**Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is especially outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album … Read more
Norway's Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) & Helge Sten (Deathprod) broach liminal ambient zones in their very keenly-awaited collaboration, 'Stator' for Touch. It's the 2nd time they've appeared together, following 1998's 'Nordheim Transformed', but the first time that they've actually collaborated. You'd be forgiven for assuming what ensues, as the duo plumb very closely to their signatures across seven tracks spread over 41 minutes. Entering with the unheimlich creep of 'Muses-C', balanced right on the biting point of phasing distortion and clarity, they cover vast tracts of ambient terrain with … Read more
Alva Noto beautifully exchanges austerity for cinematographic lushness with the remarkably widescreen 3rd volume in his 'Xerrox' series. Inspired by private, formative influences such as 'La Isla Misteriosa y el Capitán' - based on Jules Verne's 'The Mysterious Island' - and Tarvosky's screen adaptation of 'Solaris', he uses the self-designed Xerrox software to transpose early, ingenuous feelings of awe and wonder into innovative, intimate atmospheres and dynamic soundscapes. In keeping with the series' focus on "using the process of copying as a basis", and the manner in which the inherent inf… Read more
*Limited Edition 2CD set, packaged in oversized double CD case w/ poster* "This new sonic submersion was inspired by found sounds and field recordings captured during the blizzard known as “linus”, the 5th worst blizzard in Chicago and Detroit’s history. the magic of the polar vortex and the arctic conditions it left behind inspired and set the stage for the creation of “auratia” and the mystical sonic world it evoked. Variant's "Auratia" is made entirely with hardware, paying homage to infinite forms of synthesis, from analog, dco, waveshaping, vector, there's a myriad of forms explored producing uni… Read more
**2015 CD edition on Room 40** 'The Peregrine' is Lawrence English's homage to J.A. Baker's obscure tome of the same title. Without a doubt, it's also one of his most beautifully realised releases. That's possibly due in no small part to the profound impact the book has played on his work since first discovering it, by chance, some years ago in David Toop's loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London. As Lawrence alludes, there's a distinct parallel between the evocative sonic topographies of his work and the descriptive prose of the book "I feel The Peregrine epitomizes a ki… Read more
*Limited edition of 300 - includes poster* "Seven years since its original release "the setting sun" is available again with an entirely new lease on life. Months have been spent carefully mixing the album down again, re-engineering and re-mastering to capture "the vision we felt was absent in the original. With the use of current technologies we were able to bring out a hidden sonic dimension though the use of three dimensional processing and 7.1 surround mixing, this album has never sounded so good. Re-packaged in a retro matte finished digipak, shrink wrapped and housed in a japanese imported mini lp sleeve with a poster."
Following on from an extended period of silence broken by 2013’s "The Weighing of the Heart” album, Cécile Schott a.k.a. Colleen returns with the fantastic "Captain Of None”, without question the finest record of her career to date. It’s the second Colleen outing that features her own vocals, but this time round there is a heightened pop sensibility fuelled by an immersion in the works of Arthur Russell (and in particular Tim Lawrence’s excellent biography "Hold On to Your Dreams”), as well as an unexpected love of Jamaican music manifest here via her first ever incorporation of basslines, but… Read more
"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are abou… Read more
**Edition of 100 housed in folded riso-print artwork** ONO make good with the 3rd session of lower-case composition by Watch Repair, who were last spotted in Jon K's Reel Torque mix and, most notably, as part of Fact Magazine's "Most Important Records of the Decade So Far" list. In contrast to the stark simplicity and conceptual beauty of their much-loved 'Stopped Clock Chimes', they course looser vectors of improvised guitar, accordion, "shadow synth" and violin washed with field recordings and sprinkled with electronic tweaks along 'The Tidal Path'. With a sense of Cageian magick, they … Read more
"Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the particle-l… Read more
**Reissue of this Chain reaction classic, remastered and cut by Matt Colton** Fluxion's 1999 album for Chain Reaction, 'Vibrant Forms' stands up as one of the label's finest, up there amongst the likes of Porter Ricks' 'Biokinetics' - also reissued by Type - and über-classics from Vainqueur, Vladislav Delay and Substance. It's a masterclass in fluid, groovewise techno reduction and atmospheric rendering which sounds as fresh and alien today as it did 15 years ago. This reissue collects both the 12" and 2x12" released by Chain reaction, plus two bonus tracks, adding up to a beautifully coh… Read more
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own fascina… Read more
Following the frenetic, rhythmic experiments of the Ripatti 12” series, Vladislav Delay returns with his first ambient album in over a decade. ‘Visa’ is a thing of immense, absorbing beauty - harking back to his classic albums for Chain reaction and Mille Plateaux, extending 6 longform pieces over an hour of heady dub reductions. And in the fine tradition of some of the best albums, ‘Visa’ was borne out of serendipity - Ripatti was denied entry to the United States and was forced to cancel an entire tour. Suddenly left with unhindered time and a surplus of creative energy, he produced this materi… Read more
Remarkable, processed vocal studies from Rome. 'Sintetizzatrice' is the first time Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy have worked together but you'd never tell. Their debut release features Anna's voice as the sole source, whisked, chopped and layered into an astonishing spectrum of styles touching on traditional Italian folk music as well as classical chamber music, kosmische and R&B. In stark contrast with the invasive tones of Florian Hecker's recent vocal studies, Dozzy deigns for a more heavenly form and accessible approach with differently transcendent results. Blooming fr… Read more
*Ships Friday* Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.
We can barely contain ourselves over this compilation album from the eccentric bunch behind the Mordant and Skull Disco imprints. Over the past few years both labels have kept us highly entertained with their intertwined paths creating some of the weirdest and most brilliant music out there from a cast including Shackleton, Admiral Greyscale, Vindicatrix and artist Zeke Clough. You're all probably very aware of Shackleton's Arabesque bass movements by now, but only the sharpest of heads picked up on his debut 7" 'Stalker' released through Mordant Music in 2004 and includ… Read more
**Reissue** The high priest of reggae music is given one of his most definitive retrospectives by Trojan, collecting 44 groundbreaking classics spanning the most crucial 7" cuts of his ouevre, all recorded at the legendary Black Ark studio, from solo productions to his innumerable classics for Jamaica's finest singers and MCs. The discs are divided into two specific time zones, 1974-1976 'Sipple Out Deh', and 1977-1978 'Vibrate Onn', each containing more seminal cuts than you can shake a massive spliff to. It's almost pointless running through track by tr… Read more
"‘Carrie & Lowell’ is Sufjan Stevens' first album in almost 5 years and is somewhat of a return to the sparse, pared-back sounds of ‘Seven Swans’. While it sounds like a memory, it does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each song begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. The album accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days - by seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone…"
*2CD compilation that comprehensively chronicles the first 8 years of Jamaican dub reggae, circa 1973-81* "‘Trojan Presents Dub’ boasts a track listing which features pivotal material from all the key producers and performers of the time. This is a collection that captures dub reggae at its finest - from its inception to its crucial, creative apex. Mesmerizing, meditational and downright ‘groovy’"
**Lighning Bolt take the skin off it with their 1st album since 2012 - recorded in a proper studio, too!** "Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like d… Read more
**Remastered collection of Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman's eductional tools, which were widely used in German and English schools. How very Trunk!** "These important recordings have been out of print since 1958. Yes, I'll say it again, 1958. The original UK albums ran across two long-playing LPs and were translations of the German versions issued around the same time. These two volumes could only be bought separately (foolishly they were never for sale as a pair or package or box set), the trouble was both looked identical and a prospective buyer could only… Read more
'Engravings' is the incredible and eagerly awaited debut album by Forest Swords. Emerging some three years since his cherished EPs for Olde English Spelling Bee (remember them?!) and No Pain In Pop, he returns with a heavy soul and keener grasp of aerated R&B and dub dynamics whilst retaining the deglazed, haunted and crepuscular pop essence that left us wanting for much more with 'Dagger Paths' and the sublime Rattling Cage' single. It's to their credit that Tri Angle have largely kept him out of the limelight and shy of the gig circuit, affording time to hone ten perfectly flawed songs of sl… Read more
Juan Atkins delivers his 1st Model 500 album since 1999 with 'Digital Solution'. Aided by a live band including UR's Mike Banks, Mark Taylor and Milton Baldwin, they swerve to a classic sort of Detroit techno funk, with the emphasis mostly on classic styles, but also tucked with some straight-up signature electro belters. The funky bits tread a fine line between dope ('Electric Night' or 'Standing In Tomorrow') and eye-watering ('Hi NRG', the dubstep-styled 'Encounter') while the club joints do wit like only Juan and the clan can, at best in the supple, stripped-down techno trip 'Storm', t… Read more
Mumdance resets the game with his astonishing, dynamic mix for Fabric. Running a gamut of affective styles - from atonal noise thru happy hardcore and full-bore grime - he shows up most modern selectors as pedestrian with the unprecedented breadth of his vision and adroit intricacy of layered blends and angular cuts. Seriously, who else would traverse tracks by Shapednoise, @C, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Fis and Sculpture in the opening passage of a Fabric mix?! We're clearly in bold new territory here, and it's exhilarating to witness where, and just how far out, he takes the session witho… Read more
"Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat’s much anticipated follow up to ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ Wrapped in the handiwork of Moffat’s six-year-old son and taking its name from an IKEA marketing slogan, ‘The Most Important Place In The World’ reunites Bill and Aidan with Chemikal’s imperious in-house producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote). Recorded at Chem19 and Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom in Glasgow, the sessions feature saxophone, trumpet and tuba as well as contributions from the Cairn String Quartet, members of Wells’ National Jazz Trio Of Sco… Read more
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) and… Read more
*Deluxe 2CD Digipak edition* Unexpected 4th album from the ever-elusive, ever-controversial Death Grips.
**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocabulary … Read more
After a decade of 12" releases, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner delivers his dope debut album for the world-renowned label outta Berlin. While he may not have the celebrity status conferred upon the rest of Berghain/Panorama Bar's residents, Höppner's productions have long stood out as prime examples of *that* Berlin house sound. 'Folk' collects nine of 'em, capturing him at his most focussed and diverse between wayward pieces such as the effluent bubbler 'Grind Show' and beautifully gauzy breakbeat trip, 'Airway Management', thru to his patented style of slinky, trance-y tech-house with the lip-smacki… Read more
*Finally available again* "Appropriately titled in Franglais, Lift... was recorded at Chemical Sounds in Toronto, with 4 track snippets and field recordings added in Montreal. After months of touring, the band is at the peak of its powers. They've spread an audio net out across the continent, recording the static on the radio, the random airwave proselytizing, and the corporate spokesvoice of the service station that are the companions of the long distance driver. Whether it's rickety piano melody, the gentle foreplay of strings, the roil of guita… Read more
*Back in Stock* It's been a long time coming, but Broadcast have made sure it was worth the wait. With a rotating membership that even the most ardent of Warp heads must be struggling with, Broadcast are renowned for tortuous sessions that go right round the houses before making it onto record; but this might just be their special ingredient. From the opening cascade of electronically numb melody and the first glimpse of Trish Kennan's bewitching voice, 'Tender Buttons' is a breathtaking achievement that is positively drenched in considered arrangements that are intricately plotted without ever… Read more
At first glance 'Through the Cardial Window' may seem like rather a cheesy album title. "It's from the heart" they shout with tears in their eyes and fists held high - but for once, this bland statement rings true. Kowalski began to immerse himself in the music that would become 'Through the Cardial Window' as he recovered from major heart surgery - the operation involved a 'cardial window' being made to drain fluid from the heart... it all becomes clear now eh? This superb album sees Kranky returning to that organic ambient territory that reminds us why we love them so much, s… Read more
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
This double disc reissue of The Fall's Shift-Work features the original album re-mastered plus an entire disc's worth of bonus material, including singles, B-sides, Peel Sessions and other assorted rarities from the same period as the album's release. Shift-Work was released in 1991, approximately halfway into the band's career to date. Manchester's music scene was quite the hub of activity back when Shift-Work was being recorded, and the band certainly rose to the climate, producing what's often considered a turning point in their catalogue where the band embraced more openly pop-friend… Read more
Back in stock. The latest microsound superstar to notch up a collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto is the excellent Christopher Willits, whose solo discography to date has seen him recording for a good number of experimental electronic music's most influential labels, most notably 12k and Fällt, through which he has released his two finest works: Folding, And The Tea and Pollen, respectively. Since then Willits has appeared on all the right compilations (last year's excellent Airport Symphony, for example) and embarked upon a series of collaborations with Taylor Deupree. Sa… Read more
*For all intents and purposes, this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album* 'Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night' seemed to go fairly unnoticed by the great listening public when it was initially released on a small cd-only pressing by the French DSA label back in 2004, but has since become the stuff of legend. To many this has become one of the great 'lost' death ambient albums, and an all too-rare full-length excursion from one of the most revered producers of the century - Helge Sten, aka Deathprod. As a producer, Sten mold… Read more
His first album since signing to Leaf, this latest Vladislav Delay long-player takes on a more organically-derived sound than previous efforts. Acoustic instruments play a big part in this album, and in addition to Sasu Ripatti's own drum work the album benefits from collaborations with Argentinean saxophonist and clarinetist Lucio Capece and renowned Scottish film composer Craig Armstrong, who co-writes on all but two tracks, adding Rhodes and piano to the soundscape. To some degree the live-band starting point for this record provides continuity with Ripatti's recent work as part of the Mori… Read more
Autechre reach the tenth album milestone with 'Oversteps' released via Warp Records. In comparison to 'Quaristice', which was allegedly constructed largely from edits of extended live sequences, this album reverts to the more traditional Ae method of dense and intricate studio composition, constructed between home setups in London and Manchester. 'Oversteps' has been hailed as one of their most approachable albums to date, which may sound horrific to some, but actually means that much of the oblique abstraction of the previous decade has been moulded into moments of sheer baroque beauty and satisfyi… Read more
Expanding Erik Skodvin's extremely limited 2008 cassette edition Penpals Forever, this CD release remasters the original content and adds a whole extra side's worth of new material. You wouldn't necessarily discern this straight away from the Deaf Center member's elusive and teasingly enigmatic music, but apparently 'Penpals Forever And Ever' is an "imaginary tale of a long dead baroque painter and his telekinetic correspondence with a flightless bird." It all seems so obvious in hindsight. The revamped sleeve art helps point the way towards this sort of archaic, suggestively… Read more
After a suite of acclaimed singles for Warp and Planet Mu, San Francisco's Brendan Angelides aka Eskmo reaches his sophomore album. His uniquely proggy and melodic take on electronic hiphop drafts in elements of dubstep, Rustie/Flylo funk and the kind of angular, complex pop played by Rudi Zygadlo, resulting in florid compositions which don't fit easily in any category. Abandoning the need to create "club" tracks, 'Eskmo' is an expression of song craft using his own vocals and unconventional arrangments enhanced with his undeniably dynamic production talent.
In addition to being one of America's most persistently interesting avant-garde percussionists, Jon Mueller has in recent years carved a niche for himself among more mainstream company, working with Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, and perhaps most notably of all, Volcano Choir, the acclaimed Bon Iver-related side-project that features Justin Vernon. One way or another, Type Records seems to have made a habit of capturing established experimental artists at a career-defining moment or a point of creative breakthrough (something that could be argued for the label's releases of Grouper, Yellow Swa… Read more
Superb new album of industrial-strength drone, art-techno, noise and moody synth experimentation from Roly Porter, formerly of Vex'd, returning to his Bristol home of Subtext. Operating in a similar sphere to the last Subtext drop from Emptyset, Porter mines a rich seam of eerie, corrosive greyscale and moreover heavy, righteously dub-wise electronics, with a warped but careful sense of modern classical composition: in short, the perfect soundtrack to wandering the creaking corridors of the Event Horizon. This really is one of the most suffocatingly atmospheric records we've heard all year, with … Read more
There's a very literal reason for the title of Nils Frahm's new album, Felt. He wanted to play the piano during the dead of night, without disturbing his neighbours, so he layed thick felt in front of its strings to muffle the sound. Rather than being frustrated, he unexpectedly found himself enchanted by this dampened sound, and it opened up new compositional as well as playing possibilities for his inquisitive mind. The resulting work is varied in style but it all has a close, confessional, nocturnal quality that's beautifully wrought and expertly recorded: from the Reich-a-like layered arpeggios of … Read more
**Bountiful collection of unheard prog and space rock rich with minimoog, created by Franco Falsini - whose 'Cold Nose' recently turned up on Spectrum Spools. His later synth bits like 'Darkside' are exceptional and practically worth the admission alone. Not so sure about the earnest prog noodling, though... Packaged in reverse card slipcase with colour inners and a 20-page booklet of in-depth history and notes from the artist** "Music Is Painting In the Air is a collection of new mixes and unheard music from Sensations' Fix's prolific output between 1974 and 1977.… Read more
After more than two years in stasis, Lukid boots Werk Discs back into life with an excellent new album, his finest yet. 'Lonely At The Top' is a suitably bleary-eyed awakening, feeling as if it's attempting to comprehend the rapid glut of information in the waking world, and failing to do so - opting for a massive spliff instead and allowing it all to smudge in by osmosis. Ok, so in the intervening years Lukid did usher out two singular 12"s of deconstructed House and Techno on his Glum label, both marking a distinct shift from his previous productions and which, in turn, clearly inform the dec… Read more
Björk's remix 'Bastards' are Omar Souleyman band, These New Puritans, Alva Noto, Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, Matthew Herbert, Current Value, The Slips, and 16-Bit. They've all headed up individual remix 12"s and are now collected in one wild session ranging from dabke keyboard freak-outs to nexx-level D&B/dubstep contortions. Omar Souleyman and band give two undoubted highlights: their bobbing dancefloor mix of 'Crystalline' and the gorgeously synth heavy take on 'Thunderbolt'. Matthew Herbert goes one further with versions of 'Sacrifice', 'Mutual Core', and 'Crystalline', but if we're talking highligh… Read more