Thursday, 27 August
**Edition of 200 copies** 'Beats' is a dead intriguing collection of unreleased drum machine, shortwave radio and Space Echo experiments by Hans Ludwig Jacoby, a.k.a. Boche, recorded sometime between the mid-'80s and 1991. Coming off like a rawer relation of James Dean Brown's Hypnobeat project crossed with The Conet Project, these 27 tracks were made with equipment bought from his close pal, Ho. Turner, and are practically unheard/unknown beyond his archive. It's exactly the sort of release that Entr'acte excel at, reaching beyond known borders to fill in gaps and complicate history, cycling thru myriad … Read more
**Limited to 300 copies** An hour long recording made exclusively for Movement Festival, Detroit, 2015, by the Echospace/Deepchord co-pilot Stephen Hitchell. Prepare the floatation tank...!
**Limited to 300 copies** Stephen Hitchell (Deepchord/Echospace) coaxes out an hour long trip into the dub mist of his machines. Prepare the floatation tank…!
Fresh from celebrating their 30th anniversary together, Yo La Tengo release their new album. "The trio of Ira Kaplan (acoustic guitar), Georgia Hubley (drums) and James McNew (upright bass) now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary." Features covers of The Cure, Thye Parliaments, Hank Williams, The Lovinb' Spoonful...
**Edition of 200 copies** Knotty modular extractions, mainly created on the Chrysalide modular synthesiser, occasionally interfaced with a computer and bass guitar. Revolves six shorter pieces around the eponymous 13 minute centrepiece, ranging from icy minimalism to raging infernos. One for fans of Russell Haswell, Zbigniew Karkowsi, Keith Fullerton Whitman.
**Includes booklet and free download code. A timely reminder of Offshore's uniquely playful and colourful beatcraft on this posthumous presentation of his unfinished and eponymous album** "Offshore is the alias of Scottish producer Ewan Robertson. Ewan died unexpectedly in December 2012 while undergoing heart surgery for treatment of his Marfan Syndrome. Born in Aberdeen in 1985, Ewan was both a celebrated musician and graphic designer. He first picked up a guitar aged 10 and by 14 had formed his first grunge band, Incendo. Moving to London in 2002 to study at Central Saint Martins, he joined experi… Read more
"Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He’s a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters—Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack—simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record—first as swaying, saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. “The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet,” explains their author. “I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie stre… Read more
"‘WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER’ is the fourth collaboration in a decade from poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs. Veering away from the stuttering, profoundly fragmented séance of ‘Frolic Architecture’ (2011), Howe and Grubbs present a sound-work that germinates from new Susan Howe text collages and prose poems (referencing ‘Tom Tit Tot’, ‘Childe Roland’, Paul Thek, W.B. Yeats and so on). In ‘WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER’ Howe’s texts are blended with the resonant sounds of Grubbs’s composition for piano and field recordings made in the near silence of off-hours in Bo… Read more
**Massive-sounding homage to late '80s stadium pop and shoegaze romance** "Time and changes distance Tamaryn’s Cranekiss from her earlier efforts, and for that matter, from everyone else’s. Time, by way of the long period spent crafting this material, both on her own and with Weekend’s Shaun Durkan, who with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden), make up the creative team behind Cranekiss. Changes, by relocating across the country from San Francisco to New York City, by expanding the approach taken on her two previous albums (2010’s The Waves and 2012’s Tender New Signs), by making musi… Read more
Colour us enchanted with this remarkable collection of Quechua-language songcraft from the Bolivian Andes. Squirrel Thing follow up those deluxe reissues of Molly Drake and Connie Converse albums with this compilation of Luzmila Carpio's original songs, written in the early 1990s in an attempt to "reclaim our knowledge" from an ever-encroaching western world and culture that marginalised indigenous people. Her shrill registers are strikingly unique to these sensibilities, at least, and her language is certainly unrecognisable from any tongue that we're familiar with. Yet, as the son… Read more
*Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder* "Front and Follow present Beneath Swooping Talons, Laura Cannell’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Beneath Swooping Talons has grown out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces, then immediately recorded in single takes. Tapping the potent rural landscape and long-dormant musical modes, this album encompasses both wild animal calls and long fo… Read more
*Fully remastered audio of Lee Hazlewood’s LHI flagship group, The Kitchen Cinq, a band that had everything but one elusive factor: success. Includes three previously unissued cuts and notes by Alec Palao. Includes The Kitchen Cinq’s complete LHI sessions, comprising the 'Everything But' album and non-LP singles as well as rare sides by the act’s earlier incarnations as The Illusions and The Y’Alls* "Formed as The Illusions (and briefly The Y’alls) in Amarillo, Texas, the group blended garage punk with killer harmonies and a slight sense of the absurd.… Read more
Thursday, 20 August
**Die-cut and spot glossed sleeve** Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of 'Bonus EMT Beats' on the A-side, whilst th… Read more
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, there are highligh… Read more
"In young Maesa Pullman The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever developing project that is so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilites of the drone guitar on their debut "Spiritual Non-Believers" and the slightly more song-oriented follow-up "The Beauty Of Fake", HP is back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, blues and a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a central figure on Ber… Read more
**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate pi… Read more
"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push bounda… Read more
Expansive Joris Voorn collage/mix for Fabric83, spanning some 66 tracks in 76 minutes. Taking the concept of a mix to DE:9 levels of the edit, Voorn fillets, isolates and elides myriad elements in a sweeping tech-house topography seamlessly incorporating traces of classic jungle, innovative electronica and heartbleed shoegaze from artists as disparate as Fennesz, Doc Scott, T C F and Robert Hood.
Can it really be almost 15 years since Hood released the brilliant ‘Cold House’? An album we were properly obsessed with for years, it marked the creative and commercial pinnacle for a band that perfectly brought together a love of brooding post-rock and bass-heavy electronic production, anchored by the exceptional songwriting and arranging skills of brothers Richard and Chris Adams. Hood haven’t released any new music for a decade, but both brothers have been musically active with a number of different projects, and Richard now returns with his latest work as The Declining Wi… Read more
**Slow, purposeful, creaking dark ambient from the masters...** "November 2007, Venice. It was cold,damp & foggy. Nurse With Wound were playing 2 nights at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, with Blind Cave Salamander as support act. Listening to them perform, Steven Stapleton felt that some of what they played reminded him of the classic Nurse work, `Soliloquy for Lilith'. He suggested that the two bands should explore the possibility of playing live together, to explore that piece, with a view to recording an album. Forward to September 2009 when, after rehearsals, Nu… Read more
**CD and download, includes 6.5 hours of music** "Compressions & Rarefactions is the fourth solo release on 12k from New Yorker Kenneth Kirschner, who is widely known for epic-length compositions that challenge the forms of modern composition. The album is released as a single CD with a digital download of over five hours of additional music that couldn't be realized within the time constraints of the CD format. Also included is a booklet of essays on Kirschner's music from Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet), Simon Cummings (5 Against 4), Mike Lazarev (Headphone Commute) and renown… Read more
**Intricate electronica housed with artwork insert by Dori Deng. RIYL early SND or Uwe Schmidt's sweeter moments** "'March Of The Whales' [SLP014] is a synthetic spectacle rebuilt, pixel by pixel, from the rubble of an operatic arc. Stevens renders an erratic electronic landscape in scrupulous detail, one populated by stuttering rhythms, phantasmal machine song, and purring drones. The three-dimensional, non-linear, and distinctly visual quality with which Stevens conceives of the LP betrays his background in both design, physics, and as a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute… Read more
ONO present an album of raw rock 'n roll songs by Ronnie C Hoyte. Label CEO Michael Holland has been enamoured with Hoyte's music since he was younger and used to see him busking on Manchester's Market Street. 'Gimme Gimme Gimme Your Love' is Ronnie's fourth album recorded in conjunction with Old Trafford's Seed Studios.
"In the late ’70s, The Avengers established themselves as one of the US’s preeminent punk bands. Fusing incisive guitar hooks, explosive rhythms and adolescent venom, the group forged some of the most inyour-face songs of the era. Their live shows were legendary, playing up and down the West Coast and even blowing Sex Pistols off the stage at the latter’s final performance. As Byron Coley writes in the liner notes, “Of the best bands of San Francisco’s first wave in 1977, The Avengers were by far the coolest and youngest sounding. They roared without irony, as though this were indeed Year Ze… Read more
Thursday, 13 August
*Hardcover 256 page book with a double CD of newly remastered audio recordings plus text written by noted Folklorists Henry Glassie and Clifford Murphy* The first in-depth look at the life of Ola Belle Reed, a groundbreaking artist who is one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music. Ola Belle Reed’s 1960s recordings, some of the earliest she ever made and available here for the very first time, are counter-balanced by a disc of modern-day field recordings of her descendants and those within her Appalachian community th… Read more
Clocking in at a whopping 30 tracks, this reissue of Keith Hudson's 1974 album 'Entering The Dragon' has been something of a lost gem - with his gravelly vocal style gaining more and more prominence in the years following its original deletion. Housed in some sunshine cover art, 'Entering The Dragon' is the perfect companion piece to 'The Hudson Affair' - with the man Keith bringing an abrasive edge to the Trojan catalogue that probably sounded quite startling in its day, but now acts as a sign-post to the dancehall/hip-hop evolutions that were to come. With particular highlig… Read more
'The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now' is the staggering debut album by Oliver Perryman a.k.a. FIS. In pursuit of a sound ecology reflecting the complex dynamics of nature thru electronic music, FIS' un-quantised, texturally abstract compositions have practically ripped the rug from beneath the feet of D&B, techno and ambient music to leave them spinning in gyroscopic hyperspace. Now, after a series of cultishly acclaimed singles for Samurai Horo, Exit and Tri Angle, a.o., he atomises that aesthetic to exhilarating and utterly arresting new levels, leaving the dancefloor and bedroom flo… Read more