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
*This is the fifth album by the D'arcangelo twins (Fabrizio & Marco, aka Monomorph) in a career stretching back nearly 2 decades, on a new electronic music imprint, 'Audiovisual Designs'* "The album is a logical evolution from their acclaimed releases on Rephlex and the brothers give a nod to this with the album artwork; a 3D rendering by Marco D'Arcangelo of the famous label logo. 26 tracks spread over two CD's into two distinct and separate parts. The first 14 tracks evoke traditions of classic synth pop and electronica made between the late 70's and early 90's, while the second CD reveals a darker, more industrial selection..."
*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
"Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound are proud to present the reissue of Pharoah Sanders’ ‘Elevations’ originally released on Impulse Records in 1973. Deep spiritual jazz released in special edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A seminal release from Pharoah Sanders recorded in 1973 for Impulse! Records. At this point the Impulse! label was in a renaissance, with Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Michael White, Sam Rivers, Marion Brown and other jazz greats all recording for the label, many of these artists having an asso… Read more
" “@” is a studio recording of duo improvisations from two downtown masters, each responsible for some of the most dynamic music ever to come out of downtown NY. Both long-time supporters of extreme music and proponents of free improvisation, John and Thurston are brilliant improvisers and have worked with everyone from Derek Bailey, Milford Graves and Evan Parker to Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Han Bennink and beyond. Exhibiting a deep musical connection, they come together here for the first time to create a fabulous program of varied and powerful duo improvisations. “@” presents the community of NY’s Downtown scene at its collaborative best."
**Plush, dramatic neo-classical opus by Sigur Ros collaborator, featuring the newly formed Reykjavik Sinfonia** "This is the Icelandic multi award-winning composer’s second solo-album and third release on Bedroom Community, hot on the heels of his SÓLARIS collaboration with labelmate Ben Frost. Bjarnason’s critically acclaimed debut album Processions was hailed by Time Out NY as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. On Over Light Earth the intensity of Bjarnason’s orchestral voice is captured through meticulous close-miking and multitracking,… Read more
"To say there’s excitement for ‘Girls Like Us’, the storming debut album by fiery Manchester fourpiece PINS, would be an understatement. Even before the rousing reception to their oscillating, reverb-drenched EP ‘LuvU4Lyf’, on Bella Union last Autumn, audiences at the first shows in disused office blocks and hotel basements were left with barely an inch of elbow room…"
*CD edition includes 24-page booklet in a card slipcase* "A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry - alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road. Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ goes back to the early 1960s, when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s independence, Sir Coxsone ruled … Read more
"Now in their 20th year as a band, two-piece Quasi return with a veritable Quasi songbook featuring 24 shinning examples of shakin’ blues, percussion freak-outs, chiming minor seventh chords and rock & roll."
Remastered reissue of the debut solo album by Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger, backed with five rare bonus live and demo tracks. 'Broken Fingers' was recorded in Brussels in February 1982 with assistance from fellow Tuxedomoon members Peter Principle and Steven Brown and veers with brilliant vision between gloomy, Bowie-esque balladeering on the title track to skulking darkwave shuffler, 'Uptown' via the skittish orientalist oddity, 'Nur Al Hajj', thru the gothic splendour of 'Magic Time' and the kinky latin wave stepper 'Gigolo Grasiento' to the horror flick motifs of 'Spiny Doughboy… Read more
Thursday, 19 September
*The first Mazzy Star album in 17 years…* Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway and features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song “Spoon”...
**This iconic experimental album is now available on CD after last year's Blackest Ever Black vinyl re-issue** It's funny, we always thought that Flaming Tunes was one of those albums that nobody knew, our own little secret. Then a beautifully executed reissue arrived on CD in 2009, and now, for the first time ever, Blackest Ever Black deliver a vinyl edition of what must surely register as one of the most intimately beautiful, perfectly-imperfect home-made albums ever recorded. Flaming Tunes was recorded by Gareth Williams (ex of This Heat) and his childhood friend Mary Curr… Read more
**Awesome 2013 follow-up to one of Analog Africa's highest regarded comps** "Following the success of the first instalment in 2009, Analog Africa is proud to present the second volume - a selection of 13 ultra-rare tracks composed by some of the musical giants who had created a movement that rocked the West African nation throughout the '70s: legendary singer K. Frimpong; Nana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African Brothers Band); Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his superb guest appearance with The Complex Sounds; afrobeat star Ebo Taylor, backing his son in an unrelea… Read more
**Stunning oversize boxset (12"x12") - Includes a 154 page book with original documents, full colour photos and scores; a set of 16 full colour inserts reproducing the original posters and programs of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Limited to 500 copies** "It is certainly surprising that until now an exhaustive recognition of the work of Charlotte Moorman has not been undertaken. The cellist can be numbered among the most charismatic and influential protagonists to have appeared on the avant-garde or experimental music scenes since the early '60s. A … Read more
**Retro-fresh psych grooves laced with supple, propulsive rhythms and enriched with classy electronic production and an open-minded approach** "Inspired by the rural environment of his hometown of Veria, Greece, multi-instrumentalist / singer / producer Panagiotis Melidis started writing music as Larry Gus (from the Greek larigas, or larynx) in 2006, soon after the early demise of his previous band Ginger (a bass and drums duo with a sound similar to the early-’00s Providence scene, paired with hip hop overtones). Melidis initially composed production music, and later on earned a reputation… Read more
"Evolution is a tricky word when discussing current trends in music, especially when it comes to sophomore albums. The critically lauded BLOUSE, the 2011 debut from the Portland band of the same name was a lush, melodic and dreamy affair spiked with whoozy synths and delicate vocals. For Imperium, their 2nd LP for Captured Tracks, Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall,” as enforced by bandmember/producer Jacob Portrait. Sonically speaking, that comes through on the LP immediately. Perhaps bolstered by the ongoing… Read more
"Brooklyn, NY’s Au Revoir Simone release ‘Move In Spectrums’, their first album in four years, produced by Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, ‘Move In Spectrums’ is the follow up to 2009’s ‘Still Night, Still Light’. Au Revoir Simone are three talented, keyboard-wielding women - Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart. ‘Move In Spectrums’ is an album that creates different melodic textures and aural colors via the finest songs Au Revoir Simone have ever recorded. "
Smoothly paced, driving 22 track tech-house mix from Mathias Kaden for Berlin institution, Watergate. A fine blend of European tech-house styles and weighty US bits working up from the warm, playful teutonic styles of DJ Koze and Apparat's 'Nices Wölkchen' to Ron Trent's slinky 'Kids At Play', through Ricardo Villalobos' sleek swinger, 'Hansup', to Moodymann's killer '4 One Night', DJ Sprinkles amazing 'Crossfaderama' remix of The Mole's 'Lockdown Party', and on to Roman Flügel's swing jam 'More More More'. In two words, it works.
Claude VonStroke keeps the party burning with a 3rd album of patented party bump 'n pump laced with some darker moments. Nine tracks pace the session nicely from the proggy build of opener 'Urban Animal' through frisky swing and shuffle on 'The Clapping Track' to ruddy electro-house in 'Dood', and cheeky retro-boogie vibes on 'Sugar & Cinnamon' with Barry Drift's talkbox vocals. At its apex, 'Oakland Rope' switches up to steppin' D&B layered with Pablo Fox Caha's distinctive singjay stylings and Py's sweeter counterpoint, but worry not, it's as dark as it gets and we're back to bubbling d… Read more