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  • Li Yilei : Nonage - LP (Métron, 2024)

  • Orange splatter vinyl. London based Chinese composer and multi-instrumentalist Li Yilei returns to Métron Records with « Nonage », their second full length release following 2021’s OF. An introspective reflection on the journey through childhood, this new work brings together samples from old Chinese TV shows, mechanical children’s toys and an array of acoustic and electronic instruments - some of which were designed and built by Li themselves. The Chinese title for « Nonage » means “childhood” or “disheveled hair”, and refers to the carefree phase of life when children let their hair down, both figuratively and literally. For Li, nonage is a place that they always revisit - to learn about fear and fearlessness, love and despair, grief and glee, curiosity and mistakes / “I remember pressing piano keys like touching flowers, reading scores like looking at paintings, writing like how I would talk to myself, greeting death like how I would greet life.” Initially conceived as an archiving project, the record retraces and reimagines fractions of Li’s childhood memories through smell, location and colour, and brings to life the lingering feelings that remain into adulthood / Compositions are built around a variety of unusual sources: damaged instruments such as a toy piano, a hand cranked music box, bird whistles, a broken accordion and anything else Li could find that evoked nascent recollections. Interspersed throughout are samples from Li’s childhood piano jams, moments of contemplative transmigration where previous incarnations of self and memory meet the present

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  • Li Yilei : OF - LP (Métron, 2021)

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

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  • Constantin John : Transform - LP (Verydeeprecords, 2022)

  • Constantin John is interested in the ongoing and never-ending reconfiguration of structures and things. On his debut LP, called « Transform », he guides us into a digital swampland, haze or fog - or the catacombs after all? Drawing inspiration from films, video games and his work for theater he creates cinematic, glitchy electronic sketches, that evolve between post post club music and neo-classical pieces for the year 2022. This somehow sounds like the end of the world and a new beginning at once. Subway lines as the veins of the city body, bending steel, falling parts, collapse

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  • Red On : Red On - LP (Verydeeprecords, 2017)

  • When the first raindrops come together in the “Red On” storm cloud to elegantly envelop the cool gray concrete meadows of the small town slopes, the sound changes as they emerge. Fields of tension between the rhythms of the electricity pylons and the deep, falling skyscrapers are released in a gentle certainty, bright and pleasantly bitter. Every breath of fresh air after the storm awaits the piercing thunders in the most unpredictable moments only to surprise. Everything was always / Every latest freak weather event is monitored closely. Even if it immediately gets dark again, the presumed light is created by lightning. While the first two albums were still locked in free spaces, “Red On” begins in the wild monotony of the infinite nature exactly between time and space. Everything was always there

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  • Bodies of Conceit : Bodies of Conceit - LP (Verydeeprecords, 2023)

  • Leipzig based duo Bodies of Conceit present their self titled debut album exploring low ends and distortions. Slowly evolving loops and abstract Avant-Garde soundscapes are disrupted by bursts of noise and slowed down techno loops, eventually leading to fragile, almost melodic episodes / Founded in early 2022 during the Noise Narratif symposium in Halle (Saale), Bodies of Conceit play with experimental sound creation using synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, field recordings, contact mics etc. A first improvised concert was followed by several home recording sessions and further live appearances between sound art and a dark clubby atmosphere / Their Album on the Nuremberg based label Verydeeprecords is somehow the first manifestation of their Sound: Experimental Drone/Ambient from the depths of the woods infused with Industrial Harsh Noise and roots in DIY Punk/Hardcore

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  • Red On : Drums - LP (Verydeeprecords, 2021)

  • It’s the electronic sound, the synthesizer that usually forms the foundation of Red On. And still: »Drums« does sound like nature somehow. Like a silky haze in the earliest hours or darkness taking over at night. Like weather or nocturnal skies. Like an accidental, organical process that follows a natural lead, barely influenced by human hand. Two acoustic drum sets, which were recorded simultaneously, do give the Longplayer its name. They are coexisting in a strange but harmonic way with the well known spherical sounds of Red On. Not affected by the driven, forward facing drums, the echoes, guitars and drones are filling the room as if they were wandering through magnetic fields / »Drums« is a collective but heterogenous project in which all parts remain visible. Somehow the songs even seem to contain opposites: Pressure and affection. Warm and cold. Shelter, Loneliness. Freedom and lead. It seems auctorial – like a wide view over a town, a land or a couple of sceneries. A reminder that so many things are happening all at once. It’s because Philipp Dittmar created instrumental shells to let other artists interpret and fill them with their own free associations. Like a story which can be extended endlessly without coming to an end

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  • Ulla Suspekt : U - MC (Verydeeprecords, 2023)

  • »U« marks the first appearance of Ulla Suspekt – bass player, producer and one half of the infamous duo Taxi Lotta. The five songs of the EP combine angriness with a good sense of humor, contemporary trap vibes and dirty 80ies sounds. Avant Garde NDW meets fun punk or in other words: These songs sound exactly how songs about the current state of this world are supposed to sound / Why do we have to pay for public transport? Why is sexism still a thing? What happened to my tooth at this last visit to the dentist? All of that, she recites with an enraptured, maybe ironic subtone, but at the same time she fights the patriarchy with the appropriate seriousness – surrounded by her very own world of dubby synths, bass guitar and analog drums. FFO: Fuffifufzich, Taxi Lotta, Karies, Anika

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  • Red On : Phantom Easy - LP (Hallow Ground, Präsens Editionen, 2024)

  • Where does pop start and experimental music end? Instead of drawing lines, Red On keeps on exploring the spaces in between these supposed poles with his latest album Phantom Easy, a record that offers moments of pure beauty as well as unpredictable, uncontrollable wilderness. The spaces Red On moves in aren’t per se terra incognita, but have been explored in recent years by like-minded musicians such as How To Dress Well, Fever Ray, or Dawuna, as well as artists that are affiliated with Präsenes Editionen, where Red On’s album is published, such as Martina Lussi, Belia Winnewisser, or Magda Drozd. Yet, Phantom Easy is an exploration of its own: The melancholic album, which is informed by pop, electroacoustic music, rhythm-focused jazz, and krautrock, is carried by Red On's voice, which appears in ever-changing stages of alienation / The wistful tone of the twelve tracks is reinforced by single phrases sung by Red On that, through their repetition, develop an urgency that can hardly be escaped. The result is pop music that is brave enough to embrace the adventure; or experimental music that doesn’t shy away from offering catchy hooks and grand melodies. Behind Red On is Philipp Dittmar, a producer, DJ and co-founder of Nuremberg label Verydeeprecords. In a productive, DIY-driven environment, which also includes the It Isn't Happening Festival, the Musikverein collective or the label Signal Weltfunk, Dittmar has released a number of EPs and albums over the past decade. Phantom Easy is the highlight of Red On's forward thinking work to date and underlines his innovative strength and artistic vision / For the live performances of Phantom Easy, Dittmar continues to work with visual artist Subrihanna; together they offer an ever-evolving, immersive audio-visual experience. Phantom Easy is published by Präsens Editionen, a Switzerland-based platform for community-run publishing projects. It was founded in 2011 while launching zweikommasieben Magazin. Ever since music on vinyl, cassette, as well as in digital formats has been released next to zines, magazines, books, and some oddities as well. Recent audio releases include material by Samuel Reinhard, Belia Winnewisser, Martina Lussi, Samuel Savenberg, and Magda Drozd

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  • Andreas Dzialocha : For Always - LP (Hyperdelia, 2020)

  • Transparent blue vinyl housed in a see-through PVC cover. For Hyperdelia’s new album 'For Always LP' Andreas Dzialocha creates an enchanting ghost music. Animated by his solo bass playing and haunted by aleatoric acoustics, the record unearthes the instrument’s low end harmonics / For Always LP is produced in collaboration with Sam Slater (Hildur Guðnadóttir, Shapednoise, Zebra Katz, Mica Levi) and with support by composer/violist Marta Forsberg (Passepartout Duo, Ellen Arkbro, Stellan Veloce) and sound artist/singer Fågelle (Henryk Lipp) / Dzialocha recorded the initial bass material residing at the Baltic Sea in Lithuania. Afterwards and in collaboration with Sam Slater, he reworked the material in Stockholm: there they re-amped the original stems and turned the studio itself into a living dub creature. Dzialocha, who is also a programmer, created an algorithm to sequence and filter the bass inputs. This software in turn randomly enables loudspeakers, headphones and tape machines that were placed in corridors and staircases. As an eerie result, we hear both Dzialocha’s stripped-down bass playing, the (non)logic of the algorithm as well as the specific resonances of the room acoustics: all of these have merged into one sentient instrument

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  • Serenus Zeitblom Oktett : Erster Teil - Zweiter Teil - Dritter Teil - LP (Hyperdelia, 2017)

  • On Hyperdelia’s first release »Erster Teil - Zweiter Teil - Dritter Teil« the recording studio takes eight musicians on astral travelling. The Serenus Zeitblom Oktett’s album is the beautiful result of a complexly processed abstraction of a live acoustic jazz ensemble becoming a hyperdelic space tentacle, reaching into bass depths and pop dimensions: one moment zooming into microscopic miniature sounds only to branch out into free floating airy planes in the next / »Erster Teil - Zweiter Teil - Dritter Teil« is the debut LP of the Berlin based ensemble Serenus Zeitblom Oktett. The Oktett from Berlin consists of musicians with a broad pop, free jazz and contemporary music background. All eight musicians have worked in various formations and with various musicians, ranging from Efterklang’s Martyn Heyne (who also did post-production on the record) and Matthew Herbert to Ingrid Laubrock, Stargaze, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra and many more. These diverse backgrounds inform the Oktett’s artificial but organic live sound-production aesthetic / The ensemble is accompanied by a ninth member, the Klanggestalter. Both in the studio as well as live every instrument is being amplified and processed by filters and live algorithms, neutralising the difference of acoustic and electric instruments

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  • Kajsa Lindgren : Womb - LP (Hyperdelia, 2018)

  • After last year’s first record with Serenus Zeitblom Oktett, Berlin’s Hyperdelia comes back with a second release – a lucid underwater music composed and arranged by Swedish composer and sound artist Kajsa Lindgren. »Womb« is a musical narration for abstracted ears and bodies – engulfing a listener simultaneously in subaquatic sonic environments, distant dreams of childhoods, memories and voices from the unknown: where time and space fold into each other / The initial material of field-recordings of nature and body sounds, interviews and compositions has been re-recorded and re-amped underwater in a swimming pool – and has been re-arranged (partly by way of the impulse responses of the pool) now for stereo home listening. It’s like we’ve travelled from the outer space fantasies into the alien underworlds to surface in your homely headspace / »Womb« at times resembles Gustav Mahler’s offstage soundings, dramatised by Björk, in other moments the sounds become tiny and intimate, when »Womb« makes one think of Felicia Atkinson's music, while the environmental ambiences reminisce the static music of Kevin Drumm. The delicate layering of field recordings, re-recordings and environments makes »Womb« a fascinating phonopoetic fiction that conjures its own surreal virtual ecology: of remote strings, filtered through hydrophones (on cocoon), deep sea creatures singing to a de-tuned toy piano (the garden), of folk songs sung through telephone hiss (on all the other children), of waves crashing at the sea shores of Narnia (the inanimate world pt. 2)

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  • Sun Kit : All The Patterns Inside - LP (Hyperdelia, 2024)

  • Sun Kit is an experimental band, formed in Berlin 2024. Their debut album, All the Patterns Inside, is a moody and ecstatic ride that navigates distance and closeness, breaking and re-forming, seasonal change. A collision of a raw ‘rock-band’ sound and glistening electronic clouds and washes, Sun Kit conjures complex atmospheres and then destroys them relentlessly - the record is thick with twists and turns, pushes and pulls, density and echoes. The band consists of Jules Reidy and Andreas Dzialocha and fuses both artists' singular sounds - detailed, all-encompassing and exploding with feels

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  • Dagar Brothers : Berlin 1964 - Live - CD (Black Truffle, 2024)

  • Following on from last year’s acclaimed Vrindavan 1982 by rudra veena master Z.M. Dagar, Black Truffle is thrilled to present a pair of archival releases from the Dagar Brothers, among the most revered 20th century exponents of the ancient North Indian dhrupad tradition. The vocal duo of Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar (sometimes referred to as the ‘senior’ Dagar Brothers to distinguish them from their younger siblings, Zahiruddin and Faiyazuddin Dagar), belonged to the nineteenth generation of a family of musicians in which dhrupad tradition has been kept alive through patrilinear transmission, each generation undergoing a rigorous education of many years’ duration that can include singing up to twelve hours each day / Famed for the meditative purity of their approach to dhrupad, the Dagar Brothers helped to keep the tradition alive in the years after Indian independence in 1947, when the royal courts that had traditionally patronised dhrupad musicians were abolished. Many Western listeners were first introduced to dhrupad by the Dagar Brothers’ tour of Europe in 1964-65 and their LP in UNESCO’s ‘Musical Anthology of the Orient’ collection, both organised by pioneering musicologist and scholar of Indian culture Alain Daniélou. Documents from this tour are especially precious, as Moinuddin Dagar passed away in 1966. Unheard until now, Berlin 1964 – Live (released alongside BT114, a newly discovered studio session from the same trip) documents a concert held at the Charlottenburg Palace in September 1964

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  • Dagar Brothers : Berlin 1964 - The Lost Studio Recording - LP (Black Truffle, 2024)

  • Following on from last year’s acclaimed Vrindavan 1982 by rudra veena master Z.M. Dagar, Black Truffle is thrilled to present a pair of archival releases from the Dagar Brothers, among the most revered 20th century exponents of the ancient North Indian dhrupad tradition. The vocal duo of Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar (sometimes referred to as the ‘senior’ Dagar Brothers to distinguish them from their younger siblings, Zahiruddin and Faiyazuddin Dagar), belonged to the nineteenth generation of a family of musicians in which dhrupad tradition has been kept alive through patrilinear transmission, each generation undergoing a rigorous education of many years’ duration that can include singing up to twelve hours each day / Famed for the meditative purity of their approach to dhrupad, the Dagar Brothers helped to keep the tradition alive in the years after Indian independence in 1947, when the royal courts that had traditionally patronised dhrupad musicians were abolished. Many Western listeners were first introduced to dhrupad by the Dagar Brothers’ tour of Europe in 1964-65 and their LP in UNESCO’s ‘Musical Anthology of the Orient’ collection, both organised by pioneering musicologist and scholar of Indian culture Alain Daniélou / Documents from this tour are especially precious, as Moinuddin Dagar passed away in 1966. Berlin 1964 – The Lost Studio Recording (released alongside BT115, a newly discovered concert recording from the same trip) presents two unheard side-long performances in crystalline fidelity, recorded at the International Institute for Comparative Studies and Documentation in Berlin headed by Alain Daniélou. These stunning recordings were consigned to the archive because, as Peter Pannke explains in his liner notes, which recount his meeting with Danielou many years after these recordings were made, the tape ran out during ‘Raga Jaijaivanti’, which terminates abruptly soon after the entry of the pakhawaj

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  • Arv & Miljö : Jorden Först - LP (Discreet Music, 2024)

  • An emotionally charged and bizarrely evocative look at radical environmental advocacy groups, mainly Earth First! and Earth Liberation Front, channeled through the memories of the Swedish Plogbill-movement and their actions throughout the early 90's. Monologue, snippets of interview segments, protest songs and site recordings are mixed up with the rather raw kosmische synth music Arv & Miljö has explored during the last couple of years. The result is a mesmerizing and multi-faceted audio collage; charmingly disorienting and chaotic but also harmonic and oddly soothing. Ultimately, Jorden Först is not so much about a certain cause or organization as it is about dedication, passion and the spirit of change / Originally released as a very limited CDr on Förfall in 2021, Jorden Först was quickly hailed as one of the absolute highlights in the vast Arv & Miljö discography among the ones that heard it. The recording was extended and slightly reworked and remixed for vinyl in July 2022. Edition of 500 copies, printed on brown kraftboard covers with insert. Mastered by Lasse Marhaug

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  • Mats Erlandsson : 28/4/23 - MC (Irrlicht, 2024)

  • "28/4/23" captures the atmospheric live performance of Swedish composer Mats Erlandsson at Fylkingen, Stockholm on the 28th of April, 2023. With exceptional delicacy, Erlandsson guides the audience through his signature electro-gothic soundscape of continuous tension; 40 minutes of processed field recordings, zither, feedback and Serge modular synthesizer

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  • Lisa Ullén : Heirloom - LP (Fönstret, 2024)

  • Clear vinyl. Heirloom is the first Lisa Ullén solo recording to appear on LP and exploits the two-sided nature of the physical format with two variations of the same three-part suite, exploring what it means to be ‘in between’ — be it genre, method or identity. The combination of Ullén’s deft control, patience and unconventional technique makes ‘Heirloom’ a sublime, ravishing listen

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  • Charlemagne Palestine : God Bear Archives II - 2xMC Box (Matière Mémoire, 2023)

  • During the year 2021, Charlemagne Palestine entrusted us with numerous archives recently found on audio cassettes dating from the 70s and 80s. After a long process of listening and selection, we are pleased to present the second volume of these archives to you

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  • Roxane Métayer : Adage Vestige - LP (Matière Mémoire, 2023)

  • White & green marbled vinyl / Roxane Métayer is a french musician and artist based in Brussels. Embracing both folk and experimental music, her project mostly builds on sound recordings taken in nature, violin, wind instruments, percussion, and her own voice. Her albums have been released on labels like Kraak, Morc, Primordial Void, Wabi-Sabi, Marionnette and Matière Mémoire

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  • Roxane Métayer : Adage Vestige - MC (Matière Mémoire, 2023)

  • Roxane Métayer is a french musician and artist based in Brussels. Embracing both folk and experimental music, her project mostly builds on sound recordings taken in nature, violin, wind instruments, percussion, and her own voice. Her albums have been released on labels like Kraak, Morc, Primordial Void, Wabi-Sabi, Marionnette and Matière Mémoire

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  • Various Artists : Written On the Wall : American Soul Music 1958-1974 - 3xLP (Cairo, 2021)

  • The seventh and I believe last volume in this Cairo Comp series. Thirty six tracks spread over 3 LPs. 28 page full color 12 x 12 booklet. Gold foil print on cover. "This volume has more obscure and beautiful songs than any of the other volumes in the Cairo soul series. Some of my all time favorites I've been saving for this final in the "straight" soul comps of the series. Extensive liner notes with lots of nice rarely seen pictures. Excellent sound quality."

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  • Various Artists : All Of This Goes Too: American Soul Music 1955-1972 - 2xLP (Cairo, 2018)

  • Stunning compilation of great soul songs. The second 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 1960 and 1972. Many deep ballads and a few rockers. Features extensive 8 page liner notes with lots of photo's. 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 : Et si c'était le vent qui avait raison - LP (Ferns Recordings, 2024)

  • Cream white vinyl. The idea was to send a drawing of Small Cruel Party aka William Ransone to certain artists so that they could be inspired by the drawing and the title to create their piece. The vinyl sleeve is a lithograph

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  • Sam Dunscombe, Michiko Ogawa : Expended Desert - CD (Ferns Recordings, 2023)

  • Fern Recordings presents Expended Desert, a collaboration between Sam Dunscombe and Michiko Ogawa. Sam Dunscombe (field recordings, synthesis), Michiko Ogawa (sho, hammond organ). December 2022 / Locations: Roadside, Joshua Tree National Park, Railway siding, Ludlow, North Shore Yacht Club, Salton Sea, Soundwalk, Slab CityAdelanto Solar Park, Victorville

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  • Luster : Luster - LP (Morc, 2024)

  • Fourth pressing. The Belgian folk/dronerock sextet Luster is definately one of the few bands that gathered a reputation before most people heard them, but eventually manages to exceed the expectations. Started as an informal meeting around 2012 the band worked at a notorious slow pace. Throughout the years, we heard many releases by all the other projects of the band members (see below). But Luster kept stubbornly quiet, archiving complete recording sessions that other bands would have released without hesitation. The only document of those first few years: the (sold out) split 10” with Hellvete / So instead of turning into a potentially prolific sextet, they really took their time to finetune their sounds, and turn into a tight but hazy sounding full band. Now, the result is something that doesn’t quite sound like anything else. Cello, flute, harmonium and violin blend in with the traditional guitar-bass-drums trio – making them land on a unique spot at the crossroad where ancestral doom folk, heady dronerock and spacious pop seamlessly meet. Kind of the missing link between Mazzy Star, Pentangle, Broadcast and Enhet for Fri Musik. It’s really that unique and that good, both live as on record. Which you can enjoy in all its glory now / The lp comes in a very lush jacket: outer sleeves are screenprinted + letterpressed. Lyric sheet has a screenprinted drawing. Comes on high quality German vinyl, mastered by Michael Anderson of 4K mastering

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  • Madhuvanti Pal : The Holy Mother (Plays The Rudra Veena) - 2xLP (Sublime Frequencies, 2023)

  • Limited edition double LP gatefold of this historic double LP featuring Madhuvanti Pal playing the Rudra Veena. This is the first Vinyl LP ever released featuring a woman playing the Rudra Veena. Madhuvanti Pal is from Kolkata India, teaches the Rudra Veena and builds her own instruments. The name rudra veena derives from two Sanskrit roots: Rudra, which is a name for Shiva, and veena, which means ‘instrument.’ According to Hindu mythology, the Rudra Veena has a unique origin. It is said that Shiva saw his beautiful wife Parvati sleeping, with her arm over her breasts, and decided to build an instrument in her form. It is a stick zither, with two large gourds attached to a hollowed neck / The first historical accounts of the instrument are given in the Vedas, and then the Puranas. Dhrupad is the oldest form of North Indian classical music that is still performed today. During the Mughal period, the rudra veena was a popular Dhrupad instrument, and was often played in courts throughout north India. Dhrupad musicians, including rudra veena artists, enjoyed the patronage of various Kings and Princes. In recent years the rudra veena has gained some popularity, in part thanks to interest from musicians outside of India. Madhuvanti Pal is one of the new generation of rudra veena artists who is teaching students in India and abroad / Early documentation of the rudra veena suggests that women played the instrument. This can be seen in sculptures in Hindu temples—some dating back more than 2000 years—which depict only women playing the rudra veena, and miniature paintings from the 15th - 17th centuries often depict a woman playing the rudra veena. However, in more recent times there has been significant stigma around women playing the instrument. Some earlier texts went as far as to suggest that women could not play the instrument, lest they be subject to a “curse.” Jyoti Hegde, who is perhaps the most famous female rudra veena artist, broke this barrier; her courage enabled younger musicians like Madhuvanti Pal to learn. However, while Jyoti Hegde plays the so-called traditional rudra veena, Madhuvanti plays a modified Dagar-style instrument

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  • Tasos Stamou : Balkan Express - LP (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Contrarily to the rest of Tasos Stamou’s experimental discography, the musician’s latest album “Balkan Express” has a more obscure electro-folk approach. It consists of seven pieces, all recorded with seven different vintage electric keyboards from Stamou’s own collection, blended with oriental acoustic solos / Since Stamou grew up in the Balkans in the ‘80s, he wanted to pay homage to the essence of the sound of the era that unintentionally shaped a whole culture. It was when these inexpensive, available-to-all electronic keyboards with synth sounds and drum machines replaced traditional Balkan folk music ensembles. The acoustic instruments solos and melodies of the album were influenced by local traditions and the heritage of the Ottoman music / “Balkan Express” is meant to be a time capsule taking the listener to the folk-wave retro-Balkan subculture

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  • Jac Berrocal : Boîte Boîte - 10" (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Boîte Boîte is the latest collection from French trumpeter Jac Berrocal. Composed of rare and previously unreleased tracks, it plunges the listener into the fascinating world of this unclassifiable and timeless avant-garde artist. Recorded between Paris, New York, Berlin and Riga, the works are received like postcards from an unknown sender and enjoyed without moderation. The selection, devised by Jac Berrocal himself, oscillates between experimental tracks such as the eponymous Boîte Boîte and electronic pop delusions such as Amarena.Impeccably mixed by Vincent Epplay

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  • Praed : Kaf Afrit - LP (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Swiss/Lebanese experimental duo Praed (Raed Yassin & Paed Conca) is back with a new blast! A band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics / Following Doomsday Survival Kit previously released in 2019 (Akuphone, AKU1011), Kaf Afrit keeps the listener in suspense by imposing its cataclysmic universe. An album inspired by Shams al-Ma'arif, a 13th century esoteric and magic book from Egypt composed of four furious pieces that don't leave you unscathed. The fantastic artwork is once again made by Raphaelle Macaron

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  • Leviot : Sharav - LP (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Akuphone is proud to present the Jerusalem-based improvisational trio Leviot and its hypnotizing debut album / Leviot (Hebrew for “Lionesses”) is the brainchild of the multifaceted musician and composer Yael Lavie. She is accompanied by classically trained percussionist and music teacher Cnaan Canetti, and synth enthusiast Yishay Seroussi. The project is a result of Lavie’s explorations beyond the restraints of classical kanun and her fascination for electronic sounds and modern composition. The project initially started after Yael performed and recorded with the Spiritczualic Enhancement Center. With Leviot, she favors improvised sets over rehearsed pieces, revolving around virtuous interpretations by Cnaan and Yishay. The three musicians have been active since 2019, playing their immersive shows in a wide variety of settings, venues and festivals / The trio’s debut release is a live session recorded in late 2020 at the Mazkeka Studios (Jerusalem), for the lockdown edition of the annual Zikuk Festival. It’s a meditative improvised piece in five parts that melts boundaries between traditional and experimental music, combining primal and futuristic sounds. Lavie’s graphic score are a road map for the piece, as Leviot takes off on a cosmic journey with deep drones, whispering chimes, mesmerizing Arab melodies, pulsating rhythms and iridescent ambient patterns

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  • Aly Eissa : Gouda Bar - LP (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Gouda Bar is an original instrumental music project led by composer and Oud player Aly Eissa. Featuring his diverse musical influences, Eissa’s compositions create versatile and twisted meditative atmospheres throughout the musical experience. Aly Eissa is a composer and Oud player based in Cairo, Egypt. He was mentored by legendary composer Abdo Dagher and Oud virtuoso Hazem Shahin. Eissa’s style is deeply-rooted in the Egyptian classical and folk traditions, and influenced by various western genres / Since 2012, Eissa has been regularly performing his compositions with an ensemble for live audiences in Cairo, offering a meditative musical experience with a twist. One of Eissa’s musical approaches is the experimenting approach through a unique formation including the Belgian synthesizer player Jonas Cambien and the Egyptian percussion player Ayman Mabrouk. In this ensemble, Eissa is trying to explore a different sound and space in the originally composed Arabic music

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  • Lamin Fofana : Lamin Fofana And The Doudou Ndiaye Rose Family - 12" (Honest Jon's, 2023)

  • Epic, grooving, dazzlingly creative, perfectly attuned blends of complex mbalax drumming, field recordings, thumping kick-drum, and cosmic, bubbling, jamming synths and electronics / The opening is suitably liminal, haunted by a diachronic sense of times past, present, and to come: ancestral ghosts, scratched playback, scraps of old recordings, voices strangulated or just out of range; puttering drums; futuristic, kosmische keys. Part II picks up the pace; III gives the drummers some, and heightens the atmosphere of enchantment. Jon Hassell’s Fourth World music courses through a kind of Dream Theory In Dakar / Toco SOS, the second side, is a thumping, throbbing, mesmeric future-classic; perfect for fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n on the Autobahn… in a spacecraft. Expert hand percussion, call-and-response singing, bin-trembling foot-drum, spaceways keys. Sleekly funky as prime Popol Vuh. Both sides range expansively by way of Berlin, where Lamin resided for a few years: you can hear something of T++’s brilliant, landmark HJ record on the A, and elements of Mark Ernestus’ crucial Ndagga project, on the B. Half an hour of stunning music; in a beautiful sleeve, with mirror lettering, and an intricate spot-gloss rendition of salt crystals, laid over a photograph of the salt mines at Lac Rose, outside Dakar

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  • Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay : Transcodex - LP (Akuphone, 2023)

  • Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay are back with a true gem of an album: Transcodex. Turning more towards pop than in their beginnings, this fourth record follows the footsteps of their previous album, Exterior Lux. The trio seems limitless: they experiment with a large variety of styles (pop, dub, electronica, dark jazz), always colored by their very own touch. Jac Berrocal’s trumpet, richer than ever, plays over an ever-changing sonic landscape engineered by the duet of musicians/producers Vincent Epplay and David Fenech / For this album, they invited two amazing musicians. Jah Wobble (founding member of Public Image Ltd and collaborator of African Head Charge, Brian Eno, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Evan Parker, Sinéad O'Connor) plays deep bass lines on two tracks. Jean-Hervé Peron (founding member of the German band Faust, and who recorded with Tony Conrad, Nurse With Wound, Pascal Comelade) brings his prowess to two tracks as well. Peron writes lyrics in French, German and Russian — and plays the French Horn like no one else / The closing track of the A side is a tribute to Christophe Bevilacqua (1945-2020), friend to Jac Berrocal. The song summons the place Bevilacqua used to live in: an Art Deco flat on Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris. Even if its intentions are clear, Transcodex does not reveal all its secrets right away. It’s up to you to find the solution, the key, the Transcodex yourself. It must be revisited over and over again for its beauty to be fully revealed

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  • Christina Kubisch : Zenger Station - LP (Edition Telemark, 2023)

  • Full-colour sleeve and 4-sided insert with photos, liner notes and an extensive interview. “Zenger Station”, Christina Kubisch’s latest LP, issued by Edition Telemark, comprises two side-long works that encounter the artists delving into two very different electromagnetic environments, brought to life in ways that only she can. The first side feature the title work, "Zenger Station 1-3” / As Kubisch explains in the liner notes: “Zenger station is the name of the former electrical transformer station in Prague…  I was allowed to visit the underground transformer station for the trams, which is still active. The electrical fields were so strong that the coils of my recording device were damaged… ”Zenger Station 1–3" is the result of this special experience. The pieces are all based on electromagnetic field recordings, most of them made in Prague.” Divided into the sections - “Ground”, “Pulses”, and "Lines," "Zenger Station 1-3” is a profoundly moving piece of work, capturing untreated sounds as they occur in the world, engaging in a deeply affecting sense of musicality, pulsing and droning amongst otherworldly timbres, textures and tones / The second side of “Zenger Station” features the roughly 20-minute-long piece "A Bus Meets a Tram Meets a Trolley", constructed from recordings of an old tram in Rome, an electrical bus in Bangkok, and a trolley bus in Bratislava, through which Kubisch attempted to translate the feeling of traveling with her custom-made electromagnetic headphones in different cities, listening to the electromagnetic waves: “There is no special destination to reach, the soundscape changes all the time, and something unexpected may occur at any moment”. Across its length, the artist immerses the listener within transportive, endlessly evolving and surprising expanses of entwined sound, entirely transforming how we understand and engage with the world in which we live

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  • Sven-Åke Johansson, Alexander von Schlippenbach : ... über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel - 2xLP+DVD (Edition Telemark, Trost, 2023)

  • The double LP comes in a printed cardboard box with DVD, libretto, 16p LPsized booklet.Co-release with Edition Telemark, one-time pressing of 400 / A music drama performed in the Hebbel Theatre Berlin in 1994. Even within the sprawling oeuvres of Sven-Åke Johansson and Alexander von Schlippenbach, both known for their innovative rethinking and broadening of artistic categories, the dramatic work "... über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel" ("... on cause and effect of the disagreements during the building of the Tower of Babel") remains a unique and rare enigma: What is it actually? Johansson has alternately called it a music drama, an opera, and a singspiel with environment

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  • Various Artists : Airwaves - 2xLP (One Ten, 1977)

  • Sealed original edition from 1977. Two 33rpm long playing records in printed sleeves. Anthology of works by Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Jacki Apple, Connie Beckley, Jim Burton, Diego Cortez, Terry Fox, Jana Haimsohn, Julia Heyward, Leandro Katz, Meredith Monk, Richard Nonas, Dennis Oppenheim. Broken Music, page 80

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  • MEV, Musica Elettronica Viva : United Patchwork - 2xLP (Horo, 1978)

  • One of the most mythical experimental groups of all time, Musica Elettronica Viva was formed in 1966 by a group of American composers in Rome, its nucleus comprised of pianist Frederic Rzewski, sound improviser Alvin Curran and the improvisatory keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum / Taking cues from John Cage and David Tudor, MEV employed open, limitless structures, using found instruments, toys, a homemade synthesizer and the first Moog to reach mainland Europe. Improv and critical listening practices aimed to liberate listeners from the constraints of bourgeois capitalism and as their sound evolved, forms of Jewish mysticism and surrealist automaticism pointed to transcendent potential / Vinyl in strong VG+, gatefold cover close to MINT

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  • Takako Saito : Space Music - LP (Edition Telemark, 2022)

  • After "Spontaneous Music" in 2018, Edition Telemark presents "Space Music" by Japanese Fluxus artist Takako Saito (b. 1929) who has been living in Düsseldorf, Germany, since 1979. Similarly to the previous LP, the recordings featured here deal with everyday things and actions which Saito transforms through unique and deliberately crafted artistic interventions. For "Space Music", pieces were selected whose acoustic outcomes involve the characteristics of the spaces in which they were recorded / Side A features two performances from 2020 in the church Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne: In "Klangkleid", Saito and co-performers Bei Li Zhou and Thomas Rhiemeier move and dance in Saito's sound dresses – jumpsuits onto which she sewed empty plastic and metal packagings to produce sounds while moving. For "Kugelmusik" ("ball music"), she chose balls made from various materials and asked audience members to roll them across the floor towards each other. Side B contains a selection of 1980s recordings that had been left out on "Spontaneous Music" and are arranged here as a sound walk: After "Chewing" ("Kauen") at her kitchen table, Saito steps outside onto the construction site "Böhlerweg" near her home to record her voice in a former factory building. Finally, she walks on the street ("Auf der Straße") towards the Oberkassel district of Düsseldorf to buy her daily needs / Including one insert with liner notes and three postcards. The sleeve and the postcards feature a series of drawings by Takako Saito from 1985

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  • Siavash Amini : Eremos - LP (American Dreams, 2023)

  • “Eremos” is a Greek adjective meaning uninhabited, desert, or remote, but “the important thing for me is 'uninhabited',” says Iranian sound artist Siavash Amini, explaining the title of his new LP. For over a decade, Amini has crafted tight, detailed sound pieces drawing from electronic music, electroacoustic experimentation, and classical music traditions, working in solo and group configurations – see collaborations with Iranian duo 9T Antiope, American scholar and poet Eugene Thacker, French ambient composer Saåad, and more / On eremos, Amini considers two passages from Iranian philosopher-poet Ibn Sina’s Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, a mystical Romance on which the more widely-read Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by Ibn Tufayl is based – the first passage musing on space, desolation, life, and non-life; the second with light, darkness, precipice, and transcendence. Across four longform compositions, he interprets those selfsame themes with patience, curiosity, and necessity / There’s a rootlessness to Amini’s sound and toolkit – unplaceable but nomadic – outside chronology’s nagging sway. Take lead single “The Darkness About the Pole,” which opens with a sustaining coarse hiss – is it sand through the hourglass? Needle tracing a record’s center label? Wind? Heavier components enter as sharply-outlined fog. Theirs is a slow arid dance from nowhere traveling somewhere, moving through ghost towns, quarantined museums, and desert plains — not a denizen in sight

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  • Lea Bertucci, Lawrence English : Chthonic - LP (American Dreams, 2023)

  • For people on visa in the United States during lockdown, it was impossible to leave and re-enter the country without permanent residency. During that time, my partner’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. My partner could not go home if they wanted to return. We had already decided to get married, but the cancer diagnosis spurred the timeline. One saving grace – our saving grace – was that, with a finished green card application, it was possible to leave and come back. As soon as possible, my partner took off / In 2022, we got the all clear: remission. To celebrate, we had a party, inviting friends and family, international or otherwise. My mother-in-law had always wanted to see the “American West,” so we planned a trip through several National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion. At an outlook in the Grand Canyon, I took in the stratification and striation – dear one, I’m coming. And yet, in the face of deep time, in the face of slab upon slab for millions of years, I was most moved by cancer in remission / Chthonic is the result of long-distance collaboration and mutual considerations. Lea Bertucci and Lawrence English met in 2019 at the Novas Frequencia festival in Rio de Janeiro and quickly became friends and collaborators, driven by musings on geological scale, movements – tectonic or otherwise – of the Earth, and subterranean density and pressure. Within seconds of first track “Amorphic Foothills,” I am back at that outlook. Cavernous percussion, tension by way of wind and string, duration – something shifting underneath – so much moved, pushed, prodded to get here. Remission. Continental divide. Remission. Strata. Tectonic plates moved before the first cancer cell reared its head, before the coronavirus started thumbing rides at airports, before someone tried to organize sound. It’s all here – the emotion, the scale, the density, the fear, the wonder, the dirt. I’m at that outlook, groping rock and gray matter. This is excavation. Let’s enjoy this blip

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  • Patrick Shiroishi : I Was Too Young To Hear Silence - LP (American Dreams, 2023)

  • A single saxophone, a glockenspiel, two microphones, a zoom recorder. These are the materials Patrick Shiroishi brought down with him late one night into the cavernous parking structure below a hot pot restaurant in Monterey Park. It was around 1:30AM; the spot was not too far from where Shiroishi grew up, a blank slate shown to him by his dear friend, Noah Klein. A vacant space for a new kind of collaboration—between saxophone and silence, between noise and reverberation, between negative space and self / In a single, improvised take, Shiroishi recorded his third solo LP, I was too young to hear silence. The record plays like a stripped-down ode to its star instrument. Solo saxophone dazzles and cascades through tangible air, each note hugged and trailed by a lush, natural reverb. Each silence, of which there are many, feels deliberate, sustained, honored

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  • Lia Kohl : The Ceiling Reposes - MC (American Dreams, 2023)

  • Includes blue balloon printed with track titles. Curiosity for its own sake: this is at the heart of Lia Kohl’s work, which finds meaning where others might find none. Whether collaborating with some of independent music’s biggest names (Steve Gunn, Whitney, Makaya McCraven), improvising music around the world, or exploring intimacy with multimedia performance art, Kohl builds webs of connections along paths less traveled. The Ceiling Reposes builds upon her solo releases Too Small to be a Plain, on Shinyoko/Artist Pool, and Untitled Radio (futile, fertile), on Longform Editions. Here, Kohl expands her twin practices of layering improvisations to create music and incorporating these layers within found sounds. She took hours of live radio samples recorded primarily on Vashon Island in Washington State, choosing select moments – bits of weather reports, prayers, talk shows, ads, and music – to elaborate on with her own recordings / The world of radio is ripe with possibility, holding both the mundanity of ads and news with moments of profound beauty or weight. Near the end of track 1, “in a specific room,” a snippet of Bobby Vinton’s “Roses are Red (My Love)” is followed by a voice saying, “we don’t know how much time we have left on this earth”; their juxtaposition forms an oddly touching love song. Later in the album, a twanging banjo and a medieval lute give lively dueling performances, one station away from each other. Kohl’s samples speak to each other in uncanny ways as she deftly weaves between stations, crafting a web of meaning that’s just out of reach. She uses the radio as an instrument, certainly, but also as a way of reaching toward the unknown. There’s an oracular, searching quality to the way she moves through radio stations and invites us to search with her / While the radio is the point of departure, The Ceiling Reposes is rich with layered instruments – cello, synthesizers, voice, kazoo, piano, drums, bells, wind machine and more. Kohl recorded some instruments in the studio, elaborating on or mimicking the radio or each other. Others she captured outdoors, adding birdsong, rehearsal chatter or the sound of waves to the music. Albums are often made in layers, but Kohl holds these layers up for us to hear clearly, reminding us that every sound – whether radio waves, train horns or the direct output of a synthesizer – is in its own space and time. These layers elide and collide, creating a cohesive picture or blurring into double vision, giving the sense that we are in multiple times and spaces at once. Kohl invites us to time travel

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  • László Hortobágyi : Transreplica Meccano (Complete Edition) - CD (áMARXE, 2024)

  • First reissue on CD, after 32 years since its original edition on this format, of “Transreplica Meccano”, László Hortobágyi’s masterpiece. "Transreplica Meccano - Complete Edition” is the comprehensive and remastered edition of this opus with tracks from the same recording sessions that never saw the light before. Hortobágyi weaves a tapestry of magic, transcribed from travels across the orient, transporting the listener to a fascinating world of archaic musicality - these fantasies of the past, take us to a distant future / Hungarian composer and musicologist László Hortobágyi, took his first expedition to North India in the late 1960's to record music, study philosophy and learn traditional instruments such as the rudra-vina, sitar, surbahar and tabla. These ongoing trips heavily influenced his musical style and much of his recorded work. LFI is happy to announce the reincarnation of one of his most illustrious works, Transreplica Meccano originally released by Hungaropop in 1988 / As a child László fantasised about interacting with otherworldly muses and imploring them for the hope and guidance he yearned to escape the intellectual bareness of his surroundings. His early feelings of alienation combined with the almost sensual pleasure he remembers from these interactions, influenced and helped shape his life long musical journey. In 1980 he established the musical society called Gáyan Uttejak Mandal. It was named after the Hindu-Moslem musician's society founded by Navraojí Kabrají in 1870 (it was the school of the great musicologist, V.N Bhátkhánde). The society expanded throughout the 1980’s with an archive of oriental music, to be considered unique and unrivalled in Eastern Europe, which has operated parallel to the Gáyan Uttejak Studio and the Gáyan Uttejak Orchestra. The members have made it their duty to practice and study the world heritage of traditional cultures

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  • Alvin Lucier : Criss-Cross / Hanover - LP (Black Truffle, 2018)

  • The lone sonic warrior behind « I Am Sitting in a Room » proves that he still has the magic touch even well into his 80s! Exploring the possibilities of the guitar he crafts two side long compositions that both himself, Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi play with an acute attention to detail and the result leaves a lasting impression upon the listener. The 18 minute epic « Hanover » is an astounding experimental ride through the tonal capabilities of the violin, saxophone (tenor and alto), piano and electric guitars. Great new addition to the already killer Black Truffle catalogue!

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  • Crys Cole, Oren Ambarchi : Hotel Record - 2xLP (Black Truffle, 2017)

  • For many, the geography defying partnership of Crys Cole and Oren Ambarchi is the likely source of envy and awe - a creatively rigorous adventure in sound, egged forward by the romance they share. Ambarchi needs little introduction. Over the last 20 years, he has risen as a leading light of experimental and electroacoustic practice, as recognised for his collaborations with Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Sunn O))), Keith Rowe, Fire!, John Tilbury and countless others, as he is for his solo work / Cole, an artist focused on the constrained limits of sonic possibility, bridging gallery and musical contexts, has increasingly caught the attention of the international experimental music community over the last decade, running a parallel course in her dedication to collaborative and solo work. Following Sonja Henies vei 31, their debut from 2014, an album as much as an abstract diary centred around the “erotic dimension of romantic intimacy”, the duo is back with the stunning LP Hotel Record, continuing the exploration of their musical and romantic relationship, marked by the subtlety of investigation which has defined both of their careers

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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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  • Phew, Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke : Patience Soup - LP (Black Truffle, 2019)

  • Together at last! These three celestial bodies seem to have been orbiting each other for aeons, Aussie avant-garde legend Oren Ambarchi and escapee composer-producer Jim O’Rourke having collided at least a few times here and there / Patience Soup sees Japanese underground icon Phew fronting the bill over two epic slices of electro-acoustic chicanery, recorded live at Kitakyushu Performing Arts Centre in November 2015 / The gargantuan twin heads of this record splay open the work of all three performers, their life-forces mingling and mixing in fascinating ways. Drones, harsh noise, genteel piano; Phew’s Banshee screech vocal ties the lot together into something unforgettable

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  • Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement : Killer Whale Atmospheres - 2xLP (Hospital Productions, 2023)

  • RSE surprise album just in time before the migration to cooler waters. Grown in the shade of the glacier. Killer Whale Atmospheres is a future-memory affair of sub bass propulsive drones, rhythms, chords and dorsal scars building to a forbidding sense of cold echolocations yet to come through the violent procession of darkening rains. Black vinyl double LP in wide spine sleeve. Digital download code included

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  • Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry : It Is Revealed - LP (Honey Pie, 2023)

  • Flutist Prince Lasha and alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons were one of the great teams in the "New Thing" era. Recorded in New York in May 1963 these early studio sessions feature great contributions from trumpeter Don Cherry and tenor sax giant Clifford Jordan, plus the rhythm section of Orville Harrison and Bill Wood on bass, Charles Moffett on drums, and producer Fred Lyman on flugelhorn. This is a great snapshot of the NYC music scene in the '60s, when a bunch of young, creative, uncompromising musicians invaded the city and began to change the rules of jazz

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  • Ben Frost : Steel Wound - LP (Room40, 2012)

  • Room40 presents the vinyl edition of this classic Ben Frost album from 2007. Since his earliest days, Ben Frost has been fascinated by the cinematic qualities of the guitar. His output to this point has hinted at this, but with Steel Wound, he makes a bold statement of intent. Finding his way to a deserted stretch of Johanna Beach along the Great Ocean Road (Victoria, Australia) in early 2003, Frost set up a remote studio at a derelict cabin overlooking the icy waters of Bass Strait. With a constant wind flowing off the sea his only companion, Frost started work on a series of improvisations that would eventually become Steel Wound. A few months go by and Frost has made his way back to civilization / He begins editing the masses of treated guitar from the Johanna Beach improvisations and before long a theme takes hold -- one that very much reflects the isolation of the environment where the tracks were created. Each of the pieces on Steel Wound is an epic journey, colored with a deep sense of filmic narrative and suggested dialogues. The textural quality of the works, laced with field recordings and lost vocal fragments, sketches out the emotional soundscapes Frost had unwittingly gathered during his time at Johanna Beach. Each piece is a splintered fragment in time -- a forgotten memory beautifully rediscovered in a moment of introspection. Vinyl cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin

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  • Siavash Amini : Serus - LP (Room40, 2019)

  • For Iranian composer Siavash Amini, a chance reading of Maurice Blanchot, sleep-deprivation and prolonged intoxication, and finally a nervous breakdown resulted in a revelatory crepuscular work of art. Put simply, Servus is a meditation on ‘night’. Put less simply, it is a brooding entry in the historical corpus of cultural expression. Fearful as the mysteries of darkness may be, there is yet misunderstood power in its malleability. Amini’s dark ambient landscapes similarly warp reality into dreamtime, an all-at-once space deprived of calendars and clocks

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  • Suzanne Langille, Andrew Burnes, David Daniell, Loren Connors : Let The Darkness Fall - LP (Recital, 2023)

  • Recital is pleased to publish the first vinyl edition of Let the Darkness Fall, a forgotten corner from the vast discography of Suzanne Langille & Loren Connors. Joined here by David Daniell and Andrew Burnes (of the Atlanta-based group San Agustin), Darkness was recorded in the summer of 1998 on a Tascam Porta-5 in Loren and Suzanne’s Brooklyn living room, and issued the following year as a limited CD by Secretly Canadian / The tender gloom of Let the Darkness Fall sounds like a broadcast of some private séance. The trio of guitarists here show a beautiful restraint, hovering just underneath vocalist Suzanne Langille’s ephemeral poetry. Once they hit RECORD, the sensitivity of the players melded this quartet into a sole-entity; finishing each other’s phrases in slow motion. Suzanne’s gentle voice glows through the wispy guitar shadows with a quiet determination. One could almost imagine her building a nest out of the guitar lines she’s gathered / This collection of musicians is a precursor to the band Haunted House, a wild sort of jam-band playing the blues without playing structure. Recital is proud to continue the series of Loren Connors-related editions, stretching from his art books Wildweeds & Night of Rain, to his masterpiece solo LPs Airs & Lullaby. And Recital is equally thrilled to highlight Suzanne Langille’s mystifying command of voice and word and the intricate guitar work of Andrew Burnes and David Daniell. Come revisit the mist that filled that living room 25 years ago

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  • Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit : Mass Hysterism In Another Situation - 2x12" (Black Editions, 2023)

  • Remastered and cut to double 45RPM 12” vinyl. House in heavy tip-on gatefold jacket with Pantone spot colors, spot ink pigment foil on gloss film laminate finish and printed inner sleeves. Mass Hysterism in Another Situation captures Masayuki Takayanagi’s New Direction Unit in its final incarnation, at an apex in its development; it also finds Takayanagi, one of Japan’s great iconoclastic artists, at a moment of crucial artistic transformation / Recorded in August 1983 as part of his “Another Situation” concert series, the album features one of the last performances of Takayanagi’s revolutionary and perhaps most famously violent piece, Mass Projection. By this date, New Direction’s line up had been distilled to a compact, searingly hot trio of Takayanagi joined on electric guitar by Akira Iijima and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums / percussion. Over the course of 40 minutes, the group sustains an uninterrupted, highly charged attack propelled with unrelenting energy / The music is rife with noise and dissonance intruding from both sides; a vortex of sound and fury that begins to slip from even the expansive bounds of free jazz into something almost purely electronic. The trio would perform only four more times, completing the “Another Situation” series with its 24th edition in November 1984. Eleven months later Takayanagi would debut an entirely new modality, one he called “Action Direct”. It completely transformed his approach to guitar and sound in general by embracing an entirely abstract, solo noise music projected through massive, complex sound systems of his own design. Mass Hysterism is perhaps the most powerful link in this part of Takayanagi’s history- a perfect realization and farewell to one of his greatest forms en route to territories even further afield and radical

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  • David Toop, Lawrence English : The Shell That Speaks The Sea - LP (Room40, 2023)

  • Note from Lawrence English: I first met David Toop some 20 years ago. I think we were in touch shortly before that, but our first meeting took place when I invited him to Australia to perform and to speak as part of REV, a festival held at Brisbane Powerhouse. It was a memorable meeting, I vividly remember his solo performance and the edition A Picturesque View, Ignored, documents an improvised meeting during that time. Over the years, David and I have shared an interest in both the material and immaterial implications of sound (amongst other things). Moreover we’ve connected many times on matters which lie at the fringes of how we might choose to think about audition, our interests seeking in the affective realm that haunts, rather than describes, experience. The Shell That Speaks The Sea very much resonates from this shared fascination / I’m not exactly sure when we first mooted this duet, but I sense its initial trace is now more than a decade ago. I tend to live by the motto of ‘right place, right time’ and I believe David likely also subscribes to this methodology. A couple of years ago, David and I reignited the duet conversation and began exchanging materials. As a jumping off point, I explored a series of field recordings that, for me at least, captured something of this affective haunting that I mentioned previously. One such recording was of a Tawny Frogmouth at Nugum (White Rock) on the lands of the Yugarabul people. The frogmouth is an utterly elusive creature whose voice is like a modulating low frequency oscillator. They are a magical bird, and like the Potoo, have captivated David and I at various points in our lives. The recording seemed to suggest a whole way of approaching sound and, for me at least, it opened an entirely new range of sound worlds which are present in the final version of this recording / This edition is the product of spontaneous burst of exchanges, buffered by periods of tempered silence. A patient work, charged with unexpected dynamics. It’s with great pleasure we share this recording with you

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  • Bowery Electric : Beat - 2xLP (Kranky, 2023)

  • The second album from New York City's Bowery Electric was released in late 1996, less than 15 months after their self-titled debut, but it found them having traveled light years musically in the interim, the group having seemingly decided to see how far they could take the guitar/bass/drums/vocal setup into the atmosphere / Every aspect of their approach had been refined and focused: squalling, distorted guitars had been transformed into hazy, sensual sheets; the live drums transmuted to sampled rhythms more in debt to the blossoming down-tempo sound of the day; bass lines reduced to their most basic diagrams; vocals submerged to become one with the narcotized fog of the instruments; even the lyrics were reduced to a few minimal lines used sparingly so as not to overshadow the dynamic / Beat is a lush and dense mantra of shadowy percussion, barely-there vocals and immersive drones that envelops the listener in an opiated blanket of sound. The second in a trio of albums released by the core duo of Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener, Beat is without doubt their definitive artistic statement. Coming 20 years to the day of its original release, this is the first time this album has been available on vinyl in almost two decades, and the first ever U.S. vinyl release

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  • Satoshi Ashikawa : Still Way - LP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want, 2019)

  • WRWTFWW Records is honored to announce the much anticipated reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s undeniable classic of Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism, Still Way (Wave Notation 2). The album, available on vinyl (first time since 1982) and digipack CD (with one bonus track), comes with a cover artwork by Hiroshi Yoshimura and liner notes by Midori Takada, Satoshi Ashikawa himself, and Irish producer Gareth Quinn Redmond (whose Still Way-inspired album Laistigh den Ghleo is being released simultaneously on WRWTFWW) / Initially released in 1982 as part of the Wave Notation series*, Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada’s Through Looking Glass and Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Green as one of the genre’s most important pieces. "Like the moment of stillness, after the wind passes through the garden, when the rain stops for a brief second…" Notably inspired by Erik Satie’s Furniture Music and Brian Eno’s ambient work, Satoshi Ashikawa aimed to compose music "intended to be listened to in a casual manner, as a musical landscape or a sound object…not something that would stimulate listeners but music that should drift like smoke and become part of the environment." / The result is simply phenomenal, subtle minimalism and emotional elegance exquisitely orchestrated by Satoshi Ishikawa and his team consisting of his wife Masami Ashikawa (on flute), Midori Takada (on vibraphone), Yuko Utsumi (on harp), Tomoko Sono (on piano), and Junko Arase (on vibraphone). In conjunction with Still Way, WRWTFWW is releasing Laistigh den Ghleo, a companion album by Irish ambient/minimalist composer Gareth Quinn Redmond, inspired by Ashikawa’s approach. *The Wave Notation series also includes Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Music For Nine Postcards album

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  • Anne Gillis : Vhoysee - LP (Art-Into-Life, 2024)

  • The first Manon Anne Gillis release was a single-sided mini-album titled “Angebiguë”, which was Manon’s self-release in 1983. “Angebiguë” was 6-track mini-album in a cold-minimal-synth vein, and any track from “Angebiguë” were not included in her retrospective 5CD Box “Archives Box 1983-2005”, which Art into Life released in 2015. “Angebiguë” was privately released in tiny edition for her friends only and has been a highly sought-after item among collectors / “Vhoysee” is Manon’s long-awaited new album, and the album collects her latest six pieces and four re-worked / re-mixed tracks from “Angebiguë”. The latest six pieces are physical subject-based composition with minimum elements, whereas re-worked / re-mixed tracks from “Angebiguë” are simple rhythm-oriented pieces with her glacial sound texture. In “Vhoysee”, the past and present are interwoven and linked together in a kind of labyrinth

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

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

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  • Jennifer Gentle : Jennifer Gentle - 2xLP (Backwards, 2019)

  • Jennifer Gentle are one of the most idiosyncratic Italian bands ever. Led by singer, guitarist and sometimes only member Marco Fasolo, they started their career in the early Noughties as slightly stoned-out-of-their-minds teens equally able to manage short psych pop explosions and 20-minute brain melting freakouts / They quickly recorded a couple of self-released albums that raised some interest abroad and became the first Italian band to sign to American label Sub Pop, releasing two critically acclaimed albums in quick succession: 2005’s Valende (an exercise in hyperactive, sparkling pop mixed with pastoral acoustic vignettes) then followed in 2007 by the much darker and convoluted The Midnight Room (described in a Mojo review as “Syd Barrett lost in a 20’s Berlin cabaret”). With US and UK tours under their belt and their music on Rough Trade and Mojo compilations, Jennifer Gentle went on to play also on BBC radio shows and partecipated to several festivals including Green ManFestivals in the UK on main stage. Also gaining fans as different as Graham Coxon, Black Crowes, Mars Volta and Jarvis Cocker (who asked the band to open his Italian concerts) / Now it’s 2019 and Marco Fasolo and Jennifer Gentle are officially back with their new, self-titled album. Immaculately produced by Fasolo himself, it’s a sprawling, full-bodied release touching all of Fasolo’s musical obsessions: it effortlessly bounces from a breezy soul glam, goofy funk, intricate baroque ballads, Joe Meek-like instrumentals and the trademark JG zippy psychedelia, without ever losing its focus on mood and detailed song construction. By far their most complete and accessible album, Jennifer Gentle is above all an immersive listening experience and new evidence of Fasolo’s songwriting, aranging and producing unique abilities: a sometimes pensive, sometimes joyful musical parade to be absorbed as a whole. Here it is, hoping you are going to love it too

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  • Schlippenbach Quartet : Anticlockwise - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2023)

  • "The edges of Schlippenbach’s trio/quartet music have gradually feathered over the past dozen years, a process benchmarked by “Anticlockwise”. Evan Parker’s careening tenor prompts a dramatic sweep from the group that echoes Coltrane’s last period, as on Ore; his multiphonic-oriented soprano style elicits a more spiky rapport. The exceptional American bassist Alan Silva makes an intriguing debut with the quartet, his incisive phrasing and nuance-filled arco technique serving as a lynchpin between Schlippenbach’s densities and Loven’s asymmetries." - Bill Shoemaker

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  • Peter Brötzmann, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink : 3 Points And A Mountain - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2021)

  • Recorded live by Jost Gebers on February 25th and 26th, 1979, at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. A different sort of peak in Brötzmann's catalog, Three Points and a Mountain may be his must purely enjoyable album. It offers freewheeling dadaist humor, energetic pastiche, and joyful excursions through a variety of styles and tropes. The expert trio of Brötz, Mengelberg, and Bennink is both focused and gleeful

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  • Gigi Masin, Rod Modell : Red Hair Girl At The Lighthouse Beach - LP (13, 2024)

  • Red 'galaxy effect' vinyl. Making music is trying to start over again every time. It’s a matter of questioning and approaching. It’s never settling for the sound that fills the world around. It’s looking for a door in the sky. And maybe find it, open it, go beyond it. Rod Modell and Gigi Masin, this time together, are offering each other vibrations and insights. The former lives between two lakes, the latter between the Venetian lagoon and the sea. Everyone on their own shore, building electronic bridges in semi-darkness to allow us to cross too / No words would be needed to explain this work... It is the meeting of two people, an exchange of different points of view. A way to meet and then break up. Rod has reworked a piece of Gigi making it his own... and so did Gigi with a piece of Rod. A magnificent intersection of sounds and thoughts... remaining suspended to watch the passing of time, to listen to the noises and silences of life that passes inexorably around us

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  • The Globe Unity Orchestra, The Choir Of The NDR-Broadcast : Hamburg '74 - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2021)

  • Recorded during the 105th NDR Jazzworkshop, November 19, 1974 at the Funkhaus Hamburg, großer Sendesaal. This album was originally released on FMP in 1979 (FMP 0560). Liner notes by Alexander von Schlippenbach (in German). This date by the Globe Unity Orchestra featured pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, guitarist Derek Bailey, drummers Paul Lovens and Han Bennink, saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Rüdiger Carl, Gerd Dudek, and Michel Piz, bassist Peter Kowald, trumpeters Kenny Wheeler and Manfred Schoof , and trombonists Paul Rutherford and Günter Christmann -- a completely gone lineup at the height of Euro free jazz in 1974. To add to the drama, the band is joined by the Choir of the NDR Broadcast under the direction of Helmut Franz / All of this was captured at the NDR Jazz Workshop. The first piece here, titled "Hamburg '74," is nearly half-an-hour in length and was scripted by Von Sclippenbach. A spoken word introduction is followed by chatter from the chorus, then by slow, quiet, atonal squeaks and squeals from reeds and brass. Before long the choir enters singing long, languorous anthemic lines in counterpoint before all hell breaks loose at six minutes. Here the band kicks its improvisation in full-force and the choir improvises, too -- individually and collectively! It is one of the most exciting moments in free jazz. Its only equal is that moment on Coltrane's Live In Seattle where he and Pharoah Sanders, going as far as they could go on their horns, put them down and start hollering their improvisations / What happens for the next 20 minutes is indescribably beautiful, wild and wondrous and terrifying in places. The second piece here, "Contrast and Synthesis," is nearly 20 minutes, and though a little more closely scripted in the opening section, it is nonetheless full of pathos and drama as well. Here too, once the band starts collectively improvising away form the composed lines and the choir follows them, the entire sky opens in a fantastic cacophony

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  • Michel Pilz, Peter Kowald, Paul Lovens : Carpathes - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2022)

  • Recorded by Jost Gebers on August 1st & 2nd and September 7th & 8th, 1975, in Berlin. « Percussionist Paul Lovens turns in some exemplary work on Carpathes, joined by Michel Pilz (bcl) and Peter Kowald (b). Actually it is mostly Pilz' date as he appears throughout the record either in solo, trio or duo with Kowald. But it is Lovens who most impresses me here as he hammers, rings, jingles the percussion, managing to both give rhythmic freedom and abstraction while implying a more traditional rhythm and he sustains himself very well. Actually the rhythm is constantly outstanding in of themselves..." - Bob Rusch, Cadence

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  • Arv & Miljö : Samling - 2xCD (Krim Kram, 2024)

  • Originally compiled as a two cassette release by Archivio Diafònico in 2016, now reissued as a double CD for optimum playback at your next MRI scan. Samling documents the earlier, "noisier" years of Arv & Miljö, collecting all compilation appearances from the project's inception in 2010 up to 2015. The project has since moved to a more ambient sound, having recently completed a stunning tetralogy of seasonal themed LPs (Svensk Sommar I Stilla Frid, 2018; Himmelsvind, 2020; Ensam Är Nattens Rymd Över Vita Vägar, 2021; Vålnad Av Fornskog, 2022) / While the release of the first instalment in this series, Svensk Sommar I Stilla Frid, in 2018 seemed to signal a radical departure from the gritty, claustrophobic sound documented here, the use of environmental recordings, primitive melodic synth tones, and fragile failing electronics all remain a defining characteristic of the project, from the early concrète industrial years to the broken new age music explored in more recent times (there were other clear signposts to the direction the project would later take too of course, notably the track 2415 Dagar from The Palermo Protocol 3CS compilation released by Posh Isolation in 2014 and also included in this collection) / Arv & Miljö is the solo project of Gothenburg-based Matthias Andersson, member of the groups Enhet För Fri Musik and Heinz Hopf, and label operator extraordinaire (Discreet Music, Fördämning Arkiv, Förlag För Fri Musik, I Dischi Del Barone)

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  • Nate Scheible : Or Valleys And - MC (Outside Time, 2024)

  • Nate Scheible makes amorphous music that evades easy classification. Whether working with electronics or as a drummer, his fascination with tone and texture results in a sense of playful exploration, undercutting the stoicism that defines so much contemporary ambient music and free improvisation. Sounds quiver at the edge of existence, flickering imperceptibly between presence and absence. The boundary between the familiar and otherworldly blurs as he approaches the mundane from oblique angles. There’s a simultaneous sense of detachment and intensity, as if an irrepressible emotional churn is struggling to break through a veneer of stillness / On Scheible’s new tape, or valleys and, change is constant. Using a wide array of electronics, found tape, and aided by a small ensemble of wind players from Washington, DC’s rich community of improvisors, he cycles through innumerable modes of music making in a deceptively quick 17 minutes. At its core is a suite of seven pieces with lengths averaging around 35 seconds, each named “stray,” where various instrumental elements participate in brief, but evocative, conversations. Horns blurt out a response to an elongated electronic tone, a turbulent duet of piano and snare cedes space to gentle, high-pitched harmonies. These well-defined miniatures contain complexity and variety, coaxing the listener to pay attention to each detail / The music on or valleys and is undeniably experimental in content and form, pushing against norms of what might be considered conventional (the multi-layered recording of crinkling plastic comprising “the silver shore” and the tape’s entire b-side) or even musical (the hilarious and inexplicable found-audio piece “missississippi”). But it is also undeniably poignant, often playing out like a reflection of someone’s inner-most thoughts and feelings as they make sense of them in real time. Joy and melancholy appear hand in hand, as do absurdity and inscrutability; disparate emotions tumble into one another, arising and disappearing just as quickly. Its cohesion comes not from a defined sound palette or singular voice, but from the graceful way it moves through time, allowing a brief moment to make sense of how the music makes us feel before watching it unceremoniously float away

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  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk : Live In Paris (1970) - Lost ORTF Recordings - LP (Transversales Disques, 2024)

  • Deluxe edition, classic tip-on gatefold jacket, including exclusive liner notes and pictures.ORTF recordings by Rahsaan Roland Kirk And His Vibration Society. Live at studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris with the full permission and cooperation of the National Audiovisual Institute (INA). Mastered from the original master tapes. Gifted multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the height of his powers, backed by his Vibration Society, including long-term cohorts pianist Ron Burton, powerhouse percussionist Joe Habao Texidor, Dick Griffin on trombone, drummer Jerome Cooper and Vernon Martin on Double Bass

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  • KiTA : Ceramic - LP (Knekelhuis, 2023)

  • The Naarm/Melbourne based producer will unveil meticulously crafted tracks that breathe life, deliver crispness, evoke emotions, and pulsate with energy / KiTA's music defies easy categorization, blending ambient, dub, and breakbeat with real instruments and orchestral elements. The album "Ceramic" takes us on a mesmerizing journey with its title track, a twelve-minute composition that intertwines groove-laden ambience, deep bass throbs, swirling guitars, enchanting strings, and atmospheric vocals / The B side of the record embraces a club-oriented soundscape with infectious breaks and captivating hooks, offering a refreshing contrast to the prevailing musical landscape. The final track concludes the album with dub-influenced percussion, creating a captivating dance that evokes both melancholy and beauty, leaving room for personal interpretation and discovery

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  • Ingleton Falls : Champagne In Mozambique - LP (Isle Of Jura, 2024)

  • High quality pressing in full colour sleeve designed by Bradley Pinkerton. Isle Of Jura’s second longplayer reissue is an album from Ingleton Falls that touches upon Ambient, Dub, House and Balearic styles and was originally released in 1991 as a limited run of 100 self distributed cassette tapes. Ingleton Falls are Andy Hannam Seymour and Andy Eardley from Tyne and Wear in Newcastle. Having come from a more traditional band background originally, Ingleton Falls was their electronic project and the result of a love of acts like Dub Syndicate, African Headcharge, Gary Clail, The Orb and The KLF / Andy Hannam Seymour remembers “It was a very creative time musically, there was a lot going on around us that used new technology. I was excited by the possibilities. Up until then I'd been playing guitar with a more traditional drums/bass/guitar/vocal band with all the 'musical differences' that entailed (the two bands ran side by side for a while). I also liked the idea that you could write and record a piece of music that was ready to release yourself, rather than it being a demo or having to pay a lot of cash for studio time. That DIY aspect was a lot of fun.” / 25 years later these songs finally reach a wider audience, initially via a limited cassette release

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  • Klofink : Vakant - LP (Fasaan Recordings, 2023)

  • Silver pantone print. Seasons come and go, so does the moods and modal alternations on Klofink's debut album that we humbly present to the world through this dear label of ours. Pastoral soundscapes pierce through post-industrial dub riddims on this highly distinctive artefact recorded by Jämtland born and Malmö based producer and musician Linus Jönsson. The profound and, albeit paradoxically, decorative sounds on this album consists of a minimal-maximal approach; few, well-leveled elements produces an almost ancient sounding sonic signature of sorts, perfect to immerse ourselves in over the many years to come

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  • Dorothy Carter : Waillee Waillee - LP (Palto Flats, Putojefe, 2023)

  • The first ever reissue of Dorothy Carter's 1978 folk/psych/drone masterpiece. A truly unique album in Dorothy's catalog, Waillee Waillee's essence sits in Dorothy's mastery of the dulcimer; its shimmering notes fully enmeshed with the cavernous drones of Bob Rutman's bowed steel cello. The core of this album, Dorothy's only with a full band, lies in the contradiction of traditional psych-folk idioms and the minimal avant-garde, referencing Laraaji and Henry Flynt as much as Karen Dalton

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  • Modelbau, Scanner : Loess - 2xLP (Moving Furniture, 2022)

  • Collaboration is key to the practices of both musicians. Both Rimbaud and De Waard exhibit long histories of collaborating with others from very different fields. They both understand that the ability to exchange and share ideas is crucial, and how these collaborations allow both parties to work as both negatives and positives of each other, recognising spaces within the work fields and ideas. It teaches the respect of space and the relevance of context and extension of one to the other / Interestingly, despite the advent of digital technologies, file sharing and the ability to exchange material online, Rimbaud and De Waard agreed to make a return to their roots. The discovery that they both owned Fostex 280 four-track tape machines led to this musical conversation, where works were recorded in isolation, Rimbaud in the UK, De Waard in The Netherlands. The cassette tapes were then exchanged in the post and subsequently worked on. Neither could anticipate how the other might respond / Both musicians used a combination of music instruments at their disposal. For Rimbaud he used the quirkily named Ellitone Farm Detective Ultrarollz, and Little Boy Blue by Flower Electronics, both of which are creatures that cannot be tamed. Cheap DIY machines that produce something unpredictable. De Waard uses the trusted Modelbau gear, ranging from iPad synths to the Korg Monotron and his usual cheaper than cheap Chinese pedals

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  • Philipp Otterbach : Correct Me If I Am Incorrectly You - LP (Offen Music, 2023)

  • Super sound vinyl LP, full cover inside-out print. Berlin based Philipp Otterbach debuts on Offen with "Correct Me If I Am Incorrectly You". Post music phantasmagoria for the world in which the past became more unpredictable than the future. Remember Cowboy Bob, Salaryman and Gary Floyd in that opium den in Fischeln? Deconstructed entertainment for hopeless romantics and a testimony of Otterbach's unique artistic language

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  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson : Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1 - 4xLP (Brainfeeder, 2023)

  • Limited edition 4LP black vinyl in 8mm spined gatefold sleeve with OBI strip.14 years in the making, “Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1” comprises 52 tracks / 3.5 hours of music composed, arranged and produced by Miguel with contributions from 50+ friends including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, DOMi & JD Beck, Jeff Parker, Carlos Niño, Austin Peralta, Bennie Maupin, Gabe Noel, Jamael Dean, Jamire Williams, Burniss Travis II, Deantoni Parks, Josh Johnson, Marcus Gilmore and many more / Based in his hometown of Los Angeles, Miguel is one of the preeminent musicians, orchestrators, arrangers and composers of our time. “Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1” is his long-awaited inaugural album. It presents us with a passionate statement of intent, a labor of love, and a realm of beautiful possibilities / “Les Jardins Mystiques” reflects Miguel’s ethos that music is a natural, vitally unaffected life force. The titles across Volume 1’s tracks draw from international languages and traditions, including Spanish, Swahili, Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, Japanese and Hebrew, as well as the Buddhist practice that has been key to Miguel’s life since his twenties (“It’s very joyous and very hard, because it says that there’s no retirement age in human revolution,” he says). The tracks contrast in length, from “Zarra”’s vivid burst of analogue synths to the alluringly chilled melody of “Kairos (Amor Fati)”, yet there’s a gloriously unconstrained flow throughout, and each piece seems to unfurl and blossom into its own wondrous world

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  • Basil Kirchin : Assignment Kirchin - LP (Trunk, 2023)

  • Two killer scores by Basil Kirchin, both from the late 1960s, both unreleased until now. Assignment K - a spy film and The Strange Affair, a rather sleazy London crimmy underworld thing. Classic, jazzy, weird, the usual expected unexpected Kirchin with an unreleased song too! Superb!!!!!

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  • Aart Zwaans : Sémi Hóra - 7" (Dead Mind, 2024)

  • White marbled vinyl. In the early eighties EXART label owner Hessel Veldman regularly went to the city of Rotterdam to visit the creative minds behind local act Rotterdans. Their base was a house that both served as a home studio to record sessions of improvised music and a dealing spot for marihuana, which means customers were ringing the doorbell all day and all night long. During a late-night session one of the Rotterdans members told Veldman about a certain coworker, a ship welder working in the harbor, who was in his mid-twenties, lived with his parents in a typical workers' home and was totally obsessed by analog synthesizers. Collecting all the different types and playing them every night / A meeting was arranged and Veldman met Aart Zwaans for the first time. They went to his room upstairs where he spent his evenings experimenting and writing his own tracks, that turned out to be a mixture of melancholic ambient pieces in the vein of synth wizards like Enno Velthuys and the early electronic music of Klaus Schulze and the Berlin School. Zwaans was a real outsider, not interested in the underground tape trading scene and preferred to be left alone. He did however promise Veldman to record some tracks and draw a cover for a cassette on EXART which was releases in 1982. Although plans were made to release more of his music, the Sémi Hóra cassette turned out to be the only remaining proof of his mysterious existence / Sémi Hóra stayed an obscure must-have for collectors of underground music only, until some of the tracks were uploaded to the internet, where it reached a modest new audience. Overlooked by the various reissue labels, some of these hidden gems from the golden age of home taping are now finally presented on vinyl for the first time. In association with Veldman and archivist Bence Meijer, we selected 4 tracks from the original tape to be remastered for a convincing sample of one man’s imperturbable vision. Hopefully it prevents this idiosyncratic and talented musician from fading into total oblivion

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  • Martijn Comes, Hessel Veldman : Manifest Exodus - LP (Dead Mind, 2024)

  • As a composer Martijn Comes has a special interest in timbral music and various musical traditions, with an emphasis on the electro-acoustic history. His works for the carillon were performed live at festivals like Le Guess Who and Rewire. He also released several solo-albums and collaborated with a wide range of contemporary artists like Frans de Waard, Lukas Simonis, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou and Hessel Veldman, with whom he co-produced the album EPoX, published by Bedouin Records in 2020 / Veldman is a veteran of the Dutch musical avant-garde and published several legendary cassettes on his label EXART in the early 80’s. His experimental soundscapes are laced with industrial elements, creating a hypnotic, dark undercurrent of sounds. Besides operating under his moniker Y Create, he was a member of the improvisation group Gorgonzola Legs and kept working intensively with Fluxus artist and Dutch underground cult-figure Willem de Ridder. The home-taping era shaped his free approach to music. His diverse musical practices have been traversing several decades by now and he continues to play music according to his own insights and intuitions / Because of the emotional and poetic weight of the pieces, reverend Tom de Haan was consulted for this collaborative album. It was the start of a musical exploration and a search for peace, balance and above all freedom. Reaching out to a distant world, a place to come to terms with ourselves. A journey full of obstacles and setbacks. Sometimes persistently moving forward, sometimes doubtful. 'Are there Gods among us or inside us?' The music as a manifest, the expression of an inner struggle

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  • Organ of Corti : Usher / Trauma - 7" (Dead Mind, 2024)

  • Organ of Corti, the trio of Joachim Nordwall (IDEAL Records, The Gagmen), Mattias Gustafsson (Altar of Flies) and Dan Johansson (Sewer Election, Enhet för Fri Musik) returns with another exercise in the slow-motion decay of analog sound. Usher, a minimal hypnotic track on side A reveals its subtle details after multiple listens while the claustrophobic Trauma on the flipside will grab your immediate attention. Machines that hum, sputter, and crackle while slowly moving forward. Vaguely familiar tape loops, spacious synths and crumbling electronics. A journey into the unknown / The Swedish underground scene continues to deliver some of the best underground acts and Organ of Corti firmly establish themselves as part of the foundation with a recent self-released cassette, another cd on New Forces and this new single. While their sound has clearly evolved, these alchemists are staying true to their original intention of forging fragments of surreal nightmares

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  • Nurse With Wound : Thunder Perfect Mind - 3xLP (Infinite Fog Productions, 2024)

  • 185g picture 3LP set / The original release of Nurse with Wound's gargantuan "Thunder Perfect Mind" in 1992 coincided with that of Current 93's homonymous genre-defining album. Legend has it that the gnostic name initially appeared to Steven Stapleton in a dream as the title of Tibet's then still nameless upcoming album. Both records feature contributions from David Tibet, Colin Potter, Rose McDowall, John Balance of Coil, Alan Trench of Orchis and Joolie Wood amongst others. At the core of the definitive 2023 Infinite Fog re-release fully overseen by Steven Stapleton are the two original tracks "Cold" - a classic unsettling rhythmic Nurse collage-fest, significantly closer to jittery psychelia than the oft-cited "industrial feel" and the epic "Colder Still", easily one of the most mind-bending breathtaking NWW compositions up to this point and well beyond.”

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  • Muslimgauze : Intifaxa - 2xLP (Kontakt Audio, 2024)

  • 2LP in extra heavy cardboard with deluxe spot UV finish and inside print. Intifaxa is the first part in a series of 4 outstanding double vinyl albums with bonus songs, previously released on CD between 1990 and 1994 on the Australian cult label Extreme Music / Intifaxa is full of heavy percussion fire with deep tribal grooves, embedded in modulated field recordings. The album is a transcendental journey into Eastern soundscapes and a secret weapon for DJs who enjoy to tear down the borders of tribal underground house and psychedelic trance music / The original tracks were perfectly remastered for this first time ever vinyl release and the new masters received high praise from the Extreme Music owner Roger Richards.New sleeve designs were created by Oleg Galay, who is famous for his artworks for many Muslimgauze reissues

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  • Ellende : This Is My Song - MC (Smeerlappen, 2023)

  • Robert Wyatt once mentioned that he preferred short albums. Wim said he wanted a short life. Kobus spoke about having the shortest relationship ever. We think that giving the attention span, even before the ultra-short Instagram reel moments, for music between 20 to 25 minutes for an album is ideal. Wim argued that life should not go beyond forty. I uselessly argued with him about this and he never made it to forty. If you can even talk about this, Kobus had relationships that lasted less than half a day. And what to say about David? The Fever took him away from us, quite soon Ellende will be nothing but dust in the wind

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  • Robert Cahen : La Nef Des Fous - LP (Recollection GRM, 2024)

  • Embossed outersleeve with printed heavyweight innersleeve. In the 1970s, Robert Cahen turned to the burgeoning field of video art, where he became a pioneering artist. He was originally trained in musique concrète, his creative background, and joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in 1972. The pieces on this record were composed in the GRM studios between 1971 and 1974. They testify to a lively inspiration and imagination combined with a precocious formal mastery that already carries the seeds of later developments, which the artist cleverly and inventively deployed in the field of visual arts

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  • Yuko Araki : IV - CD (Room40, 2023)

  • Matte laminate and embossed sleeve with monochrome printed insert card and fold out poster. This might sound a little antithetical, but I am interested in making noise music that is free from unnecessary noise. I do realise how this sounds, but it is absolutely at the core of my new recording. I want to create maximum impact and dynamics in the music through using only the essential elements and materials / I am a huge fan of noise music, and in many cases I enjoy the excessive nature of that music. For my own work though I am interested in reducing this, boiling it down, to the very critical parts that can allow the music to profoundly affect those who choose to listen to it. I want to use what I have at my disposal with intent and with force / I also wanted to deepen my connection to, and place in, this music. To this end I have started to explore how it is I fit into the work. I explored how is my body part of this project beyond being a gestural interface between the various machines I use to make it. I’ve started to think about voice a lot and this has come into the process of the recording. I’m not so much interested in the way voice can speak to stories or singing for that matter. I’m more interested in how voice might haunt the music. I invited another artist, Taichi Nagura from the band Endon, to contribute some voice to this album too. He is featured on Sloshing and his voice absolutely captures this quality I am interested in exploring. It’s as if he is trapped in that piece, fight for and against the other materials in the sound. This tension captures, for me at least, the relationships I think are so powerful about making, and also listening to music

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  • Cosmetics : Pillow Talk / Tell Me - 7" (Cititrax, 2023)

  • Black vinyl in 6-panel fold-over sleeve. Cititrax is delighted to announce two new releases by Cosmetics, a Vancouver-based synth wave duo formed by Nic Emm and Aja Emma in 2008. Cosmetics reappeared in 2022 after having been relatively quiet since its very memorable releases on Captured Tracks in 2010. In 2023, the band returns with a phenomenal full-length LP entitled ‘Baby’ and a 7” single entitled Pillow Talk / Tell Me (Alternate Versions). Their music is sultry, minimalist, and atmospheric, backed by lush analog synths and sparse drum machines. Aja’s seductive vocals cut through the perfectly crafted dark synthpop forming a filmlike narrative that draws us in / The ‘Baby’ LP will have you listening on repeat and the single featuring alternate versions of two songs from the album will bring you from your bedroom listening to the dance floor. Cosmetics continue the lineage of Minimal Wave into the present day. The ‘Baby’ LP will be pressed on 160-gram ultra clear vinyl and presented in a spot gloss LP sleeve accompanied by a photobooth strip of the band. The Pillow Talk / Tell Me 7” will be pressed on black vinyl and presented in a 6-panel fold-over sleeve, limited to 500 copies. The Pillow Talk / Tell Me (Alt Versions) 7” is now available for pre-order with a release date of October 10th, 2023

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  • Arthur Clees, Jan Jelinek : Live in Luxembourg, December 3rd 2021 - LP (mint.conception.recordings, 2024)

  • Faitiche welcomes guest label mint.conception.recordings. "This record contains four tracks taken from a live performance which took place on December 3rd 2021 at the vinyl harvest record store in Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg. The concert was curated by non-profit organisation I am esch twenty too and the label mint.conception.recordings. I am esch twenty too was founded in 2020 as an alternative suggestion to the city of Esch-sur-Alzette being European Capital of Culture 2022 and its role and program. The budget for this concert was generated by the entrance fee to the concert only. Jan Jelinek has for more than 20 years been one of the most essential voices in contemporary electronic music. Arthur Clees is a young percussionist from Luxembourg and a bright talent intent on finding his own way into jazz, improv and electronic music. Both performers had never met each other before."

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  • JWPaton : Structures - CD (Room40, 2023)

  • Matte laminate, monochrome printed and embossed printed sleeve wth insert card. Anyone who knows me, knows my obsession with the 1981 film Thief. The opening scenes show a cold, methodical, neon lit diamond heist soundtracked by Tangerine Dream. Contrasted with, the thief sharing a danish with a stranger fishing on an endless ocean at dawn. The heist is technical and calculated. The fishing is grounded and ancient / I'm sure that I'm projecting some of my personal experiences onto the film unfairly. As over time i've come to see the line between these two scenes more and more blurred. The contrast between night and day, city and ocean, drill and rod, I see these less as a dichotomy and more as a merging of worlds that slowly collapse in on each other / Choosing tracks for this release highlighted ideas that I've returned to for years. Technology and its place in the natural world. The way labour and skill shape identity. How my ancestors were in many ways more advanced than the society I live in today. A kind of ancient futurism

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  • Simon Lanz, Tobias Lanz : Arches - LP (Hallow Ground, 2023)

  • »Arches« is the first collaborative album by brothers Simon and Tobias Lanz. It was written for and performed on self-built prototypes of wind instruments that were inspired by the classic pipe organ, but allowed the two composer-performers to go beyond its limitations in several ways. The music on this 40-minute long album for the Swiss Hallow Ground label was conceived and recorded by the two co-founders of the CRTTR collective and label during an artist residency in May 2022 in their home town of Bern. More than a mere document of a performance however, »Arches« combines the artists’ interest in exploring uncharted new creative and tonal ground inside of and beyond the realm of drone music with their background in visual art and design as a conceptually concise whole / Simon and Tobias have a combined background in electronic music as well as a shared penchant for drone music. They hence designed these novel instruments in a way that allows for microtonal tuning to be able to overcome the restrictions inherent to the dominance of a twelve tone-based scale in Western music and work with a sonic palette that is much wider and nuanced than that of the conventional pipe organ. Furthermore, the physical design of these instruments widely differs from that of those which inspired them. This allows—or more precisely, forces—the musicians to freely invent and explore entirely novel playing techniques / These factors, of course, also have an impact on the compositional process, which by design needs to be unconventional. The Lanz brothers worked with a graphic score for the four movements of the piece that forms »Arches« so as to adequately visualise the manifold tonal nuances of their instruments. This graphic score in turn was reinterpreted for the album release by Ramon Keiming, adding another dimension to it. Read from left to right, this remix of the score allows the listeners to follow an interpretation of the evolution of these dronescapes while the record plays, urging them to add their own interpretation

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  • Asha Sheshadri : Whiplash - LP (Recital, 2023)

  • Includes 12-page color artists pamphlet. Recital is thrilled to present the first full-length vinyl LP by sound artist Asha Sheshadri. Whiplash combines elements of sound poetry, diary-like narration, and delicate incidental music. Sheshadri has crafted a unique and marvelous album here: / "This record is an alternate approach to the autobiographical 'confessional' – I wanted to stitch together some pivotal sketches in self-understanding and forgiveness. While their designs may seem affectively disparate, they are in fact quite interrelated. My intention (as with past recordings) is to task the listener with tracing the contours of the narrative (or lack thereof). Each track contains sound from video work, excerpts from writers I admire, ethnographic methods, recovered and recycled voice/text memos, photographs from personal and public archives, and research-driven fictions / These sources expand and collapse into each other, only to reveal the eponymous "whiplash". To me, the feeling of "whiplash" is the collision of: a refracted ambivalence towards what was once real, the endless cycle of reckoning with wherever "home" has taken place, the fraught process of anchoring one’s self in the wake of slow-release trauma, and how (if even possible) to translate all of this into artwork."

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  • Kate Carr : A Field Guide To Phantasmic Birds - CD (Room40, 2023)

  • Matte laminate and monchrome printed sleeve with insert art. A note from Kate Carr: "All the birds I never recorded, and some I did. Re-imagined. Stretched and stuttering, glitching and morphing, swirling and sputtering. Artifact and performance, digital bits all. I imagine them swooping and calling in these scaffolds of sound I have made for them. Gleaming amid technicolor jungles. Alive, unassailable; in a world we haven't ruined. In a field recording I never made."

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  • Driftmachine, Komodo Kolektif : The Encyclopedia of Civilizations Vol. 5: Babylon - LP (Abstrakce, 2023)

  • Fifth volume of "The Encyclopedia of Civilizations", Abstrakce's collection of split LPs where selected artists offer their own insight into fascinating ancient cultures. This time the focus is on the enigmatic Babylon, visited by two of the label's favourite electronic bands currently active / Berlin-based duo Driftmachine take us on a journey between the ancient cities of Akkad, Uruk and Ashur. Astonishing electronics with a superb and precise sound, floating somewhere between modular ambient, leftfield, abstract dub... Every detail has been carefully crafted in this complex architecture. Unconventional tribal rhythms recall obscure rituals, meanwhile warm, dynamic pulses contract and expand, interacting on their journey along the sandy roads of the Mesopotamian basin and leading you into a deep trance / Glasgow-based project Komodo Kolektif delves into the Babylonian vision of magic through the figures of the Kassaptu (witches and wizards) and the use of Mandragora. A blend of both tribal primitivism and a futuristic vision is provided by their vast arsenal of vintage synths and effects units, eastern metallophones and traditional hand percussion. Deep, psychedelic electronics that capture the spirit of ancient Babylonian sacred ceremonies and their vision of the cosmos.This deluxe edition includes an extensive booklet with notes and images about Babylon, to help you to immerse yourself in this fascinating civilization while you listen to the music. The sleeve is printed in the old way: letterpressed with metal movable type, as Gutenberg used to do it, on high-quality recycled papers. Mastered by Colin Potter. 500 copies limited edition, no repress

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  • Fabio Perletta : Nessun Legame Con La Polvere - CD (Room40, 2023)

  • Matte laminate and monchrome printed sleeve with insert and fold out booklet. This release borrows its title ‘Nessun Legame con la Polvere’ (No Attachment To Dust) from a Zen story as well as from a small wooden box, namely one of ten sculptures of my project ‘I Fiori Non Vedono Mai I Propri Semi’ (Flowers Don't Ever See Their Own Seeds). This artwork was exhibited in 2020 at Pollinaria’s forest, Italy as part of Aequusol Autumnus MMXX. The exhibition had no sound / It is now clear that life, the matter we are made of, and the objects we use every day cannot be considered entities in their own right but rather as relationships between these things, the way they affect each other. Even their own tangibility and particular properties are nothing but the way they influence and act on other things. It is a perspective that quantum physics has adopted for many years, but also the basis of our biology, of our feelings. When we perceive the world we establish a strictly localised perspective which in turn can generate a more extended and widespread resonance within and around us. ‘Nessun Legame con la Polvere’ is a web of mutual influences; encounters that come and go forever; sounds that intersect with others in unpredictable ways, fragments sedimented over time and resurfaced, personal happenings that unwittingly steered the rudder towards one course rather than another / ‘Nessun Legame con la Polvere’ is a meditation on lost friends, death and its counterpart, the extraordinary force of life. Although the title of this work seems to betray what I have stated so far, it is in its paradoxical, bizarre riddle that I learnt to really appreciate the value of things. I embraced a perspective that contemplates life's complexity in a broader sense, without looking for a purpose, an alleged answer to our existence, a meaning or God. Having no attachment to dust opens up to possibilities, it welcomes likelihoods. I hope that this work can generate some light while listening, and create new relationships between you and the shadows of the world, their ripples and little openings, between the infinitely small and the unknowable vastness of the universe

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  • Frank Bretschneider : Curve - 2xLP (Keplar, 2023)

  • Keplar releases a vinyl reissue of 2001’s »Curve,« the second album released by Frank Bretschneider on Mille Plateaux under his real name. »Curve« saw him pick up on the underlying concept of 1999’s »Rand,« but gave his explorations of the sonic and stylistic range of electronic music notably more space and time to unfold. Merging compositional minimalism with sonic complexity, the eight tracks display an affinity for the production techniques of dub music, which had already been a major reference point for Bretschneider’s work before. Its subtle grooves, especially in the rhythmically charged pieces towards the end of the album, also nod at the dance music-inspired work of contemporaries such as SND or Vladislav Delay. Produced during a prolific time for Bretschneider, who had previously co-run the Rastermusic label and was at that time still active under his Komet moniker, he considers »Curve« to be a crucial album in his discography / Bretschneider was an important figure in the 1980s Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) scene and released his first solo experiments with electronic music through his own klangFarBe tape label as early as 1985. Throughout the 1990s, he was part of projects such as Produkt and Tol and also released solo albums as Komet on Rastermusic, which he had co-founded in 1995 together with Olaf Bender a.k.a. Byetone. At the turn of the millennium, he gradually started releasing more solo records under his real name. After 1999’s »Rand,« followed »Rausch« on 12k—with whose owner Taylor Deupree he would collaborate for 2002’s »Balance,« reissued in 2020 by Keplar—in the following year and, finally, »Curve.« Produced after he had moved to Berlin, Bretschneider used a Clavia Nord Modular as his primary sound source and the Logic DAW to modulate and synchronise the sounds, adding only drum loops to some tracks in the second half of the album / »Curve« is a record that is hard to pigeonhole and thus an archetypical Bretschneider album: marked by a meticulous attention to detail, infinitely playful, and fully dedicated to pushing the envelope of electronic music. It is no wonder that it left a lasting mark on the international scene for adventurous electronic music

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  • Observatories : Autumn Diffusion - Winter Seclusion - MC (Dauw, 2023)

  • With observatories, we see longtime Dauw-collaboraters Ian Hawgood (Home Normal) and Craig Tattersall (the humble bee) joining forces. If their debut on IIKKI was still rooted in a dialog with photographical work, the duo now offers a more autonomous work. Both being experts in the use of tape in their productions, it’s no surprise that sending loops back and forth was the starting point of this fourth album. On ‘autumn diffusion – winter seclusion’, we hear 2 longform pieces consisting of several tape-collages in which harmonium, voice and electronics weave together and form structures on which crackling piano sounds can do their magic. A new episode in their growing catalog and one which truly displays the strength of their collaboration

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  • Cosmetics : Baby - LP (Cititrax, 2023)

  • Ultra clear vinyl with photobooth insert. Cititrax is delighted to announce two new releases by Cosmetics, a Vancouver-based synth wave duo formed by Nic Emm and Aja Emma in 2008. Cosmetics reappeared in 2022 after having been relatively quiet since its very memorable releases on Captured Tracks in 2010. In 2023, the band returns with a phenomenal full-length LP entitled ‘Baby’ and a 7” single entitled Pillow Talk / Tell Me (Alternate Versions). Their music is sultry, minimalist, and atmospheric, backed by lush analog synths and sparse drum machines / Aja’s seductive vocals cut through the perfectly crafted dark synthpop forming a filmlike narrative that draws us in. The ‘Baby’ LP will have you listening on repeat and the single featuring alternate versions of two songs from the album will bring you from your bedroom listening to the dance floor. Cosmetics continue the lineage of Minimal Wave into the present day. The ‘Baby’ LP will be pressed on 160-gram ultra clear vinyl and presented in a spot gloss LP sleeve accompanied by a photobooth strip of the band. The Pillow Talk / Tell Me 7” will be pressed on black vinyl and presented in a 6-panel fold-over sleeve

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  • Viul : Secret Recess - LP (Dauw, 2024)

  • The more you recall a particular memory, the more it distorts and plays on your sense of narrative continuity. In this way, the vividly textured layers of Secret Recess – the debut Dauw LP from Viul – comprise a sacred experience that leaves a unique emotional residue with each listen. Some pieces feature delicate melodies curling over themselves, while others offer gradually evolving loops underpinned by subtle guitar plucking, distant found sounds and obscured voices at half-speed. All are crafted meticulously with analogue sources and sifted through soft-edged tape processes that reward a dedicated headphone session, conjuring the solitary space promised in the album’s title / Viul has been the primary project of Brooklyn’s Luke Entelis for nearly twenty years, but only in the last half-dozen has it come to fruition beyond the ears of friends and family. The albums Bright Decline (Disques d’Honoré, 2019) and Outside the Dream World (Past Inside the Present, 2019) beautifully justified this patient arc, and the collaboration Konec with Benoît Pioulard (A Strangely Isolated Place, 2022) entwined the two artists’ sensibilities into one of the most notable ambient/experimental collections of the year / From a home studio replete with analog synthesizers, guitars, effects and tape machines, Secret Recess emerged slowly across an era when most of us turned inward by necessity, drawing upon a library’s worth of sketches, recombinations and lightning strikes. Entelis also cites in particular a road trip to the national parks of the southwestern US that significantly informed the hazy, spacious atmospheres of the work that followed ; by his account, “the desert wind was too intense for field recording,” but you can still feel it drifting across compositions like “Taurum” and “Eighties”. Such a union of urban huddle and open-sky expanse allows the album to take on new colours anywhere it’s heard

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  • Phil Struck : Der Ferne - MC (Mondoj, 2023)

  • "Der Ferne" stands as the fourth album by ambient and experimental artist Phil Struck, hailing from Kiel, Germany / On 'Der Ferne', Phil Struck intricately weaves an abstract tapestry of textures, incorporating elements reminiscent of Hassellian-like sounds and multi-textured dubby soundscapes, a testament to the musician's getaways from urban life, journeying in the heart of nature. The music's warm and concise amalgamation of audio fragments lends it an ineffable quality, evoking hazy, sun-drenched memories, while the radiating reminiscences of the natural world invite contemplation of its true essence, remaining captivating for the discerning listener. What enigmatic experiences await discovery, and should the extraordinary always overshadow the ordinary?

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  • Werner Dafeldecker, Lawrence English : Tropic of Capricorn - LP (Hallow Ground, 2023)

  • Orange vinyl. »Tropic of Capricorn« is the second album by Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker. Based on field recordings made by the prolific Room40 owner that were subtly but decisively altered with electroacoustic techniques through the Austria born improv legend, these two long-form pieces blur the lines between acoustic ecology and aesthetic interventions, concrete local sound worlds and boundary-defying art. They put a focus on our relationship with nature as listeners as much as they call into question where nature ends and human perception begins. They are deeply confusing, disorienting perhaps, in the most beautiful ways / English recorded the material that form the basis of the duo’s Hallow Ground debut on two different field trips. One led him from the Western coast to the Pilbara region in the North of the country called Australia, the other to the central desert into the lands of the Arrernte people. »These are vast spaces, and in some respects they shun contemporary ideas of civilisation which seek not to listen to the country,« says English. When recording the soundscapes, the artist put a focus on the residues of failed colonial aspirations. »The buildings and objects that remain from the failed cattle pastures and other endeavours create uneasy sound worlds of their own,« he says of the regions that are also places of extraction, especially the heavily mined Pilbara. »There is a distant drone of industry in even the most remote of places; an unsettled sense of heavy breath on the land.« He brought home a document of natural reclamation in time / The rich source material was then given to Dafeldecker. Spatialising the recordings with transducers applied to different surfaces such as wood, stretched animal skin, glass, or metal surfaces and also re-recording parts of the recordings, he created discrete events that were inserted into, or rather enmeshed with English’s recordings. You’ll hear plenty of birdsong, insect noises and the sound of rain during these 39 minutes; the sounds of a life you can tap into if you tune into your environment. But there are also other things, things that are impossible to categorise even after repeated listens and that call into question whether or not those were really birds, insects, or the sound of rain in the first place. What »Tropic of Capricorn« invites its listeners to listen beyond the preconceived notions of how nature is supposed to be represented in sound and to instead embrace the immediacy of the sensation

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  • Lisa Lerkenfeldt : Halos of Perception - LP (Shelter Press, 2023)

  • Lerkenfeldt introduces electroacoustic techniques of refraction to explore the acoustic mirror on ‘Halos of Perception’. Flickering piano, tape delay systems and their spatialised distortions unfold in repetitive motifs on ‘Limestone'. In ‘Cobwebs' she constructs a hallucinatory web of echoes / 'Halos of Perception' is produced by Shelter Press (France) in LP edition and digital with a poem by the artist. The album releases on November 3, 2023 with a hyperreal film for ‘Amulet of Sweat’ in collaboration with Chinese-Malaysian Australian video artist Tristan Jalleh. Set in abandoned infrastructure the film explores a hyperreal performance site between reality and dream

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  • Pierre Bastien, Mike Cooper : Aquapelagos Vol.2: Índico - LP (Keroxen, 2024)

  • Presenting the second thematic volume on the “Aquapelagos" series - a collection of split LPs where selected artists offer their own take into water surrounded cultures and communities. After the initial release of the Anthology compilation Aquapelago in 2022 (Discrepant ,CREP91) and the split LP Atlantico by Lagoss & Banha da Cobra (Keroxen, KRXN027) we proudly introduce an unique collaboration in the series in the shape of no other than two improvising giants, Mike Cooper and Pierre Bastien / This second volume blows the lid wide open with a sound journey inspired by the equally majestic and mysterious Indian Ocean, a wide space of open ocean bounded by Africa, to the west, Asia to the north and north-west and Australia, to the south west

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  • Flora Yin-Wong : Cold Reading - LP (Modern Love, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl. Flora Yin Wong's ravishing interiority finds lucid expression on an absorbing second album for Modern Love, manifesting her instrumental storytelling in a syncretic bind of supernatural themes with hyperrealist, concrète sound design. Through ten parts, Flora crystallizes the ennui that followed an uncanny, disorienting trip to East and Southeast Asia / She spent solitude in a haunted house during the quiet snowfall of Kyoto, where she might have offended some spirit, and nights in mountain temples with South Korean monks, and an equally strange feeling return to the Island of the Gods. Heavy with a sense of nightmarish dissociation and grief, Flora read about Giuseppe Tartini's Violin Sonata in G Minor, aka the "Devil's Trill Sonata," a notoriously tricky c.18th composition which attempted to transcribe music heard in a dream, which the composer felt he could never fully bring into reality. It's this soporific motif that binds and underpins Cold Reading, finding Flora chasing the dragon of fleeting fantasy through passages of etched melancholy, pinched with hypnagogic jerks that linger in the memory / From her use of the "Devil's Trill' Sonata" in "All My Dreams are Nightmares" through evocations of subtropical humidity in the Bryn Jones-esque, resonant hand-played percussion of "Konna" and "Banjar", to a breathtaking dreampop denouement "Nectar Dripping" and the Enya-like lush of "Beautiful Crisis", Flora blooms her ideas with an open-ended ambiguity so often missing from so called ambient music, ushering the listener into a sound world that disturbs and displaces, just as much as it calms

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  • Hand To Earth : Mokuy - CD (Room40, 2023)

  • Mini-album in matte laminate, monochrome printed and embossed sleeve. Plus insert card. The process of making music together in Hand to Earth is unlike any other we have experienced. It is not free improvisation but it is not composed either. It is somewhere in between, and it feels like ‘weaving.’ Through Hand to Earth, we weave the threads of our different histories, different lives, and different perspectives together, and become family / Daniel weaves the ‘Manikay’ (public songs) in his first language, Wagiläk - into the syntax of our shared practices. He talks about the ‘raki’, the string that is used to make the dilly bag that the Mokuy (spirit) can be seen carrying in many of the paintings by Djambu Burra Burra, Wally Wilfred, and others. Raki exists in the world we can touch, but it is also a metaphysical connecting thread that draws us together to the ‘bu?gul’ (ceremony, or gathering ground). When we play music, the raki pulls us all together - Yol?u and balander - we are joined by this invisible thread, and under its guidance, we gather to sing, play, dance, and listen / Like the wind that blows through different countries to bring people together – which Daniel sings about in Wata Dhärranhaynu – raki traverses time and place and connects all of us no matter where we come from. The songlines Daniel and David care for stretch back for perhaps 60,000 years and form the oldest continuously practised music tradition on the planet. But the songlines are also always being renewed. In Mokuy, the songs spring up with new sounds and energy inspired by each of our own relationships to Country, and born of our shared learning and friendship. Each of our stories are part of these songlines now. As we close our eyes to listen to one another we feel the silent draw of the raki and it propels our imaginations to soar and intertwine. Like a diary written in the aether, Mokuy carves a record of our coming together, animated by Daniel and Sunny’s voices; the breath of the trumpet and woodwinds; the insistent pulse of the yiaki

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  • Stijn Hüwels : Décalages - MC (Dauw, 2023)

  • Already in the early stages of the label, Stijn Hüwels joined Dauw after a string of self-released albums. It was very much at the beginning of his artistic career but his Dauw debut – centered around melancholic narratives - was exactly what we wanted to bring with the label. During the years, Hüwels gradually found his place into the field of ambient with numerous releases and collaborations (Chihei Hatakeyama, Michel Banabila, Ian Hawgood...). While his sound definitely changed over the years - coming from a direct or transparent sound to his current more abstract sound design - his work still evokes the same familiar sentiments. For a label, this is one of the most interesting movements you can see in the artistic practice of the people you’re working with and ‘Décalages’ perfectly illustrates this. To coincidence this release, we made a second edition of his Dauw-debut 'If you remember me then I don't care if everyone else forgets', released 9 years ago

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  • Horacio Vaggione : Schall / Rechant - LP (Recollection GRM, 2024)

  • Comes in embossed outersleeve with printed heavyweight innersleeve. A discreet but essential figure in the field of musical creation, Horacio Vaggione has been crafting an ambitious, precise and highly significant body of work for over the last fifty years, coupled with a demanding research activity. This disc offers four purely electroacoustic pieces which illustrate, each in their own way, this singular and fascinating grammar developed by Horacio Vaggione, a complex but fertile grammar which establishes a very special relationship between structure and texture, between matter and formula, to create a fascinating musical space, made up of polyphonies and metamorphoses

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  • Roméo Poirier, The Exposures : LOVE/HATE - 7" (Faitiche, 2023)

  • The vinyl single LOVE/HATE brings together two sample collages on the theme of good and evil. Often evoked and sung about, but rarely in such concentrated, systematic form, these collages present the words LOVE and HATE in a variegated catalogue of articulations. Poirier’s miniature radio play is anything but misanthropic: never before has the message of hate been conveyed in such a wonderfully warm-hearted manner. The LOVE side features a track originally released by Jan Jelinek in 2005 on the Eastern Developments label under the long-forgotten pseudonym The Exposures

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  • Salvatore Mercatante : Ø - 2xLP (A Strangely Isolated Place, 2024)

  • Transparent white smoke vinyl. The concept of naught (Ø) has challenged Salvatore Mercatante throughout his musical career, specifically, trying to understand how the idea of ‘nothing’ fits into the realm of sound, and at the same time, exist in a world of influence at every turn. In the absence of everything, are we able to create something truly free? / As a lifelong New York-based musician, Mercatante’s influences and productions run a wide spectrum. Just as happy producing 80s-inspired horror soundtracks as he is refining acute drum patterns over and over again, Salvatore is the first to ask himself, where next? When a musician’s output can be influenced today by so much, and there is no self-defined or perceived artistic goal in mind, how do you start from a place of nothingness, again and again? / This approach has born many minimal and experimental albums of note in the past, but with Ø, Salvatore ended up with an almost controlled maximalist approach. Beginning with open spaces and allowing sonic textures to live and evolve past where you may expect, Ø allows the space between notes to become equally as important as the notes themselves. Walls of noise, soaring soundtracks, dense techno, glittering IDM, and minimal glitch, sit side-by-side to present an all-encompassing palette of sonic possibility. Often, even without any intent, what can be born from nothing will somehow transpire back to something more recognizable. It’s human nature after all. A subtle fingerprint, as a sequence, melody, pattern or drum kick. Whether Salvatore intended for this record to represent his defining sound or not, only time will tell

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  • Ear To Ear : Live Recordings - 2xLP (Astral Industries, 2024)

  • AI-36 comes from Ear to Ear - the debut collaboration between label regular Samuel van Dijk (Multicast Dynamics) and Ukrainian artist Yevgen Chebotarenko. Taken from a series of live recording sessions, the album explores in four parts a markedly darker realm of soundscape music. A cornucopia of abstract morphing scenes and heady synesthesia, the album brims with rich sonic detail and evocative gestures. Deftly blending organic sound textures with an experimental austerity, ‘Live Recordings’ displays potent and accomplished storytelling / The album opens to a grey overcast vista, a natural landscape that slowly melts into a descending chasmic dysphoria. The mood transitions to a drone-based piece on the B-side, characterised by a more psychologically suspenseful framework and exotic blend of sound design. The atmosphere lightens, yet equally pensive as side C takes on a more elemental form, invoking water and its array of microbial and metabolic ecosystems. Brief cathartic moments in the final section pave the way for deeper wayfaring on the D-side. Stray signals and unknowable artefacts skitter across a vast subaqueous domain, a fathomless womb of potentialities that ebbs into eternity

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  • Lasha Chkhaidze : Atmos - LP (Intergalactic Research Institute For Sound, 2023)

  • In 2022 we journeyed to the center of the earth with Agartha, Lasha Chkhaidze's first album. This time we go the opposite direction, and fly towards the outer edge of the atmosphere / Atmos, the latest offering of the young and talented Georgian artist, sees him explore the ether. Subtle and intricate layers are weaved together on the course of six tracks. This ambient album offers a completely different artistic direction compared to his previous work. Where melancholia and piano dominated Agartha, we are throughout Atmos taken into an otherworldly environment. The LP’s atmospheric undertone combined with its glitchier elements brings it into a lightly psychedelic dimension. With its really beautiful soundscapes and subdued intricate ideas, Atmos will undoubtedly please listeners of finely written ambient / Lasha Chkhaidze is a gifted musician capable of crafting evocative music, The Intergalactic Institute for Sound is glad to present his deeply immersive experience to the public

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  • Locust : The First Cause - LP (Mysteries Of The Deep, 2023)

  • Drifting, hanging, holding. Hoping, seeking, searching. And then finding. Mark Van Hoen's ninth album as Locust is a cosmic whisper, a tender touch, where candid songwriting commingles with the afterimage of trip-hop and jungle. Across eight tracks, spectral melodies dance between languid breakbeats, and a formless murmur drifts through the ether, seeking a common thread / Layered in strata, "The First Cause" reveals itself anew with each listen. Delicate tones share space with bass weight. Drums crunch, and rhythms cascade. Voices loop and intone, bodiless. What at first seems melancholy, you may later find reoriented—toward promise / We seek solace in each other, and we seek solace in sound. Kinship isn't easy to come by. When a record offers its kind embrace to us as this one does, without reservation, we should take heed

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  • The Chi Factory, Hanyo van Oosterom : Red Lantern At The Kallikatsou - LP (Astral Industries, 2024)

  • Repress. Hanyo van Oosterom lived in the small cave of the Kallikatsou in the early eighties, finding inspiration there for the Chi project (1983-1986). From the nineties to 2006 he created drones, loops, samples and soundscapes, traveling numerous times annually back and forth to the Kallikatsou for fine-tuning. With the Original Recordings and Bamboo Recordings, both strongly connected to the Kallikatsou, creating the perfect timeframe, “the circle [is] closed. Together these recordings reflect and express the different aspects of the experience. A trilogy of random dream-catching over 30 years.”

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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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  • Sun Ra : Live In Roma 1980 - 3xLP Box (Holidays, 2023)

  • Includes 24-page booklet printed with silver ink on Fedrigoni Ultra Black paper. Released under license from Sun Ra LLC / Recorded live at Teatro Giulio Cesare on March 28, 1980, comprising an astounding 27 compositions, including the highly celebrated “Astro Black”, “Mr. Mystery”, “Romance of Two Planets”, “Space Is the Place”, “We Travel the Spaceways”, and “Calling Planet Earth”, over six vinyl sides. High among the greatest live gigs by the Arkestra captured on tape, carefully mastered by Matt Bordin at Outside Inside Studio, “Live in Rome 1980” is a near perfect snapshot of the band’s versatility and range, including many of their most notably and famous songs, as well as striking renditions of the Horace Henderson penned Benny Goodman number “Big John’s Special”, Fletcher Henderson’s “Yeah Man!”, and “Limehouse Blues”, displaying Ra’s willingness to address and rework the entire, diverse history of jazz in a single go / Heard in its totality, perhaps what makes “Live in Rome 1980” most striking is the way in which the concert plays out. Roughly the first half encounters the band locked in some of the most out-there, free jazz fire that can be imagined, weaving a startling sense of interplay and furious energy into a brilliant tapestry of writhing sonority, the likes of which were only really achieved by this band. The second half, with only moments of exception that return to the furious energy of the first, is very different affair, easy toward the vocal standards, led by June Tyson’s vocals and the joyous collective chanting of the band, for which they have become so widely celebrated, threading the sounds of off-kilter big band swing with heavy grooves and imagines of outer space

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  • Various Artists : The Complete Obscure Records Collection - 10xLP Box (Dialogo, 2023)

  • Includes hand-numbered certificate, 10 LPs in faithful replicas of the original covers and polylined inner sleeves, a 80-page LP-sized book in English, all housed in a custom lavish linen box. We’re thrilled to announce the first ever box set gathering the entire ten album collection of Brian Eno’s Obscure Records, originally issued between 1975 and 1978. Containing the debut releases of Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, John Adams, David Toop, Max Eastley, Harold Budd, Christopher Hobbs, Jan Steele, and Simon Jeffes / The Penguin Café Orchestra, in addition to important works by John Cage, Tom Phillips, and John White, not to mention Eno’s seminal “Discreet Music”, the label’s output collectively amounts to a monument in the history of minimalist experimental music that has captivated audiences since it first appeared - a rare bridge between the avant-garde and popular realms / This remarkable collection, coming as a deluxe box set designed by Bruno Stucchi / dinamomilano, and issued by Dialogo in CD and vinyl editions completely remastered by Andrea Marutti - both including a book filled with rare photos, archival material and texts by, among others, Gavin Bryars, Bradford Bailey, David Toop, Max Eastley, Richard Bernas, and Tom Recchion - marks the first time this seminal series has received a complete repress on any format, with a number of the albums within having never been reissued on vinyl and/or CD since their original release. You can't get any better than this, simply a dream come true

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  • Khanate : Things Viral - 2xLP (Sacred Bones, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Sensing that defenses to their contagion were down, Things Viral (2003) withdrew from any familiar or friendly shapes. On their second offering, the band decelerated to its own tempo, freezing the decay of the debut in a shocking and powerful stasis. Pitchfork lauds, “Khanate have that skill for unfolding anaction in such excruciating detail that you’re slowly edged off your seat...Things Viral is extreme enough to appeal to people who don’t have any interest in met-al; the members cross metal pedigrees with noise-drone-art-damage bands-- from Burning Witch and Old, to Sunn 0))), to Blind Idiot God’s Tim Wyskida on drums. It’s committed but not overbearing, too resolute and unyielding to resist; it’ll grab your skull and hold you achingly still as it thrashes through the depths, then totally, quietly wears itself out.”

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  • CoH : Radiant Faults - LP (Dais, 2023)

  • Nereid aquamarine vinyl. Ivan Pavlov aka CoH characterizes his latest solo work, 'Radiant Faults', as “the recording of a dialogue,” rather than a set of compositions. Crafted using a rare new synthesizer, the Silhouette Eins, Pavlov’s first encounter with the instrument across a long, late night session resulted in a continuous set of textures, patterns, and subliminal melodies. At some point during the process, he realized he was not alone: “It was as if something was speaking to me through the gear – the feeling was very intense. No matter how determined and specific I attempted to be, the results were something else. They felt like 'responses.’ This instantly reminded me of ELpH.” / ELpH is the name coined by Coil for a “celestial entity” that emanates from electronic equipment at mysterious moments, altering the creative process in unforeseen ways. They devised the term during studio sessions back in 1994, during which sustained software accidents ultimately seemed possessed of supernatural intelligence, spawning its own mythos. As a longtime member of Coil’s inner circle, Pavlov is steeped in ELpH’s ideology and influence – and highly qualified to identify an encounter of his own. Radiant Faults offers a compelling addition to the ELpH canon, at the threshold of music and manifestation, embracing the “divine quality of error.” / The Silhouette Eins is a unique instrument combining the 1920's concept of an "optical soundtrack" with a hardware synth interface to Pure Data: a visual programming language for producing interactive music, using real- time video signal in its synthesis of sound. Pavlov’s attempted manipulations were answered by indecipherable transmissions from some distant, unknowable place. Stark waveforms drone and bend against skeletal metronomes; murmured pulses flicker down empty corridors; high fluorescent tones gleam and glitch in zero gravity – the mood throughout is one of generative whispers, hidden sentience, and ghosts in the machinery. A post-human terrain of scaffolding, shadows, and semi-conscious circuitry, rippling with veiled energies

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  • Khanate : Khanate - 2xLP (Sacred Bones, 2023)

  • White vinyl. Khanate’s self titled debut (2001) has all the pleasant ambiance of a plane crash site, a bleak urban waste of mangled and torn metal beams and hissed alarms. When Khanate first issued instructions to the void in 2001, the band was embraced as the next iteration of guitarist Stephen O’Malley’s tube cracking forays into amplifier variance; a fascinating further step of vocalist Alan Dubin and low-frequency shifter James Plotkin’s space charts; and a warning for the crawling-pace hammers of Tim Wyskida’s drums. But Khanate was not preaching of coming doom or offering emotional catharsis. The band was totally post-dread. The worst had already happened, and would continue to happen, over and over. The 5 songs on Khanate sound like an “orchestrated root canal” (Julian Cope)

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  • CoH : Radiant Faults - LP (Dais, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Ivan Pavlov aka CoH characterizes his latest solo work, 'Radiant Faults', as “the recording of a dialogue,” rather than a set of compositions. Crafted using a rare new synthesizer, the Silhouette Eins, Pavlov’s first encounter with the instrument across a long, late night session resulted in a continuous set of textures, patterns, and subliminal melodies. At some point during the process, he realized he was not alone: “It was as if something was speaking to me through the gear – the feeling was very intense. No matter how determined and specific I attempted to be, the results were something else. They felt like 'responses.’ This instantly reminded me of ELpH.” / ELpH is the name coined by Coil for a “celestial entity” that emanates from electronic equipment at mysterious moments, altering the creative process in unforeseen ways. They devised the term during studio sessions back in 1994, during which sustained software accidents ultimately seemed possessed of supernatural intelligence, spawning its own mythos. As a longtime member of Coil’s inner circle, Pavlov is steeped in ELpH’s ideology and influence – and highly qualified to identify an encounter of his own. Radiant Faults offers a compelling addition to the ELpH canon, at the threshold of music and manifestation, embracing the “divine quality of error.” / The Silhouette Eins is a unique instrument combining the 1920's concept of an "optical soundtrack" with a hardware synth interface to Pure Data: a visual programming language for producing interactive music, using real- time video signal in its synthesis of sound. Pavlov’s attempted manipulations were answered by indecipherable transmissions from some distant, unknowable place. Stark waveforms drone and bend against skeletal metronomes; murmured pulses flicker down empty corridors; high fluorescent tones gleam and glitch in zero gravity – the mood throughout is one of generative whispers, hidden sentience, and ghosts in the machinery. A post-human terrain of scaffolding, shadows, and semi-conscious circuitry, rippling with veiled energies

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  • Khanate : Things Viral - 2xLP (Sacred Bones, 2023)

  • White vinyl. Sensing that defenses to their contagion were down, Things Viral (2003) withdrew from any familiar or friendly shapes. On their second offering, the band decelerated to its own tempo, freezing the decay of the debut in a shocking and powerful stasis. Pitchfork lauds, “Khanate have that skill for unfolding anaction in such excruciating detail that you’re slowly edged off your seat...Things Viral is extreme enough to appeal to people who don’t have any interest in met-al; the members cross metal pedigrees with noise-drone-art-damage bands-- from Burning Witch and Old, to Sunn 0))), to Blind Idiot God’s Tim Wyskida on drums. It’s committed but not overbearing, too resolute and unyielding to resist; it’ll grab your skull and hold you achingly still as it thrashes through the depths, then totally, quietly wears itself out.”

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  • Joanna Brouk : Sounds Of The Sea - LP (Numero Group, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Joanna Brouk’s most ambitious recording, Sounds of the Sea is a concept album full of mystery and eroticism.  An immersive world populated by pulses, swells, drones and voices, Sounds of The Sea taking us on Hindustani-tinged journey with shimmering lines executed on synths, threaded by Joanna’s vocal drones, while Celestial Lake weaves imagistic expanses from slowly evolving melodies, culminating as immersive and meditative world of its own. A conch shell bookends this journey into the deep, going down and down and down further, never reaching bottom / Drawing inspiration from various legends of mermaids and sailors, Brouk weaves circling flutes, vocals, drones and whale songs to describe a sense of unfathomable longing more clearly than words could ever express. Sounds of the Sea is a hypnotic and profound achievement by one of new age's greatest composers / Brouk was a pioneer of electronic and new age music who explored the underlying sounds of words and their effects on the emotions and health. She also wrote extensively for theatre, television and radio. At Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, she studied under Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and in the 1980s she released a series of cassettes on her Hummingbird Productions label

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  • Khanate : Khanate - 2xLP (Sacred Bones, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Khanate’s self titled debut (2001) has all the pleasant ambiance of a plane crash site, a bleak urban waste of mangled and torn metal beams and hissed alarms. When Khanate first issued instructions to the void in 2001, the band was embraced as the next iteration of guitarist Stephen O’Malley’s tube cracking forays into amplifier variance; a fascinating further step of vocalist Alan Dubin and low-frequency shifter James Plotkin’s space charts; and a warning for the crawling-pace hammers of Tim Wyskida’s drums. But Khanate was not preaching of coming doom or offering emotional catharsis. The band was totally post-dread. The worst had already happened, and would continue to happen, over and over. The 5 songs on Khanate sound like an “orchestrated root canal” (Julian Cope)

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  • Charlemagne Palestine : CHARRRLLEEMMMAGGGNEELANDDDDDSSS"""" CCCRREATTORRSSSSSSCCARILLONNNN"""""" DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzzferrrr SSSOFTTT DIVINITIESSSSS!!!!!!!! STTTTHOMASSS """"DINGGGGDONGGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrrTONYYY"""" - LP (Blank Forms Editions, 2023)

  • DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz!!!!!!! In the newest record by the iconoclastic Brooklyn-born composer Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947), find two mesmerizing works for carillon, the keyboard-controlled bell tower derived in the 16th century. On side A, a new piece recorded at the artist’s studio in Belgium—a high-ceiling, stuffed-animal-packed paradise he calls Charleworld—among friends and “divinities,” his name for the thousands of plush toys he’s amassed since the ’60s. On the flip side, Blank Forms Editions’ very first and long-out-of-print release appears on vinyl for the first time: a cathartic street recording of the maximalist composer’s 2018 musical eulogy for his late friend Tony Conrad, performed on the bells of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where the two first met. Two mesmerizing “klanggdedangggebannggg” sessions in the Quasimodo of 53rd Street’s inimitable, trance-induced style / Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries in the bustling, cross-disciplinary downtown New York arts scene of the ’60s and ’70s, Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947) has embodied the notion of the artist as playful polymath, testing and transcending nearly every creative form imaginable in his more than six-decade career. Originally trained in Jewish sacred singing to be a cantor, he began his artistic life as a musician, studying piano and accordion, accompanying figures like Tiny Tim and Allen Ginsberg on percussion, using early synthesizers as an assistant to Alwin Nikolais, and eventually landing a long-running gig as the carillonneur at Midtown’s St. Thomas Episcopal. This libertine spirit of experimentation soon led to adventures in other aesthetic arenas: making kinetic light sculptures with Len Lye, devising choreographed performances with Simone Forti, and producing a series of visceral videotapes with the Castelli-Sonnabend collection / In the ’70s, he was particularly prominent on the burgeoning loft movement, becoming well-known for his sparse, intense, and exacting long-form piano concerts that seemed to bend the very nature of time and space. Beginning in the ’80s, he spent decades in self-imposed exile from the new music scene, living variously in Europe and Hawai'i and privately honing his hermetic sonic and visual practice. This was followed by a period of triumphant resurgence beginning in the mid-’90s, since which he has performed and exhibited globally. This release is on the occasion of Blank Forms’ sixth annual gala honoring Charlemagne Palestine

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  • Catherine Christer Hennix : Solo For Tamburium - 2xLP (Blank Forms Editions, 2023)

  • The fourth release in Blank Forms Editions’s initiative to chart the ever-expanding musical practice of Catherine Christer Hennix, Solo for Tamburium captures the composer’s most recent major work. Hennix plays an instrument of her own creation, a keyboard interface controlling a suite of eighty-eight recordings of precision-tuned tambura, creating a sweeping and continuous flow of rich harmonic interplay. This piece, documented in Berlin at MaerzMusik 2017, carefully draws upon the fundamental perceptual effects of sound, forming an exacting and cathartic electronic drone. Densely-layered timbral textures and continuous overtone collisions create a maze-like sonic landscape, thrusting the listener into what Hennix calls divine equilibrium or a distinctionless state of being / Solo for Tamburium represents a pointed revisitation of her endeavor to map the non-gravitational harmonics of modal musics—among them raga, maqam, and the blues—onto a tuned keyboard. Since the debut of this piece in 2017 she has continued to develop the work, reshaping and presenting it in a variety of contexts, including at Blank Forms in New York and the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection in Paris in 2022. For Hennix, to approach modality as a dynamic process is ultimately a contemplative practice. Through it, embodied attunement to harmonic vibration gives rise to epistemically transformative states, opening new ways of knowing and being

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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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  • Sandra Boss : Tuning The Ear - LP Box (Stevns Avantgarde Forsyning, BIN, 2022)

  • One of the first 10 copies with white front cover / Tuning the Ear invites for an interdisciplinary and multi-sensuous study of the ear. By presenting an interactive listening situation, where the listeners are to engage with the many different objects contained in the box, Tuning the Ear encourages the listeners to listen to their surroundings in new ways and furthermore to listen to their own way of hearing

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  • Sandra Boss, Jonas Olesen, Anders Lauge Meldgaard : Sol Op - Works For Midified & Modified Pipe Organs - LP (Art-Into-Life, Stevns Avantgarde Forsyning, 2022)

  • SOL OP is based on a collective composition for unconventional pipe organs made by the three Danish composers and musicians Jonas Olesen, Anders Lauge Meldgaard and Sandra Boss. On three mobile, midified and modified pipe organs,the trio has constructed a musical universe inhabited by animals, humans and machines / SOL OP is based upon an exploration of the organs' more alternative sonic features. Incorporating the full instrument in the compositions – including the airblower system and the mechanical artefacts of the organ – new rhythmic features appear. Furthermore, MIDI-control and alternative playing techniques have been used in combination in order to present surprising timbres and tonal structures / With this collective composition, the trio's goal has been to explore an iconic instrument, such as the organ, within a new and free frame. As the organs are small and mobile, they have been detached from the church room, and thereby also from their traditional cultural connotations, which has created a new creative space for composition

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  • Tonni Claire : Kosmiske Ambitioner - 10" (Stevns Avantgarde Forsyning, BIN, 2019)

  • "A few years back I had a dream. I dreamt I was a man. I was sitting by an electronic organ playing very virtuously. The music had a reminiscence of kitch organ party music, but with an esoterically twist that made it appear more unpredictable. In the dream, my name was Tonni Claire, and the music I played was called Cosmic Ambitions / The dream most certainly appeared because I had been sleeping next to a Yamaha Electone C-605 for a couple of weeks. A kind person had given it to me as a gift. At that time, I lived in a small two-room flat, and the bedroom was the only place where this huge instrument (80 kg) could fit in. After having dreamt this dream, I decided to start working on the music of Tonni Claire." - Sandra Boss

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  • Julien Blaine : Extravagant Circus Of The Mouth - LP (Slowscan, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Christian Poitevin, artistically known as Julien Blaine, is a poet, visual artist, performer, and editor who has dedicated himself to sound poetry, visual poetry, and mail art. He began to be interested in the relationship between word and image in the early 1960s when he created his first magazine, Les Carnets de l’Octéor. During this time, he also made his first performances, such as Reps elephant 306 where he interviewed a circus elephant. From 1975 to 1991 he published Doc(k)s, one of the most long- lived and important magazines on visual poetry. He founded V.A.C. (Ventabren Art Contemporain) and was the initiator of various festivals of sound poetry. Since the early 1960s, Julien Blaine has been developing a semiotic poetry, which can be defined as post-concrete and post-fluxus. Above all, his poetry is a bodily experience, a performance

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  • Julien Blaine : Extravagant Circus Of The Mouth - LP (Slowscan, 2023)

  • Blue vinyl. Christian Poitevin, artistically known as Julien Blaine, is a poet, visual artist, performer, and editor who has dedicated himself to sound poetry, visual poetry, and mail art. He began to be interested in the relationship between word and image in the early 1960s when he created his first magazine, Les Carnets de l’Octéor. During this time, he also made his first performances, such as Reps elephant 306 where he interviewed a circus elephant. From 1975 to 1991 he published Doc(k)s, one of the most long- lived and important magazines on visual poetry. He founded V.A.C. (Ventabren Art Contemporain) and was the initiator of various festivals of sound poetry. Since the early 1960s, Julien Blaine has been developing a semiotic poetry, which can be defined as post-concrete and post-fluxus. Above all, his poetry is a bodily experience, a performance

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  • Roy Montgomery : Broken Heart Surgery - LP (Discreet Music, 2024)

  • Roy Montgomery is a pioneer of the NZ underground as a founding member in classic bands like The Pin Group and Dadamah but he’s spent the better part of the last three decades exploring a sprawling music project under his own name. For Montgomery there seems to be endless sonic terrain to investigate and life experiences to transmute. He’s been on a real tear the last seven years having released a staggering ten albums for Grapefruit Records in which he's managed to navigate disparate genres, scenes, and atmospheres, always at the forefront of experimental independent music. This miraculous run culminated with 2022’s Camera Melancholia, a double album meditation on love and loss and acceptance / Broken Heart Surgery is Roy’s first for Discreet Music and it represents a difficult and at times harrowing new beginning for the artist. For this album, Roy has been closely collaborating with friends. Some done in the same room at Nightshift Studios in ?tautahi Christchurch: Emma Johnston, Stephen Cogle and Nicole Moffat. Other friends recorded their parts at distance: Martha Skye Murphy in London, and Alicia Merz in "the Coromandel" in Te Ika a M?ui or the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Discreet Music are very honored to be able to present this cinematic masterpiece which continues Roy’s trajectory into the uncharted and unpredictable

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  • Asa : Radial - LP (Raster, 2024)

  • »Radial« is the result of a vivid creative merge between Esplendor Geométrico and AtomTM. A transparent diamond formed by a heavy implosion. Its underlying massive mechanics are covered by a crystal surface made to cut reality in half. Just one letter short of “radical”, this album is no less than exactly that - an orgy of powerful, blunt repetition and hyperbolic simplicity, a profound evocation of nothingness and its surroundings / The 13 tracks (which comprise the digital full-length version) of »Radial« are the exact expansion of sonic ideas those three artists have explored during the last couple of decades. Unexpectedly so, this makes this production an outstandingly atemporal one - some would even classify it as meta-contemporary. A selection of 10 tracks of the digital full-length album will be released on CD through raster on September 01, whereas an accompanying vinyl release is scheduled for the end of 2023

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  • Fred Frith : Guitar Solos / Fifty - 2xLP (Week-End, 2024)

  • The seminal 1974 original record remastered, plus Fifty - a new Fred Frith solo album revisiting the spirit of his debut / Fred Frith is simultaneously a singular musical figure and a collection of musical lifetimes. He‘s the composer who wrote fragile avant-garde music in the tradition of John Cage and Earle Brown, the innovator who created new concepts of underground rock with his colleagues in the band Henry Cow, and the improviser who developed his very own language on the guitar. The many facets of Frith‘s musical oeuvre shimmer in vibrant and unique colors, but stand as one rainbow monolith of musical creation, never disintegrating into esoteric eclecticism. Always musically curious and unbiased, he develops his ideas in the moment, demonstrating in real time how his creative process, while free of old hat conventions and tricks, creates an immediate yet unrandom and committed music / At the core is his unique guitar playing, which is on full display across these two records. His debut, "Guitar Solos" (1974), opened up a space beyond rock and improvised music, and now, 50 years later comes "Fifty" (2024), a new solo guitar album that sounds completely different and yet familiar, that adds to his monolith of musical creation with another new vibrant color

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  • Open Yellow Circle, O Yuki Conjugate : New Meridian - LP (Optimo Music, 2024)

  • O Yuki Conjugate released their classic album Equator in 1994. Just 30 short years later many of the same personnel – Roger Horberry (co-founder of O Yuki Conjugate), Dan Mudford (ex-Sons of Silence and co-creator of the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack), Joe Lamb (ex-Sons of Silence) and Malcolm McGeorge – came together to make New Meridian / Generously described as “almost like normal music”, the eight tracks of New Meridian feature instrumentation ranging from classic analogue to actual logs. The result takes you on a rain-drenched, open-top ride from Electronica Avenue to the drone caverns of Uranus, with various Fourth World ambi-dub diversions along the way

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  • Saphileaum : Exploring Together - LP (Mule Musiq, 2024)

  • And the novelty goes on: Mule Musiq welcomes another fresh producer to its vast catalogue of music from all around. This time Andro Gogibedashvili aka Saphileaum. He is coming from Tbilisi, Georgia and already released an impressive body of work, considering he just publishes music since 2016. Countless eps and albums, digital, on tape, documenting his feverish creative urge on labels like Not Not Fun Records, Good Morning Tapes, Diffuse Reality, or Vodkast. they cover a comprehensive stylistic range from ambient and downtempo to tribal, house, and techno nuances / A deeper shade of soul, precisely fashioned, growing from different playgrounds of inspiration. he was born into a musical family. As a kid he studied georgian folk. In his school rock band, he sang, and the guitar was his love. then electronic music called the tune, and techno hit his heart. In the midst of it all the 26-year-old never lost contact with his spiritual home. “I find deep inspiration in georgian myths and legends, occultism and esoteric teachings, lost civilizations, earth, unity, truth, information, and the secrets of the universe. These things, to name a few, inspire me daily and help me create the music I make.” Saphileaum reveals / “Exploring together”, his debut album for mule, navigates all these elements through a merry-go-round of gentle driven rhythm zones. Fourth-world spheres, balearic tropes, field recording zones, tropical downbeat, tribal percussions, trancing sounds, balafon hums, mallet airs, hooky house – it’s all there, circling the eavesdropper into a dreamland of melodic undercurrents.“My loops come from tribal and cosmic inspirations. Tribal, as below, and cosmic as above. The combination of these two, is very interesting to me”, he clarifies, while joking “but, to put it super simply, loops are super handy for djing”

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  • MSBR : Collapseland (1995) - MC (Steinklang Industries, 2023)

  • Limited edition of 50 copies (hand-numbered sticker). Comes as white shell tape with pro print, 3 panel j-card, clear jewel case. Normal bias tape. All shrink-wrapped. M.S.B.R. (Molten Salt Breeder Reactor), aka Koji Tano, was one of the most respected noise artists to emerge from Japan's vibrant noise/experimental music scene of the 1990's. He played with countless other musicians and toured on 4 continents (Asia, Europe, North America and Australia) / Much of his material was self-released on his own labels, one of which was dedicated to the production of limited edition cassette releases. Like Merzbow, MSBR's crushing wall of noise managed to tap into a post-human territory of pure absolute volume that seems to have more in common with the unstoppable forces of nature than any form of music. Koji Tano died on 31 July 2005 at the age of 44. Cancer took him quickly at a young age and at the height of his power

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  • Penitent : Demo '95 - MC (Steinklang Industries, 2023)

  • Reissue of 1995 demo. Orchestral and gloomy ambient with majestic martial motives. Limited edition of 50 copies (hand-numbered sticker). Comes as white shell tape with pro print, 3 panel j-card, clear jewel case. Normal bias tape. All shrink-wrapped

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  • Von Thronstahl : Mutter der Schmerzen (2006) - MC (Steinklang Industries, 2023)

  • Cassette edition of vinyl made by Steinklang in 2020 (original Von Thronstahl/Der Angriff/Indiestate Distribution 2006). Limited edition of 50 copies (hand-numbered sticker). Comes as white shell tape with pro print, 3 panel j-card, clear jewel case. Normal bias tape. All shrink-wrapped

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  • Grim : Cheerleader - LP (Steinklang Industries, Deathbed Tapes, 2024)

  • Comes as heavy 180gr picture vinyl, printed sleeve and hand-numbered sticker on plastic sleeve. Vinyl version of "Cheerleader" album, previously available as cassette release by Deathbed Tapes in 2022. This is split-production release of Steinklang and Deathbed Tapes, as 150 copies for Steinklang 100 copies for Deathbed tapes

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  • Maurizio Bianchi : I.B.M. (1980) - MC (Steinklang Industries, 2023)

  • Limited edition of 50 copies (hand-numbered sticker). Comes as white shell tape with pro print, 3 panel j-card, clear jewel case. A true experimental music classic by Maurizio Bianchi, originally released as private cassette in 1980 and then later bootleged on tape

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  • Yokujitsu : Kalt - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2023)

  • Rubies flicker in and out the redounding dark smoke of urban imagery, circles of deep space ignited with fiery psychedelic mists. Ride on shadowy golden manes in fleeting bands upon the winds of Yokujitsu

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  • Shanyio : Veacul Unei Clipe - MC (Urashima, 2023)

  • Arise from the slumber of vegetable earth into translucent timeless nowhere clouded forests and drink from the crystal fountains of Uejima Onitsura. Shanyio weaves the tongues of Romania and Japan into a wondrous expansion and contraction of dulcimer, zither, psaltery, kantele etc.

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  • Tara Clerkin Trio : On The Turning Ground - 12" (World Of Echo, 2023)

  • Not far off two years from the day, Bristol's Tara Clerkin Trio return to World of Echo and the EP format for a five song collection of quixotic, emotional redolence. But do not mistake their absence for inertia. If their musical output has been a little sparse during those in-between years, limited to a few solo ventures and an astonishing ten minute long piece as a trio, their time has otherwise been richly spent: continuous writing and recording, extensive live performances across Europe and Japan, a cultivation of local and more far-flung artistic connections (musical and otherwise), and a monthly NTS show that, through the voice of others, speaks most obviously to their own unorthodox interests / It's the conflux of that winding activity that leads indirectly to On The Turning Ground, 26 minutes of probing, thoughtful composition that draws from no one specific source. Their inspirations might be centreless, but the trio still possess a very obvious anchor in the form of their hometown. Bristol stands as a city of multitudes, heterogenous and vibrant in such a way as to allow it to renew and remake time and again. Tara Clerkin Trio drink from that same well, duly reflecting a rich musical heritage built on fwd-facing electronic subcultures and experimental urges. As such, On The Turning Ground finds them subject to their own subtle internal evolution, the pervasive sense that you've caught them mid-bloom, on their way to becoming but never anything but themselves / The two instrumental pieces that bookend the EP stand as a perfect case in point, displaying an increasing mastery of compositional space. Pensive and restrained, 'Brigstow' and 'Once Around' both emanate an interstitial quality that's not so much after- as in-between-hours, miniature dub-folk symphonies held together by the kind of tacit understanding that remains the preserve of only the closest of family units. If those two tracks are shaped by a sense of shifting temporality, then the three vocal-led pieces that comprise the record's core feel like a gentle ossifying of aesthetic into something approaching their own unique form of avant-pop. 'Pop' is, of course, a broadly subjective concept, but there's no avoiding the overt sparkling melodicism of songs like 'Marble Walls' and 'The Turning Ground', undeniable re-directions of that late 90s impulse to bend pop sensibilities into off-centre terrain, to render the familiar new again

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  • Tara Clerkin Trio : In Spring - 12" (World Of Echo, 2023)

  • Repress. 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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  • Jun Konagaya : Organ - LP+MC Box (Urashima, 2023)

  • Limited to just 99 copies, this collector's gem transcends the ordinary, housed in a luxurious wooden box that adds a touch of sophistication to the listening experience. Encased within this splendid box is not only the vinyl and accompanying 28-page booklet but also a 40-minute cassette titled Magnetic Tape 88-90 featuring seven previously unreleased tracks. Culled from recordings spanning the years '88 to '90, this exclusive cassette provides a rare glimpse into Konagaya's artistic evolution during that period. This limited edition includes the original piece Schlafen from Organ, extending to a mesmerizing 20 minutes—a sonic odyssey capturing the essence of the album in a profoundly extended format / Taking immense pleasure in unveiling the exquisite vinyl reissue of Jun Konagaya's seminal solo album, titled Organ. Originally presented in 2012 on the CD digital medium, this opus marks Konagaya's inaugural solo venture, distinctly departing from his earlier collaborative endeavors under the monikers Grim and White Hospital. A prodigious figure in the Japanese noise and industrial landscape, Grim left an indelible mark in the 1980s with its dark, luminous allure. After a series of live performances and select sonic releases, Grim mysteriously receded from the scene. However, in 2009, the complete sound sources of Grim resurfaced under Konagaya's meticulous curation, hinting at a potential resurgence / The auditory journey presented in Organ is a far cry from the abrasive feedback and primal roars that characterized Grim's sonic palette. Instead, Konagaya embarks on a melodic exploration of melancholy, akin to the ethereal folk sensibilities glimpsed in Grim's Message. Immerse yourself in the transcendental depths of Organ, a testament to Jun Konagaya's evolution as an artist and his mastery in crafting emotionally nuanced, sonically captivating narratives. This release beckons connoisseurs of experimental music and beyond, offering a symphony that resonates with both the aficionado and the uninitiated alike

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  • Jun Konagaya : Organ - LP (Urashima, 2023)

  • Taking immense pleasure in unveiling the exquisite vinyl reissue of Jun Konagaya's seminal solo album, titled Organ. Originally presented in 2012 on the CD digital medium, this opus marks Konagaya's inaugural solo venture, distinctly departing from his earlier collaborative endeavors under the monikers Grim and White Hospital / A prodigious figure in the Japanese noise and industrial landscape, Grim left an indelible mark in the 1980s with its dark, luminous allure. After a series of live performances and select sonic releases, Grim mysteriously receded from the scene. However, in 2009, the complete sound sources of Grim resurfaced under Konagaya's meticulous curation, hinting at a potential resurgence / The auditory journey presented in Organ is a far cry from the abrasive feedback and primal roars that characterized Grim's sonic palette. Instead, Konagaya embarks on a melodic exploration of melancholy, akin to the ethereal folk sensibilities glimpsed in Grim's Message. Immerse yourself in the transcendental depths of Organ, a testament to Jun Konagaya's evolution as an artist and his mastery in crafting emotionally nuanced, sonically captivating narratives. This release beckons connoisseurs of experimental music and beyond, offering a symphony that resonates with both the aficionado and the uninitiated alike

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  • Aube : Sensory Symphonies - 4xCD Box (Urashima, 2023)

  • Akifumi Nakajima, renowned for his prolific and captivating work under the alias Aube, stands as one of Japan's most intriguing noise artists. His artistic prowess extends beyond the sonic realm, encompassing an impeccable sense of design and a deep appreciation for materials. Nakajima's creative journey began in 1980, but it wasn't until the early '90s, prompted by a request to compose music for an art installation involving water, that he stepped into the forefront. This pivotal moment marked the genesis of Aube's sonic exploration / Discover Aube's sonic mastery in Sensory Symphonies, a meticulously curated box set featuring four iconic titles releasesd in 90’s by Praxis Dr. Bearmann: Pulse Resonator, originally on red 12" vinyl with a transparent 7" (limited to 275 copies); Throb In Manic Red, vibrant on red 12" vinyl (limited to 200 copies); Sigh In Depressive Blue, profound on deep blue 12" vinyl (limited to 300 copies); and Vas In Euthymic Violet, regal on royal purple 12" vinyl (limited to 500 copies) / Embarking on this sonic odyssey through Aube's captivating world, every CD within Sensory Symphonies has been masterfully remastered by Andrea Marutti, utilizing the DAT masters meticulously preserved in the G.R.O.S.S. archive. This ensures an unparalleled sonic experience that faithfully retains the intricacies of Nakajima's original artistic vision. Sensory Symphonies is more than a collection; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in the essence of Aube's artistry, beautifully preserved and thoughtfully presented

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  • Grim : Amaterasu / Tsukuyomi - 2x7" Box (Urashima, 2023)

  • Prepare to embark on a sonic odyssey as we unveil the official reissue of Grim's groundbreaking Amaterasu 7". A visionary one-man project, crafted by Jun Konagaya, Grim transcends the conventional boundaries of industrial music, power electronics, and noise. Emerging from the ashes of the legendary White Hospital, Konagaya's artistic trajectory spans nearly three decades, with a unique ability to draw inspiration from a diverse array of influences, ranging from the abrasive sounds of Whitehouse and SPK to the haunting traditional folk music of Tibet / The Amaterasu 7" represents a pivotal moment in Grim's discography, a concise yet profoundly impactful exploration into the avant-garde realms of noise. Comprising three meticulously crafted tracks, this release showcases Konagaya's mastery in manipulating unconventional sounds to create a sonic landscape that is both challenging and deeply resonant. Each composition unravels like an intricately forged labyrinth of industrial tumult, pulling the listener into a visceral experience that defies the commonplace / In this meticulous reissue by Urashima, every nuance of the original release is faithfully preserved. The 14-page booklet, an integral part of the initial release, is reproduced with utmost precision, allowing enthusiasts to delve into the visual and thematic richness that accompanies Grim's sonic tapestries. The vinyl itself is housed in an exquisite wooden box, adorned with an intricately designed color-printed artwork by the artist, adding a tangible and aesthetic dimension to the overall presentation. As if the faithful reissue weren't enticing enough, this edition includes a tantalizing bonus – a second 7" titled Tsukuyomi. Featuring three previously unreleased tracks, meticulously recorded during the same period as Amaterasu, this additional record serves as a portal to the creative process that defined Grim's sonic landscape during that specific epoch. It's a rare opportunity to witness the evolution of sound in real-time, a treasure trove for aficionados and collectors alike

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  • Jun Konagaya : Magnetic Tape 88-90 - MC (Urashima, 2023)

  • Immerse yourself in the sonic legacy of Jun Konagaya with the limited edition cassette release titled Magnetic Tape 88-90. Limited to a mere 80 copies, this cassette features the captivating seven previously unreleased tracks drawn from Konagaya’s recordings between 1988 and 1990, including the extended 20-minute version of the original Schlafen track from the “Organ” album, providing a unique sonic experience / This musical odyssey incorporates: Roland Juno 106, Korg M1, Kawai Sforzando “Organ”, and Tascam Porta One. As an extra treat, this release includes a digital download of the entire Organ album and the bonus cassette Magnetic Tape 88-90, ensuring that Konagaya’s mesmerizing sounds are easily accessible for your listening pleasure. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this exclusive collector’s item, offering a rare glimpse into the artistic evolution of Jun Konagaya during a pivotal period in his career

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  • Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi : With pats on the head, just one too few is evil one too many is good that's all it is - 3xLP Box (Black Truffle, Medama, 2023)

  • The heavyweight trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their 12th and most epic release to date, the triple LP With pats on the head, just one too few is evil one too many is good that's all it is. Documenting the entirety of their final performance at the dearly departed Roppongi home of Tokyo underground institution SuperDeluxe in November 2018, the music spread across these six sides splits the difference between the guitar-bass-drums power trio moves and experiments with novel instrumentation that have defined the trio’s decade of working together / Containing some of the most delicate music the three have committed to wax since the gorgeous 12-string acoustic guitar and dulcimer tones of Only wanting to melt beautifully away is it a lack of contentment that stirs affection for those things said to be as of yet unseen (BT011), this wide-ranging release also offers up some of their most blistering free rock performances yet

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  • Bruce Gilbert : The Secret of Futility - MC (purge.xxx, 2023)

  • Live recording from solo performance during “The Secret of Futility” event at Kunstverein München, 2022. Produced in a limited numbered edition of 50 copies only

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  • Algis Fediajevas : Po Treju Metu - MC (Sloow Tapes, 2023)

  • An oaken prism clothed in precious gems of labyrinthine fingerpicking totems inscribed with carvings of ancestral druids (John Fahey, Robbie Basho...). Let the ripe fruits of the quivering arrow melt from the Lithuanian bow

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  • Nord : Psycotron - 1 - 4xLP Box (PCP, 2023)

  • Limited edition of 150 hand-numbered copies in printed box with silkscreened covers and printed insert. A hazy, claustrophobic bridge between minimalism, drone, creative conceptualism, ambient music, and noise, we’re thrilled to offer the first ever vinyl reissue of Nord’s “Psycotron - 1” - one of the greatest and most sought-after holy grails of early Japanese Noise. Recorded by Hiroshi Oikawa only a handful of years before his complete disappearance and originally issued in 1984 as a cassette box in a limited edition of 25 copies, “Psycotron - 1”  now returns as a beautifully produced X 4LP set in very limited edition of 150 copies, housed in a hand-numbered and silk-screened box, with each LP housed in silk-screened covers, in addition to an insert

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  • Nurse With Wound : The Little Dipper Minus Two Plus - LP (ICR, 2023)

  • Pressed on marbled green vinyl, in a spectacular Santini sleeve with a full-colour 12'' insert. Back in 2005, 3 special performances took place featuring Steve Stapleton, Colin Potter, Andrew Liles, Matt Waldron and Diana Rogerson. The gigs were held on 6 & 7 May at The Anatomical Museum / Narrenturm, Vienna (Austria). Each concert was limited to 50 seats. Fun was had. Lab coats optional. To commemorate the event, a limited edition of 200 CDRs was released by ICR and Klanggalerie, only available at the Vienna live shows / In 2023, ICR re-issued this on CD expanded to include 2 new tracks, adding an extra 54minutes. These 2 tracks were constructed from the original source material with some extra sounds & they have been editied to form the 2 sides of this record.The download includes the track that appeared on the original CDR edition

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  • Mushroom's Patience : Water - 2xLP (Vrystaete, 2023)

  • Mushroom’s Patience is possibly one of those what you call best kept secrets within the music world… well known by connoisseurs and totally unknown to most… The core member, and mastermind, of the band is Raffaele Cerroni and the band is already active since the early 1980’s. In the early 2000’s they gained some fame in the industrial scene due to the signing to Hau Ruck!. This despite their music being a weird psychedelic blend of jazz, electronic music and any sound the musicians seemed fitting / “Water” by Mushroom’s Patience is the final part of the “Roma – Wien” (also known as the “earth-air-water”) trilogy and possibly the highlight of both this trilogy and the bands output. It was recorded in 2004 and released on CD a year later. “Water” now returns for the first time on vinyl as double-LP. The album has aged well so to speak… it does not outdated at all… it could have been recorded to date and I would have been just as enthusiastic as I have ever been about it… so it is an absolute pleasure to be able to realize this vinyl edition with new artwork / Also this ‘Roma – Wien’ (or “earth-air-water”) period was the best period of the band in my opinion… and I guess I am not alone in this… with as said “Water” probably the highlight… the band at that time consisted next to Raffaele Cerroni of Jurgen Weber (Novy Svet) as main conspirator… and next to that DBPIT (Der Bekannte Post Industrielle Trompeter), Clau D.E.D.I. (Ain Soph) and frl Tost (Novy Svet) were on board… so well… Mushroom’s Patience was at that time nothing short of a post-industrial supergroup. Hopefully this vinyl edition can please both lovers and new discovers of Mushroom’s Patience and the genius of this album is still dripping out of it

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  • |grens| : de verborgen kamer - 12" (Vrystaete, 2023)

  • Notes from the label: Dutch duo |grens| I discovered through their self-released tape “Geen Mens Die Op Mij Let”. Their music is a sort of ambient and lo-fi IDM which you could consider like a missing link between Civilistjävel! and Wanderwelle. For this album on Vrystaete they locked themselves up in a cabin somewhere isolated. The result is more a radio play then a regular album. There is a clear narrative throughout the album based on the development of the mood and structures of the individual tracks and their interrelation / Maybe “de verborgen kamer” LP is a bit dark for a Vrystaete but the sounds are never too cold and the textures are never too rigid… making the overall feel playful and organic despite the dark electronic basis. Possible this is due to the way the record is recorded… much more like a live performance as a composed piece… speaking of live performances… |grens| have been building a strong name for themselves with their concerts… so for sure this is flowing back into their recorded music as well… / |grens| I consider a valuable addition to the Dutch electronic music scene and next to simple fact that I do like their music I find it important to keep supporting new and upcoming musicians from this part of the planet. I am curious to see how |grens| will evolve from now on and “de verborgen kamer” LP is an invitation for you to step on board the journey…

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  • Maths Balance Volumes : Cycle Of Tonight - LP (Penultimate Press, 2023)

  • Maths Balance Volumes follow up their acclaimed 2020 release A Year Closer with a further and sturdier bucket of songs scraped from the dust of being. Haunted, fragile and beautiful, this is music that explores the ghostly zones of its own creation. The loneliness and vulnerability that unfolds with the opening cut Stay lays the way for exploration of sound and song with simple melodic guitar and organ whilst the subsequent Janet’s Song weaves mirror elements alongside the sound of pebbles on water / This is evocative music made thoroughly by humans with the most basic of tools. Unafraid to step away from their screens Maths Balance Volumes stroll with breezy resistance to the current thread of platform regurgitation. Tonight flips the song on its side as a barnstorming melange of concrete hustle made from shakers, animals, humans and beelzebub knows what. Egyptian Wedding sounds like they operated off the depths of a rotating well. Forming a round is a dusty scratchy heartbreaker that encapsulates the hybrid Smithsonian Folkways label approach that only MBV do / There is something enormously human about Maths Balance Volumes take on underground experimental music, one far more so than the human pitched music made in the mainstream today. In the 20th Century it was the other way around. What has happened ? I will let you contemplate that. But for me, in this case explicitly this press scribe is chuffed at the consequence of this reversal. Very happy indeed

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  • Robert Piotrowicz : Afterlife - CD (Penultimate Press, 2023)

  • Polish composer and sound artist Robert Piotrowicz presents his first work for Penultimate Press, one which outlines an uncanny sound world with a series of fictional organ pieces. Whilst resembling a pipe organ alongside other acoustic sources all material is strictly synthetic. The impression of air being swept through the bellows… false. The spatial organisation suggesting it was recorded in large physical space, false! The long middle solo passage in Noumen must have been performed by some kind of wind instrument, no? False / All of these are elaborate tricks of the ear. The music of Afterlife is an artificial construct, one that is not able to be played on a traditional 12-tone organ, especially as one encounters a tuning based on 1/3-tone intervals. The result are three compositions which comprise a rather unique harmonic composition. One that comes across both familiar and foreign / Afterlife is an ambitious exploration of sound modelling and sound manipulation. Manipulation of both the tools deployed and to the listener with regards to the synthesis of acoustic deception. The result is a bold and dramatic shimmering mass of music. A fluid and visceral audio rendering with sheets of colourful sound pouring around the listener. Like much of Piotrowicz’s output this is more extraordinary exploration of the constituent relationship between harmonic and frequency components whilst investing a deep engagement with the synthetic as acoustic ruse

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  • Jérôme Noetinger, Anthony Pateras : 15 Coruscations - CD (Penultimate Press, 2023)

  • Special multi metallic foil eco pack to house the audio carrying being. Far from the extended still lifes and mises en abîmes of their acclaimed Penultimate Press debut A Sunset for Walter (PP43, 2019), Noetinger & Pateras’ 15 Coruscations weaves frequencies & stirs data into an agitated series of deft psychoacoustic miniatures. Employing electronics as a deformed mirror reflecting joyous lacerations & interweavings, 15 Coruscations borrows from both brut & skilled musical practises, emerging from the current despair to blister light across the moribund horizontalities of post-surveillance musical product / Jérôme Noetinger (Marseille, 1966) is one of the most respected composer/performers of electronic music working today. Discovering the ReVox B77 as a powerful tool for live electro-acoustic creation in the mid 1980s, he has developed a singular performance language unmatched in agility & invention. Anthony Pateras (Melbourne/Naarm, 1979) works at an evolving nexus of notation, improvisation, electro-acoustics + keyboard instruments. Active since the late 90s as both a composer of concert music and independent bandleader, he has created a unique body of work across multiple genres & contexts / Noetinger & Pateras’ working relationship began in 2009 in the Thymolphthalein quintet (Editions Mego, 2011), extending through to the development of the 6-channel tape part for Pateras’ percussion sextet Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All (Immediata, 2017). Establishing their duo in 2018 with A Sunset For Walter, they have performed across Europe in both piano/tape and pure electronic configurations. 15 Coruscations is their latest testament to their quest for the unheard, deploying tape, computer, samplers, garbage, environmental recordings, lo-fi electronics, hi-fi circuitry and a deep love of all things concrète

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  • Katrina Niebergal, Bergur Anderson : come, Memory: fieldwork - MC (Futura Resistenza, 2023)

  • "come, Memory: fieldwork" is the culmination of a long-cherished research project initiated in September 2021, revolving around three immersive journeys to ancient European sacred places, with a particular focus on Neolithic sites. This project encompasses extensive research, the capture of Super 8mm film, 35mm photography, and audio recordings, the creation of three experimental short films, and the development of a scenographic installation. In May 2023, this installation was exhibited at the artist-run project space WET in Rotterdam. "come, Memory: fieldwork" represents another facet of this journey—an extended research and sound documentation, crafted through the collaborative efforts of Katrina Niebergal and Bergur Anderson

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  • Teresa Cos : Karnofsky’s Score - CD (Futura Resistenza, 2023)

  • ‘Karnofsky’s Score’ by Teresa Cos is a musical journey inspired by the Karnofsky Performance Scale used in medical oncology. The album explores the emotional spectrum within the scale’s extremes. Guitar improvisations and minimal harmonica elements echo the dichotomy of ‘normal’ and ‘dead’, revealing a range of fleeting emotions and creating a haunting atmosphere. An imagined soundtrack for a film in the making, ‘Karnofsky’s Score’ offers an evocative sonic experience that leans against conventional boundaries

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  • Ann Eysermans : Moonlight Shadoh - LP (Cortizona, 2023)

  • After her stunning and well acclaimed debut album ‘For Trainspotters Only’ Ann Eysermans now releases ‘Moonlight Shadoh’, a tribute to her dog Shadoh. A record on which she explores the bond between herself and her faithful canine friend, Shadoh, through an extraordinary musical odyssey. Ann Eysermans masterfully weaves together a tapestry of field recordings, candy-like harmonies, and Shadoh's distinctive houndly expressions / Creating otherworldly compositions that transcends genres which include recorded and integrated snarling feedback sounds. From the hauntingly beautiful melodies to the experimental sonic landscapes, every track tells a story that resonates deep within your soul. Feel the heartbeat of Shadoh as his barks, whimpers and playful antics merge seamlessly with Ann's soothing vocals, harp and viola da gamba. These evocative arrangements will transport you to a realm where the bond between human and dog is translated into an aural spectrum swaying between desolate harp sounds, recollecting the eerie Jandek spirit lacing with doomy, and catchy as hell, new beat vibes / Moonlight Shadoh is an exceptional journey blending acoustic instruments, phonic melancholy, analogue tape footage of Ann’s personal sound archive and audio poetry

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  • Céline Gillain : Mind Is Mud - LP (Cortizona, 2023)

  • Glitching through pop music, cruising around the borders of the avant garde, passing by the edge of coldwave and tumbling into dance and club vibes: after her debut 'Bad Woman' Céline Gillain is back with her second album: 'Mind is Mud'. On 'Mind is Mud’ Gillain let herself sink in the swamp of emotional confusion, the perpetual brain fog caused by a post Covid-world, asking herself: do we have to get used to paradox as a way of life from now on?* A musical dissection in nine songs of the mudflow, a flow which reveals its rich complexity the more Gillain dived into it: from the demanding intro ‘Together’ Céline opens up her highly personal and unique vision, shifting between high definition lost dimensions and emotions, the mud slowly transfers in a crackling and sparkling stream of consciousness. The mud is well alive in all its weirdness and unclarity. At times, it even glows in the dark

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  • Comité Hypnotisé : Danza Del Piri-piri - LP (Cortizona, 2023)

  • Comité Hypnotisé will let you flip-flop into his eleven chambers of the ‘Danza Del Piri-Piri: expanding the feral and contagious universe he started to build a lifetime ago. Levitating and shimmering a glistering way through deep old skool 70’s sitar vibes and jitterbug grooves.This boogieman aka the Millionaire mastermind and member of the Evil Superstars has carved some hot smoked out bass and organ flared cuts on wax. Ready to never leave you again. Whether it's with wood chopped kazou sounds stretching into hazy sunshine desire or dazzling basslines blending with interstellar and stuttering kick drums: the Danza Del Piri-Piri swings and slams into a wiggly relentless sonic future

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  • Yussef Dayes : Black Classical Music - 2xLP (Brownswood Recordings, Nonesuch, Warner Music Group, Cashmere Thoughts Recordings, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Multi-instrumentalist and visionary artist Yussef Dayes is set to release his highly anticipated debut solo studio album ‘Black Classical Music’, on the 8th September 2023 / ‘Black Classical Music’ is a 19-track record taking listeners through a looking glass into the exalted artist’s past and present whilst exploring themes of home and family. The album draws influence from his musical heroes Miles Davis & Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yussef’s extensive travel around the globe that has deepened his study of rhythm / Honourable features on “Black Classical Music” - Chronixx, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, plus Venna, Rocco Palladino, Charlie Stacey & Elijah Fox

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  • Yussef Dayes : Black Classical Music - 2xLP (Brownswood Recordings, Nonesuch, Warner Music Group, Cashmere Thoughts Recordings, 2023)

  • White vinyl. Multi-instrumentalist and visionary artist Yussef Dayes is set to release his highly anticipated debut solo studio album ‘Black Classical Music’, on the 8th September 2023 / ‘Black Classical Music’ is a 19-track record taking listeners through a looking glass into the exalted artist’s past and present whilst exploring themes of home and family. The album draws influence from his musical heroes Miles Davis & Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yussef’s extensive travel around the globe that has deepened his study of rhythm / Honourable features on “Black Classical Music” - Chronixx, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, plus Venna, Rocco Palladino, Charlie Stacey & Elijah Fox

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  • Cranioclast : Arctic Salon - 2xLP (Auf Abwegen, 2023)

  • Icy clear vinyl in transparent pvc sleeves with sticker / Planned in the early 90's executed in the early 20's: The Arctic Salon. Another Cranioclast Expedition, this time to the Pole. A long time between planning and execution, but much shorter than the time between the first fake reports of having reached the North Pole on foot across the ice and the first expedition that really made it without motorization. But also a long time in which things in the Arctic and Antarctic got worse and worse and continue

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  • N(115), Bund des dritten Auges : Ohne Titel - LP (Auf Abwegen, 2023)

  • Sideolong floating improvisations of drone guitars, weird freak out electronics and mysterious voices. N & Bu.d.d.A. (Bund des dritten Auges). Helmut Neidhardt, Chris Sigdell and Sascha Stadlmeier first met in 2020. They decided to record together and booked a studio in Dortmund. The recording session was spontaneous and somewhat chaotic. Thus it turned out, that only Helmut’s tracks were really usable. Using some sections as a basis, Chris completely re-recorded his guitar, added a little bit of vocal here and there, and then sent a rough mix to Sascha, who in turn added violin and musique concrete. The final assembly was edited and mixed by Chris Sigdell. N and Bu.d.d.A. have since toured together, and at three dates even performed as a trio. Future collaborations are a given possibility…

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  • Pierre Bastien, Michel Banabila : Baba Soirée - LP (Pingipung, 2023)

  • Two visionary maestros, Pierre Bastien and Michel Banabila, unite in their first collaborative album, Baba Soirée. The veterans of electronic music bring their unique expertise to the table, resulting in a captivating fusion of experimental styles. Bastien’s mechanical loops and fantastic instrumental setups merge seamlessly with Banabila's sound design and impeccable skills of sampling collages. It's not a dance party, nor is it an avant-garde intervention. It's a soirée: a cultivated evening of sonic alchemy hosted by these two charismatic gentlemen / Pierre Bastien is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with a background in French literature. He has spent decades crafting an idiosyncratic world of experimental sound with his self-built mechanical orchestra Mecanium. It was most notably showcased in audiovisual releases on Aphex Twin's Rephlex label. Bastien's creations are a mesmerizing combination of traditional instruments (he has a vast collection) and mechanical automatons. The violin in the track Rotomotor, for example, is physically played by one of his machines. In Baba Soirée, Bastien also plays a prepared cornet (Slow Dance, Banbas Aura), infusing the recordings with a breathy, dreamy dimension / Michel Banabila, a sound artist, composer and producer, possesses an eclectic musical repertoire that defies genres. His blend of minimal electronica, tribal ambient, and neo-classical influences has earned him a prominent place in the world of experimental music, and an impressive discography (Knekelhuis, Bureau B, Séance Centre, a.o.). Banabila serves as the creative sampling editor for Baba Soirée, expertly weaving together the recordings to craft an evocative sonic tapestry. The two share a curiosity for traditional instruments from various cultures. The instruments used in the recordings are shown in the cover artwork. A mutual admiration for each other's work paved the way for this fruitful artistic partnership of the Rotterdam-based artists: Collaborating on a single as a fundraiser for Yemen in 2022 set the stage for the creation of Baba Soirée

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  • Kirk Barley : Marionette - LP (Odda Recordings, 2023)

  • Whether drawing from field recordings, found sound, instrumental improvisations or synthetic processes, Barley’s compositions evoke unfolding sound worlds, as simple ideas or motifs are layered and developed into complex set-pieces that reveal themselves over time / Marionette showcases the breadth and variety of the Yorkshire-born artist’s sound, weaving together familiar and uncanny moods of rural England and its Victorian architecture, as suggested by the gated garden print of the album’s cover. Unfurling between physical textures – the patina of vinyl crackle or gentle rain – and the hyper-real spaces that his music inhabits, Barley describes the compositions as “landscape or static scene paintings,” with many of the album’s tracks taking nature’s rhythms as their compositional cue / On ‘Seafarer’, this manifests in the repeated synth swells of a boat on rough waters, while title track ‘Marionette’ imagines an eerie scene, were shadows flicker by an open fire. Similarly, ‘Lake of Gold’ layers plucked strings at different scales and velocities to create what Barley calls the “rain-like quality” of the rhythm

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  • Jake Muir : Bathhouse Blues - LP (Sferic, 2023)

  • Jake Muir's latest set of soft-focus, sensual electro-concrète, dissolves X-rated gay sleaze flick soundtracks into a shimmering suite of subdued orchestral flourishes and surreal cosmic psychedelia. Back in 2020, Muir put together a 90-minute mix for Honey Soundsystem, blending tracks from Kelman Duran, DJ Olive, Daniel Lanois and Terre Thaemlitz with obliquely camp dialog samples from vintage gay porn. The idea was to represent queer sexuality in a looser, more experimental manner, grazing the super-sensory pleasure of the bathhouse experience and the illicit joy of cruising without getting too self-serious while doing it. The mix was so popular that Muir followed it up with a weightless sequel two years later, and began developing the concept into a proper album, using more samples of music and dialogue, eventually performing the piece at the esteemed GRM as part of their FOCUS #4 concerts alongside work by Eliane Radigue, Folke Rabe and Chris Watson / The album is split into two side-long pieces that wash and ripple with nervous tension and discreet salaciousness. Opening with a familiar, bombastic theater sting, there are echoes of kosmische music and antique experimental electronics on 'Cruisin' 87', that Muir fashions into ASMR-rich puddles of syrupy, back-room ambience. Occasionally we hear lascivious words thru the fog, men mumbling to each other and giggling before the inevitable occurs. That's beautiful," a voice mutters over a dusky cricket chirp on 'Pipe Dream'. "It is," another replies / Muir's sonic response is suitably explicit, like a 1950s Hollywood jump-cut to a train going into a tunnel; the Berlin-via-Los Angeles sound artist takes the whole-body, mutual release of queer sex and interprets it with heady gestures, peppering jazzy rhythmic frostings into basins of skewered drone and gurgling synth. Muir's sound is colored by the pleasure of physical touch, a mussy flux of high frequency scrapes and caresses juxtaposed with woozy, dubbed-out fondles and thrusts. Who said the GRM was buttoned up?

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  • Joachim Nordwall : Healing Music - MC (Otomatik Muziek, 2022)

  • Disclaimer: Joachim Nordwall is one of those artists whose work I've been following for a long time, from the spastic no wave of Kid Kommando to the sprawling drone rituals of Skull Defekts, from the industrialized meditations of Saturn & The Sun, his collaboration records with the likes of Mats Gustaffson or Mika Vainio, to his multifaceted solo outputs, under his own name or the Idealist moniker... well you might get the point: I am a fanboy. So I write from a very biased perspective, but also as someone who kind of knows what this guy is doing / And from this angle, HEALING MUSIC might be one of the best musics Nordwall has released. HEALING MUSIC is a focused and rhythmic record, but not as four to the floor-style as his Idealist releases. There‘s also a lot of organized noise, but not as ecstatic as with Saturn & The Sun. And yet, HEALING MUSIC triggers euphoria, that particularily good kind of stupor; It‘s as much movement as it is stasis / Joachim Nordwall is well-versed in researching the mind-altering aspects of sound, and here, he‘s very close to the golden pond. Every track hits heavy in exactly the right way - the sounds are very controlled, target-oriented. The bursts and squeeks aim to hit your third ear, the repetetive elements lure you in, the bass punches right into the gut. And as much as Nordwall always flirted with the idea of dub, this might be his most dubby record in turns of reduction to and concentration on the essence of each of the individual sounds. One thing I love about a lot of his collaboration records, especially the ones with Mark Wastell, is that you can hear how much of an active listener he is. And on HEALING MUSIC, you can hear how much active listening leads to creation - as heavy as these tracks are, the ego is absent

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  • Martina Berther, Philipp Schlotter : Matt - LP (Hallow Ground, 2023)

  • Martina Berther and Philipp Schlotter are prolific in their respective ways, having been active in pop and jazz music, respectively, as well as playing in bands and exploring the outer fringes of sound art or composing music for film. Their first joint album »Matt« was recorded over the course of four days in a church in the Swiss village after which the album was named. Berther and Schlotter worked with the buildings organ as well as synthesizers and electric bass to follow an experimental approach that oscillated between composition and free improvisation. The five pieces, recorded directly to tape by Flo Götte without any additional overdubs, are characterised by an intimacy and rawness that calls to mind the introspective atmosphere of Hallow Ground label mates FUJI||||||||||TA or mastering engineer Lawrence Englishs latest album for the Swiss label / »Matt« is the result of two versatile composers and musicians executing minimalist ideas by giving them plenty of space to unfold. The album opens with »Unruhe,« a composition that is based on the twelve-tone technique. Using a stopwatch to ensure the adherence to the pre-determined temporal intervals between the individual notes, Berther and Schlotter used the church organ and synthesizers for an ominous piece that traverses different moods and levels of intensity throughout its 14-minute run time. »LFO1« and »LFO2« are different variations of the same concept: Based on a synthesizer preset and structured by an organ drone, two tone generators slowly fall silent, resulting in elegiac pieces that call to mind the work of Éliane Radigue. »Frachter« and »Gallia« put more emphasis on percussive elements / Again working with organ as well as Berthers prepared electric bass, this improvisation comprises interlocking textures that sound almost menacing on »Frachter,« while they create a very different atmosphere on »Gallia.« These notable discrepancies in sound and mood are even more astonishing if you consider that the two pieces are based on the exact same recording, played at different speeds. As two variations on the same idea with very different results, these two pieces perfectly represent how the duo effectively creates emotionally affective sound worlds with very few means. Berther and Schlotters conceptual minimalism yields rewarding, multi-faceted aesthetic results. »Matt« is an intimate album, marked by a sense of vividness and spontaneity, but also the product of compositional conciseness

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  • Alice Coltrane : Eternity - LP (Antarctica Starts Here, 2023)

  • 2023 Repress. Released in 1976, Eternity was Alice Coltrane's first album for Warner Bros. after eight wondrous records on Impulse! Combining the drones and textures of India, the gospel and R&B of her Detroit youth and the dissonance of modern classical composition, Coltrane's music in the '70s would become increasingly difficult to categorize. Having moved a few years earlier to California (where she founded the Vedantic Center, an Ashram for spiritual studies), Coltrane stretches out on Eternity -- incorporating various musical styles, including a stirring adaptation of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring -- and the results are dazzling, both in sonic scope and emotional range / Opener 'Spiritual Eternal' sways between Alice's exploratory organ and the dramatic swell of lush strings. A meditative solo piece for harp, 'Wisdom Eye,' precedes the rollicking rhythms of 'Los Caballos,' which showcases some of her finest soloing. 'Om Supreme' is the album's first track to be built around bhajans (Hindu devotional songs). Featuring graceful keyboards backed by an angelic choir, this piece hints at the ecstatic devotional music that she would later make with members of her Ashram / While Coltrane would delve deeper into her spiritual journeys and continue to expand her musical interests on subsequent LPs, Eternity remains a vivid and compelling display of her unique vision, myriad talents and passions

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  • Milford Graves, Don Pullen : In Concert At Yale University - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2023)

  • Sourced from the master tapes. First-time vinyl reissue Black vinyl single LP version. The late percussionist Milford Graves was one of the most unique artists the world has ever seen. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1941, he began his career in the early '60s as a part of New York's vibrant Latin jazz scene. His focus quickly turned inward, shifting towards a practice that explored the very nature of self. From his work in the New York Art Quartet and collaborations with Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock and more to his important contributions during NYC's loft era – he is, simply put, free jazz royalty / In April 1966, the duo of Graves and pianist Don Pullen played at Yale University. As John Corbett writes in the liner notes, "This performance was something of a turning point for Graves. Until then he had been working in other people's bands or collective ensembles. He was phenomenally busy. In 1965 alone, he recorded with NYAQ (two LPs), Giuseppi Logan Quartet, Paul Bley Quintet and Lowell Davidson Trio, and he made his first recording released under his own name, Percussion Ensemble. Every one of these is important in its own way, but none of them quite anticipate how radical was the music that he and Pullen would unleash that evening in New Haven." / Originally released on the artists' own Self-Reliance Program label, this legendary one-night performance would be split into two volumes: In Concert At Yale University and Nommo. While rooted in African rhythms, Graves' music has its own sense of time. As the drummer stated in a 1966 DownBeat interview, "Time was always there, and the time I see is not the same as what man says time is. It works by impulsion."

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  • Milford Graves : Bäbi - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2023)

  • Sourced from the master tapes. First-time vinyl reissue. By the early '70s, Milford Graves had more or less stopped gigging. Having learned his lesson the hard way in multiple-night runs like a legendary Slugs' residency with Albert Ayler, he knew that the level of energy that he put out during a performance would be difficult to sustain over the long haul. A concert was a kind of absolute ritual for him, after which he would be totally spent, emotionally and physically. Graves rarely left anything on the table. Any musical performance was an opportunity to present an amalgamated version of all the things he had learned. He was an innovator and a teacher at his core, and the concert venue was one of his first classroom settings / In March 1976, Verna Gillis invited Graves to perform on WBAI's Free Music Store radio show. For the date, he chose to present a trio lineup which he had been occasionally playing – featuring two saxophonists who were dedicated to the drummer's vision. Hugh Glover is almost exclusively known for his work with Graves, while Arthur Doyle would gain exposure later for an obscure record that he made two years later, Alabama Feeling, which would become a highly collectable item among free jazz enthusiasts / Originally released in 1977, Bäbi remains one of Graves' most seminal recordings. The music played by the trio was ecstatic. Extreme energy music, buoyant and joyful. It relied on Graves' new way of approaching the drum kit, in which he had opened up the bottoms of his skin-slackened toms and eliminated the snare. Graves' art was always unblemished by commercial interests, and this album is its finest mission statement

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  • Robert Lippok : What is Dance? - 7" Box (Singuhr Editions, 2023)

  • »What is Dance?« contains two pieces originally conceived in 2017 for a performance/sound installation of the same name at Meinblau Projektraum (Berlin), as part of the series singuhr_projekte. Drawing inspiration from the works of American sound artist Joe Jones and his »Music Machines«, Robert Lippok (Ornament und Verbrechen, To Rococo Rot) arranged various sound objects (pieces of wood, cymbals, rotating plastic film), that were played mechanically. The sound piece—designed for a 4-channel system and condensed into a loop, that clocked in at around 20 minute—is his interpretation of three dances from the opera »The Fairy Queen« by Baroque composer Henry Purcell / From this source material, Robert Lippok has now extracted and rearranged two pieces for »What is Dance?.« The result is music of its own right: Dense, but permeable drones are central, but complemented by harmoniously matching and gently pulsating sounds

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  • Anatolian Weapons : Earth - LP (Subject To Restrictions Discs, 2023)

  • The Athenian producer Aggelos Baltas alias Anatolian Weapons captures on the album Earth the feeling of an optimistic future that grows on the soil of the sweet bitterness of the present and the past. Under his pseudonym Anatolian Weapons, Baltas combines polyrhythmic percussion and wailing tones of Greek folk music with a thrilling and open Krautrock attitude. The album Earth takes us on a mystical journey through the northern Greek highlands, backed by Baltas' unique machine-assisted folk, infused with psychedelic drones and exuding an aura that is neither then nor now, neither there nor here. Instead, it exists in a small pocket of its own cosmos. A crossroads of dimensions. A mystical offering to nature and the divinities / Baltas has explored and reframed various Greek scenes of yesteryear in the past, such as with his Fantastikoi Hxoi project, which created Krautrock mutations from 60s and 70s pop, but Earth is an even more far-reaching expedition. It is a folk reckoning with Greek musical traditions with a modern upgrade. The album reconstructs a sonic narrative of ancient traditions, enhanced with psychedelic and space-rock elements. In the reverb cycle, one hears a certain agrarian reinterpretation of the world, filled with harvest rituals and celestial incantations / It is with great pleasure to welcome Anatolian Weapons to the label. During a longer stay in Athens, a friendship developed that led to a variety of musical projects and ideas. One of them is the release of the album Earth

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  • Reiko Kudo : Rice Field Silently Riping In The Night - LP (TAL, 2023)

  • Reiko Kudo first debuted on the Tokyo underground music scene in 1980 with NOISE, a duo which apart from herself under her then maiden name Reiko Omura on voice, guitar and trumpet featured Tori Kudo on organ. Their only album TENNO (1980 on Engel) is probably one of the most outstanding and uncompromising records of all time. Like other pioneering female producers from Japan such as NON (of NON BAND), PHEW and HACO, who had all begun their startling careers in the early days of the japanese Punk era, Reiko Kudo can surely be regarded as one of the most unique, uncategorisable and daring voices in the entire field of electronic and experimental music ever / « Rice Field Silently Riping In The Night » was REIKO KUDO's second album under her own name. It features TORI KUDO (MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ) and SAYA and TAKASHI UENO (TENNISCOATS) on various instruments. The recordings took place in 2000 at Reiko' s and Tori's house in the rural surroundings of Shikoku island. All recorded music on this album sounds like it originates in a parallel dimension where time and key signatures simply don't exist, Some might describe this as outsider music, but this doesn't really begin to do justice to the quality of the tracks, there is nothing accidental or forced here, this is simply music created in a very different way. Yet again REIKO KUDO had conceived of something utterly beautiful

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  • Milford Graves, Don Pullen : Nommo - LP (Superior Viaduct, 2023)

  • "The late percussionist Milford Graves was one of the most unique artists the world has ever seen. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1941, he began his career in the early '60s as a part of New York's vibrant Latin jazz scene. His focus quickly turned inward, shifting towards a practice that explored the very nature of self. From his work in the New York Art Quartet and collaborations with Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock, and more to his important contributions during NYC's loft era -- he is, simply put, free jazz royalty / In April 1966, the duo of Graves and pianist Don Pullen played at Yale University. As John Corbett writes in the liner notes, 'This performance was something of a turning point for Graves. Until then he had been working in other people's bands or collective ensembles. He was phenomenally busy. In 1965 alone, he recorded with NYAQ (two LPs), Giuseppi Logan Quartet, Paul Bley Quintet, and Lowell Davidson Trio, and he made his first recording released under his own name, Percussion Ensemble / Every one of these is important in its own way, but none of them quite anticipate how radical was the music that he and Pullen would unleash that evening in New Haven.' Originally released on the artists' own Self-Reliance Program label, this legendary one-night performance would be split into two volumes: In Concert At Yale University and Nommo. While rooted in African rhythms, Graves' music has its own sense of time. As the drummer stated in a 1966 DownBeat interview, 'Time was always there, and the time I see is not the same as what man says time is. It works by impulsion.'"

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  • Piotr Kurek : Smartwoods - LP (Unsound, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Piotr Kurek’s new album “Smartwoods” is a sprawling root system of tiny melodic phrases that loop and curl around subtly evolving instrumental thickets. The Warsaw-based producer and composer takes his cues from early music, baroque music and experimental jazz, entangling his influences with filigree traces of contemporary computer music and fueling it with sonic vapors from the near future / Made up of seven distinct segments, the album blurs its acoustic and electronic elements into an illusory hedge of abstract sound. Harp, saxophone, clarinet, double bass, voices and guitar twist into computerized processes and synthesizer chirps, creating an uncanny dreamworld where the real isn’t always what it seems. Each player is entwined with the other to create a living, breathing whole / Like Kurek’s painterly 2021 album “World Speaks”, “Smartwoods” is also inspired by visual art - particularly the whimsical work of Algerian-French graphic designer Jean Sariano. The album cover features artwork by Polish painter Tomasz Kowalski, whose shapeshifting creatures and miniature stories aptly reflect the music’s wild fantasy. The first manifestation of “Smartwoods” – a live show at Unsound in Kraków in 2022 – featured animations by Italian artist Francesco Marrello, who put together a visual treatment for the single “Harps”

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  • Ian Humberstone, David Chatton Barker : Theo Brown And The Folklore Of Dartmoor - 2x12" (Folklore Tapes, 2021)

  • Reissue of the 7x7" released in 2014. Housed in a litho-printed gatefold sleeve with 30x page full colour stitched booklet featuring expanded research and photographs / Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor is the sixth volume in the Devon Folklore Tapes Series. The album provides acousmatic soundscapes for fourteen Dartmoor tales collected by the late Devon folklorist Theo Brown, whose spirit and research guided the project throughout. Initially released as a limited-run box-set in 2014, this long-awaited second edition contains all the original content in the more wieldy format of a double LP release (with the project film included as a download code). To ensure the highest quality, both the audio and film have been comprehensively remastered from their magnetic tape and celluloid sources for this reissue. An extensive booklet sew within the gatefold will contain extended research notes, new essay on Theo Brown and additional photographs

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  • David Chatton Barker, The Whitworth and Healey Vale Brass Band : Brown Wardle Hill - LP (Lancashire Folklore Tapes, 2023)

  • Eleven compositions for Brass Band by David Chatton Barker (plus one by Sam McLoughlin & Mary Stark), drawing from the rich lore and legend of Brown Wardle Hill in the Vale of Whitworth, Rossendale, Lancashire. Played by an ensemble of seven musicians from The Whitworth and Healey Vale Brass Band. Brown Wardle Hill stands as an imposing yet noble hill on the South Pennine Moors of Whitworth, Rossendale, Lancashire. Regarded as a site of prehistoric importance due to the overwhelming amount of mesolithic flint scatterings discovered during the early 20th century, the hill also boasts an incredible amount of lore and legend / In 2019 David spent a year walking and researching into the hill and its surrounding moors, the material gathered formed a series of performances, sculptures and interventions, culminating in the book 'Lorelines'. David discovered the local brass Whitworth and Healey Vale Brass Band and forged a creative partnership including recordings for Folklore Tapes editions 'The Queen of the Well' and 'Mother Redcap' (both feature on this release). The lore and legend David discovered, sprang from several sources of antiquity, most notably the 'little red book'; 'The Vale of Whitworth, Its Moorlands, Favourite Nooks, Green Lanes, Scenery' by local historian William Robertson and another rambler of the vale known as Maxim, who walked the moors, held historic seminars and fastidiously collected newspaper clippings of local events, archaeology and topography / The compositions cover a breadth of history, sites and characters including; The Famine Tower; a 40 ft stone folly built by out of work mill operatives during the cotton famine | The Lady of the Barrow; a neolithic lady whose burnt remains and personal items were discovered in a burial chamber | Intack Farm; once known as the most haunted house in the north of England | The Baum Rabbit; a white rabbit who works alongside a fairy queen to bring about a cure to the black plague | Treacle Sanderson; once the fastest fell runner in England | The Queen of the Well; a water naiad who lures hapless victims into her watery domain. Further embedding the music in the landscape is the subtle weaving of field recordings captured at several of the locations; bird song, wind through rushes, water from a spring and wind through stoney ruins, all evoke a sense of place through a cinematic sonic lens

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  • Le Diable Dégoûtant, Le Voile Universel : Naïa La Sorcière De Rochefort-En-Terre - LP (Folklore Tapes, 2023)

  • Folklore Tapes first foray overseas finds them in the rural Breton village Rochefort-en-Terre. Once inhabited by the renowned witch Naia, who along with her ‘spirit stick’ familiar ‘Gnami’ cured ills, cursed locals, split in two and crushed hot coals into dust using her hands! Naia is a collaboration with Brittany arts group Le Bon Acceuil and features two distinct sonic explorations into the infamous witch, largely based around the only known article and stunning photoshoot by journalist Charles Géniaux, published in World Wide Magazine in 1899. Face A is by Breton musician Pauline Marx AKA Le Diable Dégoûtant, Face B is by UK group Le Voile Universel (The Universal Veil) AKA Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker / The residents of rural Breton were leaving the country for the cities. Many aspects of the traditional folk culture of the time were on the verge of disappearing. The photographer Charles Géniaux (1870-1931), was keen to document these traditions. To this end, in 1899, Géniaux wrote an article for The Wide World Magazine about a witch who lived in the picturesque town of Rochefort-en-Terre, situated in the south of Brittany / The article, entitled Naia, the Witch of Rochefort, describes Géniaux’s meetings with Naia in the ruins of the Château de Rieux, as well as his conversations with various locals who had encountered her over the years. According to these locals, we learn that Naia “travels on a broom through the air—or maybe underground—when she does not want to be seen going on her errands; that she fears neither fire nor water, disappears when she likes, and takes any shape that may suit her purpose.” Furthermore, Naia is capable of “picking up red hot coals, which she crushed with her fingers and scattered to the winds.” She also tells Géniaux of Gnami, a powerful spirit who lives through her and obeys her every command. The photos which accompany the article show Naia facing down the lens, piercing the viewer with her look, beseeching us to meet her gaze across the years

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  • Various Artists : Larksong - LP (Folklore Tapes, 2023)

  • Housed in a hand numbered double sided screen printed sleeve, rubber stamp printed labels, 32 page riso-printed chapbook, A5 manilla insert with film link and grave songs. For the 2023 British Textile Biennial, collaborative artists Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright created a new film, Larksong, and textiles installation, in Goodshaw Chapel - a nonconformist Baptist chapel established by textile workers and farm labourers in 1760. With the chapel as a central leitmotif, the film captures the surrounding landscape of cloughs, rivers and moorlands, laced with the remnants and imprints of the textile workers and industries that shaped the environment / The musical score for the film, presented here on 12" record, has been created by musicians and artists David Chatton Barker, Mary Stark, Sam McLoughlin, Bridget Hayden and poetess Emily Oldfield. In addition to traditional instruments; recorders, piano and harmonium, sounds are derived from adapted spinning wheels, music boxes and film projectors. Larksong also features songs they have composed for the film, inspired by 18th century manuscripts from the Larks of Dean choir, and with lyrics from four gravestone inscriptions found in the chapel’s burial grounds. These recordings have been captured during a performance installation in the chapel, alongside experimental explorations in the studio. Field recordings captured in and around the chapel feature the bird calls of lark, curlew and thrush as well as wind through the trees and a trickling well / This collection of recordings have been stitched together into a timeless-sonic-fabric of immersive and emotional folkloric resonance, evoking a strong sense of place and echoes of layered histories. Larksong also features a new poem written and read aloud in the chapel by Emily Oldfield. The poem was written from the perspective of a chapel pew. Connecting to an emotional, tactile sense of memory, rather than the language of history, the poem weaves together social, industrial and ecological themes; ruminating upon the changing landscape, social mores and working practices that have been witnessed since the founding of the chapel

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  • Various Artists : When The Frog From The Well Sees The Ocean (Reports From English UFOlklore) - LP (Folklore Tapes, 2023)

  • Vinyl housed in a manilla die-cut, hand screen printed sleeve (printed by Small Press) including a 34x page booklet featuring essay by Jez Winship along with artist research notes and illustrations / Folklore Tapes imbue their legacy of British musical mysticism with a newfound sci fi focus on their latest V/A compilation, sonifying accounts of UFO sightings from now till the ancient past. The mysterious drones and ominous electrical signals of spacecraft back elegant folksong, winding organ passages, and soaring guitar tones, hinting at the past century’s pop culture representations of alien contact mixed in with experimental electronics and Britain’s acoustic traditions. Emily Oldfield’s spoken word piece ‘Glorious Green Globes’ is an anachronistic stream of historical analysis and modern day bleakness tying together these extraterrestrial themes with enthralling delivery

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  • Sam McLoughlin : Fae Transit - LP (Folklore Tapes, 2023)

  • Fae Transit is an expedition into a realm of faerie music Sam McLoughlin introduced us to in his contribution to Folklore Tapes’ Swifter than the Moon’s Sphere. If Green and Brown was a sighting of a faerie parade, Fae Transit is a full abduction, a journey through a woodland inhabited by spirits and haunted by the living. / The album is written entirely for harmonium, nylon guitar, hand percussion and dictaphone, with harmonium and finger-plucked guitar continually exchanging roles as melodic and chordal instruments. The interweaving dialogue between these instruments has a chamber-like intensity, though the music flows with simple, rustic tunes singing above any complexity / If you have ideas in your mind of what faerie sounds like, this probably isn’t it. The full-throated harmonium drones, triplet rhythms and meandering melodies are more McKenna’s machine elves than Tinker Bell. But it’s calm. An air of nostalgia and melancholy pervades the carnivalesque music, which is wistful, and occasionally menacing, but never violent. Then there’s the anomalous clicks, pops and whirrs of the dictaphone, seemingly rewinding or fast-forwarding time itself, curiously framing the pastoral musings of pipe and string. Is it the listener’s ear, or is the music searching for itself from beyond some unfathomable rift? This is deeply personal music that is at once a unique utterance and, unmistakably, Sam Mcloughlin’s work

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  • Dirk Schaefer : Distant Proximity: Soundtracks for the Films of Matthias Müller - 2xLP (purge.xxx, 2023)

  • Dirk Schaefer original soundtrack scores for films by Matthias Müller: The Memo Book (1989), Home Stories (1990), Sleepy Haven (1993), Pensão Globo (1999), Vacancy (1999). Newly re-transferred from the original tapes by Schaefer himself, and remastered, these are the collaborations that inspired Peter Tscherkassky to call on Schaefer to score his own work (see: purrrrrj007) / Numbered + handmade in an edition of 250 copies only; 180gr vinyl in custom-made screen-printed outer (sealed), containing Xerox-printed booklet with the words from the films of Matthias Müller and a newly commissioned essay by Stefan Grissemann; no digital

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  • Nina Harker : Nina Harker - LP (Aguirre, 2023)

  • Second album by musicians Apolline Schöser & Nocola Henry. More info soon!

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  • Tibor Szemzo : Invisible Story - 10" (Fodderbasis, 2023)

  • In the last few years Szemzo has been revising some of his past recordings, rearranging, changing instrumentation, remixing and remastering them for new releases on vinyl LP on his Fodderbasis label. Now he is releasing a new limited edition of the album “Invisible Story” on a 10’’ vinyl EP. The title refers to the collection of essays by Béla Hamvas (1897-1968) published in 1943. Hamvas was an outstanding Hungarian thinker even in the European context. Due to his anti-materialistic concept Béla Hamvas was deprived by the Communist authorities of publishing his works right after they came to power in 1948 / Szemzo was especially attracted by the essay Aquarius and incorporated the narration of parts of the text into his seven compositions of the album. Generally speaking the essay reflects the human condition and the lack of spirituality of modern man. It’s worth mentioning here that Szemzo has been working with texts and spoken word from the very beginning of his artistic career and as on this album, the narration in Hungarian. His deep mellow voice and seemingly restrained reciting style perfectly matches the timelessness of Hamvas' messages / The compositions are relatively short –the longest lasts six and a half minutes –and each piece has its specific instrumentation, although most of the the instruments used are mostly common seen in rock or jazz bands. Szemz?, as could be expected by those familiar with his music, avoids any style clichés and uses different formative elements to create a very transparent soundscape which doesn’t interfere in this case with the spoken word, but underlines in a simple way the philosophical gravity of its content. Compared to his previous albums the “Invisible Story” offers a different creative approach and thus is quite aunique item in the Fodderbase vinyl collection

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  • Philippe Doray, Les Asociaux Associés : Le Composant Compositeur - LP+CD (Souffle Continu, 2023)

  • The future is a flash-back! Having dynamited the end of the 70s, in the next decade, Philippe Doray was still alive and kicking. With Laurence Garcette, he juggled with keyboards and all their simulations to begin the “second period” of the Asociaux Associés (the Antisocial Associates). Labyrinthine programming lead to songs which go crazy: electro, pop, krautrock, no wave…? In a word, French chanson as it was never heard before or since. “Nobody Move!”, so says Philippe Doray and his Asociaux Associés (the Antisocial Associates)! Having dynamited the end of the 70s with two radical albums – Ramasse-Miettes Nucléaires in 1976 & Nouveaux Modes Industriels in 1978, both reissued by Souffle Continu – Doray still hadn’t finished singing. Throughout the next decade he began his Composant compositeur which would document the “second period”, as he calls it, of his Asociaux Associés / The record includes new schizo-electro songs which make the most of his association with Laurence Garcette, who also plays any and all sorts of keyboards. A prolongation of the first period of the Asociaux Associés, the duo updates Doray’s poetry: in reaction to the current overcast atmosphere, here are some hallucinatory fantasies to the rhythm of an infernal circle dance (« Le petit géant ») or an ecstatic waltz (“Bombés fluo”) or even coded messages stuffed into bottles and thrown into space (“Secoue le flipeur”, “Choc d’amour”) / On the bonus CD there are further iconoclastic examples: rare recordings (unpublished or even “inaudible”) of the Asociaux Associés but also by Crash, a duo that Doray formed with Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth). At the controls of their experiment-bending machine the musicians multiply the possibilities: peripheral rock, arias in orbit, broken swing, industrial mantras and other joyful falsities. Enough to make you lose your mind ? No… as Philippe Doray promised: it is the “jackpot qui frissonne” (the shivering jackpot) which is there to excite

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  • Don Cherry, Don Cherry Trio, Okay Temiz, Johnny Dyani : Live In Paris 1971 (The ORTF Recordings) - LP (Caz Plak, 2023)

  • Licensed from BYG Records France. Re-mastered from original material at BYG Records France’s vault. The album cover features a 70mm analogue photograph of Château de Versailles by Erinc Guzel. It comes with liner notes in both French and English, and it’s hand-numbered with a limited run of 1,000 copies. Re-mastered in ?stanbul by Mert Üçer / Caz Plak is thrilled to announce the global release of "Don Cherry Trio - The ORTF Recordings Paris 1971," a vinyl LP that captures the legendary jazz musician Don Cherry in a sublime performance with his long-time Don Cherry Trio members: Turkish drummer Okay Temiz and South African bassist Johnny Dyani / Recorded at the iconic ORTF studios (Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française)for the Sound and Vision program in Paris in 1971, this remarkable LP features one of the paramount Jazz figures of all time, Don Cherry, interpreting Turkish rhythms. This release serves as the sequel to Okay Temiz's magnum opus, 'Okay Temiz's Oriental Wind at Montreux Jazz Festival 1982' LP, released worldwide by Caz Plak in 2022, and is the second chapter of Caz Plak's 'Turkish Jazz Trilogy'. "Don Cherry Trio - The ORTF Recordings Paris 1971" LP is particularly significant as it predates Don Cherry's groundbreaking "Organic Music Society" album from 1973, in which Okay Temiz also performed

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  • Wally Badarou : Colors Of Silence - LP (Be With, 2023)

  • Synth pioneer and musical polymath, Wally Badarou is a genius. A vinyl version of his majestic Colors Of Silence has been craved by the Balearic cognoscenti ever since its low-key 2001 release. Colors Of Silence is ostensibly a new age album. As ever though, Wally's sophisticated synth textures and expressive keyboard runs are so full of character, so full of life, that this work of art transcends any easy genre categorization. It sounds like A.r.t. Wilson or Suzanne Kraft, with traces of CFCF and Jonny Nash / But it was made a good decade earlier than the work of these modern giants. It's understandable why Colors Of Silence remains somewhat of a lost gem. Over the years, it has become a true cult record for the ambient/Balearic heads. There can be few artists more under-appreciated given their vast influence than Wally Badarou. His solo work practically defined the sound of the Balearic DJs of the 1980s, and thus the more sophisticated sound of dance culture thereafter. A synth specialist, Badarou was the long-time associate of Level 42 / He was one of the Compass Point All Stars (with Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, and Uziah "Sticky" Thompson), the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a series of albums in the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs. Badarou's keyboard playing could also be heard on albums by Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, M (Pop Muzik), Talking Heads, Manu Dibango, and Miriam Makeba. He also produced Fela Kuti. Meticulously remastered and cut by both Simon Francis and Cicely Balston respectively, it has been pressed to the highest possible quality at Record Industry in Holland

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  • The Cinematic Orchestra : Man With A Movie Camera - 2xLP (Ninja Tune, 2023)

  • 20th anniversary edition, limited ashen and pewter grey 140g vinyl. Housed in a rigid tip-on foiled, embossed and debossed gatefold sleeve with new liner notes and updated artwork. Black paper inners and unseen session photography presented on a 12” double sided art card insert. As part of the film festival celebrations of Porto being the European City of Culture in 2001, Jason Swinscoe of The Cinematic Orchestra was commissioned to score a soundtrack to a silent movie as a one-off performance. The film was Dziga Vertov's ‘Man With A Movie Camera,’ a 1929 early documentary cinema film from the Soviet Union, and hailed by many including The British Film Institute to be one of the greatest films of all time, nearly 100 years on from its creation. The performance took place in the historic Coliseu Porto, and ended with a standing ovation of 3,500 people / The Cinematic Orchestra have since toured the show internationally over the years, including performances at The Barbican in London, NYC’s Winter Garden at WTC, and Sydney Opera House. The band was in the process of writing “Every Day” when the film commission occurred, which had a formative influence on “Man With A Movie Camera”. Certain tracks that made it onto “Every Day” in other forms were written specifically for the score or were already in development, which allowed Swinscoe and the band to remold motifs to the film's unfolding narrative. The title 'Every Day' was based on the narrative in the film, which portrays a day in the life of an idealised Soviet society, beginning with people waking up, moving through various workplace environments, and into leisure time & activities / “Man With A Movie Camera” was eventually recorded and released in 2003. it was met with much acclaim. The Guardian gave it 4/5 and said “You can perform an autopsy on the jazz instruments, DJ Shadow-like grooves and repeating chord sequences, yet come away scratching your head as to how, in such simple combinations, they make such heartfelt music.” The Independent on Sunday continued, “It stands alone, proud and complete.” And dance magazines also showered it with praise such as DJ Magazine, “The genius, a word not to be used lightly, of The Cinematic Orchestra seemingly knows no bounds.”

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  • Model 500 : Starlight - 12" (Metroplex, 2023)

  • Essential techno masterpiece! The long-awaited reissue of M024: Model 500's eternal techno meditation "Starlight", a mid-90s collaboration with dub techno maestro Moritz von Oswald of Basic Channel, Maurizio, and Rhythm & Sound fame / Remastered from original tapes and sounding super fresh

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  • Miradasvacas : Of No Fixed Abode - LP (12th Isle, 2023)

  • 'Of No Fixed Abode' gathers fragmented recordings by the Madrid duo of Pablo Mirón and Juan Vacas, the multi-disciplinary artists behind the collective Real No Real (realnoreal.org) and Ediciones Fontenebro label. Working with field recordings, found materials, instruments such as Violin and Harmonica and by manipulating old radios, turntables and reel to reels the pair have been performing across the world of late taking their collage style process with them. 'Of No Fixed Abode' uses cross-continental sound diaries from the 2019-2022 period and has been central to shows at venues and festivals around Europe and South America / Contributing to the wider field of post-fluxus 'broken music', the duality of natural sound and decaying, processed tape loops along with gentle instrumentation across the record follows in the footsteps of the Dieter Roth school, Anne Gillis, Leyland Kirby or Henry Krutzen yet is anchored in a charming restraint in which each element seems to fall into place perfectly. Miradasvacas have a long history with presenting experimental music through shows on Madrid's Radio Relativa, concerts and gatherings across the city and self-published mixtapes and sound art, though debut here on 12th Isle with their first proper album. Far-flung gallery sonics at their finest

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  • Jorn Ebner : Perifaerye - LP (Gruenrekorder, 2023)

  • Perifaerye is a multi-part work of art comprising of 18 soundscapes, 36 digital drawings and 24 writings. Perifaerye is at once a record release, a book, a website; in the autumn of 2023 a series of playlists were published on billboards, linking the online soundscapes to the real-life physical realm. This publication is an artistic hybrid: a vinyl record / book combining sound, image and text / The 18 audio works condense the sounds of the urban periphery into a sonic cartography. In Hamburg-Eidelstedt, people live in smaller detached houses and in larger apartment blocks. New housing estates have been developed recently in direct neighbourhood to the motorway, and currently in the district centre; a district where post-war housing estates and architectural remnants from a village past co-exist. Even meadows and fields, surrounded by the noise of motorways and other traffic, aeroplanes (the airport is close by) and railways (passenger and und freight trains, long distance, regional and local services). This collection of soundscapes – each a short composition on its own – presents a sonic portrait of a contemporary urban area / In the spring 2023, Jorn Ebner recorded the urban spaces of the Hamburg district of Eidelstedt. For each audio piece there is an image. The artist’s writings reflect and accompany the creative process. For this book and record, Sebastian Kokus and Thomas Korf created a very haptic design. Each part of the whole can be experienced as a single piece: the A2-sized poster is part of the outer sleeve; the booklet presents image and text (German only); the record is visible through the holes in the inner and outer sleeves and forms part of the cover. The work was funded by the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien

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  • Pali Meursault, Thomas Tilly : melt* - LP (Fragments Editions, 2023)

  • In 2020, Pali Meursault and Thomas Tilly collaborated to create 'Radio Glaces', a fourteen-part sound collection featuring recordings of glaciers in the Alps and testimonies from people who have a close relationship with this environment: glaciologists, geomorphologists, hut wardens, mountaineers and high-mountain guides / As a continuation of this first project, 'Melt*' was a series of improvised performances by the duo of sound artists, playing back the sounds and vibrations of the glaciers as they conducted a microphonic auscultation of the crevasses, rimayes and torrents of the Oisans mountain range / The outcome of a research project that began over three years ago and is still ongoing, Melt* is based on the recording of a concert at GMEA (Albi) in early 2023, and is available as a vinyl record published by Fragment Editions

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  • Pointe du Lac : Les siphonophores des eaux froides et profondes de l'Arctique - LP (Hands in the Dark, 2023)

  • Named after a metro station located in East Paris, Pointe du Lac originated in 2014 as the brainchild of analogue gear enthusiast Julien Lheuillier, joined shortly after by multi-instrumentalist Richard Francés, followed by Quentin Rollet on saxophone a few years down the line. Les siphonophores des eaux froides et profondes de l'Arctique (“Siphonophores of the cold, deep Arctic waters”) is the project’s third studio album, the first one written as a three-piece as well as their first release on Hands in the Dark / Like the organisms the album title refers to, Pointe du Lac’s music is highly polymorphic and complex, using a subtle and distinctive blend of Electronica, Krautrock, Jazz and Kosmische as vessels for the band’s fantastic instrumental imaginary voyages. Compared to previous albums and EPs -which tended to suggest cosmic odysseys- this new cinematic outing is diving deep and intends to shed light on fascinating, mysterious and diverse creatures and their habitats. Supported by (paradoxically) warm and impeccable sonic forms, the exploration turns out to be an unsurprisingly expansive one, yet accessible and oddly familiar sounding. There is a sense of assurance and serenity in the French trio’s latest offering, the musicians mastery and open-ended approach to free ambient music lets their ideas flow and never stagnate. The narrative of this expedition is one that will be remembered long after the listening finishes

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  • Martin Glass : Magic Mountain - LP (Glossy Mistakes, 2023)

  • Magic Mountain is the third full-length album from the itinerant American businessman, composer, and producer Martin Glass. Inspired by German electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese, Vangelis, early Warp Records releases, The Orb and The Future Sound of London, the album is a Fellinian memory maze of new age wellness culture, mid-20th century Hollywood glitz, exhaustion, dreams, fantasy, desire and listless ennui. The less sense it makes, the more we can't stop listening to it / Drawing from the impressionistic recollections of an unreliable narrator with an ever-loosening relationship with time and space, Magic Mountain tells the story of Martin’s feverish stay in a celebrity health resort in the hills beyond Hollywood. Over the course of thirteen evocatively titled tracks, the album unfolds like a half-remembered dream of a place somehow lost and imagined but not beyond our reach. Expressed through sweeping, retrofuturistic synthesisers, haunted old-time melodies, grainy samples and the occasional gently lulling rhythm, it plugs directly into emotion and pleasure, calling the listener to fall into the fantasy / When he released his first album, 2017’s The Pacific Visions of Martin Glass, Martin was in exile in Taiwan, working on a big deal that never quite closed. There, he fell under the spell of 80s Japanese city-pop and Kanky? Ongaku (environmental music) and drank deeply from their wellsprings before summoning up his own fourth-world fever dream for the digital era. Two years later, his second album, 21 Commissions for Business, found him dividing his time between California’s Esalen Institute and Forest Gate in East London while crafting miniature sonic business IDs, customer-hold music and bespoke office atmosphere pieces for a glorious but fading future. With the release of Magic Mountain, Glossy Mistakes is very pleased to present the latest captivating chapter in Martin’s surrealist story in a limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs and digital formats

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  • Stevia, Susumu Yokota : Greenpeace - 2x12" (Glossy Mistakes, 2022)

  • In 1997 and 1998, the late great Japanese composer, producer, and DJ Susumu Yokota released two of the most eclectic albums of his decades-long career, Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace. Recorded under his Stevia alias for Tokyo Techno pioneer DJ Miku’s Newstage Records/NS-COM, they were Yokota-san’s homage to the foundational days of club music in Japan. This year, Glossy Mistakes are proud to present the first official vinyl editions of Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace, originally released on CD during the golden days of the format. Packaged in reimagined cover artwork created by the celebrated Japanese visual artist Masaho Anotani, these two albums perfectly capture the diversity at the heart of Yokota-san’s oeuvre. Across Greenpeace sees Yokota-san conjuring up a heady concoction of dusty loops, sampledelic breaks, kraut-rock and psychedelic downbeat. A remarkable listening experience based on the inspired era of a genius / When Yokota-san wrote and produced the music on Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace in 1997, he was reflecting on the broader culture that surrounded dance music in Japan in the early to mid-nineties. It was an era when the psychedelic culture of late sixties America, the afterglow of UK acid house/rave, the new age movement and cyberpunk dovetailed together. Within DJ Miku and Yokota-san’s social circles, the thinking of Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs electrified the air / By 1996, the moment, brilliant and blinding as it was, was over. “We all felt that the rave scene fizzled out,” DJ Miku says. As he puts it, there was a collective feeling around him that it had all become too much. From the calm that followed, DJ Miku, Yokota-san and their open-eared peers made the decision to switch tracks and start from scratch. DJ Miku believes that with his Stevia releases, Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace, Yokota-san wanted to express the sweet and sour nature of the passing of those wild early days and his wish for true peace. “At the time, we saw eye-to-eye, with an implicit understanding of each other,” he explains. “Even now, twenty-five years later, I am confident it was like that.”

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  • Finis Africae : El Pulso De La Madera - 2xLP (Glossy Mistakes, 2023)

  • Compilation, previously unreleased work from Finis Africae together with the reissue of their first album "Prima Travesía". A deep trip of the roots of organic ambient with the seminal Spanish band. "Pulso de la Madera" comes as the definitive official reissue of the first album by the legendary band, along with previously unreleased remastered material, on a double LP with extensive liner notes and previously unseen pictures of the band. Essential to revisit the work of a band that inspired fourth world and organic ambient as we know it today; these tunes sound immersive and still contemporary / On their short but influential career, Finis Africae proposed an informal and decentralized model of creativity that was decades ahead of current practices linked to technological advances; they explored unknown worlds and imagined landscapes of the “fourth world” apart from their present; they neither affirmed nor denied any of the labels they were to assign to them (“New Age”, “ethnic music”, “world music”, etc.); they recreated, used, and nourished foreign cultures without fear / And most importantly - they shaped a sound “finis”. Your own space. Where there were no rules. A dimension in which the collective was submerged in long sessions of improvisation; where they could be goblins and magical entities; a place where they could imagine scales and structures unreal; where they could play any instrument in the known world; where they could tour the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East in a blink of an eye; where they could be themselves without caring about anything that happened outside. The unreleased tracks come as a careful selection of a deep-dive over hundred tracks and demos, compiled by Urba and Glossy Mario. The license comes from Juan Alberto Arteche's family

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  • Inheritance : Frames // Saturate - LP (Weltschmerzen, 2023)

  • Somebody somewhere once said that music doesn't mean anything; it is meaningful. The Czecho-slovakian instrumental trio, Inheritance, invites you to rediscover their sonic journey with the reissue of their previous EPs, "Frames" (2014) and "Saturate" (2016), now elegantly entwined into a single captivating package released for the first time on vinyl, on Weltschmerzen. Comprising of the trio Jakub Volovar (guitar), Alex Strapkova (piano), and Peter Kusnirik (drums), Inheritance was active in the mid 2010s in Brno, later unfortunately disbanding due to own personal pursuits / Frames // Saturate embodies the melancholic and melodic tension characteristic of contemporary post-rock, complemented by the whimsy of piano-led instrumentals with a tint of indie-playfulness and a very slight yet powerful grain of sludge heaviness that can be traced back to Volovar's and Kusnirik's earlier post-metal project, Dawn to Come. "Frames // Saturate" is first and foremost a compact sonic voyage. Volovar's evocative yet precise guitar work builds complex yet airy scaffolding, while Strapkova’s piano melodies create a tapestry of moods around it. Both EPs showcase Strapkova’s piano prowess, transforming each composition into a living organism. Kusnirik's drumming then acts as the steady pulse, guiding you through. These songs encapsulate the kind of mutualism and appreciation for (musical) interdependence that you can only develop throughout the years of practice and playing live / You can hear how much fun it was for the band to play these songs, and that sense of joy translates directly into your own listening experience. It's the kind of music that makes you pick up an air guitar, (piano, or drums) - and sometimes everything all at once. It is music serious and poetic, yet fun and moving and complex at the same time

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  • Sam Dunscombe : Two Forests / Oceanic - LP (Black Truffle, 2023)

  • Following on from the psychoacoustic concrète of Outside Ludlow / Desert Disco LP (BT075), Sam Dunscombe returns to Black Truffle with Two Forests / Oceanic. Dunscombe has been active in recent years on multiple fronts, including as a key member of the Berlin community of Just Intonation researchers and practitioners; working with composers like Taku Sugimoto, Mary Jane Leach, and Anthony Pateras; and the release of Horatiu Radulescu - Plasmatic Music vol. 1 (the result of many years performance research into the thought and music of this seminal Romanian spectralist). In parallel with these activities, Dunscombe has been deeply involved in research on the role of music in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, prompting these two side long pieces, composed using field recordings and digital synthesis / As Dunscombe explains in the accompanying liner notes, music plays a key role in psychedelic-assisted therapy, yet it is often restricted to stock forms of New Age, ambient and electronica. Taking seriously the potential for spatio-environmental sonic experiences to add to the therapeutic process, these two pieces are intended to suggest how ‘a music-as-environment approach may help to add options to the therapist’s toolbox’

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  • Soema Montenegro : Circulo Radiante - LP (Mais Um Discos, 2023)

  • Argentine folk/experimental artist Soema Montenegro describes album Círculo Radiante, as an “embrace of territory”; an encompassing sonic ode to Latin American sounds, landscapes, and people, which is released on October 19th 2023 by Mais Um / Montenegro was born in the outskirts of Buenos Aires in 1979, growing up between the countryside and the jungles, sparking a lifelong fascination between the connection of music and place. Known as the “shaman-poet”, she channels her voice into chant-like sounds that bestow respect to nature, echoing the traditions of ancestral communities. A budding musicologist who researches the use of song and vocal gestures in Latin America, she has achieved world-wide critical acclaim with her own unique style. She has toured global stages and was the subject of a 2010 documentary by renowned French filmmaker Vincent Moon / Her fifth full-length album, Circulo Radiante is a remarkable evolution of Montenegro’s work, coupling the modernity of electro-instrumentalisation with her own raw, ancestral approach to composition. Working alongside producer Leo Martinelli (Tremor), an artist who has ingeniously connected Latin American folk and modern electronica, Círculo Radiante reveals a new chapter to Montenegro’s writing capabilities and vocal mastery, yet never betrays her innate connection to land, place, and people

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  • Don Leisure, Amanda Whiting : Beyond the Midnight Sun - LP (First Word, 2023)

  • 'Beyond The Midnight Sun' expands upon ground first explored on Don Leisure's track 'All Praises Due', which also featured Amanda (with Angel Bat Dawid), and featured on his previous album 'Shaboo Strikes Back'. This is a full-length project that these two formidable Welsh artists have collaborated on together. To bring you up to speed, Cardiff DJ and beat-maker Don Leisure has been twice nominated for the Welsh Music Prize, with the afore-mentioned album 'Shaboo Strikes Back', and a previous project, 'Steel Zakusi'. As well as being 50% of Darkhouse Family with Earl Jeffers, he's released music under various monikers on labels such as Metalheadz, International Anthem, Fat City, Earnest Endeavours, Group BraCil and on Rough Trade with another regular collaborator, Gruff Rhys. Other collabs have included Charlotte Church, Om'Mas Keith, DJ Spinna and First Word label-mate Tyler Daley (Children of Zeus) / His DJ portfolio includes sets for BBC 6 Music, NTS, Rinse FM, Solid Steel, Boxout FM (India), The Jazz Cafe, Fabric and Boiler Room, while previous support has come from Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Huw Stephens, Lefto, Rob Da Bank, Huey Morgan, Jon1st, Om Unit, Kid Fonque, Mr Thing and many more. His album 'Shaboo' was named "the best album of its kind since J Dilla's 'Donuts'" by Piccadilly Records / Joining him throughout this project, we have the pleasure of welcoming the phenomenal talents of highly-acclaimed harpist Amanda Whiting to the First Word label. A virtuoso in her field, this classically trained musician quickly established herself as an essential player in the UK jazz scene, carving her unique sound following the paths forged by Ashby and Coltrane. She's toured extensively with her own band, as well as with Matthew Halsall, Chip Wickham, DJ Yoda and Rebecca Vasmant, whilst previously releasing three solo albums on Jazzman Records, and a remix project for Scrimshire's Albert's Favourites imprint. Along the way, there's been a nomination for 'Instrumentalist of the Year' from Jazz FM and she's garnered the support of DJs such as Radio 2's Jamie Cullum ("highly recommended") and 6 Music's Cerys Matthews ("my highlight of the Cheltenham Jazz festival 2023")

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  • Rhys Chatham, Martin Bouch, Gregory Reeve, Phill Niblock : Boston III / Tenor / Index - LP (Alga Marghen, 2023)

  • Alga Marghen returns with what might just be their most historically significant release to date, “Boston Tenor Index”, comprising three, never before released compositions - “Index”, from 1969; and “Tenor” and “Boston III”, both from 1972 - by Phill Niblock, that represent some the earliest works in his catalogue to have ever appeared. Truly stunning in audio terms, and an absolute revelation toward understanding how Niblock arrived where he did a few short years down the road, it’s easily one of the best things we’ve heard all year / Over the course of nearly three decades of activity, the Italian imprint, Alga Marghen, has continuously cast light into the shadows of historical sound practice, offering particular focus to underappreciated artefacts at the juncture of visual art, sound-art, experimental music, and sound-poetry. With each subsequent release, the label has helped to reform our understanding of the 20th century, and the voices that made it what it was / Over the years, they’ve brought forth an unprecedented range of early and archival material by seminal composers like Charlemagne Palestine, Walter Marchetti, Philip Corner, Henri Chopin, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Max Neuhaus, Eliane Radigue, and numerous others. While surprising to think, until now they have yet to touch upon the towering legacy of Phill Niblock. Their latest LP, “Boston Tenor Index”, takes a deep dive into some of the earliest work ever released by the American composer, comprising never before released works three works in his catalogue, “Index”, from 1969; and “Tenor” and “Boston III”, both from 1972. Creatively striking, while casting crucial light on Niblock’s beginnings as a composer, it’s a truly remarkable body of sound and easily among the most important archival releases that we’ve encountered so far this

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  • Aldo Clementi : Collage - LP (Alga Marghen, 2023)

  • Alga Marghen proudly presents the previously unreleased “Collage 2” and “Collage 3 (Dies irae)” for magnetic tape, both realised at the Studio di Fonologia Musicale RAI in Milan with the technical collaboration of Marino Zuccheri. These pieces are precious testimonials to Aldo Clementi’s intense and ongoing interest in electronic music in the 1960s. “Collage”, presents some of the most extreme musics ever issued by the label, at the same level as Robert Ashley's “Wolfman”, Max Neuhaus' “Fontana-Mix Feed” or Philip Corner's “Oracle”. Representing an entirely singular sound and approach to tape music that was unique to Clementi alone, once again Alga Marghen has cracked it wide open and rewritten our understanding of the history of sound

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  • Evan Parker : Collective Calls (Urban) (Two Microphones) - LP (Otoroku, 2023)

  • LP reissue of Collective Calls, the first duo LP from Evan Parker and percussionist Paul Lytton. Mythically alluded to as ‘An Improvised Urban Psychodrama In Eight Parts”, Collective Calls utilises electronics, pre-records and homemade instruments to wryly in/act self investigation. Having just recorded the cliff jumping Music Improvisation Company with Derek Bailey, Christine Jeffrey, Hugh Davies and Jamie Muir, Parker was at the point where [he] was thinking, ‘what’s the next thing?’ On Collective Calls, only the 5th release to appear on the newly minted Incus label, percussionist Paul Lytton arrives with an arsenal of sound making sources to push Parker into ever new territory / Recorded in the loft of The Standard Essenco Co on Southwark Street by Bob Woolford (Topography of the Lungs, AMM The Crypt), Collective Calls has more in common with noise or music concrete than with jazz; sitting comfortably alongside Italian messrs Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza or the husband-wife duo of Anima Sound. According to Martin Davidson, it was a Folkways record called Sounds of the Junkyard that Lytton was obsessed with around the time of this release - its track titles like “Steel Saw Cutting Channel Iron in Two Places” working to give you a good idea of the atmosphere of Collective Calls

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  • Evan Parker, George Lewis : From Saxophone & Trombone - LP (Otoroku, 2023)

  • First vinyl re-issue of Evan Parker’s duo with George Lewis. Transferred from the original masters, we discovered that the original Incus LP was cut at the wrong speed - and so, we present the first vinyl issue of the correct masters, or ‘mastas’ as Adam Skeaping, legendary engineer who is also responsible for Six of One and Compatibles, fondly calls them / Skeaping, always working with the latest in recording technology for the time, has a knack for gaining access to remarkable spaces. Good spaces that were cheap because no one else had discovered them. The Art Workers Guild is a Georgian Hall in Bloomsbury, London, with lofty ceilings and hard wooden floors. It’s the perfect room to exercise an instrument to its full length, to ‘run the full length of the staircase’ in Parker's words. Two bells to ring off the floor and remain in dextrous, airy resonance. Recorded at 30ips on enormous reels, the recording captures all the fine filigree detail so celebrated on Parker’s later ‘Six of One’, though here we are treated to tenor as well as soprano, plus, of course, George Lewis’ trombone / Parker and Lewis first met at Moers festival, Lewis having just played excerpts of Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ with Anthony Braxton. Living in Paris, it wasn’t so hard for a young Parker to invite him for a session on his new imprint, Incus. Though having been part of the AACM, toured with Count Basie and made records for Black Saint, this would be Lewis’ first foray into British improv, excited by the idea the Bailey and Parker were attempting to open up the notion of improvisation to include “the freshness of the immediate encounter”

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  • Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink : The Topography of the Lungs - LP (Otoroku, 2023)

  • 2023 repress of the OTOROKU re-issue of the legendary English free improvisation LP 'The Topography of The Lungs' by Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink. This was Evan Parker’s first recording as a "leader" and was the first release on Incus, the label Parker founded with guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Tony Oxley / This re-issue has been produced from an original vinyl pressing from Evan's archives - carefully transcribed and restored by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx in Berlin and features the original liner notes from Parker along with updated notes penned in 2014 / "To talk further of the music we play is difficult. It’s criteria for success exist, but are elusive and indefinable beyond the intuitive level. We operate without rules (pre-composed material) or well-defined code of behaviour (fixed tempi, tonalities, serial structures etc.), and yet are able to distinguish success from failure." - From Evan Parker’s original liner notes (1970)

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  • Musique Infinie : I - LP (-ous, 2023)

  • Musique Infinie, the new duo consisting of Noémi Büchi and Feldermelder, is rooted in a shared desire to intertwine two composing veins, and to merge them into a new, massive core. While Büchi combined her background in classical and electro-acoustic music with a bold approach to composition on her highly acclaimed debut album 'Matter' (-OUS, 2022), multi-disciplinary musician and artist Feldermelder has been expanding his artistic practice into unexplored realms for over 20 years. Mutually, they've challenged themselves to fully engage on an artistic exploration aimed at making use of the elementary forces that unfold between them / Their debut album, simply titled 'I', is a musical hybridization. The compositions make use of simple motives that are radically transformed by expanding them into intricate structures and fantastic layerings. The overcoming of genres with eclectic elements from classical music, jazz, film music and traditional music, combined with the vocabulary of experimental electronic music, complete the vertical plunge into this thickness. The emerging pieces lead into a paradoxical world, both disturbing and euphoric. Pieces that don't give in to calculations and expectations, but progress through ruptures and repetitions. The richness of the compositions and their analog, acoustic and orchestral character reflect the density of the world with its violence, its decadence, its fragility, but also its power, its ingenuity and its beauty / Composer and sound artist Noémi Büchi creates electronic, symphonic maximalism. Her music is defined by a delicate synthesis of textural rhythms and electroacoustic-orchestral abstraction. She explores the potential of consonance and dissonance, contrasts rhythmic physicality with disruption and playfully emphasizes irregularities, creating an expansive listening experience marked by detail and elevation. Feldermelder is a polymathic creative whose artistry spans composition, sound design, installation and code. He is co-founder of -OUS Records and an active member of Encor.studio, a collective specialising in creating immersive audio-visual installations. Through his work, he explores the idea of secrecy and its impact on our lives, using music and sound to create a thought-provoking and immersive experience for his audience

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  • Etron Fou Le Loublan : Les Trois Fou's Perdégagnent (Au Pays Des...) - LP (Replica, 2014)

  • Second album by Etron Fou Leloublan, the mythic avant-rock / rock-in-opposition incredible trio, that happily destroys all rock structures and performs a delirious music, full of humour and rhythm. Etron Fou Leloublan had definitely moved up a notch with this release and things would actually get even better with the next release! Still, this album, originally published in 1979 is quite a juicy steak that will take quite some time to devour with the end results exceeding beyong the initial anticipations

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  • Etron Fou Le Loublan : Les Poumons Gonflés - LP (Replica, 2023)

  • Etron Fou Leloublan is a mythic Seventies underground French band created by Chris Chanet (Aka Eulalie Ruynat, saxophone and vocals), Guigou Chenevier (Drums) and Ferdinand Richard (Bass & guitar). This leader of the French underground shows his sense of humour and derision on a deliciously weird music. This incredible trio happily destroys all rock structures and performs a delirious music, full of humour, of rhythm, close to Captain Beefheart's, Albert Marcoeur and ZNR. This unique music can only be described like the weirdest meeting of Bourvil and Captain Beefheart... It's then not surprising that Etron Fou Leloublan became the French representative in Chris Cutler’s Rock in Opposition movement ! "Batelages" was originally issued in November 1976, and "Les Trois Fou's Perdégagnent - Au Pays Des..." the year after. Francis Grand (Saxophone) replaces Chris Chanet at this occasion. "Les Poumons Gonflés" dates back from 1982, and was produced by Fred Frith (Henry Cow)

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  • Julian Sartorius, Ensemble This | Ensemble That : RLLRLRLLRRLRLRLRLLRLRLR - LP (-ous, 2023)

  • With ‘RLLRLRLLRRLRLRLRLLRLRLR’, Swiss drummer and sound artist Julian Sartorius presents his third album in three years. Together with ‘Ensemble This | Ensemble That’ Sartorius has created a mesmerizing 39-minute percussion album that conclusively expands his artistic output. For the first time, an ensemble plays an idea conceived by Sartorius, while he assumes the role of an interactive conductor, manipulating the sounds made / Sartorius is known for his fluid and versatile solo performances in which he continually modulates the sound of his instruments, adding objects and progressively unfolding his sound world. The idea of expanding this practice was already gestating when ‘Ensemble This | Ensemble That’ invited him for a collaboration. Together with the drummers and percussionists Brian Archinal, Victor Barceló, Miguel Angel Garcia Martin and Bastian Pfefferli the concept was further explored, elaborated upon in detail, and finally realized / ‘RLLRLRLLRRLRLRLRLLRLRLR’ is both title and score for the ensemble’s four percussionists. The pattern, consisting of 23 individual beats, is played continuously by the ensemble while Sartorius gradually makes alterations to the instruments played. The result is a piece that has a sustained rhythmic flow yet is perpetually changing. Sartorius’ interventions and the precise musicality of the ensemble allows the listener to discover an expansive array of moods and intensities

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  • Biosphere : Inland Delta - 2xLP (Biophon, 2023)

  • Norwegian ambient mainstay Biosphere returns once again for another breathtaking release of environmental ambience entitled Inland Delta. Built up from some improvisational sessions on a suite of vintage synths and keys recorded between 2022 and 2023, Biosphere loops and reconfigures these patches (as is his signature style) into aching and expansive movements. With this slightly more musical approach comes track titles and a thematic tie-in that skews away from abstraction in favour of cohesion, especially on tunes like the opening ‘Surface Tension’ and ‘Random Walk’

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  • Various Artists : Cire Noire - LP (Sähkö Recordings, 2023)

  • CIRE NOIR is a compilation of contemporary electronic sounds by parallel thinking agents from Europe and US

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  • Biosphere : Inland Delta - CD (Biophon, 2023)

  • Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His 1997 album Substrata was voted by the users of the Hyperreal website in 2001 as the best all-time classic ambient album. Inland Delta contains nine new musical pieces recorded from 2022 to 2023, featuring mainly improvised performances on newly restored vintage keyboards

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  • Adela Mede : Ne Lepj a Viragra - LP (Warm Winters Ltd., 2023)

  • A year and a half has passed since Slovak-Hungarian artist Adela Mede self-released her debut album ‘Szabadsag’. Its liner notes described it as “a navigation”, a search through “the personal, familial, cultural, folkloric and geographic of her past and present.” Her second album, ‘Ne Lépj a Viragra’ no longer searches; here, she puts down roots and delves deeper into the earthy reality of her home, Central Europe. Mede sings in three languages with newfound conviction and grace – this is an album of profound faith and confidence in the potential of this fertile soil / Composed and recorded during the last 18 months in Bratislava, Slovakia – a city where three countries meet, where the East and the West collide – 'Ne Lépj a Virarga' translates to “don't step on the flower”. Its themes – budding potential, recognizing the beauty in the ordinary, solidarity, turning despair into hope – emerged through Mede's wholehearted involvement with her community, teaching singing to both children and adults, and various grassroots volunteering initiatives. It features collaborations with local artists, Mede's singing students, as well as fellow Eastern European contemporary artists Martyna Basta and Wojciech Rusin / Adela Mede embellishes carefully crafted songs with minimalist and folklore influences, but also embraces more experimental approaches. The result is a collection of quite varied yet consistent pieces which highlight Mede's proficiency as a singer, arranger, producer and improviser. It is a grounded, confident next step for the Bratislava-based artist. Whether her vocals are naked, heavily processed, warped and reversed, or looped and layered; whether the production is sparse and minimalist or overwhelming and swampy; none of that changes the fact that the gentle tentativeness of her debut is gone. This is “Central European music”, at its most striking and meaningful: patient, determined, embracing both complexity and possibility

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  • Makoto Nomura : Memusica - CD (MSCTY_EDN, 2023)

  • This album bares the fruits of Japanese composer Makoto Nomura's visit to a research retreat at Tokyo University's Institute of Industrial Science: Memu Earth Lab, during december 2020. Together with Nick Luscombe and James Greer from MSCTY, the group explored the sonic landscape of Memu, through field recording and improvised musical events at numerous locations / Upon returning to his home studio, Makoto then wrote and recorded a series of piano pieces, inspired by his memories of Memu. Makoto Nomura, born Nagoya 1968, is one of Japan's most active composers. His work has segued from music to visual art and performng art, seemlessly diversifyong between concert music, exhibtion work, field recording, theatre music and historically important research. The CD is strictly limited edition of 300 copies Worldwide, and is MSCTY_EDN's third in a series of collectables

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  • Matthew Philip Hopkins : Coupla Triples - LP (Holidays, 2023)

  • Coupla Triples is a collection of two recordings made by MP Hopkins in 2014. The first piece, Spins, Groans, Tones, was previously self-released as part of a CDR/chapbook edition, while the second piece Waves, Feedback, Thoughts, has remained unreleased until now. Both pieces were created using a simple compositional method, in which random word prompts were selected from a list of sounds and ‘interpreted’ in an immediate manner with only basic recording equipment - a microphone, a tape loop, a voice recorder and an amp. Three sounds, twice. Arranged carelessly but carefully. A coupla triples, nothing fancy / Recorded and mixed on the land of the Gadigal people, Sydney, 2014. MP Hopkins is a sound artist and musician working on Wangal land in Sydney, Australia. He uses voice, feedback, recording/playback devices, and text scores within different acoustic environments, which are deconstructed and presented to the listener in delicate and degraded ways

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  • Jackie O Motherfucker : Smiles - 2xLP (Castel Sotterra, 2023)

  • Double LP version of "Smiles" pressed on black vinyl. Includes 8-page booklet printed on yellow Fedrigoni Sirio paper. Recorded live on April 28, 2014 at Outside Inside Studio, Montebelluna. Alan Zignoto: bass. Dave Easlick: drums. Tom Greenwood: guitar, vocals. Jeffrey Alexander: synth, chalumeau. Michael Whittaker: saxophone, flute, trombone. Dave Siebert: violin, lap steel. Mixed and mastered by Matt Bordin. Photos by Lorenzo Ferraro

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  • Matt Bordin : Same - LP (Castel Sotterra, 2023)

  • Includes four pictures by Matta Rosso printed on Favini Crush Mais paper. Recorded on September 6, 2021 at Outside Inside Studio, Volpago del Montello. Giovanni Di Domenico: electric & acoustic piano, electronics, percussion. Riccardo Marogna: tenor saxophone, clarinet, live electronics, percussion. Matt Bordin: tape loops, synth, electronics, lap steel guitar, soprano sax, percussions. Mixed and mastered by Matt Bordin. Pictures by Marta Ross

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  • Henning Christiansen : Mediterranean Music Water - LP (Holidays, 2023)

  • Screen-printed sleeve, 16 page booklet. “Mediterranean Music Water (Mare nostrum in moedium terrae) op. 203”, a never before issued tape composition, belongs to a body of work embarked upon during the 1980s and 90s connected to Sicily, the other most notable and available being “Op. 201 L’Essere Umano Errabando, La Voca Errabando”, issued by The Henning Christiansen Archive in 2020. These works were an extension of Ursula and Henning Christiansen’s meeting and befriending the Sicily based couple Carlo Quartucci and Carla Tatò, with whom they regularly visited and collaborated / Like its predecessor, the aforementioned Op. 201, “Mediterranean Music Water op. 203” is a conceptualization of abstract theatricality at the connection of place and its relationship to the sea. Performed by Ursula Reuter Christiansen and Henning Christiansen and recorded at a small performing arts theatre in Erice, Sicily – Teatro Gebel Hamed – during December of 1991, the abstract for this work reads: “In the morning (after the storm), on the beach. The sea has thrown some things on the beach. Blue light – some mist? On the ground. Ursula’s slides on the wall. Henning is rolling from the background of the stage slowly, very slowly, towards, in a fish net. I come in looking for the things the sea has left and discover him. I roll him out of the net, he’s nearly dead, and try to get life in him. Light in the background in rainbow colours. Ursula wears a partlett dress, as a siren.” / These images lay a foundation and context for the sounds that emerge over the album’s two sides, a fascinating conjunction between the power of water and the human spirit. Through the processing of heavy delay and reverb, we encounter the howling utterances of violin tones, vocalizations, and countless unplayable instrumental and non-instrumental sound sources, gathering in a vast and sprawling serious of sonorous expanses that seem to echo the power, movements, and myths tied to the Mediterranean

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  • Henning Christiansen : Schafe Statt Geigen / "Verena" Vogelzymphon - LP (Holidays, 2023)

  • Repress including 20 page photographic book. Henning Christiansen was an incongruous mirror for the paradoxes of 20th century creative practice. He gave his context what it demanded - visionary and singular work, but was so radical that almost no one knew what to do with him, forcing him into the position of an outsider. Of all the composers working within the cradle of Fluxus, his work falls among the closest to its primary intent, destroying hierarchy, orthodoxy, and categorization - dissembling long cemented ideas about what music was understood to be - a truth, crystallized through the purity of ideas, which threads its way across the two releases in our hands / Schafe statt Geigen (Sheep instead of Violins) and “Verena” Vogelzymphon (Bird Symphony) were composed in 1988 and 1990, first appearing as a tiny CD gallery edition issued by Bernd Klüser. Both works, each occupying a single of this LP edition, extend from one of Christiansen’s long standing conceptual strategies - deploying recordings of animals as stand-ins for musical instruments, cows (with dogs) and birds respectively. While each work allows these source to take the natural lead, at times masquerading as field recordings, both feature subtle tonal and electronic interventions by the composer, creating strange and brilliant compositions which shift the terms and subjects of music as they were long understood / Brilliant and beautiful challenges to the ear and mind, laying out of reach for decades, this stunning LP, issued in a limited edition of 500 copies, comes with a 20-page photographic booklet. Essential for any fan of avant-garde practice, artist music, and experimental sound. Accompanied by a twenty page booklet featuring drawings and texts by Henning Christiansen, as well as pictures by René Block. Translation from German by Michael Muennich. The sound installation Schafe statt Geigen is owned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark. "Verena" Vogelzymphon op. 194 (1990) is dedicated to Verena and Bernd Klüser on the occasion of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Text by Robert Musil: Nachlass zu Lebzeiten (Posthumous Papers of a Living Author, 1936).  Lacquer cut at SST, Frankfurt am Main. Cover artwork by Henning Christiansen, 1985

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  • Jarett Kobek : Equinox of the Gods: The Kenneth Anger Files (selected & assembled by Jarett Kobek) - MC+Book (Purge, 2023)

  • Handnumbered + handmade in an edition of 66 copies only; bound papers 466pp+ w/audio cassette tape. How biographies could be collected and transmitted: Equinox... is a tribute; a binder-curio covering Kenneth Anger’s life and work, decade by decade, through newspaper + magazine clippings, interview extracts, legal documents, and other ecstatic truths and profound undoings. The narrative is in your hands. (Also includes audio cassette tape of two hours duration)

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  • Alva Noto : HYbr:ID II - 2xLP (Noton, 2023)

  • HYbr:ID Vol. 2 is the second installment of Alva Noto’sHYbr:IDseries initiated in 2021. The new album captures the music commissioned to score RichardSiegal's Ectopia performed in 2021 by Tanztheater Pina Bausch with Shooting into the Corner (2008-09) by Anish Kapoor. Building upon the captivating blend of immersive dub and electronica from the first installment, HYbr:ID Vol. 2 takes the listener on a journey into the realm of intricately manipulated digital production. These ten compositions delve into infinity, drawing inspiration from resonance and elasticity, concepts rooted in Minkowski's four-dimensional spacetime model / Throughout the album, Carsten Nicolai summons precise rhythmic patterns that gracefully hover, reminiscent of celestial bodies orbiting in perfect cosmic unison. The sonic landscape gradually unfolds with somber and brooding tones, incorporating spacious sound design, ethereal atmospheres, and cascading metallic percussions. These elements are delicately crafted with artistic finesse, set against a backdrop of expansive dub textures. At times, the music takes unforeseen turns, as melancholic chords skitter and meander through a digital haze, evoking an atmosphere of introspection and emotion. The ten compositions are accompanied by graphic notations informed by the album’s sonic and acoustic codes

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  • Sven Torstenson : Drugs - LP (Sonoton, Be With, 2023)

  • Sven Torstenson's notorious Drugs is a loopdigga's fever dream, bursting with breaks for days and featuring possibly the most iconic cover of all library music's cult classics. First released in 1980, it's now a hyper-rare and seriously sought-after electronic album full of experimental soundscapes and samples just waiting to be flipped. It's both terrifying and terrifyingly good. So much so, it's been brilliantly sampled by Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper / The sleeve describes Drugs as containing "the newest dimensions of electronic sounds. Dramatic underscores for all problems of today's life and society, at the border between reality and delusion." That's pretty spot-on. The fast moving "Euphoria" is an incredible, unignorable opener. It's loaded with disorientating effects and really needs to be heard to be believed. It's followed by the gorgeous "Soft Hallucinations", containing quiet, meditative and beautiful sounds - as the title suggests. One listen and you'll want to live in the warm embrace of this beatless, harmonic gem. Sinister squelchy synth stabs don't distract from the sheer beauty of the track's main (gentle) thrust. They only serve to elevate its trippy magic

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  • Blue Lake : Sun Arcs - LP (Tonal Union, 2023)

  • Black vinyl repress. Beyond a select few, I’d imagine that Blue Lake's Stikling album from last year was for most listeners the first introduction to Jason Dungan's skillfully poised and emotionally redolent music. The audience has certainly expanded since then, including a surprise nomination for album of the year at the Danish Music Awards. On Sun Arcs, album number four for Dungan under the Blue Lake moniker, his ambition has notably increased too. The homemade 48 string zither prevalent on Stikling is present here also, but it's by no means the centrepoint, intersecting now with more ornate arrangements which make greater use of guitars, clarinets and drum machines / Comparisons to Michael O'Shea do still feel relevant in parts, though the tone is notably more idyllic and blissful, as if directly influenced by the good vibrations sent his way by the reception to Stikling. Like with the last LP, Sun Arcs was recorded in the rural Swedish town of Andersabo, which if this music is anything to judge by, must be bordering on utopic. Did Dungan find The Garden!? It's impossible to ignore the good natured quality of this music - like with, say, Steve Gunn - the inherent graciousness uninhibited and radiant. Dungan is enjoying himself and the opportunity to do so, and it's hard to read Sun Arcs as anything else other than an invitation for you to do so, too. Finally, some good news

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  • Akusmi : Lines - LP (Tonal Union, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl, printed in heavy-weight reverse board sleeve, and shipping in outer PVC protective sleeve with hand-numbered edition sticker. London based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Akusmi announces ‘Lines’, an exhilarating new collection of works born from the desire to take where the acclaimed debut album ‘Fleeting Future’ left off — in search of a new forms / Formed with a sense of urgency and a reductive approach ‘Lines’ is almost entirely comprised of alto saxophone, clarinet and piano with embellishments of ambience and minimal percussive elements. Recorded in full at his home studio in London / “I wanted to go a bit more a bit more horizontal and ambient, work with layers of lines, might they be dotted or straight, and leave them to unfold and see where they would take me.”

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  • Valentina Magaletti : La Tempesta Colorata - LP (A Colourful Storm, 2023)

  • "La Tempesta Colorata" was recorded at Cafe Oto in October 2021. With a full drum set, a handful of additional small instruments and a delay pedal, Valentina Magaletti somehow captures a full spectrum of sound, employing only minor additional elements to flesh out her sound. From the dewdrop swagger of the opening minutes, through rolling tom-led seismic activity - complete with customary screams - and into echoing industrial dub-improv experimentation, she's able to assemble her rhythms with metronomic accuracy, but with enough space in the gaps to enhance inherent human qualities - a far cry from fully electronic studio productions / It’s a spellbinding display of polymetric complexities where no two seconds repeat themselves, persistently pulling patterns apart and restitching them in diffractive slow-fast-slow temporalities that arc from showers of cascading hi-hats, to pugilistic breaks, to an unexpected trough of Twin Peaks-y drones around the mid-section, only to climb out of it via icicles of melodic chimes and into more humid areas of her imagination, ultimately shoring up in pitch black zones

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  • Alva Noto : HYbr:ID II - CD (Noton, 2023)

  • HYbr:ID Vol. 2 is the second installment of Alva Noto’sHYbr:IDseries initiated in 2021. The new album captures the music commissioned to score RichardSiegal's Ectopia performed in 2021 by Tanztheater Pina Bausch with Shooting into the Corner (2008-09) by Anish Kapoor. Building upon the captivating blend of immersive dub and electronica from the first installment, HYbr:ID Vol. 2 takes the listener on a journey into the realm of intricately manipulated digital production. These ten compositions delve into infinity, drawing inspiration from resonance and elasticity, concepts rooted in Minkowski's four-dimensional spacetime model / Throughout the album, Carsten Nicolai summons precise rhythmic patterns that gracefully hover, reminiscent of celestial bodies orbiting in perfect cosmic unison. The sonic landscape gradually unfolds with somber and brooding tones, incorporating spacious sound design, ethereal atmospheres, and cascading metallic percussions. These elements are delicately crafted with artistic finesse, set against a backdrop of expansive dub textures. At times, the music takes unforeseen turns, as melancholic chords skitter and meander through a digital haze, evoking an atmosphere of introspection and emotion. The ten compositions are accompanied by graphic notations informed by the album’s sonic and acoustic codes

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  • Etnobotanika : Lesne Duchy - 2xLP (The Very Polish Cut-Outs, Superkasety, 2023)

  • Approximately three years after the release of their debut album, Etnobotanika are back. Le?ne Duchy is yet another joint release from the Silesian duo, coming out on the collaborative efforts of Superkasety Records and The Very Polish Cut Outs. These are still the sounds of a dusty old cassette, however this time the digging didn't take place in the allotment gardens, but rather somewhere in the woods, within a thick layer of moss. Hauntology and nostalgia still play important roles yet they are no longer in the foreground. Certain associations with primordial magic, wild backwoods and unspeakable mysteries come to the fore / The ambience encapsulated in these tropes is the key to understanding this album. One can, of course, mention that sonically the producers are once again flirting with dubtechno, ambient and sampled collages, but all these genre clichés are only tools resulting from the individual inspirations and experiences of Alergeek and Uwdar (i.e. the two halves of Etnobotanika), and are meant to build the right mood, not to put Le?ne Duchy into the tight framework of, say, club music or trip-hop. If this album is to be pinned down to anything, it is probably library music. The 80 minutes of music spanning two vinyl records and a chunk of cassette tape make for quite a long record, Etnobotanika however make sure there is absolutely no dullness, precisely thanks to the variety of moods

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  • Jean-Michel Jarre : Les granges brûlées (bande originale du film) - LP (Transversales Disques, 2023)

  • Transversales proudly presents the first LP reissue of “Les granges brûlées”, original soundtrack written and performed by Jean-Michel Jarre shortly after his work experience at G.R.M (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) / Probably one the first ever electronic music score, recorded with very scanty means: a VCS3 synthesizer, a Farsifa organ and three synchronized Revox tape recorders. Director Jean Chapot, who understood immediately the interest in the gap between this hyper classical rural thriller and this groundbreaking music, let Jarre absolutely free to compose. Built up around several melodic leitmotifs, the score of “Les granges brûlées” allowed Jarre to pursue his personal research: to bridge the gap between experimental music and pop music. Bonus Track “Happiness Is a Sad Song” composed during Jarre's time at the G.R.M. in 1971 / “Aphex Twin told me once that the original soundtrack of “Les granges brûlées” was one of his favorite records” Jean-Michel Jarre

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  • Dasha Rush : Contemplating - LP (Raster-Noton, 2023)

  • Immerse yourself in the ethereal sonic voyage with Dasha Rush's latest electronic music masterpiece, »Contemplating«. This ambient album takes listeners on a transcendental journey through ethereal landscapes and immersive textures. The album's title perfectly encapsulates its essence. From the very first note, »Contemplating« captivates with its intricate layers of atmospheric harmonies, meticulously weaving together a tapestry of minimalistic sonic elements. As the ethereal soundscape unfolds, listeners are invited to embrace the moment of stillness in a realm where emotions and thoughts intertwine, creating a sonic experience that is both introspective and otherworldly

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  • Giovanni Di Domenico : Superlike - LP (Black Sweat, 2023)

  • Giovanni Di Domenico has now achieved a personal and unmistakable style within contemporary minimalism. His music always expresses a state of concentration, of recollection and contemplation toward a focal node. Repetition is experienced as alchemical state, as truth contained in the small nuances of change, in a crescendo that never reaches a climax. The atmosphere is intuition and is made up of a few compositional touches. To compose is to make synthesis, to unearth purity, simplicity and exactness / This new work for solo piano is almost an imaginary novel…the notes seem to tell of deserted streets, lonely walks in the night or runs down stairs. In this sense the musician is the writer of silence and the fleeting moment. And so, amid slow chords like Chopin or Satie, moods oscillate between brio and allegro, evoking the lightness of love, greater sadness and melancholy, as well as more restless and agitated ostinatos, the product of a more cathartic worldview

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  • Michael Atherton : Windshift - LP (Infinite Expanse, 2023)

  • Michael Atherton is a writer, composer and educator from Sydney, Australia. Originally born in Liverpool, England, to Welsh-Irish and German parents, his family later migrated to Australia in 1965. Moving to the suburbs in La Perouse, he grew up in a mixed, multicultural community, where he fostered friendships with existing indigenous members and Iberian migrants. His formative migrant experience and his curiosity about vernacular, as well as notated music, led him to study music formally where he was attracted to ethnomusicology. From a self-taught guitarist to an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Michael’s recorded output spans many different genres and styles – he was a member of the Renaissance Players, an early music group; Sirocco, a pioneering cross-cultural folk group; and Southern Crossings, an innovative ethno-classical ensemble / By 1990, he had moved beyond his earlier musical endeavours, and away from Australia, with ‘Windshift’ seeing him draw on resources from the Asia-Pacific and Europe. With an impressive arsenal of instruments, such as the didjeridu, hurdy gurdy, kulintang, saron and jaw harp, to name but a few, Michael adds intense colour to the recordings using samplers, synths and modulating effects. Recently remastered by fellow Australian-based musician and engineer, Mikey Young, and visually re-imagined by Glasgow-based artist, Jamie Johnson, ‘Windshift’ is now presented once again by Infinite Expanse with a first-time reissue on vinyl

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  • Bidai : Biarrezgaur - LP (Hegoa, 2023)

  • Biarrezgaur (not tomorrow, today) is a blissful and misty set of guitar tones entangled with effects and reverberation. Dreamy and reflective proto-blues-folk sketches that suggest a sense of matured serenity that only comes with years of practice. Spontaneous, gentle and free-flowing in equal parts, Biarrezgaur is a perfect autumnal recipe for those looking in the direction of Six Organs of Admittance, Loren Connors with Alan Licht, or even Robbie Basho or Albert Gimenez if you listen to the closing track Itzulera / Bidai (Trip) is the new collaborative project between two emblematic figures of the rich Basque musical heritage, Xabi Strubell & Mikel Vega. It took more than 30 years for their paths to cross, but we are very pleased they finally did in 2022. Entirely improvised with two guitars and effects, it was recorded at Bonberenea, the independent and self-funded cultural hub housed in an abandoned warehouse in Tolosa (in the valley of the river Oria) / Xabi is a writer, poet and musician from Hondarribia, a fishing village on the border with France. He started his career as a member of Dut, the seminal Post Hardcore band that any Basque kid growing in the 90’s and interested in feedback and distorted guitars will sorely remember, still a cult these days. He formed Zura in 2005, a solo mature project focusing on acoustic guitar. Mikel is an accomplished musician and all-around cultural activist from Bilbao. Has collaborated in numerous projects (Conteiner, Killerkume, Loan, Orbain Unit) and more recently with Miguel A. Garcia (also a member of Dopelganger, Heg008) and Joseba Agirrezabalaga (Lepok, Urpa i Musell beginning of 2023)

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  • Dopelganger : Sainen Hildo - LP (Hegoa, 2023)

  • Dopelganger is the project in collaboration between classically trained accordion player and singer Garazi Navas (Usansolo, Bizkaia-Biscay, 1995) and Miguel A. Garcia (Vitoria-Gasteiz), an artist living in Bilbao with an extensive career in the fields of experimental music and sound art. Sainen Hildo is an album based on Miguel’s original compositions, recomposed and rearranged for accordion and voice by the two composers. Using the natural resonance and harmonics of these two instruments to influence their introspective interactions, resulting in evolving drones and tones and puzzling percussive outbursts. Unusual and at times unsettling, they manage to create a calibrated, deep and complex exploratory universe of ambience and drone where listening becomes a ritual. Highest recommendation for fans of Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue or Phill Niblock / Garazi Navas was classically trained at Musikene School of Music in San Sebastian with a masters in traditional music, Garazi, is a restless accordionist who, despite her young age, has taken part in a multitude of projects in theater, poetry, ballet, art installations and even playing with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Her works are a personal interpretation of the close relationship which she feels exists between cutting-edge and traditional music / Miguel A. Garci?a has performed extensively in Europe, America and Asia, both as a solo artist, improvising and in multiple ensembles. He has collaborated with dozens of artists (Al Karpenter, Jean Luc Guionnet, Se?bastien Branche...) in studio and live, and appeared in more than a hundred albums. At the same time, he is organizer and curator of events, being founder of Club Le Larraskito, director of Zarata Fest, and part of the coordination of the cycle Hotsetan at Azkuna Zentroa itself. Acrylic painting on heavyweight paper by Maite Mugerza Ronse. Limited edition of 300 black vinyl LP’s housed in a coloured matt laminated cover

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  • Francis Plagne : Into Closed Air - LP (Bison, 2023)

  • With Into Closed Air, Francis Plagne returns to the songcraft that’s been the bedrock of his music since his debut, 2006’s Idle Bones. Since then, Plagne’s music has see-sawed between a particular, parsed kind of art song and explorations of home-made musique concrete - though to see these as distinct practices understates Plagne’s capacity to layer and fuse these two tranches of his music making. This capacity has reached its deepest articulation yet on Into Closed Air / For those who’ve been following Plagne’s music over the past two decades, through nine albums on labels like Black Truffle, Penultimate Press and Horn Of Plenty, or on his concurrent collaborations with Andrew Chalk, crys cole, James Rushford and Joe Talia (in Food Court), and Julian Williams (in The Inevitable Orbit), this won’t necessarily be a huge surprise. What is remarkable about Into Closed Air, however, is its duality of summation and variation, the way it ties a bow around the music Plagne has already made and suggests new ways forward

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  • Johannes Björk : Johannes Björk - LP (Infinite Expanse, 2023)

  • Johannes Björk is a musician and literary critic based in Gothenburg. His music combines drones, pop melodies and field recordings to produce refined sketches rather than fully formed songs – resembling slowly refurnished interiors, rather than scenes with a clearly discernible subject. Originally released in a mini-edition of 12 copies for a show in Stockholm earlier on in the year, it is now presented in an expanded LP form with two tracks added in, and another two re-recorded / Accompanied in parts by renowned and emerging Swedish writers – such as Siri Ahmed Backström, Johan Jönson and Johanna Sköldbäck Martell – the music offers an electro-acoustic shelter, which houses both luminous and gloomy textures. Whilst the album shares an atmosphere with the emerging years of the Gothenburg scene to some extent, the songwriting bears witness to a production that treats lo-fi elements as integrated parts of the soundscape, though not in a way that overpowers the recording. For his debut solo album, Johannes carves out a landscape where pulsating drones form the background for the perfect melody, where field recordings and noise co-exist with harmonical dyads, and the feeling of an assuasive epiphany flow out of an ever-looming tragedy

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  • Klaus Wiese : Baraka - LP (Black Sweat, 2023)

  • After his participation in a masterpiece such as Popol Vuh's Hosianna Mantra, in the early 1980s Klaus Wiese produced a series of seminal works in the field of ambient-drone and healing music. The first of these, Baraka, was released on tape by Acquamarin in 1981, and already contained all the aspects of his future research into the mysticism of sound / Wiese shares the path with other German explorers such as Hamel, Fricke, Micus or Deuter, but he focuses his attention on the most essential nature of sounds, on their acoustic purity, which is always infinite spiral, vortex of frequencies and cosmic bath. It takes only a few means (zither, tampoura, cybals, singing bowls) to reach the absolute through vibration. Like the archaic mood of a great universal harmony, the sound suggests a complete state of otherworldly meditation, an enveloping cloud of peace in the eternity of the present. The musician is only the one who distributes and directs the thickenings of ethereal matter, microtonal agglomerates, cascades of celestial harmonics and emotional floods, petals and stems of devotion

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  • Nicole Lachartre : Mundus - 3xLP (Metaphon, 2023)

  • Second edition housed in 7,5mm sealed slipcase sleeve + 12 page booklet with text and track info by Vincent de Roguin and Mark Harwood, archive notes by Lachartre and a rare portrait from 1969 / First ever release of female French composer, musicologist and writer Nicole Lachartre (1934-1991). This 3LP set comprises most of her electronic and concrete music compositions recorded in the 60’s and 70’s, all previously unreleased. Lachartre had a classical formation, studied with a.o. Darius Milhaud, Iannis Xenakis and Michel Philippot. Her broad formation and interest as well as her profound commitment and singular vision created a solitary voice even within the field of electronic and concrete music, strangely enough unheard till this day. Her first tape composition from 1968 was recorded in Pierre Henry’s Apsome studio and most of her other electronic and electro-acoustic compositions included in this box set were recorded at the IPEM in Ghent

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  • Mark Glynne, Bart Zwier : Home Comfort - LP (La Scie Dorée, 2023)

  • Very pleased and grateful to announce this ‘Home Comfort’ reissue by Mark Glynne and Bart Zwier, originally self-released in 1980. Maybe a bit of an unexpected title to appear in the LSD catalog but my love for this album goes back to my late teenage years and has had an addictive effect since, like a spleen infused magnet. With this album Glynne and Zwier (†), based in the Netherlands and connected to the Ultra scene, drew an insular blend of intimate post-punk and chamber (bedroom) songs with surreal scenic reflections. Probably its naked singularity defying categorization has left it so unnoticed, even 43 years after the making. It also features a reciting Marlène Dumas still quite unknown at the time. With biggest gratitude to Mark Glynne who instantly felt confident with my proposal to reissue this silent witness of lasting beauty / My long-time Japanese friend You Ishihara (White Heaven, The Stars) who bought the LP when it came out in 1980 still considers it as one of his all-time favourites. This is what he writes about ‘Home Comfort’: / “Resignation and fear in a desolate mental landscape. This album, which exists like a shelter for those who have quietly escaped through the backdoor of the world, vividly reflects the inner depths of the devastated Amsterdam of the early 80's. A beautiful and sad, unmistakable masterpiece.”

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

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

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  • Jeff Surak : All Those Born Must Die - MC (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2021)

  • The investigative sound artist Jeff Surak is quick to point out that this title should not be interpreted in a negative sense. Merely a neutral observation. In fact, themes of detached inquest about disintegration have been quite welcome here at the Helen Scarsdale Agency. Surak has been a fixture within the experimental community for many years, curating the sonic circuits festival, programming for Rhizomedc, and running his own Zeromoon label. His own work manifests non-linear narratives through lo-fi techniques and archaic technologies / For all those born must die, we are introduced to a quarrelsome transmission of distorted sine waves that rapidly descends and crashes into a splatter of retrograde drum programming, think Dome 3 or those highly fetishized synth work-outs from vanity records. Rhythms gallop surge forward amongst seering blast of mid-range white noise. This is an electronic album of analogue synthesis. Yes, it very much is; but to these ears, the impetus is a dada deconstruction on post-punk. Radiantly neon tones, klanging electric ululations, stabs of jagged arpeggio, and mercurial ambience slide and slip through these off-kilter, radioactively unstable tracks, all of which belies Surak's sophisticated application of recursive melody and rhythm / Consider Conrad Schnitzler '80s constructs, Bruce Gilbert's divergent experimentation, those tolerance records on vanity, and then, John Cage's imaginary landscape for a proper amount of radiophonic patina. Together such would land somewhere close to Jeff Surak's all those born must die

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  • Murmer : Tether - LP (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2023)

  • Murmer is the long-standing project of American/Estonian field recordist and composer Patrick McGinley, and with Tether, the Helen Scarsdale Agency welcomes murmer back to our roster, over a decade since he graced us with his last production for the agency. His field recordings often center upon the amplification and activation of resonance from a particular space, landscape, or object. such sounds emerge from a condition as being fleeting, inconsequential, or ephemeral and explode into that which is alien, sublime, and profound. Here lies the tremendous prowess of the contact microphone, as wielded by an accomplished musician! the source material cited by mcginley includes cables, fences, wires, and vents / There is a heft to many of these sounds as heard throughout all of "taevast" with deep throbbing pulsations from arctic wind generating subharmonic patterns upon thick high-tension wires. Elsewhere the subtle dissonance from a rasping cooling fan blooms into a brooding ambience that is sublimely rich in its metallic timbres and complex reverberations. McGinley has long been an exemplary artist in the field of phonography even as he is less prolific than others. On Tether, he has produced a majestic if occasionally foreboding work on par with the mythic wire recordings of Alan Lamb, Jacob Kirkegaard's haunted resonance from Chernobyl, and much of the touch catalogue for that matter!

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  • She Spread Sorrow : Orchid Seeds - LP (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2023)

  • She Spread Sorrow is the work of italian industrialist Alice Kundalini. In her sparse and grimly atmospheric applications of noise, tone, and electronic sequencing, She Spread Sorrow expresses a volatile emotional core that speaks to abuse and repression with an unblinking candidness / Orchid Seeds was originally published as part of the instantly out of print on corrosion - a 10 cassette anthology from 2019 that was housed in a handcrafted wooden box and featuring full albums from Kleistwahr, Neutral, Pinkcourtesyphone, Alice Kemp, She Spread Sorrow, G*park, Relay For Death, Francisco Meirino, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, and Himukalt. the collection also stood as the 50th release for the Helen Scarsdale Agency, an imprint founded in 2003 and dedicated to post-industrial research, recombinant noise, surrealist demolition, existential vacancy and then some / Kundalini’s signature whispered vocals once again beckons her audience closer on Orchid Seeds. Kundalini states that the album, “is about 5 different women of my family. Each track is about one of them with their difficult story and strengths. My family is totally destroyed now, no relation between anyone, but in the past there was a strong tradition of women with interesting personalities.” This sibilant allegorical history comes into focus amidst a claustrophobic and cinematic pall of dark ambient blight and death industrial torpor

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  • Vertonen : Einige Schadstoffe - MC (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2023)

  • In Einige Schadstoffe, we have quite the potent homage to the classic era of industrial noise. Think TG’s second annual report, Come's I’m Jack, MB’s Symphony For A Genocide, and even Nord's Ego Trip. The sentiment linking all of these records is a clinical detachment in the production and broadcast of scalding tone, sickly rhythm, and unclean readymades, emerging through the spectacle of the human conditions of alienation, paranoia, and cruelty. Ultimately, such works are intended as critiques by way of gonzo journalism, where the intent is not always what it seems / Vertonen - the longstanding project of veteran chicago avant-noise technician Blake Edwards - masterfully recapitulates these strategies and affects, both aesthetically and materially. On Einige Schadstoffe, Edwards transmits feverish arppegiations cascading through nervous distortion, followed by plodding rhythms and dead-toned electronics that gird case studies on living monstrosities. There is also a rather clever, if oblique and almost oulipian framework to the album. Plenty of breadcrumbs have been laid as to the nature of edwards' puzzle, and we have already said too much about that

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  • Hauras : Pervades - MC (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2023)

  • Head to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco, and the city becomes a very quiet place after midnight. By 3am, one can almost hear the fog spilling past the sodium lights that illuminate a lonesome street corner at Judah and 15th. Whatever soundtracks that emerge from that time and that place inevitably embody that nocturnal atmosphere, a narcoleptic weariness, a waking dream of the insomniac. Such is the psychogeographical realm as channeled through sound for hauras, the obliquely musical concern for san franciscan Howard Ryan / In Pervades, Hauras returns to the fragments of guitar warbling through chains of echo and flange, his basinski-esque loops of crushingly sad ambient melody, his evp impressionistic vocals, and his curious interruptions from scanner radio. More than before, he expresses a confidence in his oblique craftsmanship that allows him to push the sounds to include a very compelling drum machine plus guitar noise track in "stellaged." Rchard Youngs, Gate, and Graham Lambkin all come to mind, as does the terminally obscure project Dial (JacquiHam's post-ut band of similarly late nite expressionism) / Pervades concludes a trilogy of recordings made during the pandemic era, that also includes in these coming days (2020) and the glare of the nave (2021)

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  • False Maria : False Maria - 2xMC Box (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2023)

  • If the white male hegemonic forces truly want to find a threat in queer, non-gender conforming art and music, that threat is manifest in False Maria. Heresies, transgressions, psychic self-immolation, and sexual deviance run amok with the litany of confessionals told by this unlikely proposition. According to False Maria, "this is the sound of addictions battled, abuse endured and lovers lost." Two entities exist with False Maria: the Los Angeles creature of the night Jhane P (she/her) and the mercurial Tomasz C (they/them) from the UK. For the past several years, their transcontinental conjurings have resulted in a steady stream of splits and self-released short-runs, all on cassette / Compositionally, False Maria leans into seasick tape loops and samples that ooze out of the more monstrous forms of Premature Ejaculation or even the Los Angeles Free Music Society (i.e. Solid Eye, Le Forte Four) with Jhane's vocal recitations of sex crimes and trauma leading the dance. With their eponymous debut for the Helen Scarsdale Agency, False Maria presents an opus of untidy, post-industrial malaise across this sprawling double cassette album. In comparison to their first fruits, this body of work shows a tremendous leap in production value with adventurous drum and synth programming that seeks to pull blood from the air with a sonic alchemy adjacent to Coil / The pulsing slink from "NHI : No Humans Involved" finds Jhane's vocals entwined with those of Himukalt's Ester Kärkkäinen, the Vegas death-industrialist cast from an equally tragic history of sexual anguish. By contrast, the albums' finale "Mixed Signals : An End" is strangely playful piece of percolating electronics. Yet, the rest of the album plunges into what they have self-prescribed as "uncomfortable electronics" - the lurch and crawl of the "Cherry Sundae" (which is not about the ice cream dessert, mind you), the sidereal crescendos of "Was It A Life : Patterns", and the menstrual divinations of "Her Blood : Communion." This is an album not recommended for all, but to those with a predilection for Zos Kia, Johanna Went, Dilloway-era Wolf Eyes, and the aforementioned Premature Ejaculation might find majesty within all of the grotesqueries. Additional instrumentation by Meet On Titan, Ester Kärkkäinen and Sean Ragon. Mastered by Grant Richardson

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  • Jo Montgomerie : From Industry Home - MC (Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2022)

  • An elegant decay amassed from the sounds of detritus. That may be an apt introduction to the work of Jo Montgomerie. Of course, the Helen Scarsdale Agency has a long standing infatuation with disintegrated sound in various forms. So, it makes perfect sense we should publish her work! That said, Montgomerie has a fascinating strategy to her long-form smears of blackened mascara ambient and smoldered noise. As a teenager she was a classically trained musician with an eye towards a career as a concert pianist; but a bad audition may have closed that door yet it opened another in her career in sound design, foley work, and post-production / It may be of note to some, that she was an uncredited soul responsible for thousands upon thousands of audio clips rendered for boomkat during a lengthy tenure at that institution. These forms of production and editing necessitate a flawlessness which also hides the process entirely; and montgomerie began to ruminate on that which was left on the cutting room floor (or the digital version of such a space). And thus, she took these unwanted sounds, telescoped them into sinewy drones, forced them to collapse in a crucible of noise, and even rarified their essence into fluid harmonic tones / The source material to much of her work is the urban landscape of her manchester home, but she also will recontextualize traditional instruments and even the creaks, groans, and snaps of her own body. Amidst the thickets of details, obfuscating noise, and thrumming din, the original sounds are dissolved with new layers and accretions become audible. They still address a heavy melancholy augmented through a dilated sense of time. From industry home becomes a tantalizing, uncanny album of the once familiar, adjacent to those Heemann / Chalk productions as Mirror and the environmental abstractions of Jana Winderen

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  • Pauline Anna Strom : Spectre - LP (Rvng Intl., 2023)

  • Spectre is the third album by the late West Coast composer, healer, and medium Pauline Anna Strom. First released in 1984, the album finds Strom exploring the darker corridors of human mythology under the influence of vampiric lore, evoking a hushed gothic solitude and showcasing her breathtaking dexterity of sound design. Despite its shadowy hues, Spectre offers generous glimpses of a vivid light that could only have come from a heart wide open to the cosmos. Restored and mixed from the original reels by Marta Salogni, and newly remastered, this is the album’s first ever official reissue, and the definitive edition of a visionary statement

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  • Pauline Anna Strom : Trans-Millenia Music - LP (Rvng Intl., 2023)

  • Trans-Millenia Consort is the near mythical debut album by the late West Coast composer, healer, and medium Pauline Anna Strom. First released in 1982, the album is a bold and beautiful evocation of a life that exists between and beyond time. Evoking ancient rituals and primordial futures, the music of Trans-Millenia Consort glows with a strange iridescence; its pulsing embryonic waveforms flutter and drift, tones fall like raindrops of the long-ago, and melodies shimmer and dance across the ages like fireflies of a lost world. Restored and mixed from the original reels by Marta Salogni, and newly remastered, this is the album’s first ever official reissue, and the definitive edition of a visionary statement

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  • Pauline Anna Strom : Echoes, Spaces, Lines - 4xLP Box (Rvng Intl., 2023)

  • Echoes, Spaces, Lines collects Trans-Millenia Consort, Plot Zero, and Spectre, the first three albums by the late West Coast composer, healer, and medium Pauline Anna Strom. Exploring all corners of the multiverse through transpersonal form and freedom, Strom’s first three albums share a singular sensibility, different streams flowing from the same oracular font. Echoes, Spaces, Lines establishes Strom’s rightful place in the canon of great synthesists. Restored and mixed from the original reels by Marta Salogni, newly remastered, and adding Oceans of Tears, a fully realized but previously unreleased album exclusive to the physical editions of this box set, these are the first official reissues and the definitive encapsulation of Pauline Anna Strom’s prolific and visionary early work. This four LP box set includes a 12-page booklet containing liner notes, an unearthed interview with Strom, and unseen ephemera

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  • Pauline Anna Strom : Plot Zero - LP (Rvng Intl., 2023)

  • Plot Zero is the second album by the late West Coast composer, healer, and medium Pauline Anna Strom. First released in 1983, Strom envisioned the album as a “mind trip without chemicals,” utilizing boundless imagination to cover a canvas with brilliant synthesized shapes and tones. The pieces on Plot Zero flow freely and infinitely, evoking a transportative momentum with Strom’s distinctive synthesizers soaring across infinite horizons into vast, colorful nebulas. Restored and mixed from the original reels by Marta Salogni, and newly remastered, this is the album’s first ever official reissue, and the definitive edition of a visionary statement

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  • John McGuire : Vanishing Points / A Cappella - LP (Unseen Worlds, 2023)

  • In his “Pulse Music” compositions of the mid-1970s, composer John McGuire forged a unique interpretation of European serialism. A student of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki and Gottfried Michael Koenig, McGuire moved to Cologne, Germany in 1970, where he become associated with the world-leading Studio for Electronic Music at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. Like Stockhausen, McGuire found his musical imagination both constrained and inspired by the technology that was available to him / A conversation with sculptor Hans Karl Burgeff led McGuire to think beyond the horizon and into limitless space. For “Vanishing Points” (1985–1988), McGuire used an entirely digital set-up for the first time: a digital sequencer, eight Yamaha DX-7 synthesizers and a Studer 24-track digital tape recorder. The piece was conceived as a “sequel” to the Pulse Music series, but also a step forward from it. Whereas the Pulse Music pieces had employed steady streams of pulses, with Vanishing Points McGuire employed pulse layers that accelerate or decelerate against one another, vastly increasing the resulting rhythmic complexity / McGuire's exploration of music technology continued in “A Cappella” (1990–1997), written for his wife, the soprano Beth Griffith, known for her recording of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices” made in 1983. Using samples, he created a four-voice choir of voice samples and arranged them into interacting parts. The composition faced challenges due to the organic nature of the human voice compared to the precision of synthesized sounds. This process involved extensive editing and a negotiation between the "material" and the "original conception". This sort of negotiation applies as much to the composition of a single piece as it does to the work of two decades

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  • Jezz Woodroffe : Wonders Of The Underwater World (Soundtrack From The Film) - LP (Trunk, 2023)

  • "Sublime electronic underwater score from 1981 by former member of Black Sabbath. Comes with unique blank seascape sleeve with sticker sheet to make your own underwater scene sleeve. How super fucking cool is that? As underwater albums go, this is the very peak. Made using the best cutting edge synth tech of the day... the result is a sublime wash of underwater ambience, emotions and more / IT GETS NO BETTER. Since I started collecting records I have been slightly obsessed with underwater music. I could analyze this in many ways but the most obvious starting point for me was the weekly dose of Sunday afternoon TV onboard the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau throughout the 1970s. My collection of underwater LPs and singles is now extensive -- in the hundreds I reckon. But in amongst it all is only one underwater soundtrack from the UK. And this is it. It took me an age to track down Jezz, but I did. And now you don't have to take an age to track down an original super rare copy of the 1981 pressing / These days when there are so may represses, rediscoveries and reissues, I thought we'd make this stand out a little more, so I decided to take us all back to my childhood 1970s when I used to get a little 'Action Transfer' set on very special occasions, and stick the little transfers of scuba divers, fish and mini subs all over a small paper underwater landscape. Sadly we couldn't get classic rub down Letraset style transfers but I think Kev (DJ Food) has done a miraculous job in creating a modern version. So sit back (mess about with the stickers) and wonder at the beautiful, submersive electronic sounds created by Jezz all those years ago. Dive in, the water is lovely." --Jonny Trunk, 2023

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  • Fields Of The Nephilim : The Nephilim - 2xLP (Beggars Arkive, 2023)

  • Beggars Arkive are happy to announce a vinyl reissue, out October 6th, of their second album The Nephilim, released 35 years ago by Situation Two/Beggars Banquet in 1988, and not pressed on vinyl since then. The album is pressed on golden brown vinyl and is expanded to a double LP. The album contains their epic, legendary track “Moonchild” plus three bonus tracks / Formed in 1984, Fields of the Nephilim is the creation of vocalist and front man Carl McCoy. Highly influential, especially in the world of goth, but also within the metal and electronic genres, their legacy endures to this day. You can hear their influence on bands like Swans, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, Wolves in The Throne Room, Behemoth and more. Beggars Arkive are happy to announce a vinyl reissue, out October 20th, of their second album The Nephilim, released 35 years ago by Situation Two/Beggars Banquet in 1988, and not pressed on vinyl since then. The album is pressed on golden brown vinyl and is expanded to a double LP. The album contains their epic, legendary track “Moonchild” plus three bonus tracks / The Nephilim was recorded in a former courthouse in the Somerset countryside where defendants who were sentenced to death were hung. “Moonchild” is the band’s best known song due to it reaching #28 in the UK single charts, and LouderSound called it a classic and said that it “perfectly encapsulates this era of the band and it has some nifty guitar work, great bass lines from Tony Pettitt, Nod’s stellar drumming and McCoy’s distinctive vocals.” The song is named after a novel by Aleister Crowley, and there are several other nods to Crowley throughout The Nephilim. In a 2013 remembrance of the album, PopMatters said “The band’s sophomore effort, regarded not only as its best work but also as one of the UK goth scene’s masterpieces, is a seamless, hour-long trek into a surreal land populated by chiming guitars, hypnotic bass, found samples, and McCoy’s storytelling.”

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  • Timelash : Feral Lands & Forbidden Cities - LP (Aguirre, 2023)

  • Recorded in Brussels in 2019, Feral Lands and Forbidden Cities is Timelash's second delivery of a 4 album projected series. In their debut, A Morphology of Wonders (Aguirre Records, 2021), the duet formed by Embassador Dulgoon (Nonlocal Society, Archimboldos) and Corum (Psychic Sounds) revealed a unique musical journey that unfolds and expands like a cluster of organic matters and mechanical dialogues lit by iridescent fluorescences. Timelash's musical proposal is firmly rooted in retrofuturism, reminding us of exotic and library music artists such as Martin Denny, Egisto Macchi, Bernard Fèvre, and Eric Vann, reaching up to Mark Dwane's cinematic soundscapes, or Constance Demby's Novus Magnificat / Feral Lands and Forbidden Cities digs precisely into what the title indicates: civilizations not yet explored, untraceable ruins, and the unknown. Digital synthesizers, samplers, flutes, percussion pads, and effects are assembled as stirring sprouts of life and evolutionary dream cycles. Spacecraft bustles, strange body noises, tolling bells, plasticine murmurs, and boiling potions ring under harmonic synth soulful crescendos, building up a sense of both machinery and wonder; the emotional significance that the mechanical contains / The tactile quality of detail and the flourishing motifs join and bloom in poignant, even epic manners, as in "Outside Grottos of Time". A mood more dizzying and suspenseful speeds up "Sandrunner's Pass" until the puzzling closing track "Shadows of the Skyfish" wraps it all up. Chromatic glares, mechanical abstractions, and multicolored visions emerge like fumes radiating from electric dreams; melodic layers drift, rise, and finally lay down subtly. There's a feeling of mystery and motion in several directions, sometimes even simultaneous, although limited, all of them equally full of meaning, since this is a coherent musical tale

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  • Amelia Cuni, Werner Durand, Uli Hohmann : Clearing - LP (Aguirre, 2023)

  • In addition to the unique musical proposals and the large body of work that they have developed separately, Amelia Cuni and Werner Durand have been performing together as a duo as well as in collaborations (Tonaliens, Born of Six) for more than 20 years. Fusing her Indian Raga singing in the Dhrupad style with his minimalist and experimental approach, they have expanded the reach of their soundworlds as well as proposed new paths for contemporary music. In this occasion, Uli Hohmann joins them in a range of hand drums from the Middle East and North Africa, plus a dulcimer-sounding hammered guitar. Durand's various self-made wind instruments, soprano sax, and blown kalimba shine along with Cuni's astounding vocals, which are sometimes sung through a mirliton (a medieval type of kazoo). Clearing is the trio's first published recording

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  • Ordeal : Vätterns Pärla - LP (Aguirre, 2023)

  • As an important agent of Gothenburg’s underground scene, Dan Johansson has been a member of several experimental harsh noise projects such as Sewer Election, and lo-fi indie folk bands like Enhet För Fri Musik and Amateur Hour. Ordeal is his latest solo output, and might as well be ashes stuck in the blast furnace's edges of his last longing career. Not by means of summing up genres or as a culmination of his musical development, but as a profound music piece weaved in his own household / With not much more than a synthesizer, Vätterns Pärla is built by trembling, dissonant drones stained in feedback and reverberation, thickly textured by the no-fi quality of the recording, depicting a menacing atmosphere congested with heavy fumes. In Johansson's words, Ordeal "takes inspiration from the early 80’s albums of Maurizio Bianchi, filtered through a Gothenburgian no-fi bleakness. It’s an album for inner voyage, childhood memories, and places that now lost purpose and meaning” / There's certainly intimacy and nostalgia, yet a claustrophobic, hypnotic ambiance wraps it all up in a contained and narrow space. Emphasis is put on texture rather than on detail, on color rather than on progression, on suspense rather than on conclusion. Tension varies stiffly, sometimes a drone layer dismantles and the mood seems to filter, but ragged edges are never polished. We can feel the walls and the air, which although tarnished, can be breathed in somehow. It's as if waking up in a dark room and having to recognize it with our ears and tact, testing its dimensions and its surface. The stillness in the chamber is like the stillness between gasps of storms

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  • Natural Wonder Beauty Concept : Natural Wonder Beauty Concept - LP (Mexican Summer, 2023)

  • Ana Roxanne and DJ Python (Brian Piñeyro) met in New York City in the winter of 2020. They’d respectively put out critically acclaimed albums but due to extenuating global circumstances, the real-world implications of those records were yet to be seen. Ana’s debut LP, Because of a Flower, released in fall 2020, trades in both ethereality and directness, stretching timeless pop and R&B forms into shimmering ambient magic. When the Bay Area-born, Mills-trained artist sings, on record or live, time slows down and we enter a languorous yet ecstatic present. The second album from Queens-based deep reggaeton innovator DJ Python, Mas Amable, also subverts easy temporality / Released in spring 2020, Mas Amable floats in liminal space—not quite a dance record, a downtempo record, nor an ambient record—unfurling at a wistful pace, naturally suited for a strange period when each day felt the same yet wildly different. Well-loved albums aside, no one was playing shows, and a general listlessness and disconnection prevailed. Roxanne had recently moved to New York, and while the pair had previously interacted online and expressed admiration with each others’ work, they were now able to meet in person for the first time / A quiet understanding developed between the two artists on their initial hangs – they drove around the outskirts of NYC, listening to Telegram by Björk, HTRK, Portishead, all manner of melancholy acoustic indie songs. They pulled over in Filipino neighborhoods to eat. Periods of volubility were punctuated by silence, laughter interspersed with wide-eyed pondering. For Brian and Ana, studio experimentation was the instinctive extension of a friendship finding its feet

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  • Julee Cruise : Floating Into The Night - LP (Sacred Bones, 2023)

  • Julee Cruise’s 1989 album Floating Into the Night is a hauntingly beautiful, critically ac-claimed work that showcases her unique vocal style and the atmospheric, dreamlike music of composer Angelo Badalamenti. The album was produced by Badalamenti and David Lynch, who had previously worked together on the soundtrack for Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. Today in the wake of both Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti’s passing its important to honor their musical legacy and contribution to both the sonic and cinematic landscapes. The album is widely regarded as a masterpiece, a definitive moment in the development of the Dream Pop genre, and the unofficial soundtrack to the cult classic television show Twin Peaks. And while the album’s best known song may be the show’s iconic theme song ”Falling,” it also contains many of Cruise’s most beloved hits including “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart” and “The Nightingale.” / Each of the album’s 10 tracks showcase Cruise’s ethereal vocals, which have often been described as “angelic” and “otherworldly,” gliding over Badalamenti’s lush, cinematic ar-rangements, perfectly complementing his combination of retro styles and modern ambience.Her lyrics often touch on themes of love, longing, and loss, adding an emotional depth to the already evocative music. Floating Into the Night was a critical and commercial success, receiving widespread praise for its innovative sound and moody, atmospheric vibe. It remains a beloved classic of thedream pop and indie rock genres, and a must-listen for fans of Lynch’s cinematic work andexperimental music in general / This magical genre defining and era defying opus has continued throughout time to enchant new audiences and reveal new layers of cultural significance. The music’s juxta-position between soothing and somber, which have always paired particularly well with Lynch’s psychedelically saccharine worlds filled with underbellies of vast darkness, perfectly straddles the razors edge of humanity, an edge that has become increasingly precarious in modern times. The album is at once a gorgeous romantic narcotic and a bottomless container for fear and sadness

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  • Agitation Free : Malesch - LP (HiD, 2012)

  • Their debut, pensive and relaxed. A masterpiece, originally released on Vertigo. A vinyl re-release of the debut-album by legendary krautrock avant garde band Agitation Free. "Not willing to compromise, and heavily into the avant-garde (many members studied with the influential Thomas Kessler) it took a long while until Agitation Free got an album out / By that time they had developed a cosmic styled rock with a strong ethnic element. Although in the spirit of Ash Ra Tempel and Pink Floyd, they had their own individual identity, with a largely improvised music that was predominantly instrumental, featuring lots of electronics, keyboards and dual guitars, and a great flair for invention. Malesch documents their trip to North Africa and the Middle East, blending location recordings together with their own compositions and improvisations, and is still quite a unique experience even today, combining cosmic, avant-garde and ethnic musics with great invention." -- The Crack in the Cosmic Egg

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  • Hamza El Din : Al Oud - LP (Real Gone Music, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl. It’s fair to say that what Ravi Shankar did for the sitar, Hamza El Din did for the oud (the short-necked Arabian lute): bringing a little-known instrument to the attention of the West and popularizing it. Indeed, he ended up playing oud with everybody from the Grateful Dead to the Kronos Quartet to his one-time roommate Sandy Bull. But El Din’s gifts went beyond that of an oud virtuoso; he was also an accomplished singer and composer, and you will hear all of those talents on full display on this seminal album, released on Vanguard in 1965 soon after his star-making appearance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival that attracted the attention of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez / Meditative, mesmerizing, and haunting, Al Oud features nine original compositions based on Nubian folk traditions; at first it’s the exotic sound of the oud that draws you in, but it’s the rhythmic pulse of the music and the expressive quality of El Din’s voice that keeps you riveted. Our first-ever American LP reissue of this classic record comes in a clear vinyl pressing limited to 900 copies, complete with original artwork featuring liner notes by Jamal Mohammed Ahmed, at the time Sudan’s Ambassador to the United Nations. A richly rewarding listen

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  • Oneohtrix Point Never : Again - 2xLP (Warp, 2023)

  • Oneohtrix Point Never, AKA Daniel Lopatin, has announced his new album Again, set for release September 29 via Warp. In Lopatin’s words the album is in part “a speculative autobiography,” a transmission, a spellbound backwash of digital languages and sonic paranoias, what’s remembered and what’s forgotten, all presented in OPN’s trademark melodic touch. Much like 2015’s Garden of Delete, Again germinated as a collaboration between Lopatin’s current and younger selves— this time, a meditation on his musical identity during young adulthood from the perspective of middle age. From there, Lopatin decoupled from the concept, and allowed the album to grow into a ‘illogical period piece’ where memory and fantasy converge to form something entirely new. The album imagines what might have been, as the musician made his music through space and time. Which decisions foreclosed some realities? What might those other worlds have sounded like? / The album’s artwork features an original sculpture by Matias Falkbakken, conceptualized in concert with Lopatin and photographed by Vegard Kleven. Design and packaging was developed by Memory, a newly formed collaboration between Lopatin and Online Ceramics (Elijah Funk & Alix Ross) / Again follows in the wake of OPN’s numerous critically acclaimed albums, including his most recent, 2020’s eponymous Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, on which he turned the dial towards his own inner frequencies, drawing from the origins of OPN as a means to discover a new found sense of levity and spirit during tumultuous times

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  • Agitation Free : 2nd - LP (HiD, 2012)

  • Agitation Free's 2nd stands as one of Germany's finest instrumental rock albums of the 1970s and a classic for fans of progressive rock and Krautrock. Despite the fact that the group had problems keeping its cohesion at the time, these troubles never affect the music. 2nd presented a daring blend of Krautrock-type extended jams, laid-back attitude, and experimentation. The music remains very psychedelic in nature, more early Can than Faust / The presence of acoustic guitars and bouzouki emphasizes the easygoing nature of the music, along with Stefan Diez's elegant guitar soloing, while occasional free-form passages keep things on the edge. The opener, "First Communication," is pure Krautrock and the hardest-driving tune. It belongs on every anthology of German rock. Michael Hoenig's synthesizer experiment "Dialogue and Random" provides an interlude before the two-part "Laila" kicks in. The latter juxtaposes prog rock and fusion jazz sections with beautiful audacity / Side B of the original LP is a lot quieter. Birds chirp at the beginning of "In the Silence of the Morning Sunrise" and the pastoral mood carries over to the nine-minute "A Quiet Walk." "Haunted Island" ends with a mid-tempo rock number featuring a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Dreamland." Filled with Mellotron and guitar jamming, it has often been hailed as a highlight by prog rock fans who had a hard time digesting the less immediate material, but it's actually weaker than what came before it -- without lessening the appeal of this album

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  • Kathy Acker, Nox : Love, Emily - LP (Slow Moves, 2023)

  • Originally released in a long sold-out edition of 50 cassette tapes, Love, Emily (Acte 3) was the third and final album of Michel Henritzi’s industrial label AKT Production. Recorded in a Paris studio in 1987, this 25-minute collage of spoken word and noise saturations intersects two radical voices from literature and experimental music of the time: American author Kathy Acker reading excerpts from her book My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Nox, mainstay of the French noise and industrial scene. Pulled from oblivion, restored and remastered for vinyl by Slow Moves, this archive gem crosses the clashing worlds of poetry and industrial music, melding Acker’s thought-provoking words to absolute and inflexible industrial sounds / A lot of it is noise, but a lot of it is also play; research for a new mystique, generating unusual forms and unknown languages. Published in a limited edition of 400 copies, this vinyl also comes with a long printed panel of previously unpublished photographs and letters from Kathy Acker, tracing the background exchanges that led to the collaboration between the groundbreaking writer, Henritzi and Nox, a poster of Kathy Acker with french translations and a download code featuring both music and extra archival material (interview and articles)

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  • Jon Wesseltoft, Niklas Adam : Signs and Accuracy - 2xMC Box (Coherent States, 2023)

  • "Signs and Accuracy" is the first collaborative work between Jon Wesseltoft and Niklas Adam and the austere title sets the mood from the start. The composition process as well as the interaction between the two artists, constitutes something new for both of them. The signs possess accuracy; they are a unified whole, materialized and executed within a singular and unexplored surrounding space / "Signs and Accuracy", out now on Coherent States, is music bordering between concrete weirdness and arrhythmic convulsions on electronics, computers and synths. Intricate combinations of form, at times minimal and other times filled with a sense of an implacable bleed-through to the boundaries of the contextual space, are projected through a succession of gradual and abrupt transitions thus giving form to the main core of this work as well as its varying dimensions. An eccentric mash up of broken rhythms, weird chocked electronics, computer programmed gamelan and gagaku meditation, steady tones, delightful serenity, borderline tension, esoteric noise bits and abrupt arrhythmic mash ups you can dance to with a broken leg. Imagine Autechre deciding to go Sissy Spacek on Radio Format. The entirety of "Signs and Accuracy" is framed by Paul van Trigt's collages / Jon Wesseltoft is a versatile electronics composer and musician based in Oslo, and have worked with noise, electro-acoustics, improvisation and experimental sound-work for over 20 years. Jon is besides doing solo and the odd collaborative work, a member of the long form project Tongues Of Mount Meru (with Lasse Marhaug) and harsh noise duo Maranata (with Dag Stiberg). Niklas Adam is a Danish artist, composer, recordist, performer and computer programmer. Adam has worked with stage art for a decade, where in addition to music the focus has been on developing choreography for robotic sculptures. Sound, movement, time and space are his main occupations

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  • Derek Bailey, Paul Motian : Duo in Concert - LP (Frozen Reeds, 2023)

  • Frozen Reeds is proud to present the only recorded duo playing of two legendary musical figures. Derek Bailey and Paul Motian – two longstanding pioneers of distinct strains of improvised music – came together for a brief period of collaboration in the early 1990s. Tapes of their two known live performances (one at Groningen’s JazzMarathon festival in the Netherlands, the other a year later at New Music Cafe, NYC) were recently unearthed in the Incus archives, and their contents will surprise and delight fans of both supremely idiosyncratic musicians. The Groningen concert (1990) is released on vinyl, while the New York date (1991) is included with the digital download, free of charge for all purchasers. A conversation between Bill Frisell and Henry Kaiser on Bailey, Motian, their intertwined backgrounds, and the significance of these recordings is included as sleeve-note insert / Each player bringing decades of crucial experience to their encounters – with histories taking in vast swathes of the development of jazz and free improvisation – these fleeting shared moments provide some of the most riveting playing in the career of either. There is precious little recorded evidence of Motian as a free improviser, but his mastery is beyond any doubt in these recordings. From knife-edge precision to textural haze, Motian’s palette is astounding, but perhaps even more impressive is his confidence in the non-idiomatic conversation itself. Pushing far beyond the established vocabulary of free percussion, his playing allows a measured degree of repetition to take form, giving rise to almost song-like structures. The covert influence of the drummer’s work on the post-rock genre (just taking its first nascent steps in the early 1990s) is made overt here / In turn, Bailey allows some of his most unashamedly melodic passages to unfold without a mote of his trademark contrariness or antagonism. Patterns that would be acerbically disrupted elsewhere are allowed to settle, with variations of note and timbre introduced more gradually than is typical of his playing. When forceful changes in dynamics or tone do arrive, they do so in such close tandem with Motian’s rhythmic and textural transitions as to beggar belief. The guitarist’s duos with percussionists (Jamie Muir, Han Bennink, John Stevens…) arguably provide some of the highlights of his discography. ‘Duo in Concert’ represents a strong addition to the list. An elegant sense of construction pervades the sets, as the duo ably fulfil the promise of free improvisation: carving out hugely compelling, expertly balanced, and thrillingly paced music as if from thin air

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  • Livskraft : Livskraft - LP (Förlag För Fri Musik, 2023)

  • Livskraft contains at least one member from Järnakollektivet and was apparently recorded at a meditation workshop outside of Järna earlier this year. Three long, repetetive chants, all featuring teacher Shakti Khalsingha. Transcendental, irresistible and beautiful

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  • Fysisk Fostran : Räkenskapens Dag - LP (Fördämning Arkiv, 2023)

  • A small chunk of early 80's Swedish DIY underground history from the legendary but rarely heard Fysisk Fostran. Based in the small town of Stenungsund north of Gothenburg and roughly active between 1980 and 1984, the group released a few cassettes as well as a fabled 7" that due to mysterious complications only exist as a testpressing in 4 copies. Fysisk Fostran were inspired by the early UK industrial sound as well as post-punk and synth music, this combined with the young age of the bandmembers and general small town boredom resulted in a rather unhinged and wild sound. While comparisons at times could be made with other early Swedish industrial/cassette culture freaks like Enhänta Bödlar, Engürdetz or En Halvkokt I Folie, one could argue that Fysisk Fostran stood out thanks to their obstinate will to rock out in the midst of all the rudimentary, electronic experimentations. The crude fidelity of their recordings only adds to the utterly bizarre atmosphere / The LP compiles the tracks from the 7" as well as choice cuts from the cassette releases, stuff so scarce that it barely existed even back then. Original sources transfered and mastered for vinyl by Linus at Elementstudion during 2023. The LP comes with an insert featuring liner notes by Marko Gillingsmark of Levande Begravd. Cover jackets stamped with the same stamp used for the 7" sleeve back in 1984

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  • Rian Treanor, Mark Fell : Last Exit - 2x12" (Boomkat Editions, 2023)

  • Dreams are made and displaced on Mark Fell & Rian Treanor’s oneiric electro-acoustic inception 'Last Exit', borne from long days in the family garden, and assembled into a mesmerising masterpiece of minimalist modal rhythm and atmospheric exploration, into rapt smallsound detailing in breathtaking form. It’s a bit like listening to Virginia Astley’s ‘From Gardens Where We Feel Secure’, with washes of Autechre seeping into the mix from outside. ‘Last Exit…’ originally appeared in a different form as a cassette release for our Documenting Sound series in 2021, and was edited this year by Mark and Rian for this new expanded and altered edition, mastered by Rashad Becker / It renders a painterly, psychedelic, and diaristic depiction of sublime atmospheric tension, occasionally ruptured by their typical, asymmetric rhythm impulses in a form that rudely transcends their respective aesthetics. Across four parts, they kern, juxtapose and diffract synthesised percussion and field recordings into polymetric arrangements riddled with timbral nuance of a highly unpredictable nature. While patently inflected with nods to Indonesian gamelan, Ugandan folk, Indian Carnatic classical, Morton Feldman-esque minimalism, free jazz improvisation and a sort of rhythmic cubism that speaks to their mutual, voracious listening habits and tastes, the results are arguably without direct compare. Attentive listeners will recognise, however, that ‘Last Exit’ effortlessly transcends their respective styles, achieving a new high watermark of imaginary future-hyperfolk expressed in a sort of personalised but highly relatable meta-musical language / Seriously, they’re working beyond known conventions here; opening to a sublime frisson of Feldman-esque keys, birdsong and distant car engines, and closing to a combo of just-intoned drone and wafts of distant ballroom music. The 80 minutes in between feel like returning to a dream, with flashes of FM strings dabbed to sloshing rhythms and domestic detritus, tilting into a nervously tentative tension ruptured with abstract dance dynamism and angular free jazz ballistics. The rejigged recordings also reflect the fidelity of memory recall, expressing an altered perspective on their time spent in the multigenerational family’s Rotherham garden during spring/summer 2020, replete with their mum/grandmother on piano and overheard singing and in convo, but now fraught with a more melancholic, distempered quality that makes for a genuinely unforgettable listening experience

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  • Malayeen : Self Titled - LP (Discrepant, 2023)

  • Discrepant proudly re-presents the Vinyl edition of Lebanese trio Malayeen. Malayeen is the project of Lebanese musicians Raed Yassin (Keyboards, Turntables & Electronics), Charbel Haber (Electric Guitar & Electronics) and Khaled Yassine (Darbouka, Percussion). Born from Yassin and Haber’s love for the music of quintessential Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid, Malayeen disassembles and re-configures the work and style of the iconic guitarist innovative take on Arabic music / The final result makes for an original and unique update of Khorshid & belly dancing inspired songs from the past. Over the course of 7 compositions, appropriately named after Khorshid and famous belly dancers from the Arabic diaspora, the three musicians’ varied backgrounds and techniques collide and coalesce in an experimental yet magical fashion, not actually playing Khorshid’s music, but inspiring themselves from the cult guitarist’s genius to create something completely new, modern and unexpected / A unique LP featuring the combined talents by key players of the Lebanese avant garde. The Malayeen LP edition is released by Discrepant in collaboration with Lebanese exploratory label Annihaya effectively combining East and West musical strains of thought as well as conclusively deconstructing and displacing this particular form of “popular” music

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  • SG : For Lovers Only / Rain Suite - LP (Faitiche, 2023)

  • SG is none other than Andrew Pekler returning to faitiche with an album of sentimental guitar escapism. For Lovers Only / Rain Suite features ten tracks made using only an electric guitar and a handful of effects pedals (plus some additional recordings of rain) and finds Pekler once again attempting to reconicile his tendencies towards kitsch, experimentation and minimalism / What does Pekler's pseudonym SG stand for? Sentimental Guitar? Sound Gallery? Shy Guy? Sad Gnosis? Saudade Glamour? Soft Goth? We don't know, but we asked notorious Chicago romantic Sam Prekop for his take on the album – his reply: / It’s a wonder where the rivers go and far, how fast or slow. Just seconds to remember, who can forget, when you are lost. I think to recount every step, in both hands, eyes open, the clouds unfold, one two three. Every other step, just as well. Where the moss is soft, you know strong. How many hours, days? I could have been careful, did I forget? Never mind. Waking up, in these arms, where the rivers go, slow. One two three, one two three

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  • Sonic Youth, Jim O'Rourke : Invito Al Cielo - LP (Sonic Youth Records, 2023)

  • For the third of Sonic Youth's sound experiment series, they teamed up with legendary nosie-nik Jim O'Rourke. Building on the ideas from the brilliant extended version of "The Diamond Sea" (from Washing Machine); the series explores the (mostly) instrumental side of the band. Though sold as an EP, the three tracks on the CD version of clock in at just over 56 minutes, and can sit quite comfortably with any of SY's best work / The title track opens the record with over 20 minutes of drenching feedback, saxophone tints, and cut-up television dialogue suggesting the soundtrack to a film-noir set in an industrial wasteland. The comparatively short (at 6 minutes) "Hungara Vivo" is the middle track of this extraordinarily strong trio and is the band's first true "ambient" soundscape: even the master himself, Brian Eno, might be a little envious. The closer, "Radio-Amatoroj," is a 29-minute mediation that structurally recalls "Hyperstation" from the seminal Daydream Nation album. Though this record, and indeed the series to which it belongs, is not aimed at fans of the band's more pop-oriented material, as a whole, it is easily the best work they have done in years. All text written in Esperanto. Eye-fucking cover art

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  • Vladislav Delay : Multila - 2xLP (Keplar, 2023)

  • Multila was the third album by Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti under the moniker Vladislav Delay. It compiles the Huone and Ranta 12" EPs Ripatti released on Basic Channel's Chain Reaction label in 1999 and 2000. The album features six hauntingly murky dub ambient tracks and the impressive 22-minute techno odyssey "Huone." More than 20 years after its original release as a full-length CD album (Chain Reaction), these iconic recordings of modern electronic music are now available again as a double vinyl edition, featuring a revised artwork by Marc Hohmann that matches the new design of the Whisteblower and Entain reissues

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  • Martin Dupont : Hot Paradox - LP (Minimal Wave, 2023)

  • We are honored to present the first vinyl LP reissue of French legends Martin Dupont’s seminal album from 1987, ‘Hot Paradox’. Martin Dupont was originally founded by Alain Seghir in Marseille in 1980. He enlisted numerous collaborators throughout the years, including Beverley Jane Crew, Brigitte Balian, and Catherine Loy / Martin Dupont was immensely talented with a rare dynamic between its varying members that was likely inspired by a combination of their magnetic personalities, creative vision, and the home studio where they recorded. Their music was colorful, enthusiastic, delicate, melancholy, and mysterious. A mixture of hot and cold, light and dark. They created electronic music that incorporated guitars, clarinets, and saxophones and is described by many as New Wave yet truly transcended genres. Aside from having been released as part of ‘The Complete Collection: 1980-1988’ 5-LP box set, the ‘Hot Paradox’ album hasn’t been available on vinyl since 1987. It is one of Martin Dupont’s most exquisite albums, illustrating the band’s mastery of synthesizer work, drum programming, and vocal duets / The album is vibrant and emotive, simultaneously somber and bright, theatrical and danceable. It is an essential album in the French cold wave, new wave, and minimal synth scenes, and in recent years, has finally received the recognition it deserves beyond any musical categorization. The Hot Paradox album reissue is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, is accompanied by the original insert/lyrics sheet, and is housed in a heavy-weight sleeve featuring art by Yves Cheynet. The Hot Paradox LP is now available for pre-order with a release date of October 10th, 2023. After remaining under the radar for 35 years, Martin Dupont reformed in 2022 and returned to the stage in 2023 with a US tour and the Kintsugi album. The band continues to tour Europe and record new material in their new studio in France

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  • Erik Enocksson : Räkna Evighet som - LP (Irrlicht, iDEAL, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl. “Räkna evighet som intet” is an electroacoustic composition in two movements and as much an incantation as it is a process of mourning embodied in an aesthetic structure. Throughout the piece Enocksson weaves taut strings, tense static and veils of feedback with fragmented voices, all the while extracting verses from acclaimed Swedish poet Lotta Lotass into emotional chorales on the impermanence of life. Merging the geist of Enocksson’s prior work – the industrial doom of "Apan" and the organic choral ambience of "Man tänker sitt" – into a new, more complex composition; "Räkna evighet som intet" is a shelter and a song, crafted in the hope of warding off the gloom of loss through a very simple message: You are not alone

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  • Andrzej Korzynski : Third Part Of The Night - 10" (Finders Keepers, 2023)

  • As one of the most triumphant and beguiling directorial debut features to emerge from the fruitful Polish New Wave, Andrzej Zulawski's 1971 film Third Part Of The Night not only earned the 30 year old filmmaker a place next to other radical Polish directors such as Polanski, Skolimowski and Has, but also galvanised a creative bond with long running collaborator and composer Andrzej Korzynski, providing fans of foreign abstract/suspense cinema with a potent creative fusion to match those of Polanki/Komeda, Fellini/Rota and Argento/Goblin, amongst others / Quite simply one of the heaviest psych rock film soundtracks of all time Andrzej Korzynski's short and unreleased score matched the blueprint that adorned the drawing boards of conceptual French jazz orch rock composers like Jean-Claude Vannier, Francois De Roubaix and Alain Gourageur, creating a soundtrack that unknowingly begs comparison to Masahiko Satô’s Belladonna Of Sadness and Billy Green’s Stone. As one of the first progressive pop writers to come out of the vibrant (but carefully scrutinised) Polish beat scene with his bands Ricecar and later Arplife (and composing for national heroes such as Czeslaw Niemen, Niebiesko-Czarni and Test) Korzynski’s growing passion for conceptual rock and jazz music soon lead to instrumental composition and soundtrack scores / His cinematic debuts scoring two consecutive transitional new wave films for Andrzej Wajda (in collaboration with the radical Polski pop groups Trubadurzy and Grupa ABC) also provided Korzynski with another significant cinematic muse in that of the stunning actress Malgorzata Braunek with whom they would both eventually achieve their finest performances under the direction of the ravenous first timer Zulawski. Third Part Of The Night (1971) perhaps epitomises that triangular on-screen unison in its vibrant youth and feeds it through a hallucinogenic mangle finding astonishing beauty (within a repulsive synopsis) against a bleak and shattered backdrop and accompanied by progressive, psychedelic orchestral rock music - elements which would intensify for all three creatives with the next film, Diabel, which was banned by the Polish government the following year until 1988

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  • Anthony Pateras, Stephen O'Malley : Sept Duos Pour Guitare Acoustique & Piano Préparé - LP+12" (Shelter Press, 2023)

  • Etching on fourth side housed in printed heavyweight inner and outer sleeves. Mastered by Stephan Mathieu, Artwork by María Jesús Valenzuela Vittini, design by Bartolomé Sanson. Sept duos pour guitar acoustique et piano préparé is the second duo recording from Stephen O’Malley and Anthony Pateras. Their first together, Rêve Noir (2018), took an electro-acoustic scalpel to a 2011 duo concert for electric guitar and piano, using Revox and digital treatments to twist and smear gig documentation into ghostly echoes and fractured drones / Here, in contrast, the music is entirely acoustic and presented as it was performed, without overdubs. Both players’ choices of instruments are notable: this is O’Malley’s most extensive recording on steel string acoustic guitar (playing an instrument whose previous owners include Marissa Nadler and Glenn Jones) and Pateras return to the prepared piano, which he has rarely employed in recent years, after spending much of the first decade of the 21st century exploring its possibilities. Recorded during O’Malley’s residency at La Becque on Lake Geneva in the summer of 2021, from the first moments of the opening ‘déjà revé’ the music immediately establishes the distinctive landscape of chiming tones and hovering clouds of resonance explored throughout its one-hour running time / Pateras’ preparations create tolling bell-like tones alive with complex overtones, alongside which O’Malley’s open strings and natural harmonics add a sparkling clarity. While Pateras’ music often uses a densely chromatic harmonic language, these duos are remarkable for their modal simplicity. However, the interaction between the pure intervals of O’Malley’s just-intoned strings and the unstable harmonies created by the piano preparations suspends the music in an oneiric state of hazy ambiguity. Without obvious reference to tempo or meter, the music floats in what the composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler has called a ‘bottomless sound space’, the temporal placement of events determined by bodily rhythms and the performers’ own listening to (and enjoyment of) the sounds being made

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  • Ginevra Bompiani, Caterina Barbieri, Tomoko Sauvage : Il Calore Animale - LP (Dischi Fantom, 2023)

  • Ginevra Bompiani is most likely unknown for fans of experiential music. In Italian literature and thinking, however, she is highly regarded writer, editor, translator, essayist, and academic, whose fiction, particularly, is informed by linguistics, feminism, and literary theory, and verges on the surreal and the fantastic, making her interdisciplinary effort, ‘Il Calore Animale’, collaborating with two of the most singular voices in contemporary experimental music - Caterina Barbieri and Tomoko Sauvage - entirely logical / The LP, ‘Il Calore Animale’ comprises four short stories read by Ginevra Bompiani, recorded at her home in 2018 by Francesco Cavaliere, that were originally published in her volume ‘Le Specie del Sonno’ (The Species of Sleep) in 1975 with an introduction by Italo Calvino, where he stated “The landscape created by her prose recalls those paintings in which peaceful figures are asleep in a quiet wood, or a solitary house, or any place where the senses can dim and reason's guard is dropped.” / The texts that Bompiani reads dive into the mystical world of myth and allegory, bring traces of the ancient world and mind alive in the contemporary realm. Against the delivery of her voice, the four pieces are threaded by musical pieces composed by Tomoko Sauvage and Caterina Barbieri. Sauvage’s two contributions, “I frutti” and “Il serpente d’acqua”, were composed, performed, and recorded at INA GRM – Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, and build upon her broader body of work incorporating the sounds of amplified water, drawing haunting sonorities and textures howling from unknown depths. Barbieri’s two pieces - “Il calore animale” and “La pariglia” - other the other hand, encounter the composer returning to the classical guitar, unfurling rippling arpeggios, patterns, and melodic elements into the world created by Bompiani’s words

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  • The Pitch, Julia Reidy : Neutral Star - LP (Miasmah, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl. The Pitch is a quartet made up of Boris Baltschun, Koen Nutters, Michael Thieke and Morten Joh. Founded in Berlin in 2009, they play a hypnotic form of structured improvisation full of acoustic exploration and electronic intervention. On Neutral Star, The Pitch are joined by Australian guitarist/composer extraordinaire Julia Reidy for a record of star gazing electro-acoustic jazz / Reidy's playing and compositional technique between Takoma-style fingerpicking and Glenn Branca'esque microtonality, perfectly complements the loose improvisational framework The Pitch is providing. Endless ? Limitless, a recent piece by Reidy and Joh, is transformed from a washed-out/obscured tape delay composition into a colorful, meandering ensemble piece with a swarming character - blooming with intrigue for the patient ear. The B-side strikes a more gentle tone: the 24-minute Neutral Star begins with a siren-like overtone whose drone-like flowing slowly morphs into a deterritorial modality with jazzy undertone. Accompanied by constant eruptions of vibraphone, clarinet, electronics and double bass punctuation – while permanently questioned by Reidy's drippingly pearly steel guitar work. Slowly evolving into new territories through the expansive instrumentation and keen listening between the players / The fact that Neutral Star was recorded in one take (by Rabih Beaini in his Morphine Raum studio/venue) in front of a live audience and without overdubs is hard to believe, even for the trained ear. The recording appears to be too multilayered for a single snapshot, with its compositional structures constantly shifting and moving against themselves, counterintuitively and anti-cyclically. Reidy´s playing has been described as "unstable harmonic territory, and the collaboration with The Pitch interprets this concept brilliantly - adding further non-places to the territory. And the listener, however, is never left alone in the process of tectonic shifts - at least as long as their listening is attentive and contemplative at once

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  • Vladislav Delay : Entain - 2xLP (Keplar, 2023)

  • The Keplar label presents the next instalment in a series of reissues from the catalogue of Sasu Ripatti's seminal Vladislav Delay project. Originally released on Mille Plateaux, the vinyl edition of Entain from 2000 omitted two shorter tracks and included all others in an abridged form. With this reissue, the full album as it was pressed on CD is finally made available on vinyl. Besides a new remaster by Kassian Troyer, it was also given new cover artwork by Marc Hohmann that picks up on that of the Whistleblower reissue, released in early 2023 by Keplar / This serial visual approach highlights the conceptual continuity between those masterful explorations of the interplay between dub techniques, noise, and repetition. Ripatti himself had reworked material from 1999's Ele album for the release of Entain, which means that it can be considered the debut album proper of his Vladislav Delay project. It saw the Finnish artist aim more vigorously for abstraction than in his earlier releases as Vladislav Delay for labels such as Chain Reaction, which were collected on the iconic Multila compilation in 2000 / To mark this special occasion, Multila will be repressed by Keplar with a new artwork that matches the new design of Whisteblower and Entain. Multila and Entain correspond with each other conceptually as much as they seem to differ on a musical level. From the very first moments of the 22-minute-long opener "Kohde," it becomes clear that Entain takes things further away from the dancefloor, aiming less for physical impact than for intellectual stimulation. A sort of electronic minimal music, it was primarily interested in letting discrete elements freely come into play with one another. Much like Multila, however, Entain highlighted the subtle differences embedded in what only feels like repetitive music. Entain took the dub techno formula further than any other record before it -- onwards into the realms of pure abstraction

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  • Dakota Suite : This River Only Brings Poison - 2xLP (Karaoke Kalk, 2023)

  • This River Only Brings Poison was released in 2002 as the sixth full-length album of Chris Hooson's Dakota Suite project. This first-ever vinyl edition of the record includes four bonus pieces and makes it possible for fans to re-evaluate one of the most crucial Dakota Suite albums in the project's vast discography while also providing new listeners with an entry point into its intricate musical cosmos. With contributions by artists as diverse as steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan and drummer Tim Mooney from American Music Club, Derald Daugherty, and Laura and Chris Donohue as well as long-time collaborators such as David Buxton, Colin Dunkley, and Ed Collins, This River Only Brings Poison turned out as a sonically rich and stylistically versatile as it is emotionally multi-layered

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  • Anja Lauvdal : Farewell To Faraway Friends - LP (Smalltown Supersound, 2023)

  • Farewell to Faraway Friends finds Anja Lauvdal at her Wurlitzer, captured by two mics in the room, with no additional overdubs or edits. Her set of hushed, jazzy flourishes and pregnant pauses is so well realized that it's hard to believe they were improvised, while the "kitchen feel" of the room recording (as Marhaug describes it) enhances a sense of brittle intimacy / Much in the same way that Dominique Lawalrée imbued his ostensibly naive music with glimpses into a multifaceted inner life, Lauvdal explores an ocean of feeling through the most-humble components, transporting us through some alchemical act of emotional teleportation. Lauvdal avoids meandering flights of fancy, instead exposing a filigree level of detail and beauty through the cracks of her spartan recordings / There are no arbitrary found sounds, no sound design or overdubs, just Lauvdal and her Wurlitzer, occasionally singing at a barely perceptible volume in the background. If there's melancholy, it's not self-absorbed or effacing, but trapped behind sunny rays and poetic, romantic phrases. One of those effortlessly impactful records we've not been able to stop listening to for a while now, Farewell to Faraway Friends is apparently the first in an ongoing series. Here's hoping. Required listening if you're into Harold Budd, Loren Connors, Dominique Lawalrée, Robert Wyatt, and Vincent Gallo. Released as part of the Le Jazz Non series

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  • Erik K Skodvin : Nothing Left But Silence - LP (Sonic Pieces, 2023)

  • Handmade textile artwork, printed inner sleeve. ‘Nothing left but silence' is Erik K Skodvin’s third solo album for Sonic Pieces and his most quiet to date. Subtitled as "Musical improvisations and quiet collages from the subconscious”, Skodvin reduces his instruments to guitar, reverb and amp - and creates a skeleton of eight hypnotic ragas that meanders in an eternal loop between ephemeral and singular / Only on the horizon it’s possible to sense that Skodvin has also touched the neoclassical terrain in earlier productions - on Nothing left but silence, however, he acts as a twilight player who is not afraid of the coldness of endless space and who knows how to subjugate the shadowiness of the visible world. Carried by the noise of the amp and the occasional click of the effects pedals, a monolithic, reduced blues emerges, whose mediumistic quality nevertheless reveals that Skodvin's music always comes from the body - and as such is always searching for space. A space that - in this case - blends the vastness of the Norwegian steppe with the brittleness of American wasteland (as if Deathprod and Loren Connors were one and the same person), creating a persistent state between deceleration and absence of presence - that leads Skodvin ever closer to the inner essence of sound / Initially recorded at Saal 3, Funkhaus, Berlin by Nils Frahm in 2015, the album has itself been subjected to silence as a forgotten relic, re-found and now released in a time where it might connect more with the contemporary state of mind. Welcome to the entrance to the periphery

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  • Francesco Cavaliere : Zoomachia Disc 1 - LP (Dischi Fantom, 2023)

  • First emerging during the mid 2000s in the field of experimental electronics, the Italian born, Berlin based artist, Francesco Cavaliere captivated us back in 2021 with ‘Viridescens’, his brilliant duo with Tomoko Sauvage issued by Marionette. With a handful of noteworthy releases having appeared since, he now returns with ‘Zoomachia Disc 1’, a remarkable fable bridging the territories of spoken word and electronic and electroacoustic composition / For the better part of the last 20 years, Cavaliere has woven intimate tapestries of sound from a strikingly singular pallet of processed source material that have resulted in startling abstractions. It is this departure point that underscores ‘Zoomachia Disc 1’, a radically new way of working in the artist’s output. A musical fable written, composed, and performed by Cavaliere, the tale unfolds in two acts - ‘Il grillo ventriloquo incontra Setha la mantide’ (The ventriloquist cricket meets Setha the mantis) and ‘Atta e Volma nel regno delle api di vetro Ossax’  (Atta and Volma in the Ossax realm of glass worker bees) encountering a range of insect character in various guises: a cricket, spider, and numerous mantis, ants, and bees / Against the fable’s text, delivered by Cavaliere with an ever-present sense of drama, the composer unfurls wild and playful, almost hallucinatory electroacoustic interventions, pulsing patterns on synths, fractured ambiences, and fleeting rhythms and melodies, bumbling to surface like watery springs, before receding from view and returning again. Strange and wonderful in the best possible of ways, infusing experimental music with the child like wonder, playfulness, and mystery that was often encountered within popular culture during the 1970s, but rarely since, Francesco Cavaliere’s  ‘Zoomachia Disc 1’ is one of those rare creations that leaves you feeling more curious than when you began. This fantastic LP is issued by Dischi Fantom in a highly limited vinyl edition of 200 copies, accompanied by a very special booklet with Italian and English texts. Highly recommended!

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  • Ellen Arkbro : Sounds While Waiting - LP (W.25TH, 2023)

  • Sounds While Waiting documents the latest organ works by composer and musician Ellen Arkbro – following her phenomenal debut, 2017's For Organ And Brass, and the more recent CHORDS. Recorded at a centuries-old church in Unnaryd, Sweden in June 2020, these pieces reveal the enchanting qualities of sustained harmonic sound, how patterns of listening dissolve and emerge as textured space. On opening track "Changes," long radiant tones ebb and flow like divine breaths, while "Leaving Dreaming" builds with dynamic tension to unlock a subtle, otherworldly ambience / As the composer states in the sleeve notes, "These recordings are traces of something I have come to love to do in large resonant spaces, which is to set up sustained chords on multiple organs and then move slowly through the sound. The instruments are usually far apart, which makes for the emergence of large fields of continuous change, spaces of harmonicity that can be passed through layer by layer and which contain within them points of both clarity and overwhelming complexity. The organ pipes are tuned and retuned, though sometimes I leave them just as they are. What I'm searching for is the moment when a particular kind of sounding texturality is revealed – it is rough, focused and yet strangely transparent." / Arkbro composes for acoustic instruments, for synthetic sound and for combinations of both, including music for orchestra and smaller chamber ensembles and large scale installation works. She currently performs in Catherine Christer Hennix's Kamigaku ensemble, and she previously studied with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. Recommended for fans of Sarah Davachi, Eliane Radigue and Charlemagne Palestine

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  • KMRU : Dissolution Grip - LP (Ofnot, 2023)

  • The inaugural release on KMRU's own fledgling OFNOT imprint, 'Dissolution Grip' is an ambitious project that emerged from his studies at Berlin's prestigious UDK. The Kenyan composer and sound artist is best known for his field recording work, and as he traveled across Europe and the wider world for regular live performances, he made a point to snapshot each city. But the more he studied and the more he examined his practice, the more KMRU began to wonder what the purpose of these recordings were, and what bearing they might actually have on his self-expression. Simultaneously, he'd begun to dive more wholeheartedly into the world of synthesis. In a way, synthesis is the most basic form of sound, and KMRU started to wonder not just how he could harness these sounds but how he might be able to more dynamically combine them with field recordings / Guided by Jasmine Guffond at Berlin's Universität der Künste (better known as UDK), KMRU looked at waveforms - the visual representation of sound itself - and embarked on a process where he would write scores from the shapes, gradually turning the scores into raw synth sounds. Considering the spaces he was inspired by and shuttled through, KMRU decided that instead of using environmental recordings as an aesthetic marker, he would use these captured moments to guide the waveforms. So each sound is birthed from a field recording, but none of those recordings are audible in their original form. For example, on the digital bonus track 'Along A Wall', KMRU recorded in an old shack on his family's compound in Nairobi, where wind was shaking the building to its foundations. Listening to the finished piece, we can hear subtle electronic tones that rub and vibrate against each other, slowly saturating and mimicking the erratic motion of the wind / The original recording has been removed, but the feeling remains. The album's opening side 'Till Hurricane Bisect' is a 15-minute epic that evolves at its own glacial pace, carefully transforming blustering wind sounds into gasping drones, glassy oscillations and choked distortion. Cosmic and meditative, it's a testament to KMRU's skill as a sound engineer and patience as a composer, combining the gentle world building of his acclaimed Editions Mego album 'Peel' with the rumbling energy of 'Limen', last year's collaboration with Aho Ssan. On the title track, KMRU takes the opportunity to flex his orchestral muscle, conducting a cast of warbling synth tones into a durational symphony

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  • Felicia Atkinson, Richard Chartier : Ni Envers Ni Endroit Que Cette Roche Brûlante / Recurrence.Expansion - LP (Portraits GRM, 2023)

  • Félicia Atkinson’s Ni envers ni endroit que cette roche brûlante (Pour Georgia O’Keeffe) is approached as a meditation, not as meditative music, but as a reflection on the art of creation: how to inhabit one’s creation, how to convey it, domesticate it and live with it. Drawing inspiration from the artist Georgia O’ Keeffe, both in her work as a painter and in the houses in which she lived in New Mexico, and even in the landscapes that surround them, Félicia Atkinson has composed a piece that evokes and celebrates, in a poetic and holistic way, the mystery of art, the somnambulic oscillation that accompanies the act of creating. Blending fragmentary voices, islands of piano, electronic textures and patterns, and field recordings, Félicia Atkinson’s music is sincere and inspired, a meditation, then, but also a lesson we sometimes forget: being an artist is not an activity, even less a profession, it’s a singular way of approaching the world and, in so doing, densifying it / Richard Chartier’s music takes up residence at the frontiers of the audible, on the edge where sound diffracts into an inter-dimensionality where sounds, space, listening and silence recombine in an arborescence of becomings that present themselves to us and then disappear. The space-time in which Richard Chartier’s music unfolds is a stretched space-time, barely emerging in the world of sound. The delicacy, precision and accuracy of the composition Recurrence.Expansion lies precisely in this dialogue between a shape that is exposed and developed in an inspired and masterful way, and the sonic biotope in which this shape develops. It is from such an encounter that the singularity of Richard Chartier’s music emerges, music of attentive listening, but also sensitive, inhabited music, a music of discreet metamorphosis

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  • Oppenheimer Analysis : New Mexico 1982 - 2xLP (Minimal Wave, 2023)

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

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  • Akira Sakata, Entasis : Live in Europe 2022 - 2xCD (Trost, 2023)

  • Live recordings of heavy weigh Japanese saxophone wizard Akira Sakata Europen tour in 2022. In Greece together with Giovanni di Domenico: piano, Giotis Damianidis: electric guitar, Petros Damianidis: double bass, Stephanos Chytiris: drums; in Italy with di Domenico, Damianidis and Balázs Pándi on drums; and in Belgium with di Domenico, Damianidis and Aleksandar Škori? on drums

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  • Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink : Outspan No 1 - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2023)

  • It's hard to imagine how this record -- and it's mate, Outspan No 2 -- managed to remain more or less out of circulation from the CD era onward. Outspan No 1 is nothing less than an ideal distillation of the broad approach to sound creation utilized by the three-ring circus that is Brötzmann, Van Hove, and Bennink, here with the added bonus of Mangelsdorff. Two short numbers, two long, too perfect

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  • Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink : Outspan No 2 - LP (Cien Fuegos, 2023)

  • Recorded a month after Outspan No 1, this album offers up four more sonic delights from the core trio of Brötzmann, Van Hove, and Bennink. Rarely has free jazz/Euro improv/circus music/[your identifier here] sounded so unfettered and delightful -- adventurous without seeming self-serious, silly yet not without gravity. A must for any fan of these three maestros

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  • Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar : Vrindavan 1982 - 2xLP (Black Truffle, 2023)

  • Black Truffle is thrilled to present a previously unheard performance by rudra veena master Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, recorded in the North Indian city of Vrindavan at the Druhpad Samaroh festival in 1982. Z.M. Dagar was a nineteenth-generation descendant of the Dagar family of musicians, famed for their profoundly meditative approach to the tradition of Hindustani court music. Perhaps the most revered members of the family were the brothers Mohinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar, who played a key role in reawakening interest in dhrupad in the mid-20th century / The great exponents of the tradition from whom Z.M. Dagar descended were all singers, and dhrupad is essentially vocal music. However, as Z.M. Dagar explained, the veena family of instruments plays an important role in the education and practice of dhrupad singers, especially as an aid to mastering the fine microtonal nuances of pitch essential to the genre. Introduced as a child by his father to the rudra veena, a large and low-pitched veena amplified by two enormous gourds, Z.M. Dagar became the first modern dhrupad musician to perform with it as an instrumental soloist, giving his first recital at the age of 16 / Devoted to the instrument throughout his life, he made innovations to its design and materials, as well as introducing novel techniques (such as playing without the use of the traditional wire plectrum, resulting in the remarkable warmth of his tone). In the great Dagar family tradition, his approach to the various ragas that make up the dhrupad repertoire was stately, slow, and considered, with a great emphasis on the alap, the heavily improvised exposition section. True to form, in this recording of Dagar performing the night raga Yaman Kalyan, the alap section stretches out to more than forty minutes of slow-motion bliss, a frozen tanpura drone hovering above Dagar’s gracefully bent notes and elegantly twisting phrases. Adorned with beautiful archival photographs of Dagar taken by Swedish percussion legend Bengt Berger and accompanied by detailed notes from Bradford Bailey, Vrindavan 1982 is a stunning document of music unmatched in its patient focus and mysterious emotional depth

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  • El Búho : Strata - LP (Wonderwheel, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. El Buho’s fifth studio album may be his most personal yet. Strata draws from Robin’s attempts to grapple with the tension of experiencing happiness, joy and gratitude in our daily lives with loved ones or through sharing music while the world falls apart around us. This dynamic of trying to live in the moment and enjoy the privileged life we have yet in the back of your mind there is an overwhelming sense of dread that the world will never be the same and, as climate change really starts to hit home, there are incredibly difficult times ahead. It is about our attempts to find a place of peace, balance and fulfillment between these powerful strata above and below us / This is an album heavy with intimate and personal music that moves between personal joy and the anguish of our modern world. Timini is dedicated to Robin’s second son Oscar who earned the nickname Petit Mini (Little Mini) which became ‘Timini’. The track was inspired by the rustling wind and shaking leaves as Robin walked home from the hospital the evening after Oscar’s birth, writing the whole track in one exhausted and emotional sitting. Gentle Breeze was inspired by the feeling of a warm early summer’s afternoon with the family at home. Beautiful simplicity / On the other hand, Alarma de Emergencia is a cumbia for the endless alarm that has been ringing, unheard across our planet for decades. Fuel Fandango singer Nita’s beautiful lyrics to its sister track Cenizas de Agua reference the need to “open our hearts, look for our own reflection and break the silence” While on Brujería Bomba Estereo frontwoman Li Saument implores us to sanar (heal) and limpiar clean above Robin’s trademark floating flutes and an organic dem-bow beat

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  • The Greg Foat Group : Blue Lotus - LP (Blue Crystal, 2023)

  • The Classic Greg Foat Group line-up returns with special guests Art Themen on Soprano Saxophone and Morgan Simpson (Black Midi) on Drums. Heavy Synth and percussive Grooves

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  • Triola : Scapegoat - LP (Constructive, 2023)

  • ‘Scapegoat’ is the new album by Triola, the project led by the prolific Tokyo-based composer & experimental string musician Atsuko Hatano, featuring the Japanese violinist Anzu Suhara / Conceived as a string project, with Hatano on viola, cello, bass and Suhara on violin, Triola involves a rotating ensemble of guest musicians, including the likes of Chicago-born musician, composer & producer Jim O’Rourke (Drag City, Sonic Youth, Steamroom), the composer & musician Eiko Ishibashi (Drag City, Black Truffle), Australian composer Joe Talia (Touch, Room40, Feeding Tube Records), Yamaguchi-born drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (releases on Black Truffle, Longform Editions, Superpang, performances with Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi & Phew +++), Sendai-based vocalist & musician Koji Shibuya (Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Yumbo) & many more / ‘Scapegoat’ follows the 2019 album release by Triola entitled ‘Chiral’, and although recorded as an instrumental opus, ‘Scapegoat’ is described by Hatano as an ‘imaginary opera’, comprising eleven ‘scenes’ connected by one overarching drama, with a song or a poem scripted for each composition. Exploring the symbolism of light, space, and precious gemstones, as well as themes of solitude, memory, self-fulfilment, self-deception, rebirth, and reinvention, Triola masterfully shape exquisite, free-flowing movements of strings and percussion, marked by subtle infiltrations of aleatoric electronics and found sound

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  • Diepkloof United Voice : Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa - LP (Ostinato, 2023)

  • Picture disc. Today, South Africa and its young people are 30 years detached from the end of apartheid and the achievement of Black majority political—but crucially not economic—power. Regrettably, the country languishes as a land of broken promises and unrealized potential. In apartheid-era South Africa, gospel music provided solace and served as a subversive tool for covert communication to circumvent the censorship of the settler regime. By the 2010s, gospel music in South Africa, deeply ingrained in the soul of Soweto, assumed a new role—as a heartfelt cry against persistent failures and shortcomings, a cry mourning a South Africa that never materialized. A new South Africa needed a new gospel sound / Diepkloof United Voice knew this. In 2016, nine young men from different parts of Diepkloof, a celebrated neighborhood brimming with talent within Soweto’s sprawling township, came together, united by their shared home and impatience with the second highest youth employment rate in the world. Frustrated by the state's repeated failures, they embraced self-empowerment through music. Diepkloof’s competitive yet supportive music scene became their proving ground. Yet, Soweto grapples with pervasive drug use and high crime rates while young people suffer illnesses prematurely because of misguided choices. Diepkloof United Voice is a refuge, shielding its members from the perils of drugs, health issues, crime, and gangs. It has become all too common for young men to acquire criminal records in Soweto, but none of Diepkloof United Voice share that fate. When they sing, everything feels right, everything feels safe / It is the sole force capable of bringing about change in their lives. If they were to ever stop, they believe they would only contribute to the statistics of shattered lives in their midst. Since their formation in 2016, Diepkloof United Voice's music has gone viral multiple times on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, garnering between 60,000 to 2 million views. The comments section displays flag emojis from Brazil to India, showcasing the global reach of their music. Locally too, the group will perform at funerals, weddings, theaters, graduation parties, churches, street parties, and radio stations, able to connect across generations. This album was recorded in an abandoned classroom of Lebowa Elementary School in Diepkloof Zone 3, where, symbolically, broken windows and brick walls created the backdrop for years of rehearsals and the honing of their sound

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  • Farazi, Kayra : Hayalet Isligi - LP (Below System, 2023)

  • This is the 10th year edition of the album "Hayalet Isligi (Instrumentals)" by Istanbul based Turkish producer Farazi. Originally released on September 13th 2013, the 10th year edition is remastered for the vinyl and digital release. The instrumental album is a combination of music based on classic Hip Hop rhythm and beats with samples taken from psychedelic rock to old Soviet and Balkan music. On Spotify alone, the album is streamed over 50 million times

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  • Furtherset : The Infinite Hour - LP (-ous, 2023)

  • 'The Infinite Hour' is a shattered elegy synthesized in electronics. Furtherset’s music does not explain, settle or justify, it rather simply manifests the grip of anguish. As a whole, the album’s six compositions resemble the labored breathing of one who mourns a disappearance and fears oblivion. A feeling like having one’s chest weightened by a stone, while still being attentive to one’s breath, and aware of what remains. From this dimension The Infinite Hour arises and transfigures loss into a space that is always extending: the hour is infinite, the melody is circular, and even stasis has its own measure that is exceeded into eternity / The album was created between 2020 and 2022, in a slow process of writing and continuous refinement parallel to the previous EP, 'Auras'. The compositions found their final form during the mixing process carried out together with Bienoise. They were later named based on references to authors who influenced and are dear to Furtherset: Amelia Rosselli, Vladimir Chlebnikov, Hubert Damisch, Dante Alighieri. Each track, composed with its live rendition in mind, manifests itself to the listener as a possible variant of a path that is never definitive. Their live performance, an increasingly distinctive moment within Furtherset’s work, is a gesture of concentration and extension, where every composition is developed through meticulous variations of each singularity / 'The Infinite Hour' is one possible manifestation of an ever-changing musical landscape, a universe with unmistakable sounds but always on the verge of disintegrating, collapsing, and opening up spaces, times, infinities. Furtherset is the musical project of artist and musician Tommaso Pandolfi (1995). His compositions’ distinctive traits are stratifications and recursive shifting modulations, synthetic clusters and sampling, alongside rhythmic and embracing harmonies. The project is envisaged as formal research that follows a path towards saturation and layering, but is always capable of generating voids in which the listener can take their place and fill them according to their own focus

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  • Osmo Lindeman : Electronic Works - 2xLP+CD (Sähkö Recordings, 2023)

  • Electronic Works by Osmo Lindeman compiles electronic music works of a Finnish hybrid of Monty Norman, Krzysztof Penderecki and Edgar Varèse first time on an album. Lindeman composed these works in his private home studio during 1969–1974 / “Electronic music represents the future. Today, its use is limited due to the complexity of available methods. Eventually, when the technical production of electronic music becomes simpler, its use will undoubtedly increase. I doubt it will replace a live performance, but you never know. Electronic music is in some way cold, but isn’t our current world cold? / In politics they talk about ”cold war”, to give an example. Undoubtedly, there is something really cold about electronic music, but every era creates art that is related to itself. And art is an essential part of the life we live. Eventually, I faced the same problems in electronic music composition than when composing orchestral music.”

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  • Diepkloof United Voice : Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa - LP (Ostinato, 2023)

  • Black vinyl. Today, South Africa and its young people are 30 years detached from the end of apartheid and the achievement of Black majority political—but crucially not economic—power. Regrettably, the country languishes as a land of broken promises and unrealized potential. In apartheid-era South Africa, gospel music provided solace and served as a subversive tool for covert communication to circumvent the censorship of the settler regime. By the 2010s, gospel music in South Africa, deeply ingrained in the soul of Soweto, assumed a new role—as a heartfelt cry against persistent failures and shortcomings, a cry mourning a South Africa that never materialized. A new South Africa needed a new gospel sound / Diepkloof United Voice knew this. In 2016, nine young men from different parts of Diepkloof, a celebrated neighborhood brimming with talent within Soweto’s sprawling township, came together, united by their shared home and impatience with the second highest youth employment rate in the world. Frustrated by the state's repeated failures, they embraced self-empowerment through music. Diepkloof’s competitive yet supportive music scene became their proving ground. Yet, Soweto grapples with pervasive drug use and high crime rates while young people suffer illnesses prematurely because of misguided choices. Diepkloof United Voice is a refuge, shielding its members from the perils of drugs, health issues, crime, and gangs. It has become all too common for young men to acquire criminal records in Soweto, but none of Diepkloof United Voice share that fate. When they sing, everything feels right, everything feels safe / It is the sole force capable of bringing about change in their lives. If they were to ever stop, they believe they would only contribute to the statistics of shattered lives in their midst. Since their formation in 2016, Diepkloof United Voice's music has gone viral multiple times on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, garnering between 60,000 to 2 million views. The comments section displays flag emojis from Brazil to India, showcasing the global reach of their music. Locally too, the group will perform at funerals, weddings, theaters, graduation parties, churches, street parties, and radio stations, able to connect across generations. This album was recorded in an abandoned classroom of Lebowa Elementary School in Diepkloof Zone 3, where, symbolically, broken windows and brick walls created the backdrop for years of rehearsals and the honing of their sound

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  • Diepkloof United Voice : Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa - LP (Ostinato, 2023)

  • Soweto dusk orange vinyl. Today, South Africa and its young people are 30 years detached from the end of apartheid and the achievement of Black majority political—but crucially not economic—power. Regrettably, the country languishes as a land of broken promises and unrealized potential. In apartheid-era South Africa, gospel music provided solace and served as a subversive tool for covert communication to circumvent the censorship of the settler regime. By the 2010s, gospel music in South Africa, deeply ingrained in the soul of Soweto, assumed a new role—as a heartfelt cry against persistent failures and shortcomings, a cry mourning a South Africa that never materialized. A new South Africa needed a new gospel sound / Diepkloof United Voice knew this. In 2016, nine young men from different parts of Diepkloof, a celebrated neighborhood brimming with talent within Soweto’s sprawling township, came together, united by their shared home and impatience with the second highest youth employment rate in the world. Frustrated by the state's repeated failures, they embraced self-empowerment through music. Diepkloof’s competitive yet supportive music scene became their proving ground. Yet, Soweto grapples with pervasive drug use and high crime rates while young people suffer illnesses prematurely because of misguided choices. Diepkloof United Voice is a refuge, shielding its members from the perils of drugs, health issues, crime, and gangs. It has become all too common for young men to acquire criminal records in Soweto, but none of Diepkloof United Voice share that fate. When they sing, everything feels right, everything feels safe / It is the sole force capable of bringing about change in their lives. If they were to ever stop, they believe they would only contribute to the statistics of shattered lives in their midst. Since their formation in 2016, Diepkloof United Voice's music has gone viral multiple times on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, garnering between 60,000 to 2 million views. The comments section displays flag emojis from Brazil to India, showcasing the global reach of their music. Locally too, the group will perform at funerals, weddings, theaters, graduation parties, churches, street parties, and radio stations, able to connect across generations. This album was recorded in an abandoned classroom of Lebowa Elementary School in Diepkloof Zone 3, where, symbolically, broken windows and brick walls created the backdrop for years of rehearsals and the honing of their sound

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  • El Búho : Strata - LP (Wonderwheel, 2023)

  • Purple vinyl. El Buho’s fifth studio album may be his most personal yet. Strata draws from Robin’s attempts to grapple with the tension of experiencing happiness, joy and gratitude in our daily lives with loved ones or through sharing music while the world falls apart around us. This dynamic of trying to live in the moment and enjoy the privileged life we have yet in the back of your mind there is an overwhelming sense of dread that the world will never be the same and, as climate change really starts to hit home, there are incredibly difficult times ahead. It is about our attempts to find a place of peace, balance and fulfillment between these powerful strata above and below us / This is an album heavy with intimate and personal music that moves between personal joy and the anguish of our modern world. Timini is dedicated to Robin’s second son Oscar who earned the nickname Petit Mini (Little Mini) which became ‘Timini’. The track was inspired by the rustling wind and shaking leaves as Robin walked home from the hospital the evening after Oscar’s birth, writing the whole track in one exhausted and emotional sitting. Gentle Breeze was inspired by the feeling of a warm early summer’s afternoon with the family at home. Beautiful simplicity / On the other hand, Alarma de Emergencia is a cumbia for the endless alarm that has been ringing, unheard across our planet for decades. Fuel Fandango singer Nita’s beautiful lyrics to its sister track Cenizas de Agua reference the need to “open our hearts, look for our own reflection and break the silence” While on Brujería Bomba Estereo frontwoman Li Saument implores us to sanar (heal) and limpiar clean above Robin’s trademark floating flutes and an organic dem-bow beat

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  • Claire M Singer : Soar - CD (Touch, 2023)

  • Comes in a DVD-sized case with artwork by Jon Wozencroft. Saor [pronounced Sieur: meaning “free” in Scottish Gaelic] is the first release in a triptych of albums, inspired by escapes to the peaks of Claire’s homeland of Scotland. Saor perfectly encapsulates Claire’s experimental approach to the pipe organ, exploring rich harmonic textures and complex overtones creating ever-shifting melodic and rhythmic patterns, which conjure visions of the Scottish dramatic landscapes she is inspired by / “Saor follows two narratives: my trekking across the Cairngorm mountains in Aberdeenshire through the granite plateaux, corries, glens and straths, and my exploration of the 1872 Conacher organ in Forgue Kirk Aberdeenshire where many of my ancestors lie”

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  • Various Artists : D-003 - MC (Doyenne, 2023)

  • Baby blue cassette tape, woodcut print cover. D003 arrives as a split between four experimental sound artists from London/LA, Philadelphia, Krakow, and Portland/Berlin

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  • Nothing But Heart : Languor - MC (Possible Motive, 2023)

  • The luxurious threads of your recent tailored finds are a conspicuous reminder of the sins you can't outrun. Paradise, an elusive escape from the mundane bourgeois existence you yearned to shed, remains an elusive mirage. Your opulent den, a sanctuary for the modern-day clone, is a testament to the tainted wealth accumulated by a first world that thrives on the exploitation of the so-called others. Amidst the midnight downtown haze enchanting melodies of smart phones and social media, the allure of fame and recognition hangs like a heavy cloud, casting a shadow over the once-rosy promises of success. Your most recent purchase, which you once cherished, now appear tarnished, their value distorted by harsh realities

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  • stroMMorts : Malville Superphénix: The Most Dangerous Machine In The World - CD (Ash International, 2023)

  • Superphénix is an industrial prototype for high-power sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors. It is located on the Creys-Malville site in France, close to the Swiss border. It is the largest fast neutron reactor in the world. Using modular synthesizers, field recordings and a bit of guitar, strom|morts take you on an aural tour of the plant in full operation. Discover the nuclear site room by room. From the control room to the reactor, the 12 drone pieces that make up the tour will give you an intense experience. Mixed by Randall Dunn

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  • Various Artists : The NID Tapes: Electronic Music From India 1969-1972 - LP+12" (The state51 Conspiracy, 2023)

  • Beautifully made double vinyl LP of this unique and important release featuring the earliest electronic music ever made in India. The black and white sleeve and inners feature archive photos of the composers at the NID and comes within a poly outer printed on both sides. The first 3 sides contain the music, the 4th features an etching created by Shreya Aurora, a recent graduate from the National Institute of Design where these recordings were created 60 years ago / The NID Tapes’ presents a collection of early Indian electronic music uncovered at the archives of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Recorded between 1969-1972 the compilation chronicles electronic works from the previously unknown Indian composers Gita Sarabhai, I.S. Mathur, Atul Desai, S.C. Sharma and Jinraj Joshipura who worked at the nation’s first electronic music studio founded at the NID during the utopian years following India’s independence - a radical period of visionary experimentation and artistic free-thought / The studio was founded with support from the New York composer David Tudor who personally set up a Moog modular system and tape machine in the autumn of 1969, and The NID Tapes also includes an excerpt from Tudor’s work discovered amongst the collection of tapes. The release developed from a long-term research project by the British artist and electronic musician Paul Purgas who travelled to Ahmedabad over many years to explore the origins of electronic music in India. This resulted in the discovery of the electronic music archive at the NID and its eventual restoration and digitising, which featured in the acclaimed BBC radio documentary Electronic India

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  • Better Corners : Continuous Miracles, Vol.2 - LP (The state51 Conspiracy, 2023)

  • Black, cream & white “twisted knot” vinyl housed in a printed inner sleeve and presented in a matt finish outer sleeve with a debossed spot gloss art square, slipped inside a stickered poly bag. Avant garde supergroup Better Corners hit sublime stride with atmospheric post-everything second album. Dream team trio Better Corners – Valentina Magaletti, Sarah Register and Matthew Simms – have completed a staggering new album Continuous Miracles: Vol. 2 for The state51 Conspiracy, and where their debut LP joyfully opened the door to a brand new room, this one strides purposefully inside / Renowned drummer/percussionist Magaletti (Holy Tongue, Vanishing Twin, Moin), avant rock musician and in demand mastering engineer Register (Kim Gordon, Talk Normal) and multi-instrumentalist and modular obsessed Simms (Wire, MEMORIALS) inject an all-too-rare sense of childlike wonder and joy into their own inimitable collage of experimental rock, wonky dream pop, analog ambient, tape experimentation, avant percussion, modular electronics and noise music. It is this sense of fun that led to one of the band’s “uncovers”: ‘Modulating De Niro’ began with a solo piano version of Bananarama’s ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ which was then sent on a very long journey through modular synth patches and FX chains until it became the unrecognisable to the original and the majestic beast it is now / The album centres round the colossal 16-minute-long ‘Career Test’, a dynamic trip through glitch-enhanced noise, machine dub and the ambience of amplified rock music, to a transcendent, mind-expanding modern raga. The touchstones are varied and thrilling with nods to mid-80s Sonic Youth, Grouper, Stars Of The Lid, Arthur Russell, Delia Derbyshire, Bongwater and Claire Rousay

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  • Santaka : Xram - 12" (Radio Vilnius, 2023)

  • Santaka is collaborative project of multi-instrumentalist Marijus Aleksa, DJ/Producer Manfredas Bajelis and their friends from Vilnius and beyond. ‘XRAM’ EP is their fourth release. Original version is one of the first tracks the duo created, before their partnership became a reality. It is built around vocal recordings from sessions with Vilnius resident Saulius Petreikis, a virtuoso of wind instruments. EP also features two other musicians featured on previous releases - Mindaugas Vadoklis & Andrei Rusu of Khidja / Record is opening with a swirling array of particles, it exudes a potent disorientating and intriguing aura, pushing the listener deeper into the void. This is followed by a hypnotic & stripped back remix by Marco Shuttle, an artist of singular techno aesthetics. ‘Crescent’ sets pace with a frantic, scattered synth programming - colliding with sliding dreamscape tones. ‘XDRUM’ follows a ritualistic rhythm section, punctuated by syncopated samples and eerie vocal notes ringing out in the darkness

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  • Suzanne Ciani, Jonathan Fitoussi : Golden Apples Of The Sun - LP (Obliques, 2023)

  • Obliques and Atmospheric are very happy to present their new album “Golden Apples of the Sun”. It is the result of a close cooperation between Suzanne Ciani and Jonathan Fitoussi. The American electronic music pioneer (5 time Grammy award-nominated) has joined the French composer to sign a four-hand album around mythical synthesizers like Buchla, Moog and Ems... / Mainly recorded in California, facing the Pacific Ocean, the white sound of synthesizers mixes constantly with the sound of the waves and wind.The music generated is directly blended with the surrounding elements of nature.It is both organic and live, hypnotic and rhythmical, powerful and dreamlike / Suzanne is a five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist who has released over 20 solo albums. Her work has been featured in films, games, and countless commercials as well. She was inducted into the first class of Keyboard Magazine's Hall of Fame alongside other synthluminaries. Most recently, she is the recipient of the Independent Icon Award from A2IM. Suzanne has provided the voice and sounds for Bally's groundbreaking "Xenon" pinball machine, created Coca-Cola’s pop-and-pour sound, designed logos for Fortune 500 companies, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world

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  • John Coxon : Real Magic Vol.1 - LP (Treader, 2023)

  • Black vinyl with front laminated flipback "Manila" coloured card sleeves. Treader is proud to announce the first solo release from label-founder John Coxon. Best known for his work in Spring Heel Jack and Spiritualized, as well as extensive collaborative work with J. Spaceman, Evan Parker, Charles Hayward, Han Bennink and Pedro Reyes to name a few, it was perhaps inevitable that recent times allowed Coxon the space and time to experiment on his own / Real Magic Vol. 1 is the result of a year’s worth of early morning recordings made during 2021 in Coxon’s east London studio while he played with a newly acquired tube mic and grappled with chronic tinnitus. Coxon’s playful and inquisitive approach to working with minimal instrumentation (guitar, percussion, CDJ & turntable) was by self-imposed parameters (mono recordings, limited overdubs and post-production) allowing him to focus on making the music in the moment and staying out of his own way. Loosely improvised and non-recursive although anchored to root notes and two chord blues patterns, the music inhabits its own, very personal, space and reads as both a reflection on the act of making music and an Oulipian experiment with sound. Real Magic, knowingly oxymoronic, reflects Coxon’s feeling that ‘(music is) ...an endlessly fascinating and magical thing that I still don’t understand’ / Compiled by Mikel Acosta, Real Magic Vol. 1 perfectly captures these intimate and diaristic works of a specific point in an artists’ life. Acosta’s selection and sequencing provide a foothold for the listener, transforming the sketches into a surprisingly vivid and expressive suite of perfectly unbalanced meta-music. Perhaps the Sibelius quote ‘where language ends music begins’ captures the spirit of Real Magic Vol. 1 most accurately

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  • Middex : In Second Floor and Third Floor Story - LP (Goods Outward, 2023)

  • 180g black vinyl & paper inner. Outer sleeve & label ink stamped by hand, hand numbered with A4 insert, Edition of 180. There is a wall missing on the second floor. We are exposed to the brilliant light, the pixilated heat, moving with the sandstorm. The grains appear greyscale. Looking closer, each is iridescent; with the potential to bloom (in spite of the agriculture) / Follow the thread of shimmering bells, altering the air pressure. Up staircase. The denizens of this place, always just out of eye line. The Kleptomaniac, the Typical Male, the Wild Family. The Angels on a working breeze. The Been and the Gone. The Retching Birds. The Hyena up there. The Homophobic Neighbour. All leaving their impressions, heard but never seen / The third floor offers us shelter, though it is howling outside. Door after hall, after chamber, after corridor. Each cell filtering, through its own resonance to pure tones. The only way is onward, following the thread. Keeping a count as best you can

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  • Deleted : Les Sentiments - MC (Infinite Expanse, 2023)

  • C50 with on-body printing in jewel case and printed two-sided j-card. Compilation of home-brewed experimental, dark pop, minimalist and industrial music / 'Les Sentiments' provides a crucial survey of Deleted, the solo project of prolific French artist Christophe Petchanatz, a long-time veteran of the underground scene who cropped up under many different pseudonyms and across a whole slew of bands. Most notably, this included Los Paranos and Klimperei, as well as frequent collaborations with the likes of Al Seamless and C-drík. Deleted, whose name is derived from those cassettes which were out of print and never reissued, and so were removed from a label’s catalogue and therefore “deleted”, served as an outpost for his slightly darker explorations into the world of new wave, experimental, industrial and minimalism, all of which uniquely sown with a home-brewed feel reminiscent of the period / The project was initiated in 1988 and eventually spanned almost 20 cassettes over the proceeding ten years, with releases on some of the stalwart labels such as EE, Tonspur, Corrosive and Old Europa Cafe. 'Les Sentiments' provides an initial gaze into such a world, featuring 14 tracks across six of his albums over 1988-1994, with a skew towards his earlier material but landing at some of his later stuff once through to the other side

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  • Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, Pharoah Sanders : The Trance Of Seven Colors - 2xLP (Zehra, 2023)

  • 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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  • PainKiller : Execution Ground - 2xLP (Karlrecords, 2023)

  • Repress. Supergroup consisting of John Zorn, Mick Harris & Bill Laswell, avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres / When PainKiller started in 1991, their first two albums “Guts Of A Virgin” and “Buried Secrets” (both released on extreme metal label Earache) were heavy attacks blending grindcore and free jazz that brought together the musical backgrounds of the three protagonists: drummer Mick Harris had just left grindcore legend Napalm Death, John Zorn explored new extremities with his Naked City project while Bill Laswell had as a member of roaring free jazz quartet Last Exit (Peter Brötzmann / Sonny Sharrock / Ronald Shannon Jackson) proven that he was not only a visionary producer but also an accomplished bassist / But it is their 1994 double album “Execution Ground” that remains the opus magnum of the brilliant trio: Zorn unmistakable shrieking saxophone, Harris’ pounding drums and Laswell growling sub-bass lines were given heavy mixing desk treatment, resulting in extended tracks that are no less intense than their early works but display the full range of the musicians’ skills. Soaked with reverb and delay, avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres - even more so in the ambient versions of disc 2


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  • Bene Gesserit : Postcards From Arrakis - LP (Everything Is Shit, 2023)

  • Remastered reissue of the Ding Dong cassette originally released in the mid eighties, this version contains five unreleased bonus tracks from the same period. This LP is released by the Belgian label Everything is Shit and comes with an A4 insert / Bene Gesserit is a husband and wife band founded by Trazegniet's natives Alain Neffe and Nadine Bal. Since the early 80's to this day, they have been both involved in several projects, as solo or in bands, like Human Flesh, Pseudo Code, I Scream, Japanese Genius, Subject or Cortex for Alain and Ornament and Crime Arkhestra for Nadine. Bene Gesserit's material was mostly self-released but had been also featured on various compilations and hosted by several labels like EE Tapes, Stroom, Minimal Wave, Calypso Now, etc / Alain is also the founder of the cult DIY label Insane Music on which he released his own music, other bands and these inventive packaging compilations quite logically named "Insane Music For People", followed by the "Home-made Music For Home-Made People" ones. They featured amongst others Algebra Suicide, Tara Cross, Colin Potter, Portion Control, Cortex, The Legendary Pink Dots, Diseno Corbusier, X-Ray Pop and many others...

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  • Gigi Masin, Rod Modell : Red Hair Girl At The Lighthouse Beach - LP (13, 2023)

  • Clear vinyl second edition presented in a deluxe edition with printed innersleeve and a special transparent obi strip the cover is also printed internally. Hand numbered. Making music is trying to start over again every time. It’s a matter of questioning and approaching. It’s never settling for the sound that fills the world around. It’s looking for a door in the sky. And maybe find it, open it, go beyond it. Rod Modell and Gigi Masin, this time together, are offering each other vibrations and insights. The former lives between two lakes, the latter between the Venetian lagoon and the sea. Everyone on their own shore, building electronic bridges in semi-darkness to allow us to cross too / No words would be needed to explain this work... It is the meeting of two people, an exchange of different points of view. A way to meet and then break up. Rod has reworked a piece of Gigi making it his own... and so did Gigi with a piece of Rod. A magnificent intersection of sounds and thoughts... remaining suspended to watch the passing of time, to listen to the noises and silences of life that passes inexorably around us

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  • Index For Working Musik : Indexe’e - 12" (Tough Love, 2023)

  • Hand-stamped sleeves. A remodel in 40 minutes at half-time, the group temporarily slimmed and tuned to a different gait, a shifting of pulses, delay, moving air; the sound of the room and the body, of the body in the room; a room fogged as emphysemic lungs where indistinct translucent ooze lines its walls, possibly of paranormal origin, possibly of nocturnal transgression alone. The reality - as it ought - is occluded from view. Not necessarily the IFWM unit you might assume, but most certainly one of the many versions they've always been. And not so much a new beginning as an alternative diversion through the abyss. Indexe'e: aka Index For Working Musik. Onwards, inwards / RIYL: The Dead C, Birchville Cat Motel, Skullflower, Heat Exhaustion, feelings of confusion and self-recrimination et al

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  • Bowery Electric : Bowery Electric - 2xLP Box (Kranky, 2023)

  • Reissue of debut album from 1995, now including their 1994 Drop EP. First time available on vinyl in nearly two decades. On Pitchfork’s best shoegaze albums of all time list / Included in Andrew Earles’s Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. This new double LP version restores the track “Deep Sky Objects” to the original running order of the album as it was left off of the original single LP version due to side length restraints. This is the first time this album has been available on vinyl in almost two decades, and the first time the Drop EP has been available in any format since original release in 1994

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  • Elizabeth Parker : Future Perfect - LP (Trunk, 2023)

  • Elizabeth Parker is a composer you may not have heard of until now. Well here she is, in all her musical glory, having worked for decades at the front line of British electronics, radiophonics, soundracks and more. This is an album full of musical ideas ahead of the curve, with contemporary technology that was to go on and very much shape the future of sound we know now. From classic tape loop techniques to modern sampling concepts you will find dark ambience, drones, beer adverts and drifts into space. This is the first ever Elizabeth Parker LP and represents (with 26 tracks) a very small retrospective of her extraordinarily prolific and commercial output. Not to be missed

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  • Bill Orcutt : Jump On It - LP (Palilalia, 2023)

  • It’s been ten years since Bill Orcutt released A History of Every One, a compendium of hacksaw renditions of American standards on acoustic guitar — and since ten years is a blink of an eye, you are forgiven for not immediately realizing that we've gone an entire decade waiting for Jump On It, the next Orcutt solo acoustic record / As those of us of “a certain age” will tell you (ad nauseam), a decade is a blink of an eye containing an infinity of experiential moments, and if this record is any gauge, the weight of those experiences have squashed Orcutt’s rough edges, feathered his stop-motion timing into a languid lyrical flow, and snapped the shackles tethering his instant compositional skills to the imperative to deconstruct guitar history. In short, Jump On It is a collection of canonical, mature acoustic guitar soli to contrast against the fractured downtown conceits of previous acoustic releases. For those paying attention to the arc of Orcutt’s electric records, which chart a course from Quine’s choppiness to Thompsonian / Verlaine-ian flow, it should be no surprise that the ten year gap between acoustic records should expose a similar underlying journey

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  • Bill Orcutt : Odds Against Tomorrow - LP (Palilalia, 2019)

  • After two LPs and over half a decade spent toiling in the margins of the American Songbook, Bill Orcutt returns to original composition and the blues with his latest LP, Odds Against Tomorrow. Taking its title from Robert Wise’s 1959 film noir, Odds Against Tomorrow retrofits familiar folk/blues forms to the unique sound of Orcutt’s guitar and the result crackles with a freshness and authority that nostalgic retreads cannot deliver / Odds Against Tomorrow is more than an expansion of the territory charted by Bill Orcutt, his eponymous 2017 studio electric debut, although it’s certainly that. With its nods to existing musics, half- step fluctuations, and near-songwriterly manipulations of tension/release, Odds Against Tomorrow is a rock record — almost. Clearly and simply recorded through a clattering Fender Twin in Orcutt’s living room and lovingly mixed by Bay Area neighbor and pedal-steel savant Chuck Johnson, no one would mistake it for any era’s radio fodder, yet the precision of its technique and the swaying Child-ballad logic of its gentler improvisations comfortably seats it between John Mayall and Richard Thompson in your Ikea Kallax

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  • Jeff Parker : Slight Freedom - LP (Eremite, 2022)

  • His first solo recording, in 2013-14; on top-quality vinyl, in a flipback sleeve. ‘Parker combines the dark tonal palette & percussive attack he’s long been known for with real-time processing elements & field recordings, deftly crafting a unique world of solo guitar music — multilingual, mysterious, alive with extraordinary sonic events, with a sturdy intelligence in charge & a raw homestyle vibe. The title composition sets the album’s cavernous mood. Terse lines & ricocheting loops morph into a gnarly ambient section that resembles Neil Young droning out over a vg+ copy of Discreet Music / Parker creates a different sort of ambient space in his take on Frank Ocean’s Super Rich Kids, bending the melody around a bossa nova rhythm into a moodsville tone poem. Parker makes an extraordinary long-form statement out of Chad Taylor’s Mainz, a piece he first recorded with Taylor & Chris Lopes on the album Bright Light In Winter. Twice the length of the trio recording, the multi-layered soliloquy finds Parker leaping from the high rung to damn near orchestral heights, pushing his techniques & concepts to the breaking points. To say Lush Life comes with formidable baggage is an understatement. Parker achieves instant classic status with a rendition that sounds beamed-in from a decommissioned satellite — burned out, covered in space grit, yet still formally nuanced & beautifully reflective of Strayhorn’s world-weary lyrics… An artist who’s clearly taking his music to the next level.’

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  • Annea Lockwood : A Sound Map Of The Danube - 3xCD (Lovely Music, 2008)

  • Annea Lockwood has been recording rivers since 1970, "not to document them, but rather for the special state of mind and body which the sounds of moving water create when one listens intently to the complex mesh of rhythms and pitches."' Lovely Music, Ltd. released Annea's seminal work A Sound Map of the Hudson River in 1989. Nineteen years later, we are proud to present A Sound Map of the Danube, her largest river recording project to date / Recorded over three years and five trips to Europe, A Sound Map of the Danube traces the second longest European river's run from the Black Forest in Germany to its delta into the Black Sea. The recordings comprise sounds from the banks, from above and below the water, animals, insects, and interviews with people who live by the great river. The three disc set also includes a fold-out map with album notes and interview translations on the reverse side

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  • Annea Lockwood : Ground Of Being - CD (Recital, 2014)

  • 'Annea Lockwood (b. 1939, New Zealand) has been an active member of the sound art world for over 50 years. Known prominently for her Glass Concerts, exploring the sonic temperaments of glass; her Piano Transplants, a performance piece where a piano is lit on fire or partially buried; and Sound Maps, detailed audio studies of rivers in the United States. She has received international recognition for her unique relationship with sound. Lockwood has taught at a number of universities, most notably at Vassar in New York, where she taught since 1982. Although recently retired, she is still constantly engaged in her art, recording and composing from the world around her / Ground Of Being presents four pieces ranging from 1996 to 2013. Unlike her Sound Map albums, which often work environmentally (as a window fixed in a room), Ground Of Being tells a more detailed story. A moving series of memories, or a collection of different dreams / Annea has a keen connection with the resonances of the Earth; whether it be the detail of water sloshing, the reverberation of a voice in a room, or that of acoustical instruments. With these natural resonances in her palette, a unification of all sounds is formed. For example, the piece “Dusk” (2011) juxtaposes recordings from vents on the bottom of the ocean together with transposed bat calls. Additionally, on Lockwood’s composition “Ear-Walking Woman” (1996), performed here by Lois Svard (Lovely Music, Ltd.) – prepared piano acts as a microcosm of the world of sound.'

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  • Don Cherry : Home Boy, Sister Out - 2xLP (Wewantsounds, 2018)

  • Gatefold Sleeve with 2 LPs including the original 1985 LP plus an additional LP worth of bonus tracks plus new liner notes by French journalist Jacques Denis (Liberation, Superfly) in French and English. Don Cherry's downtown Paris funk masterwork / Produced in 1985 by Ramuntcho Matta and originally released by Barclay in France only, finally gets a worldwide release on Wewantsounds. The album features French post punk muse Elli Medeiros (Stinky Toys, Elli & Jacno), avant garde poet Brion Gysin and cult Senegalese drummer Abdoulaye Prosper Niang (from the mythical group Xalam). Newly Remastered, the album is augmented by five bonus tracks culled from Matta's vauts and including the superb "Kick" featuring Gysin

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  • Various Artists : Bolinus Brandaris: Flamenco From The Bay Of Cadiz - CD+Book (Dust-to-Digital, 2023)

  • 96-page hardcover book with lyric transcriptions, cultural and regional history, artist biographies, a glossary, and 46 photos printed on artbook-quality paper. Includes an audio CD. In 2015, New York-based producer David Aglow traveled to Spain searching for the roots of flamenco. At the time he set out on the recording project, a local newspaper wrote about Aglow's mission and referred to him as "an American in love with flamenco." It is his passion and drive to document the most authentic flamenco traditions of today that propels our new release "Bolinus Brandaris: Flamenco from the Bay of Cadiz.” / "Bolinus Brandaris" takes the listener to the Bay of Cadiz, which is often referred to as cuna del cante (cradle of song). This southernmost part of mainland Spain is considered the birthplace and heartland of flamenco, where many song styles originated then radiated out through the rest of Andalusia. Expertly recorded with modern technology in informal settings, these recordings document flamenco culture as it is being lived in present times. This release includes a comprehensive 96-page book with lyric transcriptions, cultural and regional histories, artist biographies, and a glossary in PDF format

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  • Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano : Brace Up! - LP (Palilalia, 2018)

  • Brace Up! is the first ever studio release from the duo of Chris Corsano (drums) and Bill Orcutt (guitar). Recorded in Brussels at Les Ateliers Claus by Christophe Albertijn on March 19th and 20th, 2018. Stage dive photograph by Jason Penner / "Over the past six years or so, drummer Chris Corsano has proven to be one of Bill Orcutt's most reliably flexible collusionists. Regardless of whether Bill is cluster-busting electric guitar strings, weaseling around with cracked electronics, or playing relatively spacious free-rock, Corsano is able to provide the proper base for his aural sculpting. A lot of Orcutt's instrumental work has traditionally felt hermetic even though he's exploring caverns of explosive ecstasy. One often got the impression Bill was operating in the way John Travolta did in the classic 1976 ABC television drama, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Orcutt's actual interaction with collaborators emerged not from communication so much as pure observation. While he was fully cognizant of his musical surroundings, his reactions to it were walled off / This approach did not encourage sonic dialogue so much as parallel streams of discourse. These streams could interact with each other, but not in particularly standard ways. On Brace Up! , their first ever studio release, this precept has changed considerably. Whether it's a function of emotional familiarity or an intellectual choice I dunno, but there's a whole new kind of duo exchange going down on this record. Bill and Chris are clearly playing off each other's moves throughout the album. And it really raises the level of the music to an all-time high. From the cop car see-saw of 'Poundland Frenzy' to the mutual pummeling of 'Paranoid Time' (possibly a Minutemen tribute?) to the lazychicken- gets-stung-prog of 'She Punched a Hole in the Moon for Me,' the sounds on Brace Up! display a constant flow of ideas and instantaneous conjugation of newly forged verbs. As great as Bill and Chris's previous duo records have been, this one's greater." -- Byron Coley

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  • Leo Hofmann : Kapriole - LP (Präsens Editionen, 2022)

  • After working in music theatre, sound art and performance contexts, Kapriole is the debut album by Zurich- and Hamburg-based artist Leo Hofmann. Central to the album, which refers in its title to a joyous jump (in classical horse riding as much as in life in general), is the ambition to translate an ephemeral practice into recorded matter. Fixed but never static, Kapriole is informed by intimate and detailed listening situations and sound practices like ASMR or the acoustically sheltered world of noise cancelling headphones / And while it’s apparent that Hofmann has a deeply rooted understanding and command of technology and its abundant possibilities, Kapriole is a tender and almost analogue feeling affair: as in his performative practice, the human voice occupies a central role in the musical configuration of the album. Quirky repetitions, hushed fragments and poetic statements circling topics like communication, mobility, and immersion occupy the album’s eight tracks. The result is a sonorous sensation, which, in its scarcity, paves the way for meticulously crafted and delicate soundscapes. Kapriole as a joyous jump which is technological as much as it is emotional / As the stage has been central to Hofmann’s oeuvre of the last ten years, the release of his debut album examines forms of exhibiting music in the digital sphere. Kapriole is therefore accompanied by a microsite programmed by Frederik Mahler-Andersen, serving as a casual but sincere exploration of an alternative stage. The last two years have shown the unexpected limitations that thinking and working in conventional live formats entails. The set-up of Kapriole as a multimedia project thus carries out a shift into a virtual space, although it might transfer to a physical stage at some point in the future

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  • L.Zylberberg : Her Her - MC (Präsens Editionen, 2023)

  • Everything about her her, the first full length album by Berlin-based Australian artist L.Zylberberg seems at first a little bit strange—in the best possible way. A little bit off yet playful, intriguing and perhaps a touch deceptive. Sounds, arrangements and images cajole the listener to second guess themselves and re-evaluate the listening experience as it's happening. It's a trip, it’s transcendental, but her her does not stylistically fall into such simple catagorisations. her her is a meticulously-crafted egress into a sonic world that is at times tense, lush, dense, and sometimes just hush / This is the third offering by Zylberberg on Swiss publishing house Präsens Editionen, following a split tape with producer and singer Belia Winnewisser and a digital release that was accompanied by a silk foulard. Zylberberg has strong ties to Berlin's Sameheads family and Tbilisi’s Mutant Radio. She also co-runs the infamous party series Twista and is a deadly DJ

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  • Martina Lussi : Balance - LP (Präsens Editionen, 2023)

  • Blue vinyl, cover design by Dorothee Dähler, features scented inner record sleeve, scent by In’n’Out Fragrances. The new album of Swiss artist Martina Lussi joins what no longer is conjoined. Conceived and realized over a period marked by changes in both the private sphere and the world at large, none of which were thinkable before, Balance brings together the before and after. “Fragments of Attention” is the fulcrum of the album: it separates the first half, written before Covid, from the second, composed during the lockdown. The six-minute track serves as a rupture and bridge between a career at its by no means definitive apex and a new uncertainty in various aspects of life / In spite of the division, Balance is held together by a common feature: Lussi’s voice, with which every composition began. Her singing, modified by effects, is supplemented by other sounds, which are light at times, bittersweet at others, and sometimes replace her voice altogether. Lussi’s singing plunges “Meditation on the Multitab” on the first half of the album into a cosmic soundscape; occasionally a rhythm irrupts into it. On “Time Lapse,” a track from the second half, the artist’s singsong articulates rhythmical elements and propels them towards a reluctant euphoria / As an album, Balance appears open and fragile, at times even vulnerable, but Lussi’s relentless openness derives from the immense strength needed to weather changes both small and large. Following the album’s production, the artist had Balance translated visually and olfactorily. The Amsterdam-based perfumer Niklaus Mettler concocted a scent based on the album, which accompanies the release. The artwork, into which the scent is integrated, was designed by the Zurich-based graphic designer Dorothee Dähler

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  • Samuel Reinhard : Repetitions - MC (Hallow Ground, Präsens Editionen, 2022)

  • On Repetitions, New York-based Swiss artist and composer Samuel Reinhard brings us close enough to a piece of music that its systematic nature begins to buckle and fade. Across four movements, three pianos pursue their own respective threadbare motifs, which overlap at the hands of a predetermined ratio of duration. What unfolds—at first glance slow, melancholic, deliberate, even plain—is a study of repetition’s in-betweens, populated by unexpected resonances and delicate traces of notes in the process of being played by human hands. The three pianos are not in sync, but are nevertheless in relation, the nature of which shifts with the listener’s orientation and attention. Each piece within Repetitions arrives as a constant whole, containing harmonies and silences that are in a never-ending process of unfurling / Repetitions is a joint release from Hallow Ground and Präsens Editionen and follows offerings by Kali Malone, Lawrence English, and FUJI | | | | | | | | | | TA on Hallow Ground, and Robert Turman, Magda Drozd, and Anna Homler on Präsens Editionen

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  • Het Zweet : 2XLIVE88 - 2xCD (EE Tapes, 2023)

  • One-man project of Marien Van Oers from Breda (NL), active from 1983 to 1988. Driven tribal percussion music such as Z'EV, Muslimgauze or perhaps Test Dept. Sadly Marien passed away on 8 january 2013 / Unreleased live recordings, probably his last ones. Live at Club Utopia in Elsloo (NL) 1988-04-01, ssupport for Bourbonese Qualk. Live on radio Militia / Vrije Radio Demervallei (B) 1988-04-06 / Recorded and mastered for CD by Frank Gorissen (Militia) @ Subterra Studio RecordingsArtwork by Joachim Cappaert (joachimcappaert.art). Graphic design by Jan Van den Broeke. Edition of 150 copies in A5-sized cardsleeve

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  • Various Artists : The Love You Save: American Soul Music 1955-1972 - 2xLP (Cairo, 2018)

  • Great compilation of rare soul music from the Cairo imprint of Mississippi Records, done with a similar approach to Mississippi's other reissues of folk, blues, and world music. It contains lots of deep soul gems from well know artists and some obscure artists. Comes with booklet, Mississippi style. Super fancy limited edition double LP not to be missed

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  • Various Artists : Freedom For The Stallion - American Soul Music 1952-1976 - 3xLP (Cairo, 2019)

  • Tip-on gold foil cover / Volume 4 of the Cairo Records soul series. 3xLP, long sold out, but Cairo made a few warehouse copies available. Includes big booklet with artist biographies and photos

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  • Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru : Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru - LP (Mississippi, 2023)

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

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  • Roxane Métayer : Éclipse des Ocelles - LP (Morc, 2023)

  • Fourth edition, this time of 150 copies, on high quality german vinyl. LP comes in a full colour sleeve, drawn and designed by Roxane. comes with a download coupon. Only difference with the previous pressings: this one comes on red vinyl, to celebrate Roxane's Japanese tour / Born in France and currently residing in Brussels, Roxane Métayer is truly a multidisciplinary artist. Learning the violin at a young age, she also developed herself as a visual artist, creating drawings, sculptures in uncommon materials as soap, and in recent years video. Her work as a musician is of an equally spontaneous nature. Though Éclipse des Ocelles is her debut album, she’s been quite active the past couple of years, in the duo’s Gebogen Ogen and Sage Alyte (with whom she released an lp on Vlek early in 2021) / On her first solo lp, Roxane Métayer fully explores the sonic possibilities of the violin, field recordings and folk oriented orchestration and melodies. The violin is often taking the melodic lead, but at the same time serves a drone background, but just as much a percussion instrument. In any case: the focus is definitely on the sound itself. She’s not afraid to use effects, minimal percussion, whistles and the occasional hushed vocal to expand the sonic palette to a maximum effect, resulting in multilayered, semi-improvised and subtle meanderings, gently evolving around a tight core

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  • Morton Feldman : Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello - LP+12" (God Records, 2023)

  • Etching on side 4. Feldman's last composition, « Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello », was completed in 1987; although its instrumentation largely corresponds to that of Piano and String Quartet, with one instead of two violins, it differs in almost every other respect from the composition written only two years earlier, for here, in contrast to Piano and String Quartet, Feldman makes every effort to integrate the piano into the string section, and the basic formal components of the composition are no longer staves, as they were in Piano and String Quartet, but individual bars / From a compositional point of view, the essential change that transfers the "monolithic block" of late orchestral works such as « Coptic Light » and « For Samuel Beckett » to chamber music instrumentation is that the material, already largely homogeneous, is rearranged not in whole systems but in small-part permutations, so that the systems and pages no longer represent periods or sections, and a continuous musical progression emerges with a much reduced internal structure compared to previous works." - Sebastian Claren

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  • Princess Diana Of Wales, Thomas Bush : Live - MC (Felt, 2023)

  • Live document of Princess Diana of Wales at Cafe OTO July last year and Thomas Bush performing in Copenhagen in March of this. We were actually in attendance at the PDoW show, but all i really remember of it was the dawning realisation that we had Covid and needing to leave promptly, missing most of the performance as a result (and Thomas Bush's headline set that night, though i guess they didn't record that and couldn't include here - we shall never know what it was like) / This cassette jogs a few memories of the smoky, heatsick dub incantations that Laila Sakini conjured while sat cross-legged in the middle of the room, a purgatorial kind of sound that actually provides a remarkable fit for the burgeoning confusion of our disease-addled minds that night. Cool to re-live. Bush's 45 min performance on the flip is a neat foil, all strange clang and Cold Storage/Psychic TV low-key malevolence, not unlike being trapped inside the stereo of Christopher Petit's Radio On. High praise indeed. Note to self: don't get sick next time Thomas Bush is in town. This'll do just fine in the meantime

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  • Accou : French Fried - 7" (Lexi Disques, 2023)

  • Born french, fried in Belgium, Accou recently delivered on stage ecstatic dancefloor sets for the techno enthusiast. Back to the intimacy of his studio, Antoine dives into layered dreamy electronics with a warm loving feeling covered under six feet of snow. On the other side of the record, that noisy guitar sound coming straight out of the early nineties instantly catches the ear for a joyful travel in time

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  • Ryuichi Sakamoto : Ongaku Zukan - LP+7" (Wewantsounds, 2023)

  • Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the first ever international release of Ryuichi Sakamoto's landmark 1984 album « Ongaku Zukan » in its Japanese edition featuring remastered audio, bonus tracks, original artwork and new liner notes by Andy Beta. Originally issued in Japan on his own School label in 1984, the reissue will replicate the original Japanese CD featuring two bonus tracks "Replica" and "Ma Mère l’Oye". Remastered by Saidera Mastering in Tokyo, the reissue boasts the original gatefold artwork plus an extra 2-page insert

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  • Suso Sáiz : Resonant Bodies - 2xLP (Music From Memory, 2022)

  • Music From Memory are excited to present the latest chapter in their ongoing collaboration with seminal Spanish ambient musician Suso Saiz. 'Resonant Bodies’ is Suso’s seventh album project with the label and again raises the bar of his musical output, embracing a conceptual approach of which Suso himself says the following: / “A body vibrates producing a sound that reaches another body and makes it vibrate and generate a new sound that makes another body vibrate that generates another sound... Imagine an infinite orchestra of bodies multiplying their sound vibrations creating the symphony of Resonant Bodies. Resonance as a principle of Communication; sound as a builder of ties and interrelations between men. Resonant Bodies pieces are part of a whole and are both generators of it. Unlike other works, during the approximately two years it took me to finish Resonant Bodies, the pieces were gradually completed and small sound particles were added caused by the vibrations generated by the previous layers until creating imperfect and synchronized sound objects. Communication.”

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  • Gidia : Struga - 2xLP (L.I.E.S. Records, 2023)

  • Gidia is a Greek duo of George Kondaktor and Giorgos Lemos, part of Athens fruitful electronic music scene for a long time they deliver a double lp of feedback washed industrialized soundscapes on top of pulverizing rhythms within a loose framework dictated by the machines. Not without roots in tradition this record features the percussion of Sepultura's Iggor Cavalera and haunting vocal appearances from The Vougioukli_Sisters on a handful of songs. Tense, drama fueled cuts!

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  • Ash Ra Tempel : Ash Ra Tempel - 50th Anniversary Edition - LP (MG.ART, 2023)

  • 140gr black vinyl. 50th Anniversary re-edition, re-cut carefully overseen by Manuel Göttsching, 350gsm quadro fold out sleeve, A2 poster, two A4 inlay (German and English) with original bio sheet written by Manuel Göttsching in 1970. Ash Ra Tempel is the eponymous debut studio album by the krautrock band Ash Ra Tempel. It features guitarist Manuel Göttsching with drummer Klaus Schulze and bassist Hartmut Enke. Engineered by Conny Plank it was recorded in March 1971 and released in June 1971 on Ohr Records. This 50th Anniversary album will be released in memoriam of all the musical contributors to this release and on Manuel Göttsching’s MG.ART label. It's the fourth and headlining edition in this series and was finalised, carefully overseen by Manuel Göttsching himself in the late Autumn of 2022 / Much has been written about the record and band. Having finished a first musical chapter with their Steeple Chase Bluesband and still at the very young age of only 17 and 18 years old Manuel Göttsching and Hartmut Enke met Klaus Schulze. Together they started to write and and compose what, to many, became one the holy grails of psychedelic rock and early electronic music – the German variant which was later also named “Krautrock”: / “The trio of Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching and Hartmut Enke decided to abandon conventional composition and songwriting, in favour of free-form improvising and developing a new musical language. As such, they became notorious for jams that could exceed 30 minutes.” Says Discogs. “Some of these recordings can be found on Manuel Göttsching's “The Private Tapes” releases”, which will be re-released on MG.ART as well, following this edition. “AllMusic called the album both astonishingly prescient and just flat out good, a logical extension of the space-jam- freakout ethos into rarified realms.”

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  • Tarzana, Sun Araw : Aqua X: Super Coracle / Tarzana - LP (Discrepant, Keroxen, 2023)

  • Introducing a super charged split LP featuring the talents of Cameron Stallones aka Sun Araw and Spencer Clark’s duo with Jan Andersen, Tarzana / What originally started as an Aquapelago inspired residency in the summer of 2021 quickly developed into its own thing. Truth be told, both artists always surfed their own personal waves of musical freedom, so Aquapelagos Vol.2 album became AQUA X, a split offshoot work featuring rehashed Tarzana compositions on one side and a live presentation form Cameron’s residency in the island of Tenerife around Keroxen festival’s 13th Edition. With two artists very dear to us this split LP picks up perfectly on the aquapelagic concept and twists inside out into worlds high and below creating a further testament to both’s artists oeuvres

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  • Natalia Beylis : Mermaids - LP (Touch Sensitive, 2023)

  • 'It was a rainy day at the recycling centre in Leitrim. There, amongst the tangle of discarded kettles and broken down toasters, I first laid eyes on her: a CRB Elettronica Ancona - Model: Diamond 708 E Electric Keyboard. She waited, resolved to her fate of slowly oxidizing in the drizzle before being crumpled into the back of a lorry heading for the landfill. Or maybe, she waited, knowing I would come. I smuggled her into the back of my van and brought her home. For years, she sat untouched in the corner of my studio. Until one day when I finally plugged her in and she came alive with an unpredictable rattle. I took her apart and inside I found three broken purple crayons broken into nine pieces. With the crayons excavated, she sounded perfect. To me anyway / The sounds that come from her when I play always move me like water: swimming in rivers and floating in the murk beneath the surface. When I found the cover picture of the three figures in a stack of old family photos, a confluence of the sounds and the image charged through me and the album Mermaids began to flicker into being.'

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  • Joseph of Kirezi : The Only Way Out Is Through - Bleeding Jams Vol. 1 - LP (Cardinal Fuzz, Feeding Tube, We Here & Now, 2023)

  • Joseph of Kirezi were formed in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) in 2012 wherever since they have been roaming the outermost corners of the black clad psychedelic underground. So please get ready to treat your ears to ‘The Only Way Out Is Through’ – a pounding tour de force of amp destroying killer Fuzz Wah Sike Rock / If there was ever music to be played in that killer sixties exploitation movie – in that biker club scene where every one has been spiked with the brown acid and the bad trip is coming on strong – then this is the music that would be playing – a pounding and ferocious white noise psychedelic nightmare. We are not dealing with any subtle intricacies here, just the joy in the classic combination of excess volume and repetition – crushing levels of heaviness all enveloped in a white noise fury. Taking cues from kindred spirits such as High Rise, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Spacemen 3, The Heads – music for freaks in the know – Prepare to vibrate as you TURN ON, TUNE IN, FREAK OUT !

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  • Necronomicon : Tips Zum Selbstmord - LP (Guerssen, 2023)

  • 50th Anniversary official reissue of this Holy Grail Kraut album from 1972. Real underground heavy prog / psychedelic hard-rock with raw, in-your-face production, German lyrics, insane acid-fuzz guitar, garage organ and dark, proto-doom atmosphere…the real deal! / Named after the famous Lovecraft book, Necronomicon formed in the German town of Aachen in 1970, first influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Hendrix…In 1972 they entered a small studio in the Dutch border and recorded in just five days a concept album named Tips zum Selbstmord. The title of the album roughly translates as “Tips on how to commit suicide” but the message the band wanted to give had nothing to do with taking your own life but instead with how mankind was facing self destruction, destroying its own planet by pollution, wars, exploitation and overpopulation / 500 copies of the album were privately pressed by the band, housed in a lavish, cross shaped multi fold-out cover. It was a graphical translation of what they wanted to express musically. Original copies are impossible to find, making it one of the most desirable and sought after Kraut / German albums ever. Here’s a long overdue new vinyl reissue

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  • Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano : Play At Duke - LP (Palilalia, 2023)

  • Few sounds in music are as instantly recognizable as the searching sting of guitarist Bill Orcutt and the cyclical propulsion of drummer Chris Corsano. At the same time, every single performance or recording I’ve heard by the duo has been markedly different, discovering new paths with a given set of tools. For more than a decade now they’ve been meeting up to instigate visceral sonic journeys without a map, engaging in elliptical dialogues with one another, but more often conjuring twinned excursions that occur with a kind of telepathic independence. They don’t need to plan or discuss what will happen when they get together. They simply jump in and see where things go, pushing and pulling when necessary, yet more often letting each other roam freely with the knowledge that they’ve a rapport that can weather all storms / The performance captured on Play at Duke was taped at the von der Heyden Studio Theater in the Rubenstein Arts Center on the campus of Duke University. The set closed out a three-day festival celebrating the 21st anniversary of Three Lobed Records, and the music they made feels utterly galvanic, a fitting conclusion by turns triumphant and bloodied. The set clocks in at just under 26 minutes but there’s nothing lacking, nothing slight. The best performances fuck with time, as this sublime encounter does. The duo were in an obvious flow straight out the gate, with Orcutt unleashing fat, fragmented arpeggios that morph from anthemic chords to flickering long tones—tense moments of repose that anticipate some new digression a la Hendrix. In the first of the three “Play at Duke” the duo packs in so many discrete ideas and dialogues that it’s hard to believe they only needed eight minutes to get it done

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  • Tool : Like A Dog In Heat - Live At Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, USA, July 15th 1998 - FM Broadcast - LP (Mind Control, 2023)

  • Live At Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, USA, July 15th 1998 - FM Broadcast

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  • Christof Migone : Wet Water (Let’s Dance) - 2xCD (Futura Resistenza, 2023)

  • Comes in a deluxe gatefold case, with 16-page documentation booklet. Christof Migone's 'Wet Water (Let’s Dance)' immerses you in a mysterious soundscape, characterised by electronic noise and watery flows. Each piece explores inarticulation and the struggle to communicate, challenging traditional notions of sound and language. In the work captured in this collection, the relation between elements is abstract, entangled, puzzle-like in its weirdness, and all the more rewarding for that

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  • Erkin Koray : Meçhul – Singles and Rarities - LP (Sublime Frequencies, 2023)

  • Erkin Koray and Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present this collection of rare tracks and lesser-heard singles. All tracks were recorded and released in Turkey between 1970 – 1977 and culled from Koray's personal vinyl collection. Includes exclusive photos and remastered audio. What more is there to say about Erkin Koray? An iconic guitar and songwriting genius. A voice of gold – Having founded the country’s first ever rock and roll group in 1957, he is regarded worldwide as the father of Turkish rock. Forging western sounds with his own inimitable musical