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  • Empyrean Isles Empyrean Isles Quick View

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    Empyrean Isles

    Recorded in 1964, Herbie Hancock's "Empyrean Isles," will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. "Empyrean Isles" was Hancock's fourth album for Blue Note and features Freddie Hubbard on cornet. This release debuts two of Hancock's most treasured songs, "One Finger Snap" and "Cantaloupe Island."
    1. One Finger Snap
    2. Oliloqui Valley
    3. Cantaloupe Island
    4. The Egg
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith Quick View

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    Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith

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    INQUISITION unleash their long-awaited new album 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith'. Long known for some of the most powerful black metal the genre has ever seen, the cult metal firebrands have invoked their most magnificent cosmic darkness yet. 'Bloodshed ' is the album that INQUISITION has been building toward for their entire career, and asserts their dominance as the worlds supreme black metal band.

    1. Intro: The Force Before Darkness
    2. From Chaos They Came
    3. Wings Of Anu
    4. Vortex From The Celestial Flying Throne Of Storms
    5. A Black Aeon Shall Cleanse
    6. The Flames Of Infinite Blackness Before Creation
    7. Mystical Blood
    8. Through The Divine Spirit Of Satan A Glorious Universe Is Known
    9. Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
    10. Power From The Center Of The Cosmic Black Spiral
    11. A Magnificent Crypt Of Stars
    12. Outro: The Invocation Of The Absolute, The All, The Satan
    13. Coda: Hymn To The Cosmic Zenith
    Inquisition
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  • Harbinger Harbinger Quick View

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    Harbinger

    Having stunned critics and fans alike with their acclaimed 2012 Prosthetic debut Empyrean - described as a harrowing descent into the bleakest that black metal has to offer (About.com) - MUTILATION RITES are ready to release their long-awaited follow-up. Once again recorded with Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC, Magrudergrind) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, the new album, Harbinger, will be the band's first full-length to feature Ryan Jones (ex-Today is the Day) on bass and vocals. Pitchfork.com accurately describes MUTILATION RITES in the following manner, "Think of late-period Darkthrone vomiting the youthful version of themselves onto the crowd at a filthy DIY space. It's stately and epic, but booze-soaked, filthy, and feral."
    1. Black Pyramid
    2. Exhaling or Breathing In
    3. Tactical Means of Ouroboros
    4. Gravitational Collapse
    5. Contaminate
    6. Suffer the Children
    7. Ignus Fatuus
    8. Conspiracy of Silence
    Mutilation Rites
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    K20

    Simon Price is a master of creating music that is at once infinite and immediate. As a member of British heavyweights The Heads, he has journeyed with the band through two decades of brain-bending heavy psych, releasing 20 full-lengths in various editions, recording several Peel Sessions, and cultivating a following that surpasses most definitions of "cult." As kandodo, Price offers a more introspective take on the empyrean. On k2o, kandodo's second full-length, Price presents listeners with languid expanses of guitar and keyboard that are deceptively detailed and immaculately constructed.


    k2o is liquid psych: fully immersive and steadily drifting towards the horizon. "slowah" eases us into Price's world as layered guitars and keyboards slowly build and fellow Head Wayne Maskell joins in on percussion. Field recordings pepper the album, from the tranquil sounds of the Italian shoreline on "waves" to the Graceland tour guide on Price's tribute to the King, "grace and."


    The massive "swim into the sun," clocks in at 22 minutes and occupies the album's entire b-side. Like a heavy "Hallogallo," a steady motorik beat and single chord forms a rhythmic infrastructure for Price's unrestrained soloing and tidal washes of guitar. Extra drums kick in after 15 minutes, courtesy of Wayne again, riding the wave home.The basic track was recorded to cassette on Price's walkman, and slowly added to and built up over the course of two years. It is one of Price's most ambitious and triumphant creations yet.


    k2o was recorded in Bristol, London, Memphis, and on the Italian shoreline over the course of three years using his dependable Fender Mustang, microkorg, and as much fuzz as he could gather. Price has ventured deeper down the rabbit hole of his own rich imagination, and we are all the better for it.

    1. Slowah
    2. Grace and
    3. Waves
    4. Kandy Rock Mountain
    5. July 28th
    6. Swim Into the Sun
    Kandodo
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    Sensorimotor

    From his early releases as Lusine onward, Jeff McIlwain's electronic explorations make up one of the more diverse discographies of the past decade and a half. Effortlessly blurring the lines between techno, electro-pop and experimental composition, the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer's arrangements are meticulously constructed, but also filled with emotion and soul. With an introspective turn that's hinted at in the record title, Lusine's fourth album for Ghostly sees McIlwain diffusing the pop-leanings of 2013's The Waiting Room with opaque, brush-stroked melodies washing over these new buoyant productions. Sensorimotor is a visceral album, with gorgeous opener Canop" slowly building into an empyrean cloud of music box chimes and an amorphous thrum. The following Ticking Hands is just as beguiling yet also more formed, with the processed melancholy vocals of McIlwain and his wife Sarah filtered into a chilling lament that unfolds over the song's light skitters and Kraftwerkian pulse. Sensorimotor finds other past Lusine collaborators returning as well: Benoit Pioulard's narcotic croon loops into a swirling arpeggio during Witness, and Vilja Larjosto's sun-kissed vocal melodies are spliced and splayed across the steady pulsing bass and fluorescent synth pads of Just a Cloud, and later on Won't Forget.
    LP 1
    1. Canopy
    2. Ticking Hands (ft. Sarah McIlwain)
    3. Slow Motion
    4. Just a Cloud (ft. Vilja Larjosto)
    5. The Level


    LP 2
    1. Witness (ft. Benoit Pioulard)
    2. Chatter
    3. Won't Forget
    4. Flyway
    5. Tropopause
    6. The Lift

    Lusine
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  • Head Hunters Head Hunters Quick View

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    Head Hunters


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Head Hunters (45 RPM) Head Hunters (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Head Hunters (45 RPM)

    Herbie Hancock's Masterpiece, Now Cut At 45 RPM!


    The Second Highest-Selling Jazz Album Of All Time!


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Double LP 200-Gram Discs Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti, and Sorcerer, and later on, he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973 in San Francisco, recorded Head Hunters.


    Head Hunters became not only Hancock's best-selling album but also the second highest selling jazz album of all time (at last RIAA count). It was in 1973 that he gathered a new band to combine electric music with funk, perhaps best exemplified in the pop music of Sly Stone.


    Hancock took over all synthesizer duties, along with Fender Rhodes and clavinet and was backed by bass and drums. The opening bars of Watermelon Man with Bill Summers blowing into a beer bottle, along with the band's funky grooves and new electric sounds, captured the crossover fans who had otherwise avoided buying jazz records.


    Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront of jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Golden Skies Golden Skies Quick View

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    Golden Skies

    It speaks volumes for how long we've been waiting for the debut Brainfeeder album from Mono/Poly that when Flying Lotus first got in touch with him about doing something for the label, it was via Myspace. The wait, though, has been worth it. Specializing in a kind of beat-driven cosmic soundscape which he describes as "electronic-classical-alchemy music," Mono/Poly aka Charles Dickerson has drawn on the lessons he's learned from collaborating on last year's Thundercat album as well as the Flash Bang Grenada hip hop project with Busdriver and Nocando, and made a beautifully realized, endlessly expansive record.


    From the first orchestral trills of "Winds of Change" you know you're in for something special. As the track builds the listener notices not only the content but also the production chops - this is a record which sounds exactly as big, glossy and up front as its creator wants it to. Rebekah Raff adds scintillating harp work to "Transit to the Gold Planet," but it's the way Dickerson integrates it and builds on it which is really special. "Ra Rise" sounds like sunbathing in space, Niki Randa's abstracted topline vocal warming you right through. Title track, "Golden Skies" uses a looping piano riff reminiscent of Bach, Thelonious Monk and Wu Tang on E, all at once, without sounding like any of them. Add sternum- thrumming bass to that and you know exactly what's what. "Alpha & Omega" does something clever with slowed down d&b licks and tweaked vocal snips. "Empyrean" features Mendee Ichikawa (of the band Free Moral Agents), an ethereal, ghostly presence. "Night Garden" sounds like a drive through the dark streets of an alternate LA. "Euphoria" uses a simple, military-style snare and then twines keyboard lines over it until it's lifted into the sky. Thundercat joins in on last track, "Gamma," and adds some perfectly-judged low-end riffing to anchor Dickerson's keyboard swirls.


    Mono/Poly has been a name to watch since his debut, The George Machine, back in 2009. His 2011 EP release for Brainfeeder, Manifestations, was supported by artists as diverse as Radiohead and Erykah Badu and his work on Thundercat's Apocalypse established once and for all the quality of his productions. With Golden Skies he has laid down a marker to any other "beat maker" out there. Because with a genuine producer with this much talent, everyone else needs to aim a little bit higher - up towards the golden skies.

    1. Winds Of Change
    2. Transit to the Golden Planet
    3. Ra Rise
    4. Golden Gate
    5. Golden Skies
    6. Light Age
    7. Alpha & Omega
    8. Urania
    9. Empyrean (feat. Mendee Ichikawa)
    10. Dreamscape
    11. Night Garden
    12. Euphoria
    13. Gamma
    Mono/Poly
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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