Thursday, 10 July
'EX' is the first new Plastikman album in over ten years. It was recorded live at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at the behest of fashion designer, Raf Simons, a big Plastikman fan who booked Richie on behalf of Dior. And yet, whilst that setting may be a far cry from Plastikman's roots in warehouses and basements, the results distinctly hark back to the glacial modulations and optimised pulses of classics such as 'Sheet One' or 'Musik', but perhaps with smoother sort of tonal gradients and slippery arrangements that simply couldn't have been achieved two decades ago when Richie wrote the blueprint for minimal techno...
Editions Mego present the first new solo recordings from Edvard Graham Lewis - songwriter and musician behind seminal records with Wire, Dome and He Said - to be released this century. Recorded and produced by Lewis at Tip Top Studios, Uppsala, Sweden between 2003-2013, 'All Over' is a fine example of his technofied, industrialised pop songwriting, balancing focus between song structures and sound design. His oaky, affected baritone is present and correct across 12 pieces strung out from the chugging techno chamber-pop of 'Straight into the Corner' and the gauzier slug of 'Bluebird' thru o… Read more
*Volume II of Light In The Attic's highly regarded Country Funk collection, all tracks newly re-mastered and featuring cuts by Bob Darin, Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark , Jim Ford, JJ Cale, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more* "In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed… Read more
"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which wa… Read more
*Deluxe reissue in oversized book-style packaging* "This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything… Read more
*Deluxe reissued housed in an oversized book-style cover* "This album is the definitive statement of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil. The album’s collaborators - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Nara Leao, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes - mixed psychedelic rock with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music. What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship… Read more
**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together for … Read more
*Hushed debut album of chiming down-beats from Submerse** "Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have… After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, submerse… Read more
"Rhythm and Blues was not generally recognised as a distinct musical genre until the years following the end of World War II. These 4CD sets centred on 1940-1941 attempt to pinpoint records typical of the various strands of music which coalesced into what can now be seen as a historically definable form of black popular music, commonly abbreviated to R&B. Previously, the American record industry had marketed blues, jazz, jug band, hokum, sacred and novelty music under the catch-all phrase, race music. After the war, an increasing sensitivity to racism generated the need for a new t… Read more
"Rhythm and Blues was not generally recognised as a distinct musical genre until the years following the end of World War II. These 4CD sets centred on 1942-1944 attempt to pinpoint records typical of the various strands of music which coalesced into what can now be seen as a historically definable form of black popular music, commonly abbreviated to R&B. Previously, the American record industry had marketed blues, jazz, jug band, hokum, sacred and novelty music under the catch-all phrase, race music. After the war, an increasing sensitivity to racism generated the need for a new t… Read more
*CD format includes a bonus CD of acoustic versions of album tracks (exclusive to this format), presented in a fine linen hardback bookpack featuring 36 pages of photography and lyrics with artwork by James Lake* "‘Hard Believer’ is the new studio album from Fink and the first release on the R’COUP’D imprint, recorded at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (protégé of Butch Vig and producer / mixer for Garbage, Beck, Jake Bugg, Foster The People). "
"There’s much to be said for solitude. It gives you time to step back and reflect. Self-taught songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and home recordist Stephen Steinbrink has had plenty of time to do that. Having spent the last 13 of his 25 years on this planet travelling solo in Greyhounds, Toyota minivans, and European trains, his wanderlust travels as seen through his Lennon frames have shaped stunning breakthrough album Arranged Waves. Screwing with expectations, Arranged Waves goes beyond what you might think. Whilst getting inside its chords by finger-picking counter melodies, Ste… Read more
*Double CD / 46-Track compilation from New Zealand's hugely influential The Clean* "Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Clean’s legendary career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge original… Read more
"It can’t be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe’s finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden’s Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent’s best kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, this incredible mass ensemble is getting ready to unleash its full power with Enter, its first studio recording. This isn’t jazz: this is Nordic dynamite. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists;… Read more
"‘Break Line’ is Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist / multi-instrumentalist) and Maxwell Kardon’s project, created with a community of friends and ten years in the making. ‘Break Line’ is cultivated from a story created back in 2004, a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s. The list of players captures a very special, collaborative time in Brooklyn, when the music scene was beginning to erupt. In 2008, Anand and Maxwell put together a core band with Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer) on bass… Read more
"The titles suggest that this could be a field recording made during a walk. The sublime logic of the sound structure amplifies this impression. A body moving in space records sonorous phenomena. A smart way to attract attention of ears whose interest in music as such became weakened, by an overdose of muzak and other sound wallpapers. The impression could be compared with most powerful field recordings like Annea Lockwood series of sound maps of rivers, which because of the inhuman qualities create an auditory experience that changes the space where the listener decides to play it. Krakowiak… Read more
CD reissue of the only studio album by David Sylvian / Robert Fripp, 1993’s “The First Day”.
Thursday, 03 July
Superb sci-fi soul moods & grooves from Philly's Fhloston Paradigm, aka deep house/jazz/hip hop legend King Britt. After escalating anticipation since his widely acclaimed 'Chasing Rainbows' EP, Britt allows space to fully immerse in his vision of a futurist sound-world on 'The Phoenix', drawing us into a gauzily impressionistic yet exquisitely detailed sphere of celestial soul sirens, frayed techno and hi-tech jazz motifs traversing orbital styles of UR, Sun Ra, Vangelis and Theo Parrish. Marrying masterful sound design with jazz-wise percussive dexterity and precisely affective sci-fi s… Read more
'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in and out of step with current tastes, mixing the … Read more
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties, … Read more
*Deluxe Cd reissue issue of an album described by Byron Coley as “the best rock record ever recorded”* The Flesh Eaters is the name behind one Chris Desjardins a.k.a. Chris D. Taking his stage name from a 1964 cult film, Chris D. wrote for legendary fanzine Slash in the late ’70s and assembled the first of many Flesh Eaters lineups from heavyweights in the burgeoning L.A. punk scene. After releasing a ravenous EP and heart-ripping debut album, The Flesh Eaters unleashed their era-defining statement, A Minute to Pray A Second to Die. Originally released in 1981, A Minu… Read more
LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out pink-hued harmonic overtones in 'Ishi', glorious astral waterfalls in 'Passage', and widescreen vistas in 'Thres… Read more
Max Richter returns with a new album of score work for Ari Folman's new film “The Congress”. "It's a wonderful dreamlike score, which perfectly fits the hallucinogenic mood of the picture...."
"Recording artists Jimi Tenor & Nicole Willis return with their follow-up to ‘Enigmatic’, featuring their production and compositions with instrumentations by Tenor and beats procured from the vintage gear of Jori Hulkkonen in his Turku studio, Alppihouz by Willis. There are plenty of string pads, flutes and flute pads, etc to prick up your ears. COLA&JIMMU once again capture the genuine, old school sound…"
"Fire of Love is the no-nonsense debut from blues-punk legends The Gun Club. Formed in 1979—when singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce taught a young Kid Congo Powers to play guitar—the band injects the Delta blues, rockabilly and ’60s garage with their own amplified fury. Originally released in 1981 on Slash’s sub-label Ruby Records, Fire of Love features the classic second lineup with Ward Dotson on guitar (replacing Powers, who left to join The Cramps) and The Bags’ rhythm section. Opener “Sex Beat” shakes and stutters through a dynamic slab of American rock ’n’ roll that reverberates throughout the … Read more
Epic 4CD set celebrating Richie Hawtin’s Enter nights in Ibiza. Tracklisting as follows: CD1: ENTER.Sake mixed by Bella Sarris 01. Francis Harris - Lean Back 02. Alexkid - Belly Jean 03. MP - Soup Of Souls 04. Malin Genie - Ked Blokken 05. Maksy - Ode To M 06. Vid Vai - The Daytripper 07. Birdsmakingmachine - Antonio's Swing 08. Jack Wickham - Jury Dub 09. Vid Vai - Lapsed 10. Fernando Costantini - TroubleR 11. msdeep - rhadzikar 12. Sons of Tiki - Deep Down the Motion Room 13. Alci - Lessthan 14. Livio & Roby - Invers De Palma 15. Francis Harris - What She Had CD2: ENTER.Terrace mixed by A… Read more
"It’s in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following the success of their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism. Two years since that record gained plaudits and sold out vinyl run, the instrumental trio have thematically splintered the number of beings on Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. It’s apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth."