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Holger Czukay

On The Way To The Peak Of Normal - Picture Disc

    Re-release after 15 years of Holger Czukay’s early solo work.

    ‘On The Way To The Peak Of Normal’ is the third album by Holger Czukay, originally released in 1981.

    After ‘Movies’, his first post-Can solo album, Czukay continued exploring the methods of sampling and laidback jamming on this follow-up. The side long ‘Ode To Perfume’ / ‘Fragrance’ coasts along on some heavily twangy guitar, shortwave static, treated vocals, and drunken trumpet, all in a hypnotic late night groove.

    Intended as environmental music for some underlit, velvet clad chillout room, the album can be seen as one long rumination on improvised understatement.

    TRACK LISTING

    On The Way To The Peak Of Normal
    Witches Multiplication Table
    Ode To Perfume
    Fragrance

    Neu!

    50!

      NEU! announce the release of a brand new boxset marking the 50th anniversary of their first record, with a Tribute album featuring reworks from The National, Idles, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Mogwai, Fink, Stephen Morris (New Order) & more.

      NEU!’s influence is undeniable. Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother, who had both previously been members of Kraftwerk, are a product not only of West Germany but of Düsseldorf. Like other experimental bands of the late 60s and early 70s gathered under the banner of Krautrock, they were driven by a mixture of political and artistic imperatives to reject the cliches and conventions of orthodox, blues-based Anglo-American rock and create a music that was, formally, West German in origin.

      NEU! are one of the great, belated success stories of rock music. Their influence is widespread, international, continued. Ian Curtis (Joy Division) played the rest of the group NEU! as part of their weekly education classes, David Bowie often spoke of his love for the duo and called them “Kraftwerk's wayward, anarchistic brothers”, in the 1990s Stereolab paid NEU! homage in their Franco-Germanic avant-Europop and further co-signs come from Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sonic Youth and Placebo.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Hallogallo
      A2. Sonderangebot
      A3. Weissensee
      B1. Im Glück
      B2. Negativland
      B3. Lieber Honig

      C1. Für Immer (Forever)
      C2. Spitzenqualität
      C3. Gedenkminute (Für A + K)
      C4. Lila Engel (Lilac Angel)
      D1. Neuschnee 78
      D2. Super 16
      D3. Neuschnee
      D4. Cassetto
      D5. Super 78
      D6. Hallo Excentrico!
      D7. Super

      E1. Isi
      E2. Seeland
      E3. Leb' Wohl
      F1. Hero
      F2. E-Musik
      F3. After Eight

      G1. Im Glück (The National Remix)
      G2. Weissensee (Fink Version)
      H1. Super (Mogwai Remix)
      H2. Alexis Taylor – “4+1=5”

      I1. Hallogallo (Stephen Morris And Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
      I2. Lieber Honig (Yann Tiersen Remix)
      I3. Super (Man Man Cover)
      J1. Negativland (Idles Negative Space Rework)
      J2. Guerilla Toss - "Zum Herz"
      J3. After Eight (They Hate Change Cover)

      Neu!

      Neu!

        Fresh after leaving Kraftwerk in the fall of 1971 for what they perceived to be a lack of vision, guitarist Michael Rother and drummer Klaus Dinger formed their own unit and changed the face of German rock forever. Dinger's mechanical, cut time drumming and Rother's two-note bass runs adorned with cleverly manipulated and dreamy guitar riffs and fills were the hallmarks of the "motorik" sound that would become the band's trademark. Neu!'s debut album was driving music for the apocalypse in 1971. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Martin says: It is almost impossible to do justice to an album like this. The wellspring of the genre that came to be known as Krautrock - and possibly its finest hour - emerged from Dusseldorf in 1971, part of a cultural watershed marking the point at which a nation began to look to the future instead of over it's shoulder. The very definition of 'modern'.

        TRACK LISTING

        Hallogallo
        Sonderangebot
        Weissensee
        Im Glück
        Negativland
        Lieber Honig

        David Sylvian

        Sleepwalkers - 2022 Reissue

          Grönland Records announce a revised, remastered reissue of‘Sleepwalkers’ by David Sylvian. Available as a gatefold digipack CD and a gatefold double LP with exclusive art print, this new edition also features the previously unreleased track ‘Modern Interiors’. 

          In the 00s, David Sylvian produced two of his strongest and most solitary statements, ‘Blemish’ and ‘Manafon’, but those records don’t tell the whole story. During that the same period, Sylvian created an alternate body of work: a series of collaborations and side projects with leading talents of pop and improv, electronic and contemporary classical music. The best of these recordings are gathered here on ‘Sleepwalkers’, meticulously sequenced and remixed. The fruits of one-off meetings and lifelong partnerships, they jump from bliss to intrigue, romance to sensuality, as arch experiments lead into the lushest pop. 

          The single ‘World Citizen - I Won’t Be Disappointed’, written with Ryuichi Sakamoto, is a sublime example, with an impeccable melody and lyric warmed by Sylvian’s gorgeous tenor. Sylvian has worked with Sakamoto for close to three decades. 

          “As many of you will already be aware, despite relativelyc ontinuous work on solo albums, I’ve maintained strong ties with a number of musicians throughout my life in one context or another. On this new collection, let’s call it ‘Sleepwalkers 2.0’, a selection of collaborative work produced over the period encompassing Blemish through to Manafon, I’ve included compositions by Nine Horses as well as more fleeting flirtations and one-offs. Neglected offspring. Represented also is long term friend and writing partner, Ryuichi Sakamoto, as well as more recent but potentially equally productive partnerships such as Christian Fennesz, ArveHenriksen and contemporary classical composer Dai Fujikura.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Sleepwalkers
          2. Money For All
          3. Do You Know Me Now?
          4 .Angels
          5. World Citizen - I Won’t Be
          6. Disappointed
          7. Five Lines
          8. The Day The Earth Stole
          9. Heaven
          10. Modern Interiors
          11. Exit / Delete
          12. Pure Genius
          13. Wonderful World
          14. Transit
          15. World Citizen
          16. The World Is Everything
          17. Thermal
          18. Sugarfuel
          19. Trauma

          Michael Rother & Vittoria Maccabruni

          As Long As The Light

            On "As Long As The Light" Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia) collaborates with the Italian musician Vittoria Maccabruni. Vittoria Maccabruni creates predominantly dark moods with her sound constructions, which then create a reciprocal emotional play with Michael Rother's melodies and guitar harmonies in the song. The result of this collaboration manifests itself under the title „As Long As The Light“, an unspent joy of playing in eight songs that also breaks new ground with regard to Rother's broad oeuvre, which now spans half a century.

            TRACK LISTING

            Edgy Smiles
            Exp 1
            You Look At Me
            Curfewed
            See Through
            Forget This
            Codrive Me
            Happy (Slow Burner)

            Robert Görl & DAF

            Nur Noch Einer

              For music lovers across the globe the German electronic duo DAF is one thing in particular: the result of a symbiotic and simultaneously disruptive connection between longtime band members Robert Görl and Gabriel Delgado. These exceptional artists’ big screen worthy squabbles couldn’t hold back the explosive combo over the long haul. Only Gabi Delgado’s death in March 2020 – just when Görl and Delgado had set out to record a new album – would put a painful end to this felicitous collaboration.

              “We were just about to go back into the studio together. Everything had been arranged, but then Gabi’s sudden death put a kibosh on that,” Görl recalls, adding that he also had artist and producer Sylvie Marks’ energetic support to thank for the album being released despite that as she went into the studio with him to record the album.

              For Robert Görl this album with the telling name Nur noch Einer (Down to One) is more than a tribute to his late bandmate. Opinions differ on whether Görl and Delgado were ever friends, but: “Gabi and I loved each other, even if it was perhaps a love-hate relationship,” says Görl, who delves into the depths of the time they shared together on Nur noch Einer, also as a way of bidding farewell to Delgado.

              Given that in the 40 year history of DAF the division of labor was strictly defined, with Delgado overseeing the lyrics and Görl the music, the current album is musically 110 percent DAF – uncompromising, edgy, driving and compelling. That is in part due to the fact that a large portion of the sequences included on the album are from the 80s. In his search for DAF’s musical and original soul, composer and producer Görl rummaged through old recordings and found tapes from the 80s that included as yet unreleased sequences. “I immediately drove over to Gabi’s and we were hooked because there were a few real dandies in there. It was worth keeping those tapes protected for so long. They were even packed airtight, just waiting to be reborn.” These sequences are the foundation of Nur noch Einer – and are so typically DAF. The path to making the new album was laid out clearly in front of the markedly different bandmates, except for the lyrics, which Gabi wanted to improvise in the studio as he had always done – or would have done.

              Following Gabi’s death it took me a very long time to gain clarity about how it should continue,” says Görl. Replacing Delgado with another singer was never an option. “And then I thought: ‘barely anyone knows Gabi as well as I do.’ So I wrote and recorded the lyrics myself. Sometimes it was like he was with me in those moments; I effectively sensed him. Yet it was never my intention to copy him. No one would have bought that anyway. Nonetheless, some of the lyrics turned out like Gabi would have done them, but always with a heavy dose of me to them.”

              The 15 tracks on Nur noch Einer are more than merely an artistic farewell to Gabi Delgado, they are also a journey through 40-years of the band’s history. “While writing, so many situations with Gabi appeared before my eyes that they sometimes became part of the songs’ content. That wasn’t the intention; it just turned out that way.” For instance, the first song on the album is called “Erste DAF Probe” (First DAF Rehearsal). “In this case I rerecorded my first rehearsal with Gabi in the basement of Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf. That also marked the birth of DAF. Gabi had gone out and bought a stylophone, which makes squeaky electronic sounds, especially for the occasion. I drummed like a lunatic to it. In that instant it was obvious to us that we would show everyone what we had in us.”

              Throughout the various tracks, the album continually returns to important historical points in the band’s history, such as on the track “Ein Kind aus dem Ratinger Hof” (A Child of Ratinger Hof), in which Görl endeavors to honor the place that gave life to DAF. “That is definitely paying homage,” explains Görl, but it’s also a reminder of the sentiment of that time. One of the lines proclaims “DAF was forever.”

              A piece of DAF history can also be found in the track “Holland Road,” which is a reminder of the band’s early years in London. “That was at the very start when we were still a five-man band. We all went to London and thought we’d launch successful careers without a hitch. And then, there we were: five guys in a cellar flat on Earl’s Court. But we managed to get a gig in the Marquee Club. That concert was a real turning point for DAF. From then on we had success.” The lineup began to fall apart with the band’s growing success. “In the Marquee Club we were already down to four. When we returned to Germany to record the big DAF albums Gabi and I were the only ones left.” The other band members had already run off in London.”

              A no less important point is made in the title song “Nur noch Einer,” which is also the last song on the album. “In one sense it’s a gloomy reality: I am now the only one of five musicians left. So, for me, that makes the album the end of DAF, the final act,” notes Görl. He nonetheless emphasis that it is also a beginning, “a beginning as Robert Görl.” Although Robert Görl cultivated what Gabi Delgado would have wanted on the album in many instances, every track, every lyric and every statement contains a small, big portion of Robert Görl. “Themes such as upheaval, love, provocation and dominance are all typical DAF themes that can be found on the new album, but now I’m the lyricist and that obviously has an influence on the album’s overall message. Many of the lyrics have a little spin on them that Gabi may not have given them.”

              How things will proceed for Görl and DAF remains to be seen. “For me this is a transition. I know that I want to go onstage with the album, and I’m very excited to see fans’ reactions.” 


              TRACK LISTING

              Erste DAF Probe
              Im Schatten
              Kunststoff
              Wir Sind Wild
              Das Pur Pur Rot
              Gedanken Lesen
              Du Bist So Zart
              Ein Kind Aus Dem Ratinger Hof
              Loslassen
              Neue Welt
              Kein Ausweg
              Es Muss Ans Licht
              Holland Road
              Das Geschenk
              Nur Noch Einer

              William Fitzsimmons

              Ready The Astronaut

                Centring around the Icarus myth, William Fitzsimmons’ seventh album sees him debark on a slightly different sound aesthetic, yet still his distinctive voice holds it all together.

                For fans of Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens and José Gonzalez.

                TRACK LISTING

                ‘Ready The Astronaut’ (CDGRON242 / LPGRON242)
                Dancing On The Sun
                No Promises
                Down With Another One
                Daedalus, My Father
                As Long As I Can Breathe
                Ready The Astronaut
                You Let Me Down
                Maybe She Will Change Her Mind
                If I Fell Back To The Earth (You Will Never Find Me)
                Icarus
                To Love Forever

                Bonus CD (LPGRON242 only)
                Ready The Astronaut (Alternate Version)
                Adore You
                Maybe She Will Change Her Mind (Alternate Version)

                Michael Rother

                Fernwärme

                  “This is a special guy. Rare among fine musicians is one who never bit the industry weenie. This guy never did. He’s done nothing but superior work just the way he hears it. An understanding of space within the music, nothing there that doesn’t need to be and an attention to every note. It’s an exceptional talent and one that’s heavily influenced all sorts of people for a long long time.

                  He hit all the right notes in the post-war evolution of German music.

                  God bless Michael Rother” - Iggy Pop, 2018

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Silberstreif
                  Elfenbein
                  Erlkoenig
                  Fortuna
                  Klangkoerper
                  Hohe Luft
                  Fernwaerme

                  Michael Rother

                  Sterntaler

                    “This is a special guy. Rare among fine musicians is one who never bit the industry weenie. This guy never did. He’s done nothing but superior work just the way he hears it. An understanding of space within the music, nothing there that doesn’t need to be and an attention to every note. It’s an exceptional talent and one that’s heavily influenced all sorts of people for a long long time. 

                    He hit all the right notes in the post-war evolution of German music. 

                    God bless Michael Rother” - Iggy Pop, 2018

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Sonnenrad
                    Blauer Regen
                    Stromlinien
                    Sterntaler
                    Fontana Di Luna
                    Orchestrion

                    Harmonia

                    Musik Von Harmonia - Remastered

                    Musik Von Harmonia is the debut album from the highly influential Krautrock/Kosmische Musik group Harmonia. Harmonia, was formed by the addition of Neu! guitarist Michael Rother to Cluster, the duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius. They recorded the album from June to November 1973, in Forst Germany.

                    Ned Raggett's review for Allmusic opens: "The debut Harmonia album is at once a product of their source bands and a fine new twist on them, resulting in music that captures what for many is the Krautrock ideal..." He adds "...it's at once playful and murky, steady and mechanical, a supergroup of sorts who easily achieves and maintains such a seemingly overstated status by embracing a variety of approaches that work wonders."

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Darryl says: Sublime Krautrock album, and one of the best in my humble opinion, from the combined talents of Michael Rother from Neu! and Moebius and Roedelius of Cluster fame.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1 Watussi
                    2 Sehr Komisch
                    3 Sonnenschein
                    4 Dino
                    5 Ohrwurm
                    6 Ahoi
                    7 Veterano
                    8 Hausmusik

                    Mueller_Roedelius

                    Imagori

                      ‘Imagori’ is the first collaborative recording from musical trailblazers Hans-Joachim Roedelius (of Cluster, Harmonia etc.) and Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project).

                      Electronic beats, buoyant piano melodies and percussive elements - an album with atmospheric density that is warm and harmonious throughout.

                      Les Vampyrettes

                      Les Vampyrettes

                        Previously unreleased collaboration between German record producer and musician Conny Plank and Holger Czukay (Can).

                        Available as a lavish triple 10” hand-numbered box set complete with mobile

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Biomutanten
                        Menetekel
                        Witches Multiplication Table

                        Gang Of Four

                        Content

                          Since their inception in 1978 with the legendary "Damaged Goods" EP and debut album "Entertainment!", Gang Of Four, have been one of the most radical and radically important groups of the last thirty years.

                          Gang Of Four have triumphantly defined their place on the musical landscape, influencing a wide range of bands including R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand.

                          "Content" is their first new studio album in 16 years, and is the catalyst for a year long international marketing plan in 2011, driven primarily by massive press and online interest in the band, and supported by an aggressive live performance schedule and radio and TV exposure.

                          Neu!

                          Neu 75

                            Rother and Dinger with their third (and for many years) their last studio work together. The insistent rhythms and the phased guitar and drums are as timeless as ever and in this new, official remastered edition the music seems as vital as it did when it came out all those years ago. This is probably their finest album, essential stuff!!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Isi
                            Seeland
                            Leb´Wohl
                            Hero
                            E-Musik
                            After Eight

                            Neu!

                            Neu 2

                              The second album from krautrock legends Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger, now remastered at long last and issued officially for the first time.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Für Immer
                              Spitzenqualität
                              Gedenkminute
                              Lila Engel
                              Neuschnee 78
                              Super 16
                              Neuschnee
                              Cassetto


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