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1972

IF 070LP

ACKLES, DAVID: David Ackles LP (IF 070LP) 20.00
"David Ackles's eponymous 1968 debut is a rich emotional experience rife with poignant balladry and evocative lyricism. The era's market was unprepared for such a singular songwriter, but the cult of Ackles is a potent force and this reissue obliges its demands. Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Elvis Costello are Ackles acolytes--the latter even championed him as 'perhaps the greatest unheralded songwriter of the late '60s.' As a staff songwriter for Elektra and avid composer for theatre and film, Ackles developed a maverick style. Indeed, David Ackles materialized when Elektra couldn't imagine a singer more suitable for the material than its composer. David Ackles boasts wonderfully restrained arrangements that only enhance its power. The widely covered opening track 'The Road to Cairo' features Ackles at the pinnacle of his emotive ability. With marvelous dramatic grace, he evokes the weary traveler's wisdom and turmoil as it devolves to a devastating breaking point. It's a gut-wrenching moment, though one quickly tempered by the melancholy 'When Love Is Gone' and beatific 'What a Happy Day.' Perhaps akin to Randy Newman, Scott Walker or the darkest Van Dyke Parks (at least for their inimitability), Ackles's debut sounds peerless today."

A RECORDINGS

AUK 115EP

SLEAFORD MODS: Fizzy 12" (AUK 115EP) 16.50
A two-track 12" with an etched side, "Fizzy" is a studio recording and was recorded in the summer of 2012. "Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)" was recorded live at the German club Skalitzer in Berlin, featuring John Paul. Released on Anton Newcombe's label A Recordings. "Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)" is an exclusive version of this track, and "Fizzy" can be found on the album Austerity Dogs (2013). "Fizzy" was inspired by the many thousands of psychopathic managers and supervisors that terrorize low-paid workers throughout the world on a daily basis. "Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)" describes in detail Nottingham's Mansfield Road.

APOTEK RECORDS (DENMARK)

APT 020EP

SYDENHAM & SALLY, JEROME: My Normal Usual Far 12" (APT 020EP) 14.00
Jerome Sydenham forges on with another classic edit. On this occasion, Sydenham minimalizes Jonas Kopp's classic "Reforce," leaving us with a steady, pumping floor-pounder. "My Normal Usual Far" is the second release of the new Ibadan Records artist, Sally. Armed with an array of organic drum machines and synth, Jerome Sydenham and Sally trail-blaze their way into tech-house heaven. The movement of this track is indelible. With "Encouragement," Sydenham and Sally continue on the path to tech-house excellence with this stripped-down ultra tool.

AUDIOLITH (GERMANY)

AL 222EP

VA: Stiff Little Spinners Vol. 5 12" (AL 222EP) 12.50
Stiff Little Spinners Volume 5 serves a fine, hand-picked selection of six melodious club essentials somewhere in between tech- , romantic- and deep house grooves. Starting things with Krink, "Eclipse" hypes crowds with its pounding, on-point bass drums and an ever-spiraling synth line. Kalipo builds on a solid foundation of analog synth structures and tender echoes of processed vocal bits. Gimmix presents a sweet fusion track amalgamating elements of vocal-driven deepness with fascinating future garage. Remixed by Rampue we see Bebetta Conrady's "Shame" weigh in epic modulations, and more beats are provided by Torsun Teichgraber and Danja Mathari. Joney finishes it all off with a lively swing.

AUM FIDELITY

AUM 091CD

JONES, DARIUS: The Oversoul Manual CD (AUM 091CD) 13.00
"The Oversoul Manual is the fourth installment / revelation in Darius Jones' central, highly acclaimed, and on-going Man'ish Boy epic. It further reveals and indeed fully features the great talents of Jones as composer & arranger, with daring originality, conceptual richness and deep emotive power to the fore -- as ever in his profound body of work. An a cappella presentation comprised of 15 pieces performed by his vocal quartet, The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, it utilizes a heretofore unheard (by Earthlings) sacred language used in the alien birthing ritual of a new being. The Oversoul Manual is both an elemental part of Jones' M.B. mythology and a fully illuminated expression of his profound love for the human voice, which remains at the foundation of Darius' creative life. The voice was his first instrument; it was his gateway into music. He grew up singing hymns and duets with his sister as a young boy, later becoming gospel choir director at his church in Virginia as a young man. Darius' intent with this work was to manifest an experience of great purity, communicative potency, and cleansing joy. And once again, he has succeeded magnificently."

AUS MUSIC (GERMANY)

AUS 1468EP

MIDLAND: Duster EP 12" (AUS 1468EP) 14.00
The secret to Midland's success perhaps lies in his ability to keep his listeners guessing; with each new release, a new sound palette is presented, always adding more color to his catalog. This new EP is no exception, as this time he draws out immersive pads and understated melody over the top of percussive grit, in parts channeling some of that irresistible Autonomous Africa flavor. The release has already garnered support from DJs and radio alike with Jamie XX playing out "Reflex" on both his recent Boiler Room and BBC Radio 1 guest mix, while another early unveiling of "Pitch Drift" dropped recently on Benji B's show.

BALANCE MUSIC (AUSTRALIA)

BAL 012CD

CATTANEO, HERNAN: Balance 026 2CD (BAL 012CD) 23.00
Balance Music proudly presents Balance 026 mixed by Hernan Cattaneo. For some DJs, music is more than just their passion or occupation -- it's the reason for their existence, the thing that keeps their world turning. Hernan Cattaneo is that special breed. Across his three-decade journey through music, the legendary South American DJ has lived his life through the music that inspires him; inspiring thousands of electronic music lovers across the globe in the process. As a respected label owner and producer, Cattaneo's creative output remains as plentiful as ever. On this latest Balance mix Hernan has compiled two contrasting mixes, with the first disc showcasing his love for slo-mo house and electronica and the second disc delivering deep and atmospheric soundscapes which you might hear in one of his club sets from around the globe. Features tracks and remixes from Boards Of Canada, Moderat, The Field, Mano Le Tough, John Tejada, Spooky, Gui Boratto, Guy J, Soundexile, Chaim, Silinder, Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue, Derek Howell, Mercurio, Weval, Mike Griego, YEWS, Damabiah, Roi Okev & Hakimonu, Ivory Street, Andy Arias, Cid Inc, Khen, We Need Cracks, Santi Mossman, James Teej (feat. Richie Hennessey), Simon Vuarambon, and Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z.

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5161926

LIDO: I Love You 12" (BEC 5161926) 12.50
Lido established a cult following amongst the high-profile DJs that have been lucky enough to secure his unreleased remixes to play in their live set. These unreleased remixes -- with their signature intro four notes acting as a craftsmen stamp -- have led to numerous bootleg live recordings of the remixes; giving an almost mythical quality to them. This EP is the first release to feature original music of Lido's. It is being released on Pelican Fly. It strays away from the traditional four-to-the-floor of electronic music, instead highlighting hip-hop influenced beats, walls of synth and heavily-treated vocals, all with the ominous specter of pop know-how.

BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)

BT 011LP

HAINO/JIM O'ROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI, KEIJI: Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen LP (BT 011LP) 20.00
LP version. "Begun as a one-off collaboration in 2009, the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi has now become a solid working group, refining its craft through a series of annual concerts at Tokyo's legendary SuperDeluxe. Much of their recorded work has focused on their intense, ritualistic take on the rock power trio of electric guitar, bass and drums. Presenting the entire first set of the trio's March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the second set will follow on Black Truffle later this year), Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen is their fifth release and blows the instrumental palette wide open for a single continuous piece focused on acoustic strings, synth, flute and percussion. Featuring one of Haino's most delicate and moving recorded vocal performances, the opening section of the record takes the form of a spare duet between O'Rourke's 12-string acoustic guitar and Haino's kantele (a Finnish variant of the dulcimer), behind which Ambarchi provides a hovering backdrop of wine glass tones. While on previous releases the listener has often sensed that Haino was firmly in the driver's seat, here O'Rourke takes center stage with an acoustic guitar performance that takes the lyricism of John Abercrombie or Ralph Towner and refracts it through the free improvisation tradition of his mentors Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser. The atmosphere of meditative, abstracted song is reminiscent of some of Haino's greatest recordings, such as the legendary Live in the First Year of the Heisei volumes recorded with Kan Mikami. After this stunningly beautiful opening sequence, the performance moves organically through a number of episodes, including a dramatic central passage in which Haino moves to synth and drum machine, crafting a current of raw electricity that unfurls slowly over the gently pulsing foundations of Ambarchi's cymbals and builds to heights of manic intensity. When Haino later turns to wooden flute, Ambarchi answers him with nimble hand-drummed percussion in a passage that calls to mind Don Cherry's liberated combination of free-jazz improvisation and non-Western musics. The trio's move away from the power trio dynamic bespeaks a risk-taking and questing spirit that refuses to be satisfied with repeating past glories, and yet the organic, immersive flow of this single improvisation attests to the intuitive bond that has formed between them over the last five years. Exuding the signature mystery and emotion of Haino's greatest works, this release is perhaps the strongest statement yet from this acclaimed trio, and holds out a tantalizing promise for everyone hooked on their continuing exploration of 'those things said to be as of yet unseen.' --Francis Plagne; Design by Stephen O'Malley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug.

BLAST FIRST PETITE (UK)

PTYT 072CD

EXCEPTER: Familiar CD (PTYT 072CD) 16.50
Familiar is Excepter's first new all studio recordings album since 2010's U.S. double album release Presidence (Paw Tracks) which brought the band the international recognition of The Wire magazine's cover story, followed in 2011 by the shattering news of the sudden death from cancer of core band member Clare Amory which scattered the wandering band members across their home continent to New York, Los Angeles and New Mexico. In 2012 the band managed to reconvene for a lengthy and successful European tour and also install themselves at Blast First Petite's invitation in Studio Faust in alchemical Prague to record the basis of this all-new album. The album is an audio-enhanced continuation of Excepter's trademark creepy-crawled odd leg disco, layered with LaLa's cosmic sighs and John Fell Ryan's atonal, lysergical lyric-poem chants. It also includes Excepter's cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren," which was perhaps best made famous by This Mortal Coil's sweet 1983 moonlit version. Here, Excepter deliver instead, a pain-warped invocation to their lost limb.

BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)

BORNBAD 064CD

BEBEY, FRANCIS: Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 CD (BORNBAD 064CD) 16.50
Born Bad Records presents the music of Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey, circa 1982-1984. "The first time I saw a sanza (a type of African 'thumb piano'), it was just sitting there on a piece of furniture in my family's living room/dining room -- a space that our father also transformed into a recording studio every day. It seemed more like a box than a musical instrument: a mysterious instrument, which arrived at our house, like many things, in a somewhat miraculous way. The sounds it produced seemed particularly bizarre; to my young musician's ears, trained in Western classical music, it sounded out of tune. That's because, like my brothers and sisters, I had been trained on the piano. I had trouble understanding how anyone could endure these tones and, honestly, our father's passion for 'unusual sounds' did not interest me. I was in secondary school at the time (the very late 1970s) and was not at all oriented toward musical projects. I planned to graduate, and then become a chef. In the early 1980s, my interest in music picked up. I was still undecided about my career. I was content to pursue my 'serious' English studies while hanging out at jazz clubs at les Halles in Paris, where I sometimes joined jam sessions. Next, I put together my first band with professional musicians; I had hidden my age and lack of experience from them. France was just beginning to accept 'world music.' Musicians of every nationality were performing in Paris. It was a wonderful period. My father asked my brother Toups and me to accompany him for a few concerts. In particular, we toured Tunisia together at the time of the 1983 Carthage International Festival. Back then, my father was renowned across the French-speaking world. Everyone looked forward to hearing his humorous songs, like 'Agatha' and 'La condition masculine.' But, behind the scenes, he continued his research concerning electronic music, the sansa, pygmy polyphony, etc. One day he put a sansa in my hands, without saying a word. He was sending me a message: 'Let's see what you can do with it!' That's when I really discovered something. Exploring the instrument and playing, I transcended the 'imperfect' aspect of its sound and began to discover its fascinating potential. Playing the sansa, you enter a world that enraptures you in a very serene and mesmerizing way. I think its sounds evoke a rainbow, with rain falling while the sun shines. A very peaceful feeling. It allows you to make music that truly sounds like life. The sansa is also the instrument that my father and I shared the most because I am a pianist and he was a guitarist. I also share this eminently African instrument with my musician brother, Toups. Our father loved to tell us one of the legends of the sansa: how it even managed to dispel the boredom felt by... the Creator himself! This instrument gives life to the world, to beings and things. I did not participate in the production of the various records that my father devoted to the sansa. He did it himself, you might say, in his 'laboratory.' Yet today, I cannot imagine playing a concert without using a sansa. The piano remains present so that listeners don't become disoriented and wonder about the weird sounds invading their ears! However, I find the eccentric and disturbing side of sansa interesting. And the sansa always affects the audience: in reality, it excites them. The secrets of this instrument are surely its beneficial powers and... its magic!" --Patrick Bebey

BUBBLES RECORDS (ICELAND)

BUBBLES 005CD

OYE, ERLEND: Legao CD (BUBBLES 005CD) 15.50
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.

BUREK (CROATIA)

BRK 009EP

ESA: E-Roots EP 12" (BRK 009EP) 14.00
Esa makes a welcome return to the Burek family fold with another EP that skirts the boundaries of the dancefloor. Laying Bennett's vocals atop deconstructed, radiating cosmic transmissions on "Time of Planck," Esa cautiously adds reverberating oscillators to maximum effect over a washed-out, hazy groove and key stabs. "Paradox Jaz (Recover)" follows a traditional Detroit journey before gradually stepping up-tempo for a cantering, melody-led approach. "Placid Universe" features atmospheric undertones before clicking snares and bulbous, low-end bass lines and acid squelches force their way into earshot. "Drama Queen" flits between light xylophone riffs and seething, pulsing bass stabs, offering a resonating close to Esa's all-original, analog productions.

CASSAUNA

SAUNA 022CS

BARBIERI, CATERINA: Vertical Cassette (SAUNA 022CS) 9.50
Vertical is Caterina Barbieri's debut album and it was composed for vocals and Buchla 200 modular synthesizer. Vertical takes a meditative approach to primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics, stretching the boundaries between drone, minimalism and techno in multichannel systems. This minimalistic focus arises from the polyrhythmic and stratigraphic potential of voltage-controlled sequencers. Synthesis, drone and immersive listening are three fundamental conditions to enhance an advanced auditory art, not based on extrinsic links but solely built on the experience of the spectrum, able to develop our very limited ability of perceiving the vertical domain of music, involving us in a holistic way. Caterina Barbieri (1990) is a composer and performer of electro-acoustic music. Mostly interested in modular synthesis, three-dimensional spatialization and psychoacoustic aural sculpture, her music arises from a meditative approach to primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics. She received a degree in classical guitar and electro-acoustic music at the conservatory of Bologna, Italy (plus an exchange program at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden) with a thesis about time, space and spectrum in vertical music. She's currently attending a Bachelor in Literature and she's active as an audiovisual artist, acousmatic composer and guitarist. Her work has been commissioned and performed in festivals and venues of experimental music.

CATUNE (JAPAN)

CATUNE 055EP

ICHISAN: Extra Ball 12" (CATUNE 055EP) 19.50
Ichisan is the moniker of Igor Skafar. Ichisan has contributed tracks to Eskimo Recordings compilations, has released on Airtight Recordings, Solardisco, Rare Wiri and Under The Shade/Jiscomusic; including a remix for the legendary band Space, which was released on Nang Records. Together with Ule Nakova, he has a project named Ichisan&Nakova. Their first album Yugo Tempo was released in 2010 on Nang Records. A full-length release on Prins Thomas' Internasjonal Records is slated for 2014.

CCC RECORDINGS

CCC 014EP

BENNETT, HARRY: Body Remixes 12" (CCC 014EP) 14.00
Rowdy, sexy, voyeuristic: this is Harry Bennett's world of sizzling neo-Chicago house music. Featuring a crack team of artists, the Body Remixes collects a dazzling menagerie of tracks that transform Harry's classic house DNA into whole new beasts. Till Von Sein takes "Ponytail" to a seedy Kreuzberg back-room, whipping it into a spine-tingling, deep drug-den frenzy. DJ Nature turns "Body Language" into a house-party jam that's downtempo yet hip-shaking. SONNS overhauls "Ponytail" with a SoCal lowrider bounce born of Latin-inflected syncopated grooves, and "Jack My Body" gets hit by an acid bomb that can only come from DJ Traxx.

CENTERING RECORDS

CENT 1011BK

LOPEZ, RICK: The William Parker Sessionography Book (CENT 1011BK) 48.00
"Excerpt from the Introduction by Ed Hazell: 'Compiling a sessionography of the seemingly inexhaustible William Parker calls for a relentless and thorough researcher. Rarely has a musician's career been so conscientiously documented. Rick Lopez' William Parker Sessionography can take its place among the great discographical classics such as Walter C. Allen's bio-discography of Fletcher Henderson, Hendersonia and The Coltrane Reference by Lewis Porter, Chris DeVito, David Wild, Yasuhiro Fujioka, and Wolf Schmaler. Like those other encyclopedic compilations of names, locations, dates, and commentary, this one tells a story of an artist and an era as compelling as any novel and more detailed than any biography could aspire to be. Much like the music itself, this book is an act of devotion, not just to facts but to shared ideals and a shared love of beauty. it was done because it needed to be done.' This is a vast microcosm of one jazz musician that reveals the macrocosm of jazz during the period of time covered -- an extensive history of jazz through the work schedule of one profound jazz musician and his affiliations with elemental participants in the history of that time and as importantly ever more, this time. 15 years in the making. Astonishing, profound, worthy of high honors in the field of research and any all positive adjectives that can be bestowed on such a mighty creation. Just having this book in one's hands feels like holding a sacrament. And, it's beautifully printed -- front & back covers in through each of the 480 pages within. An essential reference work for now and all futures. This is a fully annotated (and generously illustrated) record of practically every time that William Parker has ever played a gig / recording session, with all and every ensemble, as band member or leader, from 1972 clear through to Vision Festival June 2014. Did I use the word "astonishing" already? This is an 8.5"x11" format, 482-page book, with 370+ illustrations, weighing in at over 3 pounds, and was private-press published in an edition of 500 copies."

CHICKS ON SPEED RECORDS (GERMANY)

COSR 047CD

CHICKS ON SPEED: Artstravaganza CD (COSR 047CD) 17.00
Writer Douglas Coupland describes us living in a post Koonsian world with a curated 21st century lifestyle, where everything is art and everyone can be an artist and even non-art is art by default: a readymade! Globe-trotting performance, art, music, fashion and new media provocateurs Chicks On Speed (Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan) are back with their genre-defying & shape-shifting Artstravaganza. The album and series of six interactive musical instrument APPs presents analog craft strategies alongside digital human computer interaction, in a collision between pop music, art, activism and data -- this album and international series of interactive live-art exhibitions and concerts to launch Artstravaganza invites Chicks On Speed audiences to become prosumers. Musical collaborations on Artstravaganza include Australian journalist and activist Julian Assange, philanthropist, chairman TBA21, and pop star, Princess Francesca von Habsburg, artist Yoko Ono, '60s performance artist and director of ZKM, Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, Singaporean artist Angie Seah, long-time Chicks On Speed collaborator Anat Ben-David and the students of Interface Cultures lab, University of Art and Design, Linz. Artstravaganza is produced by Chicks On Speed (Melissa Logan & Alex Murray-Leslie) with Christopher Just, Oliver Horton, Phill Speiser and Timor Litzenberger.


COSR 047LP

CHICKS ON SPEED: Artstravaganza 2LP+CD (COSR 047LP) 27.50
Double LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album.

CLOWN & SUNSET (CANADA)

C&S 007EP

JAAR, NICOLAS: Don't Break My Love 10" (C&S 007EP) 12.50
2014 repress. The rhythms on Nicolas Jaar's Don't Break My Love EP unravel slowly. As the songs progress, they fill up with rapid-fire hi-hats and mechanical percussion. The faster strikes meet slower beats and the songs seem to stretch -- pulled in both directions almost ad infinitum. Nico has been singing more and sampling less lately, and the EP foreshadows an evolving sound within Clown & Sunset.

COCOON (GERMANY)

COR 120EP

BALLERINI, LUCA: L'Eternita Di Un Attimo 12" (COR 120EP) 12.50
Verona-based producer and DJ Luca Ballerini is proof that Cocoon Recordings is still looking for new kids on the block. The dreamy and harmonic techno productions of Shlomi Aber and Guy Gerber seem to be the blueprint for Ballerini's style, however, the Italian producer is not copying here at all. The Israeli influence is noticeable, but Luca Ballerini creates his very own style by adding straight and solid techno- and house-beats. This special mixture covers a wide musical range from relaxed after-hour-techno to an emotional peak-time club sound.

CURLE RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)

CURLE 049EP

MININNI, MICHELE: Endless Ceremony (Rocketnumbernine Remix) 12" (CURLE 049EP) 12.50
Michele Mininni counts everything from post-rock and Krautrock, new wave, house and disco amongst his influences. He's been a DJ for years, but only recently released his debut EP on Optimo Trax in Glasgow. He immediately found himself on the playlists of Beats In Space and Rinse FM. It's hard to describe "Endless Ceremony" -- epic, but not as you know it. Cosmic, definitely. Rocketnumbernine's remix could be described as almost dreamy electronica/IDM. Early support from: Gavin Russom, Âme, Ripperton, A Made Up Sound, James Holden, Optimo, and Deadbeat. First pressing on colored vinyl.

CUT MISTAKE MUSIC

CMM 100EP

N'CONDUIT + JACK FULLER: Borsalino 12" (CMM 100EP) 14.00
Jack Fuller is a Harlem-based singer, songwriter and dancer who works closely with many pop and hip-hop acts, including Azealia Banks. He's also in the "vogue trap" project, aNvKai. N'conduit is Brooklyn-based producer & engineer Alex Hamadey. He produces ambient music under SmallBroadcasts on Something Records. Alex also co-runs two vinyl labels: Voodoo Down Records and Rock and Roll Records. By day he composes for film and commercial with Hyberballad Music. This is his fourth vinyl release. Available in a full-color LP jacket by Brooklyn, NY-based artist Juan Betancurth.

DESOLAT (GERMANY)

DESOLAT 039EP

BUTCH: Sinus Tones & 808s 12" (DESOLAT 039EP) 14.00
Butch returns with four shadowy mechanical mutations. Both "LFO" and "Sphere" are formidable techno assaults which contain an array of dystopian beeps and blips. On "Delusion" Butch takes a beautifully hypnotic and psychedelic approach, with a distinctive woodwind sound meandering throughout the track. "Tone 2.0" rounds off the EP in a similarly dark vein, full of flickering electronic tones and drum rolls. Staying true to its name, this release will appeal to those who are in need of some killer explorations of dark leftfield sounds done with that unique Butch character.

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE (GERMANY)

DG 47939887

RICHTER/DANIEL HOPE, MAX: Berlin By Overnight 12" (DG 47939887) 16.50
Berlin by Overnight by Max Richter is taken from Daniel Hope's latest album Spheres (2013) and will now be released on vinyl together with four remixes by internationally-acclaimed remixers who were carefully selected and picked up on the nocturnal, minimal and repetitive atmosphere. The international line-up of remixers: Efdemin, CFCF, Lorna Dune, and Tom Adams.

DIRT CREW (GERMANY)

DIRT 082EP

NACHTBRAKER: Janus EP 12" (DIRT 082EP) 14.00
Amsterdam-based house head Nachtbraker presents one for Dirt Crew. The opening track "Alright" has this great piano hook that progresses though the whole track and gives us that sweet old school house feeling, absolutely funky as hell and a standout track. "Braun" takes us to rougher and more bouncing hip-hop like beats with spaced-out sounds and great Detroit-ish chord progressions. The title track is slow and funky with a tasty bass line that gets you moving like crazy. "Warme Kachel" gets you in the right mood for some heated party action.

DISCHORD

DIS 091LP

SLANT 6: Soda Pop Rip Off LP (DIS 091LP) 14.50
"After only a few months of practice and playing shows, Slant 6 recorded a 3-song single, 'What Kind of Monster Are You,' for Dischord Records. All three ended up moving into the Embassy, where they collaborated with the Nation of Ulysses members on a number of recording projects as well as fashion shows and a series of performance house parties called Famous Monsters. In the fall of 1993, Slant 6 went to Inner Ear studios with Don Zeintara and Ian MacKaye to record what would become their debut full-length, Soda Pop Rip Off. The trio toured extensively and would release one more album, Inzombia, before splitting up while on tour in Europe in 1995. Billotte would go on to perform in Quix*o*tic and Casual Dots. Out of print on vinyl for at least two decades, Soda Pop Rip Off has been remastered by TJ Lipple. This pressing of the record has been done on red-colored vinyl and comes with a free digital download coupon for the 13 original album tracks plus the three songs from the 'What Kind of Monster Are You' single."

DISCREPANT (UK)

CREP 012LP

STEVENS, CEDRIC: Hanging in the Wires LP (CREP 012LP) 32.00
After a busy spell collaborating with the likes of Fennesz and My Cat Is An Alien, Belgium experimental stalwart Cédric Stevens still finds time to complete a meditative LP of modular electronics, electric guitar and Indian tambura. Taking his trademark modular synth textures further into the ether zone, Stevens continues his flirtations between the fragile lines of noise and celestial drones, offering again another beautiful glimpse into his ongoing studio experiments at the reclusive Hermetic garage. With a gentle A-side of modular synths, guitars, and field recordings, the B-side plunges the listener into a grandiose meditating raga piece entitled "Benares Crescent." Based exclusively on recordings of an Indian tambura and developed by Stevens over the last 5 years, "Benares" swooshes through Indian psychedelic drones, evoking a sometimes wild others meditating, electrified Indian harmonic soundscape. The logical continuation of the Belgium "school" of exploratory electronics. Fans of Baudouin Oosterlynck, Léo Kupper, Folke Rabe or Remko Scha take note.


CREP 013LP

KINK GONG: Gongs LP (CREP 013LP) 32.00
Since the end of the '90s, Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong has been recording the music of mostly endangered minorities of South East Asia. Alongside his relentless pursuit of remote exotic and unpublished musical traditions, he also creates electronic versions by combining raw recordings with natural sounds, archival material and electronically-treated sounds. For Gongs, Laurent returns to his soundscape approach not heard since the Xinjiang LP (2011) and further develops his unique re-versions around the extensive gong orchestra recordings he made on location in the remote regions of Cambodia & Laos. All tracks were recorded on location and re-arranged by Laurent Jeanneau in Dali, Paris & Berlin. Vinyl pressing of 500 copies.

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)

EMEGO 199CD

DRUMM, KEVIN: Trouble CD (EMEGO 199CD) 15.50
Trouble is the brand-new dispatch from the assorted output of Kevin Drumm and sits as one of the quietest in his entire catalog. A single continuous 54-minute excursion into the netherworld of the audio spectrum, Trouble is neither ambient nor drone, but a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound. One which discreetly works itself into the mind of a listener willing to invest in the path laid out in this extremely subtle, beautiful and exceptional release. Recorded in winter, 2013-2014 at Frostbite, Chicago, IL. Mastered by Russell Haswell.


EMEGO 205CD

LOCUST: After the Rain CD (EMEGO 205CD) 15.50
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).

ELECTRIC DELUXE (GERMANY)

EDLX 038EP

AND: Dark Matter 12" (EDLX 038EP) 14.00
After a cataclysmic entry into the Electric Deluxe fold, AnD present more pummeling dancefloor works. Melding steely industrial sentiment with their own toolkit of analog-fashioned tropes, AnD have crafted a signature which has allowed them to freewheel through techno's many tomes --and beyond -- without ever straying too far from the mark. "Cosmic Strings" is as delirious as any stone-cold Tresor classic. Then on the flip, "Photon Visibility Function" coils dark and brooding atmospherics round the most malevolent concoction of AnD-isms. This one has been made to split the club right open.

ESKIMO (BELGIUM)

ESK 506729

SKANCKE (FEAT. HEWROTE), ALEXANDER: Found My Place 12" (ESK 506729) 12.50
Alexander Skancke makes his debut on Eskimo Recordings with the beautiful and compelling "Found My Place." Deep electronic strings lead the almost melancholic yet Balearic melody with luscious pads filling the low-end and infectious vocals from HEwrote. Vinny Villbass' first "Tropical Mix" rolls with intricate percussion, sonic synths and plenty of groove, while his "House Mix" is a deep house delight and one for the dancefloor with a playful loop on the vocal and trippy synths. Berliner Oskar Offermann rounds off the release perfectly with his remix, adding a raw bass and sharp kick, with warm synths and FX running throughout.

FOOTJOB (GERMANY)

FJ 001EP

PHONK D, ISE JR. & SASCHA CIMINIERA: Footjob 001 12" (FJ 001EP) 14.00
First release of the German label Footjob. Productions from the 21st century with influences from the '80s to the '90s.

FOURTH DIMENSION (UK)

FD 091CD

KLEISTWAHR: This World Is Not My Home CD (FD 091CD) 16.50
The latest album from Gary Mundy (Ramleh), who has been using this moniker since the early '80s to further furrow the worlds of intense electronics, harrowing psychedelia and violent or claustrophobic atmospherics he is already known for. Less prolific than Ramleh, Kleistwahr began with several cassette releases on Gary's own much-revered Broken Flag imprint and has subsequently been afforded more releases by labels such as Noise War, Noiseville and Harbinger Sound. This World Is Not My Home collects seven pieces recorded between 2013 and 2014 of mostly instrumental sprawling guitar and electronic works. Edition of 300 in a classy Broken Flag-type sleeve.

FULL PUPP (NORWAY)

FP 046EP

CHMMR: Lyd & Bilde 12" (FP 046EP) 14.00
Chmmr is the dance music making moniker of Even Brenden hailing from Norway. The unmistakably sparkling Chmmr sound stands for long, hypnotic tracks, simple in a way, but oh so groove-laden, sick-bassed, and continuously panned and patterned with a string theme. Last but not least, Prins Thomas adds his own remix version with an epic, mythical twist.


FP 047EP

NYGARD, TARJEI: Suratkorps 12" (FP 047EP) 14.00
The latest 12" from Full Pupp features remixes by the artist Tarjei Nygard and Prins Thomas.

FURTHER RECORDS

FUR 080CD

SMOKE CLEARS, THE: Listen CD (FUR 080CD) 17.00
Those who know the respected Irish producer John Daly for his bubbly, melodically-nuanced house and techno tracks may get thrown off balance by his latest work under the Smoke Clears handle. While his 2011 release for Further, Sea Level, hinted at his fondness for Manuel Göttsching/Klaus Schulze-like kosmische ambience, on Listen Daly veers off into more introverted and arcane abstraction terrain. The title-track kicks off the album on a decidedly downtempo, contemplative note while maintaining Daly's knack for understatedly beautiful melodies. It sounds like the best song Morr Music never released. "Plumb" exudes a paradoxically chilled and urgent aura, with woodblocks seemingly made out of ice and heavily reverbed claps providing the hypnotic rhythm. The glistening IDM of "Star Shine" could be an outtake from Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992 (it's that gorgeous). The beautifully hoarfrost-y "Trace" evokes Seefeel's forays into fusing shoegaze atmospheres with abstract electronic beat matrices. With Listen, The Smoke Clears decisively steps off the dancefloor and enters one of the chilliest chill-out rooms a '90s clubber ever chilled in -- but the music's still a-bristle with all sorts of fascinating movement and textures. Despite Listen's banquet of ultra-cool tones, your neurons will work up a nice sweat.

FUTURE CLASSIC (AUSTRALIA)

FCL 116EP

KARMA KID: Bird of Prey EP 12" (FCL 116EP) 14.00
Karma Kid aka Sam Knowles is a self-taught young producer and one of the freshest faces in the UK bass scene. Previously Karma Kid has remixed Ben Pearce's infectious house anthem "What I Might Do" and produced a set of club-ready singles. "It's Always" was Nick Grimshaw's "Record of the Week" on BBC Radio 1 and Sarah Jane Crawford's on BBC 1Xtra. Further support came from Annie Mac when she asked him to do a mini-mix for her BBC Radio 1 show and she has continued to support him through the radio and her Annie Mac Presents club nights.

GET PHYSICAL MUSIC (GERMANY)

GPM 100CD

DJ T.: Body Language 15 CD (GPM 100CD) 15.50
Together with other similar DJ mix series like those of the London Fabric label and DJ-Kicks on K7!, the format of the Body Language compilations is amongst the last of its kind available on the market. Junior Boys, Modeselektor, Dixon, Matthew Dear, Azari & III, Catz 'n Dogz, DJ Hell, Jesse Rose, and many other artists have, over the past 9 years, contributed to the reputation of the successful series released on Get Physical. Like both of the label co-founders from M.A.N.D.Y. before him, DJ T. has, for the second time, been given the chance to lay his hands on the series for the 15th edition. The conceptual approach that DJ T. has taken to this mix is similar to that of his earlier work. Here DJ T. is not content with just fleeting snapshots of a limited style. This 78-minute long mix, consisting of 20 tracks is timeless, not seeking to please by fitting within the formula of contemporary dance music, yet completely immersed in the here and now. The full and hypnotic deepness that runs through the core of this set makes it perfect for the club, but is just as mesmerizing off the dancefloor. Those who buy the CD, limited to only 1,000 copies, will also be able to download the tracks and the mix for free. Artists include: André Salmon, Die Vogelperspektive, Jay Shepheard, Martin Zadak, Tom Trago, San Proper, Youandewan, Tapesh & Kevin Over, Paolo Rocco, Daniel Bortz, Tuff City Kids, Franck Roger, Oskar Offermann, Russ Yallop, FreakMe, Acid Mondays, Leon Vynehall, Graze, The Jaydes, David K., Talaboman, The White Lamp, ItaloJohnson, Parris Mitchell, Nina Kraviz, Seuil, and Lake People.

GIZEH RECORDS (UK)

GZH 050CD

LOSCIL/FIELDHEAD: Fury and Hecla CD (GZH 050CD) 17.00
Fury and Hecla is a meeting of worlds. Named after a near mid-point between the residences of artists Fieldhead and Loscil, it explores both the familiar and the foreign. Although not a collaboration in the strictest sense, sounds were shared by each artist, allowing for a sort of aural infusion between the compositions. The results are a series of fragments and quotes that appear and reappear -- sometimes in ghostly form -- throughout each artist's tracks. The serene ambient compositions of Loscil come courtesy of Vancouver-based musician Scott Morgan. Taking his moniker from the "looping oscillator" function in the computer music language Csound, Morgan uses custom-made Max for Live devices and the occasional live instrument to build robust, droning soundscapes. Morgan cites influences including Krautrock pioneers Cluster, minimalist composer Gavin Bryars, and a wealth of film music composers. Loscil's origins come from Morgan's combined influence and involvement with Vancouver's indie-rock scene in the '90s, having played in several bands as a guitarist and drummer, and also from his academic studies at Simon Fraser University where he learned computer music, film sound and new music composition studying with influential electroacoustics pioneer Barry Truax. Loscil's self-released album, A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies, caught the ear of the Chicago independent label Kranky, who in turn signed Morgan's project and released Triple Point in October of 2001. Since then, Morgan has gone on to release five additional full-length albums with Kranky, including the latest Sketches from New Brighton, released in September of 2012. In light of Loscil's exclusive track "Umbra" on Ghostly's 2006 compilation Idol Tryouts 2, Ghostly partnered with Morgan in 2009 for the EP Strathcona Variations. Morgan has periodically partnered with other labels for special projects including 2012's City Hospital on Dublin's Wist Rec (for their Book Report series) and 2011's Coast/Range/Arc on Italy's Glacial Movements. Loscil has toured internationally and played respected festivals and events such as MUTEK, New Forms, Decibel, Substrata, Wordless Music, and more. In addition to his Loscil duties, Morgan has played drums for acclaimed Vancouver indie-rock band Destroyer and has composed several scores for major and independent games and films. Fieldhead is Paul Elam. He produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape-hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analog loops. He is ably assisted by violinist and long-term collaborator Elaine Reynolds (The Boats, The Declining Winter). Formed in Leeds, UK in 2008, Fieldhead released a number of EPs and the critically-acclaimed album They Shook Hands for Hours (Home Assembly Music, 2009) before relocating to Vancouver, BC in 2010. While residing in Canada, Paul busied himself with remixing the likes of Epic45, Conquering Animal Sound and Brave Timbers and recording Fieldhead's second album, A Correction, which was released to wide acclaim on Gizeh Records in late October 2012. The new album builds on the love of melody, brevity and dusty atmosphere to be found in previous releases, but also adds a widescreen expansiveness in keeping with the vastness of the landscape it was created in. Paul returned to the UK to take up residence in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2012.

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 093LP

ZAHIR, AHMAD: Volume 2: Afghan 70s Psychedelic Folk-Pop 2LP (GUESS 093LP) 33.00
2014 restock. Following the success of Guerssen's first Ahmad Zahir release, here's a stronger second chapter: a full double LP set. A new, exciting selection from this Afghani legend's proud discography, with his very own sound blending folk with pop and hits of psychedelia, the Afghan way. This second volume features a surprising marriage of Western music with Afghan melodies, and at the center, the crooning voice of a one-of-a-kind artist that happened to shake his country's musical and cultural foundations forever.

HARBINGER SOUND (UK)

HARB 121LP

SLEAFORD MODS: Divide and Exit LP (HARB 121LP) 23.00
Repressed. Divide and Exit sees Sleaford Mods once again released on the elusive Nottingham-based low-profile Harbinger Sound label. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop," the last 12 months has seen the Sleaford Mods simply knock all their distractors clear out of the way. The mounting hysteria surrounding their 2013 album Austerity Dogs (HARB 106CD/LP) has spread like chlamydia at a teenage house party and saw them topping many "End of Year" lists worldwide. Along with a handful of limited 7" releases on labels as diverse as Matador and X-Mist, plus an extensive European touring program have all helped to solidify their growing reputation as "ones to watch ." The Sleaford Mods duo of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn have also been busy throughout the year working on this follow-up album. Divide and Exit contains 14 new tracks all written over the last 12 months and the result is as immediately in your face as its vicious predecessor. While Fearn's beats and loops will pull you up into the urgency of Sleaford Mods, they also allow you to run the gauntlet from deliberate, clumsy dancefloor swaggers to full-on punk throwabouts with them. Williamson is let free to spit out his litany of bile and anger towards the bloated and tedious. His verbal salvos and side-swipes are often savage and brutal, yet at turns, hilarious, but always spot-on as Sleaford Mods rage and despair as the country sinks deeper into a cesspool of its own idiocy. It's an album that doesn't have the privilege of luxury, indulgence or extravaganza and it will strike a resonant chord with many because it simply refuses to compromise. Many critics have attempted to tag and align the Sleaford Mods with other artists and have done little other than to advertise their own shortcomings and lack of knowledge. If you need a pointer, try and imagine an East Midlands take on Suicide that survived rave culture and looked to the Wu-Tang Clan for the escape hatch. The down-to-earth observations and story-telling of Ian Dury or Patrik Fitzgerald are maybe closer than any other names flung about in desperation. If you wish to tag and place Sleaford Mods, you're only limiting yourself.

HIGH MOON RECORDS

HMR 001CD

LOVE: Black Beauty CD (HMR 001CD) 29.00
Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love is available as a TrueSound Audiophile CD packaged in a hardbound eco-book. The deluxe CD comes with a 64-page photo-filled booklet. Both formats come with bonus tracks featuring explosive live performances, two unreleased Arthur Lee studio cuts and an unearthed Arthur Lee interview from 1974. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records, the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release in any format, anywhere! With unparalleled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased, full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album The New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time." With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing '70s rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting, topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals. ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously-undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.


HMR 001LP

LOVE: Black Beauty LP (HMR 001LP) 31.00
Deluxe 180 gram LP packaged in a tip-on sleeve, comes with a 28-page booklet and download code.


HMR 002CD

CLARK, GENE: Two Sides to Every Story CD (HMR 002CD) 29.00
Two Sides to Every Story, the criminally long out-of-print solo album from Gene Clark, a founding member of The Byrds, is available as a deluxe CD reissue packaged in a hardbound eco-book. Finally available on CD, this remastered version of the 1977 RSO album features absolutely stunning sound. Two Sides to Every Story was voted #3 in the 2010 Uncut feature "Readers 50 Greatest Lost Albums." From the country-rocking "Kansas City Southern," to the to the achingly, melancholy, strings-and-synthesizer-draped "Sister Moon," Two Sides is a masterfully eclectic album that AllMusic proclaims "succeeds on many more levels than more heralded No Other. " Produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye (who also produced Clark's masterpiece No Other), the album features an all-star cast of musical co-conspirators: Emmylou Harris on backing vocals, banjo virtuoso Douglas Dillard, country violin legend Byron Berline, pedal-steel ace Al Perkins, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on guitar. Gene Clark served as The Byrds' chief songwriter in the mid-'60s, penning some of their most essential songs, including "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Eight Miles High" and "You Showed Me." Clark is widely considered to be the pioneer of three musical genres: folk-rock, country-rock, and psychedelic-rock. Gene Clark's inimitable songwriting and singing continue to inspire and influence countless artists, including: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (who recorded TWO of his compositions on their 2010 Grammy-winning Album of the Year, Raising Sand), Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, R.E.M., Tom Petty, Yo La Tengo, the Flamin' Groovies, Teenage Fanclub, and Wilco. Features bonus cuts on an exclusive download card with over 90 minutes of unheard Gene Clark in 24-bit WAV files.


HMR 002LP

CLARK, GENE: Two Sides to Every Story LP (HMR 002LP) 31.00
Deluxe 180 gram LP packaged in a tip-on sleeve, comes with a 16-page booklet and download code

HIGHGRADE (GERMANY)

HIGH 158EP

HOO & IORI WAKASA, BEN: Panta Rhei EP 12" (HIGH 158EP) 12.50
Highgrade Records is coming back to record stores around the world with a strictly limited vinyl edition record from the Londoner Ben Hoo and his Japanese compatriot Iori Wakasa. Ben, well known for his remixes for Fever Ray, Moby, M.A.N.D.Y, Booka Shade and Tiga, has been working together with Iori for two years and will continue the collaboration in future. "Panta Rhei" is a real addition to every record case because of its funky deepness. "No Intrusions" is dedicated more to the house genre, playing ping-pong with the deep groove. "Quench" you could buy sight unseen and still love it.

HISTORY ALWAYS FAVOURS THE WINNERS (UK)

HAFTW 016LP

STRANGER, THE: Bleaklow (Remastered) 2LP (HAFTW 016LP) 25.50
One of the most destitute and absorbing albums in Leyland Kirby's canon is finally given a much-needed vinyl pressing, following on from its initial CD release in 2008. Bleaklow is harrowing from the start, the opening "Something to Do with Death" reverberating dread via layers of unstable, radiant drones punctuated with pained, hi-pitched howls that cut through the mix with violent intent. "Solemn Dedication" adds percussion to the mix and sits somewhere between classic John Carpenter and Nate Young, but it's on "Indefinite Ridge" that things really take a turn towards that eerie, destabilizing sound Kirby can do so well, like a standout BoC vignette pounded by the rattle of industrial machinery malfunctioning in the background; it's at once deeply unsettling and oddly comforting. "A Melody Drags Me Back" recalls the spirit of Kirby's best-known productions as The Caretaker, except in place of those old 78s you get just the vaguest hint of life and color beneath the endless layers of sonic unease. The album ends with "Ominous Sunset," an incredible 6-minute coda that's perhaps best compared to Kirby's Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was set, sounding like Vangelis' score for Bladerunner aged and degraded yet still somehow conveying all its retro-futuristic romance. It's an astonishing ending to one of Kirby's finest albums. Fully remastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy.

HOUNDSTOOTH (UK)

HTH 031CD

SECOND STOREY: Double Divide CD (HTH 031CD) 15.50
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.

IBADAN RECORDS

IRC 124EP

VA: Lady MacBeth Strategy EP 12" (IRC 124EP) 14.00
The Martinez Brothers unleash a searing dub to "Lullaby," a track by The Angry Kids. With exquisite tech house deliverance, TMB show their masterful production skills and unique swing. Toto Chiavetta's classic "Become One" has received a dubbed-out, elegant remodeling from Jerome Sydenham, who stays true to the original's steady, sublime grooves. Sally and Jerome Sydenham's "Lady MacBeth Strategy" is a great example of an unrestrained bass line and erudite acid lines. Tokyo sensation Lo Hype stays right on the cutting edge with fiery underground number, "Something Special," pushing the envelope with their brand of abstract stabs, keys and EFX.

IMPORTANT RECORDS

IMPREC 224CD

ZURICH: Zurich CD (IMPREC 224CD) 14.00
Zurich includes Tony Wilson (Knives Ov Resistance), Neil Halstead (Slowdive/Mojave 3), and Sarah Peacock (Seefeel). All of the recordings were lost until very recently when Touch recording artist Mark Van Hoen found the two tracks on old CD-Rs and cassettes he was given by Wilson. This CD version of the original LP release includes bonus tracks. Zurich began as a 1994 musical partnership between Neil Halstead then of Slowdive and Tony F. Wilson. The two recorded a handful of tracks together at a time when Wilson was co-promoting and DJing at the club/live night Quirky in South London where he booked acts including Pan Sonic, Hafler Trio and Autechre. Halstead was shortly to begin work on Slowdive's final and most experimental album, Pygmalion. Recorded at a time when the popularity of ambient techno was at its peak, these recordings are remarkably austere by comparison. While "A Harsh Truth" displays the Oriental gracefulness of a Sakamoto/Sylvian collaboration, "Tzarist"'s gothic industrialism shares more in common with the early works of Coil. Following the release of Pygmalion and Creation letting go of Slowdive, Halstead would disband Slowdive and abandon sound experimentation to create more song-based material in Mojave 3. Shortly thereafter, Wilson began collaborating with drum & bass producer and engineer Joe Gray on more rhythm-based, yet still atmospheric productions. "Too Scared to Breath" features the voice of Seefeel's Sarah Peacock and sounds not unlike prime Autechre and Aphex. "Militia (Dynamic Warfare)" on the other hand mirrors the post-metal dub of Techno Animal and Scorn.

INTERNASJONAL (NORWAY)

INT 028EP

MARGOT: Prins Thomas Diskomiks Selection 12" (INT 028EP) 14.00
Here's yet another exclusive cooperation between Internasjonal/Full Pupp and Italian friends. This time, Prins Thomas disco mixes a tribute to Margot, Riccione's finest dancefloor electronica project -- the fortuitous result of the coming together of kindred spirits Pepe and Giaga Robot. Prins Thomas presents their career highlights here in a classic physical format.


INT 029EP

ICHISAN: Kristina 12" (INT 029EP) 14.00
Ichisan is Slovenian Igor Skafar, and Igor's trademark sound is heavenly electronic blissed, spaced-out house with a sick amount of grooves layered in. Fab earlier releases on the grand Airtight and Unter the Shade labels tell musical tales of this. "Hoppsa" fascinates with its mesmerizing '80s synth hook while "Kristina" is an unmistakably Philly affair with an edge that means deep depth and a serious build.

INTERNATIONAL FEEL (URUGUAY)

IFEEL 031EP

YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S ADVENTURE SOCIETY/PARADA 88, THE: Adventure Party/You're Gonna Miss Me 12" (IFEEL 031EP) 14.00
International Feel channels the two forces of The Young Gentlemen's Adventure Society and The Parada 88 into one very special 12". Here are two stone-cold killer club records that came out separately in 2011 with super-limited pressings. A rare collector's dream, "Adventure Party" currently goes for silly money on Discogs, and both records in their original incarnations caused a riot amongst disco vinyl junkies. Notably, there was an actual riot in a Japanese store when the 30 limited and hand-pressed copies of Parada 88 went on sale. And it's not surprising, really: "You're Gonna Miss Me" is a proper Italo house-banger of epic proportions.


IFEEL 033EP

FERNANDO: Infinite Ways 12" (IFEEL 033EP) 14.50
The artist known as "Fernando" once washed up on the shores of Uruguay after a freak boating accident off the coast of Carilo, Buenos Aires in 2008. Presumed dead, what in fact happened was a serendipitous encounter between the lucky survivor and a roaming associate of International Feel, who, during a walk along the sands of Punta Del Diablo, found an airtight USB stick clutched inside the hand of a partial amnesiac, dazed and shivering, but with a sly smile stretched across his sun- and sea-worn face. It seems that whatever Fernando was looking for, he had found, and now this EP sees the light of day.

KARLRECORDS (GERMANY)

KR 017LP

ZEITKRATZER/KEIJI HAINO: Live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum LP (KR 017LP) 20.00
LP version of 2014 release Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino. 180 gram pressing, gatefold sleeve, limited to 500, includes download code. On his second release with Zeitkratzer, Keiji Haino concentrates solely on his voice. No electronics are used except for amplification. Nevertheless, this live recording is even more radical than the first one. Radical is the concentration on the very limited but frenetic musical material, worked out in detail, which is rarely heard in the noise context -- enabling Keiji Haino to sit on it, fly over, to merge or just to oppose. Zeitkratzer's amplified instruments, played with extended techniques as developed by the group and its outstanding musicians over more than a decade and Haino's incredible richness in voice timbres and noises complement each other perfectly. It's one of the closest and most natural cooperations Zeitkratzer ever had. Wild and beautiful. Shouting, scratching, screaming, piping, chattering, crying, rumbling, oscillating, roaring, clashing, juttering, tinkling, singing, ... and at the end, it's hilarious, powerful music, pure noise and pure melody. As the Chicago Reader noted: "The supernova finally occurs!" and The Wire agreed: "A real highlight, with Zeitkratzer enfolding Keiji Haino in its grasp like some tentacular kraken of the deep. Haino effectively becomes another member of the group." Rock-a-Rolla cheered: "Forceful and utterly compelling!" Nothing left to say than: listen! Zeitkratzer is directed by Reinhold Friedl: Frank Gratkowski (clarinets); Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn); Hilary Jeffery (trombone); Reinhold Friedl (piano); Marc Weiser (acoustic noises); Maurice de Martin (percussion); Burkhard Schlothauer (violin); Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello); + Keiji Haino (voice); Recorded live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Ruhrtriennale. Recorded & mixed by Martin Wurmnest . Mastered by Rashad Becker.

KATHEXIS

KTX 001LP

DONOSO, RICARDO: A Song for Echo LP (KTX 001LP) 26.50
According to ancient mythology, the woodland nymph Echo was fascinated by the handsome Narcissus, and wished to lure him into marriage. Unable to say anything on her own, her voice could only repeat the last words said, and this act was not enough for the arrogant Narcissus. Heartbroken, Echo fled deep into the forest, her body turning to mountain stone. Her soul is often considered to be the faint reverberation of the wind, still calling out for her lost love. A Song for Echo's central character embarks on a spiritual journey through earth and water, attempting to discover herself and her relationship to the elements before nightfall. Ricardo Donoso's score really heightens the interplay between the attraction and repulsion of the doomed lovers and makes for an all-consuming, disorienting immersion. Rhythmic cadences collapse in on themselves for moments of striking isolation. Subtle melodic flourishes and field recordings are doused in digital textures and dark ominous drones. At once light and playful, the musical suite moves through time slowly, cautiously and in a downward trajectory. It's fitting that the inaugural release on Kathexis mark such a transitional stage in Donoso's discography. From the geometric, inspired post-rave moments of his Digitalis trilogy to the oppressive depths of the Scuba Death project, A Song for Echo shows the composer blurring the lines between what was once compartmentalized and segregated into something clearly becoming a unified whole. An essential piece of the Donoso puzzle and a small glimpse into what's on the horizon. Limited to 300 copies.

KLONDIKE RECORDS (UK)

KL 5009CD

SCOTT-HERON, GIL: Village Gate New York 1976 CD (KL 5009CD) 17.00
New York's WRVR-FM captured a treasured broadcast by Gil Scott-Heron, a highly-revered artist whose work has remained headily influential over many respected hip-hop contemporaries. His appearance alongside Brian Jackson and the Midnight Band at The Village Gate in 1976 has since garnered widespread affection and admiration amongst collectors, fans and critics alike. This landmark appearance was primarily aimed at promoting Arista's imminent release of their 1976 LP It's Your World. This monumental performance is comprised of only six songs in comparison with the 10 of It's Your World, but the energy and spirit of the performance evokes acute political and spiritual awareness, rampaging through global and local injustices with humility and conscience firmly intact. Klondike's retrospective spotlight captures Heron's on-stage persona and energy, exposing an explosive chapter in the life and career of a lyrical legend. Featuring the complete WRVR-FM broadcast, fully re-mastered.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 307EP

VERMONT: The Prins Thomas Versions 12" (KOM 307EP) 14.00
Vermont's eponymous full-length debut introduced the public to an astonishingly different musical side of the project's founders Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow (of Motor City Drum Ensemble fame). With these Prins Thomas versions, another revered hero of contemporary dancefloors enters the stage, with three brilliant reworks that emphasize the rhythmic elements of original cuts "Dynamik," "Elektron," and "Macchina" without betraying their laid-back vibe. He does so by turning to airier variants of classic dance music styles -- techno, house, even a hint of dub reggae, for good measure -- and let them do the legwork.

LES POINTS (FRANCE)

LESPOINTS 004EP

LES POINTS: The Holy Mountain EP 12" (LESPOINTS 004EP) 14.00
It is benevolent repetition which frees us from the clutches of dullness. Ownership: A human misery. The Aeon of Horus explores the certainty of becoming God or to merge with Him, thought the fool's dog. The Rosy Cross -- the body is symbolized by the cross. The ego follows thee, it will not lead thee, but kill thou shalt it not also. Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI, to want, dare, can, keep quiet, obey. To become, thou shalt be at the same time nothing and yet anything. Includes a remix by Rozzo.

LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON (GERMANY)

PLAYRJC 033EP

PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: Major Fun 10" (PLAYRJC 033EP) 15.50
"Dear Programmers, Ramona is proud to present a 10" vinyl-only release by Massimiliano Pagliara. In connection to his album With One Another, Massimiliano dedicated this single to two friends he lost in the last year -- Joshi and Lucky. May the rest in peace. Love, Ramona"

M-PLANT

MPM 023EP

HOOD, ROBERT: Protein Valve EP 12" (MPM 023EP) 12.50
Another Robert Hood classic from the vaults, but with a twist: an exclusive track not featured on the original release of Protein Valve: "Analog Track (Ghost)." All tracks have been remastered to bring them up to today's standard.

MACRO RECORDINGS (GERMANY)

MACROM 040LP

GOLDMANN, STEFAN: Industry LP (MACROM 040LP) 26.50
LP version. Industry sheds all personalized effort and tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of three obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). Industry doesn't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now-obsolete synthesizers -- industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures -- and mildly demonic connotations. From smooth to kicking -- a conveyor belt enjoying mood swings. As beautiful as the scheduled meeting of a PVC sheet and a thermoform mold on a workbench. 0% sound design. What? -> Presets are pre-programmed settings of a device such as a synthesizer or an effects unit: factory stock sounds, equivalent to stock photography or preset styles and filters in apps like Instagram. Audio presets provide a library of "typical" and supposedly desirable sounds -- thus enabling a consumer to bypass individual programming and get quick and easily repeatable results. Every modern instrument or software comes with presets -- and people use them heavily.

MB ELEKTRONICS (BELGIUM)

MBEV 001EP

VA: Various Elektronics Part 1 12" (MBEV 001EP) 12.50
Various Elektronics is the new vinyl project by Marco Bailey's imprint, MB Elektronics, which will be collecting the very best techno gems of the latest digital releases and offering them a vinylistic life. On the first episode they showcase four massive weapons by Tom Hades, Mattew Jay, Filterheadz and Dema, which have been rocking the dancefloors and show no will to stop.

MBR LIMITED RECORDINGS (BELGIUM)

MBRLTD 002EP

BAILEY, MARCO: Hail/Blizzard 12" (MBRLTD 002EP) 12.50
Marco Bailey is back on MBR Limited with another challenging release. Featuring two original mind-blowing slammers, titled "Hail" & "Blizzard" and a remix by the blackest techno ambassador, Black Asteroid. Tons of groove and darkness makes this release another trademark record for 2014 which will lead the crowds to a dancing delirium. These three gems are all must-haves for each pure techno fan. Not to be missed.

MEANDYOU (UK)

MEANDYOU 002EP

VA: Common EP 12" (MEANDYOU 002EP) 16.00
"Bells Jam is stand-and-deliver improvisation, alive and rocking, with minimal editing; Split Guest is dense, multi-faceted, hypnotic music by Matthew Mullane, from Princeton, NJ, and Spectrum Spools; label co-founder Sam Lewis aka Herron returns with the time-shifting rhythmic complexity of 33 Weeks; Nick Lapien from Sequencias and Field Records makes a long ascent as Metropolis."

MISTRY (UK)

MISTY 002EP

WEBSTARR: Aegrus/Clocked 12" (MISTY 002EP) 16.50
Mistry presents Hull-based producer Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of "Aegrus" backed with a new Chevel remix. The title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalized, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno -- all bashy kicks and depth-charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. On the B-side Chevel trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the remix, before Webstarr further embraces the dark side with killer techno pads and devilish reverse drum edits compatible with heavy tribal house or minimalist techno floors on "Clocked."

MO'S FERRY (GERMANY)

MFP 073EP

VANO, PATRICK: Gravity Drive EP 12" (MFP 073EP) 12.50
This is Patrick Vano's third release on Mo's Ferry. The new EP is about anti-gravitation. Vano tries to bring this topic to the dancefloor with minimalistic means. "Gravity Drive" reveals his keen sense for timing and balance of warm, roaring beats, ravy hook lines and blockbuster vocal snippets. "Sick Bastard" locks the listener in a time loop. A beat dry as a bone and a constantly repeating melody -- rough and reduced to the max. "Hopeless" has spheric, almost psychedelic elements, thematically referring to the trance genre.

MOBILEE (GERMANY)

MOBILEE 136EP

DJOKO, WILLIAM KOUAM: Satisfied 12" (MOBILEE 136EP) 12.50
Mobilee Records is thrilled to welcome William Kouam Djoko on board. A two-sider jam packed with enough groove for a proper shakedown, the A1 highlights "Satisfied" while the B-side brings it home with "Like the Sun You See the Sound" and "Mold Trip." The summer of 2014 has proven a strong bond between Mobilee and Djoko as he played for the label's showcase at Sónar and appeared as a special guest during the Mobilee pool Ibiza party series.

MORR MUSIC (GERMANY)

MORR 131CD

FUTURE 3: With and Without CD (MORR 131CD) 15.50
The seminal electro trio from Copenhagen, comprised of Anders Remmer (aka Dub Tractor), Thomas Knak (aka Opiate), and Jesper Skaaning (aka Acustic), is about to return with its first new album in 13 years -- the aptly-titled With and Without. Future 3's album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions both nods to the trio's '90s roots but also takes in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realms: The "With" part refers to a series of song-based pieces Remmer, Skaaning, and Knak recorded with album guests Thomas Meluch (better known as Benoît Pioulard) and Anja T. Lahrmann (Ice Cream Cathedral); "Without," in turn, points to the other half of the album, comprised of instrumental, ambient-sounding pieces written and recorded without guest contributions. Following the album opener "Mmn" with its vocals that seem to loom and soon disappear in a sea of likewise ebbing and floating electronica, "Revenant" sets the tone for the album: At first hesitant yet announcing Future 3's return -- "oh, coming back," indeed --, the track builds up steadily, almost secretly, to a climax that sounds misty, wistful, and reassuring at once. In the case of "Signature," it's Anja T. Lahrmann's vocal contribution over a flickering landscape of gentle synthscapes that lures the listener in, like a chant projected on the insides of a surreal church hologram. Ranging from shape-shifting and sweet-voiced electro pop nuggets to majestic, ambient snippets, from playfully pounding instrumental tracks to crisp beat wizardry, With and Without combines instrumental and vocal tracks, proper song structures and rather loose, open-form soundscapes, marking a cinematic and sonically diverse return.


MORR 131LP

FUTURE 3: With and Without LP (MORR 131LP) 18.00
LP version with "roughside-out cover" and download card.

MULTI CULTI (CANADA)

MC 009EP

DREEMS: Mirages (Michael Mayer + Valentin Stip Remix) 12" (MC 009EP) 12.50
Multi Culti imagineer Dreems reworked by Michael Mayer and Valentin Stip. Mirages presents two epic revisions of one of the most compelling and memorable songs from the forthcoming debut LP from Dreems. Valentin Stip's remix features cosmic, intricate textures that wave around bamboo flute solos before stomping rhythm tracks ride in. Michael Mayer goes a bit less organic and a bit more manic with a fierce, loopy and extremely psychedelic journey into the heart of darkness and back into the light. Dreems also presents a vinyl edit of another album track, "Rainy Day." Drug-takers -- approach this record with caution.

MUSIC MAN (BELGIUM)

MM 041CD

BRODINSKI: I Love Techno 2014 CD (MM 041CD) 17.00
Taking place on the 8th of November, 2014's I Love Techno is held at the Flanders Expo in Ghent and as ever, is expected to attract some 35,000 people across five rooms, making it Europe's leading indoor dance event. Brodinski is one of the headliners this year, next to, amongst others, Dave Clarke, Tiga, Jeff Mills, Boys Noize, Jamie Jones, Erol Alkan, Underworld, and many more. Brodinski is a DJ and producer from France. He has released EPs on Bromance, Relief & Turbo, and is currently working on his debut album. Brodinski has had the honor to remix big names such as Spank Rock, Sebastien Tellier, Laurent Garnier, Skrillex and Justice, just to name a few. He also recently co-produced, alongside Gesaffelstein, two tracks on Kanye West's album, Yeezus. Music Man is very proud to present you his new mix CD I Love Techno 2014. Artists include: Joe, Randomer, Appleblim & Peverelist, Acid Arab, Jimmy Edgar, Marcelus, Jon Convex, Planetary Assault Systems, Marquis Hawkes, Woo York, Robert Hood, Claro Intelecto, Alden Tyrell, J. Tijn, Bobmo, Djedjotronic, MXM, Tinfoil, joeFarr, Ateph Elidja, Maelstrom, Brendon Moeller, Adam Beyer, Zadig, and Speedy J & George Issakidis.


MM 173EP

DEETRON (FEAT. SETH TROXLER): Love Song 12" (MM 173EP) 12.50
Deetron's second album Music Over Matter (MM 040CD/LP), found Deetron in a unique, transitional phase. The vocal element of his music coming to the fore, with his second album he proves that there is no substitute for substance and skill, putting music firmly back in the frame is the message. For the new single "Love Song," Deetron calls on the vocal talents of oddball techno superstar Seth Troxler. Steve Bug brings his Traffic Signs alias back to life for the remix, and adds an instrumental version, too. Without a doubt, an irresistible package for any DJ.

MYTH MUSIC (GERMANY)

MYTH 001EP

LANDO: I Can See It in You EP 12" (MYTH 001EP) 14.00
Myth Music is a new label formed by Lando (formerly Lando Kal, real name Antaeus Lando Roy) and Baron Castle (Aaron Castle), who also helps run Boiler Room Berlin and Hotflush Recordings. The debut Myth release from Lando highlights his shift towards the Detroit side of techno. The title-track bounces along to a demanding tension. "Altered Maze" seems to contrast that as a rolling, deeper number, but without losing the funk that Lando's sets are famous for. "Purple Home" features Lando's signature work on the 909, along with a remix from the Dutch duo Will & Ink, who turn it into a big room peak-time stomper.

NEOS (GERMANY)

NEOS 11402CD

MEIERHANS, MELA: phase1_soloduotrio CD (NEOS 11402CD) 15.50
phase1_soloduotrio juxtaposes five works of the first creative phases of the Swiss composer Mela Meierhans -- 1989 to 2000. "Enigma" for voice, percussion and prepared piano (1999): "Enigma" is an important example of the use of melody and line -- parameters that the composer has been using on a very reduced basis since 1999. The composition of "Enigma" took place during a time in which Mela Meierhans was intensively occupied with the oeuvre of the Austrian author Ingeborg Bachmann. "Triton" for piano solo (1989/90): This six-movement work is dedicated to the pianist Laura Gallati, who performed at the world premiere in 1990. "Triton" is the first contemporary work by Mela Meierhans. "A-a" for voice and percussion (2000): This five-movement work references a poem by Ingeborg Bachmann that is, however, never enunciated. With "A-a," Mela Meierhans entered a new creative phase. In the composer's oeuvre, it marks the transition from melody and development to the fragment and to network structure, from vocal sound to noise. "Orpheus" for solo voice (1999): "Orpheus," based on the poem "Dunkles zu sagen" (trans. "To Say Something Dark") by Ingeborg Bachmann, is a piece for medium voice and opened grand piano. The work is, before the chamber ensemble/electronics version of "Enigma," the first in a series of "songs of mourning." "Cordes Ouvertes II" for violin solo (1995/96); electronically adapted version 1999. This work is an homage to the composer's childhood. It lends compositional expression, on the one hand, to the memory of her first, still-awkward violin-playing at the age of three, and, on the other hand, to the wide world of the -- especially contemporary -- music of her father, the violinist, violist and performer Kurt Meyerhans. The rehearsals at home of the Amos Trio, founded by her father, as well as tape collages, have left their imprint on all of Mela Meierhans' oeuvre. This work is a very personal homage to her father. Performed by Laura Gallati (piano); Fritz Hauser (percussion); Tomek Kolczynski (electronics); Leslie Leon (voice); Lenka Zupkova (violin).

OPTICAL SUBSTANCE PRODUCTIONS (NORWAY)

OSP 003CD

HUSEBO, KJETIL: Sources CD (OSP 003CD) 17.00
Pianist and live electronics engineer Kjetil Husebø presents his solo album Sources, where he further develops his concept and expression of previous album Contradictions (2012). All About Jazz wrote the following about Contradictions: "... the success of this album is based on the cumulative effect of his disarming, innocent and highly melodic ambiance, wooden lingers long after the album has finished. An intriguing musical journey." Kjetil has also released two albums under the name Optical Substance (Adaptation in 2010 and Sub Luna in 2005), where the music was composed, programmed, produced and performed with numerous guest musicians. The solo project, however, is improvised and focuses mainly on the grand piano. He explores his personal, melodic, rhythmic, abstract, playful, flowing, sound-based, drone-like and contemplative musical universe with the Steinway grand piano and live sampling/electronics. In six out of a total of ten tracks he connects the different organic sounds of the grand piano with live sampling/electronics. The title Sources refers to both the piano as an instrument and the piano sound as a source for live sampling, not to mention numerous sources that have influenced Husebø's musical expression. The music straddles the border between jazz, classical, contemporary, ambient and electronica. The album was recorded live in the studio -- i.e. without overdubbing, in Audiopol Studio/Ibsenhuset in Skien with Audun Kleive as sound engineer. Husebø also mixed the album in his own studio in Oslo. The album was mastered by Helge Sten at Audio Virus Lab in Oslo.

OTHER PEOPLE

OP 020EP

A.A.L. (AGAINST ALL LOGIC): You Are the One 12" (OP 020EP) 14.00
First edit on Nicolas Jaar's Other People label. A very modern and dancefloor take on footwork/disco. Limited edition and one-sided.

OVUM

OVM 245EP

MOSS, PETE: Tried to Tell You 12" (OVM 245EP) 14.00
An early staple on the Ovum roster, Pete Moss released six EPs from 1999-2003. Pete has delivered here a hands-in-the-air summer anthem. Always a master of working a vocal sample, the infectious hook will stick in your head and drive any dancefloor crazy. The track ebbs and flows, building to a perfect climax. On the B-side the legendary Karizma remixes, taking a different twist on the track, but bringing in that classic Baltimore funk. Things get a little grittier with chunkier beats, beefier bass and a funked-up keyboard line. Two diverse mixes that should find their way into a diverse mix of DJ's playlists.


OVM 247EP

TUCCILLO: Lunes EP 12" (OVM 247EP) 14.00
Tuccillo's debut on Ovum displays his incredible diversity. On the title-track Tuccillo delivers snappy NY house beats around proper techno rhythms and a haunting vocal. For "Take My Joy," the approach is pure funked-out goodness. You can once again feel the influence of NY house, but with a tech twist. Infectious grooves along with perfectly-placed vocal samples make for a track that will have the dancefloor rolling. "Triphouse" is a hypnotic journey and the haunting vocal and modulating stabs make for an absolute monster of a track.

PARADISE BANGKOK (THAILAND)

PB 006EP

BANDON, DAO: Lae Pattana Baan Meuang/Noo Yaak Dang 7" (PB 006EP) 16.00
Limited 7" in stitched, silk screened sleeves from this Zudrangma Records offshoot label, run by Maft Sai and Chris Menist.


PB 007EP

SINGSIRI, ONUMA: Lam Plearn Maeng Tub Tao 7" (PB 007EP) 16.00
Limited 7" in stitched, silk screened sleeves from this Zudrangma Records offshoot label, run by Maft Sai and Chris Menist.

PARTICLES (UK)

PART 4045CD

VA: Mixed Up Minds Part Nine: Obscure Rock & Pop from the British Isles 1969-1975 CD (PART 4045CD) 17.00
Part Nine of Particles' intrepid exploration into the abyss of obscure British rock and pop follows a darker path. Fuzz guitars, flutes, tablas and wah-wah pedals are the primary weapons applied by a host of bands that signify the changing times and the aftermath of the psychedelic dream. Prepare to encounter the evocative underbelly of 1970s British rock. Includes a 16-page booklet with rare color photographs and comprehensive liner notes. Artists include: Big Jump Band, Charlie, Atlantis, Neil Harrison, Tangerine Peel, Gringo, Offspring, Quartet, Tapestry, Chris Garrett, Charlie, Dave Rossiter And Friends, Trane, Star, Victoria And Annette Brox, Piccadilly Circus, Pluto, and The Monks.


PART 4049CD

VA: Upside Down: Coloured Dreams from the Underworld: Volume Two 1966-1971 CD (PART 4049CD) 17.00
A lysergic pop extravaganza featuring original artifacts from the psychedelic age with 20 flower power wonders from way Down Under circa 1966-1971! From the luminous void that wields such pleasures as Simon And De Sade and Magic to other lysergic pop platters with menacing feats of apocalyptic punch courtesy of Gene Pierson, Medicine Mike, The Gremlins and The Brigade, Upside Down Volume Two delivers 20 long-forgotten relics from Australasia with a potent collection of psychedelic misadventure. Includes a 12-page color booklet with comprehensive liner notes and rare color photographs. Other artists include: The Allusions, The Motion, Simple Image, The Groop, Harry Young And Sabbath, Dick Roberts And The Troubled Minds, Marty Rhone, Somebody's Image, The In-Betweens, and Motivation.

PETS RECORDINGS (POLAND)

PETS 045EP

BEESMUNT SOUNDSYSTEM: Body Shape 12" (PETS 045EP) 12.50
Beesmunt Soundsystem is swiftly becoming a Dutch institution. David van der Leeuw and Luigi Vittorio Jansen now present three immutable examples of pristine production dynamics for Pets Recordings. "Body Shape" speaks with a universal techno tongue; industrial-strength beats plough and plunder with clanks and bangs while a dominant detuned synth hammers home an insistent riff. "Amsterdam 808" pays homage to their home city's techno legacy and develops these dark motifs further. Sitting happily between Underground Resistance and Jam & Spoon, "Sugar Square" taps into the deepest roots of slinky, emotive electronica.

PINGIPUNG (GERMANY)

PING 042CD

SCHLAMMPEITZIGER: What's Fruit? CD (PING 042CD) 17.00
With his new album What's Fruit, Schlammpeitziger touches the dancefloor more than ever before in his 22-year long career. Yet his dancefloor is a playful one. The Cologne-based composer's sounds electrify with their multi-layered melodic structures. He weaves countless details to perfection into a high-density of musical activity, always focusing on the slow, driving beats which hold everything together. Each of the eight tracks represents shades of the unique humor we love about Schlammpeitziger: the tricky question about what are those things we call fruit, or his mantric German lyrics on "Schneid ein Stuck aus der Zeit" are charming messages which never fail to be heard in the guise of those lovely synth hooks. This new Schlammpeitziger disco has its source in a situation which does not quite promise relaxed creativity: in the past year Schlammpeitziger's studio in Cologne has been surrounded by construction-work. Locked up in his private space between massive hums, squealing saws, and pulsating jackhammers, he delivers this relaxed album. It comes across with the freshness of a debut work. Contrary to his previous records, which had been mostly made with analog synths, this album was produced with iPad synths 90% of the time, before taking the mixes to Stefan Mohr's (ex-member of the band Workshop) mixing console.

PLASTIC-WORLD (AUSTRALIA)

PWRLD 004EP

GL: Love Hexagon 12" (PWRLD 004EP) 14.00
GL are Melbourne's cosmic-funk revivalists and the soundtrack to eternal leisure. Cruising on glowing synths, gritty drum-machines, and stratospheric vocals, GL's music is a cosmic dream-sequence not unlike a lost reel from the mid-'80s. The duo's debut EP Love Hexagon introduces their pulsating sound with lead singles "Won't You See" and "What Happened to Us" plus remix treatment from Detroit's house don Terrence Parker. It's a salacious introduction to GL's romantic hedonism, and just a taste of what's expected in the future. Experience the sound of cruise control, dive bars, strobe lights and tape decks with GL.

POWER PLANT RECORDS (GERMANY)

PPR 005EP

RYOM, JESPER: Aviator EP 12" (PPR 005EP) 14.00
This November will see the release of Jesper Ryom's Aviator EP on La Fleur's Power Plant Records, backed with a remix from the label boss herself. Here we see Ryom showcasing his signature melodic, groovy, and heartfelt style. On the latter half of the release La Fleur crafts a dreamy reshape fuelled by chiming melodies, rugged rhythms, and infectious sub tones.

RINSE (UK)

RINSE 20001EP

KATY B: Katy on a Mission 12" (RINSE 20001EP) 12.50
Rinse FM is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a busy schedule of parties, special broadcasts and events. As genres, artists and scenes evolve and fragment, so Rinse remains locked to the pulse of the underground. Inspiring and nurturing people to create the music that they want to hear, the results speak for themselves. To mark this anniversary Rinse has pressed a limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. The first 12" is from Katy B, featuring versions of the title track off of her 2011 album On a Mission. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20002EP

KATY B/SKREAM/HEADHUNTER: Remixes 12" (RINSE 20002EP) 12.50
The second edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" contains remixes of Katy B's "Broken Record" (by Jacques Greene) and "What Love is Made Of" (by MK), Skream's "Rollercoaster" (by Jimmy Edgar) and Headhunter's "Prototype" (by Modeselektor). Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20003EP

ZINC: Show Me 12" (RINSE 20003EP) 12.50
The third edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" contains two remixes of the title-track (by Sigma and Calibre, respectively). Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20004EP

SKREAM/BENGA & COKI: Midnight Request Line/Night 12" (RINSE 20004EP) 12.50
The fourth edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. A-side has a cut by Skream. The flip-side features Benga & Coki. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20005EP

ROUTE 94: My Love 12" (RINSE 20005EP) 12.50
The fifth edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" features "My Love" by Route 94, and a remix by Low Steppa. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20006EP

ZINC: ?ugeez or Not/138 Trek 12" (RINSE 20006EP) 12.50
The sixth edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" features two tracks from Zinc. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20007EP

P MONEY: Mad 12" (RINSE 20007EP) 12.50
The seventh edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" features tracks from P Money. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20008EP

WONDER: What-Wizzbit 12" (RINSE 20008EP) 12.50
The eighth edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" features tracks from Wonder. Limited edition of 300 copies.


RINSE 20009EP

JAMMIN: Kinda Funky/Go DJ 12" (RINSE 20009EP) 12.50
The ninth edition in Rinse's limited edition set of nine 12"s showcasing some of the all-time classic Rinse and Tempa associated tracks, now available in special anniversary house bags. This 12" features tracks from Jammin from 2001. Limited edition of 300 copies.

RITUAL PRODUCTIONS (UK)

RITE 024LP

BONG: Stoner Rock 2LP (RITE 024LP) 55.00
Gatefold double LP version. Ultimate drone-lords Bong have summoned the tones of the elder gods with their epic new genre-defining album, Stoner Rock, their fourth full-length release on Ritual Productions. Recorded at Blank Studio, Newcastle, the album "is a tongue-in-cheek dig at our usual classification as 'stoner rock' and what the term has come to represent. The idea is to create our own definition of 'stoner rock' by creating an album so utterly stoned and repetitive to be a million miles away from the usual definition. Those who know Bong already will get both the humor and the philosophical redefinition... those who don't know us will either get it when they listen or will never understand Bong at all." Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, sonically speaking, Stoner Rock ventures further into the abyss, gravitating toward an endless void, and with the magnitude of their ritualistic, mesmeric drones, we have no choice but to follow. Featuring artwork by Zdzislaw Beksinski.

ROTARY COCKTAIL (GERMANY)

RC 042EP

ANALOG ROLAND ORCHESTRA, THE: Patterns 5/6 12" (RC 042EP) 12.50
Next pattern by The Analog Roland Orchestra. A homage to his heroes and the feeling they left since 1995. Both analog "one take live jams" consist of a rough SH-101 bass line accompanied by its beloved fellows 808 & 909 and Juno-6. Live, analog, raw and distorted to punk the floor.

RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)

RCD 2162CD

SUPERSILENT: 12 CD (RCD 2162CD) 17.00
Rune Grammofon are delighted to welcome back the mighty Supersilent with a brand-new record, their first in four years. Recorded during three different sessions back in 2011, Supersilent 12 is produced by Deathprod from hours of recordings at his own Audio Virus LAB, Athletic Sound in Halden and the Emanuel Vigeland Museum, known for its 20-second natural reverb. Since the very beginning, Supersilent have always moved forward with the greatest integrity. Supersilent music is collective work, total group improvising, and not a matter of individual grandstanding. They never rehearse as a group and don't discuss the music with each other, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Every recording and every concert is a unique occasion, not to be repeated, and their music lives in a no-man's-land between the genres, somewhere between avant-garde free-jazz, rock, electronica and modern composition. It can sometimes appear to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepathic level. Supersilent 12 brings further evidence to the above. Known as being heavy on electronics, this time they have moved further towards the avant-garde territory populated by Deathprod and current Arve Henriksen releases Chron and Cosmic Creation. It features some of their darkest and most eerie soundscapes, but there's still room for Henriksen's lyrical trumpet. Supersilent was formed in Oslo in 1997 after producer, musician and sound artist Helge Sten approached improvising trio Veslefrekk with the idea of forming a new quartet. The first time they played together, without prior rehearsals, was at Bergen Jazz Festival the same year. Their first album, the triple set 1-3 (RCD 2001CD) was released in late '97, also being the first release on Rune Grammofon. Drummer Jarle Vespestad left the group in 2008 without being replaced. Ståle Storløkken is a member of Humcrush, Elephant9, BOL, Reflections In Cosmo and Terje Rypdal's Skywards trio and a couple of other projects. Arve Henriksen has released eight solo albums, seven of them on Rune Grammofon, and he has recorded with David Sylvian, Trygve Seim, Jon Balke, Christian Wallumrød and many others. Helge Sten aka Deathprod was a former member of rock group Motorpsycho and is now a permanent member in Susanna's trio. As Deathprod he has released three albums as well as a retrospective 4CD box set. He is a producer on the various independent scenes in Norway, with credits including Jaga Jazzist, Nils Petter Molvaer, Motorpsycho, The White Birch, Susanna, Jenny Hval, and several others. Helge Sten (audio virus, electronics); Ståle Storløkken (keyboards, electronics); Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics).

RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)

RB 421EP

OSBORN, TODD: Put Your Weight On It 12" (RB 421EP) 14.00
Todd Osborn ftw again. This time with music to go with the beats: acid, house, IDM and lots of fun. Starts with two mixes of "Put Your Weight On It" -- one for lazy DJs from Frankfurt and a shorter one for hard-working Windy City selectors -- in any case, heavy stuff. Flip features the softer side of the Michigan maestro with the downtempo love poem "Medium" and the contemplative "Markert." Todd is g(o)od.

SENSO SOUNDS (GERMANY)

SENSO 005CD

HUNTEMANN, OLIVER: PLAY! 05 [Live] Vienna 2CD (SENSO 005CD) 17.00
Two CDs for the price of one. Oliver Huntemann's beloved globetrotting mix series PLAY! is set to touch down once again for its highly-anticipated fifth edition on Huntemann's new label Senso Sounds. Having journeyed through four of the world's best nightclubs on four continents, PLAY! 05 is the most recent glimpse into Huntemann's DJ mindset: the tracks he's playing, the stories he's telling, the journey he is undertaking, and the ever-important relationship he has with the dancefloor. With four artist albums, about 10 mix albums and countless EPs and remixes under his belt, Oliver Huntemann is one of the leading figures in the techno and tech-house circuit since the late '90s and admired for his unique style and his fascinating DJ sets. The PLAY! series has provided Oliver Huntemann a unique platform -- allowing him to showcase the tight, nuanced techno and tech-house that he's pioneered over the last two decades. The series began in Brazil in 2007, and has followed the highly-effective format of live recording Oliver performing at some of the most iconic clubs in the greatest cities of the world. Having already taken in D-Edge (São Paulo), Rex Club (Paris), Cielo (New York) and Roxanne Parlour (Melbourne) -- Oliver delivers PLAY! 05 from Grelle Forelle in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Grelle Forelle has established itself as one of the top clubs in Europe over the last three years, and provides the perfect environment for Oliver's modern musical journey. PLAY! 05 reveals an artist at the height of his powers, continuing to rock dancefloors and home listeners alike through his innate ability to create tightly-constructed, perfectly balanced sets. PLAY! 05 presents no less than 14 tracks that have been exclusively produced for this album by Jacob Phono & Jens Bond, dubspeeka, Matt Sassari, Florian Gasperini, Rob Hes, André Winter, Dema & Alex Mine, Andreas Henneberg, BE/LA, Mark Deutsche & Musoe, CJ Hartmann, Siles & Aboga, André Winter & Hatzler, and Oliver Huntemann himself. Other artists include: Josh Wink, Harry Romero, Djuma Soundsystem vs. Shades Of Gray, Hallo Halo, &ME, Renato Ratier, Cesare vs. Disorder, Kasbah Zoo & Oniwax, Mark Henning, Jules & Moss, Nolan & Idris Elba, Faded Ranger, Silky Raven, Oliver Huntemann & Dubfire, Carl Craig, Radio Slave, Sinisa Tamamovic, and Sian.

SHOCK (UK)

SX 038EP

SHOCK: EP3 12" (SX 038EP) 17.00
A mere five months after the first lacquers were cut, the latest and presumably last in the Shock 12" EP series arrives. This particular episode features simultaneously the most mentally unbalanced and "commercial" (within certain parameters?) Shock music yet. "Cycle of Aberration" is just that, nine minutes of pulsing, crackling & clicking overlaid with a demented synth attack dissolving into clouds of distorted hiss. "Distinguished Invalids" is a massive pop tune created solely to appeal to "the kids" and "the dance floor" -- 14 minutes of pounding rhythm, heavenly voices, and massive, sub-bass organ blasts. Edition of 300.

SKY WALKING (GERMANY)

SKYWALK 001CD

SKY WALKING: Sky Walking CD (SKYWALK 001CD) 17.00
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.

SOLKYSS (SWEDEN)

SOLKYSS 002EP

PARESSE: Grand Fall (Locked Groove Remix) 12" (SOLKYSS 002EP) 14.00
Solkyss proudly presents the debut EP from Paresse -- master of cinematic disco & Balearic slowness. The Grand Fall EP is a dreamy, melancholic journey with three slow-burners that will stay in hearts (and bags) for a long time. Paresse is the alias of Stockholm-based producer Ivan Berggren. The title-track comes with a remix by Locked Groove, who has transformed the track into a 10-minute long hypnotic open-air banger. Perfect for those early mornings -- it's been tested and it works. Vinyl only. 300 copies.

SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)

SOMM 016CD

HAVENSTREET: The End of the Line/Perspectives 2CD (SOMM 016CD) 23.50
The genesis of Havenstreet goes back to 1969, when Phil Ridgway and Jeff Vinter played in The Gas, an experimental psychedelic band heavily influenced by Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The two friends started to write songs their own songs, ending up as a folk duo. With the offer to record some of their material at a friend's studio, they recruited more musical friends, so Havenstreet was born. The influences had expanded now to bands and artists such as Peter Hammill, Strawbs, Traffic, Procol Harum, Stackridge, Keith Tippett, Bert Jansch, etc. In the early-mid '70s they recorded a couple of albums which circulated as private cassettes among friends and relatives. In 1977, Havenstreet released The End of the Line, a self-released album in a private edition of 250 copies. It was a collection of very English songs with evocative, literate lyrics and a stunning progressive folk-rock sound. It featured one of the earliest known tributes to Syd Barrett on the song "When the Madcap Meets the World." This expanded double set reissue of Havenstreet's sought-after album includes: the original The End of the Line album from 1977, a new album called Perspectives, which presents the best tracks from the privately-pressed cassettes The Autumn Wind (1974) and Transition (1976), plus rehearsal recordings for The End of the Line (1975/1976) and previously-unreleased recordings for the group's projected fourth album (1979), which was never completed. These amazing tracks range from electric acid-folk to Barrett-esque psych-pop, pastoral folk and Caravan-styled prog-rock. Includes a 16-page LP-sized booklet with photos and detailed liner notes. Remastered from the original master tapes.

STAALPLAAT (GERMANY)

MUSLIM 004CD

MUSLIMGAUZE: Return of Black September CD (MUSLIM 004CD) 17.00
2004 release. The excellent Black September, a continuous, five-part, 68-minute epic, is as formidably competent as ever, although more for the brooding, surreal nature of its soundworld than for its grooves, which here sound almost subsidiary. The soul samples and restlessly evolving minor-chord kaleidoscopes that unfold throughout the work is prima facie evidence of a musician on a roll. Boldly named after one of the most notorious Palestinian terrorist organizations, the group which carried out the Israeli Olympic athlete massacre in 1972, September matches its dark black artwork and design with equally doom-laden music (mastered as one track, despite the five separate song titles listed on the back). The title-track relies on a slightly more gentle ominousness, with soft string-plucking reverberating around the beat, but things start to pick up accordingly with the more aggressive, sharp-edged electronics shading into a tense blend of percussion and energy on "Libya"; after shading away into a more minimal midsection, the track returns at a nervous, quick pace, with drums and drum pads firing off echoes into the mix as drones snake in and out of the song. One particularly gripping section has shards of noise firing off in all directions before settling back into the frazzled energy of the central beat, feeling like a soundtrack to a particularly good chase scene in a movie. "Thuggee" and its accompanying remix keep the unsettled edge up, with sudden drum and electronic pulse intrusions erupting over the main flow of the songs. It's interesting to hear how Bryn Jones' love of dub applies itself in even more creative and different ways than from his productions of some years before, exchanging the slow pace for a fast one and applying Krautrock drone principles. A nicely stretched-out, creepy remix of Gun Aramaic's "Opiate and Mullah" wraps up this fine effort.


MUSLIM 012CD

MUSLIMGAUZE: Zuriff Moussa CD (MUSLIM 012CD) 17.00
2004 release. Instead of the drones and mostly beatless atmospheres of many previous Muslimgauze recordings, Zuriff Moussa presents quite a danceable switch for Bryn Jones. Dedicated to a Palestinian martyr, the album sounds like a cleaner version of Techno Animal, with Eastern influences instead of dub. "Turkquoize Label" and "Brazil Marijuana" are surprisingly infectious, with distorted breakbeats and the patented Muslimgauze phased-channel drone. There are 24 tracks spread across more than an hour, so there isn't a large amount of time for each track, though several are presented in suites, like "Anti Arab America." For messed-up beat fans who are able to find it, Zuriff Moussa is close to a crucial purchase.


STCD 140CD

MUSLIMGAUZE: Speaking With Hamas CD (STCD 140CD) 17.00
2002 release. This is the third in Staalplaat's bi-annual series of "Best of limited edition Muslimgauze." These CDs are intended for those who think that Muslimgauze was an over-productive unit, but think that they should still keep up with some of what Muslimgauze was doing. So after a couple of limited editions only, Staalplaat released a best-of. Speaking With Hamas was compiled by Bryn Jones himself early 1997 and he thought it would be nice to include a new, previously-unreleased track. In his words: "It's for people who don't deserve it."

STEP RECORDINGS (POLAND)

STEP 003EP

KRONERT, ANDRE: Stamina EP 12" (STEP 003EP) 14.00
Spell PETS backwards to get STEP. Spell STEP forwards to find PETS going back to basics. STEP is the new concept vinyl-only label from the founder of PETS, Catz 'N Dogz, that highlights the rawest forms and root functions of quality club music. STEP finds the fundamental groove with under-the-radar house and techno that is isn't afraid to be rough around the edges. STEP is limited promo, zero hype, and all about the music. Each new STEP will be released every four months on vinyl only.

STERNS AFRICA (UK)

STCD 1124CD

KANTE, DJESSOU MORY: River Strings CD (STCD 1124CD) 16.50
For many hundreds of years, the Maninka people of Guinea and Mali have promulgated one of the world's great stringed-instrument traditions. Indigenous harps and lutes have always predominated in this music, but around 50 years ago an influential innovator called Facelli Kanté introduced the guitar to Maninka music. One of his nephews, Kanté Manfila, further modernized the tradition, playing the lead electric guitar in Les Ambassadors in the 1970s and '1980s. Manfila's younger brother, Djessou Mory Kanté, is best-known as the guitarist that such world-renowned singers as Salif Keita and Sekouba Bambino engage when they want the best. River Strings is an album of beautifully-crafted instrumentals, impeccably recorded in Salif Keita's Studio Moffou in Bamako, Mali. Djessou Mory Kanté's acoustic and electric guitars -- understated but masterly, gentle but beguiling -- are accompanied by bass, percussion and, on two pieces, the supporting guitar of the Super Rail Band's Djelimady Tounkara.

STONE TAPE RECORDINGS (UK)

STR 011CD

YOU ARE WOLF: Hawk to the Hunting Gone CD (STR 011CD) 15.50
You Are Wolf (aka Kerry Andrew) explores English and American folk music, fusing source material with leftfield pop, gentle touches of electronica and a hint of spoken-word, all melded with an array of wild vocal techniques. Debut album Hawk to the Hunting Gone (produced by MaJiKer) was made with the backing of the PRS Foundation for Music's Women Make Music scheme, which allowed Kerry to developed a set of songs based around British birds in folklore (or "birdlore," if you will) that provides the backbone of this very unique record. Six of the album's 10 tracks are adapted in part or in whole from traditional British folk songs, but You Are Wolf's approach to arranging the material is anything but traditional. That said, leading roots music magazine fRoots, ever forward-thinking, are already championing the record with a feature on Kerry (penned by wyrd-folk connoisseur Jeanette Leech), set to appear in the May 2014 issue with an album track appearing on the accompanying downloadable playlist. Standout track "Doves" fuses "When Doves Cry" by '80s US pop legend Prince with the traditional song "Turtle Dove" and features fellow folk maverick Alasdair Roberts on guest vocals, while "The Buzzard's Heart" takes the poem "Answers" by TS Eliot Prize nominee Robin Robertson and sets it to music. Kerry's music has been played on BBC Radio 6 Music by Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie, Radio 3's Late Junction and New York's premier indie radio station WFUV. She has appeared twice on BBC Radio 3's The Verb, writing a specially-commissioned new song for the show. Kerry was chosen to be an EDFSS "Folk Rising" artist in 2010, appearing as part of a concert series curated by Sam Lee's Nest Collective at the home of the EFDSS, Cecil Sharp House. As YAW, Kerry has supported the likes of Martin Carthy, Alasdair Roberts and Laura J. Martin. Elsewhere, as Kerry Andrew, she's a composer of experimental vocal and choral music and she is also a member of adventurous a cappella trio Juice, punky/jazz crew DOLLYman, and folk-jazz sextet Metamorphic.

STUDIO BARNHUS (SWEDEN)

BARN 026CD

BABA STILTZ: Total CD (BARN 026CD) 17.00
Baba Stiltz hails from a tradition of funky outcasts centered around the calm yet unpredictable city of Stockholm, Sweden. Since his infant days he's been guided through the nitty-gritty basics of what it is to be a true music lover by some of the city's most prolific artists, producers and DJs. Despite his youth, 20-year-old Baba boasts an impressive discography, with two albums of dreamy folk-pop (as The Bethlehem Beard Corporation) and a string of hit singles within the elusive Skweee scene already under his belt. His more recent studio adventures have led to three 12'' releases on Stockholm dance label Studio Barnhus as well as recurring production work for post-rap phenomenon Yung Lean. Total is Baba's debut album under his own name and his finest work to date. From the opening machine-funk arpeggio of "Missing" to the sanguine melancholia of closing hip-hop beat "Discovery -- New Dawn," Baba's masterpiece rides through psychedelic screw-pop, minimalistic emo-acid and opiate-drenched coming-of-age-ambient. As lucid and strong as it is obscure and beautiful, this is an album Studio Barnhus are immensely proud of presenting to the world.


BARN 026X-EP

BABA STILTZ: 'Total' Album Sampler 12" (BARN 026X-EP) 14.00
This is a limited edition vinyl-only sampler of the album Total by Baba Stiltz on Studio Barnhus. The two B-side tracks are exclusive to this record. Baba is a great DJ.

STUDIO LAM (THAILAND)

SL 001EP

PARADISE BANGKOK MOLAM INTERNATIONAL BAND, THE: Roob Lor Pu Tai/Menasseh's Molam Version 7" (SL 001EP) 16.00
Studio Lam is another 7" series from Paradise Bangkok. Hand-numbered, limited stamped edition.

STUDIO ROCKERS (UK)

STUDR 024EP

BUNNY ON ACID: Are You a Rainbow 12" (STUDR 024EP) 14.00
Bunny On Acid is back with a tasty four-track EP. Leading the A-side with a serene club tune, "It's On" features Detroit local Amp Fiddler who's well-known for his collaborations with artists such as J Dilla, Parliament and Prince, to name a few. The title-track is a bouncy electro banger with a huge bass and some pumping drums. "Daydream" flies the flag for modern bass music, with wave after wave of trippy synths cresting and breaking over a choppy rhythm. "When We Touch" shows an innovative use of sampling and reverb, inducing a meditative calm after an exquisite audio voyage.

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)

SR 178CD

PAIK, NAM JUNE: Works 1958-1979 CD (SR 178CD) 15.50
Repressed. "This is a wide panorama of Nam June Paik work as musician -- 'Hommage à John Cage' (1958-1959), 'Étude for Pianoforte' (1959-1960) and 'Simple' (1961) are good exemple of neodada music and de-structuration in the late 50's, this is basically irreverent audio-collages. 'Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham' (1977) captures an improvised performance by Paik on a de-tuned piano. While 'Prepared for Merce Cunningham' was later mixed and edited for use by Cunningham, this raw, straight-to-tape version is favored by Paik. 'Duett: Paik/Takis' (1979) this is the only piece already released (by 20 years ago on a limited vinyl edition). Paik improvises on piano and voice, while Takis performs on his metal sculptures. Nam June Paik, was born in Seoul, Korea in 1932. After a move to Japan, where he studied the work of composer Arnold Schönberg, Paik came to Germany in 1956 to continue his studies in the history of music. His interests soon turned away from the university setting, to less traditional forms of music leading him to the Westdeutsche Rundfunk's Studio for Electronic Music, where Karlheinz Stockhausen was working. To date, there have been only a handful of limited edition LP and cassette releases of Paik's music, primarily documenting collaborative performances with colleagues and friends such as Joseph Beuys and Charlotte Moorman. This is the first CD release of Paik's music and the first ever release of the early tape collage pieces that were to inform the video and performance works that he has continued to produce over the last forty years."


SR 392LP

UNIVERS ZERO: Relaps/Archives 1984-1986 2LP (SR 392LP) 23.50
First limited edition: solid blue, black and clear mixed vinyl. Gatefold sleeve. Founding members of the original "Rock In Opposition" (R.I.O.) movement and the inventors of "chamber rock," mythic Belgian band Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping an ensemble sound and spirit that is easily recognizable. These recordings were previously unavailable in an LP format. Longstanding dark-hued Belgian chamber rockers and avant-prog pioneers led by drummer/composer Daniel Denis, Univers Zero was formed in 1974 with co-composer and guitarist Roger Trigaux (who left the band in 1980). This 2LP documents the final 1980s line-ups before the band's long sabbatical from recording and touring. Despite many line-up changes over the years, their overall sound remained fairly consistent.

SUBWAX EXCURSIONS (SPAIN)

SUBWAXEXC 1205

CHRONOPHONE (FEAT. MIKE ANDERSON)/JMII: In the Sunset/Leo 12" (SUBWAXEXC 1205) 14.00
Subwax Excursions presents a split record highlighting two workers of the club scene whose works are screaming for recognition. Chronophone teams up with Detroit's vocalist Mike Anderson on a house affair called "In the Sunset." The original track employs pounding rhythms and a catchy bleepy bass that serve as the perfect grounding for Anderson's dark vocal intonations. On the other side, Barcelona's JMII hits us with "Leo," an uplifting mix of off-kilter Juno sounds, 707 drum hits, and soul vocal samples. Werner Niedermeier adds an atmospheric remix of "In the Sunset," taking Chronophone's original into deeper territory.

SUPERIOR VIADUCT

SV 020LP

COLTRANE, ALICE: A Monastic Trio LP (SV 020LP) 24.00
"Born Alice McLeod into a musical Detroit family, Alice Coltrane began playing piano at age seven and later studied with Bud Powell in Paris. Upon returning to the States, she joined vibraphonist Terry Gibbs' group and eventually shared a bill with the John Coltrane Quartet. In 1965 the two wed in Juárez, Mexico, and played alongside one another until her husband's last performance in May, 1967. A Monastic Trio, created in the year following her husband's passing, is Coltrane's first recording as a band leader and features six original compositions. While John's spirit can be felt throughout -- from the song titles ('Ohnedaruth' was his adopted Hindu name) to the personnel (Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali, and Pharaoh Sanders were frequent collaborators) -- the album showcases Alice's immense talent for fusing spiritual free-jazz and new-age with classical, Eastern, post-bop and gospel. As the late Amiri Baraka writes, '"I Want to See You" is a monastic piano concerto. With echoes of Europe... it has a solemnity and majesty to it.... Yes, monastic is the word. The piano broods in its earth imagination.'"

SWP RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)

SWP 004CD

BAIRD, MICHAEL: On Remote Patrol CD (SWP 004CD) 15.50
1996 release. There are few contemporary productions where African polyrhythms, Western composition techniques and jazzy improvisations are mixed in such a fresh and surprising way. On this album, recorded in 1996, with the help of international friends David Tronzo (USA), Vitold Rek (PL), Michael Moore (USA), Hans Hasebos (NL), Mark Lotz (D), Michel Massot (B) -- all top musicians in the field of improvised music -- Zambian-born drummer/composer Michael Baird continues developing his "voodoo-jazz" style.


SWP 006CD

UTRECHT DEEP ARTMENT: Sirenians CD (SWP 006CD) 15.50
1998 release. An octet of international musicians, all living at the time in Utrecht, Holland, led by drummer/composer Michael Baird. Utrecht Deep Artment dream, chirp and swing. There is a continual tightrope act going on, between humor and seriousness, improvisation and composition and, indeed, between abstraction and concrete, deep swinging structures. From the first notes onwards, Sirenians pulls the listener into the deep, into a world that floats between dreaming and waking. This music is original down to its innermost fiber and defies any attempt to categorize it.


SWP 007CD

TRACEY, HUGH: At the Court of the Mwami, Rwanda 1952 CD (SWP 007CD) 15.50
1998 release. In 1961 the court of the Tutsi king was no more and the music exclusive to it was never heard again! These historical recordings made in 1952 at the court by pioneer Hugh Tracey give us an impression of this place of absolute power and yet beautiful music. Featuring some of the best ensemble drumming you will hear anywhere, praise songs of great intensity, and eerie horn ensembles. Includes a 16-page booklet.


SWP 008CD

TRACEY, HUGH: Royal Court Music from Uganda 1950 & 1952 CD (SWP 008CD) 15.50
1998 release. In 1966 the palaces of the Ganda, Nyoro and Ankole peoples were seized and burned, the musicians dispersed or killed and the royal instruments destroyed! Historical recordings by Hugh Tracey. Featuring the last Ganda royal harpist -- the great Temusewo Mukasa -- as well as the royal flute ensemble, drum ensemble and xylophone ensemble. From the Nyoro court the swinging royal horn ensemble, and unique royal drums. Songs from the Ankole court. Includes a 20-page booklet.


SWP 009CD

TRACEY, HUGH: On the Edge of the Ituri Forest: Northeastern Belgian Congo, 1952 CD (SWP 009CD) 15.50
1998 release. Mbuti pygmies came out of the forest to barter with their Bantu neighbors -- Nande, Bira, Mangbele & Budu -- but it was also the scene of a unique musical interaction! Exquisite music from another world. One helluva party going on at Chief Baonoko's village -- tipoyi carrier songs, message drums, pygmies playing Bantu instruments, and their own forest songs. Historical recordings by Hugh Tracey. Includes a 20-page booklet.


SWP 010CD

TRACEY, HUGH: Kalimba & Kalumbu Songs, Northern Rhodesia 1952 & 1957 CD (SWP 010CD) 15.50
1998 release. The "thumb-piano" and "musical bow" are now as rare in Zambia as they were once common! A selection from Hugh Tracey's historical recordings of these wonderful "little" musics -- sometimes extroverted, sometimes meditative. Whether it be the mysterious tinkling of the various kalimbas, or the deep buzz of the kalumbu bow, you can't help but be charmed. Includes a 20-page booklet.

TERRE DES POMMES (GERMANY)

POMMES 003EP

WORKING ELITE, THE: Freedom 12" (POMMES 003EP) 14.00
Bad news for all of you, who hoped that not buying any of the previous releases on Terre Des Pommes would put an end to this misery of a label. The Working Elite aka big boss Saap and little boss Daniel Nentwig are back. Good news for all you incurably romantic music friends. Two house tracks to cry and kneel down to and one translation into moron language by major league dumbsters the Tuff City Kids.

TEST PRESSING EDITIONS (UK)

TPE 001EP

NAUTIC: Freedom of the Floor 12" (TPE 001EP) 14.00
Nautic's Freedom of the Floor is the first release from Test Pressing Editions. The label is brought to you by the respected Test Pressing web site, known for its curatorial take across genres of music. Nautic are on something of a roll and have a big following in the new Balearic scene as well as in the open-minded indie world. On the A-side there is an alien jazz remix from London's Bullion, deconstructing the sound of British pop. Following that there is a cover of Womack And Womack's "M.P.B" with the B-side featuring the Open Space remix of "Freedom of the Floor."

TEXT (UK)

TEXT 033EP

BELTRAN, JOHN: Faux/Faux (Four Tet Remix) 12" (TEXT 033EP) 12.00
Contains original version on the A-side and remix by Four Tet on the B-side.

THE DEATH OF RAVE (UK)

RAVE 006LP

LAZAR, GABOR: EP16 LP (RAVE 006LP) 18.00
Prodigious Hungarian minimalist Gábor Lázár twists out six cuts of super-forward avant-techno on his debut vinyl, EP16, for The Death Of Rave. Combining viscerally affective electronic timbre and hyperkinetic patterns, they're real-time recordings of Gábor extracting maximum funk from a single note rendered as sheer gradients pitched and punctuated with unique, algorithmic meters. In a sense the process is drily academic, but the results are seriously funked-up. Gábor seemingly intersects myriad minimal dancefloor patterns -- hardcore, footwork, electro, digital dancehall -- with uncompromising electronic tones to create some kinda new rhythmelodic syntax and grammar of his own. Cannily nudging every scything, whirring, strobing hit off-the-grid, he's practically re-programming and skewing our sense of rhythmic proprioception and temporal awareness in real time, throwing down the gauntlet to body and brain with stoic rigor and reckless effect. EP16 follows Gábor's split tape with Russell Haswell for his Budapest-based Last Foundation, plus his debut album, ILS (2014) for Lorenzo Senni's Presto?! label, and precedes an upcoming 2LP collaboration with Mark Fell, due on The Death Of Rave. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy.

THE TRILOGY TAPES (UK)

TRILOGY 026EP

NAPLES, ANTHONY: Zipacon 12" (TRILOGY 026EP) 19.00
4-track EP of expertly-crafted leftfield electronic wankery.

TOKEN (BELGIUM)

TOKEN 047EP

RODHAD: Haumea (Incl. Ø [Phase] Remix) 12" (TOKEN 047EP) 12.50
Located beyond Neptune's orbit is the dwarf planet Haumea, the inspiration behind Rødhåd's second release for Token. Rødhåd is now a respected staple of European techno and his three-track Haumea single features an alternative Dirt version of the title-track mixed by the Dystopian co-founder, and a second remix by Ø [Phase]. "Haumea" is a bleepy production that straddles the divide between the Detroit techno of Jeff Mills and newer European interpretations mixed with coarse hi-hats. The B-side's "Dirt" version provides a minimal alternative which strips the original's murky low-end. Ø [Phase]'s chugging remake compliments the theme of this spacey record.

TRAUM (GERMANY)

TRAUM 032CD

EGOKIND & OZEAN: Transition CD (TRAUM 032CD) 17.00
After releasing his stunning debut Diamond Days on Traum and the follow-up Nothingness EP, Egokind told the folks at Traum that he had the idea for an album already sitting in the back of his head. To be able to convert all of his ideas he asked his long-time friend and collaborator Ozean to work with him. For both of them Transition is their debut album, but both artists can draw on a lot of experience recording music from multiple genres. Transition combines eccentric and modern-sounding club tracks, interludes which are based on improvisation and composition and mesmerizing downbeat trax. That Transition feels personal is due to their individual approach of not paying attention to establishing formulas but to listening carefully to themselves and developing their own formula. As a result you will not find one sound on the album which has been played with a synthesizer. Instead, all is recorded and transformed, using guitar, Rhodes, piano and manipulated voice. The album starts with "Mega," which begins rather acoustic, inviting you into the private world of Egokind & Ozean, before it becomes a joyous Balearic tune that, despite its wealth, keeps slight dissonances coming and going. "Flying Sparks" is a minimalistic track that connects to post-rock aesthetics of the '80s, using means of collage to give it a structure. "Every Time You Smile" is an energetic piece of warped music which swells and diminishes into small islands of voices that turn like mad, creating a new cosmos almost comical at times, but always very kind and gentle as well. "Mute Memories" is maybe the most melancholic and dark track of the album and the first and only one to really build a bridge between two contrary musical themes. The track plunges without warning into a downbeat that is constructed out of cut-up sounds creating an exceptional slow-motion beat. "We Float Around (And Hang Out on Clouds)" starts with an eruptive downbeat groove that is super-sexy. Heavenly sounds glide and are overdubbed by small improvising bits. "Light Realms" is a delicate and airy minimalist composition that dives into deeper territories, at times using a sonic language, slowing things down so you witness how the sounds blend in real time. "Silverbird" then opens the curtain and lets the sun fill out the whole room with yellow golden rays. "Everything Around You Is Resonating Light" is a track with flickering melodies -- simplistic and melancholic. "Future Fireflies" is a masterpiece with a lively "percussive" rhythm that is separated by harmonic vocal layerings and enriched by happy/sad melodies. "Eclipse" is a short sound experience and a bit like an episode with voices in tremor. "Everybody Dance Now" is a hi-energy dance track, still keeping one big surprise to come half-time, with a fantastic acoustic intermezzo. "Euphoria" is the last track of the album before the bonus tracks "Diamond Days" and "Sinus." "Euphoria" is is a very cool juxtaposition of different motions all lined up next to each other... but eventually leading to a euphoric final passage of distorted orchestral brilliance. "Diamond Days" and "Sinus" (recorded with Ozean) were released on Egokind's first EP on Traum and were added as an extra for you.

TRUNK (UK)

TTT 008EP

DERBYSHIRE & ANTHONY NEWLEY, DELIA: Moogies Bloogies 7" (TTT 008EP) 14.00
These unreleased and important historic recordings were made by Delia Derbyshire and Anthony Newley. Musically, this has to be one of the most brilliant, unexpected and lost collaborations in the history of both these exceptional artists. This rare and until now, unissued recording started life way back in 1966. This collaboration is a bizarre blip in the history of both these fascinating and important artists; it's the first we know of Delia collaborating for a pop idea and the first time we know of Newley working with electronics. Thanks to this first-ever pressing, they can begin a whole new trip into the minds of musical collectors everywhere.

UGLY POP (CANADA)

UP 050EP

P.I.G.Z.: Bloody Belgium EP 7" (UP 050EP) 6.50
"One of the crown jewels of worldwide first-wave punk, this Belgian band's sole release really is as good as it gets. All three songs here are excellent but 'Bloody Belgium' and 'Stooges' are stone classics. Unavailable since it was released in 1978, with original copies fetching up to four figures, and finally back in print through cooperation with the band. Includes booklet with interview, clippings and unseen photos!"


UP 053LP

X: X-Spurts: The 1977 Recordings LP (UP 053LP) 21.00
"Before their legendary debut LP, X recorded a 1977 demo session that is a brilliant snapshot of the period, and a treasure for anyone with an interest in world-wide first wave punk. Ten tracks, perfect raw/full recording, seething with desperation and urgency, this is the sound of early AC/DC meets 'Pink Flag' with everything cranked. 37 years on, Ugly Pop presents the first ever vinyl appearance of this seminal document."


UP 054LP

X: X-Aspirations LP (UP 054LP) 21.00
"The Sydney band's 1979 debut is one of the all-time great Australian records, a devastatingly tough yet diverse album featuring 14 tracks of superb punk rock, equal parts wiry tension and savage release. This antipodean classic has fallen out of print again in recent years but should always be available, so Ugly Pop is pleased to announce that we'll be reissuing it with new insert and unseen photos."

UPSET THE RHYTHM (UK)

UTR 067EP

SPRAY PAINT: Cussin' 7" (UTR 067EP) 9.00
Spray Paint are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas made up of Chris Stephenson (drums/vocals), Cory Plump (guitar/vocals) and George Dishner (guitar/vocals). Spray Paint's buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labyrinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. All three members of Spray Paint sing, too. "Cussin'" plays out with some derailed guitars, working up a tone of paranoia amid the thumping rhythms. "Three Thumbs Up" is a disorientating number with the band's trio of vocals calling out the lyrics like a repetitive mantra. "Ask My Old Roomate, Man" makes room for path-leaping sprees of guitar, offset with stormy blasts of distortion.

VA FONGOOL (NORWAY)

VAF 011CD

KOOK: Imber, Wiltshire CD (VAF 011CD) 14.50
The guitarists Stian Larsen and Jorn Erik Ahlsen started kÖök in 2010 and played several concerts in Norway and abroad before they released their first album in 2012. In 2013 they released record number two Live in Leipzig together with bassist John Huges, who gave new inspiration to Imber, Wiltshire. The music is 100% improvised and to be considered harmonic. It hints at Marc Ducret, Steve Reich, minimalism and prepared guitars with both feet planted in art music and electronica. kÖök decided to do a recording with sound engineer Thomas Oxem after listening to the release Toll by Camille Norment. The depth and warmth of the sound was perfect for kÖök and something other studios couldn't offer. Imber, Wiltshire was recorded live in the studio over the course of three days. Guro Skumsnes Moe (MoE) and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen contributed on two tracks each, and reflect the different collaborations kÖök has had over the last four years. "What we are trying to do is create music on the border between art, music, improvisation and electronica. Where some electronica can be thought of as functionalistic, kÖök's music would be considered as more challenging." --Stian Larsen; Cover design by Lasse Marhaug.

VOICE OF JAMAICA (UK)

VOJ 003CD

VA: The Deejays Meet Down Town 1975-1980 CD (VOJ 003CD) 14.00
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.

W!LD RECORDS (FRANCE)

W 013EP

DJ W!LD: When You Feel Me EP 12" (W 013EP) 12.50
DJ W!LD returns to production with this hypnotizing three-tracker, When You Feel Me. Comprised of two tracks from his anticipated full-length LP and one mesmeric exclusive, it is sure to delight fans of this enigmatic French producer, who will recognize the same emotion and intensity he brings to his sets at DC10, and as a Circoloco resident. "When You Feel Me" is a meandering, spellbinding example of beat-driven songwriting, peaking and flowing through its 12-minute journey. It is surely one of DJ W!LD's most elaborate tracks ever to be pressed onto vinyl, while never losing sight of its functionality on the dancefloor. A must-have.

WATERGATE RECORDS (GERMANY)

WG 017CD

PAN-POT: Watergate 17 CD (WG 017CD) 17.00
As Watergate carries into its 12th year as one of the world's elite clubs, it seems more than fitting and possibly long overdue, that Pan-Pot, who has been an integral part for nearly the entire lifespan of the club, will be curating the 17th installment of the illustrious Watergate CD series. In just 19 tracks the techno heavyweights have compiled a mix of both new and exclusive material as well as a couple of timeless collaborations that showcase their distinct and endemic sound all while delivering the audience a taste of a night out at the acclaimed club no matter where they happen to be in the world. The mix begins with the lush soundscape and spaced-out aura of Pavel Petrov's "Adapt," which seems to be a perfect start. Immediately getting the listener cozy and engaged before shortly transitioning into the massive anthem of Radio Slave's "Don't Stop," a telltale sign of the journey ahead. Over the next few tracks the exploration dives into the more psychedelic side of things. From Marco Resmann's "Hello Again" and Clint Stewart's "Drenched" into the darkness of Shall Ocin's "Lurking Wolves," the mix moves smoothly towards the heavier sound Pan-Pot is famous for. Soon it seems that one is unknowingly caught in the relentless groove of masters like Mark Broom and the duo themselves with their monster "Substance" from the inaugural release on their own imprint, Second State. Soon, seamless transitions bridge the gap between sounds of retro analog like Dario Zenker's "27 Northwest" into the sounds of today with Maceo Plex's huge tune "Conjure Bass" and fellow Second State artist Stephan Hinz's "Hungry." It's not long before the mix takes its last turn and delivers the heavy drums and strobe light antics of peak time with Pan-Pot's other side of the inaugural release on their own Second State, "Grey Matter." Following sees a handful of the masters of techno prowess like the Ben Klock remix of Josh Wink's "Are You There" as well as Martin Eyerer's "Reckless" and a formidable collaboration between Pan-Pot and Slam with "Conductor." Before bidding a final farewell, it would only be appropriate to find a partnership between old friends Vincenzo and Pan-Pot which joins the sounds of deep lush house and peak-time bombs to deliver a stunning, finale flooded with mesmerizing sub-bass and enchanting washes of alluring synths. In just shy of 80 minutes, Pan-Pot masterfully demonstrate their wide range, impeccable taste, and vast knowledge of the music they are known for the world over.

ZEITKRATZER (GERMANY)

ZKR 018CD

ZEITKRATZER/KEIJI HAINO: Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino CD (ZKR 018CD) 15.50
On his second release with Zeitkratzer, Keiji Haino concentrates solely on his voice. No electronics are used except for amplification. Nevertheless, this live recording is even more radical than the first one. Radical is the concentration on the very limited but frenetic musical material, worked out in detail, which is rarely heard in the noise context -- enabling Keiji Haino to sit on it, fly over, to merge or just to oppose. Zeitkratzer's amplified instruments, played with extended techniques as developed by the group and its outstanding musicians over more than a decade and Haino's incredible richness in voice timbres and noises complement each other perfectly. It's one of the closest and most natural cooperations Zeitkratzer ever had. Wild and beautiful. Shouting, scratching, screaming, piping, chattering, crying, rumbling, oscillating, roaring, clashing, juttering, tinkling, singing, ... and at the end, it's hilarious, powerful music, pure noise and pure melody. As the Chicago Reader noted: "The supernova finally occurs!" and The Wire agreed: "A real highlight, with Zeitkratzer enfolding Keiji Haino in its grasp like some tentacular kraken of the deep. Haino effectively becomes another member of the group." Rock-a-Rolla cheered: "Forceful and utterly compelling!" Nothing left to say than: listen! Zeitkratzer is directed by Reinhold Friedl: Frank Gratkowski (clarinets); Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn); Hilary Jeffery (trombone); Reinhold Friedl (piano); Marc Weiser (acoustic noises); Maurice de Martin (percussion); Burkhard Schlothauer (violin); Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello); + Keiji Haino (voice); Recorded live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Ruhrtriennale. Recorded & mixed by Martin Wurmnest . Mastered by Rashad Becker.

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