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Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release + an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham).

The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.

These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic) all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films.

Created as work for hire in anticipation of television or film usage, many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years. Other tracks featured were used as incidental or title music in long-forgotten 1960s detective and cult programs.

And whilst the names of the artists and composers featured on this album have remained relatively obscure (Syd Dale, Reg Tilsley, Johnny Pearson, Barry Stoller etc), the music they created is in fact some of the most well known and highly accessible music in the world – due to its widespread usage on these detective and thriller (and many other genre) television shows and films during this period.

In the 1960s and 1970s, these British music libraries used to promote these recordings to television and film productions on limited-run vinyl pressings (usually housed in generic sleeves). Mostly pressed in runs of less than 1000 copies, the best and rarest of these original records are today highly sought after items and included here is a fine selection of some of these rare, collectible and very groovy tracks.

To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.

As well as the CD release this album also comes as a heavyweight deluxe gatefold super-loud double vinyl release (with free download code). The graphic novel comes free with the physical release (CD and double vinyl LP) of the album Inner City Beat.

There is also a worldwide digital download release for this Soul Jazz Records release.

2014 13 Jan

Music For Films

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The Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson ist part of my early morning show “Klanghorizonte” next Saturday – with his soundtrack for the excellent thriller PRISONERS. In an interview, he was asked about his favourite films and soundtracks. 

- What made you “notice” music in films?

- I remember seeing 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) in the cinema when I was quite young and I remember the music affecting me strongly.

- On that note—what are some of your favorite movies, ever?

- Most of them tend to have strong scores. I love VERTIGO. It’s the pinnacle of the Hitchchock/Herrmann collaboration. I love some of David Lynch’s and Badalamenti’s collaborations, BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE and TWIN PEAKS, especially. I like David Cronenberg’s films. I’m a big fan of East European cinema, Bela Tarr, for example. Tarkovsky is great, of course. Since I live in Denmark, I can’t leave out Lars Von Trier, who’s done some amazing work.

- If you could re-score any existing movie, which one(s) would you choose, and what do you think you would bring to them? (Especially older films?)

- I think great films are great partly because the have great scores, so I’m not sure I would like to re-score any of my favorite films – it would feel wrong somehow. I have written new music for silent films, including Pudovkin’s THE END OF ST. PETERSBURG (1927) and Pabst’s PANDORA’S BOX (1929). I really enjoyed doing that – it’s a way of re-interpreting these films for a new audience. Also, silent films were meant to be screened with live music, so it feels like a very natural way of presenting this work.

Der junge Arvin wächst in den fünfziger Jahren im heruntergekommenen Niemandsland des Mittleren Westens auf. Hier hat sich der amerikanische Traum in einen fiebrigen Albtraum verwandelt, der bevölkert wird von psychopathischen Verbrechern, korrupten Sheriffs und religiösen Fanatikern. Arvin ringt um einen Ausweg aus dieser Welt. Doch als seine Freundin vom Ortsprediger missbraucht wird und sich daraufhin erhängt, nimmt auch er das Gesetz in die eigene Hand. Zur gleichen Zeit, nur wenige Meilen entfernt, brechen die beiden Serienkiller Carl und Sandy zur Jagd auf.

Nur sekundenlang blitzt so etwas wie Hoffnung auf. Zwei Jungen auf Fahrrädern biegen um die Ecke, und als er ihr sorgenfreies Lachen hört, wünscht sich der Serienmörder, jemand anderes zu sein. Doch dafür ist es längst zu spät. Der finsteren Welt des amerikanischen Autors Donald Ray Pollock entkommt man nicht. Hier tummeln sich religiöse Fanatiker, korrupte Polizisten und lüsterne Geistliche. Bei schwarzgebranntem Schnaps und gegrilltem Eichhörnchen zeigt sich das Elend der menschlichen Existenz in gnadenloser Größe. “Das Handwerk des Teufels” heisst dieses brilliante Erzählwerk.

2013 15 Jun


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Abserviert, Cains so lange verschollener Roman, ist, auch dank der erneut großartigen Aufmachung von Walde+Graf/Metrolit, für Krimi-Freunde wie Bibliophile gleichermaßen eine mehr als empfehlenswerte Wiederentdeckung. Ein düsteres und doch berauschendes »Noir«-Werk der alten Schule, das durch Ardais Nachwort informativ abgerundet wird.


2013 29 Mai

R. J. Ellory: “Writing is my religion, and music is my philosophy.”

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I recently completed the book for 2014, as yet untitled. I also received proof copies of the book that is being released in June of this year, entitled “The Devil and The River”. Contractually speaking, I am not now required to submit another book until the middle of 2014. This is – frankly – an utterly impossible scenario for me!

I am a writer. I write all the time. During the last ten years I have published eleven books, but I´ve written somewhere in the region of sixteen or seventeen. Beyond that, I still have twenty-five unpublished novels in my loft. I once asked my wife what we were going to do when we reached our mid-sixties and we had no money because she had spent it all on shoes. Her response was immediate and very specific: “I´ll just take all those manuscripts in the loft and put them on e-bay,” she said, “and then I´ll buy more shoes.”

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2013 11 Mai

R. J. Ellory: The Devil and The River (release date: June, 6)

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When the rains came they found the girl’s face. Just her face. At least that was how it appeared … On a perfect summer evening in 1954, sixteen-year-old Nancy Denton walked into the woods of her hometown of Whytesburg, Mississippi. She was never seen again. Two decades on, Sheriff John Gaines witnesses a harrowing discovery. A young woman has been unearthed from the riverbank, her body perfectly preserved, yet she bears evidence of a brutal ritualistic killing. Nancy has come home at last, but her return does not bring closure to her family, nor to the townsfolk of Whytesburg. Already haunted by his experiences in Vietnam, Gaines must now stretch his abilities to the limit, pushing himself ever closer to breaking point. What really happened to the beautiful and vivacious Nancy? And why do her friends refuse to talk? As Gaines closes in on the truth, he is forced to not only confront his own demons, but to unearth secrets that have long remained hidden. And that truth, so much darker than he could ever have imagined, may be the one thing that finally destroys him. Intense, gripping and hauntingly atmospheric, The Devil and the River is the stunning new thriller from bestselling author R.J. Ellory.

Für Manfred Sarrazin

Gestern war ich in dem Biopic (so heisst es neudeutsch) “Hitchcock”. Mit Anthony Hopkins (“Das Schweigen der Lämmer”), dem Anthony Perkins-Darsteller, sowie dem Mörder von Laura Palmer aus “Twin Peaks”, waren schon mal drei dunkle Gestalten der Filmgeschichte Teil eines sehr guten Filmes, der die vielschichtige Beziehung des “Altmeisters des Suspense” zu seiner Frau Alma beleuchtet – unnötig zu schreiben, dass Helen Mirrens Schauspielkunst mit dazu beitrug, jeden Hauch falscher Betulichkeit aus dem Streifen zu verbannen. Der Film spielt zu der Zeit, als der korpulente Regisseur sein Meisterwerk “Psycho” in Angriff nahm, den Widerständen der Industriebosse und der konservativen Filmkritik zum Trotz. Das oft despotische Verhalten des dicken Mannes am Set, und seine speziellen Besessenheiten für seine vorzugsweise blonden Stars, wurde eher nicht mit schonungslosem Realismus bedacht, vielmehr mit einem gütigen Blick auf die Licht- und Schattenseiten eines Genies. Grosses Schauspielerkino, das eine wahre Geschichte erzählt (mit jenem Hauch von Erfindung, der Teil jeder Wahrheit ist).

Und an dieser Stelle, nicht ganz unpassend, nun eine Reihe hochspannender neuer Kriminalromane / Thriller / Abenteuergeschichten, die ich jedem Freund und jeder Freundin dieser Genres sehr empfehle. Am besten suchen Sie sich bei Ihrem Lieblingsbuchhändler einen gemütlichen Lesesessel, vermeiden den Blick auf den Klappentext und lesen jeweil die ersten zwei, drei Seiten.

1) R.J. Ellory: Der Schrei der Engel
2) Manotti & DOA: Die ehrenwerte Gesellschaft
3) Joe R. Lansdale: Dunkle Gewässer
4) Ian Rankin: Mädchengrab
5) J.R. Moehringer: Knapp am Herz vorbei

(Die Romane von Ellory, Lansdale und Rankin las ich schon vor längerer Zeit, im Original, Ellorys Buch (“The Saints of New York”) ist einsame Klasse, unheimlich spannend, ganz grosse Literatur, Rankins Roman (sonst nicht so ein grosser Freund seiner Bücher) gewiss ein Spitzenthriller mit schottischer Hochlandatmosphäre und dem zurückgekehrten Inspektor Rebus, Lansdale gibt sowieso den hard core-Mark Twain, Manotti & DOA zeigen in einem aussergewöhnlich gut erzählten Politthriller, wie man den Hyperrealismus von “The Wire” auf französische Verhältnisse übertragen kann, und in Moehringers neuem Roman bricht Ihnen die Geschichte eines Bankräubers das Herz.)



“The strongest, truest, and most pitch-perfect narration since Huck Finn’s. Marvelous and terrifying, EDGE OF DARK WATER is the result of real genius at work. A masterpiece.” (Dan Simmons, author of The Terror and Drood )

“EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough.” (Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestseller Horns and A Heart-Shaped Box )

“Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, in EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-dee power we’ve come to expect of him.” (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone)

“Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale.” (David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers)

“Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” (The New York Times Book Review )

“Scenes that stand your hair on end while you fall out of your chair laughing.” (Chicago Sun-Times, on Leather Maiden )


Okay, Dan Simmons übertreibt ein wenig, aber in der Tradition von Huck Finn kann man Joe R. Lansdale schon erkennen. Kinder und Jugendliche, die in alter Zeit, und fernab der grossen Städte, dem Bösen begegnen und sich mit ihrem eigenen Waffen wappnen müssen, um dem Schlimmsten zu entkommen: ein Schlüsselmotiv mancher Lansdale-Romane. In den ersten drei Monaten des Jahres 2013 erscheinen drei Romane, die zu dem Besten zählen, was moderne bzw. zeitlos altmodische Kriminalliteratur leisten kann, erstmals in deutscher Übersetzung – neben diesem Buch von Lansdale werden viele Leser begeistert sein von R.J. Ellory und seinem Roman “Der Schrei der Engel”, sowie Pete Dexter und seinem Meisterwerk “Paperboy”. Wer sich auf diese Hochspannung, Abgründigkeit und diverse Formen von Noir amerikanischer Prägung einstimmen will, möge sich ab Donnerstag den neuen Film von P.T. Anderson, “The Master” anschauen, auch die Filmmusik ist beeindruckend und stammt vom “Radiohead” Johnny Greenwood. (M.E.)

2013 16 Jan

Mycroft: Quincunx

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nonine recordings proudly announces their upcoming album

non039 – mycroft. quincunx (cinematic, eclectic, experimental)

to be released on february 18.

sherlock holmes is one of the most fascinating fictional characters ever. published by sir arthur conan doyle between 1887 and 1914, his adventures and skills have since created a plethora of interpretations. wether it’s holmes’ ability to draw major conclusions from the smallest observations, or the thrilling decadence of the late 19th century bathed in an omnipresent, mysterious fog, doyle’s stories offer a fruitful ground for free creative interpretations.

next to holmes, his friend and biographer dr. john watson, and holmes’ obscure relation to irene adler, the stories cover a huge range of personal and interpersonal topics.
however, the two most captivating personages seem to be holmes’ brother mycroft and his archenemy professor moriarty, a.k.a the evil lord. this is where the latest nonine recordings release ‘mycroft. quincunx’ comes into play. the album is a sonic fiction dedicated to a literate one.

in command of deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, mycroft holmes is nevertheless incapable of performing regular detective duty. instead he works for the british govermment, serving as a sort of human computer. ‘the conclusions of every department are passed to him, and he is the central exchange, the clearinghouse that makes out the balance’.

mycroft investigates in the hidden reasons behind john moriarty’s treatise ‘upon the binomial theorem’ that won the man the mathematical chair of a smaller university, and made him professor. soon he discovers cryptic links to the work of sir thomas browne, hermetic author and writer of ‘the garden of cyrus’, a neo-pythgorean vision of the interconnection of art, nature and the universe. the idiosyncatic work contains a vertiginous procession of visual imagery and objects, reinforcing constantly how god geometrizes via the symbols of the number five and quincunx patterns.

searching deeper in this subject, mycroft discovers philosophical and religious articulations leading him to another hermetic mathematician and analyst of occult studies, sir isaac newton, and his law of gravity. mycroft soon finds out that if professor moriarty would question these essential laws by proving their hermetic false background in the quincunx …

a society based on these laws had to fall apart …

sit back, relax, and listen to the musical score of this outrageous fiction.
mycroft holmes’ first own novel on the stunning mystery of the quincunx will hold your breath.

practicing both as artists and critical writers, italian experimental musician andrea ferraris and nonine head me raabenstein are the ones behind the mycroft project.
enjoy the plot they created and their melody !!!

watch the related video on vimeo and you’ll know …
mycroft. pyramids of tin

2013 2 Jan

Meine 8 intensivsten Thrillererlebnisse 2012

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1) Elizabeth Hand: Available Dark

“A strong writer. Her studies of artists and musicians are something fierce, and there’s a deadly beauty to her bleak rendering of the Nordic landscape.” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)

2) Megan Abbott: Das Ende der Unschuld (Original: The End of Everything)

3) Sara Gran: Die Stadt der Toten

4) R.J. Ellory: Bad Signs

5) Ramiro Pinilla: Nur ein Toter mehr

6) Mechtild Borrmann: Wer das Schweigen bricht

7) Steve Hamilton: Misery Bay

8) Joe R. Lansdale: Ein feiner, dunkler Riss

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