Thursday, 26 March
*Probably the nearest you will ever get to an official documentary on Mark E Smith and The Fall...* "Put together over a period of 13 years by three Danish Fall fans and with full involvement from Mark E Smith this film gives a real insight into the mechanisms of The Fall. Features many live clips and rehersales of both The Fall and Smith and Blaney. The cast list includes Mark E Smith, John Peel ( a real in depth contribution from Peelie) Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, David Gedge, Stephen Malkmus, Dee Dee Ramone, Peter Hook, Grant Showbiz, John Cooper Clarke, Damo Suzuk… Read more
**Edition of 50** "Ushering in the next phase musically is modular wiz Sam Weaver (Hungry Ghost, Pomegranite Circus), a man with many strings to his bow (pun intended). He has been releasing music under various guises since he was 17, recorded and engineered groups dealing in everything from Free Improv, Jazz, Latin & Cuban percussion groups and most recently recorded, played on & co-produced the Gnod album, Infinity Machines. Not workshy, Sam is on the verge of bringing his new label CUSP into being with amazing records from the like of Lu Katavist at the pressing plant a… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
**Exceptional, unhinged "no vinyl" mixtape by some of Manchester's strangest creatures of the night. Edition of 50 including bundled code** Future Cerberus Technologies present a phantasia of corrupted memory extractions from the unheimlich mind of Ste Spandex. Heavily inspired by the raw Chicago aesthetics of Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss, but filtered thru a chemically altered psyche in the depths of Cottonopolis, Volume 1 yields 18 re-discovered productions by semi-fictional names such as Montauk Boys, The Zest, and, our favourite, Licking Mirrors - all the brainchildren of Ste… Read more
**Exceptional, unhinged "no vinyl" mixtape by some of Manchester's strangest creatures of the night. Edition of 50 including download code** Future Cerberus Technologies present a phantasia of corrupted memory extractions from the unheimlich mind of Ste Spandex. Heavily inspired by the raw Chicago aesthetics of Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss, but filtered thru a chemically altered psyche in the depths of Cottonopolis, Volume 2 yields 18 re-discovered productions by semi-fictional names such as Skanky Magic, Kindred Dicks, Licking Mirrors - all the brainchildren of Ste (M.E.N.'s DJ … Read more
**Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD** In support of her debut on 4AD, Holly Herndon fronts the April 2015 Wire issue. Alsi includes features on Moondog, Lightening Bolt, Jlin, Model 500 and John Wiese. This issue includes The Wire Tapper 37 free CD with 20 tracks by Ricardo Donoso, Kevin Hufnagel, Manuel Zurria, Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, among many others.
**Two-part 11 x 11" print and download plus interview cassette** "Brittle Love is a suite of songs scratched together from the teary depths of a computerised pop dream. From a few raggedy Technicolor melodies bloom luscious strings, xylophones, and drum machines. But something’s not quite right: you can almost hear the sticky-tape holding together the synthesisers, the vocals are forever slipping away from the beat. This is pin-point electronic music put together with Early Learning Centre scissors, a pot of PVA glue, and a page of Lonely Hearts classifieds ripped from a regional newspaper. J… Read more
Cassette-only collection of of Reverend Lonnie Farris' Hawaiian-style slide guitar gospel recordings from the early 1960s, originally released on his Farris Records label. Some tracks previously appeared on the Tompkins Square Records collections, 'Fire In My Bones' and 'This May Be My Last Time Singing', and Mississippi Records' 'Life Is A Problem' and 'Oh Graveyard , You Can't Hold Me Always' LPs.
Thursday, 05 March
**Bespoke, hand-made J-cards. Edition of 30 (or 50, label can't remember)** Ascendant Manc DJ, Tom Boogizm relinquishes a headful of squashed edits in 'Praiah-Caste Vol.1 2014'. Crumbled with pie-eatin' digits and hashed out in Moss Side, it sounds something like listening to Peace FM on qaaludes - smoking up a stack of slackened boogie, hip hop and dub joints with the trunk-ready flex of DJ Screw or Delroy Edwards' 'Slowed Down Funk' volumes. For those who like it rugged and raw; this one you. Gwan check some of his mixes online, too. They're mint.
Thursday, 26 February
*Restored Blu-Ray edition of this seminal documentary exploring the birth of New York's Graffiti and B-Boy Culture* This new Blue-ray, HD edition of the classic original documentary release features 30 minutes of previously unseen out-takes, new interviews, and additional "where are they now?" footage. Also featured in this edition are new commentary tracks, 'Destroy All Lines' and the Aesop Rock music video 'No Jumper Cables'. 'Style Wars' is the legendary hip hop documentary that provides an indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and… Read more
*Limited to 100 copies* "Horace Sprott performed on Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr's Music of the South series of field recordings released in 1955 on Folkways. 'Ain't This a Mean World' pulls together tracks from all three of these volumes. Ramsey Jr. met Sprott in Marion, Alabama in 1954 and subsequently recorded seven sessions with him in April and May of that year. Born some time between 1886 and 1890 in Talladega Forest, Alabama, Sprott learnt the old religious songs of the bush arbor and the plantation from his mother and grandmother, and from h… Read more
**Edition of 70 with 2 colour risograph J-card** "The music on this collection was written specifically to accompany video pieces by Sabrina Ratté. 'Visites Possibles' was created for the online collective Computers Club, while the “Sightings” series was created for the video label Undervolt & Co. For this series of videos we were interested in exploring a more direct relationship between sound and image, where most of the sounds contained in the pieces act as a sort of translation of the events happening within the video… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
**Inc. individual trax by Hodge, Commodo, Rachael, Lurka, plus trax and a 40 minute mix by Kahn & Neek. Top TIP!** "Two years of cryptic voicemails, street promotion, phone-driven party line-ups and dancefloor wrecking traxxx – Following a series of vinyl-only 12″s, the label that championed some of the most timeless cuts from the likes of Kahn & Neek, Lurka, Rachael, Dj Sotofett, Commodo and Hodge, now presents us with this exxxclusive cassette compilation featuring their back catalog. Kicking off with the B-Side of their latest release, the tape-reel works it… Read more
*Limited edition Cassette Box Set of 75 copies* Andrew Broder (aka Fog) returns with this series of beat tapes compiled in this set for the small-run Brian Records label, home to lathe-pressings from the likes of Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and others.
**Edition of 150** 'ZA86' presents reporter Nigel Wrench's remarkable documentation of South Africa under apartheid in 1986, using tapes unlocked for the first time from a Cape Town cellar. Released to mark the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, 'ZA86' offers a detailed portrait of a critical point in the regime's final and most oppressive years, built using extracts edited from nine tapes out of the unique cassette archive of Turnstyle News. From street level perspectives of white right wingers and 19 year old platoon leaders to the funeral of TV cameraman and a May Day… Read more
Captivating improvisations consolidating dextrous free-jazz, rock and electronics by Oakland, CA, USA's Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammel aka Black Spirituals. Currently in the midst of a massive Euro tour with Earth, the duo collude with The Tapeworm to present this damn fine expo - 150 copies for the merch-stall and 50 for everybody else - of a coversant sound inspired by roots American black music whose relevance is still striking today. Trammell's percussion and Watkins' electronics play out a dynamic relationship of expressive ritual… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
Chris & Cosey peer from their sofa on The Wire's March 2015 issue. They give an intimate interview with David Keenan alongside key features on Jazz bassist Cecil McBee and NYC saxophonist Steve Coleman, plus coverage of Mumdance, the Sacred Tapes label, and Sleaford Mods tested by the Invisible Jukebox. All the usual news, reviews and listings, too.
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, 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."