Albums of the Year 2013

Year of the Austerity Dog. These New Puritans started over, Blixa Bargeld turned crooner, Oneohtrix Point Never invented the future, and Parquet Courts introduced themselves. Also My Bloody Valentine actually finished something.

Reissue of the Year 2013

Ruth White - Flowers of Evil

Ruth White - Flowers of Evil

Simply put this is a dark occult masterpiece - originally released in 1969 it makes much contemporary dark electronic music sound like playskool. It is in my opinion one of the finest electronic music records one could ever wish to hear. This LP was sonically advanced at the time and still sounds positively evil. Ruth White was a self taught synth pioneer who's name rarely gets mentioned in the avant-garde electronics history books. Here she assembled her electronically treated readings of Charles Baudelaire's poetry with spooky synth-scapes, strange electronic backdrops/ drones and tape collage to create an eternal classic in a leauge of its own. Imagine if Delia Debyshire were possessed by Aleister Crowley.

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Vangelis
Blade Runner

Composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, the Blade Runner soundtrack has assumed legendary status amongst fans of synthesizer music. Its combination of classical compositions with synth work perfect mirrors the futuristic atmospheric ambient noir of the original film. A classic of the genre. 
  • Vinyl LP (0825646122110)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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Oneohtrix Point Never
Betrayed in the Octagon


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Boards of Canada
Music Has The Right To Children

Boards of Canada’s legendary debut LP tapped charmingly into its generation’s nostalgia for dodgy TV reception, public service announcements and unforgettable classroom mnemonics. It did so within a contemporary framework of analogue synthesisers and hip-hop rhythms, with a great ear for groove and melody. Today, the mutant, hybrid descendent of BoC’s yearning style is vaporwave, innit. Oh well.
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John Carpenter
The Fog


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Arthur Russell
Another Thought


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David Alexander Hess
The Last House on The Left



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BBC Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radiophonic Music

Classic early electronic works from the likes of John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire on this album which was initially released in 1968 to celebrate ten years of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. A huge influence on contemporary electronica it showcases the way-ahead-of-their-time compositions of various TV themes and idents. 
  • Vinyl LP (SILLP1541G)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Radiophonic Workshop


  • Vinyl LP (SILLP1542)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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Igor Wakhevitch
Docteur Faust


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epic45
Drakelow EP


  • Vinyl LP (Vaughan Arms 003 COL)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl

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Vangelis
Sex Power


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Craig Leon
Nommos


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The Clean
Vehicle


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Batsumi
Batsumi


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Robbie Basho
Visions of the Country

In 1978 Robbie Basho released the legendary Visions of the Country. Coming relatively late in a career which saw him, alongside John Fahey, develop the 'American Primitive' guitar tradition, Visions of the Country is a remarkable album filled with spirit, emotion, and ruggedness. The guitar playing is raw and intense, and his singing is just breathtaking. A marvel. 
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Cleaners From Venus
Cleaners From Venus Vol.2


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Thee Mighty Caesars
Acropolis Now


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Missing Foundation
Missing Foundation


  • Vinyl LP (DAIS048)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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Sacher-Pelz (Maurizio Bianchi)
Cease To Exist


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Sand
Golem

Reissue of little-known kraut rock band Sand's only album, 1974's 'Golem'. The album was once chosen as Julian Cope's record of the month, and you can see why. Trippy synthesisers accompany a blend of drum-less rock and folk. It's properly psychedelic and totally weird and ace. Buy it as it should be heard, on vinyl. On Rotorelief records.

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John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth
They Live

"Record Store Collapses Under Weight of John Carpenter Re-issues" was an earlier the Onion-style headline we once used to try to make you crack a smile and lo and behold here is another re-press from the soundtrack lord. This time it's the soundtrack for They Live one of his urban Western type films with a fist fight and a sci-fi twist. One of the most interesting things about this re-issue is that it has artwork designed by Alan Hynes which reveals hidden messages when you put on the enclosed pair of sunglasses. Worth the £35.99 price tag alone for that.     
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Four Tet (Fourtet)
Rounds

Ten years since the original release, Domino reissue Four Tet's Rounds on CD and vinyl. This masterwork of leftfield beats, sampling and melodic sound construction came at a pivotal point in Four Tet's journey to fame. On the reissue the album comes with a bonus live recording of a performance in Copenhagen.
  • Vinyl Double LP (REWIGLP88)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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Arab On Radar
Soak The Saddle



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Primitive Calculators
Primitive Calculators


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The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... (Sessions & Singles Vol. 1)

The Monochrome Set’s compilation of singles and session tracks was released back in the (80s) day, but is given a new reissue here. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance makes for a pretty good introduction to this little institution-of-a-band - in their initial phase, at least. There’s a couple of bonus songs tacked on here, alongside some intriguing live studio moments. Blue wax, on Optic Nerve.
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Winston Edwards
Natty Locks Dub

Winston Edwards’s 1974 LP Natty Locks Dub is one of those early dub rarities that goes for big bucks - too big for the likes of you and I, valued Norman Records™ customer. Fortunately now Greensleeves have managed to get together a reissue for those of us who like our records to be priced at two figures rather than three. Recorded at the studios of Lee Perry and Joe Gibbs, Natty Locks Dub is a mighty set of melody and mood.
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The Flaming Lips
Zaireeka


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Butthole Surfers
Rembrandt Pussyhorse

Weirdo bullshit from ear-to-ear grin rockers Butthole Surfers, who continue to draw on -- and then scribble over -- genres as far and wide as punk, surf psych and avant-garde. They use their powers for evil, of course, offering the silly Rembrandt Pussyhorse, full of catchy, fuzzy tunes about disgusting nothings.
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U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble
Bitter Suites


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Orange Juice
Rip It Up

Rip It Up was the second album by Glasgow’s Orange Juice. The band, fronted by Edwyn Collins were known for writing intelligent yet catchy pop songs. The title track was also the band’s biggest hit, reaching number 8 in the UK singles chart in February 1983. Rip It Up is one of four Orange Juice Album’s to be reissued by Domino Records.