third album from the french spacerock electro combo masterminded by richard pinhas. heldon’s darkest work lays another stone in their sonic mosaic: synths. drones. fuzz and trippy improvisations. intense heldon!
once again. providing a context for exciting new producers to release their debut 12”. cold recordings is proud to now bring you ‘cocktail party effect’. hailing from a musical family eric baldwin. the currently berlin based but british producer. shows off his colours here with a diverse. rhythmical. experimental – but always dance floor savvy – ep of 4 killer cuts. all rolling out between 125-130bpm.
zuli’s new offering trigger finger is a game of shadowy atmospheres and unquiet spirits. it functions as a spacial and temporal compactor. using sampling and field recordings to reconstruct reality’s dissonance. while at the same time reverse its own introspective character into bass weight and outworked tension. a kind of extremization of zuli’s own roots as a beatmaker for the cairo rap scene. tinged with the clandestine and delirious urbanism of grime and jungle. and fronted by the necessity to face its own dark side. but the dark and crusty sonic palette does not limit the possibility for the tracks to display various layers of emotional content.
after a period of hibernation. aperture records awakens with a bang and a compelling program in the pipeline.
following their first album released on aperture at the tail end of 2015 ‘no.3.obliate’. the italian duo t.e.s.o. bring us their second full-length album ‘costruzione 04’.
the fifth release on the animals dancing label is a special one. sourced from recordings of a live set from 2014. animals dancing famiglia jonny nash & suzanne kraft (diego herrera) originally created these tracks in l.a. ahead of a series of live performances together. after some finishing touches made in jonnys studio in bali in 2016. animals dancing are very excited to finally launch these two to the club. za talent will see you now.
middle of the road less travelled is not only the debut release by michal turtle on light of other days. it is also his first new material released since the amazing reissues put out by music from memory in recent years. the three tracks on this ep were written and produced by michal in 2017 with additional production and guitar playing by light of other days very own hove.
1 per customer . as a special edition for the 25th release on balkan vinyl six tracks selected from the label’s back catalogue four of them having never before released on vinyl. the remaining two from highly sought after out-of-print releases. includes the last ever track released by lfo i love acid. global goons acid anthem craehzrhd from the very first balkan release in 2010. and the opener from the late andreas gehm 12inch on i love acid heaven and hell. luke vibert. b12. and plaid round off the ep with tracks that were previously only available as part of a digital download from the label itself (never in shops until now). this is a vinyl-only release.
brilliant new duo from south london gilles peterson bbc radio 6 music. south london electronic duo vtr release their alluring debut ep soul to skin on brixtons dream diary records. the five track ep veers from the melodic to the abstract as sensual lyricism occupies a distinct space amidst spectral sound design. striking a balance between haunting depth and inviting warmth. soul to skin was co-produced by recent r&s records signee afriqua. whose slap ep and chronic cool 12inch out on dream diary brought considerable attention to the label. the final offering on the ep is a soul to skin remix by inxec (crosstown rebels. get physical. cocoon and leftroom and culprit) clash music were quick to premiere soul to skin describing vtrs sound as an entrancing mixture reminincent of those early james blake eps. or even the hushed intensity of portishead.
bulkhead present their debut album – aft pressure. it is a statement of intent. blurring the parameters of dance music culture with equal doses of insanity and serenity. at the same time. it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. the double vinyl release includesd a download code.
fans of the berlin based nils frahm are by now familiar with his beguiling live shows where more often than not fellow touring artists are encouraged to join frahm on stage – the likes of rachel grimes. rob lowe of balmorhea as well as label colleagues peter broderick and Ólafur arnalds have all obliged with fascinating results. it will come as no surprise then that nils frahm. an accomplished composer and producer who signed to erased tapes in 2009. has extended his collaborative live musings to encompass the recording studio. working for the first time with noted cellist and fellow berliner anne müller to produce 7fingers.
with their first collective release frahm and müller have built a world where modern classical and electronica collide creating an intoxicating and delicious collection of songs. primarily a pianist nils frahm provides evidence with 7fingers that he can effortlessly turn electric throwing in loops. samples and glitches to accompany and showcase müller on cello. anne müller. a renowned musician noted for her work with the wolf-ferrari-ensemble. phillip boa and recent tours with agnes obel. proves an amp musical partner for frahm.
scissor and thread is proud to present leland the debut album by francis harris. this long anticipated lp is a requiem to the artists father. released to coincide with the second anniversary of his passing. the album. harris most expansive work to date. features danish vocalist gry on three tracks including lostfound. the first single and video which was remixed by mathew herbert and debuted on pitchfork. also featured throughout are emil abramyan. whose poignant performance on cello evokes comparison to arthur russell. and greg paulus (no regular play/matthew dear band). whose improvisational free jazz inspired trumpet accents converse thoughtfully with harris own tonal melodies performed on piano and guitar. determined to produce electronic music with warmth and true dynamic range. harris recorded and mixed leland at jsm studios on an analog ssl and then enlisted legendary engineer joe lambert to master the project. leland has been featured on pitchfork. magnet. ghetto blaster. aol spinner. urb. mixmag. yourstru.ly. and the village voice. amongst many others. leland will be available in a limited edition triple lp set with free mp3 download!
stunning double pack from steven legget on firecracker. suitable for fans of shelter press. ecstatic. huerco s etc.
2x12” vinyl album double gatefold. screen printed. 2 colour sleeve strictly limited press silkscreened artwork by al white
a split release on nation s sublabel. kode. two exclusive tracks from black meteoric star and d marc cantu. these songs will never be released anywhere else. 250 copies only. d marc cantu s rdds is an abstract production where hip hop meets electronix. a rare. unique document of class and sickness. black meteoric star closes the release with an homage to a legendary nyc neo film
forest flame is the debut solo effort of the texas-based shea mcgilvray. his previous works have been featured in compilation and remix releases on labels such as echovolt. shimmering moods. and bokhari’s swamp tapes. already getting support from best available technology and dj seinfeld
gaining traction. gaining speed. the primaeval ritual reaches its boiling point. melting the borders of mind and flesh: a turgid vortex of unstable potential. constantly mutating and morphing itself. unformed and unstructured morphogenetic flows of matter-energy-information. self-organizing processes constituting a veritable non-organic life: the body without organs. that glacial reality where the alluvions. sedimentations. coagulations. foldings. and recoilings that compose an organism occur. a motherly womb detonating hydrogen bombs in her prefrontal cervix. atomizing the doors of perception with sheer gargantuan sonic tremor.
this is giles armstrong s debut ep. so we ll leave it to the man himself: -i’ve been dicking around the scene in some shape or form for the past twenty years or so. djing. promoting. dancing (you needed to have been there) eetc. but a couple of years ago i decided do the one thing that was missing from that list. to try make what the whole shebang is meant to be about. music. the thought of making tunes had crossed my mind down through the years but i was always too scared to start or never had the time. there was always a excuse handy. always.
following 2017’s ‘path of ruin’. dj richard returns to dial with his much-anticipated sophomore lp. ‘dies iræ xerox’. undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and fully-formed electronic producers in recent memory. dj richard imprinted the sound of a bubbling us underground with his label. white material. founded in 2012 alongside young male.
geins t naït is considered legendary at offen music. releasing music since 1986. their last 3 albums have featured laurent petitgand (2011. 2014 & 2015). now we present a collection of new unreleased tracks that we hope will plunge you deep into the special world of gn & lp. includes dl code!
grinding walls is the soundtrack composed by dirk ivens in collaboration with sigillum s for a film created by the visual artist petulia mattioli aka koma. originally released by daft records in 1995. this work is pressed for the first time on vinyl including all original tracks plus some bonus songs taken from -no pain no game- and other old compilations. limited edition of 550 copies on double green vinyl. gatefold sleeve. printed inner sleeves and numbered card.
limited edition of 550 copies on double green vinyl. gatefold sleeve. printed inner sleeves and numbered card
a new heart-stopping piece of work by visonia in which sadness. happiness. hopeful and desperation are in a continuous battle. as a result of this distress and ad nauseam the chilean artist has asked himself about the sense of life and figured out how to look on the bright side. doubtless. if we talk about -fake wings- we could point out that this one is an epic and thought-provoking album composed of 6 wicked tunes and released on lovely pinkwhite vinyl.
like many electronic artists. ryan lee west aka rival consoles spent his early years experimenting with idm. glitch and dance. but one consistent element in his musical journey has been his desire to create a more organic. humanised sound. through these experimentations he has found a process of producing electronic music that feels close to this urge. west engages his hands directly with instruments and is very selective about what he then records into the computer. he reduces musical parts even further. leaving enough space around the sound for it to breath.
odyssey is a reflection of west’s quest to create atmosphere and space from minimal arrangements. ‘i don’t like music to sound overly laboured. so i restrict how much is going on. i’m kind of obsessed with the idea of reduction.’ this 5-track ep was mastered by naweed.
“resist the categories that define and divide.”
uncanny valley ep sonically explores the uneasy. obscure but familiar relationships between human and machine in contemporary life. this is the debut release on resist. the record label launched by experimental club/art hybrid event from belfast. northern ireland. this debut release is by resist event and label founder. koichi. remix comes from electronic music innovator and eotrax label owner. eomac in an anxiety driven. frenzied remix of the title track.
auf dem bis dato facettenreichsten und zugleich schlüssigsten werk daniel lopatins. verknüpft der 35-jährige die unterschiedlichsten musikalischen einflüsse – von alter musik über country- und folk-balladen bis hin zu melodischem pop. computer-musik und noch ganz anderen stilen –. womit er abermals eindrucksvoll belegt. wie vielschichtig und komplex sein musikbegriff ist. indem er klangwelten entwirft. die einerseits verwirrend geläufig sind. dabei aber doch ganz klar seine handschrift tragen. entführt er die hörer und hörerinnen im verlauf von -age of- auf vollkommenes neuland.
limited to 200 copies. this release is the first of the 5 12- from the thomas brinkmann retrospektiv 5xlp box set. the 5 individual 12- will be released through 2018. thomas brinkmann is one of the great producers of techno music and modern dance music.
salvador breed and stijn van beek met while studying sound design and music technology in 2006. ever since then the pair have been beavering away behind an arsenal of blinking banks in amsterdam. the musical fruit of their friendship is breek. a partnership that smears the boundaries of styles and sounds with festive flare and a rainbow steaked uniqueness. for their vinyl debut yokai. a candy coloured cornucopia of elements are swirled and whirled. braindance. electronica and neo-classical are festooned with dubby tones and underground grit in a unique sound of diverse textures and deep tones. faster works. like the swooping joy of yokai. are countered by more contemplative ama. hang is a whimsical dreamscape of squirming acid lines. crisp drums and angular notes that combine to produce a brilliantly bright piece. mu-onna and oiwa are more abstract works that melt vocals with sweet strings before the final piano swells and ambient rains of burabura. a daring and dynamic vinyl debut from this eccentric duo with stunning artwork from warren du preez and nick thornton jones.
written and produced by thomas caesar. guillaume lespinasse. axel ropert-lemercier and jean redondo. snowballs provided by tony mastroianni on a kawasaki z750. type by dinamo. illustration by almost free services
white coloured . brainwaltzera and analogical force move along the same path. without questions. and always looking forward. bunker ep is the new piece of the puzzle. perfect to increase the legend to infinity.
“unant” is a super dark. atmospheric and epic drone piece. the one sided 12” vinyl comes in a distinguished screen printed recycling cardboard sleeve. screen printed b side and with stamped back and label. hand made with love and care in berlin. edition of 100.
jaars other people is pleased to present a new solo record of guitar and live custom electronics artist patrick higgins. an american avant-garde composer and producer from new york city. higgins is known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music. playing guitar and composing in the mythical avant-noise-jazz ensemble zs. his solo work as a composer unites european avant-garde forms with the post-minimalist howl of new york. his upcoming release on other people. dossier. is a four-movement piece performed live without overdubs or edits. all of the samples and synthetic patches were custom built and specifically engaged to become elements of live guitar manipulation. the sound world is post-apocalyptic in spirit but builds to an intimate and reflective end. the material was developed over a two-year period and finalized at the end of 2016. cover art is by alfredo jaar.
fresh on francis harris kingdoms imprint comes rasmus junckers ‘ophold - six tracks of sublime atmospheres and textures. the danish musician. sound composer and dj fits perfectly with the labels aesthetic. joining the dots between ambient. leftfield electronica and modern classical. juncker has a background in studying jazz drumming and has been playing improvised music within the jazz domain for many years. he also started to dj at the age of 14 and was introduced to the world of electronic music production at the same time. when rasmus started to think about his debut album he spent several months trying to find his own way to combine his favourite musical influences. improvisation. electronics and classical music. almost a year later. juncker says. i went to a sensory deprivation floating tank in copenhagen while researching for another performance and while i was lying there. floating in the water. deprived from most of my senses. i got the idea to do something drastic in my musical process. philosophers like immanuel kant describe this deprived state as a mental cesura. which became some sort of guideline for the album.
montréal native marie davidson’s unique form of synth pop has become an undeniable force in modern music. and until now her 2013 debut has only been available through digital download and limited edition cassette. on april 13. 2018 marie davidson’s newly re-mastered self-titled ep will be available for the first time on pink colored vinyl with foil stamped deluxe packaging and download code included. her debut chronicles the development of davidson before her three critically acclaimed full-length lps. high profile press coverage and headlining slots at international festivals.
the first yris den. the first symptom of yris den. the first data entry of yris den. the first lacquer of yris den. the first search for yris den. (paves the way for) the first appearence of yris den. venial elevate your mind. free your auro.
max loderbauer. who has so far made consistently engaging contributions to the arjunamusic family. is back to lend his unique interpretive skills to the master recordings for the brightbird album by joão paulo esteves da silva. mário franco and samuel rohrer. loderbauer has set himself up for a challenge. since the original album’s completely improvised flow of small-ensemble. conversational jazz feels complete enough without outside intervention. however. loderbauer’s role as electronics operator in the similarly attuned ambiq trio has already shown that. through his mastery of tone color. he has a talent for teasing out the additional hidden details within an apparently ‘complete’ sonic environment. it’s a task he manages to accomplish without ever overriding or contradicting the cohesive message provided by his collaborators.
with »redsuperstructure«. robert lippok created a new foundation for his musical endeavors. now – 7 years later – this system properly comes to life on »applied autonomy«. the title of the new album is a clear indicator as to what the berlin-based producer has been up to during the last couple of years. both on a conceptual level as well as how he molds his ideas into tracks. »applied autonomy« orchestrates a certain state of frantic standstill. which occurs once a structure is set. has this state been reached. the artist is free to focus on other equally important aspects. balancing the various shades. pushing ideas even further to really make them shine and blossom in their self-declared autonomy. the more light one lets in. the more layers become visible. layers are key when it comes to understanding »applied autonomy«. big chunks of the material with which the album has been produced derive from sketches specifically made for a club performance. rather than meticulously devising each and every detail. lippok focussed instead on recording as many fragments as possible in a short period of time. elements which he could later combine and layer on stage. based on this material and his experience experimenting with it in a live environment. the album slowly began to shape. an album culminating in a collaboration with klara lewis. with whom lippok spent 2 days at the ems studios in stockholm. approaching the idea of autonomy from yet another angle. during the session. both musicians played and performed simultaneously. yet not explicitly together. lost in their own thoughts and ideas. only subconsciously taking in what the other one was coming up with. the result is »samtal«. 14 minutes of a constantly evolving state of poise. magically connecting all the dots lippok had already defined as »applied autonomy«. the artwork for »applied autonomy« has been created by the berlin-based argentinian artist luca gutierrez. over the last couple of years. he has made a name for himself with his spectacular av performances.
presenting envelope. album written. produced & mixed by milan w. and pressed on 180g vinyl. by ekster. coming out on the 6th of june 2018. with foil-stamped cover-drawing by gerard herman. mastered & cut by helmut erler at dubplates & mastering.
dark entries is honored to re-issue one of the greatest and most overlooked albums of the 1970s. time actor was the result of a collaboration between legendary crazy world & kingdom come visionary arthur brown and german synthesizer and ambient genius klaus schulze. recording under the pseudonym of his alter-ego richard wahnfried. richard is the name of klaus son born in 1979. and the first name of the german composer wagner. wahnfried is the name of richard wagners house. from the german -wähnen frieden fand (that his search and hopes will find peace). the album was a unique fusion of brown s eccentric musical vision and schulze s mastery of synthesis. the album was originally released in 1979 on the german innovative communication label. time actor stands out amongst schulze s massive catalog as a masterwork of avant garde new age. schulze helms the project on electronics. and guests include michael shrieve on percussion. vincent crane on keyboards. and vocalist arthur brown. who sings – or should we say. speaks – on top of it all. schulze describes the wahnfried project in the liner notes as “the collective pseudonym of an idea: time-electronic. an experiment between avantgarde and muzak: utility-music for sound-covered environment. in which a new generation grows up: richard wahnfried is this generation: music between genius and nonsense: new ideas transported by an old medium to your ear.” this newly re-mastered reissue expands the original 60 minutes of music across a double lp to help with playback and distortion experienced on original pressings. we’ve added a bonus track in the form of a cosmic 12-minute extended remix by italian producer and dj maurizio delvecchio from 1983. all songs have been remastered for vinyl by george horn at fantasy studios in berkeley. housed in a gatefold jacket with original album artwork featuring a surreal painting by german artist peter nagel plus lyrics and notes. “i wish you plenty of time” - klaus schulze
“vain” marks the prodigal return of venezuelan artist carlos giffoni to the avant-electronic music scene he was instrumental in shaping with the seminal. hybridising no fun fest and no fun productions label. which was home to debut releases by oneohtrix point never and noveller. and classics from haswell and prurient during the late 00s to early part of this decade. carlos’ first new release in 6 years. “vain” was drawn from hundreds of hours of improvisations made at carlos malibu studio. the final lp describes a tumultuous narrative in affective abstract swells and pulsating rhythms that trigger curious sensations and emotions ever familiar to his variegated. extreme. yet essentially organic output.
after years of appearances on compilations and as a group member. composer and improvisor jeff snyder has released his debut album. sunspots. on carrier records. much like the actual phenomena of sunspots - cyclical. chaotic. and powerful - snyder’s album invokes the sense that there are underlying forces at work which do not easily conform to human expectation or yield to human analysis. this is pure electronic music. meant for loudspeakers.
“struggle artist” is the new album from justin c. meyers. the minneapolis-based composer. artist. and head of the sympathy ltd. label. meyers is a unique. underappreciated talent in contemporary electronic music. his greatest strengths are twofold: his compositions have a meticulous structural logic. revealing a hermetic and austere formalism. concurrently. his compositions have a deep. introspective narrativity grounded in his lived experience. evoked with a mature clarity. together. they make meyers one of the most interesting electronic musicians working with cutting-edge sonics today. unlocking their latent powers of metaphor and figuration. his previous album. 2016’s “negative space (1981–2014)”. deals with the onset of chronic illness and near-death experience. its careful. anechoic meditations on the failing body are a resounding achievement. and the album remains a high watermark of acousmatic music in the 21st century. “struggle artist” portrays meyers’ expectations and disappointments arising from making art in his free time. created initially during lunch breaks and in hospital waiting rooms. and finished after being laid off from his job. it catalogues the despondency of the precarious life. if “negative space” was about the fallible body. “struggle artist” is its violent collision with late capitalism.
“fundus uterus. in latin is a terminology used in anatomy. with this work i wanted to describe the violent feeling of severance from the mother’s placenta. the exhaustion from the brutality of being. the wounds of love. at the same time. it is an hymn to the womb of the universe. to the nostalgia of returning there. to the redemption of barbarity. to the memories of a unique planet called zrsha. an existential revelation on the parallel worlds. that is to say. that you are sitting here. while multiple versions of you could exist in the same room. some lyrics are in the language of zarshian. the whole album clearly presents an emotional testimony that has deep references to the work of my beloved writer virginia woolf. this is the core of creating my new album.” - melentini
lena platonos is a greek musician. pianist and music composer. she was one of the pioneers in the greek electronic music scene of the 1980s. and she remains active today. lena was born on the island of crete and grew up in athens.