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Strange Boy

Love Remains

    Saturday night and Sunday morning; the sacred and the profane. These are the creative spaces of electronic pop duo Strange Boy. Disillusioned with the elitist hierarchies of classical singing, Kieran Brunt turned his attention to the songwriting world, drawing on his love of storytellers such as Anohni, The Magnetic Fields and Rufus Wainwright. With Brunt weaving a choral narrative on top of collaborator Matt Huxley’s atmospheric soundscapes, Strange Boy create a world rich with symbolism, grandeur and communion.

    The London-based duo are releasing their debut album, ‘Love Remains’, via Groenland Records. The eleven songs that make up the album have formed gradually years of collaborating since they first met on a night out while wandering through Glastonbury in 2011. After moving to London together to pursue music seriously, Strange Boy’s sound has matured alongside Brunt and Huxley’s notable collaborations with the likes of Terry Riley, Nils Frahm, Clark, Squid, Aurora and artist Jeremy Deller.

    Combining a bold narrative thrust with grandiose symbolism, Strange Boy have created a suite of impressionistic songs that exist in atmospheric soundworlds. The first single, ‘Boston Blue Period’, sets out the stall as a lush-but-unsettling piece, building over an extended intro then falling away to reveal a tender tale about letting go.

    Following single ‘Sofia’ opens with a bouncing solo synth; the propulsive pattern ebbs and flows through the song, swelling with the outline of Brunt's beautiful, bittersweet address to the titular ‘Sofia’, who he explains “was the first child to come into my life as a grown-up. She brought with her such a fun and fresh energy at a time when I was grappling with early adulthood and despairing at what was happening in the world around me.”

    ‘Follow The News’ is the lead single from the album and draws upon Brunt’s personal experiences with ‘medication and self-medication’. Serious themes of mental illness are brought to the fore across the record, and treated with a mixture of irony, humour and catharsis.

    Elsewhere on the album, the band lean further into this intimate, reflective mode of storytelling than ever before. ‘November Skies’ combines lo-fi vocal production with the lush strings and guest vocal of Nico Muhly and Anna B. Savage respectively, while Side A closer Whipping Boy’s softly crooned vocals and up-close piano recall the early works of James Blake and Anohni and the Johnsons. Brunt signposts his love for The Magnetic Fields with a cover of cult classic ‘100,000 Fireflies’, recorded in one take over layers of found tape played backwards at half-speed.

    The album closes with the eponymous ‘Love Remains’, a song written early in the band’s formative years and honed gradually over their time together in live performances. The song swells in intensity as Brunt’s choral-inspired vocal soars over Huxley’s organ drones, industrial layers and experimental string textures, meditating on life and death in a swooping narrative of deep self-introspection.

    The writing and recording of the album was as dramatic as it’s subject matter: while developing material Brunt was forced to leave his studio space at very short notice and ended up moving into the crypt of a Victorian church in London. The space - beautiful , spooky and very atmospheric - had a grand impact on the sonic imprint of the music, which was completed in Yorkshire alongside producer and mixer Richard Formby.

    Working with rising star Jack Warne on the artwork, the band decided to make church objects and surroundings integral to the imagery of the album.

    Ultimately, as the amorphous presence of Strange Boy, Brunt and Huxley have built a sonic world that inspires communion – with ourselves and with something more ethereal. Their debut album is a visceral storytelling experience not to be missed.

    TRACK LISTING

    Boston Blue Period
    Follow The News
    Oscar’s Song
    Drunk In Iceland
    Whipping Boy
    (I Count The Fleeing
    Hours)
    Annunciation
    Sofia
    November Skies
    100,000 Fireflies
    Love Remains

    NEU!

    NEU! 2 - 50th Anniversary Edition

      Special limited edition picture disc celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary record. Must have fan item for all fans of NEU! and Krautrock.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Für Immer
      2. Spitzenqualität
      3. Gedenkminute (für A+K)
      4. Lila Engel (lilac Angel)
      5. Neuschnee 78
      6. Super 16
      7. Neuschnee
      8. Cassetto
      9. Super 78
      10. Hallo Excentrico
      11. Super

      Nina Hagen

      Unity

        There are many Ninas – so many iterations and incarnations; so many images, moments, voices and songs; so many faces with mouth ripped open, an array of faces that now spans five decades. The same is true in the video for her new single “16 Tons.” Nina Hagen is a legend – “the Godmother of punk rock, ” activist, fictional character, phenomenal performer, Jesus disciple, extraterrestrial emissary and Brecht connoisseur. Nina is the beginning and the end. She breaks down walls and begins again , keeps on and never stand sstill. Nina is many, and yet there can only be one of her. The woman who fell to Earth cannot be replicated.

        Nina Hagen, the most beautiful, and most strident hell-raiser to toe the line between punk and pop, East and West and outta space that Germany has ever produced is finally back. On 09.12.2002 her new album Unity will be released on Grönland Records. It is her first album since Volksbeat in 2011. The time was more than ripe.

        The 12 songs on Unity take us on a wild journey through a densely woven musical jungle full of chirruping, buzzing and chittering. Country twang sung over spacey synth grooves and rock pop playing over dub and sexy slow funk. Some songs tell of biblical miracles, others are feisty political tirades, and then there are covers: a country classic, a Sheryl Crow hit and even a Bob Dylan song with German lyrics (“Die Antwort heißt ganz allein der Wind”) – really something that only a larger - than - life songstress can dare to do. Unity plays with a multifaceted mélange of textures, samples and everyday sounds. Amidst this rich foliage of sounds and themes there is, of course, that voice; in the wink of an eye it transitions from operatic to demonic, hitting insane high notes then plummeting to awe - inspiring deep bellows, as if she is trying to inter fuse the sexes. Nina Hagen screams and hisses, belts out lyrics and performs recitatives, rasps and reverberates in electronic distortions. She launches into musical dialogues and soliloquys. It is as if her voice is echoing in to our time from another world.

        In short, Unity is a piercing, warm - hearted and varied Nina Hagen spectacle. She is as prolific at 67 as she has ever been. And because she has never wasted time playing it safe or easing people into things, the album takes of f at full speed. “Shadrack” is shimmering half - sung, half - rapped power pop rock with a driving beat. It tells a Bible story that ends with the line: “That was a goodnight story for the soul about God’s kindness.” Nina Hagen, who has been a member of the Protestant Reformed Church since 2009, quotes a pop spiritual from American composer Robert MacGimsey that tells the story of three Hebrew men who God saves from a fiery death. From men walking in flames the album launches into Women of World, a feminist punk reggae anthem of solidarity, which was conceived with Jamaican singer Liz Mitchel and new wave icon Lene Lovich; a song with a message we may have heard often, but one that cannot be repeated often enough: “It’s all for one and one for all.”

        With her first single release “16 Tons ,” Nina Hagen has taken on a heavy burden: “You load 16 tons, what do you get? / Another day older and deeper in debt.” It is her version of the old American country-folk classic about Kentucky miners who se lives consisted of work ing themselves to the bone and overcoming constant hardships. Nina Hagen sings of the inescapable desperation of daily life – “muscle and blood and skin and bones” – in her deep, commanding and ominously vibrating voice. It features country twang updated for the year 2022 and recorded with plenty of erratic reverb, unwaveringly forward - moving groove and bone - dry electric guitars. “16 Tons” transports the filth and soot - laden socially critical mining song out of the year 1947 and into the year 2022. This song has been waiting for Nina Hagen. She lends the in some way s spookily topical lyrics the gravitas of an echo chamber for the centuries. “Unity” is a collaboration with funk visionary George Clinton. It is a wonderfully light ly flowing and cosmically glistening dub number that pays homage to the Black Lives Matter movement. The two of them wrote the song as an immediate response to the death of George Floyd. The synthesizer melodies swing like gentle waves to stuttering hi-hats while Nina and George sing against hate: “Positive vibrations surround the world’s nations!” The song “Atomwaffensperrvertrag” is explicitly political. In it, Nina Hagen remix es two sampled excerpts from speeches (one she gave in 2009 at the United Nation Freedom Festival at Brandenburg Gate and a UN speech from US politician Dennis Kucinich), creating a pulsing tour de force with country guitars, jumbled voices and frantic percussions.

        One thing has not changed since the beginning of her career. Nina Hagen is radical. She tries new things. She speaks her mind. She knows no limits, whether a rtistic or ideological. Entertainment and very earnestly meant messages still go hand in hand for her. Yes, there are indeed many, yet there is only one Nina Hagen.

        TRACK LISTING

        Shadrack
        United Women Of The World
        Unity
        16 Tons
        Atomwaffensperrvertrag
        Gib Mir Deine Liebe
        Venusfliegenfalle
        Redemtion Day
        Geld, Geld, Geld
        Die Antwort Weiss Ganz Allein Der Wind
        Opne My Heart (Dinner Time)
        It Doesn`t Matter Now

        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)

          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)

              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

                    Mueller_Roedelius

                    Imagori II

                      It is not uncommon for artists’ lives to be littered with fractures, a circumstance that seems to grow with the intensity of an artist’s creative will. A musician like Hans-Joachim Roedelius, who has played in so very many definitive musical ensembles, knows that all too well. Born in 1934, Roedelius was part of what was a “who’s who” of celebrated musical innovators in the bands Harmonia and Cluster and constantly kept company with eccentric artistic personalities. It is lovely when such fractures aren’t seen as a burden but as what they should be to an artist: an indescribable treasure trove of experiences; Roedelius exploits this rich array of experiences elevates them and continually restyles them.

                      Paris-based Swiss musician Christoph H. Müller looks back upon a similarly broad-ranging wellspring of experiences, despite being the younger partner in this synergetic duo. With bands like Gotan Project he emancipated the idea of world music from its constraints, enriching it with a plethora of celebrated productions. Müller belongs to a generation of musicians that invariably profited from Roedelius’s pioneering work in the realm of electronic music, augmenting it and sharing in it with a constructive élan – them joining to collaborate was mere providence.

                      In 2015 their debut, IMAGORI, was released on Groenland Records. It is an album that readily demonstrated how well their musical visions fit together. Roedelius’s soundscapes joined Christoph H. Müller’s electronic productions and beats and they entered into a dynamic symbiosis that gave rise to music that, instead of uniting two worlds, created a new one.

                      That process continues seamlessly. The title itself implies as much: IMAGORI II. The second joint album from these electronic music virtuosos shows new facets of their collaborative efforts and reveals all the new discoveries there are to be made when two explorers join forces. IMAGORI II’s twelve tracks oscillate between tender and hard-edged, between science fiction and the Garden of Eden; they call forth organic orchestral sounds that then fragment; they create moods ranging from melancholy to euphoria and are all the while accompanied by Roedelius’s filmic pathos, which has no use for extravagant gestures and instead tests the limits of minimalism.

                      Language is employed strikingly often; for instance, on the first track “FRACTURED BEING,” which is sung by “Miss Kenichi,” alias Katrin Hahner. The song “ICH DU WIR” is a family affair in which Rosa Roedelius gradually allows the listener to observe how soundscapes allow deconstructed language to fuse into structured form once again. Then, on “LA VIE EN BLUE” we hear Christoph H. Müller’s daughter illustrate the boundlessness of her father’s music in while singing in French.

                      Thus, we witness new experiments on IMAGORI II that are well aware of the foundations they are built upon and that sometimes let us forget the present with their future-oriented perspective while never descending into pure escapism. The twelve tracks allow the listener to close his or her eyes and enter a dream that could not sound more beautiful – we experience this phantasm as IMAGORI II. It contains no fractures, merely passages that provide a plane on which something new emerges.

                      The album ends with a song that could not be more defining and that recapitulates the production’s musical harmony one final time: “HIMMLISCHER FRIEDEN.” Hopefully, this will go on for a long time.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      1 Foghorn
                      2 Daumenwalzer
                      3 Ich Du Wir (Wandel)
                      4 Okapi
                      5 Fractured Being Feat. Kenichi
                      6 Shalom Dub
                      7 La Vie En Bleu
                      8 Pentagramm
                      9 Monkey Talk
                      10 Heavenly Peace
                      11 Lonely Game
                      12 Himmlischer Frieden

                      Bonus Tracks (Vinyl Only)
                      13 Fractured Being Feat. KENICHI (short Version)
                      14 Dystopie
                      15 Kreisen

                      David Sylvian & Holger Czukay

                      Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability

                        "Plight & Premonition, Flux & Mutability", both titles are predicated on instability. Meanings are equally mutable, perhaps the beginning of a spiritual journey, a climate of uncertainty, the experience of improvisation, a door opening (that may quickly close again). That first nocturnal session in the Can studio began unconsciously, or at least without initial awareness that music was being made, Sylvian enjoying the opportunity to play a pump organ, then growing aware of a slippage in the room as Czukay played orchestral samples through the fold back system: “I fell into a trance.” Ethereal sounds looped through the space. He moved to the piano, searching for something concrete. After ten or fifteen minutes he found it, only to hear Czukay tell him to move on: “He’d only wanted the process, the uncertainty, the ambiguity of the searching out of ideas.” The night wore on; as soon as fixity or some compositional motif crept in, so the machines would be taken out of record, as if establishing an equilibrium between the transience of making and the indelibility of recording. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Two superbly esoteric electronic recordings from the very late eighties get their first ever vinyl reissue thanks to those fine folks at Gronland. The work of musical auteurs David Sylvian and Holger Czukay, these four pieces offer a purity of sound, progressive approach to audio and immersive arrangement. Far out!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Plight (The Spiralling Of Winter Ghosts)
                        B1. Premonition (Giant Empty Iron Vessel)
                        C1. Flux (A Big, Bright, Colourful World)
                        D1. Mutability (A New Beginning Is In The Offing)

                        DAF

                        Für Immer

                          In 1982, DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) released fifth album ‘Für Immer’, their third in the space of a year and half, then promptly split up. Despite the band’s meteoric career, the Düsseldorf twosome left its mark, creating bare bones pulsing electronic music that delighted in both stiff dancefloor experimentation and homoerotic tease.

                          Though the album is overall moodier than the previous two, it still has its share of lighthearted numbers, such as a rerecording of the band’s first single, ‘Kebabträume’ (initially issued when DAF still used guitars), or ‘prinzessin’, which comes dangerously close to a love song - or at least what passed for a love song in 1982 Düsseldorf.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Im Dschungel Der Liebe
                          Ein Bisschen Krieg
                          Die Götter Sind Weiß
                          Verlieb Dich In Mich
                          Geheimnis
                          Kebab Träume
                          Prinzessin
                          Die Lippe
                          Verehrt Euren Haarschnitt
                          Wer Schön Sein Will, Muss Leiden

                          Previously available as part of the Harmonia - Deluxe box set, this album features live material and studio recordings showing them at their best.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Tiki-Taka At Harmonia Studio In Forst (1975)
                          Live At Onkel Pö In Hamburg (1975)
                          Proto-Deluxe At Harmonia Studio In Forst (1975)
                          Live At Farbrik In Hamburg (1975)

                          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

                          Harmonia was a Krautrock supergroup, containing Roedelius and Moebius from Cluster and Michael Rother from Neu! Recorded and released in 1975, this was a perfect combination of the sounds of the two bands, ESSENTIAL!!!

                          Ned Raggett's review for Allmusic opens: "A touch more immediate and song-oriented than its predecessor, but no less enchanting and lovely to hear, Deluxe again features the trio experimenting with a variety of approaches, most particularly including vocals here and there for the first time."

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1 Deluxe (Immer Weiter)
                          2 Walky Talky
                          3 Monza (Rauf Und Runter)
                          4 Notre Dame
                          5 Golum
                          6 Kekse

                          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.

                            Klaus Dinger & Japandorf

                            Japandorf

                              The last and only record of Klaus Dinger (member of Kraftwerk, NEU! and La Düsseldorf) before his death in 2008.

                              All songs are previously unreleased. A real gem for fans of Krautrock and La Düsseldorf.

                              In search of a new project, Klaus opened his studio in 2000 to various fine artists and musicians for spontaneous recording sessions. Through an artist friend, Klaus was introduced to some Japanese musicians and artists living in Düsseldorf. The sessions with them had a dense and exciting atmosphere. From these sessions the new project, ‘Japandorf’, emerged.

                              Klaus \ basic idea for these recordings was to be working together with a collective of collaborators who would have a background in fine arts rather than being technically skilled instrumentalists. This process of developing music took some time, but the results are surprisingly fresh and unique.

                              Lyrically and musically ‘Japandorf’ focuses on the city of Düsseldorf, and especially its Japanese community, which Düsseldorf has been internationally well known for since the early 70s.

                              All rehearsal and recording sessions from 2000 until 2006 took place at either Klaus \ Zeeland Studio at the seaside in the Netherlands, or at his Düsseldorf Studio, located near the airport. Most of the songs on ‘Japandorf’ were recorded in 2007 and 2008 at Zeeland Studio. Klaus passed away suddenly soon after.

                              ‘Japandorf’ is a uniquely magical, optimistic, refreshing and beautiful album.

                              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.

                                Release of the NEU! album "86", which Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother originally recorded in 1985 / 86.

                                'I'm thrilled about the release of the album NEU! '86 which Klaus Dinger and I originally recorded in 1985/86, but left unfinished back then and which led to some unfortunate problems between Klaus and myself in the 90s. I now completely reworked the album from original multitrack and master tapes, and unearthed a few yet unknown tracks which are essential for a full understanding of what Klaus and I focussed on for NEU! in the mid 80s. It was my aim to present Klaus Dinger´s musical strengths and visions just as much as my own ideas. The best musical result was to be my only guideline, not the ego. All during the emotional process of reworking our album Klaus was on my mind and I contemplated what he would think about my decisions. I was very relieved and moved to hear from his heir, Miki Yui, who contributed many valuable ideas to the making of the box set, that she was pleased with the result I presented with the album NEU! '86'. - Michael Rother.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Intro (Haydn Slo-Mo)
                                2. Danzing
                                3. Crazy
                                4. Drive (Grundfunken)
                                5. La Bomba (Stop Apartheid Worldwide)
                                6. Elanoizan
                                7. Wave Mother
                                8. Paradise Walk
                                9. Euphoria
                                10. Vier Half
                                11. Good Life
                                12. November
                                13. KD

                                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

                                  A milestone in the history of ambient/electronic music, this legendary 1976 album has been unavailable for nearly 10 years. Now remastered and including three previously unreleased tracks.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Welcome
                                  2. Atmosphere
                                  3. Vamos Companeros
                                  4. By The Riverside
                                  5. Luneburg Heath
                                  6. Sometimes In Autumn
                                  7. Weird Dream
                                  8. Almost
                                  9. Les Demoiselles
                                  10. When Shade Was Born
                                  11. Trace
                                  12. Aubade

                                  Harmonia

                                  Live 1974

                                    The legendary Harmonia's first release in 31 years. While it's a live recording, there's no gig atmosphere - simply the sound of a band locked into a groove. "Live 1974" is a gig recording capturing Michael Rother (NEU!), Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius jamming with that typical impassive euphoria. It is more in the vein of their first album "Musik Von Harmonia": imagine the humming seascape pieces from "Neu! 75" augmented by the gently chattering rhythm patterns of Cluster's "Zuckerzeit". A recording that sounds as fresh as any work of their Krautrock influenced peers of today - Aphex Twin, Fujiya & Miyagi and Secret Machines come to mind. The five lengthy tracks here have an enveloping momentum that makes them feel like they could, or indeed should, go on forever.

                                    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

                                      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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