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Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics LP
Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics LP
Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics LP
Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics LP

Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics LP

$14.99

“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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Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"
Cold Beat - Mother 12"

Cold Beat - Mother 12"

$10.00

 

Tracklist:
1) Smoke
2) Prism
3) Paper
4) Pearls
5) Gloves
6) Through
7) Double Sided Mirror
8) Mother
9) Crimes
10) Flat Earth


San Francisco band Cold Beat make their DFA debut with Mother, a collection of ten pop transmissions from Earth, 2020.


Wound tight with an energy that ricochets from one song into the next, Mother was made while frontperson Hannah Lew (formerly of indie trio Grass Widow) was pregnant and considering the chaotic conditions of the world she was bringing a new human into. If we consider Mother an artistic style guide through space and time, the framework Cold Beat provide is overcast by design but focused in execution; locked-in drums and synths with choir-like melodies high above it all.

“I found myself trying to describe our earth to a new human who had never been here,” says Lew. “It was a bleak year to be pregnant, but I was simultaneously filled with so much love and hope at the same time. I remember feeling a sense of wanting to show my whole range of self to this new person I was about to meet. In past albums, I sometimes held my artistic self in an ethereal place, but I found myself wanting to be very much on this earth and grounded during the creation of this record.”

The A-side of Mother presents the facts as we perceive them, while the B-side accelerates into the uncertain. Each of the first five track titles is one evocative word: the synths on “Prism” slide against the motorik guitar riffs and the plaintive saxophone on “Paper” casts the Leonard Cohen-esque melody in a melancholy shadow; “Gloves” is a real mood, all drive. Everything begins to unfurl from there. “Will it be over if there’s no sound?” Lew wonders on album standout “Double Sided Mirror,” and then ruminates, “it won’t be long until you find me in the beyond” on the more upbeat “Crimes.” The early architects of these sonic settings—Eurythmics, The Human League, Depeche Mode—act as touchstones and inspiration.

One of the most prescient things Mother teaches is that existence will not be, and has not ever been, a solitary experience. “It's really the first album where the project felt more like a band,” Lew says. “In a lot of ways, it feels like our first album.” And though four LPs (released on Dark Entries and Lew’s own label Crime On The Moon) precede this one, Mother is Cold Beat at their most concentrated and crystalline. It’s an honest, forgiving, and ultimately optimistic team effort from a band busy being born, re-born and giving life

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LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening 2xLP
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening 2xLP

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening 2xLP

$27.99

Of the many arresting moments that fill LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening, perhaps the most unexpected comes less than halfway through album opener "Dance Yrself Clean." The seemingly unassuming, low-key rumble of a song morphs from its mumbled beginnings into an outsized flash of synth ballast and wailing vocals. The sudden shift is like the flicking on of a light, the perfect example of frontman-songwriter-mastermind James Murphy's effortless balance of restraint and release, organic rock and electro pop, and muted cool and vibrant emotion. This study in contrasts pervades LCD Soundsystem's third, and possibly final, release--an album where Murphy refracts images of heartbreak and longing through the scattered light of a disco ball. 

The cautious observations and honest reveals that follow are literally and figuratively quieter moments than that initial blare. On "All I Want," against a wall of whirling guitar, Murphy recognizes a relationship that can't be saved, and instead asks for "your pity" and "your bitter tears." "Get Along" shuffles over pulsing keys and bubbling percussion as Murphy tries to bridge physical and emotional distance, singing, "You might forget, forget the sound of a voice / Still, you shouldn't forget the things we laughed about." Conversely, the sparsely decorated, sauntering "Somebody's Calling Me" is almost hopeful in comparison: "Somebody's calling me" Murphy half whispers, "to be my girl." 

There are stretches of lyrical levity here, too. "You Wanted a Hit," which sits atop shiny synths, a driving bass-line and layers of handclaps, laments record label demands on what turns out to be one of the album's hookiest tracks. "Pow Pow" veers toward past "talkies" like "Losing My Edge," and features keyboardist Nancy Whang shouting in unison with Murphy. 

With This Is Happening, Murphy has created a work of both nuanced introspection and distanced observation. DFA is proud to offer the vinyl version of this much lauded release, which also includes contributions from drummer Pat Mahoney and sound collagist Gavin Russom.

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Sinkane - Mean Love
Sinkane - Mean Love

Sinkane - Mean Love

$17.99

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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The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP
The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP

The Juan Maclean - The Brighter The Light 2xLP

$10.00

album artwork by Bráulio Amado. 

1. The Brighter The Light
2. Zone Non Linear
3. You Are My Destiny
4. Get Down (With My Love)
5. Feel Like Movin' 
6. Quiet Magician 
7. Pressure Danger
8. Can You Ever Really Know Somebody
9. The Brighter The Light

The Juan Maclean return to DFA with a compilation LP of 12-inch singles they’ve amassed over the past six years – re-edited, re-mastered, and ready for fans who may have missed the tracks the first time around. From the dub house sway of 2013’s “You Are My Destiny” to the high-energy stomp of this May’s “Zone Non Linear,” and featuring two never-before-released tracks, “Quiet Magician” and “Pressure Danger,” The Juan Maclean once again justify their longevity as a musical force that is more than capable of repurposing club tracks for every setting. 


The Brighter The Light is put together in a way that lends itself to appreciating the sheer banging quality of the songs while simultaneously being able to dance to them in your living room. For example, take “Feel Like Movin,’” which Pitchfork called “gloriously beatific” and “pure DFA gold.” In the new remastered version, the fullness of the keys and the kicks takes over, unfurling across the listener. Deep house rhythms, sparkling synths and a certain spaciousness are what’s emphasized across the record. Gone is the slow-motion melancholy disco from their recent full-lengths – The Brighter The Light is all fierce enthusiasm and dance floor missives, perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to let go of summer. 

Juan Maclean is a 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. Vocalist Nancy Whang is his longtime collaborator, best known as a founding member of LCD Soundsystem and a busy touring DJ. Together, the two artists have released an extensive catalogue of 12” singles and full-length albums for DFA, including 2014’s seminal In A Dream LP. The proper follow-up studio album will follow in 2020.

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Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave 2xLP
Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave 2xLP

Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave 2xLP

$8.99 $27.99

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. **Please note that all remaining copies of this 12" have jackets that are not in mint condition.  

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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DFA Records Compilation #1 2xLP
DFA Records Compilation #1 2xLP
DFA Records Compilation #1 2xLP
DFA Records Compilation #1 2xLP

DFA Records Compilation #1 2xLP

$13.00

The CD release of DFA Records Compilation #1 came out in days of yore, when the iTunes store did not exist, when iPods were more coveted than your phone. The only way to hear the first batch of singles DFA released was to seek out the vinyl and lots of people did.

This magical mythical first group of releases from DFA included “House of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture, “Losing My Edge” & “Give It Up” by LCD Soundsystem. It also included two very different approaches to dance music from The Juan Maclean – “By The Time I Get To Venus” and “You Can’t Have It Both Ways”, which subtly introduced the world to the vocal powers of Nancy Whang.

Black Dice also released a 12” single, throwing their noise roots behind a 4/4 screech and created one of the most
unique singles in the DFA catalog with “Cone Toaster”.

The compilation was edited to fit onto one CD, more a sampler than a completist’s anthology. In hindsight, it should have been an anthology of the first 5 singles in full but the A sides had enough momentum happening to make the sampler a bonafide success for the label.

The 8.0 review from Pitchfork in 2003 helped cement the DFA label as both the leaders of a new production approach, as well as a collection of artists who could co-exist make music together and please both the discerning DJ and the indie rock enthusiasts.

In the review, the writer Nick Sylvester calls DFA “The Neptunes of the discopunk underground”, which maybe seems funny and far-fetched now, but back in 2003 was a compliment and comparison that DFA were very willing to accept. It is now 2016 and both parties continue to work and stay busy and relevant. Success being relative, this compilation represents the humble beginnings of the label and the birth / re-birth of DFA flagship artists The Rapture, The Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem & Black Dice.

This is the first time this title has ever been pressed to vinyl.

Tracklist

Juan Maclean - By The Time I Get To Venus

LCD Soundsystem - Give It Up

The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers

Black Dice - Cone Toaster

Juan Maclean - You Can't Have It Both Ways (Live At Warsaw April 26, 2002)

The Rapture - Silent Morning

LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge

Black Dice - Endless Happiness 


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Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love 12"
Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love 12"

Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love 12"

$10.00

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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