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Old Saw

Dissection Maps

    Old Saw, the enigmatic New England collective led by Henry Birdsey (Tongue Depressor), return with their third long-playing record, Dissection Maps. It is not enough to trace the fields. The choreo-cartographic demands the casting of stone, a grassfire, a carnival; something with which to rupture the horizontality of existence and imagine the vertical.Earth is the eighth morning, folded against the week's work. The field is a line drawing of oblivion. The house is a forest in the shape of a womb. America is a quarry in the image of god.(Aidan Patrick Welby – 2024)

    “The band captures the American stretch, the spaces in-between and the hollowness that haunts us along those routes…fades the radio to static to let the nothingness linger among the soul.” (Raven Sings the Blues) “ evokes an ambience of prayer-like solemnity that celebrates something decidedly terrestrial, what the label describes as “a rusted and granular shadow world where the dive bar meets the divine.” It recalls one of those junkyard shrines built by some sincere eccentric, improbably wonderful forms of weathered stone and scrap metal standing like totems to an unrecognised religion rooted in the earth around us.” (Various Small Flames).

    TRACK LISTING

    Sleeps With Dice
    Singing Loom
    Dealt In Silver
    Revival Hearing
    Measured Mile End
    Last Rings

    Maps

    Counter Melodies

      Mercury-nominated artist Maps, aka James Chapman, presents his fifth studio album, Counter Melodies.

      Maps’ music has always embraced melancholia, but with Counter Melodies Chapman has produced an album of upbeat and uplifting dance tracks. The album is a new adventure through the familiar emotional terrain of the Maps sound, while also transporting you to more resolutely optimistic and hopeful places.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: A near perfect collection of rave-influenced electronics, with a bright sidechained synth lines and saw wave stabs, underpinned with an intricate and dynamic percussive backdrop. It's a heady and hypnotic mix, and one that results in an album that sits somewhere between chilled home listening and dark dancefloor business. Really lovely.

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      Witchy Feel
      Heya Yaha
      Thru Lights
      Psyche
      Windows Open
      Transmission
      Lack Of Sleep
      Valentine
      Fever Dream
      My Love Is Like

      Swell Maps

      Mayday Signals

        An album crammed full of rare and unreleased tracks from the vaults of swell map founder Jowe Head. Swell Maps formed out of various bedrooms in the mid -70s and became the pioneers of DIY punk. 

        Swell Maps founding members were Nikki Sudden, Epic Soundtracks, Jowe Head & Phones Sportsman

        • Includes demo versions of 2 of the bands Singles “Dresden Style” & “Read about Seymour”. 

        • Exclusive artwork originally designed by Epic Soundtracks & Jowe Head in 1977. 

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE 1: 1976-77
        1/Intro/Sweet And Sour Extract
        2/Almost Grown
        3/City Boys (Dresden Style)
        4/Sahara 5/One Of The Crowd
        6/Wireless
        7/Ripped And Torn
        8/God Save The Queen
        9/Platinum Blind
        10/Harvist
        11/Gramofonica

        Side 2: 1977
        12/Read About Seymour
        13/Shubunkin
        14/Trade Kingdom
        15/Pets’ Corner
        16/Fashion Cult (Opaque)
        17/Plankton
        18/Johnny Seven
        19/Below Number One
        20/Plumbing/Radio Ten/Here’s The Cupboard 21/Organism 22/Sweet And Sour Reprise

        SIDE 3:1978-79
        23/Vertical Slum
        24/Avalanche Prelude
        25/International Rescue
        26/Deliferous Mistail
        27/Armadillo
        28/Avalanche Part 2
        29/Off The Beach

        SIDE FOUR
        30/Drop In The Ocean
        31/Whatever Happens Next (acoustic)
        32/Elegia Pt.2
        33/Bandits 1-5
        34/Secret Choir
        35/Big Cake Over America
        36/Tibetan Bedsprings

        Maps

        Turning The Mind - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

          Turning The Mind, recorded with Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas) at the Contino Rooms in London, is Maps’second album from 2009 and followed the release of Maps’ Mercury Prize shortlisted debut We Can Create in 2007. Includes the tracks ‘I Dream of Crystal’, ‘Die Happy, Die Smiling’ and ‘Valium In The Sunshine’

          “The tracks for this album never seemed to stop flowing from the day I began working on them, it is a true statement of Maps' music at this precise moment.”James Chapman aka Mapsin 2009.

          Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Turning The Mind
          A2 I Dream Of Crystal
          A3 Let Go Of The Fear
          A4 Valium In The Sunshine
          B1 Papercuts
          B2 Love Will Come
          B3 Everything Is Shattering
          B4 Nothing
          C1 The Note (These Videos)
          C2 Chemeleon
          C3 Die Happy, Die Smiling
          C4 Without You

          Maps

          We Can Create - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

            A hugely ambitious, widescreen and epic record that recalls everything from the far away electronics of Basic Channel and Carl Craig, through the skewed songwriting of Postal Service, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy to the euphoric sound-scapes of Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine, We Can Create is a work of heart stopping extremes.

            The album was recorded without computers, preferring the painstaking process of splicing sounds together on MAPS’ battered 16 track recorder in his Northamptonshire bedroom, the results were subsequently co-produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bjork) and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Hope Of The States). The critically acclaimed album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007.

            Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


            TRACK LISTING

            A1 So Low, So High
            A2 You Don’t Know Her Name
            A3 Elouise
            A4 It Will Find You
            B1 Glory Verse
            B2 Liquid Sugar
            B3 To The Sky
            B4 Back + Forth
            C1 Lost My Soul
            C2 Don’t Fear
            C3 When You Leave

            Juju

            Maps And Territory

              Juju's third album Maps And Territory reaffirms and at the same time transcends Juju's unique formula. A blend of Neo-psychedelia and Mediterranean Folk, New Wave and African tribalism, the sound of Juju is now deconstructed, reassembled and expanded, even bordering Jazz territories with the contribution avant-garde composer and improviser Amy Denio. The album also featuring guest appearance by Goatman from Goat. The album is beautifully wrapped in the artwork of Marco Baldassari (one half of Sonic Jesus), where the liquidity and movement of the Mediterranean blue (the territory) is counterpoised to the soily colour of the ground (the map). 

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              1) Master And Servants
              2) I'm In Trance
              3) Motherfucker Core
              4) If You Will Fall
              5) God Is A Rover
              6) Archontes Take Control

              ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is a career-defining, ambitious album that sees the bedroom producer step out of the bedroom with his most collaborative project to date, including work with classical ensemble The Echo Collective, percussionists and guest vocalists from across the world.

              These stunning, immersive and impressionistic songs, scored and produced by Maps himself, are inspired by an orchestral approach and by the rolling Northamptonshire countryside beyond the window of his studio, which provides peace, isolation and inspiration.

              “I wanted to push everything to the limit with this record, and explore new territory for Maps. The orchestral instrumentation and addition of other musicians and singers played a huge part in finding the purer and more human emotion I was searching for. I learnt the violin as I was growing up, so I’m glad it finally came in useful!” (Maps)

              Three years in the making, ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is informed by the richness of life experience. It is an album he could only have made now and one that represents a creative reinvention for Maps.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Chapman has created his opus here, swinging from soaring anthemic rock to brittle shoegazing ambience in the blink of an eye, but bolseted throughout with a firm emphasis on driven percussion and shimmering synths to keep things moving forward in spectacular fashion. A shining and spine-tingling collection, an absolute career high.

              TRACK LISTING

              1 Surveil
              2 Both Sides
              3 Howl Around
              4 Wildfire
              5 Just Reflecting
              6 She Sang To Me
              7 Sophia
              8 The Plans We Made
              9 New Star
              10 You Exist In Everything

              Maps & Atlases

              Lightlessness Is Nothing New

                Maps and Atlases Lightlessness Is Nothing New, their first since 2012s critically acclaimed Beware & Be Grateful, serves to foreshadow an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplates the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance.

                TRACK LISTING

                The Fear 
                Fall Apart
                Ringing Bell
                Violet Threaded
                Fog And The Fall
                Learn How To Swim
                Super Bowl Sunday
                War Dreams
                4/25
                Wrong Kind Of Magic


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