NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS FRIDAY, MARCH 7
thanks for looking.
so, while last weeks list may have seemed a bit abbreviated, i actually got a ton of new domestic dance titles in. some got listed. some did not. i’ve managed to get caught up with most of them on this weeks update, but some titles are already sold out (and are on re-order) and some just didn’t make it this week, but they’ll be up next week for sure (as well as a bunch of new rock and import dance)… along with the catch-ups (of which the members only 9 and the mauser 12s are clear stand outs) there is a ton of killer new arrivals this week… sun city girls singles comp cd (killer torch of the mystics period material that should not be missed a second time around), more scott walker reissues, bully records restocks, italian progressive reissues, animal disguise re-stocks, new growing vinyl, soundway re-stocks, new soul jazz comp of dancehall/raga/grime vocalists (i’m expecting this to be as crucial as the rumble in the jungle comp from last year… and you know how much of a scorcher that one was), d charles spear and helix lp (been hearin and reading good things bout this one), popol vuh remix 12 on editions mego, new diplo produced 12 on honest jon’s, new and restocked fools gold 12s, new issues of Arthur and wax poetics and on and on and on… come on by and check em out!
as always, many of the titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below, feel free to call or email me, I will gladly hold items for up to a week.
prices do not include shipping and handling. for those of you shipping within the continental united states I offer a 5.00usd flat shipping rate for any amount of records and/or compact discs. shipping cost for international orders are calculated on an order by order basis. payments for orders can be made via paypal or with a credit card by telephone between 12-6pm/est.
i also offer bike messanger service via timecycle couriers. for the low cost of 10.00usd i can deliver any amount of records and/or cds you wish to purchase to your center city philadelphia location (this includes some parts of south, west and north philadelphia) within two hours (and for those of you who need your records even faster, we also offer ‘rush’ service for the low flat rate of 20.00usd for any amount of records/cds delivered to you within one hour). of course, we are still more than happy to ship records via the usps within philadelphia. as with the international shipments, orders placed before 5pm/est will ship out that evening and should reach their destination by the following day.
ROCK, POP AND PSYCHEDELIC
SCOTT WALKER- SCOTT 3 LP (4 men with beards, usa)
*Scott 3, originally released in 1969, marked a big change in Walker's approach to albums as, for the first time, the record is dominated by his original compositions. In fact, the only other songwriter that makes it onto the album is Walker's idol, Belgium's legendary singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Scott 3 again features string heavy production courtesy of Wally Scott, though it occasionally moves out of pop ballad territory into a more cinematic feel influenced by Ennio Morricone, among others. An huge influence on folks like David Bowie and Nick Cave, as well as just about anybody on the 4AD label. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
SCOTT WALKER- SCOTT 4 LP (4 men with beards, usa)
*Despite being the first of his solo albums not to reach the British Top 10, Scott 4 was perhaps his best, and most ambitious album to date. Originally released in 1969, it is the first record to feature only Scott Walker originals. It is also the first to back off a bit from the heavily string laden production of past releases, allowing other sonic influences to shine through, from country to folk to soul. The lyrical content remains intense as Walker tackles everything from War to Stalinism to heartbreak with equal success. A classic. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
SUN CITY GIRLS- YOU'RE NEVER ALONE WITH A CIGARETTE: SINGLES VOLUME 1 CD (abduction, usa)
*Recorded in July of 1988 during the sessions that produced Sun City Girls' most popular recording, these nine tracks represent the other half of songs which were originally prepared as a 2LP demo version of Torch of the Mystics for Placebo Records in 1989. The sequencing of all 20 tracks at the time was entirely different with the predominately instrumental tracks in this collection mixed in and around the mostly vocal tracks of what became Torch. Placebo went out of business shortly after this proposed 2LP idea was presented to them but Majora Records quickly stepped in to begin releasing most of the material. Included here are five tracks from early Majora singles: "100 Pounds of Black Olives" and "The Fine-Tuned Machines of Lemuria" (the complete unreleased 12-minute version) from the single "You're Never Alone with a Cigarette" and all three tracks from Record #1 of the double 7" Three Fake Female Orgasms -- "Plaster Cupids Falling from the Ceiling," "The Beauty of Benghazi," and "Souvenirs from Jangare." The short piece "Harmful Little Armful" is from the triple 7" box set Bruce Lee, Heroin, and the Punk Scene (from a Bay Area label Massacre at Central High) and rounding out the set are three unreleased studio tracks recorded the same day as much of the Torch LP: never before heard versions of "Amazon One," "Sev Acher," and "Wild World of Animals." This is the first of a multi-volume set of reissued singles, compilation, and unreleased tracks to be assembled and sequenced to play as full-length records. Vinyl editions may also appear in time.
CAPSICUM RED- APPUNTI PER UN'IDEA FISSA LP (bla bla, italy)
*Based in Treviso, Capsicum Red were one more of these ignored progressive outfits in the crowded Italian prog scene of the '70s. They released this now very sought-after album in 1972 and they soon disbanded. The album is a very nice example of progressive rock with a classical influence, with strong use of keyboards. Now reissued on vinyl for the first time, with its gorgeous gatefold cover, label replicas and 180 gram vinyl.
V/A- OBSESSION 2LP (bully, canada)
*restocked… Hotly tipped obscure psych compilation from the Canadian Bully label. All songs were compiled by Mike Davis, owner of Academy Records in NY. Ranging from 1967 to 1973, and from countries such as Turkey, Uruguay and Peru, these are some of his rarest acquisitions over decades of record collecting. Includes some information about each band, even though some of it was practically impossible to track down. Artists include: Atomic Forest, Quarteto Nova Era, Arif Sag, Sonara Casino, Flavio Kurt, Erkin Koray, Novos Bahianos, Los Chikichaka, Arnaud Rodriguez, Ovni 87, Suely E Os Kantikus, Jean Paul 'El Troglodita', Ersen and La Barra De Chocolate.
SILVER APPLES- THE GARDEN 2LP (bully, canada)
*After pioneering the use of electronics in rock music and releasing two groundbreaking albums, the Silver Apples were left without a record label after Kapp folded, not to mention a $100,000 lawsuit from PanAm over the 'Contact' sleeve. Thanks to the Record Plant studio in NY, they were allowed to begin recording their third full length in the hopes that another label would pick up the bill. Unfortunately, no labels came through and the tapes were held by the studio as payment for the studio time. Those tapes were thought to be lost until the day Dan Taylor found them in a cardboard box in his attic in 1998. What came out of those sessions were seven completed songs as well as all the original drum tracks to which Simeon added the parts. Also discovered was the master of a song they had written for the soundtrack of an Italian film called The Lady and The Clown which was never released before now. In addition, an alternate version of 'Mad Man Blues' has been added to this release.
OPUS AVANTRA- OPUS AVANTRA LP (trident, italy)
*Another collectable item from the Italian prog scene gets a vinyl reissue for the first time. Opus Avantra were formed in 1973 and took their name from their three main interests, opera, avant garde and traditional music. They blended contemporary classical music with light progressive rock and avant garde. Usually considered their most accessible work, their debut album, now reissued, is built on classically-inspired themes with complex arrangements and dominated by the nice soprano voice of singer Donella Del Monaco and good flute playing, with just one instrumental track, 'Rituale.' Limited pressing of 500 copies in a gatefold cover, exact label replicas and 180 gram vinyl.
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO- IL TEMPO DELLA SEMINA LP (trident, italy)
*Legendary Italo prog group Biglietto Per l'Inferno, venerated for their amazing debut album with the same title, had recorded a second album in 1975. Unfortunately, the Trident label went bankrupt and the album was never released. It was only in 1992 when it was released, but only on CD format. Now the time has come to make this one available for all vinyl collectors, so you all have the chance to own this little piece of Italian progressive rock history. Il Tempo Della Semina is a very nice progressive rock album, not as hard as their debut, with flute, piano, Hammond and the whole lot, as well as Moog. This is a limited 500 copies pressing and the sound is remastered from tapes. Nice gatefold cover.
E.A. POE- GENERAZIONI: STORIA DI SEMPRE LP (vinyl magic, italy)
*Yes, this was reissued on vinyl not a long time ago... but it's already been deleted for a while, and being one of the key Italo prog albums, why not make it available again. Originally released in 1974 and one of the major Italian rarities, this album is a real killer. It has all your favorite ingredients for the best Italian prog music; classically inspired keyboards, good guitar work and powerful rhythm section. Great reissue with the original (single) cover, labels replicas and 180 gram vinyl.
AVANT GARDE AND NOISE
MAMMAL- LONESOME DRIFTER 2LP (animal disguise, usa)
*restocked… 'This is both the end and the beginning,' says the back cover. And with each successive release, Mammal shows us what the end is, or at least that he's definitely thinking about it. This album takes his ideas from the past up to another level as it tells a story of drifting through life until 'the beginning had already become the end.' A more personal array of ideas are on display here (including clearly audible vocals) and make the entire package the most effective Mammal release yet. Recorded during 6 months of isolation at his home in Detroit, Mammal's 4th full-length is an epic soundtrack to the industrial depression of the city. Lonesome Drifter is guitar/bass heavy while still retaining the grating textures and hypnotic repetition one would expect from Mammal. However, those looking for the constant, heavy electronics found on past releases may be sorely disappointed. In short, this is brooding, psychedelic, loner blues, and a brand new chapter in the story of Mammal. Animal Disguise Recordings is proud to present Lonesome Drifter featuring cover art by Mammal himself.
CADAVER IN DRAG- RAW CHILD LP (animal disguise, usa)
*restocked… Pummeling psychedelic heaviness from the fertile musical underground of Lexington, Kentucky, the three-piece Cadaver In Drag are often linked to the genre labels of 'noise' or 'metal,' but like most bands in the ADR universe, it is nearly impossible to categorize what's really going on here. Just know that this is an extremely heavy trip, and that the striking cover art tells the entire story better than I ever could. Added aural mind-fucking courtesy of Robert Beatty (of Hair Police) on synthesizer and mastering duties. Demonstrating their capability of harnessing the thick, violent power of Man is the Bastard while filtering it all through a cloud of phased-out Floydian weed smoke, Cadaver In Drag weave a tale of misanthropy and disgust with Raw Child, their debut full-length, proudly presented by Animal Disguise Recordings.
ELOE OMOE- MARAUDERS LP (animal disguise, usa)
*restocked… Eloe Omoe is the Boston, MA duo of Sam Rowell (bass) and Tim Leanse (drums). For the uninitiated and other strangers to Eloe Omoe's aural assault, I have described them as relentless 'free-sludge.' Their challenging and rewarding sound could be compared to both the depths of early free-jazz and the over-the-top amplifier worshipping metal of the legendary godheadSilo. But more than anything, the music is akin to the unpredictable shift of a group of sharks than to normal song structure. This is crisp and extreme rock rejection. From the first note of the first song, you are instantly sucked into the undertow and already past the point of no return. Churning and chugging bass that sounds as if 8 arms are striking the strings in a battle to keep time with the insanity of the spastic and shifting drums. An album that reveals more subtleties and gets better with each listen, Marauders is an impressive debut that has been long overdue.
TOTAL LIFE- TOTAL LIFE LP (animal disguise, usa)
*restocked… Total Life is the solo project of Kevin Doria who is also a member of the atmospheric/noise/drone group, Growing. This is his debut release that we originally released as a limited edition cassette in 2005. This album displays an obsessive sense of composition and an absolute mastery of harnessing chaos to create a solid masterpiece. Heavy electronic washes, multiple layers of feedback and shifting harmonics create a powerful wall of sound that at first seems overtly harsh, but repeated listenings reveal a hidden beauty and natural soothing effect. Fans of Growing shouldn't be disappointed, but to make the comparisons to them would be much too easy. Total Life stands on its own, and walks its own path.
FUCK BUTTONS- STREET HORRRSING 2LP (atp recordings, uk)
*debut full-length release by Bristol, UK duo, Fuck Buttons. Conceived by Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power in the winter of 2004, the group was initially born as an outlet for their nihilistic-noise tendencies but quickly, the two Fuck Buttons realized they could harness the use of noise as a tool to immerse and evoke. No longer afraid of melody or rhythm, the group started fusing all these elements to the point when drone becomes melody becomes rhythm. With their electric live performances sealing the notion that the two Fuck Buttons are attempting some kind of transcendence between the listener and the Universe itself, one could easily envisage one's psyches being shaken by the very rumbles of the earth's motions. Tribal beats and subtle, beautiful melodies weave amongst contorting Technicolor drone-scapes while preaching distorted vocals scream for dear hope. Fuck Buttons straddle you between the wall of sound that lies between the beginning of destruction and the end of birth. This grand noise will fondle you into a state of totally immersed euphoria.
PIGEONS- VIRGIN SPECTACLE LP (black dirt, usa)
*Beautiful dream-dementia pop from a couple tangentially related to the Sea Donkeys/Sublime Frequencies camp in Seattle. -S@1. Pigeons and doves are so closely related, they are practically interchangeable in the minds of the people who classify such fowl. But in the eyes of the general public, the dove is a beautiful bird symbolizing freedom and peace while the pigeon is a dirty rat with wings that eats our city's garbage and craps on our cars. But maybe the pigeon is a crafty bird, content with its own beauty and happy to obscure it to avoid the glare of our ever intrusive public eye. Virgin Spectacle is a distorted, hungover, and elusive statement. And it's in French. Except one word at the end. Or more, if you are to believe those responsible. Regardless, amongst all the fog and feathers is a collection of comely pop and sonic excursions guaranteed to lodge itself in your waking subconscious. Hell, you might even dream of a few of these songs. The fine people who constitute the band named Pigeons would like you to believe that they have stumbled incidentally upon such charm, like a diamond in the mine. Dont believe it. Take yourself out of your particular urban situation. Look toward the skies, and see the besmirched bird for what it really is. They have laid out a sonic journey meant to disorient on the surface, but if you follow their flight you'll find yourself cruising along and singing in a language you may not understand. Edition of 500 Recorded at Black Dirt Studio --Black Dirt. Black Dirt is the new in-house label from Jason Meaghers (NNCK, K Salvatore, Coach Fingers, D Charles Speer and the Helix, etc...) Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York.
CARTER THORNTON- TEN FINGERS FOR FOREFATHERS LP (black dirt, usa)
*Odd serially-inflected compositions for classical guitar. A wide breadth of obscure and fragmented influences represented here, all internal. Carter Thornton of Izititiz and Zakashi-Warashi." - S@1. "If you are a fan of the archaic format of music storage and delivery known as vinyl then you are also probably experienced in the art of search and rescue when faced with a pre-auction era, dusty, moldy shop filled to the rafters with such blasts from the past. Every now and then one comes upon a platter in one of these fading outposts, marked at about $3.99. Cover seams split, maybe some radio call letters scrawled in marker, maybe a booze/coffee/bongwater spill splayed like a Rorschach on the back. Perhaps it is the cover art itself that draws your attention... black and white photos seemingly from another time in content and message. Or perhaps it is the title of the album... the way it rolls off the tongue, its playfulness marked by a seemingly obscure reference. The fact that there are no song titles may pique your interest... why is this? Are there even songs on there? You can see the gaps in the grooves so there is some sound being broken up with seconds of silence. You wipe the grime off the grooves with your shirt sleeve and take the disc over to the crappy player up by the register. You pop it on, slip the needle in the groove, and immediately you have the thought 'What the hell is this?!?!?' You're hearing one of those rare recordings of a singular and personal vision. A solo guitar performance that not only operates outside any current or previous fashions, but one that seems to render the idea of recorded music as commerce a nonreality. Although you are carried away with delight by the sounds you are hearing, you can't help but wonder why this person recorded this music. His intent is as elusive as the music he is presenting. It seems as though you are there with the player, this audio mirage helped by sounds of his chair creaking, his arm brushing against the side of his instrument, his fingers scraping across the strings. You purchase the item straightaway, as determined to figure out the history of the recording as you are to wear out its grooves with repeated listenings. With Ten Fingers for Forefathers the proverbial chase has been cut right to. Take a listen and see if you can crack the sonic code contained therein. Edition of 500 Recorded at Black Dirt Studio --Black Dirt
D. CHARLES SPEER & THE HELIX- AFTER HOURS LP (black dirt, usa)
*The much-anticipated blast-off release for Speer and his band. Recently rewarded 5 stars in Time Out mag by the music editor, this album is a landmark in laid-back blues and country songwriting, feat. members of NNCK and Sunburned." -S@1. "The inimitable Mr. Speer coined the term himself upon titling his pre-Helix full length release... Forgotten Country. Not so much a forgotten people of a state or a rural area. Not so either some Souths gonna rise again moonshine. More so a return to a way of presenting a music in the context of a tradition (something those boys in the band are pretty high on.) But this isn't your grandfathers Bakersfield we're dealing with. Tho the tongue of the balladeer may spin tales ripe with a cast of characters including 'the Pastor' Randolph Healey, Cheese Frog, the man from HHS, Uncle Ernie, that guy with the black mustache and red Caddy who stole your girl, and the true born sons of Levi, he sings them not only with the twang of the roadhouse, but tainted with the grit of the streets of the big city. As one casual listener once noted to the band after a performance, 'You guys play both types... country and psych.' And it's true that the sounds contained on After Hours do act on the mind as much as they tug at the heartstrings. Replete with tales of mental instability, infidelity, drunken advice, wartime hucksters, heartbreak, and redemption, the first album by D. Charles with his backing band will surely immediately stand out amongst the shards of gothic Americana that litter our fair sonic landscape. Edition of 500. Recorded at Black Dirt Studio" -- Black Dirt. "Black Dirt is the new in-house label from Jason Meaghers (NNCK, K Salvatore, Coach Fingers, D Charles Speer and the Helix, etc...) Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York.
GROWING- LATERAL LP (social registry, usa)
*Hot on the heels of their recent release for our 7-inch series, The Social Club, we are extremely pleased to present Growing’s inaugural record with The Social Registry. Lateral finds the band reflecting on their past two (may we add highly underrated) albums while gazing to the future with newfound rhythmic motifs and otherworldly heights to their sound sculptures. The textures are warm and inviting, tempting the listener to focus on stunning minimalist changes within Growing’s dense aural fog.
Lateral begins with ‘Swell,’ a new mission statement for the band’s ever-evolving journey to craft the perfect drone. Opening fuzz continues on the trajectory of ‘Lightfoot,’ the albumcloser off Vision Swim, creating a sense of progression in Growing’s work without seeming overtly nostalgic. The band slowly swells to extreme heights and then phase shifts into another galaxy. ‘First Contact’ quiets the mood, demonstrating a preoccupation with rhythmic noise in the midst of more spaced-out, playful guitar melodies. From here, Growing progress to ‘Lateral’ which meshes the fuzzed out freeform and restrained horizontal composition qualities of the first two tracks. Like a Brooklyn response to the Kompakt ambient series, textural rhythm and washes of atmospheric sound merge for the perfect pre-bed cocktail. Finally, the album concludes with ‘After Glow’ another woozy alien soundtrack that’s simultaneously relaxing and jarring in its beauty, creating a thorough trance through careful repetition. One chord from Growing’s arsenal creates a mindblowing springboard to the stars and makes us think: if Eno made music for airports, Growing make music for spacestations.
V/A- FUJI OUIJA 12” (honest jon’s, uk)
*A Lagos Fuji session shows the MIA and Mad Decent whizz Diplo tearing up walls and stomping across the ceiling; a fragment of Afro-folk percussion triggers the brilliant futurism of the Dizzee Rascal protégés, Newham Generals and two lovely cuts from Elewedu Of Agege feature beautiful and crazy Muslim dance music, youth-promotion style.
SON PALENQUE- SAMBA/EL LOBO/AGUATA 12” (honest jon’s, uk)
*The last of Honest Jon's Tony Allen series, presenting the legendary Afro-Colombian band from San Basilio de Palenque -- three new recordings curated by Lucas Silva and mixed by Moritz von Oswald -- a delirious brew of highlife, chalupa, Afrobeat and champeta. "Samba" is a homage to Nigerian musical heroes, and the burning horns are arranged by Colombian maestro Ramon Benitez. "El Lobo" tells the story of a wolf lost in the Palenque bush and "Aguata" -- played in the tambora rhythm -- is about rain.
V/A- NIGERIA SPECIAL: MODERN HIGHLIFE, AFRO-SOUNDS & NIGERIAN BLUES 1970-1976 PART 1 2LP (soundway, uk)
*restocked… Since 2002, Soundway Records has been synonymous with high-quality and groundbreaking compilations of music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Nigeria Special is the most ambitious project yet for the label -- a truly in-depth, double album look at Nigerian music in the early to mid-'70s, encompassing a broad range of styles. Compiler and DJ Miles Cleret has spent five years working on this album -- involving trips to Lagos and around Nigeria interviewing musicians and researching recordings, as well as a suitable amount of time scouring dusty record stores and warehouses for elusive sounds. This compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the amazingly vibrant and diverse styles that emerged and flourished at the time. Everything from highlife, jazz, Afro-beat and blues to more traditional styles are represented to give as comprehensive a survey of the scene as possible. The 32-page booklet covers a history of the time plus in-depth information on the artists and musicians, as well as a look at the amazing pop-art cover designs of Nigerian records. Side 1. 1. Ayamma - The Anambra Beats (4:05), 2. Okwukwe Na Nchekwube - Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National (6:09), 3. Amalinja - The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination (5:15) Side 2. 1. Akula Owu Onyeara - The Funkees (7:28), 2. Oja Omoba - Dele Ojo & His Star Brothers Band (3:41), 3. Koma Mosi - The Harbours Band (2:54) Side 3. 1. Nekwaha Semi Colon - The Semi-Colon(3:29),2. Osalobua Rekpama -Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros (3:20),3. Onwu Ama Dike- St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band (6:05)
Side 4. 1. Feso Jaiye - The Sahara All Stars of Jos (4:08), 2. Ema Kowa Iasa Ile Wa - Mono Mono (6:48), 3. To whom it may concern - Tunji Oyelana & The Benders (2:56)
V/A- NIGERIA SPECIAL: MODERN HIGHLIFE, AFRO-SOUNDS & NIGERIAN BLUES 1970-1976 PART 2 2LP (soundway, uk)
*restocked… Since 2002, Soundway Records has been synonymous with high-quality and groundbreaking compilations of music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Nigeria Special is the most ambitious project yet for the label -- a truly in-depth, double album look at Nigerian music in the early to mid-'70s, encompassing a broad range of styles. Compiler and DJ Miles Cleret has spent five years working on this album -- involving trips to Lagos and around Nigeria interviewing musicians and researching recordings, as well as a suitable amount of time scouring dusty record stores and warehouses for elusive sounds. This compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the amazingly vibrant and diverse styles that emerged and flourished at the time. Everything from highlife, jazz, Afro-beat and blues to more traditional styles are represented to give as comprehensive a survey of the scene as possible. The 32-page booklet covers a history of the time plus in-depth information on the artists and musicians, as well as a look at the amazing pop-art cover designs of Nigerian records. Side 1. 1. Asiko Mi Ni - The Nigerian Police Force Band(The Force 7) (5:09), 2. Belema ? Opotopo (Easy Kabaka Brown)(6:12), 3. Alabeke - Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band of Aba (4:35) Side 2. 1. I Want a Break Thru' - The Hykkers (3:01), 2. Arraino - Popular Cooper and His All Beats Band (3:02), 3. Simini ? Yaya - Collins Oke Elaiho & His Odoligie Nobles Dance Band.(3:39) 4. Buroda Mase - Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top beats (4:55)
Side 3. 1. Business Before Pleasure - George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits (4:36), 2. Omo Yen Wu Mi - Shadow Abraham with Mono Mono Friends (3:28), 3. Blak Sound -Leo Fadaka & The Heroes (4:53) Side 4. 1. Torri Wowo - Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors (3:07), 2. Eguae Oba - Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7 (4:29), 3. Akpaisong - Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes (2:28), 4. Ugali - The Tony Benson Sextet (5:21)
DUBSTEP AND GRIME
V/A- AN ENGLAND STORY: FROM DANCEHALL TO GRIME 25 YEARS OF THE MC IN THE UK 1983-2008 VOLUME 1 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
*Double vinyl version, volume one. An England Story is a unique album featuring over 25 years of MC culture in the UK from past to present and includes everyone from Roots Manuva to Tippa Irie, Warrior Queen to General Levy, Estelle to Papa Levi. From dancehall to dubstep, hip-hop to jungle, grime to garage, the MC has been present through all these UK music fashions: from the 'fast-chat' dancehall style of the 1980s (artists such as Papa Levi, Tippa Irie, Smiley Culture), the history of UK hip-hop (London Posse, Roots Manuva, Ty), original jungle MCs (General Levy, Navigator, Tenor Fly), or the new wave of current grime and dubstep artists and producers (Wiley, Stush, Warrior Queen, Riko Dan). An England Story shows how these artists defined black identity in the UK by taking the influences of Jamaican reggae and U.S. hip-hop and writing songs about their UK surroundings and subject matter. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes, interviews, song lyrics and exclusive photographs and follows a path from the arrival of UK dancehall in the 1980s to today's grime, garage and dubstep. An England Story also shows the importance of the Jamaican soundsystem culture -- its dubplates, specials, clashes and heavy, heavy bass -- that has been a constant throughout these different stylistic mutations over the last 25 years. Similarly fashions, slang, dance moves and much more continues to be influenced by the clash between contemporary Jamaican and U.S. music and culture.
V/A- AN ENGLAND STORY: FROM DANCEHALL TO GRIME 25 YEARS OF THE MC IN THE UK 1983-2008 VOLUME 2 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
*Double vinyl version, volume two. An England Story is a unique album featuring over 25 years of MC culture in the UK from past to present and includes everyone from Roots Manuva to Tippa Irie, Warrior Queen to General Levy, Estelle to Papa Levi. From dancehall to dubstep, hip-hop to jungle, grime to garage, the MC has been present through all these UK music fashions: from the 'fast-chat' dancehall style of the 1980s (artists such as Papa Levi, Tippa Irie, Smiley Culture), the history of UK hip-hop (London Posse, Roots Manuva, Ty), original jungle MCs (General Levy, Navigator, Tenor Fly), or the new wave of current grime and dubstep artists and producers (Wiley, Stush, Warrior Queen, Riko Dan). An England Story shows how these artists defined black identity in the UK by taking the influences of Jamaican reggae and U.S. hip-hop and writing songs about their UK surroundings and subject matter. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes, interviews, song lyrics and exclusive photographs and follows a path from the arrival of UK dancehall in the 1980s to today's grime, garage and dubstep. An England Story also shows the importance of the Jamaican soundsystem culture -- its dubplates, specials, clashes and heavy, heavy bass -- that has been a constant throughout these different stylistic mutations over the last 25 years. Similarly fashions, slang, dance moves and much more continues to be influenced by the clash between contemporary Jamaican and U.S. music and culture.
HOUSE, TECHNO AND DISCO
HEBEGEBE/VERNELL DE LONG- I GO NOW 12” (bombay, usa)
*Vancouver producers Vernell De Long and Hebegebe team up to bust out a killer 12" on Bombay. "I Go Now" is a catchy, funk-driven vocal number that's hard to get out of your head once it's taken hold. Breaks, slap-bass, clays, guitars, organs and horns all combine to possess your booty and take you to the dance floor. This is electro boogaloo at its finest and is guaranteed to even get your grandma out of her seat! Having been doing the rounds in the crates of wedding DJ's around the world, it finally gets a proper release backed up by a pair of prime remixes. The Lawnchair Generals provide the goods with a spanking 4 on the floor rendition and production duo Awaaz (aka Sean Dimitrie & Nay Bhinder) deliver a spaced out samosa-dub concoction perfect for sunrises on tropical islands. Solid.
JUPITER BLACK- WE LIKE MORODER 12” (clone, netherlands)
*restocked… From Dusseldorf with love. Jupiter Black is paying tribute to one of their all time favorite producers (Giorgio Moroder if you didn't get that). I won't start explaining who Jupiter Black are -- that doesn't really matter. But all we can say is that 'We Like Moroder' is one of the coolest, no nonsense, dance tunes we heard in a while. Straight up rocking drums (real drums!) with a huge sounding Moroderesque bassline. Very original and very effective and very in your face. On the flip side Elitechnique made a suburb remix (and a bonus dub version) which sound almost like it has been recorded in the late '70s. Dusty disco grooves and the trademark Moroder bassline played by an actual bassplayer with additional live keys. Morphing synths and dubby effects really do the trick in the dub mix which is our favorite DJ mix.
JUPITER BLACK- WE LIKE MORODER REMIXES 12” (clone, netherlands)
*restocked… Another great remix of the Jupiter Black -- We Like Moroder release. Two remixes by Divider and Starcluster (not big names... but two of the coolest remixes!!). The A-side is the slamming 'Divider' remix which really rocks with its straight forward kicking beats and massive bassline (tip for those who loved the great Tiefschwarz remix for Unit4 -- BodyDub4!). The flip gives us a great Starcluster remix which stays more true to the original Italo disco style of Giorgio Moroder. Smooth 808 beats and phat analog basslines and spaced-out synth lines. Very cool! Already gets support from I-f, Lindstrøm, Ame, Miss Kittin and many others.
ART BLEEK- EUPHORIZED 12” (connoisseur, germany)
*Arthur Pochon aka Art Bleek is the producer with a classically-trained jazz background who has released on labels such as Lounging Records, Rush Hour and Resopal Red. Art's sound has since mutated more and more in the direction of techno, minimal and deep house while still keeping a jazzy twist. With Euphorized, Art presents three outstanding and diversified tunes -- early '90s XTC vibes, to deep tech-house, these are tracks made for special moments in the club.
V/A- COSMIC EXCURSIONS 2LP (cosmic excursions, usa)
*restocked… A journey into deep Disco, Italo electro and proto techno: A1: Nexus - Stand Up(instr) A2: John Forde - Don't you know who did it B1: Gazneva - Special Agent (instr re-edit) B2: Venus Gang - Space Woman (original). C1:Jo Jo - Mind Games (original vocal) C2: Barbara - Woman (Original). D1 Doris Norton - Norton Computer (original) D2: Doris Norton - personal Computer (original) D3: Alan Parsons - Mammagamma (Instr).
AMIN PECK- GIRL ON ME/ANXIETY/CODA 12” (cosmic explorer, usa)
*restocked… Follow up on the great Cosmic Explorer 1. Amazing cool early electro disco tracks by Amin Peck. Super Obscure...and even better then that!!!
MR. FLAGIO/IMS- TAKE A CHANCE/RUNAWAY/NONLINE 12” (cosmic explorer, usa)
*restocked… Mr Flagio's original 12'' version of ''Take A Chance'' is the absolute essence of Italo featuring phased vox and an immense bassline. Also featured are International Music System's original 12'' versions of ''Runaway'' and ''Nonline''. Amazing...from the mastermind behind Spacer Woman.
LONO BRAZIL- LOVE IS..OHH (DANNY KRIVIT EDIT) 12” (cottage grove, usa)
*Ohh! Love Is Blends Mary J. Blige's anthem with the groove from MFSB's Love Is The Message. On the flip, edit maestro Danny Krivit let's the groove flow vocal-free on a more floor friendly take.
POPOL VUH- NACHTS: SCHNEE/AGUIRRE I REMIXES 12” (editions mego, austria)
*Editions Mego is pleased to present two re-workings of classic Popol Vuh tracks. Mika Vainio takes "Nachts: Schnee" from the 1987 soundtrack Cobra Verde and delivers a skillfully-constructed ambient piece of beauty. Haswell & Hecker turn "Aguirre I" from the 1972 soundtrack Aguirre: The Wrath Of God into the first track to be played at the last rave on Earth. This release uses vintage digital delays and freeze effect units, in conjunction with digital compositional tools. Pressed on red vinyl.
JOKERS OF THE SCENE- Y'ALL KNOW THE NAME 12” (fools gold, usa)
*After five years running their wildly successful club night Disorganised - which has hosted the earliest Canadian appearances of such party favorites as MSTRKRFT, CSS, Diplo, Crystal Castles, and Girl Talk, longtime selectors DJ Booth and Chameleonic decided to dive headfirst into producing tracks of their own, so Jokers Of The Scene was born. J.O.T.S. take the best and most mind-meltingly intense parts of dance music through history, the ecstatic buildups of big room Euro house music, the hyper-distorted basslines of electro rock, and the lighthearted samples of 1990's rave - and throw them all in blender at 130 BPMs. It's loud, it's fun, and it's lighting up dancefloors worldwide.
The duo's remixes of underground favorites like Blaqstarr and Brodinski have placed them front and center among the new club producers to watch for 2008, and their debut 12" on Fool's Gold, "Y'all Know The Name, " only makes the buzz louder.
Already a pre-release smash, J.O.T.S. cheeky hip-hop rework has been getting dropped everywhere from sweaty basement parties to Ibiza megaclubs. At this past year's Lollapalooza and Coachella festivals, Flosstradamus cranked up "Y'all Know The Name"'s massive breakdown while accompanied by projections of a 20-foot mechanical dinosaur; all too fitting!
More Jokers Of The Scene remixes and Fool's Gold folow-up 12" are on the way. Get on board early.
KID CUDI- DAY N NITE 12” (fools gold, usa)
*The debut single from Brooklyn-dwelling Ohio transplant, Kid Cudi is one of the most interesting and inventive hip-hop singles in recent memory.
Over a hypnotic instrumental from producer Dot Da Genius, Kid Cudi drops melodic, half-sung flows and a hook that will stay in your brain for weeks.
"Day N Night" comes backed with a moody, pulsing club mix by rising electro stars (and Fool's Gold labelmates) Jokers of the Scene, and another Cudi original ("Dat 'New' New").
Kid Cudi’s unique approach has already earned him a dedicated grassroots MySpace following, and caught the attention of Plain Pat, who became his manager and mentor. Pat used his experience working on all three of Kanye West’s albums to help Cudi start his career.
Soon after, the red-hot Fool’s Gold label signed him to their family of rap iconoclasts (including Kid Sister and DJ A-Trak) and included him as a special guest on their sold-out North American tour. Since then, Kid Cudi has rocked crowds at NYC nightclubs like SOBs and Hiro Ballroom, and been featured in ad campaigns for cutting edge streetwear labels 10 Deep and Lemar & Dauley.
A-TRAK- DIRTY SOUTH DANCE REMIXES 12” (fools gold, usa)
*restocked… Second release from Fool's Gold and the first from label founder A-Trak. Four DJ-friendly edits of tracks from the acclaimed Dirty South Dance mixtape. Featuring: M.I.A., The Clipse & more. A-Trak back in the spotlight as Kanye West's DJ after producing Kanye's new Daft Punk-sampling single. Get 'em now! One time, limited pressing.
SAMMY BANANAS- HIGH TOP FADES 12” (fools gold, usa)
*restocked… Great party mash-ups from Brooklyn's Sammy Bananas! In the space of four tracks he manages to fit everyone in, from Ini Kamoze and the Beastie Boys to Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. Hot!
KID SISTER- PRO NAILS 12” (fools gold, usa)
*restocked… Infamous new release by Kid Sister finally see’s the light of day on vinyl. Produced by hubby A-Trak and featuring Kanye West. The flip side is a new track by the legend of Juke, Gant Man.
KID SISTER- CONTROL/DAMN GIRL 12” (fools gold, usa)
*restocked… Kid Sister is from Markham, IL but currently resides on Chicago's north side. She makes club rap and works at a childrens clothing store slanging bibs and teething rings. Yes, her DJ -J2K of Flosstradamus- is her real brother, and yes that does rule. Together they're taking the Chicago music scene by storm rocking parties and causing all around dancefloor mayhem.
Her lead off single is produced by A-Trak -Kanye West's DJ, DMC World Champ- and XXXchange -Spank Rock, Beck-. Debut release from Fool's Gold, the new label from DJs A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs will set it off right. The topping is the eye-catching deluxe pic sleeve with artwork by Dust La Rock.
DJ EMERSON- VENUS FLY TRAP 12” (freakwaves, usa)
*Emerson's Freakwaves imprint has been the quietest of his 3 labels in terms of its output over the last few years, but it has made the biggest impact so far. The 5 releases have had artists as diverse as Luna City Express, Butane or Flinsch’n’Nielson involved with the last release from newcomer Jaxson being championed by a huge cross section of djs.
Swiss American, DJ Emerson has already built a considerable following within the dance community thanks to his dj sets and releases for esteemed labels like Substatic, micro.fon, kiddaz.fm and Klickhaus.
On this 12inch, Emerson provides 9 minutes of mesmerising dance music, somewhere between house and techno. In on remix duties is Harada. He delievers rhythmically diverse modern techno funk that has this certain outstanding element of personality; working the original elements in a very creative and playfull way and things really get outta control when the chord hook drops in out of nowwhere. This is wiggling hi tech funk with slick production skills and a great beat!
DARK VEKTOR- INTELIGENCIA COLECTIVA 12” (fundamental bass intelligence, usa)
*Inteligencia Colectiva features three outstanding cuts by Dark Vektor with a remix by Satamile's Blotnik Brothers of the main track. This EP is completely in Spanish and carries that hard dancefloor punch you'd expect from these guys, with those deep, thought provoking melodies that take your mind and soul to a higher level, where our Collective Intelligence exists...our Inteligencia Colectiva! Record is available in a very limited clear vinyl edition as well as regular black. Both come in 140 gram vinyl with nice deep cuts for longer lasting quality!
ARMANDO/STOPP/MIKE DUNN- FUTUREJAK 12” (futurejak, usa)
*restocked… Ultra rare Chicago classic acid trax. From the warehouse vaults comes DJ Armando (R.I.P.) with the sickest jack tracks in Chicago history. Tracklist: Armando- World Unknown, Armando- 151, Stopp- Hunger Jak, Mike Dunn- Dance U Mutha.
MAUSER- JACK ORCHESTRA 12” (generator, usa)
*First launched in 1992, Generator became one of Detroit's most revered techno labels for straight ahead dancefloor techno. Guided by the multi-talented Alan D. Oldham aka DJ T1000 (Pure Sonik/DJAX Records/Tresor), Generator boasted inspired releases from himself and Woody McBride, remixes from UK superstar Dave Clarke and seminal first releases by Sean Deason, Marco Passarani, and many others. Generator is now back in gear and releasing electronic music influenced by Chicago and Detroit. Chicago native Mauser aka Miles Christian drops his debut 12" featuring 4 seriously bangin' tracks crafted in the spirit and excitement of acid classics from artists like Larry Heard/Fingers Inc., Sleezy D, Scrappy, and Phuture yet employing modern techno characteristics. 'Jack Orchestra' is the 303ish lead track incorporating Detroit soul with constantly shifting patterns and deep chord progressions to shape a dramatic aural experience.
V/A- McEDITS VOLUME ONE 12” (goldone, usa)
*McEdits presents his first offering to the deep house DJ, and it’s a scorcher. Some seriously sexy business in the form of house mixes of some classic slo jams. These are all big numbers with the Steppers crowd so here is your opportunity to taste a real slice of Chicago life.
McEdits’ brother is a genuine old-school Chicago house legend, so he comes by his skills naturally. Here he steps out of the shadows and into your crate.
MOODYMANN- ANALOG:LIVE 12” (kdj, usa)
*mm weirdness, very much reminding of fingers inc and the likes, but more raw and dark. Raw and dark can be very very beautiful indeed.
INNER CITY- BIG FUN 2002 REMIXES 12” (kms, usa)
*Great funky club remixes from this Detroit classic. Side A by D. Wynn and the flip is Just a Funky Beat mix.
MARCUS MIXX- T.A.P/PSYCHOUSIC 12” (let’s pet puppies, usa)
*restocked… Following up the massive debut of Lets Pet Puppies, Marcus Mixx returns with a two tracker of straight up classic Chicago dancefloor mayhem. ''T.A.P''. is nasty. You thought you were nasty? Sorry Charlie, nasty's over here. Marcus drops the vocal on this track that's either a precursor or the end point for ghetto tech, and most likely simply in a class by itself. ''Psychousic'' is somewhere in between classic Robert Armani / Armando, and the best of the early Relief stuff. Can you say beat track? If your floor doesn't jack to this, you need a new one.
DJ BLAQ STARR- SUPASTARR 12” (mad decent, usa)
*restocked… Something akin to the marriage of The Clipse, Carl Craig, and Peter Gabriel, the music of DJ Blaq Starr is a messy but a true product of the American inner city. Baltimore club music is a world that has no proper release at all -- but all the local kids can hum the lyrics by heart. It's a strange phenomenon now in its second generation, a black inner city subculture with roots in Motown and house. The foundations lie in hip-hop music but all beats remain at a frantic 130bpm tempo. The Supastarr EP is 100% Baltimore city. It's grindin' in city streets to late nights in the basement mixing music on stock PC speakers with street sounds of sirens and baby cries off in the background. Blaq Starr is one of a few young artists redefining the music that is gaining more worldwide notoriety -- it's a dirty house scene that has been isolated in the clubs and basements in Baltimore for 15 years and experiencing newfound life with a generation raised on crunk and snap music. DJ Blaq Starr makes a wall of sound, a syncopated riot, and isn't afraid to sing his ass off. This is violent, progressive soul music.
EDU K- (EDU K) ME BOTA PRA DANÇAR 12” (man recordings, germany)
*(Edu K) Me Bota Pra Dançar is a brand new track from Edu K, featuring Marina, Bonde Do Role's former voice and front woman. This marks the first release from Marina since her split from Bonde Do Role. Edu K dropped his own vocal contribution and provided the heavy bass lines and the dope beats that mark a new "baile jack" sound. Crookers add some spice to this booty-bouncing anthem, condensing it into an irresistible floor-smasher.
V/A- MEMBERS ONLY VOLUME 9 12” (members only, usa)
*What may be the last vinyl volume of this series breaking out to the world the sound pioneered by Music Box DJ Ron Hardy in the late '80s. Once again we have paired the cool Euro sound with the hot American grooves as Anne Clarke goes up against Lil Louis. 'I remember Ron Hardy dropping Nitzer Ebb (hard industrial band) in between records by Marshall Jefferson and Adonis.' says Scott K. More club, Los Angeles 'in URB magazine there's an article on Felix Da Housecat where he mentions Frankie Knuckles dropping cuts from bands like New Order. He then credits (rightfully so) Ron Hardy for starting that.' 'Ron was more adventurous that Frankie Knuckles. Frankie would play straight disco but Ron would play all kinds of stuff. He'd play Eurythmics, he play Man Parrish, he'd play Shannon, right along with the disco. And man, he just stole all of Frankie Knuckle's crowd.' -- Marshall Jefferson. Deep underground Chicago staple of music played by the chosen few to the ones who truly know how deep it is. Now it's time for the masses to feel the real deepness of the true Chicago '80s era of music. Only ten percent of what happened here in the '80s, is known to the rest of the world. Don't you want to be a member?
JOHN CONSEMULDER- REWIND TO START 12” (moods and grooves, usa)
*Dutch producer John Consemulder comes up with a strong moody female vocal cut that's driven by a throwback KMS-styled bassline and stripped-down drumwork.
V/A- THESE NEW CATS FROM DETROIT 1 12” (moods and grooves, usa)
*New EP of winners from the Moods & Grooves label. Pinky 2 Dye 4 get the ball rolling with ''Understanding Neith'', an intricate late night house pleaser that has all the markings of classic Detroit techno, with a killer bassline and sublime strings the key players. ''We Go Way Back'' sees Javonette dishing up some quality late night house, filtered to perfection with swirling synths and a mellow vocal and bassline. On the flipside, A Squared goes for the late night crowds also, but gears his ''Perception'' track for the jazzy, deep bass lovers out there. Jeff Pilon completes this strong quartet of cuts with ''Level 7'', combining great strings, deep chords, funky bass, and shuffling house beats with great aplomb.
DYNAMIX II- SEDONA 12” (monotone, usa)
*restocked… pumping vocoder electro/miami bass tracks by Dynamix II. Including dope soundbytes for dj use.
HYDRAULIX- BOUNCE 12” (monotone, usa)
*restocked… miami's electro duo comes strong with this three track ep that follows in the Monotone tradition that you have come to trust from the label and its artists.
HYDE VS. EXZAKT- I AM THE ENEMY 12” (monotone, usa)
*restocked… exzakt with one half of the electro-core masters Jackal & Hyde electro-rocking it raw!
IMATRAN VOIMA- IN OUT: TECHNO SLUT 12” (monotone, usa)
*restocked… again hard rocking dark & funky electrotracks from the famous & Finnish Imatran Voima... Including Jackal and Exzakt vs Dynamik Bass System mixes. This will make the party live!
NETZWERK FLORIDA- EARTH. WIND. FIRE 12” (monotone, usa)
*restocked… limited edition reissue with new artwork. produced by Anthony Rother & Larry McCormick (Exzakt)
ADAM MARSHALL- NIGHT SAILING 12” (new kanada, canada)
*New Kanada's Adam Marshall delivers a stunning peak-hour track with obvious inspiration from old school Detroit techno and classic Chicago house. "Kokane" begins as a tightly wound minimal house groove with precise, pounding percussion and heavily swung jack. After the 3:30 mark, the track gives way to glistening synth chords which shine through the darkness transporting the cut into Carl Craig-ish jazz territory. On the flip, Montreal's Ernesto Ferreyra [Mutek, Cynosure] brings a South American flavour to the remix and takes the dancefloor oddessy deep into the Chilean canyons. A late night mixing tool for the DJ's. Lastly, we find the outro called "Moonlight Chills" on the second cut of side B. Ambient and lush, this one is for the late night Detroit highways. Mojo and the darkness along I75! A deep ending to a very personal journey.
JOHNNY D- ORBITALIFE 12” (oslo, germany)
*After making a statement with his Gualia EP, Johnny D continues his story of feel for groove and ecstatic party with his Orbitalife EP, giving us another proof of his extraordinary talent. Absolutely funky and without any compromises, that's Orbitalife. Despite its length, it never loses its suspense. Or is the length that makes it so exciting? An earthquake that shakes every dancer's body to the core. Intelligently set breaks and a percussion groove here and there takes the crowd up to heaven, just to let them fall back on their feet for the next second. Pure explosion! 'Riddim Mood' tells another percussive story. The longer you hear it, it creeps deeper and deeper into your mind and a gentle chord slowly lifts you up from the ground. Reflecting the theme of the EP, 'Tramodysee,' an impulsive and hypnotic track, continues our journey into an ecstatic night towards the late morning hours.
STL- LOST IN BROWN EYES 12” (perlon, germany)
*Stephan Laubner aka stl with 3 new tracks for Perlon. Following his latest fantastic releases on his own imprint Something Records, we are more than happy to get Lost In Brown Eyes. Again, Stephan manages to create this very unique atmosphere... very reduced, very deep. Additional loops on the A-side!
SEBASTIEN SAN- RISING SUN 12” (planet e, usa)
*Two-track single, B-side features a C2 (Carl Craig) edit. Sebastien San grew up with the sounds of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Prince, and Serge Gainsbourg. In the early '80s, he got into the new wave and industrial scene and was heavily inspired by Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, Human League, Front 242, and Severed Heads, amongst many others. The emerging club culture of the mid-'80s, as well as the birth of Detroit techno and Chicago house had an even greater impact on him. He consequently landed a job at a local record store where he could get his hands on all those great records. It also helped him to launch his own party series where he could play those fabulous tracks. By the mid-'90s, Sebastien founded his own (and now defunct) record label called Shield Records. During that time, he had the chance to collaborate with artists such as Kirk DeGiorgio, Kevin Saunderson and Fabrice Lig, to name a few. 'It was Fabrice who really turned me into the production side of music. He convinced me to buy synthesizers and drum machines.' Another key factor was Sebastien's meeting with Mad Mike of Underground Resistance in Detroit at the infamous Submerge building. As Sebastien became more familiar with production techniques and studio equipment, he decided to concentrate full-time on music production. He developed his very own style which combines deep atmospheric strings, sweet melodies, and funky beats and rhythms, releasing records on Gigolo Records and Planet E, among others.
GUY NOIR- FLEX 12” (resopal schallware, germany)
*With a name more suitable to a private eye than a DJ duo, Guy Noir is coming at you at full force. Born out of a cross of diverse backgrounds and disciplines, the London based duo is spicing up your current techno aesthetics by adding a pinch of house that's sprinkled with the exact touch of sleaze. Guy Noir is Gower's and George's black box that embodies their visceral secrets ranging from their Hispanic and Greek musical roots to their seductive sound that works the dancefloors.
RASMUS HEDLUND- HIDDEN STRUCTURE 12” (resopal schallware, germany)
*restocked… Hi folks, just noticed that this is our 50th release. Rasmus Hedlund's first release on Resopal demonstrates his profound grasp of reduced groove with four powerful cuts. 'Hidden Structure' is a classic tribal minimal growler that builds slowly into an outstanding tinged bounce. 'Bentseeni' is a pumping slice of urgent but lush techno-toms, with counterpoint bleeps while 'Betoni' is welcome up-beat techno with quite effective breaks and riffs.The full EP will work on the way up, in peaktime, and on the way down, and it's all-in-all tracky enough and tuneful enough to be a great mixing tool anywhere in the set. Powerful reduced techno for the peaktime.
TYREE- VIDEO CRASH 12” (rockin’ house, usa)
*Tyree's Video Crash, inspired by Lil Louis Acid Crash. This one is by Tyree and it's rockin the house!! More straight forward and uptempo then Acid Crash. Comes in five versions (including a Rodney Bakerr mix).
V/A- SECRET MIXES & FIXES VOLUME 8 12” (secret mixes and fixes, usa)
*the rumors abound on who did the first 5 of the Secret Mixes & Fixes series. A casual perusal of the internet, discogs, whatever, you'll see some theories on who did what. We have always maintained that these are purely DJ edits designed to make some of our favorite songs more usable in today's context, the editor matters, but it's the music. DJ Tools. Basic concept. The most recent Series of Secret Mixes & Fixes, volumes 6, 7 and this one 8 have been by a totally different "anonymous editor", an actual different person, not just a persona: Gay Marvine, a creepy campy shadowy hedonist. Maybe he's a gay vampyre or something. This release, "The Bathhouse Etiquette EP", should make clear just what a freak Gay Marvine is... Does he like pleasure? And just how does he take it? You need the proper etiquette to find out, I might suggest flagging with a red hanky to get to know him better… And I will state my own personal theory on the beginning of house music. It was the edit. Everybody did them, there are actually edit super heroes by now. Danny Krivit for example. Not just his classic edits (that Sly Stone one still kills me!) but his Acappella Anonymous series changed the whole game. Gems. Those Razormaid guys in SF? Amazing. The first official house music record, Jesse Saunders "On & On" is a studio recreation of an edit bootleg, since it was so hot it was stolen from Jesse's crate. As he was playing. With the 1983 12" release of First Choice's 1977 anthemic album cut "Let No Man Put Asunder", house music was truly born. The Shep Pettibone side has not only an instrumental, but an acappella version. And this is no ordinary acappella, Rochelle Fleming's voice, her delivery, and her attitude define house music as much as Chuck Roberts' later "Can You Feel It (My House Acappella)", I get shivers still thinking about the possibilities. Or is it the memories? It took giving the DJ the pieces to begin the true revolution. Then DJs created edits, it seems like it was a calling card in the early and mid 80s to have your own "Let No Man Put Asunder" edit. Ron Hardy's kills. Have you ever heard "Let No Man Jack"? Derrick May's version. How you did the edit defined you as a producer, and that is when things really take off. Anyone who has ever heard a Transmat record needs to be thankful of the edit tradition! Long live the edit!
SSION- CLOWN 12” (sleazetone, usa)
*Here’s the first single, a club-smashing new takes on the absolutely gorgeuos dancefloor masterpiece entitled "Clown.” Johnny Jewel (of Glass Candy & the Chromatics) delivers a driving ground-up Italo rework. Trouble & Bass’s rising star, Moves!!! (aka Starkey), brings the serious dancefloor pressure with an up-tempo, dubstep-tinged blog-house refix, and Chrissy Murderbot turns in a stripped-down, dubbed-heat on this one, don’t sleep!
STEVE O'SULLIVAN- MOSAIC CLASSICS DISC 1 12” (sushitech, france)
*Steve O'Sullivan and his label Mosaic were pioneers of the UK techno scene. Both are still a huge source of inspiration for producers of electronic music around the globe as well as music fans in general. After a long period of time and an exuberant amount of hard work we are pleased to bring to Sushitech these amazing classics which were originally released on Mosaic 'back in the day.' The first part of this release delivers a more house-based side of the label and includes three tracks that were written well over 10 years ago proving that quality music is timeless!
KAOS- ON THE BOAT 12” (terranova, germany)
*Berlin-based DJ Kaos has been producing twisted disco tunes for a number of years and has been an integral part of the Berlin underground scene. Last year's single 'Cerebral Tremolo' was released by NYC's Rong, but was also picked up by Parisian tastemakers, Kitsuné, and his newest single 'Panopeeps' features a killer remix by Shit Robot. His turn at remixing has proved fruitful as well, including work for Rodion, Tom Vek, !!!, Roxy Music, and New Young Pony Club. He has also been part of the Faith Recordings 'Collectors Series' mix CDs, with 'Danse, Gravite Zero' which he co-produced with Sal Principiato, of the legendary Liquid Liquid. His latest Project called 'Bingo Volume One' and features various edits of the good old times. Expect nothing short of amazing, with a range from acid techno to true-blue disco. The vocal version is featuring Xavier Othello Smith, who had a big hit in the UK recently.
JAMES RUSKIN- LAHAINE 12” (tresor, germany)
*Six and a half years after the release of his last album Into Submission on Tresor, James Ruskin returns with The Dash, delivering prodigious new tracks that are not only stunning in contrast to his earlier dark and urban techno, but even startling as the tracks unfold in bold innovation. The track 'Lahaine' is taken from the album, revealing a new, very personal and elegant Ruskin who shows determined, decisive craftsmanship and a nascent approach towards production techniques he describes as trying to 'bridge the gap between music designed to listen to and music I would use as a DJ at the weekend.'
STEVE LAWLER- SLEEPWALKING PART 2 12” (tsuba, uk)
*Part 2 -- limited edition one-sided 12" featuring the huge original mix which encapsulates Steve's new sound -- gritty groove leads big room electronic club music. Steve describes the track as 'getting the biggest crowd reaction of all my recent productions.'
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE- RIOT 12” (underground resistance, usa)
*Fantastic "dark-techno-acid" tracks. One of the best in this category. The ambiance of 1991 is here in full effect.
THE AQUANAUTS- SPAWN 12” (underground resistance, usa)
*this twelve kicks off with a slice of 909 electro produced in the classic ur vein. Heavy stabbing bass synths, dark noises and seriously scary sound effects all conjoin to drop a heavy cut of Detroit electro complete with breakdowns, tone like synths and the catchy repetitive bassline that finds UR returning to form. Flip over for the very different ‘Relentless’ a track with an air of vintage analogue tack, noodling synths over a quirky electro beat with plastic synths providing the filler for the bread and butter beats.
DJ DEX- NOMADICO 12” (underground resistance, usa)
*DJ Dex's approach to techno is a hybrid style combining original synths, sampling, and quick edits, influenced by years of study with UR and his dedication to DJing. Tracklist: ''Madrugada'', an in your face techno cut, grounded by an acidic bass line and twisted vocal. Madrugada's sinister synth leads and razor thin edits make for some in your face acid techno. On the flip ''Blight'', fuses a classic jack track with UR Slide Theory, combining twisted funk with lead acid lines and subtle effects.
AUTECHRE- QUARISTICE 2LP (warp, uk)
*Autechre, one of Warp's best known artists, return with Quaristice, a vast, sprawling masterpiece that will galvanize their dedicated and sizable fanbase. With Design Republic back at the helm of art direction, Quaristice will be an album that impresses sonically but also visually. This warmer analog masterpiece recalls some of Autechre's most classical material. Quaristice is an enveloping blanket of Autechre's skewed sound science.
MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
ARTHUR- #28 MARCH 2008 MAGAZINE (arthur, usa)
*On the cover: Diamanda Galás. Features: Reign Of Blood: Erik Morse tells the amazing-but-true, blood-drenched story of how fictional pulp criminal Fantomas begat numerous classics of early cinema and inspired the most revolutionary art movements of the 20th century; Guerrilla Warfare: What happens when bands play live where they're not supposed to? Paul Moody dissects the London guerrilla gig scene of the early '00s spawned by the Libertines. Plus: No Age's recent daylight guerrilla gig by the L.A. River, with photos by Joshua Pressman; The Woman Who Knows Too Much: Meet Diamanda Galás, avenging queen of the damned, obvious musical genius and the only person alive who's a fan of both Doris Day and Vlad the Impaler; The Girls Who Fell To Earth: Clothes make the alien. Photography and styling by Molly Frances and Mark Frohman. Also: I'm Just Sayin', Applied Magic(k), Zodiac, 21 Recently Discovered Delights, The Analog Life, Bull Tongue, C&D, comics.
WAX POETICS- #27 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008 MAGAZINE (wax poetics, usa)
*On the cover, back and front: Grandmaster Flash circa 1980 & Eddie Harris circa mid-1970s. Contents: Tom Terrell; Brownout; Blue Note Sampler; Hot 8 Brass Band; Camp Lo; Build An Ark; Funky Cuba, Mighty Hannibal; Eddie Harris; Derf Reklaw; Newcleus; Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five; Chuck Brown; S.O.U.L.; Jazz Icons. 138 pages, full color, high gloss, incredibly well done & essential. 27th issue of this US-based production.
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