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Various Artists

Communion - Burning Witches

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    Compilation of Burning Witches artists for 2018. Synth heavy, instrumentals. Download card included, printed 12x12 insert card and hand numbered. 1 time coloured vinyl pressing

    Various Artists

    Erased Tapes: 1+1=X

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      Produced by label curator Robert Raths, 1+1=X sees all Erased Tapes artists come together and make an album as a collective — sharing the same space, instruments and musicianship in a residency at Vox-ton in Berlin to record 20 exclusive songs in celebration of the label's 10-year history. The 3-LP set, accompanied by a book of photographs documenting the recording process, is housed in a bespoke, hand-assembled white box with a recessed X that slides open on one side.

      Various Artists

      Get Ready… Do Rock Steady

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        The successor of ska and precursor to reggae, rock steady originated in Jamaica in the summer of 1966 and for the next two years dominated the island’s musical landscape. During this brief, yet intensely creative period, many of the foundation stones for the modern Jamaican music industry were laid by some of the greatest talents ever to emerge on the Caribbean music scene. ‘Get Ready… Do Rock Steady’ brings together reproductions of 10 of the most collectable rock steady 7” singles of all time. Pressed on high-quality vinyl and presented in stylishly designed sleeves, the 10 x 7” box also contains a card insert featuring a fascinating essay on the development of the rock steady sound.

        Various Artists

        Last Shop Standing - The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of The Independent Record Shop

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          Limited to 500 copies. Deluxe Record Store Day Fifth Anniversary Edition Gatefold Vinyl. The package includes : The 7” Single “Last Shop Standing” by Batteries (taken from the new film released later this year) . A download featuring : The Acclaimed 2013 RSD Original Documentary Film “Last Shop Standing - The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop” by Pip Piper. Exclusive Liner Notes by Author Graham Jones and Director Pip Piper. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to discover and cherish new bands, new music and why they might just have a brighter future. Bonus Features: Never broadcast before : Last Shop Standing - The Rebirth, Continued…, Last Shop Standing - Shop Talk, Last Shop Standing - Official Trailer, Last Shop Standing - Johnny Marr Extended Interview, Last Shop Standing - Paul Weller Extended Interview, Last Shop Standing - Jo Good Extended Interview, Last Shop Standing - Richard Hawley Extended Interview, Last Shop Standing - Billy Bragg Extended Interview, Last Shop Standing - Sid Griffin Interview. Reviews: “Brilliant” _____ – Q Magazine // "An essential watch..." – Mark Searby, MTV // “A touching documentary" – Sarah Lay, Louder Than War // "You are never going to discover Captain Beefheart or the 13th Floor Elevators or the Velvet Underground in your local supermarket, ever" – Richard Hawley, Musician // “Punchy and engaging!” – MOJO Magazine // “Last Shop Standing is more than just a film about collecting records. It’s about passions, and people caring about what they love.” – Johnny Marr, Musician // “You need a physical record shop full of people who are going to help you and guide you.” – Jo Good, BBC Radio 6 Music // “Record shops kept me going when I was desperately trying to work out how to be an international rock star.” – Billy Bragg, International Rock Star // “See the film… you will laugh and cry.” ____ – Record Collector

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 7" Info: Warehouse finds!

          Various Artists

          Singapore-A-Go-Go

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            An hour of groovy Singapore 60's Beat A-Go-Go Pop Classics
            Songs sung in Mandarin and Hokkien Chinese dialects
            Surf guitars, teen beat, orchestral pop, odd percussion, & crazy vocals!
            2-LP gatefold edition with gorgeous photos of original 45 covers
            Extended liner notes by compiler William Gibson

            RSD 2018 release. Sublime Frequencies works its way down to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with this superb collection of Singaporean 60’s beat, pop, and “off-beat cha-cha” classics from original vinyl 45’s. These 22 supercharged beat-a-go-go tracks defy a common held belief that the Chinese couldn’t rock, groove, or swing back in the 1960’s. The vocals are sung in the dialects of Mandarin and Hokkien and they soar with catchy hooks atop groovy, clever beats. There’s plenty of electric guitar, organ, and crazy percussion rocking and twisting behind it all, at times reaching quite a mad and freaky state of affairs. The record’s finale “Happy Lunar New Year” sung by Linda Yong may be the weirdest New Year greeting ever recorded. Every single cut is a winner and it never lets up from start to finish. Although most of the lyrics focus on love, innocence, and festive atmospherics, there’s an epic vibe to the music that rivals other extremely well-recorded and unique pop styles emanating from the surrounding Southeast Asian scenes during the late 1960’s. Seminal bands of the period like The Stylers and The Silvertones are well represented here backing up a wide array of popular vocalists with Charlie Electric Guitar Band’s Sound of Japan ripping it up on four brilliant instrumental tracks. This 2-LP limited edition record store day release comes with a gorgeous gatefold full-color jacket with photos of the original 45 sleeves and extended liner notes from compiler William Gibson. 


            Various Artists

            Soul Jazz Records Presents Congo Revolution - African, Latin, Jazz And Funk Sounds From The Two Congos (1957-73)

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              Unique Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day seven-inch box set which brings together a stunning five-single/ ten track selection of mind-blowingly groovy selection of African, Latin, Jazz and Funk music from the Congo. Absolutely killer and essential tracks (mostly unknown) from the masters of the vibrant Congo scene in the 1960s – featuring the groups Franco & OK Jazz, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz, African Fiesta and more. Roots African meets Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Ray Barretto & more. The bomb! This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2018.

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents STUDIO ONE Dub Plate Special

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                Soul Jazz Records are releasing Studio One Dub Plate Special, an exclusive Record Store Day collectors 7” box set featuring 10 amazing unreleased Studio One tracks, only ever released as extremely limited edition hand-etched one-sided dubplates (250 copies!), available only directly to Soul Jazz Records subscribers (most of these sold out in less than 2 hours!). This box set brings together all 8 of these exclusive dubplate unreleased cuts, plus two more also never before released alternate cuts. Featuring Alton Ellis, Cedric Brooks, Brentford Road All Stars, Jacob Miller and more!

                Various Artists

                Themes About The House (From The De Wolfe Music Library)

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                  Cult 1970s Original TV Themes and Interludes from the legendary De Wolfe Music Library featuring the music of Johnny Hawksworth, Jack Trombey, Simon Park, Lee Mason, Reg Wale and Barbara Moore (The Voice of The Saint Theme).

                  Viv Albertine

                  To Throw Away Unopened

                    What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.

                    Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.

                    To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.

                    Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

                    Victor Bockris & Gerard Malanga

                    Uptight: The Story Of The Velvet Underground

                      The Velvet Underground is arguably one of the most influential American rock bands ever. Based on interviews with former members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison, as well as others from Andy Warhol's circle of artistic collaborators, Up-Tight is the definitive oral and visual history of the band and its revolutionary, often avant-garde music. Bockris and Malanga's intelligent and entertaining approach-which does not shy away from the drugs, sleaze, and controversy that enveloped the band seemingly from its inception-provides compulsive reading.

                      Victor Assis Brasil

                      Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim

                      Over the course of the 60s, Roberto Quartin released more than 20 albums in Brazil on his label Forma, by artists including the likes of Eumir Deodato, Quarteto Em Cy, Baden Powell and Vinicius De Moraës. Selling the rights of Forma to Polygram in 1969, Quartin struck out for pastures new at the dawn of the 1970s with the launch of his self-titled label. Significant works and high-water marks for Brazilian music overall followed in that decade's first year, with "Victor Assis Brasil Plays Antonio Carlos Jobim" and the "Obnoxious". These singular gems in Brazilian music, difficult to categorise yet compellingly haunting, have for too long gone unheard. Unlike Jose Mauro, whose biography is almost completely shrouded in mystery, Victor Assis Brasil's tragically short life is a better known story. He passed away aged just thirty-five, but by this point his status was already cemented as one of Brazil's top players. Gifted his first saxophone by his aunt at the age of fourteen, his debut LP was recorded just four years later, alongside some mercurial greats of Brazilian jazz, Tenorio Jr and Edson Lobo. Following the release of his first two albums, Victor was granted a place to study at Berklee College of Music, and it was during this period he recorded toca antonio carlos jobim upon returning to Brazil in the summer of 1970. At a time in Brazil when the smooth n' easy groove of the bossa beat no longer reflected the inflamed politics of a nation under the cosh of military dictatorship, Victor Assis Brasil morphed Jobim's soothing originals into raw, deep jazz cuts, with the help of Brazilian legends Edison Lobo, Helio Delmiro and Edison Machado. The album's influences spans both American continents, finding a meeting point for Latin jazz and North American post-bop, with Roberto Quartin's perfectionist approach to sound elevating the already incandescent music to divine new heights. Like all Far Out reissues, the album has been remastered from the original tapes, and pressed to high quality heavyweight vinyl.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Beguiling and brilliant, this third LP from Victor Assis Brasil is a masterclass in deep Latin jazz, packing each and every groove with pure expression and feeling.

                      Various Artists

                      Brutal Music Tape Transmission Volume One - Mixed By Dom Thomas

                        60 minutes of Brutal Music morphed, mixed and layered by Dom Thomas.
                        Covering the usual Brutal palette, merging proto-house, cosmic rock and denizen funk. The mix includes previews of forthcoming tracks, reconstituted back catalogue and previously unreleased demos. Includes music comes from Justin Velor, Cherrystones, Cyclops Sister, Amaziac, Donald Knaack, EP-4 and Rain Society.



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Philippa says: Dom Thomas brings us a 23 track mixtape of exotic cosmic, psych, disco, funk etc.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Cassette Info: Limited to 100 cassetes in hand stamped card slip cases.

                        The broad cast of players - all seven members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, along with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) plus members of Hanged Up and Frankie Sparo amongst others - offered influences and approaches to Vic's music that yielded a record unlike any other in his substantial discography. Recorded over the winter of 2006-2007, at one of the last sessions to take place at the original Hotel2Tango location in Montreal (the studio moved in spring 2007), "North Star Deserter" is maybe, the very best album Vic Chesnutt has yet made. The songs on "North Star Deserter" are some of the most bracing and intense we've ever heard from him: macabre and fearless, playful and funny, at times deeply personal and at others, incongruously hopeful. Stripped-down songs like "Warm", "Rustic City Fathers", "Over" and "Marathon" are juxtaposed with explosive rockers like "Everything I Say" and "Debriefing", while "Glossolalia" and "You Are Never Alone" feature wonderful arrangements and group singing.

                        "Brussels, monday 1 AM. Capital of a united Europe, its inhabitants separated by cultural spheres along lingual lines. Yet, in the back of a dimly lit pub they encounter one another surrounded by nocturnal buzz and the smell of skimpy beer. The night is a place where poets, authors and musicians dwell, in an attempt to leave everyday reality behind in favor of a universal nowhere in particular."
                        Nachtdichter (poet of the night) is the world of Victor de Roo, assisted by the words of Alex Deforce: “Meer naar café's, ze gaan dicht zonder ons”. Expect to hear melancholic guitar, spoken word and fragile synth tones, quasi new beat lullabies, cinematic vignettes and opiated experiments, all set to the neon buzz of a flickering striplight.




                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Knekelhuis start the new year with a majorly wavy offering from Victor De Roo, who uses guitar, synth, drum box and voice to transplant Hopper's Nighthawks to 21st century Brussels. Music for loners, poets and perverts.

                        Vernon Elliot

                        Clangers - Original TV Music

                          Out of print since 2001, a classic trunk records release gets a rare repress. Naïve and pastoral space music at its very best!

                          As a TV obsessed child, the Clangers was my favourite programme on the box, so you can imagine how excited I was when this came in!

                          What an unbelievable recording. The entire unreleased score for the entire Clangers TV series - that's music for all 26 episodes. It grows organically (as does the series) from small and simple phrases to complex passages of pure pastoral space music. It all climaxes with the awesome "Harmony Of The Spheres". The running order is exactly as it ran with all 26 episodes and includes some SFX, Tiny Clanger and Oliver Postgate's timeless introduction. This CD also comes with the unique and sweet "Clangers Opera" compiled by Oliver Postgate, an adventure on the Clangers planet starring the Iron Chicken. The CD booklet includes rare photos, early Clangers Sketches and a Libretto for the Clangers Opera written by Oliver Postgate. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd LP Info: Vinyl repress!!!!

                          LP Info: The vinyl comes with an insert of the same pictures and is limited to 1500 copies. Joy joy joy!!!!!!

                          CD Info: The CD comes with a 12 page booklet of original drawings and photos.

                          Vitalija Glovackyte

                          We Are For A While

                          Another of Ono's expansive and highly creative projects. "We Are For A While" is a fully realized multimedia experience, detailing the working process for Vitalija Glovackyte's sonic and visual tale about recycling. Vitalija first sourced a plethora of broken and salvaged instruments, their acquisition alone worthy of a tale (told in the accompanying booklet). After repairing instruments to a (somewhat) playable state, Glovackyte then set about recording the album you hear now - a collection of electro-folk meanderings, broken ambience and fairytales from industrial sites. It's a heartfelt homage to re-using instead of replacing and is highly evocative in the process. The booklet comes with photos detailing the process as well as a written narrative from Glovoackyte. It's another brilliant addition to the art / music cannon that is Ono records. Highly recommended.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          CD & Book Info: Hand stamped Cdr (wrapped in recycled paper donated by artists involved with the project) with paper or clear plastic envelope and a riso printed booklet.

                          Ever since she migrated from pitching editors on the little-known music of Robert Nesta Marley to becoming one of the foremost chroniclers of the perfect storm of reggae, punk, hip hop and afro-beat, the London-born, New York-based Goldman has made documenting music her primary life work. But between 1979-82, Goldman was also a working musician, creating songs that, years later, would be sampled by The Roots and Madlib. These rare grooves are now collected for the first time on 'Resolutionary', courtesy of Staubgold Records.

                          'Resolutionary' takes us through Vivien's first three musical formations: first as a member of experimental new wavers The Flying Lizards; next as a solo artist, with her single "Launderette," featuring post-punk luminaries; and then as half of the Parisian duo Chantage, with Afro-Parisian chanteuse Eve Blouin. Goldman's synthesis of post-colonial rhythms and experimental sounds are threaded together by her canary vocal tones and female-centred themes. Her eclectic musical crew included PiL's John Lydon, Keith Levene and Bruce Smith; avantgardists Steve Beresford and David Toop; Aswad's George Oban: The Raincoats' Vicky Aspinall; the mighty Robert Wyatt; Zaire's Jerry Malekani; Manu Dibango's guitarist; and Viv Albertine, then of her good friends, the Slits. The majority of the tracks were produced by dubmaster Adrian Sherwood, and 'Resolutionary' channels the history of a time when the bon-vivant voice of music was in the air, and Vivien Goldman was its eyes, ears, and mouth. When she wasn't writing, broadcasting or filming - or even when she was - Vivien always sang. She sang in a lilting, clear-toned soprano honed during childhood, when she and her two sisters would harmonize with their violinist father. Spend even a little time with Vivien, and she is likely to burst into song.

                          "The Punk Professor" began her singing career in the late '70s, doing backup with Neneh Cherry and Ari-Up (the Slits) on Sherwood records by reggae artists, including Prince Far I. It was a time of musical fermentation, collaboration, and experimentation - and of post-punk boundary breaking.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Like a cooler, more musical Forest Gump, Vivien Goldman has spent a lifetime at the frontline of forward thinking music. As a fearless musicologist, respected journalist and revered industry guru she’s stayed with Fela Kuti, lived with Chrissie Hynde, smoked with both Bob Marley and Flava Flav, and had a front-row seat for the cultural explosion of reggae, punk, hip hop and Afrobeat. As a musician she fused these incendiary styles with an outsider’s view on the modern world, creating her own dub heavy strain of avant garde pop. Wildly creative and improbably catchy this is music from the cutting edge.

                          Vince Guaraldi Trio

                          A Charlie Brown Christmas - Green Vinyl Edition

                            Originally broadcast in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is hands down one of the most beloved specials in TV history. Commissioned by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Vince Guaraldi and his trio rounded out by Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums), composed and performed the timeless contemporary jazz score which wonderfully reflects both the spirit of the legendary Peanuts characters and the Christmas season.

                            A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee in 2007, A Charlie Brown Christmas was inducted into the Library of Congress in May of 2012 with the accompanying statement, “A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners,” and 45 plus years on it's still doing just that. Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang even goes so far as to say, "Back people into a corner and limit them to just one holiday album for the rest of their lives, and I suspect that an impressive number of folks, jazz fans or not, would select this one!" Reissued here on green colored vinyl by Fantasy Records.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: Green vinyl edition.

                            Taken from his self titled 2004 debut (CD only) album, "Down Here In Hell (With You)" is a superb retro-sounding neo soul cut that comes here in vocal and instrumental versions. On the flip Mac & Toolz give the track a real mid 80s flavour and more of a dancefloor rub.

                            After receiving renewed attention with the reissue of a selection of his early works on Amsterdam's Redlight Records affiliated label "Into The Light", Vangelis Katsoulis offers an 8 track LP and 12 track CD album aptly entitled "If Not Now When", for Alex Bradley's new Utopia Records concept. The Avant Garde movement largely influenced Katsoulis' early compositions. After which, he turned to minimalism, applying elements of jazz and rock into that genre. Since the 80's, the use of technology became gradually apparent in his compositions, whist not diminishing the importance of the human factor and the creative involvement of the performer. Today, he is striving for simplicity, trying to express the most, using the least, providing the context for this release. From the subtle ambience of title track, to the intense and confronting sound on "All The Blue Skies", Katsoulis and his accompanying musicians deliver a diverse and contemporary work with a level of sophistication that will challenge the current electronic musical landscape. The purity of sound in stand out track "Tore" is juxtaposed by the dark and gritty "Grand Delusions", a remarkably modern composition which sounds like it has been composed for a Berlin Techno club, from a man we suspect has never been to one. "Slipping Beauties", the most revered of Katsoulis' back catalogue (recently remixed by Young Marco) is given an organic and intelligent reinterpretation for 2016. The haunting and provocative vocal performance by Anna Linardou on "Zarrin" leads the record down an even more emotive and provocative path. In conjunction with Vinyl Factory with artwork direction by esteemed young designer Lee Roach who worked under Peter Savile of Factory Records, the piece is a limited collectors edition to stand alongside the already high level content on Utopia Records.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Patrick says: Utopia reach out to Greek ambient hero Vangelis Katsoulis for a gorgeous LP of brand new music. Embracing minimalism, sonic purity and meditative philosophies, the composer’s return to our shelves is a triumph.

                            Vince Mole And His Calcium Orchestra

                            Nothing

                            Vince Mole is one of the original members of The Apples In Stereo and he played on their debut single "Tidal Wave". This single was penned to be the last single to come out on Elephant 6 but the label folded. It's been in limbo until now. Three poptastic tracks, handmade sleeves, limited to 500 copies.

                            Much been said about Vincent Oliver in the past eighteen months; his unique approach to songwriting that fuses the quirky lyrical elements of DIY pioneer R. Stevie Moore and Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat while musically leaning on the thin line between the shoegazing electronica of "Pygmalion" era Slowdive and the utter popness of New Order's "Power, Corruption & Lies". His first two EPs on Loaf have been a starting point for a young songwriter with infinite pop potential. "EP3" concludes the series of EPs of Vincent Oliver's bedroom recordings with reinterpretation and remixes from some of his most notable fans. Border community's young star and tour mate, Nathan Fake, lends a hand to re-arrange the blissfully confusing "Cluods In The Haed"; into a psychedelic techno affair that has been getting dancefloor support from James Holden. There's also remixes from Hrdvsion, Andrea's Kit, Isan, Rothko and an extended live version.

                            Manchester song-writing maverick, performance poet and Smiths associate Vinny Peculiar has cultivated an alternative music career spanning the past 10 years collaborating with a diverse range of artists from Bill Drummond to Bonehead. "Goodbye My Angry Friend", his 7th studio album, is an ambitious, vengeful, tuneful and intriguing collection of songs. Produced by sonic magpie Tim Browne it fuses influences that are, to many a pop music connoisseur, poles apart.. from Nick Cave to The Darkness.. from Johnny Cash to Queen. Here is a record that, for better or worse, plays by its own rules.

                            Vinny Peculiar

                            Whatever Happened To Vinny Peculiar? - Selected Out Takes And Inserts 1989-2003

                            Subtitled "selected out-takes and inserts 1989 - 2003", "Whatever Happened to Vinny Peculiar?" is a superb collection of obscurities, alternate takes and lost gems which both hangs together brilliantly as an album in its' own right and - once again - begs the question: why is this guy not revered as one of England's finest singer / songwriters? Most of the cuts actually date from around the turn of the 21st Century and as usual Vinny's vivid, acerbic observations on life, love and failure are presented with rich, colourful and persuasive musical backdrops which usually suit the unlikely subject matters to perfection.

                            Vinny Peculiar

                            Suicide Dad

                            Fantastic acoustic and lyrical single on Manchester's very own Uglyman records, think of I Am Kloot as possible reference point.

                            Vito Ricci

                            I Was Crossing A Bridge

                              For their fifth excursion into the lesser thumbed pages of the great musical story, Music From Memory present a collection of works from a man close to the label's heart. Operating at the leading edge of NYC's underground music scene, Vito Ricci produced only a handful of self-released cassettes and one LP (titled "Music From Memory", wouldn't you know) between 1983 and 1985, with most of his work being recorded for experimental theatre and performance art pieces. Starting out as a percussionist, Ricci’s early musical journey led him to improvised and experimental jazz; working alongside such luminary musicians as Rashied Ali, Byard Lancaster, Peter Zummo and Yousef Yancey. Quickly becoming involved in the avant-­garde scene with spoken word performances, film scores for independent movies and even playing in punk bands with performances at venues such as CBGB’s and Mudd Club, Vito’s own compositions drew on all of these influences whilst channeling them through his experiments with synthesizers and drum computers. Drawing comparisons with New York’s downtown no-wave scene Vito’s compositions blend his unique use of intricate percussion with a wide sphere of musical influences to create a world of hypnotising ambient, meditative and minimal synthwave through to dubbed out electronic funk and even leftfield boogie. "I Was Crossing A Bridge" unveils Vito Ricci's unique and visionary take on electronic music, most of which was previously unreleased.

                              Virgil Shaw

                              Quad Cities

                              Virgil Shaw from San Francisco band Dieselhed with his Americana inspired new release on Munich Records. His compositions are striking and enigmatic, sometimes little more than sketches, and often difficult to decipher, but usually anchored with a telling chorus that manages to convey a fresh, novel observation with simplicity and immediacy.

                              Post-minimalist, post-ambient, post-something else.

                              History freely dilates and collapses on Valgeir Sigurðsson’s ‘Dissonance’, his first solo release since 2012. Its three largescale works are haunted by the old Western tradition, infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation.

                              Recorded and produced between September 2015 and November 2016 at Greenhouse Studios, ‘Dissonance’ is disarmingly human, reflecting the most extreme four years of Sigurðsson’s life full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow.

                              ‘Dissonance’ is a personal and collective musical treatise to explore and question a world that is collapsing under its internal dissonances.

                              Valerie Smith And Liberty Pike

                              No Summer Storm

                              Valerie Smith is a top bluegrass vocalist and her band provides perfect instrumentation for her considerable talents. She is at the cutting edge of today's acoustic music scene and "No Summer Storm" is probably her best work to date. A natural performer, with a passion for country music "No Summer Storm" offers a fine introduction to Smith's music and will please anyone into good contemporary bluegrass.

                              Vera Sola

                              Shades

                                A family of spiritualists, writers and performers generations deep; a home haunted by legends of literature and music; personal upheaval and a sense of being unseated in time: these are the origins of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola. With an ethereal voice providing the foundation for a haunting body of song, her timeless sound and enthralling stage presence draws an unlikely connection between Vera Lynn and Vera Hall; the grande dame of British music hall and the Depression-era Alabamian singer of work-songs and spirituals.

                                As a child she played classical piano, later guitar and bass, learning more by instinct than instruction. An obsessive reader and writer, she’d forever written poetry and been fascinated by wordplay, falling in love at a young age with Russian literature and the work of Dylan Thomas, James Joyce and William Faulkner. All this, along with a career as a stage and voice actor—combined with years of touring in Elvis Perkins’ band— would serve as a launching point for Vera Sola. But it wasn’t until early 2017, when she booked time at Native Sound Studio in St. Louis, that she began to experiment with the idea of recording her own material. She hadn’t even shared her music with her closest friends and family, let alone recorded anything of her own. Even then, despite a lineage and lifetime of public performance, she felt a barrier blocking off her voice.

                                Writing and playing came easily, but singing her own songs presented a different challenge. One she couldn’t explain and couldn’t quite shake. That would all change. Just before she was to travel to St. Louis, a series of life-altering events marked a radical shift that reframed her relationship to her music. With everything she’d known to be true now unraveled, along with it vanished the fear that had prevented her from translating the sound in her blood into song. Entering the studio, she abandoned plans to bring in other musicians. She decided instead to make the album entirely alone, picking up instruments she had never played before, drawing from them the internal music that had for so long gone unexpressed. She recorded using anything at hand. Bones and breaking glass, chains and filing cabinets, hammers and two-by-fours. Countless moving parts meticulously layered and arranged. And that old fear now cast off brought new abilities, a change in her voice, including an otherworldly vibrato.

                                She’d become a vessel, capable of channeling at once her innermost self and yet something entirely beyond her. What emerged from the sessions was her debut album, SHADES, a collection of ten finely-honed and immaculately-rendered ballads. Poems and stories delivered in a mannered but casually dismissive style–-full of sorrow, yet arch and wry. Songs of the present that conjure the past. Accounts of women and their ghosts: echoes of memories that just won’t quit; of relationships over or current but fleeting; of the extinction of species; the violent capture of a feminine landscape and the spirits that stick around long after; messengers from the other side. 

                                Val Stephen

                                Abstractum: The Electrogenic Music Of Val Stephen

                                  A lost collection of home studio tape manipulations and VCS3 synthesizer experiments from the unsung Australian composer Val Stephen. A practising medical anaesthetist turned electronic music innovator, Stephen's study of tape music originates back as early as the 1950s.

                                  Throughout the following decades he created a remarkable personal archive of uncharted electronic compositions and experimental music sketches using a range of resourceful tools and pioneering techniques.

                                  With only two of his compositions ever published (Folkways - Electronic Music. 1967) ABSTRACTUM is an amazing look into the previously undocumented world of this silent innovator. A hallucinogenic hybrid of sedated synthesis & primordial Musique Concrete that will appeal to those interested in experimental music such as Basil Kirchin's Worlds Within Worlds and Pierre Henry's Le Voyage.


                                  Vince Tempera

                                  Paganini Horror OST

                                    Paganini Horror is the second release on SUB OST, the soundtrack focused sub label of Subsound Records. For the first time ever on vinyl, this is the original soundtrack of Dario Argento protégé Luigi Cozzi's movie, composed and arranged by electronic composer and wizard Vince Tempera in 1989. Sinister like the sounds of a violin, this is a classic Italian horror score finally available on 2LP in a limited edition colored vinyl or black wax. Includes original artwork by E. Sciotti. 

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition blue vinyl.

                                    The Vacant Lots

                                    Berlin EP

                                      This release takes the monochrome sound of the Vacant Lots and adds a layer of Berlin chill to the mix of all 4 tracks . Featuring lyrics from Jeffery Lee Pierce on the 1st track “Promise Me” to the disconnected vocals of Astrid Carter on “Verschwinden” . Then to the shoegazing “Land “ & finishing with the throbbing beats of “Funeral Rites” . The band are supporting the release of this EP , with few dates (see below) . The Vacant Lots released their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral in 2014.

                                      ‘Departure’ was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer, Reverberation Appreciation Society and a split 10” with Suicide’s Alan Vega on Fuzz Club. The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psych template with a genuine punk spirit. This ‘minimal means maximum effect’ aesthetic is something they have developed over the past few years, not least by continuing as a two-piece. The notion of duality is also a recurring theme, whether in the band’s fiercely monochrome artwork or their lyrics, which deal with life and death, love and loss and the human condition. Poetic, but with a streetwise swagger; psych, but with a punk attitude. To this end, Brian spends most of his spare time working with electronics, building pedals and custom effects. Jared’s extra-curricular activities are based around painting and the written word. He had his first book of poetry ‘Empty Space’ published in 2014

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Ltd 12" Info: 180g Clear Vinyl

                                      The Vaccines

                                      Live From London (RSD 2011 Edition)

                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                        "Live From London" official bootleg.

                                        The Vaccines

                                        Combat Sports

                                          Columbia Records present the much anticipated new album from The Vaccines! An 11 track record featuring the hit single "I Cant Quit", plus instant grats "Nightclub" & "Put a T-Shirt On It".

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indie retail exclusive signed LP Vinyl of 500 copies.

                                          Indies Exclusive CD Info: Indie exclusive signed CD of just 300 copies.

                                          The Vaccines 'Come Of Age' follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' which was released in March 2011.

                                          The album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Ryan says: They're back and coming in strong, 'Come Of Age' is just a bit crisper than their debut, the guys seem to have perfected their sound this time round. All in all they still has the same magic that was always there.

                                          The Vaccines

                                          Come Of Age - Deluxe Edition

                                          The Vaccines 'Come Of Age' follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' which was released in March 2011.

                                          The album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.


                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLtd CD Info: Deluxe 2CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks and the entire 17 track 'Live In Brighton' gig.

                                          Mika Vainio

                                          Lydspor One & Two (Blue TB7 Series)

                                          Moog Recordings Library is the record arm of Moog Sound Lab which was created and loaned by Moog Music Inc as a celebration of the life and work of Dr Robert Moog. Across 2015 and 2016 the project invited a who's who of contempory electronic artists for a 'conference' around the celebrated synthesizer. This week we see the fruits of these sessions via releases by Mika Vainio, Hieroglyphic Being and The Grid.

                                          Mika visited the Moog Sound-Lab in April 2015. He made one his last known solo studio recordings in the form of two vinyl sized side long pieces. Entitled "Lydspor" - Danish for ‘Soundtrack’. Mika worked almost exclusively with the lab’s Moog Modular System 55. This UK sound-lab instrument is the sole protoype model (containing several golden filters) of Moog’s recent sold out reverse-engineered edition (55 units only) recreating the 1970’s classic. On completion of his sessions Mika announced ‘I could work with this machine for the rest of my life….I would need nothing else”. A second Moog session was planned but tragically Mika died in an accident in April 2017, shortly after he had approved the vinyl mastering. 


                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: The late, great electronic genius Mika Vainio brings his imitable ambient electronics to Moog Recordings Library for his superb suite of simmering industrial electronics and crushing, static drone.

                                          Valentina

                                          Weights

                                            Valentina’s Debut EP 'Weights' is a vivid and painfully honest account of her journey from youth into young adulthood. From the torment of first love lost and infidelity, to frustrated commentaries on the lives and choices of close family members & friends. In this collection of songs Valentina has managed to find form for her most heartfelt anxieties.


                                            Influenced by listening to classic songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Valentina was inspired to pick up the Guitar and later on the Dulcimer and gradually begin to teach herself both, encouraging a simpler and more direct approach to her songwriting. In telling such personal stories, Valentina's music leaves you with the feeling that you have entered into someone else's deepest secrets and fears, and yet they are also your own.

                                            'Weights' was recorded during the break-up with her, then, boyfriend and Co-Producer of 'Weights' - Blue May. Creating an intense and often uncomfortable atmosphere, which most likely contributed to Valentina giving her most honest and at times vehement performances. Also taking production duties is Kwes (TheXX, Micachu, Dels) bringing his ever-present alternative take on production and weaving in threads of textures and sparkles.

                                            Matt Valentine

                                            Before It’s Gone

                                              Next up on The Great Pop Supplement is the ace new 45 from Matt Valentine- temporarily dropping the MV+EE tag for a solo 45 where he’s joined by the likes of J Mascis, Woods’ Jeremy Earl, Magik Markers’ Pete Nolan and the always great Mick Flower.

                                              “Before It’s Gone” began in earnest back when the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud of 2010 prevented Mick returning to the UK after a stint as part of Matt’s THE GOLDEN ROAD backing band. An intense period of jamming produced the embryo to the track here from which MV then recruited first Pete Nolan (featuring his previously unheralded backing vox savvy) then on visits to Vermont, Jeremy and J to fill it out and slow cook those edges. (The full story is expertly told by MV on the record’s insert…)

                                              Beautiful, killer, stoned out soft psych released in perfect time for tail end of summer as a ltd one time pressing of 500 only. Cool sleeve as ever from the GPS and on tasty white wax….

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd 7" Info: White vinyl pressing of 500 copies only.

                                              The Valkarys

                                              Since I Was Fifteen

                                                Limited Edition 10" Desert Orange Vinyl EP from Edinburgh's finest psychedelic band, The Valkarys.

                                                Includes Download Code.



                                                Evolving from samba’s percussive pulse in the late 1950s, bossa nova (literal translation: new trend), is Brazil’s internationally accepted gift to the global melting pot of music. Initially brought to prominence by the likes of Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and João Donato, by the mid-1960s, there was an emerging pool of youthful talent ready to make their voices heard. Marcos Valle and his lyricist brother Paulo Sergio were no exception. After signing to Odeon Records (a subsidiary of EMI) the pair penned a classic of the South American songbook, “Samba De Verão” - known in English as “So Nice (Summer Samba)”. A musical trip to the United States in 1966, where the singer worked with Sergio Mendes and jazz giant Verve Records, provided even more inspiration. By the dawn of the 1970s, the multi-talented Valle was entering a new era, ready to test the government censors (Brazil was under strict military rule since a coup d’état in 1964) and express a socially aware stance and a playful hodge-podge of musical styles including samba, bossa nova, baião (a rhythmic beat from the rural northeast of Brazil), black American music, and rock.

                                                "Marcos Valle" was originally released in 1970 and not only features a seductive cover image of Marcos reading the local papers with a bottle of liquor on a side table, but a dynamic musical backing from some of Brazil’s most gifted players. Hip-hop fans may even recognize the opening horn blasts of “Ele E Ela,” sampled to great effect on Jay Z’s “Thank You”. Any way you spin it, we at Light In the Attic are extremely proud to present Marcos Valle as part of our four-album Marcos Valle reissue campaign.

                                                Consisting of an ambitious string of early 1970s landmark studio sessions (sympathetic in spirit to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye’s game changing work from the same era) and released on CD and LP, "Marcos Valle" (including a rare bonus track on the CD version) features extensive liner notes by San Francisco-based writer Allen Thayer (Wax Poetics) with exclusive interview content and song-by-song breakdown from Marcos himself. Fans new and old will finally have easy breezy access to these once hard-to-find Brazilian classics.

                                                With legendary progressive rock group Som Imaginário backing the Valle brothers’ animated music and lyrics, "Marcos Valle" is a welcome addition to any South American friendly record collection and sits proudly with the best of Brazil. File after Os Mutantes and before Caetano Veloso.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: 180g vinyl pressing with original art expanded on a gatefold old-school “tip-on” jacket

                                                CD Info: CD Version includes bonus track 'Berenice'.

                                                Vinyl repress......

                                                Ten years after Marcos Valle’s debut long player ("Samba Demais") introduced Brazilian music lovers to the immense talents of the Valle brothers, a new direction and backing band helped the singer expand his musical palette. Showcasing a groovy funk and jazz-fusion influence with help from then current backing band Azimuth (later known as Azymuth), synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, and electronic sounds took Valle’s samba, bossa nova, baião (a rhythmic beat from the rural northeast of Brazil), along with the inspiration of black American music and psychedelic rock from prior albums, to dimensions unheard. While not a complete departure, the vocals, grooves, and engaging songs of "Previsão Do Tempo" are guaranteed to make you feel free and think deep.

                                                "Previsão Do Tempo" was originally released in 1973 and quickly became a favorite of Valle disciples. Still committed to political/cultural criticism through his music, Marcos was reaching a plateau in terms of sound and vision ("Previsão Do Tempo" sports an arresting sleeve shot of Marcos underwater and also features contributions from Waltel Branco and O Terço). Any way you spin it, Light In The Attic is proud to present "Previsão Do Tempo" as part of our four-album Marcos Valle reissue campaign. Consisting of an ambitious string of early 1970s landmark studio sessions (sympathetic in spirit to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye’s game changing work from the same era) and released on CD and LP, "Previsão Do Tempo" features extensive liner notes by San Francisco-based writer Allen Thayer (Wax Poetics) with exclusive interview content and song-by-song breakdown from Marcos himself. Fans new and old will finally have easy breezy access to these once hard-to-find Brazilian classics.

                                                Powered by the jazzy electronic feel of Azimuth (thought by some to be Brazil’s finest musical combo), "Previsão Do Tempo" is a highlight in the Valle discography and a welcome addition to any South American friendly record collection and sits proudly with the best of Brazil. File after Os Mutantes and before Caetano Veloso.


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: Vinyl repress.

                                                Throughout his astounding six-decade career, infiltrating pop, bossa nova, samba, delicate psychedelia, jazz and funk, Marcos Valle has consistently shown a dogged determination to transcend the traditions and structures of bossa nova, whilst never veering away from the movement’s inherent, fundamental spirit.

                                                Nova Bossa Nova was unveiled at the peak of the Brazilian movement, the record would also prove to be something of a revolution, inspiring a new generation of artists like Bebel Gilberto, Sabrina Malheiros, Da Lata and Bossacucanova, who continued to fuse Brazilian influences with modern electronic sounds. The album takes a panoramic view of Valle’s career, which was so fundamental in defining the standard of bossa back in the Sixties and continues to do so to this day.

                                                Nova Bossa Nova, the album’s title track is an update on Marcos’s trademark style, developing a more modern, funkier sound. Other gems include the dance-floor ready re-work of his 1970 hit ‘Freio Aerodynamico’, and the smooth instrumentals ‘Bar Ingles’, a jazz fusion looper, and the sun-soaked samba ‘Nordeste’. Twenty years since the original release, the album remains a landmark for Far Out Recordings and Brazilian music in general.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Canadian musician, Damian Valles has been performing for more than a decade with bands that run the musical gambit from punk, post-hardcore and math rock to electronic and post-rock. Over the last two years he's concentrated more on solo work, creating experimental ambient and drone based soundscapes.

                                                With several releases already under his belt (a number of limited CD-R's, a cassette, two Netlabel releases, and several compilation appearances), 'Skeleton Taxa', is Valles' seventh release to date. It's also his first "proper" full length CD and his first for the Drifting Falling imprint. Mastered by Taylor Deupree (12K), 'Skeleton Taxa' is a return to sounds first explored on his debut release, Count(r)ies (Under the Spire), but with an even stronger emphasis on instrumentation and song structure as opposed to the drawn out drones and ambient pieces he's explored in his recent work. Most of the tracks fall under five minutes and tend to have clear "parts" and passages, heavily guitar oriented with spatterings of piano, organ, field recordings and a healthy dose of percussive backdrops. The ambience and dronings are still present, but are there to fill out and carry the sound, rather than dominate the piece. Also, a new element is present on this release, the human voice, with samples and recordings of dialogue, manipulated or not, strewn throughout the course of the album. The track, "Bell And Arc", features vocals by Damian's wife, Heidi Hazelton.

                                                Says Damian, “I feel like it's my most accomplished work to date. The concept behind Skeleton Taxa is as a collection of individual pieces that work better as a whole, a patchwork of sorts. Some of the tracks have been sitting dormant for months to years, some are reworked tracks from a previous life, and some are fresh out of the box; hints of traditional song compositions intertwined with sound collage that, somehow, seem to fit together to create a cohesive ‘entity’ or ‘body’.”

                                                Matteo Vallicelli

                                                Primo

                                                  Matteo Vallicelli is an Italian drummer and composer, best known as the live drummer of The Soft Moon and Death Index and as a founding member of many renowned Italian punk bands. This winter he debuts his first solo project, ‘Primo’, on Captured Tracks.

                                                  In 2013, Vallicelli relocated from the ancient neighbourhood of Trastevere in Rome to the ever-changing Kreuzberg district in Berlin. This dramatic uprooting acted as a catalyst, inspiring him to try and make music on his own. Heavily inspired by the pulsating techno scene of the German capital, Vallicelli began experimenting with synthesizers and drum machines. Recording sounds onto his computer and cassette tapes led him to create a massive collection of loops and samples, sometimes in protracted home sessions where he wouldn’t leave his apartment for days.

                                                  For Vallicelli, the transition from playing drums in punk bands to sitting alone in his home studio, working on minimalistic electronic compositions, has dramatically shifted his music career. “Being in charge of everything can be disorienting. Having no other band members to work or fight with… I would end up with hours of music that I would endlessly edit on my computer. It took me years to learn how to limit myself, to finish up a project and move on to something else. But, as soon as I mastered that, I was able to assemble my first album quickly.”

                                                  Songs like ‘Michelangelo’ and ‘Frammenti’ were born as techno tracks but, through subtraction, became something different and more representative of the introspective state in which they were created. These two tracks opened up a path for the rest of the music on the Primo, in which most of the songs have no traces of drums or percussive elements, marking a new, liberating way for Vallicelli to make music. The result of three years of experimentation, Primo is ultimately an exercise in self-limitation and discovery.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  London trio Value Void are an offbeat proposition. A sui generis bolt from nowhere, their debut album Sentimental (due out in October on Tough Love) is a collection of luxuriantly deep, shag pile-warm, analogue proto-punk. Paz Maddio and Marta Zabala grew up with each other in Azul, a small town south of Buenos Aires, where the seeds of this project were sown. They collaborate in the same way that Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote songs, with Marta penning lyrics then taking them to Paz to spin them in to music. Marta first came to London on tour with the super-slanted art punks Los Cripis, where she met Luke Tristram (of Cop, Score and Owner) who released their record via his Unwork label.

                                                  Paz followed to join them and scrape rent from the city's bars and cafes. By early 2017 the three of them were holed up in practice rooms, Luke adding Evens-esque basslines that laid concrete to their minimalist guitar-lead pop songs. Originally as WVS, they started playing shows with bands that had once orbited the tiny Power Lunches venue in Hackney and, since its death, were now to be found on bills at DIY Space, New River Studios and other dusty successors of its autonomous, cheap drink, creative-friendly spirit. In common with bands like Shopping, rudimentary surroundings and resources fed into nonetheless ambitious, hooky work. Songs such as “Teen For Him,” a self-effacing lark importing strains of Leslie Gore and the Velvets; the minimal, Guided by Voices-reminiscent chug of “Bariloche” and “Cupids Bow,” an up tempo, Breeders-esque standout, were lynch pins of a pummeling, inspired set. In April of that year, they recorded with Euan Hinshelwood of Young Husband at the studio TVT, in an overlooked corner the other side of Blackheath, tucked under giant knots of flyover on the way to Charlton in South East London.

                                                  The intention was casual but the results, seven dazzlingly assured songs nailed in a couple of days, sucked attention from several quarters as they skipped between hard drives. They secured a tour with Frankie Cosmos and signed to London label Tough Love, who released the single “Back In The Day” in May 2018. Upon deciding to flesh the songs out for a full length, they returned to TVT studios with Euan in April this year, tweaking the mix and laying down two new songs: “Mind,” a down tempo lullaby/lament in which the band track into the territory of early St. Vincent, Grouper or Julianna Barwick, supported by a raw dirge that blossoms in feedback, and “The Deluge,” which is also reflective but structured by a roaming curiosity and big chorus seeking road movie oblivion. 

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Coloured LP Info: Pale green, limited edition vinyl.

                                                  Vampire Weekend

                                                  Modern Vampires Of The City

                                                  Vampire Weekend’s third album is ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, released on XL Recordings.

                                                  When asked in interviews about the new record, the band have been guarded in describing it, but have stated the album is darker and warmer, saying in Triple J Magazine that “this is our most American album” and citing New York City at night as inspiration for the new sound. The band told interviewer Zan Roew that they focused on “good songwriting”, saying “we wanted the songs to just be amazing”, working towards a sound in which “something that sounds traditional and maybe something that seems modern come together and it feels natural.”

                                                  The cover art is a 1966 photograph by Neal Boenzi of the smoggiest day in New York City history, on which the air pollution killed at least 169 people.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

                                                  Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                                                  Vanessa Van Basten

                                                  Closer To The Small / Dark / Door

                                                    Italy's Vanessa Van Basten reside among a rare breed of bands (loosely categorized as 'post-rock') that truly create instead of simply copy. At times lush and layered, at others minimal and haunting, "Closer To The Small/Dark/Door"'s breadth is the result of years in the underground. Although quite heavy, the album employs far more atmosphere and ambiance than its contemporaries.

                                                    Acoustic / classical instrument tracks conjure visions of Mogwai conducted by Ennio Morricone, while programming-centric tracks imagine Swans personnel falling hard for a Mediterranean girl who listens to a lot of Godflesh and Jesu. Nothing fits snugly into place, though - Vanessa Van Basten pushes genre boundaries in more than one direction. Thankfully, these veterans know the importance of 'too much' vs 'not enough'.

                                                    "Closer To The Small/Dark/Door" is a truly unique 50 minutes of rock music.

                                                    Nathan Van Cleave

                                                    Robinson Crusoe On Mars - OST

                                                      Mondo is pleased to present the soundtrack to the science fiction cult classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), for the first time ever on vinyl. Over 50 years before Matt Damon was labelled 'The Martian,' there was the story of lone astronaut Christopher "Kit" Draper and his struggle to survive on the red planet after being marooned by his ship's near miss with a meteor. For a significant portion of the film - as Kit explores the terrain with no other life to communicate with (except for his monkey, Mona) - Nathan Van Cleave's music takes centre stage. Van Cleave's themes are simultaneously foreboding and triumphant. Only a few short years before Planet of the Apes took science fiction to its inevitable dystopian ends, the soundtrack to Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a pure patriotic time capsule; the sounds of a retro-future when science fiction films were still produced with true optimistic sincerity.

                                                      Featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids, and pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl.

                                                      Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                      Do Not Disturb

                                                        Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of the excellent new album by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator.

                                                        “Do Not Disturb” is the band’s 13th studio album and was recorded in the closing months of 2015 and the Spring of 2016.

                                                        A true group effort, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans continue to follow in the tradition of Van Der Graaf Generator by delivering an album that is both powerful and possesses and emotive beauty.

                                                        “Do Not Disturb” is another highlight of the band’s career, during which their music has been influential on successive generations of musicians.

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        Godbluff

                                                        1975s "Godbluff" saw a change of direction for Van Der Graaf Generator as they expanded on the darker introspective sound that Hammill had been developing in his solo work.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        CD Info: This expanded, remastered edition incldes two previously unreleased bonus tracks: "Forsaken Gardens" and "A Louse Is Not A Home".

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        H To He Who Am The Only One

                                                        Remastered edition of this 1970 album, which with it's strong jazz influence and inclusion of Robert Fripp's superb guitar work is a prog classic. Includes bonus tracks: "Squid 1 / Squid 2 / Octopus" and "The Emperor In His War Room (First Version)".

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        Pawn Hearts

                                                        Universally acclaimed as their finest work, this newly remastered version of their fourth album (originally released in 1971) includes bonus tracks: "Theme One (Original Mix)", "W (First Version)", "Angle Of Incidents", "Ponker's Theme" and "Diminutions".

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        Still Life

                                                        Originally released in 1976, "Still Life" saw Peter Hammill attempting to incorporate a more introspective mood into their sound.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        CD Info: Remastered and expanded, it includes the bonus track "Gog" recorded live at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor in 1975.

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        Vital

                                                        This is a live album from 1978 and whilst not an original album as such, it did contain some new material. "Ship of Fools", "Urban", "Door" and "Sci-Finance" were all new tracks at the time.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xCD Info: Digitally remastered expanded edition includes "Sci-Finance" and "Nadir's Big Chance" both only available on CD on Japanese import until now.

                                                        Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                        World Record

                                                        An epic album with three classics, "When She Comes", "Masks" and "Place To Survive".

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        CD Info: Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, their John Peel Session versions of "When She Comes" and "Masks" recorded in November 1976.

                                                        Van Der Graaf

                                                        The Quiet Zone - The Pleasure Dome

                                                        By 1977 Van Der Graaf were Peter Hammill, Graham Smith on violin, Nic Potter on bass and Guy Evans on drums. The music had a more direct, rockier sound and has stood the test of time unlike many of their contemporaries. This is Hammill at his best, focused, intense and powerful but still with moments of aching beauty. Guy Evans drumming is a tour de force as are the wonderfully heavy Potter bass lines - an obvious influence on Jah Wobble. This proved to be their studio swansong but it's a fitting legacy for a band who put the songwriting first and refused to bow to commercial constraints.

                                                        Sharon Van Etten

                                                        Remind Me Tomorrow

                                                          Remind Me Tomorrow comes over four years after the release of Are We There, a top 10 critically praised album of 2014, and reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present. Throughout, Van Etten veers towards the driving, dark glimmer moods that have illuminated the edges of her music and pursues them full force.

                                                          Written while pregnant, going to school for psychology, after taking The OA audition, Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time: in scraps of hours wedged between myriad endeavors — Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, and brought her music onstage in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks. Off-screen, she wrote her first score for Katherine Dieckmann’s movie Strange Weather and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s show, Tig.

                                                          The songs on Remind Me Tomorrow have been transported from Van Etten’s original demos through producer John Congleton’s arrangement. He helped flip the signature Van Etten ratio, making the album more energetic-upbeat than minimal-meditative. The songs are as resonating as ever, the themes are still an honest and subtle approach to love and longing, but Congleton has plucked out new idiosyncrasies from Van Etten’s sound. Joined by Van Etten’s longtime collaborator and bandmate Heather Woods Broderick, plus Jamie Stewart, Zachary Dawes, Brian Reitzell, Lars Horntveth, McKenzie Smith, Joey Waronker, Luke Reynolds, and Stella Mozgawa, Remind Me Tomorrow was recorded at studios throughout Los Angeles.

                                                          For Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten put down the guitar. When she was writing the score for Strange Weather her reference was Ry Cooder, so she was playing her guitar constantly and getting either bored or writer's block. At the time, she was sharing a studio space with someone who had a synthesizer and an organ, and she wrote on piano at home, so she naturally gravitated to keys when not working on the score - to clear her mind. Lead single “Comeback Kid” was originally a piano ballad, but driven by Van Etten’s assertion that she “didn’t want it to be pretty,” it evolved into a menacing anthem. Remind Me Tomorrow as a whole shows this magnetism towards new instruments: piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. There are dark intense synths, a propulsive organ, a distorted harmonium.

                                                          The breadth of Van Etten’s passions (musical, emotional, otherwise), of new careers and projects and lifelong roles, have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective. This is the tension that arches over the album, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new love.


                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Coloured LP Info: Limited edition pink vinyl.

                                                          For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough ‘Tramp’, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is ‘Are We There’, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.

                                                          For this album, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on ‘Boardwalk Empire’, they gently moved into new roles, rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman’s studio in New Jersey. Lerman’s studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make ‘Are We There’ the way she imagined. Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam Granduciel from The War On Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C Morris and Mickey Freeze.

                                                          It is clear from the opening chords in the first song ‘Afraid Of Nothing’ that we are witnessing a new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten’s songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary, waiting, of silence.

                                                          “Her voice is breathtaking throughout the record, altering to inhabit every emotional extreme.” - Uncut (9/10), “She seems to set her voice no boundaries” - Mojo (4 stars), “Van Etten goes several layers deeper, and faster, than most songwriters. ‘Are We There’ is the kind of album that many people have been trying to make for years and only a dozen or so have pulled off; words, voice and heartbreak.” - The New Yorker.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd LP Info: Indies only limited edition coloured vinyl.

                                                          The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten's Jagjaguwar debut album, 'Tramp', both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten was without a home - crashing with friends and storing her possessions between varied locations. The only constant in Van Etten's life during this time was spent in Aaron Dessner's garage studio.

                                                          A two year journey brought her to that point of instability. Upon the release of epic (Ba Da Bing; 2010), Sharon Van Etten surprised the music world with a touching embrace. Having established herself as a reliable performer around New York, and coming off the release of her spartan first effort, 'Because I Was In Love' (Language of Stone; 2009), Van Etten created a short album of diverse songs connected by a shared goal of expanded sound and her unmistakable voice. Fans quickly picked favorites, discovered their choices changing, then changing yet again. That is the magic of epic; the intricate, understated record covered so much ground within its 33 minutes, it required more than an initial half hour to absorb. Since epic's release, she has opened the Pitchfork Music Festival, played The Hollywood Bowl with Neko Case and at Radio City Music Hall with The Antlers, sung on new records for Beirut and Ed Askew, and collaborated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Megafaun on the Songs Of The South project.

                                                          Dessner, a member of The National, heard Van Etten early on, and in collaboration with Justin Vernon, performed a cover of "Love More" at the 2010 MusicNow Festival in Cincinnati. Van Etten heard about this and contacted him. Almost immediately they formed plans to work together, with Dessner offering both a location for Van Etten to record new songs, as well as the opinions of a wise producer.

                                                          Now, one year later, Van Etten unveils Tramp, an album showcasing an artist in full control of her powers. Tramp contains as much striking rock (the precise venom of "Serpents," the overwhelming power of "Ask"), as pious, minimal beauty (the earnest solemnity of "All I Can," the breathtaking "Kevins," "Joke or a Lie"); it can be as emotionally combative ("Give Out") as it can sultry ("Magic Chords"). Contributions from Matt Barrick (Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.

                                                          Van Etten has travelled far, and if her displacement took an emotional toll, she offset those setbacks with a powerfully articulated vision. And so, once again, each listener will discover their own moments along the way, and the debates as to the best song start anew.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Laura says: This is Sharon Van Etten’s third album, but even if you’ve missed out on her previous two, you really can’t afford to let this one pass you by. With The National’s Aaron Dessner at the controls, and an impressive cast of contributors, including Julianna Barwick , Zach Condon (Beirut), Bryce Dessner (The National), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) she has created an absolutely stunning album. Dressner’s production creates the perfect space within her songs for her vocals to really shine, whether they’re stark acoustic tracks ("Give Out", "We Are Fine") or powerful atmospheric rockers ("Serpents", "All I Can") or ones that fall somewhere between the two ("Leonard") the range of her voice covers everything from fragile and fractured, to strong and defiant, somewhere between Cat Power and PJ Harvey. Add to that, superb emotive songwriting and you have all the ingredients for a truly wonderful album.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          Master funk musician Nick Van Gelder, legendary drummer and architect of the original Jamiroquai sound returns to planet earth with his brand new band. Featuring the amazing vocal talents of Mazen (formerly Akwaaba People) and London's finest stella horns – Jim Hunt, Dom Glover, and Nichol Thomson (Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Omar). "Choose Music" is a collection of tight, infectious, soulful, jazzy house grooves. No gimmicks, just real live dance music.

                                                          “Don’t Look Back”, repeats one of several voices within Mark van Hoen’s The Revenant Diary, his fifth solo album and first release on Editions Mego. Surrounded by weighted beats, analogue synthesizer drones and granular dirt, the unidentified, siren-like female voice’s advice is as much seduction as warning. Tellingly so, for as well as being both Van Hoen’s most ambitious and his most accessible work, The Revenant Diary is an eloquent meditation on the allures and dangers of memory, regret and nostalgia.

                                                          The album's foundation was shaped by a memory and a chance encounter. While remastering some of his early 90s releases and Peel Session tracks, Van Hoen - a founding member of Seefeel, who also worked as Locust and in Seefeel offshoot Scala and has collaborated with Slowdive, Robert Fripp, Edison Woods & Esben and the Witch amongst others - happened upon a track he had recorded in 1982. Attracted by its simplicity, he was inspired to record the basis of "The Revenant Diary" on 4-track tape, using a minimal set-up, reminiscent of his first early 80s musical adventures as a young teenager. The recollection of one of these - a 13 year old Van Hoen's experiment in reel-to-reel tape recording of an ineffectual pop song playing on the radio, which spuriously transformed it into a spooky amalgam of backwards church organ and unintelligible voices - provided an evocative inspiration.

                                                          "The Revenant Diary" pivots on this combination of complex reflection and simplified technology. A determinedly analogue affair, it brims over with Van Hoen’s signature sounds: immersively decayed drones, almost broken ambient surfaces and lulling rhythms, with granular crackle providing spectral grit. Fragments of female vocals pepper the album, and notably dominate the 10-minute epic “Holy Me”, one of Van Hoen’s most complex compositions, in which non-verbal sounds rub delicately against each other in an otherworldly choral composition.




                                                          The Van Pelt

                                                          Tramonto

                                                            Following the release of their third album Imaginary Third in 2014, The Van Pelt announce the release of new live album Tramonto, recorded during their most recent European tour.

                                                            While only active for a matter of years, The Van Pelt have grown into something of a cult favourite since they original disbanded in 1997. And rightly so – even in that short period of time their music evolved considerably from the charged, proletysing punk of their debut album Stealing From Our Favourite Thieves to the quiet, creeping, minimal music of sophomore release Sultans of Sentiment.

                                                            While the band called it quits at the peak of their success, with members going on to play in other acts including Jets to Brazil, Enon and The Lapse, to name just a few, The Van Pelt only continued to grow in popularity in underground circles. Initially conceived as a balanced culmination of the styles they’d experimented with on those first two albums, Imaginary Third finally saw the light of day in 2014 instead as a collection previously unreleased material alongside tracks from early singles and 7”s. Spurring the band to reform to play Jabberwocky Festival in London, with more European dates plotted around it, both the release and tour gave the band an opportunity to reflect on the music they’d written almost 20 years prior. On revisiting those songs and playing them live again.

                                                            Recorded on the first date of said tour – a private gig for friends in a garden in the rural area of Ferrara, Italy, Tramonto came about not as a grandiose, self-congratulatory effort, nor a between-albums stop-gap, as is the case with so many live albums. Instead, this was as an opportune moment to capture and document a new chapter in the band’s history – those original songs filtered through an older, wiser Van Pelt. As Chris Leo explains, ‘we think we sound better now than we ever did and we wanted to document that if for no one else's ears but ourselves.’ Far from being a release that’s purely for prosperity, Tromonto (and indeed the tour that spawned it) has actually propelled the band into a new period of activity, with more material and touring planned for the future. 

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2xLP Info: Gatefold 2LP with download code. Released worldwide jointly via Gringo Records (UK) and Flying Kid Records (Italy).

                                                            Van She are back! And indeed back with a bang as they invite you to enjoy their sophomore record, their 'Idea Of Happiness' out now on Modular Recordings.

                                                            So uplifting it’s practically levitational, 'Idea Of Happiness' is Van She’s most focused, joyous musical excursion to date. An album stirred by sunbaked travels and fleeting truths, and shaken with the sands of time, 'Idea Of Happiness' was recorded, engineered and produced by the band themselves in Kings Cross, Sydney.

                                                            Their self-sufficient approach to the record allowed them the time and space to not only fine tune to the nth degree each cymbal splash and crashing wave sample, but also left them free to give ideas the time and space to hang loose. They may have walked a slow, deliberate path to realising album #2 but the result is all the better for it.

                                                            The record was mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer, the perfect man for the job with a resume that includes work with Beck, Air, Phoenix and M83.


                                                            Robin Van Velzen (Bambi Davidson)

                                                            Robin Van Velzen

                                                            After thoroughly pleasing our ears with a little woodland Balearic and motorik folk as part of Bambi Davidson, German musician Robin Van Velzen arrives on 9pm with a gorgeous solo debut. Stripped back and strung out, the self titled set boasts eight cryptic guitar ballads, as in debt to the gloomy poetry of Leonard Cohen as the sultry dub production of Lee Scratch Perry. Atmospheric, evocative and intimate, this moonlight music comes from a true bedroom troubadour.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Andy says: Beautiful, reflective, late night vibes permeate this gorgeous record from the Bambi Davidson guitarist and singer. The perfect blend of mood and melody.

                                                            Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

                                                            An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil

                                                              Experimental lute player Jozef Van Wissem and acclaimed film director and musician Jim Jarmusch have a working relationship that dates back to 2006, when they ran into each other on the street in New York City and quickly struck up a friendship. Van Wissem contributed to the soundtrack for Jarmusch’s 2013 movie Only Lovers Left Alive, and the two have collaborated on three previous studio albums — Apokatastasis, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity, and The Mystery of Heaven. An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil is their second release as a duo for Sacred Bones Records, following The Mystery of Heaven, and its narrative picks up where that album left off.

                                                              Like The Mystery of Heaven, An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil delves into the theology of William Blake and Emanuel Swedenborg, this time also exploring the work of Russian occultist and philosopher Helena Blavatsky. The album is mostly instrumental, so the dialogue between the esoteric thinkers who inspired it and Van Wissem and Jarmusch is expressed primarily in the song titles — fittingly arcane phrases like “Concerning the White Horse,” “The Two Paths,” “When the Sun Rises Do You Not See A Round Disc of Fire.”

                                                              Musically, the album finds much of its power in minimalism. Van Wissem’s lute traces the outlines of subdued electronics and ominous guitar drones laid down by Jarmusch. It’s a subtle album, and repeat listens reveal vast depths in its dark corners. Above all, it’s an album that sees two formidable collaborators complement each other brilliantly.

                                                              “An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil is another adventure with Jozef into the realm of vibrating strings and the dreamlike musical textures of darkness and light,” Jarmusch said of the album. “It was a real pleasure to collaborate with Jozef once again.”


                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Brown marble vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

                                                              Jozef Van Wissem

                                                              Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back

                                                                After the release of 2016's 'When Shall This Bright Day Begin', Jozef Van Wissem returns to Consouling Sounds for the follow-up album 'Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back'. The album is inspired by a Vanitas painting by the Belgian artist Cindy Wright, which is also the cover of the album. This inspiration is beautifully reflected in the music of the album: Jozef Van Wissem's lute arrangements sound fragile, his sparse vocals delicate, as if the vanity, the temporality and senselessness of everything has been rendered audible. 

                                                                Discos Nutabe’s third reference comes by Vandel, the label’s A&R man, so this better be good! Lucky it is, as "Inundación" (which means 'Flood') displays the producer in fine form - featuring delicate but overwhelming electronic goodness from start to finish. Vandel is a talented musician from the city of Medellín where he has worked for over 10 years in electronic music. Influenced by Masters At Work up to more vanguard sounds, "Dulce Martirio" kicks us off with serene piano lines, infectious, grooving percussion, emotive pads and a real, palpable sense of deepness which few producers rarely get to. "Dos Etapas" is up next, with rattling but subdued percussion, deep bass throbs and more atmosphere pad sounds. Finally, "La Realidad Es Utopica" translated as 'reality is utopia' (optimistic title Vandel! - ed) completes the set with a wonderful slice of deep house beauty. Tuned toms, excellently programmed drum machines and those trademark, enveloping pad sounds all present and correct as Vandel finishes off the EP in fine style. Recommended for deep house lovers the world over. Also check the reissue of Dijon Triathlon's EP on the same label, in this week and another killer, under-the-radar gem. 

                                                                Vanderschrick

                                                                Onzeker

                                                                Brewed up in the bedroom of Stroom intern Victor De Roo and roommate Felix Poffé, Vanderschrick trade in mournful synthwave, flavoured by a post punk attitude and swathed in the haze of 4AD. On the A-side "Ochtendgrijis" builds from a metronomic drum grid to a gothic synthpop spectacular, as if the IDIB printer ran out of colour ink and the all night diner shut down. "Ongehoord" has more of a post punk feel but retains the cinematic overtones of the A-side. 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Patrick says: Stroom drop a very limited 7" here featuring the musical creation of their intern Victor De Roo and his housemate. Synthwave solemnity somewhere between a grieving Italians Do It Better and 4AD - sounds good right?

                                                                Chad VanGaalen

                                                                I Want You Back

                                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                  This Record Store Day exclusive features four new tracks from Calgary artist Chad VanGaalen's vault of unheard music.

                                                                  None of these tracks appear on Chad's upcoming Sub Pop album, ‘Shrink Dust’ (out in April on Sub Pop).

                                                                  Cover art by Chad himself.

                                                                  Limited to 250 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                  Chad VanGaalen

                                                                  Light Information

                                                                    Nobody cared about their old heads, because the new ones work just fine now, don't they?.... they have the same size mouth and eyes.

                                                                    The song “Old Heads” is a sci-fi space anthem to technology that constantly replaces itself, proving both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s also a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable. 

                                                                    For an album that’s about “not feeling comfortable with really anything,” as VanGaalen says, Light Information is nonetheless a vivid, welcoming journey through future worlds and relentless memories. The rich soundscapes and sometimes jarring imagery could only come from the mind of a creative polymath--an accomplished visual artist, animator, director, and producer, VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, and The Head and the Heart, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others.

                                                                    While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom--and anxiety--gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that's happening through the internet,” he says. Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation--but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.

                                                                    The product of six years’ work, going back even before 2014’s Shrink Dust, Light Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on Light Information (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art.

                                                                    Vangelis

                                                                    Blade Runner (RSD Picture Disc Edition)

                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                      Original Soundtrack composed By Vangelis for Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult film Bladerunner. On picture disc for the first time housed within a die-cut single sleeve jacket.

                                                                      Vanilla Pod

                                                                      Dead End Town

                                                                      First single taken from third full album from highly acclaimed four piece, Norfolk based melodic punk outfit. The single features two exclusive tracks not featured on the album.

                                                                      Vanilla Pod

                                                                      Third Time Lucky

                                                                      Third full album from highly acclaimed four piec, Norfolk based melodic punk outfit. "Third Time Lucky" has received superb reviews from Kerrang / Rock Sound / Metal Hammer / Big Cheese / Fracture & Maximum Rock N'Roll.

                                                                      Vanishing Twin

                                                                      Dream By Numbers EP

                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                        Limited Edition RSD pressing with individually numbered sleeves and pressed on red vinyl. This E.P. includes 5 brand new tracks and 1 album track that didn't make the LP.

                                                                        Vanishing Twin present a limited edition 10" EP of oblique psychedelia invoking strange visions and surreal states. Built around a series of improvisations, each piece soundtracks your adventures in dreamland.

                                                                        Recorded by Syd Kemp at RIP Studios. Co-produced with and mixed by Malcolm Catto.

                                                                        This week sees gruesomely named London ensemble Vanishing Twin release their debut album "Choose Your Own Adventure" via Soundway Records. The band enlisted the help of producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, DJ Shadow, The Gaslamp Killer) and began work at his London studio, Quatermass Sound Lab, last spring. Recording the basis for eight tracks, they blended structure and improvisation in pop songs that describe a personal mythology through the adventures of Lucas' vanished twin. Formed in 2015, Vanishing Twin came together to make an exploratory record that marries oblique English pop with a palette of arkestral sounds. Having previously released a string of conceptual cassettes under the name Orlando, founder Cathy Lucas (Innerspace Orchestra) named the group after her vanishing twin, an identical sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells. Drawing on sounds outside of the usual pop vocabulary, the group used forgotten drum machines, home-made electronics, vibraphones, tablas, and harp to invoke the esoteric psychedelia of lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and minimal music orchestras. In a studio that Catto built for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere, and crammed with obscure vintage equipment, he brought his own distinctive sonics to the table, informed by outsider jazz, Italian library music and ethnographic field recordings. Vanishing Twin is made up of singer Cathy Lucas (Fanfarlo, The Oscillation) drummer Valentina Magaletti (Raime, Tomaga, Uuuu, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (Zongamin, Floating Points), library music head Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus, Broadcast) on strange sounds, and film maker and visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion. 

                                                                        Tombed visions newest beautifully crafted outing comes in the form of 'Vanishing', featuring Paddy Shine of Gnod fame and a host of talented and likeminded drone soldiers. 'Brighton' presents a softly spoken northern monologue draped liberally over a dark backdrop of chamber classical strings, gothic organ swells and earth-shaking percussion. Presented like dark ambient, but showing the grace of classical music and the melodic intonations of soaring post-rock buried under a shroud of gloom. As we move into 'Night Vision', the pensive vocal flourishes turn quickly into beastlike distorted whispering, while the percussion steps up a notch into syncopated distorted mayhem, gating airy swells and cavernous basses into an amalgamation of industrial and electronic influence. 

                                                                        Moving further along and 'The Forger' is once again led by a bleak spoken monologue, but the backing has progressed into an echoic chamber of lengthy plate verbs applied to squeaks of noise and what sounds like train sounds, all underpinned by a heartfelt but shadowy piano refrain. 'Bronze Misnomer' threatens to break into full electronic meltown at any point, with droning feedback and Paddy's free-jazz sax noodlings providing relief to the stark electronic backbone. 

                                                                        It really is brilliant this one, it takes time to devlop and it demands your attention, turning from a noisy drone into a nuanced and impeccable ambient masterstroke with repeated listens. Bleak, bold and stunningly beautiful. 

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: Gloomy dystopian futurism and industrial rhythms, juxtaposed with striking classical instrumentation and beautifully visceral spoken word segments. It's drone for the uninitiated, classical for people who love a story. Brilliantly immersive and hypnotic, a winner.

                                                                        The Vanity Set / Sally Norvell

                                                                        Split

                                                                        The Vanity Set are a side project of Bad Seed's men James Sclavunos and Thomas Wydler, along with a collection of guest musicians - Kid Congo Powers, Sally Norvell, Larry Mullins (Iggy Pop), Daria Klotz (God Is My Co-Pilot), Pete Shore (Boss Hog) and Chris Pravdica (The Gunga Din). Sally Norvell is well known for her previous recordings and tours with outfit Congo Norvell featuring legendary ex-Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers and her duets with Mark Eitzel.

                                                                        Jean Claude Vannier

                                                                        L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches Alternate Takes

                                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                          Amazing master tape discovery of an original 1973 misplaced Jean Claude Vannier single including alternate arrangements / instrumentation from the first days of the ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ sessions.

                                                                          Late in 2015, exactly ten years since Finders Keepers Records first liberated Jean Claude Vannier’s 1973 French Holy Grail concept LP ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’, the label was handed a very unexpected anniversary gift in the form of a small clutch of lost Vannier studio master tapes.

                                                                          Having worked closely with Jean Claude to leave no stone unturned both label and artist were shocked and delighted to be given what turned out to be further insights in to the musical ideas and ambitions of the 29-year-old composer during those mythical studio sessions which occurred a few months after the release of his seminal work on ‘Histoire De Melody Nelson’.

                                                                          The original ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ LP has been the source of inspiration and awe for artists of all disciplines, critics and connoisseurs alike while retaining a firm fixture in many a tome and top ten, accounting for indispensable moments in avant-garde pop and experimental rock music and (with FKs repressing schedule as testimony) continues to gain momentum. The fact that these masters were dubbed to a separate master tape as a proposed aborted major label single indicates that they were the first (and most exciting) tracks to emerge from the flamboyant visionary sessions which eventually trickled out on small independent French label stimulating record collector nirvana in the process.

                                                                          Including new unheard instrumentation, alternative arrangements and mix board levels, this special limited release comes packaged in authentic 1970’s promo bag artwork and marks the first in a series of new vintage Vannier projects extracted from a new vault of genuinely, previously “lost” materials.

                                                                          Limited to 1000 copies.

                                                                          VANT release their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘DUMB BLOOD’ on Parlophone. The fiery punk and visceral alt-rock that pulsates throughout ‘DUMB BLOOD’ is music that incites moshpit bedlam and their lyrics demand discussion – on environmentalism, inequality, racism, religion, social media isolation and the all-out self-destruction of mankind. 

                                                                          “Each song is an exhilarating, blood-pumping punk thriller. This is a band on a rapid upswing, ascending at lightning speed, and the world will have to do their bit to be able to keep up.” – DIY – review of 29/11/16 Scala gig.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: Crashing full-force melodic punk anthems, replete with fuzzed-out guitars, snarling vocal delivery and lo-fi solos. Melodic, dynamic fist-pumping anthemic rock, pushing through with a combination of catchy hooks and hefty production. Highly recommended.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Exclusive red / clear splatter vinyl edition.

                                                                          Album Nº3 from Christina Vantzou is the result of a two-year process of composing, arranging, rearranging, experimenting, and melding classical instruments with synths and electronics.

                                                                          Recorded in Belgium with a 15-piece ensemble of strings, horns, woodwinds and micro-choir, the tracks vacillate between orchestral, ambient soundscapes and more structured works that the composer refers to as "pillars." The internal core of the record, however, is unwavering.All tracks head in the direction of otherworldly drones surrounded by soft, subtle and sometimes intense veils or points.

                                                                          The structured tracks mark a new direction for Vantzou. Whereas 100% of the music on Nº1 and Nº2 was composed without time structure or steady click, the pillars on Nº3 adhere to a solid mathematical scheme. Perhaps Vantzou's day job as a math teacher is starting to have an influence.

                                                                          Nº3's virtual instruments and voice samples hearken back to Vantzou's time with The Dead Texan, specifically tracks like "Aegina AIrlines" and "When I see scissors I cannot help but think of you". The synths on Nº3 were given special attention and were recorded over a 2 week period using a DX7, Yamaha CS20, Roland Juno-6, and a selection of eurorack modular synths, making Nº3 very much a hybrid record, both symphonic and synth-based.

                                                                          To complete the album, Vantzou made 2 slow motion videos using a phantom high-speed camera and a 16mm short film.

                                                                          Deluxe edition limited to 500 copies - comes packaged with glorious artwork in a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                          Vaporous Light are the latest signings to Manchester's influential Akoustik Anarkhy Recordings. A Manchester-based three piece, the band came together during 2010 due to a mutual love of cinematic soundscapes and obscure soundtracks. With magic in their melodies, the eponymous debut album is full of finger picked steel strings teamed with a lovely palette of synths and percussion and offers the listener a rich selection of songs, sounds and textures to soundtrack summer days and autumn nights.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Darryl says: Excellent debut from this Machester three piece on the Akoustik Anarkhy label, A rich mix of strings, synths and a rolling percussion.

                                                                          Dolores Vargas

                                                                          La Terremoto - Anana Funk Hip 1970-75

                                                                          “Dolores Vargas was our wildest performer, our Spanish Tina Turner, Ikettes-era. In my opinion, she was a better dancer and singer than Lola Flores but she never received the same media attention than the famous Lola. Maybe it’s better this way. Dolores Vargas is wine for sommeliers and since now, music for connoisseurs.”– Txarly Brown

                                                                          Here’s an anthology dedicated to the ‘70s period of Dolores Vargas, known as “The Earthquake” due to her wild and frenzied dancing style. In these songs, released 1970-1975 for the Belter label from Barcelona, you’ll hear a killer sound and production mixing Funk, Rock and Pop with the powerful vocal style of “The Earthquake”. Including real gipsy-funk bombs like “A la pelota” “Anana Hip” or “La Hawaiana” along with her bizarre cover version of “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” and much more.
                                                                          If you’re looking from Flamenco Funk and groovy Rumba Pop, look no further.

                                                                          More than 18 years since he left the public spotlight, mysterious mad-genius David Baker, legendary frontman of the original incarnation of Mercury Rev, is back with new band Variety Lights. The masterful new album 'Central Flow', due for release in May, is a collaboration between Baker and fellow vintage synth addict Will MacLean and demonstrates that Baker has lost none of his flair for the extraordinary, the experimental and the exceptional. As co-founder and vocalist of Mercury Rev, Baker helped to forge their revolutionary sound with their first two (and most critically acclaimed) albums; 'Yerself Is Steam' (1991) and 'Boces' (1993).

                                                                          The band were highly innovative and weren't afraid to experiment but above all they were loud, fun and hugely influential. In the UK, the critics embraced enthusiastically, as Chris Roberts in Melody Maker said (in his review of 'Yerself Is Steam'): "At last, one of those rare records that revolve along once in a blooming moon and have something new to struggle to say... A daring, brazen, and demented juxtaposition of voice and guitars and timpani flings Mercury Rev, lemming like at your more responsive caches of fear."

                                                                          Having left the band in 1993, Baker went on to release a solo album 'World' under the moniker Shady, which featured members of the Boo Radleys, Rollerskate Skinny, Swervedriver and Th' Faith Healers. At times soaringly catchy and lightheartedly loony, 'World' is a sonic adventure which Vox described as "... awash with fragments of dense noise, stumbling, narcotic-laced tempos and lyrics from outer space... that mutate into spiky, bittersweet pop." Although there has been much speculation about his life during his time away from the public eye, Baker has continued to make recordings and is an avid music fan, working as a producer for various artists.

                                                                          Now he is back, morphed and transmogrified into Variety Lights (a name lifted from Fellini's first film). When he met Will MacLean, Baker found a songwriting partner who shared a passion for analogue synths and electronic psychedelia. Initial experimentation together live to tape – to see how big and crazy just the two of them could sound – started to reveal melodies and Variety Lights was born. Much of Variety Lights’ debut was recorded by Baker at his own Over the Trees studio. The sound was created using a mixture of chained around-the-room 80's era midi expanders as well as the duo's collection of vintage keyboards and combining them with an array of drum machines and effected guitars. In creating 'Central Flow's sound, Baker says that "personal adventure is and always has been the most important thing". Baker and MacLean found themselves using references to colours, pictures and describing film scenes to help them communicate about their music. As in his early work, Baker took a richly layered approach, using multiple vocals in a search to find emotion in noises and sounds.


                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          807N

                                                                            Cassette Store Day 2014 release. '80N7' features 20 previously unreleased tracks by some of Rough Trade New York's favourite emerging acts from across the US and UK, including Manchester's Spring King, Denver's Sunboy, and London's Happyness. Operating under the premise that things sound 'better homemade,' the aim is to showcase bands that the shop feels capture the magic of DIY - they want you to hear the fingers sliding, the tiny imperfections, and most importantly, the passion that went into making them. Digital download card included. Limited to 150 copies.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Dr. Mystery - Summer Mixtape

                                                                              Sometimes you just need to chill out, whack on a mixtape and pour yourself a nice cocktail. Perfect for those hazy summer days sat in the back garden under a marquee with a barbeque failing before your eyes. Smooth grooves and walking bass-licks, glitched harmonic vocals stutter, filtering out before slamming into full-on poolside euphoria. Elsewhere afrobeat percussion really ups the heat-factor, seguing from hazy into blazy.  

                                                                              Seductive and nostalgic feel good anthems from every corner of electronic, funk and soul. 

                                                                              Various Cruelties

                                                                              Great Unknown

                                                                              Forming in 2010 the band consists of Liam O’Donnell (Vocals/Guitar), Adam Coney (Guitar), Beanie Bhebhe (Bass) and Christopher Robin (Drums).

                                                                              Now signed to Universal music, big things are expected of them, so grab this while you can.


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Laura says: Another gem from Various Cruelties! 'Great Unknown' is built around a languid groove, and soaring chorus. Guitars jangle and riff as Liam's distinctive heartfelt vocals swoop and soar following a mellow verse / rousing chorus pattern that builds gradually to an anthemic conclusion.

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                                                                              Ltd 7" Info: Limited hand-stamped white label with abstract photo. 500 copies only - all individually numbered.

                                                                              Various Cruelties had an amazing year in 2011, one that will only be eclipsed by whats to come in 2012. Fronted by Leeds Local Liam O'Donnel, Various Cruelties proudly display their fondness of Northern Soul blended with their unmatched ability to write a pop hook.

                                                                              Having released their debut single 'Chemicals' in the summer the band were immediately asked to perform on Later with Jools Holland which aired in the Autumn. Follow up single 'Great Unknown' continued to grow Various Cruelties popularity earning them an addition on the R1 playlist and support slots with Noah and the Whale and Kasabian.

                                                                              Arkada records is a new independent electro / techno imprint hailing from London U.K. The label is being presented with the first split vinyl EP featuring the sounds of T15DM (Earwiggle /Trensmat) and Errorbeauty (Arkada, Crobot muzik).

                                                                              I'm really liking the sounds presented here folks - advanced, highly specialist tracks that traverse techno and electro but with a completely fresh outlook and aesthetic that sounds like little else out there. Errorbeauty's first contribution, "Lilia J" contrasts jarring, brutalist rhythms buffed out with white noise static and smothered in cinematic, highly hallucinatory synth sweeps. It's crunchy and menacing but that synth section should get the hairs really standing on end. The second track doesn't look to change the formula, but instead piles more advanced technology onto an intricately constructed technoid beat structure, sounding a little like Autechre meeting Demdike Stare in Blackest Ever Black's cutting room. Yes it's that good.

                                                                              Flip the disc and T15DM takes control. "Nuther Desk" switches instruments; a vintage and crumbling acid house drum beat ramped up to gabba distortion levels while a wobbly acid line cuts through the saturation. Not wanting to let the side down, T15DM showcases some truly game changing sonics and production traits right from the off ensuring the most ardent techno head is left lusting. "SMEX" completes the 12" with a ghostly, sparse, bleep-acid track. Pairing a gurgling 303 lines with eerie atmospheres and a skeletal drum track. Sfx twist craniums from the inside out, again showing how skilled these two producers are behind the console. 


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                                                                              Matt says: One of the most stimulating and interesting records I've heard all year this. Highly recommended!

                                                                              Luxus Varta makes his debut on brokntoys with "Then We Fall". This mysterious producer has previously released records with Solar One Music, Intramuros and Shipwrec. Here he delivers 6 tracks of intricate, experimental, weirded out electro & electronica, perfectly in keeping with the brokntoys ethos but skillfully introducing his own concise, grappling style. Muscular but feminine, tense and carnal; with jussst the right amount of wacked out behavior to keep the late nite creatures more than happy.

                                                                              Individually screenprinted & limited to 300 copies.




                                                                              The tenth album from this highly regarded Finnish band. With probably one of their most exciting line ups to date "Iki" captures all the excitement of their live sound. Superb female vocals backed by instumental textures of fiddle, guitars, accordion, bass and percussion.

                                                                              The Varukers

                                                                              How Do You Sleep?

                                                                              Brand new release from this classic band. They have been making punk records since 1981 and this is their first in five years. Pure old skool punk.

                                                                              New EP from a young Manchester based clubnight-turned-record label. Index have been knocking around the city for a couple of years, even booking our very own Kickin' Pigeon to play one of their parties! Now branching into the world of vinyl, they enlist modernist technician Vase who drops four effortlessly sublime pieces of oceanic ambient-techno.

                                                                              Riding the crest of a small wake that gently sways across the surface of an otherwise calm sea, the four tracks undulated naturally and organically, reflecting the Sun's rays through crystalline motifs and mini-melodies. It's unrushed and meditative throughout, but there's a couple of moments that the more meticulous and thoughtful DJs will find use for out in the field I'm sure.

                                                                              It's a really accomplished, sympathetic and beautiful listen - a really impressive debut team Index! Label to watch....


                                                                              The Vaselines

                                                                              High Tide Low Tide

                                                                              The opening track from their forthcoming new album, V For Vaselines, the single will be released on 7” and digitally and features a non-album track, Cardinal Sin.

                                                                              "This song was inspired by cycling along the River Clyde. Your love is on the other side. Can you get there? Do want to get there? What do you do when you cross the river? Can you come back home? All these questions and a catchy chorus, “ commented Eugene Kelly of the band.

                                                                              "This song is all about commitment issues. Stay safe. Stay single,” added co-conspirator Frances McKee.


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