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Josef K

The Only Fun In Town - 2022 Reissue

    “Rarely has there been a better album opener than Fun n’ Frenzy, a shimmering yet abrasive mix of Subway Sect dustbin lid guitar, No Wave twitchiness, a hint of psychedelia and a crooning vocalist intoning poetic, abstract lyrics that conveyed existential menace. Continuing with Revelation, Crazy to Exist and single tracks like Sorry for Laughing, The Only Fun In Town was an extraordinary achievement – eclipsed by the group's split. It remains an early 80s high point. Those who haven’t heard it should; those who have might be tempted by this latest upgrade, which features remastered sound and different extras”. Josef K ‘The Only Fun In Town’ (Jon Savage – Mojo 2014)

    Crepuscule presents a new limited 180GM black vinyl edition of The Only Fun In Town, the influential debut album by iconic Scottish guitar group Josef K, originally released on Postcard Records in July 1981.

    Speedily recorded in a small studio in Brussels, The Only Fun In Town was a defiantly abrasive, serrated long-player in the mould of the second Velvets album, Josef K having already shelved a more conventional recording. Sharp-edged pop singles abound – It’s Kinda Funny, Sorry for Laughing, Revelation – along with rattling Haig/Ross twin guitar classics such as Fun ‘n’ Frenzy, Heart of Song, Forever Drone and The Angle.
    The Only Fun In Town topped the independent charts on release and remains a canonical post-punk album. This remaster arrives housed in a handsome gatefold sleeve, and by way of bonus tracks also features several Postcard single A and B sides including Radio Drill Time and Chance Meeting. Side 4 features all four tracks from JoKay’s celebrated John Peel Session in June 1981, including Heaven Sent and The Missionary.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1:
    1. Fun ‘n’ Frenzy
    2. Revelation
    3. Crazy To Exist
    4. It’s Kinda Funny
    5. The Angle
    Side 2:
    1. Forever Drone
    2. Heart Of Song
    3. 16 Years
    4. Citizens
    5. Sorry For Laughing
    Side 3:
    1. Radio Drill Time
    2. Romance
    3. Chance Meeting
    4. Pictures
    5. Final Request
    Side 4:
    1. The Missionary
    2. Heaven Sent
    3. Heart Of Song
    4. Applebush

    The Durutti Column

    Fidelity - 2022 Reissue

      Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a new 180 gm vinyl edition of Fidelity, the 1996 studio album by cult Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column.

      Limited to just 500 copies, this special double disc edition is pressed on heavyweight 180 gm vinyl and features cover artwork by Crepuscule design director Benoit Hennebert, based on a portrait by Vini Reilly of filmmaker Carol Morley.

      Originally released by Crepuscule on CD only in April 1996, Fidelity featured 10 tracks written and performed by Vini Reilly, with occasional guest vocals by Eley Rudge. In addition to Vini’s trademark guitar stylings, the album showcased sleek electronic textures and programmed beats.

      This 2019 vinyl re-master features two bonus tracks: My Only Love was originally released in 1995 on a covermount CD with a specialist guitar magazine, while experimental piece The New Fidelity was issued on a Portuguese compilation album from 1992 called Hare, Hunter, Field.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Fidelity
      A2. For Suzanne
      A3. G+T
      B1. Future Perfect
      B2. Abstract Of Expression
      B3. Remember Me
      C1. Sanko
      C2. Grace
      C3. Storm For Steve
      D1. Guitar For Mother
      D2. My Only Love
      D3. The New Fidelity

      Various Artists

      From Brussels With Love

        Originally released as a cassette with a 16 page booklet packaged in a PVC wallet, From Brussels With Love featured 21 exclusive tracks from the international avant-garde and new wave, as well as contributions from the celebrated Factory Records roster. Then, as now, the featured artists include A Certain Ratio, Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Thomas Dolby, Dome, The Durutti Column, John Foxx, Martin Hannett, Richard Jobson, The Names, Bill Nelson, Kevin Hewick + New Order, Michael Nyman and Der Plan.

        Running for 78 minutes, the cosmopolitan ‘cassette journal’ was curated by Michel Duval, Annik Honore and Wim Mertens, and also includes extended interviews with Brian Eno and legendary French film actress Jeanne Moreau. The cover art is by Jean-Francois Octave, with additional artwork in the booklet by Benoit Hennebert, Marc Borgers and Claude Stassart.

        From Brussels With Love quickly sold 6000 copies around Europe, earning rapturous reviews in the UK music press. “This is a reminder – without really trying, without being obvious – that pop is modern poetry. Is the sharpest, shiniest collection of experiences. Is always something new” (Paul Morley, NME). More recently, Dan Fox of art magazine Frieze described TWI 007 as “a masterpiece of distinctly northern European post-punk eclecticism.”



        TRACK LISTING

        Tracklist – CD1:
        1. John Foxx A Jingle #1
        2. Thomas Dolby Airwaves
        3. Repetition Stranger
        4. Harold Budd Children On The Hill
        5. The Durutti Column Sleep Will Come
        6. Martin Hannett The Music Room
        7. The Names Cat
        8. Michael Nyman A Walk Through H
        9. Interview With Brian Eno
        10. John Foxx A Jingle #2
        11. Un Entretien Avec Jeanne Moreau
        12. Richard Jobson Armoury Show
        13. Bill Nelson The Shadow Garden
        14. The Durutti Column Piece For An Ideal
        15. A Certain Ratio Felch (live In NYC)
        16. Kevin Hewick & New Order Haystack
        17. Radio Romance Etrange Affinite
        18. Gavin Bryars White’s SS
        19. Der Plan Mein Freunde
        20. BC Gilbert & Graham Lewis Twist Up
        21. John Foxx A Jingle #3

        Tracklist – CD2:
        1. John Foxx A Jingle #4
        2. John Foxx Mr No
        3. Bill Nelson Dada Guitare
        4. The Durutti Column For Belgian Friends
        5. Richard Jobson & Tuxedomoon Orphee
        6. Aksak Maboul DBB (Double Bind Baby)
        7. Karel Goyvaerts Ach Golgotha (extract)
        8. Marguerite Duras Interview
        9. Polyphonic Size Nagasaki Mon Amour
        10. Marine Life In Reverse
        11. Michael Nyman Mozart
        12. Gavin Bryars White’s SS (unedited)
        13. The Names Nightshift
        14. Repetition A Still Reflex
        15. Digital Dance Treatment
        16. Josef K Sorry For Laughing
        17. A Certain Ratio And Then Again (live)
        18. John Foxx A Jingle #5

        The Durutti Column

        Fidelity

          Les Disques du Crepuscule presents the first ever vinyl release of Fidelity, the 1996 studio album by cult Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column.

          Originally released by Crepuscule on CD only in April 1996, Fidelity featured 10 tracks written and performed by Vini Reilly, with occasional guest vocals by Eley Rudge. In addition to Vini’s trademark guitar stylings, the album showcased sleek electronic textures and programmed beats.

          This 2019 vinyl re-master features two bonus tracks: My Only Love was originally released in 1995 on a covermount CD with a specialist guitar magazine, while experimental piece The New Fidelity was issued on a Portuguese compilation album from 1992 called Hare, Hunter, Field.

          Limited to just 1000 copies, this special double disc edition pressed in clear and blue vinyl features brand new cover artwork by Crepuscule design director Benoit Hennebert, based on a portrait by Vini Reilly of filmmaker Carol Morley.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Fidelity
          A2. For Suzanne
          A3. G+T
          B1. Future Perfect
          B2. Abstract Of Expression
          B3. Remember Me
          C1. Sanko
          C2. Grace
          C3. Storm For Steve
          D1. Guitar For Mother
          D2. My Only Love
          D3. The New Fidelity

          Paul Haig

          The Wood

            Les Disques du Crepuscule presents The Wood, a brand new studio album by Scottish singer and songwriter Paul Haig, previously frontman with cult Postcard post punk legends Josef K.

            Paul’s fourth solo album for Crepuscule since 1983 was written and recorded over a three year period between 2015 and 2018, and explores glitchy, twisty sonic territories in the vein of Four Tet, Floating Points and Love Over Entropy.

            ‘We can think of the wood or forest as a metaphor for the mystery of the human psyche,’ says Paul. ‘Like the human soul, it can be a place of hidden meanings and unrevealed secrets. I wanted to try and evoke this through the music and worked hard on finding the right balance of electronic and organic sound samples across a broad range of musical genres.’

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Chasing The Tail
            2. I Heard Music
            3. Sun Flicker
            4. Lights
            5. Acoustic Mangles
            6. The Walk
            7. The Wood
            8. Floaty Appy 

            23 Skidoo

            Beyond Time

              Beyond Time is the first album by acclaimed experimental group 23 Skidoo in fifteen years, released in a special double disc edition combining the soundtrack music to 2011 documentary film Beyond Time, and a DVD of the film itself.

              Directed by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, Beyond Time is a journey into the life and work of artist William Turnbull, from his modest roots as the son of a Dundee shipyard engineer to his standing as one of the world’s most highly regarded modern sculptors. Narration is by Jude Law. “An insightful, irreverent documentary, yet with a palpable sense of purpose” said the Daily Telegraph, with the Guardian confirming that“William Turnbull helped change the way we see art today.”

              The soundtrack music is performed by 23 Skidoo. Formed in 1979 as industrial, post-punk and funk genres coalesced, the group included Bill Turnbull’s sons Alex and Jonny together with Fritz Catlin and Peter ‘Sketch’ Martin. As well as new music, the accomplished score features re-worked versions of older material. “Johnny and I thought 23 Skidoo’s anti-commercial tendencies came from a punk sensibility,” explains Alex. “But it turns out we had a genetic predisposition to anti-establishment practices. Bill was a polymath at a time when that was a dirty word, shifting between sculpture and painting and putting both in a symbiotic relationship. Now crossing boundaries is everywhere: think of hip-hop. The name of the band referenced a William Burroughs short story. Burroughs used, as we did, cut-up techniques, collaging and sampling. We were oblivious to the fact that a lot of that aesthetic was in what Bill did until I made the film.”

              Both the CD and vinyl versions of Beyond Time include a Region 0 NTSC format DVD of the documentary film (with bonus features), but feature different artwork. The CD/DVD package features a portrait of Bill by photographer Ida Carr, while the vinyl/DVD version features a detail from 05 by William Turnbull (oil on canvas, 1959) printed on matt reverse board.


              TRACK LISTING

              CD Tracklist:
              1. Dawning (version)
              2. AYU (ambient)
              3. Calypso
              4. Interzonal
              5. Kendang
              6. Contemplation
              7. Helicopterz
              8. Urban Gamelan

              Vinyl Tracklist:
              A1. Dawning (version)
              A2. AYU (ambient)
              A3. Calypso
              B1. Kendang
              B2. Contemplation
              B3. Helicopterz
              B4. Urban Gamelan 

              Les Disques du Crepuscule present a remastered CD edition of Rhythm of Life by Paul Haig, the debut solo album by the enigmatic pop moodist who first made his name with Postcard label art-punk legends Josef K.

              Rhythm of Life was originally released in November 1983 and recorded in New York and London by renowned producer Alex Sadkin. A collection of nine polished club pop tracks, the sessions featured a stellar case of guest musicians including Berni Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic), Jack Waldman (Robert Palmer), Anton Fier (Feelies/Golden Palominos) and Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins). The album spawned no less than four singles in Heaven Sent, Justice, Never Give Up and Blue For You. Other standout tracks include Adoration, originally performed while Haig was still fronting Josef K.

              The five bonus tracks are taken from the 1984 mini-album New York Remix. All are extended dance remixes by Big Apple deejay Bruce Forest, boosting the total playing time to 70 minutes. The booklet contains a detailed Haig biography and retains the original album artwork by Crepuscule design director Benoit Hennebert.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Heaven Sent
              2. Never Give Up (Party, Party)
              3. Adoration
              4. Stolen Love
              5. Don’t Rush In
              6. Blue For You
              7. In The World
              8. Justice
              9. Work Together
              10. Heaven Sent (US Remix)
              11. Blue For You (US Remix)
              12. Never Give Up (US Remix) 13. Stolen Love (US Remix)
              14. Justice (US Remix) 


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