Thursday, 02 October
*Part One of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
*Part Two of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings m… Read more
Matias Aguayo sounds well moody on his first new single in three years (!) for Kompakt. His follow-up to the party-ready fruit-basket of 'The Visitor' (2013) album renders a decidedly shadier slant to his sound. From the furtive minor key chords, slinky momentum and ghostly croon of 'Run Away From The Sun' to the enchanted slo-mo wine of 'Lola In The City', thru the bent EBM flux of 'Legende' and the faded 4th World voices of 'Walty', this EP marks a stylish retreat from sweaty peak times towards reflective corners of the dance and the bedroom.
LA Club Resource push the envelope further than ever with Zipcode's debut of blood-drained techno and noise scapes. The first three cuts are harrowing darkwave visions recalling the bombed-out fronts of Alberich, MB or Thought Broadcast in their eviscerated, tape saturated sound design and channelled ether voices. The fourth cut is boot-stomping banger delivered cold like prison food to sustain enervated raves. Those metallic tape delays and compressed bounce really remind us of someone…
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Another cherry-picked Thai bewt from Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Uptown, Dao Bandon's stop/start Molam zinger, 'Lae Pattana Baan Meuang', heavy on the horns and dominated by Bandon's haunting croon. Downtown, a jaw-dropping Thai R&B play by Warin Shinaraj. Trust us, you ain't heard nothing like it! Tip!
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Scorching Molam disco tunes dig out and dusted don by Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Side A is a proper molam disco boing by Onuma Singsiri, shot thru with mad synth stabs, dizzy drums and infectious vocal to twist the dance out. Flipside, Yupin Praethong's 'Mon Meuang Tai' adopts a recognisably Bollywood lean backed with some killer lap-steel-style strings and intricate, shuffling drums. Tip!
**Transparent vinyl edition of 300** Face-melting noise session from a pair of seasoned French agitants, Julien Ottavi and Kaspar T. Toeplitz, for Poland's Bocian. Breaking duties between them, Ottavi does vocals and crotales, Kaspar mans bass guitar, both of them on computer, creating side-long rackets of roiling drone and pulverised concretè texture conducted with nose-to-the-grain sensitivity. The first side, 'Corollaire au vacarme du silence' appears to manifest their taste for film noir more distinctly in its KTL-like atmospheric pressure systems, whilst the oth… Read more
Rugged robo-house swing and shuffle from Effy, tricked out with Troy Gunner and Hound Scales remixes. Check up 'Move' for a chunky, Joy O or Boddika styled jacker, and 'Bourbon Switch' for some crafty 4/4 - 2 - 3/4 time signature switches built for the moodier shape-cutters. Troy Gunner gives a nimbly brutalist halfstep techno rework of 'Move', and Hound Scales follows some smart work for Fifth Wall Records with a clattering rework of 'Bourbon Switch'.
*5LP Box Set housed in a Box, includes an indidivually numbered Certificate* "Initially a three piece band called King Ende Shneafliet, featuring a guest drummer - who was early on swapped for a drum machine - the group soon expanded to a five man studio collective that composed and recorded more than 70 tracks in little over 2 years, in always changing combinations of 2 or 3 members. Ende Shneafliet released 3 cassette albums on the Trumpett label (also home of The Actor and Doxa Sinistra): "Animals From Outer Space" (TRUM 0003 / September 1981), "Harde Winters Anno 198… Read more
*Latest in the fabulous Ethiopiques series, deluxe double vinyl pressing* "Kassa belongs to the long tradition of melancholy raconteurs with a decided gift of gab. And the unique embrace of his deep voice heightens the emotion generated by the hum of his lyrics. For Ethiopians he is, along with the other great traditional voices of the post-war period such as Assfa Abat, Frw Haylou, Asnaqtch Wrqu or Ktma Mkonnen, a perfect example of the culture of the word: poetry and freedom of expression, wit and impressive verve that hits the mark, quiet vehemence and merciless loquaci… Read more
Hamburg's Bernd Siebels and Mense Reents dance onto Mule Musiq with alternately driving piano house and laidback mediterranean grooves. Whilst best known for their Egoexpress 12"s on Ladomat, as A Different Jimi they mix up live percussion and hardware for a lithe style of discoid tech-house in the subtly uplifting shimmy of 'In Walked You', and a breezier sort of beach-side strut with the percolating E2-E4 vibes and exotic percussions of 'In Treehouses'.
"After a busy year collaborating with the likes of Fennesz (and My Cat Is An Alien on triple LP Abstractionism for the Ears, Belgian experimental stalwart Cédric Stevens still finds time to complete a meditative LP of modular electronics, electric guitar and Indian Tambura. Taking his trademark modular textures further into the ether, Stevens continues his flirtations with the fragile lines of noise and celestial drones, offering another beautiful glimpse into his ongoing studio experiments at the reclusive Hermetic garage. With a gentle A side of modular synths, guitars and fie… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Spanning the years 1996 to 2001, these session recordings are culled from the BBC archives, originally broadcast via Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq, and of course, John Peel. In addition to serving up alternate versions of classics like 'Lazy Line Painter Jane' and 'Slow Graffiti' the set boasts four previously unreleased songs from a 2001 Peel Session - the final studio recordings to feature Isobel Campbell prior to her departure from the band. This disc nicely encapsulat… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* The much sought after deluxe triple gatefold LP of 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' available for the first time since it's limited release in 2005. The album was the band's first compilation and is a chronological collection of all 25 songs from their seven Jeepster singles and EPs.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* The Boy With The Arab Strap followed on from the wonderful If You're Feeling Sinister and a series of impeccable EPs, bringing the band to the point of commercial breakthrough and all round crossover appeal. To this day you still hear the title track an awful lot, largely thanks to it being used as the theme tune to TV show Teachers, but the truth is, it's hardly one of the better songs on the album. Although TBWTAS features a higher profile p… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* 'Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant' was released in June 2000 and was the last studio album the band recorded for Jeepster.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* 'If You're Feeling Sinister' was the band's first release on Jeepster.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Storytelling' features a selection of songs that the band recorded for the Todd Solondz film of the same name. Not all of them made the final cut of the film but Stuart Murdoch chose to use the instrumental 'Fxck This Shit' in his directorial debut, God Help The Girl, which was released earlier this month. available.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Once the stuff of legend, changing hands for preposterous sums of money in its original incarnation as an LP issued by Electric Honey (the record label attached to Stow College in Glasgow) in 1996. Tigermilk is hardly an album that requires much in the way of an introduction. As British debut albums go, this is right up there amongst the very best within the annals of indie rock, spreading its influence through the generation to come, and still impacting on band… Read more
A limited vinyl-only collection in an edition of 500 copies of 11 love songs by Family Fodder that have never before been released on vinyl. Alig Fodder says: "We collected all the love songs together without all the annoying instrumentals, dubs and solos. Lou Reed once sang: 'No kinds of love are better than others'. I think he meant something else. The 'kinds of love' here include: the love for a child, nostalgic love and imaginary journeys, love renewed and shared, love of animals, love of music, nostalgia, love in loss and memory, love in kinship across generations, poetic and physical loving, love of the unknown or unfamiliar and the desperate love of needing."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Cry Is For The Flies was recorded at Infrasonic and Kingsize Studios in Los Angeles. The album features guests Henry Rollins ("Moment of Guilt") and Shirley Manson ("Shame, You're All I've Got”). "Since I created Le Butcherettes in Guadalajara, I've always yearned for the band to be part of a label/community that helps and supports artists to act fearlessly and help serve the music." explained fiery Le Butcherettes' frontwoman Teri Gender Bender. "So happy beyond words that we've found a family in Ipecac. Dream come t… Read more
"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referencing t… Read more
*180gm Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Print Poster and digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Debut album from new Montréal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to exploring the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was one of several stocks-in-trade during his tenure in early Constellation project and pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil initially formed with … Read more
Seth Troxler's Soft Touch label introduces the Gold Panda/The Field-alike 'Is There Light At The End' by Clarian, backed with some breezier neo-nu-Balearic indie styles.
Nu-Balearic gems from KZA with remixes by Cos/Mes and Eddie C. The A-side stars the album and beatless versions of the smarmy 'Vous Dansez' from KZA's 'Dig & Edit 2', B-side Cos/Mes bring some baggy flavour with a chugging rework beside Eddie C's slicked-down version.
**Clear vinyl** FSG's Al Matthews slows his roll as Uretran with two odder house grooves backed by Sunil Sharpe and Kommune1 remixes. The original 'At The Rotary Club' stretches out on a swinging dub house flex with elastic bass, wobbly chords and struttin' hi-hats which Kommune1 duly ramps to a doomy techno builder. With '1000AD' Al strips back to freaky Wild Pitch styles, kinda like Kareem's most recent, but much fruitier, albeit spiked fruit. Irish techno overlord Sunil Sharpe gives it a clattering gauntlet of a remix to boot.
‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ is the third album from Copenhagen’s Iceage. Channelling the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words. On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is li… Read more
**180g vinyl with 12x12" art print, and MP3 download code redeemable from the label** "Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
"Erlend Øye is a skinny nerd, but maybe that's what makes him a pop star. His huge thick spectacle-lenses act as an interface between his inner life and his numerous collaborators and fans. Erlend Øye is a travelling singersongwriter, who has been making music in various constellations since the late nineties. He sang for Röyksopp, while his own bands are Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, who recently split up. A laid back, everyday vibe runs through Erlend Øye's music. Erlend is not larger than life, at the most his songs may be. The pop star from next-door doesn't make any drama, bu… Read more