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WEEK STARTING 27 May

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

We Be All Africans

"‘We Be All Africans’ is a message of survival. A message of renewal. A message that we are all brothers and sisters. We are all one family, the human family and we need one another in order to survive on this planet that we all share." - Idris Ackamoor.

Strut are proud to present the brand new studio album from West coast intergalactic jazz mavericks, The Pyramids, led by their inspirational bandleader, Idris Ackamoor.

Alto saxophonist Ackamoor first founded The Pyramids alongside fellow students Margo Simmons (flute) and Kimathi Asante (electric bass) in the summer of 1972. The three were students together at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio where one of their teachers was renowned pianist, Cecil Taylor. After founding the band in Paris, performing in Holland and embarking on a “cultural odyssey” across Africa, the group recorded three independent albums (‘Lalibela’ in 1973, ‘King Of Kings’ in 1974 and ‘Birth / Speed / Merging’ in 1976) and became renowned for their striking live shows, mixing percussive, spiritual and space-age jazz with performance, theatre, and dance. After migrating to San Francisco to perform on the Bay Area arts scene, they disbanded in 1977 after a final show at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival.

30 years later The Pyramids reunited unexpectedly in 2007 following growing demand for their music from vinyl collectors and jazz fans and embarked on the first of many European tours beginning in 2010 featuring original members, as well as a fresh line-up including renowned percussionist Kenneth Nash. 

For their new album, ‘We Be All Africans’, the group traveled to Berlin to hunker down in Max Weissenfeldt’s analogue Philophon studio. The result is a sparkling set of Afro / jazz-funk fusions, from the infectious chants of the title track to the reflective ‘Epiphany’ and the yearning, mournful future single, ‘Silent Days’ featuring the brilliant vocals of Bajka. .


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Includes 12"x12" lyric insert.

Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

Aimes

Pleasure Cruise / Acid Dreaming

AIMES brings everything good to this release from sun-kissed synths to chimes lapping around your dancing feet, this sort of post-disco can be found on "PLEASURE CRUISE". On the flip, "ACID DREAMING" is an electro- futurist vision of the journey beyond consciousness to realms unknown. Out on the TUGBOAT EDIT spin-off STAR CREATURE

Berlin-based imprint Disco Halal's latest offering comes from Nadav Spiegel, better known as Autarkic, a main man on the Israeli cold-wave scene. As with his previous release on Golf Channel ('Hello To Mrs Blank'), Autarkic revives the post-punk electronic dark wave / minimal wave sound, but this time we're treated to more of a Middle Eastern influence. In fact 'Can You Pass The Knife?' is about the struggle of being stuck in a gap between longing for his homeland, and what it could have been like, and a heavy criticism on what it has actually become.

Opener 'Asi Keta Ga' is a moody electro shuffler with Middle Eastern pipes, dub efx and an urgent, breathy vocal, all saturated with echo. 'Solo Gun' hisses with drum machine percussion before getting in a mid-tempo house groove - perfect for Weatherall and Johnston I reckon. 'Watch Out' is a killer disco-not-disco number in a post-punk style, heading hand-in-hand to the dancefloor with 'Fire In My Heart'. Over on side B 'The Misorientation Of Autrakic' offers more ALFOS tempos, with minaret style wailing, and a vocal from Spiegel, as does the dubbed-out drifter 'UFO (Space Version)'. Lastly 'Tender Lies' sounds tailor-made for Blitz kidz and new romantic dancing.

Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded in Rockfield Studios, By Default is the sound of a group on the sharpest form of their career, more engaged and focused than they’ve ever been. The follow up to 2014’s Himalayan, from the English trio - made up of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) – the new record came about via a conscious decision from the band to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule (having never spent more than a month off the road in the last 2 years) to decamp to and write songs in a Southampton Baptist Church-cum-makeshift HQ. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: From funky staccato guitar to four-to-the-floor drums, three-part harmonies and rhythmically delivered vocals to National-esque introspection and distorted churning bass. 'By Default' is a swooning and morphing beast, no sooner do rousing crescendos appear than they melt into a cauldron of bubbling morosity and jagged tension, with relief never being too far behind. Measured and impeccable, apopleptic and serene. A whole of many halves, and every one of them brilliantly conceived. Highly recommended.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Includes MP3 Download Code.

Mark Barrott

Driving To Cap Negret / Winter Sunset Sky

Hot on the heels of his 'Cascades' 12" comes another vinyl release from Mark Barrott. This limited hand stamped white label 10" is a taster for his upcoming 'Sketches From An Island 2', due for release mid summer.  Needless to say, this 10" offers two dreamy Balearic cuts to bring the sunshine right into your living room... On 'Driving To Cap Negret' we're treated to soothing slide guitar and synthy pan pipes over pattering bongos - a perfect backdrop to a stop off in Altea's Balearic-est hotel... 'Winter Sunset Sky' is a dreamy electronic, ambient cut flecked with Spanish guitar and lush synth washes and pads. Super limited (250 copies only!), this is sure to fly off the shelves...

Following on from the success of her critically acclaimed ‘Incitation’ EP, Olga Bell is back with new album ‘Tempo’, released via One Little Indian Records.

“Grand compositional ambitions and a dynamic voice... the arty, adventurous edge of pop” - The New York Times

“For those uninitiated, Bell’s work lies somewhere between an industrial night at Berghain and a cyborg performing at Carnegie Hall.” - Dummy

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Encompassing aspects of outsider-pop, synthwave and electronic soul, 'Tempo' confounds expectations of the singer songwriter. Quirky off-kilter rhythms and textures permeate the whole endeavour , rapidly switching from acid pulse-wave stabs to glitched out snares and clave hits. Like a medley of all the electronic tropes of the last 20 years, but distilled into a cohesive and concise representation of modern electronic music culture. This is a capable and sparkling outing, and at no point feels too far from comfort. Like hopping between ten different parties of ten different varieties, each playing different music, and loving each and every minute.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe edition includes art prints.

Big Thief's music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones "the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else's, and being okay with the inevitability of death," says Adrianne.

Masterpiece, Big Thief's debut album, is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne's voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks "the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake o¬ the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they're grounded in simple things.”

Adrianne met her longtime musical partner, guitarist and singer, Buck Meek, in Brooklyn a few years ago, and they quickly formed a creative bond tempered by the experience of traveling and performing for months on end in old dive bars, yards, barns, and basements together. They recorded a pair of duo albums (A-Sides and B-Sides), and Adrianne showcased her songs on a solo album, Hours Were The Birds.

Now, as a full rock and roll band, with Buck on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums, they bring a steady wildness, giving the songs an even deeper layer of nostalgia. "These guys feel like a pack of wolves at my back," says Adrianne, "they make the songs howl and bark with a fierce tenderness that gives me courage."
After spending last July in an old house that they turned into a studio on Lake Champlain with producer Andrew Sarlo, the resulting collection soars on what Big Thief fan Sharon Van Etten calls "...a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies.


STAFF COMMENTS

Laura says: It's no surprise that Sharon Van Etten is a fan of Big Thief. Adrianne Lenker has a similar narrative style to her songwriting and there's a perfect balance of fragility and power in both the vocals and instrumentation that also brings to mind Van Etten. Great!

Birdbone Unlimited

Heart Attack / Not Gonna Stop

“Heart Attack”: This is your Uncle Junior’s funk - that Stacy Adams, Black Love incense, Hai Karate groove providing the quintessential backdrop to primping for a night at the spot. Not the club, mind you, or the bar…but the spot. “Don’t Stop” The team of Brian Ellis and Tim Tucker deliver another sure shot with what those in the know like to call that “up-tempo, feelgood, ass-wiggling jheri curl music.” Wallflowers need not apply. 

FORMAT INFORMATION

7" Info: Comes in hand-spraypainted sleeve.

The Body & Full Of Hell

One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

    ‘One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache’ is a brand new collaborative release from The Body and Full Of Hell. Through their own respective recordings, both The Body and Full Of Hell are internationally-revered as forward-thinking entities of harsh music, delivering their audio torment through incredibly intense and often unorthodox methods.

    The Body’s 2010-released ‘All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood’ sophomore album stands among the band’s high points and remains one of the most groundbreaking and frightening albums of recent times.

    Similarly, Full Of Hell rapidly became a favourite amongst hardcore, grind, death and noise metal fans upon their formation with an incredibly energetic and destructive live attack. Their 2013-released ‘Rudiments Of Mutilation’ album solidified them as one of the most damaging new acts going and, since its detonation, the band’s intensity and hunger for experimentation continue to magnify.

    Both acts are proven collaborators, relishing the results of collective efforts to create life-numbing constellations of distortion and depravity. The two members of The Body joined forces with arcane producer The Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic) for the ‘I Shall Die Here’ long player, Louisiana’s darkest sludge troupe Thou for ‘You, Whom I Have Always Hated’, as well as ‘Nothing Passes’ with Braveyoung and myriad splits with artists as diverse and detesting as Australia’s Whitehorse, Japan’s Vampillia, Rhode Island’s Sandworm and New Jersey’s Krieg taking their virulent, insidious influence to unsuspecting destinations both stateside and abroad.

    The Body have just released their latest album ‘No One Deserves Happiness’ on Thrill Jockey to critical acclaim from Decibel, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Magnet, Noisey, SPIN, Terrorizer and more

    Full Of Hell made a huge impression on the ears of fans and those previously unfamiliar with the band with 2014’s two-part alliance with internationally feared noisemonger Merzbow, which resulted in the ‘Full Of Hell & Merzbow’ album and the subsequent ‘Sister Fawn’ EP. Their discography is littered with noise-sodden demos and splits that wrench Full Of Hell in to fresh dimensions of heaviness and extremity and their constant live actions never cease to stun.

    Full Of Hell have been praised by Pitchfork, Decibel, Echoes & Dust, Metal Injection and CVLT Nation, amongst others.

    This vinyl edition is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with an artworked inner sleeve. Initial copies on red vinyl.

    The Body and Full Of Hell recently played shows throughout Europe with Converge and have previously toured with Neurosis, Thou, Heat Dust, Sandworm, 1349, Weekend Nachos, Dropdead and Gaza and played such festivals as Roadburn, Southwest Terror Fest, Apex VI Fest, Moogfest, Incubate, Roadburn, Ieperfest, Fluff Fest, This is Hardcore and Maryland Deathfest.

    “The Body work in textured, patient torture, death by a thousand cuts, whereas Full Of Hell operate more like a woodchipper - but they’re united in the all-consuming gloom that consumes all of their best work” - Pitchfork

    “Full Of Hell and The Body seem like the perfect pair - a grind band and a sludge band, united by a love for baptismal noise. There’s some fucked-up chemistry on their collaboration ‘One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache’, for sure” - Decibel

    Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. In the spring of 2015 they released Deep In The Iris, their standout third record. Companion is the band's latest 4 track EP, written during the Deep In The Iris sessions, and completed during a burst of creative energy in August 2015. Here Braids use the palette of Deep In The Iris to paint decidedly different vistas – joy, disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection, the minimalistic power of "Companion" to the patient blossoming of "Sweet World". Distinct in their own right, these 4 songs are not to be dismissed as B-sides, outtakes, or the lesser of a group of songs. Though it uses Deep In The Iris as a compositional guidepost, Companion is a breath-taking journey all of its own.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Includes MP3 Download Code.

    She was a composer who wrote scores with geometric shapes, a poet who became a pioneer of early electronic music. Joanna Brouk’s little-known body of work exists at the nexus between ambient, new age, drone, and classical minimalism - stark in its simplicity, lush in its expanse. Studying under Robert Ashley and Terry Riley at the fabled Mills College Center For Contemporary Music before graduating into the margins of the 70s bay area new music scene, Ms. Brouk blazed her own trail well outside of the musical establishment to create uncompromising electronic and acoustic work of sleek beauty and primal power. Describing herself as less a composer than a channel, she took her cues from the frequencies of the natural world and the talents of collaborators like Maggi Payne and Bill Maraldo. Hearing Music collects for the first time the deepest cuts from her beguiling and rare cassette releases and her archive of previously unreleased recordings.

    “I realized that, in many instances, it didn’t matter what you said, it mattered how you said it: the tone of the voice, the rhythm, the sound.... Because sound has an incredible effect on other people, it can make them dance, put them into trances, it can control emotions by a certain pitch, a certain depth.” – Joanna Brouk


    Ian Brown

    Golden Greats - Gold Vinyl Edition

      • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
      • Insert
      • Etched D-Side
      • Including 2 Bonus Tracks
      • First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Gold Coloured Vinyl

      'Golden Greats' is the second solo album released by Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown. Despite the title, the album is not a compilation, but a studio album.

      It was described by NME as “a left-field masterpiece and Brown’s best work for a decade”. The album contains soaring sonic textures and electronic dance beats; it is less song-oriented than Unfinished Monkey Business. Golden Greats showcases a diverse usage of instruments including strings, mellotron and organs.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: King Monkey's second LP was sonically a huge change from his more guitar based debut. Big keys and electronic glitches gave this a retro/modern vibe whilst Ian's songs ranged all over from the druggy, chunky club thump of "Love Like a Fountain" to the space-dub serenity of the aptly named "Neptune". A superb record.

      After whetting our appetites with the Aperol Spritz of his recent ‘Tabarin’ 12” on Highwood, Phil Mison returns with the first Cantoma LP in six years, a gorgeous collection of summery moods and sultry grooves called ‘Just Landed’. Guitar in hand, the Cafe Del Mar legend leads us through shimmering heat haze to a distant horizon where azure waves meet an endless blue sky.

      Sophisticated from the off, the set stretches into life with the delicate guitars, dreamy chimes and swaying rhythm of 12” cut ’Tabarin’. Appearing here in its original form, ‘Tabarin’ soundtracks la dolce vita of the Mediterranean, sweeping through Capri, San Antonio and Casablanca on a swell of swooning strings, sun kissed trumpets and airy flute. The beachfront soul of previous single ‘Alive’ finds Bing Ji Ling musing on Tibetan mindfulness over Phil’s gentle samba groove, before the titular ‘Just Landed’ reclines on the beach, looking out to where the waves chase the sun over the horizon. Phil delivers a touch of dub on ‘Echo’, laying a fluid foundation of limber bass and circular steel drums for Suad Khalifa’s soaring vocals, before the stunning ‘Abando’ brings us to the halfway point. A collaboration with Balearic legend and former Finis Africae member Javier Bergia, the track pairs Bergia’s emotive vocals with Phil’s cascading guitar licks, before cinematic strings offer a panoramic view of the coastline. The flamenco guitar and insistent backbeat of ‘Tali Lumi’ offers a subtle change of pace, while the African drums, dreamy harp and future primitive melodies of ‘Vialas Journey’ hint at the rich vegetation of tropical climes. ‘Clear Coast’ drifts in on the jet stream as Brenda Ray’s whispered vocals glide over a verdant blend of guitar, synth and melodica, transporting us to a distant cliff top where the piano led beauty of ‘Sea Of Blue’ fills the air. Before the sun sets on ‘Just Landed’, there’s still enough time to bask in the warmth of ‘Claudio’s Theme’, an expansive excursion into transcendent chords, hazy guitars and clear summer skies co-written by Shoom founder Danny Rampling.

      ‘Just Landed’ finds Phil Mison in imperious form, showing off a lifetime of musical experience and calling on a who’s who of Balearic legends to help him deliver the finest Cantoma LP to date.

      “The past is past, the future not yet risen…the only thing we really have is now.” - Sogyal Rinpoche


      Catfish And The Bottlemen

      The Ride

      Catfish & the Bottlemen’s second album The Ride, mostly produced in LA by Dave Sardy is a collection of bold and riffing pop songs that verge on the anthemic.

      “I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner,” says charismatic frontman Van McCann.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Glistening pop-rock anthems a plenty on this newest release from Wales' Catfish and The Bottlemen. Driving and heartfelt odes to love and loss underpinned by shimmering production and emotive instrumental performances, impeccable vocal harmonies float atop the main vocal lines before the distortion kicks in, and breaks it all down into pulsing, grooving rock territory. Everything you'd come to expect, and more.

      Queen Constance and P&P come together to treat us to an official reissue of the rare sophomore LP by Cloud One, featuring out of this world disco-experiments from the legendary Patrick Adams. Even after the success of "Atmosphere Strut", Adams continued to experiment with synthesizers (in particular the minimoog) to make this his signature sound or ‘voice’ as he called it. And indeed his usage of the synth was completely different from some of his contemporaries. With titles like "Jump, Jump, Jump", "Funky Track", "Stomp Your Feet And Dance" or "Music Funk", it was clear the spirit of this music was in Harlem. It’s no surprise Adams felt at home in the many P&P subsidiaries. “P&P became this place where artists could be free, as opposed to an Atlantic Records or a Columbia Records, where everything is high spit and polished...We never told anybody on P&P what they could or couldn’t do, what they should or shouldn’t do. It was like, ‘Go for it, if you want to bang pots and pans together, that’s your sound.” And what a funky sound it was. “I was trying to get the most out of the instrument. I was experimenting.” - Patrick Adams

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Super deluxe as-original pasted-on sleeve reissue.

      If this latest missive from Camp Nado is anything to go by, we're in for a scorching Summer. For the eighteenth (though mysteriously numbered 014) release on the Mancunian institution, Messers Moonboots and Boardman invite a cosmopolitan cast from France and, well, Yorkshire, to take us for a stroll through the surf. Hull's Renaissance man, Steve Cobby, takes centre stage on his label debut, collaborating with Leeds musician Rich Arthurs on the A-side epic 'Bushfarmer' before showcasing his skill at the mixing desk with a B-side remix of Penelope Antenna's sultry 'Tradewinds', which also appears in all its original glory. Stretching languorously over the whole of the A-side, 'Bushfarmer' sees the Yorkshire duo harness the power cosmic at the heart of 'Transfer Station Blue' and 'E2-E4' to perfectly soundtrack the blazing embers of the setting sun. Over the course of a totally immersive ten minutes, the track transforms from a lone guitar to a widescreen symphony of kosmische psychedelia, slowly buildingthrough nebulous FX, frazzled sequences and skittering rhythms. As we head into the second half of the opus, the guitar drops out and the track drifts along in a hazy soundscape, before taking us home with a low slung space disco groove. Epic in any sense of the word, this is one trip you can't afford to miss. Aficionado present another debutante on the B-side, enticing Balearic royalty Penelope Antenna (daughter of Isabelle) to grace the label with the siren song of 'Tradewinds'. A coastal serenade awash with lapping waves and gentle cicadas, this horizontal jam seems to float in a heat haze, swaying gently to a laid back rhythm while sweltering keys and gentle chimes suggest an endless Summer. Reaching for the factor 50, Mr Cobby tops a drum box backbeat with buttery bass and smooth keys, pushing the vocal up in the mix to serve up a flavourful portion of Summery soul food. Adding discofied guitar, jazzy organ and a killer breakbeat as the track progresses, the Fila Brazilia man ensures his remix sizzles until the last seconds.

      Officially Aficionado.

      Leonard Cohen

      Songs From A Room - 180g Legacy Vinyl Edition

        By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era's most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike. Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format. For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album is pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art. 

        Cohen's sophomore effort "Songs From A Room" (recorded with producer Bob Johnston, renowned for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel) was a worthy follow-up, boasting such enduring compositions as "Bird On The Wire", "Story Of Isaac" and "A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros".

        Leonard Cohen

        Songs Of Leonard Cohen - 180g Legacy Vinyl Edition

          By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era's most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike. Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format. For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album is pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art. 

          1967's "Songs of Leonard Cohen" is one of the decade's most audacious debut albums, with producer John Simon's artful arrangements animating such haunting Cohen standards as "Suzanne", "Sisters Of Mercy" and "So Long, Marianne".

          Leonard Cohen

          Songs Of Love And Hate - 180g Legacy Vinyl Edition

            By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era's most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike. Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format. For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album is pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art. 

            With 1971s "Songs Of Love And Hate", Cohen delivered one of his most emotionally intense sets, with such memorable numbers as "Avalanche", "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Joan Of Arc" ranking with his greatest compositions.

            Crazy The Lord

            Outerzona 1305

            Crazy The Lord... the man, the woman, the myth, or just the name of this latest release from the Outerzona13 label? Who knows, and who cares, because the music here is so good, you won't care who's behind these edits.

            Outerzona13 has come up with consistent best-sellers, with the label's edit collections of secret weapons all becoming floor favourites. Number 5 in the series is no exception, opening up with a monster gospel disco-funk gem ('Praise Ye The Lord' presumably, seeing as that's the main vocal running through the track - which does sound a lot like "crazy the Lord"!), which has been filtered and fattened up. On 'A2' we get a lively house driver with a pitched up rave-style vocal hook ("jump, yeah"!), while 'B1' revives Pal Joey's jazz-house anthem 'Hot Music'. Lastly we wind down with a slo-mo Afro-arpeggiator workout 'B2', which spirals off into the Equitorial sunset...

            Strictly limited black label pressing.

            Carla Dal Forno

            Fast Moving Cars / Better

              ‘Fast Moving Cars’: the debut solo single from Carla dal Forno (F ingers, Tarcar). Poignant, minimalist, happy / sad art-pop…Both a song of devotion and a dream of leaving. Languid, dubwise, stoned-immaculate, but with a heartbreaking clarity and economy of expression.

              Production and arrangement is poised and precise: heavy, rooted bassline, metallic percussion, astral synth-drift and whispers of reverb that conspire to open space rather than fill it. It’s the perfect staging for CDF’s voice, a floating alto at once coolly detached and disarmingly close, human, relatable.

              “Don’t be so daft, do something exciting…” The lyrics are frank; fluent in the feelings that underpin the beginning, middle and end of a relationship. Is this music of loss or of gain? Resignation or resolve? Escape or escapism?

              (Can I dance to it?)

              “Fantastic album…breathtaking intensity” (Roman Flügel)
              “Hard yet soft, a pure sex trip” (Jonnie Wilkes, Optimo)
              “Superb. It's a proper listening experience from start to finish!” (Trevor Jackson)

              Death In Vegas return with 'Transmission', the sixth release from the project begun by Richard Fearless nearly two decades ago, and the first new album since 'Trans-Love Energies' in 2011.

              United over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey, Fearless partners with artist and writer Sasha Grey, whose lyrics resonate across the soundscape of visceral techno and unsettling, discordant drones, weaving into a state of dreamlike euphoria.

              Field recordings of the constant drone of air traffic and incessant noise from the steel factory opposite Fearless’ Metal Box studio, as well as the Ballardian landscape in which it’s set, all exert their pull on the record, searching for light in the dark.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Includes MP3 Download Code.

              Janette “Jnett” Pitruzzello is considered something of a legend in her home city of Melbourne, where she’s been DJing for well over two decades. Here, she delivers her debut solo EP, featuring a quartet of tracks co-produced by Piccadilly favourite Maurice Fulton. And what better way to kick off the EP than Fulton's own remix of opener “Reflection". Maurice sprinkles his magic over the track adding a little underground disco sparkle and percussive sweatiness to an otherwise organ-stabbed deep house groove. There’s a similarly cheery, funky, swinging jazzy garage feel to the rolling, cut-up house goodness of “Swangzipani". Elsewhere, the duo gets a little stranger in pursuit of dancefloor thrills; “Bubbles Away” is a deliciously dark, wonky and intergalactic dubbed-out slo-mo groover that transforms into an electronic body-mover, with metallic percussion and elastic bass, while “Judge Not” wanders off into head-nodding, instrumental hip-hop territory.

              If Lisbon is the new Peckham then DJ Marfox is the new Bradley Zero. Or something like that. The Portuguese city has been enjoying a lot of the dance music limelight of late, after setting the world on fire after a slew of innovative, genre-defying releases from Principe and its associated artists, (DJ Nigga Fox, Niagara, Photonz, Tia Maria Producoes etc). The sound takes influence from Kuduro, Batida, Kizomba, Funaná & Tarrachinha as well as modern day house and techno; and inflicts the attitudes and passions of Lisbon's youth into the mix. The result: a head turning new sound that's taking the world by storm! Here, on "Chapa Quente" we see how the raw and more minimal sound of the producer's formative years has mutated into a complex web of influences and new sounds. The overall feel of "Chapa Quente" is that of a perpetual chase scene on a New Lisbon constantly reorganized by the pull of different cultures, something that resonates with Marfox's upbringing in the now demolished shantytown of Quinta da Vitória, where he came of age among neighbours who had emigrated from India, Pakistan, São Tomé e Príncipe or Cabo Verde. The rhythms, to the uninitiated, will take some getting used to; but once your sucked into their shamanic tribal magic you won't want to escape. The sound palette instantly transports you to the producer's world and never has a record encapsulated a time and geography so well. To me, this is the Portuguese youth's version of grime, or punk rock, or acid house. That is, kids with little money to spend on lavish studios making do with what they can and putting their hearts and soul into something that is completely theirs - both geographically, socially and contextually. It's amazing, and will surely go down as a historically important landmark in the evolution of global dance music. Don't miss out!


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Lisbon's answer to punk rock, acid house or grime? - surely that HAS to be checked out. Fresher the the blossom of spring.

              Vancouver producer Sophie Sweetland (aka D. Tiffany) switches into new guise DJ Zozi for a , sepia-tinged, sample-based take on smoked out drum & bass. The “Mellow Vibe” 12” is four jumped up but dazed slants on soulful rollers. The title track welcomes us into its retro-tastic open arms with glee, nurturing us with a mid-tempo breakbeats and delicate rumbles of sub bass. "Up (Slammin' Vers)" takes things to the outdoor illegal rave circa '95 with lashings of jungle breakbeats cushioned by droning bass tones and jump up rave vox. "Snow Globe" veers off course for some rambunctious and boisterous house bounce; still keeping that keen ear for a fine sample well tuned. Finally, "Zozi Theme" is the aptly named final track which does exactly what you'd expect - conjure up the same kind of joyful euphoria you experience when you complete your hardest SNES end-of-game boss for the first time. Big beats, spine-tingling riffs and spirit elevating fx. Storming stuff on 1080p - you need this!

              For their first release of 2016 Nous Disques takes up where they last left off with another impeccably crafted release, courtesy of LA based producer Dreams, who serves up five tracks of gritty goodness on his "Off the Grid" EP. The project kicks off with "Chain", a hissy, analogue, Detroit-scented monster before moving seamlessly into the more stripped down and minimal "Voyeur"; closing out side one "Red Veil" glides in mellifluously, immediately reminiscent of Stacey Pullen's trailblazing forays into that space between house and techno. Over on the flip the title track leads with a jubilantly squelchy tribute to Chicago before the fittingly titled "Night Cap" closes out the EP with a woozy, slo-mo skitter through eerily sparse electronica.

              • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
              • gatefold sleeve / 4 page booklet / printed innersleeves
              • includes 4 bonus tracks (featuring björk on “ooops”)
              • first pressing of 750 numbered copies on yellow vinyl
              • 25th anniversary album

              By the time of the recording of 1991's "Ex:El" 808 State were a worldwide force in the still growing rave scene. Reflecting this, the 808 sound became even larger on this, their most commercially successful album. As well as including three hit singles ("Cubik", "In Yer Face" and "Ooops"), the LP also went deeper and featured vocal cuts too, with Bjork and Bernard Sumner guesting. Now the album gets remastered and reissued. It also includes a bonus LP featuring remixes and previously unreleased versions.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xCD Info: Slimline deluxe edition re-mastered by 808 State mainstay Graham Massey. Includes bonus CD featuring remixes and previously unreleased versions.

              Isle Of Jura starts life with an official reissue of the highly sought after ‘Fire In My Heart’ 12” by Escape From New York - massive Harvey tune! Originally released in 1984 ‘Fire In My Heart’ fuses elements of disco, electro-funk, world music and new wave to create a mystical masterpiece. ‘Won’t Be Your Fool’ has more obvious 80’s leanings and the 12” closes with the Instrumental dub of ‘Fire In My Heart’, stripping back the vocals and letting the bassline work its magic. Completely re-mastered for 2016 and distributed worldwide by Rush Hour. 

              The Exacters Feat. Roxie Ray

              Ain't Gonna Lie

              If you like headbobbing grooves the raw voice of a soul diva and proper funk horns you'll dig The Exacters' latest groove bag "Ain't Gonna Lie" featuring Roxie Ray. The aside on this latest edition to the Our Label Records catalogue starts off with an intriguing guitar lick and builds up to a fully blown soul funk dance track. On the flip of this exclusive and limited Funk 45 "The Ashes" the hornsection takes the lead. A similarly laid back groove sets a heavy foundation for jazzy horns to take you on a convertible cruise on a hot summer evening. The Exacters are Guy Kilty (bass), Alex Stevenson (guitar) and Rob Shield (drums) and they make funk in Manchester, UK. For their debut single they drafted in some very special talent. Guy’s former Dojo Cuts bandmate, Roxie Ray, wrote and recorded the storming vocals for Ain’t Gonna Lie. Meanwhile, trumpet supremo Matt Burke arranged and produced the bruising horn parts on both “Ain’t Gonna Lie” and “The Ashes”. As for the future, their mission is simple: more uber-tight rhythms, mighty horns, and formidable guest vocalists.

              In 2012, with only one single (‘Sleepless’) and one remix (Hermitude’s ‘Hyperparadise’) to his name, a young beatmaker called Flume was given an afternoon slot at Splendour In The Grass. Flash forward four years and Flume is back - this time as a multi-platinum selling, ARIA award-winning, sought-after collaborator (Lorde, Disclosure, Chet Faker, Vince Staples) and internationally recognised producer.

              A master of crafting complex, intelligent, original productions, 2016 sees Flume return to the spotlight with the muchanticipated ‘Skin’ album, via Transgressive Records.

              ‘Skin’ features such global superstars as Beck, Vic Mensa and the UK’s own AlunaGeorge.

              Lead track ‘Never Be Like You’ (featuring Kai) roared to the top of the Australian singles charts and has gone on to become a genuine global hit.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLP Info: Double LP is pressed on transparent vinyl and includes a digital download code.

              The second of the Fluxion releases to arrive this week, but unlike "Prospect", which was released in 1999 (!!!) this is actually BRAND NEW! The arch dub house submariner rolls out four lost beauties, featuring the pensive, breezing skank of "Outerside" and the billowing, richly detailed and organic dub forms of "Circa" up top, backed with the meanest, coiled sea snake of a groove in the 9 minute dub-noise-techno of "Enhancement, and knotted undercurrent of loping dub in "Equilibirum". What's striking is that over 17 years Fluxion's sound hasn't changed that much - it didn't need to. Was it unbelievably ahead of the park 17 years ago, or does it sound dated now? The answer to both of these questions is no. Fluxion exist in a moment undefined by linear time, instead an omnipresent force in the infinite of organic being. This is the very essence of the universe, the cosmos, mother nature and human spirit, all distilled into our audio spectrum but in reality occupying a much broader range of frequencies. Godlike.

              "Prospect" marks the first of salvo of classic Fluxion reissues. Long out of print and originally released on Chain Reaction in 1999/2000. Some tracks have never been released on vinyl before! Essential dub techno masterpiece that laid the groundwork for a complete musical movement - often imitated but never beaten! Side A is given to two phases of "Prospect" - the very epitome of a gravity defying floatation device of complete cushioned bliss. As reverberated element bounce around the stereo field rich, delicate analogue artifacts prick the sense and permeate through the soul, only to be further enhanced by rich but balance bass frequencies occasionally bubbling from beneath. On the flip "Oblique" demonstrates the much used dub-techno skank that would typify much of Basic Channel and Chain Reaction's output. Somehow managing to give both a nod to the Rasta's and to the techno heads over the course of just a simple hypnotic loop! I guess it's that kind of intangible magic that made these records so sought after. Highly sought after dub techno history - don't sleep!

              The latest installment of 12" releases from Roam Recordings sees the San Fran imprint team up with old friends 40 Thieves for an excellent redux of Squeeze's 1978 classic "Take Me I'm Yours". The Thieves take on the disco meets psych rock classic, bringing it into sharp dancefloor focus while keeping it chill and sexy with Nina Lares stunning sultry voice. The original lyrics are captivating and Nina's voice is sure to send shivers down the spine when the hook comes in. Tronik Youth's mix strips the whole thing down and gives the drums a bit more of a bite as you may expect from the man who runs Nein Records. Simon Peter shows his mastery of the live bass with his smoothed out Balearic take on the original before Praus rounds this this remix package out with his slo-mo lost-in-the-smoke psychedlic ALFOS chugger.

              John Foxx

              21st Century: A Man, A Woman And A City

                21st Century: A Man, A Woman And A City highlights some of John Foxx’s best songs from 2000 onwards. These include his work with Louis Gordon, John Foxx And The Maths and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) as well as collaborations with Gazelle Twin, The Belbury Circle (Ghost Box), Matthew Dear, Jori Hulkkonen and The Soft Moon. There are also two brand new John Foxx And The Maths tracks – ‘A Many Splendoured Thing’ and ‘A Man And A Woman’. And two previously unreleased remixes by OMD and ADULT. The album closer brings together John Foxx And The Maths with Gary Numan for the first time on ‘Talk (Are You Listening To Me?). The album’s stunning cover image was created by John Foxx for the project. 

                This limited edition deluxe edition also features 11 videos by Japanese film director, Macoto Tezka, all filmed in Tokyo with music by John Foxx And The Maths. DVD: All regions (NTSC) These include his work with Louis Gordon, John Foxx And The Maths and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) as well as collaborations with Gazelle Twin, The Belbury Circle (Ghost Box), Matthew Dear, Jori Hulkkonen and The Soft Moon. 

                The Fruit band's fleeting existence was only recently revealed by the discovery of a few unsold copies of their sole 1978 single, 'Say It' (released on Cypress Records), which quickly became a cult showpiece for savvy DJs and collectors. Athens Of The North has since reached out to Cypress Studios of Jacksonville, Florida and discovered a complete album of the group's stylish, dancefloor-smashing funk and deep disco on tape, unreleased for over 30 years. Featuring a collection of 10 party-starting disco-funk killers, jazz-funk, boogie and soul, it's amazing that none of these tracks were considered worthy of release back in the day.


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: The vinyl LP is presented in a thick cardboard tip-on sleeve.

                Brighton-based Fujiya & Miyagi have now been making expansive, experimental and multifaceted electronic-driven music for over fifteen years.

                As an outfit they have been as successful in their investigations into bleep as they have elongated Krautrock wig outs, and creating breathy electro pop as fiercely as they do post-punk indebted scratchy dance. 'EP1' feels like an amalgamation of all of these factors, condensed succinctly into four tracks, the first of three planned EPs which will accumulate in a new album in early 2017.

                Comes in triple gatefold sleeve to house EPs 2 & 3.

                Marvin Gaye

                Here, My Dear - 180g Vinyl Edition

                  'Here, My Dear' from 1978 is Marvin Gaye's most introspective album. When his first wife Anna Gordy filed for divorce in 1975 she was awarded half of the royalties and down payment for this project as alimony.

                  At first, Gaye wanted to throw the project because he wouldn't receive any profit from it, but then he decided to use this as a way to exorcise his demons, making this the deepest, darkest and most personal of albums.

                  The naked truth, as you will, about love, marriage, and divorce, exposed in all its glory in both the lyrics and the artwork of this album, which is rife with subtle - and not so subtle - digs to his wife. As one of Gaye's pivotal records, it belongs in any soul collection. As the ultimate divorce record, it is a part of music history.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: For me, this is Marvin's next best LP after "What's Going On". No hits, just grooves and melody and the tastiest gentle, funking sound. Pure Marvin.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Marvin Gaye

                  I Want You - 180g Vinyl Edition

                    "I Want You", while it was a Top Ten smash for Marvin Gaye in 1976, is not as generally well-known as its predecessors for a number of reasons. It marked a sharp change in direction, leaving his trademark Motown soul for lush, funky, light disco, and its subject matter is as close to explicit as pop records got in 1976. From the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson string and horn arrangements to Leon Ware's exotic production that relied on keyboards as well as drums and bass as rhythm instruments, "I Want You" was a giant leap for Gaye. The feel of the album is one of late-night parties in basements and small clubs, and the intimacy of the music evokes the image of people getting closer as every hour of a steamy night wears on. By the time it is over, the listener should be a blissed-out container of amorous vibes. "I Want You" is a pre-eminent early disco concept album, an adult record about intimacy, sensuality, and commitment, and decades later it still reverberates with class, sincerity, grace, intense focus, and astonishingly good taste. As necessary as anything Gaye ever recorded.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Andy says: This album is all about groove and production: slinky, laid-back, deep and lush. Perfect for late nights, this record simply oozes class and, well: lust!

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Includes MP3 Download Code.

                    Marvin Gaye

                    In Our Lifetime - 180g Vinyl Edition

                      Released after 1978's confessional double album 'Here, My Dear', 'In Our Lifetime' was originally envisioned as a party album. However once songwriting and recording began, Gaye decided to use the album to spotlight his religious concerns as well, so we end up with a sometime party, sometime spiritual offering. 'In Our Lifetime' is one of Gaye's finest later albums and captures him as his craft was maturing and becoming more multifaceted.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Marvin Gaye

                      Let's Get It On - 180g Vinyl Edition

                        The weight of a follow-up to 1971's "What's Going On" was lifted from Marvin Gaye's shoulders by the success of his soundtrack to the film Trouble Man, but he was still searching for something to unify his next long player. In 1973 he started working with R&B balladeer-turned-producer Ed Townsend, who gave him the basis of a song about 'the business of getting on with life'. However, inspired by the presence of studio visitor Janis Hunter, destined to become his second wife, Gaye transformed the song into a monument to desire and seduction that ran soul-deep. In this moment Marvin found the focus for the album that had eluded him. If "What's Going On" is a celebration of the spirit, then "Let's Get It On" is all about love, salvation and the pleasures of the flesh.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: Veering away from the state of the nation address and heartache of What's Going On, this follow-up proper (excluding the sparsely brilliant Trouble Man sound track) concerned itself with a different kind of ache! The ache of longing, specifically in carnal pursuits! That aside, it was a more than worthy successor to one of the best albums ever made. Marvin achieved this by doing something completely different. Brilliant!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Includes MP3 Download Code.

                        Marvin Gaye

                        Marvin Gaye Volume 3 1971-1981 - Vinyl Box Set

                          UMC are pleased to release Marvin Gaye Volume Three: 1971-1981. Following on from the previously released Volume One and Two, this is a collection of his last seven Motown studio albums on 180g vinyl in one fantastic box.

                          Marvin Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records and was one of the greatest voices to emerge from the label. The set includes 'What’s Going On' 1LP, 'Trouble Man' 1LP, 'Let’s Get It On' 1LP, 'Diana & Marvin' 1LP, 'I Want You' 1LP, 'Here, My Dear' 2LP, 'In Our Lifetime' 1LP.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Box Set Info: 8xLP box set.

                          FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                          Marvin Gaye

                          Trouble Man - 180g Vinyl Edition

                            As Motown migrated from Detroit to LA, Marvin's follow-up to the spiritual consciousness of "What's Goin' On" was the soundtrack to '72 Blaxploitaion flick "Trouble Man". It's altogether a more streetwise collection of stone cold funk, earthy Curtis-esque falsetto and badass grooves that has seen it plundered by generations of beatdiggers. "'T' Plays it Cool" is one of the best tunes ever made, just ask Jazzy Jeff!!!

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Marvin Gaye

                            What's Going On - 180g Vinyl Edition

                              By 1970 Marvin Gaye was already a phenomenally successful singer, with a string of hit singles to his name, making him Motown's number one male performer. However, when he entered the Hitsville studio on June 1st to cut a new single, Marvin hungered for more. All over the world social unrest was prompting political activism and cultural revolution. Yet the Motown hit production line carried on like nothing was happening. Marvin longed to make a statement that would reflect the new reality, so when Al Cleveland and The Four Tops' Obie Benson brought him the framework of a song called "What's Going On", he jumped at the chance to record it. Initially rejected by Motown, the track went on to become a runaway smash, and the label demanded a full length LP to capitalize on sales. Recorded in ten days in March 1971 the "What's Going On" album features co-writing credits from awesome session band the Funk Brothers, as well as brass and string arrangements by David Van De Pitte. The heady mix of percussive-heavy grooves, luxurious fills and Marvin's sweet vocals became an instant classic. Taking in themes like the Vietnam war, poverty, spirituality and green issues, the album seems just as relevant today as it did back at the start of the 70s and deserves the vote as 'greatest album ever' that it often receives.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Andy says: Forever featured in those Greatest Albums of All Time lists, and it's not hard to hear why. This was Soul's first "concept album", a glorious song suite that ebbed and flowed through the troubles of the day(war , drugs, poverty: all still relevant, obvs!)with the most sublime melodies, supreme musicianship and glorious multi-tracked production to boot. Unbelievable sounds.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Includes MP3 Download Code.

                              Goat

                              I Sing In Silence

                                New music from Goat is always a time for celebration, and we are excited to announce the bands return with a 7” of brand new material. Last year Goat released the single It’s time for fun which saw the band experimenting with drum machines, which brought a different pulse to their tribal psych. And this desire to explore new sounds continues with their new single I Sing in Silence. But instead of ‘plugging in’ new instruments the band have ‘unplugged’ and created an addictive groove with mostly un-amped, acoustic instruments. Elastic guitar lines, woodblock percussion, and flutes which drive the song are enveloped by one of the strongest vocal deliveries by the bands enigmatic singers, resulting in a powerful and catchy psych-pop number.

                                The B side is an instrumental called The Snake of Addis Ababa, is a looping North African mantra played on a teasing fuzzed guitar underpinned by a djembe groove. The repetitive mantra is disrupted by piano that freely solos over the groove, and a pounding drum lifts the song to a seriously head-nodding conclusion. This single is further proof that, in a world of similar sounding and similar looking psych bands, Goat are standing completely out on their own and we are all the better for it. This summer the band will be busy writing, recording, and blowing people’s minds across Europe’s greatest stages. 

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Ltd 7" Info: Limited transparent yellow vinyl edition.

                                Gold Panda

                                Good Luck And Do Your Best - City Slang Bonus Disc Edition

                                'Good Luck And Do Your Best' was initially planned to be something else entirely. Early in 2014 the electronic artist most comfortable with the moniker Derwin Panda set out to Japan for the first of a pair of trips - the latest of many visits to a place he holds most dear. This time a photographer, Laura Lewis, accompanied him as Derwin’s plan was to collect both audio field recordings from his trip across the country as well as accompanying visuals, with Laura tasked to capture what they saw and encountered together.

                                “The album was recorded at home in Chelmsford, but I had that visual inspiration or documentation from Japan. So it was a look back. If you go in spring of autumn Japan has this light that we don’t get here. You know how LA has this dusk feeling? - that orange light that makes the place glow, and the neon signs? Well, Japan has this… at certain times of the year, it has this filter on stuff. So when we went the first time, there were a lot of pink and green colours. Mainly the buildings and cars and the people, and I think Laura captured those colours really well.”

                                Those sights and colours translated to a record that differs notably from his previous album, ‘Half Of Where You Live’. Whereas that record was occasionally taut, perhaps harder and more piecing, the 11 songs that comprise ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ have a distinctly warmer palate, one that echoes ‘Lucky Shiner’ a little more, albeit with a clearer range of sounds, and also, to Derwin’s mind, one where “the tracks aren’t popping out against each other. It’s a [complete] record.”

                                Having finished recording his album, Derwin took the songs to fellow musician and producer Luke Abbott, wherein Luke “made it sound good, he put it into his magic smelter”.

                                'Good Luck and Do Your Best' is Gold Panda at his most relaxed and confident. Doused in a chalky Japanese-inspired haze and underpinned with a positivity and strength of conviction founded in being created amongst familiar settings and routines, it’s a record that is explorative and expansive, yet hearteningly warm and familiar.

                                Whereas his second album ‘Half Of Where You Live’ was occasionally taut, perhaps harder and more piecing, the 11 songs that comprise ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ have a distinctly warmer palate, one that echoes ‘Lucky Shiner’ a little more, albeit with a clearer range of sounds, and also, to Derwin’s mind, one where “the tracks aren’t popping out against each other. It’s a complete record.”

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: Comes with limited edition City Slang 14 track sampler CD while stocks last.

                                Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                CD Info: Comes with limited edition City Slang 14 track sampler CD while stocks last.

                                Max and Glenn are music lovers first and foremost - playing it, making it, digging for it, talking about it - music is their lifeblood. Less concerned with the world of online hype, you could describe their vibe as “old school”. Put them behind the turntables and they’ll smash out a proper 100% vinyl back-to-back set skipping between jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and disco - the heart and the backbone of their sound - and have the whole room freaking out to Polish jazz-funk oddities.

                                Lock them in the studio together and it’s the swing that grabs you when one of their productions stumbles and nearly trips out of the speakers. The duo revel in the exploration of the space in between beats, and the resulting loose-knit, roly-poly grooves that they coax from the MPC nestle comfortably amidst the deep-dug vinyl treasures that populate their DJ sets.

                                Let’s be clear though, we’re not talking about simple reverence to the warmth and dynamics of classic records, and we’re definitely not talking about straight forward sampling (which is by far the easiest way to imbue vintage character into your productions). Max and Glenn’s approach to the making of 'The Yard Work Simulator' was atypical.

                                Taking in chunky but totally misshapen four-to-the-floor bangers 'Where The Fuck Are My Hard Boiled Eggs?!', 'Jumbo Frøsnapper' and previous single 'Magic Johnson' alongside the shuffling 7 minute breakbeat epic title track and digi-funk nuggets 'Money $ex Theme' and 'Flat Peter', the result is a 10-track trip through the pair’s deliciously warped psyche, channelled through a ton of hardware. A direct extension of the album’s irreverent sonic palette, the artwork is by friend and illustrator Rahel Süßkind.

                                Releasing their debut albums independently for the excellent Danish label Tartelet; and also Box Aus Holz; Brandt Brauer Frick's "The Gym"; Space Hardware and WotNot Music, and together for the first time on the inaugural Money $ex Records 12” in 2015, Max (real name Max) and Glenn (real name Konstantin) originally linked up as mutual fans via Soundcloud in 2012. Konstantin was living in Essen but whenever he visited Berlin they hung out and began making music together. They would meet at OYE Records (Prenzlauer Berg), one of Berlin’s finest independent record stores run by kindred spirit and local linchpin Delfonic (real name Markus). He not only established and runs the Box Aus Holz and TORBEN imprints but he also co-founded and runs the Money $ex label with Max and Glenn.

                                Drawing comparisons with South London’s scruffy beat crew 22a and label / club night Rhythm Section a similarly close-knit collectives fostering voracious vinyl appetites and a healthy attitude to eclecticism, the Money $ex gang are in full flow.

                                Sonically and ideologically off to the left of the pristine, highly-polished dance music underground, Max and Glenn have built their reputation on short-run vinyl-only 12”s, real grass roots independent record store excitement / support, turning dancefloors on their head week in week out, and pure word of mouth. It has been solely about the music from the beginning and with 'The Yard Work Simulator' the duo are set to spread their message even further.


                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                Grim Brides

                                Faithless UFO Leap

                                  ‘Faithless UFO Leap’ is most definitely the gnarliest thing that the Singles Club has had the ‘joy’ of releasing. It is as much an offence to music as it is brick to the face brilliance.

                                  ‘I’m Gonna Be Sick’ continues the punishment and is music for the end of the world. Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road delivered the masters saying that they were un-masterable and Too Pure probably owe them for new speakers.

                                  All the label know about Grim Brides is that they have made these two songs and that they are (apparently) from Denmark.

                                  Pink vinyl 7”.

                                  Happy Meals

                                  Fruit Juice

                                    Fruit Juice is the first new recorded material from Glasgow-based electronic avant pop duo Happy Meals since the intense aftermath of Apéro, their debut album which garnered a place in the Scottish Album Of The Year final 10. Shorter in scale but sharpened and expanded, Fruit Juice takes the tender experimental beginnings and unabashed pop moments of ther first LP into undiscovered countries glowing with possibility. Since Apéro’s release at the end of 2014, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook have toured the globe, from Moscow to Bangalore via various European festivals, and have honed their dynamics live, in the moment, improvising and twisting the beat into new forms.

                                    As their live show has become more visceral and cinematic, Fruit Juice documents the duo’s new confidence. Run Around opens the E.P., with a sun-soaked tropicalia as conceived by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Rodden’s vocals warped into wordless peons to the rising sun. Lá Lá-bas reaquaints the listener to Rodden’s Franco-Gallic tendancies, but this time Happy Meals reveal a sparse melancholy, with spacious percussion and synth fragments giving way to one of the group’s most immediate moments to date. If You Want Me Now is pop music, pure and from the source. Alternating between French and English, Rodden recreates the live persona that has emerged since the group’s beginnings; an unrestrained performer bringing the innate sensuality beneath Happy Meals’ surface exploding into the light. Cook’s production work here sounds fresh and classic simultaneously, a glorious Jacno tribute enthralled to House music and Italo Disco.

                                    Fruit Float, opening Side 2, brings us back up into the cosmos, with arpeggiated synths from Cook’s synth arsenal duetting with a flute solo before Suivez-Moi delivers another pop song worthy of eternal repeat, a slice of electro not unlike the heady heights of Dare!-era Human League. Seductive and irresistible, it precedes the biggest step-up in Happy Meals’ history, the acid-fried Now That You Have Me: ostensibly a high-BPM remix of If You Want Me Now that hints at the insanity of the final moments of a Happy Meals live show. Released as a limited to 500 12” featuring marble-painted artwork hand-made by the band, Fruit Float precedes Happy Meals’ 2nd full length album, being prepared for October release. Each copy of Fruit Float will be different and feature a digital download.

                                    Havoc & The Alchemist

                                    The Silent Partner

                                      It has been said that real gangsters move in silence. In the case of Havoc (of Mobb Deep) and legendary producer The Alchemist, the duo chose to let their music speak for themselves. As one of the most decorated producers in hip-hop today, The Alchemist’s relationship with Mobb Deep dates back to 1999 when Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs introduced the then-upcoming producer to the revered New York duo. The Alchemist would go onto forge a strong bond with the group, resulting in a myriad of collaborations throughout the years. As a true veteran MC, Havoc has recently begun to explore an already booming solo career. The Silent Partners is a magnificently organic album that brings together one-half of the Mobb with their favorite producer for a modern day hip-hop classic. The Silent Partners is slated to feature guest appearances by Method Man, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and Cormega, and will undoubtedly make a loud impact on the hip-hop culture for years to come. 

                                      Hawkwind

                                      Solitary Man / Tunnels Of Darkness

                                        Limited edition 45 rpm 7" single of the lead track from Hawkwind’s new album “The Machine Stops”.

                                        ‘Solitary Man’, the A-side of the release, is a different version of one of the lead tracks of Hawkwind’s new conceptual album “The Machine Stops”, whilst the B-side, ‘Tunnels of Darkness’ is exclusive to this release.

                                        The single was mastered and cut at Abbey Road studios and is strictly limited in number.


                                        Martin Heimann

                                        Salto - Inc. Moon B / Jex Opolis Remixes

                                          Frankfurt based producer, DJ and music lover Martin Heimann presents his debut single “Salto” on Carry On 008. Remaining faithful to its name, the small label puts out another piece of limited wax every once in a long while. Enrooted in the soundscapes of 80s proto house the original version of “Salto” is a thriving piece of octave liberation. Consistent changes between harmonics break up the repetitive structure, while FM pads and the 303 are performing a little duet. The release is ennobled by two proper remixes from Moon B (Peoples Potential Unlimited) and Jex Opolis (Good Timin’). While Moon B keeps it bubblin’ with some extra analogue funk bounce and subtle Italo dance floor energy, the B-Side is Jexi-fied with some embellishment to the cords, change in the bassline and a nice 808 snap. On top Mr. Opolis adds some mysterious but cheesy vocals samples that match perfect with the moody 80s orchestral stabs.

                                          Hiram And Direct

                                          Love Flight / Turn It Around

                                          Favorite Recordings presents the first single on new sub-label SOL Discos, a partnership between Pascal Rioux and DJ Waxist. Following their recent collaboration on projects like the Lamar Thomas single and 'Caribbean Disco Boogie Sounds’ compilation reissues, Favorite Recordings asked the French DJ to become the coordinator and A&R of a new imprint aiming to reissue rare and forgotten music with a tropical, jazz-funk and boogie-disco flavour - sunsshine sounds! The label's first offering is this official 7" reissue of Hiram & Direct's "Love Flight". Initially recorded and released in Detroit on the Hirome Records imprint, it's been a hard to find record ever since, with only a little number of known copies floating around and changing hands for top dollar (Discogs currently has four for sale from £90+). “Love Flight” is a killer jazz-funk / boogie soul dancer that'll have the floor rocking - a must for rare groovers, soul weekenders and jazz-dancers. On the B-side, you will find a different vibe with “Turn It Around”, a smooching soul ballad with beautiful vocals and harmonies. 


                                          Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power.

                                          Checking into a “proper” studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario where most of Holy Fuck’s records were made, Congrats was recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin (2010). As they worked, they discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things both physically and philosophically. Their ad hoc arsenal of low-budget hi-tech toys has been streamlined and the result is the moment when Holy Fuck take the chaos and craziness (and charm) that have always been at the heart of their band and not so much control it as concentrate it.

                                          Now they’re heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more unpredictable than ever before, on fire with the power of inspired outsiders like Suicide, Silver Apples, Can, Mission of Burma or the Monks or even Sun Ra whose pursuit of his own kind of musical purity is exactly what Holy Fuck are after.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: Following on from 2010's 'Latin' was never going to be an easy task, and though it may have taken them 6 years, Canadian noise/psych/electronic wonders Holy Fuck have smashed it with this one. Furthering the brash and abrasive electronic scree we have come to know and love from them, this is an expansion in every direction. Brutal, uncompromising but reassuringly familiar : elements of psych rock are woven within the groans and distorted blanket of nose. Whispers of melody surface only to be buried beneath electronic miscellany and resonant drones. A triumphant return to the fray for Holy Fuck, and a stunning development of their already venerable musical palette.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP Info: Gatefold LP with die-cut sleeve + download

                                          "Panic Room 9" is the latest release from Starch Records. A collaboration between beat makers Ill Move Sporadic and world renowned battle rapper Tenchoo. Full of heavy, original breaks matched by equally weighty basslines and a rich sonic tapestry, the record harks back to the glory days of UK rap; with deft lyricism (and great subject matter), unfathomably slick flow and infectious hooks. Jason Williamson, front man of Sleaford Mods makes a punchy and fitting appearance on "Who's On The One", solidifying this as an essential piece of British hip-hop. A wonderful LP, the likes of which we don't see much here at Piccadilly HQ these days. RIYL: Blackalicious, DJ Food, Dilated Peoples, Sleaford Mods, Grand Central Records, The Roots etc etc. 

                                          This unreleased J Dilla full-length will be available for Record Store Day with an exclusive bonus 7” only available for RSD 2016. PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and announced the release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, 'The Diary'. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. Many were mixed by Dilla himself. Those that weren't have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present. 'The Diary' is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others.

                                          The Record Store Day vinyl issue of 'The Diary' includes a special 7” pressing of 'The Ex' that will only be found on the RSD issue of the LP. 

                                          Following closely behind last year's expanded reissue of 2000's 'Grassroots', the New York duo of DJ Spinna & Kryminul present 'Resurgence', a long awaited album of previously unreleased material. Comprising tracks created between 2003 and the present day, 'Resurgence' represents the duo's musical growth during a period where most of us assumed the Jigmastas project was on hold. From start to finish, 'Resurgence' is brimming over with soul thanks to Spinna's distinctively languid boom-bap productions. Rapper Kryminul is on fine form with his clever and witty brand of storytelling, which still stays close to the streets whilst keeping the subject matter varied and eclectic. Storming guest appearances come from Shabaam Saadique and Old World Disorder (SKAM2, Shadowman Boogie), both familiar names to Jigmastas fans. With the announcement of another brand new album 'Stellar' coming later in 2016, 'Resurgence' is a perfect opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with Jigmastas, just as they prepare to reclaim their rightful place at hip hop's top table.

                                          Elon Katz (White Car, Streetwalker) aligns perfectly with Diagonal in a prickling debut vocal release, 'The Human Pet'; his first original solo issue in four years, containing an intensely personal, puckered perspective on electronic dance music and experimental pop.

                                          Structured around a schizoid yet coherent juncture of EBM, IDM, curdled rock music and art school techno-pop, 'The Human Pet' is riddled with idiosyncratic notions on “cryptic topics like rebirth, nullification in stream speed adaptivity, dependence and wealth inequality” to portray a unique intellect and sonic vocabulary operating at the crux of his expressive powers.

                                          The project began circa 2012, around the time of Katz’s relocation from L.A. to art school in Chicago, and cocks a canny snook, both thru candid lyrics and obsessive edits, back towards the megatropolis where he was born and spent much of his youth. It can therefore be considered an attempt to better understand himself in relief of big city manias by channelling and parsing his own stubborn outsider personality from the madness.

                                          To our ears it feels like a concise dissection of Chicago’s industrial history and Californian digital psychedelia; probing at their twisted, fluoro guts with the inquisitive nature of a mad scientist or psycho-analyst between the yelping, warped and hyper-piquant yacht boogie of 'The Rhino Powder of New Sensitivity' and a heavily affected dislocation of harmonised pop hooks and whirring body mechanics in 'Clean Crash'.

                                          It all occupies a strange perch between introspective and exuberant, veering from mid-‘90s AFXian pop rephlexion in 'You Are Alone', to signature Diagonal tackle in the gas-chugging EBM-pop force of 'The Human Pet', whereas Unarmed twists into fractal phantasia, all of which maintain a thread of logic that belies the record’s vintaging period of refinement and distillation.

                                          There can be little doubt that this is one of the most complex, rigorous and distinctive in Diagonal’s catalogue. Closer attention is required. File amidst records by Luc Van Acker, Aphex Twin, Savant, Powell…

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: A visceral and industrial distillation of post-rave techno and loungy glitch vibes. Ascerbic vocal shards and razor-sharp percussive cuts permeate the howling resonant 303's, and swooning pads. Reminiscent of early Aphex drinking shots with Nine Inch Nails and the more upbeat offerings from Blackest Ever Black ; Thumping, unsettling and startling. Intelligent electronic music at it's best. A gem.

                                          Kazahaya

                                          Miracles / It's Better Than Walking Out

                                          Well, with a name like Disco Bits, it'd have to be an edits imprint, and this inaugural offering should see the label rise right to the top of the tree. Tokyo beatmaker Kazahaya takes the controls, steering us clear of any disco chaff on a journey to the heart of the dancefloor. The A-side is a rework of the rare groove classic "I Believe in Miracles", which places the vocals and strings from the 1973 Mark Capanni original over the body moving beat from the Jackson Sisters version. Over on the B-side, Kaz treats us to a beefed up edit of the Disco Ladies  funky northern classic "Its Better Than Walking Out", retaining all the sequined, phet fuelled sparkle of the original but with a more generous helping of bottom end. Get on down to the new sound.

                                          Kerrier District

                                          Kerrier District 1 - Hypercolour Edition

                                          Originally released in 2004 on Rephlex, Kerrier District’s debut has long since gone down as a classic album, a kaleidoscopic ride through disco, funk and MPC beats. The mastermind of Luke Vibert, the Cornish acid pioneer and grand exponent of mischievous electronic sounds under a variety of guises, the Kerrier District debut has long been of press.

                                          Following 2015’s successful re-entry on Hypercolour, with the critically acclaimed album ‘4’, the label remaster and reissue this landmark release. Faithfully recreating the original 3LP vinyl set, and reissuing on CD alongside a bonus disc that features the second Kerrier District EP (‘2’, originally released in 2006).

                                          What we said at the time: 

                                          Fresh from furnishing Rephlex with four Amen break sampling EPs Luke Vibert returns with a whole LP dedicated to disco! This triple pack uses his awesome technical studio wizardry to create ten tracks of warm, deep, electronic, instrumental disco that you're just gonna love. In places similar to Metro Area, but often more joyous, this is sure to be a favourite in 2004!! (it was)

                                          Sometimes you have to rip it up and start again. It was a tough call for Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls was her guise for most of a decade, an outlet through which she’s crafted a resonant, instantly identifiable body of work. Over the course of three albums, four EPs and an array of singles, Dum Dum Girls morphed from the girl-group-gone-bad moves of their 2010 debut, ‘I Will Be’, to the plush noir-pop of 2014’s ‘Too True’, a dark heart burning bright but as her music evolve she found that for many she would be forever refracted through the prism of Dum Dum Girls’ early work: retro-leaning female harmonies, a backdrop of lo-fi, fuzzed up guitars.

                                          In 2015 she decided to shed her skin, ditching Dee Dee for Kristin, her real name and adding Kontrol. It was a spontaneous idea that resonated. The challenge was to start fresh, go further back into her relationship to music. Sweep all her loves together into one genreless experience. “The first music I felt was mine was classic 80s pop and 90s R&B, from Tiffany, Janet Jackson and Madonna to TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah,” she says. “But for years I was hellbent on the rock ‘n’ roll thing, revering Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde,” - a rebellion against her classical vocal training - “but I was like, fuck it, I’m just going to try it all. I’m going to pretend I’m Kate Bush covering Mariah.”

                                          Refocused and inspired, Kristin wrote 62 songs, whittled the list to ten for ‘XCommunicate’ and finished the album with the help of new producers Kurt Feldman (who had produced her ‘On Christmas’ single a few years back) and Andrew Miller (who played guitar on the first Dum Dum Girls album and had joined the band in its last incarnation).

                                          Arguably the biggest shift, beyond the music itself, is that as Kristin Kontrol she tells her stories using a sonic palette splashed with bold pop melodies, her vocals showcasing a range hitherto unexplored on record. The songs that emerge from Kristin’s universe - a menagerie of new wave and R&B, European synth pop and experimental disco - are both familiar and unique, using genre rather than adhering to it, with a distinct nod to the present. It may be a leap into the unknown, but “little risk means little reward,” as Karen O once counselled her. “I feel free. I kind of excommunicated myself. Even if I have to rebuild my whole career, I’d rather work hard than feel stagnant. I feel excited again, and that's priceless.”

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: A beguiling and dynamic journey through the synth-heavy pop gems of the late 80's and early 90's.Groovy and soulful, and comfortingly shiny production make this a neon-tinged adventure that can't fail to make you dance. Terrific.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Exclusive Loser Edition coloured vinyl LP available to independent retailers.

                                          Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Ninja Tune are proud to announce the release of a new album, 'I AKA I', from Ash Koosha. Born in Iran and currently living in London, Ash makes the kind of “mind-bending electronic music” (Pitchfork), which has had the cognoscenti buzzing for months.

                                          Working mainly with his own field recordings, treating each sampled source as a physical object, Koosha squeezes, stretches, distorts and moulds units of sound before using a background in classical music - both Persian and Western - gleaned from his time at the Tehran Conservatory of Music to structure and shape the result into affecting, original and often beautiful movements - a process he calls “finding geometry in sounds.”

                                          Koosha has already lived and done more than most artists do in a lifetime, not least being imprisoned in Iran for his music and having to seek asylum in the UK. More important to him are his current activities, from film and synaesthetic experiments to FACT Albums of the Year and support from the likes of Run The Jewels and Empress OF, to an interest in virtual reality which will lead to a world’s first VR “experience” of his new album, at special ‘viewings’ next year. His process sounds technical and the results are both destructive as well as constructive, but the resulting album 'I AKA I' is also fundamentally human, and that’s set to take Koosha to a whole new level.


                                          Mark Kozelek sings a few of his favorite songs, plus favorites of friends and loved ones. Accompanied by piano, Mark sings songs by 10CC, David Bowie, Modest Mouse, Bob Seger, Waylon Jennings, and others. Guest singers include Mike Patton, Mimi Parker, Minnie Driver and Will Oldham.

                                          Jakarta based Jonathan Kusuma delivers a new EP on Cocktail d'Amore Music. After his European debut on Cosmo Vitelli's I'm A Cliche, followed by a successful EP on Berlin's imprint Love On The Rocks, the Indonesian artist keeps carrying the vessel of the Far East sound.

                                          The title track 'Black Magic' is a fat disco-tribal inspired groove that builds fast, eventually climaxing with a cloud of acid synths and mystical vocals. Japanese duo Mascaras (Chida and Cos/Mes' 5ive) straighten up the groove giving a 4/4 beats restyling. The result is a proto-techno, trance influenced soundscape, for foggy late-night dancefloors.

                                          'Urban Sorcery' is an Italo inspired maze of proto-acid synthesizers, sounding like an enchanted concrete-covered forest. 90's house inspired 'Red Vox' is an experiment of cosmic influences. As the vocal becomes part of the groove, the long pads fuel this spaceship pushing it to the borders of time and space.

                                          Andrew Liles (Featuring Dave Anderson / Hawkwind)

                                          A Million Infant Breaths

                                            The first side of this 10″ is a short story written by Michel Faber. Michel is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin which was brought to the big screen in 2014 by Jonathan Glazer. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, which was adapted into a four-part TV series for the BBC in 2011. He has also written the novellas The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001) and The Courage Consort (2002) and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. His latest book is The Book of Strange New Things.

                                            Side Two is a cover of the classic Hawkwind song Master of the Universe and features a special guest appearance from Dave Anderson who played bass on the original recording.

                                            Limited to just 300 copies, it comes in a stunning “mirror” sleeve, nodding quite blatantly, but respectfully to the original pressing of Hawkwind’s Doremi Fasol Latido

                                            Little Caesar And The Romans / Sandra Meade

                                            Fever / Fever

                                            Two cracking covers of the evergreen popcorn standard 'Fever'. On the top side, from 1961 we have a seductive, swaggering turn from Little Caesar with doo wop style / group backing vocals from the Romans. Meanwhile, on the flip is Sandra Meade's sexy and sassy 1956 rendition with wild, wailing horn accompaniment.


                                            Little George N' The Mixed Generation

                                            Listen / Party

                                            Athens Of The North reissue another super rarity from the Virtue label here. Lifted from a 7" that's so obscure it's not even well known on the Funk45 scene, although noted collectors Ian Wright and DJ Shadow have played it out in the past. Both sides are solid kid funk with a weird cool vibe that makes this 45 totally unique. Don't expect to see the OG for less than $1500 - not that you WILL ever see it!


                                            Lone AKA Matt Cutler presents his sixth album ‘Levitate’, which marks a point of departure from the inviting warmth of ‘Reality Testing’'s blend of hip hop and house - the listener is taken on a rapid joy ride through breakbeats that at times will leave them gasping.

                                            Following previous album (and all conquering single ‘Airglow Fires’), Cutler was left at somewhat of a musical impasse - a 6 month dry period with no new inspiration that was showing no signs of abating. The 'epiphany' moment came in New York. Bed-ridden and feverish for days Cutler started to hallucinate;

                                            “It was pretty terrifying - I'd try to go to sleep and I'd be hearing mad rave tunes form in my head. When I recovered I was left with all these ideas for fast, feverish tunes. Following that we went to LA and hung out with friends, driving round all day in the baking sun playing jungle and hardcore edits - all the best bits from rare jungle tunes spliced together. There was something that really seemed to fit hearing these energetic tracks whilst speeding around LA under perfect blue skies, that was amazingly similar to music I'd been dreaming up whilst in New York. I couldn't wait to get home and start putting this together - I had a new theme.”

                                            The result is an incredible 9 track LP, a breakneck psychedelic journey through hardcore, jungle, ambient, reminiscent of R&S Records rave sound of the early 90s - Aphex Twin's 'Xylem Tube EP' springs to mind.


                                            Magic Potion

                                            Pink Gum

                                              Stockholmʼs Magic Potion – formed by Gustaf Montelius, Andreas Sandberg and Kristoffer Byström and now joined by Johan Harrius – burst out of nowhere in the spring of 2015 with the debut single ”Deep Web”, a home-recorded gem that brought the attention of bloggers all around the world. Soon the debut EP Melt, including the single ”Booored”, was released via PNKSLM Recordings and Beech Coma to acclaim from the likes of NME, KEXP, The Line of Best Fit and Noisey – warped out slacker pop of the best kind, recorded on an old reel-to-reel, it instantly wormed its way into the ears and hearts of its listeners.

                                              Now Magic Potion are finally able to unveil their debut album Pink Gum. The fruits of over a yearʼs work, Pink Gum includes “Deep Web” and “Booored” from the Melt EP along with eight new tracks that truly fifinds the band coming into their own. Terrific melodies and songwriting, all recorded on the same old reel-to-reel and self-produced by the band itʼs a marvelous debut from one of Swedenʼs most exciting new acts, with lead single “Milk” showing the way.

                                              While Magnus International's recent album 'Echo To Echo' is still making waves from Oslofjord to Echo Beach, Full Pupp bring us a further EP from the Norwegian producer featuring two previously unreleased album session bonus tracks and extended 12" versions of  the album's biggest hits, 'Big Red' and 'Zap The Cat'.

                                              First up is 'Big Red', a luscious electronic house cut featuring bubbling acid bass, a catchy key hook and warm, phased pads - a favourite on the Piccadilly stereo all year! 'Kambodia' adds far eastern touches to Magnus's typically Scando disco-house sound. 'Swing Your Thing' is the jacker in the pack, a peak-time funky house cut with a Detroit techno style keyboard motif, grumbling acid and a sprightly rhythm. The extended version of 'Zap The Cat' closes the EP at a slower tempo, with plucked-strings and a melodic bassline, making for another fjord winner.

                                              Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart on piano, Jesse Barrett on drums and tabla, and Jordan Smart on saxophones. 'Floa' is their second album for Gondwana Records and in the 18 months since their debut, 'Animalia', they have carved out a growing following both here and abroad for their hypnotic fusion of jazz, folk and electronica.

                                              Drawing on a rich well of influences from Sufi and shamanic African trance music, Irish and Eastern European folk music, to Steve Reich and Philip Glass and more contemporary electronica influences, their music is built around deceptively simple sounding ideas that are lent power through the use of repetition and rhythmic loops. They have been compared to both Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin for the way in which they navigate the choppy waters between contemporary dance music and jazz.

                                              'Floa' (an old Norse word that means to deluge or to flow) is the sound of a more confident, experienced band: one that has grown together naturally through touring and gigging and through mammoth writing and rehearsal sessions where all three bring rhythmic, improvisational and melodic ideas to the table. 'Floa' was recorded at Gondwana's home from home, 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, reuniting the band with producer Matthew Halsall and features some of the Gondwana Orchestra strings who played on Halsall's acclaimed album 'Into Forever'. Together they have crafted a wonderful sounding record, the richness of which perfectly illuminates the band's music.


                                              Leyla McCalla

                                              A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey

                                              A Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, Leyla McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

                                              A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey is a vibrant and beguiling album by an artist adept in many musical fields, one able to coalesce multifarious strands into a unique identity.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                              Ltd CD Info: Indies exclusive deluxe CD featuring 2 bonus tracks.

                                              Melé

                                              Queens Day / Body Thing

                                              Mele returns with two heads down 4/4 rollers off the back of his huge debut single on Lobster Boy, "Ambience". Reminding me of Digital Mystikz' "B" (DMZ001), "Queens Day" is an unrelenting soundsystem attack of funky drums, bass pressure and carnival atmosphere, with an infectious male vocal ident. Absolute dynamite for any festival crowd this summer, there's a reason the record is being championed across the board by every man and his dog! Flip and "Body Thing" is just an intense, utilizing another infectious vocal hook as rabid conga loops and wild filter sweeps lead up to an unfathomably big and head-twisting drop. Mele's programming is unrivalled - an absolute wizard with production and "Body Thing" exemplifies this perfectly. There isn't a club DJ alive who couldn't get use out of this record. Storming stuff that keeps you hooked till the very last beat, my bet is you're gonna be hearing this blaring out of the Void Airhorns alllll summer - and that ain't no bad thing!


                                              Malcolm Middleton

                                              Summer Of '13

                                              His first album for seven years and the sixth solo album from the ex-Arab Strap man, is set for release on the relaunched Nude Records. In Malcolm's songs hope and optimism have always existed (they were just well hidden) and ‘catchy’ has always been his prime prerogative, but with the new album glimmering with heady production, this clearly shines through. Calling upon the expertise of Glasgow-based dance producer Miaoux Miaoux, the album also features guest appearances by Beta Band/The Aliens founder Gordon Anderson aka Lone Pigeon (also creator of the album’s artwork, technicolour photography and who became a 'soundboard' for Malcolm after he moved into the cottage next door). De Rosa's Martin John Henry and First Aid Kit’s Scott Simpson also add to the albums sonic swirl and sense of fun.

                                              A wonky tonk fun-land of squelching synths and sweeping strings, ‘Steps’ is a cosmic space ride through pitch bends and vocal manipulation whilst ‘Information In The Voice’ unexpectedly drops pop RnB hip hop. But it’s never without feeling; take the romantic ‘You & I’ or shimmering and rhapsodic ‘Big Black Hole’ with its twinkling piano hook. Put together, there’s a neon glow of 80s new wave, alongside smoggier shades of the Chromatics or Johnny Jewel‘s Glass Candy. Malcolm has always enjoyed challenging his listeners and this time around is no exception.

                                              Mirror Travel

                                              Mexico EP

                                                Mirror Travel’s limited edition UK 10” release of “Mexico” features four songs from their 2013 full-length debut of the same name. Anton Newcombe approached the Texas-based three piece about releasing their brand of swirling psych-rock on his Berlin based A Recordings Ltd. after catching the band’s blistering set during Austin Psych Fest. The songs of “Mexico” were recorded in the small desert town of Marfa, TX and the result is loose, grungy garage at its finest. Each song travels at such an unhurried and hypnotic pace that you may feel you’ve driven across the desert yourself. Mirror Travel are “garage dwelling daydreamers” [SPIN] who “know psych rock and aren’t afraid to drench your ears in it”[Indieshuffle].

                                                Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of Björk, Frank Zappa and Gentle Giant loving multi-instrumentalists that weave in and out of several genres with 3 part harmony female vocals, amplified Cello, distorted Bassoon, Auto-Harp, Guitar, Drums, Bass and Synths into an incomparable alt.pop/rock/folk universe. Since the success of ‘Constellations’ (No.7 Indie Charts, Spiral Earth Best Album 2014), Bajian Irish Londoner Raevennan Husbandes has joined the band on Vocals and Electric Guitar. With this new line-up the band have made their fourth Album ‘Preternatural.’

                                                From Medieval Latin preternaturalis (mid-13c.), from Latin phrase praeter naturam (praeterque fatum) “beyond nature (and beyond fate).” In contrast to the supernatural, the dominion of deities, preternatural phenomena are... “suspended between the mundane and the miraculous in a domain of Wonder & Marvel. Strange specimens evoke questions about the natural order...they provoke the spirit of investigation. ” ‘Preternatural’ is a word particularly subject to etymological metamorphosis, describing the phenomena that fall “between the known and the unknowable” ...“recognising that the areas of magic, religion, and science are fluid and that their intersections should continue to be explored, contextualised, and challenged.”

                                                In the spirit of this mindset, we set out to make a record about the phenomenal creatures that inhabit the earth, demonstrating creativity, industriousness & knowledge; capable of generating electricity, continually defying accepted scientific ‘truths’ and redefining perimeters. Inspired by their ability to challenge our expectations we imagined an idiosyncratic song for each creature through the writing and production of this record, looking for new ground to explore sonically between the dichotomies of Nature & Technology, D.I.Y & Industry, Acoustic and Electronic.

                                                It features spiders who pluck harmonics on the strands of their webs to test the tension; Pufferfish who trace concentric mandala patterns in the sand to attract a mate; the phenomenon of the mind control parasite and the enigmatic ‘Immortal’ Jellyfish. The symbiotic underwater jungle of the coral reef & the bioluminescent light show of the Octopus; the mystery ‘bloop’ sound recorded in the pacific; the visual patterns that run through the natural world and the chaos that is its turbulent accomplice. From the Barnacle Goslings of Greenland, who at two days old leap off a 400 foot cliff, to the claustrophobic underground existence of the Halicephalobus Mephisto Nematode Worm, whose discovery re-defined the perimeters of life, the theatre, thrill and artistry of nature is undeniable."

                                                The aim of this record is to explore and celebrate the often surreal and miraculous wealth of fascinating diversity that exists in the natural world, and examine our relationship to it as humans: our similarities, our differences and our role as caretaker or threat. To hold in tension the emotional world and the scientific. To acknowledge that the natural world still keeps many secrets, and to hope that consideration and scientific enquiry will help the human race in our struggle to protect the wild beauty of the only planet we have."


                                                Mrs. Magician

                                                Eyes All Over Town B/w Do You Wanna Walk Around In The Dark?

                                                  "We found out about Mrs. Magician through John Reis (of Drive like Yehu, Rocket from the Crypt and Hot Snakes fame and CEO at Swami Records), whose label released their first long player Strange Heaven, a record where 60’s pop choruses and melodies blend with surf music guitars and garage guitar blasts, all of it amalgamated with punk’s energy and blasphemy and some 80’s hardcore. After hard negotiations carried on either side of the Atlantic, La Castanya is happy to present the brand new Mrs. Magician single, an advance of their second LP, a record that will be jointly released by Swami and La Castanya next April 2016. This brand new seven incher, produced by Reis himself, will be released by Swami in the USA and La Castanya in Europe, although with different songs on the B-side and different covers. So pay attention fans and completists everywhere, because if you want to get those three songs you will have to acquire both singles. I hear you ask already: “But… Is it worth it?” I don’t know about the song on the B side of the Swami single (let them do their own promotion, hahahaha!) but the one La Castanya is releasing is a "double A-sider". On one side we have “Eyes all over town”, a garage-punk 60’s-80’s lash of monumental proportions, with classic power-pop and Paisley Underground band echoes. On the other side we find them in a more laid back mode and in a tad more dark mood (maybe that’s got something to do with the title of the song?), as if the Three O’Clock had entered the studio together with members of The Sound and Chameleons as guest stars, opening their music to new sounds. You must hear what comes out of this!"

                                                  My Morning Jacket

                                                  It Still Moves - Deluxe Reissue

                                                  The deluxe ATO Records reissue of ‘It Still Moves’, My Morning Jacket’s third full-length.

                                                  This deluxe reissue contains the original album completely remastered and remixed, 13 previously unreleased B-sides and demos and brand new artwork and photos.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  4xLtd LP Info: Four 180gram black audiophile LPs in a gatefold
                                                  jacket with a digital download.

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                                                  There’s a confounding nature to the comfort constructed by The Myrrors throughout the flawless forty minutes of ‘Entranced Earth’, the third full length album from the transcendentally tuned, Tuscon tied desert die hards (and their second for Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records).

                                                  Those looking for terra firma; for ground not given to staggering shifts, for easily grasped handholds, for the force of gravity as we know it; are likely to find the album an often groundless experience. But for listeners willing to give themselves over to the landscape presented on ‘Entranced Earth’, the reward lies in the discovery of new lands, and the sound of a band operating at the peak of their powers.

                                                  When last we saw the reflection of The Myrrors, it was in the form of their previous release, ‘Arena Negra’, an album that announced its presence immediately and with high dosage of the appropriate amplification. ‘Entranced Earth’, by contrast, gives indication of The Myrrors entering an altogether different atmosphere, taking on an altogether higher climb, shorn of all hesitation and allowing their freak flags to unfurl and fly like never before. Still, it’s difficult (and altogether unnecessary) to pin down ‘Entranced Earth’ beyond the spires of sonic smoke that the album seems to generate at will. So subtle is the albumopening invocation of ‘Mountain Mourning’ that it threatens to never descend from its sky bound view, leaving the track that follows, ‘Liberty Is In the Street’, to offer the album’s first, fading glimpse of solid ground. ‘On your feet or on your knees’ goes the mantra like vocal drone, though the effect is likely to bring to mind the Moody Blues more than Blue Öyster Cult.

                                                  The very definition of deep funk, this record was a huge spin for Keb Darge in the early 2000s. Not only brilliant, but very very rare ($2000+ for an OG), New World's 1974 cut 'The World To-Day' is not only respected by collectors, but also a total dancefloor smasher. Originally recorded for Philadelphia's Virtue Records (named after the label's owner Frank Virtue), the track has now been kindly licensed to Athens Of The North by Frank's daughters. AOTN had a long search for the cleanest copy they could find to master from.


                                                  Nirvana

                                                  From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah

                                                    Culled from various live recordings made between 1989 and 1994, this second posthumous Nirvana record and captures the band at the peak of their powers on stage.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    You haven’t heard them like this before but you may already know the band. One is James Chapman, better known as Maps, whose critically acclaimed debut ‘We Can Create’ was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and whose latest album ‘Vicissitude’ came out on Mute. The other is Polly Scattergood, the electrically charged artist who has released two solo albums on Mute.

                                                    The seeds of Chapman and Scattergood’s creative partnership were sown in 2011, at Mute’s Short Circuit festival, a special event at London’s Roundhouse. The night saw different collaborations with Mute artists and Polly and James paired up to perform each other’s songs.

                                                    On Dead Waves launched their debut track, ‘Blackbird’, at the end of 2015. Q said “… a world of smeared mascara and trailer-park heartache, there’s something wonderfully cinematic about this debut single,” while The Guardian wrote, “‘Blackbird’, their debut single, somehow nods to both shoegaze and country, with a David Lynchian creepiness to both music and lyrics.”

                                                    On Dead Waves’ debut album is heavy of atmosphere, rich in melody and rippled with an air of malice and flowing female and male vocals.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP Info: Includes signed print while stocks last.

                                                    Includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Ooft

                                                    The Masters Series Vol 2

                                                    Ali Heron The man behind OOFT! Music & Foto Recordings. Delivers a stunning 2 track release for Vol 2 in the Masterworks Music Series.

                                                    Pressed on 10 Inch Vinyl in a tasty Sleeve. 

                                                    Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her debut LP - 'Trailer Park' - pioneered a synthesis of electronic and acoustic songs to huge acclaim. The follow up - 'Central Reservation' - brought international success and the Brit Award for best British female. Further albums like the Jim O’Rourke produced Comfort of Strangers and 2012’s 'Sugaring Season' deepened the breadth of her craft (Sugaring Season was described by Pitchfork as "ten songs of sweet resilience delivered by a voice of seemingly effortless expression”). 

                                                    Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) and mixed by David Wrench, 'Kidsticks' reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.

                                                    Paramida Presents

                                                    Tehran Bomb - Pepsi Edits

                                                      Paramida proudly presents TEHRAN BOMB - the first in the new edit series from Love On The Rocks. This EP represents the first outing for label boss Paramida on her own Love On The Rocks imprint since its debut EP from Massimiliano Pagliara in 2014. Two edits bound to induce air raid sirens and international sanctions from Isfahan to Tel Aviv, A-side Beyond Katovl channels peak time Hi-NRG tension and proto-trance euphoria to send early-morning chills down the spines of unwitting ravers and U.N. delegates alike. B-side Ms. Bombastic takes the long way home, luring unsuspecting bystanders into a hypnodelic desert march to the outer rims of the after hours, proceeding through the Neukölln Sahara with a heavy-driving bassline on a seven-minute journey to a hitherto-unknown spiritual oasis. Supported by camel herders and snake charmers from here to Ahvaz. B-O-O-M.

                                                      Pet Shop Boys

                                                      The Pop Kids - Inc. MK Remix

                                                      One of the biggest tracks from the Pet Shop Boy's recent 'Super' album, gets the remix treatment on this limited 12". The 'PSB Deep Dub' and 'The Full Story' versions are remixes by Pet Shop Boys themselves, including additional vocals and, in the case of 'The Full Story', an extra verse which brings the story of the Pop Kids up to the present date. This is the first time the full track has been released on vinyl.

                                                      Elsewhere on the 12" you'll find remixes from New York house producer MK who adds a swinging retro garage flavour, while the Scene Kings EDM things up, and Israeli DJ Offer Nissim does his euphoric Euro synth dance thing.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      12" Info: White vinyl pressing with full colour inner sleeve.

                                                      Australia is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast desert wilderness and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses; but is also known for its well-crafted music output and deep love for optimistic sensual tunes. This is the case here with the first release of a mysterious project called Ponzu Island, there is absolutely no info available on the artist, so let your ears judge without prejudice. His first effort comes in the form of a 3 track EP including "Super Koto", "Ponzu Beach" and "Ponzu Logic", they sound like if Morgan Geist and Todd Terje took some acid and locked themselves in a room with a sea view, a synth, and a computer. Welcome to Ponzu Island.

                                                      To complete the EP the label counted with Andras Fox, another Aussie who has already gained much respect for his simply-perfect micro house productions (btw don't miss his live set if you ever have the chance). Andras revisits the track "Super Koto" in the form of an extended mix with a slower bpm and his magic touch here and there. On the flip side Apersonal's local producer Trujillo does his usual thing remixing "Ponzu Logic", closing the EP into a deep and darker territory. By now you will be in the middle in the desert asking yourself how you got there..

                                                      Post punk provocateurs The Pop Groupunveil their latest archival release, The Boys Whose Head Exploded.

                                                      Compiled from unearthed basement tapes recorded during their incendiary performances of late 1979 and 1980, the compilation also includes a bonus DVD featuring film footage shot by legendary director Don Letts.
                                                      The bulk of the salvaged live recordings comprise brawling versions of songs taken from the band’s recently reissued second studio album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? The collection also features the previously unreleased 73 Shadow Street, and a surprise mutation of the Glaxo Babies’ Shake The Foundation.

                                                      The accompanying film footage is a short feature that’s been hiding in Don Letts’ punk rock archives for the past 35 years. Filmed by Letts at Alexandra Palace on June 15th1980 at an all day festival that featured the likes of John Cooper Clarke, The Raincoats and The Slits, the rare footage encapsulates the band’s molotov cocktail of punk, funk, free jazz and radical politics at its most artistically concussive.


                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Ltd LP Info: The vinyl edition comes as a picture disc with a download code to access the film and hi-res audio content.

                                                      CD Info: The CD edition includes a DVD of the 1980 footage and a 12 page poster.

                                                      Nolan Porter

                                                      If I Could Only Be Sure / Keep On Keepin’ On

                                                      This double hitter ‘If I Could Only Be Sure” and “Keep On Keepin’ On” is available on Gloria Jones’ newly formed Light Of Love Wax Company label. Gloria has been working in Western Africa to build schools for Music and Film. Please support the cause through this limited release.

                                                      Nolan Frederick Porter (born 1949 in Los Angeles) is an American R&B singer and songwriter who recorded two albums and six singles in the early 1970s. “Keep on Keepin’ On” became one of his biggest tracks and is a northern soul classic.

                                                      Psychic Mirrors

                                                      Nature Of Evil

                                                        Cosmic Chronic Records, in association with Peoples Potential Unlimited & Gangster Groove America, proudly announces Psychic Mirrors' debut LP, "Nature of Evil." VINYL PRE-ORDER ONLY. Super HiFi digital download cards will be included in each vinyl purchase. 

                                                        Ptaki spread their wings for another journey on Transatlantyk, revisiting their critically acclaimed debut album with a couple of kindred spirits in tow. Alongside an unreleased dub from the "Przelot" sessions, we're treated to two great reworks here, both by contemporary heroes of the fast rising Polish house scene. Stretching across the whole of the A-side is Eltron's 10 minute version of "Sloneczny Pyl", a straight up peak-time house banger destined for summer jam status. The catchy female vocal loop from the ambient original is surrounded by a massive dubwise bassline, layered tribal drums and a vat of raw, oily effects, guitar licks and pouring keyboard pads. Just when you think you had this one figured out, Eltron swerves into an enormous breakdown, perfectly combining his trademark 'big room deep' vibe with Ptaki's sampled psychedelia to create a track that's already a road-tested crowd favourite. Das Komplex take on "Ostatni Kurs" is just as excellent, although it's destined for a different time of the party. The Polish producer maintains the cinematic atmosphere of the original but swaps downbeat for beatdown as those headnodding flavours are developed into a jazz-funkin' slice of slow house magic. Weaving Ptaki's melancholic samples together with an island-like horn section, walking disco bassline and tons of sensimilla-infused effects, it's another great track from the most talented Polish newcomer. Last but not least is Ptaki's unreleased "Taniec Na Wodzie". This dubby original brings you folky guitars, flutes, organs, synths and pianos working closely with hypnotic rhythm. Clocking in at a languid 63bpm, this one is for the afternoon at the beach.


                                                        Pye Corner Audio / Dalhous

                                                        Run For The Shadows EP

                                                          It’s an honor for us to announce that Lapsus' next EP is by two of the label's favourite artists: Pye Corner Audio and Dalhous. After their participation in Lapsus Festival, both artists agreed to the label's request to make a split EP and the result is "Run For The Shadows", an EP composed of four magnificent tracks (two from each artist), which includes some of the most impressive work from their respective discographies. The kinematics and bubbling sonic frequencies of "Stream Four" and the emotional techno low pulse of "The Simplest Equation" will be well appreciated by fans of Mr. Martin Jenkins aka Pye Corner Audio. Two extraordinary pieces of analogue electronic music whose slow-(e)motion dynamics adhere to the already mythical Black Mill Tapes. As for Dalhous, they have created two of their best songs to date. The beautiful and incredibly melancholic melodies of "The Essential Wander" are surrounded by an extraordinary rhythm section full of surprising twists. Secondly, the brief but amazingly intense (and painfully beautiful) "Another Witnessed By Resolution" closes one of the best chapters in the history of Dalhous, the magical musical project from Scotland which continues to open new ways in its increasingly personal world, far removed from popular trends. "Run For The Shadows" is, without doubt, the most outstanding album that Lapsus Records has released so far. An exceptional work by two unique artists. An stunning sensory journey. 

                                                          The unreleased Euro pysch score to the French / Portuguese X-rated version of ‘The Devils’ meets ‘The Witchfinder General’. Synchronised by Spanish anti-establishmentarian, sexual liberator, die-hard independent filmmaker and unrepentant voyeur Jess Franco (‘Vampyros Lesbos’ / ‘De Sade’). Composed entirely by French composer Jean-Bernard Raiteux aka Jean- Michel Lorgere (‘Sinner’ / Harlem Pop Trotters) and presented here in full soundtrack form for the first time.

                                                          Proudly claiming the dubious accolade of the Spanish sexploitation version of ‘The Devils’ as the distributor’s most bankable asset, this previously banned 1973 European witch flick would rip the art house facade from Ken Russell’s well polished box office smash and push the envelope way beyond the closet titillation of the gentrified new wave controversy seekers.

                                                          Delivered on a comparable shoestring budget as the 55th feature in Jess Franco’s filmography of approximately 203 completed movies, ‘The Demons’ (‘Les Démons’), directed under the Anglicised pseudonym Clifford Brown, took many of the Franco’s sexually stylistic watermarks (epitomised in his ‘Vampyros Lesbos’ trilogy) adding witchcraft, possession and nunsploitation against a rural Mediterranean backdrop before disappearing into the woods.

                                                          Whilst clearly taking inspirational plot cues from Michael Reeve’s ‘The Witchfinder General’ (1968) and drawing comparisons with scenes from Eiichi Yamamoto’s ‘Belladonna Of Sadness’ (1973) this B-movie reduction of Franco’s wide palette of colourful ingredients has in recent years provided enthusiasts / champions / defenders of the workaholic horrotica bastion with a rare and treasured addition.

                                                          Following on from Finders Keepers previous expanded release of Bruno Nicolai’s score for Franco’s 1970 adaptation of ‘De Sade’, this record stands as another tribute to Franco’s life which he lived through the mechanisms of a camera with relentless zeal and a passion to challenge every aspect of movie making along the way.

                                                          Raphael Top-Secret & Nelson Bishop

                                                          Love So High

                                                          Undoubtedly in line for some sort of trophy this season, the infallible Antinote deliver yet another essential release, this time from celebrated digger and DJ Raphael Top Secret and musical maestro Nelson Bishop. Prompted perhaps by a dull Parisian winter and the faltering spring, the French duo seem to have set their sights on more sunnier climes, concocting a three track EP which blends the off kilter synths of Euro-pop with the sweet flavours of the tropics. EP opener "Chekema" finds the duo reimagining the hypnotic, percussive sounds of Africa through future primitive drum machines and naive synth sounds. The circular motifs of the kalimba or marimba play out through pristine FM synth, while the simple vocal refrain and infectious rhythm keep us glued to the dancefloor. The flipside kicks off with "Get Enough", a foggy street jam in which the cold CR-68 rhythm finds perfect balance with the warm organ chords of the Crumar, setting up camp in the bermuda triangle between Compass Point, the Blitz Club and Morgan Khan's living room. The duo bring the curtain down in fine fashion with the frosty reggae of "Love So High", a perfect combination of icy European melody and lilting Caribbean groove in line with Rune Lindbaek's "Wonder" or Laidback's "Fly Away". Melancholy but so damned danceable, this should have the after party crowd sobbing and smiling in equal measure.

                                                          Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, a graduate of the golden musical college of Alpha Boys School, is renowned worldwide as a master trombonist. Shortly after leaving school, he became a member of the famed Eric Dean's band, playing alongside Ernest Ranglin, Tommy McCook, Lloyd Brevett & Lloyd Knibbs amongst others. He was soon joined by Don Drummond, to whom, this album is dedicated. Ironically, the album also stands as a tribute to Rico, who also passed away in the autumn of 2015.

                                                          However, in the early 1960's Rico decided to leave Jamaica and emigrated to London. His instrumental virtuosity eventually gained him many sessions and gigs, most notably with R&B combo Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. In later years he featured as a member / player of the Specials and also with Jool's Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

                                                          This re-issue finds Rico back in 1969 with the opportunity to blow over contemporary Jamaican rhythms from legendary producer Bunny "Striker" Lee. Early in that year news arrived from Jamaica of Don Drummond's passing. Bunny and Rico learned of this and immediately decided to record a tribute album to this world renowned trombonist. The album's rhythms emanate from the Bunny Lee All Stars, with the trombone overdubs and the vocal interjections by Gene Rondo (aka Winston Laro), laid at TM0 Studios, London, in mid 1969. The album was completed in 4 hours, which is a testimonial to the trombone skills of Rico!


                                                          • Darkened techno mutations by
                                                          • RIYL Raime / Blackest Ever Black, Preserved Instincts etc.
                                                          • 300 Copies

                                                          Captivating slab of cyborganic techno sensations by northern Italy’s Riccardo Mazza (from the Lettera 22 duo), making his full solo vinyl debut for iDEAL Recording on the heels of their outstanding John Duncan release.

                                                          Mazza is a veteran of the same, Treviso-based punk scene that spawned Ninos Du Brasil, and he’s made a probing transition from noisy rock music thru to more abstract, rhythm-based and electronic realms over the years, landing at the coruscating industrial tones of UNFIT via freeform, bad-vibing releases for the Second Sleep label, among other, prime Italian imprints such as Hundebiss and Holidays Records.

                                                          Operating on the liminal edge of minimal techno, post-industrial and concrète ambience, his productions are ripe for darker-minded dancefloors, sustaining a momentum and gloomy pallor that doesn’t shift from start to finish, coursing thru from the coiled title track, thru the Kenji Kawai-sampling, panic-inducing stepper Height, to the muddied trample of Come Back and the Raime-like Loss, to buckle and wretch with the bloody-nosed electro of Edge and a slow stygian punt entitled Unplaced.

                                                          It’s a must-check if yr into Hospital Productions, Preserved Instincts, Blackest Ever Black…

                                                          Rodec

                                                          Record Cleaning Fluid & Cloth

                                                            200ml bottle of anti-static record cleaning fluid with lint-free cloth contained in the lid. Efficiently removes dust, fingerprints, dirt and static build-up from your prized vinyl.

                                                            Daniel Romano refuses to be confined to narrow classification - in fact, out of necessity he created his own genre: Mosey Music.

                                                            With the release of Daniel’s fifth solo record ‘Mosey’ on New West Records, we get a fresh new vista into the mind of the prolific singer songwriter, the masterful lyricist and the multiinstrumentalist.

                                                            His most ambitious affair to date, Mosey will undoubtedly catch many by surprise. New sonic territories are mapped, genres are splintered, conventional rules discarded.

                                                            Imagine ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’-era Bob Dylan conspiring with Lee Hazlewood, Tom Waits and Peter Green. You’ll hear heavy swells of fuzzed out electric guitar, horns and keys delivered with a fury that demands your close attention. There are even some surprise guest cameos to boot.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2xLtd LP Info: Heavyweight double LP in gatefold sleeve playing
                                                            at 45rpm in mono with digital download card.

                                                            The legacy and influence of Mark Moore and S'Express is celebrated with 'Enjoy This Trip' - a collection of remixes and cover versions by artists Mark has been an influence on and friend to, including Chris & Cosey, Tom Furse from The Horrors, Horse Meat Disco and Ray Mang. The album art is a homage the punk-era work of artist Linder Sterling and is designed by another friend - Trevor Jackson.

                                                            Having played a key part in the UK’s house music rise, Mark took things up yet another level. His idea to form S’Express with co-producer Pascal Gabriel was a natural progression from life as a regular on the club scene. Swept along on a huge wave of excitement for acid and rave culture, S'Express had a number one chart smash with ‘The Theme from S-Express’. This was their first of several worldwide hit records which helped thrust these new sounds into the world's spotlight and positioned dance music/DJ culture as a viable force. Mark's meteoric rise to fame - due in part to his flamboyance and fabulousness - paved the way for electronic dance music stars to come. With Mark’s keen ear for new talent, the first S'Express album ‘Original Soundtrack’ featured vocals from a girl just starting her singing career - one Billie Ray Martin. The second LP, ‘Intercourse’, featured additional production from William Orbit and Carl Craig.


                                                            New York's Sheik 'N' Beik enlist the mighty Keita Sano for release number seven on the label. "Child's Play" kicks things off with a dark, menacing intent. Tense, suspended organ notes riding percolated machine-code drums and dark, blurred vocal samples. "Bypass Motion" throws a skewed concentric bassline at a plethora of percussion samples for a primordial dance ritual that should send people into a demonic frenzy come 5AM in some smoke filled rave cave. Flip and the whole of side B sees "Mixing Error", a patient if deliberate trip through thick plumes of tape fog, a staggered kick pattern and tuned bass stabs our only beacon of direction through the pitch blackness. Slowly fragments of light emanate from out the other end of the tunnel, and we find ourselves in the inner workings of some industrial factory line; many mechanical elements all working in unison and maintaining rhythm through what seems to be organized chaos. It's an interesting, overwhelming end to this unyielding statement of intent from Keita Sano - a producer who you need to keep a close eye on at present. 

                                                            SAVE! is the new musical vehicle from Marc Nguyen Tan, aka Colder. On ‘Monsters And Fairies’ he steps aside as vocalist and collaborates with American poet and singer Craig Louis Higgins Jr. Craig contributed unsettling spoken word to the acclaimed dub-acid trax by Paranoid London (recording under his Mutado Pintado moniker).

                                                            The world they have created together, with Craig recording in London and Marc in Spain, exists in a dream, suspended between the two locations. A creeping, creepy Lynchian-world, where acid-dub work-outs combine with stream-of-consciousness monologues to make one of the strangest records this side of Serge Gainsbourg’s reggae albums like ‘Aux Armes et cætera’. The record warps and shimmers as if seen through a heat haze, a confused existential daydream or a dark wave mirage.

                                                            Released on Parisian DJ Ivan Smagghe (It’s A Fine Line / Kill The DJ) Les Disques De La Mort label, SAVE! finds Marc operating in the experimental shadows, against the grain, much as Colder’s post-punk sound originally appeared in the context of the other dance music in 2003.



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