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Forced Exposure New Releases for 6/22/2015

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New music is due from Meat Beat Manifesto, Funkstörung, and Voices from the Lake while old music is due from Maurizio Bianchi, David Toop,  and Mari Affiong Usuah.

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2DIY4 (GERMANY)

2DIY4 012EP

LIU BEI: Atlas World (Solomun Remixes) 12" (2DIY4 012EP) 14.00
Solomun follows his 2014 Lana Del Rey remixes with two remixes of "Atlas World" by UK band Liu Bei, released in advance of his summer 2015 return to Pacha Ibiza with his own Solomun + 1 night, with the likes of Dixon, Sven Väth, Pachanga Boys, DJ Tennis, and more performing on Sunday nights. Solomun's first remix here is an electronica version, patient and slow-burning, with somber piano chords and blissfully, subtly uplifting synths. The second is more aligned with tech house; the bass is much darker, the beats are more purposeful, and there is a real sense of tension.

A RECORDINGS (UK)

AUK 107LP

BIRDSTRIKING: Birdstriking 2LP (AUK 107LP) 29.00
Double LP version; pressed on clear 180-gram vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve, with etching on side D. "Birdstriking and the other bands coming out of China right now are enthusiastic to explore and find out what's their own music. And so that's a new energy in the same way that rock 'n' roll was new -- young people finding their youth culture and expression," says A Recordings founder and Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe. Like Joy Division forming at a Sex Pistols gig a couple of generations before, Birdstriking was born when guitarist He Fan and drummer Wang Xinjiu met at a Carsick Cars show at Beijing's legendary, now-shuttered rock club D-22. From Birdstriking's first time on that same stage in 2009, the band quickly established itself on the Beijing indie rock scene, becoming one of the leaders of a generation of rockers born after 1990, growing when China was fully open to the West and now as likely to cite as influences homegrown talent like Carsick Cars and P.K. 14 as imported music like Nirvana and Joy Division. Birdstriking's relentless live shows masterfully blend tuneful hooks, calculated psych-noise meltdowns, precise rhythmic structure, and brash lyrical frankness. He Fan's impassioned wails are youthful and politically angled, as on "Monkey Snake," when he chokes out, "You can control the media, but you can't control my mind." In fact, the band's charged lyrics kept their debut self-titled album, released in 2012 on local label Maybe Mars and produced by P.K. 14's Yang Haisong, from ever being officially distributed in China. In 2011, CNN named Birdstriking one of the best young bands in China, and in 2014 the band opened for The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the UK and headlined Hong Kong's Clockenflap festival.

ACKER RECORDS (GERMANY)

ACKER 005CD

JPATTERSSON: PROGaDUB CD (ACKER 005CD) 17.00
It's dub, but reverberating far beyond the genre's borders. It has a summer reggae vibe, but doesn't sound like just another chapter of that good old story. It's perfidiously dope, but at the same time extremely danceable. It has clever lyrics, but it's all about the sound. It's what JPattersson describes as PROGaDUB -- because he's not from Jamaica, he's from East Germany. Inspired by heavyweight bass lines, bicycle rides, and Caribbean riddims; by chocolate, vintage groovebox sounds, and the carefree ruckus of kids playing on the street, the young talent delivers an album that is chiefly progressive and diverse. "We Came in Peace" is built around dynamic chanting and passionate trumpet play. "Ravers Dub" is a smooth mélange of straight beats, mellow offbeat chords, and the psychedelic echoes of a steel drum. The chorus of "Turn Off Your Smartphone" invites one to sing along, and "Vagabond" is a dreamy interplay of handmade music and synthetic groove. Some tracks come with a sublime hint of Balkan sound, some with an air of jazz. In doing what felt right, JPattersson has successfully defined his very own genre: PROGaDUB. CD includes a remix by Pophop.

ALGA MARGHEN (ITALY)

ALGA 040-2LP

RADIGUE, ELIANE: Feedback Works 1969-1970 LP (ALGA 040-2LP) 28.50
2015 repress, with new cover art and gold gatefold sleeve. Alga Marghen very proudly presents a remastered version of the complete documentation of Eliane Radigue sound installations from 1969-1970, including the broad tectonic vibrations of "Omnht," the celestial voices of "Usral," the massive chant of "Stress Osaka," and more -- the works of this artist's feedback period finally revealed. It is amazing that Radigue could build such formidably organic sonic edifices in her home studio with the primitive machines given to her by Pierre Henry: three tape recorders, a mixing board, an amplifier, two loudspeakers and a microphone. Eliane previously worked for Henry at the Studio d'Essai of the R.T.F. from 1955 to 1957, after having met Pierre Schaeffer almost by chance, who invited her to learn the techniques of musique concrète. Created 10 years after her Studio d'Essai experience, the feedback works of Eliane Radigue immediately take a new direction from the explorations of musique concrète. Her adventure intuitively goes towards flux, towards contemplative stasis -- a music of continuous sounds, of apparently simple structures, which permits the revelations and expansion of rich acoustic phenomena. It is as if her musical work was in some way a martial art -- as if she meditated for 10 years before striking the first blow, with impressive precision. This is the context in which Eliane composed "Omnht" in 1970 for the architectonic spaces of the visual artist Tania Mouraud titled "One More Night," presented at the Gallery of the Rive Gauche in Paris; "Usral" (the title comes from a phonetic compression of ultrasounds slowed-down, in French "ultra-sons ralentis") is one of the first works by Eliane Radigue to be given in public as a sound environment for a sculpture by Marc Halpern in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs at the Grand Palais of Paris in 1969; "Stress-Osaka" was conceived when the artist was invited to create a sonic environment for the International Fair in Osaka in 1970. There is no doubt that Eliane Radigue's vocabulary is based on observing and entering into dialog with the fundamental behavior of sounds: pulsing, beating, sustained, very light -- a subtle and delicate evolution. When she moved from feedback sounds to the ARP synthesizer, she naturally continued the same music, a continuity where the original use of feedback sounds stands out for its cruder and more savage inner character. One could say that somehow it's the very texture of the sounds, which leads the form of her compositions. Includes a 16-page LP-size booklet with original photos, scores and liner notes.


VOCSON 091LP

WOLMAN, GIL J.: Wolman et son double LP (VOCSON 091LP) 25.00
Is it to "en finir avec cette idée des chefs-d'oeuvre" ("be done with this idea of masterpieces"), as Antonin Artaud proclaimed, that Gil J Wolman calls his recording Wolman et son double, in a détournement of Artaud's famous essay collection and "masterpiece" Le Théâtre et son double (The Theatre and Its Double) (1938)? Artaud's Tête-à-tête performance at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier on January 13, 1947, had a major impact on the future sound poets of the "poésie physique," François Dufrêne, Jean-Louis Brau, and Gil J Wolman. The "poésie physique" of Gil J Wolman, his "mégapneumie" (poems of breath and sound) appeared as soon as 1950 and eventually developed into an improvisation for breath and organic sounds originating from the throat and the whole body. The work seems to be designed to disturb the human aspect of speech. Wolman et son double, a previously unreleased recording probably from the late '70s, is Wolman's most theatrical -- as well as musical and lyrical -- piece. This is due to its duration and above all to its experimental recording techniques; Wolman records a series of improvisations on a 30-minute track, then mixes them with a new series of mégapneumes. The mixing and manipulations with echo and Larsen effects are a novelty if compared to the other mégapneumes recordings. The first track begins with a hum, immediately overlaid by Wolman's "poésie physique": hoarseness, cough, strangulation, twisting, wheeze, rumbling, hiccups, asphyxia; a whole set of gripes against himself and his speech. Wolman breaths and winces, he mimes the impacts, the scars of the blows by an invisible fighter, actually his double. Wolman et son double suggests a theatrical set, with characters entering the stage of the mégapneume. They are archetypes rather than psychological characters: a dybbuk or an old witch with a sardonic laugh; the drum major with his martial clicks; several warbling, trumpeting and barking animals, mad masters of a human speech conspiracy. Before the piece's end, an insolent call for a national strike is heard. Artaud observed that "actors in France no longer know how to do anything but talk"; Wolman et son double may well be the national strike from that show, from "masterpiece" art.

BANG! RECORDS (SPAIN)

BANG 084LP

SALMON & THE SURREALISTS, KIM: Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing 2LP (BANG 084LP) 30.50
Pressed on 150-gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve. This masterpiece by Kim Salmon (The Scientists), recorded in 1995 and released only on CD in Europe and Australia in 1997, now presented on vinyl as a deluxe gatefold double LP with extensive liner notes by Salmon. The original CD release included a bonus CD, the You're Such a Freak EP, the complete contents of which are included here. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, to Memphis, USA. Kim Salmon, once again, exposed his versatility, creativity, and imagination in this extensive and varied album that takes us from the blaxploitation pimp soundtrack as understood by Mr. Salmon up to his ingenious focus on minimalist sounds. Kim Salmon, once again... on this occasion with Jim Dickinson by his side. There is no need to mention anything else. Produced by Jim Dickinson.

BE AS ONE (ISRAEL)

BAO 053EP

SUCKUT, MARKUS: Watching the Sunset 12" (BAO 053EP) 14.00
Markus Suckut needs no introduction in the techno scene, having established himself as one of the main techno artists coming out of Germany with releases on Cocoon, Figure, Mosaic, Non Series, and more. His debut on Be As One, Watching the Sunset, features three cuts of finely produced techno, from peak-time into after-hours, with Suckut's very own raw trademark sound perfectly in balance with Be As One's other techno offerings.

BEAT GENERATION (SPAIN)

BEAT 053LP

SUDOR: Enamorado de la Muerte Juvenil LP (BEAT 053LP) 14.50
Sudor are back with their second full length, ten tracks inspired by Discharge, RIP, and Scandinavian punk from the '80s. They don't need more than 14 minutes to prove one more time that they are the best and most active Spanish punk band, playing almost every weekend and touring the States and Europe every year; they played at Chaos in Tejas to universal praise. All their previous releases are absolutely sold out, so act fast or cry later. Just play this album and count how many times they use the word "shit"! Limited edition of 500 copies. Artwork by Hez.

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5156138

COMELADE, PASCAL: Traffic d'Abstraction LP+CD (BEC 5156138) 25.50
Well-known from both sides of the Pyrenees to Japan, Pascal Comelade is a Catalan musician living in Dalí's country. After living in Barcelona, where he founded his Bel Canto Orquestra in 1985, he released his first album Fluence, on Pôle in 1975. This first work was definitely inspired by electronic music, especially by Richard Pinhas's band Heldon. Comelade likes making links between arts, mixing music with graphic design and literature. It is indeed one of composer's first concerns to not stay locked in patterns and codes specific to a style. Painter Robert Combas created the original artwork of Comelade's 1993 album, Traffic d'Abstraction. For this reissue, Combas's second painting, which was on the inside of the original CD booklet, now appears on the back of the main jacket. The selection here also includes only the songs that Comelade judges to be the best from the original album, along with completed versions, alternative versions, and previously unreleased pieces from the same time period as Traffic d'Abstraction. Additionally, the CD includes the animation clip "The Skatalan Logicofobism," created by Florence Deygas and Olivier Kuntzel in Paris in 1994. This reissue coincides with Comelade's appearance as a pianist accompanying Robert Combas and François Boisrond's visual performance in Paris, Porte de Champerret. Presented in gatefold sleeve. Numbered edition of 500.

BIKINI KILL RECORDS

BIKINI 004CD

BIKINI KILL: The First Two Records CD (BIKINI 004CD) 11.00
"Bikini Kill Records is excited to announce its first release on compact disc! The First Two Records is a compilation of Bikini Kill's self-titled and Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah vinyl reissues, which were released in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The self-titled EP, originally released in the fall of 1992 and reissued on BK Records in 2012 is comprised of four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye on July 3, 1991 at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band's 1991 demo cassette, recorded by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill's live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, DC's Sanctuary Theater. Side A of Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah was originally released in 1993 as the BK side of their split record with the UK's Huggy Bear, to kick off their legendary co-headlining tour of the UK in March of that year. Those tracks were recorded in their Washington DC basement practice space on a 4-track reel to reel in 1992 by Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Champs). Side B featured seven previously unreleased songs that were either recorded live at shows during that era or at Bikini Kill practices. Those seven tracks are being released here on CD for the first time."

BIOPHON (NORWAY)

BIO 003CD

BIOSPHERE: Microgravity 2CD (BIO 003CD) 20.00
A remastered version of Biosphere's debut album Microgravity on double CD with a bonus album of previously unreleased tracks. From Wikipedia: "Geir Jenssen began releasing his music as Biosphere on obscure Norwegian compilation albums. His first Biosphere releases were the 12-inch single The Fairy Tale and the album Microgravity, both of which were rejected by SSR as unmarketable. Microgravity was released in 1991 on the Norwegian label Origo Sound, and saw wider release via the R&S Records subsidiary Apollo in 1992, to much critical acclaim." All tracks written and produced by Geir Jenssen. All tracks on CD2 and sides E-F are previously unreleased. Recorded in Skippergata 42, Tromsø, Norway, between 1990 and 1991. Mastered by Stefan Betke. Artwork by Philip Marshall.

BIRD (UK)

EGGS 021CS

PAPER DOLLHOUSE: Aeonflower Cassette (EGGS 021CS) 19.50
An exploration of warped, dream-like atmosphere and taught, noise-ingrained electronics, Paper Dollhouse has evolved from the solo work of Astrud Steehouder into an expansive, cinematic project now involving visual artist Nina Bosnic. Recorded with a stronger focus on electronic processes and with a deeper, light-starved aesthetic, Aeonflower's emboldened use of crushed-noise dynamics takes the London-based group's acclaimed 2012 debut, A Box Painted Black, into darker, murkier, and more thrilling territory. Aeonflower is the slow descent of a newly discorporated spirit into a fogged, neon lagoon, a drowned world still lit. If the first album was a box of raw secrets with hints of obscured folk roots, Aeonflower is the endless rain of expression, experience, and change. On this outing, both artists' vocals are expressive, forgoing complex lyrical concerns for minimal text invested with emotive power. Opener "Oracle" bleeds into "Stand," with the first of Steehouder's haunted vocals, a fragile minimalism augmented by barren guitar. "Helios" sees a drum machine kick and ride cymbal pin down a dark, enveloping vocal duet until "Psyche" obliterates it all with billowing noise, a thrilling shock to the system. The swirling synths and suppressed emotion of "Your Heart" peak in the centerpiece "Diane," a shadowy piece highlighting Steehouder's minimalist approach. Side two acts as a mini-suite, with Diamanda Galás-inspired vocal abstractions and walls of sound coming down with standout ambient track "Black Flowers." Dark and light interplay beautifully on album closer "Siren," a turbulent if ambiguous build-up of harmony and noise. This cassette edition follows a vinyl edition on the Night School label, and coincides with UK press and radio support and a UK tour.

BLACK ACRE (UK)

ACRE 055EP

TSUNGA: Maris Piper/B More Dog 10" (ACRE 055EP) 14.50
Fresh rave bunker-busting artillery from Tsunga. With Scratcha's patronage, Tsunga began his heavily distorted dancefloor attack in 2014 with the terrifying "Feisar," melding a '92-hardcore sensibility with a grime edge. "Maris Piper" features timeless breaks deftly chopped and pasted, while huge low-end surges propel this slice of classic jungle techno into the free parties of 2092! "B More Dog" comes harder, as military-grade drum programming sends ear-shattering claps over the top with pounding kick drums huddled behind. Acid stabs dance on top of the crossfire, with full 21-lazergun salute. Unfriendly for 2015.

BLACK SWEAT RECORDS (ITALY)

BS 016LP

ROBERTSON, DON: Celestial Ascent LP (BS 016LP) 25.00
If his 1969 debut album, Dawn, offered a magical ethnic sound from an 80-string guitar-zither, American multi-instrumentalist Don Robertson's 1980 follow-up, Celestial Ascent, uses the Austro-Germanic instrument as a viaticum for a timeless journey into the depths of the soul and psyche. The album was originally released as a cassette, and this is its first reissue since then. Traditionally designed to accompany the singing of psalms in religious communities, here the zither is the perfect way to explore the power and the formal purity of the natural pentatonic scales of eastern derivation, investigated by Robertson in New York City at the end of the '60s. According to the same respect for the cosmic rhythms also found in Indian ragas, the album is divided into two parts: the first side ("Oracle of Love") is the music of the day, while the second ("Isis Unveiled") is the sound of the night. "Music for Elevation and Transformation" with an extraordinarily peaceful effect and a holistic and transcendent approach that aligns it with other investigations of the sacred sound, like those of Stephan Micus, Paul Horn, or Deuter.


BS 017LP

M. ZALLA (PIERO UMILIANI): Problemi d'Oggi LP (BS 017LP) 25.00
Italian maestro Piero Umiliani, during his period of fascination with psychedelic and electronic atmospheres, composed a good number of musical portraits dedicated, as this title reveals, to the problems of his time. In the early '70s, Italians were worried about the mafia, terrorism, and social conflicts; and one can sense that the music represents these anxieties in its experimental nature. Dark, disturbing, and unique in the long and extremely productive career of Piero Umiliani. And if, in 2015, titles like "Mondo in Crisi," "Problemi Sociali," "Azione Sindacale," and "Mafia Oggi" sound sadly relevant, it's even more surprising to find that the music of Problemi d'Oggi (Problems of Today) still sounds alien and unique. The record, released under Umiliani's M. Zalla alias in 1973, presents various styles, from Pink Floyd atmospheres (or The Braen's Machine, if you prefer...) to compositions characterized by a great use of drum machines and Moog synthesizers. One listen to the beginning of the opening track "Produzione" justifies the words of Sean Canty (Demdike Stare), citing the music as the first techno/trance track in history. But between the grooves of this record, reissued here for the first time, it's easy to find moments that many other artist and musicians -- from The Residents to Aphex Twin and Four Tet -- may have caught during their careers.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 042LP

BARNETT & COLOCCIA: Weld LP (BLACKEST 042LP) 23.50
Faith Coloccia and Alex Barnett return to Blackest Ever Black with their second duo album, Weld; working with synthesizers, effected vocals, raw electrical noise, field recordings, EVP techniques, tape manipulation, and drum machines to create a music at once lucid and mystic. Its songs embody various experiential philosophies and objectives: searching for the sacred in the forgotten and supposedly useless; exploring the meaning of "natural"; listening for the pulse of the ancient; using technology both to materialize memory and to dream a folklore for a future age. Coloccia and Barnett's ambition is apparent early on in the stately, medievalist keyboard/choral poetics of "Truth Teller," moving through the agitated wormhole techno of "Dreamsnake," to the white light-emitting, near-symphonic plainchant of "Healer." The zero-hour synth pulsations of "Blight" are first interrupted, then engulfed, by an extra-terrestrial broadcast of piercing bell and glass-tones; "AM Horizon" is pitched bewitchingly between Prophet-5 pulp futurism and earthbound, atavistic dread; the baroque harmonic sequence of "Agate Cross" disintegrates at its very climax, cooling and dissipating into a deep star-field of pure tone. "Ash Grove" and "Rose Eye" are exhilarating exercises in contemporary musique concrète; complex timbral constructs in which Coloccia's disembodied glossolalia, swooping strings, and other nameless sonic spectra conspire to evoke extra-dimensional space and the highest spiritual drama. Weld speaks its own distinctive dream-language, but it comes highly recommend to anyone enamored of the brittle sci-fi synth-scapes in Caroline K's Now Wait for Last Year, the amorphous electronics of Beatriz Ferreyra's work, Conrad Schnitzler's more gothic moments, and even the gravest metaphysical reckonings of a Stockhausen or a Rózmann.

BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)

BORNBAD 069CD

VA: WIZZZ! French Psychorama 1967-1970 Volume 3 CD (BORNBAD 069CD) 16.50
One, two, three... hold your breath for 40 minutes for a peregrination through a special kind of pop music "made in France" between 1967 and 1970, a mix of ribaldry, flashes of brilliance, and adventurous twists on familiar sounds. We will plunge into French-style pop, unapologetic and defiant; blue-white-and-red pop that does not take itself seriously, not out of line with its "yé-yé" contemporaries, who were themselves uninspired by the boring, commercial teenage music that dominated in France at that time. It is pop music fueled by creativity -- though not always well-focused -- with peculiar arrangements, inspired compositions, and precarious production... but oh so tasty! WIZZZ 3 spotlights French artists who dared to try, to experiment... Includes tracks by Dansez avec Moa, Bernard Chabert, Joanna, Pierre Paul Jacques, Evariste, Jean-Bernard de Libreville, Crischa, Long Chris, Nato, Papy, Fatty Nautty, Balthazar, Jane et Julie, Bruno Leys, and Marcel Artero. Digipak CD includes 32-page booklet.

CATENACCIO RECORDS (GERMANY)

CCCO 015EP

RESULT, THE: Endeavour EP 12" (CCCO 015EP) 14.00
The Result (Benjamin Fehr and Falko Brocksieper) deliver "Endeavour," a trippy, deep bomb that will blow all floors, especially with its groovy bassline and its sounds from outer space. "Alias of Your Mind" is a more experimental track between distortion and dub; a beautiful sensory journey. Stay dark and clear.

CHAPTER MUSIC (AUSTRALIA)

CH 079CD

SMOKEY: How Far Will You Go? The S&M Recordings 1973-81 CD (CH 079CD) 15.50
Chapter Music presents the first ever collection of recordings by wild and outlandish 1970s LA pre-punk icons Smokey. Featuring cameos from James Williamson of The Stooges, Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne, members of The Motels, King Crimson, David Bowie's Tin Machine, Suburban Lawns, and many others, the Smokey story has to be heard to be believed. In 1973, two wide-eyed young music fans made their way to Los Angeles and were introduced by a notoriously touchy-feely road manager for The Doors. John "Smokey" Condon was a bewitchingly beautiful Baltimore transplant, himself no angel after spending his teenage years partying with the John Waters crowd. EJ Emmons was a budding record producer from New Jersey, already starting to work in small studios around Hollywood. Condon had marched in New York the night after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and so by the time he and EJ created Smokey, they weren't about to hold back. Released in 1974, debut single Leather/Miss Ray wasn't just openly gay, it was exultantly, unapologetically gay, examining front-on the newly-liberated leather and drag scenes thriving in America's urban centers. The single was shopped around to labels using Emmons's industry contacts, but doors were regularly slammed on the duo. "We can't put this out, it's a fucking gay record, what's the matter with you," said one record exec, while adding, "it's really good though." Undeterred, they self-released five singles that span pre-punk, stoner jams, disco, synth-punk, and more, all stamped with Smokey's fearless candor. 1976 single and compilation title-track "How Far Will You Go...?" features guitar from EJ's studio buddy James Williamson, fresh from his adventures recording Raw Power with Iggy and The Stooges in London with David Bowie. Smokey even remembers a few mid '70s jams with Williamson, with a vague view towards replacing the rehab-bound Iggy as The Stooges' frontman! The live band played almost weekly at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, with a band featuring 14-year-old future Quiet Riot-ers Randy Rhoads and Kelly Garni. Restored by Emmons from original master tapes; mastered for vinyl by Emmons with his own cutting lathe. With extensive liner notes and photos, How Far Will You Go? tells the story of America's greatest '70s should-have-beens, a band so amazing that the only reason you haven't heard of them is because they were faggots, and they didn't give a shit. LP includes download code.


CH 079LP

SMOKEY: How Far Will You Go? The S&M Recordings 1973-81 LP (CH 079LP) 17.00
LP version. Includes download code.

CIRCUS COMPANY (FRANCE)

CCS 098EP

BORROWED IDENTITY: XXX 12" (CCS 098EP) 12.50
Circus Company follows Carlos Nilmmns's True Chemistry (CCS 094EP) with an EP by rising German artist Borrowed Identity (Quintessentials, Fina, Home Taping Is Killing Music, Mistress). "Addictive" leaps out with a sweeping piano hook and subby bassline, while "Trans Trans Trans" brings a purposefully old-school feeling with its stark squarewave synth lines and sleazy vocal groans. Mechanical Soul Brother lends a hand to "The Scene," which piles on the late-night tension with its tightly wound chord stabs and rolling drums, before "Llife" showcases a more eclectic side thanks to a bongo-infused percussive throwdown and an uplifting dose of acid.

COCOON (GERMANY)

COR 127EP

ALICANTE, ILARIO: Thera 12" (COR 127EP) 14.00
Ilario Alicante delivers another EP of minimal techno beats to rock and hypnotize. "Thera" is a massive techno monster with a mental synth line and FX-loaded spoken-word vocals. Steve Rachmad joins Alicante for remix action here and adds a cool and bassy organ line together with freaked-out feedback-delays, adding a cool Detroit touch. Speaking of Detoit, Alicante's "Argo" proves the "Berlitalian" can go deeper, too, with warm analog synths and funky, jazzy drum programming. The stomping, merciless "Encouter" inhabits the energetic and minimal technofield, following the vibe of "Thera" with driving 909 techno rides and a crazy synth line.

COMPOST (GERMANY)

COMP 470LP

LABAND, FELIX: Deaf Safari 2LP+CD (COMP 470LP) 20.00
Gatefold double LP version. Includes CD. "Deaf Safari is an audio collage of subjects that interest me and speak of the world I live in. It is an album composed of sampled recordings from the media landscape that has been the soundtrack to my life over the last ten years. The most important development in my current music, as can be heard on Deaf Safari, has been my understanding of the beauty and power of the spoken word. I have experienced severe indifference to contemporary pop and electronic music as a whole over the last many years, as I have felt that social comment of any relevance has been ignored by music in general. Deaf Safari attempts to bring sociopolitical comment into my music without taking any specific stand. Sampled outside of musical influence directly from the news; from preacher sermons or from contemporary African documentaries. I have finally created a story with sound that I feel accurately conveys my personal experience with the African world I live in. My musical influences on this album lie mostly with local Kwaito house. Deaf Safari is an experiment within certain boundaries of the 4/4 genre, to create my own South African 'house' album. I am proud and inspired about the South African Kwaito house scene. However, as with my first three albums, Thin Shoes in June (2001), 4/4 Down the Stairs (2002), and Dark Days Exit (COMP 185LP, 2005), I am still interested in making strange and evocative music. American roots music from the earlier periods of the 20th century has deeply resonated with me during the making of this album. The incredible field recordings by Alan Lomax of Negro prison and chain gang work songs, and the beautiful early recordings of artists such as Leadbelly have had a major influence on Deaf Safari. I am truly excited to release this album and to start performing in the music world again. It has been ten years since I released Dark Days Exit, and although I have been purposefully absent from the music world, I have nonetheless never stopped making music. I feel that I have finally arrived at a mature and challenging stage in my pursuit of making emotional music of relevance." --Felix Laband, February 13, 2015

DESOLAT (GERMANY)

DESOLAT 027X-EP

ADAPTER: Gain 12" (DESOLAT 027X-EP) 14.00
Naples native Antonio Russo aka Adapter joins the Desolat family, following previous outings on the likes of Get Physical, Octopus, and VIVa. "Gain" is a warbling peak-time builder with a perfect combination of thudding techno bass, driving drum licks, and intricate, delicate synths. The ethereal breakdown will certainly give that all-important dancefloor respite before proceedings kick back twice as hard. "Boomshake" is a rasping, percussive tech-house weapon with long, arching build-ups that give way to highly functional plateaus. The jacky, staccato, hypnotic "Knockout" will allow DJs to take things a little left of center when the time is right.

DIE SCHACHTEL (ITALY)

DS 025LP

LOVISONI/FRANCESCO MESSINA, RAUL: Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo LP (DS 025LP) 25.50
2015 repress; LP version. Includes insert. Originally published in 1979 by the legendary Gianni Sassi's Cramps Records label as part of a series curated by Franco Battiato, the long-awaited Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo is finally made available by Die Schachtel in a repackaged deluxe edition, fully remastered (by Giuseppe Ielasi) from the original Cramps tapes, dug from Francesco Messina's archives. The music on this album is an exact compendium of such an intimate journey: drones and overtones, repetitive patterns, a deep, meditative feel, and space atmospheres.


DS 027-1LP

VACCINA, LINO CAPRA: Antico Adagio LP (DS 027-1LP) 25.50
2015 repress. One of two LP versions. Includes the first six tracks from Lino "Capra" Vaccina's Antico Adagio (DS 027CD), originally released in 1978. Antico Adagio is an amazing work that anticipated countless others in the field of so-called "new age" and world music, yet remains at the crossroad between those genres and experimental and electronic music. Apart from a few violin parts and the extraordinary vocal lines (sung by Vaccina himself and Juri Camisasca), Antico Adagio is an album fully built on percussion. At the same time, it's the farthest thing from the typical idea of percussion. You won't find a single trace of African or primitive beats: instead, this is a collection of rather long, subtle and thoughtful compositions, crafted with vibraphones, marimbas and gong. Together they create a work which will remain unique -- both in Lino Vaccina's discography as well as in a more general sense.


DS 027-2LP

VACCINA, LINO CAPRA: Frammenti da Antico Adagio LP (DS 027-2LP) 25.50
2015 repress. The second of two LP versions. Includes the tracks from Frammenti da Antico Adagio, which features previously-unreleased material from the original 1978 sessions of Lino "Capra" Vaccina's Antico Adagio.


ZEITC 013CD

ZURRIA, MANUEL: Landscape with Tears CD (ZEITC 013CD) 17.00
Italian flute player Manuel Zurria presents his third release for Die Schactel's Zeit Composer Series, continuing his run of some of the most heartbreaking music ever published by the label. A moving and incredibly clever transcription for flutes, glass, and electronics of John Dowland's 1604 masterwork Lachrimae functions as the thread between a stunning and totally rewarding series of pieces by György Kurtag, Peter Eötvos, Gavin Bryars, Mary Jane Leach, and Howard Skempton, closing on a Juste Janulyte composition written for this album. This CD is the living proof that contemporary music can be intoxicating. The restless experimentation and creativity of Manuel Zurria have resulted in a brilliant series of collaborative works with legendary composers such as Luc Ferrari, Alvin Lucier, Arvo Pärt, John Cage, Morton Feldman, László Sáry, Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Stefano Scodanibbio, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Jonathan Harvey. He has been invited to many international festivals and recorded for Capstone Records, EdiPan, Stradivarius, Megadisc, and Touch.


ZEITC 014CD

COLUCCINO, OSVALDO: Dimensioni CD (ZEITC 014CD) 17.00
Osvaldo Coluccino follows his well-received 2010 contribution to Die Schachtel's Zeit Composer Series, Neuma Q (ZEITC 004CD), with a collection of his early (1997-2007) electroacoustic pieces. From the dark drones of "Dimensioni" (interspersed with the treated voice of Jacques Lacan), to the treated percussions of "Nell'attimo," to the acousmatic brilliance of "Dal margine," this CD is a journey into the brilliant head and the complex soul of one of the most interesting Italian contemporary composers, whose music is always on the edge, stretched between a flight toward a distant and bright horizon and a dive into the darkest obscurity. Osvaldo Coluccino (b. 1963) is a composer and poet. His compositions have been commissioned by Venice Biennale, Milano Musica, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and others, and have been performed in several festivals of classical and contemporary music. Monographic CDs have been released by Neos, Col Legno, Another Timbre, Rai Trade, and Due Punti. His works have been performed by many ensembles (including Ensemble Recherche and Nieuw Ensemble) and by several conductors and soloists. He has composed music since 1979, and has published several volumes of poetry since the early '90s.


ZEITC 3-9-18-19

ARCHETTI, LUIGI: Null I-VII 7CD BOX (ZEITC 3-9-18-19) 47.50
Epic in scale, static, timbre, and stillness, Null is a vast and profound musical project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a long period. His musical research is not about "null" (the German word for "zero") as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term "null" is used here as a metaphor to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music of Null is characterized by static sounds, drones, and their overlapping and layering. The sound surfaces turn into acoustic "sluggish material" which flows slowly through time and gradually transforms itself. It is a constant gliding, a constant mutation of sound structures. Attempts to discover clearly defined melodies, rhythmically ordered structures, or even beats are to no avail. A universe of sound particles diffuses in the foreground of the musical atmosphere, whereby the sounds do not provide any reference whatsoever to a possible location. All the sounds in Null are sourced from e-guitars, which are in part extensively defamiliarized through digitalization and thereby redefined. The e-guitars (frequently in scordatura tuning) are used to this end as suppliers of sound. The acoustic sedimentation of the diverse sounds and sound structures results in a dense and filigreed sound fabric which develops a pull-effect on the listeners. It is an invitation to travel in uncharted regions, a hypnotically captivating journey through timeless and minimal acoustic events. Null I-VII, presented in a special CD slipcase box, collects all seven CDs also released as Null (ZEITC 003CD, 2010), Null II/Null III (ZEITC 009CD, 2012), and Null IV-VII (ZEITC 018-19CD, 2015).

DRUMPOET COMMUNITY (SWITZERLAND)

DPC 056EP

PACIFICA: Blaze 12" (DPC 056EP) 12.00
Pacifica emerged from the fertile soil of Zurich's rich club scene. Embracing broad influences ranging from balearic to deep house and techno, Domenico Ferrari and Balint Dobozi achieve that fragile balance between creating spaces for the listener's mind and delivering the beats for the feet. Working exclusively with a full-blown live setup, they bring true live-sequenced and processed music as much to the recording studio as to the stage. Individually, they've worked with artists like Jamie Lidell, Kalabrese, Vladislav Delay, David August, Nik Bärtsch, Jojo Mayer, and Roli Mosimann. Now it's time for their duo debut.

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)

EMEGO 209CD

VOICES FROM THE LAKE: Live at MAXXI CD (EMEGO 209CD) 15.50
After their respective releases on Spectrum Spools, Italian techno masterminds Donato Dozzy (Sintetizzatrice (SP 038CD/LP, 2015)) and Neel (Phobos (SP 037CD, 2014)) return as the duo Voices from the Lake with Live at MAXXI on the motherlabel Editions Mego. A marvelous, organic live set of hypnotic, ambient techno that proves the outstanding and elegant craftsmanship of the pair's renowned sonic sculpture work. As expected, they stay true to their polyphonic topography of liquid scapes, with aquatic sceneries embedded in soaking dense atmospheres, gently gyrating the listener into a trance. Sometimes soft echoes of sirenic voices are heard -- the only remnants of human traces in these spaces that have suspended time, where smooth silky textures are channeled into fractal structures that induce a state of transcendence. The haptic quality of their sound adds up to a sonic matrix provoked by gentle glides and dynamic beat patterns of an almost tribalistic quality. Dunked in a bath of dark fluid, sometimes washed away at the shores of kosmische, Voices from the Lake's tunes seduce the listener into a condition of haziness, culminating in a cover of Paolo Conte's "Max," a dazzling sample of sweet, dreamy melancholia. With this release Voices from the Lake succeed again in strengthening their position as supremely refined ambient techno producers. All music written and produced by Donato Scaramuzzi and Giuseppe Tillieci, except "Max," written by Paolo Conte. Guitar overdubs and arrangements on "Max" by Brando Lupi. Mastered by Giuseppe Tillieci at Enisslab Studio in Rome. Recorded at MAXXI in Rome on October 25th, 2014, during the Open Museum Open City exhibition. Photography and cover design by Koto Hirai.

ERASED TAPES (UK)

ERATP 071CD

FRAHM, NILS: Music for the Motion Picture Victoria CD (ERATP 071CD) 15.50
Nils Frahm presents his first film score, composed for single-take feature film Victoria (2015). Filmed in Berlin, Victoria centers on a runaway party girl who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a bank robbery as the music changes from techno to subdued piano sounds. For the recording session at Studio P4 in Berlin, Frahm enlisted the help of long-time collaborator and cellist Anne Müller, violist Viktor Orri Árnason, and ambient artist Erik K. Skodvin of Deaf Center on guitar. "Dear viewer and listener, I've finally written music for a film. It took me some time to do so, as I was patiently waiting for a movie that would truly speak to me. When director Sebastian Schipper invited me to work on Victoria, I knew it was worth the long wait. Does such a strong film even need music? I realised it wouldn't be easy to create a score that embraces these bold pictures. Luckily we were given unusual creative freedom by approaching the movie together with Sebastian Schipper, who was keeping the production and direction to one single team. The score was recorded in a special location, the former GDR broadcasting production facilities that today host Studio P4. We simply put a big screen in the middle of the room, filled it with microphones and instruments, set the movie on loop and kept improvising on top of it together -- my good friends and I. The guest musicians started their recording session by playing a cohesive take over the course of the whole movie. This was the most interesting part of the day, since they hadn't seen the film before. They became spectators and creators at once, intuitively recording hundreds of different cues that way. You are about to listen to some of its highlights. I hope they do Victoria and your ears justice. With love, Nils Frahm." Victoria was awarded the Berlinale Film Festival prize for Best Cinematography and received seven Deutscher Filmpreis nominations, including a nomination for Best Score. The release of this soundtrack follows the film's release in Germany on June 11, 2015, and precedes an international release in the UK and beyond. The soundtrack opens with an edit of "Burn With Me" by German producer DJ Koze.


ERATP 071LP

FRAHM, NILS: Music for the Motion Picture Victoria LP (ERATP 071LP) 23.00
LP version. Includes download code.

FABRIC (UK)

FABRIC 163CD

ART DEPARTMENT: Fabric 82 CD (FABRIC 163CD) 16.00
Originating in Toronto, Art Department built a name as one of the biggest duos in house music with releases on Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels imprint and their own No.19 Music, which has also provided a platform for the likes of Maceo Plex, Soul Clap, and My Favorite Robot. Fabric 82 marks a momentous and exciting chapter in Art Department's history, with Jonny White delivering his first Art Department offering as a solo artist, following the April 2015 departure of former partner-in-crime Kenny Glasgow. White digs deep, drawing on records old, new, and forthcoming at the time of the mix, and forcing aside all preconceptions to form a seamless and hypnotic audio tapestry that is deep, dubby, and refreshing -- a perfect snapshot of what to expect from Art Department under his stewardship. Packaged in bespoke slipcase containing die-embossed tin. Includes tracks by Basic Channel, Frank & Tony, Mr G, Doubt, Borrowed Identity feat. Mechanical Soul Brother, DJ Boom remixed by Efdemin, Brooks Mosher remixed by Fred P., Scott Grooves & Kataconda, Art Department feat. Seth Troxler and remixed by Fred P., NGLY, Jonathan Lee, Herbert, JTC remixed by DJ QU, Nitejams, Rick Wade, and James Priestley & Marco Antonio.

FAUXPAS MUSIK (GERMANY)

FAUXPAS 016EP

NOCOW: Ravine 12" (FAUXPAS 016EP) 15.50
Russian musician Alexey Nikitin is back with Ravine, containing seven tracks that go right under your skin. Timelessly beautiful; one could mistake it for an old Warp LP. Ravine is presented in three different versions with hand-silkscreened covers. Vinyl tastes better... Download code included.

FENOU (GERMANY)

FENOU 023EP

RUSSELL, SEBASTIAN: Free Fall 10" (FENOU 023EP) 12.50
Since the mid-2000s, London-based guitarist Sebastian Russell has been dedicated to electronic music and with a creative passion audible in every track he releases. Here, "Free Fall" makes you want to jump to its prancing, easy beat. The catchiness of the tune will etch itself into your memory. The graceful "Hide" follows with its warm, powerful, rich sound. The B-side belongs to "Force," a refreshingly glistening track of sophisticated sound-finesse that is also the record's most danceable tune. As usual this release comes as a 10" vinyl in a limited hand-numbered edition.

GOLDEN LAB (UK)

ROWF 061LP

NACE/STEVE BACZKOWSKI/CHRIS CORSANO, BILL: Stolen Car LP (ROWF 061LP) 28.50
Stolen Car, recorded in January 2013, performed by saxophonist Steve Baczkowski, drummer Chris Corsano, and guitarist Bill Nace, and featuring Paul Flaherty napkin art on the front and back covers, does something completely different again. The sprawling title jam that covers the entirety of side A scratches and crackles before exploding into a full-on roar of expressionism that stretches the boundaries of non-idiomatic improv. Side B collects three shorter, similarly rabid pieces, which each elevate Baczkowski's playing to mind-boggling levels as he proves his mettle against two of the most outstanding proponents of their respective instruments in the world. Absolutely unmissable and in a run of just 300 copies. 140-gram vinyl.

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 145LP

PIG RIDER: The Robinson Scratch Theory 2LP (GUESS 145LP) 33.00
Double LP version. Bedroom/lo-fi psychedelia by unsung heroes of the '80s DIY cassette culture scene. From outsider synth-pop to Barrett-esque lysergic folk; from lo-fi garage-punk to basement prog: acid-fuzz guitars, cheap keyboards, primitive electronics, homemade vibes, and bizarre, funny lyrics. Pig Rider were formed in Kent, UK, in the late '60s by John Mayes and Colin Kitchener. With the help from some friends they recorded and self-released a series of acetate-only psych-folk albums in the mid-'70s (Heterophonies, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches...), which are prime examples of early DIY psychedelic music, highly sought-after since a review of Heterophonies appeared in Richard Morton Jack's Galactic Ramble book. In 2013, collector Alexandre Mansuy (from the influential Somewhere There Is Music blog) found Mayes and Kitchener and was astonished when they told him their story: Heterophonies was only one of their many, many great recordings, 22 in all, including 45s, acetates, and tapes. Thanks to Mansuy, Guerssen is launching a comprehensive Pig Rider reissue campaign, starting with The Robinson Scratch Theory. The compilation includes tracks originally recorded between 1980 and 1986 and released as private cassettes. Pig Rider's sound brings to mind obscure DIY bands like The Desperate Bicycles, Instant Automatons, or Beyond the Implode -- if those bands knew how to write catchy and well-crafted songs. But the most amazing thing is that Pig Rider were creating this kind of music for their own amusement without any knowledge of the post-punk or DIY movement. Although they were listening to bands like the Bonzos, Pink Floyd, and The Misunderstood -- "I played their 'Children of the Sun' 45 until the groove was worn out!" says Kitchener -- Pig Rider claim that the main influence on what they played was the availability of instruments and what they could do with them -- not always what they were designed for -- and always pushing their limits. The Robinson Scratch Theory is presented in master tape sound with an insert/booklet containing detailed liner notes and photos. The compilation is released in advance of first-ever reissues of two of Pig Rider's ultra-rare '70s acetates, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches (1974) and Heterophonies (1975). Welcome to the twisted world of one of the truly pioneering DIY psychedelic pop bands.


GUESS WL-M-L

WICKED LADY: Wicked Lady T-Shirt (Men's Large) MENS LARGE T-SHIRT (GUESS WL-M-L) 11.50
100% cotton men's large T-shirt, all in wasted black, bearing the name of Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver (Dark). Wicked Lady existed from 1968 to 1972 and played excessive, over-the-top, doomy, psychedelic hard rock with enough fuzz, wah-wah, and heavy riffs to blow the mind of any hard psych collector. Guerssen reissued the band's complete recordings in 2012 in the form of The Axeman Cometh (GUESS 042CD/098LP) and Psychotic Overkill (GUESS 041CD/099LP).


GUESS WL-M-M

WICKED LADY: Wicked Lady T-Shirt (Men's Medium) MENS MED T-SHIRT (GUESS WL-M-M) 11.50
100% cotton men's medium T-shirt, all in wasted black, bearing the name of Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver (Dark). Wicked Lady existed from 1968 to 1972 and played excessive, over-the-top, doomy, psychedelic hard rock with enough fuzz, wah-wah, and heavy riffs to blow the mind of any hard psych collector. Guerssen reissued the band's complete recordings in 2012 in the form of The Axeman Cometh (GUESS 042CD/098LP) and Psychotic Overkill (GUESS 041CD/099LP).


GUESS WL-M-XL

WICKED LADY: Wicked Lady T-Shirt (Men's Extra-Large) MENS XL T-SHIRT (GUESS WL-M-XL) 11.50
100% cotton men's extra-large T-shirt, all in wasted black, bearing the name of Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver (Dark). Wicked Lady existed from 1968 to 1972 and played excessive, over-the-top, doomy, psychedelic hard rock with enough fuzz, wah-wah, and heavy riffs to blow the mind of any hard psych collector. Guerssen reissued the band's complete recordings in 2012 in the form of The Axeman Cometh (GUESS 042CD/098LP) and Psychotic Overkill (GUESS 041CD/099LP).


GUESS WL-W-L

WICKED LADY: Wicked Lady T-Shirt (Women's Large) WOMENS LARGE T-SHIRT (GUESS WL-W-L) 11.50
100% cotton women's large T-shirt, all in wasted black, bearing the name of Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver (Dark). Wicked Lady existed from 1968 to 1972 and played excessive, over-the-top, doomy, psychedelic hard rock with enough fuzz, wah-wah, and heavy riffs to blow the mind of any hard psych collector. Guerssen reissued the band's complete recordings in 2012 in the form of The Axeman Cometh (GUESS 042CD/098LP) and Psychotic Overkill (GUESS 041CD/099LP).


GUESS WL-W-M

WICKED LADY: Wicked Lady T-Shirt (Women's Medium) WOMENS MED T-SHIRT (GUESS WL-W-M) 11.50
100% cotton women's medium T-shirt, all in wasted black, bearing the name of Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver (Dark). Wicked Lady existed from 1968 to 1972 and played excessive, over-the-top, doomy, psychedelic hard rock with enough fuzz, wah-wah, and heavy riffs to blow the mind of any hard psych collector. Guerssen reissued the band's complete recordings in 2012 in the form of The Axeman Cometh (GUESS 042CD/098LP) and Psychotic Overkill (GUESS 041CD/099LP).

HARBINGER SOUND (UK)

HARB 104LP

FISH FROM TAHITI: Decal Baby LP (HARB 104LP) 22.00
Decal Baby is a compilation featuring a selection of cuts from Leicester's Fish From Tahiti. The songs were recorded at the start of the 2000s and originally released on numerous 7"s by FFT's Dave Dixey on his own Sorted Records label. This set also contains a number of unreleased tracks recorded during the same period, including the unreleased fifth single. All the tracks feature FFT's trademark lo-fi sound of crazed loops and snatched samples all thrown together to create a drunken hypnotic haze. At times it is almost dubish, at others it ventures deeper into abstract experimental areas. Given Dave Dixey's career starting out in the late-70s with Fuck Off Records artists Anthrax For The People, running the legendary Alternative Capitalists cassette label and decades of promoting weirdness in Leicester, Decal Baby is a worthy salute to a forgotten group and your chance to catch up. Housed in a full color sleeve designed by the original Sorted Records graphics man -- Steve Lippert -- using images from the group's archives. Lippert has also designed covers for Vinyl-on-Demand, Harbinger Sound and Black Sabbath! An edition of 500 copies.

HARD UP (UK)

HU 002EP

BIG MOON, THE: Sucker/Eureka Moment 12" (HU 002EP) 16.50
The Big Moon are a young London-based four-piece consisting of Juliette, Soph, Celia, and Fern. Sucker/Eureka Moment is a ferocious introduction to this exciting band. Etched on one side. Limited to 200 copies.

HERZBLUT (GERMANY)

HERZ 050CD

BODZIN, STEPHAN: Powers of Ten CD (HERZ 050CD) 17.00
German techno mainstay Stephan Bodzin unleashes his full-length musical vision on the world in the form of Powers of Ten, providing another great insight into the melodically rich mind of this modern great. Bodzin says, "Powers of Ten has been with me all my life and is named after a book that has been my background hiss, its confusing truth is my only real faith and its infinity shows me its finiteness. The album is about harmonies, melodies, rhythms. It is an homage to Bob Moog, full of techno beats and sounds and space and party and ecstasy and dancing and listening, and crying and feeling. It is a journey, a philosophy of life, a view of the world, a vague perception. It is my wife, my children, my family, my friends, my passion, my enemy, my greatest fulfillment, my fear, my deepest peace, my power, all my love." As such, this album is hugely personal and is filled with cerebral messages and well-thought-out concepts. All this shines through and makes the listening experience all the more engaging from start to finish. Kicking off with the spine-tingling chords and louche beats of "Singularity," cuts like "Lila" then continue to confirm that Stephan Bodzin has a classical understanding of melody that is way above average. "Blue Giant," "Wir," and "Ix" all manage to be uplifting and thoughtful while simultaneously driven and groovy, and "Birth" comes on with a hymnal high note, long-tailed pads, and subtly shifting beats. The ghostly grooves of "Zulu" mark the majestic midpoint of the album, which then continues to seduce with spiritual synths and more beautiful melodies on cuts like "Odyssee" as well as the album's standout title-track. Unfolding coherently and in soothing fashion, this album once again proves that few producers in the modern world have a knack for melody and an ear for sonic ingenuity quite like Stephan Bodzin. Digipack CD with luxury gloss print and six-page booklet.

HOME ASSEMBLY (UK)

HAM 011LP

PEPTALK: Islet LP (HAM 011LP) 25.00
Islet is limited to 250 copies and comes housed in a handsome spot-glossed sleeve with download code. Each member also plays with bands and artists such as Yoko Ono, Xiu Xiu, Thurston Moore, Balún, and Tyondai Braton, but by joining forces they create rich musical arrangements that are both highly original and, crucially, highly accessible. The concept for this, their debut album is derived in part from the sci-fi and cyberpunk elements of Blade Runner, the haunting and mysterious elements of Twin Peaks, and the surreal tropical vibe of Fantasy Island. It touches on themes of solitude, escapism, and cultural curiosity while drifting between intimate lyrical moments and dreamy ambient sound textures.

HOSS'D (UK)

HOSS 003EP

READ, GERRY: Samurai Thunder 12" (HOSS 003EP) 15.50
Following his B.Traits and Jackmaster-supported 3, 2, 1 EP (AUS 1471EP, 2014) on Will Saul's Aus Music and a 2015 collaboration with Kevin McPhee, Gerry Read drops surprise release "Samurai Thunder," a disco cut-up party monster with its tongue placed firmly in its cheek. Limited to 100 copies.

HOW DO YOU ARE? RECORDINGS (GERMANY)

HDYARE 002CD

VA: Too Slow to Disco 2 CD (HDYARE 002CD) 15.50
More late '70s/early '80s West Coast yacht-pop you can almost dance to! Buoyed by the incredible love felt for Too Slow to Disco (HDYARE 001CD/LP) in summer 2014, Berlin's renowned pop archaeologist, that master musical excavator DJ Supermarkt, has leapt straight back into the soft-top and been out digging for the lost gems you'll find here on volume two. This is another perfect collection of missing-in-action, late '70s/early '80s smooth, singer/songwriter, AOR-paced, yacht-based pop and blue-eyed soul. Every song brims over with that West Coast sunshine, and for this second volume DJ Supermarkt/Mellow Mafia have dug even deeper into obscure corners of LA, London, even Cologne, to create an even more potent soundtrack to that lost world that's somehow always with us. So join another sunset trip in the company of these lost luminaries. Bask in every detail of that glorious over-production, and recall an era when the music industry had the time, money, and sheer musical talent to make everything BIG. Pay no mind to the cynics, the cooler-than-thou-erati, or the buzzkills of the sincerity police. These are big tunes that deserve to be hits, even if it's taken 40 years to get there, driving slowly up that winding California coast road in the wonderful warm summer air. CD includes O-card and liner notes; double LP pressed on heavyweight vinyl and presented in gatefold sleeve with poster and download code. Includes tracks by Daryl Hall & John Oates, Ben Sidran, Jimmy Gray Hall, Eric Kaz, Leblanc & Carr, Dave Raynor, R & J Stone, Larsen/Feiten Band, Byrne and Barnes, Paul Davis, Joe Vitale, Niteflyte, Bruce Hibbard, Streetplayer, Michael Omartian, and Michael Nesmith.


HDYARE 002LP

VA: Too Slow to Disco 2 2LP (HDYARE 002LP) 27.50
Gatefold heavyweight double LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Includes poster and download code.

ITINERANT DUB (UK)

ID 005CLUB-EP

ITINERANT DUBS: Itinerant Club 12" (ID 005CLUB-EP) 16.00
"The original mixes."

JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)

JMAN 075CD

VA: A New Life: Private, Independent and Youth Jazz in Great Britain 1966-1990 CD (JMAN 075CD) 14.50
Thought you knew about British jazz? Think again. Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some of the rarest and wildest British jazz ever recorded! The major stars of British jazz such as Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, and Joe Harriott are now rightly recognized as the giants they were, and the legendary Brit jazz recordings of the 1960s are amongst the most highly-prized of all collectable records. But what happened to jazz in the UK when the recording industry lost faith in it? A New Life is the first survey of British jazz labels and musicians that went their own way in the 1970s, bringing to the light the unknown indie gems and outsider private pressings that let jazz musicians keep the faith into the 1980s. From the time-bending spirit music of London's Lori Vambe to the psych-jazz of Birmingham's Poliphony, via Spot the Zebra's jazz dedication to David Attenborough and Indiana Highway's modal Christmas carolling, A New Life chronicles a compelling selection of lost and obscure jewels of the British jazz underground. Compiled by Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker (the team responsible for the acclaimed Next Stop Soweto series), and presented with comprehensive and detailed liner notes with pictures and information on each track, created from interviews with the musicians involved, A New Life is the first major British jazz collection since Gilles Peterson's Impressed series (2002-2004), and the first ever to shed light on the forgotten legacy of independent, regional, and experimental Brit jazz. All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored. CD includes 24-page booklet with pictures and extensive notes based on original research. Gatefold double LP limited to 1000 copies. Also includes tracks by Joy, Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, Billy Jenkins & The Voice of God Collective, London Jazz IV, Graham Collier, Quincicasm, Frank Evans, Edge, Walsall Youth Jazz.


JMAN 083LP

FOAT GROUP, THE GREG: The Dancers at the Edge of Time LP (JMAN 083LP) 23.50
LP version. Includes printed inner sleeve. Limited to 1000 copies. This major release from The Greg Foat Group sees the celebrated jazz quintet making the most of the acoustics of an ancient church, accompanied by a full ensemble of supporting musicians. The fourth album from the celebrated jazz combo will further delight Foat fans who have been consistently enthralled by the taste and finesse with which they execute their beguiling arrangements and instrumentation. During England's long, hot summer of 2014, a couple of tons of vintage studio gear were bundled into an ancient church on the charming and picturesque village of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There the centuries-old church organ was the centerpiece and the Group was accompanied by a string quartet and woodwinds to create a musical style like no other. The resulting hauntingly sublime sounds need not only fill vaulted chapel ceilings, but our hearts and ears as well. Recorded across three of the hottest days in that summer, direct to one-inch tape, with all the rich, live analog sound and the hallowed magnificence that church acoustics can bring, The Dancers at the Edge of Time features the classic Foat Group with guesting local musicians and friends, and celebrates the summertime and beach ambience of living on the island.

KASM (UK)

KASM 002EP

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO: Kasm02 10" (KASM 002EP) 14.50
Following the Fear Ratio 10" (KASM 001EP), Skam are very proud to present the second release in the series, delivered by the mighty Meat Beat Manifesto. Written and produced by Jack Dangers.

KEYHOLE (UK)

KH 9048CD

TOSH, PETER: Soon Come 2CD (KH 9048CD) 23.00
Having risen to fame as a core member of Bob Marley's Wailers, for whom he wrote a number of famous songs, the late Peter Tosh found considerable acclaim as a solo artist, recording a number of classic reggae albums that reflected his strong Rastafari faith and political convictions. This superb live set was taped in Atlanta, Georgia, for FM radio broadcast as he promoted his 1978 Bush Doctor LP (released through Rolling Stones Records, because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were huge fans), and is presented here together with background notes and images.


KH 9049CD

ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS, FRANK: Mudshark Live CD (KH 9049CD) 17.00
Invigorated by having shaken up the personnel of The Mothers, in 1971 Frank Zappa was enjoying himself more than ever. Having played a gig earlier in the evening, the band taped this largely acoustic set for broadcast on the local CKGM-FM radio station. It finds Zappa backed by ex-Turtles Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (aka The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie), as well as Jim Pons, Ian Underwood, Bob Harris, and Aynsley Dunbar, and is presented here complete with background notes and images.


KH 9050CD

GUTHRIE, ARLO: Alice's Restaurant Live CD (KH 9050CD) 17.00
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is one of the most iconic statements to emerge from the late-'60s US counterculture. Some of Arlo Guthrie's earliest performances of it were taped for broadcast on Bob Fass's late-night Radio Unnameable show on New York's WBAI-FM in 1967. This set contains the entire broadcast of three of them, including two rare renditions of the free-form "Rainbow Roach" version, and comes complete with background notes and rare images.

KEYSOUND RECORDINGS (UK)

LDN 053EP

LHF VS THE RAGGA TWINS: EP4: From the Edge 12" (LDN 053EP) 12.50
Keysound Recordings are excited to announce the return of one of their most elusive and celebrated acts, LHF. After a trio of vinyl EPs (including LDN 018EP and LDN 019EP) and a cult 2012 debut double album (LDN 029CD), the clan disappeared to regroup. Now, in 2015, they have emerged with an EP of dark, rolling beats featuring Hackney's legendary Ragga Twins.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 330SE-LP

ORB, THE: Moonbuilding 2703 AD (Deluxe Version) 3LP+CD (KOM 330SE-LP) 34.50
Deluxe triple LP version. Includes two exclusive jams plus a J Dilla tribute on the bonus record. Includes CD. Housed in a gorgeous tri-fold sleeve. Iconic electronic music pioneers The Orb return to Kompakt with Moonbuilding 2703 AD, another major slice of psychedelic synth bliss, obscure loops, and deep ambient textures tossed in swinging breakbeats and powerful basslines. Installing a forward momentum rather unusual for a genre-defying project like this, the latest effort from masterminds Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann follows their 2005 album success on Kompakt, the cheekily named Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt (KOMP 045CD/KOM 128LP) -- as well as several contributions to Kompakt's Speicher and Pop Ambient series -- but, more importantly, it finds the legendary duo at the peak of its creativity, ringing in another essential phase in what can only be called a groundbreaking career. True to form, Moonbuilding 2703 AD features a small track list, but turns each one of its four cuts into a mini-epic in its own right. Opener "God's Mirrorball" hits the ground floating, employing a handful of cozy statics to great effect before finally discharging into an intricate mosaic of atmospheric, melodic sketches and gripping rhythms. With a hypnotic runtime of more than 14 minutes, it immediately establishes a blueprint for the other album tracks to follow, perfectly illustrating the vast extent of the artists' vision and their impressive skills in luring in listeners -- welcome to The Orb's sonic labyrinth, where nothing is what it seems and the unexpected waits just around the corner. Likewise, follow-up track "Moonscapes 2703 BC" presents itself as a uniquely versatile affair sitting comfortably between ambient flourishes and beat-driven focus, holding as many twists and turns as a caper movie, but carefully grounding every single one of its cliffhangers in its impeccable flow. With a runtime of approximately nine minutes, "Lunar Caves" is the shortest jam of the bunch -- and also the most ethereal, keeping its rhythmic content to a bare, pulse-like minimum and opting for enticing, freewheeling synth textures instead. Album closer and title cut "Moonbuilding 2703 AD" introduces a surprisingly jazzy vibe mingling rather well with the wealth of electronic tricks up its sleeve -- even indulging in abrasive bass sweeps and a breathtaking multitude of different rhythm sections constantly switching places. It's a fitting closing act for a full-length as multifaceted as this, as idiosyncratic as possible and as muscular as needed. Cover design by iconic graphic wizards The Designers Republic.


KOMP 123CD

TERRANOVA: Restless CD (KOMP 123CD) 17.00
Returning to the full-length format after their acclaimed 2012 album Hotel Amour (KOMP 095CD/KOM 248LP), open band project Terranova (aka DJ/producer duo Fetisch and &ME) presents Restless, a finely tuned succession of excitingly straightforward house bangers, a brilliant study in gravitational pull, and a smooth blend of instrumental and vocal tracks created with the help of old and new friends. Guests on Restless include Cath Coffey, Lydmor, Bon Homme, Stereo MCs, and Mandel Turner. Restless was recorded from November 2014 through January 2015 in Berlin bedrooms and mixed in Keinemusik's Wedding studio. Opener "Tell Me Why" wastes no time with elaborate countdowns or some ambient pad dragging-on; starting out with the characteristic vocals from Stereo MCs frontman Rob Birch, the track immediately cuts to the chase with its pronounced rhythm section and a simple but sturdy bass. NY house agent provocateur Mandel Turner makes an appearance on proto-futuristic strobe manifesto "Underverse," while singer Cath Coffey performs on uncanny valley national anthem "Twisted Souls," again deploying her unique brand of anarchist logotherapy after her appearance on Terranova's 2014 Headache EP (KOM 296EP). Bon Homme aka Tomas Høffding takes a stand on "Restless Summer," a top-notch reimagining of "Endless Summer" from the 2013 Painkiller EP (KOM 262EP) -- less campfire and more wormhole, his lyrics take on an urgency unheard in the parent track. He also appears on "Skin & Bones" in a flawless duet with partner in crime Lydmor. From the sequenced beauty of "Goldilocks" to the intuitive mayhem of "Watch Me," the album is a quest for the outer rim of club culture, looking for habitable exoplanets beyond the main floor. This is most clear on the appropriately named "Kepler 186f," both a tribute to NASA's iconic Kepler project and a thrilling amalgamation of pounding drums and sharp synth stabs. The CD version of this larger-than-terrestrial-life journey finds a suitable conclusion in "Uch? No Inu," translatable as "dog in space": it's Terranova's executive producer, driving force, and guest vocalist Rocco (the choc labrador) who takes center stage here, lending his lyrical musings to a highly energizing cut and wrapping up the riveting listening experience that is Restless. An ideal sonic companion for dancefloors, living rooms, and space pods alike. CD features two exclusive tracks: "Labrador" and "Uch? No Inu (feat. Roco)."


KOMP 124CD

ORB, THE: Moonbuilding 2703 AD CD (KOMP 124CD) 15.50
Iconic electronic music pioneers The Orb return to Kompakt with Moonbuilding 2703 AD, another major slice of psychedelic synth bliss, obscure loops, and deep ambient textures tossed in swinging breakbeats and powerful basslines. Installing a forward momentum rather unusual for a genre-defying project like this, the latest effort from masterminds Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann follows their 2005 album success on Kompakt, the cheekily named Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt (KOMP 045CD/KOM 128LP) -- as well as several contributions to Kompakt's Speicher and Pop Ambient series -- but, more importantly, it finds the legendary duo at the peak of its creativity, ringing in another essential phase in what can only be called a groundbreaking career. True to form, Moonbuilding 2703 AD features a small track list, but turns each one of its four cuts into a mini-epic in its own right. Opener "God's Mirrorball" hits the ground floating, employing a handful of cozy statics to great effect before finally discharging into an intricate mosaic of atmospheric, melodic sketches and gripping rhythms. With a hypnotic runtime of more than 14 minutes, it immediately establishes a blueprint for the other album tracks to follow, perfectly illustrating the vast extent of the artists' vision and their impressive skills in luring in listeners -- welcome to The Orb's sonic labyrinth, where nothing is what it seems and the unexpected waits just around the corner. Likewise, follow-up track "Moonscapes 2703 BC" presents itself as a uniquely versatile affair sitting comfortably between ambient flourishes and beat-driven focus, holding as many twists and turns as a caper movie, but carefully grounding every single one of its cliffhangers in its impeccable flow. With a runtime of approximately nine minutes, "Lunar Caves" is the shortest jam of the bunch -- and also the most ethereal, keeping its rhythmic content to a bare, pulse-like minimum and opting for enticing, freewheeling synth textures instead. Album closer and title cut "Moonbuilding 2703 AD" introduces a surprisingly jazzy vibe mingling rather well with the wealth of electronic tricks up its sleeve -- even indulging in abrasive bass sweeps and a breathtaking multitude of different rhythm sections constantly switching places. It's a fitting closing act for a full-length as multifaceted as this, as idiosyncratic as possible and as muscular as needed. Cover design by iconic graphic wizards The Designers Republic.

LUXURY PRODUCTS

LUX 003LP

39 CLOCKS: Subnarcotic LP (LUX 003LP) 23.00
"Limited to 1,000 LPs. Includes two newsprint poster inserts w/ unseen photos & promo material. Bonus track not available on original release or CD reissue. First time on vinyl in over 25 years. Germany's self-crowned 'Psycho Beat' combo, 39 Clocks were a low-lit shadow unit inhabiting a cultural corner all their own. Subnarcotic may be their finest moment, distilling and stretching the art-primitivism of their debut to it's logical breaking point. Oozing out shock waves of bad acid trips, decayed guitar, and the dull stomp of a tiny beatbox, Subnarcotic is American garage and proto-punk filtered through some shadow-filled masterpiece of German expressionism."

MARMO (UK)

MARM 004EP

LEFTOVERS, THE: Usi e Costumi 12" (MARM 004EP) 15.00
"Fresh, expansive, experimental EP by Martino Marini and Niccolo' Daniel Rufo (from Tru West and Nightdrivers). Warmly spontaneous forays into tribalism, motorik punk, twisted disco... including field recordings, live guitar and electronics."

MECTPYO SOUND (ITALY)

MECTPYO 001CD

BIANCHI, MAURIZIO: Mectpyo Box 10CD BOX (MECTPYO 001CD) 180.00
2015 repress, with new packaging; previously released in 2008. Legendary Maurizio Bianchi recordings from the early '80s remastered and collected in a 10CD box. Includes the following industrial music classics: Symphony for a Genocide (1981), Menses (1982), Neuro Habitat (1982), Regel (1982), Mectpyo Bakterium (1981), Das Testament (1983), Endometrio (1982), Carcinosi (1983), The Plain Truth (1983), and Armaghedon (1984). Also contains two hours of bonus tracks from the same period, with compilation contributions previously issued on Bain Total, Broken Flag, Come Organisation, and TRAX, as well as various mail art collaborations and a unique live recording and interview from January 1st, 1983. Includes 35 folded inserts with original artworks and collages; essays on Throbbing Gristle, Whitehouse and Come, Conrad Schnitzler, Leibstandarte SS MB, and SPK; playlists from 1981 and '82; a 1981 interview issued in Datenverarbeitung; an essay by Vittore Baroni on Bianchi titled "Milan Burns"; and Bianchi's "Fanta Punk Tale" from 1978. Limited to 200 numbered copies.

MIE (UK)

MIE 031LP

BLACK DIRT OAK & JANTAR: Presage LP (MIE 031LP) 22.00
"Presage is an LP less split than twinned, like stars, each side pulled into a mesmerising gravitational dance by the other's backspin. Black Dirt Oak and Jantar, siblings of sibilance and site, complete one another's sentences in a dark and uncanny psychic psalmistry. For their part, Black Dirt Oak stomps out a series of chthonic ur-grooves, filthy bare feet splintered by silicon shards and splashing in puddles of molten rare earths. They kick up a black angel dust of decaying carbon-based lifeforms mingled with that of pulverized electronics, and the plume rises into the welcoming embrace of this album's other side, its sky. Jantar unfurls their canopy in a processional of single piano notes, bowed mists and skeins of flute light as cirrus. Once adrift, the vapors and star-like entities synchronize and calibrate themselves to a mysterious lunar pageant, a watery and flowing tide of incantatory voices pulled high behind its own luminous gravity. The two sides of Presage are distinct but describe in tandem the elemental contours of a shared world: namely, that of Black Dirt Studio and these musicians, some of whom have been recording here in other more familiar constellations for a decade now. Like the Dog Star Sirius, whose heliacal rising presages the wet season of planting and fertility, this twin system also rises, and hopefully augurs well for continued fertility and sonic flooding upon the plains of the lush Wawayanda region and this proven studio" --Rob Smith (Pigeons, Rhyton, Black Dirt Oak). Limited to 300 copies.

MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)

MONKEY 059LP

FUNKSTÖRUNG: Funkstörung 2LP (MONKEY 059LP) 22.00
Double LP version. Includes download code. German duo Funkstörung return from a ten-year break following their 2005 album The Return to the Acid Planet with their fourth album, arriving like a twisted Janus-head on a perfectly toned body. It's everything you've expected from glitch-hop's inventors and everything you have not. For those eagerly waiting for Funkstörung to deliver a new electronic innovation, like they did with their first record: this time they did not. Instead they do what they do best and take up the path they started to carve with Disconnected in 2004: luscious pop songs with heavy backbones and illustrious guests adding heartfelt vocals to a bed of fizzing basslines. It is a very vocal album, with guest singers on nearly every song, but they don't dominate the sound; they simply contribute to a fresh Funkstörung that has ripened a bit and been seasoned with a hell of a lot of flavor. Some of the voices on Funkstörung have been part of the family for a while; some of them, like Jamie Lidell, are new collaborators. But whether with old friends or newfound partners, each track on the album gets to the heart of electronic pop. As a whole, Funkstörung seems so well-balanced it's ready to be an instant classic. Its sunny vibes would go as well with a fine wine in front of a fireplace as with a plastic cup of beer and rubber boots at a muddy festival. Instead of concentrating on glitches and breaks, the two producers have put their effort into nurturing every sound to perfection; one can feel that nothing has been rushed, and each detail is in the right place. As Funkstörung put it, the album is about "evolution not revolution." Highlights include "Laid Out," featuring Anothr with a hook so big even your granny you won't get it out of her head for a week; and "So Simple," the collaborative effort with Lidell, whose smooth soul-crooning fits the chrome-glistening hip-hop beat like a velvet glove. The album also features contributions from Audego, Taprikk Sweezee, ADI, and Jay-Jay Johanson. Funkstörung comes in a beautiful sleeve designed by lauded graphic artists Zeitguised and Sebastian Onufszak.

MUSIK KRAUSE (GERMANY)

MKR 045EP

METABOMAN: Cucumagic EP 12" (MKR 045EP) 14.00
In the woods of wonderful Thuringia, Germany, a group of culture-enthusiasts run Cucuma, a three-day festival every summer, off the beaten festival track and far away from PR hustle and bustle. Metaboman has been jamming at Cucuma forever, as half of Das Krause Duo, as DJ Kajak, or with other artists. The Cucumagic EP is based on Metaboman's experimental live sound project; a shadow-dance theater performance he presented at the festival in 2014. The EP contains the spirit of this prime piece of land under swaying poplars. A deeply compelling groove with a jazzy vibe and smoke blasts.

NEOS (GERMANY)

NEOS 11070CD

PANISELLO, FABIAN: Trumpet Concerto - Chamber Concerto - Violin Concerto CD (NEOS 11070CD) 15.50
This CD contains the first recording of three works that offer a fascinating perspective on the genre of the concerto: Fabián Panisello's Violin Concerto, the Chamber Concerto -- recorded live at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2008 -- and the Trumpet Concerto; all of them conducted by Panisello himself at the forefront of PluralEnsemble. On few occasions does one encounter such a marked union of complexity and transparency as is present in the catalog of Fabián Panisello. His intelligent approach to the procedures of composition translates into a style that, germinating from principles of constructive consistency and traditional components -- such as diatonic language or the temperated system -- offers elements with which the listener can empathize. The iridescent unison that marks the beginning of the Trumpet Concerto (premiered in 2010 at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin) presents the scenario of a work in which the sound is a fundamental element, predisposed to a play on perception. The Violin Concerto emanates from the proposal to write a composition for Francesco D'Orazio, soloist of Luciano Berio's Corale. D'Orazio was the protagonist of the premiere of the work in the National Auditorium in Madrid in 2004, just as he is in the present recording. Following a suggestion from Berio himself, Panisello used a procedure employed by the Italian composer in his series of Chemins: managing the potential of instrumental colors in such a way that a group of instruments acts as a single instrument. Marco Blaauw, trumpet; Francesco D'Orazio, violin; PluralEnsemble; Fabián Panisello, conductor.

NO LABEL (EUROPE)

RHD 009EP

OVERLAST: What's Your Planet? 12" (RHD 009EP) 12.50
...scrambled messages from the Overlast galaxy... "DUDE, WTF is that? It's so DOPE!" --Convextion (Dallas)

ONE WAY STATIC

OWS 009CS

HOLM, MICHAEL: Mark of the Devil I & II Cassette (OWS 009CS) 10.00
Cassette version. Include alternate artwork. Limited to 300 copies. "One Way Static Records is proud to bring you their latest release, one where we had the chance to work with German composer Michael Holm. Mark of the Devil was released in 1970 and is certainly a film that has achieved a real cult status, it is notorious and known by many horror fans for being given the first ever 'V' for violence certificate (or was it a 'V' for vomit, since vomit bags were handed out at screenings of the film). A sequel was also produced in 1973, both soundtracks are featured here on this release. The musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions. It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated. The central theme evokes the feel of Riz Ortolani's theme for Cannibal Holocaust, which ironically was only written ten years later. Even spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s written by composers such as Morricone and Bruno Nicolai come to mind when experiencing this album. Strings & the use of a spiteful and venomous Slavic sounding electric violin on this score (which literally scratches out the jagged and virulent variation of the romantic theme) has the effect of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Almost in a similar fashion to that of composer Jerry Goldsmith in his more mischievous and threatening sections of Gremlins and Legend. The second soundtrack included on this release is Mark of the Devil II, which was released in 1973. The main music for this particular movie was the work of Don Banks, John Scott and Sam Sklair."


OWS 013CS

KROG, TIM: The Boogeyman Cassette (OWS 013CS) 10.00
Cassette version. Include alternate artwork. Limited to 300 copies. "One Way Static Records is proud to be bring you their latest release, one where we had the chance to work with German director Ulli Lommel and composer Tim Krog. In 1980 Lommel directed The Boogeyman starring John Carradine, which became a 'slasher genre' hit and made the UK's banned 'Video Nasties' list. Two sequels were also produced in 1981 and 1983. To underscore his film, Lommel needed a soundtrack that fitted the times like the synth based John Carpenter styled soundscapes used in Halloween. By the late seventies, electronic music had achieved new heights of popularity. Technological innovations such as the Mini-Moog became a weapon of choice for new composers, churning out chilling electronic music that showed the industry its full creative potential. For this he turned to Tim Krog and his team 'Synthe-Sound-Trax' composed out of Jan Barlett and Ed Christiano. This trio produced a soundtrack far more progressive and unique than one might expect. Moving easily between traditional melodies and more experimental textures, The Boogeyman's score is a superb example of an economical but highly effective scoring style that would be prevalent throughout the ensuing decade. As you listen to these soundscapes, remember one thing: 'The Boogey man' will get you if you don't watch out."

OUT-SIDER (SPAIN)

OSR 036LP

KING BISCUIT ENTERTAINERS: Northwest Unreleased Masters, 1967-1970 LP (OSR 036LP) 25.50
Featuring Ray Kennedy and Roger Huycke from legendary garage band The Wilde Knights (of "Beaver Patrol"/"Just Like Me" fame), King Biscuit Entertainers rocked the Northwest music scene between 1968 and 1971, building up a reputation as one of the better live bands from the Pacific Northwest ballroom circuit. In addition to releasing a bunch of 45s for several local labels, the band recorded a lot of stuff at their own state-of-the art home studio, material that has not seen the light of day until now. This retrospective features a selection from their previously unreleased tape archive plus rare 45 sides, 1967-1970, including the fantastic garage-jangle 45 they recorded under the Genesis name. Music ranges from British-influenced mod-psych to early hard rock with stunning guitar and vocals. The raw sound and production brings to mind similar bands like Brain Police. Remastered sound; includes liner notes.


OSR 037LP

SABATTIS: Warning in the Sky LP (OSR 037LP) 25.50
Sabattis were an underground hard rock band from New York formed in 1968 by Jim Marvin (guitar and lead vocals), Gary Culotta (keyboard and vocals), Larry Wegman (drums), and Rocky Kaler (bass). Influenced by bands like Deep Purple, Mountain, and Grand Funk, they gigged around town playing lots of psychedelic clubs and venues. In 1970, they recorded a demo with the intention of securing a record deal, but the deal never came. The demo tape was in fact a fully finished album recorded and engineered by a friend of the band, Mick Gauzaski, who, despite using a homemade studio, managed to obtain a real pro sound -- no wonder Gauzaski has since won multiple Grammys. The Sabattis demo remained unreleased until 2011 when Jargon Records discovered the tapes and put out a CD edition with the band's involvement. This is the first vinyl release of Warning in the Sky, remastered from the original tapes, featuring a new cover design, and including an insert with rare photos and liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It's Psychedelic Baby!). Sabbatis's sound is powerful heavy-psych with swirling Hammond organ and hard guitar, bringing to mind other obscure acts like Jungle.

PAN (UK)

PAN 063CD

HELM: Olympic Mess CD (PAN 063CD) 16.50
London-based experimentalist Luke Younger (aka Helm) returns to PAN with Olympic Mess, a record born of destructive practice, competing desires, and troubled optimism. Where his previous effort, 2014's The Hollow Organ (PAN 050EP), dealt in dense, distressed sonics, Olympic Mess is Younger responding to a period spent engaged with loop-based industrial music, dub techno, and balearic disco. These musical references, all of which can induce hypnotic states and feelings of euphoria, inform ten evocative aural landscapes that unfurl over the course of an hour and act almost as a counterpoint to the turmoil that spawned them. "It's about exploring a perverse desire to pull the rug from under yourself, and the struggle to achieve a healthy equilibrium between one's personal and artistic lives," Younger says. "Dealing with the problematic consequences of pushing your own limits, forming and dissolving relationships, transient lifestyles, physical and mental exhaustion, excess, and other kinds of personal chaos." Crafted using an array of heavily processed samples, found sound, and electroacoustics, personal conflict manifests in "I Exist in a Fog" and "Outerzone 2015," in which visceral noise disintegrates into veiled, ambient strata. The disquieting crescendos of "The Evening in Reverse" and "Fluid Cloak" offer no such relief, while the title-track and "Don't Lick the Jacket" are mineral, multilayered abstractions twisting around a brittle pulse. Following a period of extensive touring throughout the States and Europe, which included 20 dates in support of Danish punk group Iceage, Olympic Mess was recorded in London, New York, and Berlin by Sean Ragon, Luke Younger, and John Hannon. The album is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. It features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas.

PARADISE BANGKOK (THAILAND)

PB 008EP

PHETSUPHAN/THE SUPER RANAT BAND, WAIPOD: Ding Ding Dong/A-Ba-Ni-Bi 7" (PB 008EP) 15.00
"Based loosely on the novelty song from the Italian sex comedy When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong, legendary luk thung singer Waipod Phetsuphan laments the highs and lows of sexual pursuits, as Ethio-style horns punctuate the vocal on a rough R&B drum workout. The Super Ranat Band's cut appears here for the first time on 45. Over the toughest grooves, it sounds like the group have thrown all their percussion and xylophones down the stairwell of an eight-story building."

PENULTIMATE PRESS (UK)

PP 008LP

KSIEZYC: Ksi??yc LP (PP 008LP) 29.00
2015 repress of the 2013 reissue, pressed on white vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Ksi??yc (Moon) was a project from Poland active in the 1990s. Members included Agata Harz (vocals), Katarzyna Smoluk (vocals, piano), Robert Nizi?ski (wind instruments, keyboards), Lechos?aw Polak (accordion, keyboards, synthesizers), and Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj (lyrics, tapes). The spirit of Ksi??yc captures early and late music with a medieval sound, rooted in Slavic tradition combined with elements of minimalism and vocal experiments of the 20th century. The alchemy of these constituent parts results in a breathtaking original music, both delicate and sinister. The surreal, fairy-tale-inspired lyrics add to the inherent beauty, sadness, and madness within. Originally released on cassette and 10" vinyl by OBUH Records in 1996, the group's defining statement has now been remastered by Piotr Nykiel at Nykiel Audio and cut on 12", allowing for vastly improved sound quality. This reissue is presented in a beautiful gatefold with printed inner sleeve; an elegant reworking of the artwork introduces lyrics including English translations for the first time.

PERLON (GERMANY)

PERL 105CD

VILOD: Safe in Harbour CD (PERL 105CD) 17.00
The smart and airy groove of atoms in space rules this mesmerizing album from Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer as Vilod, leading off with an irresistibly deconstructed downbeat monstrosity deceptively tagged as the "Modern Hit Midget" -- it's actually a giant. One giant of seven, to be precise: Safe in Harbour contains seven giants of free funk that proceed through a variety of way-out psychedelicacies. Which increase in flavor under headphones. The wane of the free-floating energy in Villalobos and Loderbauer's 2011 Re: ECM work is more than offset here by the increase in rhythmic push through sensual syncopation and eruptive bass energy. The duo is the impetus in Perlon's swinging machine.

RAMP (UK)

RAMP 067EP

KINLAW: New Palms Part 1 12" (RAMP 067EP) 15.50
Hailing from Dorset and residing in Bristol, English producer Kinlaw (aka Hamish Trevis) works in a photo lab by day, like Seymour Parrish in One Hour Photo (2002), and by night produces some of the most exciting hip hop England has produced since Hudson Mohawke's first tracks were uploaded to Myspace. His first collection of tracks for Ramp, New Palms Part 1, ranges from low-slung meditative rhythms to bass-heavy speaker-blowing hip hop. Kinlaw cuts and splices hazy field recordings with 144p YouTube rips while sprinkling his tracks with shiny drum hits, referencing R&B and trap through his dreamy skew.

RECOGNITION (POLAND)

RECOG 002CD

SIENKIEWICZ, JACEK: Drifting CD (RECOG 002CD) 17.00
Jacek Sienkiewicz is back. Drifting is the artist's fifth full-length release and the second on his Warsaw-based label Recognition since 1999. His records have been played and strongly supported by such renowned artists as Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin; legendary producers like Ricardo Villalobos, Uwe Schmidt, and, in 2015, Max Loderbauer have collaborated with Sienkiewicz (RECOG 035EP). Drifting takes its listener on a complex but still accessible journey to state-of-the-art techno territory where Carl Craig melodies coexist with the stark minimalism of Robert Hood, but they serve only as entry points for further exploration. There is no doubt -- Sienkiewicz knows all of his roots yet he creates a signature sound that results from his highly original approach to modern electronic music production. Drifting can be seen as a personal diary that Sienkiewicz uses to invite all listeners, no matter their listening preferences, on a deep and unique ride. Constant drift and dislocation creates imaginary landscapes of future unknown. A pleasant surprise at a time when the market is flooded with predictable releases and tasteless hype. Above all, this album comes both from the soul and the brain and it shouldn't be missed. Every listen is a different adventure.

ROX VOX (UK)

RV 1006CD

STILLS, STEPHEN: Live in Concert: KBFH Portland Oregon 10-4-76/The Palladium NYC 1-9-77 CD (RV 1006CD) 17.00
In late 1976 and early 1977, Stephen Stills was operating on his own after the collapse of the short-lived Stills-Young Band, and before hooking up with David Crosby and Graham Nash for CSN's 1977 self-titled hit album. This gave him the opportunity to tour solo, showcasing his skills on vocals, guitar, and piano, sometimes with a rhythm section, and sometimes entirely on his own. Originally broadcast on the syndicated radio show the King Biscuit Flower Hour, these performances from October 1976 and January 1977 feature Stills letting his versatility fly on CSNY classics, highlights of his solo career, and material that had yet to find release, as well as a cover of Fred Neil's classic "Everybody's Talkin'." The complete radio broadcast is presented here with digitally remastered sound, background liners, and images.

RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)

RB 056EP

FORT ROMEAU: Fairlights 12" (RB 056EP) 14.00
Concept record alert! Fairlights by Fort Romeau is a tribute to the -- technically minded readers might raise an eyebrow -- Australian computer musical instrument that people like Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, or Kate Bush fell in love with during the late 1970s and early 1980s. If Fort Romeau's 2015 Insides album is like painting with oil, Fairlights is like drawing with permanent marker -- to quote the man himself. All based on the word "Saku," these tracks form an epic journey evolving around heartbreaking dancefloor romanticism, jaw-breaking beat exercises, life-affirming ambient digressions, and a general feeling of spring fever.

RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)

RH RSS13-CD

SUMY: Tryin to Survive CD (RH RSS13-CD) 17.00
Limited CD reissue of this Surinamese cult funk album, originally released in 1983 and reissued on vinyl in 2014. With an estimated 500,000 inhabitants, Suriname has always had a lively music scene. Although the country is little known internationally, it has a very strong influence on the Netherlands, where many Surinamese people live. Music from Suriname is mainly known for its kaseko (which evolved out of the traditional kawina music) and soul music, but the Surinamese have also been active in other genres such as pop, funk, and jazz. Between 1976 and 1983, Suriname had a lively soul scene, with the output varying from eccentric soul tracks to more up-tempo disco and boogie crossovers. These tracks have since become increasingly rare and hard to find. Kindred Spirits' 2012 compilation Surinam! Boogie & Disco Funk from the Surinamese Dance Floors 76' - 83' (KSDF 002LP) gave a proper introduction to these hidden gems and included the tune "Soul with Milk," from Sumy's Tryin to Survive LP. This 1983 boogie and disco-funk album is now available again to a wider audience, as a limited CD edition with two bonus tracks. Tryin to Survive is truly one of a kind... Expect atypical, pounding rhythms; striking guitars; and stabbing keyboards and synths. This reissue precedes more digging efforts, the resurfacing of more Surinamese funk tracks, and the 2015 release of another Surinam! compilation.

SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)

SKUDGEW 009EP

VELEZ, J: Intramuros 12" (SKUDGEW 009EP) 12.50
After 2014's set of acclaimed releases on L.I.E.S., Crème Organization, and Rush Hour, Jorge Velez comes to Skudge White to drop a proper dose of relentless subterranean techno. On "Les Méandres," factory rhythms carry a sinister, echoed call-and-response synth pattern. "Blue Bottle" brings volcanic, hissing synths to an intense peak over hammering rhythms. "Tunnel," Velez says, is the sound of "the most intense moment on the floor when it's just a blur of all sounds and lights and the pound of the drums." "Hydrocution" delivers a hypnotic, metallic combination of rhythm and dissonant synths. Original artwork by Pauline Gouablin.

SOFRITO SUPER SINGLES (UK)

SOFR 011EP

BOLANGASSA, JEAN-MARIE: Brazzaville Percussions EP 12" (SOFR 011EP) 17.00
"The founder member of Afro-disco legends M'Bamina wickedly go-betweening Congolese roots and swingeing techno: three boom shots of raw, virtuosic percussion, threaded with complex drum-machine programming and sparse synths."

SOFT TOUCH (UK)

ST 002EP

REWORK: Lovecall 10" (ST 002EP) 12.50
Seth Troxler, primarily recognized for his bond with Detroit and its varying strands of house and techno, founded his Soft Touch imprint in 2014 to seek out left-of-center cuts touching on "interstellar guitar, calypso disco and seductive techno tracks." The label's second release comes from the trio Rework (Visionquest, Playhouse). "Girl or a Boy" kicks things off with a dense wall of ducking pads before Sascha Hedgehog's vocals prowl over moody chord shifts. The title-track emits a Miami-tinged glow atop a walking bass pattern and a melancholic synth refrain before "Moon" sets hazy guitar licks rotating inside an aquatic casing.

SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)

SOMM 025CD

BAZAR: Drabantbyrock CD (SOMM 025CD) 17.00
Bazar was one of the hardest-working progressive bands from Scandinavia. This is the first reissue of their killer second album from 1974. Wah-wah-fuelled guitar action, organ, flute, melodic vocals, and radical lyrics. Drabantbyrock combines heavy numbers, West Coast guitar jams, and dreamy moments, featuring the superb guitar playing of Bent Patey. Kick-ass psychedelic/progressive hard rock from Norway, highly recommended for those into Swedish hard rock bands such as November. 24-bit remastering. Includes insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It's Psychedelic Baby!) and photos. Features original artwork in gatefold sleeve.

SPITTLE RECORDS (ITALY)

SPITTLE 1000CD

VA: 391 Vol. 1: Marche - Voyage Through the Deep 80s Underground in Italy 2CD (SPITTLE 1000CD) 25.00
The 391 project was born in 1983 from the desire of two troubled teenagers from the boring provincial town of Ascoli Piceno, Italy, to give life and form to a series of tape compilations portraying the Italian music underground. The name choice was intended as a tribute Dadaist Francis Picabia's magazine of the same name. The intent was to geographically organize the musical material, probing the new wave and post-punk groups region by region. A mapping of Italy's music, the marginalized and angular, selected to represent the most radical of the new national rock scene, and to capture the very essence of the group that grew up in the aftermath of the post-'77 explosion. Despite a great deal of collected material from various regions, the 391 project stopped in 1985, after the release of the first two volumes dedicated to Marche and Umbria. In 2015, more than thirty years after its birth, 391 resumes the thread and widens the sound spectrum in an effort to be as comprehensive as possible, returning to unearth treasures, in many cases not yet emerged, through a new journey into deep Italian underground. Available in three separate volumes: Vol. 1: Marche (SPITTLE 1000CD), Vol. 2: Piemonte (SPITTLE 1001CD), and Vol. 3: Toscana (SPITTLE 1002CD). Includes tracks by SWBZ, 3-D Stress, The Manimal, Usasi Cobol, Exxess, Dagon, Europack, Tzar's Re-Vox, Kaspar & Hauser, 3B Unit, Alcatraz Solution, Marilyn's Pills, The Carriage of the Xylophonist, Marlene, Joe d'Elirio, The Rays of God, The End, Paul Dark, Nuclear Sunset, Violet Tongues, Scroto Nero, Think Tank, Screaming Floor, Izvestija, The Clouds Factory, Spasmi, Voluptas Dolendi, U-Boot 319, Sin-Ta, Network, The Art of Parties, Blind Dumb Deaf, Celery Price, Electric Garden, Leserfahrt, and Red Star.


SPITTLE 1001CD

VA: 391 Vol. 2: Piemonte - Voyage Through the Deep 80s Underground in Italy 2CD (SPITTLE 1001CD) 25.00
The 391 project was born in 1983 from the desire of two troubled teenagers from the boring provincial town of Ascoli Piceno, Italy, to give life and form to a series of tape compilations portraying the Italian music underground. The name choice was intended as a tribute Dadaist Francis Picabia's magazine of the same name. The intent was to geographically organize the musical material, probing the new wave and post-punk groups region by region. A mapping of Italy's music, the marginalized and angular, selected to represent the most radical of the new national rock scene, and to capture the very essence of the group that grew up in the aftermath of the post-'77 explosion. Despite a great deal of collected material from various regions, the 391 project stopped in 1985, after the release of the first two volumes dedicated to Marche and Umbria. In 2015, more than thirty years after its birth, 391 resumes the thread and widens the sound spectrum in an effort to be as comprehensive as possible, returning to unearth treasures, in many cases not yet emerged, through a new journey into deep Italian underground. Available in three separate volumes: Vol. 1: Marche (SPITTLE 1000CD), Vol. 2: Piemonte (SPITTLE 1001CD), and Vol. 3: Toscana (SPITTLE 1002CD). Vol. 2 includes tracks by Carmody, Monuments, Casino des Images, Mixo, Synthetic Sun, Quiet, Novostj, Suicide Dada, Teknospray, The Alcove, Chromagain, Busy & Gigi, Prostitutes, Nijinsky Folie, Spa, Thugs, Politburo, Viridanse, Tommy de Chirico, MitrascurI, Luna Incostante, Bedlam, Aqua, Intolerance, Deafear, Demoskopea, Destijil, Hiroshima, Meursault, Display, Lavorare Stanca, Magritte, Cromolux, Eazycon, Harr Harr Skebath!, After Moon Generation, and No Strani.


SPITTLE 1002CD

VA: 391 Vol. 3: Toscana - Voyage Through the Deep 80s Underground in Italy 2CD (SPITTLE 1002CD) 25.00
The 391 project was born in 1983 from the desire of two troubled teenagers from the boring provincial town of Ascoli Piceno, Italy, to give life and form to a series of tape compilations portraying the Italian music underground. The name choice was intended as a tribute Dadaist Francis Picabia's magazine of the same name. The intent was to geographically organize the musical material, probing the new wave and post-punk groups region by region. A mapping of Italy's music, the marginalized and angular, selected to represent the most radical of the new national rock scene, and to capture the very essence of the group that grew up in the aftermath of the post-'77 explosion. Despite a great deal of collected material from various regions, the 391 project stopped in 1985, after the release of the first two volumes dedicated to Marche and Umbria. In 2015, more than thirty years after its birth, 391 resumes the thread and widens the sound spectrum in an effort to be as comprehensive as possible, returning to unearth treasures, in many cases not yet emerged, through a new journey into deep Italian underground. Available in three separate volumes: Vol. 1: Marche (SPITTLE 1000CD), Vol. 2: Piemonte (SPITTLE 1001CD), and Vol. 3: Toscana (SPITTLE 1002CD). Vol. 3 includes tracks by The Antennas, The Gam Ones, Dia-Triba, The Beesunti, Exit, Dr. Dodo, Lirico, Comida Frugal, Vanish Memory, Yalta, Tape Transfer, Out of Sync, Charly Fun, L.A.S.'s Crime, Paul Ray, Still, Redox, Passiflora, Alito Control, Alogena, Uncertain Smile, Not the Same Jazz, Hanomen Ixen, Stropharia Merdaria, Circosmosi, Mostri, Uomini e Dei, New-Da, Thanatou Melos, Symbiosi, Zehelendorf, La Disciplina, Claudio Fusai & Franco Piri Focardi, Tecnoplurals, Zogarten, Quideau, Delta Tau Chi, and The Garden.

STUDIO LAM (THAILAND)

SL 003EP

PARADISE BANGKOK MOLAM INTERNATIONAL BAND, THE: Kwang Noi Chaolay 12" (SL 003EP) 16.00
"Heavyweight, disco-leaning contemporary Molam." Includes a dub by Nick Manasseh and a remix by Rabih Beaini.

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)

SR 379LP

TOOP, DAVID: Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul - Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978 LP (SR 379LP) 15.50
LP version. Mixed by Lawrence English. Recordings from 1978 by David Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies, and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the spirits move about. Includes 40-page booklet with text and pictures telling the full story of Toop's fascinating journey in 1978 through the Amazon jungle to meet and record the last Yanomami shamans.


SR 380LP

ART ZOYD: Génération Sans Futur LP (SR 380LP) 15.50
LP version. Génération Sans Futur (Generation Without a Future), Art Zoyd's third LP originally released in 1980 through Atem Records, returns to the sound (and lineup, plus Daniel Denis (Univers Zero)) of the group's first album, Symphonie Pour le Jour où Brûleront les Cités (SR 330CD/LP). The 17-minute "La Ville" is a powerful epic, featuring Thierry Zaboïtzeff's prehistoric grunts, complex time shifts, and a tribal/ritualistic feel once again close to the spirit of Magma. But unlike "Musique pour l'Odyssée" (the title-track of Art Zoyd's second album (SR 364CD/LP)), the music here is fast-paced, less atmospheric, more organized. It plays on the tension that would remain the basis of Art Zoyd's originality: a tribal, atavistic feel contrasting with contemporary classical aesthetics. Actually, Génération Sans Futur may lean more toward the contemporary side, as exemplified by pieces like "Divertissement," "Trois Miniatures," and the manic "Speedy Gonzales." "Génération Sans Futur," on the other hand, taps into a more visceral progressive rock format and percussionist Daniel Denis actually gets to play drums for a couple of minutes, giving the piece an unusual drive. A strong album, unavailable for years, now reissued with new artwork.

SUFFERAH'S CHOICE (UK)

DUBK 026EP

DUBKASM (FEAT. YT AND RUDEY LEE): Higher Meds/Coming in Ruff 12" (DUBK 026EP) 14.50
Ipswich, England's finest, YT, delivers the energetic and conscious cut "Higher Meds," complete with sax-drenched dub. The B-side is sweet-voiced Bristolian (and Smith & Mighty veteran) Rudey Lee's soulful, righteous "Coming in Ruff." Freshly played with no samples and mastered on half-inch tape at Stardelta, the dubplate has already gone global, mashing up dances and getting instant rewinds all over the world.

SUN DOG PROPAGANDA

SPD 001BK

CONNOLLY, LESLIE CLAGUE AND SHARON CHESLOW, CYNTHIA: Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground (79-85) Book (SPD 001BK) 23.00
"After nearly 10 years out of production, Banned in DC is finally back in print. It was thought that the sixth edition -- which was released in 2005 -- would be the final version of the book, as the many of the negatives used to make the printing plates had deteriorated beyond use. However, due to consistent demand, Connolly decided to undertake the laborious task of recreating the book, hewing as closely as possible to the original design only this time as a permanent digital negative. Assembled by Cynthia Connolly, Lelsie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow and originally released in December of 1988, Banned in DC collects hundreds of photos, flyers, and stories documenting the DC punk scene of the mid-'80s. The intention of the book -- one of the first to be published on punk in the US -- was to capture the feeling and energy of the movement, using stories from the many people who were involved. Images of many of the bands of that time can be found in this book: Minor Threat, Faith, Marginal Man, Scream, Red C, Bad Brains, Nuclear Crayons, Insurrection, Hate from Ignorance, G. I., Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, Void, Second Wind, and many more. With the seventh edition of Banned in DC, publisher and founding author Cynthia Connolly has added an eight-page afterword explaining how and why the book came together. The story highlights years growing up in Los Angeles in the late '70s and early '80s -- going to shows and discovering and documenting the punk scene in DC after her family relocated to the area in 1981." Softbound, 185 pages; black & white.

SWP RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)

SWP 047CD

CHILALA & NGOMA ZASU, BRIAN: Vangaza! CD (SWP 047CD) 15.50
Brian Chilala is known in Zambia as "The Rebel," with his sharp lyrics satirically addressing both moral and political issues in the country. Onetime protégé of both Zamrock legend Paul Ngozi and Amayenge leader Chris Chali, Chilala has been performing his own songs since 1997, when he also formed his own backing group, Ngoma Zasu. They are a true pan-Zambian band, playing all the dance styles from the various provinces of the country with great expertise and talent; the homegrown kalindula style is alive and well thanks to them, and their live performances are explosive! Zambia lies between the Congo and Zimbabwe, not only geographically, but also musicologically. Looking at it that way, the music just has to be interesting, and this wonderful compilation of Zambia's most energetic frontman and one of the best bands in the country does not disappoint. Kalindula is back -- in fact it never really went away. So Vangaza -- let's dance!

TAPETE (GERMANY)

TR 316CD

LAST DAYS OF APRIL: Sea of Clouds CD (TR 316CD) 18.00
Since their formation in 1996, Swedish band Last Days of April has enriched the world with their enchanting indie pop. Their ninth album, Sea of Clouds, follows a series of outstanding releases. And yet the ninth studio album by this Stockholm band -- based around the songwriter Karl Larsson -- sounds so much more deliberate, mature, and balanced than ever before, while continuing the band's hunt for the timelessly beautiful Swedish pop song, in a snow flurry between Neil Young and The Lemonheads. The result is a wonderful long-player, and the group's most authentic and grounded work so far. This is surely due to the restrained instrumentation of the nine pieces. The songs are carried by acoustic guitar and piano, as well as by gently propulsive drum rhythms and immersive, reverberant guitars. It all comes together to underline Larsson's delicate, crystal-clear vocals in the most grandiose fashion. Sea of Clouds impresses with its shimmering melancholy and alternates between quiet, reverent numbers ("Sea of Clouds" and "Oh Well") and sprawling, guitar-propelled songs like "The Thunder and Storm." In between, there are charming and simply captivating pop songs/compositions (opener "The Artist" or "Everybody Knows") that have the character of classic Last Days of April hits. The pieces are always catchy, inviting the listener to dream, sometimes even to dance. In contrast to its predecessors, for Sea of Clouds the band dispensed with digital technology while recording and captured the entire album live to tape in just two and a half days, relying exclusively on analog equipment and recording without overdubs. Without countless synthesizer and guitar tracks that would create a glossy sheen, Sea of Clouds is somewhat purified and cleansed compared to previous albums such as If You Lose It (2004) or Might As Well Live (2007). The purely analog form of the recordings can only be realized in a handful of studios in Sweden or even throughout Europe. Last Days of April chose to work in the legendary Atlantis Studios in Stockholm, where bands such as ABBA or The Cardigans once cavorted. Immediately upon hearing the first few bars of the opening track "The Artist," it becomes clear that this was the perfect decision. After decades of touring around the globe, Last Days of April have delivered their strongest and truest work to date. Simply a beautiful piece of music, for faithful fans and the newly converted.

TELEPHONE EXPLOSION (CANADA)

TER 014LP

SEGALL/BLACK TIME, TY: Split LP (TER 014LP) 20.00
2015 repress. "It didn't take long for the first two runs to sell out, and both became collector's items, so act fast! Side A stabs you in the eye with seven of Ty Segall's heaviest jams, including a cover of The Avengers' 'Be a Caveman!' Side B sees UK veterans Black Time in fine form. Six unrelenting and distorted songs that are unmistakably Black Time."

TRESOR (GERMANY)

TRES 233LP

RUSKIN, JAMES: The Dash 2LP (TRES 233LP) 25.00
2015 repress, originally released in 2008. "Six and a half years after the release of his last album Into Submission on Tresor (Tresor 173), James Ruskin returns with The Dash, delivering prodigious new tracks that are not only stunning in contrast to his earlier dark and urban techno but even startling as the tracks unfold in bold innovation. With The Dash James Ruskin is in full control and weaves a work of penetrating electronica that shares dancefloor pieces with heady, downbeat soundscapes. An album of integral finery that will have you 'listening' more intently with each play."

VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)

VAMPI 45062EP

VA: Big Box Of Afrosound 10x7" BOX (VAMPI 45062EP) 59.00
Vampisoul follows it's Afrosound Of Colombia compilations with a box set containing ten 45s with rare and hard-to-find tropical tracks from the '60s and '70s golden period of the seminal Colombian label Discos Fuentes. This collection Includes many hard-to-find tracks reissued for the first time, presented with liner notes by compiler Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead and illustrations by CS Fossett. "Back when I was first conceiving of the Afrosound of Colombia in 2009, I fantasized about making some limited edition 45s of just such a selection from the Fuentes vaults - putting out a few tracks that were either very hard to find and expensive to get on 45, or that had never been available before on 7-inch. Early on in the design process for Volume 2 of Afrosound, Iñigo Pastor, Vampisoul's mastermind, had told me how much he liked CS Fossett's artwork, especially the panel with all the portraits of Fuentes stars. In fact, he suggested we use that as a jumping off point to do a series of 45s utilizing the individual portraits as sleeve art, each one highlighting two songs by that artist, with the tie in concept that we pitch the project as "learn to dance the Afrosound with DJ Bongohead" or some such tag. The main idea was inspired by Iñigo and Vampisoul's brilliant box of Latin soul and boogaloo 45s from a few years back. This way I could do a special collection of ten 45s, not just a few singles, drawing from both of the already issued volumes of Afrosound and also putting in some selections that Iñigo and I wanted to have on 45. Some would be tunes released on this format for the first time, while others were cuts nearly impossible to find in the original vinyl; some would be specially remastered just for this project, coming from deep within the vaults at Fuentes HQ in Medellín. But the most important criteria was the tracks had to be fun and/or "crazy"? These twenty jams represent the taste not only of myself and Iñigo, but also several trusted advisors and fellow travelers down the road of Colombian music who tipped me off to certain amazing Fuentes tracks and artists over the years." --DJ Bongohead

VIA VENETO JAZZ (ITALY)

VVJ 099CD

FUNK OFF: Things Change CD (VVJ 099CD) 20.00
After all the work, performances, recordings, concerts, and life experiences shared together since their formation in 1998, Funk Off finally present their sixth album, Things Change. Things have indeed changed and continue to do so; in fact, the band has been taking on more black music and capturing the essence of soul music. For the first time Funk Off hosts two special guest singers and co-authors, namely rising star of American black music Avery*Sunshine on "Dance With Me" and internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist Raul Midòn on "Deja Vu." They're two tracks on which all the passion, emotion, and power of Funk Off's soul cuts through. To emphasize this creative streak, the sole guest instrument on this album is played by the legendary Fred Wesley, trombonist to James Brown, on "Bill & the Sweet Fairy." With Things Change, Funk Off start a new chapter yet maintain that dynamic, intense energy evident in their live shows. As in their previous works, the notes, the groove, the chemistry and empathy all build up in a unique emotional experience, leading to a collection of musical ideas and creating something wholly unique among these 15 musicians led by Dario Cecchini. There are a number of references that recall the roots of soul: "Inner City Soul" inspired by Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" and "Bill & the Sweet Fairy," dedicated to Bill Withers. The album also includes compositions with linear song structures such as "Soulmates" and "Groovy Day." "Talking Pictures" is a song deeply reminiscent of a ballad/beguine, markedly differing from Funk Off's typical style. "Yin and Yang" is a flute-centered track, traditionally present in each of their albums, while "To Bits" and "The Certain Doubt" have the harder edge of the band's sound. "Things Change" is the song that seems to summarize this album, with a swaggering, relaxed, cheerful groove, but also more introspective than the other tracks. "A Breath of Fresh Air" is an upbeat, swinging march inspired by New Orleans marching bands, acknowledging the band's debt to that tradition.

VOODOO FUNK UK (UK)

VF 009CD

USUAH, MARY AFI: Ekpenyong Abasi CD (VF 009CD) 14.00
A stupendous blend of scintillating highlife, smoking Fela, and spaced-out, funkdafied black jazz, from 1975, reissued for the first time. Mari Affiong Usuah from Oron, by way of Calabar, in southeastern Nigeria, fronting a knockout band led by Daniel "Satch" Asuquo from the Atomic 8 (and formerly of Bobby Benson's orchestra). The afrofunk cuts are especially killer -- with James Brown just percolating through by the end -- but it's a stunning, magnificent album, through and through. Beautifully sleeved, too, with excellent notes by Uchenna from Comb & Razor. "Gob, smacked," he recalls, about his first listen; "mind, blown."


VF 009LP

USUAH, MARY AFI: Ekpenyong Abasi LP (VF 009LP) 20.00
LP version.

ZAIJENROOTS (GERMANY)

ZAI 003EP

NOWAK, MATT: Aleister 12" (ZAI 003EP) 14.00
Matt Nowak inaugurated Zaijenroots under his No Mad Ronin moniker alongside Jerome Sydenham in 2013 (ZAI 001EP), before reappearing for the second release with Quiet Daze (Ian Pooley) on remix duties (ZAI 002EP). Here, "Aleister" sees Nowak and Sebastian Klenk create an acosmic track that opens with a touch of funk before sullen synths make way for punchy SP-1200 beats and unsettling throbs. Sydenham's remix of No Mad Ronin's "Chemical Planet," from Zaijenroots' second release, features a perennial hook joined by intangible spoken samples and a subtle sub-bass. The subterranean "Lenore" ties things together with echoes and spacey atmospherics.

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