Volcanic Tongue Catalogue


Rayon Records 005


New limited to 50 copies DVD from this aggressively angular free improv/No Wave unit featuring drummer Pascal Nichols.

Simon Rose and Pascal Nichols
Sombrero Galaxy

Bug Incision BIM-49


Epic series of free jazz improvisations from the horse-killing UK underground duo of saxophonist Simon Rose and drummer Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides) in an edition of 75 copies: Rose is perhaps best known for his trio playing alongside Steve Noble and Simon Fell as part of Badlands but his playing here seems to have more in common with the Wildman style associated with Peter Brotzmann’s FMP circle than anything coming out of UK improv. He has a fast, throaty style that means he can smear fragments into knotty drones that almost sound like arco bow work just as easily as testifying in a sing-song post-Frank Wright style. Which is all just so much gravy for drummer Pascal Nichols, still the most interesting ‘young’ drummer on the UK scene. He responds with rolling, pugilistic rhythms that are the closest he has come to paralleling Chris Corsano’s explosive style while cutting it with the kinda lunar tonal activity that regularly take Part Wild Horses to the moon. Their last duo set was a blast and this one might be even better, so make your move. 

Harappian Night Recordings
Shama Parwana

Singing Knives No Cat


New set of hysteric glossololia from Sayed Kamran Ali aka Harappian Night Recordings: cut-up in a collage style that is part Radio Sumatra, part Swiss sound artist asylum, Shama Parwana presents a night-time burial ground of haunted instant architectures and down-tuned fourth world balladry. With laminal vocal pile-ups that are as, uh, ‘cursed’ as anything from the lips of Uncle Jim, Kamran generates the sense of tone-dialling through phantom radio stations manned by the ghosts of Indo-pop, crazy wisdom preachers and B movie soundtracks re-gunned for a post-Basement Infidel mindset. Comes with a digital download. 

Switching Center

Golden Lab Records ROWF-44


Blazing edition of only 100 copies ultra-crude basement scuzz summit from Nick Mitchell’s amazing UK power trio w/silkscreened sleeves: joined by Dylan Hughes on bass and Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides) on drums, Mitchell leads the group through the kind of dissolving steel string heavens that would render a Siltbreeze-scale destructo re-think on the kind of primal ecstasies of Sonny Sharrock circa Black Women or even an unholy Groundhogs take on the opening moments of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” modelled on Harry Pussy’s demolition of Kraftwerk’s “Showroom Dummies”. Two sidelong tracks – “I’ve Got The Control Room At The Teatro Della Pergola” and “I’ve Got The Father Of The Modern Synthesizer” – both recorded direct to Mitchell’s phone (!) make it sound like they have the father of the modern synthesizer kidnapped and secreted in a windowless room while they set out to single-handedly destroy the concept of the non-guitar-based future of rock and roll. Some great smears of wah wah here and Mitchell’s tone has an even bluesier feel – even a touch of country honk - thanks to the no-count fidelity, at points spilling over into the drooling sheets of sound feel of a John Coltrane>John McLaughlin while Nichols gains a little of Denis Charles’s loose, pugilistic style. Hughes derails and redirects the music at will with sudden bass nudges and key changes that reflect on Motorhead as much as Fushitsusha, which almost makes this the insane Motorhead/Peter Brotzmann free music face-off that Bill Laswell attempted but failed to orchestrate back in the day. No one is doing more for the future of the guitar as sonic reducer in the UK than Nick Mitchell and this is another thrilling finger in the eye to tabletop ‘performance’. Make your move – very highly recommended!

Live 3: At Stonehenge

No Label No Cat


CD-R edition of what was originally a cassette release from this unstoppable Danish free jazz orchestra, here recorded live with an expanded line-up in Copenhagen in December 2009. Everyone plays recorders and percussion as well as their primary instrument, be it saxophone, ney flute, electric guitar, electronics, vocals, clarinet, violin, double bass and drums and the results are mind-blowing, moving from Art Ensemble-styled communal freak into heavenly post-Coltrane ascensions through the tone world. Can’t think of anyone outside of the much-missed Rauhan Orkesteri/Paivansade circle with such a devastating grasp of folk-primitive form and higher minded avant bliss. 

Outer Nothingness

Golem Tapes G-14


Extended remixed/re-mastered edition of what was originally a very limited 3” release featuring an hour of dense, melancholy tape loop experiments from a project with connections to Shiggajon. The atmosphere approximates William Basinski’s masterpiece Disintegration Loops but with a frosty end of the world aspect and the sound of distant alien carousels repeat-spinning in space. Beautifully alien night-time tone poetry with a profoundly lonely aspect.