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  • Nocturnal Emissions : In Dub - LP (Holuzam, 2022)

  • Back in 1980, The Pump sessions prefigured Nocturnal Emissions. The same personnel (Nigel and Daniel Ayers + Caroline K) was later credited in the first NE performance in March 1981.  Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire opened a path and a kind of DIY sound collage practice became popular in the underground. More punk than punk, right? With synth, bass, guitar and vocals, The Pump could almost be mistaken for a new wave band, but it was the start of a long, prolific and eclectic journey for Nigel Ayers, sole member of Nocturnal Emissions for quite a while now / Come 2010 and the love of dub finally surfaced explicitly on a very limited "In Dub" CDR. All the space is there, some might say also the industrial weight and - dare we say it - the weight of crumbling capitalism (notoriously visible after 2008). There's a sort of robotic pace in these dry statements of political commentary, not really the same as in 80s digital dancehall or 90s digidub. It sounds like the kind of autonomous zone dreamed about since the punk and cut-up years and informed by all the accumulated background in electronic music and knowledge and respect for dub pioneers / "In Dub Volume 2" appeared in 2020, also strictly limited, framed by the early stages of the COVID experience, expanding on the same sonics, gently dragging the listener along for a thoughtful ride. The music on both volumes was recorded at leisure over a period of roughly 12 years and it hovers timelessly above. Heavily synthetic, learned and respectful music, alienated and in sync with the desire to escape (even if temporarily) to an artificial and abstract safe zone. We now present carefully selected tracks from both volumes, given a proper boost for vinyl by Douglas Wardrop (Bush Chemists, Conscious Sounds)

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  • Gábor Lázár, Mark Fell : The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making - 2xLP (The Death Of Rave, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. ‘The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making’ explores a radical re-calibration of conventional meter and tone in modern electronic music, probing specific aspects of Max/MSP software with the potential to acutely challenge our perception of time and space. It’s a maximalist, future-shocking play of tension-and-resolution created from minimalist elements, featuring Lázár’s calligraphic, torso-morphing chromo-notes punctuated by Fell’s signature Linn drum cracks at ostensibly obtuse, yet deeply funked-up junctures across ten tracks in 50 minutes / They range from precision-tooled 2-minute scrambles to swaggering showpieces, culminating in what has become a meme for Mark Fell albums with the uncannily emotive closing statement – a 12 minute masterstroke consolidating all the album’s ideas in one breathless, beguiling arrangement. If music can be considered a catalyst for social change, what are the implications of this mutant record? Considered in terms of the dancefloor, it mirrors the muscle-memory re-programming impact of OG hardcore & jungle or Chicago footwork – think of scattered bodies attempting to synch with new, accelerated and “irregular” rhythms – offering a freedom of expression and interpretation that’s typically scarce in most grid-locked musics / Likewise, the inversion of melodic convention in favour of warped, dynamic contours and visceral, psycho-acoustic timbre offers a sharpened grammar of emotional expression and sensation that doesn’t wilt to ordinary sentiment

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  • Peter Rehberg : At Grm - LP (Portraits GRM, 2022)

  • Shelter Press and Ina grm are pleased and moved to present two previously unreleased recordings of Peter Rehberg, two live performances given at the GRM which, each in their own way, vividly illustrate the extent of his sonic palette. On 22 July 2021, Peter Rehberg passed away, leaving a great emptiness in his wake. Many initiatives have already celebrated or will soon celebrate his memory and the titanic work he put at the service of so many artists - a whole musical community, in fact - through Editions Mego. INA grm, Shelter Press and Stephen O’Malley, who are continuing some of the collaborative Editions Mego sub-labels (Recollection GRM, Portraits GRM and Ideologic Organ), wanted to pay tribute more specifically to the musician Peter Rehberg, and to his immense talent / Peter Rehberg, as an artist, has collaborated with the GRM on numerous occasions, both with Stephen O’Malley (as KTL) and solo. This release features two concerts given for the GRM, each time as part of the Présences électronique festival. The first concert, given on 15 March 2009 at the Maison de la Radio in Paris, marked the first collaboration between Peter Rehberg and the GRM and the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship. The second concert took place on 6 March 2016. Between these two concerts, 7 years have passed, 7 years in which the ties between Peter Rehberg and the GRM have been strengthened, 7 years in which Peter Rehberg’s music has flourished / What is striking in these two concerts is how Peter Rehberg’s unique musical sensitivity and ‘grammar’ can be heard beyond the instruments. For while the first concert is pure laptop music, the second is extended to the field of modular synthesis. However, in both concerts, the elements that are so personal to Peter Rehberg’s music are present and combine in a layering of sonic abrasions, raw sensations and a sensitivity that is as much about formal awareness as it is about the invocation of overwhelming emotions, even though a little hidden behind a radicality that is always a bit provocative. Peter Rehberg offers us a “portrait music”, a music that gives some clues about the personality of its author and whose absence continues to deepen an inconsolable sadness

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  • Dominique Lawalrée : First Meeting - LP (Catch Wave Ltd., Ergot, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Dominique Lawalrée (b. 1954) is a composer born and based in Brussels. First Meeting is Lawalrée's first archival release to date. Culled from four different albums originally self-published on his private label Editions Walrus, circa 1978-1982, this compilation highlights the composer's unique sense of ambient and minimal composition. Originally considered for release on Brian Eno's Obscure Records, Lawalrée's music is now no longer hidden / In this collection the listener finds the sounds of piano, synthesizers, percussion, wurlitzer, organ, and voice, all performed by Lawalrée. Using these tools Dominique creates miniature themes that gallop across the speakers in slow motion, stretching our normal sense of dynamics and color, effortlessly widening the stereo plane. On “Musique Satieerique,” Dominique pays homage to the influence of Satie with simple repeated piano figures and a lush field of organs and flutes. And on other selections, like “Le Maison Des 5 Elements,” he takes a more wistful, ambient approach, layering keyboard lines, and invoking found/tape sounds to create a hypnogogic world of his own. Childlike in its playfulness and surreal to the bone, the music spins like a carrousel placed inside the Rothko Chapel. Lawalrée’s sense of timbre, tone, and overarching composition is like an impression of a home movie whose charm lies in its knowledge of intimacy, shared by few. An incantation of innocence / « A quiet, understated music that is both touching and elegant » - Gavin Bryars

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  • Muslimgauze : Muhammadunize - 2xLP (Staalplaat, 2022)

  • Listeners who know much of anything about Bryn Jones’ work as Muslimgauze know that he was prolific in both his work and Muhammadunize, has what could be called a classic feel to it, with a very familiar blend of drones, string instruments, and synths, and varying percussion/break-beat patterns, in turn mixed with a number of hard-to-catch vocal samples. It's a formula used many times in the past by Jones, yet somehow he still manages to keep things just fresh enough, investing songs like the first and second "Khalifate" and especially both slamming versions of "Imad Akel" with enough unexpected touches. He incorporates the basic power of his work in the tracks as well, with both beauty and a nervy, hard-to-define tension as the songs progress / The sound palette of Muhammadunize is very similar to his ambient-techno albums such as Mullah Said and Gun Aramaic, down to the rhythms and the trademark tanpura drones and keys in C minor. The difference is that it's a bit more aggressive and faster-paced than the aforementioned albums, thus utilising a similar dark atmosphere to a more immediate and in-your-face effect, especially as noted by the drum-kit urban-sounding pulse of Imad Akel, one of the high points on this album. However, my favorite track here is the closer Fatah Guerrilla (also title track of the whole triple album), featuring a rapid echoed rhythm along with a barrage of percussion popping up and echoing every so often, sounding like they're flying through the room at a quick pace; the piece also features a beautiful flute melody which combines with the busy rhythm section in an interesting way

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  • Ceramic Hello : The Absence Of A Canary - LP (Ice Machine, 2020)

  • For the first release on their new reissues-focussed sub-label Ice Machine, Suction Records look backwards - both into their own history and that of minimal synth music more generally. You see, Suction previously put out an edition of Ceramic Hello’s 1981 LP The Absence Of A Canary back in 2002, but so vital a record is this that they’ve decided the album deserved a second pressing. The Absence Of A Canary is an underground classic of synthetic wave music, its lengthier tunes presenting a cold, calculated strangeness derived from Ultravox and Bauhaus while the album’s more cerebral interludes unfurl with the classical grace of Wendy Carlos. Ceramic Hello’s Brett Wickens may now be best-known as the man behind some of the iconic Factory Records sleeves, but The Absence Of A Canary is proof that his musical output is an equally crucial part of the post-punk story

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  • Hiroki Takahashi : Sonne Und Wasser - LP (Where To Now?, 2019)

  • Tokyo based H.Takahashi follows up his ‘Raum’ LP for Where To Now? with ‘Sonne und Wasser’, a continuation & development of his unmistakable brand of meditative Pulse Minimalism. Where ‘Raum’ was concerned with architectural space and energy, ‘Sonne und Wasser’ turns its focus towards the lives of the plants & flowers that live amongst us. This LP has been born from a deep adoration of Horticulture and the microscopic lifecycle of the plant world, where themes of vitality & slow growth are explored through Takahashi’s gloriously delicate & considered movements / The beauty of Takahashi’s work lays in his commanding ability to stop you in your tracks via a force that is barely there, embracing the use of space & silence to deliver a deep & considered trip. Back in 2017 we said of his then LP… “The music is to help us function - it's music to work to, to sleep to, to help us find a sense of space and oneness within a world that is increasingly wild and untameable.” A Couple of years down the line and our World has continued on its mad path, and it is a true privilege to enable a healing output, & to encourage a global opportunity to switch off and immerse oneself in H.Takahashi’s flourishing Fauna phantasm / “Takahashi draws cues from a melting pot of closely connected yet wholly individual strands of Minimalism - from the Japanese Minimalist works from the likes of Hiroshi Yoshimura and Satoshi Ashikawa, to masters such as Erik Satie and John Cage, and Ambient leaders Brian Eno and Roedelius, Takahashi soaks this historical influence and rings it out it through a modern filter to create stillness, ethereal beauty, and transcendent energy.”

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  • U : Joy Of Labour - 7" (Where To Now?, 2021)

  • Hand-stamped newsprint sleeve, with pvc sleeve. One time pressing of 200 manufactured at Curved. For their 7” debut on Where To Now? U mines the considerable depths of his MPC hard drive to present 3 snapshots of an artist shaking off their formative influences and commencing the journey to unexplored realms of the sampler’s universe

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  • Max Winter : One Thousand Lonely Places - LP (Where To Now?, 2021)

  • Stamped and stickered LPs with A3 insert. Max Winter’s music seeks to traverse a breadth of styles – a world where freewheeling jazzwise drum workouts linger behind silk bass and glooming electronics, where compositional flurries of flute, cello, keys, and violin playfully exchange with restrained melodic ambience, where driving & pummelling big drop productions resurface as introverted pop stunners, where crystalline vocal melodies float above terminator slap bass sessions… it’s literally all going on…and all at the same time. Max holds that rare ability to serve as a vector for his own sweeping ideas, to think something and ‘just do it’ – coming from a jazz & classical compositional background Max writes everything, plays everything, and masterfully grasps everything. To be frank, ‘One Thousand Lonely Places’ has ended up being one of the most mysterious and exciting things we’ve ever put out / Max strives to bring a very human element / approach to his electronic compositions, perhaps a result of the tactile nature of his classical training, he injects a unique rawness into his sound world via vocal experiments which breathe (literally) emotional states into much of the work, building and elevating his sound with the big room pieces, and pushing the other end extreme of anxious isolation deeper into the walls / There’s no denying the strong pop sensibility that permeates ‘One Thousand Lonely Places’, hushed vocal parts are shared between Max and recurring guest IMOGEN, and there’s a definite structure within the chaos, but this is mostly an odd, isolated, experimental take on formal song structure - walking the same restrained, understated pathways forged by bands such as Talk Talk and The Necks one moment, and then the next minute pointing towards the likes Arto Lindsey & Bill Laswell’s more playful forms of No Wave, and then from there gazing towards the future focus of musically informed, genre less freedom explored by artists such as Laurel Halo, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. All of these touchpoints are subtly underpinned with an understanding and appreciation of classical & quiet music forms of composition encompassed and explored by masters such as Akira Rabelais, Harold Budd, David Sylvian

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  • Dekalb Works : Duologue - LP (Where To Now?, 2021)

  • Assembled stamped & stickered in reverse-board sleeve. ‘Dekalb Works’ is the collaborative project of Austin Peru (Vision Fortune) & Daniel Creahan (Sweat Equity / Alien D). Born out of a shared deep sociological interest of dialects and cultural frameworks, and the effects these have on meaning within modes of speech, the pair here delve into the dialects of their own beginnings, mining US/British regional accents and weaving these situational scenes through a textured, intentionally disjointed, hand made soundscape of bass tension and fleeting, glistening melody – adding additional layers of emotion and meaning to everyday observations of language / ‘Duologue’ intends to blur the lines between perceived and constructed reality, occupying a gauzy, dreamlike space shared by the likes of Hype Williams & James Ferraro, where foggy sonars & deep subs provide the backbone to both eccentric and mundane ephemeral flutters of dialect. ‘Duologue’ revels in its variance of linguistic stylings – from the deep US south religious lament of ‘of a’ hovering above an ambience of Zither & Bells, to the doom laden sax skronk and vocal stutter of ‘with’, to the creeping stripped micro dub of ‘only’ which allows the familiar hue of the British news reader and typical West Midlands dialectical moments to clash – aptly documenting of an impending collision / This is certainly one for heads into all things slow & spacious - for sure there’s a lot to digest and get lost in here across the records quite intentionally intoxicating ark, where touch points and historical nods range from Laraaji’s signature ambience to Ernest Hood’s visionary ‘Neighbourhoods’, filtered through modern outer sound explorers such as John T. Gast, Mark Lecky, and the bass minimalism of SND. (Also definitely for fans of Brummy slang, sacred harp singing, Serbian-American choirs, UK news broadcasts, etc (I see you)

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  • Areliz Ramos : Frío - CD (Where To Now?, 2022)

  • Trigger case with inked sleeve and obi strip by Liam Cosford. Each Sleeve is unique and is shipped in a biodegradable eco-bag. Where to Now? are proud to present the debut album from Peru based and born Areliz Ramos. ‘Frio’ seeks to explore the common reality of isolation and melancholy which exists when stepping away from our roots towards a solo global exploration of culture and place. Recorded between spells in London, Berlin, and Lima, 'Frio’ attempts to soak up experimental & electronic subcultural scenes within these environments, resulting in a body of work which seeks to connect, longs to feel, and yearns to regain a sense of belonging / Previously recording under the moniker ‘Milkshlk’ (Female Pressure, Napp), Areliz’s sound shuffles all over the place - from occupying the same deep haze, ethereal, smudged, and downtempo space championed by the likes of Boards of Canada, Odd Nosdam, Seefeel etc, to carrying an unassuming boom bap sensibility and confidence at times, to stepping back and opening widely to experimentation, extended field recordings and tonal subtleti / The album begins with title track ‘Frio’, an orchestral and meditative movement in which inaudible, hushed conversations flicker in and out of focus, before the playful piano samples of ‘This Track Is For You’ swing into motion, with a prolonged sampling of a loving ‘pep talk’ from father to daughter welcoming jazzwise flutters and swirling melodies, eventually collapsing under a wave of distortion

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  • Post Moves : Heart Music - 2xLP (Where To Now?, 2022)

  • Sam Wenc is a composer and multi-instrumentalist working with sound, text, and objects. He utilises guitar, pedal steel guitar, vibraphone, electronics, field recordings, and found objects to compose both structured and formless pieces that attempt to blur concepts of what constitutes “folk music”. He has released music on labels such as Noumenal Loom, Obsolete Staircases, Moon Villain, and his own label, Lobby Art. Below are Wenc’s own thoughts on his work and approach, which frankly do a far better job of capturing the essence of his spiritual, minimal, and transcendent pieces than we could… / “Heart Music“ was recorded over the course of 2019 and 2020. The initial intention was not necessarily to produce an album, but rather to explore composing from a percussive perspective and trying to avert relying heavily on the pedal steel guitar and guitar as primary modes of composing. The pedal steel guitar lends itself to such a soft sound palette so even in pieces that are highly structured (Always for Pleasure, Going Right to the Praying Mantis), I wanted to avoid the propensity to let the composition amble along, and rather create a brisk, biting percussive component. This can particularly be heard on "Del Mero Corazon", which pulses along with the droning bowing of the banjo and marimacho before drums kick in and later on the vibraphone / If you dig the following then this is most certainly one for you… Susan Alcorn, Alice Coltrane, Phil Cohran, Bobby Hutcherson, Henry Flynt, Jon Gibson, Mind Over Mirrors, Natural Information Society, Johnny Coley, Oren Ambarchi, Tortoise, Yasuaki Shimizu, Califone

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  • Go Hirano : Corridor Of Daylights - LP (Black Editions, 2020)

  • Go Hirano third album is a quiet work of dreamlike brilliance. A home field recording where fragile piano melodies float alongside wind-chimes and wistful melodicas — insects hum in the distance and a breeze gently rustles as summer day eases toward evening. Originally released in Japan by P.S.F. Records in 2004, Corridor of Daylights is a beautiful, soulful dispatch from early aughts Tokyo / First ever vinyl edition housed in heavy "tip-on" jacket with pearlescent paper, foil stamping and metallic inks. Includes two insert including newly translated illustrated story booklet. Includes bonus track and digital download

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  • Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano : Made Out Of Sound - LP (Palilalia, 2021)

  • Sadly, many will hear Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt’s latest LP, Made Out of Sound, as “not-jazz,” though it would be more aptly described as “not-not-jazz.” In a better world, it would warrant above-the-fold reviews in Downbeat, or an appearance on David Sanborn’s late-night show (if someone would only give it back to him) / More likely, we can hope for a haiku review on Byron Coley’s Twitter timeline to sufficiently connect the various improvised terrains trodden by this long-time duo — but if you’ve been able to listen past the overmodulated icepick fidelity of Harry Pussy, it should surprise you not an iota that Orcutt’s style is rooted as much in the fractal melodies of Trane and Taylor as it is in Delta syrup or Tin Pan Alley glitz

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  • Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves, William Parker : Historic Music Past Tense Future - 2xLP (Black Editions Archive, 2022)

  • Black Editions presents “Historic Music Past Tense Future,” the first ever album to feature the meeting of Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves and William Parker. Three of the towering figures in the history of Free Jazz forge an incredibly vital free music born from lifetimes of uncompromising, ceaseless artistry. “Historic Music Past Tense Future” is the inaugural release by Black Editions Archive and the first in a series of records that will present previously unreleased works featuring Milford Graves / “In the end, the music expresses what it means to be alive, to act on behalf of life. It struts and rails, sings and screams. It confronts fear and anger and transcends them through beauty, sound, and honesty. It ?s not about false comfort, it ?s about truth—a knotty, complicated thing that calls for a knotty, complicated, and sometimes comfortless art..” — Ed Hazell, liner notes

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  • Keiko Higuchi : Vertical Language - LP (Black Editions, 2022)

  • Based in Tokyo, Keiko Higuchi is a vocalist and instrumentalist internationally renowned both for her solo performances and extensive collaborations in the world of underground improvisation, jazz and the avant garde. On Vertical Language, Higuchi has created an evocative and hauntingly beautiful album that unfurls in equal parts light and darkness, form and emptiness. On solo voice and piano as well as in duets with bassist Louis Inage, Higuchi performs a collection of songs and improvisations that take unexpected paths; her voice and piano starkly, soulfully emerge. They gradually take form as sparse notes resonate and build into intense layers of sound. The music is unvarnished and deeply personal- it embraces traditional Japanese and spiritual musics as well as even jazz and bossa nova but never completely turning itself over to their familiar forms / More than simply an album title “Vertical Language” refers to the distinctive musical approach that Higuchi has developed over the past twenty years. Her music is centered on the breathe and pulse- rather than set ‘horizontal’ musical rhythms or structures. It illuminates the connection between the artist’s body and sound. In her music piano chords and voice sound out in an instant and expand, floating off in new directions. The music embraces silence and negative space or the Japanese concept of “Ma” as well as the small ‘imperfections’ that any moment or sound might contain. Each moment in her music is as much imbued with what came before as what will come next - each note expands in space and can never be seen from just one perspective. In her music, Higuchi is constantly taking us to a place that neither she or we can quite yet see

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  • Makoto Kawashima : Homo Sacer - LP (Black Editions, 2019)

  • "Homo sacer – sacred human. Kawashima's sax is ripe with the spirit of Japanese free jazz, dwelling as it does between the violent and the beautiful. Kaoru Abe, Masayoshi Urabe, Takayuki Hashimoto, Harutaka Mochizuki… all of these altoists live in an area of personal expression rare in the world, one that feels like the body itself is being whittled away at. It feels like we have a new genius to add to that list." - Hideako Kondo, from the Japanese liner notes / Makoto Kawashima was born in Saitama, a prefecture of the Greater Tokyo Area, in 1981. He picked up the alto sax in 2008, and started playing solo in 2010. He is the founder of the Homosacer (Sacredhuman) label. Homo Sacer was originally released in 2015. It was Kawashima's second solo release and his first full length album. It was also the final release by P.S.F. Records / The album was recorded live during a heavy rainstorm at the gallery and café Yamanekoken in Iruma, Saitama. Facing up towards the ceiling, his sound arcing up to meet the raindrops beyond the roof. Kawashima played with a reed he had been given by the mother of the late Japanese saxophone giant Kaoru Abe

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  • High Rise : ll - LP (Black Editions, 2018)

  • High Rise exploded onto Tokyo’s underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man’s curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjoand frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music. Their second album High Rise II is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th century underground Japan and beyond. With Nanjo’s distorted thunder bass and Narita’s wildly narrative lead guitar playing, High Rise II is a non-stop tour de force of improvised rock music. Combining elements of garage rock, punk and no wave, the band pushed all levels fully in-the-red and transcended the limits of rock and psychedelia to create a raw, unique expansion of the music / Black Editions is proud to present High Rise II, newly mixed and mastered by Asahito Nanjo in what the band states is the definitive version of their most quintessential recording. Housed in heavy Stoughton tip-on jackets this new edition restores the original vinyl version’s textured black and silver artwork. Insert with unreleased band photographs included. Pressed onto high quality vinyl by RTI

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  • Masayuki Takayanagi, New Direction : Station '70: Call In Question / Live Independence - 3xLP Box (Black Editions, 2022)

  • Black Editions present the entirety of the recordings presented on both P.S.F. albums as well as a previously unreleased side-long "Mass Projection" in a deluxe, remastered 3LP box set. The set features the stark photography of the late Yuji Itsumi and presents the original liner notes by key Japanese music critics and historians Yoshiyuki Kitazato and Toshihiko Shimizu newly translated into English as well as in the original Japanese. Mastering by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering 2020. Graphic design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN, with typographic assistance from Takuya Kitamura. Triple-LP box set with heavy chip board, textured uncoated paper wrap, black pigment foil stamping, three heavy inserts and Japanese language insert

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  • Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit : Eclipse - LP (Black Editions, 2022)

  • Black Editions present a deluxe vinyl edition of this masterwork, revealingly remastered from the original tapes by Elysian Masters. The album is packaged in a heavy double tip-on gatefold jacket that pays tribute to the original handmade packaging and features a previously unseen studio photograph of Takayanagi by Tatsuo Minami. Recorded in Tokyo, March 14, 1975. Engineer: Mikio Aoki. Cover, photographs and design by Kazuharu Fujitani. Gatefold photograph by Tatsuo Minami. Insert Notes by Yasunori Saito. Produced by Satoru Obara, Yoshiaki Kamei, Nihon Gendai Jazz Ongaku Kenkyukai. Originally released in an edition of 100 by ISKRA Records, Japan in 1975. Remastered from the original master tapes by Dave Cooley, Elysian Masters, and produced by Peter Kolovos. Deluxe heavy tip-on gatefold LP with matte black paper, second tipped-on metallic gold wrap and insert

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  • Samuel Reinhard : Interior - LP (Präsens Editionen, 2021)

  • Clear vinyl. On Interior, his follow-up to 2020’s Miniatures, Swiss composer Samuel Reinhard excavates intricate resonances at the periphery of our attention. Across four movements of near-equal length, Reinhard once again follows a process whereby he layers and loops fragments of piano improvisations, imposing an asymmetric system that generates an unending growth of sound. Interior complicates its own systematicity, however, by using samples that are not only recognizable as piano notes, but as live recordings of a piano being played / As such, the experience of hearing these interiors is driven by the delicate timelessness of a pried-open piano chord: one is invited to tender stillness, even reverence. And yet Reinhard composes from traces both analog and digital, leaving the seams of his work exposed. Texture arrives in the form of static hiss and clicks, but also the soft trace of a finger pressing a key, the shuffle of a body shifting position in the close architecture of a small room. Having already stalled and stretched our sense of time, Reinhard asks us to think about where we are, and how close we are willing to look, feel, and listen. Over the course of these four movements sounds return again and again, familiar but transformed. What sounds like repetition is something more like accumulation, a thickening of space. Whether regarded at intimate range or from a distance, these compositions reveal more the longer we linger in the presence of each / This album follows releases from Magda Drozd, Martina Lussi, Robert Turman, Anna Homler, and Steve Moshier on Präsens Editionen

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  • Kristin Oppenheim : Night Run: Voices Fill My Head: Collected Sound Works 1993 - 1999 - 2xLP (Info, 2022)

  • INFO is pleased to announce Voices Fill My Head, Kristin Oppenheim’s second double LP release on the label documenting her early sound works from the 1990s. Recorded between 1993 and 1999 in her Brooklyn studio, Voices Fill My Head features eight pieces composed solely of the artist’s voice. For listeners who were fond of Night Run, Oppenheim’s first release on the label, this record reveals yet another important chapter in Oppenheim’s oeuvre / Since the early 1990s, Oppenheim has produced vocal compositions for gallery and museum settings, making compositions not as music, but as repetitious sound installations designed to drift back and forth across wide stereo fields. Oppenheim’s installations saturate space, touching on fragmented memories that blur the lines between reality and abstraction / Kristin Oppenheim is an American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for installation art based in performance, film, and sound. She is represented by greengrassi in London and 303 Gallery in New York

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  • Muqata'a : Kamil Manqus - LP (Hundebiss, 2021)

  • Made using sounds from radio shows, environmental sounds, and synthesizers. Muqata’a is releasing a new album, called Kamil Manqus, via Hundebiss Records this February. Across the album’s eight tracks Muqata’a weaves together sounds from live radio, drum machines, synthesizers, and field recordings to craft abstracted rhythms, elements of drone, and skittered electronics. “Using Simya’ – an ancient Arabic science of combining numbers and alphabets to communicate with the unseen – the voices of his ancestors appear throughout the album,” shares the label. Kamil Manqus follows his Inkanakuntu LP, on Souk Records

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  • Kristin Oppenheim : Night Run: Collected Sound Works 1992 - 1995 - 2xLP (Info, 2022)

  • INFO is pleased to announce Night Run, the first collection of early sound works of Kristin Oppenheim. This 2LP release features eight pieces recorded between 1992 and 1995 in her Brooklyn studio. In each recording, Oppenheim’s voice is the sole medium, forming repetitious phrases half-sung and half-spoken to compose disciplined but haunting environments that drift back and forth, panning across the stereo field / Over the last three decades, Kristin Oppenheim has composed vocal works not as a musician, but as an artist working in gallery and museum contexts. These immersive sound installations saturate space, touching on fragmented memory that blurs the lines between reality and abstraction. Oppenheim uses the physicality of sound to underscore the emotional tension between the absence and presence of her voice. Kristin Oppenheim is an American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for installation art based in writing, performance, film, and sound. She is represented by greengrassi in London and 303 Gallery in New York / Since the early 1990s, Oppenheim’s work has been exhibited internationally. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including the 45th and 46th Venice Biennale, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Among others, She has had solo exhibitions at MAMCO Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain, Geneva; at Secession, Vienna; KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; at FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou; at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Oboro, Montréal; the Jewish Museum, New York; and at the Villa Arson, Nice

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  • Taylor Deupree : Mur - LP (Dauw, 2021)

  • Silkscreen vinyl edition pressed on 180 gram white vinyl. Deupree describes the album title “as if there’s always something about my music that’s like a murmur”, resulting in a murmuring effect when pronouncing the names of each track. Mur is a personal journey through the challenging year that 2020 has been / Taylor Deupree is an American musician and mastering engineer based just outside of New York. As a former member of the American electronic band Prototype 909, Deupree has had numerous collaborations with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stephen Vitiello, Alva Noto and Marcus Fischer. Curating 12k, a New-York based music label, is another aspect of Deupree’s career and brought together over one hundred releases since its beginnings in 1997. Having some similar artists in our catalog (Federico Durand, Will Samson and Steinbüchel for example), it’s safe to say that Deupree’s new release through Dauw will be in good company

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  • Hiroki Takahashi : Paleozoic - LP (Dauw, 2022)

  • Silkscreen vinyl edition pressed on 180 gram milky clear vinyl. With a strong interest in geology and biology, Takahashi started imagining the landscape and life of the Earth in prehistoric times based on fossils and illustrated books, later used as inspiration for his compositions. At first sight, these images make it easy to envision the ecosystems and environments of prehistoric Earth as so distinct from those of today that they could almost be seen as different planets. Living through the pandemic, when Takahashi first started composing the songs, made him rethink his initial thoughts / “The Palaeozoic era was a time of extinction, of prosperity and decline. When I think about these facts from geology, they are quite spectacular. But I felt that this cycle is still happening today, but on a different scale. If you think about the time before Covid-19, people were very active and free to move around. It was with this in mind that I set about writing the music, imagining what it would be like to overcome the social upheaval of Covid-19." / It's the similarities between his initial analogy and the new pandemic reality that ultimately formed the main context for Paleozoic. This led Takahashi to make an album which sonically reflected the sequence of Paleozoic: starting from a time when life flourished in the sea ,before the arrival of life on land, to the gradual arrival of plants and insects on land and the end of an era due to change. In order to create a more vivid representation of the life force and grandeur of nature, Takahashi decided to forgo his signature lo-fi production style of using GarageBand on his Iphone. For this, he enlisted the help of sound engineer, producer and Atoris bandmate Kohei Oyamada with the mix and arrangements, resulting in a highly evocative, expansive sound palette. The result is a fascinating journey through imaginary landscapes infused with great dramatic affect and an acute sense for details across sweeping drones and electronic glistens

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  • Jason Kolàr : Liquid Rhythm - LP (Dauw, 2022)

  • Silkscreen vinyl edition pressed on 180 gram clear vinyl. Three years after Stroom TV released his debut album Modified Perspectives, Kolàr released, Loops & Pieces, a documentation of sounds he has been working on in the period 2017-2020. According to Kolàr, this tape, also his first release for Dauw, was full of vaporous drafts transforming into solid forms with the help of time and distance. Compared to his previous work, the music on Loops & Pieces is much more stripped down and minimal, yet the dreamy character remained / On Liquid Rhythm, we see Kolàr combining approaches of both albums. Using synths and acoustic instruments, he created 10 songs reflecting his typical playful yet melancholic aesthetics. "This record is dedicated to all those humans, animals and elements that flow around me; no matter the distance, no matter the time. They all shape who I am and the way I listen" - Jason Kolàr

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  • Lieven Martens : Short Stories - Pleasant And/Or Rather Sad - MC (Dauw, 2021)

  • Risograph artwork. Edições CN label founder Lieven Martens (Dolphins Into The Future) joins the Dauw label with his new album Short stories - pleasant and/or rather sad. On Short stories, Martens continues his quest for unique sound collages based on recorded original work, field recordings and samples. He offers 3 pieces depicting their own narrative. But what's the narrative? Martens leaves his listener with only music and a few linguistic traces as guidelines

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  • Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh : Night Spirit Masters - LP (Zehra, 2022)

  • Remastered vinyl reissue of this 1990 Bill Laswell / Richard Horowitz production of local Gnawa musicians, recorded in the Medina of Marrakesh. According to Allmusic.com « a must for fans of both African and Middle Eastern music » and voted one of the « 10 essential Gnawa albums » by Songlines. The Gnawa are an ethnic minorityin today’s Morocco, descendents of slaves from West Africa who were brought to Morocco in the 16th century and who (although they quickly converted to Islam) nevertheless brought with them remnants of their animistic practices / The Gnawa perform a complex ceremony (called lila or derdeba) that over the duration of several hours recreates the genesis of the universe by the evocation of the seven main manifestations of the divine, represented by seven colours. Those ceremonies, led by a master or „maleem“, are still taking place today privately while Gnawa music in general has clearly been modernizing and thus become more profane, but witnessing a performance is still an astonishing experience / With the exception of a handful of recordings by Paul Bowles and Philip Schuyler (more ethnographic documents in a field recordings style), Gnawa music was barely heard outside of Morocco before 1990 – one of the first westerners to come and record the music was Bill Laswell, back then running his Axiom label that portrayed a wide range of ethnic music and musicians like The Master Musicians Of Jajouka or Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, to name just two. „Night Spirit Masters“, recorded in the Medina of Marrakech, delivers soulful tracks of lead and group singers in call/ response mode, fired by sentirs, drums, hand clapping, and qrakechs, while others are drum features or sentir/ vocal pieces. Over 30 years after its initial release, this essential Gnawa album is finally available again – remastered and on 180gr audiophile vinyl!

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  • Yosi Horikawa : Spaces - 2xLP (Borrowed Scenery, 2019)

  • Yosi Horikawa makes music quite unlike anything you’ve heard, music that reflects not only the appeal of rhythm and melodies but also the power and hidden musicality of everyday sounds. In that sense Horikawa is not just a producer or musician or sound artist: he is a world builder whose materials constantly surround us, though we rarely stop to appreciate them. Horikawa honed this approach for more than a decade, travelling far and wide to record forests, beaches, cities and people while never missing an opportunity to also find sounds closer to his home in Tokyo / Spaces is Horikawa’ s new album, following from 2013’ s Vapor released via London-based label First Word. This time the album is released on Borrowed Scenery, a new label setup by Horikawa and close collaborator Daisuke Tanabe to enable them to operate free of constraints. The album features 11 songs that combine field recordings and sound design with a range of stylistic touch points: the fluid intricacies of hip-hop, the precise efficacy of IDM, the euphoric physicality of dance music, the humanity of acoustic instrumentation. Each song blends a primary sound source with a certain style, with titles often hinting at the origins of the sounds – “Moldy Vinyl,” “Vietnam,” “Fluid,” “Swashers,” “Nubia” – or the mood the music evokes. What ties it all together is Horikawa’ s deeply personal understanding of what constitutes music, an understanding shorn from the commercial and stylistic structures of music as a commodity / Spaces is a deeply human experience, and through Horikawa’ s approach music feels as natural as breathing. Horikawa has collaborated with French producer Fulgeance, American singer Jesse Boykins III and fellow Japanese experimentalist Daisuke Tanabe. His music has been supported by Gilles Peterson and Benji B. Outside of music Horikawa is an in-demand sound engineer and speaker designer who has worked with J-WAVE, Kengo Kuma, Mitsubishi and Sound & Bar Howl in Tokyo

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  • Various Artists : I Had The Craziest Dream: Modern Jazz And Hard-Bop In Post War London, Vol. 2 - MC (Death Is Not The End, 2022)

  • The second volume in a survey of the modern jazz & hard-bop scenes that emerged in the new cultural melting pot of post war London, with recordings from the end of the 1940s through to the early 1960s. Featuring representations from players whose roots lay in the East-End's jewish community alongside a wealth of talent of Caribbean and African descent playing and recording in post war London during this period. Made in partnership with the Barbican to coincide with the exhibition Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965

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  • Flora Yin-Wong : The Sacrifice - 12" (First Light, 2021)

  • Limited run 12" heavyweight vinyl in gatefold sleeve. This record was pressed with optimal audio quality in mind: play at 45rpm. In 2020, a year shaped by stringent COVID-19 restrictions, many of us paused for thought about our collective futures. For First Light Records, this reflection, plus the support of Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator programme, led to the development of Unbuilt Sound, a new series of commissions centred around acoustic ecology; the relationship between listener and environment / The first iteration of the Unbuilt Sound series sees Flora Yin-Wong retreat to an isolated cabin outside Machynlleth, North Wales, to collect the field recordings that provide the basis for her folklore-inspired album, The Sacrifice. Nestled within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Machynlleth is home to The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which functions as a site to explore practical solutions for a carbon-free future. The area’s uncanny and untouched natural surroundings, punctuated by the remains of industrial mines, embody a parallel and possible present that provides momentary sanctuary from the climate predicament that faces our contemporary societies / A collage of twisted field recordings, rich waves of synth, and whispered vocals, The Sacrifice oscillates between gentle familiarity and dreamlike distortions, inspiring a folkloric sense of place that extends across time. Softly dissonant drones envelop the sounds of rocks underfoot and rippling pools, a continuous call and response between artist and landscape. These themes are perhaps best captured on ‘Willow Bends’, which features spoken word written and performed by Berlin's Rachel Lyn. “Ride,” she says, “these ancient and contemporary currents, carrying their secrets from up-stream. Wanderwaves, when pebbles skip across the ripples, I reflect upon it, this water mirror...”

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  • Various Artists : I Had The Craziest Dream: Modern Jazz And Hard-Bop In Post War London, Vol. 3 - MC (Death Is Not The End, 2022)

  • The third volume in a survey of the modern jazz & hard-bop scenes that emerged in the new cultural melting pot of post war London, with recordings from the end of the 1940s through to the early 1960s. Featuring representations from players whose roots lay in the East-End's jewish community alongside a wealth of talent of Caribbean and African descent playing and recording in post war London during this period. Made in partnership with the Barbican to coincide with the exhibition Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965

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  • Másik János : Trance Balance - LP (Foam On A Wave, 2022)

  • Foam On A Wave is proud to present the first international issue of this chameleonic, shapeshifting record, from one of Hungary's most prolific musician and film composers, János Másik. At times it calls to mind 23 Skidoo, Talking Heads and The Pop Group, at others it sits in its own corner of the room / 1989 was a revolutionary year. For many in the West the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the Autumn of Nations; the End of History and the triumph of progress. In Hungary, the year saw the Round Table Talks establish a new multi-party democracy and the effective end of communist rule after 40 years - Rendszerváltás; 'regime change'. It's hard to ignore these cataclysms while listening to Trance Balance. After all, its initial release was on Hungaropop, 'one of the first privately owned, independent labels launched after the liberalization of the market in Warsaw Pact-era Hungary' (we highly recommend delving further into their remarkable catalogue). Is music always an expression of the shifting political landscape? Or does it exist beyond it? / These are all questions that percolate as the needle drops. Freud, a ghost from the Dual-Monarchy, runs in streams through the album sleeve. Trance Balance itself is reminiscent of a trip, transporting the individual through a semi-conscious dreamland. Synthesisers woosh and swirl overhead. The percussion is propulsive. Voices take on the guise of characters, guide-like, beckoning. There are Brechtian interludes where the musical fourth wall is punctured. At points, the listener awakes to playful refrains, bohemian folk song and calypso detours. This is a masterwork of musical surrealism - an act of pure intuition - free and honest. A manifesto in all but words. We'll let you decide how much it has to do with politics

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  • Various Artists : I Had The Craziest Dream: Modern Jazz And Hard-Bop In Post War London, Vol. 1 - MC (Death Is Not The End, 2022)

  • A survey of the modern jazz & hard-bop scenes that emerged in the new cultural melting pot of post war London, with recordings from the end of the 1940s through to the early 1960s. Featuring representations from players whose roots lay in the East-End's jewish community, such as Ronnie Scott, Vic Ash & Harry Klein, alongside a wealth of talent of Caribbean and African descent playing and recording in post war London during this period, incl. Dizzy Reece, Wilton Gaynair, Joe Harriott, Shake Keane & Ginger Johnson. Made in partnership with the Barbican to coincide with the exhibition Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965

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  • Artur Zmijewski : Singing Lesson - CD (Tochnit Aleph, 2022)

  • Packaged in 8-panel digipack. Artur Zmijewski created the first part of the project "Singing Lesson" in the Augsburg Evangelical Holy Trinity church in Warsaw. Accompanied by an organ a choir of 'deaf-mute' children sang the "Kyrie" from the "Polish Mass" by Jan Maklakiewicz (1899-1954). Among the cacophony of sounds uttered by them you can hear the words of the confession of faith: "In this holy place, in this holiest place, our voice rises to you and erupts as the sea roars from the deep abyss. O Christ, hear us! O Christ, listen to us!" / The work was presented in the exhibition Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt-am-Main, among others. The second part of the project ("Deaf Bach") was realized in 2002 in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, in which Johann Sebastian Bach for many years was a cantor and in which he was buried. "Deaf-mute" or severely hearing-impaired children sang Bach's cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (Heart and Lips and Deed and Life). Besides the Polish Mass Kyrie by Maklakiewicz and the Bach Cantatas, "Singing Lesson" also includes the piece "Ich liebe dich" which was written and performed by Anja Fessel, one member of the "deaf-mute" choir from Leipzig / “Along with admiration for the efforts of the deaf we feel an uneasiness caused by our deeply hidden aversion towards that which – like cripplehood – was removed from our consciousness: fear of ourselves, which is an inner mold of repulsion projected onto outside phenomena. ?mijewski's works convince us that neither suffering nor different kinds of physical dysfunction or social norms are able to kill the joy of life. The children singing Bach every so often snort with laughter as if they were trying to accustom themselves to the situation in which they found themselves, thus making it "normal". They whoop it up, forgetting the fact that the lesson in which they participate is beyond the social role ascribed to them, that it is an anomaly, a freaky idea. It is also a musical hybrid, a mix of the sounds uttered by the deaf children and the voice of a professional singer, a negation of all the rules, a mixture of the evenly-tempered baroque system and elements of modal and atonal music.”

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  • Antoine Chessex : Echo/cide - The Experience - LP (Tochnit Aleph, 2020)

  • Two beautiful new compositions by Swiss composer, sound artist and sound theorist Antoine Chessex. "Echo/Cide" for four hammered dulcimers and cimbalum (2018) was composed by Antoine Chessex and performed by Ekleto Ensemble. Recorded by Thierry Simonot at l'Alhambra, Geneva, October 2018. "The Experience Of Limit" for grand piano (2019) was composed by Antoine Chessex and performed by Tamriko Kordzaia. Recorded by Nicolas Buzzi at Theater Rigiblick, Zurich, March 2019. Cover photograph "Sidney No.3" by American photographer Kevin Horan (b.1953, Michigan). Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi

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  • STROM.ec : Electric Current - LP (Freak Animal, Hospital Productions, 2018)

  • Compilation of rare & unreleased. Includes ultra limited biz-card CDR tracks, compilations, and unreleased early material. Freak Animal Records / Hospital Productions

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  • Joe Colley : Deformation Of Tone - LP (Total Black, 2022)

  • Joe Colley’s skeleton key is an intra-dimensional sense of humor. It exists in a place between and beyond dry, deadpan, and defeatist, and is not actually funny. He has a knack for unlocking the essence of the absurdly uncomplicated, elevating it to a place of near-iconic significance and leaving it there. Hovering in a void. Or mashed in the jowl of an insect getting doused with regurgitated chyme and rumen bacteria / Consistent with his past efforts, Deformation Of Tone contains no sturm und drang or exhausting drama. This spectacle-free album delivers abrasive-adjacent electronic judders cloaked in a feeling of intimacy distilled from primordial ooze. Opening voices dissolve into Lucierian mosaic yammer, and plummet into a negative space populated by an unadorned clicking, that most elemental physical manifestation of audio phenomena, the antithesis of awareness and enlightenment and transcendence. Of sentience, even / A quintessential example of his streamlined, efficient hilarity. The episodes continue without pause, as if one is moving through an exhibition. Compared to Colley’s work, which he once described as “little noises arranged on a piece of plastic,” a lot of other noise seems hell-bent on shameless over-compensation. Embarrassingly so. His material has always been low-key, and Deformation Of Tone finds him shuffling in a colder, harsher, more desolate direction. The single-malt rasp of an unnamed conspiracy theorist / motivational speaker, present more for his intonation than anything else, punctuates this rather sculptural 33 minutes of machines whirring, devices beeping, blank-face rotary drones swelling and merging with unnaturally regimented hive rustlings and perfectly unpleasant high-gain squelch — all constructed with a master’s timing and sense of scale

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  • Komare : Grace To The Breathe That Void - MC (Penultimate Press, 2022)

  • Komare return with a 4 part document recorded during the apocalypse

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  • Asger Jorn, Jean Dubuffet : Musique Phénomenale - 2xCD (Tochnit Aleph, 2022)

  • First ever reissue of those legendary recordings from 1961! Double CD edition housed in 6-panel digipack in slipcase, with 12-page illustrated booklet and linernotes by Asger Jorn in french & english / "Musique Phénomenale" was recorded by Asger Jorn & Jean Dubuffet between December 1960 and March 1961 in Paris, and first published in 1961 as a box containing four 10" records in an edition of 50 copies (+ 6 copies H.C.) by Galleria del Cavallino, Venice. 61 years after it's original release this first ever reissue was produced in an edition of 600 copies by Daniel Löwenbrück / Edition Hans Pumpestok, København, in cooperation with Fondation Dubuffet, Paris / "(…) It's a curious feeling to implement and test a spontaneous form of orchestration with an artist who has such an extremely independent background. It really felt like we were experiencing an event of singular importance and significance. I can't say if this importance was greater than our own personal joy. But I do know that this music illuminated many ideas for me that had previously remained obscure. For me it remains a kind of phenomenal music, in the sense that in our productions the music became it's own specific phenomenon, and yet one that was still connected to all the other sensorial phenomena. (…)“ - Asger Jorn (from the liner notes)

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  • Geography Of Hell : Verdun, 1916 - LP (Hospital Productions, 2022)

  • Silver vinyl. Verdun, 1916 is full of ghosts. the voices of survivors now departed and the vacuum of the dead. members of GOH are rumored to have relatives who fought in the hills, trenches and bunkers where the longest battle in WWI was campaigned. The follow up to the acclaimed and collectible hiroshima/nagasaki 2LP / Verdun, 1916 expands heavily into the precise combination of martial sound collage and cold mechanical noise fog, supposedly created through archival interviews with veterans, members of GOH travelled to the old battlefields for field recordings, scrapping war objects along the side of the old bullet holed pill boxes and collected fragments of shrapnel, helmets, belt buckles, rations, casings etc. creating hand-made metal percussion and crude art brut electrical conductors / One of the few or only current industrial collectives that follows in the tradition of the early avant-garde while expanding further into chemical ambience delivered with the neutrality of a doomed soldier's field side doctor

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  • Incapacitants : As Loud As Possible - 2xLP+7" (Total Black, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. The mid-90s were particularly abundant years for harsh noise, producing many albums which are now considered masterpieces. One of the most beloved classics from this period is "As Loud As Possible" by Incapacitants. Active since 1981, the duo of Toshiji Mikawa and Fumio Kosakai found their stride in the early 90s and set off on an unrelenting course which produced countless gems of noise. Many of these have been well preserved and documented elsewhere, compiled on "Box Is Stupid" and "Alchemy Box Is Stupid", however, "As Loud As Possible" has never been reissued since its original release on Zabriskie Point / It is now made available for the first time since 1995, with no corner cut in preparation of its reissue. The audio was transferred from the original tapes by Din-I-Ilahi, and re-mastered for digital and vinyl formats by Rashad Becker. The iconic cover photographs by Naomi Hosokawa have been scanned from the original negatives and enlarged for the expanded format, along with outtakes and unused shots, which are now included here for the first time. T. Mikawa also dug into the Incapacitants archives and unearthed two additional tracks of previously unreleased material, recorded around the same time as the album. These two tracks, entitled "As Loud As Possible Revisited" are included as a bonus 7" with alternate picture sleeve. Features extensive liner notes written by Sam McKinlay aka The Rita. A personal all-time favourite, it is an honour to present "As Loud As Possible" as a double LP in deluxe gatefold sleeve. Includes digital download

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  • Grim : Magnolia's Dream - LP (Steinklang Industries, 2022)

  • Translucent yellow vinyl. Having released a small body of work in the mid-80’s, Grim are a cult name among the pioneers of Japanese noise and power electronics. The one-man project returned in the 2010’s, and has since then released a number of well-received albums and EP’s, including six albums on Steinklang / However, if you’re expecting straightforward noise/power electronics, you’re in for a surprise. Mixing even danceable electronica rhythms, organ music and moments of serene ambience with uncompromisingly harsh and brutal barrages of violent noise, torturous feedback and layers of crackling distortion, Magnolia’s Dream is a multi-faceted, varied and odd album. Each track surprises the listener with new atmospheres, new approaches and new elements. Which is of course exactly what fans of Grim would expect / Magnolia’s Dream is a complex album, one that takes the listener from one extreme to the other in the blink of an eye. Where one track can lull the listener into a sense of calm with beautiful, understated melodies, the next will shake him awake with unrelenting harshness and audial violence or plunge him into deep pits of unease with haunting death industrial soundscapes. But whatever guise each track takes, one thing’s clear: it’s a master at work here

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  • 15 Kinder & Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink : Free Jazz Und Kinder - 12" (Tochnit Aleph, 2020)

  • Reissue of the rare & infamous double 7“ originally published by FMP in 1973. Recordings from a workshop at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April 1972, featuring 15 children (aged 8-11) and Peter Brötzmann, Fred van Hove, and Han Bennink.At the beginning of the work, the fifteen invited children aged eight to ten years were asked to come for four days in a row, so that a fixed, unchanging group could be expected. In practice, this was difficult to carry out, since every afternoon more children with their parents who had heard about this small course wanted to join / In spite of these organizational difficulties, approaches to real musical group work emerged. With the musicians' instruments - saxophone, piano, drums - and more experimental "sound generators" - dismantled pianos, blowing tubes, etc. - the aim was to organize sounds with conversations, games, explanations and musical actions of the musicians and children and to provoke individual musical expressions of the children within fixed areas

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  • Henning Christiansen : Op. 163 Penthesilea: The Reality Is A Ghost In My Mind / In Penthesilea Höhle (In Penthesilea ’s Cave) - 2xLP (The Henning Christiansen Archive, 2022)

  • A previously unreleased project of Henning Christiansen, monumental in scope, traversing years, countries and now, formats. The Henning Christiansen Archive is proud to finally present one of the crown jewels of the archive, the masterpiece ‘Penthesilea’ as a 2LP and 5CD set. Pentheseila is one of the most ambitious works in the entire Henning Christiansen oeuvre. A large-scale work from the mid eighties based on the play of the same name by Heinrich von Kleist (1808). Both Henning and his widow, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, were enthusiastic about Kleist’s text, both making works around the themes within this portent text / Henning Christiansen first developed a work around this text for the Rosenfest festival performed in Berlin in 1984. Rosenfest was curated by René Block and featured a variety of composers presenting works in response to Kleist’s work including Robert Ashley, "Blue" Gene Tyranny etc. Henning formulated a composition utilising tape, field recordings, voice, soprano, and violoncello alongside the home made instruments of Werner Durand / The live presentation was then expanded upon and first performed two years later at Teatro Olímpico, Rome on the 8th November 1986 as directed by Carlo Quartucci. The two releases presented here include a 2 x vinyl LP of the Rosenfest recordings in 1984 and a 5CD set sharing the four and a half hour backing track prepared for the Teatro Olímpico performance in Rome in 1986. Together these two releases make up a substantial overview of one of the most significant works in the entire Christiansen canon

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  • KonstruKt, Peter Brötzmann : Dolunay - 2xLP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • The ongoing series/tradition of a Konstrukt release in August this time returns to the early beginning: the overdue double vinyl reissue of the Turkish free-formers' studio meeting with the German Free Jazz titan Peter Brötzmann from 2008 / As written in several info sheets before, the Istanbul-based collective led by multi-instrumentalist Umut Caglar (also member of Karkhana) and reeds player Korhan Futaci has since its formation in 2008 created an impressive catalog including collaborations/performances with significant musicians like Keiji Haino, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Akira Sakata, Marshall Allen, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Michael Zerang, Alfred Harth or Alexander Hawkins -- and Peter Brötzmann. The German free jazz titan was invited to the Deneyevi Studio in the Turkish capital in November 2008 where they recorded Dolunay, an album that was released three years later on a small label in Turkey only / Back then a quartet with drums and percussion, guitar, reeds but no bass player, Konstrukt and their iconic guest took off on a session full of fire and fury: shrieking reeds, thundering drums, and -- free jazz of the wildest, most energetic and cathartic (afterwards) kind! Just as they did a few months before (May 2011) in a former church as documented on Eklisia Sunday (HOL 095LP, 2016) and then once more in February 2014. Remastered for vinyl by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, Dolunay is now finally available as double-LP and it shouldn't be missing in any proper jazz collection. 180 gram vinyl; includes download

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  • Arcana : Raspail - LP (Cyclic Law, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Continuing with the vinyl re-issue of Arcana's catalog, we proudly present for the first time on vinyl their 6th album "Raspail". Arcana’s approach to neo-classical and symphonic-ambient could well be defined in the meaning of the word “Arcana” itself: specialized knowledge of something generally considered a mystery or a secret. On their sixth album, Raspail, the powerfully moving music of this Swedish quintet creates an atmosphere which weaves together lush elements familiar to Arcana fans old and new. Mystery, silence and revealed secrets are interconnected within these 10 songs / Comparisons to Dead Can Dance have been made, but it must be said that Arcana’s approach picks up the tangent that DCD left behind and brings it to a new and fully realized place. Lush electronics mix with acoustic guitar, serene piano and intricate oriental percussions. Warm vocals return to the focus: a heavenly blend of baritone and soprano courtesy of Peter Bjärgö and Ann-Mari Thim. In fact, never before has an Arcana album contained so many vocals giving Raspail an emotional touch, a deeper thoughtfulness, a profound feeling of mysterious vision and a sense of secrets / 3mm sleeve, printed inner sleeve, matt lamination. 10 Tracks, Running Time 36:28

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  • Franck Vigroux : Atotal - LP (Aesthetical, 2022)

  • New full length album of Franck Vigroux's uncompromising signature sound of colossal electronic music. Atotal gathers material from Franck's latest live A/V of the the same name. Working with his long time visual partner Antoine Schmitt, ATOTAL is an audiovisual performance aiming to reconstruct in order to better deconstruct the processes of imposition of will by repetition and absolute synchronism, to propose a breach to a potentially life-saving decoincidence. The total work of art, when pushed to its paroxysm of absolute coincidence of the perceptions of a captive spectator, is similar to the techniques of mental manipulation of totalitarian regimes, proceeding by annihilation of the critical mind, repetitive semantic pounding, subliminal messages / The ideal of a deterministic universe of Newton in which everything rationally stems from its causes, in which everything is predictable like a totality for Laplace’s daemon, where everything can be considered already written, has been undermined in the infinitely small of the uncertainties of Heisenberg which tell us that it is impossible to know everything about a particle, in the quantum mechanics of Schrödinger which reveals to us that the looker affects the looked-at, and in the infinitely abstract of Gödel’s incompleteness which explains to us that certain things are literally unexplainable. The show ATOTAL slips into these flaws and, like a clinamen of Lucretia, deviates the visual and audio atoms from their destiny / Mastering by Denis Blackham. Artwork by Mostafa Khaled. With the support of Adami 365

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  • Alessandro Alessandroni : Ritmo Dell'industria N. 2 - LP (btf.it, 2020)

  • Record Store Day 2020 exclusive. Remastered from the original master tapes / btf.it proudly presents an absolute Italian mood music grail and one of the best Library Music recordings ever - Alessandro Alessandroni's Ritmo Dell'industria N. 2, a true legend in the field. This is the maestro most prized and sought-after album, produced in 1969 on the small Grand Prix label, part of the Leonardi publishing group. A mindmelting record featuring some of the most killer driven beats ever! - dark vibes and haunting atmospheres with constant and moody Industrial rhythms, filled with tons of drum breaks, trippy Scat vocals and eastern inspired obsessive grooves. Music has been remastered from the original stereo master tape and the back sleeve will feature deluxe liner notes written by Mr. Jonny Trunk. HOLY GRAIL ALERT!

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  • Aktuala : Aktuala - LP (Bla Bla, 2015)

  • Red vinyl. The eponymous Aktuala’s LP is the first one of this series, made by an 'open musical collective' from milan, a fixed nucleus with many different contributes from guest musicians. As the Third Ear Band have always been inserted in the international prog panorama, the same happened with Aktuala, who were real music pioneers able to blend world, ethnic, jazz and avant-garde music / Aktuala was not accidentally released in 1973 on Bla Bla Records, the same record label who had Camisasca, Battiato and Osage Tribe in its roster. Nothing like that had ever been heard in Italy before, and Aktuala were the first ones importing and deeply studying sounds and instruments coming from Asia and Africa

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  • Patty Waters : Live - LP (Blank Forms Editions, 2019)

  • Patty Waters is a visionary avant-garde vocalist and composer, best known for her groundbreaking 1960s recordings for the legendary free jazz label ESP-Disk. Captivated by the music of Billie Holiday, she sang with Bill Evans, Charlie Mingus, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock before coming to the attention of Albert Ayler, who introduced her to ESP-Disk’s Bernard Stollman. The rest is history. Recorded with pianist Burton Greene, Waters’ haunting 1966 debut Sings juxtaposes a side of hushed self-composed jazz ballad miniatures with an iconoclastic take on the standard “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hai / ” Sharing Ayler’s affinity for the deconstruction of folk idioms, Waters dismantles the tune through a series of anguished wails, moans, whispers, and screams that cemented her reputation as a vocal innovator, predating the extended techniques of Yoko Ono, Joan La Barbara, and Linda Sharrock, and cited as a direct influence to Diamanda Galas and Patti Smith’s own freeform vocal excursions. The mythic side-long exposition stands as one of the 20th century’s most harrowing expressions of madness and grief, its incantatory mutilation of the word “black” into a full-spectrum monochrome resounding with a particular potency at a time when battles for civil rights were erupting across the country

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  • Jerry Hunt : Ground: Five Mechanic Convention Streams - 2xLP (Blank Forms Editions, 2022)

  • Double black vinyl, pressed at RTI and housed in a heavy-duty tip-on Stoughton jacket. The final album released by the composer-performer Jerry Hunt before his death, Ground: Five Mechanic Convention Streams is a rare and foundational audio document of Hunt’s compositional process. The record collects five pieces from the artist’s “Ground” series, translating his characteristically variable and spatial scores into “recorded fixtures of activity using mechanic musical instrument arrays,” to eerie and mesmerizing results. Originally released by experimental label OODiscs in 1992, it is now available on vinyl for the first time from Blank Forms Editions / Ground: Five Mechanic Convention Streams is released as part of Blank Forms’s extensive program dedicated to Jerry Hunt. This program includes the first institutional exhibition of the artist’s videos and sculptures, Jerry Hunt: Transmissions from the Pleroma, presented at Blank Forms from February 16th to June 11th, 2022; the publication of Partners, a memoir-cum-biography by the artist’s long-time romantic partner Stephen Housewright; the forthcoming anthology Blank Forms 08: Transmissions from the Pleroma; and Irida Records: Hybrid Musics from Texas and Beyond, 1979–1986, a deluxe LP boxed set and reader on Hunt’s briefly-lived independent label

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  • Luciano Cilio : Dialoghi Del Presente - LP (EMI, btf.it, 2022)

  • Clear green vinyl. Luciano Cilio was a multi-instrumentalist and composer born in 1950 in Naples, an artist who sadly took his own life at the young age of 33. He managed to collaborate with many colleagues from his geographical area, among whom we can find Alan Sorrenti, Armando Piazza and the American songwriter Shawn Phillips, who lived for some years in Positano / In 1977 he released his first and only record, “Dialoghi del Presente”, a very peculiar and unpredictable album, ethereal and abstract, suspended among folk, jazz, classical music, avant-garde and experimentation: essential and extremely accurate at the same time, both in visual and music contents – not a single note sounds wasted or excessive – this album could perfectly fit the catalog of ECM Records (Editions of Contemporary Music)

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  • Egisto Macchi : Fauna Marina - LP (btf.it, 2021)

  • Clear blue vinyl. Originally released in 1972 as SL25 on Leonardi Records label / Egisto Macchi (1928-1992) was one of the most active composers of the sonorization and soundtrack genres together with artists such as Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni and Ennio Morricone; he also collaborated with the latter in the experimental music project Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. “Fauna Marina” is among his most popular and sought-after by collectors titles: a set of eleven compositions intended to accompany the images of a hypothetical fish fauna documentary, an abstract hybrid of classical, contemporary and jazz music that is still fresh and surprising today

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  • Alessandro Alessandroni Orchestra : A Trip Around The World - LP (Stella, SAAR, 2021)

  • Clear yellow vinyl. SAAR Records is reissuing, in a limited edition and under its famous label Stella, thanks to the collaboration with Sonor Music Editions for the remastering, the long-playing “A Trip Around The World”, much sought after by vinyl collectors / The album was recorded and produced in Pero (Milan, Italy), with the famous Italian composer, director, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Alessandroni and was first published in 1973

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  • Piero Umiliani : 5 Bambole Per La Luna d'Agosto - LP (AMS, Cinevox, 2021)

  • Crystal clear vinyl / "Five Dolls for an August Moon" (5 bambole per la luna d'agosto) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava. It concerns a group of people who have gathered on a remote island for fun and relaxation. Business problems become moot when someone begins killing off the attendees one by one. CH Studios presents the vintage, retro & bossa jazz score composed by Maestro Piero Umilani

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  • Sandro Brugnolini : L’Uomo Dagli Occhiali A Specchio - LP (Edizioni Musicali Redi, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. Record Store Day 2022 exclusive. “L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio” is a 1975 2-part thriller film directed for Rai Television by Mariano Foglietti, former collaborator of Dario Argento in “Quattro mosche di velluto grigio” (Four flies on grey velvet) / The music composed by Sandro Brugnolini for the occasion are exceptional, and in the 14 tracks of the soundtrack it is possible to find all the typical ingredients of a ’70s score: a sublime fusion of rock, pop, jazz, classical and symphonic music, with urban funk sparkles typical of the blaxploitation genre. Brugnolini’s taste and skill in dealing with these different elements are still astounding today, starting from the four versions of the main theme “La notte muore” included in this record / Originally released on Vroommm Records label by Edizioni Leonardi in an LP that is today extremely rare and precious, this soundtrack is exclusively repressed by Redi Edizioni on clear transparent vinyl for Record Store Day 2022. Not to be missed!

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  • Aktuala : La Terra - LP (GDR, 2019)

  • Green vinyl. La Terra is the second Aktuala's LP, made by an 'open musical collective' from Milan, a fixed nucleus with many different contributes from guest musicians. As the Third Ear Band have always been inserted in the international prog panorama, the same happened with Aktuala, who were real music pioneers able to blend world, ethnic, jazz and avant-garde music / La Terra was released in 1974 and consolidated the fame and the harmony of Aktuala, more and more at the center of attention of critics and listeners, who used to attend their concerts 'on the road' rather than in the typical festival/venue environment; the album contains four long compositions in which the wide range of instruments and sounds has been blended to perfection, and is not affected in any way by Lino 'Capra' Vaccina and Laura Maioli leaving, promptly replaced by Otto Corrado Indian and Trilok Gurtu, now among the world leading experts of percussions

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  • Blue Notes : Blue Notes for Mongezi - 2xLP (Otoroku, 2022)

  • Packaged in a high gloss sleeve. Otoroku is proud to present the first vinyl reissue of Blue Notes for Mongezi, one of the most passionate celebrations of a life in music ever laid to tape. Recorded in late 1975 by Blue Notes, then reduced to a quartet - Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, whistle, percussion, and vocals; Johnny Dyani on bass, bells, and vocals; Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums, percussion, and vocals; and Chris McGregor on piano, and percussion - and issued the following year by Ogun, the album is a kairos; the first commercial release by one of free jazz’s seminal ensembles, captured them 13 years after their founding - at the height of their powers - delivering an explosive dirge dedicated to Mongezi Feza, their former bandmate and friend / Blue Notes were founded in Cape Town in 1962 and stand among the most important ensembles in the history of jazz. Artistically brilliant and groundbreaking - gathering, within a few short years, a devoted following that included Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew,Keith Tippett, Evan Parker, John Stevens, and numerous others - they were also the first widely visible multiracial band in South Africa / A frenzied funeral dirge, a cry, and catharsis, the record rises and falls between playful and joyous movements of deconstructed song, rhythmic and vocal tribalism, and churning, instrumental free expression. It indicates not only a possible future for musical expression - as all truly avant-garde music does - but also the very roots of music itself, illuminating, through abstraction, the far-flung, ancient roots currently carried by the New Orleans “first line” march to the grave. It is a decidedly African vision of free jazz, coalescing as a collective expression of celebration and loss on a cold London day. It is a masterpiece unfolding in real time - out on a limb and laden with risk - created by four of the most talented voices the idiom has known

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  • Ailie Ormston, Tim Fraser : It Changes - LP (Bison, 2022)

  • It Changes is a new album by Ailie Ormston and Tim Fraser. It incorporates samples of collaborative session material, automated MIDI instrumentation, and adhoc field recordings. Music from this album was first presented in 2019 as a larger audio-visual work which debuted at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow as part of Counterflows festival. The recordings were then completed in 2020 during the first lockdown using voice notes, and by running a 7.5m headphone cable between their neighbouring flats / The album’s title It Changes is taken from a Sherman Brothers song of the same name, written for the animated film Snoopy Come Home. It mirrors themes of alienation and attachment associated with Peanuts characters, and looks at modern individualist and consumerist ideas of desire and liberation. It uses the 1992 UK Clubland anthem Only Love Can Set You Free by N-Trance as a central motif, noting the last three decades of neoliberal policies and affected culture. References to the decline of the welfare state and increased surveillance are contrasted with sincere messages of love and resistance / Ailie Ormston released an album with Finlay Clark, ‘Sunflowers Face The Sun’ in 2020 on 33-33, as well as a solo double EP, ‘The Sedate/Tony Soprano Fashion Inspo’ in 2018. Tim Fraser has a forthcoming solo release due in 2022

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  • Blue Notes : Blue Notes for Johnny - LP (Otoroku, 2022)

  • Packaged in a high gloss sleeve. Otoroku is proud to present the first vinyl reissue of Blue Notes for Johnny - a defining statement by one of the greatest ensembles in the history of jazz. Recorded in mid-1987 by Blue Notes - then reduced to the trio of Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums and Chris McGregor on piano - it encounters the band 25 years after their founding embarking on an inward meditation through collective music making dedicated to Johnny Dyani, their former bandmate and friend / Blue Notes were founded in Cape Town in 1962, and stand among the most important ensembles in the history of jazz. Artistically brilliant and groundbreaking - gathering, within a few short years, a devoted following that included Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Keith Tippett, Evan Parker, John Stevens and numerous others - they were also the first widely visible multiracial band in South Africa / Blue Notes for Johnny’s memorialisation is unwittingly doubled by capturing the final time that the Blue Notes would come together in the studio. Both Dudu Pukwana and Chris McGregor would pass away three years later in 1990, leaving Moholo-Moholo - who continues to carve a groundbreaking trajectory across the world of jazz - as the last surviving member. The album remains as a journey between an imaged future and the beginning of it all. Six friends meeting and communing through sound. Six friends who had triumphed against the odds, becoming some of the greatest creative voices of their generation. Six friends who were five, then four, and then three, before they were done. Friends who never failed, in whatever form, to come together and play. It is a story begun 60 years ago that remains just as prescient today

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  • Roy Claire Potter, Park Jiha : To Call Out Into The Night - LP (Otoroku, 2022)

  • Full recording of one of the most engaging and beguiling Late Junction live sessions we’ve ever heard - the one off first meeting between Korean multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha and writer and performer Roy Claire Potter / Park Jiha plays the saenghwang, a Korean mouth organ which she blows in long multiphonics to set pace for Potter’s words. Together they unfurl a scene slowly in front of you, rich and focused, shifting your field of vision and drawing you in, elsewhere. It’s impossible not to follow, not to look for where they point. When the piri sounds for a flooded town on the B side, the water flows between your own feet; Potter’s words a sometimes frightening hörspiel in scouse / Though the details are fine, the space each artist gives one another and their instruments, their language, is given to the listener in turn. A careful melody picks out a route for words with no fixed meaning, a body with no fixed direction, and we are invited to listen and see a kind of music made visible in its inference. A truly very special record we are very proud to share

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  • Eiko Ishibashi : For McCoy - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Black Truffle is pleased to announce For McCoy, a new work by Eiko Ishibashi dedicated to the widely loved character of Jack McCoy, portrayed by Sam Waterston in Law & Order. Following on from Hyakki Yagyo (BT064), For McCoy finds Ishibashi further exploring the unique space she has carved out in recent years, bringing together musique concrète techniques, ECM-inspired jazz, lush layers of synths and hints of pop into immersive and affecting structures crafted in her home studio, aided by a group of close collaborators

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  • Xhol Caravan : Electrip - LP (Garden of Delights, 2022)

  • Xhol Caravan from Wiesbaden was one of the first and best-known underground groups in Germany, part of the student movement and pioneers of psychedelic music with jazz influences. Emerging from Soul Caravan in early 1969, their only records were the 7" single 'Planet Earth'/'So down' and the LP 'Electrip', both released on Hansa in the same year. This vinyl re-edition also contains the two tracks from the single as well as a deluxe 68-page booklet with a four-page band history in German and English, two interviews, a detailed discography, many reproductions of posters, a concert list and lots of photos. Limited to 2000 hand-numbered copies

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  • Coil : Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil - LP (Altar Industry, 2020)

  • Black vinyl. Handnumbered reissue with poster and plastic card / 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

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  • Little Skull : Untitled - LP (Horn of Plenty, 2022)

  • Clear smoke effect vinyl with printed foldover cover and handmade semi-opaque cracked cover. Necessary, and slightly expanded, vinyl edition of the first Little Skull long player which was originally released as a micro-edition CD-R on Students of Decay in 2009 / Written, performed and recorded by Dean Brown on borrowed and home made instruments during a year spent living in a cold colonial-era house across the street from Len Lye's childhood home in Aro Valley, Wellington / Fashioning a bass from a coffee can and elastic band, using the home's antique doorbell, and unavoidably including the seeping sounds of domestic hum and clutter; Untitled is a raw and vital document cognate with later Little Skull offerings as it teases elemental folk, noise, rock and chamber music from the barest of tools

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  • Samutek : Muzeum Historii Naturalnej - LP (Horn of Plenty, 2022)

  • Presented in reverse board cover, printed inner sleeve. Also includes an A4 insert and 24 page A5 booklet featuring drawings by Samutek. This first vinyl statement from Mateusz Wos was recorded at home in Suwa?ki during the winter of 2021 and conceived as the sequel to his Skamielina tape / Muzeum Historii Naturalnej consists of two side-long excursions into eerie pastoral dream states. Imagined worlds where the earthly and cosmic collide. You'll like it there / Muzeum Historii Naturalnej comes packaged in a reverse board outer sleeve and printed inner sleeve with an A4 card insert and 24-page A5 booklet featuring words and images by Mateusz Wos

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  • Don Bradshaw-Leather : Distance Between Us - 2xCD (Distance, 2022)

  • Presented in a matt-laminate gatefold digisleeve. Reissue of this cult 1972 album which featured on the infamous Nurse With Wound List / During the long, dark hangover of the Summer of Love, the classically-trained Essex prodigy approached CBS Records with demo recordings. A forward-thinking A&R executive must have seen a potential revenue stream in Don Bradshaw-Leather's avant-classical noise. The artist was given an advance to record an album. He used the funds to create a large studio in Sussex with many instruments including an actual church organ. Here, on his own, without the use of any electronic sequencing, he recorded "Distance Between Us" using simply multitrack tape, layering each part of the composition. Upon hearing the product of their financial investment - four side-long tracks of blurry organ drones, frantic piano tinkling, and ritualistic percussion - CBS got cold feet / The album was self-released on Bradshaw-Leather's own Distance imprint; a vanity label established for the sole purpose of releasing the album. The sleeve art is full of mysteries, from the misspelling of "Bradshaw" ("Bradsham"), to the coal-blackened visage of the bohemian madman on the cover (DBL himself?), to the rear photo collage depicting the same madman accosting a nude woman. The music isn't any less mysterious; shapeless symphonies of smeared-out Mellotron, tribal drums, and wordless vocals. Don Bradshaw-Leather passed away in the 90's

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  • Muslimgauze : Shekel Of Israeli Occupation - LP+12" (I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free, 2022)

  • Originally released as an edited version in the fall of 1993 as the Betrayal LP, the Berlin label I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free (whose name itself is taken from a Muslimgauze song off Izlamic Songs) is issuing the actual record Muslimgauze intended to make for the very first time on vinyl. Collected from a cassette copy of the original DAT tapes, it's a small miracle this edition exists at all. The sound of Shekel Of Israeli Occupation is perhaps best exemplified by the explorative centerpiece ‘Drugsherpa.’ The track progresses slowly from desert folk to something like early dub techno to even more alien throughout its 20 minute runtime. As always, these Muslimgauze reissues are limited and go very quick, so act fast

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  • Muslimgauze : Chechnya Over Dub - LP+12" (I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free, 2022)

  • From the expansive catalogue of Muslimgauze comes a reissue of his 1996 album Chechnya Over Dub, originally included on the Fatah Guerrilla compilation and now on vinyl for the first time. Full of transformative works and mercurial loops, Chechnya Over Dub is perhaps one of the artist’s more accessible releases focussing on bouncing dub rhythms interspersed with stuttering tablas vocals. ‘Under The Influence Of Kolera’ is almost plunderphonic in its delivery, constantly shifting with a technological hum lying underneath. ‘Girl In A Red Turban’ meanwhile features jagged strums and a pumping, labyrinthine house beat in 7/8 time

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  • Merzbow : Peace For Animals - MC (I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free, 2022)

  • Red/white two-color body cassette / All profits from this release will be donated to Ukrainian volunteer groups UAnimals and Save Pets Of Ukraine

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  • Nivhek, Grouper : After Its Own Death/Walking In A Spiral Towards The House - LP+12" (W.25TH, 2019)

  • Since debuting as Grouper back in 2005, Liz Harris has delivered a swathe of experimentalist albums that explore almost every aspect of ambient and drone music. Here she launches a new project, Nivhek, via an expansive double-album of sparse, atmospheric compositions that tend towards the epic. Really, it's two albums in one. The first slab of wax is entitled "After Its Own Death" and boasts a two-part, non-stop suite of tracks built around echoing choral vocals, dark electronics and blissful bells. It's alternately melancholic, blissful and grippingly intense. In contrast, "Walking In A Spiral Towards The House", the piece stretched across both sides of the second record, is breathtakingly beautiful - a meandering, soft focus trip through chiming, reverb-laden motifs and gentle music box melodies

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  • Don Cherry : Eternal Now - LP (Klimt, 2022)

  • Pink vinyl. Such an impressive title on Don far and wide discography. On this date he went literally East, playing Tibetan and Asian instruments. The album was originally released in 1974 on Scandinavian label Sonet and highlight a session of the previous year with famous Swedish jazz improvisers Bengt Berger and Christer Bothen

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  • Belong : October Language - LP (Spectrum Spools, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl. "October Language" is the debut album by New Orleans based duo Belong, comprised of Turk Dietrich and Mike Jones / Since it's release in early 2006, Belongs debut masterpiece has accumulated a dedicated cult following, with comparisons to the work of Tim Hecker and Gas, with some claims that it plays like My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" sans the songs. While these comparisons are useful for filing this album into a particular bin in the record shop, time has proven that "October Language" is a unique album which remains unmatched by its contemporaries / Despite the warm and welcome accolades of the albums arrival, there was no vinyl pressing until 2009, of which a limited one-time pressing vanished immediately. Spectrum Spools is pleased to present a pristine vinyl cut to go with reimagined album art for the definitive edition of this legendary classic. Physical copies include a download card with extra tracks from the impossibly rare Tour EP from the same era. These tracks are exclusive to the vinyl purchase and are not available through digital outlets

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  • Don Cherry : Hear & Now - LP (Klimt, 2022)

  • Yellow vinyl. Recorded in December 1976, Hear And Now was produced by drummer/keyboardist Narada Michael Walden (ex-member and session man for Journey, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report). The album – licensed by major label Atlantic – has been often dismissed by jazz purist and early days Cherry fans as a commercial effort. To be true it is a record that epitomize the ‘club’ tendencies discovered in the second half of the decade by many jazz and fusion artists. Led by the incredible ‘world’ rare groove of Universal Mother, the album is to be rediscovered in a different light

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  • Fennesz : Hotel Paral.lel - 2xLP (Editions Mego, 2022)

  • Hotel Paral.lel, released in 1997, marks the full length debut release from Austrian Christian Fennesz, originally released by MEGO, following the twitching drone as found on the 1995 EP Instrument, also included in this deluxe 2LP reissue. Once launched, Hotel Paral.lel was to instigate a sublime exploration of a wide variety of forms, from formal abstraction to shimmering drone around to ground zero glitch pop

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  • Belong : October Language - LP (Spectrum Spools, 2018)

  • Black vinyl. "October Language" is the debut album by New Orleans based duo Belong, comprised of Turk Dietrich and Mike Jones / Since it's release in early 2006, Belongs debut masterpiece has accumulated a dedicated cult following, with comparisons to the work of Tim Hecker and Gas, with some claims that it plays like My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" sans the songs. While these comparisons are useful for filing this album into a particular bin in the record shop, time has proven that "October Language" is a unique album which remains unmatched by its contemporaries / Despite the warm and welcome accolades of the albums arrival, there was no vinyl pressing until 2009, of which a limited one-time pressing vanished immediately. Spectrum Spools is pleased to present a pristine vinyl cut to go with reimagined album art for the definitive edition of this legendary classic. Physical copies include a download card with extra tracks from the impossibly rare Tour EP from the same era. These tracks are exclusive to the vinyl purchase and are not available through digital outlets

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  • Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat : Chasing the Phantom - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Dewa Alit, Bali’s master of contemporary Gamelan composition, returns to Black Truffle with Chasing the Phantom, presenting two recent works played by the composer’s Gamelan Salukat, a large ensemble that performs on instruments specially built to his designs, using a unique tuning system that combines notes from two traditional Balinese Gamelan scales. Alit explains that the ensemble’s name suggests “a place to fuse creative ideas to generate new, innovative works” and both compositions demonstrate the composer’s ability to wring stunning new possibilities from variations on the traditional Gamelan ensemble. While using familiar elements of Balinese Gamelan music, such as unison scalar melodies and stop-start dynamics, Alit’s music is overflowing with harmonic, rhythmic, and timbral inventions, the latter often facilitated by unorthodox playing techniques

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  • Numpty : Min'yo b/w All Okinawa - MC (Edições CN, 2022)

  • To celebrate Edições CN’s almost 10 years of existence. To celebrate a friendship. And to celebrate catalogue number 37: here’s the shadowy Numpty with a selection of min’yo and Ryukyu folk music

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  • Squadra Omega : Rennes-Le-Château - LP (Legno, 2022)

  • Clear red vinyl. First ever vinyl release of Squadra Omega debut album "Rennes-le-Château LP", originally released on digital only on Vuoto netlabel. Recorded on 8 track cassette in 2008, remixed in 2021 at Outside Inside Studio. B side is a previously unreleased track taken from the same 2008 session

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  • James Rushford : Block Gifts - LP (Holidays, 2022)

  • Block Gifts is a collection of three works for organs composed by James Rushford between 2015 and 2018. Using harmonium, portative organ and electric organ, each piece is linked by Rushford’s idiosyncratic combination of strict intervallic systems in different tunings (Werckmeister, quarter-tone, equal temperament), and haptically-informed rhythmic and expressive freedom. Creaks, stutters and sweeping fingers on keys become instrumental sounds in their own right, creating a further logical layer in Rushford’s compositional world / An intimate, nocturnal, and slightly suffered dialogue between the instrument and the body building a shining and fragile monument to the ephemeral nature of the organ, one of the most intriguing and ancient families of musical instruments in history. Mixed by Joe Talia, mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, cut by Daniel Krieger at SST, Frankfurt am Main. Composed and recorded 2015-2018 at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), California Institute of the Arts (by Sam Dunscombe) and Chinatown Studios, Melbourne (by Joe Talia). Cover artwork and fold out poster by Graham Lambkin

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  • Better Corners : Modern Dance Gold: Vol. 1 - LP (The state51 Conspiracy, 2022)

  • Die-cut sleeve. The state51 Conspiracy is proud to announce the debut album by Better Corners, a new group featuring Valentina Magaletti (Vanishing Twin, Tomaga, Nicolas Jaar), Matthew Simms (Wire, Slows, It Hugs Back) and Sarah Register (Kim Gordon, Talk Normal, War Bubble). What happens when three inveterate unconventional music pathfinders such as Valentina Magaletti, Sarah Register, Matthew Simms, combine their experimental trajectories to form a new adventurous project interacting remotely with no predetermined direction? A clash of sounds in a stream of relentless outbursts that holds the listener captive in an untamed forest of sound occasionally brightened by glades of epiphanic breath / Set in England and in the States, between March and December 2021, Modern Dance Gold: Vol. 1 recounts the first sonic adventure of the trio referred hereafter for more conventional purpose as Better Corners. This is the jagged sound-scape of a remote interaction shaping up across ether. Not much physical interaction occurred between the musicians who managed to deliver their own distillates adding organic, singular approaches to this magical pot / The powerful merging of their multifarious background finds renewed drives throughout the eight stations that make up this impressive sonic assemblage – an undaunted secular hymn to the dreads and forethoughts that have haunted our last two years. Prepared piano, pandemic flute, melting metals, modular boxes, lavish vibes and spectral voices lead us from dreaming to waking up abruptly, modulating promises through the dark and the light for a better version of us. Distance, kindness, urge, madness propel this assertive eruption of creative endurance. Grouper meeting Thelonious Monk for an impromptu jam with the Incapacitans, Muslimgauze, Della Derbyshire, Stars of the Lid, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kim Gordon, The Creatures, Sunn o))), and Sun Ra: or just forget all these and simply listen to the first chapter of Modern Dance Gold

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  • The Hardy Tree : Common Grounds - LP (Clay Pipe Music, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl, handnumbered on back cover. Frances Castle is the illustrator/owner behind the Clay Pipe record label and The Hardy Tree is her on-going musical project. Common Grounds was started during the first 2020 lock down - when time moved very slowly and travel away from home became impossible. The album was recorded at home by Frances, then mixed to tape with Ed Deegan at Gizzard Analogue Studios in East London. Ed plays drums on three of the tracks

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  • Natasha Barrett : Heterotopia - LP (Persistence Of Sound, 2022)

  • Persistence of Sound presents a new solo LP from one of the world’s leading voices in electroacoustic music. Natasha Barrett is known internationally for her intense explorations of the movement of sounds through space. Whilst studying with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, Barrett worked with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), which led to a doctoral composition degree supervised by composer Denis Smalley / Barrett has since established an international reputation as a composer of 3D audio and ambisonics. She treats spatialisation as a musical parameter, and told the New York Times, “I’m really concerned with the idea of tangibility. Sound is invisible, but we can do things that make you want to reach out and touch it.” / Barrett describes her inspiration as coming from the immediate sounding matter of the world around us, as well as the way it behaves. Barrett's works are performed and commissioned throughout the world, and have received a long list of prizes, including the Giga-Hertz Award and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards. Persistence of Sound was founded by composer Iain Chambers, of the musique concrète ensemble Langham Research Centre. Its releases span electroacoustic music, field recordings, and the unclassifiable music between these genres

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  • Lieven Martens : Música Azul - MC (Edições CN, 2022)

  • Risograph artwork. Música Azul is a gulfstream of melodies originally written for Spencer Clark’s Avatar Blue exposition at Het Bos in Antwerp, march 2019 / I got the original melody lines from a photoshop mock-up in which Spencer showed his ideas for the expo. I then performed the piece - partly improvised - on the opening night as to activate the several artworks that were displayed in the installation. Afterwards I edited and reworked the composition for optimal home listening / Música Azul doesn't really fit my catalogue. Or does it? A swift storyline. Bubbly, wet, repeating, homophonic textures yet small/constant changes, blue - azul ...

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  • Matthew Sage, Lieven Martens : Riding Fences - MC (Edições CN, 2022)

  • Matthew Sage’s (Cached Media, Fuubutsushi) and Lieven Martens (Edições CN, Dolphins Into The Future) make a Western album together / Risograph artwork. Sage, who grew up in Colorado, comes from generations of “Western Living.” A way of life that is part of the American Identity, but one that is fetishized in uncanny replications. Some kind of chapped ghost that haunts this colonized terrain / Martens responds and tries to give a place to something where he comes from, namely the idolatry of “Western Living,” as an idealized form of freedom. Adapted from movies, magazines et al, mostly by those dissapointed … Based on life that happens about 9.000 kilometers (5.500 miles) out of reach. Without even having a clue nor connection about this “exotica.”

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  • Esplendor Geometrico : El Acero Del Partido - Héroe Del Trabajo - LP (Geometrik, 2022)

  • Black vinyl, numbered on back cover. Reissue on vinyl celebrating the 40th anniversary of Esplendor Geométrico’s first LP:  El Acero del Partido / Héroe del trabajo (Tic-Tac 1982) / Considered a masterpiece of industrial music from the eighties, it´s the record where they started to define their unique style. Already devoid of aggressive lyrics and even titles for their tracks, the sound begins to acquire a personality of its own, with an astounding austerity. Repetitive litanies infected by impossible machine sounds, noisy buzzes, organized metallurgy and newscasts from the East Europe, that glare by moments. Seven instrumental tracks of repetitive mechanical rhythms than paint a landscape of abandoned factories and rusty machinery / Remastered in 2022 and unavailable on vinyl for more than 10 years! The original cover is preserved and includes an exclusive collage-insert with rare photos and texts. Classic!

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  • Esplendor Geometrico : Mekano-Turbo - LP (Geometrik, 2022)

  • Black vinyl, numbered on back cover. Mekano-Turbo (Discos Esplendor Geométrico. LP 1988) is the fourth album and a classic inside the discography of legendary and influential Spanish Industrial cult band Esplendor Geométrico. Now available again in its original format, remastered in 2022 by Luca Spagnoletti, and unavailable on vinyl for more than 11 years. The album cover reproduces the original artwork but the back cover is different / Finally, the fury is unleashed in all its splendour. The superb three initial tracks are pure rhythmic adrenaline on which is supported the totally runaway voice of Arturo Lanz. "Rotor" would be even considered as a not intentioned approximation to the electronic body music. In the same wave are also located "Belew" and "Mekano-Turbo". On the other hand, it seems to be that the residence of Gabriel in Melilla (North Africa) and the consequent proximity of the arabic culture it influences on some tracks ("Sheikh", “Transmisión”). Considered by the media and many fans as a masterpiece of the group. The wonderful cover continues the customary line of showing strange machines or decadent industrial buildings / “The 1988 release Mekano-Turbo abandoned the band’s former lo-fi cassette crudeness but kept all its severity. Here, their proto-techno repetition of rhythm is emphasized with cataclysmic sounds that have the impact of a car crash. This is found in the obtrusive EBM groove of “Rotor” (which found its way into dance music consciousness with a Broken English Club remix in 2016) and “Ven a Jugar,” which is jarring and frenetic—but is ultimately contained, purposeful chaos. “When I start to compose a song, concentration and mindfulness is essential,” Lanz says. “In critical moments, the music merges with the self, and a single entity is formed in which intuition intervenes and [I let] go of preconceived ideas.” (Andi Harriman)

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  • Esplendor Geometrico : El Acero Del Partido - Héroe Del Trabajo - LP (Geometrik, 2022)

  • Clear green vinyl, numbered on back cover. Reissue on vinyl celebrating the 40th anniversary of Esplendor Geométrico’s first LP:  El Acero del Partido / Héroe del trabajo (Tic-Tac 1982) / Considered a masterpiece of industrial music from the eighties, it´s the record where they started to define their unique style. Already devoid of aggressive lyrics and even titles for their tracks, the sound begins to acquire a personality of its own, with an astounding austerity. Repetitive litanies infected by impossible machine sounds, noisy buzzes, organized metallurgy and newscasts from the East Europe, that glare by moments. Seven instrumental tracks of repetitive mechanical rhythms than paint a landscape of abandoned factories and rusty machinery / Remastered in 2022 and unavailable on vinyl for more than 10 years! The original cover is preserved and includes an exclusive collage-insert with rare photos and texts. Classic!

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  • Esplendor Geometrico : Mekano-Turbo - LP (Geometrik, 2022)

  • Clear orange vinyl, numbered on back cover, mailorder only edition. Mekano-Turbo (Discos Esplendor Geométrico. LP 1988) is the fourth album and a classic inside the discography of legendary and influential Spanish Industrial cult band Esplendor Geométrico. Now available again in its original format, remastered in 2022 by Luca Spagnoletti, and unavailable on vinyl for more than 11 years. The album cover reproduces the original artwork but the back cover is different / Finally, the fury is unleashed in all its splendour. The superb three initial tracks are pure rhythmic adrenaline on which is supported the totally runaway voice of Arturo Lanz. "Rotor" would be even considered as a not intentioned approximation to the electronic body music. In the same wave are also located "Belew" and "Mekano-Turbo". On the other hand, it seems to be that the residence of Gabriel in Melilla (North Africa) and the consequent proximity of the arabic culture it influences on some tracks ("Sheikh", “Transmisión”). Considered by the media and many fans as a masterpiece of the group. The wonderful cover continues the customary line of showing strange machines or decadent industrial buildings / “The 1988 release Mekano-Turbo abandoned the band’s former lo-fi cassette crudeness but kept all its severity. Here, their proto-techno repetition of rhythm is emphasized with cataclysmic sounds that have the impact of a car crash. This is found in the obtrusive EBM groove of “Rotor” (which found its way into dance music consciousness with a Broken English Club remix in 2016) and “Ven a Jugar,” which is jarring and frenetic—but is ultimately contained, purposeful chaos. “When I start to compose a song, concentration and mindfulness is essential,” Lanz says. “In critical moments, the music merges with the self, and a single entity is formed in which intuition intervenes and [I let] go of preconceived ideas.” (Andi Harriman)

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  • The Threshold HouseBoys Choir : Form Grows Rampant - 2x12" (Musique Pour La Danse, 2022)

  • Printed on inside out heavy 350g cardboard, Audiophile 180g vinyl cut at 45rpm with the Half Speed Mastering technique. Gatefold sleeve features stills from the movie in chronological order (Warning: contains explicit graphic images depicting religious devotees in trance-like states, tongue slashing, partial skinning, impaling through cheeks, ears, etc). Includes original liner notes by Peter Christopherson. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir was a project by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson. Operating out of Bangkok, Thailand, the Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founding member started this audio and visual endeavour after Coil’s conclusion / Despite the name, it was a solo project relying heavily on computer generated vocals. The name was derived from a play on words, combining the terms houseboy, house of boys, boys' choir, and Threshold House, which was Coil’s own label. "Form Grows Rampant" is the soundtrack of a film shot by Christopherson (a video capture at the GinJae Vegetarian Festival in the south of Thailand) and his first major musical project since the tragic death of John Balance and Coil’s subsequent demise. The music is a suite of lengthy dense atmospherics that combine shuddering electronics with sampled vocals, eerie digitalia, buried melodies and sinister undercurrents hinting at a gleaming heart of darkness, with a joyful melodic progression that sounds positively triumphant towards the end of the album. It's both Coil-esque and quite different, and is undoubtedly the worthy successor of the essential project that Christopherson created with his partner John Balance / First released in small quantities in 2007 as a mixed CD/DVD set, this is the first time it is released on vinyl, CD, and digital. This reissue has been mastered from original files by Sidney Claire Meyer at former Deutsche Grammophon studios Emil Berliner in Berlin, using the half speed mastering process, and pressed on heavy vinyl at 45 RPM. Limited Edition of 1000. Printed on inside out on heavy 350g cardboard. Gatefold sleeve features stills from the movie in chronological order (Warning: contains explicit graphic images depicting religious devotees in trance-like states, tongue slashing, partial skinning, impaling through cheeks, ears, etc). Includes original liner notes by Peter Christopherson

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  • Jake Muir : Lady’s Mantle - LP (Sferic, 2022)

  • Clear vinyl repress housed in gloss laminate sleeve. Jake Muir’s by-now classic debut for sferic is a thing of spectral wonder; a luxurious set of gently phased and looped edits and field recordings based around gutted Beach Boys samples cast adrift in a sea of atmospheric shimmers. Followers of work by Jan Jelinek, Pinkcourtesyphone, Andrew Pekler or even Rhythm & Sound should be all over this one - a highly immersive exercise in blissed worlbuilding / Sferic cruise the best coast with Jake Muir, an artist and field recordist hailing from Los Angeles, California, who has quietly become one of the more interesting operators in this crowded field. His conceptual approach to sampling follows a lineage of artists at the very top of the game - from Fennesz’s re-imagined cover-versioning on his pioneering ‘Plays’ (also using the Beach Boys as source material), to DJ Olive’s quietly radical Illbient movements in the mid 90’s, to Jan Jelinek’s loop-finding heyday a decade or so later. Muir isn't so much interested in making sounds for mindless zoning-out, but instead evaluates the very essence of sound itself, in a way that feels like a microscopic view of the very fibre of popular music / On ‘Lady’s Mantle’ Muir combines these elements with aqueous field recordings made everywhere from Iceland to the beaches of California with results that limn a wide but smudged sense of space and place. With fading harmonic auroras and glinting, half-heard surf rock melodies, the album is rendered in an abstract impressionist manner that suggests a fine tracing of in-between-spaces, perhaps describing the metropolitan sprawl giving way to vast mountain ranges and oceanic scales. In effect the album recalls the intoxicated airs of Pinkcourtesyphone (a.k.a L.A. resident Richard Chartier) and Andrew Pekler’s sensorial soundscapes and even the plangent production techniques of Phil Spector and the subby sublime of Rhythm & Sound. For all its implied sense of space, there’s a paradoxically close intimacy to 'Lady’s Mantle’ which feels like you’re the passenger in Muir’s ride, and he patently knows the scenic route...

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  • Farben : Textstar+ - 2xLP (Faitiche, 2022)

  • On textstar+ Jan Jelinek brings together the material from the CMYK series, four EPs he released between 1999 and 2002 under the pseudonym farben (the German word for both colours and paints), on a vinyl double LP for the first time. The selection of tracks has been remastered from the original tapes, joined by two additional pieces that appeared on compilations during the same period / A Polaroid. Still life with tangled leads and consumer electronics, late twentieth century. Black and various shades of dirty white are the dominant non-colours. The image’s spatial depth remains diffuse, the links between its elements speculative. A note stuck to the wall (a legend, perhaps, or an all-explaining blueprint in text form?) is impossible to decipher. You can’t see what connects the picture’s signs. You have to hear it / Farben says: New departures. Even two decades after its original release, textstar+ does not come across as an epitaph to the modern era. Instead, it appears as a euphoric affirmation of the utopias of the twentieth century, translated into new sound texts via the aesthetic strategies of abstraction, collage, networking and speculation. 1.44 megabytes of history, one thousand signifiers, one album. From “Live ...” to “... Love”

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  • Iko : ’83 & Extra Studio Works - LP+12" (LeBackstore, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Issued on double-LP are the entirety of the Canadian synth wave trio's '83 album and four tracks that were recorded after the album release. The additional pieces reveal an outfit that pushes its own limits, gaining in intensity while straying away from the more abrasive sound of the early days. The keen desire to experiment that has always been present in Iko's artistic approach is definitely there

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

  • Clear 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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  • Markus Stockhausen, Lino Capra Vaccina, Alireza Mortazavi : Free Spirits - CD (Dark Companion, 2022)

  • Together they converse in a shared musical language, alternating between profound and sweetly tender exchanges to produce music very much of the moment but also – incredibly – an undisputedly durable music demanding repeated listening. It’s an entirely spontaneous method of composition bordering on alchemy / Call it Art music, or better still, Free Spirits at play

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  • Lino Capra Vaccina : Sincretico Modale - LP (Dark Companion, 2022)

  • Premium white audiophile virgin vinyl, handnumbered on back cover / Exclusive sleeve notes by Paul Roland, John Greaves, Michael Tanner and Max Marchini. Produced by Max Marchini. A decisive step forward, a new milestone in the extraordinary discography of Lino Capra Vaccina. An album of iridescent introspectivity; a mandala of unheard sounds, a new way for contemporary minimalism. My collaboration with Lino has led me to discover recesses, reflections and refractions of music that I didn't know or, worse, neglected. Thanks to our professional and artistic collaboration a sincere personal friendship was born, extended to my family / My family: Lino has always given me a discreet advice, a subdued and authoritative point of reflection in many difficult moments. Many difficult moments. When we go into the studio for a new album, I wonder where it can go considering the quality and research of the previous work. And research of previous work. Each time, including this one, the surprise of the unexpected path taken opens up new horizons. Lino adds the piano to the percussion and vibraphone and immediately bends the essences, mechanics and woods to his own unique semantics. His own unique semantics. Lino Capra Vaccina's piano is "his" and profoundly different. A classical instrument that A classical instrument that becomes a new probe to explore the infinite interstices that envelop sound and silence." - Max Marchini

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  • Annie Barbazza : Vive - LP+CD (Dark Companion, 2020)

  • Dark magenta vinyl / Individually hand numbered copy bound in cross shaped gimmix cover with 4 inserts plus an original art print by visual Artist William Xerra and the golden CD version of the album / "Vive" is the debut solo-album by a rising star from the Italian avant/prog rock scene

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  • Markus Stockhausen, Alireza Mortazavi : Hamdelaneh - Intimate Dialogues - LP (Dark Companion, 2019)

  • Dark red vinyl, handnumbered / "I am very proud to now have Markus and Alireza in our catalogue and I hope this album may give you the same intimate, graceful, peaceful atmosphere these musicians have given me. The meaning of Hamdelaneh is "with the same heart"." (Max Marchini)

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  • Papiro : La Finestra Dentata - LP (Marionette, 2021)

  • Papiro’s approach to music is never technical, but always personal. Since the mid-Nineties, he has released a handful of noteworthy albums, each carefully put together and seemingly self-contained, yet all sharing an unmistakable musical language and a certain escapist aura / La finestra dentata (The Toothed Window), is no exception. It includes both studio and concert recordings from 2016–2020. The sounds on this album appear infinite and full of marvels, ingenious in portraying imaginary creatures and environments. The title track and Anelli take up most of the first side and include live outtakes. These swirly symphonies are specifically intended as immersive deep-listening experiences for concert venues, and have been edited for this album to meet the physical demands of vinyl and domestic use. Imagine the younger cousins of Laurie Spiegel’s Concerto Generator performance, or Terry Riley’s Shri Camel / However, those who know Papiro only from the stage might be unaware of a different side to his oeuvre; starry-eyed miniatures that may appear frivolous in comparison to the more heady tracks, but are nonetheless well worth discovering. Each piece adds a chapter to a phantasmagoric world populated by such characters as "Giant Duckling", "King Hard-Beard", or the "Bodulator". Tracks like the opener Odilon or Il triciclo nascosto, meanwhile, emanate a candor rarely found in the domain of serious music, and revisit Papiro’s early days of instrumental storytelling

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  • Giraffe : Desert Haze - 12" (Marionette, 2019)

  • Experimental trio Giraffe crystalize time on ‘Desert Haze’, their new LP on Marionette. Giraffe is the musical project of Sascha Demand (guitar), Jürgen Hall (keys), and Charly Schöppner (percussion). Sascha Demand is a composer that comes from a contemporary and improvised musical background, collaborating with the likes of Ensemble Integrales and Vinko Globokar. Jürgen Hall works in electroacoustic experimental projects, theatre and film scores, with releases on Staubgold and Edition Stora. Charly Schöppner is known for his popular music releases such as Boytronic on major production companies in the 1980´s and composes for theatre, dance, and film scores. With only a couple of releases to date on the wonderful Meakusma imprint as well as an EP on Marmo, little is known about Giraffe. After letting go of other artistic projects, the trio now focuses solely on Giraffe by continuously searching for and finding their own unique language / Sascha, Jürgen and Charly have quite diverse musical backgrounds, though morphing into Giraffe they tower into one single composer. Their music is a critical statement, not in a political sense but rather an artistic one. Being mindful about what it means to create and how to position themselves as artists nowadays (without the constant hassle of being en vogue and short-lived trends) shaped their rather rare and stoic artistic stance. It is refreshingly honest to see their expression develop so naturally / On Desert Haze, they’ve created a vibrant and minimalistic tribal sound that feels inspired by the Saharan traditional music of the Tuareg, Jazz, and German psychedelic krautrock. Giraffe themselves also list the radical music of the Viennese School (Schoenberg along with his pupils Berg and Webern) as well as the Köln School with its early electronic experiments as their main influence and inspiration. More precisely the composition process and the organization of musical material within space and time, where a conceptual and intellectual approach melds with an experimental yet expressive sound searching method

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  • David Fenech, Klimperei : Rainbow De Nuit - LP (Marionette, 2021)

  • Maestro melodist Christophe Petchanatz (aka Klimperei) and all around music fanatic David Fenech engage remotely in a repetitive exchange of recordings and overdubs on their debut album titled ‘Rainbow de Nuit’, sporadically spanning over the last decade. Evocations of experimental and improvised jazz, chansonesque songs, bluesy folk, and outsider music undulate harmoniously across the record. From music boxes and walkie-talkies down to plastic straws, plucking various stringed instruments such as the charrango and banjo, kazoos and snake-charmer ocarina and flutes, all the way through the sweet accordion and melodica, found and traditional tuned percussion - there is far from a shortage of sound sources on this freakishly inviting record / What germinates as an imaginative and emotional chord progression played by Klimperei, evolves with Fenech layering additional recordings, which would then find their way back home to Klimperei yet again, and so on, and so forth. This recursive compositional and improvisational loop, combined with Fenech’s musique-concrete-like mixing and editing techniques, transforms the acoustic recordings by way of compression, saturation, and reverberation or simple pitch changes - resulting in the duo’s recordings seemingly sound like they may very well be an octet in real time. While the majority of the recordings have been ping-ponged remotely, David and Christophe unite under one roof to record the closing track of the album

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  • Twinkle³ : Minor Planets - 12" (Marionette, 2020)

  • After fifteen years and two astounding releases, Twinkle³, the trio comprised of Richard Scott, David Ross, and Clive Bell complete their cosmos themed electroacoustic trilogy with the ‘Minor Planets’ LP. Their firstling ‘Let’s Make a Solar System’ (ini itu, 2009) introduced a collage method working with individually generated and recorded sounds. In contrast, their second album ‘Debris in Lower Earth Orbit’ (Cusp Editions, 2015), was recorded in a single session and gravitates more towards the spontaneity of their experimental improvisations. This third album is all about the unique synergies the group discovered in combining improvisations with studio and Musique concrète techniques / Their shared love towards music from Lee Perry to Noh Theatre via Karlheinz Stockhausen and King Sunny Ade lead them into a singular musical universe where all their various influences can coexist and interact. Aleatoric analogue sequencing, fluttering melodies and dub treatments condense into a distinct and emotive narrative that takes us on an exhilarating hyperspace cruise to the outer reaches / Clive Bell is a virtuoso of the Shakuhachi. His aesthetic takes us on a timbral journey between noise and pitch, expressed and phrased rhythmically by the contour of human breath. Richard Scott and David Ross share a background in free improvisation and have pioneered new approaches to rhythm using self designed synthesizer systems. Together they move seamlessly between rhythm, noise, dissonance and melody in a spirit of wonder and optimism to produce original music that is both life affirming and uplifting. The album artwork captures the feeling of peering through the vacuum of space and catching a rare glimpse of the mysterious alien biomes, fossils, and silhouettes cast by dwarf planets, asteroids, Kuiper belt, and other trans-Neptunian objects

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  • Johannes Fritsch : Kyo Mu / Hochtöner - LP (Metaphon, 2022)

  • ‘Kyo Mu’ and ‘Hochtöner’ both reveal a mesmerizing symbiosis of innovative sound exploration and visionary interior music, a sublime compound of fine-drawn intricate arrangements skillfully projected in space and time, or perhaps beyond space and time / Johannes Fritsch (1941–2010) was an award-winning composer, musician, publisher, studio owner, author and music teacher. He studied viola and composition with Bernd Alois Zimmermann and was member of the Stockhausen Ensemble from 1964 to 1970. Together with Rolf Gehlhaar and David Johnson (also from the Stockhausen Ensemble) he established the Feedback Studio Köln and the Feedback Studio Verlag, the first publishing house owned by composers in Germany / Fritsch’s complex musical estate consists of approximately 130 works: it covers electronic music, chamber music, ballet, theatre and film music, organ compositions, an opera and pieces for large orchestras. Although Fritsch’s compositions are varied, all of them convey a strong interest in new sound combinations and sound colours

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

  • 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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  • Elodie : Enteha - LP (Colourful Storm, 2022)

  • A Colourful Storm presents Enteha, the latest piece by Elodie, the duo of Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk. Chalk and van Luijk embody a free-spirited approach to music making whose improvisational process can be traced to a distinct period of Europe's post-industrial landscape. More than two decades of ambitious solo and collaborative work would solidify both Chalk and van Luijk as masterful craftsmen exploring the tension between composition and free improvisation: their individual lists of collaborators boasts Christoph Heemann, Giancarlo Toniutti, David Jackman and Colin Potter, to name but a few / A figment of two imaginations, Elodie appeared in 2011 almost fully formed with each record patiently revealing glimpses into a world concerned with time dilation, the phantasmagoric and spirits of the everyday. Enteha is one of the duo’s more melancholic pieces and can be seen as a human response to seasonal transition. It’s one of their uniquely longform explorations of mood and atmosphere as an air of romance drifts deftly into mystery and despair. The delicate hues of autumnal haze. The deceptive optimism of morning light. A work of supremely understated beauty that will appeal to anyone who finds solace in Harmonia, Gas, Joanna Brouk, Roberto Musci and Zoviet France

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

  • Pioneers in their own musical approaches, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, began their exploration of sound in the evocatively titled V.I.R.U.S series in 2002. After more than a decade from the release of the collection's final installment with "Summvs" in 2011, Noton reissues all the five albums between June and October 2022 / With its impressionistic atmosphere, in this collaborative project two generations met and shared the idea of electronic music as an inspiration source for new musical structures. Over a series of five albums, Vrioon (2002),Insen (2005), Revep (2006), utp_ (2008), and summvs (2011), the duo have explored blending electronic and acoustic sounds into a meditative whole that is at once expressive, breathing and precision-engineered / Remastered in collaboration with Calyx Mastering, the recordings of Vrioon, Insen, Revep, Utp_, and Summvs are made available on vinyl and CD under the title 'reMASTER, accompanied by exclusive, unreleased compositions and housed in a beautifully designed sleeve with original cover art by Carsten Nicolai. In November 2022, a dedicated, limited edition cardboard slipcase will be available as a separate item from the V.I.R.U.S. LPs/CDs

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  • Somei Satoh : Emerald Tablet / Echoes - LP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2020)

  • Works of the great Somei Satoh - superb mystic and meditative harmonics originally release by ALM and now fully reissued. Two major pieces from Somei Satoh's discography / EMERALD TABLET - recorded at the NHK Studio of Electronic Music in 1978, Satoh's unique take on musique concrète and tape music, sound harmonics made up of tubular bell, cymbals, and 'kin' (Buddhist standing bell) only, overdubbed to infinity / ECHOES - composed for the "Mist, Sound, and Light Festival," a 10-day event organized by the hot spring tourist association of Kawaji, Tochigi Prefecture, held on May 20-29, 1981. Played at the Kawaji hot spring's Ojika river valley - 8 gigantic loudspeakers set up on hills surrounding the stream, with music played through an octuple channel-tape system. A combined length of cables connected with the loudspeakers exceeding one kilometers. Fall into the ambient vastness, let yourself go

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

  • Special folding cover. Twenty years after its original release, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s minimalist masterpiece returns on NOTON on May 27, 2022. Initially released in 2002, Vrioon is the debut collaboration album between Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto and the first installment of V.I.R.U.S.’s five albums series / Remastered in 2021 in collaboration with Calyx Studio, the album’s recordings are accompanied by a new composition titled Landscape Skizze, originally recorded in 2005 for Matador I. Oriente by La Fábrica / The seven recordings alternate palettes of piano chords, electronic tones and exquisitely quivering timbres. The feeling of expanse is palpable in the album’s clear rhythmic constellation as each piece reverberates alongside ample tenses, a dreamlike wash of sounds, and distant strings. Held static and absorbed by the pair’s interplay of microtonal shifts, Vrioon takes the listener through digital dust and vortices of weightless harmonics to resolve a rarified vibrancy in the closing piece. It is a record of refined reductionism, invoking reflective yet ephemeral structures, inundated by a timeless sense of contemplation. In 2004, the record was named ‘Album of the year’ by the Wire Magazine

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  • Somei Satoh : Mandala Trilogy + 1 - 2xLP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2020)

  • Works of the great Somei Satoh / Mandala Trilogy + 1 bonus track - Shomyo Buddhist chant vocalization and infinity ambient abyss transform into superb mystic and meditative harmonics / "Mandala", "Mantra" and "Tantra" were recorded separately in 1982, 1986 and 1990. "Mandala" was included on the album Mandala/ Sumeru that was released on ALM (Kojima Recordings) and it was recorded at the NHK Studio of Electronic Music. "Mantra" was a NHK commissioned work (recorded at the same studio). "Tantra" was recorded at Victoria University of Wellington’s Lilburn Studios for electronic music and recording. Although each composition’s production comes from a different era, they all use Satoh’s own vocals as sound as well as electronics / Includes bonus track "Mai", a composition commissioned by harpist Ayako Shinozaki recorded at the Kioi Hall in Tokyo on November 11th 2004. The piece was conducted by Tetsuji Honna and performed by the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. Satoh says: "The harp is one of my favorite instruments. Also, by combining my affectionate percussion instrument, the chromatic gong and steel drum, with the harp’s most beautiful tone, I attempted to bring out a mystical sound." Although it is not an electronic music piece, this composition complements the world that Satoh expresses in Mandala Trilogy. Deep deep deep into the abyss

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  • White Pain : Paroles Absurdes - LP (Camisole, 2022)

  • Camisole is proud to unveil another part of the french cold wave history with the reissue of "Paroles Absurdes" LP by White Pain. Hailing from Lyon the band began as a duo with Patrick Saveau and Patrick Gravier in 1984. Active figures in the underground scene of their city, they played some gigs and even had their own show on the local radio station. They developed a small following around them and recruited other members to record this album in 1986 / "Paroles Absurdes" is driven by the feeling that you can't escape your fate. Saying Words that you sometimes regret but you feel to be true. This testimony infuses this whole album.However, positive assumptions flow from time to time and left their more pop appeal roll into some songs / This reissue also includes the first two tracks of the group only released on tape in 1985. As a duo, White Pain was a synth and drum machine band inspired by early 80's german pioneers like DAF or Din a Testbild. They used to have a raw, powerful, and dark sound quite unique in France at this time. "Vienna" is probably the best way to resume their first intention

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  • Grauzone : Eisbær - 12" (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2019)

  • WRWTFWW Records is very honored to announce the official reissue of Grauzone’s essential 1981 maxi single with timeless classic "Eisbär", proto-techno beast "FILM 2", and romantic synth ballad "Ich Lieb Sie", just in time for the 40th anniversary of the Swiss band’s formation / The three-track vinyl is sourced from the original reels, cut at 45rpm, and comes with its iconic artwork on a 350gsm sleeve / Grauzone and WRWTFWW will continue to collaborate on the band’s 40th anniversary reissue campaign, with numerous projects planned for the year, including a vast selection of music, visuals, and literature never available before

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  • Boards of Canada : Music Has The Right To Children - 2xLP (Warp, Skam, 2021)

  • Repress. ‘Music Has the Right To Children’ arrived in 1998 as a joint release from Warp and the burgeoning Skam imprint, and proved a seminal release which helped define Warp’s place in electronic music’s hall of fame, and gained the introspective, mysterious sounds of duo Boards of Canada a powerful cult following. The album created a strange influence in its singular combination of hip-hop rhythms and more nostalgic elements drawn from a mid- 20th century electronic culture that was distinctly British / ‘One Very Important Thought’ resurrected the voice of an automated documentary narrator to remind one of the prevalence of censorship in contemporary culture over distant meandering synths in a way that was bizarrely nostalgic yet of no time at all, while ‘Smokes Quantity’ reigns the same archive voices onto chugging beats to hallucinatory effect / It is, however, cuts like ‘Roygbiv’ and ‘Pete Standing Alone’ which remain the reason why the album remains a cornerstone for countless musicians today, where naïve synth lines and crunching hip-hop beats manage to induce the listener to a state at once pastoral and urban, recalling the past while avoiding mere replication of it. ‘Music Has the Right To Children’ offers as rich and mind-boggling a listen now as when it was released a decade and a half previously, and one cannot comprehend the landscape of contemporary electronic culture without it

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  • Aphex Twin : Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - 2xLP (Apollo, 2022)

  • “Both the birthplace and the benchmark of modern electronic music.” / Aphex Twin’s seminal debut album is being repressed on double vinyl, this June by R&S and Apollo Records. Selected Ambient Works ’85-’92 features original artwork, and the 2013 remastered audio made from its original DAT tapes and cut by Matt Colton / "A 1992 turning point album which guides you to the golden age of electronic music back in the nineties! The tracks take you through many emotions such as happiness with "Xtal", fear with "Hedphelym" and daydream with "We Are The Music Makers". The most incredible is that some tracks seem to have been created when Richard was only 14 years old. The ambient atmosphere associates with some acid sounds and minimalist beats. 25/30 years old now but no feel of dated music or obsolescence."

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  • Grauzone : Grauzone - 2xLP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2021)

  • Official reissue of Grauzone’s album with 9 bonus songs including the megahits “Eisbär”, "Film 2" and more, straight from the original reels! / WRWTFWW Records is very happy to reissue Swiss cult band Grauzone’s self-titled album in an expanded 40 Years Anniversary Edition packed with the original 1981 album plus 9 extra songs, as well as extensive liner notes by Swiss music historian Lurker Grand. The 19-track album is available as a double LP vinyl in heavy 350gsm sleeve, sourced from the original reels and put together under the supervision of band member and all around legend Stephan Eicher / The pioneering band from Bern (Switzerland) had a short-lived but highly-regarded career which birthed a cult discography that still fascinates and resonates today. Consisting of core members Martin Eicher, Stephan Eicher, and Marco Repetto, and on-and-off participants Christian GT Trüssel, Claudine Chirac, and Ingrid Berney, the elusive group broke new grounds in the early 80s, experimenting with punk and industrial music, early techno sounds, minimalism, new wave, pop, and various electronics. With an innovative and polished approach to design, visuals, performance, and all around style and philosophy on top of their superb music, the constantly transforming unit developed a whole experience - the Grauzone experience: wild and unpredictable, yet sophisticated and cohesive!

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  • Grauzone : Raum - 12" (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2019)

  • WRWTFWW Records is beyond thrilled to announce the first ever vinyl maxi-single release for "Raum", Grauzone’s best-kept secret and underground mega-gem from 1980. The four-track affair includes the full title track sourced from the original reels, as well as a club-ready rework by Naum Gabo (Jonnie Wilkes of Optimo and James Savage) with help from Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid, and an extended edit by legendary Frankfurt DJ Ata (Robert-Johnson club, Playhouse/Klang/Ongaku labels). The 12 inch vinyl is cut at 45rpm and comes with a never-seen cover art by band member Stephan Eicher and a handmade Xerox hype sticker / Initally released almost 40 years ago on the beloved compilation Swiss Wave - The Album (Off Course Records) alongside the band’s massive hit "Eisbär", "Raum" is the biggest Grauzone track people have yet to discover. An über-infectious New York style bassline played by Christian "GT" Trüssel and frantic drumming by Marco Repetto blend with Martin Eicher’s hauntingly hopeless lyrics and Claudine Chirac’s saxophone escapades to personify post-punk heaven and all its wonderful anomalies. It’s disco with an edge, experimental pop music full of fear and loneliness, it’s The Cure infused with proto-techno and Swiss art chic. Or maybe, it’s simply one hell of a song that will make you dance and shout. It’s good! / Further on the a-side, Naum Gabo’s rework takes Grauzone to modern dance floors with a thumping track and bounce-inducing groove on which Liquid Liquid’s very own Dennis Young adds magic in the form of marimba, Roto Toms, and EBowed guitar. The energy is electric, the sound is huge, a club banger with extra heart, ready for sound systems of all kinds. The b-side features Ata Macias’ fabled extended version of "Raum" (first released in 2010 via Live at Robert Johnson) that Stephan Eicher described as "the perfect Grauzone edit" (and it is!), plus a straight to the point radio edit of Naum Gabo’s rework. This release follows WRWTFWW’s reissue of Grauzone’s Eisbär maxi single as part of the 40 years anniversary of the band. There is much more coming…stay tuned!

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  • Michael Hurley : Blue Hills - LP (Mississippi, 2010)

  • On this LP we find Michael Hurley stretching out on six longer than usual compositions that are heartbreaking & beautiful as anything he's ever done. Side one features Hurley on a creaky pump organ and a Hammond organ. Side two starts out with two newer compositions - just Michael on guitar & vocals. The record ends with a stunning version of Tea Song (which Michael originally wrote & recorded way back in 1963). A sustained feeling of loss & need for redemption haunts this record. It ain't easy listening, but then what worth a damn is?

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  • Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru : Spielt Eigene Kompositionen - LP (Mississippi, Change, 2022)

  • A most unusual & stunning album. Tsege Mariam Gebru is an Ethiopian nun who has dedicated her life to helping others. She has been composing & playing music on the piano since the 1960’s. Her music is a unique mix of Western classical music in the vein of Erik Satie, Ethiopian music & Religious Christian meditation music. On this reissue of her first LP, originally released in Germany in a very small pressing, we find Tsege Mariam Gebru playing her own compositions solo on piano. She plays with restrained grace & purity. The record invites repeated listening well and is filled with spiritual warmth. We are very proud to present this LP – the first in a series of records we will be releasing with music culled from the monumental Ethiopiques CD series. Old school “tip on” cover

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  • Robbie Basho : Visions Of The Country - LP (Gnome Life, 2020)

  • Recorded in the height of Robbie Basho's creative career, "Visions of the Country" was originally released in 1978, and has been out of print for nearly 36 years. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano); majestic compositions; transcendent singing and whistling; and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths

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  • Rob Noyes : Arc Minutes - LP (Vin Du Select Qualitite, 2021)

  • Deluxe edition housed in old style tip-on jacket with UV spot finishes / A dazzling display of 12-string melodicism, Arc Minutes is the second full-length LP from once New Englander, now Tokyo-based, instrumentalist Rob Noyes. If one had to pin an influence from the holy trinity, rather than the existential drift of Fahey or the raga-tinged interpretations of Robbie Basho, Noyes excels at Leo-Kottke-style dynamics playing huge, bright runs within compact arrangements that explode with exuberance. Since his debut, Noyes has matured with an intense focus and here delivers a concise, powerful collection of acoustic virtuosity, further cementing his status among the most revered young players to emerge from the modern solo guitar set

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  • Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, Pharoah Sanders : The Trance Of Seven Colors - 2xLP (Zehra, 2022)

  • Available on vinyl for the very first time: “The Trance Of Seven Colors” by master Gnawa musician Maleem Mahmoud Ghania and free jazz legend Pharoah Sanders. Produced by Bill Laswell and according to The Attic “one of the most important albums of Gnawa trance music released in the ‘90s” / Originally released in 1994 on Bill Laswell’s Axiom imprint, “The Trance Of Seven Colors” is the meeting of two true musical masters: Maleem Mahmoud Ghania (1951 – 2015), son of the master of Gnawa music Maleem Boubker Ghania and the famous clairvoyant and "moqaddema" A’isha Qabral, and a master of the traditional Gnawa style in his own right. Mahmoud learned this craft as a youth along with his brothers, walking from village to village, performing ceremonies with his father Boubker and was one of the few masters (Maleem) who continued to practice the Gnawa tradition strictly for healing (the central ritual of the Gnawa is the trance music ceremony – with the purpose of healing or purification of the participants). With 30 cassette releases of music from the Gnawa repertoire with his own ensemble and performances at every major festival in Morocco, including performing for the King in various contexts, Mahmoud Ghania was also one of Morocco's most prominent professional musicians / In 1994, Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders went to Mocrocco, equipped with just some mobile recording devices, to record Ghania and a large ensemble of musicians (to a good part family members) in a very intimate set up at a private house with the legendary free jazz musician contributing his distinctive tenor saxophone sounds that gained him highest praise as a truely spiritual soul right from the days of playing with John Coltrane and his wife Alice and on seminal solo albums like „Karma“. The aptly titled „The Trance of Seven Colors“ ranks among the best Gnawa recordings ever released , made it onto the list of “10 incredible percussive albums from around the world” by Thevinylfactory.com and is 25 years after its original CD release on finally available on vinyl!

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  • Brunhild Ferrari, Christoph Heemann : Stürmische Ruhe - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • After her stunning collaboration with Jim O’Rourke (Le Piano Englouti, BT055), Brunhild Ferrari returns to Black Truffle with Stürmische Ruhe, her first duo with Christoph Heemann. A legendary figure in underground music, Heemann has quietly produced a unique body of work since his beginnings with the absurdist cutups of H.N.A.S. in the mid-1980, including collaborations with Merzbow, Organum and Nurse With Wound, the eerie psychedelia of Mirror (with Andrew Chalk), In Camera (with Timo van Lujik) and Plastic Palace People (with Jim O’Rourke), and the precise cinema pour l’oreille constructions of his solo works. Created together in Ferrari’s Parisian studio (once shared with Luc) between 2011 and 2014, Stürmische Ruhe is a single half-hour piece that folds rain and storm recordings into a intricately woven fabric of haunted electronics, unexpected edits and disorienting processing / Banging with the jarring thump of a slamming door (an element that will reappear periodically throughout the piece as a kind of punctuation mark), it is immediately obvious that concrete sound is used here in a free, poetic way outside of the strict confines of documentary field recording. The wind captured by Ferrari’s microphone roars and whistles, accompanied by thick clusters of wavering tones whose unpredictable rises and falls in volumes are synchronised with the bumping and thudding of windows and doors. At some points the microphone sound melts into a wavering low-bit digital smear before fanning out into broad, atmospheric depths. The cinema for the ear constructed here suggests not linear narrative or documentary, but an organic flow of cross-fades, double-exposures and abrupt cuts, a free-associative dream in which wind and water take on mythical characteristics / Throughout the piece's second half, layers of synthetic floating tones and pinging upward glissandi negotiate a constantly shifting balance with wind-borne whispers and rustles, at times dropping to silence, at others rising up with elemental force. As Ferrari explains in her liner notes, Stürmische Ruhe is a meeting of ‘completely opposite sound worlds’ in which ‘almost-violence’ is joined with a ‘reconciling harmony’. Reaffirming the infinite possibilities of the musique concrète tradition while avoiding its academic tropes, Stürmische Ruhe is accompanied by tri-lingual liner notes from Brunhild Ferrari and arrives in a sleeve graced with the beautiful art informel paintings of her father, Wolfgang Meyer Tomin. Cut at 45rpm for maximum fidelity

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  • Oren Ambarchi : Live Hubris - LP (Black Truffle, 2021)

  • Arriving on hot pink vinyl with artwork by Lasse Marhaug and an extensive selection of live photos by Ivan Weiss and Fabio Lugaro, Live Hubris brings this ambitious and outrageous evening of music to the safety of the home stereo / Black Truffle is pleased to announce Live Hubris, documenting the hypnotic and electrifying live performance of Oren Ambarchi’s 2016 LP Hubris by a fifteen-strong band at London’s Café Oto. Over three days in May 2019, Oto toasted Oren Ambarchi at 50/Black Truffle at 10 with Ambarchi and a large group of close friends and collaborators in a series of performances that interspersed existing projects with new collective endeavours, culminating with this: fourteen members of the extended Black Truffle family together on stage, joined by one special virtual guest, to translate the intricately studio-constructed layers of Hubris into a muscular live band workout

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  • Mimicof : Distant Symphony - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • New album by the Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Midori Hirano aka Mimicof, entirely recorded using the EMS SYNTHI100 at Electronic Studio Radio Belgrade during an artist residency: contemporary electronic music / ambient for the advanced listener / Midori Hirano is a Japanese musician, composer and producer based in Berlin. She started learning the piano as a child and later studied classical piano at university. Therefore the music she releases under her own name is based on the use of piano, but yet experimental and an eclectic mixture of modern digital sounds with subtle electronic processing and field recordings. So far, Hirano released 7 solo albums under her civilian name on labels such as Sonic Pieces and DAUW / Under the moniker MimiCof she explores the realm of more experimental music and detailed rhythmic patterns, combined with an idea of drawing melodic shapes and harmonies. As MimiCof she performed at prestigious festivals and events such as CTM, Heroines of Sound Festival, Boiler Room Berlin and L.E.V. Festival, and was selected by Frank Bretschneider for the first volume of the “Sichten” compilation series on his raster label

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  • Ensemble Avantgarde, Steve Reich : Four Organs - Phase Patterns - Pendulum Music - LP (Karlrecords, 2022)

  • Three early compositions (1968-1970) by Steve Reich, one of the most prolific exponents of minimal music, in stunning interpretations by the critically acclaimed Ensemble Avantgarde. Available on vinyl (180gr, gatefold sleeve incl. download code) for the first time ever!! / Steve Reich (born 1936) is undoubtedly one of the key figures in 20th century contemporary music and along with Terry Riley or Philip Glass one of the founding fathers of so-called minimal music. With classics like “Music For 18 Musicians”, “Drumming” or “Different Trains” the American composer proved himself one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history" (The Guardian). The four pieces on this collection date back to the time before his famous master pieces (1967-1970): “Four Organs” and “Phase Patterns” build on short, repeated patterns that gradually go in and out of phase with each other, creating “a shimmering matrix of sound that is both hypnotic and fascinating in detail” (Allmusic.com) and anticipate Reich’s later trademark sound / “Pendulum Music” is a process piece where only a few starting parameters are given: four microphones are suspended within an array of amplifiers and speakers, then set in motion - the shifts in feedback as they move in space create the music, the results differ with each new performance (as can be experienced listening to the 2 versions here). Reich’s early works are presented on this LP in stunning interpretations by Leipzig based Ensemble Avantgarde whose dedicated, inspired renditions of essential masterpieces of modernism (documented on CDs on reputated labels such as Wergo or Hat Hut Records) won them the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prize and the Schneider-Schott Prize of Mainz

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  • Razen : Regression - LP (Marionette, 2022)

  • Brecht Ameel playing prepared harmonium and celesta, alongside Kim Delcour modulating air and breath via various wind and reed instruments; joined by Will Guthrie on tuned and melodic percussion (timpani, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone), and Paul Garriau on hurdy-gurdy. ‘With a distinct rhythmic impetus and fluidity new to Razen, and characteristic freshness and playfulness, Regression relays between dire inhospitableness and refuge, abject sorrow and cosmic transcendence. It invokes mythology and superstition as keys to the primeval and the unknown.’

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  • Linnéa Talp : Arch Of Motion - LP (Thanatosis Produktion, 2022)

  • Tip-on sleeve, master cut by Andreas Lupo Lubich / In recent years Swedish musician Linnéa Talp has grown interested in liminal spaces of sound, increasingly searching for her breath deep within passages of a song when instruments gently and patiently bridge the verses. In 2020 she released Cochlea, a brooding pop-rock record made under the name Deerest. “I’ve been trying to work with my body, my breath and my listening,” she says of her work since finishing that release. “I wanted to integrate a sense of slow and simple movement into the music—push/release, forward/backward, inhale/exhale—everything centered around being present, translated into sounding.” That transformation is evidenced on her remarkable new album Arch of Motion, a recording marked by exquisite patience and space

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  • Johan Berthling : Björnhorn - LP (Thanatosis Produktion, 2022)

  • Swedish bassist Johan Berthling has played in some of the most important free jazz ensembles in the Nordic hemisphere in the last two decades –  Martin Küchen’s Angels, Mats Gustafsson’s Fire! Trio and Fire! Orchestra, Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra, Sten Sandell Trio, Christer Bothén Acoustic Ensemble, Arashi (with Akira Sakata and Paal Nilssen-Love) and Nacka Forum. But only now, Berthling found the time to record his first solo double bass album «Björnhorn», featuring the six-part suite «Björnhorn» and a cover of Charlie Haden’s iconic «For Turiya» / «Björnhorn» highlights Berthling’s rich and deep melodic sensibility, when he plays arco or pizzicato, and, obviously, his powerful, rhythmic touch, commanding technique and warm sound, no matter how far afield the music was taken. The suite suggests a few dramatic modes, from the intense, stubborn bowing, through the sparse, lyrical and intuitive and to hypnotic, dark drones, as well as the wise manner in which Berthling develops a few repetitive motifs. The meticulous recording by Daniel Bengston at Studio Rymden in Stockholm, with the production of Berthling and label’s head Alex Zethson, stresses beautifully every vibration and deep-toned sounds and simply lets his bull fiddle, a German one from the late 1800s, sing. You can find the seventh part of the suite on Berthling’s bandcamp page / The majestic and touching interpretation of «For Turiya» cements Berthling position in a great lineage of innovative bass players with sounds and approaches of their own. His sensibilities of time and space are compelling. And as Brian Olewnick wrote in his liner notes, «Björnhorn» is not only an excellent solo double bass album but «a superb exposition of a very musical mind»

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  • Martin Küchen : Det Försvunnas Namn - LP (Thanatosis Produktion, 2020)

  • Tip-on jacket. All compositions by Martin Küchen (STIM/ncb), except "Sheer Life Asleep" and "Hippopotami mit Mensch" by Martin Küchen with recordings made by Chris Watson – "19. Elephants" and "05. Hippopotami" – taken from the album "Outside the Circle of Fire” (TOUCH TO 37). Chris Watson is published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd. "The 5th of December 1931 02.00 AM" is based on the first part of the sarabande from Bach's Cello Suite II, BWV 1008

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  • Alex Zethson Ensemble : Some Of Them Were Never Unprepared - LP (Thanatosis Produktion, 2021)

  • Tip-on jacket. As a musician, I've been curious for many years of how collective musical practices can provide a sense of weightlessness, as well as how a focused interplay can blur the lines between musicians and sound sources and create reconfigurations of the relations between the two. I have also tried to explore these observations in depth in some of my composed music: during 2015-2017 I experimented with ways to surprise and destabilise myself in the solo format within the compositional framework of pole of inaccessibility (released as THT1, 2016), by way of using an unprepared piano and a Korg MS20 synthesizer / In the piece featured on this release - Some Of Them Were Never Unprepared - I wanted to explore similar processes but in the context of an ensemble. Influenced by, e.g., gamelan, krautrock, and the music of Tony Conrad and Arnold Dreyblatt, I wrote the piece during 2020 and 2021 and it premiered at the Stockholm festival Svensk Musikvår in March 2021 / The music was especially composed for, and arranged and performed by an ensemble consisting of 13 musicians, based in Sweden and Greece, who are active on the scenes of experimental jazz, contemporary classical music, folk, rock noise and various forms of improvised music. Their musicality and devotion have been crucial in order to make the piece come alive and to sound like it does; their performance and presence provide the flesh and blood that is needed. The album was recorded and mixed by Niclas Lindström at studio Atlantis Grammofon, and mastered by Mell Dettmer, both to whom I am very grateful

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  • Kristine Scholz, Hans Otte, John Cage : Kristine Scholz Plays Otte And Cage - CD (Thanatosis Produktion, 2022)

  • Digisleeve with glossy finish including a 32 page booklet / Featuring the Sweden-based pianist, new music pioneer, and former Merce Cunningham-collaborator Kristine Scholz, the album "Scholz plays Otte and Cage" is focusing the music of two composers who over time came to mean a great deal to one another: Hans Otte (1926-2007) and John Cage (1912-1992). On the album, four movements from Otte's seminal work "Das Buch der Klänge" (1979-82) is combined with a stunning interpretation of Cage's "Music for Piano 4-19" (1953)

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  • Christer Bothén : Ambrosia - 3xCD Box (Thanatosis Produktion, 2020)

  • Comes with artwork by Sara Lundén. The box includes a drawing by Christer Bothén and a 32-page booklet / Don Cherry collaborator and Bolon Bata founder Christer Bothén (b. 1941) delivers three CDs devoted to his highly personal expression on the bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. To quote the artist himself: ”Those empty pipes have possibilities enough to cover several lives”. Sounds and silences are delicately carved out in different acoustic spaces, from a rainy soundscape in Spain to a peculiarly resonating church in Sweden / The album also includes a composition inspired by Tarkovskij’s masterpiece Stalker: focusing on the big clarinets, ”ZON” is composed for and performed by a large ensemble, featuring vocalist Sofia Jernberg, pianist Kristine Scholz and reedists Hans Koch and Per Texas Johansson, among others. It was recorded and mixed at the Stockholm studio Atlantis Grammofon, by legendary sound engineer Janne Hansson

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  • Blod : Leendet Fran Helvetet - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • It's been a true pleasure but also a rather chaotic experience to follow the progress of Blod from a close distance since the beginning. I have fond memories of receiving the odd cassettes from the early days, like the severely fucked up Unga Röster (later issued as an LP on Förlag För Fri Musik) and the awfully mesmerising Prat Om Depression recording. Returning to Leendet Från Helvetet for the first time for long a while, it's quite evident that the album marked a new phase in the troubled Blod universe. There's few traces left of the found tapes/audial voyeurism and brutish stop/rec editing that made up the first few releases, instead we are served with what is pretty much a proper album in a, sort of, traditional sense

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  • Blod : Knutna Nävar - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Includes insert & large poster. / Swedish progg is not to be confused with "prog" as in progressive rock music. When we are talking about progg, we are refering to the Swedish music movement influenced by the political climate of the late 60's, to some extent the hippie movement and in many cases also Swedish folk music. Music highly driven by an political agenda. Blod's Knutna Nävar, originally released in an edition of 150 copies on Förlag För Fri Musik in 2018 and later a small cassette run, is pretty much a lost progg classic from the 70's. This is not a case of copying a certain sound though, far from it, neither are ideas really rehashed nor does the album feel nostalgic in that sense. Rather it feels like if someone has read about the progg movement and all the records but never actually heard it, yet decided to do an album and somehow managed to succeed big time

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  • Enhet för Fri Musik : Dokument 1: Improvisationer Och Bandmusik För Vilt Dansande Själar - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Includes large poster. / In dark times of geopolitical powerplay and war mongering, artistic counter attacks are often shaped as quests for openness and liberation. No troupe within the current musical underground embodies this urge like the Gothenburg sound dwellers of Enhet För Fri Musik. With spiritual roots in the candour of the 1960s free jazz and the raw aethestics of early 2000s free folk, Enhet started delving into different forms of (semi) improvised musical expression around 2015. ‘Fri Musik’ is a very apt generalisation of previous liberating endeavours in music history, since the Enhet does not approach the freedom trope from a genre bound perspective, they are as much folk as they are ambient or lofi cassette experiment. At times times they sound like an indigenous tribe from some undefined part of the world, then again like hazy mutterings from a long forgotten utopian hippy commune / In an interview with Keith Knox For Jazz Monthly in 1967 American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry noted: ‘’[E]veryone should be interested in trying to bring some kind of music that they have in their bodies out of them. That’s what music was here for. People used to fight over food, but they would get together and play music in their homes’. It might not come as a surprise that Cherry was settling in Sweden when he developed his ideas about organic music, a collective expression rather than a market driven cultural product

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  • Kot Kot : I Pni - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • In the old attic, among dust and dimness, I once found an old children's magazine, that opened itself on a photograph of three melancholic girls eating soup. A distant voice, quietly singing ravels of poems from the 19th century, all gone and forgotten long ago, is accompanied by monotonous loops, played on toy keyboards, or are they maybe a rustling and hissing of twigs on the roof? repeating gusts of wind, slightly moving curtains over a flaking window frame? the pace of moonlight on the carpet? Do you also hear a horn, every now and then sounding from a frayed and yellowed picture of a castle on flower dotted wallpaper? / Kot Kot’s "i pni" ("and stumps") LP brings another glimpse into Lena Filatova’s sound gathering & recording process and her unique sensibilities. Feeling as though born from some kind of advent calendar hiding forgotten sounds, neglected moments and haunting sentiments, waiting there for those inclined to have a look. Lena is curiously opening doors individually and in new unisons to arrive at sound collages & compositions born from both accident and design (see the 5/4 odd time signature in „Ottepel“) / Vocals that are fragile yet often laced with a feeling of determination and emotive persuasion. Lyrics pulled from old children’s books, juxtaposed with often dark and foreboding loops and samples that dance asynchronously around each other beneath Lena’s voice & piano/toy keyboards. Often recognising and embracing the magic in imperfection and choosing to keep early takes & improvisations, capturing and treasuring what others might have failed to recognise and hold dear. Lena is always demonstrating an innate ability to sew all of these things together in such a way as to cast a spell on the listener from inside a zoetrope of curiously collected & curated frames

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  • Various Artists : Drag Marks - Slowscan Vol. 52 - 10xMC Box (Slowscan, 2022)

  • Handnumbered custom made, heavy wooden box including one handnumbered insert

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  • Anima-Sound : Underground Altena - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Alga Marghen proudly present “Underground Altena”, two visionary long-form works by Anima Sound, the radically freedom-pursuing Paul & Limpe Fuchs duo. Year 1973 represented a peak for Anima sonic explorations into sculptural sound at the crossing of Kraut Rock, free jazz and experimental music. As Limpe recalls. “It was the wildest time of my life. Many German artists wanted to join the Freedom they got to know from the US.” / Even if Anima was in fact part of the Kraut Rock scene, they had a very distinct sound which was a result of the confluence of Paul “visionary” sculptural world and Limpe aural universe. Playing on self-built instruments also had a major role in building their specific sound which became more and more unique in the early 1970s as the Fuchhorn, the Fuchzither, the Fuchsbass and other sound sculptures were created / Heavily guided by Limpe’s unique approach to percussion playing and vocals, with Paul delivering a striking arsenal of tonal interventions on his invented instruments, “Underground” and “Altena” plays like the outer reaches of free jazz dropped in an alien landscape. Howling and clattering, entirely free and spontaneous, while never losing the sense of deep consciousness, purpose and control. Limpe wrote “In this time we had to fight on stage – and we liked it! We had followers and enemies - and they very clearly showed it in this very free time”

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  • Biosphere : Substrata - 2xLP (Biophon, 2011)

  • David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 1997: "The best ambient album I've heard in an ice age, an album of terrifying, desolate and all-enveloping beauty."

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  • Pepe. : Escapism - LP (U Know Me, 2022)

  • “Escapism” is the second album produced by Piotr Rajski also known as Pepe.. Once again, he offered us music that is hard to close in one genre and is best described by the artist himself: / At the time of creating this album, the world was ab- solutely dominated by the pandemic turning our lives upside down. Writing new music has became a way to escape from disturbing reality. According to Pawel Bartnik who also mixed and mastered my first album “Afterimages”, the second one is more colourful and vivid. I think he described well the idea I had in mind while recording the new tracks. I wanted them to stay in that dreamy tone which can’t be referred to only one genre. I found “Escapism” a great opportunity to combine my UK inspirations ("Vanity Fair", “WQRWY") and rap fascinations from Money Sex Records or Tartelet Records ("Realizm Magiczny”). While working on the album my biggest inspirations were i.a. Madlib, D'Angelo, Samiyam, Ras G, Jai Paul and Overmono / I’m extremely happy I could create some of the songs with such talented people as Moo Latte, Kasia Siepka from Byty, Paulina Przybysz, Immortal Onion, Baasch and Wuja HZG. Everyone’s unique personality enriched the sound and compositions on the album. The cover was designed by Beata Sliwinska “Barrakuz” and it’s based on the summer photo ta- ken by Kuba Olachowski. It’s worth mentioning that it was created using analog collage technique. And where did the title come from? The songs on the album are for me the way to escape from the pandemic and explore new musical areas. I just wanted to forget about all the laws, quarantines and restrictions. Imagination turned out to be the perfect cure for this

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  • Ultramarine : Folk - LP (Foam On A Wave, 2020)

  • For their first outing, new London-based reissue label Foam On A Wave resurface the remarkable debut album from one of the UK’s foremost artists of ‘ambient techno’, Ultramarine’s ‘Folk’. Like the surrealist collage of the sleeve designed by Benoît Hennebert, Ultramarine weave together unique instrumentation and sonic influences into rich, ethereal soundscapes, now fully remastered for its 30th anniversary / Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond admitted they weren’t totally sure what they were doing when they signed a record deal with the famously bohemian label Les Disques Du Crépuscule and found themselves on their way to Brussels. There, over a two week stint, the Essex duo recorded the album - drawing on a kaleidoscopic pallet influenced by both the Canterbury scene’s jazz-infused psychedelia, as well as the contemporary Benelux scene, with particular nods to the likes of Benjamin Lew, The Durutti Column and Anna Domino. Conceived at a time when technology began reshaping the process of recording and production, the band’s interest in fusing the organic and the electronic is apparent, and one which would remain with them throughout their career / ‘Folk’ both sits apart from and serves as a precursor to the ‘pastoral techno’ sound Ultramarine’s went on to pioneer. Following a US and European tour alongside Orbital and Bjork, a few more albums and collaborations with the likes of Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers, plus remixes for and by Everything But The Girl, Carl Craig, Luke Slater and more, they folded the project for a number of years. Last year the band returned to their inaugural imprint with the ethereal ‘Signals Into Space’. Albeit somewhat sparser, more sedate, it is in some ways a coming full-circle to the jazz-laden, analogue sound of their debut, which makes reissuing ‘Folk’ feel all the more timely

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  • Various Artists : There Where The Avalanche Stops - Music From The Gjirokastra Folk Festival, Albania, 1988, Volume One - LP (Touch, 2019)

  • For one week in every five years, two thousand singers, dancers and musicians along with fifty thousand spectators make their way to the small town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania for the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar. In the great castle overlooking the town, they participate in the incredible National Folk Festival of Albania, hoping to attain the highest level of interpretation and win one of the many awards available the festival… the banner, even / Considering the comparatively small size of the country (just over three million inhabitants) the range of instruments, styles and costumes seen at the festival is exceptional, sustaining a folk tradition that dates back to ancient Illyria / The works presented here in volume one are all live recordings made at the Gjirokastra Festival, taken from six of the 26 participating districts: Vlora, Gjirokastra and Lorca from the south, and Shkodra, Debra and Tropoja from the north (see map). The original compact disc, released in 1990, was a collaboration between The Institute of Popular Culture, Tirana, The Albanian Shop Ltd. and Touch

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  • David Toop : Pink Spirit, Noir World - 2xLP (Foam On A Wave, 2022)

  • ‘My intention with this music was to create an alchemy of the studio, to bring together impossible sounds, global voices and stories, obscure ethnographic narratives, new and ancient technologies, human and non-human species...’ - David Toop / We are proud to launch our new library series with an incredible 12-track selection of music from David Toop. By compiling our favourite pieces from the albums originally released on Virgin, Pink Noir (1996) and Spirit World (1997), we have distilled the essence of this fruitful period into a new form: Pink Spirit, Noir World. Following the release of his debut solo album Screen Ceremonies (1995), David turned to a more expansive palate to record his next two LPs. Enlisting the help of a whole host of friends and collaborators who joined him in the Mark Angelo Studios, including the likes of Max Eastley, Toshinori Kondo, Musa Kalamula and Jon Hassell, the two albums share an unabashed openness to new sonic possibilities

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  • Carl Michael Von Hausswolff : Still Life - Requiem - LP (Touch, 2017)

  • Conceptualised (2010–2013), composed and produced (2014–2017) by Carl Michael von Hausswolff in Palma (Majorca) and Stockholm. This musical piece consists only of sounds emitted and extracted from physical matter using emission spectroscopy as the sole basic technology. Acknowledgements to Linköping University (IFM), Sweden / 'Still Life - Requiem' consists of one piece with the same title and is divided up into two to fit the LP format. The piece is, as the title suggests, a requiem and it’s contents are solely composed by sounds captured from a specific physical solid state material. The composer has used a technique called 'emission spectroscopy' whereby the frequencies generated from the material was analysed and transferred into, for humans, a listenable pitch (between 15 and 14000Hz). This captured organic sound material has been stretched, looped, equalised and composed to produce the recording / A requiem is a piece of music dedicated to certain sole or several restless souls that wander our worlds looking for a place to call home. A requiem radiates calm, peace and perhaps comfort for tormented spiritual beings - it’s a piece dedicated to promote and insert tranquility and transcendence. This requiem also provides the listener with a certain feeling of connection - perhaps a connection with the unknown and with the energy field clusters and mental abilities of post-mortem life forms that would be the incorporeal essence of a living being

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  • Howlround : The Debatable Lands - LP (Touch, 2018)

  • In December 2017, Howlround (Robin the Fog) was invited to perform at “The Winter Solstice Soundscapes” event for the recently opened record store “Vinyl Café” in his home town of Carlisle, Cumbria. Inspired by the reception to his first ever performance in the great border city, he covered his parent’s dining room table with the same equipment, stretched loops of tape around his mum’s seasonal candlesticks when she wasn’t looking… and this LP is the result. The only equipment used on the album is two 1/4” reel-to-reel tape machines and one microphone. The sounds created are entirely at the discretion of the machines (much of them derived from ‘closed-input’ recordings) and all tracks were produced in a single take. There are no edits, no overdubs and no additional effects / This marks a new, heavier direction for Howlround, a project better known for more ambient work. Described as 'Tapeloop Techno’, thick knotty tangles of dense, pulsating bass are an echo of Robin’s early days making bad dance music, while the abrasive snarls of feedback swirling around these tracks point to his more recent embrace of indeterminacy and chance composition. Previous vinyl releases on Psyché Tropes, The Wormhole, A Year in the Country and Front & Follow as well as his own label The Fog Signals have shown a deep understanding of the possibilities of tape manipulation. On The Debatable Lands Howlround eschews the usual field recordings in favour of exploring the interior world of the machines themselves

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  • Strafe für Rebellion : Shadow Position - 12" (Touch, 2019)

  • There are 4 tracks, 4 different windows to look out from our studio in Düsseldorf into the street and their different layers of sound. 4 horizons, 4 spy holes in the door, 4 eyes and 4 shopping windows. 4 landscapes. Witness the electric city and the power house. Strafe F.R. is sitting inside the fuse box. The electric chirp of the night. The socket in which we sleep. The dog comes, in order to devour Strafe F.R. First he eats the rebellion and next he bites the Strafe / The house and the body, both are earthed and the veins are vibrating. Between the 3rd and the 4th hour of the morning we enter the realm of insomnia. You fly by not using an airplane. An old woman is cleaning the door bells with her own spittle. The old man is distilling schnaps in his back garden. The swimmers are gliding through the day on top of a greasy film. The reception is a flare into seconds until it fades away into noise again. The kettle drum gives the rhythm of breathing, the bass determines the time. You stumble forward, forward into the next day / From our window we see a public building where there exists a toilet, its porcelain shows the most beautiful craquele fissures. There is an historic poster of Lenin. It is fixed on a garden fence in the landscape and the stinging nettles grow over it softly swinging in the wind. There are shadows but there is also brightness, this means there are complementary colours and contrasts, movements and reflection until there is stillness. We see the back-breeding of cattle in the Neanderthal age and at the same time we look into the large heating room of an art museum, where we observe tubes and their upstream pressure regulators

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  • Bana Haffar : Genera - Live at AB Salon, Brussels - CD (Touch, 2019)

  • Gatefold card sleeve. A lifelong expatriate, Bana Haffar was born in Saudi Arabia in 1987 and spent much of her childhood in the GCC. Through her switch from 10 years of electric bass, preceded by classical violin, to modular synthesizers in 2014, Bana is attempting to dismantle years of institutional conditioning in traditional systems of music theory and performance. She is interested in exploring sonic disintegration and coalescence into new forms and synthesized experiences. Bana lives in Asheville, North Carolina / Instruments used: Eurorack modular: Make Noise René 2, Make Noise Tempi, Make Noise WoggleBug, Make Noise Morphagene, Make Noise QMMG, Make Noise tELHARMONIC, Make Noise Maths, Serge Resonant EQ, Mutable Instruments Shades, Mutable Instrument Clouds. Non-modular: Field recordings made using a Zoom H6 and LOM mikroUsi microphones, GE 35383 Micro Cassette Recorder

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  • Claire M Singer : Solas - 2xCD (Touch, 2016)

  • Gatefold card digifile. Solas (‘Light’ in Gaelic) is Claire M Singer’s debut album spanning 14 years of her work in acoustic and electronic composition. In recent years she has focused on writing and performing a mix of organ, cello and electronics with regular performances at Union Chapel where she is Music Director, running a diverse programme of concerts and educational workshops around the Chapel’s Henry Willis 1877 organ / Other performances include the Roundhouse London by The LCO Soloists; a’ fàs soilleir, an audio-visual work, exhibited at Tate Modern London, XMV New York City and Ceremony Hall Austin TX and she has performed as part of Spire at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne and many more / The Molendinar, which was co-commissioned in 2015 by Civic Room, Glasgow and Union Chapel, London to celebrate Glasgow’s Molendinar Burn Project was performed on the 14th June 2016 at Glasgow Cathedral to conclude the weekend festival

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  • BJ Nilsen : Eye Of The Microphone - CD (Touch, 2013)

  • 6-panel digipack. In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city / I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound – walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns – the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it’s a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t / Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world

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  • Jana Winderen : Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone - CD (Touch, 2018)

  • 4-panel digipack with 12-page booklet. The listener experiences the bloom of plankton, the shifting and crackling sea ice in the Barents Sea around Spitsbergen (towards the North Pole) and the underwater sounds made by bearded seals, migrating species such as humpbacks and orcas, and the sound of hunting seithe and spawning cod. All depend on the spring bloom / In view of the recent UN Climate Change report, this release is most timely... / The marginal ice zone is the dynamic border between the open sea and the sea ice, which is ecologically extremely vulnerable. The phytoplankton present in the sea produces half of the oxygen of the planet. During spring, this zone is the most important CO2 sink in our biosphere. In 'Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone' the sounds of living creatures become a voice in the current political debate concerning the official definition of the location of the ice edge

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  • Ipek Gorgun : Ecce Homo - CD (Touch, 2018)

  • Oversized 4-panel digipack. Ecce Homo explores the lighter and darker shades of the human psyche, behaviour and existence, and humanity's ability to create beauty and destruction. What lies in the essence of such complexity has become a core idea for the album, while Gorgun seeks to figure out if there is a true meaning to being human, and human being / Starting with “Neroli” as a human fascination with nature and finalising with “To Cross Great Rivers”; a never ending hopeless dream of the mankind to conquer and control the world, the album reflects the contemplations of a spectator being exposed to the human civilization, and witnessing human activity, including his/her own / Trying to acquire a glimpse of the multiple layers of such narrative, the sound of the album aims to present a diversity of the sonic spectrum, with tracks varying between ambient and noisy landscapes

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  • Kirk Barley : Landscapes - LP (ThirtyThree ThirtyThree, 2019)

  • Landscapes is the latest release from prolific Yorkshire born composer and producer Kirk Barley. Across a tight 34-minute runtime, the album presents eleven short pieces that inhabit an exotic, other-worldly space of chiming guitars, buzzing insects and squelching synth tones / At once static and constantly shifting, the pieces unfold themselves like views of a landscape, where we take in individual details one at a time while always remaining aware of the whole / Landscapes is an unassuming but powerful work that uses a rich array of details, materials and techniques to conjure 11 snapshots of a unique sound world, one both comforting and disorienting. Recommended for anyone moved by the evocative sketches of Eno’s Music for Films, the fourth world fusion of Jon Hassell, the abstract explorations of the far-side of club music techniques of Giuseppe Ielasi/Inventing Masks or the tropical soundscapes of Lievens Martens/Dolphins Into The Future

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  • Ben Vince : Don't Give Your Life - 2xLP (ThirtyThree ThirtyThree, 2019)

  • Following on from last year’s rapturously received Assimilation, London-based saxophonist, improviser and producer Ben Vince returns with Don't Give Your Life. Over the last few years, Vince’s solo saxophone and electronics performances, along with his work in the clattering post-punk troupe, Housewives, have helped him quickly establish a considerable reputation among those in the know / Where his first releases under his name honed in on his meditatively layered and looped saxophone lines – placing him in a lineage beginning with the Time Lag Accumulator works of Terry Riley and stretching into the icy expanses of John Surman’s 1980s recordings and the hypnotic riffing of Gilbert Artman’s Urban Sax – Assimilation saw Vince branching out to work with high-profile collaborators such as Micachu and demonstrating his deep love of the outer reaches of club music (also evident on last year’s collaborative 12” with UK bass music bigwig Joy Orbison) / Don't Give Your Life is the strongest work yet from an artist whose work demonstrates a risk-taking, omnivorous appetite for the new while also digging deeper and deeper into a unique sonic sensibility

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  • Eluvium : Virga II - LP (Temporary Residence Ltd, 2021)

  • Crystal clear vinyl housed in a tip-on jacket / At the top of 2020 – a year that began like any other but ended like none other – Matthew Robert Cooper’s Eluvium moniker unveiled a new ambient album series built around generative music and long-form loops. Intended as a minor, limited-edition stop-gap between proper albums, Virga I unexpectedly became a balm for many in a year of overwhelming anxiety and uncertainty / One year later, Eluvium follows with Virga II, an album made to help translate that flood of emotions as something other than anxiety and uncertainty. From the opening oceanic darkness of the aptly-named “Hallucination I” – a purposefully stoic, immovable piece designed to engage the listener’s subconscious in developing melodies through illusory repetition – through to the gaseous drift of the title track, Virga II rebuilds itself to reflect our ever-changing time and space. From buzz to bliss, it is a wondrous journey of reflection and restoration

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  • Deux Filles : Shadow Farming - 2xLP (Glass Modern, 2021)

  • Deep blue vinyl. In 1982-83, Deux Filles appeared to be a pair of young French girls Claudine Coule & Gemini Forque, brought together by tragic circumstances to make a heady, pastoral avant-garde post punk woven with sampled dialogue and occasionally their own vocals / In truth it was former child actor, fledgling teenage pop idol and soon to be film soundtrack composer Simon Fisher Turner, and Colin Lloyd Tucker, both members of an early incarnation of The The, who took the concept as far as dressing as girls for the album sleeves and even playing a gig in full disguise. The music itself is utterly enchanting; a sublimely realised take on Eno-esque ambient, Gallic pop and European style progressive rock / And now they're back

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  • Gnod : La Mort Du Sens - LP (Rocket Recordings, 2021)

  • Blue vinyl housed in a die-cut sleeve / If one overarching feeling has dominated the last two years on this orbiting rock, it’s uncertainty. A sense of an old order in ruins, and nothing lined up to replace it. With societal strife, psychic warfare and sheer boredom assaulting us from all fronts in this still-fresh decade, co-ordinates have been hard to place forging a path forward. Therefore, who better to turn to as a soundtrack for this tumultuous new era than Gnod - longtime chroniclers of discord / “The Death Of Meaning” is the translated rendering of the new Gnod album’s title, and this also reflects its creation. As Paddy Shine of Gnod notes: “I think the title sums it up well because this album was coming together at a time when confusion was king for us all - still is. I think we can all relate to that. This record is a really strange beast because of the big change that happened between mixing and recording. I think the title really does sum up the vibe of ‘What the Fuck’? Maybe we should have called it that!”

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  • Blancmange : Commercial Break - LP (Blanc Check, 2021)

  • White vinyl. Blancmange are set to release a new album, Commercial Break - their 14th - which explores acoustic textures and field recordings within their synthesiser exoskeleton. Co-produced by Benge and mixed at his Memetune Studios in Cornwall, the album includes the following sounds within the songs, so listen out for . . . Two electric saws; Waves breaking on beach; People talking/moving (indistinct words); A dishwasher; Ambient mic recording to pick up background noise;Close mic recording to collect the body noise of guitar; Bird song (-2 octaves); Metal gate closing and metal gate locking; Beach with people and waves breaking; Old water pump

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  • Grey vinyl. Blancmange are set to release a new album, Commercial Break - their 14th - which explores acoustic textures and field recordings within their synthesiser exoskeleton. Co-produced by Benge and mixed at his Memetune Studios in Cornwall, the album includes the following sounds within the songs, so listen out for . . . Two electric saws; Waves breaking on beach; People talking/moving (indistinct words); A dishwasher; Ambient mic recording to pick up background noise;Close mic recording to collect the body noise of guitar; Bird song (-2 octaves); Metal gate closing and metal gate locking; Beach with people and waves breaking; Old water pump

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  • Nurse With Wound : The Surveillance Lounge - 2xCD (United Dirter, 2021)

  • Double CD set, disc 2 is an alternate mix. The download is CD1 / Long out of print and much in demand, this classic NWW CD is now back. This time as a double CD set with a CD of unreleased alternate mixes of each track. It’s packaged in a stunning matt digipack, with all the information in a clear gloss spot varnish. This is only visible from certain angles! / Nurse With Wound playing ‘The Surveillance Lounge’ were and are Steven Stapleton, Andrew Liles, David Tibet, Nadja Belabidi, Lynn Jackson, Ollie Mathura O’Keeffe, Freek Kinkelaar, Miranda Kinkelaar, Melon Liles and Maude Swift

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  • William Basinski, Janek Schaefer : ... On Reflection - CD (Temporary Residence Ltd, 2022)

  • Six-panel digipak on reflective, silver board. Time and duration are core themes in the work of both William Basinski and Janek Schaefer, and this long-distance collaboration took a suitably long gestation of eight years from start to finish. In that time, our collective perception of time has at times become disorienting / “. . . on reflection” remodels that instability as an exquisite work of art – one that is unmoored by time or space. Limitation breeds creativity, revealed as an expression of minimalism and close focus. Deploying a delicate piano passage from their collective archive, Basinski and Schaefer weave and reweave in numerous ways, forging an iridescent flurry of flickering melodies / The sounds of various birds heard from late night windows on tour can occasionally be heard throughout, ricocheting off mirrored facades, reflecting on themselves as they continually reshape their own environments with song. “. . . on reflection” looks backwards, a bustling revelry of positive emotions heard through the aging mirrors of memory. It is a celebratory meditation where sound shimmers through time like the light of the sea’s waves glistening as it folds and unfolds upon itself

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  • Pierre Bastien : Sonic Folkways - LP (Discrepant, 2022)

  • By now counting more than four decades of constant activity, Pierre Bastien erected such a towering and influential body of work that any blurb attempt regarding his music could easily fall into redundancy. Not that his revolving soundworld, deeply personal and unique, has ever stalled into gimmick or self mimicry, being Bastien the tireless explorer whose vision can never be complete, only continuously redefined in a process of discovery equally playful and challenging. So, completely in touch with Discrepant's ethos / Returning to the label after 2017 The Mecanocentric Worlds of Pierre Bastien, the french musician, composer and instrument builder, brings an array of instruments from different cartographies and legacies with the appropriately titled Sonic Folkways. Resorting to different types of horns, prepared trumpet, an army of percussion, from gongs and tambourine to castanets and maracas, violin and too many others to mention here, Bastien weaves together a highly textured and hypnotic mosaic that projects an exotica beamed from scraps of the future. 'Aha!' in the same interstellar wavelength as Sun Ra's cosmic tones, 'Moor's Room's' almost orchestral tapestry of small percussion and insects or the non-western strings and tunings salvaged from ancient alien ceremonies on 'Pan's Nap' / In an era where so much ink has been shed about world building in experimental music, Bastien can actually claim that to himself. The otherworld is right here, indeed

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  • Koray Kantarcioglu : Loopworks - LP+CD (Discrepant, 2022)

  • Discrepant presents Istanbul based audio/visual artist Koray Kantarcioglu's follow-up to his debut album Loopworks (CREP59, 2018) / Whilst the first volume used 60’s and 70’s Turkish records as it source material, Loopworks 2 expands the sampling pool to local records as well as snippets from 70's TV and 80's new age and jazz tapes. This disparate material is mangled and glued together with Koray’s very personal sampling techniques / This result becomes a dreamy, haunted and enigmatic collection of floating vignettes. Koray also enlists the help of local musicians such as Ekin Fil, who contributed to the album with haunting vocals and sound textures as well as Berke Can Ozcan who adds drums and percussion into the haunted mix. The LP comes with a bonus CD entitled 'Loopworks 2 Extras', that could be another album itself, created from extra material that couldn’t make it to the LP. Composed in 2020 and 2021

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  • Gaf & The Love Supreme Arkestra : Garden Island - 2xLP (Keroxen, 2022)

  • Spectacular mystical jazz infused psychedelics from Canary islands cult band GAF. Adopting a series of different addendums to their names (Love Supreme Arkestra, La Estrela de la Muerte, etc) to illustrate what mutation or influence they are feeding through at the time of recording, the Love Supreme Arkestra here being the more Coltrane-ish (Alice more than John) and Sun Ra-esque influenced the matic of the project / Over a series of 7 huge sounding themes, we can hear saxophones, marimbas and rhythmic sections intertwining like spiral snakes over a burning sea of lava. Recorded live over a completely improvised jam session on a sunny afternoon in the mountainous region of La Esperanza in Tenerife, the band lets rip free of any previous albums sound and instead purge themselves into a world of musical liberation by embracing the aforementioned pioneers of the genre whilst taking their surroundings as a new pillar of musical freedom.The result really shines through its 74mins of mind blowing adventurous music. A journey to the peaks of the Teide Volcano and down the valley into the blue and black volcanic coast of liberation! For fans of Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane and every single mystic brother and sister carrying the free spiritual jazz torch! Dive DEEP!

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  • Serpente : Dias da Aranha - LP (Discrepant, 2022)

  • It is no surprise that the most populated Serpente record to date is also his most vibrant and emancipated. With collaborations from Maxwell Sterling, Kelly Jayne Jones, Pedro Sousa, Vasco Alves and Gabriel Ferrandini, “Dias da Aranha” is a leap from previous releases like “Parada” and “Fé/Vazio”, both on Ecstatic / If you’re keeping in touch with Portuguese electronic music, then Bruno Silva’s music should be no stranger to you. If you’ve also been keeping tabs on his evolution throughout our catalogue, you’ll notice how mature and resolved his sounds feels in “Dias da Aranha”. There’s no restrain here, the beats evolve in a self-confident way and the way it assembles and incorporates other people's sounds is a bliss. Go straight to the last track, “Ritos de Poeira”, and listen to how organic everything feels, the endless rhythm and how Pedro Sousa’s saxophone is incorporated as a beautiful hopeful lament. Just put it on repeat. Bliss / We have never heard Bruno – as Serpente or Ondness – so sure of himself. Escapism is very present in his music. In the past the idea of searching for it was key, in “Dias da Aranha” he lives in it. It is daring and luminous, streaming a continuous beam of bright ideas, making sure that they find the right course on their own (“Meio Ondness”). It never stops, keeps evolving, getting better and finding ways to surprise the listener. In some moments you can listen to the music breathing. Or sense some kind of field recordings shape. It doesn’t rely anymore on the idea of music as a work in progress. This is evolution. Welcome to the Serpente Era

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  • Various Artists : Radar Keroxen Vol. II - LP (Keroxen, 2022)

  • Yearly compilation album RADAR by KEROXEN, introducing the second volume in the series of themed based albums showcasing the talents and misfortunes of carefully selected musicians/bands based in the Canary Islands. Where Radar Vol.1 (KXN012, 2020) focussed its sights on rock oriented music, Vol.2 looks at the more experimental, free flowing side of electronic and sample based music, also Made in Tenerife this last year (2021) / The format stays the same as Vol.1: 4 different artists are invited to contribute 2 tracks, no rules other than do their own thing. The result being an extraordinary amalgamation of various genres and styles of the electronic music cannon including: smoky dub beats by King L. Man, tropical casiotone divagations by Usted, inverted & polyrhythmic workouts from the Tupperwear duo, ultra precise dub-tech-2step edits by Postman and organic psychedelics by freak trio Lagoss / Yet another crucial document from a region you usually do not associate with forward thinking music, more than a simple compilation, RADAR 2 unveils the thin veil of new and uncompromising music being produced in and around the orbit of the Keroxen Collective. It seems the Atlantic isolation works as a catalyser here, judging from the copious amount of different and challenging music we’ve been seeing from this corner of the world over the last few years. We invite you to dive with us, in the wild remote tropical waters of RADAR vol.2

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  • MINIATURa : Geometría Prohibida - LP (Keroxen, 2022)

  • Melancholic energy blast from Gran Canaria’s cult trio, MINIATURa, helmed by Eduardo Briganty. Formed in Las Palmas in 2007 and with three records under their belt, Music Box (2007), La Huida Concéntrica (2012) and Estrategias de Perdición (2015) the trio now unleashes its fourth album with a distillation of Briganty's musical and artistic references, coming like a cross of concept album and an unintentional imaginary soundtrack to a David Lynch flick – an island version of a depressed or irate David Lynch / Featuring deep rock workouts to somnambulant ballads, Geometría Prohibida (Keroxen, 2021) presents itself like a statement from the band, a crystallization of the bands intentions with a concise and precise 26mins of masterfully produced music showcasing the kind of restrain you’d expect from past giants like Joy Division, Neu! or Scott Walker / The hallmarks of krautrock and shoegazing/dream pop haunt this record like a benevolent force, another unique reference of music made through an insular lens of remoteness that Keroxen drives to showcase to the world. MORE unobvious Island music to the outer world

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  • Tara Clerkin Trio : In Spring - 12" (World Of Echo, 2021)

  • In Spring is the second record by Tara Clerkin Trio, a Bristol-based group who appeared to emerge from below the radar of near-all in early 2020 and in the presence of one of the most captivating records of that year. This latest 23 minute, four song collection, recorded in various stages and locations over the last twelve months, does nothing to detract from those first impressions, refining the woozy and shimmering oddness of their debut into an avant-pop sensibility that is increasingly their own / If the group did arrive fully formed, what that form was did feel supple and hard to grasp. They were, in a sense, essentially new sounding, or at least ghosts between the established lines, and with this new record have doubled-down on their inherently Delphian instinct. At its heart, In Spring is a record of subtle contrasts, experimental yet familiar in its intimacy, obviously modern though tied to certain lineages, and driven by a pop logic which is also free-form and seemingly improvised. Their approach to sound is perhaps the guiding principle here, less concerned with genre as it is texture and feeling, drawing from jazz, folk, modern composition, trip hop and downtempo electronica, yet evading all of those categorisations. Tara Clerkin Trio are too generous of heart to be ripping up any rulebook, they simply seem oblivious to its need / Their geography does provide some context. Bristol's progressive sonic heritage inescapably bleeds into these four tracks, the enclave of open-minded artists around Planet Records in the mid 90s perhaps the closest point of comparison. There's that same magpie spirit which is both futuregazing and aware of its past, though is mostly set on finding its own path. This is in essence what defines Tara Clerkin Trio, feeling their way through freedom of instinct and curiosity, forging their own desire lines. Not so much taking the road less trodden, just walked at their own winding pace

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  • O Yuki Conjugate : A Tension of Opposites: Vol. 1 & 2 - 2xLP (World Of Echo, 2022)

  • Recorded during the first few periods of lockdown and originally released as a cassette midway through 2021, O Yuki Conjugate's A Tension of Opposites Vol. 1 & 2 is now to be released as a limited edition, double-disc gatefold LP via World of Echo on 1st April. The enforced conditions of its creation represented a new way of working for O Yuki Conjugate founders, Andrew Hulme and Roger Horberry, a pioneering duo who have worked as close collaborators on multiple projects for almost four decades now / As such, their writing is for the first time divided in two and recognised as distinct, Horberry contributing the shorter eleven tracks that make up Vol. 1 (subtitle: At Variance), and Andrew Hulme the longer four that constitute Vol. 2 (Into the Pleasure Garden). It's fascinating to hear their approaches separated

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  • Julia Reidy : World in World - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Black Truffle is pleased to announce World in World, the latest solo offering from prolific Berlin-based guitarist-composer Julia Reidy. Where the recent trilogy of LP releases – brace, brace (Slip, 2019), In Real Life (Black Truffle, 2019), and Vanish (Editions Mego, 2020) – focussed on increasingly lush electronic settings for Reidy’s propulsive fingerpicking and auto-tuned vocals, arranged into wide-ranging side-long epics, World in World finds Reidy refocusing on the core elements of their approach while simultaneously pushing into challenging new areas / Comprising nine pieces ranging between two and seven minutes in length, the album’s opening title track promptly introduces the distinctive palette of just-intoned electric guitars, subtle electronic processing, and voice that is rigorously explored throughout

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  • Radio Hito : Voce Lillà - MC ((K-RAA-K)³, 2021)

  • Days and nights, living in the clarity of mind and voice: Radio Hito's pensive compositions get stripped down to the bare elements while still retaining the solemn power of truth. The words of others gain meaning of their own through a contemplatively personal rendition, organized as seven tracks whose simplicity manages to brim with endless poetic possibility / This exclusive live was streamed on the occasion of KRAAK Ullakolla Festival at the legendary Habbo Hotel at the end of December, a couple of days prior to the end of the most iconic internet technology: Adobe Flash Player

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  • Venediktos Tempelboom : Het Vuil Volkske - MC ((K-RAA-K)³, 2022)

  • Ghent-based wanderer Benoit Monsieurs has been exploring the many routes paved by the primitive folk guitarists of legend and is now carving out his own path as Venediktos Tempelboom. After last year’s transcendentally pastoral Het Ruist EP on KRUT comes a first outing on KRAAK, Het Vuil Volkske, where his 12-string guitar ruminations find another mystical avenue in tape form / These seven tracks straddle the Eastern and Western codes that so infused the hazy Americana pioneered by the John Faheys and the Robbie Bashos of this earth, with the always-haunting Flemish landscape unmistakably lining the contours. Moments of sparse delicateness inadvertently melt into ornate meditations and swerve seamlessly between the pensive and the baroque, and with each play the listener becomes a fellow pilgrim in the quest for presence in what lies beyond. Metaphysical exercises by the tightrope walkers of our imagined belforts ~ damn this stuff goes straight into your bloodline

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  • Toshiya Tsunoda : Landscape and Voice - 12" (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • Black Truffle is pleased to present Landscape and Voice, a radical new work (and rare vinyl release) from major Japanese sound artist Toshiya Tsunoda. Undoubtedly one of the most influential artists working with location recordings since the 1990s, Tsunoda’s work possesses a rigorously searching quality that sets him apart from his contemporaries. Tsunoda is known to many listeners for the subtle atmospheric poetry of his early Extract from Field Recording Archive series, which focussed on vibrations recorded in various indoor and outdoor environments in his native Miura Peninsula, often inside pipes, bottles and other vessels / In more recent years, his work has explored the implications of his claim that field recording should be seen as ‘depiction’ rather than ‘documentation’. He has explored disorienting editing and processing in his works with Taku Unami, and, perhaps most radically, represented Maguchi Bay as a kind of kinetic sculpture for shaking speakers by removing all but the inaudible low frequencies from a field recording (Low Frequency Observed at Maguchi Bay) / One of the recurrent concerns of Tsunoda’s recent work, as he explains in the crystalline liner notes accompanying this release, is ‘exploring how I can establish a subjective relationship with an environment, rather than seeing it merely as an object to be recorded’. This has taken various forms, from documenting simultaneously an outdoor environment and the blood flowing through the listener/recorder’s body (captured with a stethoscope) on The Temple Recordings, to representing his own experience of the landscape as made up of ‘grains of space and time’ by inserting looped fragments into field recordings in Grains of Spring

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  • Arutani : Intertwined - 2xLP (Laut & Luise, 2022)

  • Modest techno for mindful people, second edition. Luise is glad to present Arutani‘s newest album, a true evolvement of its predecessor. Still true to the artist‘s handwriting, with a minimal and subtle character, hinting details and bold elements. However even more a unique listening experience and a sta- tement on its own

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  • Massimo Toniutti, Giancarlo Toniutti : Stratégies Obliques I - LP (Ferns Recordings, 2022)

  • White vinyl. Second part of the "Stratégies Obliques" which this time brings together the two Toniutti brothers on this split LP. The principle is the same as Stratégies Obliques Ø. They both had to create their pieces using Oblique Strategies, an oracular deck of cards by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt intended to be used as a prompt during the creation process.  Any cards they used would become the titles of the plays / Giancarlo Toniutti: A Tinct Myrrh (discard an axiom, just carry on). Composed in March 2021. All sounds recorded early 2021. Studio work from March to April 2021 at la stanza nera, Udine. Sound sources : eraly percussion, rustler, iron wares, prepared slabs, domestic idiophones / Massimo Toniutti: The Background Colour of a Paragraph (ask your body, mute and continue). Recorded and composed : February/April 2021

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  • Giovanni Di Domenico, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto : Mokusatsu - MC (Matière Mémoire, 2022)

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  • Jac Berrocal, Jacques Doyen, Anne Gillis : Fuel 217 / Sacré - 7" (Présence Capitale, d'Avantage, 2018)

  • Double sided picture disc, handnumbered / Private Edition of 230 copies. Historical 'lost' 1982 recordings issued on a 7" picture disc, blending the wonderful voice of Jacques Doyen, the music by Jac Berrocal and a background collage of distant, heavily-treated and distorted sounds from Anne Gillis (whose voice is also filtered through a De Dion Bouton oil can) / "Yet another Jac Berrocal picture disc! Is there another member of the French underground more dedicated to this format than Berrocal? I say no! And this one’s as good as all the others. On one side, his trumpet is paired with the glorious yowling and burbling clutter of Anne Gillis’s inventions. On the flip, it joins with a French voice actor with whom Berrocal has often worked to perform a section of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. Brilliantly off-centre work from a master of the form." Byron Coley, The Wire

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  • Warm Currency : Returns - 10" (Horn of Plenty, 2022)

  • Warm Currency is a new project by Sydney-based friends, artists and musicians MP Hopkins and Mary MacDougall. Mary began working with MP Hopkins and Christopher Schueler in 2008 as Vincent Over the Sink morphed into The Bowles. Returns was recorded in Mary’s home during 2020-2021 and is their first release since 2012’s The Bowles EP (Kye) / Quietly intense folk music, song-poems, and concrète collages built from seemingly simple and delicate arrangements for guitar, keyboards, voice and tape / Recommended if you like Flaming Tunes, Nico, Alistair Galbraith, The Garbage and the Flowers

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  • Coil : Musick To Play In The Dark² - LP+12" (Dais, 2022)

  • Transparent clear vinyl. Remastered reissue with etching on side D. After leaving London in 1999 for the sleepy seaside retiree town of Weston-super-Mare, Coil co-founders John Balance and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson set up shop in a palatial eight-bedroom estate to pursue the outer reaches of the group’s heightening cabalistic chemistry. Among the staggering string of late-era masterpieces they produced is lunar opus Musick To Play In The Dark, widely hailed as an artistic zenith upon its release. The sessions that birthed it were in fact so fruitful that a second LP took shape during the creation of the first one / Aided by the recent addition of Welsh multi-instrumentalist engineer Thighpaulsandra, Coil mined further into the recesses of surrealist eldritch electronica Balance termed “moon music” – post-industrial spellcasting at the axis of narcotic and nocturnal energies. Musick To Play In The Dark² spans a full witching hour of bad acid sound design, synthesizer voyaging, opiated balladry, Luciferian glitch, and subliminal hymnals, alternately ominous, oracular, and absurd. Scottish gothic icon Rose McDowall guests on vocals for two tracks but otherwise the album is a hermetic affair, tapping into the group’s limitless insular synergy / As a whole the collection skews more muted and remote than its predecessor, as if having grown accustomed to the nether regions of these darkening seances. But music box hallucination “Paranoid Inlay” captures the group’s oblique comedic side, always glimmering beneath: over a warped, wobbly beat Balance intones an opaque narrative of serenity, Saint Peter, and suicidal vegetables, accompanied by spiraling harpsichord and stuttering squelches of electronics. “It seems concussion suits you,” he repeats twice, like a macabre pickup line, before dictating a dear diary entry about risks and failures, finally concluding with as close to a self-portrait as Coil ever came: “On a clear day I can see forever / that the underworld is my oyster.”

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  • Le Un : Le Havre - LP+CD (Un Rec, 2022)

  • Large ensemble improvisation has a history and already many historical references such as Globe Unity Orchestra, King Übü Örchestrü, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra, London Improvisers Orchestra… or more recent ones like Splitter Orchester, Insub Meta Orchestra, GGRIL, ONCEIM… How to combine energy, individuality, unexpectedness… with 26 people? How to develop different improvisation strategies without falling into the obvious drone? How can you simply improvise freely with 26 people? / Le UN (new version) was initiated by David Chiesa in 2019. Le UN acts as an improvisation society: each member is involved in the artistic realisation as much as in the social, non-hierarchical organisation of the ensemble. The individual and their practice – and not its dilution in the collective – are at the centre of this orchestral experimentation. Importantly, each individual preserves their singularity within a protean mass without obstructing the collective space / This LP (+ CD) was recorded during a three-day residency at Le Volcan, Scène Nationale du Havre, in April 2021. This recording is a manifestation of a collective practice of free improvisation beyond genres, a music full of effervescence and turbulence, where the acoustic and electric sources attempt the wager of spontaneous collective fabrication without any direction, irradiated by strong flickering light, with a flight of incongruous actions!

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  • Antoine Chessex, Francisco Meirino, Jérôme Noetinger : Maiandros - LP (Cave12, 2022)

  • Testimony to the first encounter of the trio during a concert given at the cave12 on the 28.10.2020, on the same evening of the new Covid announcements which brought on a re-confinement in France, and eve to a six-month long shutdown of cultural places in Switzerland. A concert from which we emerged staggering and with burning ears due to the ongoing crisis surrounding us. A masterful sonic performance. Before silence / Drawing from the dense and intense sound material of the evening, Francisco Meirino carried out a work of mixing and cutting, thus releasing an account of it, conceived for vinyl support and domestic use, an auditory result with a fascinating tension/frame / Swirling field recordings, urban/mechanical sounds, ghostly radio, cannibal revoxian magnetic tape, unrecognizable saxophone chants from hell, synthesizer manipulations, intermingle and merge into a sonic flow of pure permanent tension. An uncompromising and hallucinating sound journey of the very first order. A captivating back-and-forth, rich and spiralling between different levels of listening, filled with recognizable or unrecognizable sound materials and disturbing textures à la perfectly mastered dynamics, on a knife edge of abyss & time. And with, on the album, a simply gargantuan, corrosive, and overwhelming B-side!

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  • Avvitagalli : None Corsa - LP (Horn of Plenty, 2022)

  • Debut vinyl outing for Valentina Magaletti and Pino Montecalvo’s Avvitagalli project / Variegated percussion + WTF jams inspired by a visit to an abandoned, torched palazzo somewhere in southern Europe. Its charred, decaying splendour casts a fitting backdrop to the surreal push-pull of Valentina & Pino’s aural capers. None Corsa explores presence and absence, purpose and chance, and the tension between serenity and disquiet. Composing and decomposing, grabbing at modern composition, jazz, dub and post punk along the way / None Corsa comes on black vinyl with a full colour cover and a striking 24 page zine with photography by Adele Di Nunzio

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  • Branko Mataja : Over Fields and Mountains - LP (Numero Group, 2022)

  • White blossom vinyl / Recalling Ennio Morricone spaghetti westerns, the electrified belly dance music of Omar Khorshid, and ’90s bedroom psychedelia at once, the music of Branko Mataja is from its own epoch. Snatched from the streets of Belgrade as a teenager, Mataja spent World War 2 in a German work camp, escaping the insanity of post-war Europe to settle in North Hollywood to live out the American Dream to its fullest. Crafting handmade music on homemade guitars throughout the 1970s, Mataja taught himself to play in order to pay homage to his ancestral home of Yugoslavia, a place he would never return to except through these guitar meditations

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  • Coil : Musick To Play In The Dark² - LP+12" (Dais, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Remastered reissue with etching on side D. After leaving London in 1999 for the sleepy seaside retiree town of Weston-super-Mare, Coil co-founders John Balance and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson set up shop in a palatial eight-bedroom estate to pursue the outer reaches of the group’s heightening cabalistic chemistry. Among the staggering string of late-era masterpieces they produced is lunar opus Musick To Play In The Dark, widely hailed as an artistic zenith upon its release. The sessions that birthed it were in fact so fruitful that a second LP took shape during the creation of the first one / Aided by the recent addition of Welsh multi-instrumentalist engineer Thighpaulsandra, Coil mined further into the recesses of surrealist eldritch electronica Balance termed “moon music” – post-industrial spellcasting at the axis of narcotic and nocturnal energies. Musick To Play In The Dark² spans a full witching hour of bad acid sound design, synthesizer voyaging, opiated balladry, Luciferian glitch, and subliminal hymnals, alternately ominous, oracular, and absurd. Scottish gothic icon Rose McDowall guests on vocals for two tracks but otherwise the album is a hermetic affair, tapping into the group’s limitless insular synergy / As a whole the collection skews more muted and remote than its predecessor, as if having grown accustomed to the nether regions of these darkening seances. But music box hallucination “Paranoid Inlay” captures the group’s oblique comedic side, always glimmering beneath: over a warped, wobbly beat Balance intones an opaque narrative of serenity, Saint Peter, and suicidal vegetables, accompanied by spiraling harpsichord and stuttering squelches of electronics. “It seems concussion suits you,” he repeats twice, like a macabre pickup line, before dictating a dear diary entry about risks and failures, finally concluding with as close to a self-portrait as Coil ever came: “On a clear day I can see forever / that the underworld is my oyster.”

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  • Misha Sultan : Roots - MC (Hive Mind, 2022)

  • Misha Sultan is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Novosibirsk in the heart of Siberia. His hometown's location, in the hinterlands between Europe and Asia provides a deep well of inspiration for his music / Hive Mind have been happy to work with Misha to bring you this stunning collection of recordings made between 2015 and 2022 which we hope will serve as a great introduction to Misha's unique sound which appropriates elements of Eurasian folk music, psychedelia, 90's chill-out, breakbeat, dub, and field recording to produce something stunning and singular / Whilst we were working on this release P*t*n invaded Ukraine and Misha was forced to leave the country quite suddenly. All money from sales of the digital album will go straight to the artist in order to help through this difficult time

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  • Gustavo Yashimura : Living Legend of the Ayacucho Guitar - MC (Hive Mind, 2022)

  • Gustavo Yashimura-Arce comes from humble origins in the Ayacucho region of the Peruvian Andes. He started playing guitar in 1987 and 2 years later he travelled to Montevideo in Uruguay to study music at La Casa de la Guitarra / After spending some years playing classical guitar in Japan, Gustavo returned to Peru in 2004 and began his intense studies of the Andean guitar styles of the Ayacucho region. Later, in 2008 he found the perfect teacher – 80 year old veteran guitarist Don Alberto Juscamaita Gastelú, known locally as Rahtako. Through Don Alberto, Gustavo was able to learn songs and styles from across the Andes, though the main focus remained on the traditional styles of the Ayacucho region / The Ayacucho Province of Peru is mountainous and remote and mainly populated by indigenous people of Quechuan descent, with the main language remaining Quechua, or Runasimi ('the People's Language'). The Quechuan people of the Andes remained resistant to Spanish colonisation and fierce in their preservation of their culture but on this album you will hear one of those strange, hybrid artefacts that can arise when cultures meet. The Spanish guitar was taken by the Quechuan people of the Ayacucho region and employed as a new means to convey their traditional music. The melodies you hear are versions of the traditional Huayno melodies usually played on harps, Andean pipes, charango and mandolin

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  • Soundwalk Collective, Charlotte Gainsbourg : Peradam - 2xLP (Analogue Foundation, 2022)

  • Double 180gr clear vinyl with booklet housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with embossed letters. Featuring Atom™, Lyra Pramuk, Paul B. Preciado and Willem Dafoe. Written and conceived by Stephan Crasneanscki, ‘LOVOTIC’ is a concept album by Soundwalk Collective, composed in collaboration with lauded actress and singer/songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg, Featuring veteran techno stalwart Atom™, rising singer/composer/performance artist Lyra Pramuk, celebrated actor Willem Dafoe, and writer/philosopher Paul B. Preciado, the album will be available from April 1st via the new Berlin-based Analogue Foundation / Inspired by a relatively new field of research that seeks to explore and develop the possibilities of sexual and emotional relationships – and even love – between humans and robots, ‘LOVOTIC’ interrogates the impulses, ideas, and needs underlying this phenomenon. The project ventures into a future where sex, intimacy and desire are reformulated through the connection of humans, robotics, and artificial intelligence / In an age of such hybrid entanglement with the machine, human identity requires the construction of new forms of intimacy, gender, and sexuality. At present, however, such technologies are primarily used to produce programs of limited sexual iterations that do not question the preformatted categories of gender and sexual orientation. In contrast, on ‘LOVOTIC’, Soundwalk Collective ask whether the future of sex and sexuality could instead be an exponentially expanding kaleidoscope. Where does the impulse of preference come from? What sets of words from our vocabulary can be communicated to the AI mind to generate a new identity for desire? Could the machine be another technology that brings us closer together?

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  • Mønic : Trawler Tapes - LP (Downwards, 2022)

  • Simon Shreeve returns to his Mønic guise for a mini-LP of bleak, ambient soundscapes that gently and hauntingly sail from track to track, as if staring out across the vast ocean of the South Coast of England - the base of which is not too far from Shreeve’s own studio. Channeling memories of a recently departed friend, TCW 1915 - 2007 - to whom the sea was a central part of life - through an ambience reminiscent of Lustmord or Aphex Twin, ‘Trawler Tapes’ is a quiet and contemplative journey, and although the beats are nowhere to be seen, unsettling atmospherics of earlier Mønic releases pervade perhaps more than ever before

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  • Gavilán Rayna Russom : Secret Passage - 2xLP (W.25TH, Voluminous Arts, 2021)

  • Blue translucent vinyl. Growing up in deindustrialized Providence, Rhode Island of the 1970s and 1980s provided NYC-based composer and interdisciplinary artist Gavilán Rayna Russom access to derelict subterranean spaces including the mile-long East Side Rail Tunnel. The tunnel's reverberant darkness would produce distinctive sensory effects and host Russom's formative experiences of interpersonal connectedness, liminality, transgender identity, anti-capitalist desire and state repression / Secret Passage – an absorbing, memoiristic work by Russom, whose synthesis-based practice fuses information and expression into organic wholes – draws on memories of "unsupervised autonomous zones where I tasted the possibilities of a world without surveillance," as she writes in the liner notes. Inspired by "this beautifully neglected place," the music resounds with ghostlike echoes and raw pulsations / Russom utilizes synthesizers, field recordings and voice to illustrate hallucinatory revelations of the city's lightless undercarriage. Each track of Secret Passage, originally released as a limited cassette on Voluminous Arts, is dedicated to a friend – entwining personal liberation with collective discovery. The East Side Rail Tunnel has been inaccessible since the 1990s, the result of urban development and gentrification

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  • Jonathan Fitoussi, Clemens Hourrière : Möbius - LP (Obliques, 2022)

  • A brand new episode in their exploration of the legendary modular synthesizer - The Buchla ; for this third album by Fitoussi & Hourrière. MÖBIUS is an aerial ballet created by Cie XY in collaboration with the choregrapher Rachid Ouramdane, Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourrière / "One of the most sensitive sets of ears in Paris, GRM affiliate Jonathan Fitoussi meets Clemens Hourrière for a beautiful 3rd album called "Möbius". After their acclaimed "Five Steps" [2015] & "Espaces Timbrés" [2018] on Versatile records, Fitoussi & Hourrière tethered again to the classic Buchla modular synthesiser, but this time for composed the soundtrack of an amazing aerial ballet in collaboration with Cie XY (25 dancers) and famous choregrapher Rachid Ouramdane; - Widescreen results - "

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  • Pauline Oliveros : Accordion & Voice - LP (Important, 2022)

  • Pauline Oliveros' »Accordion & Voice« is available on LP for the first time since it was originally released in 1982. Cut at Golden and pressed at RTI for maximum fidelity. Pauline Oliveros was an electronic music pioneer, accordionist, composer and educator who resided in Kingston, New York. Her instrument was tuned in Just Intonation and she often included it in her meditative improvisational music. Her music is not meditative in the sense that it is intended for listening to while meditating, rather each piece is a form of meditation. A central figure in post-war electronic art music, Oliveros is one of the original members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center (along with Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Terry Riley, and Anthony Martin)

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  • Claire Rousay : Everything Perfect Is Already - LP (Shelter Press, 2022)

  • When words trail off at the beginning of Claire Rousay’s “everything perfect is already here,” ornate instrumentation is waiting to fill a void left by the breakdown of language. Yet it becomes clear as we trace Rousay’s collaged sonic pathway that breakdown, of meaning and also of melody, is also a place to rest. everything perfect… is made up of two extended compositions that cycle between familiarity and unknowing. There are seemingly infinite ways to feel in response to these pieces of music, which shift tone across their languid duration, earnest like a familiar song but unbound from the emotional didacticisms of lyrical voice and pop form

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  • Pauline Oliveros : The Wanderer - LP (Important, 2022)

  • Pauline Oliveros' »The Wanderer« is available on LP for the first time since it was originally released in 1984. Cut at Golden and pressed at RTI for maximum fidelity. An utterly essential document of early American minimalism, »The Wanderer« is the sister record to »Accordion & Voice«. This recording documents »The Wanderer«'s world premiere, as it was performed 27 January, 1983 at Marymount Manhattan Theatre. The orchestra consists of twenty accordions, two bass accordions, and five percussionists, with Pauline Oliveros as soloist, Sam Falcetti conducting

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  • Prima Materia : La Coda Della Tigre - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2022)

  • In 1977 an obscure Italian private label issued a record that sounded like it came from outer space. A long and dense trance-inducing drone of sustained notes, rich with overtones and harmonic embellishments, coming from a space so vast and unexplored that seemed almost of non-human, even electronic nature / Prima Materia was a vocal improvisation ensemble, founded by Roberto Laneri in 1973. Composed entirely of vocalists with no academic training, the group developed various techniques – revolving mostly around the use of overtones – that would embody their unique sound. No instruments nor electronic manipulations were ever employed within the group's physiognomy, which was realized purely through the human voice / La Coda Della Tigre, the group's sole album, was recorded in 1977 by Alvin Curran and released on Ananda, an artist-run label founded by Laneri, Curran and Giacinto Scelsi.  As the original liner notes state, "The music of Prima Materia may sound radically new, yet at the same time it is likely to ring some distant bell and evoke ancient emotions. This is not due to chance: indeed, the very name of the group points to a specific path, namely, the unfolding of the potential implicit in the alchemical symbol as embodying a process of transmutation of consciousness."

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  • Yves Jates : M - LP (Maga Circe Musica, 2022)

  • Here comes the second chapter for Maga Circe Musica, after the first album by Donato Dozzy with Daniele di Gregorio. This time the creative mind behind the music belongs to Yves Jates, mostly known as a designer with the signature Yko / “M”, his debut album, is composed of eight musical moments where electronics and classicism dance together and regenerate each other by reaching ever changing equilibriums that result in an aesthetics ranging from neurotic to psychedelic forms (Moment 1), and from dark to aethereal forms (Moments 2, 5, 7) / The project embraces a modern classicism aiming to saturate space with colour, producing compositions full of air and light and the right amount of darkness. “Moment 3” is a clear example of this, with its spacious, airy themes that sometimes plunge into places of sheer darkness. In “Moment 4”, with a central body that echoes Norwegian Miasmah’s music, Jates evoked a classic orchestral sound and reworked it by adding instruments, edges and dark ambient elements ranging from subtle throbbing sounds to strident recordings of metallic sounds. These are the components of a flow that reflects vibes and moods absorbed over the years, beautifully represented here on a spacious canvas full of hidden recesses lit up by brilliant ideas

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  • Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis, Pauline Oliveros : Deep Listening - MC (Important, 2021)

  • To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Deep Listening, we offer you the definitive tape version combining the classic, complete original 1989 release with selected tracks from the Deep Listening Band’s 1991 album The Readymade Boomerang / Recorded in a cistern, this tape reverberates with brilliant sonic clarity and masterfully improvised performances combining live electronics, vocals, trombone and accordion. Deep Listening is a classic in the fields of improvisation, minimalism, ambient/drone and modern classical / Listen with attentiveness, listen while lying down, listen with headphones - as recording engineer Al Swanson entices the listener to become a virtual performer in selecting the many different ways to perceive these phenomenal tracks. Whatever you do, listen deeply

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  • Mondkopf : Spring Stories - CD (Miasmah, 2022)

  • Deprived of sanity, Paul Régimbeau aka Mondkopf found new territories of expression with "Spring Stories", a collection of post-rapture moods full of glorious chaos, ready to absorb and re-ignite all that is worn / As a phoenix raising from the ashes, Spring Stories captures the earth in full bloom. Darkness & Insanity looses it´s grips as the roots and fresh leaves creates a slow dance towards the sun. Similarly sine-wave drones move around exploding electric guitar improvisations as new light beams on shadow cast corners. The album feels like a 60ies jam set in the post-world psychedelic underground. Heavy, absurd, beautiful and ready to sooth burnt out, depleted minds. Paul has citied that he´s affected as much by folk improvisors such as Master Wilburn Burchette & Robbie Basho as well as the doom drone of giants Earth & Sunn O))). Spring Stories invokes on these, while feeling like a personal blow-out, coming right from the core. Touching and grand, like spring itself / The album also features Frederic D. Oberland on two tracks playing variously Duduk & Alto Saxophone. Lastly, The Necks drummer Tony Buck shakes & rattles all over the final - and seriously epic - piece “Continuation”, as the world aligns while the sun rises over its near-dead shape

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  • Charlemagne Palestine, Simone Forti : Illuminations - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Remastered reissue. Alga Marghen present the first ever release of Illuminations, or Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti duo interactions, illuminated with dim red lights. In early 1970 Mort Subotnick asked Charlemagne Palestine to join his soon to be created Media Department at the new "Dream School of the Future" endowed by the Disneys to be called the California Institute of the Arts / Charlemagne and Simone Forti met there in 1970, when La Monte Young asked them to arrange a California concert for Pandit Pran Nath. They decided to try an improvisation session together and Charlemagne invited Simone the first time to the electronic music studio where he worked regularly. Their medium blended as a play of interacting sound waves and solid matter in motion as Charlemagne and Simone shared energy and focus. The three previously unreleased recordings on this LP were made between October and December 1971. The first take, titled "Illumination", is for two voices moving in the space with small bells and crystal glasses while Simone Forti plays the molimo, a corrugated tube meant for connecting the gas stove / The second take titled, "Wed Oct 13th 1971", has Simone and Charlemagne in a song dialogue as animals do. It was also at Cal Arts that Charlemagne Palestine first encountered a Bosendorfer Imperial Piano of Vienna. He played it often as Simone danced during their "Illuminations". Take three is a song sang in falsetto while playing the Bosendorfer Imperial in an arpeggiated style that predates the "strummings". Listening to these "three takes" 40 years later, they ooze a timeless, carefree mystical, magical, dreamy atmosphere that evoked the times of the late '60s to early '70s in Charlemagne and Simo ne part of the California Art Scene. Illuminations were a unique open spontaneous form of performance, ritual and prayer. Edition limited to 365 copies with an essay by both Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti, as well as photos of the performances reproduced on the LP front sleeve

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  • Charlemagne Palestine, Simone Forti : Meditative Sound Environments - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • Alga Marghen prsents the second and final chapter in documenting Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti seminal collaborations. The new "Meditative Sound Environments" LP is more centered around electronic music and also includes a unique two-voice work based on Simone's chanting, the magically suspended "Simone Tape". All the tracks of this new LP present only previously unreleased recordings. In summer 1970 Simone Forti was invited by Allan Kaprow (one of the Deans of CalArts) to do an evening of dance at the Pasadena Art Museum and for this performance she asked Charlemagne Palestine to try developing a new kind of work together / It immediately clicked!!!! In January 1971 in Pasadena they did their first "Illuminationss". All of a sudden they were doing a new kind of jamming together. Everybody in the audience loved it because it was so dreamy and they found amazing how a man and a woman can act in that strange, very dreamlike oriental way as in trance,,,,,together. This kind of collaboration between man and woman was uncommon at that time. Mostly other artists were doing very structural works while with "Illuminations" it was totally like they were on magicness drugs. These performances had certain fixed elements. the piano or some electronics like in "Meditative Sound Environment", the title track of this LP / It turned out they liked red lights so they started to always do it in red light. Also they liked to do it in a resonant spaces. It became more an approach than a piece, because there were never two "Illuminations" that were alike. Edition limited to 365 copies with liner notes by Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti." (label info)

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  • Idris Muhammad : Peace And Rhythm - LP (Prestige, 2022)

  • Replica of the original from 1971. Peace and Rhythm is the second album led by jazz drummer Idris Muhammad which was recorded for the Prestige label in 1971 / "The Peace and Rhythm Suite" is a side-long suite consisting of two long, spacy compositions that predate the ambient house scene by nearly two decades yet sound entirely of a piece with that style. Long, droning, sustained chords on a variety of wind and reed instruments float above Muhammad's percussion, which ebbs and flows in a free, almost arrhythmic way through most of the piece. Fans of The Orb or Brian Eno will find it an old hat, but for early-'70s jazz, !this was downright revolutionary!

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  • Macula Kuru : Macula Kuru - LP (Feeding Tube, 2022)

  • Amazingly psychedelic quartet session by two Japanese players (Junzo Suzuki and Mitsuru Tabata) and two Belgians (Bart De Paepe and Jan D’Hooghe). Originally this was recorded as a trio, while Junzo was touring Europe in March 2020, but he passed the tape to Mitusri (his partner in the gorgeous acid folk duo, 20 Guilders) to add bass. And we’re glad he did, ’cause the low-lunar notes Tabata generates kinda keep the music from floating off into space / We’d been trying to do something with Bart (who runs the Sloow Tapes concern, among many other projects) for a while. And we flipped out when we heard this session. The twinned electric guitars (from Bart and Junzo) are massive thrashing sky whales of sound. Both these guys are known for psychedelic vision mass, but they really take it to another level here. Urged along by D’Hooghe’s rock solid percussion (which was a new one on me, since he’s known more for his electro work) and Tabata’s wonderful bass playing (which doesn’t feel in the least like an add-on), the guitars explode like variations on all the best Japanese acid flash / Without really referring to any specific precursors, Macula Kuru (a name that refers to a goddamn eye disease of all things) really nail the open possibilities still available to guitar psych players who are willing to tug on the loose threads of the cosmos. Not sure what’s going on with these guys right now. Junzo Suzuki was in a serious accident earlier this year, and we can only wish him a very full recovery. But if music is the healing force of the universe, he should be in good hands. Because Macula Kuru’s music is on a par with anything he’s ever done. And he has been in some HEAVY outfits

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  • Läuten der Seele : Läuten der Seele - LP (Hands in the Dark, 2022)

  • Behind the mysterious name 'Läuten der Seele' comes the eponymous solo debut-album from Christian Schoppik, half of the confidentially acclaimed experimental dark folk duo Brannten Schnüre from Wurzburg (DE) / The record is composed of 12 abstract audio collages based on transformed sampled loops from German 50’s Heimatfilme features -a popular domestic genre involving rural settings, romantic tone and simplistic morality, centered on love, friendship and family- jazzed up with a vast selection of instruments such as accordion, guitar, keyboard, flute and everyday objects sporadically used as percussive elements / Schoppik’s new offering is a surreal -at times epic- and deep listening adventure into half dream/half nightmare atmospheres of nostalgia and bittersweetness, supported by masterfully crafted experimental songwriting and sonic aesthetic

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  • Yasuhiro Morinaga, David Toop : Exploring Gong Culture in SouthEast Asia: Massif And Archipelago - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Gongs have played an integral role in the mythogeography of Asia. This is not music that aligns with national borders or ideas of homogenous populations, let alone racial stereotypes and exotic clichés. What connects all of these tracks is a simultaneous feeling of entrancement and social cohesion. Communal and collaborative, its form is hypnotically repetitious, melodies and rhythms spread out among the players using the technique of hocketing in which a flowing line is distributed among all the musicians / The effect is mesmerising, immediately intoxicating to anybody who loves Chicago footwork, free improvisation, Sun Ra or young hip hop producer Jetsonmade. The music is simple yet mysterious and enveloping, a sound world in which to disappear. A theory exists but this is not explained. David Toop (extracts from the liner notes) / This project, Massif and Archipelago, is a field recording project initiated by Japanese sound artist Yasuhiro Morinaga, documenting traditional gong music by different Southeast Asian ethnic groups. The project aimed to examine the impact of the natural and social environment on the gong music culture of Southeast Asia. During the project, he visited over 50 different ethnic groups and made hundreds of recordings. This album presents a selection of the unique gong music from different ethnic minorities. The selected music has been divided into two broad sections: one focussing on the music from the Massif, i.e. mainland Southeast Asia (Central Highland of Vietnam and Northeast Cambodia), the other on music from the Archipelago, maritime Southeast Asia (the Luzon Islands of the Philippines, Borneo, Sulawesi, and the Flores Islands of Indonesia)

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  • Yasuhiro Morinaga, David Toop : Exploring Gong Culture in SouthEast Asia: Massif And Archipelago - 2xCD Box (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • 8 page digipack with 52 pages booklet. Gongs have played an integral role in the mythogeography of Asia. This is not music that aligns with national borders or ideas of homogenous populations, let alone racial stereotypes and exotic clichés. What connects all of these tracks is a simultaneous feeling of entrancement and social cohesion. Communal and collaborative, its form is hypnotically repetitious, melodies and rhythms spread out among the players using the technique of hocketing in which a flowing line is distributed among all the musicians / The effect is mesmerising, immediately intoxicating to anybody who loves Chicago footwork, free improvisation, Sun Ra or young hip hop producer Jetsonmade. The music is simple yet mysterious and enveloping, a sound world in which to disappear. A theory exists but this is not explained. David Toop (extracts from the liner notes) / This project, Massif and Archipelago, is a field recording project initiated by Japanese sound artist Yasuhiro Morinaga, documenting traditional gong music by different Southeast Asian ethnic groups. The project aimed to examine the impact of the natural and social environment on the gong music culture of Southeast Asia. During the project, he visited over 50 different ethnic groups and made hundreds of recordings. This album presents a selection of the unique gong music from different ethnic minorities. The selected music has been divided into two broad sections: one focussing on the music from the Massif, i.e. mainland Southeast Asia (Central Highland of Vietnam and Northeast Cambodia), the other on music from the Archipelago, maritime Southeast Asia (the Luzon Islands of the Philippines, Borneo, Sulawesi, and the Flores Islands of Indonesia)

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  • Mick Harris, Martyn Bates : Murder Ballads (Passages) - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Marbled vinyl / 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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  • Various Artists : Metaphors / Selected Soundworks from the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Small repress due to high demand! / Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema today. His seven feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Compilation album 'Metaphors' contains 14 soundworks carefully selected from his past cinema and other visual works since 2003, which includes Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Syndromes and a Century, Fever Room and more / Born in Bangkok, Apichatpong grew up in Khon Kaen in north-easternThailand. He began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998 and is now recognised as a major international visual artist. His art prizes include the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2013) and the prestigious Prince Claus Award (2016), the Netherlands. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues

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  • Univers Zero : Ceux Du Dehors - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Black vinyl repress / Third album (1981) by the Belgian band Univers Zero. The title alludes to the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft; the players read the story in studio, then proceeded to record the piece. A key release for the band. Ceux du Dehors sometimes suggests a darker and more complex version of the motorik minimalism of classical music contemporaries Philip Glass and Steve Reich

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  • Maurice Louca : Elephantine - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Orange vinyl repress / On Elephantine, Maurice Louca's new album released exclusively on Sub Rosa on vinyl LP, the Cairo-based musician guides a 12-piece ensemble through a 38-minute masterwork that might best be described as panoramic. Elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra's cosmic jazz, gorgeous Arabic melody, trancelike African and Yemeni music, and minimalism meet in his wholly unique compositional vision

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  • Death In June, Les Joyaux De La Princesse : Östenbräun - CD (Les Joyaux De La Princesse, 1995)

  • Gatefold digipack with booklet / Rare CD issue of a dual-cassette that was originally issued in 1989. This is not strictly a Death In June album. Basically, it's Death In June material that has been remixed by Les Joyaux De La Princesse. If you take the keyboard parts from some of DIJ's mid-80's works ("Brown Book" or "The World That Summer"), bring them to the fore and add some DIJ friendly samples (sound effects/spoken word etc) then you'd get the idea of what is on offer here. It's pretty special and rather atmoospheric - perfect for if you need something to just wash over you. "Ostenbraun" is very hard to find now, seeing as it has been deleted for quite some time - so, here's your chance to grab this copy now !

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  • Merzbow : Magnesia Nova - 2xLP (Urashima, 2022)

  • Exquisitely recorded and mixed between February and May 1995 at ZSF Produkt Studio, Masami Akita’s home studio from the late 80s to late 90s, Magnesia Nova is stunning immersion into the world of Merzbow during one of the project's most engrossing and important period. Inspired by the intersections between Greece and Japan and between Western and Eastern civilization along with work of Athanasius Kircher (all of the track titles have been taken from Kircher’s works ), is a true blasts of noise, meticulously crafted into gorgeous sound collages / For the first time that this seminal document from Merzbow’s '90s period has ever appeared on vinyl, in double LP, featuring last side of second LP with 20 minutes of unreleased bonus track took from the same period of the recording sessions. Like all of his work since the early nineties, Magnesia Nova is an uncompromising cascade of brutal noise. In this album you find nothing of the minimalism of his early 80s, completely overwhelmed by synthesizers and handmade objects that become his unconventional weapons to create bursts of noise

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  • Incapacitants : Quietus - LP (Urashima, 2022)

  • Few projects can claim the seminal importance of the Incapacitants on worldwide noise scene. The group was formed in 1981 in Osaka, as the solo project of Toshiji Mikawa, a member of the amazing noise group Hijokaidan. Later Mikawa 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. They've been making some of the most unremittingly ear-shattering racket for decades as Incapacitants, one of the most significant noise outfits to emerge from the groundbreaking Japanese scene in the early 1980s, and still one of the most radical and powerful. They've consistently been responsible for some of the most complex, chaotic, loud, and downright fun releases in the genre / Almost thirty years have passed since the first publication of Quietus. Is the fourth Incapacitants album released on Alchemy Records and along Feedback Of N.M.S. has definitively consecrates them as the Gods of Noise. ‘’No risk, No return’’ fills completely side a, and it’s just uncontaminated, pure electronic distortion of the highest quality: exciting, frightening, hypnotic and fascinating all at the same time. Side B open with a small noise gem, furrows that precede the intensity and the noisy purity that will characterize all the production of the Incapacitants, titled ‘’Backfire’’. And then comes the masterpiece ‘’Goby Fishing’’, whose sound is particularly exciting, agonizingly dense and full of detail, with thrilling psychedelics feedback and sonic bulldoze, all sounding crystal clear. It's the perfect soundtrack for your lake holidays or ,for anyone with an inkling of interest, it's a wonderful time capsule from the Golden Age of Japanese Noise

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  • Solmania : Erosion - LP (Urashima, 2022)

  • Formed in 1984, Solmania is a music experimental project of Masahiko ''Masaki'' Ohno and is one of the earliest amazing noise projects out of Japan. Pushing far beyond expectations of free improvisation, Masahiko weaves blistering passages that incorporate touchstones from progressive , punk, metal, noise, and drone, into more intricate movements of dystopian avant-gardism, culminating as a strikingly forward-thinking expanse of sonic creativity that pushing toward uncharted ground / Erosion captures an astounding concert at Eggplant, in Osaka May 15th 1987, recorded at the venue, using guitar, tape, radio, metal, turntable and voice and published on cassette by Solmania own legendary label Fatagaga Tapes the same year in very limited edition. Fully remastered from the original analog tapes, vinyl is comprising a single, extended work over two sides, for about 30 minutes where the artist dives into one of the most joyous and tense musical expressions to have emerged during that decade, generating dense, trance-inducing guitar drones that seem to touch the eternal, washing the ear in rich overtones and harmonics embellishments that transcend their sources - the original instrument - in uncanny ways / While unquestionably a work of free improvisation, bordering on noise, Erosion is particularly noteworthy for how far it often strays from the expected tropes and syntaxes of that idiom. Intricate and delicate movements, the artist weaves moments of profound catharsis into moody passages that are permeated by images of dystopian sci-fi - driven by the sounds of guitar - creating a soundtrack for an ever darkening world, while managing to retain all the hope and optimism embodied by a creative territory and language that activates conversation and the communication of ideas across distinctions of cultural, individual practice, and time

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  • Hiroshi Yoshimura : Music For Nine Post Cards - LP (Empire Of Sign, 2022)

  • Black vinyl repress. Despite his status as a key figure in the history of Japanese ambient music, Hiroshi Yoshimura remains tragically under-known outside of his home country. Empire of Signs – a new imprint co-helmed by Maxwell August Croy, Spencer Doran and distributed by Light In The Attic – is proud to reissue Yoshimura’s debut Music for Nine Post Cards for the first time outside Japan in collaboration with Hiroshi’s widow Yoko Yoshimura, with more reissues of Hiroshi’s works to follow in the future / Working initially as a conceptual artist, the musical side of Yoshimura’s artistic practice came to prominence in the post-Fluxus scene of late 1970s Tokyo alongside Akio Suzuki and Takehisa Kosugi, taking many subsequent turns within Japan’s bubble economy afterward. His sound works took on many forms – commissioned fashion runway scores, soundtracking perfume, soundscapes for pre-fab houses, train station sound design – all existing not as side work but as logical extensions of his philosophy of sound. His work strived for serenity as an ideal, and this approach can be felt strongly on Music for Nine Post Card

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  • Baligh Hamdi, Magid Khan : Indo-Arabic Variations - LP (Altercat, 2022)

  • Black vinyl. Unique fusion of the Indian and Egyptian music cultures devised by Baligh Hamdi, the most prominent of all modern composers in the Arab-speaking world. Hamdi, who penned dozens of hit compositions for Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Warda and Sabah amongst others, also shaped the future of Arabic music in a way that's difficult to overestimate / Directed by Hamdi, the renowned Indian sitar player Magid Khan joins the Egyptian musicians of Abdel Halim Hafez's orchestra in re-reading some of Hamdi's compositions from a new perspective – here sitar and tabla dance together with arghoul, ney and other Arabic instruments. An east-meets-east masterpiece in which Hamdi once again pushed the boundaries of Arabic music in his tireless quest for a broader, more global reach

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  • Susana Santos Silva, Hampus Lindwall, Torbjörn Zetterberg : Hi! Who Are You? - MC (Matière Mémoire, 2022)

  • Orange tape, handnumbered / The acclaimed and soon soldout LP Hi! Who Are You? is now re-released on cassette with bonus tracks in our MM Tapes Series / The trio Susana Santos Silva / Torbjörn Zetterberg / Hampus Lindwall emerged in 2015 with their first album If Nothing Else (Clean Feed CF348) which was received with critical acclaim. The unique conceptual approach to composition & improvisation rooted in both free jazz and contemporary classical music was described as “guaranteed a unique listening experience” (JazzIn), “It is art!” (Gapplegate Music Review) and “unique sound and style” (New York City Jazz Record). On their new album “Hi, who are you?” (Matière Mémoire MATME004LP) they have taken the musical creation a step further by adding live electronics for real time sound treatment. Different techniques from experimental electronic music is juxtaposed with simple use of electric guitar effects to obtain tight and highly emotional sound

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

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  • Carlos Casas : The Mont Aigu - MC (Matière Mémoire, 2022)

  • Red tape, handnumbered. Sound and Radio Frequencies captured in location in Mont Aigu. Part of Fieldworks#26

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  • Eiko Ishibashi : Drive My Car - Original Soundtrack - LP (Space Shower Music, Newhere Music, 2021)

  • Drive My Car is a film based on Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name, directed by the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The film has won many film awards, including the Best Screenplay at Cannes 2021 and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.It was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards / Composer Eiko Ishibashi has created music for stage, films, and exhibitions, as well as her own records released by labels such as Drag City, Editions Mego and Black Truffle. Ishibashi arranged the OST into an album, with the tracks laying the foundations with sound effects from the film , it creates a story that compliments the film. Two bonus tracks are available digitally on bandcamp

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  • Mohi Bahauddin Dagar : Ahir Bhairav - 2xLP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Comes in textured cover. Mohi Bahauddin Dagar is the heir to one of the most important families of musicians in the Indian Hindustani tradition: Dagar family. During the XX century, his father, the famous Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, was mainly responsible for the revival of the Rudra Veena as a solo concert instrument. The stylistic evolution of the Rudra also involved a substantial modification of its parts by Zia Mohiuddin / In fact, the tumbas (gourds) and dhandhi (hollow neck) were enlarged to create greater resonance and closeness to the techniques used in Dhrupad singing. Ahir Bhairva consists of a mix of two morning Raga in its classical progression of alap, jor, jhala and chowtal phases, in a sound framework embellished by tanpura and pakhawaj. Bahauddin remains faithful to the stylistic features of Dagarbani thought, a slow meditative development that explores all the possible ranges of his instrument, with ascending and descending microtonal movements that reactivate body and mind in the first light of day. Digital edition released by Country & Eastern

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  • Tom van der Geld : Small Mountain (Marimba Music - Music For Four Marimbas) - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • In 1986, the vibraphonist Tom Van Der Geld composed his personal ode to creation, a tonal poem for all natural beings. Small Mountain reveal a pure minimalist inspiration, a vibrant style of sound variations that is decidedly more Zen-Impressionistic than the mathematical-metaphysical works of Steve Reich / This music, for four marimbas and other percussion instruments suggests an emotional osmosis with all the elements, a flow of ecstatic progressions that is more immanence than transcendence. It's the rain that falls softly on fragrant moss or the fog that hides the frost on the grass; an exotic spectrum of mutliform colours, dances of leaves, branches, sticks, fronds, lianas, swirls of petals and bark. Ode to the wind, to the rainforest, a psalm to the waters energy that opens the portals of the temples of Nature. As in the aboriginal songlines, every place or being on Planet Earth becomes, through music, space for the sacred

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  • Giovanni Di Domenico : Polvere di Rabbia - LP (Kohlhaas, 2022)

  • Over the last decade, Rome-born, Brussels-based eclectic composer Giovanni Di Domenico has been ranging through a diverse number of fields within experimental music. Now, in the midst of a close series of astounding releases, Di Domenico adds another superb piece to his prolific discography as proof of an ever more enduring state of grace / The first of his works ever to feature voice and language as foregrounding elements, the five truly visionary pieces making up Polvere di rabbia reveal a glimpse of the incredibly profound stream of consciousness flowing through Di Domenico’s automatic writing process, here mostly belonging to the diaries he’s been keeping over the years. Featuring contributions by Mathieu Calleja, João Lobo, Pak Yan Lau and Lucia Palladino, Polvere di rabbia was recorded between Brussels and Rotterdam and comes in a 12” LP wisely mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. The stunning artwork featuring photographs by Madison Dinelle and design by Nicola Chemotti Beutel is complemented with an insert containing the Italian/English transcription of the lyrics

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  • The Mystic Revelation of Teppo Repo : Kosmoksen Erakko - LP (Jazzpuu, 2022)

  • The music of TMROTR is channeling the spirit of the Finnish forests and nature, combining shepherd music with hypnotic and subtle elements of spiritual jazz and nyabinghi rhythms. Their instrumentation includes various self-built and custom-made instruments such as a log percussion setup and many different kinds of flutes

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  • Grykë Pyje : Squirlich Stroll - LP (Mappa Editions, 2022)

  • Transviolet vinyl. Following the release of Collision and Coalescence, Slovakian label mappa commits to the duo Grykë Pyje, releasing their third LP "Squirlich Stroll". Maintaining the fabled tone of their debut on the label, Jani Hirvonen (Uton) and Johannes Schebler (Baldruin) dig deeper into the sonic vein of myth and fabric of yonder. The music in "Squirlich Stroll" unravels as a yarn brought back from a wild voyage

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  • Takayanagi Masayuki New Direction For The Art : Complete "La Grima" - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • La Grima (Tears) was performed on August 14, 1971, at the Genyasai festival in Sanrizuka, Japan. The first six minutes or so of this performance can be heard on the omnibus LP Genya (released on CD in 2004). This CD presents the complete, unedited version of the performance / As if to slash through the audience's scornful, jeering reaction to Takayanagi's opening remarks, the group launched into a fiercely convulsive performance. Despite having a variety of objects thrown at them, Takayanagi and the others kept on playing. They ended the performance to a storm of booing and shouts of "Go home!" For this release it was meticulously remixed and then mastered. Thus, the performance of "La Grima" by the newly-launched New Direction for the Art has been reborn in a fresher, more vivid form / The photos are from the scrapbook of Kenji Ishiguro, who was shooting on site in Sanrizuka at the time. Among them are a couple of rare shots in which Takayanagi can just be seen

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  • Seikatsu Kojyo Iinkai : Seikatsu Kojyo Iinkai - LP (Aguirre, 2022)

  • Following hot on the heels of the first, mid-sixties generation of Japanese free jazz players like Kaoru Abe, Masayuki Takayanagi, Yosuke Yamashita, Motoharu Yoshizawa, etc., an exciting second wave of younger players began to emerge in the seventies. Two of its leading members were the saxophonist Kazutoki Umezu and multi-instrumentalist Yoriyuki Harada. Both were post-war babies and immigrants to the city, Umezu from Sendai in the north and Harada from Shimane in the west / They first met as students in the clarinet department at the Kunitachi College of Music, a well-known conservatory in western Tokyo. Harada was already securing sideman gigs on bass with professional jazz groups and was active in student politics, making good use of his connections to set up jazz concerts on campus. It was around this time that the two began to play together in an improvised duo, with Umezu on clarinet and bass clarinet and Harada on piano. They also experimented with graphic scores and prepared piano

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  • Jéricho : De Dreit Nien - 2xLP (Aguirre, La Nòvia, 2022)

  • The Jericho project is fully in line with the approach of the La Nòvia collective from which it originates, a hub for like-minded musicians reinventing regional folk repertoires, marrying traditional French song with minimalism via the use of drone / Jericho is just one of many available permutations of La Nòvia members, with the line-up including Yann Gourdon, Clément Gauthier, Jacques Puech and Antoine Cognet – you could say it’s La Nòvia’s flagship, or super-group. There are no dramatic stylistic shifts here, this is a story of gradual evolution within parameters that Jericho, and La Nòvia, have set for themselves. That also applies to their interpretation of individual songs, which are largely traditional

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  • Tibor Szemzo : Snap #2 [The Other Shore & Cuba] - LP (Fodderbasis, 2022)

  • Tibor Szemzo is presenting two compositions on his new album Snap #2 – The Other Shore and the first release of his Cuba / As the title implies, Snap #2 can be considered a sequel to his cult album Snapshot from the Island (released in 1987, 2000 and 2020). In that first album the island was a metaphor for isolation and now Snap #2 offers Szemzo’s reflections of his visits to real islands, Cuba in 1988-1990 and Japan in 1992-1994. As usual, Tibor Szemzo processed the themes both visually and musically and has presented them many times live as cinematographic performances

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  • Ignatz : I Live In A Utopia - 2xLP (Aguirre, House Rules, 2022)

  • This sprawling collection by Belgian loner blues savant Bram Devens aka Ignatz encapsulates the mystery, murk, and melancholy of his uncanny craft at its most windswept and wayward. Originally issued via Goaty Tapes in September of 2015, this long-anticipated vinyl edition expands the saga with an additional 17 minutes of archival material. Deven’s palette remains constant throughout: feathery fingerpicking, modal loops, and intuitive six-string navigations interspersed with candlelit passages of mournful voice, alternately whispered, mumbled, moaned. His is an aesthetic of embers and resin, cracked masks and distant lights, of what’s left behind and what lingers on

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  • U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble : Noise in The Library - LP (Putojefe, 2022)

  • Bob Rutman's life could be compared to the life of Odysseus, although we're not here to write his biography. Putojefe is happy to present his phenomenal Noise In The Library, recorded with the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble, an all-steel string quartet established by himself in Boston in 1976. The Ensemble consists of one Steel Cello and three Bow Chimes, played by Rutman and a rotating cast of guest musicians: in this instance, Daniel Orlansky –one of Rutman’s closest collaborators and longest-lasting member of the band–, Stephanie Wolff and Alex Dorsch. The instruments, built and developed by Rutman, are impressive sound sculptures in themselves, made of large flexible sheets of metal and defined by the artist as "American Industrial folk instruments" / The „Bürgermeister von Mitte” needs no introduction. He has literally traveled history, from Nazi Germany to the New York of the Seventies, landing again in Berlin in recent years. A tireless performer aged 87, he has toured the US and Europe extensively, playing both small galleries and underground venues as well as established cultural institutions as the MoMA, London’s ICE and the Berlin Atonal Festival. Rutman is internationally recognised as the multifaceted avant-garde artist par excellence, as attested by his diverse collaboration with key figures of post-war culture: Dorothy Carter, Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, Philip Lamantia, Wim Wenders, Asmus Tietchens and many others / Captivating from the beginning to the end, primitive and futuristic in its form, Noise In The Library remains as the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble’s sole recording featuring the exceptional overtone singer Stephanie Wolff, whose vocals are intertwined with Bob Rutman’s chant in Tibetan Buddhist style. Prior to this, Wolff had only appeared as a guest singer with the groundbreaking krautrock outfit Brainticket. Her deep and delicate tones go beyond spirituality and take listeners on a space travel to open skies. Recorded live at Passionskirche in Berlin on May 31st, 1989, in the prime of the Ensemble’s career, this is one of the last few examples of great, powerful music made by humans without the indiscriminate use of electronics or binary codes. A sometimes frightening and breathtakingly intense performance, as thoroughly mysterious as early American soil, as it first appeared to the eyes of visionary European minds

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  • Actress : Splazsh - 2xLP (Honest Jon's, 2010)

  • Darren Cunningham’s eagerly-awaited new album is an adventurous, ultra-modern, thoroughly British affair, rummaging about in the inner lives of house and techno, and brilliantly elaborating the accomplishments of his debut, Hazyville / For Splazsh the fog has lifted, the sounds are less submerged than before, but still sticky and close - a signature combination of exuberance and introversion, luminescence and puzzlement. Unconstrained by the formal cliches of the dance music he loves, Actress’ melodies and arrangements are enthralled by their own genies. Worlds of disturbance and melancholy revolve giddyingly inside the insidious funk of tracks like Get Ohn and Lost. A range of musical influences is redrawn, from speed garage (Always Human) to grime (Wrong Potion), with none crowned king. There is a reflectiveness — the ambient drift of Futureproofing, the radiophonic judder of Supreme Cunnilingus - in amongst the industrial, synth-wave flavours of Casanova, and the stirring, stately Maze / In love with the mysteries of groove and repetition, Splazsh is both a culmination and a new beginning for Actress, a substantial and eccentric work from a brave and coolly individual artist

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  • Julian Sartorius : Mux - LP (Marionette, 2022)

  • The culmination of all his efforts thus far to mimic a synthesizer and drum machine. This seemingly impossible feat challenges Julian to experiment and develop a musical language that bridges the gap between organic timbres and electronic music. When listening to Mux, one might simply forget that the seemingly electronic sounds are only constructed organically via hand movements. This is Julian’s second outing for Marionette, following Sulla Pelle with Valentina Magaletti in 2019

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  • Jack Chrysalis : Jack Chrysalis - LP (Mana, 2022)

  • Combining steppy dance music, lush detail and a diaristic tone, Jack Chrysalis’ debut album dials between music that is destined to catch the ear of the club-goer and the heart of the dreamer / His signature propulsive mutations of organic techno and UK garage sound strongly in tracks like Another Year and Coldharbour, but Chrysalis threads in more introspective moments, which llend a sense of atmosphere and a deeper running mood to the album’s overworld, heightening endorphin hits from the garage swing and affording a little more bittersweetness to its textures and secrets / Whether in rush or retreat, each track on this album emerges with its own emotional resonance. There’s a sense of seasons turning, or a twilight quality that’s hard to fully pin down. “Owl music” became shorthand for Jack’s tunes, a way for Mana to capture a prescient, nocturnal flight within their environment

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  • Saele Valese : IVIC - 2xLP (Noton, 2021)

  • NOTON signs Italian-born, Bern-based sound-artist and producer Saele Valese. In ‘IVIC’, his debut LP, Saele Valese, distills hauntological noise, droning tonal experiments and minimalist rhythms into a series of electro-acoustic-wave ventures written over five years in Berlin, Saas-Fee and Thun / Drawing influences from the psychoacoustic properties of the live album format, IVIC’s 11 tracks were mixed and recorded live on DAT cassettes and through DAW experimentation, without the possibility to revise the final recordings. Valese adopted this approach to conceptually propose reconciliations between the irreversibility of the past, and acceptance of its residuals in the present. The track titles themselves follow this pathos, citing the works of the American photographer Francesca Woodman and the poet Sylvia Plath / The inclusion of passages incorporating live sonics and throes of industrialismnso,ton.info contributes to the images of gravity, intimacy and spatiality that the music presented here invokes. In keeping with this imagery, the music possesses a dilated, shuffling rhythmic base, much like the firm traversal of a tanker against a storm of jangling components, and still moments of gloomy sonics alternating with more ravenous upheavals of power electronics. If the track divisions do not pass by unheeded, they are consistently assembled to sonically accompaign the emotional charges and momentum of an imaginary cinematic

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  • Ilitch : White Light - LP (Bisou, 2021)

  • Transparent clear blue vinyl. After multiple projects and collaborations with, among others, Valentina Fanigliulo (Mushy, Phantom Love), Nicholas Littlemore (Empire Of The Sun, Pnau), Aaron Moore, Quentin Rollet, Jac Berrocal... Thierry Müller restart the "concept" of Ilitch for this opus - new ilitch album since 2010 (excluding reissues) / Ilitch albums, too rare for some, cults for others, are from the beginning generated by important moments in the life of Thierry Müller. Inspired by them, reflecting them, sublimating them, treating them as therapy or bearing an incisive, sometimes impudent and / or disillusioned look, Thierry gives each opus a resonance, a sound, a singular treatment / In the bloodline of "10 Suicides", "Lena's Life", he gives us a very personal concept album: "Several health-related accidents have led me to reflect on the passing of time, resulting in flashbacks, disturbing feelings about memory and neurological disorders, the questions it causes, and a strange feeling that I tried to "translate" into the track White Light that gave the title to the album...". With the contributions of Jac Berrocal, Aaron Moore, Quentin Rollet and Milena Drither-Lerru, this introspective album takes us to unknown lands that can only question and seduce us

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  • The Rootsman, Muslimgauze : City Of Djinn - 2xLP (Via Parigi, 2022)

  • Arguably one of the highpoints from both these UK sonic pioneers (John Bolotten aka The Rootmsan and Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze). This is the first vinyl issue of original material previously published in 1997 on CD by Third Eye Music (Rootsman’s own CD imprint). Another collaboration between Muslimgauze and The Rootsman following the Amahar release

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  • The Rootsman, Muslimgauze : Amahar - 2xLP (Via Parigi, 2021)

  • First vinyl issue of these raw experimental dub collaborations between Muslimgauze and The Rootsman, written, recorded and mixed at the Third Eye Studio, Bradford, UK between 1997 and 1998. Originally released on CD by Russian label Aquarelist

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  • Ghédalia Tazartès : Gospel Et Le Râteau - LP (Bisou, 2022)

  • Ghédalia Tazartès left us in February 2021 when we had just finalized the editing and the cover art of his new album with him. Unfortunately he will never see the finished object. This record is therefore particularly important for us. He opened his archives to us so that we could select unpublished pieces with him and organize them in two long suites (indexes have been made on the CD for a more convenient listening) / This work took almost two years (finding the pieces among dozens of sometimes very old CD-Rs, checking that these pieces had not already been published, processing the sound to obtain an aesthetic unity and a coherent order, etc). This record is therefore a melting pot of unreleased tracks which cover a large part of his career. You can hear a few guests perform on some of the tracks (mostly vocals parts). As for the lyrics, apart from Ghédalia's own personal poetry, he wrote music for two texts by different poets, that he performs himself in a more or less comical way or on the contrary very intense (the final on a text by Antonin Artaud)! / About the cover. During an art exhibition in 2018, Ghédalia really loved a series of photographs by Isabelle Magnon and immediately asked to use them for the cover of a future album. It is therefore these three photos (two for the LP version) which illustrate Ghédalia Tazartès' final album

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  • Francesco Messina : Reflex - 12" (Superior Viaduct, 2022)

  • Francesco Messina is perhaps best known for his collaboration with fellow composer Raul Lovisoni on the album Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo, originally released on seminal Italian label Cramps in 1979. Along with contemporaries Franco Battiato, Juri Camisasca and Giusto Pio, Messina would help reshape the world of modern composition with an organic rawness and haunting beauty / Unreleased for over thirty years, the recordings on Reflex have an unadorned, almost improvisational feel. "Untitled" (featuring Lovisoni's plaintive flute) and "I Nuovi Pescheti" are full of meditative piano passages that lend an aura of new age, while the title track is more insistent with unfurling chords layered in real time via a reel-to-reel tape machine, resembling Steve Reich's mesmeric phase-shifting works of the '60s / A central figure within the Italian avant-garde, Francesco Messina gracefully expands his country's contribution to Minimalism. This first-time vinyl release is recommended for fans of Joanna Brouk, Luciano Cilio and Charlemagne Palestine

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  • Alva Noto : HYbr:ID I - CD (Noton, 2021)

  • The first instalment of Alva Noto’s new series HYbr:ID aligns his prolific work in digital culture, performance, visual art and scientific phenomena with his heterogenous compositional methods. HYbr:ID Vol. 1 captures the music commissioned for the score of ‘Oval’, a choreographic piece directed by Richard Siegal and performed by the Staatsballett Berlin at the Berlin State Opera in 2019. Having navigated sound’s limitless territories over decades using a unique system of signs, spectrums and visual symbols, this work culminates his unbounded vision into cinematic perfection / Inspired by scientific events Alva Noto’s audio-visual language searches for a form binding the scales of astrophysics with digital mechanics in order to capture incalculable phenomena. With songs titled ‘Hadron’, ‘Blackhole’ and ‘Collider’, its elements orbit expansively throughout nine compositions, around fathomless sub-booms, delicate white noise and distant fluctuations. A visual artist as well as musician, the album is accompanied by graphic notations which guide its acoustic movements according to his philosophy: with his sonic expressions mapping universes as intricate as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and with the the acute detail of cellular micrography / Meanwhile, as part of an artistic generation operating transitionally between disciplines, the chords and rhythms he designs for a stage performance are closely entwined with his own research - of the impact of sound on the human body, of cosmology or of quantum physics. In spite of its monolithic beauty, in revealing the imaginative aspects which essentially determine facts of our nature, the music of Alva Noto becomes highly moving - in the corporeal and the incalculable expanses we're still to navigate

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  • Mecanica Popular : ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • A cultishly coveted slab of freeform new wave dance/tape music from 1984 Madrid, Spain, re-released by Wah Wah edition which is the first ever vinyl reissue of this legendary LP reproducing the original gimmick cover, with sound mastered from the original tapes by Eugenio Muñoz, and featuring an insert with photos and info / Notable not only for including Beppe Loda’s Typhoon favourite, La Edad Del Bronce – which sounds uncannily like a cut from Craig Leon’s Nommos – this album also features the beguiling concrète funk of ‘Galilea: Centro De Datos’, which, by any measure bears a striking, prototypical resemblance to Photek’s Ni – Ten – Ichi – Ryu and has become something of an oft-asked about staple in DeadCert’s polysemous, polymetric DJ sets / Founded in 1978, Mecánica Popular was the brainchild of Luis Delgado (also a member of Finis Africae) and Eugenio Muñoz, conceived and nurtured during after-hours sessions in Madrid’s RCA studios exclusively using tape loops only – no samples involved. They did however, use an innovative set-up including a Polaroid 600 camera, an Eventide H910 Harmonizer, and the Arp Odyssey, all fed thru a matrix of FX, to make a wonky, clanking sound that could be happily compared with the output of Conrad Schnitzler, Chris Carter, Jon Hassell, or Kerry Leimer during that fertile early ’80s era

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

  • Repress. Glass is a recording of an inspired live improvisation by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto at the architect Philip Johnson's hallowed Glass House, in the bucolic setting of New Canaan, Connecticut. The structure's transparency and seamless continuity with nature was given another dimension by the addition of this performance, whereby the building, location and audio coalesced into one perfect, harmonious whole / Stylish, stunning and elegantly minimal, the duo's architectural sound design evokes and synergizes with the space creatively, acoustically and literally - by using the building's fabric as an instrument. This is the sound of glass and of glistening condensation. Pristinely fresh audio stratus float amorphously by, unfurling from a meditative calm into an evocation of sparkling wonder, like a baby observing raindrops on a nocturnal window for the first time

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  • Alva Noto : Xerrox Vol. 4 - CD (Noton, 2020)

  • The Xerrox series is one of the jewels of Alva Noto’s vaunted and extensive discography. Much like William Basinski’s famous Disintegration Loops, the Xerrox releases find Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) copying and re-copying samples until they have morphed into something entirely different. Basinski used this method to create ghostly ambiences, and there are similar sounds to be found across Xerrox Vol. 4. A few of the cuts are built around similarly beatific fugs, though in Nicolai’s hands these are laced with sparse synth lines and little flushes of bass / Nicolai also varies the theme throughout the record. The tracks at the beginning of the album appear to have been treated a little more heavily than those later on - their textures are refined in a way that makes one think of Alva Noto’s beautiful cover of The Cure’s ‘A Forest’, while the glitchy processing that ruffles the corners of some numbers has a faint whiff of Oval about it. As the album wears on we also find some more fractured sounds being introduced here, with static crackles and pensive, almost industrial murmurs freighting the dreamscapes Nicolai delivers / The fourth instalment of Alva Noto’s Xerrox series once again finds the artist creating a set of perfectly imperfect copies

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  • Lion's Drum : La Batterie - 2xLP (CockTail d'Amore Music, 2022)

  • Lion's Drums full length exists as en exploration in multiple dimensions. First by challenging the notion of the album format by presenting a body of work that lies snuggly between remixes, edits and original works and secondly as a means to delve into the transcendent potential of the drum. The album sets the tone by putting these two concepts fully on display with its hypnotic chant, swaying one into ease over the first two songs / In orderly cue folding and unfolding, meditatively through, melodies as muddied pastelle whispers cast over the measured language of the drum. Breaking away from the musing themes of the opening songs we find an ecstatic ritual in "Tanz der Korperlinge" and "Journey to Middle Earth", two distinct varieties but both of the same perennial species. Inky ether seeps back in through the second half of the album with a peak of frenzied tumbling toms and incongruous textures hovering above in the Manos Tsangaris' collaboration "Crying Tafel" and his re-imagining of Tullio De Piscopo's unhinged drum excursion "Fastness" / The closing exemplifies the edit/remix/original ethos proposed for this work with Lions Drums drawing from tapes and original material of electronic pioneers Suzanne Ciani and Roberto Musci. Drawing from unreleased music and song sketches by the original artists as well as field recordings from travels & studio sessions made by Roberto Musci & Manos Tsangaris in the 80's and early 90's he constructs a side winding journey through playful textures and ethereal moods

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  • Steve Reich : Four Organs - Phase Patterns - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2016)

  • Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music. Though he studied at the prestigious arts institutions Julliard and Mills College, by the mid-1960s Reich set about dismantling the very orthodoxy that he had been trained in. Forming a new musical language based on repetitive processes, Reich became established as part of the so-called “Big Four” of New York minimalists (along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass) / Reich’s influence can easily be seen today in both the classical world and contemporary pop music. “Four Organs” is the ultimate minimalist composition. Performed by Reich, Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers, four identical Farfisa organs strike a single chord and gradually lengthen each note to produce polyrhythms between the players. Anchored by Jon Gibson’s stoically-steady pulse on maracas, the piece deconstructs its opening burst to a sustained mass of sound – stretching the tones to create (in Reich’s words) “slow-motion music.” Inspired by Reich’s early training on drums, “Phase Patterns” treats the keyboards like tuned percussion instruments: a basic rhythm pattern is played in unison and almost imperceptibly increases tempo to move out-of-sync / Each progressive cycle emphasizes unique figures that are not generated by an individual alone, but rather emerge from the communal expression of the group. Originally released on Shandar in 1971, Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years. This first-time vinyl reissue features cover photography by artist Michael Snow and is recommended for fans of Neu!, Glenn Branca and Tim Hecker

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  • Bizarre Ko.Ko.Ko. : 00 Time - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Released on Karl Kronfeld's Synoptik Records, it was the label's only release, thus becoming a rare, sought after, private pressing. Weird, intriguing atmospheres and a plethora of synthesized sounds, sequencers, cold sounding keyboards and even mellotron parts make this a darker offering than Aphorisms Insane. Venturing into stark, spooky post-industrial territories it manages to combine the primitive cosmicism of early Tangerine Dream with the dystopic sound-scapes of Asmus Tietchens, 80's Conrad Schnitzler or the synthetic gothicisms of Peter Frohmader. An album that should appeal  not only to fans of cosmic synthetic music, but also those interested in the more experimental strains of cold wave & minimal synth (Robert Rental, Dome, a.o.) / The Wah Wah edition is the first ever reissue of this rare sought after collector's item. 100% analogue lacquer cut direct from the original master tape by Moritz illner @ Duophonic Gmbh  and reproducing the original Dalí-esque sleeve artwork

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  • Cyclo. : – . - CD (p*dis, 2017)

  • The cyclo. project was founded on the occasion of a new series of concerts by Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai in 1999 at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, Germany. Between 1999 and 2001, the two artists started exchanging files, and with the material collected composed a series of audio-works. Cyclo. sets a priority on the digital quality of the tracks. Selective use of automated processes like the overlapping of loops, their falsification through wrong calculation or incorrect condensation algorithms, errors, and their translation into rudimentary rhythmic constellations constitute the core concept of this first collaborative release

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  • Alva Noto : Unieqav - CD (Noton, 2018)

  • Unieqav is the ninth solo studio album by German electronic artist Alva Noto. The record was released in 2018 as part of the Uni series – an outlet for his more rhythmic and dancefloor-oriented work. The Uni series began when Alva Noto was booked to play live at the club UNIT in Tokyo, and had to adapt his sound accordingly for that environment / Unieqav is a continuation and development of the concept of Alva Noto’s ‘Unitxt’ and ‘Univrs’ albums, and completes the third part in the trilogy, whereby each record is both unique and part of the bigger picture. This is also mirrored in the artwork for each, which when combined form a triptych spelling ‘Uni’. Described by Carsten as “sonically representing an underwater dive”, the gleaming Unieqav brings as usual an inherent artistic, conceptual and scientific depth. Mathematics, data, unit systems, grids, rhythms, codes, text, language, spoken word, DNA, science technology and nature are all utilised, for both inspiration and execution / As with the last two Uni releases, the French sound poet Anne-James Chaton collaborates here, on ‘Uni Dna’. Where on previous records Chaton first provided a vocal track to which Nicolai composed, this time the duo flipped it; the poet wrote for an existing track, adding his unique vocal approach to recite amino acids that constitute the DNA molecule. Regarding Carsten’s interest in 3D sound design and building sonic spaces, Unieqav transports the listener to a modern, spacious and zen-like place for meditative movement. But conversely the album works equally well in a dark club – as for every glistening digital spark and simple, emotive melody – there’s a stealthy bassline, frenetic drum pattern and colossal low-end thump

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  • CoH : WYGG [While Your Guitar Gently] - CD (Noton, 2022)

  • Throughout his career, Stockholm-based sound artist and musician Ivan Pavlov has shown a relentless desire to map musical landscapes and sound qualities. A reference to The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps, WYGG takes back the ambitions of COH's previous album MUSIC VO to the electronic and digital domains. With prominent acoustic tones, WYGG ruminates on the tonal qualities of the guitar, resulting in a balanced combination of sonic, textural, and melodic explorations between acoustic and programmed sounds / The album opens with a sharp play of timbres and electronics, gradually taking the listener into an atmosphere that veers between jaunty, playful glitchy electronics and noise. Over nine compositions, COH's sonic detailing emerges as a form of pointillism made of infinitesimal variations and subtle rhythmic structures / There is a warm fragility throughout the album as the waves of acoustic harmony blend cunningly with the drifting plucks and shivery electronics. The two closing tracks conceived by COH as an extension of the album's sonic narrative flit between minimalism and abstract pop with vocal work from Pavlov and vocalist Ola. 'Bolero With Ola' offers an expressive dynamic with the female voice enacting a poem written by Pavlov. Conceived as a cover of Soft Cell's 1983 homonymous song, 'Heat' features COH's alias Frankie Gothard singing voice and carries the track into a soothing soundscape as he gently tones down Marc Almond's lyrics

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  • Angel Rada : Upadesa - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Ángel Rada is one of the most interesting music experimantalists of Venezuela. He started his career in the late 1960s as a member of The Gas Light, one of the big names on Venezuela's live circuit in the era, sharing the stages with other artists such as Apocalipsis, Un Dos Tres y Fuera, Vytas Brenner, Daniel Grau, Pablo Schneider, Miguel Ángel Fuster... Rada is one of the three basic artists who set an electronic music scene in Venezuela, along with Miguel Ángel Noya and Vinicio Adames / Rada had attended the Escuela Superior de Música José Ángel Lamas and then continued his studies in Germany, where he was impressed by krautrock music, especially by its more electronic side. He met Kraftwerk when they were recording at Kling Klang Studio, and also knew Klaus Schulze–who would become an example for him to to follow. This contact with the Kraut scene would be the biggest influence on his works from the 1970s, which would end synthesizing in Rada's first record: 1983's Upadesa, originally released on his own independent label Uranium Records. Since then he has released more than 20 albums up to date, making him one of the most prolific experimental musicians not only in his country but also in the whole world / Rada's aproach to electronic music is based in what he calls ethnosonic music. He is interested in the mixture of various styles which he filters through the use of technology, so in his electronic compositions one can hear echoes of ethnic sounds from all over the globe as well as some jazz influenced improvisation, ambient and synthesized sounds

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  • Mecanica Popular : Baku: 1922 - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Mecanica Popular was founded in 1980, by Luis Delgado and Eugenio Munoz. They were both sound technicians and worked together at RCA Studios in Madrid back in the days. The album ''Baku: 1922'' which was originally released in 1987 was a great follow up to their debut release Que Sucede Con El Tiempo? from 1984. It contains revised versions of the previous released tracks La Edad Del Bronze and Daguerrotipo. The album title refers to the monumental concert from 1922 in the capital of Azerbaijan. Baku: 1922 is a legendary industrial record from these two spanish electronic experimentalists. Great mechanic rythmic workouts and weird atmospheres all over / The Wah Wah edition has been mastered from the original tapes by Eugenio Muñoz, reproduces the original sleeve artwork and and features an insert with photos and info

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  • Klaus Weiss Rhythm & Sounds : Sound Inventions - LP (Be With, Selected Sound, 2022)

  • The second Be With foray into the archives of revered German library institution Selected Sound is one of our favourites, Sound Inventions from Klaus Weiss Rhythm And Sounds, originally released in 1979 / From the notoriously strong mind of Niagara drummer / library-funk overlord Klaus Weiss, Sound Inventions is loaded with tripped out studio funk-freakery, mad samples and swaggering abstract funk grooves. From dramatic deep disco with dark Italo/Moroder leanings to heavy German funk breaks, this is absolutely sensational. Absolute synth-and-string-drenched magic / This re-issue of Sound Inventions has been mastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis from audio from the original tapes. Richard Robinson has handled reproducing the glossy metallic (iconic) original Selected Sound sleeve. Essential

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  • Iury Lech : Música Para El Fin De Los Cantos - LP (Wah Wah, 2022)

  • Iury Lech is a transdisciplinary artist part of the few pioneers in the Spanish electronic and digital audio-visual scene that began to develop during the 80‘s. His open and unclassifiable style made of eerie sonic atmospheres, arrhythmic structures and dense textures create hypnotic ambiance and a new way to conceive experimentalism / Wrongly described as New Age music at that time, “Música para el fin de los cantos” is a stunning and deeply emotive ambient work, that stares down at the eternal enigma, giving a glimpse of Iury Lech’s classical music of the future. Iury recorded this blissful masterpiece in his Barcelona’s studio in 1989. It was then published in 1990 by the unique Spanish label Hyades Arts / It’s 2022 and it’s time to unearth this magical piece of vibrating chords to please your sensitive yet hungry ears. Sit back and enjoy the meditative state

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  • Steve Potts, Jobic Le Masson : Live at Console - LP (Joma, 2022)

  • The paths of Steve Potts and Jobic Le Masson have crossed frequently since the beginning of the 21st century, through collabo rations with many artists. They have performed together regularly for the past ten years, namely in a quartet with John Betsch and Peter Giron. The album “Song”, released on the Enja label in 2016, offers a document of the current career of the quartet. “Indispensable” in Jazz News and Jazz Hot, “Oui!” for Culture Jazz, **** for Jazz Magazine… / The lockdown was an advantageous opportunity for the duo to make researches “like two scientists looking for a cure”. They concentrated themselves on developing a common language open to free improvisation and new compositions. The album “Live at Console”, recorded during the concert at the end of the rehearsals, demonstrates ample evidence of their incredible intimacy and complicity. “Magic piano accents, modal escapades led by a percussive drive, the pianist comes from a tradition not often evoked: from Thelonious Monk to Cecil Taylor via Mal Waldron or Andrew Hill.” Jobic Le Masson, by Thierry Lepin in Jazzman “The saxophone playing of Steve Potts reveals and brings together many years of jazz history.” Jazz Trotter, France Musique

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  • François Tusques : Piano Dazibao - LP (Souffle Continu, 2022)

  • Carefully remastered from the master tapes, heavyweight 180 gr. LP 425 gsm brownboard outer sleeve. To avoid the “Quésaco?” on the sleeve of Piano Dazibao, François Tusques explains everything: A wall mural on which the Red Guard expressed their opinions during the Chinese proletarian cultural revolution. So much for the “Dazibao”, very good; but the piano in all that? / The piano, François Tusques was self-taught and his work was influenced by Jelly Roll Morton and Earl Hines before discovering Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and then… free jazz. In Paris in 1965, Tusques mixed with Michel Portal, François Jeanneau, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Aldo Romano or Jacques Thollot. He also met Don Cherry and above all recorded, with other like-minded Frenchmen (Portal and Jeanneau alongside Bernard Vitet, Beb Guérin and Charles Saudrais), the first album of free jazz in France, named… Free Jazz / In 1967, Tusques again served up Le Nouveau Jazz, this time in the company of Barney Wilen (and Guérin, Jenny-Clark, Romano). Three years later his thirst for freedom led him to isolation; between May and September 1970, the pianist recorded, at his home, the first of two albums that he would release on Futura Records: Piano Dazibao and Dazibao N°2. Under the influence of Mao and Lewis Carroll, the free spirit roamed and composed seven tracks which are not so much free as libertarian. As an homage to some friends (Don Cherry, Sunny Murray, Archie Shepp, Clifford Thornton but also Colette Magny, Michel Le Bris or the Théâtre du Chêne Noir), the pianist played cascading bouquets of notes, free-form wanderings, blues-ambushed dances, growls, discords, a fatal requiem… A cherished freedom, songs of hope and demands, François Tusques offers the most unrelenting of independent records

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  • François Tusques : Piano Dazibao n°2 - LP (Souffle Continu, 2022)

  • Carefully remastered from the master tapes, heavyweight 180 gr. LP 425 gsm brownboard outer sleeve. This was of course not the first time that François Tusques was a ‘headline act’. In 1965, he recorded, with other like minded Frenchmen (François Jeanneau, Michel Portal, Bernard Vitet, Beb Guérin and Charles Saudrais), the first album of free jazz in France, named… Free Jazz. In 1967, Tusques again served up Le Nouveau Jazz, in the company of Barney Wilen (and Beb Guérin, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, and Aldo Romano) / Three years later, between May and September 1970, the pianist recorded, at his home, Piano Dazibao, an album on which he multiplied joyful escapades as a critical iconoclast. The following year Tusques recorded Dazibao N°2, which shows him as an incisive commentator of his times Following in the footsteps of Don Cherry, who he had met a few years earlier in Paris, Tusques made a plea for “friendship between all the peoples of the world” to the sound of Universalist hymns which transported us from Africa to Asia. But it is really a song to America, evoking the assassination of the activist George Jackson and the mutiny in Attica prison, before covering “Seize the Time” by Elaine Brown – three years after the release of Dazibao N°2, she became the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party / The turmoil of Piano Dazibao, was opposed, on Dazibao N°2, by long, labyrinthine tracks with alternating discords and repetitions. Often using prepared piano, Tusques was more percussive (even heady) than ever, exposing a melody with solid hammer strikes or painting an image which radiated peace in spite of the storms. Piano Dazibao and Dazibao N°2 thus form the two sides of one coin, which displays the effigy of François Tusques, an international national monument!

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  • Metgumbnerbone : Out Of The Ground - CD (Private, 2022)

  • Time for your booster! / Comes in limited digipack. More childish theatricals from everybody's favourite 'bone heads. Comprising seven previously unreleased subterranean events. Out of The Ground

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  • Museos De La Bomba E Soledad : Revolutionary List (4): Venice Biennale - 2xMC Box (purge.xxx, 2021)

  • Numbered + handmade in an edition of 23 copies only with on-body screen print and eco-x slip; each copy contains a riso-printed cigarette card with Air-Conditioned by Stanley Schtinter; no digital / Following the enormous success of the Revolutionary List at Glastonbury Festival in 2020 (purrrrrj004), the Museos Bomba and Soledad convened in Venice on April 23 in 2021, attending to each and every participating artist in the Biennale’s history. This double cassette release covers all of the names beginning with “A” and the sound of ‘the distant pipes’

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  • New Noveta, Vindicatrix : Room Sound - LP (Purge, 2022)

  • Numbered + handmade in an edition of 250 copies; 180gr vinyl in custom-made screen-printed outer (sealed), containing two risograph inserts with original writing by Sophie Sleigh-Johnson / Room Sound is the first release by musician and producer Vindicatrix and artists New Noveta, drawing on their extensive collaborations in performance and intervention

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  • Boy 8 South East London : The Communist Manifesto - 2xMC Box (purge.xxx, 2021)

  • Numbered + handmade in an edition of 30 copies with on-body screen print and eco-x slip; each copy contains a riso-printed cigarette card with Marx bust by Louis Benassi / Released to mark the launch of Stanley Schtinter’s Important Books (or, Manifestos Read by Children) at Whitechapel Gallery in London, this double cassette release contains The Communist Manifesto read in full by an 8-year-old boy from South East London

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  • Af Ursin : Trois Mémoires Discrètes - LP (La Scie Dorée, 2022)

  • Reissue of deleted LP from 2012, remastered at Kulta Saha 2021. Three introspective instrumental compositions for English horn, flute, percussion, double bass, Hammond organ. Performed, recorded and mixed by Timo van Luijk during 2010-2012

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  • Jan Bruyndonckx : Rails and Other Tracks - LP (Metaphon, 2022)

  • First ever release of concrete and electronic collage works by Belgian underground sound explorer Jan Bruyndonckx. This album contains autonomous compositions, music for film and documentary; all independently recorded in his private studio between 1958 and 1965. A small collection of adventurous and mysterious sound evocations with text/poetry (Paul De Vree) recited by Julien Schoenaerts

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  • Ruben Machtelinckx, Arve Henriksen : A Short Story - LP (Aspen Edities, 2022)

  • For almost ten years, Ruben Machtelinckx has followed an extraordinary path in Belgian and European improvised music. As a guitarist, but equally as a composer. It began in 2013, when the quartet Machtelinckx/Badenhorst/Jensson/Wouters released their debut, ‘Faerge’. The album was praised by international press and was listed ‘Best Belgian jazz release’ by KNACK magazine. In 2020 he won the Klara Award for Best Belgian Jazz release for his latest record: Porous Structures (Aspen 009). In between were collaborations with Øyvind Skarbø, Nils Økland, Niels Van Heertum, Ingar Zach. Duos seem to suit gitarist Ruben Machtelinckx well: an interplay between two individuals / After projects with Thomas Jillings (Linus), Karl Van Deun and Frederik Leroux (Poor Isa, Aspen 007), there is now a project with Norwegian brass player Arve Henriksen. Arve Henriksen is one of the world’s gentlest, sweetest and purest trumpet players. He has released more than a dozen albums under his own name, mostly with the exceptional label Rune Grammofon. He has been part of projects by Christian Wallumrød, Trygve Seim and Trio Mediæval, among others, which found a home at ECM. He is also a member of the avant-garde quartet Supersilent / Guitar and trumpet. Trumpet and guitar. The pawns on the board are few in number and modest in decoration. Again, Machtelinckx opts for the purely acoustic. Including improvisations that are everything but hermetic, with special guitar tunings and a focus on texture experiments. And including eight vintage Machtelinckx compositions, with singable melodies and strong harmonies. A short story is a meeting of two gentle musicians from which nothing but quiet music can emerge, so straightforward that it hurts a little. The album is testimony of the very first time they met and the tension that comes with it. The artwork was made especially for the album by Jockum Nordström

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  • Frederik Leroux, Frans Van Isacker, Kris Vanderstraeten : Als Ik Niets Meer Van De Kano Zie - LP (Aspen Edities, 2022)

  • Since 2014, guitarist Frederik Leroux and percussionist Kris Vanderstraeten have formed a remarkable duo. Averse to strategy and free from the center and that's how it sounds. In 2018, 'without webs' (Aspen 004) was released and with that they embarked on the path of free improvisation, packed with bitter humour, playful seriousness and experimental frivolity. For the successor, they have found a natural ally that turns the tandem into a tricycle. Reed player Frans Van Isacker expands the sound palette and timbre of the same musical microworld / This album sounds democratic and bold. Bold, because every musician is free to use conventional or alternative playing techniques by using all kinds of objects to scratch, pluck, strike, hit. Democratic, because the instruments have no prescribed role. Any musician can speak up or hold back, and everything in between. The individual expressions are regularly indistinguishable in the texture and movement of the collective. The dynamic, contrasting maneuvers that typified 'without webs' give way to control, delineation and precision on this album. Between observation and action, the musicians knead the music that nevertheless continues to progress

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  • Elin Már Øyen Vister : Soundscape Røst – Spaces and Species Vol I - LP (Gruenrekorder, 2021)

  • Soundscape Røst-Spaces and Species Vol I is a unique collection of field recordings and soundscapes, from the Røst archipelago – 100 km into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Nordland (NO/Sápmi). The album is a careful edited selection of hours and hours of sound material listened to and recorded between 2010 and 2011 / The listener will experience a multitude of nature and sea-bird voices/spaces and acoustic moments, spanning from booming roars to the faintest of hums. You can listen to the song of the multitude of pelagic seabirds breeding in the Røst archipelago and the Nykan nature-reserve and the acoustic moments in time of their ocean-and land spaces they spend their time in every spring and summer, mating, breeding their chicks, socializing and coming and goings searching for food.The lowfrequenzy grunts of the Razor Bill, the song of the last Kittiwakes of Vedøya, the swarming of hundreds of Puffin wings and their ancient cowlike song and grunts in their nests in Hernyken nature reserve, The Eiders of Kårøysundet an early winter-spring morning and the sounds of the ebb and flow on the Northside of Røstlandet are amongst the soundscapes on Vol 1

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  • 11min : Snow - LP (Weather Music, 2019)

  • Seoul based duo 11min is an instrumental unit, 11 (Jiyeon Kim) – pianist/composer/sound artist and min (Sangyong Min) – drummer/sound engineer/producer. Their music has been described as minimalistic-acoustica but they draw equally on jazz, ambient, and glitchy-electronica

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  • Philip Jeck : Vinyl Coda I-II - 2xLP (God Records, 2016)

  • Philip Jeck works as a composer, multi-media artist, choreographer, but above all, he is most well-known as a turntable manipulator. At the end of '90s, he produced something which later would be considered a cult piece - his four part masterpiece Vinyl Coda. It is probably his most important work and the peak of his art; it defines not only his musical language, but also the entire turntable culture, as well as the deconstruction of vinyl. The work is nothing less than a powerful lo-fi symphony which, through magical looping, allows the listener to hear things they otherwise wouldn't hear

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  • Morton Feldman : For Bunita Marcus (Performed By Lanio Liatsou) - 12" (God Records, 2014)

  • Single sided 12" / In the 1980's, Morton Feldman composed two large-sized pieces for his favourite instrument, the piano. Both pieces, Triadic Memories (1981) and For Bunita Marcus (1985), clock in at about 90 minutes. Both compositions are excellent examples of the group of works that they belong to: Triadic Memories demonstrates the complexity and tonal opulence of Feldman’s pattern compositions from 1977 through 1983, whereas For Bunita Marcus shows the stripped-down, almost dismissive structures of his last works created from 1984 to 1987. Feldman himself described For Bunita Marcus as a piece in which he “seriously grappled with the idea of meter”

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  • Philip Jeck : Vinyl Coda III-IV - 2xLP (God Records, 2018)

  • "In his hands, a tool as simple as a hammer that blocks the arm of the record player creates a loop with a taste of eternity. Two or three such hammers can create musical galaxies far beyond the reach of traditional instruments, where no human ear has ever been before. From unidentifiable rumble and grinding to brilliant instrument-snippets and comical voice fragments / Philip Jeck glues sounds together as if they where never meant to exist on their own. Whether it be Pachelbel's Canon or some mid-90s dance music that's on Philip's vinyl, but what we hear in the Vinyl Coda is his very unique musical voice – articulated with a perfect sense for structure, suspense and sound." - dieb13

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  • Gothenburg Sound Workshop : Gothenburg Sound Workshop - 2xCD (Discreet Music, 2022)

  • Six-panel digipack. New 50-minute opus from Gothenburg Sound Workshop. Imagine a handcuffed Terry Riley driving a ice cream truck down in the Göta Älv. The second disc compiles both Förlag För Fri Musik albums (released in small vinyl editions in 2020 and 2021 respectively). Together the three albums creates a massive trilogy of stripped down, melancholic and introspective synth minimalism

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  • Teahouse Radio : Her Quiet Garden - 2xLP (Vrystaete, 2022)

  • Screen printed artwork + 50 copies risograph printed artwork, 4 risograph printed inserts, hand numbered.ehind Teahouse Radio is Pär Boström. A Swedish ambient musician, visual artist, label/publishing house owner. Together with his sister (also musical partner in crime) he runs the label/publishing house Hypnagoga Press. Most of his music projects are released on this label. But his work has also already found its way to well known labels such as Cyclic Law and Cryo Chamber / Teahouse Radio is one of the many projects by Pär Boström and most lo-fi and to my ears the most melancholy and thus fitting Vrystaete very well. In 2018 the debut album (and only album so far) “Her Quiet Garden” was released on CD in an edition of 100 copies on Hypnagoga Press / This 2LP vinyl edition of “Her Quiet Garden” captures the delicate, fragile and minimalist soundscapes very well and features three additional pieces from the same sessions which were never released before. Expect acoustic instruments that are blended with electronic equipment, forming a sombre ambient music of tinkling tape loops and humming pedal drones, like Gurdjieff meets Eno in some sort of way. And it is also a very personal album and any listener who sits back and pays true attention will witness and experience this

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  • IYv : Upes - LP (Vrystaete, 2022)

  • Screen printed artwork, hand numbered, 75 copies on brown paper, 75 copies on grey paper + 50 copies risograph printed artwork / IYv is a project by Vytenis (Skeldos) and Inga (Rukana) from Lithuania and “Upes” (meaning “Rivers”) was released by themselves in 2017 in a small edition of 72 copies. While Skeldos is more towards the dark ambient sort of thing with hints of (post-)industrial music, IYv is much more on the melancholy side of things, accordion, electronica and Lithuanian vocals make up for a beautiful post-folklore album. The musicians themselves described the album in a perfect way so I will not try myself to capture the mood and spirit of the music: / “Upes” is an album about travelling. About the hearing of birds, close to the rock chains, which twists on the surface of mountains, through marks of our memory just like the rivers. The album was recorded in seclusion: in a log barn and wooden summerhouse. It’s decorated with deliberately left spontaneous inaccuracies and coherent crookedness. Nostalgic loops of ambient music tells a natural story about the composers: approaching gritty earth, enjoying crackling fire in the night, enduring live rain and swimming through the river streams

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  • Julius Eastman : Two Extended Pieces for Four Pianos - 2xLP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Red vinyl. Four Pianos (1979-80): It is recognized today that these tutelary pieces for four pianos are among the most powerful in contemporary music, their impact is almost unparalleled. After the historical version recorded forty years ago, this one, featuring four of the greatest European performers, is now regaining its full power. High level recordings too. Red vinyl; includes color insert. Julius Eastman: There was some for John Cage, then came Christian Wolff, and finally Morton Feldman, from this school in New York. Only Julius Eastman remained outside the game, the last figure, the most solitary and enigmatic - undoubtedly also one of the most powerful, and it is this power that is revealed through these recordings / In the 1970s and 1980s, Eastman was one of the very few African-Americans to gain recognition in the New York avant-garde music scene. He was politically committed, a figure of queer culture and a solar and solitary poet whose melancholy influenced his genius as well as his tragic destiny: suffering from various addictions, declared missing, actually homeless. During Winter of 1981-82, he got deported from his apartment by the police, who destroyed most of what he owned – including scores and recordings. He was found dead in 1990, on the streets of Buffalo, after years of vagrancy. The Performers: Nicolas Horvath, pianist and electroacoustic composer; Melaine Dalibert, a French composer and pianist; Stephane Ginsburgh, a tireless surveyor of the repertoire but also explorer of new music; Wilhem Latchoumia, embraces both new music and the classical repertoire with success and charisma

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  • Carl Michael Von Hausswolff : Conductor / Life and Death of Pboc - LP (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • Two rare historical recordings (1983 and 1986) originally released as single sides and gathered here for the first time. Carl Michael von Hausswolff on the pieces: “‘Conductor’ might be my favorite composition and ‘Life and Death of Pboc’ might be my most sincere. ‘Conductor’ was my first composed piece with no obvious reference points . . . ‘Life and Death of Pboc’ was the second. These two compositions gave me the title Godfather of Dark Ambient.”

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  • Albert Van Abbe, Byetone : Dual - 10" (Raster, 2022)

  • Comes in handmade black blind-embossed cardboard jacket, black inner sleeve with art print / Dutch sound artist Albert Van Abbe now joins the Raster family, with an unexpected collaboration with founder Olaf Bender aka Byetone titled « Dual ». Having spent time working side by side in ’s-Hertogenbosch at the Willem Twee studio, the result of their collaboration is both smooth and haptic, rounding out as an expressive camaraderie between the two veteran producers. jovial and innocent, « Dual » alludes to the experimental research process of finding common ground. fully embracing the haphazard richness of live recordings, the result is a remarkable fusion of contrasting outputs; intricate collaborative efforts and byproducts woven together with an eager indifference towards expectation / The artists embrace a skewed navigation through pronounced highlights, intricate lulls and moments of temporal stasis, intermittently punctuated as a means of intentionally avoiding notions of rigid perfection. with ‘real-time’ approach directing DUAL’s creation, the pair effectively shies away from any meticulous planning, and the music runs free and negates any rigid parameters one might have expected. quirky titles exude the collaged form of the release, and underline its innocent charm. as a whole, « Dual » focuses on the creative process and fully engages listeners with its own dialogue, though it is very outspoken, at times even abrasive

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  • Club Moral : To All Who Are Interested - LP (Aussaat, 2022)

  • Reissue of this classic belgian industrial from 1989. Manic, raw, mechanical, atonal, angry, dissonant, noisy, misanthropic, anxious, surreal, dark, violent, disturbing. This is the long overdue reissue of the highly sought after and legendary Club Moral LP, first released in 1989 (Cthulhu Records). Active since 1981, this unique album was actually the Belgian band's first vinyl release after a dozen or so cassettes on labels such as Staaltape, Zwijntape, and their own Club Moral imprint. An Industrial masterpiece containing some of their all-times hits

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  • Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi : Each side has a depth of 5 seconds A polka dot pattern in horizontal array A flickering that moves vertically - LP (Black Truffle, 2021)

  • The trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi return to Black Truffle with their 10th release, recorded live in Tokyo in February, 2017. While many of the trio’s recent works have seen them focussing primarily on their core guitar/bass/drums power trio format, on Each side has a depth of 5 seconds A polka dot pattern in horizontal array A flickering that moves vertically these three multi-instrumentalists strike into new territory, utilising an almost entirely electronic set-up, with Haino on electronics, drum machine and suona (a Chinese double-reed horn), O’Rourke on synth, and Ambarchi on pedal steel and electronics / Dedicated to the memory of legendary Tokyo underground figure Hideo Ikeezumi, founder of PSF Records and the Modern Music shop and a long-term collaborator with Haino. Containing some of the most abstract music the trio have waxed since their very first collaboration over a decade ago (Tima Formosa, BT04), this new missive from underground experimental music’s preeminent power trio shows them restless and risk-taking, clearly enjoying their remarkable improvisational chemistry while also continuing to push themselves into new directions / Presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with artwork and design by Lasse Marhaug and an inner sleeve with live pics by Ujin Matsuo

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  • Alvin Curran : Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri - LP (Black Truffle, 2021)

  • First vinyl reissue after 43 years! Black Truffle is pleased to announce the first-ever official vinyl reissue of Alvin Curran’s classic Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri, originally issued in 1978 on Ananda. Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri was the second in the series of four solo recordings Alvin Curran issued in the 1970s and early 1980s, preceded by Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden (1975), followed by The Works (1980) and Canti Illuminati (1982) / Each of these solo works combines field recordings with performances on synthesiser, various acoustic instruments, and voice, arranged in languorously paced, dreamy sequences. A subtle yet stunning work that more than forty years on still seems charged with possibility, Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri arrives in a loving reproduction of the original sleeve, featuring Edith Schloss’ beautiful cover painting, remastered audio and with new liner notes by Alvin Curran and Francis Plagne / The purring of a cat, toy piano, a child counting, plaintive synthesiser tones, the cacophony of exotic birds at the London Zoo – each disappears into the next, until, on the LP’s second side, a solo piano performance takes centre stage, moving unexpectedly from percussive minimalist permutations to a halting rendition of Georgia on My Mind

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  • Harold Budd : The Pavilion Of Dreams - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2022)

  • For five decades, Harold Budd stood on the forefront of the West Coast avant-garde. Born in Los Angeles, he studied with Schoenberg-pupil Gerald Strang and began teaching at CalArts in 1970. While searching for his own voice, he was influenced as much by abstract expressionist painters as by John Cage and Morton Feldman. In his work, Budd brought delicate, slowing-moving melodies to the foreground – creating a new musical language based on "eternally pretty music" and smooth surfaces / In the early '70s, Budd started an extended cycle of compositions that would comprise The Pavilion Of Dreams. For Budd, the album was a signpost for a new direction in thinking about music: "The Pavilion Of Dreams erased my past. I consider that to be the birth of myself as a serious artist. It was like my Magna Carta." / Produced by Brian Eno in 1978, The Pavilion Of Dreams stands toe-to-toe with another minimalist masterpiece also released that year, Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians. Budd's gorgeous pieces reveal a lightness of touch that draws the listener in, while sublime voices float in and out as if in a recurring dream. Featuring saxophonist Marion Brown and multi-instrumentalists Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman, The Pavilion Of Dreams remains a master class in exquisite timbre and shimmering texture. The Pavilion Of Dreams was both the final release on Eno's Obscure imprint and a transition point towards his seminal ambient series. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jon Hassell and Mark Hollis

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  • Beispiel : Muster - LP (Faitiche, 2022)

  • Faitiche presents Beispiel (German for example, also suggests playing together), a joint project by Frank Bretschneider and Jan Jelinek. Muster is their first album. Free electronic music, the result of spontaneous improvisations. “Meaning” is a concept that is overused in connection with music. Muster does not call for the same kind of air quotes. With its title, German for patterns/exemplars, Beispiel’s album frees itself from the ballast of teleological semantics. There is no overarching theme, no preparation, no reading list, no reason for this music. Just two facts: Frank Bretschneider and Jan Jelinek have known each other a long time and appreciate each other’s work; and they share a love of modular synthesizers and of experimental set-ups designed to capture surprise / Bretschneider and Jelinek got together for their first joint session in 2016 and the years that followed brought more such meetings at Jelinek’s studio for open-ended musical dialog – at irregular intervals and with no clear objective. The improvisations were recorded in two stereo tracks: one track for Bretschneider’s audio, one for Jelinek’s. After each session, the recordings were processed separately, the options essentially limited to cutting and altering the frequency range. The nine pieces for Muster were selected from the resulting material. This approach reflects an ideal: music is when you play your first note without knowing what the third or fourth will sound like / When your 290th note still sees you leaving the beaten track, and when curiosity grows as the piece unfolds. Duping is part of Beispiel’s practice. Improvisation is about disagreement. It’s a matter of addressing the right issues. What’s happening here? What’s mine, what’s yours? Are “why” and “where next” legitimate questions? Muster is an exemplary work. Nine suggestions for what can be. Nine ideas for possibilities of listening

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  • Various Artists : Epiphanies - 2xLP (Hallow Ground, 2022)

  • White vinyl housed in a spot varnish sleeve. On Epiphanies, the first-ever "concept-compilation" to be released by Hallow Ground, artists such as Maria W Horn, FUJI||||||||||TA, Lawrence English, Siavash Amini and Norman Westberg, who all have previously released music on the Swiss label, were commissioned to pursue a non-rational creative process in approaching the phenomenon of epiphany through sound. In very different ways, all of the compositions on the compilation draw on the unique emotional powers of certain acoustic instruments, obfuscating the borders between physicality and abstraction / The results, whether long-form, short vignettes, profane and concrete sounds or spiritual and abstract pieces, perfectly encapsulate what Hallow Ground as a label has stood for since its inception in the year 2013: challenging not only conventional notions of what music is supposed to sound like but also the listeners’ perception through the power of sound. On Epiphanies, Hallow Ground also welcomes artists including Magda Drozd, Akira Sileas and Valentina Magaletti to make their first ever contributions to the label

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  • Crys Cole : A Piece Of Work - LP (Second Editions, 2022)

  • In A Piece Of Work, concrete composer crys cole takes us on a journey through those inbetween places. Fragments collected over time in Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, Winnipeg, Melbourne and Lisbon were later arranged and assembled into an invented space, a story arc, a freeform poem. cole's work is one of dynamics and proximity, of complexity and sensitivity. One that embraces both montage and movement. – Second Editions

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  • Vladislav Delay : Anima - 2xLP (Keplar, 2022)

  • Stunning ambient album gets first time vinyl repress since its original 2001 release on Mille Plateaux! 2LP Incl. black poly-lined inners, comes with download code / 2001’s »Anima« was the third album released by Sasu Ripatti under his Vladislav Delay moniker and marked a turning point in the stylistic development of the prolific producer. Clocking in at roughly 62 minutes, the single piece draws on dub aesthetics while working with Musique concrète-like methods through the liberal use of samples to create a dreamlike logic / Muffled voices, lush chords, subtle rhythms and indefinable sound events are not so much integrated into a composition with a predetermined outcome but rather engage with each other freely in a constant sonic flow, forming constellations in one moment before moving on to connect with other elements in the next one. »Anima« marked the first time Ripatti was using a DAW in his working process, creating a piece constantly in motion that subtly evolves over time. This vinyl reissue on the German Keplar label follows up on the 20th anniversary edition of 2000’s »Multila« and will be complemented by a ten-minute long version of the original piece, previously only available on the CD version released by the artist on his own Huume label in 2008

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  • Stars Of The Lid : Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline - 3xLP (Kranky, 2015)

  • Painstakingly recorded, processed and assembled over five years, SOTL once again delivered a massive work filling two compact discs and three vinyl albums, clocking in at over two hours. While most albums of this length would be considered tedious at best, SOTL are arguably the only contemporary composers who can seemingly alter the time-space continuum simply through the playback of their organized sound. They take time itself and stretch, compress and turn it inside out, transforming what would otherwise be an arduous test of nerves into an interlude of half awake dreams that ends too soon / In this album, SOTL picks up where The Tired Sounds Of… left off with an emphasis on melodic development, moving their epic soundscapes beyond mere drone and subsequently frustrating all the typical ambient cliches associated with their music. Perhaps the best references for this current work would be found in the score to the film "Le Mepris" by Georges Delerue, the orchestral works of Zbigniew Preisner, or the 1958 CSO/ Fritz Reiner recording of Hovhaness’ Mysterious Mountain, specifically the third movement. But in the final analysis, such comparisons are superfluous at best, as Stars of the Lid have created a musical universe in which they are the sole inhabitant / Simply put, this album is a masterpiece. A landmark work for both the artist and the label, this was kranky's 100th release and SOTL's most refined example of their unique vision to date

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  • Stars Of The Lid : Gravitational Pull Vs The Desire For An Aquatic Life - LP (Kranky, 2018)

  • The release of Music For Nitrous Oxide, the 1995 debut by Stars Of The Lid, heralded a new strain of the American underground music scene, one born of the heat and humidity, boredom, and the insular, constipated, rock-ist music scene of Austin, Texas, home of the duo of Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. It was a muffled lashing out against surrounding musical conventions, a small middle finger to the local dominant “Americana” scene, but one that nobody could see outside the shack of a house in which they recorded or at their occasional sparsely populated live performances. It was as punk a move as anyone could make at that place and in that time. But, in a surprise to the two members of SOTL, people took notice, as related rumblings and grumblings were taking place simultaneously in other parts of the American landscape / Coming quickly on the heels of their debut was Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life, released one year later. This is a transitional release that travels from the scruffiness of the debut’s ambiance to more extended and subtle undulating tides of assembled sound, yet still dominated by processed guitars as the primary sound source. It also serves as an omen to the mini-orchestral works to come, beginning with the Avec Laudenum album a few years later. This is a small masterpiece

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  • Bene Gesserit : Fashion Is A Dirty Word - LP (Domani Sounds, 2022)

  • Domani Sounds is thrilled to announce their first release of the first official reissue of BeNe GeSSeRit's, Fashion Is A Dirty Word composed of Belgian legends Alain Neffe and Nadine Bal, originally released on Dave Henderson's Label, Dead Man's Curve in 1987. Somewhere somebody is dancing in black and white silence, crying to a thumping beat / The sound that is creeping up behind them is BeNe GeSSeRiT. The project of Belgian innovators and couple, Alain Neffe (who has been running cult label Insane Music for decades) and Nadine Bal, BeNe GeSSeRiT land equally between dance music, sound collage and digital séance. Beyond the countless alias' of the Neffe empire, Alain is credited to putting out bands such as Algebra Suicide, Merzbow, and others like those in his compilations, Insane Music for Insane People. Featuring some songs fueled by an 80s dance floor sensibility and others so far away and isolating they dare you to try to dance / Many of the tracks are so unrecognizable they don't register as songs, just flashes of sound accompanied by titles ripped right from the pages of a southern novel, and vocal performances just as haunting. Other GeSSeRiT releases have been previously released on Minimal Wave, Cherry Red, and Stroom, but Domani Sounds proudly presents Fashion is a Dirty Word as their debut release, reissued for the first time since its initial release on Dead Man's Curve in 1987. The sounds on Fashion is a Dirty Word still as foreign and captivating as they were then. Like a strange land slide into an indistinguishable future past, gathered here as one

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  • Grouper : Ruins - LP (Kranky, Yellow Electric, 2021)

  • Liz Harris wrote about the new album: Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. I’m still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time I’d sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasn’t recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village / The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in

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  • Pan American : For Waiting, For Chasing - LP (Kranky, 2010)

  • Only very few can tare the balance between acoustic and electronic sounds in a perfection comparable to the skills of Mark Nelson alias Pan American. This quality is even traceable back to For Waiting, For Chasing, an album originally released in 2006 by the small arts-music-publisher Mosz in Vienna. There’s only one thing even more impressive than Pan American’s technical skills: it’s how the musician from Richmond, Virginia, combines sounds and tunes to create a record that is incredibly unsentimental, yet could not be any more emotional / The fifth album of the former Labradford-combatant has a very personal approach since it deals with the subject of his partner’s pregnancy. For doing so, Mark Nelson used records from the doctor’s ultrasonic testing and heart beats of his unborn child, incorporating everything into the final compositions. The excitement, the insecurity and joy, the chaos of feelings concerning the experience – all that is detectable through out the whole album and thereby gets in line with Marc Leclair’s Music Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes, at least when it comes to content. Now, the Chicago-based label Kranky has re-released Pan American’s fifth album, this time it can even be purchased as a vinyl

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  • Gonçalo F. Cardoso : Impressões de Uma Ilha (Unguja) - CD (Edições CN, 2022)

  • Comes in gatefold digipack. This is a site-specific recording with a straightforward approach that i’ve grown to love in the works of Gonçalo Cardoso. With found sounds, sparse musics and field recordings Cardoso creates a world that on the one hand invokes a romantic Treasure Island. Yet on the other hand bringing into mind the writings of Victor Segalen / Indeed questions are raised. Yet emotions are shared / The artist acts both like the journalist and the aesthetic. Sometimes he just registers, as being the observer at the sideline. Sometimes he collages the material into novel soundscapes. The isle of Unguja is the main character on this album. While the shortwave radio becomes the symbol of the white man seeking truth and direction in the tropics. Its dial as a tool to reflect. And to express loss. Cardoso feeds the canon of modern day exotica, a purblind genre i usually very much dislike, yet it is clear to me that he mans his vehicle evading the trapdoors and potholes. This work is like photography. Snapshots in which we are able to meditate on the "unique/universal" process of a place

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  • De Fabriek : Blecheintopf - Music for Modern Art Exhibitions, Volume II - LP (Futura Resistenza, 2022)

  • De Fabriek (‘The Factory’) began in the late 1970s as a do-it-yourself music collective around Richard Van Dellen and Andries Eker in Zwolle, the Netherlands. First, they were inspired by Krautrock and related experimental music, later by industrial (noise) music. De Fabriek became a vital and highly productive part of the industrial music DIY cassette label culture of the 1980s and 1990s / Blecheintopf is one of De Fabriek's earliest releases. Initially self-published in an edition of 10 in 1982, it immediately reappeared in a larger edition on Nico Selen's cassette label New Bulwark Records. Nico, who originally lived in the eastern Dutch town Enschede, had joined De Fabriek for this album under the pseudonym Wolff P. Rillings. He brought in the idea of making this album the second instalment of the series ‘Music for Modern Art Exhibitions’ on New Bulwark Records

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  • Cults Percussion Ensemble : Cults Percussion Ensemble - LP (Trunk, 2022)

  • Limited repress of 500 with original sleeve art! / Need I say more...14 year old percussion students (including a very young Evelyn Glennie) make this sublime album of delightful, ambient and exotic percussion numbers. A true delight from 1978. Previously only available from the group in 1978

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  • Jacob Dwyer : The Devil Museum - 2xLP (Mana, 2022)

  • Somewhere between ambient, soundtrack, and an audio play. The tragicomedy and melancholy of a halted art project and a restless mind turning in on itself; as daydreams, farce, and the surreal transform into a blue and beautiful narrative

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  • Eliane Radigue : Opus 17 - 2xCD (Important, 2021)

  • Eliane Radigue's complete Opus 17 (1970), her finest and final work created using feedback, is contained on this double CD. With Opus 17 Radigue perfected her slow mixing technique with sublime results. Imperceptible transformations envelop the attentive listener who is confronted with an immensely physical experience. Time is suspended in powerfully poetic and artful ways as Radigue masterfully sculpts the physical matter of sound using feedback for the last time. Opus 17 is an absolutely essential masterpiece in the realm of early electro-acoustic/drone/minimalist composition. Metallic silver ink printed on high gloss paper

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  • Steve Roden : Oionos - CD+Book (Room40, 2022)

  • Monochrome, matte laminate and embossed jacket with insert card plus perfect bound book including artworks, images, documents and texts from Steve, as well as an essay from his long time collaborator Stephen Vitiello. The edition also features an interview conducted by Robert Crouch / Oionos was created for the exhibition The Grand Promenade, in Athens, Greece. The exhibition took place in various archaeological and historical sites in central Athens, creating a situation for contemporary site specific works to be in dialogue with their historical surroundings. While it was not originally offered as a possible site, I pleaded with the curator to allow me to work with architect Dimitris Pikionis’s Church of St. Dimitris Loumbardiardis, about a 10-minute walk from the main path of the Grand Promenade. Pikionis designed the original promenade which is still visible in several areas, but much of the area’s original designs were altered during the “restoration” before the 2004 Olympics. The small path that leads to the church gives a much stronger impression of Pikionis’s vision for the entire promenade as it was; so i wanted to use my work to draw viewers/listeners into his world

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  • Jacques Charlier : Art In Another Way - 2xLP (Musique Plastique, Séance Centre, 2022)

  • Musique Plastique and Séance Centre are proud to present Jacques Charlier’s “Art In Another Way”, a 45RPM double LP compilation of the Belgian multi-disciplinary artist’s inimitable chanson regressive recordings from the 1980s. Throughout a long career in the visual arts, Jacques Charlier has maintained a multi-disciplinary approach that includes forays in poetry, underground comics, acting, filmmaking and music. Besides performing with his punk group Terril (sadly, never recorded), Charlier took inspiration from the minimalist sounds of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, La MonteYoung, John Cage, and Meredith Monk / Throughout the 1970s he performed psychoacoustic pieces in Liège, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Milan and Düsseldorf, and in the astounding performance art video Desperados Music, filmed by Paul Paquay for Belgian television. Charlier hit a creative stride in the 1980s — armed only with a synth, drum machine, fuzz box, and his custom guitar, with occasional duets with vocalist Martine Doutreleau. He recorded a trove of proto-pop tunes which he self-released on three cassettes (Musique Regressive, Chansons Idiotes and Chansons Tristes) between 1984–1987 / “Art In Another Way” collects selections from these tapes, in addition to an ample supply of previously unreleased material, all mixed and mastered from Charlier’s original 4-track recordings for a wide angle view of his creative range. From the proto-house rhythm of “Jingle – Crepuscule”, to the minimal EBM experiment “Top” and Art Of Noise- inspired “PassingTime”. There are certain resonances within the catalogs of Belgian labels Crammed Discs and Les Disques Du Crépuscule, yet even with these genre-bending precedents, Charlier’s music is idiosyncratic and visionary to the extreme. Accompanying the release is a postcard featuring a behind-the-scenes performance photo and visual score by Charlier

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  • Mark Vernon : Time Deferred - LP (Gagarin, 2022)

  • “Psychedelic visions, blackouts and blinding lights reveal an unusual, sick, and feverish musicality... here the gods come back from the dead only to ensure us an existence nurtured by the freezing rays of a black sun.” / Followers of the artist Mark Vernon will note a subdued and pensive mood on this new record. Monochrome and sepulchral, these tracks are in a minor key, a key which opens the door to a damp cellar of the imagination. Too-many legged spiders crawl over dusty violins. Time lurches, loops and echoes like excursions on slow motion railways in reverse. Concrète noir sombre séances for non-believers. Tauntological voices from the past provoke us. Half guessed ghosts, magnetic phantoms from funereal-to-reel tape recordings. The sibilant persistence of the deceased evokes the exhausted dread of waiting for a medical test result. Enigmatic messages thrown to the werewolves with nothing but cheap medication and some breathing exercises for support / Caution: this record can cause dreamless nights

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  • Nate Scheible : Fairfax - LP (Warm Winters Ltd., 2022)

  • Reissue from cassette. With fresh treatment from mastering maestro, Lawrence English, this new version has brought out fresh new colours in Scheible’s elegant composition. The moments of icy isolation are sharper, while the embrace of the album’s finale is warmer and heartier than ever. Scheible’s found polaroids on the front of the package also fit so aptly that they barely even feel new. The album’s allure and message of craving is more powerful than ever / To anybody who hears this album, she’s a great heroine of literature, the voice of Fairfax. Her frank admissions of longing and weakness are infectious cries of hope. She’s a powerful woman, unashamed, the innermost voice of reason, grasping the world together selflessly. I wanted to tell her about the times when things weren’t so good. I want to tell her now too, just how well things can turn out / Scheible’s beds of oozing and luscious melodies, decaying on reels or tape, flinging out from plucked bass strings, or rising from a struck vibraphone, are a truly loving soundtrack to this mysterious voice found on a tape that came into the artist’s possession. The audio letters reveal the woman’s story of painful hope and self-gifted redemption, while the click of the saxophone and moan of Scheible’s wobbly piano snippets, they sing her – no ~our~ – mood right back to us. Fairfax reminds us that, like the protagonist, we’re all gonna do something, ~someday~

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  • Evan Parker : Evan Parker With Birds - For Steve Lacy - LP (Treader, 2019)

  • Repress. Housed in a coloured card sleeve, with clarifoil lamination / Improvisations on soprano and tenor saxophones amidst birds and other environmental elements in singular and ingenious tribute to Parker’s late friend Steve Lacy

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  • Sarah Davachi, Ariel Kalma : Intemporel - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Sarah and Ariel blend their strong individual personalities in a single trip on the edge of time. Their kosmiche music is pure, magnificent and elegant, an intergalactic hypnosis that seems to tell of distant times, a millenary vortex of a lost Era. In the first phase of departure, the mysterious song of the sax winds in archaic echoes, supported by the electronic inlays of the synth (Arp Odissey). Flowing between space rumbles and astral progressions, we sight high celestial bodies. When the infinite drones of the tampura start, we take part in the night ceremonial, surrounded by the deep harmonium and the Tibetan bell chimes. This music releases a sort of mythological warmth, secret codes of a lost purity, which lets us dwell in the labyrinths of a pyramid or in the sacred space of a cosmic pagoda

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  • Ariel Kalma : Interfrequence - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • After the exploit of Osmose in 1978, Kalma returns into the studio in 1980 with Interfrequence, an ambient space library record. Interfrequence is a continuation of his personal research based on the combination of electronic machines with natural sounds and acoustic instrumentation. The french musician fully wears the robe of master of ceremonies of the synths. However, the path taken is not that symphonic of the minimalist and galactic suites composed by other standard bearers like Richard Pinas and Klaus Schulze / Here, we find 18 short pictures sound (few of them in collaboration of M. Saclays) that emanate a variety of ideas and ethno-cultural influences unparalleled. A distinctive compositional style always returns an crescendo of ecstatic emotions, a reflection on the hidden and secret aspects of the micro and macro cosmos. If in Osmose the sampling sound from the mother Gaia was more explicit, here the Nature is investigated not only in terms of pure tones, but especially in the dynamics of flows and movements dictated by the frequency of moogs and organs and embellished with hyper-space flutes, saxophones and clarinets. Kalma wrote yet another chapter of his personal saga of a new world of sound imagery

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  • Lay Llamas : Goud - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • Nicola Giunta and Gioele Valenti (the musicians creating the Lay Llamas dimension) seem to communicate from a different solar system their ecstatic gaze towards an imaginary future world. They rely mainly on a narrative tone of mysterious and spectral dark-psych shades, digging abyss of glacial depht of the self, where light filters through lysergic languors and radiant progressions of luminous dust. Oneiric voices refer to the hybrid chaos of a metropolitan jungle, as a hypnotic and psychic dimension of mind layers / Goud is steeped in numerous literary, mythological, philosophical, ecological and alchemical references. Pulsating and magnetic Farfisa, mesmeric basses and flutes or poisonous pinkfloydian and krautrock patterns forge a clear divinatory aspect of the music. The trip ends in the dark night of the forest, with more acoustic flavours and percussive incense of pure acid-folk. The beautiful cover by Virginia Genta by Jooklo, with her amoebic-cosmic graphics, seems to perfectly seal the sound inspiration of one of the most advanced forges of Italian neo-psychedelia

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  • Ariel Kalma : Osmose - LP (Black Sweat, 2022)

  • An amazing Krautrock / nature hybrid masterwork. Warm washes of synthesizer, tribal war drums and drones galore all mixed with the sounds of the rainforest, crickets, frogs, even flies - Osmose was originally released in 1978 and found minimalist composer Ariel Kalma using all manner of keyboards, saxophone, harmonium, delays, effects, even circular breathing, to compose gorgeously minimal, softly spacey slow drifting ambient soundscapes, which were then mixed with the sounds of the rainforest (recorded by Richard Tinti).It's a single LP reissue of the double album of 1978

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  • Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard : Personfølsom Musik - LP (Topos, 2021)

  • Clear vinyl housed in clear printed pvc sleeve. Personfølsom Musik (Personal Sensitive Music) is a series of live sonifications in which Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard translates the numbers of NemID-keycards into music using various musical instruments. NemID (EasyID) keycards came into use in 2010 and contain a list of one-time codes that one uses as a level of security when logging into private and public digital platforms to access services like banking, health care, and other services vital to individuals in Danish society. When an individual uses all the codes on a NemID-keycard, the keycard remains as a record of the person’s activities over a period of time. It is also an expression of privilege, since the NemID [system] facilitates access to the benefits of the Danish welfare state in one of the world’s richest societies / Through his Personfølsom Musik (Personal Sensitive Music) series of works, Løkkegaard explores the NemID-keycard as a phenomenon which is on the one hand anonymous and alienating and on the other, private and personal. This release features the recordings by Løkkegaard playing two different NemID-keycards, W807-345-296 and Y453-199-562, on a church organ. Recorded at Koncertkirken in December 2020

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  • Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard : Music for Krügerrand - Quartet for Gold Bullion Coins - 2xLP (Topos, 2020)

  • Music for Krügerrand is a quartet piece written for eight gold bullion coins and eight oscillators, in which the materiality of bullion gold coins and the sonic properties of gold are investigated. The quartet piece was commissioned by the G((o))ng Tomorrow festival and was premiered at Copenhagen Contemporary on November 7th, 2018. Music for Krügerrand was performed by an ensemble which featured Danish Billionaire Lars Seier Christensen alongside Ying-Hsueh Chen, Jaleh Negari and the composer of the piece, Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / The purity of a gold coin can be determined by the sound emitted when the gold coin is struck with another gold coin. The sound generated is a high frequency tone with a verylong sustain, and depending on the diameter, thickness and alloy of the gold coin, a tone with a specific pitch and timbre is given. Music for Krügerrand –Quartet for gold bullion coins studies the materiality and the sonic properties of gold, and moreover it deals with man's age-old fascination with the precious metal; what could be described as the psychology of gold / In nature gold occurs in very small quantities, and when refined gold is unaffected by the ravages of time. Thus, gold appears as a constant - a very concrete symbol of something desirable and unbreakable; a constant material of great gravity representing a continuum of stability. Due to these properties, gold has been given great value - caused numerous tragedies and conflicts - andis today the subject of dreams of wealth and acts as an anxiety barometer measuring the status of the world. Thus, the price of gold usually increases in times where the future seems uncertain, whereas the price of gold often drops when we enjoy a more positive view of the future. The political implications of gold throughout history are countless, and as for the Krügerrand coin itself, the historical load is a heavy and dark one - being a direct result of the South African apartheid regime

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  • Arturas Bumšteinas : So-called Space - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Continuum-collage piece by Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas created in 2015 from incidental music sampled from various Lithuanian radio drama's from the 1950's to 2000's. A strange heady brew which juxtaposes music, sound effects, rudiments of vocal expression and various acoustic instruments among others in a compelling cut-up, reminding at times of People Like Us or Dirk Schaeffer's recent work for Peter Tscherkassky's movies

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  • Seirios Savvaidis : Mesourania/Wendy's Wedding - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Compiling two EP's (Mesourania (2019) and Wendy's Wedding (2016) by Seirios Savvaidis (who also plays in The Dead Ends), one of Greece's best kept secrets. Some mind expanding songs that reflect deep knowledge of traditional Greek music by way of sixties and seventies pychedelia and cosmic folk troubadours. Savvaidis's relaxed Greek vocals make you float all the way up Mount Paggaio

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  • Hibushibire : Official Live Bootleg No. 7 - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2022)

  • Japanese heavy psych blow-out that rubs the third eye and instantly flings you in an overdose of speed fuzz soaring in/out of focus between hallucinatory visions of spiked Mainliner, High Rise, Les Rallizes Denudes et al. Lysergic hard rock riffs, dirty punk vocals and ferocious guitar shredding. Break through the aether with this one

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  • Spirits Rejoice : African Spaces - LP (Matsuli Music, 2021)

  • African Spaces, their debut recording, is one of the key documents in the South African jazz canon. Emerging in the aftermath of the 1976 Soweto uprising, and taking its place alongside the crucial mid-1970s music of Malombo, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Batsumi, it is a defining but unsung musical statement of its era

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  • John Tchicai : John Tchicai With Strings - LP (Treader, 2022)

  • “Afro-Danish saxophonist John Tchicai spent his youth playing alongside the greats- recording and performing in NYC with Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp and Don Cherry amongst many others. Following a meeting at the Coimbra Jazz festival in 2004, he agreed to record with John Coxon and Ashley Wales. The beautiful resulting album sold out almost immediately on its release in 2005 and is available here for the first time on vinyl.Eloquently balanced between Eric Dolphy and Lee Konitz, his “wise and lyrical……” alto saxophone and bass clarinet playing make this “…..one of his finest recordings….” [Richard Williams in The Guardian] Essential.”

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  • Mohammed After Hussain, PAQ : Matir Gaan (Songs From The Earth) - LP (Hive Mind, 2022)

  • A Bengali-Italian collaboration — nurtured by Rimini’s Associazione Ardea, for refugees — psychedelically combining ancient folk and cosmic synth exotica. Entrancing, fresh renditions of mystical Baul songs, with Md After accompanying himself on harmonium and two headed pakhawaj drum, over Andrea Rusconi’s warm Crumar synth and veena string drones. Check it out

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  • Martin Davorin Jagodic : Tempo Furioso - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • Digging deep into the catalog of Cramps records, Dialogo returns with another stunning entry in their reissue series dedicated to the seminal imprint, the Croatian composer Martin Davorin Jagodic's 1975 masterstroke, “Tempo Furioso (Tolles Wetter)”. A bristling work of monumental scale at the vanguard of electroacoustic composition and musique concrète, its stunning two sides, created by his sinfully under-recognized associate of Groupe de Recherches Musicales, reshapes history at every turn. Issued by Dialogo in a limited edition of 300 copies on black vinyl, with fully remastered audio, housed in a gatefold sleeve that beautifully reproduces the original design, and complete with brand new English translations of the original liner notes

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  • Piero Umiliani : Continente Nero - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • Released via the Omicron label in 1975, three years after Africa, Continente Nero is the perfect flip side of an album that significantly expanded Piero Umiliani’s music perspectives, incorporating partially explored rhythmic variations already used in records such as Percussioni ed Effetti Speciali and To-Day’s Sound or experimenting new solutions that drew from a musical heritage little known at the time such as the African one / Without bothering with the usual alias M. Zalla, Umiliani reveal his birth name and surname for a second foray into a territory that pays homage to an entire continent. And it does so by taking inspiration not only from a tradition that starts from the divine Fela Kuti and reaches the amateur and field recordings by musicologists such as David Toop, invaluable documents of an artistic heritage still today almost impossible to map in its complexity, but also from the Afro-American jazz history by Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane, Max Roach and hundreds of others / It sounds clear in tracks such as Nuovi Fermenti, Rivoluzionari, Riscossa or Ultimo Stregone that show Umiliani’s extraordinary ability to grab a distant tradition essential traits and put them effortlessly into a personal imaginary world, as much exciting as the original one

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  • Steve Lacy : Straws - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • Audiophile pressing, including printed inner. Perfect replica of the original packaging and newly remastered for optimal sound.For the scale of its impact, Cramps was a relatively short-lived endeavour, running for roughly seven years between 1973 and 1980. Founded in Milan by the producer, publisher, and graphic designer, Gianni Sassi, the label was a near perfect emblem of revolutionary temperaments emerging within Italy during that era; creatively radical, globally minded, without profit motive, and bridging numerous musical idioms / Subsequently, few labels associated with experimental music have garnered as much affection, or as devoted a following as Cramps. It’s seminal albums by John Cage, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Giusto Pio, Demetrio Stratos, Juan Hidalgo, Robert Ashley, Walter Marchetti, Cornelius Cardew, Raul Lovisoni / Francesco Messina, Alvin Lucier, Derek Bailey, and so many more - the vast majority of which have remained largely out of print and nearly impossible to obtain for decades - rank among experimental music’s great holy grails. Now, at long last, the Milan based imprint, Dialogo, has begun a stunning series of vinyl reissues from the Cramps catalog. A little while back we celebrated their reissues of Costin Miereanu’s Luna Cinese and David Tudor’s Microphone, and now they’re back with the seminal American saxophonist Steve Lacy’s 1977 LP, Straws, their first exploring the Cramps’ legendary DIVerso series

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  • Spirale : Spirale - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • The Milan based imprint, Dialogo, returns with the first ever vinyl reissue of Spirale’s lone 1974 self-titled LP. Resting at a fascinating juncture between progressive and free jazz, it was years ahead of its time when it first appeared, rendering it to the shadows for decades, before its ultimate ascent to becoming one of the great holy grails of Italian Jazz prog. This is a release known mostly by Italian progressive rock lovers, since its sound can be easily associated to the jazz-rock delivered by the way more popular Napoli Centrale and Perigeo – but also to the ‘fundamentals’ Dedalus, Arti & Mestieri, Uno, if not Maad, Nadma or Aktuala, or even the lesser known Bauhaus for instance / But playing this kind of music and trying to release an album in the first half of the ’70s in Italy was also incredibly hard and courageous: Spirale, in fact, was one of the many bands that lived a very short life, before splitting up and disappear forever. Spirale were an Italian quintet from Rome, consisting of Gaetano Delfini (wind instruments, vocals, percussion), Giancarlo Maurino (saxophone, flute, percussion), Corrado Nofri (piano, marimba, mbira, siren, Jew’s harp), Giuseppe Caporello (contrabass, guitar, percussion) and Giampaolo Ascolese (drums) who released a single eponymous album in 1974. Spirale was originally released on the International King record label, thanks to Mario Schiano, a free-jazz saxophonist who discovered the band, and producer Toni Cosenza, who included the album in the ‘King Jazz-Line’ series / Consisting of just four tracks, most of which taken by the 13-minute long “Cabral, Anno 1” and the marvellous 17-minute “Peperoncino (Cose vecchie, cose nuove)”, Spirale is an incredibly balanced and flowing record that sounds still fresh and inspired even today, and it’s a shame that it has remained hidden and overlooked for such a long time. Moreover, it is characterized by that undescribable and particular Mediterranean flavour that only Italian musicians were able to obtain. This beautiful album is of course immensely rare in its original edition, and is now finally reissued on Dialogo record label in a faithful restored version that will satisfy any collectors who have waited for years for this beauty to see the light again!

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  • M. Zalla, Piero Umiliani : Africa - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • A superb record from M. Zalla aka Piero Umiliani originally released on Liuto Records in 1972 gets reissued thanks to Dialogo Recordings. In 1972 Piero Umiliani was above all the man of a thousand soundtracks and the first Italian jazz experiments; from his later career we’ll soon learn that wasn’t enough for him, showing just a tiny part of a more complex picture. Closed within the walls of his Sound Work Shop Studio, the Maestro was weaving much more complicated and satisfying plots, incorporating dozens of influences from a life spent experimenting and discovering new sounds / Among the most fascinating ones, those who came from a continent like Africa, as much fabled as actually little known, but enchanting to the point that Umiliani dedicated to it the entire Africa – which is paired with its twin-record Continente Nero – and released it as M. Zalla, pseudonym used when it came to tidying up uncompromising and avant-garde music textures, as will later happen with masterpieces such as Suspense, Problemi D’Oggi or Mondo Inquieto / Always keep in mind when this album had been released, in January 1972, before approaching its content: here the prog-tinged black rhythm of Africa To-Day, the ‘fourth world’ inspiration coming from Jon Hassell’s Green Dawn, the ‘exotic’ references in Martin Denny’s style (Lonely Village, Echos), the electronic new wave (hearing is believing!) of Sortilège, the folk music (Rite, Folk-Tune). Many years in advance, in Africa Piero Umiliani summarizes sounds and styles that will make the fortune of much more celebrated and popular musicians and artists

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  • Alvin Lucier : Bird And Person Dyning - LP (Dialogo, 2021)

  • At long last, after decades out of print, joining their growing Cramps Records Reissue Series, Dialogo brings us the long-awaited vinyl reissue of Alvin Lucier’s “Bird and Person Dyning”, the composer’s first solo LP. As legendary as they come, and easily among the most important and groundbreaking efforts in experimental music ever recorded, this is Lucier at his most visionary. Issued in a limited edition of 300 copies of black vinyl, with fully remastered audio, housed in a sleeve that beautifully reproduces the original design, complete with brand new English translations of the original liner notes, it doesn’t get better than this

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  • Piero Umiliani : Polinesia - LP (Dialogo, Omicron, 2021)

  • Piero Umiliani was capable of traveling not only in a physical sense but also with a long series of geographical-themed albums that have always been among his best productions, and his interests weren’tjust limited to distant Africa, to its percussive sounds and unexplored territories - especially with the Africa and Continente Nero releases / In his vast and complex discography - including works recorded in his own name, in solo with groups and orchestras, but also under aliases such as Rovi, M. Zalla, The Soundwork Shoppers, Moggi, Catamo - there are excellent space-time excursions such as Genti e Paesi del Mondo, Paesi Balcanici, Il Mondo dei Romani, Storia e Preistoria, Medioevo & Rinascimento, Panorami Italiani and Paesaggi, where the musician could free an unstoppable creative vein that combined an artistic path intimately bound to Italy and to its traditions with the world’s sounds (and even more, given the cosmic ventures of Tra Scienza e Fantascienza and L’Uomo nello Spazio) / Among his most adventurous efforts, Polinesia deserves a special mention, since it was fully recorded with glowing percussion and exotic suggestions that remind of Martin Denny, bringing to mind sunny white beaches, Oceania and the famous Bora Bora, defined by the well-known Italian writer and documentary maker Folco Quilici as the most beautiful island in the world. Prepare a colourful cocktail and enjoy the full moon, you already have the perfect soundtrack for that...

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  • Various Artists : Zar: Songs For The Spirits - 2xLP (Juju Sounds, 2022)

  • Double vinyl with extensive liner notes insert housed in a reverse board gatefold sleeve. Zar is a possession cult practised on the outskirts of the rapidly modernising societies of North Africa and the Middle East. It’s a phenomenon that crosses not only geographical boundaries but also those determined by the rational mind. The boundaries here are not clearly defined; multiple worlds intertwine. Zar cant be enclosed in a single frame or functional model. If needed it could be perceived as a healing practice. However, the first stage of dealing with illness is always diagnosis, which in zar is made using music / Songs and rhythms form a bridge between the two worlds. Every zar spirit has its own song. Consecutive rhythms are used to establish which spirit is being dealt with, and the initiate responds with rhythmic body movements called tafqir. The hypnotic rhythm increases until, usually about 30 minutes in, the dance turns into a trance in which the dancer’s personality merges completely with that of the spirit / JuJu Sounds travelled to Egypt to experience, record and share with you this well hidden culture. This album presents all three varieties of zar still practised today. Hypnotic rhythms and mesmerising melodies were recorded not only in studio but also live during hadra - weekly zar ceremonies. Sound recordings and in depth liner notes offer absolutely unique insight into zar micro-communities in the Nile Delta and Cairo. Each of them is slightly different, but they all function as self-sufficient systems, remaining practically invisible in mainstream culture. Zar: Songs for the spirits is the second production of independent micro-label JuJu Sounds. The project focuses on building bridges between musicians from marginalised communities and niche audiences from around the world. The mission of JuJu Sounds is to revive valuable musical ecosystems, not just to sell exotic products

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  • Niko Tzoukmanis : Hope Is The Sister Of Despair - 2xLP (Libreville, 2021)

  • In 2013, Tzoukmanis released ‘Hope Is The Sister Of Despair’, issued here for the first time on vinyl with 4 previously unreleased tracks / The album taps into a rich vein of sequencer romanticism, from Tangerine Dream-obsessed-‘Berlin School’ daydreamers to the whole nebula of music inspired by Warp’s Artificial Intelligence series. It also looks forward, prefiguring the return today, in troubled times, to the comforting inner space of ‘90s-worshipping ambient techno / The album was made following the end of a relationship and the happy/sad feeling is everywhere in this music. Sequences twinkle and nag, soft pads pour balm on tired ears and when drums do appear they provide an intimate framework rather than a call to the dance floor

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  • Albert Alan Owen : Following The Light - LP (Libreville, 2019)

  • Lovely crafted tip-on sleeve. Recorded in 1982, Following The Light is the third album british composer Albert Alan Owen recorded for the Apollo Sound Label. Originally a Library oriented Music label, Apollo Sound by the mid 70s commissioned contemporary musical pieces from new composers, aiming presumably to provide atmospheric backgrounds for film, television and advertising, and to feed the burgeoning demand for ‘New Age’ music. Therefore comes Following The Light. While certainly melodic, Owen’s music makes no concessions to mid-afternoon mindfulness or commercial use and reuse. Instead, Following The Light - whose title is taken from the Tao. Number 27 - is a deep and immersive listening experience, clearly the work of a singular musical imagination following its own rules in its own way / With the help of Katherine Sweeney on violin and Milada Polasek on electric piano and organ, Albert Alan Owen recorded Following The Light in “live” condition, taking profit of a strong use of the digital effects which were in its infancy at this time; the music was written to make the most of what technology was available, resulting a singular piece of music of sheer beauty / The record demands to be considered as a stand-alone unit, its three sections unfolding elegant and propulsive by turns, as reoccurring themes answer each other through the layers. There are echoes of Reich and Riley in the use of delay, that warm rolling repetition and those bass pulses. But this is not in the service of a system. There is something more lyrical, more humane at work in the music. With Following the Light, Albert Alan Owen has given us a record that stands outside of time and place, it’s familiar elements made strange and new, all bathed in magic hour light

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  • Sunstroke : Nothing’s Wrong In Paradise - LP (Libreville, 2022)

  • Beautiful heavyweight tip-on sleeve! Mystery 1985 Belgian studio project, rich in low-light dream tones, resurrected by the excellent Libreville Records / Recorded in Ghent in 1985 and Inspired by Weather Report, Vangelis and Eric Satie, Sunstroke’s sole LP was conceived as ‘a soundtrack to a film that doesn’t exist’. This idea of a score in search of a movie became an overused trope in the 90s. But it’s worth revisiting. The record makes perfect ‘picture music’ - a sophisticated meeting of post-Berlin-school dreaming, Yen-records hi-tech calm and impressionist cafe music ennui. What makes it most compelling though, is that even while it conjures a seemingly perfect world, something around the edges lets you know that all might not be as it seems / The weightless electric piano of the title track is hypnotic but numbing, sad and happy about it. The emulator tones that flit in and out of Re-Incarnation, a tribute to Satie, are the ghostly mirror of the kind of aspirational hi-gloss pop music that was everywhere when this music was made. Boat People, based on the sound of night time fog horns in the Port of Ghent, drifts ever farther out as the harbour lights slowly vanish from sight. Once you have spent some time with it, the whole record starts to seem bathed in a dim half-light, suggesting utopia glimpsed through a smudged lens

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  • Piotr Kurek : World Speaks - CD (Edições CN, 2022)

  • Digipack. World Speaks is the new album by Piotr Kurek. It consists of seven vivid paintings. We are greeted by processed voices. A bit later we listen to a fine reed solo, while an organist performs a meditative melody. Hints of a human presence, but World Speaks sounds uninhabited. Instead we enter a glassy reality where the simulation is at play. And where nothing seems what it is: are we witness to the choreography – or the rocky seashore? / Piotr Kurek (°1978) is a Warsaw based composer and multi-instrumentalist. Through his unconventional use of various electronic instruments and synthesisers he cultures hypnotic worlds drenched in peculiar arrangements

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  • Will Guthrie, Rudolf Eb.er : Hilt - LP (Fragment Factory, 2022)

  • Based in Osaka and Nantes respectively, Rudolf Eb.er and Will Guthrie have both forged unique and quite different paths in numerous disciplines of experimental music over the past decades and created extensive bodies of work, both as soloists and in collaboration with other artists from around the world. Austrian-born Eb.er (aka Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck) might be best known as the initiator and head of the Swiss artist collective Schimpfluch-Gruppe, which has constantly been pushing the boundaries of extreme music and performance art since its foundation in 1987. Among his many audio releases, »Hilt« is his third work for Fragment Factory, following »Nigredo« (as Schimpfluch-Gruppe, 2013) and »Wellenfeld« (with Joke Lanz, GX Jupitter-Larsen and Mike Dando, 2014) / Australian-born Guthrie, on the other hand, has become synonym for breaking new grounds in drumming and percussion, delivering the missing link between radical and forward-thinking jazz, traditional musics and experimental/improvised electronic music. Rather recent collaborators include the likes of Jean-Luc Guionnet (note: »Stones, Air, Axioms / Delme« w/ Thomas Tilly, Fragment Factory, 2015), Mark Fell and Oren Ambarchi / »Hilt« is the first collaboration of two artists who, based on their previous musical work, seem very different at first glance. However, it quickly becomes apparent, that the distinct approaches to composition and sound complement each other perfectly and make this album a very special and exciting affair. The closer you listen, the more you will be drawn into it and realize that the rhythmic drumming, the careful arrangements of hiss, crackle and eerie muttering paired with fragmented bits of percussive noises make »Hilt« a very coherent whole. A very organic and ritual-like album I would say, captivating and a little daunting at the same time

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  • Gonçalo F. Cardoso : Impressões de Outra Ilha (Borneo) - LP (Discrepant, 2022)

  • A globetrotter in the most pure and respectful sense, away from the trappings of neo-colonialist ventures and predatory tourism, Discrepant head honcho Gonçalo F. Cardoso returns to his Island impression series to offers us another glimpse of his deep, abstract impressions of (an)other island / After passionately collecting the sounds and lives inhabiting the main Island of Zanzibar, Unguja, released through Edições CN back in 2018, Cardoso now dwells into the Malaysian heartbeat of the Borneo forest through Island recordings made during a trip in 2016. Assembled in situ with meticulous craft from portable recorders, samplers and battery powered synths, these nice recollections conjure the spirits that lurk behind the inhabitable and the communal that are as much part of a personal memoir as an impressionistic portrait open to new meanings. Focused compositions that flow organically, bending the environment in & out of shape into a new dreamlike exotica with plenty of breathing room for every detail, silence and movement to surface / A particular moment suspended in time, haunted perpetually by its bygone existence. Something no postcard or photograph could ever, ever come even close to

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  • Monopoly Child Star Searchers : Prince of Parrot Shooters / Aqueducts of Channel Island - LP (Pacific City Discs, 2022)

  • Monopoly Child Star Searchers is BACK, combining visions from two long, long sold out and hardly traceable releases on Clark’s own Pacific City label, pressed for the first time ever in wax with a new master  – as it should – ‘The Aqueducts Of Channel Island/Prince Of Parrot Shooters’ stands as a vital piece in an ever changing and deeply personal mandala-like oeuvre / In an interview for The Wire magazine back in January 2012, Spencer Clark claimed that one the most important “lesson” learned while performing with The Skaters was “stay true to your imagination”. Taking this life motto at heart, Clark’s world today is still a place of wonder and myth, conveyed through a myriad of aliases and invocations like Vodka Soap, Fourth World Magazine or Typhonian Highlife. Always the wide-eyed mystic and searcher of the netherworld, Clark surfaces again on Discrepant sister label Pacific City Discs, straight from the Canary Islands with this not quite but somewhat reissue under his celebrated and celebratory Monopoly Child Star Searchers alias / Combining visions from two long, long sold out and hardly traceable releases on Clark’s own Pacific City label, pressed for the first time ever in wax with a new master by D&M – as it should – ‘The Aqueducts Of Channel Island/Prince Of Parrot Shooters’ stands as a vital piece in an ever changing and deeply personal mandala-like oeuvre. An hypnotic and appropriately lo-fi flux of bouncy hand percussion loops, nature calls and celestial synth harmonies that weave themselves into trance inducing rituals. Levitating fever-dream recordings from imaginary topographies, or perhaps a gateway to fortean alternate realities just lurking around the corner. Stay true to your imagination indeed

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  • Dj Sniff : Parallel Traces of the Jewel Voice - 12" (Discrepant, 2022)

  • Single-sided 12" with etching on side 2. The vinyl release is a multi-sided disc with two parallel grooves cut on one side, which in effect plays a different composition depending on where the stylus is cued. The other side has no audio but features two silkscreened lines that refer to how Haruna played the original lathe-cut discs. For the digital release, each composition is independently assigned to the left and right channel and is heard simultaneously / Parallel Traces of the Jewel Voice by dj sniff is a project that takes inspiration from historical narratives and personal memories constructed around The Jewel Voice Broadcast (Gyokuon Hoso) that took place on August 15 of 1945. Contrary to common belief, Emperor Hirohito did not speak live on air to announce the surrender of Japan on this day. Instead, two lathe-cut discs with his recorded voice were skillfully mixed and played by NHK engineer Shizuto Haruna. Haruna’s proto-DJ/turntablist performance was heard not only in Japan but also throughout the colonized territories in Asia, marking the end of World War II and Japanese rule / Interested in these aspects which often have been overlooked within the Japanese narratives of this historical event, dj sniff conducted research in both Taiwan and Japan. Over the course of 3 years he collected various materials that include; interviews and field recordings, audio samples extracted from phonograph discs and recordings sessions with improvising musicians, and a re-reading of the Imperial Rescript on Surrender in Chinese. These were used to compose two compositions that are paired differently depending on their distribution format

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  • Piero Umiliani : To-Day's Sound - 2xLP (Schema, 2015)

  • Originally released on 1973 as a double album and conceived as a collection of episodes destined to TV broadcasting, “To-day’s sound” has quickly become one of the most popular works by Piero Umiliani and certainly is one of the best of his long career. Umiliani, here on the job with Moog, Hammond and keyboards, is accompanied by a group of excellent and talented jazz players: Franco D’Andrea and Giovanni Tommaso (both in the Perigeo group), the trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini, guitarist Silvano Chimenti from I Grès group, percussionist Ciro Cicco and many others / With the original intent to offer radically different styles and atmospheres, in order to promote the use of the tracks in movies and TV series – in fact, the psycho-funk “Open space” was used for the opening credits of the movie “Baba Yaga” – “To-day’s sound” is the perfect example of Umiliani’s incredible and diverse talent, capable of mastering diverse genres and sounds without losing his personal touch / As stated on the cover: “Rock, rhythm and blues, beat, underground, country, pop”, we can also add electronic music and funk, in order to complete a sound palette that only very few other composers displayed. It is hard to pick the best track in a record (a double album to be specific) so rich of gems, from the title track to “Caretera panamericana” (with “virtuoso” Moog improvisations ), to “Bus stop” and “Music on the road”, to end with the wonderful soul of “Green valley”: this is just Umiliani at his best!

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  • Piero Umiliani : Percussioni Ed Effetti Speciali - 2xLP+CD (Schema, 2016)

  • The long and prolific career of Piero Umiliani, also consisting of dozens of collaborations for television and cinema, has given (and is still delivering, given the amount of material that is finally coming back to light) a long series of experimental albums and music libraries that showcase his songwriting skills, as well as a natural curiosity towards avant-garde and more ‘difficult’ sounds. We can attribute to the second category this “Percussioni ed effetti speciali”, a title that clarifies pretty much the release content (Percussion and special effects) / Recorded, as many other works of his, at the Sound Work Shop in Rome (1972) – a personal studio that was also available to many other musician colleagues – this double album evenly spreads its four sides over percussive experiments and other more abstract ones, with excellent results in both cases. The first disc recalls another little gem that’s just been reissued, Egisto Macchi’s “Africa Minima”, but offers a wider overview of the percussive spectrum, including beat and swing elements. Such tracks as “Problematica giovanile” (in two versions), “Protesta giovanile” and “Subacquea” conquer on the first listen, but it would be impossible to underestimate the other side of the coin / The sixteen tracks from “Effetti speciali” are equally fascinating, though less immediate. Percussion accompany episodes as “Dinamica in tensione” and “Esplosioni e battimenti”, while synthesizers characterize “Fascia astrale”, “Segnali Morse” and “Stato ipnotico”. A perhaps less known Umiliani, but this is just one more reason for a deserved and fast rediscovery

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  • Piero Umiliani : Paesaggi - LP (Four Flies, 2022)

  • 1971 album cover, thick tip-on sleeve. Finally putting an end to a long wait for library music lovers, Four Flies Records is proud to present the first reissue of Piero Umiliani's Paesaggi – a record that, despite remaining for many years pretty obscure compared to other titles in the maestro's discography, is now regarded by collectors and experts as the gold standard in Italian library music. Originally released in two versions with different sleeves, the first on Liuto Records in 1971 and the second on Ciak Record in 1980, the album features tracks composed by the maestro himself (under his alias Zalla) and performed by the legendary super-group of Italian session players I Marc 4, this time with Angelo Baroncini instead of Carlo Pes on guitars (which probably explains the name being spelled with a 'k' instead of a 'c' on the album cover) / The Italian word "paesaggi" means "landscapes", and that is exactly what the music in the album has been designed to evoke – a journey of moods and emotions, through exotic and pastoral scenery, with loungey sounds that caress your ears like the song of an enchanted nightingale. Mysterious yet captivating soundscapes transport you to a faraway and peaceful place, possibly somewhere in rural Asia. While listening to the record, you'll feel as if you are sitting under a pavilion, right in the middle of a tea plantation, enjoying a freshly brewed green tea and watching the calm sunset / In addition, Paesaggi is paradigmatic of Italian library music and its genre-defying nature. By using a multitude of instruments, such as flute, vibraphone, harpsichord, sitar, gong and others, it brings together a variety of arrangements, styles, and genres spanning from bossa nova to jazz, easy listening to psychedelic, Latin, exotica, and many more. Under Umiliani's brilliant direction, the pianos and keyboard instruments of Antonello Vannucchi, the guitars of Angelo Baroncini, the bass of Maurizio Majorana, and the drums of Roberto Podio dance together and – enriched by other instruments played by top session musicians like Bruno Battisti D'Amario (sitar), Franco De Gemini (harmonica), or Franco Chiari (vibraphone) – create the sound that makes Paesaggi so unique

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  • Piero Umiliani : Il Corpo (Colonna Sonora Del Film) - LP+CD (Schema, 2015)

  • “Il corpo” is the last movie completing Liugi Scattini’s trilogy, which started with “La ragazza dalla pelle di luna” (1972) and then continued with “La ragazza fuoristrada” (1973), all skillfully orchestrated by maestro Umiliani. This is an erotic-noir film which has many elements in common with movies like “Ossessione” (“Obsession) or “I diabolici” (Les Diaboliques) and it focuses on the relationship between Enrico Maria Salerno and the sensual Zeudi Araya / Inevitably, Umiliani’s music privileges jazz and funky moods, dominated by the Hammond organ and wah wah – which were typical in many movies of the mid ‘70s – alternated with languid and almost “sleazy” instrumental ballads. “Hard times”, “Stream” and “White sand” remind us of Umiliani’s familiarity with jazz atmospheres, while “In the end” and “Free life” bring to our mind white sand beaches, naked bodies lying in the sun and erotic scenes. This soundtrack finds its strength in melancholy, but also in drama and tension – and it beautifully complements Scattini’s trilogy

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  • Various Artists : Les Interlocuteurs Fictifs - LP (Sähkö Recordings, 2022)

  • To the extent that necessity is socially dreamed, the dream becomes necessary. The spectacle is the nightmare of imprisoned modern society which ultimately expresses nothing more than its desire to sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of sleep

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  • Equations Collective : The Helicon Sessions - LP (99CHANTS, 2022)

  • Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri. The Equations Collective is an experimental sound project formed by a multi-disciplinary group of artists, active in the fields of music, photography, sound design & software development / In 2018, the collective set up a temporary outdoor recording studio, 1130 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Helicon in Greece, with the ambition of recording their work in a natural environment. A 'mobile and modular' construction, fully powered by solar panels, the design of the studio showcases the possibilities of a progressive, environmentally sustainable future through renewable energy / Embodying ecological incentives, and representing an immersive engagement with the landscape, the 'Helicon Sessions' document this extraordinary residency, capturing a profound dialogue with the eponymous mountain region. Situated in Boeotia, Central Greece, Mount Helicon has a prominent archaic significance. A historic location where stories of sacred springs and the epic origins of the Muses and Narcissus converge. Steeped in the heritage of ancient narratives, Helicon is seen as a principal symbol of poetic inspiration

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  • Sven Libaek : Inner Space (Original Television Score) - LP (Votary, 2022)

  • Reissue from this legendary Australian underwater jazz soundtrack / Sven Libaek’s Inner Space is, simply put, one of the most legendary soundtrack recordings in the history of Australian music. Released in 1973, soundtracking a documentary series on underwater life by Ron & Valerie Taylor, it now stands proud as a key album of ‘underwater music’, one of the most rightly and righteously revered fields within soundtrack and library music circles. Endlessly inventive, gorgeously melodic, at times oceanic, at times amphibian, at other times in some mysterious pelagic zone, Inner Space sits proudly alongside such classic underwater OSTs and libraries as Egisto Macchi’s Fauna Marina, the Sonoton Underwater Music series, the Ittologia and Biologia Marina twin-set, and Danielle Patucchi’s Men Of The Sea, Alla Scoperti Del Mare and Uomini E Squali / Considered to be one of the unsung masters of Australian Film music, Sven Libaek composed for many Australian Films and TV series in 1960’s and 70’s. Inner Space is considered amongst his finest. Featuring the best Australian jazz musicians including Don Burrows and John Sangster, they masterfully range from the incidental to the improvisational as they create a whirlpool of sublime aquatic jazz exotica. Notably, in 2004 the soundtrack had a second lease on life when several tracks were used in the Wes Anderson film. ‘The life aquatic with Steve Zizzou’

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  • Mike Cooper : Playing With Water - LP (Room40, 2020)

  • Black vinyl. Playing With Water, Mike Cooper’s latest slice of ambient exotica was inspired by Playing With Water: Passion And Solitude On A Philippine Island, a novel by James Hamilton-Paterson. He says the book describes his album exactly. He has created his soundscapes by using Hawaiian Slack Key and Lap Steel guitar and manipulating the sounds. His 2001 album Globe Notes was been inspired by another of Hamilton Paterson’s other books

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  • Marina Rosenfeld : Teenage Lontano - LP (Room40, 2021)

  • Fresh from Room40 comes one of the most most sonically exciting and thought-provoking records of the year, Marina Rosenfeld’s “Teenage Lontano”. Comprising two never before issued works, “Teenage Lontano” and “roygbiv&b” - both conceived as choral works for teenage ensembles - the album stands among Rosenfeld’s most striking and singularly unique efforts to date, radically rethinking the notions place, genre, and actions, while deftly undermining the aesthetics boundaries all too often applied to experimental forms

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  • Akira Rabelais : cxvi - 2xLP (Boomkat Editions, 2019)

  • Clear vinyl. Many years in the works, CXVI is Akira Rabelais's supernatural album of collaborations, featuring the singular composer in rapt dialogue with a wish list of peers including Harold Budd, Ben Frost, Karen Vogt (Heligoland), Geir Jenssen (Biosphere), Kassel Jaeger (François Bonnet), and Stephan Mathieu. Unfurling a quietly breathtaking, dreamlike sequence of events, CXVI blooms in the wake of Boomkat Editions' first-time vinyl pressings of Akira's seminal classics, 2001's Eisoptrophobia and 2004's Spellewauerynsherde, introduced his rarified work to myriad, keen new ears, while also reminding longer terms fans of his nonpareil genius and alchemical style of composition

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  • Beatrice Dillon : Can I Change My Mind? - 12" (Boomkat Editions, 2016)

  • Blue vinyl. Following a slick 2 tracker from Raime, Boomkat Editions roll out the freewheeling house from Beatrice Dillon. Whilst it is a 4 x 4 record at heart, Can I Change My Mind? is to dub what her WTN? 12" was to jazz, a constantly moving and evolving Krut(y) cutter. Imagine Basic Channel making Autonomic DNB and you are on the right path

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  • Stefano Gentile, Gianluca Favaron, Rod Modell, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff : Landslide (For Fields Recordings and Sine Waves) - 2xLP (13, 2022)

  • On October 9, 1963, 260 million cubic meters of rock broke off from the top of Monte Toc. It fell into the reservoir of the Vajont dam, producing an enormous wave of at least 50 million cubic meters of water. The dam, completed in 1959 and one of the biggest in the world at the time, did not suffer any serious damage. However, flooding destroyed several villages in the valley and killed almost 2,000 people. In some ways, it is as if the landslide swept away the past and the future of an entire community. An apocalypse lasting just a few minutes left scars and stigmata for decades to follow / Time is crystallised in an eternal present. Around the Vajont area, you often hear small landslides. Landslide: a natural downwards movement, more or less rapid, of large masses of earth and rock; also the hole created by this movement, and the accumulation of material from this release. Movement and accumulation are two keywords that guided the search for the sounds hidden in the silence of the Vajont landscape. In quiet moments today, the landscape reveals reverberations of it’s past... the movements of downward sliding, crystallized substances, and ghosts of its previous inhabitants. Frozen in time. Exploring the area, one wonders if anything remains under the surface. The original version of Landslide, and the Carl Michael Von Hausswolf version, re-construct nature in a unique and unusual way / Sewn with the smallest amount of sonic fabric. Resulting not in a verbatim recreation of an event, or emotional responses of that event, but rather.... a more intangible interpretation. Impulses that trigger feelings of the fall, the movement of land, and detachment. Expressed with a new code of sound. Mixed together, overlapped, collided, reaccumulated, and merged together again. While the Modell versions offer a more organic approach. Sounds of the valley at night, layered with psychotropic drones and other hovering noises. Echoes of present combined with echoes of the past. Calamita/à (2013-ongoing) is a tool for investigating the contemporary Vajont and the topic of catastrophes in general. The project is curated by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve. “0” is a collaboration between Calamita/à and Silentes where visual arts join sound

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  • Hexa : Material Interstices - LP (Room40, 2021)

  • Rethinking the definitions of ambient music on fascinating and visionary terms, HEXA - the duo of Lawrence English and Jamie Stewart - returns with “Material Interstices”, their fourth full length release. A sprawling emersion of sonic wonder at the borders of real and unreal, issued on vinyl by Room40, its brooding expanses - blurring the boundaries between industrial music, electroacoustic sound, and environmental field recording, stand among the most striking compositions we’ve heard in the last year

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  • Lawrence English : A Mirror Holds The Sky - CD+Book (Room40, 2021)

  • Matt laminate and embossed sleeve, insert card and 48 page perfect bound book featuring photographs by Lawrence English, taken on location in the Amazon / A Mirror Holds The Sky is in some ways an act of acoustic and temporal compression. It is a rendering down of the lived in moments and environments that became points of intense listenership. If I am to be honest, it has taken me the better part of a decade to know how to approach this archive of materials. I owe a debt of gratitude to Chico Dub at Festival Novas Frequências, who very gently encouraged me to realise a piece for diffusion as part of his program in 2019. That invitation retuned my ears and in the process unlocked a way of approaching the mammoth 50+ hours of recordings I had gathered during my time there. I also owe a special debt of gratitude to my wife Rebecca, who was instrumental in gathering some of these recordings. Her ears reflected an entirely other set of interests than my own and without that, this piece would be substantially less than what it is

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  • David Shea : The Thousand Buddha Caves - CD (Room40, 2021)

  • Matte laminate sleeve, monochrome print, special 8 page saddle stitch booklet with essay from David Shea and photography from the recording sites / David Shea's The Thousand Buddha Caves explores his deep and continuous interest in the nexus of eastern and western musical forms. The recording charts his life-long fascination with the caves and their connection to sound, ritual and Buddhist teachings. The record transposes those interests and is an evocation to the mythologies spinning forth from the caves

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  • David Toop, Akio Suzuki, Lawrence English : Breathing Spirit Forms - CD+Book (Room40, 2021)

  • Monochrome printed + matte laminate sleeve, 4 panel fold out poster and 24 page book with text by David Toop, drawings by Akio Suzuki and photography by Lawrence English / Breathing Spirit Forms represents a distinctive exchange between friends and collaborators. Tamborine commands a special presence and encourages a deep patience from those who are willing to give time to its varied environments. For the three of us, we were fortunate to share these moments together, fleeting in our lives as they might be, to sense the mountain’s unique qualities, to respond to them through our exchanges and to form memories (as disparate as they might be) we carry forward with us in time

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  • Various Artists : Opika Pende - Africa At 78 RPM - 4xCD Box (Dust-to-Digital, 2011)

  • 4 CDs in a double gatefold sleeve a 112 pg book in a box with photographs and extensive annotations. It is truly astonishing to consider the tremendous variety of music that was pressed to shellac discs on the continent of Africa. Popular songs, topical songs, work songs, comic songs, songs of worship, ritual, dance, and praise—the sheer range of musical styles resists any easy categorization. Further, African geography itself resists boundaries. The boundaries of cultures and languages are often far more complex than political boundaries. Complicating things further, entire countries seem to have been skipped over by both commercial 78 rpm record companies and ethnographers during the 78 rpm era / No doubt it was the same with many cultures. But that doesn’t mean that 78s weren’t everywhere, even in remote parts of the continent. By the mid-1960s, 78s were still a popular if not preferred medium in much of Africa, as a significant amount of the population still used wind-up gramophone players. I have created this compilation with one simple goal in mind: to showcase a diverse amount of long-forgotten music from Africa that transports me as a listener. It is one person’s offering of music that is wholly unavailable except in its original elusive and fragile format / While it is not definitive, nor am I attempting to construct or invent a narrative, there are important connections to be made. Around one musical corner is another corner, and another. Within these 100 tracks, traditional music stands side by side with popular music as traditional culture coexists with so-called modernity. As a non-African, I offer this set as an example of the riches that lay in waiting when considering the tens of thousands of phenomenal African 78 rpm discs that were issued, played, dispersed, and in large part, forgotten

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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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  • Oren Ambarchi : Sagittarian Domain - LP (Black Truffle, 2022)

  • 10th anniversary reissue of this rhythmically churning one-man-band monster of an album, recorded in a single inspired studio session & originally released in 2012 on Editions Mego. From the original Editions Mego press release: “For anyone who still associates Oren Ambarchi exclusively with the clipped, bass-heavy tones of solo electric guitar works such as Suspension, this rhythmically churning one-man-band monster of an album-length piece might seem to come out of nowhere / However, listeners who have followed the breadth of his work for the last few years (solo and in projects with collaborators from Jim O’Rourke to Stephen O’Malley and Keith Rowe to Keiji Haino) will have noted how Ambarchi has allowed increasingly clear traces of his enthusiasms as a music listener (for classic rock, minimal techno and 70’s fusion, among other areas) to surface in his performances and recordings, all the time filtering them through his signature long-form structures and psychoacoustic sonics. Recorded in a single inspired studio session, Sagittarian Domain displaces Ambarchi’s trademark guitar sound from the centre of the mix, its presence felt only as an occasional ghostly reverberated shimmer. Endlessly pulsating guitar and bass lines sit alongside electronic percussion and thundering motorik drumming (familiar from his work with Keiji Haino) at the core of the piece, locking into a voodoo groove like Faust covering a 70’s cop show theme / The work is founded on hypnotic almost-repetition, the accents of the drum hits and interlocking bass and guitar lines shifting almost imperceptibly back and forwards over the beat as they undergo gradual transformations of timbre. Cut-up and phase-shifted strings enter around the half-way mark like an abstracted memory of the eastern-tinged fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s classic Visions of the Emerald Beyond, before returning for an extended, stark yet affecting come-down coda, equal parts Gavin Bryars and Purple Rain. While Sagittarian Domain contains traces of a diversity of influences, it mines all of them to uncover something that is clearly an extension of Ambarchi’s own investigations up to this point, exhibiting the same care for micro-detail and surrender to the physicality of sound that are present in all of his work, extending them in new ways to repetition, pulse and rhythm”

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  • Genetisis : Genetisis - LP (Futura Resistenza, 2021)

  • Self-titled debut from the heavy-hitting trio of Ka Baird, Brian Close and Bryce Hackford (featuring Jimmy Tamborello) recorded at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels following their appearances at Meakusma Festival. Their roots can be traced back to disparate yet overlapping circles of NYC's heady scene; from the avant psych sounds of Spires That In The Sunset Rise and Baird's solo output on labels such as Rvng Intl. and Drag City, to the poetic, conceptual and often dance-driven productions of Hackford on Spring Theory and Youth, and the enigmatic electronic explorations of Close's duo, Georgia, with Justin Tripp / Genetisis is a thickly smeared, brain-melting voyage with even doses of its composers' oozing DNA creating a uniquely engineered new organism. Pressed in a limited edition of 200 copies

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  • Leven Signs : Hemp Is Here - LP (Futura Resistenza, 2022)

  • Repress third edition / In 1985 a wondrous album titled Hemp Is Here was created by the obscure English duo Leven Signs, composed of Pete Karkut and Maggie Turner. Since then, Hemp Is Here has proven to be a visionary recording that holds a special place in the ongoing expansion of experimental music / Through the method of tape collage, an unclassifiable recording was created that consisted of post-punk and avant-pop sounds, tribal rhythms and dub and folklore elements. The result was an unpretentious yet sonically sophisticated endeavour that subconsciously evoked the twentieth-century avant-gardist and minimalist music traditions. While maintaining a distinctly original sound, their output still contributed to local explorations and remained somewhat in line with other genre-dissolving bands from eighties England like Rimarimba, This Heat, Woo, 23 Skidoo or Eric Random and The Bedlamite

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  • Mylan Hoezen : Operating Manual For Floating In Space - LP (Futura Resistenza, 2020)

  • Operating Manual for Floating in Space is a project by Mylan Hoezen, researching the ecstasy of our existence through manually operating a sequence of bodily movements. This record is the soundtrack to the performative operations performed by Lili Ullrich, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Ratri Notosudirdjo, Noëlle Lakshmi and Alex Chater at Roodkapje Rotterdam in September last year. Musical direction by Bergur Thomas Anderson. Limited to 200 copies with operating manual insert and transparent moonrock sticker

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  • Okkyung Lee, Jérôme Noetinger, Nadia Ratsimandresy : Two Duos - LP (Otoroku, 2022)

  • “Two Duos” is pressed from cellist Okkyung Lee’s most recent OTO Residency; the first side a duo with Jérôme Noetinger on Revox B77 and the second with Nadia Ratsimandresy on Ondes Martenot. Cut together, the two meetings seem to raise three cellos in the search for expressive voice: the cello, it’s magnetic reproduction, and the dual controls of the machine invented to expand on its musical qualities / On the A side Noetinger’s opening tape hiss establishes a current; an electrical partner who gives Lee room to slide across and stretch out. Progressively the cello is returned, duplicated and manipulated with increased velocity and distortion. Noetinger draws out the full extent of Lee’s extended technique; rewinding strands of Lee's horse hair and transmuting her percussive attacks into shuddering echos, before letting his own concrete interjections spin the duo's sonic tussle into an almost romantic daydream / On side B the ondes (invented by French cellist and wartime radio operator Maurice Eugene Louis Martenot and so loved by Bernard Parmegiani, Varese and Messiaen) seems shaken from classical tradition and those long, drawn out horrorscapes it has come to be associated with. In a duel with Lee, Ratsimandresy grasps the ondes’ extraordinary capacity for dexterity, nuance and speed, hounding Lee’s cello in a bid to drive her instrument out of the past and into the future Two fantastic pairings and a testament to the freshness with which Lee and her collaborators continue to work with their instruments

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  • Steve Roach : Structures From Silence - LP (Telephone Explosion, 2021)

  • “Structures From Silence remains one of the most important ambient albums ever crafted…. its enduring influence has been unmistakably visible in the four decades since its release. It has never been more relevant.” – FACTmag / Released in 1984, Structures From Silence remains an iconic American release in the ambient and electronic genres. It’s a well-respected soundtrack for contemplation, relaxation, meditation, and focused creativity. The album continues to appear at the top of charts and is mentioned as one of the best releases in the genre; even more importantly, it is a meaningful touchstone for thousands upon thousands of listeners who have lived many years within its nurturing embrace. The album has endured, growing more potent over time, especially in the accelerated pace of today’s life. Emotional, powerful, and enriching, it is a living example of the true healing quality that music can hold / For Structures’ 30th anniversary, Steve went back to the original analog mixes for a 24/96k remaster by Howard Givens that reveals luscious quality and subtle tonal detail not heard since the 1984 master. “With today’s evolution of audiophile analog mastering tools,” Steve says, “we were able to reveal the original beauty, detail and essence-of-tone captured on the 30 ips analog master which has not been heard like this until now.”

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  • Arthur Russell : Another Thought - 2xLP (Be With, 2021)

  • Another Thought was the first collection of Arthur Russell’s music to be released after his death in 1992. Released on CD by Point Music in 1993 it marked the beginning of nearly 30 years of work to let the world hear the enormous archive of unreleased recordings Arthur left behind. Be With revisits this first compilation for a new gatefold double vinyl version and a triple-fold digipak CD re-issue / This is the only place where you can hear some of Arthur’s most recognisable music, like the title track Another Thought, A Little Lost, This Is How We Walk On The Moon, Keeping Up and the woozy disco of In The Light Of The Miracle and My Tiger, My Timing. Though technically a compilation, the whole of Another Thought comes together as a consistent, coherent, wonderful album / Thanks to Janette Beckman for helping us reproduce her iconic photograph of Arthur in his newspaper boat hat for the new vinyl sleeve. And thanks also to Arthur’s partner Tom Lee for giving us permission to include his liner notes from the original CD booklet, together with Arthur’s lyrics. Another Thought is absolutely essential for even the most casual Arthur Russell collection. In fact we’d argue it’s essential for any fan of non-obvious pop music

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  • Don Cherry : The Summer House Sessions - LP (Blank Forms Editions, 2021)

  • Black vinyl, pressed at RTI and housed in a heavy-duty tip-on Stoughton jacket, with insert / In 1968, Don Cherry had already established himself as one of the leading voices of the avant-garde. Having pioneered free jazz as a member of Ornette Coleman’s classic quartet, and with a high profile collaboration with John Coltrane under his belt, the globetrotting jazz trumpeter settled in Sweden with his partner Moki and her daughter Neneh. There, he assembled a group of Swedish musicians and led a series of weekly workshops at the ABF, or Workers’ Educational Association, from February to April of 1968, with lessons on extended forms of improvisation including breathing, drones, Turkish rhythms, overtones, silence, natural voices, and Indian scales / That summer, saxophonist and recording engineer Göran Freese—who later recorded Don’s classic Organic Music Society and Eternal Now LPs—invited Don, members of his two working bands, and a Turkish drummer to his summer house in Kummelnäs, just outside of Stockholm, for a series of rehearsals and jam sessions that put the prior months’ workshops into practice. Long relegated to the status of a mysterious footnote in Don’s sessionography, tapes from this session, as well as one professionally mixed tape intended for release, were recently found in the vaults of the Swedish Jazz Archive, and the lost Summer House Sessions are finally available over fifty years after they were recorded

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  • Grouper : Shade - LP (Kranky, 2021)

  • The 12th full-length by Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris aka Grouper is a collection of songs spanning 15 years. She characterizes Shade as an album about respite, and the coast, poetically and literally. How we frame ourselves in a landscape, how in turn it frames ourselves; memories and experiences carried forward mapping our connection to place / Songs touch on loss, flaws, hiding places, love. Deep connections to the Bay Area, and the North Coast, with its unique moods of solitude, beauty, and isolation—a place described and transformed by the chaos and power of river-mouth, wild maritime storms, columns of mist that rise up unexpectedly on the road at night. Portions were recorded on Mount Tamalpais during a self-made residency years back, other pieces made longer ago in Portland, while the rest were tracked during more recent sessions in Astoria. Throughout, Harris threads a hidden radiant language of voice, disquiet, and guitar, framed by open space and the sense of being far away / Grouper is the solo project of American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris. Grouper has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Xiu Xiu, Tiny Vipers (Mirrorring), Roy Montgomery, The Bug, Lawrence English (Slow Walkers), and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Raum)

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  • Don Cherry's New Researches, Naná Vasconcelos : Organic Music Theatre Festival De Jazz De Chateauvallon 1972 - 2xLP (Blank Forms Editions, 2021)

  • Black vinyl, pressed at RTI and housed in a heavy-duty tip-on gatefold Stoughton jacket. In the late 1960s, the American trumpet player and free jazz pioneer Don Cherry (1936–1995) and the Swedish visual artist and designer Moki Cherry (1943–2009) began a collaboration that imagined an alternative space for creative music, most succinctly expressed in Moki’s aphorism “the stage is home and home is a stage.” By 1972, they had given name to a concept that united Don’s music, Moki’s art, and their family life in rural Tagårp, Sweden into one holistic entity: Organic Music Theatre. Captured here is the historic first Organic Music Theatre performance from the 1972 Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon in the South of France, mastered from tapes recorded during its original live broadcast on public TV / A life-affirming, multicultural patchwork of borrowed tunes suffused with the hallowed aura of Don’s extensive global travels, the performance documents the moment he publicly jettisoned his identity as a jazz musician, and represents the start of his communal “mystical” period, later crystallized in recordings such as Organic Music Society, Relativity Suite, Brown Rice, and the soundtrack for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain. The musicians in Don Cherry’s New Researches, hailing from Brazil, Sweden, France, and the US, converged on Chateauvallon from all over Europe / The five-person band—Don and Moki Cherry, Christer Bothén, Gérard “Doudou” Gouirand, and Naná Vasconcelos— performed in an outdoor amphitheater and were joined onstage by a dozen adults and children, including Swedish friends who tagged along for the trip and Det Lilla Circus (The Little Circus), a Danish puppet troupe based in Christiania, Copenhagen. The platform was lined with Moki’s carpets and her handmade, brightly colored tapestries, depicting Indian scales and bearing the words Organic Music Theatre, dressed the stage. As the musicians played, members of Det Lilla, led by Annie Hedvard, danced, sang, and mounted an improvised puppet show on poles high up in the air

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  • ensemble 0, Pauline Oliveros, György Ligeti : Musica Nuvolosa - CD (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • After its reading of Julius Eastman's Feminine, released in 2021, the Ensemble 0 revisit the repertoires of Pauline Oliveros and György Ligeti from another angle. From the works of Oliveros, they exhumed a deeply meditative piece for accordion and voice, giving it a new life in the form of vaporous, cloud-riding chamber music. With Ligeti, the piano radicalism of the Musica Ricercata miniatures crops up again in a new and as yet unreleased orchestration / The Ensemble 0 (pronounced zero) is a collective created in 2004 whose full-time members are Stéphane Garin, Joël Merah and Sylvain Chauveau. They are based in Bayonne (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium). The ensemble performs mainly pieces by living composers, as well as compositions by its members. The band has many regular collaborators and guests, allowing the line-up to increase or decrease according to each specific project. The ensemble 0 has played live around Europe (France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Germany) and in Asia (Japan, Taiwan). They have released a number of records on international labels and have been reviewed or interviewed in magazines and websites such as The Wire, Vital Weekly, Fluid Radio, Mouvement, Ecocolo, The Sound Projector, Textura, Hawais

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  • Sote : Noise Made in Beautiful Rotten Iran - CD (Sub Rosa, 2022)

  • It's an all electronic affair, harmonically maximalist, predominantly symphonic-synthetic, requiring active listening. Some pieces function as challengers of musical structural habits, provoking the short attention span culture, others present a problem-solution scenario, collectively via a neoteric noise aesthetic and detailed melodic weaving. Ultimately, the objective was to engineer an assortment of works full of sound, euphonic and vivid in nature / The making of this album was intentionally a very personal process, going into self therapy territory at times interpreting the composer's contemplating mind dealing with tolerance, destruction, compassion, misery, grace and tyranny in an auditory manner. Some pieces function as challengers of musical structural habits, provoking the short attention span culture, others present a problem-solution scenario, collectively via a neoteric noise aesthetic and detailed melodic weaving. Ultimately, the objective was to engineer an assortment of works, awash with euphonic sound vivid in its essence, with a deep focus on various synthesis techniques within a compositional framework. Dedicated to Peter Rehberg aka Pita

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  • Various Artists : Do You Believe It?: American Soul Music 1960-1972 - 3xLP (Cairo, 2020)

  • A triple LP of soul hits and obscurities all recorded from 1964 to 1972. No punches pulled. The 6th in the Cairo soul records series and easily the best in the series. Cover has gold foil stamping. Comes in black sleeves and with a twenty four page 12" X 12" full color booklet

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  • Various Artists : The Truth Is A Lie: American Soul Music 1955-1972 - 2xLP (Cairo, 2018)

  • Stunning compilation of great soul songs. The third in a six part series of compilations following a similar logic as Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music - only where Smith covered folk, blues, gospel and old timey, this compilation covers just American soul music recorded between 1962 and 1975. Many deep ballads and a few rockers. Features extensive 12 page liner notes with lots of photo's as well as a real special bonus insert. Cover has gold foil printing, and the records are housed in classy black sleeves. Super fancy limited edition double LP not to be missed

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  • Various Artists : Looking Back - LP (Cairo, 2021)

  • Compilation of Sam Cooke's great production work for his independent SAR label. SAR Records was founded by Sam Cooke and JW Alexander in 1959 and closed in 1965, shortly after Sam passing away. Nobody knows knows what "SAR" stood for. Sam kept that secret and died with it. (Maybe it was "Sam and Alex Records"?). They had one employee - Zelda Samuels. She wrote songs, handled all publishing and distribution and ran the office more or less solo / Their office was just two desks and a piano in a tiny room. SAR records was the kind of small family affair that Stax was in it's early years and Motown pretended to be. The label produced both Gospel and secular recordings, all with the odd distinction of sounding almost like Sam Cooke / SAR co-founder J.W. Alexander explains:the goals of the label as such - “We wanted to give young black artists the benefit of as good a production as they could get with a major company. We used the top studios. We didn’t short-cut. We never thought of it as a training ground. We thought of it as an opportunity to contribute something back to the community.” This compilation features Gospel side by side with soul and R&B songs. Classics by RH Harris, the Simms Twins, The Womack Brothers, The Valentinos, The Soul Stirrers and more. Stardard b/w jacket, very limited copies

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  • Various Artists : Strange World - 2xLP (Pyramid, 2021)

  • A double LP with 42 pages of full color 12" X 12" liner notes bound into a gatefold LP with a shiny silver foil front cover / “Strange World" is a compilation of cosmic and earthly doo wop and R&B from Jamaica and America. The songs are mostly sparse, beautiful and spacey. Features unreleased demos as well as hard to find songs found only on 45's from the 1950's. The liner notes feature unseen photos and cosmic art. Pyramid Records is a new label focusing on deluxe very small pressings. The goal is to make "dream records" that speak of an alter destiny better than what we got going these days

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  • Clara Rockmore : The Lost Theremin Album - LP (Mississippi, 2021)

  • Old school tip-on jacket, 160g high quality vinyl and 8 page booklet featuring rare photos and oral history with insights from Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg, Bob Moog, and more / A new LP collection of incredible performances by the virtuosa of theremin, Clara Rockmore, accompanied by her sister Nadia Reisenberg on piano. Recorded in 1975 and never before released on vinyl, this compendium features stellar performances of compositions by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Gershwin and more, and even features a cello ensemble on a few songs! / Some of the finest examples of Clara Rockmore’s unrivaled art - rich with bittersweet moments of air, electricity, human grace and emotional composition all merging into some new thing that is transcendent of time and genre

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  • Clara Rockmore : Theremin - LP (Mississippi, 2021)

  • Official reissue of the 1977 album of Clara Rockmore’s stunning theremin performances of various classical compositions, accompanied by her sister Nadia Reisenberg on piano. Includes gorgeous interpretations of pieces by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and more. An all time classic classical album, finally back in print / Rockmore was a violin child prodigy with training at the Imperial Conservatory in St. Petersberg. A refugee of the Russian Revolution, she arrived in New York with her family in 1921, and soon after met Professor Lev Sergeyevich Termen, inventor of the remarkable theremin, one of the first electronic instruments in existence / Rockmore stunned crowds by playing music both highly technical and emotionally intense, all without ever touching her instrument. Her work represented the cutting edge of electronic music, inspiring a generation of innovators (including Bob Moog, who co-produced this record). On her custom built theremin, Rockmore channeled deep human emotion through an electronic device for the first time

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  • Various Artists : The World Is A Cafeteria - American Soul Music 1955-1998 - 2xLP (Cairo, 2021)

  • Repress with slightly different artwork. Deluxe tip-on gold foil cover / An album of sublime spiritual music by one of our favorite artists, Brother Theotis Taylor of Fitzgerald, GA. Throughout the 70s, Brother Taylor fasted, prayed and, when the spirit hit, ran his reel-to-reel recorder. He played piano and sang in a heavenly falsetto, burning through entire reels at a time. "We visited Brother Taylor at his home last year to talk about releasing some of his old Pitch singles (rare 7"s on the storied Savannah gospel label). Instead, the artist, now 92, suggested we listen to these old reels." / This album by one of our all-time favorite artists is the result

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  • Luc Ferrari : Labyrinthe de Violence - 2xLP (Alga Marghen, 2021)

  • Hand-numbered gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves / The venerable Alga Marghen returns with "Labyrinthe de Violence", their new release of previously unreleased recordings by Luc Ferrari connected to his Atelier de Libération de la Musique experience, this time sprawling across two stunning LPs. Capturing the four soundtracks conceived for the Galiéra Museum installation in Paris, we encounter the composer imbued with politics and social concern, in a dramatic atmosphere like he's rarely been heard. Absolutely astounding and as historically important as archival releases come. This one can't be missed! / Labyrinthe de Violence is a truly illuminating statement that takes us into the mind of one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, while deftly bridging the gap between us and the turbulent 1970s. Each of its works is brilliant through its ideas and imbued with a remarkable sense of directness, life, and feeling. They are human, open, and do everything which Ferrari set out to do in his grand project in sound. It boggles the mind to understand why these recordings have remained out of earshot for so long. Alga Marghen has done it again. Issued in a beautiful gatefold edition, these never before heard recordings are as essential as archival releases come

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  • Steve Lacy, Andrea Centazzo : Clangs - LP (Holidays, 2022)

  • Ictus Records' reissue initiative fittingly begins with Clangs, the first LP issued by the label in 1976. Featuring Steve Lacy on soprano saxophone, bird calls, and pocket synthesizer (or "crack box”), with Andrea Centazzo on drums, percussion, whistle, and vocals, the album is the culmination of a couple of weeks that the two artists spent together while Lacy was touring Italy during that year / Clangs encounters Lacy - one of the giants of American free jazz - already two decades into a career defined by brilliant collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and Thelonious Monk, as well as a sprawling body of visionary work as a leader. Like so much of his work leading into this period, it draws upon the saxophonist’s belief that an artist should 'play what you feel’, a position that Centazzo - roughly 15 years Lacy’s junior - recalls as having torn down the curtain that separated his technique from his creativity / Comprising a series of duets that investigate timbral relationships, the fragmentation of melody, and abrasive, provocative noise - shifting from the sparse, airy, and restrained, to dance clusters of interplay and back again - Clangs, for all its radicalism and forward-thinking gestures, rests firmly within the historic structures of jazz, deploying the idiom of theme / solo / theme. Lacy’s playing is at the top of his form - fluttering and dancing with a primal touch - met by Centazzo’s rattle and pattern of percussive interventions, the notes and polyrhythms of each respective player being the product of careful listening, response, and raising the bar

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  • Tongues of Mount Meru : Naga Mountain - 4xCD Box (Holidays, 2022)

  • Black cardboard box set with embossed gold print. Lasse Marhaug and Jon Wesseltoft have collaborated in a variety of projects over the years, but started the Tongues of Mount Meru duo back in 2008 as a collaboration to pursue their shared interest in sustained and closely calibrated sounds, and the phenomenological impact they have on the act of listening. They started recording a session each year from 2008 to 2011 in Oslo utilising harmoniums, organs, shruti boxes, oscillators, and computers and accumulated a large pool of material. Some of that material wound up on tapes and vinyls over the years, but they kept the hour-long pieces with an intended major future release in mind. These pieces are now collected in this monumental 4 disc box set / Clocking in at the total of over 4 hours, with over 10 years in the making, this music was crafted with a clear intent to influence its listeners sense of time and mental colour analogous to the music’s stringently, and at times claustrophobic, unfolding narrative. Slowly blooming clusters of wave interference kaleidoscopic blending together with lower frequency binaural pulse patterns / It is as if light has been pitched down, and its oscillating and shimmering coating of gradually shifting overtone cycles opens up and crashes down again into the ocean of waves continually churning around its own time axis. Drawing upon their joint interest in minimalism and long-form music, raga theory and electro-acoustics, Marhaug and Wesseltoft conjures up a focused power of both beauty and unease to deeply establish a state of hypnotic attentiveness. The result is a hallucinatory and intense set of finely tuned and tectonic long-form pieces, and is a must for anyone even remotely interested in any form of sustained sounds, and its impact on the mind

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  • Jean-Yves Bosseur : Musiques Vertes - LP (Holidays, 2021)

  • First ever vinyl reissue of Jean-Yves Bosseur's visionary LP “Musiques Vertes”, recorded by the legendary French ornithologist and wildlife field recordist Jean-Claude Roché, originally issued by Atelier 82. Utilising handmade instruments constructed from plants and other natural materials, played by a collective of children and untrained musicians, its radically experimental sounds build a revelatory bridge between the avant-garde and ancient forms of folk. Jean-Yves Bosseur is a relatively obscure figure in the history of the French avant-garde. A student of Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as a close associate of Knud Viktor, he belonged to the legendary collective Groupe d'Etude et Réalisation Musicale GERM, widely celebrated for their realization of Terry Riley's Keyboard Study 2, issued by BYG / Actuel in 1970 / The “Musiques Vertes” project began in South East France during the late 1970s, spearheaded by Christine Armengaud, who was investigating, via elderly people in the region, a long tradition of musical instruments made with organic materials and plants. With their help, she was able to construct 240 instruments, collected in her book “Musiques Vertes”, published in 1978 by Christine Bonneton éditeur, that had long been used for bird calls, dancing, toys of young shepherds and children, and much more, but had been lost to common usage following the First World War / While the acoustic practises that underscore Musiques Vertes display a deep resonance with those embarked upon by artists like Akio Suzuki, Toshiya Tsunoda, and Jeph Jerman, the structural resemblance, held deeply within utopian avant-garde principles, falls far closer to experimental electronic works that might have emerged from experimental electronic studios like Groupe de Recherches Musicales or EMS, or subtle object oriented efforts in free improvisation. Bubbling textures and atonalities, blended with sounds from the natural environment, intermingle with staggering birdsong-alike tonalities and rattling percussive passages, producing striking moments of abstraction that retain a remarkable sense of humanity and ease. A document of pure sonic magic and stunningly organic creativity

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  • Anton Bruhin : Rotomotor / InOut - LP (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • In the mid-1970s Anton Bruhin was surely at the peak of his tape manipulation works. Always using poor techniques and equipment he sculpted everyday-life sonic objects turning them into very accomplished and yet totally experimental music artifacts. The works presented here surely are among the most accomplished results of his expanded creativity. “InOut”, a masterpiece for tuning whistle, mouthharps, flutes, toy and party gag instruments, percussion, bells, electric razor, model ship engine with propeller, birdcall whistles, CH-Phon, feedback speaker-microphone, siren, double shawm, falling down spoon, jew’s harp (only two short notes), tearing scotch tape from the spool, ocarina, hair dryer and other noise makers plus occasionally radio tuner was recorded in Zurich between May 17th and May 22nd, 1981, on a Sanyo M7300L stereo radio cassette recorder with both integrated and external microphone / The recorder is in the recording standby position, both RECORD and PAUSE buttons are pushed. Then Bruhin sings or plays a tone into the microphone. During this tone he releases the PAUSE button by pushing it. Subsequently he presses the PAUSE button again within a fraction of a second. Now the first short note is recorded. In “InOut” thousands of very short notes were added this way, like a patchwork, like an acoustic quilt with geometric irregularities and varied patterns. “Rotomotor”, subtitled “ein motorische Idiotikon”, is a 28 minutes long reading representing one of Bruhin's major works. Written in Zurich between 1976 and 1977, then recorded in August 1978 at Etienne Conod’s Sunrise Studio. “Rotomotor” is a poetic Idiotikon of the swiss-german dialect where, instead of the straight alphabetical order, the words are organized according to the similarities of their letters (each word differ from the previous one by just one letter) / For this reading a delay equipment which repeated the signal after 0.6 seconds was used and each word is superimposed to the echo of the preceding one. On one hand this echo generates the rhythm of the performance, on the other it supports the acoustic metamorphosis of the words. As always in Anton Buhin poetics, a very simple concept perfectly accomplished. Anton Bruhin in the 1960s began organizing happenings and performances, creating sound works, designing and typesetting his own books (which he self-published with Hannes R. Bossert through April-Verlag), drawing and writing poetry. Anton Bruhin was a member of the first class to study at the F+F School with Serge Stauffer, famous art teacher and specialist in Marcel Duchamp, where he came into contact with concrete poetry, Fluxus and experimental music

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  • Steve Lacy, Andrea Centazzo, Kent Carter : Trio Live - LP (Ictus, 2022)

  • Originally issued in 1977, Trio Live was recorded in 1976, only a handful of days after Steve Lacy and Andrea Centazzo’s Clangs was laid to tape, presumably capturing another moment on the same two-week tour that had rendered the recordings for its brilliant predecessor. This time, the pair - Lacy and Centazzo - is joined by the American bassist, Kent Carter, a sinfully under-appreciated artist who had worked extensively in Steve Lacy's group, played on the two Jazz Composer's Orchestra LPs, and toured in the bands of Don Cherry, Alan Silva, Mal Waldron, Bobby Bradford, Max Roach, Roswell Rudd, Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Trevor Watts, Steve McCall and many others. The previous year, he had also delivered the stellar LP, Kent Carter Solo With Claude Bernard, as Ictus’ second LP, allowing Trio Live to be understood as a narrowing of an already tight circle, despite its slightly expanded ensemble / Arguably best defining the first two entries in the Ictus reissue series - Clangs and Drops - is a sense of rigorous and artistry. While no less present across the length Trio Live, what takes the forward charge throughout its five tracks is a sense of joy and pure pleasure in playing together. The sounds and structural interventions are locked in and tight, feeling at ease and intuitively responsive in the ways that players with a history of collaboration are only able to produce / From swinging and chugging to stepped back and sparse combinations of rhythm and tone - moving from the lingering sensibilities of straight-ahead jazz to radically out hard blow fire - Trio Live is a cornucopia of brilliant artistry and improvised music

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  • Alessandro Bosetti : Plane/Talea 31-34 - 2xLP (Holidays, 2022)

  • Since a few years Alessandro Bosetti has been collecting voices that become part of the Plane/Talea archive. The creation of the archive stems from dozens of individual meetings and recording sessions, in which each voice is detached from its owner or originator and anonymized. With each new iteration and performance, Bosetti plays the archive as if it were an instrument. He searches for hidden details and correspondences through exploration, immersion and contemplation / Each re-activation of the archive results in a dense and swarming polyphony made up of thousands of short utterances - shorter than any word bearing a meaning - recombined and interwoven into complex textures. The particularity of the grain of Plane/Talea lies in the autonomous and darting life that each of these fragments lives in a teeming community of voices. Such polyphonies are rich in microtonal detail emerging from the incessant juxtaposition of vocal objets trouvés. Harmonic relationships are sometimes rough and chaotic, other times surprisingly just. The voices are never treated electronically but only recombined and musical tension is provided by the particular grain, inflection, energy of each one of them in counterpoint to the others and to a frugally used instrumentarium (Harpsichord, Ondes Martenot, Cristal Baschet, grand piano, analog synth, Hammond organ) / Implicit reference goes to ancient, modern and postmodern forms of vocal polyphony. "Plane/Talea 31-34" - the continuation of the homonymous 2016 LP - is a work of sampling that projects an imaginary community and a disembodied choir. The four arching and extensive tracks were created between 2017 and 2018 and bear the trace of two specific moments: August nights in a country house in Vicobarone, in the hills of Piacenza (31-32) and a week-long residency at the "Studio Venezia", an environment created by French artist Xavier Veilhan in the French pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale (33-34)

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  • Anton Bruhin : Rotomotor / InOut - CD Box (Alga Marghen, 2022)

  • CD from 2001 re-packed in a brown envelope with an exclusive stamp and are also available now for distribution in very limited quantities / Rotomotor is a poetic Idiotikon of the Swiss-German dialect where, instead of the straight alphabetical order, the words are organized according to the similarities of their letters (each word differs from the previous one by just one letter). For this reading, a delay is repeated in the signal after 0.6 seconds and each word is superimposed into the echo of the preceding one. On one hand this echo generates the rhythm of the performance, on the other it supports the acoustic metamorphosis of the words. Again, a very simple concept perfectly accomplished. What results from the whole program is maybe difficult to describe, and maybe more easily perceivable in a state of alternate consciousness. But surely, it is a quite unique sense of acoustic approach; so no surprise to see him mentioned in the mythical Nurse With Wound reference list

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  • Katalin Ladik : Water Angels - LP (Alga Marghen, 2021)

  • A major part of Katalin Ladik’s work was associated with vocal and instrumental music, although she had no particular music qualifications, nor was she an ‘amateur musician’, but rather a phenomenon of music excesses and voice miracles, combining music, theatre and poetry. Her music essentially addresses relations between sound and woman’s body. It was the music of a female body and its motions, transformation, action and expression: when she produced sounds with her body as a music instrument, playing folk or self-made instruments nude; when she voiced poetry or transformed voice into linguistically inarticulate sounds of phonic poetry; when her voice turned into a scream transforming poetry into acoustic event of music; or when she borrowed her transgressive voice to experimental musicians / Katalin Ladik pursued her interest in music with the collaboration and life with the composer, musicologist and ethnomusicologist Ernö Király, while working for the Radio Novi Sad. Király developed his unconventional style in a synthesis of Hungarian folklore and free modes of music performance based on the relation composer-performer. Important issue for Ladik was how a woman attained subjectivity – unique feeling of the world – with a voice distinguishing her body as feminine / The other important context of Ladik’s involvement in music was the contact with the Ensemble Acezantez (Ansambl centra za nove tendencije Zagreb) and the composers Dubravko Detoni, Branimir Saka? and Milko Kelemen. The ensemble was founded in 1970 and lead by Dubravko Detoni. The ensemble focused on combinations of tone and noise, movement, light, acting and pantomime. Katalin Ladik performed with them in 1972 and 1973

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  • Ignatz : The Drain - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2016)

  • Ignatz returns with his 6th full album to KRAAK. On The Drain he reveals himself as a master who as found the essence. You probably know that Ignatz is the moniker of Bram Devens. He stole it from the mouse in the legendary Krazy Kat comics by George Herriman. After several releases on Fonal Records, Ultra Eczema and Goaty Tapes, he releases his 4th album on KRAAK, co-joined by the great Feeding Tube records / Ignatz’ new album consists of a hypnotic and mystical song cycle that centre around leitmotifs as despair, sobriety and the drain on his backyard. The Drain is a master piece, on which the Landen based troubadour weaves echos of South American folk music into a complex of harsh folk, shallow blues and loner psych. He flushed the crappy electronics from his early records through the drain and created room for sparse fingerpicking and mumbled singing. In the 11 songs Devens finally reveals himself as the master guitar player and song writer that he always has been / The Drain dissects in grandeur the human void, for which only codeine is the appropriate remedy. We are lucky that Ignatz’ version of The Great Void is soothingly synonymous with The Essence

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  • Apulati Bien : Azone - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, Promesses, 2022)

  • Glo-green vinyl to guide you through the dankness, sheltered in a plastic sleeve with homemade silk-screened insert / Chopped time, splintered tones, and arhythmic poundings are some of the known characteristics of a slippery multiverse that lies beyond the day-glo wasteland. Its hybrid realities bristle and reveal themselves as dualistic mental and sensorial outputs, where a prismatic array of arthropodic sounds, warped prophecies and broken dance codes are repurposed and distilled, populating sonic areas that exist here and now, but also nowhere and never / Promesses and KRAAK are proud to join forces on the occasion of Apulati Bien’s first vinyl release, “Azone”. Eleven apocalyptic braindance cuts make up this enigmatic album, where synthetic-insectoid soundscapes melt with raw ghetto beats for a result that is somewhere between mutant footwork, deconstructed dancehall and melancholic poetry that can be found in tracks such as “Non Riesco” (which features Italian vocals from Brussels-based artist, Radio Hito). Apulati Bien’ music breaks the boundaries between the real and synthetic world, and at the end of the album the question remains: Am I a robot?

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  • Köhn : Kreis Plön - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2017)

  • Almost 20 years ago Jürgen De Blonde debuted on KRAAK with the nowadays unfindable and almost visionary album köhn 1. It was the starting point for a vital and wondrous exploration that lead him over paths of glitch, idm, shoe gaze, hypnagogic pop, improvised music, straight forward synth music, field recordings and kraut / In the middle of this ungraspable adventure through contemporary electronic music, Köhn stands as a genuine artist that stayed true to the curious spirit of the DIY knob twiddling and boggling boy he once was. KRAAK is proud to present his 7th album on KRAAK — Kreis Plön, which documents and envisions 20 years of exploring. It’s an album that is about a fusion of the past and the future, of separation and reconfiguration, of mourning and rejoicing, of noise and peace. Kreis Plön is about geolocation. It’s about probable fiction and looking for bits of different puzzles that fit together. An exercise in linear and perpendicular coherence devoid of any objective logic / In the middle of the album an artist is envisioning his place in the Now, questioning how or when he got there, as he links memories to imaginary places, and real places to imaginary histories. Kreis Plön stands as such a masterpiece that bluntly envisions the future of electronic music

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  • Kuupuu : Plz Tell Me - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2020)

  • Sparkly disjointed pop by Finnish luminary Jonna Karanka! / As part of legendary groups such as Avarus, Hertta Lussu Ässä and Olimpia Splendid, Jonna Karanka has been a key player in the Finnish underground for most of this century. Through her Kuupuu alias, she dwells among an illustrious generation of Finn sound wizards which includes Tomuttontu/Jan Anderzen, Tsemba/Marja Ahti, Lau Nau et al. Through the collaging of warbled acoustic instruments and looped-up electronics, Kuupuu has long been carving out her own lines into this post-free folk/neo-psychedelia lore / Plz Tell Me, her first LP since 2013’s Sisar, was originally a self-released cassette through which new forms emerged in the Kuupuu repertoire. Jungly orchestral arrangements meet slick dub-tinged productions in a series of pop tunes for disjointed times: whether you dance or swoon or stare confusedly into space is up to chance. The original nine tracks get the full LP treatment for this Belgo-Finn treaty renewal, with 12 songs that weave down endless summer full of disembodied voices that moan and quaver as they murmur lullabies to punctured beats. Plz Tell Me opens a dazzling zone for fantasies to inhabit and intertwine, where incongruent sounds and a noisy kit of dreamed storylines knit a full tapestry of whimsical bliss

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  • Typhonian Highlife : The World Of Shells - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2016)

  • Typhonian Highlife is the new moniker of Spencer Clark. Clark is the ultimate shape shifter, a trickster continuously mutating from a sci-fi hero, into a mystic guru or into a speculative visionary. As Typhonian Highlife he assimilates juxtapositions of the natural world and fantastic technology to reanimate the manieristic tradition. His compositions envision possible futures and speculative pasts. They imagine a new vision upon mankind, as a mythical underwater creature who creates meaning through a prosaic mysticism / His latest record, "The World Of Shells" works as an dream expedition that has overflowed itself into real time. Through continual material-world visualization a technological nature music unfolds as series of movements outlining the existence of Mythological African creature. Travelling through Hollywood, Hanging Rock, Australia, and The Ear of Dionysus in Sicily the creature was placed, and has enacted a music and art form that explores a sci-fi aquatic and wind-blown desert fusion to uncover the life and wanderings of this non-material being

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  • U.S. Girls : U.S. Girls On Kraak - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2011)

  • When we first heard the seductive sounds of Meghan Remy’s U.S. Girls in 08, we immediately fell in love with both the music and the persona. For her third full length “U.S. Girls on Kraak”, this astonishing muse of modern pop music extends her old lo-fi aesthetics into what is her most melodic and radio friendly output so far / Remy’s vocal abilities get a major stress on this record, clearly laying bare her sixties girl band and nineties R’nB influences, without losing touch with her early roughness en experimentalism. In barely thirty minutes Remy moves from the hit parade flavoured ‘Island Song’, over her sublime cover of Brandy & Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’, to an actual classic country song. This is all intertwined with her usual talent for shortsong-writing and raw esoteric scapes. “U.S. Girls on KRAAK” is probably Remy’s most accesible work to date, and a highlight in her oeuvre that might mark the end of her ‘early years’

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  • Goldblum : Of Feathers And Bones - LP ((K-RAA-K)³, 2021)

  • Extra sweet wax sounds enveloped by evocative offset printed artwork / KRAAK is proud to present the latest musical outing by one of Rotterdam’s most illustrious pairings in recent history. Marijn Verbiesen (Red Brut) and Michiel Klein (Lewsberg) musically reunite outside of their Sweat Tongue capacity in order to orchestrate a glimmering symphony of dreams-as-sounds in Of Feathers and Bones, their first full-length album as Goldblum. Poetic melodrama courses through these ten tracks, all ripe with an uncanny elegance that evokes the experience of sleepwalking in an abandoned film set where the glint and glamour of its dormant majesty still reverberate under the dust / Through the layering of portentous tape loops, sparkling bell chimes, and haunting keyboard melodics - all compounded by Marijn’s solemn enunciations - Of Feathers and Bones presents an array of disparate influences and tactics that tonally meander through poetic melodrama, languid esoterism and unforeseen chaos. The patterns that emerge over the course of these recordings offer the listener the distinct sensation of being privy to a surreal journey, like entering the musty space of faded postcards to the sounds of worlds familiar and far away. Let these muddled lullabies guide your ears into the chalky twilight

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  • Ignatz : You Can't See Me - 7" ((K-RAA-K)³, 2021)

  • Slick little jewel of a 7" with jacket artwork by the Ignatz himself. Wonky track order for the sticklers! / A shining talisman sent by the trusty lo-fi gods to beam a path out of darkness - good ole Ignatz does it again. By now he’s gone beyond the moniker to represent a near-disembodied entity, a humble personnage dwelling in spectral zones where ghost birds float attuned to the primal resonance of loner blues. You Can’t See Me, Ignatz’s latest outing on KRAAK, fully lays bare the vulnerability that has been an illuminated thread in his music, cultivating the kind of sparsity which hints towards ineffable truths / The present 7” contains four tracks of subtle magic. Presence and ego are fittingly obscured as Ignatz’s distinctive guitar work slips into hazy nether areas. Speckles of piano keys add an unexpected layer of otherworldliness to what is now a canon of comfort. Always unassuming yet unfailingly stirring, Ignatz continues to hold his own in a trajectory that pulls no punches and bears no gimmicks, his realness containing hues of pathos that reverberate deeply without explicitly revealing themselves. The invisible is not any less real, nor any less powerful, than what any self can behold

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  • Mariah : Utakata No Hibi - 2x12" (Everland Psych, 2020)

  • Black vinyl / New master, laminated gatefold sleeve, obi strip, A1 poster, lyric sheet, japanese Katta innersleeves / Mariah was a Japanese outfit in the field of art pop, way back in the very late 70s and early 80s with 5 albums up their score from 1980 to 1983. The album from 1979 entitled as "Mariah" was actually made before the band Mariah was formed, and was released as a solo album by Yasuaki Shimizu. The album at hand is the fifth and for the time being last album in this row, released as a double vinyl back in 1983. Original copies, that are at least in very good condition, are hard to find. The brand new reissue on Everland, unlike the original and the first vinyl reissue from 2015, comes housed in a thick and artfully designed gatefold sleeve with OBI, which finally does justice to the progressive spirit of the music you will find here

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  • Muslimgauze : Farouk Enjineer - 2xLP (Other Voices, 2021)

  • Black vinyl. 2021 remastered reissue with new artwork. Originally released in 1997 through Soleilmoon Recordings. This is extremely intense Arabic dub noise music, designed to blow minds and loudspeakers / This is Muslimgauze at their peak! This is one of the absolute best albums Bryn made, superb all around. Amazing high and low tech sounds circling and colliding together, to make one remarkable album. It sounds like you may have sand in your speakers. Unmistakable Gauze!

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  • Muslimgauze : Farouk Enjineer - 2xLP (Other Voices, 2021)

  • Gold vinyl handnumbered on back cover. 2021 remastered reissue with new artwork. Originally released in 1997 through Soleilmoon Recordings. This is extremely intense Arabic dub noise music, designed to blow minds and loudspeakers / This is one of the absolute best albums Bryn made, superb all around. Amazing high and low tech sounds circling and colliding together, to make one remarkable album. It sounds like you may have sand in your speakers. Unmistakable Gauze!

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  • Mariah : Utakata No Hibi - 2x12" (Everland Psych, 2021)

  • Transparent orange vinyl / New master, laminated gatefold sleeve, obi strip, A1 poster, lyric sheet, japanese Katta innersleeves / Mariah was a Japanese outfit in the field of art pop, way back in the very late 70s and early 80s with 5 albums up their score from 1980 to 1983. The album from 1979 entitled as "Mariah" was actually made before the band Mariah was formed, and was released as a solo album by Yasuaki Shimizu. The album at hand is the fifth and for the time being last album in this row, released as a double vinyl back in 1983. Original copies, that are at least in very good condition, are hard to find. The brand new reissue on Everland, unlike the original and the first vinyl reissue from 2015, comes housed in a thick and artfully designed gatefold sleeve with OBI, which finally does justice to the progressive spirit of the music you will find here

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  • Carlos Casas : Mutia - 3xLP (Matière Mémoire, 2019)

  • Red vinyl / Special edition with one bonus 12", art print and download code with exclusive bonus track of 99' / "While developing my last film about the elephant graveyard myth, I tried to imagine what that jungle and landscape that protected it might sound like. To do this, I created a series of soundscapes, atmospheres to help me understand that park, to imagine it; I tried to place it in the near future, around 2046. All the sounds that make up those sound compositions come from my references throughout the project, and from the atmospheres and radiofrequencies captured during the filming in Sri Lanka; the deep jungles and magical places that helped me undertake that journey. When I finally finished editing the film itself, I decided to rework those sessions, to create an album that would recap that entire imaginary world I had created. The album is a way of inviting audiences to undertake that journey."

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  • Linien II : 1948-1949 - LP (Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi, 2022)

  • Includes a 24-page booklet. The Institute for Danish Sound Archeology is now releasing the earliest known Danish works of sound art. Five works from 1948-49 created by the artists Richard Winther (1926-2007), Hans “Bamse” Kragh-Jacobsen (1913-92), Niels Macholm (1915-1997), Ib Geertsen (1919-2009) and Gunnar Aagaard Andersen (1919-1982), all of whom were part of the artist group Linien II / The story of Linien II's sound experiments is a story about how a handful of young, idealistic, self-aggrandizing and silly Danish artist dandies in 1948 by a detour invented their own concrete sound art, almost exactly at the same time as radio technician and composer Pierre Schaeffer worked on developing his musique concrète in Paris – and even presented their concrete sound works to the public at an exhibition in Copenhagen before Schaeffer's first and landmark musical concrète work Cinq études de bruits was premiered on French radio / The release presents five experimental sound works that in different ways represent the artists’ attempts at finding new solutions to a set of formal aesthetic concerns in relation to concrete art by transposing them into the medium of sound. It is a story that hasn’t been told before, as the works until now have only existed in two sets of copies on the original fragile lacquer records, both of which have been locked deep inside museum archives. Now the historical sound works can finally be heard when the Institute for Danish Sound Archeology are releasing them on LP almost 75 years after their recording. Accompanying the release a comprehensive art historical text knits together the story about the creation and context of the experimental sound works

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  • 2o21onG, SoiSong : kAm1e - CD (Soisong, 2022)

  • Origami-inspired edition / The first Soisong album recorded in 2007 in Bangkok Thailand, total time 47 min

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  • Masonna : Masonna Vs. Bananamara - LP (Urashima, 2022)

  • On 1988 Masonna released debut album Like a Vagina on cassette by Coquette  (reissued on vinyl by Urashima last year), an overdriven blast of psychedelia and harsh noise, that would rattle everything in its wake. Masonna Vs. Bananamara, Masonna’s second release,