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Irmin Schmidt

Villa Wunderbar / A Selection

    ‘Villa Wunderbar’ is a 2CD (also available as a digital download), compiling the work of Can founder Irmin Schmidt’s solo and soundtrack work, including two unreleased Can remixes and a collection of soundtrack pieces personally compiled by longterm collaborator Wim Wenders.

    CD 1 is a compilation of Irmin Schmidt’s extensive work as a solo artist over the past 30 years. It is accompanied by sleevenotes written by the English writer Duncan Fallowell, author of most lyrics on the album, whilst CD 2 (selected and presented by the filmmaker Wim Wenders) is an insight into Schmidt’s vast work as a composer for film and television, for which Wenders has written extensive sleevenotes.

    The compilation includes tracks such as ‘Villa Wunderbar’, ‘Kick On The Floods’ and ‘Bohemian Step’, alongside unreleased remixes by Schmidt of two Can tracks, ‘Alice’ and ‘Last Night Sleep’, and an unreleased extract from ‘La Fermosa’, a ballet by Youri Vàmos, entitled Bêtes De Passage.

    After an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt - who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established Can in the late 60s, combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance, from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead, as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.

    After Can disbanded in the late 70s, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo artist, and the result is a vast oeuvre, which includes a series of solo albums (‘Toy Planet’ [1981], ‘Musk At Dusk’ [1987], ‘Impossible Holidays’ [1991]), an opera (‘Gormenghast’ [2000] based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), several releases with English composer Kumo (Masters Of Confusion [2001], ‘Axolotl Eyes’ [2008], ‘Flies, Guys & Choirs’ [2008] and ‘Cyclopean EP’ [2013]), a ballet (‘La Fermosa’ by Youri Vàmos) and over 100 film scores (‘Snowland’ [2005, dir. Hans W. Geissendörfer], ‘Palermo Shooting’ [2008, dir. Wim Wenders], amongst others).

    Schmidt’s sound trips combine what normally competes and conflicts: rock, pop, jazz, classic, electronic, ambient, drum 'n’ bass, waltz, Eastern. He is a true musical alchemist.

    Barry Adamson

    Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018)

      Memento Mori charts Adamson’s career from 1978’s Magazine track, ‘Parade’ (co-written by Adamson, from their debut album Real Life), to his work as founding member, alongside Nick Cave, of the Bad Seeds (‘From Her To Eternity’, co-written by Adamson); through his nine solo albums, from 1988’s Moss Side Story to the latest Love Sick Dick EPs, bringing everything up to date with a brand new unreleased track, ‘The Hummingbird’.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition gold coloured vinyl

      A Certain Ratio

      Acr:set

        acr:set is a career spanning compilation released on coloured double vinyl, CD and digitally on 12 October 2018. The two new tracks, ‘Dirty Boy’ and ‘Make It Happen’ were recorded at Oxygene in Manchester, and both appear on the new best of compilation, acr:set. ‘Dirty Boy’ is a classic slice of A Certain Ratio pop funk and features the voice of Tony Wilson preparing the band for ‘The Fox’ recording session in his own inimitable fashion, plus vocals from Barry Adamson, who returns a favour to the band after they reworked 2017’s ‘I Got Clothes’. The album is made up of tracks that feature in the band’s incendiary live show (hence the title), and includes rare 7” and 12” mixes alongside the two new recordings andsleeve notes by DJ and writer Dave Haslam.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Dark green and silver coloured vinyl, with limited 10" x 8" photographic print, signed by A Certain Ratio and photographer Paul Husband

        Throbbing Gristle

        Heathen Earth

          ‘Heathen Earth’: A live document of a performance by TG to a small and invited audience on 16 February 1980. Uses re-mastering from 2011. Neither an insight into TG’s recording process nor private live show, ‘Heathen Earth’ is its own entity and exists as a document and testament to a group of people at the height of their creative powers, recorded just over a year before they disbanded and terminated the mission.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Blue vinyl in gatefold sleeve, echoing the first pressing of the album from 1980, of which there were only 750 copies pressed. Subsequent pressings have all been on black vinyl. Also contains an 8 page 12” booklet entitled ‘Industrial News’. Vinyl format also contains a high definition download code for the tracks featured on the 2CD set’s second disc.

          Throbbing Gristle

          Journey Through A Body

            ‘Journey Through A Body’: Recorded as a piece of art for and in the studios of Italian National Radio RAI in Rome March 1981. Remastered. On the recommendation of Robert Wyatt, RAI originally commissioned Cosey Fanni Tutti to create a sound work based on the theme of ‘A Journey Through The Body’. It became a Throbbing Gristle project which was later broadcast by RAI. This was the last studio recording by Throbbing Gristle. It was recorded in five days, a day per body section. No tracks were re-recorded or added to after their day. Each track was mixed immediately after recording. No tracks were pre-planned; all tracks were invented directly to tape.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Unavailable on vinyl since 1983 and now repressed
            on silver vinyl with foil blocked cover and featuring photos from the session.

            Throbbing Gristle

            Mission Of Dead Souls

              ‘Mission Of Dead Souls’: The final performance of Throbbing Gristle before their initial breakup, at the Kezar Pavillion, San Francisco on 29 May 1981. Remastered. Following the release of this album and public statement by Throbbing Gristle of ‘This Mission Is Terminated’ the legend of the band began and influence upon generations started to be felt.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Unavailable on vinyl since the early 1990s, pressed here on white vinyl, recreating the original sleeve and using a silver ink with a new inner sleeve with photos and a passage by Jon Savage.

              Chris Liebing

              Burn Slow

                ‘Burn Slow’ is a 10-track album from Chris Liebing with vocal contributions from a diverse range of artists: Miles Cooper Seaton (Akron / Family), Mute labelmate Polly Scattergood (onDeadWaves), Cold Cave, Aleen and, of course, Gary Numan.

                ‘Burn Slow’ is a minimalist electronic epic and the start of a new chapter for one of techno’s leading authorities. It might not be what you expect for a DJ synonymous with fast, hard and heavy techno but, according to Chris Liebing, he’s always been something of a slow starter: “I’ve wanted to do something like ‘Burn Slow’ all my life,” he says.

                While retaining the framework of the techno beats that Chris Liebing has dedicated his life to for the past 25 years, here he also seeks out new harmonic territories, taking aim at the heart rather than the feet, in order to tackle some deep themes. The key concept of presence - the idea that everything is happening in this moment and that everything in the past is mere memory - form the thematic backbone of the record. It’s something Liebing got in touch with via philosopher Alan Watts, not to mention decades of getting entire dancefloors lost in the present: “If people would stay in the now, everything in the world would just have a bit more harmony,” explains Liebing.

                Liebing has teamed up with Ralf Hildenbeutel (a key part of the long since defunct Eye Q family) for ‘Burn Slow’ and it was at his new musical ‘enabler’ Hildenbeutel’s Frankfurt studio that Liebing began drifting into new territory.

                Swans

                Soundtracks For The Blind - Reissue

                  SWANS Soundtracks for the Blind - originally released in 1996, and the band’s last studio album prior to their 2010 reformation - will be released for the first time on vinyl by Mute / Young God Records on 20 July 2018.

                  Much requested by Swans fans, the vinyl package will consist of four LPs in jackets enclosed in a box with a poster, insert and digital copy. The box set will be a limited edition of 4,000 copies worldwide and, once sold out, will be followed by a gatefold LP version. Soundtracks for the Blind will also be reissued on CD featuring a repackage of the original digipak for the 1996 Atavistic release plus a bonus disc of the contemporaneous Die Tür Ist Zu EP (a German language version of some of the material from Soundtracks that also includes unique material) recently released for the first time on vinyl in the USA for Record Store Day 2018. Outside of the US, the Die Tür Ist Zu EP will be released as a limited edition companion piece double vinyl set, also on 20 July.

                  “This album has everything in there – all the ideas from Swans’ initial 15 years of work. There’s some contemporary recordings of the band as it existed in ‘96/7, with Larry Mullins on drums/percussion, Jarboe singing and playing keyboards, Vudi playing electric guitar, and Joe Goldring playing bass and electric guitar, and me singing and playing electric and acoustic guitar, but there’s also a huge amount of sounds and recordings that Jarboe and I collected over the years. These are reassembled, looped, mangled, and in many cases overdubbed upon to create new pieces of music… I really set my own trap, dug my own grave on this one. There was SO MUCH material to deal with, to sift through (whole trunks full of decomposing, moldy cassettes and discs with samples and sounds), and the task of making it into something coherent was at times debilitating. Really like climbing up a mountain of sand. I don’t remember why I set this goal for myself, to somehow incorporate such a ridiculously disparate amount of material. I think maybe it was so I could justify throwing all that crap into the local dump, which is what I did when I finished the album. But in the end, after centuries of picking at this huge iceberg of material with a toothpick, my trusty engineer Chris Griffin and I managed to sculpt something out of it. It actually breathes, seems to live, in most places I think. … When I decided to reform Swans in 2010 Soundtracks was what I referred to as a starting point”. 
                  - Michael Gira / Swans 2018.

                  “Now that this last phase of Swans is over, I'm not quite sure it actually happened. It's already fading, like most things. I think we achieved something there though, and it was good after shows to go out and meet people and get a sense of how the music has affected them, either that night or through the years. I'm always touched when I hear the music has had a salutary effect on someone, since it's had the same effect on me - which is why I do it. So, even if the details are increasingly hazy, I feel we've left something positive behind, and perhaps contributed something worthwhile.

                  Now, as is natural, I'm looking towards what comes next. I'm currently writing new material for the next phase of Swans, some of which I'll perform on my upcoming solo tours. Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with the simplest of means. I think I've gotten pretty good at it over time. I play the guitar my own way. I've never really learned how to play it conventionally and I don't care to do so. I could just as easily be hitting two rocks together. It provides a context for the voice and words, and just as in the music of Swans, when all the elements (known and unknowable) combine, it can lead to something beyond itself, which is always the place I'd like to go: somewhere else. I hope to see you there."
                  - Michael Gira / Swans 2018.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  4xLP Box Set includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Swans

                  Die Tür Ist Zu

                    Die Tür Ist Zu EP is a German language version of some of the material from The Swans "Soundtracks For The Blind" and also includes unique material. It was recently released for the first time on vinyl in the USA for Record Store Day 2018 and is now available in the UK.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                    A Certain Ratio

                    Change The Station

                      This is the latest instalment in an ongoing collaboration with Mute and follows the release of The Graveyard And The Ballroom, To Each, Force, acr:mcr, I’d Like To See You Again, Up In Downsville and the long out of print album Good Together.
                      Change The Station (1986) – An abstract album that sees A Certain Ratio bring the funk to laid back ambience in a way that only they could. The party is still there and it’s more hypnotic than ever.



                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xColoured LP Info: Blue vinyl.

                      2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Formed in Boston, 2014, SHADOWPARTY comprises members of some of the most iconic electronic bands of a generation, New Order and DEVO.

                      At the pulsing heart of the group are Josh Hager, Jeff Friedl, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham. For DEVO, Hager plays guitars and keyboards, whilst Friedl plays drums; in their hitherto day-job with New Order, Chapman and Cunningham play bass and guitars respectively.

                      “We got on straight away because we had a lot in common, a lot of similar records in our collections – Kraftwerk, early 80s punk bands, electro, Joy Division,” says Tom. “And Josh had one of the DEVO plant pot hats in his studio. That was my first question: what’s that?!”

                      With the band's debut long-player, they are joined by diverse collaborators that each contribute a distinct twist to the sound; with combined credentials including work with luminaries spanning A Certain Ratio, Electronic, The Verve and Elbow.

                      Nick McCabe flexes his much-loved guitar sound across two of the album’s tracks, Even So and Marigold. Meanwhile, Denise Johnson lends her soaring vocal presence to no-less-than six of the album’s tracks, including incoming single Celebrate.

                      Also crashing the party is LA-based DJ Whitney Fierce, who appears on backing vocals, and Joe Duddell, the Manchester-based arranger who has lent his orchestral finesse to the likes of Elbow, Blossoms, and New Order; for whom he created and scored a 12-piece synth orchestra for a run of Manchester International Festival shows.

                      It's the sound of a blast. SHADOWPARTY burst through your speakers; pulsing electronics get swept away with lush orchestrations, bold 80s-fused beats get carved up by haunting guitars and vocals tower through each moment, whispering sweet harmonies and unspoken despair.

                      “When you break that mould and you’re open and receptive to each other’s styles, then it kind of opens up an entirely new world.” says Jeff.

                      Signed to Mute, the band’s debut album is set to drop early in 2018; it was recorded in Boston, LA, Manchester and, of course, Macclesfield. The party will go live shortly afterwards, dates for a tour will follow.

                      Turn the lights down. Turn the sound up.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      A Certain Ratio

                      Sextet

                        Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while still retaining Ratio’s signature brittle funk textures, heard in full effect on Lucinda, Gum and trancelike floor filler Knife Slits Water. .

                        “It all came together for us on Sextet really,” confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. “We were all working together - more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven’t.” 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: Orange vinyl.

                        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        A Certain Ratio

                        Mind Made Up

                          Produced by Ratio in Manchester between 2006 and 2009, "Mind Made Up" marks a stunning return to hard-edged funky form. 'The songs are timeless and true to ACR's roots,' says Donald Johnson. 'The emphasis was placed on keeping it simple in the studio. Trickery was kept to a minimum and we never took more than three takes on any track.' Adds Martin Moscrop: 'Most songs we jammed in rehearsal one week and recorded the next, so that they were rough round the edges. And the lyrics are some of the best Jez has ever produced. You'll also hear old ACR influences throughout the album. "Teri" was actually the first song ACR ever wrote, but it has never been recorded or released until now.' 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xColoured LP Info: Purple vinyl.

                          2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                          Liars

                          1/1: Original Soundtrack To The Film

                          Liars announce the release of their first original soundtrack - ‘1/1’.

                          ‘1/1’ is the soundtrack to Jeremy Phillips’ directorial debut, due to be released in July 2018. Starring Lindsey Shaw (‘Pretty Little Liars’), Judd Nelson (‘Breakfast Club’, ‘St Elmo’s Fire’) and Dendrie Taylor (‘Star Trek Generations’, ‘Twins’), the film submerges the viewer into the mind of Lissa, a 20-year-old girl in rural Pennsylvania and her struggles with sex, drugs, love and loss. Liars have created an electronic soundtrack that reflects the film’s use of mixed media abstractions and multi-film formats, which undoubtedly stands up as an album in its own right.




                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Liars form a strong and driven backing to Philips's first outing with their nuanced and textured touch, with clicking, syncopated percussion, shimmering ambience and haunting shards of reversed guitars and tenderly plucked acoustics. Every bit the standalone piece, and perfectly fitted to the film as well. Great stuff.

                          Springing forth from the punk era of the late 70s, A Certain Ratio carved their own niche by marrying the gloom and gristle of the Manchester's Factory era with a whole load of groove. Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. 

                          Alive and well and on A&M after the Factory split, A Certain Ratio were in euphoric and emotive form for 1989’s Good Together. Bursting with the boundless positivity of the acid house era, the LP sees ACR divert their usual funk into the baggy sound of the time, exploiting conventional song structures to convey themes of togetherness and hope. Soulful, smooth and packed with proper anthems, including the saucy eyed serenade ‘The Big E’ and the wriggling acid pop of the title track, ‘Good Together’ remains the ACR of choice for ageing ravers everywhere.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xColoured LP Info: Double white vinyl.

                          Springing forth from the punk era of the late 70s, A Certain Ratio carved their own niche by marrying the gloom and gristle of the Manchester's Factory era with a whole load of groove. Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. 

                          If Good Together saw A Certain Ratio translating the acid house ethos through conventional song, Up In Downsville was a sweat drenched return to the heart of the dance floor. Released on Rob Gretton’s plainly named imprint, the LP shuffles through melodic house, slick acid jazz and brooding electro-funk, pulling together the disparate strands of Manchester’s clubland into one infectious whole. The groove is king throughout but never hits harder than on LP closer Up In Downsville Pt.2, a flute led masterpiece of Mancunian funk which forms a wonderful contrast to enduring Balearic classic ‘Salvador’s (Fish)’, the album’s finest moment.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xColoured LP Info: Light blue vinyl!

                          Yazoo

                          Situation - The Francois K Remixes

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            Released on limited edition heavyweight 180 gm vinyl this 12" brings together four 'Situation' remixes from the legendary French / New York producer, François Kevorkian. Side A features the two classic U.S. mixes from 1982, while the flip side includes the 1990 'Deadline' mix and the unreleased 'More Dub' mix available on this 12" for the very first time. Written by Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet, 'Situation' was originally released as the b-side of Yazoo's debut single 'Only You' which went to Number 2 in the UK Charts.

                            Daniel Blumberg

                            Minus

                              Daniel Blumberg announces his debut album release for Mute, ‘Minus’, the first release under his own name.

                              An astonishing work, the record weds an improvisational, free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting, rooted deep in the personal turmoil Blumberg experienced whilst making the record.

                              The album was recorded live with legendary producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker’s collaborator since ‘Climate Of Hunter’) in just five days during a remote residential stay in Wales, amidst a debilitating breakup with his partner of seven years along with Blumberg's ongoing struggle with mental illness which resulted in his hospitalization just a week before recording.

                              Still only 27 years old, Blumberg has written himself a rich musical history; from his teenage band who signed to XL whilst he was still at school, onto and through the projects of Yuck, Oupa and Hebronix, whilst solidifying close creative partnerships with the likes of David Berman (Silver Jews), Low, Lambchop and Royal Trux’s Neil Michael Hagerty (with whom Blumberg has performed as a member of the Howling Hex).

                              With ‘Minus’, though, there is a sense that Daniel Blumberg has finally arrived at the place he has been searching for - an arresting and progressive work, one which is set to establish him as one of Britain’s most unique contemporary voices.

                              Josh T. Pearson presents ‘The Straight Hits!’, an album which began as a mere creative exercise - each song had to follow certain parameters, described as The Five Pillars - and one that has given Pearson the freedom to write a lighter, more ‘straight’ album.

                              In three days, Pearson had penned nine whole songs (the album also includes a cover of Austin Americana singer/songwriter Jonathan Terrell’s wonderful country tribute song ‘Damn Straight’). The album is a departure from years of long form songwriting with tunes meant to hit straight and to the point.

                              ‘The Straight Hits!’ features multiple different flavours of country, rock and all points in between, taking in blasts of goofy shit-kicking country-punk (opener ‘Straight To The Top!’,); cataclysmic rock & roll playing its romantic drama at high-stakes (‘Loved Straight To Hell); aching folksy mourn (‘Dire Straights Of Love’) and even a bona fide love song, ‘A Love Song (Set Me Straight)’, which Pearson admits breaks several of the Five Pillars but obeys an unwritten Sixth Pillar: Musical rules are made to be broken. There’s new Josh T. Pearson music in the world and it’s joyful, giddy, lifeaffirming stuff.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Never one to shy away from his Texan roots, former frontman of Lift To Experience branches out into acoustic numbers and pulsing balladry, amongst the (not surprising) walls of catatonic, blissful noise.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: LP pressed on pink vinyl with digital download code.

                              Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              Nonpareils

                              Scented Pictures

                                Aaron Hemphill announces details of his debut solo album, ‘Scented Pictures’. Released under the name Nonpareils, these are his first recordings since an amicable departure from Liars in 2016.

                                The songs on ‘Scented Pictures’, recorded by Hemphill in Berlin, are directly inspired by concepts relating to memories, or more accurately the sensory experience of memory. The tracks brim with poppy ideas and lush colour, yet their structures aim at defying logic, filtering the songs into strange new psychedelic corners. Hemphill believes that encouraging the brain to fill in the gaps in something - be it a piece of music or a specific memory - leads to an amplified, more vivid experience for the listener. The snippets of sound and image inside ‘Scented Pictures’’ songs were mostly culled from the musician’s own memory and tinted by his entry into a new solo phase in his career.

                                The songwriting displayed on ‘Scented Pictures’ is metaphysically restructured pop, the wealth of sounds and sonic processes at Hemphill’s disposal having diversified and warped since ‘Mess’, his final studio album with Liars.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                Chris Carter

                                Chemistry Lessons Volume 1

                                Seventeen years on from his last solo release, the twenty-five tracks collected on Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One (CCCL Volume 1) were the product of six years spent working on solo material in the Norfolk home studio he shares with Cosey Fanni Tutti. CCCL Volume 1 reinforces Carter’s significant but often under-appreciated role in the development of electronic music - a journey that for Carter started ahead of his work with Throbbing Gristle (alongside Cosey, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge), and continued through Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti, Carter Tutti Void as well as his own solo and collaborative releases under his own name.

                                Here you will find music with a distinctly futuristic leaning, with insistent melodic patterns and a distinct sense of wonderment at the limitless possibilities of science. “If there’s an influence on the album, it’s definitely ‘60s radiophonic,” Carter agrees. “Over the last few years I’ve also been listening to old English folk music, almost like a guilty pleasure, and so some of tracks on the album hark back to an almost ingrained DNA we have for those kinds of melodies. They’re not dissimilar to nursery rhymes in some ways.”

                                That combination of traditional music and the backing track for exciting, potential futures gives tracks like ‘Moon Two’ and ‘Tangerines’ a sheen of inquisitiveness and quiet euphoria, while ‘Modularity’ and ‘Roane’ have an anxious, sci-fi noir charm. Elsewhere, the skewed voices of the meditative ‘Cernubicua’ add a calming, human note to the album, even if deciphering any specific lyrical content is largely impossible. “That's completely intentional,” says Carter. “Sleazy and I had worked together on ways of developing a sort of artificial singing using software and hardware. This was me trying to take it a step further. I've taken lyrics, my own voice or people's voices from a collection that I'd put together with Sleazy, and I’ve chopped them up and done all sorts of weird things with them.”

                                Carter began the foundation work for what became CCCL Volume 1 in the years before Sleazy passed away in 2010, and the death of Carter’s fellow TG journeyman had a profound effect on the development of the album. “I’d been accumulating a lot of material, just tracks and elements of tracks, and I was going to start putting it together just before Sleazy died,” he says. “That’s what completely threw me, and that’s partly why it’s taken so long, because of dealing with the shock of that.” Carter describes going through a long grieving process which manifested itself in some of the darker, more introspective tracks appearing on the album.


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: There aren't many driving forces in electronic music as influential as throbbing gristle, and Chris Carter's role cannot be understated. Here we get a distillation of his influences from minimal wave industrial into cosmic and krautrock. Brilliantly evocative and enthralling.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xColoured LP Info: Coloured vinyl LP one 'Frost Bite' and LP two 'Ash Grey'.

                                2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                A Certain Ratio

                                ACR:MCR

                                  As part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute Recordings Several of their albums will be released, including the long out of print albums 'acr:mcr' and 'Good Together.'A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.

                                  Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. They have gone on to influence generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall. 


                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xColoured LP Info: Double clear vinyl remastered at 45rpm for optimum sound quality

                                  A Certain Ratio

                                  I'd Like To See You Again

                                    Following the new wave classic Sextet, this Manchester/New York post-punk funk unit's third album, I'd Like to See You Again, points toward a more minimal, stripped-down funk sound. This was apparently influenced heavily by the New York club scene of the early '80s, in which A Certain Ratio immersed themselves following their formation in Manchester. The departure of vocalist Martha Tilson left the band working in a more rhythmic instrumental approach, eschewing the pop forms of Sextet and focusing on a harder electro-funk sound. While this revealed the influence of time spent in club culture and marked a radical departure from the melancholy Manchester sound of their previous albums, the band kept their melodic passages intact, which created a tension between bright and dark moods that was the striking characteristic of their best work. The fact that this album fared well on the dancefloor some 20 years after its release may indicate that A Certain Ratio was ahead of their time. Their influence could be heard cropping up in strains of the Brit-pop, techno, post-rock, and house of the late '90s. Hence, I'd Like to See You Again is an album that deserves a revisit. Essential listening for fans of the Factory sound that spawned the British club sound exemplified by New Order and the New York wave of minimal funk groups, like Liquid Liquid and ESG.. 

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: Transparent Yellow Vinyl.

                                    A Certain Ratio

                                    To Each

                                    This first album was originally only released on cassette and was compiled from a collection of early four-track recordings and a set of live tracks recorded when the band was opening for the Talking Heads. The sound is good for lo-fi recordings, and the band is, for all of their musical amateurishness, precise and controlled. Those seeking an idiosyncratic, interesting art-funk band can do no wrong with this release.

                                    “A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in,” reads the press notes. “ACR always do what I don’t expect, who wouldn’t want to work with artists like that?” Mute Records boss Daniel Miller adds. Though various members have come and gone, a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson has always remained.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition double red vinyl.

                                    2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    November 2015, saw the return of the legendary New Order to play two nights at a sold out Brixton Academy in support of the new album Music Complete.

                                    “(New Order) shimmer through an untouchable back catalogue of electro alchemy… just when it was needed, they have delivered us a profoundly life-affirming evening.” ✶✶✶✶✶ The Guardian

                                    The second of the two shows was captured by Live Here Now, and is now released as NOMC15 (New Order Music Complete 15).

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: An essential document of New Order's groudbreaking two night stint at Brixton Academy on their massive Music Complete tour. All the classics, performed without fault, from a band perpetually at the height of their career. Superb stuff.

                                    Re-release of the fifth album by iconic post-punk funk outfit A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in November 1986 and described by drummer Donald Johnson as "the Mike Tyson of funk".

                                    Force marked a return to form for Ratio, mixing the robust funk grooves of lead single Mickey Way with more downtempo tracks, as well as Si Firmi O Grido, the percussive tour de force that still provides a reliable climax to live performances. In addition to pin-sharp rhythm and groove the album also displayed a certain pop sensibility, courtesy of guest vocalist Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister. The album was also one of the first to utilise the brand new Akai S900 sampler.


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    A Certain Ratio

                                    The Graveyard And Ballroom

                                    ACR's debut release for Factory Records, this was originally released as a Factory cassette in 1980. Produced by Martin Hannett, tracks 1-7 were recorded at the Graveyard Studios in Prestwich, while the remaining tracks were recorded live at The Electric Ballroom, hence the title.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Limited edition in green PVC sleeve.

                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    Throbbing Gristle

                                    The Second Annual Report - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                      Throbbing Gristle's first album - the "Second" refers to it coming out at the end of their second year together - must have sounded like it came from another planet upon its 1977 release. Heavily influential to industrial outfits of the 1980s, who took TG's raw, experimental noise ideas and made them more accessible, "Second Annual Report" is TG at their most extreme.

                                      From its deadpan sleeve to the peculiar choice of structuring - the album features three separate live versions of the horrific "Slug Bait" (including a wonderful clip of a DJ screaming at the audience after a Throbbing Gristle gig) and four more straightforward cuts of "Maggot Death" - "Second Annual Report" is a startling document. This reissue also includes the lengthy improvisation "After Cease to Exist" and both sides of the subversive "United / Zyklon B. Zombie" single.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition white vinyl. Includes stickers and inserts plus a digital copy with additional audio.

                                      2xCD Info: Remastered edition - includes 1976-77 bonus CD.

                                      Throbbing Gristle

                                      The Taste Of TG: A Beginner’s Guide To The Music Of Throbbing Gristle

                                        Between 1975 and 1981 they troubled eardrums, shattered preconceptions and changed lives, and the repercussions of their sonic, ideological and industrial experiments are still being felt today. These repercussions were most recently highlighted by some of today's electronic peers paying homage to TG's pioneering experiments. "Mutant TG" was the first ever TG remix collection whereby contemporary producers such as Carl Craig, Two Lone Swordsmen and Simon Ratcliffe (Basement Jaxx) provide stunning reworks of classic TG. Now with "The Taste Of TG" you can sample their unadulterated majesty, a beginner's guide to the enigmatic and elusive Throbbing Gristle.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition double red vinyl.

                                        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        Throbbing Gristle

                                        20 Jazz Funk Greats - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                          One of THE classic post-punk albums of the late 70s, "20 Jazz Funk Greats" sees Throbbing Gristle breaking away from their strictly industrial / experimental noise sound of previous years and dipping a toe in more accessible waters. Obviously that's 'accessibility' TG style, with the title track opener mixing a minimal drum rhythm, melancholic trumpet wails and synth noise - not necessarily one for the youth club disco... Originally released in 1979 - the same year as PIL's "Metal Box", and with a similar boundary-pushing desire, "20 Jazz Funk Greats" is one of the most influential albums for the forthcoming 1980s EBM movement. Standout tracks include the drum-panned sequence-heavy "Still Walking", morose "Convincing People" (TG's answer to "Poptones"?), the krautrock-inspired beauty "Walkabout" and massive disco-not-disco / electro-dance anthem "Hot On The Heels Of Love". Essential.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Patrick says: Although it clocks in at eleven tracks, none of which are even vaguely jazz-funk, this LP really is great. Better than great actually - it’s a sleazy, queasy, properly perverted masterpiece. In a move which laid the blueprint for the industrial and EBM movements which followed, Hull’s finest married post punk grit with corrosive synthesis to create a truly unsettling listen.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Coloured LP Info: Green vinyl edition, plus 8 page booklet. Includes digital copy with additional audio.

                                          2xCD Info: Remastered edition - includes live bonus CD.

                                          Ben Frost

                                          The Centre Cannot Hold

                                          The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.
                                           
                                          An exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation, The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound.
                                           
                                          Ben Frost released Threshold Of Faith, a seven-track 12” and digital EP, last month. Pitchfork describe the track title track as “moving from heroic vistas into a garbled, snow-blinded melee. Distant choral pads, a glistening upper-register sheen, submerged piano, and groaning harmonies all stack up into a geologic crescendo that extends into infinity.” while The 405 describe the EP as “scorching and beautiful”.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: I once saw Ben Frost at Mauerpark in Berlin. I tweeted him to ask what he was doing there (a stupid question as he was doing the exact thing I was, watching bad open-air Karaoke). His response was that he was 'Collecting Owls' which he must have been as good at as he was at making life altering earth-shaking electronic clouds of bliss, because there wasn't an owl to be seen.

                                          Ben Frost

                                          Ionia / Ionia (JLIN Rework)

                                            Ionia is a brand new track by Ben Frost, taken from his forthcoming fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold, out on Mute on 29 September 2017.  

                                            The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.   

                                            The Ionia 12” is backed by an exclusive remix by JLIN.

                                            Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül ‘Refree’ Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo's solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.  

                                            Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players

                                            Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on ‘Last Looks’ and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo’s band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel).  

                                            Ranaldo collaborated with award winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs and the American artist, Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth’s 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.

                                            Liars

                                            TFCF: 420 Estuary Angler Edition

                                              Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets. On this, Liars’ eighth studio album, the bustling backdrops of Los Angeles, Berlin and New York have been replaced with a presence far more intimate and autobiographical as Liars once again boldly step out of their comfort zone into vastly new musical territory.

                                              The album’s reinvention of the Liars paradigm - blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic, between the experimental impulse and the addictive pop sensibility - is evidence that Angus’ creative energies remain as healthy as ever, even given the upheaval within the group.

                                              ‘TFCF’ was written and recorded by Liars (Angus Andrew). Butchy Fuego, who performed live with Liars following Julian Gross’ departure in 2014, plays drums on three tracks.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe double vinyl edition featuring custom made sandpaper sleeve, spray painted ‘Liars’ on one side and ‘TFCF’ on the other.
                                              Includes art print signed by Liars, previously unreleased tracks and a further 20 minutes of music not included on the standard version of ‘TFCF’, lyric booklet, ‘TFCF’ pressed on red vinyl, plus high definition digital download of all the audio.

                                              Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets. On this, Liars’ eighth studio album, the bustling backdrops of Los Angeles, Berlin and New York have been replaced with a presence far more intimate and autobiographical as Liars once again boldly step out of their comfort zone into vastly new musical territory.

                                              Following an amicable parting of ways with Aaron Hemphill, Liars is now Angus Andrew, who decamped to his native Australia, specifically to a remote part of the Australian bush, to create an album unlike any Liars had attempted before.

                                              The album’s reinvention of the Liars paradigm – blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic, between the experimental impulse and the addictive pop sensibility – is evidence that Angus’ creative energies remain as healthy as ever, even given the upheaval within the group.

                                              TFCF was written and recorded by Liars (Angus Andrew).  Butchy Fuego, who performed live with Liars following Julian Gross’ departure in 2014, plays drums on three tracks. 

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Coloured LP Info: Red vinyl!

                                              Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                              Can – The Singles, a brand new collection of all of the band’s single releases, on triple vinyl and CD.

                                              This unique document is the first time the singles have been presented together and shows the breadth of their influential career, from well loved tracks like Halleluwah, Vitamin C and I Want More to more obscure and sought after singles such as Silent Night and Turtles Have Short Legs.

                                              The tracks are all presented in their original single version, many of which have been unavailable for many years and not presented outside of the original 7" release.

                                              The triple vinyl comes packaged in a trifold sleeve and decorated with a beautiful spot gloss lamination and is designed by the award winning Julian House from Intro, a long time design collaborator of Can's.

                                              The CD and download versions of the album serve as the perfect easy entry point to the world of Can for the uninitiated and are priced accordingly.
                                              The vinyl serves as a wonderful document to this corner of the Can world for the hardcore fan and is an often overlooked area of the band's career.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: Once described by my colleague Mandy (names have been changed for confidentiality) as a bunch of German druggies each playing a different song, Can have a reputation for the eccentric (or eclectic, or insane). It may surprise some then that the Kosmische legends were more than capable of knocking up killer pop tunes, 23 of which feature here. Alongside big tracks like the b-boy classic ‘Vitamin C’ and wavy Krautfunk great ‘I Want More’, we also get to sample some lesser known sounds like the bluesy blinder ‘She Brings The Rain’ and the infectious idiocy of ‘Turtles Have Short Legs’.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              3xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                              Swans present a remastered reissue of their ninth studio album, ‘The Great Annihilator’, on Mute.

                                              ‘The Great Annihilator’, originally released in 1995 and described at the time as “…a majestic symphony of haunting melodies and shifting moods” (SF Bay Guardian), will be released as a 2CD set, on double vinyl - the album’s first release on vinyl for decades - and as a digital download album. (Michael Gira’s ‘Drainland’ is also available as a standalone digital download album.)

                                              The 2CD and double vinyl (in the form of a download code) formats will also feature ‘Drainland’, Michael Gira’s debut solo album recorded at the same time as ‘The Great Annihilator’.

                                              The album was entirely remastered by Doug Henderson but only after Bill Rieflin (‘Honorary Swan Forever’) recently tracked down DATs and cassettes containing unmastered mixes from the sessions. Michael Gira describes the discovery as “a revelation of great sonic effect.” Talking about the recording, Gira said “I lived in a tent in a mosquito infested studio right next to Cabrini Green in Chicago for what (?) something like 3 months, rarely leaving. Band members and Jarboe and Bill Rieflin etc came and went, and somehow we crafted this thing into what it became.”

                                              ‘The Great Annihilator’ line up features Michael Gira, Jarboe, Bill Rieflin, Algis Kizys, Norman Westberg, Clinton Steele and Ted Parsons

                                              Goldfrapp follow up 2013’s Top 5 album ‘Tales of Us’ with the deep, dark and electronic musical palette of ‘Silver Eye’, their brand new studio album, made, for the first time, with an eclectic collection of collaborators. John Congleton, Grammy-winning producer of St. Vincent, John Grant and Wild Beasts, electronic composer Bobby Krlic, aka The Haxan Cloak and mix engineer David Wrench (The XX, Caribou, fka Twigs) have helped create an album of stomping underground electronica, sensual ethereal melodies and metal machine pop, that is undeniably Goldfrapp.  A passionate and increasingly in-demand photographer, Alison art directed and shot all the images for the album cover and the publicity campaign.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: As effervescent and brilliantly melodic as ever. Gritty synths, swirling pads and Alison's unmistakable vocal stylings. Soaring neon 80's numbers, pensive gothic ambience and shining angelic harmonies. Superb.

                                              ADULT. (Detroit’s Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) release the new album, ‘Detroit House Guests’, their first for Mute.

                                              ‘Detroit House Guests’ is a collaborative project conceived by ADULT. in the early 2000s. The concept became a reality in 2014 after receiving a John S and James L Knight Foundation grant.

                                              Based on the visual artist residency model, each musician came to ADULT.’s studio for a three week period with the parameter that they all live, work and collaborate together. The result, a total anthropological sound experiment and a full length album.

                                              The album features collaborations with a whole host of musicians and artists - Douglas J McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb, Michael Gira from Swans, Shannon Funchess from Light Asylum, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe AKA Lichens, Austrian thereminist Dorit Chrysler and multidisciplinary artist Lun*na Menoh.

                                              ADULT. are the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. They played their first live show together in Germany in 1997 under the name Artificial Material. In early 1998 they released their first 12” under the moniker Plasma Co. Later that year, they released their first 12” under the name ADULT. Currently, they have released six albums and 19 EPs / singles on Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey and Clone Records, as well as on their own label Ersatz Audio (which currently has over 40 releases since it was founded in 1995). They have remixed over 20 acts as well, including Tuxedomoon, John Foxx, Death In Vegas and Pet Shop Boys (for Moog Music).

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: Detroit residents, and lovers of a good collaboration Adult bring together some of the greatest names in avant, experimental and electronic music to form this exciting and varied tour-de-force. Pulsing electronics, spoken word interludes and industrial rhythms form into a brilliantly fascinating epiphany of sound. Highly recommended.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                              Australian-born, Reykjavík-dwelling musician Ben Frost, whose glacial compositions have adorned Sky Atlantic’s oddball Arctic murder mystery Fortitude. Despite previously scoring various visual projects (including survival drama The Deep), Frost approached Fortitude with reservations. “I was actually very wary of getting involved, to be honest,” he says. “In my experience, when people use words like ‘new’, ‘uncompromising’ and ‘cutting edge’, what they actually mean is can you borrow some elements from something genuinely exciting and mash it into a fine paste suitable for infants and old people.”

                                              Dovetailing with the on-screen intrigue, Frost’s work is by turns urgent, unsettling and alarming. “I was probably subconsciously trying to get out of it when I said it should be built around choral music, but nobody asked me to leave the meeting,” he says.

                                              For Frost, who has decried industry “bullshit” vehemently in the past, working on scores has proved liberating. “There are lines of inquiry that I can explore, that can form the foundations of a bigger idea, one that needs more time. In those long spaces between [albums], I have often found that writing soundtrack music as a counterpart to something else is, if nothing else, good exercise.”




                                              New Order

                                              Tutti Frutti - Japanese Import

                                                Ultra limited Japanese version of New Order’s Tutti Frutti.

                                                We have a handful!!

                                                The much-anticipated definitive release of Lift To Experience’s seminal double concept album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, mixed as God intended.

                                                The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, released by Mute on 3 February 2017 is a brand new mix of the classic album, overseen by the band and engineer Matt Pence and features rejuvenated album artwork (an homage to the Texas-based graphics design studio Pen & Pixel famed for their 90’s Southern gangsta rap album covers).

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLtd LP Info: Coloured double LP.

                                                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                2xCD includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Box set Info: The Deluxe Vinyl Box Set includes the new double album, plus the original Lift To Experience EP from 1997 which was only ever released in Texas on CDRs and the previously unreleased classic John Peel session from 2001 plus a download of the original version of the album.

                                                It has taken 20 years for Mick Harvey to resume his project of translating Serge Gainsbourg’s songs into English and following the release of Volume 3 - ‘Delirium Tremens’ in June, Mick Harvey has now announced the final in the series, Volume 4 - ‘Intoxicated Women’.

                                                ‘Intoxicated Women’ contains many duets and songs written by Gainsbourg, mostly during the 1960s, in a period where he was focusing his songwriting on singers such as France Galle, Juliette Greco and most famously, Brigitte Bardot.

                                                Here Harvey has enlisted the talents of guest singers Channthy Kak (Cambodian Space Project), Australian singers Xanthe Waite (Terry, Primo), Sophia Brous, Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt and Jess Ribeiro and the German chanteuse Andrea Schroeder plus a special appearance by Harvey’s son, Solomon.

                                                Richard H Kirk

                                                #7489

                                                  Richard H. Kirk - #7489 (Collected Works 1974 - 1989) is an 8-CD box set, collating Kirk’s solo work from 1974-1989.  

                                                  Walking a tightrope of experimental and dance floor themed electronic music, Richard H. Kirk’s solo work precedes his output with Cabaret Voltaire and his releases continued alongside the band’s output. Cementing his reputation as a pioneer of electronic music, this box set amply proves Kirk’s inventiveness and sounds as fresh now as it did otherworldly then.  

                                                  Richard H. Kirk - #7489 (Collected Works 1974 - 1989) includes the 2CD Earlier/Later album as well as the newly re-mastered albums Disposable Half Truths, Time High Fiction (2CD), Black Jesus Voice, Ugly Sprit and an album of previously unreleased materiel Super Duper Soul.

                                                  Sandoz

                                                  #9294 (Collected Works 1992-1994)

                                                    Sandoz - #9294 (Collected Works 1992 - 1994) is a 5-CD box set collating the melding of African sounds with European electronic music, the mission statement of Richard H. Kirk’s alter ego, Sandoz. These works date from 1992-1994, the box includes the 2CD Digital Lifeforms (Redux), the longtime unavailable and newly re-mastered Intensely Radioactive and Dark Continent albums and an album of previously unreleased material, Sandoz Runs The Voodoo Down.

                                                    Afghan Whigs

                                                    Black Love - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                    LOS ANGELES – In 1996, The Afghan Whigs were fresh off the worldwide success of Gentlemen. They had toured the world, graced magazine covers, television performances, major festivals, the works. However, their follow up album would not be Gentlemen II. It would be a pivot and a full public display of the growth and maturity of Greg Dulli’s songwriting.   

                                                    Released in the spring of 1996, Black Love was the Afghan Whigs’ fifth studio album overall. The music was inspired by lead singer Greg Dulli’s idea to make a film noir movie. Although the film was never made, it did help inform the album’s dark tone and fuel songs like the singles “Honky’s Ladder” and “Going To Town.” The album opener, “Crime Scene Part One” was inspired by the screenplay for “The Million Dollar Hotel,” while “Blame, Etc.” reflected on the troubled life of Temptations singer David Ruffin.  

                                                    This 20th Anniversary edition includes nine previously unreleased recordings. Among the standouts are acoustic versions of “Going To Town” called: “Go To Town” and “Crime Scene Part Two.” Also included is a demo for “Faded,” which closed the original album, as well as a solo piano cover of the New Order classic “Regret.” The unreleased material also highlights the band’s creative process with “Mick Taylor Jam” and “Wynton Kelly Jam.”

                                                    ‘People On The High Line’ is the fourth single to be taken from ‘Music Complete’, the critically acclaimed new album by New Order.

                                                    “‘People On The High Line’ is the funkiest they’ve ever sounded… It’s Sly & The Family Stone relocated to Ibiza, produced by Giorgio Moroder.” - The Line Of Best Fit

                                                    “Chic meeting Kraftwerk on a fruity dancefloor” - The Quietus

                                                    “A full-on, stabbing piano house track” - The Guardian

                                                    The single package launched with a remix from Claptone, whose recent mix of Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’ has nearly three million YouTube views and was Ibiza’s most requested track.

                                                    The package is rounded out by remixes from Late Nite Tuff Guy, Hybrid, Planet Funk and Richard X.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition shaped picture disc.

                                                    Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano.

                                                    Eusa, the brand new album from Yann Tiersen comprises 10 new solo piano pieces, each relating to a specific location on the island of Ushant off the coast of Brittany (‘Eusa’ in Breton), where Tiersen lives.

                                                    The album, recorded in Studio 1 at Abbey Road features Yann on piano accompanied by field recordings from the exact spot referred to in the piece of music. Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled ‘Hent’. Hent translates from Breton to English as Path – Tiersen is leading the listener across the landscape to the new location.

                                                    Eusa is the album fans have been waiting for and sees Yann return to the piano and the music the world fell in love with on the soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunot’s 2001 movie Amélie.

                                                    After 2014’s epic To Be Kind, SWANS return with a new album, The Glowing Man, announced as the last album release of Swans’ current incarnation.
                                                    The Glowing Man was recorded at Sonic Ranch, near El Paso, Texas, with John Congleton as recording engineer. Further recordings were made in Dallas, Seattle and Berlin.

                                                    Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010), 2012’s The Seer and 2014’s To Be Kind.


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: Another monolithic collection from gloom-merchants Swans. Equal parts brooding and pensive, but with a rarely embraced melodic sensibility. Further evidence of their unrivalled talents.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    2xLtd CD/DVD Info: Limited edition double CD/DVD format includes a Swans live performance from 2015.

                                                    Released in September 2015, ‘Music Complete’ is the critically acclaimed hit album by New Order. Their first full studio release since 2005’s ‘Waiting For The Siren’s Call’ and their debut for Mute.

                                                    On release, a limited edition deluxe vinyl-only boxset was available which included the original album plus 11 extended 12” mixes of each track. ‘Complete Music’ sees the release of these tracks on CD and available to download for the first time. Both formats come packaged with the original version of the album.

                                                    Art direction by longterm collaborator Peter Saville.

                                                    ‘Music Complete’ charted at #2 in the UK (their highest chart position since 1993) and has seen some of the best reviews of their career.

                                                    “‘New Order’s best album since ‘Technique’” - GQ

                                                    “‘Music Complete includes a couple of contenders for the canon of all-time New Order greats” - Uncut

                                                    “A runaway victory for class over hype - 8/10” - Mixmag

                                                    LUH

                                                    Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing

                                                    LUH began 2016 by releasing ‘I&I’, a song about daybreak, new beginnings and fresh starts and with a sound so bold and unflinching, it served as perfect way to describe the shape of things to come.

                                                    Today they announce details of the their debut album ‘Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing’ available for pre-order now and out on 6 May 2016 on Mute. The album was produced by The Haxan Cloak (known for his own genre-bending experimental compositions and work on Björk’s Vulnicura album) on the remote island of Osea.

                                                    LUH (which stands for Lost Under Heaven) is Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn. Over the past two years, they have been releasing music, art, photography, film and manifestos into the world, including 2014’s ‘Unites’ video and the expansive ‘Lost Under Heaven’ music and artwork package at the end of last year.

                                                    Ellery’s name might be familiar as the frontman of WU LYF, whose raw and primal voice helped create a sound that shaped a new model for the untamed fury of youth. Ebony is an audio-visual artist based in Amsterdam, where the pair now live, and co-directed the new video for ‘I&I’ with Florian Joahn.

                                                    Amen & Goodbye is the fourth studio album from Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer.

                                                    Yeasayer offer a peek into the world of Amen & Goodbye with “I Am Chemistry,” the first track to be heard from their highly-anticipated forthcoming album. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary folk singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches, “I Am Chemistry” is a linear psychedelic journey proving Yeasayer still has the knack for writing very odd pop songs.

                                                    Amen & Goodbye is the follow up to 2012’s work Fragrant World. Moving away from a digital - heavy approach, Yeasayer recorded Amen & Goodbye to tape at Outlier Inn Studio in upstate New York, then brought on board Joey Waronker (drummer - Atoms For Peace / Beck) to deconstruct everything to make the final document.

                                                    Amen & Goodbye features Yeasayer’s trademark sound without sounding like anything the band has done before. They have created a collection of strange fables from the Bible from a universe that does not yet exist.

                                                    ‘Singularity’ is the third single from New Order’s critically acclaimed hit album ‘Music Complete’. The track has been highlighted as one of the standout tracks from the album and is now released as on CD single and 12”  with an exclusive remix package. Remixes are provided by Erol Alkan, Mark Reeder, JS Zeiter and Liars. There is also an extended 12” mix of ‘Tutti Frutti’ by Tom Rowlands which was previously given away free to fans on New Years Eve.

                                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                    Live At The Royal Albert Hall

                                                      Recorded on the Boatman's Call tour, this is a suberb live recording, catching them at their very best.

                                                      New Order

                                                      Tutti Frutti - Inc. Hot Chip Remix

                                                        ‘Music Complete’ is New Order’s ninth LP (tenth if you count 2013’s mini album ‘Lost Sirens’) and possibly their most eclectic collection of songs yet. Whichever way you count it, it’s New Order’s return to recording after an absence of more than a decade.

                                                        ‘Music Complete’ finds the group revitalised, refreshed and razor sharp, looking to their past while forging forward. Where the group has previously pushed toward synthesisers or guitars, here the two are in balance.

                                                        ‘Tutti Frutti’ has been highlighted as one of the standout tracks from the album and is now being released as the second single from ‘Music Complete’.

                                                        ‘Tutti Frutti’ features vocals from La Roux and this EP includes remixes from Hot Chip, Tom Trago, Richy Ahmed and Hallo Halo. There is also an exclusive extended 12” mix by Richard X. (Check tracklistings below for which remixes are on which format!)

                                                        The 12” is released on yellow vinyl and includes a download code for the full remix package.

                                                        Art direction by long term collaborator Peter Saville.

                                                        Swans

                                                        White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity / Love Life

                                                        Swans’ classic albums ‘White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity’ (1991) and ‘Love Of Life’ (1992) are now re-mastered and reissued, with exclusive bonus content, as a 3CD package and a deluxe vinyl box set.

                                                        The 3CD digipack release features both albums plus a third disc bringing together all the bonus material from the original releases.

                                                        The vinyl box set features the albums across three LPs plus a CD of the bonus material, as well as two exclusive posters and a digital download code. The two piece box is black wrapped with silver foil blocking.

                                                        New Order

                                                        Music Complete - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition

                                                          Music Complete is the iconic group’s ninth LP (tenth if you count 2013's mini-album Lost Sirens), and possibly their most eclectic collection of songs yet. Whichever way you count it, it's New Order's return to recording after an absence of more than a decade, and it's an album that finds the group revitalised, refreshed and razor sharp, looking to their past while forging forward. Where the group has previously pushed toward synthesisers or guitars, here the two are in balance.

                                                          11 brand new tracks. Art direction by long term collaborator Peter Saville.

                                                          Music Complete: The Deluxe Vinyl Box-Set
                                                          8 piece deluxe vinyl collection.
                                                          New album on double clear vinyl.
                                                          Extended versions of all 11 brand new tracks on an additional 6 pieces of coloured vinyl.
                                                          Packaged in an archival acid free box, using 1300 micron grey white board and a wire stitch.
                                                          Box is debossed on the lid and base.
                                                          Art Direction by Peter Saville.

                                                          Box-Set is limited to 250 copies only for the UK.

                                                          Arca’s 2014 album ‘Xen’ was an angular and, at times, insular record driven by aggressively queer juxtapositions. It served as a study of the self that refused categorisation and embraced erraticism; employing confrontational clashes of style and sound to emphasise a morphing dynamic between obscurity and vulnerability. At times anxiously self-reflexive, at others beauteous and calm, it was intermittently personal and withdrawn.

                                                          ‘Mutant’ is about sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity: “softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself.” Anxieties are harmonised by self confidence in the optimism and inclusiveness of transformation. Mutations expose the resonances and malleability of identity. This album takes pride in deformity, innocence, distortion and vulnerability: traits traditionally ostracised as undesirable and regressive.

                                                          'Mutant' is released on CD and a special limited edition triple gatefold, double red vinyl edition.

                                                          New Order

                                                          Restless - Inc. Andrew Weatherall Remix

                                                          ‘Music Complete’ is the iconic group’s ninth album (tenth if you count 2013’s mini-album ‘Lost Sirens’) and possibly their most eclectic collection of songs yet. Whichever way you count it, it’s New Order’s return to recording after an absence of more than a decade and it’s an album that finds the group revitalised, refreshed and razor sharp, looking to their past while forging forward. Where the group have previously pushed toward synthesisers or guitars, here the two are in balance.

                                                          ‘Restless’ is the first single to be taken from the album. Remixes are provided by longtime collaborator Andrew Weatherall plus RAC, Agoria and xxxy. There is also an exclusive extended 12” mix by Gareth Jones.

                                                          “Their best record for over 25 years” - Q

                                                          “A runaway victory for class over hype” - Mixmag

                                                          “Manchester legend’s ninth album lays claim to iconic status” - Mojo

                                                          “New Order’s best album since their 1989 masterpiece Technique” - GQ



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                                                          New Order

                                                          Music Complete

                                                          ‘Music Complete’ is New Order’s ninth LP (tenth if you count 2013’s mini album ‘Lost Sirens’) and possibly their most eclectic collection of songs yet. Whichever way you count it, it’s New Order’s return to recording after an absence of more than a decade.

                                                          ‘Music Complete’ finds the group revitalised, refreshed and razor sharp, looking to their past while forging forward. Where the group has previously pushed toward synthesisers or guitars, here the two are in balance.

                                                          Art direction by long term collaborator Peter Saville.

                                                          “New Order’s best album since ‘Technique’” - GQ

                                                          “Their best record for over 25 years” - Q (****)

                                                          “‘Music Complete’ includes a couple of contenders for the canon of all-time New Order greats” - Uncut

                                                          “... sounds more like New Order than New Order have sounded in two decades” - Classic Pop

                                                          “New Order is back with their best album in years… an album that is more inspired than anything we could have expected” - Under The Radar

                                                          “A runaway victory for class over hype” - Mixmag (8/10)

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xLtd LP Info: Independent retailer exclusive double clear vinyl edition.

                                                          2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          Barry Adamson

                                                          Oedipus Schmoedipus

                                                            Brought up in Manchester’s Moss Side, Barry Adamson began his career in 1977, learning to play the bass literally overnight for Magazine, Manchester’s most influential band of that era. When they disbanded five albums later in 1981 his definitive touch was spotted by The Birthday Party, with whom he played several times.

                                                            After that band’s final implosion in 1983, Barry became a founder member of The Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld. · 

                                                            Originally released in 1996 ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’ garnered him his most widespread acclaim to date as a composer of vision, insight and innovation.

                                                            The album journey opens and closes with ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis’, a propulsive fusion of rock, gospel and funk featuring guest artist Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker on lead vocal.

                                                            An interval in the journey is provided by former Associate, the late great Billy McKenzie on ‘Achieved In The Valley Of Dolls’, while Nick Cave provides a considered acceptance of a relationship’s demise as guest vocalist on ‘The Sweetest Embrace’.

                                                            Swans

                                                            Swans EP

                                                              Limited edition vinyl reissue of the much sought after Swans debut EP.

                                                              Originally released on Labor Records in 1982.

                                                              Exclusive to Record Store Day 2015 and limited to just 1000 copies on 12” vinyl.

                                                              The most recent Swans album ‘To Be Kind’ was featured in the ‘Albums Of The Year’ by NME, MOJO, Pitchfork, The Quietus, Uncut, The Wire, Record Collector, Stereogum, Metal Hammer, Clash, Drowned In Sound, Line Of Best Fit, Fact, Music OMH & Crack Magazine.

                                                              Du Blonde

                                                              Welcome Back To Milk

                                                              Du Blonde is not a persona or a character, it’s Beth Jeans Houghton ripping it up and starting again. Welcome Back To Milk is the Newcastle-born and sometimes Californian based singer’s second album, but her debut as Du Blonde, and it’s a complete reinvention: new name, new sound, new band, new attitude – and attitude is the key word.

                                                              It started at the V&A. Two years ago, in the cavernous final room of the ‘David Bowie Is…’ exhibition, Beth had an epiphany. “When I was a kid, my idea of being a musician came from all these big characters – Bowie, Bolan, Beefheart” she says. “I had this moment in front of all these chapters of his life: this is what I want to do and I haven’t done it for all of these years. All this stuff that was really important to me in the beginning, all of the creativity, emotional expulsion, I’d just lost all of that. It was such a sad moment, but also good – because you can’t change it unless you realise.”

                                                              It was time for a revolution and to get back to what she’d always promised herself: to keep moving, keep changing, keep pushing art and sound and never be pinned down. Beth Jeans Houghton was dead, and Du Blonde was born.

                                                              Where 2012’s debut Yours Truly Cellophane Nose threw everything at a song, Welcome Back To Milk strips everything back and is one massive release of pent up aggression, captured perfectly by producer and Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos. Heavy riffs, loud drums and vocal snarls contrast beautifully with poignant balladry and tenderness that fans of Houghton’s previous work will recognise. Future Islands frontman Samuel T Herring also provides guest vocals on Mind Is On My Mind.

                                                              “What am I pissed off about? In no particular order: the free wheeling judgement of faceless accusers online, every man and his dog giving me advice on how to live my life, what to wear, what not to say, how to write songs. Being asked if I’m on my period in business meetings. Being told to ‘just deal with’ misogyny. It’s clear that the message for young girls, in music, business and relationships, is still ‘shut up, do what you’re told and be thankful’.”

                                                              Swans

                                                              Filth - Deluxe Edition

                                                              Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on 3CD digipack printed on embossed brown chipboard with booklet including rare photos.

                                                              The first in a series of Swans re-mastered and definitive catalogue releases.

                                                              ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983. It was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.”

                                                              ‘MG’ is a new instrumental album from Martin Gore, one of the founding members of Depeche Mode. Following on from Martin’s collaboration with Vince Clarke on VCMG’s ‘SSSS’ in 2012, 'MG' sees Martin further develop his love, passion and respect for electronic music.

                                                              Written and produced by Martin Gore, work began on ‘MG’ following the final dates of Depeche Mode’s ‘Delta Machine’ tour in March 2013 at Gore’s home studio in Santa Barbara. An entire instrumental album had been in his thoughts for some time, particularly since he has been writing instrumentals for Depeche Mode since 1981.

                                                              “I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality,” Martin explains. “Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least 5 days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun.”

                                                              ‘MG’ is a soundtrack to an emotional and mysterious film of your own design. From the Angelo Badalmenti - like atmosphere of ‘Elk’ to the industrial electro swagger of ‘Brink’, it landscapes a unique and arresting vision.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                              The Good Son (2010 Digital Remaster)

                                                              Released in 1990, ‘The Good Son’ is the sixth album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                                                              ‘The Weeping Song’ and ‘The Ship Song’ have now become firm fan favourites. ‘Foi Na Cruz’ is based partly upon the traditional Brazilian Protestant hymn of the same title. The title translates roughly as ‘It Happened On The Cross’.

                                                              Cave later said, “I guess ‘The Good Son’ is some kind of reflection of the way I felt early on in Brazil. I was quite happy there. I was in love and the first year or two was good. The problem I found was... in order to survive you have to adopt their attitudes towards everything, which are kind of blinkered.”

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              LP Info: Heavyweight 180g vinyl.
                                                              Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.
                                                              This edition, personally approved by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                                                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                              The Boatman's Call (2011 Digital Remaster)

                                                              ‘The Boatman’s Call’ is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1997.

                                                              The album is entirely piano-based and remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave’s career.

                                                              Musically, the album’s tone is considered sombre and minimalist and marks a major departure. Moving away from full band arrangements and character-based narratives, the album’s music and lyrics move towards the more intimate sound of Cave’s solo voice accompanied by piano or a few other instruments.




                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              LP Info: Heavyweight 180g vinyl.
                                                              Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.

                                                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                              2xLtd CD/DVD Info: This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound plus 4 bonus tracks and 3 bonus videos.

                                                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                              No More Shall We Part

                                                                ‘No More Shall We Part’ was released in April 2001 and was the eleventh studio record by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                                                                The album came after a 4-year gap from recording, following the much acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ album and was met with mostly positive reviews.

                                                                The album showcases the virtuoso talents of The Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track. Also, Cave’s lyrics are less obscure than usual and he sings in a wider vocal range than he had previously. Features backing vocals from Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

                                                                Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                Heavyweight 180gram vinyl.

                                                                This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                                                                Includes download code.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                Henry's Dream (2010 Digital Remaster) - Collectors Edition

                                                                ‘Henry’s Dream’, the seventh album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, was released in April 1992. It remains a big favourite amongst Bad Seeds fans and is notable for Neil Young producer David Briggs’ ‘live-in-the-studio’ method. Cave and Mick Harvey re-mixed the album and it has a vague concept, with song narratives overlapping and / or sharing characters.

                                                                ‘When I First Came To Town’ is based partly on Karen Dalton’s recording of the traditional song ‘Katy Cruel’.

                                                                Cave later claimed the songs were heavily influenced by street beggars he saw in Brazil. “They’d get their acoustic guitars with one or two strings and bang away and make a racket that had no sense whatsoever. It was very violent and seemed to come straight out of the heart. Very unmusical.”

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd LP Info: Heavyweight 180gram vinyl. Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.

                                                                Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                2xLtd CD/DVD Info: This deluxe 'Collectors Edition' contains the re-mastered stereo album, the new surround mix, a specially commissioned short film by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard plus the b-sides from the singles, videos and exclusive new sleeve notes.

                                                                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                Tender Prey

                                                                  ‘Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London.

                                                                  The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band’s live performances since 1988 and was later covered by one of Cave’s biggest influences, Johnny Cash. ‘The Mercy Seat’ was released as a single in May 1988 as a precursor to the album and ‘Deanna’ was released shortly after the album hit the streets.

                                                                  Cave later admitted that the album “was made at a difficult time in my life when things were spiralling out of control in a lot of areas.”

                                                                  Heavyweight 180g vinyl with digital download code.

                                                                  Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                  This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                                                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                  Kicking Against The Pricks

                                                                    Kicking Against the Pricks is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' third album, released in 1986, and consists of cover versions. For this record the Bad Seeds line-up is Cave, new drummer Thomas Wydler, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and Barry Adamson. Cave would later downplay the importance of the record, but said it helped the band develop musically. Remarking on the song selection, Cave said, "They were all done for different reasons. Basically a list of songs were made and we tried to play them. We tried songs by all sorts of people that never got on the record. Some songs were tributes, like the Tom Jones song; other, we didn't think were ever done particularly well in the first place. Some had haunted my childhood, like "The Carnival Is Over". The strings were arranged by Mick Harvey and played by the Berliner Kaffeehausmusik Ensemble. "The Hammer Song" is an entirely different song than the track with the same title on the 1990 Bad Seeds album The Good Son. Vinyl is heavyweight 180 Gram.

                                                                    Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                    This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it's original format.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                    Abbatoir Blues / Lyre Of Orpheus

                                                                      English guitarist and organist James Johnston joined The Bad Seeds for their thirteenth studio album ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus’, which was released on September 20th 2004 by Mute Records, and produced by Nick Launay.

                                                                      This masterful double album was produced by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in March–April 2004 with Cave splitting drumming duties for the two parts, with Jim Sclavunos on ‘Abattoir Blues’ and Thomas Wydler on ‘Lyre Of Orpheus’.

                                                                      The entire album was completed in twelve days, and notably, the last track on the album, ‘O Children’, was featured in the 2010 film ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One’. The song is also referenced as an achievement in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7.

                                                                      This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      2xLtd LP Info: Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.
                                                                      Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                                                                      2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                      Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

                                                                        ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ fourteenth studio album, and was recorded in June and July 2007 at The State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, Surrey, and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove recording studios, in Chiswick, west London, and was released on March 3rd 2008.

                                                                        It would also be the last album to feature founding member Mick Harvey, who left the Bad Seeds in 2009.

                                                                        In several interviews Cave has stated that this album would "sound like Grinderman", his side project, who had released their debut album a year earlier. In line with this rough-and-ready approach, the album was recorded in about five days, an uncommonly short period for a full-length album.

                                                                        Cave wrote on his inspiration for the album: "Ever since I can remember hearing the Lazarus story, when I was a kid, you know, back in church, I was disturbed and worried by it. Traumatised, actually. We are all, of course, in awe of the greatest of Christ's miracles—raising a man from the dead—but I couldn't help but wonder how Lazarus felt about it. As a child it gave me the creeps, to be honest. I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest. I wanted to create a kind of vehicle, a medium, for Houdini to speak to us if he so desires, you know, from beyond the grave."

                                                                        Critical response to the album was overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers citing this as both a return to greatness and a new side of the band.

                                                                        A review from NME described the record as a "gothic psycho-sexual apocalypse" and gave it 8/10, whilst Mojo magazine proclaimed it their album of 2008.

                                                                        Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                        Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram. Please note: this is a three-sided record.

                                                                        This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                        Nocturama

                                                                          ‘Nocturama’ is the twelfth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 2003.

                                                                          To date, it is the last Bad Seeds album to feature founding member Blixa Bargeld.

                                                                          This album reunited Nick Cave with Nick Launay, who had produced The Birthday Party’s groundbreaking ‘Junkyard’ 21 years earlier.

                                                                          Featuring the singles ‘Bring It On’, ‘He Wants You’ and ‘Rock Of Gibraltar’, this album finds Cave moving away from ‘Murder Ballads’ and the gory fire and brimstone of yore, and exploring more personal themes.

                                                                          More than twenty years into his career at this point, Nick Cave proved himself worthy of the comparisons made in the press on his behalf: now he could stand alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, as a storyteller who could be unflinchingly honest in his work, whilst continuing to grow his fan base.

                                                                          Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                          Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram. Please note: this is a three-sided record.

                                                                          This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                          From Her To Eternity

                                                                            Following the break up of Nick Cave’s former group The Birthday Party, Cave and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey put together a new band featuring Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld, additional guitarist Hugo Race, and ex-Magazine bass player Barry Adamson.

                                                                            The band entered the studio on September 20th 1983, and after some sessions, emerged as Nick Cave & The Cavemen, playing their first gig in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve 1983.

                                                                            The name was short-lived, and was soon amended to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, in reference to the final Birthday Party release, ‘The Bad Seed’ EP.

                                                                            Most of ‘From Her To Eternity’ was recorded in London, with sessions split between The Garden studio in Shoreditch, and Trident, in Soho.

                                                                            Cave later said, "Well, I guess we weren't kicking people in the teeth anymore. I mean, it just became different. I wanted it to be more lyrically orientated and getting Blixa Bargeld in the group made an incredible difference. He's a completely kind of atmospheric guitarist and incredibly economical and it gave me room to breathe”.

                                                                            The album, produced by Mick Harvey and Flood, was released on 18th June 1984 on Mute Records, Cave’s label for more than the next 25 years.

                                                                            It received great reviews upon its release and is recognised as one of the most timeless albums of the ‘80s.

                                                                            Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                            Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                                                                            This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                            The Firstborn Is Dead

                                                                              ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985.

                                                                              Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson.

                                                                              Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London for three years and it seemed that if you stuck your head out of the box, people were pretty quick to knock it back in, particularly if you were Australian. When we came to Berlin it was the opposite. People saw us as some kind of force rather than a kind of wacky novelty act”.

                                                                              The album's title is a reference to Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin of Elvis Presley, and ‘Wanted Man’ was Cave’s own take on a song Bob Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash. Dylan gave his permission for the lyrics to be changed, with Cave’s interpretation referencing his friends.

                                                                              Also features the apocalyptic classic ‘Tupelo’.

                                                                              Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                              Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                                                                              This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                              Your Funeral... My Trial

                                                                                With ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents.

                                                                                This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen.

                                                                                Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio”.

                                                                                “There are some songs on that record that as far as I'm concerned are just about perfect as we can get really- songs like ‘The Carny’, ‘Your Funeral, My Trial’, and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’, I think are really quite brilliant“.

                                                                                Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie ‘Der Himmel Uber Berlin’ (aka ‘Wings Of Desire’) performing ‘The Carny’ and ‘From Her to Eternity’.

                                                                                Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                                                                                Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                                                                                This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Mine says: I was devasted when I found out that 'Long Time Man', the song I had called my favourite Nick Cave song until then, was a cover, but I eventually got over it (it's miles better than the original anyway!) and 'Your Funeral My Trial' is still one of my favourite Bad Seeds albums today. Dark, haunting, and beautiful.

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, has returned, two years and a world map of tours after 2012’s ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’.

                                                                                Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded. The 26 year-old Canadian singer, under the sobriquet Al Spx, began work on Neuroplasticity while holed-up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset during the winter of 2012.

                                                                                The album was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios and produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode).

                                                                                When Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring she was pin-balling between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators and award panels. Shortlisted for the Juno Award and Polaris Prize, Spx also worked on Moby’s album and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday last year, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock.

                                                                                She also contributed to Ambrose Akinmusire’s new record for Blue Note and the latest Swans album ‘To Be Kind’. These last two partnerships have left a significant impression on ‘Neuroplasticity’. The indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira appears on ‘Exit Plan’ and Akinmusire joins him on the holocaust of a closer ‘A Season Of Doubt’, as well as permeating most of the record with trumpet lines of an anguished, cracking frailty.

                                                                                Can

                                                                                Can - Remastered Edition

                                                                                  Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                                                                  ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                                                                                  The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                                                                                  ‘Can’ was originally released in 1978. Lost on its initial release amongst the punk explosion, ‘Can’ features the classic ‘Sodom’ and ‘Can Be’.

                                                                                  The album sees Holger Czukay take more of a back seat and would be Can’s last album before they reformed one more time with Malcolm Mooney on ‘Rite Time’ in 1986.

                                                                                  Can

                                                                                  Future Days - Remastered Edition

                                                                                    Following the release of the Can Vinyl Box – the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the CAN studio albums individually on vinyl. 

                                                                                    The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 

                                                                                    Can

                                                                                    Saw Delight - Remastered Edition

                                                                                      Following the release of the Can Vinyl Box – the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the CAN studio albums individually on vinyl. 

                                                                                      The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 

                                                                                      Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon

                                                                                      Break Line The Musical

                                                                                      ‘Break Line’ is Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist / multi-instrumentalist) and Maxwell Kardon’s passion project, created with a community of friends and ten years in the making. ‘Break Line’ is cultivated from a story created back in 2004, a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s.

                                                                                      The list of players captures a very special, collaborative time in Brooklyn, when the music scene was beginning to erupt. In 2008, Anand and Maxwell put together a core band with Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer) on bass and Christopher Powell (Man Man) on drums. Britt Myers (Charlift, Yeasayer, Passing Strange) helped them put their music to tape as they stayed up late experimenting with sounds and arrangements. To round out the cast they enlisted friends from myriad bands: James Richardson (MGMT), bandmate Chris Keating (Yeasayer), Austin Fisher (Suckers), Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), K Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi) and Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Dragons Of Zynth), amongst others.

                                                                                      In the years that followed, the two found moments whenever they could to complete the project. Neither can believe that what started with just the two of them huddled on a cold porch would grow to involve a once-in-a-lifetime cast of collaborators.

                                                                                      Can

                                                                                      Ege Bamyasi - Remastered Edition

                                                                                        Following the release of the Can Vinyl Box – the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the CAN studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                                                                        Released in batches, the first albums in the series to be released are Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi.

                                                                                        The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.

                                                                                        Ege Bamyası is the fourth studio album by Can.

                                                                                        The album contains the single "Spoon", which charted in the Top 10 in Germany, and was used as the theme of the German TV series "Das Messer" (The Knife). "

                                                                                        Ege Bamyası" means "Aegean Okra" in Turkish.

                                                                                        Pitchfork featured the record at #19 on its "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". British music Melody Maker wrote: "Can are without doubt the most talented and most consistent experimental rock band in Europe, England included."

                                                                                        Various artists have cited Ege Bamyasi as an influence. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth recalls, "…It was unlike anything else I was hearing at the time."

                                                                                        Geoff Barrow of Portishead picked Ege Bamyasi as one of their favourite 13 Albums on the quietus.com's Bakers Dozen series.

                                                                                        "I'm So Green" was covered by Beck.

                                                                                        Kanye West sampled from "Sing Swan Song" for his song "Drunk and Hot Girls" on the album Graduation, and derives many of the song's lyrics from Damo Suzuki's vocals.

                                                                                        Remix versions of several Ege Bamyası songs are included on the album Sacrilege.

                                                                                        Vitamin C" can be heard in Pedro Almodóvar's movie Broken Embraces.

                                                                                        ‘#7885 (Electropunk To Technopop) features classic tracks such as ‘Nag Nag Nag’, ‘Do The Mussolini (Headkick)’, ‘Sensoria’, ‘Landslide’, ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’.

                                                                                        Curated by Richard H Kirk, who explains, “I decided to gather the more concise elements of the work… Hence the choice of 7” singles, edits and shorter album tracks, a kind of soundbite take on CV.”

                                                                                        ‘#7885 (Electropunk To Technopop)’ compiles two distinct periods of Cabaret Voltaire - 1978-81 and 1983-85 - for the first time together on one release and follows the remastered vinyl release of ‘Red Mecca’ and already legendary sold out box set ‘#8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985)’.

                                                                                        The compilation travels from 1978-81 with a line up of Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson, when Cabaret Voltaire were (mostly) recording at the Western Works Studios in Sheffield and releasing records on Rough Trade and from 1983-85 after Watson’s departure when Kirk and Mallinder released via the Some Bizzare label on Virgin Records. Kirk points out that this “was a time where we got to do what we do, but in different areas, we wanted to push the boundaries of electronic music, we wanted to place what we were doing into places where it really shouldn't be. We certainly didn't want to carry on repeating what we'd done for the ten years previous.”

                                                                                        Cabaret Voltaire formed in 1973 and, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 40 years.

                                                                                        “Way, way ahead of their time” - DJ

                                                                                        “True, unflinching pioneers of electronic music” - Loud & Quiet

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                        Can

                                                                                        Tago Mago - Remastered Edition

                                                                                          Following the release of the Can Vinyl Box – the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the CAN studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                                                                          Released in batches, the first albums in the series to be released are Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi.

                                                                                          The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.

                                                                                          A “landmark release in the history of rock ‘n’ roll” – MOJO Honours List winner of Classic Album Award

                                                                                          “stunning” – John Lydon “sounds only like itself, like no-one before or after” – Julian Cope

                                                                                          “mind expanding” – Q

                                                                                          “The music was like nothing I'd ever heard before, not American, not rock & roll but mysterious and European." – Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream

                                                                                          Of all the band’s oeuvre, Tago Mago has been most often cited as an influence for a host of artists including John Lydon, Radiohead, The Fall, Ariel Pink, Fuck Buttons, Sonic Youth, Factory Floor and Queens Of The Stone Age. Just last week Geoff Barrow (Portishead) mentioned Can as his favourite and most inspiring band ever (The Quietus).

                                                                                          Tago Mago the first album with Damo Suzuki on vocals, features the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and was recorded at Schloss Nörvenich in 1971.

                                                                                          Performed by Ben Frost with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily and Thor Harris and largely written in Eastern DR Congo, ‘A U R O R A’ aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force.

                                                                                          Starved of all the adornments of its predecessor; wholly absent of guitar, of piano, of string instruments and natural wooden intimacy, ‘A U R O R A’ offers a defiant new world of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummelling skins and pure metals.

                                                                                          Can

                                                                                          Soundtracks - Remastered Edition

                                                                                            Following the release of the Can Vinyl Box – the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the CAN studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                                                                            Released in batches, the first albums in the series to be released are Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi.

                                                                                            The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.

                                                                                            Soundtracks is a compilation album, first released in 1970, consisting of tracks written for film.

                                                                                            The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki.

                                                                                            "She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom – Ein großer, graublauer Vogel by Thomas Schamoni, was later featured in Wim Wenders' 1994 film Lisbon Story, the 2000 Oskar Roehler film Die Unberührbare and Tran Anh Hung's film Norwegian Wood, released in 2010.

                                                                                            "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" features Damo Suzuki's first recorded performance with Can.

                                                                                            In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Mother Sky" at number 48 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Sara says: Every home should have at least one Can record and this one includes the full 14 1/2 minute version of Mother Sky, a krautrock epic.

                                                                                            A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
                                                                                            "Hello There, we (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD.

                                                                                            The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.

                                                                                            A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.

                                                                                            The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica.

                                                                                            Special Guests for this record include: Little Annie (Annie sang a duet with me on the song Some Things We Do, the strings for which were ecstatically arranged and played by Julia Kent); St. Vincent (Annie Clark sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record); Cold Specks (Al contributed numerous multi-tracked vocals to the song “Bring the Sun”); Bill Rieflin (honorary Swan Bill played instruments ranging from additional drums, to synthesizers, to piano, to electric guitar and so on. He has been a frequent contributor to Swans and Angels of Light and is currently playing with King Crimson)." - I love you! Michael Gira.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Darryl says: The Swans go from strength to strength. Their third album since reforming in 2010, 'To Be Kind' finds them even surpassing the near perfect 'The Seer' with a beautifully orchestrated maelstrom of swaggering sonic delight. You won't hear a better experimental rock album all year!

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            2xLtd CD/DVD Info: Deluxe 2CD and DVD edition.

                                                                                            ‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.

                                                                                            “One of the greatest avant-pop groups of our age” - The Quietus

                                                                                            Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves - maybe not quite at ease with the world, but staring it straight in the eye while showing their teeth.

                                                                                            ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012).

                                                                                            Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laibach are masters of escape, true escape artists. And yet, despite everything, ‘Spectre’ resonates as a real and full-blooded Laibachian work and nothing else.

                                                                                            With ‘Spectre’ Laibach have created a big, important, and almost dangerous step forward; it seems that this time it has fatally crossed the Rubicon. On this album the group - which has never defined itself politically, but has, nevertheless, constantly analysed politics through its work - comes across as politically engaged as never before. ‘Spectre’ literally sounds like a political manifesto in poetic form. Titles and lyrics couldn’t be more direct. With these lyrics and songs, Laibach, who have always given a controversial impression - or an impression of controversy - especially in terms of its political orientation, is now very clearly taking a position on the political spectrum and probably irreversibly abolishing its own (to some extent quite comfortable) political ‘freedom’ and neutrality.

                                                                                            The album opens with ‘The Whistleblowers’, a contagiously optimistic piece of classic ‘militant and symphonic’ Laibach, sounding like the sequel to Lieutenant F J Ricketts’ 1914 ‘Colonel Bogey March’. ‘No History’ knows no mercy, and leaves no doubt: Laibach require uncompromising action, they demand bravery and boldness and seek heroes “who will be the creed of a new political faith”. And, in one of the verses of this song, listeners can find a mini ‘manifesto’ about the album itself, its sonic expression, and the position of the group in relation to its own history.

                                                                                            In amongst these rallying calls from the band sits a rare Laibach love song: ‘We Are Millions And Millions Are One’ deals with love in today’s impossible times, times which are dangerously close to the fictional reality of classic anti-utopian novels such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s ‘We’, Laibach’s inspiration for this song.

                                                                                            Ending the album is the elegant utopian song ‘Koran’, a track that shows the possibility of a better and fairer world - on Earth or in the hereafter. Consequently, the album ends with the (in)complete, open, unfinished sound of a piano key.

                                                                                            The deluxe CD edition of the album will come with four extra tracks plus the Spectre Partybook, a 36 page laminated linen bound party membership book with ‘Spectre’s manifesto and an invite to register your allegiance to its thesis.

                                                                                            Cabaret Voltaire

                                                                                            The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord

                                                                                            This is Cabaret Voltaire’s seventh studio album, originally released in 1985. The album peaked at #57 in the UK charts. ‘I Want You’ went on to be the single.

                                                                                            Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s.

                                                                                            Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years.

                                                                                            All audio remastered from the original tapes.

                                                                                            Vinyl cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole.

                                                                                            Vicissitude:
                                                                                            1: variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another
                                                                                            2: a variation in circumstance, fortune, character, etc

                                                                                            The third album by Maps is all about changes of situation. For James Chapman – the fizzing brain behind the music – Vicissitude owes its very existence to the period of personal reflection and rearrangement that took him out of the game after the release of 2009’s Turning The Mind; a three-year phase between albums that’s clearly pushed Chapman onwards to create by far his finest work to date.

                                                                                            While Turning The Mind swung like a hedonistic after-party held after Maps’ debut We Can Create’s Mercury Prize nomination, Vicissitude has the distinct feeling of digging deep and confronting reality head on. And in each of those cases, with Chapman the sole creative force behind the music, any Maps album is defined entirely by where his head was at during the recording process.

                                                                                            “The whole album is about change;” says Chapman. “It’s about dealing with a struggle – whatever that may be – and ultimately coming through it.”
                                                                                            As with previous releases, the new album was primarily recorded at Maps’ home, and was mixed by Ken Thomas (Sugarcubes, M83, Sigur Ros) and Jolyon Thomas.

                                                                                            Vicissitude focuses, tightens and sharpens Maps' expansive sound. The album might have been born from a long period of self-contemplation, but maybe you do need a while to get simple answers to the difficult questions.
                                                                                            Time to face the light

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            2xLP Info: Deluxe double 180gram vinyl.

                                                                                            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                                                                                            Cold Specks

                                                                                            Hector

                                                                                            Cold Specks is songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London.

                                                                                            This single is taken from her stunning debut LP 'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion'.

                                                                                            Yeasayer will release their anticipated new album Fragrant World on 20 August 2012 on Mute, the follow up to 2010’s crossover hit Odd Blood. Having set the internet alight with the teaser track ‘Henrietta’ last month, the psychedelic experimentalists from Brooklyn are set to make an assured return with their most accomplished album to date.

                                                                                            Odd Blood was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2010, hitting everyone’s end of year lists including NME, Mojo, Q, Uncut, The Fly and The Sunday Times. It took Yeasayer from the warm embrace of the Brooklyn scene straight into the mainstream with playlists on Radio 1, 6 Music and Xfm as well as gracing the covers of The Fly, Guardian Guide and more.

                                                                                            A hard act to follow, certainly, but Fragrant World does not disappoint. Produced once again by Yeasayer themselves (and mixed by Dan Carey), it is a wholly immersive record. Keyboards clank and wheeze, tiny claps stumble against busted drum machines, and there's very little obvious guitar. It is an album that grapples with the schizophrenia of the modern world by gathering piles of electronics and moulding them into something vast and rather gorgeous.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Andy says: They've changed again!? The big synth-pop has been submerged under much darker and experimental textures. Turbulent waters, but well worth navigating.

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                                                                                            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                                            Nocturama - CD/DVD Collectors Edition

                                                                                            ‘Nocturama’ is the twelfth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, released in 2003.

                                                                                            To date, it is the last Bad Seeds album to feature founding member Blixa Bargeld.

                                                                                            This album reunited Nick Cave with Nick Launay, who had produced The Birthday Party’s groundbreaking ‘Junkyard’ album 21 years earlier.

                                                                                            Featuring the singles ‘Bring It On’, ‘He Wants You’ and ‘Rock Of Gibraltar’, this album finds Cave moving away from ‘Murder Ballads’ and the gory fire and brimstone of yore and exploring more personal themes.

                                                                                            More than twenty years into his career at this point, Nick Cave proved himself worthy of the comparisons made in the press on his behalf: now he could stand alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits as a storyteller who could be unflinchingly honest in his work, whilst continuing to grow his fanbase.

                                                                                            This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound plus 7 bonus tracks and 4 bonus videos.

                                                                                            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                                            Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! - CD/DVD Collectors Edition

                                                                                            ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ fourteenth studio album. It was recorded in June and July 2007 at The State Of The Ark Studios in Richmond, Surrey and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove recording studios in Chiswick, West London and was released on March 3rd 2008.

                                                                                            ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ would be the last album to feature founding member Mick Harvey, who left the Bad Seeds in 2009.

                                                                                            In several interviews Cave has stated that this album would “sound like Grinderman,” his side project, who had released their debut album a year earlier. In line with this rough-and-ready approach, the album was recorded in about five days, an uncommonly short period for a full length album.

                                                                                            This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, 3 bonus tracks and 5 bonus videos.

                                                                                            Richard Hawley

                                                                                            Down In The Woods

                                                                                            "Down In The Woods" is the second single from Richard Hawley’s massively acclaimed, no. 3 album "Standing At The Sky's Edge". The single is available on 10" vinyl, as part of the ongoing 'Richard Hawley Singles Club' series of releases, including a brand new bonus track, "Kindly Rain".

                                                                                            Produced by Mike McCarthy (And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Our Dead / Spoon), Milk Famous is the band’s third release, and the follow up to It’s Frightening (2009), which was described by The Fly as “An album that deserves attention from start to finish”, while MOJO said, “their knack for addictive melody and honed song craft delivers a beguiling, coherent and memorable whole”.

                                                                                            The new album see Brooklynites White Rabbits deliver a worthy successor to It’s Frightening. Album opener Heavy Metal, with its reverse and looping piano work, is available to download now. Forthcoming single, Temporary, with its driving beats, electronics, sits alongside The Day You Won The War, which may be recognizable from the band’s later UK live sets, the electronic and hypnotic It’s Frightening, Back For More, which was produced by Stephen and Alex from the band and the album’s finale, I Had It Coming on this 11-track album.

                                                                                            Stephen Patterson (vocals / piano / guitar) explains the title of the record, “Milk Famous means to be known but not for something you intended to be known for.”

                                                                                            White Rabbits are Stephen Patterson (vocals/piano/guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vocals), Jamie Levinson (drums) and Matthew Clark (drums).


                                                                                            Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny

                                                                                            Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose

                                                                                            “Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose” was created with producer Ben Hiller (Blur / Elbow / Depeche Mode). It introduces one of the most self-assured new bands of the year, fronted by a pop polymath whose blend of psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear in 2012.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Darryl says: Her debut on Mute Records sees BJH embrace all things indie-pop, psyche, and folk, showcasing her refreshingly kooky and wonderfully eccentric songwriting style.

                                                                                            Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross

                                                                                            The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

                                                                                            Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross release the soundtrack to David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Mute.
                                                                                            The soundtrack features 39 tracks including an electro-style cover version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, for which Reznor and Ross enlisted the high energy vocal élan of Karen O, flamboyant front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

                                                                                            The film’s teaser trailer includes excerpts from ‘Immigrant Song’ and can be seen on the official website: dragontattoo.com/

                                                                                            Adapted from Stieg Larsson's bestselling book, and starring Rooney Mara as the tattooed protagonist alongside lead actor Daniel Craig, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of 2011's most hotly anticipated films. The latest film from award-winning director, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo marks the second time Reznor and Ross have teamed up with Fincher (having previously collaborated on the Academy Award winning score for Fincher’s box office hit The Social Network).

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            3xCD Info: 3x CD's in an Eight panel digipak. Custom "Ice" slipcase.
                                                                                            Six panel insert.


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