Thursday, 11 September
Current disco heroes remix William Onyeabor's glorious Afro-disco classics for Luaka Bop. Hot Chip give a nice cover of 'Atomic Bomb' and JD Twitch covers 'Why Go To War?' as a haughty warehouse banger. Daphni does his proggy build thing on a re-work of the irresistible viber, 'When The Going Is Smooth & Good', and Joakim has the honour of nudging 'Good Name' to his own French disco specifications. Make sure to also check out Javelin's 170bpm Soca version of 'Heaven & Hell', and the dusty drums of The Vaccines' re-work for the same cut.
"Goblin's genius lies in skilfully combining elements of progressive psychedelia with jazz-rock, Eastern European folk music and the Baroque. Their music often displays an eerie fairy tale quality that underscores tensions within a film to great effect. If the 2012 box set, 'The Awakening' documented Goblin's formative years, this edition comprises selections from ten films scored by the group across a twenty-five year period from 1977, culminating in Non Ho Sonno the Argento thriller for which this remarkable aggregation reformed to help create. "
Lap steel guitarist Mike Cooper meets The Necks' pianist, Chris Abrahams on record for the 2nd time. 'Trace' was recorded in 2009, not long after the duo had released their 'Oceanic Feeling-Like' (2008) album collaboration on Room40. Again, it documents the two maverick improvisers doing what they do best, creating characteristically subtly-evolving soundscapes where Cooper's distinctive lap steel flits over Abrahams' warm, levitating beds of synth and organ drone. The session breaks down to three 20 minute parts, the first establishing a breezy tone with something "other" lurking in … Read more
"The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
"‘This Is My Hand’ is a new chapter in the unfurling My Brightest Diamond story. The album’s exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort Shara Worden’s chamber music aesthetic out of the chamber and back into the dance hall. Produced by Shara and Zac Rae, the album sounds unlike anything else produced by Worden before."
"Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro Sakamoto returns with a new full-length, ‘Let’s Dance Raw’ on Other Music Recording Co. The album is the follow-up to Sakamoto’s solo debut, the otherworldly folk- pop masterpiece ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ (2012). While ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ was the first many around the globe knew of Sakamoto, he has long been an icon in his homeland, having long fronted the psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku, a Tokyo-based band that emerged from Koenji’s legendary UFO Club scene and, across their 20-year trajectory, ach… Read more
**Gorgeous solo piano works and subtle ambient scapes by a master of his art. Warmly recommended** "Jane 1-11 is at least among Harold's very best work and may be his all-time best. Start to finish, this is Harold at his most inspired and most tapped in to his unique gift. There is no other Harold Budd record on which he so strongly expresses his singular avant sensibility. --Mr. Darla. "It's simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy -- as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; except for … Read more
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to s… Read more
Thursday, 04 September
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk, with download code for bonus, unreleased material** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi themes, it's every bit as dram… Read more
"Dense 12 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work including her very first piece for tape made in 1961. Organized chronologically by studio this set not only documents Pauline's earliest electronic music but it also functions as an early history of electronic music itself. Extensive liner notes including essays from Pauline Oliveros, Alex Chechile, Ramon Sender, David Bernstein, Corey Arcangel and Benjamin Tinker. Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Ac… Read more
Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results are perhaps surprisingly fresh and spacious, cons… Read more
*Epic 5 x CD / 59 track set of classic Acid killers compiled by Terry Farley, housed in a box set with a 32 page booklet with liner notes and photos* "As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better - containiong numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release, including gems from Marshall Jefferson, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Master C&J, Bobby Konders, MK, Frankie Knuckles, Blake Baxter, Nitro Deluxe, Chip E and lots more.
*Ships for Sep 15th release date* American artist, composer, essayist, Seth Cluett returns to Line with a patiently glacial follow-up to his acclaimed 'Objects Of Memory' (2011) work. Again, 'Forms of Forgetting' focusses on one of the central themes of his oeuvre, the fidelity and nature of memory, manifest over an extended electro-acoustic studio construction intended for immersed, concentrated listening with the potential to warp our perception of time and space.“It is then no longer oblivion that materiality begets, forgetting by the effacement of traces, but forgetting in terms of… Read more
"Interpol release their first album in four years, ‘El Pintor,’ on Soft Limit. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the ten tracks on ‘El Pintor,’ – taut and epic in equal measure – find the band completely reinvigorated after a three year break from touring. All songs on ‘El Pintor’ were written and produced by Interpol, with Daniel Kessler playing guitar, Samuel Fogarino on drums, and Paul Banks on vocals, guitars, and taking over bass duties for the first time. The album also features Brandon Curtis (The Secret Machines) playing keyboard on nine songs, Roger Josep… Read more
*CD in digipack with clear tray. Rollfold booklet lyric sheet. CD features secret track ‘Bone Structure* "Busdriver’s 8th studio album proper, ‘Perfect Hair’, features production from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake. Album artwork courtesy of the legendary and talented John Lurie (formerly of the Lounge Lizards and known for his roles in Jim Jarmusch films amongst others). The album features guest performances from Detroit’s irrepressible Danny Brown (Fools Gold) and NYC’s unflinching Aesop Rock (Rhymesayers / Def Jux). Hellfyre affiliates Open Mike Eagle and Ver… Read more
*Comprehensive double CD bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-West grunge era. Fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsi… Read more
**2014 Reissue** Another phenomenal Pauline Oliveros re-issue from Important Records, 'The Wanderer' originally surfaced back in 1984 and is a collection of her seminal accordion work and a companion record to the hugely influential 'Accordion & Voice'. The first piece here is a peculiar meditation in restrained playing and silence, sounds emerge from the instruments and then drop into nothingness just as quickly as they had arrived. It's strange but you begin to sink deeper and deeper into the quality of the room, the recording itself as you hear the two musicians (Olivero… Read more
**2014 revised reissue - deluxe 2CD digipak edition with bonus tracks** Given the amount of Iraq we all see daily on our TV screens, it seems almost abhorrent as to how ignorant the West (and by West, read 'me') are in respect to their cultural output. Bar the odd mention of Mesopotamia on the History Channel, or the fleeting insights afforded by blogs such as Salam Pax, I know fuck all about Iraq's art or music; a situation that is thankfully rectified (in part at least) by Sublime Frequencies franky indispensible collection of … Read more
"‘Decimation Blues’, Raymond Raposa’s sixth release as Castanets, marks a decade of scavenger architecture. ‘Decimation Blues’ sees Raposa stepping out in front of the hermetic persona he’s crafted over ten years. There have always been shards of pop songs glinting in the dark corners of Castanets records. Here we get whole gleaming edifices. ‘Decimation Blues’ is the music of a man who’s learned to live and build among the wreckage - twelve seemingly offhand, secretly meticulous tracks that we can hunker down in. “Still always good to be alone in someone else’s home,” Raposa sings. Come in… Read more
A pop-infused, electronic album, littered with vocals from Zyra, Py, Shy Girls and Madelyn Grant.
Thursday, 28 August
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never heard such… Read more
Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their previous 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light' dispatch, to these ears at least.
Black Rain dials deep into the Blackest Ever Black psyche with 'Dark Pool', its first new material in 18 years. An eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Protoplasm' (2012) and 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' (2012), it features New York's dark interpreter, Stuart Argabright - Ike Yard instigator and erstwhile member of Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew - realise his starkest sci-fi fantasies in degrees of pitch black relief streaked with strobing neon flashes and whirring tribal/industrial rhythms comparable with his label-mates, Regis or Cut Hands. Thematically it builds upon the literary influe… Read more
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* For all those wondering where the reissue of Basinski's first instalment of the 'Disintegration Loops' series was, your wait is over! Having been held back till last, the anticipation surrounding this release could cripple a lesser man; but Basinski more than matches the task. With the back story of their inception now well documented (detailed in the liner notes) Basinski seems to have captured a sound that would overtly suggest death (i.e.. the decay of archiv… Read more
**Lou Reed's totemic 'Metal Machine Music' is tackled with fiery finesse by Reinhold Friedl's Zeitkratzer Ensemble** About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Music played by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously "clangorous"! Metal Machine Music has become even more intense and worked out during the ten years of zeitkratzer playi… Read more
'Imagin' is the eagerly awaited debut album from Dark Sky for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Since their early 12"s for Black Acre and Pictures Music, we've witnessed Dark Sky evolve from a dextrous duo dealing in twisted post-dubstep, pop and techno hybrids to a canny trio pushing near-symphonic big room electronica/techno on a level with the likes of Jon Hopkins and Modeselektor. It feels very much of its time, spanning murky trip hop/dubstep-pop references in 'Nothing Changes', 'Vivid' and 'Rainkist' alongside lean, techy London house in 'Odyssey', and at best in the Kraftwerk-meets-Thom Yorke st… Read more
In 1994 the seminal electronic duo Cluster (Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius) continued what they had begun in 1990 with 'Apropos Cluster', their comeback album. The more mature 'One Hour' condenses essential passages from two lengthy sessions into 60 minutes. We hear sprawling soundscapes, clear acoustic sketches, musical extravaganzas, in short: highly impressionistic electronica. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. Originally released 1994 on Prudence Records.
Some of the UK's most colourful producers make-over Joker classics. Swindle deep fries 'Purple City' with typical flair, and Gemmy yokes the bombast of 'Snake Charmer' to leaner hiphop/halfstep. Trolley Snatcha amps the electric potential of 'Newham Generals' with cutthroat dubstep style, and the OG Kromestar reworks 'Tron' with pendulous, cosmic swagger.
*Second album from founding member and principal songwriter of acclaimed collage-pop duo the Books. Features guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink* "Following the dissolution of his groundbreaking collage-pop duo, the Books, Zammuto rebounded with an eponymous debut album submerged in transitional anxiety and audio effects designed to intentionally obscure the very humanistic qualities that marked Nick Zammuto's best work in the Books. An enormous weight has been lifted from Nick Zammuto, and you can hear as much in the opening minutes of Anchor. The arrangements have more space, the songs … Read more