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Thursday, 23 April

BENOIT PIOULARD - Sonnet, Kranky
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BENOIT PIOULARD

Sonnet

Kranky

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK193

**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics and vocal parts that I ultimately removed; at … Read more
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BENOIT PIOULARD - Sonnet, Kranky
ELA ORLEANS - Upper Hell, HB Recordings
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ELA ORLEANS

Upper Hell

HB Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HBCD003

Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
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KOSS - Silence, MULE MUSIQ
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KOSS

Silence

MULE MUSIQ

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MMCD47

'Silence' is a sublime electro-acoustic suite from pivotal underground Japanese figurehead, Kuniyuki Takahashi a.k.a. Koss. Centred around the piano but gilded with filigree electronics - computer software, Roland System-1, Jupiter-8, Korg Wavedrum synth - Koss presents a beautifully tempered, fluid and pensile balance of acoustic and electronic sources rendered with the kind of timbral sensitivity that we'd also associate with Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, who has previously released on Koss' Mule Musiq label. Every element and frequency is given room to breathe, allowing a airy exchange of ideas… Read more
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KOSS - Silence, MULE MUSIQ

Thursday, 16 April

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & ARIEL KALMA - FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow, RVNG Intl.
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more
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ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & ARIEL KALMA - FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow, RVNG Intl.
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Four Manifestations On Six Elements, Alga Marghen
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, 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 harm… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Four Manifestations On Six Elements, Alga Marghen
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas, Alga Marghen

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE

CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: PLANA-P 35NMN090

*Tri-Fold Digipak* Alga marghen release this edition of "CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas", a CD in tri-folded digipak sleeve including the original Bells Studies by Charlemagne Palestine. These previously unreleased tracks are both some of the earliest recordings by Charlemagne and some of his darkest and most accomplished works ever. "Bells Carillon" and "St Thomas Bells", both recorded at unidentified dates between 1966 and 1968, are maximal bells pure resonating frontal attacks, building up in a structure that is already anticipating the later Strumming campaigns… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas, Alga Marghen

Thursday, 09 April

MICHAEL PRICE - Price: Entanglement, ERASED TAPES

MICHAEL PRICE

Price: Entanglement

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP067CD

**In which Michael Price, composer for the BBC's 'Sherlock' TV series, explores "the spontaneity of performance and the sound of musicians hearing, connecting and responding" ** "‘Entanglement’, the debut album by Michael Price fulfils his long-term desire to explore new musical territories, featuring Michael on the piano, with the addition of cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Throughout the record you will hear street sounds from 'Budapest' captured and processed on Michael’s mobile phone, as well as chamber music recorded direct to … Read more
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MICHAEL PRICE - Price: Entanglement, ERASED TAPES
NETHERWORLD - ZASTRUGI, Glacial Movements
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NETHERWORLD

ZASTRUGI

Glacial Movements

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ICEBERG1

"An Iceberg is a large mass of ice detached from a glacier or from a floating platform of glaciers that drifst in the sea. It is in constant motion and most of its mass remains submerged under surface of the water. The goal of this new Iceberg series of releases on Glacial Movements is to describe through techno / dub music this huge mass of ice. Each record release will be produced in a special maxi digipack with images printed and embossed in spot gloss. The first chapter of this series is "Zastrugi" - the first techno glacial album by Netherworld. It's a wind-eroded, hard-packed snow surface … Read more
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NETHERWORLD - ZASTRUGI, Glacial Movements

Thursday, 02 April

ALVA NOTO - Xerrox (Vol. 3), raster-noton
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ALVA NOTO

Xerrox (Vol. 3)

raster-noton

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RN159CD

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
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ALVA NOTO - Xerrox (Vol. 3), raster-noton
NILS FRAHM - Solo, ERASED TAPES
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NILS FRAHM

Solo

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP065CD

"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
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NILS FRAHM - Solo, ERASED TAPES
COLLEEN - Captain Of None , Thrill Jockey
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COLLEEN

Captain Of None

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: THRILL387CD

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
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COLLEEN - Captain Of None , Thrill Jockey

Thursday, 19 March

CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
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CHILLY GONZALES

Chambers

Gentle Threat

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GENTLE18CD

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
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CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
INVENTIONS - Maze of Woods (Standard Edition), Bella Union

INVENTIONS

Maze of Woods (Standard Edition)

Bella Union

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BELLA477CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 05 March

IKUE MORI - In Light of Shadows, Tzadik
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IKUE MORI

In Light of Shadows

Tzadik

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TZA4007

"Ikue Mori is one of the most respected composers working in the growing field of laptop electronics. A dedicated and passionate perfectionist, she has created a completely unique and original sound world unlike any other electronic composer around. Her newest album adds a beautiful melodic twist to her moody, detailed and unique soundscapes and is her most stunning creation to date..."
SHIELD PATTERNS - Violet, Gizeh Records

SHIELD PATTERNS

Violet

Gizeh Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GZH60CD

"Violet is a lovingly crafted progression from Contour Lines - Shield Patterns' highly acclaimed debut album released in the Summer of 2014. The experimentation found there has been explored further to feature samples made from clicking bones, field recordings, heavy drones and a starker approach to production. On first listen the sound is more minimalistic than that debut album but multiple layers gradually reveal themselves over time. Brentnall’s vocals were singled out for particular praise in early reviews and she has refined her vision further here, with her lyrical concerns focussing on t… Read more
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SHIELD PATTERNS - Violet, Gizeh Records

Thursday, 26 February

LEANDRO FRESCO - El Reino Invisible, Kompakt
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LEANDRO FRESCO

El Reino Invisible

Kompakt

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTPA1CD

Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
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Thursday, 12 February

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, ILLUHA & TAYLOR DEUPREE - Perpetual, 12K
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar… Read more
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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, ILLUHA & TAYLOR DEUPREE - Perpetual, 12K

Thursday, 22 January

EMIKA - Klavirni, Emika Records
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EMIKA

Klavirni

Emika Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EMKCD01

'Klavírní' is the 2nd solo piano suite by Berlin-based composer, producer, singer, DJ Ema Jolly aka Emika. Her 'Dva' album included a download of Dilo Parts 1-3, and this LP presents parts 4-16, played on a Karl Müller piano in Milton Keynes with a Zoom H4n portable recorder positioned directly behind the artist "so the listener gets the most intimate sound possible."
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Thursday, 15 January

TAYLOR DEUPREE - Lost & Compiled, 12K
**Edition of 500** Quietly issued on his 2014 tour of Japan, Taylor Deupree's 'Lost + Compiled' finally reaches these shores. It contains six alternate mixes and early versions of tracks released over the last seven years, plus two formerly unreleased sketches hashed out between 2012-2013. They're all typically hushed and lovely if you're familiar with Deupree's stuff, which is who this collection is probably intended for, giving ghostly impressions of what would be, and dusty glimpses of works-in-progress which never quite surfaced.
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Thursday, 08 January

CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Box Set), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Box Set)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cd4CD + Book Deluxe Box Set // £79.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064

**Stunning boxset (10"x10") - Includes 4 CD's, a 154 page book with original documents, full colour photos and scores; a set of 16 full colour inserts reproducing the original posters and programs of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Limited to 500 copies** "It is certainly surprising that until now an exhaustive recognition of the work of Charlotte Moorman has not been undertaken. The cellist can be numbered among the most charismatic and influential protagonists to have appeared on the avant-garde or experimental music scenes since the early '60s. A documentatio… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Box Set), Alga Marghen
VOLKER HEYN - Sirènes, EDITION RZ
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VOLKER HEYN

Sirènes

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ1025

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HARLEY GEBER - Indra's Net, EDITION RZ
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HARLEY GEBER

Indra's Net

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ1022

**Features two long-form tonal compositions, Sovereign of the Center (1972-1974) and the engrossingly slow movement of The Realm of Indra‘s Net (1974), running to 60 minutes total. Housed in gatefold slipcase with 20-page booklet of notes in German and English** "Both works on this CD form, in a manner of speaking, bookends for another piece of mine, The Winds Rise in the North. The first of the two, Sovereign of the Centre, was my initial attempt at putting a new musical way of thinking into an ensemble rather than solo form. The second, The Realm of Indra's Net, builds on musical "discoveri… Read more
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HARLEY GEBER - Indra's Net, EDITION RZ
JOHN MCGUIRE - Works For Instruments, EDITION RZ
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JOHN MCGUIRE

Works For Instruments

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cd2CD // £18.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ20003-4

**Trifold slipcase with 12-page booklet of notes in German and English, plus graphic scores** "Instrumental compositions by "post-minimalist" John McGuire who took classes with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig, among others. Each of the compositions of American composer John McGuire describes, in its own way, a multi-dimensional sonic space which the listener can take in from various vantage points and, in so doing, experience the very same sound in different guises. Disc 1 - 1. Cadence Music for 21 instruments (1982-85, Ensemble Modern, Director: Ernest Bour) 2. E… Read more
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JOHN MCGUIRE - Works For Instruments, EDITION RZ
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 4), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 4)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.4

"This CD restores three documents from the Charlotte Moorman canon. One happy example is a choral work performed on the 3rd of September 1964, during the second New York Avant Garde Festival, a performance of Jackson Mac Low's composition "The Long Hot Summer." This very relevant concert, distinguished by a marked ethico-political intonation and valence, sees in an exceptional reunion the names of Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Benjamin Patterson, Philip Corner, and Malcolm Goldstein, as well as Mac Low himself. The voice of Charlotte Moorman, characterized by her unmistakab… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 4), Alga Marghen
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 1), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 1)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.1

The first of four discs split from the stunning 'Cello Anthology' boxset, this volume highlights an exceptional performance recorded by WBAI radio in New York, September 12th, 1964. While scarcely documented on most formats, Charlotte Moorman's cello performances, often in duo with Nam June Paik, were pivotal to the recognition and development of avant-garde art and music during her lifetime, 1933-1991, from setting up the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, to her work intersecting the fluxus movement, sexual politics and experimental music. This disc features six present… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 1), Alga Marghen
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 2), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 2)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.2

"This CD presents a concert from July 25th, 1966 in the Theatersaal in Aachen, Germany. In addition to the New York concert on September 12th, 1964, the recordings of this European concert well represent the kind of performances that Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik presented in Europe in the second stage of their historical "duo" exhibitions. This Aachen event, in fact, is testimony to the progressive and always more pronounced emergence of meta-musical elements deliberately turned toward the demystification of "ritualistic" meanings of a concert, even while consciously acc… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 2), Alga Marghen
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 3), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 3)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.3

"Of the famous "TV Cello," conceived by Nam June Paik for Charlotte Moorman as a "living sculpture," this CD offers an in-situ recording released on one of the three days inaugurating the Paik retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, on the 11th, 12th and 14th of September in 1982. This version contains, respectively, the "TV Cello Duets" with Paul Garrin and the "Concerto for TV Cello and Videotapes," largely improvised, "including a tape collage by Ornette Coleman prepared for Charlotte, also talking with the audience." Charlotte Moorman world music theater… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 3), Alga Marghen

Thursday, 11 December

REINHOLD FRIEDL - Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein, BOCIAN RECORDS
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
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REINHOLD FRIEDL - Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein, BOCIAN RECORDS
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE & RHYS CHATHAM - Youuu + Mee = Weee (First / Second / Third Parts), Sub Rosa
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new Sub Rosa session creates a trilogy. 166 minutes with Charlemagne Palestine: piano Bösendorfer, orgue Yamaha and voice and Rhys Chatham: trumpet, loop pedal, electric guitar. Rhys Chatham studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies.… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE & RHYS CHATHAM - Youuu + Mee = Weee (First / Second / Third Parts), Sub Rosa

Thursday, 27 November

BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

The Drop (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WAST024CD

*2Cd Edition* All Saints give renewed life to Brian Eno's misunderstood and overlooked 1997 album, 'The Drop' in a heavy gatefold pressing. Generally disregarded by Eno fans as too weird or not proper "ambient", it stands out from his catalogue as a unique, minimal and alien sort of jazz incursion integrating traces of Fela Kuti's melodic basslines and the complex, labyrinthine melodies of jazz fusion heroes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This vinyl version includes two tracks not found on the CD, namely 'Slicing System' and 'Sharply Cornered', which could be considered as precursors t… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records