Friday, 16 June 2017

Fourth Dimension Records

Fourth Dimension Records began in 1983 as a subsidiary to Gary Levermore's renowned Third Mind Records. Gary was responsible for the first two releases only, however, before Richard Johnson (who had started to publish Grim Humour fanzine) took over. The label is mostly dedicated to post-punk, electronic, 'outsider', avant-garde and improv music, although occasionally deviates from this. It has two sister labels, Lumberton Trading Company and Winter Hill Recordings. Separate pages for both can be found elsewhere here.

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FDEP106  ALTERNATIVE TV Dark Places 12" e.p.  Collecting four new songs from Mark Perry's longstanding group that has always defied predictability. Due in March 2018. Please note that no pre-order will be available for this.

2DICKS Neighbourhoods in the Eternal Light lathe-cut 7". Two collaborative pieces by Richard Youngs and Richard Johnson (hence the 2dicks moniker) recorded mid-2017 and essentially comprising source material from the latter teased into comparatively more 'listenable' shapes by the former (with the help of an additional sound or two). Not the easiest of music, Richard Youngs himself referred to the pieces being akin to mid-period Flux of Pink Indians-meets-PIL's Flowers of Romance during the recording process, but this may suggest results that are less avant-garde than they actually are. This release should appear in March 2018 in an edition of 50 lathe-cut 7"s in handmade packaging. It is available to pre-order now. 18.00 GBP + 6.50 GBP postage (anywhere in the world)   NB: Given the nature of the release, the price is inevitable. Sorry. Lathe-cuts are great fun but expensive to produce!

FD102  MAP 71 Gloriosa CD. Reissue of the long o/p cassette released by Fourth Dimension in spring 2017. This collects all seven tracks from the tape release, plus a further six tracks originally released on the equally sold out Blue Sixteen tape (Blue Tapes, 2014) and eponymous CDr on their own Foolproof Projects in 2013. The Brighton duo merge words swaying between the observational and surreal by Lisa Jayne with Andy Pyne's incredible, Charles Hayward-ish, percussion and subtle infusion of electronics. The line between post-punk's forays into, dare we say, artiness and the more instant and reachable end of the avant-garde might seem very clear here, but the music draws from a wide range of sources twisted into something that very distinctly can only be Map 71. Due in March 2018. Pre-order for 9.50 GBP + 3.50 GBP postage (anywhere in the world)

FDLP101  JFK Weapon Design LP. The very latest from Ramleh's Anthony Di Franco,Weapon Design presents eight devastating tracks of pure electronic mayhem.  This is the second full length JFK LP following the release of the NGANGA album on Chondritic Sound in 2017.  Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London. Limited edition of 300 black vinyl LPs in shrink-wrapped sleeves. Scheduled for March/April 2018, but the exact release date is TBC at this stage. The LP can be pre-ordered at a discount price which will then be additionally rewarded with a download code (only available to those who pre-order the album) once it is released. As soon as the release date is confirmed, the discount price and download offer will no longer be valid and the LP will be made available at a standard price of 16.75 GBP + 6.50 GBP postage. The special discount price is 12.50 GBP + 6.50 GBP postage (anywhere in the world).

WHITE PEE CD. Album from this excellent US duo who sometimes expand to collaborate with others in both a live and studio setting. Their music veers from a kinda contemporary take on intergalactic churn, replete with hypnotic rhythms impossible to ignore, to realms clearly drawing from 'noise', avant-garde and improv tendencies. News soon enough.

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FDCD100 KLEISTWAHR Down But Defiant Yet CD. Collecting two songs from the long o/p ultra-limited lathe-cut released in spring 2017 on New Zealand's Independent Woman imprint, 'Broken and Beaten in 5/8 Time, Part One - Beaten' and 'Broken and Beaten in 5/8 Time, Part Two - Broken', plus two previously unreleased tracks exclusive to this release. Generally more refined than previous Kleistwahr work, the pieces here catch Gary Mundy (also of Ramleh and Broken Flag Records) furrowing his distinct and recognisable take on a kinda contemporary psychedelia with dystopian leanings. Also nodding towards the fug generated by certain ‘krautrock’ groups whilst retaining threads of those uncompromising power-noise surges he built his reputation on, this is music guaranteed to take you to new spaces before forcing you to nervously look over your shoulder. This is the fourth album for Fourth Dimension Records by Kleistwahr and once again arrives in an LP-style gatefold sleeve in keeping with the previous releases and, indeed, Broken Flag’s own design aesthetic. Out in December 2017. Available now! 11.00 GBP + 3.50 GBP postage (anywhere in the world)

FDCD99 SPLINTERED Moraine CD. Remastered reissue of the 1997 album originally issued on vinyl only by Germany's Suggestion and No Risk No Fun labels. Two lengthy tracks comprising piano, found sounds, saxophone, electronics and suchlike besides the full-on and blissed-out psychedelic-noise the group were renowned for. This remastered reissue also includes new, exclusive bonus material by Sion Orgon, Stuart Theme and Steve Pittis/Band Of Pain. Released in December 2017/January 2018. Available now! 11.00 GBP + 3.50 GBP postage (anywhere in the world)


FDCD98   RICHARD YOUNGS This Is Not a Lament 2CD. Two discs that capture Richard's work featuring a number of guests, including Alasdair Roberts, Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell, Norifumi Shimogawa, Alastair Galbraith, Simon Wickham-Smith and more. Released in late August 2017.  £12.75 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)

FDCDR003/IBCDR001  THEME Sacral Blood Warning 2 x CDr + booklet package. Co-release with Idioblast. Ultra-limited CDR co-release with Idioblast, catching eight new songs by Stuart Carter and Richard Johnson with their most abrasive work under this guise yet. Essentially a promo item, the disc is housed in an oversized booklet featuring text by Stuart and Richo. Released in November 2017. 50 copies only. SOLD OUT

FDC97   MAP 71 Gloriosa CASSETTE. The latest album from the Brighton duo of Lisa Jayne (words, art) and Andy Pyne (percussion, electronics), here with seven cuts once again converging a DIY post-punk sensibility with nods towards the avant-garde and improvisation. Observational words from Lisa are buoyed by Andy's incredible playing. Released in April 2017. Limited to 55. SOLD OUT

FDCD96   THURSTON MOORE / TOM SURGAL Not Me CDS. Reissue of the long o/p CD and 10" release from 1996 (also on Fourth Dimension) catching two improv pieces by Thurston (guitar) and Tom Surgal (percussion). This time round packaged in a digipak featuring sleevenotes from Thurston and additional artwork. Limited to 500. Released in September 2016. SOLD OUT

FDCD95   KLEISTWAHR Over Your Heads Forever CD. Another incredible album by Gary Mundy of Ramleh's solo endeavour, here with eight tracks of blissed-out and charred psychedelic-noise as immersive and full-on as you may well expect. Released in an edition of 300 in oversized gatefold sleeve in Broken Flag style. Released in June 2016. £11.00 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)  NOTE: ALMOST SOLD OUT

FDCD94   KLEISTWAHR The Return CD. Remastered reissue of an LP that originally appeared on US label Noiseville in 2009 by Gary Mundy of Ramleh's solo project. Packaged in Broken Flag style sleeve in an edition of 300. £11.00 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)

FDTEN93   EXTNDDNTWRK Untld 10". Eight solo tracks by Andrew Fearn of Sleaford Mods. Limited to 250. Released in August 2015. SOLD OUT

FD2CD92   EXTNDDNTWRK Just Tracks 2CD. Double disc collection of Andrew Fearn of Sleaford Mods' solo electronic works, ranging from expansive psycho-ambience to post-dancefloor moves, abstract interludes and even a Big Black cover. An impressive array of styles each given Fearn's own unique stamp. Released in July 2014. £12.00 + £4.00 postage (anywhere in the world)

FDCD91   KLEISTWAHR This World Is Not My Home CD. Seven tracks by Gary Mundy of Ramleh's solo endeavour. Released in August 2014 in a Broken Flag-style sleeve in an edition of 300. SOLD OUT

FDS88   SLEAFORD MODS Mr. Jolly Fucker 7". The first, second and third editions and their different versions (in terms of sleeves, coloured vinyl and signed editions) all sold out. The first one of which appeared at the start of 2014. A fourth edition, however, was released in April 2015 on orange vinyl in a 'proper' sleeve, as opposed to a wraparound one, and on orange vinyl. SOLD OUT

FD2LP87   JFK La Bas: 1987 - 1992 2LP. Reissue of the o/p CD from 2013, featuring 12 cuts including, 'Necropolis', exclusive to this version, and a different version of 'Sexodus 90' to the one on the CD also appears, besides 'Waterfall' (which was only on the CDr issed with the CD). Matthew Bower (Skullflower, Total, etc.) also features on three tracks. Issued an an edition of 325 on both white and black vinyl. Co-released by US label Dripping Dust Records. SOLD OUT

FDCD86   KAKOFONIKT Kaktuus CD. "The album Kaktuus by KakofoNIKT is an interpretation and translation of the cactus experience into the language of sounds. The compositions are arranged as consecutive stages of the contact with the cactus - starting from preparations, peeling off the skin and spines, going through all the stages of the sensations up to the extreme effects. Kaktuus is the result of experiments with sound perception, methods of improvisation and attempts to evoke peak experiences through music." Debut release by this Polish group, merging electronic textures, organic and acoustic instrumentation, voices and a largely hallucinogenic atmosphere. Co-released by Poland's BDTA label in an edition of 300 in February 2014. £9.00 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)

FDCD85   RICHARD YOUNGS Calmont Breakdown CD. Five tracks by the prolific artist defiantly and fantastically locked onto his own artistic path. The tracks here are more abstract and electronic in nature. Released in September 2013 in an edition of 300. Officially sold out, but we just had a handful of returns from a distributor in Spring 2017. £9.00 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)   NB: ALMOST SOLD OUT!

FDS84   TABATA MITSURU Uprising 7".  Limited edition of 250 copies. The first 50/60 copies were accompanied by a CDr of the 7" initially prepared for Tabata's March 2013 tour of Poland due to the records themselves not being ready in time. Avant-garde psychedelia by one of the best. Released in April 2013. Officially sold out but we had a handful of returns in April 2017 from a distributor. £4.00 + £4.00 postage (anywhere in the world)  NB: VERY FEW LEFT!

FDCD80   JFK La Bas: 1987 - 1992 CD. Collection of 10 cuts by Anthony Di Franco (Ramleh) in solo guise, spanning the years noted in the title and including several previously released. Brutal electronics, sub-bass and post-industrial rhythms. Released in June 2013 in an edition of 300. Co-released by Tiger On Box (a short-lived label based in Russia). The first 50 copies also arrived with a bonus CDr featuring two extra tracks. SOLD OUT

FDS80   RICHARD YOUNGS & LUKE FOWLER Yellow Gardens 7". Richard Youngs in collaboration with the renowned artist Luke Fowler. Electronic loops are spiralling textures. Released in an edition of 250 in screen-printed sleeves in mid-2012. SOLD OUT

FDCD79   SASHASH ULZ Chtenie CD. Album by this prolific Russian electronics artist, here using organ, field recordings and electronics. Released in November 2013 in oversized sleeve. Limited to 300. £4.75 + £3.00 postage (anywhere in the world)

FD2CD76   ZSOLT SORES Ahad's Master's Garden III (2007 - 2009): The Harmonian Blues 2CD. Music recorded during the years noted for dance and theatre, etc. by the Budapest artist/viola player known for creating fantastic improv psychedelic music with an avant-garde sensibility. Released in March 2011 and co-released by Poland's AudioTONG label. 300 pressed. SOLD OUT

FDCD75   TABATA MITSURU Mankind Spree CD. Seven cuts by the renowned Japanese guitarist whose history includes being a founding member of Boredoms and involvement with Zeni Geva, Leningrad Blues Machine and more, besides being a member of Acid Mothers Temple. Under his solo guise, however, he (and several guests) merge(s) avant-garde, psychedelic, electronic and other such music apparently beamed in from a distant corner of the universe. Released in May 2010 in an edition of 300. SOLD OUT

FD2CD74   CIRCLE Triumph 2CD. Featuring the Finnish group's radio session for US sation WMFU, from 2007. Packaged in LP-style gatefold sleeve. Released in September 2009. SOLD OUT

FD2LP73   CIRCLE Triumph 2LP. Featuring the Finnish group's radio session for US sation WMFU, from 2007. Released in a gatefold cover in January 2009. SOLD OUT

FDCD72   THE FIELDS OF HAY Songs for Nine Ladies CD. Five solo recordings from Stuart Carter (Theme, Splintered, Heroin, etc.), combining field recordings, several shades of ambient textures, acoustic guitar and suchlike. Features Sonic Boom (Spectrum, ex-Spacemen 3, etc.) on a couple of the songs and Richo (Theme, Splintered, Husk, etc.) on one. Released in June 2007. £9.00 + £3.50 postage (anywhere in the world)

FD2CD70 MERZBOW F.I.D. 2CD. Six cuts spread over two discs by Masami Akita. 500 pressed. Released in August 2006. £11.00 + £4.00 postage (anywhere in the world)

FDCD68   ANDREW LILES In My Father's House Are Many Mansions CD. Remixes of Liles' work by Band Of Pain, Nurse With Wound, The Hafler Trio, Colin Potter, Paul Bradley, Bass Communion, Freiband and more. Released in February 2006 in an edition of 500. SOLD OUT

FDCD66   MERZBOW SCSI Duck CD. Four lengthy cuts by this prolific Japanese 'noise' project spearheaded by Masami Akita. Released in 2003 in an edition of 500. SOLD OUT

FDCD62   THEME On Parallel Shores Removed CD. Debut album by this post-Splintered group, collecting ten songs of a more electronic/atmospheric nature originally designed as some kind of reaction to the 'rock' approach of the former group. Co-released with Tremor Recordings in late 2001 in an edition of 500. SOLD OUT

FDCD60   SPLINTERED Noumena CD.  Joint-released by Amanita and Suggestion, this appeared in late 1998 and amounts to something of a 'lost' album originally intended for release a few years earlier on a US label. A vinyl version of the same album was released by Dirter Promotions in 1994 in an edition of 300 which very quickly sold out, although this was supposed to represent an accompaniment to the full version captured on this CD. SOLD OUT

FDTEN59   SHIFTS Equal/Unequal 10". Two cuts by Frans de Waard's textural guitar project. Released in 2000 in an edition of 275 copies. SOLD OUT

FDTEN56   HIJOKAIDAN Ferocity of Practical Life 10". Two cuts by the long-running Japanese harsh electronics project, also featuring Masami Akita (Merzbow) on drums. Released in 1997. SOLD OUT

FDS55   VARIOUS ARTISTS Bottom of the World 7". Features a track each by New Zealand artists Omit, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Surface of the Earth and RST compiled by Nick Cain. Co-released with Fisheye in 1998 in an edition of 'about' 500. SOLD OUT

FDTEN54   STEFAN JAWORZYN Lick My Pussy, Will Montgomery 10". Three savage improv guitar cuts from Stefan Jaworzyn (ex-Skullflower, ex-Whitehouse, Ascension, etc.) with titles such as 'Eat Shit' and 'Jazz Snob'. Limited to 400. Released in 1996. SOLD OUT

FDTEN53   SPLINTERED/A.S.P. split 10". Two cuts from Splintered in slightly more subdued setting, plus one lengthy one from A.S.P. (Steve Pittis of Band Of Pain/Splintered and Richo of Splintered) on the reverse. Released in an edition of 300 in 1997. SOLD OUT

FDTEN50   RICHARD YOUNGS & SIMON WICKHAM-SMITH 444D 10". Four collaborative tracks by the prolific Richard Youngs with Simon Wickham-Smith. Released in 1995 in an edition of 400 with hand-labelled black sleeves. SOLD OUT

FDTEN46   NULL Flying Serpent 10". Three tracks by Kazuyuki K. Null of molten guitar pulverisation. Released in an edition of 750 on clear vinyl in September 1994. A second edition of 100 on black vinyl also appeared in 1995. BOTH VERSIONS SOLD OUT

FDS43   CIRCLE Ghatarian 7". Two cuts by the krautrock-inspired Finnish group. Released in an edition of 400 during mid-1995. SOLD OUT

FDS40   RAKE Squelch 7". Two improv noise-rock tracks that sound like they were recorded in a flooded basement by this US group helmed by Bill of VHF Records. Released in an edition of 400 in 1995. SOLD OUT

FDS36   RICHARD YOUNGS & SIMON WICKHAM-SMITH Worried About Heaven 7". Two collab forays into murky avant-garde textural gush from beyond. Released in an edition of 400 in 1993. SOLD OUT

FDS31   HUSK The Abattoir 7". Two recordings from this project helmed by Richo (Splintered, Theme, etc.), also featuring other Splintered members. Metal percussion, electronics, guitar and tape splurge. Limited to 500 and co-released by Dying Earth in 1993. SOLD OUT

FDS24   JFK Sexodus 7". Two cuts from Anthony Di Franco (Ramleh). Released in 1992 in a numbered edition of 500. SOLD OUT

FD£23   IDENTITY Some Kind of Fun e.p. 7". Five cuts of poppy hardcore from this Redditch group. Released in 1989 in an edition of 1000. SOLD OUT

FDS18   PLAYGROUND Seeking the Truth 7". Features three songs taking the Kent group's sound into slightly heavier territory. Released in an edition of 500 with handmade sleeves and stickers on the labels, plus including an insert. A second edition was then pressed by Decoy/Vinyl Solution with proper sleeves and no inserts or stickers (in an unknown quantity). Released initially in mid-1988. SOLD OUT

FDLP14   V/A Tearing Down the Barricades Vol. 1. LP. Features Splintered, JFK, Political Asylum, Identity, Hotalacio, Brainstorm, Instigators, Crane, Voiceless and more. Issued with Grim Humour #15 and many stickers in an edition of 1000 in mid-1990. SOLD OUT

FD12   AUSGANG In Retrospect (Out of Our Minds) CASSETTE. A collection of demos from between 1983 and 1986 by Ausgang/Ausgang-a-go-go. Post-punk. Released in mid-1987 in an edition of 'around' 100. SOLD OUT

FD08   PLAYGROUND Final CASSETTE. A collection of demo and live recordings by this Herne Bay/Canterbury-based noise-rock/post-punk group. Released in an edition of 250 in 1987. SOLD OUT 

FD06   VARIOUS ARTISTS Fatal: The Grim Follow Up (A Copulation Tape) CASSETTE. Sequel to the Life Would Be Grim Without Humour cassette released in conjunction with Grim Humour fanzine. Feautres Head of David, Clair Obscur, Playground, Shockheaded Peters, Dave Howard Singers, Iron In The Soul, Mustard Kestrels, Furyo, Passion Of Ice and others. Packaged with an 8pp. booklet. Released in an edition of 'about' 200 in late 1986. SOLD OUT

FDS05   AUSGANG Bad Hand flexidisc 7". Features just the track of the title by this post-punk/glam group, issued with Grim Humour #8 in 1986. 1000 pressed. SOLD OUT

FDFS4   I'M DEAD/EPIDEMIC split-flexidisc. Features a track each by these punk/post-punk groups. Issued with Grim Humour #3 in 1984 in an edition of 1000. SOLD OUT

FD03   PLAYGROUND demo CASSETTE. Features three studio recordings, including a cover of ATV's 'Splitting In Two', by this post-punk/noise group. Limited to 150. Released in March 1986. SOLD OUT

FDS02   PERSIAN FLOWERS Somebody Else's Sin 7". Released in 1984 during Gary Levermore's running of the label. The one and only release by this group whose vocalist was once in Wasted Youth. Released in 1984 in an edition of 1000. SOLD OUT

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