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Chris & Cosey

Trance - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

    This seminal album and a long time favourites with DJs and fans alike. ‘Trance' is often cited by electronic musicians as being highly influential in contemporary electronic music. Primarily an instrumental album 'Trance' covers everything from minimal electro and polyrhythmic sequences to rhythm heavy industrial dance tracks. "High-tech sequencer dazzles mix with heavy stews of sound, teasing atmospheric pieces with abrasive disco forgeriesʼ” John Gill - Time Out 1982 "No one else currently turning out commercial music has anywhere near Chris and Coseyʼs intuitive grasp of the stimulating possibilities of electronic rhythm. Trance is just what it claims to be: a mesmerising chance to reassess the suggestive potential of sound, which in turn, attempts to intoxicate the listener into a reinvestigation of surrounding environments.” Steve Sutherland - Melody Maker 1982. 

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    Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl

    Strap yourselves in troops! This next one by our Bavarian brothers has proven to be a bit of a HIT round these parts over the past year. Recently they’ve been prompting many ID requests with the support of Dixon, Ame, Peggy Gou, Roman Flugel & Kornel Kovacs and now the secret is out for all to enjoy!

    Kickin' off with David Kochs' wobbly, sine-tone led rave banger "Ghost Trance" (a mix between "Township Funk" and perhaps "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger"), and then "End Scene" - which heads to the nether regions with a low rumbling B-line supplemented perfectly by ADSR-tweaking modular bleeps and bits. Cranium twisting guaranteed throughout the A-side then!

    Side B features Dominik Marz who drops "Release" and "Forever". The former utilizes a thin, digital keyboard line to create tension with its unusual choice of musical scale, a real creeping mystery to beguile the floor; while the latter is brighter, shining rays of optimism and warmth through a kinetic drum palette and rich velvety synths for a moment of sunrise-themed bliss... hear the ripples of jubilation radiate from its core - magic! 


    Twins Seven Seven

    Shandoroko (The Sacred Rhythm Slang In Trance Interpretation By Joaquin Joe Claussell)

    Super limited warehouse find of this Sacred Rhythm Music one-sided blast from way back in 2008. Full of that wild tribal flavour that'd characterize much of Claussell's output, Twins Seven Seven's "Shandoroko" is given the proper treatment by the Body & Soul master, extending it out for a good quarter of an hour (!!) and keeping that hypnotic energy coursing through its veins till the end.

    Released at a time when Joe Claussell would regularly sell out venues performing on the Urie mixer - I can personally attest to the life-affirming personality and flamboyance he would put into playing these records - tweaking them constantly through his 4-band isolator EQ and getting the whole club locked in a euphoric unison. A spiritual experience! 


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    Ltd 12" Info: *WAREHOUSE FIND*

    Love for Atmosfear was born out of the underground UK dance scene of the early 1980s; from nightclubs, pirate radio shows and soul weekenders. A localised scene that went on to have a global influence.

    The band’s most notable track ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ - included here on the CD version as a bonus - is a certified classic. It was a chart hit in the UK and was also championed Stateside in clubs such as the mythic ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. An instantly recognisable anthem that is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.

    Originally released in 1981 via Elite / MCA records, ‘En Trance’ is a joyous album that arguably represents the pinnacle of the Brit-funk sound. The band consisted of bassist, and keyboardist Lester J. Batchelor, drummer Ray Johnson, guitarist Andy Sojka, saxophonist Stewart Cawthorne, singer and guitarist Tony Antonio and producer Jerry Pike. The album captures the excitement of these exceptional players demonstrating utmost originality in the studio.

    Virginia Trance

    Virginia Trance

      Virginia Trance first LP, the solo project of Scott Ryan Davis (formerly of Images and Psychic Ills), after a self-released 7″ single “Your Guru” presents this debut album following the same loose-jointed, rambling expedition through mercurial guitar and lilting, Neil Young-esque vocals that are joined by steady bass and dynamic percussion. Sounding lighter but groovier, songs with expressive drumming, reverb-dipped vocals, and dewy guitar.

      Ryan-Davis says “The album was recorded and mixed in three sessions during the Summer 2014 - Winter 2015 in Brooklyn, NY with my friend RJ Gordon. I had recently moved back into town after spending time out in Arkansas to be with my now wife. We were in a small town located between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas on the Mississippi River. There were soybean fields outside my bedroom windows. The idea for the sessions was to lay down a few songs I had been writing. Everything is loose, rambling, and slightly fried. The album takes cues and titles from recent history. Outside of RJ (who also plays in the bands Baked, Titus Andronicus, etc) I was fortunate to have longtime bassist Jarred Joly playing on a few tracks like Lunar Son, and Booker Stardrum (who also plays his own stuff, in Cloud Becomes Your Hand, etc) on drums for a few tunes includingNew Attitude. So we kept everything stripped down with minimal production and there you go”.

      C Cat Trance

      Screaming Ghosts

        In an international merger certain to send the stock market into a headspin, Emotional Rescue and Malka Tuti join forces to bring us a collection of the mind blowing music of C Cat Trance. Drawing on the rhythms and melodies of Africa and the Middle East, the Nottingham outfit brought an outernational style to the post punk dancefloor. In their ten year lifespan the group released 6 EPs and 4 LPs, the best moments or which are drawn together for this a special double LP compilation. From the legendary "Shake The Mind" to the percussive, ethno-club cuts "Sudaniyya" and the previously unreleased "Some Day Soon", the album highlights a project that stood out from the post-punk haze with striking scales and time signatures to develop a unique sound.
        Formed by world music fan and multi-instrumentalist John Rees Lewis upon leaving post post-funk pioneers Medium Medium, the group retained the intensity of the former, but in a considerable new direction. Teaming up with fellow ex-band member Nigel Kingston Stone, together they formed the backbone of the band around a continual stream of guest players.
        Exotic, dense, tribal rhythms propel a mixture of club, pop and world music, creating an atmospheric fusion that can be heard across the 12 pieces. The alt-industrial feel of "She Steals Cars" and "Screaming (To Be With You)" is countered by avant-percussive "Dalbouka" and "I Looked At You" or the Balearic vibes of "Take Me To The Beach" and "They Made Them Up".

        Together they perfectly showcase a dark and moody world music with a shamanic spiritual underbelly that has gained admirers from collectors and latter-day producers. In that spirit a set of re-edits, remixes and reversions from latter day heads including Red Axes, Prins Thomas, JD Twitch, Khidja, Die Orangen, Jamie Paton and more will follow.

        If you’ve kept a keen ear to the underground, you may have noticed a trance revival creeping into the dance floors and darkrooms of late; a post ironic return to the 64 bar breakdowns and peak time key changes of your serotonin drenched youth.....

        So what’s this then? Has Growing Bin gone from groundbreaker to copycat? Dig a little deeper folks, for the Trance is question is Jürgen Petersen, a forgotten cosmic kingpin in tune with true electronic excellence. When Danielle Baldelli wanted to show off his eclectic tastes, which record did he reach for? Petersen’s 1980 LP, ‘Here And Now’ of course. And when John Schaefer put together his essential exploration of New Sounds, who did he describe as Germany’s answer to Eno? Trance, damn right! After blessing the world with a trio of essential electronic LPs between 1979 and 1983, Petersen moved out of the limelight and lived off the grid, collecting his mind expanding music on a series of self-recorded, self-released cassettes, known only to the inner circle of elite European diggers. The sounds found within were unusual, experimental and ecstatic.

        Fusing the organic tones of piano, 12 string guitar and sitar with soothing sine waves and hypnotic synthesis, Petersen harnessed the healing frequencies out there in the cosmos and transfixed the listener with pure otherworldly beauty - ambient music for a new age… Unravelling these rare cassettes for music lovers everywhere, Growing Bin treats us to ‘Tapes’, a five track vision quest for the horizontal travellers and fourth world nomads. Sven can keep his cocoon, we’re off in search of the butterflies...

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: My favourite German (sorry Mine), digs his green fingers into his micro-press cassette collection to treat us to the first retrospective of kosmische wizard Trance. Spanning the bucolic and galactic, the majestic music of Jürgen Petersen spans space-time to deliver cosmic clarity one sublime note at a time.

        The second release on Passive Aggressive Tapes is a compilation of the year's hottest trance anth... Erm, I mean, the return of Transpire, Bliss (the one that remixed for Denkitribe), C.T.A.N, and a former member of The New Post Colonials. Transpire experiment with techno which descends into chaotic drones on "Conscious Headshot". The two Bliss tunes explore dark minimalism with tinges of hope for something brighter. Hyrax delivers a hard hitting chainsaw-to-the-soul piece of noise music. The soothing, reverb-coated vocals and guitar on "Standard Carousel" drive you into the abstract world of Circa Cologne. And last but not least, C.D.T.M blur the genre lines with a dark piece of experimental techno which evaporates into deep drones, sour synths and choppy breaks.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Excellent DIY tape comp of some hi-end audio abuse. Combined with ghosts of warehouse parties from the past, this is brilliant post-rave music, sitting beside labels like Death Of Rave and Blackest Ever Black. Great stuff.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Cassette Info: Limited cassette with full colour printed sleeve

        Jean-Paul Bourelly

        Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II)

        Jean-Paul Bourelly is widely regarded as one of the most gifted electric guitarists in Europe today. On the evidence of "Trance Atlantic" it's easy to see why. Along with drummer Dennis Chambers and sax player Vincent Henry he rips into a set of high eneregy jazz fusion tracks that bite and never let go.


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