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MKWAJU ensemble
MKWAJU

Over the past couple of years the We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want label have formed a strong bond with Japanese composer Midori Takada. As well as giving new life to Takada’s Through The Looking Glass and Lunar Cruise LPs the label has also taken a shine to the work of Takada’s Mkwaju Ensemble group. After reissuing the band's 1981 record KI-Motion back in June WRWTFWW have now come through with a new edition of MKWAJU (also 1981). The record sees the group collaborating with a young Joe Hisaishi, an artist you may well know from his work scoring several of the Studio Ghibli films. This music is a busy, rhythmically-driven offshoot of Takada’s vibrant post-minimalist xylophone explorations. Well worth a listen.
  • Vinyl LP (WRWTFWW025)
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  • CD (WRWTFWW025CD)

Chris Watson
Locations, Processed (Blue TB7 Series)

Chris Watson probably has the coolest CV of the original post-punk scene. Starting out as one of the founding members of Cabaret Voltaire, he has since become one of the world's premier recorders of nature, helping create meaningful soundscapes for David Attenborough's documentaries. On Locations, Processed he combines these practices, creating an audio odyssey using The Moog Sound Lab’s System 55 to celebrate the legendary Bob Moog.
  • Vinyl LP (RDM106)
  • CD (RDM106CD)

Grouper
Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

Liz Harris’ 2008 album proved irresistible to many and is generally considered her defining release. A woozy fog of guitar and vocal, it’s simultaneously intoxicatingly beautiful, yet dark and unsettling. It’s been in and out of print over the years and often frustratingly unavailable, so here it is again on CD.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK176LP)
  • CD (KRANK176)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR258LPC1)
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Mike Cooper
White Shadows In The South Seas


  • Vinyl Double LP (SS005)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Cindytalk
A Life Is Everywhere


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO167)
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UUUU
s/t

The near-ungooglable UUUU follow up last year’s s/t (not a self-titled record) with this year’s s/t (not a self-titled record). For their latest trick the Coil/Wire/Tomaga supergroup turn in two side-long pieces of avant-rock. There is a dark psychedelia here that will please fans of fellow Editions Mego acts Emeralds and Heather Leigh.
  • Vinyl 12" (EMEGO239X)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Audrey Chen
Runt Vigor

Tremendous material from experimental music expert Audrey Chen. Her voice is at the core of much of this material, though extended techniques and electronic augmentation may not make that obvious at times. With cello also in the mix, Runt Vigor is a dark and absorbing suite of electroacoustic material that is hard to pin down but easy to be drawn into. Out on Karlrecords.
  • Vinyl LP (KR046)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures: field recordings, paper, drums, as well as various other instruments.
  • Vinyl LP (PP38)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Necks
Body

You know how the Necks do. Wake up. Get the coffee on. Simultaneously improvise instrumental gold. Another day. The wonderful and surprisingly dense Unfold was their last record and it came out on LP; now in typical Necks fashion they're releasing a CD only called Body, relying on the usual and ever-so trusty combination of piano, bass and drums -- though percussionist Tony Buck is said to really go out on a limb with some guitar excursions on this one. 
  • CD (RERNECKS13)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean Cohen-Solal
Captain Tarthopom

On the cover of his first album Flutes Libres, Jean Cohen-Solal boldly declared that ‘nothing can stop a flautist’. While that statement may be up for debate, Cohen-Solal’s 1973 sophomore LP Captain Tarthopom goes about making a compelling case for the humble flute. He coaxes a great range of sounds and styles from his instrument - at times he overdubs harmonies on the Captain Beefheart-ish ‘Ludions’, at others he lets the instrument wander over experimental dronescapes. Mentioned on the legendary Nurse With Wound list!
  • Vinyl LP (FFL045)
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  • Limited edition
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O YAMA O
O YAMA O

O YAMA O is the duo project of queen-of-the-small-things Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto, one of Cafe Oto’s founders. This is their debut album, a collection of intimate pieces for Nakajima’s devices and voice (with occasional additional guest musicians / instruments), resulting in a potent collection. Vinyl release on Mana.
  • Vinyl LP (Mana 7)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live)

Turkish free-jazz/avant-garde visionaries Konstrukt have teamed up with Japanese noise master Keiji Haino (from Fushitsusha) to create the perhaps aptly named (who are we to judge?) A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little /​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire, recorded live last year. And it sure is noisy, free, and avant-gardey. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR052)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Thomas Ankersmit
Homage To Dick Raaijmakers


  • Vinyl LP (SP096LP)
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  • CD (SP096CD)

People Like Us
Recyclopedia Britannica

People Like Us’ 2002 compilation gets a reissue courtesy of Discrepant sub-label Sucata Tapes (Gonzo, Tomas Tello). The excellently-titled Recyclopedia Britannica chronicles PLU mastermind Vicki Bennett’s zany experiments in sound collaging. It’s often wacky, often weird, and always entertaining. Imagine Oval, Pram and Karlheinz Stockhausen all together and having fun. What a thought.
  • Tape (SUC19)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Andreolina
An Island In The Moon

Reissue of 1990s Italo-ambient minimalist charmer An Island in the Moon by Andreolina, portmanteau-tastic moniker of composers Pier Lugi Andreoni and Silvio Linardi. Besides piano and samples from Riccardo Sinigaglia on a couple of tracks, it’s all just a pair of synths and a Roland S50, resulting in light, fluid, melodic and very expressive works.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN55LP)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors

Ceux Du Dehors was the third album by Belgian prog band Univers Zero. The album is heavily influenced by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Outsider (Ceux Du Dehors translates as Those From Outside) was read by each band member immediately before recording the album. The band’s sound has been likened to a darker version of that produced by classical minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Limited edition clear/red vinyl LP on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV403)
  • Limited edition

Siavash Amini
Foras

Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1805)

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.
  • Vinyl LP (WRWTFWW026)
  • CD (WRWTFWW026CD)
  • Last copy

Barry Adamson
Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson’s records are getting the reissue treatment thanks to Mute. Adamson is currently a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and formerly a member of Magazine and The Birthday Party, so major alt-heritage runs through his veins. Moss Side Story offers a taste of his solo craftings, making the soundtrack to film that doesn’t exist.
  • Vinyl LP (STUMM53)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Philip Corner
EXTREEMIZMS, early & late

Very exciting release this one: a bunch of Phillip Corner’s experimental instrumental pieces, from both 1958 and 2015-2016. Nine pieces, performed primarily by Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker but also with notable additions from Rhodri Davies and Corner himself! EXTREEMIZMS, early & late is a remarkable and crucial set of strange and underheard music, out from Unseen Worlds.
  • CD (UW21CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arek Gulbenkoglu
A gift like a hollow vessel

Penultimate Press presents another piece of unpredictable musique concrète from Melbourne’s Arek Gulbenkoglu, this time mastered by Guiseppi Ielasi. A gift like a hollow vessel comes one year after Three Days Afterwards and finds Arek with an unlikely assembly of manipulated elements - voice and body, text-to-speech Esperanto, animal noises and haunting electronics to name a few.
  • Vinyl LP (PP37)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

A New Line (Related)
A Roomful of Lovers

Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit.  A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas. 
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Limited edition

Holger Czukay
Der Osten Ist Rot

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, went on to produce a considerable quantity of weird and wonderful pop. Der Osten ist Rot (‘The East is Red’ as indeed it was in those days) is his fourth solo album, dating from 1984, and it is awash with humour, grooves, and all-round subversive life energy. Reissued by the Grönland label.
  • Vinyl LP (LPGRON197)
  • CD (CDGRON197)

Holger Czukay
Rome Remains Rome

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, also created weird and wonderful pop / krautrock music of his own. On 1987’s Rome Remains Rome, he has assistance not only from Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit, but also from Public Image Limited etc.’s Jah Wobble, plus a well-dropped sample of Pope John Paul II on one track. Fun stuff! Reissued on Grönland.
  • Vinyl LP (LPGRON198)
  • CD (CDGRON198)

Yann Tiersen
Hent

Yann Tiersen with another one of those plink-plonk nice-nice records he's made his money off all these years. Hent is a Yann Tiersen album, which means that it's an album that sounds like it was made by Yann Tiersen. Tinkle the bitten ivories, Mr. Tiersen. Play your pretty song. It will all be in vain. It will all be for naught.
  • Vinyl LP (HSTUMM397)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm
Tag Eins Tag Zwei

Neo-classical extraordinaire Nils Frahm teams up with F.S. Blumm for a fine set of inventive, semi-abstract sound explorations. Tag Eins Tag Zwei is the result of 2 days of improvisation on piano, guitar, harmonium etc. taken away and re-processed for some rather interesting, but also thoroughly relaxing tracks. Out on Sonic Pieces.
  • CD (sonicpieces 023)
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The Slowest Lift
The Slowest Lift

The Slowest Lift is, I am pleased to announce, the sweet team-up of Todmorden’s finest Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra / Piss Superstition man Julian Bradley. Both are excellent at handling linear, semi-abstract and fully messed-up sounds, and this debut album of theirs is a strange and wonderful trip to take. Vinyl release from VHF.
  • Vinyl LP (VHF144)
  • Label(s):
  • VHF
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Alvin Curran
Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico

San Fran imprint Superior Viaduct have got their grubby mitts on American-born minimalist composer and improviser Alvin Curran’s debut solo work Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico (‘Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden’), first released in 1974. Blending field recordings with synths and numerous other instruments and objects, it’s a peaceful, charming and emotive work.
  • Vinyl LP (SV129)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Rimarimba
Below The Horizon

Rare DIY sounds from Robert Cox’s Rimarimba project, excavated and reissued by Freedom To Spend. Below The Horizon is 1983 material, originally circulated through private tape-trading circles. Homemade minimalism, made with an amateur’s passion and all the more intriguing and enjoyable for it. Limited LP reissue.
  • Vinyl LP (FTS5LP)
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Charlemagne Palestine
Interrvallissphereee (Blue TB7 Series)

Part of a two part release that capture Charlemagne Palestine’s first session in the Moog Sound Lab.  Having had a long relationship with the tools the composer has leapt at the chance to create what he has dreamed about for the last 50 years. Creating 6 long form drone works, this 12’s brings a single 50 minute piece split into an opening and finale.
  • Vinyl LP (RDM104)
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Bliss Signal
Bliss Signal

Surge, the first single off Bliss Signal’s self-titled debut, sounds like a collaboration between Deafheaven and Dag Rosenqvist. In reality it's James Kelly (Altar of Plagues) and Mumdance who are working together. The result, as far as we can tell, sounds like a death-metal remix of some very soulful ambient. And it's pretty tasty.
  • CD (PFL204)

Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Muunduja

Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nut joins producer Ruum. Her airy voice and subtle violin create quiet lakes of sound, while Ruum’s electronic soundscapes seem to paint the depths that lie below. Muunduja is a haunting and reflective effort, out on FatCat, one of the finest world-pop/indietronica labels.
  • Vinyl LP (LP1330)
  • CD (CD1330)

Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

Mike Cooper has been making his own special interpretations of ‘Tropical’ music for many years now, and this continues in style with new album Tropical Gothic. As you’d expect, this brings some darkness into the sound, reflecting on colonial influences. The music is wonderful, with guitars and field recordings all adding colour to Cooper’s vivid imagination.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP58)

Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin Bajas
Sailing A Sinking Sea

Olivia Wyatt recently made a documentary film about the Moken people. This is the soundtrack. Rather nicely, this vinyl release contain both the original incidental music by Bitchin’ Bajas and the field recordings and sounds of the sea that Wyatt collected. It also contains a DVD with the Sailing A Sinking Sea film in full! On Drag City.
  • Vinyl LP (DC649)
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
PRINT/TRACK 01 // PRINT/TRACK 02

Thesis Project’s PRINT/TRACK series is an interesting endeavour. It works one of two ways - either musicians create two pieces to which visual artists respond with a 10” work, or vice versa. The end result is a luxury vinyl. The first (Ed Carlsen, Heather Woods Broderick) and second (Benoît Pioulard, Will Samson) instalments are bundled together here. Beautiful artwork aside, the music tends towards contemporary classicism and electronica ala Nils Frahm.
  • Vinyl Double 10"
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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CLPPNG


  • Vinyl Double LP (SP1071)

Karla Borecky
The Still Life

Just like her music takes time to unfold, Karla Borecky likes to spend her time making it. The Still Life is only her second album in seven years and is the follow up to 2011’s Still In Your Pocket. She has, of course, made three albums with experimental duo Idea Fire Company in the intervening years. The depth and heartfelt nature of her playing is as evident here as it is in her previous work. LP on Recital Program, limited to 300 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (R49 LP)
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Realistic Monk (Carl Stone & Miki Yui)
Realm

Fresh from his recent exciting archival release and her very fine Cuspeditions album, Carl Stone and Miki Yui present their collaborative work together under the name Realistic Monk. Their first ‘studio’ recording, Realm is a set of relatively concise pieces, blending an array of micro-edited samples and other electronics into beguiling and lovely structures. Released by Meakusma.
  • Vinyl LP (MEA025)
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Keiji Haino
Watashi Dake?

Approximately a thousand albums (and thirty-seven years) ago, Keiji Haino released his debut album, Watashi Dake?. Turns out Haino started as he meant to go on: the album is full of his ferocious vocals and guitar, and makes for a very intense listen. It has become extremely hard to find, especially outside of Japan, so god bless this vinyl reissue, replete with metallic jacket artwork. Remastered reissue on Black Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (BE-000)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Oren Ambarchi, Konrad Sprenger, Phillip Sollmann
Panama / Suez

Multi-instrumentalists Oren Ambrachi, Konrad Sprenger, and Phillip Sollman are joining forces to create a hypnotic drone/techno classic. Released on Ostgut's ambient and experimental A-TON label. Imagine Steve Reich, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Gas being blasted through the Berghain’s speakers at the same time. Truly a 12” to lose yourself in.
  • Vinyl 12" (A-Ton EP 01)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean C. Roche
Birds Of Venezuela

There’s surely nowt as thrilling, when getting to know the natural soundscape of an unfamiliar place, as the weird tapestry of local birdsong. This 1973 release by legendary bird recordist Jean C. Roché, sampled by Björk and cherished by David Toop, now gets the reissue treatment from the ever-dependable Sub Rosa. The dense, varying birdscapes of Venezuela, from pootoos to cornbirds, are just wonderful.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV411)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ana da Silva & Phew
Island

Tantalising collaboration between Phew, a Japanese electronic musician, and Ana da Silva, a founder member of The Raincoats. Island is a long-distance file-sharing collaboration with much to say and feel about distance and difference. Abstracted tone-drones and quasi-rhythmic clicks merge with treated spoken-word in both Japanese and Portuguese, with intensive and intriguing results. Released by Shouting Out Loud!
  • Vinyl Double LP (SOL1LP)
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  • CD (SOL2CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Foodman
Aru Otoko No Densetsu

Sun Araw’s Sun Ark imprint welcomes leftfield joker-juker Foodman for a new long-player of baffling, sample-shuffling rhythmscapes and a booklet of colourful drawings with the vinyl version. His tendency towards uncrowded layers of rubber-pitched samples plundered from all over and an overall sense of complete carefree delight prevail throughout.
  • Vinyl LP (SA055)

Siavash Amini + Umchunga
The Brightest Winter Sun

This exciting pairing of Iranian artists Siavash Amini and Umchunga finds them collecting piano works by unspecified 18th- and 19th-Century composers (check the years of death in the titles for clues) and subjecting them to a good reworking. With a goal of removing thematic and tonal structure, anything goes, really, so a range of different, sombre atmospheres come out.
  • Tape (FLP073)
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  • Limited edition

Bons
Gras H'utsi

This is a wonderful oddity from Bons, combining abstract folk instrumentation with electronics, sampling and largely hand based percussive elements. It's a strange but primarily upbeat (if in a slow way) affair, sounding like it could have been on Leaf Records or co-produced by the late Susumu Yokota. Delightful.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.
  • Vinyl LP (RALP321)
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Andrew Liles
The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid: Speciality Offal & Other Choice Cuts

Andrew Liles has worked within Nurse With Wound, Current 93, as well as with the likes of Gnod, Faust, and Cosey Fanni Tutti and many more plus his immense solo back catalogue. Here we have a massive box set of 6 CDs of unreleased material, with a bonus DVD of bonus goodies such as outtakes limited releases. Limited to only 500.
  • CD box set (DPROMBX128)

Peter Zummo
Dress Code (Don't Look At My Car)

Arthur Russell collaborator and NYC trombone talent Peter Zummo’s new album is a halfway house between composition and improvisation, with Zummo’s group given plenty of room to explore. The finished results on Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) are hybrids assembled from multiple versions of each track, and the whole thing has a strong, strange, woozy feel. Yum. Out on Optimo.
  • Vinyl LP (OMZUMMO02)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno - Nico
June 1, 1974

Some A&R guy at Island Records suggested that Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno and Nico, a real bunch of musical mavericks, get together for a gig in an attempt to promote Island as a rock label. All four artists had recently signed with the label and had released, or were about to release, their own albums. It happened, as the title suggests, on June 1, 1974. The album features some key performances from Cale, Eno and Nico on side one, whilst side two is entirely performed by Kevin Ayers. As an additional garnish to the already stellar cast, Mike Oldfield plays bass and Robert Wyatt plays drums. Limited edition reissue of 1000 copies on Island.
  • Vinyl LP (8435395502488)
  • Limited edition

Lonnie Holley
MITH

The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild drums, blasting horns, and always his own distinct piano improvisations. From the music to its lyrics, this is vital.
  • Vinyl Double LP (JAG316LP)
  • Vinyl Double LP (JAG316LP-C1)
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  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • CD (JAG316CD)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Alvin Lucier
Illuminated By The Moon

Beloved experimentalist and drone pioneer Alvin Lucifer certainly deserves to have a birthday as much as any of us. This Black Truffle reissue captures the joyful happenings of his 85th birthday, which was celebrated in Zurich back in 2013. This massive boxset collects four live LPs alongside a booklet of info and friendly testimony. A great place to get to know the legend himself, Illustrated By the Moon includes performances of his most legendary work, including the groundbreaking musical brainscratcher "I Am Sitting In A Room". 
  • Vinyl LP box set (Black Truffle 043)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

JFK
Teenage Fantasy 1987-88


  • Vinyl Double LP
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  • JfK

This Heat
This Heat

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! This Heat, their debut, is full of post-punk churn, dissonant ambience, and even proto-drum & bass (‘24 Track Loop’). Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.
  • Vinyl LP (MCR916)

Shazzula, Warren Ellis and Matthias Loibner
The Essor - First Film of The Spirits Trilogy

The Essor is Part One of Shazzula’s experimental film series, The Spirits Trilogy, designed for installation contexts but also available in your home via this Black Mass Rising DVD. Trippy business, filmed in Mongolia, and featuring a soundtrack by the filmmaker with Matthias Loibner and the big man Warren Ellis! Get deep man.
  • DVD (BMR 007DVD)
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  • Limited edition

Tom Knapp
Mophoc Rez

Tom Knapp has been a secretive and provocative figure in English electronic music since the late 1990s, working as DJ, producer, promoter and collaborator. He co-runs the ICASEA and Meds labels and has worked with Dalglish, Alex Peverett , Kouhei Matsunaga amongst others. Mophoc Rez is a vinyl 12” of his dense and abstract electronica. This is extreme and stunning computer music. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
  • Vinyl 12" (Ge-stell 03)
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  • Limited edition

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, together on an Incus release from 1974! Amazing stuff eh free improvisation fans? But wait, there’s more (literally)! Braxton and Bailey originally planned two volumes of Royal, but only one was ever released… Until now! This newly remastered reissue contains both volumes, at last. From Honest Jon’s.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP201)

R.S. Pearson
Reality from Childhood Remembered as a Dream

First active in the early 1980s Seattle underground, experimental composer R. S. Pearson finally gets to cross “Get an official release with a label” off his to-do list. Collected for vinyl by Serendip Lab, these various short, charming works of arpeggio sequences and sound design also dabble in algorithmic/generative composition and strange, ambiguous moods. Just what you’d hope for from titles such as ‘Dinosaurs in Water’ and ‘Water Jets of Ancient Disney’.
  • Vinyl LP (SERLP006)
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Air Traffic Control Quartet
Blue Raspberry

A blue raspberry. That'll be the day. What a time to be alive, indeed. Air Traffic Control Quartet is an avant-garde prankster's delight, a chase scene happening in a maze, parkour performed in an MC Escher painting. Using obscured melodies, harpsichords, storm samples and weird film motifs, this record truly has something, a bit broken, for everyone. Collage delirium.   
  • CD
  • £9.99 £7.49 (saving: £2.50)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Emergence

Kate Carr’s Flaming Pines (The Boats, Xu) presents an intriguing compilation of experimental fare from Vietnam. Emergence makes a compelling case for more light to be shone on a scene - and a nation - whose music is often passed over by Western listeners. There are compelling piano pieces (Do Tan Si’s ‘The Morning Seems So Strange Today’), droning tape ambiences reminiscent of Yves Tumor (‘Sound Awakener’ by Duskiness), Oval-esque sound experiments from Parallel Asteroid and plenty more on the ten tracks here.
  • CD
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Daichi Yoshikawa
Intervivos

Fierce collaboration between Jean-Luc Guionnet, working his extended technique saxophone, and Daichi Yoshikawa with his fiery feedback systems. As you might expect, the pair serve up an uncompromising web of sharp-edged improvised sound, packed full of textures, tones, and timbre clash. Intervivos is released on vinyl by Empty Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (EE002)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Oliver Coates & Laurie Tompkins
Ample Profanity

Oliver Coates is a prodigious talent. He’s been too good for too long now for anyone to put in a salient argument to the contrary. Here we see him returning to Slip, the label that put out his excellent collaborative LP with Mica Levi, for a short record of avant-anarchism alongside Laurie Tompkins. Ample Profanity is a disorientating listen - at one point it will resemble the kindergarten punk of early Micachu & The Shapes, then a few seconds later it’ll be on an Einstuerzende Neubauten flex.
  • Vinyl LP (SLP038)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Heather Leigh
Throne

Editions Mego (Shit & Shine, Oren Ambarchi) drop the latest LP from Heather Leigh (once known as Heather Leigh Murray). Throne is a record of singer-songwriter noir full of dark energy. Leigh commands her tracks with a smouldering intensity that is reminiscent of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe. The instrumentals also have something of that group about them, though it’s less ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’ and more the Grouper-ish murk of Present Tense’s ‘New Life’ or Two Dancers’ ‘Underbelly’.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO257)
  • CD (EMEGO257CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ipek Gorgun
Ecce Homo

Turkish sound artist Ipek Gorgun signs with Touch for her second LP. Ecce Homo is a record of lush, large, sometimes abrasive electro-acoustic music. It swings from moments of grandiose granular synthesis to experiments with distortion to majestic drones - and that’s all within the space of opener ‘Neroli’. Despite the frequent changes of pace Ecce Homo never feels rushed. Equivalent creators include Yves Tumor and The Haxan Cloak.
  • CD (TO106)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Steve Reich
The ECM Recordings

Say no more: some of the most classic works of a major contemporary composer on a major contemporary label. This box-set of Steve Reich’s ECM Recordings includes several essential pieces of Reichian minimalism, including Tehillim and Music For 18 Musicians, presented in crucial original recordings from 1978-1982. Plus a hefty booklet of liner notes and an essay.
  • CD box set (4812866)
  • Label(s):
  • ECM

Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor
A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats

Andy Moor, one of The Ex’s super-kinetic guitarists, has a long-running pairing with Yannis Kyriakides, a Cypriot sound-artist with a lot of work under his belt. A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats explores the sound and feel of Greek Rebetika music, taking that traditional sound to radically new places, using electronics, guitar and improvisation. LP on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP16/47U)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Cupar Grain Silo
Saturday 21 May 2016

Over the past few years the Resono project has been chronicling some of the most interesting acoustic spaces in Scotland. One of these is North Fife’s Cupar Grain Silo, a now-defunct sugar-beet storage facility. In May 2016 - Saturday 21 May 2016, to be precise - Architeq mastermind Sam Annand set nine custom-built synthesiser compositions free in the space. The result is this LP of reverberant electronics. It recalls Vangelis and Anthony Child’s Maui Jungle recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (ESK3)
  • Label(s):
  • Esk

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.
  • Vinyl LP (SV157)

Einstürzende Neubauten
Grundstück

Grundstuck is a rare piece of the big Einsturzende Neubauten puzzle, being initially released only for the benefit of an elite club of close supporters in 2005. Thrillingly, the material here captures the band in a work-in-progress state, so we get a rougher, more direct kind of Neubauten sound. This first time general release includes a DVD with both formats.
  • Vinyl LP (158681)
  • CD (158682)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Eblen Macari
Musica Para Planetarios

Musica Para Planetarios is a ten track release from Eblen Macari. This classic record has been reissued on LP from Seance Centre. Originally based on the Mexican guitar and electronic artist's live performances in the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium in Mexico City to accompany a journey through our galaxy... metaphorically, of course. Enjoy. 
  • Vinyl LP (03SC)
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  • Last copy

Dave De Rose
Agile Experiments - Vol. 2

The second in avant-garde drummer Dave De Rose’s series of Agile Experiments. This limited edition vinyl features seven live jams with crazed out brass and bass players, creating everything from film noiresque jazz to abstract noise. Expect otherworldly soundscapes, with all manner of horns and synthesizers drifting over fiendish drumming. 
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

I.U.D.
The Proper Sex


  • Vinyl LP (TSR069LP)
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  • Last copy
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Peter Brötzmann Octet
Machine Gun Alternate Takes

Accompanying their new reissue of Peter Brötzmann’s legendary Machine Gun album, Cien Fuegos also provide some fascinating outtakes from those fiery 1968 sessions, never before pressed to vinyl. We get an alternate spin on Machine Gun itself, plus the first take of a composition that never made it to the finished album. A must for fans of the Brötz.
  • Vinyl LP (CF021LP)
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  • Last copy

Bernard Parmegiani
Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand.  La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. For fans of Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Robert Cohen-Solal. Available on a gatefold double vinyl LP and digipak CD and released on WRWTFWW Records. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (WRWTFWW008-009L)
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  • CD (WRWTFWW008-009C)

Merzbow + HEXA
Achromatic

It’s ya boy Masami baby! Here he is working with HEXA, who are an interesting pairing in themselves: Xiu Xiu man Jamie Stewart and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The structure is one side of Merzbow produced and mixed by HEXA, and one side of HEXA produced and mixed by Merzbow. Of course, it's an intense noise ride throughout. Vinyl release on Dais.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS118LP)
  • Limited edition

JFK
La Bas (1987–1992)


  • Vinyl Double LP (FD2LP87)
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  • Artist(s):
  • JfK

無 (MU) / Céli Lee
變形記 - A Journal of Transform

A Journal of Transform is a collaborative multimedia project between Céli Lee and her Google-unfriendly band 無 (MU). Lee is the visual artist and the 20-page softbound book that comes with the CD contains 18 of her specially curated graphite artworks. The music that accompanies the drawings arrives in 13 compositions by a band that likes to treat us in equal measure to styles as diverse as: ambient, jazz, folk, rock and noise -- often simultaneously. Not necessarily just to defy categorisation; but who needs genres anyway (record stores do -- ed). Hopefully, a magical and unmissable journey awaits. Limited to 101 copies, each hand-numbered with unique calligraphy by Céli on the CD sleeve.
  • CD (MU101)
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  • Limited edition
  • Artist(s):
  • Mu
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dave De Rose
Agile Experiments - Vol. 1

The point of germination for this release from Rome-born, London-based drummer/producer Dave De Rose can be traced back to a series of hour-long jam sessions he curated at a pizza restaurant in Brixton Village in 2015. He subsequently repeated the trick in-studio, with collaborators and De Rose playing for an hour before the results were edited down from the free-form originals into excerpts to be released across two vinyl records. At times the playing is in keeping with the London new-school of Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones et al, while at others the pieces have a more impressionistic ambient quality to them ala some Polar Bear.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Residents
I Am A Resident!

Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. 
  • CD (CDBRED727)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall
Monstrance

This 2013 crusher from Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall comes back around to squash us all over again. Originally issued on Touch and now reissued on Nordwall's own iDEAL Recordings imprint, mastered at EMS, Stockholm and now with new artwork by Philip Marshall. This collaboration had the duo recording back in 2010 in Einstürzende Neubauten’s Berlin studio where they used drums, guitars and electronics to manifest a truly heavyweight, menacing sound that the likes of Emptyset would later go on to pursue.
  • Vinyl Double LP (iDEAL164)
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Hannah Leighton-Boyce
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. I - Instruments of Industry

Folklore Tapes here launch a series called Industrial Folklore Tapes, recognising that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Hannah Leighton-Boyce actually used some antique tools (sourced from a museum) in the creation of Instruments Of Industry, building up rich patterns of resonant metal ringing. The B-side is an audio catalogue of the tools. 10” vinyl release.
  • Vinyl 10"
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fred Helliwell
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. II - Springs

Folklore Tapes have a new series named Industrial Folklore Tapes, which engages with the fact that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Fred Helliwell’s Springs is one half document of the sonic life of a spring workshop and one half composition for vibrating springs. And each of the 250 copies of this 10” record comes with an actual pressed spring!
  • Vinyl 10"
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  • Limited edition

Annette Peacock
I'm The One

Absolutely bonkers but hugely ahead of its time sonic jazz exploration from Salvador Dali collaborator, moog pioneer and friend of Albert Ayler. If this doesn't give you an idea of what to expect then think long and hard about Nina Simone on acid. Peacock has finally got the rights back for this long unavailable classic so here it is again in all its glory remastered and with unseen photos. 
  • Vinyl LP (FDR601LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coil
Another Brown World / Baby Food

Two very rare tracks by Coil now released on special black or limited marble vinyl. Side 1 was completed in 1989 with John Balance & Peter Christopherson. Vocals were recorded at the summit of Mount Popa. On the flip we get an unreleased piece from 1993 which also featured Danny Hyde. This time the track was recorded in a storm.   
  • Vinyl LP (SRV443)

Juan Hidalgo
Rrose Sélavy

Originally released in 1977, the late Juan Hidalgo’s Rrose Sélavy gets the reissue treatment from Discos Transgénero. The work is a queer examination of the role of language in socially constructing and maintaining gender roles. As a composition, it expresses this with the analogy of a musical language and then gets to work disrupting compositional norms. A lullabyish, disorientatingly unpredictable sequence on the celesta is gradually accompanied by more and more layers of instruments and textures.
  • Vinyl LP (Trans5LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Umlaut
To Your Poverty Quietly Go

This promises to be nice and wacky: Umlaut is the recording project of Bär McKinnon, who probably got a little warped from all that time he spent playing horns in Mr. Bungle. Working under the guidance of Mike Patton shows on this record of raucous left field pop -- these songs have flutes and saxophones, which is frankly a mad decision. Much of 'To Your Poverty Quietly Go' is an instrumental affair, showing off McKinnon's composing chops.
  • Vinyl LP (ROM009LP)
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  • CD (ROM009CD)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Julian Curwin & Jane Sheldon
Crossing

Romero Records (The Tango Saloon, Umlaut) release a collaborative LP between Jane Sheldon and label boss Julian Curwin. Sheldon is a classical soprano with a haunting, mournful voice. On Crossing it comes backed by Curwin’s stately classical guitar playing to create a record of fragile beauty. Anyone who has enjoyed the recent reissues of early 20th Century Spanish musics by Death Is Not The End will enjoy this.
  • CD (ROM014)
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Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.
  • Vinyl LP (RDM103)
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Ulver
Messe I.X – VI.X


  • Vinyl LP (KSCOPE847)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Focus

Fascinating rhythmic explorations by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi on Padre Himalaya. The way he renders the timbres and textures of two traditional Persian instruments, the tonbak and the daf, make for captivating and intimate listening. Most interesting is the seeming relationship between this style and European minimal techno.
  • Vinyl 12" (PH003)
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Francis Plagne & crys cole
Two Words

Here’s something thats nice to see: two artists from really rather distinctly different areas finding common ground on which to collaborate. crys cole is a subtle sound artist working with some fairly abstract material, whereas Francis Plagne is a songwriter and player of keyboards and organs. Two Words is a fantastic mix of shifting layers of textures, vocals, melodies and sheer sound, producing a curious but powerful effect. Out on Black Truffle.
  • Vinyl LP (BLACKTRUFFLE035)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

De Fabriek
Schafttijdsamba

B. F. E. Records (Minimal Man, Glorious Din) reissue this 1982 LP from Dutch experimentalists De Fabriek. Schafttijdsamba is a varied listen. On tracks like ‘Future Discoverer’ the group fit relatively easily into the minimal synth boom of the time, though admittedly with a more abstracted take on things. However, elsewhere the group’s minimalist groove tracks like ‘Barbara’ touch on The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, and ‘Indudent Babylon’ is pretty much music concrete. Intriguing stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (BFE 047)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

LWW
3PE

LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / Piano Day seal of approval for the track 'PNO' (told you) which made the Frahm official PD playlist this year. A record on which Wyland has allowed unadorned, unembellished single takes to form and evolve naturally. Which is cool. LP on the always reliable Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY87V)
  • Artist(s):
  • LWW
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Russell Haswell
Factual


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO157)

Jarboe / Father Murphy
Split

Jarboe, the dark queen, is working alongside Father Murphy, the Italian art-rock catholic-guilt experimentalists. As you can imagine, this pair-up guarantees some seriously intense and darkly erotic vibes, and the two tracks of this 10” will not disappoint you. 10” record on Consouling Sounds, released in an edition of 500.
  • Vinyl 10" (SOUL0084LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by Rate Your Music. Initially that doesn’t sound very impressive, but consider 1) how many records were released that year, and 2) those lists tend to be skewed by people who actually think that Peter Gabriel’s So deserves a place in the top 20 and the odds start to look more favourable for Blurt. Anyway, Poppycock is a funny old thing, a zany saxophone-led affair that recalls The Birthday Party and James Chance & The Contortions as well as paving the way for the wtf-fest that was Mr. Bungle. Now remastered and reissued by Klanggalerie.
  • CD (CDGG267)

Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker
A Heart From Your Shadow

Michael Beharie of Zs and Teddy Rankin-Parker (a cellist who has worked with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and the like) have known each other for years, but this is their first collaboration, and what a well-considered treat it is. Energetic and intricate music, mixed by the big man Jim O’Rourke. A Heart From Your Shadow is released by Mondoj.
  • Vinyl LP (MONDOJ 05)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

P J Philipson
Linotopia

Jane Weaver’s current guitarist-of-choice P J Philipson follows up 2014’s Peaks with a new LP on Little Crackd Rabbit. Linotopia is built around Philipson’s spacious guitar-scapes, rendered on both acoustic and electric instruments. These are then augmented by effects, synths, drum machines and field recordings to create rich instrumentals that sit somewhere between Steve Reich and Manuel Goettsching.
  • CD (LCR012)
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

LCC
d/evolution


  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO198)
  • Artist(s):
  • LCC

Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
Soused

Continuing their tireless campaign to work with every single artist and band threatening to be more bizarre and avant-garde than them, 'Soused' is the fifth collaborative record in Sunn O)))'s one-chord arsenal, following splits and records with Earth, Boris, Nurse With Wound and Ulver. This time around, they meet baritone pop singer -- gone crazy experimental musique concrete alien -- Scott Walker, who you at least have to admit is the most suitable Walker brother for Sunn to do an album with. Nicknamed Scott O))), Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson join together to make some lovely evil drone sounds for Walker to brood over. It's fifty minutes long and Walker's producing partner Peter Walsh probably got knocked out while it was being recorded, after maybe saying something like "Sunn Who???". It's the follow-up to 'Terrestrials' for Sunn and 'Bish Bosch' for Walker. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (CAD3428)
  • CD (CAD3428CD)
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

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