Thursday, 11 April 2013
*Includes a limited edition bonus 7" and a copy of the CD free inside* "Following 2011’s ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’, ‘Ghost On Ghost’ is the fifth studio album from Austin-based Sam Beam. Beam felt it time to move from what he called the “anxious tension” from this record and his previous one (‘The Shepherd’s Dog’). “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says. Recorded in New York and produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats), helping achieve Beam’s vision were a group of stellar musicians inc… Read more
Fourth release on Sullen Tone, the label owned and operated by Old Apparatus, pairs production from the group's own LTO with the dextrous wordplay of "(oc)cult" rapper, Mowgli. 'Gone To Seed' comes off like a possessed Trim and James Blake hookup, spilling magickal word-association off the dome against backdrop of concrète rhythms and off-kilter hooks; 'Morning On Mercury' kits Mowgli's brain-boggling flow with chamber-like keys and crumpled textures; 'Metal On Oxtongue' is the closest to conventional hip hop, and even then it's skewed with eerie vocoder and archetypal OA complexities; again, 'Fr… Read more
*The legendary 7th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**45 tracks of early '80s EBM, most reissued on vinyl for the first time. Triple LP and bonus 7" with screen-printed sleeve. Edition of 500 includes individually numbered certificate of ownership** "Data Bank A is most likely the best-known, highly prolific and protagonistic EBM/Dark-Wave/Synth project of Andrew Szava-Kovats, who is also known for his 80/90’s works as and with Dominion, Compound, Parade of Sinners on labels like New Rose/Lively Art (France), Subway (aka Subtronic) Records (Germany), Tragic Figures (Portugal) and KK Records (Belgium). As many artists back in ea… Read more
*The legendary 6th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Nu-boogie's flyest practitioners display the breadth of their versatility on this well put-together debut album. Childhood pals Andy Harber and Richard Roberts established an enviable rep with a pair of 12"s for Alex Nut's Ho Tep label circa 2010/11 that effortlessly slid between house, '80s boogie and hip hop with incisive, modern production swerve blending Dilla-esque MPC knocks with digitally-misted, Actress-style flex, and the romantic boogie psychedelia of, say, Maxmillion Dunbar, or the filter disco curves of Thomas Banga… Read more
*The legendary 9th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 12th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 13th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 1st 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...*
Sweet balearic dance boppers in signature 100% fashion, featuring cameo from the label's #1 lady, Maria Minerva. With multiple pairs of hands at the machines, Pharoahs brew a richly colourful and finely layered sound, sorta like a cruder, downgraded LCD Soundsystem with a thing for sci-fi novels. The title track stakes their territory in vintage future-disco lands with lush choral synth pads and supple basswork in breezy form; 'Miraculous Feet' pairs Maria M with louche dub-disco recalling ESG; 'Everything' takes it to late '80s Manchester with a mix of Belgian beat grunt and frothy acid sou… Read more
*The legendary 3rd Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Triple LP and DVD housed in rigid, glossy-coated boxset. 36 tracks restored and remastered by Anders Peterson: total playing time 165 mins. Edition of 500 with individually-numbered certificate of ownership** Welcome to the darkly enchanting minimal synth-pop and psych-tinged world of The Modern Art. As an introduction to the world of Coil and Current 93 collaborator Gary Ramon and his orbiting bandmates, you can't do better than 'Sonic Dimensions 1982-1985', featuring stacks of previously tape-only releases for the Color Disc label now pressed to vinyl for the first time, alo… Read more
**3LPs in foil-blocked rigid boxset with 12x12" insert and certificate of ownership. Individually numbered edition of 500** Ian Boddy's earliest kosmiche flights of fancy inspired by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream are brought to vinyl for the first time by V-O-D. 'Spectroscopic 1979-1982' compiles three tapes originally issued by the Mirage label and written on various vintage synths and tape machines in the Spectro Arts Workshop of his home city, Newcastle. Includes 'Images' (1979/80), 'Elements Of Chance' (1981), and 'Options' (1982).
*The legendary second Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
A super dapper Barrington Levy adorns the cover of this fine compilation spanning his early, golden years. 'Sweet Reggae Music' collects some all time classics including a grip of Henry 'Junjo' Lawes produce including 'Bounty Hunter', 21 Girls Salute' and 'Hammer', 'longside George Phang production, 'Praise His Name', and Barrington's own digital riddim 'Pon Your Toe', the natty synth licks of 'Mini Bus' by calabash, and the legendary 'Here I Come' by Jah Screw.
San Francisco's Jim Haynes proves the perfect candidate for release on Editions Mego with the engrossing ambient noise elements of 'The Wires Cracked'. I'll admit to only arriving at The Helen Scarsdale Agency proprietor's output relatively late in his oeuvre, around the time of his bleakly detached and stoic 'Sever' (2009) and 'The Decline Effect' (2010) LPs, and both have since become staples in my go-to shelf for visceral, elemental, modern electro-acoustics. Paying uncannily close attention to texture and space in his vividly volatile arrangements, Haynes' work here simulates dense y… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** "Time Was marks a new stage in the evolution of Zomes. The album marks the first recordings of Zomes as a duo and the first time an album was recorded in a studio and not on a cassette deck. It all began when Asa Osborne was performing at the Perspectives Festival in Sweden, where he met Hanna through a mutual friend in the Skull Defekts. During Osborne’s performance, Hanna, a vocalist, ended up improvising along with the music with stunning results. Realizing the complimentary aspects of their musical personalities and their natural musical affinit… Read more
**Housed in sealed jacket with bespoke collage artwork by Mark Hill** Wiry, wry electro cover version of Bowie and Eno's 'Warszawa' from 'Low', backed with shifty acid modulations, both from engineer/composer duo Jono Podmore and Paul Conboy. Devoid of Bowie's dramatic croon, Metamono's instrumental 'Warszawa' version still retains that melacholic, wintry essence, albeit with a dancefloor quirk. The B-side sports the "compulsive asymmetric acid" of 'Shafty'.
*The legendary 8th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Playfully enchanting, funky post-punk obscurity starring members of The Slits alongside a who's who of the experimental fringes. Listed in The Wire magazine's legendary list of "100 records that set the world on fire (while no one was listening). Warmest recommendation!** "Long-awaited reissue of the second full-length album from 1982 by late 70s/early 80s UK DIY super group The 49 Americans. The main instigator behind The 49 Americans was Andrew "Giblet" Brenner who assembled a loose, disparate group of musical/non-musical practitioners as an experiment in equality and democracy… Read more
*The legendary 4th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Triple LP housed in rigid, glossy printed boxset with insert notes by the band. 31 tracks total. Edition of 500 includes individually numbered certificate of ownership** "This Box-Set compiles the early stage (1979-85) of the swedish Label Xenophone International founded by Dan Söderqvist and Karl Gasleben in late 70’s which is well known for their own projects and tape-releases by Cosmic Overdose (Final Koka, 1980) & Twice a Man (A Goat in a Room, 1983“) as well as the 1983-release „Through“ by the previous Twice a Man-member Lars Falk. Now, … Read more
**Features guest contributions by C. Spencer Yeh, Andrea Belfi, Stafano Pilia, Attila Faravelli** "David Grubbs is one of the most influential musicians of his generation, with a musical CV that includes such bands as Squirrel Bait, Bastro and Gastr del Sol. Moving forward eccentrically from the straight-ahead hardcore punk of Squirrel Bait, David increasingly infused his songcraft with an experimental strain, culminating in the discography of Gastr del Sol, who drew widespread interest with the ways in which they combined so-called 'songs' with experimental music. Parti… Read more
Thursday, 04 April 2013
**Initial copies on translucent green vinyl - an exceptional album of treated field recordings and tape treatments, cut at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin** Geoff Mullen's 'Filtered Water' is an augmented mono recording documenting a multi-channel sound installation in the backwoods of Hudson Valley. Following ongoing experiments with champion and spar, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and the excellent 'Accidental Guitars' for regular collaborator Eli Keszler's R.E.L. Records, it's a subtly beguiling follow-up to his 'Bongo Closet' LP, released three years ago on Type. Leaving the guitar at home… Read more
**Double white vinyl (edition of 200) housed in debossed gatefold jacket with bonus 7" plus expanded CD, selection of art inserts and liner notes** This amazing archival collection from Vinyl on Demand brings together 28 tracks of kinetic, dark and unusual French wave and industrial aces by Clair Obscur. Many of them formerly appeared on the 'A Collection Of Isolated Tracks' CD, but this compilation adds 13 previously unpublished gems bundled with the first ever vinyl issue of their 1982 tape, 'La Cassette Noir', and a double CD not included in V-O-D's first, 2007 ed… Read more
**Embossed boxset holds four LPs, one double gatefold jacket and two individual jackets plus DVD and certificate of ownership. Individually numbered edition of 500. All faithfully restored from original tapes by Anders Peterson** From the untrodden annals of Industrial history, V-O-D pulls out the seminal 'Tape-Works 1981-1982' of Melbourne's Laughing Hands and The Invisible College. Centred around Paul Schütze (who would go on to release classic dark ambient, drone and experimental records thru the '90s) along with Gordon Harvey, Paul Widdicombe and Ian Russell, the group operate… Read more
Extraordinary re-interpretations of two of Jacob Kirkegaard's back-catalogue pieces by Danish classical ensemble Scenatet. The original 'Church' (from 2006's 4 Rooms) was wrought out of ambient recordings of an abandoned church inside the radioactive zone at Chernobyl; 'Labyrinthitis' (2008), meanwhile, was composed from "oto-acoustic" tones generated by Kirkegaard's own ears. Hearing these sounds transcribed into the realm of Music with a capital 'M' - and performed on clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, percussion - does nothing to diminish their abstract power. If anything, it enhances… Read more