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J Dilla

Ruff Draft

    In retrospect "Ruff Draft", originally out on the Mummy label back in 2003, marked a turning point in Dilla's career. In contrast to the often understated, mellow vibes and minimal, crisp drumbeats he brought to the boards for A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Erykah Badu and many more well-known names, "Ruff Draft" revealed – to those who heard it the first time around – a whole new side to Dilla's musical genius. Freewheeling, in-your-face synthesizers blend perfectly with an uncharacteristically sample-heavy approach that was as bangin' as it was experimental. And, as he indicated in the intro to the album, it's supposed to bump in your car like an old cassette – one of those well-loved ones that get played over and over and over. Stones Throw Records now presents the reissue of "Ruff Draft" as a crucial milestone in the evolution of one of hip-hop's greatest producers.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xCD Info: CD comes with bonus instrumentals disc.

    Mungo's Hi Fi Feat Charlie P

    You See Me Star

      Charlie P is a raggamuffin rudeboy youth with a natural talent for music. He first appeared on stage at the age of 5 and there are some grainy youtube videos of him performing as a child. He started out singing motown and blues but reggae was in his blood since he grew up surrounded by UKJamaican culture. He started singing with the Goldmaster Allstars at the age of 11, but was soon drawn to soundsystems which is where he feels most at home. His uncle had been running a sound in Southend on Sea and it was his mother who encouraged him in his career. Charlie first came to Glasgow in 2010 for one of Mungo’s Hi Fi’s legendary nights at the Artschool. This was the beginning of their working relationship which has seen countless recording sessions and continuous touring around every corner of the globe. This album is the culmination of this ongoing relationship and brings together the best tracks across the styles that he loves, from roots reggae and dancehall to modern bass music. Some are surprised to see a young white guy with a Jamaican accent, but it is his musical language and Charlie is not pretending to be anything but himself - a man with a passion for good ganja and reggae dancehall.

      Back in stock Cover of Tiswas EP - Orange Vinyl Edition by Sleaford Mods.

      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.

        Angelo Noce Santoro

        For You

          First ever LP/CD reissue of this private Dutch album from 1979: a latin-funk-psych-prog trip featuring groovy jazzy flute, superb acoustic / electric guitars, funky rhythm section, exotic percussion and some cool Oriental / Thai / Brazilian vibes.

          Angelo Noce Santoro is a guitar player with over forty-five years of musical career. A founding member of legendary psych-prog band Cosmic Dealer, Angelo has recorded and released albums under his own name and he’s also behind projects like Palmeira (the first Dutch band playing Brazilian music), Santoro Brothers and Oriental Guitars among many others. His unique guitar playing, which incorporates surf, psychedelic, jazz and Oriental influences, has received praising from connoisseurs of obscure instrumental sounds such as Jello Biafra, who got in touch with Angelo after discovering one of his solo albums in a second-hand shop in the 80s.

          “For You” was Angelo’s first solo effort, released as a private pressing in 1979 on ANS, his own label. Angelo played bass, acoustic & electric guitars, flute and percussion. He was joined by ace flute player Steven Bishop, drummer Herman Muller and Lodewijk Hulsman on acoustic guitar. Most of the tracks were written by Angelo prior to 1979, with some of them dating back to the early 70s when he was with Cosmic Dealer.

          Kamuran Akkor

          Kamuran Akkor

            Turkey's recent musical history is littered with bottled blondes who put on a lot of eyeliner, made a few singles & then disappeared. And since the mid-1970s, those twin queens Ajda Pekkan and Sezen Aksu have maintained a semi-rivalry while bulldozing their way over pop charts & sales counters. Piles of Turkish psych & folk reissues have hit the west over the past few years, and yet how many have given the luscious ladies of Anatolia their due? So go beyond Selda, and get your gal power on. It's time to steam up your windows with this arabesque singer who's a real-life Stevie Nicks next-door.

            Waka waka funk rhythm guitar, sweet little organs, pumping bass, winging & buzzy synths, electric baglama, syrupy disco strings, and Akkor's little swallowed yodels... It's all here on Istanbul Plak singles released from 1971-75.

            Whether she's covering European hits that have Turkish lyrics retrofitted, or ghost voicing a musical scene in a high-profile movie, Akkor often sings like outbursts of tears or frenzy are just beyond her words. And seeing how she always played second fiddle to her classier, more famous sister Gönül, maybe Kâmuran just felt like a little drama was in order, mmm?

            You might have caught a couple of scant cuts on compilations like "Turkish Freakout Vol. 2" or "Istanbul 70", but there's way more to discover, and now you can.

            Bjork

            Debut - Coloured Vinyl Edition

              Released in 1993, 'Debut' is Bjork's first solo album following the break-up of the Sugarcubes. Co-produced by Nellee Hooper, who had previously worked his magic on the debut long players of Soul II Soul and Massive Attack, 'Debut' finds Bjork in playful, expansive mood. An explosion of sounds and ideas, taking in house, electronica, ambience, neo-classical, modern jazz, cinematica and downbeat, the album works well as a cohesive whole. Björk's playful energy ignites the dance-pop-like "Big Time Sensuality" and turns the genre on its head with "There's More to Life Than This." Recorded live at the Milk Bar Toilets, it captures the dancefloor's sweaty, claustrophobic groove, but her impish voice gives it an almost alien feel. But the album's romantic moments may be its most striking; "Venus as a Boy" fairly swoons with twinkly vibes and lush strings.

              Pop music is rarely as inventive or unique as this!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: "Shy beginner humility virgin beige silver mohair the messenger".

              Midland / Youandewan

              Bring Joy (Youandewan Rmxs RSD Special)

              Youandewan’s remix of Midland "Bring Joy" sees a handy vinyl press after being caned by digital DJs in the know. Supported by everyone from Richie Hawin to Maceo Plex, this is a wonderful present from the Aus camp for Record Store Day. Ewan takes over both sides of this release with his edit of "93 to infinity" by Souls of Mischief, which made it into XLR8R’s top 10 downloads of 2014. Even though Dave says that a track of such caliber doesn't warrant a remix, I beg to differ. This dreamy, laid-back house refix should bring tingles of nostalgia and goosebump-inducing reverence when you drop it to an unsuspecting after-hours crowd. Tastefully and beautifully done, Youandewan utilizes the gorgeous piano and strings from the OG and carefully crafts a subtle house backing beat around it for that perfect moment of bliss, either in the club or your welcome front room at the afters. Lead track "Bring Joy" gets thrust deep into a 1000-capacity warehouse in deepest Hackney Wick for a cavernous, flat-lined excursion into wall shaking techno. Great stuff and a one-off pressing so get them skates on folks!

              The combination of Ron Hardy, Adonis and Frankie Knuckles on one record should make even the hardest of house heads excited. Well, "Work The Box" is that said record, featuring production and mixes from all of these legendary figures in classic Chicago Trax fashion! Experimental, spaced out, hard, minimal, raw and jacking are all words that shoot through your mind like the most vivid LSD trip when any one of these mixes pounds out the speakers. This is the real deal, up there with the best jack tracks, boasting four direct, straight to your dome bangers with a left-field edge. 100% essential. this right here is the sound of the Warehouse and the Muzic Box 1986! Join the party. Repressed, remastered and re-released in conjunction with Trax Records for 2015.


              Serious heat alert! Ridiculously rare, sun-drenched and funky soul from the mythical Raw Soul Express. "The Way We Live" is as flawless as it gets, a superior piece of sweet soul music from all the way down there in Miami. Ultra sought after in its original 45 issue and featuring some absolutely stellar production from the underrated George "Chocolate" Perry this record is an instant party starter! Featured on the mix-tapes and in the play-lists of some of the most discerning crate digging DJs out there and an OG 45 will cost you a figurative arm and a leg ($600 plus), so thank your lucky stars that this total gem of a record is getting an overdue repress in its original form. Essential! Backed here with its original B-side slow jam "This Thing Called Music" this ultra-rare 45 has been re-mastered, re-pressed and brought back for 2015's dancefloors in conjunction and with the permission of TK Disco / Henry Stone Music, Miami USA.

              French house veteran, filter king and disco savant DJ Vas is back with the fifth volume of his essential "Re-Edits & More" series, snatching up another foursome of disco ingredients and transforming them into three Michelin star club cuisine. Opening course "Go Get The Money" amuses more than just our bouches, inviting us to shake a mean tailfeather with an unbeatable disco rhythm section (given some added thump of course), swooning strings and a nice little lead / backing vocal duet. It might have all the economic tact of Lil Wayne at his most grasping, but it's kept me moving in this chair for the last six minutes with no give up. As the next serving of our four course taster menu arrives we see Vas showing some classic techniques, shadowing such edit luminaries as Harvey, Krivit, the Idjuts and Morales with a simple but effective groove heavy rework of Powerline's "Double Journey". As we flip the disc, we're treated to the sweet taste of the funked-up "Hold On Me", a sassy female vocal soul-funk jam by Margie Alexander that's gonna get the club warmed up nicely in an early doors scenario. How better to finish off a meal than with some sticky, syrupy and sexy pudding, served up with plenty of cream. "Gigolo" is a full on 80s funker, featuring some sleazy spoken vocal, heavyweight synth bass and headturning leadlines. Vas is showing off with this one, leaving the original more or less intact except for a reshaped arrangement designed solely for the dancefloor. Another round of all killer, no filler from the one and only DJ Vas.


              Following the sell out success of the first three releases, Polish imprint Transatlantyk is back with more playful club jams for the forward thinking jocks and dancers out there. This brand new offering showcases the unusual production talent of a well known Polish hip-hop beatmaker Lukasz Maszczynski. Until now Lukasz was best known for serving fat beats for the finest underground rappers under his Kixnare alias, under which he also released 3 solo albums on the Polish U Know Me imprint. His new alter ego - Universo - is dedicated to deep and raw house-oriented music, leaving soft, R&B infused electronic jams and raw sample-heavy beats behind.  The EP opener "Amazones" fuses rolling bass and synths with heavy drums and mind enhancing soundscapes, creating a truly beautiful late night jam. "Chrome" takes its sounds and inspirations out of the Chicago house playbook and works them to great effect. On the flip, "Yebo" is the perfect peak-time banger. Its rolling, irresistible groove and chords are reminiscent of Motor City Drum Ensemble's finest moments giving it that fat, fresh and funky vibe we all wanna drop in the club! Closing the EP is "Sus", a deep ambient track with liquid-like synths pouring bits of melancholy on top of delicate drums. All four tracks have been road-tested by the Transatantyk family and will be the source of endless fun for you and the dancers on the floor. Ahoj!

              The Brian Jonestown Massacre

              Musique De Film Imaginé

              Musique de film imaginé (music for film imagined) is a soundtrack that pays homage to the great European film directors of the late 50’s and 60’s, such as François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard (to name but two), created by Anton Newcombe on behalf of the Brian Jonestown Massacre for an imaginary French film. Guests on this daring symphonic experience are French chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist SoKo and Italian actress, singer and director Asia Argento.

              SoKo is signed to Because Music and her track ‘We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow’ was featured in the viral video ‘First Kiss’, which has garnered over 63 million views and debuted at number 9 in the Billboard Hot 100 last year. Asia Argento, who has starred in music videos for Marilyn Manson, Placebo and Tim Burgess, recently wrote the storyline for ASAP Rocky’s music video and short film ‘Phoenix’, which has had over 5.5 million hits. Both vocal performances are in French. Anton Newcombe recorded Musique de film imaginé in Berlin in August 2014, after a successful European tour for the Brian Jonestown Massacre. 

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Available on 180 gram pink coloured vinyl LP.

              The mighty Bokhari are back once again like the renegade master, doing serious damage to speakers all over the globe with their latest various artists special! The A-side belongs to Russia's answer to Lord Lucan, Mr Kirill Tipo, a man who's eluded the label since back in 2012. It seems he's spent that time way undergound, where he's located the source of all the world's deepness. A1 cut "High Time" sees the producer interupt cascading vamps with the rise and fall of a space age arp while the solid rhythm track and super deep bassline roll along untroubled. It's wall shaking tech-house of the highest order! Next up, on "LTE", Kirill takes us for a tour through the labyrinthine depths of the Drexciyan realm with a subaquatic electro cut that manages to make contact with the mothership through a combination of squelches, pulses and ecstatic chords. On the flip, Creta Kano picks up the signal and answers right back, beaming live to your set from a spaceship in orbit somewhere around 1988. Vocoders, glistening keys and the zero gravity funk of that bumping bassline all come together in celestial harmony. Still high from the Scott Grooves props of his last venture with Bokhari, Joe Europe returns with another slice of deepness for those who like some musical content in their house. At times so deep it's reminiscent of dub techno, "Magnon (Acid Dub)" eventually rises from the churning ocean on the back of a tribal 303 line. A fine finish to a sublime EP of forward thinking dancefloor sounds.

              This 12" comes on with all the panache and star power of an Avengers Assemble out take as Atjazz meets Local Talk uptown for two full throttle dancefloor weapons. Arguably the heaviest release to date on the Swedish label, "Fox Tooth" is that rare beast that'll do just as much damage on a big sound system as it will in your nearest basement rave. Alongside the full frontal assault of the thumping kick and thunderous bassline, there's subtlety too through Atjazz' cascading synth sequences and yelping vocal chants. Throw an absolutely huge breakdown in there and we're talking global dancefloor domination. The second version comes in the form of his inspired "Atjazz Galaxy Aart Dub" which in reality is far more a remix than a dub. Here we step straight down to the darkness for a warming deep house cut that sounds like something from the Prescription archives while still retaining the trademark Atjazz sound. This is simply, sophisticated house music for those who like things real.

              Yes yes y'all, Parkway in the house! That one stop shop for killer proto-house / boogie sounds returns with a killer collab from label favourites T-Kut (of "Let Me Take You" fame) and Parkway Rhythm (we know how much you all loved that "Working Girl" single). Spring is in the air and our top notch production crew have got that special feeling, hitting us with a seductive slice of lovers' boogie on the A1. Smooth synth keys dance around that warm bassline and mesmeric sequence while the sturdy drum beat rattles behind it all. As the track weaves its way all the way from your ears to your tapping toes, snippets of female vocal zoom in and out of focus like something out of a 'scratch mix' way back when. On the flip, "FM Feeling" reworks the recipe, substituting one measure of boogie for a fat shot of street soul through the chime of 909 bells, slapped bass and the snaking lead lines so beloved by the Aussie contingent at the moment. Last but not least, "Can't Stop The Feeling" offers us a club friendly redux packed with the rattle of conga and cowbell, a killer bass groove and extra vocal snatches. It's another classic from the label that never stops rocking.


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