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Back in stock Cover of Solito - Inc. Bubble Club Remix by Jose Padilla.
It's nice to see Mark Barrott's not gone all mañana on us since he decamped to the White Isle. The International Feel boss has seen his way to providing the soundtrack to the summer with his beautiful "Sketches From An Island LP", repressed the two biggest Balearic dancefloor smashes of recent memory (on one vinyl no less), and still found time to lure Cafe Del Mar legend Jose Padilla back into the studio for a sublime release. "Solito" marks three special moments; 40 years of Padilla as a DJ, his triumphant return to Cafe Del Mar after 15 years and the first sign of a new partnership with the forward thinking International Feel imrpint who will release a full length LP next year. "Solito" is a soft and inviting wash of North African mysticism, warm and dusty beats and a heat-haze bassline that Frankie Knuckles would have been proud of. It was recorded on the first sunny day after winter in Padilla's living room with Mark Barrott from International Feel as producer. "It was very cosy and the music came very quick. It was incredible how fast we connected, like we've been working together for years."

Philip Glass

"Low" Symphony - 180g Vinyl Edition

"Low" Symphony, composed by Philip Glass in the spring of 1992, is based on the record Low by David Bowie and Brian Eno, first released in 1977. Glass took themes from three of the instrumentals on the original and, combining them with his own material, used them as the basis of three movements of the "Low" Symphony. Movement One comes from "Subterraneans," Movement Two from "Some Are", which was not featured on Bowie's original recording, and Movement Three from "Warszawa".

The "Low" Symphony was performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestra under the batons of Dennis Russell Davies, principal conductor, and Karen Kamensek, assistant conductor. Philip Glass allowed ideas of Bowie and Brian Eno, who worked together on Low, to influence how he worked on the music, leading to surprising musical conclusions and becoming a real collaboration between the music of all three maestros.

This is the first ever vinyl issue of "Low" Symphony!

What Sunstone Records say about this record:
"This 3-track EP finds us bang in the middle of where we wanted we to be when we started this label over a cold beer in Barcelona bar back in 2013 – it’s all the things we like presented to us in the form of a 3-track compact 7” single – it was the wonderful Active Listener site that introduced us to the gentle, sonic vibrations of White Candles – all those records we treasured by bands such as the greatly missed Broadcast and American electronic psych pioneers such as Fifty Foot Hose and Ruth White were echoed in their work, alongside those wonderful BBC Radiophonic albums that we had hoarded over the years not only in our collections, but in the back of our conscious minds."

Limited to 300 copies.



The Phrogs

Baby I'm Gone

Southend-on-Sea band, The Phrogs were a regular fixture as the live band in Mod and 60s clubs in the mid to late 90s. 
Crocodile Records now release this neat little slice of rhythm'n'blues from the band, recorded back in 2001 at the legendary Toe Rag Studios.

Back in stock Cover of Dedications To The Greats Part 2 by BJ Smith.

BJ Smith

Dedications To The Greats Part 2

A little over a year ago NuNorthern Soul brought you BJ Smith's gorgeous cover versions of two hip hop classics, Mos Def's "Umi Says", which Gilles Peterson proclaimed as "the sound of Sunsets for years to come" and The Pharcyde's "Runnin". This time round he's bringing his unique touch to two classics from the back catalogue of the recently reformed Outkast. Since Andre 3000 and Big Boi are hitting the festival circuit during the summer, this celebration of their greatest work should tide you over until they get back into the studio. Cover versions are always at their best when they take the original song to places it never went before, which this version of "Hey Ya" most certainly does. Starting with an acoustic guitar, Smith's interpretation builds into a rich collage that goes through folk, onto Balearic and bounces to a close with a reggae groove. It is best enjoyed at sunset or sunrise with a cool drink in hand. "Prototype" is made for Smith's easy style; essentially it always was a wistful, dream-like folky number. However, after a fairly faithful start, things eventually end up in a very different place as this version becomes a fuller, more wholesome experience. BJ Smith takes it right out of Atlanta folk territory and into Philly Soul with brass stabs, string sweeps and keys supplementing the already gorgeous bassline.

Buzzcocks

Singles Going Steady - 180g Vinyl Edition

    'Singles Going Steady' is THE definitive collection by Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, first released in 1979. It was the first Buzzcocks album to be released in North America and intended as an introduction to the band for the American public, coinciding with a US tour. After healthy sales on import in the UK over the next two years, and following the group’s split in early 1981, the album was belatedly released in the UK as a Greatest Hits album.

    Side One features their eight UK single releases from 1977 up to 1979 in chronological order, while Side Two featured their corresponding B-sides, also in chronological order.

    NME called it ‘is the best Buzzcocks long-player to be realised’ and signified the band as follows: ‘Employing the most traditional of beat group formations and turning their attention to the most elemental considerations, Shelley and the Buzzcocks created pop of such intense truthfulness it literally hurts.” Pitchfork listed 'Singles Going Steady' as 16th best album of the 1970s.


    Subtyl

    BAROC003

    BAROC continue their mission to demolish clubs across the globe with this trio of untitled analogue snarlers from Subtyl. The A-side puts the frighteners on you from the get go, opening with a cacophony of high impact percussion pushed through red lining rack compression. But before you dismiss this as technoise by numbers, another 'turn some gear on, press record and go to the pub' number, just wait for that killer 303 bassline to enter the fray and transform the track into a top of the range acid jacker. Flip the disc and take a deep breath, we're about to go subaquatic. Subtyl drops the tempo to a rolling 115bpm and pilots our submersible through the murk and sludge to the calm of the ocean floor. The bubbling Fingers-esque bassline and shifting pads are perfectly matched by the snap and clack of rimshots and distorted hats, which carry us through the deep into Drexciyan territories. The B2 picks up from where the previous track left off, but pushes the tempo and reworks the ingredients into a head nodding jaunt through Drexciyan machine funk. These BAROC jams are quickly becoming essential tackle for jocks out on the frontline.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    12" Info: Limited to 300 copies. Hand stamped with insert.

    Paperwork

    BAROC002

    German techno brutalists BAROC follow up L Neils inaugural release with this blitzkrieg from Paperwork. The producer steps up with three untitled cuts of properly raw, atmospheric house and techno. On the A1 we're taken on a trip into the smoke filled, strobe lit belly of warehouse techno as Paperwork tops hammering drums and crackling 303 lines with melancholic synth washes. I can see this going down a treat at Bohemian Grove. We head further down the rabbit hole on the A2, and things get deeper, darker and much trippier. Paperwork drops the 303 and ramps up those mournful synths while industrial grade drums thump away conjuring images of Levon at his most pissed off. The flipside is a proper journey, descending from a sparse drum and synth opening into a swirling lysergic mess of backmasked samples and hissing tape saturation. Heavy duty tackle for your weekend armoury.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    12" Info: Limited to 300. Handstamped with insert.

    Hardware hoarding brothers Alex & Digby make a triumphant return for FAARAT003 with two killer tracks of minimal synthesis. On the A-side, "Nothing With You" is a slice of good, old fashioned micro gold, worthy of early TM Schneider, Lassigue Bendthaus or Cyclob's mellower moments. Considered sound design and woozing synths are backed by a scattered broken beat as the track phases in and out of the synthetic RnB galaxy. Imagine hearing the FKA Twigs album from the depths of a 2009 K-hole and you'd be well on your way to nailing this one. On the flip, "Tokyo" takes us into noir-ish house territory, nestling comfortably in that sweet spot between minimal techno and micro house. The rattling polyrhythm keeps your head bobbing away while acidic warbles, phasing sequences and ping pong vocals career through the soundscape, nailing a sound that could take you from Villalobos to Stimming in an instant. Circular, cyclical and trippy in the most restrained way, this is a perfect after hours jam. 

    Tapper Zukie

    Visions Of Love

    Reissue of this super rare 12" from the legendary Tapper Zukie! If you dug on that "Freak" reissue from last then you'll be all over this little beauty. A-side cut "Visions Of Love" is a vocal lead groove fest, which comes correct with bumping bass lines and crunchy 110bpm proto-house beats. Zukie's vocals slide in and out of tune in the most charming manner, while The Warriors are in full effect, totally nailing that synth heavy reggae disco vibe. On the flipside, "Love Dream" takes the original on an instrumental version excursion through the far reaches of the dub-disco galaxy. If this gem had made its way onto an Originals compilation we'd all have been paying hand over fist on Discogs, thankfully instead we're treated to this tasty reissue in hand stamped manilla sleeves.


    Back in stock Cover of A Name Out Of Place Pt.1 by Tzusing.
    While industrial and EBM seem to be words buzzing around the media today, not too many artists associated with these words seem to be truly delivering.

    Tzusing, who resides in Shanghai has been a student of the game through the years, and has strived to execute his take on these sounds and does so with shining results. This four track EP is a testament to him transforming the metal beat into a sound of his own and running wild without limits.

    Things kick off with '1976', which samples spoken dialogue (like all good EBM tracks!) from 1976 film Network over a punchy body music 4/4 electro rhythm. Working the dark industrial dancefloor comes tough body salmmer 'Axis Of Revision'. One for the machine-music crew, 'ISMS' mixes metallic percussion with grinding synths and possibly bagpipes... Lastly, one for electro-dance / dark Italo / nu-beat fans; 'No Primordial State' is a cruncher!


    Sun Kil Moon

    Third And Seneca



      FORMAT INFORMATION

      10" Info: Limited edition black vinyl - only a handful of these!

      Ltd 10" Info: Mega limited edition gold vinyl - even less than a handful of these!!

      All songs performed by Mark Kozelek November / Decemeber 2013 in San Francisco.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Super limited - on managed to get a couple of this, so get your skates on if you want it!

      Bob Dylan

      The Basement Tapes Raw - The Basement Tapes Raw - Bootleg Series Volume 11

        Released on Columbia Recods / Legacy Recordings, this new release is compiled from meticulously restored original tapes, many only recently found.



        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xCD Info: The 2CD set contains 38 tracks taken from the box-set.

        3xLtd LP Info: The limited, deluxe vinyl package contains extensive booklet and 3 180gm heavyweight vinyl pieces.

        Krystal Klear Featuring Flex Washington

        Cash Champagne

        TONIC003 shows label founder Krystal Klear joining forces with a fresh off the boat vocalist in the form of Flex Washington. A two track 12 alongside a crafty Accapella for the Djs showcases a another step in a darker club foundation for the label head merging elements of new jacking R n B on top of rigorous drum patterns all tied together by the romanticism in Flex's vocal tone.

        The tracklisting of the release was inspired by classic vocal 12's of the late 80's early 90s which is represented by the alternative acid flexing drum-a-pella version of the A side alongside a 12 inch only bonus of the bare accapella giving a tip of the hat to KK's musical heritage ranging from turntablism to body rocking.

        Musically this is representing the deeper crevices of the streets that not all of us see...the darker side of midnight.

        Support coming from P Diddy, Jackmaster, Jacques Greene, Midland, Tensnake, Alan Sugar, Bill Brewster, Skream & Joy Orbison.

        'Dere Mewn!’ is a compilation of Colorama's Welsh language songs recorded between 2007 and 2013. It includes two new songs, "Rhedeg Bant' and 'Mari Lwyd' along with all of Colorama's recorded output in Welsh across their previous releases.

        Also included is “Hapus?” which was released on the Aficionado label and now available for the first time digitally.

        Colorama has recently toured with Edwyn Collins and collaborated with Edwyn on the music for the full length Documentary about Edwyn's life “The Possibilities Are Endless”.

        Hometown hero, scally-gonzo pioneer and Italo expert Il Bosco finally delivers his long anticipated compilation of Red Laser Disco favourites. I can't think of anyone better qualified to put together a retrospective of early 80's Italian club sounds than the man who's almost single handedly piloted the burgeoning Manctalo scene over the past five years. Through his Red Laser Disco parties, not least the yearly BBQ, Il Bosco has united synth obsessives, dancefloor cybernauts and some of Manchester's most lovable oddballs in appreciation of il boogie, nuovo romantico and ilectro. This eight track collection represents the essential floor fillers from those raucous parties, expertly recorded from original vinyl copies with no expense spared in the recording and re-mastering process. Alongside absolute rarites from Witch, Evo and Angels Program, each track on the LP shares the timeless sound which has inspired the producers on Red Laser Records. You’ll find synth driven chuggers up against dark disco and chest pumping electro boogie next to arpeggiated thud. Each track is the original 12” version (except one cheeky re-edit), remastered loud and clear for contemporary disco destruction. As ever this album is treated to the standard Red Laser attention to detail, presented in a gatefold PVC cover with two riso print wrap around poster sleeves featuring amazing science fantasy imagery and full colour printed card inners.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: Limited to 300 copies.

        Bicep & Midland

        D MIL (Club & Dub)

        In a collaboration which is certain to have any club kid under 25 reaching for fresh underwear, Belfast's Bicep London's Midland follow up a recent Corsica Studios gig with this absolute ripsnorter of a track! The trio concoct a skippy garage tinged beat accented with the crunchiest snare roll going before unleashing their sub smashing bass sweep. That perfectly formed bassline sounds like the ghost of speed garage past, certain to have people making the all important #bass face. A stuttering vocal snippet and sprawling pads carry the track into a crescendant build up before tumbling into a big old drop. On the flip, the Dub mix tones things down a little, dodging the main room and opting for a tense roll.


        International disco outpost Bordello A Parigi invites you to spend a wild night amid the crushed velvet of their back room. Your hostess, Berlin's Lazercat takes to the decks and massages your senses with hypnotic sequences, pristine melodies and cascading arps. You'll be seeing stars right from the off with the explosive "Nova", a glittering blast of driving bass sequences, soaring pads and snapping percussion which blazes its trail through the night sky. "Vector Dance Pt. 1" on the other hand swaps its Italo influence for the stepping beat of electro and first wave techno, coupling Detroit with Chicago thanks to deep and melancholic pads, zero gravity drums and Larry Heard basslines. On the B-side "Vector Dance Pt.2" flips the script, swapping that electro beat for a full scale jack and pushing the stargazing synths to the fore for peak time frequency abuse. Bloody hell, they don't come more Italo than "Space Face" do they? Bobby O bass sequences meet Kano melodies as Lazercat transports us back to the chase scene of a faintly remembered B-movie. Superb stuff!


        Jire is the project of 18 year old South London composer and producer Nathan Geyer. With a background in classical composition, Geyer creates fluctuating sonic structures imbued with a deep emotional resonance. The ‘Kiowa Polytope’ EP - his first public tracks - is borne from found sounds, acoustic improvisation, contemporary electronic production and minimal classical technique, taking inspiration from across the visual arts and literature. In places - take the boxed 4/4 kick appearing halfway through the title track - it’s a leftfield interpretation of rhythmic electronic structures; in others - such as ‘Materiality Notion’ - the tracks are noise architecture, a dense sonic environment built up slowly from atomic level. Centrepiece ‘SSTNSLNC’ is based on the samples the producer took from the Sistine Chapel, breathed into life with quaking sub-bass.

        Running Back welcome a mysterious stranger to their table for their 51st (!) release, in the form of the Rayban wearing, tropical shirted Roy Comanchero. This smooth operator doesn't do laptops, instead touring the pawn shops and thrift markets of the world in search of knackered Jomox drum machines and wonky Junos. "Lucid Memory" kicks the EP off in thrusting form, hitting that sweet spot between proto house and Italo again and again with its bubbling bassline and snapping drums. Roy tops that killer rhythm section with hair raising sequences and spacey pads as he moves the party from the beach bar to the moon room. "Pugs Life" takes a step away from proto-house and jumps straight into the high gloss camp of the Italo world. Driving basslines, high octane synths and some of those swirling fills Todd Terje likes to rock ensure the floor's gonna be rocking all night. On the flip Roy takes us into Italian house territory with "The Delete Of Society", a hypnotic groover that draws you into its world of tuned synth vox, rattling percussion and sparkling melodies. Already a hit with me and the Pigeon in the Piccadilly office, this one's gonna work the Mancunian floors for the foreseeable. Roy brings the EP to a close with the coastal night drive of "New Horizons", a cinematic and melodic synth workout worthy of the great Jan Hammer, which could bring a tear from a glass eye. Whoever he is, Roy Comanchero is one to watch!


        ‘Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime.

        The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also appeared on 2012’s ‘Luxury Problems’.

        Between these two points ‘Faith In Strangers’ heads off from the sparse and infected ‘Violence’ to the broken, downcast pop of ‘On Oath’ and the motorik, driving melancholy of ‘Science & Industry’ - three vocal tracks built around that angular production style that imbues proceedings with both a pioneering spirit and a resonating sense of familiarity.

        Things take a sharp turn with ‘No Surrender’- a sparkling analogue jam making way for a tough, smudged rhythmic assault, while ‘How It Was’ refracts sweaty Warehouse signatures and ‘Damage’ finds the sweet spot between RZA’s classic ‘Ghost Dog’ and Terror Danjah at his most brutal.

        ‘Faith in Strangers’ is next and offers perhaps the most beautiful and open track here, its vocal hook and chiming melody bound to the rest of the album via the almost inaudible hum of Stott’s mixing desk. It provides a haze of warmth and nostalgia that ties the nine loose joints that make up the LP into the most memorable and oddly cohesive of Stott’s career to date, built and rendered in the spirit of those rare albums that straddle innovation and tradition through darkness and light.


        Third Eye Blind

        Third Eye Blind - Yellow Vinyl Edition

          Third Eye Blind is the eponymous debut for the American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, originally released in 1997. It spawned several singles, including top 10 charting “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, and “How’s It Going to Be”. While Third Eye Blind peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 104 weeks on the charts. It is the group’s bestselling album, having been certified 6x Platinum.

          Third Eye Blind is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic Arena Rock, which makes the album more immediate. Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers.

          Cut Copy drop the second 12" sampler ahead of their full scale examination of their hometown scene. In little over half a decade Melbourne has emerged as a hotbed of production talent, spawning far more track masters and beat freaks than it has any right too.  There’s been much speculation as to how this unprecedented wave came about. Is the fluoride in the water supply having positive side-effects? Is it the mediocre Melbourne weather that’s either keeping people on the dancefloor or in house arrest, tirelessly tinkering in the studio? Is it the abundance of late night venues or the long standing presence of two influential community radio stations? Who knows, but let's kick back and enjoy the end results. Fantastic Man opens proceedings with "Robotic Temptation", a crepuscular journey through a futuristic city scape powered by beatdown rhythms and a dubby bassline. The producer balances the synthetic and organic like he's tinkering with a Mech, marrying earthy marimba and choral vox with bleeping arps and whirring synths. Turkish Prison ups the tempo with the light, airy and generally celestial "Overboard", a diasporic synthetic house groover worthy of 100% Silk or Future Times, topped with a vocal part more at home on Australia's own Modular Recordings. Bell Towers rounds out side one in chugging fashion with the industrial jack of "After Party At Jackson's House". Deranged synths spin concentric circles out the speakers while the juddering bassline moves ominously forward. On the flipside Ara Koufax (otherwise known as Naysayer) pushes the hardware into the red for the tape saturated anthem "Brenda". Plucking a chord progression straight out the climax of a John Hughes movie, Ara fires up the sequences and makes a comfy bed for those massive piano chords to rest on. Add in a hair raising exotic vocal and we're in full on end of night territoty - massive! Last but not least we hear from NO ZU, an unholy dancefloor chimera born out of the DNA residue on August Darnell's zoot suit. With a bassline for a spine, this punk funk monster dances to the beat of moody, shacks up with ACR and bathes in Liquid Liquid. Total show stealer!


          The Blind Shake

          Breakfast Of Failures

          Minneapolis three-piece The Blind Shake crafts dense, massive locomotive music—powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. The band’s latest album Breakfast of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times.

          Fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha along with friend Dave Roper on drums, the trio was tunneling through the underground since before telephones could talk. With six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, The Blind Shake continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch-red noise.

          “The Blind Shake is at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surfpunk party. One guitar, one baritone guitar, a fuckload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic medal.” - SF Weekly.

          Jack White

          Would You Fight For My Love?

          The 7" single "Would You Fight For My Love?," the second single off Jack White's second album Lazaretto with non-album B-Side "Parallel".

          Front Cover Photographer: Angelina Castillo; Model: Elle Long

          Natural Numbers

          Natural Numbers In Dub

          Natural Numbers is the new dub project from producer Tom Chasteen, co-founder of Los Angeles’ Dub Club, who has released several records under the Dub Club name. This new musical creation draws inspiration from African, Middle Eastern and Country sounds as well as Reggae. Natural Numbers in Dub is dub music in the classic Jamaican sense: original recordings of an all-star band, deconstructed and pieced back together with echo and reverb in real time on the mixing board. Chasteen recorded the album at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles in late 2013, co-writing the album with collaborating musicians. Tom Chasteen has been a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. He co-founded the west coast’s first EDM label Exist Dance in 1991, and since 2000 he has been running the Dub Club, a weekly Reggae party which has become a world- renowned event. In partnership with Stones Throw Records, his new productions bring the Dub Club into musical form, working with Jamaican legends and bringing fresh inspiration to a classic sound. Natural Numbers in Dub is his first release as Natural Numbers.

          It doesn't get any deeper than this beauty! An overlooked EP from Wayne Gardiner aka Classic Man from 1993 on the legendary Nervous Records label, "No More Mind Games" is up there with the classics of it's era. That sparse, jazzy, soulful, early 90s NYC edge is present and correct in every single track here making for an all killer, no filler EP! Kicking things off, "Rapid Winds" is a vibe heavy, pad laden beauty that rolls along gently and touches all the right spots while the following two mixes of "Keepin On" chop up D-Train and Raw Silk vocal snippets into a bouncing organ driven banger, keeping the disco spirit alive in true garage fashion! Rounding out the EP are two storming alternate mixes of "No More Mind Games", featuring a vocal sample lifted from the accapella version of Quest's classic "Mind Games", used here to devastating effect alongside Gardiner's deep vibes and choppy drums. Serious business. "No More Mind Games" has long been a sought after EP by discerning house lovers and is a true underground classic. Re-mastered and re-pressed here, for the first time, in conjunction with Nervous Records, NYC. Now's your chance to own a copy of a forgotten club classic from the golden era of NYC House music.

          Introducing Jesse James Solomon with his much anticipated debut EP "Jesse From SE". You may remember the name from a couple of tunes with Crave Moore and Rejjie Snow that have been floating around online for a long while now, if you don’t then today’s a great day for you. This swift little EP is a great insight in to what Jesse is about. His music is chilled out, his flow is super smooth and there’s a nice little feature from Rejjie in there too. Hopefully this is the starting gun for a continuous stream of music from the South London rapper. Intelligent rhymes, an unmistakably colloquial accent and futureproof beats make this a sure fire hit for anyone into a penchant for UK hip-hop / grime and bass. The release of this EP has been a long time coming and it’s flicking all the right switches here, so we're hoping not to be waiting too long for the next installment. Most recommended.

          Back in stock Cover of Tribute by Terrence Parker.
          'This special release is dedicated to Detroit DJ Legend Ken Collier. His untimely passing deeply touched me personally, as he was one of a small few who always supported me and my music. Because of Ken Collier, Detroit developed a dance scene, which inspired artist and producers to make dance records, which gave birth to Techno, which has provided careers for many of you in the business today. So I dare ask all you techno producers, DJs, record labels, record shops, techno magazines, clubs which play techno music, and fans of techno to pay respect to Ken Collier just as you would our other fine music innovators. However, this special compilation isn't about techno, it's about H.O.U.S.E. sounds - broadcasting it to you live from the inside in lovely Ste - re - o!!. This record contains no artist or track listing because i don't want this to be about who made the tracks, track titles, or even who wrote this commentary. This record is my personal tribute to him and how he has motivated me to make my contributions to house music. Thank you Ken Collier, for helping me grow not just as a dj or record producer, but as a person. Every dj and dance artist here in Detroit owes thanks to you for going out into the musical forest, chopping down trees, thus paving the way for us to build HOUSE!.
          In Loving Memory Of Detroit DJ Legend Ken Collier" - Terrence Parker.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Stone cold classic Terrence Parker here, reissued for you lucky sods that missed it first time round. His bumpety, sampled-based goodness perfectly on display here. Essential tackle!

          The Gino Fontaine

          Revnorev / Konkondo - Inc. Pete Herbert / Stratus Remixes

          What better way to follow up Andy Meecham's (Chicken Lips / the Emperor Machine) huge Gino Fontaine originals than a duo of remixes from Balearic chieftains Pete Herbert and Stratus. As one half of Reverso 68 alongside Phil Mison, and in his own right Pete has been behind a ton of mesmerising sunrise and sunset workouts, and he's more than delivered here - crisp and club ready percussion, those stark punk-funkin' guitars and his trademark synth work all conspire to cook up a storm on the floor. Martin Jenkins and Mat Anthony's Stratus outfit (remember their superb "Spring Tide EP" on Aficionado last year?) take a pop at the sublime Konkondo on the flip, and what a masterpiece it is! A ten minute, utterly absorbing and expertly evolving piece, which flips the darker elements of the original into a mesmerising, cinematic, early 90's style Balearic epic.


          Various Artists

          Jerome Derradji Presents - The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Part 2)

          "I want them to hate me for putting this out" says Jackmaster Hater, referring to tracks once possessed by a mere handful of Chicago House DJs. These recordings, traded secretly on tape, were exclusive to the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles.

          Here is the new compilation by Jerome Derradji with Kevin Starke, aka the infamous Jackmaster Hater and owner of Kstarke Records in Chicago. 
It is one of the sickest slice of Chicago House Music ever released.

          This compilation features ultra rare and lost Chicago classics paired with a nice selection of newer tracks produced by Jackmaster Hater and his friends, all nicely laid out on a DCD and 2 DLPs. The DLPs come with a killer poster and the DCD features a booklet about Kstarke records and Kevin Starke and a few more surprises.

          It includes rare tracks by Ron Hardy, James "Jack Rabbit" Martin, Terrence Woodard, Traxmen and many more.

          This is the real sound of Chicago.

          Various Artists

          Jerome Derradji Presents - The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Part 1)

          "I want them to hate me for putting this out" says Jackmaster Hater, referring to tracks once possessed by a mere handful of Chicago House DJs. These recordings, traded secretly on tape, were exclusive to the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles.

          Here is the new compilation by Jerome Derradji with Kevin Starke, aka the infamous Jackmaster Hater and owner of Kstarke Records in Chicago. 
It is one of the sickest slice of Chicago House Music ever released.

          This compilation features ultra rare and lost Chicago classics paired with a nice selection of newer tracks produced by Jackmaster Hater and his friends, all nicely laid out on a DCD and 2 DLPs. The DLPs come with a killer poster and the DCD features a booklet about Kstarke records and Kevin Starke and a few more surprises.

          It includes rare tracks by Ron Hardy, James "Jack Rabbit" Martin, Terrence Woodard, Traxmen and many more.

          This is the real sound of Chicago.

          'Yum001' is the first official release on Yummy records, brought to you by HNNY himself. A three tune long journey that HNNY says you should preferably listen to while a) strolling b) dancing c) standing with your bare feet in the grass (in this weather?!) or d) with your eyes shut. The EP sees HNNY moving into deeper house territory, with '6.30' leading the way with quavering synths, melodic bassline, a crisp house rhythm and offbeat percussion. '9.15' has a bit more body, but keeps things nice and light with the addition of Rhodes piano loops and back-in-the-mix shaker. '12.00' closes the EP with boogie and soul flavours shoehorned into a 4/4 rhythm. Lush and warm, this is sure to put a smile on your face.


          DJ Haus

          Feel The Change Comin' On

          Much sought after DJ Haus radio jams pressed onto blue transparent vinyl. "Comin' On" utilizes the massive bassline off Mike Huckaby "Bassline 89" then layers up these big diva vocals for an absolutely huge soundsystem destroyer. Extra bump provided from flourishes of acid combined with the occasional burst of rave pan pipe! Take cover! "When U Look At" has me scratching my head as the original sample sources but its another tough sound system roller, this time with incessant bleep melodies and a whipping, almost bassline-esque groove. Again, female vocal snippets are layered and deployed with aplomb, combined with big strobe-ready breakdowns and devasting drops. Support from all the big guns: Bicep, Huxley, Redlight, Moxie, Ben UFO - Radio 1, 1XTRA, Rinse FM & NTS support confirmed.

          Gerry Read

          3, 2, 1 - Inc. Nathan Fake Remix

          Aus continue the pressure with Suffolk based Gerry Read. Expanding on a back catalogue that’s touched Ramp sub Fourth Wave, Delsin and 2nd Drop, the aberrant youngster delivers “3 2 1”; a typically deranged meld of kitchen percussion, 909 drums and distant flecks of colour backed up with a deliciously splintered remix from Border Community mainstay, Nathan Fake. Born from an early interest in the drums and the guitar and with an anchor loosely set in House, Gerry Read’s productions remain liberated from conventional influence while remaining rhythmically charged enough to work effectively on peak time dance floors. The title track is no exception as it loosely wades through the mire gathering frazzled sine signals and synth blobs along the way. "Cosmoid" pins shimmering melodies and off kilter samples under a tight, persistent groove before Nathan Fake weighs in with loose, restless drum patterns and a healthy measure of plaintive melody to add a further facet to "3 2 1" and round off another solid package from Aus - a label determined to keep ahead of the pack when it comes to fresh and futuristic productions.



          Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult Eighties band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV. At the start of 1984 the band played at the ‘Big Brother’ music festival at the ICA in London, supporting Pink Industry. But by this time the writing was on the wall for Shiny Two Shiny.

          Various Artists

          All Ready For The 25th - Wishing You A Sartorial Christmas

            Yuletide means many things to many people. Sartorial’s Christmas Album All Ready For The 25th reflects this perfectly, from traditional readings of carols by saw-player David Coulter to chart classics covered by Department S (I Believe in Father Christmas) & Serious Drinking, a brilliant take on Human League’s December chart-topper Don’t You Want Me Baby (Jesus)? Mute Records latest signing Cold Specks (whose debut album is nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s equivalent of the Mercury Award) make Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Christmas Evermore their own whilst original material includes Father’s Christmas by Porky The Poet aka Phill Jupitus and Sickmass by Psychic Pussies plus slightly left-field takes on We Three Kings by The NJE and Good King Wenceslas by Maracapella. Robyn Hitchcock’s cover of Beefheart’s There Ain’t No Santa Claus on the Evenin’ Stage is accompanied by fellow Soft Boys guitarist Kimberley Rew’s tune All I Want Is You For Christmas, not forgetting contributions from Missy Le Pink, Dear Thief and James Kyllo.

            Sartorial head-honcho Terry Edwards has raided his address book for some top-drawer draws here. Several of his musical co-conspirators, in addition to those already named, jumped at the chance to contribute to a project which was guaranteed to be energetic, enigmatic and eclectic, including Tom Waits collaborator Bent Clausen, ex-Madness bassist Mark Bedford plus members of Gallon Drunk, Underground Railroad and Edwards’ first band The Higsons. But make no mistake - this isn’t just a list of names. It is far more than the sum of it’s parts, and may well be the Best Christmas Album In The World - EVER!!

            Various Artists

            Keysound Recordings Presents... Certified Connections

            Over a year since the foundation-laying “This Is How We Roll”, a cluster of the Keysound family members return with a 14 track compilation of exclusive new tracks. It's the 50th release on the label. The CD is shaped in an arc designed to reflect both the breadth and the flow of the music being made within the camp. Beginning with Logos’ beatless exercise in tension “Metropolis” it moves through dark percussive 130 bpm rollage from Parris, Dusk + Blackdown, Aphix, Caski and Etch. Grimey influences begin to emerge via Wen and the Sully remix of Balistiq Beats ft Riko, before an explosion of synths and colour from Murlo, DLVRY and E.m.m.a. engulf the scene. Finally the compilation curves back down into a more abstract plane with Facta, Epoch and emerging lyricist/producer Luke Benjamin. The title for the compilation was crowd-sourced from the producers themselves, kicking around different suggestions until something was borrowed from a cluster of LHF-inspired blog posts Blackdown had written. The title was “something representative of the things that link us but also separate us” went the reasoning. This spirit of how “Certified Connections” was selected seemingly reflects the strength of solidarity and the unity of purpose around these artists right now: working within a darker (but sometimes colourful), rolling (but sometimes arresting) and bassier (but not without subtleties) space. "Keysound is home for me, and listening through the compilation the doors are wide open to welcome edgy new talent to the family," said Wen. As well as contributing a track to “Certified Connections”, certain editions of the release will come with a special mixed version by one of the most exciting DJs from the camp and sometime Wen-collaborator, Parris, deploying his trademark blends and precision cuts.

            Various Artists

            Bay Area Retrograde Vol.1 & 2

              Dark Entries have combined 'Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Volume 1' and '2' on a single CD! BART is Dark Entries’ compilation of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1988. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post-punk, and synth-pop, quite similar to New York’s no wave scene and Berlin’s neue Deutsche welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these varied musical offerings and tells the secret story of eleven forgotten Bay Area bands.

              'BART Volume 1' features a Korg-heavy assault from Danville’s utterly obscure Nominal State; two little-known left-field electronic dance gems from Batang Frisco and Quiet Room; Berkeley’s answer to darkwave, Necropolis of Love; a synth-driven drama fest from drag performance troupe Wasp Women; quirky lo-fi gothic pop from one man band Distant Thunder; a gay hi-NRG anthem delivered by Danny Boy and the Serious Party Gods; two lesser know gems from SF synth legends Voice Farm and Los Microwaves; and the futuristic pulsing synth-punk of Standard of Living and the Units. BART Volume 2 features slow, dystopian horror from pioneering industrial group Factrix; crushing, motorik noise from acid punks Chrome; amphetamine-driven synth-punk from Red Asphalt; an early demo, never released on vinyl, from legendary post punk band Tuxedoomon; chilling atmospheric drone from Ki Di Me; leftfield new wave from Indoor Life featuring Patrick Cowley on synths; Los Microwaves more sinister side project Baby Buddha; gay drag icon Timmy Spence delivering an unknown camp classic, a pure instrumental electro-pop workout from Human Being Men; TR-808 fueled synth pop from Menlo Park duo Wonders of Science, and a poetic yet somber and haunting song from the mysterious Zru Vogue. All tracks have been carefully remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

              Each CD contains a deluxe 12-page booklet designed by Eloise Leigh, featuring original photos and fliers from each band’s personal archive. BART is the acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit, the main rail transportation system for the San Francisco Bay Area. This CD is by no means a definitive compilation but merely opens the tunnel to the underground of the Bay!

              Stress Waves

              Orphic Ruin

                More heat from Ono to keep us warm during the Winter months. Stress Waves is two guys from Brisbane Australia; Nick Williams on vocals and Errol Hoffman on synth, guitar, bass and mixing! The music has an air of Manchester in its bloodstream, gloriously melancholic and wallowing in its own dark desires. It will, of course, appeal to any fans of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and sounds like it's been heavily influenced by Cocteau Twins. Williams' does the morose with distinction and finesse, making unhappy sexy and fiendishly cool. Hoffman's soundbeds are beautifully textured, pluming deep into synthetic textures while heavily reverberated, gated drums echo away in the distance. Like the darkest dreams of Martin Hannett re-imagined through a Drexciyan outboard.
                50 copies only with riso inlays.


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Cassette Info: 50 copies with riso inlays.

                Sleaford Mods

                Tiswas EP - Yellow Vinyl Edition

                  “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

                  It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

                  November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

                  It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

                  Sleaford Mods

                  Tiswas EP - Orange Vinyl Edition

                    “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

                    It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

                    November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

                    It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

                    The Underground Youth

                    Beautiful & Damned

                      "The Underground Youth blend the sounds of shoegaze, post-punk and psychedelic rock with their own hauntingly beautiful twist." The Underground Youth is the name under which Manchester’s underground poet, Craig Dyer, has produced his records since 2009. In 2011, Fuzz Club Records started putting out his prolific catalogue, bringing to light a number of LPs and singles that had only circulated virally on the Internet. Since then, The Underground Youth, with Craig and Olya Dyer as the core of the band, have expanded to a four piece, gaining a solid international fan-base and touring all around the UK and Europe. Gideon Coe has spinned their single “Juliette” on BBC6 and they took part to the “Reverb Conspiracy – Volune One”, curated by Fuzz Club and Austin Psych Fest. In June, they rocked up the Eindhoven Psych Lab and they are set to headline Paris Psych Fest in July.

                      Drown In Sound said of their Eindhoven set: “combining the mesmeric rhythms of The Velvet Underground - Olya Dyer's driving beats make her the new psych generation's Mo Tucker - with rippling feedback associated with Bad Moon Risingera Sonic Youth and a dash of the Mary Chain thrown in as well, they're a captivating force”. The Underground Youth.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd 10" Info: 20 mins+ EP on 10" vinyl (black), limited to 400 copies.

                      Damo Suzuki

                      Seven Potatoes: Live In Nanaimo

                        Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki, vocalist of Can, has influenced generations of creative musicians. This enigmatic singer has continued the journey, traveling the globe to perform improvised music with a unique collection of musicians. The lucky few that perform with him he calls his Network or Sound Carriers. Canadian Sound Carriers have included members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others. On a warm night in June he set down in Nanaimo, BC for an epic night of long, heavy space-rock jams in front of a rabid sold-out crowd at the historic Globe Hotel. The result is a sprawling, transcendent, seamless soundscape. Damo's vocalizing feeds off the energy and dynamics of the band. A strangely hypnotic and melodic repetition of phrases and countered with low, guttural growls delivered in his own language. The legacy of Can is always evident. The auditory capture was superb and the result obvious. It must be shared. David Read of Vinyl Record Guru immediately decided to release it as a co-production of NoiseAgonyMayhem Records and Lance Rock Records. The recording captures Damo's memorable performance with a psychedelic rock orchestra assembled from Nanaimo's thriving independent music scene, featuring members of Clumsy Lovers, Colliding Canyons, Moths & Locusts, and Wolf Parade. Two synth stations, fuzzed-out guitars, and three drummers coalesce behind Damo's commanding presence.


                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP Info: Limited to 300 copies.

                        Stockholm Monsters

                        All At Once

                          Captured Tracks is pleased to present the Stockholm Monsters full catalogue in this special vinyl only reissue. Formed in Manchester in 1980, Stockholm Monsters were signed with Factory Records in 1981. Discovered at a show in Manchester when the band was still teens, New Order's Peter Hook took the young band under his wing and went on to produce the majority of the band's catalogue, under the alias Be Music.

                          Their first single, "Fairy Tales", didn't appear until 1982, due to the tardiness of the songs producer Martin Hannett. Drawing early praise from influential music magazine's NME and Melody Maker, along with touring with New Order, the band seemed set for success. However through numerous line-up changes, delays in recording and the onslaught of bands such as the Happy Mondays the band never quite hit their mark. During their time with the Factory Records, Stockholm Monsters released one LP (Alma Mater) and a series of 7"s and singles including a scathing take down of Factory's primary indie label rival, entitled "How Corrupt is Rough Trade". Available in a limited run, this complete collection gives new light to one of Factory's lost artists.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xLP Info: Double LP and free 7".

                          Singapore Sling

                          The Tower Of Foronicity

                            'Sometimes you need to burrow through the darkness of your soul to find the light in your life. This album is definitely dark at times, but through it all, it comes with a sense of release and freedom' - Levitation Magazine.

                            The return of Icelandic Singapore Sling is upon us with their seventh studio album, recorded in the winter of 2011-2012 titled ‘The Towers of Foronocity’ and you will be anticipating this one for good reason. Twelve tracks of that dark, moody and broody sound that we all have come to know so well. It’s like a surrealistic dream sequence out of a David Lynch movie. Walls and walls of sound, layered between darkness and light. The album contains some of the bands best songs to date, including the opening track “You Drive Me Insane” with it’s thump coming at you, it’ll have you tasting the blood (of Singapore Sling) immediately. The band was born in 2000 as a result of nobody making the music that Singapore Slings Henrik Bjornsson wanted to hear. So he simply decided to make it himself, instead of complaining and doing nothing. It was born out of love and hate. Love of the various music from the past, mainly rock 'n' roll, and hatred of the majority of the music around him. He named the band Singapore Sling (after the film by Nikolai Nikolaidis) shortly before the first show in he fall of 2000. The first proper record, The Course of Singapore Sling, was released in 2002 and named "The Course Of" because of bad luck and freaky incidents that surrounded the recording of the record. The course went on and so did they.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Ltd LP Info: Limited edition of 750 copies on 180 gram transparent vinyl.

                            Joni Mitchell

                            Through Yellow Curtains (The Second Fret)

                            •This package contains the earliest recordings of Joni Mitchell
                            •Includes key material including Both Sides Now, Chelsea Morning and other key songs that appeared on the first four Joni Mitchell studio albums •Also included is a rare live radio performance of the Neil Young song Sugar Mountain
                            •Rarely Seen Photographs
                            •Liner notes by Broadcaster/Author Jon Kirkman
                            •Presented In Cardboard Gatefold Sleeve.

                            Joni Mitchell is one of the great singer songwriters of her age. Her career began in the sixties through the folk clubs and coffee houses where she learned to project as an artist and perform the unique songs she wrote. Coming to the attention of many through other artists’ interpretation of her songs such as Tom Rush, Judy Collins and in the UK Fairport Convention, Joni was able to sign to Reprise records and with the release of her debut album Songs To A Seagull in 1968, which was produced by David Crosby, emerged as one of the pioneers of the American singer songwriter movement. Joni Mitchell however was never able to stay in one place and re wrote the book on song composition and performance and soon moved away from the folk roots many saw her as occupying. Through a series of hugely successful albums both artistically and commercially, Joni Mitchell’s career extended through the sixties and up until 2007. Joni Mitchell also toured extensively throughout the seventies and eighties both as solo artist and with bands. More famously she recorded with Tom Scott’s L.A.Express and recorded the live album Aisle of Miles in 1974.

                            Latterly she performed with a band made up of the cream of the jazz movement including Jaco Pastorius and guitarist pat Metheny, Don Alias and Lyle Mays. Key albums from the late sixties and seventies were Ladies of The Canyon, Blue, Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira and at the end of the seventies a collaboration with Charles Mingus on the Mingus album which was to be the last recorded work Charles Mingus undertook before his death in early 1979. On through the eighties and signing to a new label Geffen, maintaining the link with David Geffen whose Asylum label was her home for most of the seventies she continued to make critically acclaimed albums such as Wild Things Run Fast and Dog eat Dog. Her final studio album to date Shine was released in 2007.
                            The performances contained on this release are probably among the earliest documented performances from Joni Mitchell which were captured at the celebrated Second Fret Club in Philadelphia. Joni Mitchell performed at the club a number of times between 1966 and 1968 and these performances were recorded for later transmission on a local radio station. They were once more broadcast in part during the eighties as part of a Joni Mitchell radio documentary.

                            The first disc comes from a performance in 1966 and includes many songs that would eventually appear on future Joni Mitchell albums and also songs that had been covered by other people such as The Circle Game and Both Sides Now The second disc is made up of performances again at the Second Fret Club with the first seven tracks coming from an engagement in March 1967. The next five tracks are from a further engagement some nine months later in December 1967 and like the first disc these two performances feature songs that would appear on later Joni Mitchell albums and songs that had been covered by others such as Chelsea Morning. The final track comes from a radio broadcast in late 1967 and features Joni performing a cover of the Neil Young song Sugar Mountain. Whilst the quality of this performance sonically is not up to the standard of the previous tracks we felt it important to include due to its rarity.

                            "Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn't forgotten where country music came from."- Emmylou Harris (June, 2014) .

                            The trailblazing folksinger famously collaborated with Hazel Dickens. Their classic recordings for Folkways and Rounder in the '60's and 70's "rank among the most influential recordings in folk music history," (All Music Guide), and laid the groundwork for many artists, especially female bluegrass and folk musicians. 'Follow The Music' features traditional tunes and original songs by Alice, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, and features members of Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun.

                            "The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge Gainsbourg. The band's exquisite sonic palette is deepened by Cairo-based guest musicians Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed 'Moe' Asem, and Sammy Sayed, as well as by longtime SCG compatriot Eyvind Kang. Recorded in Cairo between 2013 and 2014, Teslam represents a further evolution of Alvarius B.'s peerlessly idiosyncratic pop sensibility, which is just as volatile and unclassifiable as his more experimental work. His songwriting -- both on his own, and in partnership with Cherif El Masri -- is marked by a unity of purpose that has compressed countless musical and emotional incongruities into a handful of sharp-edged, pitch-black jewels. A brooding track composed by keyboardist Adham Zidan ('The Great Implosion') perfectly complements the record's uneasy mood. As usual, Alvarius B.'s lyrics comprise an apocalyptic pile-up of cruel metaphors at the intersection of culture, politics and international crime. But they take on new power and new implications as sung by El Masri and Hemeda, whose seductive voices are as inviting as a welcome mat at the gates of hell. Each song stands on its own while also fitting into a planet-sized jigsaw puzzle detailing dark associations and secret narratives that stretch back as far as the foundation of the world. Arguably Alvarius B.'s most accessible work to date, Teslam is a generously baited steel-jaw trap for the unwary listener. Like The Invisible Hands' 2013 debut, Teslam inevitably reflects the precarious political circumstances in which it was conceived and recorded. As such, it's a vivid document not just of an unlikely musical collaboration, but also of a critical moment of hope, defiance, rage and sorrow in one of the world's most venerable cities." - B. Kearney.

                            Piccadilly Records

                            End Of Year Review 2014

                              Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

                              Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

                              This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

                              Enjoy the read!

                              Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

                              Following the launch of what most critics (Billboard, Pitchfork, NPR, Piccadilly's own Matt Ward amongst them) are calling one of the best rap records (if not one of the best records) of the year, producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs reunite for a final EP - "Knicks Remix". This EP contains exclusive tracks not available on the pair’s "Piñata" album. “Knicks” in remixed form, now features a new verse by Gibbs alongside Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. The B-side, “Home,” features BJ The Chicago Kid - the velvet voiced vocalist from the duo’s earlier “Shame” - and Madlib’s two-part soul-flip carries Gibb’s narrative about a traveling man’s disregard for his woman at home. Both sides are completed by previously unheard Madlib instrumentals.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Freddie's ode to slingin' illicit products from high school hits as hard as anything else on Pinata, and trust me, that's saying some.

                              International Music System

                              Dancing Therapy / Love Games

                              Dark Entries deliver a 30th anniversary reissue of “Dancing Therapy” by International Music System, often abbreviated as IMS. In 1983 Maurizio Cavalieri and Giorgio Stefani, the same musicians who brought you “Spacer Woman” by Charlie, created International Music System in Vicenza, Italy. Under this moniker, the two would release a pair of albums of stylized and syncopated electronic dance songs showcasing the still-evolving advancement of computer and keyboard-generated music. “Dancing Therapy” was released as a 12” single in 1984 on the Cavalieri’s own Mr Disc Records. It utilized the Roland TR-808, Yamaha DX7 and Linn Drum as the main percussion. Giorgio would hit the two sides of a metal triangle with a drum stick, creating the high pitched tone break throughout the song. Guest vocalist Rebecca McLain, an American ballet dancer, sings about getting lost in music as a means to escape from your troubles. The single anticipated the beats and sounds of Freest yle music as well as influencing the early House scene due to radio airplay on Chicago’s WBMX. On the B-side is “Love Games”, an electro dance song with breakbeats in the vein of Afrika Bambaataa that features Giorgio on vocals. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy jacket with original artwork featuring an iconic photo with each band member in side profile view. Each copy includes a post card insert with lyrics and liner notes.

                              Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release “Catholic”, the lost opus of disco pioneer Patrick Cowley and Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras.

                              Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco and met Jorge Socarras in 1973 through mutual friends. The duo’s first collaboration was a ten-minute trance-inducing epic that Cowley composed for a performance piece by Socarras in 1975. Patrick, who played drums, guitar and keyboards, provided the perfect match for Jorge’s vocal talents. Between 1975 and 1977 they recorded an album’s worth of material before Socarras moved to London and Cowley started playing synthesizers for Sylvester. Upon Jorge’s return to San Francis co in 1979, the duo would re-record some of the “Catholic” songs with Patrick’s newly acquired equipment. Meanwhile, Socarras met the musicians with whom he would form Indoor Life, and in 1980 Patrick co-produced their first album. The “Catholic” album was offered to San Francisco’s Megatone Records who passed on it. Fast forward to 2007 when Honey Soundsystem was contacted by John Hedges, former co-owner of Megatone Records. Hedges’ was moving to Palm Springs and invited the crew over to his basement to collect over 2,000 records from his collection. Among the archives were three moldy boxes of quarter inch reel to reel tapes featuring unreleased music by Cowley, including the “Catholic” material. The reel was passed on to Stefan Goldmann of Macro Recordings in Berlin who was able to track down Jorge Socarras and clear the rights. “Catholic” was finally released on CD in 2009. “Catholic” is a genre-bendin g concept album that ranges from minimalistic proto-techno to synth-driven post-punk, pre-dating the dance punk acts LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture by almost 30 years. It shows a much broader range than any Cowley or Socarras material available and gives a totally new perspective to one of the most inspiring eras in music history. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, the Velvet Underground, and Roxy Music, “Catholic” prefigures acts like Talking Heads, Units, The Human League or Chris & Cosey. Patrick forges a unique electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, modified guitars, and self-constructed equipment while Jorge’s vocals go from hypnotic to camp, singing about gay love juju and tackling classics by Donovan and Stoller & Leiber.

                              Featuring over 80 minutes of music never before released on vinyl, this compilation contains two bonus tracks not featured on the CD release. The tapes were meticulously restored by mastering guru Rashad Becker at D +M in Berlin, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy dual pocket gatefold featuring the intended album cover from the original “Catholic” photo shoot in 1979, and the original hand-lettering by Arch Connelly aka A. Style intended for the first 45rpm single. Inside the gatefold sleeve contains lyrics and an essay from Jorge Socarras. For the 32nd anniversary of Patrick’s death, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem present a glimpse into the minds of these two geniuses. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. All proceeds from “Catholic” will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Housing Alliance.

                              Charlie

                              Spacer Woman - Dark Entries Edition

                              The next 12″ in Dark Entries Editions is the Italo disco classic “Spacer Woman” by Charlie. Formed in 1983 as an experiment to break the mold of the classic disco dance sound, Charlie was the vehicle for musician and producer Maurizio Cavalieri who had found fame with Italian disco group Firefly. Cavalieri had been listening to the new crop of UK synth-pop and new wave acts like Depeche Mode and Heaven 17 and wanted to create a more electronic, futuristic sound. He recruited his friend Giorgio Stefani to help write the song and compose lyrics. “Spacer Woman” was recorded in Vicenza, Italy and released by Cavalieri’s own Mr. Disc Organization in 1983. The track features the signature Italo Linn Drum machine as well as the Roland TR-808 and a Yamaha DX7 for the arpeggiated synthesizer melody. “Spacer Woman” spans over seven minutes and features the spaced-out vocals of Stefani’s wife, who sings through a vocoder. The single has become a cult revival track since its appearance on the legendary I-f mix CD ”Mixed Up In The Hague” in 2001. This reissue also features the sought after instrumental mix where the sharp synthesized bassline really comes to the forefront.

                              Both songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. For the first time ever, the 12” is housed in a silver, metallic picture sleeve with an android female model drawing, taken from the original 7” jacket. Each copy includes a 2-sided post card insert with lyrics. Eerie and unforgettable more than 30 years later, “Spacer Woman” is the ideal robotic space-age love song.

                              TIEF006 comes from London's Mr Beatnick, his first full release since 2013's cosmic compilation "The Synthetes Trilogy" on Don't Be Afraid records. A regular on NTS radio, Beatnick takes in blissed out disco house, crackling synth-boogie-funk and dreamy acid textures over 3 beautiful and atmospheric originals. This one also comes with a remix from Francis Inferno Orchestra, whose album "A New Way Of Living" on Voyeur Rhythm has been recently making waves.


                              After releases from Terriers and New Jackson, Major Problems welcomes the Compassion Crew, who return with another session of impeccably sourced cut-and-paste house music. CC’s "Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art" is a proto-house / nu-beat-ish bruiser, full of industrial clanging elements, pitched vocal snippets and twanging synth riffs. Like some lost Medusa club classic you'd catch Jamal Moss working into a smoke machine frenzy, the track nails that late night hypnotic vibe to a tee. Panic Chicago transform the track into a loft party bomb, keeping the chunky, industrial elements but rolling out a funky bassline, infectious rhythm section and loopy, concentric groove. Exceptional stuff. Peaking Light's alter ego, Leisure Connection walk the night with a memorable 10-minute-plus psych / dub / house refix which could only have come from Aaron Coyes shamanist hands. Mastered and cut at Calyx, this is a vinyl-only release. Artwork from Simon Landrein. Support from Hunee, New Jackson, Beats in Space, Serge, Marcel Hesse…

                              Artful Division come correct with this killer 12" sampler featuring some of the hottest talent in the house world today. Tartelet, Space Hardware and Box Aus Holz associate Glen Astro gets the EP off to a punchy start with the whacked-out intergalactic funk of "Strings", a deep house transmission beaming Detroit chords down to mother Earth. Chocky takes things deep, languid and cut back on "Blow Down", marrying a syncopated beat with dusty textures and mournful piano chords, before Rauld Dancesol dives into the 909 led sound of vintage R&S with the cosmic techno of "Too Much Saturday". On the flip Leon Vynehall's rich vein of form continues with his remix of Glenn Astro's 'Strings'. Taking cues from the original's heavily swung, broken groove, the 3024 and Clone Royal Oak alumnus melts jazz licks and spaced out chords amongst the robust drums (check out those hats - killer!). Last but not least, Budapest's finest Gnork drains the national grid with a hardware heavy slice of cosmic techno. As ever, the Hungarian producer marries submerged chords and ardcore breaks to transport us back to those halcyon days before the Criminal Justice Act ruined everyone's fun. It's a properly deep journey into late night techno, which totally steals the show here. 


                              Lisiere Collectif

                              Les Sons De La Lisiere

                              Ploiesti Romania area childhood friends Andu Simion, Dan Gheorghe and Bogdan Ardeleanu are inspired by Detroit's house sound and Berlin's techno. Their resulting collaboration is best described as 'deep techno' and their first release is appropriately on Moods & Grooves, known for pushing both envelopes. "Les sons de la Lisière" is a reflection of the beauty and silence of nature found in the suburbs of Ploiesti. Fans of Donato Dozzy, Tin Man and Cos/Mes should instantly resonate with these guys; and these tracks also possess a healthy influence of luminaries Basic Channel and Deepchord. "E - 1208 - 13" drips with liquid dub-techno artifacts as a weighty, jet-propelled 4/4 send us careering through the sonic environment. Sparkling synth shards and cascading reverb fragments littering the mix as it evolves. "I - 1502 - 14" crackles and hums with electromagnetic static, the occasional synth swell or vocal murmur radiating from its industrial core. Finally "A - 0519 - 13" wraps everything in a sumptuous, dreamy string section and deploys a shoulder-dropped electro-tinged beat. End of night bliss for tired frames and expanded minds. Recommended.

                              Madteo

                              Low Dip Revue

                              Vinyl reissue of Madteo's "Low Dip Revue", originally issued by The Trilogy Tapes on cassette in 2012. The record will consist of edited down versions of the original tape, with both sides containing some 17 minutes of material remastered by DJ Sotofett of Sex Tags Mania. Artwork by Will Bankhead of TTT.
                              Expect a continuous stream of sonic flow; sludgy and lysergic but dancefloor-focussed throughout. Blurring organic percussion, tape saturation and tribal, black magic inflected grooves and aesthetics into a cohesive cauldron of sound. Futureproof production meets a primordial genetic code. Unfathomably deep, beautifully unique, unchallengeable and determined. Essential electronics from one of the innovators.


                              The insatiable Blind Jacks Journey continue their unrelenting assault with this brand new release. This journey begins in the Fontainebleu Forest of Paris and on to Nőtincs via the Hungarian hills of Börzsöny concluding in the secretive depths of Coed Y Quad. Heko's "Melrose Flames" instantly transports us off this planet and into a Tron-like world of rich electronic nostalgia, fluttering analogue synths and chugging bassline recalling a thousand debauched nights of electro-disco excess. One for the Red Laser crew that's for sure. Heko continues his cybernetic attack with "Ethereal", crisp arps juttering along while thick Jomox drums clatter away in the background and the signature darting leads arrive right on cue. Psyche-house demi-god Gnork offers up two prime cuts. "Out There" fizzes and spurts effervescent goodness from every orifice as it bounces along at a frenetic pace. Swirling LFOs converging on the track as sumptuous strings envelop the mix, before being joined by a completely irresistible beat. Liquid gold! Remember "Blorp93" from "Dream House 1.2"? Well here Gnork strips away the multitracks and presents just the delectable piano line from the OG; a handy DJ tool if there ever was one, or simply a joyous piece of music in its own right. Oddnipp concludes the journey with the slow, gently-paced meanderings of "Tripp.4", a steady woodblock pulse accompanying that trademark thick, gloopy electronic soundbed which these cats seem to revel in. Completely essential, and not likely to hang around long either...
                              Hand stamped double mint ice cream vinyl.


                              Austere make a welcome return with a various artists four tracker. Life Recorder kicks things with a track beamed directly from the Red Planet, "From Above". Full of interstellar goodness through and through, this could easily have been extracted from the very core of Underground Resistance’s energy sources and packs just as much potency. Arnheim flips the script with the laid back, loose and sunny grooves of "Late Night In The Loft", an aptly named title for a track which screams of balmy Summer nights spent smoking and drinking in friend's apartments and back gardens. Nice MPC percussion complimented by rich piano chords and a cleverly placed vocal sample. Great stuff. Austerity keep us on our toes as Gradul Lashton opens the B-side with a more muscular, psychedelic-tinged house jam which recalls Vakula or the Firecracker crew as much as it does Chicago and Detroit. Lush LFO-mangled synthlines weaving through a deliciously fizzy drum palette and velvety sound bed. Fat Dog concludes with "All That I Own", another relaxed jam with its belt straps loosened. This time glowing pads circumvent crisp as lettuce drums and beautifully placed soulful male vox snippets. After a long, slow ascension, an amazingly warm bass breaks through the haze and captures us in its essence. Amazing stuff. Possibly the best Austere record to date - do not sleep!

                              #5 brings you the trademark Frits Wentink sound we've come to love through his recent output on Wolf, 2020Vision and Wolfskuil,  catchy synth loops, distorted basses, and some funky-ass grooves.

                              With "Shrewd, he throws in a few sexy female vocal snippets and a lovely arp, while "Ligament" flows along on a rough kick, an equally gritty vocal and a driving portamented pad that filters in and out.

                              "Sauce" features Dutch singer Loes Jongerling and makes for a wonderful combination with her silky soft voice and Frits' warehouse style percussion."

                              If I was to gravy you" follows up on with the same rawness in the beats and a lovely sample that you'd love the girl next to you to whisper in your ear time after time "I like it like that baby….


                              Sincerely yours, Lars & Maarten

                              Get Down Edits return with a new sub label GDE Family feat 4 of the biggest tracks taken from the Digital EP of the same name.......


                              Early Support from Greg Wilson, Dimitri From Paris, Luke Unabomber, Late Nite Tuff Guy & Dicky Trisco

                              Back in stock Cover of Voyage Sampler by Various Artists.
                              Big sounds emerging from the down under-ground on this four track introduction to Aussie house hero Andy Hart's new vinyl only imprint. The Melbourne head put the word out to friends and family for their freshest shit and got rewarded with true audio delights from CTEPEO '57, Saine, and Harvey Sutherland. The pseudo Russian duo of Ctepeo '57 are first to the punch on the A-side with the analogue house groove of "Kackwursthouse", a dope head nodder perfect for the after hours scene and lofts filled with beautiful people. Max Graef's trademark synth sequences surf on top of a propulsive rhythm section of MPC drums and live bass, before Muff Deep adds some ravey stabs and a tight hip hop sample. Antipodean boogie baron Harvey Sutherland follows up with the bass and bleep synth funk of "Rosebud", combining Levan-like levity and Dam-Funk's blunted sleaze into a red hot relish for the summer BBQ season. On the flip, it's the head honcho who takes the reins with the deep and hazy dancefloor builder "Dreams On Kepler". Shuffling out of the speaker to the sound of low slung bass and synth atmospherics like a dust covered twin of a '93 Murk record, this smudged house weapon will have you moving in the most remarkable ways as Andy Hart tweaks away at the EQ and filter with casual expertise. On set closer, "Gravy", Saine picks up right where he left off on his instantly sold out Sleazy Beats 12", marrying off kilter sequences with rattling drum programming and collaged samples for a constantly surprising dancefloor journey with many a twist in its tail.


                              After winning hearts from critics and listeners alike with his two 2012 albums, Lee Gamble delivers a hotly anticipated follow-up for his spiritual home, Pan. The tone of 'Koc'h is similarly concerned with plush ambient tones and murky atmospherics, while the beats meander from techno thrust (as on "Motor System") via fractious weirdo house shuffle (see "Nueme") through to intricate broken beat minimalism (courtesy of "Voxel City Spirals"). These differences are bound together by the immersive tones that linger consistently over the album, giving rise to a release that should satisfy anyone craving more of the goodness that populated 'Diversion 1994-1996'.

                              Paleman

                              Beezeldub / Newun

                              Paleman brings some dread sound to Swamp 81 sublabel 81 on this snarling two track 12". Memories of Rocky abound as "Beezeldub" opens with the sombre blast of horns, before delivering a thunderous left-right combo of stepping drums and digi-dub bassline. Paleman manages to pull a blinder here, delivering a track that's sparse, but still fierce enough to get the dancefloor hyped. On the flip, the percussive "Newun", works that booty with constantly evolving drum rhythms, jazz fills, and room reverb. Proper club tackle for the bass heads. 


                              DistantStarr

                              The Vibe EP - Feat. Hudson Mohawke

                              The latest star in NYC's long line of hip hop royalty comes of age on this ear catching debut solo release, featuring the production nous of HudMo, Mecca:83 and Buscrates, and the vocal stylings of Blu and Al Mighty. Following on from numerous collaborations with the likes of Fulgeance, Mike Slott and Kissey Asplund, the prolific DistantStarr steps out on his own with 6 tracks of deep insightful lyricism, and giving us a taste of what to expect from his full-length album due for release in 2015. The EP opens with "Feste", the first of two Hudson Mohawke productions on the release. The track is a straight up hip hop banger led by a sturdy piano riff, somewhat in contrast to HudMo's more leftfield output, but still featuring his trademark neck snapping drums and deep bass; later in the EP he also provides the beat for "Buttafly" which is more in keeping with what we've come to expect from the renowned Scotsman. Another strong collaboration comes from LA's finest Blu, who lends his vocals to the sublime head-nodder "Laminated Looseleafs" which is produced by DistantStarr himself. Also flexing their skills on the boards are Expansions Collective members Mecca:83 and Buscrates, who create the post-Dilla-esque backdrop for "Feeling Like", another high point to the release, featuring guest vocals from Al Mighty.


                              'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club' returns - and Volume 3 is a truly international round up of all things hip, happening and gorgeously groovy!

                              Craig's brand new selection really does have it all - the feel good, piano pumping, hand clapping work out 'Do Your Thing' by 6ix Toys is a joyous opener that should have anyone with a working pair of legs jumping up to get down.

                              There is a great selection of seductive, female voices across 'Volume 3' - Sophia Bastians' gutsy, blues drenched 'Breaking' is a minor key wonder, Sena Dagadus' strutting afrobeat anthem 'Accra City People' rolls over the horizon like a steam train with no brakes - and Juliette Ashbys' sexy and sassy 'Like A Bass Guitar' digs down deep into a funk heavy groove in all the right ways, and The Getups' featured vocalist Sabina Challenger rides on the bands trademark tight Hammond funk groove like an award winning surfer.

                              21st century neo-soul makes it's presence felt too - Harleighblus' crisp and rugged 'Play Me' leads perfectly to the UK Soul Don #1 Omar's massive tune 'The Man', the track that became an instant classic and saw the album of the same name top charts and reach places you might not expect, as even long time fan Prince Charles owns a copy!

                              Omar isn't the only legendary male voice featured - ladies and gentlemen, hold my calls! We've only got the legend that is Afrika Bambaataa featuring onThe Mighty Mocambos funking hip hop roof raiser It's The Music Part 1 - and Australian superstar Daniel Merriweathers' bluesy vocal on Cookin On 3 Burners 'Losin' Streak' makes it clear why people like Mark Ronson beat a path to his door when its talented man tonsils they require! Talking of talent - I have to admit to a major amount of fatherly pride when listening to Lack Of Afro's 'Missing Me' as it is indeed my first born, Jack Tyson Charles handling the vocal duties, it's a beautiful soul number that's one of my favourite tracks of 2014 - and it would be even if it wasn't my boy singing that sweet chorus, nice work kid!

                              Boogaloo, soul-jazz and latin sounds feature strongly too - Sunlight Square's 'Vamanos Pal Monte' will without doubt make your dancing feet itchy, Speedometers huge selling reworking of Pharrell Williams 'Happy' will have you soul clapping and spinning like you are at Wigan Casino - and Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers 'El Ritmo De Nuevo York' will make you feel like your back in late 60's New York partying with Ray Barreto & Mongo Santamaria, and The Andre Espeut Quintets' Let It Go is jazzy enough to make even girls grow a goatee beard.

                              'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 3' does even more than it says on the tin - 19 personally selected, party starting slices of full fat grooves proves, as the saying goes that 3 is indeed the magic number!

                              The Greg Foat Group

                              Live At The Playboy Club, London

                              The Greg Foat Group are currently the resident band at the Playboy Club, located in Mayfair, London. Earlier this year a couple of nights were recorded for Jazzman, and the results are here for all to enjoy. Recorded live and direct onto 1" analogue tape the album captures the energy and atmosphere of the group at their regular gig. Awash with library-esque soundtrack-themed jazz grooves with a modal edge, jazz has never been so much fun! This is the 3rd album by the Greg Foat Group on Jazzman, and is the first album to be recorded live at the Playboy Club for over 40 years.


                              Various Artists

                              Catch Action - The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records Vinyl Box Set

                              Luv N'Haight along with Shane "DJ Sureshot" Hunt presents "Catch Action: The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records."

                              This compilation provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris' Los Angeles based label Sheridan House Records, releasing obscure yet timeless gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie-disco and electro-funk. A huge step up from many of the bedroom boogie producers of the 1980s, the tracks here are really top notch, and with quality catchy songwriting and professional singers / musicians. Culled from a series of rare 12" singles, with the addition of previously unreleased bonus material, this indepth collection features 27 tracks spread over 6 x LPs along with a booklet, all housed in an outer slipcase box.


                              Luv N'Haight along with Shane "DJ Sureshot" Hunt presents "Catch Action: The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records."

                              This compilation provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris' Los Angeles based label Sheridan House Records, releasing obscure yet timeless gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie-disco and electro-funk. A huge step up from many of the bedroom boogie producers of the 1980s, the tracks here are really top notch, and with quality catchy songwriting and professional singers / musicians. Culled from a series of rare 12" singles, with the addition of previously unreleased bonus material, this indepth collection features 27 tracks spread over two CDs.


                              Voodoo Funk’s latest onslaught of blistering Nigerian disco and Afro-funk collects all the tracks from the label’s previously released 12” singles and puts them on this bargain price CD. Tony Grey’s two inclusions offer irresistible Afro-disco, layered with delirious syn-drums and sick keys, and featuring a horn-line bumptiously whipped from Louis ‘Thunder Thumbs’ Johnson’s bass-playing on MJ’s Workin’ Day And Night. At the close of the 1970s Tirogo - Wilf Ekanem and crew - trained their frazzled peepers on disco. Their ‘Aiye People’ LP is a stunner. Afro-fried Kool And The Gang on a mission to ‘blow your soul on fire’, featuring space-jazzbo Fred Fisher on trombone and the E Gang sisters on sassy backing vocals, ‘Disco Manic’ and ‘We Like To Party’ are two standouts. Eno Louis gained a solid background in traditional Edo music as a student in Benin City, south-east Nigeria. He lived at Fela’s Kalakuta Republic till the army raid in 1978, when he moved to the US for a couple of years. On his return, he recorded with Edo funk powerhouse The Talents Of Benin, and quickly became a mainstay of the flourishing disco and boogie scene, in-demand as guitarist and drummer. Bayo Damazio’s couple of contributions are classy, spaced funk, originally issued in 1981 by Phonodisk, the most ambitious Nigerian label at that time. An unsung pioneer, Mona Finnih was Nigeria’s first female pop bandleader. These two cuts are late-seventies boogie-down cosmic funk, like full-throttle Roy Ayers, at his most brilliant. Finally to the Afro-space-disco contagion of First Planet - shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling - from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the cool obliqueness of US handles like Brass Construction and Lakeside, and the mothership connection of chocolate-city P-Funk.

                              Ogoya Nengo And The Dodo Women's Group

                              Rang'ala - New Recordings From Siaya County, Kenya

                              Open-hearted, fresh, lovely, bumptious recordings of women’s singing, from a village in southwest Kenya. 'Dodo' is a type of traditional Luo music mostly used for entertainment at weddings, drinking parties and wrestling festivals. Songs in praise of the happy couple, and the best wrestlers. Ogoya Nengo was born in 1943. Her vocal abilities were discovered when she was herding cattle, as she never attended school, though nowadays her professional name signals both the Magoya clan of her birth and - ‘nengo’ meaning ‘price’ in Luo - the fees she commands as the most expensive Dodo performer on the circuit.

                              Hinge Finger welcome Magazine Records boss Daniel Ansorge aboard the good ship bass techno for the latest release, and the Koln producer repays them with a couple of spartan treats for the voyage ahead. On the A-side, "Chappell" sees Barnt fire up the 909 for a jackin, jukin roller with a stepping groove and insistent sample and hold synth filth. More doomy than gloomy, this one will set a menacing mood on the floor, turning the intensity up bar by bar. On the B-side's "Under His Own Name But Also As Sir", the pummelling percussion keeps up its unrelenting assault, but is this time joined by melancholic synth tones and howling electronics. Barnt takes no prisoners on his Hinge Finger debut.

                              Second release from the relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends.

                              For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotbeds of music, fertile in their growth and flowering of musical talent. Thailand in the 1970s was such a place, and Dao Bandon is one of the enduring greats of that era. Born in the farm country of the Isan region, Bandon came from a poor family and was a monk during his teens, two great influences which shaped him, with his farm roots grounding the earthy heart of his lyrics, and his years of monastic chanting lending a unique resonance to his singing. After an apprenticeship with some of the greats of Thai music, Dao Bandon began to enjoy success leading his own band. The songs here, released in the 1970s, showcase the infectiously joyful Bandon groove, his mellifluous voice, and his captivating melodic sense. His lyrics deal with sex, love, marijuana, and the struggles of the poor, but no matter what he sings about, a sense of good cheer is always evident. Featuring parallel translations of the lyrics, in-depth liner notes, rare photos and of course great music, "Man on a Water Buffalo" is yet another example of Thai excellence from EM Records.

                              + Newly remastered
                              + First ever world release by the artist outside of Thailand


                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Info: Full-color inner sleeve incl. liner notes, pics & lyrics.

                              Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

                              Tyranny - USB Lighter Sleeve Edition

                                USB lighter sleeve - Limited edition lighter sleeve containing the 12-track album as high quality MP3s on a built in USBflash drive. Features custom Julian Casablancas+The Voidz artwork.

                                Written and recorded over the past year, the album features Casablancas and Voidz band members Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai (Salt & Pepper) – guitar, Jeff Kite – keyboards, Jake Bercovici – bass, Alex Carapetis – drums and was produced by Shawn Everett.

                                The album incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, hardcore/punk and modern harmony, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques.

                                Of the album's title Casablancas says, "Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)."

                                Prime Numbers & Trus'me once again compile some of their best vinyl releases from the last 12 months onto one essential 12 track CD. Featured are a selection of recent Trus'me remixes from the likes of Mosca, Skudge and Alan Fitzpatrick alongside some handpicked tracks from Prime Numbers highly regarded EP series.

                                Two tracks from the diverse artist Adesse start us off. 'Metachemistry' is a fabulous blend of esoteric chugging jazz augmented by reedy vibes. Whilst 'Baayi' is a superbly deep and warm house production with metronomic wood blocks, organic keys, swinging drums and sublime vocal samples. R&S Records' Truss is featured with his fantastic slice of raw classic techno in 'Redbrook' which is also joined by Fred P's remix taking the track into a whirlpool of beautifully crafted jazzy tech house.
                                Massimo Di Lena steps up with 'You Better Hear', an off kilter melange of cut up acidic bass moves and dissonant drums under hypnotic vocals. XDB brings his remix of this with a linear and subtle techno construction of bleeps and distant keys. Adesse adds to the mix again with his insistent 'Unititled Love', a homage to early 90s garage productions with whip hard snares and swirling vocal hook.

                                Added to these are five remixes of Trus'me tracks from his album 'Treat Me Right'. Mosca takes the now classic 'Somebody' into a deep and bass-heavy corner. Truncate makes 'Its Slow' sound like a lost Dance Mania release. Alan Fitzpatrick beefs up 'I Want You' with all the right anthemic ingredients creating a bonafide peak-time future classic. 'Moonlight Kiss' is treated to the Skudge touch who turn out a warm housed up rollout in their inimitable fashion. Finally French master Marcelus hightens the tension of 'Hindsight' stripping back the original to its bare essentials.


                                Julee Cruise

                                Floating Into The Night - 180g Vinyl Edition

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


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Andy says: A damn fine record!

                                  Franco Micalizzi & The Big Bubbling Band

                                  Cinema A Mano Armata

                                  There are two categories of artist: the ones who follow trends and show an ability to integrate them and the ones who create trends; Franco Micalizzi is one of the latter. Composer, arranger and orchestra leader, Micalizzi has contributed more than anyone else in Italy to the birth and formation of what has come to be known as pulp music.

                                  This LP is a summary of the musical soundtrack cult of the 70s reimagined with great new arrangements written by the maestro for his group, The Big Bubbling Band. La Banda Del Gobbo - Italia a Mano Armata – Napoli Violenta - Il Cinico, L’infame, Il Violento and many more, concluding with trinity drawn from Lo Chiamavano Trinita’ and reclaimed by Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained.

                                  The strongest abilities of Franco Micalizzi? An amazing band, spacey grooves, a bit of jazz atmosphere, the timeless brass-crescendo of Micalizzi, the charm of 70’s funk and... the untameable talent of the maestro! Deluxe reissue on LP, remastered with audiophile quality.

                                  Wilson Pickett

                                  Hey Jude

                                  “Hey Jude” is the classic 1969 release by Wilson Pickett cut with the Muscle Shoals session crew while Duane Allman added his intense, bluesy guitar to the mix. This album of hard Southern soul features Pickett in top form with his powerful vocals featured on soul tunes such as “A Man And A Half” and “Toe Hold” alongside choice rock covers including the title track and “Born To Be Wild”. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with tip on jacket by 4 Men With Beards.

                                  Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra

                                  Sign Of The Myth

                                  In 1972, Sun Ra inked a high-profile deal with ABC / Impulse, bringing his recorded work to the widest audience he’d had to date. A slew of Saturn back catalog titles and two newly-recorded albums (Astro Black, Pathways To Unknown Worlds) were issued before ABC cancelled the contract, dumped the records into the cut-out bins, and left the unreleased albums to languish. Now, over four decades later, Roaratorio is proud to offer one of the lost Impulse recordings for the first time. Sign Of The Myth hails from the same studio session as Pathways, and shares its emphasis on guided improvisations. With a constantly shifting palette of Moog textures, Ra tosses off a dazzling array of ideas throughout, supported by the usual Arkestra stalwarts; in particular, bassist Ronnie Boykins and drummer Clifford Jarvis are in shining form here, giving shape and solidity to these pieces. Sign Of The Myth is a welcome augmentation to an especially fertile period from Sun Ra’s time on Earth.

                                  *LIMITED REPRESS* Orders essential.
                                  Classic Wild Oats release here from no other than Jay Daniel, who's pretty much dominated 2014 with a string of releases. This tasty offering on Kyle Hall's seminal label set out his ideology wonderfully. Tough but loose percussion, analogue goodness throughout and that hard to pin-down Detroitian sophistication. "Royal Dilemma" has tin can drums, squelchy one-finger synthlines and a weighty kick. "Royal Insanity" unloads more dusty drums mined from heavy vinyl excavation and props up the mix with thick synth columns. Fluttering riffs cascading through mix give a wonderfully organic feel as Daniel's disjointed rhythms jar and skew throughout. "Change 4 Me" continues with discord, subtle acidic melodies littering a tape saturated drum palette and spacious environment. Warehouse tackle. "Exit #1" is a drunkard MPC workout, full of pummeled drums, syncopated shakers and improvised rhythms before sizzling hats and atmospheric pads fire in from the recesses of the master tapes turning this into a frenzied DJ tool for the club. "4 Red" concludes with a kick drum squashed beyond oblivion and harsh snares, combined with another highly corroded lead line and broken hi-hats. Out-there and uncompromising, and totally Jay Daniel. Limited run, move quick, recommended!


                                  Mark Broom

                                  Untitled - Inc. Edit Select Dub

                                  Mark Broom aka The King of Snakes returns with this killer cut on Edit Select. So good he couldn't be bothered to name it (joke), "Untitled" is a highly percussive, growling wall-shaker from the upper echelons. Rampant tuned toms, lashing hi-hats, fizzy snare hits and this tension inducing, manic tone which encompasses the whole track, this is definitely not for the faint hearted! Light the touch paper and stand well back! Edit Select himself steps up for a deep reworking of the original on the flipside. Taming the OG somewhat and moving along on the smooth, gliding plane he's synonymous with, Mr. Select allows those dark, foreboding tones room to breathe and gather menace as the machine-line drums fizzle and crackle in the background. Great stuff from this current essential techno mainstay.

                                  West Nkosi Nabashokobezi / Stars

                                  Twelve Mabone / John Tate

                                  Africa Music Corporation follow up the success of their debut release with another sunny 7" treat. A-side cut "Twelve Mabone" by West Nkosi Nabashokobezi conjures up images of dusty outdoor dancing, where hundreds of pairs of feet kick up the dusty red soil of Africa in a manic outing of unbridled joy. Fans of 'Graceland' or Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals"' will recognise the familiar gumboots rhythms and bassline, while shaking their stuff to the see-sawing strings. On the flipside Stars offer a lowdown and dirty groove-fuelled walk through the sleazy sound of funk. "John Tate" is exactly the kind of thing you'd expect to hear Eddie C go loopy over on a Red Motorbike 7". 


                                  Piccadilly's Philippa's done the coastal walk from St Ives to Zennor (see sleeve image), and dutifully informs us it's hard work. Now normally this would be a fitting analogy for a Trilogy Tapes release (you could never accuse Will Bankhead's label of falling foul of the easy listening tag), except this release from Zennor is a brilliantly accessible 90s anthem sporting a tape saturated analogue disguise. Alright, that might be overstating it slightly, Zennor shows great restraint on "Never In Doubt", hinting at E'd up euphoria without ever resorting to the bells, whistles and M1 organ line, but that chord progression and bassline are certain to tap into your cerebral cortex and make you dance like your younger self again. On the B-side, "Storms" takes a gloomier route to the dancefloor with cyclical synth rhythm, one note piano and hissing hats. "Tin" closes the EP out with a hint of electronica, exploring those warping synthlines and syrupy breaks so beloved of Boards Of Canada.


                                  OB Ignitt

                                  Let Me Show You - Inc. Omar S Remix

                                  OB Ignitt returns with his Obonit imprint. "My Last Reese Cup" is a tough, gritty excursion into Ignitt's own version of techno. Snares distort as they burn red onto the master tape; thick, sweeping analogue synths fill up the mix with ease and a growling bottom end ushers the whole thing forward. Brutal and uncompromising but with lashings of funk and groove, just the way the Detroiters like it. "Let It Do What It Does" (receiving an Omar S touch-up) vibrates and shimmers, brimming as it is with electronic goodness from start to finish. A production masterclass, various elements fade in and out of focus as a live piano section jams unrelentingly over the top. The bassline is as infectious as Ebola. Flapping, squelchy drums keep up the momentum while various other analogue artifacts add to the head-turning aesthetic and general uniqueness of the track. Exceptional stuff, recommended.

                                  Michel Cleis & Klement Bonelli

                                  Marvinello / Gostek

                                  The most sought after track in the last few months finally makes its appearance on vinyl. Some pirated copies circulated illegally, but this is the definitive version, tried and tested in the club over the past few months. "Marvinello" is an infectious rework of Marvin Gaye's classic, built up from the ground with irresistible drums, world percussion and a sultry bassline while the use of the vocals create a unique atmosphere. The balance is something so hot you can't resist ! The B Side track "Gostek" is a heavenly mixture of house, soul, and gospel, underpinned by a percussive driving techno groove that takes you by the throat to the dancefloor. With DJ support coming out the wazoo, you'd better bet this is one you need.

                                  William Onyeabor

                                  Vinyl Boxset 2

                                    As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2014 Top 20 Reissues / Collections, this comes with a free End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

                                    This second of two William Onyeabor vinyl sets features four of the albums elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released between 1977 and 1985 - remastered and officially available for the first time. His music represents the epitome of the golden era of Nigerian funk, before he gave up a life in music to become a devout Christian. Luaka Bop released the critically acclaimed compilation Who is William Onyeabor’s in October of 2013, and has since seen the release of the documentary Fantastic Man, which was fabricated around the myth of the musician, attempts to unearth the man behind the music, which is also now a full blown live show touring the world, paying tribute to the music of William Onyeabor featuring a supergroup of Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney and Sinkane. To this day, William Onyeabor has not spoken about his music in one single interview.

                                    CONTENTS LP BOX 2
                                    • Hypertension LP
                                    • Body & Soul LP
                                    • Crashes In Love (2nd Version) LP
                                    • Good Name LP
                                    • 45” of William Onyeabor’s “Body & Soul” by Peaking Lights
                                    • Poster
                                    • 16 page 5” x 7” booklet by Michael Rubin


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2014 CD sampler.

                                    The Wire

                                    Issue 370: December 2014

                                      Freedom Principles
                                      The Wire’s contributors survey ideas of freedom in music and liberation in sound with 16 pages of essays on resistance songs, nonsense rhymes, trap rap, improv, karaoke and more

                                      Eiko Ishibashi
                                      Music and language. By Yusef Sayed

                                      Amarass
                                      Recording India’s folk legends. By Francis Gooding

                                      Laura Cannell
                                      Early music set free. By Stewart Smith

                                      Bob Cobbing
                                      A life in art and activism surveyed. By Daniel Spicer

                                      Global Ear - Shiraoi
                                      Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan

                                      Invisible JukeboxPeter Zummo
                                      The NY trombonist approaches The Wire’s mystery record selection with all valves open

                                      Cross Platform - Ursula Mayer
                                      The Austrian artist blends gender and meaning in her lush films. By Frances Morgan

                                      The Inner Sleeve
                                      Clark on Sunn O)))’s Black One

                                      Epiphanies
                                      Sean Michaels hears the divine voice of the theremin

                                      Print Run
                                      New music books: Ian Curtis’s lyrics, a William Parker sessionography, David Rothenberg on the latest studies of acousmatic music and more

                                      On Screen
                                      New films and DVDs: Beats Of The Antonov, plus a history of DDR art pop group AG Geige

                                      On Location
                                      Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Ultima, Skanu Mezs, King Crimson, Islam Chipsy and more

                                      On Site
                                      Recent exhibitions: Matt Jenner plus Konrad Smoleński

                                      Ron Trent

                                      7th Heaven

                                      The sad passing of Frankie Knuckles earlier this year hit many people hard, not least fellow Chicago legend Ron Trent. The Prescription Records co-founder and all-round deep house legend has previously spoken about how he owes his career to the one-time Warehouse resident and here pays tribute to him in musical form. "7th Heaven" is as warm, loving and emotion-rich as you'd expect, with Trent layering his trademark keys, pads and melodies over a classic, Knuckles-style groove. It's the kind of wide-eyed loveliness that Knuckles himself would have been proud of making, and there's no greater tribute than that.


                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Ltd 12" Info: Limited white vinyl.

                                      Following 2012's acclaimed 'Tropical Psychedelics' album, Los Angeles electronic-psychedelic multi-instrumentalist, Eddie Ruscha returns to Emotional Response with the second collection of cassette recordings.

                                      Dating from tape recordings made between 1996 and 2012, 'Cosmic Vibrations' follows the 'Tropical Psychedelics' (ERS003) album for the label, this time digging deeper in to the mind of Secret Circuit than the more dance floor inspired sounds heard on last years album 'Tactile Galactics' album for Beats In Space. Again we glimpse a melting pot of pyschedelia, techno, Balearic and ambient to create an electronic gem, but all done with a wry smile and jesters wink rather than today's penchant of moody seriousness.

                                      Life on the US West Coast shines from the album, from opener 'Out West' to 'She Got Love', sunshine music that couldn't be made anywhere else. It's not all hippy-happy vibes though with 'Minimal Vibrations' and the dub of 'Straightline' taking things in to deeper and instropective territory. However, all things resonate in Eddie's analogue meets kitchen sink synthesis. Layer after layer floats across the album to create a smile-inducing whole. Journeying from the folk guitar of 'Somnambulation' to the minimilism of 'Glass Skeletons', before bidding a fond farewell in the apt, 'Bells'. This second and final collection of early cassette works is not an end, but a blessing.

                                      Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES records for his second album, "Mirrors And Copulation". Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, "Mimesiak". Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Gunnar Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cuts through with a sluggish 3/4 strut and nauseated 303 bassline, but the rest of the A side is fully enveloped by the Gunnar's peerless recreation of the wet ambience of a ghostly rainforest. "Cloud Castle Lake" offers an uptempo cut buoyed by a blasted kick drum and frenetic 606 workout. Still enshrouded, "Nameless" further explores Gunnar's sonic terrain with the force of a freaked dancefloor's momentum, much like the album finale, "In Argo Teurano", which blasts forth from the mist with a weathered adventurer's grit. 'Mirrors And Copulation' continues Gunnar Haslam's pursuit of the subterranean and introverted techno first offered on his LIES debut, embarking on more mystic pastures with his final offering of 2014.

                                      For his tenth album, the human metronome of afro-beat, Tony Allen, has pulled out all the stops. At his side are the trio of producers The Jazzbastards and fellow world-class musicians, including Damon Albarn, who continues to build pioneering bridges between Africa and today’s music scene.

                                      On 'Film Of Life' Tony Allen has given us an album that has the ring of a true self-portrait, an overview of his rich and exemplary career that brings together bebop, afrobeat, jazz and psychedelic pop. For the wizard of Lagos, who has always thought of his drums “as an orchestra” and who likes “to make them sing”, 'Film Of Life' marks the pinnacle of his achievement.

                                      “Rhythm is the most perceptible and the least material thing in the world,” wrote John Miller Chernoff in his book, African Rhythm and African Sensibility. It has been thirty years since this observation inspired Brian Eno and David Byrne to revise their approach to music, but if African rhythms began to alter the course of Western pop music, it is above all down to Tony Allen. He embodies the vitality of those rhythms, placing them at the cutting edge of modern music, and over his fifty-year career, he has made himself a benchmark for musicians worldwide.

                                      'Film Of Life' looks back on this amazing adventure while continuing to explore new horizons.

                                      Rene Costy / J Dilla Aka Jay Dee

                                      Scrabble / F*ck The Police

                                      Release number 3 on the Originals label gets a limited repress due to popular demand. Lifted from the impossibly rare 1972 library music album 'Chappell Mood Music Vol. 26', René Costy And His Orchestra's 'Scrabble' adds the only thing missing from the incredibly funky backing track - funky jazz violin! Pitching the funky intro down for a head-nod hip hop feel, and upping the swear word count, the late great James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla sampled the track for his underground club hit “Fuck The Police”. Both tracks feature here on a nice collectable 45 along with bonus cuts from the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff.

                                      This is the first release on Melbourne’s very own Melbourne Deepcast label. The EP contains the kind of beatdown and mid-tempo disco-sample house music that's all the rage right now, and it has some familiar names on the line-up as well, making it a must-have from Down Under. Opening the 12" is Lewie Day aka Tornado Wallace, who filters a sweet R&B vocal loop into his groovin' house vibes on "Some Kinda Man". Sometime Dikso supplier Andy Hart gets in the slow lane on "Devoted", a track that's sure to bring the sunshine to your beach bar. Already hitting us with his own four tracker on Kolour LTD, Fantastic Man (Mic Newman) also turns up the heat here with "From Start To Finish", a sizzling boogie-disco-house chugger. And bringing up the rear we have Stilove4music's Weekend Express, who also masquerades as half of A + O. "Deeper" combines an imploring, soulful female vocal with jazz-funk keys and a Chicago house vibe (Larry heard deepness as opposed to jackin' minimalism). Quality all the way through.


                                      Turkish psychedelic disco? I'm gonna eat this up like Jaffa's falafel! Östra Discos serve up the first two track bundle of the finest Turkish music, edited by De Los Miedos. Lisbon DJ Sebastião Delerue AKA De Los Miedos started making Persian edits in 2013, bringing his Middle Eastern cosmic vibes to the city's discoteques and taking a generation of clubbers on his carpet ride. Here, two of the producer's finest reworks star on either side of this floor ready wax. On the A-side De Los Miedos takes us all the way back to Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' "Turkish Delight", Blackbelt Andersen's "Tyrkisk Pepper" and Terje's Scando-Persian explorations with a killer dancefloor edit of Nese Karaböcek's "Yali Yali". The producer extends the track from its criminally short two and a half minute running time to a proper six minute plus, layers the organ intro over the main body of the track and reworks the arrangement to emphasise the enchanting vocals and psychedelic fiddle. On the flipside "Ergi Ergi" dives straight into the psychedelic mess of that cosmic disco sound which swept Europe during the early 80s. I can just hear Baldelli slowing this male vocal groover down and tripping everyone out! The mix of a killer bassline, rattling drums and mindblowing moog solos is already irresistible, and that's before we consider the chanted vocals, and unreal Jarre-esque solo.


                                      Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                      In The Heat Of The Moment

                                        1st single taken from Noel Gallagher’s High flying Birds “Chasing Yesterday” album.

                                        Prime Numbers are back with the next in their compiled EP series, once again selecting new tracks from producers who inspire and represent the sound of the label. This time it's a diverse outing, dwelling on the dubbier, more subtle side of things.

                                        The release starts with Modini, Following on from their excellent Turk EP for Dixon Basement Jams here they flip the script. 'Attack Warning' fuses new wave & nu-beat styles with an almost ZTT-like sensibility. It's big, bold and direct with chopped vocal samples, an acidic bottom line and rock hard snares.

                                        Nick Sinna returns to the label with 'Come Again', a brooding piece with a distinctly UK feel. Various drum sounds are dextrously melded into a restrained afro tinged rhythmic workout. Luke Hess brings his own take to the track stripping back and tightening the elements whilst washing it in a Detroit solution for a more intense overall feel.

                                        Finally Hakim Murphy drops 'Synth Work'. Fantastically understated ad ethereal the track draws you in with padded kicks, floating bleeps and squelched bass.


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