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Trans 80 (limited 180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: LNCC 007. Rel: 13 Nov 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Trans-80
  2. Black Magic Mushrooms
out of stock $11.12
Cat: BS 003. Rel: 07 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Brunswick Drive
  2. Brunswick Drive (Scott Fraser remix)
Review: You can always count on Andrew Weatherall to have something fresh and exciting to bring to the table, not least on his latest imprint Bird Scarer. Black Merlin's appearance with "Brunswick Drive" suggests there could be very exciting things to come from Spectral Empire producer George Thompson. With that favourable John Carpenter tension applied to a smacked out groove that slurs between post-punk, industrial and disco, a truly enchanting and downright brilliant jam is born. Scott Fraser gets busy on the remix and ups the drums, bringing a separate but equally inspired approach to weird disco abstractions.
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out of stock $8.46
Cat: NJ 005. Rel: 11 Apr 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Salute To The Light
  2. Love Chamber
  3. Cymatic Sun
out of stock $8.46
New World Fantasy (limited hand-numbered 12")
Cat: COMMONTHREAD 01. Rel: 04 Feb 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. New World Fantasy
  2. Ice House
Review: Formerly part of Spectral Empire, George Thompson has latterly made a name for himself as a cosmic wizard of some repute under the Black Merlin guise. Debuting the project on Sir Wevvers' Bird Scarer label in 2012, subsequent Black Merlin transmissions have appeared on World Unknown, Mike Simonetti's New Jersey and the label arm of Dalston fashion boutique to the well-heeled LN:CC. He makes for a perfect individual to launch the somewhat shadowy Common Thread label, an operation that has left mere crumbs of information scattered across the internet. Typically for the Black Merlin, both tracks here are tinged with an element of the disco noire - "Ice House" in particular will please those seeking some contemporary Giallo Disco thrills.
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out of stock $9.00
Oba Enka (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: MNQ 124. Rel: 06 Sep 18
Techno
  1. DEF (7:39)
  2. Ham (9:07)
  3. Oba Enka (7:20)
Review: Given he's previously released some seriously creepy, atmospheric techno on Berceuse Heroique and Pinkman, you'd expect Black Merlin's Mannequin Records debut to be similarly unsettling. That's certainly the case with A-side "DEF", a hypnotic and feverish affair where raw and restless, industrial-inspired riffs rise above paranoid, held-note chords and a locked-in drum track. You'll find more brain-melting, razor-sharp modular motifs on the arguably even more intense and wayward "Oba Enka", while closer "Ham" wraps undulating, acid-style electronic motifs around an altogether fuzzier, looser groove. It sounds like it would be capable of inducing vivid hallucinations in early morning dancers, which in our book is no bad thing.
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 in stock $8.46
Cat: SORN 001. Rel: 19 Jan 15
Techno
  1. Tremblez Deviant
  2. Stalky Tarkovsky
  3. Orbit
Review: Inaugural release from Bokhari Records offshoot SORN, for explorations into techno, ambience & crunchy cosmic dirt. SORN takes its name from the alien race in the CS Lewis Space Trilogy. Black Merlin is no stranger to creating music for other worlds and offers two industrial monsters for proper systems and then finishes it off with the beautiful and aptly titled Orbit.
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out of stock $6.34
Cat: COTF 003. Rel: 30 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Full Denim Jacket
  2. Amazing Exotics
  3. Amazing Exotics (Adrian Tripod remix)
Review: For Crimes of the future number 3 we present the ubiquitous Black Merlin, Trevor Horn heads to Berghain at 3am Friday and stays til Monday..... Completing the release Timothy J. Fiarplay and Scott Fraser remix together for the first time in the Adrian Tripod mode, taking amazing exotics back deep into Early 1990's New York and kicking it out bonesbreaks style.
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out of stock $6.34
Burn It (12")
Cat: COMMONTHREAD 04. Rel: 30 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Burn It (7:05)
  2. Experiments In The Dark (10:39)
Review: Treacle thick tech treats from Black Merlin on super-limited vinyl. Worked on an all-analogue set up, both "Burn It" and "Experiments In The Dark" take us back to the early '90s when Black Strobe were smashing down European boundaries and Beltram was doing the same in the US. "Burn It" is the real crunchy groove-heavy cut while "Experiments In The Dark" takes us even deeper inside our own minds with an orgy of modem banter. Twisted.
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out of stock $8.21
Noi (12")
Cat: SLK 005. Rel: 15 Oct 18
Industrial/Noise
  1. Noi 1 (7:01)
  2. Noi 2 (6:57)
  3. Noi 3 (6:04)
  4. Noi 4 (5:49)
Review: Following up some great tracks on Pinkman, Mannequin and Malka Tuti in recent times, British synth wizard George Thompson returns under the Black Merlin alias - delivering some bold EBM and electro-noir antics for Berlin imprint She's Lost Kontrol. The rusty grind of analogue arpeggios, with minimal rhythms awash in icy trails of reverb plus guttural howls through walls of distortion shall taunt you throughout the sonic contents of the Noi EP. While Thompson sure has a knack for nailing all the hallmarks of early industrial music, he still finds time for the same tribal meditative minimalism found on his Karamika project as heard on the riveting "Noi 2" - one of the EP's highlights.
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 in stock $15.09
Kosua (2xLP)
Cat: IOTG 005. Rel: 07 Nov 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Self Heat (6:17)
  2. Feeling Colour (2:57)
  3. Seane Falls Womens Kulumba (7:05)
  4. New Guinea (feat Dr Lawrence Blair) (3:18)
  5. Cloud (8:33)
  6. Standing At The Summit Of Bosavi (5:53)
  7. Fogomay'Iu Village (8:46)
  8. Kundu (4:44)
  9. Stalking The Canopy (4:31)
  10. Talisu (4:41)
  11. Sibi (4:35)
  12. First Light (4:44)
  13. Chief Sigalo Balo Dance (5:42)
  14. Madmen, Missionaries, Prospectors & Weirdos (6:57)
  15. Big Haus (4:44)
 in stock $26.21
Proto World EP (heayweight vinyl 12")
Cat: BH 036. Rel: 20 Jan 17
Techno
  1. Proto World (9:06)
  2. Spirit House (3:50)
  3. Vision Animal (7:32)
  4. Hope (6:11)
out of stock $11.38
Resistance (12")
Cat: OMD 010. Rel: 24 Nov 16
Techno
  1. Resistance (7:34)
  2. Circuits (8:05)
out of stock $9.26
Cat: JL 014. Rel: 05 Dec 16
Techno
  1. Isolation (12:43)
  2. Klang (9:23)
  3. Tanksport (5:19)
out of stock $11.38
Issue N Fourteen (limited clear vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: JL 014CLR. Rel: 05 Dec 16
Techno
  1. Isolation (12:44)
  2. Klang (9:24)
  3. Tanksport (5:18)
out of stock $11.64
Phase One (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: PBD 05. Rel: 09 Feb 17
Techno
  1. Phase 1 (6:50)
  2. Phase 2 (9:43)
out of stock $10.32
Hipnotik Tradisi (2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: IOTG 002. Rel: 23 Jun 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Surrounded Peace (4:44)
  2. Wave (6:27)
  3. Somewhere In Ubud (6:37)
  4. Sepeda Kumbang (7:01)
  5. Time In Motion (4:15)
  6. Tutur (6:30)
  7. Layang-Layang (7:03)
  8. Fire Dance (4:54)
  9. Reef Play (5:36)
  10. Totek & Tim (2:03)
  11. Waiting For The Horn (7:30)
  12. Voyage (5:01)
  13. Flight EK - 0358 (5:29)
out of stock $22.23
Void EP (heavyweight vinyl double 12")
Cat: BH 055. Rel: 12 Dec 18
Techno
  1. Void (8:49)
  2. Machine (9:15)
  3. R24 (8:02)
  4. Voice (2:50)
  5. Mechanic (6:51)
  6. Mod (7:52)
Review: While George Thompson AKA Black Merlin has released rather a lot of fine material in recent times, we still think that he saves his best for Berceuse Heroique - or at least his darkest and most clandestine aural explorations. For proof, check this inspired double-pack of creepy, pitch-black workouts, which we think contains some of his most potent work to date. There's the triple-time, paranoid deep techno throb of "Void", the faintly threatening dystopian dancefloor shuffle of "Machine", and the clanking, industrial-fired hypnotism of "R24" and "Mechanic". While it tends towards the paranoid and unsettling, Thompson has included one sun-bright shard of light: the blissful, beat-free, intertwined synthesizer lines of closing cut "Mod".
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 in stock $16.93
Archives (double 12")
Cat: BH 042 5. Rel: 11 Jan 18
Techno
  1. Agro (8:34)
  2. Shock (8:37)
  3. 12515 (13:07)
  4. The Alpaga Pet Boys (10:44)
  5. Laz (7:28)
out of stock $16.93
Kode (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: ORKL 12. Rel: 30 Jan 19
Techno
  1. DE 2.1 (6:57)
  2. PKL 7 (4:35)
  3. MM5 (8:59)
Review: Over the past couple of years, George Thompson AKA Black Merlin has made some of the most intoxicating, otherworldly electronic music around. The genius of his music lies in the way Thompson fixes creepy, paranoid aural textures and faintly haunting lead lines with rhythmic and instrumental elements inspired by trips to South East Asia and Oceania. He's at it again here, too, wrapping chugging polyrhythms and uncomfortable electronics in chiming, Steve Reich style melodic cycles on brilliant opener "DE 2.1". The track that follows, "PKL", is arguably even more unsettling in its hypnotic melodic approach, twinkling sound palette and mind-bending electronic shifts. Arguably best of all, though, is epic B-side "MM5", a sparse and loopy affair that could well be capable of inducing hallucinations in even the most sober of listeners.
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Cat: PBD 14. Rel: 04 Apr 19
Techno
  1. Psych 73 (6:21)
  2. Strip (7:42)
Played by: Honey Soundsystem
 in stock $10.58
Control EP (12")
Cat: BNR 159. Rel: 25 Nov 16
Techno
  1. Control (7:32)
  2. Secondo (5:58)
  3. Blindfold (6:59)
  4. Sequencer (5:56)
out of stock $9.00
Cat: WU 8. Rel: 27 Jun 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Black Merlin - "22.05"
  2. White Lodge - "Swung"
Review: Key to the ongoing World Unknown parties has been the sense of community it engenders as a group of dedicated attendees fill the South London dark room every month, and it's from this lot that Blake and Hart have also hand picked some of the artists that have appeared on the affiliated label. After a year off from the slog of releasing records, World Unknown serve up the second of two new releases that features two such talented regulars in Black Merlin and White Lodge. Both the former Bird Scarer graduate and his less heralded B Side partner seem inspired by the work of John Carpenter here - in the case of the former it's the spiraling synth lines married to the kind of chugging beat that gives Weatherall palpitations. White Lodge adopts a more interesting approach on "Swung" an appropriately titled track paced at 6/4 which is described as the "opening salvo in this year's snare roll revival".
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