Thursday, 24 July
"‘Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen’ is an ‘orchestral fantasy’ inspired by a rail journey Van Dyke embarked upon across the United States in 1955. In Van Dyke Parks’ own words: “I’ve made an orchestral fantasy illustrating my first trip across the USA by rail, in 1955. This Suite is drawn from over a score of years, and as many films, now re-recorded from my archives as a film-music composer. […] In editing, I was surprised to discover my penchant for folk themes, reframed in orchestral settings. (There are countless quotes from the 19th century ‘The … Read more
Thursday, 17 July
*Double CD edition featuring a bonus disc of 15 previously unreleased, rare and collectable outtakes from the recording sessions* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material. Previously unreleased racks are taken from the early Ch… Read more
"“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like an update on Neil Young’s stark and beautiful soundtr… Read more
"The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. ”Jacana”, the latest in our occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway. ”Jacana”’s three tracks find the players flying close to the limits of their comfort zones, sometimes resembling the strange formality of A… Read more
**Limited edition of 500** "Not only has Muslimgauze’s work survived the death of Bryn Jones, so have his working methods; with so much worthwhile material still in the vaults and much of it having little in the way of information or context left by the artist upon his untimely passing, recent reissues and new releases have seen Staalplaat going largely by the way the working tapes were originally organized. Here we have an excellent example of the perils and rewards of that approach; eight mixes, just over an hour, of some of the dubbiest, most spacious material Jones ever put … Read more
"The original two-disc Deceiver from 1996 is a seminal release in Bryn Jones’ sprawling discography, one of the first major ones to really pivot into the noisier/more abrasive side of Jones’ sound as Muslimgauze. From its epic, vinyl-side-long title track down to terse, rhythmic snippets like “A Parsee View,” Deceiver set out many of the avenues that Muslimgauze would continue to explore before Jones’ death in 1999. Since then, Staalplaat has continued to release the massive backlog of Jones’ work, with the nine-disc set Box of Silk and Dogs seeing the release of a third volume of Deceive… Read more
5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission. The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm ch… Read more
'Conversations’ displays the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of Summer-defining indie pop. Their music - as poignantly personal as pop gets - has a rare singularity and purpose…"
**Black jewel case with a gold disc** London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
*Six improvisations between organ and percussion from Faust's Jochen Irmler and Can's Jaki Liebzeit* "Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations, which aim to explore, whenever possible, the hidden potential that lies dormant in the cl… Read more
"Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wade, all… Read more
The great Sun Ra Arkestra, recorded live at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria – 11th march 1984. Recording of the whole three hour performance in a deluxe gatefold Digipak.
"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decorate the… Read more
Calyx and TeeBee splice together a whopping 34 tracks featurinf Calibre, Optical, Ulterior Motive and some exclusive productions and VIP’s from the pair themselves.
"‘For The Recently Found Innocent’ is many things - the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City, the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music (does anyone remember ‘Hair’?), this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound. White Fence’s previ… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed through … Read more
'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
"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