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January 17, 2014

special announcement

Welcome to our first new release Update of 2014, which has a brand new look, designed by our friends at Outside the Pixel. While all of us are excited about the new sounds and rediscoveries that we'll be hearing this year, you can click over to our website to view our staff's personal favorites of 2013 along with our store's top selling albums of '13. We hope that 2014 is off to a good start for you and we look forward to sharing lots of great music in the year ahead!

in this week's update

FEATURED NEW RELEASES

Antonio Smith
Akkord
The Space Lady
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Love (Japanese band)
Loop
Coucou Bazar (Various Artists)
Drexciya
Laurence Vanay
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Nobue Kawana
Mobilisation Generale (Various Artists)
One of You

ALSO AVAILABLE

Excepter
The Case

BACK IN PRINT

Electrelane
Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue
Peaking Lights (LTD 936 LP repress)
Andy Stott
Demdike Stare

OTHER MUSIC RECORDING CO. T-SHIRTS

Mutual Benefit
Anna von Hausswolff


 

announcement

LAST CHANCE: WARPAINT SURPRISE SHOW GIVEAWAY

TONIGHT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

Union Pool: 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Celebrating the release of their new album (out Tuesday, January 21 on Rough Trade), Warpaint are playing a surprise show in Brooklyn tonight, 10pm at Union Pool, and we've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away! Email  enter@othermusic.com for your chance to win. Must be 21+ to enter.


WIN TICKETS TO LOS CAMPESINOS!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22

Irving Plaza:  17 Irving Pl. New York, NY

Oh My Rockness presents Los Campesinos! next Wednesday, with the band performing in New York City supporting their new album, No Blues. Other Music is giving away a pair of tickets to catch these great pop hooligans from Wales, with Speedy Ortiz opening the night. To enter, email tickets@othermusic.com.


DAMIEN JURADO TICKET & TEST PRESSING GIVEAWAY

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Bowery Ballroom: 6 Delancey St. New York, NY

Damien Jurado celebrates the release of his anticipated new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out 1/21 on Secretly Canadian), with a performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City next Friday. Other Music is giving away one pair of tickets along with an LP test pressing, and to enter, email giveaway@othermusic.com

 


 

this week's update

ANTONIO SMITH
Ven Seamos Mas / Somos El Mundo
(Branco)

If you've been shopping at Other Music or reading our reviews for any length of time you're probably aware of our love for South American psychedelic-tinged folk albums in general, and one by the legendary Chilean group Congregacion in particular. Well, the mastermind of that record, Antonio Smith, was forced to flee Chile for Argentina not long after its release due to a military coup that deposed and murdered then president Salvador Allende and ultimately began tracking down artists and intellectuals. After a period of regrouping in his exile, Smith started performing and releasing (albeit seriously impossible-to-find) albums again. The first two he made have now been collected as a two-CD set issued by the Japanese label, Branco, and my god are they good records, carrying on and developing further the brilliant merging of melody and atmosphere that Smith had already put to such gorgeous effect on the Congregacion LP. Both these albums feature delicately finger-picked guitars, restrained string accompaniment, hushed flutes, just-the-right placed percussion, haunting studio reverb, along with some seriously lilting and heartbreaking melodies and singing. Take one listen to "Tiempo de Amar," which we've included as a soundclip, to see exactly what I'm talking about -- and which is truly about the most devastating song I've heard in months. They're both ambitiously arranged records, alternately sad and anthemic, and really do warrant comparisons to the best works of Milton Nasciemento, Lo Borges, Joyce & Nelson Angelo, and Arthur Verocai. We're beyond excited to finally have more music available from the visionary that is Antonio Smith, and this release cannot come more highly recommended!!! [MK]

$23.99 CDx2

AKKORD
Akkord
(Houndstooth)  

The Fabric club's new imprint, Houndstooth, ended 2013 with a killer one-two punch; first we were hit with Paul Woolford's Special Request project, and now producers Indigo and Synkro deliver a knockout with their collaboration as Akkord. The duo are better known for their bass productions, and that learned skill is applied with a wider reaching scope throughout Akkord's self-titled debut album, a solid journey into techno, lo-fi house, electro, and atmospheric electronica. Based in Manchester, the duo sidesteps the usual templates established by London, Berlin or Chicago artists with a wealth of original sounds and rhythms that give a fresh 'dance music' perspective and attitude. Tight and effective sequencing pulls you in initially, and then with a slew of killer floor fillers, they seal the deal. Imagine the clinical approach of Plastikman fused with the more sparse yet emotive work of Shackleton. This is metallic and icy, yet with enough breath to feel refreshing, especially compared with the ravey tendencies of names like Blawan or the headier vibe of the L.I.E.S. label. This was another release that seemed to come out of nowhere, yet is completely of the moment and totally spot on. If you're growing tired of the tried and true school of modern techno, Akkord may fill the much-needed variation void. Solid, accessible, and at times quite mesmerizing and magnetic, if this one slipped through the cracks while you were out sleigh riding, start the year off right and let Akkord soundtrack your next winter excursion. [DG]

$16.99 CD
$34.99 LPx2

THE SPACE LADY
Greatest Hits
(Night School)

Though this is "outsider" music, this amazing document is certainly no joke and should not be treated as a novelty. The Space Lady performed on the streets of San Francisco from the late '70s through the mid '90s. This album presents, for the first time ever, the highlights from the only early set she preserved, originally released as a cassette (and later as a self-made CD). Her sound palette is not a million miles away from that of Charanjit Singh's Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, an obscure 1982 LP of proto-acid techno which made waves when it was reissued a few years ago. Primitive drum machine and propulsive yet subdued Casio synth lines are augmented by vocals with just the right amount of reverb to give these recordings an otherworldly quality to match her wild costumes. Though the program is made up of mostly cover songs, it's a testament to her talent that the Space Lady's rendition of "Fly Like an Eagle" is not only listenable, it's also downright cosmic. Her version of Peter Schilling's "Major Tom" is at once haunting and soothing, thanks to her matter-of-fact vocal delivery. Oddly, the Space Lady's voice often recalls Vashti Bunyan, especially on an outstanding cover of "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." This is real folk music, in the most literal sense of the term. What we have here is a glorious example of true personal expression, created by a real person on the street and existing outside the hype machine of pop culture. It's refreshing to be reminded that with the right amount of passion and determination, one doesn't need loads of fancy gear to create compelling and singular art. [NN]

$17.99 CD

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
Wig Out at Jagbags
(Matador)

As the de facto leader of one of the most influential bands ever in our tiny (but expanding) universe, Stephen Malkmus will always have critics lining up to analyze his records, regardless of now many years it's been since Pavement imploded, or how hard he tries to confound, or at least shrug off, our expectations. But I'm not critic, I just like music, and so I'll say this: Wig Out at Jagbags is a lot of fun (if not quite as much fun as Wig Out at Denko's was for me when I was 17) -- mostly because Malkmus sounds like he's having fun. At this point, regardless of the reunion detour, Malkmus is a well-established solo artist whose albums should be heard on their own terms, and this new one is more direct, poppier and sharper than anything he's done in a while. His lyrics always have been, and always will be, longwinded, literate and occasionally laugh-out-loud ridiculous, but his strength is in relating real emotions within the smoke and mirrors of his wordplay, and on Wig Out Malkmus sounds like a smart, thoughtful and big-hearted thinking man who has put a lot of himself into these songs. And both the band and production sound as crisp and focused as we would want surrounding Malkmus' meticulously sloppy prose, with shifting rhythms and detailed flourishes, like a mellow jazzy trombone solo or a sweetly lush chorus, creating a breezy and enjoyable record that is well worth your time. He's not on the vanguard of indie culture anymore, and he does not want to be, but Stephen Malkmus is clearly having a blast playing music, and the mood is infectious. [JM]

$13.99 CD
$17.99 LP+MP3

LOVE
Love
(Branco)

Over the years we've carried and reviewed a ton of great, heavy Japanese rock bands from the 1970s, and though it seems startling to say, this heretofore almost completely unknown outfit called Love has quickly rocketed to just about the top of the column as far as we're concerned. Formed in Fukushima in 1971, they were buddies with legendary Japanese psych groups Far Out and Flower Travellin' Band, and even played the famous One Step Festival in 1974 where Yoko Ono appeared, along with the cream of the Japanese rock scene. Unfortunately for history, their sole album was privately released in 1977 in a miniscule edition and is, needless to say, impossibly rare. By 1977, a lot of Japanese rock bands had been heading in ever proggier directions, but the sounds found here are thoroughly grounded in the straightforward, heavy rock vibe prevalent in the earlier part of the decade -- think early Free, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc. Stripped-down and raw, filled with tons of deep-end kick, ringing cymbals, and spidery guitar riffs that lift into searing solos, vocalist Yuji Ishimaru sings movingly in English throughout and lends the entire proceedings an appropriately doom-laden atmosphere. Seriously, from the first few notes you're just like, "f**k, this is so heavy." Guaranteed to be a serious revelation to some, and most highly recommended. One more important thing, as you no doubt know, Fukushima, where the band hailed from, has been the site of a cataclysmic disaster, and the label and artist are splitting half of the proceeds made from this release to go towards charity to help the survivors. [MK]

$21.99 CD

LOOP
A Gilded Eternity
(Reactor)

A timely reissue of what is possibly Loop's finest hour, 1990's A Gilded Eternity, an album that solidified all the concepts they had been working on since their 1987 debut. Combining solid rhythm section vamps with washes of fuzz-drenched guitar and vocals that sound more intoned than sung, they achieved a hypnotic bliss. Their earlier records shared a hazy psychedelic rock sound with Spacemen 3, but while the latter diverged by 1990 and explored some mellower realms, Loop became more focused and heavier. This is pure psychedelic rock stripped down to its most basic elements, and it is all the better for its minimalism. The vinyl version reproduces the original UK format: a double 12" plus 7". Cut at 45 RPM, it sounds the best it has ever sounded. The double-CD version from 2009 is still in print, and includes demos and a 1990 Peel Session. [NN]

$17.99 CDx2
$25.99 LPx2+7"

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Coucou Bazar
(Sub Rosa)

Oh man, YES!! Sub Rosa have completed a seemingly impossible feat in legitimately reissuing, for the first time, composer and electronic music innovator Ilhan Mimaroglu's 1973 score for painter Jean Dubuffet's Guggenheim painting installation, Coucou Bazar. Originally released on the Finnidar label, the album remains one of the most vital and engrossing documents of musique concrete, overflowing with texture, complex rhythmic and harmonic figures, and a mood and tone that effectively echoes the visual complexities and subtle, lighthearted naivetés that run rampant throughout Dubuffet's visual work. As if this weren't enough, Sub Rosa has also included Dubuffet's own musical interpretation for the 1978 installation of the works, and it's Dubuffet's version that's possibly an even bigger revelation. An hour-long collage constructed by Anna Sagna of Dubuffet's own recordings, this plays like an incredible primitivist fusion of Luc Ferrari's simple, untreated field recordings of everyday life sounds, cut-up fragments of glottal sound poetry, and a number of Fluxus-like suites of sonic absurdity. While I never believed I'd say such a thing, it's honestly even more wild and raw than Mimaroglu's incredible interpretation, and to have both of these together in one tidy package is a small avant miracle. If you're game for this kind of abstraction, DO NOT HESITATE to pick this beast up. [IQ]

$21.99 CDx2

DREXCIYA
Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV
(Clone)

The fourth and final installment of Clone's thoughtfully compiled series Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, which collects and remasters most of the early recorded output of Drexciya, concludes with stellar brilliance. One of electronic music's greatest enigmas, the Detroit duo of James Stinson and Gerald Donald shared a radical philosophy of anonymity with Underground Resistance and Basic Channel, releasing a sequence of dazzlingly abrasive electro and techno records that were as groundbreaking as they were obscure. Drexciya detached Black Atlantic diasporic culture from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean into outer space, creating a wholly unique sonic fiction of which the narrative should be widespread by now. With the series finally completed, it is truly sensational to find the eight ultra rare EP's the duo released between 1992-97 collected here, as well as outtakes of The Quest, their first and final full-length as collaborators (Stinson would continue to release solo material under the same name until his premature death in 2002), and unreleased tracks Clone has unearthed from the vaults.

Of all volumes, IV features the highest number of these previously unreleased recordings, with "Unknown Journey IV-X" finding the duo coherently exploring dark beatless ambient, warm electro-pop, and harsh electro bangers from one track to the next. And then there are of course classic moments of blissful aquatic terror, with "Mantaray," "Aquatic Bata Particles," and "Hydro Cubes," all leading to the intense highlight of "Black Sea," which hints at the more open-ended direction Drexciya would explore post-Gerald Donald. Fans of the first hour might consider spreading out tracks from the different EP's across four parts, without taking into account the chronological order in which they were originally released, somewhat sacrilegious. However, the ingenious sense of musical and narrative flow through which each release is assembled, can only be seen as an act of true curatorial love. Similarly, the effective, crystal-clear but nevertheless authentically raw sounding remastering saves this hitherto sonically often-challenging material from the aural dustbins. Get this series by all means while you can, if you haven't already, because the music contained within will start "mutating you, conducting frequencies across your skin that lower body temperatures, inhibiting, constricting until you want to flee from the skin you're in," as Kodwo Eshun wrote about Drexciya as early as 1998. Hail to the Aquanauts! [NVT]

$19.99 CD
$31.99 LPx2

LAURENCE VANAY
Galaxies
(Lion Productions)

These two new offerings from quality psych reissue label Lion Productions are a couple of impossibly rare albums from Laurence Vanay, better known as French singer, songwriter, and producer Jacqueline Thibault. Thibault was also the wife of Magma bassist Laurent Thibault, who produced 1975's Evening Colours. His production, along with that of famed composer and singer Gerard Manset on 1974's Galaxies, lends a sharp focus to these haunting, delicate, cosmic lullabies. Jacqueline performs most of these compositions herself on various keyboards, organs and piano, blending her vocals with those of guitarist Serge Derrien and the percussion of Jean Chevalier. Elements of psych folk akin to Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms or Emmanuelle Parrenin's Maison Rose commingle with intricate jazz piano motifs and some heavy library funk grooves. Derrien's guitar work jumps between delicate latticeworks and thick, fuzzy riffs, nimbly dancing between and around Jacqueline's keyboard. Galaxies plays as a more straightforward vocal album, at times sounding like a more funky, cosmic version of Brigitte Fontaine.

$15.99 CD
$22.99 LP

LAURENCE VANAY
Evening Colours
(Lion Productions)

Evening Colours, on the other hand, is a more subtle record of predominantly instrumental pieces featuring wordless vocal melodies and a more delicate sound palette; the grooves are there, but are more often implied rather than flexed. Both of these albums are absolutely stellar, and if you're a fan of any of the aforementioned artists, not to mention the mind-bending work of Catherine Ribeiro, you'd be wise to grab these post-haste; as with all of Lion's releases, these are limited editions and aren't likely to last long. Lion's off to one hell of a good start this year... here's hoping they keep this momentum going for 2014! [IQ]

$15.99 CD

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
Give the People What They Want
(Daptone)

The rollout for the great new album from Brooklyn soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings has been somewhat overshadowed by the sobering news of Jones' recent battle with cancer -- it's a fight she seems to be winning, but the record release was delayed while Jones had her treatments, and in the band's recent videos and live performances the dynamo has been taking the stage bald and maybe a little thinner, but no less intense. Jones' openness about inviting her fans into her struggle has been emotional and invigorating, and in many ways lends added power and depth to a fiery set of hard-driving soul songs. But it would be a shame to let that define this album, which was recorded before her diagnosis, and stands on its own as some of the best music this group has delivered in their decade-long rise to international prominence, probably the most consistently enjoyable LP they've made since 2007's 100 Days, 100 Nights. The Dap-Kings are not looking for innovation, as they consistently mine the sounds of late-'60s Southern soul with a few nods to the Philly and Detroit schools of the era. Yet as Bosco Mann continues to refine his production technique, and the arrangements and playing mature with years on the road, the group's sound has deepened considerably, making Give the People What They Want a smart and varied set of classic tracks that stand tall with the best of the first wave. In some ways there is not much to say about a new Sharon Jones record, as indeed, we have heard this all before, but trust me when I say that this is a smoking hot album from what might be the absolute best classic soul act working today. With Jones' grit and determination, I'm betting it is just one more in what will be a decades-long career. [JM]

$13.99 CD+7"
$17.99 LP+MP3+7"

$19.99 LTD MONO LP+7"

NOBUE KAWANA
Nobue's Sea
(Branco)

A very, very lovely early-1970s female singer-songwriter record from Japan, I don't actually know a ton about this one, just that it was privately released in a small edition and is one of the rarest Japanese folk albums. Rare doesn't always equal good of course, but this record is exceedingly charming. The label tells me she sings mostly about "the sea and love." So delicate sounding, with gentle acoustic guitars and soft singing, it's all very lo-fi, which gives the album an endearing homespun quality. If you're a fan of Sachiko Kanenobu, or even Tori Kudo's solo work, I think you'll find a ton to love here. [MK]

$21.99 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Mobilisation Generale: Protest and Spirit Jazz from France 1970-1976
(Born Bad)

This stellar compilation on Born Bad Records collects a number of heavyweight cuts from France's vital yet under-looked spiritual jazz scene in the early 1970s, a period which found many of America's most talented and revolutionary jazz musicians traveling to Paris and creating some of their most highly canonized works. This cross-cultural blend was further fired up and inspired by the heavy airs of social protest around the globe, and the cuts presented here provide further proof beyond the BYG/Actuel axis of France's indisputable relevance as one of the jazz capitals of the world at this point. Artists were combining traditional motifs with an increased focus upon African cultural roots, concepts of abstraction and free improvisation, and collaboration with enthused and enraged poets and intellects; the resulting fusions remain highly innovative and no less powerful than when originally released. While some names may ring bells, many of these French musicians are still relatively unknown today, and many of the original releases from which these cuts were sourced are high-ticket rarities issued on small vanity and private-press labels. There's a heavy representation of sounds from the always-stellar Saravah imprint, and they provide many highlights, including Brigitte Fontaine & Areski's "C'est Normal," poet Alfred Panou's blistering (and impossibly rare) 7" single collab with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and the beautifully odd and hypnotic sounds of the Baroque Jazz Trio, who blend harpsichord, cello, and tabla into breathtaking psychedelic raga jazz that has to be heard to be believed (their album for Saravah is one of my absolute favorite records). This collection is fantastic, delivering an eclectic cross section of music overflowing with soul, power, and vitality. This one gets my absolute highest recommendation, folks. [IQ]

$16.99 CD
$27.99 LPx2

ONE OF YOU
One of You
(Little Axe)

This mysterious archival release on Portland, Oregon's Little Axe Records is a pleasant surprise. Allegedly a collection of recordings released in the early '80s of an anonymous Czech woman who had emigrated to Canada in the late '60s, the tracks on One of You are bizarre, eerie slices of artsong often created with just a few layers of warbling synthesizer and electric organ, a bit of drum machine, and some minimal guitar, topped off with vocals that place her in similar contexts to Nico and contemporary precocious weirdos like Julia Holter and Lucrecia Dalt. There's a pinch of minimal wave, a little goth seasoning, and some heavy prog-folk weirdness going on throughout, and regardless of whether or not the pedigree of the story behind these recordings is legit, this album is a total killer!! Limited to just 500 copies, grab one now before everyone starts talking about this and you're crying the blues because you missed out. [IQ]

$15.99 LP

also available

EXCEPTER
Christisland EP
(Escho)

"Excepter's first full studio recording in five years! Recorded in Copenhagen during the band's one month long stay, summer 2012. Includes two postcards with pictures of churches and the Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. 500 copies."

$17.99 12"

THE CASE
Blackwood
(Lion Productions)

Super-infectious and raw rock n' roll from a gaggle of Pennsylvania teens, recorded over their Xmas break, c.1971. Has a rad, primitive vibe, almost jangly at times, but with plenty of Nuggets-esque snarl to go around. Pre-DIY basement rock at its loosest and finest.

$14.99 CD
$18.99 LP

back in print

ELECTRELANE
The Power Out
(Too Pure)

Too Pure brings back to print LP pressings of two albums from Electrelane's great but fairly brief (at least so far) discography. Produced by Steve Albini, the Brighton, UK group's second full-length, 2004's The Power Out, was an indie breakthrough, finding the band honing in on their motorik art-punk with Verity Sussman's striking, bittersweet vocals far more prevalent than on their mostly instrumental debut, 2001's Rock It to the Moon. At times reminiscent of Stereolab's more Kraut-esque moments, Electrelane's dynamics rely on small subtleties. Even when the group is rocking out, like during the Mo Tucker-inspired drumming of "Take the Bit Between Your Teeth," the band's performance is modular, everyone switching chords at the exact same moment with the rhythmic delivery of the vocals taking precedence over the actual melody.

$17.99 LP

ELECTRELANE
No Shouts No Calls
(Too Pure)

The group's fourth and last full-length, 2007's No Shouts No Calls is also available once again on wax. Perhaps a little darker than previous outings, Electrelane's mastery of dynamics and restraint are both on display, moving from the slow unfolding of "At Sea" which patiently builds up to an anthemic climax, to fuzzy Kraut-punk rockers like "Between the Wolf and the Dog" and "Five," to the detached, hypnotic pop of "Saturday." Moody, eclectic, and minimalist in their approach, Electrelane's music continues to captivate. While the group did reconvene in 2011 to play a few shows in the UK, we can only hope that this isn't the final record that we'll hear from one of the most unique indie bands of the last decade. [GH]

$19.99 LPx2

MAMMANE SANI ET SON ORGUE
La Musique Electronique du Niger
(Sahel Sounds)

2014 repress. This is a special one. Mammane Sani was a well-known and respected keyboardist from Niger who worked primarily as a composer for TV and radio, and who recorded his only album in 1978 shortly after acquiring an Italian Orla organ, arguably the first of its kind in the nation, during a UNESCO meeting for which he was a functionary. The six tracks documented here were originally released in miniscule quantities on cassette, and promptly vanished thereafter; give thanks to the Sahel Sounds label, then, for issuing the album in its first proper vinyl pressing. La Musique Electronique Du Niger is an odd, eerily hypnotic record of cyclical minimalism performed by Sani on his electronic organ, accompanied by a softly percolating rhythm box and nothing else. He creates a landscape that contextually nods toward the melodies of Nigerien folklore, but filtered through an offbeat experimentalism that shows a similar mindset to Afro-futurists like Sun Ra, the kitchen-sink science symphonies of Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research labs, and the simple yet unrelenting 8-bit earworms of Japanese composer Koji Kondo, best known for scoring classic videogame titles like Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. Its pixelated melodicism is anchored by some stoned, hypnotic, micro beats, giving the whole thing a flavor that appeals to everyone from early electronic fans to exotica nerds, to offbeat cratediggers to early minimalism heads. It's certainly one of the most oddly intriguing albums we've seen come through here in recent memory, and manages to stand out even amongst the glut of recent African vinyl reissues. These are limited, so if this sounds like your cup of tea (and trust me, it really should be!), grip it post-haste. [IQ]

$18.99 LP

PEAKING LIGHTS
936
(Two Flowers)

Limited edition repress on 180-gram vinyl. Includes poster. Here's what we said about 936 when it was first released:

Just as we've finally gotten the confidence to set our sights on spring, Peaking Lights make us crave full-blaze summer. With music influenced by the untamed Wisconsin wilderness where they make their home, and recorded to tape in a barn that used to host artistic happenings back in the '70s, Peaking Lights scrape together richly-textured, beat-heavy psychedelic music that fuses their experimental pop background with a deep love for dub. After the break-up of Indra Dunis' post-punk-prog trio Numbers, Dunis and Aaron Coyes played together in the San Francisco trio Rahdunes before moving to the Madison area and starting up a vintage clothing shop / art gallery / d.i.y. venue. The intriguing "f-ed pop" that the couple have created in the time since, released on the likes of dark experimental Iowa City label Night-People and Woodsist affiliate Fuckittapes, has been inspiringly fresh, deeply soulful and instinctively raw, created with hand-built and scavenged instruments and gear. [KS]  Read More

$19.99 LP
$12.99 CD

ANDY STOTT
Pass Me By / We Stay Together
(Modern Love)

2014 CD repressModern Love does the world a favor by reissuing Andy Stott's two incredible vinyl double-packs, Passed Me By and We Stay Together, on CD. Each title gets its own disc,  mastered LOUD, with about 25 minutes of extra, never-before-released material. These records pretty much set the high bar for bass-heavy, rumbling, dub-infused techno; many others tried to emulate the slow, deep majesty of Stott's work, but few came close. (Those who DID were Stott's labelmates on Modern Love.) Both Scott and myself have enthused most highly about these records, and they've sat among many of our staff's monthly Personal Best lists as seen in the store. If you haven't jumped on these yet, you'd be a damn fool not to take a bite now. Absolute highest recommendation, folks! [JT]
$18.99 CDx2

DEMDIKE STARE
Symbiosis
(Modern Love)

2014 CD repress. The collaborative moniker of veteran Modern Love artist Miles Whittaker (of MLZ, Pendle Coven and more...) and Manchester DJ record collector and Sean Canty, Demdike Stare is the product of many a late night recording session in the bowels of a dusty north of England studio. Notorious gear hoarder Whittaker provides the electronic backbone of the record, while Canty utilizes his boundless collector's knowledge to dig out some of the most intriguing samples ever cut to wax. Mining the rhythms of Iran, Turkey and Africa, these world-wise flourishes sit in-between Whittaker's expertly treated drones and splutters. Comparisons to the hallowed BBC Radiophonic Workshop and John Carpenter are already coming thick and fast, but alongside this there is the unmistakable Berlin techno fingerprint -- the treacle-thick delays and rolling, echoing kicks that made Basic Channel so legendary. [JT] Read More

$15.99 CD

DEMDIKE STARE
Tryptych
(Modern Love)

2014 CD repress. Back in 2010, UK electronic conjurers Demdike Stare released three limited edition, vinyl-only records which formed a trilogy of hauntingly rich, thematically dark soundworlds. With their music touching upon dub, deep ambient drones, sampled plunderphonia, classic techno and psychedelic Krautrock, and their visual and thematic content referencing Ouija boards, witchcraft, runes and pagan symbolism, not to mention an overall love of horror films, low-tech sci-fi, and British folklore, it wasn't too long before they joined artists like Broadcast and the Ghost Box label roster as prime examples of the hauntology genre. Those three albums, Forest of EvilLiberation Through Hearing, and Voices of Dust, have been collected into this gorgeous and stunning triple-CD package entitled Triptych, with each of the discs augmented and even improved upon by what totals out to be around 40 minutes of bonus material, playing like a director's cut of the original trilogy. [IQ] Read More

$21.99 CDx3

DEMDIKE STARE
Elemental
(Modern Love)

2014 CD repress. The pieces on Elemental, previously released as a 4-12" box set and now collected as a 2CD set with alternate edits and additional material, hit with a harder percussive wallop than much of Tryptych's haunted dronework, with greater emphasis not only on broken and battered machinery but a larger palette of acoustic instrumental textures as well, with prepared pianos, choral vocal drones, evil ghostly whispers and some of the most crunchy, clattering beats I've heard since prime Neubauten. They're taking a more composerly approach here, building tension and counterpoint with different instrumental textures and movements. The pieces also up the trance/drone factor, looping things like banjo riffs into hypnotic Ouroboros strips of sound. I won't front -- I'm a huge fan of these guys and I've been waiting for this release for quite a while; I'm happy to say that they didn't let me down, and if you enjoyed Tryptych and the hazed, fractured soundworld it sculpted, you'll love this.  [IQ]

$18.99 CDx2

other music recording co. band shirts

MUTUAL BENEFIT
T-Shirt
(Other Music Recording Co.)

Hot off the presses for Mutual Benefit's North American and European winter tour (dates here) supporting the acclaimed Love's Crushing Diamond LP. Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Soft, grey 50/50 American Apparel tee with a white print.

$19.99 T-Shirt
Small, Medium, Large, & X-Large

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
T-Shirt
(Other Music Recording Co.)

Features the cover art of Anna von Hausswolff's Ceremony full-length. Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Black 100% combed cotton American Apparel tee with a white print.

$19.99 T-Shirt
Small, Medium, Large, & X-Large

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