"Valentina Magaletti's Rotta is released roughly two years since Blume Edition's last LP in 2020. The album encounters the Italian born, London based percussionist and composer embarking into the territory of the solo performer, sculpting a remarkable sense of emotive ambience and space from complex polyrhythms and electronic interventions. Rotta is an absolutely stunning, exploratory gesture of solo percussion and electronics by Valentina Magaletti shines like a beacon of hope into strange and uncertain times. Born in Southern Italy and conservatory trained, Valentina Magaletti first emerged on the London scene during the early 2000s. Over the last two decades, her work as a drummer and percussionist of rare and unparalleled talent has cut wild path across numerous idioms of music, collaborating with Nicolas JaarJandekCharles HaywardGraham LewisThurston Moore, and numerous others, in addition to her work within TomagaHoly TongueMoin, and Vanishing TwinRotta, a work for percussion and electronics, draws upon Magaletti's enduring, exploratory pursuit of ecstatic ritualism through sound and joins her growing body of efforts, begun with 2020's A Queer Anthology of Drums, that encounters her working as a solo performer, among most challenging creative positions for an improvisor. Recorded in a single take within the nearly empty void of Cafe Oto in London, during late October of 2020 -- one of a handful of months between the UK's first and second lockdowns -- Rotta encounters Magaletti's occupying an explicitly experimental realm, weaving a remarkable tapestry of polyrhythms from behind the kit into the ambience of the room and further electronic interventions. Deeply emotive and cathartic, drawing upon its title's double meaning in Italian -- "broken" and "route" -- the piece displays intense virtuosity and direct, real-time immediacy, balanced against the unmistakable presence of vulnerability and risk; profoundly human and expressive cries sent through Magaletti's hands, amplified by skin, wood, and spun brass. Played against bristling textures of electronics, complex rhythms allude to the utterances of vocal language and speech, staggering and dancing toward deeper meanings that only the beat can express. Magaletti's Rotta is an immersive expanse of sonorous texture, ambience, and rhythm, cohesively bound at the borders of freely improvised noise. A deeply intimate sense of space, tension, and dynamics focus the lens on one of the most dynamic artists working today. Coral pink vinyl; edition of 300." - Blume
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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