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Rival Dealer EP (Awaiting Repress)Mastermind UK producer Burial hasn't released an album since 2007's game-changing Untrue, but he's been steadily putting out equally great EPs and singles over the last couple years, including Street Halo, Kindred, and Truant / Rough Sleeper, and now he's back with another one, Rival Dealer. The new EP gives us three songs that clock in just around 28 minutes, and from the sounds of this thing so far, it looks like Burial's done it again.
- Andrew Sacher (Brooklyn Vegan)1. Rival Dealer
3. Come Down To Us$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
If I Tell ULimited edition double-disc vinyl available
Only 1000 copies will be made
St. Louis beat maker Andrew Jernigan a.k.a Phaseone gained
quite a following after his early remixes and mixtapes began
creating buzz around the internet in 2009. These releases
included noteworthy cuts of Animal Collective, Panda Bear,
and Burial. That same year Phaseone released his debut LP
"Thanks But No Thanks" as a free download showing that he's
not too shabby at creating his own tracks as well. Jernigan
recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY to work on his forthcoming
LP "If I Tell U" due out spring 2013 on Adult Swim's Williams
Street label (home to Killer Mike's critically acclaimed R.A.P.
Music LP and Metalocalypse's Dethklok). With this new
release Phaseone further expands the boundaries between
producer and artist creating a swirling universe and unique
aesthetic that is distinctly his own.Blood Spirit I
Phaseone$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
BurialsMultiplatinum alt-rock band AFI release their highly anticipated new album Burials.
Rolling Stone described the albums first single I Hope You Suffer as an epic song, layering [lead vocalist Davey] Havok's anguished cries within a lightning storm of distortion, synthetic orchestrations, and volcanic percussion.
AFI perform and preview new songs from Burials during their North American tour, which kicks off September 12th, 2013 in Minneapolis.
Burials is AFI's ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records. The Cali-based band recorded the album with producer Gil Norton (Pixies,
Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The record was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
In other news, a remix of the first single 17 Crimes will serve as the end title track to the film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Since the release of 1995's debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (Miss Murder,
Medicate, Love Like Winter, Silver and Gold, Girl's Not Grey), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered
critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.1. The Sinking Night
2. I Hope You Suffer
3. A Deep Slow Panic
4. No Resurrection
5. 17 Crimes
6. The Conductor
7. Heart Stops
9. The Embrace
11. Greater Than 84
13. The Face Beneath The Waves$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
XXThe XX arrive with their debut album XX, a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. The XX are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending southwest London's Elliot School, an academy whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive '80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.
In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album XX under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.
Vinyl also die cut with bonus track cover of Hot Like Fire.1. Intro
5. Heart Skipped A Beat
8. Basic Space
10. Night Time
11. Stars$22.99Vinyl 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
Sky BurialMerging doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, black metal and mighty mighty riffs to create a sound wholly their own, Inter Arma deliver Sky Burial, easily an early contender for heavy music record of the year. Emerging from the ever-fertile metal breeding grounds of Richmond, Virginia, Inter Arma have spent the last few years touring relentlessly, perfecting a hypnotically punishing live show. Sky Burial brings that focus onto record, and what a record it is. Truly heavy in all senses of the word, Sky Burial is a spiritually intense journey through the halls of extreme metal. Inter Arma have made a decisively loud proclamation with Sky Burial.1. The Survival Fires
2. The Long Road Home (Iron Gate)
3. The Long Road Home
7. Love Absolute
8. Sky Burial$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Burial Ground (Awaiting Repress)Burial Ground is a rock roots reggae album by Stick Figure, originally released on June 12th, 2012.1. Breathe
2. Golden Hour
3. Burial Ground
4. Women of the Night
5. Hard Drugs
6. Weight of Sound
8. Rocky Road
11. Same Old Story
12. Just Another Dream
13. Coming Home
14. Dreamland$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Master Of The BurialAmy Millan (also of Stars and Broken Social Scene fame) returns with Masters of The Burial, a wistful yet warm collection of songs and the follow up to her 2006 solo debut, Honey From The Tombs. Masters of The Burial includes interpretations of Death Cab for Cuties I Will Follow You Into The Dark and Old Perfume by Sarah Harmer. Recorded earlier this year in rural Ontario and produced by Martin Davis Kinack (Broken Social Scene, Sarah Harmer) the album features guest performances from Evan Cranley (Stars), Dan and Jenny Whiteley, Feist, Liam ONeil (The Stills), and many more.1. Bruised Ghosts
2. Low Sail
3. Old Perfume
5. Day To Day
6. Bury This
7. Finish Line
8. Run For Me
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
10. Lost Compass
11. Bound$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
James BlakeRising through the ranks of London's Dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South East London), James Blake started off as a DJ in various clubs. Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, Blake is known for injecting some soul into the genre of dubstep.
The London-based producer first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12 appeared on the Hemlock label. Blake received quite the endorsement when the heralded Soul Jazz label picked the track up for their Steppas' Delight 2 compilation that same year.
Blake raised his profile during 2010 with a succession of warmly received 12 releases: The Bells Sketch, CMYK, Klavierwerke, and the single-sided Limit to Your Love. The last of the series, a cover of a song by Feist, in which Blake's heartfelt vocal was placed front and center, served as the precursor to this, his first full-length.1. Unluck
2. The Wilhelm Scream
3. I Never Learnt To Share
4. Lindisfarne I
5. Lindisfarne II
6. Limit To Your Love
7. Give Me My Month
8. To Care (Like You)
9. Why Don't You Call Me
10. I Mind
11. Measurements$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cavern (Awaiting Repress)Inter Arma follow up their universally acclaimed 'Sky Burial' with the epic 40+ minute one-song 'The Cavern' ep. Recorded during breaks from the relentless touring the band did on the 'Sky Burial' album with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles and more, this new ep is the ultimate exhibition of the genius that Inter Arma have always hinted at. Unparalleled musicianship meets the soulfully deranged vocalis of Mike Paparo to create one of the most impressive pieces of metal to be released this year. Shifting from Americana laced extreme metal to doom to stoner rock to prog all within a single song, Inter Arma's 'The Cavern' is an opus that will surely be heralded for years to come along the likes of Sleep's 'Dopesmoker' as a work of true artistic vision and endurance.1. The Cavern$17.99Vinyl EP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ADAD-WEI-3718xHow To Dress Well
What Is This Heart?Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012's much-loved Total Loss, Tom Krell - under
the moniker How To Dress Well - will release his third album "What Is This Heart?". Since the
release of his debut Love Remains in 2010, Krell has crafted a reputation as one of America's most original,
focused and beguiling young songwriters and "What Is This Heart?" nds How To Dress Well at the top of
Merging ever surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B inuence
and a deep, grounded emotionality, "What Is This Heart?" is the next step in Tom Krell's unique and
searching artistic trajectory and asserts him as an artist of great courage, taste and craft. Its twelve songs
were conceived and written during months of grueling international touring and realized with producer
Rodaidh McDonald (Vampire Weekend, The xx, Savages, Adele) in Berlin, and the result is an ambitious
21st century pop album that takes inuence from artists as varied as Prince, Lou Reed, Burial and Tracy
More condent, daring and open than any How to Dress Well release thus far, "What Is This Heart?" is at
once Krell's most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance. It is a record that delves
into the core of the psyche and touches on themes of isolation, loss and existential anguish, but in the end
nds redemption in the innite possibilities of love. The songs tackle ideas of anxiety, fear, lack of control,
nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride and shame, trust and commitment with an honesty and intimacy
that is rare in the modern age.1. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
2. What You Wanted
3. Face Again
4. See You Fall
5. Repeat Pleasure
6. Words I Don't Remember
7. Pour Cyril
8. Precious Love
9. Childhood Faith In Love (Everything Must
Change, Everything Must Stay The Same)
10. A Power
11. Very Best Friend
12. House Inside (Future Is Older Than The Past)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A luscious, elegant, electronic work - Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop instrumentals and electronic sketches;
pristine and prim - FACT
Gorgeously haunted - Pitchfork
We seek the new because of the numbness. If you listen to enough
music, you're familiar with the feeling. Sounds get recycled so often
that they can seem like geometric configurations organized via Wav
files. Trends get time-stamped faster than a triplicate trap hi-hat.
The most rare records emerge outside of any clearly delineated orbit.
They're solitary visions that supply their own rhythm and arsenal.
Music that reverberates through heart, brain, and spine. This is Nosaj
Thing's third album, Fated.
"I just tried to escape really, and escape even what's going on in the
music world," says Nosaj Thing, the LA producer born Jason Chung. "It
just felt so suffocating in a way. I just wanted to do my own thing."
It's been six years since Nosaj Thing emerged among the vanguard of
Low End Theory-affiliated producers. His debut Drift created 31st
century tones and chromatic textures so sleek that they inspired
innumerable Soundcloud imitators.
None could match its moody iridescence, faded sadness and funky
swing. Bach collided with Boards of Canada. Spaceships came
equipped with rear view mirrors and a booming system bumping
G-Funk and warped soul. Pitchfork called it "gorgeously haunted."
Resident Advisor said it "exists in its own dimension and feeds off its
own exhaust: full of alien choirs, conquered computers, and refracting
Fated exists in this same alternate dimension, but further out. If
comparisons previously existed with other artists within the LA beat
scene, Nosaj has rendered them baseless. His second album on
Innovative Leisure (after 2013's Home) seeks celestial escape through
"The last record took out so much of me. I just wanted to go back to
simplifying and overthinking so much. It was a battle," Nosaj says.
"The soul of a song, the essence of a song-whatever you want to call
it-should be simple."
By stripping away all but what's really necessary, the sounds harness
an unusual directness. Guest appearances are rare, save for vocals
from Whoarei on "Don't Mind Me," and Chicago rap phenomenon,
Chance the Rapper. The latter gravely spits on "Cold Stares," invoking
terminal fevers, empty beds, devil's whispers, and insomniac fears.
If comparisons crop up, Fated has most in common with records like
Burial's Untrue or Dilla's Donuts. Requiems that canvass the shadowy
hinterlands between life and death, darkness and light, loneliness and
love. Eternal themes re-imagined in ingenious fashion.
"The album name came from all these coincidences that just kept on
happening to me," Nosaj says. "Specific interaction with specific
people in unexpected places. A perpetual feeling of dÉjà vu."
It's foundation rests on that intangible thing that some call fate or
primordial feeling. Numbness receding, old emotions flooding back,
un-tampered visions. Fated is what you can't explain, so it's best to
just listen.1. Sci
2. Don't Mind Me [ft. Whoarei]
5. Cold Stares [ft. Chance the Rapper]
8. Let You
13. Phase IV
14. Light #5
15. 2K$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AFI (The Blood Album)AFI's new self-titled album was produced by the band's guitarist, Jade Puget, and co-produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones) and is the follow-up to 2013's Burials, which hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Since the release of 1995's debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles ('Miss Murder,' 'Medicate,' 'Love Like Winter,' 'Silver and Gold,' 'Girl's Not Grey'), hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.1. Dark Snow
2. Still A Stranger
4. Hidden Knives
5. Get Hurt
6. Above The Bridge
7. So Beneath You
8. Snow Cats
9. Dumb Kids
10. Pink Eyes
11. Feed From The Floor
12. White Offerings
13. She Speaks The Language
14. The Wind That Carries Me Away$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner)Beethoven had just finished writing his symphonies when - in 1830 - a young Frenchman created a sensation with his completely novel and exuberant orchestral music. Based on classical music form, Berlioz composed his »massive instrumental composition« as a five-movement musical drama. Such a stroke of genius, in which the ego and grief thereof are described, had never been heard before in the French Romantic period.
Berlioz employs a very large orchestra with a big timpani section, four bassoons and military brass to present the young artist - an autobiographically motivated character - who dreams his way through the various episodes, hallucinating and frenzied. Here it is clear that it is Berlioz' declared intention to express the artist's visions radically and unmistakably in music - beginning with the ever-recurring delusional 'idÉe fixe' via a terrifying opium intoxication and ending up with the nightmare of his own burial.
Of the many high-quality, often highly impassioned performances, this particular one by Dimitri Mitropoulos is certainly a benchmark recording. The great conductor makes the rhythms pulsate; he skilfully mixes the wealth of sound colouring, and blends the orchestral instruments so subtly that one notices previously unheard details with every listening.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Hector Berlioz (composer)
- The New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos
Recording: February 1957 in New York
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. I - Reveries; Passions
2. II - Un Bal
3. III - ScÉne Aux Champs
4. IV - Marche Au Supplice
5. V Songe D'Une Nuit Du Sabbat$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
- Hector Berlioz (composer)