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Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio
The Heat Equation

Joséphine Michel and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) teamed up on 2015’s 'Halfway To White', a release that combined Vainio’s music with a hardback book of Michel’s photographs. 'The Heat Equation' follows a similar formula, linking 69 photos of Michel’s with a CD of the late Vainio’s final UK show, a 2016 concert given in Ramsgate at the Contra Pop festival. The brutal, bracing noise Vainio made that night dovetails neatly with Michel’s multi-faceted images. Also included here is an introductory essay from Jeremy Millar and a postcard insert of Michel’s portrait of Vainio.

Alev Lenz
3

An acclaimed collaborator (Anoushka Shankar on the Grammy-nominated album Land of Gold) and with contributions to the ‘Black Mirror’ soundtrack behind her, it’s a great time for Alev Lenz to return to her solo career. '3' deals with relationships, parenthood and the patriarchy. In addition to the record Lenz has collaborated with Spitfire Audio to create a sample library of patches inspired by Lenz’s sound.
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Kyle Eyre Clyd
Eggshell

Marcia Bassett's (Zaimph/Double Leopards/Hototogisu/GHQ) Brooklyn based Yew Recordings presents a limited CD run of a new album from Kyle Eyre Clyd, the recording nom-de-plume of Alabama-based multimedia artist Kyle Kessler. Eggshell is a piece of work that will mean different things to each person who hears it - anguish or relief, pain or healing, tension or relaxation. Kessler plays bowed metal, ARP 2600, test oscillators, Paia theremin, DIY synth and pedal effects with Peter Bowling on bass, cello and violin.
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Steve Reich
Live / Electric Music

Live / Electric Music collects two pieces by Steve Reich, one of the masters of minimalism. The a-side features 'Violin Phase' which is recorded by Paul Zukofsky, which sees Reich applying his phasing skills to one of the more mournful instruments. 'It's Gonna Rain' meanwhile has Reich looping a doomsaying pastor.

Isnaj Dui
Sight Seeing

Katie English has attracted a devoted cult fanbase over the years for her impressionistic electronica under her Isnaj Dui moniker. Two years after her triumphant Poiesis album comes Sight Seeing, a record conceptually concerned with synaesthesia but also a range of common and rare sight disorders and which sees the compositions constantly degrading and distorting. 

Sunik Kim
Zero Chime

Having dabbled in a number of musical projects before completing their education, Korean-American saxophonist Sunik Kim presents their first album recorded under that name. Zero Chime forges free jazz with electronic music and various sub-genres of dance music, a chaotic and oppressive mix of music that reflects their native country’s history of "being oppressed, colonized and divided by imperialist powers".

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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Joe McPhee / Charlie McPhee / Graham Lambkin / Oliver Lambkin
Live In The Batcave

Joe McPhee and his brother Charlie McPhee along with Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring) and his son Oliver Lambkin all congregated at Charlie McPhee’s house one evening to drink and play instruments and records. The event was recorded on several cassettes simultaneously, then edited together by Graham Lambkin. Live at the Batcave is a lo-fi tape collage, with abrupt cuts and dazed echoes.
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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. 

Coil
Swanyard

How about this, then? Over two hours of unreleased Coil, dating from 1993 to 1996 and scrubbed from Danny Hyde’s (Coil, Psychic TV, Electric Sewer Age) studio archive. In a nice touch, the cover art, courtesy of Nurse With Wound’s Steven Stapleton, is derived from one of Jhon Balance’s dreams. On Infinite Fog.

Pita
Get On

Although he’s got over twenty years of experience in the music industry, Peter Rehberg is only just getting round to making his fourth solo 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. 

François Tusques
Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux

Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux is constructed from tapes found in François Tusques’s basement, recorded around the time that the legendary French jazz pianist performed a number of similarly iconic concerts from early 1969 to late 1971. The results are released via Cacophonic Records. 

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. 

Edinburgh Leisure
Die Gefahr Im Jazz

You might remember ********, the rudely named duo from Domino’s Weird World sublabel. One of them, Ailie Ormston, has been doing some fab solo electronic music on the side. Here’s what the other one, a T Fraser, has been up to. Edinburgh Leisure is a duo with Keith Farquhar and takes unconventional “idle authorship” approaches to instrumentation (everyday objects), lyricism (RhymeZone) and fair use (hacked Apple device sounds, etc.). This lot are always worth checking out.
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Pierre Mariétan
Rose Des Vents

Rose Des Vents was commissioned in 1981 by the French Government (unlike most of the records you listen to), who wanted Pierre Mariétan to document the sound-life of towns near Paris. He did this, but he also applied plenty of treatments, additional instrumentation and serialist composition to the end result, making for some rather special electroacoustics. Double LP reissue on Mana.
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The Music Improvisation Company
1969, 1970

1969,1970 by The Music Improvisation Company is an album of seminal, far-out free jazz. It features avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey, saxophonist Evan Parker, experimental electronic musician Hugh Davies and percussionist Jamie Muir who played with Larks Tongues In Aspic-era King Crimson. For anyone who likes their music improvised this is essential, necessary.
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Michael Begg
Sonambulo

Off the back of his New Music Scotland Award last year for his previous work, East Lothian-based sound artist Michael Begg delivers his anticipated new album. Described by Begg himself as the result of meditation and surrealist compositional techniques, Somnambulo - with the cryptic subtitle A Birdbath Made of Teeth for the Bride of the Wind - is based upon the life of British post-war painter Leonora Carrington. 
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Ka Baird
Respires

The second studio album from Ka Baird successfully manage to bottle the spellbinding energy of her live performances, particularly her uncompromising vocal techniques. Respires was formulated over the course of the last 12 months and distils all manner of global influences into its eight-track running order. 
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Chris & Cosey
Exotika

Both previously members of pioneering industrial music legends Throbbing Gristle, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti teamed up to form Chris & Cosey in 1981 and released a series of acclaimed records. Exotika, released in 1987 via P.I.A.S., is widely considered as one of their finest, its title track adopted as an electronica anthem in East and West Coast gay clubs in the Eighties. It now gets reissued on transparent violet-coloured vinyl. 

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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Brian Chase
Drums & Drones II

Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you may be surprised to learn that he has a serious sideline performing and composing in more avant-garde territory. Drums & Drones II is remarkable, with each piece focusing on one single drum but extracting an ocean of immersive sound. Just Intonation tuning and study with La Monte Young will do that. From In Context Music.

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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Fennesz
Agora

Can you believe it’s been nearly five years since the sumptuously singed guitar and synths of Christian Fennesz graced a solo album? It’s amazing but true. And his return to the format is a little unusual, in that it was put together away from the studio in his bedroom using only minimal equipment. Touch continues to touch.

Russ Waterhouse
1 Minute 2 Midnight

1 Minute 2 Midnight is the second solo album by Russ Waterhouse. Waterhouse was one half of the experimental duo Blues Control who are currently on indefinite hiatus. Here, Waterhouse finds his inspiration at the scene of a historic chemical spill in the city of Hopewell, Virginia, expressing himself through tense electronics, field recordings and a caustic guitar finale.
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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.   

M. Grig
Mount Carmel

12k brings you dobro, lap- and pedal-steel guitarist M. Grig’s latest work, Mount Carmel. Modern ambient bingo grids at the ready: the PR is seven paragraphs of exposition, it’s his “most personal record to date” and yes indeed, the music embraces hazy, pastoral nostalgia. It’s delectably engineered - it’s 12k after all - and a calm, delicate and rich listen. Good stuff.
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Corey Fuller
Break

12k welcomes back Tokyo-based Corey Fuller, he of the delicately disciplined duo Illuha. Break boasts a theme: that, to quote Scatman John, “everyone struggles one way or the other”. So check out Fuller’s message to you: let this detailed, meticulously recorded and mixed take on Tim Hecker’s drone-dramatics plop a dollop of catharsis into your life.
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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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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
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People Like Us
The Mirror

People Like Us is the sound collage project of Vicki Bennett. On 'The Mirror', Bennett deconstructs popular songs from a variety of genres to make a weird and infinitely listenable patchwork of sound. It shows how our consumption of and reaction to songs can change when their context is altered. On Discrepant.
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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. 

Michael Vincent Waller
Moments

Unseen Worlds (Leo Svirsky, Laurie Spiegel) present the third LP from NYC-based composer Michael Vincent Waller. Composed for piano and vibraphone, Moments is a lengthy set of contemporary classical pieces that takes in by turns the tranquility of Erik Satie, the momentum of Steve Reich and the avant-melodiousness of Peter Zummo.

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' one on each side of the record. On Kompakt.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Squeeze The Lids Through Coming Window

Apparently dedicated to the humble pangolin - the most poached mammal on Earth - Vibracathedral Orchestra’s latest album project constitutes two massive side-long pieces. Squeeze The Lids Through Coming Window sees the group’s hulking drone compositions grow and push back new boundaries. 
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Günter Schickert & Peter Unsicker
Mauerharfe

With help from fellow native gallerist Peter Unsicker, krautrock pioneer Günter Schickert once upon a time dreamed up 'Mauerharfe' - a cold war-born eerie and atmospheric piece. Now, around 30 years since its original conception and release, their brainchild returns along with a handful of previously unreleased content.  

Claire M Singer
Trian

With a captivating formula of powerful strings and re-emerging cinematic soundscapes, 'Train' is the latest enthralling brainchild of Claire M Singer. With 4 sides filled with experimental live electronics, installations, acoustic sounds and much more, this is an escapist selection of pieces designed to whisk away the listener to another dimension.

Operating Theatre
The Early Years

A double-CD release celebrating one half of the career of Roger Doyle and Olwen Fouere's music-theatre company Operating Theatre. The composer and performer (respectively) enjoyed a two-part existence, and this 25-track compilation The Early Years concentrates on the first half of that, from 1981 to 1988, when the company also led a concurrent life as a band releasing actual records. 
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Oren Ambarchi & Martin Ng feat. Ensemble Offspring
The Vanishing

In which avant mega-artist Oren Ambarchi brings back his duo with turntablist Martin Ng and expands their combo tremendously with the help of Ensemble Offspring, a new music group. Somewhat like Zeitkratzer, the Ensemble took fresh Ambarchi / Ng recordings and treated them as audio scores for pieces of rich experimental chamber music. Ambarchi and Ng do get directly involved on the recordings as well. Marvellous.
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Thurston Moore
Spirit Counsel

Spirit Counsel by Thruston Moore is a 3 CD box set containing instrumental pieces that he’s recorded over the last year or so. The pieces are reflective and meditative. Moore takes inspiration from Alice Coltrane, Glenn Branca and Sun Ra. Among the musicians appearing on the recordings are Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and David Toop.

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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Andrew Liles
Colossus

An ambitious project that originally sought to render every single track that had been Number 1 in the charts throughout Andrew Liles’ fifty-year life into separate 50-minute adaptations - leading to nearly two days of music in total! - Colossus shrinks each version down into 50-second excerpts. 
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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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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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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.

Emel Mathlouthi
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Partisan Records displays its impressively diverse artist roster with the latest album by Tunisian-born New Yorker Emel Mathlouthi. Singing largely in English for the first time, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is politically and ecologically charged, but is no less tuneful than her previous works. 

Ben Vince
Don’t Give Your Life

Ben Vince has many strings to his bow (reeds to his saxophone...?). He is a saxophonist, improviser, producer, you name it. Returning with his second solo LP 'Don't Give Your Life', you can expect sax experimentation that bridges the gap between Terry Riley and Gilbert Artman. Double elpee on Thirty Three Thirty Three.
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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.
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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.

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. 

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.

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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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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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jim O'Rourke
Bad Timing

A classic from the infinitely capable Jim O’Rourke, treating the listener to four ten-ish minute guitar-led instrumentals, the guitar augmented with various other sounds. For all the noise-making found elsewhere in O’Rourke’s career, he certainly has a way with a melody, and each of these tracks leisurely explore the space around one. I’ve listened to Bad Timing many times, and suggest you do the same.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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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  • 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. 
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David Toop / Jan Hendrickse / Cath Roberts / CUEE
Boundaries

A split here, containing a fresh and exciting collaboration on each side. On side A, experimental music’s elder statesman David Toop pairs with Jan Hendrikse in order to actualise a text score by Chieko Shiomi, very quietly. On side B, Cath Roberts, the sax leader of Sloth Racket, leads the large City University Experimental Ensemble in a performance of new work of hers. Out on multi.modal.
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Pauline Oliveros
Tara's Room

Pauline Oliveros was a trailblazing experimental electronic musician who also plays the accordion. She coined the term ‘deep listening’, originally a phrase describing the time she composed music whilst being 14 feet underground. It is now regarded as relating to music of a spiritual and meditative nature. Tara’s Room is two sides of deep and sensitive music that has been recommended for people going through spiritual change, but is also fine to listen to anytime. Oliveros died in 2016, aged 74.
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Pauline Oliveros & Guy Klucevsek
Sounding / way

Sounding / Way is a collaboration between American composer, electronic pioneer and accordion player, Pauline Oliveros and fellow accordionist, Guy Klucevsek who has worked with all sorts of artists from Laurie Anderson to Kronos Quartet. Oliveros created deep listening - spiritual and meditative music for mind and body. Sounding/Way was only ever released on cassette in 1986, so this vinyl pressing is a real treat.
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The Slowest Lift
Plutonic Shine

Plutonic Shine is the third release from West Yorkshire-based band The Slowest Lift, comprising Tor Festival’s Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Julian Bradley. The album finds these two stalwarts, these utter legends, combining to make tracks that are equal parts noisy, beautiful, and bizarre.
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Ernest Berk
Electronic Music For Two Ballets

German-born dancer and composer Ernest Berk is a comparatively little-known figure, and his back catalogue is nigh-on impossible to explore thanks to the loss of most of his archive around ten years ago. Electronic Music For Two Ballets is therefore a real treasure - replicated from the original recording from around 1970 and now held by his family. 

Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo
Ein Traum Fur Dich

A collaboration between DJ and archive curator Kayo Makino and underground artist Tori Kudo, featuring mastering work by a certain Jim O’Rourke, Ein Traum Fur Dich is a thing of extreme beauty. It consists of two side-long pieces, both soundscapes of digitised ambience cut through with Kudo’s haunting piano. 
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Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs from the Albums 'Kraftwerk' and 'Kraftwerk 2'

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.

Arnold Dreyblatt And The Orchestra Of Excited Strings
Propellers In Love

Arnold Dreyblatt was part of New York’s fertile 70’s minimalist scene, utilising just intonation and precise rhythmic structures to exploit remarkable overtones and resonances. 1986’s Propellers In Love, recorded with his Orchestra of Excited Strings, is a thick mass of transcendent sound, well worthy of rediscovery by minimalism fans. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.
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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.

Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches Alternate Takes

L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches is a cult favourite among fans of avant-garde pop and French concept albums, and it was thought lost until 2005. But now we go even more obscure than that, with some alternate takes from that album’s sessions that were thought to be even more lost until recently! 7” on Finders Keepers.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Broetzmann / Edwards / Noble
The Worse The Better

Document of the first (ever!) trio performance of German saxophone lord Peter Brötzmann with London’s finest free-improvising rhythm section, John Edwards and Steve Noble, recorded live at Cafe Oto back in 2010. The sweet free-jazz meat of The Worse The Better is so delicious that the first pressing sold-out a few years back, so Otoroku have issued 500 more. Killer stuff!

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose
The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters. 

Davide Luciani
Calming Counts

Calming Counts by Davide Luciani explores various sounds from noise, rock, drone and minimal music. Luciani is an electronic producer, based in Berlin, with a background in the Italian noise-rock scene. Both his previous and current work have influenced the sounds on this recording. The cover was illustrated by epic Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff - don’t know how this affects the music, but at least it shows he has friends in high places.  
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Line Spectrum
Bruma

Line Spectrum is the latest boundary-pushing sonic exploration project from Ukranian, Oleg Puzan. Bruma is slowly evolving minimalism - so minimal in places that there are silent passages - that encapsulates field recordings and manipulated sounds. This will take you to a place where nature and tranquility are one and the same. Puzan has also released records as Dronny Darko via Cryo Chamber.

I Feel Like A Bombed Cathedral
I Feel Like A Bombed Cathedral

TFW you Feel Like A Bombed Cathedral. This dramatically-named outfit belongs to Faust guitarist Amaury Cambuzat. The vibe for debut release I Feel Like A Bombed Cathedral is high-intensity mega-drone, with deeply-treated guitar activity conjuring up fifty-minutes of soundscaping over just two tracks. Released by Dirter.

Louise Landes Levi
Ikiru or The Wanderer

Louise Landes Levi is worried about the butterfly. And who wouldn't be! I'm sure almost all of us have fond memories of heading to the Butterfly House for birthday parties when we were kids. Levi has channeled her concern into Ikiru or The Wanderer, a rare solo effort from this vital musical traveller. 
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Loren Connors
The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V

Releases of the music of Loren Connors are always welcome, and they are especially so when they continue a remarkable suite of records intended as a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis. The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V is a typical example of Connors’ near-spiritual craft with the electric guitar: beautiful. 10” record, released in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies by Family Vineyard.
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Félicia Atkinson
The Flower And The Vessel

Félicia Atkinson returns to Shelter Press (Black Zone Magick Chant, Eli Keszler) with another set of fourth-world electronics and nocturnal musique concrete. Some of the tracks on The Flower And The Vessel are sweet hazes of keys, whispered vocals and music-box twinkles; others, like ‘You Have To Have Eyes’, are unsettling layered drones that bring to mind Jenny Hval or The Bad Seeds at their most abstract. Stephen O’Malley contributes to The Flower And The Vessel’s 19-minute-long closer ‘Des Pierres’
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
There Where the Avalanche Stops

Held over the course of one week every five years, the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar is held in a mountain castle in Gjirokastra in southern Albania, and plays host to some of the most interesting and talented folk musicians. There Where The Avalanche Stops collects 15 tracks from the 1988 edition of the festival. 

1127
Tqaseem Mqamat El Haram 2016-2019

Cairo-based artist 1127 presents Tqaseem Mqamat El Haram 2016 - 2019, a collection of really vivid sound-stuff. A narrative is carried through a whirl of exciting sound design, with a masterful use of space and density. She7tha Wel3a contributes to one track, but really this is one to experience in its totality. Released by Nashazphone.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Dan Melchior and P.G. Six
Exhibit A

The ever-questing Dan Melchior teams up with P.G. Six for this new LP. This Norman Records™ type-monkey is unfamiliar with Six’s work, but the fact that he’s in a group called Weeping Bong Band has instantly endeared him to me. His touches of keys, 12-string guitar and (yes) recorder provide a nice foil to Melchior’s acoustic musings on Exhibit A. Think Arab Strap and a wittier version of Jeff Mangum’s solo ditties.
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Sarah Hennies
Sisters

Bespoke Slovakian label mappa (Diatribes, MP Hopkins) gave composer Sarah Hennies and vibraphone player Lenka Novosedlíková a brief for this new record - compose something that would fill the space of a decrepit-yet-beautiful church they had found in the tiny village of Kyjatice. Sisters, the resulting LP, is a wonderfully stilling experience. Novosedlíková’s vibraphone resonates gorgeously in the space, and Hennies’ eerily beautiful music is reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann or Terry Riley.
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Kutcha Butcha
NDYA

Kutcha Butcha is the solo project of Sebastian Rochford, the remarkable drummer behind outfits like Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear. NDYA is 100% Rochford (he produced and mixed it too), and features an international range of sounds from this ever-inventive sound producer. Out on Half Baked Bread Records.

Silences
Silences EP

You may have heard James Green and Nick Dawson on their monthly radio show on the Southend-based internet radio station Shipfullofbombs.co.uk. That is just one of many things on which the pair have collaborated. Silences is their latest project and this self-titled EP is their first in a number of releases. They recorded the improvised EP in their native Southend-on-Sea using guitars, piano, various vintage synths and twiddly boxes. Listen out for a kazoo, too. 
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Régis Renouard Larivière
Contrée

Editions Mego offshoot Recollection GRM (Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari) release this new collection from French electroacoustician Régis Renouard Larivière. Contrée is an LP of quizzical, sometimes eerie voyages into unknown noise. Numbers like the title track are funny little things in the best Stockhausen tradition.
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James Rushford
The Body's Night

After a decade collaborating with other musicians, The Body’s Night is Australian composer James Rushford’s return to recording solo. A single suite of music split over two sides of vinyl, Rushford creates something nocturnal and disturbing using field recordings, analogue synths and a wide variety of instruments. 
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