Thursday, 12 February
'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.
Sadly, the late and very great Judee Sill didn't leave behind an especially extensive catalogue of works, but apart from the two albums (her self-titled 1971 debut and its 1973 follow-up, Heartfood) completed in her lifetime, we've since heard Dreams Come True, mixed by Jim O'Rourke from materials for a proposed third album, along with a few live recordings and outtakes compiled for reissues. This live album draws from three concert appearances made in the UK between 1972 and 1973 and features favourites from her debut LP, such as 'Jesus Was A Crossmaker' and 'Ench… Read more
**File in your Romanian accordion virtuoso folder** "Marin “Tagoi” Sandu, bandleader of Bahto Delo Delo, is a Romani virtuoso accordion player and singer of the traditional lautari style in Romania. With guidance from his late father, Nicolae Neacsu, who was one of the founders of Taraf De Haidouks and a very respected violinist of his time, Tagoi started learning music from the age of eight. At 64, he plays and sings a large repertoire of Romani and lautari tunes. Tagoi still lives in the legendary village of Clejani in southern Romania with his wife. While he has dedicated his entire life to m… Read more
"Those who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member / songwriter Matthew Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind their hugely acclaimed album ‘Muchacho’ and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their powers. This 2CD / 3LP live album was recorded over the course of fou… Read more
*CD + DVD version including the original album in 5.1 surround sound, seven bonus tracks and four videos* '‘No More Shall We Part’ is the eleventh studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 2001. It came after a four year break from recording following the critically acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and the massive selling 1998 Best Of and showcases the virtuoso talents of the Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track.'
**Deluxe CD reissue with 5.1 and stereo DVD including bonus video content** Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a more sheltered study of love, family life and the comforts of stability. But while songs like '… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, four bonus tracks and three videos* '‘The Boatman’s Call’ is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1997. The album is entirely piano-based and remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave’s career.'
"It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the band Junip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and most recently, he’s c… Read more
"Already recognized as one of the principal profiles in techno, Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular DJ and in- demand producer. The Neapolitan, now based in Barcelona, delivers an immaculately- hewn journey through upfront techno and tech- house from some of the scene’s biggest names."
"Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” —Andy Zax People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t nadjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they didn’t need to lean on stark sincerity and reverb-drenched emotin… Read more
"Although his lack of touring kept him from being established as a major figure in overground reggae circles, Linval Thompson's work as a singer, songwriter and producer is essential to Jamaican music. Between 1977 and 1979, he released five solo albums and produced countless artists on the side. Thompson acted as a mentor to many up-and-comers, including Junjo Lawes, Scientist, and Eek-AMouse. As dancehall became more prominent in the late 1970s, Thompson began to offer up his rhythms to sound system deejays. The mysterious deejay LP, Bunny Lion Red was originally released on London's Starlight record… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
**Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** 'Live Knots' presents two immersive live recordings of Oren Ambarchi playing the epic 'Knots' from 'Audience Of One' (Touch, 2012) in Tokyo and Krakow's Unsound Festival. Captured with alternately intimate and widescreen fidelity, the original elements of cyclonic guitar harmony and quicksilver percussion are twisted different ways across the two performances, exploring and testing every nuance of the track's framework. 'Tokyo Knots' intimately documents their show at SuperDeluxe in March 20… Read more
Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, during which t… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Tuffened techno dub and sound system concrète from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's Pinch. Staring down the dancefloor and blackened bedrooms, 'Late Night Endless' twists the Bristol-London axis in ten variations of hybridub. Guest vocals come from Sherwood's extensive roladex of sound system warriors and singjays, with Daddy Freddy sounding ravenous in 'Bucketman' and sweetened harmonies by Bim Sherman, Bernard Fowler and Skip McDonald in 'Run Them Away', and traces of Lee Perry, Prince Far I and Congo Natty laced to the noisy tech dub tackle of 'Music Killer Dub'.
Very necessary New Beat / Acid House / early Belgian techno survey highlighting the pivotal output of Rembert De Smet aka Ro Maron. Hailed as "one of the top 5 best users of a 303 of all time" by JD Twitch (Optimo), Maron defined The Sound of Belgium circa '87-'90 with a string of then-unprecedented productions spinning elements of Chicago House, EBM and Freestyle Electro with a glammed-up Belgalo swagger and fizzy, melodic mentalism that remedied the relative cheese of prolific New Beat production team, Morton Sherman Bellucci, for example. After pop success in the mid '80s with 2 Belge… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase with booklet of liner notes by Schulze's manager, Klaus D. Mueller** 'Stars Are Burning Boot Vol.1' is the first official release of two extensive bootleg recordings of Klaus Schulze concerts staged in Brussels, 1977, and Arnheim, NL, 1979. The Brussels concert spills three lofty movements over two discs, opening a vast microcosmos of synthesized wormholes and vaulted strings bound to sate the kosmiche wanderlust of even the hardiest heads. Unique to this CD edition, the fourth movement, 'There Shall Be Sung Another Golden Age' feat… Read more
John Tejada adds a subtly effective layer of grit to his hypoallergenic tech-house sound in 'Signs Under Test'. Raising his tolerance for the infidelity and idiosyncracies of analog recording results heaps more space and atmosphere across all eleven tracks, lending his drums a sweet bite and loads of room for his modules to really spill and breathe. His melodic sensibilities and deftest drum programming /sequencing skills are in full effect, too. Whether rolling with AFXian lushness in opener 'Two 0 Two' or swinging with clipped electro drums and vaulted harmonies in 'Vaalbara', it's hard… Read more
A stark missive from the edge of the abyss, composed by Francisco Lopez and performed by Kasper T. Toeplitz at GRM Studios in Paris, France. 'Untitled #274' is one of the most focussed, near liminal pieces we've yet heard from the esteemed Portuguese composer and sound artist. A single, 48-minute piece imperceptibly unfolds from microscopic, psychoacoustic crackle - the aural equivalent of popping candy - underlined with skittish sub-bass pulses, drawing our ears through thickets of filigree white noise and howling drones that build gradually and dissipate at oblique angles. It doesn't fe… Read more
"Marrying malevolent attack to expansive celestial splendour, ‘In Black And Gold’ marks a point whereby Hey Colossus map out a sonic trajectory that expands on their trademark ornery overload. The songs herein may be leaner and more artful than the fearsome sound by which they made their name on albums like 2008’s ‘Project: Death’ and the monstrous 2013 opus ‘Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo’, but they remain possessed of the wrath both Stoogian and Stygian that fuels their noiserock transgression. an evolutionary process has led to their maximalist tendencies being replaced by a sharp focu… Read more
"Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings. Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band's debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Blossom''s resigned and fragile vocal layers feature an appearance by the live-in maggiordomo, for example - whilst the percussion on 'Dry Mouth' was created solely from the … Read more
"On this album (electronic music) I am exploring the effect of the reverb in a different way than in my previous release (Spyweirdos "feeling of movement"). The reverb effect is perceived as a factor of the timbre of a sound as the time floats. The composition of this album is based on electronic sounds that have a unique timbre. The effect of timbre's uniqueness is that the listener does not have a clear reference of the sound and therefore no expectations for the reflections of the sound inside a room. Thus, the listener is not able to distinguish the clean sound (heard unde… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
""In 2014 I lost one of my best friends, without whom my life will never be the same - Tanto, my feline brother in arms, and not only a massive part of my life, but my music as well. We fought our hardest, for months, side by side, but in the end, everything we had was not enough. From one of, if not the darkest times in my life, I wanted to honor a life with good and beauty, the way he deserved. The result is my first ‘live’ album, in that all tracks were done in one take, one each day for six days, recorded raw and untouched... not a story, not a narrative, but a direct account of the saddest, emptiest,… Read more
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
*Includes 16 page booklet* "On October 31, 2013, the Frizzi 2 Fulci show premiered in London at one of the city’s live music meccas: Union Chapel. On the stage, the Maestro conducted the F2F band and the Alauda Quartet, and in the church, more than 1000 people attended the sold-out event while people outside desperately looked for a ticket. It’s a snapshot of a memorable evening of great music and cinema in front of an hallucinating and hallucinated crowd made of spectacular phantoms, skeletons, zombies, witches, golems, vampires and a plethora of assassins and victims… Read more
**Haunting works of spectral vocals and electronically disguised bass flute and cello, including the breathtaking 37 minutes of 'Quando Stanno Morendo (Diario Polacco No. 2)', written in support of his Polish comrades, plus the dynamic electro-acoustic spatalizations of 'Omaggio A Emilio Vedova'** "Audio CD with three compositions by Luigi Nono, recorded at the Berlin festival "Inventionen". The live electronics that Nono worked with for the first time in the early 1980's at the Freiburg Experimental Studio also serves the musical displacement: the music moves away from clear spatial… Read more
**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other place… Read more
This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the peri… Read more
"Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna's life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. "My dad is from Ealing in West London," he shares, "and that's been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the mid-'90s." You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like "Cherry 2000" and "Time Will Tell", or even the vibe of rain-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there's the artist's enduring love for classic house, disco, and hip-ho… Read more