after 14 years of close collaboration tony allen stopped working with fela anikulapo kuti. after breaking from the band during the gigs at berlins festival in 1978. tony allen returned to lagos to start working on new compositions. his independence inspired him to break-away from his regular routine of putting 2 tracks on every single album
ò a free-jazz classic of immense historical and musical value
ò an all-star band. certainly ayler s best with other horns
ò finally available again on vinyl
ò esp-disk 50th anniversary remaster by archivist michael d. anderson
ò art clean-up by jonathan granoff restores legibility
fresh on francis harris kingdoms imprint comes adamo golans seven track lp. exile and the new. golán is the alter ego of british-german artist laurens a. schmidt. who has been pursuing a more club-focused techno project. while developing an ever deeper fascination with experimental music. ambient and film scores. drawing influence from his adopted homes berlin and currently london. the 26-year-old has been uncompromisingly trying to develop his own musical voice
vent forges new alliances. as dee grinski and tolga baklacioglu joins forces to explore musical synergies on a collaborative lp release of drone alchemy. eternal rhythms and harrowing vocalisations. which explores the lightless mazes of subconscious voids. teasing at barely understood taboos. tolga s past explorations of unrelenting industrial sounds are further refined. and enforced with dees vocal talent that covers a wide range of expression - from commanding and authoritative to harrowing howls of disembodied despair. they invite us to come with on a journey towards the lightless fringes of cognisance.
ANALOG SOLDIERS (ALEXI DELANO AND MARCO NASTIC. M.R.E.U.X. & STEVE STOLL)
12" Vinyl UKPre sale
blumoog music is back with the first release of this year. world renowned top producer alexi delano. (minus. plus8. drumcode and others) teamed up with superhot marko nastic (adult records. carillon records) to give life to a track where bass and analog kick are intertwined creating an earthquake effect for dancefloors and big rooms. bossman m.r.e.u.x follows with another high quality production. psychadelia and power prevale. a real dark tunnel with psychological shades. pure elegance in usual m.r.e.u.x style. closing the project the maestro steve stoll with his two tracks that literally make this ep whole. rich with quality and experience. blumoog continues to tell you a story. enjoy the music
K / JACK TO THE LOST CHICAGO REELS - IS IT YOU RON? AND DEVASTATING DARYL... (CASSETTE / TAPE)
cassette / tape UKPre sale
jerome derradji received a call by one of chicagos most renowned record dealer. it went like this: hey jerome. ive got all these reel to reel tapes of chicago house stuff. you want to take a look? less than 24 hours later. more than 160 reels were purchased and safely hauled back to the still music office and jerome got to work. in fact. these reels - that were lost for more than 20 years - contain some incredible stuff that well be releasing in the years to come but right now its time to jack! around 50 of these tapes are dj mixes that were broadcasted on wgci and wbmx in the mid to late eighties mostly with the hot mix 5. so jerome decided to start a series of cassettes titled jack to share the absolute greatness of these mixes (and to raise enough funds to finance the transfer and licensing of the more crazy stuff thats in the stack of reels) here is our first series with mixes from frankie knuckles. steve silk hurley. chicago mystery - devastating daryl and a few unknown mixes that were too essential to skip. these mixes were played on the radio only once and were lost until today. this series is an absolute window back to the heydays of chicago house music. all the mixes were professionally transferred and remastered to the best of our abilities.
MYSTERY MAN (VELVET SEASON & THE HEARTS OF GOLD REMIX)
12" Vinyl UKPre sale
techno. disco. italo. electronics. house. library. cosmic and ambient frequencies - these are the bedrocks of the midnight drive ethos and sound. a label shining a light on overlooked or unheralded creations and respectfully reissuing them for the contemporary audience. a label that respects and understands the connection between these disparate and sometimes forgotten forms of musical expression and celebrates them.
mic mills and furious frank debut together with the fourth release on rhythm works. the adelaide duo with strong ties to untzz twelve inch. pieced together the album of genre twisting acid and electro after being lent a legendary roland system 100 which features across the nine track album that comes digitally with each 7. produced and mixed at palazzo 184. take your time and let your mind melt as you pass through the three palms.
really swing goes wider with a new 12- series. head honcho quiroga delivers three track dedicated to magician and eminence of misdirection dariel fitzkee and italian master composer alessandro alessandroni.
cup and balls the title track is an elegant disco cut blending latin bass. guitar and percussion. creating an emotional texture in its rhythm and serenity that became an astonishing future jazz tune with a leading bassline.
on the flip side ciao fischio an homage to maestro alessandroni drowning lush rhodes melodies over funky breaks and intricate bassline. while citta di mare is voyage through eighties atmosphere that became a soulful and sensous tune full of heavenly piano licks and warmth synth leads.
DISCONNECT (MARVIN & GUY AND ZOMBIES IN MIAMI REMIXES)
12" Vinyl NLPre sale
we re very happy to present the second and last 12- with remixes from undo s -disconnect l.p-. after iñigo vontier. cabaret nocturne and dimitri veimar s excellent remixes of -autómatas- and -computer friends- now it s time for marvin and guy and zombies in miami with two outstanding reworks of -the arptist- and -disconnect-. the fantastic italian duo marvin and guy take on -the arptist- is an 11minutes lisergic journey through magic pads. sparkling arpeggios and distorted guitars. on the flip zombies in miami work there magic on -disconnect- using the original pads and undo s voice to create a totally new track with their own trademark. the 12 limited edition comes wrapped in a beatiful cover by david imbernon and mastered by yves roussel.
obsessed with the cosmos. asteroids and relativity. panstarrs of which we know little. except that he is not a total stranger to the electronic scene. nor to technorama. delivers here a first 5 tracks of 100% electro rooted detroit influenced music. influences found in the works of other artists such as drexciya (in all their projects). klaus schultz. tangerine dream. model 500. ectomorph and many others ... with his head in the clouds (the oort one) but with his feet firmly on the ground. panstarrs lives and works on his musical projects from a little-known mountain. somewhere in france. and whose themes are almost always connected to his obsessions. ice and dust is the first opus of this artist who is already working on a first album. a first ep coming out of the depths of space and now is in its own orbit.
fantastisches. drittes album des münchner produzenten scntst aka bryan müller auf boysnoize records. scenes and sketches from the lab ist ein amtliches werk. das die makellosen skills. reife und musikalität des jungen produzenten. kombiniert mit einer fülle an frischen ideen. offenbart. die 14 tracks hüllen techno. ambient. bass. idm und electronica in neue. kunstvolle und hochdetaillierte formen. die sowohl auf kopfhörer als auch im club perfekt funktionieren.
AFRO-LATIN. JAZZ AND FUNK EVOLUTIONARY AND REVOLUTIONARY SOUNDS FROM THE TWO CONGOS (5X7 INCH BOX. RSD)
5x7" Vinyl box UK20.04.18
unique soul jazz records record store day seven-inch box set which brings together a stunning five-single/ ten track selection of mind-blowingly groovy selection of african. latin. jazz and funk music from the congo. absolutely killer and essential tracks (mostly unknown) from the masters of the vibrant congo scene in the 1960s featuring the groups franco & ok jazz. rock-a-mambo. african jazz. african fiesta and more. roots african meets dizzy gillespie. james brown. ray barretto & more. the bomb! this unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for record store day 2018.
2017 was the breakout year for fisher. his first single. ya kidding. was one of the top tracks of the year across the board. including 3 overall on sirius xms electric area for the year. and his follow up ep. stop it is still kicking around the top 10 and was dubbed the track of the ship on this years holy ship cruise. and with crowd control he went 3 for 3. for record store day were issuing this special vinyl release from fish. ya didnt go and do it again did ya. featuring the oi oi ep and crowd control available for the first time on vinyl
the label say: ben loves terre loves robin is the second ep off premature. featuring works by terre thaemlitz (aka dj sprinkles). scanner. and a first from london based producer ben galyas. the ep builds upon a private archival project involving thaemlitz and scanner. terre loves robin brings deep solo recitals to intercepted telephone conversations (think leveson. just more intimate). galyas cloud version is heavy ambience. glitched piano and harpsichord. limited to 500 copies.
emotional rescue and jamwax ends their capo disco series by returning to glen adams and his cover of bob marleys classic. the early 70s lee perry produced original raw sound is taken to the disco reggae dancefloors of the early 80s with a bottom heavy jam. while his capo crew works a killer dub flipside.
next cocoon floor bomb! cocoon recordings is back with a bang after the winter break. cranking up the pressure once again. what s more. we re seriously pleased that we ve managed to land johannes volk for the new season. johannes has been making us smile with his productions for more than 12 years and considering his 2006 debut appeared on jeff mills axis label. it s easy to guess which direction his cocoon release is going. there are no dreamy minimal sounds or deep house trips this time round. instead you ll find headstrong techno pumping out of the speakers. tears & walls drives forward relentlessly with its meaty kick and metallic open hi-hats setting the pace. energetic and demanding throughout. johannes volk certainly takes no prisoners! -a little story about time and space- follows in its footsteps although the mood here is notably more detroit. taking us back to productions on cult labels like red planet. metroplex or the axis records sound. volk layers the track with more prominent harmonies and hypnotic arpeggios. giving it a subtle yet highly effective trance touch. the warm analog strings in the middle section underline this emotional impact and make a little story about time and space a guaranteed sunrise song for the upcoming spring and summer season. heartwarming and dance floor friendly in equal measures!
MORE I WANT U (INC. DJ PIERRE AND DJ VIBE REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK10.04.18
chus + ceballos join new york label nervous records with an infectious single titled more i want u featuring remixes from house luminaries dj pierre and dj vibe. for many years now both nervous and chus + ceballos have been flying the flag for new yorks house music scene. however. aside from collaborating on their back on tracks mix cds nearly a decade ago. the two have never teamed up for a release. having pioneered the iberican sound. the spanish dj/producer duo have indisputably earned themselves legend status as they continue topping the charts whilst headlining the globes elite venues. not to mention the perpetual success of chus renowned label stereo productions. a long-time platform for illustrious producers. nervous records is now set to release the pairs forthcoming single with remixes from none other than acid house pioneer dj pierre and tribal house stalwart dj vibe. featuring chus + ceballos signature groove-laden percussion. more i want u is rhythmic with high-octane sounds and a catchy vocal element that comes courtesy of dirty love by sunshine jones on king street records. in his remix dj pierre uses murky synths to generate an ominous and twisted aesthetic before dj vibe drops thunderous kicks and trippy arpeggiated melodies to conclude the package
with the new releases flaneur recordings brings out their fourth and final plate of the oliver marquardts (aka dj jauche) album -nachtboutique - dirty nights and boogie lights-. part 4 closes the series and the album with 3 classic deep house tracks.
a true lynchpin of the detroit underground. sharif laffrey has been producing music & djing internationally for over 20 years. sharifs participation in detroits early rave scene during the early 1990s led him to music. djing & organizing underground loft parties. sharif became part of detroits submerge squad as he worked & lived in its storied 2030 grand river avenue headquarters working for mike banks as an operative for underground resistance & submerge. and dance is the debut release on laffreys own record label special forces. a workout of a jam that along its 14 minute long route undergoes transformations. cryptic spoken vocals and sound for dance.
spencer parker readies the third and final remix package of different shapes and sizes this april featuring remixes from radio slave. italojohnson and nic fanciulli. concluding the series featuring dj deep. fett burger. rising sun. tijana t. setaoc mass and akirahawks. ep03 includes three artists that have long been close to spencer parker. radio slave has released parker s music via rekids for over a decade. whilst nic fanciulli s saved has hosted multiple records. like parker s debut album. spencer s relationship with italojohnson also stretches years including the trio s first remix (a spencer parker release on tsuba) and appearances at work them records showcases. radio slave s remix of information deviation is an ominous techno cut complete with eerie atmospherics. fuzzy melodies and rattling hats whilst a robotic vocal operates on top. italojohnson then remodel size:yes to generate a moody house number featuring cosmic synths and twisted effects. leading into nic fanciulli s rumbling rendition of riff shapes .
the latest release on francis harris scissor & thread label out of brooklyn is another exercise in deep and meditative atmospheres. the label. comprised of a tight knit collective of multi-faceted composers. vocalists and instrumentalists. always strives to develop new projects based on a shared aesthetic. and this five track ep is both boundary pushing and fully synchronized with the labels approach. with melquiades blue caves melbourne based composer and sound designer alexander albrecht presents his solo debut ep following on from the tidal river album he released as part of the albrecht labrooy duo. the title track blue caves is a skittering. weightless exploration of space. seemingly built around lush field recordings and fragments of melody developing out of the ether. avlemonas flows from a similar source. but crystallizes around an off kilter rhythm and occasional subby bass. balanced against swooping pads and piano motifs. morning breeze seems to revel in the evocative nature of its title. with hand played percussion backing more wistful. emotive piano sketches and wandering bass notes. before the track settles into a hypnotic groove. label head francis harris provides another take on the track for his re-form version. a more dancefloor aimed excursion that draws deeply from the classic deep house of the new york and detroit masters. ending the relases is patio. which drifts back towards the ambient territories of the opening tracks. with exquisite. understated instrumentation and a melancholic yet elated vibe.
the bug goes head to head with burial for two bass-bin heaters that is flame 1. cementing the first release on his freshly formed label pressure. following on from the bugs recent sidewinding 12 inches for ninja tune and a colossal album recorded with earth. fog / shrine is possibly kevin martins most soundsystem decimating collaboration yet. joining forces with the most elusive figure within the uk underground and hyperdub mainstay. burial. fog rolls along at half-speed steppers tempo. submerged deep within the roots n future aesthetic of the bugs signature beats. yet perfectly balanced by burials hollowed out and haunted night vision. shrine delves deeper inwards with the beats slowed to a crawl. the bassline hanging heavy in an atmosphere thick with smoke. the vinyl comes in thick grey card discobag with download code included.
EAR CANDY (FEAT. FYI CHRIS AND NUTRASWEET REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK27.03.18
across the ocean to canadian cousins. after persians unifying call to love. mysticisms rolls to 002. vertico inc comes leftfield and correct. ritual. objects. preen. click. pop. shuffle. bass. zebra skips. blunted grunts. xdancer enhances. water margin twists. sound system. music. non. stop. if you seek beyond the ordinary moral. the discovery will be in you. find the mystery.
STEAL CHICKENS FROM MEN AND THE FUTURE FROM GOD (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl D26.03.18
shakarchi & straneus inhabit a secret place in the universe of music. one existing at the intersection of scandinavian poplands. hisingen forest raves and outernational placelessness. faik shakarchi and daniel stranéus famously started making beats together in the gothenburg tapas-joint coat check where they both worked as clerks. their now 10 years old friendship is the story of legends. their sparse vinyl output the secret love of deep house 12inch enthusiasts round the globe the warm. vibrant sounds found on those records a stark contrast to the stripped-down effectiveness of their marathon dj sets. frequently heard within the more nefarious examples of gbg nightlife.
the product of a songwriting duo in the rich tradition of tiga/hulkkonen and tiga/mccartney. stay cool marks a return of sorts to the classic tiga sound. which is now the modern tiga & clarian sound. the kinda-underground acid techno grooves and magnanimously biting lyrics paint a picture so contemporary it threatens to make you live in the moment for the rest of your life. what began organically with clarian contributing material and production to tigas 2016 no fantasy required lp has evolved into a contractually-mandated partnership. having already worked with the likes of jamie principle. felix da housecat and guy gerber. the montreal-born musician is no stranger to the hot collab. but was still taken aback by the rigorously enforced freedom he enjoyed during the stay cool sessions. tiga will be the first to tell you he has no ego in the studio. and in my experience that is the absolute truth. says clarian. every idea i have. every part i write. we split the credit right down the middle.
weaving the old with the new.
exploring the known and the unknown.
time is just irrelevant.
its the journey that matters
stories are forever...
geniis debut ep on feines tier. we are more than happy to present four tracks by the man from amsterdam whos also responsible for countless dutch party and festival happenings as well as the productions for electronic live band dialoque. artwork by daniel hageman.
fantasy life was a one-off italo disco studio project that consisted of various producers. songwriters. and vocalists from turin. italy. the line-up included lorenzo avico. maurizio camoletto and sergio bergamin. they recorded their only single ?over and over? at minirec studio in 1985 with mixing engineer gigi guerrieri. it was released that same year by thick record a sublabel of il discotto productions and became one of the most coveted italo disco 12?s. ?over and over? is a parable that describes the story of a girl growing up. comparing her life to the changes of the moon. signature linn drum and simmons drums create the driving rhythm track that hauntingly sways back and forth. the vocal version has a nearly two minute extended instrumental break in the middle of the song heightening the dramatic pace. on the b-side is a dub version with extended instrumental breaks. bass lines and occasional vocals. both songs are remastered for vinyl by george horn at fantasy studios in berkeley. the vinyl is housed in the original jacket featuring a painting by andrea franzoso and includes a double sided postcard with lyrics and notes.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER (AND ALSO THOSE WHO HAVE) (2X12 INCH)
2x12" Vinyl UK20.03.18
repress - please note new artwork - nine of the densest ambient and meditative music pieces since the dawn of music!! sounds both extremely of this time. and of no time whatsoever. monolithic and stark but extremely warm. intensely personal. and for every one in every which way. we are very happy to present to you -for those of you who have never (and also those who have). an album by huerco s.
sorry releases date delayed - a1 track are not correct -- replacement is coming in few weeks ...
rawax joined forces with the great dutch slapfunk label! the result is a fantastic v.a. ep called -slap wax 1- with track by samuel deep. locklead. william caycedo and julian alexander!
OUTRO TEMPO: ELECTRONIC AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FROM BRAZIL. 1978-1992 (2X12 INCH LP)
2x12" Vinyl NL16.03.18
2018 repress - for their first multi-artist compilation. music from memory take us on a trip to the heart of the amazon rainforest. outro tempo: electronic and contemporary music from brazil. 1978-1992 is a double lp that explores the outer reaches of brazilian music. where indigenous rhythms mix with synthesizers and where mpb mingles with drum computers. as brazil faced the last years of its military dictatorship and transition to democracy. a generation of forward-thinking musicians developed an alternative vision of brazilian music and culture. they embraced traditionally shunned electronic production methods and infused their music with elements of ambient. jazz-fusion. and minimalism. at the same time they referenced the musical forms and spirituality of indigenous tribes from the amazon. the music they produced was a complex and mesmerising tapestry that vividly evoked brazilian landscapes and simultaneously reached out to the world beyond its borders.
sonic groove records presents the advent of a new strain of contemporary techno for 2018 and advancing electronic music culture further into the future with this release. this is a document of the convergence and alliance of two distinct artistic visions. that of veteran and pioneer thomas p heckmann under his drax moniker and current dedicated activist blush response. the results of this cutting edge collaboration are pure dance floor revelations of the infectious and mind expanding kind. four cryptic transmissions initiating a sequence of combined sonic dna output. this is an interpretation of techno rooted in radical experimentation and upgraded to the next level with compelling innovation. side a initiates the drama with mysterious analog machine signals of both purist and experimental dark techno that are composed of elements crafted at the molecular level. side b continues with intensity delivering more of the combined audio expression of the artists. the intense coded communication weaves through in waves of perfectly balanced synthesis that is reinforced with heavy percussion and complex intertwined and engaging rhythms. a new key to other dimensions in sound. essential
privately pressed to lp in 1978 under the name j. jasmine and made especially for the ann arbor film festival. with artistic collaboration from the festivals founder and once group artist. george manupelli. my new music is the debut album by jacqueline humbert and david rosenboom. featuring a cast of mills college personalities like david behrman and sam ashley on backup vocal duties. this song cycle is at every turn boundary-pushing and gender-busting. yet still hilarious. sweet. and genuine. all delivered in a post-genre. art-song. cabaret musical style that happens to boast some serious avant-garde chops. courtesy of rosenboom. if it werent so spot on. youd swear it was a guilty pleasure. as j. jasmine writes. my new music is a collection of personal stories and private desires. exposed. articulated. performed and dedicated to the hope that one persons fantasies can contribute to another persons freedom. get lost in j. jasmines world for a little long while. and be free.
WANT EAT ARANCINA (INCL. SIS AND IORI WAKASA RMXS)
12" Vinyl D12.03.18
frabon enter the new year with one of his best ever releases. original mix by flod aka flavio lodetti. more rmx from sis. tommy vercetti and iori wakasa. release already appreciated by solomun. dixon. luciano. m.a.n.d.y. . mihalis safras. detlef. shiba san. ninetoes. bedouin. martin eyerer. tennan. lexlay!! thanks to its tech. deep sound and travel sound.
ltd 2018 repress - gay marvine (pronounced gay marveen) is back once again proving his limits are far beyond most. this time exposing the deeper hedonistic elements hidden deep within pop music. what emerges through his filter of reshaping and repurposing and incredibly fine ear for pacing is 4 perfectly distilled late night jams. a magick far beyond anything aleister crowley could conjure. this is the 10th volume of the secret mixes fixes series. in our never ending quest to show unique sides to late night classics. forgotten gems and things so obvious you may already be sick of them. but you arent when you hear gay marvines take on it. we are further expanding this concept in the future with some even cheekier choices for the next fix records and a brand new sub-label to represent gay marvines burning disco side. bathhouse etiquette. the bathhouse etiquette eps will showcase the many facets of gay disco as seen through gay marvines eyes. you have been warned.
EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL. AND NOTHING HURT (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl D09.03.18
moby has released a new single and video for like a motherless child. from his forthcoming album everything was beautiful. and nothing hurt. featuring la-based soulstress raquel rodriguez. like a motherless child is a re-work of the well-known spiritual. with its origins in the slavery of the american south. the track describes the void left when one feels separated from a parent. higher power or similar guiding force. over the years this powerful song has been reinterpreted by the likes of odetta. lena horne. mahalia jackson and van morrison. the album is a glowing tapestry exploring spirituality. individuality and the brokenness of humanity and finds him returning to his orchestral. soul. trip-hop and gospel roots.
a new year means new musical horizons here at the bordello. curses formed his sound in the distortion and sweat of back alley dive bar bars amidst the crash of guitars and the audible gulp of beer. hints of disco and wave balance this rougher edge. smoothing down those creased lines for a style that adheres to no boundaries. -pedal to the metal and don t look back- is a perfect introduction to curses multifaceted sound. beats orbit burbling bass and brash strings in a work of dreamy hypnotics. -knife in teeth- comes from a similarly shadowy lair. dark bars are further inked by industrial percussion in a track born on the factory floor to strict ebm parents. terr takes on -pedal to the metal and don t look back- and does the original proud. bass rumbles to the tune of a guttering engine before lighter notes take hold. murky currents are cleared by bright synth blasts in this uplifting remake. the bird of paradise closes the ep with his psychedelic take on -knife in teeth.- drums take on a more sinister tone as tribal rhythms give rise to jungle imagery and the immediate threat of what might lurk behind those supposedly innocent sounds.
the first full artist ep of 2018 is one by a new artist for heist. but a familiar name for any modern day house aficionado: adryiano. after taking 2016 off. he came back guns blazing in 2017. releasing 5 solo eps in 1 year on labels like shall not fade and baka gaijin. his me and you and her ep for heist showcases his contemporary view on classic house and acid. and is an experiment into how much distortion a track can actually handle when youve got a killer sample hook. me and you and her is about as classic as a house track can be and moves in similar fashion as his post-2013 hit on my side. its got a sweet and repetitive vocal loop. some semi-grainy but definitely groovy percussion and a deceptively simple piano hook. add some filtering and youve got a lovely warm house song that can go on forever. the a2 move it. move it moves straight into old-school chicago territory. with a raw af acid bassline. chicago bred jamie 3:26. now residing in its dutch counterpart rotterdam. gives the track a nice old school twist. hes going full 707 on the percussion and has casually added an amazing synth hook to give the remix a true vibe of its own. the ep closes off with fashion country girl: adryianos dystopian view of a world where dolly parton gets mangled through an overdrive. then gets distorted. crushed. mangled. deleted. re-added in 8 bit and then crushed some more. the result is an uptempo roller with more than enough grit. and just enough tongue-in-cheek to make everyone smile a little bit more. yours sincerely. maarten & lars.
2018 reissue/ repress - in yellow coloured vinyl after offering-up paratrooper as part of dj tennis recent dj kicks. the israeli duo red axes arrive on life and death for an original ep. sami is a post-moondog shamanic tribal trip. while round combines dilapidated post-goa electronics with just the right amount of cowbells and guitars psych. vego is a lo-if western spaghetti full of tape delays and amplifiers sauce while pulse waves and wind blows on a big russian bell at the title track kalacol. a record that could only come from niv and dori another reconfiguration of the life and death mausoleum.
the ecstatic sounds of a fruit machine spewing out winnings or a computer game bleeping a player upwards to the next level chirp and bleep all over true beauty (and other things). a jubilant and chaotic tape from philadelphias nah aka michul kuun. his first release under new alias michul kuun. the seven track album lurches between church bells. angsty video game chimes and battered drums (kunn pummelled drums in punk band 1994! in the past). there are flashes of mutated house and techno (threes. threes. threes and written house) as panicky. stammery rhythm structures are built up. battered down then kicked around. taking station seems like its going to be the most mellow. almost melodic jam. then rounds off with a solid minute of air horn. before exiting on what sounds like a motorbike through a swooshing traffic for jittery finisher. follow thruu. - claire sawers. for wire magazine
this sought-after rarity presents a blend of ambient. new-age. 60s inspired folk music. the melancholic lyrics of singer-songwriter suzanne menzel are transformed by danish new-age pioneer. klaus schonnings. futuristic soundscape. schonning. not only produced goodbyes and beginnings. menzel also credits him as giving her the artistic courage to self-release her first and only album. goodbyes and beginnings sits at the cross-section of many genres. menzels voice is as timeless as her heartfelt. somber lyrics. while schonnings synthesizer. organ and rhythm computers offer a playful contrast. the beautiful tension between them creates a fresh. unique sound and makes goodbyes and beginnings hard to categorize even today.
francis harris is a founding member of the scissor & thread label a brooklyn-based imprint established 2011 as an outlet for deeper. more personal sounds. as well as music from a range of associated artists including black light smoke. bob moses. frank & tony. dj aakmael. desert sound colony and aris kindt. to name a few. harris own output has gone from tightly wound tech house cuts as adultnapper in the early days. sublime deep house as frank & tony. intricate and expressive musical journeys as evident in his two solo-albums leland and minutes of sleep. and ambient shoegaze with two aris kindt albums. co-produced with gabe hedrick. most recently harris branched out with a new label kingdoms a home for his love of a more adventurous sound. now we are proud to present his new solo single. the first since the release of minutes of sleep. minor formswhich includes two remarkable remixes by valentino mora. more we cannot do is a perfect example of harris feel for depth and dynamics a track that feels submerged in a warm amniotic fluid cocooning the listener in a thick subby bassline. providing much of the groove. with skittering percussion on top and intricate fragments of melody throughout leading to a wonderful moment with live vibraphone provided by new york player will shore. minor forms. the eps title track is cut from similar cloth emerging from a subtly distant place to inhabit a melancholic. beautifully evocative space somewhere between ambient. jazz and the dancefloor. joining harris is greg paulus on trumpet. a long time friend and collaborator adding his signature touch to an already moving piece.