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Crystal Castles IIThe second eponymous studio album by electronic music band Crystal Castles is alternately referred to as Crystal Castles II. Produced by Ethan Kath, the album was recorded and written in contrasting environments around the world, such as a church in Iceland, a self-built cabin in Ontario, a garage behind an abandoned convenience store in Detroit and one song recorded in the London studio of Paul Phones Epworth.1. Fainting Spell
3. Doe Deeer
5. Year of Silence
8. Violent Dreams
11. Pap Smear
12. Not in Love
14. I Am Made of Chalk$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Crystal Castles (Awaiting Repress)Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles and shows packed soley from work of mouth. Their 7 singles have sold out almost instantly, they've toured extensively in the U.K., Europe and North America with artists such as the Klaxons and Metric and have remixed songs for Bloc Party and the Klaxons among others. Crystal Castles has made everyone's 'Band To Watch' lists for 2008 in anticipation of this their first full length release.1. Untrust Us
2. Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. HEALTH)
3. Alice Practice
4. Magic Spells
5. Xxzxcuzx Me
6. Air War
7. Courtship Dating
10. Good Time
11. Love and Caring
13. Through the Hosiery
15. Black Panther
16. Tell Me What to Swallow$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Air Conditioned NightmareThe Air Conditioned Nightmare is the new album by
Doldrums. The title was spawned by Henry Miller upon his
return to the US after ten years as an expatriate. Keen to
rediscover the country he left behind, Miller found it a
stifling place of big business, pollution, credit, misinformation
and prejudice. "Nowhere else in the world," wrote in his
1945 collection of essays "is the divorce between man and
nature so complete". The Air Conditioned Nightmare.
Seventy years on and the book lends itself to the title of the
anticipated second album by Doldrums, the band led by 25
year old musician Airick Woodhead. On the follow-up to his
2013 debut Lesser Evil (which yielded tours with Unknown
Mortal Orchestra, Crystal Castles, Grimes and Purity Ring,
and remixes for Peaking Lights, Grimes and Portishead), the
DJ, producer and performer makes a sizeable leap from
being darling of the Montreal warehouse creative explosion
that gave the world the likes of Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Blue
Hawaii to being a stand-alone artist and composer on the
cusp of something quite special.
Doldrums apply a punk rock ethos to electronic music,
creating songs using samplers and DJ gear in place of
guitars. Bold, anxious, dream-like, uplifting, glacial,
hypnotic, constricting, expansive, alien - this is an album
that is ever-changing. "Conflict is at the heart of this
album," explains Airick. "There's a lot of paranoid sentiment
and dystopian imagery in there. The threat of a mundane
reality ties it together, as does an obsession with plasticity.
Songs come from specific feelings or images. Anxiety is my
The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album of texture and
taste, an extra-sensory overload. Weaving through the mix
are Woodhead's androgynous, tweaked vocals singing lyrics
like voices down broken phone-lines. This is music born of
the 21st century. The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album
that is punk rock in its DIY beginnings and militant commitment
to originality. Ten snatched seconds is enough to pull
you in. Ultimately,The Air Conditioned Nightmare stands
alone. Doldrums have created something special. You need
to hear it.1. HOTFOOT
2. Blow Away
3. Funeral for Lightning
4. We Awake
5. Video Hostage
8. My Friend Simjen
9. Industry City
10. Closer 2 U$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IIICrystal Castles are Back, and It's Beautifully Terrifying. -SPIN Magazine
(III) is The First of Their Full-Lengths to be Produced Entirely by Ethan Kath.
By ditching their old synthesizers and keyboards used on I and II, Ethan enforced a strictly no computers rule in the studio and began recording everything directly to tape. Together the Canadian duo has conjured up a collection of songs that are as raw as they are well rounded. As (III) unfolds, each track will take you to greater heights and equal lows, as you enter the sometimes plagued and often polarized world that is Crystal Castles.
We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience, says Ethan in an official statement. We'd limit ourselves to one take on each song because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea.
Recorded mostly in Warsaw and Berlin, the highly anticipated album also boasts the haunting and euphoric 5-minute mind-bender Plague that quickly caused a cyber-storm amongst fans and media when the band unveiled it via their soundcloud page this summer.1. Plague
3. Wrath of God
5. Pale Flesh
6. Sad Eyes
9. Violent Youth
12. Child I Will Hurt You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Amnesty (I)Crystal Castles have announced their new LP, AMNESTY (I), which will be released via Casablanca Records. AMNESTY (I) is the followup to 2012's (III), and it is Ethan Kath's first without former singer Alice Glass, who left the group in 2015. New singer Edith Frances has already made her presence felt with the release of AMNESTY (I)'s singles "Char, "Concrete", "Frail.", and "Femen".1. Femen
6. Teach Her How to Hunt
12. Their Kindness Is Charade$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Disco2Two years after releasing the revered noise/dance record Health/Disco, Health return to the remix realm with Disco2, morphing 2009's Get Color into an electronic masterpiece. Curated and produced by the band, Disco2 features the epic noise jams of Get Color remixed by electronic luminaries Tobacco, Crystal Castles, Salem, Javelin, and Gold Panda (among others), and leads off with the killer new single "USA Boys," mixed by legendary producer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode).1. USA Boys
2. Before Tigers (CFCF Remix)
3. In Heat (Javelin Remix)
4. Die Slow (Tobacco Remix)
5. Severin (Small Black Remix)
6. Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)
7. Eat Flesh (Crystal Castles Remix)
8. In Violet (Salem Remix)
9. Nice Girls (Blondes Remix)
10. Die Slow (Pictureplane Remix)
11. Nice Girls (Little Loud Remix)
12. Before Tigers (Blindoldfreak Remix)$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mourning TranceMourning Trance is a record about loss and family, but also about coping and finding a way to enjoy life through all of the exhaustion. It's an album about waking up every morning, working eight hours, and still finding a way to celebrate surviving another day.
In Still Life Still's case, that way was the only one the band knows - writing and playing music with best friends.
The album was recorded and produced in Toronto by Alex Bonenfant (Crystal Castles, Metz) the result of that process is a weird, beautiful pop record, inspired by, and in honour of the brilliance and absurdity of real life. Those bittersweet experiences continue to be what drives the band and record.1. Burial Suit
2. Dancing Spines
3. Mourning Trance
4. Aim and React
6. In Enemies
7. Revolving Doors
8. Deer Hologram
9. Thinking About Our Plans
10. Hanging With Our Family$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Richter: Berlin By OvernightTo coincide with Max Richter's Royal Albert Hall debut on 4th October, where he joins forces with Daniel Hope in one of the rare live occasions that sees
them together on stage, DG will release a new, eclectic REMIX EP.
Berlin by Overnight by Max Richter is taken from Daniel Hope's latest album Spheres (2013) and will include 4 remixes by internationally acclaimed remixers, who were carefully selected and picked up on the nocturnal, minimal and repetitive atmosphere.
The international line up of remixers:
Efdemin: A dark sounding producer from Berlin, known for his minimalist musical approach, who regularly performs at clubs such as the Berlin Panorama
CFCF: A renowned Canadian electronic artists whose music alternates between the spaces of dance, ambient, pop and neo-classical who has already
remixed the music of artists such as Crystal Castles
Lorna Dune: One of the most versatile keyboardists & producers currently working in New York, with a background in classical, experimental, electronic,
and pop. Known for the creation and performance of new and experimental music
Tom Adams: A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and songwriter based in Cambridge, who has recently scored the music for the Universal
Picture film The Knive that killed me whilst doing remixes for artists such as Nils Frahm1. Berlin By Overnight (from the Album Spheres)
2. Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)
3. Berlin By Overnight (Efdemin Remix)
4. Berlin By Overnight (Lorna Dune Remix)
5. Berlin By Overnight (Tom Adams Remix)$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Blond and boisterous, music's newest hot chick" - Teen Vogue
"Artist To Watch" - Esquire
"Blown away by her voice" - Perez Hilton
"Dangerously Catchy" - Entertainment Weekly
Pop, blues, soul, and rock'n'roll singer/songwriter/guitarist/ banjoist Elle King announces today that her debut album LOVE STUFF will be released on RCA Records.
Elle worked with acclaimed collaborators on LOVE STUFF including Jeff Bhasker (Fun., Kanye West, The Rolling Stones), Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith), Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Crystal Castles), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney), Martin Johnson, and Dave Bassett, among others.
Her single "Ex's & Oh's" was #1 Most Added at AAA radio upon release and has received tremendous praise: Billboard raves "Mix Duffy's vocals, the Black Keys' urgent rhythms and a hook and tempo that recalls P!nk's So What, and you have Elle King's catchy and clever RCA debut." Perez Hilton writes: "She's like a modern-day Janis Joplin! Elle King is the real deal! A true talent!" Muumuse declares: "Elle King, the man eatin', shit talkin' spitfire of your dreams or nightmares. (Boys: You've been warned)."
LOVE STUFF showcases Elle's powerful voice, tremendous songwriting, playful spirit, and bad-ass ways with lyrics that chronicle bad boyfriends, passionate relationships, and heartbreak.
Elle has toured with Of Monsters and Men, Train, Ed Sheeran, Michael Kiwanuka, and many others. With the release of her critically acclaimed 4 track EP,THE ELLE KING EP, Elle made her network television debut with her single "Playing For Keeps" on the Late Show With David Letterman (click here to watch her performance).The track was featured as the theme song for VH1's "Mob Wives Chicago" and chosen for the national TV ad campaign for Mad Men. With the release of her EP, Elle has been featured by Esquire, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, and many more.1. Where The Devil Don't Go
2. Ex's & Oh's
3. Under the Influence
4. Last Damn Night
5. Kocaine Karolina
6. Song of Sorrow
7. America's Sweetheart
8. I Told You I Was Mean
9. Ain't Gonna Drown
11. Make You Smile
12. See You Again$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (Speakers Corner)
Critics find this album rather difficult to evaluate. Their judgement ranges from a colourful mixture to a successful cover album to a masterly fusion and an homage to an artist whose life came to an end far too soon - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi had long been gone when this album was recorded in 1974. But it is almost superfluous to look back to the legendary Hendrix if you focus on the great Gil Evans. After such milestones as Birth Of The Cool and Sketches Of Spain it isn't difficult to regard these late audiophile masterpieces as a logical development of Evans's exceptional skill as an arranger.
When you listen - or rather experience - how the crystal-clear sound in Angel is heightened to an emphatic ballad on the saxophone, or how rich soulful vocals storm ahead in a funky style (Crosstown Traffic), or fluffy, cloud-like sounds are built up on the flutes in Castles Made From Sand, then it is no longer of importance who thought out the music. It is sufficient that it exists and is pleasing to all who hear it. It is also unimportant whether one reveres Hendrix's immemorable melodies or whether one pays homage to Evans's visionary soundworld: a recording such as this could only be born of the two.
- Gil Evans (arranger, conductor, piano)
- David Sanborn, Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Lewis Soloff (trumpet)
- Tom Malone (synthesizer, trombone, flute, bass)
- David Horowitz (electric piano, synthesizer)
- John Abercrombie (guitar)
- Don Pate (bass)
- Warren Smith, Jr. (chimes, percussion, vibraphone)
- Bruce Ditmas (drums)
Recording: 1974 at RCA's Studio B, New York City, by Bob Simpson
Production: Mike Lipskin
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. Angel
2. Crosstown Traffic/ Little Miss Lover
3. Castles Made of Sand/Foxey Lady
4. Up From the Skies
5. 1983 - A Merman I Should Turn to Be
6. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
7. Gypsy Eyes
9. Castles Made of Sand
10. Up From the Skies
11. Gypsy Eyes$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now