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Forced Exposure New Releases for 10/6/2014

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New music is due from A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Caribou, and Locust, while old music is due from The Residents, Richard H. Kirk, and Oneohtrix Point Never.


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FJAAK: Attack/The Wind 12" (50 039EP) 14.00
FJAAK have already had a killer start with their previous 50 Weapons EP release Don't Leave Me/Plan A (50WXTR 002EP). Their rough techno tracks are driven by a fast and furious energy that pulses with love for its genre. The A-side is ruled by the well-carved noises of the kick drum's reverb, brilliantly-timed breaks, and a windy flute pad that pairs perfectly with the distorted snare drum. "The Wind" uses distorted snare drum with delayed synths and noise-as-percussion, heading into deeper territories, while "Curious" sets a darker vibe with growling bass drones that sting like metallic insects, infecting you with dancemania.


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TIN MAN: Ode 2LP (AT 004LP) 25.50
Gatefold double LP version, in gatefold sleeve. Includes download card. What does a rave sound like the next day? The strobe lights in a dark warehouse, the pounding kick, the blur of ecstatic faces lead to a morning-after emptiness, all fade into memories of the friends you once had. On Ode, Tin Man (proper name Johannes Auvinen) explores this feeling, offering tracks which possess an exhausted joy, the aural equivalent of the stretch of time beginning when the last record is played and stretching on towards the doleful contemplation of last night's unmade sheets. Appropriately, Tin Man's melancholic dance music is more club-ready than ever. The opening tracks explore the spacious atmosphere first proposed on Neo Neo Acid and the (recently-repressed) Acid Test 01 collaboration with Donato Dozzy. Auvinen continues to coax unique, bittersweet sounds out of the 303 -- his control is akin to a virtuosic Theremin-player, all dramatic lunges and dynamics. Yet on tracks like "Depleted Serotonin," the memories of half-remembered nights surface. That track reprises the minor-key rave breakdown, ending with nearly three-minutes of knackered techno throb. Similarly, "What a Shame" sounds like a forgotten Warp classic run through Tin Man's palette of tasteful reserve. Always conceptual, Tin Man is commenting on big-room techno music by presenting his thoughtful, hungover version of it. On "Vertigo," he reins in the acid box acrobatics -- opting instead for a rudimentary, early-Chicago style pattern, eventually following optimistic chords skyward. It's a simulacrum of that end-of-the-night moment when the music is so charged and utopic that all fatigue is forgotten. Auvinen's recognized talent to imbue machines with complex human emotion draws us into his world. With Tin Man's music, there is always something left unsaid -- he uses familiar elements yet his perspective remains singular and mysterious. Each dream-like track is another clue. He ends the set with the intensely dramatic "Memoraphilia" and "Ode." The former concludes on an ominous note with strings that evoke paranoia, yet this feeling, too, will pass. The final (and title) track begins with the Deepchord-level percussive filtering that acts as the album's textural base. Almost immediately, Tin Man introduces an octave-jumping acid refrain. The four-bar loop reaches operatic heights of yearning. "Ode"'s rave stabs indicate this drama comes from the implacable notion of being alone in the crowd -- an emptiness which can remain long after it's disbanded. What comes when the dance is over?



TAKAMAKI TRIO, JONE: Universal Mind LP (ALE 003LP) 23.00
Arc Light Editions follows up two successful vinyl-only releases (Arthur Russell, Ingram Marshall) with Jone Takamäki Trio's Universal Mind, a forgotten Finnish spiritual improv record from 1982, fully authorized by Jone himself. The tracks on Universal Mind are based on traditional Indian arrangements, with Japanese influence, leaning towards Alice Coltrane's spirituality and pace. In addition to traditional improv instrumentation (saxophone, bass, drums), the record also includes synthesizers, gongs, finger pianos, a vibraphone and washbasins. Jone says, recalling making the record: "We played a lot together, daily, at our rehearsal space before recording. We went through the melodies and talked about how to handle them with a kind of different angle, improvised a lot with different sounds. We talked about tempos, especially we were diving deep into special moods, how each of those melodies talked to us. They are mostly old love songs from India, more folk songs than classical music." After the recording, they left immediately on a European tour. "I told the people at the record company not to do anything to the record before we came back, but it was released while we were away. We saw the record on the windows of different record shops when we drove into town from the tour!" The record has never appeared on CD, and the 1982 vinyl release has rarely been heard outside Finland. The only place the release has re-emerged in recent memory is with the track "Bhupala I" selected on Son of Arctic Hysteria, a CD compilation of Finnish avant-garde and experimental music.


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MILLS, JEFF: Emerging Crystal Universe USB CARD (AX 065-5USB) 85.00
"The 8th chapter of Jeff Mills' Sleeper Wakes series. After the previous release of the exotic expedition to The Jungle Planet, his continuing science fiction story makes a significant turn to a Parallel Universe. Nearly 2 hour of new music (* for USB) explores what the cosmos might become. Limited 400 units, numbered USB key inside a plexiglass object with a Swarovski crystal. Contents of USB: Album (20 new tracks) / Concept Story Line / Sleeper Wakes Overview synopsis."



OYE, ERLEND: Legao LP (BUBBLES 005LP) 21.00
LP version. Erlend Øye is a skinny nerd, but maybe that's what makes him a pop star. His huge thick spectacle-lenses act as an interface between his inner life and his numerous collaborators and fans. Erlend Øye is a travelling singer-songwriter who has been making music in various constellations since the late '90s. He sang for Röyksopp, while his own bands are Kings Of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, who recently split up. A laid-back, everyday vibe runs through Erlend Øye's music. Erlend is not larger than life, at the most his songs may be. The pop star from next-door doesn't make any drama, but leaves that to life itself. His relaxed, laid back sound opens your eyes and ears for places, situations and encounters. A certain mournfulness runs through the songs, although they deal with a longing for self-fulfillment. Erlend sings of loneliness, and in doing so, he creates a "we." Until now, Erlend's projects have often been based on simple concepts -- two guitars and two vocals with Kings Of Convenience, and four instruments with The Whitest Boy Alive. With his new solo album he frees himself of these parameters; for the first time, everything is possible, for the first time Erlend Øye stands alone. The songs on Legao were arranged and recorded with the Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar. The magic of Legao lies in the fact that Erlend's vulnerable vocals and his sincere lyrics are supported by the elegance and consistency of the band. Today, roughness is often used to counterbalance roughness, whereas on Legao, equilibrium is sought -- and found. A simplicity, clarity and minimalism is created that is rarely found in pop music. Erlend Øye has grown up. He accomplishes nothing less than the step towards an independent, free-standing solo musician, who can perform in any constellation -- with a band, orchestra or alone with a guitar.



SILENT SERVANT/BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB: Violence and Divinity 12" (CITI 014EP) 22.00
"Cititrax is proud to present a 4 song split EP by Silent Servant and Broken English Club. Although the two are geographically very far apart, Silent Servant based in Los Angeles, US and Broken English Club based in London, UK, the two share a similar outlook and musical approach. Both projects have been on the rise lately, and stem from a strongly rooted techno background. Combining their influences of dance music, techno, EBM, industrial and post-punk, Silent Servant and Broken English Club offer a new breed of EBM infused techno wave on the Violence and Divinity EP. They artfully create music that works both on and off the dance floor, infusing a dark atmospheric mood with addictive, pulsating rhythms. Themes of love, death, modernity and automobile crashes appear throughout this EP from the music itself right through to the cover art and one of a kind vinyl pressing. Limited edition vinyl pressing of 999 copies."


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ANDY, HORACE: Best of Horace Andy Vol. 2: Collie Weed LP (CT 208LP) 11.00
2014 repress. Tracks: "Don't Try To Use Me," "Nice and Easy," "True Love Shines Bright," "Collie Weed," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Sea Of Love," "Love You To Want Me," "Natural Mystic," "Better Collie" and "Riding For A Fall."


THOMPSON, LINVAL: Six Babylon LP (CTLP 111LP) 11.00
2014 repress. "Linval Thompson was the quintessential roots vocalist who also scored hits in the lover's rock mode; as a quick-witted producer, he helped germinate the contemporary dancehall style."



MFO: Future City Traffic - Part 1 12" (DKMNTL 018EP) 12.50
Mephisto Frequency Oscillator (MFO) is a dynamic production duo made up of Italians Rio Padice and Massimo Di Lena. Here they release their first in a two-part EP series, Future City Traffic, on Dekmantel. Across three tracks they lay out some fine space-funk and dirty deep house. "Anti Social Plan" is riddled with a scuzzy Detroit soul. "Slow Run in Our Dreams" has hurried, rough-sounding drums down-low and odd, awkward but soulful piano patterns played out up top. Blurts of analog bass add weight, and breathy vocal sounds make things seem all the more organic. "Crisis Zone" is raw as you like with super-sharp hi-hats.


MFO: Future City Traffic - Part 2 12" (DKMNTL 019EP) 12.50
Part 2 of 2 from MFO on the Dekmantel label. Italian duo Rio Padice and Massimo Di Lena, together known as Mephisto Frequency Oscillator (MFO) now serve up part two of the Future City Traffic EP. Across four new tracks they continue to explore grainy, dirty house that is variously soulful, funky or cosmic in nature. "Motor" is the funkiest of all the cuts, with well-defined drums keeping a fine disco groove locked down. "Oman Jazz" pairs malfunctioning percussion and out of control synths. "Design the Future" is another meaty track, and "Arctic Lodge" features a heavyweight kick drum, paranoid synth sounds and jumbled percussion.


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SLIMKID3 & DJ NU-MARK: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark 2LP (DV 9078LP) 25.00
Vinyl version with a bonus LP of instrumentals from the album. "In an age of slammin' superhero crossovers, get ready for a hip-hop team-up to beat them all: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark! With the Delicious Vinyl release of their album-length eponymous collaboration, the legendary Pharcyde MC and Jurassic 5 DJ/producer have created a soulful Hip-Hop soundtrack for the ages. Ever since his time as a founding member of The Pharcyde, Slimkid3 has stood out for his relationship raps, both warm-hearted and coolly observant. As an innovative member Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark has long propelled golden era sounds into the future. The new album's standout tracks include 'Bouillon' featuring Del and Murs, 'King' featuring Diamond D, reggae-fueled summer jam 'Bom Bom Fiya' and 'I Know, Didn't I' a savvy flip of Darondo's soul classic."



2014 repress; gatefold LP version. Returnal is the fourth album from Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never project, after Betrayed In The Octagon (Deception Island, 2007), Zones Without People (Arbor, 2009) and Russian Mind (No Fun, 2009). All 3 albums being superbly compiled on the Rifts double CD set (No Fun, 2009). It sees Lopatin fine-tune his craft for the creation of deep atmospheres and textures even further. Starting off with the mind-blowing triptych of "Nil Admiari"/"Describing Bodies"/"Stress Waves," which fires off into a noise/rhythm excess before entering a zone of relative calm, building to the melancholy of the final part. This sets the tone perfectly for the album's title track, a stunning, out-of-this-world ballad featuring Lopatin's near-desperate vocal delivery, ending what could be seen as one of his most chilling and thought-provoking sides to-date. The atmosphere is slightly lifted as the darkened sun comes up over the ruins on "Pelham Island Road" and "Where Does Time Go," with the album closing with edgy broken beats and the fourth-world possible landscapes of "Preyouandi," which fades into the distance with echoes of the "Returnal" chorus closing the loop. What's burnt into memory here is Lopatin's love affair with the long, slow path back home... the cycle... the hypnotic sector... the ghost in the machine... and whether people are making dance music or hip-hop or space head-music or metal, the ouroboros is present in every sector -- as it was in Bach's study, and in the elephant songs of the Ituri forests. Instrumentation: Akai AX-60, Roland Juno-60, Roland MSQ-700, Korg Electribe ES-1, Voice. Recorded using a personal computer. Mastered by James Plotkin. Tape-op & additional engineering by Al Carlson. Awesome spot-varnished cover design by Stephen O'Malley.


"'Here back in Buenos Aires after more than three months touring... so nice to slow down and relax a bit.' Those were the first words coming from an email from Anla after another long tour around Europe but there had been many other tours.Day 10. After a long train delay in Mannheim we were confused and exhausted and not remembering where the next destination would be. Mannheim had only offered a hard floor as bed and no sheets, and this is in the middle of winter time. Of course, this experience gave us the idea that we should or more precisely MUST do a record together, and the concept would be: Travelling. Like an audio travel guide. Plus, we are all big fans of the Travelling Wilburys. We thought this idea to be one of the best ones on this tour so far. In the train we were listening to Future Days by Can.Day 4. Moving backwards a bit here. We caught Anla working on recordings in his hotel room. This was in Stockholm and one of the better paid gigs, with hotel rooms for all of us. Anla was interested in the sound coming from the theater in the bathroom. So he started recording its sound using a Dictaphone. It sounded really interesting and was made into a long fade at that night's gig in Stockholm. You can hear that same sound on the record.Day 6: Copenhagen: Here traditional town flavors, located bookstores can be found all around. 'Beer capital town,' some might say. Weather was not on our side and the trip took close to 12 hours but was all worth it. I think it was Siggi saying something along the lines of: 'Expensive but worth it!' Helgi also remembered that time in the late '90s when touring with Reynols. Back then we did gigs with small card paper boxes as main sound source.Day 8: The Keukenhof Gardens, Leiden, Holland. We decided to invite some local musicians to the bar, as we had a few days off, and we took advantage of doing a few outtakes. Some of it appears on this record but we can't tell you where, as the track listing got mixed-up by the recording engineers."


LOCUST: After the Rain LP (EMEGO 205LP) 20.00
LP version. After the Rain is the latest offering from Mark Van Hoen and Louis Sherman's Locust project. Following up the 2013 release You'll Be Safe Together (EMEGO 162CD/LP), this new album sees Locust stepping away from the abstracted forms of previous works, presenting a more melodic/harmonic proposition. Bathed in a warm nostalgic memory, After the Rain draws on Mark's formative influences, primarily '70s electronic music. With greater input by Louis Sherman (who, although being born when Mark was originally taking in this music, shares an equal enthusiasm for this particular period of European melancholic machine music). Unlike previous Locust and Mark Van Hoen releases which relied on programming and sequencing, much of this new record was played live, creating a space where innovation is secondary to the suggestive power of time, space, mood and melody. Rich in melancholia and a yearning for a world once suggested, After the Rain explores a crack in the historical framework, one embracing female identity and astute observations of melodic atmosphere. After the Rain is a melodic electronic mood record which presents itself as a triumph of historical revisionism. Louis Sherman (keyboard synthesizers, samplers), Mark Van Hoen (pianos, modular synthesizers & organ), Celeste Griffin, Candace Miller (vocals), Julie Manescau (spoken voice).



GREAT VALLEY: Lizards of Camelot LP (FTR 144LP) 22.00
"Vinylization of an extremely blopsy concept album originally released by NNA Tapes. Great Valley are (or were? not sure) a Brattleboro duo -- Jo Miller-Gamble and Peter Nichols -- who could be joined at times by any of various Southern Vermont locals. On Lizards, the local club includes Chris Weisman, Luke Csehak, Ruth Garbus, Zach Phillips, and others. More recently, however, Jo and Peter have decided to form a new trio with Danny Bissette (who's been playing live with them), and that's called Grape Room. Whether or not this supplants (or merely supplements) Great Valley's existence is not immediately obvious, but we look forward to Grape Room's purple spew. In the meantime, there's Lizards of Camelot to think about. The album is a song cycle that seems to be about reptiles (perhaps with outer space connections) strolling about Arthur Pendragon's keep in the days of the 5th century, eating grapes, thinking about kicking Mordred's ass, and whatever else knights did back in those days. The music is a blend of experimental sound treatments and willfully off-center pop spinnery and even if you can follow the story you'll find the pressure inside your head building to a dangerous degree as you take it all in. Are there hits? Yes. Are there videos? Yes, again. Tune in to 'Outerspace Garden' or 'Lakey Lady' and begin to deal with the repressed memories you have of your days with scales and armor. And if you want to purchase the highly therapeutic LP, act fast. Of them, there are but few." --Byron Coley; Edition of 200.


LENTILS, THE: My Pillow Lava Part One: My Deaf Son LP (FTR 150LP) 17.50
First physical evidence of the "band" that entered the room when Happy Jawbone departed. And it's a beaut. Pressed on clear vinyl with a silkscreen on the blank side (a la Albert Ayler's Bells on ESP), packed with a 16-page book of Luke Csehak's notebook fragments, the record is a compendium of ideas that were once lost but are now found. For live performance, The Lentils have now assumed some sort of physical presence worthy of their sound's wide hips. But at the time of this recording, the project was solo Luke. He did the art for the vinyl, played all the music (apart from some Chris Weisman support on one track and some tootling from hippie prepsters from Putney) and poured a lot of weird soul into the effort. It is a goddamn stellar production. The music ranges from "The Wrong Song," perhaps the most blasted evidence yet of the mythical border that separate Brattleboro and Dunedin (a spectacular crevice filled with broken glass), to "The Wrong Wings," which has a jug band sound that would make Norman Greenbaum beam with pride. "Wings" even has some little psych guitar filigree that is pure Petaluma '72. Genius. There's also the strange-strings attack of "Roaring Milk" and the strangled Wooden Wand approach of "A Pocket Full of Blood," which has the best Beck lyrics not written by Beck since "MTV Makes me Want to Smoke Crack." With My Pillow Lava Part One: My Deaf Son, Luke has created a kind of new lonesome stranger archetype that is both more lonesome and far, far stranger than any archetype that precedes it. What a treat for you. Edition of 200 copies.


GUERILLA TOSS: 367 Equalizer LP (FTR 175LP) 16.50
"Vinylization of a recent Infinity Cat cassette, 367 Equalizer is a one-sided slab of belligerent art damage. The feel of this session is more tempered than that of their wigglesome debut LP, Jeffrey Johnson (as well as their second LP, which shall go nameless). The discordian elements of post-no-wave edge and Brooklyn basement glue party remain, but some of the looser jags have been hauled in and buffed like a fine pair of loafers. This is still definitely the sound of young people, but not in a way that grates on my old man's sensibilities. One of my favorite prog albums was recorded by Pete Brown's band, Piblotko, and it's called Things May Come and Things May Go, But the Art School Dance Goes On Forever. The sentiment expressed by that title inhabits the music here. It acknowledges a variety of parallel continua, while adding a fresh layer of creative loam that will surely be plundered by subsequent generations of brats. It's an endless worm of processing and renewal, and only time will tell if this Boston quintet ultimately manages to survive the rigors of the eat-and-be-eaten dictates of the form, but this is a damn good effort. It will be sure to please those amongst us who are still young in tongue, even as we become long in tooth." --Byron Coley


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VA: Glitterbeat: Dubs & Versions I 2LP (GB 018LP) 34.00
Double LP version, cut at 45 rpm. Includes download code. On 180 gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve. "It can't be much of a surprise that Glitterbeat would eventually assemble a collection of dubs and versions of songs by their artists. Our very first release in the spring of 2013 was a 500-piece limited edition 12" where two tracks from the Malian Afro-rock newcomer Ben Zabo were given an inspired dub treatment by legendary Berlin producer Mark Ernestus. Those two tracks are included here as well as eight other reinterpretations from our growing catalog. Having had the privilege of working with each of the Malian artists remixed for this album we can safely say that this project will not seem as strange to them as one might assume. In contemporary Malian music, reggae plays a fundamental role and nearly every electric-based band we have encountered in Bamako and beyond incorporates at least some reggae elements into their sound. Also the rapid, ubiquitous rise of hip-hop in Mali has brought samples, remixes and programming into the direct orbit of the country's urban musicians. And in the dusty, open lots of Bamako's sprawling neighborhoods, the music that one most frequently encounters being performed is Balani, a sort of Malian variant of dancehall, where laptop electronic beats and declamatory 'toasting' are combined with samples of balafons and other traditional instruments. Balani is by definition a remix-generated music. Bringing together the different mixers with the songs of the original artists was an exciting process. Our choices of who to invite rose intuitively out of our record collections and our personal networks and almost every mixer that we approached thankfully accepted the invitation. Mark Ernestus was asked to fashion our original 12" not only because of our deep love for his work with the abstract dub duo Rhythm & Sound but also because of his albums in collaboration with Jeri Jeri, the Senegalese sabar group. Dubmaster Dennis Bovell's work with Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Pop Group and Orange Juice has been a big part of our personal soundtracks for more than 30 years. We were introduced to the South African Nozinja via his infectious Shangaan Electro productions. Honest Jon's released an excellent remix album (Shangaan Shake) of his tracks and we thought it fitting that he join our remix dialogue. We stumbled upon the British-Ghanaian performance, visual and musical artist Larry Achiampong's self-released LP More Mogya and were excited by its mash-up of palm wine and high life samples with hip-hop beats. We have been fans of Mark Stewart all the way back to his days in the seminal post-punk band The Pop Group, but it was his recent dub album Exorcism of Envy that really caught our collective ear. The intricate Afro-techno of "Harmonius Thelonius" is by definition a sort of West African music remix project, and he seemed a perfect choice to invite. Rounding off the list of mixers is Dirk Dresselhaus aka Schneider TM, whose wide-open musical obsessions have embraced indie-rock, analog electronics, improvisation and field recordings. With the finished master of this album right now echoing from our speakers we are already thinking about Glitterbeat: Dubs & Versions Volume II. Can't wait." --Chris Eckman & Peter Weber, Glitterbeat Records



FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW: Games Have Rules 2LP (HOS 425LP) 27.50
Gatefold double LP version. Function and Vatican Shadow have combined forces on Games Have Rules for Hospital Productions, simultaneously stripping back each producer's more prevalent production elements -- the dancefloor-focused techno structures of Function; the experimental cassette-roots of Vatican Shadow -- to create an album of dynamic electronic ambient music, equal parts rhythmic and atmospheric. As befitting what began life as an "emotional acid" album best suited for an after-hours home-listening experience, Games Have Rules was created in the early hours at New York's Hospital Productions and Berlin's Inanimate Objects studios, helping imbue the record with a sense of night turning into day, and the shifting contrasts of dark and light the music evokes. Although not created as the result of improvisation, the album retains an effortless, free-flowing structure, while simultaneously introducing the traditional techno drum kit over the course of the record, deconstructing the ever-changing, looming presence of New York City's skyline. Ambient in the most traditional sense, Games Have Rules omits the top-heavy reverb saturation of so many modern releases and builds from the ground up with an arsenal of hi-fi and lo-fi production techniques/equipment with a cinematic sequence over the arc of the record. But whereas New York City has so often been depicted in film as a prison, Games Have Rules is an embracement of the city's endless possibilities: the LP's gatefold black and white image of The Empire State Building lit up at night from the inside; the ongoing stories of rise and decline lived out at its base.



SECOND STOREY: Double Divide 2LP (HTH 031LP) 33.00
Double LP version. 180 gram vinyl, limited to 300 copies worldwide. Presented in bespoke PVC sleeve with spot varnish pattern. Second Storey (previously known as Al Tourettes) produces music that runs the gamut from multi-part suites of hefty sound design to club-shaking yet brainy dance epics for labels such as Apple Pips, Aus and many more. This new project is at the crossroads; vastly complex, intricately arranged and inspired by love and emotion. Double Divide inhabits a space full of contradictions, paradoxes and idiosyncrasies -- it's a mix of high-intensity, beat-driven music, adventurous club tunes that show off Storey's bass roots, but at the same time is balanced by more emotive ambient passages, psychedelically-inspired musical abilities, complex rhythmic structures and emotive melodic phrases.



MOSCOMAN: Dark Horse EP 12" (CLICHE 057EP) 14.50
I'm A Cliche is back in the saddle with a new look and a new feel while keeping the same great sound. Moscoman's "Dark Horse" features a robust drum groove, a syncopated bass line, a galloping cowbell and treated drum fills that mingle with hypnotic arpeggios and dramatic pads to create an ominous feeling. "Rerotica" features a mesmerizing bass sequence with a no-frills beat. There's a hint of electro-funk nostalgia and a dash of gothic post-punk which gives "Ego Trippin'" that je-ne-sais-quoi required to take dancefloors to the next level. The Twins's remix of the track is tailored for club use with an elegant, full-bodied groove.



THEODORAKIS, GEORGE: The Rules of the Game (Original Studio Recordings 1978-1996) 2LP (ITL 003LP) 28.50
Into The Light Records continues to shine light on the undiscovered heritage of Greek electronic music, highlighting the work of prolific Greek composer George Theodorakis on the label's third archival release. The Rules of the Game features mostly unreleased studio recordings Theodorakis made between 1978 and 1996, with the addition of selected material taken from his sought-after Margo and Sima LPs. George Theodorakis is the son of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Unlike his father, George only released four albums -- pressed in small quantities -- over a period of time spanning nearly two decades. Despite such limited official output, Theodorakis was intensely involved in music. George has always had the privilege of owning a well-equipped home studio -- the SSR Studio (1976-1984) and later the Theta Studio (1985-1987, 1993-1997) -- where he'd spend most of his days working, often completely losing all track of time. These studios provided the ideal environment where he could explore new synthesized sounds and freely experiment. Although Theodorakis' music can be considered reclusive, esoteric and personal -- especially if measured against the standards of most Greek productions of the same time -- a number of his compositions found their way into the soundtracks of theater plays, TV series, dance performances, etc. Theodorakis' work was probably too forward-looking to meet with wider success and appeal to a broad audience back then; The Rules of the Game hopes to finally earn the composer the attention and acclaim his music undoubtedly deserves.



CARIBOU: Our Love 12" (JIAOLONG 013EP) 12.00
"Second limited 12" from Caribou. Title track from album plus Daphni Mix."


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LANDSTRUMM, NEIL: Knights of Shame EP 12" (BEC 5161865) 12.50
Neil Landstrumm presents an EP entitled Knights of Shame. Well-known for his early Peacefrog Records' classics such as "Brown by August," Landstrumm has been navigating unchartered musical territories since the 1990s. Circling mostly around experimental techno, Landstrumm is also known for exploring grime and dubstep, long before it was the done thing and has released nine albums across legendary labels such as Peacefrog, Tresor, Mosquito, Planet Mu, Sonic Groove and his own imprint, Scandinavia.



ALLEN, TONY: Black Voices LP (KSTA 006LP) 27.50
The man who put the beat into Afrobeat is back! Part of the Tony Allen reissue series on Kindred Spirits, featuring remastered versions and original restored artwork. A must for Afro-beat fans around the globe. Without question, one of the highpoints of his post-Fela catalog was the 1999-released record, Black Voices, which crosses over so many musical boundaries that it is impossible to name them all. A group effort in every sense of the word, Tony Allen found himself surrounded with some of the most innovative, talented, and energetic musicians on the planet, and the sounds and moods they created as a group represent the pinnacle of what can happen when such talent is properly focused. Each of the tracks on Black Voices explodes with positive energy and irresistible grooves, yet there are also social criticisms and observations running underneath the stunning musical arrangements.



AGUAYO, MATIAS: Legende 12" (KOM 309EP) 14.00
Matias Aguayo's Legende features four new cuts that are as thrilling as they are edgy -- starting with the lyrically-charged late-night stomper "Run Away from the Sun," a tragic tale illustrated by dark, fraying synth patches caught by menacing, yet oddly warm-sounding surges of bass, with keyboards played by Yasuyo Uemura and a mix-down by Tobias Freund. There's also the slow-burning, slightly psychotic "Lola in the City" and the yearning, alien synths of "Walty." The title-track is a wonderful centerpiece for a unique release brimming with mesmerizing textures and finely-tuned surprises.


FIELD, THE: From Here We Go Sublime 2LP+CD (KOMRSD 002LP) 25.50
2014 repress. If we would have to name one thing Kompakt's fans have been consistently asking for, it's a vinyl version of The Field's legendary first album From Here We Go Sublime: originally rolled out in 2007, this much-acclaimed full-length debut of what was to become one of the most celebrated projects in Kompakt's artist fold saw a regular CD edition and an accompanying 12" sampler -- but never a full vinyl release. Axel Willner aka The Field joined the Kompakt family in 2005, bringing forward a new fusion of ambient and techno that fed on his adoration for Wolfgang Voigt's classic '90s projects Gas and M:I:5 as well as the shoegazer rock of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Called a "techno pop landmark" by Pitchfork, From Here We Go Sublime almost immediately became a cult favorite, starting a trend that continues to this day -- as can be seen with The Field's most recent full-length offering Cupid's Head that has been lauded by critics and crowds alike. The most striking feat of From Here We Go Sublime must be its sonic cohesiveness, debuting a fully-formed artistic vision that -- seven years and three albums later -- hasn't lost any of its luster. As a fixture in The Field's discography, it remains as important as ever, with Axel Willner installing a blueprint that inspired many but sounds like no one else... except himself. Giving you a feeling of warmth and familiarity on first listen that you can't quite grasp, it's like this sound has always existed, when in fact it was the unique creation from one highly gifted producer. And it all starts here. Pressed on 180 gram audiophile grade vinyl, including a CD version of the album.



"After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the Atomos VII EP earlier this year (2014), A Winged Victory For The Sullen reveal their second full-length album entitled Atomos which sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesizers to their sound in the follow-up to the 2011 self- titled album. In 2013 AWVFTS caught the ear of Wayne McGregor, founder of Random Dance Company and resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, who is perhaps best known for his choreography work on the Radiohead video 'Lotus Flower' as well as 'Ingenue' by Atoms For Peace. McGregor used the debut album as the warm-up music during practice sessions for Random, and after noticing the group's reaction with the music, he contacted Adam and Dustin to see if they would write the score for his new work. Given complete artistic freedom, the duo treated the score with the same care and attention as their debut full-length by recording more than sixty minutes of music over a four-month period across studios in Brussels, Berlin and Reykjavik with the help of their long time collaborative sound engineer Francesco Donadello. During the process they came to the realization that this would become their of?cial second studio album. McGregor provided them with the inspiration to expand their sound palette into more electronic territory, whilst keeping their signature chamber sound, resulting in a very unique release."


Gatefold double LP version.



BRUCE: Just Getting Started/Tilikum 12" (LIVITY 599EP) 12.50
Cutting-edge UK underground rhythms from Bruce on the reverse Livity Sound label.



PRESSURES/ROLADEX: 'The Voices/Glass Statuette 7" (MEDICAL 030EP) 11.00
"Split 7" showcasing 1 new track each by ((PRESSURES)) and Roladex. ((PRESSURES)) hails from New Orleans, LA. They craft their unique futuristic icy tracks on a museum's worth of analog synths and drum machines. This release follows their first LP on Disko Obscura entitled Casting Shadows. Their contribution 'The Voices' is a propulsive and dripping with synth textures track featuring vocoded vocals. Roladex (a veteran of Medical Records already with their Anthems For the Micro-Age LP) hails from Seattle by way of Texas. Blending girl/boy vocals with catchy pop hooks drenched in a seductive melancholy, Roladex also uses a plethora of vintage gear. 'Glass Statuette' is their new track for this 7" and features their signature sound with a bit of an evolution into Moroder-esque cascading arpeggios. Fans of both artists will surely want this in their collection. Features original artwork for the 'double A side' on foldover insert style by both artwork that nicely complements the music contained therein. Pressed on high quality transparent yellow vinyl."


ROLLERSKATE SKINNY: Shoulder Voices LP (MEDICAL 037LP) 21.00
"The seminal 1993 debut LP released by Rollerskate Skinny. Originally released on Placebo Records, (a subsidiary of Beggars Banquet), it has been long out of print and rare to find on vinyl format. Rollerskate Skinny, formed in Dublin by Ken Griffin, Jimi Shields, Ger Griffin and Stephen Murray in early 1992, released two 10" vinyl only EP's, Novice and Trophy, prior to the release of Shoulder Voices. Hard to characterize, Shoulder Voices is a true masterpiece, featuring elements of severely catchy pop, heavily distorted guitar and keyboard sounds, weird experimental passages and other unclassifiable styles. Over the years, and with revived interest in the early 90's sound, this record is becoming increasingly popular with a new cult following, joining the legions of fans who were obsessed with it the first time round. The opening track 'Miss Leader' is typical of the journey the record takes; it starts off with a jangly pop sensibility before a wall of guitars tears the sweet mood apart. 'Violence To Violence', one of the albums most striking tracks, explodes with jagged guitar hooks while alternating noisy and ethereal passages share space, evenly, with super catchy melodies and lyrics. This reissue will certainly appeal to fans of the experimental pop era that was the early 90s. Features a bonus insert containing interview with Jimi Shields and Rollerskate Skinny retrospective written by Sean Kirkpatrick. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight red vinyl."


IKO: '83 LP (MEDICAL 038LP) 19.00
"The first official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO '83 LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since its original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the University of Montreal in the music department. Taking from their collective influences of 60's pop, prog and minimalist composers as well as early industrial, they played in a few early bands before solidifying the all-synth incarnation of IKO in its definitive lineup. The LP was originally released on Manhattan Formula. Other than Rational Youth, the Montreal synth scene was small, and the band broke up not too long after its release. Over the years, it has slowly achieved cult status of the highest order and now fetches inflated collector's prices on the open market. It even prompted an unauthorized bootleg LP a few years ago (of much inferior sound quality). The master for this very special reissue is transferred and EQ'ed from the master analog tapes. The opening track 'Approach on Tokyo' sets the mood with its electro hooks and almost 'Trans-Europe Express' synth parts. 'Gonadotropic Synthesis' is an amazing slow and beautiful synthy melodic number which blurs the lines between love song and a lecture on hormonal interplay out of a medical textbook. 'Digital Delight' is a fast paced dance floor favorite with cyborg lyrics and catchy hooks. The LP contains one never before heard bonus track 'Jungle City' which is a bit of a more ominous and dark track as compared to the other album tracks. This LP will appeal to the legions of people who have been patiently waiting for an official reissue as well as the un-initiated fans of classic synth pop, Kraftwerk, early Human League and the like. Features a bonus insert with interview and retrospective by Dave Segal. Additional remastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight half and half yellow and black vinyl."


NULL AND VOID: Happiness and Contempt/Montage Morte LP (MEDICAL 039LP) 19.00
"Null And Void recorded 3 albums (1980's Happiness and Contempt, 1982's Montage Morte and a 3rd in 2012). Both of the 1980s LPs have relatively short playtimes, so we have decided to reissue both in their entirety on each side of this reissue. Hailing from a very diverse musical scene, Null And Void forged their own sound fusing elements of new wave, post-punk, cabaret and less characterized roots. Both of the LPs have gone long out of print and have become collectible with the resurgence and interest in post-punk and new wave. Different from the often colder synth and wave scene, Null And Void headed into a more punk sound with heavier overtones and quirky hooks. The opening track 'All the Old Humans' displays poignant synth lines before the track takes off into a total rock anthem. 'Un Sedatif Ce Soir' is a standout track on the 1st album with twists and turns chock full of smoldering synth lines, jerking rhythms, and other surprises. The 2nd album (or other 'A' side if you will) Montage Morte displays the evolution of the band just 2 years later after the debut. A slightly different mood overall, it has a more DIY home recorded feel. The opener 'Motorcycle Song' is very catchy and tends to keep the listener humming it their mind for days to come. 'Japanese Forest' is a gorgeous simple number with atmospheric soundscapes coated in melancholy vocals and texture. This LP will appeal to fans of early post-punk / wave hybrids and other unclassifiable early 80s acts that defined this wonderful 'scene'. Remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London, UK. Contains bonus insert with multiple writings and reflections by band members, friends, and the like. Presented on high quality 180gram blue vinyl."


MW 055EP

KIRK, RICHARD H.: Never Lose Your Shadow 12" (MW 055EP) 22.00
"We're honored to present a 12" EP of tracks from the archives of Sheffield based electronic music legend Richard H. Kirk, entitled Never Lose Your Shadow. Kirk first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the seminal industrial band Cabaret Voltaire. His first release as a solo artist, Disposable Half-Truths, came out in 1980 on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records label and since then he developed a solo career parallel to the band until its dissolution in 1994. On the EP, we compile tracks originally recorded between 1978 and 1987, which have never before been released on vinyl. The title track, 'Never Lose Your Shadow' blurs the lines between harsh industrial, dance floor, and no wave. This is one we've been playing out for a while now and wondering why it hadn't been pressed on vinyl. The other three tracks are more experimental and reference ideas Kirk was exploring in Cabaret Voltaire at the time. When asked specifically about this collection, Kirk explains that 'none of the tracks were outtakes for Cabaret Voltaire, they were always solo tracks, although I think Never Lose Your Shadow was very much a blueprint for the material that Cabaret Voltaire recorded for Virgin / Some Bizarre between 1983-85. The minimal sequencer / drum machine lockdown that I used later for Cabaret Voltaire was pioneered on this track. Lyrically, Never Lose Your Shadow was inspired by the 1971 speed freak road movie Vanishing Point, amongst other things.' The EP is limited to 999 hand-numbered copies."

MW 056LP

GUYER'S CONNECTION: Portrait LP (MW 056LP) 24.00
"A reissue of the seminal first album from Swiss Wavers, Guyer's Connection. Tibor Csebits and Philippe Alioth formed Guyer's Connection in Basel, Switzerland when they were only 14 and 15 years old. At the time they were in a new wave rock band called Kurtzschluss which they decided to break from in order to make purely electronic music. They began with two synthesizers, a drum machine, a 4-track tape recorder and a multitude of ideas. They channeled their unique and humorous vision into their first album, entitled Portrait which they produced themselves and self-released in 1983. Over the years, the album became a highly sought after minimal synth cult classic. It stands alone as one of the strongest examples of Swiss Minimal Wave, and probably the only one that is in Baseldytsch. The Portrait reissue is presented in a high quality gloss sleeve, with artwork to match their original sleeve design from 1983. The record features newly remastered audio pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, as a hand-numbered edition of 999."



ANSTAM: Names LP (MONKEY 050LP) 21.00
LP version. The simple fact that there is a new Anstam album will wet the tastebuds of many music-lovers all over the world. Not having released any albums since 2012, Anstam only came to the public eye as the support act for Atoms For Peace and Moderat. Standing on the shore of the big mainstream and all the little mainstreams, Anstam has worked on a more artistic approach -- to sculpture a complex and well-crafted cosmos, full of unique musical logics, physics and atmospheres. Names is the third Anstam album from German artist Lars Stöwe, after the critically-acclaimed Dispel Dances (50 004CD/LP, 2011) and Stones and Woods (50 010CD/LP, 2012) -- and once again, Anstam pushes things forward in his typically idiosyncratic style and operates the full arsenal of relevant modern music into a 10-course meal of delicious brain food.



FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS, BURNT: Skies Okay Blue 12" (NON 037EP) 14.50
With Skies Okay Blue Nonplace offers two pared-down vocal tracks from Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dood-Ellis that place subtle and unexpected rhythms alongside the manifest regularity of electronic dance music. Measuring in at DJ-friendly 122 to 128 bpm, the seemingly straightforward grooves turn out, on closer listening, to be intertwined with uneven beats. Extra-long versions of both tracks were mixed for this 45rpm super-sound EP. The third track is a 2-minute sound-poem featuring Friedman-typical xenophile instrumentation. All three tracks are exclusive to this vinyl edition.


LP + CD version. Gatefold sleeve. The impact of these eleven sound poems, or poetry tracks, derives less from intentional meaning and symbolism than from fortuitous coincidences, cut-ups, and flashes of inspiration in the course of handling the audio material. Rather than a composed narrative, the tracks reflect the inner reality of the authors Burnt Friedman and Daniel Dodd-Ellis. Moods and impressions from B. Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour in 2013 as well as fragments of memories of an imaginary future fuse together in the music and text of all eleven tracks. These responses to real-life "kpafuca" ("things falling apart") -- conditions in African metropolises -- collapse into grooves and phrases reminiscent of Chris Marker's sci-fi apocalypticism (La Jette, Sans Soleil). This polyphony of non-places also includes the spirit of sound explorers such as the musical-ethnological practitioners Hartmut Geerken and Roman Bunka (Embryo), whose visions and musical activities refuse to succumb to reductionist and essentialist staging. In Cease to Matter, Friedman intuitively pits the liberating power of noise, of über-mensch-maschinen music, against those cultural landscapes repeatedly automatically inscribed into music. Odd beats and random technical defects -- that is to say, disobedience -- are pitted against the normative interpretational supremacy of musical world maps. The voice of Daniel Dodd-Ellis, a Berlin-based performer and vocalist from Texas, was first heard on Burnt Friedman's 2007 album First Night Forever. The lyrics stem from both artists and were cut-up and re-assembled several times over by Friedman during production in 2013 and 2014. The line "Skies are blue inside of you" comes from Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World, which appeared in 1932. Tracks 04 and 09 ("Cease to Matter") contain a piano sample edit based on a composition by Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1872-1949).


NA 4118LP

HELIOCENTRICS & MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, THE: The Last Transmission (Deluxe Limited Edition) 2LP (NA 4118LP) 33.00
"An interplanetary space/love odyssey featuring Melvin Van Peebles (Brer Soul, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song). Following Heliocentrics' Out There and 13 Degrees of Reality albums. Deluxe Ltd. Edn. contains bonus instrumentals disc. Download card included."

NA 5068LP

JORGE AND ALMAZ, SEU: Seu Jorge And Almaz 2LP (NA 5068LP) 20.00
2014 repress with download code. Originally released in 2010 "Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you'll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge. Yes: he's a singer first and foremost. Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic and Fernando Meirelles' City Of God but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He's a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nação Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Walter Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora (Tim Maia, Jorge Ben) mesh with classic American (Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson) and European (Kraftwerk, Cane and Abel) soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart."

NA 5118CD

HELIOCENTRICS & MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, THE: The Last Transmission 2CD (NA 5118CD) 21.00
"An interplanetary space/love odyssey featuring Melvin Van Peebles (Brer Soul, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song). Following Heliocentrics' Out There and 13 Degrees of Reality albums. 2 CD set -- Instrumentals included on bonus second disc. Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics' ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawking and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe's knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra's interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia's spiritual expanse. The Last Transmission, presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band's interpretation of Van Peebles' poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles' vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together. They've found a voice as a band, one that meshes with Van Peebles,' as he weaves an intergalactic 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' In between producer/drummer Malcolm Catto's thunderous syncopation and producer/bassist Jake Ferguson's bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles' voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life's eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love's ability to transform and transcend death."


OT 010EP

CROOKED MAN: Undigitize Me 12" (OT 010EP) 14.00
Vocals on A1 and A2 by Rachel. Vocals on AA1 by Pete Simpson. Crooked Man is Richard Barratt from Sheffield, better known as Parrot. He played house music in Sheffield back in the '80s, had a top 10 hit in '88 as part of Funky Worm, collaborated with Richard H. Kirk on the seminal Sweet Exorcist releases on Warp and had another top-10 hit in the '90s as part of The All Seeing I. Retiring from DJing, he started putting out 12" singles as Crooked Man. Song-based and devoid of house music vocal clichés, endlessly hypnotic and with razor sharp production.


OP 017LP

VA: Work 2LP (OP 017LP) 25.50
Gatefold double LP version. Nearing its first birthday, Other People is celebrating the only way it knows how: Work. The label has put out new material every Sunday since it launched with 2013's Trust compilation, and the culminating Work comp doesn't break that streak -- consisting almost entirely of new material from Other People's artist roster, and a few remixes from some special guests. Work is not, however, an uncooked mash of music. Its sequencing is deliberate and its selection purposefully not encompassing. In fact, Work is more an album than anything else. Kicking off the affair is Soul Keita, whose roots run back to the days of Nicolas Jaar's first label, Clown & Sunset. Dave Harrington follows with a cover of the Nick Drake song "Things Behind the Sun" with the singer Tamara. His amorphous chords flow right into the tight groove of VISUALS' "A Pixel," produced by Nico and featuring some guitar by Dave. Darkside also pay their dues with two unreleased tracks from their Psychic sessions -- "What They Say" and "Gone Too Soon." Putting a nail in the coffin, German pyro-techno duo Ancient Astronaut do battle with a troupe of remixers. The first comes in snarling at the hands of Powell. The second builds gently with the subtle touch of Jenilek. And last comes a deadly dub mix by Francis Harris and Gabriel Hedrick. Work paid off.



DRVG CVLTVRE: Night Time Is the Right Time 12" (PERMVAC 129EP) 12.00
Since 2009, Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre has been working on his own blend of dystopian acid, no wave and doomsday deep house, which he proved impressively on his releases for Crème Organization and Porn Wax. For his Permanent Vacation release, he perfects his methods and style, which is equally influenced by Suicide, Sun Ra and Terrence Dixon. On remix duties for "Night Time Is the Right Time" is original chief rocker and Omar S protégé OB Ignitt who puts some extra swing on top and makes sure that it is always the right time for this one.



AKBAYRAM & DOSTLAR, EDIP: Nedir Ne Degildir? CD (PHS 020CD) 17.00
As Turkey's political factions turned more and more violent in the late 1970s, Buscemi-eyed Edip Akbayram was nearly beaten up by rioting audiences for daring to sing about rural points of view that were naturally critical of Istanbul's political leaders. This second album of Anatolian psychedelia, originally released in 1977, showed defiance even in its gatefold art, with a drawing of the band members seeming to grow straight out the ground, covered in plant tendrils. Akbayram poached members of Mogollar and Bari? Manco's Kurtalan Ekspres to get the best fuzz breaks and Hammond slams & put 'em straight in your ears. The band also tried out some mixes that pushed the vocals or a particular instrument way up front, and of course, long, low, reverberant welcomes from Edip's echo-covered voice. Remastered sound, insert/booklet with photos and liner notes by Angela Sawyer of Weirdo Records.


AKBAYRAM & DOSTLAR, EDIP: Nedir Ne Degildir? LP (PHS 020LP) 25.50
LP version. Comes with exact reproduction of the original gatefold pop-up sleeve.


KARACA, CEM: Nem Kaldi? CD (PHS 022CD) 17.00
Cem Karaca announces his intent to slay all enemies of Istanbul's leftist counterculture with stompin' prog keyboards. Sophisticated and passionate, with flamboyant taste in sunglasses, Cem Karaca led Istanbul's music fans through a period of violent political turmoil. Karaca reworked traditional folk lyrics with molten electric bass lines that played up both a poet's broiling righteousness and also his listeners' common ground with their elders in Turkey's history. 1975's Nem Kaldi? gathers more '60s-'70s singles that lead the listener through Karaca's own musical history, skipping across various collaborations. Sink deeper into the intrigue both musical & otherwise as fractious personnel changes & real-life assassins multiply, yet the double-time drums & badass synthesizer schwings pound on.



SOG: Stoa 1 12" (PROFAN 039EP) 15.50
"Stoicism" (German: "Stoa") is one of the most influential philosophical schools in Western civilization. An essential property of stoic philosophy is the cosmological perspective on a holistic experience of the world, resulting in a universal principle that prevails in all natural phenomena and correlations. The stoic individual is mostly concerned with recognizing and occupying his place in this order -- he does so by embracing his fate through the stoic practice of emotional self-restraint, striving for wisdom by means of serenity and tranquility.



PARKER, MIKE: Lustration Remixes 12" (PRG 037EP) 14.00
Mike Parker's unique album Lustrations (PRG 004LP) is an extremely good base for killer remixes. After the amazing original tracks, well-known and respected remixers such as Svreca, Edit Select, and Cassegrain have designed three complete new "Lustrations," providing a complete dedicated attitude to the rhythmic, full of the stomping and gyrating patterns of Mike's album. Deepest ritual techno for the mind.



PRINTS OF DARKNESS: Zindabad LP (RAVI 001LP) 24.00
"This is the story of a sixties garage band, only this one was based in Lahore, West Pakistan, where there was a small American community and a funky school in an old British Raj-era bungalow. September 1967: Skip Boyce had a drum kit assembled from various shops in Penang during a family vacation and Danny Carr had a Framus bass and a huge amp. Let's start a band! New kid Steve Davy provided the missing link. Add his psychedelic Hofner guitar and small amp and the Great Flower Famine was born. Let's just play songs with three chords ('Gloria', 'Louie Louie' and 'For Your Love' were the first three); more followed: Stones, Animals, Kinks, Doors. Old friend Travis 'Smokey' Henderson was in the States, but returned to Lahore and joined as lead guitarist. John Sligh was added as lead singer because he liked the same tunes the others did and looked cool. By the end of the school year, the Famine was a tight unit, the best rock band in West Pakistan. September 1968: a year's worth of new music, and new influences: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the San Francisco groups. Meanwhile, Steve bought a Hofner violin bass like Paul McCartney, Skip returned from the States with a full set of Ludwig drums like Ringo, and a new redheaded kid arrived by the name of Richard Woodbury. His addition and a new name for the band (Prints of Darkness) gave the group a new style. Their repertoire expanded. September 1969: One addition to the personnel, Roberta 'Bourbon' Kilgore as vocalist. The Prints started writing their own tunes in earnest. On May 22, 1970, they played their last show and for the first time in three years, the instruments went in different directions afterwards. And so did the Prints. In the band's final year, several of their shows were recorded using a single open mic and a standard quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recorder. The best tracks have been cleaned up and compiled for this release on Ravi Records, a label set up by music mail order company Metro Music. The release is a true labor of love, with no corners cut, and no expense spared on the sound restoration, mastering and packaging. The heavy-vinyl LP (180 gram) is housed in a super-deluxe gatefold sleeve modeled on the Stones' 'High Tide and Green Grass', complete with a lavishly illustrated and annotated booklet. 'Raw, exciting and really quite excellent... fans of fuzz will find a feast of it on this set. The Prints turn in enjoyable readings of 'Summertime,' 'Morning Dew,' and Country Joe & the Fish's 'Rock and Soul Music,' but it's their original numbers that really stand out. The band's bottled-up creative energy comes bursting to a head on the culminating number, 'Oh Color the Shadowy Distance' which starts out as an uber-dramatic Doors-in-the-garage exercise atop a 'Tobacco Road'-type stomp riff, before levitating into a psychedelic instrumental section that sounds a bit like Jorma Kaukonen jamming with the Velvet Underground. Thrilling stuff." -- Mike Stax (Ugly Things)



PUSH/PULL: Bang the Drums LP (RH RSS011LP) 17.50
Reissue of the 1990 NYC house record Bang the Drums by Ben Cenac aka Dream 2 Science, a masterpiece African-influenced house LP. This sounds somewhere in-between NYC band No Smoke (Koro Koro) and Dream 2 Science's signature sound. Original copies are rare.


WILHITE, RICK: Vibes 2 CD (RHM 010CD) 17.00
Rick Wilhite delivers this super-strong collection of songs and tracks from his favorite New York, Chicago and of course, Detroit producers. As a DJ and promoter Wilhite has been holding it down for over 20 years. His Vibes New & Rare Music record store was a main source in Detroit for soulful electronic music until its closure a few years back. The Vibes New & Rare Music compilation only features material that Rick Wilhite truly believes represents the artists. After releasing Volume 1 in 2010 (RH 111CD), Wilhite now delivers the sequel, featuring pioneers and new talents alike from New York, Chicago and Detroit. Artists include: Josh Milan, Jovonn, TJ Dumas, Gerald Mitchell, Moodymann, Norm Talley & Rick Wilhite, Orlando Voorn, Jon Easley, DJ Stingray, K-Alexi, and Rick Wilhite & Calvin Morgan. LP1 also features Sean Tate, and LP2 also features TJ Dumas & Raybone Jones.



DJ OCTOBER: Gate 2 Yesterday 12" (SKUDGE PT011EP) 12.50
October is back with his first solo 12" after appearing on Fred P's SPM label in 2013. Both cuts will please lovers of October's trademark slow techno sound and also hint at the industrial influences which he explores more heavily on his debut LP, forthcoming on Skudge White.



SKY WALKING: Sky Walking LP (SKYWALK 001LP) 22.00
LP version. Five years ago Christian Naujoks, Peter M. Kersten and Richard von der Schulenburg started a series of spontaneous recording sessions without any intention or idea. The only thing that held the group together were the immediate results hitting the three musicians straight inside their hearts. Jazz as a metaphor of instrumental conversation, improvisation in the most dilettante way, science as a matter of exploring the opposite sound of what instruments were built to -- these might be parts of a concept where there was none. Evangelisti & Ennio Morricone, Gerard Grisey and the school of GRM, Psychic TV -- none of the influences of Naujoks, Schulenburg, or Kersten inspired the sound of Sky Walking as much as the rotten studio in a backyard of a record store in Hamburg, including a definitely weird collection of instruments, some Russian microphones and the saddest-sounding steel drum. Even their solo careers are separated from what became an album yet: Richard von der Schulenburg -- the magician of the keyboards who is part of the Pudel Apparat and piano-player in the 440Hz Trio (feat. Jacques Palminger) released a couple of vinyl records and a tape under his moniker RVDS. Christian Naujoks recorded the second of his two albums at the Hamburger Laiszhalle with the legendary producer Tobias Levin. Both of his albums came out on Dial Records -- the label Peter M. Kersten founded almost 15 years ago. Kersten is much better-known as Lawrence for his countless releases on Smallville, Mule Musiq, Kompakt, Styrax, and Ghostly International. The artist's history plus endless inspirations... forget about it! Here comes Sky Walking.



FALCO, TAV: Tav Falco's Wild & Exotic World of Musical Obscurities 2LP (STAGO 052LP) 25.50
Double LP version in gatefold sleeve. Tav Falco, the Memphis legend (of Panther Burns fame) compiled 25 of his favorite tunes from '50s rockabilly to tangos, waltzes & other wonderful obscurities. Songs he loves, songs he covered with Panther Burns, songs that influenced him, thus shedding much light upon the music that incessantly ignites Falco's muse. This is a wild and wonderful ride. A Back to Mine-style compilation that will open your ears. Double vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with extensive liner notes by the maestro himself. Artists include: The Johnny Burnette Trio, Don Willis, Bobby Lee, Allen Page, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Jimmy Lloyd, Benny Joy, Alexander Princes, Bachicha Bianco, Anton Karas, Los Indios Tacunau, Carlos Di Sarli, Orchestra Juan D'Arienzo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Elmore James, Bobby Blue Bland, Chet Baker, Fred Buscaglione, Martin Denny, Dion & The Belmonts, Shorty Rogers, Charlie Feathers, and Alex Chilton.


Right in time for their reunion Stag-O-Lee releases Agri.Dustrial, the latest album by Legendary Shack Shakers on vinyl for the first time. The album features a new track, a new running order and a proper vinyl remastering. A roots rock juggernaut from Nashville, TN, the Legendary Shack Shakers are a hot-rodded foursome combining blues, rockabilly, country, and rock & roll into one manic assemblage boasting all the gloriously explosive instability of an M-80. Fronted by the manic JD Wilkes, who when not busy with music (he also leads the Dirt Daubers) is also known as a visual artist, publishing comic books and creating elaborate "carnival art" murals on discarded roll-up projection screens. The Legendary Shack Shakers existed from 2000 until 2010 with Agri.Dustrial from 2010 being their last release, although only on CD back then. On this record we hear new guitarist Duane Denison (Hank III, Jesus Lizard), who plays with the enthusiastic power of his predecessors, while new drummer Brett Whitacre drives his kit like it's a semi full of dynamite rolling down a steep hill with no brakes. Singer Colonel JD Wilkes matches the mania of his bandmates, and with longtime bass man Mark Roberts in tow, they deliver a disc packed with sizzling slabs of rock mayhem. This is one sweet and evil ride. Sixteen songs in 38 minutes. Fasten seat belts. The Legendary Shack Shakers play like their lives depend on wringing the maximum force out of every note. Agri.Dustrial -- already a timeless classic.



LP version. The first-ever release of mythic Colombian groups Ensamble Polifonico Vallenato and Sexteto La Constelacion De Colombia. A full-length album of exclusive archive recordings featuring members of the Meridian Brothers, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica, Romperayo and Los Piranas. Bland rock and pop music took over Colombia in the 1980s. For a country with so much musical heritage, this was blasphemy. Ensamble Polifonico Vallenato and Sexteto La Constelacion de Colombia were two groups who, in the late 90s, fought to redress the balance. Ensamble Polifonico Vallenato started as a joke, a parody of the bad vallenato music a bunch of university students would hear on the bus into campus. Their idea was simple: "to play whatever and see what happens." The resultant music was as heavy as rock, as acidic as punk and as far-out as the most left-field free-jazz. At the heart of it all was fiery accordion and acerbic vocals, often playing in call-and-response, just like the classic vallenatos of yore. The lyrics formed a big part of the group's identity; they were deep, sarcastic and surrealistic, and revelled in toying with Colombian clichés. The music soon stopped being a parody. The students began to learn more and more about Colombian folklore and their sound evolved. Soon, they ditched the accordion, replacing it with flutes from Colombia's Caribbean coast, and renamed the group Sexteto La Constelacion de Colombia. The musicians were now more mature, though no less experimental. Both groups were rebellious, counter-cultural and added to their reputations with anarchic live shows. At the time, the reaction was mixed. To quote the group, they were "approved by a few but disapproved by a lot." For many musicians who saw them play during their short lifespans, they offered an alternative, a new form of Colombian music that was rooted in their country's heritage but could be as innovative and experimental as any jazz or rock. A seed was sown that started a new branch of Colombian tropical music. The band members now play in groups like Meridian Brothers, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica, Romperayo and Los Piranas -- bands that have released albums and toured internationally, as well as won critical and public approval while maintaining the revolutionary spirit that will ensure that the evolution of Colombian music is not ready to stop yet.


FAMILY FODDER: Just Love Songs LP (STAUB 135LP) 18.00
A limited vinyl-only collection of 11 love songs by Family Fodder that have never before been released on vinyl. Alig Fodder says: "We collected all the love songs together without all the annoying instrumentals, dubs and solos. Lou Reed once sang: 'No kinds of love are better than others.' I think he meant something else. The 'kinds of love' here include: the love for a child, nostalgic love and imaginary journeys, love renewed and shared, love of animals, love of music, nostalgia, love in loss and memory, love in kinship across generations, poetic and physical loving, love of the unknown or unfamiliar and the desperate love of needing." Different versions of these songs are available on the albums Classical Music (2010) and Variety (2013) as CDs or digital downloads from the state51 Conspiracy label. Meanwhile, the band (alive and well -- but smelling funny after all these years) prepare for their second European tour, and are writing new material for the next album -- working title: Rough Mix.



RROSE/PERC/PFIRTER/LAKKER: V: Five Years of Artefacts - Chapter One 12" (SA5YEARS 001EP) 14.00
V - Five Years of Artefacts - Chapter One provides a well-rounded snapshot of what Lucy's label has explored since its conception. These are four deeply physical, dancefloor cuts, but ones that prioritize the importance of challenging norms and creating something new -- a testament to the strength of the SA roster. Artists include Rrose, Perc, Pfirter, and Lakker.


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GUN CLUB, THE: Fire of Love CD (SV 054CD) 19.00
"Fire of Love is the no-nonsense debut from blues-punk legends The Gun Club. Formed in 1979--when singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce taught a young Kid Congo Powers to play guitar--the band injects the Delta blues, rockabilly and '60s garage with their own amplified fury. Originally released in 1981 on Slash's sub-label Ruby Records, Fire of Love features the classic second lineup with Ward Dotson on guitar (replacing Powers, who left to join The Cramps) and The Bags' rhythm section. Opener 'Sex Beat' shakes and stutters through a dynamic slab of American rock 'n' roll that reverberates throughout the album. 'She's Like Heroin to Me' is perhaps Pierce's most famous paean to modern love, elevating him to raucous demigod of the underground. Take it straight from Chris D. of The Flesh Eaters, who (along with Tito Larriva of The Plugz) produced these sessions: 'Fire of Love is probably the definitive record to come out of this roots revival movement. Several people have told me that record made them want to start a band and come to Los Angeles.' This long out-of-print CD release has been carefully remastered and features liner notes by Chris D."

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RESIDENTS, THE: Santa Dog 2X7" (SV 072EP) 19.00
"Welcome to the wild, bizarro world of the experimental artists The Residents. Little is known about the group's origins or its members' identities, although it is widely believed that they are based out of San Francisco, California. When their debut release, Santa Dog, first appeared in 1972 on the equally enigmatic Ralph Records / Cryptic Corporation, the few hundred copies quickly fell on deaf ears and blind eyes. Rumor has it that then-President Richard Nixon sent his record back. True to their 'Theory of Obscurity' concept, The Residents cultivate mystery to ensure artistic integrity. With different musical personas for each of its four tracks, Santa Dog is a fully-formed avant-garde pastiche of musique concrète, Raymond Scott-esque exotica, television sound effects and the group's own mutilated take on rock 'n' roll that later became their trademark aesthetic. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time vinyl reissue of Santa Dog, complete with Christmas-themed fold-out sleeve. The package is an essential artifact for devout fans and beginners--a puzzle wrapped in a piece of commercial music. Or perhaps it is the other way around?"

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RESIDENTS, THE: Residue of the Residents 2LP (SV 073LP) 27.00
"Residue of The Residents collects outtakes, rare tracks and other experiments from this legendary San Francisco collective. Originally released on Ralph Records in 1983 and spanning The Residents' career up to that point, this first-time vinyl reissue has been expanded to a double LP and contains 26 songs from the late '70s and early '80s?the group's most fertile period. Highlights from the first LP include the Morricone-inspired 'The Sleeper,' the dreamlike 'Whoopy Snort' (initially on the LAFMS compilation Blorp Esette), the intense collage piece 'Kamikaze Lady' from the pre-Residents 1971 Baby Sex tapes, and the RAO Studio Orchestra version of 'Ups & Downs' (which may be the group's finest pop moment). The second LP features many insider favorites that have not been available on vinyl for decades: 'Loser = Weed' (initially released as the B-side to the Satisfaction single), 'Death in Barstow' and 'Melon Collie Lassie' (from the Babyfingers EP), as well as The Residents' contributions to the great Subterranean Modern compilation. Balancing the group's conceptual impulses with a dark palette of electro-esotericism, Residue of The Residents is an intoxicating collection that serves as an ideal starting point for the uninitiated."



NOMINE: Nomine's Chant 12" (TEMPA 093EP) 12.50
Shadowy producer Nomine's latest 12? for Tempa gathers three more of his hypnotic sound system tracks, brimming with fragmentary melodies and subliminal detail, honed for immersion on the dancefloor. Drawing upon his love of dubstep, dub and experimental music, Nomine's tracks carve out vast spaces for mind and body to wander through. "Nomine's Chant" is his most meditative transmission to date; its vocal mantra drifts gracefully through open space. The bamboo flutes of peak-time roller "Ninjah" echo eerily outwards into the void, and the EP is rounded out with "Syncopator," a deftly-swung club track that finds Nomine dropping the pace to find an atmospheric mid-point between two-step and techno.


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GERRARD, ALICE: Follow the Music LP (TSQ 5067LP) 16.00
LP version. "Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn't forgotten where country music came from." -- Emmylou Harris (June, 2014) "The trailblazing folksinger famously collaborated with Hazel Dickens. Their classic recordings for Folkways and Rounder in the '60's and 70's 'rank among the most influential recordings in folk music history,' (All Music Guide), and laid the groundwork for many artists, especially female bluegrass and folk musicians. Follow The Music features traditional tunes and original songs by Alice, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, and features members of Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun."



EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Sounding out the City/Loose Change 2CD (TSCD 020CD) 20.00
"10 years ago, Truth & Soul released its first full length record, Sounding out the City. It was also Leon Michels' ¬first full length record under the moniker El Michels Affair. At the time, the budding retro soul scene consisted of mostly organ quartets a la The Meters and of course, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings were in the early days of their ascent to world domination. This deluxe reissue features the original Sounding out the City album remastered as well as some alternate remixes and previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same period as SOTC on the second disc Loose Change. Michels has since gone on to produce and co-produce many of the Truth & Soul releases including the new Lee Fields record, Emma Jean. He shares songwriting credits with Adele, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and has played on records by Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys and Dr. John. Loose Change is a glimpse into the early, early days of El Michels Affair."


EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Loose Change 10" (TSLP 057LP`) 16.00
"This 10" picture sleeve EP is being released in conjunction with the deluxe CD reissue of the album. Loose Change is a trip to the T&S vaults, we dusted off the reels to some alternate mixes and previously unreleased songs from the SOTC sessions, including a little 'interlude' featuring the one & only Lee Fields."


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CORNER, PHILIP: Satie Slowly 2CD (UW 012CD) 19.00
"American composer Philip Corner likes Satie too well not to object to how he is played. From the time of his participation in the first performance of Satie's 'Vexations' he realized that here was, lurking under the travesties of the 1st Gymnopedie, one of the greats of this or any other century... a 'secret genius' who masked with humility and seeming conformity a profoundly innovative thorough-going critique of the limitations and pretensions of our High Culture as it has come down to us. A 44-page booklet of commentary and pages of analyses set out to demonstrate this - with implication for performance of the works. As the record title Satie Slowly shows, the indication "lent" is taken at its full value. An ample selection of piano pieces, spread across 2 CDs, come from his early period, music with great spiritual content."



VA: The Deejays Meet Down Town 1975-1980 LP (VOJ 003LP) 15.50
LP version. The late '60s and early '70s spectacle of Jamaican deejays taking their live performances out of the dance halls and translating them into hit records, not only marked the beginning of 40 years of dancehall-driven music on the island but also provided the original inspiration and template for the global dominance of rap and hip-hop. The art of deejay was now rightly recognized and the toasters or talk-over artists advanced from introductions and interjections to stringing complete sets of lyrics together and riding the rhythm for the entire length of the song. Deejays including U Roy, I Roy, Dennis Alcapone, Big Joe, Little Joe and Prince Jazzbo, who built their reputations working live on sound systems, now went one step beyond and moved on to become recording deejays with entire catalogs of hit singles and albums to their credit. Throughout the '70s a whole host of mic men followed in their wake, including Dillinger, Dr. Alimando, Clint Eastwood and Jah Stitch. Talking records were not new, but "talk-over" records were. The repercussions of this uniquely Jamaican phenomenon would go on to reverberate worldwide.


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FIRST PLANET: Top of the World 12" (VF 007EP) 14.50
Afro-space-disco contagion -- shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling -- from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor's Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the First Planet cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players. Its name was intended to evoke the cool obliqueness of U.S. handles like Brass Construction and Lakeside, and the mothership connection of chocolate-city P-Funk. Excellent sound by way of Abbey Road and D&M spiffy 24" by 12" poster.



MANFREDINI, HARRY: Friday the 13th (1980 Original Score) LP (WAXWORK 013LP) 31.00
"Waxwork Records proudly presents the original motion picture score to the 1980 horror slasher film Friday the 13th starring Kevin Bacon and Betsey Palmer, and directed by Sean Cunningham. Working closely with the film's composer, Harry Manfredini, Waxwork Records brings the remastered score to vinyl for the first time ever. The original master tapes were discovered in the Paramount Pictures vaults by Manfredini, and have been faithfully restored to create the ultimate LP release of one of the most iconic scores in the history of horror cinema. Pressed on 180 gram Crystal Lake vinyl: Deep Murky Green. Housed in a heavyweight tip-on-old-style gatefold jacket featuring full artwork by Jay Shaw. Includes a printed 12"x12" insert with artwork by Jacqui Oakley."

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