Thursday, 16 April
*Includes an 8x14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster* "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay". While experimenting with synthesizers an… Read more
**Limited edition red/silver vinyl in gatefold jacket** Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This, the abridged version of a comprehensive 3CD collection, scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I… Read more
**Featuring three bonus tracks that originally appeared on the “Somewhere Outside” compilation, and a double sided 11”x11” insert containing lyrics for each song and photos of the band** "Moral was the trio of Marco Andreis (Guitars, Bass), Hanne Winterberg (Vocals) and Ingolf Brown (Synthesizers, Rhythm Box, Sequencer) from Aarhus, Denmark formed in 1981. They released their debut mini-album “Dance of the Dolls” on cassette in 1981 and the album “Whispering Sons” on cassette in 1982. The group played very few concerts, but supported both Monochrome Set and Nico. In May 1983, they contribu… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant cla… Read more
Back once again for TTT, DJ Spider & Marshallito conduct three tribal New York techno rituals. On the A-side they uproot the soiled and soggy shunt of 'Nuclear Winter', matching what sounds like ancient Latin tongues with marching rhythms and mystic jazz samples, and a more blunted take on Industrial Strength styles with 'Geiger Counter'. B-side is best of all though, pulling off a proper early '90s NYC sound with the zipping rave stabs and warehouse thunder of 'Zero Point'.
Ace, diverse follow-up session to Jared Wilson's debut double pack, 'Ghost Miners'. He's really vibing out on this one, getting all fruity and moody with the cascading keys and strafing black synth shapes layered over over '6', and containuing to pursue the Detroit techno dragon, albeit at a slower hosue tempo, with the brooding kink of '7' into a swinging B-side cut that almost mirrors the chord progressions from Mills' 'If (We)' (sorry, no vocal), and checking out with a skizzo warehouse banger.
Another brilliant slab of viscous yet sparky house nostalgia from Andrew Morrison a.k.a. The Cyclist. In a crowded scene of tape-smudge explorers The Cyclist leads the peloton by virtue of his fudgy funk flex and knack for memorable melodic hooks. It's earned him much praise to date from the likes of Fact magazine among others, and is set to increase his credits with the 'Hot House EP', spooling from deep-fried Nu Groove skank-house styles in 'Heart Of Stone', thru the blues-worn charm of 'Hot House' and the loosely tribal dreams of 'Aurora (Shortwave Mix)', to a melting, slow-mo highlight wit… Read more
**Remastered, includes an 8 page, stapled booklet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of the album** "Portion Control is a British electronic and industrial band from South London. The trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani started out experimenting with electronics in 1980. Linking up with In Phaze Records, they released a number of cassettes and records before signing with Illuminated Records in 1983. There followed a series of classic 12" singles: “Raise the Pulse”, “Rough Justice” and “Go-Talk”, which have become unde… Read more
Facsimile, affordable repress of the darkside Italo act's debut 1981 mini-album. Pure disco glamour gloom in four parts, including the EBM-driven 'News', the eerie sashay of 'No One Notice Them', the theatrical 'Rays', and bummed-out Manchester vibes of 'Autumn Room'. Classic.
Blawan and The Analogue Cops' Parassela team boot up the 'Lab Series' backed with deeper, tribalised cuts from Limo and Buck. On the A-side, Parassela bite down hard with the wounding snares and venomous drones of 'Plutoniumdealers' beside the rapid, rattling jag of '08ag12'. B-side, Limo sustains a tunnelling sub-aquatic pressure with 'Another', and Buck does just that with the wall-banging movement of 'Gold Br' progressing thru clouds of hypnotic pads driven by a snappy, uptempo jack.
**Gorgeous double-sided silk-screened sleeves designed by Cosmo Knex** Wafting outta Amsterdam, one half of Juju & Jordash Jordan GCZ trips a spaceways house vibe on Rush Hour's superb 'No' Label. On the A-side's 'Lushlyfe Slap' he takes all the time he needs to tease a lather of blips, chiming keys and curdled synth around a deliquescent, beckoning bassline. B-side, he lets 'Lushlyfe' soar eastwards with silvery flutes and ascendant drones illuminating the way for a jagged motorik pulse and refractive harmonies, where 'Lushlyfe Birds' releases a menagerie of modular motifs describing avian motion with a calligraphic freehand. Aye, it's lush, alright.
*Deluxe tip-on gatefold sleeve with colour insert featuring an interview with director Jörg Buttgereit, liner notes from Hermann Kopp, Daktari Lorenz and Franz Rodenkirchen & bonus 7" containing five extra tracks* "Nekromantik is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become an international cult film over the years due to its transgressive subject matter and audacious imagery. Daktari Lorenz, Hermann Kopp & John Boy Walton make up the holy trio of composers called upon by film maker Jörg Buttgereit. Between… Read more
Heady Balearic house and breakbeat trips backed with a drippin' Call Super remix. Sunao Gonno at the controls on the A-side, rubbing up a creamy lather of progressive synths and padded, whirring groove for fans of Soichi Terada in 'Obscurant', and breezy kosmic breaks in 'A Life With Clarinet'. But, arguably the one to check for is Call Super's B-side mix, where he melts the spine of 'Obscurant' in pure liquid MDMA vibes.
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
Preening Italo disco bomb originally released in 1983, reissued for 2015. The strutting splendour of 'Shoot Me' vocal version upstairs, and the instrumental downstairs.
**Classic posturing from Denmark. Includes fold-out newsprint insert** "Although I have done a few things under the Marching Church moniker since 2010, the project, as in the constellation on this album, was born in November 2013 with Kristian Emdal, Anton Rothstein, Cæcilie Trier, Bo H. Hansen and Frederikke Hoffmeier. We had agreed to play with Pharmakon at Mayhem, our warehouse space in Copenhagen, even though i hadn’t done anything with the project for quite some time. With two months before the show, I threw together a few half-thought-out ideas and sketches, presented … Read more
*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Ships Friday* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our … Read more
*Edition of 350 copies of this mysterious 1982 cassette masterpiece by Amos and Crew from the It's War Boys catalogue available now on LP. Remastered from the original tapes by Amos himself! Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on Mr Shiota’s old four track cassette in Mr Kitamura’s kitchen in sporadic three day binge* **Dizzying crackpot pop cassette from UK-via-Japan circa 1982. Reissued vinyl edition of 365 copies with 4-page colour insert** "Existing exactly mid-way between the dropping of the atomic bomb and the time a moment ago when you opened this insensibly incendiary package, the throwaway aesthe… Read more
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which their li… Read more
FXHE twist the lines again with a unique session from John F.M. mixed and edited by the bossman, Omar-S. From the vocal intro to the stumbling groove and blossoming, instinctive synth arrangement, the A-side's 'Where My Roots Lie (A New Detroit Anthem)' is one of those tech-soul joints that could only come from the 313, and much the same could be said for the much ruffer tech-soul drive of 'White Churches Be Like' on the B-side. But, it's left to 'Solace 322' to deliver a sucker punch of blues-dripping soul surprisingly laced with natty 8-bit synth goodnuss. TIPPED!
**Screen-printed jacket** Sweetest digickal roots bubblers from Egoless and Senegalese vocalist Daba Makourejah on Portland's ZamZamSounds. 'Yërmënde (Compassion)' is essentially a rebuild of Sly & Robbie's 'Revolution' riddim, famously voiced by Dennis Brown, here tweaked up with a criss digital edge and sugared by Daba's truly delectable vox. Check out the flip for a lissom dub giving room for the syn-drums and FX to fly.
Thursday, 09 April
**Diagonal return with the debut 12" from Bronze Teeth side-project Green Gums. Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent green wax* Dogged techno licks from Dom Butler & L/F/D/M in Green Gums guise following two searing sessions as Bronze Teeth, also for Diagonal. Where their previous pair of 12"s tended to effluent, extended jams, these are just as mucky but more concise. Uptown, they launch the jagged EBM affray of 'Zozomono' with coarse acid lines yoked to slamming kicks, while 'Dag' marches out like some mutant, blunted offspring of Ancient Methods and Powell. Downtown, they real… Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Super-heavyweight 10 x LP edition containing almost 10 hours of music sharing Pierre Henry’s personal listening organised by progressing themes and by technological progress covering his output between 1950 and 1985, the ultimate anthology covering the first 35 years of his work - housed in silver-deboss… Read more
"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are about 10 feet in length. And it was on this piano that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one… Read more
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog (‘… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Super sturdy reissue of Surgeon's now-classic debut album, Communications'. First released by Downwards in 1996 - the same year as Regis' debut, 'Gymnastics' - it served to define the Brummie techno sound and, in a broader sense, set a high water mark of UK techno. It's a resolutely stripped down and directly functional collection of six trax drawing inspiration from the concentrated energies of Coil as much as Chicago house and the Detroit / Berlin techno axis, channeling a stoic black country grit and humour into the s… Read more
**Super rare early '80s UK DIY wave music pressed to vinyl for the first time. 5LP + 10" boxset with booklet of artwork and liner notes. Individually -numbered edition of 400** "Highly anticipated Box-release covering the musical output from 1979 to 1981 by one of the ultimate music-genius & protagonists of British Minimal/Synth & EBM. Multi-talented Luton-based Adrian Smith started his first musical exploration in the field of electronic and experimental music in the mid 70’s with projects called Underland and Electrodub. With the latter he gained reco… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
Italy's Herva drops a stack of crooked 'floor tricks on Semtek's Don't Be Afraid label following his aces for Delsin, Kontra, M>O>S and All City. As we've come to learn, Herva's a bit of a free spirit, always keen to buck the grid and feel out for uniquely sensual, visceral thrills. With 'Dreamers of Unknown Tales' he follows suit into a unstable world of electro-acoustic tones, shredded breaks and mutant acid, twisting the lines from beat-less concrète zones of the title track to a sort of desiccated, nervy funk attack with the spitting drums and fuzz-junky dip of 'From The Inside'… Read more
**White wax** Chiwax juice out another deep house session from Eric Lewis and Terry Ivy a.k.a. the legendary Virgo Four. This is the most impressive of all three plates released since their revival by Rush Hour circa 2011. A-side hits the mark with nods to Jamie Principle on 'I Will Rock You', and flipside keeps it butter smooth with the chiming drift of 'St. Tropez'.