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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 1/25/21

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New music is due from Rob Noyes, Hermann Nitsch, and Mythos, while old music is due from Nadja (Japanese singer), Electric Chairs, and Brincos.

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A TURNTABLE FRIEND RECORDS (GERMANY)
TURN 074CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TURN 074CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PARFITT, PHILIP Mental Home Recordings CD
Philip Parfitt is best known as the founder, guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter of the Britain's The Perfect Disaster. Formed in 1980, the alternative rock band released four albums and reached number fifteen on the UK Indie Chart before splitting up in 1991. Ahead of this, he presents the single "All Fucked Up" featuring Bordeaux-based psychedelic folk-rock artist Alex Creepy Mojo. The accompanying video, starring actress Melissa Oxlade, is directed by filmmaker Luigi Dias -- both also collaborated on the previous single "Somebody Called Me In", shot on location in Liverpool and Melbourne, Australia. Parfitt played on Spectrum's first album with Jason Pierce and guitarist Terry Bickers (House of Love, Levitation) contributed to Oedipussy's album, Divan (1994). Parfitt also gave significant starts to Josephine Wiggs (who played in the Perfect Disaster before joining The Breeders) and to the Heliocentrics' Malcolm Catto, who likewise played on the Perfect Disaster's first. It's a surprise to realize that Mental Home Recordings is only his second solo album, following his I'm Not The Man I Use To Be released in 2014. CD version comes in gatefold sleeve, includes lyric booklet."Philip Parfitt's songs on Mental Home Recordings possess both scars and genius. If Parfitt's previous work lurked within the sharp garage tradition of Bo Diddley, the Velvets and the Stones, he operates now within a quieter idiom: Nick Drake, Ronnie Lane, Syd Barrett. Quieter but not softer: this record will scrub you raw" --Matthew Specktor"Imagine a Reed/Dylanesque vocal lacquered in a modern blend of elements of The Church, The Red House Painters and Slowdive... Now you don't have to (imagine). Just listen... Heartfelt and folk-centered with Ride-esque uplifting interjections on the chorus, Parfitt has found an optimal balance between bard and rock star. We love it" --Big Takeover Magazine
TURN 074LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: TURN 074LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PARFITT, PHILIP Mental Home Recordings LP
LP version. Philip Parfitt is best known as the founder, guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter of the Britain's The Perfect Disaster. Formed in 1980, the alternative rock band released four albums and reached number fifteen on the UK Indie Chart before splitting up in 1991. Ahead of this, he presents the single "All Fucked Up" featuring Bordeaux-based psychedelic folk-rock artist Alex Creepy Mojo. The accompanying video, starring actress Melissa Oxlade, is directed by filmmaker Luigi Dias -- both also collaborated on the previous single "Somebody Called Me In", shot on location in Liverpool and Melbourne, Australia. Parfitt played on Spectrum's first album with Jason Pierce and guitarist Terry Bickers (House of Love, Levitation) contributed to Oedipussy's album, Divan (1994). Parfitt also gave significant starts to Josephine Wiggs (who played in the Perfect Disaster before joining The Breeders) and to the Heliocentrics' Malcolm Catto, who likewise played on the Perfect Disaster's first. It's a surprise to realize that Mental Home Recordings is only his second solo album, following his I'm Not The Man I Use To Be released in 2014."Philip Parfitt's songs on Mental Home Recordings possess both scars and genius. If Parfitt's previous work lurked within the sharp garage tradition of Bo Diddley, the Velvets and the Stones, he operates now within a quieter idiom: Nick Drake, Ronnie Lane, Syd Barrett. Quieter but not softer: this record will scrub you raw" --Matthew Specktor"Imagine a Reed/Dylanesque vocal lacquered in a modern blend of elements of The Church, The Red House Painters and Slowdive... Now you don't have to (imagine). Just listen... Heartfelt and folk-centered with Ride-esque uplifting interjections on the chorus, Parfitt has found an optimal balance between bard and rock star. We love it" --Big Takeover Magazine
TURN 074P-LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: TURN 074P-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PARFITT, PHILIP Mental Home Recordings (Purple Vinyl) LP
LP version. Purple vinyl. Philip Parfitt is best known as the founder, guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter of the Britain's The Perfect Disaster. Formed in 1980, the alternative rock band released four albums and reached number fifteen on the UK Indie Chart before splitting up in 1991. Ahead of this, he presents the single "All Fucked Up" featuring Bordeaux-based psychedelic folk-rock artist Alex Creepy Mojo. The accompanying video, starring actress Melissa Oxlade, is directed by filmmaker Luigi Dias -- both also collaborated on the previous single "Somebody Called Me In", shot on location in Liverpool and Melbourne, Australia. Parfitt played on Spectrum's first album with Jason Pierce and guitarist Terry Bickers (House of Love, Levitation) contributed to Oedipussy's album, Divan (1994). Parfitt also gave significant starts to Josephine Wiggs (who played in the Perfect Disaster before joining The Breeders) and to the Heliocentrics' Malcolm Catto, who likewise played on the Perfect Disaster's first. It's a surprise to realize that Mental Home Recordings is only his second solo album, following his I'm Not The Man I Use To Be released in 2014."Philip Parfitt's songs on Mental Home Recordings possess both scars and genius. If Parfitt's previous work lurked within the sharp garage tradition of Bo Diddley, the Velvets and the Stones, he operates now within a quieter idiom: Nick Drake, Ronnie Lane, Syd Barrett. Quieter but not softer: this record will scrub you raw" --Matthew Specktor"Imagine a Reed/Dylanesque vocal lacquered in a modern blend of elements of The Church, The Red House Painters and Slowdive... Now you don't have to (imagine). Just listen... Heartfelt and folk-centered with Ride-esque uplifting interjections on the chorus, Parfitt has found an optimal balance between bard and rock star. We love it" --Big Takeover Magazine
TURN 075CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TURN 075CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WOODWARD AND THE WINTER ORPHANS, DAVEY Love & Optimism CD
Bristol indie music legend Davey Woodward has announced his new album Love & Optimism, together with his congenial band The Winter Orphans. Best known for his bands The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band, and Karen, this output was recorded "live" in the studio. This album is very personal and perhaps Woodward's most emotional performance, putting Davey solidly amongst the best songwriters of his generation. Love & Optimism is the band's second following their self-titled debut released in 2018 on Tapete Records (TR 412CD/LP). "I grew up and have lived in Bristol for most of my life. I use the city as a backdrop to many of my songs. Often, I go into some detail about places. Roads and the people of the city. It has always inhabited my songs. Love & Optimism continues my fascination with the city." Davey Woodward first came to prominence with his 1980s band The Brilliant Corners, part of the jangly indie C86 scene, but with a diverse palette of indie pop, country, rock n' roll, post-punk and humor. The mini albums Growing Up Absurd, Fruit Machine and What's In A Word was followed by their best known album Somebody Up There Likes Me (1987), several John Peel sessions, indie chart success and regular tours. In 2013 Cherry Red Records released a retrospective of the band's work Heart On Your Sleeve (A Decade In Pop 1983-1993). Woddward's next band The Experimental Pop Band (1996-2012) was also championed by Peel and signed to City Slang Records. In the last decade, Davey has released a handful of solo LPs, including the lo-fi folk pop album 6 Miles East Of Here 5 Miles North Of Nowhere (2011) and also recorded with alt guitar band Karen releasing several EPs on The Environmental Sounds label. "This music is honest and revealing with depth and a feeling of mysterious purposes -- the hair on your arms may stand up as you absorb this goodness." --Big Takeover Magazine
TURN 075W-LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: TURN 075W-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WOODWARD AND THE WINTER ORPHANS, DAVEY Love & Optimism (White Vinyl) LP
LP version. White vinyl version. Bristol indie music legend Davey Woodward has announced his new album Love & Optimism, together with his congenial band The Winter Orphans. Best known for his bands The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band, and Karen, this output was recorded "live" in the studio. This album is very personal and perhaps Woodward's most emotional performance, putting Davey solidly amongst the best songwriters of his generation. Love & Optimism is the band's second following their self-titled debut released in 2018 on Tapete Records (TR 412CD/LP). "I grew up and have lived in Bristol for most of my life. I use the city as a backdrop to many of my songs. Often, I go into some detail about places. Roads and the people of the city. It has always inhabited my songs. Love & Optimism continues my fascination with the city." Davey Woodward first came to prominence with his 1980s band The Brilliant Corners, part of the jangly indie C86 scene, but with a diverse palette of indie pop, country, rock n' roll, post-punk and humor. The mini albums Growing Up Absurd, Fruit Machine and What's In A Word was followed by their best known album Somebody Up There Likes Me (1987), several John Peel sessions, indie chart success and regular tours. In 2013 Cherry Red Records released a retrospective of the band's work Heart On Your Sleeve (A Decade In Pop 1983-1993). Woddward's next band The Experimental Pop Band (1996-2012) was also championed by Peel and signed to City Slang Records. In the last decade, Davey has released a handful of solo LPs, including the lo-fi folk pop album 6 Miles East Of Here 5 Miles North Of Nowhere (2011) and also recorded with alt guitar band Karen releasing several EPs on The Environmental Sounds label. "This music is honest and revealing with depth and a feeling of mysterious purposes -- the hair on your arms may stand up as you absorb this goodness." --Big Takeover Magazine
ALCHEMY DUBS (UK)
ALDBS 7013EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: ALDBS 7013EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OJAH FEAT. NIK TORP Notting Hill/Notting Hill Dub 7"
The last release of 2020 for Alchemy Dubs, and the thirteenth release on 7" format, is a new collaboration between Ojah and Nik Torp, keyboard player from The Specials. The A side contains the track "Notting Hill", a tribute to the famous carnival featuring sounds of the vintage and rare Yamaha SK-20 organ played by Nik over a riddim formed by '80s and '90s synths and drum machines. Underlying the whole riddim is the recording of a baby's heartbeat in the womb. On the B side, you find a dub version as is customary, sparse and full of FX, reminiscent of those open-air dub sessions at Notting Hill Carnival, mixed live by Ojah on his analog console. Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London. Organ by Nik Torp, recorded at Eastcote Studio 4, London. Mixed and mastered by Oscar Pablos "Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2020. Graphic design by Victor Castro. Edition of 350, hand-stamped and hand-numbered.
BLACK EDITIONS
BE 007LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BE 007LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MIKAMI, KAN I'm the Only One Around LP
Black Editions present the first ever vinyl edition of Kan Mikami's I'm the Only One Around. For 50 years, Kan Mikami has stood as a master of the Japanese blues and outsider folk. His unmistakable, powerfully evocative voice and surrealistic poetry reveal a gritty, transgressive life on the margins shot through with evocations of sex and violence, religion and romance. Released in 1991, I'm the Only One Around was Mikami's first album with Tokyo's legendary P.S.F. label and heralded an artistic renaissance. It marked the beginning of an incredibly productive and wildly creative era for Mikami that extends to the present day. This opening salvo presents the essential core of Mikami's music; with nothing but his voice and a stripped-down electric guitar the album is a powerful, effortlessly emotional statement filled with moments of both brutal passion and gentle revelation. It is unrestrained, direct, brutally honest. It embodies Mikami's philosophy: "If you're going to make music, stake your life on it -- it's worth it. Making music is an intensely human act." In the newly translated notes to the album, Hiroyuki Itsuki, one of Japan's most renowned writers perhaps put it best: "What erupts here is all the fury and grief of J?mon Man (the prehistoric people of the Japanese archipelago), lobbed into the middle of a 1990s city. Kan Mikami is unchanging, yet definitely in motion. He advances not forwards, but backwards. Not a retreat, rather he consciously progresses backwards. At the final destination for his full-steam astern poésie lies a massive, gaping black hole, exuding a dazzling, black light. This is the image evoked by the world of Kan Mikami that you can hear on this album." Mikami would go on to release 15 solo albums with P.S.F. as well as numerous collaborative efforts with other giants of the Japanese underground including Motoharu Yoshizawa, Masayoshi Urabe, and Keiji Haino, with whom, along with Toshiaki Ishizuka he formed the group Vajra. Features lyrics translated by Drew Stroud and newly translated notes by Alan Cummings. Remastered and cut to vinyl at Elysian Masters Los Angeles, pressed by RTI, packaged in heavy Stoughton tip-on jackets with insert featuring textured paper, gold foil stamping and metallic inks.
CENTERING RECORDS
CENT 1020CD
PRICE: $84.00
CAT #: CENT 1020CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
PARKER, WILLIAM Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World (Volumes 1-10) 10CD BOX
"That William Parker is a bassist, composer and bandleader of extraordinary spirit and imaginative drive is common knowledge among any with an interest in the progressive jazz / any music scene of the past 25 years and more. What's become increasingly apparent, though, is Parker's stature as a visionary of sound and song -- an artist of melody and poetry who works beyond category, to use the Ellingtonian phrase. The latest multi-disc boxed set from Centering Records/AUM Fidelity devoted to Parker's expansive creativity underscores his virtually peerless achievement in recent years. Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1?10) is a 10-album collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women's voices at its core (both on voice & other instruments). This is music as empathetic as it is intrepid, as philosophical as it is visceral, as resolutely modernist as it is attuned to tradition. Parker's art not only draws from the deepest well of African-American culture; it breathes in inspiration from across the globe, with sounds drawn from Africa, Asia and Indonesia as well as Europe and the Americas; there is free improvisation and re-imagined sonic collage; there are album-length explorations of solo piano and solo voice, along with string ensembles and ancient wind instruments. There are dedications to jazz heroes, Native Americans and Mexican migrants, plus tributes to the great African-American culture of Harlem and the mix of passion and compassion Parker found in vintage Italian cinema. Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World conjures a vast world of music and feeling, and its creation is a feat that ranks with that of the most ambitious talents in any genre."
CHARLY RECORDS (GERMANY)
CHARLLP 032LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: CHARLLP 032LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Epitaph For A Legend 2LP
2021 restock.. Charly Records present a reissue of the compilation Epitaph For A Legend, originally released in 1980. Formed in Austin, Texas in 1965, the International Artists label is best known for the 13th Floor Elevators' hit singles and seminal albums, but the label also released a series of ground-breaking records from such highly-regarded artists as The Red Crayola, Lost & Found, and The Golden Dawn. The label's success largely came down to the efforts of Lelan Rogers, brother of the country star Kenny. Under Rogers's guidance the label embraced the revolutionary new psychedelic sound that was emerging from Texas. Epitaph For A Legend is a collection of rarities from the label's catalogue which Rogers put together in 1980 for a double vinyl release. This enhanced deluxe reissue of the album features in its gatefold inner extensive new notes from The Mole, of Shindig Magazine. Jon Savage (MOJO) has written a new introduction to his fascinating interview with Lelan Rogers from the original release which now appears as a separate insert. Direct metal mastering. Features The Chayns, The Patterns, The Chapparels, Thursday's Children, The Rubayyat, Sonny Hall, Inner Scene, The Red Crayola, The Emperors, Lost And Found, Big Walter, Dave Allen, Lightnin' Hopkins, Roky Erickson, The Spades, Roky & Clementine Hall, and The 13th Floor Elevators. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
COLD SPRING RECORDS (UK)
CSR 287CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CSR 287CD
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
AXELSSON, OSKAR THOR I Remember You CD
Cold Spring Records release the official soundtrack to the cult Icelandic horror film, I Remember You (Ég man þig). Heavy dark ambient/industrial/orchestral soundscapes composed by Frank Hall, with a beautiful, solemn, folkloristic finale featuring Icelandic choirs. The soundtrack was created at the old industrial area of Grandi in Reykjavík, at a studio due to be "gentrified" and forcefully emptied of the artists. "I was alone in this large building in this deserted area, working late hours, making music for a horror movie. It was during winter... wind blowing, darkness. There were some tense moments . . . As soon as I read the script, I heard low brass in my head and that kind of stuck. We used a lot of brass instruments, filtered and processed throughout. I also ended up using a lot of bowed guitar, sometimes doubling the brass, sometimes more like a sound effect." Hall also used analog synths on the special climactic track "Montage". On the finale, Hall reminisces: "'Móðir mín í kví kví (My Mother In The Sheep Pen)' is an old Icelandic folk song. The lyrics are based on Icelandic folklore about a woman who had a baby which she couldn't afford to have and left it outside to die, wrapped in a rag. The infant then becomes what we Icelandic call "Útburður" -- the ghost of a child who has been left out to die. Sometime later, the woman wants to go to a dance but has no pretty clothes to wear. She is in the sheep pen attending to the sheep when she hears this whispering outside: 'My mother in the sheep pen, don't you worry because I'll lend you my rag, my rag to dance in.' It's a rather ominous lyric and this song is sometimes sung for Icelandic babies as a lullaby... a little odd custom perhaps. I remember my mother singing this to me. This is one of my favorite Icelandic folk songs, and when I created the music for I Remember You, which is about a lost child that haunts people, I suggested to director Óskar Thór Axelsson that I should make an Icelandic choir version of it and use it as a theme/credit song. He loved the idea." I Remember You is based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, the "Queen of Icelandic Crime". A must for fans of Graeme Revell, Steven Price, Lustmord, MZ.412. Digipak.
CSR 290CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: CSR 290CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JAGATH Devalaya CD
Jagath is a ritual/industrial ambient act from Perm, Russia. The group creates their music at abandoned industrial locations -- the bottom of a moist underground sewer shaft and inside huge hollow oil tanks -- without using digital synthesis. They use simple, mostly hand-crafted instruments, found objects, and their voices. Jagath do this to share their vision of decaying post-industrial age, to unleash the spirit of deep beyond-world and unveil life in the abyss. It is cold in Russia, everything stays frozen for decades. Life is almost stopped, and this cannot be changed. So, Jagath have to do something so as not to freeze to death. "A firefly may inspire a man. Man takes a flint, flint carves sparks, sparks set fire to wood, a flame lights up. Flaring up more and more, a fire turns into a firestorm. Firestorm lives its own life." "Devalaya (Temple)" was recorded in vast oil tanks from 2015 to 2018. Six-panel glossy digipak with photography by Gregory Skvortsov and Dmitriy Frolov. For fans of: Shibalba, Phurpa, Arktau Eos.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 044LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: DIAL 044LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
XDB Inspiron 2LP
The 20th anniversary year of Dial Records couldn't have been more exciting for the label! They announce the second album release of 2020: XDB's Inspiron. As a longtime companion and true inspiration throughout the label's twenty-year history, Kosta Athanassiadis, aka XDB, releases his long-overdue full-length debut albumInspiron. For almost three decades now Kosta Athanassiadis aka XDB has been involved in the constantly changing world of dance music. His curiosity and dedication to electronic music spiral deep into the depth of house music and techno and wherever he appears he generously shares his unique knowledge in this field with equally dedicated crowds. Whether you follow his bloggish Tracks I do really LOVE, a collection of club essentials and a library of taste, or you witness one of his remarkable DJ sets from Panorama Bar to Freerotation Festival -- XDB will elevate you to one of those unforgettably magical music moments. In 1993, Kosta Athanassiadis started his DJ career in the medieval hometown of Goettingen. To find what he was really looking for, namely, the newest and most exciting new records he frequently had to leave this picturesque city, that is most popular for inventing the traditional Baumkuchen pastry, but has not been on the maps of music connoisseurs necessarily. Frequent trips to visit records stores and clubs around Germany built a network of likely minded people. By the turn of the century, XDB hosted a series of nights at Goettingen's Eletroosho, where he invited Dial's own Lawrence and Carsten Jost in 2002, the beginning of a still ongoing friendship. He had established himself as a sought after and internationally active DJ and started his fist endeavors into music production as well. Later on, XDB founded his own Label Metrolux and released on iconic labels like Sistrum and Wave to be followed by countless remixes for legends like Aaron Carl, Norm Talley, and Patrice Scott. There are rarely DJs and producers who keep searching for this hidden formula in such a microscopically detailed way to pass a lifetime in house music and techno on to the world. XDB's Inspiron embraces this unique approach, filters and develops inspirations in an entirely delicate way, and magically emphasizes the desires of the most dedicated listeners and dancers.
EDITIONS MEGO (AUSTRIA)
DOME 003LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: DOME 003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DOME Dome 3 LP
2021 restock. With the demise of the group Wire in 1980, founder members Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis joined forces to create Dome. With the assistance of engineer Eric Radcliffe and his Blackwing Studio Dome took the ethic of "using the studio as a compositional tool" and recorded and released three Dome albums on their own label in the space of 12 months: Dome (July, 1980), Dome 2 (October, 1980), and Dome 3 (October 1981). A final fourth album, Will You Speak This Word: Dome IV was released on the Norwegian Uniton label in May 1983. These albums represent some of the most beautifully stark and above all timeless exercises in studio experimentation from early 1980s alternative music scene. Previously issued in the out-of-print Dome 1-4+5 box set in 2011. Floating-point re-master by Russell Haswell, August 2011. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering by Rashad Becker, August 2011. New artwork by Dave Coppenhall. Includes download card.
EL PALMAS MUSIC (SPAIN)
ELPALMAS 007LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: ELPALMAS 007LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ACID COCO Mucho Gusto LP
Acid Coco left Colombia many years ago, but it's never far away. Channeling cumbia, punk, champeta, reggaeton and other tropical rhythms with electronic sounds in recording sessions that doubled as therapy, the Colombian duo have created a work of visceral emotion that traverses musical landscapes. Love, Colombia, and memories of past lives are some of the sources that inspired the group in the process of writing and creating their debut album, Mucho Gusto. These tracks were recorded over two frenzied sessions in Geneva. Creation proved to be the panacea and Colombia the shelter, a place where they could rinse away their demons by evoking dreams of yore, both musically and spiritually. On Mucho Gusto, you will find rhythms that speak of the density and diversity of Colombia's music. These are styles of music made to make people dance, whether next to an ear-shattering picó sound system, a fanfare of brass, an accordion-led trio or even a family vitrola. On "Yo Bailo Sola" the cumbia beat is unmistakable, yet they break with the dogma of tradition (a recurring theme), the song's female protagonist telling her would-be dance partner to leave her be, she wants to dance alone. The Afro-Colombian party music of champeta takes hold on "Caminando Vas" and "La Chancla", which use the bargain-bin Casio SK-5 keyboard for a sound heard on picó sound systems up and down the Colombian coast. "El Amor de Mis Amores" continues the champeta love-in, its lyrics finding the duo in playful mood, speaking of "The Love of All Loves" who is instantly forgotten when the romance ends. There are tragedies both personal and national, speaking of a Colombia where, despite a peace agreement, activists and social leaders are still being killed on a regular basis. The scars across Colombia still have some way before they can heal, a theme that haunts the cumbia "El Lamento". "Sin Salida" is them at their most punk, transposing Suicide to the Caribbean coast with distorted bass and lo-fi beats, "Solo Estás Tu" brings techno merengue (a popular style from the '90s) bang up-to-date, and a softer side emerges on "Siempre En Mis Sueños", which fuses a ballad with a reggaeton beat. "Nuevo Día" has a pop influence which recalls the beginning of the Rock En Español movement in Latin America. Final track "Me Voy" pays tribute to son montuno, salsa being one of the main musical motors of these two Colombians.
ELPALMAS 008LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: ELPALMAS 008LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CONTENTO Lo Bueno Esta Aquí LP
Contento like to label their music "salsapunk" -- smart, witty stuff with a deceptively simple home-made aesthetic. It could be salsa played by AI robots, but conceived by a duo with the playful sparkle of those Swiss master producer-musicians, Yello. Contento are two expatriate Colombians who like to make people happy. Geneva-based Paulo Olarte is a member of Acid Coco, El Dragón Criollo, and La Jungla, as well as recording under his own name. Former native of Medellín and current resident of Barcelona, Sebastian Hoyos, aka Sano, is a DJ and producer who has released his own brand of minimalist Latin house for the Cómeme label in Berlin. Between 2016 and 2019, they met on and off in Barcelona and Geneva to lay down some of their ideas. The eight best numbers became Lo Bueno Está Aquí, their debut album. The result is something that you might describe as "retro-smart": it does indeed remind you of older sounds like Nuyorican boogaloo from the '60s and cumbia from the golden age of Discos Fuentes, yet it's also modern and refreshingly different. The two musicians create a sonic palette from bass, piano, organ, guitar, a range of keyboards, assorted percussion instruments, and the vintage drum machines that, along with a liberal use of distortion, contribute to the album's signature sound. "Dale Melón" opens the album and establishes a template for much of what follows. Starting with the beat, beat, beat of the drum machine, bass, guitar, keyboards, and percussion are all drip-fed into the mix and supplemented by a simple, insistent vocal refrain and the raw alto sax of the Venezuelan saxophonist they met in the Barcelona studio where the recording was finished off. The alto sax helps to color the delicious "Paso Palante", which kicks off the second side with ringing guitar and keyboards to create a feel somewhere between Colombia's Pacific coast and Central Africa. The slightly demented vocal refrain is repeated ad nauseam and the overall effect recalls the off-kilter sound of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Staff Benda Bilili. Much of the album, in fact, is slightly skewed and disarming, as if the spirit of Thelonious Monk presided over its recording. "Loco Por Tu Amor", for example, could be taken from a soundtrack to a cheap Latin horror film, simultaneously unsettling and thrilling. The glorious "De Todas Maneras" could be a rough-cut for Ray Barretto's suave and slinky "Cocinado". "Pelo Negro" is an insistent trademark mix of cumbia and boogaloo, with tongue-in-cheek vocals that are positively expansive.
ELPALMAS 009LP
PRICE: $30.50
CAT #: ELPALMAS 009LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
VA Color de Tropico LP
Color de Trópico is a carefully-compiled work of healing and reconstruction, documenting a special moment in the history of Venezuelan music, when the country's democracy was just a few years old and the profound impact of the oil industry on society had only just begun. DJ El Palmas and El Dragón Criollo have chosen eight impossibly hard-to-find jewels, originally released between 1966 and 1978, reissued here for the first time on vinyl. In this period, Venezuelan musicians assimilated a wide range of influences and styles, both local and global, to generate something new, a "modern" identity for Venezuelan music; artists who set their eyes on the future without giving up the search for their own sabor (flavor). This is how jazz, rock, salsa, funk, psych, prog and disco, sat next to guajira, cumbia, cha-cha-cha and even the hugely-popular Venezuelan style of joropo. It started a long tradition of Venezuelan musical pioneers, many of whom are still to get the recognition they deserve. "El Despertar" ("The Awakening") kicks off things with a goodbye for it was the last single Los Darts released before their dissolution in 1974. A cha-cha-cha rhythm with bossa nova piano, bluesy stylings and a Caribbean context -- a blueprint for tasty miscegenation -- with the use of electric guitar, arriving in waves of chords, signaling the onset of modernity. "Guajira con Arpa" by the pioneering Hugo Blanco, who lists the creation of countless rhythms and his early adoption of rhythms like ska amongst his claims to fame, is a fusion that arrives without complexities. With "Zambo" the party is on. Here we have an all-star line-up comparable to master Cortijo's brief project with his Time Machine in Puerto Rico. "Gaita Universal" by El Combo Los Capri, gives you a moment of solace, recalling the cultural, rhythmic, and even spiritual brotherhood of Venezuela not only with the Caribbean but with the continent, South America, and neighboring Colombia. Nelson Y Sus Estrellas is reminiscent of the Caribbean wave but here under his "urban" outfit. Nelson plays guaguancó in the style of original salsa, specifically in this version (the theme evolves over time) with a disco-soul twist on "Fantasía Latina". The cosmic "Tu y Yo" from Almendra plots a journey between soul-jazz and psychedelia that sails over a Moog until ending as a P-Funk descarga. The album closes with Tulio Enrique León y Su Organ playing "Bimbom", a European pop-styled track from 1975. Also features La Retreta Mayor, Germán Fernando.
FAR OUT RECORDINGS (UK)
FARO 218LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: FARO 218LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
JAREL, JNEIRO After A Thousand Years LP
LP version. 180 gram vinyl. In 2018, Far Out Recordings signed a record deal with Brooklyn born, nomadic producer Jneiro Jarel. Having just put the finishing touches to the recordings, Jarel suffered an ischemic stroke while living and working in Costa Rica and his wife Indigo was forced to set up a crowd fund to cover special medical transport back to the states to receive treatment. The release was put on hold, but thanks to the generosity of friends and fans around the world, Jarel was able to get the care he needed and is now on the long road to recovery. Far Out Recordings are overjoyed to announce the release of Jneiro Jarel's After A Thousand Years. Throughout a career that has spanned over twenty years and seen collaborations with MF DOOM, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, BadBadNotGood, Portishead's Beth Gibbons, Kimbra, and Khujo Goodie (Dungeon Family), Jneiro Jarel's consistently distinctive, forward thinking productions, as well as his love for the music of Brazil, made his partnership with Far Out a perfect fit. Recorded between New York, New Orleans, Miami, and Costa Rica, After A Thousand Years features legendary multi-instrumentalist Bill Summers, famed for his work with Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, and Eddie Henderson. The album also features Malawian-American guitarist Masauko Chipembere who has worked with the likes of RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets. Permeating the Brazilian music and Latin jazz Jarel has loved and drawn inspiration from, as well as the stateside jazz, soul, and funk, Jarel grew up around, the influence of Africa and its musical history, on both North and South America, is key to the album's sound. On lead single "Banana Peel", Jarel's outernational perspective makes for a track that is almost impossible to place geographically: you can hear the swing of Jarel's native New Orleans jazz, the vibrance of Costa Rican rainforests as well as the influence of Jarel's vast collection of Brazilian records. "Viberian Waves 1 & 2" is equally nonconformist, morphing from funky Baroque-flavored instrumental hip hop into a bossa inspired, percussive jam. Taking its inspiration from the biblical prophecies foretelling the fully realized, physical and spiritual restoration of the earth and mankind after the thousand year reign of the Messianic Kingdom, After A Thousand Years contemplates and celebrates a world where everlasting love, peace, and harmony abound under a sovereign, divine rulership. Also features Scott Burton, Dr Who Dat?, Capitol Peoples, Café, and Micröclimate.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 569LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 569LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FRANK AND THE HURRICANES Love Ya Love Ya LP
"Frank Hurricane's been chugging along at his own personal pace for a good while now, and the further he rambles, the further we roam with him. Here he's joined by Jake Merrick on bass, vocals, and keys and John Spiegel on drums and percussion. And it feels good. The group exquisitely compliments Frank's tales of travel and serenity and the embrace of uncertainty. There's a languid hallucinatory Meat Puppets vibe to 'Creekside Cooler,' 'Spivey,' and 'Wildorado,' a song with a killer Taco Bell shout-out. Elsewhere they lope through after-hours vibes that could be drawn from the Raccoon catalog or some Shangri-La Studio sessions. Some examples: 'Cold and Snow' gives a classic American trope the Hurricane psilocybin head nod treatment. Frank's always aware of spirits, and on 'I Know I'll See a Ghost' he casts himself as temporarily dead -- or halfway dead at least. It's the spiritual purgatory outlined by George Saunders in Lincoln in the Bardo funneled into a '90s flannel. 'Devil's Looking Glass' is almost bardic in scope and feel. 'Dandelions' renders the intoxication of amorous desire into a chug worthy of Crazy Horse. 'Luna Belle' starts as a lilting evening lament and gallops off to the moon before it gets started. 'Dreamed About You' could be a song about missing just about anything or anyone or any hope or any wish. And so Frank Hurricane yawps wide and loud, once again, without apology, from his jug of love. This record is an elegy to sadly departed friends (Danny Cruz, Terry Turtle, et al.), and a beautiful dream of a future none of us can quite imagine but should probably be working towards." --Matt Krefting, Holyoke, MA 2020
FIELD RECORDS (NETHERLANDS)
FIELD 030LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: FIELD 030LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KEN, SUGAI Tone River LP
Caught somewhere between environmental sound studies and surrealist sonic architecture, Sugai Ken helps mark the 30th release of Field Records with an ambitious new album. Commissioned by the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo, Tone River is the product of a year's intensive work between artist and label, created in part to examine the relationship between Japan and the Netherlands with regard to water management. While its doors to the Western world were closed during the 17th and 18th centuries, Japan kept abreast of Western science via a Dutch trade post in the bay of Nagasaki. When the country changed from a feudal society to a modern democracy through the turn of the 19th century, Dutch engineers lent their expertise to large-scale water management projects. One of the most prestigious projects of the time was the Tone River, which stretches 322 kilometers across Honshu, Japan's largest island. For this project, Sugai Ken traveled to three points across the Tone River and used regular, binaural and underwater microphones to record environmental sounds, seeking to express the change in landscape of the river in its flow into the Pacific Ocean. On Tone River, these varied recordings are interspersed and juxtaposed with Ken's distinctive take on synthesis, where raw and precisely sculpted textures and tones interact in stark, neutral space. On this conceptually rigorous, yet beguiling and free-flowing record, Sugai Ken glides between the elemental and hyper-synthetic in a flexible exploration of sound and story.
FINDERS KEEPERS (UK)
FKR 107LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: FKR 107LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
PIERRE, ALAIN O Sidarta LP
Within the elusive confines of this film awaits an unreleased album that defies categorization by a musician who in a different time and space would be revered amongst some of the most important exponents of progressive rock, dark ambient, krautrock, and pioneering synthesizer composition -- not to mention sound design and art-house film scores. As a protégé of François Bayle and Luc Ferrari who had studied classical music before immersing himself in found-sound manipulation and oscillators, Alain Pierre quickly became an enthusiastic go-to man for sound sculpture and technical studio proficiency in Belgium's small film industry. To the many generations of dedicated fans of the visual work of Philippe Druillet it might seem virtually impossible to adequately "score" the alien, futurist landscapes of the man who many called the "space architect", but once you have heard the sonic reactions of Alain Pierre on this the first-ever dedicated Druillet documentary, Ô Sidarta. Despite Druillet's large number of collaborations, it is fair to say that this criminally unreleased album by Alain Pierre would conjure up the closest synergy between sound and vision that either artist would come close to. The almost twelve of continuous music that Alain Pierre supplied for Ô Sidarta in 1974 fortunately appears in its entirety, unedited, as it does here for the first time ever away from its original broadcasts. Broadcast on Belgian and French TV that autumn, the film received a warm reception from Druillet fans, prospective film producers and space rock fans lucky enough to catch the short feature. Alain was a serious "live" performer, and his lesser-documented performances resemble the sound of Ô Sidarta most closely, proving that the Druillet collaboration was naturalistic and conceptually close to Alain's personal stylistic agenda. A rare recording of a one-off concert at the Université libre de Bruxelles in October 1976 reveals a very similar set of movements and soundscapes found on Ô Sidarta. This rare artifact has been included on the second side of this record under its original title "Notions de physique intérieure" (Notions Of Interior Physics) and stands as a perfect companion piece to Ô Sidarta -- complete with a very similar "kit list" including the welcome addition of an Arp Sequencer, a Korg Vocoder, and a Theremin. With Ô Sidarta, Alain successfully combines more unlikely musical influences, experimental techniques, and previously unheard soundscapes and studio tricks in to one twelve-minute score. Licensed with the full cooperation of composer Alain Pierre and remastered from the original master tapes.
GET ON DOWN
GET 56047LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: GET 56047LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
CHAPPELL & BUCKWILD, RASHEED Sinners And Saints LP
"On their ambitious collaboration, New York rap heavyweights Rasheed Chappell & Buckwild have perfectly captured the stress and tension, but also faint sense of the hope, of what it means to be a sinner or a saint. In just 11 tracks, Sinners & Saints plays like an audio documentary series filled with expertly crafted beats and rhymes. When the two sat down to work together, Rasheed says that they only knew that they 'wanted to address the now, the past, and the potential future.' And upon receiving the first batch of beats from Buck -- the D.I.T.C. producer with decades of acclaimed work to his name -- the NY emcee used a majority of them and knew immediately what they were doing. 'My goal was simple: don't try to recreate anything they have done, just create something that no one else can do, which is to be me,' Rasheed says. Buck echoed that sentiment when he talked about the record in a documentary, in which he expressed his excitement to work with not just a talented rapper, but a skilled artist. 'Being an artist is just as important as putting two words together to rhyme,' Buck explained. That high level of artistry, from everyone involved, is what makes Sinners & Saints so impactful. Not just anyone could pull off a track as stirring as 'The Blue Hood,' in which Rasheed plays the role of a racist, corrupt police officer over Buck's harrowing production. The same goes for 'Rock Bottom' where he and Ransom sound off about life's low points, and 'Bredren,' a speaker-knocking middle-finger in musical form featuring Planet Asia. There's just so much to love about what these two have created with Sinners & Saints, a project that sounds like if 2020 was a hip-hop album. And if things do truly get better as we move into 2021, there's no better anthem than 'Black Owned,' a powerful anthem for Rasheed, Buck, and everyone listening."
GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)
GUESS 063CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GUESS 063CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PIGMY Manifestacion CD
Pigmy is the solo project of Vicente Maciá, founding member of '90s Spanish psych band Carrots. Highly influenced by late '60s/early '70s UK psych, folk-rock, and baroque pop (think Magna Carta, Fairfield Parlour, Pete Dello, Duncan Browne, Cat Stevens, Amazing Blondel) as well as Spanish '70s folk-pop/SSW (Solera, José y Manuel, Vainica Doble), Pigmy surprised everyone with his previous two albums, Miniaturas (2006) and Hamsterdam (2014), which are now cult items between psych-folk fans. After a long period of songwriting and recording, Pigmy returns with Manifestación, his long-awaited third album. And the result is stunning. Magical, out-of-time psychedelic folk-pop, in the same vein of Hamsterdam but this time incorporating medieval/Renaissance instruments (lute, recorder), giving Manifestación a very unique feel. A Latin poem opens the album, followed by the medieval sounding "Almendros en Flor" with great use of flute. "Manifestación", inspired by the "Rosarium Philosophorum" alchemy book from 1550, features the two main ingredients from the new Pigmy sound: psychedelia and renaissance music. You hear echoes of the first Duncan Browne on "El Hombre Menguante". Medieval atmosphere a la Magna Carta on "Incienso y Bengala", featuring trumpets and flugelhorn: "White magic from your lute, it sounds a strange equation." "Ana" is delicious folk-pop. Things get quite proggy on "Lo Sagrado en lo Profano", bringing to mind those obscure British bands from the early '70s on labels like Dawn or Neon. On "Mi Canción", Pigmy sings about crickets and grasshoppers to the rhythm of progressive, pastoral folk-rock. "Lachrimae Pavan" is an instrumental piece played only with lute. "It's me, let me in, I want to show you a garden", sings Pigmy on "Déjame Entrar", a melancholic folk song featuring violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, and recorder. "Septiembre" closes the album in a stellar way, folk-pop with female backing vocals, organ, vibraphone. RIYL: Magna Carta, Pink Floyd, Kaleidoscope, Fairfield Parlour, Strawbs.
GUESS 167LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: GUESS 167LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PIGMY Manifestacion LP
LP version. Pigmy is the solo project of Vicente Maciá, founding member of '90s Spanish psych band Carrots. Highly influenced by late '60s/early '70s UK psych, folk-rock, and baroque pop (think Magna Carta, Fairfield Parlour, Pete Dello, Duncan Browne, Cat Stevens, Amazing Blondel) as well as Spanish '70s folk-pop/SSW (Solera, José y Manuel, Vainica Doble), Pigmy surprised everyone with his previous two albums, Miniaturas (2006) and Hamsterdam (2014), which are now cult items between psych-folk fans. After a long period of songwriting and recording, Pigmy returns with Manifestación, his long-awaited third album. And the result is stunning. Magical, out-of-time psychedelic folk-pop, in the same vein of Hamsterdam but this time incorporating medieval/Renaissance instruments (lute, recorder), giving Manifestación a very unique feel. A Latin poem opens the album, followed by the medieval sounding "Almendros en Flor" with great use of flute. "Manifestación", inspired by the "Rosarium Philosophorum" alchemy book from 1550, features the two main ingredients from the new Pigmy sound: psychedelia and renaissance music. You hear echoes of the first Duncan Browne on "El Hombre Menguante". Medieval atmosphere a la Magna Carta on "Incienso y Bengala", featuring trumpets and flugelhorn: "White magic from your lute, it sounds a strange equation." "Ana" is delicious folk-pop. Things get quite proggy on "Lo Sagrado en lo Profano", bringing to mind those obscure British bands from the early '70s on labels like Dawn or Neon. On "Mi Canción", Pigmy sings about crickets and grasshoppers to the rhythm of progressive, pastoral folk-rock. "Lachrimae Pavan" is an instrumental piece played only with lute. "It's me, let me in, I want to show you a garden", sings Pigmy on "Déjame Entrar", a melancholic folk song featuring violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, and recorder. "Septiembre" closes the album in a stellar way, folk-pop with female backing vocals, organ, vibraphone. RIYL: Magna Carta, Pink Floyd, Kaleidoscope, Fairfield Parlour, Strawbs.
GUESS 169LP
PRICE: $36.50
CAT #: GUESS 169LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRINCOS World Devil Body / Mundo Demonio Carne 2LP
50th anniversary deluxe edition of this Spanish psychedelic/progressive masterpiece from 1970. First ever vinyl reissue featuring the intended but never used at the time nude gatefold cover design by painter Claudio Bravo. Double set including the Spanish version of the album plus, for the first time on vinyl, the alternate English version that Fernando Arbex (Brincos main man) considered to be the definitive one and that he couldn't release at the time, including different track list/mixes than the released at the time English one, resulting in a fabulous psych album with a strong late '60s British feel. In 1969, Los Brincos, probably the most famous Spanish '60s pop band -- often dubbed "the Spanish Beatles" -- added a new member to their line-up: Colombian born, accomplished keyboard/guitar player Oscar Lasprilla (Time Machine, The Speakers). Influenced by psychedelia, prog-rock and underground sounds, Los Brincos (now simply named "Brincos"), led by drummer/main songwriter Fernando Arbex, decided that their new album would be a conceptual work -- something never seen in Spain until then. The concept behind the album was supposedly to be based on the three enemies of the soul: the world, the flesh, and the devil, hence the final title: World Devil Body. This ambitious work was recorded by the new Brincos line-up, with famous Spanish musician Augusto Algueró as arranger -- at the same place where King Crimson recorded their legendary debut, Wessex Studios in London, using the same sound engineer, Robin Thompson. Some songs were sung in Spanish, some in English, being the central piece an outstanding 12-minute long conceptual psych suite, sung in English and titled "Mundo Demonio y Carne" ("World Devil & Body"). There was nothing similar in Spain at that time and this track stands today as one of the earliest, if not the first, progressive pieces ever recorded by a Spanish band. Regarding the other tracks, you find many surprises: a long eastern sounding instrumental ("Kama-Sutra"); the eerie "Esa Mujer" featuring members of the London Symphony Orchestra; British influenced psych-pop "Jenny La Genio", "Promises and Dreams" or "Butterfly" (with vocals sung through a megaphone!); hard-psych with plenty of guitar and Hammond ("Emancipation", "Misery & Pain"). Includes 12-page color insert with detailed notes; includes poster.
JACKPOT RECORDS
JPR 064LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: JPR 064LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DENNY, MARTIN Exotica LP
2021 repress, now on black vinyl. "Martin Denny's debut #1 album originally released in 1957. Original mono recording preferred by Martin Denny and featuring Arthur Lyman and Augie Colon. Exotica spawned an entire genre and the birth of the tiki/cocktail movement starts here."
JPR 065LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: JPR 065LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DENNY, MARTIN Quiet Village LP
2021 repress, now on black vinyl. "Martin Denny Quiet Village originally released in 1959. Iconic album artwork reflected the fantasy of Denny's Influential fusion of tropical moods. 9/10 All Music Guide review."
JPR 066LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: JPR 066LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DENNY, MARTIN Hypnotique LP
2021 repress, now on black vinyl. "Martin Denny Hypnotique originally released in 1959. A fan favorite from the father of the 'exotica' movement. Stunning original cover artwork. 9/10 All Music Guide review."
K7/BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
K7 371EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: K7 371EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
RED AXES Trips #1: In Africa EP 12"
2021 repress. Red Axes are very excited to present Trips #1: In Africa, the first part of their new project, Trips, a multi-media venture combining music, film and travelling across the globe in pursuit of extraordinary collaborations. Niv Arzi and Dori Sadovnik are seeking to discover new grounds and sounds, and to record local musicians, indigenous instruments and present workshops for youth music schools. This EP features three slices of contemporary body music, with both East and West African musical motifs, having been recorded in both Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. Features Yakomin and Insaac Students.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 430LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: KOM 430LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Pop Ambient 2021 LP
LP version. Includes download with full CD track listing. LP version features Blank Gloss, Yui Onodera, Thore Pfeiffer, Morgen Wurde, Reich & Würden, Neozaïre, Joachim Spieth & Pepo Galán, Max Würden, and Leandro Fresco & Thore Pfeiffer. It's 2020, the year Pop Ambient turns twenty-one years old, a spritely young adult waltzing out of its teenage joys and tears. Pop Ambient has always stood for a certain classicism and elegance, a kind of beatless music that's diaphanous and hazy, gossamer and glittering. For twenty-one years, Kompakt co-founder Wolfgang Voigt has curated a series of peerless compilations that repeatedly find refreshing answers to a simple question: What happens when the dancefloor is empty, and everyone's home to drift away? As with many other Pop Ambient compilations, Pop Ambient 2021 offers a welcome platform to contributions from both old friends and new faces. It opens with the gorgeous, slo-mo drift of "Of A Vessel", from new Kompakt signings Blank Gloss. Sending their music out into the world from their home in Sacramento, this duo makes music that's featherlight and luscious, the muted chime of a guitar over here, the steady hum of a halatial drone. Neozaïre and Seventh World are two additional new voices, the latter closing Pop Ambient 2021 with a long, lambent dreamsong, Neozaïre offering two gaseous, morphing driftworks, "In Verschwenderischer Fülle" etched across with bell-like arpeggios. Pop Ambient has always felt like a field for play for the Kompakt cognoscenti, and 2021 is no different, with Joachim Spieth collaborating with Pepo Galán on the sidereal visions of "Libration", while Leandro Fresco teams up with Thore Pfeiffer on the lovely "Abejorro". Pfeiffer also contributes two lovely solo miniatures of abstract longing. Yui Onodera calls in again, long distance, for their fourth Pop Ambient running, with the refracted, glinting lightscapes of "Cromo 5" and "Monochrome", while there are also star turns from Max Würden, both solo and in Reich & Würden, and Morgen Wurde, who drops by with the "ethereal drama" of "Mittsommer". Pop Ambient gets the balance right: visions and soundscapes, long-distance communications and intimate asides, sweetness and light, drama and dreaming, all wrapped up in floral abstractions -- a most beautiful distraction.
KOMP 163CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: KOMP 163CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GAS Zauberberg CD
Zauberberg -- Wolfgang Voigt's most fundamental (and foreboding) release under his alias GAS and perhaps of all in his untold discography -- finally stands alone once again and is released in the way its original splendor. Originally released in 1997 on the iconic Frankfurt imprint Mille Plateaux, and then reissued in 2016 as a part of GAS Box (KOM 370LP, 2016), Zauberberg is now released on CD on his own label, Kompakt. Though this narcotic symphony is not the first release under the GAS moniker, Zauberberg is the first to disclose the true nature of Wolfgang Voigt's unified sound and ideology as GAS. Layers of ominous intensity supported by muffled kick drums as classical music loops incessantly swirl with no direction, Zauberberg is the definitive GAS album and a perfect starting point for those not familiar with his music.
KOMP 164CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: KOMP 164CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GAS Konigsforst CD
Königsforst -- following the 1997 release of Zauberberg (KOM 370-1LP), Wolfgang Voigt's GAS project returned with Königsforst in 1998, a full-length that has stood the test of time as a template for introducing fundamentals of '90s techno into the principles of contemporary electronic music. Originally released in 1998 on the iconic Frankfurt imprint Mille Plateaux, and then reissued in 2016 as a part of GAS Box (KOM 370LP), Königsforst is now released on Voigt's own label, Kompakt, on CD in its original artwork. Königsforst brings glimmers of light into Voigt's dark, magnificent forest. Melodic strings and brass are added to his signature layers of ominous intensity. The forest path is laid out by muffled kick drums as classical music loops incessantly swirl with no direction.
KOMP 165CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: KOMP 165CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GAS Pop CD
Pop -- the album that has become widely recognized as the defining moment in which Wolfgang Voigt brought his listeners into a clearing of his deep, psychedelic forest. A landmark release in the GAS odyssey that drew international attention, Pop was originally released in 2000 on the iconic Frankfurt imprint, Mille Plateux. Pop was heralded by Pitchfork at the time of release as being "an exercise in sonic texture... pure sonic velvet, the layered drone radiating a palpable warmth." Pop was reissued by Kompakt in 2016 as a part of GAS Box (now out of print) and finally now, Pop is released on Kompakt -- for the first time on CD in its original artwork.
LEWIS RECORDINGS (UK)
LEWIS 1065CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: LEWIS 1065CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
THOMAS, LERON More Elevator Music CD
"More Elevator Music is twelve tracks of jazz-edged hip-hop and reassuring curiosity reaching from the fuzziest depths of its backpack, with Iggy Pop, Malik Crumpler, Florian Pellissier, Kenny Ruby, Tibo Brandalise and Greg F providing assists. Jazz trumpeter, composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, provocateur and, 'masterful genre-bender', Leron Thomas, a New York transplant from Houston, was once upon a time in his own words 'just your run of the mill jazz musician realizing that I didn't vibrate well on the NYC jazz scene'. His credentials that have put him in his own lane, make a mockery of such self-deprecation. Charles Tolliver -- Thomas' one-time trumpet teacher in college -- is but one scene great he has performed with. Broadly speaking he can name Bilal, 88 Keys, Dennis Ferrer, Lauryn Hill (as part of her touring band) and Zara McFarlane as further conspirators of note. His performance critiqued by the NY Times as 'intelligent, casual, a little nuts and completely entertaining', Thomas has featured on Gilles Peterson's vanguard Brownswood Bubblers compilation series, and his 2015 release Cliquish was shortlisted by Peterson at the Worldwide awards in the best album category, described as a 'brilliant LP that really breaks the mould'. Prolifically off the radar and realigning his style inspired by the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, George Clinton, James Brown, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Herbie Nichols and Frankie Beverly, Thomas' most recent position at the wheel of reinvention was as a vital cog behind Iggy Pop's Free album of 2019."
LEWIS 1065LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: LEWIS 1065LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
THOMAS, LERON More Elevator Music 2LP
Double LP version. "More Elevator Music is twelve tracks of jazz-edged hip-hop and reassuring curiosity reaching from the fuzziest depths of its backpack, with Iggy Pop, Malik Crumpler, Florian Pellissier, Kenny Ruby, Tibo Brandalise and Greg F providing assists. Jazz trumpeter, composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, provocateur and, 'masterful genre-bender', Leron Thomas, a New York transplant from Houston, was once upon a time in his own words 'just your run of the mill jazz musician realizing that I didn't vibrate well on the NYC jazz scene'. His credentials that have put him in his own lane, make a mockery of such self-deprecation. Charles Tolliver -- Thomas' one-time trumpet teacher in college -- is but one scene great he has performed with. Broadly speaking he can name Bilal, 88 Keys, Dennis Ferrer, Lauryn Hill (as part of her touring band) and Zara McFarlane as further conspirators of note. His performance critiqued by the NY Times as 'intelligent, casual, a little nuts and completely entertaining', Thomas has featured on Gilles Peterson's vanguard Brownswood Bubblers compilation series, and his 2015 release Cliquish was shortlisted by Peterson at the Worldwide awards in the best album category, described as a 'brilliant LP that really breaks the mould'. Prolifically off the radar and realigning his style inspired by the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, George Clinton, James Brown, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Herbie Nichols and Frankie Beverly, Thomas' most recent position at the wheel of reinvention was as a vital cog behind Iggy Pop's Free album of 2019."
LIFE AND DEATH (ITALY)
LAD 055LP
PRICE: $32.00
CAT #: LAD 055LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Anthems For No State LP
What is techno? It's a question that might be worth considering in our current world away from the dancefloor, and that which is proposed by DJ Tennis on Anthems For No State, a new compilation commemorating ten years of music from Life And Death. A number of the label's most trusted associates offer their sonic answer to Tennis's query on this propulsive yet thoughtful compilation. "Not all of the artists here are exclusively associated with 'techno', whatever that may be, and everyone took a different direction," explains Manfredi, the international DJ turned-lockdown bicycle repairman. "But in producing something outside of your comfort zone, or experimenting with something you'd never thought about experimenting with, it takes you right back to when you started, and so you have nothing to lose. And it's liberating." Although Anthems For No State focuses on the potential within one particular sound, it's the perfect anniversary accompaniment to a decade of one of electronic music's more unpredictable institutions. As Tennis himself puts it, "sometimes we failed, sometimes we were successful without ever expecting it, but we always want to keep things interesting within the manifesto of the label." In this instance, techno is truly a matter of Life and Death. Features Schwarzmann, Prins Thomas, Byetone, Gera Akaté, Red Axes, Fango, Vivian Koch, and Luciano Esse. 140 gram pink vinyl.
LIVITY SOUND RECORDINGS (UK)
LIVITY 044EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: LIVITY 044EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SURGEONS GIRL A Violet Sleep EP 12"
The reflective and immersive extraterrestrial synth explorations of Surgeons Girl's A Violet Sleep EP mark a stunning, dream-like debut for the Bristol based artist to close a tumultuous year. Specializing in live audio-visual performance, combined with a love of analog synths, Surgeons Girl weaves emotive and enveloping sounds from her instruments, drawing on influences from the likes of Suzanne Ciani, Laurel Halo, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Livity Sound Recordings is a label set up by Peverelist in 2011 as a vehicle for a raw and exploratory strain of UK techno, rooted in the heritage of UK dance music and sound system culture.
LONDON RECORDS (FRANCE)
LMS 5521361
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: LMS 5521361
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS Fine Young Cannibals (Remastered) LP
LP version. Solid red vinyl; gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve; includes download code with the full album and 29 rare unreleased bonus tracks. Fine Young Cannibals' first, eponymous album, originally released in 1985, remastered for the very first time with Roland Gift's involvement. Includes the hits "Johnny Come Home", "Suspicious Minds". Includes 29 bonus rare/unreleased tracks -- B sides, live renditions including BBC session recorded with John Peel and Janice Long, and remixes with versions by Mousse T Cocktail, Derrick Carter, and Mark Moore. LP version comes on red vinyl; gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve; Includes download card which contains the 29 rare/unreleased tracks."When Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger split from the rest of the English Beat to form General Public, Andy Cox and Dave Steele originally advertised on MTV for a new lead singer for the Beat. When that didn't pan out (although it did work for Wall of Voodoo), Cox and Steele hooked up with the unique and soulful singer Roland Gift and formed the Fine Young Cannibals. Though the trio first hit the mass U.S. consciousness with 1989's electronic dance-pop The Raw and the Cooked, their 1985 debut was a soul-jazz pop charmer that's more low-key but every bit as entertaining. Along the lines of early Everything But the Girl (the two groups share a producer, Robin Millar) with a heavier Motown influence, the songs on Fine Young Cannibals are uniformly strong. The singles 'Johnny Come Home' (a plea to a runaway that sounds like the Beat's ska stripped down to its tense and obsessive essentials) and 'Blue' (one of the more oblique and successful anti-Margaret Thatcher tracks of its era) are terrific, but album tracks like the casually devastating 'Funny How Love Is' and the manic 'Like a Stranger' (which incongruously ends with a female chorus shrieking 'You've been too long in an institution!' repeatedly while Gift tries out his Otis Redding impression) are even better. The album's highlight, though, is a reworking of 'Suspicious Minds' (with scarifying backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville) that, while it doesn't replace Elvis' version, certainly takes the song into an interesting new direction. Although often overlooked, especially in the U.S., in the wake of their massively successful follow-up, Fine Young Cannibals is a powerful and satisfying debut." --Stewart Mason, AllMusic
LMS 5521363
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: LMS 5521363
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS The Raw and The Cooked (Remastered) LP
LP version. Solid red white vinyl; gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve; includes download code with the full album and 22 rare unreleased bonus tracks. The second album by the Fine Young Cannibals, The Raw and The Cooked, original released in 1989. Remastered for the very first time with Roland Gift's involvement. Fine Young Cannibals had talent to burn -- guitarist Andy Cox and multi-instrumentalist David Steele were veterans of the English Beat, and front man Roland Gift was a vocalist as distinctive as Sam Cooke or Al Green -- and 1989's The Raw and The Cooked shows the UK trio going out in style. The second and final FYC studio album neatly balances such retro-soul numbers as "Good Thing" and such Prince-influenced dance cuts as "She Drives Me Crazy." Both of those tracks became No.1 hits, and the remaining songs (all original except for a convincing cover of Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love") are also single-worthy. A double-Platinum smash, The Raw and The Cooked remains among the most listenable albums of the 1980s. Includes the hits "She Drives Me Crazy", "Good Thing", "I'm Not The Man I Used To Be". Features 22 bonus rare/unreleased tracks -- B sides, and also remixes by David Z, Ploeg Club, Dimitri From Paris Seth Troxler, Prince Paul, Youth, and Arthur Baker.
LUSTPODEROSA (SWITZERLAND)
LPDR 010LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: LPDR 010LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
STARK, MARLENE Hyane LP
This mini LP is an explicit message from Lustpoderosa's sonic continuum. These seven tracks show the deep connection of Marlene Starks's work as a writer and an artist to her role as mother and DJ in times when there is an urgent need to dismantle the patriarchy in our society and rave culture. Marlene Stark is telling us much more than a great musical story with the symbolic title Hyäne. Marlene wants to direct our attention to a reviled creature while she reflects on its literary and symbolic meanings. Although hyenas live in a matriarchal society, its transmutation can be perceived as the ongoing struggle of the non-male body in an androcentric world view. Marlene Starks reinterprets the figure of the hyena in a very poetic, self-ironical, and honest way, as shown in the tracks "Hungry As a Hunter", "Hyäne" and "Language Of Old Woman". It's a neo-ceremonial call to rethink established structures without missing out the turbulent landscape of today's politics. From early trip-hop to post-rave elements, Stark combines her sonic adventures with an impressively nonchalant and colloquial vocabulary. Her voice, as well as the voice of guest singer Stefanie Mader, achieves a remarkable vocal structure that goes beyond the mainstream. This is the contemporary body music for the next generation.
MAGAZINE (GERMANY)
WAVES 001LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: WAVES 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CURD DUCA Waves 1 LP+CD
Waves 1 is the first release of Curd Duca since the legendary Elevator series (1998-2000). Waves is an album trilogy. Waves 2 and 3 will be released on Magazine in 2021. If you think of Curd Duca's Waves in terms of sound, rather than in terms of form, each track on Waves is actually like the large, illuminated, richly decorated initial letter that introduces the narrative of so many medieval manuscripts. It is as if Duca was collecting extraordinary letters, opening up an alphabet of sounds, and developing a musical phonetics between adjacent terms. From gong to gone; bell to bells minus drone; dome to father. The real beauty of Curd Duca's cycle lies in the fact that it opens up differently from so many perspectives. That you can understand it as a collection of treasures, as a commentary on our acoustic environment, as an attempt to dissect the world and stylize its parts. Much like a printer's typesetting box, Duca proposes an inventory of everything that sounds. Some of the pieces are exaggerations. Some allusions. Others abstractions, parodies, and transgurations. It is often not even clear whether the music is based on a recording or a synthetic sound. Is the nightjar real or is it a synthetic imitation? Did Duca really use brass and zither sounds or simulate them on the computer? The hermaphroditic nature between reality and arti ciality is a central aspect of Duca's sound world. There is only one thing you must not do with this music: trivialize it or underestimate it. With Waves, Duca is exploring the very essence of sound, and its possible meanings and contradictions.
MAIS UM (UK)
MAIS 027LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MAIS 027LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ONETE, DONA Feitico Caboclo LP
First ever vinyl pressing. Originally released in 2014. With her joyous stage persona and intoxicating blend of Amazonian, Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms, Dona Onete is one of world music's most entertaining recent success stories. Described by her manager as "Grace Jones trapped in the body of Cesaria Evora", Onete's songs talk about the delights of seducing men, herbs that make your body "shake" and her encounters with legends of the Amazon. Onete sings carimbó, an indigenous rhythm and dance from Pará, the state of Belém, influenced by both African and European traditions, and which forms the basis of the more famous lambada and other Caribbean rhythms. She recorded Feitiço Caboclo aged 73, and an international release from Mais Um in 2014 saw critics fall immediately for this sassy, saucy and sexy septuagenarian -- influential French magazine Les Inrocks made the album one of their top 5 "world" releases that year and rapturously received festival performances at Womad UK, Paris's Cabaret Sauvage, Portugal's FMM Sines followed in 2015. Onete was born in Cachoeira do Ararí, nestled in the delta of the Amazon across from Belém. She claims she only started to sing properly at the age of 11. "I used to spend the whole day on the river banks, washing clothes. One day, I saw a dolphin and thought that I should sing for him. The next day I sang again, and another came, and another, and soon a whole family of dolphins came to listen!" By the age of fifteen she was singing samba, quadrilhas, boi bumba, and other Northeastern genres in the bars of her hometown, yet Onete never considered a career in music. She became a Professor of History and Amazonian Studies in Igaparé Miri and ardently researched the rhythms, dances and traditions of the indigenous and black people of the area. This led her to establish several music and dance groups, which regenerated traditional customs, and which eventually saw her elected as the Municipal Secretary of Culture of Igaparé-Miri. Absorbing all these genres and rhythms, Dona Onete also began to compose, creating the hybrid genre for which she would later become famous, the carimbó chamegado.
MAITREYA APACHE MUSIC
MAM 202CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: MAM 202CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SMITH/MAITREYA KALI, CRAIG Apache / Inca CD
2021 restock. The psychedelic masterpiece nobody heard -- First ever official, authorized release of psychedelic mega-rarity. After suffering an LSD-induced mental breakdown, Los Angeles-based songwriter Craig Smith renamed himself Maitreya Kali and custom-pressed Apache / Inca, a double-LP documenting his musical, personal, and spiritual journey. His message to the world, encoded on the album jackets in rambling, quasi-mystical Messianic verse, was urgent, desperate, delusional, and disturbing. Recorded between 1967 and 1971, the music tells a different story. Achingly beautiful, haunting acoustic folk songs; luminescent psychedelic folk-rock; eerie, off-kilter acid rock; fragments; field recordings -- all meticulously woven into a magical, mesmerizing whole. Apache / Inca is an extraordinary work. Not the dark, self-indulgent ramblings of a cracked Messiah, but a thoughtfully-crafted collection of work by a singer and songwriter of remarkable depth and talent whose world was falling apart. Soon afterwards Maitreya -- and Craig -- disappeared into the shadows. He died homeless in a North Hollywood Park in 2012. Decades after its creation, Apache / Inca was discovered by collectors and hailed as a psychedelic masterpiece. It is now one of the most revered and sought-after artifacts of the era. Includes seven tracks by the Penny Arkade, produced by Michael Nesmith. CD version comes as a digipak; includes 32-page booklet.
MANUFACTURED RECORDINGS
MFG 036LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 036LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MARSH, MILTON Monism LP
2021 restock; LP version. "In 1975, Milton Marsh released his first album Monism for the Strata-East label. Marsh, a composer, arranger, saxophonist and flautist, recorded the album in New York City from 1973-1974. The musicians on Monism represent some of the finest living in NYC at the time: pianist Cedric Lawson, bassist Don Pate along with two rising stars at the time, David Ware on saxophone and Greg Bandy on percussion. Ironically, all of these artists would go on to record several volumes of music in their careers except for Marsh, who recorded only one additional album, 1985's Continuum, after a decade long absence. Marsh composed and arranged all of the album's six compositions, each of which featured between nine and 17 players. This sizable headcount explains the album's ability to soar from quiet, minimal moments to robust, dissonant explosions, depending upon the track. 'Vonda's Tune', the album's opener, begins with a brief solitary and somber horn solo, which later opens up to the more 'avant' sounds of 'Community Music'. The title track is where Marsh's compositions reach their most unpredictable and exciting moments, however. 'Monism' closes out the A side with a free jazz jamboree, complete with a spoken word delivery of a Sufi poem from Marsh himself. The album's B-side is relegated to more traditional structures, and features some of the most driving piano, drum and saxophone playing fans of the genre could hope to hear; at once loose and decidedly collaborative in its delivery. Perhaps prompted by Marsh's ten-year disappearance from the recording world, this long out of print recording has become a collector's edition for those familiar with it. Original copies have been known to sell for more than $100 among collectors. Manufactured Recordings is proud to present this reissued volume again on vinyl for the first time in 40 years."
MFG 037LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 037LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BROTHER AH Sound Awareness LP
2021 restock; LP version. "The renowned French horn player known as Brother Ah (aka Robert Northern) is one of the most prolific and respected musicians in the history of jazz music, with a recorded output spanning more than 30 years. Born in 1934 and raised in the south Bronx, Brother Ah was playing jazz trumpet as early as fifteen years of age. Following a classical French horn education at Austria's Vienna State Academy, he emerged in the late '50s and established himself as a skilled and consistent session musician, playing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and numerous Broadway theater orchestras. Brother Ah recorded well into the '60s with some of the most illustrious names in the genre, including Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and, perhaps most influentially, Sun Ra. In 1969, Ah formed his own group, the Musical Sound Awareness Ensemble, and released several works under his own name from 1974 onward. In the late '60s, his interest in non-western music developed, and his '70s recordings, incorporated elements of Eastern and 'Third World' music, fusing them with jazz structures. His first solo recording, Sound Awareness was released on the Strata East label in 1972. By this time, Ah had recorded extensively with the Sun Ra Arkestra and his solo work continued the boundary-pushing approaches he explored with that ensemble. Consisting of two side-length tracks, 'Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession)', and 'Love Piece', the album features notable appearances by percussionist Max Roach and the M'Boom Re:percussion Ensemble, as well as a 90-piece vocal choir. The 22-minute 'Beyond Yourself' is billed as 'a sound journey' in seven parts, outlining a man's struggle to either give up drugs or become a monk."
MFG 066LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 066LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
HAMMOND, DOUG Folks LP
2021 restock. "Released in 1980, Hammond's third album is described by jazz critic Francis Davis (Village Voice, Atlantic Monthly) in Downbeat Magazine as 'something of an omnibus -- there's a little bit of everything here, the best of it excellent.' Expect bright original compositions filled with dancing rhythm duets, sonorous cello, modal vocalese & more. Recorded with bassist Cecil McBee, vocalists Angela Bofil and Bessie Carter, saxophonists Steve Coleman and Byard Lancaster and cellist Muneer Abdul Fataah, Hammond is an unassuming leader, acting as an imaginative drummer who allows the soloists to shine time and time again. Now considered a rare, classic spiritual jazz session of the era."
MENTAL EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)
MENT 032EP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MENT 032EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ELECTRIC CHAIRS So Many Ways 12"
First ever reissue of this sought-after punk-funk/no wave/electro post-punk 45 from 1979 by post-Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, produced by David Cunningham (Flying Lizards). In 1979, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs -- the legendary punk-rock band - recorded their third album, Things Your Mother Never Told You, in London. It was produced by David Cunningham of the Flying Lizards, famous also for his work with This Heat, Michael Nyman, etc. He also played synthesizer on some of the tracks. Often compared to Bowie's Low (1977) and Iggy Pop's Lust For Life (1977), the album combined the no-frills punk-rock sound of the band with the experimental production of Cunningham, showing his love for dub music and cut n'paste/electronica. After a tour promoting the album, vocalist Wayne County along with guitar player Eliot Michaels departed the band and returned to New York, where County later emerged as Jayne County. The remaining Electric Chairs members -- Val Haller, JJ Johnson, and Henry Padovani (ex-Police) -- decided to continue under the Electric Chairs name. Their record label gave them just a month to find a replacement singer and write material for an album. After rehearsing with a few singers, none of which were suitable, the trio decided to go into the studio and record some tracks with Cunningham as producer. The result was the "So Many Ways"/"J'Attends Les Marines" 45, released in November 1979 by Safari Records. Here, Cunningham applied his most experimental production techniques, using electronic treatments on drums, rhythms, and vocals. "So Many Ways", featuring Val on lead vocals, was far from anything else the band had previously done: an hypnotic punk-funk/no wave/synthetic pop hybrid that still sounds years ahead of its time. In 2013, it was included on the compilation Under The Influence by famous DJ, James Glass. "J'Attends Les Marines" was a rework of "Waiting For The Marines" from the Things Your Mother album but adding a cool dub / experimental touch. Here's the first ever vinyl reissue of this sought-after punk-funk/no wave 45, featuring the original artwork but expanded to 12" format for maximum sound quality and including two exclusive edits/reworks by Electric Chairs fan and mix/edit wizard Gareth Goddard, aka Cherrystones.
MENT 033EP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MENT 033EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Pyramid Edits 12"
Pyramid was an underground/homemade label created by Toby Robinson and his friend Robin Page (the Fluxus artist) while they were living in Cologne, Germany, in the '70s. Toby -- aka The Mad Twiddler, aka Genius P. Orridge -- is well-known to krautrock collectors as one of a number of engineers working at Stockhausen's WDR and Dierks Studio in Cologne in the mid-1970s, where he assisted on recordings by many famous kraut bands such as Can, Birth Control, Mythos, or Dzyan. Pyramid was home to a series of fascinating homemade albums by impossible and lost-in-time kraut-kosmische bands like Cozmic Corridors, Golem, Nazgul... all of them reissued by Mental Experience in the last years. One of the most celebrated tracks from the Pyramid catalog is "Interstellar Shortwave" by The Astral Army, originally included on the Cologne Curiosities comp (MENT 005CD/LP, 2016). It's a heavy-disco-kraut-groove, DJ friendly, Hawkwind-inspired track recorded circa mid-70s, and it's presented here in its original version -- pressed at 45rpm for maximum and expanding sound quality -- and also as an edit by Gareth Goddard, aka Cherrystones, who also offers another edit of "The Dead Marshes", one of the tracks included on The Nazgul album (MENT 016CD/LP). Here, Cherrystones transforms the spooky, avant-garde sound of the track into a kind of cinematic, horror spaghetti western soundtrack. To round up the 12", there's an experimental Cherrystones rework of "Daruber", a dark ambient/kosmische classic by Cozmic Corridors. Includes download card; edition of 300.
MULE MUSIQ (GERMANY)
MUSIQ 264LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: MUSIQ 264LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KUNIYUKI Flying Music LP
Mule Musiq reissue Kuniyuki's classic Flying Music on vinyl, originally released in 2008. The "Long Dub Version Chapter 2 Mix" and "Deep Poetry Mix" versions make their first appearance on vinyl. Limited reissue, don't sleep.
NASHAZPHONE (EGYPT)
NP 032LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: NP 032LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
EL-ABBASSI, DRISSI Rai Sidi Bel Abbes LP
A selection of eight songs covering the period from 1979 to 1989 by one of Rai's softest voices. Wah-Wah driven, mid-tempo guitar based early Rai from the city where Rai's "harder" form was conceived. Sad romantic songs about lost loves and other sorrowful tales. Mastered by Mark Gergis. Vinyl master and lacquer cut by Frederic Alstadt - Angstrom Studio. Edition of 300."... In the mid-1970s, the music scene in the Oran region was dominated by groups such as Les Aigles Noirs, Choc, or The Basils -- playing mainly Western pop covers, ranging from the Beatles to French romantic songs. Then, there were also the emerging new Rai sounds, championed by Messaoud Bellemou and his troupe -- with a sound driven by trumpets and saxophones. I was 17 in 1978, when I joined Les Aigles Noirs as a 'stage animator' . . . This is how I met Ahmed Zergui. Zergui and his group, Les Freres Zergui were pioneers. They were the first to introduce wah-wah pedals and drums in Rai . . . It combined Rai, rock and jazz elements into something unheard before. It was about 1979 when Ahmed Zergui offered me to join his group as an animator . . . In 1979, I released my first cassette Jayya Arassa / Jaya Techoufi Babak on Editions Mekkeraphone with Zergui on guitar. Cheb Khaled was the rising star of Rai after releasing 'Ya Sada' and he covered my song 'Jat Jat', which helped attract a lot of attention, and resulted in many show requests around Oran . . . Ahmed Zergui passed away in 1983 . . . The group separated and we did not know what to do . . . In 1984, I began reaching out to former members of the group, such as Omar Assou, Kassem Atek, Nasser, and Houari Toubi. In Oran, I linked with the label La Nouvelle Etoile, who invited me to start recording again. We signed a three-year contract and we released nine cassettes together; the first of which featured 'Jibek Liyam' and 'Malgre Ma Dert Fiya'. Rai was progressing fast, and had started to integrate modern instruments such as Roland synthesizers, drum machines, etc... We started recording at Studio Malik in Oran, and this is where we met the true legend that was Meghni Mohamed . . . By the late 1980s, we had worked with most of the established Rai labels such as Editions Anwar, Editions Maghreb, or Editions Saint Crepain. In 1994, Kassem Atek and I considered applying quarter tones and Hijaz Maqam to the electric guitar. I was very familiar with them on vocals, but applying them to guitar was a first in North Africa. This new sound had a relatively large success, which resulted in numerous releases...." --Drissi El-Abbassi (Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria September 2020)
NP 033LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: NP 033LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
SMITH, VALERIE We're Depressed LP
Valerie Smith (who's in fact a hairy man from Paris) presents We're Depressed. An album -- dedicated to Mark Beyer -- of intense, drugged and psychotic noise/techno that honors the emotional bleakness and naive beauty of Beyer's world of depression and degradation. Artwork by Hendrik Hegray. Recorded by Hendrik Hegray on 4-track in winter 2017/2018. Mastered by Michel Wiesniewski. Vinyl master & lacquer cut by Frederic Alstadt - Angstrom Studio"This new LP by Hendrik Hegray's Valerie Smith project celebrates his visual and auditive practices in a way that remains as vibrant as a cut out Matisse piece which a loud wind blew out of the window into the dust, where a stray child used it as dental floss." --Dennis Tyfus (Antwerpen, Belgium September 2020)
NP 034LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: NP 034LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
UNGLEE IZI S.1.W / Tracteur Directrice De L'A.S.M.A. LP
New frequency challenges in this new dub flavored album by Paris's singular and mysterious Unglee Izi. Two side-long tracks of sharp and meticulous digital sound architecture covering a wide spectrum of sonic precision and melodic beauty. Music/recording/artwork by Unglee Izi. Master and lacquer cut by Frederic Alstadt - Angstrom Studio. Edition of 200.
NP 035LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: NP 035LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA This Is Cairo Not The Screamers LP
Seven intense Egyptian shaabi remixes by Cairo's finest. Features ABADIR, 1127, 3Phaz, ZULI, KZLK, Nadah El-Shazly, and Youssef Abouzeid. Master and lacquer cut by Frederic Alstadt - Angstrom Studio. Back cover photo by Hendrik Hegray. Edition of 300.
PACIFIC CITY DISCS (BELGIUM)
PCD 004LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: PCD 004LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
STAR SEARCHERS Avatar Blue 2 LP
Spencer Clark is back with the second volume of his futuristic eco-friendly record, Avatar Blue -- It's life on earth as you never heard it. The story goes like this: Spencer wanted to do a soundtrack for the yet to be made Avatar 2. And if you know Spencer's work, you'll know that he engaged on this mission reading material that influenced the rich and crazy imaginary world of Avatar. If you think about it a little bit, something like Avatar could have really come out from the mind of Spencer Clark. But it didn't. So, he dwelled around the idea of that soundtrack, working on what is now known as Avatar Blue. The record Pacific City Discs now release is a selection he made from the double-CD released in 2019. Like many of Spencer's other alias or incarnations, Star Searchers introduces the listener to a new world. Besides making sounds/soundtracks for alternative realities he cares about making a world for his music to live in. It's never superficial or dedicated just to the act of imagination, Spencer creates sounds that sustain the reality he imagined. That's why they're so rich and consequential in the realization of music as a medium. Avatar Blue is music but also literature. And cinema. Star Searchers' sound creates an absorbent sound about what's happening in aquatic life. It goes beyond the perception of what we've seen or what we've known, it's a neo-future aquatic life, with a world building structure and sounds and narratives that go along with it. All done with a sound-aesthetics that could be described as slowed-down-trance, that fits 1980s synth nostalgia and dreams of sci-fi to come. Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering Berlin.
PENULTIMATE PRESS (UK)
PP 048LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PP 048LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
MATHS BALANCE VOLUMES A Year Closer LP
"... The city of Mankato, Minnesota has been the steady gathering point for the band since its beginnings. Mankato had always provided an ominous backdrop: built on stolen Dakota land, the city was the site of the largest mass execution in US history, when 38 Dakota prisoners were hanged on in 1862 in a straightforward act of genocide. But in their music of the past twelve years, Maths Balance Volumes has made music in and of a hometown overshadowed and unsettled by its history, music for a world in which things have never been okay. Traditional American folk genres seep in at times, but never as the incarnation of a living popular culture -- only as ghosts or unliving effigies. A Year Closer tells you in its title what its theme is: approaching death, time ticking away and getting closer with each track of the record. We are told in the first song that our protective mask isn't working, warned by the storm clouds and a ticking bedroom clock in 'Dark Skies'. We hear fears of death approaching in the sad words exchanged by lovers who see they will run out of time, or already have, as in 'We Had Time' or the romantic lament of 'When I Drink.' In 'Work Last Monday,' all of life passes with cold automatism in an 'office apartment,' as a narrator broods over early onset dementia, remembers the details of rituals for respecting the dead, and thinks of how a hole is opening up in reality itself. The singer of 'Over the Hill' isn't apparently afraid of growing older and becoming a 'man,' but only leaks a few disjointed details of his plans for disappearing, collapsing, turning into a tree, and finding a home. 'Angel of Mercy' tries to resurrect the Christian promise of a life after death, anxiously asking if anyone is up there waiting for us after the oblivion of this world. But these are just the moments when A Year Closer speaks in words clear and audible enough to be understood. The giddy, agitated voice of 'The Price' speaks only to itself in a private language, hidden away in a tin can somewhere. Musically, A Year Closer is a series of pieces that make symphonies out of separate processes of decay and disappearance: unidentified cracking and creaking objects, broken equipment, and lost melodies that seem to have escaped other songs and wandered into the room looking for a place to hide..." --Paul Buchholz Includes A4 insert; edition of 283.
PILZ (GERMANY)
PILZ 20206LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: PILZ 20206LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MYTHOS Berliner Schule Sequencing 2LP
Double LP version. The legendary PILZ label released the first album of the Berlin-based electronic group Mythos in 1972. The current album, Berliner Schule Sequencing, is a brand-new production and the first new release on the PILZ label for 45 years. Mastermind Stephan Kaske presents the typical sound cascades and sequences of the Berlin School.
PLAYGROUND MUSIC (SWEDEN)
PFMI 072CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: PFMI 072CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS Another Miracle CD
Steve 'N' Seagulls on Another Miracle: "Our fourth album Another Miracle began to find it's form after our line-up renewed in 2019. We felt that we were on the verge of something new and exciting. We knew our roots and wanted to hold on to them, but at the same time we wanted to explore and find new colors and shapes to our music. We felt energized and fresh. Those elements can be found on the album also. One can find the straight forward hammering common to our band and also new tones and beauty. Pre-production period was a bit longer than on the previous albums and the producer Timo Kämäräinen was a vital part of that process. We had plenty of material. Some re-arranged classics and also more original music. In the end we had a whole and complete album on our hands. Band sounds stronger and more colorful than ever. Producer Kämäräinen and recording engineer Abdissa 'Mamba' Assefa pushed us with a gentle touch towards new adventures. Another Miracle is an album that honors musical traditions and at the same time comes out fresh and modern."
PFMI 072CS
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: PFMI 072CS
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS Another Miracle Cassette
Cassette version. Steve 'N' Seagulls on Another Miracle: "Our fourth album Another Miracle began to find it's form after our line-up renewed in 2019. We felt that we were on the verge of something new and exciting. We knew our roots and wanted to hold on to them, but at the same time we wanted to explore and find new colors and shapes to our music. We felt energized and fresh. Those elements can be found on the album also. One can find the straight forward hammering common to our band and also new tones and beauty. Pre-production period was a bit longer than on the previous albums and the producer Timo Kämäräinen was a vital part of that process. We had plenty of material. Some re-arranged classics and also more original music. In the end we had a whole and complete album on our hands. Band sounds stronger and more colorful than ever. Producer Kämäräinen and recording engineer Abdissa 'Mamba' Assefa pushed us with a gentle touch towards new adventures. Another Miracle is an album that honors musical traditions and at the same time comes out fresh and modern."
PFMI 072LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PFMI 072LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS Another Miracle LP
LP version. Steve 'N' Seagulls on Another Miracle: "Our fourth album Another Miracle began to find it's form after our line-up renewed in 2019. We felt that we were on the verge of something new and exciting. We knew our roots and wanted to hold on to them, but at the same time we wanted to explore and find new colors and shapes to our music. We felt energized and fresh. Those elements can be found on the album also. One can find the straight forward hammering common to our band and also new tones and beauty. Pre-production period was a bit longer than on the previous albums and the producer Timo Kämäräinen was a vital part of that process. We had plenty of material. Some re-arranged classics and also more original music. In the end we had a whole and complete album on our hands. Band sounds stronger and more colorful than ever. Producer Kämäräinen and recording engineer Abdissa 'Mamba' Assefa pushed us with a gentle touch towards new adventures. Another Miracle is an album that honors musical traditions and at the same time comes out fresh and modern."
RANDOM ACOUSTICS (GERMANY)
RA 034CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: RA 034CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
GRAEWE & SONIC FICTION ORCHESTRA, GEORG Fortschritt und Vergnugen CD
Recorded in Vienna, January-July 2020. Personnel: Frank Gratkowski - clarinet; Maria Gstättner - bassoon; Sara Kowal - harp; Martin Siewert - guitar; Joanna Lewis - violin; Laura Strobl - viola; Asja Valcic - cello; Georg Graewe -piano; Peter Herbert - bass; Wolfgang Reisinger - drums.
RASTER (GERMANY)
R-M 190CD
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: R-M 190CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
IL QUADRO DI TROISI (EVA GEIST & DONATO DOZZY) Il Quadro di Troisi CD
Raster presents Il Quadro di Troisi a project by Andrea Noce (Eva Geist) and Donato Scaramuzzi (Donato Dozzy). The record is a colorful ode of an Italian scented vision, overflowing of details and profound intensity. The contemporary world condition, the pandemic in Italy and around the world define Il Quadro di Troisi as a unique and right-on-time release. This record is an enigmatic collaboration between the two Italian natives Andrea Noce and Donato Scaramuzzi. Andrea Noce takes lead on the vocals, with Donato Scaramuzzi carving the dreamlike soundscapes of the record. The record was born with a correspondence between the two artists about the late actor and director Massimo Troisi, and this exchange soon became an inspirational source of identification. Andrea Noce's lyrics are sensitive and multi-faceted, they perfectly cling to the musical phrases and flow like a filmic monologue from the oeuvre of that very Troisi. In a highly creative and confident manner, entire decades of national music history are comprehended and transformed into the here and now. The record takes its cue from the Italo-disco, synth pop tradition corroborated by the contribution of artists such as the legendary Twilight Music co-founder, Pietro Micioni. With Il Quadro di Troisi, Noce and Scaramuzzi prove their eclecticism, and passion for their home country. Il Quadro di Troisi is a collaboration between Raster and the Milan-based festival Terraforma. With this release, the first with a purely Italian topic at its center, Raster celebrates its long-standing relation with Italy and the Italian audience, encapsulated in the label's project "Electric Campfire" held in Rome for ten years. Terraforma is an international experimental and sustainable music festival taking place since 2014 in the park of Villa Arconati, where Dozzy has been invited at every edition in different forms, DJing, live performing both in solo and with Voices From The Lake (together with Neel).
R-M 190LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: R-M 190LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
IL QUADRO DI TROISI (EVA GEIST & DONATO DOZZY) Il Quadro di Troisi LP
LP version. Raster presents Il Quadro di Troisi a project by Andrea Noce (Eva Geist) and Donato Scaramuzzi (Donato Dozzy). The record is a colorful ode of an Italian scented vision, overflowing of details and profound intensity. The contemporary world condition, the pandemic in Italy and around the world define Il Quadro di Troisi as a unique and right-on-time release. This record is an enigmatic collaboration between the two Italian natives Andrea Noce and Donato Scaramuzzi. Andrea Noce takes lead on the vocals, with Donato Scaramuzzi carving the dreamlike soundscapes of the record. The record was born with a correspondence between the two artists about the late actor and director Massimo Troisi, and this exchange soon became an inspirational source of identification. Andrea Noce's lyrics are sensitive and multi-faceted, they perfectly cling to the musical phrases and flow like a filmic monologue from the oeuvre of that very Troisi. In a highly creative and confident manner, entire decades of national music history are comprehended and transformed into the here and now. The record takes its cue from the Italo-disco, synth pop tradition corroborated by the contribution of artists such as the legendary Twilight Music co-founder, Pietro Micioni. With Il Quadro di Troisi, Noce and Scaramuzzi prove their eclecticism, and passion for their home country. Il Quadro di Troisi is a collaboration between Raster and the Milan-based festival Terraforma. With this release, the first with a purely Italian topic at its center, Raster celebrates its long-standing relation with Italy and the Italian audience, encapsulated in the label's project "Electric Campfire" held in Rome for ten years. Terraforma is an international experimental and sustainable music festival taking place since 2014 in the park of Villa Arconati, where Dozzy has been invited at every edition in different forms, DJing, live performing both in solo and with Voices From The Lake (together with Neel).
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
RB 095EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RB 095EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DEETRON Ego Rave 12"
Swiss DJ Deetron's Ego Rave on Running Back.
SELVA DISCOS (BRAZIL)
SLVDSCS 009LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: SLVDSCS 009LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ZOPELAR Novaterra Vol. 1 LP
Selva Discos keeps broadening horizons. Its next release celebrates the start of a new series called Novaterra, this time focused on showcasing the music of contemporary Brazilian artists. First up is Zopelar, known not only for his work with the anarchic-techno-punk act Teto Preto but also for the project My Girlfriend and his solo LP, both on Apron Records. Novaterra Vol. 1 by Zopelar is a mini-LP featuring six tracks that range from the introversion to the extraversion. In one hand you have an A-side banger like "Be Together", with its addictive looped-sample, and in the other, you get the laidback interlude of "Modo Avião", which sounds like one of those MF Doom's instrumentals -- and between both, you will find a whole spectrum of music where you can experience the duel between super crispy beats (a signature in Zopelar's work) and the richness of melodies and harmonies that he's able to knit stitch close to perfection. The opener "Livre" has a great deep house vibe that makes you think of Prescription Records and Jazzanova, featuring a catchy bossa ad-lib. "NOX" is a Hammond-led tune with a groove bassline and lead that gets you going in no time as if Cesar Camargo Mariano and Larry Young toured together in the late '70s, like, a big, fat jazz-funk tune. "Dias Tensos" is a nervous drum workout led by an automat Tony Williams as if jamming in a 16-bit version of The Tony Williams Lifetime. And to wrap things up, "Boogie da Paz" is one of those perfect comedown tunes -- a true tearjerker that works its melody line like a good pill works your serotonin, making it one of those tracks that you keep under your sleeve for those special 6 AM moments on a dancefloor. The artwork is courtesy of Colletivo Design Studio in Sao Paulo.
SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)
SOMM 064LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SOMM 064LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FIVE DAY RAIN Five Day Rain LP
Fabulous UK psych and proto prog, recorded in 1970 at IBC Studios and originally pressed only as a handful of ultra-rare test pressings. Melodic vocals, killer Hammond with distorted guitar, and fabulous songs. With connections to Scots of St James, Hopscotch, Fleur De Lys, Glencoe, Studd Bump. Five Day Rain was formed when Rick Sharpe (guitar), Clive Shepherd (bass), and Dick Hawkes (drums), from power trio Iron Prophet, met organ player Graham Maitland (Scots of St. James, Hopscotch, Fleur De Lys). The original intended name for this new band, "The Entire Building Is About To Collapse", was soon discarded in favor of Five Day Rain. Thanks to a mutual friend, they were recruited by the producer/engineer team of Brian Carroll and Damon Lyon-Shaw, famous for their work at IBC Studios with some of the top bands from the '60s. Drummer Dick was replaced by Kim Haworth and sessions for the FDR album began at IBC in late 1969. Guitar player John Holbrook (Baba Scholae) was invited to play some leads and the great Sharon Tandy and members of America did some backing vocals. The result was a perfectly recorded and executed finished album comprised of ten songs. Showcasing the stellar work of Rick and Graham on guitar/organ on tracks like "Marie's A Woman" and the long instrumental "Rough Cut Marmalade", the FDR sound is a great example of the transition from post-mod psychedelia to early prog. Once the album was finished and a few test pressings in blank sleeves pressed, the whole project was abandoned due to some disagreements with the producer, so the album was never actually released. In the late '80s, copies of the original test pressing were discovered by psych collectors and bootleg reissues appeared on the collectors' market. It wasn't until 2006 that an official reissue, done with involvement from the band members, was released by the Nightwings label from Italy. After many years out-of-print, we present a long overdue new vinyl edition of the Five Day Rain album. Remastered sound; Includes insert with detailed liner notes and rare photos/memorabilia; New artwork by artist Sara Gossett.
SOMM 065LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: SOMM 065LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LITTLE BIG HORN Little Big Horn 2LP
Sommor Records present the first legitimate vinyl reissue of Little Big Horn's self-titled album, originally released in 1971, expanded to a double-LP set with the addition of the killer 45 B-side "Just A Game" and excellent unissued material from the time. Little Big Horn evolved from Luton-based pop-psych band Wild Silk. As occurred with many British bands from the '60s, they adopted different musical influences as the decade progressed and "underground" was the thing to be, so by the late '60s, Little Big Horn incorporated West Coast, Americana, and hard-rock elements to their powerful sound. Their sole album was released only in Germany in 1971 as part of a deal between Shel Talmy Productions and the Bellaphon label (along with other obscure acts like Sunday and Diabolus) and it's an interesting mix of roots-y Americana and heavy rock. Transferred from original master tapes. RIYL: The Band, Led Zeppelin, Byrds, Badfinger, Grapefruit, Bronco, Plastic Penny, Youngbloods. Gatefold sleeve; includes insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes by Alec Palao. "A fine example of its era, showcasing seasoned, but not slick, ensemble playing, and it has enough flashes of genuine inspiration to warrant reappraisal." --Alec Palao
STAUBGOLD (GERMANY)
STAUB 158LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: STAUB 158LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
IN-FUZZED, THE The In-Fuzzed LP
It was the beginning of 2019 at the WattHaus studios in Perpignan when The In-Fuzzed rose from the incandescent ashes of Hair & The Iotas. They still played garage rock, but with even more fuzz and energy. The arrival of an ex-member of El Vicio and Destination Lonely certainly shook things up a bit. After several concerts in the South of France and two singles, The In-Fuzzed now release their first, eponymous album in collaboration with Staubgold. 13 original titles, linked together seamlessly, have the listener in a state of constant alert, on the lookout for any blast and under the impression that anything may burst from the depths of this devilish rock n' roll among roaring fuzz-pedals and explosive drums. Two guitars (sometimes three: Nico Delseny, ex-member of the Beach Bitches and Sonic Chicken 4, lends a strong hand on some tracks) and an infernal rhythmic section (Michel Morales and Franck Menguin, both veterans of Hair & The Iotas) are recorded live at the rehearsal room by the musicians themselves on an eight-track ½" recorder, a testament to the thrive for authenticity that characterizes them. The vocals and some percussion are overdubbed by Nicolas Faus (El Vicio/Destination Lonely) and Guillaume Picard (Beach Bitches/Les Bellas/Hair & The Iotas). All compositions are original, including "Motor City Baby" and "Xmas Night", early versions of which appeared as singles in 2019. "Lost Time Rock'n'Roll" appeared in 2020 on Renaud Picard's (The Liminanas) new label. "Blind Man", on the other hand, was exhumed from Nicolas Faus's time with Destination Lonely. The track is so good that Destination Lonely have also re-recorded it with different lyrics and released it on their latest album. In terms of influences, The In-Fuzzed are placed at a crossroads of all forms of rock n' roll, from the purest garage-punk, passing through blues, country, and rhythm n' blues all the way to the Beach Boys ("Xmas Night") or Creedence Clearwater Revival ("You Ain't No Friend of Mine"). It has been a long time since there has been such freshness in a genre that has frequently been rejected, disparaged, and disregarded in the last decades. With The In-Fuzzed, garage rock raises its head again.
STAUB 159LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: STAUB 159LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COMELADE/RICHARD PINHAS, PASCAL Le Plan De Paris LP
Pascal Comelade and Richard Pinhas met in Paris in 1974, when Pinhas was beginning to go on stage with his group Heldon. With Heldon and, afterwards, solo, Pinhas became the pioneer and accelerator of electronic music in France, and a fundamental reference throughout the world. Comelade's electronic period was much shorter, from 1974 to 1981. From 1983 on, he developed his policy of instrumental, strictly acoustic music. In 1975, Pinhas recorded the introduction to Comelade's Fluence album. In 1996, Comelade recorded "Back To Schizo" with Pinhas. In 1999, Comelade and Pinhas recorded their first duo album, a CD for the Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'acier label: Oblique Sessions II. In 2012, they released a second CD album for the G3G label in Barcelona, Flip Side (of Sophism). In 2018, Comelade again invited Pinhas on his album Le Cut-Up Populaire. During the last few years, they have had several concerts as a duo in Paris (Cité de la musique, La Maroquinerie) and Barcelona (Sónar Festival). They met again in 2020 for this LP album, Le Plan De Paris. It contains six titles that were either previously unreleased or completely revisited, developed, remixed. Edition of 500.
STEPPAS RECORDS (UK)
AS 1316EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: AS 1316EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SELAH/ALPHA STEPPA/RAS DIVARIUS, ASHANTI Violin Step 12"
Ashanti Selah -- musician and dub producer hailing from the UK -- is the eldest son of the world-renowned soundman, Aba Shanti-I. Ashanti's musical journey began at a tender young age, during his formative years of soundsystem exposure through his father's musical infrastructure he learned the art of the dub. His education continued as he attended his father's long-standing annual sessions at the Notting Hill Carnival and traveled the globe as a crew member and diligent student. Via his Steppas Records imprint, Alpha Steppa, son and nephew of pioneering dub-duo Alpha & Omega presents a unique collaboration between two second generation dub/reggae producers. Ashanti Selah Meets Alpha Steppa is a testament to their teachers and the product of a life spent in dub. Steppas Records delivers four unique cuts of the long-time Aba Shanti-I exclusive "Violin Step", featuring the uplifting and transcendental strings of Ras Divarius. New generation soundsystem music with a deep roots foundation.
STRAWBERRY RAIN
SR 026LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: SR 026LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FIREBALLS Dots LP
"Presented here is one of the most rare Zamrock LPs you'll ever encounter. Though Dots was recorded at Zambia's Malachite Film Studios in 1978 the full-length never saw a release of any kind in any format until 2020. That's when Strawberry Rain worked with Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters to do a full restoration and remastering for inclusion in an 8 LP Zamrock boxset. Remaining copies of this recently rediscovered Zamrock gem are now available as the Fireball's Dots is issued for the first time ever as a stand-alone release."
STUDIO LABOUR (UK)
LABOUR 001LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: LABOUR 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LABOUR Nine-Sum Sorcery LP
nine-sum sorcery is the debut release of Berlin-based sonic duo Labour, the ambitious project led by Farahnaz Hatam and Colin Hacklander gaining a reputation since 2018 for their large-scale works and collaborative pieces in large concert spaces and museums such as Kraftwerk Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau and Kunsthalle Zu?rich. Since 2020, they have been residents on NTS with a monthly show. Grounded in the rich and enigmatic digital sound world of LABOUR, nine-sum sorcery features the renowned Kurdish singer, Hani Mojtahedy, a prolific performer and recording artist firmly grounded in the traditional vocal styles of both Kurdistan and Iran. Following Labour's now legendary closing of Berlin Atonal's main stage in 2018 with their inaugural work, next time, die consciously (???????), the duo embarked on a grand journey with Hani Mojtahedy, towards a remarkable synthesis of traditions and practices, uniting computer music and avant-garde sensibilities with traditional vocal practice. nine-sum sorcery is a long-form piece that unfolds over two sections, A and B, and can be understood as an occult incitation to the dark energies, natural, political and otherwise, that are released when oil is extracted from the ground. This ritual is focused through the enigmatic electronic and percussion composition from Labour which alternates between foreground and background for the haunting vocal performance of Mojtahedy, who interprets Kurdish and Persian verses. This is first release on Studio Labour, the new independent label in Berlin that provides a platform for avant-gardists creating works based on sound. Studio Labour seeks to contribute toward spaces of non-conforming social practices and identities, and revisits the nature of work as a potentially transformative activity. From sound artists to electronic musicians to composers; visual artists to performance artists to critical theorists; the represented artists are united not via discipline or genre, but rather through individuated orientation towards radical perspective that are either based-in or engaged-with sound as a medium, at least in the instance of their release/work with the label. 180 gram vinyl; printed innersleeve; includes download code.
STUDIO MULE (GERMANY)
STUDIOMUL 034LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: STUDIOMUL 034LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NADJA Tsukihoshihi LP
The second album of mysterious Japanese singer Nadja haunts immediately and marks one of the most exquisite reissues in the ever-growing catalog of Studio Mule. Originally released in 1989 as promo-only CD on the Japanese label Polystar, the album features some of the finest '80s pop funk fusion arrangements of the era. A deeply enchanting lost gem, that gets listeners instantly into heavy repeat addiction. All ten songs are arranged by a group of grandmasters of their art. Japanese saxophonist, composer, and music producer Yasuaki Shimizu, man behind the electronic ambient fusion classic Kakashi, was in charge for tunes like "Wac-Wack", a neon light funk pop song, full of soft big city eroticism, ultra-slick synth lines and real funkateer explosions. It's followed by "?????", the most stirring pop tune on the album, that originally was written by French composer Areski Belkacem, known for his and long-time collaborations with French avant-garde singer Brigitte Fontaine. Shimizu transformed the song into a low-hanging funk jewel, with a cool rolling bassline, dub depth, and synths that cry for cosmic help. Above all Nadja signs with a sexy chill, that somehow could only emerge in the '80s, when the cold war even made pop music real cool. The follow up is named "??????", features again music by Belkacem, this time transformed by Shimizu into electronic erotic pop -- dreamy, witchy and precisely musical composed. The B-side opens with "Velvet Rain", a funky urban boogie composition by Japanese keyboard player, composer, and producer Akira Inoue, enlarged with glimmer camp kitsch, that immediately puts a smile on the listeners faces. It gets followed by "Paradise Catcher", a soft pop tune with longing string and horn sections, arranged by legendary Jamaican rhythm and production duo Sly & Robbie. It somehow marks one of the strangest songs in their longstanding career, as it is largely minimal orchestral but yet super tight when it comes down to the rhythmic magnitudes. The next tune, "Private Tripper", also stays soulful, funky and horn driven. Always pleasing the super tight, yet feathery voice of Nadja, that is dancing about boogie grooves and illuminating melodies with a seducing tragical coolness. Finally, the album ends with a stylistic break in the overall musical atmosphere. It comes from Japanese musician Hiroaki Goto, it's called "????????"and features Afro-Brazilian voodoo rhythms, pan flutes, cosmic piano notes.
SUCATA TAPES (UK)
SUC 036CS
PRICE: $11.00
CAT #: SUC 036CS
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HAIR & TREASURE Total Control Anthems Cassette
40 mins of Brexit gush from the Hair & Treasure crew. Recorded live at Archers Tower in 2019 at the frenzied soapy heights of the media whoopee shit pie. "Just the right amount of glue." "Rating 2.9." Artwork by Kenny Hosepipe. Mastered by Danny Garcia.
SYSTEMATIC (GERMANY)
SYST 128EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SYST 128EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FORZZA & ANDREAS DIMITRI, MICHAEL Kahana 12"
At the latest since groundbreaking releases on labels like Music Man and R&S Belgian techno stands for intense and atmospheric tunes which have that certain something that touches the listeners and dancers. And without any doubt Michael Forzza and Dimitri Andreas have helped to shape this style and vibe, amongst others with releasing Kahana in 2005. Marc Romboy has always been a big fan of this tune so that it was a matter of time to plan a re-release including the original mix in a remastered way and three new versions which are more than audiolicious. Barcelona's specialists for ethereal techno, Fur Coat, come around with an extremely respect version which brings that certain early '90s dream techno vibe a la "The Age Of Love" together with their typical contemporary and atmospheric sound. Music Man's finest Petar Dundov adds his best-known sound signature to the tune while Forzza and Andreas themselves master the impossible, as they transform the tune into a modern frame although keeping the original vibe. Features Julian Hival.
TAO FORMS
TAO 004CD
PRICE: $13.00
CAT #: TAO 004CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
PERELMAN TRIO, IVO Garden of Jewels CD
"A rather exquisite new communion between these three master improvisers. One of the most exhilarating qualities shared by great improvising musicians is the ability to bring one's immediate situation -- the joys, sorrows, fears and desires of the day -- into each unique performance. What made this most recent convening of the Ivo Perelman Trio so singular was the fact that not only were all three musicians -- prolific saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp, and drummer Whit Dickey -- immersed in the same present-day miasma, so was every potential listener, wherever they might be. Garden of Jewels was recorded in June 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the globe. On the day that these three longtime collaborators warily (albeit safely) entered the studio for the first time since the virus forced us indoors, the un-precedented circumstances provided the trio a profoundly urgent source of inspiration. At the same time, the country was in the midst of a series of turbulent protests that added an additional layer of vitality to the proceedings. While Garden of Jewels is only the second time that Perelman, Shipp and Dickey have recorded as a trio -- the first, Butterfly Whispers, was released in 2015 ? all three share a long and rich history. Shipp and Dickey, of course, worked together as integral members of the David S. Ware Quartet & in Shipp's own Trio, while the pianist and Perelman have spent the last decade creating one of the most well-documented partnerships in improvised music history. The trio entered the studio without having discussed what might transpire at the session -- the eight tracks that resulted provide vivid evidence of the band's deft spontaneity, kaleidoscopic versatility and deeply felt camaraderie. It's also the latest glimpse of the ongoing evolution of their collective identity. 'We're like scientists dealing with sound,' Perelman says. 'Each recording is a means to check our development.' 'There was a dark energy surrounding all of us, counterbalanced by the sheer power of creation. We had to become an antenna to capture the angst and anxiety of the times and transform it into art and catharsis. There was a social function to that music, not just for us but for anyone who might hear it one day. I left the studio with a new soul.' Featured on the inner panels of the digipak are luminous track-by-track poetic responses by a woman of strength and vision, Mia Hansford, who provided similar notes to Matthew Shipp's The Piano Equation, and will again on future Tao Forms releases."
THE SOUND OF SINNERS (UK)
SOS 002LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: SOS 002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
RENEGADE CONNECTION Politicians, Protesters & Thieves LP
LP version. Just like it says on the tin, Renegade Connection is a collaboration between Gary Asquith (Renegade Soundwave, Rema Rema) and Lee Curtis (Lee Curtis Connection). A must for fans of RSW, On-U Sound, Nightmares on Wax and heavy sounds of dub. Politicians, Protesters & Thieves is an album of reggae-influenced, dense, digital dub full of topical themes echoed through Asquith's signature voice -- a concise, acerbic singing style that sounds urgent and sharp. The A side contains the originals while the B side features dubs and versions. For their first release since 2015's "I'll Surrender" 7", the duo sharpened their sound to a gleaming knife's edge: not much more than Asquith's quietly intense croon (often barely more than a whisper), driving reggae bass and piercing dub echoes. After getting his start in post-punk pioneers Rema-Rema, whose first EP marked the debut of the iconic 4AD label, Gary Asquith started Renegade Soundwave in 1986. Lee Curtis was a member of '90s duo Flavornaughts, Brazilian working with Amon Tobin and others in the Ninja Tune axis.
THE WIRE (UK)
WIRE 443
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: WIRE 443
FILE UNDER: Misc
WIRE, THE #443 January 2021 MAG
"2020 Rewind, our mammoth annual survey of the last 12 months in underground music across 30 pages of charts and comment. This year has been the hardest on record for everyone working in underground music. The Rewind issue offers you the chance to share your stories of survival and your plans for the future in what is traditionally The Wire's biggest selling issue of the year. So whether you're a label, musician, festival, venue, institution, online platform or shop, the Rewind issue offers the perfect opportunity to remind our readers of how you survived in 2020 and give them advance notice of your plans and ambitions for 2021. Full details of the adverts we offer, as well as our newly revised tech specs, can be found here. Also, as ever at this time of the year, we're offering special discounted rates if you opt to advertise in both our January and February issues. Contact one of us in the advertising team (Shane, James or Astrud) for more information. The Rewind issue includes our 50 new releases of the year and 50 archive releases of the year, along with specialist genre charts covering all bases from avant rock to jazz & improv via modern composition, hiphop, global and more. Plus: our crack team of critics and contributors, as well as some of 2020's most active musicians, reveal the things that helped them survive the year of covid."
TOCHNIT ALEPH (GERMANY)
TA 165LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: TA 165LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
CHESSEX, ANTOINE Echo/Cide / The Experience of Limit LP
"Echo/Cide" for four hammered dulcimers and cimbalum (2018) was composed by Antoine Chessex and performed by Ekleto Ensemble. Recorded by Thierry Simonot at l'Alhambra, Geneva, October 2018. "The Experience Of Limit" for grand piano (2019) was composed by Antoine Chessex and performed by Tamriko Kordzaia. Recorded by Nicolas Buzzi at Theater Rigiblick, Zurich, March 2019. Cover photograph "Sidney No.3" by American photographer Kevin Horan (b.1953, Michigan). Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 270.
TA 167CD
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: TA 167CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
NITSCH, HERMANN Musik der 155. Aktion 2CD
Recording of the premiere performance of Hermann Nitsch's latest large-scale symphony for full orchestra, brass ensemble and choir, in five movements. Composed for the 155th Action of the Orgien-Mysterien-Theater, and performed at the Nitsch Museum, Mistelbach, September 9th, 2018. As the first action to be staged in the Nitsch Museum it coincided with the occasion of his 80th birthday. Directed by Andrea Cusumano. Full color, six-panel digipak; Edition of 270.
TRADING PLACES (UK)
TDP 54045LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: TDP 54045LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HERON Heron LP
Trading Places present a reissue of Heron's self-titled album, originally released in 1970. Short-lived British folk-rock band Heron was formed in the suburban town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, in 1967, when guitarist/pianist Roy Apps and singer Tony Pook began playing with guitarist Robert Collins, inspired by the music of Bob Dylan and The Incredible String Band. Collins soon quit the group, yet Heron solidified into a noteworthy entity upon the entry of the broadminded and perceptive guitarist and mandolin player Gerald T. Moore, a veteran of R&B bands in nearby Reading, who brought a higher level a musical dexterity, song-writing ability and arrangements; guitarist Martin Hayward was another early member that did not remain with the group for long. Once accordionist/keyboardist Steve Jones was in the fold, things leapt forward through Apps' role as Student Entertainments Secretary at the Reading College of Technology, which allowed the group to open for Ralph McTell and other established performers. Signed as songwriters to Essex Music, they were spotted by Donovan's producer, Peter Eden, who signed them to Dawn Records, an alternative subsidiary of industry giant, Pye. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Eden, was recorded in the open air at a Pook's family farm in rural Appleton-On-Thames. For the rare 12-inch single "Bye And Bye," the title track was a wistful wish for the romance of travel, written by Moore, followed by his heart-broken "Through And Through"; Moore's unusual reading of Bob Dylan's "Only A Hobo" sparked considerable media interest and Pook's "I'm Ready To Leave" was a contemplative closer, again tinged with melancholy. "Bye And Bye" received considerable airplay, but a vinyl delivery strike ultimately curtailed demand. As expanded Heron went on to record sophomore set Twice As Nice & Half The Price (1971), before Moore quit the group to back his Persian girlfriend, Shusha; he subsequently founded the world's first white reggae act, GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars. Licensed by BMG.
TRESOR (GERMANY)
TRESOR 319EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: TRESOR 319EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DJ DEEP Fosph EP 12"
DJ Deep returns to Tresor with his new Fosph EP, his first release on the label since 2015. In the time between then and now, the deeply rooted boss has been particularly active, from b2b DJ sets with Jeff Mills, his work as part of the duo Sergie Rezza, to his newly released jazz-house remixes of Cotonete. Listening to his mixes, which regularly spin from essential Chicago and Detroit house sounds, through blends of Afro-percussion and dub reveals an ear sensitively tuned to the ground searching stories through music. Fosph proves an EP of real mastery that exudes techno, its drive, phasing patterns and melodic minimalism. "Swamps" opens the record with a jungle cacophony, its rhythms dipping and diving on a ritualistic sequence -- judiciously lean, biting and expressive. "Tommy" is an exercise in solo TR-909, the less-is-more machine repetitions that journey unceasingly -- sure to be a crucial drum tool. "Utrecht" hints at an expansive '90s ambient sound, imbuing analog static with synthetic cries and meanderings. "Escape" takes these sonic outposts, and goes even further. Its resonant drums propelling into action a pendulum of organic expressionism, rising into flight from its dusty origins. EP closer "Demonstration" is a clear example of DJ Deep's love for machine funk. An old-school banger doing just enough, its playful off-beat excursions and effective one-word sample recall a certain Midwestern directness.
TRESOR 321LP
PRICE: $37.50
CAT #: TRESOR 321LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DIXON, TERRENCE From The Far Future Pt. 3 3LP
Triple LP version. Tresor Records announces From The Far Future Pt. 3, a new album from Terrence Dixon. Continuing the story of his previous two iterations on this title, it is a serene undertaking of unrivalled Motor City rhythms and sound. It finds the Detroit producer oscillating, from excursions in paradises of synth pointillism to husky storytelling and Dixon's peculiar beat work. A master in letting shapes find their form, Dixon allows the listener to wallow in recurring scenes. "Lost Communication Procedure", "Found In Space", and "Remarkable Wanderer" etch a sound world of choral vibrations and cinematic dirge. Where gaseous clouds scrape the natural sonic pastures of such environments, the hypnotized listener staggers a drunken step, moving sideways by 0 or 1 or -1 into new scenes. Not least an expert in industrial abstraction, a human silhouette permeates Dixon's sound. His ethereal storytelling portrays the heart-rending romance of "Unconditional Love" and unearths in "I'm Away In Detroit" monologuing moodscapes recalling our GPS voice assistants. "Out of Darkness" initially recalls Kraftwerk's "Geiger Counter", as from pure signal data and feedback spells an unceasing locomotive wormhole. Hazy, dense grooves drive across bleak city scenes in "We Can Rebuild Him", into the raw vibe of "Framework" and the rude stabs of "Spectrum of Light". The varying presence of Dixon's work is one of his textural signatures, at arm's length, brushing right within, and far out. The bumping mood of "Earth Station" is one such moment, close enough to isolate the diving bass somewhere within, simultaneously from afar it becomes positively gravitational. The first two records of the series are rightfully considered among the finest embodiments of contemporary minimalism, symbolic documents of Afro-futurism. This new work revives the classic series, continuing the relationship between Tresor and the undisputed master of Detroit techno into the present day. Includes one vinyl-only track.
TROST (AUSTRIA)
TROST 199CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: TROST 199CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
ALSO Live in Celovec CD
Viennese improvisation guitar/drums duo ALSO return with a superb live recording. Katharina Ernst and Martin Siewert have been working together for more than five years now and continue to enjoy their compelling dynamics. This set is full of fire and thunder but also drawn by some striking and fragile moments through a variety of effects and some delicate lap steel play -- true two masters in working on the axis of refracting and reflecting, and throwing it back again. Personnel: Katharina Ernst - drums, toys; Martin Siewert - guitars, electronics. Recorded live by Ronald Pfisterer at the New Adits festival in Celovec, 2018. Produced by Katharina Ernst/Martin Siewert. Mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert. Cover artwork by Michael Breyer.
TROST 199LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TROST 199LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
ALSO Live in Celovec LP
LP version. Viennese improvisation guitar/drums duo ALSO return with a superb live recording. Katharina Ernst and Martin Siewert have been working together for more than five years now and continue to enjoy their compelling dynamics. This set is full of fire and thunder but also drawn by some striking and fragile moments through a variety of effects and some delicate lap steel play -- true two masters in working on the axis of refracting and reflecting, and throwing it back again. Personnel: Katharina Ernst - drums, toys; Martin Siewert - guitars, electronics. Recorded live by Ronald Pfisterer at the New Adits festival in Celovec, 2018. Produced by Katharina Ernst/Martin Siewert. Mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert. Cover artwork by Michael Breyer.
TROST 203CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: TROST 203CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
REGENORCHESTER XII Relics CD
Founded 1995 in London by Austrian trumpeter and band leader Franz Hautzinger as an ensemble for experimental music, the project developed over the years into a mixed style fusion band. Various musicians like Fennesz, Tony Buck, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Stangl, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Siewert, and others were part of this long-time and often changing project. Strongly influenced by the electronic music genres of the 1990s, the band developed its specific "Regenorchester Sound" -- vigorously pulsating, continuously evolving sound structures with electric guitar power and strong brass melodies based on pushing rhythms. Relics was recorded live at the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival in 2019. Personnel: Franz Hautzinger - quarter tone trumpet; Christian Fennesz - guitar, laptop; Otomo Yoshihide - guitar, turntables, el. devices; Luc Ex - bass; Tony Buck - drums, percussion. Mixed by Martin Siewert/Franz Hautzinger. Mastered by Martin Siewert. Artwork by Lasse Marhaug. Liner notes by Reinhard Kager, translated by Mark Fisher.
TROST 204LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: TROST 204LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
FULL BLAST Farewell Tonic LP
Full Blast, live at the Tonic Club, New York, April 11, 2007. The recording of the last show ever in the legendary NYC club by Peter Brötzmann's Full Blast powerhouse was previously only available in a limited run of semi-official CD bootlegs. Now remastered for vinyl by Martin Siewert. Screenprinted cover with a design by Brötzmann. Edition of 500 (hand-numbered). Personnel: Peter Brötzmann - reeds; Marino Pliakas - e-bass; Michael Wertmüller - drums.
TROST 206CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: TROST 206CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
LUC EX Music Of Inevitable Sounds CD
Dutch bassist Luc Klaasen was an original member of the legendary avantgarde/punk band The Ex, later played with Tom Cora and today is very active as sound artist and composer with big ensembles. Luc Ex uses this project to explore the liminal zone where sound and music overlap or merge. Driven by a passion for both, he has created work for a medium-sized ensemble that is based on specific environmental sounds. Our entire world is brimming with sound; an omnipresent phenomenon that is hard to escape in many spheres of modern society. Each piece springs from a specific sound e.g. ventilators, concrete mixers, people talking loudly into their phones, building sites, robots. These elements add up to a beautiful musical painting, which straddles the middle ground between contemporary music and urban soundscapes while giving a knowing wink to the oeuvres of people like John Cage, Harry Partch, or Luigi Russolo. Personnel: Joost Buis - trombone; Saartje van Camp - cello; Luc Ex - acoustic bass; Renato Ferierra - bass/tenor sax; Pepe Garcia - percussion; Yedo Gibson -reeds; Nora Mulder - piano; Mika Szafrowski - guitar; Veryan Weston - piano/keystation; Nina Hitz - cello; Vladislav Psaruk - trombone. Recorded in Bologna/ Teatro San Leonardo and Den Haag, Korzo, 2018. Mixed by Mika Szafrowski. Mastered by Martin Siewert.
TRUNK (UK)
JBH 055LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: JBH 055LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
PRATES/MIECIO ASKANASY, JOSE Tam... Tam... Tam...! LP
2021 repress, with new remastered sound. First issued by Trunk Records in 2014, Tam... Tam... Tam...! is an incredibly rare Brazilian LP by José Prates and Miecio Askanasy. Issued only once in 1958 as a souvenir from Meicio Askansay's Braziliana, this remarkable exotic and insanely rare LP is the blueprint of the Brazilian sound that was to come over the next decade. Here you will hear the origins of "Mas-Que-Nada" along with chords, rhythms and sounds that with be strangely familiar to you. But nothing sounds quite like Tam... Tam... Tam...! Tam... Tam... Tam...! is a landmark in the development of the Brazilian sound that would explode around the world in the decade to follow. It's stunning both as a historical touchstone and as a standalone musical triumph. The infectious rhythms, melodies, and exotic sounds that fill this album are deep, raw, and totally engaging. This new master was taken from the "Egon" original, this is Egon from Now-Again, who has a rare original in near perfect condition. This is a cleaner fresher sound than the first issue.
JBH 083LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: JBH 083LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
ZWARTJES Tapes 2 LP
Incredible follow-up to the sold-out Tapes 1 (JBH 065LP, 2017), this vinyl continuation takes you deeper into the sublime world of the cult Dutch director Frans Zwartjes' soundtrack tape archive; dream-like, disjointed, disturbing, peculiar, sexy, unexpected, and totally unique. Frans Zwartjes is famous for his art-house films. A Dutch underground auteur, his prolific output dates from 1968. A unique talent, Zwartjes produced, directed, and edited his own films (his last work was in 1991), but more importantly he created and improvised the soundtracks too. Zwartjes and his large body of work is only now being recognized by a wider, more international crowd with screenings at the NFT and other important art-house cinemas across the world. The recordings on Tapes 2 were mixed directly from the Zwartjes soundtrack tape archive. They were assembled directly and in real time by Zwartjes archivist Stanley Schtinter and have never been issued before. The music and sound have been put together as two long, seamless sequences; they are dreamlike, unsettling, peculiar, plugged-in, prescient, and unlike any other soundtrack you have heard. All cues mastered and sequenced by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle. Includes download.
TTT 015EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: TTT 015EP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
TEVIS/ENNIO MORRICONE, PETER Pastures Of Plenty 7"
Originally written and released by Woody Guthrie in 1947, this cover version of "Pastures Of Plenty" by Pete Tevis -- a Californian folk singer living in Rome in 1962 -- was arranged by Ennio Morricone. A few years later, Sergio Leone wanted Morricone to score his up and coming western called A Fistful Of Dollars (1964). Legend has it, Morricone wrote some music, Leone hated it. Morricone then played him this old single. Leone wanted this music but with a new melody over the top. The rest is film music history. This is the first ever repress of this hugely important single since 1962. Original copies are mythical to say the least. First pressing since 1962.
VIN DU SELECT QUALITITE
VDSQ 027LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: VDSQ 027LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOHNSON, CHUCK The Cinder Grove LP
The follow-up to Chuck Johnson's acclaimed Balsams LP (VDSQ 021LP), The Cinder Grove delves further into the compositional possibilities of the pedal steel guitar. This halcyon collection of tracks draws on a wider palette of sounds, adding strings and piano, to dive deeper into the sound bath of Johnson's meditative music. The Cinder Grove is a profound, affecting statement on the nature of loss and irreplaceability as well as a major addition to the canon of Johnson's work. It's a suite of requiems for lost places. Many of the spaces that once fostered affordable living and creative work now only exist in sonic memory, like the echoes of ghosts. Like much of the California landscape in recent years, some of these spaces having succumbed to fire. Others, to the equally inexorable forces of gentrification. While his 2017 LP Balsams was intended to provide the listener with a space for respite and calm -- even healing -- The Cinder Grove seeks to remember what has been lost while celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the natural world. In making The Cinder Grove, Johnson dug through archival recordings from Oakland DIY performance spaces to digitally extract their reverb and echo qualities. He then applied these effects -- as well as the digitally modeled reverberation of a redwood forest -- to the tracks on The Cinder Grove, allowing the pieces to bask in the lush virtual spaces, and in the process realized that these sonic re-constructions can only ever be approximations. We try to make spaces what we want them to be, whether in memory or in the material present.
VDSQ 029LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: VDSQ 029LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NOYES, ROB Arc Minutes LP
A dazzling display of 12-string melodicism, Arc Minutes is the second full-length LP from once New Englander, now Tokyo-based, instrumentalist Rob Noyes. If one had to pin an influence from the holy trinity, rather than the existential drift of Fahey or the raga-tinged interpretations of Robbie Basho, Noyes excels at Leo Kottke-style dynamics playing huge, bright runs within compact arrangements that explode with exuberance. Since his debut, Noyes has matured with an intense focus and here delivers a concise, powerful collection of acoustic virtuosity, further cementing his status among the most revered young players to emerge from the modern solo guitar set. "I've strayed from double thumb type fingerpicking and a little more towards unusual rhythmic patterns and tunings that are unique to the 12-string," says Noyes. "There are general musical ideas I tend to focus on when writing, like dynamics, rhythm, how the texture shifts/develops, that were probably somewhat noticeable on the first record that I think are much more in the forefront this time. I've become a lot more comfortable playing over the past couple of years, so I feel I can play odd meter/polyrhythm type stuff with a lot more ease. It's taken some time for my playing to catch up to my writing, so I think this new record is a much clearer statement musically." These developments are front and center as Arc Minutes flows with a beguiling dexterity. While there are plenty of forceful displays of guitar picking, the album is punctuated by lovely ballads such as "Dwelling" and "And How" to show the gentler side of Noyes's playing. But these moments of respite only highlight the record's assertiveness. Noyes's easygoing mannerisms offstage belie a fierce command of finger-picking and composition that result in an album that hits immediately and rings resoundingly. Injecting a fresh spirit into classic forms, Arc Minutes is an essential addition to the VDSQ catalog, a new peak.
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