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BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah

Sour Soul (Instrumentals)

    Sought after instrumentals for critically acclaimed album Sour Soul, by Toronto jazz / hip hop band BADBADNOTGOOD and Staten Island rap champ, Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960’s and 70’s music and taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era, they embrace live instrumentation and zero sampling. BBNG with producer Frank Dukes created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface’s vivid storytelling and this is the first and only time the instrumentals will be available as a standalone album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: 500 copies only!

    Mavis Staples

    Your Good Fortune

      Limited Edition Collector’s 10” 180 gram vinyl! In conjunction with the new career documentary film Mavis!, which premieres at SXSW Film this spring, ANTI- is pleased to announce a unique collaboration between two generations of ANTI artists. For the recording of the EP ‘Your Good Fortune’, gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples went into the studio with new ANTI singer-songwriter-producer Son Little, recording two new Son Little original songs, and two vivid reworkings of Staple Singers classics. To hear Mavis’ clarion voice bedded in Son Little’s ancient/modern swirl of swamp guitar and b-boy programming is to discover the knife edge of Mavis Staples’ art.

      Morcheeba

      Big Calm - 180g Vinyl Edition

        Realising that trip-hop was a dead end, at least as far as hipness goes, Morcheeba expanded their sonic palette on their second album, 'Big Calm'. Trip-hop and dance rhythms remain, but the trio has spent more time writing songs, crafting an album where pop, lounge, film soundtracks, reggae, jazz, and electronica all peacefully coexist. Consequently, 'Big Calm' is a stylistic tour de force, evidence that Morcheeba have turned into a mature, sophisticated group with impeccable taste. Occasionally, the album can sound a little distant, as if the fusions and productions were more important than the actual songs, but the trio is so musically adept, and Skye Edwards' voice is so enchanting, that 'Big Calm' become irresistible in its own way.

        Various Artists

        20 Years Of Henry Street Music - The Definitive Collection

          Incredible as it seems, this year marks twenty years since the launch of Johnny D’Mairo’s Henry Street Music label. To celebrate, BBE is marking the occasion with a sumptuous five disc CD retrospective, a fitting tribute to one of the most important of all house labels. This is one of the most extensive grand summations yet done of a dance label. Henry Street Music exemplified its era as much as Trax and Nu-Groove had theirs. Come the mid-‘90s, the disco cut-up became ubiquitous, as thousands tried to emulate the success of Henry Street’s first big killer, The Bucketheads’ Tha Bomb –still a dancefloor staple two decades on.

          Many of the movers and shakers of the day had their best moments on Henry Street, and they’re all here: Johnnick, Armand Van Helden, DJ Duke, DJ Sneak, Dirty Harry, Davidson Ospina, Todd Terry, Mateo and Matos, Brutal Bill, Josh Wink, even the UK’s own Ashley Beedle, and many more –a veritable roll-call of the premiere-league of dance at the time, an era when dance music still seemed incredibly fertile and the link with its own past was still vital.

          Some of the American originals can struggle to get props among the countless mutations of house out there vying for attention in today’s digitalized dance scene, but the real househeads always knew to check them, and will recognize this as quality product, through and through.

          Henry Street (named after Brooklyn homeboy Johnny’s neighbourhood) always had a ‘New York’ vibe, and even when drawing its producers from further afield, the label encapsulated the city’s melting-pot of talent and raw, bristling energy... energy captured here, and exploding off these remastered tracks like it’s 1999 all over again! Alongside the massive dancefloor anthems from the likes of Kenny Dope and Armand Van Helden are some real gems that got away, some exclusive mixes, and the thoughts of Johnny D, one of the prime-movers of the New York dance scene even before he came up with his own label, responsible for countless hits as promotions man and as dance A&R at Atlantic. Never one for the limelight, Johnny’s own story is nonetheless inextricably bound up with the transition from disco through house to the ubiquity of dance music today.

          So... dust off those dancing shoes, and get ready to feel the heat, it’s one more time for the Henry Street Hustle!

          Henry St catalogue is a who's who of house music, featuring releases from Kenny Dope, Armand Van Heldon, DJ Sneak, Terry Hunter, Little Louie Vega, Todd Terry, Ralphi Rosario, 95 North, Paul Simpson, Ashley Beedle, many of the versions included have never been available in this format before.



          FORMAT INFORMATION

          CD Box Set Info: 5xCD box set.

          Trevor Jackson

          Format

            Following the launch of his limited multi edition FORMAT project in February, Trevor Jackson releases a collected triple LP edition via The Vinyl Factory on the 18 May featuring 13 tracks including an exclusive bonus cut not available on any of the initial releases.

            FORMAT is the first album from Trevor Jackson since his acclaimed Playgroup album back in 2001. His Output Recordings label (1996-2006) introduced the world to the likes of Four Tet & LCD Soundsystem, His recent Metal Dance compilations reinvigorated interest in early industrial and experimental electronic dance music that’s clearly had a powerful influence on much of today’s leftfield club music.

            FORMAT’s initial limited edition release in February consisted of 12 separate physical releases each featuring a different track, available on 12”, 10” & 7” vinyl cd, mini CD, cassette, USB, VHS, minidisc, DAT, 8 track + Reel to Reel this was no ordinary release - it charted the legacy of the physical music format, in a characteristically beautiful and uncompromising way. An accompanying installation at The Vinyl Factory space at Brewer Street Car Park in London offered people the opportunity to listen to the album as a unique audio-visual experience.

            Curated from an archive of over 150 tracks Trevor had built up over the past 2 decades, the inspiration for Jackson’s music, has come from “the times and places where genres weren't quite formed.” While his synth and beatbox workouts might touch on proto-house, on new wave, on Italo and techno, on ambient and psychedelia, they are at the same time none of these things.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            3xLP Info: * 13 album tracks including an exclusive bonus cut
            * Pressed on three 180-gram heavyweight vinyl records
            * Housed in a bespoke clear sleeve
            * Screen printed artwork by Trevor Jackson

            The Central Executives

            A Walk In The Dark

            The Central Executives. What can we say?

            Not much as it turns out - the generally very forthcoming Golf Channel crew are remaining tight-lipped about the architects of this, frankly mind-blowing debut long-player from this new NYC collective.

            'A Walk In The Dark' is exactly that, a situationist song-sheet and sonic chaperone to guide us through the back street escapism these troubled times demand. From gently over-driven punk funkin' mascara stained hymns, to house that's been thoroughly smudged to the edges of its live music incorporating limits.

            Sitting very comfortably, in a moment of stewed elevation alongside Sound Signature style machine jams, bare bones vocal led improvisations, discordant Arthur Russell moments and the distorted reflections of roots House that run to the very core of the big apple.

            A drop-jaw debut then, that wears its influences proudly, but takes them somewhere entirely new.

            Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Research Arkestra

            Planets Of Life And Death

              Enlightenment is.... our tomorrow... It has no plane.... of sorrow Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you.... Be of our Space World Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’

              Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.

              On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“. Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’, transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience: “this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.

              Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “

              Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by Knoel Scott.


              Kerrier District

              4

                Cornish acid dance pioneer, Luke Vibert, dusts off the old gladrags and revives his cherished Kerrier District moniker for a new album this year on Hypercolour.

                Having already released an album last year (the audacious 303 tweakathon ‘Ridmik’, released under the Luke Vibert name), Vibert returns to the label with a 14 track album as Kerrier District. “4” will be the first Kerrier album since 2004’s self titled long player for the legendary Rephlex label. Two singles also emerged from this project in 2006 and 2011, so it’s a huge scoop for the British imprint and a welcome return for Vibert’s disco and funk led project.

                Digging into a huge pot of influence, and ably assisted with a trusty MPC, “4” is not surprisingly made up of a glorious collage of samples, old skool drum loops and large doses of acid funk and deep electronic disco, inspired in parts by the landmark “Black Devil Disco Club” EP from 1978 that has since gone on to influence the music of many like minded producers (step forward Metro Area/Daniel Wang et al).

                A scan through the track titles (“Treacle Tits”? “Discuntek”?) reveal an album filled with humour and mischievous intent, most definitely a trait of many of Vibert’s past releases, but the music really is some serious business. From the album opener, “Discogram”, with its easy (listening) vibes and low slung groove, right the way through to the closing “Come On Kerrier” with its frenzied synth work, deadly bass and incessant vocal stabs, the album is a Technicolor romp through feel good modern funk music as only Kerrier knows how. Drawing upon a wealth of incredible source material, playful beat programming and lush bass, “4” is an album that will quite possibly soundtrack the Summer of 2015 for many, many people.


                Robert Hood

                Minimal Nation - White Vinyl Edition

                  3LP - white vinyl + cd) - Triple pack repress of one of the most important and defining techno records ever made. includes previously unreleased tracks!
                  Robert Hood's Minimal Nation is justly revered as one of the most important and defining techno records ever made. His iconic 1994 masterpiece stripped dance music back to the barest of elements yet retained a loose and dirty funk that many so called 'minimal' records lack today.
                  Having inspired 1000's of producers and DJs across the globe and starting a genre a decade before it was popularly recognized nothing before or since has sounded like it. We now welcome a re-mastered Special Edition of this classic release 15 years after it changed the face of techno.
                  Featuring the unreleased 'SH-101' (made during the same sessions) and the very rare 'Self-Powered' (which only appeared on the Axis test press), Robert Hood's Minimal Nation gets its first full CD and digital release.

                  When first released as a vinyl double-pack 'Minimal Nation' not only sounded unlike any other record but also looked like no other, with each track finishing in a locked groove that forced the listener to flick the needle to the next track. Each groove was built from harsh angular elements that when combined created an alien funk not bereft of warmth or soul. A sound so unique that its single spark echoed around the world and took electronic music into new uncharted territory. As Rob Nash noted in The Sunday Times (December 2008) "minimal's roots go further back, it was invented in 1994, not 2004, and in Detroit, not Berlin. Its inventor was Robert Hood. His 1994 album, Minimal Nation marked the birth of minimal techno."

                  Robert Hood had in fact been experimenting with the sound that was to define his life since he left Underground Resistance. "Around 1992", he recalls, "I was fooling around with the Juno 2 keyboard and I came across this chord sound; once I had that chord sound and a particular pattern I realized I didn't need anything else. In order to maximise the feeling of the music, sometimes we have to subtract."

                  To this day Minimal Nation remains the benchmark, the ground zero of 'minimal'. The first record to conceptually take the Pavlovian Dog's principle of less is more straight to the dancefloor with its insistent loops and surging funk patterns. As Robert himself concludes, "Minimal Nation is not just a collection of rhythm tracks, but a supernatural work of art realized. I felt a strong sense of urgency to create a body of work that identified with what was placed on my heart, as opposed to what was on my mind. Regardless, of it's diminutive nature, one should never underestimate the neural potency of minimalism."

                  Kagoule

                  Urth (Indie Exclusive Version)

                    Eagerly awaited debut album from teenage Alt-Rock trio Kagoule.

                    Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1): "It's Nottingham. The band are called Kagoule. That music moves me. I love that. I love the way bands actually play. I love the sound of picks on strings and sticks on skins and heads head butting mics when they sing. It's friction. I love it."

                    The Guardian: “They’re part of a new wave of British bands (remember bands?) making a rock noise (remember rock noise?) that includes Royal Blood, Drenge and Southern... It is indeed a cause for celebration, if you happen to enjoy being whomped about the head by more than mildly momentous guitar, bass and drums, delivered with some of the feral power of Pixies.”

                    NME: “Nottingham three-piece Kagoule are making a play for our hearts and minds and they’re treading a battle-path worn by the Pixies to get there. A perfect blend of melody and brutality.”


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Info: Indies exclusive version - includes 2 bonus tracks.

                    Jaga Jazzist

                    Oban - Inc. Todd Terje Remix

                      Teasing ahead to their brand new album Starfire Norwegian octet Jaga Jazzist drop the thundering 12-minute synth juggernaut that is "Oban" backed with a stellar rework from friend and fellow countryman Todd Terje (Olsen Records). As expected, Mr Terje smashes it out of the park, turning in a smouldering heater of epic proportions. Cop all 9 minutes of it on lovely transparent 12" wax.

                      Various Artists

                      Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City - LP Part B

                        This is the 20th anniversary 2015 expanded edition of one of Soul Jazz Records earliest definitive releases: ‘Nu Yorica: Culture Clash In New York City’, a stunning and groundbreaking collection of music, bringing together Latin, Soul, Jazz, Funk and more from the melting pot of New York City in the 1970s.

                        Out-of-print for more than ten years, this new edition has been fully digitally remastered with new tracks, additional photography and is released as a deluxe 2CD pack with large outsize booklet, as well as a new edition of two super-loud super-heavy separate volumes of double vinyl. The album is also available for the first time as a worldwide digital release.

                        ‘Nu Yorica!’ is one of Soul Jazz Records most critically acclaimed albums of all time.

                        The album features seminal Latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero, Cachao and many more.

                        Various Artists

                        Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City - LP Part A

                          This is the 20th anniversary 2015 expanded edition of one of Soul Jazz Records earliest definitive releases: ‘Nu Yorica: Culture Clash In New York City’, a stunning and groundbreaking collection of music, bringing together Latin, Soul, Jazz, Funk and more from the melting pot of New York City in the 1970s.

                          Out-of-print for more than ten years, this new edition has been fully digitally remastered with new tracks, additional photography and is released as a deluxe 2CD pack with large outsize booklet, as well as a new edition of two super-loud super-heavy separate volumes of double vinyl. The album is also available for the first time as a worldwide digital release.

                          ‘Nu Yorica!’ is one of Soul Jazz Records most critically acclaimed albums of all time.

                          The album features seminal Latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero, Cachao and many more.

                          Various Artists

                          Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City

                            This is the 20th anniversary 2015 expanded edition of one of Soul Jazz Records earliest definitive releases: ‘Nu Yorica: Culture Clash In New York City’, a stunning and groundbreaking collection of music, bringing together Latin, Soul, Jazz, Funk and more from the melting pot of New York City in the 1970s.

                            Out-of-print for more than ten years, this new edition has been fully digitally remastered with new tracks, additional photography and is released as a deluxe 2CD pack with large outsize booklet, as well as a new edition of two super-loud super-heavy separate volumes of double vinyl. The album is also available for the first time as a worldwide digital release.

                            ‘Nu Yorica!’ is one of Soul Jazz Records most critically acclaimed albums of all time.

                            The album features seminal Latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero, Cachao and many more.

                            Ronnie Davis / Horus

                            Make Haste / Warning Version

                              Horus Records’ fifth release is a special one for us. It is the first production played and recorded by ourselves at our studio ‘The Arch’ in Tottenham, North London.

                              It’s in an all analogue affair recorded with real instruments live and direct to tape, sounds pumped through homemade valve preamps and other equipment we have amassed over the last few years. It’s a 2015 production, heavily influenced by our love for the sonic and the approach of 1970’s reggae.

                              Ronnie Davis shouldn’t need an introduction, considered one of the founding artists of reggae music. Starting off with legendary rocksteady and reggae group The Tennors he remained a prominent force throughout the 70’s working with producers such as Bunny Lee, Phil Pratt and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to create tracks that are still relevant today. In this release, his voice is as distinctive and strong as it ever was – with lyrics to match. 

                              Easter & The Totem

                              The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

                                “There was Mike Barry (age 18), Ian Self (age 18), and a drum machine. In those days, all you needed were a couple of long coats, a mutual love of The Fall and Joy Division, a pile of existential books (Kafka, Camus, Dostoyevsky, etc.) and some lager. They took their name from a Jackson Pollock painting. It was Summer of 1981 and the band was as rough as a bear’s arse.” And, those are the origins of Easter and the Totem.

                                Tromping around South London through most of the 1980s, Easter and the Totem released three LPs (the first one at the urging of John Peel); The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts is their second. Recorded between 1982 and 1985—with a year and a half break scissored in—it takes the band’s original post-punk influences and surges into angry, pop-enhanced, DIY-stamped rock ’n’ roll: a sound similar to, yet less polished than, contemporaries The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen.

                                Propelled by drummer Steve Mountain and Barry’s acidic lyrics, The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts perfectly captures working class rock ’n’ roll discontent with Margaret Thatcher and the 1980s UK. That the band never signed up to a major and chased “success” wasn’t due to their lack of great tunes, but their preference for playing benefits for the Bromley Unemployed Group and the South London Musicians Collective over yucking it up with the suits. Good thing for our ears: Easter and the Totem’s non-careerist approach to rock and pop, not bogged down by the studio fads and major label production that killed some of their peers, ages extremely well.

                                The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts was originally released in 1985 on Barry’s Ideological Sounds label in a tiny pressing. While it never got mass distribution, a few copies snuck out. Those at S-S Records HQ stumbled on a copy in the early ’90s in the back room of a record store (score!) and spun it so many times, they finally put it on their “to reissue” list. After many years of trying, they got permission and here ya go: The first appearance of this great record on vinyl in 30 years.

                                Nina Simone

                                My Baby Just Cares For Me - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                  Originally released as 'Little Girl Blue' in 1957, this was Nina Simone's first recording. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert "Tootie" Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues. Check the opener, her reading of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," which finger-pops and swings while keeping the phrasing deep-blue. It is contrasted immediately with one of the - if not the - definitive reads of Willard Robison's steamy leave-your-lover ballad "Don't Smoke in Bed." The title track, written by Rodgers & Hart, features "Good King Wenceslas" as a classical prelude to one of the most beautiful pop ballads ever written. It is followed immediately by the funky swing in "Love Me or Leave Me" with a smoking little piano solo in the bridge where Bach meets Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons. It's also interesting to note that while this was her first recording, the record's grooves evidence an artist who arrives fully formed; many of the traits Simone displayed throughout her career as not only a vocalist and pianist but as an arranger are put on first notice here. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" has a stride shuffle that is extrapolated on in the piano break. Her instrumental and improvising skills are put to good use on Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait," which is transformed into something classical from its original bebop intent. "You'll Never Walk Alone" feels more like some regal gospel song than the Rodgers & Hammerstein show tune it was. Of course, one of Simone's signature tunes was her version of "I Loves You, Porgy," which appears here for the first time and was released as a single. Her own "Central Park Blues" is one of the finest jazz tunes here, and it is followed with yet another side of Simone's diversity in her beautiful take on the folk-gospel tune "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," with quiet and determined dignity and drama. Another of her instrumentals compositions, "African Mailman," struts proud with deep Afro-Caribbean roots and rhythms.

                                  Coachwhips

                                  Bangers Vs Fuckers (Reissue)

                                    Feeling listless? Falling asleep behind the wheel? Need a soundtrack for your backyard Fight Club (with the lucky possibility of a muddy mid-fight kiss)? We have just the thing: a fully re-spruced version of the Coachwhips’ classic LP, Bangers Vs. Fuckers.

                                    If you’re unfamiliar, this record may be the loudest thing ever put to tape. Weasel Walter’s mastering job is more of an act of terrorism than anything else but it perfectly captures the intensity of seeing them live in, say, your bathroom. This record right here is Coachwhips at their bloody-nosed best, way past in the red, shoving white-hot heart-attack anthems like “You Gonna Get It,” “Evil Son” and “Thee Alarm” straight through your reptilian brain and into the sweaty crowd behind you. Essential listening for anyone with a pulse and a chip on their shoulder. Remastered and recut at 45 RPM for maximum blunt force. We found the artwork all beat up but we nursed it back to health. It’s never been louder, clearer or more fun than this!

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                                    Melt Banana

                                    Return Of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 2000-2009)

                                      In advance of two North American tours, including appearances at Maryland Deathfest in May and Wisconsin’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner), Melt-Banana delivers their second compilation of singles and tracks from split releases. Originally released between 2000 and 2009, the collection includes covers of “Tintarella Di Luna,” by Italian singer Mina, Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” and The Damned’s “Love Song.”

                                      Sarah Vaughan

                                      Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                        This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards "April in Paris," "Jim," and "Lullaby of Birdland." As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on "Lullaby of Birdland," "Jim," and "September Song," displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. 

                                        Dawn Of Midi

                                        Dysnomia

                                          Channelled madness – the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping is culminating into their most mesmerising work yet.

                                          With Dysnomia, the Brooklyn-based group Dawn of Midi abandons improvisation in favour of composition, utilising sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves. From close up one may see only dots, but when stepping back an undulating image reveals itself. “We didn’t want to create anything cerebral,” says Belyamani, “we wanted something visceral, something that would awaken our instinctive dance impulses.”

                                          Having met at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 2006, bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and drummer Qasim Naqvi found their original rapport through late night tennis matches on the campus court. The chemistry they founded there eventually led them back indoors to improvise together; something they did in total darkness to deprive themselves of all their senses except the crucial one – their hearing.

                                          The manner, by which a trio of solely acoustic instruments ends up sounding like electronic music, has to do with the unconventional ways the group play their instruments on Dysnomia. The record comes to life in the trio’s critically acclaimed live shows, a test of endurance and trust that involves performing their hand-looped acoustic minimalism note for note, just as the compositions were recorded. Dawn of Midi’s sets are as energetic and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ-set, mesmerising fans in the same way the group’s favourite experimental and electronic acts have for decades.

                                          The album was recorded to 2-inch tape at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, New York - a former church that was purchased and transformed into an analogue recording playground by the great engineer Henry Hirsch. Once the band visited the studio and met Henry, an expert in analogue recording equipped with a vintage Helios console, 16 and 24-track tape machines and a superb collection of microphones, it was obvious they had to record there; it was miles ahead of anywhere else they had visited. Rusty Santos then mixed the album to make sure it would hit as hard as the group’s favourite electronic albums do in spite of it being entirely acoustic.

                                          “We wanted to make a record that sounded both musically futuristic and sonically vintage,” explains Israni, “and since the album never saw a proper international release, it is very exciting to see what might happen when more people are exposed to it. And to be aligned with Erased Tapes, whose enthusiasm for the music they release has done a lot for exposing unique instrumental and electronic music, makes it that much more interesting.”

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP Info: Limited clear vinyl edition.

                                          Chet Baker

                                          Chet Baker Sings - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                            As Gerald Heard's liner notes point out, it's difficult to decide whether Chet Baker was a trumpet player who sang or a singer who played trumpet. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn't sound like any previous jazz singer. His first vocal session, recorded in February 1954 and covering tracks seven through 14 of this disc, is so innocent-sounding it's like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen had started a new career as a jazz singer. The album's first six tracks, recorded in July 1956, are even more milk and cookies, thanks in no small part to syrupy material like Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" and Donaldson / Kahn's drippy "My Buddy." Choices from the earlier session like "My Funny Valentine" - arguably the definitive version of this oft-recorded song - and "There Will Never Be Another You" work much, much better. The spacious musical setting, a simple trumpet and piano-bass-drums rhythm section, is perfect for Baker's low-key style. 'Chet Baker Sings' is a classic of West Coast cool jazz.

                                            Rival Consoles

                                            Odyssey

                                              UK producer’s sought-after EPs of unique minimal synthesiser and electronic arrangements receive CD edition

                                              London-based electronic producer Ryan Lee West is notable for making synthesisers sound both human and atmospheric under the moniker Rival Consoles. Shying away from creating all of his sounds on the laptop, he instead molds and shapes his melodies on his Prophet, Moog Voyager and tape delay, the same gear he also uses on his live performances.

                                              With the release of his 2013 EP Odyssey, Rival Consoles gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spun a wide spectrum of musical ideas. Whilst 2014’s Sonne in many ways is a continuation in exploring sonic atmosphere and space, it’s important to West that the music structures itself around a pulse, rather than the pulse being the defining point.

                                              From the distorted waves in 3 Chords, growing and shrinking, to the rhythmic waves of constant speeding up and then slowing down in Recovery, it’s the sythesisers that make up the core sound of the record. Whilst tracks like Helios, Haunt and Think Tank see West play live drums and acoustic guitar.

                                              “I’m often looking at art in exhibitions and I always think to myself ‘why the hell don’t I have this much colour in my work?’ The answer in part I think is down to synthesis. It is very difficult to create colour without it sounding plastic. Colour in music is both the note combinations and the actual timbre of the sounds. There are lots of instances of very colourful ambient sounds, which I took great care to create for each song, using various methods – from passing analogue synths through chains of effects to chopping up random sequences of recordings and forming tiny collages." – Ryan Lee West

                                              Since the 12” vinyl edition of both EPs sold out within only a few months, the desire by fans to hear these much sought-after releases in one listen drove this special edition in CD form.

                                              Rival Consoles is currently working on new material for his next studio album, which he showcased at SXSW in Austin before embarking on a North American tour with Warp artist Clark and US producer Nosaj Thing. He will also appear at this year’s Great Escape, Mutek Montreal and Off Party Barcelona.

                                              The new edition features a two-sided, die-cut sleeve that comes in two variations folded inside-out and combines the two original cover illustrations by South London artist Supermundane, layouted and re-packaged by Erased Tapes label founder Robert Raths.

                                              Abjects

                                              Gone

                                                Introducing your favourite new 3 piece: Abjects, a new London trio who have been winning over fans all over the world with an impressive set of edgy garage tunes, perky bass-lines washed over with lashings of jagged and disjointed guitar work. Hotly tipped by Manchester’s PINS - who released their debut EP ‘Fast Love’ (Haus of Pins) - Abjects have been a prominent garage punk band in the London live circuit since their emergence in 2013. Self-sufficient and capable, they’ve created their own scene, put on their own nights, designed their own merch – fully immersing themselves with the DIY ethos which allowed them to be picked out by the likes of Jon Spencer & the Blues Explosion, Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, The Coathangers or the larger than life Fat White Family. Their latest offering comes from their ‘Gone’ EP with lead single ‘Gone’.

                                                Recorded by rising starlet producer Syd Kemp - which is to be released on Stolen Body Records (Brown Brogues, Thee MVP’s & more) on May 11th 2015 both digitally and on limited edition 12” vinyl. Influences on the band come in the form of The Shangri-las, The Slits, Lydia Lunch, The Stooges and Sonic Youth. With such potent esteemed artists helping to sculpt their sound it is clear to see where Abjects gather their signature clout.

                                                Bong

                                                We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been

                                                  We are, we were and we will have been continues Bong’s unregulated experiments on tonal prolonging. Solemn in its delivery and frightening in its implications, this latest LP signifies a point of no return from the Pied Pipers of mesmeric drone, its two near twenty minute tracks will surely loop and envelop indefinitely, freeing the listener from this increasingly unfamiliar material world and mercifully trapping them in the weightlessness of Bong’s sonic void.

                                                  Microtonal adjustments and invading frequencies are pleated into a tapestry of gooey guitar and midnight-ritual percussion, melting at a glacial pace across ‘Time Regained’ and ‘Find Your Own Gods’. The first of the two tracks creaks under the weight of residual distortion and unfathomable density, while the second opens with the powerful command of the track title, evoking a deity-defying thought process that unravels through the duration of the song, providing the synth-mist and distant rumbles with an origin so ancient it predates comprehension.

                                                  We are, we were and we will have been is Bong’s report from their explorations past the point where others fear. The album was captured and mixed in November 2014 by Mark Wood at the Soundroom in Gateshead, and the cover art is from ‘Thomson’s Aeolian Harp’, by famed pre-impressionist painter JMW Turner, picturing an infant London in the background. 

                                                  Jon DeRosa

                                                  Black Halo

                                                    Black Halo the second full-length release from Jon DeRosa, following up 2013's A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes (Rocket Girl). After moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in early 2014, DeRosa began frequenting Joshua Tree and other sparsely populated nature destinations in California. His spiritual attraction to and fascination with the solitude and openness of these new landscapes, combined with his penchant for 60's pop songwriting and orchestration, largely inspired the vast "West Coast" sound of Black Halo.

                                                    Though the amply bearded, heavily-tattooed DeRosa looks the part of Hells Angel- meets-Source Family member, his striking baritone is more in tune with the Golden Age of crooners, 1950's Nelson Riddle arrangements and 1960's teen love songs. Known for his dreamlike ambient-pop work as Aarktica, DeRosa integrates those signature otherworldly elements into the songs on Black Halo, combining a certain kind of occult mysticism with a refined orchestral sound. His ability to successfully blend such disparate elements is what makes his music so strikingly original and DeRosa such a singular character. But then again, this is the kind of thing that can happen when your past includes studying under minimalist pioneer La Monte Young, making records with Alan Sparhawk of Low, collaborating with Stephin Merritt, and touring Europe with Lydia Lunch.

                                                    For the recording of Black Halo DeRosa returned to Brooklyn to work with his musicians and long time collaborator and producer Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Soko, Gospel Music). The two returned to Los Angeles for further tracking and vocals, and to work with multi-instrumentalist Brad Gordon (The Weepies, Dan Wilson) on the orchestral arrangements (Brad also co-wrote "Blood Moon" with DeRosa). The record features vocal contributions from the exquisite Carina Round (Early Winters/Puscifer), as well as the DeRosa/Round co-written duet "Dancing In A Dream." Finally, a most notable collaboration comes in the shape of "When Daddy Took The Treehouse Down," which DeRosa co-wrote with the inimitable Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields). 

                                                    Valet

                                                    Nature

                                                      Recorded at home over the course of a year, Nature evolved as a collaboration between Honey Owens, Fauria, and drummer/bassist/keyboardist Mark Burden. The album finds the trio crafting enveloping layers of guitars, synthesizers, and reverb to create a shimmering, wide open sound.

                                                      It's a restrained, direct style, but tying it all together is a lulling, dreamy melodic sense that is distinctively Valet. At the center stands Owens' ethereal voice, which has transitioned from evoking trippy fantasies to creating space for honest contemplation. 

                                                      Informed by Honey Owens early musical life in the 90s Bay Area underground music scene, Nature slyly synthesizes the DIY spirit of punk, the expansive guitar whirl of shoegaze, and the propulsive rhythmic drive of dub.

                                                      For Valet, Nature's sound is a change in style, but not substance. From the haunted blues of 2006's Blood is Clean to the Fourth World free fusion of 2008's Naked Acid, Owens and company have always demonstrated a mastery of bringing together disparate musical genres into a unified musical whole.

                                                      Goatsnake

                                                      Black Age Blues

                                                        Goatsnake’s Black Age Blues closes a fifteen-year gap between full-length albums from the revered act, without a doubt making it one of the most highly anticipated doom/stoner/metal releases of 2015.

                                                        Featuring original members: Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))), Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool), & Greg Rogers (The Obsessed)

                                                        With nearly fifty minutes of their most soulful yet boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements, and guest contributions from a variety of players including DAVID PAJO (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.

                                                        Black Age Blues is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of Goatsnake in top form. Everything is magnified; the vocals of Pete Stahl (Scream) vocals have never sounded so powerful, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers (The Obsessed) on drums and Scott Renner on bass is the driving force on each track, and the riffs of guitarist Greg Anderson (SunnO))), Southern Lord Recordings) are heavier than ever before.

                                                        Recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament), the production values of Black Age Blues back the top-notch musicianship, creating a seriously unstoppably entertaining album.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xLtd LP Info: Vinyl version contains 2 exclusive tracks and comes in a Stoughton gatefold jacket.

                                                        The Waterboys

                                                        This Is The Sea

                                                          180g vinyl and includes a download code. 

                                                          El Perro Del Mar

                                                          El Perro Del Mar (Deluxe Edition)

                                                            Celebrating 10 years since its original Swedish release, El Perro Del Mar (aka Sarah Assbring) is proud to reissue a deluxe edition of her self-titled debut album on double green vinyl with an additional 10 tracks of demo, live and unheard music. 


                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2xLtd LP Info: Double green vinyl + download.

                                                            The latest offering from Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams is a superb 5-tracker of unreleased gems from A Vision of Panorama, who established himself last year with his amazing ‘Time Capsule’ EP. This new release from the talented Russian is full of delicious Balearic Double Fantasy/early 90ties Cafe Del Mar moods underpinned by modern programming all washed with a sense of warmth and richness and a relaxed island atmosphere. "Reef" is a downtempo luscious beachy groove oozing sunshine, "Port De Soller" offers a late 80ties vibe of tasty organic keys and steady bass while "Patches of Light" shimmers with multi layered keyboard harmonies and a superb melodic hook. Flip over and let the ocean waves roll on "Sail Among The Clouds" where melting electronics and catchy synths evoke memories of sundancing on the beach. And finally we have the magnificent Jex Opolis remix of “Patches of Light” with the Canadian delivering a hot, summery and beautiful version that hits all the right notes - a future classic already being playlisted by Manchester’s Moonboots and Test Pressing’s Apiento. Did anybody say music for swimming pools, floating frogs and chilled seagulls….Yes!

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Theme From Kaffee Vol. 1 EP

                                                              Brand new edits imprint Local Kaffee open their account with a blistering debut EP, bringing together some red hot names to rework obscure Italian songs released between 1974 and 1980. It's fair to say they make their intentions clear from the get go, as Bottin opens the EP with a stunning extension of Loredana Berte's "Ti Piacerebbe", looping up the chunky clav line and tribal beat before dropping us into the cosmic whisper of Loredana's sensual vocals. I reckon this is up their with the Italian's killer rework of Lio's "Sage Comme Une Image", which is quite the accolade. Next up, Whiskey Disco bartender Sleazy McQueen drops by the Kaffee to funk us up with the sexy disco sway of "Back To Hell", 


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Patrick says: Red hot batch of Italian edits including a sweet Bottin rework of Loredana Berte's "Ti Piacerebbe", the original of which currently changes hand for over £100 on the second hand market.

                                                              Record hunter, beat maestro extraordinaire and all-round Mr Nice Guy Lucci Capri, famous for his Messalina Edits series, follows up his debut "Kilimanjaro" on Kenneth Bager's Music For Dreams with an incredible catchy Balearic beat chugger "None Left For Me". Sounding like a lost gem but made with classy contemporary production, this simple yet effective track has huge cross-over appeal full of rolling baselines, melodic synths, and a great male hook with shades of the 80ties Wang Chung classic "Dance Hall Days". Mr Capri keeps up the quality and shows personal style and pure imagination with second track "U Used To...", a very different hip hop take on the Spectrum/Coma Club classic by Ralphi Rosario - here sampled, stretched and edited to massive effect for the smiling dance floor. Flip the coin and the Balearic goodie bag continues with the second release on MFD by "Magic Wand" specialists Coyote. "Juicy" is a horizontal tune with just the right amount of dubbed arpeggios, chilled pianos, sunset strings and a hint of Barry thrown into the mix for good measure - a great combination that should definitely keep the Balearic boffins happy. Second track "House On Rocks" is a spaced out percussive journey almost like a Jan Schulte jam - spoken words, cosmic keyboards - Coyote on top form! Another great package from Music For Dreams and essential stuff for the beach patrons. Watch this fly..

                                                              Connecticut's Jon Beall, recording as Entro Senestre, has gained critical acclaim thanks to brilliant releases on labels like W.T. Records, Echovolt and L.I.E.S.. On his debut for Dekmantel, Beall has taken his signature vintage flavors of techno and electro and pushed them into news spheres of the frightening, combining chalky, continuous drum tracks with an ear for emotionally challenging melodies. Championing timeless electro-techno that breathes real soul, this four tracker does Senestre proud and alters a dynamic EP that is ear-piercing and contemplative, nifty and evocative. 

                                                              The mighty Geena is back on Antinote with a new EP filled with deepest psychedelic goodness and spaced surprises. Comes housed in a glorious printed sleeve! Side A starts with "Tone Loc" a heavy Geenafied future classic, complete with signature celestial pan pipes and a deeper than deep bassline, together building in intensity with muted distant vocals adding to the sweet heady confusion. The next track "Minus Jam" is on a similar path of ecstatic disorientation, with spinning delayed glass toms supervised by the darkest dictatorial bass line confirming Geena is a master of light and dark. Side 2 continues with "Box Of Exotica" where we are sent to a dreamy post blade runner musical world of traditional and futuristic collision
                                                              augmented with beautiful and equally dark Japanese stick music vocals. The last track "Green Resident" also walks the cosmic path found throughout this gorgeous EP, softer at first than the others, but the silky darkness soon seeps in bringing cosmic order to GeenaLand. Perfect 

                                                              Melody As Truth returns with "Talk From Home" an album from Los Angeles native Suzanne Kraft. "Talk From Home" showcases Kraft's emotional depth as a producer, and skill as a multi-instrumentalist. Recorded over a few weeks in the winter of 2014, the intimacy of the recordings shines through in a melancholic yet hopeful world of melody and tone.

                                                              Pure warmth and a deephouse beauty by East German arrangement perfectionist Jan Ketel. Including a not-from-this-world version by Rose Record's Luvless and a collaboration with his mate Siggatunez, Jan Ketel's Girliewood EP leads you to the warmer days and brings heat to the floor.

                                                              Starting with the title song, Jan Ketel introduces us to his understanding of deepness. A warm and thick pad wrapped into a filigree arrangement of percussive high-drums, combined with an impulsive kick-drum, Girliewood builds a paralyzing intro. It develops to a first break, which emphasizes the deep groove to the point, when the kick drum comes back again. It becomes a very groovy and harmonic song, which builds itself up again. Added with well arranged keys and constantly moving drum elements, it gets to the point where it came from.

                                                              A2 is Luvless' slower version of Walking Away (B2), which could be described as a drifty but sedate floor-filler. Luvless uses a well collected drum set, containing a very pregnant dynamic and organic clap sound combined with a constantly playing murder bassline at the beginning. Step by step and in a well thought out way, main elements of the original enter the song to a part you could call the height. After that it comes to a long break, which prepares and makes you needing the last part. Luvless brings back the full effect and rounds up his version by minimizing it to a percussive end, containing that heavy bassline. It ends where it started and fits more than perfectly into the context of the whole EP. What a killer...thanks for that!

                                                              Over on B1 'Background' is a co-production with his buddy Siggatunez. Characterized by a dirty rhodes chord line and a very dynamic and constantly moving arrangement, it perfectly flows from the beginning to the end. In between, a lot of sample-work happens, which mainly includes a divided voice, a chopped piano-line and an electric key-patch and makes 'Background' highly melodic and harmonic.

                                                              Finally 'Walking Away' drives heavy from the beginning on. A pumping bassline kick-drum-clap-ensemble directly screws into your stomach to a point, where the very warm and harmonic main pad/bell/electric-key-sample appears from nowhere. From this time on, 'Walking Away' rises up to a height by adding very nice but descent parts step by step. It does not stop flowing until it comes to the break, which makes you just want more...and you will get exactly what you need, when the kick-drum drops again...till Jan brings it to a perfect end.

                                                              The Girliewood EP is a piece of music as we all deserve it...round, deep, warm and a must have this summer...Jan Ketel gets your soul moving.

                                                              Vocalist Wayne Snow first appeared on Max Graef's critically acclaimed debut album from last year and later his solo E.P 'Red Runner' on Tartelet Records. Recently, Wayne featured on French producer Darius Helios EP, which will be out in April on Roche Music. For this release he's again teamed up with Max Graef and team Tartelet. This second EP 'Rosie' delivering a fresh badge of rugged soulfulness over off-kilter chords, body shaking basslines & dusty beats as Max does best. Combining Wayne's falsetto vocals with Max's beats and production for a record that heralds the sunshine and a spring of cold beers, rowing boats on the Spree and strong sativa.

                                                              A1. 'Interlude' - Wayne demonstrates his range on this dreamy falsetto introduction while tipping his hat to both past and contemporary vocalists.

                                                              A2. 'Rosie' - Think Barry White's strings, and D'Angelo’s sugar. Wayne Snow delivers a car stopping panty dropping wonky hip-hop to 4/4 funk odyssey with this the title track of the record.

                                                              A3. 'Drunk' - Inspired by drunk-dialing and late night hook ups, Moodymann may sleep with his MPC. Wayne doesn't. Fuelled by MPC2000 programmed drums, an irresistible deep bass line, off-kilter Rhodes chords and the man himself on vocals.

                                                              Remix wise. On the flip delivered by newcomers Nu Guinea, serving up a slow burning jam paying tribute to early St. Germain work, while German hip-hop producer Hurbert Daviz slows it down for a between-the-sheets hymn high on harmonics. .

                                                              The third release on The Magic Movement features the label's A&R Noema from Berlin.

                                                              'Antipodes' starts off with a funky bass-line, trippy bells and syncopated claps which set a psychedelic Afro vibe from the very beginning.
                                                              Mystical noises increase this mood, until a hypnotising Moog hook calls for action. And at the latest when the sub bass finally drops in, the scenery transforms into an ecstatic ritual dance.

                                                              On the flipside you'll find Aunti Flo's remix with a more dubby feel of the title track. A spheric choir pad unfolds over strong Afro percussions, while a rattle snake like shaker excitedly rises and falls.

                                                              'Late at Night' feels like a nocturnal walk through streets in twilight. The groove, which sounds like odd clockwork, gets occasionally enhanced by more interesting percussion sounds. The melodies, played by a Marimba-like instrument and filtered synth, are accompanied by a warm pad and a disco bassline, whilst a female voice moans in the back.

                                                              Black

                                                              Stay Shape, Make Some Love

                                                              The third release on Interzona13's sister label OUTERZONA13... Black's debut was one of our best-selling 12's of last year, so this highly anticipated follow up couldn't come soon enough! Edits? Yes, but out of the ordinary, and out of this world - A Ron Hardy staple teleports into the 21st century, elsewhere devastatingly good Afro-Soul is sure to work those thighs, and wrapping things up we get an impossible to resist, sultry, cosmic Jazz-Funk workout like no other.

                                                              Another keeper on this fine label !

                                                              Haunted Doorbell are Timothy J. Fairplay and Matilda Tristram who released 'Xylophone' together last year on Astro Lab Recordings. Picking up where Xylophone left off 'Unconnected thoughts on jacking' is four tracks of naive melodies, rough slamjack drums, and new age atmospheres. 'Starclash' kicks off side A, with its dramatic arpeggios and SID chip crashes, Techno to soundtrack the Saturday night laser show at the planetarium. Following is 'A night of adventure' with its eastern scales and washy broken chorus unit hiss. On side B we have 'Beautiful Sheffield' - an ode to electronic music's (possibly) most important British city and the title track rounds of the EP - house music for listening to while looking out to sea.

                                                              The late nite stepper, the strut in the stuff that leaves you wanting more. That goodnight kiss, that early morning mist. Mystery producer Olmos steps to the plate for his debut 12" on Hot Shot Sounds, boogie funk vibes paired with modern nods to house- stomping OG mix backed with remixes from label boss Inkswel and Faces & MCDE maestro Pablo Valentino.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Fabriclive 81 - Monki

                                                                Whilst many DJs serve their apprenticeships in small clubs before breaking through to the wider consciousness, Monki (born Lucy Monkman) made her name through the radio airwaves. She spent her teenage years tuning into the pirate stations of her native London and the specialist shows of national broadcaster BBC Radio 1, where she now holds an esteemed position, having graduated through local radio and online stations, including a 3-year stint on Rinse FM. Securing her first major gig in 2009 thanks to her mentor and fellow Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, her rise has accelerated to playing worldwide club and festival gigs, as well as hosting regular ‘Monki & Friends’ nights at fabric. She releases an annual compilation EP under the same banner, and heads up the Zoo Music imprint, carrying through her support of upcoming artists through from her radio and club shows to a more curatorial role.

                                                                “I bought a lot of the FABRICLIVE CDs, Toddla T’s one was playing in my car all the time as a yout. FABRICLIVE 81 definitely represents my style, high energy with some breaks in there to catch your breath. Everything has a groove.” – Monki

                                                                Bookended by old school classics from FPI Project and Golden Girls, FABRICLIVE 81 mixes up bass-led exclusives by Mella Dee and Bot & Tony Quattro with tried-and-tested club smashers from DJ Technic and Robert Hood’s Floorplan project. Whilst the likes of DJ Haus and Danny Daze & 214 add a house flavour to the mix, Monki has also drafted Manchester’s Chimpo and Birmingham’s Slick Don to turn in vocal dubs over tracks by Melé and Gage respectively, transforming them from skeletal grime riddims into firing MC specials, and further infusing FABRICLIVE 81 with the effervescent energy of her club performances and radio shows.

                                                                Tender Prey

                                                                Organ Calzone

                                                                  The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrumpop superhero and longterm spar Tender Prey, personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B.

                                                                  This long anticipated feature length offering, entitled ‘Organ Calzone’, captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven ‘Sweet Baboo’ Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of virtually anyone who meets her.

                                                                  As the latest enfant terrible to come out of the Welsh capital’s intertwined dysfunctional family tree Laura has racked up countless road miles on tour with bezzy mates H.Hawkline and Cate Le Bon (another Bird school alumni) whilst filling secret diary pages with warm-ups for Chicago’s Ezra Furman and as support-act-in-residence for Jane Weaver. However, where others might nurse post-tour hangovers dissolving Beroccas, Laura’s recent anti-downtime has been spent constructing further walls of noise to the beat of Miss Emma Daman Thomas (drummer in Islet) and layering her own breed of distorted guitar, close enough chord changes and affectionate sarcastic sweetness all of which form the this collection of vari-speed compositions.

                                                                  Comparisons to DC femme-punk band Slant 6 and specific permutations of Thee Headcoatees will crumble under the Laura’s very unique personality, which in another era would warrant her own French comic strip.

                                                                  As well as repeat radio sessions for 6Music and double-thumbs from Marc Riley, Laura will be spreading her music over various formats sharing vinyl sides with Jane Weaver’s latest single while presenting special editions of the LP on vintage reclaimed compact cassette (with free Rorschach psychiatrist cards) and digital download.

                                                                  Shamir

                                                                  Ratchet

                                                                    Following a BBC Sound Of 2015 nomination and signing to XL Recordings, the hotly-tipped talent Shamir is all set to release his debut album ‘Ratchet’.

                                                                    The Las Vegas-based singer crept slowly into the awarenesses of music fans with a steady rise in popularity following the release of debut EP ‘Northtown’, which was put out on the Godmode Records label.

                                                                    Hypnotic single ‘On The Regular’ marked the transition to the indie label giant XL and promised an album of addictive rhythms and bold pop magic.

                                                                    Kamasi Washington

                                                                    The Epic

                                                                      The story begins with a man on high. He is an old man, a warrior, and the guardian to the gates of a city. Two miles below his mountainous perch, he observes a dojo, where a group of young men train night and day. Eventually, the old man expects a challenger to emerge. He hopes for the day of his destruction, for this is the cycle of life.

                                                                      Finally the doors fly open and three young men burst forth to challenge the old master. The first man is quick, but not strong enough. The second is quick, and strong, but not wise enough. The third stands tall, and overtakes the master. The Changing of the Guard has at long last been achieved.

                                                                      But then the old man wakes up. He looks down at the dojo and realizes he’s been daydreaming. The dojo below exists, but everyone in training is yet a child. By the time they grow old enough to challenge the old man, he has disappeared.

                                                                      This is, in essence, both a true story and a carefully constructed musical daydream, one that will further unfold in May of 2015, in a brazen release from young Los Angeles jazz giant, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington. The Epic is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus who has featured Washington on his albums Cosmogramma and You’re Dead!.

                                                                      The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble.

                                                                      The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and its members – who call themselves variously “The Next Step” and the “The West Coast Get Down” – have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school. The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively in the tens of thousands.
                                                                      “Nothing compares to these guys,” says Barbara Sealy, the former West Coast director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, who has championed Kamasi and his compatriots from the beginning. “I challenge any group to go out on stage with them and see if they can keep up with it… Kamasi is at the top of his game, and only getting better.” “These young guys,” the rapper Common says, “remind me of why I love music.”

                                                                      And the story The Epic tells, without words but rather through some combination of magic, mastery, and sheer force of imagination, is the story of Kamasi Washington and the Next Step and their collective mission: to remove jazz from the shelf of relics and make it new, unexpected, and dangerous again. They seek to both honour and alter tradition: as The Epic’s opening track announces, they are the “Changing of the Guard”. The sound can be felt like flames, sometimes waving in the coziness of a fireplace, in other moments sweeping everything around like a backdraft. But Kamasi is always in control of the burning.

                                                                      Fink

                                                                      Horizontalism

                                                                        Following the success of last year’s Hard Believer album—which saw the trio known as Fink melding Fin Greenall’s ruggedly lush vocals with a slow-burning and steady-thumping array of string plucking (Guy Whittaker) and cymbal smashing (Tim Thornton)—they ring in 2015 with Horizontalism, due for release via R’COUP’D on 18 May 2015.

                                                                        Presented as a collection of dubs from Hard Believer, the re-worked material takes on a decidedly more mysterious turn: vocals dangle and loop precariously over raw edges of murky sound, lasers oscillate and waves crash, percussion click-clacks somewhere far away, and the listener somehow draws nearer to the core from which Fink draws the sonic intimacy for which they’re so well-known.

                                                                        Inspired by Greenall’s new home in Berlin and his resurgent interest in electronic production, his series of mixes may stand in stark contrast to the bands musical output of the past years but the listener finds themselves at the same intersection of impassioned storytelling, manifest emotion and darkly beautiful ambience that Fink fans have come to expect.

                                                                        Eccentronic Research Council

                                                                        Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan

                                                                          The Eccentronic Research Council’s fabulous fourth album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’, released on Without Consent, is written from the persuasive point of view of an obsessional fan of a (fictional?) local band - The Moonlandingz, who gig around the (fictional?) South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale.

                                                                          The album also sees The Eccentronic Research Council team up with Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski of South London’s The Fat White Family, who ably play the role of The Moonlandingz.

                                                                          Limited edition vinyl (1000 copies for the UK & Eire) comes with exclusive ‘The Moonlandingz EP’ 12”. The LP includes a copy of the album on CD.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          2xLtd LP Info: LP + 12”.

                                                                          Diane Lewis

                                                                          Without Your Love / Giving Up Your Love

                                                                            'Without Your Love' is a heady, mid-tempo Detroit funky'€‹ soul mover from vocalist Diane Lewis (erstwhile member of the group the Adorables, alongside her sister Pat Lewis). Recorded in 1968, this was one of a spate of releases on Wand featuring some seriously full bodied production from Detroit native Herman Griffin, in what appears to have been an attempt at emulating the sound and success of Motown. And while such rewards may have evaded 'Without Your Love' on its original release it has found a natural and enduring home on the Northern scene.

                                                                            Joanie Summers / Cleo Jons

                                                                            Why Don't You Do Right / Why Don't You Do Right

                                                                              Originally recorded in 1936 as 'Weed Smokers Dream' by the Harlem Hamfats, the drug references were significantly toned down for Lil Green's 1941 update 'Why Don't You Do Right'. Since then the song has been a jazz standard, perhaps reaching a peak of infamy with its inclusion in the 1980s film 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'. Paired here are two smoldering, female vocal takes on the song, both from the late 50s R&B era so cherished by popcorn collectors and DJs.

                                                                              Tic And Toc / Timmie Rodgers

                                                                              Jibba Jab / Teedle Dee Teedle Dum

                                                                                Absolutely essential, standard-setting Rock & Roll insanity from Tic & Toc with their wig-flipping anthem 'Jibba Jab'. No doubt some folks might discount this as a mere novelty, a throwaway bit of fun, and nothing more, but surely the more learned ear recognizes 'Jibba Jab' as the true masterpiece that it is. On the flip side, the equally deranged, if lesser known, 'Teedle Dee Teedle Dum' by Timmie Rogers orchestra, a 140mph piece of deranged scat jazz which like 'Jibba Jab' features vocals and tenor sax blows by Big Nick 'Toc' Nicholas.

                                                                                Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators

                                                                                Paint Me In A Corner / Where Are You Now?

                                                                                  Now and then you might find yourself painted in a corner. It is usually the case that you can only blame yourself for ending up there. The painter of shapes and words, Nicole Willis has painted herself for the past ten years into the periphery of Helsinki, Finland, only to sing her soul out. Now she's back at grinding her vocal axe with The Soul Investigators.

                                                                                  Approaching the release of their third joint album in late 2015, it's time to test the waters with Paint Me in a Corner b/w Where Are You Now. Neither of the tracks carries much of a humour element. The first one points its pounding existential finger towards us all, urging us to break the chains of normality, while the beautiful melancholia of the second track rocks the listener in a mid-tempo groove paradise.

                                                                                  These two tracks might be just the thing to kick you in the chest with enough soul in order to get out of the house. Maybe even dance by yourself in a desolate corner of the bar.

                                                                                  Japa Habilidoso

                                                                                  Funk Do Sindicalismo / Agronomia Setorial

                                                                                  Future Times is proud to present a fascinating, brutal 12" from Brazilian producer Japa Habilidoso, aka Guerrhina from 40% Foda / Maneirissimo crew! A Side "Funk Do Sindicalismo" goes for a relentless, almost abusive rhythm collage; this cut is the most punk shit that FT has so far had the pleasure of releasing. Ruff, rugged n raw! The flip, "Agronomia Setorial", cuts more dance and DJ shapes, and rides bugged piano loops and a collage of voices and noises to perfection. This is one for the mutants!

                                                                                  Kon

                                                                                  Who Shot Ya / Inhuman - Inc. Thatmanmonkz Remix

                                                                                    Around 1978, Michael recorded a cover of Bob Marley's " I shot the sheriff ", which strangely flew well under the radar. On this seventh edition of Star Time, Kon thrusts the track into the limelight, chopping and looping away before adding some true disco magic courtesy of a very familar guitar line from Mr Nile Rodgers. On remix duties Kon brings on board a man who's been making waves as of late, ThatManMonkz, and boy does he deliver. Monkz takes things into a much more housey, trackier vibe reminiscent of a total Moodyman classic. The result is a hypnotic groover that's gonna tear it up on the floor. Lastly Kon cooks up some proper warm, sunny, poolside vibes reworking a big MJ hit from the 80s, while also paying homage to Nas and Large Professors 90s classic "It Ain't Hard To Tell". Another star studded outing for the paparazzi's favourite label.

                                                                                    The Howling Hex

                                                                                    Butterfly / Party Shoes

                                                                                      The Howling Hex have another new single ready. After last year’s extended 10” - ‘Fool’s Watch’ / ‘Lord Gloves’ - opened up wild frontiers in their songs and sounds, this new record is located at the other end of the spectrum.

                                                                                      ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Party Shoes’ are compact pop songs with lyric hooks, vocal harmonies, guitar leads, crazy rhythms and themes of love and peace, mixed together into a beguilingly physical sound. As per the standards of the format, both songs compress all their virtue into classic twoand- a-half minutes flat - the perfect length for popular music in the days when rock and roll radio was the supreme voice of America’s youth.

                                                                                      Of course, as any major Hexhead will tell you, this isn’t your daddy’s rock and roll radio. The Howling Hex perform a rhythmically deliberate and passionate musical interpretation of the classic Norteño musical styles employing electronic rock instrumentation and bar band warmth. The vibrant cadences of the ranchera, waltz and huapango are voiced by The Howling Hex to create a totally new sound suitable for dancing by the mind and the body.

                                                                                      Along with their fellow Denver rhythm disciples Aunt Easter, None Republic and 60Driz, The Howling Hex continue to represent both the best and least of music today.

                                                                                      Ezra Furman

                                                                                      Restless Year

                                                                                        Ezra’s music is an inspirational blend of seminal influences, from Fifties skiffle and doo-wop to Sixties garage and a righteous mix of winning melody and caustic humour.

                                                                                        ‘Restless Year’ is the first single to be taken from his new album ‘Perpetual Motion People’.

                                                                                        Limited to 500 copies on 7” vinyl.

                                                                                        Total Babes

                                                                                        Heydays

                                                                                          The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers.

                                                                                          Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in indie rock’s ability to shift perceptions - “I only want to be beautiful,” frontman Christopher Brown cries but it’s in their rough edges that Total Babes really shine.

                                                                                          For fans of Cloud Nothings, FIDLAR, Wavves and Eagulls.

                                                                                          Torres

                                                                                          Sprinter

                                                                                            Torres knows the darkness. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter otherwise known as Mackenzie Scott waits until anything - an idea, an emotion, a memory - gnaws at her, tearing at her fingers and throat until she releases it in song. Her husky voice strains against its human biological constraints like a wild-eyed horse, whispering desperately “Don’t give up on me just yet” on one end and yowling about jealousy with unnerving intensity on the other.

                                                                                            Following her self-titled debut in 2013, TORRES pushes herself to even noisier extremes on ‘Sprinter’, a punishing self-examination of epic spiritual and musical proportions.

                                                                                            “Atmospheric enough to fill a stadium but also stark and intimate” - The Guardian

                                                                                            “A ravaging sea of riffs and piercing electronic screams” - NME

                                                                                            “Most stunning” - Pitchfork

                                                                                            “A blow-your-socks-off introduction” - DIY

                                                                                            “A grunge-rock maelstrom” - Line Of Best Fit

                                                                                            “The most exciting music to emerge so far this year” - Rolling Stone

                                                                                            “[The] flowering of a major talent” - The Guardian

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            LP Info: 180g audiophile
                                                                                            vinyl LP packaged in printed sleeve featuring lyrics and MP3 download.

                                                                                            CD Info: CD packaged in in 4 panel soft pack featuring lyrics.

                                                                                            Jim O'Rourke

                                                                                            Simple Songs

                                                                                              2015 and the silence has been broken with ‘Simple Songs’. Jim O’Rourke is ready to talk to you again with his first pop album since 2001. ‘Simple Songs’ is an amazing record of musical song entertainment because Jim O’Rourke knows what he wants and how to get it.

                                                                                              The range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his. The music is played so immaculately by so many instruments and most of them by the creator’s hand. ‘Simple Songs’ was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is rooted in the approach of ‘Insignificance’ - frosted pop tarts that leave a darkly bitter aftertaste.

                                                                                              Let ‘Simple Songs’ seep into your brain, as a musical expression and a statement of animal motherhood. It may help you get your bearings in a world gone hopeless.

                                                                                              The Helio Sequence

                                                                                              The Helio Sequence

                                                                                                The self-titled sixth album by Portland, OR’s The Helio Sequence is a renewed push forward for the band, depending on an effortless kinetic energy.

                                                                                                After creating their previous album, 2012’s ‘Negotiations’, through a long, introspective, the band wanted to try a new, open and immediate process.

                                                                                                There’s a delightful candour to The Helio Sequence, an openness that is rare for a band about to enter its third decade. The album was recorded and produced by the band in their Portland studio.

                                                                                                Faith No More

                                                                                                Sol Invictus

                                                                                                  ‘Sol Invictus’, Faith No More’s highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Album Of The Year’, arrives via Reclamation Recordings / Ipecac Recordings.

                                                                                                  ‘Sol Invictus’ is the band’s first new album in 18 years.

                                                                                                  ‘Sol Invictus’ was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, California studio.

                                                                                                  Faith No More have influenced bands of all genres, including System Of A Down, Incubus, Muse and more.

                                                                                                  The single ‘Motherf*cker’ heralded the arrival of the album and was followed by ‘Superhero’. Both songs feature on the album along with eight other brand new tracks.

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Gatefold LP vinyl with download code of the album and foil block finish. Special limited edition gold vinyl LP (750 copies for the UK & Eire) available exclusively to independent retailers.

                                                                                                  Dommengang

                                                                                                  Everybody's Boogie

                                                                                                    Dommengang are a Brooklyn-via-Seattle rock trio fronted by Pacific Northwest psych mainstay Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) and Brooklyn musicians Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem (currently members of Holy Sons’ live band).

                                                                                                    While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tropes with progressive frameworks. The band’s debut, ‘Everybody’s Boogie’, pivots between gloriously inventive riffs and fuzzed-out experimentation, a combination so potent that the listener hardly notices that they rarely sing.

                                                                                                    ‘Everybody’s Boogie’ was recorded live in the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with minimal overdubs.

                                                                                                    Recommended for fans of Pontiak, Endless Boogie, Earthless and Goat

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    LP Info: LP mastered and cut to vinyl by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering and pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                                                                                                    CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                                                    DMA's

                                                                                                    DMA's

                                                                                                      Hailing from Sydney, upstart trio DMA’s have been causing a stir down under, with a sold out national tour and bucketloads of hype surrounding them.

                                                                                                      The buzz has followed them across the pond, with NME, XFM and Radio 1 all onboard, giving airtime love to their debut ‘Feels Like 37’ and a tangible electricity in the air in anticipation of this mini album.

                                                                                                      International festival slots await and with an peerless live reputation, stardom is surely set to swiftly follow. Armed with a stack of radio bothering guitar led tunes and bolstered by swagger, their unshakable self-belief is more than well placed.

                                                                                                      Circuit Des Yeux

                                                                                                      In Plain Speech

                                                                                                        Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centrepiece and guiding force.

                                                                                                        On ‘In Plain Speech’ Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent.

                                                                                                        ‘In Plain Speech’ represents the start of a new, more collaborative chapter for Circuit des Yeux. While previous works were solo affairs, not only in performance but emotionally tied to a sense of confinement and place, these new songs were composed after a move to a collective living space, giving Fohr an opportunity to break free of the isolation that informed her previous albums.

                                                                                                        ‘In Plain Speech’ continues her collaboration with Crain but it is her first recording with a full band, who are all leaders in Chicago’s new wave of creative musicians. Her songs, while always potent when delivered solo, shine in this new band context.

                                                                                                        Extensive touring after Circuit des Yeux’s acclaimed 2013 album ‘Overdue’ (praised by NPR, Pitchfork and Tiny Mix Tapes among others) influenced the making of the album in several ways. On that tour, which stretched for months throughout Europe and the US, Fohr toured solo, no band, no tour manager, no driver and in that solitude learned to commune with the audience in a way that she hadn’t ever before. That connection sparked in her mind a conversation with the audience, and many of the lyrics on ‘In Plain Speech’ are directed at you, the listener. She also became acutely aware of disquiet, a pervasive anxiety, which permeated society in almost every city she visited. “I felt an uneasiness that superseded phonetic communication,” she writes. “Something dim is in the air, and it is looming large.” This anxiety crept into songs like ‘A Story Of This World’, which is a call for change of priorities and values among the world’s leadership.

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        LP Info: LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in an old tyle tip-on jacket with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

                                                                                                        CD Info: CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

                                                                                                        Twin Shadow

                                                                                                        Eclipse

                                                                                                          Twin Shadow aka George Lewis Jr. announces that he will release his new album 'Eclipse' via Warner Bros. Records.

                                                                                                          Twin Shadow will play an exclusive and intimate show at London’s Electrowerkz on February 23rd. The show is co-presented by Beat Magazine and Eat Your Own Ears for London Fashion Week. Lewis and his band will return to the UK in Spring for a bigger headline show in support of the album.

                                                                                                          Twin Shadow has released two previous albums on indie labels Terrible and 4AD, 2010's 'Forget' and 2012's 'Confess.' Live performances opening for Florence & the Machine and The Strokes, appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, plus his own headlining shows have earned George a reputation as a charismatic and compelling frontman. He has also performed on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' and 'Conan'. His track 'Old Love, New Love' featured in 'Grand Theft Auto V' was named one of the best songs of 2013 by Rolling Stone.

                                                                                                          Velvet Underground

                                                                                                          Loaded



                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            LP Info: 180g vinyl.

                                                                                                            Paul Weller

                                                                                                            Saturns Pattern - Deluxe Box Set

                                                                                                              This deluxe edition includes CD (+3 bonus tracks), DVD, exclusive coloured vinyl LP, booklet, poster.

                                                                                                              Who best to describe Paul Weller’s first album for the Parlophone label other than Paul himself: “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different – not just for me, but different for what else is around. It’s defiantly 21st-Century music.” – Uncut (January 2015) 

                                                                                                              Nearly 40 years into his recording career, Paul continues to challenge and excite both himself and the listener, by constantly evolving as a song-writer and musician, always moving forwards and pursuing fresh creative avenues and Paul’s new album Saturns Pattern does not disappoint.

                                                                                                              Paul Weller

                                                                                                              Saturns Pattern

                                                                                                                Who best to describe Paul Weller’s first album for the Parlophone label other than Paul himself: “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different – not just for me, but different for what else is around. It’s defiantly 21st-Century music.” – Uncut (January 2015)

                                                                                                                Nearly 40 years into his recording career, Paul continues to challenge and excite both himself and the listener, by constantly evolving as a song-writer and musician, always moving forwards and pursuing fresh creative avenues and Paul’s new album Saturns Pattern does not disappoint.

                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                The Incredibly Strange Music Box - 60 Songs From The Cramps' Crazy Collection

                                                                                                                  A veritable cornucopia of 60 tunes as spun by Lux Interior on his radio shows or lurking within his and Poison Ivy’s collection.

                                                                                                                  From cool instrumentals and rockabilly weirdness through to female rock ‘n’ rollers, devotees of voodoo and all round devil worship and purveyors of the newest dance trends.

                                                                                                                  With more than a hint of esoteric exotica, with added jungle sound effects, tributes to Tarzan, dragsters and rabbits and a host of dazed and confused survivors to boot.

                                                                                                                  Rampant with riffs, overflowing with deranged ideas and sullen sideswipes on the soap opera of life.

                                                                                                                  Complete with hip jive from ‘Ginchy’ to ‘Gumbo’, an aural extravaganza that’s relentlessly groovy!

                                                                                                                  Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson. 


                                                                                                                  BOB

                                                                                                                  The SIngles And EPs

                                                                                                                    Following the acclaimed re-issue of their sole album, Leave The Straight Life Behind, BOB return with an anthology of all their singles, many appearing on CD for the first time.

                                                                                                                    The band’s most well-known single, Convenience, a John Peel favourite, opens this 2CD set and the CD is then a chronological run through of the key songs from the various singles and EPs.

                                                                                                                    Disc Two includes many of their b-sides and EP tracks including their debut 1986 flexi disc.

                                                                                                                    All tracks bar Convenience appear on CD for the very first time having all only ever been released on vinyl previously.


                                                                                                                    Dralms

                                                                                                                    Pillars & Pyre

                                                                                                                      Super-limited pressing in disco bag and art designed by the band - Features a track from the forthcoming album + 2 exclusive tracks.

                                                                                                                      Dralms are playing European dates in support of the release of the 12”, including shows at The Great Escape.

                                                                                                                      Dralms is the latest project from Christopher Smith with long-time collaborators Shaunn Watt (Siskiyou), William Kendrick (Failing) and Peter Carruthers (Siskiyou). The project delivers a darker, more complex sound than that of Smith’s solo work. Bringing Andy Dixon’s production and electronics into the equation, Dralms packs a heavier punch, instantly dragging the listener into the depths of the song and demanding undivided attention.

                                                                                                                      The band’s first release ‘Crushed Pleats/Divisions of Labour’ has a swampy ambience and deep bass pulse. Smith’s lyrics push listeners to look through a dystopian lens, exposing powerlessness, fear, rhetoric, and ignorance. Beyond the poetic prowess of the lyrics, the band’s strength is their ability to devise all-consuming instrumental build-ups. These forceful swells are thickened with cavernous bass chords and weaving electronic textures; Smith’s vocals sit atop as smooth and varied as stained glass.


                                                                                                                      Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                      American Recordings

                                                                                                                        Universal Music are proud to present the Johnny Cash American Recordings LP boxed set, a classic black box housing all studio albums released between 1994 and 2010 on 180gm vinyl. Considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, the multi-platinum-selling country music legend, redefined the genre and earned a long line of awards and accolades throughout his 40-year career and he was the only artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Laura says: Produced by Rick Rubin, the American Recordings brought the genius of Johnny Cash to a whole new (young) audience. Collecting together Cash originals with reworkings of gospel and country standards along with covers of songs by contemporary artists (Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Bonnie Prince Billy and U2 to name but a few) these albums form a stunning collection.

                                                                                                                        Two of the Black Madonna's most sought after early tracks return to circulation alongside one burning new jam on Goodbye To All This, the latest release from Stripped & Chewed.

                                                                                                                        Drawn from the Chicago label's 2012 compilation Livin' For The City EP, the piano dappled joy of "Exodus" luxuriates across side A, spreading the good word with a pounding beat. "We Don't Need No Music (Thank You, Rahaan)" from SCRS004 takes another whirl around the dancefloor, its pinwheeling horns and infectious vocals pulling even wallflowers into the fray. And in case two remastered sure-shots aren't enough, the brand new "Who Do You Need" closes the record with a soulful thwack: half uplifting house, half blistering techno -- all peak-time fodder.

                                                                                                                        A fine addition to the Black Madonna's discography alongside records for Argot, The Nite Owl Diner, Hometaping Is Killing Music, and of course Stripped & Chewed. 

                                                                                                                        Likely one of the most keenly anticipated reissues of the year so far. An under-the-radar favorite for some time, it's steadily become known outside the realms of dedicated house classicists thanks to a placement on Joy Orbison's 2014 Essential Mix.

                                                                                                                        Exact reissue of the original with the following exceptions: B1 is an version of “Fannie Likes 2 Dance” updated by the artist to reference his wife, rather than his ex, with a new vocal; B2 is previously unreleased.

                                                                                                                        Released in a kraft paper single cutout jacket with a stamped inner sleeve and insert sheet, hand numbered out of 400. 

                                                                                                                        Brazilian Shakedown is back!

                                                                                                                        The second release in this series brings you a collection of outstanding mixes by Rio de Janeiro's own Carrot Green.

                                                                                                                        On the A Side you'll find 'Ponto Gira', which already is an underground anthem in Brazil. The traditional chanting, combined with CG's super groovy production will certainly also smash the European dance floors this summer. Good vibes galore!

                                                                                                                        Straight after there's 'Movimento'. In this tune Carrot Green transforms roots music from the North-East of Brazil into an intense dance track, which mesmerizes with its passionate vocals and violin played in peculiar unison.

                                                                                                                        The B Side takes off with a heavy nu-disco remix of 'Mariama'. The acidic bassline, calling vocals and wide synth-chords will make you feel like flying over the Brazilian seashore. The final destination of this journey leads you to the bass heavy 'Capoeira', where the classic Berimbau and hypnotic call-and-response vocals get dirty over a stomping groove.

                                                                                                                        Badaross, who lives in the Streets of Sao Paulo created the cover-artwork for this release. 

                                                                                                                        My Rules

                                                                                                                        Closer / Dig Dag

                                                                                                                        The mysterious MY RULES returns !

                                                                                                                        This occasional NYC outlet has unearthed two more hidden gems and rewired them perfectly for modern dancefloor destruction !

                                                                                                                        'Closer' is the pure, distilled essence of the Disco strut, powered up and laid out over an unrelenting, insistent groove.

                                                                                                                        'Dig Dag' keeps the energy levels high with a pulsing, sci-fi, Euro Disco extravaganza !

                                                                                                                        One Limited Pressing

                                                                                                                        As the title suggests, there are many ways to jack and this EP makes no pretense about its intentions.

                                                                                                                        DMX Krew treat us to a wild concoction of tracks for the fourth instalment of the now firing on all cylinders, Super Rhythm Trax label.

                                                                                                                        The music here veers between grimy basement Acid trax, UK Bleep inspired future warehouse anthems and even an ultra cheeky ragga style rendition of Lil Louis' classic "Original Video Clash".

                                                                                                                        Ed DMX is obviously having fun here and with 5 tracks and a loud cut, you're getting bang for your buck !!

                                                                                                                        Now leave me alone to jack.

                                                                                                                        Blogs-beatport-traktor suckers: don't ask me why its only on vinyl, it's only on vinyl & basta.

                                                                                                                        Boston's soldier Mr DeViere joins the LNEG insurrection armada.

                                                                                                                        A1: sick 9 minutes of pure overdriven intensity, syncopated fire alarm, DeViere in his most jackin' translation. Incendit.

                                                                                                                        B1: relax your head, caribbean ambient, hammock & vista mare.

                                                                                                                        Very ltd copies, handstamped.

                                                                                                                        For BT05 Koova brings 5 tracks of futuristic driving electro aimed at the dancefloor. As a solo artist, Koova has released on respected labels Abstract Forms and AC Records. He is also 1/3rd of London Modular Alliance along with Pip Williams and Yes Effect, who have been making serious waves with their all improvised live shows. 200 copies, screenprinting artwork unique to each copy, handstamped labels.

                                                                                                                        Welcome to the 12th edition of Shir Khan’s Black Jukebox Series. Introducing anonymous project Aussteiger + 2 edits from underground producer Martin Lewis.

                                                                                                                        Limited Collector's Vinyl Only. Cop that before it sells out!

                                                                                                                        Lonely souls together under thunderous grey skies recorded this for you while the snow poured outside. Frigid techno, sleep deprived angst and alien timbres from a distant place mark this as a memoir for Babicka & Mic Mills far more than their debut single.

                                                                                                                        Stone cold classics from Scan 7 repressed. 
                                                                                                                        Black Moon Rising was originally released on Underground Resistance in 1993

                                                                                                                        A timely reissue of Scan 7's finest moment - 'Black Moon Rising'. This was originally the lead track on their first twelve for Underground Resistance (http://www.discogs.com/Scan-7-Black-Moon-Rising/release/4153). Still sounds fresh today and will move heads and feet for years to come.

                                                                                                                        On the flip is 'You Have The Right' which originally came out on Elypsia in 2001. A proper rabble rouser that comes with remixes from Jay Denham and the sadly departed and much missed Detroit legend - Aaron-Carl 

                                                                                                                        Three is truly the magic number on this special RSD release from Razor-N-Tape, with a trio of groovy tracks by Nashville-based Magic In Threes. The original version of "Beatin' Tha Breaks" is an easy-breezy affair dripping with soulful guitars and harmonies, Freddie Joachim's brings his signature smooth and rhythmic sound on his remix, and the Fouk mix rounds out the triptych with a touch of uptempo housey deepness.

                                                                                                                        Craig Bratley Feat. Penuckle

                                                                                                                        Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride (Ewan Pearson Remixes)

                                                                                                                        Craig Bratley's critically acclaimed debut album was released late 2014 receiving plaudits from RA, FACT, Future Music, Ransom Note & Mixmag who made it Disco album of the month.

                                                                                                                        For Record Store Day 2015 the legendary Ewan Pearson has delivered a stunning remix of 'Mannequin', in both vocal & instrumental versions. 

                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                        10" Info: Blue Vinyl

                                                                                                                        IIB reach their 40th release with label stalwart Max Essa's latest EP. Feel The Machine is a proto-house groove with touches of italo-disco. Chugging bassline and cowbells making it a real dancer. Panapolean Dreamer is a more downtempo beat driven affair with eastern strings on a mellow new beat vibe. The second side starts with Tall Shadows Walking Home. Again max explores the proto house sound all smothered in lovely electronic melodies. Twenty Types Of Dusk relaxes the tempo again. Trademark Max Essa Balearic. A killer ep. to celebrate 40 12 inch releases.

                                                                                                                        Having previously plied their wares on Is It Balearic and Los Grandes, Spanish nu-Balearic sorts Two Mamarrachos pop up on another suitably horizontal imprint, dependable Leeds label Joe's Bakery. There style is sun-kissed by druggy, with opener "Al Andalus" offering an exotic, chugging blend of foreboding, low-slung grooves and Arabic synthesizer melodies. "Super Disco Dancer" delves deep into the box marked "experimental analogue electronic disco", with heady, spaced-out synthesizers sprawling all over a typically atmospheric, cosmic groove. "Let Feel Higher" is, arguably, the most Balearic of the three, with warm acoustic guitars and delay-laden gospel vocal samples creating a suitably toasty, glassy-eyed mood.

                                                                                                                        Purveyors of fine underground music, Joe's Bakery, present undiscovered balearic beats, cosmic curveballs and obscure oddities from around the world. Limited to 300 copies worldwide, the Joe's Bakery Band drop some sleezy disco vibes with Can't Explain and some low slung Kraut rock favorited by Andrew Weatherall on Mamba Gasgoine, while Emporer machine delivers two killer mutant dancefloor remixes.

                                                                                                                        Craig Bratley

                                                                                                                        Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride - Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold / Midnight Special Remixes

                                                                                                                        Following the Ewan Pearson RSD mixes we present further high quality remixes of Craig Bratley's debut album from Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold and Midnight Special.

                                                                                                                        Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold remix 'Computer Controlled', one of the stand out tracks from the album. The Velvet Season duo of Joel Martin and Gerry Mooney have some serious musical pedigree between them, with Joel also recording as Quiet Village alongside Radioslave and Gerry previously working with DJ Harvey on his infamous Black Cock releases. Their three 12" releases to date on their own Lucky Hole label all sold out instantly resulting in the inevitable Discogs frenzy. The remix of 'Computer Controlled' is a timeless piece of melancholic house with a Chi Town bassline topped off with Trumpet, Keys and the mesmerising melody from the original. An undoubted future classic!

                                                                                                                        On the flip the Midnight Special rework 'Beat On The Drum'. Midnight Special have released two Vinyl Only 12" to date and are made up of Ex-Peace Division man Justin Drake and Tsuba boss Kevin Griffiths. The resulting mix is groove heavy underground house made with the panache & depth you would expect from the veterans of the UK house scene. 

                                                                                                                        Edit fans are enjoying an unseasonal Christmas right now, as Editor's Kutz follow in the footsteps of Eddie C's Red Motorbike with this bumper double pack of disco delights. Recruiting a who's who of the current crop of scalpel wielding producers, label head VinylAddicted has secured eight reworks that will satisfy the most demanding listeners, delivering them to you on a one time journey into the beating heart of contemporary clubland. With edits and reworks on little known or impossible to find originals, but also on some beloved classics, this release covers various disco styles, keeping the right balance between the uptempo and beatdown vibes. Don't miss! 

                                                                                                                        Jeb Loy Nichols/ L.S.K

                                                                                                                        To Be Rich Should Be A Crime / Want More

                                                                                                                        Ramrock Records are excited to present, in conjunction with reggae supremo Adrian Sherwood & On-U Sounds, the second release on the label - 'To Be Rich Is A Crime' by Jeb Loy Nicols and 'Want More' by Leeds based performer/producer, L.S.K. Both artists cover the same riddim with beautifully crafted lyrics, achingly sweet vocal deliveries and a sublime production from Lord Sherwood - a stellar combination of talent on one disc!!

                                                                                                                        Jeb Loy Nichols, born and raised in the American mid-West, is an award winning artist, writer and musician living and working in Wales. He has, over the past 20 years, released 13 CDs and at 17, in 1979, he moved to New York and immersed himself in the early days of hip-hop. In 1981 he travelled to London where he met and shared a squat with Adrian Sherwood. "It was Adrian", he says, "who was my first and biggest influence - the way he crossed musical lines." His latest CD, "The Jeb Loy Nichols Special", was named Album of the Month by Rough Trade and called 'exquisite country soul' by Mojo magazine.

                                                                                                                        Leigh Stephen Kenny aka L.S.K is a songwriter/ ghost writer/ singer/performer and producer. He's written, performed and collaborated with major acts including Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Roots Manuva, Stereo MC's, Fatboy Slim, Nightmares On Wax, Asian Dub Foundation and Faithless to name but a few. L.S.K is currently working on a new project with Faithless frontman, Maxi Jazz alongside Steelye Dan's legendary guitarist, Elliot Randall….

                                                                                                                        The Faze Action brothers released their fifth studio album entitled "Body Of One" last year and to continue the celebration they have recruited some heavy weight talents to give their spin on three tracks from that album.
                                                                                                                        First, the brothers take on the remix duties of "Magic Touch", giving it a dub house reboot that could be the sound track to countless sunsets this summer. Next up is a deft dub mix of the same track by Maxidiscs cohort and globe trotting DJ, Dicky Trisco.

                                                                                                                        On the flip side we have the Balearic powerhouse that is Phil Mison, remixing "Echoes Of Your Mind" into an electronic, down tempo feast with additional Bass, Guitar and Keyboard played by the man himself.

                                                                                                                        The final mix on this 12" is provided by "Emotional Response" curator and head honcho Stuart Leath under his Chuggy guise, delivering an organic dub mix of Faze Action's "Floating World"

                                                                                                                        Raekwon

                                                                                                                        Fly International Luxurious Art

                                                                                                                          It’s been close to two decades since RAEKWON THE CHEF dropped his pivotal solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (a.k.a. “The Purple Tape”), into our decks. The project changed the game of ’95, as Hip-Hop reached a crossroads where street philosophies and the lap of luxury didn’t see to eye-to-eye. Raekwon bridged that gap. The Shaolin native and Wu-Tang legionnaire cracked the code of the streets and managed to strike a balance, keeping all corners of the rap game happy. He details that journey in his upcoming documentary Purple Tape Files, making the move from musicmaker to filmmaker. While Raekwon is delving further into his outside interests, his music remains a focal point. The Chef who kept us fed for 20 Summers is back with his sixth solo album FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART (F.I.L.A.), once again tying worlds together and reclaiming his spot as the artist who can do it all.

                                                                                                                          From the moment RAEKWON’s legendary slick vocals pierce through FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART (F.I.L.A.), it’s clear that when it comes to his delivery, ain’t a damn thing changed. “I always know I have to keep my signature flow,” Raekwon acknowledges, “but I also have to consistently take it to the next level.” Being Executive Produced byRAEKWON and Jerry Wonda, the 13-track offering comes with an A-list cast of co-stars, which has always played in RAEKWON’s favour. Guest appearances include bars from GhostfaceKillah, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ro$$, while production is handled by producers such as Wonda, Scram Jones, and Swizz Beatz, to name a few.

                                                                                                                          In the case of FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART, RAEKWON put on his A&R cap, working with a solid stable of producers to tailor make beats for all of his guests. “In my mind, as an artist, I’m still an A&R,” he says, “So I know what sounds good on what I may think they sound good on.” Take the plush S1 and Jerry Wonda-produced, “I Got Money,” where A$AP Rocky brings his most impressive bars to date, over a soundbed designed for him to recline on. “Me knowing the whole persona of A$AP Mob, what they do and who they are, I had to get a beat that would at least compliment what they’re about. But then hearing me on it, he’s probably like ‘damn I’m with the OG. What the fuck I’mado since he still sounds like what we’d expect.’” Rocky rose to the occasion. “For the most part, a lot of people tell me I inspire them when I come around,” Raekwon says. “But I think more importantly, I had to sit back as an artist and figure out how I can adjust with them. They lookin’ up to me, but I’m looking up to them as well on their level of what they’re creating.” It’s a common theme on FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUSART — where neophytes and veteran acts all push themselves to their limits lyrically, flanked by a Chef who always comes to cook

                                                                                                                          On the She The God-produced “Wall To Wall,” French Montana brings a howling hook, but even supercharges his flow to a voltage suitable for competing with RAEKWON. An assist from mentor Busta Rhymes makes the mission complete. Rick Ross and Ghostface do the same on “Revory,” as Raekwon recalls a call from Ross after hearing the beat and triumphantly declaring, “Yo. This is the one.” Those next level linguistics are woven throughout FLY INTERNATONAL LUXURIOUS ART, where legends that have arguably been maintaining, bring a resurge to their respective styles. Take a track like the Scoop DeVille-produced “1,2,1,2,” where Snoop Dogg brings bars fresh enough to show up on “Deep Cover” they feel so brand new. The solo cuts are just as deep, with the S1-produced “Live To Die” being a welcomed return to RAEKWON’s knack for story-telling, as the cryptic title reveals that not everything has a happy ending. 

                                                                                                                          In FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART’s case, though, it does. FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART is a reminder that RAEKWON THE CHEF has weathered a storm that has claimed many casualties. Few can say they have a career like his, where decades can pass from the start and the vibe is still as strong as Day One. He’s merged two worlds of Hip-Hop on F.I.L.A.: the product and the promise, and the result is another classic in the making. RAEKWON has witnessed unbridled success, both as part of Wu-Tang Clan and a solo artist. His multi-Platinum and Gold certified projects across the board have set a standard for Hip-Hop. The aforementioned Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was regarded as one of the greatest albums of all-time by Rolling Stone, and one of the greatest Black music albums of all time by The Source. Raekwon has collaborated with rap heavyweights including Outkast and Kanye West, along with newer kings like 2 Chainz, Big Sean and J. Cole. With numbers on the board and hits in pocket, his new project reflects the graduated level of continuity that we’ve come to know and expect from The Chef. “When it comes to me, I’m always gonna score,” Raekwon says with confidence. “It’s like playing basketball — you know nine times out of ten, I’m good for that three-pointer. I could miss, but I’m like a Ray Allen. When you need me, I’m there.”

                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          2xLP Info: Gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                                          Laurent Garnier

                                                                                                                          Honey I’m HOME!

                                                                                                                            ‘Honey I’m HOME’! is a 12” single containing three brand new Laurent Garnier tracks.

                                                                                                                            The EP collates the three unreleased tracks included on the ‘La HOME Box’ set, which is Garnier’s latest album and his return to the legendary F Communications imprint. The release marks the first new music on F Communications in 5 years.

                                                                                                                            Laurent Garnier

                                                                                                                            La HOME Box

                                                                                                                              Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for the release of the suitably named ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier. It’s the first new music on the famous label in 5 years.

                                                                                                                              ‘La HOME Box’ heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks from the techno legend.

                                                                                                                              ‘La HOME Box’ idea started out as a limited edition box set which is now completely sold out; a limited edition collectors piece that encapsulates Garnier’s character: it is audacious, bighearted and artistically uncompromising.

                                                                                                                              Ray Charles

                                                                                                                              Hide 'Nor Hair / Unchain My Heart / Hit The Road Jack

                                                                                                                                RAY CHARLES needs no introduction to R&B and Northern Soul fans with his slue of collectable 45s including “What I’d Say”, “Compared To What”, “Go On Home”, “The Train”, “Something Inside Me”, I Don’t Need No Doctor” etc etc. But in recent times it is his earlier catalogue that has grabbed the dance floor action and here we celebrate 60 years of the “genius” with a 3-track mini EP featuring Ray’s original version of the Earl Grant classic “Hide ‘Nor Hair” plus the iconic “Unchain My Heart” and “Hit The Road Jack”.

                                                                                                                                James Brown And The Famous Flames

                                                                                                                                Night Train / Think

                                                                                                                                  Two iconic MOD/Soul tracks by the Godfather of Soul himself – JAMES BROWN and his Famous Flames. First spun at the Scene Club, London, by legendary DJ and label owner Guy Stevens, “Night Train” was originally a 12-bar blues instrumental and its roots can be traced as far back as 1940. Lyrics were first added in the early fifties but James Brown put his own stamp on it by shouting a list of cities off his East coast touring schedule. The energy of Brown’s delivery and the exotic sounding American locations caught the imagination of Britain’s young Mods and it’s never lost it’s appeal. “Think” is the title track from Brown’s third album and is a cover of the 1957 “5” Royales R&B hit. Brown makes it his own and transforms it into an insistant dance floor workout complete with an extended sax break.

                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  Strong Like Sampson

                                                                                                                                    During the period that embraced 1979 and 1980, Linval Thompson saved his strongest and hardest hitting productions for his very own Strong Like Sampson label. A label that had no more than a couple of dozen 12inch single releases. A short but crucial run.

                                                                                                                                    Presented here and reissued for the first time, each song is the full extended discomix as featured on the original 12” records. Some tunes have extended dub versions while some others have superlative DJ cuts courtesy of the likes of Papa Tullo and Jah Thomas. All brimming with heavy dread echoes and energy with brevity off the menu.

                                                                                                                                    A who’s who of the late roots and early Dancehall period we have Linval Thompson, Barry Brown, Freddy McKay, Barrington Levy and Sammy Dread as some of the featured artists.

                                                                                                                                    Nearly 2 hours of music over 18 songs and 2 discs!!! Original copies of the 12” records would render this collection in the hundreds of pounds.
                                                                                                                                    Stay tuned for the summer months of 2015 as the songs featured here will appear on a series of limited 12” singles courtesy of Hot Milk.
                                                                                                                                    All songs produced by Linval Thompson and licensed with his blessing. 


                                                                                                                                    Mr Spaulding

                                                                                                                                    Twelve Tribe Of Israel Anthology

                                                                                                                                      Mr Spaulding aka Renford Ferguson from Clarendon Jamaica, recorded his only album at the age of 19, the masterful “The Twelve Tribe Of Israel”. Recorded at Aquarius Studios, in Half-Way-Tree, Kingston, Jamaica and released in 1983 on the Roots Rockers label, this is an almost exclusive excursion in voice, drum and bass with only the faintest hint of guitar and discordant organ. This is an album of pure minimalist reggae with deep dancehall sensibilities.

                                                                                                                                      Containing an amalgamation of UK and Jamaica recorded rhythms, the “Twelve Tribe” album has some of the lowest bass frequencies this side of Western Kingston. A graduate of the King Stur Gav sound system Spaulding’s fine vocals suggest a talent that should have become much bigger, but it’s never too late and now it’s his time to eat food.

                                                                                                                                      With most of his catalogue now increasingly hard to find and demanding high prices this is the first time any of Mr Spaulding’s material has been reissued and includes almost everything he ever recorded. 


                                                                                                                                      ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is the seventh album by much-loved Crazy P AKA Danielle Moore, Jim Baron and Chris ‘Toddy’ Todd. Due to years experience in the studio and wowing crowds (both live and as DJs) ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is steeped in the history of quality club sounds. Proper deep house, boogie, funk and soul is mixed with modern electronic pop then sprinkled liberally with disco dust. Confident, sophisticated and stylish yet playful and adventurous, it finds Crazy P in an empowered new purple patch – both comfortable in their own skin and unafraid to try new things.

                                                                                                                                      Way before the rise in prominence of disco, house and soulful pop from the likes of Todd Terje, Disclosure or Jessie Ware, Crazy P have spearheaded the revival (and perpetuation) of these sounds since 1997. Their status as respected, vital players has maintained throughout nearly 20 years, and with the bright future of ‘Walk Talk Dance Sing’, they remain leading lights worthy of yet more recognition.


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                                                                                                                                      2xLP Info: Includes bonus mix CD while stocks last.

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