Thursday, 26 September
*Rephlex luminary Bochum Welt returns with his first new album in 5 years* "Following 2008's 'R.O.B. Robotic Operating Buddy' project, the new album (a concise 30 minute selection) by Bochum Welt "GOOD PROGRAMS" is a collection of cool, melodic tracks. Mastered at Capitol Studios Hollywood, Gauloise Scented starts the album with a suspended and dreamy mood, it shows influences by Aphex Twin and Air. Marylebone, a beautiful solo piano track, follows and keeps the listener in a suspended meditative mood. Crescent Heights' custom built sounds make the track sound original, definetely recorded u… Read more
**Edition of 500** The conceptual follow-up to Richard Chartier's 'Fields for Mixing' is an immersive new stereo variation of a multi-channel installation diffusing detailed field recordings made in spaces around the world. Originally presented at Civilian Arts Projects in Washington, DC in 2012, it now manifests on CD. Through his patented processing techniques Chartier transposes unique spatial settings into a hyperreal cloud of drones, crackles and fizzing electrical energies which challenge perceptions of where and what you're listening to. The 2nd part uses significant elements of … Read more
**Plush, dramatic neo-classical opus by Sigur Ros collaborator, featuring the newly formed Reykjavik Sinfonia** "This is the Icelandic multi award-winning composer’s second solo-album and third release on Bedroom Community, hot on the heels of his SÓLARIS collaboration with labelmate Ben Frost. Bjarnason’s critically acclaimed debut album Processions was hailed by Time Out NY as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. On Over Light Earth the intensity of Bjarnason’s orchestral voice is captured through meticulous close-miking and multitracking,… Read more
*13 track CD edition* "Through the 9, vinyl only Horo releases up to this point, the label has introduced the world to NZ artist Fis, and released adventurous electronica from artists ASC, Sam KDC, Kiyoko, Indigo, Clarity & Overlook. 'Scope', the 10th release on the label, a full length compilation spread over 5 vinyl 12’s and this CD featuring Hysee, Kiyoko, Es.tereo & Marlyn, FIS, Adam Elemental, Klute, Reza & Gremlinz, Sam KDC, ASC, Clarity, Consequence, Loxy & Resound, Stray and Elsewhere"
"Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp, in addition t… Read more
*CD edition includes 24-page booklet in a card slipcase* "A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry - alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road. Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ goes back to the early 1960s, when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s independence, Sir Coxsone ruled … Read more
Thursday, 19 September
*Ships Friday* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and almost Autechre-ish edits of ‘Quivira’ … Read more
'Restless Idylls' is the long awaited debut album from Tropic Of Cancer. It's another milestone in Blackest Ever Black's catalogue; a triumph of decadent misery and gothic romance built around eight songs written by the group's sole permanent member Camella Lobo in Los Angeles, and beautifully complemented by production from Karl O'Connor, aka Regis, who released ToC's incredible debut back in 2009 on his Downwards label. Lobo's music has come to define the wave zeitgeist, presenting a sound irrevocably haunted by the past, yet reflective of the present with uncanny, scrying vision. Th… Read more
**Awesome 2013 follow-up to one of Analog Africa's highest regarded comps** "Following the success of the first instalment in 2009, Analog Africa is proud to present the second volume - a selection of 13 ultra-rare tracks composed by some of the musical giants who had created a movement that rocked the West African nation throughout the '70s: legendary singer K. Frimpong; Nana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African Brothers Band); Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his superb guest appearance with The Complex Sounds; afrobeat star Ebo Taylor, backing his son in an unrelea… Read more
**Stunning oversize boxset (12"x12") - Includes 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 … Read more
*CD housed in deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jackets with liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski in an 18 page booklet featuring rare / unseen archive photos and ephemera* "If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986’s Don’t Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and – in ‘Burn The Flames’, later found on the… Read more
**This iconic experimental album is now available on CD after last year's Blackest Ever Black vinyl re-issue** It's funny, we always thought that Flaming Tunes was one of those albums that nobody knew, our own little secret. Then a beautifully executed reissue arrived on CD in 2009, and now, for the first time ever, Blackest Ever Black deliver a vinyl edition of what must surely register as one of the most intimately beautiful, perfectly-imperfect home-made albums ever recorded. Flaming Tunes was recorded by Gareth Williams (ex of This Heat) and his childhood friend Mary Curr… Read more
*The first Mazzy Star album in 17 years…* Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway and features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song “Spoon”...
"Noah Creshevsky composes some of the most meticulously constructed electronic music around. For his third Tzadik CD he has created a sonic history of his life work, inspired by the idea of a retrospective. The Four Seasons presents a new largescale composition that reflects his work from 1992 on to his present work with Hyperrealism, creating virtual “super-performers” using the sounds of voices and traditional instruments pushed beyond human capacities. Another brilliant and varied program charting the history of one of the world’s most important composers of electronic music."
Claude VonStroke keeps the party burning with a 3rd album of patented party bump 'n pump laced with some darker moments. Nine tracks pace the session nicely from the proggy build of opener 'Urban Animal' through frisky swing and shuffle on 'The Clapping Track' to ruddy electro-house in 'Dood', and cheeky retro-boogie vibes on 'Sugar & Cinnamon' with Barry Drift's talkbox vocals. At its apex, 'Oakland Rope' switches up to steppin' D&B layered with Pablo Fox Caha's distinctive singjay stylings and Py's sweeter counterpoint, but worry not, it's as dark as it gets and we're back to bubbling d… Read more
**Retro-fresh psych grooves laced with supple, propulsive rhythms and enriched with classy electronic production and an open-minded approach** "Inspired by the rural environment of his hometown of Veria, Greece, multi-instrumentalist / singer / producer Panagiotis Melidis started writing music as Larry Gus (from the Greek larigas, or larynx) in 2006, soon after the early demise of his previous band Ginger (a bass and drums duo with a sound similar to the early-’00s Providence scene, paired with hip hop overtones). Melidis initially composed production music, and later on earned a reputation… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
*Special Boomkat Edition includes a code to redeem a free download for the digital album 'Echoless', which contains unabridged, 20-minute recordings of both 'Succession' and 'Relics'* "In 2011 Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton returned to northern England from the west coast of Ireland, and began revisiting the landscape around Devoke Water, in south-western Cumbria - the place that provided the focus for their first collaborative album, Wolf Notes (Type). Eighteen months later their new recording is a follow-up in the most literal sense, extending and developing … Read more
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo tre… Read more
'Keeping A Record Of It' is Lonnie Holley's beautiful follow-up to last year's sublime debut album, 'Just Before Music', which seemingly came outta nowhere to the delight of many, from Raime's Joe Andrews to Deerhunter's Bradford Cox - who coincidentally helps out on this 2nd album alongside Cole Alexander (The Shins). However, Lonnie ain't no spring chicken; he's a 63 year old visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama who's specialised in sculpture for a number of decades since finding his calling after his formative years brought up in a whiskey house and time locked up and beaten i… Read more
Outstanding long-player for all fans of darkside post-techno sound design: Raster Noton's bleakest bot Jens Massel aka Senking follows the trajectory of his 'List' and 'Pong' classics into the abyssal depths of 'Capsize Recovery'; a tortuous journey through eight intense, lightless levels of droning bass, buffeting synthlines and coruscating beats emulating the effect of being locked in a Russian submersible/spacecraft 20000 leagues below/above the sea and far from land. The whole album was recorded sans computer, which makes the sense of spatial dynamic even more remarkable, working in a simu… Read more
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the voc… Read more
"In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown’s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor’s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She’d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK’s death, and she’d lived the life, despite its rigors—to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including “I’ve Lived The Life” and “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear,” which made national rounds in 1972. By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons… Read more
UKG don and arguably one of the best DJs in the world, DJ EZ presents a superb Fabriclive session. It drops at a time when UKG's currency is high as it's ever been since that late '90s/early '00s heyday, with Disclosure high in the charts and 2-step classics achieving ubiquitous anthem status across the UK. With that in mind, north London DJ of 20 years, EZ's mix is a modern masterclass in how to bridge the time-lapse between classics and up-to-the-minute bullets, employing every fader and DJM800 trick in the book to cut, loop, effect and ramp the most juice from every track, ranging from sig… Read more
Lawrence's fifth LP is a masterclass in the art of debonaire German deep house minimalism. The Hamburg mainstay is rarely paralleled in this arena, and effortlessly proves why over eight tracks of supple, seductive rhythms and soothingly emotive melodic gestures. From 'The Opening Scene' of wintry strings and icy bleeps, 'Marlen' quietly but sweetly swings in with its Convextion-like strings and sci-fi synths beside the sleigh-bell shimmy of 'In Patagonia'. In 'Films & Windows' he places more emphasis on stark snares and sub-bass perfused with trickling melodies, leading to a druggily ambi… Read more
The HBE weigh in a self-released 15 track album in preparation for an upcoming winter tour. There's no mistaking their mixture of rugged brass polyphony and big bad breakbeats on 'Fly': from the classic funk themes of 'Rebel Rousin' to the Latinate title track thru the swaggering soul bump of 'Navigator' to an energetic 'Favela Funk' and the swarming attack of 'Hornet's Nest' they sound as vigorous, vital as ever.
On Will Ozanne's 2nd album as Gang Colours for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood he emphasises a psyche-pop side in favour of his previous Bass inclinations. The effect reminds us of Bullion's recent moves, but with a more melancholy undercurrent, from the twinkly nursery rhyme-ness of the title tracks thru the solo piano infused adult contemporary lonliness of 'Home', 'Up The Downs' and 'Led By Example'.
**Edition of 500 copies** Outstanding, previously unreleased Muslimgauze album, includes an amazing 12 minute piece of layered percussions, slyding string loops and field recordings entitled 'Arab An Dog Curfew Tel Aviv'. "The sun always shines bright, very bright in the middle east. Windows open up and we hear music. Not the music by Muslimgauze, but traditional music. We hear the Adhan, the call for prayer, the souk and people talking. All along we hear music. It’s coming from all directions, rhythmic, mysterious, monotonous perhaps, but like swirling like a dervish, round and round it goes… Read more
"Flashback to Chicago in 1985, when House Music was just being born. A few kids - Matt Warren, Miguel Garcia and Ralphi Rosario, get together to join forces with the already established Sunset Mobile Disco - owned by brothers Alex and Robert Rojo - to create a new record label as an outlet for their productions. In the following 4 years, Sunset Records Inc. released some of the most groundbreaking Chicago House records, mixing New Wave, Disco and Industrial influences with "beat tracks" and a huge amount … Read more
*Incredible collection of traditional Arabic & Berber 45s from the Golden era of Moroccan recording industry. Includes extensive liner notes** One year on from that ace Yemeni expedition, 'Qat, Coffee & Qambus' on Parlortone, Dust To Digital follow the breeze to Morocco between the '50s and '60s, an age when its independent labels were flourishing after 44 years of French occupation and the real voice, the poetry, or "Kassidat" which lends this compilation its title, began to be properly documented on the new and relatively inexpensive 45 format. Essentially this music is a folk o… Read more
"Mitosis begins with “Wonder Particle,” a track that very much sums up Moskitoo’s intentions: to embrace the digital with not only a human, but a distinctly feminine touch. Wispy, layered vocals swim around rhythmic fragments and warm insect-like noises. The music is strange and otherwordly, perhaps the soundtrack to an evening stroll on a warm night in a bustling alien city. There are lights, swarms of sound, a myriad of conversations blended by a thousand different stories of passers-by always on the move."