Saturday, 22 April 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - WARP RECORDS VOLUME THREE





















01. Jedi Knights - Pubic Funk (Live)
02. Elecktroids - Stun Gun
03. Forgemasters - Track With No Name
04. Astrobotnia - Everyone
05. Link & E621 - Antacid (Remix by Jedi Knights)
06. Coco Steel and Lovebomb - Express
07. Wildplanet - Electron
08. Kid Unknown - Nightmare (Radio Edit)
09. Rhythm Invention - Chronoclasm
10. DIY (Barney) - Dabud
11. Mike Ink: Paroles
12. Speedy J - De-Orbit
13. Rubber Johnny - DrumRolyPoly
14. Lex Loofah - Ooh La La


'Pubic Funk' [Live] taken from the 1995 compilation The Theory of Evolution, WARPCD29.

'Stun Gun' taken from the 1995 album Elektroworld, WARPCD35.

'Track With No Name' taken from the 1989 12" Track With No Name, WAP1 (This was the first ever Warp release, I could hardly leave it out).

'Everyone' originally untitled track 2 from the 'Astrobotnia II' 12" on Rephlex Records, taken from the 2002 compilation Magic Bus Tracks, WARPCD100.

'Antacid' Jedi Knights remix taken from the 1995 single Antacid, WAP59CD.

'Express' taken from the the 1994 album It!, WARPCD24.

'Electron' taken from the 1993 album Blueprint, WARPCD11.

'Nightmare', Radio Edit, taken from the 1992 single Nightmare, WAP20CD.

'Chronoclasm' taken from the 1993 album Inventures In Wonderland, WARPCD15.

'Dabud' taken from the 1993 album Strictly 4 Groovers, WARPCD18.

'Paroles' original version taken from the 1996 double 12" Paroles and played at the incorrect speed of 33rpm.

'De-Orbit' taken from the 1993 album Ginger, WARPCD14.

'DrumRolyPoly' taken from the 1997 single JamRolyPoly, WAP91CD.

'Ooh La La' taken from the 1994 single Freaky Deaky, WAP41CD.

SPACEMEN 3 - HYPNOTIZED





















Fire Records 1989

01. Hypnotized
02. Just To See You Smile (Honey Pt. 2)
03. The World Is Dying

The first single from what was to be the final Spacemen 3 album; "Recurring". Both 'Hypnotized' and 'Just To See You Smile' appear on that album, but as alternate mixes. 'The World Is Dying' is exclusive to this single.

BROCKEN SPECTRE - TERROR





















Released April 2017. TOR54.

01. TERROR
02. Flux et Reflux (Excerpts from The Flood Tape)


The first release of 2017 is a posthumous one.

Last spring, Brocken Spectre released their only record and split. During the summer months, I went through hours of recordings of rehearsals, demos, jams and so on.

There were two reasons for this; the first was to collect together all the versions of a song called 'TERROR'.

Once we had moved into the space above Warwick Bazaar, we had microphones permanently set up, we could then roughly record all of our activities. 'TERROR' was played every rehearsal, sometimes it was three minutes in length, sometimes thirty. It had a loose arrangement and allowed us to explore what we could do. Recording it as a take alongside the other material never seemed an option; it relied on improvisation and a definitive recorded version didn't seem plausible.

The version on this cassette is compiled from various rehearsal takes, recorded December 2015 to January 2016.




The second reason for this archival release is to highlight an aspect of the band not represented on the self titled mini album.

During it's brief existence, Brocken Spectre played around 25-30 songs. Tracks by The Nightowl Sings, The Dead West, Hills! Werewolves! Run! and We Are the Wooden Houses were all tried out, but ultimately gave way to new band compositions. One song that stayed however was 'Angels of the Rain', from The Nightowl Sings album, "All Hail the Town to Town Troubadour".

We never recorded it as Brocken Spectre, it finished several early versions of our set and was always played as an additional song if we had time. It differed from the NOS version in that it had two moments of improvised noise which I have taken from the rehearsal recordings and added them to various moments of other noise, more improvisation, jams etc.

Running through this second cut up compilation is an extended jam from the legendary 'Flood Tape'.

Together, these two compiled tracks and the self titled debut represent Brocken Spectre. This cassette contains the strange, psychedelic and brutal noise element, played to no one and heard only by the band themselves.

Mixed by Alastair and myself in the Autumn and released a year since the band split.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

SPACEMEN 3 - REVOLUTION





















Fire Records 1988

01. Revolution
02. Che
03. May the Circle be Unbroken


First and only single to be taken from the album "Playing With Fire" and the first release on Fire records.

'Che' is a Suicide cover and 'May the Circle be Unbroken' is traditional, arranged by Pierce and Kember.

VARIOUS ARTISTS - WARP RECORDS VOLUME TWO





















01. Mira Calix - Khala
02. Speedy J - Fill 25
03. Gescom - Keynell (Autechre remix #2)
04. LFO - Tied Up (Spiritualized "Electric Mainline" Remix)
05. Nightmares On Wax - Nights Introlude
06. Boards of Canada - Melissa Juice
07. Two Lone Swordsmen - Big Clapper (Remixed by C-Pij)
08. The Horn - Election
09. Clark - Night Knuckles
10. Beaumont Hannant - Utuba
11. Autechre - Foil
12. Boards of Canada - Roygbiv
13. FUSE - Nitedrive
14. Seefeel - Spangle


'Khala' taken from the 1996 10" Ilanga, WAP83.

'Fill 25' taken from the 1995 album G Spot, WARPCD27.

'Keynell' Autechre remix #2, taken from the 1996 12" Keynell, WAP88.

'Tied Up' Spiritualized "Electric Mainline" Remix, taken from the 1994 single Tied Up, WAP56CD.

'Nights Introlude' taken from the 1995 album Smokers Delight, WARPCD36.

'Melissa Juice' taken from the 2002 single Twoism (reissued from 1995), WARPCD70.

'Big Clapper' Remixed by C-Pij, taken from the 1999 12" Receive Tactical Support, WAP127.

'Election' taken from the 1995 compilation The Theory of Evolution, WARPCD29.

'Night Knuckles' taken from the 2006 album Body Riddle, WARPCD149.

'Utuba' taken from the 1994 compilation Artificial Intelligence II, WARPLTDCD23.

'Foil' taken from the 1994 album Amber, WARPCD25.

'Roygbiv' taken from the 1998 promo-only 10" Telephasic Workshop, 10WARPLP55P.

'Nitedrive' taken from the 1993 album Dimension Intrusion, WARPCD12.

'Spangle' taken from the 1994 EP Starethrough, WAP45CD.


LA DÜSSELDORF - VIVA





















Strand 1978

01. Viva
02. White Overalls
03. Rheinita
04. Vögel
05. Geld
06. Cha Cha 2000


Second album from La Düsseldorf, released in 1978.

Monday, 27 February 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - WARP RECORDS VOLUME ONE






















01. Link - Arcadian (Remixed by Global Communication)
02. The Black Dog - Raxmus
03. Aphex Twin - Acrid Avid Jam Shred
04. Red Snapper - Last One (Eaten by DJ Food and Coldcut)
05. Richard H Kirk - Lost Souls On Funk
06. Plaid - Itsu
07. Plone - Top and Low Rent
08. Broadcast - Microtronics 05
09. Mark Franklin - Release To the System (Remixed by Beaumont Hannant)
10. Red Snapper - Digging Doctor What What
11. Brian Eno - Instant Nuclear Family
12. Nav Katze - Change (Aphex Twin Mix #2)
13. Chris Clark - Diesel Raven
14. Plone - Plaything


Warp Records is an English independent record label, founded in Sheffield in 1989. The most influential electronic, ambient and experimental label of all time.

A good friend of mine has the LARGEST collection of Warp Records. Promos, white labels, flexis...some of the rarest stuff I've ever seen!

I requested a compilation. With every release at hand, I knew the resulting set would be exhaustive and of course, excellent.

Five volumes to look forward to over the coming months.

'Arcadian', remixed by Global Communication, taken from the 1994 compilation 'Artificial Intelligence II', WARPLTDCD23.

'Raxmus' taken from the 1994 album 'Spanners', PUPCD1.

'Acrid Avid Jam Shred' taken from the 1995 album '...I Care Because You Do', WARPCD30.

'Last One'. Eaten by DJ Food and Coldcut, taken from the 1996 DJ-only promo 12" 'The Last One', WAP84P.

'Lost Souls On Funk' taken from the 1995 album 'The Number of Magic', WARPCD32.

'Itsu', unreleased, audio taken from 2004 DVD 'WarpVision: The Videos 1989-2004', WARPD122.

'Top and Low Rent' taken from the 1999 album 'For Beginner Piano', WARPCD64.

'Microtronics 05' taken from the 2003 tour-only 3" CD 'Microtronics Volume 01: Stereo Recorded Music for Links and Bridges', WAP169CD.

'Release To the System', remixed by Beaumont Hannant, taken from the 1994 compilation 'Artificial Intelligence II', WARPLTDCD23.

'Digging Doctor What What' taken from the 1996 album Prince Blimey, WARPCD45.

'Instant Nuclear Family', unreleased, taken from the 2010 download-only Seven Sessions video (and remastered) available at the time of the release of 'Small Craft On a Milk Sea'.

'Change' Aphex Twin Mix #2 taken from the 2003 compilation 26 Mixes for Cash, WARPCD102.

'Diesel Raven' taken from the 2001 album 'Clarence Park', WARPCD86.

'Plaything' taken from the 1998 compilation 'We Are Reasonable People', WAP100CD.

LA DÜSSELDORF






















Nova 1976

01. Düsseldorf
02. La Düsseldorf
03. Silver Cloud
04. Time

After NEU!, Klaus Dinger assembled a new band to further pursue his vision of kosmiche motorik music.

Released in 1976, the album features Dinger, Nikolaus van Rhein, Hans Lampe and Thomas Dinger at Conny's studio in late 1975.

SPACEMEN 3 - TAKE ME TO THE OTHER SIDE






















Glass Records 1988

01. Take Me to the Other Side
02. Soul 1
03. That's Just Fine


The third single release from and Spacemen 3 and the final single release for Glass Records.

Both b-sides are from 'The Perfect Prescription' sessions.

Monday, 23 January 2017

CAN - MIDNIGHT

This months posts are dedicated to Jaki Liebezeit.





















01. Full Moon On the Highway
02. Vernal Equinox
03. Hunters and Collectors
04. Transcendental Express
05. Private Nocturnal
06. Midnight Men
07. Ibis


Opinions differ over the 1975 offering from Can; 'Landed' certainly feels like the first album that isn't flat out great. The band made a lot recordings in 1975 and this was an attempt to assemble an alternative album from that period.

'Full Moon on the Highway' and 'Hunters and Collectors' are from the original 'Landed' album.

'Transcendental Express' and 'Ibis' are from 'Unlimited Edition'.

'Private Nocturnal' and ' Midnight Men' are from 'The Lost Tapes'.

'Vernal Equinox' is a live recording from 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', broadcast on thee BBC, 1975.

MICHAEL ROTHER - FLAMMENDE HERZEN

This months posts are dedicated to Jaki Liebezeit.






















Sky Records 1977


01. Flammende Herzen
02. Zyklodrom
03. Karussell
04. Feuerland
05. Zeni


Michael Rother - Guitar, Electric Piano, Bass, Synthesizer, Organ.
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums.

Produced by Conny Plank.

HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT - FULL CIRCLE

This months posts are dedicated to Jaki Liebezeit.





















Virgin 1982

01. How Much Are They?
02. Where's The Money?
03. Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7)
04. Mystery R.P.S. (No. 8)
05. Trench Warfare
06. Twilight World