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Forced Exposure New Releases for 7/20/2015

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New music is due from Ellen Allien, Mike Cooper, and Bong, while old music is due from Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, Laurie Spiegel, and Hashish.

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4 MEN WITH BEARDS

4M 126LP

SIMONE, NINA: The Amazing Nina Simone LP (4M 126LP) 22.00
2015 repress. "Nina's second LP, originally released in 1959, The Amazing Nina Simone features a repertoire ranging from a swinging 'Stompin' at the Savoy' and an emotional 'It Might as Well Be Spring' to an English folk ballad ('Tomorrow'), spirituals, and an R&B song ('You've Been Gone Too Long') and is backed by a subtle orchestra arranged by Bob Mersey that effectively showcases her top-form vocals. 180 gram vinyl."


4M 138LP

NICO: Chelsea Girl LP (4M 138LP) 22.00
2015 repress. "Her debut originally released in 1967 (mere months after the groundbreaking The Velvet Underground & Nico album). A masterpiece of dark orchestral folk-pop featuring playing and songwriting help from the VU's Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison (as well as the then unknown Jackson Browne who was dating Nico at the time). Features the definitive version of Browne's 'These Days,' as well as classics like the title track and Tim Hardin's 'Eulogy For Lenny Bruce.'"

ANPQUARTERLY

ANPQ V2#8

ANPQUARTERLY: Volume 2/Number 8 MAG (ANPQ V2#8) 0.01
ANPQuarterly is a free publication and you may add a copy to your order at no cost while supplies last. 146 pages. Features articles with VDROME, Either Way, Portland Museum of Modern Art, Top 40, Pacific to the Company, Clara Cakes, Khallil Joseph, Matt Connors, Go Girl, Dark Entries, Ed Templeton, The Hippie Mafia, Deadbeat Club, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Feelings Film Festival, Letizia Battaglia, Jim Drain, Smoke on the Water, Dorothy Iannone & Jesse Spears.

ATLANTIC

ATL 1441LP

CURSON, TED: The New Thing & The Blue Thing LP (ATL 1441LP) 14.00
Trumpeter Ted Curson's 1966 album for Atlantic, with Bill Barron (tenor sax), Georges Arvanitas (piano), Herb Bushler (bass), Dick Berk (drums). Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

BADIMUP (UK)

BMBL 001EP

WEN: Swingin/Facta Remix 12" (BMBL 001EP) 14.00
Badimup inaugurates its series of limited Black Label releases with a special edition reissue of Wen's "Swingin," in response to ever-increasing demand. Accompanied by a stone cold remix from Facta on the flip and pressed on translucent violet vinyl.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 034LP

RASPBERRY BULBS: Privacy LP (BLACKEST 034LP) 21.00
2015 repress. Raspberry Bulbs is the invention of visual artist and musician Marco del Rio, who, under the guise of He Who Crushes Teeth, co-founded Bone Awl -- one of the most distinguished black metal projects ever to come out of the U.S. Raspberry Bulbs' debut album, Nature Tries Again, emerged in 2011. Hitherto a solo endeavor, RB expanded to a five-piece in the wake of Nature's release, and sought to make a definitive break from black metal's musical signifiers, if not its underlying themes of alienation and abjection -- a path of self-discovery that culminated in the bruised, dynamic visions of their sophomore LP, Deformed Worship (BLACKEST 018LP). Privacy arrives barely a year after its predecessor, but it's a markedly more developed and far-reaching album. Songs of excoriating intensity once again form the basis of the work -- the no-frills 4-track recording capturing all the violence and nuance of del Rio's vocals, of the dual guitar rapport, and the machine-gun rhythm section -- but this time they're interspersed with eerie electronic miniatures, instrumental pieces that suggest unseen worlds, malign energies, forces beyond our comprehension and control. This aura of the uncanny is no accident. Though it's practically impossible to describe Raspberry Bulbs' music without mentioning punk or metal, the band's most important influences are literary: in particular Lovecraft, Machen, Chambers' et al. Includes mp3 download.

BORN FREE (SWEDEN)

BORN 016EP

POWDER: Spray 12" (BORN 016EP) 12.50
Debut EP from this Cos/Mes associate. Every night before sleep she spends time hammering tracks alone in the dark. Far out and far eastern electronics!

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 315EP

ALLIEN, ELLEN: High 12" (BPC 315EP) 12.00
Ellen Allien's first release of 2015 proves once again that love of music is still the best drug on earth. Euphoria can turn into ecstasy by sharing this love on the dancefloor, and Ellen's 11-minute trip "High" is dedicated to the dancing crowd. Subtle and hypnotic, from the pushing bass to the powerful, ascending soundscapes of the Jupiter-8 to the lead vocal line, "You make me feel so high." The B-side is also about her typical way of exchanging energy; while the 303 only tickles at first, the acid helixes soon climb into the trance sky. Listen. Feel. Space out.

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 189LP

SCHNITZLER/PYROLATOR, CONRAD: Con-Struct LP+CD (BB 189LP) 26.50
LP version. Includes CD. Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011), composer and concept artist, was one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/'68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius), and released countless solo albums. Pyrolator, born Kurt Dahlke in 1958, cofounder of the legendary German label and publisher Ata Tak, member of various seminal post-punk bands including D.A.F. and Der Plan, has released solo albums under his artist name from 1979 on. The Con-Struct series has its roots in Schnitzler's daily excursions through the sonic diversity of his synthesizers. Finding exceptional sounds with great regularity, he preserved them for use in subsequent live performances and amassed a vast sound archive. When the Berlin-based m=minimal label reissued two Conrad Schnitzler albums in 2010 and '11 (MINIMAL 001LP, MINIMAL 004LP), label honcho Jens Strüver was granted access to this audio library. Strüver came up with the idea of constructing new compositions, not remixes, from the archived material. On completion of the first Con-Struct album (MINIMAL 007CD/LP), he decided to develop the concept into a series, with different electronic musicians invited into Schnitzler's unique world of sound. Andreas Reihse (Kreidler) was responsible for the second installment in 2013 (MINIMAL 014CD/LP), and now Strüver has chosen Pyrolator to assume Schnitzler's mantle. A few words from Pyrolator: "It was a great honour for me to be asked to curate an edition of the Con-Struct series. Conrad's work is simply too important to turn down such an offer. The guidelines for the Con-Struct series require the curator to select individual tracks which Conrad had used in his live shows and rearrange them to create something new. I must admit, I could not resist the temptation to add one or two of my own ideas. The original tracks were so inspiring, I just had to. My prime objective was to present a side of Conrad which I had always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side. In my opinion, Conrad has always been one of the great pioneers of classic Berlin techno music. I look forward to many more chapters in the Con-Struct collection. Conrad's oeuvre is so extensive and so diverse that many more fascinating aspects await discovery."

COMEME (ARGENTINA)

COMEME 030EP

CARISMA: Vertigo 12" (COMEME 030EP) 14.50
Buenos Aires techno duo Carisma (Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler) follow Directamente (COMEME 025EP, 2014) with their second EP. "Fruta," the EP's most joyful track, incorporates field recordings of tropical mosquitoes and a washing machine's drainage pipe, all put to a bassline. "Discoteca Profunda" is for heavy listening, with electricity, flashes, velocity, and contrast, powerful in the hands of the DJ who dares to drop it. "Conversación Nocturna" is a cinematic interlude before "Vertigo," a prime-time outdoor abstract funk jam. The psychedelic dancefloor narrative of "Dueños de Este Instante" moves through rays of light, velocity, strobes, lasers, and high voltage.

COMPOST BLACK LABEL (GERMANY)

COMP 473EP

PAWAS & SCHAFFHAUSER: Compost Black Label 128 12" (COMP 473EP) 12.00
From his classical roots in tabla and percussion to his Detroit influence in deeper house, techno, and minimal, DJ and producer Pawas Gupta has carved his niche, with releases on Spectral Sound, Night Drive Music, Mood Music, Brut!, and more. Mathias Schaffhäuser debuted on Definitive Records in 1994; he has since appeared on Mo's Ferry, Tic Tac Toe, Blu Fin, Force Inc., Adjunct, Lebensfreude, and many others. He is the founder and owner of Ware, which released his club hit "Hey Little Girl" in 2001. This 12" includes remixes by Patrick Zigon and Nuno dos Santos.

COYOTE RECORDS (UK)

COY 010EP

SPOKES: Green Eyes EP 12" (COY 010EP) 14.50
Following vital contributions to both previous Coyote Kings compilations, Spokes elevates his productions to next-level territory with the Green Eyes EP. "Lo Pan Strikes" features soaring pentatonic melodies offset by futuristic blasts of percussion and precision-engineered bass. On "Ritalin," bright synths swirl and fragment in every direction over even sparser drums and bleeps. The mood darkens a notch on "Mutations," with tautly-driven 808 bass and faintly sinister melodic flourishes. E.M.M.A turns in a remix of "Ritalin" that is nothing short of stunning, completely switching up the vibe with a blurry haze of shimmering synths and reconfigured basslines.

DIAL (GERMANY)

DIAL 071EP

VA: All Part 2 12" (DIAL 071EP) 14.50
Dial Records celebrates its 2015 15th anniversary with a magnificent compilation. All (DIAL 032CD) offers a collection of exclusive works by long-related label artists and friends. Part 2 of the 12" edition includes tracks by Carsten Jost, RNDM, Physical Therapy, John Roberts, and James K.

DJBROADCAST (NETHERLANDS)

DJBROADCAST 001

DJBROADCAST: DJBroadcast Collection 2015 MAG (DJBROADCAST 001) 1.00
DJBroadcast is a free bi-annual publication published by Blueprint Media. "DJ Broadcast is proud to present to you the DJBroadcast Collection magazine. Printed on 192 high-quality format pages, the magazine features over 10 festival-based, stunningly illustrated, long-read articles that won't be found online, or anywhere else."

EGYPTIAN AVENUE (NEW ZEALAND)

AVENUE 001EP

EPOCH: Windmill/Devotion 12" (AVENUE 001EP) 14.00
"Windmill" features the soulful vocal talents of London-based Afiya. Her voice transfixes, meandering and drifting over waves of gently probing breakbeats and a grainy synth melody line to powerfully emotive effect. More wistful and somber still, "Devotion" combines ghostly atmospherics with the chilling vocal and violin contributions of accomplished LA-based musician Alicia Kiah. Sunken ripples of sub-bass lurk beneath her violin strokes and the insistently swaying percussion, creating a mournful yet beautiful piece of music.

EM RECORDS (JAPAN)

EM 1134LP

SYNTOMA: Syntoma LP (EM 1134LP) 22.00
LP version. These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-'80s underground Mexico. Syntoma was founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, made use of synths and drum machines, and was driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These '70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk, and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic and harmonic conceptions; the same can be said for the remaining female/male vocal tracks, but the sense of otherness is boosted as the vocal stylings combine a definite UK '80s feel with an unplaceable geo-temporal essence, spanning decades and continents. Primarily a trio during the period of these recordings, 1981-84, Syntoma transcends the era and stands apart from their peers with a surprising melodic sense, harmonic adventurousness, interesting arrangements and, above all, an atmosphere of freshness and enthusiasm. Includes liner notes and lyrics. CD includes two bonus tracks.


EM 1135LP

TAPES: No Broken Hearts On This Factory Floor 2LP (EM 1135LP) 25.00
Double LP version. Plays at 45 RPM. Shifting tectonic plates, as two island nations collide! London resident Jackson Bailey aka Tapes makes Jamaica-drenched lo-fi bass music, a forward-looking mix of dub, dancehall, and electro roots channeled and filtered through old-school rhythm machines, synths, spring reverb, and delay. Recorded with glorious grit on cassette, sometimes in the red, tape hiss intact but somehow sounding bigger, better and beatier than it should, with a sweet analog patina. There's an aquatic feel here on this first full album from Bailey, a rich brew of deep and soulful sunny JA roots, hints of UK melancholy and industrial smoke, even some icily funky NYC early electro. With an old island soul and a new ear to the future, this first album from Tapes features six previously unreleased tracks plus ten tracks previously issued on his own label and other labels, including Jahtari, in various formats, included here with remastered sound in previously unreleased mixes. With a total running time of 43 minutes, these 16 tracks are available on double LP (45 RPM). UK, JA, NYC: all these letters, and more, spell Tapes. Front cover art by Jimmy Cauty (The KLF). Co-production of EM Records and Corner Stone Music.

ESP-DISK

ESPDISK 1002LP

AYLER TRIO, ALBERT: Spiritual Unity LP (ESPDISK 1002LP) 24.00
2015 repress. LP version. 180 gram virgin vinyl. Pressed in the United States with original artwork restored. Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-Disk' famous (or, in some people's eyes/ears, infamous). Mr. Ayler had already recorded in Europe and, in February '64, in New York, but this was the first album on which neither he nor his collaborators held back. It was also ESP's first jazz recording. Spiritual Unity presented a new improvisation paradigm: looser structure, less regard for standard pitch, and no obligation to present a regular beat. Ayler's sound was unprecedented, much rawer than any other jazz of the time. Sometimes it was expressed in squalls of untempered sound, sometimes in outbursts of poignant spontaneous melody. Meanwhile, under and around the leader's unfettered self-expressions, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray reinvented the roles of their instruments.


ESPDISK 4065EP

TALIBAM!: Cosmoplitude 7" (ESPDISK 4065EP) 7.00
2010 release. Cosmoplitude is a sexy, ultra-limited-edition 45rpm 7" single co-released by ESP Disk' and Electric Cowbell Records. This historic record not only marks Talibam's first ever single and 20th record, but also ESP's first single in their legendary history as a vanguard label. Side A's "Cruisin' the Cooke Isle" and side B's "Cosmic Attidude" are ready for DJ spins on Milano fashion runways, in Brooklyn punk basements, or at hot tub parties from Vegas to Tibet... Ka-ching + Ohm = KA-BONE! Cosmoplitude is a transcendent, compassionate cosmic attitude emanating from and permeating through everything -- space/places/animals/stimuli/desires/gut feelings. If you can catch onto the cosmop, the obstacle course of notated expectations, shifting brightness and energy standards, daily costume changes, uber-media-mind-chip commentary, and cultural/political flux will all suddenly transform into an inspired/extinguished altered state of disjointed iconic impressions giving birth to positive urban countenance and lavish peace. Talibam's Cosmoplitude will improve your own personal cosmoplitude, GUARANTEED.

FLASHBACK MAGAZINE (UK)

FLASHBACK 007

FLASHBACK: Flashback #7 Summer 2015 MAG (FLASHBACK 007) 22.00
Issue #7 of Flashback, Summer 2015. Edited by Richard Morton Jack (co-founder of Sunbeam Records and editor of the Galactic Ramble and Endless Trip books), it features writing from some of the world's leading pop music authorities. In this issue: Vashti Bunyan: In the summer of 1968, Vashti Bunyan set out for the Western Scottish Islands in a horse-drawn wagon. The album she made en route -- and the journey itself -- have become the stuff of legend. Here she tells her story in greater depth than ever before... Jukebox: Wolf People's Dan Davies and Tom Watt on 12 tracks that have inspired them. Album by Album: Dave Green and Trevor Tomkins were perhaps the leading rhythm section in 1960s/'70s British jazz. Here they talk us through several of their classic recordings. Phonograph Record Magazine: The history of this groundbreaking newspaper and its enigmatic founder-editor, the late Martin Robert Cerf. First Person: Bill Evans's late sister-in-law Pat describes the brilliant pianist's unique relationship with her husband Harry. Placebo: The fullest account yet put together of Marc Moulin's pioneering early '70s Belgian jazz-funk outfit. Raw Material: Responsible for two of the most sought-after LPs of the progressive era, this British quintet's story is finally told. Euphoria: Having met on the Sunset Strip in 1964, William D. Lincoln and Hamilton Wesley Watt Jr. conceived one of the more audacious and extravagant albums of the decade. The Beach Boys: A long-overdue reprint of Michael Vosse's eyewitness account of the genius and chaos of Brian Wilson as he toiled on the doomed Smile album. Fuzzy Duck: They were together for less than a year, but Fuzzy Duck made one of the most enduring hard rock albums of their era. Oriental Sunshine: Late '60s Norway was far from pop's cutting edge -- but this sitar-toting trio's sole album is a lost classic. Jimmy Page: A long-lost interview from September 1970, just before the release of Led Zeppelin III, exhumed from the pages of Rock magazine. Van Morrison: Two illuminating articles that appeared shortly after the release of Astral Weeks, and have barely been seen since. Down Underground: Fifty classic antipodean LPs from the heyday of underground rock. Crying to Be Heard: The sole release by Shaun Davey & James Morris, unheard since 1973.

FROG (UK)

FROG 080CD

VA: Memphis Rounders Blues (1928 & 1929) CD (FROG 080CD) 20.00
"25 track collection of country blues recorded in Memphis in 1928 and 1929 featuring rare and alternate takes. All of the rare recordings on this Frog issue have been sourced from the best conditioned copies known to exist. Many titles present alternative takes to those commercially issued and have only been heard by a select few prior to this release." Artists include: Jim Jackson, Frank Stokes, Tommy Johnson, Charlie Kyle, Dan Sane, Will Shade, Hattie Hart, and Minnie Wallace.

GET ON DOWN

GET 54056LP

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Funky Kingston LP (GET 54056LP) 21.00
2015 repress. "Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience 'Pressure Drop' until 1975, when it was released on the US version of their album Funky Kingston, easily considered one of the strongest albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its release in the States it received massive critical applause (even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like 'Sailing On,' 'Time Tough,' and the eponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of course the influential 'Pressure Drop.' Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get on Down now presents a superb reissue of a legendary piece of music history."

GKNSTR (GERMANY)

GKNSTR 007-15EP

ORION: The Tribe Out There EP 12" (GKNSTR 007-15EP) 12.50
Deep, hypnotic techno. Vinyl-only.

GONZAI RECORDS (FRANCE)

FBK 001LP

MARIE ET LES GARCONS: Marie et les Garçons LP (FBK 001LP) 25.00
Originally released by Ze Records in 1980, the sole album by Marie et les Garçons is not really what one might call an album. It collects tracks from two singles from 1977 and 1978, live recordings from 1977, and modernist songs that the band recorded in 1979 in New York. It took only three years for the band to switch their style from early punk to something more aligned with new wave. The A-side of Marie et les Garçons traces this transition, from the opening riff of "Rien a Dire"; through the band's biggest hit, "Rebop," produced by John Cale; to the discoid "P 4 Nº 2." The B-side includes live recordings of the band playing their Velvets-esque art-punk in 1977. Marie et les Garçons was one of the most exciting late '70s French bands, especially because of Patrick Vidal's twisted and repetitive French lyrics, in a unique style that many songwriters would later imitate. With so many bands citing Marie et les Garçons as a significant influence, this first-ever reissue is long overdue. RIYL Television, The Velvet Underground, Wire, PiL, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks.


FBK 002LP

BESOMBES RIZET: Pôle LP (FBK 002LP) 25.00
This French psychedelic masterpiece by Philippe Besombes and Jean-Louis Rizet, originally released by Pôle Records in 1975, is a stunning piece of work created with synths of various kinds (VCS 3 AKS, Synthorchestra Farfisa, Mellotron 400, etc.), occasionally backed up by drums and other sounds. Lauded by artists like Julian Cope and Etienne Jaumet (Zombie Zombie) and diggers around the world, Pôle takes the listener on a trip like the gods of psychedelic music intended, from IRCAM's laboratories to German krautrock; from Faust to Cluster & Eno. The original double LP release is reissued here as a single LP (including download code for original album track "Synthi Soit-Il," absent from this LP). Pôle is ideal for a thorough shamanic journey without any new age namby-pamby. After previewing the opening track ("Haute Pression"), listeners might choose to enjoy the album while tripping, rediscovering that dark and fuzzy side of unknown '70s French avant-garde music.


NFS 001LP

STEEPLE REMOVE: Position Normal LP (NFS 001LP) 20.00
Steeple Remove, founded in 1997, follows its 2008 album Electric Suite with Position Normal, a sound movie that evokes THX 1138 (1971), if George Lucas had swapped his 35mm camera for a Moog. Position Normal is the Rouen, France-based band's fourth album, following a 1997 album on seminal French label Sordide Sentimental (Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division) and two krautrock-oriented albums on 3rd Side Records; Position Normal, in turn, draws its inspiration from post-punk. Three of the album's nine songs can be heard in the first season of Les Revenants (The Returned), the French supernatural drama TV series that won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2013. RIYL Psychic TV, Spacemen 3, The Oscillation, The Soft Moon, Suuns.


NFS 004LP

SAN CAROL: Humain Trop Humain LP (NFS 004LP) 20.00
What if Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head (2001) met Amon Düül II's Yeti (1970)? That's what a deep listening session of French band San Carol's second album suggests; it's nothing less than a punch in the face for exhausted indie fans bored by too much softness in pop music. Composed as an unexpected blend of FM tunes and krautrock, it's also a contemporary trip into madness, where the listener will discover a few guilty pleasures (the '80s, Bono as a synthpop icon, commercial radio, etc.) resurrected on songs like "Venture," "Le Graal ardent," and "Oxyon 777," three hits bigger than whatever you've been listening to. Sweaty and groovy, Humain Trop Humain is an uninhibited album where you'll also meet Gary Numan, Bobby Gillespie, and James Murphy dancing like David Bowie with Mick Jagger in the unforgettable-but-forgotten '85 version of "Dancing in the Street." Stadium krautrock for dummies.

GOOFIN'

GOO 019CD

SONIC YOUTH: Evol CD (GOO 019CD) 16.00
"The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. 'EVOL ... mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth's musical evolution,' says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. 'In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo ... bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley's drums..., [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.' Stereogum likewise praises the album as one that is 'full of suspense..., the cornerstone [of] the Sonic Youth sound..., ground zero for the combination of chiming guitars and atonal skronk... [and] muggy delirium.... The virile "Tom Violence" sounds less written than coaxed from a cauldron, the sort of song that fogs windows. The offkilter [droning love song] "Starpower" ... is sung [by Kim Gordon] in a frosty [Nico-evoking] monotone. "In The Kingdom #19," featuring Mike Watt on bass and ... vocals [by Ranaldo]..., is a harrowing story of a highway wreck over a suitably edgy instrumental backing punctuated by ... live firecrackers into the vocal booth.' 'EVOL slithers into the unconscious,' notes Popstache. 'Once the [detuned melodies and haunting riffs and] final whispers of feedback [of "Expressway to Yr. Skull"] depart from the speakers..., the music [leaves] a faded footprint, forever reeling the listener back for another strange trip.'"


GOO 019LP

SONIC YOUTH: Evol LP (GOO 019LP) 19.00
LP version, includes free download code.

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 042CD

WICKED LADY: The Axeman Cometh CD (GUESS 042CD) 17.00
2015 repress. If you are looking for raw, psychedelic hard-rock, look no further -- Guerssen presents the complete recordings (1968-1972) from Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio led by ace guitarist Martin Weaver, later a member of Dark on their Round The Edges album. The music here was originally recorded in 1968/1969 and features new artwork and liner notes by Weaver, who tells the real (and bizarre!) story behind Wicked Lady for the first time. The stuff of legend, this is a real fest of fuzz, wah-wah and heavy riffs that will blow the mind of any hard-psych collector.

HI HAT (UK)

HH 002LP

HANCOCK & THE HEADHUNTERS, HERBIE: Omaha Civic Auditorium 17th November 1975 2LP (HH 002LP) 31.00
This superlative set at The Omaha Civic Auditorium, November 17th, 1975, was taped for FM broadcast soon after the release of Herbie Hancock's groundbreaking 1975 Man-Child album, and finds the great keyboardist backed by the awesomely tight combo of DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight (guitar), Bennie Maupin (reeds), Paul Jackson (bass), Bill Summers (percussion), and Michael Clarke (drums). This selection of Hancock's finest tracks includes his early classic "Watermelon Man," and is offered here in its complete form as originally broadcast, with remastered sound, background notes, and rare images. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Includes insert.


HH 003LP

RETURN TO FOREVER: Electric Lady Studio, NYC, June 1975 LP (HH 003LP) 22.00
Return to Forever are firmly established as one of the most important fusion bands in history. Featuring the classic line-up of Chick Corea (keyboards and synthesizer), Al DiMeola (guitar), Stanley Clarke (bass), and Lenny White (drums), this remarkable set was taped in the summer of 1975 for FM radio broadcast to promote their classic No Mystery album, and is presented here in its entirety, with remastered sound, background notes, and rare images. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; includes insert.

HONEST JON'S RECORDS (UK)

HJR 065LP

COHRAN & THE HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE, KELAN PHILIP: Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 2LP (HJR 065LP) 20.00
2015 repress; double LP version. For the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the voyage to where they are now -- whether tearing up festivals from Glastonbury to Melbourne, or touring with Gorillaz, or recording their first album on Honest Jon's -- has involved a necessary stepping away from their father's shadow. Phil Cohran is the first to recognize this, happily allowing their sound -- heavy on the funk, with the urgency of hip-hop never far away -- to blossom. But likewise this album is for all of them a natural step. Recorded in Chicago in June 2011, the idea was beautifully simple -- "my music and their band." This is music that plumbs the depths and rings with joy.


HJR 112LP

VA: Time Wept: Vocal Recordings from the Levant, 1906-1925 LP (HJR 112LP) 23.50
Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bil?d al-Sh?m -- "the countries of Damascus," known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine -- including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer B?lus ?ulb?n is here -- some historians have him singing before Egypt's Pasha Ibr?h?m B?sh? during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 -- and ?as?ba Mosh?h, Jewish "nightingale of the Damascene gardens." Thurayy? Qadd?ra from Jerusalem; Y?suf T?j, a folk singer from Mount Lebanon; Farjall?h Bay??, cousin to the founders of Baidaphon Records... Musical directors like the lutist Q?sim Ab? Jam?l al-Durz? and the violinist An??n al-Shaww? (followed by his son S?m?); such virtuosi as the qanun-players Nakhleh Ily?s al-Ma?arj? and Ya'q?b Ghaz?la, and lutist Sal?m 'Awa?. Even at the time, notwithstanding such brilliance, public music-making was frowned upon as morally demeaning, especially for women. Musical venues were generally dodgy. ?ulb?n once cut short a wedding performance for the Beiruti posh, after just one song, he was so disgusted with the attitude of his audience. "If I had to tell you about the catcalls," one commentator wrote about musical theater in Beirut, "the stomping of feet, the sound of sticks hitting the ground, the noise of the water-pipes, the teeth cracking watermelon seeds and pistachio nuts, the screams of the waiters, and the clinking of arak glasses on the tables, I would need to go on and on and on..." Also includes tracks by A?mad al-Shaykh, Na'?m Sem'?n, ?ikmat ?ajj?r, B?s?l ?ajj?r, Mu?yidd?n Ba'y?n, Mu?ammad al-'?shiq, A?mad al-M?r, Ili?s Shahw?n, and Y?suf al-Na???l.

HORNY (SWEDEN)

HORNY 13666EP

BALL: Fyre 7" (HORNY 13666EP) 12.50
Intensely disturbed, dirty, smut-peddling, Swedish slime hard rock psych madness from the deepest cesspool of humanity. Fucked-up, subhuman fuzz-guitars. Depraved, screaming vocals. Gut-rumbling bass and caveman drums. A nightmare of revolting sounds. Buy at your own risk! The record comes housed in an X-rated full-frontal nudity cover sleeve. Limited edition of 300 copies.

JUST THIS (ITALY)

JT 003EP

PISETZKY: Off the Map EP 12" (JT 003EP) 14.00
Pisetzky loves to get deep into basslines of different sound dimensions, moving hearts and minds. In 2010, as Fabiano Valli, he began working as a sound designer for fashion brands. In late 2013, inspired by a growing Milanese techno scene, he adopted the Pisetzky moniker and became involved with Just This. He has performed at the biggest European festivals (Off Sonar, ADE, Amore, Barrakud) and the finest clubs and parties. In the darkness of his studio or on the hottest dancefloors, Pisetzky shakes souls and bodies deeply with his dogged rhythms. This EP includes remixes by Locked Groove and Thomalla.

KILL THE DJ (FRANCE)

KTDJ 038EP

IL EST VILAINE: Lumiére Noire 01 12" (KTDJ 038EP) 14.00
Chloé inaugurates her Lumiére Noire series, focusing on "techno tracks with psychedelic, vintage or krautrock vapors... unreleased tracks by established artists and newcomers, that I usually play in my dj sets... [Il Est Vilaine is] composed of Simon Says, a longtime friend from Dialect Recordings, and Florent aka Dorian Grey, a up-and-coming it-boy who focuses on hard techno and rave parties (he's a former member of the hedonistic Parisian nightlife collective Washin Mashin.)... The villains offered me four haunting and unstoppable tracks that put us in the leather boots of a beat-up James Dean crawling out of a back-room and attempting to conquer the Wild West."

KLONDIKE RECORDS (UK)

KL 5012LP

SMITH GROUP, PATTI: Jazz Workshop, Boston, January 9th 1976 2LP (KL 5012LP) 31.00
Patti Smith is an iconic and celebrated artist whose cultural standing in America remains resolute and heavily influential. In 1976, Smith, Jay Dee Daugherty, Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral, and Richard Sohl headed out on their first U.S. tour to promote the release of their debut album Horses, released only two months earlier in November 1975. Their legendary appearance at Boston's Jazz Workshop displays the trademark riotous atmosphere of New York's punk ethos with Smith's habitual expletives being hurled around before WBCN could pull the plug on a live broadcast. The crowd is hungry for danger and provocation from the rising star, who at one point comments "I don't know if we're still on air..." Luckily, she was and with continued excesses after their euphoric closer with Van Morrison's "Gloria," John Cale punctures the low ceiling of the Workshop stage with the neck of his guitar, prompting the end of the show and the end of the live broadcast. The complete broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound with background liners.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 331EP

PARTOK MATUSHKA APFELBERG: Nai Nai 12" (KOM 331EP) 12.50
Hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel, the DJ/producer trio Partok Matushka Apfelberg is a well-known entity in its hometown, with the members holding residencies at The Block, which BBC Radio 1 named "one of the five best sound systems in the world." The slick, propulsive techno of Nai Nai begins with the title-track, which bum-rushes the stage with prowess, inflecting its bass-heavy demeanor with some funky cut-up voice-work that will conciliate the hardcore floor heads with the more casual headbangers. "Station" is a relaxed, somewhat introspective belter, which gives its epic synth pads room to breathe without sabotaging its percussive agency.

LEISURE SYSTEM (GERMANY)

LSR 016EP

CLOUTH, ROB: Deep Field EP 12" (LSR 016EP) 14.00
Barcelona-based Rob Clouth (Vaetxh) presents "Deep Field," which debuted on Max Cooper's Boiler Room and appeared again on his Essential Mix. It's tactile and threatening, with disorienting glitches weaved into the 4/4 structure. Kowton (Livity Sound) inverts "Deep Field" into a gelatinous mass, adding jackhammering drums to create a spacious and stuttering lesson in tension and release. Leeds band Vessels follow their 2015 album Dilate with a housier take on "Deep Field," drawing out Clouth's propulsive percussion with lush melodicism. Deep Field is the third release in Leisure System's Gridlock series, melding the freaky and functional for modern dancefloors.

LEYLA RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)

LEYLA 001EP

DEE, MANNI: Human Image 12" (LEYLA 001EP) 14.00
British producer Manni Dee presents the first release on Amsterdam-based label Leyla, a bristling four-track EP that represents the label's dedication to classic techno with a modernist twist. With previous releases on Black Sun Records and Perc Trax, as well as support from the likes of Surgeon, Manni is the perfect artist for Leyla's inaugural release. From the blistering roll-out of "Symbiotic" to the hypnotic pound of "Bring the Brave In," the swung rhythm of "Pascal's Gambit," and the cavernous inferno of "I Was Desire," Human Image is a reflection of the bodily pleasures of techno.

LION PRODUCTIONS

LION 101CS

PLASTIC CLOUD, THE: The Plastic Cloud Cassette (LION 101CS) 11.00
"Limited cassette edition of 300x hand-numbered copies! Plastic Cloud recorded, quite simply, one of the greatest underground psychedelic albums ever made: a swirl of gossamer vocals and Tolkien references, swathed in the some of the most relentless fuzz guitar you will ever hear. There is no point singling out a specific track, they are all excellent -- one is equally as good as the next. Take for example the album centerpiece, the ten-and-a-half-minute 'You Don't Care,' an insane piece of social commentary that features terrific back-of-the-mix fuzz guitar as an elusive focal point to its extended pounding-drum laden instrumental breaks; a ten-minute swath of lysergic fuzz guitar that closes out the first side, it doesn't overstay its welcome, winding its way to a final freak out. A record with few equals, full of foreboding melodies and lovely hippie harmonies, as well as some of the trippiest fuzz guitar ever recorded. Essential psychedelia!"


LION 141LP

WAPASSOU: Wapassou LP (LION 141LP) 23.00
"With their first album, legendary French art-rock band Wapassou found a distinctive musical voice: well-developed melodies, rhythmic organ, prominent droning violin, and guitar doubling-up as a rhythm instrument. They often conjure up what it might have sounded like had John Cale and Stereolab formed a band in 1974, the year this album was released. The five tracks are highly original, varied and inventive, steeped in post-psychedelic rock. Although Wapassou are noted for playing without a rhythm section, the two most striking songs include bass and drums. Why some enterprising dj hasn't created a chill mix from the drum track and provocative vocals on 'Chatiment' (guitarist Karen Nickerl murmuring about the cigarettes she has consumed and that she is a killer, 'Je suis l'assassin,' in the midst of the pulsing drone of the band), we don't know. The 13+ minute long 'Trip' is a revelation: for the first two minutes you will think you stumbled into the Cocteau Twin's 'Victorialand'; the band then jam for six and a half minutes before they drop one of the trippiest ethereal breakbeat grooves you'll ever hear; the last two minutes of solo sitar are sonic lysergia of the highest quality. Lest we startle you with excited pronouncements of how good this album is, we've forced ourselves to be matter of fact! it is unique, with slight nods to groups like Amon Düul, Popol Vuh, Czar, and Ash Ra Tempel. A colorful insert has the detailed history of the making of the album, plus photos and other marvels. Remastered and sounding better than it ever has."


LION 145LP

JARVIS STREET REVUE: Mr. Oil Man LP (LION 145LP) 22.00
"From the original master tapes. Limited to 500 copies. Heavy tip-on gatefold jacket + insert with band history, photos, images of sheet music for several songs, and lyrics for the band's greatest statement, Mr. Oil Man. Poised between Toronto and Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Ontario became the refuge for every touring band in Canada; a mandatory break while crossing the perilously vast Canadian Shield. No doubt, Canada's vastness can be heard in much of the Northernly musical output. There is perhaps no better example of this than Thunder Bay's Jarvis Street Revue. Their lone LP, leased to Columbia for release in 1971, leaves no one untouched by the band's sheer avalanche of psychedelic heaviness, wasted acid leads and harrowing vocals. Every song is laced with a conviction born from the physical landscape they called home. Jarvis Street Revue spent (literally) a month of Sundays recording the album and bouncing tracks to create effects. 'Chuck Williams was so freaked out, he used to leave the room,' Jarvis leader and Neil Young running mate Tom Horricks said. 'It was so anti-establishment.' Creative and far-seeing... and not without some chemical support. The album's (and band's) concern with the environmental -- including bold statements on the use and abuse of the oil reserves, rapacious business men, and the depletion of Earth's natural resources -- were truly visionary. Heavy tip-on gatefold jacket. Insert has band history by Tom Horricks, plus photos, images of sheet music for several songs, and lyrics for the band's greatest statement, Mr. Oil Man."


LION 146LP

MONTEVIDEO BLUES: Montevideo Blues LP (LION 146LP) 22.00
"First time vinyl reissue of 1972 South American Holy Grail. Grooving and edgy rock with native Uruguayan rhythms. Insert packed with photos, detailed history, and bi-lingual lyrics for this important Uruguayan band. Limited to 500 copies. The one and only album by Montevideo Blues (1972) is a serious contender as one of the most important, and as it happens, most grooving records released in Uruguay. It's also incredibly rare, fetching big prices when it appears, which is almost never. But there is another reason that the album has attained exalted status: Montevideo Blues was founded by Uruguayan song-writing legend Gastón 'Dino' Ciarlo as a way to fuse the rawness of rock music with obscure native Uruguayan rhythms like malambo, milonga, and chamarrita. 'At the time, we were revolutionary and looking for change,' said Dino. Montevideo Blues demonstrated an unyielding and combative attitude. During live shows in 1971, Dino criticized the government -- a dangerous level of political commitment, reflected in the lyrics of the songs, some of the most radical ever set to music. Eduardo Mateo, the sacred monster of modern Uruguayan music, was succinct: 'You have decided to prune the tree,' he said to Dino. The album opens with one of Dino's most famous songs 'Milonga de Pelo Largo' ('Milonga of the Long Hair'), a sinuous groove transformed by the arrival of the dictatorship into a hymn of Uruguayan popular resistance. The rest of the album tracks -- the fantastic 'Para Hacer Mùsica, Para Hacer' and 'Un Color' are standouts -- have an edgy quality, with terrific unconventional angular guitar and a kind of ragged glory, driven along by insistent grooving rhythms. Insert is packed with photos, detailed band history, and bi-lingual lyrics for this important Uruguayan band."


LION 154LP

WILSON MCKINLEY: Spirit of Elijah LP (LION 154LP) 25.00
"With beginnings firmly in the secular realm and a strong following in the Northwest, Wilson McKinley signed to Alshire Records (home of 101 Strings) and recorded one album under the label's 'acid-rock' moniker, The California Poppy Pickers. With the proceeds from those sessions, they self-released a 7" EP in 1970. But then they met street minister Carl Parks, gave up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and effectively ended the first incarnation of the group. Parks encouraged the remaining band members to pick up their instruments again to create music for a street meeting, and thus the first 'Jesus Rock' group was born. The first Wilson McKinley LP, 1970's Live on Stage, was a slapdash effort on all fronts and is generally dismissed by everyone involved (maybe why nobody seems to know the whereabouts of the masters for that one). Chastened by their debut, Wilson McKinley took a more focused approach to Spirit of Elijah: the result was a major leap forward, and a faithful representation of their massive talent; the power of the message and the playing shine through! However, what Wilson McKinley recorded onto the master tape and what made it to a buyer's phonograph in 1971 were vastly different things, with inconsistent patches of reverb in the final mix plus other anomalies that a minimally-financed, privately-pressed LP might have. After suffering the indignity of being pirated from the only source material available (a poorly-pressed, poorly-mastered decades-old record), Obscure Oxide and Lion Productions are proud to announce a brand new, 100% legitimate, high-quality vinyl pressing of this classic LP, using exclusive transfers from the original analog reels, with all lacquer cutting and plating done under one roof for the most accurate sound. The bands' longtime associate Timothy Smith has written detailed liner notes for a new insert, featuring vintage photos and press clippings. Original jacket artwork and label art are faithfully reproduced."


LION 155LP

WILSON MCKINLEY: Heaven's Gonna Be a Blast! LP (LION 155LP) 25.00
"With beginnings firmly in the secular realm and a strong following in the Northwest, Wilson McKinley signed to Alshire Records (home of 101 Strings) and recorded one album under the label's 'acid-rock' moniker, The California Poppy Pickers. With the proceeds from those sessions, they self-released a 7" EP in 1970. But then they met street minister Carl Parks, gave up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and effectively ended the first incarnation of the group. Parks encouraged the remaining band members to pick up their instruments again to create music for a street meeting, and thus the first 'Jesus Rock' group was born. Buoyed by the confidence developed during the Spirit of Elijah sessions, Wilson McKinley's third LP from 1971 maintains the quality songwriting but adds even better production values. It was housed in a suitable-for-black-light jacket printed with neon inks. Sadly, after this there would be no more Wilson McKinley LPs, with their next release being the cassette-only Country in the Sky. Good news is that they made this dayglo-adorned proof of their rapidly-developing skills and musical interests before abandoning wax -- Wilson McKinley's most adventurous effort, boasting entirely original tunes and complex, heavy arrangements at times reminiscent of the Allman Brothers. Obscure Oxide and Lion Productions are proud to announce a brand new, 100% legitimate high-quality vinyl pressing of this classic LP, using exclusive transfers from the original analog reels, with all lacquer cutting and plating done under one roof for the most accurate sound. The bands' longtime associate Timothy Smith has written detailed liner notes for a new insert, featuring vintage photos and press clippings. Original jacket artwork and label art are faithfully reproduced."


LION 684CD

WAPASSOU: Wapassou CD (LION 684CD) 15.00
"Fancy digipack edition of legendary French art rock masterpiece. Lest we startle you with excited pronouncements of how good this album is, we'll force ourselves to be matter of fact. With their first album, legendary French art-rock band Wapassou found a distinctive musical voice: long and well-developed melodies, rhythmic support from organ -- no bass and drums! (more on that later) -- prominent violin parts, and guitar doubling-up as a rhythm instrument. They often conjure up something akin to what it might have sounded like had John Cale and Stereolab formed a band in 1974, when this album was released. The five tracks (actually seven, as the singles tracks are equally intriguing) are highly original, always varied and inventive; spacey and ethereal, but steeped in post-psychedelic rock. Although Wapassou are noted for playing without a rhythm section, two of the most striking songs on this album have bass and drums. Why some enterprising DJ hasn't created a chill mix from the drum track and provocative vocals on 'Chatiment' (guitarist Karen Nickerl murmuring about the cigarettes she has consumed and that she is a killer, 'Je suis l'assassin,' in the midst of the pulsing drone of the band), we don't know. The 13+-minute=long 'Trip' is a revelation: for the first two minutes you'll think you stumbled into the Cocteau Twin's Victorialand; the band then jam for six and a half minutes before they drop one of the trippiest ethereal breakbeat grooves you'll ever hear; the last two minutes of solo sitar are sonic lysergia of the highest quality. A unique style throughout, with slight nods to groups like Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Czar, Caravan, and Ash Ra Tempel. Includes two bonus tracks from their rare single, recorded in October 1974. A colorful 16-page booklet has the detailed history of the making of the album, plus photos and other marvels. Remastered and sounding better than it ever has."


LION 686CD

PIERLE, RAY: Time and Money/Rhythm of the Highway CD (LION 686CD) 15.00
"In the years close upon the creation of his 1977 masterpiece Into You (as McKay), Ray 'McKay' Pierle released two more long-players, Time and Money (1980) and Rhythm of the Highway (1981). As with Into You, both had press runs of 300 and both met with thunderous indifference. By the time of these albums, the rural, organic feel of the earlier recordings had given way to a harder-edged compositional style, but not without a few quirks emblematic of the era. Time and Money adhered closely to the hard-rockin' twin-lead quartet sound, while Rhythm of the Highway added synthetic elements and some ever-so-slight new-wave/power-pop leanings; plenty of bar-band gigs ensured Pierle was always fully-informed of current trends. Obscure Oxide and Lion Productions are proud to present the first-ever reissue of these two LPs, conveniently fitting on one compact disc in their entirety, with all tracks transparently transferred from the original analog master-tapes. All original text and imagery from each release is also preserved, and Ray has been kind enough to provide newly-transcribed lyrics for everything, along with detailed liners putting everything in context."


LION 7667CD

MADS, THE: En Concierto 1969 CD (LION 7667CD) 15.00
"The first (and so far only) live recording of a Peruvian rock band from the 1960's, and therefore of incredible importance to lovers of rock from that exciting scene! Those of you who already have our previous Mads/Molesto release might remember the story of the Mads: early television performances in Peru; the chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards that got the Mads the chance to go to England; Stones' manager Marshall Chess giving the Mads recording time in the Rolling Stones' studio and at Jagger's Stargroves castle. They played the Marquee, the Lyceum, the Roundhouse. They jammed with Steve Winwood and Brian Davison (The Nice). They played with Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice. Molesto's guitar player, Alex Ventura, worked in a clothing boutique alongside Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. But before all the craziness in London, the Mads gave a farewell concert for their fans in Peru, on 18 December 1969, at the Auditorio del Colegio Santa Ursula. The recordings on this disc come from that show. One quick listen makes clear that the Mads demonstrated a lot of Jimi Hendrix Experience influence at this stage of their brief career. Still, it's clear straight away why the Stones were impressed, why Dennis Hopper told them during the intermission of this very concert how great they were (he wanted to hook them up with Phil Spector), and why they are legends of Pervian rock. Heavy, hard, and loud. Two bonus tracks come from their sessions at the Stones' studio in London, and are in the same hard-edged vein."

LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON (GERMANY)

PLAYRJC 038EP

CHINASKI: The Video Dead 12" (PLAYRJC 038EP) 14.00
The Video Dead, Chinaski's debut EP for Live at Robert Johnson, starts out with "Time to Kill," a straightforward hypnotizing jacker of synthesized happiness. "Midnight Workout" showcases different side to Chinaski, with synth harmonies packed in a vintage pop interlude. "Night School" delivers mesmerizing analog deep house vibes before "Hide Society" mixes Chinaski's affection for the warmth of these marvelous synth-sounds with trippy post-break hip hop sounds, topped off with a weird vocal sample. "The Video Dead" summons all the emotional power one can implant in a synthesizer with a heartbeat-like reduced kick drum and floating hi-hats.

MADE OF CONCRETE (GERMANY)

MOC 003EP

GATHASPAR: Gathsoland EP (Incl. Echologist Collaboration) 12" (MOC 003EP) 12.50
With straight sounds and dark beats, Gathaspar takes it down to the realm of the shades. After the vocal-heavy intro of "Gathsoland," the subkick abducts you into areas of unknown soundscapes. Through the stormy pads of "The Vision" (a collaboration with Echologist), the EP closes out with the combination of traditional techno elements and modern interfaces in "The Lover of Ursa Major."

MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)

MNQ 062LP

CARMODY: Sleep on Mirrors - The 1981-1985 Tapes LP (MNQ 062LP) 20.00
As earlier compilations of "danza meccanica" have made clear, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synthpop, new wave, and electronic acts in the 1980s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave with a killer ten-track selection of Carmody. Taking their name from Robert Sheckley's 1968 science fiction novel Dimension of Miracles, Carmody came from Torino, alongside contemporaries Monuments and Chromagain. They began as the duo of Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo before expanding to a trio, with Max Casacci on guitar. They recorded from 1981 to 1985 and issued three incredibly rare demo tapes. Sleep on Mirrors compiles the best tracks from those tapes, highlighting some of the most peculiar minimal synth music to come out of Italy in the 1980s. Mastered by Rude 66. Graphic design by Alessandro Adriani. Edition of 400.


MNQ 065EP

NO MORE: Suicide Commando 12" (MNQ 065EP) 16.50
Repressed, originally released for Record Store Day 2015. 160-gram vinyl. 12" reissue of German trio No More's minimal electro classic Suicide Commando, originally released in 1981 as a 7'' single and subsequently reprinted in 1984 as a 12'' single with a different B-side track list. Optimo describes it as "a song that refuses to die. A couple of years after these Germans recorded this, it spread like a virus to become a cult classic. The virus is still spreading to this day." In the 1990s the song entered the techno and electro scenes, and was remixed by DJ Hell and Echopark (Moguai and Torsten Stenzel).

MONKEYTOWN (GERMANY)

MONKEY 056CS

SOULEYMAN, OMAR: Bahdeni Nami Cassette (MONKEY 056CS) 16.50
Omar Souleyman's Bahdeni Nami, featuring productions by Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, Modeselektor, and Legowelt, is now available as a cassette, with download code included. Perhaps Syria's most successful musical export, international singer Omar Souleyman returns with his second proper studio effort and most personal album to date, Bahdeni Nami. For the album Souleyman opened his doors to collaborations with a number of renowned electronic producers, all of whom were established fans eager to offer unique interpretations of his sound. Four Tet returns to produce a track, Gilles Peterson lends his considerable talents to one song, Modeselektor turn in the two fastest dance numbers of the set, and Legowelt offers a remix of the title-track. Additionally, a 7" planned for release in August 2015 will feature a thoroughly distinctive remix of one of the album's heartrending ballads by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander (MONKEY 056RMX). Bahdeni Nami was recorded closer to home, in Istanbul, and appropriately the singer is joined by traditional accompaniment. Souleyman has reunited with his favorite poet, Ahmad Alsamer (who penned his pre-west hits "Kaset Hanzel," "Khattaba," and "Shift -al Mani"), heard throughout the album offering claps and wails of encouragement. The songs come alive with musical contributions and support from the virtuosic sax work of Khaled Youssef, another longtime collaborator from his hometown. Rizan Sa'id's keyboards improvise devotedly to every tune and turn of Souleyman's choice. The lyrics are familiar territory for the singer -- declarations of eternal love, consolation of one's aching heart, pleas to his lover to sleep in his arms forever -- realized as four fast dance numbers, an introduction mawal, and an elaborate araby style ballad. Omar Souleyman continues to tirelessly bring his wild dance party to all corners of the globe, everywhere from SXSW to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert to rock clubs in cities around the world. Originating from the Hasake region of Syria, Souleyman earned his reputation by singing and leading years of weddings, birthdays, christenings, corporate parties, and more, answering invitations from all peoples living in the region -- be they Muslims, Christians, Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians, Assyrians. Those parties yielded hundreds of cassette tapes at first offered as gifts and later distributed throughout the region and other Arab countries. Despite the world's insistence in associating him with his home country's unending war, Omar Souleyman gives back nothing but love.


MONKEY 056RMX

SOULEYMAN, OMAR: Darb El Hawa 12" (MONKEY 056RMX) 12.00
Perhaps Syria's most successful musical export, international singer Omar Souleyman returns in 2015 with his second proper studio effort and most personal album to date, Bahdeni Nami (MONKEY 056CD/LP/CS). For the album, Omar opened his doors to collaborations with a number of renowned electronic producers (Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, Modeselektor, and Legowelt), all of whom were established fans eager to offer unique interpretations of his sound. Here, The Black Lips' Cole Alexander treats one of the album's heartrending ballads, "Darb El Hawa," to a thoroughly distinctive remix.

MOONSHAKE (SPAIN)

MOON 003LP

VA: Castlevania LP (MOON 003LP) 44.00
Music from the Castlevania video game series, including pieces from Castlevania (1986), Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987), Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989), and Super Castlevania IV (1991).


MOON 004LP

VA: NES Greatest Hits LP (MOON 004LP) 44.00
Compilation of tracks from NES video games, including Contra, Batman, Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon, DuckTales, Mother, Final Fantasy, The Goonies 2, Kid Icarus, Little Nemo, Punch Out!, Mr. Gimmick, T&C Surf Designs, Tetris, Wizards & Warriors, Adventure Island, Faxanadu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, River City Ransom, Crystalis, Rygar, and The Empire Strikes Back.

NEW WORLD RECORDS

NW 80767CD

COLEMAN, ANTHONY: You CD (NW 80767CD) 15.00
"Part of what sets Anthony Coleman's (b. 1955) music apart from that of his contemporaries is the intensely focused intellectual force with which he pushes against the sybaritic outward-moving impulse and compresses multiple vocabularies around a core poetic. Though compressed, the vocabularies do not merge or blend, they fray at the edges where the play of opposing forces is most intense, and languages contaminate and confuse each other. However spacious, thin, desultory the texture may sometimes pretend to be, it is this dialectic that gives his music its peculiar density, a gravitas riddled with horror and hilarity, a vertigo of language. The six works on this recording -- anchored by two solo piano works, Oogenera (2013) and Metonymies of Pastness (2013), played by the composer himself -- evince the complex aesthetic concerns that inform his singular output and offer a rich portrait of one of the most versatile musicians of our time."


NW 80769CD

NAUERT, PAUL: A Distant Music CD (NW 80769CD) 15.00
"Paul Nauert's (b. 1966) compositions, mainly for solo and small-ensemble forces, reflect an ongoing interest in intimate/private discourse as a model for musical rhetoric, the coloristic use of harmony, and an engagement with different qualities of pulsation and its absence. Most of the music on this CD --composed after his ALS diagnosis, with the exception of three pieces from the late 1990s -- represents a freer and more intuitive way of composing, with less reliance on computational tools, than Nauert's earlier work. He calls Episodes and Elegies and A Distant Music, the larger pieces on this disc, 'post-algorithmic composition.' He writes: 'My music changed in response to the disease. I explored new ideas, new techniques, and points of contact with other music I love (Mel Powell, Harrison Birtwistle -- J.S. Bach, in far more abstract terms) out of a sense that these things couldn't be postponed until later. My customary algorithmic techniques gave way to more intuitive processes, and elaborate compositional designs were replaced by patterns I could retain fully in my memory, as the physical act of composition grew slower, and as my external workspace became limited to my view of the computer screen positioned in front of my eyes by an assistant.'"

OFFEN MUSIC (NETHERLANDS)

OFFEN 001LP

REX ILUSIVII: In the Moon Cage 2LP (OFFEN 001LP) 25.50
What's the definition of a treasure? Perhaps something precious, hidden in a safe place by a king? Offen Music begins its journey... stunning stuff. Serbian electronic music pioneer Rex Illusivii (Latin for "The King of Illusions") left an extensive collection of never-heard-before musical gems in his mother's place, and other secluded corners of the world. They have been properly archived, years after his death in a studio fire in Brazil in 1999, on the evening of the promotion of his São Paulo Confessions (released as Suba). This archive, spanning 1980-1991, reflects both his cutting-edge creative spirit and his classical training. In the Moon Cage, which dates from 1988, has been selected from this archive as an invitation to take a peek into this unlocked treasure chest, filled with valuables of an undeniable intensity and sincerity, belonging to the multifaceted man behind the Rex Illusivii and Suba monikers: Mitar Suboti?. On In the Moon Cage, Suboti? treats us to Yugoslavian folk lullabies, rain songs, ancient incantations, combined with equally mesmerizing electronics. These works, circulating on tapes that Suboti? sent out in person, were awarded the UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, enabling him to start his influential career as a producer in Brazil. Still, In the Moon Cage and the rest of his early projects have remained mostly uncharted and unrecognized since their creation. Suboti? was as comfortable producing for Yugoslavian new wave bands as for bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto, proof of an exciting divergence in his likings and interests. The disclosure of his own more personal material leads to a renewed appreciation, crowning him as the rightful king of illusions that he was. Double LP with an etching on side D.

PARACHUTE (ITALY)

PAR 004EP

VA: Void Transcripts 10" (PAR 004EP) 14.50
Void Transcripts is Parachute's first soundscape collection. Composed entirely of meditative and hypnotic experiments in found sounds, modular synth work, and guitar tones, it steers away from the label's previous output to show an adventurous side. Artists featured include At Vilander, Blue Mountain Club, D1T1, Dead Heat, and House ov Leaves. 10" vinyl with beautiful photography by Alison Scarpulla.

PERMANENT VACATION (GERMANY)

PERMVAC 134LP

WOOLFY VS. PROJECTIONS: Stations LP+CD (PERMVAC 134LP) 21.00
LP version. Includes CD. The third and (for now) final chapter of the big book of Woolfy vs Projections (aka Simon James and Dan Hastie) completes the arc that began with The Astral Projections of Starlight (PERMVAC 030CD, 2008) and The Return of Love (PERMVAC 096CD, 2012). The California-based duo's albums are all loosely based on the adventures of the lost astronaut Captain Starlight, the eponymous hero of German duo Zazu's 1979 balearic rock classic. "Captain Starlight" is a useful reference point for the sound of Woolfy vs Projections, who deliver a deep balearic twilight vibe combined with a classic west coast sound, dubbed disco, beard rock, and a heavy funk bounce. Tracks like "Absynth" (which Resident Advisor compared to "Air covering Steely Dan"), "Neeve," or "Set Me Loose" are all modern classics. Stations perfects the duo's technique of filtering a psychedelic folk album through a modern-day disco aesthetic. Whether it's spaced-out house jams like "Combination" and "Tangiers," the idyllic vibes of "Walkaway," or "The Bright Light of the Truth," a hazy mood stretches over the album, which also includes a careful reconstruction of Odyssey's 1974 balearic classic "Who" to bring the listener into a state of bliss. Stations bring the space epic of Captain Starlight to a graceful end. Features Michaela and El Javi.

PLAIN RECORDINGS

PLAIN 188LP

SPIRITUALIZED: Let It Come Down 2LP (PLAIN 188LP) 37.00
"The fourth album by Spiritualized, originally released in 2001. Jason Pierce spent four years writing, performing, recording and finally releasing the follow up to his 1997 breakthrough album Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space. Let It Come Down features a full orchestra, gospel choir, and many back up musicians to fulfill Pierce's ambitions. This record is a step forward from Spiritualized's denser space rock of the first three records to a sweeping orchestral sound with large swaths of strings, brass and choir helping to fulfill the widescreen splendor of Pierce's vision. First domestic record release on 180 gram vinyl from Plain Recordings."


PLAIN 197LP

SWEET, MATTHEW: Girlfriend LP (PLAIN 197LP) 24.00
"Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet is his commercial and artistic breakthrough and a power pop masterpiece originally released in 1991. Girlfriend is full of haunting, heartbreak songs fueled by Matthew's divorce and it features guitar contributions by Robert Quine, Richard Lloyd, and Lloyd Cole. From the album cover of a young Tuesday Weld, to the killer songs filling the album, this is one of the best releases of the 1990s and a certified classic. Long out of print on vinyl, our 180-gram reissue features a new back cover and a four-color double-sided insert never previously available."

PVC RECORDS

PVC 8917LP

BAD BRAINS: Rock For Light LP (PVC 8917LP) 12.00
Bad Brains' 1983 sophomore album, produced by Ric Ocasek. "'P.M.A.,' 'Joshua's Song,' and 'Coptic Times' are typical examples of Bad Brains' unique blend of punk velocity and Rasta ideology. When they suddenly swing into mellow reggae (on 'I and I Survive,' 'The Meek,' 'Rally 'Round Jah Throne,' and the dubwise instrumental 'Jam'), the effect is like some kind of pleasant musical whiplash." --All Music

RADIO BONGO (ICELAND)

BROADCAST 011LP

JONSSON, DAVID THOR: Improvised Piano Works II LP (BROADCAST 011LP) 19.50
In the fall of 2011 David Thor Jonsson recorded a session and a solo concert at Telus Studio in The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada -- the heart of the Canadian Rockies. These recordings have come to be Piano Improvisations II. In and around Banff are magical places. They are ancient, huge, quiet; some are sacred. Being surrounded by the enormity of the Rockies makes one feel very small, and prone to wander off for many hours, gazing at the endless beauty and power. Lake Minnewanka's name translates to "Water of the Spirits" from the Dakotan Siouan language of Nakoda. Aboriginal people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, as early as 10,000 years ago. You can still feel the spirits there... Some of this music is a dedication to that invisible power of human energy. This is the second album in the solo piano improv series, following 2012's Improvised Piano Works I (BROADCAST 001LP).

RIOTVAN (GERMANY)

RVN 009EP

THOMALLA: Imaginary Solutions 12" (RVN 009EP) 12.00
Riotvan premier of Thomalla (The/Das, Krakatau, Running Back, Permanent Vacation), the first non-local artist to release on the Leipzig-based label. The zeitgeist seismographs at the Boiler Room describe his sound as "weirdo house for the freaks." Opener "Pataphysics" is a good example -- an oscillating floor meditation with a flush of percussion details. "Hamam Hotness" is less spacy and equipped with soothing basses. "Hermitage" starts with detailed percussion elements and a fluid sound design, only to stretch into paradisiac break-worlds. "Oh Sunday" escalates the game between melodic and rhythmic impetus before an intelligent house finale.

RITUAL PRODUCTIONS (UK)

RITE 037LP

BONG: We Are, We Were and We Will Have Been LP (RITE 037LP) 26.50
LP version. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Includes download code. We Are, We Were and We Will Have Been continues Bong's unregulated experiments in tonal prolonging. Solemn in its delivery and frightening in its implications, this album signifies a point of no return from the Pied Pipers of mesmeric drone; its two near-20-minute tracks will surely loop and envelop indefinitely, freeing the listener from this increasingly unfamiliar material world and mercifully trapping them in the weightlessness of Bong's sonic void. Microtonal adjustments and invading frequencies are pleated into a tapestry of gooey guitar and midnight-ritual percussion, melting at a glacial pace across "Time Regained" and "Find Your Own Gods." The first of the two tracks creaks under the weight of residual distortion and unfathomable density, while the second opens with the powerful command of the track title, evoking a deity-defying thought process that unravels through the duration of the song, providing the synth-mist and distant rumbles with an origin so ancient it predates comprehension. We Are, We Were and We Will Have Been is Bong's report from their explorations past the point where others fear. The album was captured and mixed in November 2014 by Mark Wood at the Soundroom in Gateshead, England, and the cover art is from "Thomson's Aeolian Harp," by famed pre-impressionist painter J. M. W. Turner, picturing an infant London in the background.

ROARATORIO

ROAR 038LP

MCPHEE, JOE: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) LP (ROAR 038LP) 16.00
"In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is a collection of material from McPhee's personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist's work during this time. 'Wind Cycles,' for tenor saxophone, explores the permutations of breath on reed and brass, from quiet whispers to full-throated cries and back again. With 'The Redwood Rag,' McPhee takes a jaunty melody and gives it a swinging workout with Steve Lacy-like precision. The free-blowing alto excursion 'Ice Blu' is, in McPhee's words, 'a sound which evokes an image, which asks a question "What is that?" and the answer is, a sound which evokes an image which asks a question.' 'Voices,' one of his signature compositions, gets a particularly haunting treatment here on soprano, with McPhee incorporating various electronics to mesmerizing effect. All together, Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is the distilled essence of one of the most important creative improvising musicians of our time. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Includes a download coupon for the full album plus a bonus interview, conducted at the New Music America Festival in 1981."

ROOM40 (AUSTRALIA)

RM 462LP

COOPER, MIKE: Fratello Mare LP (RM 462LP) 23.00
Includes download code. Fratello Mare, which takes its title from Folco Quilici's classic 1975 film, continues UK-born, Italy-based musician Mike Cooper's ode to the Pacific, its people, and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world into seemingly endless iterations within contemporary culture. Recorded across 2014, the tropical opus dovetails neatly with Cooper's other Room40 editions, White Shadows in the South Seas (RM 454CD, 2013) and the post-everything classic Rayon Hula (2004). It expands his combination of highly personal lap steel playing with exotic music and percussion alongside field recordings made on islands across Southeast Asia and the Caribbean while on residencies and other travels. At the record's heart is a yearning for these distant islands that dot the vast oceans. A love letter of sorts, a poetic and dreamlike wandering, that sonically traverses the ever-changing edge of land and sea and Cooper's musical imagination. Some lesser-known Mike Cooper facts: a young Mike Cooper can be spotted playing a beatnik guitarist on an anti-nuclear march in THE 1963 beat cult film That Kind of Girl; his first band, The Blues Committee, played with and supported such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, and Jimmy Reed; Cooper was central in launching several of the first folk and blues venues outside London, especially in and around Reading; he was a regular on John Peel's program from 1969 through 1975, recording numerous sessions; he formed his free improvised music group The Recedents with Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner in 1982, threading directly into London's vibrant improvisation community; he moved to Italy in 1988 after a slew of musical projects during the '80s in the UK and EU; since 1994 he has spent increasing amounts of time touring and exploring Oceania and other regions; one outcome of his explorations is Beach Crossings - Pacific Footprints, a radiophone work commissioned by Italian and Australian radio that traces the history of European colonization in the Pacific from Tahiti up to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; his recordings have been reissued numerous times by various labels across the globe, while original pressings can be found for obscene prices via various outlets; in 2015 Cooper celebrated 50 years as a professional musician -- his first recorded release, the Out of the Shades 7", was released in 1965.

RUSH HOUR (NETHERLANDS)

RH RSS17-EP

MASON, JAMES: The Dance of Life 12" (RH RSS17-EP) 14.50
Decades after his sole album, the 1977 soul-jazz cult-classic Rhythm of Life, James Mason has rediscovered previously unreleased recordings from the same late-'70s period, which see the light of day in 2015 as the Recollection Echo album. This 12" contains two tracks from the album: "The Dance of Life" (featuring Bernard Purdie on drums and Fonda Rae on backing vocals) and "Up Jump." "Following a sense of disbelief that I could have ever forgotten about this music, for me the first echo was recollection, a flood of memories. I had poured all of the passion I could muster into this music." --James Mason

SCEPTER RECORDS

S 522LP

BIG MAYBELLE: The Soul of Big Maybelle LP (S 522LP) 12.00
Collection of mountainous blues belter Big Maybelle, produced by Tony Bruno and Luther Dixon. Tracks include "What Are You Doing To Me," "Only You," "I Know Love," "In The Still Of The Night," "Same Old Story," and "That's All."

SCOTCH BONNET (SCOTLAND)

SCRUB 011EP

MUNGO'S HI FI (FEAT. SUGAR MINOTT & DADDY FREDDY): Raggamuffin 12" (SCRUB 011EP) 12.50
Mungo's Hi Fi held a recording session with Sugar Minott in Glasgow in 2009, not knowing that he would sadly pass away six months later. This record features his raggamuffin vocal, complemented by Daddy Freddy at his growling best, which he was proud to record alongside his friend and mentor. B-side includes remix by Chimpo.

SECOND STATE AUDIO (GERMANY)

SNDST 009EP

PAN-POT: The Other One 12" (SNDST 009EP) 12.00
The first of two EPs released in advance of Pan-Pot's eagerly anticipated album The Other. "Pina" constantly grows larger and more complex before finally unleashing a fierce, sonic blast that wouldn't seem out of place on the soundtrack to a Hitchcock film. In perfect Pan-Pot fashion, "808 Nirvana" is a white-knuckle ride laced with fast-paced stabs, shakers, and snares while meteoric rises carry you into deep space. The Other One is the perfect teaser ahead of the full album release, with both tracks epitomizing the Pan-Pot sound. Big room, serious, dramatic techno.


SNDST 010EP

KLEIN, MICHAEL: Drawing EP 12" (SNDST 010EP) 12.00
Techno-savvy Berlin-based artist Michael Klein presents his Second State debut, opening with "Drawing," a journey deep into the celestial spaces between lush dub and four-to-the-floor mayhem. Littered with massive stabs of solar bursts, "Drawing" is a thrill-ride at a breakneck pace, perfect for lifting the whole place off the foundation. The drums of "Illusive Space" propel the ship into hyper-speed while a couple massive synth-blasts shift it into an even higher gear. For "Pattern Movement," Klein enlists Genevieve Marentette to pull off a colossal grinder of throbbing percussives, interweaving agile drums with auditory hallucinations of provocative female vocals.

SIYAL (ISRAEL)

SYL 001EP

KUTIMAN: Space Cassava 12" (SYL 001EP) 15.50
180-gram vinyl. Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, orchestra leader, digital mixologist, filmmaker, "psychedelic funk architect" Kutiman is perhaps best known for his innovative YouTube mash-up project ThruYOU. He also received an honorable mention in Time's 50 Best Inventions of 2009, performed at YouTube's launch exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and has travelled to Krakow, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Riga, and New York to create original audio/visual montages of each city's atmosphere. Kutiman inaugurates his Siyal label with Space Cassava, presenting his take on free jazz with a modern twist. Released in advance of his highly anticipated 2015 sophomore album 6AM.

SKUDGE RECORDS (SWEDEN)

SKUDGE PT012EP

UNTIDY: Untidy 12" (SKUDGE PT012EP) 12.50
Argentine Jonas Kopp continues his Untidy alias with two bass-heavy techno gems inspired by the '90s US school sound. While releasing under different aliases for labels such as Tresor and Indigo Aera, Kopp decided to start his own Untidy series. After two cuts, Skudge has the honor of presenting Kopp's first appearance under this moniker outside of his own imprint.

SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)

SOMM 023LP

PIG RIDER: Bloody Turkey Sandwiches LP (SOMM 023LP) 29.00
Bloody Turkey Sandwiches is another ultra-rarity by British psychedelic folk band Pig Rider; only six copies were originally privately pressed by custom label Deroy Sound Service in 1974. The music here is much in the same vein as their famous Heterophonies album (SOMM 024LP), but even more crazed. Some of the tracks bring to mind the more experimental side of The Olivia Tremor Control/Black Swan Network or even They Might Be Giants -- but 20 years before those bands existed. Electric acid folk with stoned homemade atmosphere, lo-fi sound, bizarre and funny lyrics, effects, backward bits, surreal humor, psychedelic skiffle, old-timey music hall parodies, brilliant folk-rock-pop, and titles like "Interdrive Overstella," "Be Glad for the Song Has an Ending," "Pus In Our Time," and "Have You Seen Your Neighbour in the Bath?" Recommended if you like The Incredible String Band, The Bonzo Dog Band, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore... First ever reissue. Includes insert with photos and lyrics. Master tape sound. Limited to 300 copies.

SPECTRAL SOUND

SPC 131EP

FORT ROMEAU: Frankfurt Versions 12" (SPC 131EP) 14.00
Four distinctive but complementary producers flesh out Fort Romeau's remix 12", Frankfurt Versions. Dial vet Roman Flügel builds on vaporous atmosphere and snappy movements for his densely layered version of "Insides." Tackling "Lately" and "All I Want" respectively, Robert Johnson regulars Orson Wells and Massimiliano Pagliara display their love for bassline-driven dance music. And the Tuff City Kids outfit (Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer) delivers two interpretations of Insides closer "Cloche." Frankfurt Versions doesn't just wrangle together Fort Romeau's cohorts and contemporaries; it illustrates their vitality in spades.

SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)

SR 380CD

ART ZOYD: Génération Sans Futur CD (SR 380CD) 15.50
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. CD includes additional track.


SR 394LP

KOSMOSE: Kosmic Music from the Black Country 2LP (SR 394LP) 23.50
Gatefold double LP version. Pressed on translucent green-black vinyl. Never-before-released recordings of mythic Belgian kosmische band Kosmose (1973-'78). Kosmose can be approached as a collective without a specific leader. The line-up fluctuated quite a lot around a rock-solid core formed by Alain Neffe and Francis Pourcel. As this release demonstrates, their sound evolved from something deeply influenced by kosmische music to a purely improvised form of noisy free jazz. The whole adventure took place in the heart of the '70s, almost under wraps, though most rehearsals were taped by Neffe. RIYL Hawkwind, Can, Musica Elettronica Viva.

SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS (SWEDEN)

SUBL 023LP

GRUDZIEN, PETER: The Unicorn/The Garden of Love 2LP (SUBL 023LP) 36.00
2015 restock -- the rare, legendary and highly praised urban hillbilly one-man-band "outsider artist" LP from 1974. The "first psychedelic country concept" album featuring bluegrass mountain music Americana from the twilight zone mixed with tape effects, musique concrète, fuzz guitar, surreal lyrics, imagery and themes from religion, death, sex and other timely concerns. Also included is a bonus LP record, The Garden of Love, with some truly amazing and haunting unreleased material spanning the 1950s-1970s. The Garden of Love LP includes, amongst others, a song about wandering around in the desert eating peyote. All the music has been carefully transferred from the master tapes and is a facsimile of the original album (previous CD-only reissues contained altered mixings). Read more about Peter Grudzien in the Incredibly Strange Music and Songs in the Key of Z books. This release features a gatefold sleeve with the original The Unicorn artwork plus loads of photos and liner notes.


SUBL 109LP

SOGMUSOBIL: Telefon LP (SUBL 109LP) 29.00
First ever reissue of rare, sought-after, and stoned-to-the-max Swedish underground psych/progressive/experimental treasure from 1971, originally released on the legendary Gump label and featuring the mythic underground personalities and musicians Einar Heckscher and Johnny Mowinckel. Side A is sung in English and side B in Swedish. The band name has been mixed up many times by collectors, mistaken as either Telefon Paisa (an earlier incarnation of the band) or Telefon (the album title), but this reissue sets the record straight and tells their story. Includes booklet with lots of previously unpublished photos and in-depth liner notes. Limited edition 600 copies.


SUBL 111LP

ROCH, JOHN MICHAEL: With You in My Arms LP (SUBL 111LP) 29.00
First ever reissue of a very special, mega-rare, and practically unknown Los Angeles mid-1970s pop-rock-psych private press treasure, dedicated to the memory of Patrick "The Lama" Lundborg (1967-2014), author of the groundbreaking psychedelic literature The Acid Archives (2006) and Psychedelia (2012). Although collectors have been searching frantically to turn up every unknown North American psych treasure from the past for some time, there are still unknown and mind-blowing nuggets to be found out there! This reissue includes in-depth liner notes by the artist himself and photos. Limited edition of 500 copies.


SUBL 112EP

HASHISH: Outer Spaced 7" (SUBL 112EP) 14.50
Debut release from all-star Swedish band Hashish, with amazing sounds to transport you into a forgotten world where the future looked different from what it became. Psychedelic rock mixed with Moog afro-funk moves and vintage synthesizers. Take off to another world with Hashish! Limited edition of 300 copies.

SUPERIOR VIADUCT

SV 018LP

ARTEMIEV, EDWARD: Solaris OST LP (SV 018LP) 24.00
2013 release. "It's only appropriate that Solaris, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's psychological sci-fi classic from 1972, contains an equally original and mind-bending score. Solaris explores the inadequacies of time and memory on an enigmatic planet below a derelict space station. To reinforce the film's chilling setting, Tarkovsky commissioned composer Eduard Artemiev to construct an electronic soundscape reflecting planet Solaris' amorphous and mysterious surface; Artemiev rose to the challenge with a prophetic work that defies the era's technological limitations while evoking unparalleled emotional responses even today. Artemiev's score--centered around variations on Bach's 'Chorale Prelude in F-Minor,' a somber piece for solo organ--sounds majestic alongside dissonant crescendos and formless, ambient tracks. Armed with the massive ANS synthesizer (aptly named after Russian occultist Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, who pioneered thought behind the synesthesiatic effects of music), Artemiev drafted sine waves on glass plates for the machine to interpret. The only prototype of the ANS was destroyed shortly after the Solaris soundtrack was recorded. Luckily this artifact of transcendent composition married with technological innovation endures as a masterpiece of early electronic music. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time official release of Artemiev's original soundtrack for the film (not to be confused with the previously available re-recording of the music). This deluxe package comes with three unique front-cover designs and is recommended for fans of Cluster, Iannis Xenakis, and Louis and Bebe Barron's Forbidden Planet."

TEMPLAR SOUND (UK)

TEMPLAR 010EP

MOKONA: Breathless 12" (TEMPLAR 010EP) 14.50
Breathless is the debut EP from Dutch producer Mokona. The EP follows his untitled 2014 white label 12", also released via Templar Sound. Breathless captures four slices of serene, aquatic ambience, opening with the gentle wash of "Morning Vapour" before Mokona suspends reality with the spacious and meditative "Shrine Garden." The flipside begins with the pneumatic throb of "Inner City Test Run," a soundtrack for late-night street-racing. Tranquility is restored once more with "Lake Interlude/White Water," closing out the EP on a soothing note.

TEXT (UK)

TEXT 035EP

HEBDEN AND STEVE REID, KIERAN: Strings of Life/Tongues 12" (TEXT 035EP) 26.00
"All proceeds to the Steve Reid Foundation. Comes in hand-made letterpress sleeve designed and printed by Marta dos Santos." More limited than the regular "pretty limited" Text releases -- one per customer.

TRESOR (BELGIUM)

TRESOR 10129LP

DREXCIYA: Neptune's Lair 2LP (TRESOR 10129LP) 27.50
2015 repress. 2LP version, featuring 13 tracks from the CD version. 2014 repress. Detroit's Drexciya, with their close ties to Underground Resistance, emerged in 1991. With an encoded agenda and socio-political mission aimed at the world, a new page of Drexciya's grand history was written entitled Neptune's Lair, featuring 21 exclusive tracks released in the fall of 1999. Drexciya is the sound of originality embodying all the musical styles and history that Detroit the city has seen and been part of. Drexciya is music for change that defies categorization; traditionally armed with freestyle electro, techno, funk, and jazz while covering an entire spectrum of moods ranging from the dark to shimmering beauty. While words won't do Neptune's Lair proper justice, rootsy Kraftwerkian techno ("Universal Element" and "Oxyplasmic Gyration Beam"), gives way to G-style electro ("Andreaen Sand Dunes"), while jazzy freestyle funk ("Running Out Of Space" and "Funk Release Valve") evolves alongside classic 4/4 club sound. Although the roots run deep, Neptune's Lair heralded an important new chapter in the musical connections between Detroit's finest and Tresor.


TRESOR 270LP

TRANSLLUSION: The Opening of the Cerebral Gate 3LP (TRESOR 270LP) 33.00
Repressed; 3LP version. In between the re-releases of the two legendary Drexciya albums released on Tresor in '99 and '01, the Berlin techno institute is proud to re-present Transllusion's The Opening of the Cerebral Gate. For the ?rst time, music fans will be able to experience the whole journey on vinyl. The 3LP package includes the vinyl version of the album as it was originally released plus a bonus 12" featuring "Look Within," "Unordinary Realities," and "Do You Want to Get Down (Vocal De Void)" -- for the ?rst time available on wax. Produced by the late James Marcel Stinson and released in 2001 via Supremat, a short-lived sub-label Tresor dedicated to a more abstract and experimental electro sound, The Opening of the Cerebral Gate was conceived as the second part of the so-called Drexciyan Storms -- a whopping stack of seven albums by the Detroit pair released under different monikers within a single year (the Tresor album Harnessed the Storm being the ?rst). This phase marks a groundbreaking time for the duo, their cosmos breaking wide open, right at the dawn of a new technological era in electronic music production. All this is deeply re?ected in Transllusion's ?rst album. Thematically, The Opening of the Cerebral Gate saw Stinson shift away from the grand narrative of the Drexciyan saga, instead exploring a sub-plot of esoteric concepts revolving around internal, mental and psychedelic tropes. Musically, it presents the electro genius at the height of his game. The album is chock full of hypercharged arpeggios and driving pulse patterns, Morse-like tones and chord stabs, huge, uber-booming tympanic kicks and grainy snares, (see openers "Transmission of Life" and "War of the Clones"). On the other end of the stylistic spectrum it features sweeter tones and moments of sheer, staggering beauty ("Dimensional Glide" or the CD's centerpieces "Look Within" and "Unordinary Realities"). In between, all kinds of alien electro funk shadings are to be found, every single track so well-executed, making it impossible to pick a highlight.

UNSEEN WORLDS

UW 009LP

SPIEGEL, LAURIE: The Expanding Universe LP (UW 009LP) 19.00
2015 restock. "The LP reissue mirrors the original track-listing, but adds 'A Folk Study' to the end of Side A to further even out the sides. A download code for lossless or lossy download of the entire 2CD version is included. The Expanding Universe is the classic 1980 debut album by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The pieces comprising The Expanding Universe combine slowly evolving textures with the emotional richness of intricate counterpoint, harmony, and complex rhythms (John Fahey and J. S. Bach are both cited as major influences in the original cover's notes), all built of electronic sounds. These works, often grouped with those of Terry Riley, Phil Glass, Steve Reich, differ in their much shorter, clear forms. Composed and realized between 1974 and 1977 on the GROOVE system developed by Max Mathews and F.R. Moore at Bell Laboratories, the pieces on this album were far ahead of their time both in musical content and in how they were made. Each of the included works broke new ground, pioneering completely new methods of live interaction with computer-based logic - ways of creating music that are now reaching the heights of their popularity with Ableton Live, Max/MSP and other interactive music software entering mainstream music production." Packaged in a tip-on LP sleeve with original artwork.

WE CAN ELUDE CONTROL (UK)

WCEC 003EP

KALLAL, ROSE: Vermillion Vortex 12" (WCEC 003EP) 12.50
2011 release. New York musician and filmmaker Rose Kallal's "Vermillion Vortex" is the title-track from John Russell's 2010 film commissioned by Art Review. Kallal provides the driving score to Russell's mindbending visual essay on capital, media, and faith. Her background in New York's film and experimental metal scene soaks through in the muscular drones and cataclysmic percussion that form the bedrock for British artist and curator Mark Beasley's prophetic vocals. With his remix, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) incorporates his trademark modular synth aesthetic and pulsating tones. Includes exclusive John Russell artist print from the film. Pressed on white vinyl. Edition of 200.


WCEC 005EP

PARKER & PAUL PURGAS, SHELLEY: Dual Capacity 12" (WCEC 005EP) 12.50
2012 release. Dual Capacity is the first recorded output by the duo of London-based artist Shelley Parker and curator and electronic musician Paul Purgas. The project acts as a meeting point for Parker's background in sound installation and digital technology with Purgas's exploration of customized hardware and analog modes of production. The EP explores the potential for dense, rigid percussive structures to operate as a framework for non-grid-based electronics, and investigates aspects of texture and tonality alongside ritualistic approaches to sound. The material reflects the energy and immersive tension of their live performances, acknowledging such influences as minimal avant-techno, abstract drone, and industrial noise.


WCEC 006EP

MANNERFELT, PEDER: Come Closer 12" (WCEC 006EP) 12.50
2012 release. Come Closer brings together a collection of Peder Mannerfelt's percussive modular synth and noise experiments recorded live in his Stockholm studio. The EP exposes Mannerfelt's wider sonic interests and improvised approach outside of the production work for which he is more readily known (Roll the Dice, Fever Ray, The Subliminal Kid). These four improvised, hypnotic recordings cross the spectrum from industrial rhythms and arpeggiated modular cycles into angular ritualism and Sähköesque reduction. Raw, vintage futurism crafted from purist sonics and detailed percussion; tonal precision and immersive electronics molded with an array of analog hardware.


WCEC 009EP

KALLAL & MARK O PILKINGTON, ROSE: Implicate Explicate 12" (WCEC 009EP) 12.50
2013 release. A collaborative record between New York sonic artist and filmmaker Rose Kallal and Mark O Pilkington, the founder of London's cult esoterica resource Strange Attractor. The recording is an extract from a live, improvised session using modular synth and effects setups. It was produced as the soundtrack to Kallal's hypnotic 16mm film Implicate Explicate, exhibited during the 2012 Glasgow International art fair. This 12" includes remixes by Bristol-based Ekoplekz, Glasgow's TVO, and Emptyset's Paul Purgas.

WEYRD SON RECORDS (BELGIUM)

WYS 010LP

WEIRD CANDLE: Regeneration LP (WYS 010LP) 27.50
Regeneration, Vancouver band Weird Candle's debut LP, was made in frenzy of excitement, beginning with the tracks "Regeneration" and "Science." The band had found their sound through months of co-producing and writing together, with Caleb Blag beginning with drum beats and lead synth and Kilroy Katerwol on bass synth and vocals. They drew inspiration from '80s industrial and darkwave, as well as from playing with admired locals like //Zoo, Koban, and Animal Bodies. Katerwol's lyrics are dark and abrasive, and are delivered through sharp rhythmic bursts, rather than sung. He tells a story through his words, an intimate reveal of his own personal deaths and rebirths, ups and downs; it's a story of hardship, tragic love, and of ongoing mental turbulence in relation to the world around him.


WYS 011EP

PURE GROUND: The Arsonist/And So Remain 7" (WYS 011EP) 23.00
Pure Ground delivers some real tasty old school minimal electronic sounds and dark lights... For lovers of early Neon Judgement, Klinik, etc.

WORTHY

WORTHY 1014LP

ASTATKE & HIS ETHIOPIAN QUINTET, MULATU: Afro-Latin Soul LP (WORTHY 1014LP) 12.00
"This 1966 LP by Astatke (billed to Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet) isn't shaded by nearly as much African/Ethiopian influence as his later work, which was recorded between the late '60s and mid-'70s. As the title might lead you to believe, it is indeed more in the Latin soul-jazz bag than the later material, sometimes leaning toward the R&B-informed boogaloo sound of the mid-'60s. On his own compositions and arrangements (which comprise about half the LP), sometimes more exotic and African colors bubble closer to the surface, as on the eerie vibe parts he lays on 'Mascaram Setaba.'" -- Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.

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