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GOSSIWOR - DOMESTIC SAGA

Label: 5 GATE TEMPLE
Cat: 5GT4SAGA | Format: 12" | Release date: FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Gossiwor, newest folk unit on the 5 Gate Temple roster. 

3 tracks cemented from the Lighthouse USB, which was released last year. Prod. by John T. Gast & MC Boli (of Boli group etc). 

1 take Nautical anthems. underwater futures. blow wind, blow. 

 


 

BRANNTEN SCHNÜRE - ERINNERUNGEN AN GESICHTER

Label: LOW COMPANY
Cat: LOW3 | Format: LP | Release date: JANUARY 25, 201

The third release on our shop label is a city-as-garden dream-vision rendered in cut-glass Sprechgesang, elegantly mouldering chamber music and uniquely sensitive, minimal electronics. Sample-fragments of the antique/pastoral instrumentation that characterised Katie Rich and Christian Schoppik’s previous work as Brannten Schnure (including that fine Muschelsammlung LP on Vrystaete) - woodwind, hand-drums, strings, piano, fin de siècle music-box melodies – are looped and smeared here into a dronal, hallucinatory folk music for city-dwellers adrift in their environment, in their thoughts, in the vaporous unknowable patternings of non-human forces (them again!). Rich has a voice you could listen to all day, beautiful and austere, and it takes centre-stage here. Her words and phrasings are, at times, as piquant as lines of Imagist poetry; elsewhere they have a documentary, matter-of-fact quality - a young woman walking the streets, inventorising her surroundings with absolute precision and clarity, for entirely mysterious ends. Impossible to think of appropriate reference points for this very special record, but fans of HNAS, Brigitte Fontaine, Dettinger, GAS, Mirror, Werkbund, Virginia Astley ++ owe it to yourselves to check. Small pressing, in stock now. 

 


 

 

THOMAS BUSH - OLD AND RED

Label: MEN SCRYFA
Cat: SCREFYS005 | Format: LP | Release date: NOVEMBER 13, 2018
SOLD OUT

Drawn out of an area around the northeastern edge of the Wyre Forest, in the West Midlands, mostly between Stourbridge and Kidderminster.

Here, we live in caves, but at least they have doors and windows. 

It all percolated for something like 15 years, hard to tell. 

Pulled together in 2017.

Songs are about: destruction of the written word / Amazon Kindle (Fire) / 2 different pubs I went in once as a child / the unhappy but appropriate end of Malcom Lowry / endlessness.

Men Scryfa is a long and slow survey of the effects of geological stimulus on personal transformations. 

When a subject is ripe, a release occurs.


 

 

CIVILISTJÄVEL! - I (RE-PRESS)

Label: NOT ON LABEL
Cat: CIVILISTJAVEL!-1 | Format: LP | Release date: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

**Re-press in plain paper sleeve** The first officially available material from the ultra-covert Civilistjävel! project - primarily active in Sweden in the 1990s, their work has never been properly documented outside of their own private tape/CDR-trading networks. An intimate, diaristic but amazingly fully-realised body of work - created mostly using Juno60 and Korg MS20 - which could so easily have been lost to the world. Music made with no audience in mind, but simply to suit itself: cold-world, dronal minimal synth and ambient techno ice-scapes, austere but full of nameless, 30-days-of-night yearning. Existential electronics of the highest order!  


  

STEFFI GRAFS INNERE RUHE - UNTITLED (RE-PRESS)

Label: THE NEWS CYCLE
Cat: TNC1 | Format: 12" | Release date: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

**Re-press in plain paper sleeve** Advanced, microtonal, free tekno trips from beyond the ultraworld…tomorrow’s news today. On ‘Gute Freizeit’, predator-mode bass cuts Moonraker-like across beats broken with fanatical, space-time-pricking precision...‘Prima Freizeit’ harnesses strobing trance motifs and bucking bionic drums into an all-out cubist jak-attak... while the subdued, four-dimensional, cooling-starfield bleep sequences of ‘Freizeit Special’ seem to merit, and necessitate, a genre of their own. Complex, cryptic but playful and compelling and bound by its own rock-solid internal logic, like some kind of Glass Bead Game designed by an alien civilisation way more sophisticated, and way more spangled, than our own. Unbelievably strong opening salvo from this new label. No digital.


 

 

ENCHANTE - MIND IN CAMDEN

LABEL: JOLLY DISCS
CAT: JD001V | FORMAT: 12" | RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2018
As well as being the NW1 outpost of the venerable mental health charity, Mind In Camden is also the title of the first release from superlative London label Jolly Discs, which originally came out on tape in 2016, and now, finally, gets a 12” pressing. It's the solo project of label co-founder Guy Gormley (also one half of Special Occasion), the producer behind the majority of JD releases, and bears the unmistakeable hallmarks of his sound: playful and tactile and bright and exposed and more than a little bit blue. It’s dance music, albeit probably more suited to when you’re stuck on a bus daydreaming about dancing, rather than actually doing it. Dunno, haven’t heard it in a club - hopefully will now! Splitting the difference between scruffy but relatively hard-edged house (‘Gemini Tribe’) and lush, lonerish DIY electronics with (like all the JD stuff) a perfectly-judged twee quotient, it has a fluency and freeness that makes it feel almost like it was played live, but paradoxically there’s an attention to detail which speaks of long red-eyed days and nights down the studio wormhole. The whole thing culminates in the fathoms-deep but perfectly slouchy see-you-on-Monday 10-min house epic ‘Dream Frequency’, mixed by Dancer (Rory who does the label with Guy), one of those tracks that you know will still be working it’s melancholic magic on you two, five, thirty years down the line. Edition of 300 with picture sleeve.

 

PAUL B. DAVIS - UNIVERSAL ENDS 

LABEL: JOLLY DISCS
CAT: JD007 | FORMAT: CD | RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2018
The latest Jolly Discs offering is a CD EP of bashy, upful, hyper-syncopated tronik house/soca slammers from Paul B. Davis. Davis is from St Louis originally, but moved to North London a decade or so ago, where he got hooked into the grime scene and starting producing beats (for Trim among others) under the name Brains, before getting the soca bug and releasing on Mixpak as Mr One Hundred. 
 
On the surface, Universal Ends is an insanely sugary and super-caffeinated sound, totally irresistible and rush-inducing and ultimately well worth the stomach-ache that comes after. Its perma-peaking, aerodynamic synth arpeggios summon sickliest Euro trance but the ricocheting, bruk drums are so tuff, they anchor the thing and create an amazing tension..the vibe is dubwise but also turbo-charged enough to hold its own alongside the most obnoxiously pneumatic production contemporary pop has to offer. It's no mean feat, to turn out something so seemingly super-compressed but with enough SPACE in the mix to properly rough up the dance. Special mention to ‘Deep Wine’, its more dialled-down minimal rhythm making the whole thing levitate before super-optimistic strings-of-life stabs blast it into the stratosphere (think Danny Krivit’s Soul Central edit!). Madness....and another spot-on, deeply eccentric release from the Jolly Discs stable, proving to be as unpredictable in style as it is consistent in quality. 

 

 

STEFFI GRAFS INNERE RUHE - UNTITLED

Label: THE NEWS CYCLE
Cat: TNC1 | Format: 12" | Release date: NOVEMBER 13, 2018
SOLD OUT

Advanced, microtonal, free tekno trips from beyond the ultraworld…tomorrow’s news today. On ‘Gute Freizeit’, predator-mode bass cuts Moonraker-like across beats broken with fanatical, space-time-pricking precision...‘Prima Freizeit’ harnesses strobing trance motifs and bucking bionic drums into an all-out cubist jak-attak... while the subdued, four-dimensional, cooling-starfield bleep sequences of ‘Freizeit Special’ seem to merit, and necessitate, a genre of their own. Complex, cryptic but playful and compelling and bound by its own rock-solid internal logic, like some kind of Glass Bead Game designed by an alien civilisation way more sophisticated, and way more spangled, than our own. Unbelievably strong opening salvo from this new label. Strictly limited edition of 199 copies with unique hand-printed insert sleeves (no two copies the same). No digital.


 

CIVILISTJÄVEL! - I

Label: NOT ON LABEL
Cat: CIVILISTJAVEL!-1 | Format: LP | Release date: NOVEMBER 13, 2018
SOLD OUT

The first officially available material from the ultra-covert Civilistjävel! project - primarily active in Sweden in the 1990s, their work has never been properly documented outside of their own private tape/CDR-trading networks. An intimate, diaristic but amazingly fully-realised body of work - created mostly using Juno60 and Korg MS20 - which could so easily have been lost to the world. Music made with no audience in mind, but simply to suit itself: cold-world, dronal minimal synth and ambient techno ice-scapes, austere but full of nameless, 30-days-of-night yearning. Existential electronics of the highest order! Edition of 150 numbered copies with hand-pasted sleeves


 

PESSIMIST - SPRTLZM / SCIFI 

Label: PESSIMIST PRODUCTIONS
Cat: PESS001 | Format: 12" | Release date: OCTOBER 5, 2018

New no-fuss label from Pessimist focussed on (yep!) his own productions and collaborations. This first outing offers up two droning, paranoid breakbeat dreadnoughts that are unmistakeable Pess. The signature numinous drones and all-pervading sense of DREAD are present and correct, but rhythmically it’s a decisive step away from drum ’n bass into more of an Isolationist, industrial hip-hop zone - most obviously on ’SPRTLZM’, which feels like part of the same chilling-with-the-wrong-b-boy lineage as DJ Scud and I-Sound’s Wasteland gear and Scorn’s mighty Gyral. ‘SCIFI’ strips things back to a kind of downtempo gangsta techno - bombed-out and blunted but with a grim unstoppable It Follows momentum. Proper!


 

 

A HAPPY RETURN — A HAPPY RETURN

Label: SPILLAGE FETE
Cat: SFR006 | Format: LP | Release date: AUGUST 28, 2018
SOLD OUT

Astonishingly beautiful private press LP from Mat Fowler, Aimée Henderson and their daughter Agnes Bell. Sketches of innocence and experience recorded before and after Agnes’s birth on January 27th, 2017, in their living room on Sprules Road. A Happy Return glows with the promise and optimism of new life but it is not a straightforward document of domestic bliss (can you imagine anything more insufferable?!)... I mean, it would be overstating the case to say that any meaningful/authentic celebration of life must also at some level be about the Other Thing, but let’s just say that this record feels fully engaged with the provisional and temporary nature of all things...our changing relationships to time, to our selves, to each other... the mysteries of the human chain! Anyone familiar with Fowler’s collaborations with Kevin Cormack, BONS (also with Matthew Hunt) and Jam Money, will recognise his MO: poignant, evocative instrumental miniatures that seem to disperse almost as soon as they’ve arrived, but never before they’ve left their mark. Arcadian chamber-folk instrumentation (guitar, violin, woodwind, hand-percussion) meets hermetic, disorienting tape loops, spacey minimal synth textures and strange little ecologies of found-sound. With its mix of vérité and concrète, its taste for the uncanny and for strange juxtapositions, and its underlying collagistic, ambient pop impulse, A Happy Return variously recalls the work of Graham Lambkin, the melancholic pastoralia of Woo and Plinth, the bedsit economy of Young Marble Giants and Flaming Tunes, and the thrift-psych zone-outs of Pram and Movietone. Disquieting often, beautiful and haunting always. A hand-numbered edition of 150 copies, housed in sleeve with cover painting by Aimée plus insert and postcards. 


 

JOHN T. GAST— BTEC VERSION #2

Label: NOT ON LABEL
Cat: NEXYARD13 | Format: 12" | Release date: AUGUST 10, 2018
SOLD OUT

White label 12". More tracks from the ark circa 2013. 45rpm. 


 

SPECIAL OCCASION— THE WORD

Label: LOW COMPANY
Cat: LOW2 | Format: LP | Release date: AUGUST 10, 2018

Pristine rhythm and blooz for fugitive hearts from David C. Gray and Guy Gormley, originally released as a tape on Jolly Discs last year. The Word’s sleek, synthetic urban pastorals collapse the space between the OCD pop geometries of Pyrolator, the opaque art-ache of Eno’s Before & After Science, and the sloooooow, sweet seduction of choice Jam & Lewis productions. Romantic but ever so slightly paranoid, all muted lovelorn horns, sighing synths and playful bossa/house-wise drum loops, it’s true DIY in that it simply suits itself. Mostly instrumental, it's bookended by two Gray-sung songs, 'The Hours I Wait' and the title track: drifting, downbeat, quietly devastating things, with a blue-eyed soul vibe judged just right (down-at-heel not flash with cash), and echoes of Scritti, The Blue Nile, Gareth Williams, Disco Inferno, Fish From Tahiti… but really the The Word has a sadness and sway all its own, and above all it feels OF THE NOW: with tight, tucked-in arrangements and ultra-lucid production (a Gormley trademark, but especially apparent here) that leaves just enough space to dream. 


 

JOHN T. GAST— BTEC VERSION #1

Label: NOT ON LABEL
Cat: ANGELAS13 | Format: 12" | Release date: JUNE 18, 2018
SOLD OUT

White label 12". Tracks from the ark circa 2013. 45rpm. 


 

OSSIA— DUB HELL / DEVIL'S DANCE (RE-PRESS) 

Label: BLACKEST EVER BLACK
Cat: BLACKEST074 | Format: 12" | Release date: JUNE 18, 2018
SOLD OUT

Re-press (250 copies) in plain paper sleeve. Two tracks of tail-thrashing, sound-murdering dub-tekno/f*ck-punk...'Dub Hell' a sustained snarl of a DJ weapon that eschews smoked-out introspection in favour of a more direct and droogish 4/4 death-march: all industrial-strength drum-shudder, boneheaded rave vamps and plasmic, predatory bass-drones, like some kind of grim bio-mech death-racer built using parts stripped from old On-U/Maffia and the torn-off limbs of small children (gwan, Satan!)… ‘Devil’s Dance’ a more insidious, Isolationist nightmare, slower-acting and crueller for it - one for the committed sinners and Cenobites. Bad vibes the order of the day then, but also a certain sybaritic PLEASURE…negative ecstasy baby! 


 

ITCHY BUGGER — DONE ONE

Label: LOW COMPANY
Cat: LOW1 | Format: LP | Release date: MARCH 30, 2018
SOLD OUT

“The freaks flyin solo.” Basically Josh from DIÄT and Heavy Metal wrote some songs and then recorded them on 4-track over a few loooong nights last summer with the help of a wheezing drum-machine and fellow HM mensch Robert. He made a tape of it and passed it to mates as a sort of leaving gift as he prepared to head back to Oz after a blurry half-decade’s stint in Europe. When we heard it we were blown away, and wasted no time in emotionally blackmailing him into letting us press an LP version. So here you have it, the maiden release on our softly-softly shop label (is it softly softly if you say it out loud?), which we started purely so we could give this incredible record the run it deserves. Musically, it's a wry, whimsical, oddly poignant DIY/jangle/part-time-punk micro-odyssey that feels like the introspective, acid-bleary yin to Heavy Metal’s cranked-up hooligan yang. If you’re familiar with Josh’s other bands then you’ll already know what an effortlessly gifted songwriter and guitarist he is, but this set is a world away from DIÄT and HM, actually, although it shares a world-weariness with both, Josh’s bittersweet lyrics - and half-sung, half-spoken vocals - perfectly evoking the beauty and banality of life on the lamb, hearts in exile, and a sense of reality/normality every day deferred if not defeated. Instead these brittle, self-deprecating but incorrigibly romantic songs put us in mind of Dan Treacy and of course classic fractured Oz/NZ pop from The Clean, Cannanes ++. The whole thing has a diaristic, unaffected, please-itself quality, as if it was made entirely for its own sake with no real audience in mind - which, essentially, it was. Tunes like ‘Baker Man’ and ‘Good For Nothing Man’ have quickly become cast-iron anthems round here. Edition of not very many (obviously), with self-portrait picture sleeve and hand-stamped inner. 


 

 

BASTION — BASTION

Label: ACC Records
Cat: ACC001 | Format: LP | Release date: March 16th, 2018

ACC Records is proud to present the reissue of Bastion’s self-titled LP, one of the most scintillating and coveted records of the Yugoslav 1980s.

Recorded in Skopje in 1983 and originally released on the state-owned PGP-RTB in 1984, Bastion is the only remaining document of the short but extremely sweet collaboration between singer-actress Ana Kostovska, composer and musician Kiril Džajkovski, bassist Ljubomir Stojsavljević and film director Milcho Manchevski. One of the first electronic bands in the Republic of Macedonia – hailed by the press as “Macedonian electropop sensation” – the four young artists crafted a quick-footed jewel of eclectic, expert synth-wave, genre-curious yet grounded in a bright, glamorous pop sensibility.

Bastion moves between crazed stadium bubblegum and a serious, seductive solemnity: whirlwinds of womanly wave such as “Hollywood” and “Mister Kompleks” open onto the dark electronic landscapes of “Deca Sunca” and “Mesec u Šolji”, while “Molitva” lifts the record into a soulful, torch-lit, and typically Macedonian mysticism. Across the record, Džajkovski’s luscious, sparkling synths and Stojsavljević’s dexterous bass tease and sustain Kostovska’s vocals as she croons, chants and coos her way in and out of one of the freshest, most surprising records to have ever come out of Eastern Europe.

ACC Records is a new imprint born out of Flora Pitrolo’s radio show A Colder Consciousness, broadcasting since 2011 on Resonance FM (London) and Kanal 103 (Skopje). Mirroring the show’s archival appetite for the more opaque facets of the electronic 1980s, the label’s future releases include previously unheard French minimal synth for film, romantic Italian industrial, and some bleakly club-oriented experimental electronic music from contemporary London.