Thursday, 03 September
**C60 BASF chrome super cassette** Dead limited tape compilation, old skool styles, with cuts from Beau Wanzer, and more introducing Amsterdam's Knekelhuis crew. Without needing to flatter the 'floor, all involved play it loose, abstract and messy for your entertainment, whether it's Beau Wanzer with his sluggish industrial swagger, 'Cellphone Calamity', and the pelting drums of 'Birthtribe', or Maekott with the Drexciyan fizz of 'Kyoto', or the industrial discord of Volition Immanent.
**Whacked-out and funked-up No wave released by Golden Teacher's Akashic Records. RIYL Prostitutes, Mars, $hit & $hine. C60 housed in card sleeve** "DICK 50 is a bridge between Germany and the United Kingdom. They learn whilst you watch. They champion the future through incentivised productivity, the true sound of democratic progress! A holistic cradle-to-cradle approach. 360 degree thinking from the lowest hanging fruit. No genre untouchable, no instrument too small, alone we are weak, but together... DICK 50 touched the globe, and this is what it sounds like. Side A consists of stud… Read more
Thursday, 27 August
The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcing and looping over the A-side with 'On No Fade', they p… Read more
**Home-duplicated C95 edition of 100 with insert by the artist** Sacred Tapes present one of their most necessary editions yet; a recording of arch experimentalist, Messiaen student and founding Fluxus member Philip Corner riffing on François Couperin's baroque tone poem for harpsichord, 'Les Barricades Mystérieuses', which was first performed in 1717. In this recording, made at the School voor Niuwe Dans Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam, on August 30th, 1995, Corner on piano is accompanied by tambourine and singing in a 95 minute improvisation focussed on the moo… Read more
"Since 2008 Dope Body have been refining and redefining their own kind of hard rock music, a sound that has many tributaries flowing into it but one that is definitely coming through a group that could only happen now. Dope Body are in a four-way conversation here, with drums, guitar, bass and vocals all pushing it around. Leaning into the future, mindlessly, just reacting, the jams of ‘Kunk’ are shimmering, alive with a simmering sizzle. Swirling jams that pound and float, cloud-like, associating segmentally like a naturally growing train of thought. ‘Kunk’ rolls forth with funk and flutter, ple… Read more
Thursday, 06 August
*Now available on tape!* First release on a new label from Max Tundra featuring his first productions to surface publicly for over 7 years, fronted by manufactured millennial pop starlets Daphne & Celeste.There’s little doubt among anyone familiar with Max Tundra’s oeuvre that his early 2000’s releases for Domino kinda pre-empted the whole PC Music thing by a decade or so, all hi-sheen bubblegum pop rendered through obsolete digital technology, hooky as hell and just a little bit unsettling to boot. Having laid low since the release of 2008’s 'Parallax Error Beheads You’ he now resurf… Read more
"Death Is Not The End reissue on cassette The Kossoy Sisters' classic Bowling Green LP, originally released on the Tradition label in 1956. Limited to 100 copies."
*Limited edition tape from Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander, aka Saturn & the Sun, to coincide with their excellent new LP also released on Bocian this week* "As core members of ritual rock band The Skull Defekts, they have toured the world during the past years and have released a hot line of records. As Saturn and the Sun, their common interest in harsh electronic music and deep drones is in the centre of attention. Nordwall runs the iDEAL Recordings label since 1998 and is also found collaborating with people like Mika Vainio, Mats Gustafsson and Ma… Read more
Thursday, 30 July
**Includes downloads dropped into your account on purchase of the tape** Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
Thursday, 23 July
"Death Is Not The End compile 10 of Washington Phillips' 18 known recordings, made between 1927 and 1929. These musical sermons feature Phillips' voice self-accompanied by a mystery instrument that been the subject of some debate - having been identified as a Dolceola, a Celestaphone, two Celestaphones tuned in octaves attached side-by-side, or a Phonoharp. Many consider it to be an instrument entirely home-made by Phillips himself. Either way, these recordings remain some of the most unique and understated gospel recordings from this period, and perhaps ever."
Thursday, 16 July
"Sliding up from the old heart of the Bay Area are a special new band. Hands up for the sweet and sour popsicles of Peacers. Carrying on like rock and roll never happened already, Peacers unpack a century’s worth of progress in fresh tunage. With time short, Peacers grab what scraps they can through the closing window and dance beneath the demeaned sky, with one flag waving free. Peacers’ debut is a dash through the gutted and the gutter, all of which is written home about with a gleeful cock of the skull and twinkle in eye, unmistakably out of the poison nib of Mike Donovan, whose hits with Sic… Read more
Thursday, 25 June
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on translucent purple Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay and linear note inserts printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on Rustic Yellow Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Thursday, 18 June
The first full instalment of psychotomimetic disco-not-disco recordings by The Zest, hatched at the Heavenshulme base of Ste Spandex and Cerberus Future Technologies. "Featuring South Lancashire's most adept Etheric Noblemen... All compositions have been radionically tapped in real-time from the infinite sonic wisdom of the cosmos and dimensions beyond. Magnetically captured by the divine technological wonders of VHS and its equally majestic audio equivalent - the C90 Cassette Tape. For the listeners' full enjoyment, safety and peace of mind - full assurance is given that during the proce… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
Best Available Technology reveals another batch of blunted deconstructions with 'Excavated Tapes 1992 - 1999 (Vol.2)' via Astro:Dynamics. Following on from BNJMN's more recent deconstructions and outings for Left Blank and Styles Upon Styles, it sounds out ten cryptically crushed and frayed off-beats and ambient enigmas operating in their very own time-and-place quite unlike most else out there. They range from unstable equations such as the ghostly, fragmented 'Sncs9' thru to recursive lower case shoegaze styles in its longest piece, the five minute 'Si… Read more
Thursday, 21 May
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassett… Read more
Thursday, 09 April
"Although the title may be humorous, the first release from the trio of tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, guitarist David Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham is no laughing matter; especially when it displays such a beguiling amount of telepathic interplay. ‘Erich Frohm Where’ sets the tone for the entire cassette, given a synopsis of what to expect on both sides. The simmer begins with Andreae’s burnt saxophones tones that shade and colour in indistinguishable fashion Birchall’s droning feedback squall as Cheetham flitters i… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
*Limited to 100 copies* "Horace Sprott performed on Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr's Music of the South series of field recordings released in 1955 on Folkways. 'Ain't This a Mean World' pulls together tracks from all three of these volumes. Ramsey Jr. met Sprott in Marion, Alabama in 1954 and subsequently recorded seven sessions with him in April and May of that year. Born some time between 1886 and 1890 in Talladega Forest, Alabama, Sprott learnt the old religious songs of the bush arbor and the plantation from his mother and grandmother, and from h… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
**Edition of 150** 'ZA86' presents reporter Nigel Wrench's remarkable documentation of South Africa under apartheid in 1986, using tapes unlocked for the first time from a Cape Town cellar. Released to mark the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, 'ZA86' offers a detailed portrait of a critical point in the regime's final and most oppressive years, built using extracts edited from nine tapes out of the unique cassette archive of Turnstyle News. From street level perspectives of white right wingers and 19 year old platoon leaders to the funeral of TV cameraman and a May Day… Read more
Captivating improvisations consolidating dextrous free-jazz, rock and electronics by Oakland, CA, USA's Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammel aka Black Spirituals. Currently in the midst of a massive Euro tour with Earth, the duo collude with The Tapeworm to present this damn fine expo - 150 copies for the merch-stall and 50 for everybody else - of a coversant sound inspired by roots American black music whose relevance is still striking today. Trammell's percussion and Watkins' electronics play out a dynamic relationship of expressive ritual… Read more
Thursday, 22 January
**Utterly blinding, 100-minute tape housed in rare clamshell case with risographed artwork illustrated and designed by John Powell-Jones. Edition of 350** Reel Torque Volume 8: 'Loukanikos' Dance' is a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors, Jon K. Arriving two years and two weeks after he dropped Fact Magazine's Best Mix of 2013 online, this is - quite remarkably - Jon's first ever physical mix release. It's the stuff mixtape dreams are made of; crammed with complete obscurities, all-time classics and dusty perci… Read more
The donation by Kevin Drumm to Phil Julian of a Hewlett Packard test tone generator (to avoid excess baggage charges) caught the curiosity of Dale Cornish. With Cornish and Julian renowned for their own releases, for a variety of labels including The Tapeworm, this chance bonding over former NASA technical equipment has led to their first collaboration...
Thursday, 04 December
"Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef."
Thursday, 06 November
*Edition of 50 copies* Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats returns with an excellent, noisy new Beppu album. Arriving in the wake of this year's 'Coercion' LP, the 'Post Content' session features eight of Andrew's most malevolent industrial/noise excursions inspired by the early waves of TG and Clock DVA and strongly compatible with the recent wave of gear from Vatican Shadow, Alberich et al. And while it might all just be "noise" to the lay listener, there's a thread of melodic ambiguity to Beppu's music that's become his charred brand; from the thunderous discord of 'Verbal Objections' thru the … Read more
Thursday, 11 September
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more
Thursday, 07 August 2014
"Fresh from their debut release - a collaboration with kraut legend Harald Grosskopf (RVNG, Sky) (Ashra Tempel, Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze), Standard Planets release their second single, a collaboration with Arthur's Landing: a collective of musicians who worked extensively with revered avant-disco producer Arthur Russell throughout his life. The A side of the release is a never before recorded or released Arthur Russell song 'Dumbo Dumbo'. Arthur attempted this song during the infamous CBS/Dinosaur L recording sessions of 1978 but was abandoned for r… Read more
Thursday, 24 July 2014
"The second in the Fuse Editions series presents two live performances by Star Turbine - one recorded at Fuse Art Space, Bradford, on the 27th of February 2014, and another from Nundungeon, Edinburgh, on the 1st of March 2014. Released on limited cassette and digital formats in July 2014. Star Turbine are Sindre Bjerga and Claus Poulsen. Working mainly with electronics and prepared amplified objects, they have toured their unique soundscapes throughout Europe over the last two years."
Thursday, 10 July 2014
**Cassette mounted on vacuum formed tray in oversized case. 2-panel inlay printed on 300gsm receycled stock. 100 copies for the world** "Their first recorded album since 2007, ‘Secret Paths’ is I Have Eaten The City’s tour-de-force. This trio of multi-instrumentalists could easily be seen as a microcosm for the practices of Toronto’s wider experimental music scene, the breadth and fluidity of their experimentations throughout their discography showcasing an alarmingly diverse range influences and atmospheres, of which ‘Secret Paths’ is a clear apex. The astonishing opener ‘Eyo… Read more
Thursday, 03 July 2014
**Edition of 100 with custom artwork by Marlous Tode** Immersive live recording of a presentation by sound artist Jacob Kirkgaard at ZXZW festival (now called Incubate) in Tilburg, Holland, 2007. The two recordings, thought lost for years and now rescued by Snug Life, document Kirkegaard's matching the resonant frequencies of the venue, NS16, to make the space itself part of the performance, in line with his artistic praxis dealing with acoustic phenomena and "secret sounds" at the threshold of human hearing perception. RIYL, Roly Porter, Vainio, Emptyset!