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  • Ringer Ringer Quick View

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    Ringer

    The Ringer mini album is a 32 minute, four-track excursion into the kind of wide-open spaces you might find if you set out to make techno with an afrobeat/ krautrock sensibility. Ringer locks together gloriously rich synthesizer arpeggios; ôWing Body Wingö slips from crisp clusters of disco percussion to Steve Reich polyrhythms; and in between are another two euphoric ripples of sound, ôRibbonsö and ôSwimmer.ö The techno heartbeat comes from Kieran HebdenÆs regular DJ residences over the last couple of years as well as his ongoing collaborations with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid. Whether in the studio or live, Kieran and Steve often click into the kind of deep 4/4 grooves that can depart in any direction with a little adjustment. Ringer carries that minimal pulse over into Four Tet, and while KieranÆs trademark recuttings of jazz breaks may be less in evidence, his feel for harmony and melody is, as always, unmistakable.
    1. Ringer
    2. Ribbons
    3. Swimmer
    4. Wing Body Wing
    Four Tet
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    Visions of Excess

    On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Ft. Bill Laswell & Jody Harris


    The first in a long series of about-faces and left turns, Visions of Excess forgoes the noise-funk of the Golden Palominos' debut in favor of more pop-oriented material and staggering lineup of underground luminaries. Built around a nucleus of Anton Fier, bassist Bill Laswell, guitarist Jody Harris, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, the album recruits vocalists from Jack Bruce to John Lydon to, most impressively, Michael Stipe, who turns in striking performances on the opening Boy (Go) (featuring guitarist Richard Thompson), the Jefferson Airplane-like Clustering Train, and a cover of Moby Grape's Omaha. The real find of the record is singer Syd Straw, who makes her debut on the lovely (Kind of) True and Buenos Aires and more than holds her own with the big guns.

    - Jason Ankeny (All Music)

    1. Boy (Go)
    2. Clustering Train

    3. Omaha
    4. The Animal Speaks
    5. Silver Bullet

    6. (Kind Of) True
    7. Buenos Aires
    8. Only One Party
    The Golden Palominos
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  • Cluster II Cluster II Quick View

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    Cluster II

    Originally released in 1972, this is the second album by legendary German ambient pioneers Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Moebius and Roedelius essentially create ambient electronic soundscapes that ebb and flow, droning on in a suspended world of anti-gravity where machine has conquered man.
    1. Plas
    2. Im SÜden
    3. FÜr Die Katz
    4. Live In Der Fabrik
    5. Georgel
    6. Nabitte
    Cluster
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  • A Period of Review (1975-1983) A Period of Review (1975-1983) Quick View

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    A Period of Review (1975-1983)


    Expert Mastering By Greg Davis, Liner Notes By K. Leimer And Dave Segal


    Double LP Packaging Features Unique Reverse Flap Exterior, Full Color Eurosleeves, &
    16-page Booklet


    For the third installment in RVNG Intl.'s archival series, the tape is wound back to 1970s
    Seattle, home place of ambient music savant K. Leimer. A Period of Review (Original
    Recordings: 1975-1983) unearths unreleased portions of Leimer's vast archives and
    highlights the work of a self-taught visionary whose use of generative compositions ferried
    his music to infinite resonance.


    Kerry Leimer was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He was raised in Chicago before his family
    permanently settled in Seattle in 1967. Kerry's teenage interests and artistic experiments
    blossomed from the seductively strange tendrils of Dadaism and Surrealism. In the early 70s,
    Leimer found musical parallels to these visual movements by studying import copies of NME
    and Melody Maker and inquiring with local record store clerks about the exotic descriptions
    he read of Can, Neu! and Faust-innovators who were bringing the wild dictates of 60s art-discourse into music


    The tape-manipulated serenity Leimer experienced with Cluster's II was a key revelation.
    Leimer realized the potential to compose with minimal training and scoured pawnshops
    for cheap instruments and recording equipment to transpose his wayward musical instincts.
    Leimer's sound palette and composition soon refined and heightened with the accessibility of
    dynamic equipment such as the Micromoog and TEAC multi-track tape machines.


    Synchronously, the Terry Riley indebted loop-based compositions of Robert Fripp and
    Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting inspired Leimer to form recursive musical passages of bare
    timbre and melody that would become hallmarks of his sound. "The loop provided an
    instant structure-a sort of fatalism," recollects Leimer in A Period of Review's liner notes. "The
    participation of the tape machine in shaping and extending the music was a key to setting
    self-deterministic systems in motion and held a clear relationship to my interests in fine art."


    The underground music scene of Seattle/Olympia in late 70s was small but seeded.
    The vestiges of prog rock pompously pummeled the few clubs and record shops before
    punk and New Wave became the rage. Leimer sought to support a growing community of
    experimental composers by launching the Palace of Lights record label in 1979 with his wife
    Dorothy Cross (this was years prior to the birth of regional titans K Records and Sub Pop).


    Leimer rarely performed live, averting the litmus of instant appreciation for his solitary
    studio pursuits. Tellingly, the "K." that abbreviated Leimer's first name was a nod to Kafka's
    doomed pariah Josef K (from The Trial and The Castle). This gives a sense of the reclusive
    and literary realm Leimer was fond of working in. Despite his reticence, Leimer's debut 1980
    album Closed System Potentials would reach a receptive audience, and eventually sell more
    than 3,000 copies thanks in part to Cross's persistent advocation to independent distributors
    and magazines.


    A Period of Review focuses on unheard material outside of the work Leimer offered on
    Palace of Lights, though even that music could be considered relatively "unheard." The thirty
    tracks of A Period of Review may have remained a mystery on moldy reels until now, but
    Leimer's entire catalog of generative music remains pristine in its absolute power.


    Liner notes were crafted by Seattle writer David Segal. Top-tier mastering was done by
    Greg Davis, who produced the compilation with Palace of Lights artist Robert Carlberg, RVNG
    and Kerry Leimer himself, who continues making music to this day.

    LP 1
    1. Ceylon
    2. My Timid Desires
    3. From A Common Center
    4. Explanation of Terms
    5. From One To Ten
    6. Entr'acte
    7. Bump In The Night
    8. (aka accident)
    9. Facing East
    10. At Daybreak
    11. A Spiritual Life
    12. Honey To Ashes
    13. Stop It!
    14. Two Voices
    15. Lonely Boy
    16. Practical Demonstration


    LP 2
    1. Commercial
    2. Gisella
    3. Archie's Dub
    4. Ikumi
    5. Reassurances
    6. Assemble and Diffuse
    7. Eno's Aviary
    8. Almost Chinese
    9. Agfa / Lupa
    10. The Phonic Chasm (feat. Dawn Seago)
    11. Acquiescence
    12. Malaise
    13. All Sad Days
    14. Porcelain (feat. Nancy Estle)

    K. Leimer
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  • Send Two Sunsets Send Two Sunsets Quick View

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    Send Two Sunsets

    Debut album from Georgian producer. With a musical diet of Durutti Column, Slowdive, Cluster and old Krautrock - influencing the way the guitar is utilized in his music, the instrument plays a prominent role on the LP.
    1. Abandoned City
    2. Waterfall
    3. Bliss
    4. Duras
    5. Send Two Sunsets
    6. Pulsing
    7. Let Me Love You
    8. Street Talk
    9. Blue Distance
    Gacha
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  • All Eternals Deck All Eternals Deck Quick View

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    All Eternals Deck

    The Mountain Goats' new album is called All Eternals Deck. The songs cluster around themes of hidden things and the dread that hidden things inspire, says singer/songwriter John Darnielle, but also the excitement, the attraction, the magnetic draw that scary unknown hidden things exert. The title refers to an apocryphal tarot deck. The band approached recording sessions for All Eternals Deck as commando raids on multiple studios with several producers. We wanted to see how disparate seasons and moods and locations and producers would play out in the songs, explains Darnielle.
    1. Damn These Vampires

    2. Birth of Serpents
    3. Estate Sale Sign
    4. Age of Kings
    5. Autopsy Garland, The
    6. Beautiful Gas Mask
    7. High Hawk Season
    8. Prowl Great Cain
    9. Sourdoire Valley Song
    10. Outer Scorpion Squadron
    11. For Charles Bronson
    12. Never Quite Free
    13. Liza Forever Minnelli
    The Mountain Goats
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    Collections 01

    Come peruse Collections 01, a menagerie of songs from Teebs on the Brainfeeder label. Like a cluster of exotic birds, anthology of short stories or secret case of sparkling gemstones, Collections 01 further explores the world expressed in Teebs previous album Ardour from several new perspectives.


    While drawing from the universe of Ardour, Collections 01 is more varied with more samples, each song containing specific elements that give it a unique character. Featuring tracks with harpist Rebekah Raff and Brainfeeder cohort Austin Peralta, Collections 01 offers a range of sentiment, always elegantly displayed.


    From hypnotic, dust-covered beats and languid daydreams to cascading shuffles and bright bursts of color, this beautiful collection is a further glimpse into the world behind the minds eye of Teebs, painter of sound.

    1. Just the Yellow Bits
    2. Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)
    3. Pretty Poly
    4. Jahara
    5. Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff
    6. Your Favorite Weekday
    7. LSP feat. Austin Peralta
    8. While You Dooooo (Extended)
    9. Red Curbs Loop (Stuff I Dream About)
    10. Yellow More New
    Teebs
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  • Roedelius: Remixes Roedelius: Remixes Quick View

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    Roedelius: Remixes

    Hans-Joachim Roedelius is one of the prime movers in the strand of experimental music that emerged from 1970s Germany sometimes referred to as "kosmische music". As a founding member of the highly influential groups Cluster and Harmonia, he was part of a vibrant scene that included Neu!, Kraftwerk and Can. He started releasing solo work in 1978, combining his minimal piano style with electronic production details. In the 1990s he collaborated with Italian musicians Nicola Alesini (saxophone) and Fabio Capanni (guitar) in 'ambient jazz trio' Aquarello,who released three albums, the final installment being issued by All Saints. Whilst overseeing the reissue of a vast archive of seminal albums, Roedelius shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his eighth decade.
    1. Puente (Peaking Lights Remix)
    2. Remember (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)
    Roedelius
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  • Fake Train Fake Train Quick View

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    Fake Train

    Comes on like an homage to Wire's 1 2 X U as filtered through Minor Threat and a broken bottle of Robitussin. - Pitchfork


    It's no contest: Unwound is the best band of the '90s. - A.V. Club


    After the Pacific Northwest grunge raids of the early '90s that saw Nirvana, Mudhoney, and even the Melvins hoisted up the major label flagpole, Unwound's 1993 debut came as a welcomed reprieve for underground noise-niks everywhere. A pulsing cluster of wiry feedback, lurching bass, and single stroke rolls, Fake Train entangles the energies of frustrated backpack emo, faded Riot Grrrl back issues, and their own dash of teen spirit and unleashes it all in an earsplitting 10-song assault.

    1. Dragnalus
    2. Lucky Acid
    3. Nervous Energy
    4. Valentine Card
    5. Kantina
    6. We Are And Was Or Is
    7. Honourosis
    8. Pure Pain Sugar
    9. Gravity Slips
    10. Star Spangled Hell
    11. Ratbite
    12. Feeling$ Real
    Unwound
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  • Life Coach (On Sale) Life Coach (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Life Coach (On Sale)

    Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen's Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil.



    While there are reflections of Phil's work in Trans Am, Oneida, The Fucking Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid 70's that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive motorik pulse, and the sonic textures or klangfarben (translated sound colors).



    German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Conny Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the klangfarben of Conny Plank's recordings.

    1. FT2 Theme
    2. Commercial Potential
    3. Lawrence, KS
    4. Forest Opening Theme
    5. Work It Out
    6. Make Good Choices
    7. Gay Bathers
    8. Night Visions
    9. Life Coach
    Phil Manley
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  • Measures Of Joy Measures Of Joy Quick View

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    Measures Of Joy

    "Virginia Wing's neo-psych dreamscapes are delicate, yet delectable." - DIY MAG


    Measures Of Joy is the debut album from South London based group Virginia Wing. The album is a work of psychedelic majesty that avoids the rockist trappings that many contemporary bands fall into; speaking to everyday anxiety and isolation and in contrast, seeking to evoke an inner world of pastoral fortification.


    The startlingly realised collection draws influence from the radiophonic sounds of Broadcast, the kosmische wonder of Cluster and the rhythmic propulsion of This Heat whilst never directly emulating any particular style.


    Building on the experimentations found on their 7 on Critical Heights and a 12 EP on Faux Discx, Measures Of Joy encompasses spoken-word passages, brooding electronics and musique concrete influences to create songs that are at once immediate and truly strange.


    From the metronomic pulse of World Contact and the avant-pop of Marnie to the sonic experimentation of Gold Thread, Measures Of Joy is a record that consistently surprises and ensnares; a collection of hallucinogenic pop-songs played with a sense of urgency and an experimental verve.


    Virginia Wing is Alice Merida Richards, Sam Pillay and Sebastian Truskolaski. The album was recorded at Holy Mountain Studios by Misha Hering.

    1. The Body Is a Clear Place
    2. Estuary
    3. World Contact
    4. In the Mirror It's Sunday
    5. A Complex Outline
    6. Meshes
    7. Juniper
    8. Read the Rules
    9. An Arabesque
    10. Marnie
    11. First and Fourth
    12. Gold Thread
    Virginia Wing
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  • Boxed In Boxed In Quick View

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    Boxed In

    "This album will enhance your life Oli Bayston, the main guy behind [Boxed In], is an impressive songwriter and his
    piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds." - NME


    "[Boxed In] hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to
    it again and again." - The Line of Best Fit


    "Oli Bayston's transition from go-to producer to dazzling solo artist is complete." - DIY Mag


    Boxed In is London, England-based songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for
    The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe
    and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project.


    Boxed In brings together Oli's two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. "The album has a bit of both of
    those two things combined," he says, "But the principle focus is always the songs. I'm a slave to the songs and I try to
    incorporate my love of specific genres of music into that." Inspired by the motorik rhythms of Can, Cluster and Neu! as
    well as house producers, like PÉpÉ Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasizes that the art of pop song writing
    is right at the heart of Boxed In.


    In the UK Boxed In is already buzzing with "Mystery" on the A List at BBC Radio 6 Music, Rough Trade's selecting the selftitled
    debut as their album of the week January 19, and attention from influential press outlets like NME, Uncut, Sunday
    Times Culture, The Sun, Clash, and The Line of Best Fit who rated the album 8/10 saying "[Boxed In] hits hard enough in
    places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again."

    1. Mystery
    2. Subtle Knife
    3. All Your Love Is Gone
    4. Sailing
    5. No Joke
    6. Bug
    7. False Alarm
    8. Foot of the Hill
    9. Run Quicker
    10. Lo Life (feat. CockNBull Kid)
    11. Wild West
    Boxed In
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  • Hannibal Soundtrack Hannibal Soundtrack Quick View

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    Hannibal Soundtrack

    Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer has created a blood-pumping dramatic score for Hannibal that pulses with Wagnerian intensity. Sir Anthony Hopkins's monologue on three tracks adds a dimension of hair-raising eeriness to the already deeply affecting and suspenseful instrumental backing. (Just hearing him first enunciate on the opener Dear Clarice sets up the Pavlovian sense of dread.) Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter is still on the prowl 7 years after FBI agent Clarice Starling first interviewed the criminally insane doctor (and 10 years since The Silence of the Lambs hit the theaters). This sense of uneasiness is captured alternately by deep, sustained notes and the rapid attack of a full-throttle orchestra. Whether it's the dark, tonal clusters of Firenze Di Notte; the desperate, descending notes that punctuate Virtue; or the chorale solemnity of the 10-minute Let My Home Be My Gallows, the intent to horrify never waivers. -Rob O'Connor
    1. Dear Clarice (featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins)
    2. Aria da Capo (From Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Written by Johann Sebastian Bach--Performed by Glenn Gould)
    3. The Capponi Library
    4. Gourmet Vaise Tartare
    5. Avarice
    6. For a Small Stipend
    7. Firenze Di Notte
    8. Virtue
    9. Let My Home Be My Gallows (featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins)
    10. The Burning Heart (featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins)
    11. To Every Captive Soul
    12. Vide Cor Meum
    Hans Zimmer
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    A NDO C Y

    "Hauschka's ingenuity to rework his instrument into a entire orchestra is astounding." - CMJ


    "Inspired concept, superlative execution." - Uncut


    Last year Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) released
    Abandoned City, an album of stately prepared piano pieces
    inspired by forgotten locales that have been left to retreat
    back into nature. It was a gorgeous, uniquely evocative
    album that drew universal acclaim and elevated
    Hauschka's reputation as an elite modern composer.


    A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story,
    told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks
    conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of
    songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole.
    As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to
    minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes
    them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B,
    experimental folk icon Devendra Banhart distills
    Abandoned City standout, Agdam, to barely-there,
    fractured clusters of solitary piano strikes and swelling
    synths. By comparison, Eluvium's transformation of
    Stromness sounds almost shockingly euphoric, all
    cascading waves of distortion washed over a plethora of
    plucked piano pings.


    Included as a special bonus download is a stunning live
    album recorded in Yufuin, Japan in late 2014. The
    40-minute performance is split into two 20-minute
    improvisations built on themes from Abandoned City. It's a
    gorgeous glimpse of live Hauschka, a world where songs
    you think you know become entirely new works of art at the
    mercy of Bertelmann's whims.

    1. Hashima Island
    2. Palace in the Sky
    3. Varosha
    4. North Brother Island
    5. El Hotel Del Saito
    6. Agdam (Devendra Banhart Remix)
    7. Stromness (Eluvium Remix)
    Hauschka
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  • The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure) The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    The premier jazz vocal act of all time, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross revolutionized vocal music during the late '50s and early '60s by turning away from the increasingly crossover slant of the pop world to embrace the sheer musicianship inherent in vocal jazz. Applying the concepts of bop harmonies to swinging vocal music, the trio transformed dozens of instrumental jazz classics into their own songs, taking scat solos and trading off licks and riffs in precisely the same fashion as their favorite improvising musicians. Vocal arranger Dave Lambert wrote dense clusters of vocal lines for each voice that, while only distantly related, came together splendidly. Jon Hendricks wrote clever, witty lyrics to jazz standards like Summertime, Moanin', and Twisted, and Annie Ross proved to be one of the strongest, most dexterous female voices in the history of jazz vocals. Together Lambert, Hendricks & Ross paved the way for vocal groups like Manhattan Transfer while earning respect from vocalists and jazz musicians alike.



    Musicians:



    • Dave Lambert (vocals)

    • Joe Hendricks (vocals)

    • Annie Ross (vocals)

    • Harry Edison (trumpet)

    • Gildo Mahones (piano)

    • Ike Isaacs (bass)

    • Jimmy Wormworth (drums)



    Recording: 1959



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Charleston Alley
    2. Moanin'
    3. Twisted
    4. Bijou
    5. Cloudburst
    6. Centerpiece
    7. Gimme That Wine
    8. Sermonette
    9. Summertime
    10. Everybody's Boppin'
    Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
    $34.99
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    Stone Flower (Speakers Corner)

    Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the "new trend". First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song Desafinado and the genial One Note Samba were heard all over the globe.
    That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim's creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' Tereza My Love so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic Brazil.



    With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There's no more to be said!



    Musicians:



    • Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, electric piano, violin, vocal, guitar)

    • Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone)

    • Urbie Green (trombone)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Eumir Deodato (guitar, arranger, conductor)

    • Harry Lookofsky (violin)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Airto Moreira, Everaldo Ferreira (percussion)

    • João Palma (drums)



    Recording: June 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
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    Space Explosion (On Sale)

    A krautrock supergroup featuring Dieter Moebius of Cluster, drummer Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru, JÜrgen Engler of Die Krupps, Chris Karrer of Amon DÜÜl, and Zappi Dietmeier & Jean-HervÉ Peron both of Faust. This recording was made at ATOM H Studios in DÜsseldorf in 1998 and originally released under the group name "Space Explosion". The bonus CD features 4 bonus tracks also recorded at ATOM H in DÜsseldorf in 1996 by the Cosmic Couriers 1, consisting of Moebius, Neumeier and Engler, and originally released on their album Other Places.
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    1. Dino's Dream
    2. Taub
    3. Space Explosion
    4. I'm Hall
    5. Krakatau


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    1. Dino's Dream
    2. Taub
    3. Space Explosion
    4. I'm Hall
    5. Krakatau
    6. Culture In A Small Room
    7. Anabolica
    8. Dat Loop
    9. Sumpfige Wasser

    Amon Guru
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    Numbered Limited Edition!


    Drawing on a combined reverence for reverb, heavy tremolo, delay and repetition, Disappears play minimal rock music inspired by everything from Krautrock to The Staples Singers to punk to CCR. Originally started as a recording project, Disappears quickly evolved into a live band, spending 2008/09 supporting diverse acts such as Wire, Cluster, Deerhunter, Black Angels and Obits as well as landing a spot at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival.


    Recorded by drummer Graeme Gibson over Chicagos historic Rainbo Club during October 2008 Live Over The Rainbo was intended as a tour-only CD-R. Chicago cult label Plus Tapes picked it up and it sold out soon after and now this definitie edition on Rococo Records. Newly mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, pressed on Rainbow colored vinyl and limited to 500 copies. This is the way Live Over The Rainbo was meant to be issued.

    Side 1

    1. _____

    2. Marigold
    3. Not Nothing

    4. Magics
    5. Old Friend


    Side 2
    1. Gone Completely

    2. Lux
    3. Needs
    4. Hearing Things
    5. New Cross

    Disappears
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    Silent Treatment

    Highasakite inhabits their own rare musical landscape, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion.


    Imagine Phil Spector producing Cluster, with a dash of Radiohead on the side, and you'll have the general idea, but Highasakite brings their own singular vision to the party.


    Norway's Highasakite make pop music, but an adventurous brand of indie pop full of contrasts. Their melodies and instrumentation are bold yet sometimes understated, the ebbing of one allowing the other to flourish; whether it's Ingrid Helene Håvik's otherworldly vocals or the dynamic combination of synthesizers, brass and percussion. Following on from numerous international festival appearances and the EP In And Out Of Weeks, the quintet release their debut album, Silent Treatment, in 2014.

    1. Lover, Where Do You Live?
    2. Since Last Wednesday
    3. Leaving No Traces
    4. Hiroshima
    5. My Only Crime
    6. I, The Hand Grenade
    7. Darth Vader
    8. Iran
    9. The Man On The Ferry
    10. Science & Blood Tests
    Highasakite
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    Pyramid Of The Sun

    Recorded throughout 2009 and 2010, Pyramid of the Sun is the most dynamic, melodic and tuneful Maserati album of the bands decade-long career. Retaining the trademark driving momentum that makes the bands live shows so euphoric, Pyramid explores the lighter and darker sides of their sound, anchored by more melodic and varied song structures and exhilarating production.



    Mixed with Justin Van Der Volgen (!!!, Out Hud, TBD) and Temporary Residence founder Jeremy deVine (Sonna), Pyramid Of The Sun includes two collaborations with friend and tourmate Steve Moore (Zombi) in the form of the Cluster-meets-Jan Hammer scorcher Theyll No More Suffer From Thirst and the synth-heavy dance epic Oaxaca. Closing the album is the bittersweet Bye MFriend, Goodbye, a motorik summer punk jam that splits the difference between Wipers and Neu!; it also carries the bittersweet distinction of being one of the bands finest songs, and the final track written which was recorded with their legendary drummer Jerry Fuchs, who tragically passed away during the making of this album.

    1. Who Can Find the Beast?
    2. Pyramid of the Sun
    3. We Got the System To Fight the System
    4. Theyll No More Suffer From Thirst
    5. Ruins
    6. Theyll No More Suffer From Hunger
    7. Oaxaca
    8. Bye MFriend, Goodbye
    Maserati
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    The Way We Are (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Following their abstract masterpiece, The World I See, The Present returns with an album that delves ever deeper into the human psyche. Like an audio equivalent of Apocalypse Now, The Way We Are is by turns terrifying, enchanting, hallucinatory, and sharply focused. A psychedelic power-trio from a mythical dimension, The Present creates a strangely familiar music, as if they had already seen your dreams and your nightmares.


    In order to define the music, it might help to list some of the things it is not: it is not a pop album, neither is it a classical or jazz album. It's not an ambient album or a rock album either, but there are elements of all of these within its dense musical structure. Touchstones include the music of La Monte Young, Dmitri Shostakovich, Wolfgang Voigt, Cluster, Black Dice, Claude Debussy, Aphex Twin, Can, Arthur Russell, Boredoms, and Brian Eno-- and yet it sounds like none of these.


    What it is: a kaleidoscopic trip influenced by New York City, the ocean, mountains, the sun and the trees, Andy Warhol, Yukio Mishima, David Lynch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Buddhist mantra, mass transit, cats, birds and life. Life in all its myriad complexity and confusions, in all its transcendent beauty and its horrendous brutality.


    Their live show has been described as more of a sensory experience than a mere matter of listening and it's the title track-- a 35-minute epic the likes of which has not been heard since the glory days of Popul Vuh-- that best captures the band's extraordinary intensity.


    Once again this work is a collaboration with the artist Andrew Kuo, whose unique vision formed the cover of The World I See and whose work provides the visual counterpoint to The Present's sonic creation. Together, they make a totality that reflects so intensely and so clearly The Way We Are.

    Medman
    Saltwater Trails
    Space Meadow
    Shapeshifter
    Press Play
    The Way We Are
    The Present
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    Sub Contra

    People of the North is Kid Millions and Bobby Matador of Oneida. Sub Contra is the band's third album and features contributions from fellow Oneida members Shahin Motia and Barry London. Sub Contra is released on LP only in an edition of 500 copies pressed on virgin vinyl with a free download coupon.


    People of the North is Kid Millions (drums) and Bobby Matador (keyboard, synth, vocals) of Oneida, and Sub Contra is their Thrill Jockey debut. While their sound, like Oneida's, is constantly shifting and absorbing new concepts and ideas, Sub Contra is a work that fully embraces tumult and darkness in startling and dramatic ways. People of the North have been an active entity since 2003, but it wasn't until 2010 with the release of Deep Tissue on their own Brah imprint and Steep Formations, which followed in 2012, that recordings became an important part of the duo's identity. Sub Contra also features contributions from Shahin Motia and Barry London of Oneida.


    Opener "Drama Class" is a combative slice of improvised psychedelia, with Matador's distorted organ tones providing an understructure for Kid Millions to weave complex drum patterns throughout. "Coal Baron" provides a respite from the discord, with Matador and Millions droning on Farfisa and Echoplex, nodding to Bo Hansson and Cluster. The "Sub Contra" mini-suite that opens side 2 is an attempt at expressing in sound the Louise Bogan poem of the same name: "Build there some thick chord of wonder/Then, for every passion's sake/beat upon it till it break." The 14-minute "Osage Orange", which closes the album, is an epic slow build and decay, ethereal howls of synthesizer morphing into pulsating beads of sound as Millions dances effortlessly around his kit.

    1. Drama Class
    2. Coal Baron
    3. Sub Contra 1
    4. Sub Contra 2
    5. Osage Orange
    People Of The North
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    Meridian

    Evan Caminiti''s slow but steady progression towards electronic music from sand-swept guitar drone mirrors the pace of the music he makes. It has been measured, each move well-considered and clearly intentional. Caminiti has immersed himself in electronic production on Meridian, creating organic sounds through his machines, patching sounds that recall the brassy resonance of horns and hazy choral clusters. Synthesizers hiss and crackle under layers of reverb and fog. Sounds undulate and implode in upon themselves, with bursts of noise dropping in and out to create shadows of rhythm. Caminiti''s electronic systems do not run autonomously - the sounds heard on Meridian required real-time human interaction to bring them to life, and that human touch is essential to the mysterious atmosphere he produces on this new album. On Meridian, Caminiti expands upon the themes he began developing on two of his previous solo works, Dreamless Sleep and Night Dust, and with his other project, Barn Owl. Barn Owl's most recent album, V, incorporated more electronic textures and layers than their previous works, hinting at the direction that Caminiti takes on Meridian. While Dreamless Sleep and Night Dust were centered around Caminiti's guitar and his manipulations of the instrument, Meridian highlights Caminiti''s dextrous synthesizer work and production skills. Chiming tones float above monstrous swells of sub-bass, creating the illusion of a massive spacial divide. Caminiti adds rhythms and dynamic swells to abstract sonic textures and field recordings taken over the course of two years, grounding the album in specific times and places, however obscured from the listener. The album takes its name from the concept of energy flowing throughout the body along different paths called meridians. The pieces on Meridian were developed through live performance and made with the intention of being played at full volume, causing the sounds to course through the veins and along the meridional paths. The tracks pulsate and flow, from the throbbing beat of "Collapse" to the orchestral sounds of "Wire," all connected by the foggy, atmospheric framework established on album opener "Overtaken."
    1. Overtaken
    2. Curtains
    3. Collapse
    4. Arc
    5. Steam
    6. Wire
    7. Excelsior
    8. Signal
    9. Mercury
    Evan Caminiti
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    Permanent Signal

    Permanent Signal: a condition in which a POTS [plain old telephone service] line is off-hook without
    connection for an extended period of time.*


    It's a term that Mauro Remiddi kept coming back to when reflecting on much of the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two-and-a-half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends that I rarely see," explains Mauro. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. So this idea of the album title comes with there being a signal that says the line is off."


    Mauro began working on Permanent Signal two months after returning from tour, a period of readjustment
    in which he was beginning to enjoy normal everyday comforts such as frequenting his favorite coffee spot in his Brooklyn neighborhood and connecting with friends again, even as the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still very fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments that he used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color pallet." It's immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think of the Ocean," where the dense basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, as cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop a faint pulsing tone that mirrors the album's title. And while layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous album and EPs, an intentional move according to Mauro; "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with."


    Enlisting some support from YUCK's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in Antlers' Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and the National's Bryce Dessner), Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure," Mauro finds catharsis when conceding in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it end," amidst the processed drone of an organ and a piano that taps into the gospel-dosed psychedelia
    of Spiritualized, while the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, as crystalline guitars and synthesizers echo the song's poignant sense of nostalgia. Elsewhere, tracks like the aforementioned "Think of the Ocean," "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection" deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition which allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.

    1. Think Of The Ocean
    2. Cluster
    3. Minor Pleasure
    4. Open Letter
    5. Night Birds
    6. It Ain't Over
    7. I Lost Connection
    8. Warehouse
    9. The Way Out
    10. Five Minutes From Now
    11. Echo
    Porcelain Raft
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