Thursday, 17 July
"Back in 1997, David Pajo was a little over a half decade removed from the future sensation known as Slint. Their second album had been released in 1991 when the band themselves were already defunct. During the next five years, David worked with Palace Brothers, King Kong, Tortoise, The For Carnation and Stereolab. During that period the idea of his own music was slowly simmering, building flavour like a good rage. He and former Slint-ite Britt Walford had discussed a band called M - the significance lying in the letter’s position in the middle of the alphabet. A single under that name was release… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* Long before Radiohead caused a brouhaha over In Rainbows, Einsturzende Neubauten were finding alternate ways of getting music to their fanbase. This album was released without a record label attached to the project, financed by subscribers to the band's website, who even went so far as to participate in the music themselves, forming a choir for one of the new tracks. As an opening piece, 'Die Wellen' functions as an incremental escalation of tension, beginning with Bargeld's thorny vocal and an urgent, staccato piano sequence. Over the ensui… Read more
*Epic 4LP Box Set including 46 songs collected on vinyl for the first time, includes a download coupon for the full set* "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 … Read more
More quality from the Trax vaults. Robert Owens classic from 1986 - produced by Larry Heard/Mr. Fingers. Audio restoration by Arjan Rietvink's Digital Mastering.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. ‘Brutage' is the band's fourth album and the first to feature John Hegre (also of Jazzkammer) on guitar. John’s guitar work is predominantly textural -providing an intense, yet soothing counterpoint to the brutal rhythm section. The album contains four lengthy tracks which are a natural continuation on the band’s penchant for re… Read more
*Mastered from the original master tapes - a library re-recording of the previously unreleased Doctor Who score The Invasion. Includes additional electronic tracks from Don Harper’s catalogue and music featured in GeorgeRomero’s Dawn of the Dead.* "A collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Featuring nightmarish cues used in Doctor Who 'The Invasion' and George A Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead’ Centring on the library music re-recording of the 1968 Doctor Who soundtrack The Invasion (A dark otherworldly Sci-Fi jazz… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. 'Collection 1' is a compilation of unreleased material from 2001-2004. The band then consisted of Nils Erga on viola alongside the current rhythm section. It contains tracks from the first, unreleased Noxagt album recorded in 2001 as well as a live recording featuring producer Billy Anderson on vocals, a track from a 2004 Peel Session and much more. The LP comes in a 4-colour screen printed cover.
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.
"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 Dece… Read more
**Includes A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique present Koehler's kicking follow-up to his wayward Skudge debut. A-side is given to the bright, prodding synth stabs and guttural garage-techno roll of 'Dynasty; B-side features the synth vignette 'Spiral Light' and the corrugated breakbeat techno flex of 'Deleted Scene'.
**C40. Housed in hand-numbered, folded print with various decorated inserts. "Art Edition" of 34** Dissolving Records' Thomas Shrubsole - aka Sub Loam, In The Field, Jesus On Mars - presents early, archival recordings, using his birth name for the first name. It's a personal and far-reaching suite of disparate sounds tripping from Decimus-like astral chaos thru vivid synth wormholes to surprising Detroit techno deviations , gamelan-like percussive meditations and extended passages of atonal noise, all free as you like and unhindered by anything but his own wild imagination.
*Vinyl Reissue* “The quintessential scientists of the post-avant-garde abstain from focusing on listener disintegration tactics as they did on prior albums, but opt instead to hone their craftsmanship in new compositional areas. Some followers of their earlier material might object to the obvious and comparatively conventional song structure and style that is displayed on Ende Neu -- picking up a power tool to highlight a piece rather than centering the entire work around it, or leaving a stage before setting it ablaze -- but the destruction has already been performed, … Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "It can’t be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe’s finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden’s Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent’s best kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, this incredible mass ensemble is getting ready to unleash its full power with Enter, its first studio recording. This isn’t jazz: this is Nordic dynamite. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. "‘Flow Motion’ was the eighth Can studio album. It features the UK hit single ‘I Want More’ which was mixed using binaural stereo, a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3D stereo sound sensation of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments."
*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
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic. It may be surprising that the band sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo. It may be surprising that the band’s overall sound may owe as much… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fourth album by German avant-garde industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1987. The bonus track "Adler Kommt Spaeter" is an early version of "Zerstörte Zelle." Considerably lower-key than all their previous releases, Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala(trans. "Five On The Open-Ended Richter Scale"), with especially puzzling, almost country-rock track "Morning Dew," sung in English, but with moments of whip-cracking and atomic explosions. There's the same attention to rhythmic… Read more
*New edition on limited cassette.* Recorded live in a communal setting, surrounded by friends and family, this new release from Will Oldham and cohorts approaches bluegrass music from a joyous and youthful angle, committed to tape whilst nestled deep in the wilds of Kentucky. The seven players come together to play Bonnie 'Prince' Billy originals, songs from The Picket Line's own repertoire and one or two covers, including Merle Haggard's 'Rambling Fever'. The tone is raw and upbeat for virtually the entire duration, and it's great to hear Oldham embracing such roo… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. Considered by many the finest Can album, ‘Future Days’ was the fifth studio album by Can. This is the last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki, exploring the ambient direction they had introduced into their sound on the previous year’s ‘Ege Bamyasi’ creating a landmark in European electronic music.
**180g wax cut by Matt Colton** Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles,… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the third album by Einstürzende Neubauten, also known as Halber Mensch, originally released in 1985. The album opens with the startlingly oppressive, almost fully a cappella title track, with contrapuntal, atonal, en masse chanting. The album progresses to include quite a repertoire of electronically-generated sounds, finding the band developing their mishmash of industrial experimentation matched by terrifying clangs, stomps, and of course, the theatrical, poetic vocal delivery of Blixa Bargeld. An incredibly aggressive album, with insiste… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fifth album by Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1989, now remastered. Highly energetic and possessed of a certain level of danceability, Haus Der Lüge was perhaps the most accessible for the band so far in terms of straightforward industrial-rock, with less grinding experimentation. However, this album is far from any sort of mainstream convention, with some of the most convincing alchemy of the best of the group's sonic clang, combined with some of the most captivating singing by Blixa Bargeld yet. The title track is a th… Read more
**Clear mint green wax (looks amazing!) edition of 500** Stockholm's SASAC charms the pants off it with a brace of slickest yacht-boogie instrumentals. Based in a city surrounded by islands and waterways, we suppose there's a healthy demand for something sophisticated to soundtrack your sails 'round Stockholm and this fits the bill perfectly with eight flawless funk constructions measuring lean Linn drums to nimble basslines, breathy chords and fruity lead runs. A total must-have for fans of Nautic, Ned Doheny, Dam Funk…
**Remastered first ever vinyl edition of 350 copies housed in letter-pressed jacket with double-sided insert** Ghédalia's cinematic 2007 release makes its way to vinyl thanks to Italy's amazing Holidays Records. Conceived as a sort of sui generis "catalogue record" where the artist could dissect musical stereotypes, 'Hystérie Off Music' resulted in one of Ghédalia Tazartès' most layered, epic and dream-like missives. An esoteric soundclash of field recordings, fog horns, symphonic string arrangements and, of course, that tongue of tongues chanting shamanic hymns, emotive glossol… Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
Twwth pops a pair of heavy ghetto bangers for Fresh 86, the long-running label run by Ipswich's D&B stronghold. The follow-up to his kiler 12" with Vladislav Delay drops the tempo to juggle 130bpm Chicago juke and Euro bass styles in the stop/start fibrillations of 'Ima Drop', and mix breezier 808 bounce with vintage Jungle-style breakdown in 'Need A Refix'. Top riddims.
A centrepiece from Cooper's 'Human' album remixed by Factory Floor and Perc, plus an older tune reworked by Harvey McKay. The grimy techno ruckus of the title cut is set to an even, swinging acid keel by Factory Floor whereas Perc gives a brutal cyborgian deconstruction ranking among his finest workouts. Seth Troxler says "cool!".
*First edition pressing of 500. Includes CD* "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, … 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