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Weekly Update: Steve Reich, Swampland, Counter Intuits, Hamish Kilgour, Buried Country

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A week of box unpacking, recycling bin stuffing and heavy listening here at Repressed Records. A lot of new records came in, too many for us to adequately cover in this week's newsletter but we have to try. We’ve finally got more copies of the Buried Country Compilation of Aboriginal Australian country music back in stock.They flew out the door first time round, expecting the same again as its so so good! Also very good and not needing much of a sales pitch, the first three Wire records are back in on vinyl. Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154 crucial stuff.  Issue 4 of Swampland just arrived,! Read on for some feature import items, highlights of punk, electronic and experimental music. More local features next time! 
 
   
 
Feature items: 
 
COUNTER INTUITS • Vietnamese Lighter 7” (Total Punk) 
Counter Intuits are Ron House (Thomas Jefferson Slave Apts, Ego Summit...) and Jared Phillips (Times New Viking). We tried to force their two LPs on anyone we thought could use more music akin to Dragnet era The Fall and we’re going to do the same with this smaller record! 
 
 
POTTER, COLIN • The Where House? 2xLP (Dark Entries)
Another great archival release from Dark Entries showcasing a hard-to-define but extremely interesting period of independent music history. I’m talking the early days of home recorded (but extremely creative and resourceful) electronic music in the UK. Music that’s adjacent to post-punk, cassette culture, the Do-It-Yourself revolution. Fans of Thomas Leer, Robert Rental, Solid Space (all three of which Dark Entries have re-issued), 20 Jazz Funk Greats, all the good German 70s stuff take note. “Colin Potter is a sound engineer and musician currently based in London. He has worked within the fields of electronic and experimental music for over 35 years, collaborating with the likes of Current 93, The Hafler Trio, Organum, Andrew Chalk, and most notably as a key part of Nurse With Wound alongside Steven Stapleton. He started the esteemed ICR (Integrated Circuit Recordings) label in 1981 releasing a clutch of wonderful home recordings of his own, over half a dozen small run cassette only releases.  ‘The Where House?’ was recorded in 1981 at IC Studio, a converted wash house in Sutton on the Forest in North Yorkshire. The album was self-released on cassette that same year via ICR. This expanded double LP edition features all 13 tracks from the original tape on vinyl for the first time plus 4 bonus tracks. ‘The Where House?’ is a prime example of early UK post-punk/industrial electronic music.”
 
 
REICH, STEVE • Drumming 2xLP (Superior Viaduct) 
On damn this is much better than the 80’s re-recording/packaging I’ve got…. “Steve Reich’s Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of Minimalism. Originally released in 1972 by gallerist John Gibson in a small private edition, Drumming represents the culmination of Reich’s investigation into rhythmic phase relationships and its early realization captures a remarkably organic feel, especially compared to the more widely known version on Deutsche Grammophon from 1974.”
 
CHURCHBURN • None Shall Live... The Hymns Of Misery Lp (Armageddon)
“It's been 4 years since the first album The Awaiting Coffins was released. CHURCHBURN is proud to finally unveil the new album None Shall Live...The Hymns of Misery. Churchburn is the musical collaboration between two of the undergrounds masters of misery. DAVE SUZUKI (VITAL REMAINS) and RAY MCCAFFREY (SINS OF ANGELS, GRIEF). The two have set out to share with the world their love of the riff. Not only the heaviest but also the most haunting. Each song is crafted with the most sinister of intent. Churchburn want the listener to feel a true sense of dread as each song progresses. Includes guest appearances by ANDY GRANT (THE VOMIT ARSONSIST) and former member MIKE CARDOSO, along with new members TIMMY ST. AMOUR (HOWL) on guitar and DEREK MONIZ (HEADROT, WREAK, BLACK ACID PROPHECY) on bass. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Machines With Magnets by SETH MANCHESTER, mastered at Audiosiege by BRAD BOATRIGHT for maximum hearing damage. Features artwork by NESTOR AVALOS. LP housed in gatefold jackets and pressed on colored vinyl.”
 
 
KILGOUR, HAMISH • Finklestein LP (Ba Da Bing) 
“The Clean member Hamish Kilgour’s second-ever solo album, Finklestein, flips the singer / guitarist / drummer’s path taken on All Of It And Nothing. Having previously gone for intimate, minimalistic performances, this album displays a chock-full production quality akin to a fairytale. It’s a fitting change, seeing as the songs are based around a children’s story Kilgour conceived for his son about a kingdom that invents a way of dealing with their depleting gold resources. The songs include organ, saxophone, pedal steel, piano, vibraphone, harmonica, even footsteps (Kilgour is renowned for his stepping), most of it performed by him and his producer / collaborator Gary Olsen at Olsen’s studio, Marlborough Farms, in Brooklyn. Originally conceived as being a children’s book as well as album, it rides roughshod through this fairytale world with grace. Finklestein took a year to record, as Kilgour’s involvement with a large part of the Brooklyn music scene, as well as dates with recent New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductees The Clean, split his time. His songs benefit from this elongated recording period, as each track creates its own space within the album’s world, mixing instruments and melodies in a rainbow of ways. Yet it’s Kilgour’s songwriting sensibilities that hold the album together, his charismatic and loose arrangements within a congenial environment of musical play.”
 
 
LAVENDER FLU • Mow The Glass LP (In The Red)
I wasn’t aware of the excellence of The Hunches - Exit Dreams LP at the time of its release, but Tempered publisher/Meat Spin label head Max Easton hipped me to it a few years ago. I think I was expecting a Oblivions-esque garage band, not the acid-fried punk take on Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and was pleasantly surprised. Was sad to hear The Hunches split but Lavender Flu seem to pick up where they left off. Haven’t really had time to compose any real thoughts on this one (other than that it’s good) so I’ll borrow this line from Doug Mosurock’s review, “It’s like Forgive Thee-era Cheater Slicks working its way through Roky (Erickson) crumbs and astute Galaxie 500 style sternness, even as guitars divebomb and buzz the perimeter. I’m struggling to write as the battle to find new music sometimes overpowers my ability to tell you about it, but I listened to this while on my way to and from a funeral in my hometown last month, and it took my mind where it needed to go. I hope it helps you too”. Read Doug’s full review here.
 
 
 
WAHNFRIED, RICHARD • Time Actor 2xLP (Dark Entries) 
Finding it hard to believe Arthur Brown, as in “I am the God of Hellfire” Arthur Brown and German synthesizer wiz Klaus Schulze made an album together but here it is… 
“The album was a unique fusion of Brown's eccentric musical vision and Schulze's mastery of synthesis. The album was originally released in 1979 on the German Innovative Communication label. Time Actor stands out amongst Schulze's massive catalog as a masterwork of avant garde new age. Schulze helms the project on electronics, and guests include Michael Shrieve on percussion, Vincent Crane on keyboards, and vocalist Arthur Brown, who sings – or should we say, speaks – on top of it all. Schulze describes the Wahnfried project in the liner notes as “the collective pseudonym of an idea: Time-Electronic, an experiment between avantgarde and muzak: Utility-music for sound-covered environment, in which a new generation grows up: Richard Wahnfried is this generation: Music between genius and nonsense: New ideas transported by an old medium to your ear.” 
 
 
 
Electronic Music:
 
Super excited to have the new album from the Godfather of Footwork RP BOO in. It’s titled, “I’ll Tell You What!”, and I’ll tell you what…. I love it!. For those unfamiliar with the world of Footwork music it’s some very out there genre of dance from Chicago. It’s a mutation of house music that’s been pushed so far (in tempo, use of samples, deconstruction of kick/snare patterns) it kind of sounds like nothing else. While not actually linked in any way Buuuuuu’s music gets me pumped up the same way first hearing Dizzee Rascal’s first album or Severed Heads - Since The Accident does. It also kind of reminds me of when sampling started getting more dense and layered in Hip Hop, The Bomb Squad’s production for Public Enemy or Rza with Wu-Tang. 
 
 
If you want to dig further into Footwork we’ve stocked and re-stocked a whole bunch more from the Teklife, Planet Mu and Hyperdub labels. Maybe start with JLIN, just got her first album Dark Energy back in (we loved last year’s Black Origami)... 
 
 
JLIN - DARK ENERGYLP (Plane Mu)
DJ MANNY - GREENLIGHT LP (Teklife)
DJ TAYE - MOVE OUT 12”  (Hyperdub)
JLIN - DARK ENERGY 2xLP (Planet Mu)
RP BOO - I'LL TELL YOU WHAT! LP (Plane Mu)
RP BOO - LEGACY LP (Plane Mu)
RP BOO - THE ULTIMATE LP (Plane Mu)
TASO - NEW START LP  (Teklife)
Dj RASHAD - AFTERLIFE LP (Teklife)
TRAXMAN - DA MIND OF TRAXMAN VOL. 2 LP (Plane Mu)
 
Also replenished our Burial section… 
 
BURIAL - 2013 EP (Hyperdub)
BURIAL - KINDRED EP (Hyperdub)
BURIAL - STREET HALO LP (Hyperdub)
BURIAL - TRUANT/ ROUGH SLEEPER LP (Hyperdub)
ZOMBY & BURIAL - SWEETZ 10”  (Hyperdub)
 
Experimental: 
 
Tim Hecker's got a new album coming on the ever reliable Kranky Records, but in the meantime they’ve remastered and reissued Tim's 2001 full length debut Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again and the 2003 follow-up Radio Amor on 2xLP. A bunch of stuff in from the Blackest Ever Black label, some back catalogue stuff we missed at the time featuring Tarquin Manek and Carla Dal Forno. Oh and it’s good to have Puce Mary back terrorising our shelves. 
 
HECKER, TIM • Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again 2xLP (Kranky)
HECKER, TIM • Mirages 2xLP (Kranky)
HECKER, TIM • Radio Amor 2xLP (Kranky)
LOKE RAHBEK & PUCE MARY - THE FEMALE FORM LP (Posh Isolation) 
MOUSE SLUTS - MOUSE SLUTS 12” (bruit direct disques)
PEOPLE SKILLS - GUNSHOTS AT CRESTRIDGE LP (Blackest Ever Black)
PUCE MARY - THE SPIRAL LP (Posh Isolation) 
TARQUIN MANEK - TARQUIN MAGNET LP (Blackest Ever Black)
TARQUIN MANEK / MARTINA QUAKE - LOCKS ON OUR DOORS NOT ON OUR HEARTS LP (Blackest Ever Black)
F INGERS - AWKWARDLY BLISSING OUT LP (Blackest Ever Black)
F INGERS - HIDE BEFORE DINNER LP (Blackest Ever Black)
LUSTMORD - THE WORD AS POWER LP  (Blackest Ever Black)
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS - DOLLHOUSE SONGS LP (Harbinger Sound)
CROATION AMOR - LOVE MEANS TAKING ACTION LP (Posh Isolation)  
 
Punk: 
 
PLASTIC EP & THE RECORDS • Best Of 7” (Xerox Music)
PLASTIC EP & THE RECORDS • Well You Want To Make A Record 7”(Xerox Music)
Two beautifully misguided Australian private press punk singles from the label that gave us the incredible Danny Graham LP (Australia’s unsung Bowie/Bolan?!?!?).  Have a read via the excellent Wallaby Beat blog about it here and here.
 
 
CRUCIFIX • Crucifix 12” (Kustomized)
CRUCIFIX • Nineteen Eighty-Four 7” (Kustomized)
The two early releases from the California punk band who’d got on to appear on MaximumRock’n’Roll’s ‘Not So Quiet On The Western Front’ compilation and record the blazing Dehumanization LP for the Crass related Corpus Christi label. Musically and politically they kind of fit between the USHC as well as a more global anti-war view you’d associate with Crass Records. Frontperson Sothira Pheng, family fled Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took power. These two records are raw in a different way to the Dehumanization LP, worth checking out! 
 
TARANTÜLA • The Very Best Of Sex And Violence 7”(Deranged) 
Third EP. Featuring members of the excellent Culo
 
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