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WEEK STARTING 23 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Race For Space by Public Service Broadcasting.

Public Service Broadcasting

The Race For Space

Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months' extensive touring and festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting release their eagerly anticipated second album, 'The Race For Space'. Once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record tells the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957 - 1972 via the duo's eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

'The Race For Space' follows 'Inform - Educate - Entertain', Public Service Broadcasting's debut album which reached number 21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for 'Best Independent Album' at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian's Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music's Top 10 albums of 2013.

Short biog: Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”

FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

Ltd LP Info: Indie exclusive heavyweight clear vinyl edition.

Luis Bacalov

Django OST - AMS Edition

In 1966 the 'spaghetti western' genre was reworked once again by Sergio Corbucci's "Django" - a director with an impressive average of 2-3 films per year. The settings change, with sand replaced by mud, and the protagonist, rather than moving on horseback, walks through wilderness dragging a coffin which hides something mysterious. As Leone chose Eastwood, so Luis chose the unknown Franco Nero as the hero. These and other factors made "Django" an absolute cult, that gave way to a long series of sequels and that in recent times has been repeatedly honoured at several levels (not only movies but also comics, music, cartoons...). Among the most recent contributions we have Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained": not only was the original theme used in its soundtrack, but the film has an exceptional appearance of Franco Nero in the flesh!

Perfect accompaniment to the muddy, cynical and gloomy scenarios, is Luis Bacalov's music, an Argentine conductor well known to Italian progressive rock fans, since he worked with New Trolls, Osanna and Il Rovescio della Medaglia. The main "Django" theme is chilling even today, almost 50 years since its conception; it was recorded in two versions, one sung in Italian (by Roberto Fia) and the other in English (by Rocky Roberts), but only the first was released as a 45rpm at the time, while the second, along with several other tracks, was revived for the first time in 1985. This reissue of the original score consists of 24 tracks, selected and enclosed in a beautiful gatefold package with new artwork, liner notes and a 30x30cm mini-poster with vintage flyers and lobby cards

William S. Burroughs

Nothing Here Now But The Recordings

    In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristle renown) travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz to starting the daunting task to compile the experimental sounds works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been heard. During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive.

    Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz would spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and keen experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations. By the time 1981 came through, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in which to escape the violence and mania of New York City life. It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings”. The album would come out in the Spring of 1981 as the final release for the shuttering Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. The album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set compiling the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings.

    Julee Cruise

    Floating Into The Night - Music On Vinyl Edition

    “Floating Into The Night” is the 1989 debut album by vocalist Julee Cruise featuring songs written and produced by composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch (who wrote the lyrics). The songs "Falling" and "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" were both featured in Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks, while "Into the Night", "The Nightingale" and "The World Spins" also appeared in the show. The instrumental version of “Falling” was the theme song for Twin Peaks while the album as a whole is almost an unofficial soundtrack to the series. The track “Mysteries Of Love” was prominently featured in Lynch’s classic film Blue Velvet. Cruise’s dreamy, light vocals match perfectly with the music and lyrics to make this album sound like it is unattached to any era or time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a double sided insert

    Fabio Frizzi

    A Cat In The Brain - Original Soundtrack

      Mondo is pleased to present Fabio Frizzi’s score to Lucio Fulci’s filmmaker in crisi film A Cat In The Brain. Available for the first time on Vinyl, featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids

      Elliot Goldenthal

      Pet Sematary - Original Soundtrack

        Mondo is pleased to present Elliot Goldenthal’s original soundtrack to Pet Sematary. Featuring over a dozen cues never before released on Vinyl, as well as two tracks by The Ramones (Pet Sematary & Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) and featuring original artwork by Mike Saputo

        Michael Kamen

        The Iron Giant - Original Soundtrack

          Mondo is pleased to present Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Black Vinyl.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram 2XLP in Deluxe Gatefold (Black vinyl)

          Ennio Morricone

          For A Few Dollars More - AMS Edition

          In 1965 the previous year's film "A Fistful of Dollars" by Sergio Leone, thanks to its success, had already helped to codify and massively increase the popularity of the 'spaghetti western' genre, together with the leading actors Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte. "For a Few Dollars More" is the natural progression from that movie, with the addition of a third protagonist - Lee Van Cleef - who joins the two actors: a triad that made history for another masterpiece Sergio Leone's masterpiece. Ennio Morricone's music is equally important. The Maestro here chooses a 'poor' registry, consisting of folk instruments such as ocarina, Jew's harp and chimes, respectively used to accompany the entry stage of the three main actors. But there are, as usual, the contributions of Alessandro Alessandroni and his Cantori Moderni choir, for an incredibly exciting final result. This edition sees the eight tracks of the original score in a brand new layout.

          The format is a 10" 45rpm LP, with gatefold cover and a 26x26cm mini poster.

          Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal

          The Raid - The Complete Original Indonesian Score

            Are you ready for your socks to be knocked clean off? Death Waltz Recording Company are exceptionally proud to bring you a huge world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to THE RAID. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know that when it was released in the UK and US, its music was replaced in favour of a score by Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese.

            Quite frankly, the original score kicks its successor’s ass, hard. Coming from Thailand, the duo of Yuskemal and Prayogi seemingly not only have a geographical connection but a spiritual one as well, leading to a profundity in their music that can’t be matched. Full of muscular electronics and battering percussion, it feels like not only a score but also a workout. Electric guitars give an edge and at times the music reaches up to a post-rock crescendo, while ethereal textures give a nod to the insane world the film takes place in, and it all comes to a head to bring you one of the finest action scores the world has ever seen. You don’t just listen to THE RAID – you experience it.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: 140gm Grey vinyl housed inside single pocket jacket

            Frankie Vinci

            Angela's Song

              Frankie Vinci recorded three songs for the US slasher movie Sleepaway Camp and Death Waltz are extremely proud to be releasing them officially for the first time ever . Taken from the original 4 track cassette recordings and re-mastered for vinyl under supervision of Vinci. Angela’s Theme is generally regarded as one of the greatest songs featured in a horror movie during the 80’s with its mix of synths , drum machines and an absolutely killer chorus. The other two tracks also feature in prominent scenes in the movie and are presented here in their entirety.

              “When I sang the 3 songs I was trying to channel David Bowie. Euro rock music was big in the 80's, so I was inspired to keep the songs fresh with a Euro vibe. I'm not sure I came close to a Bowie vocal but I guess it worked in its own way. The 3 songs may sound sonically inferior to today's digital recordings but the heart of "Angela's Theme" is the eerie notes in the intro and the overall vibe. The Yamaha keyboard’s bell sound actually adds to the creepy feel of the movie ending.” - Frankie Vinci

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: LTD to 250 UK - White vinyl.

              **LIMITED REPRESS OF ONE OF FACT MAGAZINE'S 'MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF THE DECADE!!!** Now with new artwork...
              'Time. Traveller, as a subject of time, I would have you here, consider and (so) investigate. Pursue the markings made on time by the striking bells found here in this piece of art, sound art, music or whatever you wish to call it. Take a grandfather clock, as an imagined object of study here, in situ, in a hall, in it’s normal upright position. Observe the lower part of the casing. It extends considerably and reaches far upwards towards the top of the body, pointing up to a face of time. A child’s curiosity, at once fervid and controlled, will, on occasion, find itself held by this casing, this mass of undisturbed surface, only to be refused access to what moves within. So to behold the face, with it’s numbers and hands, divisions and colour. Not forgetting it’s rounded pendulum marking the tool’s measuring. And so watch. Yet the essential sound seems to come from the body along with the mystery and intrigue of the object. So here it is again, in its vastness and ominous tranquility. So now I suggest; unlock this front and be found inside this space. Go on. Rub your legs and winkle.’
              Dr Winkle.
              Writing inspired by the music contained in "Stopped Clock Chimes"


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Excellent, atmospheric weirdness from Michael Holland's Ono label. Comprised entirely of sampled clock chimes, the level of intimacy, melancholy and introvert beauty contained within such a simple structure; is actually quite overwhelming. Now in 2015, after all the hype, label owner Michael offers up a small repress for anyone that missed it first time round. Essential.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd CD Info: **LIMITED REPRESS OF ONE OF FACT MAGAZINE'S 'MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF THE DECADE!!!**
              Limited, hand-stamped CD with art wrap-around inlay. Beautifully put together using recycled materials.

              Facsimile reissue of the White Dot album produced in 2007 by Steve Lyon. The man of many guises, this release follows on from from Bitter Minnow, Solar Powered Buddha and Power of Four, showcasing this genius from Leigh's more dreamscape, fun loving and celestial side. I personally love it when Steve goes on this angle, imagine a floatation device, instantly propelling you into a world of technicoloured dreams with a child like innocence. You could draw slight comparisons with Lemon Jelly, Adrian Sherwood or James Ferraro, but it's important to realize Steve got a sound all of his own, completely unique to the universe! Here we're treated to mangled snippets of AM frequency sound, collaged with nigh-on-epic guitar lines, organic instrumentation morphed with primitive synthesis and a delusional production aesthetic. Constantly traversing that tiny but infinite line of this dimension and the next. All in all - another wonderful trip from Steve and Ono! And, with credit to the label, as it gathers momentum and hype through both the physical and metaphysical world, Michael's keeping the artistic, hand-made credentials intact and keeping the releases at an affordable price for all. Excellent work gents! Most recommended.



              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: I know I keep going on about the Ono imrint but we are mining sonic gold here folks! As Michael delves deeper into Lyon's audio goldmine we're coming across shiny diamonds of sound previously unknown to mankind!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd CD Info: Fully recycled (and biodegradable) packaging of cardboard wraparound secured with an elastic band featuring inner artwork and insert. Limited to 50 copies for the world.

              John Williams

              Jurassic Park - Original Soundtrack

                Mondo is pleased to present John Williams’ original soundtrack to Jurassic Park. One of the most iconic movie scores of all time. Remastered for the 20th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Black Vinyl with original artwork by JC Richard.

                'Cam 1', the first in an annual series, is a compilation album featuring a collection of some of the tracks played on the 'Cam o'r Tywyllwch' radio show during the first year. It is a taste of the some of the most interesting music created in Wales today, and is a mix of new artists such as Location Baked, Llion Swyd and Twlc together with those who have been creating experimental music for years such as Llwybr Llaethog, Lembo and Recordiau.

                The album's intention is to provide a platform for music that is often ignored in Wales, and to encourage and inspire more musicians and artists to create something similar.


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