Thursday, 23 April
**A Hamburg affair: Smallville team up with the amazing Golden Püdel club for RSD '15 to present Benjamin Brunn's 2013 live recording CD on vinyl** In case you've not been paying attention, Benjamin's got a stream of lovely releases to his name on BineMusic and International Records Recordings, among others, all framing a delicately effervescent and richly melodic world of minimalism. This set neatly showcases the expanse of his talents, from pink-hued, gaseous ambience to the patter of rolling silicone soul grooves and splashes of coaxed acid. It never busts a sweat and alw… Read more
Superb 12" featuring the gritty techno-house debut by Cosmijn and a buy-on-sight Marcellus Pittman remix. With 'Drops' Cosmijn's sound lands somewhere to the deeper end of the Ilian Tapes breakbeat/house styles, all salty hi-hats and writhing, rolling bass in swing mode, while D-troit's Pittman gives masterclass in minimalist subtlety on the flipsiude, dropping all the right drums at the right times before giving up a gut-massaging sub-bass tug and the kind of swirling chords that we could happily drown in.
Snappy jack traxx from the UK's Craig Stainton a.k.a. Myriadd for Crème Organization. Four cuts, all well versed in the art of deeper, mystical Chi house.
Earliest Chicago house peach from the originator, Jesse Saunders, reissued (seemingly officially this time) by Trax for 2015. 'Funk You Up' comes from that proto-house no-mans-land of rightly be called any of the above. Whatever it is, it's a proper party cut, propelled by killer squidgy bassline and tuff, sparking drum machines with a blazing sophisticated, sung/rapped male/female vocal and orientalist synth wiggles to boot. This edition features a longer edit of the original vocal plus a cool a capella on the A-side, backed with a percolating Club Mix and cold kicking bonus beats for the deejays.
IVVVO credits the edit properly with his cracking 'Mark Leckey Made Me Hardcore' tribute. It's not the first time he's used a sample from the collaged soundtrack to Leckey's cultishly adored 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' video installation - they've cropped up in a number of his recent 12"s - and neither is he the only one to do so - Jamie xx and Neil Landstrumm have both done the same - but he is the first to really make it explicit and deadly. A-side 'Raised' retains the dream, time-suspending quality of the soundtrack, but brilliantly juxtaposed with booming kicks and spine-grabb… Read more
**Edition of 300 including 46-page booklet of essays and illustrations plus a $100,000 bill from Zimbabwe and hand-stamped insert. Edition of 300** Interesting and mixed bag of free jazz and political essays augmented by unnecessary tech-house remixes. The interesting parts are worth you attention though, including a deft bit of free jazz punk by San Francisco's now defunct Libertas, 'Song For The End OF The World' and the zine full of essays on everything from the impact of Berlin architecture to after-party fatigue, juxtaposed with loads of kinky illustrations. Go figure…
**ADMX-71 is the experimental, ambient techno-leaning moniker for New Yorker-in-Berlin, Adam X** His sophomore release in this guise, 'Second System' deals an uncompromising, murky brand of rhythmic and atmospheric electronics inspired by his time spent wandering the ghost network of stations and tracks which run parallel to NYC's infamous subways. It combines the most stringent, anaerobic elements of his Traversable Wormhole records with brutalist noise and techno dubbing, placing emphasis on atmosphere over rhythms yet with minimal compromise to either element. It's possible to note … Read more
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics and vocal parts that I ultimately removed; at … Read more
**Wrong Steps makes more smooth-yet-gauzy house moves on his 2nd EP for Huntleys + Palmers.** It's a right viber, sashaying via chiming rhodes, silty electronics and padded kicks thru 'NTYS' to something approximating DJ Sprinkles on Main Street in the depths of 'ASCN'. The effortless elegance of 'RNME' hints at the European poise of the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo, and 'Grey' eases off the drums for the first half, segueing from spidery electronics and melting chords into a bluesy halfstep shuffler. Sweet.
**Hand-stamped centre labels and screen-printed jacket** Superb rear-guard techno David Coccagna a.k.a. Chaperone for Philly's Great Circles. Teamed with a trio of ace remixes from Thug Entrancer,Hero/Victom and Westov Temple, the original 'Pond' tracks take in screwed, druggy boogie à la Actress' Thrillers with 'Get Ghost' beside a spectral morph of EBM and gloomy Detroit with 'Cough Into Auditorium Can't Tell Me To Nod Now', or a slopped and noisy take on Omar-S' little known trick, 'Jit' in 'All Your Emergencies'. Remixing, Westov Temple turns in a dreamy Suspended Mix of 'Get Ghost', complemented… Read more
**Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl. Limited edition**"Medical Records returns to France (by way of Berlin) to present the first full length vinyl LP by contemporary artist Peine Perdue. Peine Perdue was born in 2010 from the meeting of Berlin-based artist and musician Stephane Argillet and Coco Gallo. Peine Perdue finds its inspiration in a certain geometry, poetry and clearness in music and art such displayed by the cold abstractions of XVIIIth century harpsichordists (Couperin, Pancrace Royer etc) to the graceful minimalism of Erik Satie, the sugar uncluttered pop… Read more
**First ever official LP reissue of this rare 1972 classic Remastered from the original tapes. Limited 180 gram deluxe vinyl LP, with for unreleased tracks, exclusive notes and rare photos** "The perfect giallo score, from the opening tones of Edda Dell 'Orso, through jazz-bossa into dissolving dissonance, disarray and pathological destruction." Alvin Lucia Remastered from the original master tapes, and includes four previously unreleased tracks and extensive liner notes by Alvin Lucia, original artwork and rare photos.
**First ever LP reissue with original artwork - remastered from original tapes on 180 gram vinyl, Includes download code and 4 page insert** 'Colpo Rovente' is one of the rarest soundtrack albums in the Italian film music history. This soundtrack stands out from the traditional period into the psychedelic era. Soft-spoken and suave cool jazz, along with hallucinogenic go-go sounds appears throughout the film and soundtrack. Dynamic big band tunes are stunningly matched with impossibly beautiful jazz funk scores infused with a touch of bossa nova. If your tastes lie somew… Read more
**Gatefold 2xLP in a Stoughton Gatefold Jacket - RIYL Sleep, Electric Wizard** "Reissued and back on vinyl after 14 years of silence! A Massive conjuration from Boston’s old Lords of doomed darkness and a return to the eve of all that’s heavy & punishing! Evil doom at its bleakest..."
*First ever official LP reissue of this 1974 classic - Remastered limited gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. Includes 2 unreleased tracks & exclusive notes by Alvin Lucia* Spiritual cousin to the psyche-liturgy of The Electric Prunes' 1968 "Mass in F Minor" and William Sheller's 1972 masterwork "Lux Aeterna", "Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore" is a vital, beautiful, frightening and yet essentially forgotten chapter in the storied discography of lauded composer Ennio Morricone. Includes two previously unreleased tracks. Morricone's favourite Morricone and exclusive liner notes by Alvin Lucia, original poster artwork and photos.
*Double album on 180g vinyl, including the full concert and documentary on DVD, plus CD and 24 page booklet. Individually numbered copies* "In the winter of 2012/13, Motorpsycho was approached by Trondheim’s biggest cultural festival, Olavsfestdagene. The festival’s director had seen Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken perform their 2012 album "Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken present the Death Defying Unicorn" in its entirety at the National Opera House in Oslo that winter, and was wondering whether the band and Ståle would be interested in doing something on the same scale for OFD t… Read more
**Includes download code** Tom Trago's Voyage Direct label starts to sum up its last 5 years with the first instalment of compilation 12". There's glassy IDM from Ebokai in 'Metai' and lean electro-house shuffle from Efdee & Tom Ruig's 'The Slightly', backed with the vintage swing of 'Want Need' by Magnesii and Legowelt in House of Jezebel mode for the shiny house perks of 'Quantum Fawn'.
Deep and frothy garage house swingers from Baja, California, via Faces Records. Vibes are nice from start to finish, rolling thru the plush but refined swing of 'Reciprocal' and the skippier 'Round Streets' up top, and over to a piano-heavy remix by S3A, and the sub-sunken beatdown bob of 'Real All Night'.
Bambooman teams up with UK hip hop MC Jehst for Sonic Router. The instantly recognisable drawl of Jehst is smeared to a woozy, skunked-out bass and smoky chords in the A-side's 'Rusted' - quite funny how the production feels up-to-date whereas the vocal sounds totally stuck int he '90s (really, MC's still sound like this?!) - whilst the B-side's 'Thickets' drops a dollop of grimy pastoral futurism.
**Screen-printed jacket** Fiercely fresh jungle/footwork with a heavy dub infection, coming from France's Moresounds. His 2nd EP for Fracture and Neptune's Astrophonica label picks up the pressure of his 2013 debut for the label, firing four tensile weapons scoping out congo natty-style dread footwork, rinsin' jungle-tekkno futurism and raving warehouse styles with a scything darkside finish. Tip!
**180g wax** Sparkling, ruddy Swiss house from Jack Pattern, lapped by a beach-ready Ruf Dug remix. Jack's originals are charming summer dance joints deftly shimmying from the bubbling cosmic vibes of 'Blackout' thru to acidic Kwaito-like styles in 'Baqua', replete with dope vocal and some wobbly Moog lines, and head up into the tropical lilt of of 'Behau Original' and a slow mo swagger called 'Bango' coolly reminding of Lena Platonos' 'Shadows of Blood' groove.
A classic Italo 7" from 1985 remastered and re-cut for 12" in 2015. At 30 years old, Alex Valentini's sentiment and groove still ring true with timelessly effective synth arpeggios and fruity flashstabs of the Radio and killller instrumental Disco versions bolstered by Italoconnection's dreamier re-edit and the pointed funk of Flemming Dalum's 2015 take. As far as Italian disco cheese goes, the creamier the better…
Reissue of a dead stylish early '90s Italian house EP. Four cuts of olive-oiled deep house swing steeped in classic early NYC and MCR styles. Original copies sell 2nd hand for at least triple the price…
**Nice up your life with this prime reissue of Hopeton Lewis's seminal debut album collecting his massive hits such as 'Take It Easy', 'Rock Steady' and 'Cool Collie' from the scorching Jamaican summers of '66-'67. Every home should own a copy!** "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rockste… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to sim… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to simpl… Read more
**Limited 2LP & DVD, includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner se… Read more