Thursday, 20 August
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
"Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and Kid Creole & The Coconuts), Descloux released her debut album, Press Color, in 1979, revealing a punk-funk sound that positioned her as the French answer to the UK group The Slits or New York’s own ESG. Just as The… Read more
Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for a youth orchestra at the Tate Modern. However, it's fair t… Read more
**Absolutely vital reissue of this disturbing, iconic album from 1981 - a haunting miasmah of extreme noise, fragmented drum machine erosions and power electronics that sound more relevant today than ever before** This pioneering recording from Italian industrial noise Godfather Maurizio Bianchi is just about as crucial as they come. Originally issued on vinyl in 1981, Bianchi was seen to be part of the same noisy power-electronics as Whitehouse, but what's important to realise is not only that he was coming from somewhere totally different but that his music was frankly a l… Read more
*First ever reissue on Vinyl, CD or Digital, includes an essay by Peter Relic interviewing Goldberg, plus unseen archive photos* "Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed. “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn't know where it was heading, it was the fumes of Watergate days,” says Goldberg now. “I'd just left my band, and I didn't know where… Read more
"This soundtrack is not only an aural companion to Low Down–the acclaimed biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany, based on the memoirs of his daughter Amy-Jo Albany–but also the perfect primer for Albany’s lifework. Comprised of Albany’s own compositions alongside those of Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, and selections from Ohad Talmor’s score, this album conjures both a feel for Albany’s own avant-garde, quick-tempo, bebop jazz and a mood that evokes the life of Hollywood's notorious jazz hustler. The album meets with the deep approval of Flea, who took the role of executive producer … Read more
*2015 Edition, originally released in 1998. Reissue of the private LP edition of 300 copies from 1981* "The pyramidal construction of these two "suites," with its intentionally brutal and grotesque deformations, elaborates on overflowing and apocalyptical collapse, dragging a completely dissolvent conception of the world and of the para-industrial sound. Bonus tracks: "Milan Bruits" from the Fix Planet! comp (Ata Tak) and the two tracks first issued on the very limited Nowhere to Play in 1981. Let M.B. be your executioner! The second in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series."
**Includes interview with the maestro himself** ""The Plain Truth" continues the series of reissues dedicated to the undisputed master of Italian Noise and Experimental Music. It is one of the best entries in Maurizio Bianchi's ever-growing discography. Originally released in the U.K. as a 500 copies limited edition LP by Broken Flag in 1983, the album is a strong but very accessible work where Bianchi pays his homage to the German Cosmic Couriers of the Seventies. "Dedicated to all the redeemed people", "The Plain Truth" offers two long tracks of layered synthesized sounds treate… Read more
Seriously bleak and affective M.B. sounds, recorded in 1982. Following suit with the mighty 'Regel', this one affords more melodic colour and clarity than his noisier emissions while still smothered in signature electronic distortion. The 23 minute A-side 'Mörder Unter Uns' is shockingly sore; gloomy chords rise in solemn progression from a decaying, caustic bed of abstract swirl, provoking an emotional response recalling experiences listening to all sorts from Coil to Autechre, Kareem or Lustmord. The B-side's 'Neuro Habitat' is further abstracted with almost dub-like comtrails eva… Read more
Reissue of the highly coveted classic LP by Italian noise composer/ sound visionary Maurizio Bianchi. Originally released in an extremely limited private press quantity in Italy in 1983, Endometrio showcased M.B. at his most crucial turning point, delving into the uncharted waters he aptly titled bionic music, blending unfiltered electronics with contorted sounds of the human body to compose one of the most organically beautiful ambient records to date. Copies of the original LP are practically non-existent and hard to come by, therefore making this reissue an important addition to any experimental aficionados audio library."
**Incredible reissue of extreme noise brutality, and destroyed ambient by Maurizio Bianchi circa 1982* This entrancing 1982 side by the infamous Maurizio Bianchi is marked up as one of his "most representative works" and was remastered for this edition under the supervision of Milan's M.B. himself so you know what you're getting is truly a reflection of his grotesque and nightmarish soundworld of dense, throttled noise and invasive texture. The first side retches spooling loops and splashing, molten noise in a pyroclastic flow of unnatural synth tones and squally theremin strikes oozing ta… Read more
"Originally issued as a private LP in an edition of 400 copies in 1983. De-composition for bionic organisms and concrete sounds. A sound that refuses both the cold logic of the fetish electronic computer-man-of-the-year and the sterile exasperation of the negative. A sound that dilutes and coagulates, eluding the listeners with minimal variations that make the cyclic style of Phillip Glass resemble a carousel of colors. This CD also features two untitled tracks first issued on compilation cassettes. Compositive discipline."
Incredible vintage electronics from 1984, originally released as a private press edition of 300 copies. "This record is the soundtrack for a film with the same title, produced and directed by Maurizio Bianchi. For obscure reasons, the original LP remained unavailable for a long time, and was distributed only 1 year after it was printed. Moreover, most of the copies were destroyed. Less than 100 actually exist. This was MB's last vinyl production, and also the only one featuring recordings of the artist's voice. It was made during a period of huge change in MB's life."
"2014 repress, originally released in 2000. The second batch of the complete M.B. reissue program continues, once again issued by EEs'T (in conjunction with Alga Marghen) as a series of five separate CDs, or altogether as a box set. The CDs have been mastered to digital under the supervision of Maurizio Bianchi himself; each CD features the original artwork, the complete documentation (liner notes, reviews, statements) as well as bonus tracks. Reissue of a private LP edition of 300 copies in 1983. M.B.: electronics, rhythms, neutronic effects. The two suites of Das Testament were re… Read more
"MB Masterpiece!!!! Mectypo Bakterium is a work furnished of implacable plastic exasperation. The icy oppression, the hallucinatory electronic wounds, are a precious and singular fact in a technological society brought to the limit. The emotion is pushed into dangerous zones, and unusual tensions free biological groans of extreme effectiveness. A vivid expression of a world in extinction. Near exact replica of this classic Maurizio Bianchi LP published by DYS in the USA in 1982."
**Limited to 200 copies. 10xCD boxset, includes bonus tracks, 30 min unique M.B Live, an interview, notes and 35 inserts with original artwork.** "Exclusive presentation of the complete M.B. / Maurizio Bianchi recordings from the early 1980s originally issued on LP. Starting from Sterile Records' "Symphony for a Genocide" to Broken Flag's "The Plain Truth", passing through DYS' "Mectpyo Bakterium" and all the records privately issued by M.B. on his Mectpyo Sound. A slipcase with 10 CDs reproducing the 10 LP issued between 1981 and 1984, plus all the tracks by M.B. from international … Read more
Thursday, 06 August
*Debut album of hyper-melodic early 2000s grime, sweltering dub and sophisticated pop...* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, il… Read more
Paul White scales up a soulful hip hop suite with Florida MC/vocalist Eric Biddines as Golden Rules. Their 'Golden Ticket' lands on Lex with all the bells and whistles, including a guest spot from Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def).
"Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco’s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this w… Read more
*Vinyl includes a download code* "‘Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig’ is to date the most sonically immersive album in Slim Twig’s discography. Where some records have focused explicitly on sample-based songwriting, while others have been completely live-recorded, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of fidelities. Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three-dimensional approach whereby a warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful laser-cut keyboard and guitar melodies. A fetishization of analogue texture is married to a digital approach."
*CD edition of this amazing Kosmische album - newly mastered from the original tapes* Chances are you won't have heard of J D Emmanuel before. This record in particular was a private pressing released back in 1982 and owned by a select few punters who quite clearly did their research. In recent years the record's reputation has spread, with rumours circulating that it was a transcendent blend of Terry Riley, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Popul Vuh and early Kraftwerk - but finding it was about as easy as looking for a connection between Wolf Eyes and The Spice Girls. Then, without fanfare,… Read more
"Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to t… Read more
"A record of slowly evolving beauty that gradually unravels its meditative design. Recorded in Norwegian sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland' s (1875 -1948) mausoleum in Oslo in 2013. A recording space that is famous for its acoustics and its long and full-sounding reverb. These three tracks utilize both the delicacy and the power of acoustic instruments and human voice in relation to the unique recording space. This is a record that is otherworldly and eerie but also with a great primal expressive force. Performed by four artists from different backgrounds coming together to create this singular set of music."
Thursday, 30 July
"The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.” Ste… Read more
Triple CD collection from one of the most important record labels ever. 60 classic tracks from the original home of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae, with sleeve notes by Don Letts.
*Fully remastered audio* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
**Guy Birkin & Sun Hammer present the intricate results of their playfully cerebral 'Complexification' project thru Entr'acte (check the label website for a detailed breakdown)** "The Complexification project explores musical complexity through a collaborative process based on a set of rules: 1. Make a short, simple piece of music. 2. Swap copies of the pieces with the other person. 3. Modify the given piece to make it more complex (the given piece must be used, but it can be trans-formed in any way, and new sounds may be added). 4. IF the result is more complex (as agreed by bo… Read more
Bureau B's excellent Kollektion series elects Thomas Fehlmann to select his favourite Conrad Schnitzlers. This 5th instalment, like the others, affords some contextual grasp on one of the largest, slipperiest catalogues of electronic music in the late 20th century. And poignantly so as Fehlmann, a legend of Teutonic electronics in his own right, was first prompted to make electronic music as a student after witnessing Schnitzler demonstrate "how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music." Across 16 songs he touches on the breadth and depth o… Read more