Thursday, 10 October
**Patiently sublime live solo guitar landscapes by Austrian artist, a peer of Fennesz and formerly of Polweschel** "2003, London: the first time I visited Tate Britain, Tate Gallery, and the first time I saw and really experienced the paintings of JMW Turner (1775-1851). Overwhelmed, especially by his late and unfinished works I was stunned by the power of the stillness of his work. 25 years before that something similar; me, as a young man in Madrid; Prado, Goya paintings and etchings - for me an initiation which opened up the door to earlier art and its pioneers.… Read more
**2CD suite of five magisterial, extended drone compositions by the deeply influential minimalist, issued in the same week as his 80th birthday** Phill Niblock writes: "These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape. Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I mad… Read more
**CD version contains the bonus track 'b_shf_l'** From the label: "Soulful, genre-defying singer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Kwes delivers a stunning performance comprised of solid drums, piano keys, and ethereal elements making for a hypnotic sonic package..."
"Mississippi Moonchile is the much-anticipated new installment of Matana Roberts' unique and forward-looking project and it finds Roberts conjuring some of the most nuanced, thoughtful and substantial American liberation music of the 21st century. Mississippi Moonchile was developed for an intimately woven New York jazz sextet and represents the next leap forward in Roberts' iconoclastic and complex project of memory and recuperation, where historical and contemporary musical tropes, fragmentary spoken and sung narratives, and Matana's cascading alto saxophone… Read more
*Instrumental rock/metal for followers of of Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Russian Circles, Don Caballero* "After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. PITCHFORK: On this alternate version of "Deny The Absolute", a song that appears on their new album the band's latest, Forever Becoming (out October 14 via Southern Lord) , they hit one of the most fevered churns they've managed in years, with maligned drummer La… Read more
"John Foxx And The Maths' fourth album of analogue synthesizer music, Rhapsody, was recorded live in November 2011 at The Maths’ MemeTune Studios. It’s the sound of a multi-talented band playing electronic music together, featuring John Foxx (Vocals/Keyboards), Benge (Percussion/Keyboards), Hannah Peel (Violin/Keyboards) and Serafina Steer (Bass/Keyboards). “Foxx’s creative fires still burn white hot.’ Mojo The tracks range from John Foxx And The Maths tracks, ‘Catwalk’ and ‘Shatterproof’ from their Interplay debut album, through to ‘The Shadow Of His Former Self’ from their 2012 LP, … Read more
Cameron Mesirow presents a plush sophomore side building on the promise of her acclaimed 'Ring' with assistant producer, Van Rivers (Fever Ray/Blonde Redhead). 'Interiors' is conceptually inspired by the artists' move to New York, and manifests her attempt to get inside the city's architecture and their "metropolitan secrets" from a poetic and artistic perspective. Her vocals come off like a sophisticated gynoid simulation programmed with the characteristics of Björk, mapped against ornate, dense and complex arrangements consolidating location recordings, "proper" instruments, and synthetic sources … Read more
"Brooklyn-based duo Holy Ghost! unveil ‘Dynamics’, their sophomore record, a follow-up to the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 2011 and was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times."
"Other Music release ‘As Plantas Que Curam’, the debut album from Brazilian duo, Boogarins. Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz met in high school in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia, far from the thriving cultural metropolises of São Paulo and Rio, yet still in the shadow of the icons of their homeland’s great musical heritage - not bossa nova and samba, however, but psychedelic pop. While the band sing in Portugese, there is the same universal appeal to their music as that of Tame Impala, Dungen, or Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes. Still in their late teens, the music they make toget… Read more
"‘Big Wheel & Others’ is Cass McCombs’ seventh and- a-half album. The new double album follows the landmark albums ‘Dropping The Writ’, ‘Catacombs’, ‘Wit’s End’ and ‘Humour Risk’, among other releases, and is further proof of McCombs’ status as one of his generation’s most defiant and inspirational songwriters - as uncompromising, radical and genuinely countercultural as any other artist working today. Brimming with evocative storytelling, discerning introspection and heart-rending melody…"
*Newly remastered and reissued edition* "The eighties weren't known as Fela's finest period. He was under much pressure from the Nigerian government and extensive touring of the US and Europe lead to a dearth of good material. 'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' from 1986 is considered the exception, featuring three extended tracks of more melancholy and deeply soulful Afro-Beat expressions."
*CD in deluxe gatefold sleeve with remus spine, wibalin cloth board, cherry red foil block and hardback booklet* "Last year, Fink aka Fin Greenall performed a concert with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - in Amsterdam. Fink’s music was rearranged for the orchestra by composer and orchestrator Jules Buckley, one of the most in-demand arrangers in Europe. Now, Ninja Tune are releasing the staggering results. The album, like most Fink releases, comes in a beautiful, high value package that matches the music. With a booklet … Read more
Douglas Dare is London-based 23 year-old singer-songwriter, originally from Bridport, [Dorset], South West England. 'Seven Hours' is his debut mini-album of pained solo piano torch songs. If you're into James Blake of Nils Frahm you might like it. Support from BBC6 Music, natch.
**Edition of 200** Prix Ars Electronica award winner, Nicolas Bernier presents his first piece made entirely of synthetic sounds. Breaking with the musique concrete and field recording traditions he's evolved over the last half decade or more, his 'Frequencies (Synthetic Variations)' sounds like it just escaped the Raster Noton matrix. In 24 minutes, 15 pieces of buckling subbass rhythms, fizzing textures and crisp sine waves manifest in tangled, synaesthetically-pleasing patterns, each as abstract and intricately contoured as the last. We're recommended to play back th… Read more
**Captivating recording of a performance using field recordings from a major earthquake in New Zealand, 2011** "On 22 February 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Christchurch, which combined with a series of massive aftershocks destroyed huge swathes of the New Zealand city. At its epicentre in the port of Lyttelton, sound artist Jo Burzynska (Stanier Black-Five) grabbed a recording device as she ran from her home, leaving it running on her doorstep capturing the aftershocks that ricocheted though her house and the disaster unfolding on the street outs… Read more
"Between melody and discord, Cross Record’s first fulllength LP 'Be Good' forges a quiet path through myriad sounds. Strings, clarinet, flute, steel drum, bells, tape distortion and other instrumentation support Emily Cross’s enchanting vocals while allowing for silences to build like black holes. Her lyrics conjure a dark beauty that leaves an effect long after the album has completed. The record follows a string of self-released recordings by this enterprising 25-year-old. Released on Lay Flat as a 300-press LP in September of 2012, Be Good is getting formal distribution via Ba Da Bing. Along wi… Read more
Thursday, 03 October
**Hand-numbered edition of 50 with card booklet and riso-printed A3poster designed by the artist** Thomas Shrubsole lends his own name to a slowly expanding constellation of aliases - In The Field, Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam, The Dissolving Orchestra - on his latest for Dissolving Records. Taking cues from Sun Ra and the European avant-garde, 'his 'Space Capsule' is a multi-planar improvisation meshing acoustic afternoon ambience, streaking cosmic jazz and free electric sound with "underground domestic production methods" (read: recorded in his house onto tape). Like much of Thomas' output,… Read more
UK electronica veterans Ultramarine present their first new album in 15 years. Crafted at their studio by the Essex marshes, 'This Tim Last Year' is a wistfully nostalgic, pastoral blend of treated acoustic instrumentation and electronics, knitting delicate, intricate rhythms to shimmering guitar lines and frothy electronics for the come down.
**Six-panel trifold slipcase contains two CDs with 19 tracks covering classics, rarities and unreleased gear** Dr. Alex Patterson celebrates The Orb's silver jubilee with one disc collecting all The Orb singles 1991-2000, and another featuring rare & previously unreleased remixes by The Orb, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, Ganga Kru, Mark Pritchard.
*Remastered from original sources, CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 48-pg book* "The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set to release National Wake’s full body of work as Walk In Africa 1979-81. … Read more
"Following her previous two long players, Baden-Baden and Los Angeles on monika enterprise F.S.K. bassist Michaela Melián now continues the theme of geographically titled albums with Monaco. Again the record is rich in hypnotically woven sounds with a resolute mood reminiscent of film music. In keeping with the previous two albums, the instrumentation is made up of largely classical acoustic instruments which are layered in loops to create mesmerising soundscapes. In addition to the traditional instruments such as Violoncello, Spanish and Electric Guitar and Banjo all played by Melián herself, t… Read more
Ambitiously scoped third album from London-based psych band, Teeth Of The Sea. Their first album in three years is a riotous collision of Goblin and Carpenter-esque cinematic themes factored by Prurient-like darkwave assimilations and nods to the driving rhythms of Powell or the heroic might of Moroder's disco templates and Wire's crafty rock muscle. Eight songs (plus intro) oscillate between hi-NRG charge and crashing stadium drums on 'TReaper', to Wire-like rock experimentation on 'The Servant', to the bleakly epic synth-scape 'Siren Spectre, Phase I, Phase II', a churning piece of Pete Swans… Read more
"Following her hugely successful run as curator of London’s Meltdown Festival, this album continues an astonishing bout of creativity for Ono, who is celebrating her 80th birthday with major museum retrospectives around the world, her 10th #1 hit on the Billboard Dance charts, a sequel to her instruction book Grapefruit, winning "Digital Genius" MTV O Award, and spearheading the activist effort against fracking in her home state of New York. A career retrospective book will be published by Genesis in Autumn followed by reissues of her '60s-80s albums in 2014. “My … Read more
Thursday, 26 September
**Edition of 500** The conceptual follow-up to Richard Chartier's 'Fields for Mixing' is an immersive new stereo variation of a multi-channel installation diffusing detailed field recordings made in spaces around the world. Originally presented at Civilian Arts Projects in Washington, DC in 2012, it now manifests on CD. Through his patented processing techniques Chartier transposes unique spatial settings into a hyperreal cloud of drones, crackles and fizzing electrical energies which challenge perceptions of where and what you're listening to. The 2nd part uses significant elements of … Read more
**Lysergic solo blues from the Harry Pussy legend, articulated with uniquely jagged grammar** "'A History of Every One' by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, delta blues. The original tunes themselves are nothing special, well known, but not particularly well-regarded. Most would be filler on a mid-60's Doris Day or Burl Ives LP. What Orcutt does with them however is remarkable: expanding upon techniques developed on 2011's 'How the Thing Sings' and incorporating ideas forged since his recording of … Read more
Richard H Kirk's Intone label relaunches with a boxset of three CDs documenting Cabaret Voltaire live aktions in Liverpool, Sheffield and Toronto between 1982-85. Most notably the recordings start just after Chris Watson had left the band and they took on a new, "funkier" direction following their Rough Trade period and into the Some Bizarre/Virgin era recordings. CD1, 'Live at Liverpool warehouse 12.06.82' catches the band in lithe form, flexing tight drum machine and bass ably dubbed up by their soundman, Oz, and prodded with signature punkish yelps, documentary dialogue samples and w… Read more
*Rephlex luminary Bochum Welt returns with his first new album in 5 years* "Following 2008's 'R.O.B. Robotic Operating Buddy' project, the new album (a concise 30 minute selection) by Bochum Welt "GOOD PROGRAMS" is a collection of cool, melodic tracks. Mastered at Capitol Studios Hollywood, Gauloise Scented starts the album with a suspended and dreamy mood, it shows influences by Aphex Twin and Air. Marylebone, a beautiful solo piano track, follows and keeps the listener in a suspended meditative mood. Crescent Heights' custom built sounds make the track sound original, definetely recorded u… Read more
"Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp, in addition t… Read more