Originally released in 1986, ‘Nowa Aleksandria’ caught brilliantly the cold, sultry atmosphere of the dark times of last years of communism in Poland. Influenced by British post punk heroes like Joy Division and Killing Joke the album represents nowdays one of the most important records in the history of Polish rock.
Stars and Topsoil, Cocteau Twins’ collection of the best of their 4AD years, is belatedly issued on vinyl this week. The first pressing is on heavy-weight, white vinyl.
Over a career at 4AD that spanned six albums and seven EPs, Cocteau Twins retained an intriguing uniqueness of style that defied comparison. Elizabeth Fraser (vocals), Robin Guthrie (guitars) and Simon Raymonde (bass guitar) were always fiercely protective of their privacy, preferring to let the music speak for itself; it spoke volumes and continues to do so. Following their ascent from alternative novices to universally acclaimed artists, Stars and Topsoil is a fine testament to one of the most original bands to emerge in the last three decades.
This chronological collection is a fitting reminder of why Cocteau Twins are so important: musical visionaries who transcended convention yet achieved massive international success.
“This powerful, largely unheard body of work finds Alice singing for the first time in her recorded catalog, which dates back to 1963 and includes appearances on six John Coltrane albums, alongside Charlie Haden and McCoy Tyner, and 14 albums as bandleader starting with her Impulse! debut in 1967 with ‘A Monastic Trio.’ The songs featured on the Luaka Bop release have been culled from the four cassettes that Alice recorded and released between 1982 and 1995: ‘Turiya Sings,’ ‘Divine Songs,’ ‘Infinite Chants,’ and ‘Glorious Chants.’ The digital, cassette and CD release will feature eight songs. The double-vinyl edition features two additional songs, “Krishna Japaye” from 1990’s ‘Infinite Chants, and the previously unreleased “Rama Katha” from a separate ‘Turiya Sings’ recording session.”
“Finders Keepers Records presents an incredible cryogenically suspended slice of precious precocious immersive fledgling synthesis for this ultra limited RSD 2107 title.Ironically well removed from the intension of phonographic application in its original inception, this anti-pop wash of marine biology modular synth sound design was originally proposed by a very young Ciani for exclusive infinite loop airings in a giant mid-American shopping mall aquarium in 1977.
Presented here as an isolated one-sided pressing on aquatic clear vinyl and including the original press release and a press cutting this limited release proceeds a wider series of unreleased Ciani work for 2017.”
“New York’s DNA have had a massive effect on alternative / indie rock around the world, despite the trio never releasing a full-length studio album during their four year tenure (1978-82). Various groups citing them as an influence have included Sonic Youth, Boredoms, Big Black and Blonde Redhead (the latter taking their name from DNA’s most-famous song). While the band’s explosive live performances captivated audiences, extant recordings captured DNA’s dynamic sound and savage economy in songwriting.
Originally released in 1981, A Taste Of DNA remains a primary source for No Wave archaeologists. Singer/guitarist Arto Lindsay and drummer Ikue Mori are joined by bassist and Pere Ubu founding-member Tim Wright. Across the EP’s six anti-epic tracks, the band charges forward with jagged guitars and dislocated grooves, while Lindsay’s guttural screams create a thoroughly personal semantics.”
2017 repress. “Legendary Swiss punk band from the late ’70s. You can’t dispute Liliput’s status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like The Slits and The Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk’s anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular.”
“Originally released on Impulse! in 1971, Universal Consciousness is a major turning point in Alice Coltranes’s momentous career. While her previous albums pushed the limits of spiritual free jazz and featured much of her late husband’s band, Universal Consciousness expands the harpist / pianist’s compositional palette with organ and strings (working with Ornette Coleman).”
“Modern Art was the musical project of Gary Ramon formed in the early 80’s. He’s also known for other projects such as WeR7, Mystery Plane, Sun Dial, and Quad, as well as running his own labels Color Disc and Tapes, and later, Acme Records (UK). Modern Art was predominantly Gary Ramon on various instruments with guest musicians. He never played gigs, but the project did see the release of two studio albums and a number of self-produced cassettes. “Stereoland” was going to be a cassette, but Gary thought he’d break the habit and released a vinyl LP, spray-painting 300 copies in the process. “Guitars on Fire” (1988) was an early pointer to the Sun Dial sound, as it seems more psychedelic than previous tapes, and the final Modern Art album”
1992 – 1997
A collection of early Legowelt tracks, found on old dusty tapes assumed a long time gone.
Pressed on three slices of 155 grams black wax and inserted in black sleeves with an eerie story.
A C E cut at 33⅓ rpm
B D F cut at 45rpm
A1 Lego Resistance
A2 The Building Blocks Of Life
B1 Nowhere Track
B2 Techno Madchen
C1 An Obnoxious Affair On Tape
C3 Airplanes In The Rain
D1 Are You Really So Deep
D2 Sleeping In The Window
E1 Silent Service
E2 Decay Dream
F Wir Lebten In Miniland
“On ‘Midnite Spares’, Australian music devotees András and Instant Peterson hold a candle to overlooked avant-pop and electronic works by antipodean artists and outsiders working through the 80s and 90s. Through co-presenting weekly radio show ‘Strange Holiday’, the duo slowly upturned their locale for inspiration – archives, country bookstores, private collections and convenience stores, searching for a place to anchor their own identities in the oceans of the island continent. The 10 tracks acknowledge a minor history, passed on via a network of friends, friends of friends, the libraries of radio station 3RRR and more often than not, the artists themselves.”
A1 –Maria Kozic & The MK Sound Trust Me
A2 –Whadya Want? Open Spaces
A3 –Poets Of The Machine Arabs
A4 –The Couch Full Treatment
A5 –→ ↑ → Sedation
B1 –The Igniters Hakka Suru
B2 –Mumbo Jumbo (7) Wind It Up
B3 –Mix (2) Do You Do It?
B4 –Cameron Allan And Graham Bidstrup Bikini Atoll
B5 –Foot And Mouth I Want My Mummy
Originally released in 1960, this concept album is full of incredibly odd music, it was a masterpiece of left field sound and a full on spectacular action stereo extravaganza. This outer space fantasy is now remastered, 12 tracks appearing once again on vinyl.
A. Michael Chapman – Lescudjack
B. Michael Chapman – Lescudjack (Lexx Edit)
“Lescudjack” is one of the finest moments in Michael Chapman’s epic discography. Originally featured on 1978’s “Life On The Ceiling” album, the instrumental track melded the British guitarist’s distinctive finger picking style with throbbing synthesizer lines and heavy space rock influences. Famously a favourite of Daniele Baldelli, and a long-standing secret weapon of Kosmiche-minded DJs, Chapman’s peerless original version is joined here by a brilliant Lexx edit that subtly extends it into a more dancefloor-friendly version, with a longer opening build-up, a tasty drum break in the original, and a deliciously dubbed-out conclusion.
As well as being an unparalleled composer, celebrated producer and curatorial mastermind, Nicolas Jaar is first an foremost a super-knowledgable music fan who lives for the sounds he loves. It is no surprise then that his Other People imprint have taken on the task of pressing Lydia Lunch’s seminal 1990 spoken word LP Conspiracy Of Women. Lunch is a multidisciplinary creative who came up as part of the NYC no wave scene and her words are as empowering and exciting now as they were back then. This special 12” release includes a new remix of Why Was I Born An American by e Weasel Walter and Jaar himself.
2xLP, Includes digital download
A1 –Linda Smith – I So Liked Spring
A2 –Karen Marks – Cold Café
A3 –Bruce Langhorne – Leaving Del Norte
A4 –The Seraphims – Consciousness Of Happening
B1 –Gary Davenport – Sarra
B2 –Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians – Feeling Sheepish
B3 –The Rising Storm – Frozen Laughter
C1 –Warfield Spillers – Daddy’s Little Girl
C2 –Joyce Heath – I Wouldn’t Dream Of It
C3 –Joe Tossini And Friends – Wild Dream
C4 –Scott Seskind – I Remember
D1 –Angel – Driving (Down)
D2 –Nini Raviolette and Hugo Weris – Slow
D4 –Once – Joanna
“Sky Girl is a mysteriously unshakeable companion, a deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave and art music micro presses that span 1961-1991. It’s a DIY collection of different genres, from different countries across different decades, that are all bound by the same longing sentiment. A concept compilation! A seemingly disparate suite of selections of forgotten fables by more or less never-knowns, Sky Girl forms a beautifully coherent and utterly sublime whole deftly compiled by French collectors DJ Sundae and Julien Dechery. From Scott Seskind’s adolescent musical road movie to Karen Marks’ icy Oz-wave, the charming DIY storytelling of Italian-American go-getter Joe Tossini and the ethereal slow dance themes of Parisian artists Nini Raviolette and Hugo Weris, Sky Girl resonates on a wide spectrum historically, geographically and stylistically. It unites in a singular, longing, almost intangible ambience. If the names sound wholly unfamiliar that doesn’t matter, the nature of the compositions swiftly nurtures an intimacy with these lonely, poignant, openhearted wanderers. Most were available in a very limited capacity at the time of their release, some were never really released at all – Gary Davenport declined to release “Sarra” after he split with the girl for whom the track is named – years later a friend convinced Davenport to allow him to put 100 copies online to sell and DJ Sundae was quick enough to snare one. Beyond their scarcity, these tracks are bound together by a certain raw beauty that’s achievable when music is made and no one is listening. Sky Girl comprises of fifteen officially licensed songs, a two year international scavenger hunt through long-folded home label operations, the depths of internet forums and traceless acetates. Both compilers are well trained record sleuths – DJ Sundae’s labels Hollie and Idle Press have reissued Arthur Russell affiliate Nirosta Steel and DIY relic Pitch, while Julien Dechery previously compiled Fire Star, a retrospective on Tamil film composer Ilaiyaraaja, for Bombay Connection. Released by popular NTS show “Noise In My Head” offshoot Efficient Space, Sky Girl is enriched with artwork from Perks and Mini mutant Misha Hollenbach and appropriately elegant sleeve notes courtesy of Ivan Smagghe. Includes digital download.”
Be Still and Glow 3CS Silver-embossed Metallic Mandarine Sleeve by Laraaji.
3CS (1980s) include: Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation, Tonings, & Sun Zither
Be Still and Glow collects three long-form titles from the deep and seemingly endless pool of cassette archives from Laraaji Nadabrahmananda during peak productivity years in the 1980s. Curated, remastered, and restored to its utmost listening enjoyment potential by Leaving Records’ Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen alongside Laraaji. Initially unearthed and transferred from tape by Douglas McGowan.
LR101 Laraaji – Sun Zither 1&2 1984, CS
“90+ minutes of non-stop sun-drenched Zither Ecstacy”
“A refreshing new sound journey through ecstatic hammered open-tuned zither string board, through jazz-funk rhythms with improvised rubber-tipped mallets, through rattled, stopped Zither. Chaos with wooden chopsticks, through ethereal steel slide string sound exploration to take the classic zither sound way out of the box. An exploratory adventure in sustained open modal tuning, elegant electronics and virtuoso performance mastery” -Laraaji
LR102 Laraaji – Tonings 1&2 1980s, CS
“Tonings 1: Shimmering celestial Zither and OM chant continual deep induction listening for expanded inner-stillness.” -Laraaji
“Tonings 2: OM chimes ladder, Kalimba (African thumb piano), hand chimes, spontaneous laughter release, chant, & chimes distortion (heavy at times towards end.)” -Laraaji
LR103 Laraaji – Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation 1980s CS
“Celestrana: Calming, gentle, continual, patient, relaxed-pace solo electric zither feeling. Home cassette recorded 1980’s. Mood of contemplative stillness. Peaceful, introspective listening.”
“Deep Chimes Meditation: Classic, Space, Peace, Zen, Timelessness”