Thursday, 03 April
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced ha… Read more
*Double LP pressed on 180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with specially printed inner and outer sleeve pockets, and codes for a digital download of the album redeemable from the label* "Second full-length album from Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs. ‘E s t a r a’ finds Teebs returning to Flying Lotus’ genrebending Brainfeeder imprint, following 2011’s ‘Collections 01’ and 2010’s full-length ‘Ardour’, an effort that came together in the midst of personal turmoil and the death of his father. In contrast, ‘E s t a r a’ encapsulates a time when the producer (and painter)… Read more
*Epic drone and industrial soundscapes from Eric Holm, new on Subtext, highly recommended to followers of Emptyset, Vainqueur and classic Chain Reaction* Subtext presents the debut album from the London based American electronic musician Eric Holm. The release brings together a collection of recordings produced on the arctic island of Andøya, an outpost 300 kilometers north of the arctic circle. Developed entirely from a single contact mic recording from a remote telegraph pole that connects the island's array of military listening stations, Holm crafts a detailed expansion of this solitary sonic mo… Read more
Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.
'Aika' captures revered Finnish techno/electronica producer Ukkonen at his most romantic, deft and involving with two extended narratives p'raps best suited for home listening. 'Luomus' sweeps in with Detroit strings gone trance over off-grid machine pulses with the aerobic agility and elegance of an olympic ice skater before a midway transition into almost Lynchian exotica and airborne electro-jazz/classical motifs. The sweetly charming 'Aikomus' is equally intricate, morphing minimal techno patter and bleeping elements with the deceptively effortless "how'd he do that?" melodic calculations and altern… Read more
*Dark, killer collection of post-industrial, electronic and noise jamz featuring Ren Schofield (aka Container)* "Another Dark Age captures the schizophrenic culture that exists in one pocket of the underground across oceans and continents to connect music from four obscure projects. From Providence (USA) to Melbourne (Australia), it delves deep into the noise and experimental scenes of both cities. Form a Log is a trio of which Ren Schofield (AKA Container) is a member. Their twisted analog improvisations are as disciplined as they are chaotic. 'In the Streets' is a chugging percussive jam t… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the title t… Read more
**Limited edition Beautiful cloth-bound gatefold case-sleeve with reproduction of the original booklet!** The second volume of the Anthology features music for sacred and secular social gatherings. Amazing fiddle breakdown, gospel performances, cajun tunes and dance songs.
**Limited edition housed in a beautiful cloth-bound gatefold case-sleeve with reproduction of the original booklet!** The fourth volume of the Anthology was never finished by Harry Smith. He managed to choose and sequence the tracks but never submitted liner notes to Folkways. Revenant Records released a version of this volume in the late 1990's with excellent liner notes and packaging. For our current release we have decided to not include any liner notes and conform the packaging to the same style as the first 3 volumes. This volume explores rhythmic changes that occurred in folk music between the late 1920's and early 1940's.
"After a seven-year hiatus, Boneset is the seventh album from the excellent Diane Cluck. Cluck's uniquely clipped, glottal vocals and harp-like acoustic guitar embed in rich textures from cellist Isabel Castellvi and drummer Anders Griffen. Recorded to analog tape at Brooklyn's Trout Recording, Boneset is comprised of songs written years ago, not so long ago, just recently, laid out in near-chronological order. Dark to light to dark, the album overends as a kind of mobius strip, songs seeded with birds, death, wealth, poverty, boldness and heart. "Diane Cluck has been under-appreciated for so lon… Read more
Fuzzy, rooted dub techno from Fluxion featuring guest vocal from New York's Teddy Selassie on 'Everyday', backed with the wide-stepping, atmospheric skank of 'Expansion'.
Manchester's Acre returns with a solid 4 track EP for Cold Recordings. 'Burning Memories' opens the twelve with a typically dark, bass-heavy deployment of clipped jungle loops running through without ever dominating proceedings, while 'Switchblade' makes use of an electroid template, albeit with a pounding, bass-heavy construction. 'Trace Loops' on the flip employs a slow, trance-like buildup with a brooding, tempered quality while 'Northern Shadows' provides a more standard bass-heavy edit, full of low-end menace.
**180g silver/white vinyl - Historically important pieces documenting John Cage's early electronic and tape practice** "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the… Read more
Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
*LP version includes high gloss UV printing, an artworked inner sleeve and a download code redeemable from the label. Initial 500 copies pressed on clear vinyl* ‘Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unkown’ is the new album from Swedish group The Skull Defekts, with the legendary Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough ‘Peer Amid’, the group has emerged… Read more
Shanti Celeste, stalwart of the Bristol music scene and employee at the Idle Hands shop, returns with a new 12" for Idle hands. The twelve features two cuts of wistful, yet driving house. 'Day Like This' is an exercise in tough kicks and sound system rumbling subs. 'On My Own' pairs strong melodic elements with skippy drums...
*Edition of 300 copies on clear vinyl, with download code redeemable from the label* "Toulouse-based duo Saåad are back with Deep/Float, their debut LP for Hands in the Dark. Following a number of quality drone/dark ambient releases on cassette including last year’s HITD release Orbs & Channels, as well as digital EPs, CDs and with some quality experimental collaborations and splits under their belts, it was high time that Romain Barbot and Greg Buffier got their 5 year evolution onto wax. And it has been worth the wait. Deep/Float is arguably Saåad’s most crafted and coherent work to date. The reco… Read more
"This time, the marvellous nighttime world of Buenos Aires is reflected by the rhythms and sounds of Carisma (Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler), who live together in the centre of the South American capital. Since three years they are delivering these tracks directly (directamente) from their flat through the city’s dark alleys to its underground venues producing music to play it right away, written in a dialogue between studio and booth, at the Djs Pareja’s legendary FUN FUN parties, the famous Dengue nights, and other spots."
**180gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a wide spine LP jacket and two printed card stock inner sleeves. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms. The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes…"
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aﬁcionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more tactil… Read more
Nightwave's second EP for her own Heka Trax imprint, featuring the one and only ghetto house legend DJ Deeon, whose signature vocals can be heard on the lead track Hit It bringing together Chicago and Glasgow in a unique and refreshing way...
Walls' Alessio Natalizia presents the best instalment of woozy post-industrial music yet under his Not Waving moniker. Proceeding a handful of excellent and low-key cassette releases, he channels a wealth of analogue machine sounds into a dusty, swirling space shimmering with cosmic pads and urged on by throbbing arpeggios and classic drum machine patter. Most importantly, there's a real soulful, emotive essence to his arrangements, scanning out from the misty-eyed stargazer 'Power Source Above Beam Line' and the luscious vision of 'Mathematical Mind' to Goblin-esque synth runs in 'Futu… Read more
Following the great unspooling of 2013’s Syndrome Syndrome, Gardland and RVNG Intl. step back into the duo’s not-so distant past with Improvisations, three live performances ripped from local Austrailan radio in early 2012. The aural impetus behind the artists and label joining forces, this triptych of tone lashed tracks captures the duo in exhilarating, uninhibited form...
*12" limited to 200 coopies, includes a download code giving access to 2 bonus tracks - redeemable from the label* Dead Fader prelude the imminent release of two new albums for Robot Elephant and Small but Hard Records with these 2 non-album tracks from the “Blood Forest” sessions on the B-side plus 2 additional download tracks from the “Scorched” Sessions.
RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith’s … Read more
"A very special Disposable Music edition comprising two programmes of lost early 80s North American synthesiser music from American / Italian Buchla pioneer Suzanne Ciani and Alaska’s only dedicated electronic collective Clone. Comprising of instrumental versions of Ciani’s much coveted cassette-only electronic advertising portfolio (featuring Atari music and power tool jingles) alongside a Clone archive of exclusive Anchorage one-off radio synth sessions and theme tunes, this release represents another Disposable Music milestone, bringing lost e… Read more
**2LP release from Szare with a bonus foldout poster and CD for the full album plus bonus tracks** Szare provide one of the most fully-realised and substantial releases in the Frozen Border catalogue yet with a heavyweight 6 track LP and 13 track CD included free inside the package. The set opens with the quasi-electroid 'Weird Sister' that recalls Carl Finlow at his best, albeit with a low-end emphasis, while 'Swarm' offsets brilliantly produced afro-tinged percussion with a crisp, clipped production style. 'Meet You' deploys straighter Tech-templates with elon… Read more
"Opening further doors in the sprawling labyrinth of unreleased music by Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski, Finders Keepers Records present the soundtrack to the 1977 Polish film ‘Man Of Marble’ by national filmmaker and long-term collaborator Andrzej Wajda. Presented for the first time ever on vinyl (featuring exclusive unreleased bonus tracks) this synthesiser fuelled soundtrack marks a distinct stylistic manoeuvre towards a unique brand of Polish cosmic disco, celebrating the cinematic debut of Korzynski’s Arp-Life project, widely respected as Poland’s first ‘synthesiser orchestra’… Read more
*LP comes with Bonus 7", all songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl is housed in a jacket featuring the photographic traces of a high-energy photon hitting a proton. Each LP includes a 2-sided insert with original album reviews, press clippings, liner notes by Atom™ and photos* "Lassigue Bendthaus is the electro-industrial project of Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ Schmidt began making music in the early 1980s, first playing drums, then switching to programming a drum computer after he had heard a Linn Drum on the radio. In 1986 he co-foun… Read more