Thursday, 31 July
'Bosporus Bridges' collects eleven heavy jazz and funk grooves from Turkey circa 1968-1978. Like Baris K's killer edit selection, 'Istanbul 70', this LP reveals a hitherto largely unknown world meeting east and west in unique fashion. However, this one's less psych and disco, more jazz and funk, covering the uptempo burn of Fikret Kizilok's 'Aybatti (edit)' along with the crazed electronics and deadly funk downstroke of 'Aksu Orkestrasi's 'Bermuda Seytan Ücgeni', the Brazilian-infected jazz of Erol Peckan's 'Senlik' and the awesome, snake-charming slink of 'Denizalti Rüzgarlari'. Recommended!
Hip-and heart seducing tech-house from Hamburg's finest. Following last year's single and album for Dial, Lawrence returns to Mules Musiq with some of his sweetest gear, from the Chicagoan swing and heart-in-mouth arrangement of 'Blue Mountain' to the martian moods of 'Simmer', thru the minimal acid of 'The Cave' and the lustrous Mathew Jonson-style synthlines of 'King Quail'.
Power Vacuum on pounders patrol with joeFarr in the wake of his 'Vectors' appearance. Clattering, noisy, and headstrong, the 'Sentry' EP scouts five belligerent techno weapons bowling between the gutter welt of 'On Your Life' to the broken roll of the title track and the bone-head bounce of 'What Time Is Now'.
From his home-base in Konotop City, Vakula's 4th 12" on the Badura series surveys five pieces of plush, psychedelic deep house scanning the rolling soul of 'Ukrainian Landscape' and the abstracted, kaotic dub house of 'Electric Spica' on the A-side, before turning downtempo with the fluid momentum of 'Thoughts On The Road' and two Detroit-style beatdown bits.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Jahtari gives up the 4th instalment of 'Jahtarian Dubbers' featuring staunch bassbin pals, Pupajim, Disrupt, Rootah, Mungo's Hi-Fi and more. Psychedelic digi-dub styles in effect from Scotland to Australia, troddin' heavy from the desolate darkside of Monkey Marc's 'Danger Earth' to the mellow drift of Mungo's Hi-Fi's 'Know Your Roots' starring Shanti D via Disrupt's barking MIDI skank, 'Chrono Trigger', and and Jah Screechy's dancehall murder, 'Love We A Deal With'. Happy anniversary indeed.
Prime, remastered reissue of a sought-after disco classic from 1976, repackaged in poly-lined dust sleeve and disco bag.
Numero present David Blair Stiffler's breathtaking 1988 excursion to the isolated, landlocked Mountain Province of the Northern Philippines. Risking "life and limb" to document the region's under-recorded cultures, the noted field recordist's trip actually ended as a hostage of the MNLF rebels, who confiscated his party's equipment bar the clothes on their back and a single cassette. Upon return to America, the masters, intended for release by Folkways, were shelved in light of Folkways founder Moses Asch's death, but thankfully they' were rediscovered to become the record … Read more
**Triple pack vinyl in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve** "Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Vol… Read more
*Each copy includes a fold-out newsprint poster with a large photo of the band wearing Art Unit skull shirts on one side and liner notes and press clippings on the other* "Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring… Read more
*Each copy includes an 8-page booklet printed on industrial gray and blood red paper with lyrics, photos and press clippings from the band’s archives. As James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said of “The Bus”, “I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that* "Executive Slacks was spawned in Philadelphia by three restless art students - Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss in the early 1980s. Starting out with performance art in subways, they soon took their angst-ridden act to galleries and night clubs. They recorded four songs in the fall of 1982 that became their self-titl… Read more
*Comes in individually silk-screened jackets using the original plates created in 1984. Each copy includes a fold-out pink newsprint poster with never before seen photos of the band, lyrics and liner notes by Anka and Ronny* "Xymox, later known as Clan of Xymox, was founded in Nijmegen, a city in the east of the Netherlands, in 1983 by Ronny Moorings (Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers) and Anka Wolbert (Vocals, Bass). Ronny saved up to buy a TEAC 144 four-track tape recorder and the duo relocated to Amsterdam in April of 1983. They began to record songs utilizing a Yamaha CS-15, Korg MS-10 a… Read more
Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson get loose and ravey with Sparky's Glasgow anthem, 'Portland'. In early '90s brekabeat house mode their Looney Mix pivots off piano stabs, tight breaks and swinging New York house drums, whilst the TB Mix brings the breaks, acid spurts and dreamy chord progressions forward to weightless effect.
*Glow in the dark white on white sleeve* Julio Bashmore and Hyetal go mano e mano for the disco on their 3rd Velour 12". It's on Bashmore's Broadwalk label too so you know they mean business. Up top they've got the big rooms locked off, lacing a proper diva holler thru some kinda industrial-disco-tech groove nodding to MMM and Soundhack in finest fashion; down town 'Plato's Retreat' amps the industrial potential for booming basements with razor cut industrial funk drums and body-warping acid undertow. It's a biggun.
'Operation: Doomsday' has floated in and out of print since its original 1999 pressing on famed New York label Fondle 'Em, attaining mythical status amongst underground fans as one of the landmark releases of the decade, showcasing MF Doom's abstract wordplay, pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and alcohol drenched stream-of-consciousness flows over adventurous sample-based production. The album's impact steadily grew to alter the landscape of hip hop as it was then known, and its periodic cycles of unavailabilty seem only to have enhanced its mythical status. This Deluxe … Read more
Ghosts On Tape shake out a pair of sturdy house rollers backed with a kicking Innerspace Halflife remix. The San Fran duo build a stealthy groove from scissoring layers of percussion synched to percolating chords, modulating between slinky shimmy and big room drive on 'Only Now', and riding powerful kicks with kinky shuffle in the heads-down moodiness of 'Snake Box'. The Innerspace Halflife remix condenses 'Only You' to a walloping kicks and soaring pads twisted with Chicago funk.
*Features a translation of the original track notes that accompanied the original limited Belgian pressing* Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with GM Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad and was a member of the renowned Spectra work gro… Read more
New Directions In Music includes Stockhausen’s 'Étude ConcrÈte’ (the composer’s first experimentation in musique concrète), and David Tudor s premiere recording of all four movements of Klavierstück XI. These works are complimented by Robert Craft’s historic New Directions in Music album comprising Stockhausen’s ‘Zeitmasse' (Time-measures) for five woodwinds and Pierre Boulez' 'Le Marteau sans maître' (The Hammer without a Master).
The cream (cheese) always rises… Another Italo classic, East Wall's 'Eyes Of Glass' receives the necessary reissue treatment following recent aces from Helen, B.W.H. and more. 'Eyes of Glass' is a strikingly moody piece of darkside Italian disco loaded with coy, teasing vocal by Wilma Notari and swinging with the haughty funk of Fabrizio Chiari's synths, keys and drum machine.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
18+ debut with a haunting brand of indie soul/trip hop on Houndstooth. Their first 7" arrives hot on the heels of Soft As Snow's debut, with whom 18+ clearly share a taste for ear-worming hooks and iced electronics. Their A-side 'Crow' hinges plangent finger pops and looped-up caws around the kind of frothy motif that lodges in your nut for days, whilst processed male/female vox come off like The xx's fugged-up cousins. B-side, 'Horn' is spookier, mixing wheezy concrète textures and sluggish drums to stoned laughter and nonchalant vocals with a wry, Tricky-esque appeal.
Marissa covers ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ (from Father John Misty’s 2012 debut ‘Fear Fun’). Father John Misty covers ‘Drive’ (from Nadler’s neoteric album ‘July’).
**Mauve Wax with digital download code redeemable from the label** The talented bod behind Blood Orange, Devonte Hynes presents his OST for Gia Coppola's major motion picture adaptation of James Franco's book, 'Palo Alto'. Across eighteen pieces, ranging from 30 second cues to drifting 4 minute themes, Hynes gives knowing nods to Lynch/Badalamenti and reflects the film's underlying sense of Californian surreality and teen anguish with a suite of plush synth pads, tenderly latinate acoustic guitars and just the right amounta computer processing to shift things off axis in a more ambiguous, emotional sense.
Reissue edition of massively sought-after, definitive early Italo trax from 1983. Like many non-Italians, we first came across this gem on I-F's 'Mixed Up In The Hague' volumes, and like almost anyone who encounters its glory, it's been top of our wish-lists ever since. The moody A-side 'Livin' Up' beams us straight to sirius with moonlight synth pads, deliciously synthetic keys and *that* infectious vocal, whilst B-side brings the brilliantly camp swerve of 'Stop' with its intelligible lyrics begging us to sing along, somehow. Stone cold classic.
**Green vinyl** Smart dub techno from Roberto Clementi with a superb Norman Nodge remix. Italian producer Clementi proceeds his debut album 'N Lights' for Soma with the smooth rolling and skanking 'Barrell', and a proper, smokey dub house number named 'Traps'. But if we're picking favourites then Norman Nodge's slinky rebuild of 'Bonton' with its dusty swirl and almost Bruce Gilbert-style bassline flux is the one you need.
"Soundway Records present a special summer tribute double a-side 12" with two tracks from African musicians that both passed away within a couple of months of each other at the end of 2013 / start of 2014. Both tracks are perfect summer tropical DJ fodder for the dancefloor. On the first side South African singer Shaluza Max's massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it's a fitting reminder of a very talented musician … Read more
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.
**Vinyl-only edition of 500 with download code** "Pop music rarely comes as honest and heartfelt as when delivered by Molly Nilsson. Having traveled around the world singing to the romantic and the doomed, Nilsson found herself in the late Summer of 2014 in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the crumbling landscape and the heavy hearts that populate it, Sólo Paraíso is not only an ode to a specific time and space but a musical novella that meditates on youth, idealism and belonging. The soundtrack to a summer you thought you had when looking over bleached out old photo albums. … Read more
"Rare and unreleased Augustus Pablo from the vaults of Gussie Clarke. Includes full 12" versions of the mind-bending 'No Entry' and 'Classical Illusion' (complete with King Jammy dub). Also included is the rare JA 45 take, two unreleased Skylarking shock-outs and impossible to find 45's like 'Believe A Dub'. This is classic Augustus Pablo - Are you ready to be Dubbed?"
*Limited edition of 400. initial copies on white vinyl* In which Michal Kupicz and Mats Gustafsson transmute, augment and improvise about Konrad Smolenski's 'Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More' - a sculptural instrument that reproduces, at regular intervals, a music piece written for bronze bells, wide range loudspeakers, and other resonating objects. First presented in the Polish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the sound object is primarily based on the manipulation of the sound of toiling bells. Mich… Read more