CDs + Vinyl:
Abysmal Lord – Disciples Of The Inferno CD (Hell’s Headbangers)
Vinyl version due February 19.
Aucan – Stelle Fisse CD (Kowloon)
Founded on the concept of permanent crisis and continual refinement, Italian trio Aucan seams together hypnotic live rhythms and moody electronics using a precise, minimalist post-rock approach. Much evolved from their origins as a math-rock outfit, Aucan’s gear and synth collection expanded over the years informs the band’s current incarnation which is most notorious for their striking 100% hardware live shows.
John Barry – Early Soundtracks And Singles 1963-1966 3xCD (Fantastic Voyage)
Original soundtracks for Zulu and Four In The Morning and Ember Singles Plus (including early James Bond themes).
Benny Sings – Studio CD/LP (Jakarta)
Benny Sings is a Dutch vocalist and songwriter whose music embraces the sunny melodic structures of pop music from the 1960s and ’70s, while fusing them with arrangements and production influenced by hip-hip and electronic music.
Bibio – Fi [Reissue/2005] CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Bibio’s debut album Fi (originally released on the Mush imprint) scored instant credibility in 2005 with a ringing endorsement from Boards Of Canada’s Marcus Eoin, which summed up the record percectly: “Bibio is the antidote to the modern laptopia of pristine electronic music, curing us with majestic drones, gnarly disintegrating guitars and warbling tape loops filtered through your parent’s broken 1970’s hi-fi.”
Björk – Vulnicura Strings CD (One Little Indian)
Björk presents a strings version of her highly-acclaimed eighth studio studio album Vulnicura, officially titled Vulnicura Strings. The original version of Vulnicura layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen chair orchestra. The new version is musically wholly comprised of strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and strings recorded by a Viola Organista. Björk used the only Viola Organista in the world to perform some of the arrangements; an instrument which was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime. The instrument uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ). The instrument was recorded in Krakow, Poland by it’s constructor Slawomir Zubrzycki and here is where the album reached completion. Vinyl version due December 11.