The former site of Folkestone's Rotunda pleasure beach is now a hub of heavy ground work and investment. The latest in a long line of regeneration projects that have been bestowed upon our town. The song Rotunda speaks of cycles.. and it strikes me where Folkestone was in the early-mid 90s, industry and tourism sucked from the town. In the interim, we've been lucky enough to have a generous benefactor buy lots of run down properties and land, and gradually pull the towns socks up.... But I can't help but notice, situated right behind the Creative Quarter, the East Folkestone medical practice, just closed... 4000 people now without GP care. It's been reported this week at least one more practice in the town is having to consider handing back their contracts too. Our limp and pathetic local and county council, under conservative control are unable or unwilling to intervene, our national government, not interested. It strikes me how reliant our town has had to become, on a philanthropist, and how impotent our elected representatives are in a privatised world..... It makes me think of the cyclical nature of things... the social and economic climate of the late 1800's and exactly how dependent the poor were on the wealthy... and what socialism gave to the lower classes; dignity, autonomy, health, education in the middle of the twentieth century.
Folkestone artists Joel Snowman collaborates with us on this with his photography and stunning editing. His work magnifies the contrasts that have existed in an important place in a small seaside town over a twenty year period. He is from Folkestone, works and lives in the town and I think has captured a real essence of what has been lost, what might be, and what it all might have cost us.
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We're absolutely over the moon to be able to present our inaugural radio show from our new monthly series, SALVATION TIME. Our friends at Ramsgate Music Hall kindly asked us to be a part of their incredible new project, which you can view and stream all the other shows here. We fully recommend that you get acquainted!
Stream our show at Ramsgatemusichall.com, Mixcloud, or here!
MINISTRY - ALL DAY (ADRIAN SHERWOOD REMIX)
HARARI - GOOD VIBES
AFRICAN HEADCHARGE - SHAKE IN THE GOAL
HAPPY MEALS - IF YOU WANT ME NOW
JENNY HVAL - PERIOD PIECE
THE COMET IS COMING - JOURNEY THROUGH THE ASTEROID BELT
GNOD AND WHITE HILLS - DROP OUT
THE SEMI-COLON - NDIA EGBUO NDIA
VIDEODRONES - THE THEME FROM MONDO FEROX
DEMDIKE STARE - HARDNOISE
QUIRINO DO CANTO - MINO DI MAMA
HENRI TEXIER - LES LA-BAS
DAVID SHINE - THE THEME FROM THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123
As we wrap up the year, We've spent the last couple of weeks wrangling with our favourite releases. It is based on the staff's tastes, not what's in stock, or what we need to shift, or anything cynical like that, this serves as a true reminder of what has stuck with the three of us as the year has gone on.
We've divided the hundred titles in to 'new', 'compilations' and 'reissues' for ease. Scroll down, it'll make sense. Cheers!
We had an inkling we’d like this LP a lot, last year’s Apocalypse, Girl was waaaay up on our list. Hval is pushing pop music right down the avant-rabbit hole. She’s fierce, un-comparable, gentle and engaging. Best record to come out this year. Listen/Buy
Just extremely listable. Jazz, but clearly rooted in punk. It’s in the delivery, see, they walk it like a punk band. Took me a few listens, mind.
KAS has been busy this year, but this LP was a bit of a shock for me. It passed me by initially, and it took a timely order from a tasteful customer (Thanks Paul!) to make me pay attention. Part Terry Riley, Part The Knife, this LP slithers around like a kaleidoscopic snake. Absolutely enthralling from start to finish. Listen/Buy
Well. WELL. I was the sole fan of Cupid Deluxe at HS HQ. Sticking it on garnered tuts and huffs amongst the nay-saying miserablists I’m stood with all day. WELL. Didn’t I have the last laugh? Dev Hynes’ journey through 80’s pop and avant performance culture filtered by a Lou Reed-esque narrative is simply getting better and better. His nods are firmly looking at Arthur Russell, Michael Jackson, Prince, and let me tell you, it’s fine with me. Listen/Buy
Expanding to a duo has only served Xam, now Xam Duo well. Tripped out, pastoral modular sermons and brass offerings that recall Eno’s early 80’s work. Brilliant, pure and simple. Listen/Buy
I’m still waiting for a full length after the incredible Apero EP, but this has served as a delicious stop-gap in the mean time. 70’s Parisian chanteuse meets New York disco thump in possibly the most beautifully packaged release this year. Night School Rules OK. Listen/Buy
From the cover, and from the line up, I was expecting a near aesthetic follow-up to Terrestrials by Sunn0)) and Ulver. What we got was an effervescent free jazz meditation simply looking at Doom metal rather than ever actually touching it. Listen/Buy
Under The Sun
This is a really accessible album, Pritchard has tastefully examined modern electronica, techno, acid-folk and pop without losing focus. In fact he’s mastered that all-too rare talent of actually pulling it all together with a convincing cohesion, leaving his contemporaries in the dust. Listen/Buy
The ‘white witch of ambient music’ returns with more ethereal compositions that sit somewhere between minimalism and pop form. Beautiful and haunting. Listen/Buy
The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits
There’s definitely a ‘slew’ of a certain type of band at the moment. Badbadnotgood, Melt Yourself Down, Guerrilla Toss etc. The Comet Is Coming are a group of humans that rock a frenetic, but true jazz. This record fizzes with tribal, afro-futurist prog sentiment that in all honesty, shouldn't work on such an energetic level, but they’re taking cues from Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as Cinematic Orchestra and well, it just works. Listen/Buy
Forward Constant Motion
Shabaka And The Ancestors
Wisdom Of Elders
Hot Salvation / TAAE
Too Many Voices
The DIsco’s Of Imhotep
Pye Corner Audio
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith | Suzanne Ciani
Idris Ackamor And The Pyramids
We Be All Africans
Space Dimension Controller
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
In My Room
Africans With Mainframes
Blast First Petite
Axe Laid to The Root
Blackest Ever Black
Hot Salvation / TAAE
Running Out Of Love
Circles Of Upper Hell
The Hope Six Demolition Project
The Future Ooze
Post Pop Depression
Rice Is Nice
Sarah Mary Chadwick
Roses Always Die
Ian William Craig
No Perfect Wave
Eyes On The Lines
Bad Seed LTD
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
A Moon Shaped Pool
Bat For Lashes
Thor and Friends
Thor and Friends
Blackest Ever Black
Carla Dal Forno
You Know What It’s Like
La Vida Es Un Mus
No One Deserves Happiness
Day To Day
Kids Of The Lughole
Return To Sky
Adrian Sherwood: At The Controls Vol 2
I’ve been addicted to the output of On-U Sound this year, from the just excellent reissues of Missing Brazilians, Singers and Players and African Headcharge, to the new collab with Nisennenmondai. This new comp collects some absolute gems of Adrian Sherwood’s production career, from the deep cuts of Lee Perry or Dub Syndicate, to the early Industrial throw of Ministry, there’s a thick, apocalyptic overtone that colours all his work. In times like these, this hasn't sounded fresher in decades. Listen/Buy
Britxotica Goes East!
Mr Trunk saw fit to build on the first surprise instant-classic Britxotica! comp with this more Persian flavoured curation. Includes the certified cheeky-banger Climb Up The Wall by Yana. Viva Britxotica! Listen/Buy
Space Echo (The Mystery behind the Cosmic Sound of the Cabo Verde finally revealed)
Hand me my late-pass, Space Echo is my embarrassingly untimely introduction to Analog Africa. Don't worry, I’m up to speed now! This comp landed like a bomb on my deck, from the laid back chill of Bana’s Pontin Pontin to Mino De Mana by Quirico De Canto, my absolute favourite track in my DJ set this year, hands down. Listen/Buy
Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth
Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock 1972-77 Vol 2
Malawi Originals Records By Hugh Tracy
PUNK 45: Chaos In The City Of Angels and Devils (Punk in LA 77-81)
New York Noise (Dance Music From The New York Underground 77-82)
Cease and Desist
Boombox (Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-82)
An obscure, short lived band from Tanzania, thankfully Strut gathered their output on to this excellent double LP. Part afro-fuzz rock, influenced by Santana, part Fela Kuti soul-jazz. What is clear form this LP is the bands obvious love for western rock and Hendrix; there are way licks scattered over this polyrhythmic set liberally and masterfully. SO Brilliant! Listen/Buy
Ape Of Naples
The post-Tom Waits industrialism of Tattooed Man, The futuristic synth pop of Heaven’s Blade, and the cinematic minimal electronica of Teenage Lightning 2005, Ape Of Naples was a latter-period masterwork from the legendary Coil, and a well overdue re-release, and merely highlighting how much we miss musicians of this calibre in 2016. Listen/Buy
Worlds Experience Orchestra
The Beginning Of A New Birth | As Time Flows On
This one was a shock. I’m certainly in my ‘discovery phase’ with regards to Jazz. I’m loving works by Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders and so on. This LP that we were lucky to get in the store is from a little known band from Boston, Mass in 1975. Track ‘The Prayer’ will take anything from Organic Music Society on and give it a run for it’s money let me tell you. Totally blissful cosmic free jazz of the highest order. Listen/Buy
It's been a year and a half since we opened our first shop in Folkestone, and 8 months since we opened the doors in our new permanent and beautiful store.
This Spring sees the beginning of a collaboration with Bramley's in Canterbury. A place we helped decorate for doors opening, almost ten years ago. All these years later, and its a natural setting for us to have a weekly concession in the beautiful medieval city centre.
You can catch us on Sunday May 1st from midday, which also doubles as the release party for THE FUTURE OOZE LP by Sans Pareil on Hot Salvation. From then on, you will be able to shop with us EVERY SATURDAY from 12pm until 5pm
We will be bringing the very best in new music to Canterbury; Electronica, Avant Garde, Jazz, Punk, Metal, Soul, Ska and Dub, Soundtrack, Psych, Garage and more.
Despite being a light 4-track EP, this has their most vital work to-date. Folding post-punk, apocalyptic sci-fi, acid folk and trip hop into their Can-heavy catalogue is a master-stroke, and done with ease and confidence. Cannot wait for LP three.
Simply the most interesting and engaging piece of Post-Rock or Neo-classical music this year. Excellent stuff rolling in from Nils Frahm, Godspeed etc, but this LP is just a cut above in it's delivery and mood throughout. at points, truly haunting, and others, saturated in beauty.
Modern pop music as imagined by an academic sonic arts composer. Herndon manages to interpret Grimes, Beyonce, and Dance Music using futurism, minimalism, avant garde techniques and some weird, non-musical influences. Brilliant.
As dense as any work as he's produced before, A Year with 13 Moons pulls the 4AD 80's catalogue, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and even Merzbow into a hazy, nostalgic wall of noise. At its most monolithic, this is the euphoric, sunset-on-the-beach alter-ego of SunnO))), and rumbles and shakes huge warm waves of tone through the speakers.
I've been an on/off fan of Hey Colossus since their first LP (and my first record-store job). This LP will be regarded as their seminal work, I have no doubt. They have pushed the boundaries of doom/noise/rock/metal or whatever, to new levels of creativity. Opening with an almost Eno-like ambient synth track, they then launch into what becomes equal parts Beefheart, Can and Jesus Lizard. Whats so impressive about this, is with how large the group is, and how potentially dense and un-dynamic this could be, they have mastered texture and dynamics like a group playing together for over ten years should be able to. They can assault with a three-guitar riff, and change to a whisper in a master-stroke. The tracks are psychedelic, modal, and colourful in tone, if you buy one rock LP this year, make it this one.
There's been such interesting and challenging pop music these last five years it feels like the underground is taking the genre back, and the word is once again, clean and a badge of honour. No more evident is this in Sacred Bones' release of Jenny Hval's latest LP. Sonically and compositionally there are touches of Bjork, Lennon and Ono, Serge Gainsbourg, and hip-hop. Anchored by members of Jaga Jazzist and Swans, Hval has produced a piece of work so powerful, feminine, confrontational and down-right catchy, I've found myself coming back to it again and again.
There's been a slew of excellent punk and post punk this year, Sauna Youth, DIAT, Negative Scanner, Institute, Safewords, Flesh World, Dawn Of Humans, Violent Reaction etc; the genre is in rude health for sure. These three lads from Lincolnshire via Sheffield have recorded an LP so vital and energetic, it just, for me, wiped the floor with the rest. The rhythm section is so rooted in the members hardcore past; I can hear The Wipers or Rites Of Spring, Dag Nasty and that classic Revolution Summer in the fast, thrashy beats throughout the record. It's the songs though, Davey Walker's compositions play out like Killing Joke covering Wedding Present songs. His voice hollering with that deep, long reverb, weaving in and out of his razor-sharp, slap-back delay guitar lines. His vocals and guitars roll and wave over the rest of the band's freight train punk-rock, and although only just scrapping a 2015 release, has shot to the near-top of my list. Well in lads.
After an almost chance-meeting, Asa Osborne and Hanna Olivegren have made some of the most beautiful and hypnotic music this last decade. Osborne's signature modal/drone style, used so powerfully in Lungfish shines through with his organ and synth work. Dense yet singular, sharp yet comforting, he is flanked by Olivegrens incredible Swedish folk tales, that rise and fall as the record progresses. The production is sparse, intimate yet warm with the fuzz of an overdriven drum machine and the vocal hooks are playful yet abstract. This new LP is the one I have come back to more than any other in 2015, I urge you to play the whole thing as soon as you can.
As with most of these reissues, the music itself is new to me, and therefore, I've been able to treat them as new music as much as anything else on the list. Superior Viaduct, Finders Keepers Records, Futurismo and Soul Jazz have dominated my year, blowing my mind with some of the most incredible music I've heard, and without the need for tired new-release campaign methods, these records are simply being archived for the works of genius they are, and I've been able to experience them in a cold isolation. This has not been exemplified more than with the Savant anthology released by RVNG Intl. Kerry Leimer is something of an enigmatic composer, and this set comprises work released between 1983 and 2014, including his Neo-Realist LP and the simply jaw-dropping Stationary Dance 12", as well as some newer material.
What is on show here is Leimer's work away from the heady-scenes of New York or London at the time, yet still managing to act in parallel with acts such as 23 Skidoo, David Byrne, John Cage, Bryan Eno, Fripp and latter-day Can. An incredible journey through loop and sample based performance, proto-hip-hop, polyrhythmic tribal world music and hallucinatory sound-scapes.
This is probably my favourite LP of the year overall, you need to hear this, immediately.