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All prices below are in EUR currency and contain worldwide shipping (except for Vinyl LPs which have multiple options). You are encouraged to buy at least two items, but it's also OK to buy one. Wholesale is available at selected titles. If you live in Athens, you can find selected Phase! Records releases at: A Strange Attractor, Action Records, Dark Side, Fuzz Overdose, Habeat, Rhythm Records, Ypogeio & Vinyl Microstore, also at Lotus in Thessaloniki. Support your local independent stores!
         
 


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  ZINE04
PHASE!MAG
ISSUE 04

After an indefinite hiatus (sic), the fourth issue is here but we highly doubt you'll find the answers you're looking for. 50x70cm double-sided, pantone offset print as a folded A6 zine with an Embarker / Dead Gum 2014 EU Tour poster on the back.
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PHR-128
KOSTADIS
- Unleash CDR

"Unleash" is the highly anticipated, second KOSTADIS solo album, almost 10 years after his debut release "San Aravas". While the first one was a loose mid-summer afternoon soundtrack of (mostly) acoustic experimental easy listening and his multi-instrumentalism abilities have shredded via different bands like Lost Bodies, Wham Jah + Acid Baby Jesus, "Unleash" shares an entirely focused approach, definite and mature. Spine-chilling soundscapes created by modular electronics, DIY junk contact mics and ribbon devices break the chains off the beast, which has been suffocating in low-light suburbia and introversion. The voice is free. Self is free. Barking at the right tree.
Edition of 100 copies digital printed carton covers.

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PHR-126
RIEN VIRGULE
- Trente Jours à Grande Échelle LP

Debut album by the French 4-piece Rien Virgule (members are Mathias Pontévia, Jean-Marc Reilla, Anne Careil and Manuel Duval [also of France Sauvage / La République des Granges fame]) where they deliver 6 strict, desolate, stomp pumping, cold modular-wave pieces with doses of synth-punk and electro-acoustic terror. Deranged female vocals, analog keyboard mayhem and spacious ambiance form a setting for deep subconscious nightmare plays. Put on your costumes and join the troupe.
Edition of 500 copies in pro-printed full color jackets. Co-released with Animal Biscuit, La République des Granges, Attila Tralala, Perma Frost, Micr0lab & Do it Youssef.

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PHR-125
Bedroom Solitary Vol.1: KASTEL - 39 1-Sided LP

Phase! is proud to present a series of one-sided LPs, called “Bedroom Solitary”. After 13 years of releasing recordings on a pretty wide range of musical styles, Phase! focuses on the style that intrigues it the most: Bedroom experimentation. The plot is simple. Home-made recordings (lo-fi is not mandatory here) by a single person at his bedroom on a 12” side-length representation. Each volume will be strictly limited and hand-numbered to 99 copies in an offset printed custom hand-cut jacket.

“39” by Silvia Kastel is a numb-feel exploration on isolation and singularity through space and darkness. Neuter beats, crawling vibratos, synesthetic repetitions and robotic ambiances form a two-piece electronic work, hymn to the loneliness of the (artistic) existence. The title track features synthetic chatter on Dylan Thomas’ “Poem 39” while its accompaniment, “Subtract”, flirts with disorientation through distortion and low sparse kicks. Music by SK. Lyrics by Dylan Thomas "Poem 39". Mastered by Raymond Dijkstra.
Edition of 99 copies in offset printed custom hand-cut wrap-around jackets on top of black disco bags.

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PHR-124
FEEL ALRIGHT
- Softies C22

Released for the Feel Alright Athens show as a cassette limited to 20 copies.

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PHR-123
ARKLIGHT
- Eternal Life in New York City CDR

NYC's own Arklight unearths from the basement a stunning album which features outsider songwriting through stripped playability. Crafting sincere songs on the verge of 90s era 4AD melancholy and Shadow Ring's isolated ghost reverb, Arklight have been restlessly modifying their sound, this time transforming into a standard rock-trio format to breathe new life into it, the mature epitome of decaying urban loneliness. Listen and become one w/ yourself.
Edition of 100 copies w/ offset covers.

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PHR-122
FUSILLER
- Dystopies Versus C23

France's own Fusiller (the man responsible for decaying the decades via his unique audio imprint, Tanzprocesz and member of Opéra Mort, DMZ, Placenta Popeye, Reines D'Angleterre w/ Ghédalia Tazartès) offers a 23-minute study in multi-layered, merged-feeling monolith, "Dystopies Versus". His heart and his mind, along with orders from mouth and fingers craft a signature, voltage-teasing strict, serious soundtrack which flirts with wide-range imagery, inner screams from the depths of the self and isn't scared to push the limits of safeness to involuntary soul stripping. It's the soundtrack of the future but you can well understand it now... Take a glimpse!
Edition of 80 copies on pro-dubbed smokey cassettes.

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PHR-120
DEAD GUM
- Gainer LP/CD

Panagiotis Spoulos (Wham Jah, Reverse Mouth, also labelhead of Phase! in Greece), as Dead Gum, mainly uses guitar and voice through minimal effects to create instant songs, psychedelic collages and direct, stripped-down bursts. The music itself –partially improvised but fully psychographic– has anthropocentric characteristics and lo-fi character and flirts with punk, bedroom pop and analog noise. 2014 finds Dead Gum heavily working on his debut studio album under the title “GAINER”. Co-produced with Haris Zourelidis, “GAINER” includes more song-crafted gig highlights like “Dare” and “Afraid of Heights” and carries a new approach to the Dead Gum sound. His first take in high fidelity without compromising the signature erratic and edgy performance.

Edition of:
• 250 copies Limited Edition 180gr LP w/ CD housed in gold metallic tri-fold jacket
• 300 copies CD housed in silver metallic tri-fold jacket

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  PHR-119
WHAM JAH
- Orgasm Against the Machine 3''CDR

In fully blown-out gypsy loudspeaker style, Wham Jah returns with a sex-rock battle into four plays. Ripping, filthy, ecstatic jams which praise metallic string stretching sound and yelling saxes over no-fi drumskin explosions and moaning synths with a passionate tension which lasts over 18 minutes. Would you ask for more?
Edition of 50 copies with double-sided folded color covers housed in pvc sleeves.

 
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  PHR-118
DEAD GUM
- REGAIN DEMO(N)S C30

This blend of recordings, consisted of home jams and early takes of the songs featured in "GAINER", is a complementary audio material to the above mentioned album and works like the transition path between SHIT-FI and $HI†-FI.
Edition of 60 copies with offset covers and magenta tapes.

 
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  PHR-117
OWLBITES
- S/T CDR

"Using field recordings (environment/manipulated bird songs), old piano recordings (memories) and guitar drones (fear), this is an exercise in the limitations of ambient music and it's trying to approach sound in a dynamic way, working consciously on forms and structures in order to create an illusion of order. ‘Owlbites' is nocturnal in its character and it's trying to explore the feeling of fear in an unfamiliar environment. On this occasion the field recordings were made after midnight in a abandoned house in the middle of a forest throughout a whole week of “nocturnal terror”. How do we cope with these feelings? We create our own imaginary familiar environment, full of happy memories from the past (childhood) and sounds that comfort us." -Owlbites
Edition of 60 copies with 1 color double-sided print on olive recycled paper with obi-strip.

 
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  PHR-115 (co-released w/ Viande Records + More Mars Team)
ARNAUD RIVIERE & MARIO[ASPEC[T]/ASPIRALE] / BALINESE BEAST
- SchengenShenzhen LP

'SchengenShenzhen' has just been dropped off and, oh boy, did this took quite a good deal of effort to come out as it not only assembles two of the most intriguing European noise/imrpov duos, namely Arnaud Rivière / Mario Gabola and Balinese Beast, it was also co-released under the aegis of three different labels, Athenian weirdo outlets Phase! and More Mars and Mario's own venture into improvised music, Viande Records.
The first side, moving closer to the harsher end of the spectrum, is dedicated to the documentation of a live collaboration from 2011 between Parisian turntable mutilator Arnaud Rivière who's using reconstructed phonographs and prepared mixing boards and Mario Gabola from Naples who is one half of Aspec(t) and one third of A Spirale - for the purposes of this recording he provides feedback and resonance by self-made instruments and percussion. The opening track, Fragment is a really hard-edged but neat assortment of hisses, distortion, percussive patterns, silence and feedback failures adorned towards the end by spastic crashes, howls and turntable onslaught. It Is Quite Complicate on the other hand is a way more solid artifact whose radio fragments of the first seconds give way to an avalanche of textured noise and monumental eruptions. This Is No Sax Song briefly closes the side with fast-paced flops, metallic clangs, chopped feedback and tiny pauses.
On the flip-side, Athenian charmers Balinese Beast (Giorgos Axiotis and Ilan Manouach), counting more than ten releases over the past four years, attempt here a shift from their usual frenzied and hyper-active cut-up style towards somehow longer structures - despite the fact that once again they succeed to pack five tracks in less than 18 minutes using their routine gadgetry of samplers, drum machines, no input mixers and free saxophones. Still, their material is hard to pin down. The opening track Pronounce features a really superb upright bass sample that acts as a nexus that holds the piece together and is occasionally decorated by sparse drum machine patterns and exquisite reed blowing. The static that opens Colcannon Night is held together by a constant metallic hum, gradually sliced by noises and sampled jazz tracks, ending with some sweet sax playfulness, while Midi Market features some oriental pipe patterns, overwhelmed by some Euro-dance sounding raw synth build-ups. Thanks Mom is a typical Balinese smart cut-up and rearrangement celebration but one of the highlights is the closing track La Dépêche De Tahiti, a true slow burner with an elegiac opening, a few slow moving layers of mournful sax and some delicate gestures on top of spiraling synth lines. Overall, a record that places all four of them in the highest ranks of the freak register.
Edition of 300 copies w/ screenprinted jackets, offset inners and hand-stamped labels.

 
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  PHR-114
vlubä
- Galactic Alignment I C60

Part one of a 2 cassette release (in diferent labels, the second 'Galactic Alignment' will be out in early 2015, vlubä offers a megalith of stalking freak-out, environ-mental drone music, using heavy ritualistic instantanés. In the groups' own words, "the galactic alignment is a conceptual double tape that talks about a confrontation between two regimes: the earth's beast and the cosmical psychic. Each one for their side complete a circumference in a cycle, one is represented by the beast from all fears of the earth civilization and the other one by the psychical man, traveler from the moon with all the multidimensional treasures from all the kingdoms. But, by the way, both together have a perfect work, that is the real powerful of to open and to loose high consciousness from their high vibration for the humanity. something like - - = +
please, feel free to play both tapes, each by their side, and let to flow the energy and open the portals"
Edition of 65 spraypainted tapes housed in vividly printed photo j-cards.

 
 
 
 


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  PHR-113
XYSM
- CH40 CD

XYSM, as an acronym, stands for the first names of Christos (in Greek: Χρίστος) Chondropoulos, Yannis Saxonis, Sèbastien Marteau and Manolis Chatzidakis. XYSM also stands out as an example of an outsider band that doesn’t go with the (global) flow but follows a maverick, visionary instinct. An instinct so strong and bold as to create an urge to experiment that is propelled by a juvenile thirst – combined with the maturity that stems from the long separate paths of the four musicians through the years.
“CH4O” is XYSM’s first proper release on a factory pressed CD, in a larger quantity, by a record company. Even though the band made these recordings for this purpose, it can surely be nothing more than just a glance of XYSM’s wide range of musical expression, aesthetics and amalgamated dynamics. This mini album focuses in the space exploration and restrained crescents created by percussion, modular electronics, reeds and amplified zither. Try to catch them in one of their rather infrequent live appearances, enjoy this album and be sure to check out some of their other recordings. You never know what the next track might be like.
Edition of 300 copies w/ oversisized, fold-out offset printing, housed in a PVC sleeve. Includes extensive liner notes by Panagiotis Spoulos.

 

   
 
 


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  PHR-112
ADAM_IS
- Calcinatio / Nigredo 2xCDR

Calcinatio is the first step in most alchemical processes, it is the thermal decomposition of a material. Elements are submitted to fire, superheating them until all impurities dissolve into ash. What's left is only that which is essential, only that which can embody the transcendent.
Nigredo, blackness, that which is blacker than black, means putrefaction or decomposition. The first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone where all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. The time of despair and disillusionment when an individual confronts the shadow within.
"Calcinatio / Nigredo" is Adam_is' (the man behind Putsum, Zombie Penguin and numerous other projects) most ambitious and self-defining work to-date: a dark, loner style, no-neck black blues journey into the depths of the loneliness of the self.
Edition of 200 copies w/ 3-color screenprinted custom gatefold cover, screenprinted inner and pro-printed CDRs.

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PHR-104
SEWN LEATHER
- Ροαξη Φινγερζζ ΒΣ. Ροψκ Σλινγερζζ 1-sided LP

Sewn Leather is a trigger, a road warrior, the punk that can be smoked. Somewhere between Whitehouse nihilism, Wolf Eyes' high pitched suffocation and evil Prodigy rhythmology, Griifin Pyn re-invents the 21st century punk! On "Ροαξη Φινγερζζ ΒΣ. Ροψκ Σλινγερζζ", he offers his four latest (and yet cleanest) songs, soaked in battery acid, swallow-ready for the confusion generation. Sewn Leather is real.
Edition of 200 copies w/ 1-color offset covers.

 
 
 
 


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PHR-103
BUDALAH / DEAD TRAVELLER
Split C40

Muddy, nihilistic freak-out non-musical jamz from Thessaloniki's mysterious trio Budalah (neither Buddha nor Allah) and an archival dictaphones and mics performance by Dead Traveller (Nicolas Malevitsis from Absurd fame) at Modern Art Museum of Skopje, 2004. Everything sounds so wrong to be true.
Edition of 70 cassettes w/ on-body printing.

 
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PHR-102
SARONGS
- S/T C30

Sarongs were a 5-piece from Syracuse, New York which shook things up w/ sweaty DIY house shows and an awkward sound which confused everyone. When all other bands were dealing w/ playful garage warmth, Sarongs were making stripped-down minimal prog w/ doses of post punk, witty lyrics and raw, focused energy. Always true, often political, way ahead of their times. This is a reissue of the first Sarongs cassette that was released in 2011 by Prison Art / Velidoxi Records, not to be confused w/ the also eponymous LP that followed a year later.
Edition of 100 cassettes w/ on-body printing and multi-fold j-card w/ excerpts of the only Sarongs interview, courtesy of "Bande a Part" zine.

 
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PHR-100
BALINESE BEAST / WHAM JAH
Split LP

A long time in the works, we finally drop off a true early 10's Athens underground artifact. Two of the most active Greek bands, Balinese Beast (the cut-up stomp-punch destruction duo of Ilan Manouach and Giorgos Axiotis) and Wham Jah (the free-form rambunctious electrical mayhem of Pavlos Gkousios, Kostadis Michail and Panagiotis Spoulos) deliver two sides of an eye-sparkling platter filled w/ energy, persistence, baffle and soothing noise. Two entirely different approaches, one strong heart endorsing in musical poodle-like affection.
Edition of 300 copies w/ stamped labels, offset covers and offset obi-strips housed in a heavy duty poly sleeve.

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  PHR-96
NEDERLAGET
- To Feil Er Bedre Enn En Rett C20

New superstar death-duo by the northern sound assassins Sindre Bjerga & Lasse Marhaug. Their first proper release (so proper that has been "recorded at the best studio in Oslo", as stated in the release credits) contains 20 minutes of freezing cold electronic (non) music, which hardly restrains from exploding in your face in the most brutal way you could imagine. It is, indeed, a fine balancing act of accurate controlled power cut-ups from hands who don't need to prove anything or, at the very most, raise the middle finger. Bravely.
Edition of 100 tapes w/ on-body printing housed in vividly printed photo j-cards.

 
   
 
 


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  PHR-95 (co-released w/ Πτώματα κάτω απ' το Κρέβατι & Mafia)
PHIL MINTON & DYLAN NYOUKIS
- Live in Athens 1-sided LP

"it was in dhalgren that i had read about a father getting fired, and who trying not to depress his family about it, wakes up every day, shaves, dresses himself up, has breakfast and leaves for his "work". where does his spent his almost 8 to 10 hours? a mystery. perhaps crying on a park's bench or drinking or whatever. however, there are times when reality creates even more dystopian images than those in sam delaney's aforementioned opus... it was through such events that our interest in the human voice was brought again forward, and it was upon a discussion on the instruments that we might fancy to hear after the quake of our mechanized world, that we decided on the human voice. it was something that evolved naturally, as since the depression's outbreak, little by little we've started digging recordings of the human voice (voice as the original instrument to quote joan la barbara's classic recording). so when the idea of setting up a live set focused only on the human voice came up, the names of phil minton and dylan nyoukis were thrown on the table immediately and without hesitation we invited them for what turned out to be one the most physical and vital live sets we had set up for a looong time. a set of vocal pirouettes and juxtapositions between dylan and phil which send us flying for almost half an hour that night at the basement of knot gallery and once again fueled our enthusiasm for adventure and quest. besides this, it turned into a great opportunity for 3 fellow conceptualists (ourselves) to collaborate on something they fancied and out of their enthusiasm this document is being released." Nicolas Malevitsis, October 2012
Numbered edition of 300, w/ screenprinted covers designed and printed by MPA Designs.

 

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http://www.vitalweekly.net/856.html

   
 
 


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PUTSUM
- Afro Black Metal C60

Three Putsum live performances which took place between late 2011 and early 2012. He proved that Vlad Tepes Dracula was a vegetarian using a caustic reference to reality TV, shouted that Black Metal is not a caucasian-male exclusive benefit, and ressurrected Christ to a fucking zombie, which is something more rational, by the way. The Putsum performances stand between conceptual art, arte povera and punk actionism but the music itself has something else: the unique blended sequence of a madman's mind. You might not get the whole picture, but you are surely getting another view of this great project!
Tour only cassette, in an edition of 65 copies w/ screenprinted fold-out j-cards. Limited stock, catch Putsum on the road w/ Bazooka and Gay Anniversary all over Europe this May. Tour dates here.

   
   
 
         

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PHR-81
DJ MISTAKES
- 1-sided LP

“DJ mistakes are two exercise bicycle driven turntables fabricated and ridden by Casey Farnum and Elliot Hess. This project re-introduces spontaneity into the DJ experience and asks how production and industry have assembled to create a listening experience quite different from the hand-cranked turntables it was initially borne from. With a shrug to the practice of crystallizing performances and their reception through vinyl and the audiophile entertainment- center this project re-introduces human touch into the listening experience. It looks back nostalgically to a time when gears and bicycles were the stuff of aural and physical revolutions. Yet it also seeks a contemporary framework in the DJ era where cutting and mixing revolutionized production making it both unpredictable and live. Bikes, turntables, gongs, a mixer, records, and a microphone all mash in this recording live from the Chicken Hut and 1086 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 2006-7.” Phil Schapp, 2011
Limited numbered edition of 200 copies on 1-sided 12”LP, offset covers on metallic paper + inners.

 

Here's a wicked DJ Mistakes performance at the University of Iowa:

And here's another one from WFMU:

   
         
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FEEL ALRIGHT
- Hahahahahaha 1-sided LP

"First time on vinyl, Tonal Plexus breaks its cherry with an essential, instant-classic, soulful re-issue: Feel Alright’s debut album (previously released on cassette format only).
Black 140 gr vinyl, limited edition of 250 copies. Housed in an offset printed jacket on 350 gsm cardstock with 29x29cm double-sided insert.

Feel Alright from Calgary, Canada is the singer/songwriter solo moniker of Craig Elliott Fahner. The eight songs that appear in the original version of “Hahahahahaha” carry a neo-psychedelic, garage pop texture and with witty, ultra-catchy songwriting abilities and skillful/soulful performance, they truly place this album at the No.1 spot of the genre. It’s like the quintessence of pop lyricism, which hits bull’s-eye to the heart of the listener. It’s like the record you fall in love with within the first couple of seconds. It’s like past and future blend with present and make you feel eternal. It’s like the best album any Oh See never wrote. Just listen to it and reading this will be unnecessary.

“With toes (and microphones) dipped all over North America, Montreal-by-way-of-Calgary’s Feel Alright despoil the bountiful splendor of granulated catch. Craig Fahner’s vocal vacation sails dreamily, steady groovin’ along the sun’s riff-o-rays as our subverted ear plunges into the infinite garden of a hook-filled mind. Top of the pops! A grippers delight!” Weird Canada

“Feel Alright is the brainchild of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Alberta artist Craig Fahner, a gentle reconstruction of avant-la-lettre garage pop that conflates at least three decades of raw, distinctly lo-fi guitar music.” No Fear of Pop

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CHRIS FORSYTH & NATE WOOLEY
- Third LP

"We’ve been great fans of ‘The Duchess of Oysterville’, the first outing from the duo of Chris Forsyth & Nate Wooley on cd some years ago on Creative Sources (with a follow-up later on Chocolate Monk), and had been looking for an opportunity to work with them if possible. Their duo is one of those cases that reveal different and unexpected qualities from the participants, and points to a third mind of shorts at play, a meeting that seems to open up the two towards an underexplored territory. With a palette consisting of guitar and trumpet, they make together music that often focuses on an ugly/beautiful scorched earth territory of hissing subtlety. ‘Third’ was recorded live in concert on March 16, 2013 in Philadelphia and mastered by Bhob Rainey.
Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist and composer whose work often assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he’s recently released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock, including 2014’s Intensity Ghost (No Quarter) that have brought his music to the attention of a wider audience. Forsyth first became active in the experimental scene in the 2000s as a founding member of the unclassifiable experimentalists Peeesseye (w/ Fritz Welch & Jaime Fennelly). He’s also collaborated with Tetuzi Akiyama, Nate Wooley, Shawn Hansen, Koen Holtkamp, Chris Heenan, and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. He is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in Philadelphia.
New York based trumpeter Nate Wooley has performed on over 100 recordings. Increasingly acknowledged internationally, Wooley’s specific style is part of a burgeoning revolution in experimental trumpet technique with the likes of improvisers Evan Parker, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Thurston Moore. His own compositions expand conceptions of linguistic based embouchure manipulation and utilize the trumpet to control amplified feedback." - Rekem Records

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blackhumour
- Selected Pieces CD

"since the time i came across 'romance' LP (on korm plastics, netherlands) and the 'two women' tape (on sph, spain) almost 20 years ago fell in love with the work of blackhumour, and his simple but Immersive way of playing with the human voice (be it found sound or recorded by himself), its transformation and the way he perceived his universe and his approach. in 'selected pieces' we find recordings done mostly in the 00's culled from his archives for this release showing in almost the best way his sound in various manifestations (be it harsh, bizarre or mesmerizing like the 'incantatory' piece based upon the sounds of a hypno-dominatrix). and couldn't find a better release to coincide with the outbreak of my new fanzine 'emvoes'. housed in a foldout poster this release can be seen either as a cd, an audiopostcard, an audiozine or whatever situation the listener wants to find himself into..." -Noise Below

"i've been totally obsessed with this disc the last week. ia very nice compilation with six cuts from this low-key project, have been doing some research with niot much luck but that is alright. the premise is so simple, 'since 1983, blackhumour audio has used the sound of found object spoken human voice - no effects, nio reverb, no speed - or back-masking - to create a four-dimensional poetry'. words chopped and sliced and fucked with, it's all very basic sounding stuff that evolves int ohypnotic, zonked-out awesomeness. i like being happy, i like being satisfied, yeah, but after a while it's just i likejkekeesatssefihaappyie... cheap presentation, just a paper with some information folded into a cd-sleeve, but it suits the actual content perfectly well. could easily see my life getting slightly improved with a nice box set with a few more hours of this." -Fördämning Fanzine

 
 
 
 


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HUMAN ADULT BAND
- Trash Pickin' 7"

"The Butthole Surfers of the East coast are at it again. Not that region matters all that much when you’re living the dream of what punk could have been. This two song 45rpm 7” hits the perfect pitch of post-punk grunge which had the smart ones shouting ‘the Americans are coming!’ in 1987. Think of The Surfers, The Cows, Truman’s Water. Maybe not something you’d expect to come out of New Brunswick, but maybe I’m overthinking it for you. Albini-meanie but foremost about rock and roll like San Diego’s fluf, Trevor Pennsylvania sings about his muse on “Garbage & th’ Trees.” It’s got AmRep brutality and Subterranean Pop irony. “Night Terrors” is suitably darker, splicing anthemic verses with a steely-cold spasm in between – a rare moment of instrumental freedom for the Human Adult Band, and the only place no trace of humor can be found. Sometimes dreams can be the harsher reality.” -Animal Psi

 
 
 
 


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No Artist - The Answer Tapes C60

"The answer tapes are a series of found and stolen answering machine tapes compiled by michael barker. the tapes were aquired from 2000-2005 in maryland, delaware, new jersey, new york, and pennsylvania USA. following in the footsteps of memorial day 2000 this release uncovers the underworld of the american psyche through abandoned media. Over 26 tracks and 65 minutes you will find such gems as the couple with alzheimers, gossip, angry parents, missing persons, cysts and scorned lovers. A sociological document of discarded human existence." -Sendhelp

This is a cassette reissue of the Heresee CDR release "The Answer Tapes". Edition of 100 screen printed red cassettes. Highly Recommended!!!

 
 
 
 


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EMBARKER
- S/T LP

"The frenetic stop-and-go nature of Michael Barker's first full-length album finds influence in the drum ‘n' bass/drill ‘n' bass methodology of IDM'ers like Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Leaning towards the harsher ends of the noise spectrum, it emanates a sweaty air of the dance floor, fed through a hyperactive postmodern wrecking machine. It seems reasonable that Barker, with his unrelenting barrage of violently spazzing consumer electronics and harried array of circuits gone wild, might successfully spearhead a whole new genre dubbed “plutonium powered jack hammer ‘n' bass“ if he so chose to. Embarker isn't just all high-octane, energy drink-fueled pummel. He undoubtedly mixes it up, often letting space into the mix and allowing sounds to pulse, wheeze, cough, and sputter. When he allots time to brood, the effects are as worthwhile as the stench of burned rubber seaming off the vinyl (think Wolf Eyes buildup, with its throbbing bass and malaise vocals). “Resident Beardo” throws more elements into the wretched stew, revolving around the leitmotif of a circuit-bent loop, while “Bring Me the Head of JM” is a vitriolic condemnation of cut-up power electronics that takes unrepentantly from the book of William Bennett. Closer “Elizabeth City,” with its backwards synths, washes of digital noise, and intermittent throb, showcases Barker's more cosmic longings. The fact that he allows the album to breathe and gestate in lieu of digital histrionics and electroshock flow prevents the album from becoming too monochromatic, making it an extremely solid noise debut." - Tiny Mix Tapes

 
 
 
 


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HATCHERS
- S/T C40

"HATCHERS is the electronics and drums duo of Michael Barker and Brian Osborne. HATCHERS' self titled release is a 40 minute ride through a rich terrain the two have developed after nine years of collaborating in George Steeltoe Ensemble and Sharks With Wings. In this first release the two set off on their own using Mb’s modified and homemade instruments, drum machine, and modular synth, while Brian joins in on a stripped down drum kit augmented by tapes, contact mics, bells and gongs." -Sendhelp

 
 
 
 


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Big City Orchestra
- Drone Gnomes 10"

"Acoustic trance by San Francisco's great masters of obscure atmospheric noises... artwork by well-known illustrator Mike Dringenberg !!! Light blue colour vinyl with special marmor-effect, 4-colour covers & labels ! 5th part in the new 10"series by Drone Records ... lim. 500. sealed copies." - Drone Records

 
 
 
 


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KOSTIS KILYMIS
- Bethnal Greener LP

Rekem Records presents the latest release by label producer Kostis Kilymis. Living in London since 2012, Bethnal Greener perfectly documents life in the capital, “this Roman shell”. The possibilities and the impossible, the dirt and the light, the highs and the lows.

‘Bethnal Greener’ showcases his most varied work to date, combing the delicacy and form of his lowercase improvised electronics with the full bodied sonic noise palette found on the 2012 Entr'acte release, More Noise Ahead. ‘Stepney Way’ features static clicks, almost forming a beat but not quite, with discrete sonic elements suggesting a rendering of the industrial buildings of Stepney as grooves on this record. The key to the album could be considered to be ‘The Ghost In The Typewriter (for Leif Elggren)’, encapsulating flickering panned buzzing, obnoxious then subtle sine waves, sculpted feedback, and what could well be the rumblings of a contact mic’d tower block, creating an 12-minute opus that the dedicatee would be proud of. Mastered by Jacques Beloeil. -Rekem Records

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SLICING GRANDPA
- Untitled 7"

Low vibration americana. Three tracks of previously released Grandpa goodness (from long gone tape and cdr editions) that begged for vinyl treatment. The raunchy boogie stomp menace of Grandpa IV, the hedonistic early-industrial vibe of Fuck You and the epic slow burner Falling On Grace that channels a underwater bridge from Berkeley to Port Chalmers. Each gatefold photocopy cover features two different colourized paste-ons. Labels are hand written and drawn. Every Little Skull Dude is a new experience. One time edition of 150 copies.

“Archival single by this presumably still-existant West Coast post-form ensemble. These tracks remind me a bit of the very early Jackie-O Motherfucker stuff. It`s a chaotic melange of noise with free rock action underneath and hints of bad attitude galore” Byron Coley/The Wire 08/12

"Grandpa IV" is no-fi swamp-dogging, reminds me of a really fucked Beck track with a death metal riff, drums out of a can and zombies on backing vox. A great tune that I wouldn't mind people hearing as their intro to the "band". "Fuck You" is industrial-style fuckery, hammering drum box on repeat, feedback as instrument and a loopy thing that sounds like a reverbed spring or electrified coil or some shit. Noise, noise, noise. B-Side is "Falling On Grace", a fidelity-free droner, with muffled screams, creepily building guitars and live drums adding up to an eerie noisescape that sounds like it's slowly being smothered with a pillow or submerged in a vat of glue. Arty and frightening” Rich Kroneis/Terminal Boredom

 
 
 
 


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DEAD GUM
- Doubleganger CDR

Dead Gum is the solo project of Panagiotis Spoulos (other projects of his include: Reverse mouth, Wham Jah, Postblue, and running Phase! Records), from Athens, Greece. This past summer we toured with Dead Gum in Greece and we were blown away every night. Doubleganger is quite a journey, the constant thread seems to be loner style electric guitar that feels like the end of it all … quite, desolate, brutal, noisy, and 100% sincere. Handmade screen printed Art work by Colleen Kinsella (10 songs – 38 minutes)

   
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  IRA.C001
V/A - 2 HMEΡΕΣ ΑΦΙΕΡΩΜΕΝΕΣ ΣΤΟΝ ΗΧΗΤΙΚΟ ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝΙΚΟ ΑΥΤΟΣΧΕΔΙΑΣΜΟ CS

A documentation of the Festival that took place at 22-23/10/10 in Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.K.T). Two days dedicated to electronic sound improvisation.

SIDE A-Plink, Adam is, Goosli noise (Russia),
SIDE B -Georgios Karamanolakis, Dead Gum, Mecha/Orga, Analog Suicide (Turkey).

Limited to 100 copies.

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