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Fernando Feat. Fiorucci

Giant Desert

    Fernando’s debut for Leng was the universally well received mid-tempo monster ‘Blue Impala’. Now he’s back with yet another hypnotic bass heavy workout. ‘Giant Desert’ takes the same low slung approach with some heavy guitar work from Fiorucci. This is really is chugging music at it’s best, with flashes of vocal, analogue synths and a dirty rock guitar combining to keep that head nodding. The Extended Dub allows Fiorucci more space to hit the groove and the guitar work becomes epic

    GEoRGiA

    Come In

      GEoRGiA is the moniker of London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Barnes. Her debut EP 'Come In' - written and recorded entirely by herself in her home studio - is set for release physically on 12" vinyl and digitally through Kaya Kaya. 'Be Ache' is the first of four tracks to be taken from the EP. GEoRGiA cut her teeth drumming with Kwes and can also be found playing with Kate Tempest, Micachu and the Shapes and Kaya Kaya co-founder Cherish’s band JUCE.

      Downtown Party Network

      Disco Ball Drama

        Downtown Party Network, AKA Lithuanian duo Algirdas Miescionaitis and Mindaugas Lapinskis, already come with an excellent pedigree of disco licked tunes for quality imprints like Eskimo, Is It Balearic? Recordings and Dirt Crew. And so their debut appearance on Futureboogie seems like a most comfortable fit, with the ‘Disco Ball Drama’ extended player providing three shining examples of their delicious grooves.

        Title cut, ‘Disco Ball Drama’ cuts a familiar beat with a rolling and gritty acid-like arpeggio, the classy pads smoothing out the rougher edges and providing huge swashes of sunshine moments on this real mid-season winner.

        ‘Keep On Running’ on the flip side turns out a heads down, boogie-fest, with its elastic bassline, deep Rhodes chords and lively percussion doing the business here.

        Closing the release is ‘No Drama Afterhours’, going down the cosmic alley for a slightly deeper cut from the duo. Spatial pads and looping syth arps gently collide over the swinging disco drums whilst the bass plays out an infectious melody, one for the ‘afterhours’ indeed.


        School Of Language

        More Fears EP

          School Of Language, aka Field Music’s David Brewis, is all set to release new EP ‘More Fears’ via Memphis Industries.

          The EP features new song ‘Days Accelerate’ plus radical reworks of old tracks ‘Marine Life’ and ‘Keep Your Water’.

          David Brewis is best known as a member of Sunderland group Field Music though he has been using the nom de plume School Of Language since the ‘Sea From Shore’ album released in 2008.

          A pop polymath, the past twelve months have also seen David assemble and play in Eleanor Friedberger’s touring band, do production work for Maximo Park’s recent album and Futureheads-affiliates Rivals, Pea Sea and Frozen By Sight (a collaboration between brother Peter Brewis and Paul Smith), as well as remixes for Dutch Uncles, The Ralfe Band and The Phoenix Foundation.

          With brother Peter, David also composed a score for 1929 silent documentary ‘Drifters’ which they performed at the Aldeburgh and Berwick Film Festivals. Field Music remain on hiatus since the release of their Mercury prize nominated album ‘Plumb’ in 2012.

          Ned Oldham

          Further Gone

            Two new songs and just the second solo release from Ned Oldham, who’s been recording music for more than two decades now, first with Palace, then as The Anomoanon, later as Old Calf.

            Simple songs rooted in folk and bluegrass and presented in a swirl of psychedelia. Music forged in history, created in the present and timeless in sound.

            Previously JJ have been almost anonymous - few live shows and short missives with little information. The music spoke for itself. A Pitchfork Best New Music for debut album ‘jj no. 2’ and rave reviews for the follow up ‘jj no. 3’ but almost radio silence since, save for a couple of mixtapes and one single.

            Now, evidently at the top of their game with ‘V’, JJ are ready to - in the band’s Joakim Benon’s words - “communicate with the world,” quite unlike they’ve ever done so before.

            From the initial announce of this record (with one of the best trailers of 2014), the music world has been anticipating this release. Sure to be one of the most buzzed about records of the summer.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Limited edition coloured vinyl, exclusive to indie retailers.

            James Yorkston

            The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society - Indies Only Deluxe Edition

              James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album.

              Produced by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in London’s Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo and his long term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith.

              ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ finds James at his most personal and reflective, following 2012’s ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’.

              What James and his collection of fine musicians have created is an album that connects the intimacy of his hometown life with the camaraderie of good friends. ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ flows with acceptance and relief and is James’ fullest body of work.

              The album artwork was created by celebrated children’s author and illustrator Clare Beaton.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd LP Info: Double vinyl in a deluxe diecut gatefold sleeve.

              James Yorkston

              The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

                James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album.

                Produced by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in London’s Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo and his long term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith.

                ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ finds James at his most personal and reflective, following 2012’s ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’.

                What James and his collection of fine musicians have created is an album that connects the intimacy of his hometown life with the camaraderie of good friends. ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ flows with acceptance and relief and is James’ fullest body of work.

                The album artwork was created by celebrated children’s author and illustrator Clare Beaton.

                Electric Würms

                Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk

                  Electric Wurms is the new side-project from Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips.

                  This is the first of what could be endless communicated sound stories. It is titled Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk, which predicted this modern day dance move by almost forty years ago. Some of it is indeed hard to twerk to but some of it, is not. There is a particular track called Transform!!! that closely resembles a drug fuelled boogie freak rock track by Miles Davis. Another verse Heart Of The Sunrise sounds vaguely like a song by the prog folk group Yes. Of course Yes also turned themselves into space ships so it's no wonder these songs share a similar vibe.

                  The ensemble leans toward a hypnotic mood for most of the space bible readings. It is a scary truth that we are hearing and then forced to ponder. The pulsating poem Living states… "live as if you were living already for the second time. And that you had acted wrong the first time". So they call themselves Electric Würms after the greatest of the super freaks. But they are not a super-group. They are like Sherpas climbing with you. To help you. To love you. All the secrets that they know they tell you. That's what love is.

                  Courteeners

                  Concrete Love - Deluxe CD/DVD Edition

                    Written and recorded in part in Montmartre by Courteeners’ talismanic singer-songwriter Liam Fray last autumn, ‘Concrete Love’ is the band’s most rounded and satisfying record to date.

                    The album’s release coincides perfectly with the moment that the band are reaching the peak of their live powers. ‘Concrete Love’ comes off the back of three massive UK Top Ten albums.

                    The album sees the band working again with regular collaborator / producer Joe Cross (Hurts / Chloe Howl).

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xCD/DVD Info: Deluxe CD & DVD package featuring ‘Live At Castlefield Bowl’ DVD.

                    Courteeners

                    Concrete Love

                      Written and recorded in part in Montmartre by Courteeners’ talismanic singer-songwriter Liam Fray last autumn, ‘Concrete Love’ is the band’s most rounded and satisfying record to date.

                      The album’s release coincides perfectly with the moment that the band are reaching the peak of their live powers. ‘Concrete Love’ comes off the back of three massive UK Top Ten albums.

                      The album sees the band working again with regular collaborator / producer Joe Cross (Hurts / Chloe Howl).

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: Limited white vinyl edition.

                      Celebration

                      Albumin

                        Living legends from Baltimore’s thriving music scene, Celebration return with ‘Albumin’, a seismic slice of psychedelic rock ‘n’ soul.

                        Can

                        Unlimited Edition - Remastered Edition

                          Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                          ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                          The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                          ‘Unlimited Edition’ comes as a double LP and features unreleased tracks from 1968 to 1974, recorded in Can’s private Inner Space studios. It is an essential album for those who want to know more about the roots of the band. Five cuts are listed as part of the band’s continuing Ethnological Forgery Series, on which they recreate or interpret a variety of world music genres through their own vision.

                          Can

                          Rite Time - Remastered Edition

                            Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                            ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                            The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                            ‘Rite Time’ was originally released in 1986. Can got back together with original vocalist Malcolm Mooney to record again.

                            Revaluated as one of the classic Can albums, they show again how everything changes yet remains unmistakably Can.

                            Can

                            Out Of Reach - Remastered Edition

                              Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                              ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                              The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                              ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978.

                              ‘Out Of Reach’ is one of Can’s rarest, less-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reebop Kwaku Baah.

                              As on the group’s proper swansong, 1977’s ‘Saw Delight’, new bassist Rosko Gee largely leads the group, and his jazz-inflected playing is marvellous, especially on the centrepiece improvisations ‘November’ and ‘Serpentine’.

                              Can

                              Delay - Remastered Edition

                                Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                                The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                                ‘Delay’ was originally released in 1981. This is the classic ‘first album’ that was stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes and formed the album.

                                ‘Delay’ is a compilation album of early outtakes of Can’s work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band’s earliest material. It contains the song ‘The Thief’, which was later covered live by Radiohead.

                                Can

                                Can - Remastered Edition

                                  Following the release of the ‘Can Vinyl Box’ - the limited edition box set that consisted of 17 LPs housed in a linen wrapped box, Mute are now proud to release the Can studio albums individually on vinyl.

                                  ‘Out Of Reach’, ‘Can’, ‘Rite Time’, ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’ are the third wave in the series, following ‘Monster Movie’, ‘Soundtracks’, ‘Tago Mago’, ‘Ege Bamyasi’, ‘Future Days’, ‘Soon Over Babaluma’, ‘Landed’, ‘Flow Motion’ and ‘Saw Delight’.

                                  The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. The remastering and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator Jono Podmore. Additional titles will be released over the coming months.

                                  ‘Can’ was originally released in 1978. Lost on its initial release amongst the punk explosion, ‘Can’ features the classic ‘Sodom’ and ‘Can Be’.

                                  The album sees Holger Czukay take more of a back seat and would be Can’s last album before they reformed one more time with Malcolm Mooney on ‘Rite Time’ in 1986.

                                  Bob Carpenter

                                  Silent Passage

                                    Bob Carpenter came close to being a major star. He received a glowing mention in Rolling Stone in 1970, recorded an album for Warner Brothers and had his songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Billy Joe Shaver and others.

                                    However, ‘Silent Passage’, his lone solo album recorded in 1974, was pressed and ready to ship when contract negotiations shelved the record indefinitely. By the time things were resolved it was the end of the 70s singer-songwriter boom and Warner had moved on.

                                    He died in 1995 and the last decade of his life was spent in religious devotion. He joined a Buddhist monastery shortly before his death.

                                    The album saw release on the Canadian Stony Plain label in 1984 but has been out of print until now.

                                    It’s a tragic story of one that got away: if things had gone differently perhaps ‘Silent Passage’ would be considered a country-rock classic - slotted somewhere between, say, Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’ and Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’. Perhaps it’s not too late for that - Carpenter's songs are timeless, magical and waiting to be discovered.

                                    There’s a talented backing behind, featuring a lot known session players from the era and soon to be famous singers (Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray) but it's Bob Carpenter's voice that takes the lead here and it soars.

                                    Bishop Allen

                                    Lights Out

                                      It’s ten years since the last Bishop Allen album and they return on top form, bringing the sound of a North American summer to the UK with their light breezy indie pop.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Ltd LP Info: Vinyl limited to 100 copies.

                                      Benjamin Booker

                                      Benjamin Booker

                                        Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade Records’ exciting new signing, will release his debut, self-titled album through Rough Trade.

                                        The album is produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff). Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues,” Benjamin Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex.

                                        The young singer-songwriter plays as a two-piece with drummer Max Norton, both of whom are based in New Orleans.

                                        Having already gained fans including Tame Impala, toured with Hurray For The Riff Raff and played a string of sold out shows in London, Booker and his drummer Max Norton have been hand-picked to open for Jack White on his US July tour, which will be followed by a series of summer US dates with Courtney Barnett.

                                        “Benjamin Booker blasted a raw brand of blues / boogie / soul,” observed the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot in his SXSW wrap-up. “He likes to leave the rough edges intact, bringing to mind the houserockin’ records that Hound Dog Taylor once did for Alligator Records in the 70s.”

                                        American Songwriter said “The 22-year-old New Orleans guitarist / songwriter - joined live by drummer / mandolin player Max Norton - took the stage as an unknown and… stepped off the stage a conqueror.”

                                        “It might look like just two people onstage but Benjamin Booker’s voice surely counts as a band member in its own right. Soulful and sandpaper-rough…” noted The Guardian, while NME said “he takes the ripped, raw racket of The Dirtbombs and smothers it in fuzzy, inherently moody-sounding riffs that recall The Gun Club and T Rex in equal measure.”

                                        Lord Of The Isles

                                        Greane / Gigha

                                        The prolific Lord Of The Isles (aka Scotland’s Neil McDonald) has had a string of stunning 12”s over the past few years on labels such as Permanent Vacation, Unthank, Shevchenko, Mule and of course his four track ‘Year Of The City EP’ on Phonica, which was widely acclaimed upon its release in 2012.

                                        This time LOTI presents two long-form tracks, each a mini-masterpiece in itself. The 10 minute plus ‘Greane’ bursts into life after an intro of kicks and white noise hi-hats. It continues to slowly build, with pitch-bent synth lines and a pulsing bass-line making way for a melacholic shift in mood. Truly original stuff!

                                        On the flip, a swirl of synthetic strings introduces ‘Gigha’, in a manner that brings to mind Rhythm
                                        Is Rhythm’s legendary ‘Kao-Tic Harmony’, before the drums and infectious acid-line join in. Over the 8 minutes they continue to interweave and play off each other to dazzling effect.

                                        Artwork by Jack Featherstone, the designer of a number of sleeves for Border Community (including the highly praised campaign behind James Holden’s ‘The Inheritors’, its singles and live visuals), Electric Minds, Warm and of course, Phonica.


                                        Harry Agius has been making waves as Midland since 2010, releasing a series of increasingly impressive 12”s as a solo artist but also collaborating with the likes of Ramadanman (Pearson Sound), Breach and Pariah on labels such as Aus Music, Naked Naked, Works The Long Nights and his own Graded imprint. He is also a prolific remixer who has lent his talents to artists such as Lone, Guy Gerber, Julio Bashmore, Dusky and more.

                                        We can proudly say he came to many people’s attention via his first Phonica 12” ‘Play The Game’ back in 2010 and he has remained a friend and regular at the shop ever since. Midland’s well deserved rise has been a delight to watch from the sidelines and we’re glad to welcome Harry back to Phonica with the fantastic ‘Before We Leave’. It starts slowly but surely as reverb soaked percussion comes to the fore, cushioned by the truly beautiful string melody, which we’re sure will be stuck in many a head this year! This could well be Midland’s most deftly handled arrangement yet.

                                        Running Back’s Gerd Janson wisely decides to stick to the original track’s feel, letting the strings weave their magic, yet also brings the bassline and drums to the forefront. Delicately but expertly done. Midland rounds out the 12” with his barebones drums and percussion-only ‘Bonus Beats’ version, perfect DJ tool material. We wish more records had these!

                                        Tom The Lion

                                        Sleep

                                          Tom The Lion is a uniquely rich tapestry of sonics and songs that get more intense and irresistible with every listen. Sleep is shaping up to be one of the ,most enticing and atmospheric records of 2014.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP Info: Limited edition white vinyl, includes exclusive photo, CD version of the album plus a CD containing 4 live tracks.

                                          The Gaslight Anthem

                                          Get Hurt

                                            New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return with their eagerly-anticipated new album ‘Get Hurt’. Recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg), ‘Get Hurt’ sees The Gaslight Anthem pushing their raw, stripped back rock ‘n’ roll into new territory, drawing on a fresh palette of influences ranging across folk, punk, and Americana. It is an album that is heavier, and yet at the same time more intimate, than anything they have produced to date.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            Ltd CD Info: Deluxe CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks.

                                            Joel Gion

                                            Apple Bonkers

                                              After spending a long and strange career as the legendary ‘Tambourine Man’ for the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Joel Gion has emerged with an armload of his own music done his own way.
                                              As might be expected, there are plenty of classic 1960s sounds, but the sonic palette spans every decade since, coloured with timeless touchstones of Joel’s record collection – shoe-gaze, post-punk, psychedelia, alt-country and mod/beat music, it’s all there.
                                              Co-produced by current BJM members Collin Hegna and Rob Campanella, Apple Bonkers also features contributions by Jonestown members Daniel Allaire and Matt Hollywood, along with former BJM members Jeffrey Davies and Miranda Lee Richards. Also along for the ride: Pete Holmstrom of The Dandy Warhols, Ryan Van Kriedt of The Asteroid #4/Dead Skeletons and Jason ‘Plucky’ Anchondo of the Warlocks/Sprindrift.
                                              Much more than getting by with a little help from his friends, Apple Bonkers sees Gion leading the trip to a psychedelic land of honest-to-goodness rock and roll. 


                                              John Ottman

                                              X-Men: Days Of Future Past OST - Grey / Blue Vinyl Edition

                                                X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the seventh installment of the X-Men film series. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.

                                                The movie received widespread critical acclaim becoming the best-reviewed film in the X-Men series. Reviewers commended its fresh visual style and storyline. It is the highest-grossing film in the series, having earned over $731 million worldwide.

                                                Director Bryan Singer’s regular collaborator John Ottman worked on the score of the film, in addition to being its editor. Ottman is the first composer to score more than one film in the X-Men film series, having previously scored X2 (2003). This also marked the first time a theme from a previous X-Men film has been retained; Ottman re-used some of his themes from X2, most notably the main title theme.

                                                The Music On Vinyl release will be celebrated with a first numbered pressing of 2000 copies on coloured vinyl! (LP 1 on clear grey vinyl & LP 2 on clear blue vinyl)


                                                Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles

                                                The Last Transmission (Deluxe)

                                                  An interplanetary space/love odyssey featuring Melvin Van Peebles (Brer Soul, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song). Following Heliocentrics’ Out There and 13 Degrees of Reality albums. Deluxe Ltd. Edn. contains bonus instrumentals disc. Download card included. Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of Brer Soul albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. The Last Transmission comes nearly ten years after Van Peebles’ appearance as the third member of Quasimoto on Stones Throw Records’ 2005 release The Further Adventure of Lord Quas. For the Heliocentrics, The Last Transmission represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and 13 Degrees of Reality in 2013. Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse. The Last Transmission, presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band’s interpretation of Van Peebles’ poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles’ vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together. They’ve found a voice as a band, one that meshes with Van Peebles,’ as he weaves an intergalactic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” In between producer / drummer Malcolm Catto’s thunderous syncopation and producer/bassist Jake Ferguson’s bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles’ voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life’s eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love’s ability to transform and transcend death.

                                                  Aby Ngana Diop

                                                  Liital

                                                    Senegalese griot Aby Ngana Diop was famous for her taasu, a form of oral poetry spoken to the rhythmic accompaniment of sabar and tama drums. Taasu is typically created and performed by griot women (a class of poets, storytellers and/or musicians), with a lead taasukat (practitioner of taasu) performing her distinct style of heightened, rhythmically declaimed speech in call-and-response with a small chorus of female vocalists. (Taasu is seen by some to be a predecessor to rap.) Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Diop developed a reputation for being one of the most sought-after taasukats in Dakar, performing with her backup singers, dancers and drummers at parties, weddings and baptisms of the Dakar elite, including government officials and dignitaries. Aby Ngana Diop was undisputedly the best taasukat of her generation.! In 1994, the Dakar diva released her one and only studio cassette recording, Liital, to the Senegalese market. Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal’s quintessential pop genre. The combination of Diop and her backup vocalists with their powerful taasu, along with the driving, complex rhythms of the sabar and tama drums, mixed with key elements of mbalax (such as the syncopated, polyphonic marimba sounds played on the Yamaha DX7 keyboard) was something the Senegalese public had never heard before. But it wasn’t only because of the fusion of taasu with mbalax; unlike in other mbalax tunes, the musical arrangements on this cassette are instead peculiarly minimalist and almost trance-like, with static harmonies and melodic figures playing more of an atmospheric role. The cassette became a huge hit, propelling Diop to a new level of superstardom. It could be heard blasting from taxis and from loudspeakers at house parties, weddings and baptisms for years to come. Liital bridged the gap between the more traditional taasu and the modern mbalax sound, thus appealing to all generations of the Senegalese public – and they simply couldn’t get enough of it. ! When Aby Ngana Diop died unexpectedly on July 4, 1997, the country mourned her passing, but continued to celebrate her music. Other artists such as Cheikh Lô, Thio Mbaye and Lamine Touré released recordings based on some of Diop’s taasu and accompanying drum phrases, paying further tribute to her musical legacy. Although this cassette has caught the attention of some African music aficianados who have stumbled upon it in recent years, it remains largely unknown to the wider world. Hopefully this re-release from Awesome Tapes From Africa will change that.!

                                                    Shiny Two Shiny

                                                    When The Rain Stops

                                                      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.

                                                      Black Rain

                                                      Dark Pool

                                                        Dark Pool is the new studio album from Black Rain, the project’s first in 18 years. Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain’s founder and figurehead, Dark Pool is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk's quintessential neo-noir cityscape/dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation. Partly inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick protégé K.W. Jeter (particularly 1996’sEdge Of Human, which picked up where Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner left off), and Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2009 novel The Windup Girl, a vision of 23rd century Thailand plagued by genetic and economic terrorism, Dark Pool’s humid dystopia is also acutely Ballardian in its vision of manmade and natural worlds encroaching upon each other: a vivid psychogeography of half-submerged high-rises and hidden jungle laboratories. Stuart Argabright first landed in New York in 1978. By day, he worked as a landscape gardener for the upscale likes of Rock Hudson and Bob Dylan, while at night involving himself in all manner of subcultural activity – the reverberations of which are still being felt today. He co-founded seminal no wave minimalists Ike Yard (whose early 1980s work has been cited as an influence by the likes of Kode9, Young Echo and Silent Servant), collaborated with the late Rammellzee in futurist hip-hop outfit Death Comet Crew (recently reactivated for an LP on Powell's Diagonal label) and as Dominatrix scored a bona fide club hit with the downtown electro classic ‘The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight’ (1984). Black Rain was revived in the wake of 2011’s Now I’m Just A Number’s release and Argabright has toured extensively under the name and last year released an EP of live recordings, Protoplasm, on BEB. Three of the EP’s four tracks appear here on Dark Pool in radically revised and expanded form: the stuttering ribofunk of ‘Endourban’ is now anchored by ominous string pads faintly redolent of Argabright’s labelmates Raime, while ‘Data River’ revisits the accelerated beat-stream of Black Rain’s 1996 album Nanarchy, and the low-slung ‘Protoplasm’ has evolved into a sprawling, syncopated techno epic - the sound of red dawn rising on an illegal replicant rave. A further seven new productions feature. ‘Burst’, its title perhaps a nod to Sogo Ishii’s 1982 biker gang saga Burst City, harks back to the scrap-metal-banging brutalism of Black Rain mk.1; ‘Xibalba Road Metamorph’, the album's angry, anguished centrepiece, externalises the sadness and self-loathing of Jeter’s oppressed post-human workforce. ‘Night In New Chiang Saen’ reimagines dub as the viral product of one of AgriGen’s morally suspect scientific initiatives in The Windup Girl, before ‘Who Will Save The Tiger?’ calls upon spidery, Metalheadz-esque breakbeats and wailing guitar drones to summon a 23rd century Ark. Vocals (on 'Profusion' and 'Profusion II') from Zoe Zanias (Keluar), and a brief spoken intervention from Sean Young (who of course played Rachel in Blade Runner) are simply the most audible manifestations of a dejected feminine presence that haunts the entire album. For all its textual references, Dark Pool is a visceral and straight-talking affair: its bodyhammer rhythms and brooding sound design require no explanation for their impact to be felt.

                                                        Mudhoney

                                                        My Brother The Cow - White Vinyl Edition + Bonus 7"

                                                          Mudhoney didn’t invent grunge, but they were one of the first bands to truly define the style, and thanks to the bizarro-world logic that has defined their career, they seemed to lose interest in the stuff once you could actually make serious money playing it, ensuring that they wouldn’t have to deal with the mainstream adulation that made followers like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden into multi-platinum cash cows. By 1995, Grunge’s brief fling on the charts was pretty much over, just in time for Mudhoney to decide they liked the stuff again, and make the finest album of their career, My Brother the Cow.

                                                          Produced by Jack Endino, the album includes numerous direct references to bands that influenced Mudhoney’s sound. The song “F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)", for example, is a reference to the Bad Brains song “F.V.K. (Fearless Vampire Killers)". “Orange Ball-Peen Hammer" alludes to the song “Orange Claw Hammer" by Captain Beefheart, as well as containing lyrics borrowed from Led Zeppelin. “1995" is a homage to the Stooges song “1969" and also includes musical references to “L.A. Blues", another Stooges song.

                                                          The Music On Vinyl reissue contains the promo 7" single as it was released in 1995! First pressing available as limited edition of 1000 copies on white vinyl (LP + 7").


                                                          If you've spent some time in the nightclubs of Amsterdam, you will probably have shaken a leg to the selecting skills of Mr. Mendel. You'll find him often spinning side by side with Rahaan, who's releasing Mr. Mendel's edits on his third installment of Street Edits. Including a respectful dance floor take on 'Mind Power', the island disco stomper 'Boogie With The Channel' and a gospel-like hypnotizing version of 'Spirit, The Power'. This soulful 12" will certainly light up some dance floors around the world...

                                                          Eric Copeland

                                                          Ms Pretzel

                                                            "Black Dice member Eric Copeland has been plugging away in the solo sphere for some time. After plenty of small-scale releases for multiple labels, he dropped his DFA debut Joke in the Hole last July. Now, he's prepared a follow-up.

                                                            The new release is a 20-minute, four-song EP arriving almost exactly one year since his last release.

                                                            A press release explains that the EP sees him "exploring the same sonic territories as the album did," adding that the release "takes the artist's outsider fascination with 4/4 dance music and twists it yet again. It's the sound of Copeland throwing a wobbly dance party in a junkyard." - Exclaim

                                                            Moon Duo

                                                            Live In Ravena

                                                              After the release of 2012’s Circles LP, Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated the band for the second time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Blue River, Colorado to Portland, Oregon. Though the band had been initially conceived as an experiment in maximal sonic possibilities with minimal personnel and they had always toured as a duo, before heading to Europe in the summer of 2013, Yamada and Johnson decided to change things up and for the first time ever, try adding a drummer. That drummer ended up being John Jeffrey, who was hired sight unseen after meeting Moon Duo’s manager in Berlin.

                                                              As it happened, Jeffrey joined the band just in time for a tour that “was defined by sweltering heat,” as described by Yamada. Despite shows every night during the most brutal stretch of summer, Yamada, Johnson and Jeffrey soon realized Moon Duo as a three-piece was gelling through the hot and hazy weather, and having a drummer in the mix added a dynamism and flexibility they had never experienced before on stage. They decided to document this new incarnation of the band and asked engineer Mattia Coletti to record the Italian leg of the tour.

                                                              Live in Ravenna is the result of one of those nights of recording. It does an incredible job of capturing the emerging sound of Moon Duo as a three-piece. “Ravenna was memorable for a number of reasons, the most prominent being the really very intense heat, and the setting — Hanabi has an outdoor stage on the beach, the Adriatic Sea only meters away,” Yamada explains. “The show that night, and the recording of it, sort of encapsulates everything that was happening at the time – the heat wave, the journey, and the shift in the energy and composition of the band.”


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                                                              Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na - Batman Theme (Volume 2)

                                                                'Batman Theme Returns'. *POW!* Following the hugely successful first volume of Batman themes, here are another 17 tracks all originally released over 40 years ago. *CRASH!* Most are very rare versions that were lost on LPs or poorly sold singles, but all are sensational. *ZAPP!* You get Sam Chaplin who can't sing, the funky Ronnie Kole Trio and Baltimore & Ohio's Marching band, plus 14 more who all do the Batman theme wonderfully. *WHAM!* An essential LP for lovers of our comic book hero, the 1960s or just crazy music! *HOLY SMOKE!* You'd better believe it Robin...

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                LP Info: Limited to 500 copies on dark blue marbled heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. Every copy comes with a big 14cm sticker.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Picaro

                                                                  'Old Fashioned Cha-Cha Twist, Rhum-Exotica And Other Fine Melodies'. PICARO is a true celebration of rare Spanish exotica, twist and disheveled orchestras that have never been compiled before.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  International Vicious Society Volume 7

                                                                    Hard to find songs compiled from original 78's and 45's. The craziest compilation of music from all over the world!!!

                                                                    This compilation collates a worldwide mixture of painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the 50's and 60's. A brilliant & bonkers concoction of exotica, teenbeat, and international nonsense novelties. If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records then this is for YOU! This platter will liven up any ole party! Lurch-eriffic teen crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes & ears alike pop just like corn. Long live the University of Vice.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                    Dilated Peoples

                                                                    Directors Of Photography - Clear Vinyl Edition

                                                                      Dilated Peoples have released four acclaimed albums, toured extensively and enjoyed sustained success as solo artists. Now, after an eight-year hiatus, they return with a remarkable new album under the Expansion Team / Rhymesayers Entertainment banner. Evidence, Rakaa (Iriscience) and DJ Babu’s new collection demonstrates how the group has been able to remain loyal to its signature sound, style and sentiment while adding new and dramatic artistic wrinkles to its already-extensive musical repertoire. The album features Aloe Blacc, Gangrene, Defari, Sick Jacken, Vince Staples, Krondon and Catero. It features production by DJ Premier, Alchemist, Jake One, Diamond D, 9th Wonder, Oh No, Evidence, DJ Babu and Bravo.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      2xLP Info: Double clear vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve.

                                                                      The Rolling Stones

                                                                      The Rolling Stones

                                                                        THIS IS A COMPILATION OF THE ROLLING STONES STUDIO SESSIONS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.

                                                                        Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman started their sessions at I.B.C. Studios, 35, Portland Place close to Regent Street in London where the LP cover picture was taken in the early 1963. The first six tracks were recorded between the 28th of January & the 2nd of February. Come On/I Want To Be Loved is their first 7” recorded at Olympic in London on 10th May. In the hot summer of 1963, between July and August, they recorded at the Decca Studios Poison Ivy, It Should Be, Fortune Teller. On 14th and 15th September they were in Kingsway, London for their first EP with You Better Move On, Bye, Bye, Johnny and Money. Then they came back to the I.B.C. Studios on 5th October to record: Come On, Memphis Tennessee, Roll Over Beethoven and I Just Want To Make Love To You. Two days later, in Kingsway, they recorded the last two songs of this compilation.

                                                                        Maulawi

                                                                        Orotunds - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                                          180 Proof continues to bring only the rarest of the rare wax to jazz heads everywhere with their latest release, Maulawi Nururdin’s Orotunds, a virtually unknown and previously unreleased album from the Strata catalog.
                                                                          Although there is an element of mystery to almost all jazz musicians, few are ever quite as enigmatic as Maulawi Nururdin. A legendary band leader and reedist to his disciples, information about Maulawi’s personal life and early years is so scarce that even his birth name remains unknown. What is known is that Maulawi was a tougher-than-nails Chicagoan by birth, inescapable mentor to others, and a virtuoso jazz musician unlike any other.
                                                                          The earliest notes in Maulawi’s history begin on the south side of Chicago as a close associate of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with AACM pioneers Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Billy Brimfield and Roscoe Mitchell. From the beginning, Maulawi was a self assured leader, unafraid to boot other musicians off stage, commandeer their instrument, and give them an impromptu lesson on how to play it right. An intimidating figure in his signature beret and goatee, Maulawi wasn’t a stranger to the streets, and often spent his free time driving around, hipping his protégés to real life on the Chicago south side. But it would be his reputation as a musician, and not a streetwise bandleader, that would bring Maulawi to the doors of Strata Records.

                                                                          “Maulawi could really, really play,” says percussionist Adam Rudolph, who, at 16 years old, began practicing and playing with Maulawi in the early 1970s. It was Rudolph who would introduce Maulawi to Strata’s Charles Moore, a meeting which would lead to Maulawi’s self-titled 1973 debut, the first album recorded by Strata by an artist from outside of Detroit.

                                                                          True to the mysterious nature of Maulawi, even the story behind the recording of Ortunds is in dispute. They were either part of the 1973 sessions for Maulawi, recorded in a single night in Chicago, or from an unmixed session that took place in the Streeterville neighborhood at a later date. History aside, Ortunds never fails to astonish. Composed by Maulawi himself, Ortunds is an album of mostly Pop and R&B songs, all elevated by tip-toe funk tempos and Maulawi’s wildly inventive soprano saxophone. Tracks include Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s “People Make The World Go Round,” as well as the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned classic, “I Say A Little Prayer.” The title track is a drum and bass driven showcase, the perfect platform for Maulawi to strut his sublime expressionist style on the Saxophone. The album ends with a real find - a rarely heard spoken recording of Maulawi himself, introducing the players and defining the title Ortunds as “full, clearness, strength and smoothness.”

                                                                          This deluxe edition of Maulawi Nururdin’s previously unknown and unreleased recording Ortunds has been pressed on 180 gram double vinyl, and is limited to 1000 foil stamped copies. This album has been painstakingly recovered and remastered from the original master tapes, and is presented in a sublime gatefold jacket featuring cover art by GE-OLOGY (G Young).

                                                                          Bob Dylan

                                                                          New Morning - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Vinyl Edition

                                                                            This is the album that might have saved Bob Dylan’s career. At the least, it proved the icon still relevant. It immediately followed what remains the artist’s biggest disaster, Self Portrait, a nearly unlistenable attempt that caused many to wonder whether Dylan had lost his mind. If intended as a joke, it bombed, making the sublime New Morning all the more important to restore faith in the singer’s creativity and songwriting prowess. It did all this and more, and would stand as his finest studio effort during a five-year span. “Many of the songs seem to have been made up on the spot, with confidence in the ability of first-rate musicians to move in any direction at any time,” wrote Dylan expert Greil Marcus in his original review for The New York Times. These observations hold true today, for the 1970 effort claims a daring flair Dylan rarely exhibited on albums before or since. An enthusiasm and excitement surrounds his singing, and his work on the 88s underlines the liberating arrangements.

                                                                            Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system, this restored album spotlights the open, woozy sound that welcomes wholeheartedly Dylan’s piano, several eager guitars, female background singers, Al Kooper’s organ, and snappy drumming into a world of their own. The instruments retain an off-the-cuff sensibility relating to a nightclub atmosphere or live stage feel. On this reissue, notes naturally dangle and fade, allowing the playful vibes and humor to come through like never before. Consequently, New Morning can be experienced with newfound perspective.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Virgin Front Line - Sounds Of Reality

                                                                              Front Line’s brief but glorious existence as the world’s greatest Roots Reggae label is celebrated with this deluxe box set, which across its 5 discs features many of Jamaica’s greatest talents, performing 92 of the most enduring Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock and DJ sounds of the seventies, with over 31 tracks new to CD, of which a third are previously unissued.

                                                                              We always dreamt about releasing this EP in our label. Since we discover it, it has been heavy played in each Slow Town party. QX1 is in the town with an outstanding EP from 1992. One QX1 track with 3 different Mike Dunn edits. Just rad. Say You Love Me has been carefully remastered to reach the sound it deserve. Enjoy the ride and Say You Love Me!

                                                                              The supremely talent William Burnett makes a belated return to Emotional Response, and this time he's got Brooklyn-based studio pal John Beall in tow. Those who enjoyed the duo's release on the L.I.E.S. white label series should lap up Shimmer. It hits hard from the off, with "Snaker Charmer" delivering a velvet-clad punch to the guts. It's techno right from the top drawer, with darting electronics and drawn out pads riding a thunderous groove. The title track is impressive, too, with surging electronics and throbbing synths riding a techno-tempo groove crafted out of an old hardcore breakbeat. There's some more considered fare on offer, too, with the shimmering ambience of "Hold Me Take Me Leave Me" completing a superb package.

                                                                              Second release from Uber records is Jesus Luvs U Baby. Los Porcos drop a tripped out dreamy piece of indie Balearic soft rock. Reverbed guitars and chugging bassline and a blissed out vocal. On the remix Claremont 56 boss Paul' Mudd' Murphy delivers a stripped back atmospheric dub groove whilst the second remix from Is It Balearic..? boys Coyote step on the delay pedal and and hit the percussion. The lazy Hammock dub is exactly that...Uno Dos Tres Quatro.

                                                                              Number 3 on Ruff Draft comes from Louis Guilliaume. Having met Louis back in 2009 and followed his music since way before then, it was an exciting day when we received these tracks from him. Known more for his harder edge techno productions on labels such as Soundtravels, Bio Rhythm Holland, Teng, SD Holland and a remix on Skudge, here he edges slightly away from that harder sound. The tracks vary from deep, groovy and meandering house to a beatless soundscape reminiscent of early Larkin and Pullen to a powerful kick drum driven sermon.

                                                                              Straight out of Egypt via Berlin comes this excellent two-tracker from the little-known Son of Sun. According to the press release accompanying the Whispers EP, both tracks were inspired by a week sailing a yacht around the Black Sea. True or not (we have our doubts), there's certainly a sun-kissed laziness - despite weighty kick-drums and hissing, Detroit techno style cymbals - about the woozy, Dubtribe Soundsystem style deep house of A-side "Moonchild". While impressive, the real killer is "Whispers", which peppers a swinging, Dance Mania style hip-house groove with snaking saxophones and atmospheric, spoken word vocals. It feels like a late night Adriatic anthem in the making.

                                                                              Emotional Rescue and Woo once again come together, this time to reissue their masterpiece, the previously cassette-only album Into The Heart Of Love. A joyous, uplifting ode to love in all it's forms, the trials and tribulations and ultimately the triumphs are all encapsulted in Woo's unique soundscapes. Of all the myriad of released and unreleased Woo recordings, Into The Heart Of Love is without a doubt their most complete and cohesive body of work. Full of Woo's quirky analogue dub electronics, there is also a very English sense of folk. With more vocals then their other albums, the structure and softness of mood quintessentially comes from the Mother Isle. Mark's guitar craft is at its most expressive, entwined with subtle bass, a breadth of clarinet and touches of piano. This is all mixed and merged beautifully with Clive's now recognisable desk and synthesiser mastery. As individual as anything you'd hear coming from the Black Ark. More peaceful and uplifting than Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong and encompassing than It's Cosy Inside, the album presented as Into The Heart Of Love is exactly that. Drawing you into it's swirls and layers upon layers, slowly wrapping you in it's own special, spectral soundcape. It is love indeed that permeates throughout. Again and again the titles lead the way, but it's more than that. The lilting hopes, joy, optimism and peace expressed in songs like When Your Find Your Love, Sarah and The Heart Of Love show Woo in all their glory. Of all Woo's songs and craft, their best is all included. The simplicity but detailed interplay between the two brothers is as telepathic as imagined. Pushing and pulling together to represent a wondrous album. Of course, it had to be. It's Love.

                                                                              To accompany the reissue of Woo's Into The Heart Of Love, Emotional Rescue is releasing a limited 7" featuring songs not included on the vinyl pressing, plus a previously unreleased version of the beautiful title song, which only appeared in
                                                                              later form on their CD only, La Luna album. With the original Into The Heart Of Love album only appearing as a 60 minute cassette-only release, several of the albums songs could not make the first time vinyl issue from Emotional Rescue.
                                                                              Therefore, this limited edition 7" includes two of those ommited songs. The wistful English folk duet between Mark Ives and Sue Amor on Make Me Tea and it's sibling on the album, A Little Long Way. Possibly Woo's most straight forward folk song, Make Me Tea is as the title imagines a very particular English poem. Recording as a duet between two late night lovers, awaking from post-love making slumber to find peace and with it, a nice, perfect cup of tea. However, it is the inclusion of the unreleased version of the title song, Magic In The Dark that is worth the admission price alone. Taken from the CD only album, La Luna, the original's short and gentle story of late night love is presented here in it's alternate demo form. A different vantage point is shown in revelation and then exhaltation. The sadder start expands in to a beautiful and wonderus folk celebration. Mark's vocals and guitar are later joined by gentle rhythmic percussion from brother Clive, before Clarinets duet to a yearning finale. Woo once again showing their unique mix of folk and new age electronics. A one off to cherish.

                                                                              Another gem from the DJ International vaults... This time label owner Rocky Jones steps to the plate with 4 fresh acid house cuts from 1987. Re mastered from DAT and re released for 2014.

                                                                              One of the rarest releases from DJ International with releases going for silly money on Discogs.

                                                                              DJ Pierre classic from Chicago's Hot Mix 5... 1988 was a vintage year!

                                                                              4 solid cuts... 2 mixes of piano house classic 'String Free' and 2 mixes of the heavier and darker 'Can You Feel The Bass'.

                                                                              With a discography of releases dating back to 1991, New York native Henry Maldonado credits his home city as inspiration and motivation for his art.
                                                                              As part of the House 2 House trio on Strictly Rhythm, Maldonado and crew would fire out a relentless assault of New York style sampled and deep house tracks coveted by New York mainstays Little Louie Vega, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Tony Humphries, Roger Sanchez, Timmy Regisford to name but a few. Today Henry produces and DJs as Son Of Sound and continues to push the limits of the underground by taking his knowledge of the past, combining it with a deep love for the city he grew up in and a penchant for quality underground club culture. Henry's debut on Local Talk is nothing less than a proper power package. "Violent Mood Things" start things in a superb way with a catchy beat, before a clever string sample and several layers of synths lift the track to new heights. Robert Arnold aka Cuthead has impressed us with his releases on Uncanny Valley and Kunst:stoff Breakz and delivers a remix that has all the Cuthead trademarks. Stammering drumming, impeccable bass programming and dreamy samples. Flip over for True Indeed . How does it sound? Let's just say this : It's the perfect example that all you need is a beat, a few chords and a bass line to make a track that won't leave your head for quite a while. Not forgetting that spoken vocal for that little extra house magic.
                                                                              Lovers of house music take notice. .

                                                                              Spiritual South

                                                                              Specials

                                                                              Spritual South have developed a real reputation for quality through the years with many established DJs and producers counting themselves as fans. Now it's time to give the Basic Fingers fans two tight & timeless grooves.

                                                                              'Everyday' is simply seductive feel good vibes and 'Gonna Getcha' on the b-side is keeping the boogie side of the disco fire burning.

                                                                              Hot stuff!

                                                                              Balearic maestro Max Essa joins the dots seamlessly between the ambient imaginings of Sakamoto, the Krautrock rhythms of Neu and the beach pop of Chris Rea , while making them all dance together like waves on the beach.

                                                                              This is some of his very best work to date and demonstrates a producer at home at the controls and a real musician with a vision.

                                                                              Your carnival sounds like this...

                                                                              The follow up EP to Yes Blythe's Debut album "Keep The Faith" first saw the light of day as a short run cassette release on the Gnod tape imprint Tesla Tapes. "Initiate Screen Prevails" is finally being given a vinyl release on Sacred Tapes. Not only the first Vinyl release for the label, kicking off an offshoot SAC-R series, but also a first vinyl release for the artist.

                                                                              This 30 minute EP ranges from subtle layered field recordings to intense crushing noise created with depth and detail. The record comes packaged with printed fabric insert and risograph'd recycled card info sheet.


                                                                              Delia Derbyshire

                                                                              The Delian Mode

                                                                                Delia Derbyshire's work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in the 60's was recognised initially for her realisation of the now iconic Doctor Who Theme which was written for the show by Ron Grainer. More recently though, she has been celebrated for her own compositions and experiments at what was then the cutting edge of electronic music. Here on 7" vinyl for the first time are two of her pieces, one written for a TV documentary in 1967, Blue Veils and Golden Sands, in which she used her own voice and a handy green BBC lampshade:

                                                                                "I analysed the sound into all of its partials and frequencies, and took the 12 strongest, and reconstructed the sound on the workshop's famous 12 oscillators to give a whooshing sound. So the camels rode off into the sunset with my voice in their hooves and a green lampshade on their backs."

                                                                                On the A side is The Delian Mode, which was used as incidental music during The Sky At Night in 1969, finding critical acclaim in Gramophone Magazine's review of the album BBC RADIOPHONIC MUSIC (often known as The Pink Album), in September of the same year:

                                                                                "Structures, Pot au Feu and Tomorrow's World are about equally good, yet Blue Veils and Delian Mode are probably the finest music here. It may be no accident that the latter is reminiscent of the beginning of Xenakis's OrientOccident for Delia Derbyshire follows the analytical approach of the more sustained electronic compositions. If her best pieces seem the most imaginative here - and they are - it is because she more fully explores the implications of her material."

                                                                                Fumaça Preta

                                                                                Fumaça Preta

                                                                                  FUMAÇA PRETA (pronounced Foomassa Pretta – meaning Black Smoke) started as a studio experiment when Alex Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezuelan producer and percussionist, invited some old friends to join him in the tiny analogue studio he built on the back of his house in Amsterdam.

                                                                                  After producing 2 critically acclaimed 45s, Fumaça Preta continued to work in the Barracão Sound Laboratory, swiftly producing their debut album. All musical boundaries collapsed during recording as the band drew upon their vast array of varied influences.

                                                                                  Live, FUMAÇA PRETA becomes a quintet that swerves in and out of endless musical avenues but never loses the rock solid heavy psychedelic groove that drives them.

                                                                                  Randomer

                                                                                  Stupid Things I Do

                                                                                    Randomer hits the Basement Series with the ''Stupid Things I Do'' and two heavy "Percussion Workouts".

                                                                                    Souleance

                                                                                    Jogar

                                                                                      It's summer time and at First Word we like to have a little break and recharge our batteries: go to a few festivals, take a holiday, relax with some Pimms and a BBQ or two. Before we sign off for a few months though, we'd like to leave you with something to soundtrack our hiatus in the shape of the irrepressible Souleance. Last year's 'Brotha EP' solidified the French duo's status as producers who know how to create dance floor dynamite. This time Soulist (DJ behind the legendary Paris party What The Funk?) and Fulgeance (Musique Large label boss / producer) have reached into the extensive Brasilian collection of Alice Dufay, the lady behind the fresh and distinctive artwork of all Souleance releases, to bring us the 'Jogar EP'. Following the World Cup, the sounds of South America are a natural choice for summer 2014 and Souleance's offering is as funky as you'd expect.

                                                                                      'Segrados do Samba' is their take on the classic samba rhythm with a gentle rolling break nuanced with percussive licks and subtle keys. 'Vem Jogar' adds some trademark Souleance synth bass to the party taking it into darker club territory whilst still retaining a summery lightness. 'Novo Mundo' rounds off the 7" with hip hop drums added to a lazy keys break and catchy vocal hook. The digital version of the EP comes with a bonus track 'Dum Dum' - imagine the soundtrack to a Sao Paulo carnival chopped and twisted through an MPC and you're halfway there! Released to bridge the gap between the World Cup fever and the summer festival season, Jogar is what we'll be listening to whilst we're on our holidays - we hope you will too.


                                                                                      Scrimshire

                                                                                      Two Nights In Tunisia With Scrimshire

                                                                                        The next instalment in the Dubplate series sees our very own Scrimshire step up to the plate for the third time!

                                                                                        Having gained huge amounts of radio play for his own productions, as well as the occasional cheeky re-edit, Scrimshire unleashes two very timely revisions of the jazz dancer's favourite A Night In Tunisia, with extra beats and bass meaning that the rest of the dance floor can join in too!



                                                                                        (Nearly) Unknown Artist

                                                                                        I'll Acid U

                                                                                          The Jungle Brothers hip-house classic 'I'll House You' gets the peak-time acid house treatment here.


                                                                                          Com Truise

                                                                                          In Decay

                                                                                            "In Decay" provides a fascinating alternative roadmap for the idiosyncratic journeys of New Jersey producer Seth Haley - aka Com Truise - through the history of electronic music. A compilation of unreleased, early recordings, In Decay encompasses 13 tracks that have previously been either only available as demos online or are entirely unheard tracks dating from before Haley's official releases - his debut "Cyanide Sisters EP", its follow-up full-length Galactic Melt, and 2013's "Fairlight EP".

                                                                                            While the '80s-influenced synth sounds, rubbery basslines and sci-fi flavors that inform Haley's later work are in full e"ect here, they're assembled in manners di"erent enough to make this both a fine record in its own right, and also a fascinating insight into the development of the distinctive Com Truise sound. It also finds the producer exploring a number of facets of that sound, from 8-bit influenced experimentalism to distinctly danceable beats — often within the confines of the same track.

                                                                                            "Controlpop", for instance, announces itself with an intro that sounds like a Commodore 64 being hit with a hammer, but resolves into slow liquid synthfunk that recalls Galactic Melt highlights like "VHS Sex" and "Flightwave." Its slow-urning dance vibe is shared by several other tracks - "Colorvision" and "Yxes", amongst others - while elsewhere, Haley drops the tempo and channels the psychedelic cosmic meanderings of forebears like Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. "Dreambender" sounds like it should be soundtracking a voyage into uncharted digital innerspace, while "Video Arkade" cruises along on a woozy rising-and-falling synthline that's like drifting on some sort of virtual reality rollercoaster. Like all Haley's work, it's like stepping into a strange, digital parallel world - a place constructed out of sounds both immediately familiar and yet somehow rendered thoroughly fresh, and a place that's worth staying for quite some time.


                                                                                            The Hempolics

                                                                                            Green Line / News Readers

                                                                                              The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into electronic music and bring something altogether different to the table, Green Line is just the beginning…

                                                                                              Some of you will recognize Green Line as a song originally voiced by the late, great Garnett Silk over Jackie Mittoo’s Hot Milk riddim. Here Grippa Laybourne has kept the classic rhythm to the fore, with echo and rewinds all punctuating the vocal delivered by members Nubiya (also of Leeds-London Afrobeat/hip-hop pioneers Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (frontman of mercurial UK-reggae outfit The Drop), complete with a toasting interlude. The sensibility, right from its opening Barrington Levy-esque ‘bongo-didddly-ooooooaahh’, is early digital dancehall, but as you’d expect from Grippa, well-known for his work with Cheeky Records, it also has an effortless commercial sheen.

                                                                                              Overly capable B-side News Readers is no sideshow. Kicking straight in with “News flash, there ain’t no cash, s’all gone on the wall”, it is a poignant statement of disaffection with the negative buzz created by modern media or the “blues feeders” as it’s better put by the song. Featuring the smooth and ear-pleasing soul Sony signed and extended Hempolics crew LSK (AKA Leigh Steven Kenny) who also provides artwork for the upcoming album. Produced with Grippa’s own unique rhythm, this is an unashamedly a bouncy, upbeat number whose positive step belies the scathing political commentary within.

                                                                                              Anchorsong

                                                                                              Mawa EP

                                                                                                Masaaki Yoshida aka Anchorsong has been winning friends here in the UK and internationally throughout Europe with his live shows, and yes we do mean live: Yoshida’s music is created with a sampler and a keyboard, from scratch at his gigs.

                                                                                                Sometimes these sounds are augmented by a string quartet. With a couple of releases for Lastrum in his native Japan, Anchorsong relocated to London and soon hooked up with the Brighton-based Tru Thoughts label, who put out a four-track CDR called the Darkrum EP. That, an appearance on Boiler Room TV last year, and support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens have all helped this young man begin to garner attention. We are hoping this release for BBE will be the one that transforms him from a name bandied round by the electronic music cognoscenti, to a high-profile artist/producer.

                                                                                                Previously characterised as being a maker of downtempo beats, The Mawa EP is an altogether more upbeat affair. The opener rattles along with African tribal chants, dense percussion and a fuzzy near-analogue ambience; the African vibe is continued on track 2 with a looped marimba before we suddenly switch to some sparse, dreamy 4/4 stuff that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Nu-Groove way back when. The third track is altogether busier, interweaving more chanted vocal snippets and tinkling percussive figures over a sensuous bassline, and the closer increases the bottom-end action with some near sub-bass anchoring layers of shifting, swirling bleeps. This release puts Anchorsong firmly in ‘minimal’ territory and demands attention from electronic music DJs everywhere.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                10" Info: Clear vinyl pressing.

                                                                                                Daniel Grau

                                                                                                Reworks Vol. 1 - Daniel Wang & Jules Etienne Remixes

                                                                                                  When Sonar Kollektiv is presenting musical diggings you can be assured some real gems show up. And what a revelation is the Cosmic Disco by Venezuelan producer Daniel Grau! An elusive monographic showcase of his very productive creative period between 1978 and 1982 will be released as a double CD on the Berlin quality imprint later this year. Now, prior to the showcase compilation, a handful of selected remixes see the light of day – as a proof of how relevant Grau's music is still today. The opening of this firework is a real stunner on its own: One of the innovators of Nu Disco, Daniel Wang himself, is returning after a brief sabbatical!

                                                                                                  Together with also Berlin based Jules Etienne (one half of Egyptian Nipples) Danny “The Dancer” Wang takes two tracks of Daniel Grau's comprehensive back catalogue to task. “Robot Mágico” off the 1978 album “El Sonido Magico De Daniel Grau” does sound in its reinterpretation by the two disco aficionados as if it was recorded just yesterday. In the same smooth and sophisticated way comes the renovation of “Disco Fantasy” off the album of the same name from 1979. Still, the Non Disco Remix somehow reminds of Wang's groundbreaking releases on Environ and is funky and catchy to such an extend that DJs probably would love to play it three times in a row. Well, the bar is set very high for the upcoming Daniel Grau remixes. But Sonar Kollektiv wouldn't be Sonar Kollektiv if you wouldn't already know exactly that there are more hot irons in the fire.


                                                                                                  Chuck Cirino

                                                                                                  Chopping Mall (original Score)

                                                                                                    Waxwork Records proudly presents the fully remastered release of Chuck Cirino’s original score to the B-Movie horror classic, CHOPPING MALL, directed by Jim Wynorski and starring scream queens Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney.

                                                                                                    This release marks the first time vinyl release of Chopping Mall, featuring liner notes from composer Chuck Cirino and the film’s writer, Steve Mitchell.

                                                                                                    Full package artwork including a 12” x 12” inserted art print has been created by Australian artist duo We Buy Your Kids.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: 180 gram fluorescent pink vinyl housed in a heavyweight tip on jacket with film laminate gloss finish.

                                                                                                    Jon McCallum

                                                                                                    Surf Nazis Must Die (Original 1987 Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                                                                                                      * First ever release of this classic 1987 soundtrack.
                                                                                                      * Pressed on black vinyl and on ‘blood in the water’ vinyl (randomly inserted).
                                                                                                      * Packaged in a deluxe old school gatefold tip-on gatefold jacket.
                                                                                                      * Comes with extensive liner notes and original artwork by John McCallum himself.

                                                                                                      Strange Disc Records is proud to announce their debut release, the soundtrack to Surf Nazis Must Die. The film itself was released in 1987 by Troma Entertainment, but the soundtrack has never seen the light of day until now.

                                                                                                      Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Neo Nazi group, the Surf Nazis have taken control of the beaches and terrorize anyone who steps foot in their territory. Jon McCallum’s score suits the post-apocalyptic setting with heavy synth; fans of Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter’s scores will be at home on this record.

                                                                                                      McCallum is the composer behind Miami Connection, Terror Eyes and Soul Taker. Aside from his composing work he worked on the special effects for Phantasm 2 and George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set On You,” music video.

                                                                                                      This limited edition LP is packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip on sleeve with extensive liner notes by Composer Jon McCallum, Director Peter George, and various crew members.

                                                                                                      This will be a standard edition black vinyl with randomly inserted “Blood In The Water” colored vinyl. The artwork was created by Jon McCallum and it was mastered for vinyl by Josh Bonati.

                                                                                                      Silvetti / Bataan

                                                                                                      Spring Rain / The Bottle (La Botella)

                                                                                                        SILVETTI was born Juan Fernando Silvetti Adorno and was a Grammy award winning Argentinian pianist, composer and arranger/producer. But, he is best known to music fans for his 1977 disco/soul instrumental “Lluvia De Primavera” (aka “Spring Rain”).

                                                                                                        BATAAN, born Bataan Nitoliano, was raised in Spanish Harlem, New York, where he ran the Dragons street gang before being sent to a correctional facility. Upon his release he turned to music and after a successful run with Fania Records he co-founded the Salsoul label which spawned his 1975 Latin-fused interpretation of Gil Scott-Heron’s immortal “The Bottle”.

                                                                                                        Khemistry

                                                                                                        Can You Feel My Love / Whatever It Takes

                                                                                                          The Expansion label's new 45 series begins with Khemistry’s “Can You Feel My Love” from the genius team of Willie Lester & Rodney Brown (Sharon Redd “Can You Handle It”, Bobby Thurston “Check Out The Groove” among others)

                                                                                                          Khemistry were a Washington group assembled by Lester & Brown. Both the great songs on this 7” come from their 1982 self-titled debut album for Columbia Records.

                                                                                                          “Can You Feel My Love” has been one of Lester & Brown’s most enduring soulful dance records since its first release and played solely as an album track….until now!

                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                          KPM 1000 - The Big Beat Vol. 2

                                                                                                            Who better to follow up the greatest of all library LPs ("The Big Beat Vol. 1") than Alan Moorhouse, a twisted genius whose musical output clearly proves that he couldn't have given a monkey's what anyone thought of him. From unlistenable marching band versions of "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep", to an entire album of demented Tijuana styled hymns to the hard hitting funk of his work for KPM, Moorhouse would surely have shocked and amazed us with more musical mayhem had his life not been tragically cut short at the end of the 1970s. "The Big Beat Vol. 2" has some mighty shoes to fill but effortlessly delivers the goods and in places even betters its more illustrious predecessor. The decidedly Meters-esque "Pop Pastime", the classic "Expo In Tokyo" and the ridiculously heavy drum break at the start of Soul Skimmer would be enough to make most record collectors hand over a weeks pay but add the hard rocking "Heavy Bopper" and mind bending "Psychodale" and you have an album that can carry the Big Beat name with pride.

                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                            KPM 1000 - Afro Rock

                                                                                                              Afro and rock; now that's a pretty good combination any day of the week. But in the hands of John Cameron (founder of prog outfit CCS, composer of cult soundtracks "Kes" and "Psychomania") and Alan Parker circa 1973, the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can safely be navigated via the Zambezi, with or without Audrey Hepburn in tow. A quick word of warning; if you're the kind of crate digger whose heart misses a beat at phrases like 'repetitive forceful riffs' and 'aggressive Afro rhythms', you had better pre-book an ambulance before slipping this baby on to your record player and dealing with the ensuing onslaught of nasty wah wah guitars, fiery conga work outs, heavy harps (really), spacey electric piano, far out flutes and lots and lots of drums.

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              KPM 1000 - The Big Beat Vol 1

                                                                                                                Originally recorded in 1969 by legendary music library KPM for their 1000 series, "The Big Beat" is the king of library albums. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to the vinyl junkies with the fattest wallets, it represents everything that is great about the music and musicians that made up the shadowy world of Library Music.

                                                                                                                The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music.

                                                                                                                You could safely assume that an album made up of incredible Hammond organ playing, a really fat horn section, fuzz guitar solos and drum breaks would deliver the goods but this album does so much more than that. Just one listen to tracks like “Beat Me Till I’m Blue” or “Senior Thump” and you’ll know you are in the presence of something far greater than the sum of it’s parts. And when those parts are described as Pounding, Thumping, Rocking and Pulsating, you had better be prepared from a musical man handling that’ll have you smiling well in to retirement.

                                                                                                                Growing up in Fürstenwalde in the former German Democratic Republic, Marcel Dettmann has been influenced by various music styles since he was a child. His grandmother worked as a music teacher and inspired Marcel and his family to play instruments. In addition the radio at Marcel´s home was always on if there was already no record playing.

                                                                                                                Little by little he discovered the likes of Depeche Mode, The Cure or DAF, then later Detroit Techno and Chicago House. As they only had a record player at home he obviously just bought vinyls. His passion led him to start recording mix tapes for himself and his friends, and he also began to organise parties in his hometown. When school and apprenticeships didn’t seem to work out he ran a small record store in the house of his mother. It was with this job that he financed the beginning of his own elaborate record collection.

                                                                                                                Dettmann was DJing at the club Ostgut from the late 90s - the forerunner to Berghain. For a decade he’s been a resident DJ of the world renowned club in Berlin. Even though Marcel is involved with several labels such as Ostgut Ton, for the fabric mix he prefered to pick mostly unreleased material from his own imprint, Marcel Dettmann Recordings (MDR).

                                                                                                                “I mixed it at home with 2 CD players, as most of the tracks are not available on vinyl yet.The mix is mostly based on unreleased MDR demo tracks, which I’ve carried around with me for the last few years. For example the ROD track, I’ve had this one for at least 3 years. Now it is finally a good opportunity to release those tracks and they will all come out on MDR.” - Marcel Dettmann

                                                                                                                Marcel chose to incorporate a variety of techno sounds in this mix – including tracks from fellow MDR artists Answer Code Request and Norman Nodge, to younger names in the industry that he's recruited for his label, such as Wincent Kunth, and a number of his own remixes, tied together by releases by the likes of Terence Fixmer and Robert Hood’s Monobox. fabric 77 is a well-balanced snapshot of current techno in a master’s hands. It may surprise some listeners with its vibrancy, delicacy and range that reaches far beyond the sound you would expect in a dark sweaty club at 6am. It’s a perfect personal reflection of Marcel’s love of all music and techno in particular.

                                                                                                                Ikonika

                                                                                                                Position EP

                                                                                                                  Ikonika is in straight up banger mode on this EP, possibly her finest release to date. Confident, energetic and tough, these tracks are made from solid tour experience and made for big room dancing. The EP is made with an almost 3D sense of contrast, and a brilliant ability to balance dusty old school sounds and shinier new ones and reshape them into something that sounds really fresh.
                                                                                                                  ‘Position’ kicks things off with rough kicks and snares that sound like they've been created in a foundry, mixed into rolling kicks lifted from a crumbling drum machine and vocals sliced and diced into sharp hallucinatory rhythms. ‘Praxis’ sounds like a track that could have come from her groundbreaking ‘Contact, Want, Love, Have’ debut album, except the straightforward melodies with droning synths and steamy drums over growling bass give the track a confident upgrade. ‘Strawberry Underlay’ builds melody lines over a single basic, repeating riff in quick succession while a series of interchangeable, tight old school drum patterns stop and start underneath in quick succession. It's a brilliant exercise in dynamics and tension. ‘Wakeup Sequence’ sounds like freestyle pop driven into strange Atari game shapes, bubbling arpeggios, rough, funky melodies, ancient drum machines, and distorted guitar synth and weird squeaks.


                                                                                                                  Chuck Berry

                                                                                                                  Rockin' At The Hops - LP+CD Edition

                                                                                                                    Chuck Berry’s Fourth album lavishly presented with artwork by renowned rock n roll designer Sophie Lo and liner notes by author Max Decharne This was the album that caught Keith Richards eye when it was in the possession of one Mick Jagger on Dartford station back in 1961! Remastered for todays optimum sound and pressed on Red Vinyl

                                                                                                                    Ital

                                                                                                                    Endgame

                                                                                                                      After emerging in 2011 via a rapid-fire series of groundbreaking EPs, Brooklyn-based producer Ital (Daniel Martin-McCormick) surprised followers by releasing his debut album “Hive Mind” on Planet Mu in February 2012. The record immediately struck a chord with both critics and fans for its fascinating use of house rhythms to bolster fractured, alien landscapes with a surprisingly tender emotional power. Seemingly unconcerned with dance music orthodoxy and informed by years in the noise-punk underground, his compositions came out of left field, constructed on primitive software with bizarre, culture jamming samples. Dance music in New York was re-emerging after a period of stagnation, and Ital was among the first of a younger wave of producers to invigorate it with a dose of visceral vitality. Since then, he's remained at the forefront with a remarkable EP for esteemed label Workshop, a collaboration with Hieroglyphic Being and a pair of excellent EPs on his own Lovers Rock imprint. Now Ital has returned to Planet Mu for “Endgame“, his most singular and hypnotic work to date.Vertigo-inducing, nuanced and highly evocative, “Endgame” is a delirious pleasure to dive into. The album’s textures often explore inviting spaces, only to bring the listener “somewhere uncomfortable, perceiving constant chaos and collapse in the periphery of your vision,” as Daniel describes. This is especially evident on the haunting title track, its dizzying reverb lingering while the bottom drops out, leaving the listener suddenly on the edge of a cliff they weren't even aware of, and the glacial shift in “Beacon” from warm, bubbling chords to disconcerting stillness. Meanwhile, throttling techno tracks like "Whispers In The Dark" & "White II" burst with undeniably seductive dancefloor energy, each jagged edge and oozing melody uniquely formed.One of his goals from the start was “to keep things liquid. The music had to come from that natural, unforced space.“ Inspired by recent excursions into psychedelics, “apocalyptic“ strains of minimalist composition, and his sense of “eerily ubiquitous post-globalization culture-leveling,“ “Endgame“ is a techno album that teems with ideas. Recorded with a select arsenal of hardware, mixed with M Geddes Gengras at his LA studio and mastered by acclaimed engineer Rashad Becker, the final result is a shimmering blend of his swirling, effects-laden live sets with a deeper, more penetrating emotional and melodic clarity. “Endgame“ sees Ital unlocking his own sound and pushing himself to new depths sonically and technically, a figurehead for a strong international community as well as a truly visionary artist in his own right

                                                                                                                      Bear Hands

                                                                                                                      Distraction

                                                                                                                        Entirely self-funded by the band and produced by guitarist Ted Feldman, “Distraction” is a collection in which the band’s love of pop hooks is filtered cohesively through an eclectic collection of genre elements ranging from psychedelic to punk. ‘Giants’ is perhaps the track that best encapsulates everything that makes Bear Hands special as it flows from a manic verse full of hollered stream-of-consciousness lyrics into an infectious chorus. Elsewhere, the recent set-up singles ‘Agora’ (soaring, upbeat post-punk which addresses vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rau’s experiences with agoraphobia) and ‘Peacekeeper’ (driving rhythms which devolve into something altogether more reflective) demonstrate distinctly different strands of the Bear Hands sound. Faltering romance is a recurring theme throughout the album. ‘Thought Wrong’ is based upon a time when two of the band were involved in intense break-ups, while ‘Vile Iowa’ reflects Rau’s experiences visiting his ex-girlfriend’s conservative, teetotal Mormon family.

                                                                                                                        Max Richter

                                                                                                                        The Congress OST

                                                                                                                          Based on the novel “The Futurological Congress” by Stenislaw Lem (1971), this futuristic partial animated film explores the stakes of our digital world, its dehumanisation and man’s obsession with chemical substances. Max Richter composed for “The Congress” a wonderful dreamlike classical score, which perfectly fits the animated, dreamy and hallucinogenic mood of the picture. His dramatic and melancholic compositions support the labyrinthine narration of this true visual masterpiece. In addition, there are two classical pieces by Schubert (“Trio in E-Flat Major, D. 929”) and Chopin (“Nocturne Op. 27/1 in C# minor) along with two marvellous covers of Robin Wright performing Leonard’s Cohen “If It Be Your Will” and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”.

                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          Ltd LP Info: Limited edition 180g white vinyl with 12x12 artwork insert - only 80 copies for the UK!

                                                                                                                          Beach Day

                                                                                                                          Native Echoes

                                                                                                                            Beach Day – the name’s more about attitude than genre. It’s about the ease and breeze of their modern wall of sound. Their tall, bright merge of garage rock, surf pop and girl group sounds is inspired by nostalgia but powered by fresh verve, sitting pretty alongside contemporaries like Cults, Tennis, La Luz, Those Darlins and Dum Dum Girls. And while their native Florida may be in a state of perma-vacation, Beach Day isn’t. On August 19, 2014, the band will release Native Echoes on Kanine Records, their second album in two years.

                                                                                                                            Literature

                                                                                                                            Chorus

                                                                                                                              Philadelphia, PA’s Literature features Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Chris Schackerman, and Seth Whaland. Attics, who’d written for numerous music trades as a teen, Cardaci and Whaland both operated at a house venue in Austin, TX & ran separate small imprint labels, the trio decided to form a band, moving to Philadelphia the group befriended Schackerman who joined the fold.

                                                                                                                              Autumn of 2013, the band began work on their second album, Chorus, with lauded engineer Gary Olson (whose work includes records by Crystal Stilts, Mad Scene and The Beets) at his Marlborough Farms studio in Brooklyn, NY. As a beautiful autumn turned into one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Olson and the band began stretching out, enhancing the album with studio techniques dating back to the late 60s including true-tape flanging, sending vocals through Leslie speaker cabinets, and the same analog style of automatic double-tracking created at Abbey Road Studios. The result is an album that is as immediate as it is timeless, full of effortlessly catchy and well-crafted tunes that echo pop legends like Smiths and Orange Juice. All of that time in the studio has resulted in a rich, considered sound that puts the band's arranging and playing front and center. Chorus is one of the most exciting pop records in years, and marks Literature at true contenders.

                                                                                                                              Allah-Las

                                                                                                                              501-415

                                                                                                                                Listen: Allah-Las - 501-415

                                                                                                                                '501-415' is the first single from 'Worship The Sun', the highly anticipated follow-up to the Allah-Las' self-titled debut.

                                                                                                                                Recommended for fans of: Temples, Mac DeMarco, War on Drugs, Black Angels, Kurt Vile, The Animals, The Byrds, Love

                                                                                                                                Praise for Allah-Las:

                                                                                                                                -- “It’s all wonderful stuff here” 4/5 Mojo

                                                                                                                                -- “A meticulous and sensational new garage rock band” 8/10 Uncut

                                                                                                                                -- "exotic, avowedly post-milennial, and extra-hot... dreamy Rickenbacker pop" Q

                                                                                                                                -- "Cramming as much guts and passion as possible into three and a half minutes or less" The New Yorker

                                                                                                                                -- “exquisite” NME

                                                                                                                                -- "wonderfully authentic... a late arrival in 2012's albums of the year list" The Times

                                                                                                                                -- "fresh and addictive" 4.5/5 The Sun

                                                                                                                                -- "Allah-Las manage the neat trick of narrowing the gap between 1966 and the present day" 4/5 The Independent

                                                                                                                                -- "full of garage rockin' jams [and] filled to the brim with shiny pop nuggets" Time Out

                                                                                                                                Heurco S makes his Proibito debut; with both producer and label cloaked in cultish mystic. Sitting in well with the current trend of tape-saturated, sun-burnt stoner house that's very big in Vancouver right now, Huerco S takes us on a slow and winding journey through THC-laden sonics. "Untitled 1"'s fractal elements drift over the ears with a relaxed "Untitled 2" has a bit more umph, and has small inflections of Deepchord-esque dub-techno - all floaty, dreamy repetition, and really quite special. "Untitled 3" hits the brakes for a darker excursion deep into the wormhole. Churning mechanical bass and percussion artifacts squashed onto the tape with a red hot iron. Finally "Untitled 4" keeps the lights down low, allowing a subtle kick rumble away while de-tuned waves of airy synth goodness drift in and out of focus. Most recommended, one of the finest EPs in this hot new genre we're yet to name here at Piccadilly HQ ('Stoner house!' - Matt).





                                                                                                                                Ned Doheny

                                                                                                                                Hard Candy - Be With Records Edition

                                                                                                                                  Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It  has long been a source of great frustration then, that this perfectly-formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost 40 years. Previously bootlegged in derisory fashion, original copies are rarely found for less than $100.

                                                                                                                                  Be With Records, a new vinyl-only reissue label, continues apace by marking its third release with the first officially licensed reissue of Doheny’s nautical classic. Perhaps most famously, this impeccably smooth set features the timeless Get It Up For Love, a wonderful example of mid-70s mid-tempo white-(hot)-funk.

                                                                                                                                  Produced by the legendary Steve Cropper, it featured a veritable who’s-who of the Laurel Canyon soft-yacht sound (JD Souther, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the entire horn section for Tower of Power!) yet bombed mysteriously. It’s been a cult record since.

                                                                                                                                  Pressed on audiophile 180gram vinyl and featuring the original artwork for both jacket and full colour inner sleeve, this very limited reissue of 500 copies is one not to be missed.


                                                                                                                                  William Onyeabor

                                                                                                                                  What?!

                                                                                                                                    Despite not having released any new tracks in 30 years, Onyeabor has taken on a mythical status in music. Luaka Bop, the record label founded by David Byrne, issued Who Is William Onyeabor?, an album of Onyeabor’s greatest work, in fall 2013. The release, which took five years for Onyeabor to agree to, made TIME’s “Top 10 Albums of 2013” and NPR’s “Top 50 Albums of the Year,” and and was featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times UK and Rolling Stone, among many others.

                                                                                                                                    Fantastic interpretations by Hotchip, Optimo, Joakim (and more!). Remixes by Daphni, Scientist, Justin Strauss and even more, all done as part of the Luaka Bop/MOOG Remix Project. Based on tracks from the best selling William Onyeabor album.

                                                                                                                                    SBTRKT

                                                                                                                                    Wonder Where We Land - Bonus Tracks Edition

                                                                                                                                      ‘Wonder Where We Land’ follows SBTRKT's critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent interim release of six instrumentals called ‘Transitions’, which joined the creative dots between the first and second albums.

                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                      2xLtd CD Info: Includes bonus tracks 2cd set.

                                                                                                                                      2xLtd LP Info: Includes bonus tracks on extra LP.

                                                                                                                                      SBTRKT

                                                                                                                                      Wonder Where We Land

                                                                                                                                        ‘Wonder Where We Land’ follows SBTRKT's critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent interim release of six instrumentals called ‘Transitions’, which joined the creative dots between the first and second albums.

                                                                                                                                        Zola Jesus

                                                                                                                                        Taiga

                                                                                                                                          Taiga is the brand new album from Zola Jesus and follows the widely celebrated albums, Versions (2013) and Conatus (2011). Featuring the single 'Dangerous Days', the album was written by Nika (the creative force behind Zola Jesus) and co-produced by Nika and Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse).

                                                                                                                                          The album is best described by the artist herself: "The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals…It's the most accessible music I've ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before."

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

                                                                                                                                            • Fantastically in-depth sleevenotes
                                                                                                                                            • Band interviews
                                                                                                                                            • Exclusive photographs
                                                                                                                                            • All tracks sonically remastered.

                                                                                                                                            Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse. And yet this community of outsiders produced the biggest band in the world in 1991. The unforeseen success of Nirvana turned the record label Sub Pop from an underground phenomenon into the key backstory of mainstream music's must-read tales of the 90s: it became a new Motown: substituting Seattle for Detroit. Kurt Cobain's death froze this saga into musical history forever more.

                                                                                                                                            While taking nothing away from Nirvana or from Sub Pop, this release presents the complexity of the music scene of the North-West in its most infamous era. Rather than celebrating the (undeniable) talent of one band, one label, one city, this release ravels up the simple thread of music history and takes pleasure in its more tangled knots. In the late 80s and early 90s, the musical fire raging in Seattle burned so bright that no one could see pinpricks of light dotting the entire state of Washington. Beyond Seattle, the North-West skies were similarly ablaze with music and creativity.

                                                                                                                                            This compilation features some of the divergent bands emerging out of the North-West during this era. Intensely researched and documented, it features bands who have now disappeared from history, after releasing maybe just a couple of singles, or an album, or never even making it onto vinyl - alongside bands who continue to this day.

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            2xLP 1 Info: Part 1 of the vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                            2xLP 2 Info: Part 2 of the vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                            J Mascis

                                                                                                                                            Tied To A Star

                                                                                                                                              J Mascis’ Tied to a Star, the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut 'Several Shades of Why'. The album, led by the songs “Every Morning” and “Wide Awake,” was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA.

                                                                                                                                              'Tied to a Star' also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).

                                                                                                                                              White Hills

                                                                                                                                              Glitter Glamour Atrocity

                                                                                                                                                'Glitter Glamour Atrocity' is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity, and was recorded during the same sessions that produced 'Heads On Fire' and 'Abstractions & Mutations'. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else coming out of the New York underground at the time, and it set the template for the singular concoction of heavy psychedelic music, krautrock, and a worship of pure sound they have explored in different variations ever since.

                                                                                                                                                Throughout the album the band explores themes of greed, misinformation, war, hypocrisy and their outcomes within the world’s political and economic systems, presenting these weighty topics with the same air of mystic understanding that underpins their music. Glitter Glamour Atrocity includes the song “Under Skin Or By Name,” the longest running staple in the band’s live set, which the band performed in the acclaimed film Only Lovers Left Alive at the request of director Jim Jarmusch. It is one of only two performances in the movie, which is enamored with the music making process and record collector culture.

                                                                                                                                                Following the mood-setting intro track and the meditative bombast of “Under Skin or By Name,” WHITE HILLS settle into the sparse groove of “Spirit of Exile,” an expression of a desire to live apart from a culture that one does not fit into. These songs glow with the burning vitality and passion of free thinkers trapped in the waning years of the Bush administration. Those sentiments are perhaps most compellingly expressed on “Love Serve Remember,” a warped, surreal vision of life after 9/11 seen through the eyes of someone who witnessed the event first-hand, interspersed with a brilliantly edited speech by Bush himself in which he admits “I was a threat to the United States.”

                                                                                                                                                Glitter Glamour Atrocity was recorded with the first iteration of the trio line-up with Dave W on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, and sound collage, Ego Sensation on bass and vocals, and Bob Bellomo on drums. It was recorded at Bellomo’s studio in Passaic, NJ, and produced by Dave W.

                                                                                                                                                Before signing to London Records and scoring hits such as ‘Young At Heart’ and ‘I’m Falling’, the band recorded an album’s worth of independent recordings and demos, most of which remained unreleased.

                                                                                                                                                Compiled by Robert Hodgens (Bobby Bluebell) with the involvement of the rest of the band, EXILE ON TWEE STREET finally reveals the band’s roots in the indie scene of early 80s Glasgow.

                                                                                                                                                The Bluebells actually demo’d songs for Alan Horne’s Postcard label, recently the subject of a critically acclaimed book by Simon Goddard entitled Simply Thrilled.

                                                                                                                                                Only the track ‘Happy Birthday’ has been issued before – on a rare flexidisc!

                                                                                                                                                Madlib

                                                                                                                                                Shades Of Blue - Madlib Invades Blue Note

                                                                                                                                                  Following the acclaim his YNQ project garnered, Madlib's highly anticipated trawl through the Blue Note archives is here! Those of you who've heard the INCREDIBLE version of Donald Byrd's "Stepping Into Tomorrow" off the sampler will know just what to expect as the Stones Throw producer recreates and remixes jazz and funk classics from the most famous label of them all. Horace Silver's "Song For My Father", Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" are among those that get the Invazion treatment, plus cuts from Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Reuben Wilson, Andrew Hill and more. Whether he's remixing down the original or wholly recreating the experience with Yesterdays New Quintet or Medaphoar, the results are always startling. Not many could have pulled this off, thank goodness it was Madlib.

                                                                                                                                                  Quality collection of 80s soul duo Collins & Collins finest moments all loud pressed on 12” vinyl. First up is the couple’s funky laid-back cover of Harold Melvin’s ‘You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good’ followed by northern soul classic and Southport staple ‘Top Of The Stairs’. Written and originally recorded by Ashford & Simpson, Collins & Collins took this album track and and gave it new life turning into a modern soul monster which remains massive on the UK soul scene today and is virtually impossible to find in its 7” version. Flip over for the fantastic chugging disco soul floor-filler ‘Please Don’t Break my Heart’, another A&M 7” rarity, followed by the bumping uptempo disco stormer ‘Do You Wanna Dance’. With the original 7”s changing hands for ridiculous money, grab this chance to get your hands on all these amazing tracks on one 12”.

                                                                                                                                                  Hot new release from Sunkissed Recordings celebrating Italian synth pop hero Mike Francis aka Francesco Puccioni. Back in the 80s, Francis’ elegant electronic style and smooth rich vocals provided a perfect backdrop to nights dancing on the sand and in clubs throughout the Mediterranean and his popularity continues today amongst the Balearic cognoscenti. This EP features the fantastic in-demand Club Mix of ‘Features of Love’, a funky pop-soul opus washed with lush synths, lazy guitars and dreamy vocals plus the sought-after long 12” cut of ‘Survivor’, a gorgeous slice of blue-eyed soul with a strong dancefloor sensibility. Flip over for big Cosmic play, the magnificent 12” version of ‘Body Thrill’, a bass-heavy chunky instrumental with an Art Of Noise feel followed by Francis’s beautiful laid-back cover of the Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lovely Day’ and lastly the heavenly hypnotic ‘On and On’, a little-known gem from the B-side from a rare 12”. A great package!

                                                                                                                                                  Flamingods

                                                                                                                                                  Hyperborea

                                                                                                                                                    Flamingods are a five piece multi-instrumental experimental band originally started by Kamal Rasool in late 2009, now comprising of Kamal, Charles Prest, Sam Rowe, Karthik Poduval and Craig Doporto. Their sound has been described as ethnic pop, with elements of noise, tribal and freaked folk. They use a number of percussion instruments, some of which were collected during Rasool’s travels to places like Tanzania and the Amazon. The album was written after new Visa laws forced founding member Kamal Rasool out of the UK. The album deals with themes of identity, belonging and alienation whilst also day dreaming of leaving to foreign far away lands such as the mythical island of Hyperborea. The album was made with none of the band members in the same room, sending audio files back and forth across the internet.

                                                                                                                                                    Already receiving BBC6 radio plays from Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, John Kennedy, Huw Stephens Stuart Maconie and press reviews:
                                                                                                                                                    “The London/Dubai soundclashers create global-minded psychedelia with their dance-party-ready new album Hyperborea” DAZED
                                                                                                                                                    “African rhythms and soundscapes cribbed from across the world music remit" 8/10 NME
                                                                                                                                                    “A record of superb scope, vision and energy” 8/10 Loud & Quiet
                                                                                                                                                    “An eclectic mix of tribal-esque chants and hypnotic harmonies” The Line Of Best Fit


                                                                                                                                                    Kikagaku Moyo

                                                                                                                                                    Mammatus Clouds

                                                                                                                                                      Cardinal Fuzz is proud to present Kikagaku Moyo – Mammatus Clouds. Previously available as a cassette only edi-tion on Sky Lantern Records, Mammatus Clouds gets the deluxe vinyl treatment presented in a spined Metallic Gold screen printed sleeve with a 2 sided insert and download code.

                                                                                                                                                      Formed in Tokyo in the Summer of 2012 by Go Kurosawa and Tomo Katsurada the band released their first S/T record in 2013 on Cosmic Eye Records/Sound Effect Records. 2014 saw Kikagaku Moyo travel to the USA where they played what many declared the best live set at Austin Psych Fest. With releases on cult US labels Beyond, Beyond is Beyond, Captcha Records, Burger Records and Sky Lantern Records Kikagaku Moyo have become the most talked about band of 2014 with all their releases selling out as word of mouth begins to spread on this new cult Japanese band.
                                                                                                                                                      Kikagaku Moyo (Geometric Patterns) got the inspiration for their name after playing for six hours straight in the darkness at which point they started to see colours and patterns behind their eyelids.

                                                                                                                                                      Kikagaku Moyo state that with improvisation they can freely explore beyond consciousness as they make 'free music' and you can well imagine this as they take you on a journey through inner space with Mammatus Clouds. Here we are treated to meditative waves of ritualistic music as sitar player Ryu is to the fore on these recordings as the band stretch out to infinity, falling somewhere between the collected works of Bo Anders Perrson, George Harrison's sitar exploits and The Taj Mahal Travellers. We here at cardinal Fuzz do not toss around such names lightly, but Kikagaku Moyo sits comfortably aside these titans to create something that is every bit as unique and timeless.

                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                      I Dream In Colour Vol. One - Cassette Mix By Dom Thomas


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