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RX (Benedek & Delroy Edwards)

Strung Out

    Sound like a fine balance between Benedek’s hazy boogie and the tape degraded grit that’s been a hallmark of Edwards work.

    Nick Hakim

    Pour Another / The Light

      Raised in Washington, D.C. in a household overflowing with musical diversity ranging from soul, hip-hop, go-go, folk music and more from his Chilean and Peruvian parents, it comes as no surprise that Nick tends to blend genres, mixing the ambient airy sound of psychedelic, with the raw gut-wrenching emotion of the blues. He performs a broad range of the instruments heard on the EP alongside shared production duties, with an early admiration for Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson seeping through these introductory recordings. The vulnerability of Nick’s vocals, intimate and silken, is a powerful instrument in its own right that never pushes itself to excess.

      Hakim explains of his debut EP, “I was caught in a hazy gloom, alone in my room, filled up with booze while writing this music. I would write very early in the morning after nights of no sleep. Dunkin Donuts coffee was my friend. I would set up a mic, record, and later make sense of whatever came out.”

      Johnny Marr

      Playland

        Last year saw Johnny Marr enjoy a rapturous start to his solo career following the critical acclaim (included the honour of being named as NME’s Godlike Genius) greeted to his Top 10 debut solo album ‘The Messenger’. Meanwhile his shows were celebrated for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The Smiths plus others from his extensive back catalogue.

        Johnny Marr’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of his second solo album ‘Playland’ which is out on October 6th on Warners. Work on ‘Playland’ commenced in London in the Spring as soon as the year of touring in support of ‘The Messenger’ came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on ‘The Messenger’ with collaborator and co-producer Doviak as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.

        As Johnny states: "When The Messenger came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

        Written around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” ‘Playland’ captures much of the spirit that made ‘The Messenger’ so memorable with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. "It's important to sound like your environment and on this record that's London and Manchester,” he adds. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music."

        The title ‘Playland’ is inspired by ‘Homo ludens’, a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: Limited Edition Aqua Blue Coloured LP. 1000 copies only, indies EXCLUSIVE!!

        Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

        Punk Rock Enough For Me / Zero Emission

          Wild Billy Childish & CTMF are back with a new 7” with 2 exclusive tracks. 'Punk Rock Enough For Me' is the A-side, it's a classic Childish composition giving you a long list of things that are 'Punk Rock' enough for him. The B-side features Ju Ju on lead vocals and it's a proper 1977 punk romp, reminiscent of Alternative TV at their best. This will be a limited edition pressing on Brown vinyl.

          They are currently recording a few more tracks for their third album 'Acorn Man' which will be out on Damaged Goods later this year. Lookout for a more singles coming out around the world soon, Squoooge and Amphetamine Reptile for a start.


          The Gaggers

          Sharp Lies / Hostage

            It’s a 2 track 7″, the A-side is from their second album “Blame You’ , the B-side is a non-album exclusive track called ‘Hostage’ London rippers the GAGGERS burst on the scene a few years ago with a gaggle of 7” that went in and out of print in a heartbeat. Dead Beat Records released the debut fulllength LP 'Rip You Apart' that screeched through 12 loud, fast and grimy scuzz punk classics that use snarling bouncy riffs and lewd, crude lyrics to carve out supremely awesome, mangled, degenerate sounds. Earlier this year, the band much-anticipated second fulllength ‘Blame You’ was released in Europe on Wanda Records and will get the American treatment this Autumn courtesy of Modern Action Records. From the opening caustic, cocky, chord the GAGGERS stab yers ears with ten tunes that chase each other out of your speakers, one as charming as the next, with tales of love, lust, nihilism and other such dandy daydreams that only the GAGGERS can come up with. Channelling the same ragged, dysfunctional spit as the Pagans, early GG, the Heartbreakers, Weirdos and the Germs; the GAGGERS fully embrace their sloppy, shambolic ineptitude to puke out spastic, two-minute blasts of nihilistic three-chord brilliance. Gutter-chic at its absolute finest.

            Flowers

            Joanna

              The first single to be taken from the Flowers’ album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do is “Joanna”, a song about someone suffering from a depression so deep that has become part of their identity. “Joanna” was the second song recorded in their sessions with producer Bernard Butler but the first where everything just clicked and the band knew they had a working creative relationship. “He made it sound full of vitality and excitement”, says Rachel, Flowers’ lead singer. “We were thrilled with the results and couldn’t wait to get back and record the rest of the album with him.”

              Flowers are Sam Ayres (Guitar/Synths), Rachel Kenedy (Vocals/Bass/Synths) and Jordan Hockley (Drums), brought together by Sam’s advert for a singer to make music like "Madonna through a broken tape machine". Drawing a line between the joyous fuzzpop of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and the minimalist brilliance of Young Marble Giants, the reception at their live shows has been nothing less than rapturous, with audiences blown away by their intensity and compelled by their sparse beauty: Jordan a physical yet inventive presence behind the drum kit, Sam a constant blur of kinetic energy on guitar and Rachel utterly still. It is this dynamic that has been captured over the fourteen deceptively simple pop songs that comprise Flowers debut, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do out September 8th via Fortuna Pop! (UK).

              Most of the songs weigh in at less than three minutes, a deliberate strategy for a band that seeks strength in simplicity. “Our songs tend to be quite short - if there's something that doesn't need to be there, we take it out. Hoping for just the best bits,” explains Rachel. “We love all kinds of things, Ramones, Madonna, The Misfits, Iggy & The Stooges, Joy Division, all sorts! The album doesn't sound too much like any of those, but the songs are short and simple pop songs, and all those artists we love write songs like that.”

              Indeed, Flowers’ genius is in their ability to convey a remarkable amount of emotion with minimal instrumentation. Rachel possesses one of those beautiful pop voices to die for, with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays), whilst Sam’s guitars chime and churn with an incredible intensity and Jordan’s drums rip right through with urgency and precision, resulting in a beautiful album that conjures up a strange and entrancing sort of magic. Haunting, mesmerizing and intense, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do is an impressive calling card from a sensational new band.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: Coloured vinyl 7” Ltd to 500 copies.

              Free Time

              Esoteric Tizz

                Free Time’s new 7” for Underwater Peoples pairs the saturnine “Guess Work” with the uptempo flip “Esoteric Tizz”. The double A-side presents a unique juxtaposition of form, a spaced-out pastoral take on the nature of love contrasted with a hectic pop exploration of what it can mean to live a double life. Free Time is Melbourne expat Dion Nania on guitar and vocals, Jonah Maurer on guitar, Mike Mimoun on drums, and Eric Harm on bass – though the 7” features original bassist Adrienne Humblet. Opener “Esoteric Tizz” is a bursting, fast-paced ride from the start. Recorded by Jarvis Taveniere, the track features a tumultuous melodic structure reminiscent of Felt at Lawrence’s most energized.

                Alternatively, “Guess Work” is an atmospheric ballad highlighted by it's impressive tonal technique. Recorded by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, the song offers a full palette of corrugated timbres and warmer, aqueous hues, drawing inspiration from Kevin Ayers and Leonard Cohen. These two slices of guitar gold are the newest work since Free Time’s 2013 self-titled debut (Underwater Peoples, UPLP023). Both releases feature striking artwork by Sylvia Jeffriess. “The New York-via-Melbourne quartet transcends mere contemporary indie rock pastiche by playing with pace and intensity…” Jamieson Cox, Pitchfork.

                Chelsea Wolfe

                Apokalypsis

                  Sargent House is excited to re-issue both of Chelsea Wolfe’s first two albums, The Grime and The Glow and Apokalypsis, on CD and LP for the first time.

                  Chelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk—a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life's darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within. Originally hailing from Northern California, Wolfe's formative years were spent tinkering in her country musician father's home studio, however, she long lacked the confidence to share her work. Then, in 2009, an overseas excursion as part of a nomadic performance troupe ignited her passion for performing and initiated a renewed interest in writing and recording. After performing in cathedrals, basements and old nuclear plants to whoever would listen, she returned home with a new drive. She began toting around an 8-track and recording as the mood hit, eventually editing her findings into a breathtaking debut album, 2010's The Grime & the Glow. Marrying the gentle intimacy of folk, the atmospheric voodoo of death rock, and the bleak, sullen nihilism of black metal, Wolfe's sound effectively cast a genre all her own: a cavernous rumble, marked by stuttering drums, ethereal synths, and a wash of guitar, all very much in the service of one of the most hypnotic, celestial voices in modern music. Described as both healing and harrowing, enchanting and narcotic, the album established Wolfe as a force on the rise.

                  Inspired, Wolfe then relocated to Los Angeles and recorded her second album, 2011's Apokalypsis, which found her in an actual studio with her live band. The songs captured therein maintained the strikingly visceral elements of her debut, further showcase Wolfe’s unique songwriting ability, while adding a serious heaviness of sound that balanced eloquently with her transcendent voice. Its release was subsequently met with critical adoration, and rightly landed on numerous best of 2011 lists.

                  Chelsea Wolfe

                  The Grime And The Glow

                    Sargent House is excited to re-issue both of Chelsea Wolfe’s first two albums, The Grime and The Glow and Apokalypsis, on CD and LP for the first time.

                    Chelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk—a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life's darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within. Originally hailing from Northern California, Wolfe's formative years were spent tinkering in her country musician father's home studio, however, she long lacked the confidence to share her work. Then, in 2009, an overseas excursion as part of a nomadic performance troupe ignited her passion for performing and initiated a renewed interest in writing and recording. After performing in cathedrals, basements and old nuclear plants to whoever would listen, she returned home with a new drive. She began toting around an 8-track and recording as the mood hit, eventually editing her findings into a breathtaking debut album, 2010's The Grime & the Glow. Marrying the gentle intimacy of folk, the atmospheric voodoo of death rock, and the bleak, sullen nihilism of black metal, Wolfe's sound effectively cast a genre all her own: a cavernous rumble, marked by stuttering drums, ethereal synths, and a wash of guitar, all very much in the service of one of the most hypnotic, celestial voices in modern music. Described as both healing and harrowing, enchanting and narcotic, the album established Wolfe as a force on the rise.

                    David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights

                    End Times Undone

                      End Times Undone, the latest album from David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, was recorded in his native New Zealand between 2012 and 2014, but that’s a bit misleading. The album took so long to finish only because Kilgour assembled his bandmates every four or five months, and then only for a couple days at a time. And when they convened, the tape was rolling almost from the start. It’s the perfect way for Kilgour to operate these days, more than 30 years into a career that is equally compelling, consistent, and influential. From his first recordings with The Clean, the iconic band who remain active and whose legend deservedly grows mightier every year, Kilgour has had a distinct sound that has inhabited all of his albums and sounds fresh with every new release.

                      Over just ten songs, End Times Undone offers a robust sampling of all the various styles Kilgour has mastered over the last three decades. For an album that comes so late in one’s career, it’s a surprisingly convenient entry point into Kilgour’s body of work. After a psychedelic intro, opener “Like Rain” immediately identifies itself as vintage Kilgour, with shimmering guitars that gracefully swell and secede. “Lose Myself in Sound” will appeal to fans of The Clean who favor songs where the band chugs along on a blissful straightline path. While the album has its share of abstract lyrics, this title is one to take seriously. And like many songs here, it draws to a close with an extended instrumental passage, the sound of four people finding their own rhythm together. “Dropper” is a psychedelic romp with some serious bite in its guitar. “Some Things You Don’t Get Back” is a hypnotic strummer that builds a head of steam without overheating. “Christopher Columbus” balances some country-ish licks with sparkling little guitar runs.

                      And to talk about a Kilgour album without talking about the guitar playing would be irresponsible. He has always been an understated guitar hero, playing with an efficient elegance, equally adept at heady drones or twinkling solos. The interplay with de Raad accounts for highlights on every track. End Times Undone will be released shortly after a reissue of The Clean’s Anthology, a 46-track set that serves as the band’s defining document that can attest to their pantheon status. End Times Undone is a perfect companion piece to that collection that left off in 1996, and in many ways feels like it could have simply been the next album helmed by Kilgour instead of one that comes nearly 20 years later. That’s what happens when you have an artist so comfortable with his sound and approach that you just turn on the amps and start playing.

                      Spider Bags

                      Frozen Letter

                        Formed in 2005, Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Spider Bags were largely a revolving cast, with only Dan McGee (guitars, vocals) persevering through the various incarnations of the band. But during the 2011 recording of Shake My Head, the current lineup consisting of Steve Oliva (bass) and Rock Forbes (drums) was finally solidified. Building upon the foundation laid down by its predecessor, Frozen Letter rocks with the clairvoyance of three musicians who have spent a lot of time recording and touring together over the last few years.

                        “When we started this record, we weren’t even thinking about it being released. We just did it to have fun and keep moving forward,” says Forbes. This approach allowed the band to push itself further out into the psychedelic frontier than ever before, aided by engineer/producer Wesley Wolfe. Recorded mostly live over the course of a few days, there’s an exhilarating urgency to the record, as heard in riff-driven rockers like “Back With You Again in the World” and “Chem Trails.” The band brings the tempo down a notch for “Coffin Car,” which finds them mining an ominous morbidity over one of their prettier chord patterns. “We Got Problems” comes on like a true acid trip, alternating between utter terror and unfettered joy. Featuring a heavy and repetitive pattern, a slew of effected guitars, and searing guest leads from Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, the song encapsulates an entire Spider Bags epoch in under six minutes.

                        Frozen Letter is the band’s fourth full-length record overall and first for Merge Records.

                        Arve Henriksen

                        The Nature Of Connections

                          Arve Henriksen stumbled across the title of his latest album while reading a book about furniture-making. ‘The author mentioned the complexity of making a chair and all the people involved in the process,’ the Norwegian trumpet player says. ‘The high quality of the different fields and the wide range of professions that, after a long process, turns into a product which can easily be compared to the process of making this album.’ The Nature Of Connections finds Arve working in harness with some of Norway’s most distinguished and dynamic musician-craftsmen, drawn from the fields of folk, improvisation and jazz. Each one brought specialist components and skills honed over many years to Arve’s workshop, where the results were assembled and polished to a high gleam. The Nature Of Connections almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together with violinists Nils Økland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, all of whom now appear as the central planks in The Nature Of Connections. Another welcome guest is drummer Audun Kleive, veteran of Norwegian jazz ensembles including Masqualero, JøKleBa!, Generator X, Terje Rypdal and Jon Balke. ‘The brilliant thing about collaboration with others is that your collaborators very often have better ideas than yourself,’ says Arve, typically modest. ‘At the same time some naive and simple ideas from my head are sometimes enough to illustrate that moment and that special feeling of a story. I have gradually started to trust that feeling.’ His instincts are correct, leading to some of the warmest and most organic sounding music of his career. Highlights include the solemn chamber music of ‘Seclusive Song’, and the stately progress of ‘Hymn’ – composed by Arve’s keyboardist partner in the longrunning Norwegian improv ensemble Supersilent, Ståle Storløkken – which paces itself around Henryson’s repetitive, gently churning cello.

                          Born in Norway and currently living in Sweden, Arve Henriksen is Scandinavia’s most distinctive trumpeter and improvisor. He played in various jazz ensembles in his youth before co-forming Supersilent in 1997, a prolific free music group with Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Ståle Storløkken, which is still ongoing. His trumpet, augmented with effects and electronics, has appeared with David Sylvian, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke, Terje Isungset and Iain Ballamy’s Food. With Supersilent he recently collaborated with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In September he’ll be participating in an architectural installation/performance as part of Oslo’s Ultima Festival of contemporary music.Since 2001 he has created a series of exquisite solo recordings (on Rune Grammofon and ECM), which combine electronic textures, horns, woodwinds, ethnic instruments, percussion, keyboards and his mournful, yearning singing voice. Henriksen’s music reflects both the stunning beauty of virgin wilderness and the shifting, cosmopolitan environments experienced by the 21st century traveller. The Nature Of Connections is the latest link forged in an ever growing chain.

                          Personnel Arve Henriksen – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, piano, Nils Økland – violin, Hardanger fiddle, viola d’amore, Svante Henryson – cello, Gjermund Larsen – violin, Hardanger fiddle, Mats Eilertsen – double bass, Audun Kleive – drums Tracks ‘Blå Veg’, ‘Hambopolskavalsen’, ‘Budbringeren’, ‘Seclusive Song’, ‘Hymn’, ‘Aceh’, ‘Keen’, ‘Arco Akropolis’, ‘Salm’


                          Various Artists / Beck

                          Song Reader

                            JACK WHITE, JEFF TWEEDY, FUN., JARVIS COCKER, JACK BLACK, AND A HOST OF OTHERS JOIN BECK TO BRING ACCLAIMED SHEET MUSIC-ONLY ALBUM TO LIFE

                            The now legendary Beck, Song Reader--twenty Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s—will receive a long awaited traditional release on July 29, when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the Beck Song Reader compilation album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. Warby Parker will commemorate the release of Song Reader by reissuing limited-edition Carmichael frames created in collaboration with Beck, this time in Black Cherry—as well as a new edition of the Song Reader book, featuring two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama.

                            The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and several more including Beck himself.

                            The Warby Parker release of Beck Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night… another big step in Beck's long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?" and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck Song Reader album.

                            Look out folks, we have a new sample-based house genius in our midst, Lay-far is here to reintroduce us to the joys of the MPC, organic house music and liquid soul. Lay-far is based in Moscow and this EP follows the "So Many Ways" LP, seeing the producer dish out 3 tracks of low slung, funky and soulful house music, done in that classic Detroit style. "That Voice From Far Away" has great vocal chorus elements, paired with a funky and tight instrumental backing which has early Andres and KDJ written-all over it (we should probably also mention Local Talk, Raw Cuts and Gamm records here, none Detroit labels also flying this sample-based house thang flag). On the flip we start with “Where I’ve Never Been Before (Yet)”, a jacking Harlem funk groove that builds up with layers of chords and intricate percussion combined with the now trademark vocal skits and riffing funk guitar. “You Know I’m Gonna Getcha” concludes this essential 3-tracker; a gorgeous blend of samba rhythms, deep chords and Rhodes keys, all given extra weight by a big bouncy house beat and huge wub'ing bassline introduced halfway through the track! Massive record, already garnishing lots of press, move quick!
                            Osunlade: "Loving "You Know I'm Gonna Getcha"
                            Phil Asher: "Been playing it. Smashed Uber on sat night! X" Claude Young “real sexy slick stuff!!!!”
                            Fudge Fingas "That boy's on it at the minnit”
                            Takasi Nakajima “i just listen yeah that so good i really love that release!!”
                            Titonton Duvante “Oh My goodness. Absolute FIRE! Much deck time and chart action on this one. I'm Gonna Getcha being my pick but all are wicked. Big UP Lay-Far!”
                            Ourra: “ My fave cut here is the That Voice From Far Away.... lovely chords, especially melty around the 4m30s mark - love it! glad you sent it before I do my next mix, will def be including! :-) 'Where I've Never been Before'
                            get loads of people sending tracks over....try to listen to everything but I know in seconds if I'm feeling it. Pleasantly surprised to receive something of real depth & quality.....the beats are right on point! All 3 tracks are great.....love all 3 with equal fervour....you have my recommendation & support” maybe a little too funk based for my house sets but obviously quality and again love the roy ayres kinda chords. 'You know im Gonna Getcha' would def be worthy of a play in a jazzier moment. Sorry to bang on about chords, but killer here too ;-)”
                            Thatmanmonkz: "Lovin' it! "
                            Mike 0’Mara : Fantastic stuff mate, love all three. Honestly couldnt pick a fave!
                            Tomson: Love this lay-far EP! Will defo play one of the tracks on this month's radio show and also play in the club next week!
                            S3A: "Where I've Never Been Before (Yet)" For me ! Great !"

                            Following up the chunky slab of festival fuel was Huxley’s ‘The Machine’ EP, the next installment sees the return of long-term label affiliates Komon & Appleblim for their second collaborative release on Aus - ‘Motion Blur’. Keiran Lomax and Laurence Osbourne have managed to keep their distinctly smoky stamp branded on remixes for the likes of Bonobo and Paul Woolford and on their original productions for both Aus and Appleblim’s ‘Apple Pips’ imprint. In Motion Blur, the pair expand on their canon and turn in four introspective explorations rich with granular textures and propulsive low-end grooves. The title track blooms behind sandy hats and glistening pads as it builds towards a loose-limbed swing built with broken beat structures. Bolstered by rock-heavy subs, ‘Key Vision’ drives more stuttering kick patterns under spectral sweeps and vocal chops while ‘Echoes Retreat’ rubs resonant bass tones up against sharp, floor-ready synth stabs. Set to a steady 4/4 march, ‘Astir’ brings things to a deep and downcast close as sweeping minor tones bring colour to the snapping percussive whacks that round-off another Aus accomplishment that’s as effective on the floor as it is through the cans.


                            Close & Second Storey

                            No Love Lost - Inc. Seven Davis Jnr Remix

                            Following Komon & Appleblim’s pensive ‘Motion Blur’ on Will Saul’s Aus imprint is a collaborative effort from the label boss himself under his Close moniker and Al Tourettes’ latest incarnation Second Story featuring vocals from Kid A. On remix duties is the man of the moment - Seven Davis Jr.

                            ‘No Love Lost’ sees the first Close contribution to Aus following up his debut LP ‘Getting Closer’ on Berlin’s !K7 and follows up efforts on Houndstooth from both Second Story and Kid A. Together, they lay out a deluge of ghostly tones across three tracks built from broken rhythm structures, capacious sweeps and haunting vocals.

                            The title track steadily swells behind tumbling delayed signals before sinking into a passage of clattering rim-shots, hurried hat shuffles and Kid A’s pellucid vocal tones all set to a stuttering half-time pace. ‘Lacuna Slide’ then loosely wades forward, growing in magnitude over a purposeful, bumping low-end.

                            ‘Wal’ then utilises a brazen 4/4 thump and crystalline synth patterns to render an icy landscape before Seven Davis Jr.’s remix of ‘No Love Lost’ rolls out behind a tight, floor-ready groove shot-through with his resistless Soul that brings yet another Aus coup to a close.


                            Various Artists

                            Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

                              Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a diverse 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries.

                              The quartet have released four studio albums including their 2004 self-titled debut album, which went gold just about anywhere with a record store, as well as nabbing the Mercury Music Prize and a pair of Brits for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. They’ve subsequently gone on to release You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

                              Announcing itself with Franz Ferdinand’s own exclusive cover version of the hugely collectible ‘Leaving My Old Life Behind’, originally performed by Jonathan Halper, (which appeared on the cult Kenneth Anger movie Puce Moment), their Late Night Tales mix flows between dark and light, introspection and affection, dancing and horizontal appreciation.

                              Hear them join the dots between Can, Serge Gainsbourg and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sandy's Nelson's percussion work-out 'Let There Be Drums', the irrepressible Ian Dury, funky sensations Zapp and the Disco Dub Band and sonic explorer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Record collectors will note the inclusion of Carrie Cleveland's Northern Soul anthem 'Love Will Set You Free'

                              Also included are a set of waywardly brilliant cover versions: Justus Köhncke’s dizzy interpretation of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ and R. Stevie Moore's ‘I’m Only Sleeping'.

                              It wouldn’t be right for Franz Ferdinand to produce a mix such as this without a nod to the country that brought them together, so Glasgow’s Life Without Buildings, whose uplifting ‘New Town’ appears alongside ‘Reach For The Dead’ by Boards Of Canada.

                              As they leave us wondering and wandering with American Spring’s Brian Wilson-produced ‘Sweet Mountain’, we take leave of our senses and suitcases on this tour bus of your mind. We’ve visited soul, funk, reggae, pop, Krautrock and others besides, but before we depart, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos provides a final farewell with the self penned story 'Defibrillator'.

                              When we first got the band together I made Alex a tape for his car, an old Merc estate that we spent a lot of time in, going to and from rehearsal spaces and gigs. All of our gear and the four of us could (almost) comfortably fit inside. It was all stuff I was listening to at the time, Dr Alimantado, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Plaid, Johnny Dangerous amongst others. An ecletic mix or completely random and disjointed depending on your outlook, it was representative of all our individual idiosyncrasies that merged to form the sound of the band, although I wasn't aware of this at the time. With this mix we tried to a similar thing, all of us selected the tunes, based on what we listen to on tour together and at home alone, any sustained moods or flows that occur are purely accidental. Oh yeah, the Merc estate got totalled and towed away with the tape still in the player. -Paul Thomson Franz Ferdinand July 2014

                              Korn

                              Korn - 180g Red Vinyl Edition

                                Korn is the eponymous debut studio album by the American Nu-Metal band Korn. It was released in 1994, right after the band toured with Biohazard and House of Pain. The album’s themes mainly consisted of both drug and child abuse. Korn was well received by music critics. The band stormed the alternative scene virtually overnight, and is said to have established Nu-Metal.

                                Bands like Coal Chamber and Limp Bizkit were inspired by the album’s rage, emphasising similar grooves and song structures, including some Hip Hop elements. Slipknot, Machine Head, and Sepultura were also inspired by the album. The album launched the career of record producer Ross Robinson, who later produced albums such as Three Dollar Bill, Yall by Limp Bizkit and Slipknot’s first two albums.

                                A little more than a year after release, the album went Gold in the United States. The album spawned 4 singles; “Blind”, followed by “Need To”, “Shoots and Ladders” and “Clown”. The album has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide and was never before issued on vinyl.


                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl with 6-page insert. First pressing of 2500 numbered copies on red/black transparent vinyl. Available on vinyl for the first time!

                                Saint Pepsi

                                Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder

                                  For his Carpark debut, Saint Pepsi takes a step away from the more genre-shuffling styles of his Internet releases to focus his skills on high-power pop.

                                  The title track of the "Fiona Coyne" 7-inch is an uplifting tribute to fantastical romance and the joyous dreams pop culture can provide. Mastermind Ryan DeRobertis lays down a funky guitar riff and bass line of Chic-quality to tease our senses before tickling us silly with the chorus' ecstatic horns.

                                  "My love's on the silver screen/ she's always playing make believe," sings the 21-year-old songwriter, playing a bit of make-believe himself. The song, named after a certain graduate of Degrassi Community School, acts out the fantasy of dating a TV star and plays with the idea that music can be something of a catalyst for romance.

                                  The b-side, "Fall Harder," is a lovelorn hit about a somewhat unattainable beauty. "You've got me under your spell/ and baby, I couldn't fall harder," DeRobertis sings over an Orange Juice-worthy riff and electronic subtleties like the sound of a Galaga battle.

                                  For this 7-inch, DeRobertis wrote danceable love songs with a nostalgic aesthetic to the production "I think nostalgia is inherently narcissistic and I'm currently very into the idea of exploring the connection between nostalgia and narcissism," he says.

                                  Dorian Concept

                                  Draft Culture

                                    'Draft Culture' is the first focus track from the forthcoming Dorian Concept album 'Joined Ends' on Ninja Tune. His first official release since 2011's enthralling 'Her Tears Taste Like Pears' EP (also via Ninja).

                                    This one sided white label test pressing will be limited to a pressing of 500 copies only.

                                    Negative Scanner

                                    Ambitious People

                                      VINYL VERSION LIMITED TO 300 ON RANDOMLY MIXED VINYL.

                                      When Negative Scanner members Rebecca Flores & Tom Cassling's other band, Tyler Jon Tyler disbanded in 2012, the 2 members recruited bassist Nick & guitarist Matt to flesh out the lineup & Negative Scanner was born. "Ambitious People" launches off the A-Side, wasting no time rocketing to the anthemic chorus reminiscent of savage early Mekons carousing with The Feelies. The B-side lets the dueling guitars ebb & flow rather than bludgeon, bringing to mind the effortless, slash & burn tension exuded by Northwest punk originators The Wipers by way of modern-day DIY heroes like Tyvek or Eddy Current Supression Ring

                                      Canadian production duo Bob Moses first formed in Brooklyn back in 2012 and have kept the underground electronic dance scene up late and dancing ever since. Now, signed to Domino and with a killer EP up their sleeves, ‘First To Cry’

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      12" Info: ‘First To Cry’ EP is available as a limited edition silk-screened 12” vinyl.

                                      Matchess

                                      Seraphastra

                                        VINYL ONLY RELEASE LIMITED TO 300.

                                        Originally released on an extremely limited cassette by the Digitalis label, the album makes a welcome debut to the vinyl format. Matchess is the solo project of Whitney Johnson, singer & keyboardist for Chicago band VERMA. Johnson's minimalist sensibility owes as much to the Berlin school as it does to early industrial & minimal synth pioneers like Throbbing Gristle & Cabaret Voltaire. Matchess places Johnson in league with counterparts like Zola Jesus & Liz Harris (Grouper), carrying the torch of female experimental & electronic musicians in the 21st century.

                                        Germ House

                                        Showing Symptoms

                                          VINYL ONLY RELEASE LIMITED TO 300.

                                          Dividing time between Las Cruces, NM & Boston, Justin Hubbard & Tara McManus (MR. AIRPLANE MAN & TURPENTINE BROTHERS) recorded "Germ House" w/Matt Rendon (RESONARS), providing a deranged amalgam of candidly direct & distinctive melodies drizzled atop ragged, lo-fi punk testimonials. Herein lies the uncomfortable duality of Germ House's album - a fascinating suite of tunes that are balancing with equal measure both the melodic & discordant.

                                          Augustus Pablo

                                          Born To Dub You

                                            Rare and unreleased Augustus Pablo from the vaults of Gussie Clark. Includes full 12" versions of the mind-bending 'No Entry' and 'Classical Illusion' (complete with King Jammy dub). Also included is the rare JA 45 take, two unreleased Skylarking shock-outs and impossible to find 45's like 'Believe A Dub'. This is classic Augustus Pablo - Are you ready to be Dubbed?

                                            Estrogen Highs

                                            Hear Me On The Number Station

                                              VINYL ONLY RELEASE LIMITED TO 300 ON RANDOMLY MIXED VINYL.

                                              2 years removed from "Irrelevant Future", Estrogen Highs return with "Hear Me On The Number Station", an 18 cut LP. The New Haven, CT band have always had one foot in the musical waters of New Zealand & the influence of kiwi-pop forefathers, but the band incorporates more of the avant textures of the Xpressway discography this time around. Comes complete with inner sleeve with lyrics and download.

                                              Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

                                              Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

                                                Brit Award nominee & Mercury Music Prize shortlisted UK diva Laura Mvula returns with a beautiful new recording and arrangement of her Top 10 debut album "Sing To The Moon", this time backed by the Dutch Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Barkley and recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.


                                                Various Artists

                                                Temporary: Selections From Dunedin's Pop Underground

                                                  On the same day Ba Da Bing releases an album by Dunedin legend Hamish Kilgour, the label is honored to present the city’s current artists.

                                                  The tiny city of Dunedin, located in the Otago Region of New Zealand, is synonymous with smart bands, incredible melodies and a wholly distinct and innovative music. Thanks to The Clean, The Chills, The Bats, The Verlaines, and The Dead C, Dunedin has amassed a worldwide reputation for innovative music.

                                                  Local label Fishrider Records has taken on the mission of compiling and producing an album that casts a light toward the Dunedin of today. These bands have all created their own sound away from the shadow of their city’s past, yet like many of their predecessors they retain the air of slightly disturbed melancholia along with a sense of space and distance from the rest of the world. Whether it is dark synth-pop, teen angst noise pop, guitar-and-organ jangle, or all-out psychedelic weirdness, these songs all come from a place on the edge of the world where the young still read books in abundance and fend off boredom by creating music and art in cold houses. Yet again, an extraordinary number of incredible groups are populating the scene, and the songs on Temporary are the best of the best—a Dunedin Double Plus Good, if you will.

                                                  Pierced Arrows

                                                  This Is The Day / Zip My Lip

                                                    Back in April the Glasgow record shop Monorail Music in partnership with Glasgow International commissioned a limited 7" by the Pierced Arrows to coincide with their debut Glasgow show and the UK Priemier screening of "Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story"

                                                    In the end the Pierced Arrows' Fred Cole had to have emergency heart surgery and thus the band were forced to cancel their trip.

                                                    Thankfully Fred is now making a speedy recovery and we're proud to announce the 7" is now ready to ship!

                                                    Limited to 500, each hand-numbered 7" comes with paper insert, 2 flyers and a gig ticket for the now mythological concert and hand-stamped inner.
                                                    2 classic tracks recorded live in Austin, Texas by SPOT.

                                                    Peter Jefferies

                                                    Electricity

                                                      Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music.

                                                      With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music scene (Straitjacket Fits’ Shayne Carter, Plagal Grind’s Robbie Muir and the Dead C’s Bruce Russell), Electricity has garnered a cult following among fans, yet the songs possess a singular quality—every note, utterance and flourish reflect back to Jefferies alone. The simple arrangements, in particular on ballads such as “By Small Degrees,” convey fiercely intimate moments as well as Jefferies’ tremendous range and playfulness as a writer. This first-time vinyl reissue includes four bonus tracks from 1992’s Swerve EP and is highly recommended for fans of Flying Nun Records, John Cale and Jim Shepard. After 20 years, now is the time to revisit the groundbreaking work of this New Zealand legend.

                                                      Molly Nilsson

                                                      Solo Paraiso - The Summer Songs EP

                                                        Pop music rarely comes as honest and heartfelt as when delivered by Molly Nilsson. Having traveled around the world singing to the romantic and the doomed, Nilsson found herself in the late Summer of 2014 in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the crumbling landscape and the heavy hearts that populate it, Sólo Paraíso is not only an ode to a specific time and space but a musical novella that meditates on youth, idealism and belonging. The soundtrack to a summer you thought you had when looking over bleached out old photo albums.

                                                        As with all Molly Nilsson songs, each of these tracks is bursting with perfect moments. Opener “Summer Cats” sails over sun-kissed piano chords, chasing the sun eternally as it dips over the horizon, while show-stealer “Blue Dollar” draws parallels between the doomed Argentine economy and the failure of a love affair. It’s the most feel-good, romantic peon to an economic downturn you’ll ever hear. As Molly says “why is it so damn easy to break all the things that are so damn difficult to make?”

                                                        Using cracked synths, shimmering piano, heat-stroked drum machines and above all her direct, from-the-heart vocal delivery, Nilsson’s songs have never been so precise and on-point. For fellow doomed romantics, Sólo Paraíso is the perfect sound for an imperfect Summer.

                                                        King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                        Float Along - Fill Your Lungs / Oddments

                                                          King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard crank up the fuzzbox and set the Memory Man delay on infinity, assembling a cosmic force field that draws their sonic creations of the recent past into one unified, throbbing whole. Housed in a gatefold jacket for special re-release, this compilation features the truly intergalactic Float Along – Fill Your Lungs (dateline September 2013) together with its sister album Oddments (dateline Match 2014).

                                                          The Melbourne, Australia, seven-piece just finished their maiden North American tour, including a run of club dates along with appearances at Austin Psych Fest, Canadian Music Week and a slot at Northside Festival alongside Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, Omar Souleyman and more. The remainder of King Gizzard’s American vacation saw them holed up in Sky Lodge in the Catskills for a month, recording what will be their sixth LP (tentatively scheduled for early 2015 release). They have also just recorded their fifth LP at Daptone in Brooklyn, due out at the end of 2014. The band return to Australia for the rest of the summer before heading back Stateside in October to open a White Fence tour, and then a European tour in November, including a slot at the Iceland Airwaves Festival. In short, there is no slowing this band down. Float along and fill your ears.

                                                          Gruppo D’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

                                                          Gruppo D’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

                                                            Considered the first collective of experimental composers, Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza formed in 1964 in Rome to chase the expressive potential of live improvisation to its furthest reaches. Led by Franco Evangelisti, Gruppo also included Ennio Morricone before he found fame composing soundtracks. The ensemble advanced the innovations of 20th century avant-garde in laboratory-like studio settings where the intuitive interplay between members flourished.

                                                            Before 1976’s benchmark release, Musica Su Schemi, Gruppo recorded this eponymous album in 1973. Whether the passages are jarring or soothing, clamorous or silken, the ensemble retains astounding organic coherence. An ultra-rare entry in Gruppo’s formidable discography, Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza is finally reissued for the first time ever.

                                                            Coachwhips

                                                            Get Ya Body Next To Mine

                                                              Castle Face announces a loogie-shined re-release of Coachwhips’ Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine on CD and vinyl!

                                                              Following last year’s reissue of Hands on the Controls, the label continues dusting off the vaults, unearthing another screeching, swaggering beast. The tracks have been re-tweaked to taste (a pinch of capsicum) and what a picture emerges—the scuzz and squall cracking ever so slightly and revealing a coffee-can full of earworms underneath. The zombie-shuffle come-on of the title track is worth the price of admission alone, but there’s adrenalized bludgeoners here as well: “1000 Years,” “UFO, Please Take Her Home” and “Yes, I’m Down” all capture the band at their sweat-soaked best.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Justice Dub - Rare Dubs From Justice Records 1975 - 1977

                                                                The productions of producer Bunny’Striker’Lee were so extensive in the early to mid 1970’s that labels were created just to handle his ever expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was king, were Jackpot, Justice and Attack. Here we look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts.

                                                                Justice records was formed in the early 70’s as a subsidiary label to handle the ever growing output of Producer and hit maker from Jamaica,Bunny ‘Striker’Lee.Bunny worked in all the Jamaican studios and as an independent operator would licence his product to all the different labels in England and America.

                                                                Bunny was at the birth of dub music and worked closely with King Tubby. he stored many of his masters at Tubbys studio, where they were always available for Tubby to work his magic over. We have gathered here what we think are some of the best dubcuts from this label and era. Hope you enjoy the set...


                                                                Oyvind Morken

                                                                Gnagsar I Hjernen

                                                                  Another edition of Full Pupp´s jaw breaking, tongue twisting, mouthful original nordioc language series. gnagsar i hjernen, fjerde av den forste bolgenm, bot sure what that means… but it does sound good! this time introduced by Oslo`s highly talented Øyvind Morken. His weekly wednesday night residency “Untzdag” at Jaeger has become an institution in Oslo, drawing in a crowd of open-minded party freaks. In the last 10 years, he has been caught DJing throughout Scandinavia and the Balkans, from the north to the south of Europe and around the UK getting support from various different heads across the scene, such as techno godfather Juan Atkins and notorious crate-digger Lovefingers.

                                                                  Trulz & Robin

                                                                  I Takeskogen / Mosemannen

                                                                  Two of Norway's most far out and least well known producers make their Full Pupp debut with these two brain bubbling tracks of offbeat house. Trulz Kvam & Robin Crafoord hail from Oslo (where else?) where they have been making deranged and deep Detroit influenced Transmatic slow electronic house since the turn of the millenium. They like to call their particular strain of dancefloor brilliance "acid-house-gone-organic", and off the back of the Drexiyan machine funk of "I Takeskogen", I'm inclined to agree. The duo combine the familiar Norwegian sounds of twinkling synths and kosmische sequences with a gliding bassline and a shuffling drumbeat worthy of the first wave's finest. This is one of those wonderous grooves that works your body without fail, but will take you to another plane if you let your mind be free. On the flip, "Mosemannen" is an immersive synth driven soundscape so deep it bypasses the ocean floor and heads straight for the insanity of the Earth's core. The growling bassline rumbles away like shifting tectonic plates revealing the bleeping machines buried in the depths by the ancients. Sorry, that went a bit Matt Ward, what I mean to say is, this is deep and contemplative business on a future primitive vibe.


                                                                  Trans Am

                                                                  Volume X

                                                                    There are a number of ways to interpret ‘Volume X’, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious - it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. However, it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career.

                                                                    Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting even if they established those modes themselves. ‘Volume X’ continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.

                                                                    ‘Anthropocene’ opens the album with 30 seconds of serene synthesizer ambience before obliterating the stillness with a massive, fuzzy riff anchored by Thomson’s relentless, pounding groove, recorded live in the studio for maximum impact. ‘Volume X’ is full of these types of disarming moments.

                                                                    Halfway through the sweeping, Kraftwerkian ‘Night Shift’ the song’s syncopated shuffle suddenly becomes a throbbing motorik pulse as two drum takes are overlaid.

                                                                    ‘Backlash’ creeps in with a massive synthesized low-end drone before breaking into a ‘Kill ‘Em All’-inspired thrash riff that is one of the most aggressive passages the band has laid to tape.

                                                                    The band save their most poignant melody for the stripped down slow jam ‘I’ll Never’, with a vocoded Nathan Means intoning “Its true, I’ll never get over you.”

                                                                    ‘Volume X’ was recorded in spurts over three years, mostly at LCR Studios in San Francisco, where Phil Manley has recorded many other bands as a professional engineer, including Wooden Shjips, Thee Oh Sees and Barn Owl. He also plays in Life Coach with Jon Theodore of Queens Of The Stone Age and Thomson spends his time away from Trans Am playing drums for Baroness.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    LP Info: The LP version is pressed on virgin vinyl with printed innersleeve and free download
                                                                    coupon. A very limited amount of randomly distributed initial copies will be pressed
                                                                    on ‘baby poop yellow’ coloured vinyl.

                                                                    CD Info: The CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Let's Have A Party - Girls Gone Rockin' 2

                                                                      Following the phenomenal success of Girls Gone Rockin , Fantastic Voyage is proud to present a sister volume of distaff delights drawn from across the Rock n Roll spectrum. Like its predecessor, Let s Have A Party offers a toe-tappin selection of hits and rarities that will please both avid collectors and those just beginning to explore the genre. From the sock-hoppin "Petticoat Baby" to the risqué "Drill, Daddy, Drill" , it s time to leave the Dirty Dishes and get this party started! Bringing together some of Rock n Roll s finest singers, this 75-track set sees chart-topping R&B mamas rub shoulders with boogie woogie Country gals, and demure Pop princesses mingle with Rockabilly fillies, whose lesser-heard down-home ditties have nonetheless earned them a place in collectors hearts. From sassy city slickers such as LaVern Baker and Ruth Brown, to Southern songbirds like The Davis Sisters and Wanda Jackson, this is as diverse a set of female rockers as one could hope to find.

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      The Time And Space Machine Presents The Way Out Sound From In

                                                                        Ample Play Records release a heavy duty collection of Richard Norris’ recent Time And Space Machine Mixes. A man of many guises, he has operated as a duo - as The Grid with Dave Ball, as Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve with Erol Alkan - but when it's time for some solo sonic action, he records and remixes as The Time and Space Machine.

                                                                        We find him at it here: 'The Way Out Sound From In', reworking the most cosmic beat combos around into hitherto unheard psychedelic shapes. Warpaint, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Psychemagik, The Sufis and more fall into the Time and Space Machine and come out the other side with wider grins and shinier eyes. It's The Way Out Sound From In....all aboard.

                                                                        Telephones

                                                                        Kanal - Inc. Prins Thomas Remix

                                                                        Another debut on Full Pupp! Henning Severud is Telephones, who originally hails from Bergen but has recently relocated to Berlin. He makes the kind of uplifing melodic disco-house people might tag as something silly like 'Balearic Beach House' (ooh, new genre alert!), but is actually just nice fat dancefloor music. Yes, it’s pretty Balearic (Prins Thomas says it reminds him of Nik Kershaw in places, but we'll brush over that), but Full Pupp really don’t care what you call it. All they know is they’re dancing around like happy little girls to his cool contemporary disco (I want photographic evidence of this). As a special treat Prins Thomas is on hand to provide an even more pumped-up version, and we get bonus gem "Turkis" as well. Recommended.


                                                                        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.

                                                                          Modest Mouse

                                                                          The Lonesome Crowded West

                                                                            Subject to its own Pitchfork documentary, listed in numerous prestigious Best Albums Of The 90s lists and destined to be re-discovered by continuous generations, ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’ stands as the defacto Northwest indie-rock record.

                                                                            Originally released in 1997, it not only helped shape the sound that came to be associated with the American Pacific Northwest but across these sprawling, wide-open 15 songs, Modest Mouse helped redefine what was possible for guitar music.

                                                                            ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’ has often been mimicked but its awesome open-hearted existentialism and manic ambition has rarely been matched. A modern classic that demands reappraisal.

                                                                            Modest Mouse

                                                                            The Fruit That Ate Itself

                                                                              "The Fruit That Ate Itself" is the third EP released by indie rock band Modest Mouse in 1997. The album was recorded at Calvin Johnson’s Dub Narcotic Studios. Originally, the session was planned to record a 7” release, but it soon expanded into an EP. The track "Dirty Fingerprints" also appears on "Yoyo A Go Go", a compilation album released by Yoyo Records. Produced by Calvin Johnson, "The Fruit That Ate Itself" possesses a leaner and meaner sound than earlier Modest Mouse releases - the emphasis here is less on noise than groove, and the spare, edgy approach of cuts like "Dirty Fingernails" and the title track recalls the goofy indie-funk of Dub Narcotic Sound System and other likeminded Johnson-helmed projects.

                                                                              Modest Mouse

                                                                              Sad Sappy Sucker

                                                                                "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.

                                                                                Mirel Wagner

                                                                                When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

                                                                                  There is a defiant air of unflinching bravery in Mirel Wagner’s carefully chosen words and the skeletal chords of her acoustic guitar. Her songs are like smooth, polished pebbles, thrown into a cold bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling.

                                                                                  Squeezing the last drop of life from a worn out genre, her acoustic balladry is as far as you'll get from clichéd coffee house folk. It has more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than the folksy bonhomie of Bob Dylan.

                                                                                  Her background couldn't be more normal: a relatively sheltered childhood in one of the better-off suburbs of Helsinki, teenage years spent rummaging around the blues section of her local library, fumbling around with her brother’s acoustic guitar. She is wary of speaking of her Ethiopian origins (Wagner was adopted at 1½ years of age) and sees herself as Finnish. Her art is all the more astonishing considering this cultural context, all the more shocking in its strangeness because it stems from something so normal.

                                                                                  ‘When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day’ was recorded at Shark Reef Studios in Hailuoto by electronic music producer Vladislav Delay (Luomo, Uusitalo). Delay fleshes out Wagner’s sound, adding subtle production touches that give her songs a newfound vastness and gravity, while keeping the winning formula that garnered critical acclaim for her self-titled debut.

                                                                                  The new album also features Academy and Grammy award winning Scottish composer Craig Armstrong.

                                                                                  Grumbling Fur

                                                                                  Preternatural

                                                                                    Grumbling Fur’s ‘Preternaturals’ is the second release on the label run by The Quietus, the UK’s leading independent online music magazine. The label’s first release was East India Youth’s ‘Hostel’ EP, the release which launched East India Youth’s career.

                                                                                    ‘Preternaturals’ is Grumbling Fur’s follow-up to the acclaimed 2013 album ‘Glynnaestra’ (Thrill Jockey).

                                                                                    Contemporary sun-kissed psychedelia with a strong pop edge - Depeche Mode in a stone circle - recalling Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra, Beta Band, Super Furries, Coil, Talk Talk, Harmonia and Boards Of Canada, amongst others.

                                                                                    The album features Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) on ‘Lightinsisters’. Burgess is a strong supporter of Grumbling Fur and they will be working with him on his next album.

                                                                                    Childhood

                                                                                    Lacuna - Bonus 7" Edition

                                                                                      Exclusive deluxe vinyl edition for independent retailers includes a bonus 7” featuring two previously unreleased tracks. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide (500 copies for the UK and Eire).

                                                                                      The band originally formed at Nottingham University as a two-piece making bedroom demos. The founders Ben Romans-Hopcraft (vocals / guitar) and Leo Dobsen (guitar) initially came together over a shared love of psychedelic and guitar music, later bringing in Daniel Salamons on bass and Jonny Williams on drums.

                                                                                      ‘Lacuna’ was recorded with acclaimed producer Dan Carey in South London, with guitarist Leo Dobsen’s impossibly catchy licks and singer Ben Romans Hopcraft’s lush vocals sounding more anthemic than ever.

                                                                                      This debut includes blissed-out singles ‘Falls Away’ and ‘As I Am’ sitting alongside psychedelic gems such as ‘Solemn Skies’.

                                                                                      ‘Lacuna’ is looking set to be one of the albums of the Summer.

                                                                                      Recent tours have included main support to Palma Violets, Temples and Interpol plus Childhood’s own headline tour.


                                                                                      Childhood

                                                                                      Lacuno

                                                                                        The band originally formed at Nottingham University as a two-piece making bedroom demos. The founders Ben Romans-Hopcraft (vocals / guitar) and Leo Dobsen (guitar) initially came together over a shared love of psychedelic and guitar music, later bringing in Daniel Salamons on bass and Jonny Williams on drums.

                                                                                        ‘Lacuna’ was recorded with acclaimed producer Dan Carey in South London, with guitarist Leo Dobsen’s impossibly catchy licks and singer Ben Romans Hopcraft’s lush vocals sounding more anthemic than ever.

                                                                                        This debut includes blissed-out singles ‘Falls Away’ and ‘As I Am’ sitting alongside psychedelic gems such as ‘Solemn Skies’.

                                                                                        ‘Lacuna’ is looking set to be one of the albums of the Summer.

                                                                                        The Laze

                                                                                        The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                          The Phantom of the Opera is perhaps one of the most iconic horror films in history. Directed by Rupert Julian in 1925, this silent movie starred Lon Chaney in the lead role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. As legendary as its many adaptations on the silver screen and on stage is its history of fitting soundtracks. Throughout the decades that followed many composers and artists worldwide took up the task to write fresh new scores for this iconic picture. One Way Static Records proudly presents the latest installment in this tradition with a brand new modern re-score composed & performed by UK septet THE LAZE. The Laze have developed quite a reputation across the UK for their spine-tingling live performances and expansive soundscapes. Influenced by a history of horror soundtracks, from Bernard Hermann & Angelo Badalamenti to Goblin & John Carpenter, The Laze implemented elements of Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz, Heavy Metal & Electronica in their score. The original soundtrack will be the group's fourth long-player. The band's last release was 2010's Spacetime Fabric Conditioner, a Sci-Fi concept album; which went on to be remixed by Steve Moore (Zombi), Forest Swords and Brontt Industries Kapital. The band premiered their live soundtrack at Liverpool's Picturehouse cinema, in the arts hub of FACT, on Halloween 2010. The sold-out, one-night-only performance led to further performances in UK cinemas, which concluded with a sold-out tour of selected Picturehouse Cinemas for Halloween 2011. Now they are bringing the Phantom into your home. This new sonic adaptation comes on deluxe tip-on gatefold packed vinyl editions, compact disc & cassette. Featuring original black and silver artworks by LUKE INSECT & KEN GOODALL (The Human League, A field In England, DeathWaltz Records,…)

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          LP Info: LP Black vinyl limited to 1000 copies worldwide

                                                                                          Owl John

                                                                                          Owl John

                                                                                            Owl John, aka Scott Hutchison of critically acclaimed Scottish group Frightened Rabbit, releases his self-titled debut album through Atlantic Records. The record, produced by Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and good friend Simon Liddell of Olympic Swimmers, was recorded between the Isle of Mull in Scotland and the West Coast of America. The Owl John album was born of Scott’s desire to get creatively inspired ahead of the next Frightened Rabbit record. It showcases Scott’s trademark brutal honesty - raw, powerful, and often heart-breaking, “Owl John” will see Scott step out of Frightened Rabbit’s shadow.

                                                                                            Spoon

                                                                                            They Want My Soul

                                                                                              Spoon return with their long awaited eighth offering, “They Want My Soul”. It has been lauded by NPR as "unmistakably a Spoon record, with…fantastically infectious grooves and melodies”.

                                                                                              The Whole Truth

                                                                                              Don't Tell Me No Lies

                                                                                                The Whole Truth returns for a second round of precision engineered dub boogie hybrids, this time featuring the mighty Mo Kolours on vocal duties. The first Whole Truth release, which featured Errol Bellott, garnered praise from DJs like JD Twitch, Hugo Mendez and Zaf Chowdhry, and WT002 finds this anonymous project exploring even more dubwise territory. One-Handed's Mo Kolours guests as a singer and percussionist on the lead track, Don't Tell Me No Lies, while Steppas Don't Lie, Truth Groove and Myth Dub represent a more stripped down instrumental approach. Full bespoke artwork comes courtesy of Lewis Heriz, known for his contributions to the Sofrito and Soundway labels.

                                                                                                The Unheard

                                                                                                Untold Stories In Music The Compilation

                                                                                                  Fifth release for the Unheard here, on the Unicycle Nutfish Productions label, following on from the the 'Untold Stories In Music trilogy, here is a double vinyl compilation featuring 14 new tracks, and 8 others hand picked from past releases. The styles vary from chillout lounge, to upbeat grooves, big breaks, and cut & paste. 300 copies only.

                                                                                                  Appetizer

                                                                                                  Appetizer White Label

                                                                                                  Long Island Electrical Systems give us a brief introduction to a familiar face's new alias Appetizer, on this super limited up front promo. Taking us back to the glory days of the faceless white label, this special ain't ever coming back so don't miss it. Appetizer dishes up a dastardly duo of rough, rugged and raw psycho jackers, to put you on while you wait for the main course. A-side cut "Sky" sees a frenetic and psychotic web of prickly synths layed on top of distorted drums with peaktime intensity. B-side cut "Image" aims a little deeper, marrying metallic and gloomy synth squiggles with a growling bassline and relentless percussion. Just the thing to whet your appetite.


                                                                                                  Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back to the Shimmy Sham Sham sessions. After a trio of sell out under the counter specials the crew return with their finest work to date, ready to add some extra weight to every DJs box. In a move that many a purist would baulk at, our intrepid editors offer a rework of Arthur Russell's mystical, magical and magnificent "In The Light Of The Miracle". Wipe that pained expression of your face, this isnt some clunky ableton cut up powered along by a banging donk! This is subtle and delicate scalpel work, worthy of the best in the business, far from the usual back street boob jobs we're subjected to in edit land these days. The blissful melodies and complex percussion get multiplied by groove factor ten, and the whole thing is given a straighter, more floor-centric arrangement. So, now you've left the beach for the dancefloor, the boys are ready to get the party rocking for real on the seductive and sassy B-side. Nina had her fair share of hits, but none work a dancefloor better than the percussion heavy groove of "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter". Here, at the hands of the Shimmy Sham Sham crew, it's extended and uplifted into a bumping house mover perfect for sultry nights on the terrace. Adding a well balanced kick and remodelling the arrangement, Shimmy Sham Sham massage the rough edges of the original into an irresistible dancefloor force!

                                                                                                  Some records are birthed through countless months or even years of studio hard yaka; drafts, followed by re-drafts, an eternal process of searching for that money shot musical moment. Then there are albums that simply pour out of the collective minds of its creators – more of a stream of consciousness and musical expressions that strategic beat creation.

                                                                                                  For best friends and long time collaborators Matt Edwards (aka Radio Slave) and Thomas Gandey (aka Cagedbaby and producer). Matom began as a one off project to create an hour of music to celebrate the iconic Hansa recording studios in Berlin, a space that’s seen everyone from David Bowie and Iggy Pop to Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno.

                                                                                                  Says Edwards “The initial music was loosely based around the recording of David Bowie’s ‘Low’ and the works of Iggy Pop and I wanted to create these soundscapes that would allow Thomas to improvise and we managed to come up with seven songs in two days.”

                                                                                                  From this auspicious beginning the project continued to pick up pace and the pair soon performed in Warsaw alongside revered Kosmiche figurehead Manuel Gottsching and a few months later at the Name festival in Lille, France.

                                                                                                  Splitting time between Gandey’s home and studio outside Bordeaux and Edward’s studio in Kreuzberg, Berlin, the pair continued to create. The duo adopted a free-flow approach to production, with Gandey talking warmly about creating sounds for the Matom Project. They’d cook together, eat fine food, and then sit down to work on the music together.

                                                                                                  Gandey describes Edwards as the “master of minimal”, building up the soundscapes and beats before Thomas filled out the compositions with various keyboards from his collection including a Fender Rhodes, Moog Voyager, Clavia Nords, Roland Drum Machines and live percussion and finally another collaborator Paul Sandrone would improvise on guitar at the final stages of production.

                                                                                                  The entire essence of Matom’s sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no MIDI or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to stage. Their last gig was once again for the Red Bull Music Academy in Miami WMC 2014 to perform the finished album for the people who first inspired and supported the project.

                                                                                                  And so Matom’s ‘Love Mistakes’ is signed sealed and delivered, a work Gandey describes as “a culmination of our combined skills and reflecting its contrasting environments, a dualism between the cosmic serenity of the vineyards in his south of France retreat and the gritty urban cityscapes of Berlin’s bohemia.”

                                                                                                  Reese

                                                                                                  Rock To The Beat

                                                                                                    No doublepack nonsense here. Five tracks on one 12", that's the way they used to do it back in 1988! The classic "Rock To The Beat" comes in three versions (original, plus Hitman and Mayday mixes), with "You're Mine" and Mike Wilson's mix of "Grab The Beat" also included.

                                                                                                    Benoit & Sergio

                                                                                                    Your Darkness

                                                                                                      Renowned for their sublime, lyrical take on dance music, DC / Berlin based duo Benoit & Sergio return to their spiritual home of Visionquest with some freshly crafted groove ridden thrills. More set in the smoke and heat of the club than their vocalised bittersweet visions, the "Your Darkness" EP showcases the duo at their dancefloor focused playful best whilst incorporating infectious vocal samples, searing melodies and pulsing rhythms. Opener "Splash" is at once murky and tropical as the bassline grinds underneath light footed percussion whilst title track "Your Darkness"is a deep and moody groover with signature rich synth work. Closing track "Beat Macho" is the real winner for me though, so much so I'd have thought this'd have been the lead track! We all nearly slept on this release but a chance encounter with "Beat Macho" meant we just HAD to get it into the shop. The very essence of what turns heads in what can be an over saturated, formulaic genre. This is straight forward terrace house music make no mistake, but constructed with such style and finesse it elevates it miles above the also-rans. Proper techy, futuristic sounds, intricately placed together to achieve maximum groove while this nagging mid-range ting stimulates the track throughout. With a breakdown that'll twist heads inside out plus precision executed drops, this is one of those unheard-of tracks that'll keep both the string vest-laden ket crowd AND the underground deep house heads happy (try and find many tunes that do that!). Abandon all pretences and just get that body bouncing!

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: With respect to the label, Vision Quest isn't usually my bag (not questioning the quality, it just never really worked with what I play). "Beat Macho" however, is most likely gonna be at the front of my box right through 2014; and don't just take my word for it - 'Out In The Sticks' founder and general house oricle Russ from Vinyl Exchange across the road agrees 100%. Proper weapon. Keep it quiet though, we don't want the Swedish House Mafia getting their grubby hands on it...(see also: CD vs. CD - "I Do Believe").

                                                                                                      Lucinda Williams

                                                                                                      Car Wheels On A Gravel Road - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                        For the past 30 years, Lucinda Williams has channeled her perspective as a proud but vulnerable Southern female into a string of stellar albums, each of which weave Rock, Country, Folk and Blues so tightly that each of the elements seems to disappear. Lucinda Williams (1988) was her breakthrough disc, but her magnum opus, 1998's Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, sealed her reputation as a formidable singer-songwriter.

                                                                                                        It took three torturous years to finish this alt-country masterwork, but it was worth it. Williams writes songs that explore the rootlessness of American life, with vivid imagery and gravel-guitar beauty. The album features guest appearances by Steve Earl, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller. Williams co-produced the album and it was mixed by Rick Rubin & Jim Scott except "Metal Firecracker", which was mixed by Ray Kennedy.

                                                                                                        The album won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and was Lucinda Williams' first album to go Gold. It was voted Best Album of the Year in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2003, the album was ranked number 304 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

                                                                                                        This special release is dedicated to Detroit DJ Legend Ken Collier. His untimely passing deeply touched me personally, as he was one of a small few who always supported me & my music. Because of Ken Collier, Detroit developed a dance scene, which inspired artist & producers to make dance records, which gave birth to Techno, which has provided careers for many of you in the business today. So I dare ask all you techno producers, djs, record labels, record shops, techno magazines, clubs which play techno music, and fans of techno to pay respect to Ken Collier just as you would our other fine music innovators.

                                                                                                        Side B:
                                                                                                        However, this special compilation isn't about techno, it's about H.O.U.S.E. sounds - broadcasting it to you live from the inside in lovely Ste - re - o!!. This record contains no artist or track listing because i don't want this to be about who made the tracks, track titles, or even who wrote this commentary. This record is my personal tribute to him and how he has motivated me to make my contributions to house music. Thank you Ken Collier, for helping me grow not just as a dj or record producer, but as a person. Every dj and dance artist here in Detroit owes thanks to you for going out into the musical forest, chopping down trees, thus paving the way for us to build HOUSE!.

                                                                                                        "In Loving Memory Of Detroit DJ Legend Ken Collier"

                                                                                                        The fourth instalment of the classics series features two of the label's most successful artists Kenny Dixon Jr. and Rick Wade. KDJ's untitled tracks were previously issued as a limited pressing so here's your chance to get one if you missed out the first time.

                                                                                                        Longtime and well respected deep house soldier Rick Wade is featured on the flip side with two classic deep house offerings from his first appearance on Moods & Grooves.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Matt says: Two fine Moodymann numbers only previously available on one sided white label backed by a super strong Rick Wade couplet. Ideal.

                                                                                                        Alanis Morissette

                                                                                                        Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie -

                                                                                                          Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is the fourth album by singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, originally released in 1998. After the massive success of Jagged Little Pill (1995), Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars in the world, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album. A dark and wandering album, the mystery of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie began on its cover, with an image of Alanis's mouth while laughing and a text printed over that image that refers to The Eight Precepts of Buddhism.

                                                                                                          The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with the highest first-week sales for a female artist at the time, selling almost half a million copies in its first seven days. The first single from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, "Thank U", charted high because of the anticipation for the album. Other singles off the album include "Joining You" which became the album's second single in Europe. "Unsent" also charted and "So Pure" made it to the top 40 in the UK.

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          2xLP Info: First pressing of 2000 numbered copies on silver / transparent vinyl

                                                                                                          Shellac

                                                                                                          Dude Incredible

                                                                                                            THE BAND
                                                                                                            Steve Albini ◊ Guitar
                                                                                                            Todd Trainer ◊ Drums
                                                                                                            Bob Weston ◊ Bass

                                                                                                            DATA
                                                                                                            This is Shellac’s fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example

                                                                                                            PACKAGING
                                                                                                            Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album.

                                                                                                            QC
                                                                                                            Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.

                                                                                                            Nico

                                                                                                            The Marble Index - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                              The Marble Index is the second studio album by German musician Nico. She initially became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 60s. Nico is known for both her vocal collaboration on the Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) and her work as a solo artist from the late 60s through the 80s.

                                                                                                              Originally released in 1969, The Marble Index was produced by Frazier Mohawk. Critic Simon Reynolds described the album as "one of the most harrowing and death-fixated albums in Rock history". The album was written by Nico and features musical arrangements by John Cale, who had worked briefly with Nico during her collaboration with The Velvet Underground. The music of the album was a new style for Nico, distancing herself from Rock and Pop. The album also unveiled Nico's songwriting, as her debut solo album Chelsea Girl featured none of her compositions.

                                                                                                              The Music On Vinyl reissue of this critically acclaimed and influential album is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. A classic album indeed!


                                                                                                              Merchandise

                                                                                                              After The End

                                                                                                                First gaining notoriety with the LPs Children of Desire (2012), which Pitchfork hailed for its “glistening and emotive, ear-bleeding noise pop”, and then Totale Nite (2013), which NME likened to “a cultural jump-start” in their 9/10 review; Merchandise continue their ascent with the highly-anticipated new album, After The End.

                                                                                                                Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly been informed by its ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still self-recording and producing their music, this time over a six month period in the house they share in Tampa, After The End is a real achievement in showing what bands can achieve themselves. The only outside influence this time came when they enlisted mixing help from Gareth Jones, the man famed for his work on Depeche Mode’s Berlin Trilogy of Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward, and Black Celebration, and more recently Interpol, These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.

                                                                                                                As the album’s title suggests, Merchandise are still evolving. With this record, they’ve expanded ranks with Carson Cox (vocals / guitar), David Vassalotti (guitar) and Patrick Brady (bass), now being joined by Chris Horn (guitar / keys / sax) and Elsner Nino (drums).

                                                                                                                Speaking to the NME earlier this year, Carson said “Totale Nite was the end of the book. This is a whole new one. It's like we can start a new band with basically the same name. We've already exploded our reality – now we're going to re-make ourselves as a pop band, but it'll still be a twisted reality.” He’s kept to his word, the album is made up of ten tracks spread across a mean 45 minutes.

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Initial pressing on green vinyl.

                                                                                                                The Travelling Band

                                                                                                                The Big Defreeze

                                                                                                                  Manchester’s finest folkrock superhumans, The Travelling Band, have won hearts and minds wherever they’ve found themselves, combining the strut of refried Southern country with the One Foot On The Monitor mayhem of the EStreet Band. With smatterings of McCartney (the beard years) and Crosby Still & Nash millionpart harmonies, TTB have become firm favourites for people with ears and good hearts.

                                                                                                                  Fans include 6 Music’s Marc Riley (who loves their “shimmering blend of cosmiccountrypop”) and Michael Eavis (who was taken back to his “musical roots” with “marvellous music to savour”), who have lapped up the band’s headynufolk. On the back of LPs like 2008’s ‘Under the Pavement’ and 2011’s ‘Screaming is Something’, it isn’t at all surprising. Whether they’re burrowing away in a recording den on the Isle of Mull, packing out rapturous shows, or kicking off impromptu jam sessions in the middle of a field, The Travelling Band aren’t messing around – music is what makes their blood move. Now, readying their latest offering, ‘The Big Defreeze’ – produced by Iestyn Polson (Patti Smith, David Bowie and more) at the world famous Church Studios in Crouch End, TTB find themselves with their paws firmly on their roots, but growing upwards and outwards too.

                                                                                                                  Never ones to sit still, 2014 could well be the year that sees The Travelling Band really cement their place as the true champions of blissful cosmicpop. Great on record and outstanding onstage, if you haven’t got down with The Travelling Band yet, now is the time, before they disappear on to much larger stages. Fans of Calexico, Iron & Wine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow should apply here, for The Travelling Band are the kings of North Country & Western music.

                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Limited yellow vinyl.

                                                                                                                  Oasis

                                                                                                                  (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Remastered Deluxe CD Edition

                                                                                                                    Oasis

                                                                                                                    (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Remastered Super Deluxe Box Set

                                                                                                                      -Heavyweight double vinyl
                                                                                                                      -Deluxe 3CD
                                                                                                                      -Hardback 56 page book
                                                                                                                      -Replicated 12" vinyl promo of "Cum On Feel The Noise"/"Lynch Mob" Beats Remix
                                                                                                                      -Exclusive 7" vinyl of "Hello" (demo)
                                                                                                                      -"She's Electric" (demo) replicated promo cassette
                                                                                                                      -Exclusive merch


                                                                                                                      Oasis

                                                                                                                      (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                        The Raveonettes

                                                                                                                        Pe'ahi

                                                                                                                          Pe_ahi (/pe____hi_/ pay-ah-hee; is a place on the north shore of the island of Maui in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It has lent its name to a big wave surfing break, also known as Jaws. During off season the spot is taken over by meth fuelled crazies and people are advised to not venture out there.

                                                                                                                          Immersed in the surf-history of Southern California, where both Sharin and Sune reside, the album incorporates various elements from this culture into every song both lyrically and musically. The result is their most complex, intricate and autobiographical work to date.

                                                                                                                          Etta James

                                                                                                                          Rocks The House

                                                                                                                            Best known for the lush 1961 rendition of the ballad ''At Last'' - a slow-dance staple at wedding celebrations everywhere, she is also celebrated for having recorded one of the best live albums of all time, ''Rocks the House.'' Recorded in 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville, James is captured at her performance peak. The foundation for her reputation as a fiery no-holds-barred performer was firmly established in this recording.

                                                                                                                            Blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and rock vocalist Etta James, needs no introduction. An icon from early rock'n'roll's pantheon of divas, she has inspired 5 decades of listeners and fellow artists with her vocal stylings. From Janis Joplin to Beyonce, her expressive and guttural style has been imitated but never quite matched.

                                                                                                                            Jackpot Records is honored to release this momentous record on stellar blue vinyl, with the original album artwork and including 3 bonus tracks which have only ever been released previously on CD. Her powerful version of ''Something's Got a Hold on Me'' will shake you. Her impassioned version of ''All I Could Do Is Cry,'' will break you.

                                                                                                                            Pye Corner Audio

                                                                                                                            The Black Mist EP - Old Apparatus Remix

                                                                                                                              Front & Follow, in collaboration with The Outer Church, present a stunning new EP from Pye Corner Audio – The Black Mist EP.

                                                                                                                              The EP features an extended mix of the title track Black Mist (the original featured on last year’s Outer Church compilation), new track Bulk Erase and a remix of Black Mist by fellow OC collaborators Old Apparatus.

                                                                                                                              The EP is released as a limited edition (of 500) 12” on 180g vinyl, and to download digitally. All vinyl copies come with a digital download code.

                                                                                                                              Pye Corner Audio is the audio recovery project of the Head Technician, a mysterious and studious figure who has developed the ability to travel sideways through time and space via a) the use of rewired analogue recording equipment and b) the judicious application of moss and fog. Alongside the self-released Black Mill Tapes research series (recently collected on vinyl and CD by Type Records), the Head Technician has released music through Dekorder, Type, The Tapeworm and Boomkat Editions, not to mention a full-length album, Sleep Games, on Ghost Box. Earlier this year, he was coaxed out of the lab and indeed the British Isles to join Mogwai on their European tour, where he took considerable pleasure in sampling the lichen of foreign lands. The Head Technician claims not to know where the bodies are buried, but would be happy to show you his reels.

                                                                                                                              Old Apparatus were specially selected by the Head Technician to remix Black Mist, and have turned in a distressed deconstruction in keeping with their rusted iron aesthetic. A collective of shady individuals most often found muttering obscure invocations in the low-rent drinking dens of North East London, their stubbornly uncategorisable sound debuted in 2011 with a hissing, creaking self-titled 12” on Mala’s esteemed Deep MEDi label. Their debut album, Compendium, was released on their own Sullen Tone label in 2013. The outfit has in addition birthed a number of intriguing offshoots such as Harem, Saa and Penny. One of them may be standing behind you right now, reading this over your shoulder. Don’t look.

                                                                                                                              Much imitated but never equalled, The Outer Church is a shadowy Brighton-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of uncanny sound and vision. Its semi-human representative is music writer and persistent meddler Joseph Stannard (The Wire, Mojo, Red Bull Music Academy, The Quietus etc). Since its inception in 2009, The Outer Church has presented live audiovisual performances from Demdike Stare, Raime, Pye Corner Audio, Some Truths, Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Hacker Farm, Umberto, High Wolf, Grumbling Fur and many, many more. “Magnum Innominandum. A random access myth. The clarion signals the opening of the portal. Remember to take a reading. A hex and a pox and the land is ours.”

                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                              Acid Thunder: More Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985 - 1991

                                                                                                                                Following the colossal success of the Terry Farley compiled “Acid Rain”, Harmless are proud to announce the incredible follow-up and worthy companion, “Acid Thunder”. Once again compiled by House expert Terry Farley, “Acid Thunder” continues the journey of its predecessor with another collection of 59 incredibly influential House Music releases from the Vintage era of the sound, namely, 1985-1991. In addition, we are delighted to have finally managed to unearth 25 key tracks from one of House Music’s most influential labels, D.J. International. As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better. This collection also contains numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release. Sleeve-notes this time are courtesy of Jacob Arnold, founder and curator of the hugely influential House Music website, Gridface. Once again, we have included a 32 page booklet containing all scans plus photos, flyers and other memorabilia from the archives of Terry Farley and Jacob Arnold. All 5 CDs and the booklet are within a hard-wearing clamshell box which will sit perfectly with “Acid Rain” for the collectors out there. As usual Harmless will be co-ordinating a huge Press and Radio campaign and we’ll be rolling the PR throughout the summer and into autumn 2014. This is must-buy purchase for all serious House Music aficionados.


                                                                                                                                Vince Taylor & The Playboys

                                                                                                                                Jet Black Machine 1958-1962 - LP+CD Edition

                                                                                                                                  In May 1965, Vince Taylor aka the ‘Black Angel of Rock’ attended a party in London, hosted by Bob Dylan. And like the lyrics to his finest song ‘Brand New Cadillac’, Taylor was never coming back. At least his mind wasn’t. Having garnered considerable success in Paris but not financial equilibrium, Taylor had returned to London to collect some money to bail out his band, The Playboys, who were holed up in a French hotel, unable to pay the bill. Vince had promised a speedy return but got waylaid at Dylan’s soiree, where he tried LSD for the first time. Whilst the Isleworth born Taylor hadn’t exactly stormed the UK charts, his frenzied onstage moves lent him a certain cache. Although Vince’s chain wielding leather clad amalgam of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley suggested sensual thuggery, Taylor was made of more sensitive material, a peacock with a dandelion quality, known for pulling gigs if he suspected his girlfriend was cheating on him. Listen to Taylor’s debut single ‘Right behind you Baby’ (released in November 1958) which could be construed as the first stalker tune. However, little in Vince’s early repertoire suggests his subsequent lysergic dissipation. Taylor’s oeuvre was polished high-energy bop, exemplified by covers of ‘Long Tall Sally’ & ‘Blue Jean Bop.’ Even ‘Jet Black Machine’ with its hint of smoulder never strays too far from the right hand path. But all that was to change in the course of an evening’s psychedelic revelries, when he spent the majority of The Playboy’s rescue fund on acid. ‘The Black Angel’ returned to Paris wild-eyed and unkempt, where after announcing himself to be ‘Mateus’ the son of Jesus Christ to his band mates, he burned the rest of the money. Vinyl Vince was no stranger to controversy, and had been deemed responsible for sparking a series of riots at his French shows so ardent where his performances. Still, a good night’s sleep before a gig at Le Locomotif appeared to have done the trick and Taylor emerged spruced up, back on an even keel and ready to rock once again. ‘Mateus’ was however merely waiting in the wings. At the show Taylor requested a large jug of water and commenced, in his capacity of the son of the son of God, to baptise the crowd, no doubt saving them from ‘The white hot fire from the fiery furnace’ of ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ but no one could save Vince. Following a spell in a psychiatric institution he drifted back to London where in now a legendary encounter on Tottenham Court Road, he showed David Bowie a map of alien landing sites and became one of the key components of Ziggy Stardust, the Martian messiah; quite a leap from Taylor’s ‘Move Over Tiger’ to Bowie’s ‘Tigers In Vaseline’ on ‘Hang On To Yourself.’ The Clash would also laud Taylor, hailing him as a rock n’ roll trail-blazer and covering ‘Brand New Cadillac.’ For Vince however, the Stardust days were over. He died in Switzerland in 1991. At the time he was working either as an airport cleaner or mechanic depending on reports, but savour ‘Jet Black Machine’; for this is the corner stone of a compelling if tragic myth.

                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 2

                                                                                                                                    Volume 2 sees Blow Up's founder and DJ Paul Tunkin entering the vaults of De Wolfe, Amphonic and again KPM. As with the bulk of "Exclusive Blend 1", many of these tracks were receiving their first commercial airing on this album's release. The album also introduced James Clarke's Wild Elephants to the world, which was subsequently picked up by Gap and used on the 1999 "Khaki A Go-Go" worldwide campaign. As a thank you from the writer it was re-titled "Blow Up A-Go-Go" and became the title track for the successful V2 / Blow Up compilation "Blow Up A-Go-Go! Dancefloor Classics from The Legendary Blow Up Club". This album includes tracks from many great music library theme writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw and Syd Dale, and includes the Alan Moorhouse Hammond heavy classic "Soul Skimmer" and the spaced out tribal funk of Nick Ingman's "Tripwire".

                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                    Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1

                                                                                                                                      Reissue of Volume 1 from the classic groundbreaking Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend music library series sees Paul Tunkin, DJ & founder of legendary Blow Up club, taking us on a journey deep into the vaults of the KPM music library. The album features the cream of the KPM Music Library writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker and Johnny Pearson, From the pounding up-tempo of 'Move, Move, Move' through the Hammond-heavy 'Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue' and 'Rocky Mountain Runabout' (versions of both featuring on the legendary Mohawks 'The Champ' album) to the sitar 60s club sound of 'Delhi Discotheque' and 'Come here Calcutta'. Most of these tracks had never been commercially available before this release. Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 has been continuously repressed since its release and remains a ground-breaking introduction to the world of the music library, the first in a series reflecting the diverse music that can be heard at London's legendary Blow Up club.

                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                      Breakin' Original Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                        Inspired by a German documentary about the emerging breakdance phenomenon in Los Angeles, the 1984 film Breakin' is for many a reference point for the explosion of hip-hop in the United States and across the world. With it's colorful cast of characters and dazzling array of dance moves, the movie became an international hit and the soundtrack captures the sounds that inspired a entire generation of breakers and b-boys to push their craft to new heights. Anchored by the Billboard Top 10 hit single “Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us Now” by Ollie & Jerry, Breakin' pulses with the electric funk beats and early hip-hop flavors - including The Bar-Kays “Freakshow On The Dance Floor” and “99 1/2” by Carol Lynn Townes - guaranteed to get the dance floor rocking. Featuring additional appearances by Chaka Khan, Re-Flex and a young L.A. rapper named Ice-T (who also appears in the film), the Breakin' soundtrack is an essential album for all breakers, poppers, lockers, b-boys, and b-girls, or any fan of hip-hop and disco. In continuing their commitment to producing first-class reissues of landmark records, Get On Down is proud to present Breakin' in a brand-new LP release.


                                                                                                                                        Cyber Punk, Poshgod, Poshdoggydog. Metro-Zu hip hop crew affiliate, hailing from the miami cyborg world and now newly affiliated to Trax Couture Crew. Not just a producer, but artist in his own right Poshgod gives his beautifully twisted view on club music which may sound familiar but listen close for the twisted glitched moments of his cyber perspective

                                                                                                                                        “ Full support, every track “ DJ Haus

                                                                                                                                        “ Juicy Chocolate is the hit, big system trak “ L-vis 1990

                                                                                                                                        “ Banging from start to finish “ Ikonika

                                                                                                                                        Bok Bok & Tom Trago

                                                                                                                                        Need This

                                                                                                                                        Bok & Trago are back with another 12" of deeply textured, hypnotic House music.

                                                                                                                                        This time taking a melodic approach on the A-side main mix of "Need This", the London-Amsterdam duo borrow and flips motifs from a classic. "Need This (Radio Mix)" is a piece of slow-burning deep-tech, helicopter blade arps hovering over epic FM bassline and churning percussive guts. A well-deserved melodic reveal at 4 minutes gives way to plenty of weightless beats to keep DJs busy on the loop button - blending perfection ensured.

                                                                                                                                        On the flip, the 12" mix strips out the melodies and turns up the percussive heat. The results are a sweltering dub strictly for the dancers, a meandering trip through the jungle, flanged helicopters drawing closer.


                                                                                                                                        Kelis

                                                                                                                                        Remixes EP - Inc. Mount Kimbie / Machinedrum / Rob Garza Remixes

                                                                                                                                          New remix EP loaded with edits from Mount Kimbie, Visionist, Darq E Freaker, Machinedrum and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) in an original Ninja Tune disco bag! These remixes are of tracks from the ‘Food’ album which entered the UK album chart at #20 with a mid-week position of #8, an unprecedented album chart placing for Kelis in 10 years.

                                                                                                                                          The 'Jerk Ribs' remix from Mount Kimbie was premiered by Gilles Peterson and has had 315k Soundcloud plays and 45k Youtube plays. Similarly the Machinedrum remix of ‘Runnin’ has had 180k Soundcloud plays and was included in Bonobo’s essential mix for Radio 1 - as well as being championed by Annie Mac.

                                                                                                                                          Shir Khan returns to his Disco-House-Edit imprint Black Jukebox presenting you 4 heavy jams: 2 from Brussels (Mickey), 1 from Paris (The Mekanism) and 1 from Philly (Matpat).

                                                                                                                                          Limited Collector's Vinyl Only. Cop that before it sells out.

                                                                                                                                          Ultramarine

                                                                                                                                          Passwords - Hercules & Love Affair / Kai Alce / Juju & Jordash Remixes

                                                                                                                                            Real Sool brings together a trio of heavyweight practitioners in the fine art of House Music to remix tracks from ULTRAMARINE’s critically acclaimed album of late 2013, THIS TIME LAST YEAR. Atlanta’s KAI ALCE and Amsterdam’s JUJU & JORDASH are Real Soon veterans with five releases between them on the label. We’re also delighted to welcome on board long-term Ultramarine admirer ANDY BUTLER of HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR who teams up here with Viennese producers HA-ZE FACTORY. The Kai Alcé and Hercules & Love Affair mixes share a similar approach; raw, jacking and dancefloor friendly. Kai gives EYE CONTACT a Chicago-flavoured jazz twist with a bassline reminiscent of Glenn Underground and fleeting high-register piano. On PASSWORDS, Hercules & Ha-Ze layer rhythm and vocal samples from the original track and punch a hole in them with brutal sawtooth basses and bouncing syndrums. On the flip, Juju & Jordash reduce the downtempo DECOY POINT to a warm, pulsing mantra. Throbbing organ and accordion drones, synth pads washing up in waves, a heartbeat kick-drum, ambient sounds from the room next door; all heard as though waking from a heavy, troubled sleep.

                                                                                                                                            Telephones

                                                                                                                                            Lotusland - Inc. Discodromo / Gatto Fritto Remixes

                                                                                                                                              Love On The Rocks is back again for the second time in as many months, this time with a true summer release. With EPs for Sex Tags Ufo and Running Back causing a huge stir, Telephones goes even fur- ther, offering the beautiful Meditiranian house anthem that is?Lotusland and comes backed with remixes from Discodromo and Gatto Fritto no less. Up and coming is definitely a term that can be applied to Norway’s Telephones. While a?debut release on Full Pupp hinted at things to come, it was 2013’s “Rytmenarkotisk” on Sex Tags Ufo that signaled him to be a young producer with the golden touch. More than just another deep house pastiche, the track, plus the flip co-production with DJ Fett Burger was praised far and wide. The recent edits and reworks on the Pleasure Unit 1 EP and surely the breakout Ocean Called EP for Running Back means 2014 is Telephones year. Taking this further is Lotusland - here appearing in two distinct versions. An irrestible melody that takes the influences of early 90s NYC clubbing but with that uplifting European touch so loved by Italian producers of the day. With that Mediterranean thought in mind it seems apt to name the versions for their vibe - Sunrise and Sunset. Whichever, you decide. Italian duo Discodromo take Lotusland to a soft-waved shore to get some discoid sand between the toes, while finally good friend and stellar producer Gatto Fritto shows his genius with a spaced out Electro Boogie wig-out, full of laser lights and seductive reverbs. A very special release that takes continues never-ending magic of Norway producers but clearly with Telephones very own signature sound - this EP is pure ecstasy.

                                                                                                                                              Donato Dozzy & Say DJ

                                                                                                                                              Polarity EP

                                                                                                                                                Repress of yet another ultra rare early (march 2006) Dozzy releases on Mental Groove! Hauntingly beautiful. just creeps up on you and draws you in.

                                                                                                                                                Nancy Whang & Audiojack / Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry

                                                                                                                                                Like An Eagle / Working The Midnight Shift

                                                                                                                                                  Two collaborations with LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang! Audiojack were contacted by Gomma Records waaaay back, around June 2012 as they’d licensed some of the Casablanca back catalogue and were putting together some EPs of new versions with Nancy doing vocals. They had allsorts available such as Lips Inc's 'Funkytown' and Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', but straight away Audiojack were set on Dennis Parker’s classic disco record 'Like an Eagle'. The only catch was they didn’t have any parts at all, so everything needed to be recreated from scratch!

                                                                                                                                                  This was the most complicated project Audiojack had ever worked on as the original track has so many detailed and intrinsic elements we needed to understand, plus the obvious difficulties of working around Nancy’s heavy touring schedule with LCD Soundsystem, Audiojack' tour schedule and other commitments, label delays, video shoot problems, and on an on... But… 20 months later they've finally got there!

                                                                                                                                                  On the flipside comes a cover of Donna Summer’s “Working the Midnight Shift”, a Giorgio Moroder classic, remade here with the help of Bonar Bradberry.


                                                                                                                                                  Peter Michael Hamel

                                                                                                                                                  The Voice Of Silence

                                                                                                                                                    A few years ago we were lucky to be allowed to reissue some of Peter Michael Hamel works. Two LPs by Between (And The Waters Opened - now deleted - and Einstieg -a few copies still available) and the great Hamel 2LP (also deleted!) joined the Wah Wah catalogue. We would have wanted to go for the Voice Of The Silence too, an now we have finally got the kind permission to go for it.

                                                                                                                                                    Here is a much needed reissue of the sought after second LP by Peter Michael Hamel, originally released on the collectable Vertigo label in 1973. Hamel's experimentation with meditative and minimalist sounds is a further field of exploration for those into the likes of Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Popol Vuh, Taj Mahal Travellers or Deuter- and will also appeal to those with interest in ambient and meditation musics.

                                                                                                                                                    From "A Few Thoughts on Composer PMH" by Terry Riley:
                                                                                                                                                    "...Peter's heart did not seem to be aligned alone with the post Webern traditions that had emerged so prevalently in Germany. His sensibilities were attracted more to American minimalism and Indian music and to some degree Rock and Jazz. In this sense he stands apart in the field of modern music of Germany. He has recognized the vast importance of improvisation and being 'in the moment' in music performance. He realizes the importance of experimentation and of finding new ways to notate his ideas. However, his music is at the same time rooted in the great German tradition and today he is recognized as a major figure whose compositions have greatly enriched the development of 20th and 21st century."

                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: Originally released in Vertigo in 1973, the Wah Wah reissue will come housed in a textured sleeve reproducing the original artwork, remastered sound, and feature an insert with photos and liner notes. Limited edition of only 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                    Blat Brut

                                                                                                                                                    Blat Brut

                                                                                                                                                      Amazing previously unreleased 1976 recordings by psychedelic progsters Blat Brut. Highly touched by the works of Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, John Mayall, Pink Floyd or Jethro Tull, the band melted all their influences into a unique sound and delivered extended heady instrumental jams with a tight, ferocious drum & bass backline under guitar pyrotechnics and psyched-out flute arrangements. This band was not only formed by its four musicians, their line-up also included two sound engineers who built their equipment and created the sound effects heard on the instruments. They where also responsible for these recordings made in 1976 and unearthed here for the first time ever.

                                                                                                                                                      Think of a mindexpanded instrumental version of Pan & Regaliz, add some spicy bits of the early Jade Warrior's fuzz guitar, some reminiscences from Skin Alley's first LP or the Canterbury way of deconstructing instrumental passages and you'll get a close idea of what these young kids were doing where they were doing when they closed themselves together in their small rehearsal room in Barcelona's mid seventies.

                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: For the enjoyment of all mindexpanding progressive jam lovers, Wah Wah is now issuing them in a beautiful edition with paste-on cover and a gatefold insert plenty of photos and text by original band flutist Anton Serra, in a very limited edition of only 400 copies

                                                                                                                                                      Hans Edler

                                                                                                                                                      Elektron Kukéso

                                                                                                                                                        After having served in the rich Swedish beat 1960's scene as a member of The Ghostriders and We 4, a.o., at the end of the decade Hans Edler became one of the pioneers of psychedelic electronic sounds experimentation in Europe. His "Elektron Kukéso" LP is a landmark in the genre. Released in 1971, it featured his explorations in electronic avant-garde music from the period 1969-1971. It was recorded at the Electronic Music Studio foundation, one of the world's most advanced studios in the era, and one of the few prepared for the creation of electronic music.

                                                                                                                                                        Influenced by the works of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen and using techniques similar to those of Pierre Henry or Raymond Scott, Edler brought a psychedelic edge into electronic music just like Silver Apples had done in the USA. The album has also a strong rock attitude plus a certain pop sensitivity in some passages, not far from that of David Axelrod's, which confers it a distance from what used to be the more serious appeal of what most electronic pioneers had been doing, giving the album an accessivity that is closer to the electronic hits of artists such as Gershon Kingsley, Jean-Jacques Perrey or Dick Hyman. However, be it because of the songs being sung in Swedish or the outsider reputation Edler seems to have in the Swedish musical scene, this great LP remained an obscurity - hardly spoken of outside a small circle of connoisseurs and collectors.

                                                                                                                                                        "It really doesn't get much better than this. In these days of harsh turmoil to uncover a rock & roll sweetheart like Hans Edler it really proves the gods to be smiling. Bonafide electronic experimentation with a heart full of pop is a love potion most desirable. Listen to the religious Brian Wilson-meets-Jandek orayer hymns of young Edler and travel to a time when long haired girls and dope-laced boys were truly getting it "on". The hybrid fascination of electronic space composition and soul sweet pop-love in such a fresh state has me floating to my tombstone cloud." Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth).

                                                                                                                                                        "Hans Edler's Elektron Kukéso reflects a man who, musically speaking, is in a world of his own. Edler's music seem to be totally uninfluenced by the music of his day. On the contrary, Edler seemed to be making up his own musical rules, and if the rest of the world didn't follow, that was probably fine with him. As for his tunes...(they)... resemble folk music, but in a strange, contorted way. I have never heard an album that is so devoid of musical influence of others, and to me, that's what makes it remarkable." Dana Countryman (Cool and Strange Music Magazine).

                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                        Ltd LP Info: Since the original LP was pretty short, seven bonus tracks not appeared on the original release have been added. These songs predate the LP tracks and are from 1969 / 1970. Remastered sound, an insert with photos and liner notes complete this great reissue of this legendary Swedish electronics LP.

                                                                                                                                                        Code III

                                                                                                                                                        Planet Of Man

                                                                                                                                                          Brothers Manfred and Wolfgang Schunke were pioneers of the Kunstkopf Stereophonie (artificial head, dummy head) binaural recording system. This recording technique was created in the Technical University of Berlin in 1974 with the aim to reproduce real stereo sound as the human ears perceive it. Human ears listen to the sounds in a concrete way that is affected not only by the sound frequencies themselves but also by the position of the listener in respect to the different sound sources. The Schunke brothers wanted to experiment this recording technique, and as early as 1974 they set their own kunstkopf recording studio, Delta Acustic, with the help of Klaus Schulze.

                                                                                                                                                          Code III was the vehicle for Manfred Schunke to explore the possibilities of kunstkopf recording. To do so, he joined forces with two Berlin-resident americans: Ed and Mary Key. Lyrically, Planet Of Man verses on the big theme of the creation of Earth, as The Crack In The Cosmic Egg book details it: "The music on PLANET OF MAN is a sonic depiction of the history of the Earth, from the void of empty space, via the formation of the planets, the evolution of life, through to man's domination of the planet, and ultimately back to the void. The opening and closing excursions, involving atmospheric electronics, injections of a dreamy folk song, and disembodied resonant female voice, hint a little at Brainticket's CELESTIAL OCEAN, although the mood is much spookier. Confusingly "Dawn Of An Era" (the lyrics are sung in the previous track) involves what sounds like demented Neanderthals involved in some weird drum ritual. "Countdown" adds up to a blend of atmospheric electronics with abstract use of voice collage and effects (and Indian music), onto a remarkably clever accelerating space-rock burn-out featuring Klaus Schulze at the drum stool! Returning to weird space music at the end, it all adds up to a remarkable and unique album."

                                                                                                                                                          Planet Of Man was one of the six releases on the Delta Acustic label (among them there was the legendary Sand Golem LP), all recorded using the Kunstkopf Stereophonie techniques. After that, the Schunke brothers would quit the studio and move to new adventures. Manfred continued experimenting with dummy head recording, he would work, among others, on albums by Can and also use his binaural engineering experience on Lou Reed's 1978 Lps Street Hassle and Take No Prisoners, among many others. There were originally two different versions of the album, the Wah Wah edition reproduces the longer, uncut one.

                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                          Ltd LP Info: First ever official vinyl reissue, with remastered sound and an insert with liner notes curated by Wolfgang Schunke for the occasion.

                                                                                                                                                          Bob Lind

                                                                                                                                                          Since There Were Circles

                                                                                                                                                            Mapache presents the very first vinyl reissue of this truly buried treasure of american music originally issued on Capitol. In 1971, a semi-retired songwriter after his 60's hits entered at the studio to record a masterpiece of pop-folk with an incredible allstar band that included Gene Clark (The Byrds), Doug Dillard (The Dillards), Carol Kaye and Bernie Leadon.

                                                                                                                                                            Produced by Doug Weston with beautiful arrangements by Jimmy Bond, this amazing collection of tunes beween pop and traditional roots music became his last studio album to date. Full of incredible performances and great songs, "Since There Were Circles" is what music lovers define as a "buried treasure" in his own right.

                                                                                                                                                            Mapache presents this vinyl reissue, digitally remastered from the original tapes, with original artwork and replica of original insert. Plus, this reissue includes an extra insert with rememberings and thoughts of the album recording sessions written by Lind's himself.

                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: Limited to just 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                            Huckle

                                                                                                                                                            Wild Blue Yonder

                                                                                                                                                              We're proud to present the first ever vinyl reissue project of Canadian hippy folker Huckle. Wild Blue Yonder is a cosmic-psych folk rock masterpiece recorded in 1976 as his second and last album from that period. After his accoustic debut, Huckle recorded this album with a full band creating a fascinating mix between folk and rock. This is a favourite album for folk and roots music collectors. Extremely rare and hard to find, it has arrived up to $400 on auctions. Sometimes with an "Astral Weeks" flavour, this album combines great songwriting with an excellent freedom feeling and a very special performance.

                                                                                                                                                              Mapache presents this vinyl reissue, digitally remastered from the original tapes, original artwork and extra insert with unseen pictures.

                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                              Ltd LP Info: Limited to just 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                              Huckle

                                                                                                                                                              Upon A Once Time

                                                                                                                                                                We're proud to present the first ever vinyl reissue project of Canadian hippy folker Huckle. This first album was recorded with only accoustic instruments in spring of 1974 with the help of some of The Perth County Conspiracy members and had a very limited release. This is one of finest psych folk albums of canadian scene from the 70's. An extremely rare and difficult to find record. It appears on Pokora's Record Collector Dreams Book with 4 records, and collectors have paid more than 600$ for the originals of this impressive crossover between the first Dylan and the first Van Morrison. Beautiful songwriting and great performance for a folk masterpiece that includes "Flowers", "Beyonder" and "The Sunshine Shuffle".

                                                                                                                                                                Mapache presents this vinyl reissue, digitally remastered from the original tapes, with original artwork, including the paste-on cover and an extra insert with unseen pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Limited to just 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                Joanna Gruesome / Tyrannosaurus Dead

                                                                                                                                                                Split

                                                                                                                                                                  Tyrannosaurus Dead announce split single with Joanna Gruesome, unveil brand new track 'Post Holiday Dead Song'. The Brighton scuzzy indie pop fivesome will release the Rory Attwell-produced song on a split 7" with the Cardiff punks through London DIY label Odd Box Records.

                                                                                                                                                                  The south coast five-some's charming new song is set to join Joanna Gruesome's 'Anti Parent Cowboy Killers' (taken from last year's excellent 'Weird Sister' album). The brand new track from the band (Billy Lowe - Guitar & Vocals, Eleanor Rudge - Vocals, Thomas Northam - Bass, Martin Edwards - Guitar, and Rupert Willows - Drums) hears them continue to hone their fuzzy indie pop sound - packed full of excellent guitar hooks and a charming chorus. The split follows a handful of EPs and singles from an increasingly impressive band with an ever-growing back catalogue of fuzzy, scuzzy, catchy indie pop. 2014 looks set to be a big year for the band with new, big news forthcoming.

                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                  Ltd 7" Info: Limited to just 300 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                  John Zorn

                                                                                                                                                                  The Testament Of Solomon

                                                                                                                                                                    For their fourth release, Zorn’s most intimate and spiritual 21st century ensemble returns with a melodic and open book of music reminiscent of the Masada music. Drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song of Solomon and originally intended as a companion piece to Zorn’s vocal masterpiece Shir Hashirim, the music is regal, sensual and romantic—a magical blend of classical, jazz and folk music. There has never been a group like the Gnostic Trio, and The Testament of Solomon is a unique CD in their catalog, filled with strong solos, telepathic interplay and a charming lyricism.

                                                                                                                                                                    Wipers

                                                                                                                                                                    Over The Edge

                                                                                                                                                                      The bleak, hard-driven third LP by the Wipers (originally released in 1983) offers Greg Sage at his most chased and breathless, lashing out with sharp staccato notes as if melody were his only defense. While their debut LP provided the blueprint for grunge, and their second album recast the band as one of America's premier post-punk bands, it's "Over The Edge" that best exemplifies the Wipers' sound. The jagged, effortless guitar lines, the paranoid lyrics and raw-throated vocals and the taut, unified rhythms that define their sound bleed together most clearly on this LP, and it stands as both the best entry point for new fans and the most prevalent favourite of diehards. Since Jackpot Records began their Wipers vinyl reissues in 2006, they've been inundated with requests for a reissue of "Over The Edge". After two years of labour, including an immaculate remaster from the original tapes by Greg Sage, they present "Over The Edge", pressed on audiophile grade vinyl and packaged in a deluxe, tip-on sleeve. Considered by Kurt Cobain one of the top 50 records ever. One of the most passionate and influential punk records ever.

                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: Sturdy, old-style heavy duty jacket and high quality vinyl pressed at RTI.

                                                                                                                                                                      Wipers

                                                                                                                                                                      Youth Of America

                                                                                                                                                                        Simply obliterating any conception of the Wipers as a mere punk band, Greg Sage released this follow-up to "Is This Real?" in 1981 - a sophisticated, overwhelming response to the evil times marked by the turn of the decade. Broken up into six long songs, "Youth Of America" is a much colder, harrowing experience than the teen angst of their debut. Vocally, Sage comes off as sleep-deprived and forsaken, snarling not only at his own predicament but at the predicament of the entire world. Jackpot Records have kept to the high standards set by their previous reissues (The Wipers' "Is This Real?" and the self-titled Beauregarde LP), and "Youth Of America" is pressed on high-quality vinyl at RTI and packaged in a sturdy, old-fashioned tip-on sleeve. The tracks have been mastered from original tapes by Greg Sage himself.

                                                                                                                                                                        Wipers

                                                                                                                                                                        Is This Real?

                                                                                                                                                                          Unquestionably Portland's most well-loved punk group, the Wipers formed in the late 1970s and in 1980 released their debut LP, "Is This Real?"- twelve songs of stabbing, jittery guitar, snapped vocals, and unabashed teen angst. Full of desperation and yearning, the LP has stood as a blueprint for wretched youth for over 25 years. In the early 1990s "Is This Real?" was given mainstream attention when Nirvana covered two tracks off the record and Kurt Cobain announced it was one of the primary influences on his group. This is the first time "Is This Real?" has been available on vinyl since its initial release. Remastered from original tapes as provided by Greg Sage himself, the LP is pressed on audiophile grade vinyl and housed in a deluxe tip-on sleeve. Complete with a printed insert that replicates the original innersleeve, the Jackpot Records reissue of "Is This Real?" is a lavish tribute to one of the greatest recordings of the last 30 years.

                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                          Ltd LP Info: Limited edition vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                          Smoke Dawson

                                                                                                                                                                          Fiddle

                                                                                                                                                                            Reissue of Smoke Dawson's 1971 private press LP, 'Fiddle,' out on Tompkins Square.

                                                                                                                                                                            George "Smoke" Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and lots of tragedy. But he's still with us. Tompkins Square reissues his only album, a remarkable 1971 private press LP, on August 19th, 2014. This is his story. Excerpted notes by reissue producer /

                                                                                                                                                                            Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal :
                                                                                                                                                                            "I was doing some research for a box set of music recorded at Cafe Lena, the hallowed folk music venue located in Saratoga Springs, NY, when I came upon a photograph of a musician I didn't recognize. He looked like a sixth member of The Band - a handsome fiddler with wax moustache, goatee, black Western hat. There was a traditional air to him, a seriousness, but there was also something wild there. I needed to know who he was, and everything about him. The producers told me his name was Smoke Dawson, and they had tape on him. We listened, and his live version of "Devil's Dream" made it onto the box set. Then I started digging. I found a 1996 blog post from someone named Oliver Seeler, who claimed to have recorded a solo album by Dawson in 1971. I called the number on the site, not expecting much from an 18 year old blog post. But he picked up. He gave me background on the record. And, he gave me Smoke Dawson's phone number . . ."

                                                                                                                                                                            Jenny Hval & Susanna

                                                                                                                                                                            Meshes Of Voice

                                                                                                                                                                              “Mythical animals were a big inspiration,” says composer and songwriter Jenny Hval about Meshes Of Voice, a new collaboration between her and Susanna. “We looked at Medusa, Athena and Harpy (a combination of woman and bird) – as examples of depictions of woman – the ugly, the goddess-like, the gruesome,” agrees Susanna. This collaboration – featuring the two strongest Nordic voices around today – started back in 2009 as an exchange of letters, then developed into two live performances, one at Oslo Jazz Festival, the other at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, where this album was recorded. Mixed and mastered by Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent), Meshes Of Voice presents a stunning vocal universe of confessions, whispers and seductions. Tracks like “I Have Walked This Body” seem to rise monstrously and threateningly out of some mythological fog of distorted improvised noise.

                                                                                                                                                                              A key inspiration was film maker Maya Deren’s surrealist, cyclical Meshes of the Afternoon, a milestone of visionary film from 1943.
                                                                                                                                                                              Deren’s famous image of a cloaked figure with a reflective face recurs on “A Mirror In My Mouth”, creating a complex world of musical
                                                                                                                                                                              fictions akin to those of Julia Holter and Joanna Newsom. Susanna launched Susanna And The Magical Orchestra in 2000 together with keyboardist Morten Qvenild (Jaga Jazzist, In The Country). The duo’s Rune Grammofon albums List Of Lights And Buoys (2004), Melody Mountain (2006) and 3 (2009) contained a mix of original compositions as well as highly personal interpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Dolly Parton, Prince, Sandy Denny and KISS. In 2007 Susanna’s songwriting took a major leap with Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (Rune Grammofon), released under her own name. It included twelve of her self-penned songs, and caught the attention of Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace Brothers), who posted Susanna a handwritten letter professing his admiration for her voice and music, which later led to the pair working together. Susanna has continued to release both her highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs Flower of Evil (2008) and If Grief Could Wait (2011, together with Swiss Giovanna Pessi), and written music to poetry by Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo Jeg Vil Hjem Til Menneskene (2011) in addition to her all originals album Wild Dog (2012). Jenny Hval‘s Rune Grammofon releases Viscera (2011) and Innocence is Kinky (2013) have both earned international acclaim (Pitchfork compared her to Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono and “pre-Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel) as well as extensive touring in the US and UK (most recently supporting Swans). Currently based in New York, her first two albums was released under the moniker Rockettothesky and more recently in the duo Nude On Sand. In her native Norway she is also a published novelist and writer. Meshes Of Voice is released on SusannaSonata, the label launched by Susanna in 2011, a self-operated outlet for her to curate her own back catalogue and develop new music. Last year she released her acclaimed album The Forester (2013), a collaboration with the Norwegian Ensemble neoN combining the antique notes of the Baroque theorbo, woodwinds and strings, and for which Susanna received a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen). This is a meshing of two of the strongest contemporary voices and most independent musical minds active today.


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