Thursday, 28 November
**Pulsing coldwave electronics and kosmic dream-pop. White vinyl with hand-numbered art insert and sticker. Edition of 400** "When the previously thought long lost recordings of East London synth experimentalists, Karen Novotny X emerged two years ago on The Great Pop Supplement, it had minimal synth heads everywhere scratching around for absolutely any info on this murky, mysterious trio led by one Cy Levene circa 1978. Online forums buzzed with puzzled sounding appeals, as next to nothing had been written, let alone heard by this East London trio. The resulting f… Read more
**Edition of 300** "Electronic arts pioneer, activist and researcher Konrad Becker (aka Monoton) teams up with vocalist Sela for a project with a mission: unveiling Operations in a shadow world of mediated realities. Linking 21st century technology to ancient communication practices in several directions at once the hypermedia wizard and the young Viennese singer celebrate the powers of media over matter. Sound becomes a weapon against operation systems of containment and to be buried alive by technologies of symbolic domination. Operations not only gives a voice to rad… Read more
**Double vinyl edition of 250** Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels uncannily appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drex… Read more
**180g vinyl** 'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away… Read more
Thursday, 21 November
**Lights Sounds Dark unveil another pantheon of by-passed wave aces on their unmissable series. Many tracks are sourced from vintage tapes and make their first appearance on vinyl here, taking in everything from the pulsing projections of Machines At Last aka Five Times Of Dust's Robert Lawrence, to the industro-dub side project of Naffi Sandwich's Gerry Kenny and the demented garage of Decayes' 'Dancehall', plus at least one, strange, mis-credited red herring… A total no brainer!** "All is fair in love and war, and with this in mind Light Sounds Dark deliver what is surely their most compl… Read more
**A darker neon-lit return from NNF's far-eastern dream-pop idol** "On her first proper full-length album, Tokyo netscape nightingale Sapphire Slows impressively expands on the spider web tone-bank nocturnes of 2011’s True Breath EP, with headier, haunted highs and eerier, elegant depths. Patiently pieced together across all of 2012 (plus change), and inspired by everything from St. Etienne’s plasticine Euro-house, obscured J-pop memories, Blue Bell Knoll and the saddest Section 25 remixes, Allegoria swirls and spirals through ten textural electronic melancholias composed in solitude. The re… Read more
Stefan Jaworzyn (Skullflower/Whitehouse) unleashes two further sides of churning, noisy modular f**kery on his legendary and recently revived Shock label. Up top, 'Bilharzia' is a squashed and distressed tract of wobbly bass and surging squall, whilst B-side is loaded with the juggernaut momentum and blistering but lush harmonic noise of 'Make A Joyful Sound'. Check that B-side, it's a beaut!
The KVB's debut album, finally available on physical format beyond the original 100 copy cassette edition in 2012. Coming off like moodier English cousins to Wooden Shjips and Cold Cave and landing somewhere between MBV and Factory Floor, 'Minus One', Kat Day and Nicholas Woods' first missive, was recorded, produced and mixed over the course of five days in 2011 and barrels out eight tracks of motorik, gothic bloodlust powered by vitamin C-deficient drum machines, droning synths and razor-cutting clouds of guitar distortion. It will sound perfect with your new leather jacket and studied sneer.
**Double 180g LP housed in heavyweight gatefold. Individually numbered edition of 500** MW say: "We’re happy to present Smile With The Eyes: a double LP of selections of unreleased material from the prolific outsider / underground duo Five Times Of Dust. Formed in 1980 in Bristol, Mark Phillips (MAP) and Robert Lawrence came together with a shared passion for Krautrock, Industrial Electronics and the burgeoning DIY tape scene, as well as being influence by the Dadaist movement and the works of Burroughs and Ballard. Unconventional, quirky and at times melanchol… Read more
Thursday, 14 November
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Shoulda-been-huge Balearic pop music from '80s also-rans, DJ Ralf Behrendt, Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld aka Saâda Bonaire. The first issue on Captured Tracks' new 'Fantasy Memory' sublabel, curated by Andy Grier of Theives Like Us, rescues from obscurity a full album of dub-wise, sexy electronic pop produced by Dennis Bovell at Kraftwerk's studio in 1982. As fate would have it, the project fell foul of EMI's label politics, notably the group's excessive A&R man, who went 5 times over budget on Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' and … Read more
Hydraulic electro-techno and ravin' acid house weapons from UTTU's bonus bucket. Stingray's 'Assassin' is a proper darkside Detroit diamond - tuffnut EBM kicks and distorted synthlines synched for the warehouse warriors. If you copped his NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, this is a perfect companion piece! Flipside, Vin Sol does his Larry Heard tribute thing with swagger, all fluid square bassline and rugged jakk beats cut with nimble edits.
**Double coloured vinyl. *Please note* sticker advises CD version is included - the CD is not enclosed but there is a digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is one of those rare talents to whom pop sensibility seems to be second nature. The Montreal native has been making music in his bedroom since he was 12 years old, and his sophomore LP is called ‘Outside’. He has previously released two EP‘s ‘Exercises’ and ‘Music For Objects’. ‘Continent’ was his debut release and was originally released in 2009. CFCF has a musical depth that constantly surprises his elde… Read more
Thursday, 07 November
**The only European countries we can ship this item to are Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs** 4LP / 6 CDs / 2 DVD, Limited Edition of 500 Numbered copies Signed by Richard H Kirk with 40-page 12" booklet including notes about Earthshaker, an essay by Phil Barnes, new sleeve notes by Richard H. Kirk. All audio remastered from the original tapes Vinyl cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole. Content includes: CD: 1. Micro-Phonies Do Right … Read more
Ashley Beedle, Moodymanc and Max Essa give disco-house remix reinforcement for 'Back To The Source' from Justin Velor's '2013' album. The soaring, slightly camp synth-pop disco of the original is Italofied by Bear Funk's Max Essa and tempered to a mature disco house chug by Beedle and Moodymanc in 'After Dark Vocal' and Dub mixes for the friday night posse.
Reissue of an excellent Italian minimal wave diamond originally issued in 1984. Tommy De Chirico was founder of Turin's Politburo and latterly played with various projects including Thugs, Quiet, Noxeda and Lacrimal. This 12" collects tracks from his only solo 7" - The Cure/Joy Division-like atmospheres and sway of 'Close Your Eyes' and the solemn slunk of 'Flowerss In The Factory' with its kilelr metallic delays and blossoming synths - plus a skinnier demo version of 'Close Your Eyes' along with two 1983 outtakes, the tender, low-lit gem 'Vuh-Ya', and the boogie funk of 'Tuxedo Dance'.
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a… Read more
"Rare cassette-only and compilation tracks from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Femme-fronted pocket punk and domestic synth pop from the 1980s for the first time on vinyl. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a record shop counter or blo… Read more
Hudson Mohawke and Freeka Tet remix Jackson And His Computer Band's 'G.I. Jane (Fill Me Up)' single. The proggy Ed Banger styles of the original are tempered by Jackson himself on a wobbly, technoid 4/4 Auto Remix. The '80s feel-good movie soundtrack-meets-dubstep rave vibes of 'Vista' take a stadium-sized HudMo reworking and a much craftier, chimeric Freeka Tet remix rent with Hecker-esque psychoacoustic trickery.
**Nice split of motorik pop and hazy shoegaze** "This split release is from two pioneering underground acts, who have recently filtered their collective psyches through the overwhelming, hyper-populated screwtopia of Hong Kong. Gary War, returning to wash down the blitzkrieg of 2012's "Jared's Lot" with four new tracks that implode outwardly, suspended from a thread that binds psychic devastation to cosmic inspiration. Furthering his endeavours to drag song structure into the future, the cuts here swirl with refracted melodies layered meticulously upon st… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Seminal Industrial funk from the Steel City pioneers. Originally released in 1984, 'Micro-Phonies' is a classic of their post-Chris Watson phase, combining slickest technological innovations with their tastes for world music, American jazzfunk and forward-thinking intention manifest in their itchy drum machine programming, hi-tech synthlines and track titles such as the killer 'Digital Rasta' and the faithful nod to 'James Brown'. If you don't know, get to know!
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
Thursday, 31 October
Finders Keepers resuscitate a seasonal treat from the cultishly adored X Ray Pop. Housed in their highly recognisable sleeve art, it lops off the loping, dubbed-out post punk jangle of 'Living Dead' and the fuzzed-up revvvs of 'Rock n' Popoff' from their upcoming 'Ding Dong Songs 1984>>>1989' compilation. "X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, tell-tale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo… Read more
Thursday, 24 October
*Now available on vinyl* Group Rhoda follows up her delectable debut on Night School with a much sharper and equally seductive album for Not Not Fun - easily one of their best releases in 2013. Her songs are now rendered with a higher fidelity and clarity adopting the purposeful innovations of post punk and the hypnotism of modern electronic music to give her deft arrangements a sturdy poise and transcendent appeal. It's still DIY at heart and we doubt you're gonna hear them on Radio 1 any time soon, but the sense of theatrical detail and detached yet emotional investment is palp… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Pharaohs (surprisingly not a surf band, considering their name and proximity to Los Angeles) cover a range of styles on their newest three-track 12-inch for Intercoastal Artists. Epic opener “Manhunter” sounds like the mutant grandchild of no-wave / “Naïve Funk” late-1970s / early-1980s New York City. Think 99 Records, Sleeping Bag or ZE, throw in some Madchester, then tiptoe past Gottsching’s E2-E4, and you’re close. If Arthur Russell guested on this track, it wouldn’t be a surprise. The other two cuts are roughly new age, but with… Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Steve Moore (Zombi) and Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) achieve heady synth-prog heights with their debut Miracle album. It's the strongest indictment yet of their twin passions for epic dance music and tortuous, noirish pop arrangement, coming off like Depeche Mode or John Foxx soundtracking a giallo set in a zombie-infested discotheque. O'Sullivan's vocals are stellar, a dramatic multi-track constellation of voices set against gorgeous, hyperreal instrumentals synthesising Italo disco, '80s FM electro and widescreen cinematic atmospheres in nine… Read more
Thursday, 17 October
**Facsimile reissue of Franco Falsini's stellar debut album of proggy krautrock** "Sensations' Fix guitarist, keyboardist and occasional vocalist Franco Falsini cut his teeth with Italian groups in the '60s before assimilating the heady guitar virtuosity of English rock. In 1969, he moved to Virginia and built a recording studio in his girlfriend's basement, employing little more than his guitar, the newly available Minimoog synthesizer and a 4-track machine. These raw tracks, intended to be simple demos, formed the base of Fragments of Light, the debut album by Sensations' Fix. Ori… Read more
Thursday, 10 October
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Trevor Jackson dances with the zeitgeist again on this bountiful 2nd volume of 'Metal Dance: Industrial/New Wave/EBM Classics & Rarities '79-'88'. The first volume was Resident Advisor's reissue of 2012 and, by all rights, this 26-track collection should be held in equally high regard. If anything, he's gone deeper into his famed collection, pulling out total rarities such as CHBB's 'Ima Iki-Mashoo' and the militant 'Riot Squad' by a pre-ABC Vice Versa alongside classic anthems such as Chris & Cosey's 'D… Read more
*Holy Strays come like a hyperactive Forest Swords on their follow-up to records for NNF* "The Chasm EP is his most substantial piece of work to date. Written on the west coast of France and recorded in Paris earlier this year, the songs echo the bipolar environment they were created in. Holy Strays’ vocals are sampled amid clouds of gospel ghosts, chased by breathless drumming and dancing percussion. "
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "It started as an exchange of material and ideas between Berlin and London, eventually settling in Berlin. Contemporary and vintage hardware, software and percussive sounds from objects form the very rhythm oriented instrumentals, while the voice provides them with the melodic component. Creating homogeneous atmospheres is the main musical focus. The lyrics explore the nature of the mind, cast through the lens of personal experiences, and reveal a philosophy of continuity and fluidity."