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Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda
Ke I Te Ki

Sound artists Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, first performed Ke i Te Ki in 2015 in New York. The pair built a series of sounds above field recordings, drones and further sound distortions. In Japanese, Ke i Te Ki is the sound of an alarm warning of a hazard. The name was chosen by the pair to remind themselves to set out of their comfort zone and to push the boundaries of their sound experiments further.  

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Full Circle

While you might not know Alan Hawkshaw or Brian Bennett by name it’s quite likely that you’re familiar with their work. The library compositions of the pair have been sampled by everyone from Kanye West to Drake to The xx to Nas. Their latest LP Full Circle is classic stuff from the duo, all big-band modes and laid back jazz-funk.

Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Bennett / John Fiddy
Hot Wax

In 1976 a trio of acclaimed session musicians and library/film/TV composers came together to create an LP for the KPM Music Recorded Library that showcased ‘the latest trends in production music’. Said album? Hot Wax. Said artists? Brian Bennett (a former Cliff Richard & The Shadows kit man), John Fiddy and Alan Hawkshaw (one-time member of The Tony Visconti Orchestra). Be With Records have done the sensible thing and capitalised on a resurgent interest in library sounds by reissuing the record.

Alan Parker
The Sound Of Soul

Originally released in 1976 as the instrumental accompaniment to Themes International's The Voice Of Soul, Alan Parker’s much-coveted record of library-soul now gets reissued by Be With Records. Original copies of The Sound Of Soul regularly fetch mega-money on the vinyl black market, so it’s a good job that this new edition comes in at a fraction of the price. Les Hurdle and Mike Moran - both members of the de-facto Themes International house band The Rhythm Section - also contribute a couple of numbers.

Alan Parker & Madeline Bell
The Voice Of Soul

The Voice Of Soul is a library-soul LP by session singer Madeline Bell and composer Alan Parker. Originally released in 1976, the record is notable for two reasons - being issued simultaneously with its instrumental album The Sound Of Soul, and for ‘Love Is All’ and ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’ being used in infamous porno-comedy flick Pretty Peaches. Now it’s been given a remaster and reissue job by Be With Records, a label which is really going in hard on the library music at the moment.

Antigone
Rising

It’s the new album by New York City all-female country rock band Antigone Rising. No, wait. Sorry. It’s the new album, Rising, by Paris all-male techno DJ and producer Antigone (one Antonin Jeanson). Behind him are many EPs and no LPs and, well, he’s out to change that right now. Rising finds him on good form with delicately produced and melodic techno, occasionally batting eyes at IDM.

Atmosphere
Mi Vida Local

Mi Vida Local is the seventh album from long time "alt-rappers" Atmosphere. It's coming up on three decades now that the duo of Slug and Ant have been practicing their craft, but more importantly it's been two years since their last album. America's last two years have been troubled and in response the band have turned to their local community, to create something warm, familiar, and defiant.
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Axel Rigaud
Transformation

Alex Rigaud mixes electronic music and jazz on his debut album, Transformation. The multi-instrumentalist, who hails from Paris, France, uses analogue synths and reed instruments such as sax and flute, which he often manipulates to create his original sound. Red and white coloured vinyl or CD on n5MD.

Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band
Siri Ba Kele

Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band return to Sublime Frequencies (Senyawa, Omar Souleyman) with a superb West African rock record. On Siri Ba Kele the Burkina Faso group fuse psychedelic rock, funk, two-over-three rhythms and droning grooves to potent effect. Commandant’s voice, capable of both gentle coos and arresting shrieks, ties the whole thing together. Anyone who enjoyed the recent LP from Guy One should check this.

Bauri
Vinkelvolten II

Bauri returns to B12 offshoot FireScope Records (Derek Carr, Steven Rutter) with the follow-up to 2017’s Vinkelvolten EP. Vinkelvolten II is another salvo of friendly downtempo electro. There’s a bit of an Oliver Postgate vibe to this thing, particularly on the twinkly and trip-hop-influenced title track and ‘Cocoon’. Boards Of Canada also spring to mind at points.

Beach Fossils
Clash The Truth + Demos

Here we have a reissue of Clash The Truth, the second album by Brooklyn indie rock band, Beach Fossils. The album comes with a disc of demos that band leader Dustin Payseur made when initially conceiving the album. The album’s themes are based on Payseur’s childhood in the southern states and life as a young adult in New York. Pink coloured vinyl 2LP, limited to 1000 copies, on Bayonet.

BFTT / Upsammy
Blue 03

Whities release the latest volume of their excellent Blue series (Lanark Artefax, Tessela). Blue 03 fronts two tracks apiece from Leeds-based BFTT and Dutch producer Upsammy. As with pretty much everything else that Nic Tasker’s label drops this is an EP of forward-thinking techno that will satisfy both body and mind.

Bob Andy
Lots of Love and I

Lovely old reissue here. Bob Andy’s third LP Lots Of Love And I was originally released in 1978, a time when reggae offshoots such as Jamaican soul and lovers rock had begun to gain traction. This big-hearted record draws from both of those genres as well as classic roots techniques to turn in some top tunes. Andy’s Ken Boothe-esque voice is in great shape here and his long-time buddy Marcia Griffiths guests on ‘Troubled Woman’.

Boogarins
Desvio Onírico (LIVE 2016)

Brazilian group Boogarins with a live EP here. The cuts on Desvio Onirico were taken from different stops on the group’s 2016 world tour - specifically North Carolina, Lisbon, Austin and Vancouver. Each of these four tracks is a lengthy psych-rock number. Some of them make forays into the worlds of prog and metal.
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Boogie Down Productions
Criminal Minded

In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions’ undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs “South Bronx,” “Criminal Minded” and “The Bridge is Over,” captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One’s aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rock’s hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. A true classic.
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Boss Keloid
Herb Your Enthusiasm

Wigan prog-sludgers Boss Keloid’s 2016 album Herb Your Enthusiasm was so good that they’re releasing it again. This time it’s on gatefold vinyl, so you can have your sludge and spin it too. Bursting with well-produced riffing, randy cover art and enough puns to sink the HMS James Joyce, your enthusiasm for this one is doubtless very herbed indeed.

Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem
Vous et Nous

The 1977 collaborative LP between avant-garde luvvies Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem gets reissued by Kythibong (The Healthy Boy, Deerhoof). There’s an awful lot going on on Vous et Nous. Everything from French medieval music to post-Reich phasing experiments to North African folk styles get a look in here. No wonder Stereolab cite this record as a major influence.

Brown Sugar
I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar And The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977-80

While their mammoth Studio One reissues project remains the jewel in Soul Jazz Records crown, the label have also done a decent job of shining new light on some lost classics of British reggae. Their latest release is a compilation of tracks by pioneering lovers rock group Brown Sugar. With the help of Dennis Bovell this South London trio - who included one Carol Simms - topped the charts in the late 1970’s with singles like the eponymous ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’. This album brings together some of their hits, dubs and extended mixes with interviews with Bovell, group member Pauline Catlin and others. I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks is another fine bit of excavation from Soul Jazz.

Capital Punishment
This Is Capital Punishment

Right, this is getting ridiculous. It was a pretty far fetched idea for us to expect to believe that the earlier Capital Punishment re-issue was made 35 years ago by an all future star line up including Ben Stiller. Now we are told that the quartet including Supreme Court Justice judge Peter Swann, professor Peter Zusi, actor/TV 'funny' man Ben Stiller and Kriss Roebling, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge have gone back into the studio to make new material.  You expect us to believe this? 
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Carcass Identity
Carcass Identity EP

Italian label Random Numbers (Mudwise, Marco Unzip) hit a dozen releases with a strange EP from Carcass Identity. This Belgian-based duo turn in four tunes of queasy, often hostile techno on Carcass Identity EP. The likes of ‘Reflexion Ocean’ and ‘Narrenschiff’ are dub-heavy without really being dub techno. There’s a little of Pablo’s Eye and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement to this one.

Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
Dawn Of The Dead

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin is a resurrection of Goblin by founding member Simonetti who composed many soundtracks to cult horror films including Deep Red, Suspiria, and George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead. Here is a 40 year anniversary re-release, with the full score as well as live versions and remixes/covers from Autogeddon, kETvECTOR, and Daemonia. Limited LP or CD on Rustblade.

Cloud Nothings
Last Building Burning

Great news! Cloud Nothings have made their loudest record to date! It's also one of their fastest. The Cleveland OH band have drafted in Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth etc.) to help replicate their intense and powerful live sound on this thirty-minute one-sitting-listen slab of racket churn.  

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis/Live!

A 1971 live album from Curtis Mayfield gets a tidy little reissue. Taped at a concert in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village fairly soon after Mayfield left The Temptations, Curtis/Live! shows him coming into his own as a solo performer. On this double LP Mayfield and his band blend the soul tunes of his old group with fiery conga-funk originals on this double LP.

Demian Licht & Eomac
ETXC003

The third record in Eomac’s ETXC series sees the Eotrax boss join forces with Demian Licht for a record of experimental electronic fare. On these two tracks the producers busy themselves with combing the outer reaches of techno. Their explorations see them end up in a no man’s land between dub techno, deconstructed club music and synthetic ambience.

Dennis Young
Quest

After Liquid Liquid disbanded in 1983, percussionist/marimba player Dennis Young started working on a series of New Age-y solo records. Some of these were released as small cassette runs in South Korea. Now the archivists at Daehan Electronics have dusted off the original tapes and are planning a series of reissues that will also feature previously unheard material from Young. The run kicks off with the dreamy synthetic ambiences of Quest.

Dios
Life Between The Tides

Dios are arguably pushing their luck by being from the same town as The Beach Boys while sounding this substantially influenced by them, but hey, who really cares when the music is this much fun? Life Between The Tides is a good time, with sunny psychedelic pop mixing with bits of electronics and found sound fun. Out on Burger Records.
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DJ Joe Lewis
Love of My Own EP

As the name suggests, Dutch label Clone Classic Cuts specialise in re-pressing ancient gems - specifically golden oldies from the early days of house, techno and electro. To a roster that includes editions of material by Dopplereffekt and Fingers Inc. we can now add Joe R. Lewis’ 1987 EP Love Of My Own. Originally issued on Booton Records, Love Of My Own became known as ‘The Pink Target Record’ on account of its distinctive centre artwork. The three tracks within combine dinky melodies and chirpy basslines with some classic Chicago jacks.

DOG Power
DOG Power

Following a couple of singles, New Zealand duo DOG Power release their eponymous debut album. The duo are made up of Sam Perry, a singer songwriter with an indie pop slant, and Henry Nicol, an experimental musician. It’s probably down to the latter that, although the pair make pop music, it is brooding and dark. An obvious reference point would be early Depeche Mode, but there are also guitars slicing through the electronics. There’s something about them that most definitely ties them to the Flying Nun stable, too. LP on Flying Nun.

Dreamscape
Welcome To Our New Age House

Originally released in '94/'95, Welcome to Our New Age House by Dreamscape is deceptively titled for those unaware of Ed Marshall's club tunes. A photographer from New York, Marshall originally released these meditative club tunes on his own label. They have subsequently become rarities, now reissued by World Building.   

E-Talking / Laksa
Blue 04

E-Talking and Laksa contribute a track each to the latest entry of Whities’ Blue series (BFTT, Lanark Artefax). ‘Telephone Rose’ may be E-Talking’s solo debut (they’re active as part of French duo Nummer) but the aesthetic is remarkably fully-formed here. The tune oscillates between cavernous big-room techno and trippy samples to hypnotic effect. On the flip Laksa brings some soundsystem heat similar to his recent drops for Ilian Tape.
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Eliza and the Bear
Group Therapy

A few years ago Eliza and the Bear seemed destined to be the next big thing. Things didn’t take off as their major label would have like so they were unceremoniously dropped. Their new album Group Therapy, was written during this upheaval and has served as the title suggests it would. Making it and writing about anxiety and depression has been a valuable cathartic exercise for them. LP and CD on Be-Known.

Emperor
Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

Candlelight return to the true cult, and have revisited Emperor’s back catalogue. Remastering and reworking cover art, all with the strict guidance of the band.Emperor pretty much defined Norwegian symphonic black metal. Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk was their second full length album ad featured a piece written by Mayhem’s Euronymous.

Endless Melancholy
Fragments of Scattered Whispers

Endless Melancholy. Not (necessarily) a description of life in the Norman office, but the alias of Ukraine's Oleksiy Sakevych. His latest collection of achingly sad ambience is on its way via Dronarivm, titled 'Fragments of Scattered Whispers'; wherein gentle, feathery piano melodies melt into crystalline ambient textures. With tape explorations. Sounds nice. Nice and hazy.

Ensemble Economique
Radiate Through You

Brian Pyle is back  with another round of uneasy compositions for Denovali. You radiated through him on the last track of Light that Comes, Light that Goes and now it’s time to radiate through yourself. Or it’s time for him to radiate through you. With his music. Which wafts its gloomy way through ambient, chamber loops, shoegaze and the like.

Ercilia Costa
My Torment

Death Is Not The End is a really cool little label. Since launching in 2014 they’ve carved out a niche of releasing grainy, somewhat haunting collections of early 20th Century folk musics from all around the world. Their latest reissue is My Torment, a 1930 LP made by Portuguese singer Ercilia Costa while she was across the border in Spain. A practitioner of the melodramatic Portuguese ballad style fado, here Costa wails her way through these 15 exquisite exercises in saudade.

Eric Copeland
Mixbone

A bunch of artists pile in on a couple of tracks from Eric Copeland’s 2017 LP Goofballs. The remixes here generally preserve the same zany machine malfunction vibe of the originals. Highlights include Physical Therapy’s halftime techno flip of ‘Mixer Shredder’ and Machine Woman’s snappy club refit of ‘Neckbone’. Also, NHK yx Koyxen’s version of ‘Neckbone’ makes you wonder what Wiley would be doing these if he’d ever developed an interest in electro.

Erik Griswold
Yokohama Flowers

Room40 (Merzbow, Lawrence English) drop an LP of piano explorations by label favourite Erik Griswold. The phrase ‘prepared piano’ can strike fear into the hearts of even the most adventurous music lover, but you’ll be pleased to hear that Yokohama Flowers manages to maintain a sense of warmth amidst all the dampened strings and heavy keys. Indeed, some of it kind of sounds like Beirut if you squint hard enough.

Eyedress
Sensitive G

Eyedress is that Philippines guy who made that really unusual anything went 'Shapeshifter' LP a couple of years ago where he mixed hip-hop, dream pop, funk and everything else in a big old pot. Following a ridiculously titled follow up in 'Manilla Ice' he is now back for a third solo offering on the Lex imprint. If the past is anything to go by expect lots of wooze, haze and musical magpie-ism.  

Fabio Frizzi
Frizzi 2 Fulci

Composer Fabio Frizzi and director Lucio Fulci have maintained a great collaboration throughout their careers, Frizzi providing memorable soundtracks to most of Fulci’s splatter-horror pictures. Frizzi 2 Fulci captures a rare live performance of this material at London’s Union Chapel in 2013 as a double vinyl gatefold set. On Death Waltz.
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FEAN (Piiptsjilling with Joachim Badenhorst, Sylvain Chauveau and Annelies Monseré)
FEAN

Piiptsjilling (the brothers Jan and Romke Kleefstra, Mariska Baars and Rutger “Machinefabriek” Zuydervelt) rebrand as FEAN for this outing with guests Annelies Monseré, Sylvain Chauveau and Joachim Badenhorst. The team improvise delicate brooders with church organ, spoken and sung voice, woodwinds, bass and other to sober themes of ecological decay. Beautiful art design as well.

Federico Durand
Pequeñas Melodías

Argentina’s Frederico Durand (12k, Home Normal, Spekk, White Paddy Mountain) offers up a suite of heartwarming, lo-fi somnolambient melodies and sound design, accompanied by the photography of Albarrán Cabrera, for IIKKI. Plenty of hiss, grainy warmth and trickling sample delays courtesy of eurorack lovelies Phonogene and Clouds. Mastered by a master of such things, 12k’s Taylor Deupree.

Filmico
In The Senses

Filmico’s In The Senses sees producer/composer Fernando Pulichino attempting to recreate the movie score sounds of artists like Angelo Badalamenti, John Carpenter and Johnny Jewel. With his penchant for drum machine beats, evocative synthesiser chord progressions, lashings of reverb and general noir-ish atmospherics, he doth indeed succeed.

Francis Coppieters
Piano Viberations

Yes, it is meant to be spelled like that. Piano Viberations is named as such because it is a record of incidental jazz where piano and vibes take centre-stage. The work of little-known Belgian pianist/composer Francis Coppieters, this is perhaps the most intriguing of Be With Records’ current crop of library music reissues.

Gemini
In And Out Of Fog And Lights

Peacefrog’s reissue series makes further headway. Following represses of classics by Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Glenn Underground, they turn their attention to Chicago idiosyncrat Gemini’s 1997 LP In And Out Of Fog And Lights. While working from the same base of jazz-tinged house that characterises the other re-pressings, it is Gemini’s cosmic sensibility that sets the album apart.

Georgia / Bellows
Decouple ][ Series

OOH-Sounds (Bangalore, Backwords) with a new ooh-series of ooh-music here. Ooh! The Decouple ][ Series intends to showcase artists working, in their own ways, at the bold fringes of electronic composition. NTS Radio favourites Georgia offer up two lopsided rhythm experiments on the A-Side - think Jan Jelinek - while Bellows (Nicola Ratti and Giuseppe Ielasi) long-form ‘Untitled’ largely eschews rhythm for an exercise in concrete iciness.

Gianni Ferrio
La Poliziotta

A highly rare old Italian film soundtrack LP finally, at long last, receives a reissue. La Poliziotta, scored by Gianni Ferrio, is a really groovy trip, combining mood-setting funky jazz with dashes of vocals from Edda Dell'Orso. Remastered, pressed to 180g vinyl, and limited to 500 copies only on the Four Flies label.

Goblin
Profondo Rosso (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


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Grant Kirkhope
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Grant Kirkhope - the video-game composer responsible for the music of Goldeneye and Banjo-Kazooie - served up a predictably zany soundtrack for Ubisoft’s 2014 game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The fully-orchestrated score draws strongly from Kirkhope’s previous work as well as Camille Saint-Saens’s beloved Carnival Of The Animals. It appears here as another lavish release from iam8bit - gatefold sleeve, actual fuzzy moustache (!) and paper character cutouts all come as standard.
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Gregor
Silver Drop

Aussie youngster, Gregor, likes to make an eccentric brand of pop music. On his debut, Silver Drop he takes his cues from Talking Heads, Durutti Column and Arthur Russell. The lyrics are emotionally charged with Gregor having decided to lay himself open rather than hide behind what he thought would have been ineffectual metaphors. LP on Chapter Music.

Hannu Karjalainen
Drift

I remember Hannu Karjalainen’s debut album Worms in my Piano all the way back in 2006, with its vignetted tufts of sweet, instrumental pop-ambient. Now he’s on his fourth, Drift, and while it’s definitely still our Hannu, he’s taken in a few contemporary ambient influences; it sounds a bit like classic Hannu reworked by Marsen Jules and bvdub.

HMS Morris
Inspirational Talks

HMS Morris are a Welsh band who blend the avant-garde with catchy melodies quite seamlessly. They take their influences from Syd Barrett along with trailblazing Welsh musical heroes, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon and Gwenno. Inspirational Talks is their second album. Available on limited edition vinyl and CD on Bubblewrap.

Hugo Massein
Remnants / London Underground 2014 - 16

Six tracks Hugo Massein produced back in 2014-2016, during the peak years of the deep tech scene in London. Massein has been a key player in the scene and Remnants / London Underground now offers us the opportunity to hear some of his most creative and varied work in the genre. Released on Keysound Recordings.

Jacques Greene
Focus

Jacques Greene with his first official release since 2017’s Feel Infinite LP here. Focus is one half of the Fever Focus EP, a record that can be purchased as a whole or in separate parts. The three tracks of Focus find Greene once more exploring the club as a space for dreaming and escapism through a mixture of sounds drawn from post-dubstep, deep house and r&b.

James Clarke
Mystery Movie

Back in the 1970’s it was the job of people like Themes International Music Records and the KPM Music Recorded Library to keep up with the new demand for library sounds. In 1974 the former commissioned James Clarke to come up with an album of tense incidental sounds for them to keep on file. The resulting record - unsurprisingly entitled Mystery Movie - fuses blaxploitation soundtracks, jazz-fusion, funk, soul and more for an album of rare groove. Now the collection has been reissued by Be With Records.

Joe Hisaishi
Kaze No Densetsu - Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind: Symphony Version

Kaze No Densetsu contains music which is not just Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack to the Miyazaki film Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind, but a special symphonic version, rearranged for an orchestra of 50! Hisaishi composed, arranged and produced this performance, so you know that this perfectly represents his musical vision.

Joe Hisaishi
Sora Kara Futtekita Shoujo - Castle In The Sky: Image Album

Sora Kara Futtekita Shoujo - Castle In The Sky: Image Album presents the rare musical material that Joe Hisaishi initially created on the basis of an image of Laputa, before the Miyazaki film Castle In The Sky (and Hisaishi’s final soundtrack) was completed. Deepen your knowledge of Hisaishi and Miyazaki’s works!
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Joe Hisaishi
Taiju - Castle In The Sky: Symphony Version

Castle In The Sky is a 1986 film by Hayao Miyazaki, particularly notable for being the first animation ever to come out of Studio Ghibli. The soundtrack, by the prolific film composer Joe Hisaishi, has been adapted here for full symphony orchestra, offering maximum grandeur and cinematic weight. From Tokuma.

Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop
Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop

A bit of Glaswegian retro-beat here on the charming Last Night From Glasgow imprint (L-Space, The Gracious Losers). Joe Kane has a gig playing in Beatles tribute bands, so it’s no surprise to find out that the strain of psychedelia that runs through this LP has a distinctly Sgt. Peppers flavour to it. There’s also a fair bit of Spiritualized to this thing.

Kallaloo
Star Child

Reissued for the first time: a splendid, sought-after Caribbean disco number from 1982 with uplifting duet vocals, bass too hot for TV, psychedelic guitar and synth and drums with enough claps to wear out an entire production line of sound-activated switches. Side A is the five-minute ‘Short Version’, which is all well and good, but the titular child really shines on the eight-minute side B version.
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Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl II

The second of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl reissue series features three of the great artist’s albums, dating from the eighties and nineties. We have Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, notable collections all. The material has all been remastered, and is presented on beautiful vinyl LPs for the first time in a long time.
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Keith Mansfield / Alan Hawkshaw / David Snell
Big Business / Wind Of Change

This LP may have the names Alan Hawkshaw and David Snell on the spine, but the bulk of the work here is done by Keith Mansfield (he of the Grandstand theme fame). For this 1973 album now reissued by Be With Records, Mansfield crafts a series of pomp-and-circumstance instrumentals. Hawkshaw and Snell cameo with a piece apiece. Big Business/Winds Of Change is a good cop for all you library music fans out there.

Keith Mansfield / John Cameron
Voices In Harmony

Reissue fanatics Be With Records have recently snapped up the rights to some releases from the catalogue of KPM Music Recorded Library. KPM specialised in - yep - library music, so it’s no surprise to find a few records by the BBC’s Keith Mansfield on their roster. On 1973’s Voices In Harmony Mansfield is joined by John Cameron for a selection of David Axelrod-ish incidentals.

L-Space
Kipple Arcadia

The title of Glaswegian group L-Space’s debut LP Kipple Arcadia is an amalgamation of the Greek word for pastoral beauty and a Philip K. Dick coinage intended to describe the casually discarded detritus of consumer capitalism. With this in mind it probably won’t surprise you to find out that the ten tunes here are ‘80s-inspired, slightly dystopian synth-pop that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the Drive soundtrack.

Lena Hessels
Billow

Lena Hessels is the daughter of Terrie Hessels, guitarist with Dutch anarcho-punk band The Ex. She was born in 2000, which makes her a youngster, but a youngster who knows bands such as Sonic Youth and Konono No.1 from the times they stayed at her parents house as she was growing up. She has also immersed herself in Ethiopia’s musical heritage. All-in-all, it makes her debut mini album, Billow, an interesting prospect. LP and CD on Terp.

Levitation
Meanwhile Gardens

Much to the band’s evident dismay (see the press release), Levitation’s second record Meanwhile Gardens was never released in 1993 when it was recorded. It has taken until now for the album to receive the full, proper release it was meant to: now, we can all hear the alt-guitar sound the band crafted back then. On Flashback.
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Lia Mice
The Sampler As A Time Machine

Glasgow’s Optimo bring you Aussie-born London artist Lia Mice, whose album The Sampler as a Time Machine has to do with the temporal effects of rearranging and manipulating recorded sound. Is Lia a time-traveller from the 1940s? Either way, Walter Benjamin would be delighted by this album of time-twisting leftfield pop, led by gnarled bass, repitched vocal textures and fluttering electro.

Lionel Marchetti + Cat Hope (Performed by Decibel)
The Last Days Of Reality

Famed avant-garde composers Cat Hope and Lionel Marchetti have some of their work performed by Decibel on this new Room40 (Merzbow, Norman Westberg) release. The Last Days Of Reality sees Hope and Marchetti combine on two tracks while Marchetti also has four solo pieces here. Impressively performed by Decibel, the mix of portentous noise, concrete techniques and precise electroacoustic composition is reminiscent of both Coil and Karlheinz Stockhausen in equal measure.

Little Dragon
Lover Chanting EP

Following their Ninja Tune collab with Canada’s BadBadNotGood, Gothenburg electronic music band Little Dragon hook up with the ol’ Tune once again for a new EP. This one’s about that greatest and most elemental of forces, the power of love (perhaps you’ve heard of it) and even features a clavinet. Lush and groovy dance music.

Los Campesinos
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Ah, Los Campesinos!. Early birds of the 2000s NME heartbreak-tweecore indie scene, their success with university freshers up and down the country was all but sealed. 2008’s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, albeit a subradar piece knocked out half a year after the previous album, contained many a fan hit of its own, especially the title track.

Low Sea
Portals

Ireland-based duo, Low Sea continue their goth/coldwave/synth-pop explorations on Portals, their third release. This time, their music is lightened at the edges and there are themes of winning and losing, loneliness and elation. Once again they have called in the the talents of American producer Stephen Hague to mix the album’s closing track. Hague has worked with all sorts of ‘80s acts from Pet Shop Boys and The Communards to New Order and Erasure. LP pressed on Angel Delight coloured vinyl, limited to 300 copies on Tablets.

Lyra Valenza
Scan, Deliver

Opal Tapes offshoot Black Opal (Metrist, J Albert) drop an excellent debut EP from Denmark’s Lyra Valenza. The duo of Hjalte and Severin’s Jens Konrad turn in four tracks of rave hyperrealism on Scan, Deliver. Numbers like ‘Reality Blizz’ enmesh the post-trance explorations of Lorenzo Senni with Special Request’s wildside junglism. We look forward to hearing more from this lot.

Majetic
Club Dread

Justin Majetich has previously released on Winspear Records (The Lemon Twigs, The Pills) as CARE, but this LP sees him adopt a new moniker. The Majetic sound certainly alludes to club music on Club Dread, but these tracks are neither dancefloor fodder or the deconstructionism of someone like Ziur. Rather, what we have here are intersections of Perfume Genius/How To Dress Well-style queer pop and the freighted maximalism you sometimes find bolting out of the LuckyMe stable.

Malka Spigel
Rosh Ballata

Malka Spigen! She was a member of Minimal Compact until they split up in 1988, but in 1993 she made something remarkable: the Rosh Ballata album. This is a set of music that is simultaneously happy-days nineties pop, experimental international trip-hop, and much more besides. Features contributions from Colin Newman and Anton Shammas. Reissued by Swim.

Marc Almond
Hits & Pieces: The Best Of Marc Almond and Soft Cell

Here we have a vinyl version of Hits And Pieces by Marc Almond. A CD version was released in 2017. Now it’s been spread across two lovely LPs, comprehensively showcasing the singer’s best bits. His solo work,  work with Marc & The Mambas and Soft Cell plus duets with Gene Pitney and Bronski Beat all feature. Limited edition 2LP on Universal.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5762925)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Marc Romboy & Petar Dundov
Dimension D EP

Yer boys Marc Romboy & Petar Dundov return to Systematic (Steve Lawler, Will Saul) with their second joint EP of 2018. Dimension D works the same channels as its predecessor Caper Tran. Both the title track and ‘Meteor Shower’ are the sort of melodious big-room tech-house tunes that KiNK - another former collaborator of Romboy’s - would be proud of.
  • Vinyl 12" (SYST0122-6)
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  • Last copy

Marco Beltrami
A Quiet Place (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

You might have heard that John Krasinski’s 2018 movie A Quiet Place doesn’t feature a whole lot of talking. As such, it was all the more important that whoever Krasinski chose to do the music came through with the goods in order to adequately fill all that empty space. Scream/Resident Evil composer Marco Beltrami did just that. His score is yer classic high-octane horror romp, all sawing strings and pummelling tom-toms.

Mariel Ito
2000-2005

After more than a decade of silence Maceo Plex has revived his Mariel Ito alias in 2018. First we got the 2e Komst EP back in January, now we’re blessed with the retrospective full-length 2000-2005. The nine tracks of this LP all date from that period (you'd probably already worked that out for yourselves hadn't you). They’re busy mish-mashes of IDM and electro in a manner which makes us think that Mr. Plex might have a serious thing for Aphex Twin.

Matthias Puech
Alpestres

Matthias Puech is a builder of modular synths, and also a user of those synths, in this case creating an abstract electronic soundscape that also evokes in some way an Alpine hike. Alpestres actually has a lot of sonic focus and narrative drive for a modular synth record, with evocative titles in various European languages to help the listener off on their sonic trip up the mountain.
  • Vinyl LP (HITD 042)
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  • Limited edition

Max Graef
Lo Siento Mucho Pero No Hablo Tu Idioma

Berliner, Max Graef, returns four years after his highly-rated debut Rivers Of The Red Planet with Lo Siento Mucho Pero No Hablo Tu Idioma - or I’m Very Sorry But I Don’t Speak Your Language, as my basic Spanish leads me to understand. Graef says of the record that it he approached it in an unmusical way - more experimental than its predecessor in terms of instrumentation and recording venues. Double LP on Tartelet.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TARTALB9)
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  • Last copy

Maze & Lindholm
Where The Wolf Has Been Seen

New collaboration between Maze, who's part of Orphan Swords, and Otto Lindholm, the producer. Where The Wolf Has Been Seen is a great start to this team-up, chucking out four tracks based around Lindholm's double bass tones but adding in electronics and keening strings. A tension filled and claustrophobic work combining modern classical and dark electronica. 

Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

What's left to say about Miles Davis? Birth of The Cool was originally released in 1957 and it brings together some of Davis's coolest from 1949-50. Most of the tracks were originally released on 10", 78RPM - those were the days! It's a comprehensive look at Cool Jazz and some of Davis's finest - a cool place to birth a Davis obsession or to just keep on bopping.  

mmph
Serenade

Last April came mmph’s debut EP Dear God. Now the young musician, aka LA-based Sae Heum Han, follows it up with Serenade and a view of what else is on his wall. This newun shows a continued interest in wild dynamics, dense, flitting sound design and melodramatic flourishes of choir, cinematic bass and heavy percussion. If Xiu Xiu made IDM it might come out something like this.

Model 500
The Chase

Model 500 is of course a pseudonym for Detroit super-producer Juan Atkins. On this EP resurrected from the beating heart of 1989 The Chase, Atkin spins out multiple mixes of the tune, inviting Derrick May to contribute two. This is 12 inches of vintage original techno from one of the actual originators, reissued by Metroplex.

Mount Eerie
Clear Moon / Ocean Roar

Phil Elverum was busy in 2012 releasing two albums Clear Moon and Ocean Roar. If you missed out back then or have only recently come to his work via the 2017 Norman Records Album of the Year  A Crow Looked At Me  then now is your chance to get both on this limited edition twofer 2LP set. His work is always original and unique so this is a good time to wind back and get more of the story. 

Mount Eerie
Song Islands vol. 2

The second of Mount Eerie’s Song Islands collections emerges. Once you've had your fun with all the trinkets that come with this record (when we say fancy packaging, we mean fancy packaging) you'll find that there's a real variety of music on the LP. A lot of the tracks on Song Islands Vol. 2 have never seen the light of day before, and the ones that have been released previously only appeared on rare singles and compilations. Art-punk, anti-folk and songs for massed voice choir are just three of the wells drunk from by ME’s Phil Elverum here.

Mr. Fingers
Praise to the Vibes / Crying Over You Remixes

Mr. Fingers AKA Larry Heard has got a bunch of artists together to remix tracks from his Cerebral Hemispheres album over three 12” singles. The first installment sees Larry Heard and Rodaidh McDonald test their remixing skills with Praise To The Vibes and Crying over You. Four track 12” single on Alleviated.

Mr. Fingers
Cerebral Hemispheres Remixes

On EP number 2 of Mr. Fingers’ Cerebral Hemispheres remix series, the deep house pioneer, AKA Larry Heard gets the remix treatment from Joey Anderson on Electron as Kode 9 takes on Spy whilst Upsammy does something to Outer Acid. Not to be outdone he also offers up his own remix of Outer Acid. Four track 12” single on Alleviated.
  • Vinyl 12" (ML 2237-2)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Mr. Mitch
Primary Progressive

After releasing a couple of LPs on Planet Mu, man like Mr. Mitch drops a record on his own Gobstopper Records (Iglew, Dark0) for the first time since 2014. The five-track EP Primary Progressive is another dark, detailed affair of post-grime realness from a producer who simply does not cop the respect he deserves. The likes of ‘Settle’ also display a new-found operatic fragility reminiscent of early Jlin.

Mudhoney
Tomorrow Hit Today

Tomorrow Hit Today by Mudhoney, originally released in 1998, was the last album by the grunge pioneers to feature the original line-up. Bassist Matt Lukin left once the album was in the can. The album marks the point where Mudhoney brought elements of blues and garage rock to their sound, influenced by the legendary figurehead of Memphis music, Jim Dickinson, who produced the album. Reissue LP on blue, black and white mixed coloured vinyl. Limited to 1500.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2229C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Mutant Beat Dance
Mutant Beat Dance

This self-titled record from Mutant Beat Dance is more of a debut opus than a debut LP. Featuring 25 tracks spread out over six (!) records/two CDs, and with the box-set including a booklet, Mutant Beat Dance is a lavish piece. With so much time to play with the music here is unsurprisingly varied. Founding members Traxx and Beau Wanzer have roped in Steve Summers for this selection that takes in everything from synthwave to Chicago acid to Liquid Liquid-style punk funk. Keep an ear out for members of LCD Soundsystem cropping up on backing vox.

My Name Is Ian
The Point Of No Return

We have an Ian here in the office and on occasion he is heard saying 'My Name Is Ian' but he has nothing to do with these alt/garage mavericks who also say their name is Ian. They veer across disco, punk, lo-fi and garage rock which, weirdly, our Ian does as well sometimes. Comes on what is described as a lucky dip mash of coloured vinyl.   

Neon Eros
Neon Eros

First EP of cheapo-synth and rigid-funk from Neon Eros. An aptly named and fully formed project which finds lust in tacky artifice and cultural detritus. Track titles like ‘Quaalude Funk’, ‘Sleazy People’, and ‘Julian’s Orgy’, should indicate the kind of territory which this 7-track EP lurks in. The self-titled release comes out via ERR REC, an independent label based in Paris.

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