its clear from the opening seconds of tu fawnings debut full length, hearts on hold, that theres something very, very different about this portland, oregon band. the two note trumpet refrain of >multiply a house< that echoes like the distant sound of a battlefield, the ghostly chanting writhing around it as though in a trance, the funereal drums that boom in the background and the harmonies emerging as the chorus unfurls: these are not the sound of your everyday indie rock act.
port o brien is dead, long live waters. these new songs veered away from the frequently loose, punchy anthems of port o brien, and as van pierszalowski intensively pieced each one together, he sought a bigger sound – something louder than he could play on his own. so van returned to oslo, where his new journey began.
the white noise backdrop of modern life means that without some fine-tuning on our part, even established and progressive artists can become elusive on occasion. but since musical creativity involves a healthy drive to self-determination, and often a keen collaborative spirit, out of earshot doesn’t necessarily mean out of action.
certainly not in the case of junior boys, who’ve readied a new album, big black coat, via city slang. a strikingly energised and intuitively dynamic set that reconnects them to their techno roots without sacrificing their soulful pop nous or riding a revivalist wave, it’s also shaped by what jeremy greenspan and matt didemus have been doing in the five years since their last release.
the 180 gram vinyl release includes a download code.
half speed mastered 180 gram vinyl + free album download code.
caribou aka dan snaith aka daphni forms a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage.
pick a piper was conceived in 2008 along with band mates angus fraser and dan roberts, and following two eps, the band is set to release their debut self-titled debut album. the album is made up of eight very different songs, all with one thing in common: each is built upon the foundation of its own ingenious rhythm structure, with musical layers meticulously applied, up until the vocals, which are added right at the very end, if at all. song writing done back-to-front, which is also fitting in this case because: brad weber? isnt that...? yes indeed! brad is also the drummer for caribou.
the vinyl lp comes with free download code.
royal bangs are from knoxville. that in itself is a statement: theres not much that comes from knoxville, tennessees third largest city, and even less that gets away. quentin tarantino made it out, but the last citys mayor was allegedly so desperate to escape he now works as the us ambassador in poland. cormac mccarthy moved there as a child, of course, but by the time he d written his second book he was long gone. only johnny knoxville advertises his geographical roots, and quite clearly hes a glutton for punishment. so while just one of royal bangs currently has a passport, that doesnt mean they dont know that royal bangs is their ticket out of town.
the new ep by german duo grandbrothers is a collection of remixes and re-interpretations of their standout track bloodflow. the remix by uk producer lone was introduced last autumn but theres brand new tracks to be found here by german techno electronic vanguard christian löffler, everyones favourite new idm producer brainwaltzera and new permanent vacation signing aera grandbrothers are the sum of unique parts: progressive swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer lukas vogel and german-turkish pianist erol sarp. their second album open twins sarps piano skills with vogel’s talent for both building the homemade intricate mechanics with which he exploits his partners instrument and also designing its software. sarp works at his ivory keyboard while, from behind his own computer keys, vogel live-samples his partners notes, triggering further effects with the aid of diy electronic apparatus that physically manipulate the pianos strings and body.
siince the release of his debut album, substantial, in 2004, volker bertelmann – aka hauschka – has, slowly but surely, earned a remarkable reputation as a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music. this isn’t, to be fair, a heavily populated field, but it’s one he’s made his own, and while some might have dismissed his work early on as a novelty, bertelmann has proven himself to be uncommonly inventive, coaxing ever more unprecedented, euphonic sounds and rhythms out of his instrument. even so, on what if – which finds him adding player pianos (also known as pianolas) to his armoury – bertelmann expands his range even further, defying expectations and delivering what is without doubt his most ingenious album yet.
the vinyl release includes a download code.
hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who has brought an exciting new perspective to the prepared piano. the prepared piano – a technique for getting new sounds from the acoustic keyboard by resting pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings of the instrument - has been used for centuries, but hauschka was unaware of the tradition when he began exploring ways to get new sounds out of his bechstein grand upright.
the vinyl release of “abandoned city” includes a code for free download of the full album and bonus ep “i close my eyes”.
TIME EATER (FORT ROMEAU, JOHN ROBERTS, D. TANABE REMIX)
12" Vinyl D22.11.16
fresh on the back of the release of his third album good luck and do your best this summer, gold panda signs off an acclaimed 2016 with a very limited 12 of three remixes of music taken from his latest record. having previously re-worked the panda track community, berlin-resident fort romeau once again takes the reigns with a gorgeous, nine-minute pulsing, electro-heavy recreation of the track time eater complete with ghostly synth motifs that twirl around japanese instrumentation culminating in a frenetic release. us producer john roberts, who himself released one of the best deep house records of the year, remixes chiba nights, transforming it into a thumping, acid-tinged affair that mixes space and warped electronics beautifully.
strangers to the touring life refer to it as “living the dream,” while generally the ones actually doing the touring see it more as living in a dream. the difference is subtle to the uninitiated, yet is intimate to nate brenner, aka naytronix, who has spent much of the past four years touring the world as bassist for the mighty tune-yards. consider naytronix’s second full-length, mister divine (2015, city slang), his treatise on the subject, which sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut dirty glow (2012, plug research) to a surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy.
pressing on green coloured 180 gram vinyl, download code included.
the new album by cocorosie as 12 inch vinyl, digital download included.
tales of a grasswidow features eleven songs and, in keeping with prior compositions, synthesizes electronic and organic music conveying a compelling futuristic, return-to-nature sound.
to celebrate the rerelease of the three classic to rococo rot records on city slang between 1997 and 2001, we have asked two friends and fans to rework their favourite tracks of these albums.
four tets kieran hebden chose the brooding minimal collage >he loves me< from the bands 1997 archetypal release >veiculo< and, like a prism in singular beam of light, his remix reveals the songs true glistening content.
mute label founder and longtime to rococo rot afficionado daniel miller teamed up with london based producer gareth jones to give >cars<, from the bands impeccable second album >the amateur view< a compassionate modification into a ... well, lets call it a krautrock disco truck.
the 12 inch will be limited and only available for a short time.
recorded in new orleans, joey burns and john convertinos sixth album is a truly wonderful and most enticing set of songs. we feel strongly that this is the most exciting and song-y calexico record to date. there is no filler here (not that there ever was), just one amazingly strong song after the other. stand-out tracks include para, splitter, fortune teller as well as the vanishing mind.
pressing on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, including cd-copy of the full album.
once a mere fresh faced folk singer from vancouver, canada, dan mangan now stands at the worlds doorstep. the evolution of mangans music is instinctively in line with its breadth and sincerity. as his art has developed, so has the story behind its constant and exponential proliferation. the proof is in the countless european jaunts. u.s. tours with the walkmen, decemberists and okkervil river. the two performances at glastonbury. multiple trips to australia. npr features, endless critical acclaim. sold out theatres across canada.
comes with code for free mp3 download of the full album.
limited reissue edition comes with an additional full concert dvd from lambchops second london show at the legendary royal festival hall with an added string section. comes with lyric insert and download coupon.
caribous third 12 inch this year. both tracks are from his highly acclaimed album >swim<. this limited edition 12 inch contains one of the tracks of the festival season (sun) and an awesome remix by germanys boy wonder danilo plessow (aka motor city drum ensemble)
limited 180gr vinyl im gatefold * incl. download voucher * debut album from josÚ gonzßlez - fronted rock band junip was formed in gothenburg, sweden, in the late 90s by josÚ gonzßlez (guitar, vocals), elias araya (drums) and tobias winterkorn (organ, moog).
norman palm is a gifted graphics designer, a wizzard of the diy culture and had released a collection called songs a few years ago in the form of a very beautiful book. his new album however is a wholy different affair. a magical transformation of the pains that come with any long distance relationship into flawless pop songs. yes, the man practically commutes between mexico city and berlin, but does find enough time inbetween to tour finland every once in a while, play shows in paris and record stellar albums like this.
comes with free download coupon for full release.
>mines< is without question the bandÊs definitive artistic statement to date, and probably the most exhilarating art-rock roller-coaster of a record youÊll hear all year? its the sound of a band hitting their stride and reaching their peak
menomena und the helio sequence haben sich hier f?r eine split 7 inch zusammengetan, die mit zwei sch«nen songs und schickem cover artwork besticht. die 7 inch wurde im zusammenhang mit dem record store day 2010 ver«ffentlicht. sehr limitierte auflage!
royal bangs is five electric gents from knoxville, tennessee, sentinel of the smoky mountains and sometime exporter of baked beans and sunny guitar pop. home to a prolific but unsung underground music community, it is a city that keeps its secrets, but over the past few years royal bangs has become a hard, hard secret to keep.