Thursday, 26 September
" “@” is a studio recording of duo improvisations from two downtown masters, each responsible for some of the most dynamic music ever to come out of downtown NY. Both long-time supporters of extreme music and proponents of free improvisation, John and Thurston are brilliant improvisers and have worked with everyone from Derek Bailey, Milford Graves and Evan Parker to Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Han Bennink and beyond. Exhibiting a deep musical connection, they come together here for the first time to create a fabulous program of varied and powerful duo improvisations. “@” presents the community of NY’s Downtown scene at its collaborative best."
**Lysergic solo blues from the Harry Pussy legend, articulated with uniquely jagged grammar** "'A History of Every One' by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, delta blues. The original tunes themselves are nothing special, well known, but not particularly well-regarded. Most would be filler on a mid-60's Doris Day or Burl Ives LP. What Orcutt does with them however is remarkable: expanding upon techniques developed on 2011's 'How the Thing Sings' and incorporating ideas forged since his recording of … Read more
Richard H Kirk's Intone label relaunches with a boxset of three CDs documenting Cabaret Voltaire live aktions in Liverpool, Sheffield and Toronto between 1982-85. Most notably the recordings start just after Chris Watson had left the band and they took on a new, "funkier" direction following their Rough Trade period and into the Some Bizarre/Virgin era recordings. CD1, 'Live at Liverpool warehouse 12.06.82' catches the band in lithe form, flexing tight drum machine and bass ably dubbed up by their soundman, Oz, and prodded with signature punkish yelps, documentary dialogue samples and w… Read more
*This is the fifth album by the D'arcangelo twins (Fabrizio & Marco, aka Monomorph) in a career stretching back nearly 2 decades, on a new electronic music imprint, 'Audiovisual Designs'* "The album is a logical evolution from their acclaimed releases on Rephlex and the brothers give a nod to this with the album artwork; a 3D rendering by Marco D'Arcangelo of the famous label logo. 26 tracks spread over two CD's into two distinct and separate parts. The first 14 tracks evoke traditions of classic synth pop and electronica made between the late 70's and early 90's, while the second CD reveals a darker, more industrial selection..."
Remastered reissue of the debut solo album by Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger, backed with five rare bonus live and demo tracks. 'Broken Fingers' was recorded in Brussels in February 1982 with assistance from fellow Tuxedomoon members Peter Principle and Steven Brown and veers with brilliant vision between gloomy, Bowie-esque balladeering on the title track to skulking darkwave shuffler, 'Uptown' via the skittish orientalist oddity, 'Nur Al Hajj', thru the gothic splendour of 'Magic Time' and the kinky latin wave stepper 'Gigolo Grasiento' to the horror flick motifs of 'Spiny Doughboy… Read more
Axel Willner aka The Field unplugs his computer and powers up an outboard array for his captivating 4th album. Adopting an all-hardware set-up has resulted in a deceleration of his star-bound trajectory, recalibrating the curve of his vectors into tangibly darker techno realms - most explicitly inferred by the album's all-black cover art and a curiously suggestive title, 'Cupid's Head'. But the romantic types need not worry: it's really only a subtle deviation; that inimitably lush, widescreen appeal of 'From Here We Go Sublime' and 'Looping State Of Mind' is still firmly at its core, it's just … Read more
"Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound are proud to present the reissue of Pharoah Sanders’ ‘Elevations’ originally released on Impulse Records in 1973. Deep spiritual jazz released in special edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A seminal release from Pharoah Sanders recorded in 1973 for Impulse! Records. At this point the Impulse! label was in a renaissance, with Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Michael White, Sam Rivers, Marion Brown and other jazz greats all recording for the label, many of these artists having an asso… Read more
*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
"Incredible music made by children in schools" says is it all really. Jonny Trunk has collected the best moments of that most niche of niche collectors' genres, the school album, spanning music by small primary school choirs singing folk songs to full-blown avant-garde experiments written and performed by children still at secondary or grammar school. As with practically all Trunk releases, it's a nostalgic gas for anyone over a certain age - we reckon anyone younger than 25 may be baffled and beguiled by these - but it should certainly strike a nerve with the vast majority of UK citizens sc… 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
Trentemøller succinctly consolidates his dancefloor and gothpop faces with a finely crafted 3rd album, 'Lost'. He's all but deserted the glitchy tech-house mnmlism he built his name on in favour of a full blown fascination with moody gothic wave atmospheres and driving rock rhythms, given certified weight by the guest appearances from perennial miserablists Low, and a selection of authentically haunting vocalists including Jana Hunter, Marie Fisker, Jonny Pierce, Kazu Makino, Sune Rose Wagner and Ghost Society. He's now equally adept at creating swooning, slow-motion shoegaze, as on … 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."
**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
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
Pioneering electronic minimalist Taylor Deupree and revered Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto collaborate properly for the first time with the willowy ambient beauty of 'Disappearance'. They previously crossed paths when Deupree remixed a song from Sakamoto's 'Chasm' album in 2006, and since then they've reached a mutual appreciation for the themes of 'Isolation, solitude, contemplation' which perfuse the delicate structures of 'Disappearance'. Its initial ideas were sketched out during rehearsals for their concert at John Zorn's club The Stone in April 2012 and later ful… 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