MAGIC MIX

Balearic . Yacht Rock . New Age . Downbeat

WEEK STARTING 12 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Kylie Minogue - Be With Records Edition by Kylie Minogue.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue - Be With Records Edition

Tame Impala: “I’ve got a whole album waiting for Kylie Minogue…I have, like, seven songs ready.”

Tri Angle Records: “Wow! you’re reissuing all my favourite albums!!”

Balearic Mike: “Wow! Brave move. I am a MASSIVE Kylie fan - as are all right-thinking people.”

Originally released in 1994, 'Kylie Minogue' represents the fun 90s pop acts had in absorbing an increasingly diverse range of influences - from house and ambient to Balearic and R&B. Beloved by perfect pop fans, this is Kylie’s most sought-after record; finding a decent copy on vinyl will set you back well over £150.

Signposting another left turn in Be With’s ‘baffling roster’ (Pitchfork), we proudly present this album’s first ever vinyl reissue as a deluxe special edition, limited to just 500 copies. Righting the wrongs of its initial release, the album now stretches out over two pieces of 180gram vinyl and is presented in a sumptuous gatefold jacket, allowing the iconic Rankin portraits of an empowered, self-aware pop star room to breathe.

After phenomenal chart success in the late 80s and early 90s with the PWL hit factory, Kylie desired greater artistic freedom and critical credibility. Her move to dance music label deConstruction, and its commendable hands-off attitude, marked this profound shift In thinking and enabled the singer to make the album she really wanted. Indeed, Kylie Minogue is a sophisticated collection of stylish songs that elegantly reference new jack swing, R&B ballads, ambient pop and piano house.

String-drenched epic “Confide In Me” (produced by acclaimed dance duo Brothers in Rhythm) confidently sets the tone whilst “Surrender”, a seductive sunset slow jam, unwittingly anticipates the voguish Balearic pop of the past decade. Jazzy pop-R&B groovers keep things moving but it’s the masterful “Put Yourself In My Place” - in all its understated melancholy - that stops listeners in their tracks. Widely regarded as her finest downtempo moment, the monster single recalled late 80s American R&B but, having never received a proper vinyl release, its inclusion here is worth the price of admission alone.

Further orchestral ballads, subtly cinematic pieces and minor key house tracks (with the involvement of the Pet Shop Boys and acid house stalwarts Farley & Heller) serve to complete an assured collage of accessible yet resolutely eclectic ‘perfect pop’.

Where to begin?! The by now infallible Music From Memory truly outdo themselves with a much needed reissue of the best Japanese pop record ever made. Born out of the creative brain of Miyako Koda and Tatsuji Kimura, collectively known as Dip In The Pool, "On Retinae" combines the ethereal sounds of the now lauded Japanese ambient movement with the ephemeral orchestration of Talk Talk, Philip Glass and Kate Bush to deliver a floating, groovesome slice of totally leftfield chamber pop. Name me another record which features pizzicato strings, delicate piano, plaintive clarinet, a one note bassline and metallic percussion? Originally released through Moon Records in '89, this would undoubtedly have been a top grossing Balearic classic - if Europe had kept their eyes open to the magical sounds of Japan that is. This isn't just the perfect end of night record, it's the perfect record!


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Listening to Miyako Koda's vocals make me feel like I'm being born. This is probably the best record ever made - please get yourself a copy.

Duckcomb

Bonnevie / Every Night

Duckcomb aka Patrick Billiard is one half of Brooklyn's Sharegroove. A longtime Brooklyn DJ and digger, Duckcomb drops two edits from the far corners of the disco stratosphere. "Bonnevie" is a hands-in-the-air latin dancefloor groover with sexy female vocals, funky bongos, synth melodies, and a heartbreaking keyboard solo, while "Every Night" hits us right where it hurts with soft rock for hard times written all over it. Male lead and female backup vocals, night drive guitar solos, and a drummer with a heart of gold, "Every Night" is just begging to be sampled, like Kurt Hauenstein or Jim Capaldi hid a secret mega tune in some private press tax scam record, knowing Patrick would eventually come along and take care of the rest. Yet another winner in the supreme Universal Cave catalogue.

London-based singer and composer Gwilym Gold releases a special two-track EP of acoustic versions taken from his new 2015 album ‘A Paradise’.

Recorded live at Doug Aitken’s Station To Station event and pressed by The Vinyl Factory Press, the 12” features stripped back versions of ‘Greener World’ and ‘Evergreen’, exposing Gold’s spectral, melancholy sound to the elements.

Released in a limited edition of 300, ‘Greener World’ is packaged with artwork inspired by Kevin Bray’s official video.

The Vinyl Factory partnered with American multimedia artist Doug Aitken and the Barbican to bring the acclaimed Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening to the UK for a month-long, building-wide, art intervention in summer 2015.

For the duration of the event, which featured residencies, installations, live performances, workshops, screenings and more, The Vinyl Factory hosted The Vinyl Factory Recording Studio, providing a space for musicians and artists to experiment and improvise with their music. Gold recorded his two acoustic versions within this studio over the course of two days. These recordings were then pressed into a vinyl edition on The Vinyl Factory Press, our on-site manufacturing plant that was showcased at the Barbican exhibition.

Engineered and mixed by Justin Stanley.


After rocking our box with a dusty house music DAT, the formely Stupid Hugh Mane returns to Running Back with a quartet of canny compositions that leave you feeling like you have spent an evening with Ashra taking E’s at Ku! We're in immersive, emotive and cinematic territory from the off as "Live Drama" opens the set with Tangerine Dream sequences, swampy ambience and a steady drum track, blooming into an imaginary soundtrack for David Lynch's live-action adaptation of Akira (also imaginary, but we can still live in hope). "Groping In The Moonlight" soothes our cares with heartfelt melodies, dreamy pads and trickling marimba, tracing a line between Art Of Noise and Len Leise. On the flipside, "Snapshot Of Love" turns the heat up a bit, wrapping a purposeful rhythm section in gossamer pads before a slow motion rave riff pulls us us onto the dancefloor. The drifting, dreamy dancefloor approach continues on "Control Drama", a floor friendly cousin to the A1's "Live Drama" which shifts the focus from faded sunset to the sultry surrounds of a late night dancefloor...


St Germain

Tourist - Remastered Edition

Long before the likes of Daft Punk and Air, Ludovic Navarre, better known as St Germain was breaking new ground as one of the original French dance artists. "Tourist", first released in April 2000, is his now legendary Blue Note debut album that went on to sell over 2.8 million copies worldwide. For the first time "Tourist" is now available fully remastered. The critically acclaimed electronic / jazz fusion album is a perfectly formed deep-house voyage, taking the listener through blends of jazz, blues, Latin and hip-hop."'Tourist" is a must have for any dance or jazz music collection. The album transcends the ages and sounds as relevant and fresh today as it did on release, rightly staking a claim as a true modern classic. Includes the brilliant single "Rose Rouge".

After blessing deep music archeologists all over the globe with the much needed reissue of Mariah's "Utakata No Hibi" last year, Palto Flats are back, teaming up with New General Catalogue to release "Awaawaa", a new record by Woo, the longstanding project of British brothers Mark and Clive Ives. Featuring never before heard recordings from Woo’s archives, "Awaawaa" sees the band at their most evocative and psychedelic - presenting a suitelike, atmospheric collection of stunning miniatures. Recorded in South London during 1975-82, "Awaawaa" lines up chronologically with other Woo releases, such as "Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong," and touches upon synth, ambient, electronics, dub, and even krautrock. Following re-issues on Drag City and Emotional Rescue, "Awaawaa" presents a new chapter in Woo’s celebrated discography, further distilling the brother’s unique and otherworldy vision.

In 1981 Arthur set up Sleeping Bag Records with Will Socolov, the name coming from the fact that Socolov was actually using a sleeping bag in his apartment at the time. The label quickly gained a reputation for innovative and eclectic dance music releases - remember, this was the post-punk era when most 'indie' labels had an 'anything goes' attitude. Arthur Russell himself was a one-man eclectic production army, releasing any number of tracks for Sleeping Bag under various different guises. From the President Reagan-sampling electro cut ups of Bonzo Goes To Washington and hip hop of Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn, to the extended disco improvisation of Felix, Dinosaur L and Indian Ocean, this album gathers together some of Russell's best work for the label. Essential.




NEW TO PRE-ORDER: A. Heiniger - Varial Bounce / Handle With... https://t.co/YHrw5HbEOL | https://t.co/9OCr7CsAuP
Sat 13th - 6:21
And....this just in! We have two FREE tickets to give away to see Beirut at Albert @Alberthallmcr tonight. First come, first served!!!
Sat 13th - 1:25
It's party time in the shop today as we dive into @DIIV and groove along to Golden Teacher...Come and join the fun! https://t.co/TKXFXBOJe5
Sat 13th - 1:23
NEW TO PRE-ORDER: The Pilotwings - Une Nuit Au Boxboys / Ma... https://t.co/ENmbdLmrds | https://t.co/9OCr7CsAuP
Sat 13th - 9:02
NEW TO PRE-ORDER: Rutes - Moment Metal EP / Macadam Mambo https://t.co/wb53mp3TW8 | https://t.co/9OCr7CsAuP
Sat 13th - 9:02
E-newsletter —
Sign up
Back to top