Thursday, 23 January
**50-track compilation of Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop spanning 1955-1962** "Romance has been the overriding preoccupation of songwriters and performers through the ages, and never more so than in the golden years of rock & roll. On Starry-Eyed Serenaders, music historian and producer Stuart Colman has intertwined an array of love songs, some famous, many much sought after, that together assert what the classic make-out ballad is all about. Not every song is devoted to matters of the heart, but they certainly predominate. Sweet-sounding harmonies have an uncanny ability t… Read more
*Limited 2xCD+DVD Tour Edition, only available as a physical product. CD1 features the original album plus the new single "Last Time" in three versions. Additionally you'll find a previously unreleased "Bad Kingdom" edit by Robag Wruhme. CD2 features the entire original album in instrumental versions. As bonus tracks the disc contains the instrumental version of "Last Time", the Jon Hopkins Remix and a previously unreleased instrumental version of Anstam's Dustified Dance Edit of "Gita". The Bonus DVD features the two official videos for "Bad Kingdom" and "Last Time", as well as the … Read more
**Enlightening and often astonishing compilation veering between twanging psyche grooves and haunting big band jazz pieces, all with distinctly infectious Haitian feel for rhythm** "Unlike reggae and ska from Jamaica, or soca and calypso from Trinidad, the music of Haiti remains relatively unfamiliar to listeners abroad. Which isn’t to say that it’s lacking at all in depth of history or quality, in fact quite the opposite. Having included selections from Haiti on his Sofrito collections on Strut (and of course, possessing a deep knowledge of Cari… Read more
Entrancing kosmische drone music, remastered and reissued from a rare and obscure private pressing recorded "without interrupting the course of the music" on 11th May, 1974. Switching duties between electric organ, synthesiser, electric guitar, tape and vocals, Cürten and Rogmans suspend time and space for some 36 minutes of transcendental microtonal discord and attuned extended vocal techniques at once recalling sacred Northern and Eastern European vocal traditions and the freeform tongues of Ghedalia and the spellbinding, slow-moving oscillations of Eliane Radigue or Kluster at th… Read more
Wednesday, 22 January
Latest edition of Greensleeves' archival surveys compiles four classic dub CD's with 12-page booklet and sleeve notes by reggae historian Noel Hawkes. Disc 1 - Prince Jammy 'Computerised Dub', the riddim album versions to Wayne Smith's seminal 'Sleng Teng'; Disc 2 - Two Friends Crew 'Voyage Into Dub', early '90s dubs by the Shabba Ranks producer; Disc 3 - Shane Brown 'Juke Boxx Dub', includes dub versions of Morgan Heritage classics; Disc 4 - Alborosie 'Dub Clash', 16 dub versions from the 'Soul Pirate' and 'Escape From Babylon' LPs.
Thursday, 16 January
**Gatefold slipcase with art inserts** Mogwai follow their acclaimed OST for 'Les Revenants with their first studio album since 2011. 'Rave Tapes' is the thematic follow-up to 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. It was recorded at the group's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow along with go-to producer Paul Savage and revolves around ten tracks of precision post-rock augmented with synths and processing.
**Remastered reissue includes DVD** "‘Drinking Gasoline’ was released in 1985, consisting of four songs from the legendary ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ videocassette. These songs rank among Cabaret Voltaire’s more infectious compositions. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ is now included as a DVD together with both the CD and the LP of ‘Drinking Gasoline’, featuring videos shot and edited by groundbreaking director Peter Care and Richard H Kirk. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ DVD includes ‘Sensoria’ and promotional videos for ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’. Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Thro… Read more
LA's Warpaint follow up their acclaimed debut album with this stripped down and haunted sophomore effort produced and mixed by Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order) and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) and sporting artwork by Chris Cunningham.
**Includes fold out A3 poster and download code** Robert Beatty of Hair Police, Three Legged Race and Burning Star Core infamy disembarks a potent side of electro-acoustic soundtrack works for digital video glitch pioneer Takeshi Murata on Jason Lesscalleet's Glistening Examples label. Created between 2004-2011 and performed alongside Murata's work in New York, Chicago, and Beijing, Beatty's soundtracks are distinguished from his rhythmic workouts as Three Legged Race and the blistering noise of Hair Police by a more sensitive, spacious approach to sound arrangement and pro… Read more
"Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed album "Todesmelodien" Andreas Dorau strikes back – this time with a real band! In fact his brand new album "Aus der Bibliothèque" is the first album which he has recorded with a band since "Demokratie" (1988). Backed by "Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen", he sought inspiration in the quarry of ideas known as the Hamburg Central Library. The result: poppy krautrock, Beatlesque sunshine pop, soft rock, electronica. In short, a superb album!"
Thursday, 09 January
Lee Bannon follows the Jungle/D&B money with his kinetic sophomore album landing on Ninja Tune. Best known for his production on Joey Bada$$'s 'Summer Knights' album, the Sacramento-raised, NYC-based beat maker indulges his taste for D&B (Sacramento's apparently a steppers hotbed) and cinematic dynamics on 'Alternate / Endings', running rugged riddims and spacious, highly visual sound design with a cool, nimble hand. From our perspective it's intirguing to hear an American producer execute such a quintessentially British sound with such authenticity, finding that fine balance of atmospheri… Read more
**A cherry-picked compendium of EDM prototypes circa 1956-1971 by Pierre Henry, Jean-Claude Vannier, Igor Wakhevitch, Henk Badings and more** "The roots of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by definition. An unlikely combination of early recordings by international electronic and avant-garde composers as well as infrequent collaborators retrospectively unified by their commitment to the musical enhancement of 20th Century ballet and the evolution of modern dance. Presenting key exponents of the musique concrete and tape music movements alongside masters of the early electric sound synthesisers, as wel… Read more
Frank Bretschneider, CoH, Simon Scott, Yann Novak, Yves De Mey and more render the narcotised headspaces of Richard Chartier's excellent Pinkcourtesyphone project. Some of the tracks, namely the original 'Iamaphotograph' with Kid Congo Powers, and the icy dread of CoH's 'Blow Up' re-cut, are previously released whereas the rest is brand new and exclusive. We're particularly impressed with the ultra-spacious sound design and rolling, sub-heavy techno of Frank Bretschneider's 'An Awaiting Room' rework, and the Mika Vainio-esque dimensions of Yves De Mey's 'Singularity Version', but those… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 40. 3" CDr in a folded paper sleeve, one of 5 designs, printed on both sides with unique artwork by the artist. Also includes hand-numbered art print designed by the artist** Thomas Shrubsole's Sub Loam returns with "three herbal vignettes dedicated to the soil, the sun and the foliate filaments linking them." Using organic, acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments and means, composted direct to 4-track tape, his three "chlorocentric world in miniature" find a unique free space between the kind of strange, spectral studies carried out Belgium's IPEM facilities, the nature scores of Edward Williams, and Sun Ra.
El-P meets Killer Mike as Run The Jewels on Big Dada's UK release of the acclaimed album. Highly touted by FACT and Pitchfork, the duo's follow-up to Mike's 'R.A.P. Music' is a typically ruffneck affair loaded with ferocious raps and deft production. DJ Q-Bert turns up on the bonus track, 'Pew Pew Pew', Dave Sitek gives a crunchy remix of 'Sea Legs', and BSBD (Blue Sky Black Death) turn '36º Chain' into a soaring, Clams Casino-esque cloud rap joint.
*Includes poster insert and download code* "Brisbane quartet Blank Realm return with their most blistering release to date. 'Grassed Inn' expands further the fluorescent pop leanings that shone through last year's critically acclaimed 'Go Easy'. The result is an album packed with soaring psych melodies, dark love-stained lyrics and one of the sharpest pop records to emerge from the current Australian underground renaissance. Having moved on from their more open-ended experimental beginnings, Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, The Zombies, or Echo and th… Read more
"Soundtrack music for theatre and dance productions staged between 2008-2012, composed, performed and recorded by Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon, including Electric Girl, New Electric Ballroom, Lithi (Oblivion), Danton's Death, Double Take, American Buffalo and Antigone. "Since I moved to Greece I've been commissioned to compose music for dance and theatre on a more frequent basis than before. The difference between this work and my own songwriting, in and out of Tuxedomoon, is that the subject matter is supplied to me beforehand and the results are supervised and edited by someone el… Read more
*Includes Download Code For Bonus EP - Redeemable From The Label* "Jordan Lee has spent the last few years bouncing around the indie underground, from Ohio, to Texas, to Boston, and Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with his friends’ bands, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one man band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After self-releasing two limited Mutual Benefit cassettes and playing scores of house shows in any living room that would have him, Lee completed his proper debut albu… Read more
East India Youth curls out his eagerly awaited debut album after a 2013 spent as the-next-big-thing. Beloved of The Quietus, The Skinny, Clash Magazine, Q, Vice, Drowned In Sound, Loud & Quiet and just about any other indie publication and blog you could imagine.
"Echoes Of France Vol. 2 offers the ideal introduction to French popular music from the 1930s to the early 1960s, with great performances by such legends as Francoise Hardy, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Juliette Greco, Johnny Hallyday and Brigitte Bardot. Compiled and annotated by author and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Spencer Leigh, Echoes Of France Vol. 2 casts its net wide to include a handful of non-native performers like Jacques Brel and Petula Clark, who won the hearts of French audiences." CD1 - 1. Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles (Francoise Hardy) 2. Madeleine (Jacques Brel) 3.… Read more
Belter debut album by the untouchable Sleaford Mods on the legendary Harbinger Sound. "Sleaford Mods rule" sez Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), but you probably knew that already. Nuff said.
Thursday, 02 January
*Tryptych is finally available again for the first time in a couple of years, this time in a triple jewel case* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker. The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and… Read more
*Finally available again - this time pressed up in a double Jewel Case* As promised, Demdike Stare collect their 'Elemental' album to a double-disc edition, and as warned, it's a morphed beast, comprising alternate versions and additional material in bleakest post-industrial fashion. Arguably this is their finest work to date, the result of two heads realising their ambition without compromise and in a typically enigmatic, shadowy way. By sonic sleight of hand, the smoke and mirrors effect of the sound design is potently disorienting, suspending our disbelief with masterfully immer… Read more
*Finally Available Again - repress in a double Jewel Case* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By', inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, 'New Ground' opens the set proper and we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure syst… Read more
*Edition of 200* Keith Moliné, sometime Pere Ubu member and longtime writer and critic for The Wire amagzine, cuts his 2nd release for Entr'acte with 'Two interlocking pieces dedicated to Hans Keller and Lester Bangs'. Opening piece 'I Only Asked' uses an interview recording - questions only - to modulate various sound parameters, and is a reworking a piece first performed at Café OTO, London in March 2011. 'Hatchet Job' is based on a computer speech recording of all the negative reviews Moliné has penned for the The Wire magazine in the last ten years. These amount to around 50,000 words. Aestheti… Read more
*Edition of 200* Minimalist Chicago trio return to Entr'acte with a mesmerising 40 minute study of whispering keys and crackling lower case noise. But don't get it twisted - this is not some beige modern classical, nor is it a rough copy of Basinski's 'Disintegration Loops' - it's perhaps best compared to a location recording of Morton Feldman duetting with an industrial air vent at midnight in a breezy and secluded location. The first quarter of the piece is used to shape the surroundings, an ether of wispy drones and distant, slowly modulating tones before the keys make their incredibly modest appear… Read more
"New album from ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his band The Jicks, produced by the band (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris and Mike Clark) and Remko Schouten (the Dutch soundman of Pavement fame) in a studio in rural Ardennes with ‘a farmhouse vibe’."
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* "alga marghen very proudly presents the new book by Walter Marchetti titled De Musica Inversa, an instruction manual of both theory and practice for the proper and improper use of music. A method for perfecting oneself in composition annotated and commented upon by Gabriele Bonomo. 'The most amazing thing about music is its exterior aspect. High, vertical, translucent, almost turgid, maybe a b… Read more