Christopher Willits – Opening LP

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: Electronic composer/guitarist Christopher Willits basically sweats positivity and empowerment. Every time you turn around, there he is making something awesome or teaching people new skills or providing someone with a new vision. His music reflects this energy, and never more succinctly than with ‘Opening’, his new record on Ghostly International. With this release, he has completely wrung out his imagination into one bucket, which contains audio and visual components that will excite pretty much every sense you have.

‘Opening’ is limited to 300 copies on clear vinyl. Head over to Ghostly to peruse all the sweet options available. Then, maybe go outside and sit in the sun and rest easy for a while?

 

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Charlatan – Local Agent

Charlatan (aka Brad Rose) is back from the future. His new slab ‘Local Agent’ on Umor Rex is a mind bending trip across the PCB traces inside the machine you are using to read this. The electricity is almost palpable as fuzzed out beats rise from the depths, while the crackle and chirp of voltage controlled sonic passages hover and swirl above like a heat storm. This is the soundtrack to The Lawnmower Man that should have been.

Like every Umor Rex release, the packaging is top notch. Its limited to only 300 copies on transparent yellow vinyl, includes a digital download AND WHAT’S MORE while supplies last all mailorder customers receive a bonus cassette entitled ‘Dead Drop’ which features 8 extra tracks (and is not available for sale separately).

Head over to Umor Rex or Thrill Jockey before the future becomes the past. End of line.

 

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Aphex Twin – Syro 3xLP

Just like that, 13 years later, a new Aphex Twin album is on the horizon. A 3xLP, no less. No doubt you’ve heard all about it already so just be aware that Syro can be pre-ordered from bleep.com or experimedia.net.

Aphex Twin - Syro 2xLP

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Can Reissues

Updated 08/19/2014: You should be able to pre-order at least four new reissues from your local record store. Don’t have one of those? Bummer, try Amazon then: Tago Mago, Soundtracks, Monster Movie, Ege Bamyasi.

The Can albums are being reissued individually. You no longer have to fork over half a paycheck in order to own the few that you want. Let’s be honest, though – you are going to end up buying them all anyways. So far, it looks like you can pick up Monster Movie or Ege Bamyasi along with Tago Mago and Soundtracks (links below) on pre-order over at bleep.com. We haven’t found a good option to purchase stateside quite yet but when we do, you’ll hear about it.

Update: You’re right to be wary of purchasing Can vinyl; bootlegs abound. However, we have every right to believe these are completely licensed and legitimate so you should purchase with confidence. Read the write-up over at boomkat.com and assuage your fears.

Can - Tago Mago LP

Can - Soundtracks

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ABSU – Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. LP (Standard Edition)

The Crypt specializes in beautiful, expansive vinyl reissues for essential, underground metal bands. We all know this. Well, we all should. If you don’t then shame on you. I’ve got to admit though, the cost of admission and forfeiture of precious shelf space has kept me from picking a few up. So I was pretty damn excited to hear that they are planning to offer “Standard Edition” versions of some of their recent, lavish boxsets; including, but not limited to, the Absu discography. Well, hell yes. Starting with Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L and presumably continuing with the rest of the albums in order, as they’ve done with the box sets. Order at darksymphonies.com.

ABSU - Barathrum

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Deaf Center ‘Recount’ LP

A new recording from Deaf Center, presented to you in a lovely die-cut sleeve, Recount contains a pair of rehearsal performances from years past. You can pick this one up at sonicpieces.bigcartel.com.

Deaf Center - Recount LP

Deaf Center - Recount LP

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Incantation ‘Dirges of Elysium’ LP

That new Incantation album, though – don’t sleep on this one, you’ll have nightmares. Red vinyl may be a little harder to find, but you can and should pick up the black vinyl at incantation.com.

Incantation - Dirges of Elysium LP

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Madlib ‘Pill Jar’ LP

The phantasmagorical artwork adorning the newest slab of beats on vinyl from Madlib is pretty great, and so is the music inside. This is Madlib we’re talking about, after all. Pill Jar collects a selection of cuts from the Madlib Medicine Show Volumes 1 through 13 onto our favorite format. Pick it up at rappcats.com.

Madlib - Pill Jar LP

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SND ‘newtables’ 2xLP

We’ve been digging pretty hard on the new early work reissues from SND. The second EP is now out as an expanded 2×12″ edition with previously unreleased session tracks – all painstakingly remastered by Rashad Becker – and guaranteed to make your woofers wobble. Currently distributed in North America via beta.forcedexposure.com.

If you haven’t picked up the first EP yet, there are still copies in stock over at experimedia.net.

SND - newtables 2xLP

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Further Records: Jo Johnson & Scuba Death LPs

Further Records, one of the best tape labels around, drops a pair of new LPs featuring the finely curated electronic sounds that the label has made their calling card, this time courtesy of Jo Johnson and Scuba Death (aka Ricardo Donoso). Pre-order and stream these “mandalas of tone mantras” at furtherrecords.org.

Jo Johnson - Weaving LP

Scuba Death - Nitrogen Narcosis

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