NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS FRIDAY, MAY 23
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no soapboxes today… it’s a holiday weekend after all, but if you think that means i’m takin’ a holiday from top notch new releases, yr mistaken. check em out: brainbombs cd reissue; new bonnie prince billy (at an incredible low price); lau nau vinyl on locust; steel n skin cd on em (i slept on this one originally, despite my love for the em label, but was hep’d to it via the honest jon’s 12in. a couple weeks back. killer, killer stuff); speaking of honest jon’s, in this week is the first set of a great looking new series compiling ethnic 78s culled from the emi/hayes archives, as well as a cd/2lp collection of the tony allen re-mixes they been dropping for the last year or so (and if you been keepn up with those releases, you know how choice this set is); a bunch of sublime frequencies comps; new dubstep survey on soul jazz; and as always, a ton of killer dance titles, mostly of the scando.neo-disco strip. don’t snooze…
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
BRAINBOMBS- OBEY CD (armageddon, usa)
*Finally available again, the domestic cd version of the classic and essential Brainbombs release. Out of print for several years & unleashed again. Obey hits hard with 8 tracks of serial killer-inspired dirge/noise/rock put through a No Wave filter. The audio equivalent of watching Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer... or having dinner with Albert Fish while Whitehouse records spin in the background.
BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY- LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT LP (drag city, usa)
*special low price, this week only… Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is letting the sun shine in so you can Lie Down In The Light. Before you get undressed, we're talking about a brand-new 12 song album of excellent new songs and sounds, okay? Get that thong back up your crack and listen! Bristling with guitar strings and laced with harmonies, Lie Down In The Light is the brightest album to date from the Bonnie 'Prince.' Brisk tempos skip among his signature slower numbers and ballads. Bonnie's vocals are among his most expressive: carefully nuanced, singing all up and down his range, showing him at a judiciously dynamic and tuneful apex. Coloring the sound, is a subtle backdrop of percussive slaps and shakes (but nary a drumkit), touches of keys and steel, delicate harmony-vocal arrangements and other sweet surprises that might send some sad-sack fans back to their auto-erotic dungeons, fresh toys in hand. Lie Down In The Light features Bonnie repeat players Paul Oldham and Emmett Kelly and also benefits from the multi-instrumental presence of Shahzad Izmaily, who works percussion, piano, guitar, banjo and the mysterious, sensual 'row of wenches' -- I mean, mysterious, sensual 'row of wrenches.' New (duet) partner Ashley Webber forges her own presence next to Bonnie in a pair of fantastic turns. Additionally, some of Nashville's finest appear in between the band's strings and harrows, adding light (and yeah, we see a little darkness, too) wherever they appear.
LAU NAU- NUKKUU LP (locust, usa)
*180 gram deluxe gatefold vinyl version… Naukkarinen manages to take a million-and-one risks while keeping things subtle, understated, aesthetically intriguing, and emotionally resonant." --Pitchfork (8.0). "Nukkuu (Finnish for 'Sleeps') is the long-awaited sophomore album by celebrated Finnish femme folk fave, Lau Nau. Nukkuu is psychedelic, abstract and emotionally captivating. Nukkuu is an album of changes. In the years since her debut album Kuutarha, Laura became a mother, moved to the Finnish countryside and took valuable time to carve out a space for her enchanted art in the new-found tranquility of her remote surroundings. Conceived in tight attics and vacant dens on off-hours when her young son Nuutti was fast asleep, this is an intimately-crafted nine-song collection that unfolds like dreamlike musical ribbons for the senses and delivers the listener to a place of unhurried contentedness.
TENJO SAJIKI- BARMON CD (showboat/sky station, japan)
*This is a limited reissue of the ultra rare privately released Tenjo Sajiki record Baramon. This identical reissue dates from 2003 and was released in a tiny edition of 500 copies, which sold out in a matter of weeks. But about the music: 'Some of the most exciting and evocative music of the early '70s in Japan was born out of the avant-garde theatre groups that had played such a central role in the '60s ferment. One of the most important was the Tenjo Sajiki Company formed by poet, film maker, boxing fan and all-around agent provocateur Terayama Shuji. Renowned for Living-Theatre inspired audience participation happenings and extreme street theatre designed to shock the bourgeois; by 1970 the group had already become a haven for runaway teens, and a focus for police investigation. Terayama was canny enough to realize that co-opting their music was an ideal way to hijack adolescent energies and he consistently used heavy amplified rock to jump-start his chaotic, socially critical acid operas. By 1972, Baramon saw J.A. Seazer and Kuni Kawauchi (of the Happenings Four and Kirikyogen) splitting the compositional scores on a bizarre musical manifesto for sexual liberation. So far so Hair, but rather than a tribute to free love, Terayama instead composed an eloquent plea for the liberation of the sexual underclass suffering discrimination, in the form of a 'gay revolution.' It wasn't Terayama's first engagement with the Tokyo queer scene -- one of the earliest plays he wrote for the Tenjo Sajiki was a vehicle for transvestite actress and chanson singer Akihiro Miwa, who was rumored to have had a dalliance with Yukio Mishima. Baramon's opening is a blast -- a densely narrated and impassioned call to arms set to a Nazi military march that links sexual second class citizenship to imperialist social control and warmongering. Featuring the actual voices of numerous smutty, cross-dressing scene queens, the record's content was deemed so subversive that it was only sold under the counter of Tokyo gay bars. Like a biker backstage at the Cage Aux Folles, fuzzed out guitar riffs and heavy swelling organ-based psych rock tracks rub shoulders with the lachrymose ballads and tawdry, mascara smudging chanson still favored in certain Shinjuku nighteries.' - The Wire, Alan Cummings.
STEEL AN' SKIN- REGGAE IS HERE ONCE AGAIN CD/DVD (em, japan)
*for whatever reason, i snoozed on this great em release. don’t you do the same… Outstanding steel pan, disco and dub CD + DVD release and the third installment in Em Records' Steel Pan Series. Steel 'N' Skin were an Afro-Caribbean workshop band based in 1970s London, founded by Peter Blackman, featuring ex-members of 20th Century Steel Band (Grandmaster Flash's fave). Comprised of young nightclub musicians born in Ghana, Nigeria, St. Kitts, Trinidad and the UK, the group gave concerts and workshops in London schools, expanding nationwide to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and summer festivals. The group combined an admirably brave, open and unironic mix of musical forms with community outreach, non-cynical and untainted by preachiness or "social work." Gratifyingly intricate African ritual rhythms and strong vocals compliment reggae, funk, disco and soul influences to form a relentless groove machine. This EM reissue consists of Steel 'N' Skin's 1979 debut 12" single "Reggae Is Here Once Again," featuring "Afro Punk Reggae (Dub)," a fine disco-dub workout, plus two tracks from their 1984 LP Acid Rain as well as one unissued track. The documentary DVD by Steve Shaw features perceptive commentary from Steel 'N' Skin's founder Peter Blackman, killer live and rehearsal footage of the band, workshop scenes and devastating views of inner-city Liverpool. Including liner notes written by Peter Blackman, English/Japanese text and rare photos. DVD running-time approximately 34 minutes; All-Region; NTSC.
V/A- LIVING IS HARD: WEST AFRICAN MUSIC IN BRITAIN, 1927-1929 CD
(honest jon’s, uk)
*Honest Jon's has prepared a series drawing on some of the earliest recordings in the EMI Hayes Archive -- recovered from more than 150,000 78s -- staggering music from Iraq, Turkey, Caucasia, Lebanon, Iran (including sides made in Old Street, London, in 1909), Egypt and the Belgian Congo. This series opener presents the music of the West African underground of 1920s Britain, recorded at Hayes and released on the Zonophone label (which exported nearly all the records to West Africa). You can hear Caribbean influences here, the promise of highlife there, but Living Is Hard mostly disavows fusion and assimilation. And by contrast with antecedents in the history of black music in Britain -- minstrelsy and spirituals, for example, ragtime and jazz -- these recordings are unhitched from the protocols of a white listenership. These are startling, trenchant, elemental roots -- carrying troubled news home, along with signs of the new African nationalism -- and an enthralling glimpse of other lives, other times. Artists include: Oni Johnson, Isaac Jackson, Ben Simmons, Harry E. Quashie, Douglas Papafio, Prince Zulamkah, The West African Instrumental Quintet, The Ga Quartet, Domingo Justus, James Tucker, John Mugat, Kumasi Trio, James Thomas, Nicholas De Heer, George Williams Aingo and James Brown.
V/A- LIVING IS HARD: WEST AFRICAN MUSIC IN BRITAIN, 1927-1929 2LP
(honest jon’s, uk)
*double vinyl version… Honest Jon's has prepared a series drawing on some of the earliest recordings in the EMI Hayes Archive -- recovered from more than 150,000 78s -- staggering music from Iraq, Turkey, Caucasia, Lebanon, Iran (including sides made in Old Street, London, in 1909), Egypt and the Belgian Congo. This series opener presents the music of the West African underground of 1920s Britain, recorded at Hayes and released on the Zonophone label (which exported nearly all the records to West Africa). You can hear Caribbean influences here, the promise of highlife there, but Living Is Hard mostly disavows fusion and assimilation. And by contrast with antecedents in the history of black music in Britain -- minstrelsy and spirituals, for example, ragtime and jazz -- these recordings are unhitched from the protocols of a white listenership. These are startling, trenchant, elemental roots -- carrying troubled news home, along with signs of the new African nationalism -- and an enthralling glimpse of other lives, other times. Artists include: Oni Johnson, Isaac Jackson, Ben Simmons, Harry E. Quashie, Douglas Papafio, Prince Zulamkah, The West African Instrumental Quintet, The Ga Quartet, Domingo Justus, James Tucker, John Mugat, Kumasi Trio, James Thomas, Nicholas De Heer, George Williams Aingo and James Brown.
TONY ALLEN- LAGOS SHAKE: A TONY ALLEN CHOP UP CD (honest jon’s, uk)
*Two years ago, Honest Jon's travelled to Lagos with the great drummer Tony Allen, to make his first recordings there since his time with Fela Kuti -- an album entitled Lagos No Shaking, a classic of contemporary Afrobeat. Since then, the label has widely commissioned numerous responses to those new sides: from legends of dance music culture like Basic Channel in Berlin, for example, and founding father of Detroit techno, Carl Craig; and young tigers like Dizzee Rascal's Newham Generals, MIA producer Diplo in Baltimore, and carioca sensations Bonde Do Role from Rio De Janeiro. There are also new recordings from Cairo, Saturn, Bogota and Kingston, Jamaica -- fresh interpretations or complete reworkings by the space jazz pioneer Salah Ragab, a street brass band descended from Sun Ra's Arkestra, highlife-inspired Afro-Colombian drummers from the village of San Palenque De Basilio, and a veteran of Count Ossie's Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari. Afrobeat, dub, jazz, chalupa, electro, highlife, techno, grime, carioca, champeta and funk from all corners, fizzing away together here... it could only be from Honest Jon's.
TONY ALLEN- LAGOS SHAKE: A TONY ALLEN CHOP UP 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*double vinyl version… Two years ago, Honest Jon's travelled to Lagos with the great drummer Tony Allen, to make his first recordings there since his time with Fela Kuti -- an album entitled Lagos No Shaking, a classic of contemporary Afrobeat. Since then, the label has widely commissioned numerous responses to those new sides: from legends of dance music culture like Basic Channel in Berlin, for example, and founding father of Detroit techno, Carl Craig; and young tigers like Dizzee Rascal's Newham Generals, MIA producer Diplo in Baltimore, and carioca sensations Bonde Do Role from Rio De Janeiro. There are also new recordings from Cairo, Saturn, Bogota and Kingston, Jamaica -- fresh interpretations or complete reworkings by the space jazz pioneer Salah Ragab, a street brass band descended from Sun Ra's Arkestra, highlife-inspired Afro-Colombian drummers from the village of San Palenque De Basilio, and a veteran of Count Ossie's Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari. Afrobeat, dub, jazz, chalupa, electro, highlife, techno, grime, carioca, champeta and funk from all corners, fizzing away together here... it could only be from Honest Jon's.
V/A- '70S THAI ORCHESTRA LP (mississippi, usa)
*Repressed, full color printed jackets this time… A stunning lp of hypnotic country molam from Thailand. A rich tapestry of heavy percussion, xylophone, khaen & phin (more or less the Thai electric guitar). A strong groove behind an inherently psychedelic music. Not mentioned anywhere on this record, but this is actually a copy of the legendary Siamese Temple Ball cd that came out back at the dawn of time (ie year 2000); one mystery meats another mystery.
GROUP DOUEH- GUITAR MUSIC FROM THE WESTERN SAHARA CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*shop favorite, and top seller, restocked… cd reissue of the very first Sublime Frequencies LP, which sold out in an instant in early 2007. If you think you've heard all the great electric guitar styles in the world, think again. This Saharan sand-blizzard of fine-crushed glass will grind your face to a bloody pulp. Group Doueh play raw and unfiltered Saharawi music from the former colonial Spanish outpost of the Western Sahara. Doueh (pronounced "Doo-way") is their leader and a master of the electric guitar. He's been performing since he was a child playing in many groups before finally creating his own in the 1980s. Doueh says he's influenced by Western pop and rock music especially Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. His sound is distorted, loud and unhinged with an impressive display of virtuosity and style only known in this part of the world. His wife Halima and friend Bashiri are the two vocalists in the group. Sahrawi songs are from the sung poetry of the Hassania language. The music is based on the same modal structure as Mauritanian music, however, Doueh's style is a looser appropriation infused with a Western guitar scope, one that relies, in his words, as much on Hendrix as it does traditional Sahrawi music. It also adds a playful pop element that rarely filters through in this region. Doueh has turned down countless offers from Morocco and Europe to release his music but he decided to offer Sublime Frequencies access to his homemade recordings and photo archive for this amazing debut. CD reissue of the first Sublime Frequencies LP release. Standard Sublime Frequencies 8-page CD insert includes great photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.
V/A- CHOUBI CHOUBI! FOLK & POP SOUNDS FROM IRAQ CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*essential back catalog title in stock for the first time… Meticulously selected from Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq and has rarely been showcased abroad. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo. This is the work of a unique nomadic hand drum called the khishba -- also known as the zanbour (Arabic for "wasp"). A style prominently featured here is the infamous Iraqi choubi -- a driving rhythmic style that can include fiddles, double reeded instruments, percussion, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat. Other styles featured are the basta (an urban Baghdadi style), the bezikh, and the pulsating hecha. Also heard is the mawal -- a vocal improv that sets the tone of a song, regardless of the style. Additionally there are three cuts from Ja'afar Hassan's 1970s record, Let's Sing Together. Being a folk-rock record, it's a true anomaly for Iraq. Hassan was a mouthpiece for the Iraqi Socialist movement just a few years before Saddam Hussein. But most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these may already be part of a disappeared past.
OMAR SOULEYMAN- HIGHWAY TO HASSAKE: FOLK & POP SOUNDS OF SYRIA CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*essential back catalog title in stock for the first time… Omar Souleyman is a Syrian musical legend. Since 1994, he and his musicians have emerged as a staple of folk-pop throughout Syria, but until now they have remained little known outside of the country. To date, they have issued more than five-hundred studio and live-recorded cassette albums which are easily spotted in the shops of any Syrian city. Born in rural northeastern Syria, he began his musical career in 1994 with a small group of local collaborators that remain with him today. The myriad musical traditions of the region are evident in their music. Here, classical Arabic mawal-style vocalization gives way to high-octane Syrian dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others. This amalgamation is truly the sound of Syria. The music often has an overdriven sound consisting of phase-shifted Arabic keyboard solos and frantic rhythms. At breakneck speeds, these shrill Syrian electronics play out like forbidden Morse-code, but the moods swing from coarse and urgent to dirgy and contemplative in the rugged anthems that comprise Souleyman's repertoire. Oud, reeds, baglama saz, accompanying vocals and percussion fill out the sound from track to track. Mahmoud Harbi is a long-time collaborator and the man responsible for much of the poetry sung by Souleyman. Together, they commonly perform the "Ataba," a traditional form of folk poetry used in Dabke. On stage, Harbi chain smokes cigarettes while standing shoulder to shoulder with Souleyman, periodically leaning over to whisper the material into his ear. Acting as a conduit, Souleyman struts into the audience with urgency, vocalizing the prose in song before returning for the next verse. Souleyman's first hit in Syria was Jani (1996) which gained cassette-kiosk infamy and brought him recognition throughout the country. Sublime Frequencies is honored to present the Western debut of Omar Souleyman with this retrospective disc of studio and live recordings spanning 12 years of his career, culled from cassettes recorded between 1994 and 2006. This collection offers a rare glimpse into Syrian street-level folk-pop and Dabke -- a phenomena seldom heard in the West, not previously deemed serious enough for export by the Syrians and rarely, if ever, included on the import agenda of worldwide academic musical committees.
V/A- ETHNIC MINORITY MUSIC OF SOUTHERN LAOS CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*essential back catalog title in stock for the first time… This is a collection of landmark recordings by Laurent Jenneau, documenting music created by the Harak and various Brao ethnic groups in Southern Laos. This is the second release in a series of spectacular field recordings from some of the more remote ethnic minority communities in Southeast Asia. On this release, you can hear the true historic roots of Molam music (now a venerable popular music style in Laos and Thailand) played on the khaen along with vocal styles from this region. Also featured here are gong ensembles, various stringed instruments, cymbals, drums and sung poetry all captured live on location with the ambient sounds of the surrounding villages. These recordings were made in Xekong, Champasak and Attapeu provinces and because much of this music is unknown, this is probably the first time recordings have ever been released of indigenous music from these remote areas of Southern Laos. Features insightful liner notes by Laurent Jenneau and an extended track listing with added information about each track recorded.
V/A- ETHNIC MINORITY MUSIC OF NORTH VIETNAM CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*essential back catalog title in stock for the first time… This is the third volume in a series of tribal village music compiled by Laurent Jenneau from his continual journeys into the more remote tribal areas of Southeast Asia, featuring field recordings of the Giay, Lu, Red Zao, and Black Hmong peoples from North Vietnam. The five selections presented here by the Red Zao are of an unusual vocal style called Baozoo. The Baozoo singing technique can either be a responsive song, or canon singing where a lead singer has his or her words repeated with delay by one, two or three singers. You've never heard anything quite like it before. The instruments used in other selections include kheng (bamboo mouth organ), jew's harp, bamboo sticks with coins, and the piem zat (a reed instrument or oboe affiliated with Baozoo singing). Recorded in and around Sapa, this CD includes an extended track list with added information about each track recorded along with insightful liner notes by Laurent Jenneau with an excerpt included here: "The Lu are the most mysterious to me. First I'm easily impressed by people who have radically different beauty criteria; their way to blacken their teeth with a thick layer of black stuff makes every smile special. They seem to have been established in northwest Vietnam since the 12th century. The Giay, like the Lu or Lao, belong to the Tay Kadai language group. They are well established in northern parts of Vietnam and Laos, but emigrated from China 200 years ago. They have three styles of singing for different occasions; for a feast, for night drinking or to sing farewell to someone.
DUBSTEP AND GRIME
V/A- STEPPAS' DELIGHT VOLUME 1 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
*Double lp version. Heavyweight double-vinyl LP editions, volume 1… Steppas' Delight tells the story of dubstep -- from its South London roots up to its present status as the most vibrant musical sub-culture in the UK -- and its subsequent virus-like growth throughout the world. The album is made up of exclusive new tracks alongside some choice tracks from dubstep's recent history and features many of the original groundbreaking names alongside the current underground new wave of dubstep producers. In the early 2000s dubstep was a marginal music made by a handful of young producers in the concrete-coated suburbs of South-West London. Using free PC software like Fruity Loops or PlayStation's music-making software Music 2000 and making their own left-field versions of dark garage records. Fast forward eight years and dubstep is easily the most vibrant scene in the UK with many of the original dubstep artists now the most in-demand producers, remixers, DJs and label-owners in the UK today. Steppas' Delight traces the musical journey of dubstep from these small beginnings to the current new wave of young artists and producers on the scene today. This release is both a snapshot of the present and future and an essential guide to dubstep, and tells the story of the music -- the artists, labels, clubs, radio stations, cutting houses and more. This release is a continuation of Soul Jazz Records' prolific dubstep releases such as the Box of Dub albums and singles from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Ramadanman, Cotti, Kode9, Ladybug, Warrior Queen and many more... Other artists include: Benga, Search and Destroy, Plastician Featuring Skepta, Uncle Sam, The Bug and Warrior Queen, Goth Trad, Seventeen Evergreen, Martyn, Shackleton, TRG, Joker, Quest, Ikonika, Silkie, Geiom Featuring Marita, Shonx, Gatekeeper Featuring Grizla and Peverelist.
V/A- STEPPAS' DELIGHT VOLUME 2 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
*Double lp version. Heavyweight double-vinyl LP editions, volume 2… Steppas' Delight tells the story of dubstep -- from its South London roots up to its present status as the most vibrant musical sub-culture in the UK -- and its subsequent virus-like growth throughout the world. The album is made up of exclusive new tracks alongside some choice tracks from dubstep's recent history and features many of the original groundbreaking names alongside the current underground new wave of dubstep producers. In the early 2000s dubstep was a marginal music made by a handful of young producers in the concrete-coated suburbs of South-West London. Using free PC software like Fruity Loops or PlayStation's music-making software Music 2000 and making their own left-field versions of dark garage records. Fast forward eight years and dubstep is easily the most vibrant scene in the UK with many of the original dubstep artists now the most in-demand producers, remixers, DJs and label-owners in the UK today. Steppas' Delight traces the musical journey of dubstep from these small beginnings to the current new wave of young artists and producers on the scene today. This release is both a snapshot of the present and future and an essential guide to dubstep, and tells the story of the music -- the artists, labels, clubs, radio stations, cutting houses and more. This release is a continuation of Soul Jazz Records' prolific dubstep releases such as the Box of Dub albums and singles from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Ramadanman, Cotti, Kode9, Ladybug, Warrior Queen and many more... Other artists include: Benga, Search and Destroy, Plastician Featuring Skepta, Uncle Sam, The Bug and Warrior Queen, Goth Trad, Seventeen Evergreen, Martyn, Shackleton, TRG, Joker, Quest, Ikonika, Silkie, Geiom Featuring Marita, Shonx, Gatekeeper Featuring Grizla and Peverelist.
GOTH TRAD/SILKIE- GENESIS/DAM 4 12” (soul jazz, uk)
*Super-limited one-off pressing white label of two exclusive new killer dubstep tracks from Goth Trad and Silkie as a taster for Soul Jazz Records new Steppas' Delight double-album featuring classic as well as new and exclusive tracks from the likes of Benga, Kode9, The Bug, Shackleton, Gatekeeper, Quest and loads more. A serious A-Z of dubstep past, present and future! With Japan's Goth Trad's previous releases on Deep Medi and Silkie releases on Antisocial Entertainment here are 2 of the heaviest new wave dubstep producers around with 2 all-new exclusive tracks.
HOUSE, TECHNO AND DISCO
MICHAL HO- QUITIOR 12” (curle, belgium)
*white vinyl version with original and remix by mark august.
DARKO ESSER/DENIS KARIMANI- ABSOLUTELY NO REGRETS/MELTED 12” (curle, belgium)
*Two incredibly strong tracks from two established names in the scene. Played by Sven Vath, Dave Clarke, John Acquaviva, Josh Wink, Laurent Garnier, Monika Kruse, Efdemin.
CRC/WAV- THE NYMPH/NYQUIST PLOT 12” (curle, belgium)
*CRC from Finland is still a fresh name to the world. He already released on Force Inc, Phonocult and a few local labels, but under different disguises. After his track on Curle 009 (remixed by the mighty Convextion because he liked it so much!) CRC now got signed to Arne Weinberg's label for a track on their first compilation. His 'The Nymph' track, that we are proud to present on Curle 012, has been a secret weapon in our bag since many months. Combine the melodic virtuosity of a young Mathew Jonson with the deepness of the current Detroit sound and you're almost there. Truly a blinder! Wav on the flip is no other than that same CRC together with his good friend and fellow Finnish producer Aki 'Artificial' Latvamäki. He is no longer a stranger to the Curle following of course, expect his debut album later this year on Curle! Their 'Nyquist Plot' outing seems the perfect highlight in a Sven Väth set to us, so be sure to check it out!
HUGG & PEPP- SMUGGELI KROOK 12” (dahlback, sweden)
*'Smack' tuddi krookli smock. Smacky Pepp sminky Hugg krooken krack! Stink snusa krud snocken, klonken stonken. Lump örgh snask klo smörgårdsbord trampa. Blås smooken krooken tryck. Klonken stonken snusk i busken 'Krook.' Smacky Pepp stonken mit Pepp 'Tiddeli' läpp. 'Smook' skoj party makare blobb kanske. Ärr ösk på snorre. Smuggeli smog med hans krook big surprise! Burk blåbär stock punkt. Flukt pump stuga prick. Skiva smokken asfet. Banka banka kula stolpe ut, meh! Uta öga kräk stampen stuk. Bäbä nonsens polack, men nästa örk. Älska skattemyndigheten!
SHOCKING PINKS- CUTOUT/DRESSED TO PLEASE 2X12” (dfa, uk)
*The second single to be taken from Shocking Pinks' self titled debut album, released last September. Bittersweet and vulnerable, 'Emily' is a hypnotic and moody song that tells the age-old story of longing, jealousy and heartache, in Nick Harte's distinctive shoegaze style. It's one of the most personal moments on the record, with a beautiful and fragile overtone covering the rough layers of distortion and noise. The single comes backed with an exclusive cover of Magnetic Fields' 'Nothing Matters When We're Dancing,' plus remixes of album track 'Cutout' and 'Dressed to Please,' which had a limited release as a b-side to limited 7" 'The Narrator,' out last year. The remixes range from Expanding Head Band (ex-Tussle member Alexis Georgopoulos) and disco-edit scenester Lee Douglas, to techno favourites Deepchord/Echospace and Nathan Fake.
STYLE OF EYE- THE BIG KAZOO 12” (dirtybird, usa)
*Style of Eye has delivered one of the most creative Dirtybird releases to date. This is a totally fresh sound coming straight out of Stockholm, Sweden. 'The Big Kazoo' is an epic tech-funk masterpiece that achieves ultimate ass shaking glory while also innovating at the same time. Yes, in the past Dirtybird has brought you animals, fart noises, bass blips, and strange breakdowns and now a kazoo? Well, all we have to say is that 'The Big Kazoo' goes a step beyond any gimmicks and brings you the real shit. The beat is solid driving funk just how we like it and the track is destined to be a dirtybird classic. The B-side 'Hide' ain't no slouch either. It mixes in really well with anything you got with congos or any kind of Latin shuffle. But 'Hide' also has a really hot techno element that makes it very versatile. The beat is rock solid with a strong syncopated pattern and cool synth dropouts that will even bring the socialites and wallflowers to life. check it!
CLAUDE VONSTROKE & CHRISTIAN MARTIN- GROUNDHOG DAY 12” (dirtybird, usa)
*Claude VonStroke returns with his first original record in over a year. This time he partners with long time friend and upcoming producer, Christian Martin. This is a melodic hybrid of techno and house with influences as far away as drum n bass.The flip side features a remix by super hot producer Gabriel Ananda and newcomer Alice Rose. They playfully twist the main theme throughout, sprinkling in stabs to the constantly building groove. Many people have said the original record sounds like a follow-up to 'Who's Afraid of Detroit?' but we will let you decide what to think for yourself.
AKIKO KIYAMA- SEVEN YEARS PART 1 12” (district of corruption, germany)
*Vinyl version, part 1… Akiko was born in tokyo, japan, 1982. She has been surrounded by classical music education since she was a young girl. At the age of 14, she was absorbed in Drum'N'Bass that was occurring in London at the time, and it was then that she made a commitment to club music, to pursue and evolve with the ever changing sound of techno.
She started to create her own tracks with a laptop since 2002 and has been performing in Tokyo.
Her first solo EP "Dimension", released on Sud Electronic in October 2004, which got great reviews by top world class DJ's. And in November 2005, one of her tracks has licensed by M-NUS ,and was selected by Richie Hawtin in his well received mix "DE9 Transitions".
In 2007, She moved to Berlin to follow through with her commitment to dance music and to develop her style further. She also had several singles in 07 on a few reputable labels such as Safari Electronique,Contexterrior, Lick My Deck, Neopren etc and more on District of Corruption. And one of the track on Lick My Deck has appeared on recent DJ-Kicks by Booka Shade(K7! Records).
NICK CHACONA- BINDING SPHERES 12” (dogtown, belgium)
*Dogtown expands its horizon to the States! New York City based Nick Chacona (2020 Vision, Buzzin Fly, Grayhound) comes up with a dark hypnotic tribal burner with some uplifting '80s synth sounds on top of it that could best be described as Radio Slave meets Lindstrom! Nick has gained an admirable reputation over the last years with diverse releases on high prolific labels & more recently on Prins Thomas's Internasjonal label! Be ready for the sound of the future! And while we're at it, we asked Ibadan legend Jerome Sydenham to attack the original.
STEVIE KOTEY & MAX ESSA- SALON DE L'HERBE EP, PART 1 12” (electric minds, uk)
*Steve Kotey needs little introduction, head honcho of Bear Entertainment, an accomplished producer and a member of Chicken Lips. Stevie's schedule takes him to the hippest clubs around the world be it Japan, Germany, Italy or London as well as finding time to put out his own productions and compile compilations for the likes of !K7 & Strut. Kotey is joined on this record by Max Essa. Having previously released on Paper Recordings back in 2001 Max also played guitar with the infamous, Long Distance Runners. Most recently he has produced the Midnight Garden EP, a glorious collection of slo-mo disco, rock and sunset vibes Steve & Max have delivered 3 beautiful records in the shape of the Salon De L'Herbe series. This EP offers up everything good that is disco from the up tempo '1974' A side to the spaced out vibes of '1988.' If that wasn't enough this 12" release is finished off with a 3rd track '1981' on the cosmic/Balearic tip. The years may become confusing but with live drums, guitars and slick arrangement words can't do these productions justice.
KELLEY POLAR- ENTROPY REIGNS 12” (environ, usa)
*We knew 'Entropy Reigns' needed an incredible remix, so it was a simple decision to enlist Ewan Pearson and Al Usher (who also operate under the name Partial Arts) to work their magic. Pearson is a dance music veteran, and remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Seelenluft, Franz Ferdinand and Freeform 5 have made him one of the genre's most respected producers. He has programmed for Goldfrapp and Gwen Stefani and his production credits include albums for Tracey Thorn and The Rapture, as well as Ladytron, Chikinki and Jeb Loy Nichols, amongst others. Partial Arts is a highly-respected name in dance music with several fantastic EPs on Kompakt, Out of the Loop and Battle, as well as remixes for labels including Rekids and Ministry of Sound. Not only did these two have a keen understanding of pop music, sweaty dancefloors and strings, but they were big fans of Kelley Polar -- so they turned in two remixes instead of one! For the more house- and tech-driven floors, check the four-on-the-floor beauty of the 'Pearson and Usher's Closed System Dub' (spread deep and loud across the A-side). For more electro- and pop-fuelled DJ sets, 'Pearson and Usher's Second Law Dynamix' does the trick, complete with an insane acid breakdown. For the vinyl purists, we even threw the original album version on wax for you as well!
LOW MOTION DISCO- LOVE LOVE LOVE PART 1 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Here is the first part of two 12" releases featuring remixes of Low Motion Disco's "Love Love Love" from two of Eskimo's finest, LSB and Aeroplane.
SIMONE FEDI- SUB-SPACE 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*The second release from this fresh Eskimo prodigy, straight from beautiful Tuscany. Choosing vintage analog synthesizers next to real instruments such as guitars and an electric bass, Simone Fedi manages to perfectly sculpt his deep and original sound, mixing funk, Italian disco, house and synth-pop. Remember where you heard it first.
DANIELE BALDELLI & MARCO DIONIGI- COSMIC DISCO?! COSMIC ROCK!!! PART ONE 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Part 1 of a vinyl sampler from Daniele Baldelli's mix for Eskimo. Includes tracks from Alicia Bridges, Spirit, and the Bronx Irish Catholics.
DANIELE BALDELLI & MARCO DIONIGI- COSMIC DISCO?! COSMIC ROCK!!! PART TWO 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Part 2 of a vinyl sampler from Daniele Baldelli's mix for Eskimo. Featuring tracks by Torch Song, Kevin Harrison, and The Dream Syndicate.
ALLEZ ALLEZ- BEST OF ALLEZ ALLEZ 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Allez Allez are one of those early '80s hidden gems of the Belgian new wave dance scene who shone so brightly for a few years (1981-1985) and then were gone -- but not forgotten. The trademarks of Allez Allez were highly danceable and catchy rhythms, African influences and high quality singing, forming a powerful and funky mixture. Here are two tracks off of the Best of Allez Allez full-length including bonus remixes from Aeroplane and Optimo (Espacio).
ALLEZ ALLEZ- BEST OF ALLEZ ALLEZ LP+CD (eskimo, belgium)
*lp version, includes cd. Allez Allez are one of those early '80s hidden gems of the Belgian new wave dance scene who shone so brightly for a few years (1981-1985) and then were gone -- but not forgotten. Based around the writing and production nucleus of Brussels-based Kristiaan Debusscher and Nicolas Fransolet, a third dimension was added by American vocalist Sarah Osbourne. Early hi-tempo hits such as "African Queen," "Allez Allez" and "She's Stirring Up" became global club classics. Allez Allez were the funky follow-up to the Brussels-based collective Marine. The trademarks of Allez Allez were highly danceable and catchy rhythms, African influences and high quality singing, forming a powerful and funky mixture. The band's debut mini-album African Queen promptly went gold and they recorded a full album in John Foxx's studio with production handled by Heaven 17 mastermind, Martin Ware. Promises was a more refined funk album with soul influences and the road for an international breakthrough seemed open. Then singer Sarah Osbourne left the group and married the singer of Heaven 17, Glenn Gregory. A replacement was found in New York-based Jackie Irwin, but she never managed to truly replace the sensual and flexible Sarah and although it was produced by Madonna-discoverer Mark Kamins, the following 12" Boom Boom flopped. Techno fans may also be interested to know that Sarah Osbourne later found herself in Detroit on the cusp of techno's evolution and as well as painting a mural on the east wall of Detroit's legendary Music Institute, she also painted a cover for Rhythim Is Rhythim and ultimately sang vocals on a number of Carl Craig tracks. Now, for the first time, some 25 years later, Eskimo brings you the Best of Allez Allez. Including bonus remixes from contemporary producer-fans such as Quiet Village (aka Matt Edwards and Joel Martin), Aeroplane, Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas and Optimo (Espacio), you can check out the funky, African-inspired new wave rhythms of one of Belgium's finest dance exports. Press pictures photographed by Anton Corbijn.
MENTAL OVERDRIVE- THE RAGE 12” (full pupp, norway)
*The man, the legend, Norway's grand old man of hoover Per Martinsen is back on Full Pupp with two mentally challenged mammoth stompers! Let's party like it's... 1992.
ALEX CAPPELLI- BLOODY NOTES 12” (great stuff, germany)
*Again a fantastico newcomer: DJ and producer Alex Cappelli from Florence (Italy). With only 20 years this guy is a sure talent and Great Stuff is very proud to have the possibility to release his debut 12". The hypnotic synth line on 'Bloody Notes' is meant to drive every crowd crazy and A&R Rainer Weichhold was quickly convinced by this bomb. And Butch also saw the potential and added his trademark sound to that release which is with no doubt his best remix ever.
BRAINCELL- ABSORB 12” (harthouse, germany)
*Braincell already set a high standard at the last Harthouse V.A. by 'pneumatic(s)' work and sound. The Swedish top producer and label owner presents another labor of love -- Absorb. This is the most emotional EP you have ever heard from Cari Lekebusch -- highly addictive stuff! A1. 'Absorb:' calm and gentle percussive structure and wide atmospheric effects mixed with tiny play-arounds attracts the listener's attention. Comfortable groove-friendly shaker which is built up to a melancholic and cinematic milestone of electronic music!
HENRIK SCHWARZ & AMAMPONDO- I EXIST BECAUSE OF YOU 12” (innervisions, germany)
*'A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.' (Desmond Tutu). Originally this track appears on Amampondo's forthcoming album Vibrations From The Motherland on Nanny Tango. Here we have 2 longer and more club friendly versions of that track. Version one is a live recording of Henrik. The other is a much more stripped down version by Dixon.
BROKE- WE AIN'T GOT IT/COLADANCER 12” (kompakt, germany)
*Broke are Matias Aguayo and Rocness. "We Ain't Got It" and "Coladancer" are two massive, cumbia-infected techno songs that have been rocking audiences around the globe during Broke's live shows. Combining the archaic thump of traditional Latin American and state-of-the-art electronic dance music, this is very different from Luciano and Ricardo's percussive, light-footed efforts. These are damn serious grooves.
AGNES & LEE VAN DOWSKI- LOUDER ELVIS/RADIO GRACELAND 12” (leena, germany)
*With all those mountains, it figures that the Swiss know a thing or two about altitude. Turns out they know a thing or two about depth, as well. At least that's the case with the Geneva-based Frenchman Lee van Dowski and Geneva native Agnès, who make their first appearance on Leena after a slew of recordings for labels like Num, Plak, Bpitch, Soma, Einmaleins, Minibar, Sthlmaudio, Resopal Red, and more. Together, van Dowski and Agnès run the 60Sec label; surprisingly, though, this is actually their first collaboration. Simplicity is the name of the game on both tracks here. On 'Louder Elvis,' the two unleash pure deep-house bounce over ominous, Detroit-inspired pads; clean-as-a-whistle bleeps laser their way through a fog of dubbed-out delay. The tune's flow suggests a live session, with tumbling chords following their own whims, but there's nothing haphazard about it. This one's all about the afterhours, head down and moving steadily into the light. A vocal sample kicks off 'Radio Graceland' but don't expect any bloated rock 'n' roll theatrics. Instead, Van Dowski and Agnès lay down a slowly rolling groove with a Latin touch and even a little bit of reggaeton lurch. Hand drums dapple the landscape with faded colors, keeping the mood subdued -- at least until the beat gathers steam and bright, syncopated chords splash about. Groaning analog noises push the energy restlessly forward, driving dancers to wild abandon: the track is as effective as it is unconventional. What else would you expect from two of Switzerland's most uncompromising crowd pleasers?
GLADIO- HADRIAN'S WALL 12" (mighty robot, scotland)
*Danny Wolfers Gladio project is back with five new Roman smack jams straight out of Segedunum. Think Tim Harper in a toga. Caligula in the bathhouse with seven ways to jack. The sound of Legio XX Valeria Victrix. Already being played by Dave Clarke in his live sets, and on his White Noise radio show. The first pressing of 525 copies are engraved by stonemasons on slabs of grey vinyl - be quick!
MINILOGUE- DOIICIE 10" (minilogue, germany)
*Style: techno/trippy house.
MARASCIA & DUSTY KID- SAWLESS/SINELESS 12” (systematic, germany)
*Systematic Recordings proudly presents the second release by Italy's Dusty Kid, this time in collaboration with his mate Emanuele Marascia. "Sawless" possesses ass-kickin' beats and a sawtooth bass line that lets you forget who you are. "Sineless" features soulful melodic tech-house that all the ladies will like. Full support by Dubfire, John Digweed, Martin Eyerer, Stephan Bodzin, and many more.
MARC ROMBOY VS. BLAKE BAXTER- FLY AWAY 12” (systematic, germany)
*Fly Away is a taste of Marc Romboy's second album, Contrast, and once again Marc has teamed up with Detroit techno legend Blake Baxter. Both versions are very different from each other -- track one is for the screamers and track two is for the groovers. Jockey support by Chloé, Jesse Rose, Smokin Jo, Laurent Garnier, Gregor Tresher, Jimpster, Florian Meindl, Martin Eyerer, Satoshi Tomiie, Hector Romero and many more.
BUTCH- ELEMENTS 2 OF 2 12" (trapez, germany)
*This is Butch's (Bülent Gürler) third EP, the follow-up to Elements 1 of 2. "Wind" is a strong, epic old school monster of an acid track, with a cool Chicago flavor that is reminiscent of Lil Louis, with cool ups and downs that will set dancefloors on fire. "Earth" is a stripped-down mover, quite drugged-out and bass-heavy. New school, elemental techno-rock for the masses.
MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
THE WIRE- #292 JUNE 2008 MAGAZINE (the wire, uk)
*On the cover: Evangelista (Since covering Willie Nelson's 'Red Headed Stranger,' Carla Bozulich has been shunting alt country deeper into hardcore improv territory with her new group). Features: Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt tells Chris Sharp why 3" CD-Rs are the perfect medium for his electronic streams of consciousness); Dylan van der Schyff (Vancouver's busiest drummer talks about his work with John Butcher, pianist Peggy Lee and more); Cross Platform: Anat Ben-David (Chicks On Speed's Israeli recruit interrogates pop and politics in her performance art piece, Popaganda); Invisible Jukebox: The RZA; Yoshi Wada (Inspired by La Monte Young and Pandit Pran Nath, the Japanese Fluxus artist explores the 'sympathetic resonances' of his homemade bagpipes and horns); People Like Us (Adopting the motto 'all things avant retard,' Vicki Bennett creates witty audio cut-ups and collages that slyly subvert heavily mediated images of Britain); Nihilist Spasm Band (The likes of Joe McPhee, Voice Crack and Jojo Hiroshige have all made the pilgrimage to London, Ontario to attend the Canadian noise veterans' No Music nights).
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