers and musicians. Kassin, on bass, was member of The +2's band and co-produced Gilles Peterson's Brazilian project Sonzeira, featuring legendary artists such as Elza Soares, Naná Vasconcelos, Wilson Das Neves... While Liminha, on guitar, is a former member of Os Mutantes. His signature sound is heavily influenced by classic instrumental surf music, but tropical rhythms are also dropped in the mix. The band is completed with Felipe and Manoel Cordeiro (on guitar), one of the lambada originators, and Stephane San Juan (drums), currently playing with David Byrne. Across the track list of this Desumanos debut album, you can find a unique combination of musical styles that are all filtered through the sieve of instrumental surf music without losing their roots anchored in tropical sounds such as cumbia, African rhythms and, of course, popular genres from Brazil such as forró or lambada. Ten original songs in which the guitar is the undisputed protagonist and the tropical atmosphere emanates through each note.
CAT #: VAMPI 265LPSALCEDO Y SU ONDA TRES, JIMMY El Mundo de Jimmy Salcedo y Su Onda Tres LP
Many music fans will remember Jimmy Salcedo due to his wonderful work as arranger and producer with the duo Elia and Elizabeth in the early '70s. Their delicate songwriting acquired, after his treatment, a special tropical aroma that even included the funk influences received by Salcedo at that time. He released with his band, La Onda Tres, a few LPs and singles that had a limited distribution, mainly in Colombia only. This anthology comprises a selection of songs that celebrate Salcedo's sound signature: a base of coastal funk with vocals and melodic bubblegum-bomb arrangements and hints of light psychedelia. Many of the compiled songs became popular radio hits in Colombia that Jimmy Salcedo and La Onda Tres recorded and arranged at the Zeida studios in Medellín. These recordings include Latin-jazz tracks ("Mira") with stunning percussion solos, songs recorded under a heavy Caribbean-soul influence ("¡Qué linda es Colombia!: and "Lo mismo de siempre") "Maranguango", an irresistible mix of Afro-Latin percussion and catchy tropical harmonies spiced-up with Moog keyboard sounds, fuzz and wah-wah guitars and even touches of Hammond, in a psychedelic funk style, an exhilarating Moog driven instrumental with a heavy Afro-funk rhythm ("Moogambo") and revisited Latin classics ("Moliendo Café"). Jimmy Salcedo's big popularity in Colombia is due however to his long career as TV presenter at El Show de Jimmy, running for over 20 years, where he would also perform with his band and act as a comedian. His life was tragically cut short and died in 1992, when he was only 48, due to health issues. This compilation celebrates his superb musical legacy and makes most of these songs available again for the first time. Includes and insert with notes and rare photos.
CAT #: VAMPI 268LPCHICOMA Y SU ORQUESTA, TITO Cumbias y Boogaloos LP
First time reissue, originally released in 1968. The musician Roberto Enrique "Tito" Chicoma forged one of the most solid and constant career paths in Peruvian music. In 1959, at the age of 23, Tito moved to Lima, where he soon joined ensembles such as the Koki Palacios and Armando Boza orchestras, which took him abroad for the first time on tour. A recognized musician in his own right, Tito would later decide to form his own orchestra, which was soon hired by América Televisión, starring on programs such as El Show de Juan Silva, where he accompanied international artists that visited Lima. In 1966, Tito made his first record under his own name on the MAG label, performing two cumbias by the Colombian group Los Teen Agers. The praise the single received led to the recording of his first LP, El Ritmo de Moda, where he continued to compile Colombian songs. At the end of 1967, he dedicated his new LP project to recording two fashionable rhythms at the time: Cumbias y Boogaloos. The Colombian cumbia became popular in Peru from 1964 onwards, when local orchestras like those of Andrés de Colbert, Mario Cavagnaro, Eulogio Molina, and Lucho Macedo recorded cumbia hits, then the genre soared when groups like Los Pacharacos and Los Demonios del Mantaro mixed it with Andean music. Boogaloo in Peru was popularized chiefly by the record label MAG, which kept its listeners up to date with developments in tropical music in New York, releasing and distributing records by Alegre Records and recording versions of hit songs such as "El Pito" and "Mamblues" with local musicians. The recording sessions for Cumbias y Boogaloos began in December 1967, when Tito released one of his first compositions: "Dale U". He also recorded the instrumental track "La Cigüeña" and "Plaza de Toros", two compositions by the Venezuelan artist Hugo Blanco. After a trip to Buenos Aires in 1968, he recorded two more songs, both from the Alegre Records single: "Mr. Trumpet Man" and "El Diri-Bop" by Puerto Rican musicians Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz. Then, during May, Tito recorded a couple of songs by the Venezuelan guitarist Orlando Peñaranda Moros and his group Orlando y su Combo: "Pata Pata Pelada" and "A Que Tú No Sabes". The former was inspired by Miriam Makeba's 1967 global hit "Pata Pata". The sessions were complemented by recording "La Cebolla", a composition by the Colombian songwriter Graciela Arango de Tobón, and the Amazonian waltz "La Contamanina" recorded with a cumbia beat. By September 1968, the LP was released and received extensive airplay on the radio, especially the cumbias. An obscure tropical gem loaded with dancefloor tunes.
CAT #: VAMPI 270LPLATIN BROTHERS, THE El Picotero LP
Reissue, originally released in 1974. Heavy-duty Colombian salsa group The Latin Brothers were formed in 1974 by the Discos Fuentes A&R team as a sibling band of Fruko Y Sus Tesos in order to provide the local market with a trombone-heavy ensemble in the mode of the popular Nuyorican Willie Colón orchestra. The band was led by Julio "Fruko" Estrada on bass, featuring basically the same musicians as Los Tesos, minus the trumpets and highlighting the cutthroat trombone work of Gustavo "La Pantera" García. At the time, Fruko's Tesos were going through a transition and his talented former lead vocalist, Píper Pimienta, left to sing lead in The Latin Brothers while Joe Arroyo and Wilson "Saoko" Manyoma took over vocal duties in Los Tesos. El Picotero was The Latin Brothers' debut album and remains to this day a favorite of salsa dura fans the world over. The album established The Latin Brothers as a bona fide contender in the crowded field of trombone-centric salsa bands taking over the airwaves and dance floors around Latin America. With this bold and brassy record, The Latin Brothers would inspire future Colombian salsa orchestras as well as helping establish Medellín as a center of salsa almost as famous as Cali. The song selection on the album also spotlights where the band is coming from as a salsa manifesto of sorts, lyrically covering various topics such as paying homage to the people, patron saints and music of Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as praising the DJs (picoteros) and radio hosts (locutores) who play the guaguancó rhythm of salsa, and of course the typical themes of problems with women and heavy partying that come with most male-centric Latin dance tunes of the era. This lovingly restored reissue adds the Píper Pimienta penned "Echa Pa'lante Camará" as a great bonus track with its heavy dance rhythms and oddball Mellotron solo. 180 gram vinyl.
VENTIL VERLAG (GERMANY)
CAT #: 9783955751555BARTEL/GUDRUN GUT/BETTINA KOSTER, BEATE M Dokumente: Mania D., Malaria!, Matador Book
Extensive show of works by the three iconographic underground bands. The book project M_Dokumente focuses on the explicitly female perspective of the all-female bands Mania D., Malaria!, and Matador on the West Berlin music and art scene from the late 1970s on. The three bands around Beate Bartel, Bettina Köster, and Gudrun Gut played concerts, released records and toured around the world in different formations from 1979 on. What stood out and was new was the self-determined appearance of the musicians, which was reflected in their music and lyrics as well as in their unique style and the genre-crossing approach of "more art in the music, more music in the art". To this day, the three M_Bands are considered visionary, they shaped a new image of women in pop culture and are pioneers and role models for important and necessary emancipatory movements in the music industry. With oral history documentary by and with Beate Bartel, Gudrun Gut, and Bettina Köster as well as contributions by Nick Cave, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christine Hahn, Peter Bömmels, Mark Reeder, Scumeck Sabottka, and Annett Scheffel. In German and English. 184 pages. 8.03x0.63x10.71 inches; 1.47 pounds."Beginning in West Berlin, in 1979, with the inception of Mania D., spawning Malaria! and later Matador; in a time when music was essential to movement, to escape, to space, to the scene and to the rebellion of the people; three bands stood for trial and error, trial and terror, anti-conformity, and anti-consumerism, for girl power and sticking it to the man, and for just doing whatever the hell they wanted." --Annika Henderson (Anika)
CAT #: 9783955751739DEAD MOON Off the Grid (Softcover) Book
Dead Moon were a lo-fi garage/rock n' roll band from Portland, Oregon, active for almost 20 years between 1987 and 2006, during which time the band gained a mythic and legendary iconic status. Off the Grid is a "dizzying oral history" about this most stubborn, idealistic and arguably wildest band in the world -- a saga about love itself and the love of rock and roll, about DIY and about an improbable career. The biography of singer and guitarist Fred Cole (formerly of The Weeds, Lollipop Shoppe, and The Rats before Dead Moon) is like a rollercoaster ride through countless bands and musical styles beginning in the Teenbeat era of the '60s driven by an invisible force and one big love. Dead Moon cultivated their DIY code built around Fred's superstitions and avoidance of conventional music industry pitfalls. They toured around the world, played in live clubs between Oregon, Europe, and New Zealand. They cut their own records and ran their own music store and label -- Tombstone Music. Their story is completely unique in the pantheon of rock music: a group who never sold out, never gave in and built a legacy of art and community in a sustainable way almost unheard of. The book is a tribute to their unique aesthetic, unbelievable twisted path of a story and role as pioneers of the Portland music scene. Off the Grid is a declaration of love to Dead Moon, to music in general and to rock n' roll in particular. The documentation tells the entire Dead Moon saga in the words of the band itself. Close friend, author and editor szim spent three summers (2013-2016) in Fred and Toody Coles's attic sifting through photos, flyers and tour diaries, collecting posters and T-shirts and conducting extensive interviews. This fourth revised and updated edition contains 16 more pages than the third and 36 more pages than the first one. The already extensive photo section now holds even more historical material, posters, flyers as well as an extended and completed discography and gig list. Exclusive to this edition is an interview with Edwin He. Softcover; 336 pages. 9.49x1.06x12.6 inches; 3.59 pounds.
CAT #: 9783955751746TENOR, JIMI Omniverse: Sounds, Sights and Stories Book
Born in Lahti in 1965, he changed his name from Lassi Letho to Jimi Tenor in reference to his favorite instrument, the tenor saxophone, and out of admiration for the musician Jimmy Osmond. After school, he took up music studies before eventually moving to New York, where he worked as a souvenir photographer on the Empire State Building. During this time, Tenor continued to work on his music in his flat and a unique mixture between house, jazz, and experimental pop music emerged. His solo debut Sähkömies (1994) established one of the most exciting artistic careers that has lasted for over 30 years. A techno pioneer in the 1990s, Tenor turned to his love of jazz in the 2000s, recording an album with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and collaborating with several orchestras. As the first part of the new series Sounds, Sights & Stories, Omniverse uses photos and stories to document the various stages of Jimi Tenor's life and career, whose work goes far beyond his music -- from photography and filmmaking to instrument making and fashion design, everything is conceivable in the world of what is probably the first Finnish pop star. Hardcover; 192 pages. 8.03x0.83x9.57 inches; 1.58 pounds.
CAT #: 9783955751784BERTON, BENJAMIN Dreamworld: The Fabulous Life of Daniel Treacy and his Band Television Personalities Book
London 1977: Daniel Treacy drops out of school, bored to death. With friends, he records a few songs thanks to a few pounds sterling lent to him by his parents and sends the finished single to the legendary radio DJ John Peel, who is immediately thrilled -- the Television Personalities are born ... In the turbulent life of Daniel Treacy you meet Jimmy Page, Bob Marley, Alan McGee, David Gilmour, Wham!, Nico, and Kurt Cobain. Dreamworld is the very real, very crazy story of a genius in music history. Enriched with plenty of scene and period color from British pop from the 1960s to the present, Dreamworld tells of all the ups and downs of a legend who was once called the "Godfather of Indie Pop". The translation by David Marshall appears with a fully revised color picture section and numerous illustrations. 264 pages. 5.12x0.91x7.32 inches; 0.76 pounds.
CAT #: VERSION 018EPYAK Balmora Blue/Swex 12"
UK-based producer Yak is one of the strongest talents in percussive, bass-heavy club music. His debut record Mido, which appeared on Version in 2017, remains an ultimate DJ weapon. After releases on Martyn's 3024 and the esteemed R&S label, Yak delivers his third record on Version, Balmora Blue/Swex. This is a proper double A-sider that will surely get your dance bubbling. "Swex" and "Balmora Blue" are future rave anthems coming with earth-shattering sub, warm, elevating synths -- and the trademark Yak drums to resurrect a dead soundboy's nana. Both tracks range around 120bpm, but will sound as crisp at higher/slower pitch or rpm too, making them versatile tools in every DJ's chest. Another essential bit from Yak and Version. Played by Vladimir Ivkovic, Moxy, Madam X, Or:la, and Breaka.
CAT #: WWSLP 050LPRAHBANI, ZIAD Houdou Nisbi LP
2022 repress. Wewantsounds present the first ever vinyl release of Ziad Rahbani's Houdou Nisbi recorded in 1985 and only released on cassette and CD in 1991. One of Rahbani's most praised albums, released on the sought-after Lebanese label Relax-in. Mixing Arabic music with funk, jazz, boogie and a touch of Brazilian music, it is considered a classic among Oriental groove fans, DJs and collectors around the world. Curated by Lebanese DJ and Journalist Ernesto Chahoud. Ziad Rahbani is one of the giants of Arabic music and a cultural icon in the Middle East. The musician, pianist and producer is also a celebrated playwright and a political activist. Coming out of an illustrious artistic dynasty (his father, famous composer and musician Assi Rahbani, was in The Rahbani Brothers and his mother is the legendary Lebanese diva, Fairuz), Ziad Rahbani released a string of key albums in the '70s that have since become cult among DJs and collectors. Heavily influenced by Western music, Rahbani brought these influences to traditional Arabic music early one. 1978 saw the release of two key Rahbani albums, the disco 12" Abu Ali and Bennesbeh Labokra... Chou? (WWSLP 044LP). Serving as musical director to his mother Fairuz, he produced some of her best albums including Maarifti Feek recorded in 1984 at his Beirut studio, By Pass, bringing his blend of modern influences to her traditional sound. At the very same time, Rahbani started recording his own album at By Pass with the cream of Lebanese musicians including saxophonist Tewfic Farroukh, guitarist Paul Dawani, and percussionist Emile Boustani. Bringing funk, boogie, jazz funk fusion and Brazilian music to the mix, Rahbani created a landmark album, Houdou Nisbi now considered one of the best jazz funk albums from the Middle East. Featuring such cult tracks as "Rouh Khabbir", a remake of the Crusaders' "Soul Shadow" sung by Rahbani himself, the modern soul of "Bisaraha" and the Brazilian flavored "For Sure", the album is both effortlessly groovy and steeped in Oriental music. Houdou Nisbi, which means "relatively calm", an expression used by news anchors on Lebanese TV to describe the mood during cease-fire in the civil war that went on between 1975 and 1990. The cassette artwork has faithfully been reproduced for vinyl release. Remastered. New liner notes by Lebanese DJ and curator Ernesto Chahoud in English/French.
CAT #: WWSLP 052LPWARDA Khalik Hena LP
2022 repress. Wewantsounds present the first vinyl reissue of legendary Arabic diva Warda's Khalik Hena, recorded with full Egyptian orchestra and originally released on the label Soutelphan in 1973. A cult classic sampled by Jay Z and J Dilla, the album recorded in public mixes traditional Arabic music with a tinge of '70s grooves. Here, Warda delivers a hypnotic performance backed by her full-size orchestra featuring those unparalleled Arabic strings that made recordings by Oum Khalthoum, Farid El Atrache, and Abdel Halim Hafez so famous. Khalik Hena is one of her all-time classics, written by legendary composer Baligh Hamdi. Warda is one of the undisputed divas of the Arab world. Born in the Paris suburb from an Algerian father and a Lebanese mother, she was discovered at 11 by Ahmed Hachlaf, Pathe Marconi's heads of A&R specializing in Arabic music. having honed her singing skills at her father's cabaret in the Latin Quarter, the Tam-Tam (for Tunisia-Algeria-Morocco) she quickly found recognition in the Arabic music circles. The family relocated to Beirut in the late '50s after the police found arms in her father's cabaret destined to the political group fighting for Algeria's independence and was swiftly discovered there by an Egyptian film producer who brought her to Cairo to record and play in his films. From there, her career took a meteoric rise and she became a star working with Egyptian such stars as Abdel Halim Hafez and composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab. However, in the early '60s a traditional marriage in Algeria stopped her career for a decade to be a housewife until Algerian President Boumediene asked her to perform for the tenth anniversary of the Nation's independence in 1972. This was an epiphany and after a divorce she was back to Egypt for a triumphant comeback. Khalik Hena recorded in public in 1973 dates back to these glory days. Teaming up with her new husband, legendary composer Baligh Hamdi, she recorded a string of classic albums -- hypnotic tour-de-forces stretching over two sides in an almost trance-like mode, enhancing Warda's powerful vocal and ability to mesmerize audiences. Blending traditional and modern instrumentations (electric guitar, organ), the music is both complex and groovy, Khalik Hena is one of her best LPs, sought after by Arabic diggers and collectors alike. Remastered audio; original artwork and two-page insert with new introduction by Mario Choueiry from Institut du Monde Arabe who curates Wewantsounds' Arabic series of reissues.
CAT #: WWSLP 059LPYAMASH'TA & THE HORIZON Sunrise From West Sea LP
2022 repress; LP version. Gatefold sleeve with OBI. Wewantsounds present a first time reissue of Sunrise From West Sea, Stomu Yamash'ta's cult LP originally released in 1971. A deep, cosmic, at time ambient performance recorded live and featuring two other Japanese legends: Takehisa Kosugi from the Taj-Mahal Travellers and jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh. The line-up also included Hideakira Sakurai on electric shamisen. Stomu Yamash'ta has been hailed as one of the best percussionists in the world by John Cage. Yamash'ta and Satoh recorded the landmark album Metempsychosis for Nippon Columbia in 1971. 1971 was also the year Yamash'ta released his highly-acclaimed Red Buddha solo album which was released in Europe and in the US. Inspired by the Metempsychosis experience Yamash'ta set to recreate the flowing energy of the album in a live setting with a smaller line-up. Recorded live at Yamaha Hall in Tokyo on April 18, 1971, just a few days after the end of the Red Buddha recording sessions, the all-night concert was recorded in front of an invite-only audience consisting of friends and musicians. Yamash'ta enrolled Satoh on keyboards together Taj Mahal Travellers leader Takehisa Kosugi, whom he'd met through his mentor, Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Hideakira Sakurai on electric shamisen was also added the lineup. Edited down to fit two sides of an album that will become Sunrise From West Sea, the performance is both hypnotic and ethereal. It starts with Kosugi's distinctive electric violin and develops into a deep, spiritual free form conversation between the four musicians, giving them all the space they need to freely improvise and interact with each other, mixing electronics, percussion, electric organ, and shamizen without ever clashing. The interaction alternates between quiet, tranquil Eastern meditations and more paced parts, fuelled by Yamash'ta's extraordinary percussion playing. Later known for his involvement in soundtracks for Robert Altman's 1972 film Images -- collaborating with John Williams -- and Nic Roeg's 1976 classic The Man Who Fell To Earth, and also for his foray into fusion with his group Go, Yamash'ta never reached the creativity heard in Sunrise From West Sea again. The album was recorded during one of the most fertile periods in Japan where such groups as Les Rallizes Denudes and Taj Mahal Travellers and jazz musicians like Masahiko Satoh and Yamash'ta were revolutionizing the Japanese music scene. Includes new introduction by Paul Bowler. Remastered from the master tapes.
YORE RECORDS (GERMANY)
CAT #: YORE 042EPDAVIS, GLENN Better Daze EP 12"
The second Glenn Davis 12", a year on from his last Yore twelve-inch Soul On My Side. Dublin-based DJ and producer Glenn Davis returns with its sequel, the as-stellar Better Daze EP. The EP's melodic, soulful sound. The dynamic title cut locks in instantly with a pumping kick drum and builds layer by layer thereafter. Percussion, hi-hats, electric piano chords, and synthesizers add to the thrust of the production as it grows ever more urgent. As the track advances, Davis drapes a jazzy keyboard solo across the booming base as the swing swells to a near-ecstatic level. "Your Time" rounds out the A-side with a cut that suggests pure energy at its outset before quickly morphing into a sleek house strut. With percussion included and late-night synth atmospherics folded in, the breezy tune starts to sound like something you'd hear banging out on the dancefloor that's surrounding you. On the flip, Davis brings the skipping house groove of "Inner Monologue" to a fever while. Moody chords, hand drums, and a snappy groove set the scene. The female vocalist's soulful delivery and vibes-like earworm that make the tune the standout it is. Think of a dark room and a red light bulb and house music forever and a day.
CAT #: ZEENA 001EPAMOR, YARON Zeena 12"
Well known as the Deep'a half of Deep'a & Biri, and a huge influential source of energy and innovation in Tel Aviv's house and techno community, Yaron Amor goes solo for the very first time with an incredibly personal project. Introducing Zeena: "The decision about the solo project was made during a visit to Morocco, in the main city square of Marrakesh I came across an improvised jam of 20 drummers from all over the country, the crazy rhythms they played together spontaneously amazed me and made me realize that the perfect beat I've been looking for, for so many years, was under my nose. In Arabic and Moroccan music that was constantly played in the house where I grew up?" Home is where the soul is... Zeena translates to beauty in Moroccan and this label exists wholly to celebrate and push cutting edge Arab electronic music. It starts here with Yaron's first solo EP. The result of an inspired creative series of recordings with drummers and musicians from Israel, Algiers, Morocco, and Berlin, across three tracks you are taken on a beautiful excursion of emotions, tension and introspective places. "I tried to merge together influences from the world of techno which I have been active in for almost 20 years along with the rhythms of Arabic music while paying respect to each of the genres." From the tension and powerful emotion of "The Pain Body" (a mesmerizing kick-less tableaux that would work perfectly for an intro or mid-set game-changer) to the powerful synth-laced Detroitian drive and thump of title track "Zeena" via the wild rolling toms of "Omipresence", this is Yaron Amor as you've never heard him before. Raw, honest, direct and totally at home. The Middle East has played a huge role in so many inspirations, influences, and sample sources since the very start of electronic music. Now, its time to bring that to the fore and celebrate it on a whole new level. Zeena is that level.new releases are also viewable at https://www.forcedexposure.
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