Thursday, 14 November
**Insoluble blend of synthetic and organic textures and rhythms by exploratory producer and sound artist, Raudve, for Stefan Goldmann's Macro label. An unusual piece of work, may appeal to fans of Rashad Becker, Non Place, Jamal Moss, Frak** "When Messiaen set out to transcribe birds songs as models for his compositions, he couldn’t have predicted that by now wild birds would have started to learn mobile phone ringtone patterns. For A System of Objects, RAUDIVE aka OLIVER HO maps an obliquely constructed world in which you lose all certainty of what is nature and what is design. Raudive cel… Read more
*Revised artwork edition of Arthur Russell’s classic, ‘World Of Echo’ in an edition of 500 copies. The packaging is loosely based on the original LP cover art from 1986, now housed in a tri-fold digipack with a rare image of Arthur, plus liner notes. Audio Remastered from Arthur’s pristine original 1/4″ sequenced masters*
'Spät-Europa' (1982) is a crucial part of Asmus Tietchens' early '80s catalogue, now mercifully reissued by Bureau B. His work can be roughly described as avant-garde synth-pop, or "pseudo pop" in much the same manner you could call Conrad Schnitzler's music of the same era "pop". 'Spät-Europa' was originally released by the legendary Sky Records and conveys a melancholic, alien mood across twenty succinct vignettes oscillating with wild vision between hi-velocity rhythms, charmingly daft, tongue-in-cheek NDW melodies and darkside coldwave aces all falling under the 3 minute barrier - hence the "pop" tag we guess. RIYL Conrad Schnitzler, Felix Kubin, MFH.
'Litia' is another remarkable treasure from Asmus Tietchens' innovative and prolific early period circa 1982 which also saw his music released on the UK's influential YHR Tapes. During this period the Hamburg-based legend isolated a particular, peculiar brand of abstract dance music driven by spiky, pointillist drum programming and rife with weirdo synth melodies as funky as they are outright odd - a unique highpoint of wave era meshing NDW, EBM and kosmic elektroniks. There are some total bullets inside, none more so than the dark, swaggering, psychedelic Hamburg funk of 'Zeebrügge' the storming… Read more
**Reissue of a spiky NDW gem originally released on Sky Records in '82** "It stands to reason that any musical journey undertaken by a sceptic like Asmus Tietchens is destined to head into the night (In die Nacht) rather than into the day. In die Nacht, the third album in the so-called time signal (Zeitzeichen) phase continuing in the same vein as Biotop and Spät-Europa, whilst laying down its own stylistic markers, no doubt attributable to the sizeable challenges facing the composer. Time, or the lack thereof, was the most pressing concern. With only a few weeks available in which to prod… Read more
'Aljawal' is a haunting, modern take on Sudanese music produced by French beat maker Xavier Thomas, aka Débruit, and Sudanese-born US-emigre Alsarah. The two prove a formidable pairing, naturally matching Alsarah's poetic lyrics and traditional melodies with Débruit's signature blend of current American club styles and juicy analog funk. The blend of footwurkin' percolations, jabbing electro-funk, and crooked loops and woodwind recall the culture clashing timbres of great records ranging from Fatima Al Qadiri's 'Genre-Specific Experience' and 'Desert Strike' EPs to a fusion of Forest Swords and… Read more
Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, selects 16 house and electro trax for his DJ-Kicks instalment. Cherry-picked goodies run the gamut from Innercity's hypnagogic abstraction 'Prince of The Immortal Woods' to slinky house from Fred P and Breach's own exclusive inclusion, 'Beroving', to the glistening arpggios of Dopplereffekt's 'Z Boson' and Redinho's boogie funk futurism, 'Searching'.
"Kiln expands upon its aural concepts of fluid, neverwhere textures with meadow:watt, its third full-length with Ghostly International. Building upon the sound they developed over 10 years ago with Sunbox, then expounded upon in 2007 with Dusker, the evocative spaces of meadow:watt bring the sonic art of Kevin Hayes, Kirk Marrison and Clark Rehberg III into even sharper focus. The nine tracks of meadow:watt continuously construct and deconstruct themselves, gliding through movements of disrupted organic & electrified elements. In many ways, meadow:watt is KILN's most melodic record yet with tracks lik… Read more
"Mike Donovan’s debut comes following a distinguished run of tunesmithing for noise-popster poster boyz Sic Alps, so he’s well prepared to go the solo route with a sack full of songs. Lyrically, Mike’s sharpened the lead for a less random line drawn in the sand - allusive trips, lost in crystal canyons, turning a phrase with an acid flick of the wristwatch. Guitars intersecting in the manner of the old loom The Stones once used, weaving in blue. Where rubric becomes fabric becomes freecidelic. Confronting the empty in acrostic (inner) space, WOT is Plastic Ono dyspeptic arrhythmia. The dream is over, … Read more
"After multiple tumultuous attempts at recording a full length The Hunt decamped to their collective hometown, Boston, to record the ultimate document of their time on earth. This document sat for years, untouched by human hands. 2013. The Hunt lives on. In honor of both the first and one hundredth release, we will finally see and hear the toils of New York's most enigmatic post punk band of recent. Ian Danger, percussive wunderkind, Mike O'Brien, whose four strings drew blood nightly, Christian Kount, master of negative space and Jasper McGandy, the man who's 'hopes for a darker future led th… Read more
"Philip Perkins (b 1951) studied art and motion graphics with Robert Mullen and David Foster and was mentored by "Blue" Gene Tyranny in music composition and performance. He played in many rock, country and experimental music bands and was a member of The Residents performance ensemble 1979-84, as well as serving as their cinematographer and lighting designer. 'Drive Time' was composed and originally released in 1985 is a series of pieces created as an alternative to early morning "drive time" AM radio, and targeted at the same audience: commuters."
"Tom Diabo was late-70s/early80s punk musician from Wuppertal, Germany. He played in several bands, most notably Western Force and X 112 For Dancing, and also curated a series of legendary local cassettes called "Talfahrt". Diabo passed away from cancer in 1988 shortly after his 30th birthday. He left behind a cache of home-recorded songs that eventually came out posthumously as an LP called "Dark Star" that same year."
Diverse dancefloor and home listening remixes of Lau's indie-folk from Claro Intelecto, Sei A, Matthew Herbert and Silver Columns. We're most impressed by Sei A's dally with minimal D&B structures on a mix of 'Torsa', and equally Matthew Herbert's rattling, driving take on 'Throwing Pennies' is much more interesting than the original. Claro Intelecto works well outside of his usual styels with a lumbering sorta halfstep take on 'Saint Monday' using a healthy amount of the original's folksy vocal and strings alloyed to a massive bass slap and spacious percussion, also thankfully included as an instrumental - really good stuff.
"A new Collection of 14 Holiday Classics by one of Acoustic music’s true innovators and eccentrics. Features signature arrangements of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Joy To The World," & "Oh Holy Night." John Fahey was a legendary individual…and a crucial figure in expanding the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. Fahey was considered a cult artist by many, and one with a definite cult following, which holds true to today, yet this fact has also ensured his work continues to always sound ‘fresh,’ unique and artistically powerful."
"Now a trio again, Magik Markers are back with the much anticipated ‘Surrender To The Fantasy’, their first album since 2009’s ‘Balf Quarry’. Magik Markers will be playing at the long-awaited ‘End Of An Era’ ATP at Camber Sands this November, just another sign that they are among the most significant performers in the nu-millennial field."
Bangin' selection from primo party starter, Boys Noize, for the FabricLive series. As you might expect, it's rammed to the gills with massive Tunes, from Mr. Oizo and Marilyn Manson's fresh-off-the-block 'Solid' to I-F's Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass' and DJ Deeon's 'Work This MF', taking in the likes of Gessafelstein's EBM kink, 'Aufstand', and Kingdom's technoid bouncer, 'Femme Litre' alongside ruddy house rockets like Kowton's 'TFB' and the lieks of Anthony Naples' 'P O T' or Special Request's 'Wall To Wall'.
**2xCD deluxe edition of Fade, includes an extra disc of outtakes, demos, extra tracks, alternative versions & more. Also comes with a digital download voucher redeemable from the label for the pre-album 12" version of "Stupid Things", and three B-sides from the recent "Ohm" 12" pack**
*Debut release from Melbourne band New War for ATP* "New War were formed several years ago with the dissolution of Seattle-based Kill Rock Stars act, Shoplifting. Singer Chris Pugmire & bassist Melissa Lock hibernated for a couple of years, then quietly re-emerged in Melbourne. Lock then reconnected with Steve Masterson, drummer for the infamous Bird Blobs(which she briefly played in) and mutual friend Jesse Shepherd, the Gainsbourgian keyboardist for Sir. The brief was simple and half-spoken: no repeating the past, no guitar, plenty of space for Shepherd's noir-drenched keyboard work & Pugmire's barbe… Read more
*Excellent new Fantastic Voyage set compiled by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne* "From the era of Peeping Tom and the Profumo Affair, from the London of Colin Wilson and Christine Keeler, here’s a collection redolent of red lights and girls names on Brewer Street buzzers. Compiled by film producer, journalist and Saint Etienne band member Bob Stanley, It’s A Scandal! recreates the heady world of Soho clubland, which was the milieu for many of the characters caught up in the Profumo Affair. On 5 June 1963, Secretary of State for War John Profumo was obliged to resign from the … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Handmade, hand-numbered, and personally initialed** Slip Discs' sixth release introduces 20 year-old Manc MFAAH, with an intriguing suite of computer music - one of their best releases to date. 'Everything Better Under White Light' renders an abstract six track ecology of abrasive textures and isolated frequencies which the label deftly describe as "the computer's natural noises take on the quality of field recording rather than dense tapestries being constructed from found sound." The artist skilfully segues and t… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Handmade, hand-numbered, and personally initialed with booklet of texts and artwork** Slip Discs' RNCM graduates present two works on one disc. The first, 'Virtual Airport' (2010) features the words of Matthew Welton set to the operatic vocals of Seaming To & Sofia Jernberg, with music by Larry Goves (electronics), Oliver Coates (cello), and Sarah Nicolls (piano). The second, 'SHUCK! & Black Valley', a "play for quiet voices" features words by Sam Quill set to stark, nocturnal electronics by Laurence Tompkins and sounds something like something like an experimental piece for Radio 4.
**Fascinating collection of early and influential Yiddish Theatre recordings, among the rarest Jewish recordings in existence, accompanied by detailed 40-page booklet of liner notes** "In 1900 Lemberg was one of the most important cities in the Austro Hungarian Empire with a population of 160,000, of whom a third were Jewish. The Lemberg theatre was the first permanent and most important Yiddish theatre in Europe. Sholem Aleichem visited in 1905 and based his novel “Wandering Stars” on his experiences there. In 1910 Franz Kafka was profoundly affect… Read more
**Brooding, trip-hop heavy post-rock deviations from Brooklyn's Eraas** "This sense of creating art that can spirit you away somewhere else entirely is something that most definitely also informs the selftitled debut album from Brooklyn-based band ERAAS. In 2011, the band's founding members, Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz, both ex-members of New England-based project Apse, were gravitating more towards ritualistic and darker themes not fully explored in their previous incarnation. In searching for a place to translate this mood to record, the duo settled on a rambling, atmospheric mansion in Western… Read more
Thursday, 07 November
*Debut album from Ron Morelli, founder of the influential L.I.E.S. label featuring 8 electronic variants; from House and industrial tape experiments to saturated metallic beat tracks...* There’s so much that could be said about Ron Morelli, his L.I.E.S. label, or the fact that his debut album comes to you via Hospital Productions, but instead, here are some words from the man himself. “I’m a regular guy, enjoy a good steak, drinking beer, and occasionally a game of pro basketball, Republican talk radio... you know...all the good stuff.....” “The music on this record is about immediacy, pressure, monot… Read more
**Individually numbered edition of 150 housed in handmade packaging with letterpressed card** Bit of a goodun this - it was directed our way via Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis and is an excllent debut of solem, oddly constructed electro-acoustic and neo-classical material from Japan's Yko. It's a gravely solemn sound framing itself somewhere between sadistic ritual soundtrack and cybernetic sim-chamber music; a mannered and highly considered arrangement of beatless shapes, drones and tones that step back from the brink of more staid neo-classical music. Fans of Wicked Messenger, Lustmord or Mordant Music's The Tow… Read more
Pan Sonic space explorer Mika Vainio and Sunn 0))) strongarm Stephen O'Malley rock our world to the foundations with this anticipated union of electronics and guitars plus vocals by Alan Dubin (Khanate) and string arrangements from Eyvind Kang. In gestation for some years now, the results are little short of a modern doom masterpiece; a bracing exposition of cold, condensed, rage and stoic passion delivered like a hammer-blow to the head, billowing metallic smoke and blinding with its blackened brilliance. It finds a powerful pressure point between their individua… Read more
**Remastered reissue edition housed in trifold spot gloss digipak with 24-page booklet of liner notes. Includes three tracks not on the vinyl** 'Prata Bagnati Del Monte Analogo' is a sublime and truly rarified piece of occult esoterica produced by the famous Franco Battiato and originally published in 1979 on a series he curated for Gianni Sassi's Cramps Records. This edition has been remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi from original tapes. It was inspired by the unfinished pataphysical novel 'Le Mont Analogue' by French writer Renè Daumal, himself a student of engimatic Arme… Read more
A label like Die Schachtel can easily overwhelm any listener with its vast catalogue, dividing its attentions between showcasing new experimental music (predominantly from Italy) and reissuing lost classics. In both cases you'll often find yourself confronted with works and artists you'll have had no prior knowledge of, and frankly, it can all seem a little bit disorientating, even overwhelming at times. This release is one that really shines out though - it's surely one of the finest Die Schachtel reissues to date and represents the uncovering of a genuine lost gem. Luciano Cili… Read more
Bureau B's latest raid on the Schnitzler archive unearths eight inimitable blueprints of proto-techno space music. They were all recorded in 1974-75 by the original Tangerine Dream and Kluster member but they've all only just seen the light of day in the last few years. Tracks 1-5 were released by Qbico in 2009 and range from amorphous, bleeping constellations to alien modular chatter to immense, minimalist motorik excursions powered by plonging basslines and primed for the freakiest 'floors. There's also three outstanding bonus tracks which have never been released before, among them one whic… Read more
Former Yellow Swan Gabriel Mindel Saloman slopes further into shadowy solo realms with his latest for the consistently excellent Miasmah label. 'Soldier's Requiem' is doubtless the most impressive in his string of records released post-YS - the dance scores 'Adhere' and 'Riots Don't Just Happen' - receding deeper down the spiral to a sound haunted with spectral keys, heart-aching string drones, martial percussion and sodden field recordings. It summons the misery of war in the bleakest colours, first swirling plaintive, subtly uncomfortable solo piano phrases into slow… Read more