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Forced Exposure New Releases for 6/10/2013

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12K 1075CD

SEAWORTHY + TAYLOR DEUPREE: Wood, Winter, Hollow CD (12K 1075CD) 13.00
"Working together in person has been an important point in Deupree's collaborations lately - much preferring the human interaction and local landscapes over the soulless exchange of sound files over the Internet. With this point taken care of, the pair of Seaworthy and Deupree struck out in a New York February to a 4,000 acre nature preserve near Deupree's studio called Ward Pound Ridge, a park rich in history that supports a diverse range of plant and animal life. While the cold of winter kept most of the animals quiet the landscape nonetheless teemed with sounds. The local environment was hit badly by Hurricane Sandy a few months prior and the remnants of broken trees and debris littered much of the woodland area. Deupree and Webb spent three days on the trails recording sounds and images which created direction and purpose for their album which was composed in the evenings in the 12k studio. The resulting Wood, Winter, Hollow traces a rustic path of the days in the woods with an equally natural sound set fronted by Webb on a nylon string guitar. Bells, sticks, melodica, and the occasional analog synthesizer form the sonic backdrop echoing the quiet, but lively sounds of the winter forest. Endemic field recordings, including hydrophones placed in near-frozen streams, became an integral part of the work creating a subtle narrative that places the album in its specific place in time."


12K 2028CD

ILLUHA: Interstices CD (12K 2028CD) 13.00
"On their 2011 debut Shizuku, Illuha's room was a century-old church in Washington state and their tools: whatever instruments they could haul over from Japan and the pianos they were lucky enough to find inside. As creators they have an obsessive attention to detail but also know that the strength of creation doesn't always lie merely in the act itself. Illuha knows the power of communication. After a few months of gigging they developed a strong live presence. They treated their performances as a way to hone their communication as musicians and explore new styles as they planned the recording of their follow-up studio album. It was during these shows that Interstices was born. As its title suggests Interstices is an album that rests between Shizuku and what will be Illuha's 2014 sophomore album. It is a collection of live explorations and de/re/constructions. In these recordings Illuha has created a more patient form of music, leaving more space between notes and letting the compositions unfold slowly, drawing the strangers in to their immersive sound, warming and welcoming them. They have taken the time to create rich sonic worlds with an inspiring collection of instruments and stories. Their sound is soft and organic, ambience rich with the nuances of acoustic instruments and analogue synthesizers."

3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)

3000GRAD 007CD

HENNEBERG, ANDREAS: Mountain CD (3000GRAD 007CD) 17.00
Andreas Henneberg was born in Berlin and still lives, loves, and works in this beautiful, pulsating city. He is the founder of Voltage Musique Records and Cascandy and is a part of The Glitz and Hennon. He has released on labels such as Ideal Audio, Confused Recordings, Herzblut, Areal, Kiddaz.FM, Material, and Toolroom. He is truly one of the most productive people in electronic music and has been behind the scenes since the mid-'90s as a producer, label owner, mastering-engineer and of course, as a DJ. His vast number of productions, publications and releases are the result of 15 years of studio and label experience.

ALTER (UK)

ALT 010CD

LIBEREZ: Sane Men Surround CD (ALT 010CD) 16.50
Following up their warmly-received 2011 Alter debut, The Letter (ALT 005LP), Sane Men Surround is the second album to emerge from Southend-on-Sea's Liberez. Like their debut, the nine tracks here continue to savagely EQ percussion, guitar, violin and electronics into abstraction with tracks like "A Warning and My Madness Offends," bearing the industrial and almost ritualistic atmospherics of its predecessor, while "Nema Te" and "What's Mine Is Mine" introduce a new style of composition and songwriting which pushes the group towards a more bombastic, almost post-punk sound. As ominous as it is seductive, Sane Men Surround is a true product of the South-East of England. It is a work of suburban claustrophobia that lurches around Britain's industrial past and glares at its future. It is an album with a brain and a heart, evoking the rumbling lorries of Essex, its scared sober marshlands, and peace-riddled battlegrounds. Previously issued in a limited vinyl edition of 100 copies on the Savory Days label, this CD edition features a different master to suit the format.

APPAREL MUSIC (UK)

APLTD 004EP

TETELEPTA/ROGER GERRESSEN/EMERSON TODD, IVANO: The Attitude EP 12" (APLTD 004EP) 12.00
London's Apparel Music returns with a very special limited edition vinyl release featuring music from Ivan Tetlepta, Roger Gerressen, and Emerson Todd. Tetelepta and Gerressen's "Just Because" is a deep and dubby slice of house while "Time" is subtly layered. Todd's "Slow Hand" is a stripped-back piece of emotive house and "The Freeze" is a bass-heavy, hypnotic cut. A limited number of the records contain a 20-page art package.

ARLEN (UK)

ARLEN 004CD

WILLIS, SAM: Winterval + Remixes 2CD (ARLEN 004CD) 19.50
The debut album from London's Sam Willis, one-half of Kompakt's visionary electronic duo Walls, sees the light of day on CD, with a bonus disc of remixes and exclusive versions from an eclectic collection of like-minded individuals. Walls, who have released two critically-acclaimed and adored albums on Kompakt, have created quite a reputation in house/techno circles in recent years, and Sam's solo work builds on that, resulting in an expansive and uplifting album that stands up next to classic artists in the field of electronic music while bearing comparison with contemporaries such as Blondes, Four Tet, and Nathan Fake. Remix artists include: Drums Off Chaos, Wesley Matsell, Pictish Trail, Harald Bjork, Not Waving, Kate Wax, Ramesses, Refleksie, and Ghosting Season.

AUM FIDELITY

AUM 079CD

YAMAMOTO TRIO, ERI: Firefly CD (AUM 079CD) 13.00
"The deeply lyrical and prolific pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto returns quickly to record with Firefly, a brand new collection of wholly original and indelible songs, this time performed live in intimate concert, with her decade-long devoted trio of bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. Following so directly on their previous acclaimed and rife with riches album, The Next Page (itself following In Each Day, Something Good and Redwods), Yamamoto's consistently luminous writing, and the trio's telepathic performances thereof, is astonishing. The heft of emotional weight and remarkably honed craft once again on full display here is made all the more remarkable for their ability to make it sound so effortless. This is Yamamoto's first-ever live album, recorded in December 2012 at the piano showroom Klavierhaus in NYC by renowned jazz photographer and recording engineer Jimmy Katz. Communion with the audience suffuses the performances, and the band stretches out accordingly. Eri's improvisations dive into and float atop the essence of her melodies and the rhythm of a larger collective heartbeat."

BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)

BEC 5161394

COMELADE, PASCAL: El Pianista del Antifaz CD (BEC 5161394) 17.00
French-Catalan musician Pascal Comelade's world is atypical and his inspirations come from many different sources -- from contemporary music to The Cramps -- making him one of the most creative and original artists of our times. At the crossroads of many different arts, never where he's expected, he never ceases to surprise his audience, taking the listener on poetic paths of primitive perception. El Pianista del Antifaz is the latest album in Comelade's galaxy. The artwork was designed by Dutch illustrator Joost Swart.


BEC 5161397

COMELADE, PASCAL: El Pianista del Antifaz LP+CD (BEC 5161397) 23.00
LP version with CD.

BEST KEPT SECRET (GERMANY)

BKS 004EP

DOWNTOWN PARTY NETWORK: The Animal Planet 12" (BKS 004EP) 12.50
The Animal Planet is a follow-up to Downtown Party Network's debut on Best Kept Secret, The Machine Man EP, which sold out in a matter of a few weeks. This one is a dancefloor killer of no less proportion. Taken from the Silence Please! compilation, presented by Get Physical Music, and mixed by Best Kept Secret's head honcho Vidis, "Crazy Cow Bell" and "Owls Don't Cry" are two best-selling tracks from the album. Release your inner animal.

BIG DADA (UK)

BD 051LP

KING GEEDORAH (MF DOOM): Take Me To Your Leader 2LP (BD 051LP) 23.50
"Reissued, out of print classic album from DOOM. 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Includes a download code."

BLACK BOX (UK)

BLKBXXX 011EP

MATT-U: Frequency EP 2x12" (BLKBXXX 011EP) 18.00
Matt-U drops his definitive release via Black Box, showcasing a different side of his production, from the laser-guided ordinance of the title-track, to the murky depths of Killawatt collab "The Strangers," via the furious breakstep of "Backwards." This will be the first release in the Black Box XXX series to feature full artwork, as it develops from a stealth-themed DJ tool imprint into a fully-fledged label in its own right.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK (UK)

BLACKEST 003CD

DALHOUS: An Ambassador for Laing CD (BLACKEST 003CD) 16.50
Debut album from the Edinburgh-based duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander, who work with intricately-stacked percussion, dub-wise bass and a rich harmonic tapestry of processed voices, keys, harp, vibraphone, guitar, woodwind, strings and synthesizer -- every sound re-sampled to the nth degree then subjected to subtle automation and rigorously fine-tuned over a period of many months. From the mesmerizing, pastoral drift of "Anger Sees Red" and "Dwelling by the Meadow" to agitated arabesques like "The Physical Body" and the self-titled "Dalhous," the resulting pieces explore dream-like but treacherous terrain. Eleven questions in a world of blue.

BOMBAY CONNECTION (NETHERLANDS)

BC 302LP

SINGH, CHARANJIT: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat 2LP (BC 302LP) 25.50
Restocked on vinyl; gatefold 2LP version. Until recently, it wasn't much more than some rumors on the web: an LP called Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat, featuring acid house avant la lettre, that was recorded in India in 1982 in India, 5 years before the first acid house record, Acid Tracks by Phuture. So it turns out, the record was no rumor. Only a few hundred copies of the LP were ever pressed, and only a handful seem to have survived. Moreover, the LP outdoes all expectations. Performed on the type of synths that would later define acid house, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh, set out to translate ancient Indian classical ragas to the modern synthesizer, and in doing so, invented house music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive.

BPITCH CONTROL (GERMANY)

BPC 266CD

SAFETY SCISSORS: In a Manner of Sleeping CD (BPC 266CD) 14.50
Matthew Patterson Curry aka Safety Scissors, has developed from interesting musical roots: Matt took his first, highly adventurous steps into the music world in the experimental San Francisco electronic scene. His peers include illustrious names such as Kid 606, Kit Clayton, the avant-garde sound tinkerers Matmos, and the programming enthusiasts around the legendary music production software MAX/MSP. A good decade later, Matt can look back on two successful albums, festival appearances worldwide and numerous remixes, including those for Matmos, Grizzly Bear, and Architecture. In particular, Safety Scissors' second album Tainted Lunch, produced by Stefan Betke aka Pole, is regarded as a prime example of how experimental electronics and classic pop can be successfully combined. The 12 songs range from intricate indie-electronica, enriched with a playful chaos of noises, to poppy, minimal house tracks with catchy hooks, to sensitive singer-songwriter sketches and ethereal atmospheres. The beats -- whether in house-mode or using live drums for a more rocky feel -- are never merely functional: they always feel entirely devoted to the song. In a Manner of Sleeping is an album that can't be pigeon-holed -- any genre corset is burst open by its eclecticism and sudden surprises.

BUREAU B (GERMANY)

BB 129LP

DER PLAN: Die letzte Rache LP (BB 129LP) 21.00
LP version. 180 gram vinyl. Retrospectively, it makes perfect sense that Der Plan created a soundtrack. For one thing, visuals were almost as important to Der Plan as their music. And if every self-respecting pop band pays attention to wearing the right clothes at the right time (or the completely wrong ones at the right time) and designing pretty album covers, Der Plan went further -- with scenery, masks and album covers designed by Moritz R® they invented their own universe. Indeed, the sounds of everyday life woven into Der Plan's music contributed to the filmic quality of their sound. Thus Frank Fenstermacher, Moritz R® and Pyrolator were not slow in responding to their old friend Rainer Kirberg's request to work on his latest film Die letzte Rache. The director Kirberg, born in 1954, studied film in Düsseldorf. They all knew each other from shared lodgings, political meetings and the local hangout Ratinger Hof. As well as playing his part in the music, Moritz R® also came up with the sets, while Frank Fenstermacher secured a minor role as the inspector's sidekick. But back to the music: Letzte Rache (1983) was a kind of revue with silent film qualities, so the soundtrack was a decisive factor. With the aid of the Emulator 1, Der Plan succeeded in recording something which could also work as a diverting radio drama without moving images. In contrast to the two previous albums Geri Reig and Normalette Surprise (BB 105CD/LP), which defined the Plan sound and virtually did without any musical quotations, echoes of jazz can be heard on Die letzte Rache and, of course, film music. Andreas Dorau weighs in with a bona fide pop hit in the guise of a "Junger Mann." Ah yes, the film itself, what is it actually about? Following the aesthetic tradition of 1920s German Expressionist cinema, Die letzte Rache -- "the last revenge" -- tells the hair-raising tale of a ruler who charges "the worldly" with the task of finding him a successor. The problem is: idiots abound. The worldly's search is fruitless and -- sometimes the most obvious solutions are the most practical -- he decides to seize power himself. At the end of the day: the ruler's empire in ruins, the Worldly goes mad, the inspector goes to jail (arrested by his own assistant!), and the ruler is badly injured yet immortal, suffering terrible agonies. Bonus tracks include the six pieces from the film Der Grottenolm.


BB 130LP

DER PLAN: JaPlan LP (BB 130LP) 21.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Der Plan were invited to Tokyo in 1984 to play six concerts for Seibu, a Japanese department store chain. Seibu were staging a "German Week." But how did they come to choose Der Plan, of all bands? Why not an Oktoberfest combo or the Scorpions? Moritz Reichelt explains: "German New Wave was really popular in Japan. They knew more about it than people here at home. Catalogs and magazines detailed every obscure record and depicted the covers. This particular department store chain was linked to Wave, a record shop and distributor -- and they really knew their stuff." JaPlan documents the set list from these Tokyo shows. Featuring previously-released songs from the Normalette Surprise (BB 105CD/LP) album, the Die letzte Rache soundtrack, and the double single Golden Cheapos, JaPlan also includes rare instrumentals produced for these very concerts, and one of the most famous songs by Der Plan: "Gummitwist." Der Plan and Japan -- a good match, not only phonetically. Reichelt: "Japan had always been one of our strongest territories. Our records were exported there from the very beginning. When I arrived, I understood why. Japanese pop culture is really 'planesque' in a way. Artificiality with a twinkle in the eye. We stepped inside our hotel in 1984 and switched on the television. The first thing we saw was an advert with three dinosaurs singing a song. Pretty much like one of our shows." The reissue is graced with new artwork due to the fact that the Japanese simply adopted the cover of the existing Golden Cheapos EP. The relationship of form and content was thus absent and one significant change was made: the image of a faint square covering the exposed lower body of a lady in the hay was replaced by an opaque black square. A joke at the expense of the censors fell victim to actual censorship. This re-release could be said to correct an optical error in the band's discography. Includes four bonus tracks.


BB 132LP

ROEDELIUS SCHNEIDER: Tiden LP+CD (BB 132LP) 22.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Comes with a CD of the album. "Not long after Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot, Kreidler, Mapstation) had released their first album Stunden, accompanied by a few live shows in 2011, Eric Satie and Brian Eno were quoted as the great inspiration for their musical collaboration. Fine references no doubt, one having invented musique d'ameublement, and the other having refined it into ambient music 80 years later. Yet Tiden does not sit easily in either camp. This is neither tasteful decor (à la Satie), nor is it electronic-auditory space-filler (à la Eno), gazing towards infinity. The short duration of the 13 pieces is enough to discount either genre. Better to consider these as concentrated, inspired études, carefully thought through and in no way random or sketchy. With cheerful gravitas, the two artists create absolute music -- music which desires only to be itself, without ulterior effects and with the declared intent of involving the listener in his emotional, inventive game. Perhaps Franz Schubert's moments musicaux would be a more suitable citation. The lightness and atmospheric intimacy of this music reveal Roedelius (grand piano, synthesizer) and the decades younger Schneider (Elektronik) as musicians who understand how to listen to one another and improvise on each other's ideas immediately. The result is a lively, relentless interplay of great composure, more surprising than any tide could be, as precise calendars exist for tidal flows. Roedelius can already look back on an adventuresome career in music. Schneider has also prospered through exciting decades in contemporary pop. This is the second time their paths have crossed. Tiden keeps the promise which their first album made -- genial contemporary music from two artists who are as one in heart and soul. And when Roedelius steps on the pedal of his grand piano, well, it squeaks a little." --Asmus Tietchens


BB 133CD

SCHNITZLER, CONRAD: Conrad & Sohn CD (BB 133CD) 17.00
"Conrad Schnitzler is undoubtedly one of the founding fathers of German electronica. And his son, Gregor Schnitzler, matched the father's extraordinary level of creative output. They appear to have settled any musical differences amicably. After all, how else could they have 'shared' an LP released by Conrad Schnitzler himself? One half of Conrad & Sohn features music by Conrad Schnitzler, the other, his son Gregor. Two mini-albums on one disc, so to speak. An ideal opportunity to compare them. Judging by the similarities in sound, Gregor clearly had access to his father's music equipment, but the way he uses electronics and his voice could not be more different. Industrial (e.g. Cabaret Voltaire) influences are apparent. The dry minimalism of German new wave (NDW) also left its mark on him. A sense of the end of days in some places gives way to highly-charged hysteria in others. For young, modern musicians in the frontline city of West Berlin, a mix of depression and anger was the natural prerequisite for their uncomplicated, unsentimental and yet emotional music. And the "No Future" claim had not yet lost its validity. Gregor unequivocally took sides; he was with the young. Conrad's music on this album also shows some signs of contemporary influence. As a veteran of the avant-garde and an experienced performance artist, he adopted a different aesthetic stance to that of his son, Gregor. Leaving the bleak, cryptic text of the first track aside, Conrad speaks to the knowledgeable listener in a familiar musical language: sequencer shapes with no end and no beginning, then an uncommonly humorous miniature with a Donald Duck voice, followed by electronic particles travelling from anywhere to who-knows-where. Total abstraction. Father and son certainly offer up drastically opposing musical concepts to our ears." --Asmus Tietchens


BB 133LP

SCHNITZLER, CONRAD: Conrad & Sohn LP (BB 133LP) 21.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl.


BB 134CD

SCHNITZLER, CONRAD: Contempora CD (BB 134CD) 17.00
"Contempora (1981) is a sort of collection of sketches, reflecting Conrad Schnitzler's inexhaustible creative powers in condensed form. Like light refracting through a multiple prism, shapes and colors constantly change, backgrounds shift through brightness and darkness. Each track on the album could easily double or triple in length without relinquishing any of its magic or indeed becoming boring. Schnitzler grants us the merest glimpses into his diverse soundscapes and sonic armories. He opens one door ever so slightly, only to close it again and open another for just a few minutes. Improvised sonic comets shimmer over Schnitzler's inimitable sequencer patterns, fleeting melodies fade away. Everything happens at breathtaking speed, miniatures without frames or tangible borders. In the early '80s Schnitzler worked primarily with the EMS Synthi A and Korg MS 10 synthesizers, an analog sequencer and analog rhythm machine. All in all, this was neither a particularly complex nor exotic array of equipment for the period. Many electronic artists used these inexpensive instruments, or something similar. Nevertheless, Schnitzler succeeded in setting himself apart from others in the fraternity, in both sonic and compositional terms. Not so much gripped by the need to occupy a unique position, he was simply unable and unwilling to divert from his creative path. Contempora again underlines Schnitzler's noble ethos." --Asmus Tietchens


BB 134LP

SCHNITZLER, CONRAD: Contempora LP (BB 134LP) 21.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl.

BUREK (CROATIA)

BRK 005EP

SNUFF CREW PRESENTS SNUFFO: Missing You (All the Time) EP 12" (BRK 005EP) 14.00
Snuff Crew evoke the gritty origins of house music for the denizens of the digital era via their own productions and through their label, Snuff Trax. For its fifth offering, Croatia's Burek label is proud to present the first-ever solo EP by Snuffo, one-half of the Snuff Crew duo and the A&R mind behind Snuff Trax. The two slices of stripped-down, dusty old school Chicago house are almost bipolar in nature. Includes remixes from Juju & Jordash and Kikumoto Allstars.

CADENZA (GERMANY)

CADENZA 012CD

KANZYANI, VALENTINO: Love & Gratitude CD (CADENZA 012CD) 17.00
Slovenia-born Valentino Kanzyani has been one of Cadenza's secret weapons over the last 12 months, already building a solid profile with the first two installments of his Love & Gratitude series. And now he delivers the third, and final, part of this musical trilogy, with a continuous mixed CD by Valentino himself, featuring almost all of the compositions released in the series. For the uninitiated, it's a perfect album mix that encapsulates Valentino's deep and seductive sounds. Highights include "Viole(n)t Thoughts," a sultry and smooth workout, its light percussion providing the melody, and a groove that is so intoxicating, its 14-minute tenure really hypnotizes. "Automatique" is a track that comes with cinematic string sweeps and deft keys that shape the deep house rhythm, its filtered hats forever propelling things forward. "Chord Release" continues to define Kanzyani's sound, a minimal and dark palette onto which sub-tropical effects and precision hits and claps are layered, but never over cooking the recipe, just on-point and effective dance rhythms. Finally, there's "Nesimtitule," its disjointed arrangement providing the space for the vocal hits and wandering bass, and an elegant string breakdown, again lending filmic qualities to his music that have been so prevalent in the Love & Gratitude series.


CADENZA 086EP

UNER: Nagual EP 12" (CADENZA 086EP) 12.00
Uner returns to Cadenza Records with the Nagual EP. "Bonheur (Part 1)" is a definite journey track, spreading itself out over 12 minutes with a booming yet sophisticated tribal rhythm, ticking all the right boxes for a modern day house record. "La Playa (Part 2)" maintains the energy levels, with a bright and urgent rhythm track, gliding and random keys, percussive effects and melting synths all jostling for position, its discordance creating the intensity and mood of this piece.


CADENZA 087EP

DE LA CALLE, EDUARDO: Precursors EP 12" (CADENZA 087EP) 12.00
Spanish DJ and producer Eduardo De La Calle's Cadenza debut is a terrific example of the forward-thinking musical vision of the label. "Pink Water" takes a minimal groove and splashes analog drops over a searing synth background. "Madhusudhana" is built upon a feint jazz-funk loop, with shuffling hats and breathy atmospherics working off the heavy oscillations. "The Sneak" continues the theme of machine music, a rubbery beat welcoming in the trippy and psychedelic synth-work to create a memorable and abstract track.

CIRCUS COMPANY (FRANCE)

CCS 077EP

JAW & KEVORK KESHISHIAN: Hazihi Laylaty 10" (CCS 077EP) 12.00
Somewhere in between his day job in dOP and the folky, organic instrumentation of Les Fils Du Calvaire, JAW shares a new venture with Lebanese musician Kevork Keshishian. The dusty crackles and haunting strings that begin "Hazihi Laylaty" instantly call to mind the mystery of traditional Arabic music, and the track as a whole fuses this spirit with a subtle wielding of modern electronics to create a thoroughly moody piece of pop-noir. The Sorry Entertainers and Soul Clap embark upon unusual approaches for their remixes.

CLOCKTOWER (CANADA)

CT 104LP

THOMPSON, LINVAL: Cool Down LP (CT 104LP) 11.00
Channel One recordings from 1974-6. With Robbie Shakespeare, "Chinner" Smith, Tony Chin, Ossie Hibbert, Agustus Pablo, Tommy McCook, etc. "Bunny Lee's 'flying cymbal' production dominates the session and consequently the listener might recognize several of these cuts from dub compilations on Blood & Fire. Generally speaking, though, this is not a dub record. Only the last song on each side is followed by a dub version. These are straight-ahead rockers with no frills and, depending on the pressing, rather muddy production. It is also worth mentioning that 'Money Money' and 'Blood Gonna Run,' among others, find Robbie Shakespeare at his slippery and infectious best. Serious basslines throughout." -- AMG.

COMMUNITY MUSIC GROUP LLC

CMG 016CD

SOKO: I Thought I Was an Alien CD (CMG 016CD) 13.50
"'When people ask me what kind of music I do,' says Soko, 'I usually tell them: punk secrets.' Intimate, lo-fi, crazy, sexy, funny, tear-stained, heartbreaking, often all at once, the explosive Frenchwoman's songs have already touched people around the world, earning her a massive global following. Since her teens, Soko has been on a roller coaster journey. From a stockpile of over 100 songs, she finally whittled down to a selection of 14, her debut album, which premiered in Europe last year and now will be released in the United States. When she sings of a rootless existence, always sadly moving on with her suitcase and her guitar, you know that this is her existence - and it really is. 'I'm just a homeless gypsy couch-surfer citizen of the world, depending on the love and charity of my friends,' she giggles. After such a long and soul-searching evolution, I Thought I Was an Alien finally introduces a truly singular talent, at her point of fruition."

DISSONANT (SPAIN)

DISS 016EP

SANTOS: Macro Habitat EP LP (DISS 016EP) 12.00
Renowned and respected for his powerful productions, Santos has, through his releases and remixes for the likes of Saved, Suara, and Octopus, become one of the most in-demand producers of today. The Macro Habitat EP sees the Italian producer treading a deeper path compared to much of his recent output. The strong, bold drum patterns still prevail but each of these tracks thrive on their slower, groovier tempos, scene-stealing atmospherics, and exotic percussive sounds.

DIYNAMIC (GERMANY)

DIYNAMIC 010CD

STIMMING: Stimming CD (DIYNAMIC 010CD) 17.00
Stimming's self-titled new album was born on the beaches of the Baltic Sea, during a five-week retreat from reality in the winter of 2012. The contrast of traditional and modern, of colorful yet sinister, of classical but still unheard compositions is the main focus of this album. These controversies are reflected in the album cover as well: bright waves surrounded by dark skies, a beautiful and enchanting cherry blossom placed upon two black, headless pigeons, bringing together elements that are not intended to be combined. These pigeons are the main theme of the track "Die Taube auf dem Dach," a track that brings across the hope and dream of freedom. The third track "Ferdinand (feat. Urzula Amen)" delivers driving basses, Spanish guitar sounds and beautiful vocals by singer Urzula Amen that emerge into multi-layered harmonies, accompanied by enchanting synthesizer sounds. She also appears on "From One Cell," which comes across as a light and sizzling -- yet soulful -- interpretation of modern house. "Die Mächtigen" is an anger-filled statement about the world's political and even daily life, for the sake of profit. The track "Cherry Bud" is set amidst what seems like a comfortable tea-time scene -- a beautiful piano piece is playing, providing a perfect reference for the later track "Cherry Blossom." Another example of Stimming's combination of classical elements very modern production methods is heard on the track "Dylan's Theme," where strings and bass seem to go hand-in-hand. As soon as the beautiful strings (played by Dylan Naylor) reach their climax, the artist mercilessly destroys them. The album reaches a deep and sinister point with the track "Uberblick" -- the artist's own voice creeps under your skin and the steady beat is interrupted by short kettledrum-rolls, making the track suspenseful and exciting. To round it all off, "Feeding Seagulls" is a reference to his first track, showing off a simple synthesizer harmony combined with a complex melody and bringing you back to the very beginning.

DORFJUNGS (GERMANY)

DJ 001EP

HORSCH, MARVIN: Pace 12" (DJ 001EP) 12.50
Pace is Marvin Horsch's debut release and also marks the birth of Dorfjungs, another label in the Kompakt distribution roster. "Pace" is a perfect introduction to Horsch's intricate and playful sound experiments. On "Gemüsegärtner," these experiments are further developed, expanding into a seducing tune without taking away from the initial tension. "Maybe Happy" starts as an innocent and light-footed piece before taking on a distinct Cologne influence. "Orangutanz" lashes its way through a forest full of dark, confused, and pulsating sounds. Limited to 300 copies with a handmade woodcut cover.

DRUT RECORDS (UK)

DRUT 002CD

KELPE: Fourth: The Golden Eagle CD (DRUT 002CD) 15.50
"Ableton aficionado and purveyor of warped, cut 'n' spliced cliq-hop beats delivers a handcrafted, 10-track masterpiece of an album which draws upon the strengths of his previous work."

DUST-TO-DIGITAL

DTD 027CD

VA: Greek Rhapsody - Instrumental Music from Greece 1905-1956 2CD/BOOK (DTD 027CD) 36.50
Greek Rhapsody -- Instrumental Music from Greece 1905-1956 is a 2CD collection featuring 42 tracks meticulously remastered from 78rpm recordings of Greek instrumentals (1905 to 1956). Many tracks are rare and never previously reissued on CD or vinyl; some are taken from the only known copies, while previously reissued tracks are here offered in far superior sound quality. This compilation offers, for the first time, a unique panorama of the instruments and styles of the Greek music of the period. A 152-page hardcover book with two CDs elegantly housed inside front and back covers. Tony Klein is a British musician, researcher, and writer based in Uppsala, Sweden. He has played and researched Greek music for 40 years, and studied with, among others, the veteran Stelios Keromitis. In 2005, in collaboration with collector Charles Howard, he produced and annotated the CD Mortika - Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld, which contains 21 rare rebetiko recordings.

EASY ACTION (UK)

EARS 045CD

JAMES, BRIAN: Damned If I Do CD (EARS 045CD) 18.50
"Some of the seminal punk anthems of 1976 including the UK's first ever punk single 'New Rose' being re-addressed by the man who wrote them with today's sound. Presented in six panel full colour pack."

EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)

EMEGO 162X-EP

LOCUST: You'll Be Safe Forever Remixes 12" (EMEGO 162X-EP) 14.00
Limited 12" with remixes of material from the Locust album You'll Be Safe Forever. Features Ulrich Schnauss, COH, and Nicholas Bullen.

EM RECORDS (JAPAN)

EM 1113CD

FINIS AFRICAE: A Last Discovery: The Essential Collection, 1984-2001 CD (EM 1113CD) 20.00
Finis Africæ (or Finis Africae): words redolent of mystery and myth, of Europe looking out to new lands, new worlds, new times. And so it is with A Last Discovery, the work of Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel, and his musical co-adventurers, recorded between 1984 and 2001. After 15 years of musical success in Spain with his band Nuestro Pequeño Mundo, Arteche was ready to experiment with new ideas, and with the purchase of a four-track reel-to-reel recorder he did so, exploring imaginary global music-worlds with a core of like-minded explorers. The group, dubbed Finis Africæ by JAA after reading Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, where the term refers to forbidden books and hidden knowledge, released seven recordings over an 18-year period, the best of which are compiled here. Finis Africæ was part of the "new wave" of Spanish music which gradually emerged after the end of the Francoist regime. Using modern electric instruments and traditional acoustic instruments from many cultures blended together via studio alchemy, a magic which grew even stronger with the acquisition of a 16-track recorder after their second release, Finis Africæ created an outward-looking musical multiverse, an unclassifiable amalgam encompassing elements of folk traditions from all over the world, skillfully and lovingly shaped into an inclusive pan-global whole. Deeply influenced by African music, the group's reverberant, organic minimal funk will appeal to DJs as well as all who yearn for the loving warmth that comes with the embrace of global possibilities. With liner notes in Spanish, English and Japanese by JAA, A Last Discovery, is the first release by Finis Africae outside of their native Spain. Come take a retrospective journey of discovery where new worlds await.

EXONE (CANADA)

EXONE 016EP

EXERCISE ONE: In Flux EP 12" (EXONE 016EP) 12.00
Exone's sweet sixteen is 100% Exercise One. Three new cuts from the duo comprising their vision of club music. Different states of matter shape-shifting around a unifying core. Atmospheric. Dark. Techno.

FONAL (FINLAND)

FR 091LP

IGNATZ: Can I Go Home Now? LP (FR 091LP) 21.00
LP version. In 1910, the illustrator George Herriman created the Krazy Kat comic strip. Ignatz, a vicious mouse, was Krazy Kat's arch enemy, and his favorite pastime was to throw bricks at Krazy Kat's head (who misinterpreted the mouse's actions as declarations of love). Brussels-based artist Bram Devens uses Ignatz as his alter-ego, and comes armed with his own pile of bricks; sparse, emotive songs born of the human condition, wrapped in effects, corroded by tape, driven forth by improvisation and spontaneity. Can I Go Home Now? is Ignatz's first Fonal release, but it is his fifth full-length album -- his seventh if you count the Kraak 2011 cassette compilation and 2010's Mort aux Vaches live LP on Staalplaat. Recorded in Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium between 2011 and 2012 on four-track and computer, the album sees Devens shift his focus toward more exclusively song-based compositions, cut largely from unabridged electric and acoustic guitar. Ignatz's songs stem from a familiar stripped folk framework, with Devens' delivery recalling the louche primitivism of V.U. or Henry Flynt -- but these songs sound inverted, cast adrift, their cool touch belying a stymied heat beneath the surface. Where Devens' fretwork is adorned, it is executed with a refined coarseness. Autonomous loops entwine each other. Songs brush past percussion, bass notes, or a scant keyboard motif. A voice recedes from the heart of the song into a dislocated, cracked drawl. And yet if Ignatz does occasionally recall the ghost of Jandek, there are moments of warmth and beauty, as sunlight glistens on the ice. Devens' personal experiences echo throughout the album's artwork and the title itself, as well as the music. "The artwork is a drawing of a dog, a boxer called Gibbe. It is a drawing by myself from 1994 made in Budapest, Hungary, just after Gibbe died at the age of 13 from meningitis. A family holiday went bad. Because we did not want to leave him in Hungary we decided to wrap him in plastic and tie him on the roof of the car and drive back to Belgium (which took us 2 days and the body started to smell). This was the last holiday I spent with my parents, and this moment defined the end of my childhood, more than any other." Ignatz has toured Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan, playing with, amongst others US Girls, Ducktails, Six Organs Of Admittance, Heatsick, Sir Richard Bishop, Chris Forsyth, Es, LSD March, Greg Malcolm, and Bridget Hayden.


FR 092LP

TOLVI, ANTTI: Pianoketo 2LP (FR 092LP) 25.00
Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in 1977 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in free jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation -- deriving inspiration from, in Antti's own words, "harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace." Pianoketo can be seen as a culmination of Antti's musical experiences to date. Featuring three extended meditations on a theme, all played on solo piano, it is a sound that defies categorization, with nods towards classical, avant-garde, improvisation, psych, free jazz, and Indian music. A shimmering flux of tones and harmonies, each of Pianoketo's pieces seem to collect notes as they gather momentum, expanding and shifting form as Antti breathes life into them. At times, it is almost as if there are two instruments, the overtones working like feedback, playing counter-melodies as notes weave through each other. Antti's technique combines neatly with the personality of the instrument to convey an evocative, psychedelic nostalgia. He expands: "This record was recorded with binaural microphones, attached to the players' ears. While playing, as you move your body or head, there is a 'flanger' effect -- that's why the overtones are really flying. There's no overdubs, effects, or EQ. My main instruments have been saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and all kinds of wind instruments. On Pianoketo, I play piano as I play saxophone, just using 11 notes. Because I don't have to blow, I can focus more on other things. And actually soon I don't have to focus on anything, just listen to what my fingers are doing. It's amazing to find new melodies, harmonies, drones, rhythms, or whatever. And then I can follow that for a while, and then just let go and wait for a new direction. This piano had not been played for more than 40 years, so the tuning had dropped 'a little.' I tuned some notes, to get more overtones. Most of the notes have found their own resting place over the years, just resonating in sounds and vibes at Grandma's."


FR 093EP

OLIMPIA SPLENDID: Nuttu Nurin 7" (FR 093EP) 12.00
Olimpia Splendid are Heta, Jonna, and Katri, an all-female trio from Finland. They formed the band in 2010, having also played in the likes of Toblerones, Bananas, Snällas Blood, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Hockey Night, and Kuupuu. Nuttu Nurin, their debut 7" offering on Fonal Records, is comprised of three exclusive, interlocking tracks. The album is a murky collage of live recordings and rehearsal jams, bearing witness to a band in their element.

FORMATIK (GERMANY)

FMK 012EP

FORMAT:B/PLEASUREKRAFT: Coltrane/Sexus 12" (FMK 012EP) 12.50
Here the two techno giants Format:B and Pleasurekraft take the underbrush like King Kong and Godzilla. Sound-wise these two musclemen fit together like lock and key, and now they've come together for the first time to exercise a combined rave opus. "Coltrane" has been available digitally and will now also be carved into vinyl . "Sexus" is new and lets the B-side of the FMK012 flourish in blockbuster style.

FRYERS (UK)

FRY 017EP

CHANDLER, GENE: There Was a Time/Those Were the Good Old Days 7" (FRY 017EP) 8.00
Gene Chandler takes the Godfather of Soul James Brown to task and knocks it out the fucking park. This IS the version of "There Was a Time." Barnstorming, pounding Northern soul of the highest calibre, nobody messes with Chandler's confidence as he takes control of the heavy orchestration and rises effortlessly above it, his precise vocal timing commanding the dancefloor to lose control.

FULL PUPP (NORWAY)

FP 037EP

BRATHEN, JARLE: Italiano Fantastico/Dr. Feelgood 12" (FP 037EP) 12.50
Full Pupp presents Jarle Brathen. Featuring "Italiano Fantastico" and "Dr. Feelgood."

GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)

GUESS 046CD

ATHANOR: Flashback CD (GUESS 046CD) 17.00
Chicago, early '70s. Greg Herriges is obsessed with Lennon, 12-string guitars, and far-out psychedelic sounds. Rick Vittenson is a Beach Boys-Hollies-Who fanatic who writes for Crawdaddy! magazine. Both had previously played in several garage college bands during the '60s. Combining their mutual love for '60s music, Athanor was born. With the help of top studio musicians, they recorded and self-released three 45s between 1973 and 1975 (the first one produced by Mark Breyer, with whom Rick had played in pre-Skooshny band Brevity) which are now highly sought-after by fans of obscure psychedelic pop. All of them are featured here in stellar sound taken from the master tapes along with previously-unreleased studio tracks and superb-sounding home demos (1973-1981), plus a new song recorded in 2006 in the same vein as their vintage recordings. Athanor's music features impressive songwriting and musicianship, a collision of Beatlesque harmony vocals, Rickenbacker and Guild 12-string guitars, occasional fuzz-wah leads, Fender Rhodes, and studio effects. Psychedelic proto power-pop highly recommended to anyone into Lazy Smoke, Badfinger, Only Ones, Emitt Rhodes, Rockin' Horse, or Creme Soda. Remastered sound from the original master tapes, booklet with rare pictures and liner notes by Mark Breyer from cult psych power-pop band, Skooshny.

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

HOS 383LP

LUSSURIA: American Babylon 2LP (HOS 383LP) 25.50
Hospital Productions present a very necessary vinyl edition for one of the most effective industrial/ambient collections in their catalog, and one of the label's most sought-after. Over the course of three cassettes (limited to just 99 copies) issued in 2012, Lussuria ("Lust" in Italian) drip-fed these eight tracks of opiated, phantasmic SM atmospheres into the musical bloodstream, duly hailed by many as one of the most crucial set of tracks released in 2012. Reflecting the ritualistic appeal of late '70s and early '80s Italian industrial à la Cicciolina Holocaust, Sermonizer, or MB, crossed with the epic claustrophobia of early material from The Cure and the decadent, voyeuristic compulsion of Pasolini flicks so enamoured by Coil, the enigmatic Lussuria has conceived nothing short of a dark ambient masterpiece for our times. It's a De Quincey or De Sade-like meditation on a perceived American condition that percolates far beyond its borders, matching the militant oppression of Vatican Shadow with martial pomp of opener "Keys to Unlock Paradise (Roman Showers)" and the cold-sweating tension of "Queen of Swords Reversed," while ambient interzones such as "Viper Room Vigil" and "Mondo Narcotico" relieve the suppression effectively as a loosened tourniquet. In his role as the dark interpreter, Lussuria acts as informant from the netherworld, relaying the eschatological drone vision of "Under" and the backmasked bacchanalia of "Coiled Serpent Shedding" to fanged ears on the other side, culminating with two furtive dispatches in the coruscating half-light of "Nicotine Incense Trepan Redux," and the uncannily poignant video-diary entry set to numbed pads and raging black metal noise inferno that closes American Babylon. So many attempt this sound, yet its putative pleasures remain just out of grasp to most. Not so with Lussuria. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Academy.

IMV BLUELINE

LM 018DVD

WATERS, MUDDY: In Concert 1976 DVD (LM 018DVD) 17.00
"Muddy Waters fans will welcome this live show of excellent performances, recorded in 1976 for television in Europe. It contains classics like 'Hoochie Coochie Man,' 'Baby Please Don't Go,' 'Kansas City,' and many more. His stellar band features Pinetop Perkins, Luther Johnson, Jerry Portnoy, and more." Region 0, runtime: approx. 42 minutes.

INNOVATIVE LEISURE

IL 2013LP

CLASSIXX: Hanging Gardens 2LP (IL 2013LP) 20.50
Double LP version with die-front cover. "Classixx have been intent on their debut Hanging Gardens, whittling the LP down from hundreds of sessions to a svelte 12 songs. At once beaming, breezy and wistful, Hanging Gardens features a variety of coastal summer anthems, from haunting collaborations with Active Child and Super humanoids singer Sarah Chernoff, to the gleefully catchy Nancy Whang-featuring 'All You're Waiting For,' French Touch inspired gem 'Holding On,' and sublime chords of 'Dominoes.' Playing a wide array of instruments on Hanging Gardens, Classixx's full-length debut features impossibly sunny grooves, blithe melodies bred by the coast, coaxed out by the surf, expertly crafted for road trips, pool parties and dance clubs."

ITINERANT DUB (UK)

ID 001EP

ITINERANT DUB: Itinerant Magic 12" (ID 001EP) 16.00
"A new project by two undercover house/techno affiliates -- one a Berliner and the other a Londoner -- pretty much given away by their all-analogue production approach and rigorously live mixdown approach. No mercy on those low-ends. The undertaking centres around the more sparse, broken and heavyweight spectrums of the dance field, merging their various palates of sound to produce a dub-heavy approach to the two-step genre. Early UK grime and dubstep days -- artists like Horsepower Productions and his LP In Fine Style -- come to mind immediately. The mixes feel raw, rugged, rough, and made from the heart."

JAMAICAN RECORDINGS (UK)

JRLP 051LP

KING TUBBY: Hometown Hi-Fi Dubplate Specials 1975-1979 LP (JRLP 051LP) 14.00
LP version. King Tubby's Hometown Hi-Fi was one the great sound systems in Jamaica. It also proved a fantastic outlet for the Dub Plate Specials cut at Tubby's studio, providing exclusive cuts to be played out, enticing the dance's audience. The tracks at the time were mainly cut over producer Bunny "Striker" Lee rhythms, that Bunny stored at Tubby's studio which was in fact his home, 18 Drumilly Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica. The versions were given exclusive plays at Tubby's before some finding their way on to vinyl, as the B-side version cut to its A-side vocal, proving so popular, that the records were often bought for its version side over its vocal counterpart. King Tubby and Producer Bunny "Striker" Lee are intertwined in the birth of dub music. Tubby's vast knowledge of electronics and Bunny's vast catalog of rhythms would lay the foundations of what today is taken as a standard... the remix/version cuts to an existing vocal tune. Tubby and Striker were at Treasure Isle Studios one day while Ruddy from Spanish Town was working with the engineer Byron Smith. "Tubby and myself was talking when Ruddy was cutting some dub but Smithy (engineer) made a mistake and forgot to put in the voice. It was a two-track recording in those days. Ruddy said 'No Man! Make it stay!' And so they cut the rhythm. When I went over to Ruddy's that Saturday night a dance was in progress and when they played the vocal to the tune... then he said we're going to play 'Part Two.' They never called it 'Version.' And then he played the rhythm track. The song was a catchy song and everybody started to sing along and the deejay started to toast so everything went down well. On Monday morning I went up and I said 'Tubbs the mistake we made was a serious joke. It mash up Spanish Town!' The people went wild. So you have to start to do that now 'cause when the man put on the 'Part Two' everyone started singing this song. It played about 20 times. I said you try Tubbs!' Well the next Saturday night now when Tubby strung up down the farm U Roy said he's going to play 'Part Two' but Tubby did it different now. He started with the voice then dropped it out and let the rhythm run and then he brought in the voice in the middle and from there Tubby started to get really popular.'' --Bunny "Striker" Lee. Dynamic Sounds upgraded to 16-track recording in 1972 and Tubby purchased, again with the help of a deal brokered by Bunny Lee, the old 4-track equipment and the MCI console from their Studio B. The four tracks now gave him far wider scope to work with and he began to create a new musical form where the bass and drum parts were brought up while the faders allowed Tubby to ease the vocal and rhythm in and out of the mix. Jamaican Recordings has compiled a selection of cuts that were all tried and tested on Tubby's hometown hi-fi sound system and worked a great set of Bunny Lee's rhythms in fine style. All killer no filler.

JAZZMAN RECORDS (UK)

JBJ 1040EP

HIGGINS, CHUCK: The Blacksmith Blues/Don't You Know I Love You Baby 7" (JBJ 1040EP) 11.00
Super wig-twisting blooze stroller from one of the '50s L.A. R&B fraternity's finest honkers, Chuck Higgins. Comes complete with a laid back barrel-house piano, trademark sleazy sax break and ad-libbed gibberish lyrics. What more could you possibly need from a record? On the flip, lovely down-at-heel blues ballad with an emotive vocal from Frank Dunn, and our man Chuck directing the band in the back.


JBJ 1045EP

LITTLE WILLIE JOHNSON: It Only Hurts a Little While/Don't Play with Love 7" (JBJ 1045EP) 11.00
Two irresistible, finger-snapping numbers from one of the finest R&B singers to ever do it, Little Willie John. Willie John shot to fame in the mid-'50s and became one of King Records' best-selling artists for a period. He recorded the first and still-definitive version of "Fever," setting in motion a trend for the kind of laid-back but danceable, jazz-infused rhythm and blues which would later gain popularity on the Belgian popcorn scene. "It Only Hurts a Little While" is every bit as good.


JM 093EP

SIGN OF FOUR: Jumping Beans/Samba Electronico 7" (JM 093EP) 8.00
A labyrinthine jungle of audiophonic spectral transience that occludes the conventional digital sonic floating world through volatile phonosynthetic oscillations that reverberate between the conscious positronic drift of synaptic neurophysical pulsations and the free dimension of a tripnographic double space throb. Welcome to the hylomorphic world of the Sign Of Four.


JM 095EP

BURNETTE, CHARMAINE: Am I the Same Girl 7" (JM 095EP) 8.00
Reggaefied version of the Barbara Acklin classic. In 1981, Charmaine Burnette was pretty much unknown and untested as a singer, but Dennis Forbes heard potential in her voice. Recorded in London's Chinatown where Dean Fraser and an all-Jamaican band were gathered, Burnette recorded her first single "Am I the Same Girl," recorded in the same session as Sugar Minott's "Got a Good Thing Going." The heavy bass drum and sweet vocal combination wasn't right for its time but is just right for today's fat subwoofers and deep bass bins.


JM 12021EP

FOAT GROUP, THE GREG: Girl and Robot with Flowers Remix EP 12" (JM 12021EP) 11.00
Jazzman Records takes things to another level with select cuts from the superb Girl & Robot with Flowers album by The Greg Foat Group, remixed by Linkwood, Vakula, Lumiarja, Cherrystones, and Francis Doosoo's Borrowed Breath -- all on lustrous green vinyl.


SOUL7 031A-EP

GILMORE, DOLLY: Sweet Sweet Baby/Don't You Know You're the Yes 7" (SOUL7 031A-EP) 11.00
This super-rare sister funk oddity burst onto the collector scene when Ian Wright dropped it as part of a 45s battle at the Texas Funk launch back in 2002, sending other deep funk collectors scrambling to obtain their copy. It had in actual fact been semi-known by "the" northern soul scene hardcore for its tricky soul flip, but plays had been sparse due to rarity and it not fitting the exacting parameters of a classic soul spin. This 45 sounds better than the original.

KILL THE DJ (FRANCE)

KTDJ 027LP

ISSAKIDIS, GEORGE: Karezza 2LP (KTDJ 027LP) 34.00
Gatefold double LP version. Includes vinyl-only bonus track "All in a Moment" (with Speedy J). Kill The DJ presents an album from George Issakidis. George was always a man apart. Even in his own former band, The Micronauts, he probably did not fit. The tracks on Karezza were born from endless travelling, both inner and outer. Never has exoticism rhymed more with mysticism. As George himself describes, "The tracks represent the alchemical transformation that has been happening, is happening. They are the culmination of all this self-work through tantric magick and yoga, Gurdjieff's self-observation exercises, meditation, Crowley and Spare's magickal systems, trips to the Himalayan foothills to practice and study with Indian gurus and the Andes for ayahuasca ceremonies. They are a release/delving into deeply-rooted subconscious material that found its way into the music. Almost all are one-off live recordings done in a trance. Other results were profound ontological experiences that shook me to the very core and changed my views on everything." Kill The DJ helped in cutting down tracks that lasted 26 minutes to six minutes, spending afternoons in George's flat eating strange food then walking out in the streets as if out of a dream. There is also a collaboration with fellow occultist Mickey Moonlight and also one with Perc. The artwork was done by design-firm M/M, interpreting George's sigil -- his magic sign. Karezza has already blown away acid luminaries such as James Holden, Ed Chemical, Piers Martin, and Konrad Black, and it will certainly enlighten many more in many dark ways.

KINGSTON SOUNDS (UK)

KSCD 044CD

PERRY, LEE: At WIRL Records CD (KSCD 044CD) 14.00
Lee Perry's time at WIRL Records, later to be renamed Dynamic Sounds Studios, was a very productive time in his career. A run of great singles and the shaping of a new sound, the beginning of what we know today as reggae . Lee Perry (b. Rainford Hugh Perry, March 28, 1936, Hanover, Jamaica) began his entry into the music business at the age of 16. He moved up to Kingston Town and working around various sound systems, before finding employment at Coxonne Dodd's Studio One, in the late '50s early 1960s. Perry started out as a record scout, organizing sessions and supervising auditions at Dodd's record shop on Orange Street, helping to make hits for Delroy Wilson and the Maytals, which would lead to his own vocal records released through Studio One, the musical backing for which came from legendary Studio One house band The Skatalites. Another important relationship for Perry, his first recordings with Bob Marley, came in the form of the Wailers, also providing backing, alongside the Soulettes who featured Rita Marley, cutting such tunes as "Chicken Scratch" around 1965/1966. This tune was also to provide him with one of his future nicknames, "Scratch." A dispute over credits and money saw Perry leave Studio One and work with various producers including Clancy Eccles and J. J. Johnson, before arriving at the door of producer Joe Gibbs in 1967. Here he would write songs and produce hits for artists such as Errol Dunkley and the Pioneers. A tune cut during his time with Gibbs voiced a snipe at fellow employee Dodd, a trademark that would become an outlet for his frustrations in the business. This particular tune "The Upsetter" would also provide another moniker and a name for his label. Again, lack of musical credit and financial reward saw Perry move on to WIRL (West Indies Records Limited) Records, working alongside manager Clifford Rae, who would provide studio time and pay for pressings in return for helping to promote and distribute WIRL product. This period at WIRL saw some inspired work from Perry. "Run for Cover" was another musical blow to a previous employer, Coxonne Dodd, and featured the Sensations on backing vocals and Lynn Taitt's guitar-picking skills. "People Funny Boy" was a massive hit for Perry going on to sell over 60,000 copies. Perry worked up a new style with Clancy Eccles, who would come under attack himself on "You Crummy." "Set Them Free" was an answer recording to Prince Buster's "Judge Dread" (which had featured Perry on it) -- a plea to the judges in Jamaica that handed out extremely harsh sentences. The track was cut on the same rhythm as "Run for Cover." "Django Shoots First," inspired by the Spaghetti Western film of the same name, features Sir Lord Comic. "Night Doctor" was a hit instrumental that featured the organ talents of Ansel Collins and "Something You Got" was a cover of a USA R& B track by Chris Kenner and "Wind Up Girl" was cut at the same session. "Water Pump" was a rude-style track that was cut later and originally released in 1974, as was "People Sokup Boy," a later version of "People Funny Boy." "Labrish" was one of the first great talk-over tunes that features Lee Perry and producer Bunny "Striker" Lee talking about the political situation in Jamaica, originally released in 1973. Bunny Lee would play a major part in Lee Perry's career around this time and they were very close, often sharing sessions and rhythms. Here we have a collection of music born out of a time spent at WIRL Records, providing an important chapter in Lee Perry's career and indeed to the story of reggae itself.

KRANKY

KRANK 177LP

GROUPER: The Man Who Died in His Boat LP (KRANK 177LP) 14.00
Repressed; LP version. "The Man Who Died in His Boat is an album of unreleased songs recorded alongside the Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill album."

LIEBE DETAIL (GERMANY)

LIEBE 042EP

MEYER, MATTHIAS: Ostinato EP 12" (LIEBE 042EP) 12.50
Matthias Meyer is back with another EP on Liebe Detail. Well known for his silky-smooth arrangements and emotional, building tracks, Meyer offers us a dreamy, enchanted synth 'n' strings package on this EP. The title-track combines Meyer's trademark production values with an ecstatic, hands-in-the-air disco vibe. Patlac turns in a delightful remix, concentrating on a more reduced palette of sounds. "Phoenix" winds together submerged, stretched-out strings and hypnotic, padded synths in a snaking journey perfect for the early morning.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC

LITA 100CD

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED: First Issue 2CD (LITA 100CD) 19.00
"In 1976 Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols set the agenda for punk's year zero with 'Anarchy in the UK,' a song that summed up the spirit, sound and attitude of the band in one shocking package. Two years later, the Sex Pistols were in tatters, but Rotten was as unsentimental as you'd hope. He reverted to his real name -- John Lydon -- and set about forming a band whose very identity kicked against press and media manipulation. Featuring bassist Jah Wobble, drummer Jim Walker, and guitarist Keith Levene, his new group were Public Image Limited. The public image would be limited. The album was never officially released in the USA back in the day, its sound considered too un-commercial by major-labels for an American release. First Issue has been lovingly reproduced from the original UK 1978 release and this expanded reissue also comes with a clutch of post-punk era treasures. The CD edition is an expanded, two-disc set with an almost hour-long (unedited) October 1978 BBC audio interview with John Lydon, plus rare B-side 'The Cowboy Song' from the period, and two stickers. All of which were approved and coordinated with John Lydon and his personal management."

LION PRODUCTIONS

LION 116LP

KEY, SCOTT: This Forest and the Sea LP (LION 116LP) 20.00
"This deluxe 180-gram vinyl LP edition of This Forest and the Sea comes with an insert which sports engaging, funny, and insightful notes by Key, photos, plus the text to poem that inspired the title track; as a nod to the forest, the insert is printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy. A very rare album that seems to have flown under almost everyone's radar -- although thankfully not Doug McGowan's (Yoga Records), who sent this our way. One record collector said to us, and we now say to you: 'Have a listen because this rates up there with classics by Bob Desper, Perry Leopold, Robbie Basho, and Phil Yost, with dark moods similar to John Fahey and Nick Drake.' This LP edition is limited to 500 copies."


LION 668CD

CONGREGACION: Congregación Viene... CD (LION 668CD) 15.00
"Congregación was the most legendary of the many excellent bands of the early 1970's Chilean music scene -- one could easily say that for many people, this album has had the impact of a religious experience. There is good reason for that: Congregación's music has a highly evocative sense of space, using natural sounds, native Andean instruments, and acoustic textures to foreground ecologist and mystic Antonio Smith's soaring melodies and deeply felt, philosophical lyrics. The results make this one of those perfect albums that works just as well on a Sunday morning as it does late at night. If things had worked out differently for Smith and Congregación, this album might be as well-known (and well-loved) as comparable albums -- comparable masterpieces -- Milton Nascimento's Clube de Esquina, and Joyce and Nelson Angelo's eponymous album. Unfortunately, Smith's lyrics earned him the enmity of the Chilean military dictatorship; he was forced to flee the country and Viene... (IRT, 1972) proved to be the band's only release. Still, we're lucky to have this album, with its perfect sequence of gentle, undulating, heavily-textured arrangements supporting Smith's plaintive, intimate and searching vocals. The result is an atmosphere of peace and enlightenment, with deep and introspective moments of great quality; incredibly beautiful. Congregación band member Carlos Vittini gave some insight into Smith's charismatic mysticism: 'I still get excited about how a musician has a great place in capturing the sensibility of the people. I knew the immense creative capacity of Antonio. From the sound of a bird, he speaks, capturing in passing the chirp of a chincol (sparrow) singing in a square, where these memories were made -- from this he created a song.' A highly recommended album, surely one of the pinnacles of dreamy psychedelia, despite its relative obscurity and undeniable rarity. Our deluxe, mini-LP gatefold jacket edition comes with a bi-lingual 32-page booklet, which explores the story of Congregación in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene."

LOVE UNLIMITED VIBES (GERMANY)

LUV 009EP

VA: Luv.Nine 12" (LUV 009EP) 14.50
Ninth release from Love Unlimited Vibes, focusing on warm and soulful vibes between indie, house, soul, and downbeat. Some well-known producers show their soft skills with whatever productions and edits/re-works they wanted to do. Vinyl-only, limited edition of 500 copies. Comes in a clear plastic sleeve.

M=MAXIMAL (GERMANY)

MAX 012CD

UPHILL RACER: Golden Anchor CD (MAX 012CD) 20.00
M=Maximal presents a record by Oliver Lichtl aka Uphill Racer, showing us that those who walk down the path of the search for the unknown might also just find what they have been looking for. Having worked together with Aydo Abay (Blackmail) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) on his last album, the man from Ingolstadt, Germany now embarks solo on a whole new road with his fifth album, Golden Anchor. Catchy tags such as "bedroom electronica," "indie songwriting," and "modern dream-pop" may give us a hint on his latest work. In the case of Uphill Racer, however, it is about a discovery rather than being confined to known places. With Lichtl one experiences a mellotronic melancholy that meets exhilarating guitar chords. They transmit a sparkling sense of hope even in the presence of the lightest synth gimmicks. Meanwhile, vocals hover between feelings of obliviousness and scenes of apparent romanticism. Instead of fixing its eye on the pop scene, Golden Anchor settles down in a place where acoustic craftsmanship reigns. It is an album that highlights the imperfection of our beings without wasting a single word in the process.

MATSULI MUSIC (UK)

MM 103LP

BENJAMIN WITH DOLLAR BRAND, BEA: African Songbird LP (MM 103LP) 46.00
"Matsuli Music is proud is announce the re-issue of African Songbird, the masterpiece from South Africa's greatest jazz singer, Sathima Bea Benjamin. Originally released in 1976, African Songbird was a debut long overdue. A 1959 recording debut, which would have been South Africa's first ever LP, was shelved. Her 1963 recording with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn was put aside by Reprise's then head of A&R, Frank Sinatra, for not being commercial enough. African Songbird is a tour-de-force, and arguably the most dramatic and powerful release on Rashid Vally's As-shams label. The opener, 'Africa', is the album's fulcrum, a statement of breath-taking musical, personal and political complexity. It is a song of exile, of loss, and of return: a song that is both personal and universal, speaking for a people made homeless in their own land, speaking to those whose ambivalent embrace of exile ached for a homecoming. It speaks too of hope and resolution. 'Africa' is a personally powerful declaration from a remarkable African woman: a song of deferred self and dislocated space finally resolved in an emotional homecoming. It is a song of celebration and mourning -- a heartfelt paean to her home that is shot through with the raw sorrow of lament. Sathima's voice, wholly unique in jazz singing, gradually sheds its musical supports as the programme develops. From the thickly-layered tumult of 'Africa,' through the characteristic Cape Town swing that informs 'Music,' the instrumentation is quietly reduced, then finally dispensed with. The title track is performed a capella, but for the natural sounds of the sea coast, the gulls and surf of the Cape itself. After many years of silence, two deferred albums, and over a decade of rootless exile from a home that had been made inhospitable by the inhumanity of apartheid, Sathima's voice is finally heard, alone with her song, naturally, like a bird. The hand numbered LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve, with additional notes and photography and including a download code."

MEDICAL RECORDS

MEDICAL 019LP

NEAR PARIS: Near Paris LP (MEDICAL 019LP) 19.00
"Medical Records in collaboration with Crispy Nuggets blog (http://crispynuggets.blogspot.com) is proud to present a compilation/reissue of the rare four song EP by Near Paris released in 1985 plus seven unreleased/unheard songs recorded during the same time. Near Paris hailed from Columbus, Ohio and was composed of Gerald F. Nelson and Dana Riashi. Gerald and Dana (in addition to Robert Crise) had previously made up the band Post Industrial Noise before they disbanded in 1983. By 1985, Near Paris was quite popular in the Columbus music scene and had opened for such bands as Section 25. They made a name for themselves as Columbus' only synth-driven pop duo and even won several local awards. They often played in art galleries as well as worked on original scores for local dance troupes and other art-related endeavors. They band released one long out of print 12" EP which is included on this LP. The EP contains excellent new wave tracks such as 'Visions' and 'Ceiling.' The seven unreleased tracks (hand-picked by Gerald and Dana) follow the same style of deep/moody club-based synthpop and were culled from cassettes which were restored and remastered specially for this vinyl release with outstanding end results. Other standout tracks from the unreleased numbers include 'Walk Like a Man' and 'Everything Will Change.' Sadly, just prior to completion of this project, Gerald passed away in October of 2012. This LP will appeal to fans of early/mid 80s synth/new wave. Presented on 180 gram oxblood, opaque, high-quality vinyl in a limited edition of 650 copies. Bonus insert included as well with bio/pics of Near Paris and memorial to late member Gerald F. Nelson."


MEDICAL 020LP

I SIGNORI DELLA GALASSIA: Iceman LP (MEDICAL 020LP) 19.00
"Medical Records presents a reissue of the very rare and sought after 1979 opus by Italy's I Signori Della Galassia. Iceman was released in 1979 and has been long out of print for over 30 years fetching very high prices on the collector's market. I Signori Della Galassia (translated as 'The Men of Galaxy') is best described as a sonic hybrid of space disco/cosmic meets Italian progressive pop/rock. They were founded in Savona in the late '70s. Played with analog gear such as a variety of synthesizers as well as traditional guitar and drums. It is a very rich and diverse LP with multiple interesting twists and turns. The opener 'Proxima Centauri' is a space disco odyssey with super-catchy synth melodies over driving disco beats mixed with hypnotic passages. The title track 'Iceman' is a fusion of Italian pop and space disco which makes for an interesting combination. Other tracks have a completely different feel with elements of prog and experimental rock overtones. 'Archeopterix' is another standout track with washing synths, warbling filters, and gentle backing vocals. The LP contains two bonus tracks (at the end of each side) which were released as singles at the time ('Luce' and 'Eliane'). The LP features preserved front cover artwork and slightly modified back cover original artwork (at the artist's request). This LP will surely appeal to lovers of Space, Rockets, Kraftwerk, Milkways, and Zodiac. Presented on 180 gram silver opaque, high-quality vinyl in a limited edition of 650 copies."

MEXICAN SUMMER

MEX 145EP

LACE CURTAIN: Falling/Running EP 12" (MEX 145EP) 15.00
"Lace Curtain is a new project from Australian wizards Mikey Young, Dave West, and James Vinciguerra. The trio, who are involved in a myriad of punk and garage bands including Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control, and Rat Columns, veer in an entirely new direction on this 12" for Mexican Summer. Each side shows the band approaching electronic music with a diverse interpretation that encompasses elements of disco, krautrock, and synth pop. From the outset those drum machine patterns are locked in tight, boosted by deep, pummeling synths and basslines that could seemingly play out for eternity. Young's vocals drift in and out of each track, cloaked in a foggy club ambience that only further enhances this release's air of nonchalant cool. Limited numbered edition of 1,000 silk screened jackets. Vinyl includes download code."

MINUS (CANADA)

MINMAX 001CD

VA: minMax 2CD (MINMAX 001CD) 15.50
Bridging the gap between the old and the new, the minimal and the maximal, minMax represents a widening of scope as they explore the area between the sounds of classic M_nus and Plus 8. "As others subdivide and categorize, we bring things back together, opening things up more freely and allowing a closer connection to the music that I love and the sounds and textures that many of my DJ sets journey through." --Richie Hawtin. This 2CD set features 12 exclusive new tracks by old and new M_nus artists and a bonus mix CD by Hobo, which comes in a smart cardboard sleeve (O-card). Other artists include: Mathew Jonson, Heartthrob, Dandi & Ugo, Tripmastaz, Etapp Kyle, 4Yo4U, Gaiser, Jonni Darkko, Justin James, Joran Van Pol, Mitsuo Nakazato, Julian Jeweil, Barem, Nsound, and Theorem.

MONOTREME (UK)

MONO 076CD

SORROW: Dreamstone CD (MONO 076CD) 17.50
"Dreamstone is the debut long-player from the highly talented UK producer Sorrow. Sorrow's electronic, beats-driven music floats above the furthest reaches of ambient dubstep, propelled aloft by a dubbed out, sonorous garage hybrid of his own invention. A series of self-released tracks and remixes and three EPs over the last two years, as well as collaborations with other artists (including Stumbleine, Asa, and Submerse) have rapidly earned him a profile as one of the UK's rising producers. True to his moniker, Sorrow's music has an underlying current of melancholy, with mournful strings and piano and ghostly vocals, but he balances the mood artfully with head-bobbing beats and a wonky sense of humour that emerges unexpectedly here and there. RIYL: Stumbleine, Burial, Synkro, El-B, Phaeleh, Scuba, Kahn, Swarms, Clubroot."


MONO 076LP

SORROW: Dreamstone LP+CD (MONO 076LP) 28.50
LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Includes a CD copy of the album.

MUSIK GEWINNT FREUNDE (GERMANY)

MGF 022EP

FERREIN: Meeting Sea 12" (MGF 022EP) 12.00
Musik Gewinnt Freunde opens the sound-universe with and for Ilia Ferrein from Novosibirsk, Russia. It's clearly about dub techno here. With "Meeting Sea" & "Hover," Ferrein creates a perfect, clear, dreamy and reduced euphoric dub sound atmosphere, with little moments full of magic melodies. The proper counterpart and highlight remix on the B-side is presented by Robag Wruhme. His remix of "Meeting Sea" includes his typically energetic, nearly hypnotic sound and it grooves, as always.

MVD VISUAL

MVD 5711DVD

ASHETON, RON: Tribute to Ron Asheton (Featuring Iggy & The Stooges + Special Guests) DVD (MVD 5711DVD) 16.00
"Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton's life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics. All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music." NTSC all region, runtime: approx. 114 minutes

NDAGGA (UK)

ND 006CD

ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI, MARK: 800% Ndagga CD (ND 006CD) 17.00
Jeri-Jeri is the stunning, spectacular collaboration between the renowned Berlin-based producer Mark Ernestus (Basic Channel) and a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Bakane Seck, along with guest Mbalax musicians and vocalists -- including mainstays of the bands of Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour and other top Senegalese artists. Aficionados of cutting-edge world music and underground dance will have noted Ernestus' remixes of Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and Kinshasa rockers Konono No. 1, and his co-compilation (with Honest Jon's) of the critically-acclaimed Shangaan Electro showcase. On the quiet, though, he has become increasingly hooked on Mbalax with its hyper-vivid Sabar and talking-drum workouts, and ultra-repetitive, sick, sequencer-like marimba synths. In early 2011 he travelled to Senegal and Gambia, in search of original recordings. Through an unlikely set of coincidences, he ended up working in the legendary Dakar studio former known as Xippi, with more than 20 of the finest musicians in the country. The music here is a swingingly masterful style of Mbalax, heady and hard-grooving, with highly complex, fiercely succinct polyrhythms; an ancient-futuristic music, mesmeric but sharp as nails, super-charged with drama. Get ready to be knocked out.


ND 006LP

ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI, MARK: 800% Ndagga LP (ND 006LP) 20.00
LP version.


ND 007CD

ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI, MARK: Ndagga Versions CD (ND 007CD) 17.00
Instrumental versions. Jeri-Jeri is the stunning, spectacular collaboration between the renowned Berlin-based producer Mark Ernestus and a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Bakane Seck, along with guest Mbalax musicians and vocalists -- including mainstays of the bands of Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour and other top Senegalese artists. Aficionados of cutting-edge world music and underground dance will have noted Ernestus' remixes of Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and Kinshasa rockers Konono No. 1, and his co-compilation (with Honest Jon's) of the critically-acclaimed Shangaan Electro showcase. On the quiet, though, he has become increasingly hooked on Mbalax with its hyper-vivid Sabar and talking-drum workouts, and ultra-repetitive, sick, sequencer-like marimba synths. In early 2011 he travelled to Senegal and Gambia, in search of original recordings. Through an unlikely set of coincidences, he ended up working in the legendary Dakar studio former known as Xippi, with more than 20 of the finest musicians in the country. Ndagga Versions present the results, presenting instrumentals in a swingingly masterful style of Mbalax, heady and hard-grooving, with highly complex, fiercely succinct polyrhythms; an ancient-futuristic music, mesmeric but sharp as nails, super-charged with drama. Get ready to be knocked out.


ND 007LP

ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI, MARK: Ndagga Versions LP (ND 007LP) 20.00
LP version.

NINJA TUNE (UK)

ZEN 12366EP

BONOBO: First Fires 12" (ZEN 12366EP) 11.00
"April 2013 saw the release of Bonobo's ?fth studio album The North Borders, already receiving critical acclaim worldwide, as with previous albums The North Borders features a careful balance between vocal tracks and instrumentals and this 12" is the perfect example of this. NYC folk underdog Grey Reverend appears on the opener 'First Fires,' providing a raw, emotion-laid-bare vocal to the track. On the ?ip side Bonobo teams up with the legendary Erykah Badu and the resultant 'Heaven for the Sinner' is a triumph, a transcendental, incanted vocal master class married to a brilliant two-step glitch and a yearning melody."


ZEN 199CD

EMIKA: Dva CD (ZEN 199CD) 15.50
"Emika's sophomore album, Dva, is a return to the music of her roots, a triumph of keenly felt and brilliantly expressed reflections of oppression and freedom, be it political, sexual or artistic. Dva is an exploration of self-expression and sound, taking dark dub pop, sound design inspirations and melding them with classical music of her upbringing, taking Emika's production a giant step forward."


ZEN 199LP

EMIKA: Dva 2LP (ZEN 199LP) 23.50
Gatefold double LP version with free download. On 180 gram vinyl.

NO HATS NO HOODS (UK)

NHNH 1006CD

MERKY ACE: All or Nothing CD (NHNH 1006CD) 12.50
No Hats No Hoods continue their busy release schedule with the first of a two-part series from South East London's Merky Ace. While embracing a wave of musical styles from hip-hop and trap, production from the likes of Faze Miyake, Rude Kid, Splurt Diablo, and Deeco keep the roots of grime at the forefront of the tracks. Alongside the booming 808s, rapid-fire hi-hats and snare rolls featured across the release, tracks such as "Give It Up" pay homage to the new wave of dark electronic music coming from the UK and specifically London. The package is topped off by Merky's intense lyrical flow, stamping each track with originality and confidence that only the most of seasoned MCs possess. Recognized for his intelligent wordplay and catchy adlibs, Merky Ace has been MCing both by himself and with his collective Family Tree (other members include Ego, MIK, TKO, and Shif Man, along with producers Splurt Diablo and Faze Miyake), for nearly 10 years. Over 12 releases later and he's garnered support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra and Radio 1's Tim Westwood, 1Xtra's DJ Cameo, and Kiss FM's Logan Sama. His notable appearances on Logan Sama's After Hours alongside P Money, Blacks and Footsie have shown off his variety of flows while proving that he can consistently hold his own amongst some of grime's biggest names. Alongside radio appearances, he's honed his presence with PAs at Prague's The Roxy, Lovebox, and Hip Hop Kemp festivals and Boiler Room while featuring on productions from heavyweights Starkey, Rude Kid, Preditah and more. To top it off, he's featured on Dizzee Rascal's "Dirtee Stank TV 2" and Baauer's Day of the Dead mixtape, helping to expand his ever-growing fan-base that stretches from the UK to the Czech Republic, Japan, and Australia.

NUMERO GROUP

NJR 012LP

SIXTH STATION, THE: Deep Night LP (NJR 012LP) 16.00
"A raw cry from the dark night of one man's soul. Cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982, rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. Openhearted and naively psychedelic, Deep Night was recorded during a single pre-dawn marathon, and mixed live-to tape in an isolated chapel. Cobbled together out of local players to help fill out this ethereal soundscape, Trosley's band brought an earnest but bluntly unsophisticated backdrop to his phaser-drenched 12-string guitar. The Sixth Station -- named for a grim New Testament tableau in which Veronica washes the tortured face of Jesus -- managed to avoid overtly Christian themes in favor of a mystical humanism that resonates timelessly, and to any sort of listener. This Deep Night is as profound and eerie as the images conjured by its title."


NPH 44004LP

VA: King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label LP (NPH 44004LP) 16.00
"On Cleveland's late '60s gospel scene, the BOS label was the refined, professional ying to Boddie's lo-fi yang, galloping to the fore bearing a torch for Curtis Mayfield's robe-wearing roots. Founded by gospel impresario James Bullard, BOS is the first chapter in story that includes stints producing major spiritual albums for the Birthright, Roadshow, and Word labels. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch's Way Out concern, running the devotional wing of Cleveland's largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out's soulful flavor in the process. Compiled here are BOS's less traditional moments -- 12 bridges between FM R&B and AM sermons from a time when those worlds were splitting apart."

OCORA (FRANCE)

OCORA 560230

VA: Benin: Bariba Music CD (OCORA 560230) 19.00
"Griot music accompanied on the delicate dambararou lute, ritual songs of therapeutic possession accompanied on the gogué fiddle to the rhythm of gon and karou drums, and a boldly dynamic women's choir -- different aspects of Bariba traditional music from the descendants of a kingdom established in the 15th century, and long reputed for its fierce resistance to exterior domination." Deluxe oversized hardbound packaging.


OCORA 560254

ABDURASHIDOV, ABDUVALI: Tajikistan: Classical Music and Songs CD (OCORA 560254) 19.00
"Abduvali Abdurashidov, master of the sato (bowed tanbur), belongs to a great line of Tajik art music performers. As refined, sinuous lines of the sato blend with singing, dotar lute and occasional doyra percussion, the elegance of this music evokes an ancient courtly art." Deluxe oversized hardbound packaging.

ORNAMENTS (GERMANY)

ORN 026EP

FURSTENBERG, MARKO: Amethyst 12" (ORN 026EP) 14.00
Atmospheric and raw dub-techno cuts from Marko Furstenberg on clear, marbled vinyl.

OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)

OSTGUT 019EP

KLOCK, BEN: Before One 12" (OSTGUT 019EP) 12.00
2013 repress. Before One precedes Ben Klock's debut album One, featuring 4 tracks, of which only one, "Init Two," will be included on the album. These tracks point to where One is heading: classic techno with heart and soul. Ben matches his original, bass-heavy Berghain sound with almost tender acid sequences on "Subzero," shuffling monster grooves on "Napoleon Hill," catchy melodies on "Before One," and an homage to Berlin/Detroit-inspired ambient on "Init Two." This is the perfect record for self-respecting techno DJs everywhere.


OSTGUT 026CD

VA: Masse CD (OSTGUT 026CD) 17.00
A whole evening of contemporary dance which has been set up by three different choreographers is in need of three different sound producers. That's the set-up of Masse, the sound underlying the gesamtkunstwerk. Masse as a whole event has been triggered by renowned state ensemble Staatsballett Berlin and Club Berghain right in the center of the German capital. Plus there's even more to it: the Staatsballett and Berghain access new territory by staging Masse at the huge Halle am Berghain, a former combined heat and power station beside the club. The painter Norbert Bisky has been chosen to create the stage design. At the core of the dance night lies a tryptichon made out of pure sound: the music of Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann, Frank Wiedemann, and DIN was taken as the starting point for the whole event. Henrik Schwarz opens his suite with "Unknown Touch," a dense exposition made from acoustic guitars and pizzicati strings floating on an atmosphere. The subsequent tracks let the bass lines wander amongst throbbing electrified guitars, both characterized by their clearly structured arrangements. Creating a narrative break, a synthesizer cuts into the groovy moves of "But Then I'm Different," accompanied by a sighing violin. To top things off in the final track of "Balletsuite #1 - Masse," a dreamy and summing-up house piano is aired. The solo piano ends with a quiet closing sequence slowing down the keys more and more to a final nothing. Marcel Dettmann and Frank Wiedemann are also close associates of the Ostgut Ton family and are in charge of the second part, "Menuett." Theirs is a 25-minute long sonic tryptichon: "Accelerando" sounds like two space observation centers having a chat, while "Martellato" is juggling the filters until the polyrhythms somehow transform into a circling movement. A syncopated beat and some shrewd filters bring light into "Spiritoso" -- like fundamental electronic research into sound. DIN are Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann) and Marcel Fengler, who created this new alias for Masse. Similar to Dettmann/Wiedemann, the Berlin musicians utilize ever new parts of their machine park to create musical abstractions. Out of the humming virginal cosmos of "Creation" and "Variation," mid-range bass drums take shape until they poke a rattling rhythm pattern. In a similar way "Oscillation" first takes a bath in the primeval soup until the drums of an unheard-of tribe are arranged by an invisible hand to engineer a gentle, flowing movement. This progression becomes more delicate in "Division" and "Generation" until it unwinds at the stage of "Conclusion" to fade out as a nocturne with an urban touch. Given the different aesthetics of the producers that built Masse, it's an uncanny pleasure to hear how its music as a whole shapes a fine sonic entity.

OUT-SIDER (SPAIN)

OSR 006LP

AFTER ALL: After All LP (OSR 006LP) 25.50
Hailing from Florida, After All was formed by well-experienced musicians with an R&B, jazz, and blues background who hooked up with poetry writer Linda Hargrove to record an ambitious album influenced by acid-rock and psychedelic, early progressive sounds. Originally released in 1969 on the Athena label, the album is now considered an obscure classic. Top level psych/prog dominated by Hammond organ, guitar, and explosive drumming. Here's a welcome new reissue in original artwork plus remastered sound, insert with liner notes, and 180 gram vinyl.

PARTICLES (UK)

PART 4025CD

VA: Mixed Up Minds Part Six: Obscure Rock & Pop from the British Isles 1971-1974 CD (PART 4025CD) 17.00
Volume Six of Mixed Up Minds shines a light on the post-psychedelic years when progressive pomp reigned supreme and cross-dressing rockers and electric warriors made front page news. Mixed Up Minds embraces a deep affection for a curiously overlooked part of British rock and pop history with a choice selection of obscure plastic artifacts picked for your listening pleasure. Includes a 16-page booklet with comprehensive liner notes and rare color photographs. Digitally remastered. Artists include: Matthew Ellis, Ken Cameron, Sky, Hopestreet, Watts, Angelo And Eighteen, Sunchariot, Moonpie, Listen, Carmen, Ian Matthews, Guest And Edwards, Cold Turkey, Claggers, David And Goliath, Gemini, Bendy Dog, Buster, Jumbo, and Tennent And Morrison.


PART 4026CD

VA: Velvet Revolutions - Psychedelic Rock from the Eastern Bloc 1969-1973 CD (PART 4026CD) 17.00
Eastern Bloc Rock: Velvet Revolution celebrates the hugely innovative and unique sound that was engineered behind the infamous Iron Curtain in Cold War Eastern Europe. Enigmatic, magical, bizarre, inspirational, and genial are just a few choice phrases that could be prescribed, yet only offer a glimpse of the hidden craft created by a generation whose hindered hopes and dreams were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. These sounds survive as monumental works in their own right and stand as testament to their art while serving a lesson to those in the West who thought they knew it all. Includes a 16-page booklet with comprehensive liner notes with rare color photographs. Digitally remastered. Artists include: Illes, Scirocco Combo, Juventus, Olympic, Joco Dev Sextett, Neoton, Czerwono Czarni, No To Co, Breakout, Illes Zenckar, Blue Effect, and Electra Combo.

PETS RECORDINGS (POLAND)

PETS 032EP

UFFE: Times All 12" (PETS 032EP) 12.50
Pets Recordings presents a 12" of unique experimental compositions from Uffe. "All I Did" swells with Uffe's intriguing vocals, loaded with effects, before a classic 4x4 kick becomes the beating heart of the track. Jon Convex takes charge of the remix, allowing the beat to thump harder. "Pretending" draws listeners in with a clunky percussion line before Uffe's skillful vocal-twisting, Acid Pauli takes "Pretending" to more playful territories, while by contrast, "Valentine's Card" sighs with whispered lyrics over funky string plucks and a gentle maraca shuffle.

PHOTODEMENTIA (UK)

FIG 004C-CD

PHOTODEMENTIA: Fig. 04c CD (FIG 004C-CD) 15.50
Common knowledge to some, and not others, Fig. 04c is the second album from Dave Barnard aka Monolith (Bernard Davies) under the pseudonym Photodementia, in collaboration with '90s funk legends Victor Beaudet and Ellen O'Maly. This album is a darker, edgier follow-up to Dave's previous braindance masterpiece Welcome, that was released on Rephlex (2011). This new album is a compilation of two recently re-released, well-noted EPs, with a few extra tracks for good measure. It's a journey of moody electro-fuelled techno and soulful analog grooves. Just over an hour of entertainment that will impress you.

POPCORN (UK)

POPC 122EP

JORDAN/JACK HAMMER, DICK: I Want Her Back/Twist in the Morning 7" (POPC 122EP) 8.00
Two cool dancefloor packers from the early '60s, back-to-back. Dick Jordan was a singer from Yorkshire who forged a decent career as a laidback crooner/teen idol just as the '60s began to really swing. And if there's one adjective that would summarize "I Want Her Back," it would certainly be "swinging." On the flipside, we find New Orleans ex-pat Jack Hammer, who, after moving to Europe in the late '50s, fashioned himself as a twist specialist and "Twist in the Morning" is surely Hammer's best twister.

PRO-TEZ

PROTEZ 030EP

KISK & JACKY O: Upside Down EP 12" (PROTEZ 030EP) 12.00
Kisk and Jacky O make a smashing debut on Pro-Tez records. The duo previously released their music on the Apparel label run by Kisk. This limited to 300 copies 12" has prime examples of their lushly spirited, sincerely grooving productions with a lovely identity of their own. With a brilliant Roy Gilles' treatment of the track and Kjofols' minimal version, the Upside Down EP is sure to satisfy you on long walks in European metropolises, basement clubs and intimate home-listening alike.

QUINTESSENTIALS (UK)

QUINTESSE 034LP

UGLY DRUMS: Saturn Memories 2LP (QUINTESSE 034LP) 23.50
The first album on Quintessentials is some dope work by Cologne's Ugly Drums. It looks good, it smells good, and it sounds good. It's from the man with a great feeling for raw beats and deep sounds; it's from the man who pretends to be ugly, but we all know: ugly is beautiful. This debut album features tracks of pure deep raw bliss with a slight TP feel, featuring collaborations with Lady Blacktronika (Sound Black Recordings) and a remix by Pablo Valentino (Creative Swing Alliance, Faces Records).

RINSE (UK)

RINSE 025EP

KODE9: Uh/Ok 12" (RINSE 025EP) 11.00
Two tracks on Rinse from Kode9 -- "Uh" (which features on Rinse: 22) and "Ok" (exclusive) -- make a thrilling point of contact between grime, broken UK house and the disorienting lurch of trap. "Uh" bounds along at house tempo, repeatedly switching dramatically between the half-time lope of hip-hop, the shuffle of two-step and house's 4/4 pulse. "Ok" finds him exploring stranger, more rhythmically divergent territories: its strings of triplet-led hi-hat clicks and time-stretched snares swirling wildly around each other, accompanied by a grimey synth melody.


RINSE 026EP

HRDVSION: I Like the Feeling You're Giving Me 12" (RINSE 026EP) 11.00
The I Like the Feeling You're Giving Me EP for Rinse encapsulates many aspects of Hrdvision's sound, drawing strongly both from Detroit techno's woozy, melody-soaked romanticism and the precision and intricacy of minimalist European house and techno. The title-track coasts along on a clipped, synthetic house rhythm and a thick, fuzzy bass line while melodic drones stretch out across its surface. "Barcelona" and "Apocalypse6" are both more languid and more dramatic while "Feel You're Fading" is a peak-time track with a mirror-like synth.

RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)

RB 040EP

ROMAN IV/HOLY GARAGE: Split EP 10" (RB 040EP) 12.50
A re-issue that never was. Three tracks long-lost and forgotten in Roman Flügel's vast DAT archive have now been unearthed and made available for the first time. Very much in tune with the on-going deep house fest, Roman F. shows that he has already been there. "Happy" is light-footed and follows a piano-heavy path led by a disco loop, while "Heaven Knows" makes use of an angelic organ. "Diver Down" is a collaboration with Jörn Elling Wuttke. Housed in limited 10" super sleeves with paintings by Chrossi.

SERIALISM RECORDS (UK)

SER 020EP

TARNO & ANTHONY CONSTANS, PABLO: Back 2 the Roots EP 12" (SER 020EP) 12.00
Super-elegant four-tracker EP bringing together Detroit influences and '90s raw minimal with a dubby edge by up-and-coming artists Pablo Tarno and Anthony Constands. Includes Tolga Fidan epic house remix. A little gem marking release #20 in the Serialism catalog.

SIREENA RECORDS (GERMANY)

SIR 2090CD

VA: Live Kraut: Live Rock Explosions from the Heyday of Krautrock CD (SIR 2090CD) 16.00
"This compilation recalls an exciting time in the former West Germany when a real spirit of optimism prevailed and a musical phenomenon emerged which became internationally known as Krautrock. With performances from Karthago, Grobschnitt, Guru Guru, Mythos, Anyone's Daughter, Embryo, Eulenspygel, Virus, Gila, Ougenweide, and more."

SLICES OF LIFE (GERMANY)

SOL 005EP

BAAZ: Swimmer 12" (SOL 005EP) 12.00
Baaz present three massive and rolling house pieces for Slices Of Life. "Swimmer" comes right in time for 2013's summer season with its strong beats and drifting chords that awake your lust to run through high summer grass. "Can't Get Enough" is a warm bundle of energy with weird vocal samples and light-footed percussion, and "Chummy" starts with a very dry and simple 4/4 bass drum plus snare figure before building up into a dubby disco-piece carried by a nicely filtered loop and hi-hats.

SOUVENIR MUSIC (GERMANY)

SOUVENIR 056EP

VA: In the City #3 - Part 3 12" (SOUVENIR 056EP) 12.50
Souvenir presents part three of the third edition of their In the City compilation, presenting exclusive tracks from some of the best talents on the Souvenir stable. In the City #3 - Part 3 includes artists Uner & Audiofly, Daniel Wilde, Ruede Hagelstein, and Daria.

STIL VOR TALENT (GERMANY)

SVT 100CD

VA: Oliver Koletzki Presents Stil vor Talent 100 2CD (SVT 100CD) 21.00
With their 100th release, Stil Vor Talent looks back on lots of fantastic music -- music by artists who have become part of a close-knit family of friends. On this compilation of 22 exclusive, previously-unreleased tracks, Stil Vor Talent celebrates those who have made the label what it is today -- their core group of artists. Kellerkind and Murat Kilic provide two nu disco tracks that both re-contextualize classic strings and harmonies in a contemporary framework, with the former showcasing his trademark sound and a catchy vocal sample, while the latter pairs filter house elements with a soulful, sunny guitar. Björn Störig collaborates with all-rounder Meggy to create a piano-driven vocal house track with a classic feel. Equally classy and understated, Sascha Braemer shines on both of his contributions. While "Need Someone" featuring Stevo is laidback, subtle and utterly beautiful, Niconé & Sascha Braemer's "Wish U" will cause a stir on the dancefloor: bright synths, cheerful vocals, and a '90s rave piano. Speaking of the '90s, Animal Trainer's "Mental" has a comparably old-school vibe and will make for an epic set closer at the end of a long night. Similarly, the thunderstorm break of Oliver Koletzki's remake of Erich Lesovsky's "One Word" will leave you breathless. While HVOB and Jan Blomqvist both represent their signature styles -- melodic, driving, intelligent -- some of Stil Vor Talent's artists aim for a darker sound than usual. Dan Caster proves how versatile he is with "You and I," a bass-driven monster. Ryan Dupree targets the peak-time with menacing synths and acidic bass-lines, while Niko Schwind presents us with a sweaty beast. On top, Dapayk Solo and Aka Aka (feat. Thalstroem) and Channel X provide energetic tracks that reference house and techno in equal measures, while appearing futuristic and otherworldly. There are also some new faces: the Berlin-based duo of Marlon Hoffstadt & Hrrsn kick off the compilation with the positively poppy "Once Again," and Severin Borer, who relies on a contemporary, uplifting bounce and a naughty bit of sampling, while Katjuscha's vox works perfectly within Jakob Faber's clever arrangement on "How to Describe." Also included are Boy Next Door Oliver Schories, and Pete Oak (feat. Natalie Conway) as well as Jonas Mantey.


SVT 103EP

VA: Oliver Koletzki Presents Stil vor Talent 100 Part 1 12" (SVT 103EP) 12.50
With their 100th release, Stil Vor Talent looks back on lots of fantastic music -- music by artists who have become part of a close-knit family of friends. We hear the surprising and the unexpected, as well as a signature sound in constant development. Here, on the first of two vinyl releases are some of the highlights of Oliver Koletzki Presents Stil vor Talent 100. Includes work by Sascha Braemer (feat. Stevo), Kellerkind, Marlon Hoffstadt & HRRSN and Jonas Mantey.


SVT 104EP

VA: Oliver Koletzki Presents Stil vor Talent 100 Part 2 12" (SVT 104EP) 12.50
Part 2 of 2.Includes work by Niconé & Sascha Braemer, Ryan Dupree, Animal Trainer, and Björn Störig (feat. Meggy).

STROBOSCOPIC ARTEFACTS (GERMANY)

STROBO 001LP

ZEITGEBER: Zeitgeber 2LP (STROBO 001LP) 27.50
Zeitgeber is a German word that, loosely translated, means "synchronizer." It's also the new project of Electric Deluxe head Speedy J and Stroboscopic Artefacts' boss, Lucy. Both artists make some of the most forward-thinking techno around, but Zeitgeber sees them pushing together even further into uncharted territories. Freed of dancefloor considerations, the duo have constructed an album that breathes with life and rewards close listening. That's no surprise when you consider the artists involved. Speedy J has been around from techno's very beginnings. Based in Rotterdam, his Electric Deluxe label has consistently released techno that has gleefully tugged at the constraints of the genre. Lucy, on the other hand, is a newer name to most techno fans, but his Stroboscopic Artefacts label has quickly made a name for itself as one of the leading purveyors of the stuff. You'd expect nothing less from two of the most talented producers in the techno world. The culmination of 18 months of work, Zeitgeber is an album that is a collaboration in the best sense. Two artists urging the other to new heights and new sounds.

STUD!O K7 (GERMANY)

K7 309CD

CLOSE: Getting Closer CD (K7 309CD) 15.50
"Will Saul's moniker Close. Within the world of electronic music, Will Saul is perhaps best known for Aus Music and Simple Records, Getting Closer will be Will's first full-length album since Space Between, released under his given name back in 2005."


K7 309LP

CLOSE: Getting Closer 2LP+CD (K7 309LP) 25.50
Gatefold double LP version with a CD copy of the album.

SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS (SWEDEN)

SUBL 099CD

IXTAHUELE: Pagan Rites CD (SUBL 099CD) 14.50
From the mystical realms of a secluded ancient island, rising from the icy spray of the forbidden northern waters, comes the haunting, savage beat of a mysterious and primitive ritual. In this forgotten place, awash with wonder and enigma, echoing with the booming of sharkskin drums and bone rattles, the rock speaks with the voice of the gods. Weaving strange and terrifying tales, and tales of beauty and joy, Pagan Rites is a breathtakingly exotic tone-poem that will make any Tiki bar come alive. Ìxtahuele is a Swedish exotica band playing in the acoustic, original style of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. They come from Gothenburg; a damp, foggy harbor town that, ever since its founding in the early 17th century, has been an international melting pot associated with exotic, faraway destinations ever since the days of the East India Trading Companies. Having grown up with the exciting tales of the sailors and the luscious smells and flavors of the markets, an interest in the romantic and exotic is an integral part of life for the group. Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds, Ìxtahuele strive to combine an immersive, research-like approach with their collective experience in jazz, pop, surf, classical, Latin and world music to create authentic, exciting, and innovative world-class exotica. A large part of their inspiration and style cues come from the old greats -- they are also heavily influenced by classical works, Latin & jazz tunes, indigenous melodies from different regions -- in short, the same kind of influences that inspired the originators of the genre. The aim of the group is to provide the perfect soundtrack to bring your mind's eye on a time-traveling, round-the-world trip; taking you to faraway exotic islands, lost lands, and ancient cities -- bringing back the Ottoman Empire, Port Royal, or even the mythical continent of Mu. Ìxtahuele try to push the limits of where they can take you while still staying true to the genre; because after all, the true armchair traveler can't make the Hawaiian Village the destination for every trip, but must also go to the Amazon, Micronesia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Indochina.

SUBWAX EXCURSIONS (SPAIN)

SUBWAXEXC 001CD

VOORN, ORLANDO: Divine Intervention CD (SUBWAXEXC 001CD) 17.00
Subwax Excursions proudly presents a brand-new album from Orlando Voorn. Orlando is a highly-respected living legend, and one of the true pioneers of European electronic music. He started off in the early '90s releasing on classic labels such as KMS, R&S, Fragile, Buzz, International Gigolo Recordings, ESP, Spiritual, and Nightvision under multiple aliases such as Fix, Baruka, Format, The Nightripper, etc. Special artwork by Abdul Haqq from Third Earth Visual Arts.

TAPETE (GERMANY)

TR 257CD

BEAUREGARD, JACK: Irrational CD (TR 257CD) 17.00
Daniel Schaub and Pär Lammers form the electronic-songwriting super-duo Jack Beauregard. Their third album is entitled Irrational, and it is music made for today and tomorrow. It allows us to look up into space now, and tomorrow to think back in a dream of something that was good and exciting in the early teenage years of the second millennium. Jack Beauregard was founded in 2006 in Amsterdam, where Pär Lammers and Daniel Schaub studied. They came up with their first song ideas on a joint trip through Scandinavia, before mutating into the indietronic answer to The Beatles in Daniel's one-bedroom apartment in Amsterdam. Their first album Everyone Is Having Fun was released in 2009 on Tapete Records, but the real momentum began in 2011, after the two relocated to Berlin, with the release of The Magazines You Read. Jack Beauregard's flawless pop brought them truckloads of critical acclaim, enthusiastic devotion and concerts as support for Hurts, Gotye, Mika, and Boy. After working their magic onstage in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, England and France, Pär Lammers and Daniel Schaub began creating their so-called difficult third album. Irrational originated in Berlin, within the four walls of their Jaqueline Bellevue Studio. For the first time, Jack Beauregard worked with guest musicians, recording drums and woodwinds with the wonderful Valeska Steiner from Boy contributing backing vocals on some of the songs. Daniel Schaub and Pär Lammers tirelessly hone the perfect synthesis of acoustic and programmed elements. The entire album travels through time, exploring the styles of the last, say, 50 years: the Gaussian blur of Simon And Garfunkel, the rhythmic framework of "Rockit"-era Herbie Hancock, the nursery rhyme melodies of Robert Palmer and Nik Kershaw, the magic of great pop albums from Rumours to Thriller to Alphabetical. All of that shines through the music like the sun through a parchment.


TR 257LP

BEAUREGARD, JACK: Irrational LP+CD (TR 257LP) 22.00
LP version. Comes with a CD of the album.

TEMPA (UK)

TEMPA 077EP

PROXIMA: Thermal Vision/Valve Wars 12" (TEMPA 077EP) 11.00
The disembodied voice on Proxima's "Thermal Vision," the lead track on this 12" for Tempa is a perfect summary of its disorienting appeal. It's both alien and astonishingly intense, poised to detonate on dancefloors without ever resorting to stereotypical "club banger" tricks. "Valve Wars" is harsher, all battery-acid bass textures paired with woody percussive clicks and metallic snare taps. But there's a subtle, dubby ear for melody running through the whole track, discovering moments of unexpected beauty within the fray.

THRILL JOCKEY

THR 336CD

DATE PALMS: The Dusted Sessions CD (THR 336CD) 14.00
"Date Palms revolve around the core duo of Gregg Kowalsky (keyboards, electronics) and Marielle Jakobsons (violin, flute, electronics). They employ traditional rock instrumentation to create music informed by Indian classical music, country, minimalism, and spiritual jazz, arriving at a style that is wholly their own. On their third album, The Dusted Sessions, the duo expanded the line-up to include Ben Bracken on electric bass, Michael Elrod on tanpura, and Noah Philips on electric guitar (a first for the band). Kowalsky and Jakobsons are both accomplished solo musicians in their own right: Kowalsky has released ambient albums on Kranky as well as a collaborative release with Josef Van Wissem on Amish, and Jakobsons has released music on the Digitalis and Students of Decay labels. Date Palms uses the sound and imagery of the dustbowl and the American West to express something truly cosmic and unique within the already highly individualistic Bay Area underground."


THR 336LP

DATE PALMS: The Dusted Sessions LP (THR 336LP) 18.00
LP version.


THR 337LP

PEOPLE OF THE NORTH: Sub Contra LP (THR 337LP) 18.00
"People of the North is Kid Millions (drums) and Bobby Matador (keyboard, synth, vocals) of Oneida, and Sub Contra is their Thrill Jockey debut. While their sound, like Oneida's, is constantly shifting and absorbing new concepts and ideas, Sub Contra is a work that fully embraces tumult and darkness in startling and dramatic ways. People of the North have been an active entity since 2003, but it wasn't until 2010 with the release of Deep Tissue on their own Brah imprint and Steep Formations, which followed in 2012, that recordings became an important part of the duo's identity. Sub Contra also features contributions from Shahin Motia and Barry London of Oneida."


THR 338LP

ST. WERNER, JAN: Blaze Colour Burn LP (THR 338LP) 18.00
"Blaze Colour Burn is a new work from electronic music pioneer and innovator Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars, Lithops, Microstoria) inaugurating Fiepblatter, a series of genre-dismantling releases on Thrill Jockey that will encompass electro-acoustic experimentation, algorithmic elements, scored music, digital signal processing, field recordings, improvisation, public performance, and graphic works. These pieces aren't just about sound; they're about location, structure, time, aesthetics. Stories that overlap and interact with each other. The five pieces gathered here find the Mouse on Mars co-pilot giving full vent to his wired, witty and wildly ambitious artistic practice, and constitute a radical new approach to sound, one that does away with traditional hierarchies."

TT SHAKER (UK)

TTSHAKE 111EP

RODNEY & THE BLAZERS: Warpaint/Oriental Nightmare 7" (TTSHAKE 111EP) 8.00
Two savage rock-and-roll instrumentals from the Coffeyville, Kansas-based combo Rodney & The Blazers. "Warpaint" hints at a loose Native American theme with its rolling, stomping drum intro before giving away to straight-shooting, sleazy sax-led R&R mayhem. The rather more languid "Oriental Nightmare" is perhaps the titty-shakin' pick of the pair though, with its exotica feel and sloppy riff conjuring all manner of unwholesome imagery.

UAUDIO (UK)

UAUDIO 002-1EP

BATTISTA: Records Hold Memories 12" (UAUDIO 002-1EP) 16.00
"Battista comes through with his debut solo release on Uaudio -- uncompromising hardware action from the young Berliner, and a seriously strong second release for the label. After a successful first shot under the Decas moniker together with another affiliate for Uaudio 001, Battista has found his own sound - hard-hitting house-techno hybrids, gritty and straight to the point. Rising talent John Swing makes his first appearance outside his own Relative/Livejam/Appointment nexus. Every new track he lays his hands on is more quintessential than the last -- funky, driving, jazzed-out, dubwise, unhinged house music with a dark, brooding techno sensibility."

UPRISE AUDIO (UK)

UA 004EP

VA: The Uprising EP 2x12" (UA 004EP) 17.00
The Uprising EP is the first release from Uprise to consist of tracks from multiple artists, assembling five pinnacle tracks from the likes of Seven, Quantum Soul, Dubtek & Chewie, Klax & Disonata, as well as Uprise Audio newcomer, Wayfarer. Following a first-place ranking in the dubstep forums award for Best New Label, they further their sonic excursions with these forward-thinking dubstep productions. Support from Youngsta, J:Kenzo, N-Type, and Vivek.

WARP RECORDS (UK)

WARP 257CD

BOARDS OF CANADA: Tomorrow's Harvest CD (WARP 257CD) 15.50
"The idolized and enigmatic duo is back. A series of cryptic clues dropped in various formats, from a one-off 12" on Record Store Day, to hidden messages on YouTube, NPR Music's All Songs Considered, fan forums, and even a video premiered on Adult Swim, all led their fans on a wild chase to reveal the album details. Now that the world knows - the anticipation is at a fever pitch for one of the world's most revered and mysterious electronic acts. Musically, the album is somehow dark yet positive, with atmospheric dissonance and mind bending melodic creations."


WARP 257LP

BOARDS OF CANADA: Tomorrow's Harvest 2LP (WARP 257LP) 27.50
Gatefold double LP version.

WERGO (GERMANY)

WER 6756

RIHM, WOLFGANG: String Quartet No. 11/Interscriptum/Grave CD (WER 6756) 25.00
"Wolfgang Rihm's compositions for string quartet are as extensive as they are varied. A selection of these works can be found on this recording featuring the Minguet Quartet and pianist Markus Bellheim. Rihm's String Quartet No.11 is a piece of work of extreme contrasts -- restrained and explosive, simple and virtuosic, fragile and forced to the point of screaming, tightly homophonic and polyphonically splintered to the edge of total dissolution. Interscriptum is an elaboration of Rihm's twelfth string quartet. To the quartet ensemble, treated as one instrument, a piano part is added, which initiates a dialogue and creates entirely new relationships within the piece. Grave is dedicated to the Alban Berg Quartet, and was written in response to the group's request for a requiem."


WER 6757

LIGETI, GYORGY: Volumina - Orgelwerke CD (WER 6757) 25.00
"Although György Ligeti composed only three works for the organ, these pieces mark significant stages in the course of his compositional development. More importantly, they revolutionized the world of organ music and provided the initial spark for an entire wave of new music for the organ. Volumina completely dispenses with the parameters normally used to structure time in a musical work. Harmonies unfolds as an unbroken chain of ten-note chords. Coulée is a chain of extremely fast notes that describe a slow harmonic progression. Also included are organist Dominik Sustek's organ transcriptions of Ligeti's eleven-movement piano cycle Musica ricercata as well as Sprachsignale -- one of Sustek's own original compositions that was inspired by Ligeti's Artikulation."

YORE RECORDS (GERMANY)

YRE 000-1EP

VAZ, ANDY: 7 Inches of Straight Vacationing Part II 7" (YRE 000-1EP) 12.50
Part two of the remix 7" series Straight Vacationing (YORE 028CD/LP). Album tracks getting a re-work are: "Detroit in Me" remixed by Patrice Scott and "Stubnitz" remixed by Memory Foundation. Making good on the Detroit connection, Scott amplifies the tune's Motor City vibe with lavish helpings of synthesizers, claps, and hi-hats and amps up its hard-swinging acid-funk groove. Memory Foundation's version of "Stubnitz" locks solidly into a tight mechanic-house pulse, which frees up all kinds of room for tenor sax player Andreas Pasternack. Pressed on transparent blue vinyl.

Z RECORDS (UK)

ZEDD 009LP

NEGRO & SEAN P, JOEY: Destination: Boogie -- Classic Eighties Boogie, Soul & Electro-Funk Nuggets 2LP (ZEDD 009LP) 31.00
At a time when most young people from inner cities chose their musical paths -- soul-head, reggae, indie or rock -- and stuck with them 'til they knew better, boogie was the big thing in the UK's (mainly) black clubs. Now, Z Records is releasing a gatefold double vinyl pack of the influential Destination Boogie album that was first released back in 2006 but only as a double CD. As Sean P. says: "It's taken a long time for boogie to surface from the underground; its largely been ignored, or regarded as disco's poor cousin ... but it kick-started a musical ground-swell which would see club music topping the charts all over the world again. The post-disco era represented by boogie was a turbulent and creative time for independent dance music in general and one where the early trends in music technology are easy to spot." So how, you may ask, does boogie differ from its glitzier forbearer, disco? Well it's still a continuation of disco, though dressed up differently -- for example, as you'll hear on the CD, its rhythms weren't always the ubiquitous four-to-the-floor. Rather, boogie is all about the groove. It's a heady blend of disco, funk, soul/R&B, jazz and electronic, fused by and for the party-heads of the day. Among the gems unearthed on this 2CD comes the quirky synth-pop of Karen Young, Lowrell Simon's fat-bottomed love odyssey "Love Massage," Carol Sylvian's beefy gospel-funk "Think" and Color's life-affirming R&B stormer "Am I Gonna Be the One?" Elsewhere, the compilation showcases the creative and brilliant mixing techniques of top-notch producers Shep Pettibone, Butch Ingram and Wayne Braithwaite -- alchemists who turned even basic tracks into the kind of complex sonic masterpieces still capable of turning heads even now.


ZEDD 029LP

GLASS, JAMES: Under the Influence Volume Three: A Collection of Rare Soul and Disco 2LP (ZEDD 029LP) 31.00
Gatefold double LP version with 12 tracks from the 24-track double CD. Tracks by Broken Glass, Sapphire , Harold Butler, The Impossible Dreamers, Expansives , Jady Kurrent Band, Magnum, Ben, Batiste Brothers Band, Manteca, Nadie La Fond , and Popcorn. Following on from the likes of Backstreet Brit Funk, Destination Boogie, and the ever-popular Soul of Disco series, Z Records continues to release high-quality compilations filled with lesser-known disco, funk and boogie. After the universally well-received Under the Influence Vol. 1 compiled by Red Greg (ZEDD 024CD) and Vol. 2 compiled by Paul Phillips (ZEDD 027CD/LP), ZR returns with Vol.3, this time compiled by James Glass. James Glass grew up in London and was exposed to Top of the Pops and John Peel's venerable radio shows, both of which turned him onto the fresh sounds of punk and new wave. His affinity for soul, jazz funk and disco, however, came from listening to the rapidly-growing pirate radio stations such as LWR and Horizon. These influences were heightened further when he decided to move to New York in the late '80s, an area long associated with limitless possibilities for anyone with a passion for underground dance music.

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