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Forced Exposure New Releases for 10/12/2015

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New music is due from Christina Vantzou, Duane Pitre, and Shape Worship, while old music is due from Pack, Surgeon, and Wolf Eyes.

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50 WEAPONS (GERMANY)

50 040EP

19.94/COSMIN TRG: Narr Day/Narr Day Remodulated 12" (50 040EP) 14.00
180-gram vinyl. 50Weapons begins its finale with the first of 11 12"s, catalog numbers 40 through 50, featuring a 50Weapons artist on one side and another artist, chosen by the first, on the B-side. "Narr Day" is the first tune ever made by one of Berlin's key electronic acts; all the flavors of the early days are combined in this minimal ambient techno tune made of the three main ingredients: a bass, a drone, and a kick drum. Cosmin TRG uses the dark drone of "Narr Day" as the base for his modular-synthesizer-enhanced rework of the track. Dark and trippy techno for the head.

ABC

ABC 001BK

DJ MARS: The Art Behind the Tape Book (ABC 001BK) 42.00
"The Art Behind The Tape is the first book dedicated to the Mixtape Culture. It compiles a collection of interviews and artwork compiled by DJ Mars and The Art Behind The Tape Team- Bril Ndiaye, Maurice Garland, and Tai Saint Louis. This book is the most thorough look ever done about mixtape culture. It begins in the park jams all the way to the current day and shows how mixtapes shaped Hip Hop over the decades. The book features (deep breath) : Red Alert, Jazzy Joyce, Brucie B, DJ Envy, Doo Wop, Cipha Sounds, Funkmaster Flex, Mick, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Clue, Ron G, DJ Premier, DJ Self, Dj Whoo Kid, Silva-Surfa, Stretch Armstrong, Cosmic Kev, Neil Armstrong, DJ Skee, Statik Selektah, DJ Drama, DJ Soul and countless other tapes with a forward by Kid Capri. The Art Behind The Tape also showcases so many classic tape covers from every era, it's just an endless amount of eye candy, and trip down memory lane for any 90's rap fan. With over 200 pages of full color mixtape art and interviews this book is so expertly done we can't do it enough justice."

ANOTHER PICTURE (GERMANY)

APP 002EP

LOSOUL: The Pulses EP 12" (APP 002EP) 12.50
After exploring the highs in electricity and the lows of the deep earth, the Another Picture label goes further into things, sensing vibration of the fire below and turning it into a never-ending evolution of sound and groove. Losoul tracks are scattered artefacts of the city, drawing their vibe and inspiration from the streets, the people, the concrete, the action. Then there's the ever-changing beauty of nature. Soul, movement, and emotion. Once again drawing on his lengthy experience in house and techno production and performance, Losoul delivers two tracks that are timeless in many ways. See you on the dancefloor. And everywhere else.

ARBITER

ARB 136CD

BORDEN, DAVID: Music by David Borden CD (ARB 136CD) 11.50
2003 release. A leading force in the roots of minimalism, Mother Mallard began in 1968 as a pioneering group using Moog's prototype synthesizers in live performance. These unique instruments led David Borden to develop and compose an innovative contrapuntal style that expanded the embryonic phase of minimalism through layers of rhythms and parts in a daring blend of high renaissance and analog electronics. The rare experience of Mother Mallard live is heard here along with a first release of Borden's "C-A-G-E, Part III." Recorded in 1976 and '77. Includes liner notes by David Borden.

ATAVISTIC

ALP 005CD

BRANCA, GLENN: Symphony No. 2 (The Peak of the Sacred) CD (ALP 005CD) 14.50
2015 repress. "Long-lost, early archival masterwork from 1982, recorded by Lee Ranaldo and previously unreleased on any format anywhere. Branca Ensemble performers for Symphony No. 2 include Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (SONIC YOUTH), and avant-percussionist Z'EV. Signature massive, otherworldly sounds were largely generated by Branca-designed, hand-built 'mallet guitars'- which resemble gigantic slide guitars (or even small pianos!). The booklet for one of Atavistic's best-selling titles ever also includes many superb photos from the event where the recordings were captured. Check into the dynamic guitar-based symphonies of one of the world's greatest living composers here- and you'll quickly hear the wellspring from which many great guitarists that followed once stopped and drank; other Branca recordings feature musicians who went on to form not only Sonic Youth, but HELMET & SWANS as well."


ALP 214CD

MCPHEE, JOE: Trinity CD (ALP 214CD) 14.50
2015 repress, originally reissued in 2001. "Trinity represents the second installation in The Unheard Music Series efforts to resurrect Joe McPhee's early '70's work on the CjR label, soon to be completed with Underground Railroad and Pieces Of Light. This brilliant trio recording of blues inflected out-soul from '73 follows up on hugely successful Nation Time, recorded a year later. Originally issued in '73 in an edition of 1000, Trinity has not available since. John Corbett has remastered Trinity from original tapes; the LP had to be severely compressed to squeeze all the music on to it, but in the digital realm restoration of all the sweet space was possible. Hence, Trinity has never sounded so fantastic! Featured are a long drum and tenor duet section (with McPhee breaking new ground on the horn), and a fantastic piece dedicated to Albert Ayler, with McPhee overdubbed on soprano sax and pocket cornet. Utterly spellbinding."

AUDIKA RECORDS

AU 1014LP

RUSSELL, ARTHUR: Corn LP (AU 1014LP) 19.00
Repressed; LP version. "It has been seven years since Audika last issued an album of Arthur Russell material. The wait ends this summer with Corn, nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983. In collaboration with Russell's partner Tom Lee, Audika's Steve Knutson compiled Corn from Arthur's original, completed 1/4" tape masters. Russell himself compiled this material on three separate test pressings -- labeled El Dinosaur, Indian Ocean, and Untitled, respectively -- in 1985. Russell fans know something of the Corn sound from Audika's debut release, Calling Out of Context (2004), which included four songs from these sessions: 'The Deer in the Forest Part 1,' 'The Platform On the Ocean,' 'Calling Out of Context,' and 'I Like You!' This new collection includes rhythmic alternate versions of 'Lucky Cloud,' 'Keeping Up,' 'See My Brother, He's Jumping Out (Let's Go Swimming #2),' 'This Is How We Walk On the Moon,' and 'Hiding Your Present From You,' along with 'Corn,' 'Corn (Continued),' 'They and Their Friends,' and the closing instrumental 'Ocean Movie,' one of the most beautiful and curious Russell tracks ever to see the light of day. With Corn, Audika reveals yet another side of Russell's staggeringly diverse artistry, following the avant-electrodisco of Calling Out of Context, and its companion EP, Springfield; the orchestral works 'Instrumentals' and 'Tower of Meaning,' compiled and released as First Thought Best Thought; the 'Buddhist Bubble Gum Pop' collected on Love Is Overtaking Me; and Russell's definitive solo masterpiece, World of Echo."

AXIS

AX 068EP

MILLS, JEFF: Exhibitionist 2 (Part 2) 12" (AX 068EP) 13.00
"The second installment of 12" EP from Exhibitionist 2 DVD+CD due out in September 2015. All the tracks are created by Jeff Mills during the session in the Studio Mix in the DVD, where the audience can see and learn how Jeff Mills produces tracks. 'Expanding the art form of Techno Music has always been an agenda that needed constant monitoring because it has the ability to greatly evolve and develop with each and every idea that is put forth and materialized. At angles that are not easy to see or recognize for most of the listening and dancing audiences, I've always felt that Techno dance music remains a mystery and would probably make more sense to people if they were allowed chances to understand how the music is being made and programmed -- to witness this process from the beginning to the end. The Exhibitionist 2 DVD is designed to go even deeper into the art form to display, not only how a DJ uses the latest technology, but how he thinks in real time to create and work spontaneously like a musician playing a acoustic instrument or a soloist thinking of rhythms on-the-spot. This is a rare opportunity to see how the technology of today is allowing DJs to be more free and thus, more creative.' --Jeff Mills"


AXDV 004DVD

MILLS, JEFF: Exhibitionist 2 2DVD/1CD (AXDV 004DVD) 24.00
DVDs are NTSC format; all-region; stereo. "Exhibitionist 2 is a documentary film that explores into the art form of DeeJaying -- showing graphic views of how a DJ manages himself with the usage of new DJ technology to create seamless mixes and complex transitions to the levels that were thought impossible decades ago. In this second volume, Jeff Mills goes even deeper into the art form to display, not only how he uniquely mixes music, but how he thinks in real time to create and work spontaneously like a musician playing a acoustic instrument or a soloist thinking of rhythms off-the-fly. This ambitious project consists in capturing the DJ in multiple film recordings showing close- up and multi-angles that reveal exactly what a DJ does -- how music is programmed and played for the purpose of dancing. DVD contents: Mix 1 (four-angle options) part1 / part 2 (approx 20 min each); Mix 2 with a drummer Skeeto Valdez (approx 13 min); Mix 3 909 work out (two-angle options) (approx 11 min); Studio Mix (Jeff Mills commentary option: English subtitle) (approx 46 min); Orion Transmission Mix (approx 45 min)."

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5156161

MAJOR LAZER & DJ SNAKE: Lean On (feat. MØ) 12" (BEC 5156161) 14.00
Limited repress. Mad Decent label release licensed thru Because Music. Limited vinyl version of massively successful digital track; 224 million Spotify streams and 200 million YouTube views at the time of this release. UK producer Fono, whose track "Real Joy" on Relentless Records has been smashing in clubs, rips apart Major Lazer & DJ Snake's global hit "Lean On (feat. MØ)," chopping up the vocals and adding some pulse to the rhythm. A relentless piece of electronic propulsion that has the clubs going insane.


BEC 5156193

AMADOU & MARIAM: Dimanche à Bamako 2LP+CD (BEC 5156193) 25.00
First vinyl edition of Malian duo Amadou & Mariam's fourth album, Dimanche à Bamako, originally released in 2005. Double LP on orange vinyl; includes CD. Dimanche à Bamako won the BBC Award for World Music Best Album Award 2006; the duo won the African section of the same awards that year. It was also listed as one of Songlines' ten best world music albums of the year and was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Observer Music Monthly listed it as the 39th best album of the 2000s. "Amadou & Mariam, the blind couple from Mali, have certainly paid their dues over the last 30 years, and it's about time they received their big break. Certainly given the excellent reviews in Europe, Dimanche a Bamako could be it, thanks to the production and participation by the elf prince of world music, Manu Chao. He brings a playful lightness to their soulful, bluesy Malian sound, letting in plenty of sunshine, and drawing in a sense of place through the ambience of traffic sounds and snippets of conversation. Chao is also obviously present on several tracks, such as 'Senegal Fast Food,' which offers a bouncy, reggae-styled rhythm so typical of Chao's own records. ... Lyrically, this is very much an album of love songs, postcards between the couple, but it never veers into maudlin sentiment. Yet there's also a political edge to it, such as with 'La Realite.' Even if you don't understand the words, however, the entire disc is an absolute aural joy, poppy enough to be exquisitely memorable, yet with layers of resonance underneath. Likely to be one of the world music albums of 2005, it can hopefully find the kind of wide audience it surely deserves" --AllMusic. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. First time on vinyl. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5156194

ARKANA, KENY: Entre Ciment et Belle Étoile 2LP+CD (BEC 5156194) 25.00
First vinyl edition of Argentinian-French rapper Keny Arkana's 2006 album Entre Ciment et Belle Étoile. Double LP with printed inner sleeve and CD. "The first proper solo album from this French firebrand, Entre Ciment et Belle Etoile is packed with dense rhymes that are equally powerful over plaintive acoustic arrangements and bombastic, raging beats. Few MCs, nationality regardless, attach each track with such a consistently high -- almost imposing -- level of energy" --iTunes. "Arkana began writing songs at the age of 12, and began rapping publicly about two years later. She later founded a hip hop music group called Mars Patrie, followed by another called Etat-Major. Her status in the French hip hop circles of Marseille rose, and in 2003 Etat-Major released their debut mixtape. Arkana released her first solo EP, Le missile est lancé ('The rocket is launched') in 2004. She released her first album, Entre ciment et belle étoile ('Between concrete and stars'), in October 2006. Her first single, 'La rage' (2006), comments on the 2005 civil unrest in France" --Wikipedia. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. First time on vinyl. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5156199

JONES, KEZIAH: Nigerian Wood 2LP+CD (BEC 5156199) 25.00
First vinyl edition of Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist Keziah Jones's 2008 album Nigerian Wood; includes CD. "Born in Nigeria, rocker Keziah Jones began his music career busking in London as a teen, eventually developing a unique and soulful sound that is a blend of funk, Afro-beat, and blues, a bit like Fela Kuti with later-era Jimi Hendrix sitting in with the band" --AllMusic. "He describes his musical style as 'Blufunk', which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms ... his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound. He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique" --Wikipedia. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. First time on vinyl. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5156202

SUE, SELAH: Selah Sue LP+CD (BEC 5156202) 23.00
Limited gatefold edition of Belgian musician and songwriter Selah Sue's acclaimed 2011 self-titled debut (BEC 5772838); includes CD. Edition of 300; not to be repressed. "Fresh from a support slot on Prince's European tour and an appearance on Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer, Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue cemented her reputable soul credentials with her self-titled debut album. Influenced by the likes of M.I.A., Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu, its 13 tracks, produced by the likes of Patrice, Farhot, and Me'Shell Ndegéocello, include the singles 'This World,' 'Crazy Vibes,' and 'Raggamuffin,' alongside the aforementioned duet with the Gnarls Barkley frontman, 'Please'" --AllMusic. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Limited (300 copies) 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will be deleted and back to the regular edition after campaign ends.


BEC 5156205

VA: Toxic 3LP+CD (BEC 5156205) 26.50
Triple LP edition of the 2006 Toxic compilation; includes CD. Seventy-nine minutes of banging beats compiled by DJ Solo and Uncle O. Extremely well-made and forward-thinking new wave, electro, downtempo, hip hop, funk... long-deleted and now available again. Includes tracks by Reanimators, Jel, Beans, Fearless Four, Masta Killa, Tuff Crew, The Juan MacLean, Antipop Consortium, Jackos, The Royal Family & the Poor, ESG, Esplendor Geométrico, Revl9n, The Octagon Man, Maggotron, Funkaho, Maurice Starr, Justice, Dabrye, and Mike Ladd. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Unlimited 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5156207

METRONOMY: Nights Out LP+CD (BEC 5156207) 23.00
Limited LP edition of Metronomy's 2008 album Nights Out (BEC 5772393); includes CD. Edition of 400; not to be repressed. Nights Out is Metronomy's first vocal-led album, with self-effacing founding member Joseph Mount stepping up and grabbing the mic for most of the tracks. It's also the first to album introduce Metronomy as a three-piece band, rather than a pseudonym for Mount's solo work. Although Mount has worked with Gabriel Stebbing (bass, keyboards) and Oscar Cash (sax, keyboards) since their childhoods in Devon, England, it was the success of the trio's live shows that led to the realization that the three friends are a bona fide group. Nights Out resolutely ignores the vogue for yelping in a provincial accent about mingers and kebabs, and taps into a more elegant, enduring, and truthful pop mood -- that feeling of being at your most lost and alone when crushed into a room full of revelers high on drugs and desperation. Musically, Metronomy march to the beat of their own synthetic drum. But Mount's experiences of touring the nightclubs of the world, finishing his set, and then feeling unable to join in the surrounding debauchery makes Nights Out the wonky love-child of Giorgio Moroder, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and "Unfinished Sympathy." Indeed, "On Dancefloors" might be the saddest song about partying ever made. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Limited (400 copies) 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will be deleted and back to the regular edition after campaign ends.


BEC 5156209

SYD MATTERS: Brotherocean LP+CD (BEC 5156209) 23.00
LP edition, with printed inner sleeve and CD included, of French band Syd Matters's 2010 album Brotherocean. Frontman and songwriter Jonathan Morali combined and modified the names of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Roger Waters to form the band's name, which he also uses as his pseudonym. For Morali, songwriting can best be described as an adventure. Listen to the gentle persistence of "Wolfmother" or "River Sister" as they instill their entrancing melodies, reaching deep into the soul, while "Hi Life" and "Lost," thanks to their arrangements, both sound like instant classics without forsaking any of their unquestioned originality. The use of a simple change in harmony coupled with a burst of chorus in "Halalcsillag" sends the listener spinning into unknown territory. "We Are Invisible," "A Robbery," and "Hadrian's Wall" drift out in such a pure and simple way, but are anything but ordinary. This is songwriting that breaks with the mundane while managing to avoid falling into the trap of trying too hard to be different or obtuse. Songwriting that, in Morali's words, moves between the familiar and the unknown as easily as one drifts from reality into dreams. All the artistry of Syd Matters is summed up here; the extraordinary accomplished with ease, genuine originality free of any artifice, a voice of confidence that is healthily indifferent to known musical genres and fashionable gimmicks. The five travelers in Syd Matters chose not to weigh themselves down with any unnecessary baggage and Brotherocean only goes to prove how right they were. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Unlimited 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5156210

MR. OIZO: Lambs Anger 2LP+CD (BEC 5156210) 25.00
Gatefold double LP edition of Mr Oizo's 2008 album Lambs Anger; includes CD. "French DJ and producer Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) offers more of his distinctive and eccentric take on electronic dance music with this album. ... less stylistically aggressive than its immediate precursor, Moustache (Half a Scissor), but it still offers a suitably bent approach to dance music, taking the sound and style of traditional club music and bending it into new shapes with distinctive sounds and melodic structures" --AllMusic. Features contributions from Carmen Castro, Errorsmith, and Uffie. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Unlimited 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5161771

LITTLE DRAGON: Nabuma Rubberband LP+CD (BEC 5161771) 23.00
180-gram LP edition, with CD included, of Swedish electronic band Little Dragon's 2014 album Nabuma Rubberband. "Recorded in the group's native Gothenburg and evidently affected by the region's grim winter weather -- as well as Janet Jackson ballads, and maybe a suffocating relationship -- Nabuma Rubberband contains little in the way of bopping bop. The driving lead single 'Klapp Klapp,' released almost three months prior to the album, isn't representative, though its stormy synthesizer undercurrents hinted at the overall mood. 'Paris' is nimble as well but depicts a lonesome post-breakup scene. Nagano confessed to feeling uneasy about making ballads following the popularity of the debut album's 'Twice,' but there's no sense of apprehension, nor is there any attempt to rewrite that song here. Most brilliant is 'Cat Rider,' sinuous and spacy -- an alluring takedown that could fit into mainstream R&B radio playlists. 'Pink Cloud,' more like a slightly brightened update of Machine Dreams' highlight 'Fortune,' initially does almost as much with even less, then slowly levitates with impeccably arranged strings and mallets -- like they aimed to make an alternate ending to Japan's Tin Drum. The writing, playing, and production is predominantly the work of the group on their own, with two collaborators playing small but significant roles. Dave (of De la Soul) co-wrote 'Mirror,' as well as one of the other darker highlights, 'Killing Me,' a slowly swaying kiss-off in which Nagano seethes, 'I'll take my rocket ship and get the hell outta this/Nothin' that I'm gon' miss.' That song, along with the satisfying closer 'Let Go,' was co-produced by Robin Hannibal (Quadron, Rhye). Subtract those contributions and this would still be the group's most accomplished work" --AllMusic. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Unlimited 10-year edition with CD -- same catalog number and EAN. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.


BEC 5161976

GAINSBOURG, CHARLOTTE: 5:55 2LP+CD (BEC 5161976) 26.50
Repressed. 2015 double vinyl reissue, with gatefold sleeve (CD included). Originally released in 2006. "Even though 5:55 isn't technically Charlotte Gainsbourg's first solo album (that would be Charlotte for Ever, which was released [in 1986] when she was 13), it is her first solo album as an adult and, with the help of a dream team of collaborators, it's a fittingly sophisticated set that touches on her father Serge's brilliantly louche, literate pop without being overshadowed by it. Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin (who paid tribute to Serge Gainsbourg particularly well on 10,000 Hz Legend's 'Wonder Milky Bitch') wrote 5:55's delicate music, while Jarvis Cocker and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon penned its lyrics. This mingling of French and English influences is mirrored in Gainsbourg's subtly expressive voice and accent, which provides the perfect complement to the album's lush sounds and vivid imagery. On 'AF607105' -- the most Air-like song here -- she's a stewardess recounting the most glamorous plane crash ever; she performs an autopsy on a relationship on 'The Operation,' finally stating that 'the heart was rejected by the host.' As good as the atmospheric heartache of the first half of 5:55 is, it's on the second half, when Gainsbourg and her crew stretch out a bit, that the album really gets interesting. 'Jamais,' a slightly tough, witty cautionary tale about literally acting like you're in love, is a standout, while the sexy, obsessive 'Beauty Mark' and 'Everything I Cannot See' would make her father proud." --AllMusic

BEDOUIN (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

BDN 006EP

IMAGINARY FORCES: Shift Work 12" (BDN 006EP) 17.00
"Elegies-in-waiting to the monotonous dread of exploitative labour, dosed with elliptical distortion, industrial noise and ear-crushing bass. in the lineage of Pan Sonic, Sunn O))), and the more gruelling Scott Walker productions. Vex'd veteran Roly Porter drops by with a sci-fi reinvention of Council Flat, trading in IF's mogadon footwork and megaton polyrhythms for a less apocalyptic, more introspective blend of modern classical, dark ambient and dirty stinking breakbeat."


BDN 008EP

HEALING FORCE PROJECT: Entheogenic Spore 12" (BDN 008EP) 17.00
"Four labyrinthine excursions in psychedelic techno, from Antonio Marini. Take a step back... move to the side, just a touch... there... acid, dub and free jazz, focalising like heat blisters, then healed in a flash. Wayward Flow, for example, with the ghosts of double bass and bongos swirling in from the margins. Entheogenic freak-outs, with the left profile of Robert Hood, the right profile of Vangelis."

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE (UK)

BH 021EP

DON'T DJ: Hexentrix 12" (BH 021EP) 17.00
"Twelve minutes of blissful melody, hypnotic drums and quaking bass, in Florian Meyer's fresh mix-up of West African polyrhythms with the sensibilities of classic US minimalism. Jordan GCZ from Juju & Jordash edges his remix into the outlands of free jazz, with pulsating bass drum and spiritual synths, like Terrence Dixon beaming down from Saturn."


BH 022EP

BERNARDI, MARCO: The Dancing Clowns 12" (BH 022EP) 17.00
"The forever under-rated MB steps out on BH -- after illustrious releases everywhere from Mathematics to Creme -- with this gorgeous fifteen-minute epic, evoking the glory days of Carl Craig. On the flip, Specter from Sound Signature draws the dancefloor in deep."

BLACK ACRE (UK)

ACRE 058EP

CLAP! CLAP!: Simple EP 12" (ACRE 058EP) 14.50
Clap! Clap! follows his 2014 full-length debut, Tayi Bebba, with an EP of sizzling world beats as indebted to the Inuit peoples of Alaska as to the staccato footwork of Chicago, featuring traditional Italian folk rhythms and melodies mixed with a global harvest of found sounds smashed through an electronic beat machine mind-state. With all these disparate influences it would be easy to lose form and style, but this fully-fledged jazz practitioner adds his own unique gait to each track. The Simple EP is a return to the basics -- brave, exciting music for your carnival.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 013LP

REGIS: Manbait 2LP (BLACKEST 013LP) 32.00
Double LP version. Pressed at Optimal and housed in full-color sleeve. Contains eight tracks (including the rare, highly sought-after Raime, Vatican Shadow, and "Blinding Horses" remixes) and includes MP3/FLAC download code for all 12 tracks included on the CD.

BLUE TAPES AND X-RAY RECORDS (UK)

XRAY 003LP

FINGER, BENJAMIN: Amorosa Sensitiva LP (XRAY 003LP) 32.00
"It has all the music I like in it" was Blue Tapes' response to Benjamin Finger's initial submission of Amorosa Sensitiva. That music is cloud-rolled drones and sun-speckled synths; it is low tides of distant cello, ebbing into view; it is tiny hits of percussion clustering protectively around sustained piano patterns; it is techno slowed down and stretched out and reconfigured as free jazz; it is cascades of notes that tilt your head back and lift your legs into the air and scroll around you; it is snatches of human conversation rendered as abstract song textures, which lends a hallucinatory logic to the LP's narrative. Since 2009, Finger has conjured half a dozen albums of meditative, atmospheric compositions that draw from multiple sources but retain a very natural and intuitive musicianship -- one that prevents the juxtaposed sounds from sounding patchwork or contrary. Amorosa Sensitiva isn't just stylistically varied, though; it has a wide emotional palette, as comfortable exhibiting ferocity as bliss. Benjamin Finger is influenced by Alice Coltrane, Slayer, Spacemen 3, Arthur Russell, Butthole Surfers, Slint, Loop, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Charles Mingus, Disco Inferno, Sun Ra, Eric Dolphy, Broadcast, Labradford, Laurie Anderson, Flying Lotus, Pharaoh Sanders, Fugazi, Panda Bear, Suicide, Flying Saucer Attack, The Frogs, Frank Zappa, early Jane's Addiction, Bardo Pond, David Bowie, Autechre, Philippe Sarde, George Michael, Frédéric Chopin, Terry Riley, Gescom, John Zorn, Omar-S, Morton Feldman, Mr. Bungle, Talk Talk, Vincent Gallo, Gas, Drexciya, Laurel Halo, Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, François Truffaut, Hal Ashby, Louis Malle, John Cassavetes, Woody Allen, Ettore Scola, Julio Medem, Jacques Audiard, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Paul Thomas Anderson, Roman Polanski, and early Jim Jarmusch films. Amorosa Sensitiva was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Scorn, Nadja, Sunn O)))). Features Are Watle on saxophone ("Whirlbrainpoolin") and additional guitar ("Bum Finger Notes") and the looped voice of Inga-Lill Farstad ("Headspincrawl" and "Darnskullgreyness"). In terms of both packaging and sound, this LP forms a natural counterpart to X-Ray's fourth edition, Piano Mating by the legendary Mats Gustafsson, which is forthcoming at the time of this release. LP pressed on frosted clear 180-gram vinyl; housed in screenprinted PVC wallet; includes download code.

BOOGIE BUTT RECORDS (FRANCE)

BBR 010EP

DROP OUT ORCHESTRA/AL VELILLA: Be Free with Your Love/Fearless 10" (BBR 010EP) 15.50
In 1984, jazz-funk met synthpop, led by such brilliant visionaries as The Limit (Bernard Oattes and Rob van Schaik), producers of the 1985 hit "Love Take Over" by Five Star, and The System (Mic Murphy and David Frank), producers for Chaka Khan, Mtume, and Ashford & Simpson. Boogie Butt Records brings you back to these days with a white vinyl 10" containing two DJ treats. The A-side features a track by Drop Out Orchestra (feat. Vinny Vero), remixed by nu-funk maestro Opolopo and re-edited by Lord Funk. The B-side features a track by Al Velilla (feat. Opolopo).

BUREK (CROATIA)

BRK 011EP

TWO THOU: Modern Mechanics 12" (BRK 011EP) 14.00
Luca Murgia has a sound all his own; he really like tom-toms and spacey flourishes, and everything lines up in his grooves so the body can flow freely. "Assembly" has a jerky tom rhythm and a spritely bassline that injects energy without disturbing the flow. "Future Window" has those toms again, but in the background, with insistent keys and a bassline that pulses rather than bounces. "Tasks" takes the template from the other tracks and gets it so drunk it almost falls apart, with a wildly twisting bassline. At the right moment it's a gnarly ride that'll drive people crazy.

BURIED TREASURE RECORDS

BUTR 008LP

BAKER & THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP, JOHN: The Vendetta Tapes LP (BUTR 008LP) 29.00
LP version. Includes download code. "A brand new compilation of rare material by John Baker from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! John Baker (who worked for the BBC alongside Delia Derbyshire) ranks as one of the world's most influential electronic musicians. His talent as a jazz pianist & ability to manipulate tiny fragments of tape into new sound is legendary. Whilst working on The John Baker Tapes compilation for Trunk Records, producer Alan Gubby unearthed several reels of music & sound effects from the 1960's BBC TV series Vendetta -- a mafia themed cop thriller starring Italian actor Stelio Canelli (Barbarella, Django, Planet Of The Vampires). The theme tune for the show was composed by John Barry whilst Baker produced all the incidental music. He created brilliant, tense, rhythmic & unhinged James Bond style themes for the show between 1966 & 1968, featuring radiophonic beats, twanging bass lines & screaming jazz solos. Available for the 1st time ever, Baker's soundtrack for Vendetta displays his skill in fusing groovy tape loops, ambient drones & bass textures with real instruments. The music is thrilling, sleazy, deranged & very hip. Highlights from the score are presented on this compilation alongside other rare & previously unreleased Baker tracks, all digitally remastered by Mark Ayres from the Radiophonic Workshop archive."

DEAD-CERT (UK)

VCR 002LP

SPOERRI AND BETHA SARASIN, BRUNO: AX+BY+CZ+D=0 (aka Kunst Am Computer) LP (VCR 002LP) 23.50
Restocked; 2012 release. Here is the second release from this new archival series brought to you by the combined inquisitive minds behind Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and Finders Keepers as they continue to share the results of some of their most sub-aqueous vinyl, tape and film excavations yet. Dead-Cert takes the combined obsessions of all its collaborators and applies an intensive research model to the annals of vintage outsider music, sound sculpture, spoken word, ethnological documents, art-trash, early computer music, neotantrik music, tape manipulation, non-pop and vinyl voyeurism. Investigating and re-contextualizing previously un-heard recordings from sources that transcend and eclipse the limitations of the record collecting trend and the commercial music industry. Following on from Dead-Cert's debut release (The liberation of the rare Voice of Packaged Souls by Suzanne Ciani), this official new pressing of an equally obscure sculpture theory souvenir disc treads similar ground in documenting conceptual art and sound collaborations with mechanical music pioneers, in this case Swiss electronic jazz musician, Bruno Spoerri. This previously un-travelled and un-promoted aural thesis documents a one-off 1982 collaboration between the Zurich-born music technologist Spoerri and theoretical material mechanic Miss Betha Sarasin as they collectively embrace computer technology to the advantage of their individual artistic disciplines, resulting in a series of startling melodic and non-melodic pieces using electromagnetically-oscillated stainless steel "instrument sculptures." For Spoerri enthusiasts, this record presents the musician in a new light. AX+BY+CZ+D=0 (aka Kunst Am Computer) both sonically and stylistically revealed a darker side to Spoerri's music, pre-flecting the recent favor for "industrial" and "drone" aesthetics in contemporary experimental recordings and bridging a comparative unison with other unconscious European contemporaries such as Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Giuliano Sorgini and Egisto Macchi (from Italy) and Igor Wakewich and Richard Pinhas (from France) and the darker Czech soundtrack work of Zdenek Liska. In equal measures, this LP also retains the unmistakable personality of Bruno at his most uninhibited, including the signature sounds buried in his earlier construction site sample experiments and his ongoing relationship with Arp technology and Bill Bernardi's Lyricon 1 wind synth that was simultaneously being utilized and developed in the U.S. for Suzanne Ciani, Roland Kirk, Micha? Urbaniak and new-age electronic artist Kat Epple, again, sonically unifying these forward-thinking pioneers. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering. Made in a limited edition of 700 copies.

DEEP & ROLL (FRANCE)

DEEPR 001EP

HOLDER, NICK: Reminiscin' EP 12" (DEEPR 001EP) 16.50
Four timeless killer tracks from Nick Holder reissued by Deep & Roll for the label's first release. Reminiscin' EP pays tribute to the diversity of house music that the Canadian producer has put together over the years, beginning with "A Word from Mr Prince" and its '70s jazz-funk grooves. "Feelin Sad" shifts into a deeper and more emotional atmosphere. The B-side features disco floor-filler "Eddie's Groove" and the insane combination of freaky vocals and pumpin' bassline on "Phat Track."

DEGUSTIBUS MUSIC (PERU)

DEGU 017EP

DITONGO: Same Old Samples (Vol. 1) 12" (DEGU 017EP) 12.50
Vinyl only. "The first in a series paying tribute to the crate-diggers whose samples and loops are, in my opinion, milestones for house music and club culture. With the original compositions often sought after and repressed, here we're paying respect to original "sampling artist" rather than the "sampled artist" -- outrageous, eh? Delgado's masterpiece was probably the first successful case of a simple loop going nonstop through an entire arrangement, it was a clear inspiration for many to come. Longo's sample is the closest example to a perfect loop that I can think of... such a strong combination of funk, power and shuffle." --Ditongo

DESOLAT (GERMANY)

DESOLAT 029X-EP

BIMAS: System Crashed 12" (DESOLAT 029X-EP) 14.00
Loco Dice's influential Desolat label looks to Belgium-born Italian producer Bimas, who has been making music and DJing since the early 2000s, for four tracks inspired by old songs from late-night YouTube-listening-sessions. "Don't Break the System" is a high-impact techno-slammer with vocal-stabs and big drums. The funkier drums and warmer pads of the infectious "I Need" make for a playful and inviting vibe. The brilliant "Can't Stop" features a treated vocal altered by macho drums, with icy hi-hats and pinging kicks. "It Wasn't Me" plays with another big vocal-sample, drowning it in reverb and pinning it to vast rubber kicks.

DUST-TO-DIGITAL

PT 2006LP

VA: Excavated Shellac: Reeds LP (PT 2006LP) 18.50
LP version. Includes eight-page booklet and download code. Reed instruments are capable of some of the most impassioned music on the planet, due to the malleability of the reeds themselves -- historically made of plant tissue -- which vibrate when air hits them. The origin of most reed instruments is steeped in rural, pastoral culture. Many insistent, loud, often joyful reed instruments have always been played outdoors as traditional accompaniment for dancing and celebrations. This compelling album is the second volume in the Excavated Shellac release series, featuring rare, never-before-issued 78-RPM records from around the world centered on a unique theme. The previous volume (Excavated Shellac: Strings (DTD 044CD)) focused on stellar stringed-instrument performances. This release examines some of the most intense and hypnotic music set to disc during the early years of international recording, all featuring reed instruments.. All records have been carefully transferred and mastered. Featuring rare and historic photos, jaw-dropping graphics from the 78-RPM era, and extensive liner notes by compiler Jonathan Ward, founder and author of the acclaimed Excavated Shellac website. Includes tracks by I Tre Antonio della Basilicata (Italy), Sylvain Poujouly & Achille Marc (Auvergne, France), Karzana Oyun Havasi (Turkey), Tufanpur Orchestra (Iran), Ahn Ki-Ok and Kin Yin Kuan (North Korea), Guangdong Troupe with Da Kai men (China), T. Rajarathnam Pillai (India), Selim (Albania), Obdulia Alvarez, "La Busdonga" (Asturias, Spain), Jhande Nath (India), Hoseynkali was Roofakah (Kurdistan), Mohamed Efendi Baz (Upper Egypt), Ngoma Ya Kitokomire (Tanzania), Mqonga Sikanise (South Africa), Musicians of Radio Studio Skopje (Macedonia), uncredited musicians (Tajikistan), and Parush Parushev (Bulgaria).

ED BANGER RECORDS (FRANCE)

BEC 5156197

JUSTICE: Cross 2LP+CD (BEC 5156197) 25.00
Limited gatefold double LP edition of French electronic duo Justice's highly acclaimed 2007 debut album Cross (BEC 5772110); includes CD. Edition of 1000; not to be repressed. French duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay worked on their first album as if their lives depended on it. The result is a mind-fuck of an album that proves that Justice's unique talent is to be found where least expected. Take for example "Let There Be Light" and its strident, angry electro, driven by a jabbing bassline; "D.A.N.C.E," a pure piece of vicious house sung innocently by a choir of children; "Newjack," a funky parody of the opulent times of the French touch; "Phantom," taking over where "Waters of Nazareth" left off to drift toward "Phantom Pt. II" and its head-swirling disco violins; "Valentine," an erotic, melancholic nursery rhyme, like a tribute to Vladimir Cosma; and "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy," a pure electro-funk track where the sexy Uffie plays more than ever the cheeky Lolita. Justice have thrown established rules out the window (the notion of good and bad taste, the thin line between underground and pop music, the pigeon hole labeling between rock and electro, etc.) with a fantastic talent for synthesizing and mixing their influences with total candor, be it the cosmic disco of Larry Levan or Vladimir Cosma's panty-wetting romantics, Camel's prog rock, the anxious themes of Goblin for Dario Argento, or the flashy funk of The Brothers Johnson or "ABC" by The Jackson 5. Cross isn't a collection of random dancefloor singles. Cross is for listening at home or in clubs. Cross is a link between pop at its purest and experimental music. Cross brings together hardcore elements and cheese. Cross makes the goths link arms with the rave kids. A generational manifest, ideally positioned on the side of the dancefloor, Cross, insolent with youth, is a testimony that the French electro scene is healthier than ever. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Limited (1000 copies) 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will be deleted and back to the regular edition after campaign ends.


BEC 5156204

DJ MEHDI: Lucky Boy LP+CD (BEC 5156204) 23.00
Gatefold LP edition, with CD included, of the 2006 Lucky Boy album by DJ Mehdi (1977-2011). Born and raised in Paris, DJ Mehdi began producing for major French hip-hop artists in 1995, and went on to release highly successful albums with his bands Ideal J and 113, remix various electronic acts, compose soundtracks for many French and international films, and collaborate with MC Solaar and Daft Punk. Lucky Boy was his second solo album, following 2002's (The Story Of) Espion (Virgin). Lucky Boy's single, "I Am Somebody," features vocals from Canada's finest, Chromeo. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Unlimited 10-year edition with CD -- new catalog number and EAN. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)

EMEGO 209LP

VOICES FROM THE LAKE: Live at MAXXI 2LP (EMEGO 209LP) 29.00
2LP version. After their respective releases on Spectrum Spools, Italian techno masterminds Donato Dozzy (Sintetizzatrice (SP 038CD/LP, 2015)) and Neel (Phobos (SP 037CD, 2014)) return as the duo Voices from the Lake with Live at MAXXI on the motherlabel Editions Mego. A marvelous, organic live set of hypnotic, ambient techno that proves the outstanding and elegant craftsmanship of the pair's renowned sonic sculpture work. As expected, they stay true to their polyphonic topography of liquid scapes, with aquatic sceneries embedded in soaking dense atmospheres, gently gyrating the listener into a trance. Sometimes soft echoes of sirenic voices are heard -- the only remnants of human traces in these spaces that have suspended time, where smooth silky textures are channeled into fractal structures that induce a state of transcendence. The haptic quality of their sound adds up to a sonic matrix provoked by gentle glides and dynamic beat patterns of an almost tribalistic quality. Dunked in a bath of dark fluid, sometimes washed away at the shores of kosmische, Voices from the Lake's tunes seduce the listener into a condition of haziness, culminating in a cover of Paolo Conte's "Max," a dazzling sample of sweet, dreamy melancholia. With this release Voices from the Lake succeed again in strengthening their position as supremely refined ambient techno producers. All music written and produced by Donato Scaramuzzi and Giuseppe Tillieci, except "Max," written by Paolo Conte. Guitar overdubs and arrangements on "Max" by Brando Lupi. Mastered by Giuseppe Tillieci at Enisslab Studio in Rome. Recorded at MAXXI in Rome on October 25th, 2014, during the Open Museum Open City exhibition. Photography and cover design by Koto Hirai.

EDR RECORDS (FRANCE)

EDR 024EP

DJ VAS: Re-Edits & More Vol. 4 12" (EDR 024EP) 12.50
2015 repress. DJ Vas is back with another killer volume of his Re-Edits & More series. DJ Vas is primarily known as a member of pioneering '90s French house band, Kojak, and now he is back on EDR Records, pursuing the series with this fourth edition: four new brilliant reworks, finely-cut and re-produced in completely new versions and filled with his classic French Touch twist. His production is a brilliant mix between fine techniques, deep respect for the originals and real personality.

FAUXPAS MUSIK (GERMANY)

FAUXPAS 018EP

DESOLATE: Withering Beauty 12" (FAUXPAS 018EP) 14.00
The introduction to Desolate's Glyphs of the Lunar album, forthcoming at the time of this release. Vinyl tastes better...

FAVORITE (FRANCE)

FVR 050LP

HUMAN EGG: Human Egg LP (FVR 050LP) 21.00
2015 repress; originally reissued in 2010. For their 50th release, Favorite Recordings present a wicked official reissue: a super-obscure oddball disco funk goody by French studio-wiz Jean-Pierre Massiera, the man behind cult classics such as Venus Gang's Love to Fly and Herman Rocket's Space Woman! The Human Egg album was recorded in 1978 at the Antibes Studio in France, featuring purely French musicians. Don't miss this rare masterpiece on Favorite Recordings. Very highly recommended.


FVR 098LP

SANTOS, JUNIOR: Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds 1978-1982: Selected by Junior Santos LP (FVR 098LP) 25.50
2015 repress; LP version in a deluxe vinyl edition with an old-school tip-on jacket and innersleeve, including notes and original artwork. Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds is a compilation that brings together nine of the most important and obscure hits of the Brazilian funk-boogie-disco scene during the years of 1978 to 1982. Junior Santos has been a carioca drummer since he was 15 years-old, and is today a respected vinyl collector and music researcher. More than anything, he is carried on by the love of Brazilian music, which has never been forgotten. Favorite Recordings' initiative of seeking a unique project with Brazilian music spurred Junior to dig into old record companies' files and bring out pearls from what he sees as the end of the samba-rock period. At that time, musicians and arrangers such as Lincoln Olivetti, Robson Jorge, and Oberdan Magalhaes, along with Banda Black Rio, were responsible for the new music scene. They had dominated the studios with sophisticated and original arrangements that have forever transformed Brazilian musical perspective. This music, at that point, had gained a new style and great world respect that has remained up to contemporary times. Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds pays tribute to this great era. Artists include Cristina Camargo, Solange, Sandra De Sa, Rabo De Saia, Claudia Telles, Carlos Dafe, Famks, Painel De Controle, and Paulo Ramos.

FREE SOUL INC. (FRANCE)

FSI 001EP

SOUND VOYAGE: Golden Garuda/Super Molam 7" (FSI 001EP) 14.50
Sound Voyage (Tom Wieland (7 Samurai, Panoptikum) and Niko Schabel (Radio Citizen, Express Brass Band, part-time member of Embryo)) fuse traditional Southeast Asian sounds with post-modern electronica and a touch of spiritual jazz. Following in the footsteps of German world jazz visionary Joachim-Ernst Berendt and his Jazz Meets the World series (1960) on the highly collectible Black Forest SABA label, Wieland and Schabel travel the world in search of new rhythm and sound inspirations. First stop: Thailand. Kraut-world-bass-music for the forward-thinking -- imagine Kraftwerk jamming in a Thai temple with the locals and Moritz von Oswald at the controls and you're almost there.

FRONT AND FOLLOW (UK)

FANDF 039LP

SHAPE WORSHIP: A City Remembrancer LP (FANDF 039LP) 22.00
Front and Follow presents A City Remembrancer, the debut album from Shape Worship aka Ed Gillett. Gillett has been working under the Shape Worship name since 2011. His 2013 debut releases (the Observances EP on Exotic Pylon and the Throughways 7" on Gang of Ducks) weaved dense layers of foggy ambience and rich melodicism around rough-hewn, dancefloor-inspired rhythms. With A City Remembrancer, Gillett pushes his sound into bold new territories. Inspired by the shifting histories of London's physical spaces, the album is both a beautifully detailed piece of sound and a nuanced, politicized eulogy to the city and its inhabitants. Field recordings and vocal samples paint a rich portrait of London as a gigantic palimpsest, constantly being rewritten or renewed; from the postwar utopianism of Brutalist architects, and the plight of residents now being evicted from those same monolithic estates, to ancient burial grounds dislodged by new Crossrail tunnels, or secrets being recovered from the mud of the Thames. Those voices emerge from a rich sonic backdrop: clouds of billowing synths and digital textures wrap around clarinets, pianos, and dulcimers, or are underpinned by fierce drum programming and oppressive bass weight; modular synth experiments blur into minimal composition and pounding techno, the album's dense collage of sounds reflecting the disorientation, beauty, and verticality of the city itself. Includes download code.

FURTHER RECORDS

FUR 058LP

DOZZY, DONATO: The Loud Silence LP (FUR 058LP) 23.00
LP version. Includes deluxe printed inner sleeve, poster, and download code. In April 2015, Donato Dozzy took a set of mouth harps to his parents' house in the Italian countryside and set about exploring the possibilities of that most basic of instruments. The mouth harp had been calling to Donato Dozzy ever since childhood, and he had begun to see in this peculiar, ancient sound the roots of the music he'd been making and playing in clubs. The Loud Silence is the result of those explorations, an accompanied deep-dive into childhood memory, social history, and the roots of psychedelia. Recorded indoors and outdoors; halfway up mountains and on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the album is meditative but also powerful. Each track maintains an inviolable central pulse, while delicate, fluttering sounds hint at vast spaces waiting for the listener to connect with them. Field recordings hover below the resonating harps, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. Tracks like "The Loud Silence" and "Downhill to the Sea" are wrapped up in simple rhythms, their strict throb drawing the listener in. The organic physicality of the sound, made in concert with the body itself, generates a primal response in the listener; an undeniably visceral understanding; an empathetic resonance. The Loud Silence is Donato Dozzy's second solo album, and it sees him return to Further Records, with which released his first solo album, K, in 2010 (FUR 018CD/LP). The two albums share a sense of dynamic movement within a limited sphere. It's not minimal, exactly -- it's hard to describe such a rich sound as minimal or reduced in any way -- but it gets the most out of a small, well-chosen set of tools. As on his 2015 album Sintetizzatrice (SP 038CD/LP), a full-length collaboration with singer Anna Caragnano, the ability to make a single element the center of a musical world is enthralling. Anyone who has followed Donato Dozzy's work, whether the celebrated Voices from the Lake collaboration with Neel, the otherworldly mixes he's done for mnml ssgs and electronique.it, or, particularly, his 2013 album of Bee Mask remixes for the Spectrum Spools label (SP 029CD), will see that The Loud Silence is a continuation of a lifelong fascination with sound and its potential to bring people, times, and places together. This album is the first in Further's series exploring the depth of one instrument, preceding a solo record from Nuel focused on the Ekdahl Polygamist synthesizer.

GET ON DOWN

GET 51312LP

SPECIAL ED: Youngest in Charge LP (GET 51312LP) 23.00
"Special Ed's debut LP presented in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by Brian Coleman that include interviews with Ed and Howie Tee. In 1989, Hip-Hop was truly bona fide. It had shed the 'just a gimmick' tag years before, as it showed not only artistic growth, but serious sales numbers. In short, it was here to stay. After the explosion of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy in New York and the rise of the West Coast seen in multiplatinum successes by N.W.A. and Ice-T, the music started to truly expand, letting new voices and approaches join the party and make their own waves. One of those was a young man from Brooklyn who went by the name Special Ed. Only 16 when his debut hit shelves (and then quickly flew off them), his age was indeed just a number. Beyond any gimmicks, Ed had serious skills. Even considering the novelty of Ed's youth, the Youngest In Charge album stands very firmly on its own as a hip-hop classic, the ultimate in late '80s New York brag swagger, with hit singles 'I Got It Made' and 'Think About It,' both which showed off Ed's battle stances and Howie Tee's masterful, never-endingly catchy productions. Add to it deeper album cuts that still resonate like 'Taxing,' 'Fly M.C.' and 'I'm The Magnificent' (a later single, in 1990), and it brings you back to a time when hip-hop was all about skills and chemistry. Special Ed and Howie Tee certainly had both, with dopeness to spare."


GET 51315LP

M.O.P.: Warriorz 2LP (GET 51315LP) 29.00
"By the time that M.O.P.'s 4th full-length hit in August of 2000, they were true vets in the rap game, with battle scars to prove it. Debuting seven years previous with 'How About Some Hardcore?,' the Brownsville, Brooklyn duo of Lil' Fame and Billy Danze had blazed a heavy path through the underground for the remainder of the decade, never faltering with an aggressive, brassknuckled vocal style, frequently bolstered by DJ Premier's top-tier backing. Warriorz was a true game-changer for M.O.P., as the album catapulted the pair onto the upper echelons of the rap charts, where they shared real estate with softer and cornier stars of the day. One major reason for the album's success was the runaway hit 'Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory),' produced by D/R Period, who broke them into the game with 'Hardcore.' The song -- fueled by triumphant horn stabs and a diesel, four-to-the-floor beat -- was the perfect mix of hard and catchy, and Fame and Danze flexed over it with finesse. To this day it is used everywhere from movie soundtracks to Sesame Street YouTube videos. Staying true to their essence, the album flaunts hardest-of-hard Brooklyn bangers from start to finish. In an era where hip-hop was getting more syrupy than Nyquil, M.O.P. proved that they could hit the charts while staying raw. And the album still shines to this day."


GET 738EP

COMMON: Resurrection 7" (GET 738EP) 13.00
"Common's 'Resurrection' is the title track to Common's sophomore album which hit in late 1994, but these two songs have never been released together in this configuration , either on 12-inch or 7-inch. Both cuts are Large Professor remixes of the album version. The A-side is the 'Extra P' remix of the song and the B-side is the 'Large Professor remix'."

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

HOS 477LP

MORELLI, RON: A Gathering Together LP (HOS 477LP) 22.00
LP version. A Gathering Together is Ron Morelli's second full-length for Hospital Productions, a "techno" cacophony brought to its granular detail and reduced to its most elemental tonal depths. A cohesive fusion of surreal and feverish déjà-vu loops, brittle noise, fucked rhythms, scrap-metal percussions, pro-one metal synths, and an injection of near-buried Dr?no vocal samples, it's a fearsome celebration of brokenness and of amplified surroundings, with stereo-shifting drones and driving rhythms that tell the stories of those now gone -- more a soundtrack for a wake than 4/4 crafted for the dancefloor. There's a naked anxiety at work that doesn't turn away from loss but runs with an excited melancholy toward a future that won't exist. The boldness of the gestures is not to be confused with exuberance. With this effort Morelli has shown remarkable restraint and patience, most notably highlighted on title-track "A Gathering Together," an intense cut born from rapid-paced dead-end urban environments that force people together. It's a calling to do more, include more, and celebrate the many forms within those inconspicuous places. Upon numerous listens, it's clear that the sound-design is a reflection of heavy compositional themes that suggest a greater whole. This is hard, dirty techno -- humid, reduced, bare-bones, yet dense and dissolved to its electronic soil. Heavy without being oppressive, it is the culmination of many elements pulled from all spheres of modern electronics, eaten, digested, and spit back out. Produced at the end of 2014, with final mixdown and additional production in spring 2015 by Krikor Kouchian and Ron Morelli in Paris. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.

HYPERCOLOUR (UK)

HYPE 040EP

VIBERT, LUKE: Halloween (Part One) EP 12" (HYPE 040EP) 15.50
2014 release. Luke Vibert, the acid warrior from Cornwall, delivers "Halloween," a dark, stomping acid tormentor resplendent with eerie horror FX and ghostly chords. Tortured vocals give Bam Bam's "Where's Your Child?" a run for its money in this chilling 909-meets-303 breakout. On "Jack U Whole," Vibert explores the 303 bassline further alongside a supernatural vocal and crisp drum programming. SDC aka Space Dimension Controller, fresh from a run of singles on R&S and Royal Oak, weighs in with his "1988 Vibe Mix," keeping it faithful with a mighty jack attack and lifting the mood with some fathoms-deep chords and deft synth melodies.


HYPE 041EP

VIBERT, LUKE: Halloween (Part Two) EP 12" (HYPE 041EP) 15.50
2014 release. More acidic business from Luke Vibert, one of Cornwall's finest bleeps exponents, following his Halloween (Part One) EP (HYPE 040EP). "iStrain" is deadly mechanical funk of the highest order, with Eastern melodic flavors floating over a bending and bouncing 303 bassline. Tom Demac revisits "Halloween" from Part One and offers up a heavyweight battering ram of a remix, with crushed beats pounding against lysergic modulations and demented vocal phrases. Brooklyn's FaltyDL delivers a stunning breaks version of "Stabs of Regret"; hustling, frenzied breakbeats vie for position with deep and dreamy chords and light synth melodies.


HYPE 042EP

TROXLER & PHIL MOFFA, SETH: Rogue Music 12" (HYPE 042EP) 15.50
Seth Troxler's releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels and Wolf + Lamb (among others) have shone like stars, and Phil Moffa's studio prowess has seen him team up with the likes of DJ Spider and Anthony Parasole. This collaborative EP opens with "Blue Rawls," which builds broodingly with a basic kick-and-güiro combination beating incessantly against dramatic and chaotic sheets of dense pads and analog wizardry. "Meet the Butcha" is science fiction techno, pure and simple. Swinging drum patterns, perpetual claps, and feverish hat-work nail the energy levels, while classic '90s techno tropes make for a track that sounds fresh yet reassuringly familiar.


HYPE 043EP

HOUSE OF BLACK LANTERNS: The Smack 12" (HYPE 043EP) 15.50
The dense, atmospheric "The Smack" by House of Black Lanterns aka Dylan Richards (King Cannibal, Zilla) evokes shades of early Chicago house but with a thoroughly modern UK twist, cutting through so many genre sounds, from dub techno to dubstep, while sounding entirely unique. Mosca plumbs the Basic Channel school of sound for his "Dread at the Controls" version, with spring reverb and droning synths. The shadowy techno of "Grey Leather Glass" is like a score to a Wes Craven slasher epic, and "8 Million Stories" cuts up vocal chops, finger snaps, and piano stabs over a brooding house production.


HYPE 044EP

WILTSHIRE, J.: False Awakening 12" (HYPE 044EP) 15.50
J. Wiltshire's "False Awakening" opens with delicate pizzicato synth-plucks over a deadly electro-tinged beat, sweeping strings, digital glitches before a funky-as-you-like bassline heralds a discordant vocal line. On his "Clubby Tool Mix," Wiltshire slaps resonators on the drums and further manipulates the sound with some clever studio trickery. With their remix, Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer) come out guns blazing with a heavy kick and abrasive hats while the stabby bass and 909 hats set the heady vibe. The duo also throw in a beats mix, the "Dub Copy," just like the old days.


HYPE 045EP

DENSE & PIKA: Lynn EP 12" (HYPE 045EP) 15.50
Dense & Pika (Alex Jones and Chris Spero) present their first release on Hypercolour, opening with "Lynn," which carries all their trademarks as heard on a quartet of well-received singles for Scuba's Hotflush label. The punchy, brooding backbeat springs into life with vocal stabs, drop-outs, reverse FX, and industrial-sized glitches. "Tantrum" evokes shades of Nitzer Ebb and other '80s exponents of the mechanical funk sound, while "Sycophant" interweaves a grizzly bassline and persistent cowbell with pitch-shifting synths and sci-fi loaded effects. "Hitting the Ceiling" closes the EP with a speaker-shattering kick drum, wooly hats, an ominous vocal stab, and supernatural synths.

IMPORTANT RECORDS

IMPREC 088CD

RANALDO, LEE: Ambient Loop for Vancouver CD (IMPREC 088CD) 14.00
"Ambient Loop for Vancouver (2004) is a single, full length track (53'43"), with contributions from Alan Licht on guitar, Christian Marclay on turntables, and William Hooker on drums. It was originally assembled as the 'tape bed' for a performance in Vancouver, Canada of DRIFT, my collaborative film and music presentation with partner Leah Singer, in April 2004. This slowly changing, low volume ambience has since been used in various performance, reading and installation situations over the years. On its own, played on repeat, it creates a quiet shifting atmosphere with certain musical elements returning in different formations across its almost one hour running time. This CD was originally only available packaged inside the 10th Anniversary edition of my first book Road Movies, which was published by Soft Skull Press in 2004. A recently discovered limited overrun of those original CDs is now being made available on its own for the first time. Packaged in a screen printed Arigato pak. Printed and designed at Imprec." --Lee Ranaldo


IMPREC 391LP

PITRE, DUANE: Feel Free: Live at Cafe OTO LP (IMPREC 391LP) 9.50
New lower pricing; originally released in 2013. "Beautiful ensemble performance of Duane Pitre's Feel Free, including James Blackshaw on hammered dulcimer. LP pressed in an audiophile grade edition of 1000 copies. Shortly after the release of Pitre's Feel Free, the composer set out for a 2012 solo tour in select European cities. To start off this tour he staged an ensemble performance of Feel Free, at London's renowned Cafe OTO. For his ensemble, Pitre chose to utilize only one veteran of a Feel Free performance (Jesse Sparhawk) and for the remainder of the group he used English musicians who'd not played the composition prior. The resulting performance sees Feel Free taking new shapes and producing different energies than the studio recording."

JACQUES CANETTI PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE)

BEC 5156201

VA: Les Années Canetti: L'esprit Chanson Française 2LP/2CD (BEC 5156201) 31.00
Deluxe double LP in gatefold sleeve with photos and biographies. Also includes a poster reproducing cult vintage concert boards, as well as all of the vinyl tracks on two CDs. Jacques Canetti was the legendary French record executive, talent agent, and producer who discovered and signed all of the greatest figures of French chanson, first for Philips and, after 1962, for his own production company, Les productions Jacques Canetti, and his own label, Disques Canetti. This deluxe set collects 33 cult songs by Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg, Juliette Gréco, Serge Reggiani, Boris Vian, Félix Leclerc, Lucienne Vernay, Aznavour & Roche, Jeanne Moreau, Jacques Higelin, Brigitte Fontaine, Judith Magre, Michel Legrand, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Cora Vaucaire, Eric Robrecht, Magali Noel, Mouloudji, Emmanuelle Riva, Catherine Sauvage, Pierre Brasseur, Bee Michelin, Zette, Bruno Brel, Monique Morelli, and Philippe Noiret. Because Music 10th Anniversary Vinyl Campaign. Will stay in catalog after campaign ends.

JAMAICAN RECORDINGS (UK)

JRLP 058LP

SCIENTIST: Watch This! Dubbing at Tuff Gong LP (JRLP 058LP) 15.50
LP version. Most people associate Tuff Gong with Bob Marley, and rightly so, as he was often called Tuff Gong and his early releases came out on the Tuff Gong label. But Tuff Gong was also the name of a recording complex named after Bob Marley that included a top-level recording studio, pressing plant, and distribution center. Marley had taken over the former residence of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell -- Island House, 56 Hope Road -- around 1974. Two days before the Smile Jamaica Concert, on December 3, 1976, the house was ambushed by gunmen. Marley's manager, Don Taylor was hit five times, Marley was shot in the arm, and his wife Rita was hit in the head by a stray bullet -- but none of the injuries were fatal. Immediately after the concert Marley started his self-imposed exile from Jamaica, settling in London, England. This would lead to the aptly named Exodus album being recorded there in the summer of 1977. It would not be until the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston's National Stadium on the April 22, 1978, that Marley would return to the island. Marley felt it was important to show his commitment to the people of Jamaica, and upon his return to 56 Hope Road, he began the construction of his own recording studio with the help of music mogul Tommy Cowan. Unfortunately, Marley's short life would end on the May 11, 1981, from cancer. His passing would lead to 56 Hope Road being turned into a museum. A new location would have to be found to carry on Marley's work; this turned out to be 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 11. Rita Marley and Tuff Gong International bought the facility, and hired engineers including Errol Brown (Treasure Isle Studios) and Hopeton Brown aka Scientist, so named for his groundbreaking style by the great producer Bunny "Striker" Lee, who had worked with him previously at King Tubby's studio and Channel One Studios. Watch This! Dubbing at Tuff Gong focuses on the work carried out by the great Scientist on the songs of the Black Solidarity label (run by Ossie Thomas aka Joe the Boss), at Tuff Gong, one of the foremost recording, pressing, and distribution facilities on the Jamaican island, set up from the work of Bob Marley to carry forward reggae music.

JIAOLONG (UK)

JIAOLONG 016EP

JUNIOR BOYS: What You Won't Do for Love 12" (JIAOLONG 016EP) 12.00
"Teaser for the up-coming album on City Slang."

KICK + CLAP (UK)

BEC 5156152

FURSE, TOM: Run to Me Suite 12" (BEC 5156152) 12.50
The Kick + Clap label, founded by Dave Maclean (Django Django), follows 2015 releases by UK rave legend Warlock (BEC 5156056) and Baltimore rapper Rye Rye produced by Bullion (BEC 5161939) with Tom Furse's Run to Me Suite. With one foot in Cologne and the other in Detroit, its precise machino-florescence, enamored with Kraftwerk, Juan Atkins, and Yello, underpins latent themes of love, machines, and obliteration. Following a stint on NTS Radio and remixes for the likes of Sébastien Tellier, Django Django, and Connan Mockasin, the Horrors-man-turned-solo-artist continues to maintain a frenetic work-rate with no concern for genre.

KOMPAKT (GERMANY)

KOM 335LP

COMA: This Side of Paradise 2x10"+CD (KOM 335LP) 25.00
180-gram double 10" version. Includes CD. Tackling the challenge of a second album head-on, Coma return to the fore with This Side of Paradise, a comprehensive and meticulously-arranged collection that never strays far from the duo's well-established modus operandi. This Side of Paradise is truly refined pop music that takes its cues from both sides of the musical fence. A further exploration and expansion of the territory initially explored on Coma's first full-length, In Technicolor (KOMP 106CD/KOM 279LP, 2013), This Side of Paradise shows the artists commanding their craft with confidence and style -- a sonic treat for seasoned connoisseurs and recent scholars alike. Sometimes described as songwriters who don't actually write songs, Coma tend to nudge the genre-boundaries without making this their central artistic statement -- they're not in the game to search and destroy, but to meet and seduce, in a constant effort to make music that is as innovative and multilayered as it is accessible. It's an endless process of reevaluating their own tropes that leads the duo to the unconventional but immensely catchy hooks on tracks like "Borderline," "Pinguin Power," and "Happiness," half-sung and half-synthesized. Coma don't want to settle on whether they actually are a dance act or a pop outfit: "We always try to rethink what we're doing. At one point we even thought about dropping the melodies altogether, because melodic techno has become kinda prevalent. But that wouldn't be us either -- we love a good melody as much as the next person." The receptiveness for cognition glitches and happy accidents might be behind Coma's obvious penchant for cooperation; This Side of Paradise's most classic songwriting appears on "The Wind," a dreamy, melancholic, downbeat gem featuring vocals from frequent collaborator Dillon. Meanwhile, another old friend has switched roles: Mit's lead singer Edi Winarni returns after his cameo on In Technicolor, but this time he's responsible for the cover art, based on his own sculptural work and created from archetypes of bird beaks in front of a heavily processed white screen. It asks basically the same question that the band does: how much beak do you need to recognize the bird? How much melody do you need to be pop? How many beats until you're part of the club continuum? Coma's true achievement might be in asking themselves these kinds of critical, potentially thwarting questions, but still remaining able to produce beautiful music that speaks to both the body and the soul.

KRANKY

KRANK 199CD

VANTZOU, CHRISTINA: No. 3 CD (KRANK 199CD) 13.00
"Album No. 3 from Christina Vantzou is the result of a two-year process of composing, arranging, rearranging, experimenting, and melding classical instruments with synths and electronics. Recorded in Belgium with a 15-piece ensemble of strings, horns, woodwinds and micro-choir, the tracks vacillate between orchestral, ambient soundscapes and more structured works that the composer refers to as 'pillars.' The internal core of the record, however, is unwavering. All tracks head in the direction of otherworldly drones surrounded by soft, subtle and sometimes intense veils or points. The structured tracks mark a new direction for Vantzou. Whereas 100% of the music on No. 1 and No. 2 was composed without time structure or steady click, the pillars on No. 3 adhere to a solid mathematical scheme. Perhaps Vantzou's day job as a math teacher is starting to have an influence. No. 3's virtual instruments and voice samples hearken back to Vantzou's time with The Dead Texan, specifically tracks like 'Aegina Airlines' and 'When I see scissors I cannot help but think of you'. The synths on No. 3 were given special attention and were recorded over a 2 week period using a DX7, Yamaha CS20, Roland Juno-6, and a selection of eurorack modular synths, making No. 3 very much a hybrid record, both symphonic and synth-based. To complete the album, Vantzou made 2 slow motion videos using a phantom high-speed camera and a 16mm short film."

LOUDER THAN WAR (UK)

LTW 010LP

EVIL BLIZZARD: Everybody Come to Church LP (LTW 010LP) 26.50
Blue LP version; limited to 500 copies. Like Hawkwind on even more acid or Sunn O))) meets Butthole Surfers/P.I.L. with four bassists and droning powerful songs... Those masked marauding architects of cacophonic, bombastic, psychedelic, bass-bothering rock have been at it again, making another album of unrivalled and quintessentially unique rock music. To say that Everybody Come to Church has been eagerly awaited in many quarters is an understatement; fellow Northwest England-based musician Mr. Mark E. Smith, who's been heard to say of the Blizzard, "I like Evil Blizzard, they give me hope that music is alive and kicking," would no doubt agree. The Guardian are also huge fans of the band, having featured them on their cover and described them as "a fearsome collision of Hawkwind, krautrock, molten noise, dazzling psychedelic lights and weird, gnarly looking masks." The album was "recorded live in one day with minimal overdubs at Magnetic North Studios... a fierce, spontaneous outburst of evil noise." They had only four songs written before entering the studio and the rest of the album just happened around ideas they'd had kicking around. Everybody Come to Church features seven tracks of brooding, sinister psychedelic rock that will melt your mind and soul.

MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)

MNQ 063LP

MONUMENTS: From the Future: The 1982-1983 Tapes LP (MNQ 063LP) 20.00
Mannequin Records' excavation into early '80s Italian minimal synth continues with the 1982-1983 demo tapes of Turin's Monuments, following the label's 2013 reissue of their only official release, the 1984 mini-LP Age (MNQ 040LP), which comprises six incredibly fantastic electro-pop tracks. Monuments came into being in January 1981 when Mauro Tavella (keyboards, programming) and Andrea Costa (keyboards, voice) pooled their artistic experiences. From the outset, they produced exclusively synthesized music, following the natural evolution in electronic music from the early days with monophonic synthesizers to the latest virtual sounds generated with the aid of computers. Most of tracks included here were composed between the summer and autumn of 1982 in the duo's private TKS recording studio in Turin. Some were made at the beginning of 1983, but only one, "Clock's Room," was later rearranged and included on Age. Edition of 300.

MIDWICH PRODUCTIONS

MIDWICH 003LP

VIANDS: Temporal Relics LP (MIDWICH 003LP) 16.00
"Viands is a spontaneous collaboration between two auteurs of Detroit's underground music scene: Joel Peterson and David Shettler (Moon Pool and Dead Band). Temporal Relics, their debut album, is a deep, reflective and fearless alternate-reality keyboard meditation that draws on the pair's broad musical vision to explore new vistas. Temporal Relic #1 & #2 are carved out of the same continuous 40-minute session that marked the first time the pair sat down together and 'just hit record.' Temporal Relics is a vast, expansive and moody inner-journey of epic proportion. Joel Peterson (Immigrant Suns, Chatoyant, etc.) and Dave Shettler (Moon Pool and Dead Band, etc.) met in the early aughts while Peterson was actively building a name for himself presenting underground and new sounds (his and others) to Detroit audiences with his Bohemian National Home venue and Shettler was back-boning and warping various rock and R&B acts across Detroit and the western world. Viands began as a sound check for a visiting jazz pianist borrowing Shettler's Moog sitting atop the Piano in Peterson's current venue Trinosophes. All live, all completely improvised, Mastered by Ruud Lekx (Rude 66) and cut by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in NYC. Temporal Relics comes housed in a wide full-color UV gloss jacket featuring artwork by renowned sci-fi illustrator, Mark Salwowski, with layout by designer Beth Hall. A digital download code is included."


MIDWICH 004EP

TRAVIS, MICK: Face Disappears After Interrogation 12" (MIDWICH 004EP) 16.00
"Mick Travis's Face Disappears After Interrogation is a raw and severe experiment in modular synth, rhythm box and tape echo. Deceptively simple pulses oscillate from ear-to-ear forming head-nodding, brain-scrambling rhythmic patterns that could loosely be described as 'techno'. Although there are reference points that one can latch onto, they are accidental, as Mick Travis operates in a world of his own. Rubbery, squeaky jutterings, grey washes, shimmering metallic moire patterns and stereophonic psyche manipulation are some of the things that one can expect to dance to. Face Disappears After Interrogation was recorded at Tiny's Squat, in Brighton, 2012. Mick Travis has been the nomadic member of The Nevari Butchers, recording with them during his brief stay in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Travis also recorded the cassette There's Nothing to Smile About, for Aaron Dilloway's Hanson Records. Travis currently resides in the UK. Face Disappears After Interrogation was mastered by Ruud Lekx (Rude 66) and cut by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in NYC. It comes housed in a wide full-color UV gloss jacket featuring artwork by renowned sci-fi illustrator, Mark Salwowski, with layout by designer Beth Hall. A digital download code is included."

MISSISSIPPI RECORDS

MRP 086LP

BUCK, PETER: Warzone Earth LP (MRP 086LP) 17.00
"Steeped deep in the roots of garage rock, Peter's third solo record rolls out strong. Some dark and personal lyrics and some heavy vibes preside....but overall - it's rock and roll. Features musicians from all kinds of beloved bands and lineages. (Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch, Chris Slusarenko, Kris Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, Annalisa Tornfelt, Chloe Johnson, Kristin Tornfelt.....yep). Record comes in two different cover editions - both designed by none other than Mingering Mike - maybe the greatest album cover designer of all time! (the majority of his artwork was recently bought in whole by the Smithsonian). Comes with liner note insert."


MRP 097LP

KOSTIS, A.: The Jail's a Fine School LP (MRP 097LP) 16.00
"First ever vinyl collection of the legendary 'Kostis,' the most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists of the early 1930s. Truly unique guitar duets and black-humor prose chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Virtuosic fingerpicking of Near-Eastern modes at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme. Recorded under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, it stands as an enduring mystery and the high standard for a once subversive art form. Includes Greek and English lyrics, extensive liner notes by Tony Klein and many previously unpublished photographs. Co-released by Olvido Records."

NAKED NAKED (UK)

NKD 013EP

VIERS: Dissipate/SMS 12" (NKD 013EP) 14.00
Forward-thinking Leeds-based producer Viers aka Jordon Saxton, part of the new wave of UK house and techno producers, returns to Breach's Naked Naked imprint following five previous releases, including a 12" on Seb Wildblood and Apes's Church imprint. For his third outing on Naked Naked, Saxton delivers another dose of dancefloor-ready techno. "Dissipate" makes use of sparse elements to construct a hypnotic, minimal groove. Skippy hi-hats dance around a solid but simple bassline, creating a bouncy, satisfying energy. The dubby stabs of "SMS" combine with rattling percussion to establish a driving, relentless peak-time rhythm.

NEW WORLD RECORDS

NW 80772CD

PISARO, MICHAEL: A mist is a collection of points CD (NW 80772CD) 15.00
"Michael Pisaro (b. 1961) is a member of the Wandelweiser collective, an international organization of musicians which he has defined as 'a particular group of people who have been committed, over the long term, to sharing their work and working together.' Its members have shared an interest in John Cage and experimental music, and extended durations, indeterminacy, and silence have featured in many works they have made; but Pisaro is quick to point out that the members of the collective have a far from uniform aesthetic stance. Pisaro's work over the past decade bears little surface resemblance to the pieces made by other members of the collective apart from a commitment to experimental music and to deeply collaborative processes. Many of the recent trajectories of his work intersect in A mist is a collection of points (2014). A mist is a collection of points, while a grid is an organized collection of points. There is the unspoken tension in this work between regular and aperiodic, solid and vague, artificial and organic, order and sprawl. This interplay takes place from one section to the next, and also in the interactions between the parts: between the pianist (Phillip Bush), the percussionist (Greg Stuart), and the sine tones (by Michael Pisaro). It affects the melody and the resonance, the timing and the coordination between parts. The intermingling of shadow pitches and extended resonances creates effects that are at least as vivid as any articulation. Gradual change is a feature of the entire work, on the most local scale (measure by measure) and on the macro scale as well. Timing, resonance, melody, register, and dynamics are all intertwined in these slow transformations. 'The work is essentially about the morphology and topography of this resonance.' This recording, like the piece itself, best reveals itself when it is 'let loose in an environment,' played on speakers rather than headphones, in order to continue to develop its shape."

OPEN MOUTH

OM 043LP

MEGINSKY, JAKE: Vandals LP (OM 043LP) 18.00
"Below a shuffling cabasa-like rhythm, a pair of taut drum patterns is punctuated by swirling electronic crackle and a deep bass drop. Slowly and almost imperceptibly, layers of spongy beats accumulate until they're wiped out dub-style by an echoing sonar moan that suspends the track in a dark and undulating aquatic reverie, a lull broken by jittery bass tones and reverberant knocks that surge into an intricate percussive maelstrom. Jake Meginsky's music is distinctly low end and percussive. While nodding to minimal house, dub, and noise, Meginsky's electronica bears ample evidence of his apprenticeship with fiery avant-jazz percussionist Milford Graves and his training in West African djun djun and djembe. There's nothing rigid or mechanical here. On the contrary, Meginsky's rhythmic sensibility is supple and flexible -- rumbling, fluttering, and bouncing in elastic configurations of enchanting complexity. All rhythm and squall, the pieces on Vandals can't be called 'songs'; but they're too non-linear to be called 'tracks' and too structurally unpredictable to be 'compositions.' Rather, Meginsky builds little electronic ecosystems that seem to breed sounds in all their timbral and textural diversity, and to observe what results as they ally and skirmish with one another." --Christoph Cox

ORION READ

OR 014LP

WOLF EYES: Slicer LP (OR 014LP) 23.00
"Coming just months after Dread (Wolf Eyes' first LP as a trio), Slicer was released on cassette in an edition of 50 in 2001. From start to finish, it's a full-fledged sonic experience, downright enveloping. Deep stuttering bass, high streams of electronics, rugged tape manipulation, horns, glass -- this recording contains an enormous spectrum of sound. Mastering legend John Golden, who cut the lacquer for vinyl, said it was like cutting a sonic obstacle course. That's not to say Slicer is a record that you'll play once and file away. The Olson, Young, and Dilloway line-up, which lasted just 5 years, shows unusual restraint here. The calm intensity of their wildly bizarre sonic experiments and masterful compositional moves make for a rewarding repeat listen. With influences coming from all over -- avant-garde sound art to Pink Floyd and beyond -- specifically, Slicer brings to mind the perfectly edited Malesch from Agitation Free, the immediacy of SPK, and the innovation of Henning Christiansen. Wolf Eyes were looking for, finding and fleshing out new musical forms. You won't be surprised, if you've followed their prolific output, that band practice was also always a recording session, and these guys all had solo projects too -- they played all the time. Their ideas developed from jamming, and you can hear the confidence, the masterful control of tone, the patience of the improvisations. This is deeply ambitious music made without academic pretensions. It contains some of the most minimal programming in their catalog and the editing and mastering are nothing short of inspired. Setting an impossibly high water mark early on as the noise scene was just getting to it's feet, few, if any, have come close to the energy and power of this recording since."


OR 015CD

VA: Small Town Country, Vol. 1 CD (OR 015CD) 14.00
"The songs that make up this unprecedented album were gathered and compiled by Austin-based musician and record collector Jason Chronis. He visited countless small towns across Texas and beyond, in search of anything and everything that might be etched on vinyl. From mountains of material, he chose these fourteen forgotten odes and put them in an order that tells a story. Like Harry Smith's visionary anthology of folk music, this selection of private press country music captures the joys and the sorrows of people who sang for themselves. These songs speak directly to the concerns of real people, our experiences and dreams, and the gap between them. Of course, these musicians had also hoped to score on the charts, a desire that almost defines country music, but it didn't happen that way. Now, 30, 40, 50 years after these records were handed to friends and mailed to local radio stations, perhaps country music is in for some definition expansion. More than half of these raw and intimate songs came out of Texas, where there has always been a strong regional music tradition. As history recedes and country music shakes off the commercial dominance of the Nashville hit machine, Texas country music, with its straightforward, 'take it or leave it' sentiment and rugged, stripped down sound, will be known for its influence on all types of musicians and songwriters. And perhaps the unknown country musicians that made the music on this LP were right when they pooled resources, asked favors, and poured their hearts out onto 45s... thinking they had a hit on their hands!"


OR 015LP

VA: Small Town Country, Vol. 1 LP (OR 015LP) 19.00
LP version.

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 093EP

MARTYN: Falling for You 12" (OSTGUT 093EP) 12.50
Netherlands-born, Washington, D.C.-based Martijn Deijkers started DJing in the '90s and began producing in the 2000s, and has released on labels such as Ninja Tune, Warp, and Steffi's Dolly Dubs, among many others. "Falling for You" opens with a major piano motif and field recordings before a luscious garage-inspired rhythm emerges along with bubbling synth bleeps and organic percussion. "U1-U8" is a slightly darker offering with syncopated melody, hi hats, claps, and sampled shehnai sounds sitting atop the hollow kick. "Ahmadiya" closes the EP with a pensive synth, string elements, beguiling piano strokes, and a more break-heavy vibe.

PAN (UK)

PAN 062LP

VOM GRILL: Knerpen! (bevel) LP (PAN 062LP) 25.50
Antwerp-based nonconformist Dennis Tyfus debuts on PAN under his Vom Grill moniker with the Knerpen! (bevel) LP. Tyfus's dealings in unstable media -- spanning paintings and illustrations, films, radio transmissions and more -- reflect the freeform, sometimes parodic nature of his sonic output, which has been archived on his own Ultra Eczema imprint alongside many outsider, weirdo, and noise underground artists. Knerpen! (bevel) is a jarring collage of skewed electronics, tape loops, and treated vocals. Opening sequence "I" writhes and seizes with electricity. Skull-resonant clangs are sucked and scrunched back into themselves, before throbs of condensed static give way to the sound of someone rummaging around inside the bodies of acoustic instruments. On B-side "II," Tyfus multitracks the vocalizations of opera singer Emilie Fleamountains into an empyrean choir, before winding back the tape into a foaming-at-the-mouth mechanical meltdown. The 140-gram LP was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. It features photography by Dennis Tyfus and layout by Bill Kouligas. "What arouses the interest of Dennis Tyfus, with his difficult feet, is a clear, artful and wild realism whose extravagance never leaves one indifferent and can be summarised above all as the attempt to have fun in the end, after all." --Wim van Mulders


PAN 065EP

GAMBLE, LEE: B23 Steelhouse/Motor System (Extension) 12" (PAN 065EP) 18.00
Limited pressing white label 12" featuring two previously unreleased tracks by Lee Gamble. "B23 Steelhouse" is a rework of "Steelhouse Chaconne," itself an unreleased Lee Gamble dub from 2013. On the flip is "Motor System (Extension)," a track taken from 2014's Koch album (PAN 059CD/LP) and extended. Both tracks have been remastered and sound much louder and dynamic than the album cuts -- primed for the DJs. 140-gram 12" mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M.


PAN 067LP

VISIONIST: Safe LP (PAN 067LP) 25.50
140-gram LP version. Having partnered with Bill Kouligas in 2015 to relaunch his Lost Codes imprint as Codes, Visionist takes a defining step forward with the release of his debut album, Safe. The South London artist born Louis Carnell broke during a period of experimentation in UK music when, with the disintegration of the dubstep scene, emerging producers began looking to juke and Chicago house for inspiration. A pair of EPs on Lit City Trax (and a collaboration with Fatima Al Qadiri) in 2013 and '14 introduced Visionist's minimalist take on fractured R&B and liquid grime, establishing him as a leading voice in new wave UK soundsystem culture. On Safe, Visionist sculpts and extends that signature into new terrain and makes his most personal statement yet. Distilling his influences down to a sparse palette of manipulated folk, pop, and R&B a cappellas; icy synths; and metallic drum samples, he plays off ever-present anxiety and his own battle not to let it overwhelm him. "Comfort, protection, salvation -- this is what we search for," he says. "We are taught that a life of no worries is better for us, and therefore we try to create one that is 'Safe.'" But while safe as a musical concept implies conformity, Safe as an artistic statement is anything but. At a moment when the UK scene, once known for innovation, has settled into rehashing old tropes, Visionist continues to propel his sound into more experimental territory. The album traces the arc of an anxiety attack, from its onset through to recovery. Following the stately discord of brief opener "You Stayed," the grimy, ballistic assault of "Victim" sends its targets diving into mirrored corners. "I've Said" is a brutal, almost militant advance, its sound cutting in and out as though transmitted via shortwave radio. "Too Careful to Care" trades in skittering paranoia, with the soporific "Sleep Luxury" closing out affairs. Since 2012, Visionist has toured extensively throughout Europe, The Unites States, and Asia, appearing at industry standard clubs and festivals like Fabric, Berghain, Sonar, and Unsound as well as various underground venues. He has scored music for Kenzo, Liam Hodges, and Roxanne Farahmand in the world of fashion, and remixed Kelis, Ghostpoet, and Glasser. In 2014, he supported FKA Twigs on her first-ever UK tour. Photography and artwork by Daniel Sannwald; layout by Bill Kouligas.

RINSE (UK)

RINSE 033LP

FAZE MIYAKE: Faze Miyake 2LP (RINSE 033LP) 26.50
Double LP version. Includes two exclusive tracks, including a remix by Total Freedom. London producer Faze Miyake presents his full-length debut, four years after the fiery swagger of his 2011 debut single "Take Off" and its 2012 follow-up, the Second Six EP, exploded onto dancefloors. Faze Miyake is a definitive and thrilling realization of his signature sound; a sharp, vividly rendered club record, it casts his characteristic sonic traits in shocking hi-def, with disorienting hi-hat whirls and string stabs steeped in ever-present, body-shuddering sub-bass -- a dazzling, dreamlike vision of 21st-century sound system music. Faze Miyake's immersive and powerfully psychoactive tracks evoke a soundclash of styles; an explosive meeting of bass-heavy genres from across both sides of the Atlantic. His debut album epitomizes modern dance music's global ear while still remaining deeply connected to its local geographical roots. It mutates and reshapes his influences like sonic putty, with Atlanta rap's elemental bass ooze forming a backbone for drums that recall both jungle and grime in the way they hammer, spin, and clatter through space -- and in turn send dancers ricocheting across the floor. Chicago rapper Sasha Go Hard shares sonic space with the Dizzee Rascal-affiliated Family Tree, while London MC Little Simz is furiously intense on "The Nest." The neon melodies of "Yung Sneyga" and "Ocean Drive" evoke sun-soaked CGI cityscapes, but the moody "Ice Cold," led by Dean Blunt collaborator Inga Copeland's half-sung, half-spoken vocals, plunges you equally far into the deep freeze. Indeed, the album remains grounded in Faze Miyake's home city, both in its intrinsic connection to his own grime history and its freewheeling, gleefully hybrid aesthetic. While growing up in East London he was surrounded by music, with jungle, reggae, garage, and then grime forming the background fabric to his life. Those genres' rhythmic ingenuity and taste for sonic experimentation have in turn infused his own music, with his beats blending temperatures, textures, and tempos with almost scientific precision. "Snow Leopard" is tense and wickedly predatory, packing the infectious flex of two-step, while the elementally huge buzzsaw impact of "Fusion" reimagines his anthemic debut "Take Off" as a sharp, fleet-footed club monster. Somehow both brusque and hallucinatory, they're among the highlights of an album that both boldly expands upon Faze Miyake's music to date and marks the maturing of a unique voice in mutant UK dance music. Also features Izzy Brooks.

SIREENA RECORDS (GERMANY)

ST 1501CD

PAPIR MEETS ELECTRIC MOON: The Papermoon Sessions: Live at Roadburn 2014 CD (ST 1501CD) 19.00
"Sula Bassana and Komet Lulu from Electric Moon, all the guys from Papir and Mogens Deenfort from Øresund Space Collective met the second time - to play their first and exclusive live show together: The Papermoon Sessions live at Roadburn 2014. The very first time they ever played together, their studio album was born. Now, live, they played together for only the second time and it became a record, again. This is a 100% music haul from their material! The whole concert is pressed on CD, to please the listener and also the people who could not make it to the show or the festival. Only 2 long tracks, which include all the power and love these 6 people share in a musical way. Quite emotional, very hypnotic and trance-like, the band explores the magic of musically reverse osmosis: they melted themselves down into one creature, that flooded the people with psychedelic kraut sounds."


ST 1502CD

BASSANA, SULA: Live at Roadburn Festival 2014 CD (ST 1502CD) 19.00
"Here you get the release of a one off show by Sula Bassana (who normally never plays live under his moniker), who played at the 2014 Roadburn-Festival, accompanied by a strong band! Sula Bassana is the german multi-instrumentalist Dave Schmidt. He is the guitarplayer in Electric Moon, drummer in Zone Six, Synthy- and Organ-player in Krautzone, and well known for his solo-albums, ranging from spacerock via psychedelic to krautish electronic music. The music on this record became very wild and noisy! Because of the impression-overdose from the whole Roadburn-thing. The mood on stage was very expressive and psychotic, which the listener can now experience too, due to the intense live-feeling. 'Into the red' guitar-battles, full of fuzz, tremolo and wahwah, powered by a massive bass and drum section, spiced with some Synthesizer and Mellotron sounds. The album got mastered by krautrock-legend EROC."


ST 1504CD

ZONE SIX: Love Monster CD (ST 1504CD) 19.00
"After 11 years without a proper studioalbum, german spacerockers Zone Six are back with a new album! Founded 18 years ago, Zone Six is one of the oldest active spacerock / acidrock / neo-krautrock bands in Europe, even if they are lazy as hell. J The band now consists of founder member Dave Schmidt (aka Sula Bassana) on drums (formerly bass), Martin Schorn (aka Modulfix) on synthesizer, Komet Lulu on bass and Rainer Reeff on guitar. All four members also are in Krautzone, Lulu and Sula are the founders of Electric Moon and Rainer plays in The Pancakes. They met some days to freak out together and produced 4 tracks to blow your mind away into deep space! This whole thing is very groovy and psychedelic - kaleidoscopic flights are stopping the time from existing and mix it up with the space which is endless... And full of acid!"


TS 518LP

SUN TEMPLE CIRCUS: Sun Temple Circus LP (TS 518LP) 25.00
"In the beginning of 2014 Harry Payuta (sitar, bass, guitar, vocals), Tom THE PERC Redecker (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Marlon Klein (drums, percussion) and Jochen Schoberth (guitars) founded the project SUN TEMPLE CIRCUS and immediately decided to go on tour. Payuta had played with Mojo Club, The Electric Family and Tav Falco, Redecker came from The Electric Family, works solo as The Perc and is founder and chief of wellknown record label Sireena Records. Marlon Klein is longtime drummer of the famous ethno formation Dissidenten and Schoberth works with his several projects in the gothic/artrock scene. In mid-May the Circus started in Bayreuth, the finals took place on 28 May 2014 at the Lagerhaus in Bremen. Screen projections by oil filter projectors and kaleidoscopes and lots of fog were the coherent optical complement to the almost entirely psychedelic tinged tracks and brought something like Fillmore mood in the halls."

SRX (UK)

SRX 001EP

SURGEON: Surgeon EP (2014 Remaster) 12" (SRX 001EP) 15.50
2015 repress. This is the first release on the six-volume Surgeon reissues label, SRX. Originally recorded 20 years ago, Surgeon's first-ever release marked the beginning of the hugely-influential Birmingham techno sound. "Although some of these releases have been repressed many times over the years, they have always been from the original plates from those early cuts; none have ever been re-mastered and recut in their original from. So I began carefully transferring everything from the original DAT tapes and working closely with Christoph Grote-Beverborg from Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin to present this early material as it was originally intended. For the packaging I commissioned Ken Meier and Yoonjai Choi from Common Name."


SRX 003EP

SURGEON: Communications (2014 Remaster) 2x12" (SRX 003EP) 22.00
Repress. This is the third release on the six-volume Surgeon reissue label SRX. Originally released on Downwards Records in 1996, Communications marked the first mini-album and a more fully-fleshed out concept release for Surgeon. So raw it will skin your knees. It still has the power to corrupt the youth of today.


SRX 005EP

SURGEON: Rare Tracks 95-96 (2014 Remaster) 12" (SRX 005EP) 15.50
Repressed. Fifth of six Surgeon reissues on SRX, collecting together an important selection of one-off tracks and highly limited rarities. "Fivo" appeared on release on Round Records and "Pagga" featured on the Underground UK compilation release by Kickin Records. The B-side features two tracks from the mythical THX-1139, which was previously only available as 50 white labels in 1996. Includes download code.

TAVERNA TRACKS (GERMANY)

TAVERNA 004EP

ALVAREZ, ALIX: Juju Theory 12" (TAVERNA 004EP) 14.00
Number four on Taverna Tracks comes from NYC's own Alix Alvarez, who delivers four boogie-down house cuts.

TOUCH (UK)

TO 098LP

JECK, PHILIP: Cardinal 2LP (TO 098LP) 20.00
Philip Jeck writes: "To make this record I used Fidelity record players, Casio keyboards, Ibanez bass guitar, Sony MiniDisc players, Ibanez and Zoom effects pedals, assorted percussion, a Behringer mixer and it was edited it at home with MiniDisc players and on a laptop computer.""...and they sparkled like burnished brass""Out of the depths of our complaints, it could be all so simple. To be never fooled by the finesse of a long-yearned for solidity, but in the momentary aplomb of a sleepy walk threading through familiar streets we'd hum our way, alto, baritone and tenor toward some harmonious end. An effect like some wonderful recollection of one or other of those technicolour movies. Not real for sure, but if you are in the mood...""I would like to acknowledge the influence the writer Marilynne Robinson has had on this work. I would recommend reading any/all of her four novels and also When I was a Child I Read Books (Virago, 2012). This collection of essays includes 'Austerity as Ideology,' which dissects prevailing economic thinking, and 'Open Thy Hand Wide,' which continues with a celebration of liberal thinking as Generosity (and also turned over my received knowledge of Calvinism). Her ability to convey a love of humanity and sense of wonder about the great mystery of existence in her writing has, since I first read a book of hers, found a way into the way I think about my work -- not illustrating but meditating upon." (April 2015)Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops, turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music in which one hears the art, not the gimmick. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80s and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies in addition to his solo concert work. His best-known work, Vinyl Requiem (with Lol Sargent), a performance for 180 '50s/'60s record players, won the Time Out Performance Award in 1993. In 2010, Jeck won a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award. This gatefold double LP comes with a download code for Jeck's "Live in Caen," recorded by Franck Dubois on February 28, 2015, at Impressions Multiples #4 (ésam Caen/Cherbourg), with thanks to Thierry Weyd.

TRESOR (GERMANY)

TRESOR 278CD

SURGEON: Tresor 97-99 3CD BOX (TRESOR 278CD) 22.00
Repressed. Tresor is fortunate enough to be sitting on a catalog of past releases that no other label in electronic music would turn down. Three of the finest in this collection were contributed by Surgeon; Basictonalvocabulary (TRESOR 10073LP), Balance (TRESOR 096LP), and Force + Form all originally came out on the Berlin institution between 1997 and 1999. Surgeon's inimitable combination of Detroit techno and post-industrial sounds emanating from his British homeland found its fullest expression in this masterful trio of releases on Tresor. Tresor have decided that it's high time to give these seminal albums another airing, and now presents a special three-CD box collecting Basictonalvocabulary, Balance, and Force + Form. The box set accompanies a series of staggered double LP reissues, and the original Remake 12"s that accompanied each album will also receive a similar treatment. These records include alternate versions by Surgeon, as well as contributions by Mick Harris. All material remastered in 2015 by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London.

UGLY POP (CANADA)

UP 056LP

TEENGENERATE: Live at Shelter LP (UP 056LP) 20.00
"Teengenerate are one of the most rightfully-revered punk rock bands of the past 25 years but, this is still the very first time ever on vinyl for one of their greatest recordings, 2001's Live at Shelter. Fifteen tracks of high-octane, high-energy raw punk here, and don't be scared by the 'live' angle -- this sounds better than most of their studio records. Delivered with the swagger to win over fans of classic garage rock and the fury to appeal to '80s hardcore enthusiasts, this is truly one for everybody. Remastered by Fink for maximum impact, and with the deluxe QRP pressing that a record this good deserves."


UP 057LP

VICTIM PARTY, THE: Getting To Know... LP (UP 057LP) 13.00
"Extremely stoked to be releasing this, the second LP by one of the best Canadian punk bands in ages-- it's not a reissue, but once I heard the recording, it became my most-listened to music of 2014 and I had to get it on vinyl. The Victim Party hail from Toronto, and feature members of various 'name' bands of the past couple decades, including frontman Colin of Marilyn's Vitamins, whose first EP came out on Ugly Pop seventeen years ago! The music here is very strong, tuneful punk rock, fast-paced and tough with smart lyrics spat out by the duel male/female vocals, and the songwriting is exceptional. This draws on too many influences to be easily pinned down, but it's a good bet you'll dig it if you like Dillinger Four, Leatherface, Marked Men or Cleveland Bound Death Sentence."


UP 058LP

DISCHARGE: Toronto '83: In the Cold Night LP (UP 058LP) 18.00
"Discharge are one of the greatest punk bands of all time, and this 1983 set captures them in ferocious form. Rescued from an old tape, the sound is violent, dirty and powerful, a raw document of a raw band blazing through 14 tracks of relentlessly furious hardcore. Fully legit and authorised, not a bootleg, with insert and poster. One-time press of 1000 copies only."


UP 059LP

PACK: Pack LP (UP 059LP) 20.00
"Nobody can tell us that this 1978 German monster isn't one of the best footlongs of the era, a gnarly slab of pure '70s punk rock recorded in an abandoned WW2 bunker with two mics in one session. Formed by Amon Duul 2's Joerg Evers after the '77 punk explosion inspired him to return to his raw rock'n'roll roots, Pack bash out hit after hit, killer songs delivered with snarl, style and non-stop energy. Essential first generation punk, remastered with extensive liner notes and vintage photos! One-time press of 1000 copies only."

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