Thursday, 30 January
"With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae. Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more. Tracklist: 1. The Eternals 'Stars' 2. John Holt -Fancy Make Up' 3. Cecile Campbell 'Whisper To Me' 4. The Heptones 'Party Time' 5. The Gaylads 'Joy In The Morning' 6. Marcia Griffiths 'My Ambition' 7. Alton… Read more
"Thou Shalt Boogie! is Bushman's Revenge sixth album for Rune Grammofon, a relationship that began with 2009’s You Lost Me At Hello. Its velvety, warm sound was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, close to the Swedish border – a legendary tape-only studio with a 30-year history. Although there are three rooms separated by glass, they kept all the doors open ‘so essentially what you are hearing is everybody in one big room’, says Even. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, Thou Shalt Boogie! achieves a fine balance between b… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hancock… Read more
**Reissue of a super sought-after near-mythical Muslimgauze album from 1994 including the 20 minute title track. Edition of 500** ""Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they’re more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994’s Drugsherpa mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze’s most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted “Drugsherpa” still sounds fresh today but i… Read more
Latest edition of Greensleeves' archival surveys compiles four classic dub CD's with 12-page booklet and sleeve notes by reggae historian Noel Hawkes. Disc 1 - Prince Jammy 'Computerised Dub', the riddim album versions to Wayne Smith's seminal 'Sleng Teng'; Disc 2 - Two Friends Crew 'Voyage Into Dub', early '90s dubs by the Shabba Ranks producer; Disc 3 - Shane Brown 'Juke Boxx Dub', includes dub versions of Morgan Heritage classics; Disc 4 - Alborosie 'Dub Clash', 16 dub versions from the 'Soul Pirate' and 'Escape From Babylon' LPs.
*Limited double disc edition of "Hauptsache Ich, includes the rarities collection "Silbernes Ich"* Hauptsache Ich" contains 21 songs from nine albums and spans a period of 32 years, from his first album "Blumen und Narzissen" to his latest work "Aus der Bibliothèque". Not bad for someone who never really intended to be a musician..."
*Limited 2xCD+DVD Tour Edition, only available as a physical product. CD1 features the original album plus the new single "Last Time" in three versions. Additionally you'll find a previously unreleased "Bad Kingdom" edit by Robag Wruhme. CD2 features the entire original album in instrumental versions. As bonus tracks the disc contains the instrumental version of "Last Time", the Jon Hopkins Remix and a previously unreleased instrumental version of Anstam's Dustified Dance Edit of "Gita". The Bonus DVD features the two official videos for "Bad Kingdom" and "Last Time", as well as the … Read more
Entrancing kosmische drone music, remastered and reissued from a rare and obscure private pressing recorded "without interrupting the course of the music" on 11th May, 1974. Switching duties between electric organ, synthesiser, electric guitar, tape and vocals, Cürten and Rogmans suspend time and space for some 36 minutes of transcendental microtonal discord and attuned extended vocal techniques at once recalling sacred Northern and Eastern European vocal traditions and the freeform tongues of Ghedalia and the spellbinding, slow-moving oscillations of Eliane Radigue or Kluster at th… Read more
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
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
"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