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Zeta Zeta
Dream Hotel

Zeta Zeta AKA Daf Lloyd left the comfort of his London Studio to live in a Russian forest where he made Dream Hotel. The idea behind it was to make music that could take the listener into different ‘rooms’ and ‘corridors’ to explore the space we find in memories, dreams and altered states. He used electronic and analogue instruments to create soundscapes that are both dense and ethereal. Ben Vince and Sally Evans make guest appearances.
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The Caretaker
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

The Caretaker is Leyland Kirby who once traded as V/VM but has long since forged a career making cracked decaying loops. The premise is based around the fact that Alzheimers patience can recall the music of their youth and so Kirby set about manipulating and decaying old ballroom 78s to give the aural impression of aged melodies being recalled through a partially operating memory fog. This was his second album from 2008 which also includes lovely artwork by Ivan Seal.    

Sarah Hennies
Reservoir 1

Despite having one of the most rap-ready names of all time the music that Sarah Hennies makes is pretty far removed from hip-hop. Her new record Reservoir 1, composed for piano and percussion, is close to an hour of murmuring drones and spare, Schoenberg-esque anti-melodies. It’s intense, strange, and in its own way rather beautiful. Reservoir 1 is out via Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (Jim O’Rourke, Alvin Lucier).
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Anne Imhof
Faust

Back in 2017 performance artist Anne Imhof wowed crowds at the Venice Biennale - imagine the NME Awards but, like, for art - with her performance Faust. Now a sonic re-rub of Faust gets a release on Pan as part of the label’s Entopia series (we highly recommend checking out the first Entopia release, Tujiko Noriko’s Kuro). This is an intense listen - along with collaborators Billy Bultheel, Eliza Douglas and Franziska Aigner, Imhof creates a record which nods to Johnny Jewel, Pan Daijing, Perfume Genius and Einstürzende Neubauten to name but four. A heady brew indeed.
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Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button

Experimental music heavyweights Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their new album In the Past Only Geniuses Were Capable of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known as a Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With the Push of the Button which almost completes my word count for this description which is useful as there's no press release to work with. You know the score though... fearsome power rock on an annual mission to clean your ears of any wax that may have built up in there since the last time they made an album.   
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Julia Reidy
In Real Life

Lots of musicians are Berlin-based these days. I guess it’s such a cool place to live. Prolific guitarist and composer Julia Reidy is another one of those musicians who has chosen Berlin as her home. Recently, Reidy has augmented her sound with the use of electronics, field recordings and autotune. Her latest LP, In Real Life, takes her experimental work further adding musique concrète to abstract song compositions which melt into rich electronic pieces
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Grischa Lichtenberger
Re: phgrp (reworking ›consequences‹ by philipp gropper’s philm)

Re: phgrp (reworking ›consequences‹ by philipp gropper’s philm) by electronic producer Grischa Lichtenberger is, like free jazz, music of broken rhythms but dense, manipulated beats. He has been moving to a jazz oriented style recently, and this collaboration with jazz saxophonist Philipp Gropper displays the development in her sound. 
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Marcus Schmickler
Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy

Marcus Schmickler is an experimental producer with a 50+ record discography behind him.The latest in a long line of releases is Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy - a work in which techno and noise meet head on. It is one 37 minute long piece, split into two parts - Particle/Matter and Wave/Energy for either side of the record. On Kompakt.

The Comet Is Coming
Death To The Planet

You'd struggle to find a more damningly-titled record as Death To The Planet by The Comet Is Coming here at Norman Records. But surprisingly its contents are not quite as doom-ridden as you'd perhaps expect; its jolty four tracks are crammed with trumpet solos, squelch synths, edge-of-your-seat beats and anything else that goes.

Taj Mahal Travellers
August 1974

Reissue of album by Japanese experimental group Taj Mahal Travellers, though they only managed to travel to the Taj Mahal in 1972, 3 years after their inception. 90 minutes of improvised ambience and drone, under the coordination of Kinji Hayashi. Released on Aguirre with liner notes by The Wire contributor Julian Cowley. 

GUO
GUO4

The latest in a series of self-titled albums from GUO, a multidisciplinary duo formed of composers Daniel Blumberg and Seymour Wright. GUO4 is the first of the albums to appear on esteemed British label Mute, and sees them collaborate with drummer Crystabel Riley, architect and designer Fran Edgerley and director Peter Strickland. 
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Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Kozmik Bazaar

Kozmik Bazaar sees Turkish free jazz group Konstrukt collaborate with Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark for a third time. Vandermark has played with pretty much everyone in the jazz world including Peter Brotzmann, Alex Dorner and Mats Gustafsson, to name but a few. Kozmik Bazaar starts from a familiar enough place by referencing Ornette Coleman before taking itself to a psychedelic place way beyond what most people would consider to be jazz.

G.A.M.S.
G.A.M.S.

The self-titled debut album from G.A.M.S., a new group formed by Andi Stecher and Guido Mobius, is pretty much an exploration in pure feedback. Often painful to listen to but sometimes extraordinarily pretty and powerful, Mobius unleashes volleys of noise while Stecher powers through with primal percussion on G.A.M.S., one of the most challenging but rewarding releases of the year. 
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Bill MacKay & Katinka Kleijn
STIR

New album from Chicago resident and serial collaborator Bill Mackay alongside cellist Katinka Kleijn. Here the duo use the Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf as a basis for a series of sketches that draw from the worlds of chamber music, jazz, folk and avant-garde. Expect an inquisitive, exploratory and improvisational work from these curious musical pals.   

Eartheater
Metalepsis

Alexandra Drewchin’s Eartheater project continues to go from strength to strength, but it’s her 2015 debut album Metalepsis that gets a re-issue treatment courtesy of Hausu Mountain. Four years later, it’s still striking, like a seriously avant-garde take on the bucolic work of Seventies English folk artists. 
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IT
Viaje: Musica Electronica Libre

Real wild shit from back in the day. IT were a duo with a whole array of instruments and electroacoustics at their disposal, and Viaje finds them letting loose in a flurry of multi-layered wild sounds. It seems as though some alien logic is dictating the progress of the music / soundscape: it may not make sense to us, but there is some kind of sense there. Brilliant stuff, reissued from obscurity by Survival Research.
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The Deontic Miracle
Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku

A rare treat from a heretofore unexplored corner of the Catherine Christer Hennix archive. The Deontic Miracle was a trio group led by and featuring Hennix, and Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku captures parts of the group’s one and only live concert in 1976, in the form of two richly-droning improvisations, with instrumentation including sarangi, two Renaissance oboe, and sine waves. 
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Arthur Russell
Calling Out of Context

This was the album that started the re-assessment of Arthur Russell's life and work. It compiled previously unreleased and unheard work from Arthur's enormous archive and featured tracks written and recorded between '85 and '90. Now here's the re-issue, spread over to 2LP for maximum sound clarity.   
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Various
Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List - Volume 1 (France)

You’ll probably know what the Nurse With Wound list is if you’ve taken even a passing interest in experimental music over the past few decades, but once more for good luck: Compiled by the three original members of the group (Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak) back in the 70's, the list runs to hundreds of artists and has since become an encyclopedia for fans of the musical avant-garde. Now, more than four decades since the first version of the list emerged, Nurse With Wound mainstay Stapleton has got together a compilation based around it. Strain Crack & Break features a baker’s dozen of pieces composed by some of the list’s French entries. Igor Wakhévitch, Jacques Thollot and the late Pierre Henry are among Strain Crack & Break’s tracklist. Out through Finders Keepers.

Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer
It's Counterpart

Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer are a pair of musicians from in and around the post-rock scene in Vancouver. They are both solo artists in their own right, but on It’s Counterpart, seem to have found that their two styles are able to blend together. It is an album of sound collages sourced from YouTube, field recordings and those records you find for a quid in charity shops

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley
Cylene

Cylene, Cylene, Cylene, Cyleeeeeene, I’m begging you please don’t … hang on a minute, this thing doesn’t sound ANYTHING like Dolly Parton. We should have seen that coming really - an LP helmed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and GRM director François J. Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger) was never going to be big on singalongs. It is big on sound, though. Cylene is full of thick, glacial, eerie drones that sit slap-bang in the middle of the uncanny valley.

Bobby Krlic
Midsommar (Original Score)

Bobby Krlic removed his Haxan Cloak to work alongside film director Ari Aster on Midsommar. The movie is a pagan horror in the Wicker Man mould, and Krlic’s frightening compositions really augment the sense of ceremonial doom that pervades Midsommar. Nails-on-blackboard screeches, pulse-racing drums, unsettling micropolyphonic drones, it’s all in there. Krlic's music is in dialogue with the great and the good of chilling movie scores, from György Ligeti to Johnny Greenwood to Dean Hurley.
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MMMD
Egoismo

The prolific MMMΔ (also referred to as ‘MMMD’) deliver their 11th album of original material in little over a decade. Emerging soon after their soundtrack for Lukas Feigelfeld’s horror movie Hagazussa, Egoismo is as challenging and bizarre as ever, a mixture of spooky chanting and spine-tingling strings. 
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Todd Anderson-Kunert
Conjectures

Room40 have been on an excellent run of late, with releases from artists like Siavash Amini, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Merzbow all emerging on the label in recent months. This hot-streak continues with Conjectures, the latest LP from Australian ambient/drone composer Todd Anderson-Kunert. Composed entirely on a Moog System 55, this set of tender synthesiser ambiences and gently hissing electroacoustics is a woozy delight. Anderson-Kunert claims influence from Eliane Radigue, Sarah Davachi and Stephen O’Malley, and after listening to Conjectures you’d be hard-pushed to prove him wrong.
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Erkki Veltheim
Ganzfeld Experiment

The Ganzfeld, or 'total field', effect details humans' tendency to perceive patterns in formless sensory information. An example of this is imagining melodies during the 'holocaust section' of a My Bloody Valentine concert. It's an effect that Erkki Veltheim has explored on his new album 'Ganzfield Experiment', where he has attempted to induce 'an ecstatic experience... that transports the audience outside of their rational, everyday selves.' Out on Room40. 
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Peter Zummo
Deep Drive

The incomparable Peter Zummo releases the latest LP of his long and distinguished career. Zummo assembled an ensemble of serious clout to play on Deep Drive - alongside his longtime pal Ernie Brooks we also have Oliver Coates, Keith McIvor (aka JD Twitch) and Ralph Cumbers (aka Bass Clef) at the party. The record is another masterful compositions set of compositions that hovers at the edge of fourth-world free music and the post-minimal avant-garde.

AAMM
“A”Trio & AMM

Eddie Prevost (percussion) and John Tilbury (piano), wizened masters of radical London improv outfit AMM, mingle with the free jazz of Lebanon’s “A” Trio - that’s Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Sharif Sehnaoui (acoustic guitar) and Raed Yassin (double bass). You’d think that lot would make quite a racket, but the overall calm and restraint going on much of the time is mesmerising.

Chris & Cosey
Exotika


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Pancrace
The Fluid Hammer

Following the success of their debut album two years ago and a subsequent European tour, French quintet Pancrace have developed their own specially-designed organ instrument, dubbed ‘Organous’. The curious, unique sounds it makes have formed the basis of their second studio album, The Fluid Hammer, which falls somewhere between mechanical and human. 
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Art & Technique
Clima-X

BFE Records presents a re-issue of Clima-X, the debut album from French avant-garde electronica artist Art & Technique. First released back in 1981, the 13-track album fused minimalist, ambient electronica with world music elements, something that we’re very much used to in 2019 but was quietly revolutionary back then. 
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Hyperdawn
Bleach

Mancunian experimentalists Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte present their debut album as Hyperdawn. Bleach successfully translates the duo’s brilliant multimedia live performances to record, and also fuses digital processes to analogue instrumentation, to result in a compelling album of familiar yet alien avant-pop. 
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Various
Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol.1

Here’s something that ought to be unlike anything else in your collection: a Sound Anthology of Occult Phenomena. In the case of Volume 1 (of a proposed three-part series), these phenomena are represented through audio recordings of seances, hauntings and other spiritualist activities, spanning almost 100 years. Features Arthur Conan Doyle and (supposedly) Oscar Wilde. On Sub Rosa.
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Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

Matana Roberts has now reached the fourth instalment in her highly praised Coin Coin series. With the first three records exploring avenues of avant-garde composition, ranging from a large band down to solo work, Chapter Four: Memphis restores the collaborative motif, and sees Roberts lay out her most diverse musical vision yet, based on her scholarly research and passion for her subjects. 
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Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier
Corpse Flower

Recorded in between Paris and Los Angeles as a result of a meeting between acclaimed French composer Jean-Claude Vannier and Faith No More’s frontman Mike Patton eight years ago, new collaboration album Corpse Flower is alive with invention and professional simpatico. Lyrics for the first track are lovingly borrowed from one Oscar Wilde.
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Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics

Coil's 1999 opus Astral Disaster is an often-overlooked highlight of their extensive discography, centring on sonically vast, emotionally deep Kosmische epics and punctuated with pithier statements. This release presents a brace of unheard tracks and mixes from the album sessions, including the lengthy Cosmic Disaster and a promo CD mix of I Don't Want To Be The One.
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Gurun Gurun
Gurun Gurun


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Spectral Bazaar
The Planets

Manchester-based duo Spectral Bazaar reimagine Gustav Holst’s 101-year old suite The Planets, using their modus operandi of melding digital music with classical instrumentation to bring the enduringly popular pieces to life. This tracklisting scrambles up the original order of the music, however. 
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Negativland
True False

There is probably no better year than 2019 for Negativland to re-appear. The group have become infamous over the years for their agit prop stunts including most notably waging war on U2. Here in the year where reality is becoming ever more blurred they ask what is true and what is false by way of a collage of samples of everything from Fox News hosts to ecoterrorists to early Negativland live tapes. Perfectly apt for our times. 
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Valentina Magaletti & Julian Sartorius
Sulla Pelle

Two prominent avant-gardeners get together on Sulla Pelle. This record sees UUUU-member and one-time Nicolas Jaar collaborator Valentina Magaletti join up with Julian Sartorius (Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert). Their union produces some curious out-there drum tracks - cuts like ‘Sobaka’ and ‘Micro Tormento’ combine the rhythmic thrust of A Certain Ratio or Golden Teacher with the abstract invention of Eli Keszler.
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Oren Ambarchi
Simian Angel

Oren Ambarchi, a man seemingly still in the midst of a years-long artistic peak, presents a new solo album on Editions Mego, although of course this serial collaborator also showcases others in his own work. On Simian Angel, he has Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista join him, with fabulous effect. Ambarchi weaves rich and complex abstracted guitar around the percussion, also at points using piano. Another vital Ambarchi statement.
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Pita
Get On

Although he’s got nearly twenty years of experience in the music industry, Peter Rehberg is only just getting round to making his fourth Pita album. As ever, he’s included the word ‘Get’ in the title, and Get On also continues Rehberg’s musical themes of marrying ugly aesthetics with beautiful ones. 

Daniel Menche
Melting Gravity

Portland area soundscaper Daniel Menche follows up his triple disc Sleeper sprawl with further explorations into the world of ambience. Now with over 60 albums under his not inconsiderable belt, Menche is an expert at manipulating tones from various stringed instruments into a tumble of drones that is both thought provoking and affecting. Relatively concise single vinyl this time round. 
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Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith
Songs From The Bardo

An 80-minute, three-way collaboration between avant-garde veteran Laurie Anderson, Tibetan multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal and composer Jesse Paris Smith, Songs From The Bardo applies modern production aesthetics to ancient Tibetan Buddhist philosophy - specifically, the Tibetan Book of the Dead. 
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Èlg
Les Particules

A limited edition pressing of the soundtrack to Blaise Harrison’s 2019 film Les Particules (tr: Particles, in English), which was nominated for the Camera D’Or at Cannes Film Festival. It’s composed by Belgian producer Èlg, who approaches the task with his typical M.O. of mixing musique concrete with fragments of pop. 
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Frood of the Loop
s/t

The self-titled album from mysterious German-based collective Frood of the Loop, originally released in November 2018, finally gets a release on vinyl. A collection of six ambient compositions laid down largely via guitar, flute and electronics, without much editing or subsequent manipulation, Frood of the Loop is a triumph of instinctive creativity. 
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Carter Tutti Void
f (x)

Next tight little release from the indomitable Carter Tutti Void trio (Throbbing Gristle, Factory Floor). f(x) finds them destroying dancefloors with a sharp set of tunes that balance beat-hypnotism with icy synth melodies. This release continues a brief but powerful tradition of excellent material from these three, and is out on the Industrial Records label.

Rupert Clervaux
After Masterpieces

Rupert Clervaux of Sian Alice Group and CVX now strikes out with a solo record of his own under his own name, titled After Masterpieces. The core of the sound is Clervaux’s poetry, but there is plenty else going on, with Anna Homler, Sian Ahern and Eben Bull contributing to the LP’s rich sonic worlds. Out on Whities.

Muslimgauze
Azzazin

Azzazin is the 1996 album by experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze AKA Bryn Jones. The album is an atmospheric and occasionally unsettling soundscape of drones, clicks, buzzes and beeps. It arguably shows Muslimgauze at his most efficient and focused. The album was originally released three years before his premature death at the age of 37.
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Tomaga & Pierre Bastien
Bandiera Di Carta

Prolific London-based production duo Tomaga, responsible for over a dozen records since forming just five years ago, and composer / musical instrument builder / former Rephlex star Pierre Bastien team up for this intriguing collaboration. Bandiera Di Carta lands up somewhere between free-ranging jazz and percussive, avant-garde soundscapes. 

Kallista Kult
Kallista Kult

The newest artist to enter the fold of hugely diverse A Colourful Storm label in Australia, very little is known about Kallista Kult. The four deeply evocative tracks that make up this self-titled 12” mini-album range from unsettling, claustrophobic soundtrack-like pieces to idyllic daydreams. 
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Marcus Fjellström
Gebrauchsmusik


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Marcus Fjellström
Schattenspieler


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Marcus Fjellström
Exercises In Estrangement

A re-issue of the debut album from the Swedish musician and composer Marcus Fjellström, who tragically died in 2017 aged just 37. Exercises In Estrangement, originally released in the mid-Noughties, is a reminder of just how immensely promising he was, generating unnerving yet utterly visionary avant-garde works at such a young age. 
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Geoffrey Hendricks with Philip Corner
Stones : Dreams

Stones : Dreams is the first ever audio recording from the recently deceased Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks, who passed away last year. Made in conjunction with his close friend Philip Corner, the record consists of quiet, musique concrete meditations, and comes with a 16-page leaflet of diaries, essays and artworks from Hendricks himself. 
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Luc Ferrari
Photophonie

An archival album scouring the works of renowned French avant-garde composer Luc Ferrari, to mark what would have been his 90th birthday in 2019. Photophonie collects four tracks spanning 1973 to 1992, each radically different and commissioned for a wide range of purposes, and shows just how versatile and visionary Ferrari was.
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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith
Mummer Love

Mummer Love - one of three collaborative albums by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - sees the New York avant garde ambient/jazz group following in the footsteps of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. During a lesser known period of his life, Rimbaud found himself in Ethiopia learning about Sufism, a branch of Islam. The group went there and recorded the chants of the Sufi leaders, using them as a backdrop for Patti Smith’s poetry.
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Christopher Tignor
A Light Below

The fourth LP from Christopher Tignor is another set of intricate modern chamber music. On A Light Below strings dance across one another in a manner that recalls Ravel and Shostakovich, but the use of processed electronics, percussion and triggered synths gives the album a distinctly contemporary edge. Think Owen Pallett crossed with someone like Nils Frahm or Oneohtrix Point Never.
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Contagious
Contagious

Dense, brooding music from Berlin’s Contagious here. The trio’s eponymous debut LP contains abrasive drones smothered by industrial textures and broiling electronics that seem ready to unleash hell at any moment. The likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and Throbbing Gristle haunt Contagious’ fevered, trance-inducing sound.

MA
AMA

Not Mama in the words of Phil Collins and pals but MA 'AMA'. Just buy it from us because googling it could be a nightmare. MA comes from Tokyo and started out with (relatively) straightforward beats and hip-hop before turning increasingly noisy and experimental. On this album MA places cut up vocals and field recordings of his voice over unusual futuristic music. Could be interesting.  
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Stefan Fraunberger
Quellgeister#3

Performed almost entirely on the organ of an abandoned Saxon church in the Romanian village of Bussd, Quellgeister#3 is the third in an ongoing series of works from Austrian composer Stefan Fraunberger. Like his previous music, it’s an abstract rumination on concepts of shared collective cultural memory. 
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Upperground Orchestra
Euganea

A self-styled ‘cosmic jazz’ collective founded in Italy around the turn of the millennium by Lebanese artist Rabih Beaini, Upperground Orchestra have been silent for over a decade since the release of their last album in 2008. It’ll be fascinated to hear how Euganea, scheduled for the end of 2019, sounds given that protracted absence. 

Jatinder Singh Durhailay & David Edren
Tea Notes

An enticing and meditative collection of music about tea - the drink itself, the communal aspects it represents, even medicinal applications - from painter and Indian classical music student Jatinder Singh Durhailay and electronic musician David Edren. With each of the six tracks dedicated to a particular infusion, Tea Notes is the product of shared passion and musical intuition. 
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Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

Those kind folks at Dirter have re-issued Nurse With Wound's classic 1988-era ambient opus Soliloquy For Lilith complete with 40 minutes of unreleased tracks from the same session. it's hard to overstate the importance of this album in the ambient field. It was way ahead of its time in producing atmospheric ambient music and was even a chart topper in the ambient field back in the day. 
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica

Well, what can be said about this masterpiece of a record that hasn't been uttered a hundred times before? A timely reissue then of Captain Beefheart's absurdist, Dadaist epic romp through art-blues, 'Trout Mask Replica'. None other than Jack White himself has seen fit to re-re-vinyl-ise this at his Third Man record plant. Complete with original cover art tracked down from its 1969 source. On 180-gram black double LP.

Shards
Find Sound

Erased Tapes presents the debut album from London vocal-based group Shards, originally formed to take part in Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival in 2016. Led by composer Kieran Brunt, Find Sound is a fascinating exploration of the human voice, with the backing of percussion and synthesisers taking very much a back seat. 
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Anguish
Anguish

RareNoise brings you a formidable supergroup in Anguish - it’s Will Brooks and Mike Mare of Dälek, Mats Gustafsson and Andreas Werliin of Fire! and Hans Joachim Irmler of Faust. Rather living up to its name from the start, kicked off by Mats’ wailing sax, things move on between free jazz atmospheres, vicious industrial hip-hop and rap and grim, smoky urban hopelessness.
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AMRA
Heema / Shiva Dance

AMRA is a new collaborative project between Emptyset’s Paul Purgas and artist/musician Imran Perretta. Trawling through archives of sound from South Asia for inspiration, this hand-stamped 10” white label single produces two tracks, ‘Heema’ and ‘Shiva Dance’, which explore notions of ancestry and futurology. 
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Ethan Montgomery / The Declining Winter
Ute-7 Inch

Lordy will you look at this thing. Part of a collaboration between various Leeds good guys, the main part of this multi disciplinary project is a beer (which we don't have for sale, sadly). The idea being while you are supping you can listen to some pastoral sounds of Yorkshire. On the A side are field recordings of our beautiful county made by Ethan Montgomery and on the flip rustic Yorkshire mainstays The Declining Winter make two songs inspired by the field recordings on the A side. Gorgeous.   

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink
Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018

Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018 by Brötzmann/ Schlippenbach / Bennink is a live celebration of Peter Brötzmann’s 1968 album, Machine Gun. The free jazz saxophonist assembled a trio of  Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Han Bennink (who played on the original album) on drums to play the album live. It went so well they decided to release it, and here it is.

PYUR
Oratorio For The Underworld

The worlds of sound design and classical composition come together on Oratorio For The Underworld, the new album by PYUR AKA Sophie Schnell. It is her first recording for Subtext. On the album she transports the listener to a mystical and ethereal space. Cellist Teresa Alvarez and violinist Juan Zalba Fuentes help with the textures within.

Richard Dawson
Nothing Important

'Nothing Important' is the new record from Newcastle's great warped folkie, Richard Dawson. You never know what you're going to get with this maverick -- huge, boisterous vocal chanting or ornate guitar compositions -- but this record sees him stretch out into the long-form, offering a rare few tracks that document vignettes about life in sixteen minute bursts. 'Nothing Important' includes a song about the first time Dawson got pissed. Wicked. It's kinda like the super avant-garde version of 'Benji'.

Tobias Hellkvist
Evolutions


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Chris Weisman & Greg Davis
Northern Songs


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Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the source material in an interesting new direction. Edition of 500 CDs on the Home Normal label.
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The Necks
Mindset

Releasing sixteen albums is an achievement in itself. What’s impressive about Mindset, the latest soiree into improvised musical from those wonderful Australians The Necks, is that it shows that the band are still looking to expand their sound more than 25 years after they kicked things off. The two lengthy piano-bass-drum swells that each make up a side of Mindset draw from Sun Ra, Chick Corea, Alice Coltrane and so much more without ever sounding much like any of them.

Bana Haffar
Genera - Live at AB Salon, Brussels

Really impressive Touch Records debut from Bana Haffar here. Genera, a single-track recording of Haffar’s synth-tastic 2019 performance at Brussels’ AB Salon, is a delightful skip through various electronic phases. Steve Reich’s motorik minimalism, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s synapse-expanding new age and the fourth-world soundscapes of Tropic Of Cancer are but three of the sounds scuttling in the background of Genera.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Roy Montgomery, Emma Johnston
After Nietzsche

New Zealand-based artists Roy Montgomery and Emma Johnston get together once more for another collaborative album. Unlike last year’s Suffuse, however, the veteran Montgomery is writing specifically for his partner’s voice rather than for a series of guest vocalists, and the result is quite a different sounding beast. 
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Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Balazs Pandi
Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Japanese noise-music icon Merzbow reunites with his countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian composer Balazs Pandi for their second three-way collaboration, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. Consisting of four side-long compositions spread over two transparent orange vinyls, any fan of post-rock will immediately find something to connect with here! 
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Leo Svirsky
River Without Banks

Leo Svirsky is a contemporary classical composer of rare deftness. His pieces spool out like running water, and as such it’s apt that his new LP should be entitled River Without Banks. Arranged for two pianos and various accompanying instruments, Svirsky’s music is tranquil, stirring and extremely lovely. Gas, Peter Zummo and Michael Nyman all come to mind when listening to River Without Banks.

Psychic TV
Trip Reset

Dating from 1996, Trip Reset was a Psychic TV album featuring The Angels of Light (not to be confused with the Michael Gira band of the same name nor the pudding of the similar name). It's one of their most psychedelic offerings featuring a Pink Floyd cover and tribute songs to both Syd Barrett and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. This tasty looking re-issue features new liner notes from Genesis P.Orridge and comes on purple and silver vinyl. 
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Dome
Dome 3

After Wire temporarily called it quits in 1980 Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert decided that, actually, they still quite enjoyed making music together. However, the stuff they then started doing in Dome was pretty far removed from the serrated, angular punk they’d dealt out in their previous band. While still part of the post-punk continuum, records like Dome's third LP Dome 3 (1981) have more in common with the dubwise experimentation of Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - another album that came out in 1981. This new Editions Mego pressing of Dome 3 gives the record new artwork an a remastering job from Rashad Becker.

Luc Ferrari
Music Promenade / Unheimlich Schön

Recollection GRM - a sub-label of Editions Mego, dontcha know - present a couple of important early recordings from late musique concrete pioneer Luc Ferrari. Side A offers up the 1970 premier of ‘Music Promenade’, a piece for four tape recorders that has plenty of crossover with what Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich were doing at the time. On the other side we get 1971’s investigation of the voice ‘Unheimlich Schön’.
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Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess
Call and Response 1

Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess have delivered one ambient piece for their new project 'Call and Response 1'. Expect a nuanced ambient album, exploring microtonality, field recordings, and feminist activism. Although ostensibly miscellaneous topics, the pair will presumably produce a seamless integration. 
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Trupa Trupa
Of The Sun

Trupa Trupa beams are gonna blind me. Well, if the beams in question are coming Of The Sun I suppose you’d expect nothing less. This Polish quartet serve up big, reverb-drenched post-punk on their latest LP. The cavernous sound of tracks like ‘Remainder’ is somewhere on the sliding scale between mid-period Deerhunter and Protomartyr at their most bullish. Somewhere in the crowd there's you.

Kali Malone
The Sacrificial Code

An exciting new work of minimalist wonder from Kali Malone, with additional contributions from Ellen Arkbro. The Sacrificial Code stretches across nearly two hours, and it's all about the organs. These majestic instruments are played with an austere drone purity, and are recorded in such a way as to give them a very particular texture. Out on iDEAL Recordings.

Various
Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969

Compilations with dates in their title are always the best compilations. Fact. Compilations with dense, dry scientific language in the title, even more so. This is why 'Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969' is a delicious prospect. Full of early electronic music experiments done in a studio complex at the Institute of Sonology in Utrech, this double LP sounds like a thrilling trip back in time to when the idea of music made by machines promised a truly brave new world. 

Various
Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

Now this looks good. Like a mighty dub fellowship, seven of the most prominent female Japanese electronic and experimental musicians have been called on to each produce an original song for a new compilation called Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun. Tracks vary from dub to deep house and more.
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Mark Fisher & Justin Barton
On Vanishing Land

First release from Hyperdub sublabel Flatlines which aims to celebrate the spoken word. On Vanishing Land is a collaboration between Mark Barton and the legendary philosopher and cultural critic Mark Fisher. Together, with the help of music from Gazelle Twin, Ekoplekz and more, they go on a auditory walk along the Suffolk coastline. 
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Patty Waters
Live

Known best for her incendiary deconstruction of ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair’, avant-garde singer and composer Patty Waters is one of the most overlooked icons of her age - perhaps because of the 30-year career hiatus she took between the Sixties and the Nineties. In 2018, she performed a one-off concert in New York titled ‘Blank Forms’, and this release, Patty Waters Live, documents that show. The first side is populated with stark ballads, while the second is full of political yet dignified and moving covers harking back to Waters’ Sixties origins. 

William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.
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Meitei / 冥丁
Komachi

Hiroshima resident Meitei = 冥丁 follows last year’s cassette on Evening Chants with something perfectly in step, but exchanging eeriness for more meditative nostalgia. A lo-fi intertwining of contemporary and ancient Japanese society by way of sample play, melodic structure and folkloric reflection.
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Moon Ra
GCT

Moon Ra, aka Marie e le Rose, presents a heartfelt suite of sound art exploring physical pain. GCT has at its core the tantalising wonder of the grand Buchla at the EMS in Stockholm: the timbres and textures of this super-synth are supported and surrounded by cassettes, instruments, tape-reels, effects and more. Released by the ever-reliable Tapeworm.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Cindytalk
A Life Is Everywhere

What a bizarre and unusual career it has been for Cindytalk (aka Gordon Sharp). 30 years into it the collective are still producing uncompromising works that defy categorisation. This 2013 album is par for the course in the Cindytalk journey in being full of noise, drone and textured electronica yet still sounds as though it comes from the distant future. 

Carl Stone
Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties

Minimalist electronic collages made by Carl Stone betweens the 70s and 80s. Before he decided to manipulate everything through a laptop Stone used turntables and captured micro loops of disparate electronic sound sources, pushing them together into these huge, yet minimal tonal experiments. With notes from Carl Stone, and exclusive digital only track.
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Nodding God
Play Wooden Child

Nodding God is a musical project seemingly designed with those who love fantasy mythology in mind. Formed in reality musicians Andrew Liles and David Tibet, along with a shadowy mystery figure known as ‘Underage Shaitan Boy’, the band claim to be 666 years old and sing in an ancient, guttural Mesopotamian tongue on first album Play Wooden Child. Very, very strange, but very, very compelling... 
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