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Monday, 29 December
Stunning Alga Marghen issue of two previously unreleased masterworks by Eliane Radigue recorded at Pierre Henry's studio between 1967-68. At this time she was working for Henry at his studio, given the enviable task of organising his vast sound library according to different criteria for use in his future compositions and also helping edit his masterpiece 'L'Apocalypse de Jean'. During downtime from work she had access to an unrivaled array of equipment and created these two compositions. She clearly relishes her situation in the 11 minute minimalist tract of 'Jouet Electronique' (1… Read more
*Edition limited to 240 copies, with liner notes by Frederic Acquaviva and a fantastic front cover drawing by Maurice Lemaître* "Alga marghen presents an exceptionally wild sonic art and poetry document, Maurice Lemaître “Poémes et musiques lettristes et hyperphonie” recorded between 1952 and 1968. What does Lemaître contribute to the Isouian poetic creation? What… music as background to “lettries”? These are heretic hyperphonies forming such a specific corpus in the lettric sphere. Neither Isou, nor Pomerand, Dufrêne, Wolman, or Spacagna achieved what L… Read more
Alga Marghen swiftly follow their edition of Corner's seminal 'Piano Activities' with these experimental percussive compositions performed and recorded at Merce Cunningham's studio in New York, at Cavriago in Italy, and at the Avant Garde Festival, Cambridge, MA between 1974-1978. "…the culmination of many years experience and experiment with the properties of resonant metal objects, whether intended for music or not", the first three pieces are extracted from an hour long performance recorded at Merce Cunnigham's studio, performed by David Behrman (electronics and performer) with the… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in silk screened jackets** One of our favourite labels, Planam, pulls out a real time-and-space bender from James Twig Harper, who's perhaps best known for his collaborations with Nate Young in Nautical Almanac and alongside Daniel Higgs for Thrill Jockey. Theres some genuine weirdness within, some of the strangest we've heard since Planam first gave birth to Pat Murano's Decimus series, but with a distinctly unique fidelity and gyroscopic dynamic that makes for a deliciously disorienting experience all of its own conception. There's an animalistic or perhaps even … Read more
**First pressing of 300 copies** Incisive new compositions synthesising and playing with the forms of various religious musics. A haunting, mysterious, and yet somehow humourous thing. "The subtitle of this album describes it as "messa in scena arcaica per strumenti elettronici e voci ingannevoli" - a play of words which could be translated as "mass in an archaic scene (or archaic enactment) for electronic instruments and deceptive voices". The italian graphic designer and musician Marco Papiro deliberately plays with different forms of religious music, and loosely oscillates between the spiritual a… Read more
**Gatefold edition with 16page booklet of notes, interview and photos. This release was originally available as a double set together with 'Vice-Versa' but both releases are now sold separately** Gosh this is just something else. Alga Marghen present these astonishing archival works by Eliane Radigue, originally released along with Vice-Versa as a double pack, and now available as standalone LP. Listening to Radigue's music is a transformative, humbling experience. Her singular sound is best described by Michel Chion as "infinitely discreet... next to which all other music see… Read more
**Heady, discordant and pastoral guitar landscapes from the Charalambides man. Edition of 300 housed in spot gloss printed sleeve** "In some hirsute + spectacled (as well as oft besotted) circles, the storied ramble of American guitarist Tom Carter requires no introduction. Of late, his Kazuyuki K. Null meets Franco Falsini excursionary instrumentalism has taken on an increased luminosity, due in no small part to some unexpected time spent at a certain house on the borderland. In his own words: "Information-inscribed ribbons unravel from a spool spinning into relaxed entropy. Floating smoke… Read more
**Hurricane-strength harsh noise killer. RIYL Kevin Drumm** "Spectral Arrows: Sydney was recorded at Artspace Sydney in 2012 during The Color of the Sky Has Melted, a survey exhibition of Fusinato’s recent projects. Fusinato performed facing a large, purpose-built wall that bisected the exhibition space and displayed his Double Infinitives series (large-scale works that appropriate from the print media the archetypal image of the riot: the masked protagonist who brandishes a rock against a backdrop of fire). Fusinato’s sculpture Aetheric Plexus, which unleashes 13,00 watts of w… Read more
Friday, 19 December
Red-eyed electro-dub wickedness from the one and only Actress. His 'Rainy Dub', "the implacable, alien Son Of Sleng Teng" is one of the most blunted tools in his box. Imagine Tapes and Zomby smoking themselves fluorescent green and forgetting to press the buttons, leaving a wormy, irregular bass loop to burrow inside itself and secrete a silvery contrail of fuzzy, evanescent delay, returning nearly nine minutes later to find a computer dub masterpiece. On the other hand you've got 'Faceless', taking a plunge into pressurised aquatic electro, like the spawn of Drexciya left to evolve in the sewers of Detroit. Aces, both of them.
**Includes a bonus DJ mix by Parris to download from your Boomkat account** Killer skool of 2014 survey from Dusk & Blackdown's Keysound Recordings. 8 heavyweights in the dance touching on all manner of new sounds from the juicy tropical synthuality of Murlo to the gutted grime mutations of Wen and Parris. It also introduces a stack of new names to the label with bullets like Caski's dark garage grine 'Tunnel Music', Aphix's icy 'Sin King' or the nice/nasty grime shades of DLVRY's 'Guilt'. The download that comes with the vinyl also gets you a further 6 tr… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and sweet… Read more
**Repress coming soon** JME jumps on a dubstep slaughter by Commodo for Deep Medi. Riddim and rider are both on form, JME bouncing cool and calculated over rugged ballroom "ha" stabs, darkside synth voices and 'floor churning subs for the hard skankers. Big bad instrumental on the flip.
**Glitter glossed gatefold 2LP** The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' a… Read more
**"Elephant"-skinned boxset includes exclusive first vinyl edition of 'Hazyville' and vinyl of new album 'Ghettoville' each housed in die-cut jackets, plus two CD's for both, and an epic 32-page, 12" x 12" art book** A must-have missive for all deep funk futurists, collecting a much-needed vinyl version of 'Hazyville' (2008) together with what's hinted to be the last Actress album, 'Ghettoville'. We hardly need to reiterate with you lot how heavy 'Hazyville' has played on our listening lives over the last half decade or more. It marked a pivotal moment where house, techno, hip h… Read more
Wednesday, 17 December
Nexx-level club dynamixx from Berlin's M.E.S.H. for new music thunk tank, PAN. As a co-founder and resident at the influential Janus club-night, M.E.S.H. is hard-wired to the core of Berlin's accelerated night scene and deeply connected to the global digital arts diaspora thru collaboration with contemporary artists, Aleksandra Domanovic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca and TCF, among others. Operating at the intersection of electronic hip hop, techno and chimeric sound design, the 'Scythians' EP motions a bracingly fresh sound modelling skeletal 808 patterns perfused with hyper-criss foley and… Read more
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
Triple Vinyl Edition at long last available again. Two Italian Techno overlords recreate and refine their now-legendary live set from Japan's 2011 Labyrinth festival on 'Voices From The Lake'. Frictionless, pulsing and swaying body grooves meld with hypnotic, layered synths in a sleek and free-roaming suite of eleven tracks shackled to a continuous 4/4 framework. There's a clear sense of purpose to the set, stealthily developing from fluid, flickering tones and metallic pings into oscillating, offset bass rhythms subtly taking their time to re-programme minds and bodies to … Read more
**Deluxe, spot UV varnished tip on-style gatefold, plus 8-page booklet and poster** The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
**Deluxe triple LP in a gatefold sleeve back in stock** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of Parliament/Fun… Read more
Half-speed mastered by Matt Colton. 180g vinyl. Includes download code** Dan Snaith indulges his most sensitive indie-disco-pop side with 'Our Love', his sixth solo album as Caribou. Hingeing on the slippery ohrwurm of the title track's electro-disco-tech romp, the rest of the album features Jessy Lanza in the technoid R&B flux of 'Second Chance', plus Owen Pallett's violin and viola in the moody slo-mo slug, 'Silver', that title track, and the dusty radiophonic disco-tech of 'Your Love Will Set You Free'.
*180 Gram LP + DVD + 12 Page Photo Book + Download Coupon for Full Album and 14 Bonus Tracks redeemable from the label* Slint’s 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, Includes Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never-before-seen, 90 minute DVD documentary about Slint and the making of Spiderland, directed by Lance Bangs. Booklet includes foreword by Will Oldham.
*Our favourite EP of 2013, finally back in print - Includes download code redeemable from the label* Jawdropping and genuinely neo soul music from FKA Twigs and stellar production talent, Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca. It's quite possible that you're one of the half-million odd who've already watched the stunning videos for this EP's biggest tunes, 'Water Me', or 'How's That', but even if you haven't, there's still two brand new beauties exclusive to this single. The A-side commits the liquid crystal 3D refractions of 'How's That', with its aching vocal and polymetric swirl, beside new bit, 'Papi Pacify' -… Read more
**Double LP housed in reverse-flap jacket, full colour Eurosleeves, 16-page booklet and download card** RVNG Intl.'s issue of 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)' is a wide-reaching and revelatory survey of Kerry Leimer's prescient output operating on the cusp of ambient, 4th World and industrial musics. From base in Seattle, Leimer accumulated a unique catalogue of recordings created on a Micromoog, drum machines, guitars and FX units, and heavily informed by imported Krautrock/kosmiche titles sourced outta NME and Melody Maker, and equall… Read more
*Craig Leon-approved reissue of his two solo albums Nommos and Visiting as a 2LP set in gorgeous packaging with two essays by Leon and a download coupon* Issued respectively by John Fahey's Takoma label in 1980 and Leon's Arbitor private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard Craig Leon. Leon's production was pivotal in realising the debut recordings by Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound, Leon's own debut album was arguably, if not literally… Read more
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning his … Read more
Tuesday, 16 December
Frank Maier at V-O-D reanimates the wonderfully freakish pop output of Val Denham and co's The Death & Beauty Foundation with the 32-song collection 'We Are Young & Stupid'. While a couple of couple of CD compilations have had a good stab at collecting the group's output, you can safely consider this thee definitive collection, highlighting various tracks from 'The Darlington Tapes', recorded by Val Denham and Andrew McKenzie (ov The Hafler Trio) in 1982, plus their eponymous cassette album from 1986 together with stacks of early/unfinished and rehearsal recording… Read more
Unhinged industrial techno duo Blacknecks lay their own gravestone with this final evacuation of their archive. Originally presenting themselves as incognito UK garage superstars, in reality it's the work of Al Matthews ov Bleaching Agent/Smear/FSG fame, and Tom Russell aka Truss. Going out with (or without) style, they yield seven cuts here, ranging from blistered shake downs to further iterations of their patented Italo-NRG pounders, plus some arpeggiated nonsense, mentasm-razzing hardcore, and other such frivolity. That sleeve is fxxking filth.
Eglo's first lady of soul, Fatima Bramme Sey properly arrives with her fully-fledged debut album, 'Yellow Memories', featuring production by Floating Points, Computer Jay, Flako, and KNX. Active since the late '00s with guest appearances on Geeneus, DVA and Shafiq Husayn productions, the London-based vocalist has become a firm fixture in the Eglo family, contributing to some of the label biggest highlights such as her Floating Points-produced 'Red Light' and her 'Phone Line' dancefloor bomb with Funkineven. In the last few years, however, she's come to be the label's strongest, most unique ass… Read more
Fearless techno jags from Paula Temple, back on R&S after the 'Colonized' EP in 2013. This time out she's much noisier, dynamic, baiting the apocalypse in three dramatic, tribalised onslaughts: 'Deathvox' is an outstanding collision of galloping, shuffling techno torque with 'Elephant Song'-style howls and a stunning doom denouement; from majestic intro, 'Monstro' bombs the senses with heavy artillery harking back to Techno Animal and Scorn at their fiercest; 'Ful' casts a long shadow of brassy synth plumes and thunderous drums reminding of Randomer. Tip!