Thursday, 29 January
*Double cassette Edition of 100 copies* 'Hail Of Arrows' is an audacious new synth project from NYC's Gavin Russom - one of his best since 'The Days Of Mars' for DFA. Taking inspiration from the Falcons which resettled in his Uptown Manhattan locale, coupled with nods to J.G. Ballard and P.K. Dick, Russom spins out the imagined soundtrack to a four-part odyssey where the birds reclaim Upper Manhattan, creating a civilization in the leftover buildings and landscape. Perfect for the tape format, such a wide scope allows bags of time for him to explore every integer of hi… Read more
Thursday, 22 January
**Utterly blinding, 100-minute tape housed in rare clamshell case with risographed artwork illustrated and designed by John Powell-Jones. Edition of 350** Reel Torque Volume 8: 'Loukanikos' Dance' is a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors, Jon K. Arriving two years and two weeks after he dropped Fact Magazine's Best Mix of 2013 online, this is - quite remarkably - Jon's first ever physical mix release. It's the stuff mixtape dreams are made of; crammed with complete obscurities, all-time classics and dusty perci… Read more
A gleeful Mica Levi appears on the cover of this month's edition (about time too) and gives her most in-depth interview to date inside. John Carpenter is tested by The Invisible Jukebox; Novelist is covered alongside the updated Javanese traditions of Senyawa and Heather Phillipson's "waywards narratives" in the Bites section; Red Bull receive some great advertising from Derek Walmsley in Tokyo; Hiphop mixtapes in The Primer spotlight. All the usual news, reviews and listings, too.
*Limited edition of 150* "Paul H Williams writes: “Aeroforms 1 and 2 were made around 1984/85 using a BBC Microcomputer with a Music 500 outboard synthesiser and Ample music software. This release has been mastered from that original cassette recording. I developed a generative music programme that created sound pieces within a set of boundaries. Tones were produced within a range of sound qualities, frequencies, periods and start times. Once the parameters were selected randomisation was used so that the programme “chose” which tones to play, how to play them, when and for how long. T… Read more
The donation by Kevin Drumm to Phil Julian of a Hewlett Packard test tone generator (to avoid excess baggage charges) caught the curiosity of Dale Cornish. With Cornish and Julian renowned for their own releases, for a variety of labels including The Tapeworm, this chance bonding over former NASA technical equipment has led to their first collaboration...
*Edition of 100 copies* "Death Is Not The End return with a compilation of 12 tracks that Rev. Edward W. Clayborn recorded for Vocalion in the mid to late 1920s. Very little is known about Clayborn, besides that he is likely to have hailed from the Alabama area. Playing an open tuned guitar with a simple alternating bass line, Clayborn's music has been referred to by some as overtly basic, however amidst the simple beauty lies a depth of passion and conviction."
"Tristan Perich’s new book 0.01s captures the inner workings of 1-Bit Symphony over the first hundredth of a second after it is switched on. In just 0.01 seconds, its processor executes 80,000 computational cycles, enough information to fill a 695-page book with austere tables of numbers and machine language, beautifully chronicling the way computation works. Both a composer and visual artist, Tristan Perich has printed this processor simulation in mesmerizing detail, along with the complete source code of 1-Bit Symphony, its memory contents, and an in… Read more
Thursday, 15 January
**Gentle, loop-based works coaxed from guitar, effects pedals into cinematic scenarios. Edition of 50. Same programme plays on both sides. RIYL Hood, Labradford, Loren Connors** "Apnoeic is the second EP from London-based composer and cineaste Clint Trofa. Whereas Trofa’s previous work had focused much more on a diverse pollination of sounds and instrumentation, ‘Apnoeic’ see a vast reduction in compositional tools; strictly using the electric guitar and a handful of effects pedals to create an eerie, cinematic tapestry of mood and atmosphere that is far more mature, direct and clear i… Read more
Thursday, 08 January
*Includes full album download code redeemable from the label* "To accompany the album 'Whelm' Douglas Dare presents a poetry book which includes full 10 track album download of Whelm. It was in November last year that the duo Douglas Dare and producer/percussionist Fabian Prynn decided to record an album, and by January they were listening to it. Finding themselves out of the home-studio for the first time, the pair recorded much of the album in Flood’s studio Assault & Battery in West London. Other touches were recorded back in Fabian’s home. With the comfort of familiar songs from h… Read more
Issue Fourteen of the Praxis Records-related Datacide magazine for noise and politics. Features 76-pages of essays on everything from Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill Update to 'Dancing with Death: The Excremental, the Sacred & Ecstatic Community in Free Party Culture', thru Resisting Police Corruption and Violence in Hackney in the 1980s and 1990s, plus book reviews on Paul Huxtable and Al Fingers, Sound System Culture: Celebrating Huddersfield's Sound Systems, and loads of news, reviews and charts for the politicised raver.
Thursday, 18 December
**2nd edition of 100 x C25 with fold-out art insert. Purchase of tape comes with full download version dropped straight into your account** "Full Bleed is a more experimental turn for Paul Wolinski following his more song structured work as POLINSKI ( Labyrinths, 2011) and numerous albums, movie scores and one-off performances with 65daysofstatic. Full Bleed is an all together different kind of record for the artist, a move into bleaker, more experimental territory. The digital glitches have been subsumed by analog tape hiss; the kick drums have been eaten by white noise; tempos have be… Read more
Thursday, 11 December
The Wire's annual round-up rewinds the last year of releases in underground music. Crammed with charts, essays and reflections alongside an Invisible Jukebox with Alasdair Roberts; cross-platform in Lagos; global ear in Bratislava; and all usual news, reviews, listings etc.
*Latest chapter in Sublime Frequencies' "folk cinema” series is this stunning new film from Hisham Mayet shot on location in Benin 2011. DVD digipak with 12-page booklet of photos from various Vodoun ceremonies throughout Benin; 48 minutes/color; all-region DVD, NTSC format* "Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast explores the ceremonial splendor of sacred dance and ritual in Benin, the birthplace and cradle of Vodoun. Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin was also called the Slave Coast due to its importance in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Today, the worship and supplicat… Read more
*Sublime Frequencies presents two films capturing the essence of Central Java's Gamelan tradition, shot by filmmaker Matt Dunning on location in Solo Java, Indonesia. The films include rare footage of the Sekaten Gamelan performance held once yearly* "Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, on the island of Java Indonesia, it's still a part of everyday life and an important cultural custom. A complex wonder of human invention, it comes from a timeless world of aural tradition, contemplation, and relaxed living. These two films by M… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
*DVD Film documentary plus bonus material on CD, including 12 previously unreleased tracks. Starring Jeff Mills, Directed by Jacqueline Caux* "Understanding what Man From Tomorrow could possibly mean and say to others, we greatly discussed the ways of how we could go about materialising this in a manner that detaches the subject away from normality. We wanted to show what deep thoughts, dream escapes and unconventional expressions of our future could look, sound and feel like through ever-expanding and dimensional lens of Techno". - Jeff Mills “Some time ago, Jeff Mills asked me to mak… Read more
"Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef."
Thursday, 13 November
**DVD Format: PAL - Reg 0. Includes a 22 track CD compilation and 32 page colour booklet* "Jamaican Recordings present Bunny Striker Lee & The Roots Of Reggae, directed by diggory kendrick. The documentary is a larger then life close up look at the incredible career of the legendary Jamaican record producer and the real roots of reggae music by the people who made it happen. Narrated by Dennis Al Capone and featuring contributions from everyone who is anyone on the reggae scene.
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* "This 360 page deluxe hardback book - a massive 12x12” - features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. The record cover designs amount to a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring over 2,000 album cover desig… Read more
December's issue focusses on "freedom principles: strategies for liberating sound and music", with a particular emphasis on Improv, Karaoke, Psychedelia, Plunderphonics, Free Rock and Outward Bound Jazz. Peter Zummo is tested in the Invisible Jukebox, Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan, and Francis Gooding covers India's folk legends Amarass. Includes all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
*Part painstakingly researched biography, part personal memoir of caring for Frank through the final decade of his life. Softcover, 255 pages. Precedes the early 2015 release of a triple volume set of reissues* "The story of Jackson C. Frank is tragic. The victim of a school fire in his youth, struggling with homelessness and mental illness throughout his life, half-blinded in old age before his death in 1999, Frank met continuous obstacles. And yet he enjoyed a shining moment with the release of Jackson C. Frank on Columbia Records in 1965. The … Read more
Thursday, 06 November
*Edition of 50 copies* Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats returns with an excellent, noisy new Beppu album. Arriving in the wake of this year's 'Coercion' LP, the 'Post Content' session features eight of Andrew's most malevolent industrial/noise excursions inspired by the early waves of TG and Clock DVA and strongly compatible with the recent wave of gear from Vatican Shadow, Alberich et al. And while it might all just be "noise" to the lay listener, there's a thread of melodic ambiguity to Beppu's music that's become his charred brand; from the thunderous discord of 'Verbal Objections' thru the … Read more
"Until we have a feature film in which Bill Callahan’s words are spoken by the true and deep characters who exist within the songs, the best format will be this lyric book — wait, no, the best format will always be the albums featuring the songs, since they are sung by Bill Callahan, the author and singer, in his own inimitable and completely individual fashion. ‘I Drive A Valence’, however, which spans two decades of Smog / Bill Callahan songs, is a fairly unforgettable look-see; in fact, it’s a definitive-yet- concise trip through the mirror, collecting the lyrics to 70 songs and p… Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* "‘90 Degrees Of Shade: Image And Identity In The West Indies - 100 Years Of Photography In The Caribbean’ celebrates over 100 years of photography in the Caribbean. From calypso kings to Vodou priests, revolutiona… Read more
Deluxe edition of the ‘Turning’ DVD including a CD of the complete audio recording of the ‘Turning’ concert, recorded live at The Barbican in London in November 2006. The concert contains songs from the first three Antony And The Johnsons full length albums - ‘Antony And The Johnsons’, ‘I Am A Bird Now’ and ‘The Crying Light’ - as performed by an ensemble of musicians including Maxim Moston, Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Parker Kindred, Jeff Langston and Thomas Bartlett. The CD also features two rare Antony And The Johnsons studio recordings from that period* ‘Turning’ is a concert film document… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
*540+ Pages, 325 Songs Discussed & Dissected, Over 350 Images and Interviews With: Ice Cube, 3rd Bass, Stetsasonic, Mantronix, Naughty By Nature, Raekwon, Mf Doom (Kmd), Dr. Octagon, Dj Jazzy Jeff, The Coup, Edo G, Lord Finesse, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Company Flow And Dozens More* "Coleman’s latest offering presents never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories on albums ranging from influential ‘80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper and 3rd Bass’ The Cactus Album to ‘90s classics like Ice… Read more
Thursday, 16 October
*Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD* Richard Dawson, he of 'The Magic Bridge', appears on the jacket of this month's edition with half his face covered by a 20-track copy of the Tapper 36, including music from Susanna, Der Plan, Esa Shields RapoonTomaga and many more. There's also an Invisible Jukebox with Cooly G, Belgian composer Moniek Darge in cross-platform, articles on Katei Gately, Ascetic House, Beatrice Dillon, and a fine primer on Autechre's myriad remix works. All the usual news, reviews, listings, too.
**Expanded A5 booklet edition 2014, including interview with Eric Persing, creator of the Alpha Juno's infamous "Hoover" patch, plus download code** For the past three years experimental computer music cell, Evol has been de-constructing rave culture icons under radically different compositional strategies. On a 7" and 10" for the Alku imprint, they've been caught f**king with air-horns and the classic hoover, or mentasm sound - a preset originally called the "What The?" patch developed by Eric Persing for the Roland Alpha Juno synth and most commonly associated with early '90s rave Tech… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
Deluxe CD and DVD set in special packaging with a 72 page portrait sized hardback clothbound book in wibalin fine linen wrap with cyclus offset inner pages containing live photographs, Bonobo Instagram tour diary, anecdotes from Simon, the band and crew and a foreword by Gilles Peterson. The DVD contains 60 minutes of live footage taken at Pula Amphitheatre (a genuine Roman Amphitheatre and among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World) and The Roundhouse, interspersed with documentary footage and extras including photo gallery, extra videos and a time lapse video.
Thursday, 11 September
Robert Fripp on the cover of this month's edition, talking about "the ongoing saga of the reformed group and the legacy of their vast archives.Also features on Pharmakon; "master inventor" Bruce Lacey; Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar; Gazelle Twin, Jeremiah Cymerman. A global ear on DSarmstadt,Grumbling Fur do the Invisible Jukebox, and all the usual news, reviews and (incomplete) listings.
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more