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Forced Exposure New Releases for 6/16/2014

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New music is due from Bremen, Greg Gives Peter Space, and Donna Karina, while old music is due from Jack Ruby, Joe McPhee, and Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De Dakar.

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ANALOG AFRICA (GERMANY)

AACD 065CD

VA: Legends Of Benin CD (AACD 065CD) 22.00
2014 repress. Analog Africa presents Legends Of Benin, a collection of super-rare and highly danceable masterpieces recorded between 1969-1981 by four legendary composers from Benin: Gnonnas Pedro, Antoine Dougbé, El Rego et Ses Commandos and Honoré Avolonto, each with a sound all their own. What you are about to hear is distinctively Benin -- a thick brew of agbadja, soul, cavacha, funk, Afrobeat, and Afro-Latin sounds all mixed in with heavy traditional rhythms. Gnonnas Pedro is the king of modern agbadja: a rhythm hugely popular in Togo, Benin and Ghana, based around three pieces of percussion, each with a different tone. Traditionally a rhythm used during burial ceremonies, Gnonnas adopted and modernized it in the mid-'60s, calling it "Agbadja Modern." The track "Dadje Von O Von Non" was originally recorded in 1966 and is Gnonna's first modern rendition of agbadja. Also featured here is the crazy, kick-ass funk track "Okpo Videa Bassouo" recorded in 1973, as well as the sublimely contagious track, "La Musica en Verité." Honoré Avolonto was one of Benin's most prolific composers, releasing Benin's most successful LP in the late '70s. That album was recorded with Black Santiago, a band fronted by amazing trumpeter Ignace De Souza, another legend, with whom he recorded the Afrobeat track, "Dou Dagbe We." Avolonto has fronted some of Benin's most powerful bands and some of those "partnerships" with Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and Les Commandos are presented here. Beware -- killer Afrobeat meets frenetic funk. El Rego et Ses Commandos were responsible for Benin's first Afro-soul-funk track with the support of Ghanean singer, Eddy Black Power. The "Jerk" scene in Benin was triggered by the success of "Feeling You Got," and its infectious accordion riff. "E Nan Mian Nuku" is an Afro-Latin tune combined with a kind of bossa nova, and "Vimado Wingnan" is Benin's most sought-after funk track. Out of all the artists here, Antoine Dougbé is the least known even in Benin, but he created his own style which he dubbed Afro cavacha -- a fantastic mixture of Congolese rhumba, Latin sounds and traditional vodoun rhythms. All of his vinyl releases, especially the ones released on his own Editions Dougbé Antoine label, are incredible and have become some of Africa's most sought-after collector's items. This compilation includes a 44-page, full-color booklet with ultra-rare pictures and detailed biographies. Enjoy the mind-blowing sounds of Benin.


AALP 075LP

VA: Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 2LP (AALP 075LP) 29.00
2014 repress. Double LP version. In 2010, against all odds, Angola Soundtrack Vol. 1 (AACD 069CD/AALP 069LP) was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in the category "Black Music." This victory was all the sweeter for its triumph over the predicted winner, Aloe Blacc's multi-platinum record, Good Things. Many were surprised that the award was handed to a compilation that covered obscure music, but it didn't surprise the team behind Analog Africa, who believed such an award should have come much earlier. Since discovering the music of Angola 15 years ago, styles such Kazucuta, Rebita, and Semba have become an addiction for Samy Ben Redjeb, the compiler, who proclaimed a serious warning in the first edition liner notes: "Listening to these tracks may cause addiction and provoke heavy rotation!" The unique blend of incomparable musicianship, passionate delivery and regional rhythms that make these tracks so combustible are no accident. An exceptional set of circumstances existed in the history of Angola before Independence that created the giant leap in the style and standard of bands and recordings of the time. When Portuguese repressive measures prevented the small Turmas, street musician groups, from being able to perform in Carnaval celebrations in 1961, a Portuguese civil servant, entrepreneur and Angolan music fan named Luis Montês was already in a position to capitalize on Luanda's need for a live music scene. His self-designed "Kutonocas," Sunday afternoon live music festivals, delighted a Luandan population hungry for a communication between the city and musseques (townships). It also forced groups to adapt to a different style of playing that would accommodate large stages and broader audiences. They equipped themselves with electric guitars, and fed on the musical influences from Cape Verde, Congo and the Dominican Republic, while staying patriotically true to their own musical legacy and unique rhythms. The intimacy of those participating in this musical revolution meant they playfully and professionally wanted to trump each other's style; communication between the groups was frequent as everyone studied each other's records and concerts and players were under a lot of pressure to outdo each other due to the limited recording and performing opportunities. Development of skill and ingenuity was a must, as well as addressing the highly politicized climate. The optimism of Independence can be heard in these recordings; a common goal between the audience and musicians. Upon reading the characteristically generous liner-notes of this Analog Africa release, you will be given more hints of the crucial melting pot that allowed this short period to have such an outstanding productivity. Featuring 44 pages acquired in coordination with the National Library of Luanda and the art magazine Note E Dia, Analog Africa head honcho Samy Ben Redjeb has managed to collect newspaper clips, extremely rare pictures of the bands onstage and printed interviews from the '70s. The stunning pages of passionate photography and artistic design also include interviews with many of the original artists and their families, biographies of the three labels that made it all possible, and of Luis Montês, who was the pulse of the live music scene in Luanda. This compilation is a dedication to the short-lived recording industry in Angola, a brief moment of history between 1969 and 1978 in which three recording companies produced approximately 800 records, mostly singles. They are rare jewels, each song with a significant story and feel behind it. You will hear exciting music blazed with the anticipation of emancipation, tracks fuelled with a sense of unity, community, importance and immediacy. This addictive, outlawed music from Angola shakes and grooves with the smoothness of staccato machine gun fire. Do yourself a favor and submerge yourself into some of the most the addictive music created by mankind.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 033LP

BREMEN: Second Launch 2LP (BLACKEST 033LP) 31.00
Mind-shattering double LP of dysphoric space-rock minimalism from two luminaries of the Swedish punk underground. Second Launch follows Bremen's self-titled debut of 2013 and comprises 11 controlled improvisations, reinforced with overdubs, that take clear inspiration from the dark side of Kraut and progressive rock, early electronic and drone music, while also owing something to the fathomlessly bleak interior landscapes conjured by Nico/Cale on The Marble Index and Desertshore. The complex dialogue between Lanchy Orre's guitar and Jonas Tiljander's organ, by turns pensive and combative, bound up with their mastery of reverb and feedback, is the focal point of the record; supplemented with drums and sparingly-deployed analog synthesizer tones to evoke nothing less than the vast emptiness of outer space and the obliteration of all meaning and identity in the face of it. From the full-throttle motorik and bonehead repetitions of "Sweepers" and "Entering Phase Two" (echoes of Tiljander and Orre's alma mater, Brainbombs) to the deep astral psychedelia of "Static Interferences," via the mournful Northern European ambience of "Walking the Skies," the rolling thunder of "They Were Drifting," and the poignant, star-gazing blues of "Hollow Wave," Second Launch charts impossible gradients in its search for answers to the oldest questions of all. Gatefold sleeve.

BO WEAVIL RECORDINGS (UK)

WEAVIL 051LP

MCPHEE QUARTET, JOE: Underground Railroad LP (WEAVIL 051LP) 23.50
2014 repress. First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1969. Exact repress of the original artwork. Trumpeter and saxophonist Joe McPhee's first album, Underground Railroad, has been virtually impossible to find on vinyl, issued in an edition of 500 copies on Craig Johnson's CJR label -- it was recorded next to Johnson's house at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. It sold out and was never reprinted on vinyl until now. Underground Railroad is comprised of three pieces, the title-track, "Harriett," and "Message from Denmark." The band features McPhee on cornet, pocket trumpet, and tenor, Reggie Marks on tenor, soprano, and flute, bassist Tyrone Crabb, and Ernest Bostic on drums, and is a scathing fire music release. There are wild, ecstatic interactions between McPhee and Marks, while the rhythm section harness the moaning, screaming, crying, and wailing done by the front men. On "Harriett" and "Message from Denmark," the music takes on a decidedly more spatial feel. This is McPhee at the height of his powers of improvisation and composition. As far as vintage ecstatic free jazz goes, it doesn't get much more nail-biting than this. Limited to 500 copies. Joe McPhee (trumpet, pocket cornet, tenor saxophone); Reggie Marks (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute); Tyrone Crabb (bass); Ernest Bostic (drums, percussion, vibes). Recorded on April 13, 1969, West Park, NY.


WEAVIL 052LP

MCPHEE, JOE: Nation Time LP (WEAVIL 052LP) 23.50
2014 repress. First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1970. Exact repress of the original artwork. "What time is it?" Joe McPhee shouts at the opening of this classic LP. Time at last for a vinyl reissue of the highly sought-after, ultra-rare Nation Time. Why this wasn't done years ago is anyone's guess. Nation Time catches the exuberance of the master in his youth, playing a glorious to-the-wall mixture of R 'n' B and free jazz motifs, with a great deal more thrown into the mix. Two of these three long tracks were recorded at a concert at Vassar College on December 12, 1970: "Nation Time" and "Scorpio's Dance." Featuring the electric piano of Mike Kull and the relentless percussion of Bruce Thompson and Ernest Bostic, there is a definite hint of rock. On Nation Time McPhee also plays with a burred R 'n' B tenor tone elastic enough to blend with the searching, spaced-out solos from Kull and McPhee himself. "Shakey Jake," recorded in a studio the next day, adds an alto saxophonist, an organist, and an electric guitarist, and is far and away the full-on dancefloor cut of the LP. Free at the fringes, booty-moving at the core. Call it what you want; free jazz, free-funk, fire music, or simply great music.

BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)

BORNBAD 061CD

DORIAN PIMPERNEL: Allombon CD (BORNBAD 061CD) 14.50
A secret society of diligent practitioners of the cabalistic part of pop music for an eternity, Dorian Pimpernel only seems to be working with one goal in mind: restart the Machine that once made us dream and go into ecstasy. Formed in the mid-2000s, it's a gathering of odd-balls only: one discreet drummer who claims to be "captivated by Ancient Greece"; a songwriter who's also a philosophy scholar and the author of a book on the aesthetics of the Minimalists; an actor - director - assistant-director - composer of film music; an actor-bass player and record collector who you would be advised not to try and silence once he's begun to list favorite artists; and eventually a guitar-player who played his guitar for a very long time locked up in his room "without thinking he would one day have the guts to leave." Far from the old habits of your ol' band of mates who migrate from the living-room to the practice room after a nice chat over a handful of favorite records, Dorian Pimpernel gathered around a general disinterest for sports and a strange concept of pop: "moonshine pop," i.e. the esoteric, whimsical, volatile, evil little sister of the famous "sunshine pop" of California. Founder of this aesthetic movement at a time when he was sole member of the Dorian Pimpernel Club, Johan Girard explains: "At the time, in the mid-2000s, I had this habit of listening to records of sunshine pop on repeat. And I had this idea of taking the notion backwards, attempt a sketch of its underside, but without distance, easy postmodern irony, or cheap revivalism." After a first attempt at an album for a label at the other end of the world (Hollandia, released on the Japanese label Rallye in 2006), Allombon creates an actual world for us to live in, and wishes us to sink so deep into it that only our dreams and nightmares shall be deep enough to accommodate its creatures, chants, and architectural works. Similar to the half-magic, half-literary, half-alchemical treatises, half-tomes of poetry of the Renaissance, Allombon creates a complex and coherent world. If our five freaks are practitioners of a dark secret doctrine, they are first and foremost believers of the power of the great pop melody. And if their art is esoteric in any way, it is in that of Alice in Wonderland, using gentleness and vivid colors. Inspired first and foremost by the first wave of scholar psychedelia (Sgt. Peppers, SF Sorrow, An Electric Storm by White Noise, The United States of America by The United States Of America), then by the second wave in the '70s (Kevin Ayers and Kraftwerk) as well as library and film of the golden age era (Morricone, Basil Kirchin), and by thousands of haunted instruments (rare or very rare synths, old guitars). Dorian Pimpernel have only one stated goal: give rise to tornadoes to carry us someplace else.


BORNBAD 061LP

DORIAN PIMPERNEL: Allombon LP (BORNBAD 061LP) 18.00
LP version.


BORNBAD 062EP

FRUSTRATION: Dying Cities Remix 12" (BORNBAD 062EP) 12.50
Includes remixes of "Dying City" by Frustration, off of their album Uncivilized, by some of the best French electro producers (Kap Bambino, Arnaud Rebotini, Blackmail, and Dick Voodoo). Comes in a generic black disco-bag.

BOYSNOIZE RECORDS (GERMANY)

BNR 121EP

HANDBRAEKES: #2 12" (BNR 121EP) 14.00
Handbraekes is the heavyweight marriage of electro titans Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo, blending industrial German tech with Gallic insanity. The dream-team duo have collaborated once again and their second EP aptly-titled #2 is now released through Boysnoize Records. Bringing groundbreaking fidget house to the clubs once more, #2 showcases the pair's dynamic sounds with four tracks to make you lose your shit in cavernous hangers and shiny super-clubs.

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 167CD

MOEBIUS/STORY/LEIDECKER: Snowghost Pieces CD (BB 167CD) 17.00
"Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more color to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. Snowghost Pieces very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience of working with Roedelius (the Lunz project, for example) and Jon Leidecker (Negativland, People Like Us), one of America's leading sonic pioneers using his Wobbly pseudonym, recorded an album of extraordinary complexity together with Moebius. All 11 pieces on the CD are rooted in hypnotic rhythm but are swept along in a bonanza of bizarre sound and noise which almost overwhelms the listener with information overload. Snowghost Pieces is no place for minimalism. On the contrary, new musical surprises come thick and fast, a blur of electronic and acoustic sounds. Moebius, Story, and Leidecker always keep harmony within their grasp, sometimes even dropping in little melodies; there is a deeply humane quality to their improvised interaction, never descending into noisy abstraction. The three musicians ensconced themselves in Brett Allen's exceptionally professional studio, high in the outlandish mountains of the state of Montana. The intimate studio atmosphere and surreal surroundings undoubtedly played their part in the creation of this fantastical music, the players availing themselves of abundant technical possibilities in the most brilliant and empathetic fashion. Snowghost Pieces is by no means a Cluster album, but to revisit the image at the top of the page, the distant reflection of the central star shone over the album recording sessions, radiating warmth for a whole week. The planets continue to circle in space." --Asmus Tietchens

DARUP ASSOCIATES (DENMARK)

DALP 001LP

WHOMADEWHO: Dreams 2LP (DALP 001LP) 36.00
Double LP version; normal packaging and now with a download code instead of a CD. Pressed on white vinyl and includes four bonus tracks. Scandinavian trio WhoMadeWho return with their fifth studio album, Dreams. Since forming in Copenhagen, WhoMadeWho have built a reputation as one of the most distinct electronic-indie acts on the scene, fusing elements of electronica, post-punk and psychedelia, to mesmerizing effect. Dreams is the band's most complete effort to date, personifying flawless production and instrumentation while containing a collection of songs that are as addictive and accessible as they are alternative and inventive. As a result of endless touring with peers such as Daft Punk, Justice, and LCD Soundsystem, WhoMadeWho have crafted a live set that is considered one of the best on the circuit. WhoMadeWho have also gained some notable admirers, including Hot Chip, who requested the privilege to remix "TV Friend," Queens Of The Stone Age front-man Josh Homme, who notably covered "Space to Rent" and Mark Lanegan, who covered "Below the Cherry Moon" last year. Since their first release, WhoMadeWho's sound has sharply progressed while keeping a distinct familiarity. And Dreams is set to bring fresh energy while challenging fan's perceptions of their ever-evolving sound.

ENDLESS FLIGHT (JAPAN)

EF 060EP

KZA: Want No Other 12" (EF 060EP) 14.50
Here is first single cut from KZA's new album Dig & Edit 2 (EF 012CD). "Want No Other" is one of the highlight tracks on the album. KZA edited it into a more DJ tool version and new artist Musk made a great remix, which Gerd Janson has already spun after Musk gave him a demo version. "One Hundred Fifth Wave" is a new track which will be released on a forthcoming Mule 10-year compilation.

ERASED TAPES (UK)

ERATP 058LP

GREG GIVES PETER SPACE: Greg Gives Peter Space LP (ERATP 058LP) 21.00
"Greg and I became good friends while both living in Berlin, around 2009 to 2013. We spent countless late nights playing records for each other, dreaming the dream of good music. We talked a lot about collaborating and even put in quite a few hours at each other's studios ... but for some strange reason we never seemed to finish anything. Maybe we were just busy enough with our other projects and didn't feel in any rush. But we certainly had it in mind that we'd like to finish something one day. And we are very proud to say that day is finally here! Primarily inspired by mine and Greg's recent obsession with dub music, Greg Gives Peter Space is a mini-album comprised of six tracks filled with -- you guessed it -- spacey sounds, created with the help of Greg's ever-growing collection of synthesizers, tape delays and reel-to-reel machines. In the true spirit of dub music, many of the mixes were made live, both of us hovering over the mixing board, dancing around and following our intuitions, processing the sounds with live effects while the music bounced down to tape. We are extremely excited to release this record in the summer time and to celebrate with a few select shows around Europe. We've enlisted our dear friend Martyn Heyne to help us perform the music live, and we plan on bringing as much of the original gear from the recordings as possible. After years of playing fairly quiet music for an often seated audience, we can't wait to get on stage and bounce around to some groovy rhythms, heavy bass and spacey synthesizers. Prepare for take off!" --Peter Broderick, April 2014

FACES RECORDS (GERMANY)

FACES 1216EP

VA: Faces 1216 Sampler 12" (FACES 1216EP) 12.50
Quality house music with that b-boy feel that will set all floors on fire. Limited vinyl copies only. New tasty sampler on FACES Records featuring S3A (Concrete, Paris) & Creative Swing Alliance (MCDE, Wolf Music) as well as two newcomer producers: Aurelian aka KM3 (from Paris) & 4004 & Sebastien Vorhaus (from Mexico).

FRIJSFO BEATS (UK)

FRJ 016EP

ATKI2: Galaxy Zoo 7" (FRJ 016EP) 11.00
Atki2 has long been performing his unique strain of dancehall, bashment, dubstep, and jungle. Having co-promoted the Ruffneck Diskotek club night for nearly a decade with Dub Boy and other local cohorts, he is deservedly a respected member of Bristol's music scene. These tracks have support from DJs and labels such as Cardopusher, Ekoplekz, Oslek, Murderbot, Mr. Gasparov, Idle Hands, and Iberian Records, to name a few. This Atki2 release is purely focused on his own style of dancehall, which is loads of fun on the floor. Strictly limited to 300 copies inna murderation formation.

GIZEH RECORDS (UK)

GZH 055LP

SHIELD PATTERNS: Contour Lines LP (GZH 055LP) 25.00
LP version; limited edition on 180 gram vinyl, includes download code. Since their inception in 2012, Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox's project has evolved from solo endeavor to fully-realized duo. Starting with 2013's single The Rule, Shield Patterns have shown a maturity and sophistication beyond their years. Spacious soundscapes are scattered with trembling piano phrases, skittering beats and waves of warm keys, all shaped into dark, menacing pop songs by Brentnall's bewitching vocals. Their two singles thus far have already caught the ear of alt-J and Dutch Uncles, both of whom have provided remixes of those singles. Now comes their debut album. Following on from critically-lauded lead single Dust Hung Heavy, Contour Lines carries the listener deeper into their world. Each track is laden with the kind of dark atmospherics most groups take years to unearth. Here, the fragility of Brentnall's early demos remains, but finds itself imbued with a richness of sound that can only come from studious soul-searching and a cathartic creative process. The vulnerability of her intensely personal lyrics is tempered with highly-processed strings, subby bass-lines, and ambient passages that brood as much as they shimmer. Lines between aesthetic and content are blurred, so that singer and song are intertwined. What's remarkable about Contour Lines is how adept the band are at contracting their landscapes as well as expanding upon them. In the largely instrumental "Present State," abrasive electronics cast a claustrophobic shadow across the listener before releasing their grip in subsequent tracks. "WeYouMe" reinstates the album's meditative pace, as the singer reflects against a ghostly backdrop sprinkled with reverb while, elsewhere, layered clarinets compete with discordant drones in "Charon." Each of the album's elements is laid down with the precision of an architect but delivered with the grace of a dancer. And like any good art, repeated rotations reveal different facets.

HOUNDSTOOTH (UK)

HTH 019LP

THROWING SNOW: Mosaic 2LP (HTH 019LP) 33.00
Double LP version. Pressed to 180 gram vinyl and housed in a PVC sleeve. Throwing Snow, one of the UK's most unique electronic artists, releases his much-anticipated debut album Mosaic on Houndstooth, following the Pathfinder EP, which drew acclaim from Pitchfork, The Guardian (Track of the Week), DAZED, Quietus and FACT. Throwing Snow spent large parts of 2013 attending Red Bull Music Academy in New York, making numerous Boiler Room appearances and supporting the likes of Bonobo, Atoms For Peace and Jon Hopkins. Mosaic features fellow RBMA attendees Adda Kaleh and KNOX, rising UK songwriters Py and Jassy Grez, while Ninja Tune signee Kid A vocalizes the mesmerizing "Hypnotise." Mosaic combines different influences from instruments and equipment rather than styles and musicians to form a coherent whole with varying sounds of production distilled into something cohesive. Mastered by MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year 2013, Matt Colton at Alchemy. Presented in bespoke PVC sleeve with spot varnish pattern.

KARAOKE KALK (GERMANY)

KK 078LP

DONNA REGINA: Holding the Mirror for Sophia Loren LP (KK 078LP) 17.00
LP version. Includes download code. Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Günther Janssen over 20 years ago, and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse On Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked -- amongst others -- with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat, who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel. But it's in their own records and songwriting that their true musical skill comes to light as this album shows. It starts with the title-track -- a tribute to a deceased friend of theirs. The album's decidedly international character is left in no doubt by "Les claviers de couleurs" -- sung in French, inspired by the beautiful names of colors on the scale of Swiss architect Le Corbusier. "Carlos" has a distinctly dubby musical vibe; the muted trumpet, improvised like the bass clarinet and harp by musician Volker Griepenstroh, chorus of "lost and found," and dub production make it feel like a Grace Jones track. "Cities" has more of a straight techno-pop groove, with a 4/4 driving beat, while the lyrics take us on a world tour that tells a story of non-conformity and alienation. "Koyasan" takes this international affair even further afield with a trip to the mountain range near Osaka in Japan where Donna Regina's music has achieved considerable popularity and was even used in a Nissan commercial. "For the Love Of" is based upon the inspired juxtaposition of an industrial rhythm and a cheery piano riff, while "Escúchame" is based on a text written by the artists Graw Böckler from Berlin. "Gatsby" is also driven by a solid 4/4 techno beat. Holding the Mirror for Sophia Loren is Donna Regina's 7th album on Karaoke Kalk and over their many releases, the band has clearly perfected the electronic pop format. Their latest offering is packed full of delightful nuances both in the lyrical content and the production as well as in the arrangements. For the first time in their production history, they let somebody else do the mixes -- Polish musician Michal Jacaszek who also co-produced the album.


KK 079EP

TOLOUSE LOW TRAX: Tolouse Low Trax 12" (KK 079EP) 11.00
Tolouse Low Trax aka Detlef Weinrich presents four tracks on Karaoke Kalk, two of which are remixes by befriended artists. Miles, also known as one-half of Demdike Stare, puts his hand on the track "Sussing" and covers it with an enigmatic, shadowy veil. The second remix was done by Wolf Müller, a percussionist, who mutates the track "Jeidem Fall" into a tribal, celestial dance tune. "Vindeland" is full of dark synths and shuffled patterns that morph into a nervous soigné sensation. "Eisenbahnzunge" starts with a celestial arpeggio until a strange voice appears and everything melts layer by layer into an elliptical ambient experiment.

KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

LDN 046EP

SULLY: Blue 2x12" (LDN 046EP) 21.00
Keysound Recordings are excited to announce a jungle double pack from Sully. Four sides of warm vinyl dedicated to classic break-based rollage 'n' choppage: less "where were you in '92?," rather, "who wants more from '94?" One title seems to sum it up best: "Simple Things." This double pack is not a statement about 2014, it is not trying to be a new sound, scene or development. This is just uncomplicated, intensely emotive, rhythmic fun. The EP's raw, chopped-up sounds reflect that feeling: thrown together, reckless, but elevating.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 302EP

BORATTO (FEAT. COME AND HELL), GUI: Take Control 12" (KOM 302EP) 12.50
Gui Boratto's Take Control features Brazilian duo Come And Hell and it is his first original material in 2014 and a perfect tune to ring in the summer. Fitted with a glitzy array of top-tier remixes, "Take Control" revels in the kind of hook-driven pop techno that you love so much. DJs Pareja' version pairs the original's streamlined vocal with the brutish thump of their other work, sending crowds into a frenzy. In his revamp, Danny Daze teases out a similar amount of propulsion, but finds a different level of cray-cray with a massive break. Weval finalize the package with an irresistibly melodic bassline and epic gauge.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC

LITA 108CD

VA: Wheedle's Groove Volume II: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie 1972-1987 CD (LITA 108CD) 15.00
"In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle's Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and '70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle's Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city's musical heritage that has little to do with long-haired rock dudes with guitars. No -- in the world of Wheedle's Groove, platform shoes and pimp hats were the order of the day. But unlike Volume I, Seattle's soul scene did not stop in 1975. A new volume, Wheedle's Groove Volume II, documents the period from 1972 to 1987, when funk was superseded by disco and modern soul. Heading into the '80s, artists in the Emerald City caught wind of the hip-hop and electro scenes that were growing in bigger cities across America, and gave the music their own distinct spin. As the years unfurl in the tracks of Wheedle's Groove Volume II, so does the recent history of American music, the songs tracing technological changes and social change, and music's move from the club to disco as live bands moved aside for DJs. Compiled by DJ Supreme La Rock. New liner notes by Jonathan Zwickel featuring band interviews and rare archive photographs. CD housed in deluxe Stoughton 'tip-on' gatefold jacket."


LITA 115CD

EMERSON, DONNIE & JOE: Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 CD (LITA 115CD) 15.00
"Released for the first time ever. All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes. Includes liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer interviewing Donnie and Joe, plus a download card. As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late '70s, the farming Emerson brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but they aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio, on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut Dreamin' Wild, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, 'Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.' But Dreamin' Wild does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time -- just two and half years -- the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded ('Everybody Knows It') -- to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981."

MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)

MNQ 052LP

ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR: The Project Phase 1 - The Temple of the 13th Tribe LP (MNQ 052LP) 23.50
The Royal Family And The Poor is the nomenclature adopted by Mike Keane, who recorded for Factory Records between 1980 and 1986. The Project Phase 1 - The Temple of the 13th Tribe, released in 1984, was produced in Manchester by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook. Featuring the violinist John Neesham (of Walking Seeds and Mel-o-Tones) and the keyboard player Lita Hira from label-mates Stockholm Monsters, the album was done only after plenty of ups and downs in Keane's own life as well as numerous personnel shifts and incarnations, but the end results were a sometimes delicate and often enthralling combination. The combination of TR 808 and other drums, reverbed vocals, and aural mystery is all permeated by Keane's interest in the occult, while Hook's technological know-how adds a sharp rhythmic punch to tracks such as "Dark and Light," "Radio Egypt" and "Discipline." Other tracks include one of Mike Keane's best-known songs, the affecting ballad "I Love You (Restrained in a Moment)," and the sinister, vocodered "Motherland." Perhaps the most misunderstood band to record for Factory Records, The Royal Family And The Poor remain for many an (oc)cult enigma, releasing only four albums in two decades, and rarely performing live after 1984. A lost classic, highly recommended for fans of Joy Division, New Order, Section 25, Durutti Column, Death In June, etc. First vinyl reissue for the 30-year anniversary. Collectible limited edition of 500 copies.


MNQ 053EP

INFORMATION SOCIETY: Insoc EP 12" (MNQ 053EP) 20.00
The Insoc EP contains the first official recordings from the legendary Minneapolis music collective Information Society, led by founder/producer Paul Robb. Originally released on vinyl in 1983, the EP became extremely difficult to find. Now, for the first time since 1983, Mannequin Records is giving it a new birth on wax, this time including a bonus track "Charentiesm," which has never appeared before in any format, and is the first track ever recorded by Information Society in 1982. The Insoc EP is mostly a "live-played" electronic album. An electro classic, highly recommended for fans of New Order, The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Yello, etc. Collectible limited edition of 500 copies.

METROLINE LIMITED (UK)

MLTD 062EP

PHIORIO: Animals 12" (MLTD 062EP) 12.50
This is Phiorio's debut on Metroline Limited. The choice of remixers here include in-demand French producer Doubtingthomas and the super-hot up-and-coming Russian producers Adjustment Bureau. Opening track "Ninja Cat" is a deep and quirky number. The groove is tight with heavy drums and crisp percussion. An acid b-line leads the way while atmospherics pop in and out until an off-key synth appears and adds a level of spookiness to the proceedings. "Superpupider" is a no-nonsense, straight-up dark and dirty techno tool. It's all about the groove with this track, and the drums lead the way with a clever use of filtered hats and percussion.

MOBILEE (GERMANY)

MOBILEE 130EP

SCHNEIDER, ANJA: Dubmission 12" (MOBILEE 130EP) 12.50
Meta-musical moments are found to be effective on the dancefloor, and so it goes with "Can You Feel It," the latest by Mobilee madam Anja Schneider and guest vocalist Parsifal Marin of Brussels Pony Club. Named after the signature Larry Heard tune that introduced the world to "jack," the track is the latest by DJ/producer/radio host/label-head Schneider to pay homage to the Chicago greats. Expect a rave response in summer 2014, when "Can You Feel It," and flipsides "Dubmission" and "Revolution," hit the ears of sun-kissed partiers worldwide.

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE (GERMANY)

MCDE 1211EP

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE: Raw Cuts Remixes 12" (MCDE 1211EP) 12.50
Marcellus Pittman, Mike Huckaby and Recloose get a go at some by-now classic MCDE material. Appropriately titled "Raw Cuts," the two tracks would start a series of raw house jams Danilo made in his studio using old school samplers and drum machines, a sound that at the time was far away from being status quo. Having been heavily influenced by soul, jazz, house and techno emerging from both the Motor City and beyond, Danilo found his signature sound: sample-based, raw, emotional and mature tracks.

MUSIC FROM MEMORY (NETHERLANDS)

MFM 003LP

BIBILONI, JOAN: El Sur LP (MFM 003LP) 19.50
LP version. Staying on the Mediterranean coast for their third release, Music From Memory this time shift their attention to the work of Mallorcan musician Joan Bibiloni. Primarily a guitarist, Bibiloni was creating music at an early age, releasing his first single at the tender age of 15. In his '20s he formed Spanish prog-rock outfits Zebra and Euterpe, where he would meet Pepe Milan, the two of them becoming the bluesy folk duo Milan & Bibiloni. Bibiloni himself would later go on to play with a number of luminary musicians such as Larry Coryell, Daevid Allen and John Cage, to name but a few. In 1982, Bibiloni set up his own label Blau in order to highlight the much-overlooked work of musicians not only on his home island of Mallorca but across the Balearic Islands. In doing so he created a platform not only for local talent but also for his own music to breathe a new life, much influenced by the landscape and life that surrounds the islands. While Bibiloni's first solo releases on his Blau imprint have stronger echoes of the contemporary jazz fusion of the time, it is on the album known as Una Vida Llarga I Tranquila where Bibiloni really began to experiment with new sounds and technologies; fusing tape loops, drum computers and synthesizers. Taking these more electronic-infused works as a departure point for the compilation and drawing on material from across his following five albums, El Sur sets out to highlight Joan Bibiloni's unique ambient fusion and sun-drenched Adriatic beach-boogie.

NO LABEL (EUROPE)

RHD 014WAVE

DESIGN A WAVE: EP 1 - A.R.M. I 12" (RHD 014WAVE) 12.50
What do an alien balancing on one of its three legs, the RSA encryption algorithm, neuroscience, and prehistoric musical instruments have in common? Design A Wave isn't sure either, but this is some music made while trying to find out.

ONE WAY STATIC

OWS 003LP

DONATI, ROBERT: Cannibal Ferox: Original 1981 Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (OWS 003LP) 27.00
"Original motion picture soundtrack to Umberto Lenzi's 1981 jungle shocker Cannibal Ferox, aka Make Them Die Slowly, composed and performed by Roberto Donati, aka Budy Maglione. Limited to 1,000 copies, housed in a deluxe tip-on jacket with color insert featuring liner notes and photos from the film. Contains four bonus tracks not included in the original score. The most fame Donati ever received was probably for his soundtrack to Umberto Lenzi's exploitation shocker Cannibal Ferox, a notorious video nasty labeled as "the most violent movie ever made," which was banned or severely cut in 31 countries. Cannibal Ferox is often described as one of horror filmdom's golden grails and holds its own among other contemporary classics like Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond, and Zombi 2. Praised by composers and directors all over the world. Eli Roth described it as 'powerful tribal, pounding stuff' and used it as an inspiration when editing his new movie The Green Inferno (which is an homage to the Cannibal film genre). Like many of the Italian cannibal films, the soundtrack is just as powerful and effective as the disturbing butchery. The use of funk guitar, bass, rock piano and synthesizer makes for a fun yet still powerful sound. Its '70s recklessness with an '80s sensibility, perfect for a film that rides the line between two decades. Surprisingly funky and light-hearted, but then again there are cues which are genuinely mean and foreboding, serving as an essential piece that makes the film a pulse-pounding inferno of death. One Way Static Records is now proud to announce the release of this historical motion picture soundtrack on vinyl and cassette. All packaged in deluxe editions with extensive liner notes. Also included are several bonus tracks making this effort the most complete and accurate presentation of the soundtrack to date."

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 012LP

FUNCTION: Incubation 2x12" (OSTGUT 012LP) 21.00
2014 repress; 2x12" version. An original electronic disciple hailing from New York, Sandwell District's David Sumner aka Function presents his debut album Incubation on Ostgut Ton. Like the soundtrack to a suspenseful techno-thriller, or retro-futurist sci-fi tale, it's a modern sound journey heavy on imagery. Over nine tracks we are guided through the varying moods and scenes of Function's musical temperament. Be it through writhing layered club tracks, soaring string-led atmospheres, or melodic pieces founded on classic electronic traditions, Incubation marks a new level of maturity for the Berlin-based producer. What begins as a lush and blossoming lesson in ambient synth arrangements, with the beautiful arpeggios and waveforms of "Voiceprint," quickly drops off the apex and into the depths of Function's filtering acid world as "Against the Wall" unfolds. This metallic, acidic concept is explored further too, in the final moments of the album with the chilling "Psychic Warfare." A spiraling, organic surge of warm synth tones and other-worldly arpeggios unravels itself in "Counterpoint," acting as an early bridge between some of the drum-led studies that follow. And thus, the pressure increases. "Modifier" presents itself with tight, snaking drum patterns and tense, late '90s kinetic warehouse energy. Opening a path into an alternate, yet not-too distant dimension then, "Incubation (Ritual)" takes form; its haunting and graceful waves of synths continue the sci-fi theme, while the tough modulating bass undercurrent reminds us of Function's big-room techno appeal. The final moments of "Incubation (Ritual)" glide effortlessly into the album version of "Inter," where ethereal melodies and snippets of spoken word surround a classic IDM-deep-house core. "Voiceprint" returns as a (Reprise) version, in what could become the crossover club track of the year. Coming on like a classic R&S or Soma release circa '95, the undulating synths are now caught in a rapturous groove, urged on by a perfect 909 drum pattern. "Psychic Warfare" brings the voyage to a close, its overlapping, ebbing metallic acid tones inducing equal measures of tension and elation. In the CD version of the album, "Gradient I" concludes the voyage. Earthy, modulating bass and 808 patterns merge as a cyclic, audio resolution occurs. In the final mixing stages of the album, Function brought the material to cult engineer and producer Tobias Freund (NSI). Incubation is a bold and powerful album from one of modern techno's key players. Inclined to hold back, rather than release too much, Function has let his sound develop and mature, fusing analog synths and drums with modern production techniques to create something unique and timeless.

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)

PERMVAC 127EP

DRIFTER & BENJAMIN FROHLICH, THE: Waterville 12" (PERMVAC 127EP) 12.00
Maeve label honcho The Drifter and co-emperor of the Permanent Vacation kingdom, Benjamin Fröhlich, team up on Waterville. The original version of "Waterville" is full of hazy melodies, washed-out bells and quirky arpeggios, backed up with concrete drums for some extended dancefloor meditation. The High Tide mix wraps things up a bit with some more prominent drums and a little extra spice on the bass line. A Sagittariun sculpts out of the original a breakbeat house track that sounds like a hidden treasure from this short but influential period.

PNN (GERMANY)

PNN 007LP

KARMIL, MATT: Matt Karmil 2LP+CD (PNN 007LP) 27.50
Double LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. Matt Karmil -- to whom do we appeal? How do we learn through experience? What differentiates us from other animals? Who is confronted by freedom? Who is comforted by opportunity? Who was the pioneer? Who transcends verbal communication? A point of view of an avant-garde reality -- a transitory party. The world is not round, it is a disc. After years of working in various, shall we say, departments of music, Matt Karmil was almost forced into releasing his own first 12" -- a chance meeting with Ada after an invitation to play with Cologne Tape led to the release of the Reverse Peephole EP. With support from Barnt, DJ Koze, Axel Boman and Michael Mayer, amongst many others, things really couldn't have got off to a more surprising start. The somewhat nomadic Matt Karmil has been producing and DJing under many aliases and in many forms for years, but has now found a flow and sound that until now has recently eluded him. Releases on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space, an EP, the mysterious HAF001 and now the debut album appearing on Cologne's own PNN, are sure to make 2014 a busy one for Matt Karmil.

RENATE SCHALLPLATTEN (GERMANY)

RENATE 003EP

VOIGT, SEBASTIAN: Out of Sight EP 12" (RENATE 003EP) 15.50
Sebastian Voigt presents a four-track EP on Renate Schallplatten. The release includes two original tracks featuring different vocalists, plus remixes by Permanent Vacation and Good Guy Mikesh. All tracks were produced, tested and approved in Berlin's favorite madhouse, Wilde Renate. Sebastian explains: "These tracks were made shortly after I moved into my new studio right above the main dancefloor at Renate, where I also play regularly. So saying that the Renate vibes were an inspiration for this EP is a bit of an understatement."

ROCKET RECORDINGS (UK)

LAUNCH 064LP

TEETH OF THE SEA: A Field in England: Re-Imagined LP (LAUNCH 064LP) 28.50
Last copies of this RSD 2014 release. Swiftly following their successful third album Master (LAUNCH 059CD/LP), Teeth Of The Sea are proud to present a new re-imaginging of the score to Ben Wheatley's metaphysical midnight movie A Field in England. Starting life as an audio-visual commission for the Cork Film Festival, this work sees the band allying motifs and psychic spectres from Jim Williams and Blanck Mass' music and reinterpreting them to their own ends. A bold and richly atmospheric transmission, this half-hour travelog also reveals new sonic avenues for Teeth Of The Sea, channeling influences like Flying Saucer Attack, Popol Vuh and La Novia-era Acid Mothers Temple to transformative effect. Pressed on red vinyl.

ROOM40 (AUSTRALIA)

RM 459LP

CHANTLER, JOHN: Even Clean Hands Damage the Work LP (RM 459LP) 23.00
Even Clean Hands Damage the Work is the new LP from UK-based artist John Chantler. Following on from The Luminous Ground, his critically-acclaimed album from 2011, Even Clean Hands Damage the Work sees Chantler delve ever deeper into the inner zones of audible electricity. Like its predecessor, this is an album generous in texture and dimension, but moreover it is a record of incendiary dynamic force; shifting and arcing with a relentless ferocity. Recorded across a range of studios including Stockholm's hallowed EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) using their classic Buchla 200 and Serge systems, the album's composition bears the marks of over two years of refinement. At times intensely fierce and brutal in its sonic character, Even Clean Hands Damage the Work is at its heart an expression of the power of dynamics. The LP throws huge blocks of massed harmonics into suspension, sometimes smearing them into distorted half phrases and twisted variations through spectral and time domain processing. At other times it freezes them in a way that appears to deconstruct time without ever being overtly rhythmic. The pieces slow down to rest around beds of beating tones and difference frequencies that affect a tripping acceleration via momentary interventions. It also relies less on recognizable melodic motifs and though they're hidden across the record's duration, Even Clean Hands Damage the Work is more readily characterized by variations of timbre and apparent repetition. The five discrete movements of the LP are compiled as two continuous side-long suites, each one constantly straining to find moments of balance between an uneasy sea of swarming, voltage-controlled electronics.

RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)

RHM 007-2EP

AWANTO 3: Opel Mantra Pt. 2/3 12" (RHM 007-2EP) 12.50
Awanto 3 strikes again with part two of his debut album, Opel Mantra. Includes the cut "Baila Con Paula," which is a collaboration with the Dutch nine-piece Afrobeat ensemble Jungle By Night. Opel Mantra Part 2 offers another stunning quartet of tracks that effortlessly join the dots between deep house, jazz, dub and Latin beats, with some sneaky nods to the futurism of Detroit techno thrown in.


RHM 007-3EP

AWANTO 3: Opel Mantra Pt. 3/3 12" (RHM 007-3EP) 12.50
If you thought that the first two parts of Awanto 3's Opel Mantra trilogy of 12"s were good, just wait until you hear Part 3. Amsterdam producer Steven van Hulle has previously shown glimpses of his musical talents, either with sporadic solo productions, or alongside friends from the Dutch scene. Opel Mantra, a debut album split across three 12" singles (a CD version is forthcoming), is his big reveal -- your first chance to wallow in his unique and thrilling fusions of deep house, Detroit techno, and a multitude of vivid global influences. Features a vinyl exclusive track with guest Tom Trago.

SAINT CECILIA KNOWS (UK)

CEC 002CD

JACK RUBY: Hit and Run 2CD (CEC 002CD) 23.00
Repressed. The collected recordings of legendary lost 1970s New York City band, Jack Ruby. Seen and heard by just a precious few, Jack Ruby made only five studio recordings and played an equal number of gigs between 1973 and 1977. None of their music was ever released and, until now, they have existed solely as a word-of-mouth legend among peers. Yet their legacy and influence can clearly be heard in bands that followed in their wake like Sonic Youth and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. They have been variously described as "The Velvet Underground in a car crash" and the "art-punk Steely Dan." Formed in 1973 by vocalist Robin Hall, guitarist Chris Gray, multi-instrumentalist Randy Cohen, classically-trained viola player Boris (also known as Boris Policeband), and later joined by bassist George Scott (James Chance And The Contortions/8-Eyed Spy/John Cale) and new vocalist Stephen Barth, the first incarnation of Jack Ruby demoed two tracks in a Times Square recording studio in 1974; their signature tune, the nihilistic proto-punk "Hit and Run" -- sounding like some unholy blend of Raw Power-era Stooges, Velvet Underground and J.G. Ballard's Crash -- and a bizarre number entitled "Mayonnaise," based around Boris' amplified viola and primitive electronic "beats" sequenced on Cohen's Serge synthesizer. These two cuts were used to hustle additional studio time from Epic Records through Sly Stone's A&R, Stephen Paley. Three more maniacal songs of arch art-punk with killer pop hooks -- "Bored Stiff," "Bad Teeth," and "Sleep Cure" -- were all recorded in one five to six hour session at Columbia Studios in May 1974. With Cohen patching musique concrète sounds through the Serge, set against Gray's banshee guitar-playing and Hall's snotty vocals, the Jack Ruby sound was formed. But a record deal evaded them. Cohen left and started a new career as a writer for Late Night With David Letterman and, later, as The Ethicist, a columnist for The New York Times solving readers' ethical problems. In 1976, Hall and Gray reactivated Jack Ruby as a live-performing unit with George Scott on bass. They played harder, faster and louder than any other band in New York at that time. Their rehearsals at Matrix studios, and dusk-to-dawn parties at the Bowery apartment behind CBGB's shared by Gray and Scott, became a cult draw for other NYC punk and no wave musicians. Hall quit the band unexpectedly in 1977, days before their first scheduled gig. Jack Ruby continued on as a power trio with Gray, by now the only original member, taking over vocal duties for a couple of shows alongside Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and the Fleshtones, before disbanding for good after one last riotous show with new vocalist Stephen Barth at Max's Kansas City, formerly stalking ground of the band's idols, The Velvet Underground. Hit and Run is a two-disc set of everything Jack Ruby recorded between 1973 and 1977 (across four incarnations of the band) that should see them acknowledged as one of the most radical and brilliantly original groups to emerge from the 1970s New York City music scene. Remastered from recently-discovered master tapes, the first disc collects all five of the band's studio recordings, which although 40 years-old still sound thrillingly urgent and modern, alongside a 1977 cassette of a band rehearsal, and a 2013 remix by producer Don Fleming. Disc two contains another side to Jack Ruby; a series of largely-electronic, avant-garde pieces from 1972 and 1974 -- nine short tracks that play like a library record, book-ended by two longer ones -- some of the earliest extant recordings made on a Serge synthesizer. What Jack Ruby left is a remarkable legacy of recorded music -- hidden for decades, now-revealed -- constituting a previously-unheard secret history of the New York City music scene of the early 1970s.

SCOTCH BONNET (SCOTLAND)

SCOB 004LP

MUNGO'S HI-FI: Serious Time 2LP (SCOB 004LP) 30.50
Gatefold double LP version. It's time to test your bass-bins with the biggest and bestest new smashers from soundsystem champions Mungo's Hi-Fi. Their third double LP arrives hot on the heels of their massive collaborations with Major Lazer and Prince Fatty and showcases all aspects of soundsystem bizness, from Studio One-style live brass to digital bass-bangers all beautifully threaded together. As well as the fat, clean productions you would expect, the album hosts vocal talent by the ton. With reggae heavyweights Cornel Campbell and Peter Metro rubbing shoulders with Mungo's regulars Mr. Williamz, Soom T, Charlie P, YT, Marina P, Solo Banton and Parly B. As if that was not enough, there are spectacular guest appearances from Blackout JA, Speng Bond, Pupajim and Warrior Queen. Elen G's cover artwork shows the soundsystem ship tossed on heavy seas with tentacles threatening to take it under -- serious times indeed. Open it to catch a glimpse of the session inside the ship, riding out the storm.


SCOB 042EP

MUNGO'S HI-FI: Serious Time Riddim No. 1 7" (SCOB 042EP) 11.00
Mungo is back, proving that mother knows best and that classics of the dancehall still form the foundation of reggae. Yet higher heights can still be achieved in fat production and great performances by outstanding vocalists YT and Shanti D. These singles feature the title-track from Mungo's Hi Fi's forthcoming album, Serious Time.


SCOB 044EP

STALAWA (FEAT. PONCHITA PELIGROS): Rock & Come In 7" (SCOB 044EP) 11.00
It's digital roots, Jim, but not as we know it. Scotch Bonnet are proud to bring you the first vinyl release from their very own prodigy, Stalawa. This fresh, upbeat collaboration with Spanish rub-a-dub phenomenon Ponchita Peligros is a limited to 500 pressing on 7".


SCOB 045EP

DAMALISTIK: Babylon Time Riddim No. 1 7" (SCOB 045EP) 11.00
Roots Survival's Damalistik is a soundsystem champion with his tireless work making and playing top-class reggae and dancehall all over the world. This first volume in a pair of 7"s pay homage to the Firehouse label track "Babylon," with the decidedly regal pairing of King Tubby and King Kong. The riddim's slick digital fatness is a testament to Damalistik's experienced ears and features outstanding vocal performances from Solo Banton and Donovan Kingjay. A limited run of 500.


SCOB 046EP

DAMALISTIK: Babylon Time Riddim No. 2 7" (SCOB 046EP) 11.00
Roots Survival's Damalistik is a soundsystem champion with his tireless work making and playing top-class reggae and dancehall all over the world. This second volume in a pair of 7"s pays homage to the Firehouse label track "Babylon," with the decidedly regal pairing of King Tubby and King Kong. The riddim's slick digital fatness is a testament to Damalistik's experienced ears and features outstanding vocal performances from Deadly Hunta and YT. A limited run of 500.


SCRUB 010EP

MUNGO'S HI-FI: Rules of the Dance/Khan Remix 12" (SCRUB 010EP) 14.00
Charlie P is best-known for his reggae and dancehall releases, so this grimey countdown of his rules of the dance comes as a surprise. The vocal is superbly matched with productions that span the worlds of soundsystem, including two of the most exciting producers around. Mungo's Hi Fi start their side with a digital riddim that creeps into more progressive sounds. Kahn's production is darker with almost Eastern atmospherics and is as heavyweight as you would imagine.

STAATSAKT (GERMANY)

AKTSIE 048EP

BABYMAN: Iron Man 7" (AKTSIE 048EP) 10.00
Bronco "Babyman" Babic is -- if you will -- the Hungarian version of William Onyeabor. There is no confirmed evidence of the full body of his work. What is known so far is that, back in the '70s, he recorded some obscure cosmic disco pieces blended with found footage that sounded like an outrageous hybrid of Munich disco and P-Funk. His version of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" beams Ozzy & co. right into the club! Third reissue with the original A-Sexy cover sleeve. Limited to 500 units.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

SF 025LP

VA: Choubi Choubi: Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol. 1 2LP +7" (SF 025LP) 25.50
Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that had rarely showcased abroad. This 2014 deluxe-edition vinyl reissue is a must-have. It features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner-notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue. Meticulously compiled by Mark Gergis from his archives of Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan and elsewhere within the diaspora, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq. Choubi is Iraq's version of Middle Eastern dabke music, and can be found throughout the country. It's performed at weddings and parties nationally by its melting pot of Arabs, Kurds, Christians, and Rom gypsies -- known as Kawlia. The Kawlia have been some of the most active recorded choubi artists in Iraq since the 1980s, and many tracks featured in this volume feature their outstanding performances. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid-fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo. This is the work of a unique nomadic hand drum called the Khishba -- also known as the Zanbour (Arabic for wasp). A style prominently featured here is the infamous Iraqi Choubi -- a driving, rhythmic style that can include fiddles, double reeded instruments, percussion, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat. Other styles featured are the Basta (an urban Baghdadi sound), Iraq's legendary brand of Mawal -- an ornamental vocal improvisation that sets the tone of a song, regardless of the style, and the outstanding Iraqi Hecha -- with its lumbering and determined rhythm pulsing beneath sad, antagonized vocals. Most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period -- between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these have already become part of a disappeared past. This limited edition 2LP vinyl release features 70 minutes of classic original recordings compiled by Mark Gergis, housed in a beautiful full-color gatefold jacket with extensive liner-notes and a bonus 7" with a picture sleeve.

TERANGA BEAT (SENEGAL)

TBCD 019CD

JOHNSON & LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR, DEXTER: Live a l'Etoile CD (TBCD 019CD) 18.00
Teranga Beat proudly presents Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De Dakar in their last performance before their departure to Abidjan in 1969. Mastered from the original tape, this recording captures the energy and quality of these most spectacular performers. The group was led by the inimitable Dexter Johnson, a saxophonist whose unique timbre influenced generations of horn players in Senegal and who can stand with pride next to the great jazz musicians. Nigerian-born, he came to Dakar through Bamako and left his mark from the first night he arrived in the city with Guinean Jazz, in 1957. Later he played with the Star Band De Dakar and finally with the Super Star De Dakar, where he made a great duo with the singer Laba Sosseh in the club À l'Étoile. Live à l'Étoile features many great Afro-Cuban classics, two killer boogaloos and a cover of Wilson Pickett's "Something You Got." The recording also shows for the very first time Dexter's capacity after the departure of Laba Sosseh. This gave him the opportunity to become the absolute frontman and to have singers John Gomis, and William & Ma?ssa Ngom accompany his tenor saxophone. Includes a booklet with photos and liner notes outlining Dexter's musical career.


TBLP 019LP

JOHNSON & LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR, DEXTER: Live a l'Etoile 2LP (TBLP 019LP) 27.50
Double LP version. Comes in a deluxe '60s style cover, includes a bonus track and an MP3 download code. Also includes a booklet with photos liner notes outlining Dexter's musical career.

THE WIRE (UK)

WIRE 365

WIRE, THE: #365 July 2014 MAG (WIRE 365) 9.50
"On the cover: Yoshimi P-We (Dancing to a different drum, the Boredoms player is bringing gamelan to her group OOIOO). Inside the issue: Alan Courtis (Kek-W plots the zigzag trails of the Argentine wanderer, from the Arctic wastes of Russia to the Great Wall of China); EMS (For the last 50 years Stockholm's electronic music studio has welcomed the world's sonic explorers); Invisible Jukebox: Butterz (Grime label founders Elijah and Skilliam chat over the beats in The Wire's mystery record selection); Global Ear: Lagos (Mattin and Xabier Erkizia monitor the changing sound environment of a city in flux); Torturing Nurse (Shanghai's audience abusing noise unit inflict their agony on the UK); Sofia Jernberg (From jazz to opera, Fire! Orchestra's soprano ventures beyond language)."

TROST (AUSTRIA)

TROST 129LP

FAKE THE FACTS: Soundtrack LP (TROST 129LP) 22.00
LP version. Improv-noise-drone-electronics-groove-industrial-ambient project from Mats Gustafsson (saxophones, shaker, saxophone-generated ambient noise), Dieb13 (turntables, klopfer), and Martin Siewert (guitar, ring stinger, electronics). Recorded by Martin Siewert at G7, Vienna in January 2013. Mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert and Dieter Kova?i?.

Z RECORDS (UK)

ZEDD 031LP

NEGRO, JOEY: Italo House Part One 2LP (ZEDD 031LP) 31.00
Gatefold double LP version, part one of two. Z Records continues to release high quality compilations filled with lesser-known disco, funk and boogie. Now it's the turn of Italo House to get the Joey Negro selection treatment with over 20 tracks hand-picked from the late '80s and early '90s, covering a lot of the deeper classics and some lesser known releases from a golden era of Italian dance music. Artists: Don Carlos, Paradise Orchestra, Double Dealers (feat. Opi Williams), Korda, Latin Blood, Jestofunk, Omniverse, D-Rail, Montego Bay and Steve Banzara.


ZEDD 031X-LP

NEGRO, JOEY: Italo House Part Two 2LP (ZEDD 031X-LP) 31.00
Gatefold double LP version, part two of two. Artists: Soft House Company, M.C.J. (feat. Sima), Aural, Carol Bailey, Arkanoid, Shafty, Key Tronics Ensemble, DJ Le Roy (feat. Bocachica), Love Quartet andNexy Lanton.

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