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Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers (Opaque Red Vinyl LP)
Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers (Opaque Red Vinyl LP)Anti-
¥1,012 ¥2,176
アトランタを拠点とするソウル・シンガー、カーティス・ハーディングがニュー・アルバム「If Words Were Flowers」を発表し、確実性とコミットメントを祝福するグルーヴィーな楽曲「Can't Hide It」を新しいビデオとともに公開した。Michele Civettaが監督を務めたこのPVには、俳優のOmar Dorsey(Queen Sugar)とAnthony Mackie(Captain America, The Hurt Locker)が登場し、70年代の架空のテレビ番組「The Velvet Touch」でCurtisがこの曲を演奏したことを紹介している。このアルバムのインスピレーションについて、Curtisは、幼少期に母親から「私がまだここにいる間に、私に花をちょうだい」と言われていたと説明する。この言葉は、才能あるシンガーでありマルチ・インストゥルメンタリストであるCurtisの心に残り、手遅れになる前に大切な人たちに愛と感謝を示すことを思い出させてくれた。「それがこのアルバムなのです」とCurtisは語っている。「このアルバムは、私が花を世界に向けて、この曲で伝えたいことを必要としている人に向けて贈るものです」。激動の2年間に書かれ、ヴィンテージ・ソウル、R&B、ヒップホップ、ガレージ・ロック、サイケデリアなどの要素を取り入れたこの作品は、しっかりとしたグルーヴ、パンチの効いたホーン、そしてCurtisと頻繁にコラボレーションをしているSam Cohen (Kevin Morby、Benjamin Booker)による冒険的なプロダクションによって、生々しくて骨太な作品に仕上がっている。「Nina Simoneは、時代を反映することがアーティストの仕事だと言っていました」とCurtisは説明する。「私は、今を生きることが大切だと思っています。そうして正直に、そして無防備になれば、必要としている人たちに届けることができるのです」。2017年に発表されたアルバム『Face Your Fear』では、Cohenとのコンビに加え、プロデューサーのDanger Mouseが参加している。このアルバムにより、CurtisはJack WhiteやLenny Kravitzなどと共演し、ニューポート・フォーク・フェスティバル、ロラパルーザ、オースティン・シティ・リミッツなどのフェスティバルに出演し、Spotifyだけで約6,000万回のストリーミングを記録した。
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Dagar Gyil Ensemble Of Lawra - DAGARA - Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West Region (LP)
Dagar Gyil Ensemble Of Lawra - DAGARA - Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West Region (LP)SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
¥1,842 ¥3,290
Limited edition LP release includes a four panel insert of notes and photos from the recording session ** Field recordings of Lobi traditional xylophone (gyil) music recorded by Hisham Mayet on location in Ghana's Upper West Region, West Africa in 2019. Featuring Aaron Bebe Sukura, considered one of the gyil's master musicians from this area. Long form trance music with acoustic instruments sounding like several minimalist orchestras getting to maximalist sonic peaks. The gyil music of the Dagara is a complex multi-dimensional symphony of notes, bringing to life an animist expression that reveals a cultural dialogue between the spirits, the deceased, musicians, dancers, and audience alike. The intensity of this recording reaches a level of complexity that rivals techno music. It is in essence an acoustic techno music, utilizing organic instruments made of wood, leather and gourds filled with spider egg sacs for resonance and played by master musicians creating a sonic wanderlust of mesmerizing sound.
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MOGGI (Piero Umiliani) - Double Face (LP)
MOGGI (Piero Umiliani) - Double Face (LP)Overdrive
¥1,679 ¥2,972
Overdrive present a reissue of Moggi's (aka Piero Umiliani) Double Face, a hard-to-find Italian library record, originally released in 1981. The A side is Umiliani's compositions performed by a traditional string orchestra. The tracks have been synthesized for side B, exclusively by electronic instruments. At this point, the music becomes futuristic and brilliant. 180 gram vinyl.
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Yen Tech - Assembler (LP)
Yen Tech - Assembler (LP)SVBKVLT
¥1,742 ¥3,751

Yen Tech's second album is fully eye-popping cyber-theatrical medieval deconstructed nu-metal. Like Amnesia Scanner banging out Slipknot covers with Siri and Arvo Pärt in a distant space prison.

'Assembler' is a bizarre record, even for SVBKVLT. Yen Tech's debut "Mobis" was a future-facing hi-tech party rap deconstruction, all blitzed trap and vaporwave shimmer. 'Assembler' is completely different proposal, addressing the post-COVID world with growling anxiety and lavish, multidimensional digital fireworks. 

Hoarse semi-human vocals are meticulously painted over hydraulic, machine-gun kicks, drunken synth drones and simulated choirs. Techpilled harpsichord chimes resonate over swirling, supernatural soundscapes, while alien chatter butts heads with disembodied artificial voices. 'Herd immunity' a voice echoes on 'Leech', as unsettling drones build through clouds of white noise.

Yen Tech takes Amnesia Scanner's dystopian deconstructed airlock club template and de-bones it to fit the actual dystopia of 2021. Jarring, fanged and packed with sneering nu-metal adjacent attitude, 'Assembler' sounds as awkward and genre-allergic as an algorithmic playlist. It's an uneasy listening experience that's both familiar ('Extinction Game' is almost chart-ready future pop) and defiant all at once.

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Gavilán Rayna Russom - Secret Passage (Limited edition translucent blue vinyl) (2LP)Gavilán Rayna Russom - Secret Passage (Limited edition translucent blue vinyl) (2LP)
Gavilán Rayna Russom - Secret Passage (Limited edition translucent blue vinyl) (2LP)W.25TH
¥1,194 ¥2,987

Growing up in deindustrialized Providence, Rhode Island of the 1970s and 1980s provided NYC-based composer and interdisciplinary artist Gavilán Rayna Russom access to derelict subterranean spaces including the mile-long East Side Rail Tunnel. The tunnel's reverberant darkness would produce distinctive sensory effects and host Russom's formative experiences of interpersonal connectedness, liminality, transgender identity, anti-capitalist desire and state repression. Secret Passage – an absorbing, memoiristic work by Russom, whose synthesis-based practice fuses information and expression into organic wholes – draws on memories of "unsupervised autonomous zones where I tasted the possibilities of a world without surveillance," as she writes in the liner notes. Inspired by "this beautifully neglected place," the music resounds with ghostlike echoes and raw pulsations. Russom utilizes synthesizers, field recordings and voice to illustrate hallucinatory revelations of the city's lightless undercarriage. Each track of Secret Passage, originally released as a limited cassette on Voluminous Arts, is dedicated to a friend – entwining personal liberation with collective discovery. The East Side Rail Tunnel has been inaccessible since the 1990s, the result of urban development and gentrification.

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Crazy Doberman - Two Tales Of Lost Witness Marks (LP)
Crazy Doberman - Two Tales Of Lost Witness Marks (LP)Aguirre Records
¥1,047 ¥1,972
For fans of Fushitsusha and Konstrukt. Derived from Doberman, a noise / experimental quartet led by the famous experimental writer John Olson. The latest work by Crazy Doberman, a large improvisational quartet that incorporates various elements such as free jazz, found sound, musique concrète, and various musical instrument formations. An extraordinary improvisational drama that lasts for nearly 20 minutes and crawls around with a cool, high-energy avant / improvisational sound block! Cutting with , pressing with and quality are perfect.
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Packed Rich - Ilian Beat Tape (LP)
Packed Rich - Ilian Beat Tape (LP)Ilian Beat Series
¥2,500 ¥3,398
From Ilian Beat Series, a new offshoot of Ilian Tape, a very popular label by Marco Zenker & Dario Zenker, two brothers based in Munich, Germany, known for their work with Surgeon, Skee Mask, Laksa, etc. Ilian Beat Series, a new offshoot of Ilian Tape, a label known for its work with Surgeon, Skee Mask, and Laksa. It's a very good instrumental album that filters hip-hop and beat music with western sentimentalism and wet sentimentality! This is a good album that showcases deep and minimalistic electronic sounds with an early 00s flavored abstract sensibility and sampling of impressive Japanese dialogues.
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Star Searchers - Avatar Blue (LP)
Star Searchers - Avatar Blue (LP)Discrepant
¥1,550 ¥2,912
Spencer Clark is back with a futuristic eco-friendly record. It's life on earth as you never heard it. The story goes like this: Spencer wanted to do a soundtrack for the yet to be made Avatar 2. And if you know Spencer's work, you'll know that he engaged on this mission reading material that influenced the rich and crazy imaginary world of Avatar. If you think about it a little bit, something like Avatar could have really come out from the mind of Spencer Clark. But it didn't. So, he dwelled around the idea of that soundtrack, working on what is now known as Avatar Blue. The record presented here is a selection Clark made from the double-CD released in 2019 on his own Pacific City Sound Visions. Like many of Spencer's other alias or incarnations, Star Searchers introduces the listener to a new world. Besides making sounds/soundtracks for alternative realities he cares about making a world for his music to live in. It's never superficial or dedicated just to the act of imagination, Spencer creates sounds that sustain the reality he imagined. That's why they're so rich and consequential in the realization of music as a medium. Avatar Blue is music but also literature. And cinema. Star Searchers' sound creates an absorbent sound about what's happening in aquatic life. It goes beyond the perception of what we've seen or what we've known, it's a neo-future aquatic life, with a world building structure and sounds and narratives that go along with it. All done with a sound-aesthetics that could be described as slowed-down-trance, that fits 1980s synth nostalgia and dreams of sci-fi to come. Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
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Not Waving & Dark Mark - Downwelling (LP)
Not Waving & Dark Mark - Downwelling (LP)Ecstatic
¥2,400 ¥2,992

Inspired, wholly unexpected collaboration between legendary singer songwriter Mark Lanegan and Ecstatic maverick Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving - a timeless, modernist fusion of barrel-aged narratives and diverse, experimental backdrops, RIYL Scott Walker, Conny Plank & Moebius, David Sylvian...

Following Not Waving’s stellar recent recordings with Jim O’Rourke, Colin Potter & Jay Glass Dubs, ‘Downwelling’ finds him in a striking Pas de deux with alt. rock god Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA). It’s one of those rare link-ups that truly transcends the sum of its parts, with Not Waving’s rolling range of nuanced electronics acting as backdrops for Lanegan’s smoky barritone storytelling. Delivered in a husky but pliable voice that has come to define the American alternative rock scene since the early ‘90s, Lanegan inhabits the songs with a reserved presence that has served him well for decades, but which has never been heard in quite this context.

Pairing music recorded by Natalizia between London, Italy, and Paris over the past five years, with vocals recorded by Lanegan in LA, the duo arrive at dreamy non-place that’s not defined by geography or time. Instead the album offers a timeless insight into human behaviour, as reflected in the sleeve art details from the ‘Lights of Canopus’, a Persian version of the ancient Indian book of animal fables, the ‘Panchatantra.’ Thanks to Lanegan’s classically dusty tone - famously described as being “scratchy as a three day beard yet as supple as moccasin leather” - and the breadth of Not Waving’s production, the results draw listeners deep into the artists’ shared plane of world-weary but quietly hopeful conception, emphasising the power of closeness and empathy.

Their songs come on like waves lapping a shore that’s ever-shifting, ever the same. This cycle is epitomised on the opener, ’Signifying The End’ with Lanegan’s raspy tone met by honeyed synths, before scaling the nocturnal heights of ‘City Of Sin’ and coolly channeling Suicide in ‘Burn Out Babylon.’ The waters calm again for ‘Persimmon Tree’ suitably set to harp-like arps, while the deathly croon and impending throb of ‘Murder In Fugue’ comes to rest in the serene resolution of ‘The Broken Man’ in a manner that’s entirely modernist but speaks to eons of human emotion.

Echoing everything from latter-days Scott Walker to David Sylvian at his most strung out, and even the odd energy of Moebius, Conny Plank & Mayo Thompson’s ‘Ludwig’s Law’ album, or the arcane creak of John Duncan’s ‘Bitter Earth’, Natalizia & Lanegan’s efforts will surely realign listeners presumptions of both artists and place them in a category all of their own.

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Randy Williams - Pop Secret (LP)
Randy Williams - Pop Secret (LP)Lily Record
¥1,700 ¥2,668
Recorded by Randy Williams in 1997 at home studio in San Francisco, California, after a two year stay at Camp Darby military base near Pisa, Italy and some occasional off-duty visits to Giancarlo Lobel in Rome and Marina di Pisa. The encounters made in that period were inspiring for Williams to create a strange and personal style upon his return to the United States. Released and distributed privately in Italy and USA to group of artists and appreciators as compact disc after spectacles, and as music library soundtrack.
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James McVinnie - All Night Chroma (LP)
James McVinnie - All Night Chroma (LP)WARP
¥1,500 ¥3,378

James McVinnie has a good claim to being one of contemporary classical music’s pre-eminent organists. He’s worked with artists from across the musical spectrum - Philip Glass and Richard Reed Parry but also Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Oneohtrix Point Never - and has released records on Naxos and Bedroom Community.

Tom Jenkinson is an equally impressive figure. You’ll likely know him best as Squarepusher, or perhaps through his work leading the band Shobaleader One, but Jenkinson also has some serious chops as an arranger and composer - he’s had his orchestral works performed at venues like London’s Royal Festival Hall and collaborated with Olivia Coleman for the CBeebies ‘wind-down’ ambient broadcast Daydreams.

Back in 2016 McVinnie and Jenkinson got together to create a piece called The Secret Life Of Organs. With Jenkinson writing the music and McVinnie performing, the show debuted at the Royal Festival Hall and subsequently toured the UK. Now The Secret Life Of Organs has been revised into an LP entitled All Night Chroma.

Working again with the Royal Festival Hall’s 1954 Harrison & Harrison organ, these recordings take full advantage of the huge array of tones that the instrument has to offer. Drones, trilling melodies, reedy flutes and choppy chordal motifs are just some of the sounds on offer here. Tracks like ‘Flutes’ recall harmonious pieces by Louis Vierne or Charles-Marie Widor while more challenging entries such as ‘Bombardes & Cymbel’ turn towards 20th Century leaders like Olivier Messiaen. Elsewhere on All Night Chroma the slowly-shifting sands of ‘Voix Celestes’ nods to contemporary voices like Sarah Davachi.

On All Night Chroma the union of James McVinnie and Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Shobaleader One) produces a set of ambitious contemporary organ works.

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LDWG, Kassem Mosse, Grischa Lichtenberger, FUMU, Sensu ‎– Sports (12")
LDWG, Kassem Mosse, Grischa Lichtenberger, FUMU, Sensu ‎– Sports (12")Youth
¥924 ¥1,848

Rugged budgers from FUMU, Kassem Mosse, Raster-Noton regular Grischa Lichtenberger, LDWG and Sensu appear on the abridged 12” pressing of Youth’s acclaimed ‘Sports’ comp

Siphoning highlights from the 16-track showcase CD (which also featured strong tackle by mutant experimental techno bods including Turinn, Peder Mannerfelt, CVX, Iueke and many more beside), this 12” sampler now places some of the comp’s firmest dancefloor joints onto vinyl.

Up top your boy Ludwig a.k.a. LDWG kicks off with the brutal bass gnaw and drunken master bashment lurch of ‘DRM1MKIII’, next to the slow, arid, gutted hunch of ’Silica Gel’ by Kassem Mosse - affiliate of Youth boss Andy Lyster from his meandyou. days - and the viscous swagger of Raster-Noton regular Grischa Lichtenberger.

Down below, smog monster FUMU takes control with a hollow-belly industro bashment workout ‘FM’ that sounds like Geins’t Naït meets Craig Leon in an iron silo, and Belgium’s Sensu recoils the grotty slow electro slog of ‘MHG’. Shame they missed off some of the CD’s other highlights but mustn’t grumble cos there’s some choice gear inside.

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zeroh - BLQLYTE (LP)
zeroh - BLQLYTE (LP)Leaving Records
¥1,700 ¥2,454

BLQLYTE is the debut LP by Zeroh on Leaving Records. From its opening whisper of "culture is a baby" followed by a euphoric but frightening blast of sound, BLQLYTE moves with the unpredictable energy of a psychedelic trip, where apocalyptic soundscapes and mutated R&B vault between shamanistic musings on mortality and earthly matters of modern day Los Angeles. The mood is heavy, hanging in the air like rising waters building to a catastrophic flood. Zeroh's ninja like voice seamlessly transforms throughout tracks like a Greek chorus, tackling speeding thoughts and introspections in a stream of consciousness cascade of vocal flows and techniques that are both wordy and soulful. Perhaps classifiable as a rap album, BLQLYTE inhabits its own experimental, deeply personal zone in the orbit of Leaving Records' genre free ethos. 

The album, created over a period of six years, highlights a story of Zeroh's growth. He says that during this period, "it was like something happened to me and it shook me up, and then it woke me up, and I kind of started to come to." He's aided by FR/BLCK/PR on "Metacine," a hypnagogic tour de force encapsulating BLQLYTE's intricate, anagogic aesthetic. FR/BLCK/PR's Regan Farquhar unleashes a devastating spoken word piece in a trippy, intensely hallucinogenic collaboration that also highlight's Zeroh's unique and exciting voice behind the boards. Zeroh's BLQLYTE plays on the contradictions and duality of life, an examination of the silver linings and beautiful traumas that can alter our understanding and perception of reality.

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Upperground Orchestra - Euganea (LP+DL)
Upperground Orchestra - Euganea (LP+DL)Morphine Records
¥1,300 ¥2,450
Upperground Orchestra is the hybrid Jazz band of Rabih Beaini and his fellow musicians Tommaso Cappellato (drums), Piero Bittolo Bon (woodwinds/electronics) and Alvise Seggi (Bass / Oud). The band is returns with a new LP, years after “The Eupen Tapes”. Euganea is a 5 tracks LP recorded during the Musica Veneta residency, promoted by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) in the great context of Villa dei Vescovi. Working around Veneto music, the band developed pieces that merge deep roots of original fusion (tape music, electronics and synths, processing) with the free spiritual jazz sound of Upperground Orchestra.
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INDEX - Kainos (LP)
INDEX - Kainos (LP)iDEAL Recordings
¥1,800 ¥2,716

Slowdive’s Simon Scott debuts his new ‘Index' project with a visceral new sound that absorbs and transmutes political, ecological and psychic dread into a caustic, dissonant style of drone and textural sculpture for iDEAL Recordings, a worthy follow-up to last year’s ’The Sacrificial Code’ album release on the label by Kali Malone. Recorded in Los Angeles between 2016 and 2019, and featuring the voice of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, it’s a multi-layered album that comes highly recommended if you’re into anything from Throbbing Gristle to Ilpo Väisänen, Arthur Russell to Basic Channel.

‘Kainos’ sees the veteran UK composer, field recordist, drummer and mastering engineer explore a prism of formative musical influences from the post-industrial music of Coil, Throbbing Gristle and early Black Sabbath, to the non-musical and conceptual inspiration taken from the turmoil of Brexit - including recordings of the Houses of Parliament - thru to the radical feminist scientific writing of Donna Haraway, and the conceptual vigour of Luigi Russolo’s Futurist manifesto, ‘The Art of Noises’.

The album’s title ‘Kainos’, from the ancient Greek meaning “new” or “fresh”, characterises Scott’s efforts to glean something practical from the world’s current state of chaos, enacting a tectonic shift from bucolic sonic signifiers to signposts of the post-industrial world that could hardly be more apt at at a time when electronic and ambient music are prized for their safe and sterile wallpaper qualities, rather than a potential to evoke and invoke more powerful feelings.

Based around modular synth-mangled recordings of the Houses of Parliament during the prelude to Brexit, Scott’s compositions take these fractious debates as building blocks for the album’s caustic improvisations and compositions, ranging from convulsive clangour to pulsating tracts of strobing distortion and gutted, lurching-rhythms riddled with the voice of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, before eventually resolving with a more spacious, textured sense of relief by the album’s close.

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Electric Sewer Age - Contemplating Nothingness (LP+DL)
Electric Sewer Age - Contemplating Nothingness (LP+DL)HALLOW GROUND
¥2,300 ¥3,298
The Electric Sewer Age project was originally started anonymously by the late Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson together with Coil affiliate and seasoned remixer Danny Hyde, who continued the project together with John Deek, who passed away in 2013. Contemplating Nothingness is the third release by Electric Sewer Age and the second one that Hyde finished alone. With his work as Electric Sewer Age, he explores the vast open space between the dark psychedelic aesthetics that he has helped establishing together with John Balance and his longtime collaborate Christopherson with a postmodernist approach that is deeply rooted in studio practice and sampling. On Contemplating Nothingness, disembodied voices mingle with subdued rhythms, muffled harmonies, or menacing string themes. Over just a little bit more than half an hour, Hyde conjures up traditional and contemporary production techniques and genres like plunderphonics, Leyland Kirby's V/VM project or early vaporwave, all while retaining his singular voice. Throbbing industrial gives way to jazz-inflected quasi-rap, autotune balladry and ethno ambient, before closing on eerily alienated synth pop sounds and a stunning exercise in psychedelic minimalism. Contemplating Nothingness is an album as surreal and beautiful as a half-remembered dream, constantly navigating through the liminal zone of the familiar and the great unknown. 180 gram vinyl.
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Krikor Kouchian - Six & Demi Onze (Bande Originale Du Film) (LP)
Krikor Kouchian - Six & Demi Onze (Bande Originale Du Film) (LP)Boomkat Editions
¥1,030 ¥2,648

Highly atmospheric industrial drones and haunting, cinematic treatments on this amazing, previously unreleased score from L.I.E.S.​/ Gravats mainstay Krikor Kouchian for Jean Epstein’s silent 1920’s French avant garde classic, a big tip if yr into Eliane Radigue, Ø, Kevin Drumm, Elodie.

Krikor summons spooked-out and glacial sounds in this superb, as-yet-unreleased soundtrack for the 2014 redux of Jean Epstein’s pioneering, silent 1920’s avant-garde cinema classic.  The 1927 film ’Six Et Demi Onze’ tells the tragic romantic tale of two brothers who, unbeknownst to eachother, fall in love with the same woman. A timeless psychological narrative involving suicide and lies ensues across the film’s grand locations, but on his soundtrack Krikor prefers to home in on the internal thoughts of the film’s central protagonists, outlining a claustrophobic atmosphere in some of his most subtle and affective soundtrack work, which follows from a panoply of scores for everything from an Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary, to films on Franco-Saudi geopolitics and fantasy sci-fi. It’s arguably Krikor’s finest endeavour in this arena.

Recording for the score was made on portable recorders and laptop, which serve to heighten and intensify a “huis-clos” (“behind closed doors”) effect. Limned in sferic and plasmic tones, the 12 pieces suggest scenes and sensations of intrigue, loss, and paranoia. The results were pre-planned and mapped to the film’s edits, but ultimately Krikor improvised the parts, adopting a more classical, non-linear approach with cranky old upright piano for the other scenes, capturing a mix of subliminal instinct and more measured articulation.

The results weigh up as Krikor’s most elusive and haunting solo missive, mirroring a wealth of classic French film music and avant-garde minimalism, and serving to slot neatly on Boomkat Editions’ vinyl series beside soundtrack (and related) works by HTRK, Ø, and Akira Rabelais.

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Logos - Imperial Flood (LP)
Logos - Imperial Flood (LP)Different Circles
¥1,405 ¥3,121
Nexx grime mutant Logos checks the electric blue pulse of UK hardcore music on Imperial Flood, the stunning follow-up to his pivotal underground grime/electronica classic, Cold Mission (LDN 042CD/LP, 2013). Setting a new high-water mark for UK dance-related albums, Imperial Flood stakes a claim for Logos as a key dramaturgist of all things darkside, techy and schooled in the hardcore continuum. Where his debut album highlighted links between '90s Metalheadz D&B, Wiley's Devil mixes, and contemporary sci-fi cinema on its deliciously noirish soundstage, with Imperial Flood he expands that aesthetic in widescreen plasma HD. Pulling in broader influences from acid and dub techno, experimental computer music, D&B minimalism and the speculative literature of Jeff VanderMeer, Christopher Priest, Lando, and JG Ballard, the results vividly speak to the idea of a UK sound as a product of its brutalist, paranoid environment. Arriving ten years after his debut 12", and five after his seminal debut album, Imperial Flood comes after a significant period of creativity for Logos. Over the latter half of this decade he's been instrumental in new grime movements, co-running London's acclaimed club night, Boxed, whilst also diversifying his bonds with Mumdance and Shapednoise as part of improvising noise trio The Sprawl and most importantly with Different Circles; a label/club night catalyst responsible for boundary-pushing dances and a number of cult releases from Airhead, Rabit, Szare and Raime, not to mention his own EPs with Mumdance. It's not difficult to hear how this activity has fed Imperial Flood. From the bullet- time Matrix-style intro of "Arrival (T2 Mix)" through the hair-kissing weightless rave sensation of "Weather System Over Plaistow", he sucks listeners into a soundworld made all the more visceral and real through his exacting production, morphing from the sentinel-bot growls of "Marsh Lantern" to lush viscous/arid acid ambience in "Flash Forward (Ambi Mix)", and Dynamo-style dub on "Lighthouse Dub", before tagging in Mumdance on "Zoned In", and freezing the dance with commanding force on "Stentorian". Ultimately there's no shortage of imitators for this style, but Logos' combination of dedication to his craft and unique grasp of narrative places Imperial Flood in a rare echelon of UK music shared only by the likes of Burial and Raime. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. RIYL: Burial, Raime, Stingray, T++, Rabit, Mumdance.
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Nordvest - Grøndal (LP)
Nordvest - Grøndal (LP)Suction Records
¥1,040 ¥2,387

Suction Records welcomes Roger Semsroth back to the label - having previously released 2 full-length albums with us under his retired electro-pop alias, Skanfrom. “Grøndal” (suction051) is the debut vinyl release under a new alias, Nordvest. These days, Semsroth is best-known for his stark and minimalist techno project, Sleeparchive. The material on Grøndal - icy, melodic, and mostly beatless - is comprised of tracks that were originally released digitally as Sleeparchive, via Bandcamp. The releases were met with general disinterest from Sleeparchive fans, prompting Semsroth to re-brand them as Nordvest, before removing them from Bandcamp altogether.

We’ve chosen 11 highlights from 3 of those digital albums, “Rooftops & Chaotic Streets”, “Scribbles”, and “Sleepless”, for a cohesive 11-track LP of austere, synthetic ambience. Think Tangerine Dream as reinterpreted by Incunabula-era Autechre, and you might be getting somewhere close. While “Rooftops & Chaotic Streets Seven” recalls Sleeparchive, and “Sleepless Six” could very well be a lost Skanfrom track, the rest of the LP clearly warrants a new alias - Nordvest is a new side of Semsroth that we haven’t heard before.

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upsammy - Bend (12")
upsammy - Bend (12")Dekmantel
¥1,479 ¥2,113

Following 2020’s debut album ‘Zoom’, upsammy returns to Dekmantel with a dualistic four-tracker called 'Bend', incorporating familiar sonic palettes and novel paths carved out in times of isolation.

Where Zoom channelled upsammy’s conceptual depth, Bend leans into artistic intuition, juxtaposing the floral and martial, propelling along her signature sound of textured electronica. Lilac chimes rise and fall along the melodic Flutter and Metallic, while the sinister creeps from Spat and Worm’s spacious cracks. All in all, Bend discloses upsammy’s versatility yet again, ever-shifting as the ambiguous modernity she continues to wander - an artist able to shift through the complexity of modernity with rare grace.

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Francesco Messina - Medio Occidente (LP)
Francesco Messina - Medio Occidente (LP)Best Italy
¥1,718 ¥2,728
As we’ve said in the past, it’s a great moment for reissues of ambitious, historical gestures of Italian music. Long neglected and overlooked, one after the other these artifacts have emerged from the shadows, entirely rewriting what so many of us thought we knew. Now, at long last, before us rest another piece in the puzzle - the first ever vinyl reissue of one of the most sought after artifacts from the 80s scene - Francesco Messina’s legendary, Medio Occidente, originally issued in 1983 by Casablanca, and now reemerging in a new fully remastered edition via Best Italy. With copies of the original press commanding solid triple digits, this one is going to fly out the door. Almost every fan of Italian Minimalism knows the name Francesco Messina. His debut LP, made with Raul Lovisoni, Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo, and issued by Cramps in 1979, is one of the most celebrated of all the artifacts of the country’s many realisations of avant-garde music. So beloved that it has received two vinyl reissues in recent years - first by Die Schachtel, and then, more recently, by Superior Viaduct, it casts a long shadow over the music Messina made during the following years. Chief among these is the third and final release in his catalog, 1983’s Medio Occidente.
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Workdub - Subterranean (1989-1995) (LP)
Workdub - Subterranean (1989-1995) (LP)Left Ear Records
¥1,995 ¥3,326

Left Ear are re-introducing another ten lost tracks from Nicholas Georgieff and Virgil Work, St Louis' basement electronics duo Workdub.
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The release spans material from 1989-95 and includes recordings from their sole LP and both cassette albums. Workdub’s music hardly fits into a vacuum and some might even say it’s otherworldly. Tracks like “Reach for the Stars” and “Lunar Module” reflect dreams of space-age exploration, all the while their investigation into drum machines, synthesizers, samples and digital fx’s matched with their organic live instrumentation work to create a unique atmospheric dubbed out sound.

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Chaines - The King (LP)
Chaines - The King (LP)Slip
¥1,333 ¥3,333
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. The debut album by Chaines, a solo project by Cee Haines, a promising producer in the UK underground scene, is a very limited edition. It's on Slip, the up-and-coming label based in London and Berlin that has been releasing a lot of unconventional experimental electronic works. Finally, we can stock up on the masterpieces from last year! It's a terrifying piece of work that takes you on a journey to the far reaches of the galaxy with its cinematic music-concrete collage sounds and ethereal synth sounds. This sense of sonic field is similar to that of avant-garde acts such as Félicia Atkinson, Ghédalia Tazartès and Mica Levi. Limited edition of 300 copies
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Anurak Boonliang - Shadow Play (12")
Anurak Boonliang - Shadow Play (12")Gravity Graffiti
¥1,144 ¥1,906
Gravity Graffiti present more mesmerising sounds from far-flung reaches, this time showcasing the music of debutant Thai producer Anurak Boonliang. According to the label, Boonliang is steeped in classical Thai music training, and now applies his background to drum computers and synthesisers. The results are astounding, characterized by nimble melodic and percussive programming that moves between regimented rhythmic shapes and more free-flowing patterns with grace and elegance. "Reality" brings Boonliang's roots into focus with a field recording of what we assume is a traditional Pi Phat musical ensemble. If you're in the mood for fresh electronics unbound by the familiar structures embedded in Western culture, look no further.

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