Thursday, 23 January
It's that time of year again and Kompakt rise to the occasion with timely returns from Wolfgang Voigt as Gas and Rückverzauberung, and from early contributors, Ulf "God of Pads" Lohmann and Jörg Burger's The Bionaut alias. Joined by series perennials, Thomas Fehlmann, Mikkel Metal, Marsen Jules and Simon Scott, the '2014' vintage is of redoubtable calibre; a ten track suite intended to colour your listening space sublime. Absent for nearly a decade, Ulf Lohmann now yields two elegant, pastoral album highlights, 'Sicht' and 'PCC', that stand (maybe recline?) beautifully beside the quiet, elemen… Read more
**50-track compilation of Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop spanning 1955-1962** "Romance has been the overriding preoccupation of songwriters and performers through the ages, and never more so than in the golden years of rock & roll. On Starry-Eyed Serenaders, music historian and producer Stuart Colman has intertwined an array of love songs, some famous, many much sought after, that together assert what the classic make-out ballad is all about. Not every song is devoted to matters of the heart, but they certainly predominate. Sweet-sounding harmonies have an uncanny ability t… Read more
Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
**Cherry-picked punk/post-punk anthology compiled by Soul Jazz including bullets such as Puncture's 'Mucky Pup' and Eric Random's '23 Skidoo** '"Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society’ is the second volume in their ‘Punk 45’ series, released to follow on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400 page ‘Punk 45s’ cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s… Read more
**Reissue of Muslimgauze productions - Edition of 500** "Some might say that the continued stream of releases from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, who sadly passed away in 1999, is beginning to beggar belief. But Jones had always been prolific, creating not just song after song but variant version after version of his existing work, and so Muslimgauze continues to reach out from the last century into this one. Although an intensely dedicated and creative producer and composer, Jones could be a little cryptic when it came to keeping his massive body of work organized. The recently unearthed Tur… Read more
For some inexplicable reason Tara Jane O'Neil's albums have always somehow slipped off our radar - we've loved every single one of them, from Preservation's wonderful 'Bones' to 'In Circles' on Quarterstick, yet it seems like an age since we actually listened to any of them - but why?? Having just sat through this new album - her first for Kranky - we're none the wiser. Her music is just fantastic, all reverb-drenched lullabies that remind us of Grouper at her most ethereal on the one hand and the classic drift-pop the Kranky label have cornered the market for on the other. The … Read more
Thursday, 16 January
Pangaea is the third Hessle bro to man a Fabric mix. His 27-track selection rinses thru some of the heaviest techno and rollin' bass tunes around right now, slicing a cross-section that ranges from Reeko and Mulero to Mumdance, Manni Dee, Lee Gamble and The Sun God. Rather than Ben UFO's wide-angled, wandering tastes, or Pearson Sound's housier proclivities, Pangaea's mixing style and selections err more to a Surgeon-esque mix of driving, industrial-strength tribalism and blue, atmospheric electronics run together with a canny appreciation of their individual, frictional textures and an elastic, forward sense of groove programming, much like his own productions.
**Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies only never to be repressed. Stamped CD mounted on handmade artwork in book cover and string-tied custom sleeve** Another lovely piece of handiwork on the Cotton Goods gang's FolioFile series, this time a barely-there ambient session from Manchester's Richard Ginns. This stuff is so delicate you almost fear a mild breeze would disturb the CD, or equally that the music was made by a breath of wind on sympathetically harmonised instruments. There's six pieces in total, each collaged from found sounds, feather-touch guitar strums, harmonica and tape fuzz, each seemingly more humble and rustically dreamy than the next.
**Remastered reissue includes DVD** "‘Drinking Gasoline’ was released in 1985, consisting of four songs from the legendary ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ videocassette. These songs rank among Cabaret Voltaire’s more infectious compositions. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ is now included as a DVD together with both the CD and the LP of ‘Drinking Gasoline’, featuring videos shot and edited by groundbreaking director Peter Care and Richard H Kirk. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ DVD includes ‘Sensoria’ and promotional videos for ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’. Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Thro… Read more
**Custom gatefold jacket printed on thick 24pt. paperboard with printed CD dust sleeve** Core GYBE members regroup around Efrim Menuck for the apocalypse-baiting blues punk rage of their first LP-length work since the band's debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago. Far more balls-out than their other, perhaps better known band's output, 'Fxck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything' is sharper and far less quaint, alloying elements of hardcore, ragged garage blues and black metal with a vital fervour that bucks any post rock infere… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase with art inserts** Mogwai follow their acclaimed OST for 'Les Revenants with their first studio album since 2011. 'Rave Tapes' is the thematic follow-up to 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. It was recorded at the group's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow along with go-to producer Paul Savage and revolves around ten tracks of precision post-rock augmented with synths and processing.
LA's Warpaint follow up their acclaimed debut album with this stripped down and haunted sophomore effort produced and mixed by Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order) and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) and sporting artwork by Chris Cunningham.
Thursday, 09 January
**A cherry-picked compendium of EDM prototypes circa 1956-1971 by Pierre Henry, Jean-Claude Vannier, Igor Wakhevitch, Henk Badings and more** "The roots of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by definition. An unlikely combination of early recordings by international electronic and avant-garde composers as well as infrequent collaborators retrospectively unified by their commitment to the musical enhancement of 20th Century ballet and the evolution of modern dance. Presenting key exponents of the musique concrete and tape music movements alongside masters of the early electric sound synthesisers, as wel… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 40. 3" CDr in a folded paper sleeve, one of 5 designs, printed on both sides with unique artwork by the artist. Also includes hand-numbered art print designed by the artist** Thomas Shrubsole's Sub Loam returns with "three herbal vignettes dedicated to the soil, the sun and the foliate filaments linking them." Using organic, acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments and means, composted direct to 4-track tape, his three "chlorocentric world in miniature" find a unique free space between the kind of strange, spectral studies carried out Belgium's IPEM facilities, the nature scores of Edward Williams, and Sun Ra.
Lee Bannon follows the Jungle/D&B money with his kinetic sophomore album landing on Ninja Tune. Best known for his production on Joey Bada$$'s 'Summer Knights' album, the Sacramento-raised, NYC-based beat maker indulges his taste for D&B (Sacramento's apparently a steppers hotbed) and cinematic dynamics on 'Alternate / Endings', running rugged riddims and spacious, highly visual sound design with a cool, nimble hand. From our perspective it's intirguing to hear an American producer execute such a quintessentially British sound with such authenticity, finding that fine balance of atmospheri… Read more
Belter debut album by the untouchable Sleaford Mods on the legendary Harbinger Sound. "Sleaford Mods rule" sez Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), but you probably knew that already. Nuff said.
"Soundtrack music for theatre and dance productions staged between 2008-2012, composed, performed and recorded by Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon, including Electric Girl, New Electric Ballroom, Lithi (Oblivion), Danton's Death, Double Take, American Buffalo and Antigone. "Since I moved to Greece I've been commissioned to compose music for dance and theatre on a more frequent basis than before. The difference between this work and my own songwriting, in and out of Tuxedomoon, is that the subject matter is supplied to me beforehand and the results are supervised and edited by someone el… Read more
"Echoes Of France Vol. 2 offers the ideal introduction to French popular music from the 1930s to the early 1960s, with great performances by such legends as Francoise Hardy, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Juliette Greco, Johnny Hallyday and Brigitte Bardot. Compiled and annotated by author and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Spencer Leigh, Echoes Of France Vol. 2 casts its net wide to include a handful of non-native performers like Jacques Brel and Petula Clark, who won the hearts of French audiences." CD1 - 1. Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles (Francoise Hardy) 2. Madeleine (Jacques Brel) 3.… Read more
*Includes poster insert and download code* "Brisbane quartet Blank Realm return with their most blistering release to date. 'Grassed Inn' expands further the fluorescent pop leanings that shone through last year's critically acclaimed 'Go Easy'. The result is an album packed with soaring psych melodies, dark love-stained lyrics and one of the sharpest pop records to emerge from the current Australian underground renaissance. Having moved on from their more open-ended experimental beginnings, Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, The Zombies, or Echo and th… Read more
*Includes Download Code For Bonus EP - Redeemable From The Label* "Jordan Lee has spent the last few years bouncing around the indie underground, from Ohio, to Texas, to Boston, and Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with his friends’ bands, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one man band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After self-releasing two limited Mutual Benefit cassettes and playing scores of house shows in any living room that would have him, Lee completed his proper debut albu… Read more
Thursday, 02 January
*Tryptych is finally available again for the first time in a couple of years, this time in a triple jewel case* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker. The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and… Read more
*Finally available again - this time pressed up in a double Jewel Case* As promised, Demdike Stare collect their 'Elemental' album to a double-disc edition, and as warned, it's a morphed beast, comprising alternate versions and additional material in bleakest post-industrial fashion. Arguably this is their finest work to date, the result of two heads realising their ambition without compromise and in a typically enigmatic, shadowy way. By sonic sleight of hand, the smoke and mirrors effect of the sound design is potently disorienting, suspending our disbelief with masterfully immer… 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
**Bewildering and brilliant freeform rock, jazz, and cut-up tape music from 1979 by a would-be collaborator with NWW - included on their legendary list! RIYL Ghedalia Tazartes! "Released in 1979 in a limited edition on his own d'Avantage label, Catalogue, with its overt theatricality is every bit as wild as the previous Paralleles. Not really jazz, not rock, having nothing to do with contemporary music either, Catalogue is a kind of sonic postcard which features not the group of the same name but instead numerous Berrocal associates including Potage (co-founder of the d'Avantage label in 197… Read more
*Edition of 200* Keith Moliné, sometime Pere Ubu member and longtime writer and critic for The Wire amagzine, cuts his 2nd release for Entr'acte with 'Two interlocking pieces dedicated to Hans Keller and Lester Bangs'. Opening piece 'I Only Asked' uses an interview recording - questions only - to modulate various sound parameters, and is a reworking a piece first performed at Café OTO, London in March 2011. 'Hatchet Job' is based on a computer speech recording of all the negative reviews Moliné has penned for the The Wire magazine in the last ten years. These amount to around 50,000 words. Aestheti… Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* "alga marghen very proudly presents the new book by Walter Marchetti titled De Musica Inversa, an instruction manual of both theory and practice for the proper and improper use of music. A method for perfecting oneself in composition annotated and commented upon by Gabriele Bonomo. 'The most amazing thing about music is its exterior aspect. High, vertical, translucent, almost turgid, maybe a b… Read more
*Finally Available Again - repress in a double Jewel Case* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By', inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, 'New Ground' opens the set proper and we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure syst… Read more
**Captivating avant-garde pieces layering a recording of a solo piano recital with field recording of a storm. Tri-fold 2CD digipak with 32-page booklet of essays by Walter Marchetti, Gabriele Bonomo and José Luis Castillejo. First edition of 500 copies** "Utopia Andata e Ritorno is the title of the new composition by Walter Marchetti, recorded in Milano in 2005. It has two parts, each one CD long. The first part, 'L'Andata,' puts together two former recordings of Marchetti. The recording of a real storm and a recital for solo piano. This is not the first time that Marchetti mi… Read more
Thursday, 19 December
**Unseen Worlds follow a hugely appreciated reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding World' with this delightful slice of the 1979-81 avant-garde, rescued from private-press cassette. Amazing songs meditating on American daytime TV set to luscious Buchla synth arrangements. RIYL Robert Ashley, Julia Holter or Pinkcourtesyphone** "Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against lon… Read more