*Handmade & numbered book packaging, edition of 450 copies* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new release - from the largely unknown Jasmine Guffond - really stands out as their best release yet. You may or may not have come across Guffond's other projects - Jasm… Read more
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
Limited CD edition of the original 12" masters done at NSC studio in Detroit. Includes 2 new versions (out takes) of cv313's classic "Beyond The Clouds" never before heard in any format. There's also 3 beautiful remixes from the brilliant Rod Modell (DeepChord) of cv313's majestic "Seconds To Forever".
*Limited Edition import of this Japan-Only release, edition of 50 copies* "Includes material from the echospace catalog as well as unpublished tracks all remastered for this compilation. Packaged in a black digipak, poly sealed w/a 5" X 5" Kodak photo print of imagery captured while in Japan."
*Debut album of echospace's phase90 project, mastered and engineered in Echospace* "The entire album was bounced down to 1/4" analog tape to preserve the integrity of the masters. Professionally replicated CD packaged in eco friendly digipak case with custom metallic artwork, housed in a resealable poly sleeve. Limited to 300 copies."
*Limited 2XCD edition from echospace's variant project - Professionally Duplicated and packaged in black digipak w/sticker and additional CD in the inner pocket housed in resealable poly sleeve* Inspired by and created during the production of the extensive "Echoes In Space" sound library. An experimental based project utilizing a wide array of analog sequencers, modular systems and homemade effects manipulated and bounced down to 1/4" tape. As the title suggests, this project was heavily reliant on various forms of Vector Synthesis by incorporating 4 various stages of oscillations thru a… Read more
*Reissue of DJ Sprinkles' classic Midtown 120 Blues, self-released by Terre Thaemlitz through his own Comatonse imprint in archival vinyl pouch with double-sided insert card (100mm x 100mm), phonograph style anti-static inner sleeve, and 4x4 panel poster insert printed on newsprint (472mm x 472mm) - hand assembled by Terre herself* Bringing deep house back into contact with its club culture roots, Terre Thaemlitz has created one of the most essential house albums of the last few years with 'Midtown 120 Blues'. Terre was originally working as a DJ under her Sprinkles ali… Read more
*Limited 2CD Edition from Echospace's Variant project* "The objective for this venture was to create an ever evolving sonic ocean utilizing the enigmatic spheres of ambient structure and rhythm, wherein movements are methodically rendered from various forms of synthesis, subdued with mystical ghostly harmonics and artifacts from aged analog hardware. Rigorous experimentation has yielded resonating enchanting echoes meant to induce the notion that this quantum phenomena is, indeed, measurable and continuously changing as it is in the universe. For the curious one, this recording consists of 2 ne… Read more
**Gatefold 2CD slipcase designed by Guy Featherstone compiling 18 killers on CD for the first time, mastered by Matt Colton** The beastly '11-14' collects all of Powell's incendiary solo 12" club trax on 2CD for the first time. It arrives as the man-machine rides a crest of adulation for his recent live show debut at Unsound '14 and a string of ruthless DJs sets that have seen him put his mutant mechanics firmly into action for Boiler Room and clubs/warehouses across the world. Spanning 3 years, 18 tracks, including the searing 'Maniac' collaboration with Russell Haswell, it frames a singular, gro… Read more
"When The Notwist returned with their 7th album 'Close To The Glass' (their debut for Sub Pop Records) in early 2014, many were enchanted by the epic instrumental 'Lineri'. It was the only instrumental track featured on the LP, but according to Notwist-singer Markus Acher, instrumental works have had an especially big impact on the album and its arrangements. Between 2008's ‘The Devil, You & Me’ and this year’s 'Close To The Glass', The Notwist not only concentrated on various solo projects, but also worked for several theatre productions and radioplays. 'The Messier Objects' is a compilat… Read more
"Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller's most diverse and compelling release to date. Originally self-defined as an electric guitar project, Lipstate began recording under the name Noveller in 2005 whilst living and studying in Texas. She uprooted to Brooklyn and subsequently made waves on New York's live scene, sharing the s… Read more
*Demdike Stare's first album - available again for the first time in a few years* Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hookup between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a longtime affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognisable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolyan funk albums, fuelled by his dayjob helping out at the Finders Keepers labe… Read more
Modern deep disco-house stalwart The Mole gives up his first album in half a decade. Hot on the heels of his excellent Perlon 12", 'Caregiver' arrives on his and Jon Berry's label, Maybe Tomorrow, revolving around ten cuts of prime, debonaire boogie with a dub-spacious feel and streamlined house lean crimped for contemporary requirements. Nimble sample deployment, an instinctive feel for the 'floor and well-rounded, full-bodied production gives the whole album a timeless appeal and up-to-date freshness, especially on highlights like 'Our Time Has Come' with its intra-dimensional interplay of layere… Read more
*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea. This first CD Edition comes in an oversized 6-panel Digifile * Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir… Read more
*Long lost album recorded in 1994 by members of Seefeel and Slowdive* Back in 1994, members of Seefeel (Sarah Peacock), Knives ov Resistance (Tony F Wilson aka Spykidelic) and Slowdive (Neil Halstead) collaborated on a remarkable recording project entitled Zurich, which has until very recently been lost in the mists of time. When Touch Recordings artist Mark Van Hoen discovered the tracks on an old CD, he duly passed them to Important who've manufactured 500 copies at the world-renowned RTI pressing plant, packaged in heavy duty jackets screen printed at Monoroid. The project was initiated by Halstead a… Read more
*First CD pressing comes in a deluxe oversize 6-panel Digifile* Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’… Read more
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The tracks co… Read more
*New, reworked version. Originally released in 1997 on Purple Pyramid* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. Halfway thro… Read more
**Deluxe Trifold 2CD digicase exploring the largely unknown work of Else Marie Pade - a true pioneer of electronic music and musique concrète** Wow this is a stunner. Else Marie Pade's 'Electronic Works 1958-1995' is a truly precious survey of a lone, pioneering voice in electronic music. Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1924, Else created the first piece of electronic music played on Danish radio, 'Syv Cirkler (Seven Circles)', marking the early development of an (up until now) largely hidden body of work inspired by her experiences while interred at a Nazi prison camp as a teen… Read more
"Siskiyou returns with ‘Nervous', a majestic album of carefully constructed art rock built around songwriter and lead singer Colin Huebert's stacked acoustic guitars and intimate, whispery vocals. Siskiyou’s sound has been previously dubbed a sort of ‘Northern Gothic’, conjuring cold winds and the life-saving warmth of temporary shelters and tiny hearth fires. With ‘Nervous', the band continues to push beyond the crisp lo-fi intimacy of its early work, and has forged its most confident and finely-crafted recording to date, moving fully into auteur and chamber-pop territory with a song cycle that bri… Read more
*First ever reissue, Produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring three previously unreleased tracks plus in-depth liner notes by LHI Archive Series co-producer Hunter Lea with unseen archive photos. All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes* "The pantheon of performers known by but one name is full of superstars. Arthur–the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Arthur Lee Harper–is not one of them, but this gentle singer-songwriter and his wan, string-drenched, loved-up, psych-folk was probably never likely to be suitable for mass consumption. Released on Lee Hazlewood's LHI label, the haunted… Read more
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval)… Read more
"Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
*The album comes complete with extensive text as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase* "‘Burn Rubber City, Burn!’ charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-West city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz … Read more
*The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase* "Soul Jazz Records’ latest ‘Punk 45’ album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s. Featuring a collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The P… Read more
'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This CD/digital edition creams 15 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to roots with Steve Poindexter's 'Computer Madness' or D… Read more
*Finally available again - 12 extraordinary tracks from the timeless genius of the New York underground...* Following up Soul Jazz's excellent retrospective on Arthur's disco material - now things really start getting serious. Mostly the material here is derived from two unreleased albums worth, a 1985 test pressing entitled 'Corn' and a long planned album for Rough Trade, worked on between 1986 - 90 and eventually shelved when Russell became too ill to complete, or let go of his material. Arthur's curious, optimistic vocal - lifting us away from the corporeal into true mantric ter… Read more
We just don't make eccentrics like we used to... Written in 1893 by Erik Satie, 'Vexations' consisted of just three lines; although performance of the score could last anywhere upto 28 hours. 28 hours?! "You're having a laugh!" we hear you cry, but oh no; it's gospel. Played in repetition, an average performance would clock in at 840 repetitions of the motif and was first fully realised by the mighty John Cage in 1963. Clocking in at a restrained 40 repetitions, this 70 minute recording by Alan Marks (1983) is an oddly moving and undeniably involving piece of piano music which never even threatens to bore. Lovely music.
Back in stock. Regular readers will no doubt be aware of our unashamed love for ex-Red House Painter Mark Kozelek. This was his first album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, recorded after he disbanded the Red House Painters, and sees him on top form producing what many believe the best songs of his career. Continuing the folk/country rock ideas he ploughed into 'Songs for a Blue Guitar'; the album begins with 'Glen Tipton' (named after the Judas Priest guitarist) and we are treated to an unofficial follow-up to the Red House Painters' classic 'Have you Forgotten'. … Read more
It's fair to say that Erik Satie work has slowly seeped into modern life - but still, for most regular folk his name is totally unfamiliar. 'Avant-Dernieres Pensees' is a collection of some of Satie's most well known work and even if you're not sure who the Frenchman was there's not a chance you won't have heard at least one of these peerless compositions. Following on from LTM's essential series of Satie re-issues nicely, we've finally got into the real meat, and the arguably the most important pieces the composer ever put his name to are here; 'Trois Gymno… Read more
Liquid Liquid, the no-wave band so good they named them twice, get their first three, groundbreaking EPs re-released as part of this great retrospective on Domino, which also compiles a number of previously unreleased and live recordings there are ten bonus cuts in total). The influence of the New York post-punk band can be heard throughout today's more rhythmically-oriented rock bands, from the DFA roster to !!! and The Rapture, but beyond that, as if the impact (however furtive) this band had on popular culture wasn't clear enough, a quick listen through 'Cavern' reveals th… Read more
*Back in Stock* Arthur has occupied a rare, enigmatic position within the deep groove community. Acknowledged as an influence by many: founder of the classic eighties label Sleeping Bag, home to Mantronix, T La Rock, Joyce Sims amongst many others: - vocalist and cellist, buddhist - almost joined Talking Heads, instead making two of the biggest Paradise / Loft tunes of all: Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face" and Dinosaur L's "Go Bang", as well as a wealth of experimental but still uncannily accessible music. Arthur heard disco as one of the most potent musics, rip… Read more
Horse Meat Disco mine the seemingly bottomless world of obscure disco to arrange their second label/club night compilation. Again, unless you're the most dedicated disco head many of these cuts will be fresh to the senses, plucked from hidden corners of closely guarded collections to excite crowds everywhere. It's full frontal disco from start to close, kicking off with Leonore O'Malley's powerful 'First Be A Woman' and strutting into the enrgetic thrust of Gregg Diamond's 'This Side Of Midnight'. Bravo's 'Touch Me Now' is a helplessly funky joint brimming with chicken scratch a… Read more
Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. "Love Is A Stream" marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist's brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as 'Loving Love' feel like an all-analogue take on Fennesz's noisier moments, complete with hazy exchanges between skyscraping major 7th chords; you might equally suggest tha… Read more
The sonic universe that they inhabit is an increasingly crowded one, but Zombi aren't about to let their thunder be stolen by young upstarts like Xander Harris and Umberto. These guys are old hands, and when it comes to creating fizzing electro that summons amyl-fuelled hi-NRG and Italian horror soundtracks alike, they're often imitated but rarely bettered. Escape Velocity is their seventh (mini)album proper, and from the moment the needle drops onto THE opener and title track, you know it's on: full-fat, pulsing synth arpeggios kept in check by live drums that exhume the furious, first-pumping c… Read more
**Includes code to download all unmixed tracks featured on CD and LP versions and 2 exclusive remixes in hi-res MP3 format, redeemable from the label** London's revered disco institution compile their 3rd annual collection of disco old and new. Includes two 60+ minute mixes and twenty five unmixed nuggets spanning classics from Sylvester, Wham, Idris Muhammad, Gene Chandler and Rose Laurens, to modern moves by Tom Trago, Yam Who?, Glimmers, Wild Geese, Mungolian Jetset and more. Pert.
Amazing album of diffuse, DIY drone-pop from two doyennes in the field: Liz 'Grouper' Harris and Jesy 'Tiny Vipers' Fortino. The material featured on Foreign Body is every bit as subdued as its creators' respective solo work, but the collaboration is more than sum of its parts: Harris's searching, poetic command of reverb is as distinctive and quietly overwhelming as ever, and she sculpts gorgeously murky, sylvan atmospheres for Fortino to set her more traditionally folk-influenced vocal performances and finger-picked guitar lines in. The song-based compositions are incredib… Read more
One-off Japanaese pressing of this limited CD compiling both of Burial's 'Steet Halo' and 'Kindred' EPs, originally produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. All six tracks in their full length versions, totalling 50 minutes of music not previously available on CD, packaged in full size jewel case with Japanese obi-strip overlay.
Finally available again. Eighteen months since their first issue, Woe To The Septic Heart!'s long delayed 2nd release finally dawns upon us. Comprising entirely new and previously unreleased Shackleton material - including collaborations with vocalist Vengeance Tenfold and musical spars Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Kingsuk Biswas (Bedouin Ascent) - it's also his most shocking and invigorating body of work. What strikes us first and foremost is the newfound vitality and visceral impact of his sound here. Any signature murk is replaced with a lysergic luc… Read more
Three years after their debut album for Rough Trade, Micachu & The Shapes return with a brand new LP of immaculate art-pop. For all Micachu's well-documented love of grime and her classical training, what made 2009's Jewellery enjoyable was its at once shambling but highly focussed garage-punk trashiness, and that's a quality which remains thankfully intact on Never - 'Easy' and 'Waste' are properly snotty, the high-end production used to draw attention to the bumps and blemishes rather than paper over 'em. 'Slick' deserves special mention, all trashcan percussion and pop compression, sou… Read more
WTF? Doom was born in London?! Well, that's part of the premise behind 'Keys To The Kuffs', his highly anticipated hookup with celebrated and psychedelically talented beatmaker, Jneiro Jarel. It's news to us, but apparently Daniel Dumile Thompson holds a British passport and has been exiled here for the last 3 years after leaving the US to perform shows out here. It's a bit like gossip but it's actually true, and this album is stuffed with references to blighty, from the (blink-and-miss) guest appearances by Beth Gibbons and Damon Albarn to track titles such as 'Guv'nor' and 'Rhyming Slang', a… Read more
*CD edition housed in an oversized 6-panel digifile, mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really q… Read more
*2012 Edition* "Closer to the melodious work exhibited on 'Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding', Winnipeg-based Funk nonetheless keeps his foot to the floor - as wave after wave of marauding beat patterns set about attacking your cochlea and sending the senses into a tailspin. Whilst 'Meathole' constituted a fiery blast of furnace beats and claustrophobic cacophonies, 'Cavalcade of Glee...' looks to the delicious 'Rossz Csillag Allat Szeletett' for inspiration - with the usual multi-car pile-up of fractious rhythms cast into detail by the mor… Read more
*New and expanded edition of this seminal box set from Irdial - now includes a 5th, previously unreleased disc of abstract transmissions from shortwave "Noise Stations", plus an updated 80 page booklet and a set of postcards* Originally issued in 1997 as a 4 Disc set, "The Conet Project" is one of the most unusual and, ultimately, culturally substantial audio artefacts to have been released in the last 20 years. Painstakingly compiled by Akin Fernandez and released on his own Irdial label (for those of you not aware of Irdial - rea… Read more