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Forced Exposure New Releases for 1/27/2013

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New music is due from Tara Jane O'Neil,  Lacrosse, and The Fall, while old music is due from Mantronix,  Charlemagne Palestine, Eliane Radigue.


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LUMEN, JAY: I House U 12" (PURE 092EP) 14.00
Having caused mayhem with his nine earlier releases on 100% Pure, Jay Lumen is back with us to do it again. After smash hits like Get Ready (2012), Play Cool the Old School (2013) and Analogia (2013), Jay Lumen has produced yet another breakaway tech-house bomb. Be it techno, house or tech house, Jay always creates something special with a distinct sound, containing all the Jay Lumen trademarks: originality, dance-ability, and energy. I House U is the tenth in an amazing line of stand-out productions from the Hungarian hero. Two tracks to blow your mind, and your speakers.


3000GRAD 014EP

FUNKWERKSTATT: Scandale Le Locale Fatale EP 12" (3000GRAD 014EP) 14.50
Funkwerkstatt are full of zuversicht, full of confidence that finds expression in "Zuversicht," in its driving rhythms, in its bouncy bass line, in its bright synthesizer fanfares. Spiced up with some lines from a romantic German poem, this track is the stuff escalating dancefloors are made of. For those who prefer a version that is just as euphoric, but a little deeper, there's a Mollono.Bass remix on the flip side, followed by an instrumental version without any vocals but with a nice pinch of acid. Also, The Funkwerstatt guys launch a rakete, a rocket, that explodes in techno-colored fireworks of crispy beats and weightless melodies.



QRELLA, MASHA: Boys Don't Cry/Fishing Buddies (Dump Version) 7" (ANOST 046EP) 7.00
After recording some killer cover versions of Bryan Ferry and Frederick Loewe, Masha now sings The Cure's second hit, "Boys Don't Cry." After more than 30 years of heavy indie-disco rotation, you might be sick of that song, but Masha's version is just too clever. First she adds a rhythmic Kelis-citation ("Trick Me"). This also brings an even greater gender twist to the lyrics, as it may be seen as a comment on Robert Smith's elaborate moaning. On the flip, the guitar work of James McNew (Yo La Tengo, Dump) adds some gentle funk to Masha's recent single "Fishing Buddies." Features silkscreened artwork.



RUSSO, SAM: To the Brink/Wanderer 12" (AIR 012EP) 12.50
London-based producer Sam Russo drops the To the Brink/Wanderer EP via the Air London imprint, backed with a remix from John Tejada. "To the Brink" kicks things off here, and Russo opts for a warbling arpeggiated synth chord as the driving force, running alongside gritty drum samples programmed in a bumpy, off-kilter fashion. Things steadily bloom in this state as the envelope of the arp line subtly blooms, dark, low-end tones are worked in, and the latter stages introduce glitched-out atmospherics, adding a further weight to an already infectious, energetic record. John Tejada reshapes "Wanderer" for a unique interpretation that is instilled with a rugged production appeal.



OHARA, RAZ: Moksha LP (ALB 001LP) 18.00
LP version. Raz Ohara's latest full-length is jam-packed with intricate cross-references and wild cross-pollinations, while he's making sure the vibe remains just right from beginning to end. A term like "dub" might be in the right ballpark, but you can also hear soul music on Moksha, at least hints of soul, subtle hints. It's actually the kind of slow-moving, static-laden soul that can only evaporate from the infinite echo chambers of Ohara's (dub) lab. Extremely dense and yet transparently arranged, the soundscapes on Moksha are vast, roomy, and yet they remain somewhat mysterious around the edges. Most beats and percussion elements seem to exist merely for themselves, usually dropping in when you least expect them -- making the resulting groove patterns (and groove it does) even more miraculous and amazing. Elsewhere, warm layers of sound or frozen melodies appear out of nowhere, linger and grow for a while, then die down again. As a listener, you have to surrender and drown in these pulsating soundscapes, which Ohara wrote and produced single-handedly. The first beat that's actually pretty straightforward (and funky) serves as the foundation of the only cover song on this album: "True Love Will Find You in the End" by Daniel Johnston. Whereas most of his own beats are assembled from acoustic elements, this is the only track that sees him relying on a drum computer. "Two Young Mates," in comparison, with its soft walls of guitar, channels post-grunge bands like Ride or Lush -- or even Pluramon. It's amazing to see this wall of sound grow over a steady beat, while Ohara actually shouts the lyrics instead of singing them. Up next he presents a rather abstract collage of clarinet, African percussion, and synthesizer sounds in shreds -- forming, once again, some kind of dub music. If you've ever found yourself lost in a limestone cave, here's your soundtrack to that kind of adventure. Moksha is the first release on Album Label, a new imprint under the Shitkatapult roof. This album is a perfect starting point, because it's a cave of forking paths that change direction every time you re-enter.


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RADIGUE, ELIANE: Feedback Works 1969-1970 LP (ALGA 040-2LP) 28.50
Alga Marghen very proudly presents a remastered version of the complete documentation of Eliane Radigue sound installations from 1969-1970, including the broad tectonic vibrations of "Omnht," the celestial voices of "Usral," the massive chant of "Stress Osaka," and more -- the works of this artist's feedback period finally revealed. It is amazing that Radigue could build such formidably organic sonic edifices in her home studio with the primitive machines given to her by Pierre Henry: three tape recorders, a mixing board, an amplifier, two loudspeakers and a microphone. Eliane previously worked for Henry at the Studio d'Essai of the R.T.F. from 1955 to 1957, after having met Pierre Schaeffer almost by chance, who invited her to learn the techniques of musique concrète. Created 10 years after her Studio d'Essai experience, the feedback works of Eliane Radigue immediately take a new direction from the explorations of musique concrète. Her adventure intuitively goes towards flux, towards contemplative stasis -- a music of continuous sounds, of apparently simple structures, which permits the revelations and expansion of rich acoustic phenomena. It is as if her musical work was in some way a martial art -- as if she meditated for 10 years before striking the first blow, with impressive precision. This is the context in which Eliane composed "Omnht" in 1970 for the architectonic spaces of the visual artist Tania Mouraud titled "One More Night," presented at the Gallery of the Rive Gauche in Paris; "Usral" (the title comes from a phonetic compression of ultrasounds slowed-down, in French "ultra-sons ralentis") is one of the first works by Eliane Radigue to be given in public as a sound environment for a sculpture by Marc Halpern in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs at the Grand Palais of Paris in 1969; "Stress-Osaka" was conceived when the artist was invited to create a sonic environment for the International Fair in Osaka in 1970. There is no doubt that Eliane Radigue's vocabulary is based on observing and entering into dialog with the fundamental behavior of sounds: pulsing, beating, sustained, very light -- a subtle and delicate evolution. When she moved from feedback sounds to the ARP synthesizer, she naturally continued the same music, a continuity where the original use of feedback sounds stands out for its cruder and more savage inner character. One could say that somehow it's the very texture of the sounds, which leads the form of her compositions. Edition of 300 copies. Includes a 16-page LP-size booklet with original photos, scores and liner notes.


RADIGUE, ELIANE: Vice-Versa, Etc... LP (ALGA 041LP) 25.00
Alga Marghen very proudly presents a remastered version of Vice-Versa, Etc..., an LP originally included in the first 400 copies of Eliane Radigue's Feedback Works 2LP. Vice-Versa, Etc... was originally a small handmade box, signed and numbered and released on the occasion of a show at Lara Vincy's gallery in 1970. The box contained a reel of magnetic tape and the instructions for use. It indicates that all playback speeds are possible, forward or backward, as well as any combination of two channels, on several recorders, ad libitum. This LP presents two versions done by Emmanuel Hoelterbach following the indications of Eliane Radigue to the letter, respecting her composition methods. There is no doubt that Eliane Radigue's vocabulary is based on observing and entering into dialog with the fundamental behavior of sounds: pulsing, beating, sustained, very light, a subtle and delicate evolution. When she moved from feedback sounds to the ARP synthesizer, she naturally continued the same music -- a continuity where the original use of feedback sounds stands out for its cruder and more savage inner character. One could say that somehow it's the very texture of the sounds, which leads the form of her compositions. At the same time, this approach favors an intense sensuality in the listening. This edition limited to 300 copies includes an insert with liner notes.


PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE: Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting CD/BOOK (ALGA 044CD) 65.00
Privately issued by the artist in collaboration with Alga Marghen, Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting is quite a unique book presenting images from Charlemagne Palestine's complete video productions. "Body Music I" (1973) and "Body Music II" (1974) were Palestine's first incursions into the video medium. They were followed, from 1974 until 1979, by a series of works that together form one of the seminal and most distinctive bodies of conceptual, performance-driven video of that decade. As a composer, performer and visual artist, Palestine has gained international recognition for his influential music, sound compositions and performances across six decades. His psychodramatic video works of the 1970s, which are less well known, transform and extend his sound and performance art into the electronic medium. Throughout these pieces, Palestine activates ritualistic movements and vocal expressions (hypnotic chants, screams, keening wails) as outward articulations of interior states. The very titles of these fervent enactments suggest extreme physical and psychological catharses, release and escape. Palestine's video works of the 1970s are visceral, raw, urgent. While his video works must be seen in dialogue with Palestine's music and performances (his signature objects like stuffed animals, cognac, and scarves appear across media), they also speak to the specific conditions of early video art practices and the wider alternative art scene and countercultural sensibility of the era. Palestine's unruly, unpredictable performance videos emerged in the context of an equally unruly and unpredictable landscape of art-making in the 1970s. As art practices moved away from object-making towards an emphasis on process, the prevailing discourses of conceptual art and post-Minimalism were manifested in the dematerialized gestures of Body Art and performance, and in hybrid forms such as installation, experimental music, expanded cinema, intermedia art, and video. The nascent video art scene was further cross-pollinated with generative ideas and influences that ranged from technology and television to cybernetic theory and political activism. The presiding spirit was one of experimentation, ad hoc and collective processes, and improvisation, a renegade ethos tracked in the decade's underground art from counterculture to punk. The book includes an essay by Lori Zippay titled Body Music: Charlemagne Palestine's Video Rituals, a long interview by Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist as well as a CD with the full soundtracks of "Body Music I," "Body Music II," "Island Song," "Running Outburst" and "Tying Myself Up." 254 color pages, A4 size. Co-release with Filipson Editions.


RADIGUE, ELIANE: Opus 17 2LP (ALGA 045LP) 45.00
Alga Marghen very proudly presents Opus 17, a major turning-point in the sonic oeuvre of Eliane Radigue. Finished in 1970, it was the last work composed with feedback materials. From that experimental period, Opus 17 preserves a plastic character: a music made of rough sonic phenomena, at once harsh and granular, possessing a quality of materiality and tactility. Its vibrations structure the air surrounding the listener with densities, thicknesses, indeed with palpable movement. Her compositions are frames which let us hear these phenomena, open frameworks from the sonic installations of her Endless Musics and here reinserted in the five scenes making up Opus 17. In 1970, in her studio of very rudimentary means, she developed a completely unique body of work centered on sounds produced by feedback. Opus 17 has the quality of showing off the sum of the achieved techniques and methods. Eliane Radigue's music has never been rooted in ideas but in practice, the intimate experience of things in the wild which she has known how to tame. This dialog both intense and poetic which she keeps up with the solid matter of sound finds a remarkable concretization in Opus 17. It is to be underlined that with Opus 17 Eliane Radigue inaugurates a technique of composition which will be her footprint, her trademark: imperceptible transformations. For that she has developed a technique of meticulous mixings, based on the slow passage from one section to the next. Imperceptible all during the piece, we pass, ceaselessly and without noticing the changes, from one frequency flux to another. Time is suspended, smoothed out, stretched. It is this technique which Eliane Radigue will be essentially using for all the electronic works to come and which she will never cease to refine and render always more subtle. Opus 17 is the great panoramic voyage through material sound, its electronic phenomena detailed as if in a microscope. As Rhys Chatham recalls: "Eliane Radigue (...) had just moved to New York and had the idea of acquiring an analog modular synthesizer, which is why she worked at NYU in order to try out the possibilities of the Buchla 100 series which we had there. One day, while gossiping, she invited me to her loft, which was just on the corner. She had me listen to a piece composed in France; the piece called 'Opus 17'. (...) What I heard changed to course of my life as a composer. (...) That piece, impressive source of inspiration, gave the impression of being in a grand cathedral, both for the sensation of immensity of being in such a large cathedral, as for the effect of being so close to God." Opus 17 was created at the artistic center of Verderonne on May 23, 1970, for the Fête en blanc (i.e. White Festival) organized by the visual artists Antoni Miralda, Joan Rabascall, Dorothée Selz and Jaume Xifra. Previously unreleased, Opus 17 is now issued on Alga Marghen in a first edition of 400 copies in a gatefold sleeve.


PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE: Four Manifestations on Six Elements 2LP (ALGAMARS 004LP) 270.00
One of Charlemagne Palestine's most well-known works, Four Manifestations on Six Elements is presented here as a 2LP record edition limited to 180 numbered copies, the first publication of Algamars, the new sonic art division of Alga Marghen. The gatefold sleeve is silkscreened in one color and presents a signed drawing by Charlemagne Palestine on the front cover. In 1973 Charlemagne Palestine was commissioned to make Four Manifestations on Six Elements by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. As the gallery was well known for its presentation of conceptual art, Palestine decided to create a record similar to an exhibition space with four walls to expose on, each wall corresponding to a side on a double LP record. "Two Perfect Fifths, a Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre and sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist -- blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the "Golden Sound" -- the essence of the chord or harmonic structure itself. In "One + Two + Three Perfect Fifths, in the Rhythm 3 Against 2, for Piano" (1973) the elements introduced are now elaborated upon on the piano. The resonant Bösendorfer allows Palestine to create a more lively and complex variation of tones, intervals, overtones and rhythms. "One Fifth" evolves by reinforcing the fundamentals of a fifth with their higher octave. Each performance of this work is different as Palestine reinterprets these simple elements listening within them for variations of amplitude, mixture and inertia at the moment of the performance. "One + Two Fifths" deals with the way a rhythmic sonority sounds when the sustain pedal of the piano in not used, thus focusing on its rhythmic aspect. Gradually by adding the sustain pedal, the external rhythmic pattern begins to internalize, becoming an inert part of the whole timbral fabric -- a piece expressing the battle of rhythm versus timbre for dominance. In "One + Two + Three" a third fifth is added -- variations of melody and sonority reinforcements culminating in a rhythmic deceleration process ending the work. "Sliding Fifths for Piano" (1972) is an impressionistic version of the three fifths used in the entire work. The continuous liquid waterfall of pure romantic piano sound and color is an homage to Debussy, Ravel and Monet. "Three Perfect Fifths, a Major Second Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is the continuation of wall one. A pure and sonorous phenomenon. Edition limited to 180 signed and numbered copies in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve, with an original drawing by Charlemagne Palestine on the front cover.


CHOPIN, HENRI: Revue OU Deluxe Edition 4CD BOX (ALGAMARS 005CD) 2000.00
After almost seven years of work, Algamars proudly presents the deluxe edition of Henri Chopin's Revue OU.The cloth hard-bound box includes the elaboration of all the elements of the Alga Marghen anthology (four CDs) with the complete Revue OU recordings (with new silkscreened sleeves), a 76-page book with full documentation on Revue OU (with new silkscreened jacket), Henri Chopin's "You Got To Laugh" booklet, an Henri Chopin "For William Burroughs" full color poster, 30 fold-out OU inserts (by Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck, Paul de Vree, Hugh Davies, Bob Cobbing, Jacques Bekaert, John Cage, Tom Phillips, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Michel Seuphor, Ben Vautier, Stefan Themerson, Richard Orton, Pierre Albert-Birot). This box also includes a numbered edition of Henri Chopin The Body Is a Sound Factory & Co LP as well as an original OU Revue-Disque 10", No. 40-41. The following editions and artworks were specially created for this deluxe edition: a previously unpublished book by Henri Chopin titled La char des siècles and five original art pieces: a signed dactylopoem by Henri Chopin, a signed collage by Bernard Heidsieck, a piece of Hugh Davies' Shozyg, a signed visual poem by Sten Hanson, and a Xerox art piece by Bob Cobbing. Since the end of the fifties, Henri Chopin, an explorer in the new recorded sound poetry field, has never ceased, through his own work as well as through his publishing activities (Revue OU, a magazine with records from 1963 to 1974) to defend the electronic exploration of the voice and the body. If Henri Chopin's Revue OU is such a remarkable publication, then this is surely because it is one of the truly - and most authentically - contemporary publications of its time. As Chopin observes, he considered the sound poetry published on the records in OU to be a distinctively new form of art. On one hand sound poetry constitutes an almost archetypal practice, but on the other hand sound poetry also emerges from the very sources of recording technology by means of its use of electro-magnetics. As this collection of CDs (remastered under the supervision of Henri Chopin) reissuing the complete Revue OU records indicates, Chopin's most striking achievement was to consistently identify and publish the first major works of many of the most visionary transatlantic artists exploring the new recording technologies of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Far from attempting to establish any mono-dimensional movement, Chopin characteristically championed a wide variety of those poets, writers and composers whom he perceived to be "in movement," and whom he subsequently applauds as "Fabulous Independents." Following an editorial logic of selectively eclectic inclusion, Chopin's OU records published an astonishing diversity of inter-generational and international experiments. These include intense electronic readings by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin; pioneering optophonetic works by the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann; "crirythmes" and vocalic improvisations by François Dufrene and Gil J Wolman; fragmentary poemes-partitions by Bernard Heidsieck; high-tech text-sound works by composers such as Ake Hodell and Sten Hanson; electronic abstractions by Bengt Emil Johnson; phonetic poems by Mimmo Rotella; "handy tech" performances on self-built electronic instruments by Hugh Davies; haunting tape-manipulations by Ladislav Novak; playful improvisations by Bob Cobbing with Anna Lockwood; dramatic monologues by Paul de Vree; electronic concrete music by Jacques Bekaert and - of course - Chopin's dynamic orchestrations of the body's "factory" of corporeal sounds. Chopin's writings equally consistently championed the "electronic language revolution" facilitated by what he describes as "technological means which extend the human body," thereby inaugurating an enormous expansion of human expression. Edition limited to 30 numbered copies.


CORNER, PHILIP: Metal Meditations LP (NMN 008LP) 25.00
Originally released in 1997. "Metal Meditations is the culmination of many years experience and experiment with the properties of resonant metal objects, whether intended for music for not." --Philip Corner; One side is taken from a 1974 performance at Merce Cunningham's studio, performed by David Behrman (electronics and performer) and others. There is also a 1975 performance with Bill Fontana and Corner (long metal pipe with active microphone) as well as a short version from the Avant Garde Festival in Cambridge, MA, 1978.


ASHLEY, ROBERT: String Quartet Describing the Motions of Large Real Bodies 2LP (NMN 030LP) 45.00
2002 release. Double LP reprint of the recording by Robert Ashley titled String Quartet Describing the Motions of Large Real Bodies/How Can I Tell the Difference? (I & II). "String Quartet" was composed as the potential orchestra for an opera based on the text of "In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women." When the work was composed in 1972, it was clear that a huge change in electronic instrumentation was just beginning, a change that would involve computers and sound producing devices as yet undreamed of. The piece consists of an electronic orchestra of 42 sound-producing modules. The technique of the string quartet is for each player to make a stream of intentional but unpremeditated (that is, random) very short sounds, pulses, somewhat like pitched clicks, but with the formats and overtones of a string instrument (this idea came from the rumor of a performance by Takehisa Kosugi). These sounds go directly to a set of four loudspeakers, but at the same time they are delayed electronically, and those delayed sounds are sent to a series of seven networks of sound-producing modules activated by the very brief coincidence of an original sound and a delayed sound. The operation of the networks as a result of the coincidence can, in the theoretical world of electronics, produce almost any sound imaginable. In the performance recorded here few of the technical resources were available. Now, of course, there are computer "patching" programs that would make the job possible, but complicated. Such are dreams, when technology promises a "new world." Sort of like 1492. The hills and mountains separating San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean are filled with a labyrinth of endless concrete tunnels constructed by the military in the 1930s in anticipation of World War II to defend San Francisco Bay from invasion. At the entrance of every tunnel is a huge steel door. When the door is slammed, the reverberation through the labyrinth seems to last forever. It is one of the wonders of the world. Naturally, Robert Ashley tried to record this phenomenon. On the occasion of the recording, just as the reverberation seemed to die away, a motorcyclist, miles away in the tunnels, started coming closer. The effect, which took minutes, was as if the reverberation had been reversed, as if the tape recording was running backwards, a perfect case of coincidence as illusion. In "Version One" of "How Can I Tell the Difference?" the composer tried to create the drama of the recording of the reverberation and the motorcyclist, using the string quartet as an "orchestra," in the way it is intended to be used in the opera. In "Version Two" of "How Can I Tell the Difference?" a solo string player using the same playing technique as in the string quartet opens and closes the sound "gates" to electronic reverberations and prerecorded sounds running continuously with the performance. This edition comes in a color gatefold LP cover with a new graphic and lay-out. A double LP set with three recorded sides (side 1, 3 and 4; side 2 is blank). Edition of 500 copies only.


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JOASIHNO & JEL: Lay Down/Hypnotize Us 7" (N 038EP) 7.00
There's something going on between California and Bavaria, as you might have recognized from collaborations between Themselves and The Notwist (13&God) or Odd Nosdam and Saroos. And on it goes with Jel, the producing mastermind behind the Anticon experimental hip-hop scene, who creates a mind-blowing track out of loops from Munich-based experimental pop duo Joasihno. And here's the small sensation: Jel is not only tinkering with soundscapes and beats, but he even puts his vocals on "Hypnotize Us." Less beat-driven but equally hypnotizing is the previously-unreleased track "Lay Down" by Joasihno themselves.



Back in the '90s, Finland's Jack Meatbeat & The Underground Society (root band for The Flaming Sideburns) recorded some of the most killer tracks to ever come out of Scandinavia. This album was only released back in the day on CD in Finland and now finally sees the light on vinyl, remastered including liner notes by the band explaining the story of the recording. A crazy, bad trip located somewhere between MC5's High Time, The Stooges' Funhouse and The 13th Floor Elevators' Psychedelic Sounds, as understood from the land of night and ice. This record, originally released in 1997, is absolutely necessary for fans of Union Carbide Productions and early Hellacopters.


LEE, RAMBLIN' JEFFREY: Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove with Willie Love 2LP (BANG 075LP) 30.50
In 1992 the Gun Club leader, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, recorded this, his very last solo recording, alongside Cypress Grove and Willie Love. On this occasion Jeffrey Lee Pierce decided to come back to the first and original roots sound of the Mississippi Delta blues. Finally reissued by Bang! Records, this release is an extended version with the complete recordings on double vinyl. The set includes seven tracks previously unreleased on vinyl. This edition comes in a deluxe gatefold jacket with previously-unseen photos, as well as liner-notes from Cypress Grove and Willie Love, who speak about the recording and their times and adventures with Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Released under license from Creeping Ritual Productions. Housed in a gatefold sleeve.



ENCHANTE: NT/I Want It 12" (BORN 008EP) 12.50
London's Enchante returns to Born Free for a solo single, including a Willie Burns (L.I.E.S., Trilogy Tapes) remix. 175 copies worldwide, vinyl only.


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DORAU, ANDREAS: Aus der Bibliotheque LP+CD (BB 152LP) 22.00
LP version with CD. Many musicians dedicate their albums to a person who is close to them (a so-called "muse," often female) who has inspired or is said to have inspired the artist. Or a mysterious, mythical place. In rare and unusual cases, a record is sometimes dedicated to a person who is now estranged from the artist. So far, so boring. Until now, of course. Andreas Dorau, in contrast, has dedicated his new album to a completely different place, a completely different muse: the public libraries of Hamburg. To be precise, the main library on a street called "Hühnerposten." Dorau has spent much of his free time here in recent years. "The library is the little internet for haptic people," said Dorau. "And why should I spend money on books, music or DVDs, if they just gather dust?" Thus, he found the subject matter for this new album: the section for Hamburg History, where he found a passage on the horrific serial killer Fritz Honka ("Tannenduft"); in the science department, on the equally essential and popular element hydrogen ("Wasserstoff"); or simply pondering while gazing out the window ("Bienen am Fenster"). Even the journey there was enough to merit a potential hit ("Faul und bequem"). Taking a taxi to the lending library -- now that's style. The lending library can also lend a helping hand when it comes to music. It costs (almost) nothing. CDs, sheet music, it's all there. So instead of hunting for curios at flea markets or researching in the rather non-sensual Internet, Dorau ended his trips to the library by filling his designer plastic bags with CDs. And at random: "greatest hits" of long-forgotten American beard-bands, recent releases from the ghastly field of "indie rock," top ten atrocities from five years ago, etc. But why that? Dorau: "I wanted to find the good moment on each CD, perhaps a certain harmony, analyze it, and then, well, maybe 'borrow' it for my own songs." So basically the meta-level of the lending library. Or maybe it's rather the realization of the old alchemist's dream of using filth in order to produce gold? Aus der Bibliothèque is the first album Dorau has recorded with a band since 1987. "On my last album Todesmelodien from 2011, I was already experimenting with the idea of a band sound. I wanted to amplify that on this record and create my 'own' band sound." The band sound was provided by Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen, brothers in spirit and, incidentally, also friends of the lending library. Dorau's version of a singing and sounding library was created in the studio of the gewöhnliche Gentleman Zwanie Johnson using banjos, saxophones, guitars, drum machines, an old piano, a Höfner violin bass and a great deal more. The result: poppy Krautrock, Beatles-esque sunshine-pop, soft-rock and electronics.



FALL, THE: The Remainderer 10" (BRED 600EP) 23.00
10" version, housed in a gatefold sleeve.


FALL, THE: The Remainderer CD (CDMRED 600CD) 16.00
"Formed in Manchester in 1976, The Fall has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. This EP contains six new songs from the band and is a bridging point between albums; the new one being released by Cherry Red in 2014."



SHADOW: Let's Get Together 12" (COS 502EP) 13.00
"From Trinidad and Tobago comes the next release in the Cultures of Soul disco 12" series. We've licensed the monster cosmic disco track 'Let's Get Together' from the legendary soca artist, Winston Bailey a.k.a Shadow himself. The original track includes a deep hypnotic groove powered by a steady bass drum and snare combination, a pulsating rhythm guitar, echoy chanting vocals, and a savagely icy synth line. We've even added our own local favor to it by having Boston based producers, the Whiskey Barons, rework it."



TIGER STRIPES: Sisters EP 12" (DESOLAT 036EP) 14.00
Tiger Stripes has released records on labels such as Ibadan, Get Physical, liebe*detail, Drumcode, and Strictly Rhythm. Now the Swedish artist makes his long-awaited debut on Desolat with the Sisters EP. The title-track kicks things off with a bumping bass line, strong percussion and a distinctive vocal that is sure to be one of the most memorable hooks of the year. "Keep a Movin'" is a hypnotic, rolling house track full of energy but with a darker vibe and an equally engrossing vocal. On remix duties, tINI takes out much of the vocal, slowing the BPM and infusing a woozy, meandering bass line with the original melody.



SIT: Get This EP 12" (DER 014EP) 14.50
Sit aka Vlad Caia and Cristi Cons need no further introduction. "Jazzocorason" was already featured on Rhadoo's Fabric mix, no. 72.


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FEADZ: Instant Alpha 2LP+CD (BEC 5161677) 25.50
Double LP version with remixes from Cashmere Cat and Bird Peterson. Includes a CD copy of the album. Feadz is releasing his debut album Instant Alpha 15 years into his career. His music is a careful balance of urban and electronic that finds its roots in rap, freestyle, electro, techno, and house, but also in more ghetto influences such as footwork, trap, baile, etc. In short, Feadz's music is a quintessential Edbangerian alloy. Feadz is a total music geek on a constant search for new things to play or to sample, and an erudite of vinyl production, illustrated by the namedropping of super-edgy labels delivered via Kito's voice on "Electric Empire." Instant Alpha is the result of a 15-year journey for Feadz. These 13 tracks are the expression of his hybrid and concise spirit; vivacious, electrocuted, colorful, cheeky dance music in three- or four-minute tracks. Joyful, unifying and open party music.



TIGER & WOODS: Tool Kit for Winter Fitness EP 2x10" (TAIN 014EP) 25.50
Custom-made, elaborate DJ tools for the driven and discerning disc-jockey or illuminated dancefloors. Includes balloon-bursting disco-trance, hardcore boogie, and sleazy proton-house. 1,000 copies for the universe. One-time pressing only. First come, first served.



PATCHWORKS: Give My Love 10" (EDR 019EP) 12.50
Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart has proved his musical ubiquity album after album. This three-track EP is strongly armed for killing any dancefloor. "Give My Love" pays tribute to Sylvester and Ten City, also revealing a new talented singer, Sabba MG. "House Music" and "Enjoy Yourself" are infected by some of the best early producers of the genre such as Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Basil, Kerri Chandler, and A Guy Called Gerald, etc.



AND: Kundalini 12" (EDLX 034EP) 14.00
It's clear there's little out of AnD's reach, and they're certainly not bowing down to anyone. Kundalini then, AnD's debut EP for Electric Deluxe, is not something to be taken lightly. The EP opens with a trio of patented AnD-style monsters, cataclysmic techno siblings all venomous and rusted through. It's a dark and unforgiving trail with these guys as drill sergeant, until "IcDbYc," that is. Not quite the calm before the storm, here we have AnD pull back from the bloody onslaught to turn a cleaner, more calculated sort of weapon. Cool and tactical shadow-skulking, trimmed with IDM. This one is just as deadly.



REDDING, OTIS: Early Sounds (1960-1962) 10" (EALZ 2001LP) 22.00
Contrary to what most people think, Otis Redding was not a complete beginner when he set foot in the famous Stax studio in August 1962. For the very first time, EALZ! Records is deeply proud to offer every recording made by the Big O before he cut "These Arms of Mine." And to complete this great package, the label has added two (rare) tracks from an instrumental single recorded during the same period by the band he belonged to, The Pinetoppers, and their brilliant guitarist Johnny Jenkins. Fully remastered for the occasion from original sources, Early Works 1960-1962 is a great testimony to the birth of a 20th century soul music legend: Otis Redding aka the Big O.



PALESE, DODI: Hun Kal EP 12" (ELTD 004EP) 12.50
The recording of the original mix of "Hun Kal" was made during the flyby of the small crater of Mercury. Massive additional production and remix works by Snuff Crew and Guido Nemola.


ESK 506231

BLAMMA! BLAMMA! (FEAT. KRISTINA TRAIN): Zsa Zsa 12" (ESK 506231) 12.50
Fresh remixes of Blamma! Blamma!'s slo-mo disco track "Zsa Zsa." Psychemagik serve up a funk-laden remix oozing real class. Morphed guitars and synths drive the track, providing a futuristic tone. Andy Cato keeps the slow vibes of the original, while adding a slight Balearic touch with the drums. Wolf + Lamb present a deep, rolling house remix, harnessing trippy, undulating synths to create great layers within the track. Kiani vs. Red D inject a little more pace, with elements of vintage electro infecting this house remix. The echoed vocals by Kristina Train add a chilling edge.



PANGAEA: Fabriclive 73 CD (FABRIC 146CD) 16.00
Pangaea has become synonymous with a singular brand of off-kilter, sub-heavy music, releasing on some of the most reputable labels to emerge in recent times, as well as the Hessle Audio imprint that he helms alongside Pearson Sound and Ben UFO. With Fabriclive 73, he steps up to deliver a mix that's as visceral as you've come to expect from the prodigious youngster, and one that exemplifies the fiercely unique approach he takes towards his work. Other artists include: Lee Gamble, Reeko, Hodge, Shifted, Mystica Tribe, Manni Dee, Tripeo, MGUN, The Sun God, Stenny & Andrea, Psyk, Mumdance & MAO, Adam Jay, Pearson Sound, Kobosil, Pev & Kowton, Forward Strategy Group, Speedy J, Exposure, Bleaching Agent, Truncate, Marco Shuttle, Drumcell, Pfirter, Imaginary Softwoods, Alex Falk, Oscar Mulero, Antaganists, Astronomical Telegram, and Stanislav Tolkachev.



ONRA: 1.0.8 LP (FVR 019LP) 21.00
2014 repress; 2009 release. After the immense success of Onra's album Chinoiseries, he comes back strong with a similar project, inspired by the spirit of Bollywood. Onra wanted to release these beats for a few very good reasons: "Firstly, they still make me nod my head. Secondly, if I don't do this now, I'll regret it. Thirdly, I only used Indian samples on this project. I tried my best to make them not sound 'cliché,' despite them being classic Bollywood tunes and this having been done before. Using only Indian samples makes the project more coherent, it's more of an album and less of a beat tape than if I had added lots of different flavors to it." "One of the most enjoyable records we've heard in a while, and a real treat for crate-diggers and found-sound hounds out there, wherever you may be. Essential purchase." It is indeed an absolute beauty.


LP version. Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart is definitely a name to remember if you're interested in today's groove music scene. After playing as a bassist and guitarist for various bands, he started producing in the mid-'90s and has kept on mixing today's technologies with the raw spirits of disco, funk, soul, and jazz. Following the trail of success left by his projects, such as Mr. President, Uptown Funk Empire, The Dynamics and Metropolitan Jazz Affair, Patchworks has proven his musical ubiquity album after album. Teaming up again with label Favorite Recordings for this new solo effort, he transforms himself into Patchworks Galactic Project, inviting us on a fantastic musical trip called Space: a special project influenced by the 20th century's myths about travelling, exploring, living, and even loving in space. This release is also his first album under the name Patchworks. From David Bowie's "Space Oddity," to Jean Pierre Massiera's works at Studio Antibes, through Air's discography, Patrick Adams' "Cloud One," and La Planète Sauvage by Alain Goraguer, this album follows a long tradition of cosmic cinematic music. From the first note to the last, Space remains loyal to all these influences, while also featuring electro, house, disco, pop and fusion influences that have established the Patchworks' touch -- a classic sound with a contemporary approach to music.


REVOLUTION FRANCAISE: Translocomotion/Discocorico 12" (FVR 087EP) 14.00
Favorite Recordings presents this new official reissue package from Révolution Française, a French band produced by the legendary Jean-Pierre Massiera. His finest era started in the mid '70s, just after he moved to Antibes and started his famous studio. During this period, he would also release most of the pieces that make him one of the targets for all prog-rock, disco and Italo-disco collectors today. "Transolocomotion" originally appeared on a rare 7" titled Bon baisers d'Antibes, which is also remixed by Psychemagik, who give it a modern house and disco flavor. "Discocorico" is a crazy disco-baroque version of the French anthem, and Dwilt Sharpp delivers an exquisite house version.



FAKI & MARKUS SUCKUT, LEN: Skulls EP 2x12" (FIG 051EP) 22.00
A special four-track double 12" release from Len Faki and Markus Suckut.



SNOW GHOSTS: Secret Garden 12" (HTH 014EP) 14.00
Snow Ghosts is the collaboration between Throwing Snow and Augustus Ghost. A calmer follow-up to their debut album A Small Murmuration (HTH 006CD/LP), "Secret Garden" has proven a live favorite, with its tumbling drums and infectious vocal refrains. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Skelton deconstructs the track into solemn, yet evocative ambience, while on the reverse, Matthew Herbert coaxes it onto the dancefloor with typically idiosyncratic verve. Rounding off a truly eclectic package, album contributor and sonic obsessive Blue Daisy welcomes Hey!Zeus under his Dahlia Black umbrella to provide a heavyweight horrorcore hip-hop take on "Covenant."



ANASTENARIA: Music of the Fire Walkers EP 2x12" (KEM 001EP) 23.00
"Uncanny, fervid music from fire-walking rituals -- 1979 field recordings from northern Greece -- alongside killer new invocations of the spirit-world. Excoriated, dread, ecstatic, driven. Beware Kemal. Includes remixes by Pete Swanson and Vatican Shadow." Housed in a gatefold sleeve.



O'NEIL, TARA JANE: Where Shine New Lights CD (KRANK 184CD) 13.00
"Tara Jane ONeil's music is integrated and contextual, idiosyncratic and deeply psychedelic, akin to a lucid dream journal caught on magnetic tape. She appears to be interested in all sounds equally. In her tireless search for a music that mirrors and reflects her alchemical, deeply syncretic approach to sound, color, language, surface and texture, she has found herself in a somewhat singular category. Her concerns are free from fussing about form. Her albums posit some free space that owes more to improvisers and painters than singer-songwriters or new age synthesizer baths. She is still interested in songs, and she has always been a wordsmith, but her songs don't need to have words to signify. When words are utilized, she doesn't waste them. They are beautifully mystical outbursts of visionary poesis, but their narrative power is located within and informed by, the space, the harmonic color, the context in which they are sung. Choral voicings spread out across the stereo field like muted cloud formations split by sudden outbursts of vibrant color, verdant mosses on ancient stones, opal sized windows of clear blue set against a vast horizon. Pump organ drones swell and respirate, patient and slow, with softly resonant gongs from the roof of the world. This is music about healing, about listening, about surviving and transmuting the strange inheritance of language. Moving towards a direct perception of apparent reality through collaboration, breath, sound and song. TJO has always been a shape shifter. Listen to this new album with open ears, forgetting any previous incarnation, or perception of what you believe this mercurial artist to be or to have been. Using some very basic recording equipment and her vivid musical imagination, she has achieved a rare essentialism wherein all unnecessary elements have been stripped away leaving only the most indispensable sounds. Concise, but expansive, stripped of unnecessary gestures; guitars resonate, amps hum, and an exquisite, languid melancholia appears out of the haze."


O'NEIL, TARA JANE: Where Shine New Lights LP (KRANK 184LP) 14.00
LP version.



VA: The Sound of Belgium Vinyl Sampler 4/10 12" (LMFLF 199EP) 14.00
Vinyl sampler 4/10, from The Sound of Belgium CD compilation. Artists include: Zsa Zsa Laboum, Rhythm Device, The Neon Judgement, and The Caravan.


VA: The Sound of Belgium Vinyl Sampler 5/10 12" (LMFLF 200EP) 14.00
Vinyl sampler 5/10, from The Sound of Belgium CD compilation. Artists include: Front 242, Fatal Error, HNO3, C Cat Trance.


VA: The Sound of Belgium Vinyl Sampler 9/10 12" (LMFLF 204EP) 14.00
Vinyl sampler 9/10, from The Sound of Belgium CD compilation. Artists include: Trans Volta, Pas De Deux, Max Berlin, and Klaus Schulze.


VA: The Sound of Belgium Vinyl Sampler 10/10 12" (LMFLF 205EP) 14.00
Vinyl sampler 10/10, from The Sound of Belgium CD compilation. Artists include: CJ Bolland, Golden Girls, Modular Expansion, Frank De Wulf and Digital Excitation.



JETS (FEAT. JAMIE LIDELL): Midas Touch 12" (LSR 010EP) 14.50
Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum) reunite as Jets for a new and limited 12" on Leisure System, featuring vocals from chameleonic soul singer Jamie Lidell. "Midas Touch" debuted as the opening track on Machinedrum's Essential Mix in November 2013, but the track has been popping up at Leisure System gigs in various forms recently. "Midas Touch" will sound familiar to many but has been given a unique spin by the duo, buoyed by a powerhouse earworm vocal by Lidell. Midas Touch is a vinyl-only release featuring the original Jets version of "Midas Touch" and a shimmering Machinedrum remix that smoothes out the soulful track for the dancefloor.



VA: Lewdandloud 002 12" (LAL 002EP) 12.50
The second 12" release on Lewd And Loud kicks off with Bartellow, a dedicated musician with several projects and bands. "Spirits" combines his disco-affinity with raw deep house sounds and an ecstatic vocal sample. Lewy L is the pseudonym for collaborations within the LAL family. Getting rid of limitations, this is the name the label puts on their jam sessions' results. Abigail presents a collabo track with Nubody. Last but not least, it's EinerWeniger, a long-time friend from Munich with his typically groovy approach to house music.



VANAY, LAURENCE: Galaxies LP (LION 126LP) 24.00
LP version. "Exact replica reissue on 180 gram vinyl, with full color, four-panel insert. Comes in an old-style, tip-on gatefold jacket. Remastered from the original master tapes."


VANAY, LAURENCE: Galaxies CD (LION 670CD) 15.00
"Laurence Vanay is the pseudonym for Jacqueline Thibault, wife of producer and musician Laurent Thibault (Magma). Her debut album Galaxies (1974) is pure genius: almost all instrumental, with gorgeous keyboards of many types, acoustic/electric guitar, even a little Zeuhl bass. There are wordless vocals on many of the tracks, although she occasionally sings in a soft, seductive manner. Incredible, spacey 'avant-garde progressive chanson,' a holy grail for most collectors of '70s underground French music. Rivaled only by the early work of Brigitte Fontaine for pure inventiveness. An album of inconspicuous, sincere beauty and a masterwork of the French progressive folk scene. Sublime compositions: unique, melancholic, and very powerful."


VANAY, LAURENCE: Evening Colours CD (LION 671CD) 15.00
"Laurence Vanay is the pseudonym for Jacqueline Thibault, wife of music producer and musician Laurent Thibault (Magma). This is the first ever reissue of her second album, originally released twice in 1975: a version on Galloway credited to fictitious English band Gateway, and once as a CAM label library LP -- both are incredibly rare. Pure genius: almost all instrumental, with gorgeous keyboards of many types (Hammond, Fender Rhodes, etc.), acoustic/electric guitar, even a little Zeuhl bass. Shimmering, dewy, mysterious, deeply emotional examples of melancholic musical beguilement; anyone with an affinity for golden age 4AD bands like the Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance will find much to love here. A devastating high-fashion follow-up to the legendary Galaxies."


MR 256LP

GUN CLUB, THE: Fire Of Love LP (MR 256LP) 19.50
2014 repress; 2003 release. Jeffrey Lee Pierce -- reggae enthusiast, heroin addict, and former president of the Blondie fan club -- suffered a lonely, depressing death on March 31st, 1996 of a brain hemorrhage, after untold years of drug use and alcoholism. Why this event mattered much to anyone lay in a fantastic record his band, The Gun Club, recorded 16 years earlier: the masterful Fire Of Love. A visionary and fierce moment in time when The Gun Club took the raw, dripping meat of shopworn delta blues and infused it with the energy and fire of the LA punk rock scene. Inspired by bands like X, Television and the Cramps, he met Kid Congo Powers (who later played with Nick Cave and Cramps) and they formed the Creeping Ritual in 1979, soon to be renamed The Gun Club. Pierce was already a notorious drunk, exhibitionist, poet and fanboy. The Gun Club were quickly a dangerous new spoke on the spinning wheel of dynamic LA alt-culture. By 1980, Jeffrey Lee had moved into a deep reverence for Mississippi delta blues. The Gun Club paid more than passing homage: they wholeheartedly swiped complete riffs, words and attitude from the masters. Pierce participated in the great blues singer tradition by cobbling together distinct lines from other people's songs to create new ones. Snatches of Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson can be heard throughout this debut LP -- released in 1981 on Slash's Ruby Records. What makes Fire Of Love such a brilliant listen long after its time is that this blatant homage to the blues was amplified, energized and kicked into overdrive -- in a new style that combined the ghostliness of the original model with a FAST, unwound and supremely energetic beat. The engineering feats of Pat Burnette contributed to that sound: he wielded his Quad-Teck studios like a weapon, and mastered some of the greatest sides in LA music history (such as Germs' GI). Pure fullness of sound and the raw hot throb of records that were made to stand the test of time. From the immensely dark and aggressive sexuality of "Sex Beat," Gun Club's most recognizable number, to the fetishistic salute to fellow traveler Poison Ivy of The Cramps in "For The Love Of Ivy," including the hellfire classic "She's Like Heroin To Me," a 2:33 masterpiece in which everything comes together; Fire Of Love is pure perfection. It stands among the greatest classics of rock history, and shows the genius of the great Jeffrey, whose haunted singing has never been replaced. It proved out to be one of the most influential records of the '80s, with countless musicians declaring their love for the Club.

MR 336LP

VA: Sombras: Spanish Post-Punk and Dark Pop 1981-1986 4LP BOX (MR 336LP) 88.00
Quadruple LP boxed set. - Includes a 16-page booklet with an essay in Spanish and English by journalist Jesús Rodríguez Lenin and contributions by Beatriz Alonso Aranzábal (Los Monaguillosh) and Carlos Entrena (Décima Víctima), plus many artist photos and memorabilia. Sombras is the first compilation to survey in depth the darker side of the fledgling, vibrant music scene of Spain in the early '80s. Featuring 42 artists, including essential names such as Parálisis Permanente, Décima Víctima, Desechables, Gabinete Caligari, Derribos Arias, Ana Curra, Polansky y el Ardor, Los Monaguillosh, Alphaville, Claustrofobia, Agrimensor K, Matrona Impúdica, Ultratruita, Ceremonia, New Buildings, and many more. Both formats include booklets with an essay in Spanish and English by journalist Jesús Rodríguez Lenin and contributions by Beatriz Alonso Aranzábal (Los Monaguillosh) and Carlos Entrena (Décima Víctima), plus many artist photos and memorabilia. "The damn Movida. The best that can be said of that phenomenon is that it was the starting point and the trigger of something else, of another movement that garnered no fame but was far more interesting musically and intellectually, although the glow of glamour went to the fatuous flames of superficiality. This other movement, in contrast, had neither name nor anyone singing its praises. It centered on the existential angst described by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard instead of the jovial innocence of silly pop in the late '70s and the very early '80s of the last century. It wasn't a time for joking around. The outlook was grim and, logically, after a few years that we had wanted to celebrate because of the death of Franco, murky and ominous images began to inhabit the collective subconscious of those youths who were apolitical by necessity. The most extraordinary paradox is that is that it was a light-hearted new wave group, Ejecutivos Agresivos, that served as the seed for this shift in orientation. Many characters came together in that group who were going to do a 180 on the music that was being made. Carlos Entrena, their singer, who would become one of the founders of the GASA label and the leader of Décima Víctima was there. Also there was Ignacio Gasca, a boy from San Sebastián known as Poch who, after the breakup of Ejecutivos Agresivos, would form Derribos Arias. Jaime Urrutia was in the line-up, who would soon be the singer and guitarist of Gabinete Caligari. The band included Juan Luis Vizcaya, who had a brief stint as the drummer of Alaska y los Pegamoides. Also a member was Paco Trinidad, who would become another founder of GASA and who, with time, would become the main record producer of the 1980s (Hombres G, Duncan Dhu). The transition from one era to another even had an exact date: the 13th of November, 1982. On that day, in the auditorium of the Escuela de Caminos de Madrid, the last concert that Alaska y los Pegamoides played in Madrid took place, although none of the members themselves knew this for sure at the time. They gave to their fans, along with the tickets, a flexi-disc that included two unreleased songs -- 'Volar' and 'El jardín' -- both written by Eduardo Benavente (also of Parálisis Permanente), with a theme and style that had nothing to do with what Alaska y los Pegamoides had done so far. To wrap up that moment symbolically, the group that opened the show was Los Monaguillosh, who would shortly become one of the best-known bands of the nascent psychedelic 'siniestro' sound." --Jesús Rodríguez Lenin

MR 340CD

VA: Amsterdam BeatClub: The Best Place to Go!Go! 2CD (MR 340CD) 23.00
Since 2003, Amsterdam BeatClub has been one of the most prominent organizations in The Netherlands for promoting great music from the '50s and '60s. To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Munster Records presents this outstanding two record set on vinyl and CD, presenting the very best bands and artists that performed at Amsterdam BeatClub over the last decade. Also included is a wicked book full of photos, rare flyers, full length stories, and inside information about 10 years of Amsterdam BeatClub.

MR 340LP

VA: Amsterdam BeatClub: The Best Place to Go!Go! 2LP (MR 340LP) 31.00
Limited gatefold double LP version.

MR 7256EP

LOS MONAGUILLOSH: Voces en la Jungla 7" (MR 7256EP) 8.50
Reissue of the first single by Los Monaguillosh from 1983, one of the classic records of Spanish post-punk. With only two releases, this band from Madrid achieved a captivating sound akin to The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees.

MR 7257EP

SCHITZOPHONICS: Can't Take It 7" (MR 7257EP) 8.50
Fuzz rock makes you dance. And there's no better example than the new single by San Diego's Schitzophonics, who have recently been touring as El Vez's band. These three powerful shots are in the best Stooges tradition.

MR 7259EP

SILVER CHALICE: Wasted 7" (MR 7259EP) 8.50
Reissue of this heavy-sounding glitter punk 45 from 1979 by the short-lived Silver Chalice. Frontman Kim Komet described it as "dead-crude rock" and he was backed by a band that included Geza X, Terry Churchman, Paul Faris, Pat Delaney, and Dutch Shultz, among others. Sounds mightier than ever after being remastered by original producer, Geza X.



SANTE: Need This EP 12" (OBJ 025EP) 14.50
2011 saw Santé step out of the Souvenir shadow and his successful engineering position with Tiefschwarz to confidently further his own musical career. Having now featured his music on the likes of Kompakt, 8Bit, Saved, and Desolat and launched his very own Avotre imprint, things are heating up nicely for the young Berlin-based producer. Today Santé joins the Objektivity crew, dropping a two-track debut that has already been burning the floors for label-chief Dennis Ferrer.


JAZZANOVA (FEAT. BEN WESTBEECH): I Can See (Konstantin Sibold Remix) 10" (OBJ 026EP) 14.50
What is yours we do not want. What is ours we will never surrender. Objektivity presents a 10" remix of a track from Jazzanova (feat. Ben Westbeech), remixed by Konstantin Sibold). Supported by: Seth Troxler, Coyu, DJ T, Marc Romboy, Franck Roger, Sascha Dive, Hector Romero, Green Velvet, Adriatique, Reboot, Deetron, Laurent Garnier, Mark Knight, Uner, Tensnake, Heidi, Nice7, Simon Dunmore, Doc Martin, Gel Abril, Stacey Pullen, Jovonn, Sebo K, Phil Weeks, Anja Schneider, Noir, Yousef, Mihai Popoviciu, and many more.



FENGLER, MARCEL: Remixes 12" (OSTGUT 074EP) 14.00
For the Fokus (OSTGUT 013LP) remix EP, Dave Clarke, Aubrey, The Exaltics, and The Traveller were invited to place their focus on some chosen tracks. Dave Clarke remixes "Sky Pushing," emphasizing deep distortion and gentle chaos. The break techno of The Exaltics is whipped up with nervous bass and smoky drums, on their version of "Mayria." Aubrey redefines "Trespass," combining unpredictable use of hi-hats and synths from the original with a dark and classic pumping beat and inspired flanger effects. The final remix by The Traveller lures you in with a soft intro but soon develops into an old school techno stomper.



HELM: The Hollow Organ 12" (PAN 050EP) 18.00
PAN presents four vital concrète incursions by nether field-traveler Luke Younger aka Helm, marking his first transmissions since the studio rituals that birthed his highly-acclaimed Impossible Symmetry and Silencer releases. The Hollow Organ toes a deliberate line in the mud between his previous transgressions and a chokingly dank realization of his most untoward, paralytic sound. Poised as a dark interpreter between the grotesque and the transcendent, he activates research gleaned from his petrifying live performances coupled with an increasingly squalid and visceral palette of anguished machine voices, sub-zero drones and bone-scraped rhythmic noise to divine, unearthly space somewhere between semi-legal horror soundtrack and hyperstitious surreality. Its opening gambit, "Carrier" is the most succinct and uncannily ambiguous; perilously close to Gas-like ambient pop but rescued from serenity by manic tape spool and an excoriating, demonic vocal. The vortex of "Analogues" proceeds, ploughed by stereo-twinned engines of churning tape loops to a pitch-black, eschatological climax, and "Spiteful Jester" feels like the unshakable onset of a panic attack, ratcheting the intensity with a blank-eyed, stoic method. For ten minutes "The Hollow Organ" drains last with an unnerving, quiet blood-letting of carmine iron drones evaporating ferric overtones while percussions clank in your blind-spot behind the screen.



BAUNZ: Out of the Window 12" (PETS 039EP) 14.00
Baunz' Pets debut, "Out of the Window," rolls outs its sleazy, slappin' bass line, matching it brilliantly to the spoken vocal from 3rd Eye. Simplicity is key here as Baunz adds filtered stabs and ivory chords to create an excellent slab of laid-back funk. Walker & Royce turn in a rework that is a highlight in the sets of label bosses Catz 'N Dogz. The heavy kick and bulbous bass line retain the laidback vibes of the original while adding some serious dancefloor dirt. Andre Kronert presents a powerful excursion that sees "Out of the Window" revamped for harder, darker floors.



HARPER, TWIG: New Lost Knowns LP (PLANA 029LP) 28.50
Planam presents a record by performer and electronic sound artist Twig Harper. In this beginning the year might or might not be 2011 and the whole practice could still be in process now. It is doubtful if this sonic process would have ever evolved beyond the animal stage suspended as it is in a fragile balance between sounding familiar to the nervous system and unfamiliar and alien. This process is wholly dependent upon the integrity of the system and its necessary environment -- an extermination program created by working multiple channels, reducing mixes, removing sections, adding segments, layering inversions under continual growths and constant changes, until we can no longer recognize the original source or process itself. A very limited unit of sound and image biologically activated to act as communicable dizziness existing in the past present and future when listening to it. Let's turn it on. LP record and silkscreened sleeve are the access, your playback a new "reality." Edition of 200 copies which will turn your eyes and ears inside-out, upwards, backwards and in all directions.


DIE WELTTRAUMFORSCHER: Die singende Sternlaterne/Folklore des Weltalls 1982 LP (PLANAM 030LP) 28.50
Planam very proudly presents you Die singende Sternlaterne/Folklore des Weltalls 1982 by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first-time LP edition of the mysterious Swiss electro-Dada artist's second cassette as well as previously-unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger's first comprehensive retrospective Ein Sommer in der Wirklichkeit (i.e. "A Summer in Reality") at Kunsthaus Langenthal and the corresponding monograph "Songs, Signs, Explorations" presenting drawings, music, lyrics, films and other rare material. When Die Welttraumforscher set out on July 14, 1981 no one could have realized that their journey would not be over soon. For more than 30 years now, Christian Pfluger has been working on drawings, texts, films and songs for the fascinating universe of the imaginary trio, which is well populated with figures like Leguan Rätselmann or Kip Eulenmeister and his astronauts of the spirit. In the course of that journey, among other things, over 35 music cassettes, LPs and CDs have been released, presenting minimal songs that the Welttraumforscher themselves call "Bretzelberg pop" and "space folklore." Planam now re-issues the Welttraumforscher's second cassette, including the previously-unreleased album Folklore des Weltalls 1982. Translator's note: The expression "Welttraum" in "Die Welttraumforscher" is a play on the words "Weltraum" (Universe), "Welt" (world) and "Traum" (dream). "Die Welttraumforscher" can both be read as "The Explorers of the Universe" as well as "The Explorers of the Dream of the World." Edition limited to 350 copies.



PARKER, MIKE: Subterranean Liquid EP 12" (PRG 017EP) 14.00
Fantastic debut from Mike Parker on Prologue. He comes with two killers on wax, exactly the kind of techno you love so much. On top of that there is a very special and unique Donato Dozzy remix which completes this EP, making it as remarkable and grandiose as they come.



RIROM: RiRom 12" (RAUM 080EP) 12.50
2011 release, repressed. Two minimal tech-house masterpieces from Ricardo Villalobos and Roman Flügel as RiRom.


VILLALOBOS: Baby EP 12" (RAUM 085EP) 12.50
2012 release, repressed. Ricardo Villalobos finally releases his first full solo single for Raum Musik under his Villalobos moniker. Two masterpieces of cutting-edge electronic music done in a way that only he can do it. Raum Musik is more than happy with this 12" and it will be released only on vinyl.



ICECROSS: Icecross LP (ROCK 052LP) 23.00
"40th anniversary of 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster that's been the target of record collectors for nearly three decades. Carefully re-mastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. Includes 12" x 12" insert with liner notes, clippings and photographs, and an 11" x 17" poster featuring cover art and band photos celebrating the 40th anniversary of this classic heavy rock cult favorite. Includes a quality, poly-lined paper sleeve. For fans of Leaf Hound, Blue Cheer, Elias Hulk, Iron Claw, Jerusalem, Necronomicon, Incredible Hog, Dust, Pentagram, Uriah Heep, High Tide, Flower Travellin' Band and the like. Icecross possess a unique and dark sound for their time which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond, all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don't achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with wild ominous bass lines, frantic drumming, spooky effected vocals and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time."



BUS: Eagles LP+CD (STRIKE 146LP) 18.00
With its surreal melodies and wayward electronic elements, Eagles, the third full-length by Berlin duo Bus bursts at the seams with intricately woven and extremely detailed soundscapes. Even though it's virtually impossible to put any definite genre term to it, it's a varied collection of tunes that nevertheless works really well together. As a matter of fact, some of the tracks compiled on Eagles were recorded years ago, and a few of them have even seen a release, but some things take time, and for Tom Thiel and Daniel Meteo, this meant putting together album #3 a whopping eight years after the second Bus album Feelin' Dank came out. Like the duo's debut effort Middle of the Road (2003), said predecessor pretty much offered a mix of dub, hip-hop and electronica, with additional vocals by MC Soom-T for good pop measure. On Eagles, the vocal parts have disappeared, and we're left with the purely instrumental oomph and allure of their tracks. Reuniting after a five-year hiatus, Bus returned to the studio in 2012 to enhance their combined digital production skills with some bold (and meticulously crafted) trial-and-error experiments. Initially, they revisited a couple of older compositions -- long intended for release, together with a handful of tracks they'd already published, reworking and improving them. To achieve this, Daniel Meteo even picked up a guitar, adding spherical layers to tracks like "Westen" (first released in 2002) and the brand-new "Grove," layers that sound vast and never-ending like infinite horizons. Elsewhere, "Pure Singa" with its warm percussion groove, feels like it's lingering in the air, and yet the track has incredible depth. "Miami," in comparison, has almost a big-band feel to it, albeit a big band with a keen ear for (current) electronic music. The resulting album has a refreshingly spontaneous-sounding vibe; it runs the gamut of electronic sound, boasting surprising melodies and rhythms at every turn. Includes a free CD with 3 bonus tracks.



A1 BASSLINE: 20 Salmon Down EP 12" (STEP 001EP) 14.00
Spell "Pets" backwards to get "Step." Spell "Step" forwards to find "Pets" going back to basics. Step is the new concept label from the founder of Pets and Catz 'N Dogz. It highlights the rawest forms and root functions of quality club music. This first Step is from A1 Bassline. Step finds the fundamental groove with under-the-radar house and techno that is isn't afraid to be rough around the edges. Step is limited promo, zero hype, and all about the music. Each new Step will be released every three months on vinyl, with a digital version available once the next vinyl Step is released.



LUCY: Churches Schools and Guns 3LP (STROBO 002LP) 36.50
Triple LP version. Churches Schools and Guns -- a provocative name for a provocative techno album from one of the genre's most consistently intriguing producers, Lucy. This, his second solo album, pushes forward from his debut full-length, 2011's Wordplay for Working Bees, and firmly establishes him in a league of his own. Over the past few years, Lucy's label, Stroboscopic Artefacts, has became a watchword for techno's vanguard -- providing a platform for new artists pushing at the genre's boundaries and a harbor for some of the most experimental work from names you already recognize. Lucy's progress as a producer has followed that same trajectory, moving from relatively straightforward dancefloor-driven material to deeper, murkier places. Churches Schools and Guns continues on, a collection of 12 tracks that sound, more than anything else, like the act of searching.



RODRICK, HENRY: Don't Believe 12" (BARN 017EP) 14.00
Henry Rodrick is the man behind the single best demo email Studio Barnhus ever received. The results can be heard on Don't Believe, the debut EP from this jazz funk enthusiast and software engineer. These tracks represent the very finest of Gullmarsplan's small but thriving footwork scene and have been tried and tested thoroughly by the Studio Barnhus DJ trio. They work pretty well at 33 RPM, too. Henry is part of the Svensk Bas crew together with Marcus Price, Cristian Dinamarca, and Baba Stiltz.


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LACROSSE: Are You Thinking of Me Every Minute of Every Day LP+CD (TR 271LP) 22.00
LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. This is the third album by Swedish indie-pop band Lacrosse. After a four-year long hiatus since album number two, the band needed new input and teamed up with Swedish producer Henrik Svensson, known for his involvement with Swedish luminaries Moneybrother, Existensminimum, Fint Tillsammans, and many more. The album was recorded in three different studios in Stockholm, Sweden during a total of two weeks, including mixing and mastering. "These songs were written between 2009 and 2012, and they were constantly changing for three years. But when it was time to press 'record,' it all came together magically. It feels like we finished the songs at just the right moment." Lots of things happened on a personal level for the band during these past three years. One member left the band, some became parents, and so forth. "The songs mirror the times we've lived in, but the general idea behind this album is unselfish love in times of extreme self-centering. The whole process was very organic, with the feeling that anything was possible. This was all thanks to Henrik Svenssons' creative genius who challenged us and our ears. He showed us that Lacrosse can be so much more than we knew before." Lacrosse has a knack for writing albums that will have you bouncing on the brightest-lit dancefloor and crying in the darkest corner. The songs on Are You Thinking of Me Every Minute of Every Day? are still bouncy and upbeat and with the characteristic dark nuance in the lyrics, but this time the whole sound has a more experimental production that brings you on a journey through time and space. "This is the best driving music I've heard in years," claims Gunther Buskies, CEO of Tapete Records. "I wish the Autobahn was longer." The fantastic food artwork is by Norwegian artist Ida Frosk. They sent ideas to each other for a bit and then she created the cover. "The title is not meant to be taken seriously. We understand that no one is thinking about Lacrosse all of the time, every minute of every day. If they are, they are not well and need professional help."


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LEISURE MUFFIN: The Bunker New York 001 12" (BK 001EP) 11.50
The Bunker New York label kicks off with a long-awaited debut EP from Michael Hopkins aka Leisure Muffin, a regular attendee and performer at the legendary NYC Bunker party since it first originated in 2003. The centerpiece of the record is "In Wearable Hertz," a soaring epic pairing modular synths with violin that brings to mind vintage Klaus Schulze or Laurie Spiegel. "Heldscalla" begins with a disorienting cascade of filter sweeps before falling into a deep pool of sound. "Alys" recalls vintage LFO and 808 State, while sounding ruthlessly modern. Reference points include early Warp (Seefeel, Autechre, and Aphex), Drexciya, Skinny Puppy, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and Perrey And Kingsley.



VEREKER: Slain EP 12" (TRILOGY 015EP) 19.00
"The Californian has a CCCP and a couple of the very best LIES, but this stomping, grisly, suspenseful, four-track assassinator tops the lot. You get plenty more prep and purpose, and a load more killing."



PARRISH, THEO: 71st and Exchange Used to Be... 12" (SSTTTPLC1) 21.00
"Three tracker. Super limited." One per customer.


WIRE 360

WIRE, THE: #360 February 2014 MAG (WIRE 360) 9.50
"Hang on to your hats, folks: the cover story in the forthcoming February issue of The Wire features the underground music scoop of the century - the first ever face to face interview with the most enigmatic and elusive, not to mention one of the most inspirational and uncompromising, musicians of the times, the legendary Jandek. The interview was conducted over three days in December in Minneapolis by David Keenan and is now spread across ten pages of the February issue, along with photographer Alec Soth's brilliantly evocative portraits of the mythical representative of Corwood Industries. And what he reveals about the philosophies and experiences that have shaped his unique music over the last 40 years will blow the minds of the initiated and transfix the imaginations of neophytes. Plus: Edwin Pouncey on the extreme sonics of the former Skullflower guitarist Stefan Jaworzyn, UK noise maker and computer composer Russell Haswell takes The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test, London producer Visionist, Multiple Tap's new Japanese sounds, and over 100 album, gig, film and book reviews."



CORTEX: Troupeau Bleu LP (TV 009DLX-LP) 25.50
Troupeau Bleu is the first and most famous album recorded by French jazz-funk legends Cortex, which has been an obscure favorite of funky collectors for years. Reissued by Trad Vibe Records, it sold out within a few months. It's now back in stock in a limited tip-on jacket edition including a Troupeau Bleu original poster. In 1974, Alain Mion, Alain Gandolfi, and Jeff Huttner formed this mythical band, who then recorded several LPs, including this one. Recorded in two days in July 1975, it is a real musical UFO, an unclassifiable record, a mixing of a thousand flavors. The result is a stunning electric groove with a feeling that's really fresh, nice and warm, and funky in all the right parts.


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MANTRONIX: King of the Beats: Anthology 1985-1988 2LP (TEG 76536LP) 21.00
2014 repress. "How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it hip hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above (or is it none of the above?). It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multifaceted sound as well as their ability to bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be remembered as musical innovators and sub-genre pioneers. Now available for the first time ever, Traffic Entertainment Group in conjunction with Sleeping Bag Records and Warlock Entertainment present; Mantronix: King of the Beats, The Anthology 1985-1988. This carefully curated double LP compilation combines the best of Mantronix's work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start - this is the collection to wrap your ears around."



CAVAAN: Liquid Nights 12" (TURDJR 003EP) 14.00
The two Cavaan guys struck out in a Berlin, Heidelberg, and Venice studio for the Liquid Nights 12". While the awesomeness of the cities kept the team quiet, the landscape nonetheless teemed with sounds. The resulting EP traces a groovy path around canals, castles, and a giant TV tower to produce a phat sound-set fronted by a Moog bass. Bells, sticks, melodica, and the occasional analog synthesizer form the sonic backdrop, echoing the quiet, but lively sounds of the EP. Both tracks are serious heavyweight peak-time tracks which travel in between spacious song-craft and the futuristic outer-reaches of modern minimal to Detroitish techno.



PYE CORNER AUDIO: Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3 & 4 2LP (TYPE 118LP) 25.50
Pye Corner Audio corner has finally completed his follow-up to the crushing Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1 & 2, and unsurprisingly it's just as faded as its predecessor. While Volume 3 has been available via the mysterious producer's Bandcamp page, this is the first time Volume 4 has ever been heard, and marks the completion of the series that has catapulted him into acclaim. These two diverse full-lengths have been re-mastered and slotted together on one record, and mark a transitional period in the Head Technician's production history. Eschewing the whimsical ambience of the previous chapters, there's a notable shift into beat-laced darkness on Volumes 3 & 4. "Electronic Rhythm Number Five" is maybe the producer's most obvious nod to classic house yet with its punchy square-wave bass line and dusty disco snare. Elsewhere, we're treated to a slice of sizzling darkwave with "Inside the Wave," and gloomy John Carpenter-influenced rumblings with the sparse "Dystopian Vector Part One." Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3 & 4 is yet another expertly-crafted collection of electronic vignettes, handled by a producer whose veteran's touch can be heard in each note. This is the soundtrack to the flickering neon light outside your bedroom window, and should be approached with caution. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy.

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