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Forced Exposure New Releases for 5/5/2014

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New music is due from Sir Richard Bishop, Daphni (Dan Snaith of Caribou), the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Candie Hank, and FM Belfast, while old music is due from Roy Montgomery, Shindig, and St. John Green.

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50 WEAPONS (GERMANY)

50WRMX 010EP

BAMBOUNOU: Take It on Me (French Fries RMX)/Ignition (Laurent Garnier RMX) 12" (50WRMX 010EP) 14.00
The 50WEAPONSRMX10 EP lets Bambounou's heady minimal original "Ignition" shine in new glamour. Laurent Garnier, the pioneer of the French techno scene himself, steps up to provide a lush, dubby tech-house track that strictly aims at the big room. French Fries' version of "Take It Out on Me" is an austere stunner of the minimalist approach so typical for the new French sound. The two remixes couldn't be more different and they couldn't fit together better, each on their own representing an important facet of the label's catalog.

ALIEN TRANSISTOR (GERMANY)

N 037CD

ANDROMEDA MEGA EXPRESS ORCHESTRA: Live on Planet Earth CD (N 037CD) 15.50
Ever the loose cannon, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra remains reliably unpredictable with their third album for Alien Transistor: renowned for their elaborate and intricate studio recordings, the genre-smashing 18-piece Orchestra didn't even set foot in a studio this time around, but instead returns with a live album, recorded in May 2012 at Berlin-Neukölln's Heimathafen. The new album marks a distinct stylistic departure for the Orchestra: instead of presenting the kind of sonic splatter/comic styles they're known for (as showcased on Bum Bum [N 029CD/LP]), bursting at the seams with new bits of information at every turn, the album opener features a surprisingly coherent and steady layer of sound that's more reminiscent of ambient music. The Orchestra's last album was all about clashes of polar opposites: Live on Planet Earth leaves decidedly more room for individual statements, for ideas and textures to emerge; in other words: It's a lot easier to tell what's actually going on in the new songs. That's not to say that Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra -- part avant-garde salon orchestra, part alternative jazz big band, part audio logistics center -- want to revoke or amend the bold grandeur of their earlier material; instead, it's simply a new and more collective-minded direction. Despite its inconvenient size and refusal of genre-labeling, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra has been a steadily working band since its inception in 2006. Of all their releases, Live on Planet Earth probably showcases best how this group of musicians deals with its own unique diversity: highlighting the individuals' approaches and statements, but working together, as an entity. It is thanks to this emphasis on a truly collective approach that the new album sounds more "symphonic" than its predecessor (which daringly veered towards techno or musique concrète at times). However, when Glatzel mentions the band's "organic interplay," this doesn't mean they lost their sense for eccentric, shrill and humorous ideas; neither does it mean they didn't use electronic instruments while recording Live on Planet Earth. They did, but the various electronic elements are more subtly interwoven into the tracks, not at all sounding like anything you'd expect from electronic music. Live from Planet Earth is a live album that not only documents a huge logistical challenge: here, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra leaves the safe studio environment behind and enters the stage to underscore and reaffirm its position as one of the leading large ensembles for extravagant soundscapes of everyday life.


N 037LP

ANDROMEDA MEGA EXPRESS ORCHESTRA: Live on Planet Earth LP (N 037LP) 18.00
LP version.

ALTER (UK)

ALT 015LP

OPERA MORT: Dedales LP (ALT 015LP) 25.00
Dédales is the second LP from Opéra Mort, following up their debut for the in-house label of the sadly-defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower. The project is an ongoing collaboration between Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard, two figures in the eye of France's contemporary avant-garde underground; Jo with his Tanzprocess label and Laurent with his Élg project. They also form two-thirds of the trio Reines D'Angleterre with the legendary French artist Ghedalia Tazartés, who will be returning to live performance later in 2014. The eight tracks on Dédales were edited down from a series of improvised live takes of abstract and otherworldy electronics, shifting the Opéra Mort sound into more focused territory and creating a musical language that's uniquely singular and a direct result of their close collaborative relationship.

ARC LIGHT EDITIONS (UK)

ALE 001LP

RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Another Thought 2LP (ALE 001LP) 25.50
New 2014 repress. Originally released on CD in 1994 and reissued in 2006, this is the first time Arthur Russell's Another Thought has been released on vinyl. Arthur Russell's Another Thought was first released posthumously in 1994, two years after his death. The tracks date from between 1982 to around 1990, catalogued from over 800 tape reels by Mikel Rouse for Point Music, and produced by Don Christensen. While it is a collection of tracks in various stages of completion, often sparse and direct, it is perhaps the most sonically coherent album ever released of Russell's material. Another Thought includes appearances by trombonist Peter Zummo, percussionist Mustafa Ahmed, additional vocals by composers Julius Eastman and Elodie Lauten, plus Joyce Bowden, Jennifer Warnes, and Steven Hall. Double vinyl in kraftliner sleeves printed in white litho, with art paper inners. Artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan. This is the first release on Arc Light Editions, a label curated by Jennifer Allan in collaboration with Multiverse Music.

ART YARD (UK)

ARTYARD 10001EP

SUN RA AND HIS BAND FROM OUTER SPACE: Space Aura 10" (ARTYARD 10001EP) 20.00
Previously unknown and unreleased. Recorded May 1966 at the University of Buffalo. Engineered by David B. Jones. Sun Ra (piano, clavioline); John Gilmore (tenor saxophone, percussion); Marshall Allen (alto saxophone, oboe, flute, piccolo, percussion); Pat Patrick (baritone saxophone, flute, percussion); Robert Cummings (bass clarinet); Teddy Nance (trombone); Ali Hassan (trombone); Clifford Jarvis (drums); Ronnie Boykins (bass); James Jacson (log drums, flute, percussion;) Carl Nimrod Malone (sun horn, gong, percussion).

AUDIO FIDELITY

AFZ 154LP

VANGELIS: Blade Runner Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (AFZ 154LP) 29.00
2014 repress."The Blade Runner soundtrack was composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film, considered one of the finest sci-fi movies ever made. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical compositions and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott. The soundtrack holds legendary status and at the time was well-received by fans and critics including Best Original Score nominations for a BAFTA and Golden Globe yet, except for a few cuts, it was not released until 1994. The movie remains a classic film with a long list of popular movie stars including Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, most of whom appear on this record in movie dialog samples mixed into the 12 tracks of nearly one hour of music. Vangelis makes each track flow into one another. The soundtrack features vocal contributions from Demis Roussos and the sax solo by Dick Morrissey on "Love Theme." The gatefold jacket includes many colorful stills from the film. Blade Runner is a timeless classic on film and now on 180 gram transparent red vinyl."

AURORA (UK)

AU 5034CD

FEAR ITSELF: Fear Itself CD (AU 5034CD) 17.00
This superb blend of acid-rock, blues, and psychedelic balladry was originally released in June 1969, and makes its long-awaited return to CD here. Produced by Tom Wilson (best-known for his work with Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Velvet Underground), it boasts the considerable vocal talents of Ellen McIlwaine, while the band's extended cover of "In My Time of Dying" has been cited as an influence on Led Zeppelin.

BALANS (NETHERLANDS)

BALANS 014EP

PEAK, JORDAN: The Maslow Theory 12" (BALANS 014EP) 12.50
Balans welcomes UK rising star Jordan Peak on board for his first fully-fledged techno release. Jordan's first steps into purist techno territory appear more like giant leaps. All four tracks sound like he has been making techno tunes for years. "Black Paint" kicks of a funk-fuelled groove accompanied by modern day dub stabs and fx programming. Follow up "Crocodile Tears" brings memories of early Slam/Soma records to mind, updated to 2014. On the flipside, you'll find two dark, hypnotic groovers -- relentless in their pace, both with catchy melody lines that'll stick in your brain for weeks to come.

BASAEC (GERMANY)

BASAEC 001EP

LUCIAEN: Cadenza/Stranger 12" (BASAEC 001EP) 14.00
Basaec is the new label from Lucien Nicolet aka Luciano, the Chilean DJ/producer behind the Cadenza Records label. The label will be both a vehicle for brand-new music, as well as an imprint to release archival tracks. Credited to Luciaen, and produced at age 19, "Cadenza" is perhaps the first track that kicked off a unique and eclectic production career (as well as giving name to his record label), and features Luciano himself on vocals. "Stranger" is an early production from 1997, which shines a light on the fledgling sound of Luciano's music, taking its influences from European synth and Detroit techno.

BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)

BORNBAD 039LP

BEBEY, FRANCIS: African Electronic Music 1975-1982 2LP (BORNBAD 039LP) 26.50
2014 repress; Double LP version. Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey is truly one of a kind. He entered the music scene with his African compositions for classical guitar. He gave recitals while pursuing a career in journalism and then as an international civil servant. The same creative impulse also led him to write pop songs, some of which (based on novels he had written) became big hits in Africa and in the French-speaking world. But few people know that in the '70s, Francis Bebey delved into electronic music. The first electronic keyboards, organs and drum machines offered him new possibilities of totally controlling his compositions. He embraced the technique of "sound on sound" recording (recording several tracks, sequentially juxtaposed on the same tape). This new stage in his musical career included the production of several records (Savannah Georgia, New Track, Haiti), rarities both for their creative explorations as well as their manifestations on vinyl. This was a particularly rich period for him, as he tested the limitless possibilities of the medium, and made use of surprising and novel instruments. Incredible sounds -- in the literal sense of the word -- would soon appear on the planet Bebey. Full-color printed innersleeves with notes in English and French.


BORNBAD 060LP

GASC, JULIEN: Cerf, Biche et Faon LP (BORNBAD 060LP) 18.00
With Cerf Biche et Faon (trans. "Stag, Deer and Fawn"), Julien Gasc guides and plants us in the forest of his emotions, playing with his ethereal voice and lyrical instrumentations against the gentle crackle of lo-fi cigarettes. With one song recorded per night in a studio before a tour in South America, the album holds its own vital necessity: write, heal, climax! This is Gasc's first solo album after many rich collaborations (including Aquaserge, Stereolab, April March, Katerine, and Bertrand Burgalat) and here he more intimately reveals the diamond he harbors within, having it vibrate on the shellac. These are resolutely pop songs for the most part, fueled by his adolescent energy -- his artistic and technical maturity does nothing to smother the fresh spontaneity he reinvents in the moments during recording. As the album advances, his Rasputin beard seduces us, pricks us, bristles and caresses us... as Arthur Cravan once said, "I am all animals, all things, all people (...)," might Julien Gasc be stag, deer and fawn all at once? As we listen, we feel all of the tenderness, violence, and innocence of his humanity, we navigate with him a sonic landscape filled with detachment, tiredness, anger, indolence... ... and, like a musical sandman, he delicately approaches to tuck us in on the last songs, plaid lullabies of angora softness.

BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)

BNR 120EP

KNOX: Thieving of Well 12" (BNR 120EP) 14.00
Nic and Eliza Coolidge are Knox, a brother-sister duo residing in New York City, whose sonic experiments land them somewhere between the taut, emotive beat-work of James Blake and the acoustically-powered atmosphere of Bon Iver. They have worked with the likes of John Tejada, Throwing Snow, Sasha, Maya Jane Coles, and Jori Hulkkonan. Their third EP winds together deep plunges of heavy bass, echoes of indeterminate sonic matter and swirling cathedrals of melody. Includes a remix by Throwing Snow.

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 288LP

GREED, DOUGLAS: Driven LP+CD (BPC 288LP) 21.00
LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. How do you stay true to your own sound without repeating yourself? How do you free yourself from the burden of wild expectations? Ultimately, how do you create a "difficult second album" that bucks the trend and sounds at least as fresh and enduring as the first? Rather than searching for answers to all these questions, Douglas Greed ploughs headlong into his second BPitch Control album Driven, leaving needless doubts for dust in his rear-view mirror. Douglas Greed has always been driven, and his nature rarely allows him to remain in one place on the genre map for too long. With a musical upbringing ranging from hip-hop jams and drum'n'bass parties to the darker avenues of pop à la Joy Division, Depeche Mode or Radiohead, his recent years as a producer and live act have always involved thinking far beyond the usual framework of techno and house. The results of these thought processes, always incorporating the hours away from the dancefloor, have already been laid bare on his debut album KRL and singles for labels including Infiné, Acker and Gigolo. Driven continues seamlessly in this vein with 11 tracks as rich in variety as they are in detail. The format offers plenty of room to cover a broad stylistic range, always driven by the search for new musical possibilities: from the boisterous peak-time hit "Summerless" to dancefloor gems like "Hush Hush" and "B12." From the yearning pulse of "Further" to the galloping UK patterns of "Fire 5." The featured vocals are another stand-out element of the album: "Long Distance Swimmer" is arranged around Anna Müller's dreamy voice, "My Mind is a Monkey" has support from Delhia, the previously released single "This Time (feat. Kuss)" and the title-track feature the unmistakable voice of his Eating Snow colleague Mooryc. Throughout the album, Douglas Greed plays with changing moods and tempos, always retaining the perfect balance between track and song, playing equally to his strengths as a euphoric stage performer and a sensitive soul. The exhilarating depth and maturity of his sound and his independent production process mean that all these elements combine on Driven to whisk the listener away on a grand journey. This is a journey -- driven by the desire for new horizons -- that effortlessly opens our eyes and ears, revealing that the heart of electronic music still beats loud enough to pump endorphins through our veins. It reveals the road ahead for anyone who, like Douglas Greed, likes to throw themselves wholeheartedly into each new venture.


BPC 292EP

CAMEA: Neverwhere Remixes 12" (BPC 292EP) 12.00
Seattle-born and Berlin-based Camea is one of the most emerging artists on BPitch Control. The latest Neverwhere EP encourages her sense of space-filling grooves and perfectly-shaped melodies. Now appearing with four remixes, all interpretations show and add new facets to "Neverwhere." Remixes by Deadbeat, Locked Groove, and Lee Jones.

BUBACK (GERMANY)

BTT 1332CD

PIHO HUPO: Foump CD (BTT 1332CD) 17.00
Piho Hupo is a free jazz unit operating out of Hamburg/Berlin. A union of the piano trio, Hosho, with the sax trio Deep Space X, that creates music which can (and does) go in many directions at any moment. The new CD release on Hamburg's Buback record label shows how eclectic Piho Hupo's music can be. The members' activities outside of Piho Hupo are many, which contributes to its diversity. Among these groups are: Hunger, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Princessin Hans, Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers, Powerdove, Gorge Trio, Os Besouros, Trip Wire, Tisch 5, as well as several ad hoc groups. Rolf Pinitska (saxophones, voice), Jörg Hochapfel (piano, electronics), John Hughes (contrabass), Chad Popple (drums, vibraphone, table).

CITITRAX

CITI 013LP

FURTHER REDUCTIONS: Woodwork LP (CITI 013LP) 22.00
"Cititrax is proud to present a full length LP by Brooklyn duo Further Reductions. Shawn O'Sullivan and Katie Rose formed Further Reductions in 2008 as an outlet for their shared passion of electronic dance music. O'Sullivan, known for his recent techno releases as Vapauteen on L.I.E.S., 400PPM on Avian and Civil Duty (with Beau Wanzer of Streetwalker) on The Corner has been quite active lately blurring the lines between techno and noise music. With Further Reductions, O'Sullivan's rhythmic sensibility is fused with Rose's pop leanings to create super lush and atmospheric tracks that work both on and off the dance floor. Informed by the sounds of classic techno and early house, they subtly substitute the structure of functional club music with a more primal absorption based in their unique collaboration. Seductive vocals coupled with organically evolving sequences create a complex narrative that penetrates the subconscious in a way that conventional club music rarely threatens to. Woodwork is an edition of 999 copies pressed on 160 gram clear vinyl with purple and silver splatter, presented in a high gloss printed LP jacket."

CLR (GERMANY)

CLR 077EP

KOPP, JONAS: Starbust EP 12" (CLR 077EP) 14.00
CLR presents an intriguing four-track EP by Jonas Kopp, one of the most prominent and exciting figures to emerge from Argentina's electronic music scene in recent years. The respected producer, in-demand remix artist and versatile performer created a challenging mixture of bass-heavy techno with elements of house, breakbeat, acid and dub. With "Starbust," "Drummo," "Insomiac" and "Take Me Higher," Jonas Kopp has delivered four outstanding tracks that impressively show his diversified musical background. Whether it's deep Chicago-inspired house or driving basement-ready techno, cavernous bass-lines and mesmerizing rhythms flavor his eclectic discography throughout.

CMYKMUSIK (SPAIN)

CMYK 038EP

GIL, PATRICK: Maroon Ship 12" (CMYK 038EP) 14.00
First EP on Cmykmusik by rising West Coast techno master Patrick Gil, after successful releases on his own imprint Pressed Friends and Genoid Records, amongst others. On "Gloriana" and "Bucket," Patrick Gil reveals clean, deep hypno techno tracks that somehow seem to be alive. "Captains" completes the EP with an acid minimalistic brain-grinder -- a dirty sound in opposition to A1 and B1 that makes for a perfectly-rounded EP.

COCOON (GERMANY)

COR 116EP

BRACHT, JULIEN: Sub Collapsed 12" (COR 116EP) 12.50
Julien Bracht was one of Cocoon Recordings and Cocoon artists' rising stars in 2013. Sub Collapsed is a masterpiece of all things techno and merges elements of some of the biggest techno-tunes of the last two decades. Think Plastikman, Underworld and Slam jamming together in an intensive studio joint, and techno wunderkind Bracht is banging his drums along to it. "Drumatic" opens the deeper door to Julien Bracht's world of sounds and beats and appears like a darker dub of "Sub Collapsed." Dark, deep, loud -- Julien Bracht has it all for you.


COR 117EP

EXTRAWELT & DOMINIK EULBERG: A Little Further 12" (COR 117EP) 12.50
Long-time Cocoon heroes Dominik Eulberg and Arne Schaffhausen (of Extrawelt) were featured in a VICE Magazine special in 2013 for a "field recording" documentary, which marked the beginning of a new collaboration. The first results of their mutual work is "A Little Further," which will be released in three different versions on Cocoon Recordings. The "Not on a Map" version is tailor-made for the afterhours and the rising sun. The "37 Routes" version stands out with breakbeats and no standard 4/4 kick drum. The "Imaginery Escort" version emphasizes the cool and reduced beat programming.

COULDN'T CARE MORE (GERMANY)

NT 006EP

MONACO A GO-GO: Persimmon Lane EP 12" (NT 006EP) 12.00
Monaco À Go-Go is singer/songwriter Jobst Miksche from Hamburg, Germany and this is his debut release for Couldn't Care More. With "Dance Around Yourself" and "Machines," it offers two slow, intimate folk songs full of beauty and melancholia, but also a certain easiness. On the B-side, Aera (who runs the Aleph label), translates "Dance Around Yourself" into an exotica-infused cumbia acid mix that makes you feel dizzy, weird, and sublime.

DESOLAT (GERMANY)

DESOLAT 037EP

BOREM, ALLI: Destinations 12" (DESOLAT 037EP) 14.00
Italian producer Alli Borem makes his third outing with the Destinations EP, which showcases his versatility as a producer across these five adventurous and very different tracks. "Destinations" and "Direzione Rebibbia" are both warm set-builders, with "Destinations" featuring slowly building piano chords which dominate until a distinctive vocal takes center stage. "Direzione Rebibbia" features a glorious, meandering acid bass line and chord stabs. "Maximum Description" marks a change in direction with mechanical and robotic sounds, and "Quorum" has a twisted house aesthetic. "Trip Out" proceeds at a slower BPM but features shuddering bass and a repetitive vocal.

DIGITALISM (GERMANY)

DM 001EP

DIGITALISM: Wolves (Instrumental Rave Version) 12" (DM 001EP) 14.00
Ever since Digitalism played Boiler Room at 2013's Melt! Festival, the internet has been asking what this track might be. There have even been bootlegs made from the audio, but the version we released on vinyl was the one that lit up dancefloors from I Love Techno in Belgium to Genban in Tokyo, Output in New York and Razzmatazz in Barcelona. It's been a staple in the Digitalism DJ set for almost a year and an unshared gem until now. Here is a very limited (250 copies) special edition etched vinyl of the original instrumental version. One-sided vinyl.

DRUMPOET COMMUNITY (SWITZERLAND)

DPC 051EP

HIGH HEELS BREAKER: Come Easy EP 12" (DPC 051EP) 12.00
What is "Come Easy" about? High Heels Breaker: "I wanted to write a soulful and electronic song with the idea to leave it as empty as possible by using the minimum of music notes and rhythms. Nowadays we are massively flooded with (social media) data that I prefer airy and empty music." Renowned producers and DJs like Dave Aju (label buddy of Nicolas Jaar), David August and Kalabrese also contribute remixes for "Come Easy."

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)

EMEGO 196EP

OUTER SPACE: Phantom Center 12" (EMEGO 196EP) 15.50
John Elliott and Andrew Veres have been refining their creative powers as Outer Space since 2010 with Akashic Record (SPC 019LP) and II (PTYT 055LP). The pair now release their first new material since 2012, Elliott's first since Emeralds ceased and the first as a duo. Editions Mego are well-chuffed to release Phantom Center, a stunning two-track EP. "Arrival and Assessment" confidently sets the tone with multi levels of bass lines weaving around complex rhythms and those vast atmospheres we come to expect from this project. The earth-shattering "Crixa / 5925" is the perfect soundtrack to staring into an endless void with bottomless sub-bass and Raicevic-informed synthesizer disarray.

FIAKUN (SPAIN)

FIAKUN 012EP

EL_TXEF_A: The Love We Lost (feat. Woolfy) 10" (FIAKUN 012EP) 12.50
El_Txef_A continues rolling out thoughtfully-detailed productions after a brief break. "The Love We Lost" is a mystical story sung by Woolfy from California, both artists have worked together for a Permanent Vacation release back in 2013 and now they have joined forces again to open the first page of what will be the highly-anticipated new album from El_Txef_A. The limited 10" vinyl includes a bonus track of a never-released track performed by El_Txef_A Band called "Somewhere in a Small Town."

FULL PUPP (NORWAY)

FP 011LP

PRINS THOMAS: Prins Thomas 3 2LP+CD (FP 011LP) 27.50
Double LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. "Hi there, this is my new album. Keeping with the tradition I decided to call it III. There's no great concept, no specific theme, no scheme, no plan... No space disco but still plenty of "space." It is just documentation of the music I made during the recording period. A musical diary, so to speak. Diary entry number three. Musically I feel it belongs somewhere between my last two albums, 2009's Prins Thomas (FP 004CD/LP) and 2012's II (FP 008CD/LP). They were both a result of the recording techniques and musical ideas I had at the time. The former organic, freeform (freerange) and organic, the latter more polished and "square," as I just had figured how midi worked (I have to admit...I'm actually still not sure I know). Anyway, what I've learned so far is now coming together in some kind of musical (dis)harmony. One I hope you enjoy listening to as much as I enjoyed making it." --Thomas Moen Hermansen aka Prins Thomas, March 4, 2014

GLITTERBEAT (GERMANY)

GB 012LP

TRAORE, AMINATA WASSIDJE: Tamala LP (GB 012LP) 25.50
Aminata Wassidjé Traoré is a rising voice in Mali. Tamala is her debut album, recorded in Bamako and released in 2009. Born in Diré, near the fabled city of Timbuktu, Aminata was raised within northern Mali's rich cultural brew. From an ethnic Songhai family, Aminata started singing as a young child. Her music, like the environment that surrounded her growing up, incorporates various cultures and traditions. On Tamala, an album she self-produced with the help of the artist Mamadou Kelly and arranger Baba Simaga, she sings in Songhai and Tamasheq. While northern Mali still suffers the repercussions of religious and ethnic warfare, Tamala sends a message of reconciliation and inclusion. Aminata believes people can work together for a solution, and sees the vast potential of Mali's diverse north. Moving to the Southern capital of Bamako not only enabled her to develop as a musician, backing up well-known artists like Baba Salah, Khaira Arby and Afel Bocoum, it also enhanced her vision of a diverse and connected Mali. Tamala is considered a neo-traditional album in the context of the Malian music scene: it is rooted in northern folk musical traditions, but arranged in a contemporary way and mixes drum programming and synthesizers with the lute-like kurbu and the sokou, a one-string violin. Hints of hip-hop and electronic dance music sit side by side with the pentatonic sounds of the interior Niger delta. Afropop Worldwide wrote this about Tamala: "And then there's the music -- in a word, sublime -- solos burst forth with forthright clarity and consistent eloquence. Western sounds and production techniques have been appropriated here, but the melodic phrasing, rhythms and modalities in the music are 100% local." In 2013, Aminata began a collaboration with Glitterbeat Records when she appeared on the album Troubles by the Australian/American group Dirtmusic. The Guardian (UK) noted in their enthusiastic review of the album that "'La Paix,' an impassioned cry against the terrorist invasion of Mali, is voiced thrillingly by Aminata Traoré." Limited vinyl version of 1,000 copies, pressed on 180 gram vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. Released in cooperation with Studio Mali, a Bamako-based label.


GB 014EP

BLACK MANGO: Naked Venus/Soft Kicks 10" (GB 014EP) 11.00
A mysterious two-song release, licensed directly from a group of Bamako musicians who, with the exception of the souku master Zoumana Tereta, choose to remain anonymous. These two Black Mango tracks are ethereal, hard-to-classify artifacts, seemingly influenced in equal parts by Ali Farka Touré and Lou Reed. In fact, the titles of the songs name-check Reed's compositions, though they are clearly not cover versions, as much as explorations on themes. Zoumana Tereta is a legend of Malian music, having played his sokou, a single-string, horse-hair violin, on albums by Oumou Sangaré, Bassekou Kouyaté, Samba Touré, the National Ensemble Instrumental du Mali, and many others.

GLITTERHOUSE (GERMANY)

GR 796LP

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE SESSIONS PROJECT, THE: Axels and Sockets 2LP+CD (GR 796LP) 38.50
Gatefold double LP version on 180 gram vinyl; includes a CD version. The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project, which sees the late Gun Club singers' friends, former band members and fans paying tribute to his extraordinary genius, is releasing its third and penultimate outing. Axels and Sockets features many names from the first two volumes, including Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, Lydia Lunch, Warren Ellis, Mick Harvey and Kid Congo Powers, along with new additions to the collaborative fold in the form of Iggy Pop, Mark Stewart, Thurston Moore, Jim Sclavunos, Primal Scream and Andrew Weatherall. Co-ordinated by Pierce's later musical partner Cypress Grove, the Project again strives to pay homage by avoiding the clichés of the conventional tribute record, creating fierce, iconoclastic new music out of song-sketches, demo recordings, scribbled lyrics and leftover riffs Jeffrey tragically didn't live to complete, while some put their own spin on personal favorites from his esteemed catalog. Axels and Sockets casts the Project's net wider than ever, kicking off with Iggy Pop making his debut appearance dueting with Nick Cave on "Nobody's City" before Debbie Harry invokes the early punk-pop Blondie sound with the Amber Lights (Mick Harvey and JP Shilo) on "Kisses for My President," which Jeffrey wrote about her before she knew he existed (He was president of the Blondie fan club). Cave also completes his trilogy of duets with Debbie on "Into the Fire." Returning too are Mark Lanegan, along with Bertrand Cantat, Crippled Black Phoenix, Gallon Drunk's James Johnston and Cypress Grove. Also making their debut are Mark Stewart and Thurston Moore (their take on "Shame and Pain" marking the first time Jeffrey's vocals have appeared on the set), Primal Scream, whose version of "Goodbye Johnny" is remixed into smoky hoodoo noir by Andrew Weatherall, KatieJane Garside and Andrea Schroeder. The set also introduces younger bands with Leeds' Black Moth, who are produced by Bad Seeds drummer and project co-coordinator Jim Sclavunos and Cornwall's Honey, helmed by Jeffrey's old partner-in-crime Kris Needs. With only Volume 4's grand finale to come, the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project continues to loom as a towering statement in preserving and immortalizing his fearsome legacy.

GOLDEN LAB (UK)

ROWF 038LP

DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA: Interpenetrating Dimensional Express 2LP (ROWF 038LP) 31.00
Third vinyl outing for Manchester, UK free-rock guitar army Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura. This one is a monster double LP comprising four heads-down slabs of perpetual crescendo veering between raging, pseudo-biker rock psychedelics, unhinged Japanese style freakout and fractured funkadelicisms. Recorded at the band's unofficial HQ at Sunshine Studios by local legend Patrick Crane, this is a molten third eye opener shooting ecstatic vibrations straight to the pranic centers. Limited to 300 copies.

HEARTWORM PRESS

HRM 060CD

COLD CAVE: Full Cold Moon CD (HRM 060CD) 12.00
"Over the course of 2012 and 2013, and after two full-length albums released by Matador Records, Cold Cave (aka Wesley Eisold) released a series of limited edition singles via his own Heartworm Press and Deathwish Inc., which are now out-of-print collector's items. Full Cold Moon is not a new Cold Cave album, but a compilation of these singles on to one format. With an already prolific number of releases, Cold Cave has become a name synonymous with the contemporary resurgence of darkwave and synth pop sub-genres. Cold Cave has performed at world class museums The Getty and the Guggenheim, as well as with Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo & the Bunnymen and Gary Numan, among others."

HORSE ON HORSE (DENMARK)

HORSE 002EP

MAROTT, KASPER: KM Trax1 12" (HORSE 002EP) 12.50
KM Trax1 is Kasper Marott's debut EP and the second installment on Horse On Horse. Dancing is important and something that has been a part of human life since prehistoric times. Horse On Horse is all about promoting good music and dancing.

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

HOS 411LP

NINOS DU BRASIL: Novos Misterios LP (HOS 411LP) 25.50
LP version. Hospital Productions presents an exhilarating label debut by flamboyant Italian battery, Nicolò Fortuni and Nico Vascellari, aka Ninos Du Brasil. Novos Mistérios follows their debut LP for La Tempesta International/Tannen Records with an acutely stripped-down blend of mostly "live" recorded percussion and explorative electronic sound design. The project, and album, is a radical inversion and consolidation of the duo's respective backgrounds in performance art, punk and indie bands. Inspired by the febrile humidity and sensory overload of Brazilian carnival music, they temper layers of roiling, propulsive percussion with electronic drones, effects and tribalist vocals to militant, hypnotic effect. Six tracks charge between technoid polymetrics, kinky minimalism, and meditative ritual with particular focus on rhythmic, melodic cadence and carefully-constructed atmospheres, drawing lines between the avant-garde coda of William Winant and Indonesian Gamelan on "Essenghelo Tropical," to Cut Hand's voodoo invocations on "Legiõs De Cupins," and the percussive moments of Brazilian metal legends on "Sepultura." Nicolo and Nico both emerged from the Italian punk and indie-rock scenes. Nico is also regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent visual artists. He is represented by Monitor Gallery in Italy and Bugada & Cargnel in Paris, and participated in Biennale Venice and Manifesta7. The song "Sepultura" is also part of the soundtrack to Socrates One of Us, directed by Mimmo Calopresti, and Nico's Von Archive co-curator, Spanish film director Carlos Casas is producing an individual video for each track. NDB have also recently announced a 12" release for DFA, due summer 2014. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Album cover by renowned artist Luigi Ontani.

HOW DO YOU ARE? RECORDINGS (GERMANY)

HDYARE 001LP

VA: Too Slow to Disco 2LP (HDYARE 001LP) 26.50
Double LP version. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve. Includes a digital download card and a poster. Ah, the mid-'70s "Me Generation," not so happily remembered. And in the taste-conscious music world, for years now people have laughed at the L.A.-sound with its super-smooth, over-lavish, luxury-laden excesses. Chord progressions as thrusting as that bridge across the bay. Love the white blazer, by the way. Neiman-Marcus, right? But Too Slow to Disco isn't interested in your aging hang-ups. As you know, once musical genres get old, the best parts still shine through, and this collection is a delectable document of this forgotten phase of the mid-'70s West Coast music world. We've unearthed some of the lesser-known but still beautiful mood music of this period, by people who were often still starting out, or would write their biggest hits years later, but who surfed the West Coast wave penning some total gems. So, yes, welcome to phase 1 of your PRM (Personal Rediscovery Movement, cult fans). "The Eagles were the dream of rock and roll incarnate. 'Hotel California' became a state of mind -- the land of blue jeans and cocaine, mirror shades reflecting palm trees, blond hair flowing from convertible cars on freeways that led to oceans. You love it and you hate it!" (Don Henley in Barney Hoskyns' book Hotel California). Includes 24-page liner notes. Featuring artists: Ned Doheny, Micky Denne And Ken Gold, Rupert Holmes, White Horse, Browning Bryant, Nicolette Larson, Alessi Brothers, Photoglo, Brian Elliot, Chicago, Don Brown, Matthew Larkin Cassel, Pages, Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Dupree, David Batteau, Tony Joe White, and Jan Hammer Group.

IMPORTANT RECORDS

IMPREC 403LP

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O.: Astrorgasm from the Inner Space 2LP (IMPREC 403LP) 27.50
Double LP version. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.'s new album Astrorgasm from the Inner Space features their original vocalist Cotton Casino. Available on CD and deluxe double LP. As usual, AMT delivers to Important their most scorching tracks. They've included, appropriately, since Important is set to issue Grayfolded on triple vinyl, a brand new re-recording of "Dark Star Blues" with Cotton Casino. On Astrorgasm from the Inner Space, Acid Mothers Temple look towards their source (the band turns 19 this year) while also evolving towards their next stage.

ITEMS & THINGS (GERMANY)

ITEM 029EP

HOULE, MARC: Fusion Pop 12" (ITEM 029EP) 12.00
Marc Houle a four-track EP with two original cuts and two remixes: one from Magda, the other from label artist NYMA. True to Items & Things form, "Fusion Pop" acts as an amalgamation of warped sound -- haunting synth lines, jagged bass-lines, eerie vocals and bouncing leads feed the sonic landscape for the 115BPM title-track. On the flip, the acid-infused overtones of "Hello Friend" paint an equally eerie scene. As the distorted repetitions of the male vocal mantra drift off into the ether, steady hats hold the reverberating groove: part Carpenter soundtrack, part twisted after-party anthem.

JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)

JM 098EP

FRAZIER & THE SHADES OF MADNESS, RAY: Ray Frazier & The Shades of Madness 3x7" (JM 098EP) 23.50
One of Jazzman's specialties is focusing in on the obscure and often previously slept-on regional-based sounds across America. This time their radar hones in on state of California and some of the rawest Los Angeles funk and sweetest soul. Ray Frazier & The Shades Of Madness were some of the most active, prolific and influential showmen of the soulful '50s, 60s, and '70s. This collection of unique recordings captures the essence of the multi-talented entertainer, singer and songwriter -- one of the hardest-working music-men about town. Includes the £1000+ rated "My Baby's Hand."


JMAN 066LP

TOPICS, THE: Wanted Live! By a Million Girls LP (JMAN 066LP) 25.50
LP version. The funky soul archaeologists at Jazzman are extremely proud to announce this release in their Soul Spectrum series. This LP is the perfect combination of crossover and modern soul filled with strong black male group harmonies and funky instrumentation -- a recording to please the palette of soul and funk collectors across the board. This release isn't just about the vocalists, but also the variety of talented musicians and unique instrumentation involved in creating this timeless testament to West Coast African-American consciousness of the late '70s and early '80s. One of the key initiatives at Jazzman Records is setting the facts straight, righting the wrongs of mistaken identities, and often giving previously-unknown artists credit where credit is well overdue. In this case, the main topic of discussion is The Topics and their Wanted Live! By a Million Girls LP. Jazzman has invested all their fine-tuned resources into making this LP reissue even better than the original. All eight tracks have been digitally remastered, and all of the original LP cover art has been reproduced as an exact replica of the original LP issued in the early 1980s. You may try your hand at obtaining an off-condition copy in the 1,000 GBP price range or file Jazzman's brilliant limited edition reissue with bonus extensive 16-page liner-notes insert in your collection for only a fraction of the price. As group harmony and soul groups go, in many cases, there are some very popular group names, popular to the point of redundancy. Often the same name was used by different, multiple groups all around the country, round about the same time, coincidentally unbeknownst to one another. While the artists didn't intend to be any less unique than others sharing the same name, this duplicity has caused quite a bit of debate and confusion for record collectors over the years. The mystery of this rather ambiguously designed modern soul LP has haunted collectors for decades. Now for the first time ever, Jazzman can finally confirm that this specific West Coast group was (from Fresno, CA and) only recorded on the Token and NCS labels and is not to be confused with any other groups of the same name who recorded on the Heavy-Duty, Dream, TSG, Noodle, Carnival, Chadwick, Mercury, Castle and Brother III labels.

JIAOLONG (UK)

JIAOLONG 011EP

DAPHNI & OWEN PALLETT: Julia/Tiberius 12" (JIAOLONG 011EP) 12.00
"JIAOLONG011 sees Daphni teaming up with composer/arranger Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy/Arcade Fire/Beirut etc..). The A-side has been a staple in Daphni's DJ sets for the last year delivering bassweight worldwide. 'That track's an enigma - when I listen to it at home it seems relatively innocuous but when I play it out all hell breaks loose', says Dan. The B-side is something even more strange and special - 'Tiberius' is perhaps the world's first microtonal electroacoustic violin techno track."

MACHU PICCHU

PICCHU 002CD

DARK: Dark Round the Edges CD (PICCHU 002CD) 14.00
"One of the greatest guitar-heavy psych records in the world, Dark Round the Edges was originally issued in an edition of around 50 copies, mostly for friends, family, and the odd record company. Its reputation has since blossomed into something resembling a redwood, or perhaps an original Van Gogh. This album is the holy grail for lovers of fuzz-driven hard rock, and has been the most sought-after privately pressed LP on the planet. We've spared no expense to bring you the deluxe reissue of this classic, an album beloved by heads and cosmic couriers around the world for its great songwriting, terrific instrumental workouts, and mysterious vibe. Zero time is now. Sleeve notes by the group's songwriter and guitarist Steve Giles, includes a complete group history. Lyrics and never before seen photos from the group's personal archives."

MINIMAL WAVE

MW 052EP

SOMA HOLIDAY: Shake Your Molecules 12" (MW 052EP) 24.00
"A remastered reissue of Soma Holiday's cult classic, Shake Your Molecules. Soma Holiday was a Franco-American duo consisting of Jean-Marc Vallod (FR) and Jane Honicker (US), based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in the early 1980s. They recorded 'Shake Your Molecules' along with Too Many People' and 'Art Dimension' in 1984, at Unique Studios in Manhattan. The studio was known for being the first NYC studio with MIDI capabilities. With the help of Eric Dufaure, they had their 12" released on Cachalot Records in France, and later a further pressing was made by Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier. Whilst in NYC, they worked with Jay Burnett, a protégé of Arthur Baker, who was active in the synth-pop, hip hop and electro scenes. He engineered their 24 track recording sessions at Unique and later went on to collaborate with Adam 'MCA' Yauch of the Beastie Boys on a 12" for Def Jam as well as doing a mix of the cult classic 'I.O.U.' by Freeez. That quintessential NYC electro/hop hop sound infused with the French new wave sensibility is what ended up making 'Shake Your Molecules' such a unique dance floor hit. Proudly, we present four beautifully remastered tracks by Soma Holiday, the original 'Shake Your Molecules' mix, the unreleased dub version and two other unreleased outtakes of 'Too Many People' and 'Art Dimension,' all from their 1984 studio recordings at Unique Recording Studios. Soma Holiday's Shake Your Molecules EP is pressed on 180 gram oxblood vinyl and limited to 999 copies. Full color gloss sleeve with two sided insert featuring photograph of Soma Holiday in front of their home in Brooklyn and full liner notes with text by Jean-Marc Vallod."

MOBILEE (GERMANY)

MOBILEE 128EP

SEBO K: Avalanche 12" (MOBILEE 128EP) 12.50
On top of having a solid discography over the years, Sebo K is a widely sought-after DJ, playing in legendary clubs throughout the world, while additionally holding down a residency in Berlin's famous Watergate club. His very own party series Scenario, has been stirring up the scene since its fruition in 2013. This two-track EP will attract ravers and dancers all over the world while staying true to his signature sound of mixing classic house and techno sounds with modern surprises.

MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)

MONKEY 043LP

BANKS, ALEX: Illuminate 2LP (MONKEY 043LP) 25.00
Double LP version. Housed in a gatefold sleeve. Having received wide critical acclaim for his remixes of Bonobo and Andreya Triana, and award-winning DJ mix for Ninja Tune's Solid Steel series, Alex Banks spent two years in the studio working on his latest album Illuminate. After meeting 50weapons' Phon.o when they played together in Zurich in 2013, the link to Monkeytown was made. These 10 tracks explode with vitality, flecked with subtlety and depth, at once utterly contemporary but tinged with all the genres and flavors he's ever dipped into. The single, All You Could Do, for instance, replete with a Phon.o remix, comes on like a pin-sharp glitch-hop Esben & The Witch, but elsewhere "Sheya" throbs like Art Department's deep house at a dubstep convention, opener "Silent Embrace" is a silky match for the likes of London Grammar and Jesse Ware, and the bouncing "Initiate" is pitched midway between what Maceo Plex and James Holden are up to. All in all, it's a potent brew.

MOTE EVOLVER (UK)

MOTE 039EP

PARKER, MIKE: Spitting Electricity 12" (MOTE 039EP) 12.50
Mote039 comes from New York-based Mike Parker, a producer known for his consistent stream of quality work. With this EP Parker showcases his unique sound of dizzying arrays of hypnotica warped in metallic swirls. Parker delivers three tracks that are not only powerful, but also designed to deepen and strengthen the almost meditative nature of techno's outer-end, endlessly evolving with fluidity.

ORNAMENTS (GERMANY)

ORN 029LTD-LP

YOUAND:THEMACHINES: Behind Reshaped 3LP (ORN 029LTD-LP) 32.00
A year after the release of his Behind LP (ORN 027NE-LP), youAND:THEMACHINES presents Behind Reshaped -- an opulent collection of selected edits, interpretations, and remixes courtesy of a prestigious roster of distinguished producers including Matthew Herbert, Steve Bug, XDB, Boo Williams, Sascha Dive, Legowelt and Basic Soul Unit, amongst many more. youAND:THEMACHINES is the solo project of Martin Müller -- one-half of the Berlin-based luminaries youANDme, who have enjoyed success through official works for the likes of Moodymann, Seth Troxler and Radio Slave and through releases on labels such as Ornaments, Cocoon and Rekids. It was back in June 2013 that Martin's Behind first saw the light of night; an enthralling insight into his mind and his equipment built using Roland drum machines, the Moog Voyager and the Roland Alpha Juno, amongst many other analog pieces. Released through long-term affiliates Ornaments, Martin's debut LP was received with tremendous appreciation as a laudable achievement in brooding and physical machine music by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Steve Bug, Scuba, and Âme, to name a few. Behind Reshaped mines deep beneath the original's surface and is a varied compound of textures, tones and atmospheres. From Steve Bug's glacial "Raw and Reduced" edit of "Drift" to The Analog Roland Orchestra's allaying take on "Desire" and from XDB's armoured and clap-heavy remix of "Perception" to Freund Der Familie's lucidly textural version of "Entrance Room," the listener is ferried through a broad spectrum of feeling while a spectral and rueful current remains consistent. Bolstered with labor-of-love extras including 333 hand-painted artwork editions (3x12") with each cover bearing a unique painting and stamped number.

PARADIGM DISCS (UK)

PD 021CD

ORAM, DAPHNE: Oramics 2CD (PD 021CD) 23.00
Restocked; 2007 release. Daphne Oram is best-known for the design of her Oramics system, and also for co-founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1957, but until the release of this material, the only easily-available piece of music by her on CD was the 8-minute long "Four Aspects." There was also a 7" EP from 1962 on HMV, released as part of the Listen, Move and Dance series that was specifically designed to help children dance. Although the short pieces on this record are very basic, it could be argued that this is the first-ever electronic dance record! This is a survey of nearly all the major pieces that she produced since her departure from the BBC in January 1959 until her final tape piece in 1977. During this time, she worked independently in her home studio, and thanks to a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation in 1962, she was able to pursue her interests. In Britain there were no state-funded studios other than the Radiophonic Workshop, which mainly existed at the behest of the drama studio and was not generally seen as a place to develop personal artistic ideas. There were also no university studios at this time, so it was necessary for British electronic composers to be self-funded. Throughout this period, she devoted her attention to developing her Oramics "drawn sound" system, which consisted of a large machine that enabled drawn patterns to be converted into sound. This system was eventually fully realized in the late '60s and several pieces here incorporate its use. The two and-a-half hours of music on this 2CD set covers the whole range of Oram's post-BBC output. All of the music is electronic with some occasional use of real instruments, especially small percussion and piano frame. There is also some use of musique concrète techniques. The works fall roughly into the following categories: works for TV and cinema advertising, film soundtracks, music for theater productions, installations and exhibitions as well as concert pieces and several studio experiments. There are also a few short pieces that resulted from an experimental music course given by Oram at a high school in Yorkshire in 1967.

PAUL KALKBRENNER MUSIC (GERMANY)

PKM 013EP

KALKBRENNER, PAUL: Gebrunn Gebrunn EP 12" (PKM 013EP) 12.00
Back in 2005 Paul Kalkbrenner released his rave anthem "Gebrünn Gebrünn." Since then, the track has graced the soundtrack of the Berlin Calling film and is now ready for a Maertini Broes remix for the upcoming Paul Kalkbrenner remix album. This gem from Paul Kalkbrenner's catalog gets the 2014 remix treatment by Berlin techno/house legends DJ Clé and Mike Vamp. In an excellent way they use an epic string arrangement and a completely restructured arrangement of the original elements based on the well-known hookline for this great remix.

PLATON RECORDS (FRANCE)

PL 002EP

PRAYMOND: Huguette 12" (PL 002EP) 14.00
Praymond is a French artist and long-time record collector. After years of travelling and playing across Europe and America, he decided to release his first EP. This record is not just an elegant DJ tool but it's also a really smart take on how to bring a discrete touch of acoustic in a music usually dominated by analog and digital sounds. "Huguette" uses a lot of acoustic elements to deliver an epic dancefloor track. "Chamalowe" slows the tempo in order to make the pattern heavier. "Timeless Memory" is a tribute to dub techno with an acoustic take.

POPCORN (UK)

POPC 129EP

TIL & THE ORIOLES, SONNY: Hey! Little Woman/Sugar Girl 7" (POPC 129EP) 8.00
Long-established R&B essential floor-packer that has somehow not been reissued until now. From Sonny Til's long-running Baltimore-based vocal group The Orioles, this was cut in 1962 and carries that nascent early soul sound that still sounds so fresh all these years later.


POPC 130EP

WILLOBY/BOBBY BROOKES, LINDA: Big Boy You're Through/Little Girl (Is It True) 7" (POPC 130EP) 8.00
Linda Willoby's "Big Boy You're Through" is a smooth and slinky, minor-key popcorn gem that oozes class. Downtempo, sophisticated, jazzy and moody, this is the kind of sound which defines the popcorn genre. An obscure one for sure, and very scarce on its original release. The flipside features a more upbeat R&B mover from Bobby Brookes, and a cracker in its own right, making this another essential two-sider.

QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)

QUINTESSE 039EP

JACK FELL DOWN: Hot and Hazy 12" (QUINTESSE 039EP) 12.50
Quintessentials continue to push quality as it teams up with UK-based oddity Jack Fell Down. After a string of well-received releases on Sccucci Manucci and Home Taping Is Killing Music, Jack Fell Down continue pedaling their deep and moody cuts. The EP opens with "The Garage," a summer-styled, uptempo head-nodder that makes the most of catchy, chord-driven groove. The flip lays out "New Friends" and "You & Me," both of which tip the hat to a classic house arrangement and a tougher and moodier feel.

RED WHARF (UK)

RW 301008LP

NURSE WITH WOUND/GRAHAM BOWERS: Parade 2LP (RW 301008LP) 29.00
The second studio album release by Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers released as a CD in June 2013 is now available as a double vinyl album. The music is an audio sketch-pad, delving into the multiple manifestations of the human form and psyche ... a Commedia dell'Arte-type procession of the extremes and banalities of what we are and what we do on this bizarre and indefinable one-way trip to oblivion. A continuous and thematic piece of music divided into eight tracks. Original artworks by Babs Santini and Graham Bowers.

REJECTED (GERMANY)

REJ 032EP

DARK SCIENCE: Rain 12" (REJ 032EP) 12.50
Joris Voorn's alter-ego Dark Science has been hiding away in the depths of Voorn's inspiring musical mind, waiting years for the perfect moment to unleash fresh ammunition. Eager fans wait no longer, for he now returns with Rain, a two-piece package on Rejected, kicking off the label's 2014 debut. "Rain" fronts that retrospective robust sound with a finely refined tip, laden dubby bass & atmospheric sax, while "Rust" delivers an upbeat number structured with a moody, brisk rhythm and tightly-layered patterns.

RELICS (UK)

REL 3028CD

ST. JOHN GREEN: St. John Green CD (REL 3028CD) 17.00
Produced by the legendary Kim Fowley and Michael Lloyd, this enigmatic album emerged from Topanga Canyon and appeared in the summer of 1968. According to the original liner notes, "Of all the Canyon Groups, St. John Green is perhaps the most mystical." This is their album's long overdue CD debut. It comes with background notes telling the band's story.

RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)

RBB 001EP

REDSHAPE: Bonuz Beatz Vol. 1 12" (RBB 001EP) 14.00
Running Back proudly presents: Redshape's Bonuz Beatz Vol. 1. Revisited, reduced and refined beatdown versions of some of the masked man's greatest hitz. Breakbeats, toms and open hi-hats a-plenty with more bounce to the ounce. Not only for DJ use.

SHINDIG (UK)

SHIN 037

SHINDIG: Shindig! No. 37 MAG (SHIN 037) 9.00
"The Raspberries: Like The Beatles, the Stones and The Who all over again. The '70s American rock stars who brought adolescent pop thrills back into the charts. Ian Anderson: Tells us how he was musically awoken by Irish R&B bad boys The Wheels, let down by the Stones and bought The Sex Pistols' first album. Los Angeles Love-Ins: Between 1967 and '69, a handful of ticketless love-ins were held in Southern California. These peaceful meet-and-greets combined live music, often from unsigned bands, with meditation, frolicking, food, and good vibes in public parks, where smoking was not illegal. Temples: The new psych stars enveloping our solar system. The Dream: They made some of the most confrontational, outré music produced in The Netherlands, or anywhere else for that matter, during psychedelia's Big Bang. Nigel Mazlyn Jones: Since the mid-'70s he has been quietly making some of the best acoustic music in the UK. A well-known figure on the live circuit, he performed with numerous acts including Argent, America, McGuinness Flint, Hatfield & The North, and Barclay James Harvest."


SHIN 038

SHINDIG: Shindig! No. 38 MAG (SHIN 038) 9.00
"Linda Perhacs: the surprise return of acid-folk's mystery lady. John McLaughlin: the pioneering guitarist's early years, from Georgie Fame to Miles Davis, revisited. Nigel Waymouth: on Granny Takes a Trip, Hapshash & The Coloured Coat, and the art of being avant-garde. Leafhound: reborn '70s hard rockers who influenced a generation of psychedelic guitar bands. Mary Love: the bittersweet story of soul's troubled goddess, plus The See See, Darkscorch Canticles, Blue Pills, John Sinclair, and Twink."


SHIN IO

SHINDIG: Interstellar Overdrive: The Shindig! Guide to Spacerock MAG (SHIN IO) 11.00
"The Shindig! guide to spacerock. This special edition of Shindig! explores spacerock's peculiar mix of heavy riffs and electronics through the age of the space race, the resulting sci-fi explosion and the mind-expanding influences of the acid-fried '60s and beyond. We trace spacerock back to its roots with the soundtracks of the '50s, including Louis and Bebe Barron's Forbidden Planet, through to the incredible work of Joe Meek on 'Telstar'. In addition, we will cover the social and cultural context of the moon landings, sci-fi literature and the spaced-out cinema that shaped the end of the '60s. In this environment came early spacerock efforts from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd and The Byrds. One band arrived at the close of the decade to define the genre -- Hawkwind. Just as influential in their own idiosyncratic way were Gong with their Radio Gnome trilogy. Several artists pursued the electronic side of spacerock, such as Silver Apples and Fifty Foot Hose, whilst the BBC Radiophonic Workshop added a distinct Britishness to proceedings. The Germans also produced their own unique contributions to the idiom with Amon Düül Ii, Neu and Ash Ra Tempel. At the close of the '70s several artists such as Chrome utilised the punk spirit to reinvigorate spacerock. The magazine will take the genre through the '80s and '90s with Ozric Tentacles and the cross-pollination of the indie scene with Spacemen 3 and Loop. Taking things up to the present day and proving the genre is still in rude health are the likes of Astra, The Heads, and White Hills."

SHITKATAPULT (GERMANY)

STRIKE 147CD

CANDIE HANK: Demons CD (STRIKE 147CD) 15.50
Candie Hank is a project of Patric Catani, a Kreuzberg-based man of 1,000 faces. With his new album Demons, Hank shows that he now knows how to channel his flow of ideas in the right direction. Right from the opening track "The Fox," he presents a new type of desert rock or pimped surf music, of course, with proper beats and bass. He has filtered out and distilled the mania, the subliminal madness appropriated by the surf and psychobilly genre. And with cold calculation, Candie has cast this insanity into tracks, administered throughout the entire album in just the right amount. There is now a method to his madness. On Demons, Candie Hank combines things that actually can't be combined. Arabesque melodic lines, ethereal female choruses, high-speed drumming and Jamaican spoken-word, for example. He switches elegantly and effortlessly from a typical Candie-like, slightly wooden Monty Python soundtrack with a tea dance sample to an acid bass line. He does this with a smile, a finger exercise. The wonderfully lunatic "Babyshka Demona" features balalaika samples. Dervishes from the Carpathians playing stringed instruments of unknown origin to convulsive beats in Transylvanian voodoo. And the sly electronic polka madness, Candie Hank's trademark, can be admired on "Elevator Life" in its purest form. Giving the direction and at the same time standing in as the title-track of the album, "Peace! (With My Demons)" is a true club anthem, every bit as breathless as it is laid back. It is clear here that Candie Hank is the master of the irresistible four-note melody. Over the years, Candie Hank has undergone a consistent development: from producer of unbridled sound clashes to maestro of oblivious elegance. From hyperactive density to hypnotic transparency. Practically every one of his tracks once had a feisty life of its own. The master took them off the leash as scurrying, pint-sized monsters only to find them later running wild all over the place. Compared to his early work, Demons seems ambitious and salient. Hank has allowed his cunning to flow into short, concise tracks. And the breaks and chaotic combinations are what take each track in a new and unexpected direction at precisely the right moment.


STRIKE 147LP

CANDIE HANK: Demons LP (STRIKE 147LP) 17.50
LP version.

SOLEILMOON RECORDINGS

BADVC 054CD

DEATH IN JUNE: Peaceful Snow CD (BADVC 054CD) 16.00
2014 repress, now streamlined into a single CD edition (no longer includes a bonus disc of extraneous "bonus" material). "Gone the Totenpop guitar, it's now time to march to the 88 keys of the Lounge Corps Piano Bar; Peaceful Snow! The latest studio album from Death In June features 13 new 'Totenpop Torchsongs' by Douglas P, accompanied by Slovakian pianist Miro Snejdr. Peaceful Snow was originally released November 9, 2010, with a limited edition bonus CD of Miro Snijdr's piano instrumental arrangements of 18 classic Death In June songs. A second limited edition followed on July 4, 2012 with a bonus CD that featured previously unreleased piano instrumental versions of Peaceful Snow. Now the main album is released as a single disc."

SPECTRUM SPOOLS

SP 035LP

PROSTITUTES: Petit Cochon LP (SP 035LP) 20.00
Petit Cochon is the third LP and debut album for Spectrum Spools by James Donadio under his Prostitutes guise. From Psychedelic Black, the self-released debut LP limited to only 100, to the esteemed Crushed Interior on Digitalis, it's safe to say Donadio has crafted a style unmatched in the climate of contemporary electronic music. The top-shelf EPs on Mira and Diagonal were a small glimpse into all that has led up to the new full-length. Petit Cochon is a total burner, no exceptions. From the opening cryptic threat of "Powerful Magnets" into the serrated pummeling of "The Bluffer's Corporation," it becomes clear very quickly that no punches will be pulled and that Petit Cochon is a heavy affair. Donadio's signature sample manipulation in tandem with live electronics and particular mixing processes hit new highs with the manic clatter of "Suck Out the Reason," which shifts and shuffles between huge snare drums and whispers from the void. "Stains Left Unnamed," like its title suggests, is a grim and filthy ordeal with head-spinning delay ringing alongside jagged and fractured rhythm. This album has cuts for the club-heads and for those locked away from the rest of the world, and as a whole serves as the perfect and logical next full-length in the Prostitutes cannon. Cut by CGB at Dubplates + Mastering, Berlin. Mastered by James Plotkin.

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)

SR 376LP

VA: Everything Is Shit: Punk in Brussels 1977-79 LP (SR 376LP) 15.50
LP version. An incredible energy took over Brussels at the onset of the '80s. It is a strange and rare feeling when you tell yourself that something is happening. And it always happens through an accumulation of very small facts. Then, suddenly, it is there. This collection basically attempts to capture this emerging will. But before that, there was punk rock. In Brussels, it started with a handful of venues, improvised concerts, a few dozens of people recognizing each other, and a festival that gathered everyone together: the first Belgian Punk Contest, at the Vieux Saint-Job, on March 18, 1978. Although the influences came from up north -- The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Crass, essentially -- there were also ties and influences from Paris (Asphalt Jungle, Métal Urbain), and Phallus Band, Streets, and H2SO4, who were all also singing in French. The adventure began in the winter of 1976, and the following two years would yield most of the material. Since these bands had very short life-spans, there were a lot of interactions (Chainsaw, X-Pulsion, Streets), while other configurations gave birth to key bands of the next decade: Digital Dance (out of X-Pulsion and Thrills), Snowy Red (from Chainsaw), The Names (The Passengers), and Pseudocode (from Thrills). Other artists in this collection include: Mad Virgins, Terminal Stupid, Isabelle et les Nics-Nacs, The Actors, and Raxola. Features 18 tracks (from the 32-track CD).

SUBALTERN RECORDS (UK)

SUBALT 004EP

CLEARLIGHT: Circular Thinking EP 12" (SUBALT 004EP) 12.50
Belgian producer Clearlight provides three examples of experimental, meditative yet bass-heavy and dancefloor-suitable tracks. "Circular Thinking" is a tribal track with a shamanic feel. The incessant triplets' drum groove and the multitude of organic elements and sound FXs takes the listener through a journey, topped by a sinister psychedelic vocal sample. "Jata" retains the tribal feel while fusing reggae and dub-influenced horns and samples. The driving percussion beat vanishes throughout the breakdown, and unpredictably evolves into a oneiric carillon-lead outro. Finnish prodigy LAS re-thinks "Circular Thinking" into a syncopated dancefloor weapon.

SUOL (GERMANY)

SUOL 005LP

CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON: Twelve 2LP (SUOL 005LP) 21.00
Double LP version. Housed in a gatefold jacket. Presenting a debut full-length album from Berlin's house institution and Suol founder, Chopstick & Johnjon. This is an album in the classical songwriting sense. Fortified by house predilections taken from the musicians' obsessively detailed and intoxicating dancefloor beats, the album presents its own clearly compacted and self-contained realm of sound. It's an album which, besides the collaboration with Boston's E-Funk wizard Tanner Ross on two songs, mainly arose with the cooperation with the English singer and musician Chris James. James, who has released tracks with his band Stateless on Ninja Tune and !K7, among other ventures, greatly contributes to the strength of the album. His warm voice and intuitive vocal arrangements blossomed immediately under the concepts of both Berlin producers, resulting in 11 tracks on Twelve which were developed by the trio. A decade has passed since the masterminds behind the Suol label, Chi-Thien Nguyen and John B. Muder, set out as Chopstick & Johnjon with a clear mission: to blaze a trail through the international house and techno scene. Those 10 years seem to have passed in the twinkling of an eye. Both as joint label managers and as a production team, they've come a long, long way. Techno, electro, house, hip-hop -- during their early years in particular, the duo set about exploring electronic music like kids in a candy store. Fearless and bold, they surrendered themselves to the moment, but with the Suol label they seem to have found their spiritual home for the time being. Suol's forerunners, Criminal Records and Baalsaal, were important stages in allowing them to hone their profile and gradually acquire the necessary know-how to develop an internationally successful label. We learn from our mistakes, as the saying goes, and all those diverse influences crystallized aesthetically, too, as they gradually created a collective sound concept, which is based on their shared experiences. Over time, their collaborative tracks started to become slower and more organic. What is today commonly known as slow house was for Chopstick & Johnjon a natural outgrowth of their passion for hip-hop and groove in particular. The creative pair compliment each other perfectly -- both in the studio and behind the decks. Thien, the classically-trained "muso" and John, the former hip-hop DJ with an ear for tight, compact arrangements. The chemistry is just right: tracks like "Clear Eyes" from their Friday Night Lights EP, "Keep on Keepin' On" with label mate Fritz Kalkbrenner on the microphone, or their biggest hit to date "Listen" are all proof of that. And as DJs, Chopstick and Johnjon are consummate experts at bringing the party to a boil at 116 bpm.

TEMPA (UK)

TEMPA 090EP

BIOME: Cromos EP 12" (TEMPA 090EP) 12.50
Since debuting in 2007, the Manchester-based producer Biome has attracted acclaim for his pummeling, stripped-back dubstep tracks, becoming regular fixtures in the sets and radio shows of luminaries such as Youngsta and Icicle. A true minimalist, Biome's tracks are each composed of a bare handful of elements, but each placed so carefully in the mix that each percussive hit and synth motif impacts with stunning force. Each of the Cromos EP's tracks takes a strikingly different angle, from expansive and spacious half-step to experimental yet focused dancefloor rollers, all united by their distinct ear for spatial arrangement and pinpoint sound design.

THE BUNKER NEW YORK

BK 004EP

LOT.TE: Pressure Chant EP 12" (BK 004EP) 11.50
Løt.te is Mehmet Irdel, a Turkish-born artist who has been a friend of The Bunker for a long time. He's currently based in Brooklyn, where he co-runs Rote Productions, a company that releases music, graphic works, video compositions, and photography, and takes a strong stance against the concept of intellectual property. Irdel's early work consisted of soundscapes, noise, and power electronics. Now, he's trying his hand at techno, with incredible results. "Pressure Chant" has immense energy and a Surgeon-like shuffle. "Private Transgressions" juxtaposes a dark, cinematic mood with a dubby bass line and synth stabs.

TIGERSUSHI (FRANCE)

TSR 026CD

DYE: Cocktail Citron CD (TSR 026CD) 15.50
Imagine DyE aka Juan de Guillebon as an advanced receptor transmitter of melodies and sounds for the young generation. When music -- from the '70s to 2015, from Bruce Springsteen to Daphni -- travels through him, it's processed by filters, hardware living machines and magical organs, to become new music. Music that seems to describe a trance towards the stars and the future, where the future is to awake vocations and dreams -- straight from his home-studio. DyE's music belongs to epic quests. You're Link, the little knight in Zelda, smashing archetypal sounds in Detroit, Robocop listening to sounds in the jungle, Albator meeting dolphins in a subaquatic Paris. On his debut album Taki 183 (TSR 023CD), you experienced the transition from childhood to adulthood. With Cocktail Citron, you'll find multiple loves -- may it be in a pill or with a French girl as the title-track sums it up perfectly well. Like a resonance of his work as a remixer or as a bass player with Joakim, Bot'Ox, Aladdin, Rachid Taha and many more, this record is also about free encounters. Even though DyE is a solo project, he made it a point to invite people from other dimensions to expand the spectrum of words and sound (Egyptian Lover, Angie David, Guillaume Teyssier). It's also DyE's most danceable record so far, probably a consequence of his young DJ career, playing along the with the Tigersushi crew or opening for the likes of Erol Alkan or Four Tet. DyE's music has proven to be universal, with his "Fantasy" track on YouTube garnering more than 45 million views. To become a magician with music is a fair choice and a funny odyssey. Cocktail Citron is DyE's new magic formula, on a Tigersushi plate. It will move you from the inside, as it brings the eternal return of the little boy or little girl you are.


TSR 066EP

PRINCIPLES OF GEOMETRY: Streamasters EP 12" (TSR 066EP) 12.50
Here comes the first installment from Principles Of Geometry's upcoming album Meanstream. Lush synths set your mind on a Michael Mann movie scene -- amazing beats somewhere between hip-hop, electronica and Peter Gabriel, and the voice of the Alessi Brothers, the legendary twins from the '70s/'80s. Remixes come courtesy of Tanner Ross, one of the members of the Wolf+Lamb & Soul Clap crews + Night Slugs head-honcho (and ghetto house producer as Dance System) L-Vis 1990.

TRUNK (UK)

JBH 018CD

VA: Fuzzy-Felt Folk CD (JBH 018CD) 15.50
2014 repress. In typical Trunk Records style this is a genre-defining collection of true folk oddities from both the UK and the USA. This CD brings together lost naïve psychedelia, beguiling and unreleased film music, spooky nursery rhymes, songs about pixies and trance-like guitar oddities. Some of the music found on this CD is unreleased, some impossible to find, all of it is stunning. This really is unlike any compilation you have heard. Includes work by Basil Kirchin, the man who invented ambient music -- the recording here has never been released and comes from his estate. Barbara Moore is one of the most highly collected female singing artists, and Orriel Smith is a great lost American singer who composed these two psychedelic, progressive, jazzy tracks with funky film composer Philip Lambro-- these tracks have remained lost until now. Reg Tilsley, Pierre Arvay and Claude Vasori are all extremely talented library composers both in the UK and Europe. Much of their music was used in children's TV in the late 1960s, and their tracks are from the legendary De Wolfe Library and have never been commercially released until now. Very little is known about the other artists on this compilation, but their music is incredible. The name Fuzzy Felt comes from a game made up of fuzzy shapes you stick to a felt board, and in the 1960s, was a famous toy in the UK. You use the fuzzy shapes to make little pictures just like on the CD front cover. To us this sums up the innocent, experimental and creative streaks running throughout this incredible music. The other artists include: Christopher Casson, Arthur Birkby, Peggy Zeitlin, and The Piggleswick Folk.


JBH 022CD

GARRICK TRIO, MICHAEL: Moonscape CD (JBH 022CD) 15.50
2014 repress. Originally privately pressed in 1964 in an edition of just 99 copies, Moonscape is possibly the most rare, most desirable and certainly most valuable modern British jazz record ever made. One of the super-scarce 10" originals could cost you £1500-£2000 ($4000!!!) in mint condition. This is the first time Moonscape has had a proper release, and the first time it has been available on CD. Recorded in London in 1964, Moonscape is pianist and modern British jazz legend Michael Garrick's first album. Until now, and for 99 obvious reasons, very few people have ever heard this stunning lunar jazz. As interest in modern British jazz and Michael Garrick has increased over the last decade, this recording has gained almost mythical status, with possibly only two copies coming to market in that time. Moonscape is a solid keystone in the development of Britain's jazz sound, with a slightly floaty, drifting essence to the music, and an early British first foray into "The New Thing" -- the free jazz sound, even though the steps here are tentative and a touch naive. Highlights on such a short album are frequent, and current Trunk favorites include the awesome and blissfully sad "Sketches Of Israel," and the complex 6/8 trip "Man Have You Ever Heard." This is British modern jazz at its very best. Even though the space race had not really begun by 1964, and man was still a full five years away from a moonwalk, Garrick was no doubt onto something here, his prescient view of sound, jazz and space predating the rush of international cosmic jazz that punctuated the late 1960s and early 1970s. So, welcome at last to Moonscape, and thank heavens there are more than 99 copies this time around.

TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)

TURBO 160EP

CLOUDS: Tannhauser Acid Works II 12" (TURBO 160EP) 12.50
Wicked Analord-style acid breaks from Scotland's new young hope for techno. Following recent releases for Soma and Fifth Wall, Clouds continue their TANNHAUSER ACID WORKS series on Turbo in radical fashion. 'Two Dimensional Horror Acid' puts the SH-101 through it's paces in a futuristic digital-analog gang bang of apocalyptic proportions. 'World Systems, Cornall Coliseum' nods confidently to the one true lord. Finally, 'Dread Networks' cyberpunks to the finish line with a brooding hypnotic romp. High-grade, head-shredding hardcore for warehouse or headphone tripping alike.

UNROCK (GERMANY)

UNROCK 002EP

BISHOP, SIR RICHARD: Road to Siam 10" (UNROCK 002EP) 23.50
Road to Siam shows Richard Bishop on a musical trip from the Iberian Peninsula all along through North Africa and the Orient to the Far East. "Mekong" is an improvisation on 6-string guitar based on the particular sounds of a traditional three-stringed instrument known as a phin, which originated in Laos. "Mekong," which was recorded in Phitsanulok, Thailand in December 2013, is a typical Richard Bishop track, elegantly liquid and hypnotic and Bishop's first new track in years. The B-side of the 20-minute long vinyl-only 10" features "Alhambra Drag," "Sand Shuffle" & "Coronado's Broom," which are highlights taken from digital-only available albums. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies.

VERVE

VERVE 5046HLP

VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE: White Light/White Heat (180 Gram Vinyl) LP (VERVE 5046HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version. Reissue of The Velvet Underground's second album, originally released in 1967.

VIN DU SELECT QUALITITE

VDSQ 008LP

BISHOP, SIR RICHARD: Solo Acoustic Volume Eight LP (VDSQ 008LP) 18.00
"First new solo acoustic recordings from the master guitarist in years, SRB returns to familiar themes and introduces new ideas simultaneously on this tour de force performance of his singular style."

WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)

WG 017EP

MEYER, MATTHIAS: Becuz EP 12" (WG 017EP) 14.00
Matthias Meyer's debut on Watergate Records is called Becuz, and hereby it immediately answers every potential question. The eponymous track has the atmospheric density of an approaching storm front that discharges into epic organ hooks and shredded vocals. "November Rain" is a beat-driven techno anthem with foggy synth-spheres and a "closed eyes"-attitude. Mario Basanov's interpretation has more contours and a percussive touch that keeps the mood of the original unchanged. An astonishing EP with two great tracks and a wonderful remix.

WORLD CHAMPION RECORDS (ICELAND)

REC 037CD

FM BELFAST: Brighter Days CD (REC 037CD) 15.50
Andri Snær Magnason, three-time recipient of the Icelandic Literary Prize, says he has to attend a FM Belfast concert at least once every six months, according to doctor's orders. It is worth mentioning that Andri Snær is not a doctor, but his father is a doctor; his grandfather was a doctor; his sister is no less than a neurosurgeon. Should we, the common, soot-stained masses, doubt the professional medical advice of an entire family? Thankfully, we don't have to, because FM Belfast takes its role in the public's health very seriously. Because the members of the band are just like you and me -- they are a part of us. They pay off their mortgages, take their kids to day care, and in the evening boil potatoes. They don't always have enough to fill the gas tank or perhaps don't even have a car to begin with. They've even been known to play basketball in tattered sneakers. The band's struggle for survival, and that of the Icelandic nation as a whole, is wearisome and tedious. But in the end, there is good news, because FM Belfast knows the antidote -- the recipe for making the struggle a happy one and for patching the holes in tattered sneakers. Because as the poet said: "Smile and the world smiles back." Here, the kids of FM Belfast release their third full-length album, Brighter Days -- because, as the title suggests, there are brighter times ahead. And if not, we'll make brighter times. FM Belfast are doing their part in carrying out the gospel, armed with a smile on their lips and a seductive dance step at their feet. They will travel and rock the excited club-nations of Europe. Later, they will finish off with a tour of the festival circuit around the continent -- and thank goodness, as everything is a mess there with the EU, as we all know. The only thing that can save them is perhaps dried fish and butter, or just dancing along to FM Belfast.


REC 037LP

FM BELFAST: Brighter Days LP (REC 037LP) 18.00
LP version with download code.

YELLOWELECTRIC

GR 013LP

MONTGOMERY, ROY: 324 E. 13th Street #7 2LP (GR 013LP) 26.00
"'Ten singles and two albums. At a certain point during my stay in the apartment on 13th Street I either said it to myself or said it out loud -- I can't recall -- but that seemed a realistic target all things considered. Few distractions, few visitors, few appointments. A busy city to break up the endless music looping in my head long after the headphones had been taken off. A micro-studio easily patched together and able to be configured in only one or two variations. Time to pay some dues. Both to the 45 single and the concept album. The small vinyl artefact that fed my musical appetite at key times in my life. No 'b" sides if it could be helped. Chasing a theme for as long as it took. Waiting for the real pattern to emerge. The perfect visual ratios of 7" and 12" cover art. Talking with the dead. Replying to the faded parsimony of a young fan and would-be maker of records (me): "Get it down now because this may be as good as it gets," "Don't wait for a real label to pay for your studio time," "Time spent recording should always at least match time spent playing live." I figured that the universal average for bands and recording artists was one, maybe two, good singles and an OK album then oblivion or, worse, a slow decline through contractual obligations. The only contract I had was with a scattering of friends, mostly American, who were there to deal with the out-pourings, should they arrive. And things had bottled up. Time to un-bottle. Not all at once. A few minutes at a time only for the intense stuff. Handing over bracketed ideas to this or that label as an act of faith. Then watching in awe as others transformed signals into objects. And here, running full circle in the literal sense, seven goes into 12 many times, with folk new and old keeping the faith. Lucky me.' -Roy Montgomery. Housed in a gatefold sleeve. Includes three new songs, new artwork and unpublished photos, and an insert with an updated intro by Bill Meyer and Roy Montgomery. Remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk."

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