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LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)
LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)
LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)
LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)
LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)

LCD Soundsystem - I Used To (Dixon Retouch) b/w Pulse (v.1)

$15.00

Incredible remixes of LCD Soundsystem, from the album American Dream.

This 12" features the song I Used To, remixed by Dixon.

The B Side is a 13 minute tweaked out space disco odyssey, originally appearing as a pre-American Dream bonus track.


a1) i used to (dixon retouch)
b1)  pulse (v.1)

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Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster
Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster

Richard Phillips x Black Dice - America Art Show Poster

$40.00

Richard Phillips is an American artist born in 1962, currently residing in New York City. In 2001, he asked Black Dice to perform at the opening of his show entitled America, which ran from September 8th to October 6, 2001. 

50 24 x 36" archival posters from the launch of the show are now available. Ships immediately in protective packaging. 

poster design by Matthew Brannon, click here to see archival images from the show. 

Full, original press release from Petzel: 

On September 8th Friedrich Petzel Gallery will open America, an exhibition of seven new paintings by Richard Phillips representing contemporary social and political issues. This will be Phillips' second solo show with the gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 PM on the 8th.

Iconography traditionally sits choked up and mute, smirky and slappable. But Richard Phillips de-contextualizes the images that normally sit opaquely on top of each other. His work forms a sequence of subtly disturbing social markers.There is a determination to bring clear eyes to those things that normally cancel each other out. Seen side by side his related yet apparently contradictory image choices provide a new transparency of control and desire. Removing veils and mucking about with disguise.

A coming together of mid-points within a dynamic of action. Posed and presented, just before and just after; caught on the hop, the click of the camera during a porn video. The President looking dumbly ambiguous. Strange claggy stuff on a hard to scale Stonewall Riot memorial. Laborious, detailed, hard crafted and still of the moment. Multiple references locked down and preserved. There is nothing hidden here, no bruising or fluffing of composition or style. Richard Phillips exposes our problematic relation to the visual markers of our time. The range here floats past the contemporary to embrace the breakdown of consensus. This work is the result of a stringent pedantry that refuses to sublimate the echoes of the recent past, swamping the procession and turn-over of contemporary images through pig-headed focus on those pictures that stand in-front of us, challenge the eye and suggest, this is what I thought you wanted; this is what you might deserve.

text by Liam Gillick, August 2001
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Larry Gus - Kerkis / Judas-Tree 7"
Larry Gus - Kerkis / Judas-Tree 7"
Larry Gus - Kerkis / Judas-Tree 7"
Larry Gus - Kerkis / Judas-Tree 7"

Larry Gus - Kerkis / Judas-Tree 7"

$10.00

Two A-sides, “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” and “Foreign Steps,” from the same recording sessions as Subservient. The lyrics to “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” were written by Efthimis Filippou, an award-winning screenwriter known for his work with director Yorgos Lanthimos on films like Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The 7-inch precedes an upcoming audio play, written by Efthimis and scored by Larry, to be produced with the Onassis Stegi (AKA Cultural Center) sometime next year. The audio play will be released on DFA in 2020. 

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Larry Gus - Subservient
Larry Gus - Subservient
Larry Gus - Subservient
Larry Gus - Subservient
Larry Gus - Subservient

Larry Gus - Subservient

$12.00


Tracklist: 
1) Total Diseases (Subservience)
2) A Likely Projection
3) Text of Intent
4) Taped Hands Here
5) In This Position
6) Ayler The Pilot
7) The Sun Sections
8) Readers & Authors
9) Classifying A Disease
10) Bare Concrete (Itea 97-09)

Larry Gus
(real name Panagiotis Melidis) returns to DFA with Subservient, his fourth release for the label. More pop-oriented than his previous albums, Subservient is a lush combination of “crisis funk pop and trad Mediterranean grooves.” Lyrics sung in Greek and English address Larry’s overwhelming struggles with being a father, husband, artist, and human in 2019. In the artist’s own words, this album is about “trying to understand empathy and act with it on everyday life,” as well as “the imperative of empathy above everything else.” 

Subservient is sample-free, a first for Larry, who plays every instrument himself: a drum kit, an SM57 microphone, a guitar, a bass, a TE OP-1 synthesizer, and a Roland JV-1010 synth module. This is fourth-world power pop, as if Alex Chilton was produced by Eno and Hassell. The thoughtful, upbeat arrangements and gentle vocals are spacious and warm, and tend to offset whatever darker tone the lyrics might imply. Larry confronts more acute tensions, such as being a father in Greece during the crisis, and the parallels of a child’s sicknesses and adult ailments, as well as larger, more existential pressures – the grasp of nostalgia, the weight and meaning of making decisions, and the desire to move from hermeticism towards sociability. 

The record graciously explores the nuance that can be found within delineated lines: pop and folk music, rooted in Greek tradition; internal anxieties and empathy expressed outward; the tightrope struggle of living in the present and wallowing in the past. 

Larry will also be releasing a 7-inch single alongside the album, which features two A-sides, “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” and “Foreign Steps,” from the same recording sessions as Subservient. The lyrics to “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” were written by Efthimis Filippou, an award-winning screenwriter known for his work with director Yorgos Lanthimos on films like Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The 7-inch precedes an upcoming audio play, written by Efthimis and scored by Larry, to be produced with the Onassis Stegi (AKA Cultural Center) sometime next year. The audio play will be released on DFA in 2020.
 

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The Juan Maclean - The Future Will Come
The Juan Maclean - The Future Will Come
The Juan Maclean - The Future Will Come
The Juan Maclean - The Future Will Come

The Juan Maclean - The Future Will Come

$25.00

Clear vinyl 2xLP limited repress of The Juan Maclean's 2009 debut album. 

"Thoughtful dancefloor fare... a cosmic, contemporary Human League... 4/5" - The Guardian

"The Future Will Come is something to savour... The Juan MacLean have produced something fantastic" - The Quietus

Tracklist:
1) The Simple Life
2) The Future Will Come
3) One Day
4) A New Bot
5) Tonight
6) No Time
7) Accusations
8) The Station
9) Human Disaster
10) Happy House

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Essaie Pas - Earth
Essaie Pas - Earth
Essaie Pas - Earth
Essaie Pas - Earth
Essaie Pas - Earth
Essaie Pas - Earth

Essaie Pas - Earth

$15.99

Tracklist:
1) Earth (8:58)
2) Corps Étranger (6:08)
3) Earth (Passarani HiNRG Mix) (8:49)

Montreal duo Essaie pas return to DFA with a 12-inch that picks up where their 2018 album New Path left off. "Earth" is a blistering ride through the rave, an amalgamation of techno and trance. The galloping bassline is the backbone of the song, and Marie Davidson’s vocals climb to new heights against synth stabs. "Corps Étranger," with its stuttering percussion, is a slow burner in comparison. For the remix of "Earth," Marco Passarani of Tiger & Woods (Running Back, Numbers) doubles down on the Italo disco angle and doesn’t shy away from the more anthemic moments of the original, managing to rework it into something akin to a celebration of this "shithole" we call Earth.

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Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print
Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print
Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print
Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print
Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print
Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print

Eric Copeland Glyph Figure Art Print

$75.00

Made in Brooklyn, NY. Standard 18"x24" size.

Signed and numbered edition of 177 by Eric Copeland, DFA has prints 1-50. 

This is a 3 color screenprint on French 100lb cover paper, printed in 2019

"Part of Copeland's "Glyph Series," "Glyph Figure" is comprised of the repetition of partial letters in alternating colors and patterns. Trying to replicate Typewriter Art, these Glyph drawings proved full of opportunities to expand on the original model. Besides being much larger than previous work, they are also Copeland's first giant step into color. Part discipline, part obsession, part endurance, part process. This particular Glyph Figure is also the cover image to Copeland's latest LP, Trogg Modal 2 (DFA Records)."

BIO:
Eric Copeland
(b. Brunswick, ME, 1978) is a musician, artist, and writer currently living and working in Palma, Spain. He is a cofounder of the reckless, ongoing Neanderthal band Black Dice since 1997. He has released music on his own since 2006. And he annually publishes a series of obsessive collections under ESL Books. A graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, his focus was on something like "subliminal language," which still guides most of his work. He is currently working on a vandalism of Brave New World, entitled "Demon Portraits."

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Wolfram - Amadeus

Wolfram - Amadeus

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Wolfram - Amadeus
Wolfram - Amadeus
Wolfram - Amadeus
Wolfram - Amadeus

Wolfram - Amadeus

$10.00

Pre-order, album ships week of September 13th.
For purchases outside North and South America, order here
Tracklist:

1) 
Scirocco
2) Automatic (feat. Peaches)
3) Graffiti In Tehran
4) My Love Is For Real (feat. Haddaway) [Dance Mix]
5) What Is It Like (feat. Pamela Anderson)
6) Rein (feat. Yung Hurn & Egyptian Lover) 
7) Put Me In Your Mobile Phone
8) Catalyst
9) 
My Love Is For Real (feat. Haddaway) [Live At The Cathedral]

Wolfram makes his triumphant return to DFA with Amadeus, a newly refined take on the Euro-disco pop he’s become known for over the past several years. Released by Public Possession overseas, the record takes the spirit of his 2011 debut full-length and focuses it more specifically towards the dance floor, helped as always by a variety of collaborators: Peaches, Haddaway, Egyptian Lover, Yung Hurn, Pamela Anderson, and more. A singular producer and entertainer, but coexisting in many worlds, Wolfram embeds a good sense of humor throughout his music. From the artists he works with, to his distinctively gleaming melodies, as well as his DJ sets at the likes of Robert Johnson, Wilden Renate, and Griessmuehle, Wolfram is a presence like no other. 

On Amadeus, Wolfram zeroes in on the most earworm-y aspects of his past work, concentrating it down until we’re left with succinct, dopamine-inducing bangers. Tracks like “Graffiti in Tehran” and “Rein” recall the hi-octane crunch of artists like Daft Punk, while “Automatic” and “My Love Is For Real” both make use of soaring disco piano, taking the listener on a dance floor odyssey. The world he creates is one of high-gloss and high spirits – low brow, high concept with an Italo tinge, creating a unique brand of anthemic futuristic disco. The album begs one to come along for an irresistible ride in a beat-up vintage Ferrari, faux fur-lined bucket seats not included.

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YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD
YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD
YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD
YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD
YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD
YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD

YACHT - Chain Tripping (Visual Album) BLU-RAY DVD

$25.00

YACHT's groundbreaking visual album, Chain Tripping, features an exclusive three-dimensional surround sound mix of Chain Tripping in Dolby Atmos and ten videos created by the band and their close collaborators showcasing sideways applications of Artificial Intelligence. Playable on Blu-ray players, PS4, and Xbox One. Featuring neural photography, the world's first AI typography lyrics videos and collaborations with an international group of machine learning artists, including Mario Klingemann, Barney McCann, Tom White, and Damien Henry.

*This is a visual companion to YACHT's latest LP, Chain Tripping. 

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XLNT - High Tide
XLNT - High Tide
XLNT - High Tide
XLNT - High Tide

XLNT - High Tide

$16.98

Tracklist: 
1) High Tide
2) High Tide (Secret Circuit)
3) High Tide (Dr. Dunks) 

Christened High Tide after the sudden rising of the LA River basin during a particularly epic and rare rainfall, this cosmic slop funk jam was born from the minds of Devin Flynn (Pixeltan) and Eddie Ruscha (Secret Circuit), two individuals with a deep connection to Los Angeles tap water sources. While traipsing through the aisles of an Atwater Village bodega, the two mustered up a plan to create a rhythmic piece so delectable as to turn peoples’ heads inside out and pummel the senses with a wobbly Jah Wobble bass sound and a toy drum machine “no toy” style back beat. They figured if they laced it up with enough electronic scuzz, the masses would be sure to want to sip from its nectar. 

When DFA got wind, it was all systems go, and from then on, all relevant parties knew that they should sit on the track for at least five years before it was released, otherwise the world at large would not be ready for it. The remixes are by Eddie himself, as Secret Circuit, and Dr. Dunks, AKA Eric Duncan, a fellow Angeleno (at least at heart). Eric and Devin rolled through the streets as small children, shredding curbs and tagging local ice cream trucks, so it was inevitable they would reconnect and jam on High Tide. 

Devin Flynn is an animator, musician and teacher who has worked on projects like Gary Panter's web series Pink Donkey and the Fly and MTV2’s Wonder Showzen. He has previously released on DFA with Pixeltan, a trio—Flynn, Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice, and singer Mika Yoneta—that recorded with The DFA at the label’s inception, creating two seminal singles. Eddie Ruscha is another DFA veteran, having remixed artists including Wolfram and Museum of Love. He has been making music for decades, as Secret Circuit and with a myriad of other aliases and collaborators, in addition to recording under his own name. He has released on labels like Beats in Space and Emotional Response, among others.

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Continental Drift Sticker
Continental Drift Sticker
Continental Drift Sticker
Continental Drift Sticker

Continental Drift Sticker

$3.00

A new 4" die-cut vinyl sticker, designed and drawn by Noah Kloster.
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LCD Soundsystem - YEAH
LCD Soundsystem - YEAH
LCD Soundsystem - YEAH
LCD Soundsystem - YEAH

LCD Soundsystem - YEAH

$15.00

*IN STOCK, shipment begins August 6th! 

2019 repress of the revered 2004 single YEAH. This pressing comes in a sturdier heavyweight sleeve, heavier vinyl, same great artwork by Mike Vadino.  

tracklist:
a: yeah (crass version)
aa: yeah (pretentious version) 

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Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams
Edward - Underwater Jams

Edward - Underwater Jams

$18.99

TRACKLIST: 
A) Mental Dive (14:57)
B The Lagoon (11:35)

On his DFA debut, German experimental techno producer Edward largely departs from the 4/4 grid he frequents and blurs the focus towards a more slippery, improvisational vibe. Fans of his Desert Sky alias, as well as his work reshaping classic tracks by Harmonia & Eno and Rolf Trostel of Tangerine Dream, will be quite pleased with Underwater Jams. These two new songs unfold at their leisure, going off on whizzing, kosmiche-influenced tangents, all the while guided by the hand drums of percussionist Geronimo Dehler. On A-side “The Lagoon,” the freedom of the long-form composition allows Edward to go deeper and more mesmeric, while the restrained stomp of B-side “Mental Dive” allows for an introspective dance floor moment.

Though he’s been releasing music for the past decade, Edward has always been a bit enigmatic, with a majority of his discography only available on vinyl. He remains as prolific as ever – in the last year alone, Edward has toured all over the world, playing esteemed clubs from Berghain to Fabric, and splitting bills with artists like Ricardo Villalobos and Oskar Offermann. His numerous releases on Giegling, Die Orakel, and White demonstrate his penchant for combining the psychedelic and the locked-in groove, but it’s the sprawling sense of adventure that makes this release one of the more idiosyncratic in Edward’s catalog.

Limited heavyweight vinyl with matte finish jacket and picture sleeve, rainbox gradient center label. Ships with bolt stickers. 
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Khidja - In The Middle Of The Night
Khidja - In The Middle Of The Night
Khidja - In The Middle Of The Night
Khidja - In The Middle Of The Night

Khidja - In The Middle Of The Night

$15.99

Tracklist:
1. Don't Feed The Animals
2. Devil Dance
3. I Can Never Relax
4. I'm So Bored

After turning in a wall-shaking remix of Essaie pas last year, Romanian production duo Khidja present their first EP for DFA. These four tracks are deep, spooky heaters – think John Carpenter in the club, with industrial basslines, frenetic melodies careening a bit out of control, and vocals echoing from the corners of the room. Their signature throb that runs along all four tracks, influenced by their time spent in underground scenes in Bucharest, London, and Berlin, as well as an emphasis on the jagged sounds of hardware. 

Having established themselves with previous releases on labels like Hivern Discs and Malka Tuti, Khidja get darker, dubbier, and more twisted on In The Middle Of The Night. We find the record in the witching hour, and the tracks represent the cycle of nighttime mentalities, revealing the various directions the mind can wander in the place between consciousness and unconsciousness – mania, paranoia, even boredom. It all makes for a raucous dancefloor experience, with the duo bringing something new and heavy to the DFA roster.

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The Juan Maclean - Zone Non Linear
The Juan Maclean - Zone Non Linear
The Juan Maclean - Zone Non Linear
The Juan Maclean - Zone Non Linear

The Juan Maclean - Zone Non Linear

$15.00

Tracklist: 
A1) What Do You Feel Free About
A2) What Do You Feel Free About (Man Power Remix)
B1) Zone Non Linear
B2) Zone Non Linear (Massimilliano Pagliara Remix)

The Juan Maclean
 returns to DFA with a new 12” – last June’s electro-disco “What Do You Feel Free About?” backed with “Zone Non Linear,” which evokes early Pet Shop Boys. As usual, Juan's sunny productions and Nancy's layered vocals come together, this time in collaboration with Juan MacLean live band member, Monika Heidemann, to lend a maximalist warmth to the dance floor. Man Power (ESP Institute, Correspondant) gives the A-side a club rework with a dubbed out vocal arrangement that adds a touch more drama to the track, while Massimiliano Pagliara (Ostgut Ton, Robert Johnson) revitalizes tropes of old-school piano house. 

Juan Maclean is a Brooklyn-based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay of the New York club scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on DFA in 2002. He’s released an extensive catalogue of 12” singles and LPs for the label with vocalist Nancy Whang (most recently, 2014’s In A Dream LP, and 2017’s 12” single ‘The Brighter The Light’). Stay tuned for their fourth full-length record, coming later this year.
________
Both tracks written by Juan Maclean and Monika Heidemann.
Vocals by Nancy Whang & Monika Heidemann.  
Produced by Juan Maclean.
Mastered by Joe Lambert.

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LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Gatefold 2xLP
LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Gatefold 2xLP
LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Gatefold 2xLP
LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Gatefold 2xLP

LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Gatefold 2xLP

$30.00

Recorded at the famed Electric Lady Studios in NYC’s Greenwich Village – Electric Lady Sessions is a double album live collection featuring classic LCD Soundsystem songs, three covers, and newer material from the band’s # 1 album from 2018, American Dream

This is a heavyweight, 180 gram gatefold 2xLP.  

TRACK LISTING
1. Seconds 
2. american dream 
3. you wanted a hit 
4. get innocuous 
5. call the police 
6. i used to 
7. tonite 
8. home 
9. I Want Your Love 
10. emotional haircut 
11. oh baby 
12. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang 

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Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol 2
Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol 2

Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol 2

$10.00

**Pre-Order, all orders ship the week of March 18th

Tracklist: 
1) Beat It
2) High score Zed
3) United Banana
4) Payoff
5) BS Dropout 
6) Light Fantastic
7) Blazin
8) Falo

On March 29, Eric Copeland delivers Trogg Modal Vol. 2, the counterpart to last October’s Vol. 1. The former Black Dice member’s 'Freakbeat 4/4' agenda gets further refined here – Vol. 2 is more laid-back than the first, but still highly danceable. Self-described as “late Night Flight proto tekno,” the tracks pulse with thick layers of percussion, melodic fever dreams, and riffs wrung through a taffy puller. Eric’s textured, off-the-cuff approach to dance music adds a refreshing element of spontaneity and ‘jamming’ to a climate of uncanny smoothness and polish.    

Where Vol. 1 was composed of “rippers,” Vol. 2 travels at its own pace, continuing to showcase Eric’s ability to recontextualize 4/4 tracks as psychedelic contortions, from the squelchy vibrations of “BS Dropout” to the blithe, video arcade soundtrack “High Score Zed.” Taken together, the two volumes of Trogg Modal showcase the versatility of one of the most continuously exciting experimental artists of the past twenty years – arriving in 2019 with his mischievous sense of adventure firmly intact.

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Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (Remixes)
Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (Remixes)

Eric Copeland - Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (Remixes)

$15.00

*PRE-ORDER this item ships end of April and is released Friday, May 3rd.

Tracklist:
1) Eric Copeland - Heads (Parris Remix) 
2) Eric Copeland - Heads (RAMZi Remix)
3) Eric Copeland - 321 Contact (Lokier Remix)
4) Eric Copeland - Electric Mud (Gerry Read Remix)

After the success of last year’s Mixbone EP, we once again invite four dance music experimentalists to remix Eric Copeland. Where 2017’s Goofballs was the first album recorded in its entirety in Eric’s current home of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and the result of countless hours spent working in the studio, last fall’s Trogg Modal Vol. 1 pushed his 'Freakbeat 4/4' agenda even further, with a sense of humor that bubbles over and out through the speakers. Rife with chunky percussive layers and tweaked loopy vocals, these frenzied, self-described “rippers” are practically designed to be remixed. 

Parris (Trilogy Tapes, Hemlock) and RAMZi (RVNG, 12th Isle) both take on the singsongy rhythms of “Heads.” Parris’ take pares down the track, giving it room to glisten and expand, while RAMZi’s paddles along in a characteristically murky, laid-back manner. Lokier (Days Of Being Wild, Spirits) goes in for the jugular with an acidic rework of “321 Contact,” repurposing vocal samples as spooky EBM. Closing out the record is Gerry Read (Aus, Accidental Jnr), who pits the heavy stomp of “Electric Mud” against whizzing frequencies. Newfangled interpretations of tracks that were already out there to begin with.

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Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)
Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)
Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)
Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)
Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)

Eric Copeland - Shit Talk (Book)

$20.00

Eric Copeland presents his latest book Shit Talk -  a collection of public comments, pulled word for word from YouTube, all focused on Black Dice, the divisive band he co-founded almost 2 decades ago.  

112 pages of plain text comments showcase both the passion and the frustration of Black Dice’s fanbase. You'll find casual observations, ardent rants, stoned diatribes, and lots of name calling. Emerging through it all is a detailed narrative of noise and experimental music, DIY scene politics, and an archive of passionate fandom.
 
The book is dedicated to “all the know-it-alls, naysayers, haters and baiters…the big mouths and big fans, comedians and aliens. Thank you!' 

All Comments compiled by Eric Copeland
Cover Art by Bjorn Copeland
Available in an edition of 40 in the DFA store.  
Now shipping.  

 

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Planningtorock - Powerhouse
Planningtorock - Powerhouse
Planningtorock - Powerhouse
Planningtorock - Powerhouse

Planningtorock - Powerhouse

$10.00

Tracklist:
1) Wounds
2) Transome
3) Dear Brother
4) Something More Painful Than Others
5) Much To Touch
6) Jam Of Finland
7) Non Binary Femme
8) Piece Of My Mind
9) Beulah Loves Dancing
10) Powerhouse

This November, celebrated dance producer Planningtorock – aka Jam Rostron – will release their radical fourth album: Powerhouse. 

Powerhouse marks the Berlin-via-Bolton producer’s most intimate album to date, a kinetic, self-produced record flush with attitude, humour, vulnerability and swagger. 

W, Planningtorock’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut on DFA, revealed a visionary and politicised producer. It offered up deeply queered art-pop – tense, atmospheric dance music cut with classical flourishes, and spell-binding androgyny. But it was 2014’s All Love’s Legal (“a masterclass in left-of-centre dance music”, Mixmag), released on Rostron's own imprint Human Level, where Planningtorock, with banner-ready slogans (‘Patriarchy Over And Out’, ‘Let’s Talk About Gender Baby’), revealed their ability to combine pop-oriented music with a political message. Powerhouse offers up something infinitely more personal: emotionally-charged, biographical anthems drawn from Rostron’s lived experiences as a non-binary genderqueer artist, experiences around family, identity and music itself. 

Powerhouse was written and recorded across Berlin, London, New York and Los Angeles. It comes couched in the precision-tooled synths that have become Rostron’s signature, though critics and fans will hear a subtle, ear worm-y shift in style here: from the Noughties US r&b swagger of ‘Transome’ and the bubbling oldschool ‘90s house of 'Beulah Loves Dancing' and ‘Non Binary Femme’, to the funky, flute-laced ‘Much To Touch’ (the only track on Powerhouse to feature a co-producer, long-time friend and collaborator Olof Dreijer of The Knife). 

The striking, pitched-down vocals that shook fans of W are as radiant as ever on Powerhouse. It was pitching that gave Rostron’s then-hidden inner self an authentic, external voice; and it was pitching that enabled them to come out, beginning “this long, complex and very much still evolving process of living their non-binary genderqueer self”. For Rostron, pitching became the sonic embodiment of taking T (testosterone). Listen closely, for example, to the lyrics on W’s ‘Doorway’ and you’ll see a through-line connecting that song with the refrain on Powerhouse’s ‘Jam of Finland’:  “I feel a transformation in me / All those empty spaces in me / Are filling up with me…” 

Ultimately, Powerhouse is a celebration of liberation, a groove-filled record that sees Rostron consolidating power both personal and artistic.
 


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