Thursday, 13 August
Reissue of the highly coveted classic LP by Italian noise composer/ sound visionary Maurizio Bianchi. Originally released in an extremely limited private press quantity in Italy in 1983, Endometrio showcased M.B. at his most crucial turning point, delving into the uncharted waters he aptly titled bionic music, blending unfiltered electronics with contorted sounds of the human body to compose one of the most organically beautiful ambient records to date. Copies of the original LP are practically non-existent and hard to come by, therefore making this reissue an important addition to any experimental aficionados audio library."
Clocking in at a whopping 30 tracks, this reissue of Keith Hudson's 1974 album 'Entering The Dragon' has been something of a lost gem - with his gravelly vocal style gaining more and more prominence in the years following its original deletion. Housed in some sunshine cover art, 'Entering The Dragon' is the perfect companion piece to 'The Hudson Affair' - with the man Keith bringing an abrasive edge to the Trojan catalogue that probably sounded quite startling in its day, but now acts as a sign-post to the dancehall/hip-hop evolutions that were to come. With particular highlig… Read more
"MB Masterpiece!!!! Mectypo Bakterium is a work furnished of implacable plastic exasperation. The icy oppression, the hallucinatory electronic wounds, are a precious and singular fact in a technological society brought to the limit. The emotion is pushed into dangerous zones, and unusual tensions free biological groans of extreme effectiveness. A vivid expression of a world in extinction. Near exact replica of this classic Maurizio Bianchi LP published by DYS in the USA in 1982."
**Limited to 200 copies. 10xCD boxset, includes bonus tracks, 30 min unique M.B Live, an interview, notes and 35 inserts with original artwork.** "Exclusive presentation of the complete M.B. / Maurizio Bianchi recordings from the early 1980s originally issued on LP. Starting from Sterile Records' "Symphony for a Genocide" to Broken Flag's "The Plain Truth", passing through DYS' "Mectpyo Bakterium" and all the records privately issued by M.B. on his Mectpyo Sound. A slipcase with 10 CDs reproducing the 10 LP issued between 1981 and 1984, plus all the tracks by M.B. from international … Read more
*2015 Edition, originally released in 1998. Reissue of the private LP edition of 300 copies from 1981* "The pyramidal construction of these two "suites," with its intentionally brutal and grotesque deformations, elaborates on overflowing and apocalyptical collapse, dragging a completely dissolvent conception of the world and of the para-industrial sound. Bonus tracks: "Milan Bruits" from the Fix Planet! comp (Ata Tak) and the two tracks first issued on the very limited Nowhere to Play in 1981. Let M.B. be your executioner! The second in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series."
Seriously bleak and affective M.B. sounds, recorded in 1982. Following suit with the mighty 'Regel', this one affords more melodic colour and clarity than his noisier emissions while still smothered in signature electronic distortion. The 23 minute A-side 'Mörder Unter Uns' is shockingly sore; gloomy chords rise in solemn progression from a decaying, caustic bed of abstract swirl, provoking an emotional response recalling experiences listening to all sorts from Coil to Autechre, Kareem or Lustmord. The B-side's 'Neuro Habitat' is further abstracted with almost dub-like comtrails eva… Read more
*Hardcover 256 page book with a double CD of newly remastered audio recordings plus text written by noted Folklorists Henry Glassie and Clifford Murphy* The first in-depth look at the life of Ola Belle Reed, a groundbreaking artist who is one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music. Ola Belle Reed’s 1960s recordings, some of the earliest she ever made and available here for the very first time, are counter-balanced by a disc of modern-day field recordings of her descendants and those within her Appalachian community th… Read more
"Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and Kid Creole & The Coconuts), Descloux released her debut album, Press Color, in 1979, revealing a punk-funk sound that positioned her as the French answer to the UK group The Slits or New York’s own ESG. Just as The… Read more
**Incredible reissue of extreme noise brutality, and destroyed ambient by Maurizio Bianchi circa 1982* This entrancing 1982 side by the infamous Maurizio Bianchi is marked up as one of his "most representative works" and was remastered for this edition under the supervision of Milan's M.B. himself so you know what you're getting is truly a reflection of his grotesque and nightmarish soundworld of dense, throttled noise and invasive texture. The first side retches spooling loops and splashing, molten noise in a pyroclastic flow of unnatural synth tones and squally theremin strikes oozing ta… Read more
**Absolutely vital reissue of this disturbing, iconic album from 1981 - a haunting miasmah of extreme noise, fragmented drum machine erosions and power electronics that sound more relevant today than ever before** This pioneering recording from Italian industrial noise Godfather Maurizio Bianchi is just about as crucial as they come. Originally issued on vinyl in 1981, Bianchi was seen to be part of the same noisy power-electronics as Whitehouse, but what's important to realise is not only that he was coming from somewhere totally different but that his music was frankly a l… Read more
**Includes interview with the maestro himself** ""The Plain Truth" continues the series of reissues dedicated to the undisputed master of Italian Noise and Experimental Music. It is one of the best entries in Maurizio Bianchi's ever-growing discography. Originally released in the U.K. as a 500 copies limited edition LP by Broken Flag in 1983, the album is a strong but very accessible work where Bianchi pays his homage to the German Cosmic Couriers of the Seventies. "Dedicated to all the redeemed people", "The Plain Truth" offers two long tracks of layered synthesized sounds treate… Read more
Thursday, 06 August
Lovely album of soft focus, melodic ambient techno by the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexander a.k.a. Heathered Pearls. Teamed with guest spots from The Sight Below, Outerbridge, and Shigeto, it unfurls a mind-drifting narrative framed between time-stopping ambient pieces such as 'Cast in Lemon & Sand'. 'Holographic Lodge' or 'Artificial Foliage', and the gently insistent, padded techno momentum of 'Sunken Living Area' or 'Perfume Catalogue', whilst the likes of 'Personal Kiosk' with The Sight Below, or 'Warm Air Estate' feat. Outerbridge are structured with dreamier, lusher arrangements. RIYL Yagya, Lawrence, GAS.
*Debut album of hyper-melodic early 2000s grime, sweltering dub and sophisticated pop...* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, il… Read more
Paul White scales up a soulful hip hop suite with Florida MC/vocalist Eric Biddines as Golden Rules. Their 'Golden Ticket' lands on Lex with all the bells and whistles, including a guest spot from Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def).
"Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to t… Read more
"Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco’s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this w… Read more
"A record of slowly evolving beauty that gradually unravels its meditative design. Recorded in Norwegian sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland' s (1875 -1948) mausoleum in Oslo in 2013. A recording space that is famous for its acoustics and its long and full-sounding reverb. These three tracks utilize both the delicacy and the power of acoustic instruments and human voice in relation to the unique recording space. This is a record that is otherworldly and eerie but also with a great primal expressive force. Performed by four artists from different backgrounds coming together to create this singular set of music."
*Vinyl includes a download code* "‘Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig’ is to date the most sonically immersive album in Slim Twig’s discography. Where some records have focused explicitly on sample-based songwriting, while others have been completely live-recorded, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of fidelities. Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three-dimensional approach whereby a warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful laser-cut keyboard and guitar melodies. A fetishization of analogue texture is married to a digital approach."
"One of the most influential composers of his generation, Max Richter graduated from the Royal Academy Of Music and his work encompasses concert music,operas, ballet, film, theatre and TV scores. Previous scores include Waltz With Bashir, Sarah's Key, The Lunchbox and Testament Of Youth..."
*CD edition of this amazing Kosmische album - newly mastered from the original tapes* Chances are you won't have heard of J D Emmanuel before. This record in particular was a private pressing released back in 1982 and owned by a select few punters who quite clearly did their research. In recent years the record's reputation has spread, with rumours circulating that it was a transcendent blend of Terry Riley, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Popul Vuh and early Kraftwerk - but finding it was about as easy as looking for a connection between Wolf Eyes and The Spice Girls. Then, without fanfare,… Read more
Thursday, 30 July
"Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containin… Read more
"The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.” Ste… Read more
*Fully remastered audio* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
**Guy Birkin & Sun Hammer present the intricate results of their playfully cerebral 'Complexification' project thru Entr'acte (check the label website for a detailed breakdown)** "The Complexification project explores musical complexity through a collaborative process based on a set of rules: 1. Make a short, simple piece of music. 2. Swap copies of the pieces with the other person. 3. Modify the given piece to make it more complex (the given piece must be used, but it can be trans-formed in any way, and new sounds may be added). 4. IF the result is more complex (as agreed by bo… Read more
Bureau B's excellent Kollektion series elects Thomas Fehlmann to select his favourite Conrad Schnitzlers. This 5th instalment, like the others, affords some contextual grasp on one of the largest, slipperiest catalogues of electronic music in the late 20th century. And poignantly so as Fehlmann, a legend of Teutonic electronics in his own right, was first prompted to make electronic music as a student after witnessing Schnitzler demonstrate "how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music." Across 16 songs he touches on the breadth and depth o… Read more
Thursday, 23 July
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never r… Read more
El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, bouncing drums to Rizan Said's flowering keys in 'Leil El Bareh' and 'Ensaa El Aatab', and Four Tet infuses the title track with a fluid, heady sort of dancefloor psychedelia. Left to his own devices, however, Souleyman and band provide some of the album's most striking moments in the solemn sway of 'Mawal menzal' and the intricately woven strokes of 'Darb El Hawa', whilst Legowelt yokes 'Bahdeni Nami' to Euro 'floors with a killer New Beat acid styled remix. Pretty hard to deny this is one of Souleyman's best records to date.
**Deluxe 2CD edition features an additional disc with bonus beats from the ‘Life In Deep Space’ poetry opus. SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, San Fra… Read more
The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
"Metamatic Records’ first major compilation of John Foxx material is the first part of a double release spanning 35 years as a solo artist. John Foxx – 20th Century: The Noise covers the years from his debut single ‘Underpass’ in January 1980 to the rest of the last century, up to his ‘comeback’ albums with Louis Gordon, Shifting City and The Omnedelic Exotour in 1997 and 1998. There’s also a precious Cathedral Oceans gem, ‘Splendour’ which has only ever been available on a rare album by various artists entitled Orphée and 20th Century also includes an unreleased instrumental track fr… Read more