Thursday, 24 July
"A classic from the annals of The Red Krayola, available on vinyl for the first time in many years. The 90s edition of The Red Krayola roared out loud with ‘Hazel’. This album was received rapturously by post-rockers everywhere, and featured Mayo Thompson riding herd over a cast of dozens, including the then Gastr del Sol union of David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke, along with John McEntire, Tom Watson, Stephen Prina and George Hurley, among many distinguished others."
*Deluxe double vinyl reissue* Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come t… Read more
**Clear vinyl** Tactile, rugged industrial techno experiments from London's Details Sound. There's a range and sensitivity at play here which tends to escape many industrial practitioners, spreading out from stark drone modulations to hypnotic, banking techno pulsers, monotone fibrillations and raspin' rolige compatible with Shifted, Prostitutes or Ron Morelli.
*Includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Ziguri is a project formed by Krautrock legends Gunter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kolsch. Active only from 1987 to 1997, the trio reformed in 2011 and now present their first album - some 27 years after they they broke up to be exact. The music: hypnotic trancepsychic rockdriven repetitive beats & bass lines, overlaid by floating patterns from Schickertís inimitable echodrive guitar."
**Cinematic synth themes and sleazy disco from Athens** From the label: "Optimo Music is known as a 12” label, but occasionally something rare and dangerous comes our way that compels us to release a full length album… It’s not exactly a dance album, although there is music you can dance to on it. It’s more filmic in nature, with references to legendary directors like Kubrick and Carpenter that will enthrall a film buff, particularly if they’re interested in electronic and dance music (It compelled me to watch Barry Lyndon again for the umpteenth time after fir… Read more
Canny meld of folk, R&B and subtle electronics from Floella All and the Various Production duo. The angular, stop-start groove of A-side sorta reminds of FAY's brilliant beat works given a modern London folk-blues vocal; flipside is more of a distant, dubbed, forlorn ditty, at once cute and deeply blue.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz … Read more
Second label comp from ClekClekBoom, featuring exclusive tracks from French Fries, Bambounou, Coni, Aleqs Notal, NSDOS, Jean Nipon and Aethority.
Disco-ready remix session from The KDMS, Martin Brodin, Leaves & Iron Curtis, Acid Washed, and Nirosta Steel. Highlights include former Arthur Russell collaborator, Nirosta Steel's breezy Eastwood remix and a romantic Acid Washed version.
Psilocybic house and techno funk from Matt Didemus of Juniors Boys' new label. The label's 2nd release is cleft between the mysterious Primitive World and Hamburg's Yør, the former veering between frothy acid and melting techno rhythms spiced with flashes of purple funk, the latter wandering off into Alice In Wonderland techno playzones. Gobble.
Cryptic edit workouts for the discerning disco dancefloor. Uptown you'll discover the louche deckside slyde of Serpent Digit's 'Precious Metal Crown'; downtown dips a shoulder to the proggy vocal harmonies and dubbed-out disco-not-disco of Fantasy Mark-Ups' 'Transmitted Contagion' and Dune Sister's 'Kyoto Recital' - an edit of Bene Gesserit's obscure 'Japanese Song'. One for the freaks…
"This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and … Read more
*Includes 12" Booklet & Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring … Read more
"Performed and put to tape at Estuary Recording Facility, The Seeker and The Healer constitutes the first collaborative work by Texas-based sound artist Cory Allen and Louisiana minimalist composer Duane Pitre. The album’s two side-long pieces were developed out of multiple improvisational sessions governed by predetermined rules, sourced from piano, bowed guitar, harmonium and 49-stringed drone harp (a custom-made instrument of Allen’s own design featured here on record for the first time). In the context of both musicians’ discographies, these pieces occupy a unique and… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jenny Lewis returns with “The Voyager” - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and her first in six years. It is Lewis’ most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams, Beck, and Lewis’ long-time collaborator Johnathan Rice. “The Voyager” finds the always relatable songwriter at h… Read more
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 1st in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. On 'Transitions 1' you'll find two mercurial grooves, melding an aviary of electronic chirrups and whirring garage techno in 'Gamalena', and a bittersweet blend of itchy, bit-crushed drums with cascade of Zomby-esque melodies in 'Hold The Line'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 2nd in a fleet of 3 EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. We find the masked man at his most contemplative with the beautifully sullen chamber-pop chords and white noise snare punctuation of 'Resolute' backed by the Koreless-meets-Haruomi Hosono occidental chiptune winks of 'Kyoto'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 3rd in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. He's on a forward UK soul tip here with the spiralling battery acid licks and plump subbass of 'Highs + Lows' and the gangsta waltz of 'Stifle'.
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish vision of… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Remastered with 7 previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes** Reissue of Bikini Kill’s second EP, recorded in 1992 with Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses) at The Embassy - a group-house in Washington, D.C. - and was the first Bikini Kill release to feature the band’s song, “Rebel Girl.” Originally a split EP with Huggy Bear, the b-side now features seven previously unreleased Bikini Kill songs drawn from era-appropriate live shows and practice tapes. The artwork has also been updated to include archival photos and liner notes from the Bratmobile’s Erin Smith, Comet Gain’s David Feck, and the members of Bikini Kill.
Thursday, 17 July
*Second in a series of three extended reissues from SND - 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* Mark Fell and Mat Steel’s second EP as SND was released in 1999, a year after their debut ‘Tplay’. It continued to explore their distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, House and UK Garage stripped to its bare bones. This extended reissue features the original 6 tracks of ’newtables’, plus 6 previously unheard recordings from the same sessions - all fully remastered by Rashad Becker from the original DAT tapes. The tracks more or less … Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more
**Includes bundled download available in your account on 28th July** 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the af… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm … Read more
**Edition of 350 cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The latest in Vladislav Delay’s new label series finds the man himself & Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric) on top, uncompromising form. Operating somewhere between Wolfgang Voigt's pounding waltzes and the tunnelling techno of Rrose, the A-side's '#2' tucks up militant triplets and chaotic, streaming synthlines to febrile effect. Over on the flip #6 involves a hyper-accelerated production sounding something like DJ Stingray and Villalobos having it out at breakneck momentum with a gush of stepping drum percolations… Read more
"Matthew Young’s genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ reappeared as a reissue on Drag City / Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Young’s first effort, ‘Recurring Dreams’, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno / Berlin schools’ influence over myriad American followers. Young created eight EMS / Rhodes pieces subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches. As anyone who has heard ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too… Read more
*Edition limited to 350 copies, including a large LP-size folded insert with the full Heldengesänge and Gedichte texts as well as a selection of original graphic works* "11 Heldengesänge und 3 Gedichte" was privately published by Anton Bruhin in 1977 as a luxury 2x10" box. This unique sound poetry work has been issued on LP by alga marghen for the VocSon series and is now available for distribution for the first time ever. It's a sound poem which takes us into a medieval world of minstrels and errant knights, a phantasmagoria in text and sound. It is also a modern document o… Read more
A quiet and woozy return from Emmy Award-winning musician Deru, who released some lovely ambient records on Merck, Mush and Neo Ouija in the '00s. As hinted in the title '1979' is an exercise is hazy nostalgia, using tape saturated synth tones and a keen ear for melodic progression to seduce and regress to seemingly simpler times resonating with the kind of glassy eyed vibes of BoC, Alessandro Cortini, Sand Circles or 1991. The project works around a concept of memory "in its essential, shared nature, incorporating "user submitted entries" of photos and writing from Nigel Godrich (Atoms For Peace, Radioh… Read more
"Back in 1997, David Pajo was a little over a half decade removed from the future sensation known as Slint. Their second album had been released in 1991 when the band themselves were already defunct. During the next five years, David worked with Palace Brothers, King Kong, Tortoise, The For Carnation and Stereolab. During that period the idea of his own music was slowly simmering, building flavour like a good rage. He and former Slint-ite Britt Walford had discussed a band called M - the significance lying in the letter’s position in the middle of the alphabet. A single under that name was release… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* Long before Radiohead caused a brouhaha over In Rainbows, Einsturzende Neubauten were finding alternate ways of getting music to their fanbase. This album was released without a record label attached to the project, financed by subscribers to the band's website, who even went so far as to participate in the music themselves, forming a choir for one of the new tracks. As an opening piece, 'Die Wellen' functions as an incremental escalation of tension, beginning with Bargeld's thorny vocal and an urgent, staccato piano sequence. Over the ensui… Read more