Thursday, 07 May
*Compiling the recordings of folklorist Bruce Jackson, among the last to record work songs. New on Dust to Digital* "Folklorist Bruce Jackson was among the last to record work songs. In 1964 he visited Ramsey State Farm in Rosharon, Texas, where he met Johnnie B. Smith, prisoner #130196. A native of Hearne, Texas, Smitty was 46 years old and on his fourth prison term. In his younger days, Smitty toted lead hoe in a flat-weeding gang and led the work songs. It’s hard to overstate the importance of a good song leader in the penitentiary setting—one needed to be rhythmical… Read more
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was t… Read more
*Brand New (and 31st!) album From The Fall, produced by Mark E Smith* "The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. Featuring all the trad… Read more
*The CD that appeared in the box set of the same name is now available as a standalone CD and digital download* "Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier and the first new music on F Communications in 5 years. The album heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks."
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years!** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against explosions of mirrorball gl… Read more
"The Summer of Love hadn't reached Missouri, even by 1969. But White Eyes, a true anomaly of the Midwest, channelled the sound of Haight-Ashbury straight to the plains. The band was among the top performing acts in the "Show Me" state, opening for The Flying Burrito Brothers, Black Oak Arkansas, and Brewer and Shipley. Blending acoustic and electric instrumentation, three-part harmonies, and anti-Vietnam lyrics, this previously unissued LP holds true to the acid-drenched sounds of the Woodstock era."
The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mixed wi… Read more
Cargo Cult's grungy, rollicking 2012 album, 'Summer of Grieving' sees a physical release on Michael Holland's ONO mini-empire. Comprising a gang of local lads-about-town, Cargo Cult wear their influences proudly on their Manc-y sleeves, grave-robbing bits of Nirvana, The Fall, Suicide and other Mojo faves before resetting it all to a moody crawl and smudging their cadaverous features with added distortion and amp worship.
Thee definitive library disco rescue reissued in its entirety! 40 years since it was penned by Bernard Fevre in a Paris suburb, 'Disco Club' has taken on a life of its own, reeled in from obscurity by AFX's Rephlex in 2004 to become a staple of disco fraggles and freakier 'floors from Ouagadougou to Shenzhen. So, additional to the tracks you probably know and own on the Rephlex version, we now discover the psychedelic wormhole of '"H" Friend' and the keening Hi-NRG rush of 'We Never Fly Away Again' for your delectation, augmenting the unforgettable brilliance of 'Timing Forget The Ti… Read more
*CD in mini gatefold pack with printed inner wallet* "Love Songs For Robots is the fifth record from Patrick Watson and the follow up to his 2012 release ‘Adventures In Your Own Backyard’"
2CD compilation highlighting the various producers involved in the evolution of Jamaican music, Includes classic tracks from The Wailers, Roy Samuels, Horace Andy and The Heptones.
2CD compilation of Trojan / Pama 45s from the late 60s, Includes The Upsetters, Tommy McCook, Tony Tribe and The Ethiopians.
2CD compilation of classic Lovers Rock, Includes classic tracks by John Holt, Candy McKenzie, Gregory Isaacs and Janet Kay.
2CD introduction to the Dancehall era, Includes classic cuts from Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru, Junior Murvin and Gregory Isaacs.
2CD introduction to Ragga, Includes classic tracks from Ini Kamoze, Sugar Minott, Culture, Sophia George and Tenor Saw.
*24bit / 96kHz remaster from the original tapes plus Essay by Sam Sweet interviewing both David and Eric, including unseen archive photos* "You’ll find a Suicide Bridge in almost any big city you care to visit, but few are more impressive than the Colorado Street Bridge connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles, which earned its nickname by being the scene of suicides in triple figures. It’s also the scene of a photo shoot in which singer-songwriters Eric Caboor and David Kauffman posed on the deserted structure, capturing an image that would eventually inform th… Read more
*CD plus Bonus Mix CD at mid-price* "Belgium’s music scene has few cornerstones. R&S set a first in the 80s, Soulwax came in the 90s and Eskimo emerged in the early 00s, its evolution since more colourful than all of them combined. Taking music into emotion, introducing new names and spotlighting the cream of the current crop, ‘The Orange Collection’ is bright, genial and buoyant, the latest installment in a new compilation series on Eskimo based around colours. Following the first three chapters in this enterprising series - Pink, Blue and Green - Eskimo once again select 12 songs with … Read more
"The Holydrug Couple began in Santiago, Chile in 2008, a little over a half-decade after Ives and Manu met for the first time. The two young friends hadn't seen each other in a few years when Manu texted Ives to tell him that he bought a drum kit. They started jamming, and a week later, the band was formed. A flurry of songwriting activity followed, culminating in 2011's Ancient Land EP and 2013's Noctuary, both released on Sacred Bones. Moonlust boldly treads territory that those earlier psych-indebted recordings only hinted at, especially the dreamy French movie soundtracks of the '70s… Read more
"The Wild Hunt (Die Wilde Jagd) are Ralf Beck and Sebastian Lee Philipp. The two first met in 2006 in Dusseldorf's Salon des Amateurs, a meeting place for new and established experimental musicians and artists, also known as Germany's "postpunk Hacienda". It seems no coincidence that Dusseldorf is the duo's founding city: their music is full of subtle references to local acts such as Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Pyrolator, the Krupps and Propaganda. Since their first meeting, Beck and Philipp regularly come together to record in Beck's well-equipped studio. Using the numer… Read more
"Bullets Over Babylon is the new album dropping from Soom T & Monkey Marc. Diggin deep into the underbelly of the bass loving classes, it wanders into dark hiphop territory with unmistakable homage to Cypress Hill of the early 90's whilst propping up the atmospheric slant of 50’s Jazz that holds for the majority letting it occasionally course into uncharted rage infused confusery. Supported by instrumental waves of adherence to the underlying moral code of the presumptive listener by providing aid to bring metaphoric evaluation into clearer view. Many years in the making, this … Read more
Thursday, 30 April
Actress presents a sweeping, poetic summation of his tastes for DJ-Kicks. His first commercially available mix-tape draws a jagged freehand from the raw house of Breaker 1 2 (Greg Beato) thru to Gherkin Jerks (Larry Heard) via his own, exclusive 'Bird Matrix', and stacks of esoteric connections between Autechre, Beneath, UR, $hit & $hine and Mark Fell, to name but a few. A tour de force of the last 25 years of electronic dance music, it lays bare the far flung coordinates of Actress' deeply skewed sound, whether jamming the coarse textures of Breaker 1 2 against the graceful lines of Lorenzo Senni, r… Read more
**Folded card boxset including 7 CDs in bespoke, fold-out sleeves** The unplaceable, implacable Richard Youngs presents a personal selection of five CDs taken from his long-running private press imprint, No Fans, plus 2 discs of previously unreleased and very covetable early material. An enigma to most, us included, Youngs' output over the years stretches as far as the ear can see, from tangled modular pop craft to noisy psychedelia and cranky folk, earning him a considerable cult fanbase in the process. These CDs include some of his rarest material - all of which were issued in tiny… Read more
A stone-cold post-punk classic, 'World of Rubber' was the sole LP produced by Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey as 2nd Layer. They would also make music alongside others in other cultishly appreciated units, The Outsiders and subsequently The Sound. But 'World of Rubber' stands alone as a lip-bitingly urgent and direct example of their fleeting dalliance with drum machines and synths circa 1981 for Cherry Red. Like a sullen Suicide or skrawnier, stripped down Dome, they made the most of basic set-ups, recording ten tracks including some sheer highlights in 'Distortion', which sounds like M… Read more
**Comes with bonus disc featuring five exclusive songs** A shimmering psych-pop triumph from Mälmo, Sweden's Death and Vanilla trio; 'To Where The Wild Things Are…' is a perfectly measured emulation of '60s/'70s soundtracks, library music and French Ye-Ye - exactly the kind of gear that gets beardy Finders Keepers types and fans of Broadcast/Stereolab/Mazzy Star rubbing their cords threadbare. Soft-focused around core duo Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, they tick off a vintage studio's inventory of vinbraphone, mellotron, tremolo guitar and Moog to make a sedated sound that's easy to fall for and hard to rouse from.
LA beat dude Jason Chung breaches new dimensions in his 3rd album as Nosaj Thing. Alongside Shlohmo, FlyLo and the whole Low End Theory lot, he's been partly responsible for switching up the instrumental hip hop game in recent years, and look set to leave others for dust with the filigree touch of 'Fated' for Innovative Leisure. Throwing his collabo net far and wide, he brings everyone from avant-garde sound designer Katie Gately to Chance the Rapper and Maceo Haymes on board for a woozily surreal beat suite efficiently running 15 tunes in just over 33 minutes. In the best way it feels twice as long… Read more