Thursday, 10 July
"It can’t be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe’s finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden’s Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent’s best kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, this incredible mass ensemble is getting ready to unleash its full power with Enter, its first studio recording. This isn’t jazz: this is Nordic dynamite. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists;… Read more
"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which wa… Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together for … Read more
**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
*Hushed debut album of chiming down-beats from Submerse** "Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have… After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, submerse… Read more
*Deluxe reissue in oversized book-style packaging* "This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything… Read more
CD reissue of the only studio album by David Sylvian / Robert Fripp, 1993’s “The First Day”.
Thursday, 03 July
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn 0))), Master Musicians of Bukkake) and Timm Mason, plus additional in… Read more
'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in and out of step with current tastes, mixing the … Read more
LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out pink-hued harmonic overtones in 'Ishi', glorious astral waterfalls in 'Passage', and widescreen vistas in 'Thres… Read more
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties, … Read more
Ryuichi Sakamoto's '1996' album (from the same year) remastered and including a bonus track, 'Self Portrait'. "The album 1996 contains 12 pieces arranged for violin (Everton Nelson, David Nadien, or Barry Finclair), cello (Jaques Morelenbaum), and piano (Ryuichi Sakamoto), including both new compositions and music used in the soundtracks to The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Sheltering Sky, and High Heels. The music is for the most part restrained and reflective, as Sakamoto makes use of the contrasting timbres of the chamber instrumentation, mixing melodic and rhythmic effects … Read more
**Four soundtracks for films and installations by the legendary member of Wire, Dome * He Said. Mastered by Russell Haswell** "'All Under', the companion release to 'All Over' compiles soundtracks to films, installations and a self penned short story. This is familiar terrain for Lewis who, along with Bruce Gilbert produced the early interactive audio-visual installation 'MZUI' at London’s Waterloo Gallery in 1981. Since this period Lewis as been involved in countless soundtracks to all manner of cultural artefacts. The haunting score to Gunilla Leander's 2003 short film 'All Under' was i… Read more
**Strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide - deluxe package in an embossed burgundy textured canvas box containing: A full colour saddle stitched booklet with an introduction by Bruce Mitchell and a collage of photographs from Vini's own personal collection, a printed sandpaper insert, a map (randomly selected one of six) redrawn in 'Obey the Time purple and yellow' showing a place of importance to the artist, a grey card certificate in a custom envelope & two compact discs in pochettes. Each box set will have a map grey card certificate** "Special and expanded version to acknowl… Read more
Max Richter returns with a new album of score work for Ari Folman's new film “The Congress”. "It's a wonderful dreamlike score, which perfectly fits the hallucinogenic mood of the picture...."
Thursday, 26 June
In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regular collaborator an renowned bassist Skúli… Read more
Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquatech cha… Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten kal… Read more
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, the CD includes extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most legendary radio DJ. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri … Read more
*CD with 8-page booklet, limited to 300 copies - a definitive collection of 20 of the rarest Attrition songs with previously unreleased tracks, demos and alternate versions covering experiments with analogue synths, drum machines, tape loop, bass guitar and effects* "Another twenty tracks of primordial goodness from Coventry's Attrition. Martin Bowes gives up some his most remarkable darlings with the release of this new collection from the band's earliest days. A word of warning, dear listeners, these are the rough outtakes and alternate takes which never saw the light of day and which Bo… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package* "OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making ‘Gamel’, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Sat… Read more
*2CD Set featuring Jd Twitch, Lawrence, Fred P, Dj Jus Ed, Naum Gabo, Eddie C, Lauer and more plus a download code to redeem a mix by Dj Kent* “The first cd lifts off with a short but extra smart arranged track by matt karmil, an englishman in cologne whose house music easily loops in your head forever. just as the other house leaning one-off-tracks by the likes of the hamburg natives lawrence and julius steinhoff, new berliner eddy c, amsterdam’s rush hour weapon tom trago, or sweden’s always smiling seducer axel boman. Between their exceptional always good for dance tracks so… Read more
Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, Nosaj Thing, The Fall, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, L-Vis1990, Illum Sphere, French Fries, Onra, Omar Souleyman and more across two CD’s.* Cd Tracklisting as follows: CD01 1 Fennesz "TOM" 2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" 3 Solar Year "Way" 4 The Fall "Fibre Book Troll" 5 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" 6 Cid Rim "Pastis" 7 Akkord "Gradient" 8 Robot Koch "Sun" 9 Howling "Signs" 10 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz" CD02 1 L-Vis1990 "Funk 4D" 2 Schlachthofbronx feat. Buraka Som Sistema "Volum… Read more
"British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album "Weather Station", they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years - with their latest album up to date; "Novecento". Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twiligh… Read more
"Shivers is the trio of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek, who join forces to conjure up a surreal album of parasitic intimacy and intensity. Though the three have played and recorded together in various combinations, this Miasmah release marks their first output as Shivers and manages to pull out quite a few surprises. Named after David Cronenberg's first film, Shivers the album readily adopts this concept of body horror, the fear of bodily transformation and infection--a theory and technique that Cronenberg brilliantly captures with his first film and many thereafter. … Read more
*CD packaged in a slipcase* "New collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance. When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. However,… Read more
Killer Jamal Moss recordings first issued in 2010. This is is the one that Morphine Records and Alter lifted the title track, 'A Romance Of 2 Planets' and 'Spheres Of Madness' from. The rest ain't too shabby either. Well it is, but that's part of the point!
Thursday, 19 June
Superb sci-fi soul moods & grooves from Philly's Fhloston Paradigm, aka deep house/jazz/hip hop legend King Britt. After escalating anticipation since his widely acclaimed 'Chasing Rainbows' EP, Britt allows space to fully immerse in his vision of a futurist sound-world on 'The Phoenix', drawing us into a gauzily impressionistic yet exquisitely detailed sphere of celestial soul sirens, frayed techno and hi-tech jazz motifs traversing orbital styles of UR, Sun Ra, Vangelis and Theo Parrish. Marrying masterful sound design with jazz-wise percussive dexterity and precisely affective sci-fi s… Read more