…..news letter #933 – melt…..

Another fairly light week for new arrivals, but loads of nice used stuff going out. Come down for a dig.

I know I’ve been saying this for a while, but now that the holidays are past we will be trying to sort out this HIRING someone real soon! If you dream of hanging out and talking about records all day, then bring us a resume along with your top ten albums of 2019 and of all time!

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Robert Haigh: Black Sarabande (Unseen Worlds) LP
Black Sarabande expands upon pianist-composer Robert Haigh’s beguiling debut for Unseen Worlds with a collection of intimate and evocative piano-led compositions. The album opens with the title track – a spacious, plaintive piano motif develops through a series of discordant variations before resolving. On “Stranger On The Lake,” sweeping textures and found sounds lay the foundation for a two chord piano phrase evoking a sense of elegy. “Wire Horses” is an atmospheric audio painting of open spaces and distant lights. “Air Madeleine” uses variations in tempo and dynamics to craft the most seductively melodic track on the album. “Arc Of Crows” improvises on a single major seventh chord, splintering droplets of notes as ghostly wisps of melodic sound slowly glide into view. “Ghosts Of Blacker Dyke” is a melancholic evocation of Haigh’s roots in England’s industrial north – intermingling dissonant sounds of industry within a set of languid piano variations. “Progressive Music” is constructed around a series of lightly dissonant arpeggiated piano chords which modulate through major and minor key changes before resolving at a wistful and enigmatic refrain. In “The Secret Life of Air,” a nocturnal, low piano line slowly weaves its way through the close-miked ambience of the room, nearly halting as each note is allowed to form and reverberate into a blur with the next. The ambitious “Painted Serpent” calmly begins with drone-like pads and builds with the introduction of counterpoint piano lines and an orchestral collage of sound underpinned by a deliberate bass motif. “Broken Symmetry” and “Lady Lazarus” highlight Haigh’s gift for blurring the line between dissonance and harmony – opaque piano portraits of moonlight and shadows glancingly evoke the impressionistic palettes of Harold Budd, Debussy and Satie.

File Under: Ambient, Piano
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Dhaima: Love Lives Forever (Numero) LP
A heady mix of digi killers, digital roots, dub, electro, and unlikely vocoder magic, “Love Lives Forever” is the first ever compilation of Miami reggae-not-reggae diva Dhaima. The record gathers a collection of the original Natty Queen’s seminal ’80s and ’90s recordings, including her big 1982 chune “Reggae On Sunset,” the Ninakupenda-issued “Don’t Feel No Way,” the previously unreleased “Loving You Is My Thing,” and “Surrender” – the last song recorded before her untimely death in 2000.

File Under: Electro, Reggae

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Bill Fay: Countless Branches (Dead Oceans) LP
Fifty years after his debut album was released on Deram Records, Bill Fay returns with his third album for Dead Oceans, Countless Branches. The album was produced by Joshua Henry, who oversaw Fay’s extraordinary previous recordings for the label: Life Is People and Who is The Sender? Sounding more sparse and succinct than his previous records, Countless Branches collects compositions drawn from the trove of material Fay has amassed over 40 years, but with newly written words and melodies on his recurring themes: nature, the family of man, the cycle of life and the ineffable vastness of it all. A prime Fay song is often a deceptively simple thing, which carries more emotional weight than its concision and brevity might imply. There are ten of these musical haikus on Countless Branches, as pointed and as poignant as anything he’s ever recorded, as if songs waiting for their time have finally found their rightful place within our current zeitgeist. The cast list has slimmed down from previous sessions. Guitarist Matt Deighton remains as Fay’s trusted MD and the musicians have mostly all played on Fay’s albums in the past. But both Henry and Fay thought that, this time, there should be more of Bill on his own at the piano, or with minimal accompaniment. Unique to his work is the voice and worldview of a venerable musician and writer who went unheard for nearly 30 years. His newest material retains the awestruck, inquisitive feel of those early songs. They often evoke landscapes, ancient and sacred places, as their author traverses the outdoors to marvel at it all. He doesn’t wish to proselytize or impart any particular belief system in his work, but his songs have a powerful spiritual component. He sings of family trees and the mysteries of the natural world. He considers childhood, human grace, good and evil, the passage of time, and powerful forces we don’t yet understand.

File Under: Folk
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Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth (Universal) LP
At long last, the definitive version of Nine Inch Nails’ 2005 studio album With Teeth, meticulously prepared by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and NIN art director John Crawford! The expanded release includes a new remaster of the album on 180g vinyl 2LP with “lots of details attended to that you may never notice but we care about,” notes the trio. More than five years after The Fragile, Trent Reznor and the band returned with their second chart-topper, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and featuring the hit single, “The Hand That Feeds.” Now sober and focused, Reznor and company pursued a harder rock sound than their usual industrial roots. “‘The Hand That Feeds’ almost sounds live and deceptively less electronic than anything NIN has released in recent years,” wrote Billboard . “Add in an 80s-sounding keyboard solo and Reznor’s wonderfully intense delivery and the result is poised to become the biggest single of NIN’s career.” Billboard was right, the track gave NIN one of their highest charting singles and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.

File Under: Electronic, Rock
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Professionals: s/t (Madlib Medicine Show) LP
Housed in a die-cut, embossed jacket exclusive to the first pressing. The Professionals – Beats by Madlib. Raps by Oh No. Real. Rap. Shit. Featuring Adub, Elzhi, Chino XL. Madlib is a highly regarded and influential hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, who has left his distinct and stylized sound on classic tracks and critically beloved albums by the likes of MF DOOM (Madvillain), J Dilla (JayLib), Talib Kweli (Liberation), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Seeds), and more. Madlib’s collaborations with rapper Freddie Gibbs (Piñata & 2019’s Bandana) are some of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of the past decade, and his various DJ mix compilations (Madlib Medicine Show, Beat Konducta) have earned high praise from a variety of journalistic sources. Oh No is a rapper and producer who has left his mark across a wide swath of releases. His 2006 concept album Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (which exclusively sampled the works of musical theatre composer Galt MacDermot) was highly acclaimed upon its release, as well as his various crate-digging DJ mix projects (Dr. No’s Oxperiment, Dr. No’s Ethiopium). He has produced tracks for the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli, and Prodigy, while contributing guest verses to tracks by Czarface, Apathy, Murs, Little Brother, and more.”

File Under: Hip Hop, Madlib
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Throbbing Gristle: Part Two: The Endless Not & TG Now (Mute) LP
Throbbing Gristle’s Part Two: The Endless Not was originally released in 2007, and was the band’s first full length studio record in 25 years. Pitchfork wrote, “The Endless Not features some of the subtlest songwriting of TG’s career, playing that knot of tension for all its worth and all the more disturbing for how pensive and restrained it feels.” PopMatters said that the album “sounds like a core of musicians who have rediscovered whatever spark it was that led them to create the entity that they are now so often defined by.” The album has not been available on vinyl since its initial release. TG Now was released in 2004 through the band’s own record label Industrial Records and was originally sold at the RE:TG live show at the Astoria in London. Mute presents Part Two: The Endless Not and TG Now together here in one colored vinyl 3LP box set!

File Under: Industrial, Electronic
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Throbbing Gristle: A Souvenir of Camber Sands (Mute) LP
This colored vinyl 2LP release documents Throbbing Gristle’s infamous live show recorded at their 2004 performance as part of Jake and Dinos Chapman’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. The performance was dedicated to their dear friend and co-conspirator, John Balance, who passed away in November 2004. The CD-R set was on sale minutes after Throbbing Gristle finished playing. The few remaining copies of this limited edition set were briefly available through Mute Records, but quickly sold out. This is the first time A Souvenir of Camber Sands has been available on vinyl.

File Under: Industrial, Electronic
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Wire: Hive Mind (Pink Flag) LP
Wire exhibit little inclination to look back – rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern. Mind Hive is the group’s first newly recorded material since 2017’s Silver/Lead. That album garnered rave reviews and career best sales. Yet, if Silver/Lead set the bar pretty high, Mind Hive seems to have no problem vaulting over it. Mind Hive arrives at a time when Wire are being cited as an influence by yet another generation of bands. A career spanning feature documentary called People in a Film is due for release late 2020. Quite how a group that has been operating for such a long period is still able to produce such exciting and essential work is difficult to understand. And yet here we are…

File Under: Punk
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…..Restocks….

Amanaz: Africa (Now Again) LP
Antena: Camino Del Sol (Numero) LP
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (Capitol) LP
Boscoe: s/t (Numero) LP
Daft Punk: Discovery (EMI) LP
Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans (Numero) LP
Father’s Children: Who’s Gonna Save the World (Numero) LP
Kelly Finnigan: Tales People Tell (Colemine) LP
Grant Green: Street of Dreams (Blue Note) LP
Ikebe Shakedown: Hard Steppin’ (Colemine) LP
Charles Mingus: Black Saint & The Sinner Lady (Impulse) LP
Django Reinhardt: Anthology (Not Now) LP
Rupa: Disco Jazz (Numero) LP
Smiths: s/t (Rhino) LP
Spontaneous Overthrow: All About Money (Numero) LP
Tinariwen: Amadjar (Anti) LP
Tinariwen: Tassil (Anti) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul (Numero) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Deep City Label (Numero) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Prix Label (Numero) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Young Disciples (Numero) LP
Various: Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero) LP
Various: You’re Not From Around Here (Numero) LP
Scott Walker: Scott 3 (Mercury) LP

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…..news letter #932 – new wax…..

Finally! Some new arrivals! Not a huge heap, but some nice slabs to start the year off and some exciting reissues as well. We have lots of used stuff going out too, so come down for a dig before you hunker down for the last of this cold spell!

I know I’ve been saying this for a while, but now that the holidays are past we will be trying to sort out this HIRING someone real soon! If you dream of hanging out and talking about records all day, then bring us a resume along with your top ten albums of 2019 and of all time!

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Coil: Stolen & Contaminated Songs (Cold Spring) LP
Cold Spring Records announce the long-awaited reissue of Stolen & Contaminated Songs, Coil’s 1992 album. Stolen & Contaminated Songs was recorded and produced by Coil in 1992. It is comprised of over 60 minutes of outtakes and unreleased songs, evolved during the recording sessions for their prior album, Love’s Secret Domain (1991). A wealth of superb material showcasing the diversity of Coil: dark, violent, vivid, and fractured, yet cohesive and beautiful. Combined with the latest studio technology and Coil’s ever-evolving production skills, S&C Songs walks a fine line between tradition and innovation, continually creating semi-abstract soundscapes with a cinematic quality.

File Under: Industrial, Electronic

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Algiers: There is No Year (Matador) LP
Atlanta via London/NYC four-piece Algiers return in 2020 with their third album, There Is No Year. Even those aware of the ideals of this outspoken act will find their latest direction on There Is No Year traversing unprecedented ground. Coming off two years of nonstop world-touring for their critically acclaimed second album, The Underside of Power, There is No Year solidifies and expands upon the doom-laden soul of their foundation, toward an even more epic, genre-reformatting sound, one somehow suspended in the amber of “a different era,” as described by guitarist Lee Tesche. From the instant synth-pulse of the opening seconds of “There is No Year,” it’s clear that Algiers have set out to stake new ground, internally as much as sonically. At the forefront of this evolution is the centrality of power housed in Algiers’ multi-instrumentalist lead vocalist, Franklin James Fisher, whose voice and words provide the backbone of the album, his lyrics sourced entirely from an epic poem, Misophonia, composed during his search for meaning amidst a protracted personal period of anxiety and lack. Whether he is lilting over post-Lynchian synth-whorl like a spot-lit bandleader, as on “Unoccupied,” or reincarnating the spirit of thrumming 80s R&B into a proto-no wave dancefloor classic straight from 2046, as on “Chaka,” there is a tangible emotional electricity to Fisher’s delivery, a personal valence that makes you want, more than anything, to believe, even while not quite knowing where we’re headed. No less next-level in Algiers’ conception is the ambition of the aural architecture they manage to summon. Under the direction of producers Randall Dunn [Sunn O))), Earth] and Ben Greenberg [Uniform, Hubble), There Is No Year encompasses future-minded post-punk R&B from the trapped heart of ATL, where they began; to industrial soundscapes à la 4AD-era Scott Walker or Iggy & Bowie’s Berlin period; to something like the synthetic son of Marvin Gaye and Fever Ray. The whip-tight rhythm section of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Mahan and Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party) moves back and forth from infectious menace to sci-fi soundtrack to big band fever dream. Mahan’s beat programming and synth constructions fill out the fibrous threshold, while Tesche’s sound-sleeves and aural-layering shapeshift into a richly polished means of exploration, revealing more and more the deeper you delve.

File Under: Electronic, Post Punk, Hip Hop, Soul
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Art Blakey: Buhaina’s Delight (Blue Note) LP
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders.  The line-up of drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers shifted in 1961 with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard replacing Lee Morgan, pianist Cedar Walton replacing Bobby Timmons, and the addition of Curtis Fuller on trombone who joined existing members Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone and Jymie Merritt on bass. This powerful new sextet line-up first recorded on the album Mosaic, and quickly returned to the studio the next month to begin recording Buhaina’s Delight. The album featured three compositions by Shorter (“Backstage Sally” “Contemplation” “Reincarnation Blues”) along with one each by Fuller (“Bu’s Delight”) and Walton (“Shaky Jake”), closing with an high-intensity arrangement of “Moon River.”

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Bobby Beausoleil: Lucifer Rising (Rustblade) LP
Limited edition LP version on red marble vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert. “The original soundtrack for the cult film, Lucifer Rising, by Underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Composed by Bobby BeauSoleil who is joined in the performances by his prison band, The Freedom Orchestra, recorded 1975-1979 at Tracy Prison. The music of Lucifer Rising is closely linked with the occult elements with dark psychedelic mystical sounds. Bobby composed electronic sounds interspersed with interesting slow trumpet fanfares, keyboard wizardry and fine guitar solos. For sure one of influential soundtracks ever and one of the most important psychedelic ambient album of music history. Magical & essential. Artwork by Malleus.”

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BGM: Back Ground Music (Studio Mule) LP
Studio Mule present a reissue of BGM’s Back Ground Music, originally released in 1980. The debut album from Japanese living legend, electronic music producer Takayuki Shiraishi. Released on legendary experimental music label in Osaka, Vanity Records, run by Yuzuru Agi when Shiraishi was high school student. Shiraishi was influenced by the music of post punk, new wave, kraut rock — this album is his unique mixture of that kind music style. One of the most in-demand alternative music albums from japan finally reissued. Remastered from original tape and mastering by Kuniyuki Takahashi.

File Under: Japan, Electronic, Experimental, Post Punk
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Chris Brokaw: End of the Night (Vin Du Select Qualitite) LP
End of the Night was conceived based around a simple, yet extremely emotionally resonant concept. Late one evening the musician and myself were listening to records at home. After many hours it got to the point where everything became completely still, the silence permeating the walls, reverberating. We agreed to listen to one more record, but what would it be? What music could answer that existential quandary of the perfect last record of the night at home? Several years passed before the execution of the concept could take place but Chris Brokaw was collecting notes in the back of his mind the entire time. I suggested collaborators like Greg Kelley (on Chet Baker style trumpet, knowing Brokaw’s strong affinity for that player) and Samara Lubelski (whom he played with briefly in Thurston Moore and the New Wave Bandits). Bringing in guests such as Lori Goldston, David Michael Curry, Luther Gray, Jonah Sacks, and Timo Shanko, each track has its own unique combination of small group formations (duos, trios, quartets) very much like jazz, both in instrumentation and mood, if not style or standards. While Brokaw himself is a brilliantly narrative guitarist, known for taking collaborative projects he’s involved with to new heights, rarely has he opened his solo work to the same collaborative spaces as with his group projects. The result is a multi-hued, jazz-tinged instrumental record with a melancholy resolve and a deep blue/purple filter. Very much a product of his song writing and playing, End of the Night’s guests allow the guitarist to show his interplay and prowess in a variety of settings rooted around a common theme. The album art was done by Hollywood legend Sandy Dvore (Buffalo Springfield, The Cake, Partridge Family), who composed the drawing after hearing the album in full, directly inspired by the music, adding a visual element similar to the stylistic innovations of David Stone Martin.

File Under: Guitar, Instrumental
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Sonny Clark Memorial Quintet: Voodoo (Black Saint) LP
Black Saint present a reissue of Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet’s Voodoo, originally released in 1986. Voodoo shows the Sonny Clarke soulful hard bop conception as seen through the oblique perspective of a NY Downtown all-star quartet featuring John Zorn (alto sax), Wayne Horvitz (piano), Bobby Previte (drums), and legendary bassman Bill Drummond. This unique and iconic album stands as one of Zorn’s first declared tributes to the art of an influential musician and composer. All compositions are by Sonny Clark including such hits as “Cool Struttin'” and “Something Special” both from his classic late ’50s/early ’60s Blue Note sessions. A full catalog of opened up hard bop structures and advanced jazz modes. “Quartet masterminds Zorn and Wayne Horvitz spit fire, never allowing this heartfelt tribute to get too reverential… Here Zorn sounds like he’s having serious fun” –Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.

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Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Masters 1960-1963 (Third Man) 3LP
“Released for the first time on vinyl, Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Studio Masters (1960-1963) is an absolute must for any country music fan. This beautiful collection gathers all 51 tracks that Cline recorded with Owen Bradley after she left a restrictive deal at 4 Star Records and joined on with Decca Records in 1960. It’s hard to believe that these songs were all recorded in such a small time frame; so many of her top hits and fan-favorites were all captured during this very fruitful period with Bradley at Decca. Right off the bat, the new sessions struck gold with the classic ‘I Fall To Pieces,’ Cline’s first Country #1. Most notably, working with Bradley led Cline to find her signature, distinctive sound – braiding wistful country music ballads with big-band pop sensibilities that shone a spotlight on her elastic, smooth vocals, forging the path for future country-pop crossovers. With her sound in place, the duo doubled-down on their successes, with sessions that produced chart-toppers ‘She’s Got You,’ ‘Crazy’ and ‘Sweet Dreams (of You).’ Featuring absolutely stunning, powerful, full-color photos printed on the interior of the gatefold 3xLP jacket, Sweet Dreams is as just as rewarding for the eyes as the ears. The songs on this 51-track collection form the crown jewels of her discography and cement Patsy Cline’s legacy as one of country music’s greatest of all time. Black Vinyl, first time on vinyl, tri-fold jacket.”

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Alessandro Cortini: Risveglio (Hospital) LP
Though known as a touring and recording musician associated with Nine Inch Nails, Alessandro Cortini has really come into his own via his Forse trilogy, and his 2014 Hospital Productions debut, Sonno. For his Hospital follow-up, he maintains the grittiness and intimacy introduced on his debut, but expands on it, offering a wider spectrum of emotion and depth. Like Sonno, Risveglio was written and recorded while on tour. The drive to create intimate works during late-night downtime reveals Cortini to be committed to a personal vision beyond the call of duty. While Sonno was created using only a 202 and delay, Risveglio adds a TB303, synced to the 202. In Cortini’s words, “The 303 can be such a haunting instrument used in a certain way, and I felt it completely fit the mood of the previous work I have done on the 202, especially when given a specific location in space… it’s such a living instrument.” The addition of TR606 gives one of the pieces a rhythmic pulse that separates it from the preceding synthscapes and renders Risveglio an altogether more dynamic affair than Sonno. With Risveglio, Cortini emphasizes the imperfections and visceral textures of electronics absent from so much contemporary solo synthesizer music. He carves out a similar space to that formed by Kevin Drumm’s releases for Hospital in the worlds of drone and noise by finding the emotional and, ultimately, human voice within synthesis.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Industrial, Nine Inch Nails
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Alessandro Cortini: Sonno (Hospital) LP
Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’ live unit. His recordings under his own name have gained prominence in recent years and he has become known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America. Cortini makes a surprising departure into the 202 on his debut album for Hospital Productions — Sonno. Sonno was recorded in hotel rooms, using a Roland MC 202 through a delay pedal, recorded direct, sometimes into a small portable speaker system. “I liked to walk around the room with a handheld recorder to hear where the sequence would sound better, turn on faucets, open doors or windows to see how the ambient sounds would interact with the MC 202/delay/speaker sound. It was very relaxing and liberating to make music this way.” The result is a beautifully restrained yet oddly emotive album that’s quite distinct from the overly academic approach so often undertaken by hardware-driven devotees. Mastered by Matt Colton.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Industrial, Nine Inch Nails
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Damasiewicz, Piotr & Power Of The Horns Ensemble: Polska
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A musical visionary, some outstanding instrumentalists, the 10th anniversary of the collective’s founding, a reflection on Polishness, and finally – a 4,000 km-long walking pilgrimage of 100 solo concerts in 100 temples. These events, symbols, experiences and facts have somehow been combined into one coherent whole – the ‘Polska’ LP, the first release by Piotr Damasiewicz & Power of the Horns Ensemble since 2013. Led by trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz, the recording also features saxophonist Maciej Obara and pianist Dominik Wania, who have released two albums on ECM as members of Maciej Obara Quartet. This repertoire has been influenced by the jazz that Piotr Damasiewicz discovered whilst building his musical identity – the Polish jazz of the 1990s and early 2000s. It was a period when he often listened to Piotr Wojtasik with Tomasz Szukalski and Billy Harper (it was the ‘Quest’ album that was the main inspiration behind “Billy”), or some of the unearthly recordings of the Polish trumpet master Tomasz Stanko, such as ‘Bosonossa’, ‘Litania’, and ‘From the Green Hill’. Damasiewicz spent that period of his life in Katowice, which he still associates with the hard work of miners. It also remains a symbol of Polish industrial characterised by heavy groove… That’s why he has composed “Kleofas”, an homage to one of the Katowice coal mines.

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Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O’Rourke: Le Piano Englouti (Black Truffle) LP
Black Truffle release Le Piano Englouti (The Sunken Piano), the first collaboration between Brunhild Ferrari and Jim O’Rourke, offering up two side-long realizations of Ferrari’s tape compositions recorded in concert at Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe in 2014, revised and mixed by O’Rourke in 2019. The title piece weaves an immersive web of electronics, pre-recorded piano, and field-recorded sounds, including the raging Aegean Sea, the tranquil atmospherics of a Japanese island, and the roar of a pachinko parlor. Far from a slice of audio vérité, these geographically distant sites intermingle in an unreal space where they often become indistinguishable. Shadowed by electronics and reverberant snatches of piano, the field recordings rise up and recede like ocean waves, creating a constantly shifting texture that is nonetheless warmly inviting. Chirping birds are confused with their electronic doubles; snatches of footsteps and voices are engulfed by ambiance of unclear origin. Increasingly present throughout the piece, the piano rises up one last time before being swallowed up for good by the pachinko parlor. “Tranquilles Impatiences” (Quiet Impatiences) takes as its source material the electronic sounds produced by Luc Ferrari for his 1977 Exercises d’Improvisation, seven tapes intended to be heard alongside instrumental improvisation. Brunhild Ferrari’s piece layers Luc Ferrari’s sounds into a dense new work that emphasizes the insistently pulsing rhythms of the source material. In this realization with O’Rourke, the piece becomes a monumental sound-object, a slowly shifting mass of skittering electronic tones, shimmering reverb, and growling bass from which field-recorded events occasionally arise. At times, the placement of these fragments of real life in a pulsing, insistent musical landscape calls up Luc Ferrari’s classic Petit Symphonie; at other points, the swarming electronics bring to mind O’Rourke’s Steamroom work or even the vast expanses of Roland Kayn. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with liner notes from Brunhild Ferrari. Design by Lasse Marhaug. Mixed and mastered by Jim O’Rourke. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

File Under: Experimental
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Fote: s/t (Robot) LP
Following the short-lived Truth Club with Trefor Goronwy (who later went on to work with This Heat and The Camberwell Now), Fote was formed in 1981 with the trio of Robert Haigh, Deborah Harding, and Trevor Reidy. Releasing two 12″ EPs along with one track featured on a split 7″ with Truth Club, Fote’s entire studio recordings consisted of just eight tracks. With angular constructs of post-punk, free-form improvisations, and wicked time signatures, these tracks shredded boundaries one can still hear to this day. These early foundations are also heard in much of Haigh’s later Sema compositions as well as Reidy’s motorik percussion with Nurse with Wound, Danielle Dax, and The Monochrome Set. Curiously, Harding’s vocal tensions and outright unhinged polarities in Fote sound like much of the exorcisms and brilliant psychodramas on many of Chrystal Belle Scrodd’s (Diana Rogerson) later solo albums. An absolutely essential document from the early ’80s independent British post-punk scene. Cut at 45 rpm for maximum fidelity, including all eight tracks, and featuring the original sleeve artwork by Deborah Harding.

File Under: Post Punk
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Christoph Heemann: Perception & Association (Robot) LP
Consisting of two side-long pieces, Perception & Association was composed over a period from 2012-2018. Opening side A is “Time and Again”, a startling work for tape and electronics which pulses over waves of interlocking spatial relationships. These elements are at once distant, even static, yet Christoph Heemann gradually propels the listener along chapters of an unexpected and further revealing sonic narrative. While the deliberate frames and events offer a specific path, even the most active listener will gain new insights with repeated spins. Side B, “The Trains”, suggests not merely a travelogue, but a series of meticulously constructed episodes that reference the record’s opposite side as well as the album title as a whole. In the spirit of early electroacoustic works by Jacques Lejeune, Eliane Radigue, and Jaap Vink, these new pieces continue to emphasize Heemann’s ongoing filmic obsessions and firmly engage the listener with his latest cinéma pour l’oreille (cinema for the ear). Widescreen. Front cover artwork by Ruth-Marie Adam; back cover painting by Fritz Martin.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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JPEGMafia: All My Heroes are Cornballs (EQT) LP
All My Heroes Are Cornballs, the third full-length studio release from Baltimore, MD rapper JPEGMAFIA, was self-recorded and features guest appearances from Abdu Ali, Helena Deland and Buzzy Lee. “This album is really a thank you to my fans to be honest,” notes JPEGMAFIA. “I started and finished it In 2018, mixed and mastered it in 2019 right after the Vince tour. I don’t usually work on something right after I release a project. But Veteran was the first time in my life I worked hard on something, and it was reciprocated back to me. So I wanted thank my people. And make an album that I put my my whole body into, as in all of me. All sides of ME baby. Not just a few. This the most ME album I’ve ever made in my life, I’m trying to give y’all a warm album you can live in and take a nap in maybe start a family and buy some Apple Jacks to. I’ve removed restrictions from my head and freed myself of doubt musically. I would have removed half this shit before but naw fuck it. Y’all catching every bit of this basic bitch tear gas. This is me, all me, in full form, and this formless piece of audio is my punk musical.”

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Lightning Bolt: s/t (Thrill Jockey) LP
Long sought after, Lightning Bolt’s eponymous debut has not been available new on vinyl since it’s first pressing two decades ago. Released as a double LP for the first time, the second LP features songs recorded at the same time but never released before on the format. Packaged in a silkscreen wrap using the original design by Brain Chippendale, printed by Crosshair, this reissue is truly a must-have for any Lightning Bolt fan. Since their first moment, it seems like they’ve been as electric as their name suggests. Lightning Bolt, their first album, captures that energy in a raw form. Famously lo-fi, this is the record that’s been described as most feeling like being at one of their shows. It’s difficult to listen and not want to jump with the crowd it feels like must be huddled around the amp producing an incredible wave of noise, astonishingly coming from just two musicians. You can hear the threads of their later work; use of repetition, a sense of grinding and building, noise melting to guitar solos. This album is loud, and the riffs repeated become mesmerizing as they warp slowly thru the songs.

File Under: Noise Rock
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Peter Ludemann & Pit Troja: The Now Generation (Percussive Underscores) (Be With) LP
Reissue of Peter Lüdemann and Pit Troja’s The Now Generation (Percussive Underscores), originally released in 1983. They say: “Documentary and industrial underlays for current themes of modern life”. Be With Records say: Mind-blowing, percussion-heavy, Afro-tinged, cosmic-disco library bomb. An absolutely outstanding record from 1983 and definitely one of the hardest to find on the collectable German library label, Coloursound. The Now Generation (Percussive Underscores) is comfortably one of the very best library records full stop. The record comes galloping out the gate with a pair of rapid synthy-Euro disco bombs — the title-track and “Panama” — before slowing down to a woozy pace on “Inorganic Matter”. “African Nightclub” sounds like it reads, and is a particular favorite of Prins Thomas. Indeed, it was used to great effect on his seminal “Cosmo Galactic Prism” mix for Eskimo back in 2007. It’s followed by the dark, druggy, slow motion industrial groove of “Grease Plant” before “Southerly” lifts the tempo to close out side A with its Latin funk strut of bells and melancholic keys. For some listeners, though, it’ll be all about the opener to side B: “Mechanical Heart”. Seven minutes of building, mid-tempo disco-funk joy, deceptively explosive, club-ready gear for body and soul. The back cover dryly describes the track as “Guitar and percussion, light industrial underlay”. Hmmm. How about, “after finally emerging from a particularly heavy week jamming in a sunless, lawless German warehouse, Chic warily press record on a wayward, illicit instrumental for basement gatherings”. Just wait for those drums at the three-minute mark… The beatless ambience and menacing stabs of the proto-electro “Chemical Threat” follows, before the open drums and incredible fills of the metronomic “Steady Going” and fantastically monotonous funk breaks of “Nepal Trek” round out this sensational set. This is a library masterpiece in no uncertain terms, full of synth funk, Afro beats, exotica, leftfield madness, dancefloor dynamite, and all-around greatness. As with Be With Records’ KPM and Themes reissues, the audio for The Now Generation comes from the original analog tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Simon Francis. Richard Robinson has brought the original Coloursound sleeve back to life in all its metallic silver glory. 140 gram vinyl.

File Under: Library
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Musica Esporadica: s/t (Music from Memory) LP
Music From Memory reissue the cult Spanish studio project Música Esporádica’s incredible one off, self-titled album, originally released in 1985. Another Suso Saiz side project, this one grew out of his work with his band Orquesta De Las Nubes, who were themselves the subject of a Music From Memory compilation in 2018 (MFM 033LP). The idea of getting Orquesta De Las Nubes to collaborate with Glen Velez and Layne Redmond arose after the two American musicians visited Spain during a series of seminars on frame drum techniques in 1985. Having met Glen Velez some years before in Madrid whilst Glen was performing with the Steve Reich Ensemble, Suso Saiz and Glen Velez quickly formed a strong friendship over their mutual love of non-Western music and the potentials of repetition within music. The two would play, talk and drinks for many hours in Suso’s studio space whenever Glen was in Madrid. During one such session in 1985, Glen and Suso would be joined by Orquesta De Las Nubes and Spanish friend and musician Miguel Herrero. With exciting new ideas flowing quickly and easily, Suso decided to immediately call Track Studios in Madrid to see if they might have a space to record some of the material. With just a few days available the group would record for about 12, with what Suso would describe as “incredible fluency”, by which time they would have recorded the album they would later title Música Esporádica. After its release 34 years ago Música Esporádica sounds as stunning as ever and Music From Memory are delighted to be able to share the fluency, spontaneity. and close friendship which fueled the recording of this amazing album.

File Under: Spanish, Electronic, Ambient
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Muslimgauze: Lalique Gadaffi Handgrenade (Staalplatt) LP
Given Bryn Jones’s rather slack approach to track titles (both being consistent with and sometimes even just supplying them), it’s a bit of a relief to realize that two tracks with the same name are indeed related. In the case of “Arab Jerusalem”, which makes up nearly half of the newly-released Lalique Gadaffi Handgrenade, that kinship is immediately apparent even though both tracks are clearly their own experiences. Released as the first track on the Minaret-Spearker picture disc 7″ in 1996, “Arab Jeruzalem” (spelling also sometimes being fairly slack) is nearly six minutes of effectively shifting dark ambience, wordless female vocals drifting over the hand percussion, chimes, and static of the track, with eventual conversational loops discussing… something underneath. The end of that version is especially striking for the way the woman’s wordless singing starts being sampled in such a way that it overlays the whole track (and, slightly, itself). The almost 24-minute “Arab Jerusalem” here might be called the Deer Hunter version of the same story, building with great patience and many more abstract detours towards what now seems like simultaneously an excerpt and, now, a climax. As with many of Jones’ more ambient tracks, the great length just lets it cast its spell more thoroughly and entrancingly. The other three tracks, meanwhile, suggest some of Jones’ other work but never evoke them as directly as “Arab Jerusalem”. “Jordan River” is nearly as long (a second shy of 20 minutes) but strips out the vocal elements in its predecessor, focusing instead on a more active percussive workout (analog and digital both). The title track of Lalique Gadaffi Handgrenade might bring to mind the title of “Lalique Gadaffi Jar” from Libya Tour Guide, last reissued by Staalplaat in 2015, but if they’re sonically related Jones must have practically melted the other track to get this one. And the closing “Desert Gulag” (like the title track, a much more manageable length than the first two epic tracks here) bears a slight resemblance to “Negev Gulag” from 1996’s Fatah Guerrilla, here what was a piercing, repetitive drone is softened and looped over more of Jones’ percussion. The result is a well-rounded release that shows off many aspects of Jones’ sound as Muslimgauze, while existing (like many of these DAT tapes do) in conversation with much of his previously released work. All tracks written, performed, mixed by Muslimgauze. Recorded, engineered, mixed by John Delf. Unreleased material. Edition of 700.

File Under: Electronic, Industrial
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OOIOO: Nijimusi (Thrill Jockey) LP
Sounds created for no reason. Sounds that come and go, and disappear into the air like a scent, as soon as they materialize. Atonal phrases that hold the meaning of words that existed before the advent of language. The wonders of a vortex pulsing with life. Just as a new discovery is actually a new way of looking to see what has always been there, OOIOO, seemingly from the core of their being, created a world of sound made up of parts well known that is strikingly precise and intensely original. After a six year hiatus, OOIOO has created a new album that goes back to the roots of being a four-piece band. The music shows the full spectrum of the unique sound they have crafted throughout the years, which can only be described as OOIOO. It might come as a surprise that Nijimusi was recorded mainly using a conventional rock ensemble of two guitars, bass, and drums. OOIOO viewed their instruments simply as “objects that make sounds”, and took a primitive and basic approach to creating the music. The drum tones fluctuate powerfully through the air, while sounding as if they are being observed under a microscope. Bass notes and electronic bursts are so dense that they sound like they’ve been vacuum-sealed. The arrangement of the tones seem to be almost ancient, transcending the notion of a musical ensemble, suggesting the connectivity and oneness that is inherent in all living creatures. Founded in 1995 by legendary percussionist/guitarist/vocalist YoshimiO, OOIOO’s members came together as musicians who move freely between the audible and inaudible, rhythm and non-rhythm, noise and silence. The music they create is a collection of moments and essences of their favorite sounds, captured as they were created before returning into the ether. In 2016, drummer Mishina joined the band, allowing more freedom in their rhythmic approach and overall sound. Just as each cell in the body consists of a microcosm of its own, the vibrations of each of the members resonate together to create a new life form, a process reflected in Nijimusi. Nijimusi can be considered music, but is also a work of art that stimulates the sense of touch and smell, while being atmospheric and ethereal at the same time. If music is an art form based on the sense of hearing and the concept of time, this album may be deviating from the conventional definition of music. The work is a reflection of the sounds resonating from OOIOO while as they were completely present in the moment. The sounds are like the cries emanating from a creature called OOIOO, proof that it is a living, breathing being. Experience the sounds of OOIOO that can only be heard in the here and now.

File Under: Indie Rock, Japan
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Pale Saints: The Comforts of Madness (4AD) LP
It’s been 30 years since Pale Saints released their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, and to celebrate, 4AD have remastered the album and will be reissuing it on vinyl LP. From Leeds, the original Pale Saints line-up featured Ian Masters (bass / vocals), Chris Cooper (drums), and Graeme Naysmith (guitar), who having released a clutch of singles since forming in 1987, put out their debut album in January 1990. Including the tracks “Sight of You,” “You Tear The World In Two” and a cover of Opal’s “Fell From the Sun” (the band that once featured 4AD alumna Kendra Smith and later became Mazzy Star), they made an exciting and frenetic entrance with The Comforts of Madness – an album that swam against the tide and even found its way on to the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts. When appearing in The Times’ Guide To The Best Albums of All Time, critic Pete Paphides likened the record to being “an electrical storm of discovery,” saying that Pale Saints being “pigeonholed as a shoegazing band, doesn’t begin to do them justice. The Comforts of Madness hits the ground not so much running as charging in all directions. It’s easy to forget that indie music once saw no contradiction in sounding sweet, savage and esoteric at the same time, but it was a combination that seemed second nature to Pale Saints.” “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify,” wrote Pitchfork. “That energy not only keeps (it) vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”

File Under: Indie Rock, Shoegaze
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Pinegrove: Marigold (Rough Trade) LP
Pinegrove’s new album begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation. In between is Marigold, an urgent, multivalent meditation – and an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired the band’s ardent fan community. Marigold marks their Rough Trade Records debut, offering what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a “heart-first” perspective. Those familiar with Pinegrove will recognize signature elements of the band’s sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well defined iteration of the project yet. Pinegrove has described their sound as variously as introspective party music, or energetic music in the folk tradition; in any case they have combined catharsis and inventive structures with irrepressible melodies, resonant lyrics and emotive twang. Marigold finds the band expanding into the latter, spreading out over varying tempos and swelling pedal steel. But in surprising moments, the album can suddenly unfold into the band’s heaviest, most unbound offerings yet – a cavalier disregard of genre in favor of something honest and unique.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Pulse Emitter: Swirlings (Hausu Mountain) LP
The full scope of his wide-ranging experiments in synthesis and electronic arrangement encompasses everything from expansive new age drift exercises, to purely textural noise sculpting, to the strain of post-Berlin School cybernetic prog composition that characterized newer albums like Through The Portal (Phinery, 2016) and Digital Rainforest (Beer on the Rug, 2015). Swirlings, his frst full-length LP on Hausu Mountain, follows a split release with Brett Naucke, and albums on labels like Immune, NNA, and Constellation Tatsu. Swirlings fnds Pulse Emitter tempering his more recent melodic streak with a host of time-distorting compositional strategies from the ambient and drone traditions, yielding a hybridized vision of his music that spans distinct eras and styles of his output. Taken in the context of his cosmic song titles and long-standing incorporation of sci-f themes and imagery, the album bears the outward signs of the ambient record that seeks to evoke the experience of deep space travel, or observing a lush garden of alien fora from the deck of a starship. Groetsch orna- ments his gorgeous harmonic whirlpools and majestic spreads of smeared drones with layers of crystalline melody and fourishes of granular processing. His pieces stretch through minimal expans- es in which individual pads and bass notes sketch out a churning rhythmic grid before blooming into mosaics of interlaced arpeggios and lead voices. Pulse Emitter approaches electronic composition from the perspective of a master craftsman, harnessing a fne-tuned sense of narrative development and a penchant for juxtaposing contrasting synth voices from far-fung corners of his arsenal of softsynths, app-based programs, and hardware instruments. While he conjures time-lapse vistas of galaxies and nebulas in our mind’s eye, the sophistication of his arrangements and the universal beauty of his harmonies pushes the lens inward on the self, result- ing in a journey that is as personal and internal as it is celestial. Portland-based composer Daryl Groetsch’s output under the name Pulse Emitter forms a catalog of nearly one hundred physical releases since the early ‘00s. Swirlings represents a culmination of diverse modes of creation that Pulse Emitter has developed over the course of his recent releases. As on 2018’s Xenharmonic Passages, Groetsch moves beyond traditional tonalities and western scales to incorporate elements of microtonality into his percolating black hole soundscapes. As on his fve volume series called Meditative Music, he hones in on 6 to 7-minute drifting pieces that balance a sense of delicate stasis with great depth of detail and movement. The lead lines present on Swirlings continue Pulse Emitter’s fascination with emulated instrumental tones characteristic of ‘80s synth composition, as more chintzy or brittle voices collide with patches of ultra high-fdelity synthetic pointillism. Far from the realm of plug-andpress-play ambient computer music, his hands-on input on his system of machines can compress time into pockets of acute structural turbulence, or lock into streams of slow equilibrium where one can trace his live manipulation of single voices or textural parameters. With Swirlings, Pulse Emitter taps into the benevolence and natural curiosity at the heart of his practice. After decades guiding us down a network of distinct paths through the cosmos, Groetsch has become the wise traveler that we turn to transfx and entertain us, to kindle a spark of warmth in the cold void of space.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Razen: Ayik Adhista, Adhista Ayik (Kraak) LP
Razen celebrate their ten-year anniversary with Ayîk Adhîsta Adhîsta Ayîk, an album that takes a paragraph from CG Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections as a reference point to set off a journey that goes from light to dark, from day to night, from life to death, and back. As much a reflection of primal imagery and rituals of knowledge as a way of coming to terms with anxieties about the chaos of the night, the album concerns itself with the question: who — or what — are we in the moments before (re-)birth, before waking up, in the state in between darkness and light. On Ayîk Adhîsta Adhîsta Ayîk, the wind instruments and organ stabs of band leaders Kim Delcour and Brecht Ameel are expanded with Pieter Lenaerts’ five string double bass and sarangi, Jean-Philippe Poncin’s bass clarinet and chalumeau, and Paul Garriau’s hurdy gurdy. The album sees the group explore new straight-to-the-gut emotional territory, while simultaneously showcasing Razen’s intuitive, continuous investigation of the acoustic properties and resonant possibilities of churches and chapels in the countryside around Brussels; after Remote Hologram (2014) and The Xvoto Reels (2017), this time the St Agatha Church (St.-Agatha-Berchem) functions as the conduit for Razen’s acoustic sound jolts. With the past ten years entirely devoted to the search for archetypical timbres and connotations by improvising on early music instruments, it’s no wonder that the world of Razen would one day collide with the world of CG Jung and take his writing as an inspiration. A sonic hex tour de force from this unique ensemble, Ayîk Adhîsta Adhîsta Ayîk is a present-day, nocturnal emitter of the Coleridge quote that opens Jung’s Memories: “He looked at his own soul with a Telescope. What seemed all irregular he saw and shewed to be beautiful Constellations and he added to the Consciousness hidden worlds within worlds.” Includes download code.

File Under: Folk, Drone
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Craig Smith/Maitreya Kali: Apache/Inca (Maitreya Apache) LP
16-page, 11×11 book and insert. The psychedelic masterpiece nobody heard — First ever official, authorized release of psychedelic mega-rarity. After suffering an LSD-induced mental breakdown, Los Angeles-based songwriter Craig Smith renamed himself Maitreya Kali and custom-pressed Apache / Inca, a double-LP documenting his musical, personal, and spiritual journey. His message to the world, encoded on the album jackets in rambling, quasi-mystical Messianic verse, was urgent, desperate, delusional, and disturbing. Recorded between 1967 and 1971, the music tells a different story. Achingly beautiful, haunting acoustic folk songs; luminescent psychedelic folk-rock; eerie, off-kilter acid rock; fragments; field recordings — all meticulously woven into a magical, mesmerizing whole. Apache / Inca is an extraordinary work. Not the dark, self-indulgent ramblings of a cracked Messiah, but a thoughtfully-crafted collection of work by a singer and songwriter of remarkable depth and talent whose world was falling apart. Soon afterwards Maitreya — and Craig — disappeared into the shadows. He died homeless in a North Hollywood Park in 2012. Decades after its creation, Apache / Inca was discovered by collectors and hailed as a psychedelic masterpiece. It is now one of the most revered and sought-after artifacts of the era. Includes seven tracks by the Penny Arkade, produced by Michael Nesmith. Top quality vinyl pressing at RTI; Heavy duty gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing with all original artwork; Repro of unique Inca inner sleeve with Maitreya artwork; Limited edition of 500.

File Under: Psych
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Sore Eros: s/t (Feeding Tube) LP
“After five long years of waiting, rural psych masters, Sore Eros, return with an extended statement of purpose. Although their partial spatial dislocation from Western Mass has seemly rendered them a studio-oriented outfit, the lovely tangles of sound they create are as optimally fried as ever. The album was helmed by engineer/producer Adam Granduciel (War on Drugs) who was the only one capable of coaxing the whole band into the studio. Aided by players like Daniel Oxenberg (ex-Supreme Dicks) and Kurt Vile (ex-Nest of Saws), the music on Sore Eros was recorded between Philly and L.A., and seems to owe some its creative modeling to those cities as well. Indeed, the side-long ending track, ‘Mirror,’ feels like it’s equally indebted to left-coast canyon-hugging surf-pop and cheese steak-powered garage-volk readymades. The rest of the album is just as sizzling. The tunes move between large-scale rock moves with Deadly intent and strangely-drifting pop aktion that gets close to Bobb Trimble’s version of otherness. The overall heft is more woodsy than beachy, but maybe I’m just saying that ’cause I’m listening to the thing in the middle of a forest. Pressed at 45 RPM for extra high fidelity, packed up with a poster insert you can throw darts at (just like an earlier generation threw darts at the insert from the first Silver Apples LP), the theoretical swan song of Sore Eros is all a head could hope for. And then some.” –Byron Coley, 2019

File Under: Psych
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SPK: Zamia Lehmanni: Songs of Byzantine Flowers (Cold Spring) LP
Originally released by Side Effects in 1986, Zamia Lehmanni was the third (and final) core SPK album and was Graeme Revell’s first truly solo project. He was in a period of transition, somewhere between the industrial noise of the early years and his later award-winning soundtrack work. On the day before this was first released, this style of music, now ubiquitous (especially in soundtracks), did not exist. After Information Overload Unit (1981) cleared a space for subsequent explorations, and the environmental percussion and anchored mutilated sound collages of Leichenschrei (1982), the “body without organs” was fully eviscerated. Graeme felt “industrial music” was becoming ossified and needed to be taken into radically new territories: “post-industrial”. The track “In Flagrante Delicto” (mastered as originally intended here) was later used by Revell for his work on the soundtrack for the 1989 film Dead Calm, which won him Best Original Score from the Australian Film Institute. Unavailable in any format since Mute’s 1992 CD edition, Cold Spring Records now present this landmark album on newly remastered CD, and on vinyl for the first time since 1986. Approved by Graham Revell, this release comes with new artwork by Abby Helasdottir and is remastered by Martin Bowes (The Cage). New liner notes from Graeme Revell, 2019.

File Under: Industrial, Ambient
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Giuliano Sorgini: Un Urlo Dalle Tenebre (Sonor Music) LP
The previously unreleased — on vinyl — original full soundtrack of the occult 1975 film directed by Elio Pannacciò, composed by Giuliano Orgini. The result of a co-production between Sonor Music Editions and the historical Digitmovies label for a strict limited edition of 300 copies worldwide with a stunning artwork designed by Luca Barcellona. A very obscure and macabre score about exorcism and the struggle between good and evil written by the cult composer that provides insane, spectral horror music with a hallucinatory mix of demoniac atmospheres, dark beats and refrains, abstract and fearful themes with Edda Dell’Orso’s distinct scary vocals. A totally trippy session broken up by huge driving grooves that unleashes the demons force. Remastered from the original master tapes for the delight of horror film fans and featuring the original recording session tracklisting.

File Under: Library, OST
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Dwight Yoakam: Blame the Vain (New West) LP
Dwight Yoakam occupies a singular position in contemporary country. No artist has better balanced mainstream commercial success with artistic, alt-country credibility, while somehow managing to embody both the music’s most traditional and its most progressive impulses. Blame the Vain marks a milestone for Yoakam as his first self-produced effort since splitting with producer/guitarist/bandleader Pete Anderson. Released in 2005 to critical acclaim, Blame the Vain has sold nearly 200,000 records to date. In honor of the 15th anniversary of this album, New West Records is proud to present Blame the Vain on vinyl for the first time.

File Under: Country

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Various: The All American Powerhouse (Be With) LP
Reissue of The All American Powerhouse (Themes), originally released in 1976. They say: “Driving brass and sax ensemble over funky rhythm section, playing tracks of various feel and style”. Be With Records say: From the Lincoln Continental that memorably adorns the cover to the tranquil funk contained within, this glowing ode to the grooving force of 70s American soul music is ice cool all over. With brilliant contributions from the Three Key Alans (Hawkshaw, Parker, Tew) as well as Mike Moran, Les Hurdle, and Keith Roberts, this is driving music for only the vibeiest cats. Originally released in 1976, The All American Powerhouse is one of the very best of the Themes library releases. It’s killer. A feast of dramatic jazz, horizontal, melodic funk, and bouncing sunshine-y West-Coast feels throughout, there also lurks an intense injection of the Blaxploitation sound. Understandable, given the subject matter and year it was released. Highlights include Alan Parker’s confident, horn-heavy wah-wah-fueled album-opener “Sweeny Todd”, Hawkshaw’s graceful “Getaway” glide and dramatic, breathless “Speed Run”, Mike Moran’s loose, organ-driven propulsive B-Boy classic “The Pick-Up” and Keith Roberts’s percussive tour de force “Overide” that closes out the LP. Yet, perhaps the most significant track here is Les Hurdle’s long-adored “Soul Train”. A grooving, bass-heavy library classic, it’s all swirling strings, stabbing horns, heavy open drums and melodic funk-rock guitars. Add in the funky clavinet, and the combination works beautifully. As with all of Be With Records’ other Themes reissues, the audio for The All American Powerhouse comes from the original analog tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Simon Francis. Sleeve reproduction duties over by Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity. 180 gram vinyl.

File Under: Library
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Various: The Breath of Danger (Be With) LP
Reissue of Breath Of Danger (Themes), originally released in 1974. They say: “A selection of suspense underscores and drama blackcloths which vary in intensity and cover a wide range of suspense and drama situations”. Be With Records say: A breaky, funky library great masquerading as a horror score. Oh, and the cover art is amazing. Breath Of Danger was originally released in 1974, and rounded up a killer ensemble cast of library legends including Alan Hawkshaw, Brian Bennett, Alan Parker, David Lindup, Kenny Salmon, Barry Morgan, and Ray Cooper. Lindup’s opener “Cold Sweat” sounds like hip-hop-friendly mode Axelrod and, indeed, was brilliantly sampled by Kool Keith for his Dr. Dooom project. Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett’s “The Manipulator” sounds like it arrived straight out of the same sessions as their legendary Synthesizer & Percussion LP from the same year. Over on the B-side Alan Parker’s “Psychosis” is a moving and beautifully restrained funk-guitar/cello/harp workout. Stunning. Kenny Salmon’s “Flying Squad” is a sleazy, flute-enhanced gem and the album closes with “Voodoo”, a seventy-second riot of sound and color from the dynamic drumming-percussion duo of Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper. Sonically, there’s a widescreen vitality in all these tracks thanks to the driving rhythms, vibrant horn sections and blazing guitar work. It renders Breath Of Danger — 45 years old — truly ageless. The Themes series is known for having particularly striking sleeves, which was unusual for library records at the time, and Breath Of Danger’s scraps of comic-book crazy make for one of the most eye-catching. As with all of Be With Records’ other Themes reissues, the audio for Breath Of Danger comes from the original analog tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Simon Francis. Sleeve reproduction duties by Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity. 180 gram vinyl.

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Various: The Hunter (Drama Suite)/Adventure Story (Be With) LP
Reissue of The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story, originally released in 1975. They say: “Composite themes and incidental cues for dramatic application”. Be With Records say: Well, it’s definitely dramatic. No wonder this LP was mined by a multitude of ’70s and ’80s crime shows. Much like Beat Incidental, this true gem includes a raft of enjoyable sub-ten second incidental cues alongside satisfyingly stretched out, hard-knocking sleuth-funk. The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story is a real library-head’s library album. You’ll be treated to some of the best works of no less than five different heavyweights of the genre: drummer Brian Bennett, guitarist Clive Hicks (of The Gentle Rain), saxophonist Duncan Lamont, rock bassist Dave Richmond, and keyboard session giant Steve Gray. Something of a dream line-up, they each contributed stellar efforts to create one of the most sought-after of the legendary KPM albums. Both sides of this LP are dripping with insidious grooves and dramatic spy-score themes, bursting with heavy guitars, swirling flutes, creeping piano-funk, and drum breaks galore. Originally released in 1975, it’s clear that these library heroes were heavily influenced by the tough funk and street soul sonics emerging from the cutting-edge Blaxploitation soundtracks. Dave Richmond’s taut swagger and wah-wah guitar licks of “Nightwatch”, Steve Gray’s sleazy horn and clav-funk on the A-side opener “Theme For A Hunter” and Brian Bennett’s rolling strut of “The Investigator” are just three of the highlights here. That last one being sampled by Jeff Jank under his Captain Funkaho guise on “My 2600” for Stones Throw back in 1999. As with all of Be With Records’ KPM re-issues, the audio for The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story comes from the original analog tapes and has been remastered by Simon Francis. Sleeve reproduction duties by Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity. 180 gram vinyl.

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Various: Visual Impact (Be With) LP
Reissue of Visual Impact, originally released at 1976. They say: “Descriptive scores for scenes of visual impact”. Be With Records say: Arguably the single greatest album in KPM history. An ensemble piece of staggeringly heavy works from none other than Brian Bennett, John Scott, Steve Gray, Jim Lawless, and Johnny Pearson. Visual Impact includes the insanely ace “Nuplex” by Brian Bennett, a nagging, sweeping, punchy funk piece that exists in a world of its own. If you don’t know, get to know — the record’s worth getting for this track alone. The same goes for the beautifully paced, string-drenched, horn-fed LP opener “Canaveral Scape”, courtesy of John Scott. Truly sublime. Other highlights on the A-side include Bennett’s easy, bass-heavy jazz groover “Sequence Of Events” and the spare, building, undercover funk of Steve Gray’s aptly-named “Low Profile”. The B-side is straight-up fantastic. The percussive, vibey exotica of Jim Lawless’s “Keeping Pace” is followed by five tracks of slick, weighty funk breaks from Johnny Pearson. Check the pure groove of “Jaguar” with its head-nod drum break intro, the creeping piano-strings combo and… er… giant neck-snapping breaks of “Giant’s Causeway”, the speaker-smashing progressive bass groove of “Fugitive”, the tense “Rock Climb” and the sheer heft of “Heavy Load”. Library largeness. If that isn’t enough, John Scott’s incessant “Flight Of The Phoenix” ends the session, brilliantly pilfered by M.O.P. for their much-loved “We Run New York”. Originally released in 1976 but wonderfully timeless, Visual Impact is a rare example of a library record that’s genuinely great listen from start to finish. As with all of Be With Records’ KPM reissues, the audio for Visual Impact comes from the original analog tape and has been remastered for vinyl by Simon Francis. Sleeve reproduction duties by Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity. 180 gram vinyl.

File Under: Library
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Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple) LP
Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s (Apple) LP
Bon Iver: 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: i, i (Jagjaguwar) LP
Boy Harsher: Careful (Nude Club) LP
Budos Band: V (Daptone) LP
Cochema: All My Relations (Daptone) LP
Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse) LP
Czarface: The Odd Czar Against Us (Silver Age) LP
Death Cab For Cutie: Photo Album (Barsuk) LP
Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism (Barsuk) LP
Death Grips: Money Store (Epic) LP
Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Harvest) LP
Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Island) LP
Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Island) LP
Lee Fields: Special Night (Big Crown) LP
Nils Frahm: All Melody (Erased Tapes) LP
Nils Frahm: Spaces (Erased Tapes) LP
Grant Green: Born to Be Blue (Blue Note) LP
Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan) LP
Nick Ingman: Big Beat (Modern Harmonic) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Fishing for Fishies (ATO) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Infest the Rats’ Nest (ATO) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Polygondwanaland (ATO) LP
Hiro Kone: A Fossil Begins to Bray (Dias) LP
Lee Konitz: Alone Together (Blue Note) LP
Kraftwerk: Autobahn (EMI) LP
Los Sospechos: Postales OST (Colemine) LP
Meters: Look-Ka Py Py (Josie) LP
Meters: s/t (Josie) LP
Meters: Struttin’ (Josie) LP
Moor Mother: Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (Don Giovanni) LP
Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar) LP
Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) LP
Purple Mountains: s/t (Drag City) LP
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Build Bridges (Colemine) LP
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Out on the Coast (Colemine) LP

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