CDs + Vinyl:
Edip Akbayram & Dostlar – Nice Yıllara Gülüm [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Remastered reissue of the third album by Turkish psychedelic singer Edip Akbayram, originally released in 1982. At this point in his career Akbayram really ramped up the silly synthesizers. Hear whooshy ’80s Rolands, vocals run through a harmonizer, and tons of totally tubular bass popping—it’s easy to hear the boundaries of the western intros and breaks. Ever wish Knight Rider’s KITT could drive to İstanbul? Take a ride on cheesy synthesizers with Edip at the wheel.
Fatima Al Qadiri – Brute CD (Hyperdub)
“After releasing an album with her underground supergroup Future Brown last year, the New York-based, Kuwait-bred musician returns as a solo artist for Brute, a follow-up to her sinogrime-inspired 2014 debut album Asiatisch. Brute explores themes of authority and ‘the relationship between police, citizens and protest worldwide, particularly of her adopted home in the United States,’ according to the label; concerns made visible in the album’s cover art, which depicts the Josh Kline sculpture ‘Po-Po’ heavily altered by art director Babak Radboy. The album ‘teeters between rage and despair,’ heard through ‘restrained percussion, sampled and processed recordings of urban protest, and [Al Qadiri’s] signature minor progressions,’ the label adds” – Fact Mag. Vinyl edition due April 1.
The Algorithm – Brute Force CD (Fixt)
The brainchild of talented French DJ, producer, and guitarist Rémi Gallego, The Algorithm infuses modern metal riffs and rhythms with a menagerie of electronic sub-genres such as IDM, chiptune, drum & bass, and trap, concocting his own style of fiercely heavy and individual music.
American Babies – An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
American Babies is the pseudonym under which Philadelphia-based songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Tom Hamilton can be found creating his most personal and idiosyncratic work. Known for his relentless creative drive, Hamilton also shares his time with bands including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Billy & The Kids (featuring Grateful Dead drummer Billy Kreutzmann) and Electron. It’s American Babies, however, that’s the home to which he always returns. And thus Hamilton is back once again with American Babies’ fourth studio album, An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark. True to its title, the songs assembled for this latest effort seem to define epic in sound and spirit. The opening track “Synth Driver” is a sprawling, seven minute-plus, War On Drugs-meets-Springsteen surge that’s spills over with despair, but finds hope in its darkest hours.
Guy Andrews – Our Spaces CD (Houndstooth)
Renowned electronic music producer Guy Andrews presents his debut album. Ignoring previously used DJ-friendly structures, tempos, and mixdowns, Our Spaces breathes a new power and directness; this paradigm shift is evident throughout the album, with its emphatic percussion, reeling distortions, and rare sensitivity.
Karl Appel – Musique Barbare [Reissue/1963] CD/LP (Sub Rosa)
First reissue of Dutch abstract expressionist painter Karel Appel’s 1963 masterpiece of musique concrète. A fantastic mix of electric organ fumblings, full-on riots of distorted kettle drum, and assorted percussion-room filigrees assembled into an extremely edit-heavy suite with significant tape-speed manipulation.
B-Legit – What We Been Doin’ CD (Black Armor)
Fourth album by the West Coast rapper – featuring guest appearances by Ric Roc & Harm, Young Buck & Skip, E-40, Too $hort, Suga Free, J’Rilla, Yountie, Ray J and Levitti.
B-Movie – Climate Of Fear CD/2xLP (Cleopatra)
UK new wave icons, B-Movie, best known for their 1982 international smash hit single “Nowhere Girl,” return with a brand new album, Climate Of Fear, featuring all four original founding members.
Baauer – Aa CD/LP (LuckyMe)
Aa (pronounced ‘double a’) is a record that could only be made by a kid born of New York inspired by rap and dance music culture, traveling the globe sampling and processing found sounds. This is bright, stadium, urban dance music from the 26-year-old Portuguese New Yorker (via London and Philadelphia) known as Harry Rodrigues. With special guests Future, Pusha T, M.I.A, Novelist, Leikeli47, Rustie and Tirzah, also continuing his visual collaboration with multi-medium artist, Jonathan Zawada.
Bitchin Bajas and Bonny Prince Billy – Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties contains moments of tranquility and trance, with the players integrating their separate ways, vibing off each other, making songs together. Bonny is at his spirit-melting celestial best wandering through a lifetime of fortunes that amount, when incanted, to a prayer to the god of many names. The Bajas access to the universal aural paintbox is unparalleled; their reach is deep. And it all went down onto a two-track reel-to-reel in primitive left-right seps that helped to define their ability to finish it in mixing.
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop album of all time.” The album highlights The Body’s musical adaptability as they swiftly combine and bend genres, taking their signature doom heaviness and incorporating electronic and dance elements.
The Bonnevilles – Arrow Pierced My Heart CD (Alive)
Great garage punk blues in the style of Left Lane Cruiser, Black Keys, and James Leg. Vinyl edition due April 15.
Boris with Merzbow – Gensho 2xCD (Relapse)
Boris with Merzbow – Gensho – Part One 2xLP+MP3 (Relapse)
Boris with Merzbow – Gensho – Part Two 2xLP+MP3 (Relapse)
Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon,” Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets). The Boris songs are completely new, percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band’s storied catalog, while Merzbow’s songs are entirely new compositions.
Ulli Bowmans – Sort By Dragging CD (Shitkatapult)
German artist Ulli Bomans presents the immense, gloomy, captivating Sort By Dragging, his second album under his given name. The dense arrangements of noise, rhythm, and traces of acoustic melodies recall Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, while also bearing parallels to Bomans’s sculptural and visual art in the album’s passage from Bremen to Detroit and back.
Peter Brötzmann/Fred Hopkins/Peter Rashied Ali – Songlines [Reissue/1994] CD/2xLP (Trost)
Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tárogató; Fred Hopkins: double bass; Rashied Ali: drums. Recorded by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers, October 30 and 31, 1991, in Berlin.
Dennis Brown – Dubbing At King Tubby’s CD (Jamaican Recordings)
Dennis Brown has always been cited as Jamaica’s favorite singer. While Bob Marley set out to conquer the world, Brown’s popularity on the island grew with every year. His most prolific period is said to be with producer Niney the Observer, who led the singer down a more roots-oriented avenue and put Brown on some of his heaviest rhythms, which were then mixed by the Dub Master himself, King Tubby. Dubbing At King Tubby’s collects tracks from this period, when the Crown Prince of Reggae met Niney the Observer at King Tubby’s.