Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.
John Carpenter - Anthology (Movie Themes 1974 - 1998)
As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016. Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 collects 13 classic themes from Carpenter’s illustrious career together on one volume for the first time. Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.
Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker With The Strings: The LP
When producer Norman Granz decided to let Charlie Parker record standards with a full string section (featuring Mitch Miller on oboe!), the purists cried sellout, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's a real sense of involvement from Bird on these sides, which collect up all the master takes and also include some live tracks from Carnegie Hall that — judging from the sometimes uneasy murmurings of the crowd — amply illustrate just how weirdly this mixture of bop lines against "legit" arrangements was perceived. The music on this collection is lush, poetic, romantic as hell, and the perfect antidote to a surfeit of jazz records featuring undisciplined blowing. There's a lot of jazz, but there's only one Bird.
Death in Vegas returns with Transmission, the sixth release from the project begun by Richard Fearless nearly two decades ago. This album forges new miles on the path Fearless carved with Satan’s Circus and Trans-Love Energies, and is born of his desire for an ever more raw, refined sound.
United over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey, Fearless partners with artist and writer Sasha Grey, whose lyrics resonate across the soundscape of visceral techno and unsettling, discordant drones, weaving into a state of dreamlike euphoria. Field recordings of the constant drone of air traffic and incessant noise from the steel factory opposite Fearless’ Metal Box studio, as well as the Ballardian landscape in which it’s set, all exert their pull on the record, searching for light in the dark.
It’s easy to forget that Norway shares a short stretch of frontier with Russia, right at the northernmost tip of the country. That region is where Geir Jenssen, the Norwegian electronic producer behind Biosphere, comes from, and where he has been composing his austere, disturbing and deeply textured ambience since the early 1980s.
Biosphere has released many albums to date including 'Substrata,' voted the greatest ambient album of all time on the Hyperreal website, and has collaborated with Arne Nordheim, Higher Intelligence Agency, Deathprod, Pete Namlook and Bel Canto.
His 12th album 'Departed Glories' is his first in almost five years and marks a new deal with the Oslo independent label Smalltown Supersound. On the cover is a photo of the Russian landscape taken more than a hundred years ago. It’s part of an incredible cache of recently discovered images by the photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, who pioneered a form of colour photography using three sheets of glass, and left us with a collection of hauntingly beautiful pictures of a vanished world that could have been taken on an iPhone.
Sebastian has followed such an impressive path that itâs hard to believe that heâs only now releasing his long-awaited debut album. But the facts are clear: after several EPs (H.A.L, Smoking Kills, Ross Ross Ross, Motor), a record compiling his many remixes for Daft Punk, Kelis and the Kills among others (Sebastian Remixes) and a co production of the soundtrack for the film Steak with Sebastien Tellier and Mr Oizo, in which he also played one of the leading roles.
Ever elusive, he unveiled yet another side of his creativity in composing a philharmonic score for Notre Jour Viendra, Romain Gavrasâ first film. One of the creators, along with Justice, of the Ed Banger sound, he is without a doubt the labelâs most unusual figure. An iconoclast maverick he readily defies the rules to deliver a dirty and violent kind of techno that coughs and spits; music to his image: human and visceral. Super prolific and constantly effervescent this musician has managed, in the space of a few years, to redefine electronic music and is ready to astound everyone once again with TOTAL, a definitive and meteoric first album.
Algernon Cornelius - The Miraculous Weapons of Clarkus_Dark
This is the debut album from Algernon Cornelius, the son of Irish and Jamaican immigrants – he is a rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, currently residing in sunny Manchester. Notable throughout both Leeds and Manchester’s DIY scenes, he’s shared stages with the likes of Armand Hammer, Moor Mother, Cakes Da Killa, Shabazz Palaces and The Bug, in addition to performing at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival and producing for R.A.P. Ferreira and Pijn.
Limited edition of 35 copies worldwide, only available in physical form.
Decaying Spheres' second release is an international effort from some of the labels favourite artists. The tape drifts seamlessly between ten deep ambient cuts, offering a tasteful eclectic mix.
Limited edition cassette tape - only 50 copies worldwide.
Bonzaii - Life on a Blade Hynta - Badlands Ghost Signs - Let Fly Thy Vagabond Heart SVR - A Promise Volunteer Coroner - Fantasy in Flashing Lights Eppu Kaipainen feat Embry お兄ちゃん - My House is Torn Down Every Evening Employee Of The Month - Augur Güsh - Gaunt Σπαταλώ χρόνο - αδυναμία, έλλειψη, λεπτότητα, χαύνωση Seed Faith - Projection Forecast
Decaying Spheres presents an essential release from artists 01 Ambience and Ozyorsk. Hidden Shelters featured as the soundtrack to an intimate audio installation, narrating the personal accounts of four LGBT refugees.
Traversing the dark undertones that bind the stories of those refugees together, Hidden Shelters draws a parallel on the emotions evoked by the individuals. These minimal compositions carefully create a feeling of anxiety, isolation and paranoia. Ominous analogue synths, isolated arpeggiators and dense pads are layered with field recordings of Manchester, forming a unique ambient landscape.
Hidden Shelters first premiered as part of Manchester International Festival 2019, elevating the unique journeys of people directly affected by the international LGBT refugee and homeless crisis. The event gave the individuals a platform to share their stories and raise awareness about the issue through first-hand interviews.
The project is supported by a grant from Superbia at Manchester Pride. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.
All profit from vinyl sales will go to charities Safe Place International and akt.
Tutti is Cosey Fanni Tutti's first solo album since 1982's Time to Tell, and is an exploration of her self, life and art. It was created to be the soundtrack to Harmonic Coumaction, a film about Tutti. The album features the unsettling pounding synths we've come to expect from the Throbbing Gristle crew but is made more personal in how Tutti incorporates other elements.
Originally released on Prestige in 1957, this is the third LP from NYC street performer and avant-garde/minimalist composer Moondog. Perhaps the least accessible of his early releases, this album is made up of percussive jams, usually on instruments of his own creation, street sounds, poetry, and Far East melodies, despite opening with a swinging number that is, oddly, the most bizarre thing on the album. Another classic from Moondog reissued with its original Andy Warhol artwork.
Limited edition on purple and green starburst vinyl.
For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn’t composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars. “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”
Them There Records presents the new album ‘Solarphones’ from Yorkshire based musician and sound artist Chris Ruffoni. These new recordings are taken from a touring installation project in which Chris explores positioning his bespoke, handbuilt wooden sculptures named Solarphones amidst various outdoor spaces to interact with the sunlight, shadow and the architecture of the setting.
Presented on this release as two 22 minute field recordings, chosen as highlights from numerous installations in woodland and reservoirs around West Yorkshire between April and May 2020. The instruments are tuned in modes using just intonation, each side of the tape reflects one mode.
Throughout Summer 2020 ‘Solarphones’ has been invited to be installed at several (unfortunately postponed) UK festivals including Supernormal and Bluedot Festival.
Granfalloon, is the musical project of Manchester based artist and producer Richard Lomax. Lomax makes a hybrid of lo-fi folk, experimental music, and electronica - weaving oddball elements, such as Omnichords, acoustic guitars, and vintage drum loops, into dreamy songs and cinematic soundscapes. Granfalloon's second album entitled RGB (or Red Green Blue) is out this September on Spotify, Apple Music, and 12" vinyl. The album was recorded in Manchester between John Ellis' Limefield Studio, WR Audio, and their own studio The Dogan. They worked with producer Andrew Glassford (One Little Atlas), and Australian electronic artist/producer Jack Prest (Jonti/Sampa The Great), as well as Lomax producing a lot of the album himself.
During the Library Music heyday of the 60s and 70s, thousands of original instrumental tracks were produced across a broad range of genres for companies like Cavendish, who then created vinyl and tape collections, often arranged by theme or mood, for their customers in radio, television and film. Cult British TV shows such as The Sweeney and The Professionals as well as documentaries and feature films relied heavily on these catalogues, and companies like KPM, De Wolfe and Boosey & Hawkes went a long way toward defining the sound of British popular culture at the time.
Never commercially available, music created for these libraries that never made it to the promised land of TV or Radio was destined to languish in Cavendish Music’s vast London vault; only recently unearthed by a new generation of DJs and producers searching for rare gems or a perfect sample.
Initially, a bedroom, lo-fi solo project from Geneva, Maraudeur, now based in Leipzig, are an all-female post-wave band focussing around the interplay between two bass guitars and cheap synths.
Described as mixing early New Order and ESG: drum machines, real drums, synthesisers and bass are all utilised along with founding sounds to create an infectious form of blown out, polyrhythmic wave music that is as pop as it is avant-garde. Featuring members of Couteau Latex, The Staches, Purpur Spytt, Thee Agnes Muller as well as various side projects along the Leipzig / Paris / San Francisco axis.
Recorded in 2015, "Maraudeur + Maraudeur" is the first two cassettes, remastered and offered for the first time on ltd edition vinyl, in hand-printed sleeves.
Third solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in July 1973 by RCA Records. The album is a tragic rock opera about a doomed couple, Jim and Caroline, the concept was created when producer Bob Ezrin mentioned to Lou Reed that although the stories told by Reed's songs had great beginnings - they never really had an ending. Specifically, Ezrin wanted to know what happened to the couple from Berlin - a song from Reed's first solo album.
Kas Product - Black & Noir (Mutant Experimental Synth Punk From France 1980-83)
Soul Jazz Records are releasing a collection of lost recordings by French mutant experimental synth group Kas Product, all originally recorded in the period 1980 – 83.
Kas Product formed in 1980 in Nancy, France, as an electronic duo comprising ex-psychiatric nurse Spatsz on electronics and rhythm machines and Mona Soyoc on vocals and guitars.
Kas Product feature on Soul Jazz Records’ recent 'Punk 45 – Les Punks: The French Connection'. Mainly recorded on early tape, synth and drum machines Kas Product’s mixture of Spatsz’ hypnotic, electronic and angular hard-edged beats matched to the spiky vocals and guitar work of Soyoc led to comparisons with Suicide, Liliput/Kleenex, Cabaret Voltaire as well as to the group being forerunners of the cold wave/ synth wave movement. Perhaps closer still is the Industrial sound of bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubaten. At the start of the decade Kas Product's 'So Young But So Cold' was also the title track of a defining collection of rare underground electronic French coldwave/synthwave bands on the Tigersushi label.
1981’s ‘Halloween II’ saw Carpenter linking up with Alan Haworth to rehash the music of the hugely successful first ‘Halloween’ film for its follow-up. You know the drill by now - spooky synths, ominous bass, off-kilter melodies that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, that sort of hting. This new Death Waltz edition (when is a John Carpenter release not the death Waltz edition these days?) contains new artwork by John Mann.
Moody and back in the present. John Carpenter arrives. Soaring synths, crystal piercing tones and brooding echoes can be found. Lost Themes is one to grab you and stay with you. Carpenter is also joined by his son Cody (Of the band Ludrium) and Daniel Davies (Who scored I, Frankenstein). Sacred Bones are known for their spook and this one will pull you right out of bed. We all know what John can see and hear. Now we all want back into that world, again...or do we ? Tense stuff.
Leading the way in electronics before anyone considered it a serious way of making music, the Radiophonic Workshop gang pushed the boundaries of music and invented a new language and landscape for how music could be made.
Delia Derbyshire is included on this collection of absolutely astonishing cuts of electronic gems! Left to it in the bowels of Auntie Beeb, the Radiophonic crew made some of the most important bits of music ever recorded. A must-have for historians and curious-minds alike
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