Mamaleek: Kurdaitcha LP

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Five years ago I put this album on the top of my “wantlist”, five years it took to get it and yes, it was worth to fait. Mamaleek is a twisted shoegazing bastard child of blackened-doom-experimental-abstract-noise-drone scene.. This is kind of music you either like or you do not, there’s no shades of grey on this color palette. I love this. Thing that made this album little hard to find was obviously the limitation, only 100 copies floating around the globe. I got one and I’m smiling. I remember promising myself that if I ever find a copy of this record I’m done with collecting.. bullshit, I’ll never stop.



 

Mika Vainio / Kouhei Matsunaga: split 12″ (handscreened cover)

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Some might wonder where this alias (mugwumb) I’m using comes from.. Mika Vainio released album called “Olento” back in 1996 using one of his best know aliases, Ø. Seventh track on that album is called “Mugwumb”. For those who does not know, Vainio was one half of Pan Sonic (formerly know as Panasonic) with Ilpo Väisänen. This duo shaped my opinion of electronic music totally with their first full-length “Vakio”. Listened that album about thousand times during my time in army back then. Anyways, still love to listen experimental electronic music, thanks to Vainio & Väisänen. I found this record some time ago from Discogs and I had to purchase it because it was nearly half free. I’m unqualified to say anything about these recordings, I just have to get them all. This one is released by Important Records and this special handscreened version is limited to 25 copies. There are also more regular versions (on black vinyl & green vinyl) floating around and maybe the best way to get your hands on these is Discogs / Ebay.



 

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: Mutations 12″ (clear, repress)

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Amazing news is that Denovali is repressing these almost impossible to find releases from awesome The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. I remember purchasing an original copy of this twelve-inch via Discogs few years ago, just to return it back to the seller (was in quite bad shape). Since that I have been waiting secretly that maybe one day some one is releasing this on vinyl again and now that day is here. These are still available (on clear vinyl & limited to 150 copies) from Denovali and by purchasing this repress you can save your hard-earned money from those greedy Discogs sellers :D



 

Kentolevi: Keimola E.P. 12″

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Lately I’ve been purchasing releases where Mika Vainio has been involved and here’s one again. Back in the days I had this “Keimola E.P.” by one of Vainio’s aliases, Kentolevi, but I sold it years ago (probably because I needed money for beer or something..). After ordering that Pan Sonic’s latest release I decided to go after other Vainio releases and then I found this “promotional” copy of Keimola E.P. from Discogs. As shown in the picture above, cover has some wear but that’s not important when the vinyl is in perfect condition. Awesome release, awesome purchase. I’m a happy man, again.



 

 

Ättestupa: Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga LP

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Went down to local record store last Friday just to check out if there’s something new & interesting releases available. After half an hour of digging & chitchatting with the owner I ask him to recommend something and he pointed out this album. Swedish artist performing some kind of experimental, avant-gardish drone or something, hmmm sounds good I thought in my mind. Album was stored vinyl (in inner sleeve) and cover separated inside plastic sleeve and I decided to take a risk and bought the album without checking it any closer. I got home, took the vinyl out.. Ättestupa! The name of the artist was hidden behind that inner sleeve.. So, I bought Ättestupa’s latest album accidentally (I already have two previous Ättestupa albums on my record rack). Can’t complain, store owner did well. Limited to 300 copies and available for example from Musiclovers Records (EU) where you can also purchase previous record (Musik För Tomma Rum), La Plaque Noire (EU) and Unseen Force (US). Recommended if you are on this kind of experimental stuff. Sample clip is from the previous album just because I couldn’t find never tunes for you to hear.



 

Mika Vainio: Life (…It Eats You Up) 2xLP

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Haa.. my obsession to Panasonic / Pan Sonic / Ø / Philus / Tekonivel / Kentolevi etc. everything that has something to do with Mika Vainio forces me to purchase releases like this one. After all hearing Panasonic (Mika Vainio / Ilpo Väisänen) first time twenty years ago changed my perception of music in general. That twenty-years old indie-hipster (former metalhead) experienced a heavenly intervention while hearing Panasonic’s Vakio for the first time. I was totally sold, it was an album that changed everything. This album is as brilliant as everything Vanio has done and will do, period. This album is all about abstract, minimal, experimental electronic music. I love it (you don’t have to). Available for example from Bleep.

 

 

Steven R. Smith: Floor Of The Sky 12″ (single-sided mini album)

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This came earlier this week, Discogs purchase and didn’t cost that much. I came across with this artist few years ago and still I have way too many of his album on my wantlist (Steven has also released several records as Ulaan Markhor, Ulaan Khol & Ulaan Passerine). As all in his records the soundscapes on this mini-album is cinematic, abstract, experimental.. psychedelic, folk music from some parallel reality.. beautiful release. More. Please. Available for example from Greatest Hits Mailorder.

Lumisokea: Transmissions From Revarsavr LP

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Here’s that 1/3  that came undamaged and will be added to my collection. Latest album from Lumisokea (finnish word and means snowblind). I really love these abstract, experimental tunes and listening this kind of music calms me down. At this very moment I’m sitting on the bus my headphones plugged tight to my ear canals, staring at that snow-covered landscape. Awesome travelling music. Grandma, here I’m come. This one is released by Opal Tapes and available for example from Boomkat, Norman Records, etc..

 

Egisto Macchi: Il Deserto 2xLP (beige)

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What can I say.. this record is near perfection when talking about experimental & abstract music and hey, this was originally released over 40 years ago!. Thanks to Cinedelic Records for repressing this on vinyl. If some one out there does not know who this gentleman is, I suggest you to Google this group he was involved, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Anyways, this is a quality package with velvet hardcover gatefold, limited to 500 numbered copies (100 copies on beige colored vinyl, rest on black). Available from Cinedelic Records. Highly recommended!

 

Alessandro Cortini: Risveglio 2xLP (white)

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Then it’s time to return back to the darkness. Latest record from Alessandro Cortini and fifth one I own from this mastermind. There’s a good reason why I keep purchasing his records, these are absolutely stunning!. Dark, abstract, electro-ambient or something like that.. I have praised this gentleman so many times before and will continue doing that in the future. Stunning masterpiece of darkened synth-ambient. Initial copies came on white vinyl and It’s quite obvious that these are already sold out but don’t worry, at least there are black copies available from Boomkat / Anost. Oh, thanks to Ralp, without his tweet I would have missed this treasure.

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Mamaleek: Via Dolorosa LP (black in clear)

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Maybe I’m not one to say anything about this band. Listen for yourself and feel free to purchase this long-play from The Flenser (like I did). This band does whatever they like and still it sounds brilliant in some twisted way.. on this album we go from experimental black metal to abstract noise filled void. Oh, I’m still looking for their “Kurdaitcha” album, so if some one out there has a copy to sell I would be very interest! Why do I suddenly feel this cold.. what’s is that noise..  aaarrggmpmmpppphhh…..

P.s. I won’t be listening THIS album while cycling to work..

Leyland Kirby: Eager To Tear Apart The Stars LP (white)

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Few years ago I ordered an album by The Caretaker, “An Empty Bliss Beyond This World” and I was totally blown out by the beauty of that record. It was something I had never heard before and I was forced to find out more about this artist. Yep, artist was Leyland Kirby and here’s one of his records. I missed this one when it was released and since then I have been hunting this down and few weeks ago I finally scored. This is.. ambient, abstract kind and I like this quite much. Recommended album, artist etc. And if you have never ever before heard anything from this artist, I suggest you to listen “An Empty Bliss Beyond This World” for the start, there’s some shining in it..