Thursday, 17 July
**Remastered first ever vinyl edition of 350 copies housed in letter-pressed jacket with double-sided insert** Ghédalia's cinematic 2007 release makes its way to vinyl thanks to Italy's amazing Holidays Records. Conceived as a sort of sui generis "catalogue record" where the artist could dissect musical stereotypes, 'Hystérie Off Music' resulted in one of Ghédalia Tazartès' most layered, epic and dream-like missives. An esoteric soundclash of field recordings, fog horns, symphonic string arrangements and, of course, that tongue of tongues chanting shamanic hymns, emotive glossol… Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
A centrepiece from Cooper's 'Human' album remixed by Factory Floor and Perc, plus an older tune reworked by Harvey McKay. The grimy techno ruckus of the title cut is set to an even, swinging acid keel by Factory Floor whereas Perc gives a brutal cyborgian deconstruction ranking among his finest workouts. Seth Troxler says "cool!".
*First edition pressing of 500. Includes CD* "The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. ”Jacana”, the latest in our occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway. ”Jacana”’s three tracks find the players flying close to the limits of their comfort zones, … Read more
**180g wax in poly sleeve. Vinyl only** Local Action serve a proper summer anthem from Manchester/San Fran's Finn. R&G is the key phrase for his sound, a perfect mixture of American R&B sweetness and rugged UK grime chops finding the tender spot between Timbaland, Terror Danjah at his softest, and recent styles from Bok Bok. Up top, 'Keep Calling' is the big one, cutting male/female vocal samples in a tense pattern of unrequited love over buggin' drums and twanging bass. If you're standing still listening to this, best to move on. Flipside keeps the levels ticking with a Footwork-style display o… Read more
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at bes… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Landed’ was Can’s seventh studio album, released in 1975. The band upgraded to 16 track recording and had the opportunity to bring out many more layers of sound and an upbeat nature for most of the tracks in the process. The album was produced by the band themselves and it provided the single ‘Hunters And Collectors’, backed by ‘Vernal Equinox’, which was issued on Virgin that same year.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* - "Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 300 copies** Intricate, advanced techno from Japan's Imugem Orihasam, backed with an Eomac remix on the Bedoiun label. The originals are densely packed with squirming synths and syncopated kicks, the 2nd in particular sounds like a mutant Powell piece, which receives a hard-stepping overhaul from Eomac.
*Deluxe 180g gatefold reissue of this legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes, with rare photos and extensive liner notes* "Scored for Vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series Nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, Eco-jazz. (Impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films). Creating a singular vision of his adopted homeland, Libaek comp… 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
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Rampant techno, fresh outta NYC and backed with a Tuff Sherm remix. Check for the muscular, abrasive charge of 'Princip (Rubble Dub 1)' and the ruddy rtechno rolige of 'Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)'.
*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
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.‘Saw Delight’ was the ninth Can studio album and featured two new band members who were ex- members of Traffic. The album’s musical direction flirts with world music and precedes the mid-1980s world music trend set by artists such as Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. ‘Saw Delight’ was made as a binaural recording, a method of recording sound tha… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue on 180g Double Vinyl* "From its first release in 2000 (marking the 20-year existence of the band) to date, it has doubtlessly remained the most complex work of the Neubauten and the most fascinating in its evolution. It shows the Neubauten universe from both a known, emotionally moving side, as well as one that is deliberately constructive. It clearly breathes the inimitably rough Neubauten handwriting, while Blixa’s voice cuts through intellectual and cryptic texts. It is carried by metal sounds, from which individual instruments can almost no lon… Read more
**Clear, hand-stamped vinyl. Edition of 300** Tasty dub house skanks from new label, Silver Ash. The uncredited A-sisde, 'Karri' works a minimal garage house skip and dynamic dub chords; Fluxion reworks 'DMTC' on the flip as an swirling dub house groove with gorgeous, ghostly pads in the 2nd half.
"Mark Barrott’s (ex Future Loop Foundation) ‘Sketches From An Island’ compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using “weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,” it’s a melodic and mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history. Opening track ‘Baby Come Home’ radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ‘Essene’ perfectly navig… Read more
"San Fran synth sensei Ben Winans, a.k.a. Roche, ventures further into his arcane hardware labyrinths on Stillhope, his second slab of mind-wired Pacific house for 100% Silk. As always, there’s a great sense of spaciousness and flow,coastal fog billowing around Alcatraz and over Land’s End, invisible currents taking control. “Stillhope” and “The Medicine” skew more toward the hazed and zen, cliffside smoke seances rendered through samplers and circuitry, percussion patterns ghosting under hidden lunar cycles, while “Change” brings back the bass, riding an acid-funked electric slide into a chorus of … Read more
Reissue of seminal, early Chicago house trax from Chip E as Sweet D. You get the happy clapping piano house cheese of 'Thank Ya' up top, but the really gems are flipside in the Italo-aping disco bassline, chirruping vocal and synths of 'Do Do It' and daft MIDI funk of 'Turn It'.
Gavin Russom reprises his kosmiche disco-not-disco duo with Viva Ruiz for DFA. Two years on from their eponymous debut album, they dub out a handful of its cuts, giving 'Ascension' a ruddy, fizzing 'Deep Mix' and a muggy 'Space Mix' of 'Paradise' on the first disc, whilst the 2nd offers an oily, kinky 'Xxxtended MIx' of 'Rain' and the raw House mix of 'We Came To'.
*Deluxe 180g gatefold reissue of this legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes, with rare photos and extensive liner notes* "Based on the novel written by Australian actor Roger Ward (Mad Max, Stone, Turkey Shoot) The Set was a highly controversial film upon its release in 1970 in which it's alternate attitudes towards sexuality challenged the traditional mores of the mainstream society. The film, now regarded as a lost piece of Australian genre cinema, is considered the precursor to the OZ Sex-Wave films of … Read more
*First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1969 with exact repress of the original artwork* "Trumpeter and saxophonist Joe McPhee's first album, Underground Railroad, has been virtually impossible to find on vinyl, issued in an edition of 500 copies on Craig Johnson's CJR label -- it was recorded next to Johnson's house at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York -- it sold out and was never reprinted on vinyl until now. Underground Railroad is comprised of three pieces, the title track, "Harriett," and "Message From Denmark." The band features McPhee on corn… Read more
**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
Thursday, 10 July
Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Ro… Read more
**Kode9 and Toby Heys' sonic research unit delves into untold sonic histories in this custom triple gatefold containing 112-page book, 180g clear vinyl record, and six 12" x 12" Dead Record Archive cards. None of these components are available to buy separately and the Box Set has been made in a limited run of just 256 copies, never to be re-pressed. Artwork by Optigram. Shipping for a release date of july 21st** 'Martial Hauntology' is the groundbreaking first release on AUDiNT Records - the sonic research cell staffed by Toby Heys and Steve Goodman (Kode 9) engaged in 3r… Read more
*Fully Remastered Audio taken from from brand-new HD 96/24 masters and pressed onto 180g Vinyl with download card. This is the first time the album has been re-pressed since its release in 1988!!!* ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ was the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album. Delivered after a slightly longer period between records than fans had been used to, this was the first album they recorded in their own studio. Freed to now make music how they wanted and with no clock to beat, they rose to the challenge of producing it themselves with real aplomb, introducing a new pop sensibility to their sound, expressed through shorter, ‘hookier’ songs with occasionally intelligible lyrics....
Untimely final transmission from the late, great progenitor of Chicago Juke & Footwork. Arriving only weeks after his tragic death 'We On 1' both opens a new chapter for Wheez-ie's new Southern Belle Recordings and unfortunately closes another for dance music history. But you can fxxking forget being maudlin whilst listening to this EP which is loaded with arguably some of the baddest trax in Rashad's arsenal, from the hyper syrup anthem 'We On 1' to the uncannily ethereal vocal chops and slowfast lean of 'Do It Again' with his Teklife pals DJ Spinn and DJ Manny, and a b-l-i-n-d-i-n-g Footwork overhaul of Chaka Khan. R.I.P. Rashad. Long live Footwork.