CDs

Compact discs! The audio format of either the future or the recent past. We're not entirely sure.

Black Dice - Creature Comforts (Digital)
Black Dice - Creature Comforts (Digital)

Black Dice - Creature Comforts (Digital)

$4.99

The second classic album by Black Dice on DFA. Comes in a super heavy tip-on sleeve with neon printing that you need to see to believe. Comes bundled with an instant download in 320 mp3 format.

Tracklisting:

  1. Cloud Pleaser
  2. Treetops
  3. Island
  4. Creature
  5. Live Loop
  6. Skeleton
  7. Schwip Schwap
  8. Night Flight
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Black Dice - Miles of Smiles
Black Dice - Miles of Smiles

Black Dice - Miles of Smiles

$0.99 $9.99

Smiles for miles. The Black Dice classic comes with Miles of Smiles on the A-side and Trip Dude Delay to the B-side in a beautifully collaged sleeve.

Tracklisting:

  1. Miles of Smiles
  2. Trip Dude Delay
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Dan Bodan - Soft (Digital)
Dan Bodan - Soft (Digital)

Dan Bodan - Soft (Digital)

$7.99

“I write about the things I know, but it should be interesting for other people. So I want it to be like a really great roman-a-clef, or reading your older sisters diary.” - Dan Bodan

“Soft”, the new album from Dan Bodan, is a rose-scented journey through millennial love issues, Soundcloud collage, and post-empire paranoia. Co-produced with Physical Therapy and Ville Haimala (Renaissance Man) and featuring M.E.S.H., 18+, Great Skin, Latisha Faulkner, Dena Yago, and Stadium.

Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin 8 years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world european values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all.

Working together with a team of world-class producers, poets and artists, he writes songs to fit comfortably in that space between the finger and the mousepad, the bedroom and the club, the earth and the ether.

“He blows in like a sweet guardian angel over the beat, making a track so light it feels almost like daylight peeking into a dark nightclub.”
- The Fader

“The real star is his voice, which quivers as it rises and falls through each line, powerful but slightly fragile”
- Resident Advisor

 Track List: 

  1. A Soft Opening
  2. Anonymous
  3. Romeo
  4. Soft As Rain
  5. For Heaven's Sake (Let's Fall In Love) <3
  6. Reload
  7. Jaws of Life
  8. Rusty
  9. Catching Fire
  10. Good Time Summer

 

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Delia & Gavin - The Days of Mars
Delia & Gavin - The Days of Mars

Delia & Gavin - The Days of Mars

$4.99

The Days of Mars contains four tracks that range in length between 11 and 14 minutes. Made mostly with analog keyboards.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Seabird
  2. Things Will Never Be the Same
  3. The Dream Is Going Down
  4. Endless Happiness
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DFA Records Compilation Volume 2
DFA Records Compilation Volume 2

DFA Records Compilation Volume 2

$6.99

 Instant party soundtrack! Includes two discs of unmixed tracks, and a bonus third disc mixed by Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy. Features tracks by LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Black Dice, The Juan Maclean, Liquid Liquid and more. 

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Eric Copeland - Joke In The Hole (Digital)
Eric Copeland - Joke In The Hole (Digital)

Eric Copeland - Joke In The Hole (Digital)

$7.99

Eric Copeland's debut LP as a solo artist on DFA, this double vinyl is covered inside and out with collages by Eric himself. Double heavyweight vinyl with a download card.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Rokzi
  2. Grapes
  3. Tinkerbell
  4. Flushing Meats
  5. Babes In The Woods
  6. Bobby Strong
  7. Shoo Rah
  8. Cheap Treat
  9. Kash Donation
  10. A Little Tit
  11. New Leather Boogie
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Essaie pas - Demain est une autre nuit
Essaie pas - Demain est une autre nuit

Essaie pas - Demain est une autre nuit

$14.99

FIRST PRESSING ON LIMITED EDITION 'ORANGE SUNRISE' SPLATTER VINYL

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. Both are respected musicians in their own right - Marie having released two acclaimed solo records, with Pierre being best known for production work on underground Canadian musicians such as Dirty Beaches and Femminielli. Essaie pas was born on a hot summer night in 2010, releasing some ultra-limited singles which culminated in their debut LP, Nuit de noce (Teenage Menopause Records) in 2013. The mix of drawling guitars, français mumbles, and minimal electronics caught the ear of DFA Records, who booked the pair to open for Factory Floor on their first North American tour.

 The origin story of -Demain est une autre nuit- begins when the band returned from their first European tour to find that they had lost both their studio space and apartment. La Brique, their studio, practice space and renowned underground music institution, had fallen victim to the city’s rapid gentrification and closed permanently. Conflicts with their wacky landlord had also left them without an apartment, leading them to return to Montreal’s winter without many prospects. They lucked into a temporary practice space during the off-hours at the offices of Le Filles Electriques, an independent interdisciplinary festival producer. This space soon became Pierre’s new studio, and Marie’s new home. The many corridors of the empty industrial building also provided a way for Marie to work out in the frigid Montreal winter nights, running “everywhere possible, listening to techno, acid, and italo disco, being mutually inspired by the space and the sounds.” About eight months later, Demain est une autre nuit (“tomorrow is another night”) was born. “This environment influenced our music,” says Pierre, “The sounds are more clear and open, the production has more depth, on a full frequency range.” Their living conditions on tour were another major influence, “Staying at different people’s places around the world for a whole year accentuates the feeling of being a stranger wherever you go, even in your own town, but also creates a feeling of being part of an international community, opposed to a scene that exists only in one city.” 

Essaie pas’ music can not be tied to a specific genre It is a document of the encounter of two human beings mutually experimenting with music and sounds, and eventually falling in love while doing so. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone with new methods and technique, aiming to communicate that which is unspeakable.Their musical language is vibrant and varied - comparisons range from Film Soundtracks, Electronic Body Music, Disco, and Techno, with sensually-delivered lyrics exploring the themes of fantasies, obsessions, and the feeling of “The Void”. Marie explains, “The title comes from a joke we made when going to bed one morning, talking about our plans for the next evening.” Pierre adds, “Night is a place of freedom, a place where fantasies and obsessions are not tied by moral constraints. It’s also a time where the feeling of loneliness is stronger and when emotions and memories arise, whether you are facing it or running away from it. I think the tension and sense of urgency on the record comes from that dichotomy.”

Facing The Music is an excellent demonstration of this dichotomy - its throbbing electronic percussion and sawmill synths racing towards a seemingly-inevitable climax, only to disintegrate in an instant. Similar in tone, Retox begins with an air-raid siren that explodes into electronic pulses and spiralling handclaps, with Pierre’s solemnly spoken vocals countering Marie’s sensual cadence. Lead single Le port du masque is a frenetic ode to obsession, about a man being obsessed with the ghost of an impossible relationship. Pierre explains - “I already had some of the lyrics and the idea of a woman’s mantra but months later, while I was jamming a motorik beat with a TR-505 through a delay pedal, I found the perfect foundation for it.” The band’s first composition, Carcajou appears here for the third time in an entirely different incarnation - Marie’s vocals alternately yearn and taunt, diving into and out of layers of drum machines and analog synthesizers. Closing track La Chute is the band at their most Angelo Badalamenti, with mournful organ and wheezing gasps giving way to what sounds like gentle applause, but in actuality is the last frames being fed through a film projector.

 Demain est une autre nuit by Essaie pas is released on limited edition orange sunrise coloured LP, CD, and digitally on February 19, 2016.

  1. Demain est une autre nuit
  2. Depassee
  3. Retox
  4. Carcajou 3
  5. Le port du masque est de rigeur
  6. Facing The Music
  7. Lights Out
  8. La chute

 

 

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Factory Floor - Digital Download
Factory Floor - Digital Download

Factory Floor - Factory Floor (Digital)

$7.99

At long last, Factory Floor presents their highly anticipated self-titled debut album. A vivid snapshot of a progressive band smashing through yet another ceiling, it’s the first full-length statement from the group that earned a powerful reputation on the strength of the “Fall Back” and “Two Different Ways” singles for DFA—not to mention early releases for Optimo Music and Blast First Petite. Leading up to the release of Factory Floor, the band will play select European festival dates this summer.  

Produced and recorded by the group in their North London warehouse space on a vintage mixing desk originally used by Dave Stewart three decades ago to record all the Eurythmics’ early hits, Factory Floor is a visceral trip through the band’s repertoire. The record opens with “Turn It Up,” their most minimal track to date, mixed in astonishing detail by Timothy “Q” Wiles (VCMG, Afrika Bambaataa). “Here Again” is almost (but not quite) their pop song, replete with cascading arpeggios counterbalanced by bubbly synth melody lines and plaintive vocals. 

Factory Floor also contains the definitive version of “Two Different Ways,” followed by the muscular and sleek “Fall Back.” “How You Say” finds the band channelling New York’s dance underground—think ESG and Delta Five. “Work Out” is anything but; despite the desultory title, it is in fact sinister street-sound electro. The album closes out with “Breathe In,” a funkified acid disco classic. 

Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of Factory Floor’s rise to notoriety is their versatility. Even their most ardent of fans describe their sound as punishing, yet they are equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows; on top of that they’re as likely to collaborate with members of Throbbing Gristle and New Order (not to mention Richard H. Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, Simon Fisher Turner and Peter Gordon) as they are with contemporary artists such as Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell.

Tracklisting:

  1. Turn It Up
  2. Here Again
  3. One
  4. Fall Back
  5. Two
  6. How You Say
  7. Two Different Ways
  8. Three
  9. Work Out
  10. Breathe In
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Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)
Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)

Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)

$2.99

This super limited CD is in a custom spray-painted PVC case, and includes all 6 versions of Two Different Ways.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Two Different Ways
  2. Two Different Ways (Second Way)
  3. Two Different Ways (Richard H. Kirk Remix)
  4. Two Different Ways (Perc Remix)
  5. Two Different Ways (Perc Dub)
  6. Two Different Ways (Perc Noisy Remix)
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Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Dynamics (Digital)

$6.99

Holy Ghost! are excited to unveil Dynamics, the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut album. Recorded and mixed at DFA Studios with the help of Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen, Friendly Fires), it is front-to-back one of the finest dance pop records of 2013.

The duo’s last full-length was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times and garnered three Best New Music awards on Pitchfork—who premiered the debut Dynamics single and video, “Dumb Disco Ideas,” in May. Holy Ghost! have been mainstays at the spring and summer festival circuit throughout 2013, and the band are preparing to hit the road soon for a run of dates with the legendary New Order.

Tracklisting:

  1. Okay
  2. Dumb Disco Ideas
  3. Changing Of The Guard
  4. Dance A Little Closer
  5. It Must Be The Weather
  6. 1 For Edgar
  7. I Wanna Be Your Hand
  8. Bridge & Tunnel
  9. Don't Look Down
  10. In The Red
  11. Cheap Shots

 

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Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (Digital)

$7.99

Tracklisting:

  1. Do It Again
  2. Wait & See
  3. Hold My Breath
  4. Say My Name
  5. Jam For Jerry
  6. Hold On
  7. It's Not Over
  8. Slow Motion
  9. Static on the Wire
  10. Some Children
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Larry Gus - Years Not Living (Digital)
Larry Gus - Years Not Living (Digital)

Larry Gus - Years Not Living (Digital)

$7.99

Inspired by the rural environment of his hometown of Veria, Greece, multi-instrumentalist / singer / producer Panagiotis Melidis started writing music as Larry Gus (from the Greek larigas, or larynx) in 2006, soon after the early demise of his previous band Ginger (a bass and drums duo with a sound similar to the early-’00s Providence scene, paired with hip hop overtones).

Melidis initially composed production music, and later on earned a reputation for intense and chaotic live performances. He retained Ginger’s primitive aesthetics of groove based music, along with an obsession for late-’60s / early-’70s free jazz, and combined them with sample-based techniques and crystal-clear psychedelic pop melodies, all merged into infinitely dense layers and polyrhythms.

Stitches, his first proper full-length, was released in 2009 for Greek hip hop label Cast-A-Blast, and Melidis began a yearlong residency at the Music Technology Group in Barcelona as an intern and postgraduate student. He then returned back to Veria to work on his next project, Years Not Living, an album inspired by Georges Perec’s 1978 book Life: A Users Manual and Lucio Battisti’s 1974 album Anima Latina. The sessions yielded a staggering 85 songs, and the entire process, set amidst Greece’s financial crisis, was documented and will be part of the feature film My Friend Larry Gus (directed by Vasilis Katsoupis), to be released in 2013.

Pared down to ten tracks, Years Not Living incorporates a wealth of diverse styles, ranging from ’60s / ’70s psychedelia and pop to hip hop and more.

Tracklisting:

  1. With All Your Eyes Look
  2. The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep)
  3. Taxonomies
  4. The Sun Plagues
  5. The Eternal and the Ephemeral
  6. Merely Today
  7. Pericles
  8. In Violet Ink (Misprints)
  9. The Percival Seascapes
  10. Paths Laid Down
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Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love (Digital)
Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love (Digital)

Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love (Digital)

$9.99

All DFA Direct orders include a bonus 12" hand-stamped white label single featuring a brand new non-album track "Never Let It End" backed with a remix by Hardway Bros. Neat. 

We have a limited number copies on clear red vinyl. 

Museum of Love is the musical project of Pat Mahoney (Founding member of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day).

Longtime friends in New York, McNany and Mahoney found a similar sensibility and a shared vocabulary for interpreting surroundings, something that began with their remix of Battles’ “My Machines feat. Gary Numan” and extended into their creation of a full length record together.

Naming their duo in ode to Daniel Johnston’s song of the same name, Mahoney divulges, “I had always loved the song, and had been thinking of what such an edifice would contain when we were trying to name the project.” McNany continues, “Pat’s a sculptor, I’m a painter, we make music and museums are sacred spaces and love is an elusive thing.”

Museum of Love is the result of a songwriting collaboration between McNany and Mahoney, with McNany writing
most of the music, and Mahoney most of the words. Together they edited and arranged the tracks in the studio. Mahoney says the process of collaboration was energizing, while McNany simply explains, “making the record was pure pleasure. Waiting for it to come out has been the hardest thing.”

“Museum of Love moves at a stately pace here, offering a slow and steady chugger that wraps itself in gauzy vocal layers and takes its sweet time reaching its climactic peak.” - Pitchfork 

 

Tracklist: 

  1. Horizontalator
  2. Down South
  3. In Infancy
  4. FATHERS
  5. The Who's Who of Who Cares
  6. Learned Helplessness In Rats (Disco Drummer)
  7. Monotronic
  8. The Large Glass
  9. And All The Winners (Fuck You Buddy)
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Peter Gordon + Love Of Life Orchestra (Digital)
Peter Gordon + Love Of Life Orchestra (Digital)

Peter Gordon + Love Of Life Orchestra (Digital)

$7.99 $14.99

Peter Gordon and his Love of Life Orchestra--as a new audience discovered upon hearing the FabricLive.36 compilation, a handpicked mix from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney that opened and closed with Gordon's "Beginning of the Heartbreak / Don't Don't"--are testament to the incredible musical innovations happening in New York City in the late 1970s. Those two compositions, underpinned with disco and gilded with noisy guitar bursts, hanging piano chords and saxophone wails, exhibit not only Gordon's kaleidoscopic vision as a musician, but his precision as a producer and composer. Featuring avant-experimentalists and downtown legends David Byrne and Arto Lindsay as well as Love of Life Orchestra cofounders Gordon and David Van Tieghem, the tracks shine a light on the work of an artist whose influence on dance music is recognizable more than three decades later. 

Gordon's hefty contribution to music is given an up-close look with Love of Life Orchestra, a retrospective of the composer's work. Compiled here are the aforementioned singles and songs that show the breadth and quality of Gordon's output. "Extended Niceties" unfurls a dizzying call-and-response between blaring sax and synths, while the expansive "Roses on the Disco Floor" builds in intensity, size and tempo as it nears its epic end. "Still You" and "Beautiful Dreamer" by Justine & The Victorian Punks (a collaborative project with New York-based visual artist Colette) feature disco grooves and sweetly voiced melodies. "Iago's Escape," which begins with dramatic strings and quasi-operatic vocals, unexpectedly incorporates klezmer-influenced clarinet. "That Hat" is a quirky experiment incorporating early hip-hop beats and featuring vocals from pioneer Arthur Russell, New York Doll David Johansen and Rebecca Armstrong.

The album is rounded out with "Another Heartbreak / Don't Don't Redux," Gordon's own reworking of the seminal opening medley, which freshly reinterprets the original's sax lead and adds new synthesizer parts. Throughout this impressive catalog, harmoniously interwoven strains of jazz, rock and neoclassical, add texture and color to these wonderful songs. Love of Life Orchestra, taken as a whole, serves as ample testimony to the far-reaching scope of Gordon's musical sensibilities and a reminder of his enduring musical legacy.

Tracklisting:

  1. Beginning of the Heartbreak / Don't Don't
  2. Extended Niceties
  3. Don't Don't (Reprise)
  4. Roses On The Disco Floor
  5. Still You
  6. Beautiful Dreamer
  7. Iago's Escape
  8. That Hat
  9. Another Heartbreak / Don't Don't (Redux)
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Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class (Digital)
Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class (Digital)

Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class (Digital)

$7.99

The return of DFA Veterans Prinzhorn Dance School. Single LP features many fine songs, including "I Want You", "Your Fire Has Gone Out", and (my personal favorite) "Crisis Team", which you may listen to below. Includes an instant digital download.

Tracklisting:

  1. Happy In Bits
  2. Usurper
  3. Seed, Crop, Harvest
  4. I Want You
  5. Your Fire Has Gone Out
  6. Crisis Team
  7. The Flora and the Fauna of Britain In Bloom
  8. Turn Up the Light
  9. Sing Orderly
  10. Right Night Kay West
  11. Shake the Jar
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Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics (Digital)
Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics (Digital)

Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics (Digital)

$11.99

Home Economics, the new album from Prinzhorn Dance School, is available on June 9th from DFA and [PIAS] Cooperative.

ALL PREORDERS COME ON WINE-COLORED VINYL, AN EDITION OF 1000. 

“When our first album came out,” Tobin Prinz (guitar, voice) remembers, “we were awkward, miserable...” “Nervous, uncooperative” chips in Suzi Horn (bass, voice, drums), pausing just long enough for Tobin to supply the punchline - “and now look at us!”  

Prinzhorn Dance School are still recognisably the same spiky Brighton-based duo whose ultra-rigorous debut cut through the excess of 2008 like a scimitar through bacon fat. But with their trademark stripped-down intensity now winningly off-set by moments of unabashed tenderness, their third album Home Economics continues and even accelerates the move away from austerity and into human warmth begun by its acclaimed 2011 predecessor Clay Class. 

The starting point for the new record was the band’s “amazing” first US shows - two of their own and a triumphant showing at DFA’s 12th anniversary - in May 2013. Inspired by their American adventure, Prinzhorn Dance School brought the recording process into the heart of their everyday lives. Played and recorded on the move between different flats in Brighton and Hove, then wheeled around town on a hard-drive wrapped in a sleeping bag in a specially-adapted suitcase, Home Economics gave them an escape route from “that frustration you feel when you spend days trying to recapture the intimacy of a particular moment”, Tobin remembers. “This time we could just use the original take, so sometimes these songs are almost like field recordings”. 

All the best six-track albums - The Fall’s Slates, Orange Juice’s Texas Fever - know exactly what they want to say and how they intend to say it. Home Economics shares that infectious sense of urgency. There’s not an inch of spare meat on it - from Reign’s snatched moment of optimism, through Battlefield’s restorative meeting of minds with an urban fox on a drunken walk home in the early hours, to Let Me Go’s concluding tribute to “a love that won’t rewind and will not be deleted”. Spindly yet sensuous, together and alone, exquisitely sad but somehow full of hope, Prinzhorn Dance School knit together disparate and even opposite fragments into an utterly satisfying whole.

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Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave (Digital)
Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave (Digital)

Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave (Digital)

$7.99

The debut album from DFA Veteran Shit Robot, this classic double LP comes in an adorably illustrated gatefold sleeve, and features vocal contributions by James and Nancy of LCD, Planningtorock, Alexis from Hot Chip, and Juan Maclean. Highly recommended, you can't beat this price! Comes with a bonus CD copy AND an instant digital download. You have no excuse.

Tracklisting:

  1. Tuff Enuff?
  2. I Found Love
  3. Losing My Patience
  4. Take 'Em Up
  5. Grim Receiver
  6. Simple Things (Work It Out)
  7. Answering Machine
  8. I Got a Feeling
  9. Triumph!!!
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Shit Robot - We Got A Love (Digital)
Shit Robot - We Got A Love (Digital)

Shit Robot - We Got A Love (Digital)

$7.99 $21.99

DFA Records is proud to present We Got a Love, the sophomore full-length by Shit Robot a.k.a. Dublin native Marcus Lambkin. Recorded in Germany and New York, the nine-track album includes the killer recent singles, “Feels Real” and “We Got a Love.” 

Like Lambkin’s 2010 debut From the Cradle to the Rave, We Got a Love sports an array of guests that include DFA veterans Nancy Whang, Museum of Love and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), plus hip-house hero Lidell Townsell and Australian singer Holly Backler. The album’s distinctive artwork was created in collaboration with Irish graffiti artist Maser.

 Track List:

  1. The Secret (Feat. Reggie Watts)
  2. Dingbat (Feat. Museum Of Love)
  3. Do That Dance (Feat. Nancy Whang)
  4. Do It (Right) [Feat. Lidell Townsell]
  5. Feels Real (Feat. Luke Jenner)
  6. Space Race
  7. Feels Like (Feat. Holly Backler)
  8. We Got A Love (Feat. Reggie Watts)
  9. Tempest
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Sinkane - Mean Love (Digital)
Sinkane - Mean Love (Digital)

Sinkane - Mean Love (Digital)

$7.99

It's soul music! A truly universal sound, uniting rhythm and styles from our world over to help you move, relate, and be. 

On the heels of a triumphant gig both performing and musical directing the live performances of "Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor" in NYC, London, and LA (with guests like David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Luke from The Rapture, Dev Hynes, and Alexis from Hot Chip) we are super stoked to both announce and release the second Sinkane album on DFA. Ahmed and crew really knocked it out of the park on this one.

Tracklisting:

  1. How We Be
  2. New Name
  3. Yacha
  4. Young Trouble
  5. Moonstruck
  6. Mean Love
  7. Hold Tight
  8. Galley Boys
  9. Son
  10. Omdurman
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Slim Twig - A Hound At The Hem (Digital)
Slim Twig - A Hound At The Hem (Digital)

Slim Twig - A Hound At The Hem (Digital)

$7.99

We have 100 copies on pink vinyl out of a total pressing of 600. Comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with lyrics. Totally beautiful. We'll have photos soon. 

Purchasing now gives you an instant digital download of "Maintain The Charade".

Slim Twig is the name of a man, not of a band - though he has performed in many a group, some under his
own moniker. Boasting a catalogue several underthe- radar releases deep, the Toronto native lays claim to a
tremendously original work with his orchestrallyinflected, art rock album, A Hound At The Hem. Self-produced in the fall, 2010, Hound is a suite of narrative songs thematically inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. DFA is privileged to reissue this album in advance of the release of Twig’s newest works.

Upon completing AHATH in 2010, Twig struggled to find wide release for it due to its uncompromising textural onslaught and disregard for genre. This course of events set the stage for the composition and release of Sof’ Sike, a somewhat more conventional set of pop songs released on Paper Bag Records, in 2012. The title of that work refers to Twig’s own conception of Hound as the hard-psych flipside to his work of that period.

Recorded on Toronto Island in collaboration with fellow Torontonian, Louis Percival, the album features string arrangements by Owen Pallett, and other collaborators including Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), Carl Didur (Zacht Automaat), and the St. Kitts Quartet.

As a conceptalbum exploring the troubling and the taboo and themes like the transformative power of lust, AHATH can be interpreted as an echolike response to Serge Gainsbourg and JeanClaude Vannier’s Histoire De Melody Nelson. Most of all, AHATH poses the question; where next for Slim Twig, this promising and original auteur?

  1. Heavy Splendour
  2. Clerical Collar
  3. Widow Were You Younger
  4. Shroud By The Sheetful
  5. All This Wanting
  6. Hover On A Sliver
  7. Maintain The Charade
  8. Blonde Ascending (Come Into The Clatter)

 

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