Thursday, 20 November
*Volume One compiling Obscure Belgian dance tracks and library recordings from the 70's and 80's* "Nowhere in the world will you find a record store with a dedicated section Belgian grooves. There’s not even a record called Belgian grooves. And you won’t find them on Discogs either. So what are they? Novelty? A nifty marketing scheme? Maybe you should try “discovery”; Belgian grooves is a new collective term for the best dance tracks from the beginning of the 70s. Two thirds of the songs on this compilation were made by talented hired hands, who got their payc… Read more
*Volume Two compiling Obscure Belgian dance tracks and library recordings from the 70's and 80's* "Nowhere in the world will you find a record store with a dedicated section Belgian grooves. There’s not even a record called Belgian grooves. And you won’t find them on Discogs either. So what are they? Novelty? A nifty marketing scheme? Maybe you should try “discovery”; Belgian grooves is a new collective term for the best dance tracks from the beginning of the 70s. Two thirds of the songs on this compilation were made by talented hired hands, who got their payc… Read more
Gelb appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the year 1974, originally released in a limited run on cassette ("The Black Cassette"). The chronology of Schnitzler's solo releases in the 1970s-and even more so in the 80s-resembles a book with seven seals. Schnitzler regularly issued his music on analogue cassette or LP, often on his own as "private releases", without any help from a label or professional distributor. Gelb, for example, was issued on vinyl in 1981 by a private press run by an art gallery - Edition Block. The album is subtitled "12 pieces from the year 1974", pointing to … Read more
*Digipak reissue with liner notes by Asmus Tietchens* Grün appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the years 1976 to 1980. Schnitzler's tracks in the 1970s were lengthy and shared a musical pattern which varied only minimally. Hence the green album has just one track on each side and any changes in melodic structure are subtle in nature. Both pieces are very much typical of Schnitzler in style, but less so tonally. An analogue rhythm machine ploughs almost brutally through the astoundingly delicate electronic veil of "Der Riese und seine Frau" ("The giant and his wife"), bearing littl… Read more
"The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co- founder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund). ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood"
**White Vinyl** Oh yes - first ever official vinyl pressing of one of the most influential and revered Hip Hop albums of the last decade, produced by Neptunes** In the 4 years after The Clipse dropped their sophomore classic Lord Willin’ the duo was able to build a legacy that had fans hungry for new material. After the smoke cleared and they hit the studio the Virginia brothers recorded the confidently mature sophomore effort, Hell Hath No Fury. Best known for their unconventional radio smash “Grindin’,” Clipse are no strangers to taking risks with the boundary-push… Read more
“Just Us” is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations which are intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen. Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork—drums and percussion—Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur… Read more
"Now that the story of The Source Family is out there, as the subject of an acclaimed book and documentary film (as well as an ongoing series of rare, never-before-released recordings), it’s time to turn the focus back on the records that made this whole thing a story in the first place. In the 1990s, it was a revelation to discover that there was a series of records made by a hippie cult led by a big Santa Claus-looking guy named Father Yod. It was of further interest that these records weren’t simple, predictable light-rock recitals about Jesus. Instead, they were darkly psych… Read more
*Gorgeous foil-blocked sleeve* Been a lot of buzz around Avalon Emerson in recent months, with this new EP for Spring Theory offering her finest productions yet following a move from San Francisco to Berlin. "Let Me Love & Steal,” is Emerson's heaviest cut to date, picking up with a similar sample-driven heft as her past two releases. The Triple Scorpio Mix is a stripped down retooling of the original that rounds the vocal sample into a wash of sonic colors that lets the percussion come forward and take centre stage. Incorporating a little more techno propulsion, it transforms itsel… Read more
O B Ignitt returns with his Obonit imprint. A doozy of an EP, Ignitt serves up his last Reese Cup on the A side, while Omar S gives us a mix of Ignitt's own "Let It Do What It Does". Perfecto.
*Limited edition LP in a full-color gatefold jacket with photos and liner notes* "The first live recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. These tracks were recorded live in Australia in 1981 - only days before Omar's tragic death. Stunning instrumental Arabic classics featuring electric guitar, organ, bass, drums & percussion. This is the first live concert recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. It features tracks recorded during his 1981 tour of Australia, including live version… Read more
"Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES for his second album, Mirrors and Copulation. Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, Mimesiak. Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cuts th… Read more
Hard-assed and shifty techno bangers from NYC strongman Anthony Parasole for Ostgut Ton. A regular feature on Berghain line-ups and playlists, Parasole's music perfectly fits the bill for haughty techno with a slinky-but-brute big room heft. 'My Block' starts the dance with soured lead line and infectiously latinate drum patterns before 'Bizarre' puts the kicks in with belly buckling force under heady chimes. 'Typhoon' sustains the intensity with a more submerged feel, like some Von Oswald or NWAQ joint pitched up and pounded into submission.
Honest Jon's return to Kenya with this spellbinding suite of Dodo songs sung by 70 year old Ogoya Nengo. A legend in her country, Ogoya is the most prominent exponent of the vanishing Dodo artform - a musical means of spreading messages and social commentary, much like Indo-European bardic traditions and the griots of Mali. Following his work on the Mkunguni, New Recordings from Coast Province, Kenya, Stefan Schneider again had the pleasure of recording Ogoya's spellbinding performances, and those of local percussionists and her … Read more
"After Chris Clark had passed some of Gajeks sheer endless output over to Modeselektor, quite a few listening sessions followed. Ranging from postrocky electronica to complex and moody renderings of intricate introverted beat structures to a mutant dance music, a whole audioscape had to be discovered. There were songs and tracks and experiments there, morphed vocals and reverberated non human instruments, complex percussion patterns and sweet athmospheres, but in all these different paths and moods, a penchant for working with a leitmotif could be traced. As an introduction to expose his parti… Read more
"Now that the story of The Source Family is out there, as the subject of an acclaimed book and documentary film (as well as an ongoing series of rare, never-before-released recordings), it’s time to turn the focus back on the records that made this whole thing a story in the first place. In the 1990s, it was a revelation to discover that there was a series of records made by a hippie cult led by a big Santa Claus-looking guy named Father Yod. It was of further interest that these records weren’t simple, predictable light-rock recitals about Jesus. Instead, they were darkly psyche… Read more
*Edition of 300 copies, Can’s Damo Suzuki with members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others* "Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki, vocalist of Can, has influenced generations of creative musicians. This enigmatic singer has continued the journey, traveling the globe to perform improvised music with a unique collection of musicians. The lucky few that perform with him he calls his Network or Sound Carriers. Canadian Sound Carriers have included members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others. On a warm night in Ju… Read more
*Previously unreleased soundtrack - vinyl includes full length DVD of the original movie. Music by Roland Barker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Blackouts) and Bill Rieflin (Ministry, King Crimson, Blackouts). Remastered from the original 24-track recordings* "Orpheus' journey to the underworld is reworked as a post-apocalyptic skate rock-opera in this 1989 cult classic. The mortal world faces imminent destruction when Hades unleashes an evil television signal that sublimates and kills its viewers. These hypnotic broadcasts from the EUTHANASIA BROADCAST NETWORK are seducing the masses… Read more
*First vinyl pressing in over 25 years of this classic soundtrack, pressed up on limited Clear Vinyl with artwork by contemporary fine artist LG White, with printed inners* "By 1987, Simon Boswell had already contributed fantastic music and songs to Dario Argento’s ‘Phe- nomena’ and scored all of Lamberto Bava’s ‘Demoni II’. When it came to hiring a composer for ‘Stage Fright’, Simon came highly recommended and was my first choice. ‘Stage Fright’ (aka ‘Aquarius’, ‘Deliria’ and ‘Bloody Bird’), was my first feature-length movie and has always held a s… Read more
*14 killer cuts from jamaica's legendary Black Solidarity Label circa early 80's* "In the beginning of the 80’s reggae music became increasingly in tune with what was happening in Kingston’s dancehalls, .probably more so than at any time since the sound system operators had started to make their own shuffle and boogie in the late 50’s. The international audience and the critics were too busy looking for a new Bob Marley to appreciate what was happening downtown and failed to acknowledge that this was a return to the real, raw roots of the music…brash, confident,young reco… Read more
Third instalment in the Tape Sampler Series featuring new and upcoming artists local to the label delivering a 3-tracker shifting from classic Detroit to Basic Channel Vibes.
"Ubre Blanca return with their second release for Clan Destine after the amazing Polygon Mountain EP. Continuing with their obsessions of 70's and 80's horror and B movie soundtracks, synth sounds and live drums, Joel Stone (ex Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex Divorce, Remember! Remember!) bring deliver a more evolved sound featuring a heady mix of full-on synth and drums, mixed with some more atmospheric pieces bringing to mind old cinematic masterpieces like Cannibal Holocaust mixed with Miami Vice. Worth mentioning also is the striking cover art, hand painted in oils by Joel."
"Fresh batch of funky, folky and psychedelic tropical bangers from the deep vaults of Discos Fuentes (and its other properties, Tropical and Machuca). As previously stated in the first volume of this series, the term 'Afrosound' is an invented concept appropriated from Discos Fuentes. If the term seems a bit vague or slippery, rest assured that with this second instalment you will come closer to understanding the Afrosound aesthetic. You'll also grow to appreciate the diversity and unpredictability of talent under the Fuentes umbrella. Afrosound is used to denote a thrilling … Read more
*Limited edition LP comes in a tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert with liner notes and photos. Field recordings from Bengal Province, India and the lowlands of Bangladesh, recorded and researched by Moushumi Bhowmik and Sukanta Majumdar* The Travelling Archive is a journey through the folk music of Bengal. It is run by Calcutta-based Bengali singer, writer and researcher, Moushumi Bhowmik, and sound recordist and sound designer, Sukanta Majumdar. They have been making field recordings… Read more
**Orange Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Yellow Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Special double set of COH’s TO BEAT album (released previously as CD) featuring exclusive remixes by Matmos, JG Thirwell, John Parish, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall. Vinyl only. No digital** 'To Beat' is surely the most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music. It picks up right where 'RETRO-2038' left off on 'Method As Fun' by keenly focussing on the aesthetics of pure sinewaves and rhythm. Like some origami high master, the Swedish-based Russian producer folds and layers sheer tones into pulsing, spitting waves of rhythmic and melodic en… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
'Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also appe… Read more
*Second Box Set - Deluxe/heavyweight 4LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an A1 poster print and download code. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love (2)' (1977), 'Body and Soul' (1980), 'Hypertension' (1982), 'Good Name' (1983), + Peaking Lights remix of 'Body & Soul'. Hand-numbered edition** Luaka Bop present four hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After his revelatory Afro-futurist appearances on the 'World Psychedelic Classics' collection and Stru… Read more
NIN synth player and keyboardist Alessandro Cortini shapeshifts into the technoid Skarn guise with his debut for Shifted's Avian label. Across three tracks he puts a unique spin on the purest, monotone techno templates, capturing a brute, wormholing hardware sound comparable with classic Pan Sonic. With little background info to the 12" other than the obvious, we'd gauge that he's using a similar set-up to his acclaimed Sonno' and 'Forse' volumes, yet with very different results, possibly achieving such a kinetic, tactile buzz from only two or three re-amped machines and canny room… Read more