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PRICE: $27.50
Analog Africa present a reissue of Best Woman, Vincent Ahehehinnou's first post-Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou album, originally released in 1978. In early 1978, Ahehehinnou left the Poly-Rythmo without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclub band into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin's Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent's songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos. With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week ... but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s. Vincent's Afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track "Best Woman" (English) whose driving beat, focused horns, and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight "Maimouna Cherie" (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout, but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove. The funk and Afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent's native Benin. Side one concludes with "Vi Deka" (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record's most soulful vocals, while album closer "Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi" (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance. Best Woman was released on Nigeria's Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector's items. Reissued on Analog Africa's Dance Edition imprint -- newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself. 180 gram vinyl; Gatefold sleeve with liner notes and pictures; 30x60 inlay/poster.
PRICE: $23.50
TOURE, AMARA 1973-1980 2LP
2017 repress. New lower pricing. Gatefold double LP version. 140-gram vinyl. "Latin music, is it really foreign to us Africans? I don't think so. Listen to the drums, to the rhythm. It all seems very close to us -- it feels like it's our own culture" --Amara Toure?. In late-'50s Dakar, Senegal, producer Ibra Kasse? and his Miami nightclub spearheaded a movement blending the Cuban styles of son montuno and patchanga with local folk traditions. Through the unique cultural fusion of West African and Caribbean influences, Latin music took on a new and unique sound, brought a breath of fresh air into Dakar's nightlife, and attracted numerous musicians from surrounding countries. One of the musicians who answered this call was percussionist and singer Amara Toure?, from Guinea-Conakry. In 1958, Kasse? invited Toure? to join Le Star Band de Dakar, led by Mady Konate?, a group that was immensely important for the development of Senegalese modern music. Toure?'s talent on percussion was undeniable, but it was his raw, powerful voice and his interpretations of Cuban music that captivated the producer. In 1968, after ten years with the Star Band, Toure? headed to Cameroon and formed the Black and White ensemble, with which he performed live through the late '60s and early '70s and released three singles between 1973 and 1976. These singles, included as the first six songs on this compilation, fully epitomize and distill the essence of what Toure? had learned during his career. His Mandingue roots fused with the Senegalese sound that he had mastered -- the perfect foundation for his Cuban interpretations. In 1980 Toure? went to Libreville, Gabon, to team up with the powerful Orchestre Massako, with which he recorded Accompagné Par L'Orchestre Massako. This LP has since gained a reputation as one of the very best African albums, and its complete contents are included here as the compilation's last four tracks. These ten treasures, representing Toure?'s complete discography, have been carefully remastered from original session tapes and vinyl records, and are reissued here for the first time. After the release of his LP in 1980, Toure? seems to have disappeared. Apparently he was last seen in Cameroon but his whereabouts are unknown at the time of this release. His music, however, is undeniably alive.
PRICE: $17.00
ROHRER, SAMUEL Range Of Regularity CD
Samuel Rohrer, the multi-faceted, forward-thinking percussionist and producer behind the Arjunamusic Records label, the Ambiq trio, and a wealth of other musical projects, has set out on his own with a new full-length solo album, Range Of Regularity. Constructed almost entirely upon electronically-treated recordings of acoustic instrumentation, with a bare minimum of synthesizer voicing, Range Of Regularity vibrates with a compelling organic-ism, as if old-growth Black Forest trees had conspired together to make an album of ultra-modern improvisational music. Indeed, the record feels limned with contributions from some "other" intelligence, despite being a clear extension of the fluid, percussion-driven musical technique that Rohrer has exhibited in previous years. Opening with the track "Microcosmism", the sound-forest feeling immediately takes effect, and the listener can either enjoying navigating a path through this verdant total environment or just being lost in it. "Lenina" does not abandon this unique aesthetic, but reprises the story with a different vocabulary (in this case, deep synth-bass signals, piano runs and all sorts of hyper-real ventilations). "Nimbus" temporarily dials back the feeling of modular assemblage that powers the previous two pieces, and allows Rohrer's drum kit to come to the fore, working away at a determined snare-driven beat that brings a variety of treated sound ephemera out of their hiding places. After the gentle - but never too precious - interlude of "Sunclue", "War On Consciousness" emerges as the album's infectious tour de force. As the title implies, the feeling here is of using sound to fend off some sort of invasive energy, featuring a full concert's worth of timbral variations and audio events. Incisive rhythmic patterns slice away like finely honed blades at an insistent mechanical chattering, while cautiously walking acoustic bass adds an extra layer of defense. "Uncertain Grace" closes the set out with a busy multi-layered arpeggio punctuated with bass drum hits, from which a melodic narrative gradually emerges. Although similarities are apparent to other progenitors of rhythmic intelligence (classic Can, for example), Range Of Regularity stands perfectly well on its own. Artwork by Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic.
PRICE: $25.50
ROHRER, SAMUEL Range Of Regularity LP
LP version. Samuel Rohrer, the multi-faceted, forward-thinking percussionist and producer behind the Arjunamusic Records label, the Ambiq trio, and a wealth of other musical projects, has set out on his own with a new full-length solo album, Range Of Regularity. Constructed almost entirely upon electronically-treated recordings of acoustic instrumentation, with a bare minimum of synthesizer voicing, Range Of Regularity vibrates with a compelling organic-ism, as if old-growth Black Forest trees had conspired together to make an album of ultra-modern improvisational music. Indeed, the record feels limned with contributions from some "other" intelligence, despite being a clear extension of the fluid, percussion-driven musical technique that Rohrer has exhibited in previous years. Opening with the track "Microcosmism", the sound-forest feeling immediately takes effect, and the listener can either enjoying navigating a path through this verdant total environment or just being lost in it. "Lenina" does not abandon this unique aesthetic, but reprises the story with a different vocabulary (in this case, deep synth-bass signals, piano runs and all sorts of hyper-real ventilations). "Nimbus" temporarily dials back the feeling of modular assemblage that powers the previous two pieces, and allows Rohrer's drum kit to come to the fore, working away at a determined snare-driven beat that brings a variety of treated sound ephemera out of their hiding places. After the gentle - but never too precious - interlude of "Sunclue", "War On Consciousness" emerges as the album's infectious tour de force. As the title implies, the feeling here is of using sound to fend off some sort of invasive energy, featuring a full concert's worth of timbral variations and audio events. Incisive rhythmic patterns slice away like finely honed blades at an insistent mechanical chattering, while cautiously walking acoustic bass adds an extra layer of defense. "Uncertain Grace" closes the set out with a busy multi-layered arpeggio punctuated with bass drum hits, from which a melodic narrative gradually emerges. Although similarities are apparent to other progenitors of rhythmic intelligence (classic Can, for example), Range Of Regularity stands perfectly well on its own. Artwork by Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic.
PRICE: $15.50
History freely dilates and collapses on Valgeir Sigurðsson's Dissonance, his first solo release since 2012. Its three large-scale works are haunted by the old Western tradition, infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation. Recorded and produced between September 2015 and November 2016 at Greenhouse Studios, Dissonance is disarmingly human, reflecting the most extreme four years of Sigurðsson's life, full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow. Dissonance is a personal and collective musical treatise to explore and question a world that is collapsing under its internal dissonances. Post-minimalist, post-ambient, post-something else.
BC 017CS
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: BC 017CS
EL MICHELS AFFAIR Return To The 37th Chamber Cassette
Cassette version. "The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair's highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear that EMA's signature sound is stronger & sharper than ever. This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog that makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber its own hazy sound. Adding to the unique fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, 'John Carpenter' synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu's superlative vocals. From start to finish it's a dark trip that walks the line between RZA's timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for. El Michels Affair tackles some classics like '4th Chamber' and 'Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit', as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard's 'Snakes', Raekwon's 'Verbal Intercourse', and 'Shaolin Brew', Wu-Tang's contribution to the St. Ide's Hip Hop endorsement campaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties on 'Snakes' and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of 'Tearz', which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man's hit, 'All I Need', lending her vocal prowess to what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the 'rug that ties the room together,' giving Return To The 37th Chamber a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record and not just a collection of covers. From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is as much a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, 'sounding out the city' that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly unique in its own right."
PRICE: $14.00
HAKIMONU Insular Realms Remixes 12"
Black Crow revisits the highly praised Insular Realms (BLACKCROW 003EP, 2014) by fellow Israeli producer Hakimonu. Mind Against deliver a mid-track moment of calm before the intensity resumes. Luigi Tozzi, the Rome-based producer, contributes the second remix. Taking the lead from the original's more ethereal moments, his version is dreamy and almost wistful as it propels along its shaking rhythm. Echologist's (aka Brendon Moeller) dub mix twists the original into an acid-inflected track that slowly ratchets up the tension over its seven minutes, while the Reshape breaks things down into a churning rhythm peppered with flashes of off-kilter sonic details.
PRICE: $25.00
2017 repress. Cacophonic presents Maléfices, an outstanding film score by Pierre Henry, often overlooked in lists of the composer's work. The score is a dream record for fans of early electronics, female vocal manipulation, and horror soundtracks. Widely recognized as one of the original sonic architects of the movement known as musique concrète (having joined Pierre Schaeffer's initiative as early as 1949), Pierre Henry was arguably the first musician to entertain the notion of this defiant musical revolution coexisting with traditional and popular music. Initially using the media of modern dance and spoken word as a platform to contextualize his tape-music mutations (notably in unison with Maurice Bejart), Henry's fusion of academic with thematic ideas led to the birth of electronic sound design for film and theatre, exemplified most prevalently in the macabre. His score for Henri Decoin's 1962 film Maléfices (Where the Truth Lies) (starring Juliette Gréco) is the missing link between his earliest avant-garde recordings and his later celebrated pop experiments with Michel Colombier and Spooky Tooth. It rivals such cinematic sound as Daphne Oram's work for Jack Clayton's 1961 horror film The Innocents, and features Henry at what is perhaps his most melodic, fragile, and enchanting (especially for this unforgiving, formative era in his career). Layering vocal tape loops and gossamer feminine voice treatments with plucked strings, white noise wind, and brooding, industrial treated piano textures, Henry magnifies the film's intoxicated, hallucinatory narrative. This concise set of complete themes is presented here, fully remastered for the first time, alongside rare excerpts from two of the composer's very earliest and least obtainable forays into theatrical sound design: instrumental parts of Henry's first stereo reconstruction of Maurice Bejart's 1961 ballet Orphée, and his seldom-heard concrète interludes from Darius Milhaud and Max Gérard's opera Mariage de la Feuille et du Cliché (1958).
PRICE: $25.00
CHERRY, DON Music, Wisdom, Love 1969 LP
Reaching a near-mythical status amongst fans of free jazz's most worldly intrepid explorer, these seldom heard Paris soundtrack sessions known as Music, Wisdom, Love have evaded collectors' grasps and confused historians for exactly 50 years. Instigated in Paris in 1967 and filmed during Don Cherry's downtime on a visit to the Chat qui Pêche nightclub in March 1967, where he played with Karl Berger, Henri Texier, and Jacques Thollot, the bulk of this cinematic portrait was filmed on the streets of Paris under the direction of creative all-rounders Jean-Noël Delamarre and Nathalie Perrey, who, as their careers bloomed, would become pivotal figures in underground French cinema - straddling La Nouvelle Vague, adult entertainment, and cinema fantastique in what can only be described as speedball cinema. As the supportive creative family that primarily played home to French vampire/horrortica director Jean Rollin, both Nathalie and Jean-Noël, his brother Jean-Philippe Delamarre and a small team of other fans of oblique media would be responsible for a vibrant micro-culture that awkwardly flourished on the outskirts on the Parisian new wave - combining comic book culture, Lettrism, sexual liberation, psychedelic rock, graphic design, and, with this record as prime example, free jazz and avant-garde music. What previously might have been regarded as an unlikely coupling, with the benefit of half a century of archival hindsight, this release documents the essential cosmic collision of two fantastic planets. Available here for the first time ever and licensed from producer and director Jean-Noël Delamarre himself.
PRICE: $31.00
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Bruno Nicolai's Tempo Sospeso, originally released in 1975. Bruno Nicolai was a leading figure in the world of Italian soundtracks although he is primarily known for being the most important of Ennio Morricone's collaborators and his orchestra conductor in the period of Morricone's greatest productions in the '60s and '70s. But Nicolai's solo works are certainly not of lesser artistic relevance. Tempo Sospeso ("Suspended Time") is one of the most representative albums in the sense that it was produced by Nicolai in 1975 without any filters or restrictions, in the period of his greatest artistic maturity. The style of his thriller soundtracks of the time, such as 1971's The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave, 1972's The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (RED 209LP) and Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key, and 1975's Eyeball (RED 225C-LP), is evident here, as well as the vibe of the "electrified" western, thanks largely to the acid fuzz guitar of Alessandro Alessandroni. The instrumentation is varied and the maestro plays piano, harpsichord, organ, and synth. What is presented here is library music that is definitely above average. The new graphic design of this edition was created by Daniel Martin Diaz from Tucson, Arizona, known for his symbolist works that have been published in The LA Times, NY Times, Juxtapoz, High Fructose, and Low Rider Magazine, as well as four of his own art books. Inside the LP is a postcard/photo of maestro Nicolai, a portrait in front of his Moog. Comes in a solid cardboard cover.
PRICE: $31.00
Cinedelic Records present the first ever reissue of the sought after album Fourth Sensation, originally released in 1970. The band was formed by Ares Tavolazzi (I Giganti, Area) -- who later was an active session musician as well as being a leading figure in the Italian jazz scene, accompanying Gil Evans, Steve Lacy, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Franco D'Andrea, and many others -- on guitar, Ellade Bandini on drums, keyboardist Vince Tempera -- who, a few years later formed the progressive supergroup Il Volo with Mario Lavezzi and Alberto Radius and, in the late '70s, composed a myriad of memorable TV and cartoon themes --, and Angelo Vaggi on bass. Musically, the project is precisely within the context of the year it was released, which coincided in Italy with the decline of the beat and the advent of the underground and psychedelic movements; in the Italian scene it inaugurated a trend of records of this type such as The Underground Set (1970), Blue Phantom's 1971 album Distortions (KIS 4029CD), The Psycheground Group's Psychedelic And Underground Music (1971), Silvano Chimenti's Droga (1972) and others, still objects of worship by collectors worldwide. The composers of the songs are known to library music lovers, namely they are Stefano Torossi, Giuliano Sorgini, Massimo Catalano, and Sandro Brugnolini. Musically, it is undeniable the technical skill of the four interpreters in the ten tracks here, all curiously titled with the names of women, they are alternately a mix of acid blues, soul jazz, funk, and psychedelia, with the Hammond organ of Tempera in the foreground. Comes in a solid cardboard cover.
PRICE: $31.00
TRANS EUROPA EXPRESS Il Gatto Dagli Occhi Di Giada LP
After 40 years since its theatrical release in 1977, presented here for the first time on vinyl is the phenomenal soundtrack for Il Gatto Dagli Occhi Di Giada, also known as Watch Me When I Kill, directed by Antonio Bido, director of The Bloodstained Shadow (1978). This top-notch score is undeniably catchy, yet has its creepy moments. The film's score was created by a supergroup specifically formed for this project and consisted of Adriano Monteduro (vocals and guitar; known for his 1974 record in which he was accompanied by prog band Reale Accademia Di Musica), Glauco Borelli (bass, already in Alberomotore), the well-known composer Mauro Lusini, and Gianfranco Coletta who, besides being one of the pioneers of Italian psychedelia with Chetro and Co., was also a founding member of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. They chose the name Trans Europa Express with direct reference to Kraftwerk, who released their seminal record with the same title a few months prior that same year. Watch Me When I Kill certainly has the compositional techniques and instrumentation related to Italian prog, but only less attentive and interested listeners might dismiss it as mere "Goblin-esque": eerie sound interludes, percussion, carillon, piano pieces, distorted and mystical screams, old tunes in a gramophone style, moments of (seemingly) tranquility and rock. The cyclical repetition and varied vaguely Goblin-ian guitar, cadenced by a pressing bass (which occasionally resembles that of Pink Floyd's "One of These Days"), and a spectral and creepy scat vocal gives the listener pleasant moments of both fear and hypnotic tension. Includes two bonus tracks. The LP comes packaged in a heavy cardboard cover with hollow cat eyes and a yellow inner-sleeve with photos from the set provided by director Antonio Bido.
PRICE: $12.50
SCIENTIST Scientific Dub CD
2017 digipak edition. Originally released in 1981. A virtual wizard of the mixing desk, Overton H Brown has been one of the key figures in dub since the late 1970s. Getting his start as a teenager at King Tubby's legendary studio in Waterhouse, Brown was known as The Scientist because his imaginative approach to the mixing desk and electronic gadgetry seemed to derive from magical powers that linked him to some intangible, futuristic realm.
PRICE: $15.50
FIX, MARKUS Dots & Pearls 4 CD
Cocoon Recordings is proud to present the fourth edition of their in-house compilation series, Dots & Pearls. The bandwidth of artists in the label roster, such as Roman Flügel, Minilogue, Guy Gerber, Âme, or even Boys Noize, just to name a few, proves that Sven Väth and his label managers have always combined a wide range of techno and house subgenres throughout the years. Electronic music for kinds of listening and body-movement purposes. Dots & Pearls 4 is no exception to this. It is indeed another perfect mix-compilation that exactly refers to this very own style and label policy. Markus Fix, the man in charge here, compiles and mixes the back-catalog (with four brand new tracks), painting more of a tech-house colored picture, following his favorite genre. However, by selecting tracks and remixes from artists like Sven Väth and Roman Flügel, Mirko Loko, Tim Green, Einzelkind and Robin Schulz, and even Ricardo Tobar and Lawrence, Fix simply shows how big the choice was he could pick his tools for this compilation. Markus Fix himself has contributed a previously unreleased track to the mix alongside his colleagues Argy, Christian Burkhardt, and Jimi Jules. The four brand new additions follow the basic concept and label philosophy with their great diversity and unequal styles. Fix and company add acid house, '80s flavored retro sounds and compositions with a deep and hypnotic cinematic vibe. Dots & Pearls 4 does not only represent the musical output of the recent Cocoon Recordings releases. This compilation proves that it is still possible to publish modern electronic dance music with a vibrant touch, but from different corners of the game without the need to sell-out or even turn mainstream. Labels like Cocoon Recordings, and compilations like this one, are sorely needed these days to keep the spirit alive and to feed all the hungry heads that just won't catch up with current lifestyle trends and hypes. By staying true to the sound the label has fallen in love, they stay underground and fresh. Innovation still happens on the dancefloors around the globe, however, Cocoon Recordings focus on all the special dancefloors, the ones with love, passion, and energy: The floors where you can see and connect the dots and where you can find the pearls. Also features: OFF, Wouter De Moor, Rhythm Factory, Chymera, and Kölsch.
PRICE: $14.50
YOUNG MARCO Selectors 002 CD
Born Marco Sterk, Young Marco certainly doesn't come from a standard DJ background. A former skate rat who grew up loving American post-hardcore and '90s hip-hop as much as early Warp Records, he's been affiliated over the years with such Amsterdam institutions such as Rush Hour, Redlight Records, and, of course, Dekmantel. Still, there's no question that he's always followed his own path, even when playing his favorite records meant he was occasionally clearing dancefloors. Things have changed since then, of course, as Marco regularly plays around the globe and has been widely hailed not just for his DJ talents but also for his digging prowess and uncanny ability to pluck jams out of genres, eras, and locations that even veteran DJs will often ignore. In his mind, "the joy of getting home and finding out something is unexpectedly awesome is way more exciting than taking your time on a big stack of curated records." Still, Marco's entry in the Selectors series isn't some soulless collection of holy-grail rarities. "Where's the fun in that?" he asks. "Anybody with an internet connection can check what flavor-of-the-month records are in demand." Just like the first Selectors compilation (SLCTRS 001CD/LP, 2016), this is not a mix CD, but a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks that Sterk has personally chosen from his own vinyl archives. Moreover, Marco has put together a collection of tracks that represent not only how he plays music, but also how he makes music himself. The songs here are melodic, electronic, and bound together by a refreshing sense of naivete?. Nothing sounds overly calculated; the tunes here span several decades and include dollar-bin records, avant-garde records, club records, and yes, a few things that collector-types have likely been looking to get their hands on. It's not meant to be a grand statement, as Marco would rather provide an honest snapshot of his musical tastes and share a few of his favorite tracks and artists in the process. Includes tracks by Danny Boy, Gerrit Hoekema, Ghostwriters, Larry Heard, Wolf Müller, The Force Dimension, Frank Youngwerth, Green Baize, Ray Tracing, and Personal FX.
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: DDS 020CD
EQUIKNOXX Bird Sound Power CD
Equiknoxx is one of the hottest, most innovative dancehall squads from Jamaica. Bird Sound Power is their debut collective show of strength, packing twelve avant, crooked riddims by core members Gavsborg and Time Cow, plus Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, with vocals by Kemikal, Shanique Marie and J.O.E. (R.I.P). The set was parsed and pieced together by Jon K & Demdike Stare, and now thanks to link ups via Swing Ting's Balraj Samrai, it is issued on Demdike's DDS imprint, replete with Jon K's sleeve design. Easily identified by the squawking bird idents peppering their cuts, Equiknoxx productions have been big in the dance since Gavin Blair, aka Gavsborg, produced Busy Signal's billboard hit "Step Out" in 2005, followed by key instrumentals for Beenie Man, Aidonia, Masicka and T.O.K. - with many released on 7" through their Equiknoxx Musiq label, and some of which, such as Aidonia's "Negative", are included in this set. Bird Sound Power arguably marks up the most striking riddim album from Jamaica in 2016, weighted with the potential to open up perceptions of current dancehall thanks to the mad character and broad reference points of its producers, encompassing King Jammy's foundational digi-dub and Dave Kelly's Mad House sound as much as rugged New York hip-hop and the wigged-out, feminine pressure of Virginia Beach's Timbaland or The Neptunes. The oldest tune inside dates to 2009, but the rest are relatively recent dancehall mutations, including a number of exclusives produced in the last 12 months. Each one represents Equiknoxx's unique aspects, such as Jordan Chung's, aka Time Cow, brilliantly bizarre, layered arrangements of film samples, sawn-off hooks and digi-tight beats, whilst also a result of as their distinguished family vibe, Bird Sound Power exists in a paradox, contemporary but classic, and with as much potential to turn new heads onto current Jamaican sounds as Mowax's Now Thing set back in 2001. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. All on vinyl for the first time ever. One of 2016's most acclaimed albums available on CD for the first time. Comes in a deluxe digipak with obi strip. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.
EB 120CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 120CD
ILLBILLY HITEC One Things Leads To Another CD
iLLBiLLY HiTEC return with One Thing Leads To Another, after their first barn-storming single "Rude Boy Talk", a track that fuses break beat, hip hop, and dancehall, and is a tempting taster of the new album. The band's third album was produced in collaboration with Juno Award winner Jesse "Dubmatix" King in Toronto and Berlin. On the band's third album, the focus is again firmly on an amalgamation of reggae with the genre's elementary electronic facets. iLLBiLLY HiTEC grab reggae by the roots in their inimitable way and build a varied cocktail of roots, digital, hip hop, and dub. The Berlin-based band managed to lure the spearhead of Austrian MC culture, Kinetical, as lead vocalist. There are also many guests, including Lengualerta (Mexico), Horseman (UK), Promoe (Sweden), Gardna (UK), and Parly B (UK) from the international scene, all of whom contributed fantastically skilled flows to the album. One Thing Leads To Another is a mature album that fully deserves a place in the higher international echelons. Also features: Longfingah, Fli Supertramp, EmWan, HanIvan, and Daphne BlueBird. CD version includes two bonus tracks with remixes from Fleck and Dubmatix; Edition of 1000.
EB 123CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: EB 123CD
DR. DUBENSTEIN Conspiracy Theory CD
Washington DC doesn't have to be that way...! On his debut album, Dr. Dubenstein hits listeners with discourse dub with a conspiratorial touchdown - thus easily garnering themselves the accolade of being one of the most interesting acts of their genre in 2017. Cushioned by a thick blanket of conspiracy theories, Derrick Parker, aka Dr. Dubenstein, climbs up out of his misty cave into the dazzling daylight and entrances listeners with a dreamy, sure-handed mixture of roots, psychedelic spirit, and electronic tinkering that guides us unerringly to an altered state. It's almost like the soundtrack to a new world order - this is cinematic dub by people who really know what they're doing. The former employee of the legendary RAS Records Labels from Washington DC gathered up some high-carat collaborators to join him in his submarine. Formidable musicians from Steel Pulse, Dub Syndicate, and Roots Radics jam and conjure up heavily rolling rhythms - and rumor has it that there were even Wailers warhorses were involved in the project to add some melody. The complex balance between roots and discourse dub is an art that only few have mastered. The track "Flabba's I Pad" (which refers to Flabba Holt - bassist of the legendary Roots Radics) opens with promising beats and loops that have been given lavish mechanical treatment and which are a sheer joy to hear. In big, spacious arrangements, catchy stoned tunes come zipping around the corner and unite tradition and modernism. Dr. Dubenstein (whose studio is in Washington DC) has delivered a deeply impressive album that sounds like an infinite loop and is simultaneously fresh, new, and appealing. Features: Rootsy Nassir, Rebecca Waller, Nesta Lion, Solana Carrega, S Vidal Quintero, and Scott Paynter.
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: ECHO 2068CD
Albert King, featuring Dickey Betts, live at the Bottom Line on September 29th, 1976. "Everybody has the blues, everybody understands the blues." A lasting statement from an immensely revered blues icon who passed from this life on December 1st, 1992 and who left a hole in the music world that has yet to be filled and most certainly, never will be. King related the blues to a whole new world of listeners, mainly white, young kids from across the Atlantic and at home who would embrace the blues and the Kings with a feverish passion. Here are two of those legends. Echoes presents the entire WNEW-FM broadcast of Albert King featuring Dickey Betts live from the Bottom Line, New York on September 29th, 1976. Professionally remastered original broadcast with interviews, background liners, and rare archival photos.
313 007CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: 313 007CD
To commemorate their ten year anniversary, Echospace present a release from the DeepChord Presents Echospace project. The set was recorded live at Ghost In The Sound on May 26, 2013, a few miles away from Hart Plaza. An official Movement after party curated by The Detroit Paranormal Society in association with Echospace, and now re-mastered by Rod Modell. From the second the bass dropped, it stole the breath from the room. This duo started off as barely more than a rumor, supported mostly by the continuous scarcity of their records. The duo comprised of Detroit's Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell have spent nearly two decades producing low-key electronic music, both bordering on the verge of myth. They're considered by many the most noted producers operating in the dub-infused aftermath of the Basic Channel axis and all its myriad offshoots. Once their critically-acclaimed The Coldest Season emerged on one the UK based Modern Love imprint (2007), the curtain was unveiled and the sound of Echospace was born. They've often been coined the true heirs to the Basic Channel legacy but their work finds a home somewhere on the outskirts of the galaxy, where Detroit soul ties to Jamaican roots played through a tunnel in deep space. This evocative, immersive sound that is Echospace was born out of a love and passion for analog circuitry, sound design, field recordings, and non-conventional methods of recording. But it's also work that's quintessentially building upon the Detroit electronic scene where it was born, and that divine marriage of roots and vision make the work at once so highly considered, so pertinent and so timeless. This is the first new album from the Echospace duo since the critically-acclaimed Silent World (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3LP/CD set dropped in 2012 (313-LP-2), it features live renditions of some of their classics as well as unreleased material. Expect gorgeous plumes of sounds deeper than the ocean floor, a rich analog tapestry made and performed in the heart of Detroit, techno city!
PRICE: $24.00
ESP-Disk present a reissue of Charles Manson's Sings, originally released as Lie: The Love and Terror Cult in 1970. Charles Manson visited New York City in the early '60s with his guitar and his songs in a vain search for recognition. Later, he had better luck in Beverly Hills, where famous musicians let him use their studio to produce this album. He has vocal backup from the women of the "family". During a stay in a San Francisco prison, he met a fellow inmate and gave him the album to release. While Manson was being tried and convicted of participation in his notorious murder spree, the government attempted to discredit the hippie movement by citing him as an example, hoping to stem the rising tide of anger among the population over the war in Vietnam. This album has achieved cult status among connoisseurs of '60s folk-rock. Personnel: Charles Manson - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, tympani; Bobby Beausoleil - electric guitar; Paul Watkins - French horn; Catherine Shore - violin; Dianne Lake - recorder; Steve Grogan - electric bass; Mary Brunner - flute, vocals on "People Say I'm No Good"; Nancy Pittman - vocals on "Arkansas"; Sandra Good, Catherine Share, Lynette Fromme, Nancy Pittman and Cho-Cho - backup vocals. Presented here on red vinyl.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ETB 038EP
REFORM Checkmate 12"
Reform return to Etruria Beat with a strong new EP called Checkmate, with two remixes from Soma's Charles Fenckler and the Belgian Amelie Lens. "Checkmate" is a melodic track characterized by hypnotic synths, which interchange every time in the arrangement, and dirty, powered drums. Amelie's version is expressed in her style, giving the track some magic with added vocals. "Queen Of Hearts" is dominated by a strong pad, which fills up the mix, blows up in the break, and gives an epic feeling to the ensemble. Charles's remix is techno with no excuses: raw, powerful, and groovy.
PRICE: $16.00
SOUL CLAP Fabric 93 CD
Soul Clap presents a continuous mix for the 93rd installment of Fabric's mix series. Soul Clap carve hip hop, funk, soul, and disco into a modern house music sound. The Boston raised and NYC based DJ and production duo reach a decade of releases in 2017 and Fabric 93 takes the baton from 2016's self-titled artist album and their 2015 EP with seminal funk legend George Clinton. The spirit of house is represented with Ancient Deep, Ken Gill, and Daev Martin, the voice of Life On Planets vocalist Phil Celeste, to the Afro styles of Sol Power All-Stars and Maajo, to the classic samples of Barbara Tucker, Indian Ocean, and Storm & Herman. Also features: Scott Grooves & Ian Fink, Derren Smart, The Return, Jay Daniel, Life On Planets, David Marston, Jesse Futerman/I-Robots, Hidden Spheres, Donna McGhee, Carlos Mena, Lonely C & Tom Trago, Spaventi Dazzurro, Midnight Magic, Morgan Wiley, No Regular Play & John Camp, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, SuRFBiT, Taylor Bense, Martin Heimann, Moon B, Zacky Force Funk, Kutmah, Château Flight, P.J. Choir, Youandewan, Cornerbred, Willie Burns, Tom Noble, The Pool, Nu Guinea, The Hue, Jack Novin & Matt Grone, Zopelar, Conga Radio, Elikeh, Joakim, and Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen.
PRICE: $23.50
JELINEK, JAN Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records 2LP
Faitiche presents a long-lost vinyl album. Since 2003, Jan Jelinek's Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, originally released in 2001 on ~scape, existed only as a download. Now the album is available again on vinyl, as a double LP with two bonus tracks, "Moiré (Guitar & Horns)" and "Poren", B-sides from Tendency EP (2000)."Don't be misled by the title, though for there isn't a finger-snapping rhythm bebop lead anywhere on the album. Instead, Jelinek chooses to explore the visual effect moiré - two shifting patterns creating an implied third dimension - in the audio realm." --Alternative Press"The title acts as explanation for the studio technique that provided the basis for this album, snippets of other people's arrangements deconstructed through a sampler into loops and then splashed onto an audio canvas." --ATM"Jelinek's sound evolved out of his dislike for (and inability to play) keyboards." --RPM"Jelinek has abstracted his sources beyond recognition, looping his millisecond samples into flickering patterns of sonic moiré laid atop a dub techno framework. . . . Jelinek might as well have sampled a horn player's hissing intake of breath - it would have been 'jazz' enough for his purposes." --The Wire"It's a perfect inversion of conventional music, a sonic negative. Everything that would typically be foreground is moved back or pushed off the screen altogether, and the flecks of sonic debris that would normally be covered by other sounds are left to carry the melody and rhythm." --Pitchfork"All you need to know is that these onomatopoeic non-specific songs . . . are warm, paradisiacal creations." --NME"Listen carefully and you'll hear textures slowly unfolding and mutating. Presuming you've not fallen asleep of course." --iDJ"At times, it's all a bit dripping tap Japanese water torture; so sedentary it drowns in its own motionlessness" --DJ"Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records is a genuine modern classic whose re-release is anything but a cynical mortgage repayment exercise. Consider this a second chance, then pretend you had it all along." --Boomkat
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: FVR 132CD
VOILAAA Des Promesses CD
Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart, who has proven, over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres. On Voilaaa's first album On Te L'avait Dit (FVR 107CD/LP, 2015), they explored the wide spectrum of the African and tropical disco scene and received massive international support. Pursuing the same direction of combining the festive, yet sometimes futile nature of disco, and the instinctive, deep, sometimes rough nature of African music, Voilaaa's presents its second full-length effort, Des Promesses. The 13 tracks of the album meet the expectations, and Voilaaa have not finished filling international dancefloors with heavy Afro-disco music. Alongside Bruno at the production are singers Pat Kalla and Sir Jean providing their carefree lyrics and Afro vibes, and Senegalese artist Doctor Lass comes to extend the team, with three brilliant titles, including a great funky cover of Salif Keita and Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux's classic, "Mandjou". Also features: Hawa, Fouley Badiaga, and Tout Le Monde.
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 267LP
PEACE, LOVING Peace, Loving LP
"First vinyl by a band that has long been in the vanguard of the neu Boston commune-hunch. Although known only via CDRs, live shows and compilation tracks, Peace, Loving has been at work crafting their mysterious völk moves for the better part of a decade. The core of the band on this record is a quartet -- ARKM Foam, who also appears on the Bang! Bros. 12/12/12 EP (FTR 170, 2014), Kate Lee, Morgan Shaker and Pancho the Kidd. Several of these souls are central to the whole Whitehaus scene in Jamaica Plain, and an array of fellow travelers pile on at various moments of this album. You can easily discern the weekly hoot roots of their sound on the studio side of the LP, which makes me think of what youthful vipers might come up with after listening to stuff like Dan Hicks, Captain Matchbox and Homegas. These tunes have a mix of naif lyricism, slightly archaic pop moves and a soupçon of stoned improvisational logic that pops up in unexpected places. It's a blend that grows on you more and more with each spin. The live side of the album is a different beast entirely. It starts with jingly minimalism that recalls 16 Bitch Pile-Up at their least noisy, but it merges into a quiet flow of banjo and the kind of dimly sparkling percussion you expect to find sprawled around the rug of a rural cabin. The music develops a deep and abstract smokiness, of the kind associated with outfits like MVEE or Mendocino, eventually erupting into a symphony of sound as thick as the climatic sequences of Hitchcock's 1963 film, The Birds. All in all Peace, Loving is a perplexing and very warm spin. One likes to imagine it might have been something Ed Denson snuck onto Takoma back in the day, when Fahey wasn't paying attention. Would have been a classic of unknown-tongue form then, and remains one now. Dig it." --Byron Coley, 2017 Edition of 400.
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: FTR 294LP
FAT WORM OF ERROR Nzznzzzznnznznnn LP
"If a tree fell in the woods of Western Massachusetts in the early '00s, Fat Worm Of Error were probably around to hear it. This restless band of sonic lab technicians made such an earth-encompassing racket during their busiest era - from their spawning in 2002 til about the end of that decade - that it seemed like every random, unexpected sound that occurred within a 10 mile radius of Northampton got sucked up and spit into a song by this quavering quintet. On their third full-length, Nzznzzzznnznznnn (issued in 2004 as a CD-R and now splattered on wax for the first time), all kinds of blurps, squeaks, gasps, and dunks peal through each track in a freaked-out rush, as if the world is a huge dam with filled holes that the band is desperate to unplug. Fat Worm Of Error's stabbing percolations and bubbling prods have a hyper-mechanic feel, like a busted robot stuck in overdrive, yet there's also an organic animalism to all the dripping, heaving sound. Just look at the song titles: 'Pesky Fly,' 'Flea God,' 'Six Foot Squid.' There are lots of insects, rodents, and cephalopods rummaging around in the rotting debris of Nzznzzzznnznznnn, but they've grown human heads, like Kafka's Metamorphosis man-bug squashed into music. The anarchic sheen of Nzznzzzznnznznnn makes it tempting to call it noise, or perhaps hear it as a cartoon sound effects library become self aware, like the Frankenstein monster of Raymond Scott's dreams. There's nothing wrong with either of those interpretations, but douse your ears deeper into Fat Worm Of Error's molting constructions and you can see some sturdy skeletons buttressing all the clatter. There is careful planning inside this chaos, concentrated shapes underneath the scrawl. That's what makes all of the band's work echo long after its initial novelty-shock, but on Nzznzzzznnznznnn the resonance is particularly potent. Over a decade later, its purposeful rattles can still vibrate bones." --Marc Masters, 2017 Edition of 500.
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: FKR 089LP
Combining all the traits of an international superhero or intrepid comic book adventurer, the true identity, whereabouts and history of the spectacular Italian composer known as Gerardo Iacoucci has been a mystery to record collectors for many years. As a result of the best efforts of secretive archivists and DJs as well as and the overprotective force field that surrounds the clandestine world of Italian library music, the commanding experimental psychedelic pop music made single-handedly by this early pioneer of the anti-genre time after time rises to the top of collectors' want lists, commands huge ransom notes, ignites dancefloors, and decimates genre tags before returning to its mythical status as one of the kings of the underworld without removing his mask. Despite the fact that original Italian copies of records by Gerardo Iacoucci are amongst the rarest, enigmatic fixtures of European psychedelia, his music simply refuses to be ghettoized and as the name of this album suggests the history of this artist reads like the memoirs of a genuine musical adventurer as well as a well-traveled prophet of experimental music and unsung pillar of Italian jazz and sound design. Recorded in early 1970, Iacoucci's wide-eyed L'Avventura suite spanned six sides of loud, heavyweight monophonic vinyl for Romano Di Bari's Deneb label and created an epically detailed blueprint for independent mood music companies whilst sharing release schedules with like-minded workaholics Alessandro Alessandroni and A. R. Luciani. However, Gerardo's adventure didn't begin here... As a published author, recorded musician, professor, film composer, gentleman, musicologist, and scholar, Gerardo Iacoucci has managed to cram the stories of nine lifetimes into one heroic existence, while maintaining a humble, earnest and near mythical status as one of the great lost progressive pop pioneers of one of the most important transitional eras of European music, cinema and general, seldom rivaled, creative super powers. When the needle drops, L'Avventura has only just begun.
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: FKR 090LP
LP version. Gatefold sleeve. Imagine, if you will, a foreboding homemade electro-acoustic, new age, synth-driven, proto-techno, imaginary world music created on a Portastudio soundtrack for a Polish-made animated fantasy based on a Finnish modern folk tale and created for German and Austrian TV, composed in 1982 by two politically-driven post-punk theater performers from a shared house in Leeds. To even the most perspicacious and adventurous of alternative music fans, the genuine bloodline of this previously unreleased record already begins to sound like an entire record collection in one sitting. It would be surprising if this project's ambitious and exotic credentials didn't tick at least one box on your musical matrix and without one drop of unnecessary nostalgic hyperbole this project already sounds like the perfect fantasy record that you've never heard. From the same social landscape as Gang Of Four, The Mekons, and Impact Theatre Co-operative - armed with a Wasp synthesizer, an ocarina, and a cassette of the Robinson Crusoe music taped off the TV, Graeme Miller and Steve Shill used minimum means for maximum mayhem, instilling over 35 years of dream-like illusory fuzziness and freakiness into the memories of a generation of school age TV addicts waiting for the next five minute fix of outer national fuzzy felt folklore. Collected here, all in one place for the first time, Finders Keepers, in close collaboration with the original composers, present the first-ever full soundtrack release for the UK-specific cult animated series. Finders Keepers take the original homemade micro-melodies and reintroduce them to a musical landscape where fans of vintage electronics, concrète tape effects, pocket percussion, and domestic synths are finally ready to be reunited with the magnetic music of Moominvalley.
PRICE: $17.00
Flashback present the first ever reissue of John Wonderling's Day Breaks, originally released in 1973. Described by its enigmatic creator as "one of the best-kept secrets of all time," this wonderful set of melodic, wistful ballads was originally released in 1973, but - for unknown reasons - only a handful of copies are known to exist. Featuring backing from some of the best-known musicians of the time, it finally gets its first proper release here, together with background notes and four rare bonus tracks.
GET 51293LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: GET 51293LP
2017 repress. "Somewhere in between the rock-star mischief of the Beastie Boys and the slow-creeping funk of Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill introduced their hazy-eyed sound to the world on their self-titled 1991 debut and things have never quite been the same since. The original Cypress Hill album captures the group at their risk-taking best, mixing gangster posturing, LA street politics, Latin flavor and warped humor to-gether under a thick cloud of weed smoke and innovative beats. Nasal-voiced rapper B-Real and his partner Sen Dog, backed by the adventurous production styles of DJ Muggs, produce classics records like 'How I Could Just Kill a Man,' 'Pigs,' 'Stoned is the Way of the Walk' and 'Hand on the Pump.' Since its release, the album has won acclaim as one of Rolling Stone's 'Essential Recordings of the 90s' and 'Top 100 Best Rap Albums' by The Source magazine. Get On Down is proud to present one of the most influential and important hip-hop albums ever, Cypress Hill, in this special red vinyl release, featuring audio remastered from the original source tapes."
GET 54056LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: GET 54056LP
2017 repress. "Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience 'Pressure Drop' until 1975, when it was released on the US version of their album Funky Kingston, easily considered one of the strongest albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its release in the States it received massive critical applause (even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like 'Sailing On,' 'Time Tough,' and the eponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of course the influential 'Pressure Drop.' Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get on Down now presents a superb reissue of a legendary piece of music history."
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: GPM 152LP
Adding on to his extensive discography, Reboot has curated a fresh journey through his world with the aLIVE double LP on Get Physical Music. A diverse selection worthy of the international dancefloor, the album contains the culmination of the artist's long career and the many experiences, stories, and inspirations that come with that. The double LP includes a free download code for the full digital album with remixes from Ricardo Villalobos, Kölsch, ANNA, and Nakadia.
PRICE: $17.00
Previously unreleased homemade recordings from 1971 by Barcelona's hairiest power trio, Tapiman. Raw, in-your-face, hard-rock and proto-metal, plus some surprising psychedelic, Canterbury-styled moves. Featuring the very first line-up of the band comprised of killer guitar player Miguel Ángel Núñez, the legendary Tapi (ex-Máquina) on drums, and Pepe Fernández on bass. Includes a cover of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan", a killer first version of "No Control" featuring Núñez on guitar (later recorded again for their first album with Max Sunyer), the proto-metal sounding "Hard Drive" (previously unreleased), and more. Deluxe insert with detailed liner notes and rare photos.
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: HAB 004EP
CARTHAGO Alech 12"
"Follow up to releases from Fadoul, Ahmed Malek and Dalton on Jakarta Records' sub label Habibi Funk. Rare Tunisian disco including unreleased instrumentals, comes with 8 page booklet and download-coupon."
HH 3061CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HH 3061CD
EVANS TRIO, BILL Birdland 1960 CD
The Bill Evans Trio, live at Birdland, 1960. This is an essential document of Bill Evans's quintessential trio performing at its peak. Evans showcases his unique sensitivity at the piano throughout, while Scott La Faro displays breathtaking virtuosity on his bass, and near-telepathy with drummer Paul Motian. La Faro's tragic death a year later would profoundly affect Evans and his music, making these historically vital performances indispensable for jazz fans. Recorded over various dates: March 12th, 1960 (tracks 1-3), March 19th, 1690 (tracks 4 and 5), April 30th, 1960 (tracks 6-9), and May 7th, 1960 (tracks 10-12). Originally recorded for radio broadcast, the entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background notes and images.
HH 3083CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: HH 3083CD
DAVIS SEXTET, MILES Fillmore West 1970 CD
Miles Davis Sextet, live from the Fillmore West Auditorium, San Francisco April 9th, 1970. The revolutionary Bitches Brew was released on March 30th, 1970. By that time, Miles Davis had started performing in rock venues, bringing his music to a much broader audience. His remarkable band displays near telepathic interplay throughout the fiery, confrontational performance captured on this set, originally broadcast on KSAN-FM. Taking the form of one continuous piece, it's a vital and exciting document of one of jazz's greatest innovators at his peak. The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background notes and images.
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HOL 102CD
In the summer of 2015, A L'ARME! Festival invited Konstrukt to perform with William Parker and Holiday Records teamed up with Matt Bordin of Outside Inside Studio to invite the quartet to play two shows in Italy on their way to Berlin. Plans overlapped leaving two days off spent playing with no interruption at Matt's studio in Montebelluna, capturing four incredible tracks. Now, Konstrukt are well known for their many collaborations with key players and real giants of worldwide jazz scene, but - once again - having the chance to listen to the music they produce when they play "by their own" is something special. Their tribute to the past is paid with every single tune they play, but these recordings are something that can only be described as "new music". CD version comes in an edition of 300.
HD 015R-LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: HD 015R-LP
SURVIVE Survive (Red & Black Vinyl) LP
Limited Red-Black vinyl only available from Forced Exposure. "The 2012 debut full-length from Austin-based electronic quartet S U R V I V E is available once again with alternate artwork. A fresh U.S. repress is in high demand for this modern classic, as the band enjoys a recent surge in notoriety on the heels of members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's soundtrack work on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Recorded from 2010-2012 at the band's own Omniverse Studios in Austin, this record chronicles the early days of the group as they developed and defined their familiar yet original style of dark soundscapes. S U R V I V E ' s debut full-length marks the culmination of countless sessions recording and crafting a remarkable balance of songwriting and experimentation. The band's signature sound is a combination of vintage and modern synthesizers, recorded live and carefully processed to draw character out of every enriched sound wave before joining the mix. Originally released in 2012 on Berlin-based Mannequin Records, S U R V I V E ' s premiere is a fusion of reserved minimalism and lucid hooks. Underlined by the band's uncompromising standards in sound design, this album maintains a damaged quality that is nuanced and cohesive across all nine emotive tracks. Ambient pieces such as 'To Light Alone I Bow' and 'Deserted Skies' are beautiful hybrids of harmony and tension that represent the record as a multifaceted work of both mood and melody. In contrast, the cold and brutally propulsive pair of singles 'Hourglass' and 'Omniverse' are strikingly addictive, making their way onto the soundtrack of the 2014 feature horror film The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard."
PRICE: $15.50
David Toop's first album, New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments, was released on Eno's Obscure label in 1975; since 1995 he has released six solo albums and curated five acclaimed CD compilations for Virgin Records. Toop has recorded shamanistic ceremonies in Amazonas (SR 379CD/LP, 2015), appeared on Top Of The Pops with The Flying Lizards, worked with musicians including Brian Eno, John Zorn, Prince Far I, and Jon Hassell, and collaborated with artists from many other disciplines, including theater director/actor Steven Berkoff, Japanese Butoh dancer Mitsutaka Ishii, sound poet Bob Cobbing, visual artist John Latham, filmmaker Jaeeun Choi, and author Jeff Noon. Skin Tones is a recording of a collaborative live performance by Ken Ikeda and David Toop. Recorded at Iklectik Art Lab, London on May 22nd, 2016, Skin Tones is a 27 minute piece that features steel guitar, flutes, DX synthesizer, and a variety of objects.
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: INT 034EP
MIDNIGHT DICERS AND SAMY MORPHEUS Find A Place Beyond Space And Time 12"
Midnight Dicers are a trio from Tel-Aviv. They comprise of Sabo (Obas Nenor), Ariel Klachkin, and Eliezer Perez. The collaboration with Samy Birnbach (DJ Morpheus) came naturally as they are longtime fans of his work with Minimal Compact, the legendary group from the '80s and as DJ Morpheus. Also featured on the track is Berry Sakharof, one of Minimal Compact's guitarists. Icing on the cake comes in form of a dub version and remixes from Smagghe & Cross and head honcho Prins Thomas.
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: JMR 004LP
ASHLEY, CLARENCE Clarence Ashley - Live And In Person: Greenwich Village 1963 LP
"Clarence Ashley - Live And In Person is the first all-new album in over 50 years by the legendary singer and banjo player who helped introduce old time country music to audiences throughout the nation. Clarence Ashley (1895-1967) recorded for Columbia Records in 1929, was featured on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952, and toured the US in the 1960s. Jalopy's vinyl-only release was produced in 2016 by Peter K. Siegel, from tapes he personally recorded in 1963 at the Greenwich Village folk club Gerdes Folk City. All 14 tracks are being released for the first time on March 1, 2017. John Cohen, founding member of The New Lost City Ramblers, wrote the liner notes and provided never-before-seen photographs of Ashley in Greenwich Village. A 16-page illustrated booklet includes additional notes by Peter K. Siegel and Eli Smith. Live And In Person is Clarence Ashley's first and only live album. He is accompanied on the album by guitarist Tex Isley, a member of Charlie Monroe's Kentucky Partners."
PRICE: $14.00
ROOTS RADICS Dubbing At Channel 1 CD
As the 1970s turned into the 1980s, reggae's beat took another turn, slowing down to allow more space for the music to breathe. The new sound became reggae's focus, and the Roots Radics became one of Jamaica's finest session/backing bands at the forefront of this radical change. The Roots Radics were based around the nucleus of Errol "Flabba" Holt (bass), Lincoln Valentine "Style" Scott (drums), and Eric "Bingi Bunny" Lamont (guitar). Holt and Bingi Bunny had previously been involved in the Morwells label set up and had cut some popular tunes such as "Swine And Dine", "They Hold Us Down", and the great "Kingston 12 Tuffy". Before this, Bunny had played for one of the other great reggae sessions band, the Channel One based Revolutionaires. It was the demise of this legendary band, due to Sly and Robbie's commitments to their own Taxi label, that led to the formation of the Roots Radics. The Radics have worked with many different producers over the years including Linval Thompson, with the series of alums, Scientist's 1981 album Meets the Space Invaders (MIR 100738CD/LP) and 1982 album Scientist Wins The World Cup (MIR 100741CD/LP). They also worked as Gregory Isaacs's backing band and were responsible for the rhythms that made up his seminal Night Nurse set (1982). Jamaican Recordings have caught the Roots Radics for this set of cutting rhythms in their favorite environment, the famous Channel One Studios. On this occasion working with producer Ossie Thomas for his own Black Solidarity label. A match made in heaven. CD version includes four bonus tracks.
KH 9082CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: KH 9082CD
MOBY GRAPE Ebbets Field 1974 CD
Moby Grape live at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado on May 8th, 1974. In 1973, Peter Lewis, Jerry Miller, and Bob Mosley reformed the legendary Moby Grape for some live shows, with guitarist Jeff Blackburn and drummer Johnny Craviotto taking Skip Spence and Jerry Stevenson's places. This superb set from the following May finds them on fiery form, as they tackle a range of Grape classics. Originally broadcast on KLMF-FM, the entire broadcast is presented here with background notes and rare images.
PRICE: $14.00
BUNNY LEE Jamaican Rockers 1975-1979 CD
The Rockers Sound (aka Steppas) came from the mid '70s and was created during sessions with The Revolutionaires band at Channel 1. Drummer Sly Dunbar came up with a new "Militant" style double drumming on the snare drum that seemed to add some credence to the political/Rasta based lyrics that were so prominent around this time. So for this compilation, Kingston Sounds have pulled together some of the best cuts from this period, when producer Bunny Lee was on the top of his game and the sound in town to get on board with was "Rockers"... So sit back and enjoy another period in reggae's history that still sounds as good as when it was created way back when. Features: Cornell Campbell, Dennis Brown, Johnny Clarke, Junior Delgado, I Roy, Leroy Smart, Lloyd Chambers, Morwells, Jackie Mittoo & The Aggrovators, Horace Andy, and Bim Sherman. CD version includes four bonus tracks featuring: Earth & Stone, Johnny Clarke, Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis, and I Roy.
PRICE: $18.00
GAS Narkopop CD
In the body of work of Cologne artist Wolfgang Voigt - who, like few others, has informed, shaped and influenced the world of electronic music with countless different projects since the early 1990s - Gas stands out in particular, a saturnine sound cosmos based on heavily condensed classic sequences. Even after nearly 20 years, the sound of Gas doesn't seem to have lost any of its luster, as shown by the commanding success of Kompakt's fall 2016 re-release of the essential back catalogue as a box set (KOM 370LP). The overwhelming feedback from a loyal international fan community and worldwide media outlets attests once again to the sheer timelessness of Gas. Which is why it will feel like hardly a day has passed since the release of the last official album Pop nearly two decades ago in 2000, when Wolfgang Voigt resumes this specific creative path with the upcoming new full-length Narkopop. Even in the here and now, the unmistakable vibe of Gas immediately hits home, taking the listener on an otherworldly journey with the very first sounds, drawing them into an impervious sonic thicket, down to the depths of rapture and reverie. From wafts of dense symphonic mist emerges a floating and whirling feeling of weightlessness, before the listener steps into an eerily beautiful forest of fantasy, pulled in by the allure of a narcotic bass drum. While earlier Gas tracks were often based on the hypnotic effects of looping techniques, the ten new pieces on Narkopop unfold their magic in a more entwined manner, sometimes with the sonic might of an entire philharmonic orchestra, at times subtle and fragile. A main characteristic of Voigt's oeuvre, the coalescence of seemingly contradictory stylistic aspects such as harmonious and atonal, concrete and abstract, light and heavy, near and far is also a decisive feature of Narkopop. In accordance with the transgressive spirit of his collective work, Voigt carries the aesthetic conceptions of his music over to the realm of the visual. Based on his abstract forest pictures, the Gas artwork addresses Voigt's artistic affinity to romanticism and the forest as a place of yearning. For the first time, a closer look at the cover of Narkopop reveals signs of architectural fragments which hint at another, maybe parallel world behind Voigt's forest. Truth is the prettiest illusion. CD version comes as a hardcover book with a 24-page booklet.
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: LDR 001CD
ICHINEN Dual Craters CD
The complementary duality that is Ichinen is the raw expression of Roberto Bosco and Kiny. 2017 sees them return with the proven form of their alliance, kicking things off with the Dual Craters album. Produced through live sessions in their native Salerno, this album embodies the symbiosis of their individualities. Traversing the universe much like lone comets, the two land on a single planet with a resounding crash, leaving deep craters on two opposite ends of this floating sphere. But despite their being unique, they are also perfectly matched in shape and form. It is this mirror dynamic that makes Ichinen's output so immersive. Roberto and Kiny each bring their own take to music yet create a singular, relatable narrative through their collaboration. Tracks like "First Impact" and "Strangely Comforting" - with their sidereal atmosphere and sparse drum arrangements - paint a picture of the interplanetary journey that brings Ichinen into being. "Lander" and "Small Martian" offer a peek into the planet onto which the lone comets crashed - a space filled with expansive, empty land and unfamiliar inhabitants. The second half of the album moves into a realm of revelations about where we are. "Be Silent And Safe" features indiscernible voices in conversation, piquing curiosity while leaving little to be concluded. "Not So Plain In This Terrain" showcases the surroundings further, with unknown creatures squeaking all around. "Dual Craters" takes us to a vantage point, from which you can look out across the planet's surface and clearly see all its wondrous beings, out and unafraid, emerging from each crater in equal abundance. Some howl excitedly, others meet and playfully bump into each other, but all seem to get along. It is in "Endlessness" that the truth behind Ichinen is revealed - a tale of two souls woven into one sound. The craters are matched in breadth and depth. It is in their respective textures that they differ. And therein lies the power of their connection.
PRICE: $25.50
CRISTI CONS Perceptual EP 2x12"
Impressive 180 gram double vinyl release from Romanian Cristi Cons (co-owner of Amphia). Let the music speak for itself.
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: MAT 006LP
18 months after the release of his acclaimed Exit Strategies (MAT 002LP, 2015), Jonny Nash returns with Eden, an album recorded in Bali and the United Kingdom throughout 2016. While many of his aural trademarks are present -- think glistening guitars, drifting synthesizer chords, and subtle piano motifs -- Eden feels a little different: humid, dense, and decidedly "murkier" than previous outings. Check, for example, the gently pulsing rhythms, layered vocal samples, and hazy ambient house era textures of "Maroon Crisp", or the sparkling melodies, chiming percussion, and bubbly drum machine matters of "Ding Repair"; both tracks are as beautiful and life-affirming as you'd expect, but feel far more widescreen in vision. Eden is full of these kinds of moments. There's the undulating mysticism of "Conversations With Mike", the delay-laden, outer-space ambience of "Down In Babakan", and the crystal clear brilliance of closer "Lime".
MW 064EP
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: MW 064EP
DAS DING Kindheitsmuster/Raid 7"
"Minimal Wave is excited to present a 7" single of two early demos (Kindheitsmuster and Raid) by Dutch electronic music pioneer Das Ding. The final versions of these tracks were released on H.S.T.A. and the Missing Tapes, respectively. The versions here are the most raw and electric recordings we have heard by Das Ding yet. Danny Bosten formed Das Ding as a solo project in the early 1980s and released his music and friends' music via his own cassette label called Tear Apart Tapes. At the time, he was studying graphic design at art school, and in turn he ended up designing the artwork, cassette-sleeves and illustrations for the label himself. Meanwhile, he recorded his own music as Das Ding. Powerful dark electro, he made several addictive and danceable tracks which later become Minimal Wave hits. Danny made all his music in his bedroom which essentially turned into a small recording studio. He went on to release many of his own tapes and also played some live gigs. Old tapes were uncovered around 2010, and Minimal Wave released a remastered version of H.S.T.A. and select other tracks. A wave of renewed interest followed the record's release and soon people were in touch to propose live shows. Twenty years later, and after some deliberation, Das Ding was reincarnated under its old moniker but now with a revised line-up and a working set-up that reflected inevitable technological change. The Kindheitsmuster/Raid 7" is pressed on black vinyl, featuring a photograph that Danny Bosten took during his art school days, and the inspiration for the cover drawing of the H.S.T.A. cassette release from 1982. The 7" is limited to 500 numbered copies."
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: MRP 106LP
VA I Believe I'll Go Back Home (1906-1959) LP
"A sequel (of sorts) to the I Don't Feel At Home In this World Anymore compilation. The stone cold beautiful African guitar playing and singing of Sabelo and G. Wayawaya, the intense Native American country music of Jenks 'Tex' Carman, the great Tex Mex of Lydia Mendoza, the heavy hypnotic Cajun sounds of Amede Ardion and Dennis McGee, the shimmeringly beautiful singing and playing of the Genial Hawaiians, the deep deep deep Rembetika of Marika Papagika, the soulful gospel of Blind Willie Davis, the sacred Indian sounds of T.R. Mahalingham and Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan, the early Jewish mysticism of Max Leibowitz, the dark Cuban rumbles of Sexteto Bologna and much more. Here we have a diverse cross section of the world's music - a unifying sound during divisive times. Old school 'tip on' cover."
PRICE: $14.00
BERG, HANS Bubbel Trubbel EP 12"
Swedish producer Hans Berg returns to Pooledmusic's techno-focused sister imprint Montage with another collection of uniquely esoteric techno. Known for previous work on Kant and collaborations with Johanna Knutsson, Berg debuted on the label in 2015 with the Field EP (MONTAGE 002EP). His second outing once again provides another showcase for his intriguing rhythmic sensibilities and pleasingly askew take on the classic techno sound palette. The EP is completed by another heads-down burner of a remix from Silvershower, aka label boss Ian Pooley.
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFM 004LP
2017 repress. Music from Memory's fourth release sees the Amsterdam-based label taking an exciting sidestep with the release of Clouds. It's the debut album from Gaussian Curve, a collaboration between Italian ambient pioneer Gigi Masin, Land of Light's Jonny Nash, and Marco Sterk (also known as Young Marco). The trio came together during a weekend-long recording session in April, 2014, with no preconceived ideas. Developed around improvised jams, the eight tracks on the album are all single-take live recordings. The three musicians succeed in developing a musical language all of their own, with Gigi Masin on Rhodes and piano; Jonny Nash on guitar, melodica, synths, and trumpet; and Marco Sterk on synths, rhythmic structures, and production duties. Recorded in the heart of Amsterdam's red-light district, the album reflects the unusually warm spring and the buzz from the open windows that filled the derelict downtown studio space during that particular weekend. And on the more introverted late-night compositions, the music quietly soars, reflecting the brooding melancholy of an evening in that particular part of the city. Clouds is a simple, heartfelt record of an inspired meeting of unique souls in unique surroundings.
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: MFM 019LP
An mini LP of works by Denis Mpunga and Paul K., all recorded between 1980-1984. Combining elements of traditional African music with experimental electronics, the Belgian/Congolese duo released only a handful of tracks, scattered across a few rare LP and cassette compilations that were put out in the mid-eighties by obscure European labels. This release also includes a few previously unreleased songs that were found on the original master tapes. Relocating with his family from the Congo to Belgium in 1973 at the young age of 13, Denis Mpunga grew up in Liege and quickly became deeply embedded in its musical scene, forming the group Gomma Percussions in 1979; a percussive group driven by West African influences. A side project Eko-Kuango formed by the Gomma Percussion members also saw the release in 1985 of the now much sought after 12" Fura (1986), which also includes Denis Mpunga on vocals. Denis has continued to produce and compose music, perhaps most notably writing the soundtrack for the Dardenne brothers's La Promesse (1996). Patrick Stas, who would release with Denis under the "Paul K." moniker, was a well-known local musician in Liege and considered something of a luminary figure in the electronic and experimental music scene in Belgium. Patrick would set up the independent cassette and vinyl label Home Produkt. Both well-known figures in Liege's music scene, the two of them would join forces in 1980 to work together on a soundtrack for a children's animation company called CAMERA etc, recording the Intermezzo tracks which are included here. Keen to experiment further as a duo, Denis would propose the idea of combining some more traditional songs or percussive African elements with Patrick's experiments with drum computers and synthesizers. Working around more conventional instruments such as guitar and bass, Denis would also bring balafons, senzas, and a zither to their recordings whilst Patrick would work with an array of synthesizers and drum machines, such as the Roland MC 202, TB 303, and TR 808, and the Korg MS20 and Monopoly. The recordings set out to play with and challenge preconceptions and expectations of African music and African culture. Together, Denis Mpunga and Paul K.'s, if somewhat brief, musical adventure would create a fascinating new musical language: African music born out of an industrial European landscape. 180 gram vinyl.
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: ORK 006CD
VA Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory-Coast CD
Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory-Coast, the new Oriki Music compilation, includes serious 1970s Afro dancefloor hits - A promising favorite among DJs, Afrofunk, and tropical music revival aficionados. Vinyl diggers can finally play some of Ivory Coast's hardest to find deep funk, Afrobeat, Manding, and tropical rhythms tunes, recorded by such legends as Moussa Doumbia, De Frank Jr, or Francis Kingsley. Compiled by pioneer African music digger and respected DJ Greg De Villanova, a legend among Afro/tropical music collectors and DJs. The consistent liner notes focus on the original label history of Société Ivoirienne Du Disque, based on interviews with the producer. This compilation also marks the great return of the dormant French record label, which released such wonders as Orchestra Baobab's A Night At Club Baobab (2006) or Moussa Doumbia's Keleya (2007). Also features: Afro Train, Sewa Jacintho, Les Frères Kante, Les Nidrou, Afro Soul System, and L'orchestre De La RTI. Includes original and unreleased pictures of the artists and the city of Abidjan in the 1970s, and great artwork. CD version comes in a digipack.
PRICE: $17.00
TOBIAS. Eyes In The Center CD
Tobias. returns to Ostgut Ton with his third full length Eyes In The Center, expanding the musical narrative laid out by his Helium Sessions EP (OSTGUT 096EP, 2016). The Berghain resident keeps exploring the vast modular synth-driven techno, experimental, and ambient territories on a journey in-between genres. Tobias Freund is long established as an influential artist and has - since the early 1990s - been working as a professional producer, sound engineer, label owner, and strictly live musician. Besides his early solo projects (such as Pink Elln, Metazone, or Phobia) he's also been collaborating with Dandy Jack (as Sieg Über Die Sonne), Ricardo Villalobos (as Odd Machine), Max Loderbauer (as NSI.), Valentina Berthelon (as Recent Arts), and Atom TM, to name a few. In their entirety, the 12 songs on Eyes In The Center work as a raw, unpolished collage and evoke the spirit of (post) punk and the more experimental niches of electronic music. Think Chrome, Residents, and Throbbing Gristle - but not Kraftwerk. Or think The Human League, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Der Plan, but think more in terms of musical attitudes and concepts rather than sound aesthetics. Even though Freund still owns the same Roland TR-808 he bought in the mid-1980s, his studio machine park has significantly evolved and got a lot more refined since. With all these machines at hand, Tobias. opted for limiting the gear used during the making of Eyes In The Center to avoid losing himself in possibilities. But it's all there: the slender, multi-layered, hypnotic club-ready techno cuts that dominate his live sets at Berghain and at clubs and festivals around the globe, leftfield jams that dodge clear stylistic classification, and the very atmospheric, intimate, and introverted ambient listening pieces. While Eyes In The Center as a whole can't be pinned down to a certain mood or sound, there is an underlying concept in reference to the idea of autopoiesis, meaning "self" and "creation, production", a system which reproduces and maintains itself. On Eyes In The Center, Tobias. expands his exploration of these ideas that already informed his work with Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelon on their joint audio-visual project Recent Arts in 2016. Eyes In The Center stands in a long tradition of electronic music, scrutinizing the self while reaching out towards the unknown.
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PART 4073CD
VA Dustin E Presents... Cornflake Zoo: Episode Six CD
From the minds behind Mixed Up Minds, Electric Asylum, Upside Down, and Beatfreak!. In a disturbing contempt for life itself, Dustin E doth declare another thrilling instalment of Cornflake Zoo. Episode Six, revels in the Continental gene pool that gave birth to a cosmic, sonic mass of fuzz, distortion, pop-art cock-ups, wailing feedback, shouting, swearing, and songs that are out of tune. In short, here are 20 love songs that went wonderfully wrong, all recorded between 1965-1968. Replete with archival imagery, a loving touch of restoration and a simple (minded) narrative. Features a previously unreleased track by The Monks. Also features: Les Miserables, The Jay-Jays, Les Sauterelles, Firebeats Inc., The Hangmen, The King Beezz, The Skope, The Haigs, Jormas, Jan Groth & His Voodoos, Les Fleurs De Pavot, The Beautifuls, The Details, The Zoo, The Clefs, The Walkers, The Pools, The Daimlers, and The Friends. Includes a 20-page full color booklet, comprehensive liner notes, and rare pictorial beauty.
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: PART 4076CD
VA Dustin E Presents... Cornflake Zoo: Episode Seven CD
From the minds behind the ears of Piccadilly Sunshine, Mixed Up Minds, Portobello Explosion, Electric Sound Show (PARTBOX 001CD, 2011), and Upside Down, Particles is disturbingly disposed to present the seventh grizzly episode of Cornflake Zoo. 20 fizzy pop sensations with fuzzy interludes and furry outbursts, all recorded between 1966-1970. Hysterical, loud, audacious, and absurd. Warning! Not for those of a nervous disposition. Also features: The Hi-Balls, Het, The Lords, The Driftin Five, Johnny Young, The Seals, Fun Of It, The Morgans, Ben Cash & The Cash-Tons, Attention!, Generation 2000, The Count I, The Shakespears, The Outsiders, Charles Ryders Corporation, Expiration, Hide And Seek, Blinky Special, and Mothers Love. Includes a 20-page full-color booklet with comprehensive liner notes and rare color photographs.
PRICE: $17.50
In a time when people need to come together more than ever, Big Mean Sound Machine is spreading positivity through communal dance by creating music that moves people of all ages and backgrounds. The ten-piece New York based band breaks new sonic ground and creates a unique flavor of instrumental music with their fourth full-length studio album, Runnin' For The Ghost. While on tour, BMSM opened a new chapter when the band had the honor of meeting and playing with master drummer Tony Allen (pioneer and co-creator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti and the Africa 70). His dream of seeing Afrobeat music spread globally, to become bigger than any one person or any one group, motivated Big Mean to carry the torch of original dance music into the 21st century. Though traditional Afrobeat has had a major influence on Big Mean Sound Machine, the music on Runnin' For The Ghost reaches far beyond tradition and pushes the band's sound in new ways through the mixing and blending of many genres, keeping with the spirit that inspired Allen and Kuti to create their own style in the first place. On Runnin' For The Ghost, Big Mean continues to harness their collective creativity as the majority of the conception, arrangement, and production came from within the band. To push forward into new creative territory, while recording Runnin' For The Ghost, the band tried a different approach than usual, by learning, arranging, and recording certain tracks in a single day, crafting the music spontaneously in the studio. This new collaborative approach shines through on the standout track "Van Chatter". The song delves into the realm of West African highlife and Central African soukous with articulate and fast moving guitar sounds, alongside a call-and-response horn melody, creating a lively conversation between tradition and innovation. Another highlight is the lead single, "Seeing The Bigger Picture", which incorporates Afro-Cuban percussion patterns and a driving, melodic bass groove that support an uplifting horn melody and a swirling analog synthesizer solo. Each band member's unique musical voice serves as a thread in a seamlessly intertwined fabric of sound, creating an anthem for Big Mean's mission to move people. Cover artwork by Pierce Marratto. Includes download card.
PL 066CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PL 066CD
ERICKSON, ROKY All That May Do My Rhyme CD
Play Loud! Productions present the first reissue of Roky Erickson's All That May Do My Rhyme, originally released in 1994. Roky Erickson is a legend. Former member of the 13th Floor Elevators, he was considered the white James Brown. Drug problems and diagnosed schizophrenia made him an outsider. By the '90s, he was struggling to survive on a $200 monthly social security check. In 1990, artists like R.E.M., ZZ Top, and the Jesus and Mary Chain recorded his songs for a tribute album. Erickson performed publicly for the first time in many years at the Austin Music Awards. In 1994, he returned to the studio with guitarists Charlie Sexton and the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary to record All That May Do My Rhyme. This record was released on CD, cassette, and vinyl in 1994 on Paul Leary's Trance Syndicate Records. Notes from the original press release: "Trance Syndicate is pleased to present the first studio recording in almost a decade by one of the most gifted, most influential, most inspired singer/songwriters from the Republic of Texas since Buddy Holly. Roky Erickson is back! performing new songs and a few classics in one of the best studios in Texas, backed by some of Texas' finest musicians." This is no cheap live tape, crummy reissue, nor a slimy bootleg. This is the real thing. CD version comes in a digipak and includes an eight-page lyric sheet with band info.
RR 306CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: RR 306CD
MORGAN, DERRICK People Decision CD
Radiation Roots present a reissue of Derrick Morgan's People Decision, originally released in 1977. One of the very first artists to begin recording in Jamaica, Derrick Morgan is a beloved ska icon and a pioneer of the "skinhead reggae" style. Blessed with a rich, deep tenor, which with he belts out his clever and often humorous lyrics, Morgan became known on the Kingston music scene through Vere Johns's regular talent contests, and enjoyed a lengthy run of hits during the 1960s for producers such as Simeon Smith, Duke Reid, and Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd (among others), cultivating a popular vinyl feud with Prince Buster after being brought into Leslie Kong's camp by the young Jimmy Cliff. Morgan moved to England during the late 1960s to capitalize on the skinhead reggae craze, but was back in Jamaica from the early 1970s, and since Bunny Lee was his brother-in-law, the two have always maintained a close working relationship. People Decision, voiced at King Tubby's studio for Lee and released by Third World in 1977, sees Morgan in politicized roots reggae mode on songs like "Let's Build A Better Jamaica", the symbolic racetrack drama "Racing At Ballistic Park", and the title track, which all boosted the socialist policies of the ruling People's National Party; "Natty Dread Forward Out Of Babylon" updates the "Tougher Than Tough" saga, and there's a slew of rude tunes, including "My Dickie", "Rough Grinder", and "Ride Manny Fanny".
RR 308CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: RR 308CD
CLARKE, JOHNNY Satisfaction CD
Radiation Roots present a reissue of Johnny Clarke's Satisfaction, originally released in 1979. Tenor singer Johnny Clarke had many false starts in his youthful days. Hanging around Studio One as a schoolboy with Jacob Miller, Clarke was supposed to record material written for him by Bob Andy, but somehow never made the grade. His 1973 debut recording for lesser-known producer Glen Stair was not released, and early work for Clancy Eccles failed to hit, though "Everyday Wondering" for Rupie Edwards made an underground impact in Britain and New York. Subsequent singles for Keith Hudson and Glen Brown also did not get very far, but the breakthrough finally came when Bunny Lee asked him to sing "None Shall Escape The Judgement", which was written by the singer Earl Zero; it became a massive hit that launched the "flying cymbal" craze (based on an open-and-closed high-hat cymbal pattern, adapted from the Soul Train theme), and Clarke became one of Lee's most reliable hit-makers, partly because Lee stoked a rivalry between him and Cornell Campbell, whom Lee had previously asked to voice "None Shall Escape". Clarke's Satisfaction LP was recorded at Harry J's studio for Lee, voiced at King Tubby's studio, and issued by Third World in 1979. It is a set largely comprised of cover tunes, such as the strong opening update of the Paragons' "Riding For A Fall", the title track adapting their rock steady hit "My Satisfaction" in a post-rockers style. Better still is the hard-hitting "reality" tune, "Play Fool, Get Wise", which uses a proverb to relate a means of avoiding trouble on the dog-eat-dog mean streets of Kingston.
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: RGM 572LP
VA Honeybeat: Groovy 60s Girl-Pop LP
"Hey, '60s pop collectors . . . do you suppose there might be some killer rare tracks lurking inside the Sony archives? Yeah, that's what we thought, too . . . so we enlisted girl group expert extraordinaire Sheila Burgel (producer of the Grammy-nominated box set One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found and the Japanese girl pop series Nippon Girls among other prodigious collecting feats) to go tape spelunking and see what she could come up with. And man, was that a good decision -- cause Sheila (and Sony Legacy producer Rob Santos) have emerged triumphantly from their journey into the deepest nooks and crannies of the Sony vaults with 19 fantastic girl pop finds that sound like they should've been, could've been hits had anybody heard them the first time around! Just to give you an idea of how deep these tracks are, these 19 songs hail from no less than nine different labels (Columbia, Date, RCA Victor, Epic, Bell, OKeh, Sound Stage 7, Groove, and Amy); about a third of them have never been reissued anywhere (one, Dorothy Jones' 'Talk That Sweet Talk,' is previously unreleased), and the rest have only appeared on obscure imports, some of dubious origin. What's more, for her detailed liner notes, Sheila has whenever possible tracked down and interviewed the artist(s) in question, in some cases stirring up long dormant and emotionally charged memories of their days in the music business, with rare, never before seen photos lending color to their accounts. Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York, Honeybeat: Groovy 60s Girl Pop offers a treasure trove of rarities for the girl group collector, a seamless listen for a vintage pop fan, and a much-needed journey back to a more innocent time in the record business. Special note for vinyl collectors: Sheila has also selected and sequenced 14 of the 19 tracks for a special 180-gram, violet vinyl gatefold edition limited to 1200 copies!"
PRICE: $29.00
VINK, JAAP Jaap Vink 2LP
"The Institute of Sonology in Utrecht has earned its international reputation mostly for pioneering work in the field of computer-assisted algorithmic composition and digital sound synthesis by composers such as Gottfried Michael Koenig, Werner Kaegi, Paul Berg, and Barry Truax. Anyone familiar with the music of these composers would have to admit that even within this 'genre' there were no stylistic dogmas. The stylistic range of the Institute's artistic output becomes even broader when the work of other staff and frequent guests is taken into account, for example the compositions based on field recordings and audio-visual projects by Frits Weiland, the radiophonic works and pieces for tape and instruments by Luctor Ponse, the cybernetic tape compositions by Roland Kayn, or the experiments with computer graphics by Peter Struycken, to name just a few. And then there was Jaap Vink. Jaap Vink studied engineering at first, but then became interested in electronic music. He attended courses in electroacoustics at Delft University of Technology and installed a pedagogical studio for electronic music in 1961 at the Gaudeamus Foundation . . . Jaap Vink always tried to break out of the periodicity of the sounds so abundantly available in the electronic music studio. Although his music was entirely produced with purely electronic sound material, its textures resemble the richness of orchestral sounds, or large natural sound-complexes, as a result of recursive processes. The density of this sound material increases and decreases by careful control of feedback networks with configurations of analog tape recorders (delay lines), filters, and modulators. It should come as no surprise that his work is being rediscovered at a time when a new generation of musicians has conquered the stage with modular synthesizer setups and 'no-input mixers', in which feedback of audio and control signals plays an important role. And although Jaap Vink's music wasn't performed live but produced and recorded on magnetic tape in the studio, it is exactly the human interaction with feedback processes that connects his work with the current generation of live electronic music performers. To some extent Jaap Vink's pieces are indeed recorded live improvisations, and extending his patches and 'rehearsing' with them was an ongoing process. . . . The selection presented here gives an overview of Jaap Vink's works made in Utrecht, ranging from his first composition Screen up to Tide 85." --Kees Tazelaar Works selected by: François Bonnet and Kees Tazelaar.
RB 063EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RB 063EP
TELEPHONES Vibe Remixes 12"
Hot on the heels of the transcendental Vibe Telemetry long-player from Telephones (RB 008CD/LP, 2016), Running Back present Vibe Remixes. A producer named Call Super remixes an artist named Telephones: a skippy dub journey that recalls an atmosphere that could be found in the space between Smith & Mighty, the LTJ Bukem of his youth, Italian house records, British Balearics, and bass affine music. DJ Fett Burger provides fifteen minutes of almost every style ever invented in the scope of house music. Designed for people with everlastingly short attention spans and DJs on the lookout for a toilet/coffee break.
RH 113LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: RH 113LP
VIRGO FOUR Resurrection 2LP
2017 repress. As 2011's limited box set has been out of print for a while, Rush Hour decided to press up a 2LP version with 12 essential tracks from the original release that totals 60 minutes. If you missed the box set, this is a great chance to own some of Virgo Four's essential Chicago house music. The tracks were selected from 100s of 4-track tapes that had been untouched and unreleased all these years due to local record business politics and disinterest. These demo recordings have been restored and mastered for release. Resurrection really shows the rich, diverse and unique quality of Virgo Four, which leaves you wondering what impact they would have made on the (Chicago) house scene if they would have gotten released back in the day. Includes "It's A Crime," which was also remixed by Caribou in 2011.
PRICE: $20.00
TRENT, RON Prescription: Word, Sound & Power 2CD
Prescription: Word, Sound & Power presents the groundbreaking Chicago based house label's anthology, holding milestone songs. The legendary Prescription Records defined the 1990s deep house sound. This anthology holds numerous classics that have been out of press for years, along with previously unreleased tracks. Chez Damier and Ron Trent started the label in 1993, releasing some two-dozen singles in a four-year span, many of which attained legendary status on the underground scene. Ron Trent talks about the starting Prescription Records: "Chez Damier and I started the label, because we had the idea to take a certain level of fidelity and bring that fidelity to what people call tracks. Tracks being drum orientated Chicago rhythm tracks with a minimalistic melody. We were playing with that idea, expounding a point of that minimalistic aspect and making it more complex." Ron Trent was born in Massachusetts but raised in Chicago, listening to jazz and learning percussion. He began DJing in 1982, playing at area high schools. His first EP, containing the epic instrumental "Altered States", was released on Armando Gallop's Warehouse Records in 1990. Chez Damier (Anthony Pearson) grew up in Chicago, where he danced at the Warehouse as a youth. He left for Detroit in the 1980s, helping to open the Music Institute and working A&R for Kevin Saunderson's label, KMS. Damier and Trent met while Damier was visiting Chicago and immediately hit it off. Today, Prescription Records is cited by countless producers as a major influence. "It's a very dub experimental label... sound bites, samples, rhythms, and a lot of ethereal stuff, too," Trent expounds. "Not to mention. Prescription's embrace of heavy sub-bass," concludes Trent, "It was ahead of its time, definitely." In addition to Damier and Trent, Precription also features: Angora (Peven Everett, Roy Davis Jr.), Anthony Nicholson, USG (Anthony Nicholson, Ron Trent), Monica Elam, Konfusion Kidzz (Anthony Nicholson, Ron Trent), Ani, World, Sky & Universes (Trent), Harry Dennis, Noni (Anthony Pearson). Includes a download code with four more exclusive tracks.
PRICE: $17.50
DREAM 2 SCIENCE Dream 2 Science LP
2017 repress. Official re-release of this "lost" 6-track mini album by New Yorker Ben Cenac (of Newcleus fame). Recorded and released in 1990, this is an absolute gem of a record -- very much in the vein of Larry Heard's best recordings. Electronic soul classic! Now available again for the first time in 22 years, remastered plus full artwork. A truly dreamy, beautiful classic deep-house mini-album from the golden post-Larry Heard era. New Yorker Ben Cenac, who was also member of electro pioneers Newcleus (and part of Sha-lor, who had a cool, jazzy garage-house hit in the late '80s), shows a great sensibility and delicacy here in following Mr. Heard's path. His approach is perhaps slightly more sci-fi in the synths and pad sounds, and perhaps a tad less crafted and mercurial in production than the master (i.e. less timeless), but this adds in realness and charm. So, past the classic deep-garage dream "My Love Turns To Liquid" (in the vein of these sultry garage productions from Peter and Vanessa Daou), the rest of the record shows constant quality, with song titles that could have been (or actually have been) used by Mr. Heard himself. There is a content oscillating between warming deep house, sweet acid, lush garage and relaxed space-jazz piano parts, the whole thing also evoking the Beloved's better "rave" moments ("The Sun Rising" etc).
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: RHM 008EP
FLOYD, VINCENT Moonlight Fantasy 12"
2017 repress. Previously unreleased material by Chicago's great Vincent Floyd! Early works, mastered from the original DAT tapes. Electronic soul classics, now available for the first time! All tracks are soaked in warm leads, dreamy drums, and gripping melodies...
PRICE: $25.00
VA Surinam Funk Force 2LP
2017 repress. Surinam Funk Force is a compilation of highly collectable and rare Surinamese 45s and LP cuts compiled by Antal Heitlager and Thomas Gesthuizen. This is the follow up to the Kindred Spirits released Surinam! compilation (KSDF 002LP, 2012). Surinam Funk Force goes even deeper into the field of '70s and '80s funk music from the Surinamese dance floors. Fresh artwork by Cosmo Knex. Features tracks from: Steve Watson, Jam Band 80, Sonny Khoeblal, Errol De La Fuente, Sumy, Explosion, Eddie Tailor, Ronald Snijders, Astaria and Sound Track Orchestra And Silvy.
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SLM 005CD
VA Sheer Rocks: Music On The Rocks Volume Two CD
This is Volume Two of a compilation series inspired by the visual setting at Sheer Rocks, an idyllic open air restaurant on the West coast of Antigua. Volume One, released in 2016 (SLM 003CD), was a compilation of music that gave a sonic window into the venue and its surrounding views and atmosphere. For Volume Two, Alex and Kate Rocks have worked alongside chill-out legend Afterlife to build on the success of Volume 1 with a new set of atmospheric gems. The selection opens with the chuggy, acoustic bliss of Micko Roche's "Bleu" and then immediately the tempo drops for a vocal treat from Neve with the track "Sun Ray". Next, Ambala, aka Phil Mison, delivers a more percussive sound this time with an African twist. Afterlife steps up with "On Being" before making way for DJ Pippi's reggae tinged "Mr P". DF Tram, Mashti, and Kid Stone keep things cool before Mike Boorman's "Consequences" switches things up. Bongo Entp's cover of Henri Mancini's "Lujon" is included with Green Carrot delivering a remix that's strong on mid-tempo Balearic shuffles, leaving the way clear for No Logo and another appearance from DJ Pippi, this time with JL the opening party favorite "Dangerous", before the album closes with "Dollybird" from Bent producer Simon Mills.
PRICE: $21.00
CAPT P The Incredible Adventures Of Capt P: Escapism 2LP
"Seven years ago Fred P released the CD version of his classic cult album The Incredible Adventures Of Captain P. 2017 sees the second installment based on the concept of Escapism, a word that embodies a personalized experience. Smart phones combined with social media encourages beings to create their own realities, which is escapist behavior. Fred P embraces this state of mind and expresses both the need to tune out and the urge to tune in. This dialog of 11 tracks and interludes captures his surroundings, while reflecting the solitude of headphones. This is a constant stream of consciousness that takes you on a journey into a dimension of sound. It will evoke positive vibes and remind you that our changing world is always in state of flux."
SS 011CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: SS 011CD
PARRISH, THEO Parallel Dimensions CD
CD version. Originally released in 2000. "If you're keen to track down some truly creative house music that sounds like it indeed could be the soundtrack for a parallel dimension, look no further. This is it. That said, Parrish's style of house isn't just abstract for the sake of being abstract. It's actually quite musical and brilliantly crafted." --Jason Birchmeier, AllMusic
PRICE: $10.00
PARRISH, THEO Parallel Dimensions Cassette
Cassette version. Includes an alternate mix of "Summertime is Here".
PRICE: $16.50
VA Swingin' Dick's Shellac Shakers Vol. 1: Hot Jive, Jumpin' Jazz & Big Band R&B 78s 10"
Inspired by the beat of the big band and the swingin' hot rhythms of the '30s and '40s.... This collection of swing comes from the vaults of "Swingin' Dick's 78 Social". Renown the world over as "The Original Gramophone Operative", Swingin' Dick shares his collection of shellac shaking phonographic 78rpm records for your edification. Join the enigmatic Dick as he spins his unique brand of hot jive and R&B swing, ten inches at a time! Swingin' Dick's Shellac Shakers Vol. 1 of 78s will have you jumpin' and jitterbugging to the sounds of a bygone era, in all its gramophonic glory. Features: Horace Henderson & His Orchestra, Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet, Fats Waller, Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Orchestra, Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra, Rex Stewart's Big Eight, Slim Gaillard, Count Basie & His Orchestra, Jay McShann & His Orchestra, and Woody Herman.
PRICE: $16.50
VA Swingin' Dick's Shellac Shakers Vol. 2: Hot Jive, Jumpin' Jazz & Big Band R&B 78s 10"
Inspired by the beat of the big band and the swingin' hot rhythms of the '30s and '40s.... This collection of swing comes from the vaults of "Swingin' Dick's 78 Social". Renown the world over as "The Original Gramophone Operative", Swingin' Dick shares his collection of shellac shaking phonographic 78rpm records for your edification. Join the enigmatic Dick as he spins his unique brand of hot jive and R&B swing, ten inches at a time! Swingin' Dick's Shellac Shakers Vol. 2 of 78s will have you jumpin' and jitterbugging to the sounds of a bygone era, in all its gramophonic glory. Features: Horace Henderson & His Orchestra, The Harlem Hamfats, Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers, Albert Ammons, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, Gene Krupa & His Orchestra, Roy Eldridge & His Orchestra, Oran "Hot Lips" Page & His Band, Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra, and Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra.
PRICE: $17.00
Rafael Toral presents Space Solo 2 on Staubgold: "Space Solo 2 is the final release in the Space Program series, which started with Space (STAUB 069CD/TAIGA 001LP, 2006). Ten releases were originally projected, but the ideas I wanted to explore in a sustained and systematic way have already been fulfilled in these six records. For that, and a number of other reasons, I decided that I will be able to move with more room and freedom outside this structure that is now completed. The Solo series is meant to be reference documentation to my solo performance at the time of their release, on various instruments. Space Solo 2 showcases a different set of instruments from Space Solo 1 (QUECK 011CD/TAIGA 002LP, 2007), namely the glove-controlled sinewaves from the first years, a rarely performed modular synthesizer solo, the Theremin-controlled modulated feedback, and a contemporary approach to the electrode oscillator (featured on Space Solo 1 on a simpler configuration). All tracks are edited recordings of real-time solo performance. As a rule in the Space Program, there is no processing or transformation of sounds, all sounds are heard as originally played (except for mastering sound calibration). There is no 'programming' (as in sequencers or digital devices), no samples or software involved (except editing and mastering software and except tracks 9, 10, 11)."
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SVT 188CD
Over the years, Berlin has been cited as Oliver Koletzki's main point of reference and, more importantly, his endless source of inspiration. His albums Grossstadtmarchen (SVT 037CD, 2009) and Grossstadtmarchen 2, released in two parts (SVT 075LP/SVT 080LP, 2012), are whole-hearted tributes of the German capital, as its importance is continuously hinted and charted. Friedrichshain, one of Berlin's vibrant districts, has always held a special place in Oliver's heart. This is where he started out when he first moved to the city, and this is where he lives now. Kreuzberg's wall paintings adorn Stil Vor Talent's cover sleeves and host their headquarters. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix. The Schneeweiss compilation series, now at its seventh installment, is built as a form of tribute to all these particles, tied in together into a series of carefully curated tracks. Each compilation stands at the intersection of the musical and cultural surroundings most prominent of their respective times, acting both as a reminder as well as a timeless sound capsule for the years to come. Features: Aparde, Marc Holstege, Joachim Pastor, Reinier Zonneveld, Oliver Koletzki, Giogia Angiuli,Township Rebellion, Nick Curly, Teenage Mutants & EdOne, Dennis Cruz, Kellerkind, Sven, Sam Shure, and Nu.
SR 407CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 407CD
NOVI_SAD Wound_Burner CD
Wound_Burner is an audio project based on field recordings which took place in various locations in New York, USA, Gotland, Sweden, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and the Greek countryside. The project consists of three main parts, and moves along high frequency slow-motion sentimental delirios to heavy bass ambient soundscapes, periodically colored by the voice of the soprano Irini Kyriakidou. Some of the sounds were constructed by using exclusively digital and electronic media. Wound_Burner demonstrates a highly emotive power and aims to trigger listeners' visceral, cerebral, and iconoclastic perception. Assembled, composed, and produced by Novi_Sad. Athens-based artist Thanasis Kaproulias, working under the moniker Novi_Sad is as much engaged by nature and the rudimentary sounds that are borne of remote environments as he is by the act of representing them. With an accomplished technical ability, as well as a sensitivity for the nuances of his considered locations, Novi_Sad carefully recontextualizes the scenery. The artist engages with the landscape by producing field recordings whose intensity is revived in spaces as sound pieces performed in-situ. Novi_Sad treats every sound with integrity with a resulting resonance that invites and immerses the listener. Using an innovative approach inspired by the idea of "cinema pour l'oreille" ("cinema for the ear"), Novi_Sad aspires to "donner à voir" ("lead to seeing"), by means of sound. Many of the artists' projects are focused on architectural acoustics. His process brings unique field recordings into contact with various methods of audio analysis, as well as utilizing quantitative and numerical data from different sources such as NASA. Novi_Sad's projects have been presented internationally including at the Venice Biennale Film Festival, Venice; MUTEK Festival, Montreal and Mexico City; Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam; Le Fresnoy - Studio National D'Arts Contemporains, Lille; Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, CalArts, Los Angeles; Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Megaron/The Athens Concert Hall, Athens; VPRO National Radio, Amsterdam; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; National Academy of Music, Aarhus; Einstein Kulturzentrum, Munich; and MAM/Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro. In his works with audiovisual projects and film, Kaproulias has collaborated with notable artists and filmmakers including Lars von Trier, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Isaac Niemand, Yorgos Zois, and Karl Lemieux.
SR 440CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SR 440CD
"In Oiseaux-Tempête, Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul have chosen a name, a call from the sea, of almost totemic quality. . . . AL-'AN! ('Now!' in Arabic) is the third part of a journey that commenced in 2012. A two part - aesthetic and political - proposition. How to build something that speaks of the present, that transcribes it, mirrors it, opens discourse and questions, and provokes the sharing of experience that conjures away this contemporary malaise of powerlessness and, in turn, opens doors to a common future? . . . Building something together, bearing witness, creating sense, being a part of the world, refusing the catastrophe. Rather, grabbing hold of the present, cradling it and letting it breath. . . . This was the attempt of Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul, and Ben McConnell with Oiseaux-Tempête (SR 381CD/LP), their first album, an opening chapter published in 2013. . . . Following the energetic post-rock of this first, self-titled album, came Ütopiya? (SR 396CD/LP, 2015). A far more poignant piece of work, lyrical, yet with the roughness of the free music it was inspired by. Interweaving their music with the photographic images of Yusuf Sevincli and the words of poets Nazim Hikmet and Tarkovsky, Oiseaux-Tempête continued their Mediterranean voyage, this time further East. . . . With AL-'AN!, Oiseaux-Tempête have achieved a far more complex work, richer in texture, the intertwining of acoustic elements with electronica, roaming and shaking the foundations of this almost labyrinthian personal opus of an album. As ever, the group realizing both the immersive and also the total physicality on the record. . . . And in the same way, AL-'AN! remembers. Memories in the far more intimate form of the travel diary, each track the capturing of a moment, brief sketches, the first notes the faint outlines of a specific atmosphere, the chords building little by little the heavier lines of a coherent edifice, an innate sense of structure beneath the apparent fragmentation. . . . AL-'AN! proceeds from a logic of abundance, from the diversity of character to the binds that give it its structure. Not only because this opus is blending the Arabic, French, and English languages, and in doing so constructs a dialogue between Europe and the Middle-East." --Alexandre Francois Features Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and G. W. Sok. CD version includes a bonus track.
SR 440LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: SR 440LP
Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve; Limited edition green clear vinyl; Comes with printed inner sleeves and a download code. "In Oiseaux-Tempête, Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul have chosen a name, a call from the sea, of almost totemic quality. . . . AL-'AN! ('Now!' in Arabic) is the third part of a journey that commenced in 2012. A two part - aesthetic and political - proposition. How to build something that speaks of the present, that transcribes it, mirrors it, opens discourse and questions, and provokes the sharing of experience that conjures away this contemporary malaise of powerlessness and, in turn, opens doors to a common future? . . . Building something together, bearing witness, creating sense, being a part of the world, refusing the catastrophe. Rather, grabbing hold of the present, cradling it and letting it breath. . . . This was the attempt of Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul, and Ben McConnell with Oiseaux-Tempête (SR 381CD/LP), their first album, an opening chapter published in 2013. . . . Following the energetic post-rock of this first, self-titled album, came Ütopiya? (SR 396CD/LP, 2015). A far more poignant piece of work, lyrical, yet with the roughness of the free music it was inspired by. Interweaving their music with the photographic images of Yusuf Sevincli and the words of poets Nazim Hikmet and Tarkovsky, Oiseaux-Tempête continued their Mediterranean voyage, this time further East. . . . With AL-'AN!, Oiseaux-Tempête have achieved a far more complex work, richer in texture, the intertwining of acoustic elements with electronica, roaming and shaking the foundations of this almost labyrinthian personal opus of an album. As ever, the group realizing both the immersive and also the total physicality on the record. . . . And in the same way, AL-'AN! remembers. Memories in the far more intimate form of the travel diary, each track the capturing of a moment, brief sketches, the first notes the faint outlines of a specific atmosphere, the chords building little by little the heavier lines of a coherent edifice, an innate sense of structure beneath the apparent fragmentation. . . . AL-'AN! proceeds from a logic of abundance, from the diversity of character to the binds that give it its structure. Not only because this opus is blending the Arabic, French, and English languages, and in doing so constructs a dialogue between Europe and the Middle-East." --Alexandre Francois Features Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and G. W. Sok.
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: SUB 011CD
ARKBRO, ELLEN For Organ And Brass CD
For Organ And Brass is comprised of two works by the Stockholm-based composer Ellen Arkbro. Both works focus on tuning, intonation, and harmonic modulation. In previous projects, Arkbro composed for early music ensembles, wrote a series of durational pieces utilizing synthetic tones and processed guitars, and, most recently, presented a work lasting 26 days at the Stockholm Concert Hall. For Organ And Brass looks back to Arkbro's studies in just intonation with La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and their disciple Jung Hee Choi in New York, as well as with kindred spirit Marc Sabat in Berlin. The title composition was written for an organ with a specific kind of historical tuning known as meantone temperament. It was only after locating an appropriate instrument -- the Sherer-Orgel dating back to 1624 in St. Stephen's Church in Tangermünde, Northeastern Germany -- that Arkbro set about recording both for organ and brass and its counterpart, Three. "Hidden within the harmonic framework of the Renaissance organ are intervals and chords that bare a close resemblance to those found in the modalities of traditional blues music," explains Arkbro. "The work can be thought of as a very slow and reduced blues music." The work moves gradually through a series of long, sustained tones played by the organ and in parallel by a brass trio comprised of horn, tuba, and trombone. Arkbro's treatment of pitch resembles the tuning strategies of La Monte Young. The brass parts were performed by microtonal brass trio Zinc & Copper, a group whose repertoire has included works by C.C. Hennix and Christian Wolff. In Arkbro's words, "the brass instruments and the organ fall into patterns of interaction in which a new breathing instrument emerges." Three, which follows the 20-minute title work, deploys the same principles of harmonic relativity. In removing the organ from the instrumentation and switching to a different meter, Three acts as an intimate counterpoint to the ritual drone cycles of the title piece. For Organ And Brass was recorded in Tangermünde, Germany in September 2016. The performers were Johan Graden (organ), Elena Kakaliagou (horn), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), and Robin Hayward (tuba). Ellen Arkbro's work has been performed in Brooklyn, Stockholm, Norberg, Bologna, Gothenburg, Berlin, Birmingham, and Malmö, and on Swedish National Radio.
SV 125LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: SV 125LP
JANSCH, BERT Rosemary Lane LP
"By the time Rosemary Lane was released in 1971, Bert Jansch had covered a great deal of territory on numerous albums as a solo artist, collaborations with John Renbourn and records by the band in which he and Renbourn sang and played guitar, Pentangle. Returning to the intimate economy of his self-titled debut LP from a half-dozen or so years earlier, Rosemary Lane was recorded on portable equipment by engineer/producer Bill Leader and featured Jansch with no accompaniment save his guitar and voice. Rosemary Lane has elements of many of the styles Jansch covered in his extraordinarily eclectic career -- from the folk and blues that were his bedrock to medieval music -- yet cuts to the heart of his strength as spell-binding storyteller and empathic interpreter of isolation and want. Occasional instrumentals vary the mood that, like much of his work, is usually somber and introspective. Jansch once again lights the way forward with detours through the past. His sparse arrangements seamlessly merge original songwriting and traditional folk songs, while Jansch's imaginative lyrics charm every step of the way -- as if speaking directly to the listener alone. This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger."
PRICE: $7.00
CAT #: TTW 094CS
RISHAUG MARHAUG Corneal Clouds Cassette
Norwegian sound artists Alexander Rishaug and Lasse Marhaug have worked together as a duo for almost 20 years. In this time they have produced one album, 2004's Feel Free At Home. Now, the pair are ready with their follow-up: Corneal Clouds. The music was recorded in 2012, then put through an extensive and meticulous fermentation process of five years until now -- at last -- it is ready for the public. Rishaug Marhaug promotes positive thinking through their unique brand of electronic music. Recorded at Brugata, Oslo, 2012. Mixed by Alexander Rishaug at SinZen Studios, Oslo, 2017. Mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering. Illustration by SavX. Edition of 125.
PRICE: $7.00
CAT #: TTW 095CS
PINKCOURTESYPHONE Something You Are Or Something You Do Cassette
Pinkcourtesyphone is a continuing project by Los Angeles-based sound artist Richard Chartier. He is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist sound art which has been termed both microsound and neo-modernist. Chartier's minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception, and the act of listening itself. Pinkcourtesyphone is a more emotional, dare one say musical, side of his work. Pinkcourtesyphone is dark but not arch, with a slight hint of humor. Pinkcourtesyphone is amorphous, changing, and slips in-and-out of consciousness. Pinkcourtesyphone operates like a syrup-y dream and strives to be both elegant and detached. Pinkcourtesyphone has collaborated with the likes of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kid Congo Powers, harpist Gwyneth Wentink, AGF, William Basinski, and Evelina Domnitch. Pinkcourtesyphone's work has been released internationally on labels including: Editions Mego (Austria), Room40 (Australia), Line (US), Important Records (US), Dragon's Eye Recordings (US), Farmacia901 (IT), Champion Version (UK), Boomkat (UK), and IO Sound (Canada). Chartier's sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America at digital art/electronic music festivals and exhibits. In 2000, he formed the recording label Line and has since curated its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by international sound artists/composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism. Formed from plastics and particulars by Richard Chartier, 2015 -- "I am lonely, yet I feel wonderful..." Edition of 100.
PRICE: $14.00
AN-2 Mint EP 12"
An-2's Mint EP is a collection of four space-boogie jams spanning a variety of moods and tempos. The lo-fi beats and pulsating kalimba-esque arpeggios on "Sigint" create a sci-fi movie soundtrack feel, while an ultra-deep kick drum and a punchy bass on "Mint" is a sure way to test your speaker performance. Things get more chilled and pensive with the brooding synth work and rolling pads on "Dusky Downtown". Amberflame's take on "Dusky Downtown" is a steaming affair that uses tight compression and lush synths to create that special euphoric dancefloor moment.
TEG 78504LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TEG 78504LP
SOULS OF MISCHIEF 93 'Til Infinity 2LP
2017 repress. "There are very few albums across any genre that stand the test of time better than 93 'Til Infinity, the classic debut record from the Hieroglyphics crew's very own Souls of Mischief. In an era where gangsta rap and G-Funk dominated the West Coast rap scene, Souls broke ground on a completely unique and thoroughly west coast sound. While the Dr. Dre's and the Snoop Doggs were garnering much of the mainstream attention, Souls were quietly forging a charismatic, critically acclaimed, and cohesively shaped record that when categorized, sounded much closer to A Tribe Called Quest than N.W.A. The sound of their debut is characteristic of the distinct style explored by the collective, including a rhyme scheme based on internal rhyme and beats centered around a live bass and obscure jazz and funk samples."
UT 044
PRICE: $9.95
CAT #: UT 044
"Our headline stories this time include a candid, in-depth new interview with Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, and a feature of '60s Southern rock 'n' soul heroes The Uniques. We also reveal the stories of Sloan & Barri pop protégés The Thomas Group, Australian shock rocker Geoff Crozier, Swedish R&B long-hairs Sooner Or Later and New York garage teens Johnny Farfisa & The Individuals. Meanwhile Mike Medina delves into the mystery of drumming genius Eddie Hoh, who played with MFQ, the Monkees, the Mamas & the Papas and others before disappearing into night and fog at the end of the sixties. Our story about Southern California garage psych cult heroes Things To Come concludes, and Hunter Bennett interviews Tony Kinman of The Dils and Rank & File. Plus much more, including a new installment in Cyril Jordan's ongoing Flamin' Groovies saga, and our extensive review sections, the ultimate consumers' guide to all the latest vinyl and CD reissues and rock'n'roll-related books."
WP 066
PRICE: $11.99
CAT #: WP 066
Front cover: DJ Shadow: "The late 1980s and early '90s saw the dawn of a new day as sampling was at a high point with hip-hop's golden era. Following in the footsteps of Double Dee & Steinski, Prince Paul, and the Dust Brothers, DJ SHADOW would push the boundaries of sampling with his early Mo' Wax releases. His first full-length album, Endtroducing..., further shined a light on the art form, as the album exploded through popular culture and put the reluctant star in the spotlight." Back cover: David Axelrod: "Producer/composer DAVID AXELROD landed a dream job at Capitol Records in 1964, immediately working with jazz legend Cannonball Adderley and lifting soul singer Lou Rawls to great heights." Plus: Leon Sylvers III, DJ Krush, Cynthia Robinson, The Avalanches, Danny Holloway...
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: WSB 001EP
BLACK MADONNA, THE He Is The Voice I Hear 12"
"2017 repress. Not hand stamped. A disco paean, a 10-minute long reverent dancefloor confessional illuminated by the spirits of all who came before her: 'He Is The Voice I Hear'."
XI 138CD
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: XI 138CD
JOSEPH, DAN Electroacoustic Works 2CD
Electroacoustic Works collects three major pieces from the early 21st century New York-based composer Dan Joseph. This double CD release includes Set Of Four, a group of fixed-media sound collages using the processed hammer dulcimer as the primary sound source, two live performances of Dulcimer Flight for electroacoustic hammer dulcimer, and a 64-minute version of Periodicity Piece #6, a mixed-media work that originated as a multi-channel sound installation. With roots in early minimalism, ambient music, and acoustic ecology, the works herein represent a significant subset of the composer's larger body of work from the past twenty years that he has developed alongside an active career as a composer of instrumental chamber music. Dan Joseph began his career as a drummer in the punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground. He spent the '90s in California where he studied at CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Mel Powell, and Terry Riley. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music.From the liner notes by Alan Licht: "What's striking about Dan Joseph's music is that it's drone oriented but also mindful of timekeeping. This would seem to be a paradox: most drone-based music and/or classic minimalism often reaches for a feeling of cosmic timelessness, or a sense of perpetuity via repetition, but the pieces on these discs all demarcate time in some way . . . Duration, another minimalist conceptual hallmark, is a means to an end rather than an end in itself for Joseph: the combination of simple harmonic material and extended lengths of time allows for more activity that is readily perceived, rather than to set up a near-static hypnotic state that is only occasionally jostled by a subtle shift in the music . . . In the computer age, digital memory and storage capacity are crucial technological attributes and an everyday concern; Dan's electroacoustic pieces set up their own kind of memory banks for both the performer and the listener. The musical information is being supplied to and retrieved from both electronic and mental repository systems. This is post-minimal music where repetition is a mnemonic device, rather than a tool for trance or head-clearing."
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