Factory Benelux presents deluxe double vinyl and CD editions of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982.

Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while still retaining Ratio’s signature brittle funk textures, heard in full effect on Lucinda, Gum and trancelike floor filler Knife Slits Water. .

“It all came together for us on Sextet really,” confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. “We were all working together - more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven’t.”

Newly remastered, the bonus tracks on both the CD and vinyl formats include non-album single Waterline as well as dub plate Abracadubra (released as Sir Horatio), and the band’s three song John Peel session from June 1981.

The double CD version also includes a further Peel session from November 1982, featuring two songs never before released on record: Piu Lento, and Who’s To Say. Also included on the CD are both extended 12” mixes of Knife Slits Water, together with an early demo version of percussive marathon Si Firmir O Grido.

Cover painting by Denis King. Design by Ben Kelly.

My favourite purveyors of that classic 'terrace house' sound return on the delectable Contemporary Scarecrow. The Iberian producers have been rolling out hit after hit, all in a very unique, easy to spot style. These are rolling, big room tunes that instantly get the floor shakin' and wigglin'. This particular offering ranks as one of their finest moments in my opinion, and so good it receives not one but four (4!) outings on this essential 12". First up is the vocal mix of "Stretcher", which deploys a spine-tingling, never-ending breakdown with those double kick drum drops which get the floor salivating at the bit (you think the kicks dropped, but then it REALLY drops!). Both vocal mix and 'Stretchapella' feature this fucked up spoken word vocal section which'll play hell with people's minds when blasted out of some 10 foot Funktion1's on Playa d'en Bossa on a Sunday morning.... The instrumental does away with any lysergic vocal meanderings and just goes straight for the jugular with its gorgeous rolling grooves and clever melodic snippets. Hard to describe but so, so easy to enjoy! This is the kinda track Groove Armada would make their own in one of their classic terrace-tinged sets; big extended breaks with even bigger drops! You know you need this! Finally, the 'dub' version really tweaks with the OG, doing away with much of the melodic elements and instead keeping things dark, sexy and sultry, perfectly balancing the arrangement between heads-down, bass-led grooving and more cerebral, floaty sections without a kick drum. Massive record!

Pity Sex and Adventures have teamed up to make their long-anticipated split EP one of the year’s most interesting releases.

Adventures leads off the a-side with “Flowing Through,” a slow-burning emo anthem highlighted by the honest, cathartic refrain: “I’ve been pretending to have a grasp on solid ground”.

Pity Sex’s “Acid Reflex” is another fuzzy indie pop gem in the band’s small but impressive catalogue. The call and response verses sung by guitarists Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake make the track an easy sing-along, but lyrics like “I need drugs, I need God, I need comfort,” show that the Michigan quartet is still dealing with plenty of demons.

Each band also offers a cover on the split: Adventures takes on the hardcore classic “Behind This Wall” by Turning Point with all the aggression of the original, and Pity Sex offers their fantastic rendition of the Pixies’ classic, “Gigantic”.

For fans of: Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Tigers Jaw, Brand New.

The Adverts

Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts - 2xLP Edition

    Fire Records reissue the 1978 classic debut punk record 'Crossing The Red Sea with the Adverts' on gatefold 2LP. Released after an ever growing live following and the string of successful chart hits, The Advert's debut has cemented its place in punk rock history. Now this 2LP release includes an extra LP, with 12 extra tracks made of up single recordings and live bonus tracks. From the sonic Armageddon which ushers in 'One Chord Wonders' through to the deliriously protracted fade of 'Great British Mistake', 'Crossing The Red Sea' never put a foot wrong. Created at the height of Punk, recorded with all the venom and passion which gave the era such vitality, "Crossing the Red Sea" was at once a statement of intent and a bellow of defiance, a refusal to take anything for granted, even its own brilliance. More than that, though, the album defined and thus became the precious moment in time when the establishment rules of rock fell away, and new ones still had to be carved out. And by those brittle standards, the Adverts weren't simply crossing the Red Sea, they were parting it.

    This legendary 1994 double-pack on Eightball has long been an object of desire for proper house heads and vinyl junkies worldwide. We should count our lucky stars then that 2014 is the year that it gets its first full reissue! Featuring deep house classics "Making A Living" (as heard on Phil Mison's awesome 'Originals' comp), "Young And Free", "All In The Same Family" alongside a host of dancefloor weapons, "The African Dream" embodies the true spirit of classic club music at a time when disco and house collided in the melting pot of NYC. An absolutely essential release from a classic era of New York dance music that captures the deepness, rawness and soulful edge of the people who made it. Timeless house sounds for the true connoisseur made available once again. It's a beautiful thing baby!

    Allo Darlin'

    Bright Eyes

    The first single to be taken from Allo Darlin’s forthcoming album We Come From the Same Place, "Bright Eyes" is a hugely enjoyable duet between singer Elizabeth Morris and guitarist Paul Rains - his first recorded lead vocal performance. Recording their vocals simultaneously in the live room of the studio, the two were able to play off one another and capture the humour and affection inherent in the song's lyrics. "Bright Eyes" isn't the first duet the band have recorded, early single "Dreaming" featured Monster Bobby of The Pipettes trading lines with Elizabeth, but as she notes, that then poses its own problems when it comes to playing live. "I wanted to write another duet, but the only problem with doing that is that when you play live it's very rare that the person you recorded it with can be there. So I thought it would be great to write a song with Paul singing the other part. I love Paul's singing and I wanted to hear him do it more, so it's quite selfish really!"

    "We Come From The Same Place" is the third full-length recording from the much loved Anglo-Australian four-piece and is made up of smart, beautiful pop music, with lyrics that resonate with experience and melodies that chime, echo and soar. The album combines the eagerness, urgency and immediacy of their 2010 self-titled debut with the contemplation, sophistication and ambition of their 2012 follow-up "Europe," and yet it goes beyond either both sonically and in the songs. It was written at a time of considerable change for songwriter Elizabeth Morris, a time during which she fell in love, moved to Italy and got married. The truism is that third albums are difficult beasts, but by remaining true to themselves Allo Darlin’ have side-stepped the pitfalls to produce a wonderful record - thoughtful and exciting and exquisitely played – that will please their existing army of fans and newcomers alike.


    Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition of 500 copies.

    Historically, Switzerland's main exports have been cheese, army knives and watches. As of this moment however, it seems we need to add essential vinyl magic to that list, thanks to the continuing brilliance of Alma Negra. Taking their name from a peak in the Cordillera de la Ramada range of the Andes Mountains, the collective, made up of Miajica (of Highlife fame), Dario Rohrbach and Dersu Figueria trade in a sound as far away from their stately and pastoral surrounds as it's possible to be. They are passionate diggers who specialise in diaspora and made their debut last year on the infamous Sofrito label with heavy edits from the islands of Cabo Verde.

    For their first release on Basic Fingers, the trio focus on rhythm and groove, making their intentions clear from the off with the heavily percussive and minimally melodic "Mao Negra". On the flip, "Messa" is an explosion of sound and colour as the celebratory and sacred sounds of a tribal rite are reworked into a peak time smash. African chants, spoken vocals, a hypnotic bassline and a tonking kick turn this into a club ready weapon of the highest order. EP closer "Tribal Echoes" returns to the minimalism of the A-side, providing a percussive tool that'll suit the spiritual and psychedelic jocks alike. A unique and wonderful addition to any record box.

    Gladstone Anderson, Lynn Taitt & The Jets

    Glad Sounds

    Trinidad born legendary guitarist, Lynn Taitt, who brought the first wave of Rocksteady to the Island, and Gladdy Anderson who is well known as a Skatalites' pianist, got together to record this Rocksteady instrumental album 'Glad Sounds' at Federal Studio in 1968. Released from the Merritone label, which was managed under Federal, the album depicts the heyday and best sound of Rocksteady as well as the label itself. This album is for the first time reissued by Dub Store Records. The album tracks consist mainly of cover versions of popular tracks, which were produced by Coxsone Dodd, Bunny Lee and Sonia Pottinger. Lynn Taitt and Gladstone Anderson added gentle flavors to their versions by their distinctive instrumental plays. Federal's recording facility made possible to maintain this sound quality. This is certainly another classic album to add to your collection!

    Apple And The 3 Oranges

    Love Brings Out The Best Of You / My Baby

    Pure Californian funky soul sunshine from drummer and bandleader Edward 'Apple' Nelson, who first featured for Jazzman way back on the label's 'California Funk' compilation with the tough and gritty 'Curse Upon the World'. Originally issued in scant numbers on Apple's own Sagittarius imprint, 'Love Brings Out The Best In You' is a far lighter affair, a breezy northern soul dancer which lilts away like a hot Cali afternoon.

    Art Of Tones / Thatmanmonkz

    So Worried / Got To Get To

    Thatmanmonkz is enjoying a fine run of form thanks to a string of heavy duty releases for Delusions Of Grandeur, Kolour Ltd and his own Shadeleaf label. For the fifth release on the bubbling imprint, Sheffield's finest is joined by French house loyalty, with Art Of Tones taking care of business on the A-side. "So Worried' marries a spoken word vocal with a clipped organ lead for a bumpin' house workout reminiscent of fellow Frenchman St. Germain's finest work. If you like to keep your mixes tight and quick, then the slick and sleek re-edit will do nicely. Monkz handles the flip with the kind of rough and ready sample-house jam the label has championed since day one. "Got To Get To" strings together a handful of live instrumentation and melodies in that MPC bashing style we're used to hearing the Motor City jocks rocking. A thick mix and bubbling bassline provide all the grit you could ask for while a sharp clap will keep the necks snapping. On the dub mix, Monkz strips that shit back and houses the ingredients up for a buttery groover packed with soul. 

    Archie Bell & The Drells

    Here I Go Again / Tighten Up

    This HOT double-A side features the 70s Torch dancer “Here I Go Again” - with its crashing backbeat and fabulous “call-to-the-floor” intro. The song was originally released in the USA by Atlantic Records in 1969, to little acclaim at the time, but later spiraled to No.11 in the UK pop charts in 1972 due to demand from the northern soul scene. “Tighten Up” was one of the first songs to be recorded by Archie Bell & The Drells, in Houston, Texas in 1967. The track had originally been developed by the TSU Toronadoes and, coupled with Bell’s unique spoken introduction, caught the imagination of the nation earning the band a gold disc and a No.1 R&B and pop smash. It would become a UK Mod anthem and spawned future club hits care of Willie & The Mighty Magnificents “Funky 8 Corners” and Frankie Crocker’s floor packin’ “Ton Of Dynamite”

    Bell Gardens

    Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions

    Bell Gardens combines the musical visions of Kenneth James Gibson (formerly of Furry Things, now recording as [a]pendics.shuffle, dubLoner and Eight Frozen Modules) and Brian McBride (one half of Stars of the Lid) and began releasing music in 2010, beginning with an EP, Hangups Need Company on Failed Better/Burger Records. Their debut album Full Sundown Assembly (Southern/Burger Records) appeared in 2012 and, now signed to Rocket Girl in the UK, the band are set to release their second, Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions.

    Bell Gardens’ origins began arguably as more of an experiment than the duo’s current ‘experimental’ projects – McBride’s drone- and string-laden ambient symphonies, and Gibson’s ventures in dub and minimalist techno – as they sought to manifest their mutual reverence for folk, psychedelia and chamber pop in a traditional band structure without cannibalising any particular past genre. Bell Gardens’ sound is less reliant on effects and studio trickery than the pairs’ independent guises, laying bare as it does vocals and live instruments with emotional sincerity, and presenting songs imbued with an almost pastoral or gospel simplicity and timelessness.

    'Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions' was again recorded mostly at home studios, but additionally the band made use of a friend’s desert cabin in Wonder Valley, California, and it seems this willingness to retreat from the city has lent an expansiveness to the tracks, in particular the spacious, ceremonial ‘Silent Prayer’ (written in a snowbound mountain cabin in Idyllwild, C.A.) and the crepuscular ‘She’s Stuck in an Endless Loop of Her Decline’ (mapped out under the stars in the desert).

    While the addition of strings (contributed by Lauren Chipman of The Rentals and The Section Quartet) and trumpet (Stewart Cole of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros) provides a double rainbow of tonal textures throughout, the nine tracks of Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions are united by an understated elegance belying the newly expanded, communal effort in the studio: each instrument earns its place, nothing is overwrought or conspicuous. Moreover, it is McBride and Gibson’s artistry in building stirring soundscapes from the barest of materials in their other guises that lends such assurance and sophistication to these arrangements.

    The band is a result of the complimentary cross-pollination of Gibson and McBride’s musical tastes – borne from a late- night conversation between the two that grew wings – and it is the universality of the sentiments and their restrained, reflective approach to writing and recording that allows the music to simultaneously straddle the past and the present. The music avoids pastiche, its pedal steel, sleigh bells and harmonies giving a nod to the ghosts of musical genres past, but never overriding or distracting from the emotional content of the sum of its parts.

    The album ends with the glorious ‘Take Us Away’ – one of the first demos Gibson gave McBride when he was on tour with Stars of the Lid – neatly bringing their work to date full circle and exemplifying the band’s mindfulness of their own serendipitous beginnings: the dawning of an auspicious, unique musical force.

    Bell Gardens - Take Us Away - ★★★★★★★★★☆ Harmonies alert!! Actually, this is rather lovely. Slow-tempo, just the right side of 'twee' and packed full of strings, as if Air and Midlake had been taking balloon trips over the mid-West and sprinkling good-vibes dust across the land. From L.A. and subconsciously plugged into the '60s dream-pop scene, taking in a little bit of Mercury Rev and Brendan Perry en route, stopping off at Pearls Before Swine and Big Star's house for inspiration, before getting stoned with '70s era Brian Eno and Harold Budd.- Flipside

    Emotional Rescue is proud to present the first ever collection of works from Spanish song writer Javier Bergia. As a member of Finas Africae his name is finally coming to prominence. Now with this selection of his music from 1985 to today, the depths of his acoustic, folk and Balearic writing can be heard. Born in Madrid in 1958 to a family steeped in both classical and Spanish traditional music, Javier's unique mastery of guitar, percussion, voice, poetry and composition is drawn from both this grounding and upon his lifelong musical inquisitiveness. Since 1980 he has been an integral part of the ancient music group Atrium Musicae. In 1984 he founded, with Juan Alberto Arteche and Luis Delgado, the groundbreaking group Finis Africae as a sonic investigation into a fusion of diverse ethnic musical forms incorporating both indigenous instruments and electronic elements.

    For "Eclipse" Emotional Rescue boss Chuggy and Balearic shepherd Moonboots took a stroll through Bergia's 25 year solo career, picking out their personal favourites amongst the embarrassment of riches. While the exotic flavours of "Ballenas" and "Himalayas" recall the finest moments of the Finis Africae project, sweet vocal cuts like "Midnight Round Mekines" display Bergia's mastery of the pop format, giving Fleetwood Mac a run for their money in the soft rock stakes. Beautifully packaged and expertly selected, "Eclipse" should warm the cockles right through til next winter.


    CD Info: CD includes 5 bonus tracks

    Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim

    West Side Story - Red Vinyl Edition

    West Side Story is the soundtrack to the 1961 film by the same name. All music is composed by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. When released, the soundtrack spent 54 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts, giving it the longest run at No. 1 of any album in history. Perhaps Michael Jackson's Thriller comes close, on the grounds that West Side Story was listed on a chart for stereo albums only at a time when many albums were recorded in mono.

    In 1962, it won a Grammy award for “Best Sound Track Album – Original Cast” and Johnny Richards orchestrations of the movie score (on Kenton's West Side Story) also winning a Grammy in 1962 for “Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album” further bolstering the popularity of the movie and soundtrack. In the United States, it was the best-selling album of the 1960s, certifying three times Platinum in over two decades.

    This At The Movies edition contains 4 previously unreleased tracks. The 2LP package is presented in a gatefold sleeve, housed in a sturdy PVC collector's bag.

    Big Ups

    Rash / Not Today

    Following the release of their debut album in January, Big Ups return with a new two-track 7”. Returning home from their latest European tour in July 2014, Big Ups took an extended nap and somehow woke up in THUMP Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They decided to try to record a few new songs, and - despite the band's grogginess - they actually finished the recordings. These new songs are coming out on a 7" vinyl record with separate releases in Europe & the USA. The single Rash b/w Not Today will be released via Tough Love Records.

    For those not yet up to speed, Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups – since 2010 – blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.


    Ltd 7" Info: Coloured vinyl (500 copies).

    Bing & Ruth

    Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

    'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an album length composition by minimalist ensemble Bing & Ruth. Written and conducted by pianist David Moore, 'TWTGA' is a halcyonic journey to a neverending place, where music waxes, wanes and drifts imperceptibly from silence to grand, glowing sound.

    Formed in the mid-00s among music student friends at New York City’s New School, Bing & Ruth’s lineup has shifted with the scope of each recording. For 'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age', the group whittled down from the eleven players on their first album, 'City Lake', to seven: two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, all supporting David Moore’s sublime yet resonant piano scores. Moore is responsible for the compelling melodies mediating the overarching ambience of 'TWTGA'. With untethered textures inspired by the indeterminate music of Morton Feldman and later torch bearer Gavin Bryars, 'TWTGA' achieves canon-level quality for instrumental music. Within the piece’s extended passages, Bing & Ruth wander through gradient fields of colour, illuminated by a delicate architecture of slowly developing microtonal harmonies, Steve Reich-ian piano lines and the same analogue tape delay that launched both Brian Eno’s 'Apollo' and the greatest dub reggae engineers into the unknown. Moore employed fundamental contrasts as the conceptual mode for 'TWTGA. Daybreak offered one contrast, with its untraceable hues from dawn to sunrise. Silence and its intrinsic gift of listening offered another. The emergence of 'TWTGA from the two is Bing & Ruth’s epic and ultimate reprisal.

    The album was recorded in Yonkers, New York and mixed in Brooklyn, with Brian Bender and Moore at the controls. Intended to be experienced at both high and low volumes, 'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is perfectly calibrated for meditative backdrops, burrowed headphone listening and utter captivation when performed live. Its sonorous palette inspires emotional response across a dynamic field, welcoming a journey to and beyond tomorrow’s promise.

    Dean Blunt

    50 Cent / Trident

    Hype Williams man Dean Blunt preceeds his soon-come 'Black Metal' LP with this super-limited 12". Showcasing more of Blunt's eclecticism, '50 Cent' combines spacious, shimmering, reverb-laden lo-fi shoegaze guitar work and simple kick-snare machine drumming used as a hip hop break. Over this Williams adds a melancholic rap, duetting with a choral female vocal in a call and response style. 'Trident' offers a more straight forward rap, but again over an inventive dark and grimey backing track. It's indie hip hop, but not as you know it.


    12" Info: Limited pressing. 200 copies only.

    DFA are delighted to welcome Dan Bodan to the label's roster. Bodan

 mixes traditional song-writing with intricately textured electronic production.

    "I write about the things I know, but it should be interesting for other people. So I want it to be like a really great roman-a-clef, or reading your older sisters diary." - Dan Bodan

    Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city's underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin 8 years ago. Blossoming in the city's unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. 

    ‘Soft’ is a rose-scented journey through millennial love issues, which was co-produced with Physical Therapy and Ville Haimala (Renaissance Man) and features MESH, 18+, Great Skin, Latisha Faulkner, Dena Yago, and Stadium. The album artwork for ‘Soft’was designed by famed-artist Julien Ceccaldi who currently graces the cover of Artforum's Summer issue.

    Working together with a team of world-class producers, poets and artists, he writes songs to fit comfortably in that space between the finger and the mousepad, the bedroom and the club, the earth and the ether.

    David Bowie & The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Peter And The Wolf - Red Vinyl Edition

    • 180 gram audiophile vinyl + insert
    • classical music on vinyl release: packed in sturdy PVC bag
    • first pressing of 1500 numbered copies on red/gold mixed vinyl

    David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf (1978) is a classical music album containing David Bowie’s narration of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 composition Peter And The Wolf. The music is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The album reached number 136 on the US Pop Albums chart.

    Side One contains the narration by David Bowie of public domain material originally written by Prokofiev. The second side of this LP features Eugene Ormandy conducting Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ormandy and the aforementioned musicians from Philly also back up Bowie on side one.

    Critics lauded the album, saying Bowie ‘found his most charming guise since Hunky Dory.’ He tells the well-known fable with his usual eloquence and style, and gives instructions at the beginning for kids to understand how the music corresponds to characters in the story. The accompaniment from the Philadelphia Orchestra is first rate.

    The Music On Vinyl re-release includes detailed liner notes on the project by Mary Campbell, specifically geared to “introduce children to the sounds of the individual instruments in the symphony orchestra.” Both Prokofiev and Britten wrote their respective pieces with this aim in mind.

    Sophomore record Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is a bold step forward for BRONCHO.

    Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar driven rock - the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions (think Cheap Trick meets the Drive soundtrack meets every great song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the greatest after-hours party you’ve never been to).

    Tracks like “Stay Loose,” “NC-17” and “What” are the kind of pop-rock that could have easily been beamed in from the same universe that gave rise to The Cars (or a looser version of The Strokes), while the album's first single, “Class Historian” — with its unstoppable “do do do do” vocal refrain is the kind of song that seems scientifically engineered to stick in your brain forever and is arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze.

    Clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, the eleven tracks on the new record are a potent statement of intent: an effortless sounding rock record that dips its toe into a variety of different styles without every succumbing to any of them. It’s a record that sounds like the summer. Or the future.

    The unquestionably dope Hessle Audio drop something special for their 27th single with this three-track 12" of glistening techno and broken abstractions by newcomer Bruce. Already a winner with Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Joy Orbison, "Not Stochastic" is gonna ring through the speakers at every forward thinking venue in the land over the next few months. Bruce sets trippy sequences to circular rhythms and coats his drums in a fine mist of echo as he takes a shot at the psychedelic end of the dub techno spectrum. On the flip, "Trip" offers a stripped back percussion tool built out of tribal drums while "My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough" updates the minimal techno blueprint with a little Drexciyan shower packed with electrostatic fuzz. 

    Bulbous Creation

    You Won't Remember Dying

    In 1971, Bulbous Creation poured what little personal surplus they had into a full day of recording at Cavern Studios, tracking enough material for a full length album. The band wouldn't stay together long enough to save up for a custom pressing on rock. Singer / guitarist Paul Parkinson was deeply individualistic, and left to perform his songs as he thought they should be, as a solo act. He preferred coffee shops to concert halls, and would stick to his craft another 20 years before hanging it up. Drummer Horstmann followed suit. Jim "Bugs" Wine and guitarist Alan Lewis soldiered on, shortening their name to the more sensible Creation and adding vocalist Wayne Austin, dynamic drummer Tommy Ward, and guitarist Roger Sewell. The Bulbous Creation LP was nearly doomed to oblivion, but for the efforts of Rich Haupt, who issued an unauthorized eight song LP in 1995 on his Rockadelic imprint. Lewis died in 1998 of esophageal cancer. When Paul Parkinson died of leukemia in 2001, a lone copy turned up amongst his possessions, with piece of mind that someone, somewhere, was listening.

    William S Burroughs

    Break Through In Grey Room

      Extraodinary cut-up voices recorded during the mid-60's in hotel rooms in New York, Paris, London... it's impossible not to recognise the writer's voice - the sonority of this voice - a sonority also present in the silence of every text he wrote. an explosion of styles - a blasting of borders - the silence after a gunshot - the overtaking of the fetishized word - from the exploded painting to the cut tape.

      This record starts with a piece of more than 13 minutes, recorded around 1965 with Ian Sommerville somewhere in New York and London - K-9 was in combat with the alien mind-screens, including various monologues, radio short waves and music... tapes, cut and cut and cut up to the limit of sense - emerged new structures of communication... and senses . words gain power when loosing the boundaries of semantics. Including too Joujouka music recorded by WS Burroughs in the hills of Morocco with Ornette Coleman, circa 1973.


      Nagan / Vatula

      For their sixth release the Highlife crew introduce a frequent guest and perennial party starter from their regular shin digs to make his first appearance on vinyl. Cain's been making waves behind the decks for some time now and his transition into production has sparked similar excitement. From the moment the crew dropped lead track "Nagan" on their Rinse radio show, everyone and their nan's been after it, longing to get another taste of those infectious vocals. The label describe it as Daphni via Delhi, which isn't a bad shout at all considering the thickly undulating synth bassline, solid beat and diasporic vocal melody, in this instance cut up from a little Bhangra. "Vatula" gets spiritual on the flip as the producer concocts a deep house groove flecked with melancholic pads (think a midnight collaboration between Yoruba and Detroit) and tops the track with a tribal vocal. If you dug on the excellent Esnard Boisdnur rework on Sofrito a while back, then you'll be all over this. Time to get global!

      Anna Calvi

      One Breath - Deluxe 2CD Edition

        Special edition of Anna Calvi’s Mercury Prize nominated second album ‘One Breath’, comprising the original album and a second CD featuring the ‘Strange Weather’ covers EP.

        Following on from her self titled, critically acclaimed Top 40 debut, ‘One Breath’ is a bold, confident progression in terms of textures and emotion.

        ‘One Breath’ was produced by John Congleton at Blackbox Studios, France and mixed in Texas.

        John Carpenter And Alan Howarth

        Halloween II - Clear Vinyl Edition

          Death Waltz Recording Co. present Halloween II Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Original art by Brandon Schaefer. Includes sleeve notes from Alan Howarth & Brandon Schaefer.

          Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to present the return of one of horror's scariest boogeymen, as well as one of the genre's most iconic theme tunes with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to Halloween II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Rick Rosenthal's sequel sets itself up as the slasher equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back, making a family connection between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers while getting some good kills in at the same time. Carpenter and Howarth's score is beefier and more intense than before, using layers of electronics to drive the audience to madness.

          As before, Myers aka “The Shape” is propelled by that theme, souped up with a new and more powerful arrangement from Carpenter and Howarth. Halloween II is more overtly synth and is perhaps less focused than the original score, although that certainly means it's nastier and more schizophrenic. The score also brings back the evocative 'Laurie's Theme', incorporating into a score full of harrowing musical effect, its synthesised howls and wails piercing your ears so that by the time 'Mr. Sandman' comes around, you'll feel just like the final girl, delirious at having survived the aural ordeal. And that's just when The Shape wakes up.


          Ltd LP Info: 180g frosted clear vinyl.

          John Carpenter And Alan Howarth

          Halloween III: Season Of The Witch - Clear Vinyl Expanded Edition

            Death Waltz Recording Co. present Halloween III Brand new remaster for 2014 taken from the original analog tape and including 11 never before released cues exclusive to this record. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Original art by Jay Shaw.

            Deluxe reissue includes 400 gsm Gatefold sleeve and contains exclusive by Director Tommy Lee Wallace , Artist Jay Shaw and film expert Kim Newman also includes an interview with John Carpenter by Joseph Burnett.

            Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to return another previous release to its ranks a true classic of horror cinema scoring, with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Bravely dumping the character of Michael Myers, the film instead looked at the concept of Halloween itself as a subject, with a mystery involving an Irish toymaker, three gruesome masks, and a chunk of Stonehenge. Eviscerated on release, it's now been re-evaluated as an underrated picture, not least because of Carpenter and Howarth's score.

            Whilst it left the original themes at home, Halloween III still has a plentiful array of musical delights to scare the living daylights out of you. The main title has a palpable sense of dread, with low droning synths providing a backdrop for high-pitched lines representing a television signal. Edged notes along with a foreboding rhythm provide high tension along with stabbing wild synths, while a certain piece of driving music gives a sense of fate dragging you to a very bloody and nasty death. And then there's the Silver Shamrock theme. 


            Ltd LP Info: 180g orange vinyl.

            Death Waltz Recording Co. present They Live

            Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

            Original art by Gary Pullin

            Deluxe reissue includes an interview with John Carpenter by Luke Y.Thompson, sleeve notes from Alan Howarth & Gary Pullin & an article exploring the illuminati in They Live by Vigilant Citizen.


            Ltd LP Info: 180g frosted clear vinyl.

            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

            From Her To Eternity

              Following the break up of Nick Cave’s former group The Birthday Party, Cave and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey put together a new band featuring Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld, additional guitarist Hugo Race, and ex-Magazine bass player Barry Adamson.

              The band entered the studio on September 20th 1983, and after some sessions, emerged as Nick Cave & The Cavemen, playing their first gig in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve 1983.

              The name was short-lived, and was soon amended to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, in reference to the final Birthday Party release, ‘The Bad Seed’ EP.

              Most of ‘From Her To Eternity’ was recorded in London, with sessions split between The Garden studio in Shoreditch, and Trident, in Soho.

              Cave later said, "Well, I guess we weren't kicking people in the teeth anymore. I mean, it just became different. I wanted it to be more lyrically orientated and getting Blixa Bargeld in the group made an incredible difference. He's a completely kind of atmospheric guitarist and incredibly economical and it gave me room to breathe”.

              The album, produced by Mick Harvey and Flood, was released on 18th June 1984 on Mute Records, Cave’s label for more than the next 25 years.

              It received great reviews upon its release and is recognised as one of the most timeless albums of the ‘80s.

              Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

              Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

              This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

              The Firstborn Is Dead

                ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985.

                Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson.

                Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London for three years and it seemed that if you stuck your head out of the box, people were pretty quick to knock it back in, particularly if you were Australian. When we came to Berlin it was the opposite. People saw us as some kind of force rather than a kind of wacky novelty act”.

                The album's title is a reference to Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin of Elvis Presley, and ‘Wanted Man’ was Cave’s own take on a song Bob Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash. Dylan gave his permission for the lyrics to be changed, with Cave’s interpretation referencing his friends.

                Also features the apocalyptic classic ‘Tupelo’.

                Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                Your Funeral... My Trial

                  With ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents.

                  This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen.

                  Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio”.

                  “There are some songs on that record that as far as I'm concerned are just about perfect as we can get really- songs like ‘The Carny’, ‘Your Funeral, My Trial’, and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’, I think are really quite brilliant“.

                  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie ‘Der Himmel Uber Berlin’ (aka ‘Wings Of Desire’) performing ‘The Carny’ and ‘From Her to Eternity’.

                  Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                  Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                  This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                  Nick Cave

                  20,000 Days On Earth

                    This great DVD package includes extras such as the performance with Kylie at Koko's, a full songs from Sydney Opera House concert as well as deleted scenes.

                    20,000 Days on Earth is a bold and unique look at one of music's most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic musician and writer Nick Cave. Defying traditional rock documentary aesthetics, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard push the genre to unexplored territory, presenting a vision of an artist in a way that is unconventional yet undeniably intimate, while also exploring more universal themes of creativity and how we choose to spend our time on the Earth. It ruthlessly deconstructs two very different art forms, music and documentary, yet takes nothing away from the everyday reality or magic of its main subject.

                    The film presents Cave's personal analysis of his own life and creative processes. He shares humorous tales of times past with band mate and frequent collaborator Warren Ellis, and engages in enlightening discussion with those who have affected his life both professionally and personally, including former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld, actor friend Ray Winstone, and perhaps most notably Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave collaborated on his breakout hit Where the Wild Roses Grow in 1995. These segments are presented in an almost daydream-like form, as Cave sits behind the wheel reflecting on his experiences while driving through his adopted home town of Brighton.

                    The Charlatans

                    Talking In Tones / Tonal Nagual Fur Star Liner Aquatic Ape Mix

                    In some ways this first taster from the forthcoming album is typical Charlatans, swirling keyboards, a loose groove and a huge chorus, but it has a sort of spacey, haunting vibe about it too. It's a great single and includes a Grumbling Fur remix on the flip too.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd 7" Info: 7” Ltd to 500 copies for the world.

                    Cooly G returns with ‘Wait 'Til Night’, an album of sensitive, lo-fi bedroom music, its lyrics sketching dreamy scenarios of seduction, lust and sex. The moody South London house of her debut album 'Playin Me' and her DJ sets has given way to a near-horizontal, sometimes melancholy and highly original take on R&B. The tracks swing effortlessly with no-fuss musical arrangements that are filtered through reggae sound system culture and US R&B in equal amounts, with a slight hint of dark synth-pop wound throughout. The pace has come down from the deep, tribal house she's known for so far, with the only constants that run through the album - her intimate vocals and smokey synths - cross-hatched with her characteristic broken rhythmic sense.

                    Opening with title track, Cooly coos about a date, over an infectious synth lead that wouldn't sound out of place on a Depeche Mode song. 'Like A Woman Should' is twilight music, synths rolling out like clouds over pulsing drums, while the vocals whisper invitations. 'Your Sex' is a fantasy with synths and surprisingly stabbing, hooky and distorted rhythm guitar. 'I Like' feels like the opening of an especially dreamy jungle track stretched into a full pop song. 'Dancing' rolls out drums and a mini guitar figure into a gently dizzy waltz, while 'Quick Question' plays out the scenario after the dance. 'Want's' barely-there song structure of drum and occasional bass with a wiry synth lead, is accompaniment to a near-whispered vocal. The pace steps up with the smouldering 'So Deep', with a deep synth bassline and a muscular hip hop beat. '1st Time' is all depth charge bleeps, guitars and piano. 'Freak You' is spacious and guitar driven, with Cooly beaming in directives through a distant voice transmission. The album's final honest, angry and forlorn track, 'The 3 Of Us', comes down hard on an absent parent, a full stop on the romance that the album narrates. It also reveals Cooly G as a skilled rap artist, something she’s kept hidden until now, with double-time flows casting off a missing babyfather. ‘Wait ‘Til Night’ finds Cooly G casting her net wider than her debut album, with songs that are more confident, accessible and stylistically consistent. The album comes laced with Cooly's unique honesty and charm and is sure to win her new fans with her catchy melodies, slow-jammed stories of blighted urban romance, and engaging lack of pretension.

                    Joseph Coward

                    The World Famous Joseph Coward

                    Joseph Coward is set to release his eagerly awaited debut album this autumn.

                    ‘The World Famous Joseph Coward’, self produced in London with Phillip Brillo, features ten tracks, including a Clash Magazine Track Of The Day - ‘Sarah, Plain & Tall’ - and the singles ‘Idle Boy’, ‘Thin’ and ‘Lucky To Have Me’.

                    An artist with the wistful-narcotised style and pugnacious confessional delivery of an earlier generation of British romantics, the unschooled, unbridled, uncompromising lyricism of Ian McCulloch, Morrissey and Billy Bragg courses through Joseph Coward’s songs.

                    After leaving his Brentwood, Essex school at sixteen, Coward left home and scraped together an existence in London, where he published a fanzine and made himself a fixture in the music scene.

                    “Atmospheric and melodic post-punk... sweeping melodrama... sweetly intimate... Serious in intent and sharp in execution” - Q

                    “Startling honesty” - Wonderland Magazine

                    “His take on atmospheric post punk casts chiming shadows through an Echo & The Bunnymen shaped prism of multilayered guitars and low-fi loops to impressive effect.” -

                    “Romantic and timeless... compelling and brilliant” - Huh. Magazine

                    Gregor Curten & Anselm Rogmans


                      Wah Wah Records proudly presents a luxury vinyl reissue of this rare 1974 private pressing. Cool long electronic experiments splitted in two tracks, one on each side. Recorded in one take and offering an astounding combination of synth drones, wordless vocals, ambiental electric organ and ethereal guitar arpeggios.

                      An outstanding work that moves away of the more classical kraut cosmische sounds to walk darker paths, yet retaining some early Kluster reminiscences.

                      The Wah Wah reissue comes to life thanks to the cooperation of Gregor Cürten himself, this new LP and the 2012 CD release on Entr'acte are the only legit reissues of this great lost piece of kraut music history. Don't be fooled by imitations!

                      Limited to only 500 copies. Remastered sound and featuring an insert with liner notes.

                      East India Youth

                      Hinterland - Inc. Katja Waske Remix

                      In a move that's certain to please the proper techno heads out there, East India Youth has finally seen fit to deploy the finest piece of dancefloor weaponary on his critically acclaimed debut LP in 12" form. Militaristic drums, driving sequences and swirling modular washes interlock into a pulsating nuclear core, well on its way to meltdown. Falling somewhere between the stripped back machine funk of Factory Floor and the unyielding energy of a Carl Craig classic, "Hinterland" is the kind of cut you build your whole set around. In other words, totally massive. On the flipside, the mysterious Katja Waske drops in to provide a face melting remix, which ramps up the aggression tenfold, turning "Hinterland" into raw techno filth. If you're after one of those thunderous stadium sized techno monsters usually released by either of the Kalkbrenner brothers, then this is your new jam. Serrated sequences, pounding percussion and searing drones combine perfectly to set the night on fire.

                      East India Youth

                      Total Strife Forever - Deluxe 2xCD Edition

                      East India Youth aka William Doyle delivers his highly anticipated debut long player ‘Total Strife Forever’. It's an ambitious work heralding the arrival of a singular new talent. Doyle is an inventive composer, and not tied to one style of music, bringing a love of minimalist and ambient composition to play alongside traditional song writing. The album ranges from ambient passages and neo-classical episodes and Detroit techno through to effervescent melodic electronic pop songs, with 'On Heaven How Long' combining both elements as the euphoric chorus dissolves into a driving motorik rhythm. Inspirations along the way included the output of Tim Hecker, Brian Eno, Björk’s ‘Homogenic’ and Arvo Pärt.

                      East India Youth release an expanded version of their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ which now includes an epic 54 minute imagined soundtrack for the 1916 silent film ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ on a bonus disc.

                      Eddie C

                      Farmer God / The Touch

                      Heeeeere's Eddie! The Canadian edit maestro swings his leg over his steel horse for another foray into the swinging saloon on the wrong side of town. After the recent split release with Noodleman, Eddie cuts the wagon loose and rides out alone again with another extra fine duo of dubbed out edits. "Farmer God" sees a high plains drifter out of his gourd on powerful peyote, strumming away and riding into the sunset as the steady groove rolls on, topped by exotic guitar solos and smooth woodwind. Sultry and breezy, this little number's gonna tease and please Balearic folks from the dustbowl to the rice paddies.On the flip "The Touch" gives a taste of the classic Eddie C style as a beautiful mid-tempo jam is expertly extended, with only the juiciest parts added to the blender. The producer weaves lyrical guitar, funky piano and a strolling bassline around a trademark mid tempo rhythm, taking us straight to the floor.

                      Coral Cross - 001 is the first release of a new metal project helmed by Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Haunted Graffiti, Violens). Described by Elbrecht as "choral thrash," the music is simultaneously blurry and fast paced, blistering single-note guitar lines layered over with barely-audible cathedral harmonies. It's another turn stylistically, following both his collaborations with Ariel Pink ("Hang On to Life" and "Called to Ring") and the electronic A/B-side with Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. The first track "The Coldest Steel Across Your Face Slides" rips forward with a meat-slicing, bay area thrash-style intro riff, recalling bands like Exodus or Testament, but with much less attention to production detail.

                      Instead, some passages on Coral Cross - 001 sound like they may have been recorded on a portable cassette recorder. B-side "With a Lancet" follows more of a pop song format, with a chorus that dives into depths of depressive tremolo-picking guitars and drums that strobe and flicker like a decapitated airplane propeller post-crash.

                      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 soul mate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed debut LP at an axis where post-prog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music.

                      Notes by Kat Epple

                      "When originally released, one music reviewer described Whispered Visions as: “A cosmic tapestry of sound, woven with threads of shimmering synthesizer timbres and luminous flute melodies”

                      "This album was made using early synthesizers, sequencers, Lyricon and flutes. When it was recorded in 1980 our synths were regarded as “state of the art” technology. Originally released exclusively on compact cassette it was our second of a total of fourteen independent releases. The band Emerald Web consisted of Bob Stohl and myself and our goal was to create innovative synthesizer orchestration and blend electronic music and acoustic instruments. From 1978 to 1990 we recorded, toured and performed in planetariums whilst composing soundtracks for Carl Sagan, amongst others. Bob and I were consultants for (and were lucky enough to be sponsored by) companies and individuals that were creating the latest music technology. At the time Emerald Web was one of the few “Space Music” bands which performed live in concert using synthesizers and sequencers, most of which had volatile memory and no pre-set sound banks. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 1990. Since then I have continued to compose music for film and perform in concert as a solo artist, as Emerald Web and with various other ensembles."

                      The Fall

                      Live - Uurop VIII-XII Places In Sun & Winter, Son

                      The definitive English post-punk band? Probably! Formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterized by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

                      This live album has been collated from various gigs over the last three years.

                      Fantastic Mr Fox Feat. Kid A

                      You-Turn - Visionist Remix

                      He’s back, in the run up to 2015’s longplayer dropping another slice of broken electronic pop this time teaming up with US isolationist and icey voiced songwriter Kid A. Here FMF delivers his trademarked frosted heartbreak chords with a grime lilt on the drums and low-end. For this super limited 10" Black Acre enlist the deft remix skills of Grime royalty Visionist, who adds his own low slung mood take on FMF’s fractalised funk.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      10" Info: Limited one-sideed 10" white label.

                      Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

                      Intensity Ghost

                      ‘Intensity Ghost’ is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Solar Motel’ album, which made year end lists at The New Yorker, Uncut Magazine and Popmatters and provoked ecstatic comparisons with Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Richard Thompson and The Grateful Dead.

                      ‘Solar Motel’ came together as a solo album but the band Forsyth assembled to tour the record - bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steve Urgo (ex-War On Drugs) - took things to another level and quickly became a powerhouse. Forsyth brought the group into the studio in late 2013 to capture what became ‘Intensity Ghost’, a 5-track masterwork of grace and power.

                      Four Walls & Funky Jaws

                      Another Night In Grodno EP

                      As the song goes, the boys are back in town! The town in question being Grodno, and the boys being the Belarusian dream team of Four Walls & Funkyjaws, who pick up right where they left off on their storming label debut. More than equipped to handle the heat in the kitchen, the up and coming duo keep the recipe the same, serving four deep underground house joints crafted with love and precise execution. Opening track "10 PM" mines that divine MAW seam of live fretless bass driven jazz house topped with smooth ivory tinkling. Perfect for a warm up or warm down this one's gonna get you loose and limber well before the Wood, Brass and Steel aping breakdown. Naturally "12 AM" follows on, propelling us into the midst of a packed dancefloor with a rolling bass groove and disco strings reminiscent of a Joey Negro Ze Records classic. Sounds good don't it?! On the flip we're transported into the post peak haze of love dancing under a golden glow thanks to the warm and breezy "2 AM". The Masters At Work vibes continue here with an intricate piano solo and shuffling rhythm that makes seductive eyes at you across the room. "4AM" finishes things off in rough and ready after hours fashion, as Four Walls & Funkyjaws hit us with a slick hit of break backed dancefloor funk with plenty of attitude, pop and swagger. Mighty moog riffage and sassy vocal samples turn up the heat on this block party boiler till this motha starts blowing like a steam kettle. Too legit to quit, the Belarusian house duo give you exactly what you came here for.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      12" Info: Limited 'beer coloured' vinyl pressing

                      John Foxx


                      Ultravox member and synth-pop legend John Foxx’s debut solo opus 'Metamatic' is reissued via Demon Records. Following the first ever reissue of the iconic recording on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014, this standard edition is pressed on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl, cut from a brand new 2014 master taken from original analogue tapes and includes lyrics & download card.

                      'Metamatic', achieves the same emotional transcendence as his previous group, Ultravox!'s early highlight, 'Systems Of Romance', despite a new reliance not just on synthesizers, but on a musical framework dependent on them. On 'Metamatic', Foxx cultivates a curious air of disinterest that never seems truly bored, but is much more extreme than even his unarguably distant vocal style for Ultravox!. It holds up as one of the peaks of the early-80s fascination with emotionless, Kraftwerk-inspired synth-pop.

                      Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-pop duo French For Rabbits have been quietly building a reputation around the world for their growing collection of songs clouded in eerie instrumentation and sea-misted lyricism, courtesy of the venerable Lefse Records imprint.

                      Alongside their ‘Claimed By The Sea’ EP and dreamy live shows, they have garnered support from New Zealand alternative radio and were subsequently nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards. That year they also headed to the UK for the first time to test the waters after promising radio play by 6Music’s Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft, The Shed’s Mark Coles and Amazing Radio. They have since toured through Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK, with festival appearances at Secret Garden Party and the Wilderness Festival along the way.

                      Brooke Singer, the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the duo, began performing with guitarist John Fitzgerald in 2011.


                      Powder / Bathed In Light

                      The band’s output to date feels utterly timeless and yet genuinely refreshing. Gengahr create effortlessly smooth and melodic indie-rock that journeys along a laidback sun-kissed path with a sound that could easily stem from influences drawn from icons such as The Smiths and Modest Mouse, to the more recently revered Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Youth Lagoon.

                      ‘Powder’ sees the group continue with their trademark dreamy appeal but this time combines with an underlying edge that builds into a crescendo of virtuoso guitar bliss.

                      Fresh from a summer of festival appearances, Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Latitude and a UK tour supporting Wolf Alice and a stint around Europe with San Fermin, Gengahr have been earning their stripes the old way – hitting the road and releasing a handful of demos; gaining a host of organic support from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Q, NME, The Fly, DIY and host of peers, and ultimately ended with them signing to Transgressive.

                      Eagerly anticipated new album from Liz Harris AKA Grouper.

                      IN HER OWN WORDS...

                      Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.

                      The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.

                      Haikai No Ku

                      Ultra High Dimensionality

                        "Fucking Awesome Heavy Psych!” - CVLT Nation
                        “A burgeoning psychedelic doom trip of the highest grade.” – SludgeLord
                        "One hell of a trip” - Echoes & Dust

                        Following last years outstanding debut 'Sick On My Journey' on Burning World Records the three piece stepped into Blank Studios to record their follow up, a 40 minute pilgrimage through 5 mind-altering tracks.

                        By now avid fans of doom and psychedelia will be familiar with Mike Vest's (Bong, 11Paranoias, Blown Out) patented hyper fuzz guitar shrieks and damaged feedback. In Haikai No Ku he is joined by Jerome Smith (Female Borstal, Charles Dexter Ward) on bass and Sam Booth (Foot Hair, Bin, Obey) on drums to deliver a burgeoning psychedelic doom trip of the highest grade.

                        Opener 'Dead In The Temple' begins the album in the most transcendental fashion. Vest's squawking guitar barks and howls over a lumbering rhythm and an apocalyptic bass line, perfectly introducing the sound and concept of the album. From here on listeners are completely subsumed by the bands' dark cloud of ear splitting, cacophonous symphonies.

                        Behold the gargantuan sound of Haikai No Ku – Ultra High Dimensionality. For fans of Bong, Les Rallizes Denude, Mainliner etc.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP Info: 'Ultra High Dimensionality' is pressed on 180g wax with superb artwork and design by Pete Burn, printed on warm grey recycled card sleeve with metallic ink and comes with download code.


                        My Song 5 - Shaped Picture Disc Edition

                        A shaped picture disc 10" release (playing surface is 7", shaped disc is 10"). Haim conclude an irresistible eighteen months with the release of their final single from the incredible 'Days Are Gone' LP. The re-recorded version of 'My Song 5' features additional vocals by A$AP Ferg.

                        The release of 'My Song 5' comes straight off the back of a show-stealing performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and in celebration of their final UK / Ireland shows of the year at the Latitude and Longitude Festivals in July.

                        Some classic Kelli Hand biznizz here, beaming forward from 1993 on the producer's Acacia imprint, remastered, repressed and rereleased to fuck shit up for a new generation. The queen bee rocks the A-side with the slamming Detroit Techno bomb "Everybody" / "You Give Me", a heavy duty looping monster of a track punctuated by immediate vocal stabs. This is rough and tough Detroit business, an excellent DJ tool that keeps the funk strong throughout. Over on the flip we have the legendary Claude Young who turns in two mixes of the futuristic sounding "You Give Me". Stripped back and funky with tight, choppy drum programming and clipped vocal samples weaving in and out of the mix, this one is another sure fire weapon in both dub and the instrumental forms. This 12" has long been sought after and has changed hands for £50 and upwards online; all in all an essential addition to any self respecting Detroit fanatics record collection and an indispensable record to have in any DJ bag.

                        Hardway Bros (otherwise known as Sean Johnston of A Love From Outer Space) returns to Throne of Blood with their second EP. After successfully exploring Belgian New Beat influences on last years “A/B Music”/“Shorty” release, Sean continues to explore the darker side of vintage electronic tropes with the Sleaze EP. The EP’s opener “Legato” operates on the interface between electronic body music and early techno, invoking Chris & Cosey, nights at the Dorian Gray, Suicide and Belgian 24 hour Discotheques. Remixer Kasper Bjørke, riding a killer bass line, pushes things deep into late night warehouse rave territory. On the flipside, “Thoughts On Modern Living” comes over like a deranged early Murk production and is fashioned for late night basement jams. Closing out the EP is “Sleaze” a cover of a 1983 Marc (Almond) and The Mambas B-side and a collaboration featuring Horton Jupiter (They Came From The Stars I Saw Them / DJ Mystic Rock / Puwaba) on vocal duties and Mat Flint (Death In Vegas / Revolver / Deep Cut) providing guitar textures.

                        Eleven gorgeous, late night, storytelling songs by the erstwhile Pulp and Longpigs guitarist. Hawley croons lovelorn words which evoke the late 50s in their charm and sweetness. Musically it's pretty and melodic, acoustic guitar ballads, lushly fleshed out with lapsteel, vibes, Mellotron and shimmery, echoey electric (guitar). Warm, poetic and inviting, this is a beautiful record and a balm for aching hearts everywhere!

                        Originally released in 2003, this was his second album, or third if you include his self titled mini-LP too. Although it follows a similar late night, love lorn style as his previous releases, it's musically and atmospherically a much bigger sound and hinted at what was to come with it's stunning follow-up Coles Corner. 

                        Truly classic, timeless songs, americana guitars (think Mazzy Star or maybe even Lambchop), and echoed vocals mixed with a very English sound. Imagine the soundtrack to Blue Velvet, recorded in Sheffield! Absolutely brilliant!

                        Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of 'Brer Soul' albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space / love odyssey told in twelve chapters.

                        Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse.

                        'The Last Transmission', presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band’s interpretation of Van Peebles’ poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles’ vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together.

                        In between producer / drummer Malcolm Catto’s thunderous syncopation and producer / bassist Jake Ferguson’s bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles’ voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life’s eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love’s ability to transform and transcend death.

                        Mark Henning

                        Titan EP

                        Mark Henning returns to Soma with yet more jacked up machine funk in Titan. Mark has firmly established him self within the Soma mainstays and continues to further his sound on the label. This latest EP sees him take to the street with two energetic drum workouts laden with his unique flavour.

                        Title track Titan is very typical Henning, keeping the ingredients simple yet effect and created live. A solid groove from his trusty 909 that just oozes dance floor compatibility hooked up with a quirky synth stab, weird vocals and a eerie organ-like riff all rounded off with a fantastic arrangement makes for one seriously infectious track

                        Roots gives of a real ghetto-tech feel, as once again a 909 groove is enough to get things going while squelchy synth hits bounce of rimshots working up to a subtle rolling bass line. Mark’s skill in the arrangement process take hold as he allows the tracks to develop into a full drum workout with mutes here and there and the simple addition of more stuttering percussion help to pick up the pace.

                        Henning as the enviable talent of being able to create dance floor burners with the simplest of elements, a task he delivers of with blinding result on this EP.

                        Hieroglyphic Being

                        The Fourth Dimensions Of A Nubian Mystic

                        Jamal Moss adopts his Hieroglyphic Being moniker to continue his spiritual journey through the cosmos with this new two tracker on Technicolour. Although his music takes cues from the EBM and house that played a huge part in the Chicago's musical underground in the late eighties and early nineties, from Ron Hardy and Adonis, the Mathematics boss has always blazed his own trail, fusing elements of industrial, avant-jazz and noise into his dancefloor brew. His tireless schedule of rough low-key releases over the last 12 years and his intense, very physical, psychedelic music, have made him a pioneer of what's recently come to be named 'Outsider House', although he prefers the more Sun-Ra like descriptors of 'Rhythmic Cubism' and 'Cosmic Be-Bop'. Listening to the sprawling and complex 'Fourth Dimesion' these terms come alive, perfectly describing the intricate, crystalline sequences Moss layers and tesselates over a jacking beat. Hypnotic and celestial, this is the ideal post peak cut, perfect for transporting people out of their weary bodies and into a new plane of being. On the flipside's 'Star Time' Moss explores similar ideas of melody and tone, but forces them through the other side of the wormhole, burying the signal beneath a wash of white noise. Deep, cerebral and spiritual, this could be only one man!

                        Destined to be Sheffield’s next great band, High Hazels are James Leesley (vocals/guitar), Scott Howes (guitar), Paul Barlow (bass guitar) and Anthony Barlow (drums).

                        Inherently northern, the young quartet from Handsworth are boys who horde priceless guitars, but can’t afford the bus fare home, rehearse dry George Harrison barbs in the bathroom mirror, read the Angling Times, and go to their Nan’s for Sunday dinner.

                        Built on dreamy guitars and charming vocal melodies, High Hazels' debut album have a noticeably honest lyrical approach that lets the listener feel a part of a sound that has every intention of taking you somewhere else for a while.

                        Micah P Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra

                        Micah P Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra

                        Brand new album by the much-loved and critically-acclaimed Texan country-noir wonder Micah P Hinson. Moving on from his startling debut album "Micah P Hinson And The Opera Circuit", this album combines the delicate cracked intimacy of the debut with a new songwriting assurance, delivering heartfelt and melancholic dusty epics. His accompanying Red Empire Orchestra have added a stunning new depth to the music, courtesy of instruments such as cello, violin, viola, upright bass, Hammond organ and more, which combine wonderfully with his husky downbeat vocal delivery. Another understated classic from Mr Hinson.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP Info: Full Time Hobby 10th anniversary repress. Poppy red vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.

                        The History Of Apple Pie

                        Out Of View

                        ‘Out Of View’, recorded in London over the last few months, was self produced by guitarist Jerome Watson, mixed by Charles ‘Chicky’ Reeves and engineered by Joshua Third of The Horrors, who also adds his unique guitar sound to the albums closer ‘Before You Reach The End’. Released on Limited vinyl and CD the new album features 10 tracks including their critically acclaimed and sold out singles ‘Do It Wrong’, ‘Mallory’ and last years debut ‘You’re So Cool’.

                        ‘Out Of View’ sees the band take expansive and very exciting leaps with the new recordings. The infectious fuzzy pop sound of those early singles has been crafted and developed and they have taken the guitar aesthetic of their heroes - Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Blur, into new and glorious terrorties. Expect more tales of medicated teenage heartache and the psychedelic rain of slacker-genius guitar chops from Jerome’s home made pedal board, but the band have really come of age and the result is a truly memorable and exhilarating guitar pop album.

                        London based and formed just over eighteen months ago, The History Of Apple Pie line up is centered around the songwriting partnership of Stephanie Min (Vocals) and Jerome Watson (Guitar) together with Kelly Owens (Bass), James Thomas (Drums) and Aslam Ghauri (Guitar). A truly great and exciting live band, they quickly built up an ever growing fanbase of critics, punters and fellow musicians alike.

                        They’ve already played over seventy shows both here and in Europe including numerous festival spots, a sold-out show for HMV’s Next Big Thing, ‘The Roundhouse Rising’, main support for both The Drums and Male Bonding and being hand picked by Graham Coxon to support him at his recent London show. As well as the aforementioned three sold out singles, they also recently released a split 12” with the similarly inclined talents of Gross Magic, Novella and Echo Lake.

                        Invisible Menders

                        Porn Wax Eight EP

                        Everyone's favourite adult imprint offer something bold, new and exciting with their latest hot pink 10", thanks to the debut of the Invisible Menders. I'm gonna come clean and admit that I know absolutely nothing about these blighters, but from the beefy post-punk drums and sprawling synths of "Affected", I'm willing to bet they took their name from a Faust track. The A-side cut stomps out the tracks and explores the post Weatherall wormhole in a blast of Tangerine Dream sequences and baggy backbeat, simultaneously referencing Germany 1978 and Manchester 1989. Those looking for a more recent comparison could do worse than Death In Vegas' "Satan's Circus". On the flip, "To Be Discontinued" opens with an eerie sense of disquiet thanks to some mournful pads and a jagged sequence. As the track progresses we're dragged further into the abyss by a swirling tangle of synthlines until those techy flavours are replaced by the spacey melodies of a classic Bobby O production, albeit played at the wrong speed. An impressive debut from the Menders then, who offer a new take on the ALFOS blueprint. 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        10" Info: Limited pink vinyl pressing.


                        Wolf EP 26

                          Soul has always been a constant in WOLF's musical adventures, and here they release an EP that is positively drenched in it.

                          WOLFEP026 has been crafted by WOLF favourite, Ishmael. A multi-instrumentalist who has featured on the label in the past but is now stepping up for his first full EP.

                          Fans of WOLFEP017 will be familiar with his debut single 'Want You' that received praise from the likes of Jimpster, Lovebirds & Ben Westbeech.

                          This release is his full debut EP, and is a taster of what you can expect from this exciting new addition to the pack.

                          Mark Jenkins

                          Analog Archives

                            A leading figure in the UK’s electronic music scene, Mark Jenkins has played with White Noise, Arthur Brown and members of Can, Gong, Van Der Graaf Generator and Tangerine Dream. He is the author of the acclaimed books Analog Synthesizers and iPad Music (Jenkins became the first musician in the world to release a CD created entirely on the Apple iPad).

                            Analog Archives is a collection of recordings from the early to mid eighties. Armed with his Moog Sonic Six, Sequential Prophet 600, EDP Wasp & Spider and other legendary electronic weapons Mark Jenkins delivers envolving electronic textures that could be filed along those of artists like Klaus Schulze or Ash Ra Tempel.

                            These recordings are issued in vinyl format for the first time ever, in a limited edition of 500 copies only.

                            Juju & Jordash

                            Clean Cut Album Sampler

                            Dutch duo Juju & Jordash live up to their reputation for being predictably unpredictable, dropping a single sided album sampler out the blue, with no mention of the new album or a track title. Thankfully, as ever with the boys, you can count on the quality to be sky high whatever ramshackle noise they're sinking their teeth into. This time round the platter provides a warm synthetic pulse on top of a bubbling bassline, both of which undulate nicely through the fug of tape saturation until finally unleashing the panpipe/jug band duet that we've all been waiting for. Melding the organic and synthetic like an environmentally conscious, dancefloor destroying Monsanto, J&J step up to the plate and smash it out the park once again.

                            You know the clocks must have just gone back when Blawan and Pariah start up their machines and start making noise under their Karenn guise again. Yes, the onslaught of winter usually comes with a plethora of filthy techno releases, the darker days and shorter sunlight hours allowing the vampire mutants of the underground time away from their coffins to release music and party. Sheworks set a new blueprint for 'wallshaker' way back in 2011 with a whole new sound that took techno's frenetic tempos and meldied them to a sonic demolition ball and highly caustic recording mediums. 'All-hardware muscular techno jams' as they were then penned. Karenn is Blawan and Pariah together, two already established stalwart of the scene. On this, their third record for Sheworks the pair unleash that frenzied demon of sound they've kept locked up throughout the Summer. Speaking of which "Summer" churns and pummels like a Soviet-era factory line, that squashed and saturated kick drum present from the offset while eerie, discordant melodies circle overhead. "Nelly" lets loose the beasts for a carnival of voodoo. Rampant, uncompromising and really quite scary - this sounds like your dancing around a gremlin campfire with pitchforks in hand and human on the fire! Both medieval and alien at the same time! "Ballast" deploys those clever concentric beats to a droning sonar hum and futuristic machinery sounds. Surely a mid-session bleeper that Surgeon would dominate in the mix. Recommended.

                            Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds And Janus Rasmussen)


                              Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen finally release their unique Nordic electronic sounds in album size

                              After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.

                              By focusing solely on their self-titled debut album, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music. Made in Ólafur’s newly build studio in Reykjavík, Iceland, a majority of the album was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesisers, drum machines and tape delays. It features a live drummer, string quartet and Ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect home listen and equally danceable record. If you listen closely, you can spot them record the thumb piano, finger snapping and even the sound of the metal grinder of a lighter slowly to replace the usual electronic hi-hat sounds, giving the album a far more intimate and unique atmosphere.

                              “We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one piece rather than a collection of songs. I am very excited to get a proper record out exploring a different territory than I am used to. I touch a lot on electronic genres in my own music but never have the opportunity to go full out electronic like we do here.” – Ólafur Arnalds

                              “The Kiasmos project has been around since 2007, but because of all our other projects we never really got the time to sit down and write all the tracks we always wanted to. So when we early this year finally found the time to sit down and make a full length album there was so much we wanted to try out. The result surprised us a bit, it's deeper and more emotional than we imagined it to be, but that's the beauty of being able to make an album.” – Janus Rasmussen

                              Long-term Erased Tapes graphics collaborator Torsten Posselt at Feld Studios in Berlin created the cover artwork. Feld Studios was a natural choice for Kiasmos, seeing he also designed the cover for their Thrown EP, released previously.

                              Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.

                              Kirlian Camera

                              Uno - LP + Flexi Disc Edition

                              Includes postcard insert and bonus flexi disc. Dark Entries is proud to release Uno, a collection of early recordings from seminal Italian electronic act Kirlian Camera. Keyboardist / vocalist Angelo Bergamini founded the project in Parma in 1979, initially naming it Suicide Commando, before discovering another project using the same name. By 1980, Bergamini had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini. Their demo cassette Dawn attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. The following year, Montacchini left the band and was replaced by Giorgio Vecchi, and Kirlian Camera recorded their self-titled debut mini-LP. Uno compiles the four songs from Kirlian Camera on Side A and the six songs from the demo cassette on Side B. Also included is the bonus track “Minitech,” originally released in 1981 on flexi-disc. Kirlian Camera’s clean, minimalist new wave is marked by strong haunting melodies, slow-moving synth washes and stark, dramatic vocals. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The artwork replicates the original 12” featuring a painting of a royal Italian noble on the front and black and white photos of the band on the back. Each copy includes a two-sided postcard with a never-before-seen photo of Bergamini and Buja taken from an early concert.

                              Sadly the arrival of the first collaborative release from Kode9 & The Spaceape since their 2011 album "Black Sun" has been overshadowed by the tragic news of The Spaceape's passing after a lengthy battle with a rare form of cancer. That this release sees the MC focus on the emotional, spiritual and psychological effects of living with illness only heightens the pathos and emotional poignancy of the situation. As ever The Spaceape is on another level, dissecting his condition through wry asides and brutal imagery, while Kode9 explores trap rhythms, rumbling drones and stark minimalism to mirror the bleak subject matter. On the A-side "Chasing A Beast" and "Devil Is A Liar" offer a first hand experience of apocalypse, with all the noise and chaos that entails, while the three B-side cuts drift into subdued ambience and honest lyricism. As strong as any of the material either party has released alone or together in the past, this is a fitting epitaph for The Spaceape.

                              Led Zeppelin

                              Houses Of The Holy - Deluxe Remastered Edition

                              The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12. The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

                              Led Zeppelin

                              Houses Of The Holy - Standard Remastered Edition

                              The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12. The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy.

                              Led Zeppelin

                              Houses Of The Holy - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

                                The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to a remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12.

                                The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

                                • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                                • Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                                • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
                                • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                                • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
                                • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                                • Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                                • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

                                The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12. The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

                                Led Zeppelin

                                IV - Standard Remastered Edition

                                The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12. The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy.

                                Led Zeppelin

                                IV - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

                                  The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to a remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the US and here in the UK album charts Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III both charted in the top 10, followed closely by Led Zeppelin II at number 12.

                                  The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

                                  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                                  • Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                                  • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
                                  • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                                  • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
                                  • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                                  • Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                                  • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

                                  A year (to the day) after their sumptuous debut album, Lily & Madeleine return with beautiful second album ‘Fume’.

                                  From the beginning, the calling card has been the breathtaking union of their voices and fans of the debut will not be disappointed.

                                  The sound has evolved - the scope has broadened. Expansive, multi-layered instrumentation - like the sun slanting through a window in a Vermeer painting, it’s an experience that captures the subtleties of both shadow and light.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP Info: Pop bottle green coloured vinyl edition exclusively
                                  available to independent retailers. Limited to 150
                                  copies for the UK and Eire.

                                  More craziness from the Wrong Island; Line Idle returning to the demented paradise for an excursion into hunting for Unicorn blood! Or so the sales notes say... "Woodblocks" starts of in suitably strange form - a simple tuned woodblock workout, gloriously organic, magical and slightly ethereal; and surely informed by one of Dresvn's Sued or Acido compositions. "Time And Time Again" glistens and vibrates with the charged electrons and protons which it is filled to the brim with. A proper electrified groover, with bending, twangy synth lines, sharp arps and a steady forward momentum. "When All My Love Is Too Much To Bear" is one of those druggy exercises in discordance paired with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Sure to get people thrusting with meaning come 5AM the next morning, this is out of this world, interstellar funk, pairing AFX-style synth fizzles with chiming bell tones and white noise hats. Space voodoo!

                                  West End hit us with another winning reissue in the form of this stunning piece of NYC proto-house / electronic disco from vocalist Shirley Lites, mixed by the legendary studio team of Nick Martinelli & David Todd. Originally released in 1983 "Heat You Up..." is a slamming, heady mixture of drum machines, synths, dub FX & Lites' powerful, soulful vocals. This enduring classic was a regular for all the legendary jocks and worked the dancefloors of the Paradise Garage, The Zanzibar, The Muzic Box and many, many others into a complete frenzy. This bonafide dance classic is now here again, remastered and re-pressed in conjunction with West End Records, ready to cause a sensation for a new generation.

                                  Lola Colt

                                  Away From The Water - Bonus Disc Edition

                                  'Away From The Water' is the highly anticipated debut album from London six piece Lola Colt. Produced by Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos, the album has been intricately crafted by the songwriting partnership of vocalist Gun Overbye and lead guitarist Matt Loft through a cinematic writing style born of a mutual love of vintage film and visual soundscapes.

                                  Hailed as one of London's most exciting and captivating live bands by fans and critics alike, this six-piece have been taking audiences by storm. Their shows have been described as "a spellbinding and dramatic experience with both sonic and visual intensity" and they make certain every show feels like a special event.

                                  Crystallising their breathtaking live experience into physical form has been an intense and challenging experience as Matt explains "Our music is pure escapism and the thought of recording it felt strangely like trying to put up walls around a dream. What we strived to create is a timeless record that takes the listener on a journey to a different place with each listen".

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  CD Info: Includes 4 track bonus disc while stocks last.

                                  Ltd LP Info: Limited edition silkscreen gatefold coloured vinyl. Includes 4 track bonus disc while stocks last.

                                  Love Club was an obscure one off project fronted by Jay "Mixin" Dixon, a DJ with a long history at NYCs Kiss FM where he played deep house and garage on the station's legendary master-mix show in the early 90's. The record also features a mystery, uncredited female vocalist and expert assistance by some top shelf studio personnel manning the boards. Originally released on the mighty West End Records in August 1983, "Hot Summer Nights" is a real under the radar gem which bears all the hallmark sounds the label was known for at the time: slick, synth heavy, futuristic sounding production and sultry vocals extolling the virtues of eyes meeting across the dance-floor of a unknown discotech on a sticky summer night. This sweet slice of electronic disco bliss even features a rapped verse from Dixon himself towards the end of the track, for essential street soul crossover. Flip the disc for the obligatory instrumental mix / dub which extends and expands the spacious, stripped back groove, blasting all and sundry out into the cosmos. Yet another gem from the vast West End catalogue re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in conjunction with the label, featuring the original label artwork from 1983. A treat for all serious disco / boogie fans.

                                  Love were one of the most extraordinary bands to emerge from Los Angeles during one of the most remarkable periods in music, the dawn of the rock era in the mid ‘60s. Led by the colourful and charismatic Arthur Lee, they made only three albums in their original incarnation and were revered by many of their fellow LA musicians, including their label mates The Doors.

                                  This 2 CD compilation includes the best of their albums Love, Da Capo and Four Sail (the last featuring Lee as the only original member), and their masterpiece Forever Changes in its entirety.

                                  Luca C & Brigante


                                  Luca C & Brigante finally reissue their enchanting edit from 2010's vintage year. Originally pressed in small numbers and soon after unavailable to all but a few discerning gentlemen, it's now available to anyone with exquisite taste and style. We can only hope this is the label's resurrection and that the catalogue number hints to a stream of intimately curated releases of cross genre material - psychedelic beach pop, retro future Balearica, analogue gypsy jazz or maybe something from Slovakia. If you haven't been sipping juice to this slo-mo marvel before, carpe diem. "Lucio" is a marvelous halfway house between an edit and a 'cosmic remix' of Italian maestro Lucio Battisti's "Amarsi Un Po", which floats out the speakers as an effortlessly beguiling sonic vignette of transcendental beauty, guaranteed to enchant the wariest of listeners. Bliss!

                                  As the Autumnal nights draw in, Futureboogie show off a slightly darker edge to their ever expanding roster of artists, welcoming re-edit king Mark E to the fold. The Birmingham based DJ and producer has risen steadily through the musical ranks over the last few years, cropping up on a multitude of top drawer labels like Sonar Kollectiv, Running Back, Golf Channel, his own Merc imprint, and most recently a brace of albums for the US label Spectral Sound (home to Matthew Dear, Osborne et al). Title track, "Activity" chugs at a house music pace but with plenty of techno swagger, bridging the gap between the two genres with ease. A simple and minimal beat is doused in a pacey acid bassline riff that’s constantly morphing and transposing, layers of synths join in the infectious melody whilst soaring pads rise up with all the familiarity of a Detroit techno classic. For B1 cut "Night Heart" Mark takes us back to the start with a killer rerub of a disco oddity that's streets ahead of the rest. Taking the bossa bass of McCartney and Wings' "Goodnight Tonight", the black country producer chops and stitches a new hypnotic and ultra funky groove that'll keep you moving till morning. EP closer "Shapes" sees Mark jump back to the present with the kind of head nodding techno he delivered for Spectral Sound. Blurred funk lurks in the background while heavy percussion drives the celestial synths to the heart of the dancefloor. A fine label debut from the inimitable Mark E. 

                                  The Marlboro Men

                                  (Ride On) Iron Horse

                                  A long established classic of the Deep Funk genre, the Marlboro Men's 'Iron Horse' has been filling dance floors and appearing on wants lists for many a year. As such it's surely long overdue a 45 reissue as is, but what makes this release really special and essential for any funk collector is the inclusion on the flip side of the previously unreleased instrumental version of 'Iron Horse', appearing here for the first time as taken from the original, 40 year old master tapes.

                                  James 'Jack Rabbit' Martin

                                  There Are Dreams And There Is Acid

                                  Still Music maestro Jerome Derradji hits us with a little teaser from his latest compilation "Kstarke Records - The House That Jackmaster Hater Built." This time round the name of the game is rare, lost and previously unreleased Chicago juggernauts from the underground realm of Jackmaster Hater, aka Kevin Starke. What better way to get started than with the track considered by the experts as the sickiest acid track ever, "Only Wanted To Be" by James "Jack Rabbit Martin". This sampler includes the utrageously rare and previouly unreleased version of that cut, a heavyweight, driving and borderline progressive acid anthem with the creepiest vocal you've ever heard. On the flip, "Rabbit Trax" pulls the rug from under us and lets us fall deep into the acid wormhole (or should that be rabbit hole?) with only 303 lines and flanged hats for company. Heavy shit.

                                  John McCullagh & The Escorts

                                  Box Of Tricks

                                  John Lennon McCullagh – his real name – is a sixteen-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He’s been playing guitar and writing his own songs since he was twelve. His latent talent for his beloved six-string was soon followed by mastery of the harmonica.

                                  Over the past year or so, John has played with the likes of Richard Hawley, The Strypes, Alabama 3, The Enemy, Reverend & The Makers and many others.

                                  The single will be promoted by a solo tour in late October and a support slot with Cast on the road in the UK in December.

                                  Taken from John’s forthcoming second album Newborn Cry (due early in 2015), ‘Box Of Tricks’ will be supported by a full press, radio and online marketing campaign.

                                  “John is an amazing talent for such a young kid! To be honest, he’s just a natural!“ - Alan McGee

                                  7" single vinyl pressing - limited to 359 copies worldwide!

                                  Features an exclusive B-Side, ‘We Belong Together’, a cover of the Richie Havens classic.

                                  Brad Laner, Elizabeth Thompson and Jim Goodall have eschewed the 1990’s nostalgia touring circuit trod by their peers and instead dug deep to bring you ‘Home Everywhere’.

                                  The album is a collection of new songs created with a gaze that is omni-directional.

                                  Adelaide producer Mic Mills releases his long awaited debut EP on Untzz, a label he has contributed to since day one. "Tasty Little Fruit" and its accompanying dub version stomp around tastefully distorted analogue drums, well picked samples and a delectable modular bassline to boot. Mixed beautifully, we get nice Rhodes elements, gentle, airy flute / pipe melodies and of course, that totally electrified bassline. The loose, funky drum palette reminds me of classic Floating Points while the intricate synth work and instrumentation display an almost Carl Craig level of musicality. Flip for "(She Ain't) Da Wun 4 U" (spot the Omar S influenced title). This is really quite special. Combining a slow, sludgy motorcity-inspired groove alongside melacholic, droning organs and complete with excellent lowpass filter usage this set to be a classic of the genre. "Then Again (Maybe She Is)" doesn't let up on quality as skitting hats deliver a radiant mix of warm pads, bumpety beats and firing snares. Technicoloured arpeggios are slowly introduced to the mix as the beat keeps on rolling and a rubbery, thick bassline is brought to the fore. Exceptional stuff, highly recommended.

                                  Mind Fair are Dean Meredith (Chicken Lips, Goat Dance) and Ben Shenton.

                                  Over the last few years they have had a slew of 12"s out on Golf Channel, International Feel and their own imprint, Rogue Cat Sounds, but are only now dropping this, their long awaited debut LP. It is a bluesy folk funk swamp techno barnyard stomp of an album. It takes in influences from krautrock to UK psych through to classic Detroit techno, Chicago house and the (Italo) disco that inspired it.

                                  It somehow unifies these diverse threads and drags them into 2014 via a rave in the countryside. We go dancing on a hay bale at 10am in the sunshine in a pair of dungarees before collapsing on a friend's sofa and skinning up amidst people jamming with acoustic guitars and bongos. Through it all marches the distinctive sounds that are Dean and Ben's hallmarks: chugging analog bass and deeply funky drums. All this is set to a loose concept of night out at the quintessential English traveling fair manned by psychedelic freaks...the fair of the mind.

                                  The vocal talents of Clover Ray feature, alongside other regular contributors Karl 'Akuko' Milller (percussion & vocals), Tim Silver (ukelele!), Sadie Shenton Jones (vocals) and James Flanagan (vocals). Sumptuous artwork comes from Thomas Bullock aka Tom of England of Rub N Tug / Map Of Africa fame.

                                  "Sad Sappy Sucker" is the name of a 2001 album release by indie rock band Modest Mouse. Originally slated to be Modest Mouse's debut album, Sad Sappy Sucker was shelved for several years until its eventual release in 2001. Several songs were recorded at Olympia, Washington’s Dub Narcotic Studios. The record was officially released in April 2001 by K Records in April 2001 on CD and vinyl LP, and containing nine additional tracks added to the original track listing of 15 songs. Although parts of "Sucker" are experimental compared to the band's current polish, this isn't some rarity to be enjoyed only by collectors. Breezy melodies build into jagged choruses as singer Isaac Brock shows he can be both tender and playfully aggressive. Most of the songs clock in between two and three minutes, leaving room for numerous gems in the course of the 24-track album. While 12 of the songs come from a recording session with K Records' Calvin Johnson, a chunk of Sucker material comes from Brock's "Dial-a-Song" phase, during which callers heard new songs by dialling in to his answering machine. These experiments range from lo-fi combos of distorted instruments and whiny vocals to complete songs, like the bluesy rock jam on "Secret Agent X-9." The Dial-a-Songs--and a message left by Murder City Devils front man Spencer Moody ("Call to Dial-a-Song")--are both comic relief and proof that Modest Mouse didn't gain their indie-rock cult status by accident. The talent's been there from the beginning.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: 160 gram vinyl.

                                  Modest Mouse

                                  This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About

                                    Modest Mouse’s 1996 debut album expands upon the themes of emotional and geographic isolation found in the band’s early recordings and finds the band mixing slow, brooding numbers with thrashing guitar workouts.

                                    The general mood here is one of loneliness and desperation, eloquently expressed through both the lyrics and the rhythmic, sprawling instrumentation.

                                    Modest Mouse made their first significant mark here with songs whose meanings are simultaneously universal and painfully personal.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xLtd LP Info: Silver / black coloured vinyl, limited to 300 copies for the UK & Eire.

                                    Mario Molino

                                    Gli Angeli Del 2000 OST

                                    Spain's Wah Wah imprint shine a light on this fantastic soundtrack by one of the most underrated Italian musicians. It is well known the rich musical heritage that the Italian film industry has left us, and all those who enjoy the likes of Ennio Morricone, Alessandro Alessandroni, Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Riz Ortolani, Armando Trovajoli et al. will welcome 'Gli Angeli del 2000' into their collections. If you are into soundtracks or library music you probably already think that even if not as prolific as some of the aforementioned classics, Mario Molino's name deserves to be also on the list since he was behind a number of albums that contain little gems such as 'Operazione Beat', 'I Sogni Del Mare', 'Lamento Beat' or 'Bossa Jaguar' and also thanks to his guitar playing in works by other masters like Marcelo Giombini or even Mikis Theodorakis.

                                    Gli Angeli del 2000 is a 1969 flick directed by Honil Ranieri that has all the drug, sex and counter culture ingredients of the era but which had very small distribution when first released - it was probably better distributed its photonovel version rather than the film itself! Bits of its soundtrack, though, have surfaced on different compilations in the past years, especially the famous 'Psyché Rock' rip-off title track.

                                    MONO's 2014 musical offering is a departure from all that's gone before. It is the sound of a band heading in different directions, and coming together all at once. It is the sound of a band exploring their dark side and opening up to the light simultaneously.

                                    Since the dawn of MONO - where Under The Pipal Tree laid out their intentions in frenetic psychedelia - , right the way through to 2012’s For My Parents, their blissful path of musical meanderings grew ever more lavish. MONO evolved into an orchestral rock band and performed in prestigious venues in New York, London and Tokyo, with renowned orchestras by their sides. Following a wave of creative peaks, MONO regrouped and planned where to go next.

                                    This departure comes in the form of two albums; The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Together but different. Side by side but opposites.

                                    The twin albums were recorded concurrently, yet conceptually and creatively, they are worlds apart. They are two sides to a story, but they remain hand in hand. Themes that have permeated MONO’s previous output are revisited through the conjoined albums: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Whilst one hand soothes, the other wreaks havoc.

                                    RAYS OF DARKNESS is the more ominous and brooding beast. Notable for the absence of MONO’s near-trademark orchestral instruments, this album leans heavily on the aggression of blistering riffs, jarring angles, and a doom-layered undertone.

                                    Another dynamic is added by the involvement of post-hardcore pioneer, Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy; Tetsu provides vocals, for the first time ever on a MONO recording. The crescendos here seem all the more threatening, and the diminuendos feel that much more bleak.

                                    When asked why MONO were releasing two album instead of, perhaps, one longer one, Taka simply says "There were black and white sides inside of me, like darkness and hope. It could not fit on one album."

                                    The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness were recorded in May 2014, in Pennsylvania, USA, produced by MONO and engineered by Fred Weaver.

                                    MONO's 2014 musical offering is a departure from all that's gone before. It is the sound of a band heading in different directions, and coming together all at once. It is the sound of a band exploring their dark side and opening up to the light simultaneously.

                                    Since the dawn of MONO - where Under The Pipal Tree laid out their intentions in frenetic psychedelia - , right the way through to 2012’s For My Parents, their blissful path of musical meanderings grew ever more lavish. MONO evolved into an orchestral rock band and performed in prestigious venues in New York, London and Tokyo, with renowned orchestras by their sides. Following a wave of creative peaks, MONO regrouped and planned where to go next.

                                    This departure comes in the form of two albums; The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Together but different. Side by side but opposites.

                                    The twin albums were recorded concurrently, yet conceptually and creatively, they are worlds apart. They are two sides to a story, but they remain hand in hand. Themes that have permeated MONO’s previous output are revisited through the conjoined albums: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Whilst one hand soothes, the other wreaks havoc.

                                    The "light" side of this chapter in the MONO story is THE LAST DAWN. The pared down tracks take inspiration from influences as diverse as minimalist film scores and vintage shoegaze. Noticeably more stripped back than their previous releases, the album clocks in at under forty minutes; the succinct offering proffers the hope, love and joy in a neatly wrapped package.

                                    When asked why MONO were releasing two album instead of, perhaps, one longer one, Taka simply says "There were black and white sides inside of me, like darkness and hope. It could not fit on one album."

                                    The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness were recorded in May 2014, in Pennsylvania, USA, produced by MONO and engineered by Fred Weaver.

                                    Mysteries is just as it implies. A few months ago the felte label received an anonymous demo accompanied by a photo of 3 figures, faces covered like some sort of futuristic druids. To this day the label still doesn't know the group's origin, but the joy of discovering this music unimpeded renders this fact almost irrelevant.

                                    There’s a sense that the band would prefer to keep your focus on the music and not who they are, where they come from or what you might perceive them to be before hearing a single note. If you need glorious mug shots and preamble to capture your intrigue, then this is not for you. The album’s title, New Age Music is Here, could even be interpreted as a sarcastic shot at the new listening habits dictated by the constant noise all around us, but is more likely a simple invitation to engage with the music on its own terms, in its own universe. One thing is certain. New Age Music Is Here glows with exotic, crunchy, muscular, expressive pop music built around vocals and drums, rather than the big synth or guitar riffs prevalent today. Almost like a psych-rock, cyborg, 50's doo-wop Alice Coltrane if you will. Is it truly new age? We definitely haven't heard much like it.

                                    Listen with an open mind and heart and you too might believe in music once again strictly for music’s sake. Let’s get to it then, shall we?

                                    Natan H

                                    Glen Park EP

                                      LA resident Natan H returns to ManMakeMusic with the Glen Park EP. 3 slabs of rounded, undulating deep house that will be warming up sunrise & daytime dancefloors across both sides of the pond.

                                      New Street Adventures

                                      No Hard Feelings

                                        The East London band whos latest single has seen them win airplay from Robert Elms, Gary Crowley and Craig Charles release their 13 track debut album on Acid Jazz this September. Produced by Mitch Ayling of the Milk it has been declared a ‘masterpiece’ by Q Magazine’s Paul Moody.

                                        Their hard hitting soul meets guitar sound is allied by the memorable song writing of lead singer Nick Corbin. His work tells of the struggles, loves and musical excitements of 20 something London living. The music is beautifully realised by the five piece group, augmented by strings and horns. The band will be supporting the album with a month long tour of the UK, co-headlining with the Milk. They have recently wowed audience supporting Lee Fields and the Expressions.

                                        The Parade


                                        ThePARADE don’t play - they perform. Live shows brim with an intense electricity: the feeling that anything and everything is about to happen. No cheap thrills or pretence, just jagged edges, sharp-dressed lyrics and that most beautiful breed of dark glam pop idiosyncratic to the backstreet gutters of old London Town.

                                        Fronted by Matt Prichard and Jemimah Dean, the two possess a compelling chemistry akin to a rock ‘n’ roll Bonnie and Clyde. A bohemian vagabond, Prichard is an exceptional poet, musician and performer, fusing the eloquent seediness of Serge Gainsbourg, the passionate lyricism of Jacques Brel, and the glam Britannia of David Bowie circa Hunky Dory. Dean is Prichard’s perfect partner-in-crime. Her honey-coated voice drips with the sexual tension of Stevie Nicks, coupled with the spikiness of Lydia Lunch and the unabashed femininity of Hope Sandoval, prowling a corner of the stage barefooted, both percussionist and sexual protagonist.

                                        ThePARADE will pick-pocket your hearts.

                                        Formed in early 2013, ThePARADE gained repeated airplay on 6Music and BBC Introducing with their debut EP which led to a residency at Camden’s Barfly, and caught the attention of producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, The Maccabees, Cats Eyes).

                                        Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

                                        Acoustic Dust

                                          The sessions for this album came about by coincidence. In April 2013 The Dust were on tour in Europe. We had an unusual show scheduled at a small festival out in the desert near Marrakech, Morocco, which fell in the middle of our tour, and which fell through, as these things often do, at the very last minute, just days before the gig was to take place. It left a big hole right in the middle of our tour.

                                          To the rescue came our Spanish tour promoters, Carles and Jordi, who secured for us an apartment in Barcelona for the week, and suggested that we use our downtime to do some recording in a small studio there.

                                          The band had a small handful of acoustic shows under our belt by this time, and we were keen for the opportunity to try some recordings in an acoustic setting. Acoustic Dust!

                                          We hooked up with Raül Fernandez Refree, our engineer for the sessions. Raul was great in the studio and we all immediately became fast friends. Another friend from Portugal, João Paulo Feliciano was also in Barcelona at the time, and we invited him in to add some Hammond Organ.

                                          In four or five days we tracked 14 or 15 songs, choosing some from my album ‘Between The Times And The Tides’, plus a few from the record we were still working on at the time, ‘Last Night On Earth’, and some cover songs too.

                                          After the sessions we hit the road again with our electric instruments to finish our tour, and slowly over the following months plans were made for Raul to mix the music for release. You hold in your hands the fruits of those acoustic days in Barcelona, I hope you enjoy them” - Lee Ranaldo (New York City, August 2014).

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