Thursday, 12 June
LA's celebrated soundtrack supervisor, composer and musician Brian Reitzell yields his most personal vision of cosmic highway sounds on 'Auto Music' starring guest spot from Kevin Shields (MBV), among others. In recent years Brian's probably best known for his work with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), whom he collaborated with on the score and soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring', beside his work on the acclaimed 'Watch Dogs' computer game soundtrack, and playing on Air's 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' soundtrack. Factor in previous work wrangling Kevin Sheilds out of hibernation for… Read more
"Francesco Giomi is one of the most active Italian composers in the field of acousmatic music. Over the years, he has also collaborated as sound director and live performer with Luciano Berio and other important composers and directors, as well as Italian and international orchestras and ensembles. He has conducted the live electronics group Tempo Reale (the musical research center established by Berio) in theaters and festivals all over the world. He teaches Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Bologna and he is currently the director of Tempo Reale. This CD is the premiere publication of his acousmatc works, spanning from 1994 to 2011."
*Regular Digipak Edition, includes an instant download for the whole album plus 4 bonus remixes from Cotton Goods head honcho The Humble Bee* This collaboration between Bill Seaman and Daniel Howe came about after the pair exchanged ideas and recordings while both where travelling separately - in effect making for an album recorded between North Carolina, Seoul, Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mainland China and New York - covering a bit more than the "Minor Distances" referred to in the title. The recordings began life with Howe's improvised guitar recordings and Seaman's s… Read more
"A sonic journey into John Cage and surroundings by renowned Italian composer Agostino di Scipio and his talented students. On December 9th, 2012, upon invitation from the Associazione Scarlatti, Agostino di Scipio and his students at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory gave a performance of a very rare piece -- John Cage's Sculptures Musicales. The performance was planned out by Dario Sanfilippo, based on the few annotations left by Cage (which in turn followed an idea Cage took from Marcel Duchamp): the "musical sculptures" are sound blocks shaped by either electronic or acou… Read more
"Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience of working with Roedelius (Lunz, for example) and… Read more
*CD housed in deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket. Compiled by DJ Supreme La Rock, all tracks re-mastered with new liner notes by Jonathan Zwickel with band interviews and rare archive photos* "In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle’s Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and ‘70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle’s Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city’s musical heritage that has little to do wi… Read more
Thursday, 05 June
Ilpo Vaisanen (ov Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (ov SchneiderTM) reconvene Angel for an engrossing 4th studio album of brooding electronic/organic nocturnes featuring long-term collaborators Hildur Guðnadóttir and Lucio Capece. The reductionist tonal mantras of 'Terra Null' makes use of oscillators, FX, strings and wind instruments to slow down, dilate and refocus our perception of time and momentum. In their exquisitely-crafted soundspheres, the electronic and organic halves compare and contrast respectively unique timbres in four expansive ecologies, flowing from the swelling electronic bedrock a… Read more
*Deluxe expanded edition of the hugely influential C86 cassette - adding some 50 bonus tracks curated by original compiler Neil Taylor, all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986* "Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pa… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl includes download code redeemable from the label** Raster Noton founders Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) collate and augment the best of their Diamond Version output along with new, exclusive material on their debut album. Since 2012 they've issued 5 EPs and one single, 'Were You There?' (a cover of an old Gospel hymn) featuring Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, forging a clinically precise, pointillist hybrid of electro-pop, techno, and computer music. Starring notable guests including Leslie Winer, Neil Tennant, Raster Noton's Kyoka, and Atsuhiro Ito, 'CI' is thei… Read more
Answer Code Request steps out of the Berghain shadows with a noirish debut album of '90s-informed techno sound design for Ostgut Ton. 'Til now, ACR's made his presence felt with a small but perfectly formed haul of 12"s distinguished from the Berlin techno crowd by virtue of their UK-styled breakbeat and AI-era atmospheres. But where UK breakbeat techno might get over agitated or crazy, ACR curbs his enthusiasm with a typically stoic sort of composure indigenous to Berlin residents and their music, balancing both poles with a warm sense of Detroit melancholy, much like his label mate, Shed. T… Read more
Proper, technically-advanced brainfloss from two of the world's most fastidious n0!se provocateurs, Russell Haswell and Kohei Gomi (Pain Jerk, Incapacitants). Their long-awaited collaboration 'Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition n0!se File Exchange Mega Edit' has, in effect, been in-the-works since the duo first met at Tokyo's legendary 20000 Volts venue, back in 1997 and registered intent to work with each other. Fast forward 15 years to 2012 and the duo wer… Read more
Debut album of emosh electronic dance music from Brighton's Alex Banks for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. As hinted with his 'All You Could Do' single, 'Illuminate' is a plushly detailed affair, shapeshifting between rolling breakbeat techno-trance in 'Silent Embrace' starring ghostly vocalist Elizabeth Bernholz, to the sweeping strings and tempered electro surges of 'Initiate', thru robotic garage-techno dance-pop chops in 'Phosphorus', deeper dubstep rave on 'Sheya', and the feathered 4th world dance creatures of 'Hush'. RIYL Jon Hopkins, Alex Smoke, Apparat, Atoms For Peace.
*CD format comes in a jewelcase with an ‘O’ card* "After a dormant period following the release of the ‘Gallery’ EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious ‘Nausea’. It’s Craft Spells’ second proper full length album and first since 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Idle Labor’. Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area’s music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a s… Read more
**Deluxe 4CD box set including "The Blue Notebooks", Songs From Before", "24 Postcards In Full Colour" and "Infra", as well as 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks and an essay by Paul Morley - all housed in a deluxe, limited edition box*
*CD version also includes the 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time* "This box set contains three re-¬issues of New Zealand indie pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes. Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an… Read more
Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon's vehicle for kosmic and techno styled electronic drama returns on the Leaf label with an arresting sound.""Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by turns harrowing and… Read more
**Debut album of smoky production for Tri Angle with additional production from The Haxan Cloak and Roly Porter** "To many, ‘What’s Between’ will be viewed simply as the debut solo album by Irish singer songwriter James Kelly aka WIFE but to fans of the critically acclaimed metal band Altar Of Plagues this album marks the return of a much admired talent. As front man in Altar Of Plagues, James Kelly was lauded as being partly responsible for creating some of the most innovative music to emerge out of the metal scene in recent years. After the release of their third album, which many viewed as a cr… Read more
Thursday, 29 May
*Reissue of DJ Sprinkles' classic Midtown 120 Blues, self-released by Terre Thaemlitz through his own Comatonse imprint in archival vinyl pouch with double-sided insert card (100mm x 100mm), phonograph style anti-static inner sleeve, and 4x4 panel poster insert printed on newsprint (472mm x 472mm) - hand assembled by Terre herself* Bringing deep house back into contact with its club culture roots, Terre Thaemlitz has created one of the most essential house albums of the last few years with 'Midtown 120 Blues'. Terre was originally working as a DJ under her Sprinkles ali… Read more
*James Leyland Kirby’s near-mythical ‘The Death Of Rave’ material finally given a proper release - original rave classics deconstructed into hazy, ambient flashbacks. Special Edition CD housed in reverse board digipak* Finally, after years of haranguing, Leyland Kirby finally yields 'A Partial Flashback' 8-track CD edition of his 204-track dancefloor elegy 'The Death Of Rave'. Conceived after a visit to Berghain in 2006 where, according to the artist "For me personally something had died… Rave and techno felt dead to me", the monumental and uncannily p… Read more
*Special Edition Triple CD housed in book-style packaging with booklet* Timely, expanded reissue of Jon Hassell's visionary milestone of 4th world fusion, sci-fi funk and avant-garde electronics, originally released in 1990. The important, original 'City: Works Of Fiction' is now expanded with two bonus discs; 'The Living City', recorded live at Wintergarden 17th September 1989 and mixed by Brian Eno, plus 'Psychogeography: Zones Of Feeling', compiling carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-intepretations by the likes of 808 State, Patten, Bass Cl… Read more
Soul Jazz explore Calypso in its many forms - from its birthplace, the island of Trinidad, as well as other Caribbean islands (Jamaica and The Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69. Calypso’s aristocracy and royalty - Lord Kitchener, Lord Cobra, Lord Growler, King Fighter, Lord Byron, The Mighty Viper, Lord Ivanhoe and more are all present, their songs vividly capturing the popular news stories and fashions of the era - the first man on the Moon, James Bond’s Pussy Galore, bed bugs,… Read more
The Industrial Metal titans return with an new mini album, their first in 13 years! Now fully reformed and raring to go, 'Decline & Fall' displays JK Broadrick and B.C. Green operating at optimal levels on 4 tracks, 23 minutes of toiling drum machine and searing, grinding axe work delivered with stare-down intensity. Precise and brutal, it's a beast of a thing, razing all-comers with the technoid militancy of 'Ringer', the industro-funk swagger of 'Dogbite', pile-driving riffs on 'Playing With Fire', and the strong blast beats and garotting tension of 'Decline & Fall'.
36 minutes, 5 tracks of flash Scandinavian synth-pop from Röyksopp & Robyn. Includes the anthemic electro-disco track 'Do It Again' plus the surging electro-house wobbler 'Sayit', smooth Balearic styles reminding of The Field on 'Monument', and the blue-hued cinematic atmosphere of 'Inside The Idle Hour Club'.
**Plush neo-soul and electronic funk from vocalist & multi-instrumentalist McFerrin for FlyLo's Brainfeeder** "Equally influenced by the legends of 60s / 70s Soul, golden era hip hop, freeform jazz and electronic music, ‘Early Riser’ features Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Nai Palm (of the Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote) and his father, the legendary Bobby McFerrin. Since creating a major buzz with his first EP, ‘Broken Vibes’, McFerrin has toured worldwide, playing major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival. He has performed at … Read more
"Following their debut EP from last year Eyes in the Ground (Chapel Yard Records) Exotic Pylon presents Fluttercage, the debut album from Matt Bower and April Larson aka Isobel Ccircle. Matt Bower (The Revenant Sea, Wizards Tell Lies) whose influences run the gamut from the Radiophonic Workshop to Pan Sonic via Tom Waits is Yorkshire-based whilst April Larson keeps Snakes and self-releases oneironautic CDr’s from her native Louisiana. If you need to categorise Isobel Ccircle~ then you might find yourself referring to dark ambient or drone which is useful for a press release but otherwise hop… Read more
*Bargain priced 16-track CD from Trunk!* "Jonny Trunk presents a 16 track compilation of funny old shxt from the Trunk archive. From calypsos sung by Bernard Cribbins and Robert Mitchum to avant-garde French concrete, with stops at post punk, killer vocal jazz, Radiophonics, early African fusion, Argentinian film music and even some twitchy classical from Glenn Gould, this compilation flies in the face of the current trend for issuing records that to be honest are actually quite average and really very expensive indeed for what they are. This is a total bargain, an education and a right bloody laugh. Although some people will actually think it’s shxt…"
*29 track double disc compilation featuring sleevenotes by Mark Prendergast, author of ‘The Ambient Century’. CD1 is an introduction to the some of the original highlights recorded for the label over the years, while CD2 features remixes from Hieroglyphic Being, Bee Mask, Sun Araw, Gavin Russom, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Odd Nosdam, Patten and much more* A selection of highlights from the All Saints label, including Brian Eno, John Cale, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Roedelius, John Paul Jones and Laraaji, alongside specially commissioned interpretations by contemporary artists including Bee Mask, patten, Sun Araw, Hieroglyphic Being and James Blackshaw.
Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk, Holding The Mirror For Sophia Loren. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen over twenty years ago and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them be remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse on Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked - amongst others - with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel.
**Card slipcase in houndstooth-printed PVC wallet** Ross Tones' Throwing Snow makes his album debut with the kaleidoscopic techno-bass hybrids of 'Mosaic' for Houndstooth. For the better part of ten years Ross has established an uncontainable style digesting and reworking elements of garage, footwork, techno and hip hop with a folk/jazz-wise musicality and electronic muscularity for myriad labels including Tom Lea's Local Action, Alex Nut's Ho Tep, and his own Snowfall. Vocals have always been a strong part of Throwing Snow's DNA and expectantly 'Mosaic' is no different, sporting guest contributi… Read more
"The KVB's new six track EP is the culmination of a week long recording session at Anton Newcombe's studio in Berlin last autumn. They recruited the help of Joe Dilworth (Stereolab) to contribute live drums to the recordings, this was the first time the band have worked outside of their own studio set up at their home in South London. 'Out Of Body' is a further exploration of the bands interest in phenomenology, bodily immersion and consciousness. Introspective lyrics are suspended in dream like melodies, further expanding upon the duo's hypnotic aesthetic which they explore both sonically and visually on the record..."