NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20
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another week, another massive update. i didn’t plan on getting in so many choice titles, but too many good things presented themselves, so as the saying goes, i striked (or is it strook?) while the irons hot… truthfully, there’s too many highlights this week, but the buffalo/bison bop lp’s are a standout, a bunch of psych reissue from lion productions (and assorted other labels), the new siltbreeze vinyl is not to be missed, more killer dubstep, tons of new dance 12s (more ed banger and kitsune back catalog titles!), more new codek, clone, crème, kompakt, rekids, tiny sticks, vintage, etc, etc… seeing (and hearing) is believing, so come on by and check em out!!!
as always, many of these titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below and can’t make it to the shop you can make a purchase via paypal or over the phone with a credit card and pick them up later or have them shipped (see more information below). i will no longer hold records. sorry.
prices are subject to change without notice.
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.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
V/A- BUFFALO BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED VOL. 4 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*since the day i opened tequila sunrise records i’ve wanted to stock the buffalo/bison bop lp’s, but seeing as they’re long out of print, they eluded me for quite some time. but no more, i just got in 20 volumes (with 20 more expected next month). for those not familiar with the series, it’s one of the most amazing collections of raw and rare music, in this case rockabilly, on par with any of the times ain’t like they used to be, nuggets, pebbles, back from the grave, killed by death or bloodstains comps (and thus deserving of shelf space in any record collection devoted to pop cultural from the margins). tracks: THE REBELAIRES: Alaska Rock-Satellite Rock PAT DAVIS: Spinner Hub Caps THE MOONLIGHTERS: Rock A Bayou Baby TENNESSEE THOMPSON: Saturday Ball-Slippin' & Slidin' CLIFF NASH: Tell Me Baby SPECK & DOYLE: Music To My Ear BARRY ETRIS: I've Met My One And Only VAL VOLK: There'll Be A Rockin' Party JIMMY LESTER: Granny Went Rockin' MIKE RYAN: Hurtin' & Cryin'.
V/A- BUFFALO BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED VOL. 9 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: JIMMY GRUBBS: Let's Rock Tonight RAY SMITH: Swinging Boogie-Gone Baby Gone LANIE WALKER: Ennie Meenie Miney Mo-No Use Knocking On My Door RED MOORE: Crawdad Song TEX NEIGHBORS: Rock And Roll Dot PHIL BARCLAY: Young Long John LONNIE ANDERKIN: Teenage Baby-Tell'em. BOBBY GREEN: Little Heart Attacks LLOYD HARP: Slow Boogie Rock.
V/A- BUFFALO BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED VOL. 10 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: MICKEY HAWKS AND THE NIGHT RAIDERS: Screamin' Mimi Jeanie-Rock And Roll Rhythm-Bip Bop Boom-Hidi Hidi Hidi-Cotton Pickin'-I'm Lost CHUCK WILEY AND THE ROCK-ITS: Come Back Baby-I Wanna Dance All Night-Why Worry About Me-It's L-O-V-E-If You've Never Been In Love-Right By My Side.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 11 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: JIMMIE MARTIN COMBO: Rock The Bop-Red Bobby Sock CARL MANN: Gonna Rock & Roll Tonight HOWARD MAYBERRY: Proof Of Love JACKIE GOETROE: Raised On Rock And Roll DARRELL SPECK: How I Love You CHARLES LOOPER: She's My Baby Now ALAN LEE: Broken Hearted Baby DON HAGER: River Rock-Try Me Out And See-Liza Jane Bop GLENN JOHNSON: Little Heart At tacks-Run Here Honey.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 12 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: RAY McCOY: Rockin' Baby-I Need It BUBBA FORD: Wiggling Blond DANNY DELL: Froggy CARL NEWMAN: Rockin' And a Boppin' CURTIS LONG: Hootchey Cootchey LARRY TERRY: Hep Cat TYRONE SCHMIDLING: Honey Don't BILLIE J. KILLIN: It Makes No Difference-I Wonder JIMMY STRINGER: Hot Road Kelly MOON LIGHTERS: Broken Heart.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 13 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: BILL GAIDA: Yes Baby, I'm Scared-Take This Massage, Darlin-Rockin' Romance CHESTER McINTYRE: I'm Gonna Rock With My Baby Tonight THE MOODS: Little Alice-Let Me Have Your Love-Rockin' Santa Claus GLENN BLAND: When My Baby Passes By-Mean Gene AL URBAN: Won't Tell You Her Name-Gonna Be Better Times-Lookin' For Money HARMON BOAZEMAN: No Love In You JEFF STONE: Everybody Rock.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 14 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: JIANTS: Tornado-She's My Woman ARLIE MILLER: Lou Ann PROWLERS: Rock Me, Baby JIMMY GRAY: Two Timer THREE ACES AND A JOKER: Sleigh Bell Rock THE DUSTERS: Rock At The Top ROD WILLIS: The Cat KEITH McCORMACK: For You WAYNE HAMMOND: Can't See Why JIM BURGETT: Live It Up JIMMY KIRKLAND: Come On Baby.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 15 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: MADDY BROTHERS: Rockin' Party-Hey Little Girl LOVE BROTHERS: Baby, I'll Never Let You Go KENN & ROY: UMM PETE & JIMMY: So Wild KIMBLE JANES: Night Club Rock And Roll DUSTERS: She's Mine FIREFLIES: Steela Got A Fella BILLY & MICKEY: Shakin' Time-JERRY DOELL & THE TREE TOPS: Tree Top DON DELL & THE MONTEREYS: Honey Doll WILLIE GOOD SON: Put A Nickel In The Jukebox.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 16 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: JERRY ROSS: Ever'body's Tryin'-Small Little Girl ART ADAMS: Dancing Doll-She Don't Live Here No More CURTIS HOBOCK: Tom Dooley Rock & Roll-Hey Everybody ANDY STARR: I Love You Baby-Just a Walking SABRES: My Hot Mama-Puppet EDDIE DUGOSH: One Mile-Strange Kinda Feeling.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 17 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: VILAS CRAIG: Spring Fever FRANKIE ST. JOHN: So Glad You're Mine EDDIE RINGO: Full Racing Cam HANK DAVIS: Real Soon TEEN TONES: Rock And Roll Blues LARRY DE RIEUX: Chicken Sessions BILL ROBERTS: Cajun Queen JACK BAILEY: Oh What Love Is DANNY MAYO: Pretty Baby Rock TOM DORSAM: Baby Of Mine HANK DAVIS: One Way Track JIMMY DEMPSEY: One Way Love Affair.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 18 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: ROCK-A-TONES: Blue Swingin' Mama JIMMY DEMPSEY: Bob Hop ORBITS: My Rosa-Leo GEORGE DARRO: Eye'n You Up ROD WILLIS: Somebody's Been Rocking My Baby LEN & JUDY: I'm Leaving Town, Baby LONNIE MILKY: Satellite Fever-Asiatic Flu JOEY VEE: A Place Called Love TURNER MOORE: I'll Be Leaving You JIMMY WOODALL: Uncle Sam's Call RALPH LANE: You Gotta Show Me JIM MORRISON: Ready To Rock.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 19 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: DARWIN NELSON: Good Gosh Gerty-Mary Sue-Lazy Lu FRANKIE TARO: Butterball BILL POLLARD: Nite Spott Rock GUS TALBURT: I'm In Love RONNY & JOHNNY: Massacre-Jungle Boogie JOHNNY REED: Take A Ride With Me ORDEN SEXTON: Rock-A-Way PIEZ GARY MANN: Cheer Me Up FLOYD MACK: I Like To Go.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 20 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: GENE NORMAN: Snaggle Tooth Ann-Long Gone Night Train JOE WARFIELD: Mama's Little Girl MAYNARD HORLICK: What Have They Got-Do The Bop Bop Bop-Rollin' On Down The Street JIM FOLEY: Blues In The Morning-Goodbye Train BOB BOWMAN: Betty Lou CLIFF NASH: Jennie Lou ROCKAWAYS: Rampage JOHNNY CONVILLE: Bye Bye Blackbird.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED VOL. 22 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: JERRY PARSONS: Don't Need No Job DOUG POWELL: Jeannie With The Dark Blue Eyes-The Lord Made A Woman RUNABOUTS: The Prom-Train CHUCK DOCKERY: Baby Let's Dance-Rock While We Ride DAWNBEATS: Midnight Express DICK SEATON: Juke Box Rock PARKER CUNNINGHAM: Dry Run RAY DARDEN: Grandpa's Rock.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 23 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: MIKE FERN: A Bomp Bop ROBERT WILLIAMS: Cranberry Blues ROY MOSS: Wiggle Walkin' Baby-Yes Juanita's Mine RODNEY SCOTT: Baby I Don't Care-Granny Went Rockin' REX QUAL: Going Rocking Tonight-Transquilizer Boogie BILLY CHILDS: Call Me Shorty JIMMY LAMBERTH: Latch On To Your Baby-Kentucky Home Rock-Rockin' And Reelin'.
V/A- BUFFALO BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED VOL. 25 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: PAUL KEPLER & THE COOL NOTES: Betty Lou BILL WOODS: Phone Me Baby-Go Crazy Man-Bop JIM ALLEY: The Great Pretender-Dig That Rock & Roll SKIP GOODSPEED: Only Two Me And You HI-TOMBS: Weeping Willow Rock-Sweet Rockin' On My Mind CURLEY GRIFFIN: Rook Bottom Blues-Got Rockin' On My Mind PETER CONCILLO & THE COOL NOTES: Pete's Blues.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 26 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: GRADY LEWIS: Rompin' Stompin' PETE NANTZ: Flip, Flop And Fly-Juke Box Pearl BUDDY MILLER & THE ROCKIN' RAMBLERS: I Got A Woman-Rock And Roll Irene SABRES: Take Up The Slack Daddy-O-Spider Walk BILLY SMITH: Tell Me Baby DON HART: Presley On Her Mind CURTIS POTTER: I'm A Real Glad Daddy TOMMY BOYLES: We're Buggin' Out RICHARD BROTHERS: Gonna Work.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 27 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: HEROLD LEE: Blond Headed Woman TOMMY DUNCAN: Daddy Loves Mommyo MONARCHS: Yes, Uh! Huh! Or Even Maybe BOB FACKLER: She's A Devil KENNY WELCH: Roberta, Stanky Woman LUCKY MOORE: Doin' My Time TYRONE SCHMIDLING: You're Gone, I'm Left MONTE MEAD: Cape Canaveral JOHNNY ELMORE: War Chant Boogie JOHNNY FRASER: Rock With The Mambo KIM IRWIN: All About Cha, Babe JERRY LANDO: Put My Mind At Ease.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 28 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: ANDY ANDERSON & THE DAWNBREAKERS: You Shake Me Up-Gimme Lock A Yo Hair-Tough Tough Tough-I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry Over You-Deep In The Heart Of Texas Rock-Promise Me STEVE CARL & THE JAGS: Some Cold Mama-Blacksmith Blues-You're For Me-Lonely Road-Curfew-18 Year Old Blues.
V/A- BISON BOP: THE BOP THAT NEVER STOPPED, FOR A REAL ROCKIN CAT VOL. 29 LP (buffalo bop/dee jay, germany)
*tracks: WALLACE WATERS: Holiday Hill-Keep Me In Your Charms JACKIE GOTROE: Rock It To The Moon BLUE ECHOES: Cool Guitar-It's Witchcraft RUSS BRIAN: The King Of Rock And Roll-Hillbilly's Rock CURTIS POTTER: I'm A Real Glad Daddy DEAN BEARD: Time Is Hanging Heavy On My Hands-Sing, Sing, Sing CROWNS: Rebel Yell BOBBY MACK: Waiting For You To Call.
ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
LA LIBRE EXPRESION- LA LIBRE EXPRESION LP (no label, mexico)
*Very limited reissue of this '60's Mexican garage psych gem similar to Los Ovnis and The Flying Karpets. Spirited, fuzz laden cover versions of songs by Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, Young Rascals, Jimi Hendrix and others laden with the over-the-top enthusiasm expected from this part of the world. Great psych art sleeve too.
SURVIVAL- LA ONDA DE SURVIVAL CD (no label, mexico)
*Super rare Mexican heavy psych album from 1971, filled with wah-wah guitar, ripping fuzz and primitive effects. Bluesy acid psych with a typical Mexican '60's sound. The jewel case CD package is ultra-Spartan: no liner notes or label/catalogue number.
TONCHO PILATOS- TONCHO PILATOS CD (no label, mexico)
*Stunning Mexican album from 1973, which has some excellent psychedelic jamming and a fine blues based Led Zeppelin style. Reputedly one of the rarest South American albums, it certainly ranks up there with Aguaturbia and Los Dug Dugs as one of the best... or as BECK says, "I grew up in L.A., so I have tons of weird Mexican rock from the '70s — that's a whole universe unto itself. Like Toncho Pilatos, these wild-looking guys. All of these album covers were full of, like, gangs of psychedelic-looking Mexican dudes and pyramids. It was their version of what was going on in England or the U.S. but with more of their culture and influences thrown in there." Toncho Pilates were one of the biggest bands in Guadalajara, along with Mexican Rock legends like Fachada de Piedra, La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata and Los Spiders.
UNDERGROUND FAILURE- THE UNDERGROUND FAILURE CD (black light, sweden)
*Swedish underground counter-culture monster album from 1971, originally released as a private pressing of 150 copies, never sold at shops at the time. These bunch of freaks were clearly influenced by Dylan, early Velvet Underground and The Fugs, but they came with a sound of their own. Stoned/druggy atmosphere alternating from acoustic/acid-folk tracks to devastating, fuzzed-out ones like 'Green Ocelot,' which was included at #38 in the recent 'Punk Before Punk' top 50 list in Ugly Things magazine. Limited to 500 copies, with remastered sound in nice paper-sleeve mini-LP replica.
KALEIDOSCOPE- KALEIDOSCOPE LP (ciruela electica, mexico)
KALEIDOSCOPE- KALEIDOSCOPE CD (ciruela electica, mexico)
*new mini-LP sleeve compact disc version of this monster psych classic from Mexico City c.1968/69, one of the rarest and most desired psychedelic albums of all time! A great album, with all songs in English—heavy grooves, super fuzzified guitar and a raving, ranting, drooling savage garage sound.
BEAT BOYS- BEAT BOYS CD (lion productions, usa)
*Caetano called the Beat Boys, an Argentinean group settled in São Paulo who had been inspired by the Beatles, to accompany him in ‘Alegria, Alegria.’ That, in fact marked the beginning of the Tropicalista thing. - Gilberto Gil… Along with Os Mutantes, the Beat Boys represented the most radical element in Brazilian rock: their name, clothes, hair—and intense fuzz guitar raves—were all fierce indicators of a rebel spirit, and this in a dangerous time for such self-expression. Here is the simple truth: The Beat Boys were at the very epicenter of the cultural revolution that convulsed Brazil during the late 1960’s, that movement of rupture, that bringing together of electricity and avant-garde erudition that has come to be known as “Tropicália.” They backed Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil for their defining moments as artists—both live, and in the studio on tracks which became the opening Tropicalist salvo (a rare EP). So, what were this group of Argentine rock musicians doing in the forefront of all things outrageous in Brazil? More to the point, why is it that very few people, even among the Brazilian music cognoscenti, have ever heard of them? One explanation must be the fact that the band were essentially outsiders to the Brazilian music scene. As unlikely as it was for them to penetrate the inner circles of Brazilian elite musicians (it was unlikely), it was even more unlikely that they would remain there once their closest friends, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, were exiled from Brazil. This disc includes the Beat Boys entire output under their own name: their sole album—an exercise in what one might call “controlled Tropicália”, laden with torrid psychedelic moments (released by RCA Victor in 1968), as well as a rare singles track from the same year. A 20-page booklet includes lyrics, and an exploration of the Beat Boys’ fascinating story.
LENO- VIDA E OBRA DE JOHNNY MCCARTNEY CD (lion productions, usa)
*Leno’s “Vida e Obra de Johnny McCartney” was intended as the next musical step after Tropicália, it’s full-blooded rock and roll approach intended to link the music that had already been made to the music that would be played a few years later. This record just might have been that bold step had CBS released it in 1971. But censors banned most of the tracks, and Leno was fortunate (thanks perhaps to his string of innocent sounding Jovem Guarda number one chart hits in Brazil as half of duo Leno e Lillian) not to experience the exile or imprisonment of other artists of the time. He was also fortunate that the master tapes survived in the CBS vaults, making them available for this reissue. The album has a sound that has more to do with bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, the Beatles (post 1967), Cream, and Steppenwolf, and features contributions from music legends Marcos Valle, Raul Seixas (anarchic surrealistic icon of Brazilian counterculture), hard psych rockers A Bolha, and members of Los Shakers and Renato e Seus Blue Caps. One of the most singular records of the 1970’s rock era in Brazil, speaking in terms both historic and musical, with a significance in Brazil that makes people who know it well wonder how it has taken so long to be known worldwide, in a time when the efforts of the Brazilian rock and psychedelic underground scene are so well-documented. A 24-page booklet (packed with photos and lyrics) details Leno’s career, as well as the story behind this exceptional record.
ODYSSEY- SETTING FORTH LP (lion productions, usa)
*restocked… Once upon a time, when the music business was more music than business (but only just), there was a band that created a quintessential dose of New York sixties psychedelia—strong harmonic vocals, heavy swirling organ, and fuzz guitar riffs of the greatest ferocity. Their lone album, one of the ten rarest and most sought after US psychedelic albums, is available on vinyl for the first time since its original pressing—painstakingly remastered, repackaged, and ready for true psych fans to devour. This is truly one of the cornerstones of underground psychedelic music, recorded in 1969, released in an edition of fewer than 100 copies, and impossible to find as it only came in a plain white cardboard sleeve. An album that jumps right out of the speakers at you, from it’s opening “In-a-gadda-da-vida” riffs right to the very end. Gatefold spread has a band history by Odyssey leader Vinny Kusy, as well as rare photos from his own archive. Now, on to the presentation... Highest quality mastering and pressing (done at Acoustech Mastering/RTI in California); the resulting LP is housed in a poly-lined sleeve, which is inside an ultra-heavy 1960's Project label style gatefold jacket.
GHOST- WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, ONE SECOND CD (mellotron, italy)
*The Ghost LP is one of the most fabulous UK psych/prog albums. This Birmingham band featured guitarist Paul Eastment, previously in The Velvett Fogg. The album, originally released back in 1970 on the Gemini label in the UK and in 1971 on Exit/Ekipo records in Spain, is one step ahead psychedelia entering the realm of prog music, yet retaining an atmospheric mind expanding feel through it all. Loads of Hammond organ swirls, pyrotechnical guitar licks, beautiful acoustic guitar parts, and above it all, killer vocal arrangements, with the special attraction of Shirley Kent's beautiful tone (Shirley would later move on to record the Fresh Out LP as Virginia Tree). Top quality remastered sound, an impressing addition to your psych prog collection! First ever official CD reissue, limited to 1000 digipack copies.
JERUSALEM- JERUSALEM CD (rockadrome, usa)
*first official reissue of this infamous heavy rock Decca/Deram label album from 1972, produced by Deep Purple's legendary frontman, Ian Gillan, who said of them: “Not many bands really excite me. But this one’s so raw and completely unpretentious. They make the biggest, bloodiest noise you can imagine, tempered with moments of extreme emotion.” And, of course, he’s right—the music is a menacing combination of over-the-top vocals and screaming lead guitars that could easily pass for something from the early British heavy metal scene. A favorite among vinyl collectors, the album is presented here in its ultimate glory, with all tracks taken from the original master tapes; also features pre-album demos, alternate mixes and a non-LP singles track. The twenty-page color booklet contains liner notes written by bassist Paul Dean, lyrics, press clippings and rare photos!" Rough, raw, and doomy!
NEGATIVE SPACE- HARD, HEAVY, MEAN & EVIL CD (rockadrome, usa)
*Official reissue of ultra-rare 1970 underground psychedelic rock record born out of the early New Jersey scene and fueled by the revolutionary air of the period. The sound is raw basement fuzz guitar charged rock in it's purest form, inspired by the likes of Cream, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix, Nazz and others! Fueled by the revolutionary air that prevailed during his days at Rider College and the entrapment of marriage at a young age, Rob Russen drew upon his frustrations and anger as well as the influences of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Blue Cheer, the Illusion, Steppenwolf, and Nazz among others of the era to create the material for Hard, Heavy, Mean & Evil. Russen recruited musicians Jimmy Moy (guitar/vocals), Bob Rittner (bass/vocals) and Lou Nunziatta (drums) to form the original lineup of Negative Space. Over a three year period, with minor variations, the group continued to perform, record and evolve into Snow. In the late '60s Rob Russen, with his cherry red Gibson SG, Baldwin Exterminator amplifier and fuzztone was a powerful force in the heavy rock emanating from the East Coast. Studio engineer Tony Pappa of MSI often commented about how difficult it was to contain and capture the power and fury of Russen's music on the four track equipment used on these recordings. Negative Space and Snow recorded on Castle Records, a small independent label formed by Russen in 1965. All recording were limited issue with only a thousand copies of each single and 500 copies of the original Hard, Heavy, Mean & Evil album released. With the release of the album, Negative Space toured the East Coast extensively, opening for such national recording acts as Steppenwolf, Vanilla Fudge, Three Dog Night, Rare Earth, Eric Burdon & War and Grand Funk Railroad.
LIGHT PSYCHEDELIC HARMONY
CONGREGACION- VIENE LP (no label, usa)
*An undeniably beautiful gem from the early-70s Chilean underground, Congregacion's only album Viene is a rarely heard masterpiece, full of delicate atmospherics and dreamy textures. Congregacion were a group spearheaded by the apparently mythical figure of Antonio Smith, whose progressive and hopeful lyrics (their significant political, philosophical and religious content made them a real "celebration of life"), earned him the enmity of the Chilean military dictatorship; he was forced to flee the country and Viene (plus a rare single), proved to be Congregacion's only releases. Musically, they crafted ballads in an Andean style with ethnic atmospheres—one could say they made a kind of psychedelic folk with progressive leanings. Had things worked out differently, this album might be held in as high regard as comparable masterpieces like say, Milton Nascimento's Clube de Esquina, for example, although Congregacion is far more in a psychedelic vein. The music of Congregacion has an evocative sense of open space, using natural sounds and acoustic textures to foreground Smith's soaring melodies. The results are incredibly beautiful. Like another album, Bulent's Benimle Oynar Misin, it has just the perfect balance plaintively sorrowful acid/folk and gently arranged pop (those Beatles-esque harmonics are impossible to overlook). This is a highly recommended album that is surely one of the pinnacles of Latin American folk/psych. Limited edition of 500 copies; gatefold jacket is exact reproduction of the (über-rare) original, and includes notes and lyrics on the LP inner sleeve.
A PASSING FANCY- A PASSING FANCY CD (lion productions, usa)
*revised and expanded version of the much beloved Canadian pop-psych album by A Passing Fancy! This edition has been a long time in the works, with most of the delay resulting from our efforts to make something out of the fragments of mangled stereo master tape that still exist (the previous edition was in mono). All the production delays left us with plenty of time to consider the excellence of the album, which has surprising variety: tough garage rock (lead track ‘I’m Losing Tonight’); beat music influence (singles tracks ‘A Passing Fancy,’ ‘You're Going Out Of Your Mind,’ and ‘She Phoned’); sunshine pop (‘I Believe in Sunshine’); songs with a social conscience (the discursive ‘Spread Out’); and a great acid rock meltdown (‘Your Trip’). These same delays also left us ample opportunity to uncover what had become of the various band members. A bit of searching led us to A Passing Fancy lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary song-writer Jay Telfer. He supplied a band history and lyrics for all the songs to round out this revamped edition of an album considered by many to be the best to come out of Canada during the late 1960’s. Includes the fuzzed-out single version of ‘I’m Losing Tonight’ as a bonus track.
EL KINTO- CIRCA 1968 LP (lion productions, usa)
*I was lucky to see Uruguayan music born. Before El Kinto it didn't exist, and if it did I did not know it or like it. - Osvaldo Fattorusso… An exact replica of the original Clave label LP release of fourteen crucial tracks by these Uruguayan legends, whose line-up includes members of Totem and Limonada, and features the compositional abilities of poet/panhandler and acid casualty Eduardo Mateo and his alter-ego, candombe legend Ruben Rada. El Kinto began their brief but eventful life in music playing in the dark shadows at Orfeo Negro (Black Orpheus), a night club near the Portones de Carrasco in Montevideo, Uruguay. Inspired by the way Tropicalistas like Os Mutantes were transforming the pop music of Brazil, El Kinto embraced their own native music forms—but, as always, they went a step further: they integrated candombe and bossa nova into beat music, but they also added their own notion of “psicodelics.” They experimented with newness in all its variety—new sounds from their guitars, new types of vocal delivery, new ways of striking the drums (with little brooms, with gavels or their hands). As one journalist noted in 1969, “El Kinto, directed by the brilliant Mateo, and amplified to the maximum... creates a frenzy of rhythmic music in which—with force and conviction—pure wave ‘beat’ is synthesized with the warmth of the African drums.” The result of the group’s tireless experiments is music which sounds fresh and engaging today. In a world dominated by the commercialization of everything—including (although it is difficult to comprehend)—the arts, all we can say is, thank god for El Kinto! Now, on to the presentation—the highest quality mastering and pressing (done at Acoustech Mastering/RTI in California, the same people who master and press every title that audiophile label Classic Records makes); the resulting LP is housed in a poly-lined sleeve, inside an ultra-heavy 1960's style jacket, which is housed in a loose-fitting plastic sleeve. Inside you will find a double-fold insert packed with photos, detailed band history, and lyrics for this most important of Uruguayan bands, printed on 100% recycled paper. The LP labels are replicas of the Sondor originals. A top of the line pressing all the way. Limited edition of 500 copies.
LIMONADA- LIMONADA LP (lion productions, usa)
*Although they sprung ready-made from of the ashes of legendary candombe/beat group El Kinto, one of the best-kept secrets from Uruguay’s musical mythology is nevertheless the group of musicians who recorded one album as Limonada. So what happened? The story starts with the end of El Kinto, when band leader and iconoclastic maniac Eduardo Mateo decided to embark on a solo career (see our Lion Productions collection of his early music for more details), and the other members of El Kinto said “let’s do something together.” And so it was that in the middle of 1970, Limonada recorded their one and only album, “LimoNada” (Sondor 33.111). It is a strange record, with backwards tape splices and abrupt song changes, that remains at the same time absolutely accessible and very groovy, in a Tropicalia sort of way, which might explain why it was an immediate success. In truth, it’s a profound mystery why the Limonada LP—one of the ten best sellers of its time within three weeks of its release—seems to have vanished from the consciousness of even the most devoted fans of obscure music. Until now, of course. Now, on to the presentation—the highest quality mastering and pressing (done at Acoustech Mastering/RTI in California, the same people who master and press every title that audiophile label Classic Records makes); the resulting LP is housed in a poly-lined sleeve, inside an ultra-heavy 1960's style jacket, which is housed in a loose-fitting plastic sleeve. Inside you will find an insert with historical background on the Uruguayan scene, details of the band’s past, plenty of photos, as well as a brief overview of the legendary Sondor label, printed on 100% recycled paper. The LP labels are replicas of the Sondor originals. A top of the line pressing all the way. Limited edition of 500 copies.
EMMANUELLE PARRENIN- MAISON ROSE LP (lion productions, usa)
*We begin by saying that this is an album unlike any other. A bold statement, perhaps. Yet look in the “Scented Gardens of the Mind” book and you will see this description: “a revelation of a folk album, with songs of incredible beauty and innovative arrangements. It features traditional instruments you’ve hardly ever heard before and touches of the avant-garde. Play this album directly after that of another randomly chosen female folk album, and you will notice the difference! This is one of the best!” Parrenin had been part of a traditional “antique folk” movement in France in the late 1960’s (she was in many ways a French equivalent to Sandy Denny or Mandy Morton); indeed, she had recorded eight albums with musicians from this scene before “Maison Rose”—her best, and last album, recorded in 1976 and released the following year. The record seems to alternate between a cosmic take on an ancient Breton sound, and delicate, multi-tracked ballads—ranging from sounds that would not be out of place on an Ash Ra Tempel album to elements of traditional French folk music (including home-made instruments) that are just as exotic. Certainly, the avant-garde edge lurking beneath the simple folkiness of “Maison Rose” puts in mind the explorations of Brigitte Fontaine with her sometime musical voyager Areski; there are also suggestions of the pastoral caranavserai aesthetic of Vashti Bunyan, as well as the multi-track sensuality of Linda Perhacs (to name two much-touted singers who seem to have a similar ability to enchant). But Parrenin has her own style, her music has its own deeply ethereal quality, and the album itself has its own magic spell to cast that renders comparison with other albums unimportant in the end. Magnificent… we say. Now, on to the presentation—the highest quality mastering and pressing (done at Acoustech Mastering/RTI in California, the same people who master and press every title that audiophile label Classic Records makes); the resulting LP is housed in a poly-lined sleeve, inside an ultra-heavy 1960's style gatefold jacket, which is housed in a loose-fitting plastic sleeve. Inside the sleeve, you will find an insert with full details on Ms. Parrenin, printed on 100% recycled paper. The LP labels are replicas of the Ballon Noir originals. A top of the line pressing all the way. Limited edition of 500 copies.
SANDHY & MANDHY- PARA CASTUKIS LP (lion productions, usa)
*Here at last is a chance to discover why people have been willing to pay a very steep price to hear Sandhy & Mandhy, the duo who were not a duo, the band who were not a band, creators of perhaps the rarest and most expensive album from Argentina. To tell the story of Sandhy & Mandhy, we have to go back to 1967, when Alberto Infusino (Sandhy) and Alberto Vanasco (Mandhy) began their musical partnership in the beat band The New Free Men. Like many bands of that time, Los Shaker’s and Los Walkers, for example, the New Free Men played covers of songs by the Zombies, Animals, Kinks, Yardbirds, Doors, and so on, in clubs and at parties. Yet at the same time, Infusino and Vanasco started to play their own compositions, with a national touch to the music. Let’s let Vanasco (Mandhy) take up the story: “In 1969, we went to talk with Billy Bond, chief of ‘La Pesada del Rock Roll,’ to ask about the chance to make an album. Bond said that he was not looking for a band, but for a duo who sang songs in Spanish... So, we called some friends to play together, and we called the project Sandhy & Mandhy.” They recorded the album in three hours, with a full band (Farfisa organ, congas, drums, bass, and guitars)—one take of each song. Instead of a demo, they decided to press an LP: the company (Phonalex) pressed 110 LPs in total, which the band gave out at gigs. Sandhy & Mandhy were one of the first bands in South America bring a rebellious attitude to the music scene—all this in a period of military repression, when forced haircuts in the streets were a common occurrence. Although they broke new ground, success was not their fate. And so thirty-eight years after the burst of improvisation that was Sandhy & Mandhy, the rest of the world can finally take a taste of their dark, groovy, beat-influenced psychedelia (that fuzz guitar on the excellent ‘Lluvia’!). At times introspective and acoustic, at others manic and ramshackle in the best way, it’s quite a discovery. Now, on to the presentation—the highest quality mastering and pressing (done at Acoustech Mastering/RTI in California, the same people who master and press every title that audiophile label Classic Records makes); the resulting LP is housed in a poly-lined sleeve, inside an ultra-heavy 1960's style gatefold jacket, which is housed in a loose-fitting plastic sleeve. Inside the sleeve, you will find an insert with full details on Sandhy & Mandhy, including lyrics in Spanish and English, printed on 100% recycled paper. The LP labels are replicas of the originals. A top of the line pressing all the way. Limited edition of 800 copies.
INDIE, PUNK AND POST-PUNK
ENDLESS BOOGIE- FOCUS LEVEL 2LP (no quarter, usa)
*shop favorite repressed/restocked… Endless Boogie began with no delusions of grandeur. They started off as an “old mans hobby” – just dudes jamming on riffs, locking into grooves, finding that transcendental part of a song and stretching it into eternity. Then they were offered a show. They played more shows. They self-released two very limited 12”s and were called the best kept secret in New York by Paper Magazine. They toured with Dungen and Circle and were invited by Slint to play All Tomorrows Parties. What more needs to be said? There aren’t many bands with a more appropriately descriptive name. Rather than try and explain it, we’d prefer you just buy the album. It’s 79 minutes long. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the hot summer nights. Hanging out in the basement. Smoking figs in the yard. The vinyl comes with a bonus track and a digital download coupon. Feel it.
FINAL- READING ALL THE RIGHT SIGNALS WRONG LP (no quarter, usa)
*Reading All The Right Signals Wrong is a new full-length, and a rare vinyl release for Final (the sub tones complement the format nicely, we must say). The LP is available in a one-time edition of 1,500 and is sure to go fast. A CD release including bonus alternate mixes will follow in the spring. Justin Broadrick has always made music which could one day serve as a soundtrack to the end of the world, should we ever need one. Whether with Godflesh or Jesu – themes of urban decay, corporate greed and post-modern malaise often set the bleak tone. Final, his longest running project, is no different. Formed in 1982, it has often run parallel to his more recognizable work and served as an undefinable and more experimental outlet.
DOUG PAISLEY- DOUG PAISLEY LP (no quarter, usa)
*An album of folk songs that represent the American malaise. Sure, Doug Paisley is Canadian (Toronto, to be exact) but so was Neil Young and four-fifths of The Band, and that didn’t stop them from tapping into the collective psyche of the continent. It would be bold of us to say this debut is on the level of the aforementioned, but truthfully it does recall an era of songwriting that was more simple, more honest, more modest. A time before ipods and myspace, when making a good album was simply enough. Doug Paisley has been seen on tour with Bonnie “Prince” Billy under the pseudo name Dark Hand and Lamplight; a collaboration between himself and artist Shary Boyle. Shary creates live drawings and animates pre-drawn images on an overhead projector. Choreographed to the lyrics and music, she projects her artwork onto a screen, the wall, Doug, and other available surfaces. The way the visuals complement the songs is quite amazing and the shows have been called an encompassing, mesmerizing and tranquil experience. It’s probably one of the coolest things you’ll ever see.
AXEMEN- BIG CHEAP MOTEL LP (siltbreeze, usa)
*Siltbreeze joins Sleek Bott Industries for a series of vinyl-only releases from New Zealand's legendary Axemen. (Little) Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan and Stu Kawowski have recorded decade's worth of priceless tuneage, some of which, it only seems fair, should finally see the light on a format suited to their chutzpah. The first one out of the gate is the trio's 1983 Big Cheap Motel, their difficult third album, their protest album (following the blistering, insane, and completely live debut Equinox and the studio / live tribute to punk-dub-beer-noise-cubism, Mick's Dancefloor (Mix)). Rarely heard outside the Southern Hemisphere, this montage of rough-and-ready live performances and Peterboro Studio recordings teeters on the precipice of chaotic genius alongside such stalwarts as Alternative TV / Hear & Now's What You See Is What You Are and 1/2 Japanese's Loud. Says McCabe, "Bob and myself went down to check out the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, the scene of the summertime concert-in-the-park series of free outdoor events sponsored by the local council and Big M milk drinks, only to find the park plastered with billboard-sized posters of scantily clad young ladies advertising the sponsor's wares. We immediately scrapped our set list-- which extolled the joy of festivals and praised the council and Big M milk drinks as worthy town governors and milk-based food products, respectively-- and replaced them with a set of 'protest' songs about the travesty, which were performed at the event, to the mild annoyance of the council and the sponsors. Following this brutal coming of age and awakening to the influence and power of advertising, The Axemen swore to use advertising to its full extent in future, but only for good (e.g. promotion of The Axemen), never for evil (anything else)." Not exactly a Crass concert, but, hey, be careful what you wish for. Comes with a reproduction of original insert and original cover design, in a one-time edition of 500.
BEYOND THE IMPLODE- THIS ATMOSPHERE 7”EP (siltbreeze, usa)
*Incredulous as it may seem, Siltbreeze is proud to announce the release of a super limited 7" ep from the legendary Beyond The Implode; 4 tracks recorded (at home) by the band in 1979. Tracks 1 & 3 ('This Atmosphere' & 'Steel Car') were originally issued on the band's 1979 debut ep 'Last Thoughts' while tracks 2 & 4 ('Disperse The Clouds' + 'Mid Ad Version') have remained unheard & unreleased lo these many years. Astute fans will no doubt hear 'Mid Ad Version' & perhaps "see" it as an alternate take on 'Midnight Adventures' (found on Last Thoughts) & if so, count yourselves among the lucky ones. This project was sanctioned by BTI head honcho Eddie Smith who also provided the master tape & as such making this 100% legit, i.e., NOT A BOOTLEG. Released in a one time edition of 300 copies.
DER TPK- GAMES FOR SLAVES LP (siltbreeze, usa)
*Der TPK liken the sound of their second aural onslaught to "[The battle of] Kursk, second day." Who among us cannot relate to the largest tank battle in history? While the comparison may not be an easy nut to crack, the reference, specifically to the second day, is telling: the wonton destruction that unfolded on that field of battle in an attempt to break the Soviet bulge cannot be overstated. For the Germans, it was unmitigated tragedy. So by comparing Games for Slaves to this particular point in the offensive, Der TPK makes clear that album number two is more brooding and melancholy than Harmful Emotions. Bunker Wolf's menacing lupine-schrei is as formidable as ever, but the band has moved from the blitzkreig, almost hardcore-like pace of their Siltbreeze debut to a more Mancunian post-punk sound (angular guitars, rhythmic dirges), crossed with the luftschutszbunker psychedelia of German Oak (especially on the organ-laden tracks). Edmund Xavier's spidery guitar fills recall similar stylings of a young Bernard Sumner, while the bass/drum propulsion of Boy True and Catholic Pat call to mind the underrated talents of Slight Seconds' Mike Shaw and Peter Hibbert. Getting back to Bunker Wolf, there is no one like him. Maybe if Peter Hind (Mittagspause-era) could still squeak while goose-stepping across the squat in a pair of leather trousers, then we might have some trouble. But that ain't likely. No one does it in 2008 like Teenage Panzerkorps. Games for Slaves is more beauteous gas on an already raging and spectacular fire. Edition of 500 with insert and single-sided, silk-screened, black-and-white cover.
THE LOVE IS SO FAST- THE LOVE IS SO FAST LP (siltbreeze, usa)
*Exact details on the origins of The Love Is So Fast are vague; essentially, it was a project created by Danyhell and Estrella (currently in Los Llamarada) intended to flesh out bedroom improvisations and act as an inner search for a sense of skeletal (pop) structure amid the morass of postmodern rock effluvium. Performed live and recorded in one take, the five hazy, languorous tracks certainly charge the ions with positive, crystalline zip, creating an electron hole that sounds like alien transmissions from a long-ago Mars. Not the band, friend, the planet! Fans of the debut LP by Los Llamarada (S-S Records) will be downright giddy with the Precambrian narco-menace that comes carbonating off The Love Is So Fast's archival recordings. Or, as the band says themselves: "This is the music we dreamed of but couldn't play." Grab the peyote, I think I'm Frida Kahlo.
RATAS DEL VATICANO- MOCOSOS PATETICOS LP (siltbreeze, usa)
*Ratas Del Vaticano ("Rats of the Vatican") are a quartet hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, who assail ears with a most excellent assemblage of punk spew that can best be pitched as "KBD-like." Some of the slicker dicks out there will be familiar with Mocosos Pateticos ("Pathetic Kids") already, as it was available for a short time in 2008 as a download on David Serrano's Nene label. But for those unconcerned with being the emperors of ice cream, Siltbreeze put their money where your mouth is and are making this fantastic release available on the much-in-vogue LP format. Originally formed as a drunken joke (where have you heard that one before?), Ratas Del Vaticano quickly realized they were onto something. With the addition of Violeta on bass (fresh from a quick stint as second guitarist for Los Llamarada), the band felt solidified enough to cut some tracks. And, man, can these guys slice 'n' dice! Guttural, sneering, cynical, sarcastic, Ratas Del Vaticano dish it out in buckets like rancid pozole. Tack on the crude, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recording quality, and you've got a monster to rival the likes of Sods, Mentally Ill, Guilty Razors, Sperma, or Tampax in the pantheon of Killed By Death's greatest scuzz gladiators. Pressed in an edition of 700; look for Ratas Del Vaticano to play the Siltbreeze showcase at the 2009 SXSW in Austin, and maybe even a US tour later in the year.
U.S. GIRLS- INTRODUCING... LP (siltbreeze, usa)
*restocked… If the alluring moniker used by Megan Uremovich conjures images of volleyball teams or cheerleading squads, forget it. Not that there's any doubt that Uremovich--sorry, U.S. Girls-- couldn't rise and conquer either challenge. Like fellow DIY ingenues Sally Strobelight and Inca Ore, U.S. Girls' approach is deceptively ethereal and delightfully haunting; lithe, lysergic gamma rays of keyboard murk beamed over percussive bonk sort of resemble Diamanda Galas reinterpreting Suicide's Red Star. And dig that cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night," done in such an effortless, barbital lush you'd swear the air was filled with mescaline. Guess what? It's not.
MOUNTAINS- SEWN CD (apestaartje, usa)
*Apestaartje co-founders Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp follow up their critically acclaimed self titled debut as 'Mountains' with this second offering of slowly evolving sound. Recorded over several lengthy excursions outside the confines of the city in upstate New York and Connecticut, 'Sewn' invokes a sense of ease and delicate precision. A beautiful combination of clean crisp texture and warm pulsating harmony that shows a group developing and expanding their sound with an extreme attention to detail that reflects new layers in each melody and texture. Eight tracks that combine acoustic instrumentation (guitar, piano, accordion, harmonica etc..), binaural field recordings and resonant electronic processing to create a wide range of electro-acoustic experience. From the folkish acoustic guitar of 'sewn two' and 'bay' to the densely layered organic din of 'hundred acre' and the psychedelic minimalism of 'sheets', 'Sewn' shows a group as equally invested in melody as it is in experimentation.
MOUNTAINS- MOUNTAINS CD (apestaartje, usa)
*Mountains is an ongoing collaboration between Apestaartje cofounders Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp. Having worked in parallel and often overlapping contexts within their respective solo projects (Aero & Anderegg), 'Mountains' was initially created as an outlet for live performance. After numerous performances they decided it was time to document the experience and this their debut album was born. Four lengthy pieces composed around acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gradually blend with subtle electronics and live sampling to create an extremely dynamic and detailed listening experience that ranges from quiet crackling to dense layers of harmonic texture. Psychedelia, Americana and classical Minimalism are just a few of the genres referenced in this epic suite of resonant frequencies.
MOUNTAINS- CHORAL LP (thrill jockey, usa)
MOUNTAINS- CHORAL CD (thrill jockey, usa)
*Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days. The duo were brought together by mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that they began exchanging musical ideas and compositions which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects blossomed, they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance. A love of sculpting sound in front of an audience is at the heart of Mountains. The group’s third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore. Recorded by the duo entirely in the winter and spring of 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is largely live and performed in real time, with only a few overdubs to create a more “choral” effect. The opening title-track carries the weight of a full orchestra gradually drawing their bows across a field of strings. The subtle undulations produce a warm blank canvas and create an impending sense of what’s to come. As the percolating electronic melodies creep into the track, they’re soon joined by field recordings, organ, electric piano, synthesizer, accordion and then later by the gentle strum of a guitar. This densely layered and textured song contains over 30 tracks of material. On the quiet and more guitar oriented “Map Table”, the band ‘play’ ice water and books by recording the sounds of them flipping through the pages. The calming “Telescope” actually features the sound of an intense thunderstorm recorded in the desert in Arizona. Guiding us through sonic peaks and valleys, the band takes us on a journey through their realm of experimentation, occasionally crossing over into psychedelic and kosmiche (Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh) territory. Choral is the sound of an adventuresome duo, who is equally invested in melody and discovery.
TOWN AND COUNTRY- 5 LP (thrill jockey, usa)
*The fifth record by Chicago's Town and Country is the aptly titled 5, and while it goes so far as to include a homage to the city's more famous self-titled band's artwork the comparisons stop there. Like many of the innovators who have carved out sub-genre's in music over the last few years (IDM and Post-Rock quickly spring to mind), Town and Country along with bands like Threnody Ensemble and The Rachel's have carved out a niche based around classical and modern classical composition. The members of Town and Country met through participation in a series of weekly improv sessions that included like minded musicians Jim O'Rourke, Kevin Drumm and Ken Vandermark to name a few. The band's debut was released on the experimental label, BOXMedia and the band began to play out at both conventional rock clubs, and in galleries and theaters which lent themselves to acoustic and classical music. Subsequently the band has released two more full lengths plus an EP and toured the states and Europe, alternating between the modern composition and indie-rock worlds, all the while broadening their audience.Their newest record, 5, continues this ongoing evolution and further extends the language they have been working on for the last six years. All of the pieces on 5 were composed prior to recording, though some entered the studio in a more complete form than others. All selections are entirely acoustic, and experimentation continues to be employed in most Town and Country compositions. There are two types of songs on 5. The first being the concise simple chamber pieces ("Aubergene", "Old Fashioned"), and the second being more sprawling trance pieces ("Sleeping in the Midday Sun", "Shirtless"). The recording process is simply four people in a room with acoustic instruments - no studio tricks, gimmicks, computers or samples in fact no amplification at all. The band pride themselves in the ideas put forth creating music of this nature. As music continues to be categorized and fracture into genre's, Town and Country continue at their own pace hoping to put a face on "post-classical-chamb er-rock" or whatever the NY Times decides to call it.
TOWN AND COUNTRY- IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH IT LP (thrill jockey, usa)
*It All Has To Do With It., the third release from Town and Country and their second on Thrill Jockey, follows last Spring's Decoration Day EP. This full-length is the group's most accessible and succinct statement to date. With two string basses, acoustic guitar, and portable acoustic keyboards (harmonium, celeste, accordian) as its basic instrumentation, Town and Country don't just strip down to the drum/bass/guitar logic of rock, they totally sidestep it. In the studio the standard rock method of recording basic rhythm tracks followed by adding overdubs does not work as well for a band without a rhythm section. Accordingly, the group took a year to compose and arrange the songs on this record and three days to record and mix. The finger-picked-guitar-with-drones approach of the first CD has evolved into a more dynamic, group-composed ensemble playing where no particular instrument carries the water and parts are through composed rather than looped. The first three cuts stand as a honing of the craft of the first two CD's, but in the final 15 minute piece That Old Feeling, layers of interlocking grooves reveal a whole new direction that could almost be described as acoustic techno. Influences are Morton Feldman, John Fahey, Don Cherry, Franco Batiato, Gavia Bryars and Sonny Sharrock. Town and Country features Liz Payne on contrabass, celeste, piano, acoustic guitar, and bells, Josh Abrams on contrabass, celeste, mbira, snare drum, and vibes, Jim Dorling on harmonium, celeste and bells, and Ben Vida on guitar, accordian, trumpet, and bells and everyone on bowed bowls. The four met on Chicago's Wicker Park improvised music scene and began playing as a group in January 1997. Josh Abrams has been playing professionally in Chicago since 1994. He is a member of the Sam Prekop band and the David Boykin Outet, has recorded with Bobby Conn, David Grubbs, Loren Mazzacane Conners, the Spinanes, Tortoise and the Roots. He was a member of Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground Orchestra and led a trio with veteran Chicago musicians Robert Barry and Ron Dewar. Liz Payne and Ben Vida have made two records and toured extensively as half of the improvised group Pillow with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Mike Colligan. Ben Vida recently released his debut solo record Mpls. on BoxMedia. He has performed a composition by Werner Dafeldecker with Sainkho Namtchylak, Christof Kurzmann and members of Polwechseland and he and his brother sing in the band, Central Falls. Liz plays in a trio with Ken Vandermark. Jim Dorling helped form the free improvisational group Etaoin Shrdlu in 1989. Members of Town and Country have improvised with Kevin Drumm, Axel Dorner, Jim O'Rourke, Fred Anderson, Mats Gustafsson, Milo Fine, Donald Garret, Guillermo Gregorio and many others.
RAP AND HIP HOP
TUFF CREW- DJ TOO TUFF'S LOST ARCHIVES CD (traffic entertainment group, usa)
*Tuff Crew is known throughout the world as Philly's first Rap super group. They've toured extensively with some of the biggest names in Rap music such as Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and LL Cool J. The response to Tuff Crew's music has been nothing short of stellar. On a national level, their single "My Parta Town" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Rap charts, while their album Back to Wreck Shop reached #74 on the Billboard R&B album charts. Estimates of Tuff Crew's global sales are in excess of three million units. Tuff Crew's body of work has resulted in a dedicated legion of fans across the world and their DJ Too Tuff has been the recipient of various accolades throughout his career. DJ Z-Trip advised that the technique of DJ Too Tuff inspired him to be a scratch DJ. Three time global DMC scratch champion DJ Q-Bert also notes Too Tuff as one of his inspirations. And A-Trak, Kanye West's DJ, has also voiced his adoration of the turntable techniques of DJ Too Tuff. Although Tuff Crew made an incredible mark on the musical landscape, they unfortunately fell victim to bad management and infighting. It was during this time period that DJ Too Tuff, the man behind legendary Tuff Crew sound, gathered the finest of Philly's underground MC's and began work on a solo project. The new Tuff Crew album, containing the finest of DJ Too Tuff's solo work, is entitled DJ Too Tuff's Lost Archives. On October 21st, 2008, Tuff Crew Productions and Traffic Entertainment Group are pleased to present these recordings to the public for the first time ever.
In support of the album, DJ Too Tuff has extensive radio appearances all across the country. Large music magainzes have also taken a strong interest in covering the album. DJ Too Tuff's Lost Archives will be highly sought after, and is destined to become an instant collector's item. For fans of of Eric B and Rakim, Public Enemy, Ultramagnetic MC's, Run DMC and Wu-Tang Clan, this record is not to be missed.
DUBSTEP AND FUTURE DUB
VON D FEAT. ZHAKEE- BON/SO MANY FACES 12” (argon, uk)
*Finish copy promo… Hailing from the suburbs of Paris, Von D's soul soaked sound is an expression of his multi-cultural roots. 'Bon' is a breezy cocktail of soothing pads, crunchy garage rhythms and the angelic tones of French soul sensation Zhakee. On the flip 'So Many Faces' takes proceedings a stage deeper exposing his junglist roots with galloping drums, ethereal strings and a contrasting fuzzy bass. 'Bon' is supported by Joe Nice, Beezy And Bunzero and 'So Many Faces' is supported by Headhunter.
EMALKAY- EXPLICIT/HEROICS 12” (dub police, uk)
*Finish copy promo… Emalkay steps up for his debut release for the Dub Police with two tracks that will leave you pleading for mercy. The first of which has been gaining some serious support from Caspa, Benga, N-Type & The Scratch Perverts to name a few and its not hard to see why! Few words can describe the absolute devastation this tune causes to any dance floor across the globe right now with its squelching bassline and tuff beats, not to mention the infectious vocal hook that will have you singing for days: 'I beat mutha fuckers' -- sick stuff! 'Heroics': On the flip the pace doesn't show any signs of slowing down with this monster of a tune, again gaining massive support from the cream of the scene. Pounding beats, dirty, warping bass and dangerous synths all go in the cooking pot to produce one massive track -- this one is a proper ruffneck riddem and just the tip of the iceberg from Birmingham's finest.
KROMESTAR FEAT. F-ONE- FEVER/CRACK 12” (dubstar, uk)
*It's sometimes too easy to be harsh on Kromestar and his buddy F-One when they have such a high work rate turning out identikit riddims, but when they come up with beauties like this it's all forgiven. 'Crackpipe' comes in the same lineage as D1's seminal 'Crack Bong', referencing the very hard stuff not out of respect we'd imagine (kids, don't do it!) but more for the connotations of extremity and effect. It's a brutal joint, featuring the pair tucking into a filth coated wriggler with a burrowing synthline feeding back and into itself with a fierce rimshot lead shift to shunt it in the right direction. Heady stuff. If 'Crack Pipe' is the hit, 'Mad fever' is the succeeding after effects with a disorientating reeler truly fitting the 'Mongrel Music' tag applied by Skream to cover the swathes of Wonky electronical gear like this coming from the likes of Ikonika, Zomby and co. Deranged wildout tracks for the party crew.
FANTASTIC MR FOX & RICH REASON- PLIMSOUL/BLEEP SHOW 12” (hemlock, uk)
*Very Very limited white label promo. Following his brilliantly odd and celebrated remix of Untold’s “Yukon”, Fantastic Mr Fox returns to Hemlock – along with Rich Reason – for their debut artist 12”. Pitching up their hip hop roots to dubstep tempo, the duo present two uniquely soulful, broken, synth & sub work-outs. a. FMF & Rich Reason – Plimsoul Essential listening for those who like a little light amongst the darkness. Glitchy, broken, house beats,an instantly hummable bassline and unrestrained synth melodies collide with abstracted vocals and layered strings to create a piece of pure musical mischief with a heavy dose of soul.aa. FMF & Rich Reason – Bleep Show Coming on like a drunk Timbaland, Bleep Show lures you into a false sense of security with it’s heavy, headnod beats and bass work-out, before suddenlyexploding into a huge, out-of-control arpeggio, filtered strings and trumpet stabs, that build and build into an electro inspired 808 freak-out with more than a few surprises up it’s (rolled up) sleeves.
JAKES VS. JOKER- 3KLANE 12” (hench, uk)
*Continuing his cross-scene pollination Jakes hits us with the fourth installment of the Hench saga. Considered to be the daddy of the Bristolian dubstep scene, he gets big stinkin' nasty with this one. Turn it up! This joint release between Hench and Plastician's Terrorhythm label brings together two previously released heavyweight tracks, namely '3kout' by Jakes and 'Gullybrook Lane' by Joker, to create a killer VIP hybrid track '3klane' : Introing with the trademark Sega soundtrack of Joker we're then treated to the dirty drop of Jakes' mid-range jelly bass to get your rudeboy skank firmly on to. A party favourite, you need this! Flip over and Jakes goes solo on 'Modem,' a firing excursion of gnarly bass surges and indeed modem samples scattered throughout. Watch out for the sub on this one, it'll make your face wince! Healthy dollops of FX and a constantly evolving b-line make this the perfect end to a filthy 12". Big support from N-Type, Hatcha, Scratch Perverts, Youngsta, Pinch, Peverelist, Headhunter amongst others.
BOXCUTTER & KINNEGO FLUX- A FAMILIAR SOUND 12” (kinnego, uk)
*Boxcutter’s work, due to its bass-led and rhythmically 2-step nature, is often categorised as dubstep, although in style and idiosyncracies has more in common with IDM artists such as Squarepusher and μ-Ziq. Together with Kinnego Flux the Belfast based band/ensemble.Funk and soul music with electronics Using instruments, vocals, computers and hardware synths and modules. A Familiar Sound flows seamlessly with stabs of sound rolling over each other without ever quite meeting. It's totally unique, and has been blowing minds after it was first heard on Scuba's Electronic Explorations mix. This track is so creative. Props to Boxcutter for fusing smooth RnB with a deep and dark drop that takes the tune right into the unexpected.
ELEMENTAL- PISTON 12” (runtime, uk)
*Finish Copy promo... Here's a trio of fresh tasty beats to get you in the mood. Elemental's forthcoming longplayer. 'Muff Beater' is more minimal than his usual fare, hollow woodblock percussion and tight drum flourishes gathering pace until the bubble bass drops on this funky little bouncer. 'Piston' is harder by comparison, starting off with a tense sub workout that morphs into a staggering breaky roller with grinding bass layered underneath the whining mids. 'Strange Brew', a collaboration with Lohan of Search and Destroy finishes up, slow-mo drums sliding over tubular subs, throwback rave stabs and mouthwatering citrus synths.
V/A- CROYDON DUBHEADZ 2X12” (sin city, uk)
*Very limited white label... The official launch of the Sin City Records label brought to you by Hatcha & N-Type. Sin City are starting things fresh in ’09 with a fat line-up of talent., Benga, Coki, N Type, Lost, Kuts, Crazy D, & Chefal all feature on the 2 X 12 a Benga - On The Edge b Chefal - Obama Bass b2 Lost - Neck Back c Coki & N-Type - Debt d Kutz - Spaceman V.I.P d2 Crazy D - Flex Ting
KUTZ- DRUMS OF NO RETURN/TARANTULA 12” (soul jazz, uk)
*Soul Jazz Records are pleased to introduce to you, Kutz! Some of you may not be familiar with the sound of fresh new talent, but Kutz -- hailing from Croydon aka the dubstep mecca!! -- has been a busy bee deep in the studio producing tunes for some years now, some of which have been co-produced alongside his buddies Skream and Benga. Kutz' track 'Twilight Zone' featured on Skream's latest mix CD, Watch The Ride! became one of the highlights of the mix and Kutz recently guested on Skream's infamous radio show The Stella Sessions on Rinse FM to roaring success. Kutz also co-produced the 'Ill Kut Ya' with Benga, which has been blowing up dances on the underground dubstep scene for some time now and appears on Benga's latest offering for Tempa.
KUTZ- TRAVELLING/STATIC 12” (soul jazz, uk)
*This is the second of two 12"s from Kutz on Soul Jazz Records. 'Travelling' is a massive party banger with a heavy rolling hypnotic bassline. This bad bwoy will be rolling through your mind all day-catchy as hell! But wait! Don't forget the B side -- 'Static' is not one to be overlooked -- massive shuddering bass bin trembler!
DJG- BUNKER/APOPHENIA 10” (tube10, uk)
*djg's second installment for subway is a solo 10 for its little sister.. Tube10! And boy what a 10 it is! We're all big fans of the G so its no wonder that bunker got its A side spot on the double when this one came in! Bunker starts off light and all esoteric.. creating an eerie vibe thats just so DJG. when you hear the dubwise pressure you know its on! one of the finest DJG tunes around! The flip holds another peak in DJG production skills. this one is called Apophenia.. a deep 2 steppin tune that keeps on building building and building till it stops at the epic breakdown.. This one may not be as experimental as the rest of the selection but we feel this is another sure shot tube10 release ready to get bagged on sight!
UNKNOWN- RIZLA DUB/VIBEZ 12” (war, uk)
*Very limited white label. This series is always highly sought after and this installment is no exception.
TORQUX/16 BIT- RELENTLESS: 16 BIT REMIX 12” (wicky lindows, uk)
*Grievous bodily wounders from new imprint Wicky Lindows unleashing two snarling dubstep rave variations from Torqux and 16Bit. Obviously influenced by the sound of Emalkay, Caspa & Rusko and all those other unruly dubstep ravers, it's clearly apparant that Torqux likes a good brukkout on 'Relentless', with tongue-in-cheek folksy string orchestrations subsiding to reveal the pits of dubstep hell with blaring rave riffage and crushing halfstep rhythm constructions. 16Bit's remix on the flip again proves the guys to be at the top of their game with severely maximised production knowledge piled into crafting a fractally shifting monster beat for dancefloor animals to let loose to. Try and hold 'em back when this one drops!
HOUSE, TECHNO AND DISCO
ALEX UNDER- MULTIPLICANCIONES 3 12” (apena, spain)
*The third chapter of the most famous of Alex Under's series, Multiplicanciones, is finally here. Alex takes his sound to a new level with this record, exploring his deep techno obsessions. 'E' is powerful, an amazing peak-time dancefloor killer; on the other side, 'F1' is a mellow and emotional track that takes the listener on a hypnotic journey, while 'F2' hits the clubber's chest with a pounding groove that will delight techno gourmets. Again, state of the art electronic dance music from Alex Under!
SHLOMI ABER- NAMGO 12” (beasone, isreal)
*With his 4th release on his own imprint, Shlomi Aber this time takes a slightly housier road, mixing once again different elements from both the techno and house worlds. Something that Be As One has made one of its strong point when delivering the goods. With 'Namgo' on the A and 'Black Title' on the B, expect techno meets house on both fronts, smartly mixed with etchnic flavoured chants, tribal-influenced rhythms and the usual Shlomi Aber productions quality and his imprint.
SCOTT GROOVES- COCO BROWN/LA RIDDUM 12” (clone, netherlands)
*New release by Detroit master Scott Grooves. Part of the first wave of techno musicians, a key player in the Detroit scene, a big role model and influences for the new generation of Detroit producers! Some sweeeet house grooves.
ALTON MILLER- INNER8: GERD/DXR REMIXES 12” (clone, netherlands)
*Alton Miller's unreleased Inner8 track gets a acidic house make over by Gerd. On the flip side Mr Dexter gives the track a DXR treatment and he turned it into a powerful techno track.
GUY GERBER- TIMING 12” (cocoon, germany)
*With his new Maxi on Cocoon Recordings, Guy Gerber, our man for the big emotional moments on the dancefloor, will make our eyes shine bright in Christmas anticipation. After releases for his own label Supplement Facts, the club hits "Sea Of Sand", "Belly Dancing" and not to forget, his album debut "Late Bloomers", the Tel-Aviv-based Gerber could be found rightly in top positions in many newcomer listings in the past year. 2008 was a little more calm for him, but with "Timing", being just in time for the final, he again sets new standards in linking harmony with a hedonistic state of emergency. While "Timing" pleases us like a nocturnal-hypnotic romance in between a disco bass line, "Age of Love" flair and winterly sleigh bells, "Guilty Pleasures" takes back this playful love of details to the benefit of a tropical-dense percussive dub, however without appearing less mandatory on the dancefloor. Consequently, Gerber will be playing together with Sven Väth at Christmas Eve in the CocoonClub Frankfurt.
OBLIO- PRINCIPAL OF DISCOVERY 12” (codek, usa/switzerland)
*Oblio's smooth sound and spacious pads fit perfect in to the "so called" balearic vibe. if you're not in a rush and have a moment to listen you will enjoy the typical Oblio melodies and chord progressions. like all Oblio songs there is lot's of synth and arpeggios and no samples.
IN FLAGRANTI/EULER/BRUNO CRIED- CODEK RECORDS PRESENTS SOUNDS SUPERB VOL. 4 12” (codek, usa/switzerland)
*The 4th installment of the Sounds Superb series explores further the possibilities of randomness. This time it's a bit more on the Stoner tip. Lot's of editing and messing with the turntable pitch control to generate the depth and exitment we love so much when sampling. we liked it so much that we had to include 20 min. short radio mix of "conservation of momentum".
RUDE 66- SADISTIC TENDENCIES 2X12” (crème, netherlands)
*After a wait of 15 years and numerous 12''es, Ep's, random compilation tracks and remixes Rude 66 has finally finished a full length album and dare we say it's his most cohesive work to date? Sadistic Tendencies begins where 2005's Three Faces of Fear EP ended, with 18 tracks that slide like snails on the edge of straight razors, exploring the dark side of the human condition. Thematically connected, deep, dark and mind bendingly analogue, Sadistic Tendencies is both tense and full of release, sometimes brooding and encroaching at other times exploding into throbbing Synth laden Dance Floor Bombs. Superlatives aside, Sadistic Tendencies works exceptionally well as an album and is one of those rare 70 minute journey's that can be enjoyed from beginning to end – like a good horror movie that scares the hell out of you, but keeps drawing you in.
POLYGAMY BOYS- BLACK FLOWER 12” (crème eclipse, netherlands)
*Germany’s darkest and most paranoid tinfoil hat brigade is back! Black Flower is a menacing blend of Disco, Techno and EBM, forged in a lead tank in the recesses of the Black Empire. Made for pleasure nor for pain, but as a secretly coded tactic to systematically erode the mind-control set up by the Shadow Government. Infiltration is made easier because of it’s highly DJ friendly nature and capable of blowing the roof off any peak time dance floor. Limited to 500 copies, after that you’re on your own!
CARL CRAIG & MORITZ VON OSWALD- ULI, MEIN PONYHOF/MOVEMENT 8 12” (deutsche gramophone, germany)
*shop favorite restocked… Exclusive remixes from Ricardo Villalobos and Carl Craig, 23 extended minutes in total. Brilliant, epic new mixes of Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald's sleekly magnificent Recomposed.
V/A- PYRAMID DRIFT 12” (dial, germany)
*Pyramid Drift contains previously unreleased pieces by Momus, Christoph de Babalon, Phillip Sollmann and Arises. The tracks were performed live on the occasion of the Gala of the Great Pyramid in March 2008 at HAU 1 in Berlin. The musical programm was selected by Ingo Niermann. Cover Image: Madelon Vriesendorp.
DANNY HOWELLS- SEPTEMBER 12” (dig deeper, uk)
*building atmospheric house track!! incl future beat alliance remix.
JOEY BELTRAM- THE SCORPION 12” (drumcode, sweden)
*Adam Beyer's now legendary imprint has reached its landmark 50th release. To commemorate this Adam has pulled in a spectacular 2 track releases from one of the pioneers of he genre - Joey Beltram. Joey should need absolutely no introduction and here for the A side has produced a rave hammer in the form of Scorpion with its twisting metallic riff and immense intenstity. The flipside track - striking distance is a perfect compliment with its subtle, building undertones easily at home at somewhere like Cocoon at Amnesia in Ibiza. This is an absolute bomb. Do not miss out.
SEBASTIEN SAN- JUPITER/JUNO 12” (echocord colour, germany)
*restocked… This is the fourth release on Echocord Colour, produced by France's Sebastien San. Sebastien has previously released on Planet E, Rush Hour and Gigolo. He grew up to the sound of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Prince and Serge Gainsborg and Detroit techno and Chicago house had a big impact on him. Sebastien has worked with Kirk Degiorgio, Kevin Saunderson and Fabrice Lig. These two Detroitish tracks fit perfectly on the dancefloor, for fans of Carl Craig, Omar S. and Dopplereffekt. Initial copies on purple vinyl.
MICKEY MOONLIGHT- INTERPLANETARY MUSIC 12” (ed banger/because, france)
*Mike formely knows as Midnight Mike has run the record label Flesh, co-produced Zongamin's debut album and remixed artists such as Munk, Colder and Playgroup. Amid gathering global gloom, Mickey Moonlight's debut single on Ed Banger is a technicolor ray of joyous disco-pop.... an invitation to look beyond petty, local concerns to a universe of near-infinite possibilities! Co-pilot Zongamin, Captain Riton and Paris' new sensation S.P.A delivered the remixes. Interplanetary Music was originally recorded by Sun Ra in 1959. Mickey Moonlight's version features the voices of Bishi, Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), Suzy Silver and himself.
SEBASTIAN- ROSS ROSS ROSS 12” (ed banger/because, france)
*shop favorite restocked… Erol Alkan lights the fire when he first played 'Ross Ross Ross' in his Essential mix. This track became a must-have. It's been almost 6 months. Since then, Sebastian dropped a dozen of remixes. Uffie, Kelis, Daft Punk, Mylo, Editors, Kavinsky and more got the Sebastian treatment. Then he concentrated on his own productions to deliver 2 monsters. The dramatico-cut up beat 'Head/Off' & the club banger 'Walkman.'
SEBASTIAN- MOTOR MOMY ARMY 12” (ed banger/because, france)
*shop favorite restocked… What can we say? The return from the one and only prince of it all. Three tracker, all killer dancefloor burners. Amazing follow-up to the acclaimed and sooo sought-after Walkman2/Killing In The Name.
SEBASTIAN- REMIXES 2X12” (ed banger/because, france)
*great double lp for fans of big brash French electro aka Justice, Ed Banger and the like - loads of Sebastian's remixes (16 + 1 exclusive intro) spread over two discs including Kelis, The Kills, editors, Mylo, Daft Punk, Annie, The Klaxons, Bloc Party and more.... It's all wrapped up in lovely packaging too. Don't sleep on it...
UFFIE- F1RST LOVE/BRAND NEW CAR 12” (ed banger/because, france)
*shop favorite restocked… Uffie's third 12" is here to show she's got more skills than your sister. Mr. Oizo goes radio-friendly with 'F1rst Love' while Feadz cruises ghetto with 'Brand New Car.'
V/A- ED REC VOLUME 2 2X12” (ed banger/because, france)
*shop favorite restocked… The first available Ed Banger label compilation, featuring your basic who's who of Ed Banger: Mr. Oizo, Uffie, Justice, DJ Mehdi, Mr. Flash, Krazy Baldhead, Feadz, Busy P, Sebastian, Klaxons, Vicarious Bliss. Ed Rec's first volume came as digital only, gathering Ed Banger's back catalog only. Ed Rec II gets physical now being released both on double vinyl. And this 14 track compilation only contains exclusive tracks (except Mr Flash 'Disco Dynamite' & Justice 'Phantom') and once again, and as always, expect the dopest design around from So:Me. Ed Banger has been voted 2006 label of the year in both Urb & XLR8R, and Justice vs. Simian 'Never Be Alone' won a 2006 MTV Music Video Awards. The family is getting bigger, it's high time you join it!!
TIGER & WOODS- HOLE IN ONE 12” (editainment, germany)
*Shrouded in mystery! no one knows where it’s coming from, no one knows where it’s going. special extended disco versions carefully tuned, remixed, over-dubbed, cut and sliced. this is what dj sneak should sound like today. limited. you know the deal. here today, gone tomorrow…
MIKE DEHNERT- FREIRAUM 12” (fachwerk, germany)
*warm chord driven & bleeping raw techno/tech house DJ tool cuts.
MILTON JACKSON- CRASH REMIXES PART 1 12” (freerange, uk)
*Milton Jackson's recent big seller gets remixes from Lovebirds and Wahoo. The deep loop that makes up the original isn't lost on this one. Wahoo get to grips with 'Cycles' with a top mid tempo melodic thruster being the result. 'Crash' goes deeper and pumps harder than before too. Solid Freerange.
LUOMO- TESSIO 12” (great stuff, germany)
*The Great Stuff Roots Edition presents another groundbreaking classic with amazing new remixes: The timeless “Tessio” from Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti aka Luomo, originally released on Force Tracks. Since wonderboy Luomo already bewitched world-wide audiences with four full-length albums as well as his critically acclaimed live performances since the early 2000 it’s time to breathe new life into this outstanding deephouse classic from 2001. And one of the most appropriate remixers these days certainly is Stimming, known for his amazing organic house productions on Buzzin Fly, Diynamic, Freerange, Liebe Detail. With his musical sense for harmonies and vocals in combination with his driving beats he proved this choice was more than right. To rock the techno floors the same way Great Stuff asked the duo Spektre for their treatment. Paul Maddox and Filthy Rich from Leeds did what they had to do and turned it straight into a 2009 peaktime techno bullet. Last but not least the original diamond itself, properly remastered by Martin Eyerer, a 12 minutes journey into the most beautiful deephouse.
V/A- HED KANDI DJ SAMPLE VOLUME 9 12” (hedkandi, uk)
*what can i say? i have a weak spot for this label… Joey negro - a move on me (soul avengerz remix); Bart b more - finally (original mix); Raw - intoxicated (jimmy chew remix).
LUCIEN FOORT- THE SHAME 12” (hedkandi/stereo sushi, uk)
*Stereo Sushi Return With A Stunning Track Form Dutch Superstar Lucien Foort. A Fabulous Set Of Remixes From Warren Clarke, Baggi Begovic & New Boys Funky Soldiers Rounding Off This Excellent Package!
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS- INTO THE GALAXY 12” (institubes, france)
*A juggernaut is described as an unstoppable force that will crush all in its path. Minus the “crushing” part, the last six months have been non-stop for Australia’s Midnight Juggernauts, who having recently released their acclaimed debut album Dystopia, are now releasing the second single from their LP as they continue to tour the world playing this summer's finest festivals. Already a firm live favourite, ‘Into The Galaxy’ is a shimmering constellation of a track, characterised by the Juggernauts’ rolling synths, thundering drums and future-Bowie vocals.
And the remixes are nothing but dazzling. UK’s finest pop trio Metronomy delivers a stripped down reimagining of the track, moving and disarmingly elegant. French producer Danger delivers a too-cool-for-school, hardcore-gamer mix, the aural equivalent of a hyperspeed powergloved romp through a deadly wireframe maze, at boss level. Chateau Marmont are a Parisian quartet dedicated to make things all better. When I say "things", I mean life, obviously. It's only normal, then, that this remix is mandatory listening for fractured families, PMSing social workers, shell-shocked army troopers and waterboarded undercover operatives the world over. It's a universal translation of "All Will Be Well". Look out for their debut EP on Institubes this fall. All in all, perfect companion pieces to a perfect track.
AUTOKRATZ- 1000 THINGS/LAST SHOW 12” (kitsune, france)
*autoKratz, the young masters of high energy electro-pop bring us their second single that promises a jump-up , impassioned and relentless madness machine. 1000 Things/Last show is the second release from london based elecronic duo autoKratz as they continue to find themselves very much at home in the Kitsuné Maison. The A side, 1000 Things, is a driving, impassioned and relentless electro machine, whilst the reverse is taken up by the melodic electro-pop anthem Last Show which echo’s New Order and Cut Copy.
AUTOKRATZ- REAKTOR/IT'S ON 12” (kitsune, france)
*David and Russell are a London based electronic duo in there twenties. Having met through mutual friends, their love of the same music led to the conception of autoKratz. There inspirations are evident in flashes of Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and Underworld, but autoKratz pride themselves on creating something unique. Their debut release, 'ReaKtor' is an electro monster dominated by a vigorous hook with added glitches, bleeps and pulsating melodies. David autoKratz describes the track as being inspired by the films '12 Monkeys' and 'La Jetée': "It's a song that creates a vivid picture in your mind, of panic and confusion," Russell adds "and creating imagery is what autoKratz is about, making you think. And dance". •The other side of the record is taken up by the Daft Punk-esque bleepy stomper 'It's On', with a compulsive vocal hook over a fat glitch funk backbeat that typifies the fullness of the AutoKratz sound. And now that AutoKratz have signed to Kitsuné for their debut album, it looks like this could be the start of something special.
BENI- MY LOVE SEES YOU 12” (kitsune, france)
*shop favorite restocked… Beni is one half the electro duet Riot in Belgium who gained a worldwide reputation with their dancefloor anthems "My Love Sees You" is Beni's latest dancefloor panther, a menacing builder of a jam, complete with epic stuttering breakdown, and cooing female vocal sample. The kind of tune equally at home in da club, the cafe or the Caribbean. It's a club staple from tomorrow onwards, and if the forecast is anything to go by, so is Beni. In Flagranti gives to the track a groovy and what we cannot describe otherwise than an inflagranti-esque touch while Etienne de Crecy brings his straight forward dancefloor-killing excellency!
BIG FACE- I WANNA BE A STYLE CRUSADER 12” (kitsune, france)
*Glaswegian 5-piece Big Face release their debut single, I Wanna Be A Style Crusader. Big Face are Marv, vocals and keyboards, Crag, guitar, Chet, bass, D. Reekie, keyboards and D. Miller, drums and the band’s sound reflects a past that includes both membership of hardcore bands and weekly attendance at Optimo. The single features mixes from DatA and David E. Sugar. From Paradise Grage dub vibe to a guitar hero noisy and tough remix by the youg parisian. As Bibabidi music blog said it’s “really refreshing to hear something dancey that's not as abrasive as walking on shattered glass or as hyper-active as a caffeinated four year-old.” New Wave from Scotland via NYC and Paris.
CAZELS- SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE 12” (kitsune, france)
*Somebody Somewhere is the cracking new single from hotly tipped indie heroes Cazals. With it's strutting guitars, and angular attitudeit's a massive hit in the making and a bonafied top-down Summer anthem. Just check out the huge pogo-inducing chorus and you will understand exactly what we mean. The single is set for release as a 7" and 12" on May 5th (Kitsune). The 7" will also feature the chiming guitars of new track Success, whilst the 12" comes complete with some electronic madness in the form of remixes from Moulinex, Lifelike and Blamma! Blamma! The new release will be followed by their debut album "What Of Our Future" out in May, and comes off the back of a series of excellent live shows that has seen the band really prove their mettle as a formidable live act. Rolling out their brand of guitar and synth indie-rock across the UK for their two week headline tour in March, a Levis" Ones To Watch" tour, supporting Daft Punk in Japan, and literally blowing the roof off The Scala at a recent gig alongside Midnight Juggernauts & Ebony Bones. NME described their recent live shows as "Amazing and streets ahead of their peers", whilst Big Issue simply as "One of the most exciting British bands around"ï¿½. Hailing from the four corners of England, Cazals have built their reputation from the ground up. Both manager and producer of the band are members of Cazals;, guitarist and bass player to be precise. So convinced were Kitsune on first hearing them that they promptly put the band in a Parisian studio with Julien Delfaud (the man who engineered the Phoenix album) and the results have been dynamic. Somebody, Somewhere is an immediate, utterly infectious song that comes laden with enough dancefloor energy to move any dancefloor, and we definitely think you will be hearing a lot of it over the coming months.
FISCHERSPOONER- DANSE EN FRANCE 12” (kitsune, france)
*Fischerspooner is a collaborative art and performance project created by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner that makes music, dance, fashion, film and photography. Straddling genres in art and entertainment, the project is renowned for outsider pop shows bursting with stage effects presented in both art galleries and traditional concert venues. Their music has been released on two full-length albums, #1 and Odyssey’Danse En France’ is the second release of two taken from their forthcoming third album produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, The Black Keys, The Sounds).
HEY TODAY!- WALK THROUGH 12” (kitsune, france)
*Hey Today! A fresh new producer project consisting of two heads who prove again that their creative skills are a result of turntableism and music loving. Living in Hamburg the beautiful “hanse city” and “sound metropolis” their main influences are musical variety, multiculturalism and emotionality.Walk Through is a club stormer melting house, freaky 80´s, dirty disco, electro, acid, experimental, funk and rock, all spiced up with abstract beat dynamics. E-Rockabilly. The release features a great edit by ISI from DIGITALISM, in a well known style ! Ich bein in hamburger.
RAW MAN- WARGAME 12” (kitsune, france)
*Raw Man is one half of what was the French house duo known as ‘The Buffalo Bunch’ He formed the group with his friend Play Paul and together put out records on labels such as Scratché, and Crydamoure. They were responsible of a great remix of Phoenix – If You Ever Feel Better… Raw Man’s new music and rock-produced electro sound has caught the attention of French Label Kitsuné who are releasing his single War Game on 12 inch with an edit included by the label heads themselves, Gildas& Masaya.
STREETLIFE DJ'S- GUNN CRIME 12” (kitsune, france)
*Streetlife DJs have teamed up with Parisian label Kitsuné to release their first single Gunn Crime, a huge club stormer built on Mancini’s infamous “Theme of Peter Gunn”. Stewart Rowell & Louis Gaston are otherwise known as the Streetlife DJs with over 30 years turntable experience between them, and a blatant disregard for music genres! “The rules are, there are no rules!” They add samples, accapellas & sound fx to the equation. Compliment that with some of the most cutting edge electronic dance and alternative and the result is something exciting and very refreshing. The genre breaking sound is causing quite a stir at the “ Streetlife Sessions “ room at Together London night. Gunn Crime is a from the “Theme of Peter Gunn” composed by Henry Mancini popularized in the 80’s with The Art of Noise feat Duane Eddy hit. Their interpretation is a huge dancefloor anthem which takes the amiably sloppy original theme and tightens it up, tweaking the tempo to suitably dancefloor-friendly proportions and throwing in a few choice edits to yield optimum results. The release features a groovy disco dub and a soundsystem mix by the Streetlife Djs themselves.
DAVID E. SUGAR- TO YOURSELF/THE BIG H 12” (kitsune, france)
*David E Sugar, multi- instrumentalist troubadour and 8-Bit electronic wonder teams up with Kitsuné for a single and shows two sides of his gifts with a song-writing gem and a dancefloor vitalizer. The single on Kitsuné is full of fresh creative energy coming from one of the most intensely prolific producers in the London scene. ‘To Yourself ‘ and ‘The Big` show how eclectic Sugar’s influences are : “ I’m into Aphex Twin as well as Talking Heads, Jeff Buckley and Tom Waits “; he says. ‘To Yourself’ a chic song tailored by a dance child and gifted voice, the production can do no wrong with those slighty growing breaks and chip solos (sic) ‘The Big H’ is the dance track as imagined by a punk philosopher, “ being innovative and creative but doing it on your own’ says Sugar. A stressed atmosphere with handclaps too ! A compressed bass and the dancefloor is entering a new time capsule through David’s opened door. ‘ The Future is lookin particularly sweet for this 8-bit electronic wonder ‘ Terence The – Dazed &Confused
YELLE- A CAUSE DES GARCONS 12” (kitsune, france)
*Yelle, the explosive rappin' french girl,is covering an 80's electro-pop hit.When it's mastered by her friend TEPR, our friends Punks Jump Up and Riot In Belgium : it's a hit in the two hemispheres. Parlez vous francais?
MATIAS AGUAYO- WALTER NEFF 12” (kompakt, germany)
*Three killers, no fillers - Aguayo's new masterpiece. Definitely too sexy for your shirt.... Walter Neff: You'll be here too? Phyllis: I guess so, I usually am. Walter Neff: Same chair, same perfume, same anklet? Phyllis: I wonder if I know what you mean. Walter Neff: I wonder if you wonder. [last lines] Walter Neff: Know why you couldn't figure this one, Keyes? I'll tell ya. 'Cause the guy you were looking for was too close. Right across the desk from ya. Barton Keyes: Closer than that, Walter. Walter Neff: I love you, too. Walter Neff: It's just like the first time I came here, isn't it? We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder. And I was thinking about that anklet. Barton Keyes: Have you made up your mind? Jackson: Mr. Keyes, I'm a Medford man - Medford, Oregon. Up in Medford, we take our time making up our minds. Barton Keyes: Well, we're not in Medford, we're in a hurry. Barton Keyes: They've committed a murder and it's not like taking a trolley ride together where they can get off at different stops. They're stuck with each other and they've got to ride all the way to the end of the line and it's a one-way trip and the last stop is the cemetery. Walter Neff: Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny? Walter Neff: How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle? Walter Neff: Suddenly it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy, Keyes, but it's true, so help me. I couldn't hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man. Walter Neff: Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money - and a woman - and I didn't get the money and I didn't get the woman. Pretty, isn't it? Phyllis: I was just fixing some ice tea; would you like a glass? Walter Neff: Yeah, unless you got a bottle of beer that's not working.
DANZCA AKA MAXIME DANGLES & PAUL NAZCA- SPEICHER 63 12” (kompakt, germany)
*Speicher returns to form for 2009. Feeling the urge to display a sweetened vulgarity for fully-formed techno -- Kompakt's young starlet Maxime Dangles teams up with Paul Nazca for this monstrous release. "Dark Neptune" is a bass-squelching power-rocker -- thoroughly delivering all peaks and no drifts. "Aquarel" is a more melodic affair, but pulls out all the right punches with a tangible, house-like quality. Definitely a classic approach that meets the Speicher seal of approval.
MINIMONO- STAY AWAY 12” (love letters from oslo, germany)
*Minimono delights us once again with two new refreshing tracks. 'Stay Away' is a typical Minimono track, with playful cartoon-like sounds, the aesthetics of minimal and a housy groove. Sounds like fun, huh? In contrast 'El Guapo' could be interpreted as deephouse, but the snappy beats keep your feet moving while the chord-like sounds make you want to close your eyes and just drift away.
RIBN- MINED/BLOSSOM 12” (millions of moments, netherlands)
*Manuel Tur and Langenberg (known for his releases on the nice Drum Poet Society label) dropping some delicious tracks on this powerful yellow wax! Deep and slowly building techno tracks that have their roots in the Basic Channel school, but taking things away from the dubby style and bring it back to the club. Dirty morphing synths combined with a warm steady beat create a awesome masculine groove with a lot of tension and a intense and controled energy. Amazing tracks for the club. Techno as it should be! Recommended!!
MINILOGUE- MY TEENAGER GANG 12” (mule electronic, germany)
*After the success of their new project Imps, Minilogue return to Mule with two fantastic tracks. "My Teenager Gang" is a bit new-style of them: abstract, percussive house-beat with ethnic voices. It's a perfect tune for spring-time. "Hundraelva" is strong, trippy, hypnotic, minimal-style house. High-quality as always!
PETAR DUNDOV- ESCAPEMENTS 4X12” (music man, belgium)
*shop favorite restocked… This is the second full-length release from Croatian DJ/producer Petar Dundov. Dundov is a producer who runs his own Neumatik studio and multimedia company where he works as a sound engineer as well as producing his own take on techno, house and electronica. Escapements is his most accomplished work to date and features beautifully layered techno, hypnotic rhythms and shimmering melodies that make this a real landmark release. The lead single "Oasis" has been remixed by Substance & Vainqueur and follow-up singles will include mixes from Detroit's Echospace, Dub Kult and DFA's Gavin Russom. His last full-length CD release was in 2001, with the ambient album Sculptures 1-3 on Jeff Mills' Tomorrow label that preceded multiple 12" releases on Music Man. Running Man brought attention back to his music and also announced the direction and concept of Escapements. Fusing hypnotic rhythms, bubbling melodies, intricate atmospheres and a soundtrack-like quality, Escapements exists in a nocturnal post-club hinterland where the bass and beats still echo through your ears as night turns into day. Taking the listener from the club to a tripped-out dreamscape, Escapements brings musicality back to techno and shows that minimal need not be one-dimensional. Driving, thrilling and emotionally-charged, Escapements is set to cross the techno/house/trance divide and become one of the essential electronic albums of 2008. The album also comes bound in a beautiful UV-varnished design with a "QR" code (next-generation barcode) printed on the packaging that leads to a hidden web site with exclusive content.
SCOTT GROOVES- DETROIT 808 12” (natural midi, germany)
*This is the first of a 3 part limited Natural MIDI release. Each track will combine todays progressive sounds with yesterdays classic drum machines namely the 808, 909 and 606. Each twelve inch will have a limited, numbered vinyl release. The amount of the pressing will coincide with the name of each particular drum machine. The sonic objective of these releases would be to show that anything classic can never go out of style...
AK- SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME 12” (pantone music, uk)
*AK, aka Akemi Kakihara, has been in the music business since she was 19.She owes her sophisticated musical taste to her father, who gave little AK a steady diet of great music such as Jazz and sound tracks. She showed an early sign of talent by composing her first music at 8 after she heard "Prelude" by Eumir Deodato, and eventually her style shifted to what was called "Cross Over" then, which is the combination of Soul, Jazz, Funk, Bossa Nova and such. AK finally found home in NY in 2001 and with Francois Kevorkian & Eric Kupper production remix of her single "Say That You Love Me" gave her the first big ticket to the world. Even before its release, the promos were heavily played by such big name NY DJs as Francois Kevorkian & Danny Krivit of Body & Soul, "Little" Louie Vega, Kim Lightfoot, Frankie Feliciano, and soon it became a big hit in the US (HOT 97 / Kcrw) , Japan(J-wave / Shibuya FM) & now on it's way too Europe with Dimitri From Paris , Laurent Garnier and Joey Negro supporting the cause. This version is edited by Danny Krivit as AK's voice crosses over R&B, Hip Hop & House freely. She is a global citizen who can treat NY, Tokyo and Europe equally as her playgrounds. AK the artist is starting to be recognized all over the world.
MY MY- EVERYBODY’S TALKIN 12” (playhouse, germany)
*Two years after their debut album Songs For The Gentle, My My are back at Playhouse. And you can still fall in love with My My tracks in the club, as much as at home. On the A-side, you get a forceful house groove, warm chords and some old school vocals. With the B-side, My My tie in with their well-known material and deliver a technoid side. My My are deeply admired for their musical variety, and you won't believe the surprises here.
MR. G- MAKES NO SENSE: RADIO SLAVE REMIX 12” (rekids, uk)
*Devastating technohouse long cuts from Mr G and Radioslave from the label that really specialises in this kind of stuff, Rekids. G's 'U Askin'?' was an undoubted anthem a couple of years back, a loopy house banger with deadly intent designed for play at big clubs like Berghain or Fabric, but equally as effective in small, dark and sweaty rave holes. 'Makes No Sense' is a lengthy builder made for the all night jacking crew, developing a loose looping technohouse pattern leading to reverbed chords and a sandpaper textured synthline, even dropping what sounds like a Linton Kwesi Johnson soundbite half way through. The full effect of this track won't make sense until you hear it on a big system but when it hits, you know. Radioslave's 'Shaking The Trees' mix reimagines the track as a tribalised rumper quite far removed from the original mix, but effective in it's own right. You can't touch the A-side though, if you're into Dettmann, Faki or Radioslave, or dancing for 12 hours in front of stupidly large soundsystems, this one's for you.
ILIJA RUDMAN/RAYKO & F. PINEDA- WANTING YOU 12” (rare wiri, spain)
*The second release on the Spanish label Rare Wiri bring us again two quality club tracks. On A side Wanting You. Ilija Rudman feat. Show B on a nudisco killer tune filled with awesome basslines and cool synths that should make everybody move. On the flip Rayko & F.Pineda hit the floor with an edit of 80´s classic Walk The Nightto complete a really good double header.
LISA SHAW- MUSIC IN YOU 12” (salted music, usa)
*Getting massive support from Mark Farina, Johnny Fiasco, Hardsoul, Raul Campos from KCRW, Richard Earnshaw, Audio Whores and Groove Junkies. Salted Music welcomes back the one and only Lisa Shaw with the 3rd single off her upcoming album Free (March 10th, 2009). "Music In You" is yet another solid and diverse dance music package with a little something for everyone out there. So whether you are a deep, techy, funky or soulful kinda music fan, there should be something of quality you can appreciate here. Switzerland's Dario D'Attis delivers two prime time club friendly versions ready to rock the dance floor as well as a deep-tech dub on the minimal tip. (The tech vocal and dub will be available digitally only.) Salted team member Julius Papp takes it to a deeper realm with a bubbly old school bass line, timbale drum rolls and slick sax riffs. Also included is Julius Papp's deeper vocal remix and dub. (Available digitally only.) Next up we have New Mondo's vocal and dub which keep the original version's upbeat energy, while stepping it up a notch giving the song a classic feel good house music vibe.
MOODYMANN- MAHOGANY BROWN CD (sound signature/peacefrog, uk)
*Peacefrog come correct with a cd re-issue of one of house music's most pioneering producers 2nd album. Moodyman's 'Black Mahogany' album collates some of his finest moments, utilising soul, funk, gospel, and even hip hop production techniques Kenny Dixon Junior delivers a slice of Black American music that affirms his reputation as a major influence on house music today. Featuring his long term saxophonist and vocalist Norma Jean Bell on selected tracks adds a more soulful live feel (check the sublime 'Joy Part 3'). And grooves is what it's all about with Moodyman, no one rocks like him, and the fervour with which his releases are anticipated should go some way to convincing anyone who has ever thought about buying house music, start at the top and you cant go wrong.
THEO PARRISH- FIRST FLOOR CD (sound signature/peacefrog, uk)
*Combining his First Floor vinyl albums on one cd, great compilation of Theo Parrish tracks he did around 1998. With First Floor Metaphor, Sweet And Sticky, Paradise Architects, Love Is War For Miles, Electric Alleycat, Jb'edit, Dark Patterns, Heal Yourself And Move, Sky Walking.
ROGUE CAT AKA CHICKEN LIPS- MAGIC JOURNEY 12” (tiny sticks, france)
*Rogue Cat is a new side-project from Dean Meredith of Chicken Lips fame. Here he presents his first excursion under this moniker; a mid-tempo jaunt into the realm of cosmic funk. On the flip Todd Terje (remixer of the moment) provides a truly stunning remix! A lot of love has clearly gone into this mix utilising key elements from the original while adding lots of his own ingredients including his vocals. A proper piece of 21st century disco.
SPACE- MAGIC FLY/TANGO IN SPACE 12” (vintage, france)
*As a five year old in monaco, Didier Marouani began his classical music studies in piano, notation and harmonics. at the age of fifteen, he entered the Paris conservatoire and was to graduate with a second prize in piano and a first in music notation. Didier began composing songs at the early age of ten to have his first recorded song two years later.1975 First lp as an acclaimed singer in france. he also went on tours with johnny hallyday, joe dassin and claude franÇois. 1977 More interested by composition than singing and looking for international recognition, he formed the group space, composing all its...
THE CREATURES- EXPANSION: L'ALTRO MONDO STUDIOS 12” (vintage, france)
*Featuring Machine's Drama, Expansion, Dance Of The Silver Girls, Kid Robot Dance, The Other World's Robot.
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