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Laurence Pike

Distant Early Warning

    Distant Early Warning is the debut solo album by Australian drummer, percussionist and composer Laurence Pike.

    For the best part of two decades Pike has operated at the cutting edge of the electronic and jazz music worlds, releasing albums to critical acclaim and touring the world with his bands PVT (formerly Pivot), Triosk and Szun Waves, and featuring on numerous albums, tours and soundtracks as a collaborator. On Distant Early Warning he carves himself a moment of reflection. The calm in the eye of the storm. An ominous portent as the rocks appear on the horizon.

    Originally conceived as a technological and spiritual jazz suite for drums, Distant Early Warning is a series of solo performances for kit and sampler recorded live in a single day. “For a long time I’ve been feeling there’s a central part of my musical voice that didn’t have an outlet,” Pike says. “So this album is definitely a product of inner necessity.” 


    Nightports With Matthew Bourne

    Nightports With Matthew Bourne

      Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. These sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, reworked, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation.

      Nightports was established by musician-producers Adam Martin (based in Leeds) and Mark Slater (Hull), and Nightports w/Matthew Bourne is the first of a series of collaborative albums to be released by The Leaf Label. Material for the album was recorded at Bourne’s home outside Keighley, West Yorkshire, and at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. The recordings coax hitherto unheard sounds from a range of contrasting instruments - decrepit dusty uprights holding their own against the attack and precision of a modern concert grand. The lines between the source material and the manipulations are seamless, delivering an unexpected percussive drive and emotional impact.

      The audiophile vinyl edition is half-speed mastered and pressed at Optimal in Germany Packaged in an intricate die-cut sleeve, the vinyl also includes a CD of the album The Nightports project follows Matthew Bourne’s beautiful skeletal piano and cello album Isotach, which picked up four star reviews in Mojo and The Guardian and support from Mary Anne Hobbs at BBC 6 Music The album will be preceded by digital single ‘Exit’ on January 5th Material from Nightports w/Matthew Bourne was premiered on three pianos with live manipulations at Middleton Halll as part of the Hull City Of Culture programme Nightports have picked up support from Gilles Peterson, with a track featured on the Brownswood Bubblers 11 compilation Very much in demand as a collaborator and co-conspirator, Bourne has his fingerprints on a huge number of projects, having worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Annette Peacock, Nostalgia 77, Amon Tobin and Broadway Project For fans of Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Ólafur Arnalds,

      Warmduscher

      Big Wilma

        Warmduscher is: Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London) Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family) The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family) Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men) The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

        “Your favourite boogie band is back with a soft clump of hair gripped tight in their collective palm. BIG WILMA LIVES! Waking and wiping the cobwebs and sand from her face, she moves towards the door. Fuel for the fire. Kerosene. BRING MORE KEROSENE! Throw it all on. These books won’t burn themselves. Wilma is love for the strong and blitzkrieg for the weak. She steps back to admire your clothes before striking. Remember the name. Remember the aroma.

        ‘Big Wilma’ is the new single by Warmduscher. An album will follow, as so often it does. The road to Whale City is long and moist. Lined with outstretched hands and forlorn looks. This is no silk road. No Route 66. You’re no longer stuck on the M25.” Dr. Alan Goldfarb, 2017


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: 150 copies only available on lurid turquoise vinyl..

        Colleen

        Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique

          Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique (2006) was recorded using only sounds generated by music boxes, and was originally conceived as a high-profile commission by the Atelier de Création Radiophonique (part of French national radio station France Culture).

          Colleen (Cécile Schott) is as popular as ever with a new album due soon, and her 2015 album Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey) featuring in many end of year lists including Uncut, Rough Trade, NPR, New York Times, The Quietus and KEXP. 


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl edition - only 300 pressed!

          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Colleen

          The Golden Morning Breaks

            Her classic second album The Golden Morning Breaks and final Leaf release Les Ondes Silencieuses have long been out-of-print and are much sought after .This is the first time Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique has ever been released on vinyl, with brand new artwork by long term collaborator Iker Spozio

            The Golden Morning Breaks (2005) draws on a rich palette of live instrumentation, marking a significant leap from the sample-driven sound of Colleen’s debut album

            Colleen’s debut album, the much loved Everyone Alive Wants Answers, was reissued on vinyl in early 2016 as part of the Leaf 20th anniversary celebrations

            Colleen (Cécile Schott) is as popular as ever with a new album due soon, and her 2015 album Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey) featuring in many end of year lists including Uncut, Rough Trade, NPR, New York Times, The Quietus and KEXP.



            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl edition - only 300 pressed!

            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Colleen

            Les Ondes Silencieuses

              Her classic second album The Golden Morning Breaks and final Leaf release Les Ondes Silencieuses have long been out-of-print and are much sought after.

              On Les Ondes Silencieuses (2007), viola de gamba (a rare stringed instrument) acts as the hub to this highly personal, baroque-influenced album, which also features spinet, clarinet and classical guitar.

              Colleen (Cécile Schott) is as popular as ever with a new album due soon, and her 2015 album Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey) featuring in many end of year lists including Uncut, Rough Trade, NPR, New York Times, The Quietus and KEXP.



              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl edition - only 300 pressed!

              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              When the city starts to encroach on the forest, nature will find a way to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Snapped Ankles come as messengers. On debut album Come Play The Trees they hold a mirror up to us. They’re here to plant the seed. They’re here to have a good time, but never at the expense of their natural habitat.

              Snapped Ankles have emerged from the woods clutching an album that feels simultaneously modern and ancient. This is what dance music will sounds like when computers finally fail us. Log synths, bass guitar and sticks on taut animal skin coalesce to form fearsome primal rhythms. Fuzz guitars rubbing up against dirty rolling arpeggiated synthesisers to ignite wild white noise fires. Forest folklore passed down through generations, has made its way onto the tracks. Subjects veer from dystopian futures to railing against Swedish flat-pack furniture, from the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Andrei Tarkovsky to throwaway YouTube comments. High art and cultural detritus are all fair game - a brave new world indeed.

              • This is Snapped Ankles debut album

              • Since relocating to bohemian East London, the woodwose have integrated seamlessly into the creative firmament, setting up camp at the Total Refreshment Centre

              • The videos for singles ‘Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’ and ‘I Want My Minutes Back’ offer a glimpse into the off-kilter art-house minds of Snapped Ankles and display a certain preoccupation with spaghetti

              • A dish best served live: wildmen dressed in ghillie suits coaxing unholy noise from a forest of logs, wires, drums and guitars.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Throbbing pulses, primal melodies and fiery aggression spew forth from the newest Snapped Ankles outing. It’s as if they were born to make this sound.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Yellow vinyl edition.

              Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

              The Comet Is Coming

              Channel The Spirits (Special Edition)

                SPECIAL EDITION 2CD VERSION OF ACCLAIMED, MERCURY SHORTLISTED ALBUM.

                “Great fire will fall from the sky, the cause will appear both stupefying and marvellous. Very soon after, the earth will tremble. ” The arrival of The Comet as prophesised by Nostradamus. And the earth did tremble.

                Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror , Betamax Killer (both Soccer96 ) and King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, The Ancestors ) bestowed upon us their debut album Channel The Spirits on April 1st 2016 CE. From simpler times, this was a prophetic document. A celeb ration. The beginning of the end.

                For those recent converts, here is Channel The Spirits (Special Edition) . Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence : sex and dancing. Here is a package that includes the debut Prophecy EP from 2015CE. Here are three previously unheard tracks: the fabled Ancient Tapes.



                Death to the world as we know it. Death to preconceived notions of truth. Death to empires built on the rotting concept of hierarchy. As divisions and conflict became the predominant theme throughout 2016CE, the gospel according to Betamax Killer, Danalogue The Conqueror and King Shabaka went from strength to strength. Theirs is a global and all encompassing church. A celebration. Unity. The reset button. Darkness and light. The party to end all parties. The ghosts of 70s Harlem, via the warehouses of Chicago and Manchester, presided over by Sun Ra. The sound of total planetary destruction, produced with laser- guided accuracy and aimed directly at the dancefloor. Death to the planet. Long live the planet.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: All of which excitable prose means that this single from The Comet Is Coming is proper post-apocalyptic jazzdance tackle. Whether slowly brooding or punching the air like a vintage Carl Craig cut this is already making its way into all the DJ sets that matter - don't get left behind!

                The Comet Is Coming

                Channel The Spirits

                Channel The Spirits is a cosmic odyssey. With psychedelic intensity, the band evokes the ghosts of bold experimentalists like Sun Ra, Funkadelic and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence: sex and dancing. Sub-bass, slamming analogue synths, unhinged sax breaks. The rhythm of life.

                Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer (both Soccer96) and King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down) come bearing their debut album Channel The Spirits. A prophetic document. A celebration. The beginning of the end. The Comet Is Coming.


                'Moogmemory' is the latest album from multi-award winning pianist and composer Matthew Bourne, who has turned his considerable talents to the world of analogue synthesizers.

                Very much in demand as a collaborator and co-conspirator, Bourne has his fingerprints on a huge number of projects, having worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Annette Peacock, Nils Frahm, Nostalgia 77, Amon Tobin and Broadway Project.

                Growing from spontaneous improvised live performances, the album took shape in the studio as Bourne explored and moulded the vast sonic possibilities of voltage-controlled oscillators, creating beautiful, brooding landscapes of thick impasto and translucent sunbursts.

                The seed for this project was planted when Bourne acquired an uncooperative 1982 Memorymoog, having it painstakingly modified and upgraded by Rudi Linhard in Germany .

                Created without the use of computers or sequencers,Moogmemory is the first album to be recorded using only the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog.

                Bourne will tour moogmemory in collaboration with brilliant visual artist Michael England, who has worked with Autechre, Bola, Leila, Demdike Stare and many more.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Bringing to mind the more ambient, beat-less works of Alessandro Cortini (or indeed Nine Inch Nails), or the early electronics-heavy compositions by Nils Frahm ; Moogmemory is unsurprisingly, unashamed synth-worship. Through the impeccably textured compositions and characteristic, classic sound of a legendary instrument, this collection is breathtaking.

                Julia Kent

                Asperities

                  Asperities is the fourth solo album by acclaimed Vancouver-born, New York-based cellist Julia Kent.

                  Her extensive résumé includes recent work with Swans, Aidan Baker, Rachel Grimes, Rutger Zuydervelt, Barbara Morgenstern, Library Tapes and Khan of Finland.

                  File alongside: Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Colleen, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Peter Broderick, Owen Pallett, Olafur Arnalds.

                  Utilising treated cello and electronics, Kent creates a world where the technological and the organic merge in perfect symbiosis, the layers of sound peeling back to reveal a beating, bloody human heart at its centre.

                  Accurately described as “elegant and intense” and “deeply personal”, Kent draws from a rich well of emotion. There is tension, darkness and masterful restraint in this work.

                  Recorded, produced and mixed in its entirety by Julia in her New York studio.

                  Julia Kent rose to prominence with cello trio Rasputina and as arranger and performer in Antony & The Johnsons.

                  Kent has also composed for film, theatre and dance. Recent cinematic work includes the documentaries The Boxing Girls of Kabul and Rwanda, L’Impossible Pardon, American feature AShort History of Decay, as well as the award-winning short film Oasis.

                  Her first solo albums, Delay (2007) and Green and Grey (2011), were released by Important Records in North America.
                  *Her most recent solo record, Character (2013), was released to critical acclaim on The Leaf Label

                  As a solo artist Julia has toured extensively in Europe and North America and performed atfestivals including Primavera Sound, Reeperbahn, Unsound, and Meltdown

                  The album is packaged with collage artwork by Canadian artist Anthony Gerace (a-gerace.com)

                  On Character: “A listening experience of nearly cavernous depth and poetic beauty” - 4/5 AllMusic

                  “This sublime performer has found her true voice...inspiring the possibility that every subsequent album will be her greatest” - A Closer Listen

                  “Emotionally and stylistically direct... To achieve such directness and freedom of expression through the cello – to many listeners an instrument so closely tied to its past and cultural saturation – is no mean feat” - Dummy

                  On Green And Grey: “Arguably the prettiest album of the year” 4.5/5 eMusic

                  “Kent surrounds a fabric of gorgeous cello melodies with excerpts of burbling brooks and chirping cicadas, letting the sounds sit closely but distinctly in one same ruminative space. Strangely and surprisingly intimate” Pitchfork

                  “Julia Kent wrenches swirling, atmospheric symphonies from a cello, her hard-working loop pedal, and an always-mesmerizing arsenal of intimate field recordings” The Village Voice

                  “Julia Kent plays cello with the painfully bitter sweet pensive finesse for which it was designed” The Silent Ballet.


                  Melt Yourself Down

                  Live At The New Empowering Church

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    Finally! The horn-wailing, mic-swinging, percussion-overloaded, call-and-response explosiveness of the Melt Yourself Down experience is captured on plastic in all its sweat-drenched fury
                    This Record Store Day exclusive LP was recorded at MYD’s sold out show at The New Empowering Church in east London late last year: “the house band from hell” in the house of GodA raw and ragged document of sweet sonic violence in a small room, it’s a strobelit snapshot, warts and all, captured for you

                    MYD twist jazz, punk, funk and afro-beat into strange and brilliant new shapes
                    They’ve kept raising their game since the release of their self-titled debut album in June 2013 (appearing on Later… and hitting the album of the year charts in Rough Trade, Time Out and more), and will appear on festival stages throughout the land this summer. The campaign begins with shows at SXSW and in New York in March, and club nights with MYDJs will follow ahead of the festivals - all confirmed dates below. Strictly limited edition Record Store Day vinyl LP (900 copies for the world) also includes a download of the live album. The LP is packaged in a new, dayglo variant on the already iconic album artwork. MYD have already started work on their second album. Don’t take your eyes off them



                    Dancing is songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer Nancy Elizabeth’s third album, and her first new material since 2009.

                    Nancy wrote and recorded almost everything herself over the course of two and half years in her tiny home studio in Manchester. For the first time Nancy used a computer as a compositional tool alongside her idiosyncratic palette of instruments, including a battered piano, guitar, and her own multi-layered vocals. The end result is more ambitious, more focused and more uplifting than anything she’s done before.

                    While the adventurous sounds she used create a mesmeric physical effect, the emotional purity of the lyrics is just as powerful . First single ‘The Last Battle’ opens the album, a magnificent introduction to its trove of pure musical delights. A soaring, celestial-soprano array, the song recalls Ennio Morricone and Arthur Lee, building to an irresistible climax.

                    Featuring artwork created by Nancy herself, the album will be available on CD in a gatefold card wallet, and on limited edition vinyl LP (including a CD of the album).


                    Almost four years in the making, Chicago trio Volcano! have delivered the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s celebrated Paperwork album. Their outstanding third offering, Piñata, is well worth the wait - by any measure it's their best yet.

                    Piñata is the sound of volcano! past distilled into a most potent formula for the present: unsparingly concise, stickily melodic, lyrically stronger and stranger, darkly humorous, ferociously driven, fabulously inventive. Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, the album has an aggressive energy that’s as exciting as it is unpredictable. It’s leaner and meaner than its predecessors, with the themes behind the songs drawn from more familiar sources. “They're mainly based on weird fantasies,” says frontman Aaron With. “Our goal was to tell stories with strange but universal sentiments.”

                    The fantasies that form the foundations for certain songs are hardly commonplace musings on love and life. ‘Child Star’ imagines its protagonist (re)born with all the skills and experience of a previous life, gaining competitive advantage over a helpless peer group. ‘St. Mary Of Nazareth’ takes the listener on a tour of a spaceship disguised as Catholic hospital, where the nurses are nuns, and the nuns are aliens. Lead single ‘Piñata’ is a petty vision of posthumous karmic retribution, while ‘Fighter’, the album’s dramatic centrepiece, is a violent revenge fantasy set to music. But while the songs can be complex conceptually, the incisive compositions ensure they effortlessly get under your skin.

                    More immediate than anything the trio has crafted before, it makes perfect sense that at the time of writing Piñata, volcano! were indulging themselves on radio hits alongside a steady diet of music from the outer reaches of the spectrum. Meanwhile the band has lost none of the playful, idiosyncratic elements that make them unique. “We kept the weird energy, the melodic tension, and the neurotic rhythm,” says With, “but we’ve made the framework a little more decipherable.” Not a second is wasted as volcano! gleefully take a baseball bat to musical convention in the name of great pop.

                    Aaron With (vocals, guitar), Sam Scranton (drums, percussion) and Mark Cartwright (synths, bass) formed volcano! in 2003, and have stockpiled critical acclaim since the beginning. Their debut album Beautiful Seizure (2005) was awarded 10/10 by Drowned in Sound and was dubbed the “soundtrack to the Bible” by Fader; Paperwork garnered four stars in Mojo and Uncut, and the video for ‘Africa Just Wants To Have Fun’ has notched up 200,000 views. The two albums have become cult favourites among those fortunate enough to hear them, and the sense of anticipation for Piñata is palpable.


                    AU are Portland, Oregon-based duo Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka. 'Both Lights' is AU’s third album and first for The Leaf Label, a joint release with US label Hometapes

                    'Both Lights' is the closest their recorded incarnation has yet reached to the blissful force of an AU live show, while expanding outward in new directions. Since 2008’s 'Verbs' album, AU have slimmed down to an extraordinarily potent two-piece live band, with Valatka on percussion and Wyland taking care of everything else: vocals, keyboard, sampler, lap steel, banjo and melodica (often two or more at once). Wyland’s rich baritone takes centre stage on 'Both Lights', a one-man tug-of-war with love, loss, pain, anger and desire, while the music behind him flits with gleeful abandon between styles - choral folk, ferocious jazz-punk, wild percussive workouts, sumptuous indie-pop.

                    AU contributed a track to the Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers collaboration in 2010, which featured versions of tracks by Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars. The Congolese bands’ influence is strongly evident on 'Both Lights'.


                    The ‘Solid Gold’ 7” is limited to 500 copies for the world (just 150 for Europe), and is a joint release by The Leaf Label and Hometapes. Pressed on transparent yellow-orange vinyl, it’s packaged with full-colour transparent cover art in a heavy PVC sleeve, and includes a free digital download.

                    Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka, the Portland, Oregon-based duo known as AU, embody a remarkable, cathartic energy that is immediately apparent on ‘Solid Gold’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album. Both Lights will be AU’s first album for The Leaf Label (released by Hometapes outside Europe). Fortifying Valatka’s adrenalised percussion and Wyland’s soaring vocals and multi-tentacled performance on keys / guitar, is man-machine Colin Stetson on alto and bass saxophone. The B-side, ‘Under / Epic’, is a reinterpretation of the album’s opening track, taking Stetson’s wild wind a notch higher and into the brightly lit stratosphere.

                    AU reflect that light. ‘Solid Gold’ is the first taste of a sweeping aural experience that captures Wyland and Valatka’s journey through three years of love, loss, and levity. “The back and forth, the tug of war for love,” says Wyland, getting at the root of ‘Solid Gold’, in essence a love song, “exhausting, exhilarating, and so totally not sustainable.” Like the best songs, in some way or another, we can all sing along to that.


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