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  • Morton Subotnick : The Wild Bull - LP (Karlrecords, 2014)

  • Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1968 release! Based on an ancient Sumerian poem, Morton Subotnick’s follow-up to his highly influential milestone “Silver Apples Of The Moon” is no less an adventurous sonic trip on the Buchla synthesizer. Limited edition (500 items) audiophile 180gr LP, especially mastered for vinyl / Born 1933, Morton Subotnick is a key figure in the progress of electronic music: along with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender he co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1961 and from 1963 on he worked with Don Buchla on the development of the early synthesizer “Buchla Series 100”. In 1967 the composer and musician released his debut “Silver Apples Of The Moon”, which proved to be one of the most influential albums and an undoubted milestone in electronic music (which was even selected for the Library Of Congress in 2009). A year later Morton Subotnick presented his adventurous follow-up “The Wild Bull” / Loosely based on / inspired by an ancient Sumerian poem of the same name - a lament about loss and death caused by war - the two parts embark on further explorations into the hitherto unimagined creative possibilities of the synthesizer. 46 years after its initial release, “The Wild Bull” has not lost a single bit of its visionary magnitude and is still an adventurous sonic trip, finally available on vinyl again as audiophile 180gr LP that was cautiously remastered for vinyl

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  • Simon Shaheen : The Music Of Mohamed Abdel Wahab - LP (Zehra, 2022)

  • Reissue of the oud / viola virtuoso Simon Shaheen’s interpretations of pieces by one of the Middle East`s most important 20th Century composers, Mohamed Abdel Wahab. Produced by Bill Laswell, remastered for vinyl at D&M Berlin / “Shaheen`s violin soars over a slicing string section and a bed of percolating percussion, while accordion, oud, finger cymbals and a chorus of singers weave in and out. Produced with sparklingclarity by Bill Laswell … this record opens a new world of harmonic and melodic possibilities to ears accustomed to Western pop.”Greg Kot / Chicago Tribune

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  • Zeitkratzer : James Tenney - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • By zkr director Reinhold Friedl’s personal request now available on vinyl for the first time: Zeitkratzer's critically acclaimed interpretations of groundbreaking compositions by James Tenney / James Tenney (1934 - 2006) was a composer, music theorist and pioneer especially in the field of microtonal music, being an influential part of the so-called New York avantgarde scene (Cage, Feldman). Besides his compositonal work, Tenney was teacher at various universities with students like Charlemagne Palestine, Carl Stone or Catherine Lamb, and a close friend with Eliane Radigue / This album by Zeitkratzer presents three compostions by Tenney whose music has been part of Zeitkratzer’s repertoire since their beginning: # „Critical Band“ – Tenney’s late classic – with maximum clarity and precision of bearing tone rhythms and microtonal tuning as light effect. # the first recording of „Harmonium #2“. Both works demonstrate the remarkable power and resplendent sharpness which Tenney achieved with his microtonal settings. # „Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion“ (incl. in the download) is an orgiastic listening experience in the form of a huge crescendo on a tam-tam - from whispering to singing, culminating in shrill roaring and blustering – and it’s dark decay. Zeitkratzer’s approach to Tenney’s music as a sensual sound adventure, finally available on vinyl!

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  • Iannis Xenakis : Hibiki Hana-Ma / Mycenae Alpha / Polytope De Cluny - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • "Hibiki Hana-Ma" was created in 1969 for the Steel Pavilion of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation at the Expo 1970 in Osaka as musical part of a multimedia show. Even though the work does not bear the designation in its title, it can be already regarded as a Polytope: it was created for a specific architectural location, lasers and mirrors have been installed: a light choreography by the Japanese artist Keiji Usami accompanied the spectacle. This concept of synchronized laser and light choreographies -- now directed by Xenakis himself -- can soon be found in Polytope de Cluny 1972 and 1978 again in the Diatope (La Légende d'Eer) / But Hibiki Hana-Ma is also a hermaphrodite in another sense: on the Japanese record release from 1970 Seiji Ozawa is credited as conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Kinshi Tsuruta as Biwa-soloist (a traditional Japanese string instrument). By listening one quickly realizes that the music is not orchestral or Biwa music, but only uses electronically processed recordings as source material for an electroacoustic music. Xenakis's first explicit Polytope (Polytope de Montreal 1967) was originally conceived for four orchestras, and then transferred to tape for practical and financial reasons. The first concept of a Polytope was an installation with live-orchestra-music -- as the tape version is a recording without further electroacoustic treatment, it is not included in this release / Like Hibiki Hana-Ma, Mycenae Alpha is also a special case but for another reason: it was composed for his last Polytope (Polytope de Mycènes 1978) and consists exclusively of synthetic sounds, realized with his graphic system UPIC. The result is rough and sober and marks the beginning of his last electroacoustic compositions, shifting back to purely electronic music. With Hibiki Hana-Ma and Mycenae Alpha, the first side of the record vividly demonstrates the vast musical range of the Polytopes, from recorded orchestral sounds to purely electronic parts. The synthesis of the most diverse musical materials had taken place in between, especially in compositions like Persepolis (1972) and the joyful-noisy Polytope de Cluny (1972) that is presented here on Side B

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  • Iannis Xenakis : Taurhiphanie / Voyage Absolu Des Unari Vers Andromède / Gendy 3 / S.709 - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • This album is disc V Late Works of the 5 LP / 5 CD box set Electroacoustic Works that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Xenakis (on May 29th, 2022), one of the most influential 20th century avantgarde composers. All tracks have been newly mixed by longtime zeitkratzer sound engineer Martin Wurmnest and mastered by Rashad Becker and finally reveal their full sonic range and dynamics

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  • Iannis Xenakis : Diamorphoses / Concret Ph / Orient Occident / Bohor - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • Iannis Xenakis's early electroacoustic works define already the compositional space he is using later in his mature, almost one-hour long works like Persepolis or La Légende d'Er. After arriving in Paris as a Greek refuge in 1947, Xenakis quickly found a work as construction engineer with the architect Le Corbusier. He tried in vain for several years to become a member of the Groupe De Musique Concrète (GRM) and thus to gain access to the electroacoustic studios at the French radio. Pierre Schaeffer accepted him only when not only Messiaen pushed for it, but also the conductor Hermann Scherchen lobbied for him / Diamorphoses was his first attempt at composing musique concrète and was to remain his only one. He carefully recorded small sounds and worked on them systematically in weeks of tape-snapping. But he also combined sound material that presumably came from the GRM's Sonothèque, and here his fable for powerful sound masses was already apparent. Concret Ph originally was a sound installation: as Le Corbusier's assistant, he had been allowed to completely design the architecture of the pavilion for the Brussels World's Fair 1958, but his music was only to serve as a break filler between the repetitions of the main attraction: the Poème électronique by Edgar Varèse with projections by Le Corbusier / Under the title Interlude Sonore, Xenakis created a tape consisting of the most minimal tape snippets sticked together and got something that sounded almost like the tickling of glowing coal. Xenakis anticipated granular synthesis in analog tape form: the combination of little sound grains giving birth to a new sound. Orient Occident is an extract from music for a documentary film about the encounter of Eastern and Western cultures, shortened by about half

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  • Iannis Xenakis : La Légende d'Eer - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • Release #2 in the Perihel series is one of the most famous electroacoustic compositions by Iannis Xenakis. Mixed by Martin Wurmnest, mastered & cut by Rashad Becker, “La Légende d’Eer” is available as vinyl (180gr, DL code, insert with liner notes by Reinhold Friedl) and download for the very first time. When Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), who had fought against the occupation as part of the communist Resistance, moved to Paris in 1947 it was the start of a highly creative and impressive career. Xenakis not only studied composition with Messiaen and became one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century, he also worked as assistant to Le Corbusier and realized a.o. the Philips Pavilion for the World Exhibition in Brussels 1958 / His compositions often are based on mathematical principles (in 1966 he founded the CEMAMu - Centre d'Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales), which give his music an unprecedented aesthetic and “shocking otherness” (The Guardian). The most famous works of Xenakis, who won the Polar Music Prize (considered the unofficial Nobel Prize for music) in 1999, are his compositions for orchestra Metastasis, Pithoprakta and Terretektorh (where the 88 musicians are spread within the audience) and the electroacoustic compositions Persepolis (to be re-released later on as part of the Perihel series), Concret PH, Bohor and La Légende d’Eer where Xenakis integrated his stochastic synthesis sounds for the first time / As legendary as this piece itself is the impenetrable thicket of versions and stories around La Légende d’Eer - it exists in different releases, wrong sample rates, digitized backwards … this now is a new version, using the 8-track-version that Xenakis himself presented at Darmstädter Ferienkurse in august 1978. As the automatic spatialization is lost, this became the only original version of this composition and is presented here (mixed down to stereo by Martin Wurmnest who tried to preserve the spatial movements as perceptible as possible – mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M) for the very first time. La Légende d’Eer not only became a milestone of electroacoustic music but is also an important reference for noise and industrial musicians up to the present day!

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  • Giulio Aldinucci : Real - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • Italian sound artist Giulio Aldinucci returns with his 4th album on Karl: “Real” is again a truly masterfully composed and sound-designed ambient masterpiece and a more than worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Borders And Ruins” (2017), “Disappearing In A Mirror” (2018) and “Shards Of Distant Times” which all made it onto several year’s best lists / With now his 4th album for Karl, the sound artist from Siena / IT has proved a steady and prolific artist on the label roster. And each time, Giulio Aldinucci delivers a new ambient masterpiece that clearly carries his signature as composer / producer and yet reveals a slightly different approach to his modus operandi. Aldinucci’s massive layers of sound, built from field recordings and an array of electronic gear, blend droney ambient with heavenly voices / sacred music that create an atmosphere of a consolatory melancholy – alien, but with a graspable presence of human souls. And each album deals with a topic that Aldinucci came across in his observations of and reflections about today’s society / In the words of Giulio himself: “The digital media we live with shape and define reality by filtering it, letting us run the risk of living without our personal and unique one. My new album expresses a need of something unmediated and authentic. “Real” is a reflection on the endless possibility of sonic transformation, the ability we have to create new realities transmuting the soundscape around us and the inner soundscape inside us, even only by imagining it. A (deep)real experience permeated by dreamy lyricism.”

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  • Iannis Xenakis : Persepolis - LP (Karlrecords, 2018)

  • Reissue of one of the most expensive collector’s item of electroacoustic music! / After "La Légende d’Eer" in 2016, the Perihel series presents one of the milestones of electroacoustic music: Iannis Xenakis' mindblowing 54-minutes oeuvre "Persepolis", mixed from the original 8 track tapes by Martin Wurmnest and mastered / cut by Rashad Becker / Perihel series

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  • Coil : The New Backwards (It’s In My Blood Edition) - 3xLP Box (Infinite Fog Productions, 2022)

  • 185g picture 3LP set in heavy sleeve with hotfoil embossing and insert. Includes free TNB slipmat. Brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from 1993-1996, originally meant as the follow-up to “Love’s Secret Domain”. “The New Backwards” effectively became the final official Coil studio release of all new material whilst Peter was still alive. Mastered by Grammy nominated Jessica Thompson. Artwork by Ian Johnstone, licensed by The Estate of Ian Johnstone / “The New Backwards” was conceived by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in 2007, revisiting stray tracks which hadn’t seemed to gel with the material he had chosen for the more somber “Ape of Naples” from 2005, Coil’s initial posthumous release, a sort of requiem and a kiss-goodbye to his then recently deceased partner John Balance / Significantly different to its sister release, this album collects the brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from the original sessions for the album that was begun as early as 1993 and had originally been conceptualised as the follow-up to “Love’s Secret Domain”. These songs are as diverse and wild as the places they originated from, partly infamously spawned in Sharon Tate’s former home in the Hollywood Hills, the Nine Inch Nails home base in New Orleans and London’s Swanyard, remixed and restructured with the help of long-term friend Danny Hyde in Thailand, this collection has its own unique flow and an atmosphere not found on any other Coil release

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  • Lex (de Kalhex) : Cairn - LP (Akromégalie, 2018)

  • I conceive each album as a continuation of the previous one, but also as an incentive to break with it. So far, each release was based on a journey I made and the inspiration and feelings it sparked within me. Each time I visit a new country — in case of « Cairn » it was my trip to Scandinavia — I dig for records and discover new landscapes with unique colors. All of this helps me to picture the music I’m looking for / Usually it starts with an analog photograph I take of that place. In succession to that I create sound that could tell my story of this picture. To me, the record cover is as important as the music. It doesn’t have to illustrate the album’s title but has to complete the sound experience by giving the listeners clues on how I understand it / A cairn is a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark. I like the idea of a sculpture made from natural elements. And while the materials used are products of nature, a cairn is the result of human interaction in his/her environment. To me this sums up what we are doing as artists. We com-pile elements that surround us to create something new, that hopefully people will refer to. Lex (de Kalhex)

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  • Louis Moholo Octet : Spirits Rejoice! - LP (Otoroku, 2019)

  • Remastered reissue / Here we have another of those highly sought-after records that people pay large amounts for in the second had market. Spirits Rejoice! By Louis Moholo Octet is a free jazz masterpiece, originally released in 1978. Now it is reissued at a more palatable price. Moholo is a South African drummer who has played in South African jazz bands, The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath as well as Afro-rock combo, Assagai

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  • Evan Parker : Saxophone Solos - LP (Otoroku, 2021)

  • Otoroku is proud to reissue Evan Parker's first solo LP "Saxophone Solos". Recorded by Martin Davidson in 1975 at the Unity Theatre in London, at that time the preferred concert venue of the Musicians' Co-operative, Parker's densely woven and often cyclical style has yet to form; instead throaty murmurs appear under rough hewn whistles and calls - the wildly energetic beginnings of an extraordinary career. Reissued with liner notes from Seymour Wright in an edition of 500

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  • Evan Parker : Six Of One - LP (Otoroku, 2021)

  • Originally recorded and released in 1980, "Six of One" beautifully captures the detail in Evan Parker's high frequency split tones for which he is now perhaps better known. Five years on from "Saxophone Solos" and with circular breathing and polyphonics well worn into his live performances, Parker's experimentations here produce sustained passages of brilliant flight. Set into the echoes and resonances of a St Judes On The Hill church, the results are stunning / Transferred from the original master tapes and released in an edition of 500

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  • Benoit Pioulard, Jogging House : Communiqué - MC (Private, 2022)

  • Brown transparent cassettes with white on-body printing. Each cassette includes a different small-format print of one of Pioulard’s photos. A collaboration forged in mutual respect and the quiet of winter. Recorded in the US & Germany across the wires

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  • Andrew Pekler : Tristes Tropiques - LP (Faitiche, 2016)

  • Faitiche welcomes back an old friend: Andrew Pekler was the musical director of the 2011 album Sonne=Blackbox (Ursula Bogner, faitiche05 lp/cd/book). Known for his albums on Senufo Editions, Entr’acte, Dekorder, Kranky and other labels, Andrew Pekler’s new work Tristes Tropiques is now released by Faitiche. Tristes Tropiques is an album of synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and manipulated field recordings

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  • Funcionário : Cavalcante - LP (Holuzam, 2022)

  • Look around you. In recent years ambient music has changed and encountering Jon Hassell's fourth world design has become easy. Most of the time there’s no feeling, no narrative, a nothingness of ideas through layers and layers of pastiche and boring bedroom music. This is not bashing. Just a reminder that sometimes the information trap delays an understanding of how good music really is / “Cavalcante” is the new release by funcionário (born Pedro Tavares). You’ll find Jon Hassell in these eleven pieces. And yes, sometimes you’ll think about ambient music. Most of the time you’ll wonder about what is really happening. And why it's only now you’re hearing about this twenty-something musician from Setúbal, Portugal

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  • Dale Cornish : Traditional Music of South London - LP (The Death Of Rave, 2022)

  • Spanning 12 tracks, Traditional Music Of South London serves as a "psychosexual-geography of London's lost gay club haunts," according to a press release, which also adds that it includes songs about "masculinity, [Cornish's home base] Croydon and trainers." The record marks the producer's debut for Manchester-based label The Death Of Rave

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  • Clarice Jensen : For This From That Will Be Filled - LP (Miasmah, 2022)

  • Silver vinyl with metallic artwork. For this from that will be filled is the debut album by Clarice Jensen, artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). The album explores the variable differences between acoustic and electronic sound as well as depiction of the simulated and the unconscious. It was originally conceived as a collaboration between Jensen and the artist Jonathan Turner as an audio-visual work, but is here presented in it´s pure audible form / Building on a long and romantic tradition of solo cello repertoire, Jensen expands and confuses the familiar sound of the cello through the use of effects pedals, multi-tracking, and tape loops recorded at variable speeds, presented in works she has written for herself as well as a piece she conceived together with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Also featured is Michael Harrison’s Cello Constellations for multi-tracked cello and sine tones, written for Jensen, which meditates on long, sustaining tones / With For this from that will be filled, Jensen has made an incredibly strong first album that feels like a surreal and futuristic journey through an alternate timeline

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  • Marja Ahti, Judith Hamann : A Coincidence Is Perfect, Intimate Attunement - LP (Second Editions, 2022)

  • After their distinguished duet ‘Portals’ for Cafe Oto's Takuroku label, ‘A coincidence is perfect, intimate attunement’ is a wonderful sophomore collaborative work pieced together over two years of changing seasons, ideas, moods, and feelings. The release is formed from a shifting field of sound correspondence that pivots on moments of coincidence, of a tuning in / What are we opening ourselves to when we tune in to sound? How can one be truly open to a sound? How can the activity of recording move beyond notions of capture and release into more generative frames? Rather than a tool purposed for preservation or ‘conservation’ of memory, of time and place, can recording sound instead form new vibrant or vibratory spaces of attunement? / ‘A Coincidence..’ is an LP length composition of multiple interlocking parts, created through exchange, alignment, unpredictability: the title borrowed from poet Fanny Howe falling right into place, a flock of birds in flight, pitches matched and moved across different geographies and temporal frames. Marja & Judith have created an intuitive, lyrical longform piece that considers the idea of attunement itself as, in some sense, the smallest form of measure or denominator connecting their respective practices: across field recording, just intonation, electronic sonorities and instrumental bodies. ‘A coincidence..’ reflects a sense of a willingness to tune in to impulses given, or gifted to the other, a position that embraces an intimate synchronicity

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  • Andy Stott : Passed Me By - 2x12" (Modern Love, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl repress. Taking influence from an array of seemingly incoherent noises, from the indefinable and unforgettable mindtricks of Arthur Russell to the slowhouse of Kassem Mosse, from the alternate VHS realities of James Ferraro and Jamal Moss to the Linn Drum classics of the vintage Prince era - these seven tracks create their own pace and agenda, largely shying away from the dancefloor in favour of something more complex and hard to define. Following on from the tribal malfunctions of opening intro Signature, New Ground heads into a chasm of layered loops, creating a decimated and re-wired funk template coloured in with frayed percussion and dislodged vocal samples / North To South starts off from similar ground but adds a shuffling vibe at a deceptively intoxicated 110 bpm. Intermittent is something altogether different, taking perfectly formed Boogie templates and screwing with them until nothing quite fits, brittle elements floating in and out of time yet somehow keeping it together, before Dark Details delivers the most dancefloor compatible six minute stretch of the set, all clanging stabs and dense percussion, somewhere between Shackleton and Bam Bam. Execution and Passed Me By end things off on a slowed down tip, the former deploying an anaesthetised and padded 4/4 template sunk deeper into the abyss by deformed, time-stretched vocals, the latter ending off proceedings with a more delicate palette, letting go of all that pent-up emotion with nothing but that rumbling low-end and some strings for company

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  • Jyl : Jyl - LP (Minimal Wave, 2021)

  • Minimal Wave is honored to present a reissue of Jyl‘s self-titled full-length album from 1984, originally released on Klaus Schulze’s Inteam label. Born and raised in California, Jyl travelled to Europe in her twenties to dance and met several talented and like-minded collaborators along the way. She ended up in Germany, and worked with Ingo Werner, Angela Werner, and Klaus Schulze, on what would become one of the most important and forward thinking electronic albums of the time. Shortly after its release, the song “Computer Love” became a mini-hit along with the album’s opening track “Mechanic Ballerina”. The lyrics of “Silicon Valley” and “Computer Generation” are reflective of the times and have become even more relevant now, 36 years later / The production and song arrangement on the album is immaculate. The synthesizers, drum programming and vocal contributions complement Jyl’s voice perfectly. The album contains an incredible depth beyond a regular dance album likely due to the spirit of the people behind it – the list of contributors add to its significance and near-mythological mystery / After years of searching to no avail, the master tapes were finally located and we were able to remaster them for the best possible audio result. The record is pressed on black 180 gram vinyl and comes housed in a glossy heavyweight sleeve. The sleeve features an updated version of the original artwork, and is accompanied by a 12 page LP sized booklet, featuring large scale portraits of Jyl from the time, an interview (thank you, Anders Larsson), and all of Jyl’s previously unpublished lyrics

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  • Laila Sakini : Paloma - LP (Modern Love, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Laila Sakini's new album 'Paloma' arrives via Modern Love and is her most striking and ambiguous to date - a pointed and timely meditation on hope and hierarchies that riffs on Zbigniew Preisner's magical "The Double Life of Veronique" score and enduring outsider music tome "The Langley Schools Music Project". Subtly transcendent, fathoms-deep music that's had us in cold sweats for months - highly recommended if you’re into Dominique Lawalrée, Grouper, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ / When Laila Sakini's debut album ‘Vivienne’ arrived in 2020, it felt like the record we were waiting for to map out our tangled reactions to an uninvited reality. Never self-consciously strange, it revealed itself slowly and cautiously, like a shadow in the corner of the eye, or an alchemical symbol in a bowl of alphabet spaghetti. This time around Sakini has worked her unique world-building to an even finer point, forming six tracks around a theme that's so close to our heart it's almost beating in time. Initially inspired by Krzysztof Kie?lowski's 1991 arthouse classic "The Double Life of Veronique", the cult Polish director's enduring modern fairytale that serves as a cosmic rumination on identity and choice. Detailing two identical women - both singers, both in love - the film lets one live as the other dies, forcing us to consider the implications of art and endurance in the face of life's myriad challenges / Sakini takes Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner's influential score for the film and uses it as a jumping-off point for ‘Paloma’, bending the more grandiose moments into baroque awkwardness on opening track 'Fluer D'Oranger' and evoking the mood of scene-setting cues 'Weronika' and 'Véronique' on the recorder-led 'The Light That Flickers In The Mirror'. And while Preisner's score zeroed in on the musical virtuosity of the film's lead characters, Sakini reinterprets that as a metaphor for self-discovery. Playing piano, violin, glockenspiel, timbale, recorder, and occasionally singing, Sakini captures a mood of innocence that immediately transports the listener back to simpler times. Her music isn't self-consciously simplistic, but forcing herself to interface with instruments impulsively rather than studiously, her sounds are all heart, no filigree

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  • Läuten der Seele : Die Mariengrotte als Trinkwasseraufbereitungsanlage - LP (Hands in the Dark, 2022)

  • The prolific German musician Christian Schoppik is dropping his second solo record of 2022 under the moniker Läuten der Seele, following up his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album released at the start of the year / Once again, 'Die Mariengrotte als Trinkwasseraufbereitungsanlage' (The Mother Mary Grotto as a Drinking Water Treatment Plant) is a work based on a mix of sample collages and recorded instruments that are often used sparsely but as load-bearing elements. However, this time, Schoppik came up with two long tracks where the narrative evolves in multiple and intricate movements to tell mysterious stories that have to be imagined by the listeners as the music unfolds / If the title of the tracks 'Opferkerzen weihen das Betonbecken' (Votive Candles consecrate the Concrete Pool) and 'Der Heilige Geist aus der Leitung' (The Holy Ghost from the Water Tap) give a starting point to these stories, the ethereal, mystic and dreamy sounding minimal atmospheres presented in this recordings let each one of us contemplate our own soothing experience against the continuous chaos surrounding us

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  • Gavin Bryars : The Sinking Of The Titanic - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2022)

  • Gavin Bryars was born in Yorkshire, England in 1943. His first musical forays were as a jazz bassist working in the early 1960s with improvisors Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. Bryars later worked with composers John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, founded the Portsmouth Sinfonia and collaborated with Brian Eno on his famed Obscure imprint / The Sinking of the Titanic, Bryars' first major composition, was inspired by the tragic event of the British passenger liner's cross-Atlantic maiden voyage. Bryars eloquently reconstructs the passengers' experience – at once forlorn and eerily calming – through assemblages of understated strings and indeterminate elements. A core principle of the piece is that the ship's band continued to play as the vessel went down. One of the most sublime works in the modern classical canon, Titanic remains Bryars' magnum opus / Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, the album's second sidelong track, is based on a tape loop of a London street singer captured in the early 1970s. Featuring Derek Bailey, Michael Nyman and John White, Bryars' composition gradually builds around the cripplingly poignant voice until its emotional force is almost too much to bear. It's no surprise that Jesus' Blood is known as Tom Waits' all-time favorite piece of music. Produced by Brian Eno in 1975 as the inaugural release on Obscure, The Sinking of the Titanic draws the listener in to a majestic world. While these exquisite, hymn-like recordings have not changed in nearly 50 years, their deeply personal nature and the audience's attention to their subtlety have only strengthened over time

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  • M. Zalla, Piero Umiliani : Problemi D'Oggi - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Don't let the name mislead you! The enigmatic M. Zalla is one of the numerous aliases of the italian maestro Piero Umiliani who, during his period of fascination for psychedelic and electronic atmospheres, started to compose a good number of musical portraits dedicated, as the title reveals, to the problems of his time / We are at the beginning of '70 and italians are worried by mafia, terrorism and social conflicts: so it has sense that the music choosen to represent this anxious problems has a sperimental nature; dark and disturbing, a sort of unicum in the long and extremly productive Umiliani career / And if, in 2015, titlesas “Mondo in Crisi”, “Problemi Sociali”, “Azione Sindacale”and “Mafia Oggi” sounds still sadly actual, it's even more surprising find that the music of “Problemi d'Oggi” (Today Problems) is projected on the future, sounding still alien and uniques. The record presents a various styles: Pink Floyd atmospheres (or Braen's Machine if you prefer...) and compositions characterized by a wide use of drum machines and synthetizer (MOOG and Sinthy). We just have to listen to the opening track “Produzione” to give sense to the words of Sean Canty (Demdike Stare) that defines it the first techno/trance track of the history; but between the grooves of this vinyl it's easy to find intuitions that many other artist and musicians – from Residents to Aphex Twin and Four Tet – will be able to catch during their carrers

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  • Everest Magma : Alto/Piano - LP (Black Sweat, Maple Death, 2022)

  • Everest Magma rediscovers the folk roots of his dreamy alter ego Woodcutter. Once again he appears as a minstrel crossing moonstruck woods inhabited by gnomes, butterflies and crawling creatures. Nature is sublimated into a personal alien vision in which a lysergic approach triumphs in the arrangement of sound material and immersive musique concrète / Pure acid-folk fingerpicking communicates directly with the forest’s humus, steeped in wild and ethereal moods. Between schizoid or more lyrical moments, a persistent taste for subtle subterranean noises, electric flashes, radio and ufological interferences, deviant scents and psychological drifts permeates the flow. The abstracting structure of voices and singing expresses the cyclical beingness of living, a decontextualizing dimension of space and time. It's the pantheistic feeling of a parallel naturalistic universe, which also takes cues from the psychedelic eccentricity of Claudio Rocchi’s ‘Suoni di Frontiera’, the Incredible String Band or Holy Modal Rounders. Co-produced with Maple Death Records

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  • J.D. Emmanuel : Electronic Minimal Music - 3xLP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • The recent rediscovery of J.D. Emmanuel by critics and audience, and his comeback to underground scene from 2010 was crucial to reweave the development of electronic music in the early Eighties. This new publication cast new light on his first activity of composing and performing electronic music during 1979-83, experiments totally unreleased and never before published on vinyl. Certainly seminal minimal works such as Four Organs or Violin Phase by Steve Reich, A Rainbow in Curved Air by Terry Riley as well Cluster, Harmonia or Peter Michael Hamel's works of the early Seventies had a decisive impact on the Emmanuel's debut / However, since the beginning he proves to reshape and reformulate the lymph of his sources of inspiration with a consolidated maturity and accurate vision unparalleled. His poetry it's  closely tied to the will to expand consciousness and explore his altered states, but more than a "cosmic courier" he rather appear as "courier of soul and heart" and "a student of metaphysical Nature of the Universe". Magician of a incredible variety of analog keyboards JD conceives the sound as dynamic translation of forces and organic fluid expanding flows of energy mass / The cyclicity of patterns and phrases refer to minimalist iteration but his music has little in commune with something purely mathematical; but also using an approach to improvisation filtered by his interest in jazz and in the temporal expansion of rock-jams, harmonic sections are charged with a intimate spontaneity and freedom without boundaries. These 14 "vaporous drawnings", released in a deluxe edition with photos, writings and digital download code donate a primordial state of grace to the listener, in parallel to contemporary ancestral work Wizards in 1982 (containing two tracks that was originally included in Wizards, but replaced by other tracks just before the final master)

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  • Pefkin, Roxane Métayer : Split - LP (Morc, 2022)

  • Mutual admirers of each other’s work, these titans of Scottish and French dronefolk team up for a split lp – 2 tracks by Pefkin, 3 by Roxane. The fact that these like-minded artists explore the boundaries of what connects them, makes it a very exciting release. The Pefkin side is Gayle at her most melodic, whereas Roxane goes down a poetic and rhythmical path. Dream combo / Pefkin is the alter ego of Gayle Brogan, Ayrshire-based creator of slowly-unfolding, ritualistic hymnals that draw heavily on the landscape and natural world. Gayle has been a key figure in the experimental music scene since the mid nineties. The past 10 years, we’ve been fortunate enough to release three of her albums on morc – on those last couple of records, she proves she’s the rare kind of artist that actually still gets better and better, decades far in her career. A true force of nature / Born in France and currently residing in Brussels, Roxane Métayer is truly a multidisciplinary artist. Learning the violin at a young age, she also developed herself as a visual artist, creating drawings, sculptures in uncommon materials as soap, and in recent years video. Her work as a musician is of an equally spontaneous nature. She debuted in 2021 on morc with the lp ‘Éclipse des ocelles’, to overwhelming positive response, and a series of live-shows in which she easily met all expectations

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  • Blod : Pilgrimssånger - LP (Discreet Music, 2022)

  • Repress with green screenprinted cover and slightly reworked lyric book / Pilgrimssånger is the first of two new Blod albums deeply inspired by the Swedish Christian parish culture. The songs deals with human connection and solitude in a life built upon faith. The lyrics depicts exposure and anxiety but also joy and belief among free church members, the complexity of the relationships in the community with its leaders and priests and - ultimately - God / The songs are mainly influenced by Swedish folk music, psalms and choral music. While being an heavy album, Gustafs' intention has still been to fill the listener with hope and light rather than the opposite. As usual with Blod, the approach has been to highlight the beautiful things in generally ugly contexts, something that has probably never been as evident as on Pilgrimssånger. Pilgrimssånger features guest apperances by Elin Engström and Anna Johannesson on vocals and percussion. Joakim Karlsson mixed and mastered the album

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  • Edward Vesala : I'm Here - LP (Svart, 2022)

  • Drummer and composer Edward Vesala, the most internationally renowned jazz musician from Finland, was very keen on percussion instruments. Oddly enough, this broad and enduring interest is hardly evident on his albums. Whether playing on his own albums or contributing to other musicians’ work, Vesala played a standard drum kit most of the time. He hardly used external percussionists on his own albums either. And most of all: his music was almost never percussive, at least in the traditional manner. Perhaps even stranger is the fact that he barely played any drum solos on his own albums / That’s why I’m Here (Blue Master Special, SPEL 311, 1974), recorded in Helsinki in 1973, is such a rarity. Of course, being a limited release has also made it an expensive treasure among collectors. Additionally, I’m Here is Vesala’s only solo album and only percussive album, and one of the few where he can be said to play drum solos, albeit in his own idiosyncratic way / The idea of a jazz drummer making a solo album was in itself quite rare in 1973, although not entirely unheard of. French Pierre Favre had already made two solo albums (in 1970 and 1972), and Dutch Han Bennink and Swedish Sven-Åke Johansson one each, both recorded in 1972. It wasn’t exactly Vesala’s first time either. He had already played drums alone on the second side of the album Yksi, kaksi, kolme, neljä soul jumppaa (One, two, tree, four soul gymnastics, Gross Records, GRLP-27, 1969), though for purely instructive purposes, showcasing different rhythms and tempos

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  • Eiko Ishibashi : Imitation Of Life - LP (Drag City, 2013)

  • O'Rourke does Ishibashi! This Imitiation is her western bow, plus also a progressive sci-fi pop album featuring the best playing on any albums released in Japan in 2012. New music, no matter in what year you hear it!

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  • Joel Vandroogenbroeck : Far View - LP (Drag City, 2021)

  • Distinctively exotic drifts of library music suffused with psych and next wave ambience, all collected from Joel Vandroogenbroeck's cult-classic Coloursound releases of the 1980s. Leagues beyond the top-shelf work he'd done throughout the 70s with kraut-progsters Brainticket: these were new musical idioms to be explored. All tracks remastered from their original analog tapes!

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  • Bill Nace : Through A Room - LP (Drag City, 2022)

  • Using the looped-and-screwed methodology of Both, Nace takes a seismic step, building the process into a larger compositional process, employing guitar plus tapes, hurdy gurdy, doughnut pipe, quelle est belle and the nu Nace ax of choice, taishogoto. Phrases talk to and obliterate each other, expanding and emerging into brave new unheard vistas

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  • Héron Cendré : 3-4 - LP (Moli Del Tro, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Born in la Hague near Cherbourg and based in Rennes for 7 years, Héron Cendré builds a poetic world made of sounds from modular synthesizers, field recordings picked up in schools and other minimal lofi weirdness / The album 3-4 is a perfect example of this. It's « a pure, minimal, chaotic, holy, cosmic, tender skill, somewhere between a movie soundtrack and a signal from outer-space » (Gonzaï) / His influences include Terry Riley, Philippe Glass, Hiroshi Yoshimura, François de Roubaix, Jean-Jacques Perrey and Pierre Bastien

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  • 7Fo : Music For Himitsu - LP (Métron, 2022)

  • Three colour vinyl. For Métron Records' tenth album release, the label welcomes back Japanese artist 7FO (RVNG, Bokeh Versions, EM Records) for his second album on the imprint. Originally created to accompany a 2014 exhibition by Osaka art collective Himitsu, Music For Himitsu has now been remastered and pressed to vinyl for the first time / Made up of ceramicist Shiori Nishino, photographer Hiroshi Nakamura and landscape gardener Takashi Torigoe, Himitsu showcased an elemental combination of light (photography), water (plants) and earth (ceramics) to explore a locale of beauty where harmony and discord coexist / Realising their show was missing one final piece of the puzzle, they asked fellow Osaka native 7FO to create a soundtrack for the show. The work was played on a loop throughout the run and on one occasion was performed live

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  • Tenka : Hydration - LP (Métron, 2022)

  • Transparent ochre coloured 140g vinyl / Following the release of his album trilogy (Kwaidan, Komachi and Kofu), Meitei has established himself as a defining voice in contemporary Japanese music. By sharing intricate sonic stories and impressions of his nation's rich culture, he has built an aural world around his notion of the ‘lost Japanese mood’ / His latest project, under the new moniker Tenka, aims to work without the boundaries of theme, storytelling or audience expectations. Spending many hours in the mountain forests that he lives close to, his latest project Hydration explores the rich sensory pleasures of his natural surroundings, focusing on colour, sound, smell, humidity, touch, atmosphere and taste

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  • Li Yillei : OF - LP (Métron, 2021)

  • Translucent 140g ‘natural' colour vinyl. « Z / OF is a word that can be used as a preposition to express the relationship between a part and a whole. It is an unfinished tone, a broken sentence, a start and a whole. It is sustainable, full of potentials and longings. » / London based performance and sound artist Li Yilei shared an experience familiar to many migrants during the past year of COVID-19 chaos. With their UK visa set to expire, and family back in China, Li made a last-minute dash to return to their nation of birth. Able to board one of the last few flights to China during the initial turmoil of the coronavirus outbreak, Li made it back to Shanghai for a two-week stint in a quarantine hotel / Though Li had already begun creating OF, the reality of the pandemic began to seep into the recordings. Each of the 12 tracks is a study in horology, using metaphorical sound transcriptions and atmospheric extractions to focus on the temporal relationship between experience and surroundings. Li’s awareness of their own understanding of time became increasingly heightened during quarantine and the emotional involvement found within these new realities informed many of the sounds created

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  • Ernie Hood : Back To The Woodlands - LP (Freedom To Spend, 2022)

  • Woodlands green vinyl. Written and recorded between 1972 and 1982 in Western Oregon, Back to the Woodlands is a previously unreleased, and nearly lost, album made by Ernest Hood during the same era as his near mythical album Neighborhoods. A visionary combination of field recordings, zithers, and synthesizers, Back to the Woodlands offers an unprecedented depth of access to this singular artistic mind / Working closely with his estate to maintain his original vision, Freedom to Spend has restored and remastered this never before released, lost masterpiece by Ernest Hood from the original tapes. Ernest Hood’s Back to the Woodlands will be issued on vinyl, as well as on CD in combination with its contemporary Where the Woods Begin, with new liner notes by Michael Klausman

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  • Akio Suzuki, Takehisa Kosugi : New Sense Of Hearing - LP (Blank Forms Editions, 2022)

  • 12" on black vinyl, pressed at RTI and housed in a heavy-duty jacket manufactured by Stoughton. Available from Blank Forms for the first time since its original 1980 release on ALM-Uranoia, New Sense of Hearing documents a collaboration between Takehisa Kosugi and Akio Suzuki, two luminaries of Japanese experimental music in the lineage of Fluxus. Blank Forms’s high-quality reissue of the sought-after, long out of print LP, is produced by musician-artist Aki Onda and mastered from the original tapes recorded on April 2, 1979, at Tokyo’s Aeolian Hall / Described by Suzuki as the “culmination” of their sound, New Sense of Hearing features the two musicians improvising together in that empty Tokyo theater, Kosugi on vocals, violin, and radio transmitter and Suzuki on the Analapos, his namesake glass harmonica, spring cong, and kikkokikiriki, all apparatuses of his own invention

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  • Ernie Hood : Back To The Woodlands - LP (Freedom To Spend, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Written and recorded between 1972 and 1982 in Western Oregon, Back to the Woodlands is a previously unreleased, and nearly lost, album made by Ernest Hood during the same era as his near mythical album Neighborhoods. A visionary combination of field recordings, zithers, and synthesizers, Back to the Woodlands offers an unprecedented depth of access to this singular artistic mind / Working closely with his estate to maintain his original vision, Freedom to Spend has restored and remastered this never before released, lost masterpiece by Ernest Hood from the original tapes. Ernest Hood’s Back to the Woodlands will be issued on vinyl, as well as on CD in combination with its contemporary Where the Woods Begin, with new liner notes by Michael Klausman

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  • Léon Francioli, Jean-François Bovard : Musique - 2xLP (Plainisphare, 1984)

  • Sticker lower right. Recorded in Lausanne on July 21 1984

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  • Michel Portal Unit : À Chateauvallon - No, No But It May Be - LP (Le Chant Du Monde, 1973)

  • Gatefold sleeve, first press

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  • Lee Konitz, Hans Koller, Lars Gullin, Roland Kovac : Lee Konitz - LP (Swingtime, 1989)

  • These somewhat rare recordings were made in 1956 when altoist Lee Konitz went on tour with the great Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin. Konitz, who also plays tenor on one tune and baritone on two others, works well with this complementary group which includes the tenor of Hans Koller, a second baritonist and a German rhythm section. Pianist Roland Kovac contributed three of the originals, Konitz brought in three others, Gullin contributed "Late Summer" and the group stretches out on the lone standard "I'm Getting Sentimental over You." The fresh material and interesting combination of saxophonists make this European import LP of above average interest to bop and cool jazz fans

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  • Les Rallizes Dénudés : Heavier Than A Death In The Family - 2xLP (Phoenix, 2010)

  • Cover still in shrink, first press on back vinyl. Unofficial live album by Japanese noise rock band, Les Rallizes Dénudés. Most of the songs were recorded at a performance on 12 March 1977; the fifth track is taken from a 1973 performance. The album was released in 2002. In 2010, Phoenix Records repressed the album on vinyl and CD / The "sound is primitive guitar rock à la the Velvet Underground crossed with the Troggs, but their simple guitar riffs are fed through so much reverb, fuzz, and echo that it's like a dub mix of psychedelic garage rock... it retains a primal rock & roll throb...[the album] is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand [the Japanese underground rock] scene." / It reached #3 on Julian Cope's top 50 albums of Japanese rock. Cope writes, "It's relentless to the point of becoming meditative, and cylindrical to the point of being useful

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  • Sandoz Lab Technicians : Grey Orders, Distant Trails - LP (Ikuisuus, 2019)

  • Improvised soundtrack to a non-existent Western, recorded in the late ‘90s by James Kirk, Nathan Thompson and Tim Cornelius / "Deep South kitchen-sink explorers have been circling the drain in counterclockwise fashion for at least half my life and yet I am still reduced to shameless gobsmackery in the presence of this sterling new collection of historic treasures. Committed live-to-tape in the comfy climes of a living room/recording studio/temple affectionately known as 'Canongate' (a kinda homespun CBGBs of Dunedin's out-sound universe) Sandoz here bristle with the million-ideas-per-minute glory that hovers over their finest blossoms / Unrivalled in their inventiveness and the seemingly infinite permutations of 'shouldn't work but does' instrumentation, 'Grey Orders...' creaks and rattles like ringing spurs on the empty bar floor of some unseen antipodean western. Whether this makes more sense envisioning the cactus-pronged wastes of Arizona or the deserted main streets deep in the blistering badlands of central Otago is best left to the ear of the beholder, but one things for goddamnsure... there's gold in these here hills and I'm gettin' me a mule and a pick-axe." - Campbell Kneale

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  • Colin Potter : Two Nights - LP (Deep Distance, 2013)

  • Half red/green transparent vinyl. I guess the first thing I should say about Two Nights is that it was my first experiment at playing 'live', albeit in the studio. I set up some synths, a sequencer, a drum machine and some basic effects and, with a vague plan in mind, picked up a guitar and pressed 'record' / I did this on two consecutive nights (hence the clever title) and what you hear is exactly what happened, no overdubs and no editing, which explains the bum notes here and there. I enjoyed the experience and had some idea about perhaps doing it in public, bt several things occured which put things on hold for a while. 17 years later, I finally got round to playing live in public. And it sounded nothing like this. But I'm still doing it / Some people never learn..... This was originally released on cassette by ICR in 1982, on CD by Ultra Mail Prod. as part of the Ancient History boxset, on vinyl by Deep Distance in 2013 and on cassette again in 2014

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  • John Renbourn : Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & Ye Grene Knyghte - LP (Transatlantic, 1968)

  • An instrumental album (originally called Sir John Alot of Merrie England) featuring John Renbourn with his Pentangle bandmate Terry Cox on percussion and Ray Warleigh on flute. Released in England in 1968, the same year that Pentangle started to record, Sir John Alot was steeped largely in English folk music / Highlights include "The Trees They Do Grow High" (aka "Long A-Growing"), solo guitar miniatures such as "Lady Goes to Church," the epic "Morgana," with its sharply nuanced tempo and timbre changes, and the sprightly "My Dear Boy." Some parts of this album are surprisingly contemporary sounding, such as the bluesy "Transformation," which sounds like "What'd I Say" transposed for acoustic guitar and African drums; "White Fishes," which veers dangerously close to quoting George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things"; and "Sweet Potato," which sounds like a folk-rock song without words, even as Renbourn quotes "Satisfaction" at one point

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  • Bonne Humeur Provisoire : Mèrak - LP (Animal Biscuit, Fougère, La République des Granges, Be Coq, Tandori, Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu?, Do It Yourself !, Les clampins d’abord, Gurdulu, Maison de retraite, 2019)

  • This record "Mèrak" is the first release of the band from Lille "Bonne humeur provisoire" (meaning temporary good mood, something we can all relate to). The album is a mixture of fun, energy and idio(t)syncratic postures liquified into outstanding productions of what seem to be improvised jam sessions ("il y a") or shamanic rituals trying to exorcise bad spirits of their home studio ("Qui va là"). The whole listening of "Mèrak" becomes addictive especially thanks to tracks with twisted and looped lyrics just like "Questions" / Between free-jazz, story-telling and "dada noise", Bonne humeur provisoire take classical instruments (double-bass, fanfare drum and their harmonized voices to adopt a theatrical approach to their performance

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  • The Nazgûl : The Nazgûl - LP (Mental Experience, Pyramid, 2018)

  • Shrouded in mystery Kosmische / Kraut / Avant-Garde artefact, produced by Toby Robinson aka The Mad Twiddler circa 1975 for his private Pyramid label / Tolkien inspired dark ambient soundscapes with spooky / ritualistic atmosphere, treated percussions, gongs & guitars, trippy Hammond & Mini-Moog, tape loops, weird noises, drones… / File under dark ambient, proto-industrial, kraut, experimental...

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  • Hiroki Tamaki : Kumoi Nohototogisukoku - LP (CBS/Sony, 1979)

  • Includes obi and two inserts. Not much info on the net about this japanese jazz rock musician.

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  • Roger Doyle : Oizzo No - LP (Cacophonic, 2018)

  • This manifesto of outsider orchestrations, teenage symphonies and cultivated concrete is the debut album of experimental Irish avant garde and electro acoustic innovator Roger Doyle. A pianist, composer and improvisational jazz drummer with a penchant for experimentation that would marginalise him from traditional seats of learning in his native homeland but embrace him to the bosom of Europe’s leading forward-thinking research centres for electronic and computer music. Here he would piece together two highly sought after experimental albums before returning home to channel his multi-disciplinary work ethic into the agit pop theatrical company Operating Theatre and play a leading role in the burgeoning Irish new wave scene as an early signing to U2’s Mother Records / A collection of some of Doyle’s earliest works as an indomitable scholarship student of composition at the Royal Irish Academy Of Music in Dublin and then as founding member and drummer of experimental jazz rock outfit Jazz Therapy (who would later become Supply Demand & Curve), this patchwork 1975 debut long-player draws from what was an already bulging portfolio that included academic assignments, living room compositions and soundtrack collaborations with Irish filmmakers / Originally part-recorded and subsequently aborted when the would-be label vanished without trace overnight, Oizzo No was shelved indefinitely until a scholarship at the prestigious Institute Of Sonology at the University Of Utrecht in Holland afforded Doyle not only the opportunity to partially revise his humble opus in their state of the art studios (as well as those of the EMS Studios in Stockholm) but also the money to press a limited run of 500 copies and help further cement the foundations of his future status as one of Ireland’s leading and most versatile contemporary composers

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  • The Electric Flag : The Trip: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - LP (Sidewalk, 1967)

  • US Stereo pressing ST5908. Early pressing with yellow label / Starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, written by Jack Nicholson and directed by Roger Corman, The Trip practically defines the psychedelic exploito film genre. Its superb soundtrack was originally released in September 1967, and features 18 tracks by the nascent Electric Flag, with outstanding guitar from the great Mike Bloomfield, and prominent contributions from Moog maestro Paul Beaver. Showing influences from rock, blues, jazz and classical music, it is simply one of the best psychedelic albums of the period

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  • Nurse With Wound : Automating Volume One - LP (United Dairies, 1986)

  • Black vinyl, no insert. Collecting several Nurse With Wound tracks from various compilations from the early to mid-'80s, the Automating albums are a good place to start for someone who doesn't want to jump into the more conceptual releases with longer tracks. Not all the pieces are the same as the compilation tracks, with some being drastically changed / One example, the opening piece on Vol. 1, "Dueling Banjos," is actually two different compilation pieces superimposed on each other with added sounds for something completely new. Clunky military rhythms, noisy squalls of feedback, and a hilarious comedy bit about becoming a registered nurse add up to a strange and memorable cut. The delightfully titled "Stick That Chick & Feel My Steel Through Your Last Meal" is creepier and more jarring, as mutated sax and bizarre female vocals are collaged with crashes of percussion and abrupt juxtapositions / "Nana" and "Ciconia" offer more in the way of weird collage, while "I Was No Longer His Dominant" has spoken word with a minimalist backdrop of slowly shifting drones and silences. "Fashioned to a Device" is probably the weirdest piece among several very strange tracks, with bizarre chanting loops and a background guitar drone that changes textures, while the claustrophobia of the piece builds and builds. All in all, Automating, Vol. 1, like the companion Vol. 2, offers a great selection of material from this unusual artist

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  • Los Brincos : Mundo, Demonio, Carne - LP (Si-Wan, 1993)

  • South Korean pressing. In 1969, Los Brincos, probably the most famous Spanish ‘60s pop band - often dubbed “the Spanish Beatles” – added a new member to their line-up: Colombian born Oscar Lasprilla, an accomplished keyboard / guitar player who had previously been part of pioneering Colombian psych bands Time Machine and the Speakers / Influenced by psychedelia, prog-rock and underground sounds, Los Brincos (now simply named ‘Brincos’), led by drummer / main songwriter Fernando Arbex, decided that their new album would be a conceptual work - something never seen in Spain until then - similar to what other international bands like Beatles, Who, Moody Blues or Pretty Things were doing. The concept behind the album was supposedly to be based on the three enemies of the soul: the world, the flesh and the devil, hence the final title: “World Devil Body”

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  • Lucio Battisti : Amore E Non Amore - LP (Sony Music, 2015)

  • If Lucio Battisti was Italy’s answer to France’s Serge Gainsbourg, then Amore E Non Amore is his own Histoire De Melody Nelson, a concept album that’s widely regarded as a formative artistic achievement (if far from the most hit packed album) of his respective career. Both albums were released in 1971. For Battisti, the concept came from that dichotomous title: there’s a rocky ‘non-love’ side of the album, which has songs about obsession and adultery, and a ‘love’ side of dreamy, prog-rock instrumentals / The album saw Battisti working with lyricist Giulio ‘Mogol’ Rapetti, with whom he’d collaborated closely since 1965, enjoying huge hits with the likes of “29 Settembre" and “Sognando La California,” an Italian version of “California Dreamin’". It was Mogol who first convinced Battisti to perform his own songs, and who conceived the idea for this record. Mogol supplied the inspiration, the title and the titles of its songs, many of them evocative sentences that flesh out the visual picture where lyrics are absent. Take, for example, “Davanti Ad Un Distributore Automatico Di Fiori Dell’aereoporto Di Bruxelles Anch’io Chiuso In Una Bolla Di Vetro,” which translates as “In Front Of A Flowers Vending Machine In Brussels Airport I Am Closed In A Glass Bowl Too” / Amore E Non Amore was to be a watershed moment for Battisti. His label considered it to be too experimental and advanced for the Italian audience, and refused to release it. They were wrong: it instead set Battisti on a liberating course of artistic freedom and widespread success, and gifted the world one of Italy’s greatest musical exports

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  • New Phonic Art : Begegnung In Baden-Baden - LP (Wergo, 1971)

  • Ential improvisatory quartet, New Phonic Art, in the late 1960s. Featuring Michel Portal (clarinet, saxophone), Jean-Pierre Drouet (percussion), Carlos Roqué Alsina (piano, electric organ, percussion, flute, oboe), Vinko Globokar (trombone, alphorn, oboe). Recorded in Baden-Baden on 23-24 January 1971

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  • Sonny Rollins : East Broadway Run Down - LP (Columbia, 1969)

  • Reissue, German perssing with insert. Around the ten-minute mark of the title track, things get very interesting indeed -- moody and spooky as Jimmy Garrison hangs on a single note, making his bass throb along while Elvin Jones widens the space and fires drum and cymbal hits in all directions. Coming off bass and drum solos that never seem to fit anywhere in the piece, it's a supreme moment of tension-building, one that gets repeated after Rollins and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard restate the theme in unison. This is the sound of Rollins' group working in unity / For much of "East Broadway Run Down," though, the rhythm section is off doing their thing, usually together, while Rollins meanders about in limbo, seemingly trying to figure out what it is that he should be doing. That Rollins was having an off day for this recording is a suspicion that's strengthened by Hubbard's part -- where Rollins is wandering, Hubbard is charging ahead, focused and tight, fitting with the rhythm section, keeping the tension up / The remainder of the album is more on the mark, with "Blessing in Disguise" being quite enjoyable -- it starts out in a cheerfully traditional vein and gradually, subtly, starts to slide off into an improvisational area only to come back again to the traditional, and so back and forth. Rollins floats his sax line around the melody with only occasional excursions toward the outer regions. "We Kiss in a Shadow," though, is charmingly straightforward, a ballad rendering supported by Jones and Garrison locking together on a nice rhythm construction that lets Rollins float around the melody

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  • Guy Bernard, André Hodeir : Les Statues Meurent Aussi - LP (Doxy Cinematic, 2016)

  • 'Statues also die' is a 30 min. short film with a very complicated history of censorship that at one time elevated it to a somewhat mythical status... The Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's film exhibits a series of sculptures, masks and other traditional art from Sub-Saharan Africa projecting a passionately anti-colonial, anti-racist-, even anti-capitalist message in a stunning audio-visual collage accompanied by an intense and immersive musical score by Guy Bernard' (Doxy). Orchestra led by André Hodeir. Released for the first time ever on vinyl

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  • Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo : Battle Of Algiers - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - LP (United Artists, 1967)

  • Promo cut-out. US press UA-LA293-G / Ennio Morricone is perhaps the preeminent film composer of the last half century, an enormously influential artist whose iconic melodies and imaginative orchestrations grace some of the greatest films ever made. In this edition of Observations on Film Art, Professor Jeff Smith analyzes Morricone’s masterful score for Gillo Pontecorvo’s revolutionary bombshell THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, an explosive portrait of the Algerian struggle for independence from France. Exploring Morricone’s use of two distinct themes—one representing the French fighters, the other the Algerian resistance—Smith illuminates how the latter’s perpetually unresolved harmonics come to mirror the unending nature of the war itself

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  • Zebra Puke : Untitled - LP (Catatonic, 1997)

  • Paste-on cover. Not much info on the net about this free improv' combo from Germany

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  • Sven Libaek And His Orchestra : Solar Flares - LP (Votary, 2009)

  • Fresh from recording the legendary Inner Space soundtrack, 1974 saw Sven Libaek embark on Solar Flares, an amazing library recording for Peer International UK. Possibly best described as the companion piece to Inner Space, a polar vision in which this time the themes were inspired by the far reaches of ‘Outer Space’. A pioneering recording that featured the Australian designed synthesizer, the Qaser, a prototype of the first digital sampler, the Fairlight CMI. Although recorded in Sydney, it only saw a limited library issue in the UK and has since become a highly collectible LP. Expect Libaek’s trademark sound of sublime spacey jazz exotica. Featuring Australia’s finest studio and jazz musicians

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  • Joel Grip : Pickelhaube - LP (Umlaut, 2012)

  • “Pickelhaube” is the first solo album of the improvising musician, swede Joel Grip. It was released in a period when he was more or less constantly under way playing concerts internationally. In anycase, the music was surely inspired by squeaking transportation, queuing waiting gnawing minds and the openness in confronting new meetings. This LP-vinyl (and download) is the result of an completely analogue recording and reproduction, and brings to you the very full body of a wooden battle ship of an instrument, the contrabass, and the wondrous breath of a musical mind

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  • Virus : Thoughts - LP (Long Hair, 2013)

  • Originally released in 1971 on famous German Pilz Label, Thoughts was the second and last album of a band which is often regarded as one of the most legendary krautrock bands. While 1st album Revelation was full of inventions and surprises within long tracks with extensive guitar workout, swirling organ and lots of improvisations, Thoughts showed a different style to the debut / With two different lead vocalist (Jürgen Schäfer and Werner Vogt) Virus' music was now more song oriented, more hard-rock and blues focused. That meant a step towards more song oriented Frumpy, but with a wild psychedelic edge and lyrics about drugs and paranoia, close to Pilz label-mates Dies Irae. Album comes with detailed liner notes by Virus singer (also bass and guitar player) Werner Vogt. For the first time officially released on vinyl. Limited edition, includes two bonus tracks. A must have!

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  • Various Artists : Neptunalia - LP (Lal Lal Lal, Ikuisuus, 2018)

  • Neptunalia, a festival of Neptune, celebrated at Rome, of which very little is known. The day on which it was held, was probably the 23rd of July. The festival was celebrated with games. Respecting the ceremonies of this festival nothing is known, except that the people used to build huts of branches and foliage, in which they probably feasted, drank, and amused themselves

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  • Jad Fair : Best Wishes - LP (Iridescence, 1985)

  • Includes insert. Fair is one of few singer-songwriters who expresses his feelings without the usual vanity and emotional overkill. His songs, about the human condition, are composed with open, raw rhythms. His voice is that of a rebellious youth, and he does not overuse his guitar. 'Best Wishes' is an instrumental work on which Fair's virtuosity comes into play

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  • Jacques Bekaert : Jacques Bekaert - LP (Metaphon, 2022)

  • First vinyl reissue after 41 years! Jacques Bekaert's 1981 eponymous LP - following 1979's "Summer Music" for Lovely - containing three tape pieces composed between 1969 & 1978, featuring contributions by a who's who of 60s & 70s Avant Garde & Fluxus figures - Takehisa Kosugi, Shigeko Kubota, David Behrman, David Rosenboom, Maggi Payne, George Lewis, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Ryo Koike, amongst many others / The extended "Late Lunch" - at 28 minutes barely fitting onto an LP side - was composed in 1978; it's a bizarre pastiche of instrumental Concrète figures, subtly tape-delayed per each stereo channel & bordering on the inaudible at times that has, in spots, the same aleatoric Tape-Collage energy of pieces such as Dub Taylor's "Lumiére" or Luis De Pablos's "We (Nosotros)". "A Summer Day At Stony Point" was composed in 1969 Brussels' Studio de Musique Electronique APELAC & comes out of the gate with all pistons firing via a spectacularly bleep-oriented phase of errant electronics & backwards-masked squawks before heading into a long section of tape-echo'ed insectoid formations & vague held-tone Oscillator drift / Finally, "Mon Petit Album" was prepared in 1974 at Mills' CCM - Center of Contemporary Music & consists of Bekaert & Kosugi's flute & violin phrasings wrapped around a subtly transfigured array of processed sounds, both alienating & simultaneously quite welcoming. Both "Late Lunch" & "Mon Petit Album" were used as scores to experimental films by Akiko Iimura. An amazing selection of pieces that straddle the divide between Ensemble Composition, Live Electronic augmentation & GRM styled assemblage of constituent instrumental playing; if you've only heard the - frankly, tepid - Lovely outing, this should rewire your brain suitably as to Bekaert's range & prowess

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  • Michael Ranta : Azabu - CD (Metaphon, 2022)

  • Comes with 8 page booklet in gatefold cardboard sleeve. Even though only being fully terminated 50 years after its conception, ‘Azabu’ can be regarded as the starting point of Michael Ranta’s creative self-discovery. The recordings that form the base of ‘Azabu’ were mostly made in the Tokyo district with the same name (Azabu-Juban). Next to abstracted field recordings ‘Azabu’ is also pervaded by a rich variety of percussion, string and wind instruments, all played by Ranta himself / Subsequently Ranta edited, layered and processed the recordings at the NHK electronic music studio in Tokyo. Both pieces display a vast array of acoustic, electronic and concrete sound events meticulously sequenced to a complex fusion symbolizing the entire spectrum of earthly and heavenly sounds. Dynamic extremes evoke a restless flight through space, or through the depths of human subconsciousness, between dream and reality. Ultimately the music disappears, like a dot in the sky gradually fading into nothingness – an “ascension” that closes the loop in a ritual of life that can begin anew again at any time

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  • Sarah Davachi : Laurus - MC (Late Music, 2020)

  • This EP cassette was put together as a footnote to 'Cantus, Descant', a more raw and improvisational representation of the composition process in its early stages. These were actually the very first recordings I gathered when I began working on this record in August of 2017. A week or two before I moved from Canada to LA, I did several recording sessions at Pacific Spirit United Church in Vancouver and Chapelle Saint-Louis in Montréal on two beautiful Casavant organs from 1964 and 1916, respectively / 'Ruminant', from 'Cantus, Descant', comes from the Vancouver sessions and is "thematically" related to the 'Laurus I-III' material here. Nothing from the Montréal sessions actually ended up on the LPs, but I vividly remember recording the 'Accord of Voice I-II' series. I had just returned from six weeks in Europe and went in to do the first set of recordings the very next day at 7 am, before the church opened to the public, and my mind was kind of a mess. 'Accord of Voice I' was the first thing I worked on, it is the seedling of 'Cantus, Descant' even though it didn't make it to the album, and I still perform it for myself sometimes when I'm starting with any particular organ as a way of getting my head in the right place

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  • Sarah Davachi : In Concert & In Residence - 2xCD (Late Music, 2022)

  • Comes in 4 panel gatefold wallet. Sarah Davachi has explored all manner of extensive electroacoustic compositions throughout her career, often with droning ambience immense both in scale and beauty. Released earlier in the year, Two Sisters details patient resonances between sound and space to dazzling effect. Its supplemental collection of live performances In Concert & In Residence takes all of these themes to an exciting zenith, with 10-minute plus recordings containing enveloping swathes of sound / Composed for various organs, strings, and electronics, these are pieces that revel in subtlety and stillness. Gargantuan notes move at slow pace like the giants of nature: mountains, oceans, stars; changing over centuries but, to the human eye, remaining in a state of frozen beauty. The mesmerising tones of ‘In The Grand Luxe Hall’ are totally absorbing. The acoustic and electronic merge into one inseparable sonic texture, with the stroke of the cello’s bow and the occasional sound from the audience being the only things to indicate that time is still moving / Amongst the solo organ pieces is ‘Harmonies In Grey’, making apparent the whistling, howling, and soothing winds flowing through the instrument’s lungs, its bellows and pipes of wood and metal. ‘Harmonies In Green’ is a more active rendition of the Two Sisters track, its hushed, celestial chords broken halfway through by an intense eruption of reedy exhalations, showcasing the grand capabilities that the organ possesses. It closes In Concert & In Residence with a celebration of the physical force exerted by these instruments, powered by Sarah Davachi’s masterful compositions

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  • Sarah Davachi : Antiphonals - MC (Late Music, 2021)

  • "Antiphonals was borne of a desire to merge my studio practice with the tonal characteristics and sound-on-sound tape delay processes that have informed my approach to live performance for many years. Historically I’ve tended to somewhat separate the two (studio practice and live performance) in order to emphasize the type of listening experience that each domain is particularly well suited for. I produced two demo EPs in the early stages of this album, Five Cadences and Gathers, both of which were released in the spring of 2020 / Antiphonals is a return to the sound palette of Mellotron, electric organ, piano, and synthesizer that was developed on 2018’s Let Night Come On Bells End The Day, and in many ways the two can be seen as sister albums for a subdued moment. The Mellotron is removed of its typical progressive rock connotations here, in favour of the lesser heard English horn, bass flute, clarinet, recorder, oboe, French horn, chamber organ, and nylon-string guitar tape samples. An array of quiet companions joins the keyboard quartet: violin, voice, harpsichord tuned to meantone temperament, pipe organ, and acoustic guitar. The album was recorded in a restricted manner, using only an RE-501 Chorus Echo and a TEAC A-2340 four-track reel-to-reel / This is a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space. It is a minimalist music that is as much concerned with the vertical experience of texture as it is with the elongation of intervallic progressions across the horizontal realm – an occurrence that we might typically refer to as ‘melody’, but which becomes obscured here in the continual undoing of its staying power. Over time these somewhat generative articulations offered to me a meaningful expression of negative space and pervasive absence, a feeling of objects slowly being thrown into relief."

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  • Sarah Davachi : Antiphonals - LP (Late Music, 2021)

  • Canadian-in-LA electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi has rediscovered her muse since releasing work on her own label, Late Music. Having explored hitherto unheard realms of enchanting melodic organ and electronics drones on her 2020 album Cactus, Descant, Antiphonals further explores these ideas using a sound palette of Mellotron, electric organ, piano, and synthesizer / Referring to church music sung or recited alternately by two groups in its title — Antiphonal is a studied solo affair in which Davachi weaves seemingly embattled tones to create an unearthly whole by combining two approaches to her production. The tonal characteristics and sound-on-sound tape delay processes used for live performances over the years as well as studio practices. The record’s first piece, ‘Magdalena’, a limitless 10-minute exhalation of organ murmurations which could just as easily be sourced from an entire brass ensemble, slowed to a titanic glacial movement. ‘First Cadence’ and ‘Gradual Of Image’ follow at a similarly frosty pace, echoing the subtle microtonal adjustments of La Monte Young and Harry Partch transposed into an uncannily spiritual atmosphere / "This is a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space.  It is a minimalist music that is as much concerned with the vertical experience of texture as it is with the elongation of intervallic progressions across the horizontal realm – an occurrence that we might typically refer to as ‘melody’, but which becomes obscured here in the continual undoing of its staying power.  Over time these somewhat generative articulations offered to me a meaningful expression of negative space and pervasive absence, a feeling of objects slowly being thrown into relief." - Sarah Davachi

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  • Celer : Xièxie - 2xLP (Two Acorns, 2022)

  • Covered in rain, during the days and even the nights, Shanghai was lit in a glow, a mist turning to a constant grey fog. Buildings lined with neon and lcd screens flashed, and from around corners and behind buildings, the night was illuminated much the same as the day. Cars separated the classes, their horns voices punctuating the streets, as pedestrians in groups loosely scattered the streets, talking and walking on speakerphone / Standing by the metro escalators, there in the square with the overhanging trees of a park, there is construction all around. The buildings seem to be climbing into the darkness at this very moment. Leaving behind and moving forward. We seem to know everything already, our illusion of experience. I imagine taking your hand, I imagined taking your hand, and the lights in the subway flicker as we go deeper. Transit bookmarks each experience, every daydream, and in the end they're interchangeable and indistinguishable between reality and imagination. Try to remember which is real / To Hangzhou the maglev reached 303 km/h, the towering apartment buildings hunch under construction, passing by in blurs on the flat farmland landscape. I fell asleep, as you were dancing but to no music. The lilies on the lake nodded in the rain, dipping into the water. There was a Wal-Mart near the hotel where I won a pink bunny from a claw machine. I remember the beauty of the architecture of Hangzhou station, birds swirling around the pillars near the top, the echoes of the deep station interior, and the laughing at being lost. There at least we have each other, that memory, or that daydream. Everything moves faster than we can control. Days are just flashes, moments are mixed up but burned on film, and all of the places and times are out of order. If it could only be us, only ours. If it was ours, if it was us. Sometimes everything goes faster than you can control and you can't stop, much less understand where you are

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  • Copenhagen Clarinet Choir : Organism - 12" (År Og Dag, 2022)

  • Organism is the debut album from Copenhagen Clarinet Choir. With track titles like ’Flocking’, ‘Hive Mind’ and ‘Water Piece’, the work is situated at the intersection of composition and improvisation, and at the nexus of nature and music. Led by Irish woodwind player and composer Carolyn Goodwin, the clarinet sextet takes an egalitarian approach in the way it assembles its players. In the music of Organism, interdependent parts find an overall shape as organically as a living entity. Much like a choir, the individual voices of the six homogenous instruments are synergized, creating a warm, pulsating body of sound / Goodwin says, “There is a strong feeling of unity that comes from everyone playing the same instrument and producing one sound together. As an instrumentalist, it allows you to dissolve into the combined body of sound, much like one does in a vocal choir. It creates a tangible physical connection between each of the players, and it allows us to explore the clarinet as an extension of the body- through breath, fingering and posture.” / Organism strikes an often elusive balance between what is pre-determined and what is spontaneous, a balance that classically trained Goodwin admits is a constant occupation for her and is what led her to form Copenhagen Clarinet Choir. Exploring compositional ideas within the field of improvised music, she uses the ensemble to experiment with various sound concepts such as the representation of patterns found in subaquatic movement, swarming of insects and flight patterns of birds, and to investigate the ever-dissolving line between her role as composer and performer

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  • Maiya Hershey, Steve Jansen : Neither Present Nor Absent - LP (The state51 Conspiracy, 2022)

  • Steve Jansen, the English multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, is best known for his work with the art pop band Japan and subsequent solo works. Maiya Hershey is Portugal-based audiovisual artist and sound designer whose interest in anthropology and philosophy forms part of her creative process. The duo’s musical collaboration - Neither Present Nor Absent - is a work meant to expand upon its title and their mutual interest in experimenting with sonic techniques and exploring their connectedness with identity and the past / This state51 Conspiracy release is a welcome rendering of ‘Neither Present Nor Absent’ as a physical artefact, with James Ginzburg of Emptyset and other projects remastering it for vinyl. Certainly, its five quiet instrumental pieces, fashioned via piano and electronics, have a dignity and depth that deserves corporeality. Assembled remotely over some 12 months by Steve Jansen and Maiya Hershey, who live in London and Beirut respectively, this is their first collaborative release / Age-wise, they may be a generation apart – Jansen’s first record, as a core member of high-minded art-rockers Japan, was released 15 years before Hershey was born – but share much in their musical philosophy, with instruments (Hershey’s piano, often, but also saxophone, cello and bells) manipulated and folded into various field recordings and other aleatory sonics. And yet, while this is by any measure experimental music, there is a pop sensibility in the kernel of ‘Neither Present Nor Absent’: take the central melody of ‘Toward The Surface’, or the mournful, cinematic ‘As We Drift’. Jansen can claim over 40 years’ experience forging experimental/popular music links, while Hershey has rather more modern credentials, with a solo piano piece heard by several million people thanks to its inclusion on a meditation app

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  • Andrew Wasylyk : Hearing the Water Before Seeing the Falls - LP (Clay Pipe Music, 2022)

  • Turquoise vinyl. ‘Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls’ is Andrew Wasylyk’s second LP for the esteemed Clay Pipe Music label. It sees the Scottish composer and producer reach for new ground, finding quietly sublime imagery in rich and immersive worlds; horizon-less oceans and limitless landscapes / The initial seed of inspiration for this work was conceived as a commissioned response to ‘The World’s Edge’ exhibition, by American contemporary landscape photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper, at the National Galleries of Scotland. Andrew journeyed with Cooper to Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth to learn of the artist’s practice. Specifically, his three decades of travel across five continents, capturing cardinal points and extreme locations surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Many of which will be under water within 35 years as a result of the impact of our changing climate / From the deep allure of the sea to the symbolism and folklore of flowers, a dreaming to leave or a longing to stay, “Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls” utilises the ideas behind TJC’s work as a point of departure. Exploring outwardly in search of a better understanding within, themes of longing, self-discovery, new parenthood and premonitions weave through a Wasylyk album of melodic succour. Previously described as a "spiritual-jazz salve bathed in the cinematic”, Andrew Wasylyk is accumulating a growing body of work. With this seven song suite he distills these ideas and offers perhaps his most bold record yet. ‘Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls’, the follow-up to 2021’s ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’, (longlisted for Scottish Album Of The Year Award, 2022) is framed in a hypnagogic fog of wonder and possibility. A place to shade your dreamtime in subtle colour

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  • Celer : The Everything and the Nothing (Remastered) - 2xLP (Two Acorns, 2022)

  • Packaged in reverse board sleeve. Remastered by Stephan Mathieu / This was the sister release to 'Discourses of the Withered'. Subtitled, outtakes and ephemera from 'Discourses...' in 13 parts. 'The Everything and the Nothing' is a stand-alone recording in its own brilliant right. The heavenly tape loops are there, mixed in with field recordings by Danielle from her time living in India

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  • Steve Jansen : Slope (Remastered) - 2x12" (Headcount, 2022)

  • Steve Jansen, the co-founder of new wave legends Japan and bona fide collaboration multi-hyphenate, is reissuing his first two solo studio albums: Slope and Tender Extinction. But how to accurately parse Steve Jansen’s path through music? It’s a journey that’s taken him from 80s royalty as what The Guardian calls “a key component” of one of the UK’s premier new wave acts, releasing classic records like Tin Drum and Quiet Life, to a renowned collaborator, working with artists as diverse as Ryuchi Sakamoto, Anja Garbarek, Annie Lennox, and, most recently, Maiya Hershey. His is a career of ever-changing styles and genres, from blissed-out electronica made with YMO’s Yukihiro Takahashi, to his work with jazz-rock group Nine Horses, to the heavy atmospheres of his transcendent Exit North project, and far, far, beyond / Based on his consistently excellent creative output, it’s not surprising that he’s also had time to fit in a clutch of excellent solo albums. Although on first listens the music on Slope and Tender Extinction can seem austere and chilly, it certainly bears further listening. Songs that might seem impenetrable can shyly give up their secrets - a moment of tenderness, say, or soaring strings, or a wistful chord change. Slope, his debut, was described by The Observer upon its release in 2007 as “unclassifiable”, a description that goes some way to detailing the album’s crystalline synthetic peaks, dusty analogue depths, and wide experimental sweep. To hear the icy IDM of ‘Grip’ rubbing up against the drone-led modern classical in ‘Sow The Salt’, and the strange sound experiments in ‘Gap of Cloud’ juxtaposed with the fractured emotion of ‘Playground Martyrs’ is to hear an artist capable of ploughing his own unique furrow through music / Although nine years and another glut of projects (an ambient album called A Secret Life made with John Foxx and Steve D'Agostino, an array of instrumental pieces, Jansen and Japan bandmate Richard Barbieri’s fifth album, Lumen, and the list really does go on and on) came between Slope and second album. But why this album and why now? It’s a special piece of work, and place the talents of an artist that often stays in the shadows front and centre. Jansen is someone whose every action is in service of The Project, shapeshifting and adapting in relation to how he can improve the music. He’s said in that past that “I remove myself from any references to other people or popular culture. I explore sound and composition without any preconceptions about the finished piece or its place in the world.” Though this is a humble approach that clearly pays dividends Slope allows for the full range of his influences, experimentation, and ideas to come to the fore

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  • Steve Jansen : Tender Extinction (Remastered) - 2x12" (Headcount, 2022)

  • Tender Extinction is a more meditative affair than its predecessor, one where comet tails of synthesiser stretch across a song and fathomless sonic depths simmer and roll like an ocean. James Ginzburg’s brand new remaster will render the hiemal beauty and sumptuous arrangements of tracks such as ‘And Birds Sing All Night’,‘Captured’, and ‘Her Distance’ even more perfectly than before / In 1978 Japan released their debut album Adolescent Sex and kick started a career that would span decades. With Steve Jansen on drums the band enjoyed huge success whilst simultaneously creating a back catalogue of music that still inspires today. Fast forward to 2007 and after many years working and collaborating with artists such as Richard Barbieri, Yukihiro Takahashi, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Bernd Friedmann, Steve released his debut, solo album Slope. Steve Jansen's second solo album 'Tender Extinction' is an evocative blend of songs and instrumentals enlisting some of the singer/songwriters that appeared on Jansen's previous solo work 'Slope', namely Tim Elsenburg (Sweet Billy Pilgrim) (UK) and Thomas Feiner (Anywhen) (Norway), as well as featuring new collaborations with Perry Blake (Ireland), Melentini (Greece), Nicola Hitchcock (UK) and including some vocal performances by Jansen himself / Atmospheric sound design creates a bed of complex, often atonal qualities, with delicate synth and orchestral arrangements drifting throughout to produce a multi-layered, emotive and hauntingly intimate album. Some titles are punctuated with Jansen's characteristically minimal drum patterns and off-kilter time signatures while others are structured with more classical elements such as piano, cello and orchestral string arrangements. All music and arrangements are by Jansen with guests vocalists providing their own lyrics and vocal melodies on five of the tracks. Steve: "I spent a long time with the material, honing it down to those elements that blend together well in an attempt to allow the dissonance that weaves throughout much of the music to settle into its own space and not overly distract from the more harmonious content

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  • Roland Kayn : Infra - 4xCD Box (Reiger-Records-Reeks, 2022)

  • Mastered by Jim O’Rourke. Recent years have seen the release and reissue of dozens of hours of Roland Kayn’s music, on several labels and in both physical and digital formats. Our interconnected yet chaotically imbued age seems to be the setting in which Kayn has truly found his audience. The scene is now set for one of the most momentous works in his oeuvre to return to the shelves. ‘Infra’ / One of the titanic cybernetic works Kayn originally released on the Colosseum label in the late 70s and early 80s, ‘Infra’ (1978-79) has come to occupy a very special place in the hearts of fans lucky enough to have copies of the original vinyl box sets. Now lovingly remastered from the original archive masters by Kayn devotee Jim O’Rourke, ‘Infra’ has finally found its way to CD for a new generation of admirers to discover / For the newcomer, it should be mentioned that Kayn’s electronic music exists in a category all its own, bearing precious little resemblance to that of any of his composer peers. His work perhaps sits more naturally in today’s non-idiomatic landscape of drones, field recordings, and modular synthesis, yet arrives accompanied by a poise and near-epic suggestion of natural phenomena simply found nowhere else. Stretching forwards across four decades to suggest new possibilities even now, ‘Infra’ represents a musical world ripe for rediscovery

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  • Phill Niblock : Sound Collages - CD (Koo Editions, 2021)

  • Handnumbered digipack including art book. Selected tracks and images from the exhibition "Working Photos" at Fridman Gallery, NYC (2019), specifically in reference to the black-and-white photo and video series "Light Patterns", here represented in a ten-page booklet by seven selected pictures and an exclusive retrospective story by the author related to memory and place. The tracks include aquatic elements, crickets, bells and other stories from the Greek islands, Belgium, the Danube and the Rhine Delta in a real-life experience that comes back to mind as a fluid sensation / This CD celebrates Phill Niblock's personal history, recounting episodes from his personal life, from the purchase of his first tape recorder in 1953, to his nocturnal activity as a DJ in the radio station during his military service, to the beginning of his musical career in 1968. A journey through magnetic tapes, through what today would be called "sound art", the transition to digital processing, up to this celebratory adventure developed at a distance together with Giovanni De Donà of Koo Editions during the pandemic isolation. This project is not only about the canonic digital edition in CD, digipak with booklet, of material selected by the artist from an art exhibition. Includes Leporello booklet that includes seven selected images from the exhibition "Working Photos"at Fridman Gallery NYC (2019) and a personal Phill Niblock story that celebrates his 60 years career; edition of 200 (numbered)

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  • CoH : Live At GES-2 - CD (Koo Editions, 2022)

  • Recording of the entire session performed at "Geometry of Now", the audiovisual festival organized by the V-A-C Foundation and curated by Mark Fell that took place at the former power station GES-2 in the hearth of Moscow (2017). CoH, the alias of Ivan Pavlov, is a Russian word for both sleep and dream, spelled in Cyrillic and pronounced as "son" / Having left Russia for Sweden in 1995, CoH produced an extensive catalog of releases, including several notable collaborations with leading figures in industrial music, such as Cosey Fanni Tutti and Peter Christopherson of Coil/Throbbing Gristle. His dreamlike progression resonates here within GES-2, an exceptional monument of industrial archeology from the early 20th century, which Renzo Piano transformed into a multifunctional exhibition space whose renovation was completed later in 2021

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  • Ali Phi : Elemaun - 12" (Koo Editions, 2022)

  • The electronic audiovisual project, inspired by ritual and regional music from the Iranian plateau The term "elemaun" (loanword from French) is equivalent to the English word element, commonly used in mathematical terms of the surface integral in Persian. The components and smaller surfaces that are selected to study the whole surface are called "elemaun." Such elements can contract in size to a considerable degree to estimate the limit value of the intended surface / The set consists of six compositions of digital and analog synthesizers, field recorded samples, ambient soundscapes, and synthesized drum machines referencing different cultures, music, and narratives and the same approach has been taken for computer-generated motion pictures and real-time edited video footage. The tunes are sampled as abstract, minimal, and repetitive motifs from different cultures of Baluch, Azeri, Southern Iranian Arabs, Khorasan, etc. After the Linz Ars Electronica premiere in 2016 it was presented in Poland, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Germany and finally in Canada in 2019, where the artist is based

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  • Ratkiller : Leather Squeaking Softly - MC (Possible Motive, 2022)

  • 'The sound mutations of Estonian based museum security guard Mihkel Kleis, aka Ratkiller, has found its nest on the upcoming oeuvre "Leather Squeaking Softly". A unique sound composition and rare glimpse into visions of being stuck in a whirlpool of forgotten debris and plastic remains, discarded non-recyclable objects and broken hi-fi equipment. An audio memorandum rendering irregular sound compositions of desolated dumping grounds, faulty drum machines and field recordings of distorted memories. It's as if your whole life was a theme park built on a hazardous waste site' / Leather Squeaking Softly consists of two different Movements extending a bit over 33 minutes

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  • Accou : Rhyme Nor Reason - MC (Possible Motive, 2022)

  • There was a time when a person would pick up an instrument to compose yet another song for a loved one. A sad figure humming into a microphone, pronouncing the most basic words and forms to convey quantity, quality, fact, statistics and similar sounds describing pain, loss and sorrow. The human brain would perceive the melody sad and perhaps within herself feel a sense of melancholia / In another parallel world a new composition would then appear. But not one composed on a wooden built instrument, no, sounds made into structures and tables that would assists the listener into providing an additional context and meaning through digital synthesis and quantised harmonies. But who could really tell if these sounds were real? Or where they just sounds impersonating an idea of something? / Rhyme nor reason is as abstract in its shapes and ideas as it is concrete and elegant in its narratives. A carefully crafted wooden cabinet with an over-whelming amount of different drawers and hidden compartments. Each box storing blissful arrangement; a fluorescent stone, a paper note saying something about lunch, some collectible objects, a forgotten token or perhaps an autograph, all so very vibrant and joyful for its possessor. Deleted files stored on rapidly rotating platters coated with magnetic material. Small, easy to loose SSD memory cards of recorded corrupt files and digital artefacts. Software engineered compositions trying to grasp the shared belief of an upcoming future, vivid and uncertain; birds, waters and long lost recollections. A release unconcerned with the literal depiction of things from the visible world. At least not for now

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  • Sunda Arc : Night Lands - LP+12" (Gondwana, 2022)

  • Crystal clear vinyl. Sunda Arc are brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart, best known as two-thirds of jazz-influenced minimalists Mammal Hands, and on the 18th November, they are set to release their sophomore album 'Night Lands' via Gondwana Records, home to such artists as GoGo Penguin, Portico Quartet, Hania Rani and Forgiveness / Releasing their debut EP 'Flicker' in 2018, Sunda Arc have performed live at AB Brussels, Blue Dot Festival, The Roundhouse, Jazz Café, Reworks Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Hall, Manchester with GoGo Penguin. Their debut album 'Tides', released in 2020, received high praise from numerous tastemaker media including DJ magazine who described their music as "sounding like John Hopkins' long-lost sibling" / Sunda Arc channels Nick and Jordan's love of electronic and dance music, without losing any of their deep musicality. Drawing on techno, electronica, neo-classical and post-rock influences, Sunda Arc compose and perform using both electronic and acoustic instruments, including analogue synthesisers, home-made software patches, piano, saxophones and bass clarinet – all finessed and channelled through their own unique creative strategies. Integrating electronic elements and experimentation with the expressiveness and energy of acoustic instruments and live performance, Sunda Arc's music is expansive and compelling

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  • Alessandro Alessandroni : Alessandroni Proibito - 5x7" Box (Four Flies, 2022)

  • Boxed set of five 7-inch vinyl records, artwork poster included. 14 previously unreleased tracks from the soundtracks of 4 soft-core erotic films from the legend of Italian library music! / Alessandro Alessandroni is no longer remembered simply as 'the whistler' in Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks – and rightly so, since he was the key figure behind much of Italian 'secret music' from the 60s and 70s, always there in the studio during recording sessions, whether as a multi-instrumentalist or as the leader of session vocal group I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni. Today his pervasive presence and important role has been finally recognized by music professionals and enthusiasts alike, so much so that he is now considered the true father of Italian library music – a genre whose sound he shaped since 1968 / This set features unreleased music from the 4 soft-core erotic films ranging from kitsch, electronic disco-funk to widescreen ambient moods

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  • Biosphere : N-Plants - 2xLP (Biophon, 2022)

  • Repress. An incredible record and an even eerier context to this album. At the beginning of 2011, Geir Jenssen under his Biosphere project became concerned about the safety of certain Japanese nuclear plants and their proximity to earthquake-prone areas. Focusing on the beautiful and majestic structures, he used his Biosphere pseudonym to soundtrack these architectural wonders whilst expressing his concerns for the concern for the cost of human life. Completed on February 13th, a month later - Japan was devastated by the earthquakes and ensuing nuclear meltdowns and evacuations

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  • Biosphere : Dropsonde - 2xCD (Biophon, 2020)

  • First released in 2006, Biosphere's Dropsonde was part of his catalogue of deep ambience. Though beloved of listeners of aquatic, immersive techno, Biosphere also found his music regularly heard in TV adverts and idents. Nothing that should put you off delving into this re-issue which adds seven previously unreleased recordings to the package. Otherworldly bliss throughout

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  • Crys Cole : Other Meetings - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Following on from last year’s acclaimed Sylva Sylvarum, the epic double LP from Ora Clementi (her collaborative project with James Rushford), Crys Cole returns to Black Truffle with Other Meetings. Originally commissioned and released on cassette by Boomkat Editions in 2021, Other Meetings is a major addition to the body of carefully hewn solo work cole has released over the last decade, offering up two side-long suites of her radically intimate approach to sound. After many years dominated by touring and travel, cole found herself in lockdown in her Berlin apartment, working in a limited space with minimal equipment. Digging through archives of recordings taken overseas and exploring the sonic potential hidden in the objects surrounding her (including a coffee pot and a vase of dying flowers), she crafted what in her liner notes she calls ‘an internal dérive, a journey that drifted through many places without a defining compass’

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  • Uri Katzenstein : Audio Works - 2xLP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Deluxe 2LP set presented in a gatefold sleeve with extensive liner notes and an insert with track info. Black Truffle is pleased to announce Uri Katzenstein’s Audio Works, produced in collaboration with Holon’s Centre for Digital Art. Spanning sculptural installation, performance, video art, and many other media, Katzenstein’s absurdist, poetic, and often hilarious work made extensive use of sound and music. This, however, is the first release dedicated to the artist’s audio work, collecting 28 tracks produced between the early 1980s and 2017. Compiled from dozens of hours of recordings left uncatalogued (and in some instances unheard) at the artist’s death in 2018, these four sides are a treasure trove, offering a captivating glimpse into a uniquely uninhibited creative practice / Predominantly recorded alone, with some contributions from regular collaborators such as Ohad Fishof on the later pieces, many of these tracks stem from Katzenstein’s time living in New York in the 1980s. Feeding on the cross-pollination of post-punk energy, radical art practice, and new media possibilities that characterised the New York scene at this time, many of Katzenstein’s recordings squeeze multilayered vocal experimentation into synth-based miniatures with a distinctively pop twist, their forms ruptured with anarchic bursts of free-form electronics, sounds from self-built instruments, and field-recorded snatches of the outside world / Moving from bent, outsider synth pop to snatches of Jo Jones-esque automated instrumental clang and absurdist linguistic experiments, these are far more than footnotes to an artist’s gallery works. Accompanied by extensive, beautifully written liner notes by Roee Rosen and the little information that exists on the individual tracks, Katzenstein’s Audio Works inhabits an outer fringe of DIY pop and sonic experiment reminiscent of Pascal Comelade or Die Welttraumforscher, where accessible forms convey radical interrogations of song, word, and sound

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  • Naomie Klaus : A Story Of A Global Disease - LP (B.F.E Records, Moli Del Tro, Teenage Menopause, 2022)

  • After a crush at the Brussels World Fair in 1900, King Leopold II decided, for his own personal pleasure, to have the Japanese Tower and Japanese Gardens built. In order to create this little relocated asian paradise, he had the wood, sculptures, paintings, ornaments, trees, workers and their know-how imported. For a few years he invited his entourage to enjoy it during large banquets and private receptions. He then had the idea of transforming the Japanese Tower into a luxury restaurant, but he died. This magnificent place remains closed to the public except during an annual opening / "A Story of a Global Disease" is a short tale about artificial paradises of globalisation, a melancholic walk through the exotic relics of free trade, where whim, appropriation and appearances take precedence over otherness. Here, geishas eat chips, europeans confuse Tokyo and Beijing, and tribal ceremonies begin with samples and drumkits / These tracks have been initially recorded for the “ON THE GO” Beursschouwburg’s project in Oct. 2020 It has been originally and properly released on shiny pinky tape by the fantastic Bamboo Shows imprint. Following an Abstrakce/B.F.E. proposal, we asked Rude66 to remaster these gems and pressed it on vinyl with a third party : beloved Moli Del Tro from Brussels. Here is a co-release of 3x100 copies batch of records. To be picked up fast and quick !

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  • Colin Potter : Ago - LP (B.F.E Records, 2022)

  • An original and particular approach to rhythmic electronics, with an incredible sound, like in all of Potter's works. Six hypnotic tracks from Colin's archive of rarities, for the first time on vinyl, perfect to play really loud. These six pieces were recorded between the late 80s & mid-90s at IC Studio, which was then located in Tollerton, North Yorkshire / “I wanted to make some tracks which were much more rhythmic. By then the studio was a 16-track and I had acquired more equipment for making sounds and changing sounds. There was an Akai S950 sampler, an Emulator II, Roland TR727 and Yamaha RX11 digital drum machines, a Roland Juno 60, and some new effects processors. I even, briefly, used an Atari for MIDI sequencing, but using a computer in the studio felt a bit weird in those days. Ironic really, given the situation now. There were a lot of new methods to learn and the tracks on this album were the result of some of these experiments, during which I also found ways of integrating the old analog synths with the newer machines. Mixing was still done hands-on, in real-time, with alternative and often radically different takes being made of the same multitrack. Very different to the way things are done now. Better or worse? Who knows? But different.” - Colin Potter, IC Studio, London 2022 / Colin Potter is a sound engineer and musician currently based in London. He has worked within the fields of electronic and experimental music for over 40 years, collaborating with the likes of Current 93, The Hafler Trio, Organum, Andrew Chalk, and most notably as a key part of Nurse With Wound alongside Steven Stapleton. He started the esteemed ICR (Integrated Circuit Records – still active today) label in 1981 releasing a several wonderful home studio recordings of his own, as small run cassette releases. Artwork by Jonathan Coleclough

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  • Jeff Greinke : Big Weather - LP (Abstrakce, 2022)

  • First ever vinyl release of this tribal ambient gem. A plethora of exotic rhythms and sonic meteorological phenomena. Loops, leftfield beats, and all kinds of textures from the 4th world and beyond. Originally released in 1994 on CD, it is a true beauty of electronic hypnotism and sonic exoticism. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. His blend of electronic and acoustic instruments and textures produces haunting yet inviting soundscapes with a strong sense of place that hover somewhere between the exotic and the familiar. Moreover, you will find here collabs from other great artists: Dennis Rea (Savant) on guitar and Rob Angus with drum programming / Jeff Greinke began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. After moving to Seattle in 1982, Jeff formed the production company and recording label, INTREPID, through which he produced his first LP, Cities in Fog. He has since released twenty other recordings on various U.S. and European labels. He has composed music for film, video, dance, theatre, radio, and art installations. Jeff has toured throughout the United States and Europe and has performed in China, Canada, and Mexico. He has also been a member of numerous ensembles and is founder of the group LAND

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  • Lee Evans : Animist Pools - LP (Oryx_, 2022)

  • A shifting center in a stream of rippling analog tones, the music of Lee Evans is orchestrated to transfix, echoing sounds heard in nature with modular synthesizers and the powerful element of chance. Evoking the Fourth World Music of Jon Hassel or the kosmische innovations of Cluster, Animist Pools marks its composer, Lee Evans’ first full- length release / Citing his background in painting as a chief influence on his musical approach and thought process, Evans composes with a strong sense of space –– each sound an event in a slowly expanding landscape, zooming out to reveal a world of scale in which depth and contrast take precedent over rhythm and melody / Embracing the generative compositional nature of working with the modular synthesizer, Evans himself is the final filter through which all sounds pass. The boundary between programmed repetition and human choice is subtle, but detectable, highlighting Evans’ careful, nuanced guidance of his autocompositions. The result is ultimately an improvised structure –– a living, breathing, musical creature, acting on a mixture of impulse and memory

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  • Jonathan Scherk : Toon! - LP (Faitiche, 2022)

  • As his split album It’s counterpart (faitiche19, 2019) made abundantly clear, Jonathan Scherk is a master of his craft. Toon! immerses us in a highly distinctive world of plunderphonics-sampledelica-variations acousmatiques that’s impossible to classify while feeling familiar nonetheless. Following a strict two-minute format, thirteen complex sound constructions offer a range of experiences – as if the neurosciences had developed an acoustic formula capable of triggering illusions of memory. 13 tracks = 13 déjà-vus

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  • Zeitkratzer : Alvin Lucier - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • By zkr director Reinhold Friedl’s personal request now available on vinyl for the first time: Zeitkratzer's critically acclaimed interpretations of compositions by Alvin Lucier / Alvin Lucier (1931 – 2021) was one of the most influential American minimalists. Some call him „sound physician“ as his compositions are often based on acoustic research settings. His pieces tend to turn inside-out the properties of space and instruments: poems based on acoustic settings! / Zeitkratzer worked with the composer in Dijon, France in 2008, and presented his music in various places. These recordings have been realized at Philharmonie Luxembourg that turned out to be the ideal space for this music. On this album you can hear how Lucier enables zeitkratzer to create sounds a lot of people have never heard before. Ringing overtones, a singing piano, a thrilling concert triangle, pencils on little objects, and how irritating a violoncello, a viola and a piano can sound together creating shifting sonic interferences. Sound phenomenology, evoking a sensual listening experience

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  • Ahmad Jamal : Live in Paris 1971 - LP (Transversales Disques, 2022)

  • Lost tapes. Recorded live on June, 25th 1971, Grand Auditorium Studio 104 - Maison de la Radio. Excerpts from the full performance / "While be-bop musicians practise one-upmanship in terms of speed, Ahmad Jamal develops a crystal-clear touch and praises silence: "I was an angel among devils ! The boppers made notes explode. I let them resonate until the end of their lives"

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  • Ecovillage : The Road Not Taken - LP (Laaps, 2022)

  • Red transparent vinyl, handnumbered. Emil Holmström and Peter Wikström are a duo from north of Sweden. The duo have collaborated with many artists over their almost twenty year long music career such as 4th Disciple, Dwight Trible, Carlos Niño, Fennez, Green-House, Laraaji, Lo-Fang, Masayoshi Fujita, Purl and many more / "The Road Not Taken" is the tenth released studio album from Ecovillage and the first one released on vinyl. The album has a more sacramental and human feel to it compared to their previous work

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  • Vivid Oblivion : The Graphic Cabinet - LP (Downwards, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Downwards’ deep bonds with NYC catalyse the immense debut LP by Vivid Oblivion, a reveberating post-industrial salvo produced by adopted Brooklynite Karl O’Connor (Regis) / Invoking the density, vertiginous scale, and dark grimy nooks of NYC, ‘The Graphic Cabinet’ was realised by Jim Siegel - hardcore legend and occasional/regular drummer with everyone from Raspberry Bulbs to Damo Suzuki and Boredoms, made in close collaboration with Karl O’Connor aka Regis during 2021

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  • Model Alpha : Perceptions - LP (Obliques, 2022)

  • Deluxe edition 12" tip-on jacket. 7 years on after their first album; Model Alpha is back. « Perceptions », the duo's second album, was entirely composed on analog synthesizers, guitars and drums machine. Model Alpha is inspired by electronic artists such as Kraftwerk, Laurie Spiegel, Manuel Göttsching or early Detroit techno productions. Including remix by Chloé (Thévenin)

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  • Cube : Decoy Street - LP (W.25TH, 2019)

  • Cube is the prolific and chimeric nom de plume of one Adam Keith, formidable tape experimentalist and artist / abraser currently operating in Oakland, California's vibrant subterranea. After countless cassette releases, 2016's well-received My Cube LP and a tenure in no-wave faction Mansion, Keith reaffirms Cube's pledge with Decoy Street – his second album and the most developed work he has made under any guise to date / Opener "In This House" serves as the ideal introduction to Cube: cellular interference, colliding circuitry, metal-on-metal grind and simplistic guitar distortion meet a towering and damaged beat. While "Habit" merges downtempo and industrial touchstones via layers of heavily treated vocals, "Sanctuary" tilts further towards propulsion – a dark treatise on discomfort, yet contagious enough to charm DIY and post-punk devotees / Released on W.25TH, Superior Viaduct's sub-label for contemporary bands, Decoy Street is recommended for fans of Prurient, Puce Mary and Alan Vega

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  • Kali Malone : Velocity of Sleep - LP (XKatedral, 2021)

  • Nuclear waste takes 100,000 years to cease to be a danger to human life: recorded in R1 Reaktorhallen, Sweden’s first nuclear reactor (as well as the electroacoustic studio EMS, and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm) Kali Malone’s slow, oneiric debut ‘Velocity Of Sleep’ sonifies some of the eeriness of human action’s long timeframes. Disregarding tired notions of western classical composition, the works here - incorporating justly tuned Theorbo, frippertronic tape delays, tuned sine waves, Double Bass, Gongs and Viola de Gamba - seek to explore tone, timbre and tuning from the ground up, approaching an experience listeners to Indian classical drone music will be more familiar with. A mesmeric, transcendent listen limited to 1000 copies, this reissue offers listeners an insight into the compositional work that would become Cast of Mind and The Sacrificial Code

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  • Ekkehard Ehlers : Plays - 2xLP (Keplar, 2022)

  • Ekkehard Ehlers' seminal plays series was originally released on three 12inches (Staubgold) and two 7inches (Bottrop-Boy) in very limited runs. The entire series was previously only available as a CD compilation or digitally. Keplar finally presents it on double vinyl for the first time, featuring a new cover artwork

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  • Laila Sakini, Lucy Van : Figures - LP (Boomkat Editions, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Laila Sakini and Lucy Van’s sought after 2017 EP Figures resurfaces on a newly expanded and remastered edition, deploying taut poetry and creeping electro-pulses for an alchemical suite of slowly encroaching trip hop x dub-pop - highly recommended if you’re into CS + Kreme, Laurie Anderson, Leslie Winer, YL Hooi, Bullion, Jonnine, Kallista Kult...

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  • Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke : Behold - LP (Editions Mego, 2015)

  • Behold is the second collaborative release from Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke following on from the 2011 release 'Indeed'. Seamlessly blending field recordings, electronics, guitar, drums and other acoustic instruments into a subtle combination of Krautrock, minimalism and classic free flowing electronics. Side A takes the listener into the Fourth World adventures pioneered by Jon Hassell whilst the flip seems like an unlikely pairing of Krautrock aesthetics and the slow building repetitive structures of The Necks. This is sharp, focussed contemporary music, one where minimalist motifs meet maximalist tendencies. Behold is another landmark recording made by two of the most enthusiastic experimental explorers active today

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  • Carla dal Forno : Come Around - LP (Kallista, 2022)

  • Carla dal Forno resurfaces with the news of plans to release her third album, Come Around, via her own Kallista Records imprint. Now, based in the township of Castlemaine, Central Victoria, the Australian artist returns self-assured and firmly settled within the dense eucalypt bushlands. Dal Forno grapples with ideas of home, disorder and insomnia in the swift pop structures of her DIY/post-punk forebearers such as Young Marble Giants, Virginia Astley, and Broadcast

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  • Goat : Oh Death - LP (Rocket Recordings, 2022)

  • Blackened black vinyl. Swedish psych juggernaut Goat return with new album ‘Oh Death’. The allusive band released a furry of intense, transformative psychedelic albums through Rocket Recordings, accompanied by some heavy duty live shows. Disappearing in somewhat mysterious circumstances, rumours have circulated Goat ever since / Out on October 21st, the record is trailed by fantastic new song ‘Under No Nation’. An intense, fuzz-driven peace of psychedelic funk, it finds Goat picking up exactly where they left off – driving, urgent, face-melting music with a lysergic quality / Goat comment… “This year Goat were invited to the Gods annual feast at the ‘Round Table of Funk’. After a very wet evening, and after Goat was pretty funked up, we were handed the manuscript to ‘Under No Nation’, and ordered to play this divine ‘funk’ to the humans – as the gods felt the human spirit is in deep need to get grooving properly again!”

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  • Un Caddie Renversé dans l'Herbe : Nighturns - CD (Cellule 75, 2022)

  • Comes packaged in 6-panel fold-out cardboard sleeve. Nighturns (deliberate spelling) finally introduces a new album by Bilal Dídac P. Lagarriga aka Un Caddie Renversé dans l'Herbe (lives in Barcelona, born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1976) after several years of silence. Dídac was the first artist on my old Dekorder label back in 2003 so our relationship goes a long way back. He released one album (Like A Packed Cupboard But Quite…) and two 3"CD's on the label to wide critical acclaim / This new album on the Cellule 75 label continues and refines his explorations of African minimalist music played on mbira, kalimba, balaphon, vibraphone, melodica and flute, combined with field recordings of African soundscapes and ritual chants, several collaborations and electronic interventions. Always interested in reductionism (both in melody and rhythm) the music on Nighturns is finally condensed to its essential nucleus and spirituality, tranquil and deeply moving, seemingly at peace with itself, still always evocative / While previous releases have been compared to the likes of Pascal Comelade, Asa Chang & Junray, early Penguin Café Orchestra and Steve Beresford on Nighturns the African influences are becoming more prominent and the whole album is even more singular, more personal and liberating, more intimate and inimitable. “Dídac P. Lagarriga, a man capable of atomising and blending a global array of influences without succumbing to the cloying blandishments of "World Music" or "fusion", just a series of steadily hypnotic, subtle and deeply satisfying revolutions.” (THE WIRE)

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  • Marc Richter : MM-XX Vol. 1 & 2 - 2xCD (Cellule 75, 2022)

  • Comes packaged in 6-panel fold-out cardboard sleeve. Here's the second of three (forthcoming) albums on Cellule 75 by Marc Richter (aka Black To Comm) following the (very different sounding) Diode, Triode LP (recordings made at INA GRM and ZKM) that came out this month / MM-XX is a virtual orchestra Richter initiated during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Isolated at his Hamburg studio he started to reach out to former collaborators and old friends, picking up on previous conversations as well as asking people to post short previously unused sound recordings for a collaborative piece of music. He then assembled, transformed and mixed these generous offerings (by 33 artists) into perpetually evolving compositions to be published and performed in different constellations, formats, versions and mixes over the course of 2021. Not only did he get these lovely sonic gifts from his many collaborators - he received messages about childbirth and death, marriage and divorce, building houses, buying houses, happiness and depression, everyday life / The resulting pieces were premiered at the lockdown editions of Rewire and Papiripar Festival in 2021 and are now compiled into this lavishly produced Double-CD set with mastering by Rashad Becker and Bora Baskan's beautiful paintings on the cardboard sleeve. The music is as unpredictable as the guest list yet it all gels in unexpected ways. Some of the pieces are surprisingly beautiful while others are deliberately comic and ridiculous

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  • Goat : Oh Death - LP (Rocket Recordings, 2022)

  • Cloudberry swirl vinyl. Swedish psych juggernaut Goat return with new album ‘Oh Death’. The allusive band released a furry of intense, transformative psychedelic albums through Rocket Recordings, accompanied by some heavy duty live shows. Disappearing in somewhat mysterious circumstances, rumours have circulated Goat ever since / Out on October 21st, the record is trailed by fantastic new song ‘Under No Nation’. An intense, fuzz-driven peace of psychedelic funk, it finds Goat picking up exactly where they left off – driving, urgent, face-melting music with a lysergic quality / Goat comment… “This year Goat were invited to the Gods annual feast at the ‘Round Table of Funk’. After a very wet evening, and after Goat was pretty funked up, we were handed the manuscript to ‘Under No Nation’, and ordered to play this divine ‘funk’ to the humans – as the gods felt the human spirit is in deep need to get grooving properly again!”

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  • Muslimgauze : Veiled Sisters - 3xLP (Alter, 2022)

  • Black vinyl, packaged in triple gatefold sleeve, reissue of 2002 Soleimoon CD. It's by some strange inversion that since his untimely death in 1999 Bryn Jones' Muslimgauze project has become evermore enigmatic as his publicly available recordings have become evermore vast. The Mancunian artist's sudden passing at the age of 37 prematurely resolved a body of work that remains as experimental as it is diffuse, with an informal archive that was left spread between favoured labels and confidantes. And though this monadic project never abided by genre specifications, it all feels as if it is taking the critical pulses of its time and rendering them into something other than the sum of its obscure compulsions. Jones' double album 'Veiled Sisters' from 1993 is no exception, and it persists as a magnificent outlier in his singular and bewildering discography / Originally released by the label Soleilmoon, an early and lifelong supporter of Jones' work along with Staalplaat, the album is a notable example of the uniquely recombinant fragility and fervour of Jones' work. This 3LP edition marks the album's first appearance on vinyl. Like much of the Muslimgauze catalogue, 'Veiled Sisters' is dedicated to the Palestine Liberation Organization, with its two halves—Sister One and Sister Two—calling on the history and conflicts of the modern Islamic world through opaque titles and snatches of musical oration / Forgoing the raucous timbre and abrasion that Jones could occasionally employ, this album balances a medley of shrill instrumental bursts with a complex patterning of ambient atmospheres. 'Veiled Sisters' moves with a hypnotic gait across its extended runtime with a dynamic ensemble of electronics grounded in a pulsing yet evasive combination of low-slung kicks and dub-soaked bass. The hissy wash of drums, both played and machined, decorate a restless patina all over, and the cacophony of samples send impressions scattershot into Jones' idiosyncratic yet readymade psychedelia. With a quiet intensity that is not often captured this succinctly in the Muslimgauze catalogue, this new edition of 'Veiled Sisters' is a reminder of the haunting wonder that Jones was capable of manifesting

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  • Muslimgauze : Veiled Sisters - 3xLP (Alter, 2022)

  • Gold vinyl, packaged in triple gatefold sleeve, reissue of 2002 Soleimoon CD. It's by some strange inversion that since his untimely death in 1999 Bryn Jones' Muslimgauze project has become evermore enigmatic as his publicly available recordings have become evermore vast. The Mancunian artist's sudden passing at the age of 37 prematurely resolved a body of work that remains as experimental as it is diffuse, with an informal archive that was left spread between favoured labels and confidantes. And though this monadic project never abided by genre specifications, it all feels as if it is taking the critical pulses of its time and rendering them into something other than the sum of its obscure compulsions. Jones' double album 'Veiled Sisters' from 1993 is no exception, and it persists as a magnificent outlier in his singular and bewildering discography / Originally released by the label Soleilmoon, an early and lifelong supporter of Jones' work along with Staalplaat, the album is a notable example of the uniquely recombinant fragility and fervour of Jones' work. This 3LP edition marks the album's first appearance on vinyl. Like much of the Muslimgauze catalogue, 'Veiled Sisters' is dedicated to the Palestine Liberation Organization, with its two halves—Sister One and Sister Two—calling on the history and conflicts of the modern Islamic world through opaque titles and snatches of musical oration / Forgoing the raucous timbre and abrasion that Jones could occasionally employ, this album balances a medley of shrill instrumental bursts with a complex patterning of ambient atmospheres. 'Veiled Sisters' moves with a hypnotic gait across its extended runtime with a dynamic ensemble of electronics grounded in a pulsing yet evasive combination of low-slung kicks and dub-soaked bass. The hissy wash of drums, both played and machined, decorate a restless patina all over, and the cacophony of samples send impressions scattershot into Jones' idiosyncratic yet readymade psychedelia. With a quiet intensity that is not often captured this succinctly in the Muslimgauze catalogue, this new edition of 'Veiled Sisters' is a reminder of the haunting wonder that Jones was capable of manifesting

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  • Coil : The Ape Of Naples (Expanded) - 3xLP Box (Infinite Fog Productions, 2022)

  • Hardcover triple gatefold black vinyl. The Infinite Fog version is the third Coil record receiving the fully remastered and enhanced 3LP/2CD treatment supervised by Danny Hyde. "The Ape of Naples" is a deeply emotional and uniquely rewarding album. In its immediate accessibility it is somewhat reminiscent of Coil's mid-1980s classic "Horse Rotorvator" sharing that album's wild variety of sounds and styles as well as its overriding sombre mood. Originally released in 2005 and in many ways the band's ultimate swan song, it is now considered one of the go-to albums for introducing new listeners to the unparalleled magick of Coil / Compiled and released by Peter Christopherson one year after Jhonn Balance's tragic deadly fall, it includes reworkings of the live favourite "Amethyst Deceivers" and "Love Secret's Domain"'s "Teenage Lightning" as well as several songs originally intended for the ill-fated "Backwards" album like the haunting and preminiscent "Fire of the Mind" and the superb "Amber Rain". Other tracks were created using unfinished song ideas from around "Backwards", sampling tiny bits of Balance's live vocals from songs only ever performed in concert once like "Triple Sun" / Using the lyrics of the theme tune for the 1970s BBC sit com series "Are you being served?" for the unbelievably haunting "Going up", this album's final track and the last song Coil ever performed live, is maybe the most poignant example of Balance's and Christopherson's method of turning base matter into pure sound gold, and like the title of the album, derived from an imaginary adult video an equally fine example of the often underappreciated humour of the boys

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  • Various Artists : Wilderness America, A Celebration Of The Land - LP (Ebalunga!!!, 2022)

  • Black vinyl 47th anniversary reissue of this holy grail for collectors. Mastered from original tapes by Grammy-nominated Jessica Thompson. For fans of of Walter Hawkins, Iasos, Sugarloaf and Psychemagik. This is the ultimate collector's item for those who are deeply in ambient/new age music history. Includes the original artworks from 1975 / "Before I'm gone I'd like to see us turn the corner and give up being spoilers of the land..." In 1975 Wallace 'Wally' Smith Broecker published a paper that popularised the term 'global warming' and against a backdrop of change and environmental uncertainty, a musical concept album was commissioned. 'Wilderness America, A Celebration Of The Land' is a musical exploration of our place within the cycle of living things. All compositions were specially commissioned for the album and blended with natural sounds recorded in the wild, lending the entire project a conceptual air that still feels fresh today. The journey begins with the sun rising in the atmospheric haze of 'Dawn', a track composed by new-age innovator Iasos / Gospel singer Walter Hawkins soon drops in with the soulful but ever so funky 'Metropolis' backed by a heavy array of session musicians with Patrick Gleeson, Ed Bogas and Tom Salisbury all adding their own misty magic to the album. David Riordan is the sorcerer conjuring up many of the compositions and also takes vocal duties on the evocative 'Mountain' and the climatic 'Before I'm Gone'. ‘Wilderness America / A Celebration of the Land’ was born when environmentalist Emily DeSpain Polk assembled a group of California residents to participate in a groundbreaking conservationist project. Christening the group SWAP (Small Wilderness Area Preservation) Emily needed funds and began a project to produce a promotional nature based music album. To acquire the financial backing Emily would need to source a musician of some calibre. Contacting Cliff Branch from ‘Warehouse Sound Co.’ she was told the man she was looking for was David Riordan

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  • Coil : The New Backwards - LP (Kontakt Audio, 2022)

  • Clear-black vinyl. "The New Backwards" was conceived by Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson in 2007, revisiting stray tracks which hadn't seemed to gel with the material he had chosen for the more somber "Ape of Naples" from 2005, COIL's initial posthumous release, a sort of requiem and a kiss-goodbye to his then recently deceased partner John Balance / Significantly different to its sister release, this album collects the brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from the original sessions for the album that was begun as early as 1993 and had originally been conceptualised as the follow-up to "Love's Secret Domain". These songs are as diverse and wild as the places they originated from, partly infamously spawned in Sharon Tate's former home in the Hollywood Hills, the Nine Inch Nails home base in New Orleans and London's Swanyard, remixed and restructured with the help of long-term friend Danny Hyde in Thailand, this collection has its own unique flow and an atmosphere not found on any other COIL release

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  • Coil : The New Backwards - LP (Kontakt Audio, 2022)

  • Ultraclear vinyl. "The New Backwards" was conceived by Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson in 2007, revisiting stray tracks which hadn't seemed to gel with the material he had chosen for the more somber "Ape of Naples" from 2005, COIL's initial posthumous release, a sort of requiem and a kiss-goodbye to his then recently deceased partner John Balance / Significantly different to its sister release, this album collects the brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from the original sessions for the album that was begun as early as 1993 and had originally been conceptualised as the follow-up to "Love's Secret Domain". These songs are as diverse and wild as the places they originated from, partly infamously spawned in Sharon Tate's former home in the Hollywood Hills, the Nine Inch Nails home base in New Orleans and London's Swanyard, remixed and restructured with the help of long-term friend Danny Hyde in Thailand, this collection has its own unique flow and an atmosphere not found on any other COIL release

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  • Gabor Szabo : Live in Cleveland 1976 - LP (Ebalunga!!!, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. "Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo (1936-82) issued only three live recordings during his lifetime. Significantly, the first of these, The Sorcerer (1967), remains the most popular album in the guitarist’s all-too abbreviated discography. But there were also More Sorcery (1968) and Gabor Szabo Live with Charles Lloyd (1974), offering Szabo totally in his element and at his bewitching best / Several more of Szabo’s concert recordings have surfaced in the intervening years, including this one, superbly captured for radio broadcast live in 1976 at the 600-seat Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a revelation. There is a sense here that concert patrons may have been hearing an altogether different Gabor Szabo than record buyers

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  • Coil : The New Backwards - LP (Kontakt Audio, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. "The New Backwards" was conceived by Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson in 2007, revisiting stray tracks which hadn't seemed to gel with the material he had chosen for the more somber "Ape of Naples" from 2005, COIL's initial posthumous release, a sort of requiem and a kiss-goodbye to his then recently deceased partner John Balance / Significantly different to its sister release, this album collects the brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from the original sessions for the album that was begun as early as 1993 and had originally been conceptualised as the follow-up to "Love's Secret Domain". These songs are as diverse and wild as the places they originated from, partly infamously spawned in Sharon Tate's former home in the Hollywood Hills, the Nine Inch Nails home base in New Orleans and London's Swanyard, remixed and restructured with the help of long-term friend Danny Hyde in Thailand, this collection has its own unique flow and an atmosphere not found on any other COIL release

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  • Bonjintan : Dental Kafka - 2xLP (Trost, 2020)

  • Jim O'Rourke (of Gastr del Sol and Sonic Youth fame) plays a lot with Japanese Free jazz legend Akira Sakata in various formations. Together with Italian composer and pianist di Domenico and the drummer Yamamoto they form this powerful band. Their second release combines contemporary Avantgarde and Free Jazz in a beautiful way. Akira Sakata - sax, clarinet, voice; Jim O'Rourke - double bass; Giovanni Di Domenico - piano, hohner pianet; Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - drums. Recorded at Hoshi to Niji studio 30th June 2018. Recorded by Jim O'Rourke

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  • Sofie Birch, Antonina Nowacka : Languoria - LP (Mondoj, Unsound, 2022)

  • Languoria is a collaboration between Denmark’s Sofie Birch and Poland’s Antonina Nowacka. While Birch describes herself as an ambient musician, Nowacka’s primary instrument is her own voice; they share in common a facility for creating complex, layered work / Birch and Nowacka were first brought together by Unsound to perform at Ephemera Festival in Warsaw as part of a durational overnight performance. Entirely improvised, the music already felt coherent, with Nowacka’s voice weaving effortlessly through Birch’s ambient soundscapes and field recordings, indicating an immediate, deep connection, a meeting of kindred spirits. The artists were reunited at Unsound Kraków to perform a morning show at a 19th-century synagogue. Here, the music took clearer shape, and the audience glimpsed the birth of works that would eventually take the form of individual tracks on Languoria / This past winter, the two artists met in Copenhagen to record the album, completing 11 compositions that feel sacred, almost devotional in character. Fusing the melodicism and gentleness of Birch’s sound practice and the abstract, spiritual vocalisations of Nowacka, the album alludes to the wonders of the natural world while also turning its gaze inwards. “When working together, every small decision was very important, and that’s why such simple compositions can hold so much complexity and depth,” Sofie Birch says of their time in Copenhagen together. Contemplative, meditative and awe-inspiring in equal measure, Languoria is a breathtaking collaborative debut. Together, these artists have uncovered a new dimension of their respective practices, creating music that is difficult to categorise, otherworldly, yet strangely comforting

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  • Cleared : Of Endless Light - CD (Touch, 2022)

  • Comes in full colour DVD case with artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft. Cleared is the longstanding project of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera, based in Chicago, Illinois. The six tracks complete the longest release to date by the duo, who were resolute in utilizing the maximum time available on the compact disc format. Cleared has produced a series of critically recognized recordings since its self-titled debut in 2011. Working with the Touch label on The Key (recorded in spring 2019, released in October 2020) was a leap forward, prompting remixed tracks by Philp Jeck, Fennesz, Bethan Kellough, and Olivia Block / Of Endless Light is a patient listen, distilled into a sonic environment specific to Hess and Vallera's lens. Cleared created its crepuscular moods using the core methodology of their previous records while expanding their music's range, artistry, and subtlety. Deploying careful instrumentation, sampling, and mixing to experiment with tone and atmosphere, Of Endless Light breathes and drifts through layers of sound that veil, reveal, and intrigue. The result gives a listener much to discover, examine, experience, and consider - as well as the incentive to return again and again. [Bruce Adams, 2022] 

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  • Fennesz : Venice - CD (Touch, 2004)

  • In gatefold sleeve, photography and design by Jon Wozencroft. "Venice" was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004 / "Venice", the fourth studio album by Christian Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture

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  • Sunda Arc : Tides - LP (Gondwana, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Sunda Arc are brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart. Best known as key members of folk and jazz influenced minimalists Mammal Hands, their Sunda Arc project takes inspiration from the likes of Jon Hopkins, Rival Consoles, Moderat and Nils Frahm as well as their own music world. Their debut EP ‘Flicker’ was released in December 2018 and now the duo are set to release their debut LP, ‘Tides’ on 7th February 2020 / Named for a volcanic arc in the Indian Ocean, created by the process of massive tectonic plates colliding, Sunda Arc strives to mingle electronic and acoustic sounds until they become almost indistinguishable from each other. It's a process where they draw the acoustic properties and quirks out of electronic sounds and find the electronic potential in acoustic sounds / ‘Tides’, their debut album, takes its name from the idea of unseen forces that can affect our lives in myriad ways, being pushed and pulled and at the whim of powerful forces outside of our control as well as offering a nod to things such as the tides on our planet, tectonic plate movements and weather systems. There are often chaotic elements in these systems that function in a way that produce a type of controlled randomness on a large scale. This is something they try to reflect in their music by adopting some of the ways these systems work into musical sequences, and using ideas such as chaos theory to control musical parameters

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  • ifsonever : ifsonever - LP (Jazz & Milk, 2022)

  • If you ever wondered what ambient music of the 21st century could sound like, then you should explore the musical spheres of “ifsonever”. This colorful debut-album draws a blueprint of an urban ambient club record of a parallel universe. A collage of beautifully improvised pieces, strictly recorded in “one takes”. A gripping fusion that brings together the warm analog textures of classic vintage synthesizers and electronic urban ambiences. Two old friends have been invited to contribute overdubs in hindsight. MillianX is a film composer and noise artist, a colleague from the viennese filmacademy. Both worked together on the film score for the science fiction movie „Rubikon" while the album was in its final stages. So a collaboration was an obvious choice. The creamy arpeggiated synthline created for „jonesy dreams of birds”' was extended by Millianx with some field recordings and a big cloudy synthwave that dips into a vast sea of noise / Guido Spannocchi is a london based jazz musician. Both knew each other for several years but never had the chance to work together. When Daniel Helmer wrote „an unknown error has occured" he imagined a saxophone layer to accompany the existing synthline. But when the two musicians finally got together to record in the legendary jazz club „Porgy & Bess", Guido just let his creativity flow and jammed freely to the track with a totally unique jazz vibe / Between film, music & sound Daniel Helmer is continuously searching for a spot to call his own. Expanding boundaries, pursuing the unheard and breaking genre definitions are byproducts of his curiosity and his drive to avoid repetition. Daniel Helmer resides in Vienna where he studied at the local film academy. He became one of the founding members of the techno-punk band “Gudrun von Laxenburg” with album releases on the legendary Skint label, collaborated with Sam Irl on “International Major Label” as the production duo “Mantra Mantra” and released an album as “Yogtze” on Gerd Janson’s imprint “Running Back Incantations”, together with Feater. At the moment he is focusing on his work as a film composer and is currently working on two feature films in Austria

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  • Feldermelder : Euphoric Attempts - 2xLP (-ous, 2022)

  • «While focusing on the current conditions we find ourselves in and bracing for what seems like the collapse of humanity, I made this collection of music in an attempt to ignite the essential remnants of my inner euphoria, and perhaps yours too» - Feldermelder / For this album, Feldermelder draws together compositions from his extensive archives, focussing on material that reflects the simple joy of making music. As a counterpoint to the abstract complexities and intricate rhythms of his live performances, here Feldermelder creates candid compositions of purity and minimalism, finding a sense of elegance in the details. «Euphoric Attempts» discovers the prospect of liberation and vitality in concealed intimacies, capturing their resemblance in gentle, elaborate, and prodigious movements of sound / Feldermelder is a Swiss musician, sound designer, producer, and installation artist. He is co-founder of -OUS and part of the audio-visual collective Encor.studio. He has previously released several releases on -OUS, both as a solo artist, and in collaboration with Sara Oswald and Julian Sartorius. Feldermelder’s influences range from pioneering early electronic music to contemporary analogue electronics to classic jazz and beyond. The diversity of the music that inspires him is mirrored in his own work, which illustrates an ever-evolving sound, and indicates that influence is seen as both map and compass, guiding divergent inclinations

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  • Øyr : Øyr - LP (Lomas Productions, 2022)

  • ØYR is the fourth release from the Oslo based 'Lomas Productions' consisting of musicians/producers Lars Mellgren and Thomas Hauge. The Norwegian duo has been composing music for 20 years, exploring various musical paths and recording styles. Their 2020 release Coastal County soon became a sought after Discogs treasure / Being the duo's first ambient record, ØYR is a 5 piece installment experimenting with blending electronic soundscapes and analogue recordings. The work encompass sonic landscapes that can be described as meditative but also has room for noise and the post-apocalyptic

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Summvs - CD (Noton, 2022)

  • Special folding package / Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakomoto’s near-decade long V.I.R.U.S. series saw the pair break new ground in the ambient sphere simply by leaning into their respective strengths. Sakomoto’s haunting piano work and Alva Noto’s digitally decaying samples proved to be natural bedfellows whether they were chasing glitchy interference (as on 2002’s Vrioon) or droning repetition (2008’s utp_). The final piece of the puzzle, 2011’s Summvs acts then as a sort of epilogue, a tidy summation of their progress in collaboration. Even its title pays tribute: a portamento of the Latin “summa” and “versus” loosely translated as towards a sum. The German label NOTON has been periodically reissuing the entire series leading up to this thrilling conclusion, which includes a fresh remaster as well as two previously unheard rarities. Through this lens Summvs still remains a singular entry in both Noto and Sakomoto’s tremendous catalogues.

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  • Linea Aspera : Linea Aspera - LP (Dark Entries, 2022)

  • 10th Anniversary edition pressed on clar vinyl / Dark Entries is proud to present the debut album of contemporary British band Linea Aspera. Linea Aspera is the London duo of Ryan Ambridge (Synths/Programming) and Alison Lewis (Vocals/Synths). They began the project in November 2011, technically drawing inspiration from electronic music from the early 1980s. Within the duo, Alison writes and performs all vocal elements, while Ryan is responsible for the writing and performing of the electronics, as well as recording and mixing of the final recordings / For their debut album they utilized small, simple analog synthesizer set up: Roland SH-09, Roland Juno 6, Vermona DRM MKiii, Korg Poly 800 and Analogue Solutions Semblance. Linea Aspera's sound includes clear influences from early electronic body music, classic synth-pop and, in some instances, industrial and noise. Lyrically the band incorporates the sciences of osteology, neuroscience, and anthropology weaving a new medical language around themes of desire, despair and renewal. Linea Aspera serve up an icebox of dark doom riding on Alison's powerful vocals with a soft but sharp touch. All songs have been mastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each LP is housed in a specially designed jacket by Dovile Shurpo and includes a full sized insert of all lyrics

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  • Steve Reich, Terry Riley : Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1 - LP (Film, 2016)

  • After the widely noticed performance at the "Acht Brücken Festival 2016" at Cologne's Philharmonic Hall, Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (of Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick (both of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah release their interpretation of Steve Reich's "Six Pianos" as a studio recording via FILM. The re-recording of this piece is an interpretation of Reich's composition but still far more than just that - it is a modern approach to his idea behind it / The basic idea came up at the beginning of the '70s at the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in New York. During a rehearsal phase, which Steve Reich spent in this very piano store, the idea emerged of writing a composition for all the grand pianos available to him at the company. By the time of the finished piece, the actual number of pianos had settled down to six, where "Six Pianos" developed in 1973. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich with this release. Shaped by electronic club music as well as their classical education, they form "Six Pianos" in dignified modernity and top it off with today's sound aesthetics and technical recording possibilities. Presented here is not the recording from the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonics), but the ensemble playing six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany / Each pianist performed his part on his piano using his typical studio equipment and passed the recording over to the next one. Thus the six characteristic and individual timbres of the performers overlay to create the overall picture - "Six Pianos" the way it should be looked at in 2016. Jan Brauer mixed "Six Pianos" in the studio while Lukas Vogel provided delays for the "Keyboard Study #1". "Keyboard Study #1" by Terry Riley is a worthy companion for Reich's composition. The piece is kind of a building set of ever lengthening, repetitive patterns played against each other with the right and left hand displaced. The composition proposes various possible combinations for the performer to choose from and repeat at will. And what the performers have chosen proves Gregor Schwellenbach's assumption: "Terry Riley's and Steve Reich's music are open doors for pianists socialized by pop music and their audience."

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Summvs - 2xLP (Noton, 2022)

  • Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakomoto’s near-decade long V.I.R.U.S. series saw the pair break new ground in the ambient sphere simply by leaning into their respective strengths. Sakomoto’s haunting piano work and Alva Noto’s digitally decaying samples proved to be natural bedfellows whether they were chasing glitchy interference (as on 2002’s Vrioon) or droning repetition (2008’s utp_). The final piece of the puzzle, 2011’s Summvs acts then as a sort of epilogue, a tidy summation of their progress in collaboration. Even its title pays tribute: a portamento of the Latin “summa” and “versus” loosely translated as towards a sum. The German label NOTON has been periodically reissuing the entire series leading up to this thrilling conclusion, which includes a fresh remaster as well as two previously unheard rarities. Through this lens Summvs still remains a singular entry in both Noto and Sakomoto’s tremendous catalogues

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  • Andrew Tasselmyer, Blurstem : Duets - 2xCD Box (Fluid Audio, 2022)

  • If the majority of “lockdown albums” in 2020 were marked by introspection and solitary effort, Chris Bartels (Blurstem, Elskavon) and Andrew Tasselmyer (Hotel Neon, Gray Acres) took a different path in creating 'Duets.' / Looking beyond their own four walls for inspiration, they began a dialogue with musical fragments – specifically, a file folder of late night felted piano recordings from Bartels in Minnesota that eventually found their way into the samplers, loopers, and digital tools of Tasselmyer in Pennsylvania. Over several weeks, these 'Duets' eventually grew from a set of loose ideas and improvisational concepts into a unified album of seven songs, all made originally from homemade piano recordings but embellished to varying degrees with violin, synthesiser, and voice along the way / Analog mastering from Ian Hawgood preserves the raw, immediate nature of the original home recordings that began the conversation. 'Duets' makes its home with the ever popular 'Book Editions' series. Vintage books dissected, re-assembled and re-structured into book-bound CD covers...

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  • Open To The Sea : Watering A Paper Flower - 2xCD (Fluid Audio, 2021)

  • "There is a small light of hope in the end and you know that even the briefest spark shines…” - Hiroshi Yoshimura (1940–2003) / Open to the Sea are Enrico Coniglio and Matteo Uggeri. Recorded in Venice and Milan, Watering A Paper Flower leaks light into the darkness. Nostalgia is a powerful force, pulling at the heart no matter the age. It can still be felt today, is still relevant and real, extending into and influencing present actions and decisions. It seeps through and enters from the past, as if it were delayed sunlight / 'Watering A Paper Flower' sees the 'Book Editions' series return. Beautiful old books have been dissected, re-assembled and re-structured into book-bound CD covers, once again highlighting the theme of fragility...Packaging includes 1 x vintage (circa:1885-1959) hardback clothbound book (re-assembled / book binding taped together into CD covers, 2 x CD, 15-20 pages of writing / images, 20 x A7 polaroid prints on luxury uncoated paper (designed by Craig Tattersall), 1 x stamped library card, 1 x vintage photograph, 1 x vintage book-mark, 1 x vintage numbered photo negative, 1 x vintage 35mm glass slide, 1 x 35mm reel to reel film strip, stamped / hand numbered / scented, All of the above rests inside Japanese wax bags, made with love...

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  • Joe Borreson, Craig Tattersall : 12 tapes | 10 years - MC+Book (Fluid Audio, 2021)

  • The click of a cassette tape. The warm hiss of analog recording. A lingering piano chord held a in the air with an unidentifiable crackling loop that swims around it all: thus begins the first sounds that started 10 years ago / Made by hand, 1 x hand assembled / screen printed folio (all completely unique). Printed on 300gsm recycled card stock, 1 x A5 28 page booklet printed on uncoated paper. The book documents the journey both artists went on to create the album, 4 x A6 double sided postcards / printed on luxury Acquerello card stock (280gsm), 1 x A7 double sided print / printed on luxury Acquerello card stock (180gsm), 1 x pro-dubbed C-90 matt black cassette tape : Side A 45 mins / Side B 46 mins, 1 x Stumptown cassette cover (315gsm) / edited hole cut design. Stamped / hand numbered / scented, All of the above rests inside screen printed folio covers, Made with love...

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  • Maxime Denuc : Nachthorn - LP (Vlek, 2022)

  • Nachthorn takes its name from one of the 78 stops that make up the main organ in St. Antonius Church in Düsseldorf. This instrument, equipped with a system developed by the German company Sinua, offers the possibility of controlling all of its keyboards and timbres via a computer. The organ thus becomes a powerful synthesiser. This set-up allowed me to fulfil an old dream of mine : to create an entirely acoustic dance music piece with the organ as sole actor. Oscillating between dub techno, harmonic locked grooves or after-hours pop, Nachhorn proposes a hypnotic music piece whose lines sketch the outline of an imaginary warehouse

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  • Kiyoshi Mizutani : Inferior's Betrayal - 2xLP (Ferns Recordings, 2022)

  • Reissue of the self-produced K7 in 1994 on Kiyoshi Mizutani's Ulcer House label. Mizutani was a member of Merzbow in the ’80s and has done solo work since 1989. He has recordings on Ulcer House, ZSF Produkt, Shirocoal Recordings, NEdS, Sounds For Consciousness Rape, Pure, Artware, Kaon, e(r)ostrate, Povertech Industries, and Flenix Records

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  • Small Cruel Party : È Vago Fior Del Tempo - LP (Ferns Recordings, 2022)

  • Originally released on Penultimate Press in 2021. The four pieces on this record all date from the late 1980s and predate any officially released material : "Cords" was entirely realised in Chicago, and the others realised, or at least finished, upon arriving in Seattle in 1990 / The pieces were originally privately released on cassette in micro-editions of 5 to 7 copies and given to friends. In 2009/2010 Petri Supplies, which had a complete set of those early privately released tapes, rereleased some of that material (including these four pieces) in small-run bootleg cassette editions

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  • Giovanni Di Domenico, Jim O'Rourke : Immanent in Nervous Activity - LP (Die Schachtel, 2022)

  • Printed in deep black and metallic silver on extra matt white heavy cardboard, includes black/silver limited "Zepelin" poster cm 30x90. Riding the razor’s edge between bristling electroacoustic wizardry and the constrained structures and harmonic interplay of musical minimalism, we’re thrilled to announce pre-orders for “Immanent in Nervous Activity”,  Die Schachtel’s brand-new release from the creative partnership of Giovanni Di Domenico and Jim O’Rourke / Comprising a single long-form work, divided into two movements that culminate as a second chapter to the duo’s 2015 LP, “Arco” - an album which endeavored, on visionary terms, after the potential of waiting and patience as means toward musical form - their latest adventure - recorded in Japan with further contributions by Eiko Ishibashi on flute and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto on snare - rolls at a glacial pace, deftly weaving tension into restrained sheets of tonality, texture, and harmonic dissonance that ripple with microscopic detail and a stunning sense of structure / A bristling intervention the terms and possibilities of electronic music by one of the most exciting partnerships in the contemporary landscape of adventurous sound, “Immanent in Nervous Activity” will be issued in late September by Die Schachtel in a very limited deluxe edition of 400 copies, housed in deluxe sleeve with original artwork by Bruno Stucchi/Dinamomilano. Truly incredible from the first rotation to the last and not to be missed

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  • Giovanni Di Domenico, Zugzwang : Wesen - 2xLP (Silent Water, 2022)

  • Final chapter on the trilogy about Funk music and German existentialist philosophy after "The Ear Cannot Be Filled With Hearing" (2017, Silent Water) and "Reflection Is Circular" (2019, Silent Water) / Imagined (?) dreams of being chased, false awakenings, etc. analyzed through a lens of the gestaltpsychologic understanding. Perceptions containing qualities that do not result from the arrangement of simple sensory qualities. An example of Gestalt-qualität, as Christian von Ehrenfels writes, is a melody that may consist of individual tones, but is much more than just the sum of these tones. Individual tones could combine to form completely different melodies, but the melody remains the same even if it is shifted to a different key and therefore contains different individual tones...the Gestalt laws are, however, nearly universally applicable

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  • Lard Free : I’m Around About Midnight - LP (Replica, 2022)

  • Released in 1975 with a slight line-up change, I’m Around About Midnight shifts from rock to a more electronic approach thanks to Richard Pinhas (Heldon) skills with keyboards. More experimental and sophisticated than ever, it shows a band searching for constant musical absoluteness

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  • Lard Free : Lard Free - LP (Replica, 2022)

  • Released only one year prior to their split, III digs even deeper into electronic and experimental territories. Lard Free’s music has never sounded more cinematographic and spacey than on this record which perfectly blends the players, their instruments and some kind of dialog with the Universe

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  • Lard Free : Gilbert Artman’s Lard Free - LP (Replica, 2022)

  • Recorded in 3 days only and released in 1973, mixing jazz, kraut and prog rock, Lard Free’s first album is a musical landmark in the French underground scene. To this day, it still matches the perfection of their English and German fellows like Soft Machine and Amon Düül. A true masterpiece

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  • Bourbonese Qualk : The Spike - LP (Mannequin, 2022)

  • Bourbonese Qualk's third album "The Spike" was recorded during the period 1984-1985 and published by the Berlin based Dossier/Atonal label while Bourbonese Qualk were involved in organising the Berlin Atonal festival. Parts of Side 2 of the album is a recording of pieces made for a dance and film performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in 1985 / Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence / They're also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners' strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building - The Ambulance Station - on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism -- specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984. This is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge

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  • CC Sorensen : Phantom Rooms - MC (Mappa Editions, 2022)

  • A house is something that is so deeply temporary, yet it can hold so much energy. How do we carry or leave behind those energies while transitioning into new spaces? How does each space we occupy for some time shape us and how do we tear ourselves away from it and its influence once it’s time to go? These are some of the core questions behind CC Sorensen’s new album for mappa, ‘Phantom Rooms’ – it’s a record about movement, change, transformation, family, juxtapositions… but most of all, home / CC Sorensen was reflecting a lot on their childhood home in rural Kansas, USA while working on this music. The album could be characterised by a familial, chamber feel and both of CC Sorensen’s brothers, Ryan and Nyal Ruehlen, make an appearance on ‘Phantom Rooms’, among other instrumentalists. Using a wide palette of sounds – CC Sorensen alone in charge of keyboards, software instruments, voice, electronics, percussion, trumpet, guitar and field recordings, in addition to guests on pedal steel, voice, chimes, saxophone and drumset – the American musician crafts music as mysterious as it is inviting / The idea behind it would be almost surrealist – ghostly rooms in houses where we live – if we all didn’t know exactly what CC Sorensen means. Home isn’t something concrete, but it’s also not just an abstract concept. It’s a space beyond space; home in itself is a phantom room we enter. And what enables us to enter is the object of exploration here

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  • Max Loderbauer : Petrichor - LP (Marionette, 2022)

  • Max Loderbauer’s career in music spans the last 3 decades, yet he’s still managed to keep his listeners hungry by releasing only 3 solo albums to date. Two of those releases (Transparenz, 2013 and Donnerwetter, 2020) were on Tobias Freund’s label Non Standard Productions - his long time collaborator and Templehof studio mate. In between those releases, Loderbauer graced Marionette with Greyland in 2016, revealing a previously unheard youthful and sentimental side. Now in 2022, the seasoned mind voyager is back with Petrichor, making yet another rare and treasurable solo appearance / Petrichor distills the elements of Loderbauer’s work that are fundamental to the initiation of the label. With his Buchla, modular synth, and Haken fingerboard, Loderbauer’s improvised studio maneuvers dilate into imagined journeys from glacial peaks into the exosphere. This is Maxi at his most exhilarating state, morphing through bittersweet and optimistic soundscapes to bleak moments of throbbing unease - all while maintaining a sense of grace and elegance. Petrichor is a reflection of Loderbauer’s impactful trips to the mountains, and returning from these summits with an electrifying urge to paint this mighty perspective. The harmonies and melodies on the tracks simulate emotional peaks and valleys, with vibration and rhythm rooted in the foundation of the sound, as though it's woven into the fabric of the fauna and flora / Legendary collaborations like Vilod (with Ricardo Villalobos), the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Non Standard Institute, Sun Electric in the early nineties, and the newly formed Ambiq ensemble have gained this unique artist the respect of the underground and avant garde scenes alike

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  • Laure Boer, Laurent Boer : Echonomy Split Series #5 - MC (Otomatik Muziek, 2022)

  • The fifth installment of the Echonomy Split Series presents a special father and daughter collaboration. In 2021, Berlin-based Belgian artist Laure Boer found by chance old tapereels of her father, French conductor Laurent Boer. In 1981, the latter participated in a GRM workshop in Paris, during which he created the twenty-minute self-explanatory piece »Musique électroacoustique«. Afterwards, he turned to his career as a conductor, which was beginning in parallel / Forty years later, his daughter Laure now formulates a musical response to these recordings. Laure Boer's music constantly oscillates between electroacoustic explorations, the incorporation of traditional instruments, loop-based rhythms and delicate approaches to melodies. It's amazing to hear and follow where their sound worlds converge or drift apart. What's exciting is that while Laure's recordings were made based on her father's music, they fit perfectly into her previous sound language (listen to her releases on Chinabot or Kashual Plastik for comparison). Both share a radical aesthetic of sound that is at once tender and brutal, working with traditional instruments without falling into strategies of cultural appropriation, but where Laurent's piece is a through-composed cut and paste work, Laure relies on the energy of a live improvisation / A very intimate and personal album in an edition of 70 tapes. The riso-printed booklet is accompanied by a multi-page conversation between Laure and Laurent

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  • Roméo Poirier : Living Room - LP (Faitiche, 2022)

  • Living Room (faitiche 28) is the third solo album by Roméo Poirier and, following his much praised Hotel Nota, his debut for Faitiche. The French musician and producer transforms the layering of different times into a free-flowing pulse that sounds both nostalgic and mysteriously ahistorical. Poirier takes music seriously as a time-based art – not just in the sense of duration, but also in the way time is refracted into autobiographical experience, historical dimensions and stages of evolution. By immersing and reflecting himself in these different layers, he creates a succession of new balances between various tempos, iterations and developments / Poirier’s music emerges from a continual questioning and reformulation of his own oeuvre and thus of his own past, drawing on an ever-expanding archive of self-recorded loops. “I always resample myself, using fragments of a track to make a new one, as an ongoing process,” he explains: “The sound is evolving with me in parallel and the loops carry in their DNA all transformational stages, filled with previous tracks, sedimented.”

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  • Kreng : Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 - 2011 - 4xLP+10" Box (Miasmah, 2022)

  • 2022 repress, edition of 300 copies, 4 LPs with original artwork inside 350g slipcase with silver tone print. 10 year anniversary edition of Kreng's massive »Works for Abattoir Férme 2007 - 2011”« 4 LPs worth of slow, skin crawling cinematic ambience made for the Belgian theatre group Abattoir Fermé / It could hardly be a better time to again dive deep into Kreng and Abattoir Fermé's disturbingly beautiful underground worlds. Through 8 full- length vinyl sides we are transported through the most terrifying, shadow- filled, down-right bizarre moments of the subconscious. What could be the sound of your darkest dreams or most surreal fantasies gradually unfolds throughout the three and a half hour duration. Exactly this is what Abattoir Fermé specialises in, and Pepijn Caudron's scores perfectly reflect and accompanies both this theatricality as well as our own fears and desires in a masterful way / Each extended side is crafted from an arsenal of samples, disintegrating vinyl and corroded tape, and Pepijn Caudron manipulates these sounds in a way that belies the sources. Rather than allow the sounds to emerge, they stay trapped beneath swathes of noise, tape delay and oppressive bass giving us a compositions that emerge like a cross between William Basinski, Jerry Goldsmith (circa Alien) and Henryk Górecki.’ »Works for Abattoir Fermé« is not for the faint of heart, but for the rest of us it might be just what the Doctor ordered...

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  • Bourbonese Qualk : Bourbonese Qualk - LP (Mannequin, 2022)

  • The self named LP marked the fifth album and end of the first incarnation of Bourbonese Qualk. Julian Gilbert left the group after ‘The Spike’ (1986) to concentrate on writing and theatre, leaving Steven Tanza and Simon Crab who parted ways after touring in Europe in early 1986 and recording this album. Steven Tanza went on to found the group ‘The State’ and while Crab continued as Bourbonese Qualk (with the new line-up of Miles Miles,Crab and Owen If), dissolved the Recloose Organisation label and founded ‘New International’ as the outlet for future Bourbonese Qualk and Recloose Org releases / "If we were awarding prizes for making people rush out of the room in blind panic Bourbonese Qualk would have a trophy cabinet to match Bayern Munich’s. Strange, because whilst some of their music is damned uncomfortable listening, an equal part is pleasantly ambient. Pretty, even. Their 5th album is no exception with different types of track side by side throughout, so that the listener can neither drift along in a state of slumber nor masochistically subject themselves to the audio equivalent of the chinese water torture. This makes it all a very stop-start thing but all the more rewarding as a result." / Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence. This is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge

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  • Alexandra Spence : A Veil, The Sea - MC (Mappa Editions, 2022)

  • A Veil, The Sea is Alexandra Spence‘s second sea-themed release of the summer, arriving on the heels of Blue waves, Green waves on Room40. Her Mappa album retains the drone-like fascinations of the prior work while increasing the amount of field recordings. From the start, one hears the gurgling of currents, the ebb and flow of tides, the crashing of waves.  Spence then adds her own music, similarly fluid, a seamless integration. Submerged tapes, ceramic pipes and blown bottles foreshadow what is to come / When Spence speaks, her voice is so light that it bobs on the sea. An old, recurring dream: I’m floating in a big, big wave. The artist is in love with the ocean; it nourishes her, sustains her. The first half of “a veil” is awash in wonder, although the juxtaposition of waves and motors leads one to pause. And then the message, delivered in a litany of objects reminiscent of Last Days’ “thoughts of alice” ~ the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch … water bottles, humpback whales. Spence makes no distinction between natural and unnatural, original presence and awful disturbance. The reading produces a cumulative effect akin to that of oceanic desecration. She writes of new species born of the old, changing their color and composition due to noise pollution and climate change. Her words may be gentle; their implication is not / In “the sea,” the listener begins to feel the difference humankind has made in the oceans. There are few “pure” hydroponic recordings anymore. As above-ground field recordings are disturbed by planes, underwater field recordings are disturbed by motors.  Even those who want to hear the sea cannot hear only the sea. This deliberate discomfort rests on the outskirts of the sonic field, growing more insistent when combined with the utterances of large sea mammals. Amid the thrums and hulls lie buzzes and hums; has the sea developed its own tinnitus? Spence’s final notes are an elegy for all that has been lost: a mournful goodbye to species we have known, and many we never had the chance to meet. (Richard Allen)

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  • Pauline Oliveros : Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 - 11xCD Box (Important, 2022)

  • Dense 11 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work including her very first piece for tape made in 1961. The majority of these pieces have never before been released. Organized chronologically by studio, this set not only documents Pauline's earliest electronic music but it also functions as an early history of electronic music itself. Extensive liner notes including essays from Pauline Oliveros, Alex Chechile, Ramon Sender, David Bernstein, Corey Arcangel and Benjamin Tinker. This box set is being released in conjunction with Pauline Oliveros' 80th birthday celebrations / Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound - forging new ground for herself and others / Through Deep Listening Pieces and earlier Sonic Meditations, Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. To make a pleasurable experience of this requires focused concentration, skilled musicianship and strong improvisational skills, which are the hallmarks of Oliveros' form. In performance, Oliveros uses an accordion which has been re-tuned in two different systems of her Just Intonation, in addition to electronics to alter the sound of the accordion and to explore the individual characteristics of each room

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  • Deaf Center : Neon City - 12" (Miasmah, 2022)

  • »Neon City« is the debut release by Erik K Skodvin & Otto A Totland's Deaf Center project, finally re-issued 18 years since its first appearance / Listening to »Neon City« in 2022 is like taking a melancholy journey down rainy city streets of the early naughts, made by the then two young Norwegians in their mid 20s after spending time together in a basement full of vintage items. Armed with young optimism and a sense of musical experimentation, they started sampling everything around them, be it an old television broadcaster, tape recorders, a game of table tennis or conversations on film and merging it with pianos, plucked guitar, strings and anything in-between. The record turned out as something unique in the fields bordering post classical and ambient music, though without landing on any set genre. The record was filling a place in music that was barely touched upon and made them further experiment with samples and classical music which landed them on the 2005's classic »Pale Ravine« / Although Erik and Otto both had been making music solo before, »Neon City« was the start of their more focused future paths as purveyors of both light and darkness in music that seeps through your soul to battle the anxieties of the world. We're glad to see this important start again be available to new ears. The record comes with a remix of the opener track “Dial” by Helios aka Keith Keniff, taken from the same original

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  • Roman Flügel : Balmy Evening - LP (Mule Musiq, 2022)

  • Beautifully drunken it hums, the piano in “PianoPiano”, the last tune of “How to Spread Lies”, the first EP by Roman Flügel for the Hamburg based label Dial in the year 2010. Or take “Strich”, a peculiar electrical slow-motion grinder, out on his “Mutter” EP for Klang Electronic in 2006. Since long, the renowned Berlin based DJ and producer is investigating in spheres beyond the dance, the groove, the ecstasy. Zones, where the molecules harmonize, senses relieve, and the soul quietens. All his last albums, “All The Right Noises” (Dial), “Themes I-XIII” (ESP Institue), “Eating Darkness” (Running Back) have moments of tension and relaxation in a deep harmonious connection / Now “Balmy Evening”, a sundown record for sunup’s. Eleven notions in adventurous journey music, embracing the freedom of structure, blurring the musical pulse into harmonic meditation and mysteriously grooving zones, leaving all unnecessary accessories behind. A quality, that many of his collaborative and solo productions from past 30 years comprise. Still, most of them squint on the dance floor, where jack is king. Not so “Balmy Evening”, where real party bangers are absent. There are moving tunes like the slow Kraftwerk-melody-leaning funkateer “Duftschulter”, or the artificially jacking “Greenhouse”, where nervous Synth patterns ball along soft breaks and decreet kicks. Also, “Super Sonne”, an odd, seemingly improvised synth conversation might ask some souls out for a dance / But all others, like “Atmosphere”, “Frei”, Dolphins, “Goth”, or “Ambienteuse”, rather seek for the tranquil in each one’s spirit. Listeners need be ready for surprises. Ready for impulsive ideas, linked to a harmonious flow, always ready to grow. An album full of silence, utterly loud, beautifully diverse humming, displaying a playful, exploratory side of a celebrated club music producer, to whom atoms dance in manifold ways

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  • Moin : Paste - LP (AD 93, 2022)

  • White label, die-cut sleeve. The follow up to their well received debut album ‘Moot!’, the record draws influences from alternative guitar music in its many forms, using electronic manipulations and sampling techniques to redefine it's context, not settling on any one style but moving through them in search of new connections / By exploring these relationships, Moin delivers another collage of the known and unknown, punctuated by words that are just out of reach

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  • Michel Banabila : Echo Transformations - LP (Knekelhuis, 2021)

  • Michel Banabila is an indispensable part of the Dutch experimental music scene, where he has acquired a special place with many, in the 40 years that he has been releasing music. Michel is also just as active as a composer for the theater and ballet world, as well as for TV productions, to considerable fame. The threat of drowning in the sea of his oeuvre is real in view of the unprecedented amount of output, but once sailing unmissable monolithic rock formations loom up rapidly / Echo Transformations' is one of them. It's a magical album, where everything falls into place in a rich domain inspired by the Fourth World dimension. A world of sound arises from our imagination, stimulating the senses. A concept album where every sigh has its place and where no superfluous tone can be heard. What remains is to embrace the inevitable surrender that accompanies unstoppable change. This is Banabila at his best

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  • MLO : Oumuamua - 2xLP (Music From Memory, 2021)

  • Music From Memory are excited to present the first compilation of works by British electronic pioneers MLO aka Peter Smith and Jon Tye. Titled ‘Oumuamua’ and second up in the Virtual Dreams series, the compilation is an in-depth artist focused release containing twelve thoughtfully selected tracks that touch on highlights from the duo’s discography as well as newly (re)discovered music drawn from a vast archive of unreleased pieces, sketches and extended jams recorded between 1993-1995 / MLO’s ambient explorations began when Pete and Jon, having first met in rival punk bands during the late ‘70s, found themselves with unlimited access to an incredibly well-equipped studio, having been hired to produce an Icelandic pop star’s record in the early ‘90s. Particularly charmed by the Korg PS 3300 and an Emulator 2, Smith and Tye were also deeply fascinated by outer space and set about developing a musical landscape informed by both this new state of the art musical equipment and what lay beyond the Earth’s limits. Painting with a palette informed by classical minimalism, new age and the works of Cluster & Eno; the duos primary colours were drones, sustained tones, washes, calming tides, gentle temple bells and soft angelic voices with flickering glimpses of percussion and drums that hinted at the possibilities of a dance floor

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  • Gigi Masin : Talk To The Sea - 2xLP (Music From Memory, 2017)

  • Part of only a small and very much underground music scene in his hometown of Venice, Gigi Masin self released two modestly pressed LP's 'Wind' (1986) and 'Wind Collector' (1991) and appeared along side Charles Hayward for the Sub Rosa compilation LP "Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2" (1988). Having met with little commercial success in Italy at the time, Gigi Masin's solo albums remained for the most part totally unknown. His music has though in recent years, and seemingly by pure word of mouth, developed almost something of a cult following / Gigi Masin's uniquely intricate and at times deeply emotive compositions take the listener into a realm of contemplation, a spellbound mind state where time and space appear to dissolve. His sparse and hypnotic often loop-based compositions seem to draw parallels with Detroit Techno's earliest beginnings, all at once conjuring those same feelings of both melancholic longing and ecstatic joy / With access to Masin's large body of work, far greater than that of the handful of released recordings, Music From Memory's new compilation covers a period of over 30 years, from the mid 1980's up until recent works . Including seventeen compositions, most of which have remained unreleased or unavailable until now, 'Talk To The Sea' aims to shine a light on Gigi Masin's unique and heartfelt talent. This is electronic music from the soul."

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  • Joseph Beuys : Hier Spricht Fluxus - 12" (Edition Bierammer, 2022)

  • One-sided record in silkscreened cover, with double-sided A2 poster and inlay / Originally published in 1969 as a Reel-to-Reel tape in the series “Ung Dansk Kunst” at the initiative of Danish curator John Hunov. This tape-piece was composed for Beuys’ legendary ”Manresa” action at Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 15th, 1966

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  • Marc Richter : Diode, Triode - LP (Cellule 75, 2022)

  • This album presents two multichannel works recorded at the seminal INA GRM Studio in Paris and ZKM Institute in Karlsruhe respectively, mixed to stereo at the composer's Cellule 75 Studio in Hamburg with excellent mastering by Rashad Becker. While his releases under the Black To Comm moniker often touched the fringes of acousmatic techniques and Musique Concrete this is Richter's first foray into a more abstract spatial music / Recorded in the week leading up to the Paris terror attacks at the GRM studio, "Diode, Triode" (21:57) is loosely based on a reading of (and, in parts, a failure to understand) "Le Parasite" (1980) by Michel Serres, a philosophic metaphor about human interaction and communication (which can also be interpreted as a lyrical essay on capitalism; part confusion, part enlightenment) / Marc Richter records as Black To Comm for Thrill Jockey, Type and Dekorder and under the Mouchoir Ètanche and Jemh Circs monikers for his own Cellule 75 imprint. He collaborated with visual artists such as Ho Tzu Nyen, Jan van Hasselt and Mike Kelley. Under his own name he is composing for film and installations

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  • Vindicatrix : One or Several Tigers - CD+Book (Cellule 75, 2022)

  • The CD comes packaged in A5 book. This album presents music created by Vindicatrix for Ho Tzu Nyen’s One or Several Tigers, a theatricalized installation using ancient and contemporary cinematic techniques including shadow puppetry, CGI, motion capture (taken from a suspended Vindicatrix’s body and facial movements) and animatronics, exploring the histories, cosmologies and ecologies of Southeast Asia through the figure of the Malayan tiger

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  • Khan Jamal's Creative Art Ensemble : Drum Dance To The Motherland - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Originally issued by Jamal in 1973 in an edition of three hundred copies on ‘Dogtown’ records, Drum Dance To The Motherland was effectively a myth until eremite’s 2005 CD reissue. With the master tapes long vanished, the audio was transferred at Sony Music's 54th street studio from a minty copy of the original LP. Includes an insert with Ed Hazell's detailed telling of Drum Dance's incredible history. Under License From Eremite Records / Finally available again, a really stunning document of musical exploration, a classic session. In its improbable fusion of free jazz expressionism, black psychedelia, & full-on dub production techniques, Drum Dance remains a bracingly powerful outsider statement fifty years after it was recorded live at the Catacombs Club in Philadelphia, 1972. Comparisons to Sun Ra, King Tubby, Phil Cohran & BYG/Actuel merely hint at the cosmic otherness conjured by The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble & by sound engineer Mario Falana's real-time enhancements / There’s not another album on the planet that sounds even remotely like vibraphonist Khan Jamal’s eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, Drum Dance To The Motherland. Thirty years after its release, the album’s tapestry of sound, fearless abstractions, relentless grooves, cool swing, flashes of ecstasy, & pan cultural embrace remain powerful & beyond category. One of only three albums released on the Philadelphia-based Dogtown label, it was barely distributed beyond the city’s limits when it came out in the early ‘70s

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  • Tibor Szemzo : Skullbase Fracture - LP (Fodderbasis, 2022)

  • Issued by Leo Fegin's visionary record label in 1993, this refreshed and revised reissue collection of Hungarian composer Tibor Szemzo's chamber pieces with spoken text – composed at 1980s for the legendary GROUP 180 – is unlike anything else of its kind / No one has survived life. Everyone has died from it so far. Man must realize that He is responsible for His own life and fate and must insist upon this responsibility beyond all limits. And since Man has dissociated Himself from the sphere of irrationality, He has no way of getting in touch with death, or of establishing control over it. How we achieve the final result is merely of secondary importance. If the vision is clear to everyone, there is no need at all to look back. In a time of complete mental disturbance, only one chance remains to us: crystal-clear thinking. This leads us back to total mental disturbance, which everyone has died from so far. (Pavel Havlicek – Miklos Erdely – Tibor Hajas) / Text and Music - Language and Speech - Sound and Music. The common basis of the three works by Tibor Szemzo heard on this album is the inalienable relationship to text – as an a priori principle. Text and music: the formal attributes of significance, intentions, and levels of meaning inherent in verbal communication as it is transformed into audible code. Language and speech: the structural level of communication, where it becomes purposeful expression, acoustic statements of variable modality. Vocalization as sublimation. Sound and music: By becoming an auditory signal, communication is deprived of its sense and reduced to musical articulation and abstraction

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  • Jeff Parker : Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy - 2xLP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy, x2 LPs of long-form, lyrical, groove-based free improv by acclaimed guitarist & composer Jeff Parker's ETA IVtet. Recorded live at ETA (referencing David Foster Wallace), a bar in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood with just enough space in the back for Parker, drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Anna Butterss, & alto saxophonist Josh Johnson to convene in extraordinarily depth-full & exploratory music making. Gleaned for the stoniest side-length cuts from 10+ hours of vivid two-track recordings made between 2019 & 2021 by Bryce Gonzales, Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy is a darkly glowing séance of an album, brimming over with the hypnotic, the melodic, & patience & grace in its own beautiful strangeness / Room-tone, electric fields, environment, ceiling echo, live recording, Mondays, Los Angeles. Jeff Parker's first double album & first live album, Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy belongs in the lineage of such canonical live double albums recorded on the West Coast as Lee Morgan’s Live at the Lighthouse, Miles Davis' In Person Friday & Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco & Black Beauty, & John Coltrane's Live in Seattle

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  • Popol Vuh : Sei Still, Wisse Ich Bin - LP (Wah Wah, 2017)

  • Originally released on Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication label in 1981, 'Sei still, wisse Ich Bin' is Popol Vuh's 13th LP. Fricke and Fichelscher worked under the production of Klaus Schulze himself and were helped for the occasion by Chris Karrer on soprano sax, Renate Knaup on vocals and the Chorensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Two of its songs, Laß los and ...als lebtendie Engel auf Erden where used on the soundtrack of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo, from 1982. There is also a film directed by Florian Fricke, inspired by The Bible and filmed in the Sinai Desert, which staged the music contained within this album

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  • Cos : Postaeolian Train Robbery - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Usually regarded as the Belgian Zao, Cos develops an European type of chamber-rock, built on onomatopeic vocals or sung in French or German. The band displays beautiful themes interwined with complex orchestrated rhythms. Its music evokes the Canterbury School (Caravan, Hatfield And The North...), the anguished and dark music of King Crimson or Quiet Sun and Terje Rypdal's atmospheric jazz-rock. Pascale Son uses her high-pitched voice, able to perform the most incredible modulations, and this allows her to become one of the best singers in that style / The leader Daniel Schell is a guitarist extraordinaire, and proves to develop ideas as original as Robert Fripp's. The Musea CD reissues of ""Postaeolian Train Robbery"" (1974) and ""Viva Boma"" (1976) include several unreleased tracks. ""Babel"" has been initially published in the year 1978, and the seven tracks of the original album have been completed by a ballet music (""Pro Arte Gymnastica"", directed by Jac Delsing in Anvers, March 3rd 1979.), as well as three tracks captured live two years later in Hannover (Germany) / The latter are the product of a band reduced to a trio, made of Daniel Schell (Using the Chapman Stick for the first time), Nicolas Fiszman (Guitar) and Philippe Allaert (Drums). The band's fourth album, ""Pasiones"" (1983), is a mini-opera based on the story of three soldiers during the Spanish Civil War. The lyrics are made of a mix between Spanish, French, English, German and Dutch. The music is a fine fusion of jazz, classic, rock and folk music, with top-notch instrumental work all around. The band uses complex arrangements and subtle instrumental combinations, with a great sense of humour and originality. This reissue includes more than 35 minutes of bonus music: a performance in Toulouse (France) in 1984, a rehearsal from 1981, and two tracks from the maxi-LP ""Hôtel Atlantic"" dated back from 1984. A great album !

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  • Cos : Babel - LP (Wah Wah, 2021)

  • The origins of Cos date back to the second half of the sixties when Daniel Schell joined forces with Jean-Paul Musette, Pascale Son and Robert Pernet to form Classroom. When Classroom split, Daniel Schell and Pascale Son moved ahead and formed Cos together with Charles Loos, Alain Goutier and Bob Dartsch. They produced an experimental jazz rock sound linked to the influences above mentioned, but without being mere copycats since they always managed to keep to their own personality / Babel was Cos' third long playing release, issued in 1978. It represented a new step in the band's evolution with the addition of new influences that ranged from musique dodécaphonique, minimalist droning, or even a hint of disco, without turning their backs to their earlier love for Canterbury sounds or more conventional jazz-rock. Dirk Bogaert, Francis Cahen and Marc Moulin all played in its sessions, making this a superb sample of what was going on through the Belgian music scene in those days / The Wah Wah reissue comes housed in a beautiful reproduction of the original sleeve. Limited edition of 500 copies, licensed from and with the collaboration of Daniel Schell

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  • Cos : Viva Boma - LP (Wah Wah, 2021)

  • The origins of Cos date back to the second half of the sixties when Daniel Schell joined forces with Jean-Paul Musette, Pascale Son and Robert Pernet to form Classroom. When Classroom split, Daniel Schell and Pascale Son moved ahead and formed Cos together with Charles Loos, Alain Goutier and Bob Dartsch. They produced an experimental jazz rock sound linked to the influences above mentioned, but without being mere copycats since they always managed to keep to their own personality / Viva Boma was their second LP, originally issued in November 1976, and added some African influences to the mix, including the cover which, designed by Alain Goutier upon a concept by Daniel Schell, depicted a trio of hipopotamus that made reference to Boma, a portuary city at the banks of the river Congo, and Bomma, Belgian word for grandmother (hence the title appearing either with one or two m's on different parts of the artwork) / The Wah Wah reissue comes housed in a beautiful reproduction of the original sleeve and an insert with photos and liner notes. Limited edition of 500 copies, licensed from and with the collaboration of Daniel Schell

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  • Ibliss : Supernova - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Back by popular demand here is a very limited repressing of this krautrock masterpiece with connections to Kraftwerk. Lengthy and strongly percussive cosmic fussion instrumentals with a middle-eastern flavour by this Kraftwerk-related outfit led by Basil Hammoudi (Organisation). A great, unknown album from the jazzier end of the krautrock spectrum (think of Kollectiv, Thirsty Moon, Niagara, Annexus Quam, Embryo…). Remastered sound, faithfull gatefold sleeve reproduction, insert with liner notes. A limited repressing of only 500 copies - please note that the first pressing sold like hot bread and has been unavailable ever since, do not miss this killer edition repressed by popular demand!

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  • Various Artists : Irida Records: Hybrid Musics from Texas and Beyond, 1979–1986 - 7xLP Box (Blank Forms Editions, 2022)

  • Presented in an oversized (13-1/8" x 13-1/8"), fabric-covered drop-spine box, with a handsewn booklet of interviews, essays, and ephemera. Irida Associates U.S.A., an obscure and short-lived record label formed by composer-performer Jerry Hunt, offers a glimpse into the revelatory world of new music and composition in the artist’s native Third Coast. Based first in Dallas and later in Hunt’s home outside the rural town of Canton, Texas, Irida presented the innovative and daring experiments—into aleatoric methods, environmental acoustics, improvisation, homemade technologies, and more—pursued by Hunt and his select collaborators, primarily working in or near Texas between 1979 and 1986. Irida’s brief and compact output—seven non-sequentially numbered LPs released in unknown quantities—shared work by artists whose practices often challenged the limitations of vinyl recording / Hunt called the label a “vanity project” and frequently talked of a tax loophole he could claim if it all went belly up, but in its short lifespan Irida captured a tremendous period of creative experimentation by the artist and his friends and collaborators. This boxed set gathers Irida’s complete discography for the first time. These records include early attempts by Hunt to record his generative and highly permutable scores and performances on vinyl in Cantegral Segment(s) 16.17.18.19. / Transform (Stream) / Transphalba / Volta (Kernel), as well as his only composition for piano, “Lattice,” on Texas Music (both records 1979) / The label distributed solo and group recordings by those in Hunt’s circle as well, including Larry Austin’s electroacoustic, syncretic compositions in Hybrid Musics; James Fulkerson’s unique, extended techniques for the trombone on Works; a fusion of three overlaid compositions in Dary John Mizelle’s Music of Dary John Mizelle; spontaneous pieces and riff-based “character improvisations” in Music of BL Lacerta by the four piece “orchestra in miniature” BL Lacerta Improvisation Quartet; and experiments in compositional “mapping” by external structures in Cartography, featuring Austin, Gene De Lisa, Robert Michael Keefe, and Rodney Waschka II

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  • Black Ox Orkestar : Nisht Azoy - LP (Constellation, 2006)

  • The second record by Montreal’s Black Ox Orkestar placed the group at the forefront of a ‘new Jewish music’ that rejected contemporary fusion and musty nostalgia in equal measure. With backgrounds in folk, punk-rock and free jazz, the group’s four musicians distilled Balkan, Central Asian, Arabic and Slavic sources into a coherent, impassioned sound that gave teeth to old Jewish songs / Never relying on museum-piece reverence or an obvious, forced collision of musical forms, Black Ox rewrote a Yiddish songbook in ways that sound organically anchored to tradition without being suffocated by it. Nisht Azoy (Not Like This) built dramatically on Black Ox’s debut (Ver Tanzt?), striking a similar balance between vocal and instrumental tunes, but with more intensity, mystery, and a readiness to stretch things out, whether in the incantatory opener “Bukharian” or the clomping crescendos of “Az Vey Dem Tatn” and “Tsvey Tabelakh”. Further upping the ante with greater use of percussion and group singing, the band’s entirely acoustic instrumentation pumps and pulses with explosive energy and emotion. Radwan Moumneh captured the 4-piece band (at Montreal’s (original) Hotel2Tango studio) with a detailed warmth and authority, and a large cast of guest players expanded the group to bona fide orchestral size on “Tsvey Tabelakh” / The slow plaintiveness of vocal songs “Ikh Ken Tsvey Zayn” and “Golem” rank among the group’s most spine-tingling, mesmerising moments. “Ratsekr Grec” summons a Balkan dance rhythm in one of the album’s more overtly traditional arrangements, adding a flurry of colliding horns down the home stretch. Taken as a whole, the cycle of songs on Nisht Azoy further opened up a world, inspired by Jewish diasporic culture and politics, that challenged conventional appropriations and forged music that is highly original, deeply felt and very much alive. As the band wrote: “Nisht Azoy is the melancholy and uncompromising sound of our mongrel music splitting at the seams, the boat creaking as we drag our friends on board. As we sing in Tsvey Taybelakh: ‘When you come to a strange city, my love / Think of my words / When you come to deep waters, my love / You will not drown in sorrow / When you come to great fires, my love / You will not be burnt in sorrow.’”

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  • Matana Roberts : Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee - LP (Constellation, 2015)

  • LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined audiophile dust sleeve, credit insert, 2 pull-out art posters and download code for 320 kbps MP3 copy of the album. Matana Roberts is one of the most acclaimed, socio-politically conscious and aesthetically intrepid avant-jazz practitioners of the 21st century. The critical accolades for her multi-chapter Coin Coin work place her at the vanguard of stylistic innovation and radicalization, while confirming the deep substance and soul that guides her compositional agenda. Roberts has long employed the phrase "panoramic sound quilting" to describe Coin Coin, and with this third chapter in the series she implements this metaphor most overtly, creating a sound art tapestry from field recordings, loop and effects pedals, and spoken word recitations, alongside her saxophone and singing voices / Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee unfolds as an uninterrupted album-length flow, in what Roberts calls "a fever dream" of sonic material, inspired by a solitary research-based road trip Roberts took through the American South in early 2014.  Fragments of traditional song are the album's main touchstones, with Roberts' singing voice riding atop waves of radiophonic texture, layered spoken word, and an often dislocated, wandering horn. It is the first explicitly solo work in the Coin Coin series, and a fascinating extension of the cycle; yet another adventurous, socially engaged definition of what Jazz can mean in this day and age

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  • Matana Roberts, Marie Davidson : Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres - 2x10" (Constellation, 2011)

  • Matana Roberts is one of the leading lights of contemporary African-American experimental music, combining her widely recognized gifts as an alto saxophone player and improviser with an intensely engaged re-definition of American Jazz traditions / Matana's COIN COIN project is the centerpiece of this engagement and re-definition: a multi-chapter work that combines conceptual scoring (graphic notation, 'chance' strategies), storytelling and historical narrative, performative theatre (personae, costume, multi-media), and a deeply considered channeling of personal ancestry and the 'universal' experience of Africans in America / COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre is the first official recording of this ambitious and powerful project. We invited Matana to assemble her Montreal group for a live in-studio performance at the Hotel2Tango facility, before a small but capacity audience of about 30 friends and supporters. The performance was stunning, literally bringing audience members to tears, and went to tape beautifully. The full 90-minute performance was then edited down to around 60 minutes. While it may sound trite, we truly feel this music speaks for itself. It rallies adventurous improv, experimental voice and narrative, a wide array of black folkways, and Matana's impassioned lead playing to tremendous emotional and conceptual effect

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  • Black Ox Orkestar : Ver Tanzt? - LP (Constellation, 2006)

  • Evenly split between instrumentals and vocal tunes, this debut album is a compelling blend of originals and new arrangements for pieces pulled from various Eastern European songbooks. The band aimed to expand the definition of Jewish diasporic music, by learning and reinterpreting songs and rhythms from all over Slavic and Balkan Europe. Lyrics are in Yiddish and speak forcefully to the bloody history and intractable contradictions of Jewish diaspora and ‘return’. With backgrounds in punk-rock, free-jazz, and other liberation musics, the all-acoustic playing on this record benefits from a genuinely spirited delivery and intensely original approaches to arrangements that never feel forced. This is modern folk music from Eastern European sources played strong, unburdened by antiseptic production and/or cheap sentimentality / Songs range from the propulsive to the sublimely restrained. “Fishelakh in Vaser” explodes with a pumping free-music rhythm section, “Cretan Song” is a staccato Balkan dance, and “Ver Tantz?” is an angry, politically-charged klezmer-punk original. Instrumentals “Shvartze Flamen…” and “Nign”, along with the brilliant original “Toyte Goyes” (lyrics taken from a poem by Yiddish writer Itzik Fefer) are meditative and heartrending. Jessica Moss (violin, bass clarinet), Thierry Amar (contrebasse) and Scott Levine Gilmore (vocals, mandolin, cymbalom, drums) all play or played in Silver Mt. Zion, and Gabe Levine (clarinet, guitar) was chief songwriter in Sackville

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  • Matana Roberts : Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis - LP (Constellation, 2019)

  • Matana Roberts returns with the fourth chapter of her extraordinary Coin Coin series — a project that has deservedly garnered the highest praise and widespread critical acclaim for its fierce aesthetic originality and unflinching narrative power. The first three Coin Coin albums, issued from 2011-2015, charted diverse pathways of modern/avant composition — Roberts calls it “panoramic sound quilting”—and ranged sequentially from large band to sextet to solo, unified by Roberts’ archival and often deeply personal research into legacies of the American slave trade and ancestries of American identity/experience / Roberts also emphasizes non-male subjects and thematizes these other-gendered stories with a range of vocal and verbal techniques: singspeak, submerged glossolalic recitation, guttural cathartic howl, operatic voice, gentle lullaby, group chant, and the recuperation of various American folk traditionals and spirituals, whether surfacing in fragmentary fashion or as unabridged set-pieces. The root of this vocality comes from her dedication to the legacy of her main chosen instrument, the alto saxophone. On Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis, Roberts convened a new band, with New Yorkers Hannah Marcus (guitars, fiddle, accordion) and percussionist Ryan Sawyer (Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley, Cass McCombs) joined by Montréal bassist Nicolas Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra) and Montréal-Cairo composer/improviser Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush, Dwarfs Of East Agouza) on guitar and oud, along with prolific trombonist Steve Swell and vibraphonist Ryan White as special guests / Memphis unspools as a continuous work of 21st century liberation music, oscillating between meditative incantatory explorations, raucous melodic themes, and unbridled free-improv suites, quoting archly and ecstatically from various folk traditions along the way. Led by Roberts’ conduction and unique graphic score practice, her consummate saxophone and clarinet playing, and punctuated by her singing and speaking various texts generated from her own historical research and diaristic writings, Coin Coin Chapter Four is a glorious and spellbinding new instalment in this projected twelve-part Gesamtkunstwerk

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  • Oiseaux-Tempête : What On Earth (Que Diable) - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, Nahal Recordings, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. For almost a decade, Oiseaux-Tempête has been slipping through the cracks of any music genre or definition one tries to apply and perhaps it is because, like the wild and furtive creatures that escape all tracking, it disappears then is reborn under new forms, sketches playful mirages where we eagerly come to collide. Not quite a collective nor a conventional band, Oiseaux-Tempête rather takes the form of the radioactive nucleus of an atom whose electron cloud is in constant mutation / At the center of this project, which blurs lines and genres, the duo turned trio of multi-instrumentalists Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul and Mondkopf have been building dialogues between their own reality, their vocabulary, and those of fellow travelers met all around the surface of the world. From their Mediterranean trilogy (S/T, ÜTOPIYA?, AL-'AN!) to their forray into Canada with the explosive From Somewhere Invisible, deeply instinctive albums shrouded in mystery take shape, in parallel with feverish and incendiary live performances, punk in their urgency to tell the world by blasting the boundaries of space and time / Oiseaux-Tempête unveils a new facet of its mythology through a dense work that carries darkness towards the light of day, that rumbles, calms down and warms up again. Like the silhouette of a lighthouse that reveals itself as its torch rises and shines, the powerful beauty of WHAT ON EARTH (Que Diable) radiates into an expanding musical cosmos

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  • Oiseaux-Tempête : What On Earth (Que Diable) - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, Nahal Recordings, 2022)

  • Yellow vinyl. For almost a decade, Oiseaux-Tempête has been slipping through the cracks of any music genre or definition one tries to apply and perhaps it is because, like the wild and furtive creatures that escape all tracking, it disappears then is reborn under new forms, sketches playful mirages where we eagerly come to collide. Not quite a collective nor a conventional band, Oiseaux-Tempête rather takes the form of the radioactive nucleus of an atom whose electron cloud is in constant mutation / At the center of this project, which blurs lines and genres, the duo turned trio of multi-instrumentalists Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul and Mondkopf have been building dialogues between their own reality, their vocabulary, and those of fellow travelers met all around the surface of the world. From their Mediterranean trilogy (S/T, ÜTOPIYA?, AL-'AN!) to their forray into Canada with the explosive From Somewhere Invisible, deeply instinctive albums shrouded in mystery take shape, in parallel with feverish and incendiary live performances, punk in their urgency to tell the world by blasting the boundaries of space and time / Oiseaux-Tempête unveils a new facet of its mythology through a dense work that carries darkness towards the light of day, that rumbles, calms down and warms up again. Like the silhouette of a lighthouse that reveals itself as its torch rises and shines, the powerful beauty of WHAT ON EARTH (Que Diable) radiates into an expanding musical cosmos

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  • Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi : Caught in the dilemma of being made to choose” This makes the modesty which should never been closed off itself Continue to ask itself: “Ready or not? 2xLP - 2xLP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • The renowned trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi return to Black Truffle with their 11th release. Demonstrating once again their commitment to continual experimentation in instrumentation and approach, the record begins with a long-distance collaboration made in response to a commission from New York's Issue Project Room in 2021 during widespread lockdowns and travel limitations / A unique piece in the trio's extensive body of work, this side-long epic finds Haino performing on metal percussion, O'Rourke on electronics, and Ambarchi on gongs and bells. Initially dominated by rapid patterns on resonant, high-pitched tuned percussion, the piece sets Haino's dynamic and dramatic performance against a calm backdrop of cycling electronics, thrumming gong strikes and hanging bell tones. The performance develops a heightened, intensely concentrated atmosphere reminiscent of Haino's classic Tenshi No Ginjinka or his Nijiumu project. The remainder of the double-LP documents the trio live at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe (the location of all but their very first recording) in a wide-ranging set recorded in December 2017

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  • Lard Free : Unnamed - LP+7" (Replica, 2022)

  • Replica Records’ brand-new reissue of this stunner beautifully reproduces the 1997 cover, and is pressed on 180 gr. vinyl in a limited edition of 500, and also includes a bonus 7". Not for the faint of heart! / Never heard before until its release on CD in 1997 (on Spa-lax Records), Unnamed was recorded a year before Lard Free’s first album and shows a band that totally foresaw the Rock In Opposition movement. Aventurous, never afraid to explore unknown musical lands, Lard Free definitely owns its place in the great History of Rock Music.Recorded in 1971/1972, these  Lard Free "lost" recordings document an interesting, primitive period of the band and shows Artman and Co. moving freely in different directions : jazz, noise and the most radical musical improvisation / Truly stunning from start to finish, Lard Free’s “lost” album, “Unnamed”, is a truly groundbreaking body of work. It’s both tragic and mind-boggling that it remained unreleased as long as it did

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  • John Cage : John Cage - LP (Cramps, Sony, 2022)

  • White vinyl reissue. One of the better realizations of John Cage's work, this was also the first “Nova Musicha” collection release. The LP contains five John Cage’s compositions for "prepared" piano, played and performed by various artists: Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti and Demetrio Stratos.  In these perfomances, the sound of the piano was altered by placing objects (preparations) between or on the strings or on the hammers or dampers. Toy pianos and radio systems were used too. Demetrio Stratos performed “Sixty-two mesostics Re Merce Cunningham / The most famous composition is “ 4’33” which represents a turning point for  Cage’s experience and for contemporary music. The Cage piece which has caused most tabloid apoplexy, written in 1952 and included on this album. It has three movements, lasts four minutes and 33 seconds, and not a single note is played. At the premiere, David Tudor sat down at the piano and did nothing except close the lid and open it again at the beginning of each movement. The piece is not, as often described, an exercise in silence, but about the perception of ambient sound. Anyone could have written it – but, as Cage pointed out, no-one else did. Cage was already thinking along “4’33”” lines in 1928, when in a prize-winning college-graduation speech he proposed a day of quiet for all Americans. “By being hushed and silent,” he said, “we should have the opportunity to hear what other people think.”

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  • Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza : Azioni - 2xCD+DVD Box (Die Schachtel, 2006)

  • Deluxe boxed set, three individual digipak, a 72-pages italian-english booklet and a poster / Il Gruppo was a brilliant and prolific composer's collective exploring extended techniques and new sound sources through the medium of improvisation. Although very much a product of its time, their music remains timeless. They were instrumental in founding a radical tradition of western musical improvisation that owed little or nothing to anybody and created some of the strangest music ever made. They were utterly unique. From John Zorn liner notes, NYC 2006 / This deluxe boxed edition presents some of the most compelling improvisations of this extraordinary improv group active in the 60s and featuring such names as Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Franco Evangelisti, Walter Branchi, Mario Bertoncini and John Heineman. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise and wild electronic sounds, these pieces were recorded between 1967 and 1969 are released here for the first time. The enclosed video DVD, shot in a stunning black and white, is a unique document that captures the rehearsal of the thrilling concert that the group gave in Rome in 1967. It features both english and Italian subtitles. The cloth-covered box contains three individual digipak, a 72-pages italian-english booklet and a poster. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi

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  • Michael Ranta, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Takehisa Kosugi : Improvisation Sep. 1975 - LP (Metaphon, 2022)

  • Special mailorder edition with textured sleeve and japanese insert. Official reissue of this underground classic from 1975, originally released in a tiny edition on the small Japanese Iskra label. As the original master tapes of these recordings seem to be lost, the master had to be taken from an unplayed original LP copy. It was carefully restored and mastered by Jos Smolders with amazing result. Offset printed sleeve and insert (English text sheet) / Toshi Ichiyanagi, Michael Ranta and Takehisa Kosugi originally got together in the summer of 1975 for an open-air concert in Sapporo. The concert felt like a great success but was unfortunately not recorded. As the desire arose to record together, they managed to arrange a studio session in the NHK Studio in Tokyo, with presence of sound engineers / What was supposed to be a soundcheck for this session became the session itself: a haunting 50-minute séance of intense avantgarde improvisation using a large instrumentation and live processing (tape echo, ring modulation, phasing). A trident travelogue of the momentum masterfully controlled by the ensemble spirit, transcending the boundaries of psychedelic underground

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  • Biosphere : Substrata (Alternative Versions) - 2xLP (Biophon, 2022)

  • Substrata was the third studio album by the Norwegian electronic artist Biosphere, released 25 years ago by All Saints Records in London. In 2016, Pitchfork ranked it at number 38 on its list of the 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time. Here are ten alternative versions picked from the Substrata recordings sessions that took place between 1995 and 1996 / David Stubbs'review of the original album in Melody Maker, July 12th 1997: / Biosphere, aka Norwegian Geir Jenssen, is transmitting from a cold, polar outpost of the imagination. "Substrata" is the best ambient album I've heard in an ice age, an album of terrifying, desolate and all-enveloping beauty, the music of a man who's stared too long and too hard at the Northern lights, a music of distant rumbles, tremors underfoot, stray radio signals, yawning chasms and indistinct, grainy images in the half-light when the mind begins to play tricks. "Poa Alpina" reminds me of recent, frightening TV footage of vast chunks of iceberg cracking and falling away into the sea under the duress of global warming. As for "The Things I Tell You", imagine what Oasis would have sounded like had they been born Eskimos. "Sphere Of No Form" is shot through with a frantic peal like the Mayday song of the world's last whale and, best of all, "Kobresia" looms with a vast, mournful, symphonic motif, like the ghost of the Titanic. Chill out has never been this chilling

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  • Giuliano Sorgini : Zoo Folle (Extended Reissue) - 2xLP (Four Flies, 2022)

  • First official reissue ever for this Italian holy-grail soundtrack, finally back to life in a long-waited 180gr. limited edition, supervised by Mr Giuliano Sorgini himself, who also wrote his personal liner notes. Remastered from the original master tapes that were preserved for more than 40 years in almost perfect shape, Zoo Folle is a highly sought after psych-funk album, a true masterpiece for all breaks-beat lovers, full of rhythmic percussion, acid flute, synth work, dark electronics, drum machines, and crazy hand-claps / The score was composed for an Italian TV movie in 1974, directed by Riccardo Fellini (brother of the most well-known Federico), and originally released on Ricordi Label in the same year. Featuring Edda Dell’Orso and some of the best and leading Italian session players in the soundtrack and library landscape, such as Maurizio Majorana and Antonello Vannucchi (from I MARC 4), Nino Rapicavoli on flute, and Giuliano Sorgini himself on organ, keyboards, piano, drums, and percussion

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  • Biosphere : Substrata (Alternative Versions) - CD (Biophon, 2022)

  • Digipack. Substrata was the third studio album by the Norwegian electronic artist Biosphere, released 25 years ago by All Saints Records in London. In 2016, Pitchfork ranked it at number 38 on its list of the 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time. Here are ten alternative versions picked from the Substrata recordings sessions that took place between 1995 and 1996 / David Stubbs'review of the original album in Melody Maker, July 12th 1997: / Biosphere, aka Norwegian Geir Jenssen, is transmitting from a cold, polar outpost of the imagination. "Substrata" is the best ambient album I've heard in an ice age, an album of terrifying, desolate and all-enveloping beauty, the music of a man who's stared too long and too hard at the Northern lights, a music of distant rumbles, tremors underfoot, stray radio signals, yawning chasms and indistinct, grainy images in the half-light when the mind begins to play tricks. "Poa Alpina" reminds me of recent, frightening TV footage of vast chunks of iceberg cracking and falling away into the sea under the duress of global warming. As for "The Things I Tell You", imagine what Oasis would have sounded like had they been born Eskimos. "Sphere Of No Form" is shot through with a frantic peal like the Mayday song of the world's last whale and, best of all, "Kobresia" looms with a vast, mournful, symphonic motif, like the ghost of the Titanic. Chill out has never been this chilling

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  • Amanda Whiting : Lost In Abstraction - LP (Jazzman, 2022)

  • The eagerly anticipated follow-up to last year's incredibly well-received debut album 'After Dark, Welsh harpist Amanda Whiting is back with another glorious offering. The trio is joined again by the mesmerising lines of flautist Chip Wickham, resuming their conversation reminiscent of Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess / ‘Lost in Abstraction’ was written during a period of the unknown when Whiting, like most, explored her own sense of self. The world paused, with no timeframe, and the fragility of life was laid bare. A time when humanity was left searching for purpose. Freedom and the dependable structures of familiarity were dissolved in most aspects of life. But music stayed constant. Creativity kept weaving its thread, connecting music and its makers in an indissoluble bond / The album explores the questions and realisations whilst confined. The spiritual findings, the playful curiousness and the reflective moments of loss. Whiting’s writing indulges the listener with the spiritual ethereal washes of sound demanded of the harp, whilst also embracing her influences across many genres. Classically trained, her roots are evident. But with an emotionally charged energy and spiritual questioning, a new soundscape of modernity has emerged. So often associated with Ashby and Coltrane, the harp finds itself in the hands of a new voice which tells the story of a period of time where the world was unified in reflection

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  • Eliane Radigue : Feedback Works 1969-1970 - 12" (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Small repress. Alga Marghen very proudly presents a remastered version of the complete documentation of Eliane Radigue sound installations from 1969-1970, including the broad tectonic vibrations of "Omnht," the celestial voices of "Usral," the massive chant of "Stress Osaka," and more -- the works of this artist's feedback period finally revealed. It is amazing that Radigue could build such formidably organic sonic edifices in her home studio with the primitive machines given to her by Pierre Henry: three tape recorders, a mixing board, an amplifier, two loudspeakers and a microphone. Eliane previously worked for Henry at the Studio d'Essai of the R.T.F. from 1955 to 1957, after having met Pierre Schaeffer almost by chance, who invited her to learn the techniques of musique concrète

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  • Smegma : Infringements - LP (Alga Marghen, Pigface, 2022)

  • This is alga marghen’s third installment of Smegma’s original “Suburban Primitive Avant-folk music” Period (1973-1975) based in Pasadena, featuring three previously unreleased tracks from the deep vault of their home recordings. In the beginning, the Band Smegma had only one rule. No Musicians / Starting from scratch, they took the Road much less traveled. They were inspired by outsider musical artists of the time such as John Cage, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Wild Man Fisher, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, etc. and they recorded every experiment with youthful enthusiasm. Mostly they only succeeded in tormenting their own friends and neighbors (except for the few who joined the band), but somehow they never chose imitation, but stumbles on a path that allowed Past (shamanistic) and Future (space) sounds to lead the way / The titled track gently pulls you in and carries you off with a way-out inner-mind group Jamming/not-Jamming trip, featuring Prepared Piano, Modular Synthesizer, Human Mouth sounds, Pan Pipes, Tabla and Electric Bass Guitar. “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” (definitely not the 1960s pop Hit) rips you straight into a high energy New Year's Eve Party Jam, in a romping free jazz style with stream of consciousness vocals and exuberant alto sax solos. Side B starts with Beatnik finger Popping and wild dogs barking from a record player, while breathless flute playing leads you down the rabbit hole of mysterious group vocalizing, including imitating the cry of the wild Tropical Parrots that lived in the palm trees in the front yard of the house in Pasadena that they had lived in. Always out of sync with their own time, 49 years later, these tracks still throb and pulsate Beautifully with their own inner logic

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  • Eliane Radigue : Jouet electronique - Elemental I - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Alga Marghen presents the new edition of Eliane Radigue's "Jouet Electronique" (1967) for feedback on magnetic tape and "Elemental I" (1968) for feedback of natural sounds on magnetic tape. This LP was first issued in 2010, and it's now presented for the first time with its own specific artwork and layout. Both works were recorded at Pierre Henry's Studio Apsome in Paris. Between 1967 and 1968, Radigue was Henry's assistant, mainly for the editing of L'Apocalypse de Jean (1969). Henry also put her in charge of organizing his sound archive; Radigue enjoyed doing this work, even if it took a long time / She decided to set the machines of the studio to do some work of her own. "Jouet Electronique" and "Elemental I" were born this way during her time as an assistant; working with feedback is something that Radigue learned through Henry. Do you remember Henry's Voyage (1969)? There's that fluid part which is made of feedback constructed with a microphone. Everything had to be set at a precise distance from the loudspeakers because that is the specific problem with feedback; one has to be at the right distance. Afterwards, these high tone recordings were slowed down in order to discover the deeper character of their color. This work with feedback was in the end quite limited and the composer preferred working with two reel tape machines to produce sounds / The first was set on the recording mode while the other was playing and it was the accidents happening in this phase that made the feedback richer. Fine-tuning could yield beautiful results: low pulsations, high-pitched sounds (sometimes both at the same time), or long sounds. All of these could be slowed down or accelerated, which gave beautiful source material. With "Jouet Electronique", Radigue had a lot of fun, hence the title. As far as "Elemental I" is concerned, it was the first attempt at something which was important to her based on the theme of the basic elements: water, fire, air and earth. Eliane had the chance to record in open air thanks to a small Stella Vox that Arman gave her in the beginning of the 1960s. Using it, Radigue built a minimal sound library, consisting of not more than ten reel tapes. This was the starting point; in 1968 she used these recordings for her work with two reel tape machines

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  • Various Artists : Sounds of Silence - 2xLP (Alga Marghen, FRAC Franche-Comté, 2019)

  • 2019 repress. Sounds of Silence is an anthology of some of the most intriguing silent tracks in recording history and includes rare works, among others, by Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Maurice Lemaitre, Sly & The Family Stone, Robert Wyatt, John Denver, Whitehouse, Orbital, Crass, Ciccone Youth, Afrika Bambaataa and of course, Yves Klein / In their own quiet way, these silences speak volumes: they are performative, political, critical, abstract, poetic, cynical, technical, absurd. They can be intended as a memorial or a joke, a special offer, or something entirely undefined. The carefully-chosen silences of this anthology are intrinsically linked to the medium of reproduction itself and reveal its nude materiality. They expose their medium in all its facets and imperfections, including the effect of time and wear. At the most basic level, these silences are surfaces / And it is in their materiality that they distinguish themselves from the conceptual experiments of John Cage with "4'33". Since the 1950s, silence has found a place in the economic structure of the record industry and since then it would increasingly be appropriated by a vast array of artists in a vast array of contexts. Indeed, the silent tracks seem to know no boundaries. The LP presents the silences as they were originally recorded, preserving any imperfection that the hardware conferred upon the enterprise, without banning the possibility of being satisfying to the ear. The liner notes provide historical background for each track, revealing the stated (or presumed) motivations for these silences, while providing novel sound correspondences or interferences. This album is meant to be played loud (or not), at any time, in any place: a true aural experience. Gatefold, iconic sleeve

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  • Eliane Radigue : Opus 17 - 2xLP (Alga Marghen, 2021)

  • “Opus 17”, a major turning-point in the musical course of Éliane Radigue, was finished in 1970, and consistes of five distinct scenes. It was the last work composed with feedback materials. It is also the one in which Éliane Radigue returned to definitive time-frames, after several years of building “Musique sans Fin” (Endless Music) intended for ad libitum broadcast in a specific space (gallery, museum), an approach which intuitively joined music and the visual arts / From that experimental period “Opus 17” preserves the plastic character : a music made of rough sonic phenomena, at once harsh and granular, possessing a quality of materiality and tactility. Its vibrations structure the air surrounding the listener with densities, thicknesses, indeed with palpable movement. And yet one must recognize that Éliane Radigue has given her life to an essentially artificial material / One so very simple from which she has known how to draw out colours, tastes, and unheard-of intensities. Her procedures, of feedback and slowed-down by working with magnetic tape, are intrinsically animated: they have their own voice, lyric quality, “expressive force” as Éliane Radigue tells us. In other words, before she began composing she learned how to produce sounds which live and sing and touch us. Her compositions are frames which let us hear these phenomena, open frameworks from the sonic installations of her “Musiques sans Fin” (cf. “Feedback Works 1969-70” double LP) and here reinserted in the five scenes making up “Opus 17”. Éliane Radigue probably feels that the infinite can nest itself in a reduced time-scheme, which she will work on her whole career

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  • Eliane Radigue : Vice - Versa, Etc. - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Repress. Alga Marghen very proudly presents a remastered version of Vice-Versa, Etc..., an LP originally included in the first 400 copies of Eliane Radigue's Feedback Works 2LP. Vice-Versa, Etc... was originally a small handmade box, signed and numbered and released on the occasion of a show at Lara Vincy's gallery in 1970. The box contained a reel of magnetic tape and the instructions for use / It indicates that all playback speeds are possible, forward or backward, as well as any combination of two channels, on several recorders, ad libitum. This LP presents two versions done by Emmanuel Hoelterbach following the indications of Eliane Radigue to the letter, respecting her composition methods / There is no doubt that Eliane Radigue's vocabulary is based on observing and entering into dialog with the fundamental behavior of sounds: pulsing, beating, sustained, very light, a subtle and delicate evolution. When she moved from feedback sounds to the ARP synthesizer, she naturally continued the same music -- a continuity where the original use of feedback sounds stands out for its cruder and more savage inner character. One could say that somehow it's the very texture of the sounds, which leads the form of her compositions. At the same time, this approach favors an intense sensuality in the listening

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  • Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, Balazs Pandi, Lee Ranaldo : Churning of the Ocean - LP (Trost, 2021)

  • Clear vinyl. Extended Instrumental tracks from the nocturnal studio session of director and musician Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Balázs Pándi (Keiji Haino, Venetian Snares, Merzbow) and producer Marc Urselli (John Zorn, Mike Patton, Laurie Anderson a.o). All was recorded live and analog, and in the moment. Mixed, mastered, recorded and produced by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound Studios, NYC, 2019. Artwork by Italian artist Sara D'Uva

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  • Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson : Xylophonen Virtuosen - 2xLP (Trost, 2022)

  • Dedicated to Derek Bailey. The quiet beauty of the improvised duets of legendary guitarist and composer Jim O’Rourke and saxophone player extraordinaire Mats Gustafsson finally pressed on extenisve double vinyl! The 1999 recordings for Incus Records were taken in all their glory and remastered by O‘Rourke – now the full versions of the tracks plus some unreleased songs

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  • Akira Sakata, Takeo Moriyama : Mitochondria - 2xLP (Trost, 2022)

  • Spectacular live recording from 1986 of two seminal figures of the Japanese avantgarde - Akira Sakata on saxophone and Takeo Moriyama on drums / Mitochondria captures the reunion of the two free jazz masters, who started playing together in the Yosuke Yamashita Trio in 1972 until 1975. For both, the experience with the trio was an important step in the development of their own career and musicianship. The recordings are a remarkable performance in which each successfully highlights the essential elements of his playing while giving of room for the other musician

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  • The Peter Brötzmann Octet : Machine Gun - Alternate Takes - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2018)

  • Comes in handscreened cover / Alternate versions, never before released on vinyl from Peter Brötzmann Octet's Machine Gun (1968)

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  • The Peter Brötzmann Octet : Machine Gun - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2018)

  • Remastered reissue with handscreened cover / Cien Fuegos present a reissue of the Peter Brötzmann Octet's Machine Gun, originally released in 1968. One of the most important albums of European free jazz, finally in the Cien Fuegos series. Recorded May 1968 at "Lila Eule", Bremen

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  • Brannten Schnüre : Geträumt hab ich vom Martinszug - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • The third stanza of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem ‘Dem sonnengott’ evokes a narrator who is tortured by Spleen until slumber makes his childlike gloom disappear with music. Although today’s readers might judge these nineteenth century musings of the Imagination as mere stylistic platitudes, they also still speak beyond the grave as universal truths. A mere two hundred years later similar anxieties and hopes are still channeled through various art forms, with changing success and reverberation. Brannten Schnüre are one of those neo-romantic music experimentalists who add to a long tradition of celebrating folk tale and exoticism. Their meticulously crafted loops, hesitant melodies and heavily nostalgic lyricism could easily be translated to what the late philosopher and music critic Mark Fisher called ‘hauntology’, a postmodern longing for a lost future. To describe the beauty of ‘Geträumt hab’ ich vom Martinszug’, however, the term seems somewhat dissatisfying / Romanticism is a hard nut to crack in the Anthropocene, and Brannten Schnüre’s realms of the cerebral are too deeply ingrained in a German tradition of story telling to define them within popular paradigm. ‘Geträumt hab’ ich vom Martinszug’ was recorded in 2014 in Würzburg and functions as the autumn part of the band’s seasonal cycle quadrilogy (the other segments being ‘Aprilnacht’ (SicSic), ‘Sommer im Pfirsichhain’ (Aguirre) and ‘Durch unser zugedecktes Tal’ (Youdonthavetocallitmusic)). It deals with the Saint Martin’s parade, a mostly European tradition to celebrate the medieval spirit of Saint Martin of Tours, friend of children and patron of the poor. Around 11 November children come out on the streets with lanterns and sing ancient songs in exchange for sweets. It’s a period of snugness and expectation, of yearning and dreaming, and therefore a consummate subject for the duo to scrutinize / To the adult’s ear the dream of the Saint Martin’s parade isn’t all that consolatory. The dark and slow loops of Christian Schoppik rather sound like motifs for a welcome paralysis. Sometimes as a gentle backdrop for vocals by Katie Rich and Schoppik himself, the repetitive structures serve as tricksters that trade innocence for the uncanny. The dream becomes a fever dream which quickly absorbs the listener into a vacuum, an eternal post-panic attack semi-relief. Maybe that’s the amazing paradox of Brannten Schnüre. The space they occupy is never comforting – as if being locked up inside a Carl Grossberg painting – but it’s also a subliminal aural zone you do not want to leave. It’s music as being, as a stream, devoid of climax or catharsis. And because it is flux and being, and exists to be taken, it speaks in art’s purest form. ‘In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art’ Susan Sontag famously concluded her essay ‘Against Interpretation’ with. Well, look no further…

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  • Metabolismus : The Universe if full of Nothing - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Companion piece to Metabolismus' classic Brimborium Sloow Tape from 2013. An extented free/folk/jazz/stoned reinterpretation of the Fugs 'Nothing' backed with a classic rendition of 'The Garden is Open', which features lengendary Eugene Chadbourne on vocals and suitar

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  • Joseph of Kirezi : Session and Live in Tokyo - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Formed in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) in 2012 Joseph of Kirezi has been roaming the outermost corners of the black clad psychedelic underground ever since. Amorphous visions of insanely loud guitars smeared all over a distorted obsidian night sky

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  • Delphine Dora : In Illo Tempore - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Follow up to Morc's 'Hymnes Apophatiques' that came out earlier this year, In Illo Tempore was also recorded at the church of St. Saphorin in Switzerland last year. Atmospheric organ melodies acompanied by wordless vocals descending into timeless devotional ambience

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  • Pit Piccinelli, Fred Gales, Walter Maioli : Amazonia 6891 - 2xLP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Released for the first time on vinyl in 2016 and immediately sold out, this is one of the best long-lost treasure from the 80s – and it's one long composition filled with raw sounds from the jungle, natural objects and electronic treatment. The idea to evoke a deep journey in the Amazon rainforest has affected various musicians in the history of popular and experimental music, but comparing to other works this rare Amazonia 6891, released only on cassette in 1986, appears as totally original and extreme in his conception / Here, the interest in ethnomusicology of the expert Walter Maioli (mind of Aktuala and Futuro Antico projects) is linked to a precise and comprehensive ecological, botanical, ethological and ethnographic perspective. In fact, starting from the sound recording of the ethnographer Pit Piccinelli's collection of natural objects, the collected material for this work is re-elaborate in different times by the anthropologist and electronic pioneer Fred Gales and by Maioli him-self. The result of this multi-disciplinary approach its 'a long concrete poem of plant organisms, fields recordings of verses and calls of tropical animals futuristically mixed with electronic sounds, as already happened for the great experimental trials of Futuro Antico and Ariel Kalma's Osmose / Listen this imaginative collage look like to entering in a precious cabinet of antiquities and curiosity whose wonders of multi-coloured cellular fragments are shaped in the synthesis of a single universal sound matter. The merger between the wild jungle, the mysterious voices of the Indians and the oscillation of the electronic waves creates a spasmodic tension between amazing and heavenly moments that leaked also obscure paths and alien sequences. So, Amazonia 6891 it's a magic trip into the unknown wild, into abyss of creation of kaleidoscopic floras and faunas, simply a proposal for a synesthetic experience and multi-sensory

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  • Art Of Primitive Sound, Walter Maioli : Strumenti Musicali Della Preistoria: Il Paleolitico - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Art Of Primitive Sound is a sensational journey to the origin of Music. In his crucial research chapter on the Paleolithic, Walter Maioli between 1986 and 1991 investigates the soundscape of different geographical, climatic and botanical environments, in which the mystery of the ancient human-nature relationship resides. What emerges is an expanded and unprecedented Paleorganology, with a range of acoustic and natural instruments from all over the World. Rubbing of fossils, animal artefacts, plant elements of all sorts, everything becomes sound and each object opens up forms of imaginary communication, psychic effect and unexplored languages / Whistles, flutes, leaf and shell rattles, rhombuses, horns, bone pipes, slate slabs, bamboo arches, stones, vertebrae, seeds, stalagtites etc...how great can be the Natural Orchestra inherent in the spirit of forests, rivers, caves, seas, swamps or Amazon jungles? Thanks to an interdisciplinary partnership (Anthropology, Archaeology, Botany, Ethnomusicology) of collaborating friends, Maioli directs an Opera of universal character inspired by the archaic essence of sound and infrasonic dimension

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  • Piotr Kurek : Edena (10th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • 10 years anniversary reprint of the amazing record of Piotr Kurek! As a composer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for vintage sound equipment, as well as the practical sense to know where their limitations are, his musical compositions –part melodic narrative, part sound collage –distil a sense of nostalgia into a romance for the present. Using a Moebius comic he had never seen (Le Monde d’Edena) and an instrument he would never have (a Mellotron) as a conceptual starting point, the Warsaw-based, Polish artist presents Edena.a hypnotic, circular motion pervades all of Edena; a cyclic life force that gives the impression of forward motion, while really folding back on itself, reflected by the infinity symbol of the cassette cover

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  • Ash Ra Tempel : Join Inn - LP (MG.ART, 2022)

  • MG.ART announce the reissue of Join Inn as part three of the authorized 50th anniversary "A.R.T." re-edition series. Join Inn is the fourth album by Ash Ra Tempel. It was recorded at Studio Dierks and originally released on LP by Ohr Musik-Produktion Each side of the LP comprises one long track. In 1972, Ash Ra Tempel teamed up again with Klaus Schulze during the recording of Walter Wegmüller's Tarot album, and after one of the recording sessions, Ash Ra Tempel members Enke, Göttsching and Rosi, together with Klaus decided to "play it again" in a late-night session / This recording led to the birth of the Join Inn album, as well as two legendary last concerts in February 1973 in Paris and Cologne. Manuel Göttsching recalls Hartmut Enke on bass and Klaus Schulze on drums being a dream-team rhythm section for him to play his guitar, especially here to hear on "Freak n' Roll", that was ingenious and not to replace ever since. It was the last recording ever where Klaus Schulze (who sadly passed away in 2022) played the drums and also Hartmut (the Hawk) Enke soon after quit the bass and music forever. Join Inn marks the end of the collaboration with Klaus Schulze. However, together with Ash Ra Tempel, their eponymous first album, it is considered a highlight of the Krautrock movement. Re-cut overseen by Manuel Göttsching

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  • Klaus Weiss : Open Space Motion - LP (Be With, 2022)

  • Contemporary synthesizer sounds illustrating wide open space activities, environment and research. 2022 re-issue, 140g vinyl, mastered for vinyl with audio from the original tapes Repress from this superheavy library album - mostly beatless, great synths - huge tip!! / As cult as it gets when it comes to library music, the Klaus Weiss sound was built on top of sometimes funky, sometimes frenetic, but always hard-hitting drums. AND YET! Open Space Motion departs from his drum-heavy approach by being completely...BEATLESS! That's right, the virtuoso beat smith, Mr "drumcrazy of Deutschland", a man known for snapping necks at will, crafted one of the most horizontally sumptuous, elegantly sweeping electronic masterpieces, sans-drums, a good decade before chill-out rooms became a thing. It features organic instruments married to pulsing synth bass atop brilliantly subdued yet irresistibly funky percussion. Possessing a very special vibe, that's at once futuristic yet cinematic, it overflows with atmosphere

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  • Yutaka Hirose : Trace: Sound Design Works 1986-1989 - 2xLP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2022)

  • WRWTFWW couldn't be happier to announce the release of Yutaka Hirose’s never-heard before 11-track collection TRACE: Sound Design Works 1986-1989, available on double LP and double CD, with liner notes from the artist. TRACE is a collection of 11 unreleased tracks produced by Yutaka Hirose during the Sound Process Design sessions, right after the release of his classic Soundscape series album Nova. Sound Process Design was Satoshi Ashikawa's label, home of his Wave Notation trilogy (Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Music For Nine Postcards, Satsuki Shibano's Erik Satie 1866-1925 and Satoshi Ashikawa's Still Way). Following Wave Notation, Sound Process Design worked with museums, cafes and bars to create site-specific soundscapes, starting with the sound design of the Kushiro Museum. Yutaka Hirose was called to work on sound for these spaces / Rather than simply providing pre-recorded compositions, Hirose sought to create a "sound scenery". To achieve this, he participated in the conception of the space and paid particular attention to the accidental combination of sounds by placing the speakers and using a multi-sound source, and following the concept of "sculpturing time through sound". The composer explains: "sculpturing time through sound means that the time, the space itself, the sound played in it, and the audience all become one sculpture. It is close to the idea of a Japanese tea ceremony where you use all of your 5 (or 6) senses to taste the tea." / TRACE: Sound Design Works 1986-1989 is divided into two parts. "Reflection" is based on an ambient soundscape. It narrates "a sleep that starts with the sound of water droplets at dawn and slowly disappears into darkness" and feels like a natural and soothing progression of Nova. It was played at entrances of spaces, at events, in cafes and bars. "Voice from Past Technology" expresses the dream world born out of that sleep and is based on what Yukata Hirose calls hardcore ambient, environmental music with a noise approach. It was played in museums and science centers. All in all, TRACE is a crucial addition to every Japanese environmental music fan’s collection, alongside Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass, Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Green, Satoshi Ishikawa’s Still Way, Motohiko Hamase’s Notes of Forestry, Inoyamaland’s Danzindan-Pojidon, and Yutaka Hirose’s very own Nova

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Utp_ - CD (Noton, 2022)

  • Special folding cover. Released for the first time in 2009, ‘utp_’ is the third installment of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s V.I.R.U.S.'s series. It was commissioned for the 400th anniversary of Mannheim, Germany. The flowing 10-section multimedia work derives its shape from a rasterized structure of the southwestern city, founded in 1608. The recording documents the work’s debut performed by Ensemble Modern at the National Theatre in Mannheim. The music embraces the electronic, piano-based palettes, an expanded array of avant-garde chamber instrumentation and natural timbres. It combined the digital visual score created by Carsten Nicolai and Simon Mayer, and lighting design by Nigel Edwards / Album art designed by Carsten Nicolai Mastering by Bo @ Calyx Released for the first time in 2009, ‘utp_’ is the third installment of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s V.I.R.U.S.'s series

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  • Para One : Machines Of Loving Grace - 2xLP (Animal63, We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2021)

  • Machines of Loving Grace, available in half speed mastered 180g double lp housed in a heavy sleeve with UV spot varnish. Machines of Loving Grace, the new album by Para One, whose real name is Jean-Baptiste de Laubier could be called fiction. It is an object freed from constraints, formats, genres, territories: the gospel of a new world. Six years after Club, eight years after Passion, his previous LP, this lover of electronic music, who has also been putting his sensitivity to the service of movies (soundtracks for Céline Sciamma in particular) opens with this record a new dimension in his artistic career / “I needed to break away from patterns and systematisms of formats, and take unexpected turns. To do so, I had first to allow myself to do so”. Allow oneself and maybe above all confront oneself – with one’s childhood, with one’s childhood’s ghosts, and what fantasies, ideals, memories, and grey areas they harbor. He had to go back – without giving up on his position as an adult, as a full-fledged artist – to the sources of his imagination, to the moment when music was holding almost mystical power. And then revisit it to make something new out of it. Just like Sanity, Madness & the Family (the feature film directed by Para One that he just finished and of which it is a consubstantial part), Machines of Loving Grace has an investigation around a family secret and the father figure as its starting point. “When you go down the path – of a work, of a person, of the past – you never really find out what was / Incredible work with influences (Kenji Kawai, Midori Takada, Steve Reich, Drexciya, The Orb etc) that will make WRWTFWW listeners happy

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Utp_ - 2xLP (Noton, 2022)

  • Released for the first time in 2009, ‘utp_’ is the third installment of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s V.I.R.U.S.'s series. It was commissioned for the 400th anniversary of Mannheim, Germany. The flowing 10-section multimedia work derives its shape from a rasterized structure of the southwestern city, founded in 1608. The recording documents the work’s debut performed by Ensemble Modern at the National Theatre in Mannheim. The music embraces the electronic, piano-based palettes, an expanded array of avant-garde chamber instrumentation and natural timbres. It combined the digital visual score created by Carsten Nicolai and Simon Mayer, and lighting design by Nigel Edwards / Album art designed by Carsten Nicolai Mastering by Bo @ Calyx Released for the first time in 2009, ‘utp_’ is the third installment of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s V.I.R.U.S.'s series

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  • Ash Ra Tempel : Seven Up - LP (MG.ART, 2022)

  • 50th Anniversary edition; gatefold album with 4 page inlay including original manuscript by Timothy Leary and photos from the recording session / “Seven Up” is the third studio album by Ash Ra Tempel and their only album recorded in collaboration with American Ph.D. in psychology, Dr. Timothy Leary. The Coverart for “Seven Up” was designed by famous Swiss Artist Walter Wegmüller. Recorded in August 1972 at Sinus Studio in Berne, Switzerland, remixed September 1972 at Dierks Studios in Stommeln, Germany. First release in spring 1973 by OHR Musik - the first release on the new sub-label "Kosmische Kuriere", Kat-Nr. KK 58001

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  • Sarah Davachi : Two Sisters - 2xLP (Late Music, 2022)

  • Black vinyl housed in gatefold sleeve with 20 page booklet. Two Sisters by Sarah Davachi is a collection of extended compositions for chamber ensemble and solo pipe organ including carillon (a keyboard instrument comprised of very large cast-iron bells), choir, string quartet, low woodwinds, and trombone quartet, alongside sine tones and electronic drones. The Canadian-born and Los Angeles-based composer has prowess in both analog and digital mediums, and has centered her practice around the push and play between the two / A dazzling performer and arranger whether behind a pipe organ or a paired down synth setup, Davachi has written wondrous music largely edited down from hours of home recording. Her records are largely about the art of making, whatever instruments at her disposal often inform the intent before she shapes them into tangible statements of purpose. They also are largely about Davachi as a musician: Recurring motifs and approaches appear across her body of work. While some of that comes naturally to modern classical music, it's clear that there is intention behind these moves. Her latest LP entitled Two Sisters continues this practice to great effect.Sarah Davachi is an artist that understands the power of conceptual thinking. The title is borrowed from dialogue in the 1981 film Possession in which Isabelle Adjani’s character describes her psychological state as being a battle between “two sisters of faith and chance.” / The events and themes of Possession are governed by a similar binary. While not directly inspired by the content of the film itself, Davachi applies a like-minded intention in two fold with the instrumentation and sequencing. The album starts and ends with nearly identical bell phrasing, while the tracks between the bookends deal with mirrored organ, string and chamber pieces. While undoubtedly meant to be referential to the film, these sonic ideals are also a reflection of Sarah Davachi’s natural and intensive progression as a musician. Far from a concept album in the traditional sense, Two Sisters is instead another demarcation of her continued mastery of composition, albeit one intertwined with a movie that speaks a kindred language

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  • Andy Stott : We Stay Together - 2x12" (Modern Love, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl repress. We Stay Together, the sequel to its predecessor, the critically acclaimed 'Passed Me By', arrives from Andy Stott who seems to be still in the pensive and merciless mood that spurned on his most recent work. Paying even less attention to the dance floor and any kind of bodytonic needs this time round, Stott packs in a humid atmosphere of alienation that even though murky and detached in parts still has an undeniable groove underneath it all. This is techno pulled tight to its extremes and then detuned and rewound to an agonisingly slow pace / The downshifts in tempo provide the record with a naturally unsettling tone, lending each sound element a slightly sinister effect. Like shining a light down a dark alley, some things are revealed that maybe should have been left alone. However, there’s a certain perverse excitement to We Stay Together as well. Andy Stott provides a new path forward for experimental electronic music, one that rubs grubby elbows with the dancefloor without fully committing to hedonism. It’s house for the mangled cassette deck set / We Stay Together opens with a trap door in the form of ‘Submission’, a mostly pleasant slice of ambient that runs dungeon dwelling synth tones against drum brushes that rise and fall in timbre. Eerie stuff for sure, but far from the turmoil that ensues. In fact, the middle section of ‘Bad Wires’ and ‘We Stay Together (Part One)’ cut an imposing figure across the entire LP. ‘Bad Wires’ is an apt title as its skipping rhythm and waterlogged production sound kinda like the turntable connection was made faulty, while the equally queasy would-be title track is about as far from a love song as one could imagine

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  • Caterina Barbieri : Spirit Exit - (Light-years, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. The musical vortexes of Caterina Barbieri rewire time and space. Listening to the Italian composer and modular synth virtuoso has felt like traveling at light-speed and slow-motion all at once since 2017’s breakthrough double-album Patterns Of Consciousness. 2019’s acclaimed Ecstatic Computation pushed even further with the lead single “Fantas”, where a haunting melody hurtling towards its supernova climax felt like witnessing the life and death of a burning star. Far beyond any new age trope or modern synth trend, her music stands alone in its ecstatic intensity and cataclysmic emotional impact. Marking the debut album on her new label light-years, Barbieri now delivers her most profound work yet — a journey through inner-space as vast as a universe and as intimate as a heartbeat. The Spirit Exit opens and we fall in / Spirit Exit is Caterina Barbieri’s time machine, primarily composed with a modular synth rig she thinks of more like a mechanical fortune teller. Whereas previous releases were constructed on lengthy tours, capturing only snapshots of continually evolving works, Spirit Exit represents the producer’s first album fully written and recorded in her home studio amidst Milan’s two-month pandemic lockdown in 2020. It was during this extended isolation she found inspiration from female philosophers, mystics and poets spread across time, but united in their strength at cultivating vast internal worlds. St. Teresa D’Avila’s foundational 16th century mystical text The Interior Castle, philosopher Rosi Braidotti’s posthuman theories and the metaphysical poetry of Emily Dickinson act as thematic anchors throughout Spirit Exit, imbuing a life and death gravity into the composer’s most perception-altering music to date

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  • Eivind Aarset, Vladislav Delay : Singles - LP (Room40, 2022)

  • Finland’s Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay has been responsible for some of the most radically positioned rhythmic electronic music of the past few decades. His willingness to abandon measured and progression senses of repetition in favour of multi-layered unfolding pulses has become a touchstone for a new sensing of time. In a similar way, Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset has reappraised the harmonic and timbral capacities of his chosen instrument, the guitar, and unlocked new perspectives on this seemingly familiar instrument. His experiments have unsurprisingly caught the ear of similarly restless artists such as Jon Hassell or David Sylvian, with whom Aarset has collaborated / It’s little wonder then that these two musicians have gravitated towards one another on Singles. Gravity seems a fitting metaphor too, in that this record is a series of orbits, elemental materials catching onto one another and hurtling the music in directions not really expected, nor traceable. Singles is a record of dimension too, opening outward and collating, sometimes simultaneously, texture and pulse into ultraviolet sonic nebula, as ecstatic as they are enveloping / From moments of fluid improvisation, emerge deeply morphic compositions that fold into and on top of themselves, forging an ever deepening sense of pressure and energy. At times open, reductive and spatial, this record also has moments of explosive force, an excessive spilling over that speaks to the fearlessness of these two artists. These are unbounded works, pulling ever closer towards the very edges of what is knowable, in sound

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  • The Transcendence Orchestra : Orchestra: Feeling The Spirit - 2xLP (Editions Mego, 2020)

  • “Like La Monte Young and The Incredible String Band stuck in an elevator." / In the process of relocating to Den Bosch's Willem Twee Studios, The Transcendence Orchestra let love slip deftly out of its gate and reverberate around the walls of the studio's main hall, a high ceilinged former synagogue in the city's old town. Working intensively to capture its echoes, they coaxed it to appear in pipes and strings, directed it through resonant circuits and shepherded it round the room with beaters, horns and rattles / Having returned home with the recordings, a purpose began to emerge. Through a process of extensive reconfiguration and testing it became clear that the love contained within could transform perception. Under the right circumstances, and accompanied by appropriate technology, it could serve as a map for navigating beginnings and endings. Like some distant mesmerising chant or a psychedelic folk song, it could connect us and reassure us that we can pass through the boundaries and survive. Perhaps not intact but at least whole. Here is that map, love soaked diligently into its lines, ready to guide those at a loss or reassure those willing to explore

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  • Civilistjävel! : Järnnätter - LP (Felt, 2022)

  • There isn’t much to go on other than the soundscapes when it comes to Civilistjävel! What is rumoured to be a figment of the pre-internet era tapping into a similar consciousness as Biosphere, Chain Reaction or early Fax +49-69/450464 is ultimately left up to second guessing. For the average listener crossing paths with the project, a steady run of small-run, minimally packaged LPs has cemented Civilistjävel! as a leading force in the dub techno/glacial drone scene of present / However niche that may sound, this collection of tracks for Perko’s new FELT imprint navigates the same territories as the previous outings but with the folkloric tag “Iron Night” to help guide our ears. A Swedish expression for long nights of frost that damage plants and crops, the spectral and foreboding atmosphere of the opening cut already hints at the direction of the album. Combining dense ambient synth layers with hard to place industrial motifs (sometimes in rhythm, sometimes chaotically arranged) are what Civilistjävel! does best, indeed Järnnätter unfolds as a piece of work you can really spend time with / At points it feels as if the machines in some old factory complex have spluttered back to life through some unknown force and have begun to sing to one another. Other times the atmosphere is akin to a hydrophone placed deep into an ice-covered lake and the synthetic pulses of ‘A2’ are the only vaguely human touch. However, the sparse melodic flourishes across the record stem from an interest in psalms and early Swedish folk music, the juxtaposition of machine-led intuition and personable studiousness adding a hidden depth to the album

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  • Luc Ferrari : Solitude Transit - LP (Transversales Disques, 2022)

  • Never before released. Innersleeve with exclusive pictures & liner notes. Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of « Solitude Transit » (1989) unpublished archives by electroacoustic music pioneer Luc Ferrari. Music composed for contemporary dance, choregraphed by Anne-Marie Reynaud / « Affiliated with French Radio’s Groupe de Musique Concrète, co-founder of the GRM with Pierre Schaeffer in 1958 Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) major figure of musique concrète and electroacoustic music broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, musical theatre, field recordings, orchestral music and soundtracks…»

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  • Marsen Jules : Herbstlaub - LP (Keplar, 2022)

  • Originally released on City Centre Offices in 2005, Marsen Jules' debut has been remastered by Stephan Mathieu and still feels as if it captured a moment in time, augmenting Wolfgang Voigt's Gas style with the sublime austerity of Arvo Pärt / Martin Juhls was inadvertently part of a movement in 2005, a wave of artists who, inspired by movies and TV soundtracks, would merge classical sounds and electronic production methods and kickstart a new genre in the process. "Herbstlaub" is one of the scene's enduring full-lengths, and while it's undoubtedly informed by Wolfgang Voigt's Gas material and Mexican innovator Murcof, the album's repetition and minimalism still helps it stand out. Stephan Mathieu's new master brings out some of the subtle elements that help propel each track; since they're usually based on just a couple of distinct loops, the tiny changes are crucial to the listening process

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  • Coil : Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil - 2xLP (Dais, 2022)

  • The first-ever official vinyl edition, completely remastered by Josh Bonati. The turn of the millennium ushered in an apex visionary phase for English esoteric duo Coil. Relocating from the city to the coastal quiet of Weston-super-Mare freed them to follow even more fringe obsessions, fully untethered from peer influence. During a single six-month stretch in 2000 they released the devious underworld sequel to Music To Play In The Dark, arcane drone summit Queens Of The Circulating Library, and a malevolent hour-long synthesizer exorcism prophetically titled Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil. This latter work remains one of the group’s most miasmic and mind-expanding creations, on par with Time Machines – a sustained divination of shuddering, psychoactive noise, rippling with the motion sickness of an all-seeing eye / Thighpaulsandra characterizes the album as “an exercise in brutality,” born from a thorny patch of his Serge modular unit that Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson found entrancing. Processing this sliver of electronics into a ravaged labyrinth was a trial and error process, aided by Christopherson’s visual sense of sound, stretching and manipulating it for maximum spatial disorientating. Frequencies nauseously crawl across the stereo field, burrowing into the ear like a sinister brainwashing experiment / An outlier / centerpiece is the 13-minute alien tribalist sea shanty, “I Am The Green Child,” guided by John Balance’s sung-spoken free verse concerning vengeance, oblivion, and insanity, culminating in the memorable refrain, “We're swimming in a sea of occidental vomit.” But the rest of the record seethes in unhinged instrumental chaos, divided into 18 micro-movements of a composition called “Tunnel Of Goats.” Intended to scramble the functionality of a CD player’s shuffle mode, the piece throbs, thrashes, and flatlines in compressed frenzies of twisted synthesis, at the threshold of some bottomless purgatory, forbidding and unknown

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  • F.S. Blumm : In Sight - LP (Sonic Pieces, 2022)

  • Handmade textiled artwork, incl. printed inner sleeve. F.S.Blumm is a man most might not know. He's no pop artist, and not overtly experimental either. But somehow with In Sight he has done the impossible: put his own sound in that perfect middle point, leaving his voice behind to deep-dive into some truly memorable, fully composed pieces / In Sight is the kind of record you can put on at first crack of dawn, to enjoy its beautiful instrumental varieties during morning routine, while equally fitting as a listening experience towards the darker time of day, in the background or as highly rewarding deep listening experience. It's the kind of album that would be great to encounter played in a tiny Japanese jazz bar on a vintage, top notch speaker system together with a handful of local oddities. It sounds incredibly well produced and is full of beautiful, heart-warming, melancholic moments performed on everything from guitars to percussion, vibraphone, strings, piano and who knows what else. Frank shines on this record. He has created quietly composed pieces for moments one could only wish were real / As often with F.S.Blumm's music, it's hard to pin down where to categorize it. He might be best known as frequent collaborator of Nils Frahm. Together they made three great duo albums for Sonic Pieces previously. Although this is far from his first solo album, it is his first for the label, and after listening to it on repeat for some time, we can only say that this is Frank on his finest, creating some of the most thought provoking instrumental music you can find in these parts of the world

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  • Sarah Davachi : Two Sisters - 2xLP (Late Music, 2022)

  • Dark green vinyl housed in gatefold sleeve with 20 page booklet. Two Sisters by Sarah Davachi is a collection of extended compositions for chamber ensemble and solo pipe organ including carillon (a keyboard instrument comprised of very large cast-iron bells), choir, string quartet, low woodwinds, and trombone quartet, alongside sine tones and electronic drones. The Canadian-born and Los Angeles-based composer has prowess in both analog and digital mediums, and has centered her practice around the push and play between the two / A dazzling performer and arranger whether behind a pipe organ or a paired down synth setup, Davachi has written wondrous music largely edited down from hours of home recording. Her records are largely about the art of making, whatever instruments at her disposal often inform the intent before she shapes them into tangible statements of purpose. They also are largely about Davachi as a musician: Recurring motifs and approaches appear across her body of work. While some of that comes naturally to modern classical music, it's clear that there is intention behind these moves. Her latest LP entitled Two Sisters continues this practice to great effect.Sarah Davachi is an artist that understands the power of conceptual thinking. The title is borrowed from dialogue in the 1981 film Possession in which Isabelle Adjani’s character describes her psychological state as being a battle between “two sisters of faith and chance.” / The events and themes of Possession are governed by a similar binary. While not directly inspired by the content of the film itself, Davachi applies a like-minded intention in two fold with the instrumentation and sequencing. The album starts and ends with nearly identical bell phrasing, while the tracks between the bookends deal with mirrored organ, string and chamber pieces. While undoubtedly meant to be referential to the film, these sonic ideals are also a reflection of Sarah Davachi’s natural and intensive progression as a musician. Far from a concept album in the traditional sense, Two Sisters is instead another demarcation of her continued mastery of composition, albeit one intertwined with a movie that speaks a kindred language

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  • Caterina Barbieri : Spirit Exit - 2xLP (Light-years, 2022)

  • Silver vinyl. The musical vortexes of Caterina Barbieri rewire time and space. Listening to the Italian composer and modular synth virtuoso has felt like traveling at light-speed and slow-motion all at once since 2017’s breakthrough double-album Patterns Of Consciousness. 2019’s acclaimed Ecstatic Computation pushed even further with the lead single “Fantas”, where a haunting melody hurtling towards its supernova climax felt like witnessing the life and death of a burning star. Far beyond any new age trope or modern synth trend, her music stands alone in its ecstatic intensity and cataclysmic emotional impact. Marking the debut album on her new label light-years, Barbieri now delivers her most profound work yet — a journey through inner-space as vast as a universe and as intimate as a heartbeat. The Spirit Exit opens and we fall in / Spirit Exit is Caterina Barbieri’s time machine, primarily composed with a modular synth rig she thinks of more like a mechanical fortune teller. Whereas previous releases were constructed on lengthy tours, capturing only snapshots of continually evolving works, Spirit Exit represents the producer’s first album fully written and recorded in her home studio amidst Milan’s two-month pandemic lockdown in 2020. It was during this extended isolation she found inspiration from female philosophers, mystics and poets spread across time, but united in their strength at cultivating vast internal worlds. St. Teresa D’Avila’s foundational 16th century mystical text The Interior Castle, philosopher Rosi Braidotti’s posthuman theories and the metaphysical poetry of Emily Dickinson act as thematic anchors throughout Spirit Exit, imbuing a life and death gravity into the composer’s most perception-altering music to date

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  • Régis Renouard Larivière : Contrée - LP (Recollection GRM, 2019)

  • Embossed outersleeve. Printed innersleeve. Allégeance volatile and Esquive each tackle the same issue in their own way. Overcoming time: whether it be successive, additional, enumerative, or repetitive. However, there is nothing here about the ensuing nature of so-called "repetitive" music. These are types of high-end music. And it is more about insistence, the obstinacy of an individual who keeps knocking on a door that will never open / Allégeance's rustic drumming, talkative, acidulous, colourful and overarticulated, with almost clownish desinences, eventually dies out in this very respite. The iterative and puffy shimmering of Esquive with its dull, thin and precise sounds, shifts and is engulfed into another sonic world — which appears as a gaping and collapsed response to this prime insistency. This is, indeed, a ‘volatile allegiance’ and ‘avoidance’ from the sonic to the musical elements: the musical phenomenon anticipated and pursued as the non-sound of sound — or, in other words, the void of sound. This seems to be the lesson of the concrete attitude in music. Such is the kind of questioning that stirs the composer / He returns with another title: Contrée, which, once again, speaks of a counter-event. Here, the movement is broader, more generous, more confident. Time spreads and stretches out. What seems to be a landscape of entanglements, trajectories, influx, masses and points emerges. “Something” rises and presents itself out of the sounds - these escaping beings, these "relatively short combustion flames " (Schaeffer). The piece consists of five consecutive and uninterrupted parts: Entrée and Stance I — Véhémence de l’air and Stance II — Grande Allure. It is the central section of an electroacoustic triptych with Sables (2011) as the first and Nil (2017) as the last. Contrée is dedicated to Philippe Mion, whose friendly ears have been entrusted with my music for so many years

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  • Lucrecia Dalt : ¡Ay! - LP (Rvng Intl., 2022)

  • Translucent red vinyl. Lucrecia Dalt channels sensory echoes of growing up in Colombia on her new album ¡Ay!, where the sound and syncopation of tropical music encounter adventurous impulse, lush instrumentation, and metaphysical sci-fi meditations in an exclamation of liminal delight. In sound and spirit, ¡Ay! is a heliacal exploration of native place and environmental tuning, where Dalt reverses the spell of temporal containment. Through the spiraling tendencies of time and topography, Lucrecia has arrived where she began

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  • Lucrecia Dalt : ¡Ay! - LP (Rvng Intl., 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Lucrecia Dalt channels sensory echoes of growing up in Colombia on her new album ¡Ay!, where the sound and syncopation of tropical music encounter adventurous impulse, lush instrumentation, and metaphysical sci-fi meditations in an exclamation of liminal delight. In sound and spirit, ¡Ay! is a heliacal exploration of native place and environmental tuning, where Dalt reverses the spell of temporal containment. Through the spiraling tendencies of time and topography, Lucrecia has arrived where she began

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  • Esmerine : Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More - LP (Constellation, 2022)

  • Comes in die-cut sleeve. Rooted in a distinct and immediately identifiable sound—with the cello of Rebecca Foon (Saltland, Set Fire To Flames, Silver Mt Zion) and the marimba of ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor percussionist Bruce Cawdron at its core—Esmerine has long embroidered emotive chamber works using threads of post-classical, post-rock, Minimalism, neo-Baroque, jazz, pop and a wide array of folk traditions. Multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson, who joined the group in 2012, has furthered Esmerine’s melodic and ethnomusicological sensibility ever since, expanding the ensemble’s palette as its third core member with guitars, ngoni, ekonting, hulusi, brass horns of all sorts, and more / After six stately albums, Esmerine now shares Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More, its first in five years. The band surprise-dropped the full album digitally on 06 May 2022, with the CD and deluxe 180gram LP editions hitting stores on official release date 26 August 2022. Following an acclaimed run of mid-career records on Constellation through the 2010s Esmerine began working on new music at decade’s end. Under the auspices of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and a summer 2019 residency at Le Château de Monthelon in France, compositional seeds were planted before the pandemic rooted everyone in place. In between lockdown waves, at the respective rural Québec homesteads of Cawdron and Foon, longtime co-producer Jace Lasek (The Bernard Lakes) began capturing the band in various stripped-down configurations with spartan remote equipment / More fulsome arrangement and overdub sessions at Foon’s converted barn during the summer of 2021 brought the album to full fruition—where a notable increase in the use of acoustic piano also poured forth, with just about every band member having a go. The record also signals the definitive integration of bassist Philippe Charbonneau—having joined Esmerine as a touring member pre-pandemic, he plays throughout the album on upright and electric bass, with turns on piano and synth, as well as sound design contributions via tape echo and other processing

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  • Hijokaidan : Zouroku No Kibyou (40th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Urashima, 2022)

  • Superbly pressed with fully remastered for this 40th anniversary vinyl edition by Nobuki Nishiyama, that bring as well as possible on analogue format the stunning original audio master, and released with original iconic cover art with draw by Hideshi Hino, plus all the inserts that were on the original 1982 LP: live photo book (two A3 double face foldable), one Japanese sheet and a lucky triangle card with, exclusively for this edition, extensive liner notes by JOJO in Japanese and English and 40th anniversary adhesive / It’s hard to call anything to mind quite like these sounds. Truly brilliant and an inevitable revelation for anyone yet to encounter this body of work, Zouroku no Kibyo is easily one of the most mind-blowing archival releases of the year. Available in an edition of just 299 copies, this one isn’t going to sit around for long / ‘’Zouroku no Kibyo is the first album by Hijokaidan, released in April 1982. It is a compilation of live recordings from 1981, when the extreme performances of Hijokaidan first attracted attention, and is a record of the chaotic inner energy of young people in their early 20s, influenced by rock, jazz, contemporary music, and avant-garde art, erupting outside. It was first released on the independent Osaka label Unbalance Records and came to be regarded as a historical masterpiece of independent recordings in Japan. It was later released on CD several times by "Alchemy Records," and was also released by the major Japanese label Teichiku Entertainment. An analog reissue of the album was released in 2006 by the German label Vinyl-On-Demand in the form of a double LP set. This will be the first time that the album will be reissued in its original form as a single analog disc, this time on Urashima in 2022. ‘’ JOJO Hiroshige

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  • Incapacitants : Feedback of N.M.S. - 2xLP (Urashima, 2022)

  • Issued on double vinyl in a very limited edition of 299 copies, with six cards reproducing Takuya Sakaguchi's original drawings and adding an unreleased drawing and extensive notes in Japanese and English, it’s impossible to recommend enough. Ten out ten, and mind-bendingly good. Once the word gets out, this one isn’t going to sit around for long. Incapacitants are the best noise band to ever come out of Japan; the group was formed in 1981 in Osaka, as the solo project of Toshiji Mikawa, a member of the amazing noise group Hijokaidan. Mikawa later moved to Tokyo, where he joined with Fumio Kosakai (also an occasional member of Hijokaidan, as well as a former member of C.C.C.C.) to make Incapacitants a duo and they released its first album Feedback Of N.M.S. on Alchemy Records CD in 1991 / Sometimes it’s the result of luck. In others it’s due to years of rigorous work or through unlikely combinations of individual creative practices. In the case of Feedback Of N.M.S., the first release to feature the collaborative duo of Mikawa and Kosakai, all three are in play. Comprising three tracks of visionary expression - incorporating elements of junk metal, modular synthesis, hand-made noisy objects, and real-time instrumental and vocal improvisation - it encounters each artist entering a new stage of their career, harnessing the challenges posed by the other as a means to drive toward new creative unknowns. Central to this is the pair’s unique approach to structure and form, in addition to their chosen instruments and electronics / The first track 'Curse Of Ceau?escu', played on two sides of the first vinyl is something incredible. A truly stunning, visionary expanse of texture and tonality - pushing noise practice and the very notions of language into uncharted realms. The others two tracks that fill the sides of the second vinyl complete this masterpiece increasingly pushing into more constrained of electronics phenomena, site specific resonance, and complex harmonic interplay, that consistently rethink the terms of noise, infusing it with tension, dissonance, and a deeply emotive, human touch. An absolutely masterful piece of work, threaded with risk, ambition, raw immediacy, and precision. While astounding artists in their own right, deserving every bit of the accolades they’ve thus far received, Toshiji Mikawa and Fumio Kosakai seem capable of something profound together that has yet to have heard. Feedback Of N.M.S. is everything we hope to hear from an experimental endeavour and so much more

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  • Henning Christiansen : Op. 176 Penthesilea - 5xCD Box (The Henning Christiansen Archive, 2022)

  • Music for a tragedy/play, Penthesilea (tragedy in 24 scenes), by director Carlo Quartucci, 1986, Playwright: Heinrich von Kleist. First performance at Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy, on November 8, 1986. This four and a half hour audio work heavily expands on the foundation laid out for Rosenfest in 1984 as featured on the HC4 2LP release. This lavish 5CD set presents the full backing tape prepared for the performances at Teatro Olímpico, Rome in 1986 as directed by Carlo Quartucci (the live recordings of the performances remain elusive to this day). The most ambitious project Henning undertook, the Penthesilea project is also one of the most successful as it explores the numerous experiments and techniques he had developed throughout his creative life culminating in this ambitious and significant work / Unheard until now and required listening now. The full narrative of Kleists text unfolds as an audio excursion for the mind to wander. An audiobook presented as sound. The field recordings featured in Rosenfest recordings are featured alongside a wealth of new sonic environments. Horses trot, a boxing match is treated with electronics creating an otherworldly atmosphere. In the piece ‘XIII XIV’ we encounter moments of Henning’s early classical works only to subside in a valley of gentle machines clacking amongst a whispering ghost melody. Elsewhere a thumping proto-techno beat tramples on the once trampled snow we heard in the Rosenfest recordings, a rustic squeak acts as a horn solo, onwards, the wind gets fiercer, the narrative intensifies… / Featuring exceptional performances from Werner Durand (pan-ney, Persian ney and baritone horn with sax mouthpiece), Jan Tilman Schade (violonello and tuba) along with Carla Tatò's almost develish voice and Ernst Kretzer's uncanny soundwork this is a heady unusual cocktail of sound. OP. 176 PENTHESILEA is presented as a deluxe 5CD box set with 32 page full colour booklet featuring writings by Villy Sørensen, Mark Harwood, Werner Durand and Henning Christiansen. The set is all housed in a sturdy slip case with original artwork (by Henning Christiansen, scores and performance photos. All material copyright The Henning Christiansen Archive with the exception of the watercolour paintings in HC5 copyright Edition Block

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  • Sam Esh : Jack of Diamonds/Faro Goddamn - 2xCD (Penultimate Press, 2022)

  • If Alan Licht ever continues with his revered Minimal Top Ten lists then Sam Esh would surely be added to the pile. Penultimate Press is proud to release one of the most audacious and unrelenting entries in the entire minimal cannon. A collection of recordings from a true American eccentric maverick pioneer, Sam Esh. Originally available as 2 x cassettes in tiny editions on Mike Rep Hummel’s Old Age / No Age label these are now bound together on a 2CD set which does not interrupt the unrelenting creativity of Mr Esh. What does it sound like? Picture Moondog taking a turn for the far worse morphing into a way further crazed Legendary Stardust Cowboy who eschews any song tradition for an unrelenting hypnotic acoustic hurricane complete with glossolalia vocals / This is raw primitive repetitive street blues, an acoustic freight train barreling through your brain. It is unlike anything you have encountered prior

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  • Green Ribbons : Green - LP (Matière Mémoire, 2019)

  • Green vinyl / Green Ribbons is a project dedicated to the celebration of unaccompanied song. The current line-up features Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen), Frankie Armstrong, Alasdair Roberts and Benjamin “Jinnwoo” Webb (Jinnwoo, Bird in the Belly). Their debut release is an intimate collection of traditional and newly composed songs. Recorded live at Studio 95 in Brighton by engineer Tom Pryor, GREEN RIBBONS sees each artist featured solo, in duet and in full ensemble

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  • Hampus Lindwall, Phill Niblock : Music For Organ - LP (Matière Mémoire, 2019)

  • Ultra clear vinyl / Played by Hampus Lindwall, recorded in presence of the composer by Frédéric Alstadt September 23, 2019 at the Manufacture d’orgues Thomas & Orgelbau Klais organin the Collégiale Sainte-Waudru, Mons, Belgium

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  • Jim O'Rourke : MMXX-07: In All Due Deference - 12" (Matière Mémoire, 2020)

  • Signed by Jim. Crystal clear vinyl with etching on side 2 / Matière Mémoire presents the MMXX Series: In anticipation of the year 2020, Matière Mémoire asked 20 experimental/electronic artists to create an original 20 minutes piece and an artwork. Throughout this year, each quarter will see the release of 5 new vinyls / Each record is limited to 500 copies and comes as a crystal clear vinyl featuring an original track of 20 minutes on one side, and a laser engraved artwork on the other. Each 12" is housed in a transparent sleeve printed with the MMXX logo, coming with a print of the artist artwork

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  • Phill Niblock : Music For Organ - CD (Matière Mémoire, 2019)

  • Played by Hampus Lindwall, recorded in presence of the composer by Frédéric Alstadt September 23, 2019 at the Manufacture d’orgues Thomas & Orgelbau Klais organin the Collégiale Sainte-Waudru, Mons, Belgium

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  • Eric Thielemans, Charlemagne Palestine, Oren Ambarchi : Kaanal Rad - LP (Matière Mémoire, 2022)

  • Transparent blue vinyl / Recorded live September 24, 2020 at KANAL Centre Pompidou, Brussels by Frédéric Alstadt. Mixed May 12, 2021 by Joe Talia and Oren Ambarchi at Good Mixture, Berlin

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  • Jan Van den Broeke : Time And Desire - LP (EE Tapes, 2022)

  • Hand numbered edition of 350 copies on 180 gm vinyl, including insert with liner notes. Text and design by Jan Van den Broeke. Pinhole photos by Lysiane Bourdon / After 2 illustrious retrospective LP-releases ('11000 Dreams' on STROOM in 2017 and ‘Lost and Latest’ on EE Tapes in 2020), Jan Van den Broeke – synth-art-pop, ambient, and downtempo minimal craftsman – is here to please us once more with a prominent new release. ‘Time And Desire’ contains Jan’s selection of 10 unpublished songs and cinematic tales about memory, the journey through life, the passage of time, the burning desire, the pain, the courage and hope... and some soothing miracle moments / We certainly hear echoes of ABSENT MUSIC and THE MISZ (Jan’s projects from the 1980’s), but we especially hear Jan and his loyal friends summarizing life, music, and poetry while completely blurring time. The 1980’s, the 2020’s – who cares? ‘Time And Desire’ really is an overwhelming musical journey

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  • Giuseppe Chiari, Daniele Lombardi : +/- Costellazione - LP+CD Box (Die Schachtel, 2010)

  • Special limited edition release by Fluxus composer Giuseppe Chiari and Futurist pianist Daniele Lombardi. Each LP is hand-numbered, and contains two art prints by Giuseppe Chiari, housed in a very original fold-out cover. The CD is hand-numbered and signed by Daniele Lombardi / The total selling copies of the bundle edition are limited to 130. Giuseppe Chiari was one of the leading names associated first with Fluxus (being the only Italian member of the interdisciplinary art group since 1962) and later with conceptual and performance art as well as sound art. Coming from a background of different disciplines, he established new theoretical and practical standpoints in relation to music and art: his approach was always irreverent, walking the tightrope between to do or not to do, to say or not to say, while continually challenging the limits of language. The Die Schachtel vinyl LP (titled +/-) features some of his previously-unreleased and most intense pieces for piano, the musical instrument par excellence and emblem of conformist sound with which Giuseppe Chiari has a love-hate relationship, bestowing on it equal measures of ridicule and praise / It is also an amazing document of his last concert, with Frederic Rzewski (playing the 1964 groundbreaking piece "La Strada"), Giancarlo Cardini, Daniele Lombardi and Giuseppe Chiari himself. The limited CD edition by Daniele Lombardi, published on the occasion of his solo exhibition at MUDIma Foundation in Milan (2008), is the reissue of a 1978 piano sound exploration entitled Costellazione, based upon a map of sky constellations, planned as the first step in a large work focused on the exposition and "performance" of constellations maps, planetaria and maps of the heavens. It is a perfect counterpoint to the Chiari Edition, and it is housed in a custom-made, silk-screened natural cardboard case, inserted in the fold-out cover together with the LP

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  • Sissy Spacek, Hijokaidan : Entropic - LP (Helicopter, 2019)

  • On the verge of their 40th and in the midst of their 20th anniversaries, respectively, Hijokaidan and Sissy Spacek merge in Tokyo for their first collaboration, featuring Jojo Hiroshige, Junko, T. Mikawa, Charlie Mumma, Futoshi Okano, Tentenko (guest), and John Wiese / Hijokaidan formed in 1979, marking the first wave of groups in Japan exploring extreme noise. Sissy Spacek formed in 1999, often playing in large ensembles of players, and frequently exploring grindcore as a base for creating extreme music, often while eschewing the notion of music altogether / During Sissy Spacek’s 20th anniversary tour in Japan, the recordings of “Amok Time” and “Seven Directions” were made with Hijokaidan in collaboration. While Hijokaidan’s sound has been described as a continuous climax of your entire progressive rock collection, Sissy Spacek’s “Twenty-Five Fragments” is a sequence of peak chaos from their 2018 tour, recorded on walkman for maximum effect

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  • Maja Jantar : In / Canti - LP (Erratum, Sonhoras, 2022)

  • Translucent turquoise colored vinyl + handmade letterpress printing cover, published by Erratum Musical / Paris and Sonhoras / Barcelona. In / Canti is the new meta-poem from multilingual and polysonic voice artist Maja Jantar. This LP delivers two magnificent subtle and sensorial haunting pieces of free tonal modulations, exploring the voice as a tool to create musical textures shifting from vocal layered tones and vivid harmonics to free sound poetry channeling inner and outer streams of imaginary landscapes - where poetry walks into the field of contemporary music / Maja Jantar is a multilingual and polysonic voice artist living in Finland after long period in Belgium, whose work spans the fields of performance, music theatre and opera, poetry and visual arts. A co-founder of the group Krikri, she has been giving individual and collaborative performances throughout Europe and experimenting with poetic sound works since 1995. Born as daughter of opera singers, she spends her childhood travelling through Europe with her mother, enters and exits various languages, cultures; nomadic migrant, balances between the opera world and playing in her grandma’s garden, between ducks, sheep and sunset. Distant Tartar decendance echo’s in her soundings – weaving the operatic, poetic, abstract influences together to vocal sound works that landscape into performance / From 2001 to present, Jantar has directed ten operas, including Monteverdi's classic Incoronatione di Poppea and Sciarrino's contemporary Infinito Nero. Her work invites to enter the field of the imaginary, the inner world, the inner stream, the shamanistic, enchanting, prophetic. Circumventing the stage of the rational, in an attempt to enter through the back door of the intuitive

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  • Horacio Vaggione : La Máquina De Cantar - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • Audiophile pressing, including printed inner. Perfect replica of the 1971 original packaging and newly remastered for optimal sound. Dedicated to Robert Ashley. At long last, after remaining out of print for decades, the Milan based imprint, Dialogo, dives into the legendary catalog of Cramps, bringing forth the first ever vinyl reissue of Horacio Vaggione’s LP, “La Maquina de Cantar”, issued as the 18th instalment of the label’s Nova Musicha series in 1978 and among the most important examples of Latin American experimental music from the 1970s. Engrossing and creatively riveting, heard more than 40 years on its rippling electronic tones recast the terms of minimal music and shatter the historic perceptions of these sounds / Horacio Vaggione was born in Cordoba (Argentina) in 1943. He co-founded, in 1965, the Centro de Música Experimental de la Universidad de Cordoba, Argentina. In 1966, he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship that allowed him to travel through the USA, where he visited several electronic music studios (Columbia, Illinois, California) and met John Cage. From 1969 to 1972, while living in Madrid, he belonged to a “live” electronic music group with Eduardo Polonio and Luis de Pablo. He was also in charge of the ALEA group’s electronic music studio. In 1973, he visited the Far East. In 1974/75 he toured in the USA and Europe, more precisely with E. Wiener and the Kevan Cleary and Dance Company, while he was working in various electronic music studios (New York, Oakland, Montreal and Paris)

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  • Tony Conrad, Faust : Outside The Dream Syndicate - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2016)

  • Violinist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad started his career in New York in the early 1960s. As a member of the Theatre of Eternal Music (a.k.a. the Dream Syndicate) alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise, he participated in now-legendary and often legendarily loud drone performances with many pieces having no beginning and no end. During a fateful trip to Germany in 1972, Conrad met with avant-rock visionaries Faust and made the very first record to bear his name / Outside The Dream Syndicate, originally released in Europe only in 1973, is a stunning debut. Two side-long tracks – "The Side Of Man And Womankind" and "The Side Of The Machine" – show just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier's repetitive drum beat and Jean-Hervé Peron's stripped-down bassline conjure a tense, ascetic groove, while Conrad's seamless violin, initially so controlled, reveals a surprising adaptability. The music shifts almost on a subliminal level, pushing and pulling to the drone's internal pulse / It is hard to imagine Conrad's trajectory from downtown Manhattan to a farmhouse in the German countryside that ultimately resulted in Outside The Dream Syndicate, yet no other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. Outside The Dream Syndicate remains ahead of and bracingly outside of its time. This first-time vinyl reissue has been carefully mastered from the original master tapes and includes liner notes by musician Jim O'Rourke and author Branden W. Joseph

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  • Phuong Tâm : Magical Nights - Saigon Surf Twist & Soul (1964-1966) - 2xLP (Sublime Frequencies, 2021)

  • During the mid-'60s, South Vietnam had a thriving music scene, with singers and bands filling stages all over Saigon belting out their takes on American styles like jazz and blues, not to mention rock & roll. One singer stood out from the rest, thanks to her incandescent vocals, but also due to the unique sound she and her collaborators came up with. Making a rousing blend of surf, R&B, and early rock & roll dubbed action music, Phuong Tâm could belt like Wanda Jackson, growl like Brenda Lee, croon wistfully like Connie Francis, and put over a ballad like Dinah Washington / While she did this, the musicians behind her made a glorious racket on the rockers made for dancing and poured sweet syrup over the romantic slow numbers. 'Magical Nights: Saigon Surf, Twist & Soul 1964-1966' is the result of dedicated efforts to recover Tâm's musical legacy and is a treasure trove of music that was thought to be lost forever. Tâm's daughter and a crew of collectors/preservationists did an exhaustive search of Vietnamese thrift stores to try and find clean copies of the ultra-rare vinyl; they also had some luck on auction sites. In the end they managed to track down and clean up enough music to present Tâm's career as the brilliant convergence of styles and sounds that it is / Much of the disc is made up of dance songs designed to get people doing the twist or hully gully, working up a sweat while being treated to Tâm's elastic exhortations. The guitars are spiky, the rhythm section ounces like a welterweight and the horns cut through the decades of static like a clarion call. Add Tâm to the mix and it's some crackling rock & roll fun. She shines too on the slower songs; whether they are jazzy vamps, string-laden heartbreakers, or creepy crawly twists, her vocals are always the shining cherry on top of the perfectly arranged songs. Pick any track on 'Magical Nights' and one will discover a singer whose name should be up there with the greats of her era. It's a little sad that her time on stage and record didn't last longer, but it is amazing that this collection exists to shed light on a singer and music scene nearly lost to the ravages of war and time

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  • Stephan Mathieu : FrequencyLib / Sad Mac Studies - 2xLP (Umeboshi, 2022)

  • Stephan Mathieu's FrequencyLib was originally released in 2001 on Mille Plateaux's Ritornell sublabel. A quintessential document of the late 1990s/early 2000s Pismo PowerBook era of digitally manipulated audio, FrequencyLib is an adept meditation on the entropic possibilities inherent in popular music. Included with this reissue is the complementary Sad Mac Studies EP - first issued in a run of 100 on Robert Meijer's boutique En/Of label. Exploring similar themes/processes as FrequencyLib, Sad Mac Studies reimagines and deconstructs the sonic world of Sesame Street

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  • Fennesz : Black Sea - 2x10" (Touch, 2022)

  • 2022 reissue of »Black Sea«, originally released in 2008. Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. "Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliche and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language." - (City Newspaper, USA). His lush and luminant compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments. They resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of rainforest insect life or natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece

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  • EMG : La Linea Gialla - LP (Experiential Recordings, 2022)

  • La Linea Gialla is a sonic exploration of space and time, consisting of processed field recordings captured by travelling through different Railway Stations across Europe. The Lp vinyl includes a collection of 16 tracks which aim to find a meeting point between the intricate simplicity of puristic sounds heard & recorded in the context of the "Non Places", and how they can be transformed electronically through active manipulation thereafter, rendering them new realities of their own / Following the "Tribute to Harry Bertoia 100th anniversary" released in collaboration with Important Records and Sonambient the sound artist EMG uses the confines of La Linea Gialla to excavate new forms of production by filtering, re-sampling and re-arrangements through the use of different cassette record players. A unique and unconventional listening experience consisting of unedited live compositions blending the vast possibilities within Field Recordings, Sound Art, Industrial-Ambient and Experimentalism, supported by an accompanying - and visually representative photographic - artwork

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  • The Greg Foat Group : Girl and Robot with Flowers - LP (Jazzman, 2020)

  • It's been a year since the magnificent 'Dark Is The Sun' first enchanted listeners back in 2011, and we're thrilled to announce the next installment of mesmerizing non-contemporary jazz by The Greg Foat Group with their new album Girl And Robot With Flowers. Evading the dreaded 'second album syndrome' with consummate ease, Girl And Robot With Flowers is a sonic soundscape of epic proportions that leaves Dark is the Sun in the dust while propelling the listener into infinity and beyond! / With a doff of the hat to sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss, we're whisked off on a thematic journey into the emotive and enthralling realms of cinematic jazz, seductive ambience and exciting, majestic drama. Often unpredictable and certainly never dull, British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat uses everything from brass bands and kettle drums, to Moog synthesizer and harmonium, to take us above and beyond the stratosphere of our senses. As with Dark Is the Sun, this album was recorded in a unique, pure analogue studio in Sweden to capture the full warmth and dynamic range of the wide variety of instruments utilized. The spacious, high quality sound that was achieved by recording direct to tape through high quality vintage equipment is absolutely impeccable, revealing in stunning detail a magical atmosphere the likes of which is rarely heard in the current climate of digitalization and mp3s / Over the years Greg Foat has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Wendy James, Questlove (of The Roots), The Black Lips, and Justice and The Bees. This past year has been a busy one with tours of Europe and the UK, exposing their music to seasoned audiences; Jamie Cullum, Chris Evans, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Ozwald Boateng, Helena Christiansen, Jude Law, Benicio Del Toro, Lindsay Lohan are just a few of the many faces who have enjoyed the music of The Greg Foat Group

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  • Tomaga : Intimate Immensity - LP (Hands in the Dark, 2022)

  • Black vinyl, fourth pressing. Mostly recorded at Tom’s “Bunker” – as he called his house in London – during the days off from live performances and challenging collaborations throughout the world, Intimate Immensity collects ten intense tracks that outline a breath-taking epiphanic journey revisiting the multifaceted worlds explored by the band in seven years of non-stop and mostly live activity / The wonderful blue artwork especially created by the acclaimed artists Icinori is a perfect match with the gist of Tomaga’s aesthetics of intimacy. It is a quite similar aesthetics that could be perceived through Derek Jarman’s quotation from Blue (1993) used in the video of Intimate Immensity realised by Noriko Okaku together with some of Tom’s favourite stones collected from different places throughout his life / The dialogical richness of musical influences, that has always been a peculiarity of all Tomaga’s performances, finds its peak here. The sonic spectrum is really wide, ranging from modern composers such as Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Anna Strom who has recently passed away, to the British refined dance aesthetics of Muslimgauze and Ossia. The somewhat deceitful approachability of the ten tracks, their crystal clear and elegant surface, is in fact the outcome of the deep process of transformation that has personally and musically involved the duo during the last two years

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  • Tomaga : Extended Play 1-2 - 2xLP (Hands in the Dark, 2022)

  • We are very happy to present 'Extended Play 1 & 2', a double vinyl compilation of the two latest, masterful EPs from Londoners TOMAGA. The first was released on vinyl in 2019 in a limited edition, and today is almost impossible to find. The second, released digitally the following year, now has its first vinyl release on this pressing / The duo, formed by Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen, are considered one of the most exciting and innovative experimental groups of the 2010’s. These extremely special productions afford us the opportunity to come to know the full extent of Relleen’s talent after losing him suddenly a few months before the release of the album 'Intimate Immensity' in summer 2020. The intuitive musical dialogue held between the English bassist and electronics engineer and Italian drummer/percussionist Magaletti is based on dark, subtle jazz, with psychedelic and minimal nuances, and enriched, as with each new offering, with exotic idioms hitherto unused / These two EPs represent essential links in the creative evolution of TOMAGA’s substantial, prolific discography

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  • Kjetil Mulelid : Piano - LP (Rune Grammofon, 2021)

  • Still only 29 years old when composing and recording this album, Kjetil Mulelid is one of the brightest talents in Norwegian jazz, and these days that really says something. Kjetil was sceptical when we first suggested a solo piano record back in early 2018, fully aware that solo piano in jazz is considered the ultimate challenge. But the idéa slowly grew on him and when the pandemic exploded and other plans had to be scrapped, he suddenly had the time as well as the means to do it / Thus the bulk of the album was written in a hectic lockdown period and recorded on a steaming hot June day in the legendary Athletic Sound studio on their unique and characteristic Bösendorfer grand piano from 1919. Of the piano Kjetil says the sound is one of a kind, very clear and not typically “perfect” like most new ones. We can only wholeheartedly agree, it sounds great and is also very well recorded and mixed, giving the impression that you sit next to him, and not in a concert hall. In turn melancholy, joyful and playful, always elegant, the album fully shows Kjetil’s harmonic and melodic mastery and the influence from early introductions to classical masters like Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven. Whether staying with the tune or taking off on improvised flights, there is an ease and assurance in his playing that betrays his young age

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  • I Like To Sleep : Sleeping Beauty - LP (Rune Grammofon, 2022)

  • In 2021, the international contemporary music festival Only Connect commissioned an interpretation from I LIKE TO SLEEP of the first movement of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila symphony. A project which initially led to a 15-minute piece performed at the festival, with the trio re-writing the music of Messiaen, but also rewriting the music of their own. Messiaen as a reference and compositional tool may be heard in the album for those really listening for references. With “Sleeping Beauty” the trio also explore even heavier riffs than before, seasick grooves and tempi, and deeper ambient soundscapes / Through extensive improvisation, the effects and processing of the sounds are way more extreme than before, almost awakening the sleeping beauty. During the pandemic, the band also had to find new ways to write music without the presence of every member, introducing the vibe-samples from the old Mellotron sound gallery to the band / “Infernal, scrotum-shrivelling energy sorely missing in today's music” said Record Collector about their previous album, mentioning King Crimson, Magma, Tony Williams Lifetime, electric Miles and 60s free energy jazz as possible references. But that’s only one side of the story, the dynamic range is wide and there are plenty of quieter moments at work here, like the solemn and pensive album closer "Don´t Wake The Sleeping Beauty"

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  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio : Ding Dong. You're Dead. - LP (Rune Grammofon, 2021)

  • Black vinyl. Only nine months after her momentous debut solo album Ekhidna, the guitarist is back fronting her trio. With their previous album, Smells Funny, this explosive and expansive trio experienced a breakthrough of sorts, having gone from strength to strength through five albums since their 2011 debut Shoot!, gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps. With the hypnotic title track, the spacious ballad “Four Candles”, and a generally more varied mood, Ding Dong. You´re Dead. is the trio´s most dynamic album to date / That said, there´s still enough solid and creative riffing here to satisfy the headbangers, as well as the jazzheads, as they further explore the free and open landscapes most notably started with their Black Stabat Mater album and continued with Smells Funny. As recent performances have shown, online and in the flesh, this trio radiates confidence and have become a surefire hit on the Norwegian live scene. And while we rightly praise Hedvig´s exceptional abilities, let´s not forget how important the rhythm section is to make it all work so well. Ellen Brekken is an accomplished bassist, driving the band just as hard on the electric bass as on the acoustic. Then there´s Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, not your regular rock drummer, not your regular jazz drummer, but in possession of just the right amount of loose swagger

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  • Cosey Fanni Tutti : Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes - Original Soundtrack Recordings - LP (Conspiracy International, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Former Throbbing Gristle member Cosey Fanni Tutti has researched the life and music of groundbreaking electronic composer Delia Derbyshire to make 'Original Soundtrack Recordings from the film ‘Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes’ / In Cosey's own words: "The music on this album includes the audio explorations and experiments that led to the creation of the finished soundtrack - the used and unused elements as I worked to find the ‘Delia’ sounds I felt best connected not only directly to her life experiences that influenced her music, but were expressive of, and representative of her. The compositions are inspired by my research of the Delia Derbyshire audio archive, Delia's original compositional notes and techniques which in combination with my admiration and love of Delia’s work provided a way to integrate her style and approach to music with my own. An alliance of our sensibilities."

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  • Master Oogway, Henriette Eilertsen : Happy Village - LP (Rune Grammofon, 2022)

  • Back in 2020, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo’s live hotspot for a wide range of jazz and experimental music, invited Master Oogway to do monthly concerts from August to December, bringing along a guest for each occasion. Two had to be moved to 2021 due to Covid restrictions, but the other three were recorded for possible use later. Initially we thought about doing a “best of” from all of the recordings, but after further listening it soon dawned on us that the concert with Henriette was nothing less than magical / To make room for the 45 minute vinyl edition, we had to drop one of the five pieces that were played on the night, and also make two minor edits. Other than that, this is what was played, there are no overdubs or cosmetic treatments. The album was brilliantly mixed in Athletic Sound by Dag Erik Johansen. “Happy Village” finds the band in a more lyrical and exuberant mood than before, in no small part due to Henriette’s beautiful contributions. Simply a brilliant album! / Henriette Eilertsen is a member of Billy Meier and Andreas Røysum Ensemble and part of the fertile and exciting environment around the Motvind label, where she also released her solo debut “Poems For Flute” in 2021

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  • Robbie Basho : Bouquet - Song Offerings From Robbie Basho - LP (Lost Lagoon, 2022)

  • Almost 40 years since its original release on cassette, Robbie Basho's 13th album is now available for the first time on vinyl. Remastered from the original master recording (discovered during the production of "Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho"), it has never sounded better. The four-page insert includes rare photos, images from Basho's illustrated songbook and notes from the original lyric sheet, as well as texts from Glenn Jones, Henry Kaiser and others. Bonus tracks (Digital only) include an epic 13-minute solo version of "Land of Our Fathers". Released with the full approval of Basho's estate

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  • Regis : Live in N.Y.C. - 12" (Cititrax, 2017)

  • Cititrax is proud to present rare live recordings from Birmingham techno legend Regis. The 12” EP features recently uncovered recordings of Regis playing live in New York City on January 4th, 1997 at the famed New York Film Academy. Original tapes discovered by Evan Kreeger, studio work / transfers done by James Ruskin in London and audio mastered by Veronica Vasicka in New York. The EP will be pressed on 160 gram clear red vinyl and housed in a gloss sleeve, featuring text by Evan Kreeger

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  • Various Artists : The Bedroom Tapes - LP (Minimal Wave, 2022)

  • A Compilation of Minimal Wave From Around The World (1980-1991), The Bedroom Tapes features rare, unreleased, and licensed tracks all the way from Belgium to Australia to Japan. The Bedroom Tapes excitedly marks Minimal Wave’s 66th release and is a follow-up in the series to The Lost Tapes, The Found Tapes, The Hidden Tapes, and of course The Minimal Wave Tapes. The twelve artists on this compilation mostly recorded their music onto 4-track tape in their bedroom studios / The sounds on this record range from German new wave to experimental electronic, to early industrial body music from the Swedish countryside, to dreary melodic minimal synth. The theme is music recorded in the bedroom for listening in the bedroom. The Bedroom Tapes presents songs from Pink Elln, Karen Marks, Disque Omo, Vorgruppe, Iham/Echo, Perfect Mother, Arvid Tuba, Subject, Denial, Unovidual, Aural indifference, and Autumn all lovingly remastered. Limited edition of 999 numbered copies, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in heavy printed jacket accompanied by printed inner jacket with artists photos and info. Thank you to all the artists and friends for your support in making this happen

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  • Martin Dupont : The Complete Collection (1980-1988) - 5xLP Box (Minimal Wave, 2022)

  • Minimal Wave is proud to present The Complete Collection 1980-1988, a five LP box set by the highly lauded French group Martin Dupont. The band formed in Marseille in 1980 and consisted of Alain Seghir, Brigitte Balian, Beverley Jane Crew, and Catherine Loy. They were immensely talented with a rare dynamic between them that was likely inspired by a combination of their magnetic personalities, creative vision, and the home studio where they recorded / The music they made was colorful, enthusiastic, and delicate, but also melancholy and mysterious. A mixture of hot and cold, light and dark. They made electronic music that incorporated guitars and clarinets and is described by many as a New Wave band yet they truly transcended genres. They had some mainstream success finding themselves opening for bands like The Lotus Eaters, The Lounge Lizards, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, without any intention of ever being a commercial enterprise. In Beverley Jane Crew’s words, “the songs just tumbled out in a completely organic and spontaneous way and as soon as they were recorded on the four-track, they were shared with friends on tapes, openly and excitedly.” / They released three studio albums: Just Because, Sleep Is A Luxury, and Hot Paradox, one cassette entitled Inédits 1981-1983, and one 7” single entitled Your Passion. In 2008, Minimal Wave released a compilation of selected tracks entitled Lost And Late. Now one decade later, we are excitedly releasing our first box set for this phenomenal band. The Complete Collection 1980-1988 consists of all of Martin Dupont’s recorded material to date in the form of five 180 gram vinyl LPs and spans 60 songs recorded between 1980 and 1988. Along with the five LPs, the box contains a 12-page LP-sized full-color booklet featuring previously unpublished photographs of the band, their history, and select song lyrics. This edition includes a printed poster. The box itself is bound in platinum grey linen, with black foil type and both booklet and box are designed by NYC-based artist Peter Miles

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  • Oppenheimer Analysis : New Mexico - 2xLP (Minimal Wave, 2016)

  • Remastered reissue, black vinyl / For fans of minimal wave and DIY electronic pop, Oppenheimer Analysis's self-released 1982 debut cassette, New Mexico - little more than an extended demo cassette - has become something of a collector's item. While it has been reissued digitally since, it never received a vinyl release. In tribute to Martin Lloyd (the other half of the duo, alongside Andy Oppenheimer), who passed away recently, Minimal Wave has decided to make New Mexico available on wax for the first time. While the sound quality is appropriately dusty (it was badly recorded in the first place, of course), the music remains magical - bubbling, evocative, left-of-centre leftfield pop created with home-made synthesizers, modular hardware and little else. It's no wonder many consider it a classic album (even if was never officially released first time round)

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  • Portray Heads : Portray Heads - 2xLP (Minimal Wave, Bitter Lake Recordings, 2020)

  • Minimal Wave Records and Bitter Lake Recordings are happy to present their first collaborative release, a double LP by mythical Japanese underground electronic trio Portray Heads. Their self-titled double LP spans all their recordings to date including the songs from their rare “Elaborate Dummy” flexi (1985), follow-up “Oratorio” (1986) and several incredible newly discovered demos. Influenced by early 1980s European New Wave and Japanese synthpop, their songs range from circular poppy synth gems to moody dark new wave anthems – all led by strong female vocals. It’s an absolute honor for us to release this long lost Japanese minimal synth classic. The release is limited to 999 copies pressed on 160 gram black double vinyl, presented in a high quality matte gatefold jacket featuring a rare photograph and the story behind the band

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  • Richard Chartier : Interreferences - CD (Room40, 2021)

  • Special edition handnumbered and signed by Chartier. Matte Laminate sleeve, insert card. For over two decades, Richard Chartier has interrogated an ever deepening thread of minimalist sonics that forge together questions of stasis, pulse and timbre. The results of this work is some of the most quietly intense compositions of this century. His is a music of subtle variation, unwavering concentration and also patience. At his 50th year, Chartier’s focus continues to deepen and Interreferences is easily his most resolved work in that it brings together his appreciation for pulsing low energy matched against a restrained upper frequency detail. It is a work of perceptual contrast, but sonic accumulation

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  • Asmus Tietchens, Richard Chartier : Fabrication 2 - 2xCD (Auf Abwegen, 2010)

  • The first collaboration by these two renowned sound artists. Fabrication saw its beginning during the production of Re-Post-Refabricated, a project in which artists were selected by Richard Chartier to rework-create new works from his 1998 CD Postfabricated for its reissue in 2003. As it was intended as an open project, Asmus Tietchens continued to explore the source materials and suggested further formal collaboration. This evolved into the collaborative work Fabrication. The CD comes in a full colour 4-panel digisleeve with artwork and designed by Chartier. The first 500 copies incl. a bonus cd feat. the complete material created by Tietchens from Postfrabricated entitled Post-Fabrication

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  • Pinkcourtesyphone : Shouting At Nuance - 2xLP (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2022)

  • Special edition handnumbered and signed by Chartier. Pinkcourtesyphone is the pseudonym for the Los Angeles based minimalist Richard Chartier. Under this moniker, Chartier indulges in an emotional torpor through his hauntological compositions for forgotten dreams with an opiated grandeur and subtle application of certain nostalgic camp. Shouting At Nuance glances back to Chartier’s earliest works that were recorded onto tape, with allusions to decay as an unrecognizable reconstruction of past works, whereby his ghostly ambience becomes a dub of itself, echoing back a dispersion of drift and drone into a feedback loop of disintegrated memo / Shouting At Nuance was originally published as part of the instantly out of print On Corrosion - a 10 cassette anthology from 2019 that was housed in a handcrafted wooden box and featuring full albums from Kleistwahr, Neutral, Pinkcourtesyphone, Alice Kemp, She Spread Sorrow, G*Park, Relay For Death, Francisco Meirino, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, and Himukalt. The collection also stood as the 50th release for The Helen Scarsdale Agency, an imprint founded in 2003 and dedicated to post-industrial research, recombinant noise, surrealist demolition, existential vacancy and then some / This double LP edition, mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin, also contains the complementary material from Something You Are Or Something You Do, a cassette originally published by The Tapeworm in 2017

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  • Various Artists : On Corrosion - CD (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2019)

  • If anything, ‘On Corrosion’ is a monumental project - a cd anthology housed in a handmade cardsleeve sleeve and featuring tracks from Kleistwahr, Neutral, Pinkcourtesyphone, Alice Kemp, She Spread Sorrow, G*Park, Relay For Death, Francisco Meirino, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, and Himukalt. This compilation also stands as the 50th release for the Helen Scarsdale Agency, an imprint founded in 2003 and dedicated to post-industrial research, recombinant noise, surrealist demolition, existential vacancy and then some / The overarching theme of this compilation refers to that of Jim Haynes, the agency’s founder and the curator for ‘On Corrosion.’ entropy. disintegration. collapse. decay. yet, from the beginning of the boxset’s production, the focus was directed elsewhere, with other artists invited to present their ideas, aesthetics, concepts, and strategies upon the theme at hand / Texts provided by Drew Daniel, Emily Pothast, Donna Stonecipher, and Jim Haynes, and audio mastering by James Plotkin

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  • Amelia Cuni : Mumbai 04.02.1996 - 2xLP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Following on from the stunning recording of her 1992 performance at the Berlin Parampara Festival (BT079), Black Truffle is pleased to continue its documentation of the work of Berlin-based Italian singer Amelia Cuni, one of the great contemporary exponents of dhrupad, the oldest surviving style of North Indian classical vocal music. Beautifully recorded in concert at Vishweshwarayya Hall, Mumbai. 04.02.1996 presents expansive performances of three ragas stretching across four sides and almost one and a half hours of music. Beginning with the serene Raga Lalit, Cuni dwells for over twenty-five minutes on its opening alap movement, accompanied only by tanpura, her limpid yet full-bodied voice moving from graceful exposition in free tempo to increasingly rhythmically active variations, gradually spiralling upward in register / She is then joined by master pakwahaj player Manik Munde for the raga’s dhrupad and dhamar sections, the resonant tone of the drum and his constant invention with the complex 14-beat cycle serving as the perfect accompaniment for Cuni’s ecstatic melodic developments. On the more solemn Raga Bhairav, Cuni’s alap, again stretching out over a whole side, is particularly notable for its powerful held notes and mastery of microtonal movement of pitch. After Munde returns for another rhythmically intricate dhamar movement, the record ends with the buoyancy of the Raga Alhaiya Bilaval, whose mode has, for the Western listener, an unmistakably ‘major’ quality / The rapturous applause that greets the performance is reflected in a remarkable selection of press clippings contemporary with the recording, which demonstrate Cuni’s success with Indian critics. Arriving in a gorgeous gatefold featuring stunning colour photographs of Cuni taken by legendary Australian fashion photographer Robyn Beeche (who resided in India from the early 90s), Mumbai. 04.02.1996 is a document of indescribable beauty and a moving testament to music’s ability to cross national and cultural borders

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  • Jeanne Folly, J.L Hennig, VXZ 375, Bazooka, Hector Zazou : La Perversità - LP (Sofa, 2022)

  • Sofa Records is delighted to propose the reissue of this seminal French underground record ! Released in 1979, this concept record is an attempt to sublimate sexual perversion. It results from the association between Jacques Pasquier (founder of S.C.O.P.A./Invisible Records and central figure of the Parisian alternative scene during the 70s), the producer Hector Zazou, the outraging graphic design collective Bazooka and other talents from the outskirts of artistic creation - more precisely, writers and journalists associated with the emerging daily newspaper Libération / For this reissue, we called upon the memories of the main actors of this project (Jacques Pasquier, Thierry Schollhammer, Martin Meissonnier, Kiki Picasso) in order to detail its story. recounted in the liner notes – and believe us, its a nice batch of cheeky anecdotes. We wanted to make a reissue close to an artefact: it includes the inserts. We added a printed inner sleeve with exclusive notes and iconography. All track were remasterized

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  • Katharina Schmidt : Particles - CD (Slaapwel, 2022)

  • This handmade assembled cardboard package contains extraordinary music by Katharina Schmidt on a high quality CD. Mastered by Ian Hawgood, design by ORDNER, based on 2 Polaroid photographs by Stefan Lingg

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  • Trevor Mathison : From Signal to Decay: Volume 2 - LP (purge.xxx, 2022)

  • Best known as Black Audio Film Collective’s composer and sound designer, this is the debut LP by Trevor Mathison / Numbered + handmade; 180gr vinyl in custom-made screen-printed outer (sealed), containing two risograph inserts with a specially commissioned essay by Kodwo Eshun; no digital / Produced to coincide with Mathison’s first solo exhibition in a UK institution, curated by Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Oliver Fuke (From Signal to Decay: Volume 1) at Goldsmiths CCA (London), from 12/08/2022 until 18/09/2022: the exhibition’s closing event (16/09/2022) will be the first opportunity to hear this release in full, with Mathison and Ain Bailey in conversation

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  • Michael Hurley, Pals : Armchair Boogie - LP (Mississippi, 2019)

  • Deluxe, gatefold tip-on jacket / Originally recorded in 1969 / Recorded with Jesse Colin Young, Armchair Boogie is Hurley's debut album proper, and the one in which he set out his stall as purveyor of charming, homely, folksy songs. It is essentially 14 songs about love and strange things -- werewolves ('Werewolf'), institutionalized English gentry ('English Nobleman'), and aquatic birds ('Penguin') all appear

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  • Various Artists : The River's Invitation: American Soul Music 1960-1973 - 2xLP (Cairo, 2022)

  • In a deluxe sleeve with gold foil details, black inner sleeves, and includes a 28-page full-color booklet with photos & information about the artists / The 8th in the Cairo Records soul compilation series (after "The Love You Save", "All This Goes Too", "The Truth Is A Lie", "Freedom For The Stallion", "The World Is A Cafeteria", "Do You Believe It" and "Written On The Wall")

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  • Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru : Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru - LP (Mississippi, 2017)

  • We're extremely happy to bring back one of the most sought after Mississippi releases. Pressed on high quality vinyl with newly translated back cover notes by the artist. The second LP compendium of Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru’s early solo piano works, recorded throughout the 1960s – finally available again. Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru is a true original – her compositions and unique playing style live somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear! / These original compositions, performed by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru herself on solo piano, were originally self-released in Germany in small editions as fundraisers for orphanages, support organizations for widows of war victims, and other philanthropic causes. We are humbled and proud to present this album in collaboration with the Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Music Publisher and Foundation, and to assist in continuing her life-long mission of using music as a vessel to care for those who have been abandoned by society, or harmed by strife / Black vinyl LP comes in black inner-sleeves and heavy cardstock jacket with color printing and gold-foil stamping, and song notes by the composer herself. Restored and remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk

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  • Celestine Ukwu And His Philosophers National : No Condition Is Permanent - LP (Mississippi, 2022)

  • Gorgeous, deep and existential 70s Nigerian highlife! Of the many great talents of the classic Nigerian highlife scene, none contained the existential depth, transcendence and grace of Celestine Ukwu. During his brief time in this world, he pursued education, music, and philosophy; first as a school teacher, then ultimately a singer, lyricist and musician, first as a member of Gentleman Mike Ejeagha's Premier Dance Band, and eventually fronting his own groups, The Music Royals and The Philosophers National. Beginning in the early 1970s, The Philosophers National established a radical shift in the possibilities of Nigerian highlife by moving away from the typical mid-century style and cutting a new path with a distinctly hypnotic and cerebral atmosphere / This sense of depth was apparent in the lilting, multi-layered and pulsing music of The Philosophers National, as well as the concise and clear-eyed lyrics sung so beautifully by Celestine Ukwu. The arrangements establish a living, breathing environment for each song; muted trumpet solos, hypnotic guitar runs, driving percussion; every instrument gracefully following a tide of patience, tranquility, wonder, climax, knowing and unknowing / This LP compiles some of Celestine Ukwu's deepest and most affecting songs from the 1970s, which have been gorgeously restored and remastered by Tim Stollenwerk to highlight the brilliant details of Celestine and the entire Philosopher's National. Pressed on 160 gram black vinyl at Smashed Plastic in Chicago, and comes in heavy 3 spot-color jacket, with fold-over insert with bilingual lyrics and notes by Uchenna Ikonne (Comb & Razor Sound)

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  • Ndikho Xaba and the Natives : Ndikho Xaba And The Natives - LP (Mississippi, 2022)

  • Ndikho Xaba left South Africa in 1964, an exile from his homeland who eventually found his place in San Francisco’s vibrant spiritual jazz scene of the late 60s. A songwriter, bandleader, pianist, and inventor of percussion and woodwind instruments, Xaba played alongside contemporaries like Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Sun Ra. But it was on the single album he recorded in the US, self-released in an edition of 100 copies in 1971, that Xaba realized his unique vision / Backed by a band that included Plunky Branch and Lon Moshe (Oneness of Juju and Black Fire label), Xaba bridged the Black Atlantic, connecting the music of Africa with the most brilliant lights of the Diaspora, and drawing a line between the Black Power movement of the US and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Across five songs, Xaba and the band move through spiritual invocations, wrenching soul, and dizzying layers of rhythm knocked out on homemade instruments. The album is a critical political and historical document, and one of our favorite spiritual jazz albums of all time / Licensed from Nomusa Xaba, Ndikho's partner, a poet, storyteller, album-cover artist, and namesake of the stunning track immortalizing her name. This is a re-issue of the remastered 2015 release by Matsuli Music, pressed on 160gm vinyl, including booklet with rare photographs and concert bills, personal recollections from Plunky Branch, and extensive liner notes by Francis Golding and the great Thulani Davis, who was a part of Xaba's musical community

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  • Michael Hurley : Hi Fi Snock Uptown - LP (Mississippi, 2010)

  • Originally recorded in 1972 / This is a slow paced, easy going album... but what Michael Hurley album isn't? / That laid back quality can definitely give the album a guise of sameness, but don't be fooled! There are many subtle hooks and priceless moments/ideas here, but they can pass you by if you don't give them the attention they deserve. In fact, perhaps another cause for the perceived homogeneity of this album is that the songs are very consistently strong

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  • Various Artists : Echocord - 20 Years - 3x12" (Echocord, 2022)

  • Black vinyl repress. Echocord 20th anniversary special release / Echocord Records marks a momentous twenty years with an exclusive release, featuring 12 iconic artists on a limited edition triple clear vinyl, for dub-techno lovers and collectors.This vinyl series celebrates artists who continue to inspire the echocord journey, from 2001 to 2021 and beyond. Over the past two decades, the Kenneth Christiansen helmed echocord imprint has been at the forefront of the dub-techno scene, discovering and developing sophisticated artists globally / The twelve-track release is an exploration, from energetic dub techno, with cuts like Luke & Jeff Hess’ “M1 Dub”, grad_u’s “Pacific Lair”, and Idealist’s “Ride” to more esoteric passages with Forest Drive West’s “Signals”, Mikkel Metal’s “Lakam Dub” and Brendon Moeller’s “Slow Return”. Heavy dub vibrations resound in Babe Roots feat Another Channel’s “Gunman” and Deadbeat’s sub-driven “The Old Doom and Gloom” while Fluxion turns it to a jazzy, dub house wave with “Slide”

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  • Patty Waters : You Loved Me - LP (Cortizona, 2022)

  • First time release on vinyl of the breathtaking songs Patty Waters recorded with engineer Steve Atkins in 1970 at the Coast Recordings studio, together with the unreleased single ‘My One And Only Love’ and a recorded live session at Lone Mountain College in 1974. The album ‘You Loved Me’ is the missing link between her two groundbreaking pioneering and highly acclaimed ESP-Disk records from the end of the 60’s and her post 90’s releases / The missing link between the radical ingenue of the 1960s and her late 90’s songs wherein she expressed the resolution of all of her life’s moments through mature readings of traditional songs and jazz standards. This album aims to provide that missing link and to finally complete the picture of her storied recording career. In what would have been her third LP, the ‘You Loved Me’ album serves as the inverse of Patty’s debut. While her debut “Sings” concerned itself with themes of heartbreak, loneliness and yearning, there’s an abundance of love, joy and togetherness on “You Loved Me”. Or in Patty’s own words: “I was a young girl alone at age 19, I was longing for love and dreaming of how wonderful love could be“ / On ‘You Loved Me’ Patty Waters velvet voice captures this longing for love, straight from her soul to your heart. Crossing the border of avant garde jazz entering a strange zone, somewhere between spiritual jazz, early folk vibes on the songs on the A-side while the 14 minute composition ‘Touched By Rodin In A Paris Museum’ on the B-side is (dixit David Stubbs for Uncut in 2004) a brilliant extended showcase for the uneasy Cageian minimalism of her piano playing. 'You Loved Me’ proves also again why Albert Ayler introduced her to ESP-Disk president Bernard Stollman, why Miles Davis was impressed by her and why she can count Patti Smith and Yoko Ono (to name a few) amongst her fans

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  • Tribo Massáhi : Estrelando Embaixador - LP (Goma Gringa Discos, 2022)

  • Originally released in 1972 in very limited numbers. A trip of an album rich in percussive energy and African chant - made in Brazil! The sounds of continents colliding in a young, funky & soul fuelled 70s ....this is one is on full burn from start to finish ! This the only album by Massáhi Tribe and it became notorious for it’s unique sound and the almost complete lack of information about its creators. Check! / Notes from the label: 'This is a sound made in Brazil. All the members are Brazilians. But the goal is to show the young african music, with all his distinctions that features the origin of the black continent’s music. In this record we launch several curious things. Starting from a rhythmic draw, based on the camel steps that match the division 4/4, on the same line of YÁ YÁ YÁ and SOUL MUSIC, which was given the name of OGA, this, because in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, is an intimate treatment among friends. There, a man feels good when compared to a OGA (camel). Purposely and proudly we launch this new and different LP, not only dedicated to all record collectors in the world but also to all party lovers, nights in club, and even for who’s loving, because on both sides, there aren't intervals. It’s a contagious and crazy rhythm." / This is how, in 1971, Embaixador and Maestro João Negrão described the record on his back cover. These words did not aged a bit. We are very happy and proud to announce, 44 years later, the first 100% official reissue of this genuine work that became legendary and considered as the "Holy Grail" of Brazilian music among collectors around the world.'

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  • Aunt Sally : Aunt Sally - LP (Mesh-Key, 2022)

  • Mesh-Key reissue of a true desert island disc, criminally out of print for nearly 40 years. They've spared no expense bringing this classic back to life in a format befitting its brilliance, carefully orchestrating transfers of the original analog reel-to-reel tapes for remastering, and packaging each record in a heavy tip-on jacket with film lamination, and a double-sided, printed inner sleeve / This seminal, eponymous post-punk album by Japanese group Aunt Sally, fronted by experimental singer Phew, was first released by the iconic Vanity Records label in 1979. Over the past forty-plus years, Phew has forged a singular path through a wide range of styles - from free improvisation to pop - and has collaborated with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, members of Can, DAF, Einstürzende Neubauten, The Raincoats and more. But Aunt Sally is where she got her start and, despite the members’ young ages (still in college at the time), Phew and the band delivered a mature, timeless take on minimalistic punk. Remastered from the original analog tapes, this fully authorized reissue is packaged in a heavy, tip-on jacket from Stoughton, and is housed in a double-sided, printed inner sleeve

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  • Pas De Deux : The Vinyl Collection - 2xLP (Pas De Disx, 2022)

  • Best known for their participation in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, Belgian synth pop band Pas De Deux present their complete collection. These songs were made in 1982 and 1983, including the cult hits 'Cardiocleptomanie', 'Mani Meme' and various versions of 'Rendez-Vous'. These songs were never together on one album. Some of them were only released as a single or on some special compilations made in Spain and Germany after their much discussed participation to the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in 1983 / The 2LP vinyl compilation is a tangible thing, a must-have for the fans with some new photos from the band's first video and all the info, credits and lyrics of the songs. Remastered & compiled on this deluxe 2LP with a special etched D side. The inner sleeves include some reactions triggered in the national printed press at that time. Are we lucky that it was before the social media took over?

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  • Comité Hypnotisé : Hiking The Trails Of Mount Muzak - LP (Cortizona, 2022)

  • No time to waste: nine months after Tim Vanhamel released ‘Dubs Pour Oh La La’, his debut album under the moniker Comité Hypnotisé, the Millionaire frontman presents already the second album ‘Hiking The Trails Of Mount Muzak’ / Hardly leaving any traces of the dubbed out vibe which marked the first record, Tim expands his Comité Hypnotisé universe to a surprising next level on this second album: exploring a place where Martin Denny, Wu-Tang Clan and Dj Shadow are cooking up a Thai meal in a Peruvian restaurant overlooking the breathtaking peaks of Mount Muzak / Ney flutes tumbling backwards over the edge of easy listening in opener ‘Rise Of The Equinoxians’, lurking for feel good vibes in ‘Red Wolf Riddim’ and breezing in to new dimensions in ‘Zing Zoing’ on the A-side while the Comité enters the chambers of the 70’s ‘Disco Skank’ and rides an untamed dragon towards the scorching sun in search of a flame-bringing beat in ‘The Dragon Rider’ on the flipside

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  • Mick Harris, Martyn Bates : Murder Ballads (Drift) - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, 2021)

  • Marbled vinyl with textured sleeve / In 2021 - re-emerging nearly twenty years after its initial inception - somewhat surprisingly, Murder Ballads (Drift) still remains/exists in an area overlooked by other artists, an area that truly still remains the sole province of M.J. Harris / Martyn Bates / Rarely do two types of music meet on a level where they threatento cancel each other out - let alone create something even moremeaningful in their mutual vanishing. But the music created withinthe seminal Murder Ballads (Drift) by Martyn Bates (Eyeless in Gaza & parallel solo career) and Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Lull, Painkiller, Scorn) creates just such a world. Murder Ballads (Drift) evolves Martyn Bates vocalisations / storytelling song-voices, by turns expressed aslabyrinthine layers, calls and responses, muted and distant echoes, sung whispers and counter-melodies, ultimately resulting in amesmeric conversation of musical inferences and correspondences.Murder Ballads (Drift) created the post-isolationist frame of reference, innovating and extemporising into a truly original dazzlingly unique form

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  • Meara O'Reilly : Hockets For Two Voices - 12" (Cantaloupe Music, 2019)

  • Meara O'Reilly’s Hockets for Two Voices is brief and broad, spanning just over ten minutes across seven parts. In its earliest versions, parts of Hockets were commissioned by Tauba Auerbach (a photo of whose sculpture adorns the jacket) for a performance at The Kitchen in NYC in 2016; and was performed and recorded in its entirety in Los Angeles in 2017-2018 / Hocketing is a demanding practice of sharing a single melody between many voices in alternating notes, characteristic of medieval European music but also present in indigenous folk traditions. O’Reilly approaches this technique from a childhood immersion in classical music, a young adulthood in the experimental and noise world, and a more recent return to the discipline of composing orchestral music / This synthesis is demonstrated with precision and singularity in Hockets, a playful and impressive expression of vocal dexterity joining mature musical traditions with a younger avant-garde and popular history of stereo panning, perception puzzling abstraction and psychoacoustic research pioneered by Albert Bregman, "who demonstrated how the limits of our perceptual processes can actively shape our experience of music." Written for two performers, O’Reilly sings both parts in this recording, a labor requiring one year to execute. The results are presented with care by Cantaloupe

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  • Vicky Chow, Michael Gordon : Sonatra - LP (Cantaloupe Music, 2017)

  • In his original program notes for Sonatra, composer Michael Gordon writes that he conceived of the piece for solo piano as a sideways tribute to Frank Sinatra, but with the sonata form as an equal and opposite force that tugs at the music from within / “I grew up playing, or mis-playing, the piano,” he notes. “When I started writing Sonatra, I decided that since I would probably only ever write one piano piece in my entire life, I wanted to use all the keys on the piano, and use them often. I constructed long chains or links of major and minor thirds that ceaselessly wind their way up and down the piano. Eventually they start cascading and intersperse with glissandos half the length of the keyboard, sounding to me like the performer has at least four hands.” / Sonatra is slightly more than 15 minutes in length, but when performed in both equal temperament and just intonation, as Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow has done for her singular recording of the piece, it takes on the aura and personality of a two-part epic

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  • Kaki King : Modern Yesterdays - LP (Cantaloupe Music, 2020)

  • Internationally renowned guitarist and composer Kaki King joins the Cantaloupe Music family with her latest album, Modern Yesterdays. Co-produced with sound designer Chloe Alexandra Thompson and recording engineer Arjan Miranda, it's her first full-length studio project since the 2015 release of The Neck Is A Bridge to the Body (“bursting with masterclass talent,” as reviewed in PopMatters), and her first to be recorded almost entirely on acoustic guitar / Rich in post-classical, jazz, folk and blues-flavored motifs, as well as electronic and electro-acoustic influences, Modern Yesterdays mines a poignant, meditative arc that not only fits the mood of these turbulent times, but once again establishes King as a tirelessly inventive composer whose imagination extends well beyond the sonic limits of her chosen instrument. There's a definite “covid aesthetic” that informs the album's title, as King explains. “We talk about ‘the before,’ or back before the outbreak,” she says. “Time has barely passed. So I think there is a bit of a looking back that we’re all doing in every way about what we miss — what was good, what was bad, all of it. We’re all yearning in some ways for our modern yesterday, and in some ways saying well, there is clearly going to be a modern tomorrow too.” / The album's first single “Teek” features Ethel's Ralph Farris on viola. The second single “Forms of Light and Death” was arranged by Icelandic composer and synthesist Úlfur Hansson, and is the only song to feature King on electric guitar. “Can't Touch This or That or You or My Face” is the album's third single — a quietly beat-driven excursion into a multi-hued sonic future

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  • Bobby Previte : Terminals - 2xLP (Cantaloupe Music, 2014)

  • Black & white vinyl. Drummer, composer, bandleader and tireless improviser Bobby Previte is known for his voluminous contributions to New York’s legendary downtown experimental music scene – an immensely fertile period in the 1980s that saw the likes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass breaking new ground with John Zorn, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time and many more / Now with nearly four decades under his belt as a creative force behind the drumkit, Previte has assembled a dream team of experimental musicians from the jazz, indie rock, and classical worlds to create Terminals, a luminous project consisting of five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists, each inspired by the schematic-like terminal maps that Previte has noticed in airports around the world. The eternally adventurous So Percussion performs throughout, as Nels Cline (Wilco), Zeena Parkins, Greg Osby and John Medeski (MMW) take turns in the forefront to deliver an electrifying part-composed, part-improvised opus that stretches over two vinyl pieces / In the liner notes to the LP, which will be pressed in a deluxe double-gatefold package, Previte breaks down the influences that inspired the project. “Terminals is a collision between, and a celebration of, two worlds. In clichéd terms: the precise, unflappable, ‘classical’ percussion ensemble meets the wild, uncontrollable, ‘jazz’ master improviser in the forum best suited to such a meeting, the Concerto – a schizophrenic word whose etymology is much debated but in Italian means to ‘join together,’ while in Latin means to ‘contend.’ These two worlds happily co-exist in my mind. This is the country in which I live.”

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  • Jason Treuting : Nine Numbers - 2xLP (Cantaloupe Music, 2022)

  • So Percussion co-founder Jason Treuting flexes his compositional chops with Nine Numbers — a sprawling work that taps into the mysteries of sudoku, the Japanese puzzle game, as a source for rhythmic exploration. Relying on percussive uses of voice, electronic and acoustic instruments, and various blocks, bells, drums and other surfaces, Treuting folds melody, movement and the plosive mechanics of speech into an ebbing and flowing sound environment that digs deep into the notion of what connects numbers to human nature, and vice-versa

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  • Robert Turman : Flux - 2xLP (Spectrum Spools, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. "Flux" is the 1981 debut solo outing of Robert Turman, an American multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer. Until recently, Turman was perhaps best known for his contributions to the ballistic NON project with Boyd Rice, as well as other obscured U.S. industrial acts such as Z.O. Voider / In the summer of 1981 Turman decided he would take a drastic turn from the noisy/electronic/industrial work of his compatriots, and began work on what is now the classic "Flux" cassette. "Flux" was originally self-released in extremely limited numbers. Weary of the noisescapes of old, he set out to create long-form minimalism utilizing kalimba, piano, "Mini-Pops Jr." drum machine, and tape loops to create a complex bed of interweaving micro-stasis'. The results of these new experiments were as beautiful as they were perplexing / A curious dusty fidelity carries these classic tracks across four sides of vinyl, including all of the original "Flux" content. These compositions glow with a sprawling, slow motion haze that's light years ahead of its time. "Flux" reveals wide spectrums of sound from melancholic kalimba and percussion patterns to slowed down, syrupy Exotica. Turman had complex ideas in his mind yet only the simple technologies of the day were at hand. Hear the click of the stopping and starting Tascam 3340 open-reel tape machine as one hand presses the "record" and "play" buttons and the other plays piano phrases. While there are similarities in style to Classical Minimalism, Turman's sound and vision is his own and is exclusive to his limited discography

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  • Reynols, Pauline Oliveros : Half a Dove in New York, Half a Dove in Buenos Aires - LP (Smalltown Supersound, 2022)

  • The NetCast improvisation with Reynols (Miguel Tomasin, drums; guitarist Robeto Conlazo, guitarist Anla Courtis) Monique Buzzarté - trombone and Kevin McCoy-computer processing is my first International collaboration in this form. So far I have been involved in several multi-site improvisation NetCasts in the USA only. Through Pauline Oliveros Foundation I am interested in helping in the evolution of the INTERNET as an international venue where diverse collaborators can engage with one another. I met Reynols as a group in Buenos Aires a few years ago when I was leading a Deep Listening Workshop. / I was impressed with this group when they played a serenade for me on my departure. All were playing brass instruments that they had never played before. It was clear that they understood and negotiated the element of risk in the kind of improvisation that I value. Reynols also has communicated with me since the workshop in many ways. I love the feedback and connection. My solo concert given at the National Library in Buenos Aires is remixed and released as the limited edition CD with hand painted covers Pauline Oliveros in the Arms of Reynols. How wonderful it is to be embraced by young people of South America

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  • Tim Hecker : The North Water - LP (Lakeshore, Invada, 2022)

  • Tim Hecker's incredible score to "The North Water", starring Colin Farrell and Jack O'Connell is in stock and shipping now. This is the retial variant, pressed on 180g black vinyl. The score comes housed in a deluxe spined sleeve with double sided printed insert and download card included. “The score for The North Water was written just before and during the pandemic in 2020, mostly over arguably one of the darkest winters of some memory in Montreal,” says Hecker / “The music was an attempt to add depth and texture to a five-hour doomed arctic journey that charts a trajectory from hardened optimism into abject futility. We worked with a primary palette of synthesizers, electronics, and treated cello, in rich live spaces as well as suffocating dead ones. This version of the score is an enhanced mix of some of the material that made its way into the project.” / Adapted from a novel of the same name – The North Water by Ian McGuire – it tells the story of a disgraced doctor who becomes a medic onboard an Arctic whaling ship

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  • Rafael Anton Irisarri : Agitas Al Sol - LP (Room40, 2022)

  • From Rafael Anton irisarri; It’s sometimes hard to go back and speak to work that was made in the past. Things change, but they also stay the same in some ways. I feel this strongly coming back to these pieces / Agitas Al So was a companion suite of materials that was composed alongside my album Solastalgia. For those with a keen eye for wordplay, they might notice each title is an anagram of the other. In some respects this is actually a very fitting sonic analogy too for the pieces from the two records. They mirror each other in various ways, harmonically in the very least, but they also share the same deep sense of pressure that forged them so acutely / To come back to these pieces I was struck by how much they expand on the ideas contained in Solastalgia. Where as Solastalgia might have been me breathing in, this set of pieces is a deep, deep exhale. Remember to breath

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  • Steve Fors : It’s Nothing, But Still - LP (Hallow Ground, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl housed in deluxe gatefold sleeve with obi / Steve Fors offers deeply physical music on his Hallow Ground debut »it's nothing, but still.« Having already established himself as a composer of visceral drone and noise pieces in various Chicago- and New York-based underground projects, Fors’s first release under his given name is even more dense and evocative than his earlier work. A concept album on the subject of breath, the Siavash Amini-produced record sees the now Swiss-based composer blend field recordings with electronic and acoustic sounds—most notably towering cello drones—to almost overwhelming effect

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  • Second Woman : Second Woman - 2xLP (Spectrum Spools, 2022)

  • Black vinyl repress / Second Woman is a new collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of the renowned Telefon Tel Aviv. As one would imagine, Second Woman is a nonpareil debut of futuristic electronic music fusing the coveted genetics of the duos respective previous endeavors into an alluring new enigma of ASMR-inducing kaleidoscopic dub. Second Woman is a fully realized entity; a well-crafted sound world and a refreshing shared effort which is inspiring in its purity and painstaking in its design / The opening "100407jd7" wastes no time exhibiting mastery in both sound and structure, contorting the frequency spectrum into a psychoactive mirage with its mutating tectonics and vaporous tone clouds. Cuts like "200601je6" and "700358bc5" are bar-raising examples of veteran craftsmanship and vision, refining and reengineering the blue prints of their early works to create an original and dynamic album. The deliberation and control over every particle is obsessive, but the end results of each individual track unfold with an organic temperament unparalleled in a grid-locked world of DAW shaped musics and rat's-nest modular aleatory. Words fail where essential sonics are concerned, and this vital new creation speaks for itself

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  • Second Woman : Second Woman - 2xLP (Spectrum Spools, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl repress / Second Woman is a new collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of the renowned Telefon Tel Aviv. As one would imagine, Second Woman is a nonpareil debut of futuristic electronic music fusing the coveted genetics of the duos respective previous endeavors into an alluring new enigma of ASMR-inducing kaleidoscopic dub. Second Woman is a fully realized entity; a well-crafted sound world and a refreshing shared effort which is inspiring in its purity and painstaking in its design / The opening "100407jd7" wastes no time exhibiting mastery in both sound and structure, contorting the frequency spectrum into a psychoactive mirage with its mutating tectonics and vaporous tone clouds. Cuts like "200601je6" and "700358bc5" are bar-raising examples of veteran craftsmanship and vision, refining and reengineering the blue prints of their early works to create an original and dynamic album. The deliberation and control over every particle is obsessive, but the end results of each individual track unfold with an organic temperament unparalleled in a grid-locked world of DAW shaped musics and rat's-nest modular aleatory. Words fail where essential sonics are concerned, and this vital new creation speaks for itself

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  • Tomotsugu Nakamura : Nothing Left Behind - LP (Laaps, 2022)

  • Marble vinyl (ultra-clear + purple), handnumbered / Tomotsugu Nakamura is a musician and graphic designer residing in Tokyo, Japan. His primary artistic practice is to compose music with some fragments of minimal acoustic and electronic tones and some field recordings. In Concert, he has played with various genre of musicians and his works have been released by Kaico, Audiobulb Records, and more recently by the recent label LAAPS / ’’Nothing Left Behind’’ is his second release on LAAPS after his well acclaimed album "Literature" released in July 2020

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  • Ron Geesin : Sunday Bloody Sunday - LP (Trunk, 2022)

  • I do love Ron Geesin, full of surprises. This is his sublime unreleased score to "Sunday Bloody Sunday", a magical important film from 1971, directed by John Schlesinger. Beautiful, weirdly simple, lovely sounds, all good. And the groovy thing is that the reason Ron wrote and played the score for Schlesinger is because Schlesinger was watching the TV in the UK in about 1970 and saw a BBC documentary called "Shapes In The Wilderness" all about using art and painting and creativity to help soldiers who were suffering from shell shock. Schlesinger love the music and wanted the same composer to write the music for his next film. Well the music was by Ron Geesin, so that score is also on this LP. As is Geesin's 80s score for the fab documentary "Viv" all about Viv Richards, So three scores in one!!!

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  • Magician : Magician - LP (Trunk, 2022)

  • Reissue, originally released in 1977. Mythically rare British album from the late 1970s, only a handful of original copies have ever been found. This is because a 1977 British jazz album that looked like a 1970 prog album that was issued on a brand-new label that didn't know what it was really doing, so it was never going to sell. And it didn't. But this is a unique jazz/fusion album from the period, sounding like an incredibly hip 1973 library LP, all super funky, occasionally dark, atmospheric, and very hip indeed. Performed by a killer line-up of top musicians, including the legendary Barbara Thompson. Reproduction of classic and super rare UK only original with new and very informative sleeve notes

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  • Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett : Live ’82 - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Black Truffle is pleased to announce a major archival discovery from the wildest outer fringes of the FMP universe, the Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett’s Live ’82. The Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett (BBQ) was formed in 1980 in Rostock, East Germany, when three of the most radical and riotous members of the West German free music scene—reedist/accordionist Rüdiger Carl, percussionist Sven-Åke Johansson and Hans Reichel on violin and his modified ‘strange guitars’ — first played as a quartet with East German saxophonist Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky. A rare example of a working band with members from both sides of the wall, during its lifetime the BBQ left only one recorded document, a studio LP on Amiga, the pop and jazz sublabel of the GDR state-run Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin / Neither pure fire music nor orthodox free improvisation, the four members of the BBQ shared an all-embracing aesthetic where quotes and jokes sat comfortably alongside radical extended techniques and sonic experiments. Beautifully recorded at the 1982 Moers festival, the music presented here is a kaleidoscopic demonstration of what Johansson has called the BBQ’s ‘free postmodernism’. Beginning with a fractured landscape of clarinet flourishes from Petrowsky, Johansson’s spacious drums accents, banjo-esque plucks from Reichel’s handmade guitar and the groans and squawks of Carl on cuica, the music lurches between flowing melodicism and stunted locked grooves, settling after a few minutes into a lyrical clarinet and bass clarinet duet accompanied by shimmering guitar chords and some inexplicable percussive rotations

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  • After Dinner : Paradise of Replica - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • First-time vinyl reissue. Comes with 12p booklet with lyrics & photographs. After Dinner’s Paradise of Replica is a concise nugget of tomfoolery that occupies a whimsical no man’s land between art pop, Japanese folk music and full-assed Art Zoydian avant proggery. Gentle, arcane and covertly sweeping, it typifies that friendly strain of experimentalism that Eastern music seems so predisposed towards and which curious minds find such great delight in / Assembled by the enigmatic chanteuse and composer known simply as Haco, After Dinner was less a band and more of a loose art collective that utilized a plurality of different musical disciplines stapled together through free improvisation sessions. And some of this does come through on Paradise of Replica—the record is a scrapbook of bells, strings and koto humming under Haco’s ethereal vocals, and the effect, while perfectly tuneful, does come off more as a musical project than a conventional album / But Paradise of Replica is far from an impenetrable scholastic endeavor—in fact, there’s something of an Elephant 6-like quality in its ability to warp conventions while still coming off more or less like pop music. Counter to the ramshackle hostility of much improvised music, After Dinner’s choices are melodious and feel deliberately sequenced. Even crescendos don’t tend to rise above a murmur, and there are even apparent hooks on tracks like “A Walnut” and “Ironclad Mermaid.” Ultimately, there’s not much to be said about Paradise of Replica that can elucidate more than actually hearing it will be able to. Proggy, playful and lush, it’s a brief glimpse into something in the vicinity of genius, and just outside the realm of commercial music. It’s a quietly bold project that shows a softer side of the avant-garde, and makes a perfect companion to Stereolab and Magma at once

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  • Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra : Out To Lunch - 2xLP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Reissue, originally released on CD in 2005. Eric Dolphy's final studio album is hailed as one of the finest examples of mid-60s post-bop. Dolphy, having recorded the album in February 1964, was in Europe less than six weeks later and his all-too-brief life ended less than two months after that. It marked his last flurry of original compositions and is considered his apex. It is fascinating to consider whether he would have moved past or away from the album in 1965, had he lived / Though Dolphy should not be considered an avant-garde musician by the term's most common definitions, most interpretations of Out To Lunch have been done by players working squarely in that area. So it is with this album, the most ambitious in its recreation of the five-tune disc (with one original added to the final "Straight Up And Down", extending the piece to almost thirty minutes). All five compositions from the original quintet LP are revisited in the same order, the record sleeve even duplicates the old album jacket, although a photo taken by Daido Moriyama inside Tokyo's Shinjuku railway station replaces the enigmatic "Will Be Back" sign. Otomo Yoshihide first came to international prominence in the 1990s as the leader of the experimental rock group Ground Zero, and has since worked in a variety of contexts, ranging from free improvisation to noise, jazz, avant-garde, and contemporary classical

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  • Celer : Malaria - LP (Two Acorns, 2022)

  • Ivory vinyl, mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung, and designed by Rutger Zuydervelt / Inspired by the journals, letters, and photographs of James Jenkins, 1942-1943 from Luzon, Philippines. Writing letters in the rain under the canvas, listening to records played from the center of the mosquito nets, or from the veranda overlooking the city lights. It may not have been in the same places.. Under the waterfall, ignoring their calls, receiving a Dear John Letter, or being iced on your anniversary. It may have been at different times, but we felt the same / Whether from the jumpdoor of the plane passing the archipelago, or over the ocean, clouds dotting the below like islands, trying and failing to call here home. Whether from the bed of an airfield hospital with malaria, or from a tiny apartment before the pandemic, it was really all the same. All music, tapes, 4-track, Uher, field recordings, Sony Tapecorder, found sounds, Lexicon PCM 42, pipe reverb by Will Long. Cover is a hand-painted colorized photo

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  • Mark Vernon : A World Behind This World - CD (Persistence Of Sound, 2022)

  • Gatefold cardsleeve. A composed soundscape created from sounds recorded on location at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden and the surrounding areas. This album is an adaptation of a longform radio piece produced for SSW’s radio station Lumsden Live in 2021. As well as the rural environment, recordings of various machines, equipment and processes from the workshop feature heavily. 'Performed' by Eden Jolly sound sources include the copper guillotine, furnaces, extractor fans, electrical saws, drills, the furnace, welding torches, anvils, hydraulic jacks, sanding machines, grinders and electric hoists

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  • Celer : Malaria - LP (Two Acorns, 2022)

  • Emerald vinyl, mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung, and designed by Rutger Zuydervelt / Inspired by the journals, letters, and photographs of James Jenkins, 1942-1943 from Luzon, Philippines. Writing letters in the rain under the canvas, listening to records played from the center of the mosquito nets, or from the veranda overlooking the city lights. It may not have been in the same places.. Under the waterfall, ignoring their calls, receiving a Dear John Letter, or being iced on your anniversary. It may have been at different times, but we felt the same / Whether from the jumpdoor of the plane passing the archipelago, or over the ocean, clouds dotting the below like islands, trying and failing to call here home. Whether from the bed of an airfield hospital with malaria, or from a tiny apartment before the pandemic, it was really all the same. All music, tapes, 4-track, Uher, field recordings, Sony Tapecorder, found sounds, Lexicon PCM 42, pipe reverb by Will Long. Cover is a hand-painted colorized photo

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  • Milan Knizak : Another State of Stagnation / Piano Pieces (1991-2021) - CD (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • My piano compositions are a mixture of musical reminiscences and a confession of my love for disharmonic chords on the one hand, and lascivious melodies on the other. As in the case of almost all my pieces, I wrote them “dry”, at a desk, without using any musical instruments. I only worked with memory and a little bit of imagination. The compositions often come across as randomly taken out of a pot, which contains a blend of fragments of works of a variety of periods, styles and creators. (Milan Knízák, Mongrelised Piano) / Another State of Stagnation contains six unreleased piano pieces by Milan Knízák, written between 1991 and 2021. Played by Czech piano virtuoso Miroslav Beinhauer in August 2020 and recorded in August 2021 at Czech Radio Ostrava under the Petr Bakla’s recording direction. The author of the title and cover is Milan Knízák. Produced by re-set production / In the second movement, at least two references to Czech “tramping” (hiking, country) music can be read or heard: Ceka huãí and Táboráku, plápolej. They are among the numerous references to other pieces, while they can concurrently be something else – for instance, a Beethoven minuet. Beinhauer pointed out: “Milan KníÏák’s piano works abound in these ‘quotations’, some of which are just very similar to well-known melodies, while others are true quotations, I do not even recognise some of them at first listen, but that is not actually the point. If someone does identify these quoted fragments when listening, they can feel good about themselves or can even remember the whole piece better, but I myself do not deem it essential in the case of Milan’s compositions. Alternation of styles is more important.”

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  • Chantal Acda, Eric Thielemans : Koyaanisqatsi, A New Score - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • White vinyl / Dark-folk songwriter Chantal Acda and beyond drums-percussion musician extraordinaire Eric Thielemans propose a new score for Koyaanisqatsi, re-actualising the incredibly beautiful, raw, rhythmic and touching images of this 80-ties cinematographic masterpiece / Slow deep electric waves, lonely synths in sonic desert landscapes, rhythmic pulses, transporting drums and bells, and deeply longing sounds and voices make up the audible fundamentals of this imagined, neo shamanic, ritualistic music to accompany the Earth as it keeps on supporting our post human frenetics even today.This release contains a selection of the musical material scored for a live performance together with the screening of the movie. The live performance premiered on Film Festival Gent and Vooruit in the fall of 2022

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  • Univers Zero : Hérésie - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Orange/gold vinyl repress / UZ second album released in 1979. A classic of chamber rock music featuring heavy use of dissonance and dark, brooding and extremely complex melodies. 2010 remixed version

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  • Phil Maggi, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh : The Encrimsoned - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Milky white vinyl / Sound architect and filmmaker from Liège, Belgium Phil Maggi is known as the lead singer of heavy-rock combo Ultraphallus. He has shared the bill with Jerusalem In My Heart, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Tuxedomoon, Sote, Thisquietarmy, and many others. 'The Encrimsoned' is the second part of his diptych inspired by Henry Corbin's writings, which started with his previous album 'Animalwrath' (Sub Rosa SR423). The Encrimsoned is a four-track album, harboring a few musical friends and usual collaborators (Maja Jantar, Tom Malmendier, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Sebastien Schmit, Gabriel Séverin, Xavière Fertin). Ranging from free-jazz to ambient-electronic contemporary art sound, this adventurous second and final chapter is an homage to Hardy Fox, pioneer and primary composer for The Residents

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  • Leo Küpper : Electronic Works & Voices 1977-1987 - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Perfect follow-up to Sub Rosa's precedent double-LP Electronic Works & Voices 1961-1979, this release highlights Leo Kupper's earliest compositions with his GAME machine -- Générateur Automatique de Musique Electronique (Automatic Generator of Electronic Music) constructed during the 1960s. Purely electronic sounds into new structures, Leo Kupper shows through his four tracks a real spirit of renewal. Released in Sub Rosa's Early Electronic series

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  • James Devane : Beauty Is Useless - LP (Umeboshi, 2022)

  • Though Beauty is Useless is only his second solo record, James Devane has been producing and performing music for over two decades, both in isolation and collaboratively (most notably as his duo "En" with Maxwell August Croy). While his first record (s/t on Bremsstrahlung) explored digital manipulation of guitar based loops, Beauty finds Devane replacing the computer processing and aural landscape projection for a couple vintage keyboards, modular based effects and most notably a drum machine. Evoking elements of German minimal techno, Beauty is a rich, focused discovery of process and restraint where less is refreshingly more

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Revep - LP (Noton, 2022)

  • The third part in their V.I.R.U.S. series of collaborative releases, Revep sees Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto dive further into the glitching soundscapes powered by the combination of piano and electronics. Stuttering notes are held in stasis, torn apart even more than the album’s predecessor as the chirps of skips and glitches form an illusory birdsong. This remastered edition adds three new compositions, including the multi-phased ‘City Radieuse’, exploring stillness and motion through its crackling warmth. The two ‘Veru’ pieces meanwhile rotate endlessly through loops of piercing signals and crystalline piano shards with infinite sustain

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Insen - 2xLP (Noton, 2022)

  • On the second instalment in their V.I.R.U.S. series, renowned producers and composers Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto mine infinite possibilities out of their minimal sound palette of piano and microscopic electronics. Sounds evoke light shining through pinprick holes, or frost creeping up glass, as Insen finds the two artists exploring the negative space in between acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Reverb tails throw themselves back into the piano chords like a harmonic ouroboros on ‘Moon’, while abyssal thuds and piano strings scraped like knives take inspiration from the sounds of cinema projectors on the previously unreleased ‘Barco’

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  • Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto : Revep - CD (Noton, 2022)

  • Special folding cover. The third part in their V.I.R.U.S. series of collaborative releases, Revep sees Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto dive further into the glitching soundscapes powered by the combination of piano and electronics. Stuttering notes are held in stasis, torn apart even more than the album’s predecessor as the chirps of skips and glitches form an illusory birdsong. This remastered edition adds three new compositions, including the multi-phased ‘City Radieuse’, exploring stillness and motion through its crackling warmth. The two ‘Veru’ pieces meanwhile rotate endlessly through loops of piercing signals and crystalline piano shards with infinite sustain

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  • Alva Noto : Insen - CD (Noton, 2022)

  • Special folding cover. On the second instalment in their V.I.R.U.S. series, renowned producers and composers Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto mine infinite possibilities out of their minimal sound palette of piano and microscopic electronics. Sounds evoke light shining through pinprick holes, or frost creeping up glass, as Insen finds the two artists exploring the negative space in between acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Reverb tails throw themselves back into the piano chords like a harmonic ouroboros on ‘Moon’, while abyssal thuds and piano strings scraped like knives take inspiration from the sounds of cinema projectors on the previously unreleased ‘Barco’

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  • D'Arcangelo : Arium - 12" (A Colourful Storm, 2022)

  • D’Arcangelo is the duo of Marco and Fabrizio D’Arcangelo and Arium is their latest entry of sublimely introspective electronics. Tracing their lineage to the fertile ACV scene of mid-nineties Rome, D’Arcangelo would collaborate with likemind Max Durante before appearing under their own Automia Division and Centuria City aliases across an array of Artificial Intelligence-inspired recordings alluding to themes of science fiction, civilisation, mathematics and metropolitan dystopia / Over the course of two decades, releasing a dozen EPs and seminal sides for the likes of Rephlex, Nature and Suction Records, D’Arcangelo forged a distinctively sleek and sensuous sound alongside their stylistic peer, compatriot and label mate Bochum Welt, drifting away from the hardcore velocities of Leo Anibaldi and Lory D. Their last outing, Tweaking Paper (Analogical Force, 2018), captured the evolution of their sound into its most polished and propulsive state, and the five pieces that make up Arium could be considered a moment of solace, of lightness after the rain / Opener 'Godsonix', swirling and kaleidoscopic, "was produced at a time when our music thinking was very open-minded", as Marco reflects. Picked from a hard drive containing sketches from 1998, it stands as lost gem produced during the Shipwreck era. 'Arium' and 'Spacing Out', a couplet encapsulating production techniques showcased in the infamous Diagram series, are effervescent and playful, elevating beyond the most blissful moments of Broken Toys’ Corner (2002) and Eksel (2007). A fitting accompaniment to the euphoric analogue bubblebaths of 'Duty' and 'Familiarity', titled in homage to the duo's lifelong surroundings and focused studio methods. The culmination of over two decades of intimate collaboration and studio research, Arium shines as an exemplar of Italian electronic romanticism whose wide-eyed impulses could, we'd argue, be shared with the elegant undulations of Roberto Cacciapaglia’s Sei Note In Logica and drifting ambience of Franco Nanni's Elicoide

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  • Beequeen : Winter - LP (A Colourful Storm, 2020)

  • “Winter is a mysterious season. The season in which the sun is positioned farthest away from yourself on earth, bringing cold, darkness and uncertainty. But also, a hushed beauty, stillness and silence.” / Written and produced by Beequeen. Recordings 1988-2020. Thank you Peter Johan Nyland for mastering, Matthew Xue for releasing the music on this album, Alfred Boland for design and front photography, Peter Miller for the Night Snow photogravure etching

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  • Midori Takada : Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter - LP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, MEG Geneva, 2022)

  • WRWTFWW Records and MEG Museum (Geneva) are honored to present the first new solo album by renowned Japanese percussionist Midori Takada (Through The Looking Glass) in 23 years, Cutting Branches From A Temporary Shelter, available on vinyl LP, housed in a 350gsm sleeve, with OBI, and liner notes. Recorded in a live setting and played with instruments conserved in the collections of the MEG Museum, Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter is Midori Takada’s very own rendition of "Nhemamusasa", a traditional work emblematic of the musical repertoire for mbira of the Shona of Zimbabwe, well known worldwide, thanks notably to its version by Paul F. Berliner included on the famed 1973 album The Soul of Mbira / The choice of this title by Midori Takada evokes the links between traditional African and contemporary music which are the foundation of this work, and it also translates the resolutely multicultural vision of the artist. Midori Takada explains: "African music is remarkable for its polyrhythms. Not only are there simultaneously several rhythmic motifs, sometimes as many as ten, but furthermore it may be that the part played by each musician has its own starting point and its own pace, all combining to form a cycle. All the cycles progress at the same time according to a single metrical structure which functions as a reference point, but which is not played by any one person from beginning to end. The structure emerges out of the multi-level parts, all different / With the Shona, the musical system is based on the polymelody: one performs simultaneously several melodic lines which are superimposed, each having its own rhythmic organization. It is truly captivating. In Western classical music, one four-beat rhythm induces some precise temporal framework and regular reference points, which come on the strong beats 1 and 3. But in the logic of the Shona musical system, and in other African music, the melody can begin in the very middle of the cycle and be continued up to some other place in an autonomous manner, as if it had its own personality. It’s very rich." The album comes with in-depth liner notes that include an interview by Midori Takada, a point of view by Zimbabwean scholar, musician and activist Forward Mazuruse, and background information on the project by Isabel Garcia Gomez and Madeleine Leclair from MEG Museum

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  • Tori Kudo, Reiko Kudo : Tangerine - LP (A Colourful Storm, 2020)

  • Full-colour sleeve with printed insert, postcard and lyrics in Japanese and English. A Colourful Storm presents Tangerine, a collection of songs by Reiko and Tori Kudo. Recorded at Village Hototoguiss, Japan, during autumn, winter and spring 2011 and 2012, the makeup of Tangerine is the culmination of over thirty years of experimentation, improvisation and intimacy between Reiko Kudo and Tori Kudo. Beginning their collaborative musical activities in the late 1970s and documenting their movements as Noise, it would be an earlier Les Rallizes Dénudés gig that would prove influential in shaping the duo’s lifelong impulse for collaboration and free play - it was, after all, where they first met. Over the course of a decade, they became associated with Hideo Ikeezumi’s seminal PSF (Psychedelic Speed Freaks) scene, Tori playing with the likes of Ché-SHIZU and Fushitsusha and self-releasing cassettes before forming the first incarnation of Maher Shalal Hash Baz / A deeply human, deeply romantic recording, Tangerine shines as a touchstone of contemporary Japanese folk minimalism and is significantly the last recorded appearance of Reiko and Tori Kudo as a duo. Reiko's voice, plaintive yet playful, quietly commands centre stage and resonates perfectly with Tori's crystalline instrumentation: bass guitar, euphonium, violin and piano evoking echoes of Enka blues. Glacial soliloquies ’The Deep Valley of Shadow’ and ‘When Seeing the Setting Sun Alone’ bare isolation and restlessness before evolving into profoundly welcoming works / A dedication to playwright and former collaborator Jacob Wren, ‘The Swallow II’ struts confidently while ‘Homeless’, delicately adorned and desirous, addresses themes of universal vulnerability: “Will you give me bread when I’m hungry? / Please stay by me like my mother”. A beautiful accompaniment to the intoxicating swirl of ’We May Be’, recorded live by John Chantler at a Cafe Oto concert in 2009. Originally released on CD by Hyotan in 2013, Tangerine is presented for the first time on vinyl by A Colourful Storm with an exclusive alternate digital version of ‘Homeless’. It stands as the final documented interplay of this enchanting, invigorating duo

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  • Ash Ra Tempel : Schwingungen - LP (MG.ART, 2021)

  • Authorized 50th anniversary edition of one of the most important German krautrock albums. Re-cut carefully overseen by Manuel Göttsching himself. Gatefold sleeve with sticker. Includes original release sheet and inlay. Born out of the late 1960s Berlin underground, Ash Ra Tempel began as a trio featuring Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream and the brilliant guitarist Manuel Göttsching. Though they only released a handful of albums before disbanding in 1976, their legacy as one of the most inspired "kosmische musik" groups is undisputed / Schwingungen – the second Ash Ra album originally released in 1972 – blends West Coast psychedelia a la Love with Stooges-esque freakouts, phased guitar experimentalism and the funkiness of German contemporaries like Can into a indelible mix all their own. This is, hands down, one of the greatest albums to come out of the 1970s German scene.

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  • Désaccord Majeur : Sunquake - 12" (A Colourful Storm, 2020)

  • A Colourful Storm presents Sunquake, a selection - the first ever to be committed to vinyl - of work by Désaccord Majeur. Désaccord Majeur is the alter ego of French journeyman Jérôme Mauduit, a curious seeker and sustaining presence in Europe's post-industrial underground. Beginning his musical activities in the mid-1980s, Mauduit committed his first recordings to tape in 1989, self-releasing La Théorie Du Chaos on his eponymous label home to fellow travellers Internal Fusion, Largo and Moments Présents. It continued to act as a base for his own endeavours and before discontinuation in 1994, culminated in the release of Ophir, an important document propagating the earthy, ritualistic spores of Ah Cama Sotz, Hybryds, Nightmare Lodge and Muslimgauze - the alias of Bryn Jones who would later become his label mate at Staalplaat / Treading sensitively through a humid urban decay left by Jorge Reyes and Luis Delgado, Manduit inhabits a strange, sticky world shared by O Yuki Conjugate, Z'EV and Nocturnal Emissions: woodlike percussion, melancholic drift and unclean ambience his markers of identification. Alluding to the atmospheric qualities of mid-90s world-weary electronica and the digitised undulations generated by Paul Schütze, Aubrite-era Thomas Köner and early Microstoria, it's perhaps no surprise that the tactility of Manduit's work has gained pertinence and resonated with a new generation of listeners - in fact, it was Vladimir Ivkovic who first introduced it to us in 2019 / Sourced from a productive period which climaxed in an appearance on Rotorelief's Coilectif - In Memory Ov John Balance and Homage to Coil compilation (2006), the tracks on Sunquake reveal the workings of an idiosyncratic, otherworldly artist drifting through dreams. "This is a tiny yet remarkable entrance into Désaccord Majeur’s world of beautiful introvert electronics. Delicate yet powerful music that sounds like it was never made to please anyone beyond the place it was made. Never overstated but always inviting for anyone who wants to go for a hike through inner spaces."

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  • Shomyo of Koya-san, Midori Takada : You Who Are Leaving To Nirvana - LP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, MEG Geneva, 2022)

  • WRWTFWW Records and MEG Museum (Geneva) are ecstatic to announce a new full length album by celebrated Japanese percussionist Midori Takada (Through The Looking Glass), in collaboration with Buddhist monks belonging to the Samgha group of the Shingon school of Koya-san, led by Reverend Syuukoh Ikawa. You Who Are Leaving To Nirvana is available on half speed mastered vinyl LP, housed in a 350gsm sleeve, with OBI, and liner notes, as well as on digipack CD / Recorded at The Premises Studio (London) and in Tokyo in 2019,You Who are Leaving to Nirvana is a majestic work combining a suite of six Buddhist liturgical chants and a musical creation by Midori Takada. The Buddhist chants come from three types of repertoires: shomyo ("Teisan", "Unga-Bai", "Sange", "Taiyo"), but also goeika ("Kannon-Daiji") and mantra ("Hannya-Singyo"). After supervising the recording of the Buddhist chants, Midori Takada added her own compositions, with subtle layers of percussion and the melodies of her beloved marimba, giving full life to the sacred texts / Reverend Syuukoh Ikawa explains: "Shomyo is a form of declamation of sacred esoteric texts, inherited over many generations. The power of words goes far beyond their mere pronunciation. I think there is something that words alone cannot really convey. If I recite prayers in a musical way, the feeling transmitted will be even stronger than if I say it normally, in everyday language. I think that the musicality of a work carries a hidden power that cannot be expressed in words alone. The setting of the music has an additional power for you and for those around you who listen to it. The words of a song are not just words set to music. They carry an additional hidden power that cannot be expressed in any other way. Listening to Midori Takada's musical performance, the words truly seem to come alive."

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  • Nurse With Wound : The Surveillance Lounge - 2xLP (Norton North, 2015)

  • White vinyl / Four tracks, one for each side: on the first 'Close to you instantly' opens a different dimension made by slow piano sound waves, 15 minutes of pure rarefied atmosphere, a spiritual vision of a ritual focused on a dusky note in this hypnotic broken record. The second 'The Golden Age Of Telekinesis' trembles in the deep listening of mysterious reverberations, a clear attempt to breathless run after the flash of a nightmare to drop into a chaotic hole made of screaming voices. The third titled 'The Part Of Me Which Is That Part In You Is Now Dead' calmly introduce the listener in a peaceful landscape to make him experience a dissonant reality. The last 'Yon Assassin Is My Equal' announces the end of a mental voyage towards whispers of recurring litanies and slowed voices in continuous metamorphosis / This is, without doubt, one of the most representative album by Nurse With Wound and it is recommended to use the best care for your acoustic sound system to maximize the pleasure of this experience. Artwork: Babs Santini. Voices: Freek Kinkelaar, Maude Swift, Melon Liles, Miranda Kinkelaar, Nadja Belabidi, Olly Louis Mathura O'Keeffe, David Tibet. Double vinyl, deluxe gatefold cover in tobacco's paper

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  • Coil : The Remote Viewer - 2xLP (Real Material, 2018)

  • Colour vinyl (random) / First vinyl reissue, originally released as a CD-R in an edition of 500 in 2006

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  • Coil : Moon's Milk (In Four Phases) - 12" (Midwinter, 2012)

  • Rare edition in clear green multicolored vinyl for the excellent "Moon's Milk" bonus disc (originally released in 2002 in strictly limited handpainted edition of 300 copies on CD), it comes with insert

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  • Nurse With Wound : Who Can I Turn To Stereo - 2xLP (Nordung, 2021)

  • Gold vinyl / One of the most accessible records Nurse With Wound had done to date, the 1996 release Who Can I Turn to Stereo is still quite a daunting roller-coaster ride down strange and abstract soundscapes, with some weird processed voices thrown in. Perhaps it's made a little easier by a narrator with a soft voice and Italian accent, even if his words, taken from an exquisite corpse from a Nurse With Wound website, are as surreal and nonsensical as the music around them / Or perhaps the fact that the album, while still one continuous collage of sound, is broken down into conventional song-length tracks to make it easier to digest than the usual side-long Nurse With Wound piece. Or the similar hypnotic electro-dance rhythms that crop up on "Yagga Blues," "Space Funk With Springs," "Approaching Darkness Fish," and several other places as well, from a group who is not exactly known for its dance-ability. Maybe it's the lulling nursery rhymes that occur here and there, or the sharper production values. At any rate, it's probably one of the easiest Nurse With Wound records to get into for the uninitiated, even if many old fans revile it for just that same reason. Thankfully, Who Can I Turn to Stereo may be slightly more accessible, but it does not compromise on the strange and surreal musical world that NWW inhabits

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  • Nurse With Wound : Who Can I Turn To Stereo - 2xLP (Nordung, 2021)

  • Silver vinyl / One of the most accessible records Nurse With Wound had done to date, the 1996 release Who Can I Turn to Stereo is still quite a daunting roller-coaster ride down strange and abstract soundscapes, with some weird processed voices thrown in. Perhaps it's made a little easier by a narrator with a soft voice and Italian accent, even if his words, taken from an exquisite corpse from a Nurse With Wound website, are as surreal and nonsensical as the music around them / Or perhaps the fact that the album, while still one continuous collage of sound, is broken down into conventional song-length tracks to make it easier to digest than the usual side-long Nurse With Wound piece. Or the similar hypnotic electro-dance rhythms that crop up on "Yagga Blues," "Space Funk With Springs," "Approaching Darkness Fish," and several other places as well, from a group who is not exactly known for its dance-ability. Maybe it's the lulling nursery rhymes that occur here and there, or the sharper production values. At any rate, it's probably one of the easiest Nurse With Wound records to get into for the uninitiated, even if many old fans revile it for just that same reason. Thankfully, Who Can I Turn to Stereo may be slightly more accessible, but it does not compromise on the strange and surreal musical world that NWW inhabits

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  • Nurse With Wound : Who Can I Turn To Stereo - 2xLP+CD Box (Nordung, 2021)

  • Hand-numbered boxset edition, including a bonus unreleased CD (available in this set only) titled “Who Can I Turn To Stereo Session Tape No. 3” and will also contains: a double LP (in random colors marbled vinyls), a bonus CD (with unreleased material and exclusive), a t-shirt (XL size, black casually available with gold or silver printing), an art insert cm 30 x cm (signed, painted on black paper, each copy is different), a mini NWW game, a notebook (casually available in two different designs, with gold or silver print), a metal badge, an insert (including notes and tracklistings), two Stickers and two postcards / As each NWW album differs from the next/previous, this highlights the genius of NWW. This album contains a running theme throughout, linked by some primitive drum beats and is remarkably good. The spoken parts, in some foreign accent (Italian maybe?!) are quite bizarre and at times hillarious, whilst the music is wonderfully beat driven (though not techno), just, as I said, primitive drum beats, like you'd maybe find in the Congo... and utilising odd electronics and spacious tunnel like sound scapes. Its a great ride and a shame when it ends

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  • Coil : Black Antlers - 2xLP (Private, 2016)

  • Colour vinyl (random) / This must be one of the most stunning Coil releases I've heard, right next to "Astral Disaster" and "Moon's Milk". Each track is a totally separate story, which gives this effect of unfocused randomization of style and atmosphere. But isn't that the whole point - they compose a killing, dreamy, mysterious record, ranging from noisy electricity, through dense gloom, through postindustrial electronics, through Jhonn's magick poetry, finishing at "All The Pretty Little Horses" - yes, again.

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  • Coil : The Remote Viewer - 2xLP (Real Material, 2018)

  • Black vinyl / First vinyl reissue, originally released as a CD-R in an edition of 500 in 2006

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  • Coil : London Conway Hall, October 12th, 2002 - LP (Planet Claire, 2016)

  • Recording of Coil's live performance at Megalithomania!, an event which took place on October 12th, 2002 at The Conway Hall in London. The original CDr was only available as part of a mail order box set of the Live One to Live Four series. This only one track record contains a 40 minute variation/permutation on track called "The Universe Is A Haunted House". For me it's one of the best Coil releases. Excellent dark-drone-noir-ambient

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  • Societe Anonomie : #1 - CD (Menstrual, 2019)

  • Remastered reissue in digipack format / Originally published on tape in 1983 by Produktion, UK

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  • Maurizio Bianchi : Menses - CD (Menstrual, 2022)

  • Originally released on LP in a private edition of 300 copies in 1982. This new CD re-issue comes in a fold out oversized card sleeve. Each copy has a different collage handmade by M.B. on the back cover and is also signed. Each copy is unique! Edition of 102 numbered copies

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  • Maurizio Bianchi : Gene-P - CD (Menstrual, 2022)

  • Decompostion for electrostatic loops and genewaves, conceived and released in April 1980 at Mectpyo Studio in Milan, Italy. Dedicated to the genetic puritanism. Originally released as a private cassette in 1980. Remastered from original tape. Cover images are 1980 arworks by M.B. Fifth CD edition of this classic M.B. recordings. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies in handmade card sleeve

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  • Maurizio Bianchi : Gene-P Rejected - CD (Menstrual, 2022)

  • When Menstrual produced the fourth edition of Gene-P in 2019 there was a mix up with the audio files. All the discs had to be repressed. Now available for sale is the final collector edition of Gene-P Rejected in a limited edition of 41 copies with new artwork. Originally released as a private cassette in 1980. Cover image is 1980 arwork by M.B. Edition of 41 numbered copies. Catalogue number on disc is incorrect

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  • Merzbow : Dying Mapa Tapes - 3xCD Box (Menstrual, 2019)

  • 3 CD with printed wallets in Jute bag with 2 pins. Recorded and mixed at Lowest Music & Arts, Tokyo April & May 5 1982 Masami Akita -Tapes, Guitar, Drum Machine, Noise, Effects, Percussions, Rhythm, Radio, TV, Electronics, Junk, Bass Guitar + Kiyoshi Mizutani - Violin, Percussion Originally released on cassette (Aeon, USA) 1983. Later released on CD as part of the ‘Merzbox’ (Extreme,Australia) 2000. Re-mastered at Munemihouse, Tokyo 2018 This is the first installment of the Dying Mapa trilogy inspired by the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Musically, the whole trilogy is made with different equipment and instruments than other recordings of the same period. It also features instruments recorded on tape and then either slowed down or played backwards

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  • William Doyle : Slowly Arranged: 2016-2019 - 4xLP Box (Tough Love, 2022)

  • Pressed on white vinyl. Out 17.8.2022 is the first-time vinyl pressing of the four ambient-leaning/adjacent records made by William Doyle between 2016 and 2019. The evidence provided by the full set suggests an extremely fertile period for Doyle: four records in four years, each in service to a specific concept, all impressively ambitious, and, perhaps most notably, a deviation from his prior work / Why he chose to forgo vocal-led songwriting and explore mostly wordless arrangements is perhaps explained best by the first album, the dream derealised, a deeply personal nine-song set addressing mental health challenges that feels both stark and redemptive. How do you express the inexpressible? There are some traces of his past work evident here, but it’s mostly an instrumental record that tries to find the human touch in mechanised sequences, an apt reflection of derealisation itself i’d suggest. Lightnesses I and II extend out even further into the previously unknown for Doyle, consisting of four equally lengthy compositions of sustained piano, drones and subtly glitching electronics, like-minded travellers in the late 90s orbit of Mille Plateaux/Oval et al / The final disc, Near Future Residence, is perhaps the most high-minded of the set; the soundtrack for an ecologically sustainable housing development somewhere in a not-too-distant future Britain. Though the concept seems inline with Japanese environmental music, the result itself feels more obviously tied to Berlin School electronics and late 20th century European ambient music. Most importantly, it’s a wonderfully realised narrative based on an equally beautiful utopian ideal, and once again does what Doyle does best by putting the human at the centre of his work. In that sense, perhaps it’s not so much of a departure from his other records after all

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  • Herbert Eimert : Epitaph Für Aikichi Kuboyama / Sechs Studien - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2018)

  • Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of Herbert Eimert's Epitaph Für Aikichi Kuboyama / Sechs Studien, originally released in 1966. Herbert Eimert was a German music renaissance man, with his expertise ranging from theory, to composition, editing, radio production, and criticism. He wrote numerous books on music theory, worked for years at the British occupational forces run Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk. It was there in 1951 that he established a studio for electronic music that he ran until 1961, which hosted recordings from Stockhausen, Xenakis, and Cardew, among others / This brilliant work begins on Side A with "Epitaph Für Aikichi Kuboyama", a brilliant piece of voice and electronics dedicated to a Japanese fishing boat radioman, who lost his life from complications related to radiation poisoning in 1954, after the ship he worked on was contaminated from fallout after the USA's nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. In addition to being a brilliant piece of electronic musique concrete, it is a damning indictment of nuclear warfare, as prescient now as it was during The Cold War. Side B is made up of six studies in electronic music, showcasing Eimert's talents which are as impressive as his more famous contemporaries. Essential early electronic music. Comes in a heavy sleeve with a hand-numbered sticker

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  • Antonin Artaud : Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2017)

  • Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of "Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu" by Antonin Artaud. Antonin Artaud was a French poet, dramatist, and director and one of the most important figures in 20th century European theater, and especially the avant-garde. His piece "Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu" was recorded in 1947 to be aired on French radio / But the project was shelved not only for its scatological, anti-American, anti-religious content, but also for its avant-garde sound, with screams, cries, grunts, glossolalia, and general cacophony, all of which the radio thought would be too shocking for the listeners of post-WWII France. Now regarded as one of his most brilliant works, the piece is finally available again on vinyl courtesy of Fantôme Phonographique. Features the voice actors Maria Casarès, Roger Blin, and Paule Thévenin

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  • Luc Estang, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Marie Fertey, Pierre Henry : Saint-Exupéry - 12" (Fantôme Phonographique, 2018)

  • Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of Luc Estang and Pierre Henry's Saint-Exupéry, originally released as a 10" in 1959. During his long and illustrious career, the French composer and musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry created a large amount of incidental music to accompany literary texts, both on record and for the stage, from Jules Verne to Victor Hugo, from Lautréamont to Antonin Artaud. This incredibly rare LP from 1959 is a radio play about the life of French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, based on the 1956 book by Luc Estang on the subject / The interpreters are a small theater troupe including French actor Paul Meurisse (1912-1979), famous for popular films and as a member of national theater company, La Comédie Française. Underlying key scenes, Pierre Henry's contribution to the play consists of electronic and musique concrète sounds, adding a contemporary dimension to the text. A beautiful piece from one of the mid-20th century's truly brilliant sonic explorers

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  • Vera Gray, Daphne Oram : Listen Move And Dance - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2019)

  • Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of Daphne Oram and Vera Gray's Listen Move & Dance, originally released in 1962. The British composer, musician, and audio engineer Daphne Oram was a pioneering figure in the use of electronic music. Coming to prominence through her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which she co-founded, Oram was one of the first British composers to feature electronic instruments in her work and has been rightly hailed as helping musique concrete to become accepted in Britain / Oram's composition "Still Point", involving two orchestras, two turntables and five microphones, was deemed too radical by the BBC, though she was promoted to studio manager in 1950, leading to the gradual introduction of electronic music and musique concrete techniques on BBC soundtracks. In 1957, she composed the music for the play Amphitryon 38, using a sine wave oscillator and homemade filters, and this and other subsequent works led to the establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop the following year, but Oram soon tired of the conservative constraints of the BBC, leading to her resignation in 1959 to pursue her own vision at the Oramics Studios for Electronic Composition, located in Tower Folly, a former hop kiln located at Fairseat, near the village of Wrotham in rural Kent / "Oramics" was a radical sound composition technique that sought to transform images to music, enacted by drawing onto 35mm film, which would then be read by photo-electric cells; in addition to its use in Radiophonic Workshop material, "Oramics" was also employed for sound installations, theater productions, and feature films, such as The Innocents, though financial pressures forced Oram to seek a range of commercial engagements in addition to creating her own artistic works. The Listen Move & Dance series of BBC programs were devised as a radical new technique to help British schoolchildren learn how to dance; on the LP releases, Vera Gray arranged short adaptations of classical pieces by Bartok, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and others, designed for "stamping, punching, kicking and jumping" movements, as well as "running lightly", "dancing on toes" and "shaking all about", which contrasted sharply with Oram's electronic abstractions, which seemed to have been beamed in from outer space

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  • Anestis Logothetis : "Hör!-spiel" / Nekrologlog 1961 / Fantasmata 1960 - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2018)

  • The Greek avant-garde composer Anestis Logothetis was noted for his pioneering tape techniques as well as developing his own notation system for composition that incorporated visual symbols meant to be interpreted by the performers. "Hör!-spiel" / Nekrologlog 1961 / Fantasmata 1960"collects 3 of his most famous works, realized in Vienna where he spent much of the 1940s-1960s. After completing studies at the music academy there, in the 1950s Logothetis became enamored of 20th century composers like John Cage and Earle Brown, and moved away from traditional composition for orchestras and performers in favor of fully electronic composition in the late 50s. A groundbreaking composer and electronic musician, Logothetis has long been underappreciated by the world of avant-garde and electronic musicians but Fantôme Phonographique seeks to rectify that issue with this brilliant release / Originally “pressed on behalf of the musical youth of Austria” in 1975, consists of two text-sound pieces from 1971/1961 and an absolute monster of an early tape-piece: the side-long “Fantasmata 1960.” This was composed, you guessed it, in 1960 in the “Institut Für Elektroakustik Der Musikhochschule In Wien"

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  • Yamash'ta & The Horizon : Sunrise From West Sea "Live" - LP (Wewantsounds, 2022)

  • Stomu Yamash’ta highly sought-after album released in 1971 and never reissued since. A deep live performance featuring Takehisa Kosugi (Taj-Mahal Travellers) and Masahiko Satoh, remastered from the original tapes with original gatefold artwork with obi and new introduction by Paul Bowler / Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the first-ever release of 'Sunrise From West Sea', a mesmerising performance by Stomu Yamash'ta accompanied by Jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh (well known for his involvement in the New Herd Orchestra and his 'Belladonna of Sadness' soundtrack) and Taj Mahal Travellers founder Takehisa Kosugi on Electric Violin. The line up, also comprising Hideakira Sakurai on Electric Shamisen, is a spaced-out improvisational soundscape over the two LP sides. Remastered from the original tapes, the album is reissued here for the first time ever on LP. The LP comes in its beautiful original gatefold artwork with OBI strip, 2 page insert and a new introduction by journalist Paul Bowler

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  • Henk Badings, Dick Raaijmakers : Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2017)

  • Aurora Rising present a reissue of Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakers's Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music, originally released in 1958 under the title Electronic Music and released again in 1968 as Evolution & Contrasts. The 1968 release Evolution & Contrasts contains the same recordings as the 1958 Electronic Music album. Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakers were composers, arrangers, conductors, and pioneers in the field of electronic music. They created electronic soundscapes with a rather creepy atmosphere. This stuff is different to the '50s avant-garde classics and the more pop-oriented electronic albums of the same period. Badings's "Capriccio For Violin And Two Sound Tracks" can be seen as a strange dialogue with sloping melodies between the violin and unidentifiable electronic devices that gives you goosebumps / It has a rather picturesque approach and could be used for early horror flicks as accompanying music for the horrifying scenes. The amazing fact is that this music still sounds fresh and exciting even nearly six decades after its initial release. "Genese", on the other hand, is a lengthy composition of chirping, bubbling, and droning sounds, swelling and ebbing away in regular intervals. Cosmic music of the highest order. Some sections also feel like an intergalactic information transfer signal of unknown origin. All-in-all a very spooky and haunting affair. It's interesting how electronic music already went back in the late '50s while most people consider the late '60s and early '70s as the heydays for electronic experiments and cosmic sounds / Well, this reissue allows listeners to experience the pioneers of this genre, and they really do it well. Raaijmakers even had a hand in writing groovy dance compositions when collaborating with Tom Dissevelt. He used the pseudonym Kid Baltan on these occasions. Anyway, this is quite a different thing. This is dark and utterly strange. "Contrasts" by Raaijmakers is a mixture between funny swirling sounds that make you think of a quick tempered discussion between little androids and menacing drones in the back that soon gets interrupted by single blows and hisses with frightening howls far in the back. This is definitely an album for true enthusiasts of strange electronic sounds who even consider early Tangerine Dream as fluffy pop music. Includes five bonus tracks

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  • Rune Lindblad : Death Of The Moon And Other Early Works - LP (Fantôme Phonographique, 2018)

  • Rune Lindblad was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1923 and began composing music in 1953. This was a time when composers in Germany and France were feuding over the merits of electronic music made by pure wave oscillators versus Musique concrète, which used the tape recorder as its main instrument. Lindblad, however did not see these genres as mutually exclusive / In fact, Lindblad extended his work to incorporate other mediums along with his approach to music. Deeply involved with woodcuts and painting, Lindblad was already experimenting with using damaged 16mm film in his Optica 1 as early as 1959. Not surprisingly, since Lindblad represented no institutionalized school of thought, his experiments went unnoticed for many years with the exception of his demonstration of Musique concrète in a concert at Folkets Hus in 1957 where the audience demanded their money back and the critics called his concert "pure torture" / Until a retrospective published by Radium in 1989 there were only two recordings of Rune Lindblad's compositions; one was the single side of a 7" record released in 1957, the other a full length album published in 1975. Both of these recordings were poorly distributed and remain fairly unknown. Lindblad taught at Gothenburg University; among his students were Rolf Enstrom, Ake Parmerud, and Ulf Billing. The music on Death Of The Moon & Other Early Works has lain dormant for almost 35 years. It was recorded at a time when Lindblad was forced to borrow equipment from the University in Gothenburg in the evening and have it returned by sunrise the next morning. These compositions are essentially tape music, where individual performances are fed back and forth between tape recorders in a style represented by the technical limitations during this time period

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  • Julia Reidy, Morten Joh : Tape Shadow - MC (Futura Resistenza, 2022)

  • “A series of slow chords and gestures, doomed and endless, colored right between major and minor, vibes and guitar, rotating around each other like planets, resonating in an enormous space. Tape delay creating shadows and environments to swim around in. Titles evocative of tunings, playing styles, and improvisational strategies. Matter of fact collaboration between two searching musicians." (Koen Nutters) / Julia Reidy makes music for acoustic and processed instruments, mostly guitars. Their recorded work can be described as a series of non-traditional song forms which combine unstable harmonic territories, rhythmic elasticity and abstract narrative over stretched, episodic forms. They have released several albums on labels such as Black Truffle and Editions Mego / Morten Joh is one of the many aliases of Norwegian percussionist and producer Morten Johan Olsen, known from bands including MoHa!, N.M.O., Naaljos Ljom, and Splitter Orchester

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  • P.Funk, De Fabriek : Music For Hippies (Remix) - CD (EE Tapes, 2022)

  • A5 sized card cover inside a transparent ziplock bag. Remix of the legendary 1988 cassette release by De Fabriek & P.Funk. Another special release in the 35th year of our existence at EE Tapes / De Fabriek and our label have had an excellent connection for many years. We did some releases before on cassette, CDr and CD, and now the big chief of De Fabriek was so nice as to give us the exclusive rights for a BEL(gian) version of his newest baby (De Fabriek FABPROD27 / CD 100 cps / NL). Needless to say we still adore De Fabriek after all these years! First come, first served. Tags: abstract, ambient, experimental, freestyle

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  • Mr. Moto, De Fabriek : Rovelatous Dans Le Fabrique - CD (EE Tapes, 2022)

  • A5 sized card cover inside a transparent ziplock bag. CD and DDL reissue of a limited tape from 1996 on EE Tapes! A co-work between Matthias Lang (Irre Tapes, Germany) and De Fabriek (Holland) / 'Quite an interesting and lively collaboration on this tape released by the Belgian Tape label EE Tapes back in 1996. Here Mr. Moto [Matthias Lang] from Germany and De Fabriek from Holland meet on a neutral ground to work on a unified project of experimental electronic sounds. They are delivering to us weird yet beautiful electro-experimentations! 8 tracks (4 each side) crafted with minimal sequencing and yet sometimes rhythmic and slow moving forward implosions of melodies/noises.' (from 1000flights blog)

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  • Neu! : 50! - 5xLP Box (Grönland, 2022)

  • NEU!, the legendary Krautrock duo of Michael Rother and the late Klaus Dinger, celebrate the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with the NEU! 50! box set, out September 23rd. NEU! 50! includes albums NEU!, NEU! 2!, and NEU! 75, plus the brand new NEU! Tribute Album, a NEU! stencil and booklet. The Tribute Album features reworkings by The National, Idles, Man Man, Mogwai, Guerilla Toss, Alexis Taylor, and more

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  • Neu! : Neu! - LP (Grönland, 2022)

  • Picture disc. Neu! was recorded over four days in Hamburg in 1972 with can producer Conrad Plank, and its static, aggressive harmonies and almost (but not quite) robotic sound still has a resonance that echoes even today. As any musician from Add N to X to Sonic Youth, from Stereolab to Cabaret Voltaire could tell you, early '70s Dusseldorf band Neu! were one third of the original triumvirate - alongside Can and Faust- that defined Krautrock

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  • Minimal Compact : Statik Dancin' - 12" (Fortuna, 2022)

  • An unbelievable post-punk shuffler from 1981, by Tel-Aviv-Brussels band Minimal Compact! This tune is one of our favorite tracks ever and we've been wanting to reissue it since day one. But this is no ordinary reissue! The 12'' includes an unreleased instrumental version plus a spaced-out extended dub mix by the living legend, Mad Professor! / Killer stuff as ever from the Fortuna Records crew!!!

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  • Bachir Attar, Elliott Sharp : In New York - LP (Fortuna, 2022)

  • Moroccan Jajouka master Bachir Attar meets American experimental musician Elliot Shrap for a live jam of drum machines and traditional Moroccan instruments in 1990. Bachir Attar's Career spans five decades and represents the transcendental sounds of Jajouka, a small Moroccan village situated between Fes and Tangier, known for its unique mystical sound. Fans include William Burroughs and The Rolling Stones with which Bachir recorded with in 1989. A year later Attar collaborated with the prolific avant-garde jazz musician Elliot Sharp on this very Album. Both Sharp and Attar have dedicated their careers to exploring the meeting points between east and west and this album is a unique example of two brilliant minds creating a new, ultra trippy sonic experience / This release is a first collaboration between Fortuna Records and our friends Dikraphone Records out of Morocco, serious unearthers of lost Moroccan music. Look out for more Dikraphone-Fortuna collaborations in the future!

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  • Kalbata, Tigris : Vanrock - LP (Fortuna, 2022)

  • Fortuna boss Kalbata joins forces with five-piece band Tigris, creating a mesmerizing percussion-led album inspired by African and Caribbean traditions. Repetitive guitars, blissful synthesizers, and roaring voodoo drums set the tone across this extra-trippy, six-track journey. Techno and Balearic undertones remind us of Kalbata’s wide musical spectrum, ranging from very dark to luminous tropical sunlight. Essential!

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  • Frédéric Blondy, Eliane Radigue : Occam XXV - CD (Organ Reframed, 2022)

  • Designed by Philip Marshall, this special edition compact disc is the first in the series of Organ Reframed releases. Packaged in a matt A5/DVD style digipack it also includes a full colour 16 page booklet containing text from Éliane Radigue, photographs of her writing Occam XXV in Paris and of the 1877 Henry Willis organ at Union Chapel / In 2018 experimental festival Organ Reframed commissioned Éliane Radigue to write her first work for organ, 'Occam Ocean XXV'. Radigue worked closely with organist Frédéric Blondy at the Église Saint Merry in Paris before transferring the piece to Union Chapel for its premiere at Organ Reframed on 13 October 2018. The recording on this compact disc was made at a private session at Union Chapel on 8 January 2020. 'Occam XXV' inaugurates the very special record series of works exclusively commissioned by Organ Reframed, the organ-only, one of a kind experimental music festival, carefully curated by Scottish composer/performer and London's Union Chapel organ music director Claire M Singer / 'Occam XXV' is the latest chapter of Radigue's broader series of works Occam Ocean which she has been composing in the last decade. Carefully selected by Radigue she has closely collaborated with various extremely experienced yet sensitive instrumentalists. For Occam XXV Radigue collaborated with pianist, organist, composer, improviser, artistic director of the Orchestra of New Musical Creation, Experimentation and Improvisation (ONCEIM) Frédéric Blondy, which is their second collaboration in the Occam Ocean series. 'Occam XXV' premiered in 2018, and was later recorded privately in 2020 at London's Organ Reframed headquarters Union Chapel

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  • Thomas Köner : Nuuk - LP (Mille Plateaux, 2021)

  • Thomas Köner is one of the most influential modernist minimal composers. Alongside Wolfgang Voigt’s “Gas” project, Köner has been centrally responsible for electronic music’s fascination with depth and reduction. His signature sound is vast, seemingly endless, which at first seems homogenous and infinite, but once exposed to it, when our senses calibrate to the fine nuances of changes, we discover and immerse into abundance of textures, richness of modulations and almost infinite range of sonic titilations. Köner’s work was inspired by his frequent travels in the Arctic, and listeners feel his music as a journey to mysterious worlds of the Arctic region / The experience of being exposed to the extreme cold, the hightening of our senses and ability to notice even the slightest changes in color, sound, light or density that creates this dangerously reductive environment, is like an immersion in the sonic world of this German artist, where masterfully crafted layers of sound open into colossal spaces, teeming with aural life, waiting to be discovered by those who venture into it / The titles of Köner’s highly regarded albums from the 90’s ever so often play with this affinity – Nunatak, Permafrost, Teimo - all reference to the world of the Artic region, just as his album Nuuk that points us to the capital of Greenland. Subdued and minimal at first glance, this album is brimming with low-end frequences, shadowy resonances and boreal ambience, but at the same time, constant fluctuation and vulnerability of sonic events, makes it very organic, human and almost comforting, like the tiny harbour existing in the sea of ice, it is named after. Originally published as one of four CD’s on the 1997 compilation Driftworks, which also included albums by Nijiumu, Pauline Oliveros& Randi Raine-Reusch and Paul Schütze, the album was re-relased in 2004 by MillePlateauxMedia. It also served as the source of music material and inspiration for Thomas Köner’s video art by the same

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  • Yu Su : Roll With The Punches - 12" (Second Circle, 2019)

  • Second Circle are delighted to announce a five track EP from Kaifeng born, Vancouver based musician Yu Su, titled ‘Roll With The Punches' / Recorded on the Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, three tracks on the EP grew out of a live set Yu Su began developing in 2018 for a series of performances. The record also features two collaborations; on the opening track “Little Birds, Moonbath” Michelle Helene Mackenzie appears on modular synth, with Vancouver locals Pender Street Steppers joining Yu Su for an improvised jam, appearing on guitar and synth across “Tipu’s Tiger” / The title ‘Roll With The Punches' as Yu Su herself explains, “Is a metaphor translated from an old Chinese proverb, that roughly translates as ‘The Spring flows over plains and The Valley is born’. The proverb explains the origin of ‘The Valley’ and also speaks of a very Daoist abstraction in which the ‘Thousand Things’ are born and will eventually co-exist in the metaphysical system of ‘The Valley’.”

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  • Telesoniek Atelier : A Selection Of Improvisations 1989-2017 - 2xLP (Private, 2022)

  • Telesoniek Atelier is the nom d’artiste of Dutch audiovisual explorer and electronic music sorcerer Hans Kulk, who’s been steadily carving a name for himself in Dutch art circles while constantly shining a light on the electronic music pioneers that came before him. ‘A Selection of Improvisations’ brings together some of his work of the last quarter of a century, veering back and forth between avantgarde classical music (the post-Bachian opener ‘Chateauroux’, ‘Oberheim Impro’), thoughtful minimalism (‘A Prophet Oberheim Impro’), emotive ambient (the wonderfully understated ‘I Am’ and the Klaus Schulze-dedicated ‘Gruesse an KS’) and eerie retro-futuristic soundscapes (‘Improvisatie’, ‘Montage De L’Histoire’). It’s a varied bunch that’s so heartbreakingly beautiful you can’t help but wonder why none of this was ever released before / “There was never much focus on recording quality - I was interested only in capturing the momentary musical idea improvised on those great SCI, Oberheim and ARP instruments”, Kulk humbly states in the liner notes of this beautifully designed double album. While he’s obviously selling himself short here - ‘Improvisations’ sounds great from start to finish and that can't be solely attributed to the expert mastering of Frédéric Alstadt - it’s this sense of selflessness and unpretentiousness that makes this such a thrilling ride. The music speaks for itself here and it speaks volumes

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  • Anna von Hausswolff : All Thoughts Fly - LP (Southern Lord, 2022)

  • Pale pink vinyl. Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”) is the starting point for Anna von Hausswolff’s new album All Thoughts Fly, incoming on Southern Lord on 25th September. Here in solo instrumental mode, the entire record consists of just one instrument, the pipe organ, and represents absolute liberation of the imagination. All Thoughts Fly radiates a melancholic beauty, and is distinguished by fluid transitions of contrasting elements; calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, much like the place that inspires the music / Sacro Bosco is a garden, based in the centre of Italy, containing grotesque mythological sculptures and buildings overgrown with vegetation, situated in a wooded valley beneath the castle of Orsini. Created during the 16th Century, Sacro Bosco was commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini, some say to try and cope with his grief following the death of his wife Guilia Farnese, others speculate the purpose was to create art / About the album Anna explains “there’s a sadness and wilderness that inspired me to write this album, also a timelessness. I believe that this park has survived not only due to its beauty but also because of the iconography, it has been liberated from predictable ideas and ideals. The people who built this park truly set their minds and imagination free. All thoughts fly is a homage to this creation, and an effort to articulate the atmosphere and the feelings that this place evokes inside of me. It’s a very personal interpretation of a place that I lack the words to describe. I’d like to believe Orsini built this monumental park out of grief for his dead wife, and in my Sacro Bosco I used this story as a core for my own inspiration: love as a foundation for creation.”

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  • Runhild Gammelsæter, Lasse Marhaug : Higgs Boson - LP (Ideologic Organ, 2022)

  • Orange vinyl. Runhild Gammelsæter and Lasse Marhaug are two Norwegian musicians/sound artists. Both started in the early 1990s music underground and have worked in many constellations with a wide range of collaborators / Despite knowing each other for a long time, Gammelsæter and Marhaug’s first collaborative work was the “Quantum Entanglement” LP in 2014. The album ignited a collective spark that both wanted to pursue further. Still, other commitments got in the way, and the project lay dormant until Stephen O’Malley, and Greg Anderson invited them to open for Sunn O))) for a special gig in the St. James Church of Culture in Oslo in the autumn of 2019. The two gathered for a long series of rehearsals, and after the successful performance, it was clear that it was time to start working on new compositions and recordings. That process initiated in late 2019 and continued to early 2021, encompassing before and after the world went through the lockdown. The result of this long development to be heard accumulated upon their new album “Higgs Boson” on Ideologic Organ Music

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  • Alvin Curran : Drumming Up Trouble - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Black Truffle is thrilled to announce Drumming Up Trouble, the first release of previously unissued music by Alvin Curran on the label. Collecting works recorded between 2018-2021 and a side-long epic dating back to the early 80s, as the title suggests, Drumming Up Trouble focuses on a hitherto almost unknown aspect of Curran’s encyclopaedic and omnivorous musical world: his experiments with sampled and synthesised percussion. As Curran’s wonderful, wildly sweeping liner notes make clear, his fascination with drumming belongs to the radical investigation of music’s fundamental elements that has marked his output since the beginnings of MEV, who aimed (as he says in a recent interview) to return ‘in some collective way to a non-existent start time in the history of human music’. Whatever kind of music our proto-human ancestors played, he writes, ‘drums were front and centre in the mix. Drums rule!’

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  • Ilpo Väisänen, Pan Sonic : Keskipäivän Hetken Sumea Vaillinaisuus - 12" (I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free, 2022)

  • "Still against this invasion. Summer is at its best, but for some, it's not that. Russia continues its brutal war in Ukraine, bombing civilian targets, killing civilians, and deliberately destroying cities and villages. The war goes on, and Russia's tactic is to prolong it so that the West at some stage will forget the whole thing. Putin is using energy and food as a weapon, hoping to destroy our unity. I want to point out that there is a genocide currently happening in Europe. Damn it, it's here now. Don't forget!" - Ilpo Väisänen

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  • Kangding Ray : Ultrachroma - 2xLP (ara, 2022)

  • Gatefold sleeve. “ In search for unseen colours beyond the visible spectrum, Kangding Ray explored the outer fringe of club music and came back with a set of prismatic sonic crystals ”

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  • Otto Muehl : Musik 1982-90 - CD (Tochnit Aleph, 2022)

  • Packaged in 6-panel digipack / 76 minutes collection of recordings made at the Friedrichshof commune between 1982 and 1990. Performed by Otto Muehl and members of the commune. Includes actionist group-music, improvised conceptual pieces, and bar pianist songs

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  • Selten Gehörte Musik : Sehr Selten Gehörte Tanzmusik - 2xCD (Tochnit Aleph, 2022)

  • Packaged in 6-panel digipack / Previously unpublished performance of the internationally renowned dance band Selten Gehörte Musik (on this occasion: Christian Attersee, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener) at the closing event of the “Literanover” Festival at the Kunstmuseum Hannover, on November 16th, 1980. Close to two hours of very rarely heard dance music, indeed

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  • Controlled Death : Dirge For The Departed - MC (Deathbed Tapes, 2022)

  • Pro-dubbed in black windowless shell, clamshell rave case, pro-printed cover and label / With heavy hearts, we present Controlled Death's Dirge for the Departed. Maso Yamazaki takes a step away from the synths to bring you 30 minutes of harrowing tape drenched funeral organ

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  • Anton LaVey : Strange Music - MC (Deathbed Tapes, 2022)

  • Not much info on the net. As with all the instruments on this album, the cornet and banjo, as realistic as they may sound, are played on synthesizers. [from liner notes] / Born Howard Stanton Levey April 11, 1930, LaVey was the founder and first High Priest of the Church of Satan until his death on October 29, 1997

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  • Roro Perrot, Rudolf Eb.er : Blood Merde - 6" (Deathbed Tapes, 2022)

  • 6 inch black square lathes with thick picture disc sleeves. A & B side printed paper labels and folded covers / Putrid collaboration by Rudolf Eb.er and Roro Perrot aka Vomir

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  • God Is War : Plucking The Sun Out Of The Sky - LP (Deathbed Tapes, 2021)

  • Transparent orange vinyl / « This album is a score to a mechanical nightmare. Overwhelming oppressive, lumbering and a constant synthetic decent. God is War have tapped into the subconscious of machinery creating an ideal soundtrack befitting the works of Philip K. Dick. Favorite track: Plucking The Sun Out Of The Sky »

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  • Grim : Cheerleader - MC (Deathbed Tapes, 2022)

  • Pro dubbed in clear shell, black and clear norelco case, pro printed cover and label

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  • Controlled Death : Black Lucifer Rising - LP (Deathbed Tapes, 2020)

  • All recorded and edited by Maso Yamazaki at Death Control Studio in Feb. 2019. Originally released on Deathbed Tapes to cassette on 18/2/2019. Reissued on Deathbed Tapes to vinyl on 7/8/2020 / « This album is absolutely terrifying! The many starts and stops creates this very high settling tension. Each start expands on the stopper idea previously. It’s like the music equivalent of walking through thick fog while passing out multiple times throughout trying to find a place to orientate yourself. There may or may not be something sinister in that fog, but you don’t want to stick around to find out. Bought the vinyl so I summon the fog demons through spe Favorite track: Untitled »

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