Thursday, 18 December
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cl… Read more
**A cornerstone of Brazilian music, remastered by Jon Brooks and reissued by Trunk** "This little LP began in 1958. It was part of a global touring show called “Brasiliana” put together by Polish producer Miecio Askanasy. A couple of LPs were made by the cast members, and this is one of them. It is a rare beast. So rare that even Gilles Peterson, a super fan off rare Brazilian music has not got one. So he put out a plea in Record Collector magazine for someone to issue it. It was a fascinating page of information, stating that this LP was a cornerstone of contemporary Brazilia… Read more
"Ballyturk is the new album by Teho Teardo, his first release after Still Smiling, the succesful collaboration with Blixa Bargeld. Ballyturk is the music for the new play of Enda Walsh, one of the most interesting writers of our time. Enda Walsh wrote also Hunger, Steve McQueen’s movie. But the music for Ballyturk isn’t simply a soundtrack, it’s an album that has it’s own life built around magnetic strings, atmospheric cellos, Teho’s unique guitar and electronics. Some great musicians played on this album: Joe Lally, Fugazi’s bass player, Lori Goldston who added layes of her amplified cello. Lor… Read more
**New double disc Deluxe edition** "Neneh Cherry releases her first solo album in 16 years – a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn. While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, Blank Project is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album’s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh’s wildly poetic, sometimes-sp… Read more
Opiated, solo ambient/electro-acoustic nocturnes from Jean D.L. for Sub Rosa. This is our first introduction to a quietly involving, rustling sound, from an artist who has previously collaborated with a wealth of artists we admire: Zbigniew Karkowski, Jozef Van Wissem, Anla Courtis among them. 'Early Night' unfolds a narrative tracing the liminal borders of nightmarish and dreamlike qualities, using a mixture of acoustic instrumentation, canny recording techniques and subtle processing to create morphing spaces that are at once wide yet intimate, and quietly noisy. A real pearl for after-hours listening.
Thursday, 11 December
Incredible collection of mid-late 80’s experimental works from the hugely influential Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono, including works for contrabass flute, clarinet, treated voices, strings and electronics. Beautiful boxed edition from the always-excellent Editions RZ. Rigid boxset containing 2 x CDs in gatefold slipcases with extensive 56-page booklet of essays and photographs** Editions RZ present a necessary reissue of their 1990 LP release, now backed with three legendary recordings, 'La Terra E La Compagna', 'Caminantes', 'No Hay Caminos, Hay Que Caminar'. Collected, they form a grea… Read more
*CD Edition bringing together both LP volumes of this fantastic reissue, with liner notes from Kieran Hebden. It's a hauntingly spirited minimal /progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single dis… Read more
"André Vida is a Berlin-based saxophonist, composer and lyricist. He has developed a series of practical approaches to improvisation using restrictive outfits, animated graphics-based score installations and self-made instruments. His solo saxophone pieces are a synthesis of these areas of improvisational research, combining body, instrument, song-forms, and voice. In this case the pieces are made in the moment and memory, with shifting time matrices. Over the course of a two-minute walk, some four tenors and four baritones move in pace from 307 beats per minute to 153 bpm, while ont he o… Read more
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Featuring more tracks than the vinyl, 15 cuts as opposed to 9, you definitely get more Parrish to the pound here, but scandals about pricing aside, we really shouldn't be focussing on the bloody price tag. As expected, it's a sterling session, unfurling inimitable (no matter how much everyone tries) grooves tangling signature drum calculations and lissom keys with sinuous synth flesh. It includes previous single 'Footwork', plus big hi… Read more
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new Sub Rosa session creates a trilogy. 166 minutes with Charlemagne Palestine: piano Bösendorfer, orgue Yamaha and voice and Rhys Chatham: trumpet, loop pedal, electric guitar. Rhys Chatham studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies. Chatham also played wit… Read more
Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within the PAN quadrant, he presents a systemic set of 14 tracks, solar hymns for the unbound body … Read more
*42 Track/3CD collection of "the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel..."* "Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was their a wider panorama of religious songs in America. Selected exclusively from Christopher King’s private co… Read more
"Ellis Island Sound comprises the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). Hot on the heels of their 2014, Krautrock-meets-Afrobeat longplayer ‘Regions’, they return with a brand new, seven- track mini-album, another fertile marriage between motorik Mitteleuropa pulse and subtropical guitar and percussion textures. Full of intricate, highly melodic arrangements for guitars, keyboards and tuned percussion, with a spacious sound palette propelled by polyrhythmic marimbas and xylophones and layered with infectious lead lines and choral. For fans of Penguin Café Orchestra, Cluster, King Sunny Ade and Steve Reich"
"Still the favourite with many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also their breakthrough album and is a testament to their most drastic period of transition, from being a relatively, but not entirely, straight rock band largely met with indifference, to becoming a band where "shit definitely falls in place", to quote Tommy Olsson´s liner notes. It´s also, notably, the only album in their vast catalog where Deathprod was a permanent member of the group. This re-issue follows those of "Timothy´s Monster" and "Blissard" and has been possible with the kind permission and co-operation of V… Read more
*Reissue of the classic 1973 album with 14 bonus tracks* One of Trojan's hardy perennials, "screaming target" from Jah Youth has always sold well - an undeniable classic album - here with more bang for your buck, we have count them fourteen extra releated cuts added, from an amazing brace of supplementary Pablo version to no, no, no/screaming target - with violins on "K.g's half way tree" and origan style, fairly self explanatory, but mesmerising nonetheless. Extra pieces from the masters - Dennis Brown's ultra heavy "Their own way", Gregory Isaacs heartbreaking "One one cocoa" and… Read more
*Reissue of the classic 1972 album with 7 bonus tracks* "Recorded when Dennis Brown was just 15, this early album has an easy charm that spotlights Brown’s nascent songwriting and his trademark smooth, unhurried vocal style. The original album included a classic Brown original, ‘Concentration’, which opened the set, as well as a bouncing cover of The Rays’ ‘Silhouettes’ and covers of songs like Jimmy Webb’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ and a near definitive version of Van McCoy’s ‘Let Me Down Easy’, all filled out with superb and soulful backing tracks.The reissue is the entire origin… Read more
*Reissue of the classic 1969 album spread across two discs with bonus material* "Don Drummond was a legendary figure in the golden age of ska where his musicianship and compositions made such a lasting impact. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1932 and played with many luminaries of the Jamaican music scene, most famously with the Skatalites from 1964 until his conviction for murder in 1965. He died in an asylum, reputedly of suicide, in 1969 after a lifetime plagued by mental illness. This album was originally released on vinyl in 1969 after his death but this release has addit… Read more
*Reissue of this classic 1973 album* "The original twelve track album, including the smash hit ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’. Also includes classic reggae interpretations of ‘Killing Me Softly’, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ and ‘Mr. Bojangles’."
Thursday, 04 December
*Dust To Digital return with another Gorgeous edition - a deluxe box set housed in a die-cut wooden outer, includes all newly remastered two discs of recordings by Alan Lomax, plus a book of photos and essays by Alan Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood and Bruce Jackson* "In 1947, ’48 and ’59, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck—and, in 1959, a camera—Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the b… Read more
Prosumer loads up Fabric's 79th mix CD with 24 golden house selections. Following his 'Panorama Bar 03' CD, the former resident of Berlin's vaunted danceteria steps to Fabric with a direct and bang-up-for-it selection cruising between classic cuts, percy obscurities and unreleased new gear. It's testament to Prosumer's uncanny knack for picking and flawlessly blending pure belters that he's now releasing his second official mix CD, edutaining the masses to raw-ass foundations like the Traxxmen's 'Emergency' as well as exposing new talent such as Wilma with the gorgeous 'Fabio', whilst show… Read more
Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their delivery and atte… Read more
The Knife cut thru their back catalogue to present 'Shaken-Up' versions reworked for their recent US tour. They're not messing around when they call these versions 'Shaken-Up' - tempos are raised, vocals pitched and everything given an irresistible energy that must have translated well in the live arena (shame on me, i've still not caught their live show). And so you'll find ramped up mixes of their siblings' signature anthem 'We Share Our Mother's Health', plus a frisky mix of 'Got 2 Let U' from 'Deep Cuts', a Soca-velocity take on 'Bird' and febrile tribal version of 'Without You My Lif… Read more
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
*First Pressing packaged In a Slipcase* "Blending the words and wisdom of visual artist David Shrigley with the whipsmart musicianship of songwriter and Arab Strap co-founder Malcolm Middleton, the pair’s absurd wit and stark delivery is perfectly captured on 'Music And Words' - a special collaboration album that started out wrong but ended up just right. “I misinterpreted the meaning of David’s words so created a certain style of music to accompany the wrong themes,” admits Middleton of the album’s non-existent narrative. “I took one song 'Sunday Morning' to be a scat… Read more
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning his ea… Read more
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he first … Read more
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of 'Segmen… Read more
Collecting together now-unavailable EPs, Company has an inimitable, wayward sound drawn from the chaos of real life. “People and places shape the sound - I get ideas from watching people do their thing and also looking at billboards thinking that everything is fucked," says singer and guitarist Dearbhla Minogue. Without clear narratives, the lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness quality, loaded with uncanny imagery. "I try to invoke feelings of familiarity and imagery in songs because that is what I love about hearing good lyrics. For them to invoke something that you recognise and makes you feel a … Read more