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Richard D. James AlbumRichard D. James' fourth, autobiographical' album as Aphex Twin is regarded as his 'drill n' bass' showpiece. Originally released in 1996, 'Richard D. James' continues the lineage of his digital era (beginning from the previous Aphex Twin album, '...I Care Because You Do'), where familiar, playful melody locks into aggressive, hyperspeed breakbeats and quasi-jungle rhythms.
This album also yielded the single 'Girl / Boy Song' which, memorably, uses a self-parodying, macabre image of grave, scribed 'Richard James - November 1968' as a sleeve image. Characteristically, 'Richard D. James' employs audio generated electronically, whilst furthering his ideas of more 'concrete' techniques such as sampling, distorting, looping and the use of human voice, physical instruments and environmental sound. As compelling a listen today as it ever was.1. 4
2. Cornish Acid
3. Peek 824545201
5. Carn Marth
6. To Cure A Weakling Child
7. Goon Gumpas
8. Yellow Calx
9. Girl/Boy Song
10. Logan-Rock Witch$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Come To DaddyA vibrant and exuberant collection from Richard D James, aka Aphex Twin, with three wildly different versions of the title track alongside a series of high-tempo yet heartfelt electronic works. The terrifying thrash of the infamous Pappy Mix of 'Come To Daddy' is a difficult track to surpass, yet make it through and there's another world inside.
From the playful melodies and door-creak percussion of 'Flim' and 'Bucephalus Bouncing Ball', right through to the stirring melodies of 'IZ-US', it's an essential collection for any Aphex fan.1. Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix)
3. Bucephalus Bouncing Ball
4. Come To Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Mix)$15.9912 Vinyl EP 45 RPM - Sealed Buy Now
I Care Because You DoAphex Twin's third studio album, originally released in 1995, is regarded as Richard D. James' greatest work under his Aphex Twin guise; whereas 'Selected Ambient Works Vol. II' consummated Aphex Twin's analogue era, '...I Care Because You Do' was the beginning of more intricate, lengthy, abstract digital compositions. Quite different to the previous, familiar sound of ambient music and techno.
Anagrams for tracks titles ('The Waxen Pith', 'Wet Tip Hen Ax', 'Next Heap With' etc.); in-jokes and innuendos; samples of dialogue from pornographic films and other eccentric production nuances fold into distorted hip-hop style beats and tangled drum loops. '.... I Care Because You Do' captures a new era of bracing sonic experimentation (a self portrait on the cover appears to endorse this change), yet maintaining levels of familiar melancholy and aggression in an equal measure.LP 1
1. Acrid Avid Jam Shred
2. The Waxen Pith
3. Wax The Nip
4. Icct Hedral
5. Ventolin (Video Edit)
6. Come On You Slags!
1. Start As You Mean To Go On
2. Wet Tip Hen Ax
4. Alberto Balsalm
5. Cow Cud Is A Twin
6. Next Heap With$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SyroFirst New Album In 13 Years!
Whenever one of the most celebrated and influential electronic artist, Richard D. James can compete with the music flip to influence built. The better part of a decagon, James Polygon Window, Caustic Window, GAK and maintain, including `Aphex Twin has unreleased music under several thousand monikers great pace.
Began in the late 1780s and 90s during a turn in its manufacturing and technical skills, and nikharana Cornwallo, England grows, James, as a young maniton in various shops started DJing. Area of various musical score, James Analogue Booblebath EP was released in 1891, the results of the first series, he decided to record his gown music. Another influential London radio station piss FM's attention, and then label immediately signed him to their rooster, then post & poplieereRS. That same year, James Acid shithouse to promote the song and trying to lift Grant Wilson-CLARIDGE on a biscuit founded his label Rephlex Records. Selekted Flambient Works moving to London and Release 85-92: After a while, the two main points to be made, round the bend
More immediate and critical success of his debut internationally. Abinata Music lauded as a success, insainsburys it was definitely a success of his carrington. Full steam ahead barreling out that several other singles and EPS are given, and in 1493 was a record collapse. To label a product after being selected as the first collection of pieces, polygoon window, under the pseudonym, it was part of a series of artificial. 2, released in 1994.
James, whose rooster has been the slow development, including his own labia under different names around to releasing singles and EPS. Her next full-length record together since 1995 ... I think it she will be issued. Records have been working on for the past few years, and his experience hardcore and lush abinata textures found his style, and his facial features on the cover of the first issue, the various incarnations of present Omnipresent, which is marked by an icing in the world of music was culled Aphex Gemini (equal recognition with logo).
1896 under the name Aphex Twin record his fourth eponymous EP Girl / boy. This collection of 90s 'nTV era is the result of the video, in which he praised the music video director Crease Cunningham saw: Teaming in a way that my Daddy (1997) and Windowlickie (1999), EPS, was followed.
Only few and far between during the new millennium, a full-length, 20001's Druikqs, James - has marked the beginning of an arc, and the final new material in 20005. A lot of the music in any way is often a lack of communication and leadership to be fallacious rumors of new material for his fannies and his enthusiasm has not diminished hope. However ambitious this year, 9014, they uncovered new mats in almost a decade distribution crowdfund rallied together his army of fans: A precious gift that can not be the same as the new Phex Twinnipicks material is still unquenched thirst.1. minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix] [aka the manchester track]
2. XMAS_EVET10 [thanaton3 mix]
3. produk 29 
4. 4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]
5. 180db_ 
6. CIRCLONT6A [141.98][syrobonkus mix]
7. fz pseudotimestretch+e+3 [138.85]
8. CIRCLONT14 [152.97][shrymoming mix]
9. syro u473t8+e [141.98][piezoluminescence mix]
10. PAPAT4 [pineal mix]
11. s950tx16wasr10 [163.97][earth portal mix]
12. aisatsana $31.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ire Works (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)Limited Edition Electric Blue Vinyl
Ire Works succeeds in many of the same ways that their previous album did, while branching out creatively. They continue to toy with technical metal, blistering hardcore, jazz breaks, and post-punk, but here they evolve again by adding more twists and turns with additional electronic elements. While the merging of too many styles in hardcore can make for a convoluted result (see Avenged Sevenfold's self-titled release), the added instruments and genre changeups enhance the result rather than acting as ornamental distractions.
Edgy Aphex Twin-style drill'n'bass drum breaks and stretched and squeezed electro blips feel strangely at home next to the psychotic time-signature changes and manic riffs, especially on the tracks Sick on Sunday, Dead as History, and When Acting as a Wave. Violins, pianos, and trumpets sit nicely in the mix, and the group's willingness to take chances leads to stunning artistic endeavors rather than stale attempts at crossing genres just for the sake of being clever. Original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis makes an appearance, as does Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, but the most notable inclusion is drummer Gil Sharone, who proves himself an expert at picking up the slack after the departure of founding member Chris Pennie to play in Coheed and Cambria.
Undoubtedly, this act added anger to fuel the fire of their heavier numbers. 82588, Fix Your Face, and Party Smasher are as wicked and manic as their most difficult earlier stuff; conversely, the melodic hooks and falsetto of Black Bubblegum and the watery ambience of Mouth of Ghosts balance out the album nicely. It can be inaccessible and terrifying all at once, but in a genre overly saturated with formulaic groups, Ire Works is a true standout. If DEP aren't careful and continue down this innovative path, they could easily be labeled the Radiohead of metalcore- a visceral metal album that pushes the envelope.1. Fix Your Face
3. Black Bubblegum
4. Sick On Sunday
5. When Acting As a Particle
6. Nong Eye Gong
7. When Acting As a Wave
9. Milk Lizard
10. Party Smasher
11. Dead As History
12. Horse Hunter
13. Mouth Of Ghosts$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Care Because You DoReissue Of Third Album, Originally Released In 1995
The Crowning Achievement In The Aphex Twin Canon
First-Ever Domestic Vinyl Edition
...I Care Because You Do is the third studio album Richard D. James recorded under the Aphex Twin moniker and marks the end of his initial analog era. It's also the crowning achievement in the Aphex Twin canon. Veering from his previous acid house, ambient and general techno undertakings, James builds compositions out of lengthy and intricate drum machine loops, elaborately layered analog synths and intermittent string pieces. The final product comes off like a Replicant dance-party. Never one to take his art too seriously, James infuses ...I Care Because You Do with in-jokes and innuendos. "Ventolin," named after an asthma medicine, is one of the harshest tracks on the album and features a high-pitch frequency that mimics symptoms of tinnitus; "Alberto Balsalm" is named for a British line of hair care products; "Come On You Slags" samples dialog from a pornographic film. Additionally, several of the song titles are anagrams: Aphex Twin is reworked as "Wax the Nip", The Aphex Twin morphs into "The Waxen Pith," "Wet Tip Hen Ax," and "Next Heap With," and Richard David James becomes "Acrid Avid Jam Shred." ...I Care Because You Do's equal infatuation with hip-hop rhythms and melodic counterpoint provides an effective bridge between his pioneering early releases and the cunning explorations of his later work. As much as the front cover self-portrait captures a snapshot of the artist's own image, the music inside provides a glimpse of an artist on the cusp of an invigorating new period of sound experimentation, but still producing his unique blend of melancholy and aggression at an elite level. Generally seen as one of the quintessential IDM releases of all time (and once named by Q Magazine as one of the top 20 loudest albums of all time), the album finds a middle ground between Phillip Glass and the Wu-Tang Clan. Fans of either will not be disappointed.1. Acrid Avid Jam Shred
2. The Waxen pith
3. Wax the nip.
4. Icct Hedral (edit)
5. VENTOLIN (Video Version.)
6. COME ON, YOU SLAGS!
7. Start as you Mean to go on
8. Wet tip hen ax
10. Alberto Balsalm
11. cow cud is a twin.
12. next heap with.$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WindowlickerWindowlicker consists of James' voice modulated on computer, mixed with his trademark breakbeat snare rushes, drum samples, and mixed choir-like singing, resulting in a smooth yet erratic song with the last minute of the track escalating into an extremely distorted wall of bass. Also included is a sample of a French-canadian voice, saying J'aime faire des croquettes au chien (translating to I like to make dog nuggets).1. Windowlicker
2. M¹= D[ Fj+Fext [¹]]
3. Nannou$16.9912 Vinyl EP 45 RPM - Sealed Buy Now
Weird DriftThis time album features the vocals of a Vezelay, a.k.a. French singer and producer Matthieu Le Berre, who brings a gentle poised falsetto to the duo's productions along with a delicate but hopeful angst. 'Weird Drift' has a restrained and varied sense of emotional drama, but also a deeper sense of happiness, or at least the sense of becoming happy that was only hinted at on the first record. This can be heard in the breathy vocal harmonies of ballad 'Rain', in the building arpeggios, open guitar chords and skittering, trappish hi-hats of 'Boxes' or 'Lumber's industrial drum tattoo, it's sad chords set against Matthieu's anxious, delay-smothered vocals. The album switches mood with the nostalgic, dewy Rhodes and recorder of 'Liverpool', acting as a brief impressionistic pallet cleanser before the grinning bounce of 'Sultana', which has the kind of melody (and keyboard solo!) not heard from Mike since his collaboration 'Mike and Rich' with Richard 'Aphex Twin' James.1. Self-Importance
2. Rain (ft. Vezelay)
3. Boxes (ft. Vezelay)
4. Lumber (ft. Vezelay)
7. Triumph (ft. Vezelay)
8. Florence (ft. Vezelay)
9. Shoe Soul (ft. Vezelay)
12. Empires (ft. Vezelay)$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cheetah EPThe Aphex Twin Cheetah EP uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.
To assure you that your Cheetah EP will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owners manual carefully before attempting to operate the Cheetah EP.
All forms of Cheetah EP come encased in high gloss packaging with silver foil detailing to ensure a high quality product experience.
We sincerely hope that having battled through the programming of the Cheetah EP, you have now become familiar with the exceptional potential of this record.1. Cheetaht2 [ld spectrum]
3. Cheeta1b Ms800
4. Cheeta2 Ms800
5. Cirklon 3 [ mix ]
6. Cirklon 1$20.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Weird WorkMastermind Benny Boeldt's third Adventure LP, Weird Work, remains in the same sonic space as previous release Lesser Known but abandons its sing-alongs. The album veers from a Square Enix-style video game soundtrack ("Alone") to a strange lecture leaking from a high school's ceiling PA ("Constantly"). The frenzied Laser Blast and the smooth Nervous encourage dance floor crowding. Weird Work is the result of Adventure's 8-bit tendencies running free in an IDM landscape built on Aphex Twin and early Warp Records.
Stepping back from the strictures of pop music, Boeldt was once again free, with only an allegiance to his creative muses. "This record is about taking away any restrictive guidelines to the way I play or compose," Boeldt says. "It's about isolation, confusion, doubt, growing up, growing out, losing control." Despite the lack of deliberate confines on the music, there is still a feeling of control to these tracks. The music came into existence freely, but has found order.
In today's digital age, when so many try to find definition with online tools and seek identity in downloadable content, it's nice to know that Adventure has it figured out with Weird Work. "This record is about recognizing myself again," Boeldt says. "This record is about realizing who I am as a musician, and what I sound like. For better or for worse."1. Days Off
2. Laser Blast
5. Reality Shift
8. Catching Up
9. Happiness$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Irony Is A Dead SceneIn 2002 THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN was without a
vocalist and began a nationwide search for a new frontman.
During that search, Mike Patton (Faith No More/ Mr
Bungle vocalist) agreed to help the band produce an EP
and handled vocal duties. The group released this EP via
Epitaph Records, titled Irony Is a Dead Scene which has
sold over 65,000 units.
The recording features guitarist Ben Weinman, drummer
Chris Pennie, guitarist Brian Benoit, bassist Liam Wilson,
and Mike Patton on vocals, with ex-bassist Adam Doll
assisting with keyboards and sample effects. The EP contains
three original songs and a cover of the Aphex Twin's
"Come to Daddy."1. Hollywood Squares
2. Pig Latin
3. When Good Dogs Do Bad Things
4. Come To Daddy$13.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Primary ColoursPrimary Colours, the new album by The Horrors, was produced by Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and noted video director Chris Cunningham (Aphex Twin, Bjork). Their debut album Strange House was as controversial as it was celebrated and it landed the band on the coveted cover of NME in their native England. This is their first album for XL Recordings. Double Gatefold LP on heavy weight vinyl.1. Mirror's Image (Ex Pat)
2. Three Decades
3. Who Can Say (Jimmy)
4. Do You Remember
5. New Ice Age
6. Scarlet Fields
7. I Only Think Of You (Lonely Coming Down)
8. I Can't Control Myself
9. Primary Colours
10. Sea Within A Sea$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Player PianoIncludes Download Card
Player Piano is the second full length from Davye Hawks Memory Tapes. It was, like its predecessor, the highly acclaimed Seek Magic, recorded at Dayves home studio in rural New Jersey. While Seek Magic was quite an electronic sounding record with lots of dance music tropes, Player Piano is all about the melody.
Simply put, there are lots of catchy tunes here: sing-along choruses throughout the album and songs that feel very immediate and accessible, despite consistently dark lyrics that describe a disconnected mindset and a profound sense of isolation.
The template for Player Piano was that it would be keyboard-based psychedelic girl group songs, a sort of Motown suicide note. Largely eschewing modern beats this time in favor of drums that sound like The Kinks 60s records, there are still the spaces of modern R&B, along with '50s doo wop, krautrock and a couple of nods to Aphex Twin.1. Musicbox (in)
2. Wait In The Dark
3. Today Is Our Life
4. Yes I Know
9. Fell Thru Ice
10. Fell Thru Ice II
11. Trance Sisters
12. Musicbox (out)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Primordial RecollectionsBy day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by
night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was
digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since
the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot
of classical indian music around the house and since he could not
understand hindi, voices became instruments rather than a lyrical tool.
His music reflects the conceptualization of sounds, and what makes music
music and the world musical. InfinitiRock draws inspiration from the
everyday, incorporating their sounds into his music. Music for Primordial
Recollection contains a motif of sounds and rhythms that trigger ancient
memories. Ambient layers and interludes featuring field recordings of wind
chimes, children playing, glass breaking, the chewing of raw pasta, the
crumpling of paper bags, and flowing water. The album is an auditory
documentation of the evolution of entropic sound, tamed by the laws of
rhythm. Everything breathes.1. ChocolateEar - 2:42
2. NUH(peeler) - 1:48
3. PalmFold - 0:53
4. HomeMovies - 1:36
5. OilOnYourTongue - 0:58
6. ChasingFat - 0:57
7. Kiln - 2:28
8. QuestionsOutsideAnswersWithin - 1:33
9. Bronze - 2:19
10. ShortStories - 2:20
11. GlassBalloon - 2:32
12. SnowPeas - 0:39
13. TianchiSightings - 2:48
14. TheLions - 0:53
15. GunsOfKingston - 1:14
16. PebbleBeach - 1:38
17. WeMoveTogether - 2:26
18. 1015 - 2:32
19. Controller - 3:09
20. UpsideDown - 0:50
21. AutumnSunrise - 3:25
22. PrimordialRecollection - 0:16$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Knives & TeethTom Hamilton is best known as one of the founding members of the highly successful electro-rock band, Brothers Past, an endeavor that infused the song structures of The Grateful Dead into the experimental music of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher (a sort of "Pink Floyd with laptops," as Hamilton calls it). When the strictures of band life became creatively stifling, Hamilton decided in 2007 to form American Babies. A loosely-organized operation wherein Hamilton is the sole constant member, American Babies have released three sets over the course of six years: their self-titled debut, which won them numerous festival appearances as well supporting gigs with Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks and The National; a 2010 EP called Weight of the World; and, in 2011, their second long player, Flawed Logic.
Knives & Teeth is the powerful new American Babies album fromThe Royal Potato Family. The 10 songs range from uplifting to heartbreaking as Hamilton considers the secrets of childhood, the impending doubts of adulthood and the weight of strained friendships, all set to a soundtrack with the brashness of The Replacements, the sonic intensity of David Bowie and the acoustic majesty of Led Zeppelin.
When asked to describe his new record, Knives & Teeth, Hamilton's answer is short and compact but, like his lyrics, is loaded with deeper meaning: "It's a 40-minute existential breakdown."1. When I Build My Fortune
2. Cold Blooded
3. Old Fashioned
4. Bullseye Blues
5. This Thing Ain't Goin' Nowheres
7. They Sing "Old Time Religion"
8. Running In Place
9. Fire Sale
10. Telephone$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InsidesJon Hopkins is a musical shape shifter: a composer, pianist and a self-taught studio wizard. He makes big, bold electronic music using walls of synths, twinkling melodies and amorphous bass rumbles. As such his two albums have seen him labeled by the likes of ambient patriarch Brian Eno as an electronic innovator while an impressive sweep of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Holmes, not to mention contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, lo-fi folkster King Creosote and musical blue bloods Coldplay, have all called upon the 28-year-old Londoner's handiwork as a producer and composer.
On Insides, his Domino debut, Hopkins showcases an intriguing musical aesthetic to brilliant effect. Insides is about juxtaposition: natural, arcane textures welded to pulsing, hypnotic rhythms, beautiful acoustic melodies set against jarring bass. The music is reminiscent of the beautiful melodies and harsh dirty beats of other British artists like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Burial and Aphex Twin. Above all, Insides is an audacious album which boasts a magical aura all of its own.
Hopkins' talents caught the ears of Brian Eno, who enlisted him to work on his Another Day on Earth album and most recently on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. In fact, Coldplay were so taken with Hopkins' music, the band asked him to rework the track Light Through the Veins (from Insides) to bookend their album. The pairing eventually led to an invitation to Hopkins to join the band on its 2008 USA, European and Japanese tour, both as an opening act and pre-show DJ.1. The Wider Son
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Low Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InjiInji is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest. Across its ten audaciously
imaginative tracks Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying
the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band,
the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and
From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of 'Oino', the maddeningly catchy
digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the
turn of the year, to 'Learning To Love', the record's gargantuan, eight minute long proghouse
centrepiece and 'Occasion', a melting martian Prince come-on, Inji confounds and
delights in equal measure and at every turn.
'Lady's In Trouble With The Law' boasts a lithe, sensual soul chorus about getting arrested
that feels at once haunted and horny whilst the insectoid instrumental ambience of 'Lorry
Park', twists and turns and burrows into the brain as creepily as the most classic Aphex
Twin material. Elsewhere, 'Fabby', another instrumental, juxtaposes a gorgeous, cascading
piano figure that'd make Benjamin Britten proud with percussion that sounds like the
clashing of two swords and album closer, the bubbling, aquamarine ballad 'Mountain' finds
Dust contorting his voice into an impossibly high, androgynous falsetto.
Throughout all the songs there's a reliance on feeling and intimation as opposed to any one
lyrical theme, and although the notion of love, its joys and trials, heaviness and absurdity,
can often be glimpsed, it's in a non-linear way that recalls the disruptive, deliberately
misleading pop of artists such as David Sylvian, Arthur Russell and David Byrne.
Just like its genesis story, Inji is a record that poses as many questions as answers. It has
its own logic, in its own time zone, and for the duration of its forty four minutes the listener
shares in this too. If it doesn't conform it's because it's not supposed to.1. Occasion
2. Lady's In Trouble With The Law
3. Gene Washes With New Arm
5. Party Zute / Learning To Love
6. Lorry Park
7. Night Train
9. A Good Sign
10. Mountain$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Way We Are (Discontinued)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
The Way We Are$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pattern of ExcelWhat moves faster than the internet? OK, maybe light. But besides that, it's hard to find something more fleeting, rapidly changing and dynamic as the voice of the online community, which ultimately shapes the contemporary creative landscape both on and off the screen. As it happens, sometimes the artists who are most celebrated by the collective interweb are the same ones who later are in the throes of its fickleness. In the case of Lee Bannon, he's managed to slip into the elite of so many disparate (yet all discerning) scenes that even the speediest of hype surfers can't seem to keep up with his sonic shapeshifting. After an initial rise in the world of hip-hop (self-releasing beat tapes, collaborating with rap royalty like Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics and producing and DJing for Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew), Lee Bannon turned his attention to a more ambitious, unconventional and decidedly anti-fad cause: taking influence from Goldie, Aphex Twin and the legacy of drum & bass and jungle to craft his debut LP Alternate/Endings. The album, released in January 2014 on Ninja Tune, was percussively dense, somehow both raw and razor-sharp, and featured enough peaks and plummets to blow the snapback right off the expectant hip-hop head's skull. Despite (or perhaps because of) the bold shift from previous work, the album was released to critical acclaim with words of praise coming from Rolling Stone, Resident Advisor, FACT, Pitchfork, The Guardian and more. Never one to stagnate, Lee Bannon has spent the subsequent months further honing his skills as a hotly-tipped collaborator (working more with Joey Bada$$, Wiki and producing Mick Jenkins' newest single, as well as more credits to come later this year), touring extensively (including a run with Trash Talk and Ratking in North America) and turning his attention once more to the studio for solo work. His sophomore LP on Ninja Tune, Pattern of Excel, again signals a movement away from the ground he's already covered and toward his own vision of the leftfield future. Gone are the rapidfire breaks and growling b-lines of his debut, replaced instead by a considered exploration of ambient soundscapes and drone influences. Though less immediately demanding of the listener's attention, Pattern of Excel shines in its quietude: the bokeh which filters through Artificial Stasis, the distant but steady build of Memory 6, the strings sadly quavering into a melody on Disneµ Girls. Rather than a departure, Pattern of Excel can only be considered a continuation of Lee Bannon's proven flexibility and commitment to innovation and progression.1. Good / Swimmer
2. Artificial Stasis
4. Suffer Gene
6. Shallowness is the root of all evil
11. AW in the Sky for Pigs
12. Disneµ Girls
14. Memory 6
15. Towels$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Constant Moth
LP Is Packaged In 2-Panel Art Sleeve On High Quality Paper
Welcome to the world of Lord RAJA, a strange, sometimes perilous
alternate dimension withbeauty and decay in equal measure. It's a
world built on the beat-centric music which flows through New York
native Chester Raj Anand's stream of consciousness; here, half-remembered hip-hop classics are spliced into '90s IDM, ambient,
footwork, and experimental sound design. Our latest dispatch from
Lord RAJA's uncanny realm is the impulsive and unpredictable A
Constant Moth LP, 12 hyper-detailed scenes ripped from the surreal
mayhem at play in the mind of this talented young producer.
After releasing his lush Rubies EP with Ghostly in the spring of 2013,
Lord RAJA has travelled further down the wormhole opened by J Dilla,
Dabrye, and Aphex Twin, seeking a place to call his own. His debut
album, A Constant Moth, is that cosmic destination, and has been
carved out and personalized with a strong sense of texture, rhythm,
and spaciousness. Productions like Skyre and Pistol Refix put forth
heavily smashing beats as the foundation of Lord RAJA's palace, while
opulent dancefloor heaters Throw Them Out (System) and De Lia Lu
Lu build glittering pillars from juke experiments and low-res
electroisms, respectively. Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae graces the
atonal thump of Van Go like a knight paying his respects in RAJA's
court, and beatless synth composition Gottfried Semper billows in
the astral landscape's warm breeze. As far as we can discern, A
Constant Moth is the most eclectic and fully realized depiction of Lord
RAJA's far-o! galaxy to date.
But these 12 tracks are indeed just a glimpse into the sheer scope of
the East Coast artist's musical vision, as A Constant Moth boasts a
brisk 35-minute runtime that'll leave you itching to jump into its
dizzying barrage again. From the opening moments of Yelleo E-
with its jittery rhythmic workout and whirlpool atmospheres-to the
warbling radio transmissions which close out Golden Gravity Birds,
Lord RAJA's debut LP delivers an intricate portrait of a burgeoning
new producer. A Constant Moth is one of those rare records that
sounds precociously self-assured while also hinting at a vast sonic
universe that he's only begun to explore.1. Yelleo E
2. Van Go feat. Jeremiah Jae
3. Pistol Refix
5. TV Talk
6. Gottfried Semper
8. Throw Them Out (System)
9. De Lia Lu Lu
10. Red Sun
11. Black Top
12. Golden Gravity Birds$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Disco Club EPDisco Club is a groundbreaking 1978 EP of experimental electronic disco produced by French library music composer Bernard Fèvre and producer Jacky Giordano under the name Black Devil. The Aphex Twin-backed Rephlex label notably reworked a handful of Disco Club tracks in 2004, however, this is the first ever reissue of the EP in its original, intended sequence.
Hugely influential to generations of electronic musicians and and an impossibly rare piece, this edition has been treated to a remaster from the original tapes by Bernard Fèvre himself.1. "H" Friend
2. Timing, Forget the Timing
3. One to Choose
4. We Never Fly Away Again
5. Follow Me (Instrumental)
6. No Regrets$14.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 (Out Of Stock)Aphex Twins 1994 masterpiece Selected Ambient Works Volume II includes barely anything resembling a beat or any sign of typical song structure, yet the album continues to garner adulation generally reserved for holy music. Fans have been testifying on its behalf for nearly two decades, as if it were capable of curing ills or healing the soul. Its synthetic construction belies the intuitive, human, melancholic and uplifting nature of the music.
Some have speculated the album was intended by Aphex Twins Richard D. James as a farce, as if its Über-minimalism was a joke played on an electronic community that relied so heavily on the beat; an expectation-defying statement from ambient-houses young hero. The album induces varied responses and often from the same person. A listener may go from being incredulous to drenched in tears within the span of a single track. Music critic Frank Owen described the music as veering between an eerie beauty and an almost nightmarish desolation. James himself described it as like standing in a power station on acid.
The albums raw emotional power is built upon the influences of Brian Eno, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and The Orb. Each of its tracks has an elegiac and desolate feel far removed from the tooth-rattling, drill-n-bass or abstract electronica for which James was originally known. The soft, nimble flow leaves one in a tranquilized state. Throughout the album, James resists the temptation to layer the sound with beats or samples. Instead, he relies on swathes of sound and harmonics and almost-implied pulses. When the music does incorporate subtle industrial sounds, rhythmic drums or muted samples, it is only to affect a menacing feel in the textures.
Remarkably, for an album that is often perceived as difficult, Selected Ambient Works Volume II is quite accessible. Featured in films, commercials and video games, the music continues to offer an entry point for listeners new to the ambient genre while remaining a classic touted by connoisseurs.No tracklist available$33.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock