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soundtracks . library music . exotica . easy

WEEK STARTING 5 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master - Oxblood Coloured Vinyl by Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama And Masayuki Nagao.

Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama And Masayuki Nagao

Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master - Oxblood Coloured Vinyl

With music composed by Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama and Masayuki Nagao, 'Shinobi III' is a relentless bass-driven soundtrack which, upon its release in 1993, pushed the Mega Drive’s audio capabilities to its limit. Its strong percussive elements are something of a technical marvel and, like all of the greatest soundtracks of the 16bit era, showcases the ingenuity and resolve of game composers when faced with extremely limited hardware.

180g vinyl packaged in a 400gsm matt finish sleeve with traditional OBI strip. All copies also include a foldout poster featuring the original Japanese artwork, sourced from the SEGA archives.

With audio sourced directly from a Japanese Model 1 Mega Drive (AV Intelligent Terminal, VA5 with stereo output mod) and painstakingly remastered for vinyl, 'Shinobi III' should appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in video game culture, FM synthesis or electronic music in general.


The Commitments

The Commitments OST - Coloured Vinyl Edition

    • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    • 4-Page Insert
    • Pvc Protective Sleeve
    • 25th Anniversary Edition
    • First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On White & Black Mixed Vinyl

    Alan Parker’s adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s crackerjack novel The Commitments (1991) kept its focus on the music - the classic American R&B and Soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland.

    As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn’t matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too.

    In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax’s house band (such are the perks of stardom), the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians.


    Francoise Hardy

    In English

    'Françoise Hardy in English' is a studio album of the French popular singer Françoise Hardy. English covers of rock, folk, and pop tunes are the backbone of this rather heavily orchestrated album, which may be Hardy’s most overlooked ‘60s recording. The songs are catchy and the produc­tion, arrangements, and near-ope­ratic backup harmonies excellent, at times almost Spector-esque. Fans of Marianne Faithfull’s mid-’60s work can find something of a French equivalent here, though Hardy’s ma­terial was stronger and her delivery more confident.

    Steepletone

    12" Record Storage Carry Case - Orange

      - Portable LP record storage carry case
      - Robust vinyl covering available in 5 colours
      - Protective chrome effect trim on corners and all edges of the box
      - Hinged lid with 2 closing clasps and carry handle in matching colours
      - Holds approx upto 50 LPs / 12"s in their sleeves
      - 3.8 KG

      Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn

      Something About April II

      In the four years, since the release of Adrian Younge's 'Something About April', he has been coined America's black genius: the evocation of analog vestige in a digital era. His majestic music has garnered him reverence, likened to Ennio Morricone's best work and the Beatles' tenacity to create new sounds. Fortuitously, Something About April has made an indelible impression on modern vinyl heads and producers alike, being sampled by DJ Premier, Jay-Z, Common, 50 Cent and more. The Something About April brand is an axiom to the modern "Breakbeat" and Linear Labs is happy to announce its successor: 'Something About April II'.

      Recorded with Younge's collection of rare instruments, 'Something About April II' advances his musical paradigm with enterprising concepts and grander compositions - it synthesizes the boundaries between dark American soul and classic European cinema. With effervescent conviction,Younge executes with an array of entrancing vocalists: Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Bilal perform duets on "Step Beyond" and "La Ballade," reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin; Raphael Saadiq blends "Black Jazz" vocals with psychedelic soul on "Magic Music;" Israeli star, Karolina, delivers haunting chants over concertos like "Hear my Love" and "Winter is Here;" Loren Oden croons as if the apparent ghost of Donnie Hathaway created one last love song, "Sandrine."

      Younge is the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard, looking at the past to create the future. What this album extrapolates, from vinyl culture, will become further magnified by its sampling down the line. 'Something About April II' will replace the former as a holy grail for producers and collectors alike.


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