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Derek Bailey
Lot 74

Honest Jons' Derek Bailey reissue programme continues with the welcome addition of one of the guitarist’s earliest solo LPs, recorded way back in 1974. The side-long title track is a particular tour de force, a rapid-fire onslaught of Bailey’s trademark harmonics, dissonant clusters and stereo panning that is as defi...view item »

Derek Bailey
Aida

Derek Bailey’s Aida hasn’t had a vinyl reissue for nearly forty years at this point. High time Honest Jon’s did something about that. Thi...view item »

Laurel Halo
In Situ

Laurel Halo has recorded for Hyperdub in the past so that should be a good enough recommendation. Her new 12”, In Situ, is out on Honest Jon’s -- the label co-run by Damon Albarn. She is an electronic musician from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been creating waves since her cr...view item »

Derek Bailey & Jamie Muir
Dart Drug

The late Derek Bailey and ex-King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir get their 1981 collaborative reissued by Honest Jon’s. Dart Drug is a strange record even by the standards of this pair. It’s difficult to identify what kind of … things Muir ...view item »

Moondog
Moondog and His Friends

VINYL VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!!! Oh man, today's deliveries are so exciting. Perhaps pick of the bunch are the four early Moondog joints we've got with Moondog and His Honking Geese coming on 10" along with Moondog and His Friends, plus the LPs More Moondog and The Story of Moondog, originally issued on legendary jazz labels like Prestige back ...view item »

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of h...view item »

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 B...view item »

Derek Bailey & Han Bennink
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink

A sheer treat of classic free improvisation here from British guitarist Derek Bailey and Dutch super-drummer Han Bennink! Anyone who knows anything about this whole scene knows that this is a recipie for...view item »

Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger
Duo

Another of Bailey’s early Incus records reissued by Honest Jons, this time a 1976 set pairing the guitarist with American cellist Tristan Honsinger. Bailey’s collaborative appearances were always quite a different prospect than his solo work. The musicians are heard playing in both n...view item »

Derek Bailey
Solo Guitar Volume 1

A deep classic of British non-idiomatic free improvisation from the ever-inventive Derek Bailey. Solo Guitar Volume 1 combines total instant composition with (shock!) notat...view item »

Lee "Scratch" Perry
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon

Originally released in 1980, The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon is the last LP to emerge from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s legendary Black Ark Studio. It also concluded the series that began with Super Ape and also spawned records like Police And Thieves. The legendary Black Ark sound is in full...view item »

Moondog
The Story of Moondog

VINYL VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!!! Oh man, today's deliveries are so exciting. Perhaps pick of the bunch are the four early Moondog joints we've got with Moondog and His Honking Geese coming on 10" along with Moondog and His Friends, plus the LPs More Moondog and The Story of Moondog, originally issued on legendary jazz labels like Prestige back in th...view item »

T++ (T Plus Plus)
Wireless

Big hunky techno sausage Torsten Profrock has a whacking great double pack of new material out on Honest Jon's. The 'Wireless' EP is a grand introduction to this dub techno lynchpins work, eating boundaries, slaying the dancefloor in your mind & possibly a moody club on the fringes of town near you. When all has supposedly been said in techno, ...view item »


Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

Wow, this is super energetic stuff clocking in at around 180bpm. It's total party music that's repetitive and really gets a groove going. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, it's so happy sounding and sort of spiritually uplifting, especially with the African vocals. The sound palette throughout remains pretty similar and sticks to the ...view item »

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Book Of Sound

This is the first album by this spiritual jazz collective since the passing of Philip Cohran, father to all seven brothers that make up the band. Theirs is a take on the space jazz of the likes of Sun Ra with a varied instrumental palette including acoustic guitar, piccolo, synthesizer, alto sax but interestingly no drums. A per...view item »

Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna

Basic Channel dub techno supremo Moritz von Oswald has collaborated with Ordo Sakhna, a Kyrgyzstani roots music collective. You might not consider that a logical combination, but you would be wrong! Moritz has subtly garnished the crystal-clear recordings of the amazing Kyrgyzst...view item »

Shackleton
Fireworks

As diminished as my brain cells may be it didn't take me long to clock the words Shackleton, T++, Mordant Music and Honest Jon's all on the same record sleeve and so this one was coming home with me before the needle even got anywhere near close to the grooves. This is a counterpart release to the 'Deadman' 12" and on both releases the man is in...view item »

Shackleton with Ernesto Tomasini
Devotional Songs

Shackleton has never really put a foot wrong during his production career, but these collaborations with vocalist Ernesto Tomasini are especially impressive. Devotional Songs wanders through some very strange territories, with gamelan, organ, bells and shuddering bass all used alongside Tomasini...view item »

Moritz von Oswald Trio
Sounding Lines

Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer are pretty well established and well respected players by now, but even so, they must hardly believe their luck that they’ve managed to pull Tony Allen into their trio for this album. On Sounding Lines, Allen adds trademark rhy...view item »

Kassem Mosse / Simone White
Three Versions

An intimate and spatial offering by Kassem Mosse. Using source material from American singer-songwriter Simone White, Mosse brings out subtle melancholy washes and adds in kitchen sink percussion to generate a contemplative collection of downbeat tracks. Out on 12” vinyl from Honest Jon’s....view item »

Morphosis
Dismantle / Music For Vampyr

So good to get some more stuff from Lebanese producer Rabih Beaini so soon after his magnificent ‘Albidaya’ album for Annihaya released under his own name. This however has him back in Morphosis mode with five track...view item »

Actress
R.I.P

“I'm just an instrument”, Darren Cunningham has stated recently. If so, he's surely constructed entirely from wires, circuits, buttons, plastic casing and keys so he must look bloody weird when he's stood in Tesco express ...view item »

Rocket Juice & The Moon
Rocket Juice & The Moon

I want to instantly dismiss this project as pointless celebrity backslapping of the highest order but looking into it further, this Rocket Juice affair is actually pretty decent. As you can imagine, there has to be a story behind why Tony Allen (probably the world's greatest living drumme...view item »

Pinch & Shackleton
Pinch & Shackleton

I was most excited when I read in that there Wire that we would soon be treated to a full length collaboration between these two heavyweights. Personally Shackleton is the man for me out of the two but Pinch's twelves are always rousing listens! On here Sam S largely sets the scene for the first two tunes, his airy eastern beat-dribbling &am...view item »

Moritz von Oswald Trio
Horizontal Structures

I though I'd grab this bugger as I've not quite got to grips with the output from this three-pronged all-star experimental collective. I bought the Mala/DMZ remix the other week 'cause it's Mala innit? But the source material is a different kettle of eels entirely. This is apparently a more "expressive" outing than previous endeavors and another...view item »

Actress
Splazsh

You can always tempt me with a bit of dubby techno and so here we are with a new album by Actress. This is an album of beautifully hazy ambience by Werk Discs founder and controller Darren J. Cunningham. The first track opens with shards of lovely atmospheric synths/treated guitars beneath which there is cut up vocal. Track two has more cut up f...view item »

Moritz von Oswald Trio
Vertical Ascent

Moritz von Oswald of Basic Channel/Maurizio/Rhythm and Sound legend has thankfully come through his mild stroke of last year and is now fronting the Moritz von Oswald Trio along with Vladislav Delay and Max Loderbauer. As touched on in this month's lead Wire article, the 'trio' in the name alludes to a jazz influence as the setup seems to have come...view item »

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