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Genre pick of the week Cover of Spacing Out by The Invaders.
Formed in Bermuda in 1968, The Invaders are responsible for what is arguably the most sought after piece of island funk in history, their lone long player, 1970s 'Spacing Out'. Full of funky breaks, Meters-esque guitar work, and tripped out horn lines, 'Spacing Out' is not simply collectible because of its exotic locale, it is a stone funk classic that holds its own against such luminaries of the genre as The Meters (whose 'Look A Py Py' they cover), The JBs, and the Nite-Liters. An absolutely essential piece of funk history available again on LP, and this version won’t cost you a month’s rent to own.  Definitely worth having, as originals go for £700!!!

Album Cover Frame

Black - 4 Pack

    A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

    Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

    Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

    £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.

    Album Cover Frame

    White - 4 Pack

      A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

      Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

      Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

      £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.

      Everything But The Girl

      Eden - Transparent Vinyl Edition

      Cut to 180 gram heavyweight transparent vinyl. This is an individually numbered in the exclusive run with gatefold artwork featuring rare images and reconstructions. The inner bag features printed lyrics, sheet music and photograph.

      After Tracey Thorn's Marine Girls offerings and solo album "A Distant Shore", and Ben Watt's "North Marine Drive", the pair came together to form Everything But The Girl, "Eden" being their superb debut album from 1984. This collection of tracks hallmarked the duo's understated but beautific composition skills, displaying a great leap forward from the comparative naivete of their previous offerings. Mixing up gentle bossa-nova and jazz-flavoured tunes with guitar-strummed indie-pop and nu-country acoustica, the duo straddled the gap between Sade and The Style Council on one side and The Smiths on the other, creating a lyrically astute perfect pop album.

      ‘Measures’ is the second album from the Nostalgia 77 & The Monster guise, bringing a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz. The collection of songs sees Ben Lamdin's long time collaborator, bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo stepping to the fore, bringing six original compositions. The album also contains nods to the two dominant influences on this group over the years, in renditions of Sun Ra's otherworldly 'An Island In The Sun' and British firebrand (and previous Nostalgia 77 collaborator) Keith Tippett's 'Thoughts To Geoff'.

      Nostalgia 77 and the Monster is the second incarnation of the Nostalgia 77 Live band, his original Nostalgia 77 Octet having been disbanded after the death of drummer Graham Fox. Lamdin and Vosloo’s aim was to produce an album ranging from the chaotic to the meditative. On ‘Measures’, Vosloo's writing strikes a delicate balance between strong themes and free space for the improvisers - a perfect canvas for the impressive cast of Kit Downes (piano), James Allsopp (reeds), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Tim Giles (drums) and Vosloo himself on bass. The record captures the fiery fluidity of the band’s live performances.

      Ooof! After one of Detroit's finest sons blew us away with a sneaky Christmas release late 2013 (Kenny Dixon Jr's excellent "Moodymann" LP), his fellow Chair does the same this time round. The hugely anticipated follow up to "Sound Sculptures Volume 1" is here and it's well worth the wait. On this album Theo fuses jazz and soul with electronic production, intricate rhythms and his trademark arrangements to make a record which sounds both futuristic and grounded in the past at the same time. Featuring some of Parrish's most experimental rhythms (but not quite as experimental as "Dance Of The Medusa") "American Intelligence" seems informed by the producer's recent experience as a live performer. You have to take your hat off to Theo, 20 years into his career and he's still pushing boundaries way further than his contemporaries. Our hat is well and truly doffed.

      Eilon Paz

      Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting (2nd Edition)

        (This edition has 20 more pages than the first edition) A stunning, 436-page photography-and-interview coffee-table book about the world’s most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors created by noted photographer Eilon Paz. “[Eilon Paz’s] lavishly illustrated coffee-table book contains portraits of some 130 ‘record diggers,’ as he sometimes calls them, who have often gravitated to genres as obscure as Turkish psychedelia, ‘Sesame Street’ albums, lounge acts, sexploitation and horror film soundtracks, ’60s girl groups from France and Japan, and even colored discs … visceral and joyous.” NY Times // Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with indepth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 fulllength interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history. Eilon Paz has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and is a regular contributor for the US based food/travel magazine, Saveur, and his work appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

        Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra

        Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy

          'Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy' is an album by the American jazz musician Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra. Recorded in 1963 but not released until 1967 on Sun Ra's own Saturn label, the record has become one of the most discussed of Ra's New York recordings.

          'Cosmic Tones' functions as a kind of blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun-Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space making the whole experience even more disorientating than it already would be.

          Ra played "astro space organ," and the array of swirling tones, funky licks and smashing rhythms, aided and abetted by John Gilmore on bass clarinet, Marshall Allen on oboe, and arrangements that sometimes had multiple horns dueling in the upper register and other times pivoting off careening beats, outraged those in the jazz community who thought Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane had already taken things too far.

          Betty Wright

          I Love The Way You Love

          1972 Alston Records release. Cool, smooth 70s soul and funk with sophiticated arrangements. This album has many standout tracks including the hit "Clean Up Woman" with its funky addictive riff and horns, "All Your Kissin'", The Philly style "If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me", and great cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine".

          Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings return with the latest instalment of the much loved 'Bubblers' series... 'Brownswood Bubblers Volume 11'.

          Known as something of a musical clairvoyant Gilles Peterson has built an unparalleled reputation for unearthing hidden gems and new and exciting talent over the course of his amazing career.

          'Bubblers' has established a great reputation over the years for providing a platform emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. Bubblers Alumni include. Flying Lotus, Tall Black Guy, Mayer Hawthorne, Lone, Bullion, Floating Points & Fatima, New Look, Dam Funk, Jamie Woon, Electric Wire Hustle, Flako, Nick Mulvey, Submotion Orchestra and many many more.

          We're treated once again to another typically wonderful and eclectic 'Bubblers' selection of soul, jazz, (electro)funk, hop hop, house, wonky beats and more.

          Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was their a wider panorama of religious songs in America.

          Selected exclusively from Christopher King’s private collection, the 78s included here represent the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel. Of the 42 tracks in this 3CD/3LP collection, 34 have never been reissued until now. The complete recorded output of the Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina is also included in this collection for the first time. Several rare & previously unissued photographs are also contained within. Lovingly and respectfully designed by Susan Archie and firmly grounded in Scripture by Christopher King. Tompkins Square has been steadily mining the history of black gospel through previous collections - the Grammynominated 'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'; 'Fire In My Bones : Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African- American Gospel, 1944-2007'; 'This May Be My Last Time Singing : Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982' ; Bessie Jones - 'Get In Union'; and 'I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951- 1983'.

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