Thursday, 12 September
*Incredible collection of traditional Arabic & Berber 45s from the Golden era of Moroccan recording industry. Includes extensive liner notes** One year on from that ace Yemeni expedition, 'Qat, Coffee & Qambus' on Parlortone, Dust To Digital follow the breeze to Morocco between the '50s and '60s, an age when its independent labels were flourishing after 44 years of French occupation and the real voice, the poetry, or "Kassidat" which lends this compilation its title, began to be properly documented on the new and relatively inexpensive 45 format. Essentially this music is a folk o… Read more
"Flashback to Chicago in 1985, when House Music was just being born. A few kids - Matt Warren, Miguel Garcia and Ralphi Rosario, get together to join forces with the already established Sunset Mobile Disco - owned by brothers Alex and Robert Rojo - to create a new record label as an outlet for their productions. In the following 4 years, Sunset Records Inc. released some of the most groundbreaking Chicago House records, mixing New Wave, Disco and Industrial influences with "beat tracks" and a huge amount … Read more
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the voc… Read more
The HBE weigh in a self-released 15 track album in preparation for an upcoming winter tour. There's no mistaking their mixture of rugged brass polyphony and big bad breakbeats on 'Fly': from the classic funk themes of 'Rebel Rousin' to the Latinate title track thru the swaggering soul bump of 'Navigator' to an energetic 'Favela Funk' and the swarming attack of 'Hornet's Nest' they sound as vigorous, vital as ever.
Forgive me father for I have sinned: I slept on Wold for way too long and won't be coming to confession any more. The Saskatchewan Black Metal outsiders have been alchemising an incredible and unique form of blown-out, polarising and blackened noise since 2000 but only recently showed up on our radar thanks to a reissue of their most recent album 'Freemasonry' (2011) on Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ. It's safe to say that we're now utterly under their spell, and, following a few nights with the lights off ingesting their output we've got hold of some proper stock from the legendary Profound Lo… Read more
So we've recently developed an addiction to Wold, aka the Black Metal outsiders from Saskatchewan, Canada, based on Stephen O'Malley's reissue of their indomitable 'Freemasonry' album and consecutive nights spent holed up with all their music we could find on th'internet. We just got hold of some of their stock from the legendary Profound Lore label and this is one of them: 'Working Together For Our Privacy' was recorded in 2010 and revolves three tracks of excoriating, unheimlich sturm und drang flung far, far from the norm. In our admittedly limited knowledge of the genre, we've… Read more
**Edition of 500 copies** Outstanding, previously unreleased Muslimgauze album, includes an amazing 12 minute piece of layered percussions, slyding string loops and field recordings entitled 'Arab An Dog Curfew Tel Aviv'. "The sun always shines bright, very bright in the middle east. Windows open up and we hear music. Not the music by Muslimgauze, but traditional music. We hear the Adhan, the call for prayer, the souk and people talking. All along we hear music. It’s coming from all directions, rhythmic, mysterious, monotonous perhaps, but like swirling like a dervish, round and round it goes… Read more
"In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown’s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor’s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She’d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK’s death, and she’d lived the life, despite its rigors—to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including “I’ve Lived The Life” and “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear,” which made national rounds in 1972. By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons… Read more
"Nature Noir sees The Stilts bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in soul, folk, psych, country, proto-punk and onward. Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective of the creators that produce a marvel such as this. Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate. With lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment, along… Read more
On Will Ozanne's 2nd album as Gang Colours for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood he emphasises a psyche-pop side in favour of his previous Bass inclinations. The effect reminds us of Bullion's recent moves, but with a more melancholy undercurrent, from the twinkly nursery rhyme-ness of the title tracks thru the solo piano infused adult contemporary lonliness of 'Home', 'Up The Downs' and 'Led By Example'.
"‘Return Of The Silkie’, 1983’s third chapter in the as-yet unfinished saga of the nomadic West Coast harpist Carol Kleyn, offers a slice of the wild and free utopian dream that changed so many lives in the 60s and 70s. Pure and simple, harp and vocals, accompanied only by scatterings of harbor seals and sea lions, this loosely woven concept album includes gentle reminders that life is short - take it in while you can and, along the way, try to preserve the magnificence of this world for the next generation. Sentiments and music as hauntingly true today as the day they were first sung … Read more
*CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.* "'Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy' is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with 'Infinite Love' (2010) and continued with 'Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads' (2012). Dustin will be touring the US extensively in the Autumn, including a run of dates with The Dodos. He will be joined by Takako Minekawa on select dates, and possibly other collaborators as well. Mediation' follows the limited vinyl release 'Toropical Circle', a collaborative album with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa."
Dope sounds from the evergreen Nightmares On Wax, back with their first album in five years. 'Feelin' Good' is a timeless display of Leeds-bred, Ibiza-bassed George Evelyn's feel for a hook and soulful chuff-on. It's the sort of eclectically wholesome, slow-brewed hotpot your mum or dad (mine loves a bit of NoW) can get down with as easily as your teenaged siblings, always keeping the vibes simmering and positive, but with enough grit and verve to bump the soundsystem soulboys and entice the jazz cats. For this particular album he was inspired by his move to Ibiza and his clubnight out th… Read more
*CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with 8 page booklet featuring photos and liner notes* "‘Alafia’ is the third international release from Malian songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré. This follows last year’s critically-lauded ‘Koïma’ and 2011’s revelatory debut ‘Sahel Folk’. Backed by this band of young talented musicians, who have joined him on several tours, Sidi invited friends from the North to participate to this album - the singer Leïla Gobbi, the kolo player Berté Ibrahim, and the rising star guitarist (and Touré disciple) Baba Salah. Touré also opens his music t… Read more
"Indie rock pioneers Sebadoh announce the release of their first new album for 14 years, 'Defend Yourself'. The long-time project of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico, Sebadoh reemerge with the first self-recorded Sebadoh album since 1994’s ‘Bakesale’."
"Announcing...Golden Tickets - the latest EP from WHY? The Wolf brothers' pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop was nominally referred to as hip-hop at the beginning of their career. At this point— certainly on Golden Tickets— the project has outgrown any easy genre-categorization. With the musical eclecticism, pop-twist, and experimental bent of artists like the Flaming Lips or Beck. WHY? shimmers on this album in vibraphone stippled, sweetly riffed songs with characteristically gut-wrenching subtext"
Thursday, 05 September
**Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies only never to be re-pressed and housed in a stamped CD mounted on book style outer with handmade artwork in custom envelope** Cotton Goods cross paths with old friend Stéphane Recrosio aka Astatine on the 2nd Folio File. Some 17 years ago, Stéphane released Cotton Goods' fam's Famous Boyfriend (Craig Tattersall & Andrew Johnson) on his Orgasm label, and only last year he put out a lovely 8" lathe cut of The Humble Bee's 'A-p-a'. His 'Cross Ventilation' album is a favour returned in the finest way, offering 15 tracks of respiratory glitches and crumbling … Read more
Drumcell represents that distinctive LA techno sound with the serpentine darkside chicanery of 'Sleep Complex'. Thirteen tracks of slithering, instinctively shuffled machine rhythms create frictional bedrock for spooling, Millsian bleeps and brooding astral synth projections delivered with steadfast vision. As we all know, techno albums can have a tendency towards being a bunch of tools, but there's a narrative element to 'Sleep Complex' that works well in its favour, wending across tempos and patterns with an intricately compelling aesthetic taking us from the oily acid tessellations of 'Distur… Read more
Troller's gloom-ridden debut of HTRK and Salem-like slo-mo goth somehow passed us by upon its initial release. They hail from Texas and specialise in a cold, washed out brand of drum machine patter somewhere between zonked trap and black metal draped with schlocky vocals and ritualist synth atmospheres. But, unlike say Zola Jesus or Chelsea Wolfe, they sound creepily drugged-up on 'Milk' and identify that right mix of crushed velvet mumbience and dead-eyed teen witchy in the likes of 'Tiger' and 'Thirst'. Even if you don't like the vocals, the alien abduction interludes are well worth checking.
Arch pop-noir duo Goldfrapp present their first full body of work in some three years with the cinematic 'Tales Of Us'. Returning to the styles of their acclaimed 'Felt Mountain' and 'Seventh Tree' albums, Goldfrapp's sixth studio album is strikingly stripped down and cinematic, framing Alison's jazz-hushed poetry against sweeping strings, strummed guitars and opulent-sounding keys which colour her character sketches on contrary love affairs and modern fairy tales with a rich palette of autumnal hues. The effect is so lush as to be hallucinatory at times, as with the wistful kosmiche-p… Read more
Exquisite new album by the sought-after Icelandic singer/songwriter, very much focussed on lusher production with some gorgeous highlights in the cinematic 'Elisabet' and the supercooled slow-disco diamond 'Speed Of Dark'. "‘Tookah’ is Emiliana Torrini’s fourth album and follows 2008’s fantastically received ‘Me And Armini’. The album sees Emiliana back in the studio with her long- term producer / collaborator Dan Carey. As well as Emiliana’s three previous albums the pair co-wrote and produced Kylie Minogue’s Grammy award-nominated track ‘Slow’ which went straight to Number 1 upon release. ‘Ju… Read more
**Gloss-embossed six-panel digifile** "'Svapiti' is a divine, 55-minute piece featuring Amelia Cuni (solo voice, mirliton, bamboo resonator), Catherine Christer Hennix (drone voice) and Werner Durand (invented wind instruments, drones) exploring drone traditions rooted in Dhrupad, early Minimalism and Just Intonation. ""A solid foundation is the best basis for the fundamental." Narada´s exposition of the seven notes begins as follows: Because Sadja (the Tonic) arises from the combination of nose, throat, chest, palate, tongue, and teeth, it is known as "six-born.""
"Just for the record, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland don't play jazz, nor are they a trio. And while their status as national ambassadors is not exactly official, acclaimed pianist Bill Wells has however worked with many of the key players in the Scottish indie scene from the likes of Isobel Campbell and Future Pilot AKA to the magnificent collaboration with former Arab Strap vocalist Aidan Moffat "Everything's Getting Older" on Chemikal Underground recently. Indeed a host of Glasgow's finest have contributed to the new NJTOS album Standards Volume Two with Norm… Read more
Munich's Saroos cast out into otherworldly post-rock and cosmic headspaces on their 3rd album for Alien Transistor, following the split Anticon release, 'See Me Not'. Featuring members of Lali Puna and The Notwist at their core, Saroos deal in a subtly psychedelic sort of retro-futurism on 'Return', meeting Stereolab-esque vintage qualities with the same kind of appreciation for King Tubby as, say, Forest Swords, and a taste for exotica shared with the likes of Mike Cooper. It's a downbeat but buoyant set, ranging from the tempered fuzz buzz and post-rock dub wobble of 'Henderson Island' to the Can-like … Read more
"Guido Möbius' fourth studio album "Spirituals" appeared in July 2012. "Spirituals" united subtle humour and dark premonition, transfiguration and kitsch. Six out of the nine pieces on this album use lyrics taken from traditional gospels. Without knowing the originals Möbius set the texts to new tunes and so used them for his own ends. The subject of spirituality is approached from track to track in very differing ways. Whether through hypnotic rhythms, cathartic noise or the reassuring sound of an amateur choir. Thereby the agnostic Möbius is… Read more
Norwegian Disko powerhouse Eskimo Recordings flexes some well toned muscle with 'The Pink Collection'. Fifteen tracks span a remit of sophisticated retro vintage electro-disco and synth-pop from lesser known but evidently capable producers. Highlights come from Satin Jackets with the chiming Euro-disco stride of 'Olivia', in Majestique's boogie powerplay 'Must Get There', and Caspar Bjørke's darker Italo-electro dub roller 'The Grey Area'.
*CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with artwork by Phil French (Stunned Tapes founder)* "‘Drifter’s Temple’ is Plankton Wat (aka Dewey Mahood)’s second album for Thrill Jockey, following last year’s ‘Spirits’. Mahood utilized 6 and 12 string guitars, lap steel, bass, organ, and synth to realize these richly detailed songs. ‘Drifter’s Temple’ harkens back to Mahood’s childhood in Northern California, both sonically and conceptually. A loose narrative is woven through these ten instrumental tracks, touching on the Gold Country and Mt. Shasta that populate his native cou… Read more
With new and exclusive tunes by Lawrence, Nick Curly, André Galluzzi & Dana Ruh, Secret Cinema, Pig & Dan, Extrawelt, Recognition (aka Jacek Sienkiewicz) and two gems by Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos. Double CD also contains exclusive material from Dominik Eulberg, Minilogue, Sante & Frank Lorber, Popof, Timo Maas, Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov, Electric Rescue and Legowelt.