Thursday, 22 January
"Irreal, the ﬁfth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era conﬁrmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irreal si… Read more
*First ever reissue, Produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring three previously unreleased tracks plus in-depth liner notes by LHI Archive Series co-producer Hunter Lea with unseen archive photos. All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes* "The pantheon of performers known by but one name is full of superstars. Arthur–the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Arthur Lee Harper–is not one of them, but this gentle singer-songwriter and his wan, string-drenched, loved-up, psych-folk was probably never likely to be suitable for mass consumption. Released on Lee Hazlewood's LHI label, the haunted… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, five bonus tracks and three videos* "Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London. The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band’s live performances since 1988 and was later covered by one of Cave’s biggest influ… Read more
"Jib Kidder is the performing moniker of musician and artist Sean Schuster-Craig. Born in Louisville, raised in Georgia, educated in Michigan and bouncing between California and New York ever since, he has spent the last decade exploring a variety of approaches to psychedelic collage. In his audio recordings, songs, videos, sculptures, digital paintings, chalk murals & written work he has attempted to harness the humour and ambiguous poignancy specific to the experience of dreaming. The latest addition to Schuster-Craig’s unique and under-exposed body of work comes in the form of "Tea… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, one bonus track and three bonus videos* ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985. Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, three bonus tracks and three videos* "The Good Son’ was the sixth album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1990. It was preceded by the release of ‘The Ship Song’"
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, a bonus track and a bonus video* "With ‘Your Funeral... My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents. This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen. Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is … Read more
*The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase* "Soul Jazz Records’ latest ‘Punk 45’ album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s. Featuring a collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The P… Read more
Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Population One, Jay Denham, Steve Stoll, Bradley Strider, Armando, Baby Ford, Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, dBridge as well as exclusives from Nina herself.
Wicked 9th haul of 'Muzic Box Classics' purportedly edited and played by Ron Hardy at the legendary Chicago nightclub. The usual mix of '80s dancefloor anthems and boogie disco burners, going quite heavy on the latter aside from sidesteps to Talk Talk, some classic dub stepper, and a handful of new wave aces.
"Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller's most diverse and compelling release to date. Originally self-defined as an electric guitar project, Lipstate began recording under the name Noveller in 2005 whilst living and studying in Texas. She uprooted to Brooklyn and subsequently made waves on New York's live scene, sharing the s… Read more
"This album is another chapter in the ongoing "there's-much more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova" saga. It's filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together - besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach - is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil's borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world's most discerning DJs… Read more
*CD + DVD version including the original album in 5.1 surround sound, four bonus tracks and four videos, including ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’* "Murder Ballads’ was the ninth studio album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1996. As the title suggests, the album consists of new and traditional murder ballads, a genre of songs that relays the details of crimes of passion…."
New album from Zun Zun Egui for Bella Union - a “bone-shaking tropical funk bolstered with guitar hooks that sound like Congolese finger pianos. Produced by Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons."
"Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwriter since the eighties. In 1990 and 1994 she recorded two solo albums for … Read more
*Expanded reissue with 8 bonus Tracks* Reissue of this classic 1969 album largely comprising instrumentals from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s studio band TheUpsetters but also featuringvocal tracks by Busty Brown and The Muskyteers.
**Arditti quartet: Irvine Arditti, Graeme Jennings, Garth Knox, Rohan de Saram perform the ambitious, time-stretching 'String Quartet No.4, opus 33' (1976-87) by Romanian spectral music composer, Horatiu Radelescu** ""infinite to be cannot be infinite, infinite anti-be could be infinite" for nine string quartets or one string quartet surrounded by an imaginary Viola da Gamba with 128 strings."
"Alasdair Roberts is the name of the new solo record from the well-known Scottish songwriter, guitarist and singer Alasdair Roberts, his eighth Drag City Records release under that name, following on from 2013’s ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. The making of ‘Alasdair Roberts’ found Alasdair back at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio, where he previously made his 2009 album, ‘Spoils’. ‘Alasdair Roberts’ has a warmer feel than ‘A Wonder Working Stone’, partially the result of having been recorded in the analogue domain by Green Door’s masterly house engineer Sam Smith. In the main however, the rich… Read more
"Invisible Familiars’ ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ is the work of Jared Samuel, alongside producer Michael Leonhart. Guests include Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, Jolie Holland, Stuart Bogie of Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, Scott Metzger, Ryan Sawyer, Alex Holden and Andrew Borger. “Jared kinda sounds like Mark Bolan. I’ll just say it, cause you might think it. It’s science. When I asked him what record felt to him like how he wanted ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ to feel to me, he said ‘‘Cuckooland’ by Robert Wyatt’, promptly adding ‘and the first time I listened … Read more
"Jessica Pratt’s self-titled 2012 debut has been much-murmured about. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of the performances, the gentle strength, marvelling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk rock of ages past but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. Two years on and Jessi… Read more
"Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
Thursday, 15 January
*Finally available on CD* **The impeccable Music From memory return with this super charming compilation of Balearic moods and boogie grooves dating between 1986 - 1991** "Staying on the Mediterranean coast for their third release, Music From Memory this time shift their attention to the work of Mallorcan musician Joan Bibiloni. Primarily a guitarist, Bibiloni was creating music at an early age, releasing his first single at the tender age of 15. In his twenties he formed Spanish prog-rock outfits Zebra and Euterpe where he would meet Pepe Milan, the two of them becoming the bluesy folk duo 'Mil… Read more
*CD with 24-page booklet* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective and Raury, am… Read more
*Ships Friday* Jimmy Edgar squeezes out an 18-track showcase of taut, jackin' electro-techno-house on Fabriclive 79. Laden with selections from his Ultramajic label, including 6 of his own productions and collaborations, plus fine picks from fellow house sleazer Kris Wadsworth, plus home-town Detroit cats, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski.
**Edition of 500** Quietly issued on his 2014 tour of Japan, Taylor Deupree's 'Lost + Compiled' finally reaches these shores. It contains six alternate mixes and early versions of tracks released over the last seven years, plus two formerly unreleased sketches hashed out between 2012-2013. They're all typically hushed and lovely if you're familiar with Deupree's stuff, which is who this collection is probably intended for, giving ghostly impressions of what would be, and dusty glimpses of works-in-progress which never quite surfaced.
Remixes of Sakamoto's 'Chasm' from Aoki takamasa, Cornelius, Fennesz, Alva Noto, Snd., Richard Devine, Craig Armstrong, Slicker and more.
*CD version features several candid snapshots from the group’s personal collections, meticulously mixed audio from the original multi-track sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap Band)* "Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling songbook for bewildered students in Columbia College’s audio engineering program. Storming the gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the erudite party band explored permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard for studio rates or the a… Read more
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally-f… Read more
Everybody's favourite indie-pop slacker gets real with a 24-track sweep of formerly unreleased demos. You might know some already: 1. Cooking Up Something Good 2. The Stars Keep On Calling My Name 3. Dreamin' Slow 4. Lonely Shredder 5. Robson Girl 6. Annie 7. Harrison Ford Escort 8. Sherrill 9. My Kind of Woman (Instrumental) 10. Dreamin' Fast 11. Goodbye Weekend 12. Salad Days 13. Ken the Wolf 14. Passing Out Pieces of Me 15. Organ Ronald Donkey Water 16. Let My Baby Stay 17. Pepperoni Playboy 18. Brother 19. Potato Boy 20. Go Easy 21. Horse Hot Wee Wee Water 22. Blue Boy 23. Sloopy Lau Lau 24. Avocado Andrew.
"It takes less than sixty seconds of album opener "Newspaper Spoons" for you to decide that Viet Cong is a winter record. The album has barely begun, and the guitar doesn't snarl until the end of that opening minute, but it still presents a palpable iciness in just a few short moments. It's bitter. It stings. But once you're in it, and you're bracing yourself and charging ahead, "Newspaper Spoons" moves from a punishing, almost militarized drumbeat to a melody that's still menacing but also delicate, almost celestial… "Continental Shelf" orbits a thousand-watt hook with a thick crackle and a batte… Read more