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Tuesday, 20 May
*Newly reissued on Mute - includes a free poster and download code redeemable from the label* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ … Read more
Monday, 19 May
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak. Initial copies on transparent red wax** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by … Read more
*New on Modern Love, edition of 700 mastered and cut at D&M Berlin* Jack Dice is a new project on Modern Love from John Twells and Walker Chambliss. Twells, amongst very many other things, runs the Type label and has been producing music of various different disciplines and varieties over the last 15 years. Although he's never released anything on Modern Love before, he's a long time friend and associate of the label. Chambliss is the manager of Main Attrakionz and has been DJing with them for the last couple of years as the official 'Green Ova DJ'. 'Jack Dice' is fuelled by an interest in bass… Read more
*Limited edition, hand-stamped white label* Proper skulkin' riddims straight outta deepest darkest Bristol on the freshly minted Livity Sound. Frontside, Kowton goes on a sparse and slinkin' groove driven by pneumatic subbass pulses and coordinated by tuff yet limbre drum programming, all cloaked with roughed-up string pads. Rolling off a cracking run of tracks on Hessle Audio and Left_Bank, Pev's mix on the flip feel more tensile, synching rumbling dread bass, slippin' Toms and sheared hi-hats with a more junglist intent compared with Kowton's Garage/House flow. No fuss, just stone-cold aces.
Thursday, 15 May
**White wax in silkscreen-printed PVC sleeve. Edition of 150 - Volume Two** Brilliant 2nd volume of melting modular skeletons by Nicola Ratti (Bellows) for Italy's outstanding Holidays Records. These are quite possibly the most impressive, robust and diverse pieces we've heard from Ratti. In some obvious ways they parallel the mutations happening right now in noise/techno undergrounds, and in others they're a natural progression of his practice both solo and with Bellows. On this 2nd volume he presents five more pieces of unique, techno-accented rhythmelodic cadence and unpredictable a… Read more
**White wax in silkscreen-printed PVC sleeve. Edition of 150 - Volume One** Nicola Ratti (Bellows) inverts the diffuse vectors of his 'Resophonic' LP with Mark Templeton in five bony-but-sinuous modular electronic and tape compositions split over two volumes for Holidays Records. These are quite possibly the most impressive, robust and diverse pieces we've heard from Ratti. In some obvious ways they parallel the mutations happening right now in noise/techno undergrounds, and in others they're a natural progression of his practice both solo and with Bellows. On this 1st volume he modula… Read more
**One-sided pressing. Edition of 200** 'Piper' documents 18 minutes of live recording made by maverick cellist Okkyung Lee and harmonium player Jon Wesltoft, captured in Oslo, 2010 - the same period that spawned their 'Cold Burn' album. It's quite an intense and mesmerising piece, laying down one thick slab of ritual drone agitating buzzing high end overtones and soured discord.
The third in the legendary Basic Channel series, Features the title track and a remix of the classic Phylyps Trak.
Seventh release in the classic Basic Channel series - Octagon on the A side, Octaedre on the flip..
*Villalobos, Vladislav Delay and Tikiman Mixes* The long-rumoured, desperately awaited series of remixes for Rhythm and Sound's See Mi Yah sessions finally drops!!!! Featured here are remixes from Ricardo Villalobos, Vladislav Delay and Tikiman. The first ever Rhythm and Sound remix EP, rumours have it the the first pressing is already vastly over-subscribed....if you want to guarantee a first pressing, don't sleep!
Happa and Manni Dee go for the jugular on two brutalist techno missiles for Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations. Under the Habits Of Hate aegis, the Leeds/Brighton-based axis of evil twists out a raging piece of broken 4/4 recalling BMB at their most slavering with the dubbled kicks and crushing breakbeat deviations of 'Limelight Roles'. B-side 'A Rebel From The Waist Down' shots blistered techno from the hip with ravenous steppers' techno patterns and napalmed noise textures. Riot music.
*Carl Craig and Basic Channel Reshapes!* Deary me, the best has very definitely been saved til last with this quite remarkable final installment for Basic Channel's 'See Mi Yah' series of remixes. Volume four goes way back to Basic channel's roots for a double-headed session that features one of Carl Craig's most astonishing remixes on the A-side and a simply terrifying, almost unfathomably deep spacious techno reworking from Basic Channel themselves on the flip. Short of Mark and Moritz resurrecting Techno's most infamous label and delivering the fable… Read more
*Rhythm & Sound remixed by Soundstream, Substance and Francois K* Hard to think of many/any producers out there who would refuse an opportunity to remix music penned by Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Mauritz Von Oswald, particularly given that up until this series of remix twelves it just wasn't something the elusive pair ever allowed. Putting together a shortlist of potential remixers for these releases must have been a real chore - who would you ask to rework your music if you knew you could get more or less anyone you wanted? Followin… Read more
Back In Stock. After indulging us with the magnificent Burial Mix perfections of 'King In My Empire' and 'Jah Rule', Moritz and Mark return with a new golliath 12" on the Rhythm and Sound imprint. Instrumentals on both sides, the most noticeable element as soon as the space echoes of the opening 'Imprint' rumble in is that the formula that has been conceived and perfected by M+M will never cease to amaze. Reverberating pops and emmited static fold themselves around the incredibly deep, rumbling bassline. Shards of dub delay infiltrate the mix, but the cathartic drift of the track is, simply put, mes… Read more
*The legendary 1st Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary second Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 4th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 8th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 9th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 11th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
Wednesday, 14 May
Borderline-bonkers double feature presentation of near-mythical dadaist songcraft from 1981. Picked up pressed to vinyl for the first by Alga Marghen sub-label Planam and A Tree In A Field 30 years after it was originally released, Die Welttraumforscher's cherished 'Herzschlag Erde' is reissued alongside its unreleased follow-up 'Verdunkelt die Sinne', together providing your recommended annual dose of esoteric Swiss/Alien electronic folk music. Much loved of largely German-speaking freaks like Mouse On Mars, Harald "Sack" Ziegler, Yello's Dieter Meier and G… Read more
**Famous sound sculpture recordings from 1964-66 and installation work from 1984. Edition of 380 copies for the world with full colour sleeve and printed inner containing testimonies from Marcel Duchamp and William Burroughs.** "Alga Marghen proudly presents one of the highlights of his catalogue, an exclusive LP edition with the recordings of Takis' electro-magnetic sculptures. Takis is the originator of this new approach to the musicality of sound, which consists in laying bare the repetitious structure of musical form and its functional derivation, thus rejecting the … Read more
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
"In the past few years alga marghen successfully released on CD some of Anton Bruhin's more experimental works. InOut, Rotomotor and the CD version of his first LP masterpiece from 1969 Vom goldabfischer, made many familiar with the eccentric creations of this obscure Swiss artist. But for this new release alga marghen decided to concentrate on Anton Bruhin's favorite instrument, the Jews harp. Included in this LP record are six breathtaking Jews harp pieces of pure genius. On Side 1 'Apocalypt Rb- with sampling loop' and 'Chor H+ with sampling loop and solo reverb pot', recorded in January 2… Read more
"Fylkingen has, in the course of its many years of activity, become a familiar factor in Swedish, as well as international, musical life, a unique forum for the presentation of experimental art. Since very early it began to work in collaboration with an electronic music studio in Stockholm for the creation of technically satisfactory performance possibilities. The movement within Sweden in sound poetry/text-sound composition took hold in the early 1960s with the reorganization of Fylkingen, aiming to develop the relation between art and technology. Sten Hanson's work is an ex… Read more
**Edition of 250 housed in "iconic" jacket** Well, somebody had to do it, and we could think of few better than Italy's Alga Marghen label. Punning on the title of Simon & Garfunkel's classic LP (even reproducing the front cover), Patrice Caillet, Adam David and Matthew Salladin have collected those infamous "silent" tracks from releases by Ciccone Youth, Crass, Andy Warhol, Whitehouse, Sly & The Family Stone, John Denver, John Lennon, Robert Wyatt, Orbital, and many more. It's equal parts a provocative statement, as many of the pieces were intended, and also an aesthetic exercise if we tak… Read more
Tuesday, 13 May
"Finders Kreepers continue their 7″ series of vintage macabre film music with a volume dedicated to European vampire cinema with the two most notorious exponents of the horrotica genre at the helm. Although often put on the same platform the films of these two self-sufficient European filmmakers are in fact very different from each others celebrated efforts, having collaborated on just one occasion with Rollin directing a short dream sequence for Franco’s film Virgin Amongst The Living Dead (complete with its pulsating Bruno Nicolai score). On the a-side … Read more
**Essential, limited edition reissue. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Craig Leon's incredible 'Nommos' is a hugely sought-after artefact from the crucible of New York's early '80s post-punk scene, first released somewhat incongruously on John Fahey's Takoma label in 1981. While well known to diggers such as Julian Cope, whose Head Heritage hailed it as "the missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young", it largely eluded the rest of us until a natty bootleg issue cre… Read more
Monday, 12 May
*Pressed on 140g vinyl, packaged in a pro-press color jacket and a silkscreened pvc sleeve* At long last PAN present the radical, revelatory debut album of sonic fictions by peerless mastering engineer, sound artist and composer, Rashad Becker. Via his day job as a cutting engineer at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering and his post-production studio, Clunk, the Syrian-born German-raised autodidact has in some respects contributed more to the shape and timbre of contemporary electronic and avant-garde music than anyone else. He's blessed with a heightened sensiti… Read more