Monday, 15 December
"The Range of Light Wilderness makes you think that the old old beach blanket in your trunk might actually be a magic carpet. Roll it out and go for a sandy ride in the sky. There's plenty of magic to spare in the world created on the outfit's beguiling debut full-length. Refracting the full crystalline spectrum of psychedelic pop, The Range Of Light Wilderness delivers tunes that are profound and danceable, hushed and arresting, fresh and timeless. These analog recordings were produced by song writer Thomas Frank McDonald (guitar, synths & lead vocals… Read more
Friday, 12 December
Thursday, 11 December
**Heavy, rigid boxset containing 4LPs + 7", 40-page history of Vice Versa and Neutron Records, a metal badge and a paper synth kit called 'nowsoc78'. Edition of 600 with hand-numbered certificate** 'Electrogenesis 1978-1980' is a brilliant and comprehensive survey of Sheffield's proto-ABC group, Vice Versa. Comprising demo versions, live recordings, both of their 7"s, and the '8 Aspects Of' cassette pressed to vinyl for the first time, it sums up a "bizarre trio who show occasional flashes of promise, but whose pretentiousness becomes quite tiresome", according to an… Read more
**Mindblowing 2LP + 7" set with 16-page booklet spelling out the group's history with photos and notes by Tristan Koreya** Jeez, get yer head around this invaluable collection of French psych juices from Vox Populi!, collated and reissued by the peerless V-o-D. Like many other late-comers to their sound, it was Spencer Clark ov The Skaters's reissue of 'Half Dead Ganja Music' LP in 2013 that first alerted us to Vox Populi!'s otherworldly charms. This 2LP set, comprising 29 tracks from various records released 1983-88, plus 'Myscitismes' in its entirety hugely… Read more
*Free Shipping in the UK* *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* **Gargantuan boxset (this thing weighs over 4KG!) containing nine individual titles split over 13 x LPs, 3 x 7"s, with colour jackets, inserts, photographs, and numbered certificates. A genuine wealth of '80's avant-garde and industrial knowledge and music in this - In catalogue order, it in… Read more
*Please note that LP and CD versions have completely different audio* Moon Wiring Club convene their 2014 AGM in the haunted fairground of 'Leporine Pleasure Gardens'. This 22-track CD version could be considered the bouncy, beat-driven after-party at knackered Alton Towers-style attraction where some mischievous member has spiked the Lowcocks and poked all the sausage from the rolls. Rugged PS2 beats are spun dizzy in a hallucinogenic merry-go-round triggering bouts of "jugged kinetosis" - motion sickness as a musical positive - allowing the near-ancient rites of… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with 180g vinyl** Peerless noise fiends William Bennett and Reinhold Friedl engage their 2nd session of Whitehouse performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble, and right in time for Christmas, too! Following on from Zeitkratzer's acclaimed 'Whitehouse Electronics' (2000) CD, the esteemed ensemble - counting some of European avant-garde's most skilled players - tackle a further five Whitehouse "classics" in unplugged mode, including an unheimlich guest vocal from the Mr. Bennett himself in the 12 minute version of 'Daddo'. The results get right under t… Read more
Incredible collection of mid-late 80’s experimental works from the hugely influential Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono, including works for contrabass flute, clarinet, treated voices, strings and electronics. Beautiful boxed edition from the always-excellent Editions RZ. Rigid boxset containing 2 x CDs in gatefold slipcases with extensive 56-page booklet of essays and photographs** Editions RZ present a necessary reissue of their 1990 LP release, now backed with three legendary recordings, 'La Terra E La Compagna', 'Caminantes', 'No Hay Caminos, Hay Que Caminar'. Collected, they form a grea… Read more
**Edition of 300 includes download code** Blackest Ever Black part the curtains to reveal Tarcar's compelling debut of "shut-in dub dysfunction" at the closing strokes of 2014. Sealing the label's most prolific year to date on a particularly evocative note, 'Mince Glace' dwells in the nether regions of the echoplex, dreaming of creaky psych dub from AC Marias to Leven Signs and peddling sozzled, spectral organs for reclined minds. Vascilating between bombed-out and spiked-up vibes, it's a superb showcase for Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek's wayward tastes, proving equally effective in the amor… Read more
**Farther, previously unreleased minimal / progressive material from the original 1978 'Antico Adagio' sessions, released here for the first time. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope … Read more
**A hauntingly spirited minimal/progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope of Die Schachtel's excavations, the second unrel… Read more
*CD Edition bringing together both LP volumes of this fantastic reissue, with liner notes from Kieran Hebden. It's a hauntingly spirited minimal /progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single dis… Read more
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
Shifted takes a quieter, creepier tack towards cinematic industrial scapes and pulsing rhythms on 'Part 2' of his 'Arrangements in Monochrome' session. Dangerously opiated and out-of-reach, his sound here marks a subtle step forward/away in terms of sound design, and a more noxious reduction of his signature palette, guiding us from lightless drone and drizzle in 'The Incoherent' to urgently scan ocean floor depths in 'Arrangement In Monochrome II' and the bleakly gorgeous 'Second Wash', while 'Entartung' gets tangled in a flux of rusty aquatic rhythm and 'Lenine' leaves us stranded in alien space station atmospheres.
Shifted follows up his 'Under a Single Banner' LP for Bed Of Nails with his first new material for 2014. Part 1 of a twin 12" set, 'Arrangements in Monochrome' yields four mechanically worn-down grooves seeping from the oily, emulsifying drones of 'You're a Replacement' to the thrumming grey techno missile 'Arrangement In Monochrome I' and over to the viscous momentum of '6ft of Silence' or the ventilation shaft extrusion, 'The Velvet Rope'.
Grebenstein debuts on Downwards with a roiling industrial session primed for fans of his label-mates Samuel Kerridge or Talker. Rife with slow, bellicose drums and miasmic atmospheres, four tracks play out a soundtrack for end times between the tribal trudge of 'Acting Within Your Terms' and the uniquely offset swagger of 'That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body' via the Raime-like mood guitar chops and malefic attitude of 'No You Don't'. Sterling stuff for fans of The Haxan Cloak etc.
**Orange vinyl housed in clear poly sleeve with insert** Yves de Mey takes to AnD and Tom Dicicco's ISM label with four parts of brutalist tech-tronics as Grey Branches. Compared with the hyper detailed releases under his own name for Sandwell District and Opal Tapes etc., there appears to be a much noisier, tormented agenda behind these tracks, resulting in a darker, gritted sound between the salty electro-acoustic bogle of 'Exsolve', the mutant 110bpm slugger, 'Lower Bounds', and the crooked club gear of 'Binate', while 'Plangent' rings out with waves of white noise and shuddering sub-bass pressure.
"André Vida is a Berlin-based saxophonist, composer and lyricist. He has developed a series of practical approaches to improvisation using restrictive outfits, animated graphics-based score installations and self-made instruments. His solo saxophone pieces are a synthesis of these areas of improvisational research, combining body, instrument, song-forms, and voice. In this case the pieces are made in the moment and memory, with shifting time matrices. Over the course of a two-minute walk, some four tenors and four baritones move in pace from 307 beats per minute to 153 bpm, while ont he o… Read more
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Alter return with this album of brilliantly unclassifiable doings by London-based enigma D. Shan, aided and abetted by Vindicatrix and D. Bolger (ov The Pheromoans / The Bomber Jackets). In our mental chart of madness from these shores in 2014, this one is right up there, expanding upon the audness of his 'Known Nonsense' 7" with a further delineation and deconstruction of eldritch avant-pop tropes. Comparisons could be made with Art Bears, the Cold Storage scene, The Residents and Ralph Records roster, but ultimately Acolytes are a unique quantity.
**Purple wax** Funkineven's Apron Records deal a dope version of Seven Davis Jr.'s head-turning 'P.A.R.T.Y.' 12", originally issued in early 2014. There's a lean version of 'Celebrations' and the sprung Mid-West funk of 'P.A.R.T.Y.' to warm things up on the A-side, and some heavy raw ish on the B-side with the Funk-a-delic spin of 'Fun' and the nimble jazz-funk step-up and cool-down vibes of 'Summers' for the dancers. RIYL Prince, Actress, Anthony Shakir.
Life-affirming mix of Philly disco and Trini steel drums from '77, remastered, re-sequenced and re-released with new artwork by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang for EM Records. Following the release of two exclusive 12" mixes, 'Trinidad (Disco Mix)' and 'J'Ouvert', this is a hugely satisfying long-player putting several years of experimentation into action via a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and distinctive steel rhythm section. Under the guidance of Trinidadian physicist and band-leader John Gibbs, the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra's debut albu… Read more
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
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
Infectious, refreshing deep house and broken beat soul concoctions from Atlanta's Stefan Ringer. There's five tracks smudging the lines between garage house and jazz-funk soul to perfection, whether matching the loose genius of Gifted & Blessed in the fluid, sexy funk of 'Meagangood' and the bright swing of 'MYM', touching on a stoned soul buzz with the dope 'n icy 'Transitions', or square on the boogie-funk release valve with the killer broken beat pivots of 'The Fix' for fans of Falty DL, Karizma or Floating Points. Tipped!
*12 Track compilation (inc some previously unreleased gems) compiled for Mike Patton's Ipecac label* "Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013. Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which shall be released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased t… Read more
*Gatefold 3LP version with 3 x 180g black vinyl, the first containing six B sides and two full Peel Sessions and the second featuring the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. A download card is included, offering access to all LP tracks plus 4 more bonus tracks* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carr… Read more
**Spattered pink 180g wax in UV gloss finished sleeve. Edition of 350** "Andrew Liles' 'Wanton Wives...' follows on from where his 'Maleficent Monster' left off in June and also follows on from his recent Equestrian Vortex soundtrack 10" on Death Waltz. This, the second LP of horror inspired nastiness in his series for Blackest Rainbow, features creeping giallo jazz with sultry spoken vocals, synth heavy monsters, cannibal lunacy, and a track called 'Wild Boar', wait until you hear that one. This is the sound of someone who has spent too many late nights wa… Read more