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WEEK STARTING 23 Feb

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    Rothmans return with their third release of 2015 and back in the squad is Brooklyn beat master Aimes. You might remember his substitiute appereance on ROTHMANS2 alongside Fairplay and Strunz. This new release plays homage to infamous French defender Marius Tresor whose hard nosed defending earned him a place in Pele's top 100 players of all time. Back to the record and we find Aimes following on from where Ste Spandex left off with an up-tempo trancy, acid belter 'Tunnel Down'. Track 2 lowers the tempo a little and feels a little more classic Rothmans with that nu-disco / Italo feel too it, a sound that served them so well through Roth 3 - 5. The remix comes in on the B-side from Brassica, and he doesn't pull any punches at all, the remix takes all the aspects of the original and weaves them into an eight minute-long piece of original music that just keeps on giving! One of the remixes of the year from the London-based wizard.


    Alma Negra

    Maloya / Midnight Run

    Unstoppable Swiss trio Alma Negra return to the flawless Highlife imprint with yet another dose of diasporic dancefloor magic for mass enlightenment. Messrs Miajica, Rohrbach and Figueria get right down to business with the peak time thump of "Maloya", a pounding tribal cut in the spirit of their "Mao Negra" EP on Basic Fingers. Blending the organic rattle of ethnic percussion with a crunching drum machine track for a totally intoxicating rhythm, they loop and layer a hypnotic chant, delivering the voodoo house track of the decade. It's caused an absolute frenzy every time the Highlife crew have dropped it at one of their parties, and now it's gonna do the same for you. On the flip, "Midnight Run" combines up tempo polyrhythms with lysergic keys and highlife guitars , while a killer bassline rolls on and on for days. Alma Negra are on fire at the moment, and this double header of spiritually charged house cements their one-to-watch status.


    The art of omission is a craft New Jersey native Joey Anderson masters like few others. After releasing an acclaimed debut album in 2014, Anderson returns to the Dekmantel label serving up the signature sound we love him for. With the 1974 EP, he continues his modern day techno odyssey investigating the outskirts of the genre, while focusing on details and unexpected twists. Serving up dense melodic structures, intense chord progressions and unique but relentless drum programming and sounds, Anderson shows that the future of techno is bright, original and full of energy

    Armando Gallop, the legendary Chicago producer and DJ whose career was tragically cut short by his death in 1996 left behind a legendary reputation as one of the windy city's finest. Having released on seminal labels such as; Trax, Musique, Westbrook and his own Warehouse imprint, Armando brought his own rough hewn brand of machine funk and acid to the table and the dance music world has been much better off for it since. "The New World Order Level 3" is a collection of Armando's tracks running through various styles and sounds; acid, disco infected bangers, crazy Chi-Town jack tracks and much more. This collection is a great overview of some of Armando's lesser known tracks and has always been a tough one to track down, it also features the storming "Pleasuredome" that was recently comped on Nina Kraviz' stellar DJ Kicks mix among a clutch of other lesser known gems. An essential addition to any Chicago lovers record collection, essential original House music! Re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in conjunction with the official license and rights holders for 2015.


    It seems our favourite Anglo-Argentine producer has hit a purple patch since swapping London for Berlin, causing a mad rush with the Timmy Thomas sampling smash of "Only I Know The Name Of This Track" on AIM last time out, and now blowing my tiny mind with this latest release on UntilMyHeartStops. Favouring the deep, cerebral and soulful over jump up club bangers, Arnaldo delivers a sophisticated EP of warm analogue sounds tinged with a wintery melancholy. A-side cut, "I Keep Doing This" sees the producer tug at our heartstrings right from the get go with a yearning chord progression which sits deep in the centre of the track. The rattling percussion track supplies an earthy tone which helps to anchor those overarching chords and celestial keys in the here and now. A truly sublime piece of emotive house reminiscent of Move D or Pepe at their most honest. On the flip, Will takes us deep with the late night vibes of "Communal Disco Lung", a bona fide classic from the producer's residency at the Dance Tunnel. Subtle disco flavours infect a dislocated house groove which incorporates a little of the scuzzed up aesthetic loved by the Future Times massive while still retaining maximum clarity. I can only imagine how good that gurgling bassline sounds on a big rig in the midst of Arnaldo's narcotic soundscape. Will takes us home in gorgeous fashion with the deep space bleeps, warm organ and low slung bassline of "Waterlily". Organic, expressionistic and deep enough to take a bath in, this is house music operating far beyond the reaches of the dancefloor.

    For Fans Of: The Bronx, Biffy Clyro, Baroness, Hot Snakes and Titus Andronicus. The Northern Irish trio Axis Of has been winning hearts throughout Europe since the release of their debut album ‘Finding St. Kilda’ in 2012.

    Their records espouse their deep love of music, meeting new people and travel: ”The touring we do completely shapes our music and lyrics,” explains Ewen Friers (lead singer and bassist). And on their lastest offering, ‘The Mid Brae Inn’ this is taken to fascinating new emotional heights. Recorded in the grip of an Irish winter, the daily trek to the recording studio proved to be a mission in itself: “There were deep snow storms and havoc on old coastal roads. One morning our van’s exhaust was ripped off by a wave.”

    The band succumbing to the sea is an apt metaphor for ‘The Mid Brae Inn’. Across its eleven tracks, distorted bass swells and soars whilst guitars foam with effervescent hooks. One can almost taste the salt in the air on album highlights: “Wetsuit”, “Beachcombing” and “Quarrel Reef”. The sound that the bass-player-fronted three-piece has crafted is simultaneously melodic and thunderous – drawing comparison to the sound Biffy cultivated on their crossover ‘Only Revolutions’.

    “Over the last few years we've really pushed that idea of ‘poppy but heavy’. I think this record takes that idea and stretches it further at both ends” explains Niall. “I feel we're now the band we were hinting at becoming, it just required a few hundred shows to get us to this point.” A record built to be heard live, by men on a mission. Axis Of: coming soon, to a town near you (hopefully in a van with an intact exhaust).

    Luis Bacalov

    Django OST - AMS Edition

    In 1966 the 'spaghetti western' genre was reworked once again by Sergio Corbucci's "Django" - a director with an impressive average of 2-3 films per year. The settings change, with sand replaced by mud, and the protagonist, rather than moving on horseback, walks through wilderness dragging a coffin which hides something mysterious. As Leone chose Eastwood, so Luis chose the unknown Franco Nero as the hero. These and other factors made "Django" an absolute cult, that gave way to a long series of sequels and that in recent times has been repeatedly honoured at several levels (not only movies but also comics, music, cartoons...). Among the most recent contributions we have Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained": not only was the original theme used in its soundtrack, but the film has an exceptional appearance of Franco Nero in the flesh!

    Perfect accompaniment to the muddy, cynical and gloomy scenarios, is Luis Bacalov's music, an Argentine conductor well known to Italian progressive rock fans, since he worked with New Trolls, Osanna and Il Rovescio della Medaglia. The main "Django" theme is chilling even today, almost 50 years since its conception; it was recorded in two versions, one sung in Italian (by Roberto Fia) and the other in English (by Rocky Roberts), but only the first was released as a 45rpm at the time, while the second, along with several other tracks, was revived for the first time in 1985. This reissue of the original score consists of 24 tracks, selected and enclosed in a beautiful gatefold package with new artwork, liner notes and a 30x30cm mini-poster with vintage flyers and lobby cards

    'Sour Soul' is the collaborative album from Toronto jazz / hip-hop band BadBadNotGood and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by and taking inspiration from 1960s and 70s music and the recording techniques and production of that era, and eschewing sampling in favour of live instrumentation, BBNG with producer Frank Dukes have created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface’s vivid storytelling. 'Sour Soul' also features guest spots from MF DOOM, Elzhi (Slum Village / J Dilla), Danny Brown and prodigal new rapper Tree (Project mayhem).

    Beastie Boys

    Ill Communication - 180g Vinyl Edition

    "Ill Communication" follows the blueprint of "Check Your Head", accentuating it at some points, deepening it in others, but never expanding it beyond the boundaries of that record. It was the first Beastie Boys album not to delve into new territory, but it's not fair to say that the band were coasting, since much of the album finds the group turning in muscular, vigorous music that fills out the black-and-white sketches that comprised "Check Your Head". Much of the credit has to go to the group's renewed emphasis on their rhyming; there are still instrumentals, but the Beasties do push their words to the forefront, even on dense rockers like the album's signature tune, "Sabotage". But even those rhymes illustrate that the group is in the process of a great settling, relying more on old-school-styled rhyme schemes and word battles than the narratives and surreal fantasies that marked the high points on their first two albums. With this record, the Beasties confirm that there is indeed a signature Beastie Boys aesthetic, with the group sticking to a blend of old school rap, pop culture, lo-fi funk, soulful jazz instrumentals, Latin rhythms, and punk, often seamlessly integrated into a rolling, pan-cultural, multi-cultural groove.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: Remastered 180g vinyl pressing.

    Their long awaited follow up ‘The Door Behind The Door’ transforms The Black Ryder’s kaleidoscopic sound and vision into something even more vivid, uncompromising, and sublime, bringing in new textures, emotions & moments of catharsis and transcendence.” (Matt Diehl – Spin/Rolling Stone/Billboard/Pitchfork/Interview)

    To date, the band have toured + played with Primal Scream, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Broken Social Scene, The Cult, The Black Angels, The Raveonettes, The Charlatans, Spectrum (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3).

    ‘ethereal drone, ceremonial percussion, and dead-eyed harmonies carry on together until they build up to something sublime. There’s never really a climax because the whole thing feels like one overwhelming wave of gorgeous noise’
    - STEREOGUM


    After seducing the likes of Optimo, Horse Meat Disco, Rub'N'Tug and Bicep with their floor-friendly reworks of classic disco, funk and electro, the lads over at Fatty Fatty Phonographics are expanding their repertoire with their first 12 inch of original material. The man they've chosen for this mission, Tim Blake, is a Dublin born music maker with a bank of vintage keyboards and drum machines in his spare room and a full blooded romantic's heart beating in his chest. Now based in Berlin, his debut "Heat Crime" EP came out on Kleine Reise Records, a label run by a set of Irish messers who throw some of the city's very best parties, and his recent 12" on It's A Lectric World is one of the maddest dancefloor records I've heard in ages. In its demo form "United States of Hinterland" was described as 'The Shit' by none other than Mad Mike Banks of Underground Resistance and I'm inclined to agree with the great man. Timbo marries banks of emotive, UR drenched synths and pads to overpowering piano chords, wild psychedelic guitar, crazed drum patterns and an unmistakeable 21st Century P-Funk squelch that'll have people freakin' by the speakers. If you're one of those DJs who likes to keep their dancefloor waiting for the climax, then I reckon the dubby and stripped back "Ultimate Step Mix" is much more your pace. On the flip, label heads Pablo & Shoey have their fun with the track, upping the ante with a big fat 303 assault while retaining the elements that make the original such a trip. The package is rounded off nicely with the transcendent 'Haunting Passion', a churning, yearning deep house roller that pushes all the right buttons for the modern dancefloor. You can imagine this one cooling the dancers off at 6am, or providing just the right soundtrack for a blissed out summer sunset moment...

    Bnjmn & Best Available Technology

    De/Re-Constructions

      Astro:Dynamics start off 2015 with a collaborative LP from Berlin-based Ben Thomas aka BNJMN (Delsin, Rush Hour, Technicolour) and Portland, Oregon-dwelling Kevin Palmer aka Best Available Technology (Opal Tapes, Further Records, Left_Blank).

      This collaborative album is a document of a musical dialogue between the two artists that has been ongoing for a number of years. The passing back and forth of ideas and snippets in the pursuit of feedback gradually grew into a body of work that eloquently moulds each artist's sonic palettes and approaches - harking back to Thomas' previous cross-atlantic collaborative work with Brainfeeder's Teebs under his earlier Jackhigh handle.

      Both artists have appeared previously on the label, with Ben Thomas' first appearance under the BNJMN alias showing up on the label's debut release back in 2010 (later releasing multiple albums and EPs under the name for revered house/techno labels Rush Hour & Delsin) and a 7" from the Singing Statues sub-project in 2012. A cassette of Palmer's ruff and ready jam sessions as BAT (culled from tape recordings made between 1992 and 1999) 'Excavated Tapes' also surfaced on the label in 2013 and saw reviews and features on Dazed & Confused, FACT Magazine, Resident Advisor, Tiny MIx Tapes and more.

      David Bowie

      Young Americans

        Originally released in the spring of 1975 and taken from the album of the same name, this 2007 Tony Visconti single mix is making its vinyl debut.

        The AA-side, which runs at 33 1/3 r.p.m, It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings) is an alternate version of an outtake from the 1974 Sigma Sound sessions in Philadelphia. It was first released on the Young Americans album special edition in 2007 and is also making it first appearance on vinyl.

        Travis Bretzer

        Waxing Romantic

        Waxing Romantic is the debut album from Canadian artist Travis Bretzer. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, 24-year-old Bretzer has an appropriately singular, off-beat take on guitar pop. An adroit songwriter and true troubadour, Travis sidesteps easy pigeonholing. On his debut EP Making Love (Mexican Summer, 2013) he managed to touch on the new-pop of Orange Juice, the playful idiosyncrasies of Prefab Sprout, with a freewheeling sensibility present in much of the Stiff Records catalog. Above all, Making Love displayed some truly sophisticated songwriting that belied its occasionally haphazard bedroom production and casual delivery.

        On Waxing Romantic, Travis has stepped up the production in a big way, graduating from the bedroom to a full studio environment. Recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn and produced by Jorge Elbrecht the new environment has allowed for Travis' songs to be taken to new, fully-realized heights.

        The move to the studio also feels very in keeping with the sonic inspiration Travis had for the album, which came in part from memories of rifling through his parents' soft-rock LPs: think Gerry Rafferty, Al Stewart, Christopher Cross, The Eagles. With their warm drums and smooth, clean studio sound informing Travis' sonic palette, it makes sense that Gary's Electric became the venue for the album recording.

        'It sounds like pina coladas and an afternoon spent woozily wandering around, slightly tipsy from said cocktails, hand-in-hand with a beautiful partner in crime.' Noisey

        ‘Travis Bretzer’s music has the effect of transporting listeners into a cloudy, ether-effect chamber, like Doctor Who scouring the skies while on valium. Nostalgia swims around, with melodies sharp enough to survive any decade.’DIY

        The Brian Jonestown Massacre

        Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Volume 2

          This comes for the first time on 180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Re-mastered for vinyl.

          This 22 track compilation spans the years 1995 – 2004 featuring key tracks from all their albums as well and live recordings and many unreleased tracks.BJM has been essential in the development of the modern U.S. garage scene, and many LA and SF musicians got their start playing with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic phase - the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK Shoegazing genre of the 1990s and incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.

          William S. Burroughs

          Nothing Here Now But The Recordings

            In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristle renown) travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz to starting the daunting task to compile the experimental sounds works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been heard. During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive.

            Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz would spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and keen experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations. By the time 1981 came through, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in which to escape the violence and mania of New York City life. It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings”. The album would come out in the Spring of 1981 as the final release for the shuttering Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. The album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set compiling the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings.

            Calexico

            Cumbia De Donde

              The first taster of the new Calexico album, comes in the shape of this limited edition 7" which comes in a hand stamped sleeve.

              It flows nicely on from their (poppier) last couple of albums, but also harks back to earlier releases, with a distinct latin feel and nice little brass blasts. It's more upbeat than say, The Black Light or Hot Rail but still has a dusty, South American charm. 

              Can't wait for the album now!

              Carlton Melton & Kandodo 3

              Split

                Carlton Melton lead the charge with three new tracks, recorded at the Dome with Brian MacDougall taping it down and John McBain mastering it for vinyl perfection. This is the Melton soaring into the stratosphere with their own take on spaced travel via olfactory motion. Many would simply say "psych", we say "SPACE" and "NO frontiers!", fly on brothers.

                Kandodo 3 is the new "nom de plume" for Simon Price's (The Heads) Kandodo project, having roped in fellow Heads' Wayne Maskell (drum patterns and rhythm driving) and Hugo Morgan (bass throb and guidance) to record under the name Kandodo 3. They take up their whole side with one looping soundscape that jitters and skitters into and around patterns of dub and space, this exhilaratating take on an already pre-determined trajectory is as awesome in its scope as it is in its journey, catch a ride! Mastered by Shawn Joseph (Optimum)

                Simon Kandodo Price artwork..... 500 copies only on blue coloured vinyl.

                Caustic Window

                Caustic Window - Clear Vinyl Edition

                Back in 1994, there were plans of releasing a full LP of music from Richard D. James, aka The Aphex Twin, under his "Caustic Window" moniker on his own label, Rephlex Records.

                This album unfortunately never saw the light of day until around 1999, when Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) granted a rare interview with the Aphex Twin fansite, joyrex.com (no longer active). In the interview, Mike described the tracks in detail, and went on to explain that only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album - Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike himself. Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, not a single track had ever been commercially released (with the exception of two tracks that appeared on compilations).

                In early 2014 a copy appeared on Discogs for $13,500. A group of Afx enthusiasts organised a fundraising Kickstarter scheme to buy the record and turn it into a digital release for people who contributed to the fund. Possibly one of those digital files has now been turned into this vinyl pressing, or maybe the original masters have been rediscovered and used... It's all very mysterious!


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLP Info: 2015 clear vinyl pressing housed in black sleeve with Afx logo in top right corner.

                Isle Of Wight’s Michael and David Champion aka Champs herald the New Year with news of their second album ‘Vamala’.

                The duo first came to light just twelve months ago with the release of their much lauded debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ and the onset of the festive season has seen a flurry of activity from the brothers.

                An all-too-rare recent live sortie to London earlier this month saw the pair premiering new tracks whilst ‘Desire’ - the first track to be lifted from ‘Vamala’ - has been showered with radio love including winning Rebel Playlist Track Of The Week status on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show.

                The album exudes emotion, be it stripped back melancholia or uptempo and panoramic, over its twelve tracks. Champs have captured their time in words and ‘Vamala’ is more than a worthy companion to its predecessor.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: Heavyweight 180g vinyl.

                Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them - something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It’s why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman’s early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.
                In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon–who’d been working with Elton John–had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK’s most expensive studios, Trident.

                The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year’s Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael’s wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a “lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again.” Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.

                The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he’d put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he’s always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest’s parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to “dead people on the between-track studio chatter” (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).

                As part of Light In The Attic’s revival of Chapman’s early career, however, the album is presented as was originally released, with Michael's blessing and albeit with two CD-only bonus tracks. Andru notes, "Warts and all, it is an important part of the Michael Chapman: The Early Years story.” Michael has been less diplomatic in talking about the album. "It is a piece of my history for those interested in that, even though I think it sounds like a piece of crap,” he says.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket.

                Cheatahs

                Sunne EP

                  The ‘Sunne EP’ is Cheatahs’ first release since their self-titled debut album in early 2014.

                  The word ‘sunne’ (an old English spelling) is perhaps apt for describing the four new songs, at turns scorching ambient punk and blissed-out anti-rock.

                  As with all their previous material, the Londonbased four piece recorded the EP themselves, doing so mostly in their houses and their friends Part Chimp’s Camberwell studio when their flatmates / neighbours got annoyed.

                  Ever since their early releases, Cheatahs have been evolving and developing their craft. ‘Sunne’ is the most clearly defined and ambitious set to date, exploring new territory via sketchy back alleys and sunlit, swampy meadows.

                  For fans of Hookworms, Eagulls, Paws.

                  Eric Chenaux has emerged as one of the most distinctive, innovative and original voices in what might be called avant-garde balladry, juxtaposing his gorgeously pure and open singing against a guitar sound and style that truly stands alone. Skullsplitter is the impressive new album that confirms Chenaux's singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique and texture.

                  Skullsplitter stands as a welcome evolution from Chenaux's previous song-based album Guitar & Voice (2012), which was widely celebrated as his best work to date, championed by The Wire, Said The Gramophone, Stereophile and others for its unique sensibility and sensitivity. Skullsplitter builds on these strengths, with Chenaux working his concise array of signal-bending devices (volume, wah and freeze pedals) with a remarkable and idiosyncratic fluidity that's integral to the expressivity he brings to the guitar, and his voice at the calm center of this stormy micro-climate of bodily kinetics and woozy playing.

                  On Skullsplitter, Chenaux's vocals are like a high pressure system, riding on clear bright air, stabilizing the roiling, changeable atmosphere of the guitars underneath; a gem of an album in an increasingly luminous discography.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP Info: 180g LP includes art print poster + download coupon.

                  More quality deep NYC house sounds circa 1992 from the underrated yet mighty Wayne Gardiner aka Classic Man. Two dope mixes of "5th Street Orchestration" feature and bear all the hallmarks of Gardiner's understated, subtle funk. Jazzy keys, plucked strings, deep as deep pads and some serious Peech Boys channelling take us deep into the New York night and straight to that after hours spot that we've always dreamed about! Pure class! Over on the flip we are treated to two different versions of "Here's The Sample" which is all shuffling drums, chopped jazz piano and a seriously down-low bassline that will hit you right in the gut on a good system! Proper house music here, true school NYC business that can sit comfortably above a lot of contemporary productions with ease. The real deal, conjuring up images of smoke filled, sweat drenched dance-floors! "5th Street Orchestration" has been re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in conjunction with Nervous Records NYC. Fresh for 2015.


                  Pascal Comelade & Les Liminanas

                  Traite De Guitarres Triolectiques

                  After collaborations with Robert Wyatt and PJ Harvey amongst others, multi-instrumentalist Pascal Comelade teams up with Jack White faves Les Liminanas.

                  It's been noted that their are traces of Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Stereolab, Gospel, Yeh-Yeh, guitar fuzz freakouts, and Nugget's-era stompers in the Limiñanas music. All of which may be true, but Limiñanas' sound is irreverent and singular.

                  The band’s fusion of traditional French “ye ye” stylings with the cigarette-smoking cool of the New York underground of the late-Sixties has dazzled listeners since it’s inception making the live unit the toast of concert stages worldwide.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd LP Info: Limited LP in gatefold sleeve w/ white inner sleeve + CD included.

                  Comet Gain

                  Fingerprint Ritual

                    Comet Gain return with a four song EP of tracks recorded at Soup Studios with producer Simon Trought at the same time as the LP, Breaking Open The Head Part 2 - A hugely different version or continuation of the LPs Part 1 which was a fuzz Rubbles acid pop song about the creators of the dream machine, Phillip K Dick and other adepts finding the door to illumination and such things.

                    Taking hints from Them's 'the square room', early Sundial, exploito dumb psych like Ultimate Spinach, Sonic Youth 'Thousand leaves', Elevators 'Easter Everywhere' and German kosmiche music but then forgetting them all once we started although for some reason a snippet of The Monkees arrives near the end as well as cameos from Marjorie Cameron's/Jack Parsons magical child and the dream I had that the holy grail was in a bucket in some guys shed in North London. The song is over 11 minutes but hopefully has enough going to not bore the discerning listener.

                    That Lucifer Summer - A dumb garage folk rock fuzz and punk tambourines thing a la the first Love record, The Leaves, Teardrop Explodes, Music Machine etc. A jaunty song about dark things namely the nightmare side of the occult renaissance in the late sixties in the west coast. To The City's Core - Inept white boys n girls attempt to play Bo Diddleys 'Black Gladiator' LP with a 'Slates'-era Fall sneer and end up somewhere else - includes Comet Gain's first funky(ish) break beat and a farfisa organ played thru a mangled fuzz pedal.

                    The Insignificant Dignified - A malformed protest song and memorial for all those old school socialists and anarchists and fire raisers that have been pushed aside by the change of history and its political axis - circular folk rock verses remind us of the legacy of these prophets of arcadian utopias and the need for the spirit of the people to endure - these choruses give way to guitar duel solos as the past fights the future of the left the second of these 3 solos has a guest scrabbabang geetar screech from producer Simon Trought - his first since the days of his old group Tompaulin.

                    Inspired at times by early Creation Records, Television Personalities and mod culture, drawing from the same ideals as Dexys, The Style Council and Vic Godard and from the lineage of The Velvet Underground, The Byrds and the 13th Floor Elevators, their mystic anarchist principles blend French New Wave with English kitchen-sink heart. For years they have drifted through scenes picking up people and emotional ties - from Riot Grrrl to acid punks, C86 to lo-fi - yet somehow outliving their peers and in turn inspiring a younger generation of DIY musicians like The Cribs, Love Is All, Veronica Falls, and Crystal Stilts.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd 12" Info: Red Vinyl 12”, limited to 500 copies.

                    Julee Cruise

                    Floating Into The Night - Music On Vinyl Edition

                    “Floating Into The Night” is the 1989 debut album by vocalist Julee Cruise featuring songs written and produced by composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch (who wrote the lyrics). The songs "Falling" and "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" were both featured in Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks, while "Into the Night", "The Nightingale" and "The World Spins" also appeared in the show. The instrumental version of “Falling” was the theme song for Twin Peaks while the album as a whole is almost an unofficial soundtrack to the series. The track “Mysteries Of Love” was prominently featured in Lynch’s classic film Blue Velvet. Cruise’s dreamy, light vocals match perfectly with the music and lyrics to make this album sound like it is unattached to any era or time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a double sided insert

                    Daddy Freddy / Naram

                    Long Way / Long Way Version

                    Naram and the Jahtari posse have formed an unlikely alliance with a mysterious gentleman named Colonel Mustard to launch a new label focusing on contemporary music that’s directly inspired by ruffneck 1980s and early 90s dancehall. Operating out of the harsh desert landscapes of Coburgistan, the Colonel is a hard taskmaster, and he’s put Naram and disrupt to work to cook up a trailer load of killer relicks and deadly original riddims. With the Colonel’s impressive sphere of global influence, the riddims are finding their way to some of the wickedest artists from dancehall’s golden era – as well as brand new talents he's unearthed to carry on the style and fashion. Watch the ride and don’t test, because the Colonel is stockpiling serious ammunition! The first artist to grace the new Colonel Mustard imprint is the man Guinness Book of Records found to be the world’s fastest chatter back in 1989 – the incomparable Daddy Freddy. Riding a deadly Naram relick of the Bad Boy Wadat riddim, Long Way finds Freddy marching through an apocalyptic world filled with wickedness and corruption to deliver a frighteningly ruff sermon of righteous indignation against the evil-doers. Disrupt joins Naram on the version to launch a further warhead against the Babylonians with a menacing dubwise cut. All Colonel Mustard’s 7"s have been fine-tuned to test any soundsystem’s bass bins – and they’re strictly limited pressing, so get in quick or face the wrath of the Colonel!

                    Melanie De Biasio

                    Gilles Peterson Presents Melanie De Biasio - No Deal Remixed

                    Melanie De Biasio received the Best Session Award at the 10th Worldwide Awards, which took place recently in London. The award is for De Biasio’s stunning 2014 live session on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6Music show.

                    A huge fan of the Belgian singer, Peterson has curated a new remix version of her acclaimed album ‘No Deal’. He called upon some of the most exciting names across the jazz, electronic and indie worlds for ‘No Deal Remixed’, including EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex and Seven Davis Jr.

                    Says Peterson; “To my mind, of all the new artists around, the most remix friendly has to be Melanie De Biasio. For a person like me with a DJ mind, the minimalism of ‘No Deal’ makes it perfect. I’ve been dropping ‘I Feel You’ on top of beats anyway and even played ‘I’m Gonna Leave You’ in its original form when the moment arose - it’s such a pure track. In fact the first thing I did on meeting Melanie for the first time this year was to ask her who produced the album. It was me she replied... so not just a pretty voice!”

                    Released way back in 1997, the original yellow 'Super Discount' album, curated by Etienne De Crecy, was one of the high water marks for the mid 90s / mid 00s French house scene. A full 10 years on since the pink 'Super Discount 2', De Crecy revives the brand for a third installment, this time wrapped in an equally eye-catching DayGlo green sleeve design. He also fires up the funky French-touch electro / disco-house sound. Collaborators this time around include Pos & Dave (De La Soul), Madeline Follin (Cults), Baxter Drury, Tom Burke (Citizens), Alex Gopher and Julien Delfaud. Features the hit single 'Hashtag My Ass'.

                    De Los Miedos

                    Edits Vol 2

                    After servicing my record box wonderfully with their first record Östra Discos return with another batch of killer Turkish edits by ascendant Portuguese producer De Los Miedos. Setting his stall out to explore the groovier end of the Turkish psychedelic spectrum, De La Miedos selects another two cosmic disco bombs ripe for a rework and adds a little exotic spice to your next set. On the A-side, Sebastião Delerue a (as he's known to his mum) takes on Esin Afsar's "Zuhtu", upping the tempo a touch, bolstering the groove with additional percussion and offering a dancefloor friendly arrangement full of hypnotic magic. Driven forward by a snaking desert groove, the track cycles through mind bending riffs from the guitar and moog before letting loose Esin's breathy vocals and taking us into a distant land. On the flip, "Zaid" sees Sebastião turning his attention towards an obscure Turkish jazz-funk cut, which boasts the kind of middle eastern bassline Lindstrom and Prins Thomas dream of. Bright horns, sweeping desert strings, off-beat piano chords and endless solos take your mind off in all directions while that bassline takes care of your feet. Superb stuff, when's volume three out?


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    12" Info: Full picture sleeve!

                    ‘Gliss Riffer’ marks new territory for Dan Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings (2009’s ‘Bromst’ and 2012’s ‘America’), decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording (similar to that of 2007’s ‘Spiderman Of The Rings’), which has resulted in this self-produced album.

                    Deepchord

                    Electro Magnetic Dowsing: The Lost D Side

                    Limited edition, 1 sided release with the lost D side of Deepchord's now classic "Electro Magnetic Dowsing". Originally appearing as 3 different 12' singles (side A, B, C) on Mike Huckaby's revered Synth imprint out of Detroit. Thick, heady, percussive side of Deepchord on display hear, filling the sonic field with cascading shards, ricocheting woodblocks and plumes of dub chords. Nice and long as you'd expect from a Deepchord excursion, the track suspends the listener into infinite stasis, bending with the rules of space and time and instead allowing the listener in inhabit an environment free from such linear models. Played by Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Omar S to Laurent Garnier. An absolute MUST for the heads! Move quick!

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Deepchord fan-boys / girls, completists and lovers of that classic D-dub sound - your prayers have been answered! This relic from 2005 gets excavated and pressed onto lovely fresh wax, 10 years after its original inception and just as dreamy!

                    Neil Diablo

                    To Rack & Ruin Vol 8

                    In the immortal words of the Chemical Brothers, here we go! Head honcho Neil Diablo returns to El Diablo's Social Club's edit offshoot To Rack & Ruin with a double header of peak-time pounders. On the A-side Neil gets right down to business, chopping up a little known proto-house jam and reassembling it into "Foreva", and extended dancefloor groove complete with a sumptuous boogie bassline, choppy stabs and a raw and soulful female vocal that'll have the crowd screaming along. The combination of heads-down verses and that massive hands in the air chorus should create the perfect tension and release effect in the club. On the flipside, Neil brings his scalpel to John Davis And The Monster Orchestra's pound-bin peach "Love Magic", a swirling and swooning disco winner which sees the Orchestra on top form. Neil's rework extends the instrumental segments into an irresistible groove, transforming the track into a proper builder. The tight percussion and buoyant bassline drive on and on as the EDSC boss works the filters and FX, eventually letting the track crescendo into the euphoric vocals. No wonder it's had Pete Herbert and Crazy P in a frenzy on the promo circuit.


                    Originally released in 2002, “Harnessed the Storm” was conceived as the opening chapter of the legendary 'Seven Storms' - a series of seven albums created within a single year and released via several labels under different names. “Harnessed The Storm” was the sole one in the series credited under the main Drexciya project. The album, which is considered to be one of the pair's darkest, was produced in a time of creative outbreak and emotional turbulence. The duo's confidence was at a peak, new techniques revolutionised musical production, but the duo also had to face Stinson's severe health issues. This led to a radical shift of pace in producing and releasing music. For the Detroit pair it was time to move on from their ground-breaking past. It was time for some shape shifting and wave jumping to occur, in Drexciya’s terms. This is reflected two-fold on the ten cuts of “Harnessed the Storm”. With seven different album projects in the pipeline, Stinson and Donald were able to give the atmospheres and structures of each individual work a more distinct focus, resulting in longer pieces and more defined moods. “Harnessed the Storm” integrated classic Drexciyan dancefloor moments like “Under Sea Disturbances” and “Digital Tsunami”, brooding experiments like “Dr. Blowfins' Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres” and “Aquatic Cataclysm” which rank with the most abstract, alien and stark in their catalogue, and a few choice cuts of wave-cruising beauty into a cohesive whole - the disparate elements fused by an all-permeating sonic dread. “Harnessed the Storm” is as much the uncanny silence before the storm - looming in the unknown, as the storm itself, making this album at once an incredibly focused sound production, as well as a journey of highest emotional complexity. Another masterful lesson in futurist dance music from one of its strongest forces.


                    Six years into Dutch Uncles’ flourishing career, the idiosyncratic artpopologists return with new album O Shudder which sees them further distilling and refining their signature sound, marrying rock bombast with classical arrangements, acoustic instrumentation with smart synthetic pop. O Shudder is Dutch Uncles’ most direct record to date, the sound of a wildly witty band well and truly finding their stride, whilst lyrically tackling the growing pains of being twentysomething in a generic Northern suburbia; according to hip swivelling front man Duncan Wallis, the album covers themes including “pregnancy, social media, terrorism, divorce, sexual dysfunction, job seeking, health scares, doubt, love”.

                    With O Shudder, Dutch Uncles continue their fascinating, wonky ascent which has seen them play enormodomes with emo punk rock behemoths and self confessed Dutch Uncles acolytes Paramore, supporting and being supported by like minded left-field pop adventurers Wild Beasts, Outfit, Field Music, and Everything Everything, have a burger named after them by one of Manchester’s premiere eateries and prefigure Future Islands’ dance moves meme in their video for 2013 single Flexxin.

                    The album was recorded with long term collaborator Brendan Williams in three locations; at a studio in the heart of the Welsh valleys, above a Salford pub, ‘The Kings Arms’, (incidentally where C4 comedy Fresh Meat is filmed) and, for the acoustic instruments, in the natural reverb of Salford’s Peel Hall. The band were meticulous in tweaking their synth sounds so they’d fit seamlessly with the harp, xylophone, marimba, string and woodwind sounds that populate the record. Sources of inspiration for the record included The Blue Nile, Kate Bush’s third album, Never For Ever, Igor Stravinsky, Japan and lyrically John Cooper Clarke, Sparks, Ian Dury and Prefab Sprouts’ album From Langley Park to Memphis.

                    All set to o shudder and stun, and induce plenty of hip swivelling, Dutch Uncles have delivered on their youthful potential and, with O Shudder, solved their own particular Rubix’s cube, bringing their unclassifiable pop music into clear and precise focus.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd LP Info: Indies exclusive red vinyl.

                    E. Live

                    Everybody / Be Free (Feat Sally Green)

                    Star Creature is the latest venture from Tugboat Edits' Tim Zawada and fellow Boogie Munster, Chef Ben. The duo will focus on releasing new breed electro-funk, disco, boogie and hip hop records from a wide range of artists. Similar to the Tugboat series, these vinyl-only releases are limited in copies, hand numbered, and include hand painted sleeves featuring one of a kind galactic starscapes. The first release hails from Bay Area multi-instrumentalist and part-time vocalist E. Live who made his vinyl debut on the Bastard Jazz Tempo Dreams series. Both A and B feature nice modern disco / boogie cuts that straddle the future / retro line with R&B vocals plus a nice mix of live and electronic instrumentation. Both sides work as well as peak hour boogie cuts, late night lounge vibes, or opening set floor-fillers, a modern take on classic disco-funk.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    7" Info: Comes in hand-sprayed sleeve.

                    Eternal Tapestry

                    Wild Strawberries - Bonus Disc Edition

                    For a limited period both formats will received a 51 minute bonus CD of previously unreleased material! 'Lolo Pass Drifters' features five tracks and is a proper glass mastered CD.

                    Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown but on their newest album, ‘Wild Strawberries’, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level.

                    The contrast between the openness of the massive Oregon sky and the denseness of the trees is echoed in ‘Wild Strawberries’’ expansive guitar tones and looming organ drones. The album is thick with the lysergic leads that populated their earlier releases but the airiness of the woods has seeped into Nick Bindeman’s guitar playing, refining it and opening it up to new modal possibilities.

                    ‘Wild Strawberries’ is the band’s first double album, recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR.

                    During the recording sessions the Zigzag River flowed nearby and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. ‘Wild Strawberries’’ artwork and song titles (named after plants specific to the region) speak to the influence of that environment. The lush atmosphere combined with a week long sequestration from the outside world had a pronounced impact on the music, which unfolds in a panoramic slow burn. ‘Wild Strawberries’ yields vast rewards for those who spend time in its aural forest.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP Info: Double LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card.

                    CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.

                    Face & Sheenyboo / Naram

                    Dangerous / Dangerous Version

                    This second 7" from the Colonel marks the debut of two wicked young artists straight outta Asher Senator’s school of fast chat in Brixton - Face and Sheenyboo. Recorded on an original Naram riddim with an upful twist, these talented singjays have come up with a soundkilling anthem for the new generation - with the refrain “Dangerous, soundbwoy bite di dust, you haffi deh pon twitter if you waan follow us” sure to resonate over both dancehalls and social media networks across the land! All Colonel Mustard’s 7"s have been fine-tuned to test any soundsystem’s bass bins - and they’re strictly limited pressing, so get in quick or face the wrath of the Colonel!

                    Francis The Great

                    Ravissante Baby

                    How rare do you like your African records? And more importantly, just how good do you want them to be? In the land of record collecting it's worth noting that a high price doesn't necessarily guarantee quality, but in this case the £££s really do turn into musical goodness. 'Ravissante Baby' is a rare afro-funk / highlife / soul / jazz-funk LP featuring the best of the French and Cameroonian musicial diaspora, and the voice of a seven year old child (Francis 'The Great' Mbarga), recorded in Paris circan 1977. Original copies on the French C-C label with set you back a few hundred quid, so thank the Lord that Hot Casa decided on this reissue.

                    “Ravissante Baby (Negro Phasing)” is a long hypnotic funky soukous / highlife track with a tremendous lead guitar and a long, meandering spoken-word vocal from the aforementioned child singer. However, it's B-side track “Look Up In The Sky (Negro Nature)” that really caught our attention. A grooving disco-funk rhythm featuring cosmic synth work by Michel Morose, bubbling bass by the great Victor Edimo, the famous Toto Guillaume on guitar, and a brilliant poetic vocal in French and English by Francis The Great. The combination of hypnotic afro rhythms and slightlydelic musings from Francis make for a winning combination

                    Originally produced by Francis's father, a great impresario of African artists in Paris during the 70s, and coordinated by his mother, this album is totally unique.

                    Hot Casa Records is proud to reissue this holy grail after years of research! It comes out in a deluxe LP including interview, and has been officially licensed fromh Francis Mbarga himself, in Yaounde (Cameroon).

                    Fabio Frizzi

                    A Cat In The Brain - Original Soundtrack

                      Mondo is pleased to present Fabio Frizzi’s score to Lucio Fulci’s filmmaker in crisi film A Cat In The Brain. Available for the first time on Vinyl, featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids

                      Future Brown are a crew comprised of producers / artists Daniel Pineda, Asma Maroof, Fatima Al Qadiri and J-Cush. The supergroup construct their sonic corridors by fitting together intangible obelisks collected through artistic community, collaboration and global travel.

                      From US regional rap mutations to UK grime, dancehall to reggaeton, Future Brown weave a deep, hallucinatory electronic aesthetic to reveal the innate connections between global street sounds.

                      Collaborators on the album include: Kelela, whose ‘Cut 4 Me’ mixtape won her praise from tastemaker press and artists alike, including Björk, Solange and Kendrick Lamar; Tink, currently working on her debut album with Timbaland and Andre 3000; Roachee, member of Roll Deep along with Wiley, Skepta and others; Rapid & Dirt Danger, founding members of East London’s Ruff Sqwad.

                      “A kind of gold standard for the global underground” - Pitchfork

                      Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                      Ballad Of The Mighty I



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: No two ways about it: this is absolutely brilliant! Moving, grooving, and with a gorgeous guitar melody (played by Johnny Marr) towards the end. One of Noel's best.

                        John T. Gast

                        Excerpts

                        Mysterious UK producer John T. Gast, aka Henny Moan, Joins the Planet Mu roster for this latest LP. You might not know his name, but you will know one of his previous (uncredited) collaborations on and sometime Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland's 'Ebony' LP, as well as the latter's self-titled EP from a while ago. He's also been responsible for a handful of limited-release CD-Rs.

                        So, on to 'Excerpts'. All Planet Mu are giving away is the following:

                        "The majority recorded early 2014 in SW England.
                        A particularly fierce winter.
                        Woman reasserting power.
                        Man fighting in the dark.
                        The Cold War continues."

                        What was I saying about "mysterious"?  Easier to fathom is the music included on this long player, which traverses the soundscapes of leftfield techno and atmospheric ambience - definitely one to listen to of proper headphones to get the full dynamic range.


                        Official remastered reissue of the 1982 OG. Licensed from Expanded Music Italy. A stone cold cosmic classic "I.C Love Affair" is one of the most sophisticated, cool-as-fuck releases of around this time. Just watch the video on youtube if you don't believe me. Any questions of 'Italians doing it better' should well and truly be answered by the end of the video. Post-punk, dead-pan sleaze mixed with infectious Italo synthlines and a female vocal delivery that slays any red-blooded male its path. It's perfect in every single way. I already own about 3 different versions on various copies. You need it. Simple. Comes with both 'Italian' and 'Chinese' versions (!!).

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Me and Neil Diablo (amongst others I'm sure) have been smashing this since it got a cheeky refix on one of those "Mission" edits (Vintage Records). It's a timeless slice of Baldelli-era cosmic disco, slow, druggy and sexy.

                        Elliot Goldenthal

                        Pet Sematary - Original Soundtrack

                          Mondo is pleased to present Elliot Goldenthal’s original soundtrack to Pet Sematary. Featuring over a dozen cues never before released on Vinyl, as well as two tracks by The Ramones (Pet Sematary & Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) and featuring original artwork by Mike Saputo

                          Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers

                          Seasonal Hire



                          Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers are key figures in the current resurgence of American traditional and folk music. Gunn’s songwriting and inventive guitar playing are driven by his restless mind, having released 9 solo and collaborative albums and appearing as a guest on nearly as many since his debut in 2007.

                          The Black Twig Pickers play a fervent form of traditional music from their Appalachian homeland. The group perform often forgotten traditional songs, especially from their Virginia stomping-ground, creating a living history of old time music. They also have an ongoing residency at the legendary Floyd Country Store.

                          ‘Seasonal Hire’ is a collaborative album between Steve Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers that combines Gunn’s circular, meditative guitar playing with the Twigs’ energetic mastery of old time instrumentation.

                          ‘Seasonal Hire’ collects four original tunes and one traditional piece, with Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers’ Mike Gangloff and Sally Anne Morgan all taking turns with lead vocal and songwriting. Like all of the Twigs’ albums it was recorded live, without overdubs or amplification. Gunn fell right in with this aesthetic and threw down guitar parts like he’d been sparring with banjos and fiddles for years.

                          The majority of the album was recorded at Joseph Dejarnette’s Studio 808a in rural Topeco, Virgina, where Gunn and Gangloff recorded ‘Melodies For A Savage Fix’, an improvisational masterpiece of pan-cultural meditations. Echoes of ‘Melodies…’ can be heard on ‘Seasonal Hire’’s titular b-side, an extended, beautiful ramble equally indebted to old time music and Indian ragas. Additional recording was done closer to Gunn’s native New York at the famed Black Dirt Studios, home for many groundbreaking records by artists such as Charlie Parr, Jack Rose, Bill Orcutt, Expo 70 and Tom Carter.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with an artworked innersleeve and download coupon. Initial copies pressed on limited translucent yellow vinyl, remaining copies on black.

                          CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                          He was known as a traditional singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar and vocals, French cousin to Will Oldham and Jason Molina. Then, he became the leader of a rough and enraged band who recorded Off the Map, an electric storm of a record, with Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey…), at the legendary Electrical Studio in Chicago.

                          But the truth is we hadn’t seen anything yet. H-Burns is back with a new album that proves once more that it’s possible to reinvent yourself endlessly while staying true to yourself. Calmer, more pop, cleaner, more Californian, but still as anxious and sorrowful, Night Moves was produced by the all too rare Rob Schnapf (who produced Beck, Elliott Smith and Guided By Voices’ greatest albums) with musicians as prestigious as A.A Bondy and Troy von Balthazar.

                          The result: 11 songs orchestrated around one main theme: night-time in Los Angles. A restless and troubled night with the insidious threat of an earthquake lurking in the shadows. There are ghosts there too, those of Elliott Smith, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen.


                          Following the recent 'Part 6' and 'Part 7' releases comes the next and, for now, final chapter taking the series (that originated on the now defunct Phono label circa 1995) up to 'Part 8'. This time the structure is changed somewhat by opening with the wonky synth-led track 'The Wrong Place', the familiar sound of Rahel's vocals chopped up and distorted into an entirely different entity. Track 2 makes an immediate departure from anything else from the series so far with the melancholy 'Remembering Ken' featuring the lush vocals of Ade Omotayo. Ade appears on the new Kindness record and was a backing singer for Amy Winehouse.

                          Side B of the vinyl opens with 'Ticket' a true Herbert techno workout with more than an element of his Wishmountain moniker appearing. The EP closes with the beautiful 'Her Face', cascading melodies melting over a throbbing 4/4 rhythm.

                          'Part 8' ends the current run of EPs but lays the foundation for a new Herbert album with all new material to be released in mid 2015...


                          Herzel (Other Heights) drops a hot one for Hivern, backed by two luscious remixes from no other than Palms Trax (Lobster Theremin). Hivern's garnered a cult like following over the last year or two, showcasing some really unique sounds that loosely fall into the Balearic / house spectrum yet sound like nothing else out there. Herzel's no exception as the strange, slightly unnerving melodies of "Daydreamer" unfurl before our ears. Possessing an intensity and style which could see it rock huge outdoor terraces as well as the clubs, it has that head-turning factor which all the best DJs strive for, and possibly the reason these Hivern records are so hotly contested! London's Palm Trax offer up two version, a handy stripped back 'tool' (don't let the title fool you - this is a strong track in its own right) and the fully fledged remix which goes on a squelchy, post-tropical house tip full of live percussion elements and a proper exotic, coastal slant. "Closure", as the name suggests is an introspective, eyes-down number but packing enough punch to keep it in the clurb while "Shades" concludes in that sophisticated style Hivern make effortless. Beautifully intricate melodies weaving in and out while tantalizing, stimulating sounds caress the listener from every angle. Amazing stuff. Dont sleep!

                          Hodge is one of those rare producers keeping the quality on point while unleashing a near constant stream of music. Releasing no less than nine singles and EPs in two years (in parallel to his work as half of the duo Outboxx) the young Bristolian has rapidly claimed a sonic territory of his own. Anthemic melodies, militant drums, cavernous sub bass have combined on future classics released on Berceuse Heroique, Punch Drunk and Tempa. 2015 will no doubt see Hodge increasingly dominate the ever-mutating UK underground.

                          His debut release on Hemlock lays four heavyweight tracks spread over two pieces of vinyl cut loud and proud by Sam at Precise. The EP spans all aspects of the Hodge signature sound: tribal steppers, sound system wreckers, twisted drum edits and haunting melodies.


                          Hooton Tennis Club

                          Jasper / Standing Knees

                            Produced by fellow Merseysider Bill Ryder Jones at his mum’s house, this double A-sided release is an effortless slice of languid lo-fi in the classic Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Guided By Voices tradition, full of unhurried chord changes and heavy-lidded drumming.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            David says: Looks like these guys have the Liverpool 'classic pop gene'. A big melodic guitar sound and languid vocals combine on this gem of a pop song, with nods to Pavement and Teenage Fanclub amongst other things. Love it!

                            Horse Party

                            Out Of Sight

                              Ellie Langley and Seymour Quigley, and drummer Shannon Hope. Having sized each other up for several months at Seymour’s Washing Machine club nights in their hometown of Bury St Edmunds, they eventually formed a band as a valid reason to drink whiskey more often.

                              "Atmospheric guitars and tumbling rhythms explode into magnificent, angry colours - somewhere between the post-rock soundscapes of Thought Forms and the harmonious melodies of Yuck." – God Is In The TV
                              "Like Stevie Nicks singing with PJ Harvey - Ellie Langley’s vocals drip with attitude and menace" - Gigslutz Horse Party are singing guitarists 

                              Erik Hall worked patiently and solitarily for four years to craft Driver, his sophomore album as In Tall Buildings. The album comes twenty years after Hall originally fell in love with home recording at age 13 - the year he got his hands on his first multi-track recorder. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer Hall eventually went on to record and tour with several groups, including old friends His Name is Alive and, more recently, dream-pop duo Wild Belle, performing the rhythm section tracks and lending an engineering hand to their Columbia Records debut.

                              In 2010 Hall’s home recording efforts yielded the first In Tall Buildings album, which The Huffington Post called "gorgeous indie-pop", and the Chicago Tribune found "hypnotic". In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he summed up much of his philosophy about composition with a pair of conflicting quotes he attributes to Allen Ginsberg and Kurt Vonnegut, respectively: "First thought, best thought" and "Edit yourself, mercilessly."

                              Loosely guided by these principles, Hall set out once again to assemble a new batch of songs, when he wasn't recording and touring with other bands. In stark contrast to the dense polyrhythms echoed by NOMO's albums, Driver uses a relatively simple palette to create spacious pop songs, leaving plenty of room for Hall's often Peter Gabriel-esque vocals to shine. The music, though culled from every guitar, keyboard, and drum he managed to fit into his home studio, is powerful in it's restrained simplicity, and it's a compelling foil to the haunting gravity of his vocal performance. Never rushed, his melodies deliver elliptical lyrics that manage to feel intimate, while retaining a sense of mystery. Ultimately, the album's melancholic vibe is relatable, rather than moping or histrionic, and in the end these songs are incredibly comforting and inviting.

                              16 previously unreleased early home recordings.

                              Iron And Wine’s five full length albums have sold over 1 million copies to date.

                              First in a series, Sam Beam will be gathering otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, live sets and curiosities from his entire career as Iron And Wine and releasing them on his own Black Cricket Recording Co. label.

                              This first release taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron And Wine. These 16 songs came to life at the same time as those selected for Iron And Wine’s debut album ‘The Creek Drank The Cradle’ (Sub Pop, 2002 - 197K sales to date).

                              Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette.

                              Digitally transferred from the original cassettes and packaged in gatefold artwork featuring the ‘Bird Of Paradise Quilt Top’ (licensed from the American Folk Art Museum).

                              Kalbata & Mixmonster

                              Inna Skateland

                              The contemporary reggae world was rocked and happily shocked when Freestyle Records unleashed Kalbata & Mixmonster's 'Congo Beat The Drum' album in 2014. The wholly analogue, old school production combined with the classic Jamaican vocalists featured such as Little John, Major Mackerel, Echo Minott had everyone from Toddla T to Robert Elms absolutely raving about the albums genuine roots and culture feel.

                              And now Freestyle presents another single, 'Inna Skateland', that features legend Puddy Roots on vocals, whose voice is brilliantly well suited to the dub heavy, reverb laden music. The flipside, 'Skateland Dub', is a brand new track, not featured on the album and is 100% exclusive to this brand new release!

                              Michael Kamen

                              The Iron Giant - Original Soundtrack

                                Mondo is pleased to present Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Black Vinyl.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram 2XLP in Deluxe Gatefold (Black vinyl)

                                Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

                                No Action

                                  Kitty, Daisy & Lewis kickstart 2015 with the announcement of the follow up single to ‘Baby Bye Bye’ (Record Of The Week on both BBC Radio 1 and Absolute Radio). Taken from their new album ‘The Third’, ‘No Action’ will be released on Sunday Best.

                                  Another uplifting track, embracing a spread of influences from blues to disco, whilst retaining the unmistakable signature sound of Kitty Daisy & Lewis. Drawing on many forgotten techniques, this heartwarming record is a magical gem reflecting a range of inspirational musical experiences.

                                  Having been away for three years, the trio used their time wisely and drew upon life experience to build a new 16 track analogue studio. With Mick Jones of The Clash on production duties the results are an album and sound all of their own making.

                                  Described as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic” (The Observer), they have used those three years wisely, building a new 16 track analogue studio in a derelict Indian restaurant in Camden Town, resulting in an album and a sound all of their own making.

                                  With new space and equipment, the band knew they could take their third album to another level, with the songwriting, instrumentation, styles, production and sound.

                                  Daniel Knox is a songwriter, composer, filmmaker, arranger, and piano player living in Chicago. On Daniel’s eponymous third album, some of the previous dark humor has been been replaced by a weightier and welcome gravitas, a lyrical emphasis which is mirrored in a meticulous new instrumental rigor. Knox also seems to have harnessed his vocal acrobatics to serve this subtle stylistic shift. While Daniel’s work fits somewhere amidst the broader backdrop of American Popular Song, in recent years his compositions and arrangements have grown increasingly more informed by film score and opera, perhaps owing to his longtime job as projectionist at Chicago’s eighty-five year old treasure, the Music Box Theatre. Lyrically, Knox has been known to twist a small, sharp knife from time to time. For this new LP, he seems to have found his muse in Springfield, and many of the songs feel like slowly moving cinematic shorts set in his hometown. Another turning point in Daniel’s recent musical growth occurred while in residence and collaboration with photographer John Atwood at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. “Everything that came out of that, and the work that followed it, seems rooted very thematically in the past, but the structures and arrangements felt like something new that had been there all along–like finding a hidden room in the house you grew up in,” says Knox.

                                  The house that Daniel grew up is in Springfield, Illinois; however, he eventually landed in Chicago, where he briefly attended film school and taught himself to play on the neglected grand piano in the Hilton Tower’s Grand Ballroom at night.

                                  Daniel’s recent projects include his Watermill Center composition, “Black & Whites,” and “14 15 111,” a two-act piece for synths, drums, cello, violin, two tubas, projection, and choir, composed for performance at the Intuit Center for Outsider Art. Songs from both are featured on this new album. Knox has scored for film (The Poisoner, dir. Chris Hefner) and theater (Mary-Arrchie Theater Co's The Glass Menagerie, Annie Baker’s The Aliens at The Pushkin Theater in Moscow, dir. Adrian Giurgea).

                                  He has performed with and shared bills with such artists as Jarvis Cocker, David Lynch, The Handsome Family, Richard Buckner, Swans, Josephine Foster, Jon Langford, Nina Nastasia, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird. Fellow travelers: Scott Walker, Nick Cave, Mark Eitzel, Antony and the Johnsons, a less ironic Stephin Merritt, and The Handsome Family.

                                  Frankie Knuckles

                                  Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love

                                  This record needs no introduction! One of THE most classic house records ever made! The legendary pairing of Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and Jamie Principle delivering two devastatingly ahead of the curve anthems; "Baby Wants To Ride" / "Your Love", both still sounding as fresh, vital, original and contemporary as they did on their 1987 release. Truly one of the dream pairings in modern dance music, the Knuckles / Principle team brought us many classic moments but the two tracks contained here are among the most recognizable and well loved tracks in the house music lexicon. Often sampled, covered, edited and re-worked, but never, ever bettered here are two absolutely essential cuts, reissued as they were released originally in the late 80s on Trax. Re-released for 2015, remastered and re-pressed with all the original Trax label artwork present in conjunction with the official rights holders / owners. An essential addition to any dance music lovers crate! Don't snooze on this...

                                  Back in stock Cover of It's A Cold World / Bad Boy by Frankie Knuckles.

                                  Frankie Knuckles

                                  It's A Cold World / Bad Boy

                                  Another slice of essential Knuckles / Principle magic, here the duo's love of Italo and Euro-pop records seems to collide with Chicago's darkened dancefloors and raw drum machines. Perfectly sleazy and insanely danceable, Jamie Principle's voice was made for Frankie Knuckles' pristine productions and their unique styles compliment each other throughout. Both tracks featured on this 12" take us into the subterranean night life of Frankie and Jamie's world, a world of yearning, heart-break, love and acceptance. "Bad Boy" rattles along with an up-tempo hi-NRG vibe driven by a roving electrodisco bassline and decorated with Cowley-esque melodies, while "It's A Cold World" showcases some Vince Clarke styled keys on its way to the post peak darkness. A huge pairing of tracks on their initial release and still to this day some 25+ years later, "It's A Cold World" / "Bad Boy" was a total game changer, almost verging on pop but too "outsider" to gain the mainstream attention it so deserved, the record stands today as a true classic. Truly ahead of it's time. Re-released for 2015, remastered and re-pressed with all the original Trax label artwork present in conjunction with the official rights holders / owners.


                                  Kodaline

                                  Coming Up For Air

                                  Following on from the critically acclaimed "A Perfect World", the new album boasts production credits from Jacknife Lee, Jim Elliott & Steve Harris.

                                  Krill

                                  A Distant Fist Unclenching

                                  Boston's Krill announce the release of their new album A Distant Fist Unclenching. Recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz), the album is their most ambitious body of work and true progression of their sound.

                                  Without losing the idiosyncratic nature of earlier recordings, Krill have consciously refined their sound. Despite the clear attention to detail throughout A Distant Fist Unclenching, the album remains lyrically compelling, complex, unusual and full of the fervent intensity of their earlier work - underpinned by Jonah’s unpredictable vocal nuances, which range from a fragile whisper to a manic bark.

                                  Opener 'Phantom' frames the album, shedding light on its themes and whilst displaying the band's penchant for unusual song structures. The band take this further with tracks like 'Tiger' – seven minutes of repetitive, loping thoughts on violence, pain and the ways we come to interpret them. 'Torturer', a track often introduced live as “the devils journal entry on his first day in hell” is now available to stream. Closing with the heart-wrenching 'It Ends', A Distant Fist Unclenching is thematically dense, yet perhaps the bands most accessible and diverse record yet.

                                  “I was very reluctant to put this stuff out because there’s a ton of rootsy cornballs out there doing this kind of stuff and all of them play guitar way better than me. But I think I have something here that doesn’t really sound like anything else. The numbers that bounce really bounce. The numbers that drone really drone. I’m excited about this.” - Danny Kroha.

                                  As a mainstay on the Detroit music scene for over thirty years, Danny Kroha has consistently pushed himself to reinvention. As founding member of garage legends the Gories, he’s influenced countless imitators and poseurs. His axe work with Rocket 455 is the most quintessentially “Detroit” rock and roll this side of the MC5. And his turn as a pastied playgirl in the Demolition Doll Rods proved that even in drag, he was undeniably solid.

                                  So with his first full-length release under his own name, it may come as an unexpected turn that he’s dealing in classic gospel and folk songs. Playing every instrument himself, spanning guitar, banjo, baritone dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug and mouth organ, the end result is a collection of compelling, timeless traditional songs.

                                  Angels Watching Over Me is the real deal, seeming that it could’ve been recorded at any time over the past 70 years. With this album, Kroha firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre in desperate need of someone with his creativity and vision in moving forward the classic American art form.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: Standard weight vinyl, old style tip-on sleeve. Download code included

                                  Following career-best reviews and a Top 20 chart entry for Phantom Radio last month, Mark Lanegan Band return with A Thousand Miles Of Midnight, an album of remixes of tracks from both ‘Phantom Radio’ and ‘No Bells On Sunday’, the EP that accompanied it. The album is made up of a brilliant array of remixes by artists as diverse as UNKLE, Moby, Greg Dulli and Soulsavers.

                                  Mark Lanegan says of the album: “I thought these tunes would lend themselves to remixing and that it would be interesting to hear what other artists might make of them. All the people who did remixes are musicians whose work I greatly admire.”

                                  Led Zeppelin

                                  Physical Graffiti - Deluxe Remastered Edition

                                  The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

                                  As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

                                  The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Andy says: Mmmm, the deluxe edition features the remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio. The bomb (and an old Shop Favourite). It doesn't get much better than this! Philippa adds: It's got 'Kashmir' on it!

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  3xLtd CD Info: Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio.

                                  3xLtd LP Info: Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.

                                  Led Zeppelin

                                  Physical Graffiti - Standard Remastered Edition

                                    The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xLP Info: Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.

                                    2xCD Info: Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket.

                                    Led Zeppelin

                                    Physical Graffiti - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

                                      • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                                      • Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                                      • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
                                      • Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                                      • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
                                      • High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                                      • Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                                      • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

                                      The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted in February, 1975. The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock “Reissue Of The Year” Award.

                                      As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

                                      The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.

                                      Robert Lee & Bunny General / Steely & Clevie

                                      Midnight Hour / Midnight Hour Version

                                      Japan's Dub Store imprint are back with more hot 1980s dancehall on 45. Robert Lee & Bunny General join together as deejay and singer on 'Midnight Hour', a dancehall cover of the Sivertones rocksteady cut. Produced by Prince Jammy's proteges Steely & Clevie, this is a 1988 digital dancefloor winner. The original pressing, on the Unity label, was only available as a 12" single, but now Dub Store give us a reissue, complete with Jammy's style label artwork, on a dinked 7".

                                      LoneLady follows the killer ‘Groove It Out’ with another dancefloor-aimed indie-disco number lifted from her soon-to-be-released 'Hinterland' LP (a current favourite on the shop stereo).

                                      Follow-up single ‘Bunkerpop’ demonstrates the consistency of quality in Campbell’s songwriting - taut (punk) funk guitar lines dance over a drum machine whilst Julie’s reverbed vocals urge listeners to “put a record on, make a connection.” As with ‘Groove It Out’, this is hook-laden post-punk influenced pop music with real integrity.

                                      This 12" comes with a couple of reworks as well; the 'LoneLady Michigan Pitch Down Mix' does exactly that, pitching Campbell's vocals down a notch or two and adding some moody synths, shifting the track from punk-funk to minimal wave. Next is (Dave) Wrangler, a man responsible for reworks of the xx, Washed Out and Gazelle Twin amongst others. If LoneLady's remix was a sibbling to the original version, Wrangler introduces the second cousin twice removed. Here 'Bunkerpop' is transformed with treated vocal sleaze, pong-style synth bleeps and a dirty electro-funk rhythm. Alt dancefloor style for 2015. Boom!


                                      Futureboogie enter 2015 in fine fettle thanks to a killer slab of twisted disco from California producer Joshua Heath, better known as Lonely Boy (I love a good Gossip Girl reference). Lead track "I Like Disco" is a strutting cut which fuses midtempo house and electro funk perfectly as a wonky synth bassline winds around crisp percussion . The addition of freaked out vocal samples and big druggy pads makes this track perfect for turning heads and moving feet. "The Subtle Frenzy" continues the quality vibes with an arpeggio synth that works it way around your brain and moody pads and wonky keys that build the atmosphere a treat. A monster electro-funk workout with a heavyweight growling bassline that continually pushes the track into a ‘subtle frenzy’. On the flip The Emperor Machine rocks up on the remix, fresh from a period of intense activity, including albums for Southern Fired and the now defunct D.C. Recordings. Weighing in at over 10 minutes, the good Emperor builds a dub-tastic version of "I Like Disco", stretching out that solid groove and bringing it back to the basics. Chucking in brain scrambling metallic flanging, stuttering bass, electro-funk synths and heaps of dubby delays, Mr Meecham turns out a monster of a remix.


                                      Voyage follow up their stellar various artists EP and a quadruple platinum, worldwide smash from Harvey Sutherland with this six track stonker from Melbourne's analogue beatie boy M5K. Across the course of the EP the producer delivers boogie, house, funk and hip hop, all imbued with rich hardware soul, while Germany's IMYRMIND drops by with an MPC abusing remix. The EP opens with a heavy foot as M5K dives straight into the dancefloor deep end on "Sassy Typhoon", warping streetsoul percussion into a dope house beat and unleashing a loose and limber Larry Heard bassline. Swooning pads supply an uplifting texture in perfect counterpoint to the dexterous sequence which weaves its way throughout the track. "Marcy Ave Parlay" drops the tempo and turns up the heat, hitting us with a heavyweight boogie bassline and all the swirling synths an analogue house head can handle on it's way to the afterhours dancefloor. M5K closes the side out with a seriously blunted boogie ode to everyone's favourite car, the "Ford Capri", which features the most flatulent P-Funk bass sound this side of an Inkswel cut; solid. Box Aus Holz regular IMYRMIND opens the flip with a swinging beatdown rework of the track showcasing the full range of his MPC skillz. This sultry house rework manages to pull in boogie, soul and spiritual jazz before arriving at your next warm up set. On the B2, M5K has "No Time For Sheisty Tapes", but does make room in his schedule for an all out synthetic house orgy, complete with orgasmic moans, intense snare rolls and a rampant bassline. After all that breathless excitement the young lovers out there will need a little something to smoke to, and in "Rockaway Beach", M5K has the perfect jam. If "Ford Capri" soundtracked the stoned slumber of a summer morning, then "Rockaway Beach" is its nocturnal cousin; seedy, sleazy and seductive in the best way. Six stone cold killers on one 12"? That's a lot of bang for your buck.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: Oh my sweet lord! Voyage manage to top the mad decent Harvey Sutherland release with this complete ripper from M5K. Killer MPC beats on "Rockaway Beach" and "Ford Capri" and an early contender for house track of the year in "Sassy Typhoon".

                                      The second release on Tokyo and Hong Kong based label Palms & Charms takes you back to a moment in your life when perhaps things weren't going right. It was late, you'd had a couple of large rum and sodas and were nursing a cold beer against the sub-tropical humidity. You took to the streets, and as you paced through the 2am gloom a fine rain began to fall, illuminated by the light of the waxing gibbous moon till it shone like "Slow Hot Confetti". You slowly smiled and realised everything was going to be alright.  Side A closes with a remix from Max Essa (Jansen Jardin, Is It Balearic?), giving an assertive step to your stride as you walk on to brighter days. On side B, "The Planet I Left Behind" is a space-disco odyssey, telling a tale of the interplanetary longing of pan-cosmic travel. Missing home, you steer your rocket-ship through the infinity of space, heading firmly in the direction of the dance-floor, where other-worldly beings wave multiple limbs. The journey continues as Coyote (Is It Balearic? Recordings), offer a pulsating remix of galactic proportions.

                                      Enjoy your voyage to the stars. 


                                      Marvin Dan III & Lee 'The Black Belt' Guy are Marvin & Guy. Having released underground gems on Let's Get Lost, On The Prowl and their own M&G Edits imprint, the pair brings their patented breed of loopy bliss to the Young Adults label to kick start 2015. The Dance Abilities EP finds the duo further honing their original production chops and explores subtle nuance to epic proportions. 'Dance Ability' is a 10-minute ascending journey through space and time that phase shifts and drifts with zero gravity guitars for the full A-side. On the flip, 'Dancity' soundtracks a snake charmer's sideshow with hypnotic croons draped over swirling layers of pads and a mesmerising horn. 'Dancenergy' rounds out the wax with a punchy piledriver that sets its sights on the floor with rugged chug and tingling synths. 

                                      "Kloof Street Diggin" sees Whiskey Disco label head, cocktail expert and vest fanatic Sleazy McQueen team up with longtime DJ cohort, Romano Arcaini for three super-sized re-edits of the highest order. Each of the three floorburning cuts featured here are based around samples sourced during SMQ's recent tour stops in South Africa, so expect sunshine to burst out of the grooves. On the A-side, "Peace, Love & Harmony" bounds out the speakers on a bass fuelled mission to bridge the divide between house and disco. As the rhythm section bounds along in the company of sassy wah guitar licks, the flute and synthesizer call and response builds up to an unexpected vocal explosion that'll have all the hands in the air. On the flipside we head into the synth disco wormhole via "Disco De Moda", a Italo influenced chugger named after the Johannesburg party with a decidedly digital disco bent. As the solid bass sequence writhes around underneath, arps build and build to robotic climax. Finally our DJ duo bring tidings to a close with "Private Life", a sassy groover which ties together the organic and synthetic vibes of the other two tracks perfectly. Touches of disco-not-disco and new wave sit alongside jazz-funk flute licks and string vamps as we're seduced by that bassline.


                                      'Digital Solutions' is a culmination of a 35 year relationship with music production for the mastermind behind Model 500, techno pioneer Juan Atkins.

                                      Marking the 30th Anniversary for the first label in a genre that has taken over on a global scale, 'Digital Solutions' is only the second full length album ever to be released on the seminal cornerstone of dance music, Metroplex Records. Definitive Detroit is what the world has come to expect from Atkins, and this selection of tracks delivers just that. Exploring both electro and straight four to the floor techno, 'Digital Solutions' gives a glimpse into what will be deemed a blueprint for the next 30 years. Model 500 and Metroplex welcome you to the future with 'Digital Solutions'.

                                      Steve Moore

                                      Other Voices 04

                                        Steve Moore is a prolific New York based producer, performer and soundtrack composer known for his retro futuristic work both as a solo artist and as bass and keyboard player with Zombi and a host of other bands.

                                        This single for 'Other Voices' captures an elegant and minimalistic performance from Moore on analogue synth, Hammond organ and vintage string machine. Two perfectly balanced and paired down science fiction landscape miniatures.

                                        Ennio Morricone

                                        For A Few Dollars More - AMS Edition

                                        In 1965 the previous year's film "A Fistful of Dollars" by Sergio Leone, thanks to its success, had already helped to codify and massively increase the popularity of the 'spaghetti western' genre, together with the leading actors Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte. "For a Few Dollars More" is the natural progression from that movie, with the addition of a third protagonist - Lee Van Cleef - who joins the two actors: a triad that made history for another masterpiece Sergio Leone's masterpiece. Ennio Morricone's music is equally important. The Maestro here chooses a 'poor' registry, consisting of folk instruments such as ocarina, Jew's harp and chimes, respectively used to accompany the entry stage of the three main actors. But there are, as usual, the contributions of Alessandro Alessandroni and his Cantori Moderni choir, for an incredibly exciting final result. This edition sees the eight tracks of the original score in a brand new layout.

                                        The format is a 10" 45rpm LP, with gatefold cover and a 26x26cm mini poster.

                                        Not content with slaying systems with their recent run of Phonica White 12"s, the Soho record store have just launched a fresh imprint, Utopia Records, in collaboration with Alexander Bradley. Created with the desire to unearth a diverse range of music, from official reissues and remasters of obscurities to the promotion of contemporary and cutting edge sounds from all across the genre spectrum. For their inaugural release, Utopia tap right into the zeitgeist with an official reissue of a Japanese house classic by the recently resurgent Soichi Terada and collaborator Manabu Nagayama. Originally released on the 'La Ronde' EP on BPM Records Japan in 1991, "Low Tension" has become a Holy Grail among true deep house heads, and for good reason. Driven along at a calm midtempo by the roundest of bass sounds and superb organic percussion, the track glides elegantly through a procession of fluid solos, either on the vibraphone or synth while the deep and immersive pads swallow you whole. It's truly sublime stuff! To round the release out, Utopia have commissioned a couple of expert remixes befitting the first 12" release of such a killer tune. On the A2, cult Japanese producer Yukihiro Fukutomi steps up and delivers a deep and stripped back interpretation, flanging the bassline, dropping the solos and injecting a whole heap of jack into the drums for a mix which harks back to house music's Chicago heritage. On the flip, label head Bradley takes over the controls with his deep, dubby and melodic Utopian mix. This classy extension of the original boosts the bass with a touch of delay, totally nailing that U-Star period Idjuts vibe and filling the floor in the process.


                                        Nail is a bit of a legend. With his career flourishing once again it seems there are plenty of ears alert to his next musical move: a limited edition and individually numbered nine-track double pack on Shabby Doll called "Nite Music". And they're not going to be disappointed. This collection shimmers and shines, packed with gleaming house music designed both for early evening head-nodding and early hours hands-in-the-air moments. From deeply delicious tracks like "Angel Dub" and "Lunar Views" to harder-edged delights like "Track Two" and "Bikky Swing", Nail has created another must-have set for the fast-expanding Shabby Doll catalogue.


                                        I'm really chuffed to see The Nuclear Family return with another record. Last year's debut rarely left my record bag, containing on it both some wonderful music and a handy DJ tool capable of instantly changing mood and tempo of a DJ set. Now they return with more hardware-based electronics, joined by man of the moment, Moon B. It's the Atlanta-based poster boy that kicks things off, his remix of "Bedroom Dreamer" traversing that house / boogie aesthetic that's fast becoming his trademark. The original inception of the track is also hardware-driven, utilizing atmospheric pad sweeps and with(self confessed) 'cheap-ass drum machines and analogue synths' firing on all cylinders. Flip for "CDWJ Dub" - a techy, highly electronic workout with concentric groove and mainroom ambition. Glistening, powerful stabs and long breakdowns push this later and later into the session; drop post 4AM for maximum effect. Finally, "Hand Of God" slows things down to a sub-100BPM stroller. Again, rich in synthesized elements, 808 weight and emotional melodies, this little number should be the perfect soundtrack to any drug-fuelled wind-down. Excellent stuff!

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Crazy Berlin duo back with a remix from Atlanta's hardware maestro - Moon B!

                                        LuckyMe show some mad A&R skills with their latest release, securing the up-and-coming Obey City (otherwise known as Sam Obey) to deliver a genre melding EP of leftfield dancefloor sounds and eclectronic brilliance. The 18 months since the Brooklyn producer released his superlative debut EP ‘Champagne Sounds’ have seen him tour Europe, the US and Japan (releasing the ‘Shochu Sounds’ EP as a Japan exclusive which topped their native Electronic chart on its first week) as well as get down to business in the studio in LA and NYC. Merging the production styles of the Neptunes, Jamie XX and the neo soul of FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean, Obey City producers a unique and cutting edge sound as future proofed as it is classic. EP opener, "With Grace We Go" is a euphoric neo soul cut with a sublime "Slave To The Rhythm Sample", while "Waterbed" is as sleazy and seductive slow jam as you'd find in a lifetime of Westwood radioshows. "The Motion Blurs" and "Cloud Lust" are frenetic future beats blasting out of the crossroads between nu garage, neo soul and grime, while "Chante" is a brain melting example of cutting edge rap sounds. It's perhaps EP closer "Airy", which gives us the most obvious example of Sam's skill as a songwriter. A timeless ballad featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kelela, "Airy" sounds like a modern take on a Prince classic, boasting that perfect balance of melodrama and kitchen sink that purple one did so well. 


                                        Orchestre Baobab

                                        Pirates Choice - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                          ‘Pirates Choice’ by the Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab is one of those rarest of albums, an undisputed classic. 'Pirates Choice' was recorded in two-track studios in one take - no overdubs, no second thoughts - and done with such ease and effortlessness that it has become truly a slice of history.

                                          First released on World Circuit in 1989, the album captured the legendary Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab in one of their last studio sessions in 1982. The album is an undiluted, soulful and mellow session where the musicians laid down rhythmic grooves over favourite Baobab songs, revealing the huge influence Cuban music had on them. This re-release is remastered, repackaged and available on 180g 2LP for the very first time, is augmented with 6 previously-unissued bonus tracks  including six tracks previously unavailable on vinyl. “Entrancing, deeply funky Senegalese session from 1982 sees the light of day” Rolling Stone “One of the best World Music albums of 2002. An even better album than its legendary reputation suggested” Boston Herald.

                                          "...grounded in samba, but with layers of psychedelic rock on top... the original numbers rock the hardest – 5/5." MOJO Magazine

                                          Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, r’n’b and rock ’n’ roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects.

                                          Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960’s. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the highly sought after ‘Black Soul Brothers’ LP in 1977, which became an important record in the ‘Black Rio’ movement. Mr Bongo released the title track from that LP, on the ‘Brazilian Beats: Brooklyn’ compilation in 2006 and recently as part of their Brazil 45’s re-issue series.

                                          ‘Os Brazoes’ features covers of Gilberto Gil’s ‘Pega a Voga, Cabeludo’ and Jorge Ben and Toquinho’s ‘Carolina, Carol Bela’.

                                          The Mr Bongo LP reissue is manufactured in Japan, presented in a super high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork. The CD is presented in a 4-page digi-pack.

                                          Paradis

                                          Le Bal Des Oubliés

                                            Ce nouveau vinyle vient clore la trilogie démarrée avec les deux titres sortis l’année dernière. Il pose l’ultime fondation d’une aventure musicale inédite, la rencontre des musiques électroniques et de la pop française.Depuis leur premier vinyle en 2011, PARADIS, le duo formé par Simon Mény et Pierre Rousseau, fait son chemin. Chantée en français, un choix dont la rareté fait la valeur, leur techno/house séduit DJ, média et public averti.À la faveur de deux nouveaux vinyles Garde Le Pour Toi, sorti en septembre l’année dernière, puis Sur Une Chanson En Français, sorti en décembre, puis de leur premier EP Couleurs Primaires, tout juste sorti le 19 janvier 2015, la musique de PARADIS a su agrandir son cercle d’initiés sur internet et ailleurs.À ce jour, leurs titres ont été écoutés plus de 7 millions de fois sur la toile, en France et à l’étranger.

                                            The Pattern Voices

                                            Other Voices 03

                                              The latest in the series of Ghost Box singles Other Voices, introduces an exciting new ensemble, The Pattern Forms. Made up of Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) with Ed Gibson and Ed MacFarlane (both of Friendly Fires).

                                              Brooks and MacFarlane have proven track records as outstanding producers and composers in their own right, and in this debut collaboration they conjure up wonderfully dreamy electronic pop music with light airborne vocals and a just hint of dark magick.

                                              Pelican

                                              The Cliff

                                                “The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican.

                                                The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals.

                                                The 12” vinyl is fresh reimaginings of ‘The Cliff’, a highlight from their most recent album, 2013’s Forever Becoming, and one recently completed exclusive new song.

                                                The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals.

                                                Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley’s contribution on “Final Breath” from 2009’s “What We All Come To Need” will attest to.

                                                Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source.

                                                Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song “The Wait”, a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.

                                                Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s era are set to release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album ‘Citizen Zombie’ has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence & The Machine). The album, features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums).

                                                Rolling Stone recently featured The Oral History of The Pop Group, citing the band as inspiration for everyone from Nick Cave to Nine Inch Nails, and going on to say:

                                                “They paved the way for Fugazi's politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails' larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars.” Rollingstone.com 2014

                                                “The years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” - The Guardian 2014


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Ltd LP Info: Limited edition 180g coloured vinyl album + large poster (915mm x 610mm) + download card.

                                                The Pop Group

                                                Citizen Zombie - 2CD Box Set Edition

                                                Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s era are set to release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album ‘Citizen Zombie’ has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence & The Machine). The album, features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums).

                                                Rolling Stone recently featured The Oral History of The Pop Group, citing the band as inspiration for everyone from Nick Cave to Nine Inch Nails, and going on to say:

                                                “They paved the way for Fugazi's politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails' larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars.” Rollingstone.com 2014

                                                “The years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” - The Guardian 2014

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLtd CD Info: 2CD Album Citizen Zombie + Versions Galore EP + Patch + 2 Art Cards + Post Card + Badge.

                                                Populäre Mechanik was a post-punk, jazz bastard project created by Wolfgang Seidel, friend and sometime musical partner of Conrad Schnitzler and founder member of Ton Steine Scherben. This collection has been curated by Holger Hiller, best known as vocalist for Palais Schaumburg. Hiller presents tracks from two cassette produc-tions which Seidel released in the early 1980s.

                                                The booklet features an interview which Hiller conducted with Seidel in which they discussed the function of rock and pop music over the past 45 years.

                                                All tracks released for the first time on CD and vinyl.

                                                Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal

                                                The Raid - The Complete Original Indonesian Score

                                                  Are you ready for your socks to be knocked clean off? Death Waltz Recording Company are exceptionally proud to bring you a huge world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to THE RAID. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know that when it was released in the UK and US, its music was replaced in favour of a score by Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese.

                                                  Quite frankly, the original score kicks its successor’s ass, hard. Coming from Thailand, the duo of Yuskemal and Prayogi seemingly not only have a geographical connection but a spiritual one as well, leading to a profundity in their music that can’t be matched. Full of muscular electronics and battering percussion, it feels like not only a score but also a workout. Electric guitars give an edge and at times the music reaches up to a post-rock crescendo, while ethereal textures give a nod to the insane world the film takes place in, and it all comes to a head to bring you one of the finest action scores the world has ever seen. You don’t just listen to THE RAID – you experience it.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd LP Info: 140gm Grey vinyl housed inside single pocket jacket

                                                  Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop’s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, building his instrument meticulously to find the perfect combination of oscillators, sequencers, limiters and filters to create a system that allows him to create sounds that are surprising and inviting.

                                                  His new album, ‘The Republic’, is Sam Prekop’s latest synthesizer work, following 2010’s ‘Old Punch Card’ and showcases Prekop’s talent for creating expressive music through mechanical patterns, repetitions and chance.

                                                  Prekop’s innate gifts of melodic turns of phrase that have made him a revered songwriter are transferred into new forms in his synthesizer work, aided by the unpredictable melodic capabilities of analogue sequencers and ‘The Republic’ is an exciting new chapter in his development as an accomplished synthesist. ‘The Republic’ moves Prekop’s synthesizer compositions further into the realm of the accessible without abandoning the experimental legacy of the instrument.

                                                  The first half of ‘The Republic’ consists of songs that were originally created as a score for a video installation of the same name by David Hartt which was shown at the David Nolan Gallery in New York.

                                                  Although Prekop has primarily only performed synthesizer sets in Chicago, in part due to the extensive process of setting up and dismantling the instrument, he plans to perform works incorporating elements of ‘The Republic’ throughout the US and Europe in 2015.

                                                  Sam Prekop is not only the singer and songwriter of The Sea And Cake but also a well respected painter and photographer.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with artworked innersleeve and free download coupon.

                                                  CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                  Public Service Broadcasting

                                                  The Race For Space

                                                  Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months' extensive touring and festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting release their eagerly anticipated second album, 'The Race For Space'. Once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record tells the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957 - 1972 via the duo's eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

                                                  'The Race For Space' follows 'Inform - Educate - Entertain', Public Service Broadcasting's debut album which reached number 21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for 'Best Independent Album' at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian's Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music's Top 10 albums of 2013.

                                                  Short biog: Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

                                                  Ltd LP Info: Indie exclusive heavyweight clear vinyl edition.

                                                  Robert Glasper

                                                  Double Booked - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                  One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: this is the captivating logic behind 'Double Booked', pianist Robert Glasper’s third album for Blue Note, following up 'Canvas' (2005) and 'In My Element' (2007). An artist who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time. Now available for the first time on vinyl.

                                                  Although he piqued the collective interest with a couple of intricate and textured EPs on Black Acre, it wasn’t until the speaker smashing brilliance of "Roots" dropped on Ninja Tune in December 2014 that anticipation of this long player reached fever pitch. Taking inspiration from the vibrant collages of American artist Romare Bearden, London's Archie Fairhurst assembles his sampledelic productions from the building blocks of Afrocentric musical heritage. But don't confuse Romare with the myriad of sampler bashing producers without a creative bone in their body, "Projections" is the work of a true scholar of black music and culture, fluent in the musical language he's created and in possession of a sophisticated and inventive approach to production. There are hints of my favourite Detroit producers here, as we hear echoes of Kenny and Theo at their most samplistic, but the nuanced approach is Romare's alone. The disco house brilliance of ‘Roots’ is present but stands alone as a mainroom attraction amid an abundance of jazzy beatdown, relaxed footwork and future soul riches which sound as good on headphones or in the living room as they do over a system. This is without doubt an early contender for record of the year.


                                                  Coming out of South London via Sheffield, the Breaker Breaker is a fledgling label headed up by Haider Masroor aka DS1. Having been releasing music since 2008 across various aliases Haider's new project is a platform from which he intends to release material from both new and established artists covering left of centre strains of floor-focused house and techno.

                                                  In to inaugurate the project is a new artist also based in South London: Ross From Friends. Taking lo-fi building blocks full of crackle and character and running them through his sampler Ross From Friends forms his own style of rough edged techno that hits hard whilst carrying a distinctive sense of soul. "Golf School" kicks things off with burnt out percussion and off kilter fills that propel a tape driven guitar and Rhodes combo before "Ridley Schottt" blooms behind a hustling bit-crushed riff that gathers menacing chords and frazzled percussion. '.Biz' then caps the EP off with a circling piano riff and astutely plotted whacks and samples that pepper a Delroy Edwardsesque groove, bringing a rich and varied package to a close. The first of many diamonds on Breaker Breaker I reckon.

                                                  Seattle duo Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White return as THEESatisfaction with ‘EarthEE’, the follow up to their acclaimed 2012 debut ‘awE naturalE’.

                                                  The album, led by highlights ‘Recognition’, ‘Nature’s Candy’ and the title track, was recorded in Seattle and Brooklyn and features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. The set features Stas and Cat rapping and singing over sublime soul-jazz, SA-RA style wonkiness and spacious psych-funk textures, creating a seductive album that draws you in.

                                                  ‘EarthEE’ was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect And Exalt Studios: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle.

                                                  Scientist Vs Prince Jammy

                                                  Big Showdown - Dub Mir Edition

                                                  Hopeton “Scientist” Brown and Lloyd “Prince Jammy” James both learned their dub craft at the feet of the universally-acknowledged master of the art form, King Tubby. The 10 tracks from this classic LP from 1980 sound pretty strong in terms of style and approach, all of them are quietly brilliant, reflecting a complete mastery of the form. The pair go head to head, trading dub punches in each round - a left-hook of spring reverb here, an upper-cut tape rewind there... Rhythms are supplied by the unstoppable Roots Radics band!


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