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Johnny Cash

Man In Black Live In Denmark 1971

    Unreleased 1971 concert from Denmark previously only available on DVD. Pressed on 120G opaque White (LP1) and Red (LP2) vinyl.

    Originally released in limited numbers on American imprint Mush in 2005, "Fi" introduced Stephen James Wilkinson's Bibio project to the wider world. Not only did this assured debut catch the ear of major influence Boards Of Canada, but it also won him plenty of fans at UK electronica bastion Warp, who've supported Bibio ever since. This reissue will certainly help fans join the dots between then and now, with ambient and folk still being his main crossover point, just as it was a decade ago. Highlights on here are the looped and layered banjo workout of "Bewley In White", the sombre acoustic expressions of "Puffer" or "Cantaloup" (the latter sounding like it was recorded on a broken tape machine and to interesting effect) and the creepy lo-fi ambience of "I'm Rewinding It".

    “Fi is a special album for me because it still reminds me of those happy days of discovery, where I had very little in the way of equipment or music production knowledge, but somehow managed to find a sound I could call my own,” - Bibio

    "Bibio is the antidote to the modern laptopia of pristine electronic music, curing us with majestic drones, gnarly disintegrating guitars and warbling tape loops filtered through your parent's broken 1970's hi-fi" - Marcus Eoin, Boards of Canada


    Includes MP3 Download Code.

    Tom Carter

    Long Time Underground

      Tom Carter is one half of the long - running and influential underground duo Charalambides (Kranky).

      Tom Carter’s new solo album, Long Time Underground, is nothing short of stunning. While Carter shrugs off suggestions that Long Time Underground represents some sort of sea change in his approach to making music, this (along with its companion post - illness release, Numinal Entry, on Halatern) comprises his first solo work this decade.

      Long Time Underground, moreover, is the first solo studio recording Carter has ever done. Long Time Underground is almost unsettling in its purity. A collection of fractal guitar études, the album is comprised mostly of composed material some of which was written in the studio, some worked out in performance over the past few years. Each song was set down live without overdubs, and the result is an almost confessional intimacy.

      The sprawling side long opener ‘August is All’ begins in a kind of languorous humidity, Carter’s bell like guitar chiming  against a scrim of cicada song and building to a storm of jagged heat lightning before subsiding again. Carter’s guitar is painting landscapes here, conjuring a panorama in such vivid colors and textures that one is happy to idle there for a time. ‘Entreaertne’ is an electric prayer, set against the harmonium-like breathing Carter somehow elicits from his guitar. The bluesy, cascading dirge of ‘Carvedilol Cowboy’ has just enough swagger to almost count as rock and roll.

      The luminous ‘Prussian Book of the Dead’ slowly transmutes a hopeful, hymn -like progression into bright, buzzing angelic noise. (The song’s title, with its intimations of mortality in Berlin, promises something radiant, if not quite human, awaiting us all on the other side.) The album closes with an older song, ‘Colors for N,’ an earlier version of which appeared on Carter’s 2007 Whispers to Infinity CD.


      2xLtd LP Info: 2LP pressed in an edition of 900 copies on 140 gram Dutch vinyl housed within a gatefold jacket (with download).

      Earlier this year, Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention, Trader Horne, Giles, Giles & Fripp) issued her 'Gathering The Threads', a 3CD anthology of all the fragments that make up her - frankly extraordinary - career. Here, the first disc of the triptych is released as a deluxe vinyl compilation of her earlier work, as 'Anthology - Part One'. Compromising rare, unreleased and hard-to-find tracks - many of which have never before been issued on wax - these 15 songs bring together Judy's most prolific period as a musician. Deluxe linen-finish sleeve. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comes with high-quality download featuring two additional tracks (full 12 minute version of ‘Improvisation’ / ‘Mirror Master Tape Advertisement’). 

      Rawhead & Bloodybones deftly spins together sampled Appalachian folk tales and field recordings with newly composed music. The album focuses on folk tales mostly told by children and recorded in the 1940s. The tales are humorous, gruesome, and full of meaning and character. They are weaved together with archival samples and newly composed instrumental parts. The combination of the youthful voices and often-grisly tales offer a striking contrast. 

      Jono McCleery


        Jono McCleery’s ever growing fanbase will be thrilled to hear that the Rotterdam-based singer songwriter has produced his definitive album. Pagodes is the deepest, most powerful work to date by a musician whose work has been described as like “Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, Fink, and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced sound.”

        His second album 'There Is', released in 2011, began his association with Counter Records, and brought him widespread critical acclaim. New album 'Pagodes' is a collaborative release with London record store If Music.

        Several years of hard work making 'Pagodes' has paid off in spades. It’s an album that’s difficult to turn away from, full of beautiful melody, futuristic production flourishes and lyrics that don’t shy away from darkness, but always alight on uplifting conclusion.

        Opener "This Idea of Us" is a smouldering torch ballad, its string arrangement lending it gripping drama. Robert Wyatt’s "Age of Self" comes off as a song McCleery was born to sing, its lyrical content as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. The album moves into infectious percussive swing and melodic loops with "Ballade," a song that could have come from the LA-jazz hotbed surrounding Flying Lotus.

        'Pagodes' marries all of this thrilling diversity via McCleery’s existential musings and his startling voice and playing. It’s unlikely you’ll hear an album of such power from another singer songwriter anytime soon.

        Israel Nash

        Israel Nash's Silver Season

        Cosmos-wrangling Americana upstart Israel Nash returns from Texas Hill Country with his Silver Season, a deeply gorgeous and wholly immersive nine‐song set that plays less like an album, and more like a cross section of time and space. The man’s fourth LP ventures farther down the acid‐soaked trail blazed by 2013’s Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, this Missouri son sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats. Israel Nash’s Silver Season is best played loudly, and sounds wonderful in headphones.


        Deluxe LP Info: 180g LP + download, limited initial copies in gatefold sleeve with custom windows.

        “Heavy Soul” looks at what happened after soul and rock crossed paths in the late 60s. Like the Rolling Stones recorded at Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, it’s funky and down home, and includes Tony Joe White, Bobby Womack, Dr.John, Donnie Fritts, James Luther Dickinson, Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint (RIP), Jim Ford, Link Wray, Johnny Jenkins, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Buddy Miles, Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin (covering The Band), Wilson Pickett (doing “Born to Wild”!) and much more.

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