Thursday, 30 October
The Capital Children's Choir cover Florence + The Machine, Crystal Castles, and Spiritualized inside this Dinos Chapman designed and remixed set for The Vinyl Factory. Their original trio of tunes are the stuff that Trunk Records of 2060 will be made of. The remix is the most interesting thing here, transforming the kids' version of Crystal Castles' 'Untrust Us' into 12 minutes of fluttering vocal motifs and pulsing, serpentine techno.
*Properly licensed rare disco / funk reissue of two superb slices of dancefloor soul from the little known Candy Bowman* “I Wanna Feel Your Love” and “Since I Found You (Love Is Better Than Ever)” were released through RCA on 12” in 1981 under the production guidance of the team behind Stephanie Mills successful 1979 album “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'” (James Mtume, Reggie Lucas), both these tracks exhibit the same smooth, subtle orchestration, instrumentation and soulfulness, and have found a loving home on dance floors and in rec… Read more
**Includes download code + stickers** Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
Contemporary takes on a vintage jungle sound from ArpXP and HLZ. Some real muscle on the B-side's ArpXP & Nitri neuro-ller 'Makes Me Wonder', backed with the slick Optical styles of 'Good Old Days' and the glancing amen breakage of 'Gaia'.
*Limited Vinyl Edition, includes a copy of the CD free inside* This is the Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin. Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same roo… Read more
"Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida raised soulmate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed albums at an axis where postprog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music. These tracks are taken from the second ever (and rarest) release by this early synthesiser duo consisting of husband and wife synthesists Kat Epple and the late Bob Stohl. ‘Whispered Visions’ is finally committed to vinyl t… Read more
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backg… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flit… Read more
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats ma… Read more
*Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a feb… Read more
**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and quite… Read more
Gorgeous, wistful kosmische and new age suite by Norm Chambers, the fella sometimes known as Jürgen Müller. Dialled in from the misty North West climes of Seattle, 'Pavilion' provides refreshingly clean, clear space for contemplation and mental drift; a warm and inviting place where time is slowed and stress is washed away. RIYL Emeralds, Iasos, Jo Johnson, Cluster.
Matthew Dear puts his Audion mask on for Kompakt. Teaming up with Troels Abrahamsen 'Dem Howl' he delivers a subtly effective big room anthem splitting the difference between posh trance and tech-house. Michael Mayer gvies a more succinct rework on the flipside, beside a moody blue instrumental version of the original.
*2LP housed in a gatefold “tip-on” jacket, Compilation and notes by Alec Palao with an exclusive new interview with Sly Stone himself and In-depth liner notes with first-hand reminiscences of the Stone Flower era from many of the participants. Features all five Stone Flower produced singles plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives. All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes* "In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first ev… Read more
**180g blue vinyl with insert** "Medical Records presents a very special double A side reissue of Fullerton, CA band Null And Void. Null And Void recorded 3 albums (1980’s “Happiness And Contempt” , 1982’s “Montage Morte” and a 3rd in 2012). Both of the 1980s LPs have relatively short playtimes, so we have decided to reissue both in their entirety on each side of this reissue. Hailing from a very diverse musical scene, Null And Void forged their own sound fusing elements of new wave, post-punk, cabaret and less characterized roots. Both of the LPs have gone long ou… Read more
Pacific Rhythms make a smart start with two trax by LNRDCROY backed with a Hashman Deejay dub and new Cloudface cut. Hotly-tipped Vancouverite Lnrdcroy plays sweet with an extended version of the dawning 'Sunrise Market', which first appeared on his 'Much Less Normal' album for 1080p, rubbing up next to the Levon Vincent-alike deep house/techno stride of 'Time Zone (Mix 2)'. On the flip, Hashman Deejay smudges vocals from Young Braised deeper into a hefty square bass groove by Memory Man, and Cloudface comes with the squashed acid burn of 'Panter Bleu'.
Brendon Moeller (BM), Clay Wilson (CW) and Certain Creatures get down on three pumping modular jams for New York's Styles Upon Styles. Born of a 2 hour session in the studio/gym, 'Spectrum' travels from the rugged thump and chaotic surface disturbances of 'Spectrum 1' thru fizzing late night jackin' zones in 'Spectrum 2' and finally to the juggernaut wormhole momentum of 'Spectrum 3', cut loud and effective at 45rpm across the B-side.
Skippin', deeper garage-house from LA's Sage Caswell, backed with an overdub from the Archie Pelago Music label owners. Caswell serves three crisp, swinging grooves running from the organ-bubbling 'Luv' to the more rugged drums and spacious breakdowns of 'Amber Gloss / Making Out' and the moody drive of 'Whatever Forever'. Archie Pelago cap the session with their deft, shifty overdub of 'Buyerside', which was last heard on their RA mix.
Superb electro-acoustic jazz session from Sähkö's Puu sublabel featuring the legendary Pekka Airaksinen (piano) plus Anton Nikkilä (electronics, guitar), Ari Salonen (bass), and Samuli Tanner (drums, electronics). The mention of Mr. Airiksinen should be ringing alarm bells for anyone aware of his Sperm output or those incredible, cryptic jazz slabs of the '70s/'80s and he's still an endearing presence here, vibing out on the ivories against the skronkiest, sharpest electronics and darting rhythmic calculations. Most importantly, Modern Feelings extrapolate a fresh sensation from well… Read more
*Edition of 500 Copies, pressed on 180g clear vinyl, housed In a 350 gsm, 5 mm spine sleeve* "Limited reissue vinyl pressing of the eerie electronic score by composer Tim Krog, for the 1980 Ulli Lommel cult classic (DPP39 video nasty) The Boogey Man. Composer Tim Krog studied film scoring at UCLA and has created music for film, television, and radio but is probably best know for his work as the composer for The Boogey Man."
Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
**Hand-stamped transparent green vinyl edition of 300** Greta Cottage Workshop's finest, Mudkid returns with two murky, psychoactive house trips. A-side is a strident late night/early morning winner swarming ghoulish voices around full sunken kicks and ricochet hi-hats to guide you thru the smoke. B-side sticks in that heady territory with skanking dub house groove and pinging metallic tones to rob your mind at 5am.
*LP edition of 500 copies in custom letterpressed LP jackets* "This is the second full length from Ides of Gemini, the follow up to 2012’s “Constantinople”. Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, CA, during the first week of February 2014. It was engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw, who did the same for Constantinople and is often noted for his work with Danzig. The album was mastered by Grammy-winning producer Matt Hyde, renowned for his work with Slayer, among others. The artwork and design, including the striking hand-drawn cover, were executed by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson"
*180 gram orange vinyl in a deluxe heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket with satin coating. Includes an inserted 11” x 22” poster with artwork by Francesco Francavilla & Bonus Spooky Sound-FX Album* "This expanded double LP features over an hour of music that has been mastered for vinyl and supervised by the composer. For art duties, Waxwork brought on none other than the incredibly talented Francensco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie, The Black Beetle). Francavilla has worked as an in-house artist for both Marvel and DC Comics, and has created the full LP packaging a… Read more
Italian techno producer SNTS returns to Horizontal Ground with a pounding, broken darkside session. Four tracks deep running from roiling steppers to nautical 4/4 navigations cloaked in the most evil 4am drones and spectral pads. Winner.
Strictly nasty pounders from repitch boss D. Carbone on Sunil Sharpe's Black Sun Records. No effing about, just getting down to business with gargantuan kicks and prickling melodies doused in salty distortion to taste
*Limited Red Vinyl pressing of this album that’s been out of print on vinyl for at least two decades, Soda Pop Rip off has been remastered by TJ Lipple* This pressing of the record has been done on red-colored vinyl and comes with a free digital download coupon for the 13 original album tracks plus the three songs from the What Kind of Monster Are You single. Formed in 1992, Slant 6 was Christina Billotte, Myra Power, and Marge Marshall. Prior to forming Slant 6, Billotte had played bass in Autoclave, who released a 7" single as a collaboration between Dischord and K Records and a post-humo… Read more
*Limited to 500 copies* "Another rare Zamrock album comes to light with the Harry Mwale Experience. The sole and lone album from the legendary figure is fully licensed, and is a blend of psychedelic rock, ethnic psychedelic (with fuzz guitar) and even some soul. Overall a very robust and strong effort with above average fidelity as compared to most Zamrock releases, and one of the more obscure and harder to find records from Zambia, as well as one of the more unique. For fans of BLO, WITCH, Salty Dog, Amanaz, The Peace, Survival and other afro rock albums "
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "The Mattson 2 stride into a new realm of sound that blends their signature jazz soundscapes with ethereal structures and haunting splashes of improvisational raga techniques. This time around, they go deeper and darker, balancing an ebb and flow to create something truly mesmerizing, thanks in no small part to producer Thomas Campbell and the legendary John X. Volaitis (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Phoenix). This much-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Feeling Hands is a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration and arrangement. The droning vistas of Agar … Read more
"Led by founding member Toby Driver (Secret Chiefs 3), Kayo Dot emerged in 2002 from the ashes of Boston, MA, metal group Maudlin of the Well. Since then, Driver has led Kayo Dot through lineup changes and stylistic shifts: from traditional metal, to atmospheric, avant-garde metal; and now with their new album Coffins on Io, to the bats-in-your-belfry hard rock of Sisters of Mercy intersecting with Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Scritti Politti and early Roxy Music. In 2013, Kayo Dot released their critically acclaimed conceptual double-album Hubardo. Undeniably experimental, but largely unclassi… Read more