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Stephan Mathieu
Strings

A 30 minute recording from Stephan Mathieu and David Maranha recorded in Porto, July 2011. A blend of violin, shruti-box and virginals - and an exploration of a drone in A. A creative dialogue from these two musicians known for their love of minimalism. One sided vinyl and a limited edition of just 300.
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Les Conversions
Snowwhite


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Sandro Perri
Spaced Out


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Worn
Feminist


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Deathbird Stories
Wintermute

One man recording project Deathbird Stories is built on a bed of heavily processed guitar and piano and manipulated tape loops. All forced through a huge string of pedals and effects to create these incredible undulating drones that pack the power, warmth and personality of Fennesz’s Black Sea. Only 50 CD-Rs made! Go!….

Usurper
What Time Is It? 1000 Bux.


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The Gate
Stench

The Gate's fourth record, the not at all repulsively-titled 'Stench', was recorded out in New York and birthed a few good twists and turns in the time between its inception and release. The power metal band went overboard with this one, bringing in touches of psych and funk, as well as their usual love of jazz. Weird world, my friends.
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Goldring / Thomson
For All #1: Nines

This one-sided 12" collaboration brings together two guitarists from noisy post-rock band Enablers for some eerie but ultimately good-time noodling and bell-chiming. Joe Goldring has previously played with ubiquitous noise fiends Swans, so is no stranger to fifteen-minute-plus pieces, and Kevin Thomson earned his chops fronting post-hardcore outfit Nice Strong Arm. Together, the duo have composed two purely instrumental tracks for Lancashire and Somerset, full of clean electric guitar majesty and a variety of manipulations, including your standard feedback fun. 
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The Gamecock
All Right, Hen?

Formed in 2010, Gamecock are a two piece comprised of Stuart Arnot (Smear Campaign/Total Vermin Tapes) and Nick Mitchell (Chalaque/Golden Lab Records). ‘All Right, Hen?’ is a reissue put out by Golden Lab because neither of them had a copy of either the original cassette release on Gary War’s Fixed Identity or the subsequent Beartown reissue. Their music is a spontaneous, electronic, broken funk in the same gene pool as Skaters or Cabaret Voltaire.
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Jean-Louis Costes
Le fantôme d'Archie Shepp

Here we have a live album from Jean-Louis Costes, recorded at the famed Instants Chavirés venue. I’m not entirely sure what subjects are inspiring Costes on Le fantome d’Archie Shepp, as I don’t speak French, but from the demented style of his vocals, he may well be possessed by the ghost of Shepp. An LP of fully committed odd-songs on the Disques Charivari label.
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Howard / Wiggan / Mapp
From Dust We Came... To Dust We Return

Noah Howard, the free jazz saxophone explorer who made the vintage Black Ark album with Arthur Doyle, died in 2010. This interesting new release was put together using previously-unheard solo sax recordings Howard made at home, augmented with electronics and bass from Wiggin and Mapp to make a brand new record. From Dust We Came… To Dust We Return is co-released by Dirter and Static Caravan.

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.

Eden Grey
Apocalypse

Hailing from Miami, Eden Grey, looks towards Europe for her musical inspirations. German and British electronic music. BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Throbbing Gristle and early Human League have all played their part in inspiring her latest work, Apocalypse. It an unsettling 56 minute piece recorded during a residency at Elektronmusik Studion, Sweden in 2016. No doubt if it was recorded now, three years later, it would be even more harrowing.

Island People
Island People

Island People is a new group of musicians based in Glasgow and in Berlin, including David Donaldson, Graeme Reedie and Conor Dalton. With sound backgrounds in production and mastering as well as music-making, the Island People sound, built from field recordings and the like but heavily processed, is fine-tuned to the point of perfection. Out on Raster Music.
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Maja S. K. Ratkje
Crepuscular Hour

Super-skilled Norwegian polymath Maja S. K. Ratkje has worked across genres, in her group SPUNK and in collaborations with the likes of Ikue Mori and Stephen O’Malley. For Crepuscular Hour, she assembled three full choirs and three pairings of noise musicians in a space with a church organ. Imagine how remarkable that must sound! Well imagine no more, it’s here. Vinyl and CD versions are both packed with a DVD of a live performance.
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Dead Neanderthals
Craters

Dead Neanderthals are everyone’s favourite free-jazz-gone-grindcore outfit, generally tending towards relentless sax / drums thunderstorms. Craters is still an intense ride, but it adds in a third member / instrument in the form of Maxime Petit’s bass guitar. They let the atmospheres simmer and grow on this one, without losing their essential Neanderthal bite. LP / CD release on Consouling Sounds.

The Necks
Aether

Alright, wind yer Necks in. No need to get shirty with us, especially when we’ve got this gem of a reissue for you. The Necks’ LP Aether has been pretty hard to locate in the years since it first came out back in 2001, but this new RER Megacorp edition gives new life to the album. Ostensibly a sort of free-/post-jazz trio, this record finds The Necks casting off in the general direction of ambient and drone. That said though, it’s not actually ambient or drone. It’s … hard to describe, but it’s very gorgeous.
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Ectopia
life/section

With spoken word, cello, and a variety of electronics, the trio that is Ectopia have new combinations to present to you. life/section sounds very much like Ectopia and not much like anything else: the synths and drum machines fall frequently into grooves, but any smoothness is disrupted by the strange vocal actions. Compelling and unusual stuff, out on Wysing Polyphonic.

Aidan Baker & Karen Willems
Nonland

Nadja drone-guitar lord Aidan Baker spent a day in the studio with drummer and Inwolves leader Karen Willems last year, improvising and following one another into interesting musical corners. Nonland is a subtly developing beast, audiby the product of two serious talents opening up with each other. Edition of 300 LPs in Gizeh.

Mika Vainio
Kilo

In 2013 the late Finnish mainstay Mika Vainio cropped up on Blast First Petite (Pan Sonic, Blood Sport) with the sort of casual masterpiece he made look routine. Kilo was as dense, dank and downright dark as anything Vainio had previously conjured up in his long and distinguished career. The blend of black-hearted electronics and hissing ambiences here are pretty close to Prurient.

Arek Gulbenkoglu
Three Days Afterwards

Penultimate Press always deliver intriguing and beguiling goods, and this one, the fourth solo record by Arek Gulbenkoglu, is no exception. Three Days Afterwards draws on a variety of sounds, recordings, actions and words, constructing fascinating juxtapositions and a sense of ‘something’ going on. Edition of 300 LPs on Penultimate Press.
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Jessica Moss
Pools Of Light

Jessica Moss is a key member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, contributing remarkable string parts to the whole. With Pools Of Light she steps out as a solo artist. The album, her first full-length solo statement, was recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart, and it positively shimmers with Moss’s rich violin drones and careful composition. Out on Constellation.

Visions Congo
Mulago Sound Studio

Visions Congo is Goncalo F Cardoso, the operator of the Discrepant label and a serial pseudonym-user. This one is named for its origins in field recordings of a long trip to central Africa in 2015. Mulago Sound Studio densely layers rich recordings into an even richer stew, often then undermining itself with some surprise insertions. LP release on Discrepant.

Colin Stetson
All This I Do For Glory

Windblower and earch-scorcher Colin Stetson returns for a new record of original solo material, his first since the finale in the New History Warfare trilogy. The core of his sound, developed through bass and alto saxophones, is pushed through with his signature circular breathing and cracked vocals, with additional percussion coming by way of mics capturing his frenzied fingering movements. After a stunning Norman Records Album of The Year™ with violinist Sarah Neufeld and an ensemble black metal reinterpretation of Gorecki's Sorrow, this could be seen as a roots record. It's a no frills edition of Stetson, capturing his sparse, largely one-take approach at its most intense, and arguably its most rhythmic. Influenced by Aphex and Autechre -- which isn't that big of a jump, when you think about it -- we happen to think it's quite brilliant.
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Map 71
Gloriosa

Map 71 are the Brighton powerhouse duo of ever-busy drummer Andy Pyne (who has recently played with Boredoms and Man Forever) and performance poet Lisa Jayne, who also provides the artwork. Gloriosa is a pummelling set of tracks that stimulates every part of you with the killer combo of fierce words, sharp electronics and intense rhythms. Edition of 60 cassettes on Fourth Dimension.
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Seabuckthorn
Turns

From his whirlwind of psychedelia, Seabuckthorn (aka Andy Cartwright) builds upon his 2016 full-length with 10 track album - Turns. Typically misty and embodied with confusion, this is an experimental twist of modern classical. Cold and metallic landscape are forged within this extremely cinematic cut.
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Jan Garbarek
Places

Reissue of Nowegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s Places. Originally released in 1978. High regarded as one of his best, Places is stark and isolated with Garbarek’s sax floating in a distant drone of organ chords, and percussion you barely notice coming into the forefront. Features Bill Connors (guitar), John Taylor (organ, piano), and Jack DeJohnette (drums).
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Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of its namesake, Dissonance hold grand pieces reflect great joy and sadness, melding neo classical and electronics to cinematic effect.

hemisfär
hemisfar

Hemisfär is one of many small or single use aliases of South African jazz and electronic producer Alex van Heerden, who also performed in groups Pinkfield$ and RockArt. Recorded 14 years ago, 6 years before his death, van Heerden travelled to Sweden to record and got swept up in minimalism. These six songs mix South African warmth and tunings with that stark minimalism, creating some truly soul stirring music.
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Adrian Corker
The Have-Nots OST

Violin, cello, double bass and viola de gamba (Google it) are the main tools here, and their processed loops, lock-grooves and leitmotifs create ambiences by turn plaintive and wrought. There is something of Kid A, Skeleton Tree and Mica Levi’s Under the Skin OST to Corker’s latest work. Includes Portico’s Jack Wyllie giving some early Corker a once-over as well. Vinyl.

Andre Stordeur
Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980-2000

Previously unreleased sound-works from Belgian synth composer Andre Stordeur. Arguably Stordeur, who was using exclusively Serge synthesisers for the period covered by this compilation, hasn’t received his fair dues as a sonic innovator, but Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980 - 2000 aims to adjust that by putting this wild stuff into circulation. LP release on Sub Rosa.

Daniela Casa
Arte Moderna

Daniela Casa’s Arte Moderna is a particularly fascinating and unusual set of sounds, even by the high standards set by 1970s Italian library music in general. A number of these pieces are proper cutting-edge electroacoustics, with an astonishing attention to detail and a craftsperson’s approach to sound: fantastic stuff! Never commercially released before, this golden material is now available, via Cacophonic.

Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet
Nox Tenebrae - Part I & II

Nox Tenebrae is a piece in two parts for the uncommon combination of heavy drone-metal electric guitars and string quartet. Nicolai Abrahamsen and Jakob Thorkild obviously know their way around the Sunn O))) catalogue, but the inventive use of the Messer Quartet makes this a work that stands on its own. LP release on Kontentum.

Pierre Henry
Maléfices

Pierre Henry’s influential score for the 1962 film Malefices - which starred Juliette Greco, no less - makes its way back to wax courtesy of Cacophonic. Henry was one of the first of the musique concrete crew to see the exciting ways in which the medium could cross-breed with other genres. His music here, part-Hammer Horror ghoulishness and part eerie avant experiments, is a good example of Henry seeing that potential realised.

Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

Kindly ambient label Serein assembles their various drone grazers, scrapers and sleepers into one fabulous compilation. Not only does 'Orbital Planes & Passenger Planes' have a rhyming title, it serves as a meditative travel piece, music for active out-of-window observations and pillow-leaning existentialism. Includes cuts from drone songwriter Benoit Pioulard and contact noise artist Strie -- plus cuts from Hidden Rivers, Otto A Totland and The Inventors of Aircraft. And more! So much more.

Phil X Milstein & Thurston Moore
Songs We Taught the Lord Volume One

Here’s the tapes of a 1996 live performance by Phil X Milstein (on tape loops and musical saw) and Thurston Moore (on guitar and feedbacks, obviously), supporting none other than John Fahey. Songs We Taught The Lord Volume One has never been released before, but now gets a tasty vinyl pressing limited to 400 copies, thanks to Feeding Tube Records.
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Phil X Milstein & Thurston Moore
Songs We Taught the Lord Volume Two

Here’s the tapes of a 1996 live performance by Phil X Milstein (on tape loops and musical saw) and Thurston Moore (on guitar and feedbacks, obviously), supporting none other than John Fahey. Songs We Taught The Lord Volume Two was initially released in 1997 by Chris Corsano, but it’s been in the void since then, plus this vinyl release has remastered audio. On Feeding Tube Records.
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The Durian Brothers / Ensemble Skalectrik
Split Series #22


Terry Riley
In C

No matter how many times we hear it, we always come back to Terry Riley’s In C, the perfect meeting point between mind-pulsing minimalism, loose welcoming accessibility, and higher-plane spiritual ascension. It’s just a fabulous piece, with something new to give every time it is performed or heard. So stick it on your turntable yeah?

Vanishing
Vanishing

Another gnarly project emerges from the fizzingly creative depths of Islington Mill in Manchester. Vanishing is Gareth Smith’s vehicle for delivering his powerful prose writing: he speaks over rich and shifting beds of semi-abstract sound. Members of LoneLady and Gnod made additional contributions, though this remains an extremely personal listen. On Tombed Visions.

Tullia Benedicta
Anteros

Tullia Benedicta is an Italian musician with something of a shoegaze past. On debut solo album Anteros however, she works with slinking electronics and cold-eyed vocals, exploring kinky sexual themes through the use of obliquely sampled pornography and cloaked lyricism. CD release on Second Language.

Racker&Orphan
Sounds of Insects

10” vinyl on Hood Faire. If an insect could talk, what would it say? N.Racker (Pre-Cert Home Entertainment) and David Orphan (Folklore Tapes) endeavour to put this down on wax. Sounding like experiments by Faust, Pierre Henry with a bizarre mystery sci-fi film feel to the whole thing as you follow them into the insect world. Limited to 250 copies.
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Kelly Moran
Bloodroot

Kelly Moran composes and performs pieces for prepared piano, sometimes also using electronics to open up new possibilities within the melodic / percussive / textural depths of the instrument. With influence taken from both Steve Reich and Burzum, Bloodroot is an inventive and innovative listen. CD / LP release on the Telegraph Harp label.
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People Like Us
Abridged Too Far

People Like Us, the long-running cut-and-splice plunderphonic project of Vicki Bennett, celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2017, and the Discrepant label are doing a few vinyl releases to celebrate. Abridged Too Far contains various radio sessions, including one for John Peel! Previously only available digitally.
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Yannick Dauby
咾咕厝 (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2

For this release, Yannick Dauby used field recordings, extracts from interviews and assorted objects to capture some sense of the Taiwanese Penghu Archipelago. (Coral House) Penghu Experimental Sound Studio Vol. 2 takes these elements and juxtaposes, processes and tweaks them into a very particular piece of audio. The album is released by Discrepant.
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Robert Millis
The Lonesome High

Robert Millis, who you’ll know from Climax Golden Twins and his work with Sublime Frequencies, releases his first solo album The Lonesome High, which finds him (perhaps surprisingly) in singer-songwriter mode. Although make no mistake, these songs have certain weirdnesses to them. Oh, and Alan Bishop turns up on backing vocals too. Vinyl release on Abduction.

Andrew Liles
Diario de un Monstruo

Andrew Liles, who always keeps himself busy even when not participating in Current 93 and / or Nurse With Wound, releases a homage to one of his favourite albums: Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne. The Liles version, Diario de un Monstruo, is a very different beast, featuring plenty of weird and wonderful textures and tricks from a master of the craft. Edition of 500 LPs on Dirter.
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Tomutonttu
Kevätjuhla

Tomutonttu (aka Finnish artist Jan Anderzén) presents a vinyl distillation of the sound aspect of his Kevätjuhla installation work. The tone is garishly colourful and bizarrely fragmented all at the same time, with poppy fragments swimming around in a sea of bright electronics, all directed by some invisible alien logic. The LP is released by Helm’s label Alter.

Richard Youngs
The Naive Shaman

He doth not stop. The second LP Richard Youngs has dropped in 2005 and the umpteenth of his extremely prolific career arrives via Jagjaguwar. The Naive Shaman is another singular record from Youngs, one that hovers at in the space between folk and the free-compositional avant-garde. Think early Animal Collective but more song-centric.
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Steve Jansen
The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen, the drummer of Japan, has been steadily working on a solo career over the last decade. His last solo album, Tender Extinction, featured various guest singers, but now those other voices are stripped away for The Extinct Suite, on which Jansen pulls apart the orchestral parts of that album to weave a whole new expanse of melodic ambience. Out on SJ Productions.

Daniel Bennett
Roil

Roil is the latest four-piece release from Daniel Bennett. Described as ‘four pieces of brutally-minded electronic synthesis’ that give way to a blurred new path between materiality and abstraction. A mix of feedback noise created by using analogue equipment and experimental field-art. Available on CD.
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Hound Dog Taylor's Hand
Hound Dog Taylor's Hand

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is a Seattle trio who play bluesy free-rock with a guitar / bass / drums line-up. Led by Jeffrey Taylor of Climax Golden Twins, these guys play loose and sweet, drawing influence from classic American music and further-out stuff alike. Excellent jams, pressed to vinyl in an edition of 500 by the Abduction label.
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Diamanda Galas
All The Way

Diamanda Galas returns to the album format for the first time in nine whole years! All The Way includes new approaches to various traditional tunes like ‘O Death’ and ‘Round Midnight’, interpreted in Diamanda’s highly individual voice and piano style. With both live and studio recordings included, All The Way gives a real insight into where Diamanda is at. CD and LP editions, released on the Intravenal Sound Operations label.
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JFDR
Brazil

JFDR is a young and inventive Icelandic musician with a fair bit of experience in acts like Pascal Pinon and Gangly. For her solo debut she worked with Shazad Ismaily (and, on one track, Greg Fox) to create a record of eclectically textured songwriting that veers from minimal passages to elaborately fractured percussion.. Brazil is released by the White Sun label.

Yair Yona
Sword

Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD.

Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers
Live at Marie-Antoinette

To this day, Damo Suzuki continues to tour the world, playing improvised sets with one-off ensembles of local musicians as he goes. On this Berlin date in 2011, his Sound Carriers include Ilpo Väisänen of Pan Sonic and Dirk Dresselhaus of Schneider™, among other remarkable types. Live At Marie-Antoinette is a double LP, released by Play Loud!

Kymatik : Midwitch Cuckoos
Anthropological Constants

Paradigm Discs, that ever-reliable archivist of the deep underground, presents the strange soundscapes of Kymatik and Midwitch Cuckoos. Anthropological Constants was first released as a limited CDr, but now it has been remastered for vinyl (by Giuseppe Ielasi), to let the listener really reach inside these radically-processed field recording compositions. Edition of 500 LPs on Paradigm Discs.
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Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer

A document of a live performance by Mike Cooper that was given in Rome back in 2003. The music was improvised, although Cooper finds himself wandering into two sung songs along the way (by Van Dyke Parks and Fred Neil respectively), one of them for the first time. Fantastic listenings to be had for fans of the lap steel / lap steel guitar. Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer is released by Discrepant.
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Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen
Axis

A tasty trio here, formed by Mostly Other People Do The Killing saxophonist Jon Irabagon alongside a pair of noisy Norwegians, Nils Are Drønen and John Hegre (the latter a founding member of Jazzkammer with Lasse Marhaug). Wow! Axis finds these guys sparking off each other for some deep-down instant composition. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Kink Gong
Imer Zeillos

The new Kink Gong material performs an interesting act of combination not often seen in the world of field recording. Rather than claiming to present a document of a single time and place, Imer Zeillos takes recordings of Turkish traditional instruments and puts them together with various recordings from South East Asia, creating remarkable collages. Entrancing stuff. LP release on Discrepant.

Onus
Ratsickles

Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for nebulous melodies and scuffed harmonies to take hold. Lyrically, the album opens up snapshots of rewilded outskirts, ritual humiliation, generational rifts and dispossessions; mining deep veins of residual cultural memory vivid enough to feel like premonitions. Lighter relief is to be had with more abstract grapplings with mapping the unknowable and framing a response to divine silence. Limited to a measly 50 cassettes with lino-print sleeves, each including a download code.

Gonzo
Radio Kampala / Skull Cave

Gonzo produces an interesting pair of audio slices recorded in Kampala, East Africa. Insect-buzz field recordings and religiously-themed spoken-word are set adrift in a clean sea of electronics: a low-key beat, some shimmering synths, and some digital scree that all adds up to a unique release. Radio Kampala / Skull Cave is a white label 7” released by Discrepant.
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Alan Courtis
Los Galpones

Super-productive Argentinian noise-man (and Reynols founder) Alan Courtis (also sometimes known as Anla Courtis) has a new slab of solo material for you to chew over. Los Galpones (or, ‘The Sheds’) is a droning blur of metals, guitar, violin and other objects, a thickly-textured soundscape to lose ones thoughts in. Edition of 300 vinyl LPs on Fabrica.
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Emptyset
Medium

Subtext (Roly Porter, Vex’d) re-press Emptyset’s 2012 mini-LP (which means it’s an EP, then) Medium. The bass-bothering duo recorded these tracks on location in a ruined Gothic mansion near Gloucester, and the reverberant surroundings add extra depth to these moody cross-breeds of dubstep and electro-acoustic composition.

Tredici Bacci
Amore Per Tutti

Tredici Bacci is the ensemble of Simon Hanes, indulging his deep love for the old soundtrack sounds of the great 70’s Italian studios. Amore Per Tutti is a set of cool high-drama big band music to accompany imaginary films. Released by NNA Tapes, though on vinyl rather than the label’s usual cassettes.

CEEYS
Concrete Fields

CEEYS are a duo with the kind of close musical connection that only brothers can have (they are in fact brothers). Cello and piano are at the heart of their communications, but electronics and field recordings also have a prominent part to play. Whatever the means, Concrete Fields aims for a state of suspended animation melancholy and achieves it perfectly. Out on 1631 Recordings.
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Dimosioypalliliko Retire
On the Administration of Panic (The magazine issue 1)

This LP is an ‘audio magazine’ from 2002, showcasing the work of Dimosioypalliliko Retire. This was a Greek group preoccupied with experimental rock deconstruction, and On the administration of panic is an excerpt from a live performance. Cross-released by the Rekem, Orila and Agios Anthropos labels in an edition of 300 LPs.
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Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell
Beyond The Black Crack

Beyond The Black Crack is a strange old record from the mid-70’s: impressively, it is strange enough to match up to the given artist’s name Anal Magic and Rev. Dwight Frizzell. Cracked-up electronics and fizzling free jazz are involved in the mixture, which was heavily treated and manipulated after the fact, resulting in the succulent mess you see before you. A weirdo classic, remastered and reissued by Paradigm discs
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Mere
Mere II

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere II is the second part of a live recording, which has in turn been divided into three distinct sessions and carefully mastered to bring out every last detail in crisp clarity. CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative. Edition of 500.

Mere
Mere III

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere III is the third part of a lively and questing live recording, carefully mastered to bring out each detail in crisp clarity. The trilogy is now complete! CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative in an edition of 500.

Gareth JS Thomas
Wandsworth Sports

Aphelion Editions is shaping up to be an interesting label... Here they follow up their inaugural release by Tlön with a limited edition CDr/cassette tape by Gareth JS Thomas (USA NAILS, SILENT FRONT, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI). Over the course of the album our lug holes are treated to dreamy ambient textures and eerie dronescapes, some sound collage/sampling/cut-up action and a wee dose of cranky techno to boot. All super atmospheric stuff ,that occasionally gets pretty weird - with an absurd and wicked sense of humour.
  • Tape (APHELION002-K7)
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DinahBird
A Box of 78s

A Box Of 78s in box on 12 inch vinyl. Over 50 sound documents, field recordings and vibrated memories. All captured to maybe document the lives and times of people in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. This leather box was owned by DinahBird’s grandmother. Lovingly cared for and shared within her family. It is now here on a limited 300 edition run. Share inside time.  
  • Vinyl LP (Gruen 148/14)
  • £19.49 £11.69 (saving: £7.80)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Daniel Menche & William Fowler Collins
Split LP


  • Vinyl LP (SIGE028)
  • £24.99 £14.99 (saving: £10.00)
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Mesa Ritual
Mesa Ritual


  • Vinyl LP (SIGE026)
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Horse Lords
Interventions

Horse Lords are a bold Baltimore band who do that thing of pulling a whole sackful of genres and styles together and somehow making the results sound great! Third album Interventions has sharp saxophone blasts and La Monte Young-inspired just intonation guitars laid down over hot, groovy West African rhythms, plus occasional musique concréte derivations. Impressive stuff that swallows the mind.

Ben Frost
The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks’ novel The Wasp Factory is a fairly brutal work to begin with, so just imagine what an operatic adaptation directed by famously intense sound artist Ben Frost might be like? This record contains Frost’s original soundtrack, where vocalists and a string ensemble are added to his usual palette of electronics. The Wasp Factory is released by Bedroom Community.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Lost Trail Orchestra
The Lost Trail Orchestra

Recorded over the course of the weekend, The Lost Trail Orchestra is an uncut collection of spontaneous improvisations, a glimpse at what happens when guitars, violins and minds are tuned in to each other. The Lost Trail Orchestra’s self-titled album is pressed only 50 times, and released in solid handcrafted packaging. They'll be lost forever if you don't watch out.
  • CD (SHM CD029)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 CDs, packed in handcrafted paper wallets. Don't let 'em slip away!
  • CD (SHM CD030)
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  • Limited edition

Carers
...it's eternity, Ester


  • Vinyl 12" (Carers1)
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  • Limited edition
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Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction

Steve Jansen was of course the drummer in Japan but since then he has recorded with such luminaries as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Bernd Friedmann. This is his second solo album and blends songs and instrumental passages and features his delicate orchestral synth compositions and his characteristic drum patterns. 

Keiji Haino / Jozef Dumoulin / Teun Verbruggen
The Miracles Of Only One Thing

Keiji Haino just can’t stop pouring music out of himself: on this occasion the sonic flow erupted in the presence of Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen, two Belgian musicians on a tour of Japan. The Miracles Of Only One Thing is a strong meeting of minds, with the trio working themselves into some deep and tasty territory. CD / vinyl release on Sub Rosa.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kema
Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltà

The world of Italian library music and film composition is already fairly obscure territory, but Giuilia De Muittis is even less well known than the area’s ‘big names’, no doubt due to the inbuilt sexism of 70’s Italy. She played on many releases, but Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltá is the first ever album of her own work as an artist, under the moniker of Kema. 10” on Cacophonic.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Soundtracks

Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus
Lumpy Gravy

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Lumpy Gravy is Zappa’s debut solo album from 1967, released under the name Francis Vincent Zappa and utilising the talents of The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus (some session musicians). Big time musique concréte and contemporary composition, as translated via Zappa’s playful mind.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
We're Only In It For The Money

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. We’re Only In It For The Money is his third album with The Mothers Of Invention, and it’s got a wild blend of psych-rockin’, weirdo voice / tape experimentation, skitty bits, doo-wop and much more. Sounds pretty out there, even for 1968. 180g vinyl reissue.

Richard H. Kirk
#7489 (collected works 1974 - 1989)

Sheffield has housed many electronic music pioneers, of which Richard H. Kirk was one of the greatest. Alongside his work with Cabaret Voltaire he was producing his own solo works long before, during and after. This collection precedes the group, with a massive 8 CDs of solo dance experiments. Includes his first four albums remastered, and an album of completely unreleased tracks.

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Sunset Mission

Vintage dark-ambient-noir-jazz-doom from the German masters of the field, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Sunset Mission is their 2000 album, the first in which saxophone appears. No lively jaunts here though: smooth black darkness is the way of Bohren. This moody work is reissued on CD and on gatefold-housed double vinyl by Play It Again Sam.

Francisco Lopez
Anima Ardens

Francisco Lopez, usually spotted these days releasing long-form field recording epics, has been enlisted to provide the soundtrack to a dance piece for naked men by the Compagnie Thor ensemble. Lopez has turned to ritualistic recordings and jungle ambiences, mixed up into a very vivid whole. Anima Ardens is released by Sub Rosa.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Super Heavy Metal
Music For Cymbals

Super Heavy Metal is a solo project from drummer Kim Åge Furuhaug, taking his project name literally. This isn’t metal music, but music made entirely from metal: Music For Cymbals indeed. Furuhaug uses unusual preparations and techniques, as well as sampling and looping, to create dense and intriguing pieces. Edition of 300 LPs on Hubro.

Diseno Corbusier
Stadia

Avant-garde does not do this record justice - this is extreme experimentalism, in a way that others wouldn't dare attempt. Stadia, the third full-length offering by Spanish-based electronic duo Diseno Corbusier, is a haywire concoction including spasming drums, female yelps and electronic bursts. It pushes the boundaries, in every feasible way.

Einstürzende Neubauten
Greatest Hits

Blixa Bargeld, Nu Unruh and Alexander Hacke formed industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten in 1980 in, what was then, West Berlin. Their search for ear-bleeding sounds and the beauty of musical tension, played with mostly scrapyard foraged self-built instruments, knows no bounds. Greatest Hits goes back as far as 1989 - a new mix of Haus Der Luge with How I Die from 2014’s Lament album being the most recent cut.

Oneida and Rhys Chatham
What's Your Sign?

Some years in the making, here is the collaboration between one of New York’s finest guitar-centric experimental composers Rhys Chatham and the glorious Oneida. With What’s Your Sign?, both parties mesh beautifully together into a swirl of repetitive super-sound: a joy for Oneida and Chatham fans alike. Out on Northern Spy.

RLW
Flurry Of Delusion

Flurry Of Delusion was originally a collection of sounds improvised with Giuseppe Ielasi. But of course, as with anything that comes from the mind of RLW (Ralf Wehowsky), nothing is as it seems. A vibrant mix of improvised industrial and computer-music gives birth to this disparate CD. Encased in a charming full colour digipac on reverse board.

The Legendary Pink Dots
The Maria Sessions

The Maria Sessions is made up of what are essentially jams recorded whilst they were writing and recording The Maria Dimension album in 1991. Locking themselves away in a cabin in the Netherlands with synths, samplers and a variety of instruments to create truly avant garde psychedelia. First time these tracks have been available on their own release.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ashtray Navigations
To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First

Leeds’ very own genuinely-psychedelic noise explorers Ashtray Navigations are releasing their latest statement on the Blackest Ever Black label, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone industrial techno. No, To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First is full-bore AshNav, moving through strange organic piano, searing guitar fury, and much more squishy territory in between.

Dave Harrington Group
Become Alive

Dave Harrington Group is a flexible assemblage of Dave Harrington and whoever he happens to playing with at the time. Improvisation is at the core of his practice, although post-production and overdubbing is used to make new pieces from the instrument-heavy jams. Become Alive is out on the Other People label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field