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Genre pick of the week Cover of Happily Ever After - Coloured Vinyl Edition by The Ministry Of Wolves.

The Ministry Of Wolves

Happily Ever After - Coloured Vinyl Edition

    The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (cofounder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund).

    Limited vinyl release for independent retailers only. ‘Happily Ever After’ is a companion piece to the debut album, ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’.

    ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood.

    Unreleased tracks on the album are ‘The Wonderful Musician’ and ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’ - unheard before this release. German versions of tracks from the debut include ‘Der Goldene Schluessel’ (‘The Gold Key’), ‘Die Weisse Schlange’ (‘White Snake Waltz’) and ‘Der Froschkoenig’ (‘The Frog Prince’).

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Limited to 50 copies.

    Björk

    Biophilia Live

      “A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment... an imaginative stand-alone artwork.” - The Hollywood Reporter

      The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’, will be released on audio-visual formats via One Little Indian Records.

      The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.

      The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

      The DVD and Blu-ray formats also feature extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xLP Info: 3xLP+DVD.

      After releases from Terriers and New Jackson, Major Problems welcomes the Compassion Crew, who return with another session of impeccably sourced cut-and-paste house music. CC’s "Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art" is a proto-house / nu-beat-ish bruiser, full of industrial clanging elements, pitched vocal snippets and twanging synth riffs. Like some lost Medusa club classic you'd catch Jamal Moss working into a smoke machine frenzy, the track nails that late night hypnotic vibe to a tee. Panic Chicago transform the track into a loft party bomb, keeping the chunky, industrial elements but rolling out a funky bassline, infectious rhythm section and loopy, concentric groove. Exceptional stuff. Peaking Light's alter ego, Leisure Connection walk the night with a memorable 10-minute-plus psych / dub / house refix which could only have come from Aaron Coyes shamanist hands. Mastered and cut at Calyx, this is a vinyl-only release. Artwork from Simon Landrein. Support from Hunee, New Jackson, Beats in Space, Serge, Marcel Hesse…

      Philip Glass

      "Low" Symphony - 180g Vinyl Edition

      "Low" Symphony, composed by Philip Glass in the spring of 1992, is based on the record Low by David Bowie and Brian Eno, first released in 1977. Glass took themes from three of the instrumentals on the original and, combining them with his own material, used them as the basis of three movements of the "Low" Symphony. Movement One comes from "Subterraneans," Movement Two from "Some Are", which was not featured on Bowie's original recording, and Movement Three from "Warszawa".

      The "Low" Symphony was performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestra under the batons of Dennis Russell Davies, principal conductor, and Karen Kamensek, assistant conductor. Philip Glass allowed ideas of Bowie and Brian Eno, who worked together on Low, to influence how he worked on the music, leading to surprising musical conclusions and becoming a real collaboration between the music of all three maestros.

      This is the first ever vinyl issue of "Low" Symphony!

      Steve Gunn

      Boerum Palace

        Boerum Palace is Steve Gunn’s second album, originally released in 2009. The album starts off with a headlong rush into the hypnotic “Mr. Franklin”. Gunn’s fluid playing style, especially as portrayed within this track, provides ample space for the development of infectious musical themes. The track ends in a dextrous duel between Gunn’s guitar and guest Marc Orleans’ (of D. Charles Speer & the Helix, Sunburned Hand of the Man) vicious pedal steel.

        The album mixes Gunn’s long-form blues / raga / psych explorations alongside briefer cuts that equally display his songcraft. These tracks, such as “Variation II” and “Jadin’s Dream,” demonstrate that Gunn is equally confident with shorter or longer compositions. Gunn’s voice is joined by an ethereal turn from the Vanishing Voice’s Heidi Diehl on the album’s central and haunting “House of Knowledge.” The track opens with a building central guitar theme.

        This theme allows Gunn to layer on further guitar explorations. The tone set by these musical themes builds into the duo’s vocal delivery that delivers volumes despite being uttered in gentle tones. Other highlights include “Cryin’ Eyes,” an inspired reworking of J.J. Cale’s “Crying Eyes” featuring backing instrumentation from Marc Orleans, and the richly textured album finale “Mustapha’s Exit.”

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: This latest pressing of Boerum Palace is pressed on purple/white colour vinyl. Included is a free download card and insert.

        Jon Hassell / Brian Eno

        Fourth World Vol.1: Possible Musics

        A luxury reissue of this classic, groundbreaking album from 1980. "Fourth World" is a term invented by trumpeter Jon Hassell to describe a "futurist primitive" style of music employing modern technological treatments and influences from various cultures and eras. Together with Eno, Hassell melded his heavily processed trumpet with ritualistic hand drum beats and abstract textures to produce a mesmerizing blend of the ambient and the global. ESSENTIAL.

        "The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge Gainsbourg. The band's exquisite sonic palette is deepened by Cairo-based guest musicians Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed 'Moe' Asem, and Sammy Sayed, as well as by longtime SCG compatriot Eyvind Kang. Recorded in Cairo between 2013 and 2014, Teslam represents a further evolution of Alvarius B.'s peerlessly idiosyncratic pop sensibility, which is just as volatile and unclassifiable as his more experimental work. His songwriting -- both on his own, and in partnership with Cherif El Masri -- is marked by a unity of purpose that has compressed countless musical and emotional incongruities into a handful of sharp-edged, pitch-black jewels. A brooding track composed by keyboardist Adham Zidan ('The Great Implosion') perfectly complements the record's uneasy mood. As usual, Alvarius B.'s lyrics comprise an apocalyptic pile-up of cruel metaphors at the intersection of culture, politics and international crime. But they take on new power and new implications as sung by El Masri and Hemeda, whose seductive voices are as inviting as a welcome mat at the gates of hell. Each song stands on its own while also fitting into a planet-sized jigsaw puzzle detailing dark associations and secret narratives that stretch back as far as the foundation of the world. Arguably Alvarius B.'s most accessible work to date, Teslam is a generously baited steel-jaw trap for the unwary listener. Like The Invisible Hands' 2013 debut, Teslam inevitably reflects the precarious political circumstances in which it was conceived and recorded. As such, it's a vivid document not just of an unlikely musical collaboration, but also of a critical moment of hope, defiance, rage and sorrow in one of the world's most venerable cities." - B. Kearney.

        Madteo

        Low Dip Revue

        Vinyl reissue of Madteo's "Low Dip Revue", originally issued by The Trilogy Tapes on cassette in 2012. The record will consist of edited down versions of the original tape, with both sides containing some 17 minutes of material remastered by DJ Sotofett of Sex Tags Mania. Artwork by Will Bankhead of TTT.
        Expect a continuous stream of sonic flow; sludgy and lysergic but dancefloor-focussed throughout. Blurring organic percussion, tape saturation and tribal, black magic inflected grooves and aesthetics into a cohesive cauldron of sound. Futureproof production meets a primordial genetic code. Unfathomably deep, beautifully unique, unchallengeable and determined. Essential electronics from one of the innovators.


        The Ministry Of Wolves

        Happily Ever After - Black Vinyl Edition

          The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (cofounder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund). 

          Limited vinyl release for independent retailers only. ‘Happily Ever After’ is a companion piece to the debut album, ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’. 

          ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood. 

          Unreleased tracks on the album are ‘The Wonderful Musician’ and ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’ - unheard before this release. German versions of tracks from the debut include ‘Der Goldene Schluessel’ (‘The Gold Key’), ‘Die Weisse Schlange’ (‘White Snake Waltz’) and ‘Der Froschkoenig’ (‘The Frog Prince’).

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Limited to 75 copies.

          Piccadilly Records

          End Of Year Review 2014

            Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

            Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

            This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

            Enjoy the read!

            Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

            Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra

            Sign Of The Myth

            In 1972, Sun Ra inked a high-profile deal with ABC / Impulse, bringing his recorded work to the widest audience he’d had to date. A slew of Saturn back catalog titles and two newly-recorded albums (Astro Black, Pathways To Unknown Worlds) were issued before ABC cancelled the contract, dumped the records into the cut-out bins, and left the unreleased albums to languish. Now, over four decades later, Roaratorio is proud to offer one of the lost Impulse recordings for the first time. Sign Of The Myth hails from the same studio session as Pathways, and shares its emphasis on guided improvisations. With a constantly shifting palette of Moog textures, Ra tosses off a dazzling array of ideas throughout, supported by the usual Arkestra stalwarts; in particular, bassist Ronnie Boykins and drummer Clifford Jarvis are in shining form here, giving shape and solidity to these pieces. Sign Of The Myth is a welcome augmentation to an especially fertile period from Sun Ra’s time on Earth.

            The Wire

            Issue 370: December 2014

              Freedom Principles
              The Wire’s contributors survey ideas of freedom in music and liberation in sound with 16 pages of essays on resistance songs, nonsense rhymes, trap rap, improv, karaoke and more

              Eiko Ishibashi
              Music and language. By Yusef Sayed

              Amarass
              Recording India’s folk legends. By Francis Gooding

              Laura Cannell
              Early music set free. By Stewart Smith

              Bob Cobbing
              A life in art and activism surveyed. By Daniel Spicer

              Global Ear - Shiraoi
              Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan

              Invisible JukeboxPeter Zummo
              The NY trombonist approaches The Wire’s mystery record selection with all valves open

              Cross Platform - Ursula Mayer
              The Austrian artist blends gender and meaning in her lush films. By Frances Morgan

              The Inner Sleeve
              Clark on Sunn O)))’s Black One

              Epiphanies
              Sean Michaels hears the divine voice of the theremin

              Print Run
              New music books: Ian Curtis’s lyrics, a William Parker sessionography, David Rothenberg on the latest studies of acousmatic music and more

              On Screen
              New films and DVDs: Beats Of The Antonov, plus a history of DDR art pop group AG Geige

              On Location
              Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Ultima, Skanu Mezs, King Crimson, Islam Chipsy and more

              On Site
              Recent exhibitions: Matt Jenner plus Konrad Smoleński


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