Snapped Ankles Forest Of Your Problems The first 100 orders of the indies LP will get a signed card sleeve! Snapped Ankles return to the forest, but it’s not as they left it. Trees planted in neat rows. A well-ordered monoculture with access roads and heavy machinery. The smell of greenwashed money in the air. There’s no sign of the ancient woodland they emerged from on debut album, Come Play The Trees. And it’s far cry from the gentrified East London they found themselves hawking on Stunning Luxury. All is not well in the face of progress. Welcome to the Forest Of Your Problems. Even among the famously close-knit woodwose community there are factions forming. Meet The Business Imp, The Cornucopian, The Nemophile and The Protester. Each with their own motivations and belief systems. Their own sense of injustice: contradictions, anxieties and guilt. Forest Of Your Problems runs the gamut of modern woodwose emotions. In this neat human approximation of the forest, it’s an increasingly knotted affair. Despite all of this, Snapped Ankles haven’t lost their innate ability to make you want to move your feet - their Teutonic forest rhythms are still shot through with post-punk lightning. Whether they’re exploring those opportunities which might arise when a Nigerian prince emails out of the blue on ‘The Evidence’, or referencing the crooked woodwose attempting to go straight on ‘Rhythm Is Our Business’, this is music to lose your inhibitions to. The moments of pure elation on ‘Shifting Basslines Of The Cornucopians’ are worth the admission price alone - “It’s a great time to be alive!” … apparently. The Leaf Label CD | LP Signed
Craven Faults Enclosures This mini-album is Craven Faults’s second vinyl release on The Leaf Label. Thirty-seven minutes of music over three epic tracks - longform analogue electronic journeys across the north of England. Presented in full bleed monochrome sleeve with obi strip and limited to 300 copies on black vinyl + download code. Enclosures follows Craven Faults’ debut album Erratics & Unconformities. These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering. We’re out of the blocks quickly. German engineering carries us swiftly across the moors on a Saturday night rendezvous. Two almost identical mushroom shaped rocks are the destination. There’s evidence of previous rituals carried out. Two hours due north we go in search of the power source. Cascading. An experiment in performance over a fixed point. Tape loops recorded in 1967 at The Philadelphia College of Art. Woodwind purchased from a charity shop in Yeadon. The concept of work was forgotten. We’re back on the millstone grit of the Mid Craven Fault for an exercise in simplification. Familiar territory. Sometimes the theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and there’s still power in hammering a single note over two chords – a lesson learnt from the American South in the late 40s and early 50s and boiled down in the late 60s. Olympic Sound Studios, April 1967. The Hit Factory, April 1969. The Leaf Label 12"
Caribou Up In Flames [vinyl] Reissue of the second album by Dan Snaith, originally released as Manitoba We originally said this The next step in Manitoba's continual development! This time he's opted for live instrumentation and subdued vocals over skillfully edited and manipulated breakbeats, an entirely lush and uplifting listening experience that bears resemblance to Four Tet/Fridge kind of stuff and has even been compared to early Mercury Rev and Beach Boys too. Beautitful sun-drenched pleasure that's guaranteed to make you happy! Watch out for his material under the name Caribou as well - he had to change it on account of some legal beef of some sort... Crazy The Leaf Label LP
Melt Yourself Down Dot To Dot Limited 12" New single ‘Dot To Dot’ is nothing less than a celebration of those cities built on a thousand tones, scents, accents and flavours. New York – London – Paris – Berlin: here the people are the pulse. ‘Dot To Dot’ rides the underground arteries. It crackles with the kinetic surges of all that electricity in close proximity. Sees the shadows of feral creatures grow tall on alleyway walls. Steps through tendrils of rising steam. “I’ve got the rot,” wails fervent frontman Kushal Gaya with fire-dancing fury, “I’ve got the rot inside me.” And as another golden sun rises over skyscrapers that tower like silent mirrored statues, its rays beaming laserlike along litter- strewn avenues, who hasn’t felt like that? On the single’s flipside comes a stone-cold uppercut of a remix by mysterious Italian producer DJ Khalab, who bends ‘Dot To Dot’ into intoxicating, exotic new shapes. In both sound and aesthetic, Melt Yourself Down have celebrated migration since day one. This collective know that life is transitory and only the blind see borders and boundaries. Theirs is musical unity through movement and sound The Leaf Label 12" Pre-Order
Matthew Bourne Isotach Following his celebrated 'Moogmemory' project, Matthew Bourne returns to the piano for Isotach. Once again, spontaneity is the keyword where Bourne is concerned, catching on tape that pregnant moment when a piece begins to form. Skeletal piano motifs, an aching use of space and sparin g cello arrangements are deployed to devastating effect. Recorded in his rural North Yorkshire home, Bourne’s piano placed to overlook the moors while he works, the album title is a nod to the weather, which played a part in its creation. The Leaf Label CD | LP
Colleen Les Ondes Silencieuses This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2017. More stock expected on Tuesday. Hit "notify me" to find out when. Ten years on from Colleen's final release for The Leaf Label, we are reissuing three of her celebrated albums on strictly limited edition coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2017. Limited to just 750 copies for the world, each record also includes a download code. The Leaf Label LP RSD 2017