Thursday, 17 July
*Heavyweight vinyl - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "This is King Creosote’s first album since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine. Composed of eleven stunning and emotive tracks, From Scotland With Love was written by King Creosote and produced by music supervisor and guitarist David McAulay, with additional production by Paul Savage, in Chem19 Studios in Glasgow. The record features King Creosote accompanied by his band – Derek O’Neill (keyboards), Andy Robinson (drums), Pete Mcleod (bass), … 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
*Edition limited to 240 copies, with liner notes by Frederic Acquaviva and a fantastic front cover drawing by Maurice Lemaître* "Alga marghen presents an exceptionally wild sonic art and poetry document, Maurice Lemaître “Poémes et musiques lettristes et hyperphonie” recorded between 1952 and 1968. What does Lemaître contribute to the Isouian poetic creation? What… music as background to “lettries”? These are heretic hyperphonies forming such a specific corpus in the lettric sphere. Neither Isou, nor Pomerand, Dufrêne, Wolman, or Spacagna achieved what L… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. 'Collection 1' is a compilation of unreleased material from 2001-2004. The band then consisted of Nils Erga on viola alongside the current rhythm section. It contains tracks from the first, unreleased Noxagt album recorded in 2001 as well as a live recording featuring producer Billy Anderson on vocals, a track from a 2004 Peel Session and much more. The LP comes in a 4-colour screen printed cover.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. ‘Brutage' is the band's fourth album and the first to feature John Hegre (also of Jazzkammer) on guitar. John’s guitar work is predominantly textural -providing an intense, yet soothing counterpoint to the brutal rhythm section. The album contains four lengthy tracks which are a natural continuation on the band’s penchant for re… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Ro… Read more
**Kode9 and Toby Heys' sonic research unit delves into untold sonic histories in this custom triple gatefold containing 112-page book, 180g clear vinyl record, and six 12" x 12" Dead Record Archive cards. None of these components are available to buy separately and the Box Set has been made in a limited run of just 256 copies, never to be re-pressed. Artwork by Optigram. Shipping for a release date of july 21st** 'Martial Hauntology' is the groundbreaking first release on AUDiNT Records - the sonic research cell staffed by Toby Heys and Steve Goodman (Kode 9) engaged in 3r… Read more
Untimely final transmission from the late, great progenitor of Chicago Juke & Footwork. Arriving only weeks after his tragic death 'We On 1' both opens a new chapter for Wheez-ie's new Southern Belle Recordings and unfortunately closes another for dance music history. But you can fxxking forget being maudlin whilst listening to this EP which is loaded with arguably some of the baddest trax in Rashad's arsenal, from the hyper syrup anthem 'We On 1' to the uncannily ethereal vocal chops and slowfast lean of 'Do It Again' with his Teklife pals DJ Spinn and DJ Manny, and a b-l-i-n-d-i-n-g Footwork overhaul of Chaka Khan. R.I.P. Rashad. Long live Footwork.
'EX' is the first new Plastikman album in over ten years. It was recorded live at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at the behest of fashion designer, Raf Simons, a big Plastikman fan who booked Richie on behalf of Dior. And yet, whilst that setting may be a far cry from Plastikman's roots in warehouses and basements, the results distinctly hark back to the glacial modulations and optimised pulses of classics such as 'Sheet One' or 'Musik', but perhaps with smoother sort of tonal gradients and slippery arrangements that simply couldn't have been achieved two decades ago when Richie wrote the blueprint for minimal techno...
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
*Fully Remastered Audio taken from from brand-new HD 96/24 masters and pressed onto 180g Vinyl with download card. This is the first time the album has been re-pressed since its release in 1988!!!* ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ was the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album. Delivered after a slightly longer period between records than fans had been used to, this was the first album they recorded in their own studio. Freed to now make music how they wanted and with no clock to beat, they rose to the challenge of producing it themselves with real aplomb, introducing a new pop sensibility to their sound, expressed through shorter, ‘hookier’ songs with occasionally intelligible lyrics....
Back off civil duty, Beau Wanzer does a mutant beat dance on four combustible experiments for Traxx's Nation. Operating within spitting distance of his peer and like-minded producer, Powell, he cycles from the fizzing, Suicide-style canter of the title track into the darkwave wormhole of 'Fabrics' on side A, before the bifurcating drum machine stagger and warped voices of 'Lotraf' and the face-melting Sonic Yoof tribute, 'Thurston Moog' razz out on the flip. T
After a workout on the Russian Torrent Versions playground, Domenico Crisci brings his full throttle techno to L.I.E.S. Well skooled in vintage Mills and Downwards styles, four tracks kick the f**k outta the 'floor. Up top the pounding kicks of 'The Old Candelabra' are offset with rhythmelodic percussive cadence and 'Silver' goes head down with a classic Regis sound. Down below, 'Swan Wings' jaxx up a swinging warehouse tattoo with cavernous reverbs and 'Transit' locks down to a noisier, synths-driven industrial trajectory.
**Remastered reissue of seminal Fabio Frizzi horror score. Includes severel unreleased cues and a bonus 10 minute live suite recorded in 2013, pressed on 180g red vinyl, housed in 350gsm jacket with poster and sleevenotes** "Death Waltz Recording Company have been hard at work exhuming a true classic of horror scoring, and the result stands out like a nail through an eyeball. Directed by gorehound favourite Lucio Fulci, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD’s incredible score comes from a true master of ferocious film music, Fabio Frizzi (THE BEYOND, ZOMBI 2), and pro… Read more
*First vinyl reissue ever after more than 30 years, edition of 500 copies, splattered vinyl* "The "INSOC EP" contains the first official recordings from the legendary Minneapolis music collective Information Society led by founder/producer Paul Robb. Originally released on vinyl in 1983 the EP became extremely difficult to find. Now, for the first time since 1983, Mannequin Records is giving it a new birth on wax, this time including a bonus track "Charentiesm" never appeared before in any format, which is the first track ever recorded by Information Society in 1982. As The band tell, i… Read more
Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into a t… Read more
**Super dope spot gloss jacket** Madlib's got his baton out, again. This is the long-awaited 2nd part of his 'Rock Konducta' volume in the brilliant Beat Konducta series of themed MPC bombs. Sampling from stacks of Rock-oriented wax, he juices and flips chunks of krautrock, film dialogue, prog and psych blues into signature beat nuggets as brief as they are funky and freaky.
**Includes fold out liner notes/art insert housed in glossy jacket** Bright, colourful synth-pop gems from the heart of France, 1981. Practically unknown to all but the mist dedicated Francophile pop fiends, St. Etienne-based Cha Cha Guitri were a four piece comprising two couples who made exquisitely sharp edged and bittersweet synth pop with an unmistakably Gallic panache. Far as we can tell these tracks have never been released on vinyl before, and should be thoroughly recommended to fans of Telex, Deux, Mathematiques Modernes…
*Vinyl includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience o… Read more
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Simple/Aus Records boss meets longtime collaborator Tam Cooper on two dubbed and gritty tech-house groovers. 'Pedal Power' plays dry and rugged with plonging acid bass and skittish drums before a widescreen atmospheric breakdown, and 'Valhalla' aims higher with swinging jackers tackle rent skyward with massive reverbs and woolly ambient motifs.
Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann aka DIN rework their contribution to Ostgut Ton's ballet music suite, 'Masse'. 'Euphorium' is a right big room builder tiered with lush synths and driven by aerodynamic Detroit/Berlin-style techno groove. 'Aetas' is more expansive, fluidly dubwise, rolling off warm bass into a sea of shimmering machine rhythms for the dancers.
Marcel Dettmann and Âme's Frank Wiedemann remodel their pieces from ballet suite, 'Masse', for the club. Considering who's involved the results are perhaps more pedestrain than you'd hope for, giving up a very minimal and moody piabno house piece called 'Spiritoso' up top and the poised drone techno rolige of ''Martellato' on the turn.
Henrik Schwarz gives the 3rd and best yet remixes of Berghain/Ostgut Ton's ballet suite, 'Masse'. His stuff's normally a bit too sweet and sickly for this palate but the dry pound and scratchy shuffle of 'Lockstep' is primed to really put dancers thru their paces, whilst the pizzicato strings and poised groove of 'Unknown Touch Two' finds the right balance of classical elegance and house function.
After ten solid releases (12 including Misterio sub-label), NYC's Mister Saturday Night round up their best on 'Brothers & Sisters' - an epic 9 track comp featuring newly recorded exclusives. Combining the perpetual momentum of house music with the possibilities of electronica and an over-arching, jazz-wise looseness, the label have coined an aesthetic fetishised by lovers of leftfield dance music. Vinyl-only Tracklisting: A1. Archie Pelago - Cinema Club A2. Dark Sky - Clear B1. General Ludd - C C1. Boya - Dawn Corner C2. Archie Pelago - The House of Haab D1. Dark Sky - IYP E… Read more
"Haunted soil... Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England… Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside. Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), Moon… Read more
**Heavyweight box set containing 5 x 180g LPs. Mixed to 1/4" tape for this release by James Murphy** "Originally released for Record Store Day, this 5LP set is now being re-pressed and given a general release – it contains an unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem's near four-hour April 2, 2011 farewell show at New York's Madison Square Garden – produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy.
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
*2LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket, Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations* "In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation o… Read more