MAGIC MIX

ALL GENRES

WEEK STARTING 24 Jan

Presenting a fully legit, remastered and repackaged reissue of this extremely sought after, cult 12" from the Addis Posse featuring unreleased and previously unheard music.

The Addis Posse was one of the main outfits on Warrior's Dance. Featured on this very special EP is the much sought after "Pirate Acid Mix" of this original breakbeat masterpiece, which has been a huge festival winner with the likes of Peggy Gou, Palms Trax and Josey Rebelle amongst others last Summer. Joined also by a previously unreleased, (and pulled from DAT tape) "Alternative Acid Version" which has never been seen or heard before! Across the EP’s 4 cuts are all the 'definitive' versions of this absolute dancefloor bomb - WD fashion - right and correct! Essential business, right here!

London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous Addis Ababastudio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: There's plenty of break hardcore resurgance records out at the moment but here we go straight to source, doning our finest Spliffy jeans and heading to the deserted motorway bridges of the M1 for four unreleased trax from market leaders Addis Posse. All the massiv!

Terry Allen And The Panhandle Mystery Band

Just Like Moby Dick

    Iconic and iconoclastic Texan songwriter and visual artist Terry Allen’s heartbreaking, hilarious new album, his first set of new songs since 2013’s Bottom of the World, features the full Panhandle Mystery Band, including co-producer Charlie Sexton (Dylan, Bowie, Blaze), Shannon McNally, and Jo Harvey Allen; mainstays Bukka Allen, Richard Bowden, and Lloyd Maines; and co-writes with Joe Ely and Dave Alvin. The connections to Melville’s masterpiece are metaphorical and allusive, as elusive as the White Whale. The masterly spiritual successor to Lubbock (on everything), Just Like Moby Dick casts its net wide for wild stories, depicting, among other monstrous things, Houdini in existential crisis, the death of the last stripper in town, bloodthirsty pirates (in a pseudo-sequel to Brecht and Weill’s “Pirate Jenny”), the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (in the “American Childhood” suite), a vampire-infested circus, mudslides and burning mobile homes, and all manner of tragicomic disasters, abandonments, betrayals, bad memories, failures, and fare-thee-wells.

    Just Like Moby Dick, his first set of new songs since 2013’s Bottom of the World, takes its title from the archetypal monster of American literature and the American imaginary. (Coincidentally—or not—his label Paradise of Bachelors also takes its name from a Herman Melville story.) “Memory shot her crystals as the clear ice most forms of noiseless twilights,” Melville writes, and for most of the novel, Moby Dick himself remains hidden, haunting Ahab as a crystalline monster of fathomless memory, a terrible fever dream from the depths. The whale remains a specter on Allen’s record too, appearing explicitly only in the briny final line of the last song “Sailin’ On Through,” and on the artist’s Side D vinyl etching and CD insert drawings, where he lurks menacingly beneath the roiling seas of Thomas Chambers, the 19th-century maritime painter whose floridly freaky nautical scenes adorn the album jacket.

    RIYL: David Byrne, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Silver Jews, Sturgill Simpson, Townes Van Zandt.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDeluxe LP Info: Moby Dick etching artwork on side 4.

    2xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    ALTAR is a solo artist who was born in Liverpool and grew up between Liverpool, Manchester and London. Sea of Fog is the 7 track debut album from the young scouse and it's not quite like anything you’ve heard before, but somehow so familiar. Distinct melodic vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Frank Sinatra mix with calm progressive instrumentals and dark trip hop on this unicorn of a record.

    Recommended if you like: Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Portishead, Fink

    The next official reissue oozes the feelgood factor, a reggae disco cover of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Jamaican artist Yvonne Archer. For the first time since the original release in 1980 the full length original 12” mix gets the reissue treatment along with the Lovers Rock leaning ‘Checking Out The Way I Feel’.

    On the flip Jura Soundsystem provide 2 edits, a main edit that pulls back on the electric guitar from the original and a Dub adding subtle delays and sparse use of the Vocal to let the groove work its magic. This is the first of two 12”s licensed from producer John Rubie that will appear on Isle Of Jura in 2020.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Obviously "Ain't Nobody" is mindbogglingly brilliant in its original form, but how about a cosmic reggae cover from the digital era. Yep, also totally amazing! You also get a neat lovers rock cut from the original single and a pair of reworked versions from the Jura crew! Fans of reggae, cosmic, Balearic, pop, enjoyment all need a copy!

    London's Aroop Roy is enjoying a fruitful period of work, with new label Neon Danza asking the Afro-funk-disco-house wizard to contribute a selection of reworks to kick off the label. 

    "Tabu Afrique" is an unstoppable 80's Afro-disco monster, with sassy vocals and Soukous guitar licks. "Magia" is an extended mix of a Brazilian classic with epic vocals and uplifting mid-tempo groove. Finally "Na Boko Samba" is on a deeper tip, featuring an infectious chorus, and equally catchy synths and an 80's house beat.

    Two classics from the vibes master, Mr. Roy Ayers. “Searching” is an all-time anthem in the soul and rare groove world, and if you're after a copy of the original 7", be prepared to part with at least £100 if you manage to track one down. On the B-side, "One Sweet Love To Remember" has never been released as a 7” before and gets that perfect first time cut!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Man, "Searching" is such a bomb from the vibesman! Play this to a dancefloor and watch it ignite folks.

    Emily says: Classic 70s smooth soul from the vibesmaster featuring the most epic saxophone solo you've ever heard in ya life.

    Angelo Badalamenti

    Music From The Twin Peaks Soundtrack - Coloured Vinyl Edition

    "Lucy, put Harry on the horn." And so began the most unique, iconic and absurd series in the history of television. For two glorious seasons we pressed our nose to the glass and watched the strange and beautiful goings on in Washington's weirdest logging town. We looked on in awe as Cooper drank coffee, ate cherry pie and savoured the woodland smells, got close to Audrey but kept a respectable distance. We rooted for Norma and Ed, Harry and Joan, Andy and Lucy, Margaret and her log, and laughed ourselves queasy at James and Donna's hilariously wet highschool romance. We tried to find Laura Palmer's killer, figure out the Red Room and the Black Lodge and work out exactly how Cooper got in touch with Diane. We failed, gave up and enjoyed the goings on anyway. And throughout it all, we were swept along on the thematic perfection of Angelo Badalamenti's sublime score. From the swelling bass and dreamy chords of the title music to the bittersweet beauty of "Laura's Theme", from Audrey's seductive jazz to the smokey sweetness of "Dance Of The Dream Man", the score never put a foot wrong. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: In a rare triumph of synchronicity, the finest TV show ever made also boasted the best soundtrack ever written. And that gorgeous, glorious, dreamy soundtrack is now available on coloured vinyl! As lovely as Audrey and as cool as Agent Cooper, this is aces!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Translucent green 140 gram vinyl.

    Basic Plumbing

    Keeping Up Appearances

      In 2016 Patrick Doyle relocated from London to LA, midway through writing his new album – the follow up to his recent acclaimed release as Boys Forever. The self-titled Boys Forever album was Patrick’s debut as a solo artist after years of playing in well-loved indie bands including Veronica Falls, The Royal We and Sexy Kids.

      On moving to LA he continued working on the songs for his next record – emailing them to Helen Skinner (who toured as a member of the Boys Forever three-piece live band, and now plays in Barry) who added a bass line to the songs and sent them back to Patrick. They continued to finish writing the record via email and in February 2017 Helen joined Patrick in LA to record Keeping Up Appearances. They recorded the album over four days in February 2017 at LA’s Golden Beat Studios – with Patrick once again teaming up with Andrew Schubert who produced Boys Forever.

      Patrick’s goal for the album was to capture the live sound and energy of a Boys Forever show – inspired in part by the time Boys Forever had spent on tour with The Goon Sax, another trio whose pared down approach reaffirmed Patrick’s desire to move in that direction. During that tour, Patrick was delighted when a friend of the band likened Boys Forever’s live show to “a gay indie Nirvana”.

      Keeping Up Appearances perfectly captures the live and punchy sound Patrick had set about to achieve and is full of the kind of timeless indie pop hooks and effortlessly catchy melodies we came to expect from the musician The Guardian described as a “one-man greatest hits collection”.

      The album draws on influences from mid-period R.E.M and The Breeders’ ‘Title TK’ whilst also paying homage to some of Patrick’s favourite artists including Love and The Dandy Warhols. Lyrically the album tackles the end of a relationship, capturing the feeling of growing apart from the person you were once closest to with an unflinching directness such as on the Galaxie 500-esque ‘Strangers’ and ‘As You Disappear’ (the latter was released as a single in February 2018).

      Tragically, Patrick passed away shortly after the release of ‘As You Disappear’. Helen and Patrick’s family have been keen to realise Patrick’s plan for the album release and it will now get a full release with profits from sales going to charities chosen by Patrick’s family – LA’s LGBT Centre and CALM.

      Beatconductor

      Yugo 001

      After a little lay off the Beatconductor is back to punch your disco ticket, turning out a super limited, hand stamped and effin' MEGA single sided 12". Raiding the crates to plunder a gorgeous bit of Yugoslavian jazz, BC extends the late night groove, applying a little "Sexual Healing" percussion, shining a spotlight on that sublime guitar hook and generally taking us to poolside paradise. The bass is warm and weighty, the vocals shimmer with a soft rock star wipe and the tender brass adds more than a little sax appeal. Probably the best Balearic end of set smasher since "Jonny Hates Sax"....

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Insanely limited and utterly exceptional edit from Beatconductor here, transforming a guitar led slice of Yugoslavian jazz into the very definition of Balearic. Do. Not. Sleep.

      Following a trip into the heart of Max Santilli’s Sydney studio, Into The Light Records’ ‘International’ series returns to Europe for an audience with former Peur Bleue, Versatile and Wisdom Teeth contributor Benoit B.

      The Berlin-based producer has previously won praise for his atmospheric and evocative approach to electronic music, which priorities melody, texture and vibe over form and function. "Notes of Love", his first EP for Into The Light, was deliberately designed as a 'soft journey for the ears', with Benoit B opting to layer up only the most essential musical elements in order to guarantee sparkling, crystal clear sound and an overriding clarity of purpose. More recently, a 10" for Firecracker sublabel Unthank saw the producer head to dark leftfield dancefloors with a heady concoction of EBM and mutant warehouse stylings.

      Compare and contrast the sunrise-ready new age synthesizer melodies, bustling synth-bass, Fairlight style stabs and shuffling breakbeats of "2090", the Vangelis Katsoulis style bliss of "Polar Nights", the Art of Noise style ambient collage that is "Czechoslovakia" and the intergalactic, post-electro pulse of "Cowboy Dan", whose rubbery synthesizer lines and electronic motifs somehow manage to be both funky and foreboding; and we find find a multifaceted artist with an already dazzling catalogue!

      Yet for all of these stylistic twists, “Notes of Love” is a coherent statement of intent from a producer whose personal musical vision remains as clear as ever.


      “What Black Lips do so well is tease the horror out of wholesomeness and recast golden-age rock’n’roll in a strange, discomforting light” Pitchfork.

      “Cosmic country that comes strutting off a dusty back porch with gritted teeth” Consequence Of Sound.

      It’s country music but not as we know it which begs the question: Have these Bad Kids of 21st Century rock ’n’ roll finally grown up on their ninth studio album? Are they at peace with themselves? Have they made a record their parents could listen to? The Black Lips new album ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ continues to flick the middle finger to one and all. This ain’t another gaggle of bearded southern sons fleeing their collective suburban upbringings and collegiate music education. There aren’t the usual clichés about drinking, honkytonks, and heartbreak. These are, after all, the same Black Lips who rescued the waning garage punk subgenre by not sounding or dressing their musical predecessors. They also dug contemporary hip-hop and punk and actualized themselves Like so many dramatic moments in the Black Lips career, ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ was born out of crisis. The band’s stylistic evolution through decades of prolific touring and recording took them where no garage punk band had gone before - huge venues, network television shows, and major music festivals. Here Black Lips are at their grimiest, most dangerous and equipped with the best collection of songs since the aughts. Skidding onto the asphalt in a shower of sparks, they roll on with an unapologetic southern-fried twang, pacing the beast, every now and then dropping a psycho howl into the rubber room madness lurking underneath the truckstop fireworks. This ain’t your granny’s country album. And conversely this ain’t your mama’s Black Lips.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Just as the thigh-slapping hoedown starts, it fades away into rich psychy rock and swinging blues riffage. Black lips have always been one of the most distinctive bands that start with 'Black___' (of which there are A LOT), and 'In A World That's Falling Apart' provides a feelgood alternative to that exact scenario. Turn it up and don't stress. Black Lips got this.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Indies only deluxe red vinyl edition, comes with a die cut spot gloss sleeve & poster. This is for Indies only.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      CD Info: CD is in a gatefold wallet sleeve.

      Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

      Patchouli Blue

        German cult band Bohren & der Club of Gore release their eighth studio album via [PIAS] Recordings.

        The band have built a loyal international fanbase on the back of their trademark ‘Doom Jazz’ sound and count musical icons such as Mike Patton and Stephen O’Malley among their fans.

        Strictly instrumental, this band and their sound have the healing power to survive these hectic modern times.

        For fans of Melanie de Biasio, Sunn O))) and the soundtracks of David Lynch.

        The band played two sold out shows in London’s Round Chapel recently and will tour the UK again in 2020.

        Bonny Light Horseman

        Bonny Light Horseman

          The timeless qualities of traditional tunes can carry us across oceans and eons, linking us not only to the past but to each other as well. It was under the banner of these eternal connections that the trio of Bonny Light Horseman came together. From festival fields and a German art hub to a snowy upstate studio and everywhere in between, the astral folk outfit - comprised of Anaïs Mitchell (fresh from winning eight Tonys for her musical ‘Hadestown’), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins) and Josh Kaufman (The National, Bob Weir) - mix the ancient, mystical medium of transatlantic traditional folk music with a contemporary, collective brush. The resulting album, ‘Bonny Light Horseman’, is an elusive kind of sonic event: a bottled blend of lightning and synergy that will excite fans of multiple genres eras and ages.

          The album features fellow 37d03d artists-in-residence Michael Lewis (bass, saxophone) and JT Bates (drums), as well as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron Dessner (Aaron Dessner), Kate Stables, Lisa Hannigan, The Staves, Christian Lee Hutson and more.

          Leaving the 2018 37d03d Berlin event with roughly 60-percent of a record, the band reconvened at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY, in January 2019 to finish, bringing Lewis and Bates as well as engineer Bel la Blasko along with them.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive ‘blue seaglass’ vinyl.

          Star Creature x Fantasy Love team up for this banging update of an absolutly raging, in-demand rare groove dancefloor filler. Remastered from the original session tapes stems, "Paradise's Love" was one of two incredibly rare 7"'s released on the fleeting Rainbow Records label in 1982 (the other one, Axis' "Foxy Lady" from '84 is just as sought after). Owned by few but desired by many, SC and FL do the right thing and reissue this piece of high charged boogie for all to enjoy. Precision editor, Kon is even invited in to re-splice - accellerating it even further down the disco-boogie superhighway and keeping more than faithful to the original jam's vibe. Cut nice and loud across heavy 12" wax these two stalwarts of modern boogie might have even outdone the original version here!

          Form and orderly queue, chances of owning this record don't come around often! 


          Big break heavy extensions of a pair of classic funk cuts here, once again pressed in limited numbers for the collectors and DJs out there. On the A-side James Brown's "Funky Drummer" comes under the knife, looping up into a longer, beefier rendition a touch shy of five minutes. Over on the flip, the classic, but far from quantized "Root Down" by Jimmy Smith gets set to a click and extended with highly mixable loops of the track's insatiable groove.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          7" Info: 7" limited to 300 copies

          Italian cult combo CALIBRO 35 release their highly anticipated 7th studio album "MOMENTUM" on January 24th 2020. "Momentum" follows "DECADE" their previous studio album released in 2018 that had marked 10 years of Calibro 35 and it stands out as a new starting point for the project. In the last 10 years Calibro 35 have dug the golden age of soundtracks and they had been to the future with "S.P.A.C.E.", "Momentum", as the band stated: "represents a look at nowadays and a reflection about making music right in the time that we're living".

          Inspired by the work of artists such as Tortoise, Jagajazzist, Dj Shadow, Budos Band, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, Sandro Brugnolini, White Noise, Comet is Coming, JPEGMafia and DJ Signify, compared to the previous Calibro 35's full lengths on the 10 tracks that make up the new album, band's instruments and sounds have increased in number and complexity as well as reality. The music palette is further extended by incorporating even more synths and electronic sounds, but keeping everything true and 100% real, with all the instruments played live and with no presets or programming. The two featurings on the album serve the cause as well. On the first single "Stan Lee", they collaborated with rapper, producer and songwriter Illa J a former member of super group Slum Village and younger brother of the late legendary hip hop producer and rapper J Dilla. On "Black Moon", the combo from Milan provided the groove for London-based artist MEI. "If Decade was the sum of everything that the band had felt in the previous ten years", Calibro 35 says, "Momentum is the prequel of what you will hear in the next ten".

          To mark the new beginning and come full circle, the recordings took place under the expert hands of usual suspect Tommaso Colliva, in the same studio where Calibro released their self titled debut album twelve years ago.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Calibro are back, book-ending a decade of music and with the glimpse of what to expect in the next ten years. Timeless hip hop instrumentals are a staple while featuring appearances from Illa J and MEI. Get on this one!

          Be With Records present the first ever vinyl release of R&B star Cassie's seductive debut. A late-night classic of chilly electro-soul, the self-titled album has influenced many in the dance music fraternity since its original appearance back in 2006. Indeed, it is particularly revered by Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip, CFCF, oOoOO and How To Dress Well.

          Perhaps most famously, it features the slick summer smash “Me&U” (which reached No.6 in the UK charts and topped the US equivalent) but the remaining 10 tracks serve to create a minimalist R&B masterpiece. The intricate and space-filled arrangements are laced with sinister synth bleeps that wouldn’t have been out of place on an early 90s Warp record. The dark, hypnotic high ends coupled with Cassie’s ice-queen delivery made this stand out from the tired crowd of mainstream R&B at the time. It still sounds wholly and eerily unique.

          Like all Be With releases, this record is officially licensed and has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl, befitting the heaviness of the music contained within. When news of this vinyl release first broke, the R&B cognoscenti went into overdrive. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this timeless classic on the format it should've always been on.


          Portland's masters of cinematic synth, the inimitable Chromatics are back with their fifth studio LP, "Closer To Grey". The band's first album since 2012, "Closer To Grey" continues the outfit's exploration of neon lit diners, freezing city streets and 80s noir, kicking off with a stripped back and atmospheric interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence". The tempo rises for "You're No Good", "Closer To Grey" and twist the knife, which alternate between vintage Italians Do It Better disco and propulsive new wave, before "Light As A Feather" pairs Chromatics' trademark sound with the fresh addition of a breakbeat. The first disc ends on a note of romance with the prom-friendly "Move A Mountain", a reminder that vocalist Ruth Radelet can kill with a whisper. As we head to the C-side "Touch Red" leads us through a little lounge-styled melancholy while "Whispers In The Hall" finds the middle ground between trap-bass tones and Carpenter's Halloween soundtrack. A synth and scuzz cover of Jesus And Mary Chain's "On The Wall" reminds us of the group's DIY origins, a wonderful contrast to the luxurious textures of "Love Theme..." and dreamy closer "Wishing Well". 

          And just like that, Chromatics pull off that most difficult of tasks, creating something which is the same, but different. All the emotion, feeling and mood remain, but bolstered with a few new musical flavours which compliment rather than detract. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xColoured LP Info: 180g blood red vinyl.

          Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald & Friends

          Return To Y'Hup - The World Of Ivor Cutler

            Return To Y'Hup - The World Of Ivor Cutler Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and a host of friends from the crème de la crème of Scotland’s music scene present Return To Y'Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler, a celebration of the life and work of an artist of unrivalled musical and poetic vision. This ambitious project is a pioneering experiment in the field of imaginary archaeology: a sonic conjuring of a decades-old fictional island. The underlying concept of the album was to resurrect the mythical island of Y’Hup - a territory which Ivor Cutler dreamt up and described throughout his early recordings.

            Here, the island has been populated with distinct Scottish voices alongside new arrangements of Cutler's music, featuring a large number of high profile guest artists, including: Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura), Kris Drever (Lau), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian), Pictish Trail, Emma Pollock (Delgados), Karine Polwart, Rick Redbeard (Phantom Band) and James Yorkston. Visiting the island as distinguished guests are two English vocalists, Phyllis King (Ivor Cutler’s longtime companion and collaborator) and living legend, Robert Wyatt.

            After the release of "Hello Darkness" in 2017, a collaboration with Dag Rosenqvist, "Uzonia" is the fourth solo album of the Scotland-based composer Matthew Collings. His acclaimed 'audio-visual opera’, "A Requiem For Edward Snowden", for strings, clarinet, electronics and real-time visuals was premiered to a sell-out crowd in October 2014, and has been performed at Glasgow CCA, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Utrecht's Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL). He’s responsible for several installations using custom-made software, which have been exhibited at Burning Man Festival in San Francisco or Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts. His work for films includes a specially commissioned live score for Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent classic, "The Man with the Movie Camera" and an invitation to work on "The Invisibles", a commission from Amnesty International. Matthew about his concept and the initial ideas to write "Uzonia": 'Usonia’ with an ’s’, was a term coined by architect Frank Lloyd Wright about an ideal view of America, and of living. There is something very optimistic about the idea, not only architecturally but aesthetically, which other people have picked up on over the years. With the name "Uzonia" I’m almost imagining someone appropriating the phrase for their own means; respelling and reselling it, in the same way that ideas, and facts seem fluid and up-for-grabs these days, in our post-Trump, post-Brexit landscape… the symbolism of anything can be shifted, manipulated into another idea for political or social means at any times.

            As a meme, as an agenda, as a pseudo-fascist icon. So the phrase sums up, for me, this balance between something utopian, and something potentially dangerous, and/or meaningless, which feels like a good analogy for the time we are living through. The feeling running through the record is of energy, of trying to find something positive in dark times, of being confronted with vast forces, often beyond your control, surveillance, social media, climate collapse. It ends with a question mark, and has energy but also an aspect of despair; to me at least. I generally make lists of interesting ideas, concepts and phrases which pick up from all over. I then just assign a title almost randomly from the list when a piece is coming together. There are many references to dark things; corrupt organisations, military contractors, natural forces threatening to destroy, weapons, dark intentions, giving up… We live in a time of apathy, of action, of confusion…will middle class, white men (like me?) own the future? Who has been paying attention?'

            - 'deeply unsettling' The Wire

            - 'this is art-house ambience aiming to be something a lot different to the norm, and succeeding...in an era where everything seems a copy of a copy, his work has a freshness to it' - Metro


            Joakim Cosmo is back with another record crammed with wonky and weird numbers. It's obvious right from the start that Joakim Cosmo has a passion for machines and it seems he's having a jolly good time churning out his own version of Chicago music from them. "Fissens Lockvral" is the kind of track that makes me want to grow a big ol' moustache and join a motorcycle gang of leather freaks. Tough drums are being propelled forward by an even tougher bassline while FX sounds and bleeps are being ignited and thrown into a whirlpool of echoes. "Gagarin" is pretty close to the Norwegian disco we have danced to so many times but with distinct Chi-town influences. That cool Spanish voice sample that reveals itself in the break makes me think of Ramirez. "Brugte Boner" is going to set some dancefloors on fire! Perfectly shuffled drum machines with a ba-dom-dom voice bobbing along with them. I think this is what Fettburger refers to as basketball house. Vocoder nonsense is my best kind of nonsense and that is what "Sabdoo Chimaa" is all about AND then on top of that Joakim is jazzing it out on the keys.

            At once playful, erogenous and sexually aggressive; a filthy slice of machine porn as you're likely to hear all year. RIYL: Cerberus Future Technologies, Grim Lusk, Beau Wanzer etc. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Gotta love Borft for providing loud and wobbly™ bangers every time. Usually utilizing the gnarliest analogue technology, their roster of artists is edgy, relevant and cutting edge. Big ups Borft!

            The Cult Of Dom Keller

            The Cult Of Dom Keller

            2019 REPRESS of the debut LP by Nottingham’s finest purveyors of psychedelic noise, The Cult Of Dom Keller.

            Originally released in 2013, the album went immediately sold out.

            Recommended to fans of Spectrum, Spacemen 3, Faust, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, Psychic Ills, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and 13th Floor Elevators.

            Vinyl release available in a limited edition of 400 copies on gold vinyl.


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: 2019 gold vinyl edition

            Music From Memory are back with more essential action on the archival tip, this time combining the ultimate techno-tropical tonker from Curt Cress with the finest dancers from his most celebrated solo LP "Avanti" - providing those with a thirst for the deeper dancefloor experience with the best of Cress in one easy place.
            Prolific as a percussionist and producer, Curt Cress came to fame during the 70s, lending his rhythms to a who's who of German prog groups, jazz rockers, fusionists and popstars, before finally stepping out on his own with the "Avanti" LP in 1983. Inspired by his time with the fusion groups, the burgeoning NDW scene and cutting edge synths, Cress swept through backbeats, breakbeats, syncopation and solos, providing melodic intricacy via tumbling mallets and otherworldly electronics. The three tracks which make up the B-side on this retrospective 12" all appear on the second side of "Avanti", and give an instant impression of the impact, accomplishment and ambiance of the LP. "Sundance" sprints through syncopated hits, tumbling talking drums, ace electronic passages and a hypnotic mallet refrain made for dancing feet. Taking a tougher approach, "Power Vein" thumps out the toms, rock snares and white noise hats in true mechanical funk fashion before "Flying HIgh" offers us dreamy Asiatic melodies, bouncing Linn idents and an intricate, ever changing web of pure percussive joy - a true dancers' delight.
            From a DJ's point of view, all this was just foreplay ahead of Curt's '92 12" "Dschung Tek", pulled from a point in his career when the veteran drummer was experimenting with techno and tribal house, with the confidence to have a little fun. Played with passion by Ruf Dug, Talking Drums, Basso and Bufiman over the past half decade, "Dschung Tek" takes us on a trip through the undergrowth, pairing warped synthetic metal hits, a pounding beat and all sorts of tropical tropes (birdsong, cicadas, crickets) with a gurgling sequence a bit like an army of ants chomping their way through a DX7. Add in an elephant trumpet, ace pads and a break with a fly swatter and you're having the time of your life.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: My favourite and most played dance record ever, and the essential Talking Drums track! Play "Dschung Tek" loud enough and you'll actual land in Jumanji! If that weren't enough to have you buzzing harder than an irate mosquito, the flip pulls three of the best tracks off Curt's excellent "Avanti EP" and gives them a fresh pressing for club use. Top!

            Michael David

            There In Spirit - Inc. Jex Opolis Remix

            Michael David first stuck his digital pin in the musical map back in the blog days as one half of indie-dance duo Classixx (who did that killer version of Phoenix' "Lisztomania" if I remember correctly), before branching off for a standalone 2015 single as Cinema Paradiso. A serene and sublime single arrived under his given name last Autumn, proving once again that It IS Balearic! Now the LA musician continues to demonstrate his musical evolution with his best work to date on US label Cascine.  
            On "There in Spirit / Rain II", there is a bending of organic instruments. Guitars chop and glimmer. Beats cascade and push forward, but always with a sense of gentle resignation. This is the sound of a mind searching through time, exhuming memories and emotions ‘ good and bad ‘to try and know, recapture, reclaim, and most importantly, feel. The music on both singles was recorded primarily on an Eloquencer sequencer and mixed in part by Joakim. The b side features two new takes on Rain II ‘ an alternate, slow version and a remixed version by fellow seeker, Jex Opolis. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Uber Balearic business here from Michael David, who fuses Fairlight sequences with nuanced percussion and delicate guitar across two gorgeous A-side cuts. The B-side serves up a slow version of 'Rain II' for the sundowners out there, before Jex Opolis gets the acid breaks on.

            For the unitiated, Alaxis Andreas G is the man behind legendary electro imprint Invasion Planète, experimental stable Hiératique and the musical mastermind behind razor sharp, and recently re-appraised French electo (fans of Justice et al need wash their ears out now) project Le Syndicat Electronique. Entering the new decade reborn as De Sang Froid, monseiur Gand harnesses minimal wave moods, buzzing electronics and scorched circuitry for ten tracks of the chilliest bleepery you're likely to hear this year. Whether he's laying down twisted analogue lullabies, skittering electro bombs, or hypnotic industrial creepers, our main man is always interfaced with his hardware rig, getting full Lawnmower Man on our asses. Recommended to fans of Dopplereffekt, I-F and Legowelt.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Limited red vinyl LP

            A heady mix of digi killers, digital roots, dub, electro, and unlikely vocoder magic, "Love Lives Forever" is the first ever compilation of Miami reggae-not-reggae diva Dhaima.

            The record gathers a collection of the original Natty Queen’s seminal ’80s and ’90s recordings, including her big 1982 chune “Reggae On Sunset,” the Ninakupenda-issued “Don’t Feel No Way,” the previously unreleased “Loving You Is My Thing,” and “Surrender” - the last song recorded before her untimely death in 2000. Then you make it to the last track for the killer "Sweat Til Your Body's Wet", a dope digi-dub stepper on the theme of "Reggae On Sunset".

            Pressed loud on vinyl in a long-playing format to mash up your home speakerbox.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Transparent Purple LP.

            DJ City

            Sierra Madre

            Borneo Records board the good ship Piccadilly with their Swedish born, Berlin based plus 1, DJ City and his carry-on bag of bleep-heavy house!

            As a fairly fresh face to the European dance music scene, involved with renowned musical outlets like Cocktail d’Amore and Born Free, DJ City has been turning heads with his playful and energetic style.
            For Borneo’s ninth release DJ City delivers two deep dance floor cuts, referencing and paying hommage to his childhood idols, craftily combining well known building blocks into future classics.

            ”Sierra Madre” is a warm and deep dive into the aesthetics of the late 90s electronic music scene, balancing between lush pads and low bit rates. Steadily it progresses as the loops unfold and evolve into an ambient landscape of clear peaks and valleys. Dreamy and suggestive without becoming too literal or camp, it invites its listener to let the mind wander during the course of the dance.
            On the flip side, “5426261” is a more playful feature as its percussion and somewhat off tune melodies roll out. The texture is light and invites its listener to venture in thought to an imaginary Mediterranean location right before dawn. The enigmatic title is repeated in a sample towards the end, implicating it is a phone number. Who are you trying to reach?


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Double dose of upfront house music on Borneo thanks to DJ City. A-side is bleep, B-side is deep, both sides are dope.

            DJ John Collins

            Yeah / All We Need

            **LIMITED & SANCTIONED U.R REPRESS!!!**

            Take a deep breath folks, fresh new shit from the institution that is Underground Resistance (now up to UR-80!) and I am glad to inform you all that this is UNADULTERATED FUNKY UR booty-shaking tackle! DJ John Collins takes us right back to the grinding Detroit booty parties of yore with "Yeah". Turn the shuffle up to 100%, turn the 909 right up, bang in some super chopped up funk samples and you’re certain to get any crack-house bumping wildly. "All We Need" continues along the same lines with its use of a dirty gospel soul sample coupled with a huge piano line and banging UR beats. "All we need... is funky music!" the lyrics proclaim and Mr Collins certainly brings us that. After a heated intro we're treated to one of the best choruses I've heard in house or techno for a long time. Epic chord progressions, sing-a-long vocal line and breathtaking drops. This is gonna rock the shit out of any main room with a beating heart and will unite the girls and boys in dancefloor euphoria. DO NOT SLEEP!



            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Another highly sough after UR nugget, repressed and repackaged for our listening, dancing and DJing pleasure! John Collins on the choppy, funky, Deetroit bounce tip. Mega!

            Jesse Kanda is a visual artist and musician widely known for his modern gothic surrealist art, especially his work with Björk, Arca, and FKA twigs, and in recent years for his own musical output as Doon Kanda. At Hyperdub, we are very excited by his transition into music; if there were a sound to his beautiful, otherworldly art, this is it in its pure form. ‘Labyrinth’ is his debut album, comprised of 13 pieces of new music, and 10 artworks. It is a dreamlike, exhilarating listen from start to finish, covering emotional ground from hell to heaven. It was created between summer 2018 and spring 2019 in London and Ontario.

            His two previous EPs 'Heart' (2017) and 'Luna' (2018) focused on melody across a spectrum of emotion, and like his visual work often metamorphosed pain into beauty. 'Labyrinth' chronicles a period of loss, in ecstatic fantasy. Stylistically, much of the album is in 3/4 time signature in rhythms reminiscent of waltz, allowing Kanda to create movement through melody. This idiosyncratic gothic style was hinted at in his first EP, and is in full bloom here. It is also a proposition of a new form of club music; one can imagine venues transformed into an alien world, where the music moves the crowd in previously unknown ways. The album has a narrative arc of building chaos, peaking with ‘’Mino’, then a resolve of clarity at ‘Bunny’. Jesse hopes listeners experience ‘Labyrinth’ in its presented order, while maybe flipping through the artwork in the accompanying full size 10 page picture book. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Looking for summat fresh? Look for further pop pickers! Totally twisting my melon with his neo-gothic-electronica, Doon Kanda's "Labyrinth" is one of the most transportative and imaginative things I've ever heard. Incredible!

            Dukwa is back with the second chapter of his own personal output with a new killer four tracker EP.

            "Akira" opens things up with a beautifully anthemic house cut. Nodding to Space Dimension Controller and Kyle Hall with its pitch bent leads and shuffled drum patterns, the track subtly nods to Detroit without becoming pastiche and is surely already big with MCDE, Move D and such cats.

            "Violet" leads with a repeating piano line which slowly forces our arms aloft. Skitty drums add an urgency to what would be a midtempo house track, imparting a sense of building exciting which is only accentuated through that nagging acid line. If anything was to convey the excitement of a nightclub about 2 or 3 tunes before the headlining DJ is due to take to the decks - this is it! - Warm up DJs take note!

            "Water" is low-key deep house intricacy at its finest. Interweaving leads complimenting the meticulously programmed beats and warm chords permeating through the mix. It's delicious and welcoming with its gentle string parts and fluttering piano trills. If you're looking for a track to wind down the action after a long session, this could well move the audience to tears and jubilation if you time it correctly!

            Mega stuff from this underrated artist currently escaping the spotlight of hype! 


            When was the last time EDMX served you what you expected? Maybe you drop the needle down in anticipation of some slick boogie-inflected synth pop and get walloped in the face with hellfire techno. Perhaps you were itching for body-popping electro and got cerebrally hijacked by pagan coldwave.

            On this latest magnum opus, his first on Queen Nanny. Ed Upton is in the mood to get down low in every sense of the word. On the frequency range, this is a record dripping with lard-fed bass at every turn. The arrangements too are devilishly low in channel count – raw riddims with just a few key ingredients to do the necessary damage. Then there are the tempos, which predominantly set cruise control at 90 BPM and glide.

            It’s not hard to tell where EDMX’s inspiration has sparked from on this album – in the spirit of celebrating the compatibility of oddball sonics from all corners of the globe, he’s patched his sound into a specific vibe and struck gold with some of the most distinctive riddims you’re likely to hear all year.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Ed DMX does a digi-dub album and absolutely nails it! It seems obvious now it's here, given Ed's outboard inventory; but we didn't anticipate just how well he'd pull it off... Extemporary!

            En Attendant Ana

            Juillet

              With the release of 'Juillet', Parisian quintet En Attendant Ana make good on the promise of their album 'Lost & Found' (2018, Trouble In Mind), diligently crafting a set of ten songs that shimmer, glide and sway with a sophistication only hinted at by their debut. Trouble In Mind is honored to present 'Juillet' exclusively to the world. Recorded by Vincent Hivert and Alexis Fugain over the course of one week at Studio Claudio, an isolated studio in rural France, "Juillet" is the sound of a band reshaping itself, adapting to numerous transitions both within the band ('Juillet' is the first recording with current guitarist Maxence Tomasso) and in life. Primary lyricist & front person Margaux Bouchaudon says "I tend to consider it as a journey towards acceptation of losses (would they be friends, lovers or dreams through death, departure or disillusion...) but also towards self respect and independence." Indeed many of the songs on "Juillet" feel hopeful, despite their melancholic tone, lacing a lilting melody or triumphant trumpet swell (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Camille Frechou) or charging guitar riffs from Tomasso or Bouchaudon.

              Famed French engineer Dominique Blanc-Francard mastered the whole affair with a deft hand, coaxing the subtleties of the mix without sacrificing its sonic whallop. Whereas the tunes on 'Lost and Found' felt wild & reckless, the songs on 'Juillet' feel focused, composed by the band over six months, working a much as possible on arrangements, structure to create a set of songs that feel bonded together by the magnetic pull of each other; each shines on their own, but viewed as a whole, they dazzle. Songs like "Do You Understand?" and the first single "Words" point toward a new frontier for the group, effortlessly sharpening their razor-sharp hooks to such a fine point, you almost don't realize their complexity.

              Elsewhere, songs like "Flesh or Blood" and opener "Down The Hill" revel in the push/pull dynamics they teased at on "Lost and Found" while earworm tunes like "In / Out"s poetic lyrics bounce atop a toe-tapping pulse (courtesy of rhythm section of bassist Antoine Vaugelade & drummer Adrien Pollin). Finally, songs like "From My Bruise To An Island" and the sparse "When It Burns" bridge a confessional narrative atop an amorphous ambient float. They feel important, and hint at an exciting future for a band letting go of its past and entrusting fate with its future. "Juillet" is the French word for July - a month representing the transition from spring to summer, & in the band's own words "Juillet" is "a symbol of the end of something and the beginning of an other one" 

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Indies only Opaque Metallic Gold vinyl

              Brookside return with two killer edits of a pair of signature First Choice cuts from Brooklyn legend DJ Spinna and Tokyo edit wiz T-Groove.

              These DJ friendly versions of ‘Smarty Pants’ & ‘Are You Ready For Me?’ maintain all the essence of the originals yet rework them for the modern dancefloor. Backed with the original versions giving you maximum choice in the mix.

              The Flippers

              Discotheque

                First facsimile reissue of the ultra rare 1966 debut LP by Colombia's The Flipper's. Don't be fooled by its title, this is a full-on garage masterpiece bursting with twangy, fuzzed-out and wailing guitars. Includes amazing covers (Yardbirds, Zombies, Larry Williams...) and equally brilliant original compositions. 

                It's been a year since the magnificent 'Dark is the Sun' first enchanted listeners back in 2011, and we're thrilled to announce the next installment of mesmerizing non-contemporary jazz by the Greg Foat Group with their new album 'Girl and Robot with Flowers'.

                Evading the dreaded 'second album syndrome' with consummate ease, 'Girl and Robot with Flowers' is a sonic soundscape of epic proportions that leaves 'Dark is the Sun' in the dust while propelling the listener into infinity - and beyond!

                With a doff of the hat to sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss, we're whisked off on a thematic journey into the emotive and enthralling realms of cinematic jazz, seductive ambience and exciting, majestic drama. Often unpredictable and certainly never dull, British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat uses everything from brass bands and kettle drums to Moog synthesizer and harmonium to take us above and beyond the stratosphere of our senses. Have spacesuit? Let's travel!

                As with 'Dark Is the Sun', this album was recorded in a unique, pure analogue studio in Sweden to capture the full warmth and dynamic range of the wide variety of instruments utilized. The spacious, high quality sound that was achieved by recording direct to tape through high quality vintage equipment is absolutely impeccable, revealing in stunning detail a magical atmosphere the likes of which is rarely heard in the current climate of digitalization and MP3s.

                Over the years Greg Foat has collaborated withmusicians and artists such as Wendy James, Questlove of The Roots, The Black Lips, Justice and The Bees. This past year has been a busy one with tours of Europe and the UK, exposing their music to seasoned audiences: Jamie Cullum, Chris Evans, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Ozwald Boateng, Helena Christiansen, Jude Law, Benicio Del Toro, Lyndsey Lohan are just a few of the many faces who have enjoyed the music of the Greg Foat Group.

                Alongside the raw, icy aggression of vocal-led "Burning Car" and "Miss Machinery", this collection of instrumental music from 1980 initially appeared on the 2018 Metamatic box set. Now on vinyl for the first time to celebrate Metamatic’s 40th anniversary in January 2020, this is a haunted, at times beautiful electronic soundtrack which stands as a sister album to the main work. Photo by C.P. Gabrin. Artwork by Jonathan Barnbrook

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Coloured LP Info: Grey vinyl LP.

                Galaxie 500

                This Is Our Music

                  After producing two albums celebrated by a thirsty underground network of fans, Galaxie 500 released what turned out to be their unexpected swansong, "This Is Our Music". The title is an intentionally declarative statement. After being labeled masters of the disengaged and forlorn, Damon Krukowsi, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang delivered a full-length comprised of their most stately material. Here, one can hear potential realized, as well as changes afoot. "Fourth Of July" is a surprisingly up-front song for the band, with rolling drums and a bass-heavy refrain, and it proved to be their most popular single. The track sets the stage for the dynamism of "This Is Our Music". When Galaxie 500 sounds wistful ("Summertime"), it sounds like years of yearning actualized; when the band sounds regretful ("Sorry"), it comes pleading on its knees. The trio found a beautiful balance between increased production values and knob-twiddler Mark Kramer's odd handed approach. For the first time since its original pressing, "This Is Our Music" is available again on vinyl. Cut by vinyl ace Kevin Gray from a remaster by Kramer and Alan Douches, the album sounds more vibrant than ever, and Galaxie 500 exists again as one of the most enrapturing and glorious bands to emerge from the underground in the past 25 years.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: Galaxie 500's third and final album felt bolder and more dynamic than their previous work. Such an amazing band!

                  When Galaxie 500's today was released in 1988, it set off a chain reaction of quiet explosions still being felt. Never before had a record so emphasized the calming elements of rock music, transforming what at first seems like a collection of bridges into fully realized songs. And one can draw a straight line from here to the many groups they influenced, like Low, Belle & Sebastian, and Bon Iver. "Today" is full of idiosyncrasies. The trio of Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang were recent Harvard grads who intuitively eliminated any histrionic tradition to rock songs, leaving core emotion (not for nothing did they include a cover of "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste", by the kings of feeling, the Modern Lovers). It was produced by Mark Kramer, who was best known for his work with cataclysmic slop rock pioneers such as Bongwater, Ween, and King Missle. The band's hometown of Boston was just coming out of its love affair with Mission Of Burma and pouncing upon the spasmodic electricity of The Pixies. Despite, or perhaps because of, all these elements, "Today" thrived. More than 20 years after its initial release, its title is still no misnomer. The music, recorded with what many thought at the time was too much reverb, sounds present, alive, and indeed a product of today. Songs like "Flowers", "Temperature's Rising", and of course "Tugboat" (the band's debut single) stand the test of time and exist in an eternal now. For the first time since its original pressing, "Today" is available again on vinyl. Cut by vinyl ace Kevin Gray from a remaster by Kramer and Alan Douches, the album sounds more vibrant than ever, and Galaxie 500 exists again as one of the most enrapturing and glorious bands to emerge from the underground in the past 25 years.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: "Today" hit in 1988 and blew everyone's minds with its echoey, minimal, slow rock. Something for The Longing...

                  Alex Bradley's new reissue division at Utopia Records recovers the early works of Gianni Gebbia, a saxophonist and composer from Palermo, Sicily whose highly sought-after debut LP from 1987 is remastered with added unreleased material and updated art work by Gebbia himself.
                  A minimal and contemporary jazz album of the highest order, its beautiful sound, sentimental electronics and use of synthesisers - that were a precursor to the house and dance music scene of the early 90's - has made the album endure the years that have passed.

                  It will be sure to be a valuable addition to your home listening collection with stand out tracks like Cud evoking visions of a Sicilian beach stroll and the intense and brooding 'Vedersi Passare le Cose Attorno' with its Juno chords transports you to a Detroit night club in 1992 counterbalanced by Gebbia's soft saxophonic embrace...

                  The self taught Gebbia's works touches on the avant-garde whilst maintaining a musicality and fluidity with his technique of circular breathing adding an extra element to his playing, the ability to create Reichian like minimalism with a single breath whilst maintaining melodic structure.
                  The multi solo album artist is noted recently for working on the music score of Heiner Goebbels' music performance piece 'Everything that happened and would happen' at the Manchester international festival and for his curating of the "Anassimandro Festival of Music and Philosophy" in his home city of Palermo of which Bradley hosted last years after party.

                  Giant Swan

                  55 Year Old Daughter (Extended Mix)

                  An uncompromising statement of intent, ‘55 Year Old Daughter’ set the tone for the recently released Giant Swan debut album: metallic KO drums and an earworm hook constructed from a scissored vocal sample, the album lurches into life with perhaps the closest the band have come so far to an out-and-out banger.

                  Only now has this (essential) extended mix - a simultaneously deconstructed avant-noise and devastating DJ weapon become available on a limited edition etched white label 12". Crunchy industrial drums, unflinching electronics and a wicked interrupted vocal make for a floor flaying weapon.

                  Both Jon Hopkins’ and Kelly Lee Owens’ work perfectly complements each other here on ‘Luminous Spaces’; Hopkins’ transcendent, dancefloor-focussed electronics paired with Owens’ entrancing, often spiritual vocals and her ethereal techno production creates a euphoric electronic collaboration.

                  What was originally destined to be a remix of Hopkins’ ‘Luminous Beings’ by Owens morphed into a track in its own right, following the pair working closely in the studio together.

                  12’’ in black poly-lined inner sleeve with digital download card.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Spectral, star-gazing and blissed-out, Jon Hopkins & Kelly Lee Owens hit that sweet spot of relaxed euphoria. Gently rushing, this will go down perfectly at Bluedot festival!

                  Left Ear have put together a collection of recordings taken from the elusive Berlin band I.A.O., spanning their third phase from 1988 to 1995. "Phase III" commemorates the bands final line-up of three members; Achim Kohlberger, Ralf Östereich and Carsten Zielske. The sounds on this retrospective vary widely, however, link with threads of melancholic sequences, angular jamming and a focus on electronic soundscapes.

                  The tracks are pinned against a backdrop of political and social unrest in Berlin at the time. Two different cities had become one with the fall of the wall, driving a bubbling subculture attempting to reunite the capital. Seemingly irrelevant to what I.A.O. was producing, these territories dance parallel to one another. In the late 1980’s, Achim Kohlberger of the band and partner Dimitri Hegemann, were orchestrating ‘Atonal Festival’, these days known as Berlin Atonal. Soon after, they set-up of one of the first techno clubs in the world - UFO, today known as Tresor.

                  I.A.O. cites the cast of personalities they would come across in the clubs and pubs as influential in their songwriting, artists, outsiders or the ‘general dropouts.’ However, the works of IAO far resemble techno music. Phase III’s opening track Gospel IV introduces the band with their patience and restraint, synthesizers work to reveal folding melodies. The downtempo voyage continues with Marshmallow Girls, an insight into the band’s sensitive observations and hazy imagery. All Is Bliss presents a vocal mantra cooperating with nagging bass lines and euphonic percussion. Meanwhile, two instrumentals Love and Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle Little Star both typify and defy timeless dancefloor paradigms. The compilation signs off with Ferns, binding the icy yet bright tones found throughout. 

                  Ice Cube

                  It Was A Good Day / You Can Do It - Feat. Mack 10 & Ms Toi

                  Throwdown enter the vinyl arena with a top rope elbow drop here, slapping two of Ice Cube's finest moments onto one handy 7" platter. On the A-side we have the frankly fucking magnificent "It Was A Good Day", a masterpiece of West Coast street poetry which describes a day in the life of the Compton native over a killer Isley Brothers loop. Flip it for the party starting, rump shaking "You Can Do It", a pop rap, club powerhouse which no noughties underage night out could be had without. Glassy beat, sexy rap, good times!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Absolutely massive double A-side here of Ice Cube classics. The Isley Brothers' sampling "It Was A Good Day" is one of the smoothest, coolest West Coast hip hop heaters ever made, and "You Can Do It" is up there with all the best club rap tracks. This will blow up your living room, a bar set or a dancefloor.


                  Renowned record label and events brand Renaissance announce the next release in their acclaimed "The ReMix Collection" - a scintillating reworking of Jaydee’s 1992 R&S classic "Plastic Dreams" from one of the leading names in techno: Producer, DJ & MOOD Records label boss Nicole Moudaber.

                  Nicole Moudaber’s spectacular and atmospheric remix of "Plastic Dreams" is already receiving strong DJ support, not least from Carl Cox, who has been playing it out as a highlight of his recent sets.

                  A track that Nicole Moudaber had always wanted to remix, when approaching such an iconic track as "Plastic Dreams", she applied her trademark tough yet melodic sound, emphasising the jazzy bass notes and famous organ synthesiser refrain, to deliver a fresh and vibrant reworking.

                  If one wasn't enough, she then goes on a deep n dubby prog tip; taking the original even deeper on side B with her "Passion Runs Deep" remix.

                  Nicole Moudaber said: 'I didn’t want to lose the essence of this ground-breaking track. I kept the balance between house and techno and added a little touch of jazz. I was in New York when I first heard it; I was dancing, I was flying, I was connecting with people, I was making memories. I believe I gave it justice, I certainly gave it a lot of space and respect of its original identity.'

                  "The ReMix Collection" celebrates Renaissance’s proud heritage which has seen the brand at the forefront of electronic music since its inception in 1992. The concept behind the collection is to put a fresh and exciting take on seminal tracks that are closely connected with Renaissance’s early years.


                  Jennifer Gentle

                  Jennifer Gentle

                    Jennifer Gentle are one of the most idiosyncratic Italian bands ever. Led by singer, guitarist and sometimes only member Marco Fasolo, they started their career in the early Noughties as slightly stoned-out-of-their-minds teens equally able to manage short psych pop explosions and 20-minute brain melting freakouts. They quickly recorded a couple of self-released albums that raised some interest abroad and became the first Italian band to sign to American label Sub Pop, releasing two critically acclaimed albums in quick succession: 2005’s Valende (an exercise in hyperactive, sparkling pop mixed with pastoral acoustic vignettes) then followed in 2007 by the much darker and convoluted The Midnight Room (described in a Mojo review as “Syd Barrett lost in a 20’s Berlin cabaret”).

                    With US and UK tours under their belt and their music on Rough Trade and Mojo compilations, Jennifer Gentle went on to play also on BBC radio shows and partecipated to several festivals including Green ManFestivals in the UK on main stage. Also gaining fans as different as Graham Coxon, Black Crowes, Mars Volta and Jarvis Cocker (who asked the band to open his Italian concerts). After 2008, Marco Fasolo preferred to concentrate on production and soundtrack work. He came back in 2013 with the Universal Daughters’ album Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me, a beautifully heart-breaking charity project involving collaborations with the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Alan Vega, Gavin Friday, Chris Robinson, Ed Harcourt and many more. In 2018, together with Liam Watson (White Stripes, Thee Headcoats etc.), Fasolo produced (at Toe Rag Studio in London) the first album by Turkish musician Umut Adan, later released to glowing reviews by UK label Riverboat Records. Also in 2018 Fasolo arranged and produced the first album by I Hate My Village, an Italian supergroup whose psychedelic take on Afro-funk has become a hugely successful live attraction: he later joined the band as a permanent member. Now it’s 2019 and Marco Fasolo and Jennifer Gentle are officially back with their new, self-titled album. Immaculately produced by Fasolo himself, it’s a sprawling, full-bodied release touching all of Fasolo’s musical obsessions: it effortlessly bounces from a breezy soul glam, goofy funk, intricate baroque ballads, Joe Meek-like instrumentals and the trademark JG zippy psychedelia, without ever losing its focus on mood and detailed song construction. By far their most complete and accessible album, Jennifer Gentle is above all an immersive listening experience and new evidence of Fasolo’s songwriting, aranging and producing unique abilities: a sometimes pensive, sometimes joyful musical parade to be absorbed as a whole. Here it is, hoping you are going to love it too

                    The music of Johnny Jewel, Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, & Symmetry all articulate different visions for different moments — the pure ecstasy of a Saturday night out; unrestrained romantic devotion between vulnerable people; walks on wet streets on foggy nights; isolated twilight meditations. They make music for all moments, all feelings, all stories — in films & in life. Theirs is natural soundtrack music. Bruce Thierry Cheung brings their cinematic music to celluloid to tell the story of a family’s struggles in Don’t Come Back from the Moon, starring James Franco, Rashida Jones, & Jeffrey Wahlberg.

                    The soundtrack mixes new & beloved work from the Italians family. Classic cuts such as Chromatics’ revered “Cherry” & “The River” (alongside the newer “Magazine”) & the disco-bliss of Mirage’s “Lady Operator” are alongside cues from Johnny’s instrumental solo album Digital Rain, all remastered to articulate the resonance of the visuals. Joining them is new music from Johnny & Symmetry. “Bicycle” finds Symmetry taking their Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter vibes into a haunting modern R&B space. Cues like “Street Lights” & “Dusk” use twinkling piano keys & glassy, minimal synthesizers to craft ambient electronic bliss. “Death Valley” is a foreboding & atmosphere track, laced with spectres of fading memories. Once you go to the moon with these songs, you’ll never want to come back.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: LP pressed on Ivory Coloured Vinyl.

                    “…Voices Heard From The Year Of Thirteen Moons…”

                    Beyond the decay of ruins hums the subtle sound of Vapor, a suite of dystopian instrumentals by Italians Do It Better visionary Johnny Jewel. His trademark analog synthesizers have never sounded more crystalline, their landscape never more evocatively barren. Chiming bells slowly twirl like the rusted music box of a child’s nightmare, a pitch-black bleak that is utterly frightful — Jewel channels the beauty & horror of a world that long ago abandoned its own destiny. This is a fever dream flashback. The kind that strikes you in the blur of night & refuses to weaken its grip until the sheets are drenched in sweat. This soundtrack is as elegant as it is violent, conjured in the deepest blacks & most vivid reds. These 21 celestial tracks clock in at just over an hour. Warping wind from a spiraling pinwheel…The sound of dust in the Garden of Hera, walking the tightrope between Life & Hades. The thin line that divides the Heavens from the Earth. Breathe Deep.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xColoured LP Info: Ivory coloured vinyl.

                    This new anthology on Afrosynth brings together six songs by South African disco star Kamazu, spanning his career from 1986 to 1997. The six track set perfectly traces an evolution of dance music over that period, moving from the boogie/proto house heat of his biggest hits ‘Korobela’ and ‘Indaba Kabani’ (think a South African Inner City) to the MTV new wave of the more obscure ‘Victim’ and ‘Why’, to a couple of slow and slamming tracks from his kwaito comeback, ‘Mjukeit’ and ‘Atikatareni’. Virtuoso playing, super cool synth sounds and great vocals throughout.

                    Okay Kaya

                    Watch This Liquid Pour Itself

                      In Okay Kaya songs, her world looks a lot like ours — Netflix, jetlag, vegan peanut butter and chocolate ice cream, lonely bowls of ramen, diet trends. But unlike ours, each of these vibrates and shimmers with deeper, darker meaning, with existential dread and desire for understanding. Through Norwegian-raised New Yorker Kaya’s dreamy soft-focus lens, the language of Twitter memes becomes modernist poetry as her breathy contralto voice sings lines like, “If you don’t love me at my guttural sound, you don’t deserve me at my guttural sound.” This is Sade for nihilists. On the opening track of her new record she sings, “I used to fight the feeling, always let it win.” As she transforms these feelings, defeats, and victories into songs, the lyrics often involve pools of sweat, oceans, and other forms of wetness. But Okay Kaya’s world is not one of renewal and rebirth—it’s not water at all, actually. “It’s more like bile,” Kaya says, “It’s what comes out in the purge.” In these songs, Kaya swims through her melancholy and anxiety— not as a way of cleansing herself, but as an understanding of their depths

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Coloured LP Info: Coke bottle clear vinyl.

                      Kyson

                      Kyson

                        Kyson is a self-titled sonic memoir that jailbreaks Kyson’s repertoire through a depth of narrative and tactile instrumentation. Where he ensconced his other releases in escapism, this one by design hits you in your soul.

                        The album’s title is particularly significant. Kyson’s stage moniker was his nickname as an infant. His free-spirited parents (mom is English; dad, Malaysian) couldn’t decide on a name after his birth, so they temporarily called him Kysanwith “Ky” taken from his father’s name and “san” meaning son. As Kyson got older, his father exposed him to Asian culture, but he showed a lack of interest. It took the passing of his paternal grandfather to awaken a desire to learn more about his Chinese-Malay roots.

                        “This album,” he notes, “is really about how curious I have become.” The album artwork and packaging comes courtesy of German artist BD Graft in his ‘Add Yellow’ style with images from Kyson’s upbringing. Kyson got his start when he won an official Bon Iver remix completion with his version of “Holocene.” This sparked Kyson’s love for tinkering with effervescent, hip-hop soundscapes and production which eventually evolved into Kyson realizing his potential as a solo artist. Pitchfork has credited his music as “exotic but familiar” and Stereogum as, “forward-thinking arrangements with sleek electronic elements.” “I try to make music ever day- I want to be there when the inspiration comes.” says Kyson, the synth-shaman of teleporting sounds. “There are no borders to what you can do. It’s limitless.”

                        New York vocalist Kosmo Kint joined the Toy Tonics crew. Born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, Kosmo has been part of the recent Brooklyn scene, singing in several projects in NYC before moving to Berlin two years ago. To find like minded people to create new lyrics driven dancemusic.

                        In Berlin he teamed up with the Toy Tonics boys and now TT boss Kapote and the crew are working with him in Berlin Kreuzberg to find a new R&B & Disco influenced style of electronic dance music.
                        The first release is a collabo between french talent Mangabey and Kosmo Kint - produced by Kapote.
                        The 2 songs have a chilled L.A. G Funk Vibe that makes you think about certain Dr. Dre productions from the 90ies combined with some broken beats and 4 to the floor house vibes.
                        The song might remember some french touch tracks too and some might think about that West London early 2000 "Dego" Vibe maybe. Anyway, its new and there is not a name yet for that style. Let's see where the TT crew will bring Kosmo Kint sonically over the next years.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Millie says: New to the Toy Tonics label Kosmo Kint, alongside Mangabey have dipped into all the genres going - Disco, House, R&B, Broken Beat, Funk, Electronic and created two tracks of pure dance music hits. TT bringing the vibes to Piccadilly!

                        Jackie Mittoo

                        Oboe / Wall Street

                        Two highly sought-after tracks from Jackie Mittoo’s legendary "Showcase"album, originally released on Studio One in 1980.

                        Hypnotic, blissed-out funky reggae from Jamaica's finest - Bagga Walker on bass, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on drums, Ernest Ranglin on guitar and, of course, the inimitable Jackie Mittoo on keyboards. 

                        Cut super loud, it’s almost impossible to find a copy of this album and if you did it would set you back hundreds of pounds.

                        Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve, these won’t be around for long.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Two super rare instrumental cuts pressed so f***ing loud!! Reggae 12" singles don't come much hotter than this. Form an orderly queue....

                        Mojo

                        Issue 316 - March 2020

                          MARKING 40 YEARS SINCE their epic final album, Closer, and Ian Curtis’s tragic suicide, Joy Division’s surviving members revisit their 1980, while MOJO’s covermount CD, Atmospheres, traces the band’s fertile milieu and legacy through Wire and A Certain Ratio to Idles, Jehnny Beth and Black Country, New Road.

                          Also in this issue: how The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway spelt the end for Peter Gabriel’s Genesis; Curtis Mayfield’s early-’70s bid for autonomy; The Black Crowes’ battle royale. Plus: Beastie Boys, John Prine, Peter Green, The Necks, Maria McKee, Mosey Sumney, Hank Williams, Tame Impala, Etta James, The Chocolate Watch Band, Neil Innes RIP, and Brian Jones… on acid!

                          Morrissey

                          It's Over

                            Sky Blue 7” single with It’s Over from 2019’s covers album ‘California Son’ and previously unreleased It Happens Every Time.

                            Nightdubbing

                            House To House

                              Nightdubbing are ready to drop the follow-up to their warmly received debut 'Frontline'. As the name suggests, 'House to House' is a celebration of House music in the deepest sense of the word, loaded with insistent beats, solid basslines, lush chords and delicious piano breaks while retaining the band's trademark grit and sense of otherness.

                              'Danceteria' traces the roots of House in the New York loft scene, while 'Rascals Return' tips the hat to the Latin Rascals. The title track takes us into deceptively spartan territory before a joyous piano swoop shifts the gear right up. Final track 'Orangely' brings a distant transmission from a long lost Welsh techno TV show before descending into a full on dub-house excursion that sounds like it's echoing around a warehouse for the last few stragglers at the party.

                              A record to be enjoyed to its very last second AM Jazz is set to place this songwriter where he just might, finally, receive the recognition he deserves; from unsung hero to a truly worthy candidate for being called up to join the City of Manchester’s ranks of great musical icons. Whether you prefer to know him as Mr. Roberts or simply call him Al, it’s time to become acquainted with the real Jim Noir.

                              Tossing his bowler onto the hat stand and sliding on his slippers, AM Jazz sees ‘Jim’ putting his feet up whilst Alan Roberts takes the lead. A creative masterpiece for the record player and the mantlepiece, it’s a multi-layered album that features close friends including those dearly departed, and is his truest record to date, by a songwriter painting his own hypnotic Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

                              “I haven’t 'felt' like Jim Noir for a long time. I’m not sure I ever did; it was a construct of other people’s imaginations,” reveals Al. “AM Jazz is definitely the kind of music I make generally. It harks back to when I started making music years ago and didn’t worry about capturing a particular style. It will be nice to show people more of that. It's the best album I've written; real hypnotic minimalism, the good stuff!”

                              15 years since he recorded the first ever 'Jim Noir' EP, AM Jazz is the record all Noirheads won’t be surprised Al had inside him. Letting the Beatlesesque stylings of his most recent album Finnish Line be (5 years ago no less), AM Jazz suits the Noir repertoire of his catalogue so far and is another homegrown offering which sees the Daveyhulme composer tinkering in his suburban Manchester studio once more, with the magic of his computer work sorcery, analog and tape recordings. “For this I went back to the slightly more haphazard way I wrote my first album, Tower Of Love, wherein I’d use things in front of me, or a bit wrong like headphones for a microphone, to make the most Hi-Fi Lo-fi album ever.”

                              Whilst a brief disappearance of Jim’s online persona may have provoked bleak theories as to his whereabouts, Al had little time for digital distraction. Whilst writing and creating with friends, he has worked on electronic pet project, FAX with former Alfie guitarist, Ian Smith, and the vintage analogue house meets electro sound of his own solo EP Granada Personnel Recovery, as well as producing local band, Shaking Chainsor, and helping long-time musical colleague, Aidan Smith with his long-awaited 'The Planets' project; “I’ve been writing in dribs and drabs when I feel like it,” Al says. “I used to write all day everyday but it’s a lot harder now I’m (feeling) over 100 years old.” Never not sonically exploring or being inspired by the sounds around him, there was even a red-carpet moment when he appeared as a film premier guest after a couple of his songs were selected for the OST of director Jason Wingard’s film Eaten By Lions.

                              Performing all AM Jazz’s instrumental parts himself but also, at the right moment, bringing in present and past pals along the way, sexy lounge song, ‘Hexagons’ features 'Phil Anderson' and Mark Williamson singing and playing “legendary OTT guitar solo” respectively. Meanwhile the orchestration of ‘Peppergone’ waltzes like a beautifully romantic ode to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – a tribute to dearly departed best friend 'Batfinks' who originally wrote the chords in his song 'Peppercorn.' “I hope he doesn’t think it’s shit,” Al jests. Listen closely and you may even find a few unsuspecting celebrity guest appearances as, perhaps, it could be the very first album to feature soundbites of podcasts sneaking onto the recordings. “I will have a podcast on if I’m recording; Adam Buxton, Athletico Mince, Frank Skinner or Richard Herring… I’m sure some mics will have picked them up, like in the old Tower of Love days,” he says referring to his breakout debut.

                              Culled from around 50 tunes AM Jazz moves like the time of the day, from dawn to night, stirring from the pop of ‘Good Mood’ and ‘Upside Down’s Beta Band groove. “As the album was playing, I imagined this smoky backstreet with all those neon signs outside clubs at about 4am,” Al says. Mellow ‘TOL Circle’ is like Percy Faith’s Theme From A Summer Place synthesized, capturing the style of TV library music or movie soundtrack obscurity that has always stirred Al’s curiosity, and the album plunges into a vast chasm of instrumental exploration with ‘Mystermoods,’ visiting Japan’s funky synth whiz duo Testpattern and Hakabashi Sakamoto. Darkening and deepening in intensity, ‘Eggshell’ is like an undiscovered gem from Angelo Badalamenti’s cutting room floor, the Panda Bear shimmer of ‘Lander’ is where blissful positivity and sadness meet, about another of his friends who left the world too young. “By the album’s close, its nearly time to let go and enter the ether,” he says of the album’s story. “Like one would do when they take their final sigh on this earth.”


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: This really is a lovely thing, brimming with pastoral psychedelic guitar work and hazy, joy filled grooves. Jim Noir perfectly encapsulates the juxtaposition of stoic, cheerful Britishness with the lysergic star-gazing revelry of American 60's psychedelia, and tender ballad-driven folk, but way cooler. Essential release.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: Gatefold sleeve pressing of 200 copies only.

                              21-year-old New Zealand musician Arjuna Oakes's debut EP, The Watcher, is a showcase of his ability as a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer, and a testament to his depth of engagement with music.

                              The first two tracks on the EP fit neatly within the jazz-infused soul music landscape he is quickly becoming part of, but the latter half of the EP is far harder to categorise. Featuring instrumentation from some of New Zealand’s most exciting young jazz musicians, The Watcher explores a wide variety of themes and musical ideas, with Arjuna’s charismatic soul vocals and robust sonic palette serving as a connective thread. From big social issues to personal relationships and internal self-discoveries, across The Watcher, Arjuna takes his cue from the title track and exploration of mass surveillance, and it’s relevance within our everyday lives.

                              This watcher theme continues throughout the rest of the EP, with the stories told rendered as if being observed by an outside force. Decorated by cinematic soundscapes, hypnotic grooves, creative improvisation and catchy melodies, Arjuna's debut is a test palette for his future projects, one that makes his enthusiasm to develop and explore themes and style in song abundantly clear.

                              Organized Pleasure / Satin Wall

                              Tropical Stumble / Dans Les Profondeurs

                              In popular imagination, the early 80s were dreadful. Thatcher and Reagan led the world on a diet of austerity, unemployment and depression. The Berlin Wall separated East from West. The Sex Pistols had broken up. In sum, the future was unsure. Belgium was no exception. While Punk had been declared dead by some, its spirit was still roaming in country parishes and city alleyways. As the Catholic bourgeoisie provided young people with few opportunities, music was an obvious pastime. Teenage hopes of starting a band and putting out a record were everywhere. Organized Pleasure and Satin Wall were two bands living the dream. In contrast to a thousand others, they left us sounding evidence. This split 7” gathers two tracks originally recorded in 1981. It was the first and only studio excursion for both groups. After some local gigs, the people involved moved on to other projects. While their music is illustrative for the era, their story is distinct. Same but different.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says:

                              Jeff Parker & The New Breed

                              Max Brown

                              Jeff Parker's two part single "Max Brown", drops on the International Anthem label. The track is taken from his forthcoming LP - "Suite For Max Brown"

                              "Max Brown" was produced by Parker alongside Paul Bryan, who also plays bass; additional players are Josh Johnson (known for work with Kiefer & Leon Bridges) on alto sax, Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, M. Ward) on trumpet, and Jamire Williams (Moses Sumney, Solange) on drums. 


                              “I’m always looking for ways to be surprised,” says composer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Parker as he explains the process, and the thinking, behind his new album Suite for Max Brown, released via a new partnership between International Anthem and Nonesuch Records. “If I sit down at the piano or with my guitar, with staff paper and a pencil, I’m eventually going to fall into writing patterns, into things I already know. So, when I make music, that’s what I’m trying to get away from—the things that I know.” Despite its musical departures, in presentation Suite for Max Brown is an informal companion piece to The New Breed, Parker’s debut release on International Anthem, which was honored as one of the “Best Albums of 2016” by New York Times, Observer, and Los Angeles Times.

                              “I made The New Breed based off these old sample-based compositions and mixed them with improvising,” Parker says. “That’s in a nutshell how I make a lot of my music; it’s a combination of sampling, editing, retriggering audio, and recording it, moving it around and trying to make it into something cohesive… With Max Brown, it’s evolved.” Though Parker collaborates with a coterie of musicians under the group name The New Breed, theirs is by no means a conventional “band” relationship. Parker is very much a solo artist on Suite for Max Brown. His accompanists are often working alone with Parker, reacting to what Parker has provided them, and then Parker uses those individual parts to layer and assemble into his final tracks. The process may be relatively solitary and cerebral, but the results feel like in-the-moment jams—warm-hearted, human, alive. Suite for Max Brown brims with personality, boasting the rhythmic flow of hip hop and the soulful swing of jazz.

                              His collaborators on Max Brown include pianist-saxophonist Josh Johnson; bassist Paul Bryan, who co-produced and mixed the album with Parker; fellow International Anthem artists Makaya McCraven and Rob Mazurek; trumpeter Nate Walcott; drummers Jamire Williams and Jay Bellerose; cellist Katinka Klejin; and his seventeenyear-old daughter Ruby Parker on the opening track “Build a Nest.” Ruby’s presence at the start is fitting as the album is, in true Parker fashion, a familiar affair. “That’s my mother’s maiden name. Maxine Brown. Everybody calls her Max. I decided to call it Suite for Max Brown. The New Breed became a kind of tribute to my father because he passed away while I was making the album. I thought it would be nice this time to dedicate something to my mom while she’s still here to see it.” There is a multi-generational vibe to the music too, as Parker balances his contemporary digital explorations with excursions into older jazz. Along with original compositions, Parker includes “Gnarciss,” an interpretation of Joe Henderson’s “Black Narcissus,” and John Coltrane’s “After the Rain.”

                              Coltrane is a touchstone in Parker’s musical evolution. “I used to deejay a lot when I lived in Chicago. I was spinning records one night and for about ten minutes I was able to perfectly synch up a Nobukazu Takemura record with the first movement of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and it had this free jazz, abstract jazz thing going on with a sequenced beat underneath. It sounded so good. That’s what I’m trying to do with Max Brown.”

                              'Pender Street Steppers Productions (PSSP) proudly presents a sweet new double single. One side describing a relationship in its infancy and the other side its end. Not letting the truth stand in the way of a good story. Dubs included at no extra charge. Please enjoy and thanks for everything.' - Mood Hut.

                              Our favourite Canadian Riviera dwellers are back with more sun-kissed boogie-house pleasure. It could only be Pender Street Steppers responsible for "Falling". Effortless, hardware driven and with a melancholic vocal contrasting against the serene dusk calm emanating from the machines and rhythm boxes. Distinctly 'live' as per their previous output, PSS reaffirm the songwriting structure in dance music showing that you can achieve depth and character whilst still working within house music's formulaic framework. As always - hats off to the lads!

                              "Our Time" takes things deeper into the night, with a nocturnal framework driven again by the group's authentic hardware. Creeping through the cityscape with another well placed vocal part working in dynamic harmony with the rest of the piece. PSS make some of the most subtly brilliant music that just grows and grows in your headspace.

                              We'll still be spinning this one well into 2021.... Recommended! 


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Timeless stuff from the now buy-on-sight Mood Hut crew. Hitting a mellifluous sweet spot between boogie, house and street soul; with a glowing internal radiance and heartfelt vocal utterances. Injecting some real song writing into house music's oft-repeated framework.

                              On The Corner favourites Penya kick off the new year with a collaborative EP with legendary gogo musician Msafiri Zawose. The collaboration began in September 2017 when Penya’s Magnus P.I. spent a week in Tanyania, East Africa, recording material at Zawosi’s studio.

                              Penya are a genre defying quartet that embody the energised sound of a cosmopolitan UK. A host of traditional folkloric rhythms, club culture motifs and DIY electronics mark the band’s distinct sound. Drums, horn and vocals evoke Penya’s live performance from a world of euphoric ritual and visceral dance scapes, ancient and future.

                              The bands debut LP "Superliminal" (Jan 2018) quickly achieved critical acclaim from a host of taste makers and artists including Gilles Peterson, Bonobo, Tom Ravenscroft, WorldWide FM, Jeremy Sole, Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and Boiler Room. The band went on tour, quickly establishing it’s dance floor ready, multi instrumental live show.

                              Since “Superliminal”, Penya have released collaborations with a diverse array of artists including Dengue Dengue Dengue, Photay, Sarathy Korwar, and most recently the renown Tanzanian artist Msafiri Zawose. Legendary gogo musician Msafiri Zawose, is heir to the legacy of the late Hukwe Zawose that put the music of Tanzania on the atlas.

                              Hot on the heels of a fine outing on Hivern, Italy's Manuel Cascone, better known as Steve Pepe brings his hypnagogic brand of tribal electronics to Sacha Mambo's home of metal music. A firm fixture in Rome's underground for years now, Steve's previously found himself in new wave, pop, avant and experimental bands, experience which presumably informs the singular fusion of genres and styles we find on this double LP. Syrupy, spaced out synths meet ethno-wave flutes, clattering machine drums collide with organic polyrhythms, found sounds pan wildly and re-modeled vocals top sub tickling basslines on this skewed shamanic masterpiece, taking us on a real trip.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says: If I had commissioned him myself Steve Pepe couldn't have come up with an LP more relevant to my interests than this one. Fourth world flutes, light industrial idents, brain-mulching fx and cosmic synths all coalesce into a killer double LP of tribal electronic bliss.

                              "Hotspot" was mostly recorded in Hansa Studios, Berlin, and mixed in The Record Plant, Los Angeles. It was produced and mixed by Stuart Price and features ten brand new Tennant/Lowe tracks including the single "Dreamland" featuring Years & Years, which was released in September. Another of the songs, "Burning the heather", features Bernard Butler on guitar and was recorded at RAK Studios in London.

                              Pet Shop Boys say:
                              'We've written much of our music over the last ten years in Berlin and it was an exciting experience to work on this album in the legendary Hansa studios there and add a new dimension to our sound.'

                              The album is the last installment of the trilogy of PSB albums produced by Stuart Price, following "Electric" in 2013 and "Super" in 2016.


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: I heard PSB ont 6 Music this morning talking about how the inspiration for "Monkey Business" was taken from wandering around Texas talking to cowboys. It's an brilliantly catchy track and the whole album finds the likely lads in top form as always. What a legacy!

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

                              The Pistachio Kid

                              Sweet Remedies

                                The debut record by The Pistachio Kid entitled "Sweet Remedies" features eight songs of incandescent beauty, presenting wonderfully warm and infectious melodies, elegant harmonies and combining these with a collage of musical styles and arrangements. The Pistachio Kid is hailed by critics and audiences as an idiosyncratic, creative musician and songwriter invoking the early work of Randy Newman , Bert Jansch, Van Dyke Parks and The Sherman Brothers. The Pistachio Kid is the new musical project of Charlie McKeon, a talented and multi-instrumental singersongwriter from Liverpool. An urban-Huckleberry Finn character whose music transcends genres, is otherworldly yet melodically familiar and evokes the spirit of endless summers, the exuberance of youth and that belief that everything and anything is possible.

                                "I love music that's about playing together, like Jazz or Bluegrass, and I love music that's about composition and beauty, like Debussy. And then I love music that's about an individual personality like Dylan. I love people exploring what they sound like, it's all good." The recordings were written, entirely performed and recorded by Charlie McKeon in his hometown of Liverpool and represent his coming of age as artist. McKeon is a graduate of Leeds College of Music and has become known for his intricate and colourful guitar playing, his unique voice and exquisite songs which balance the perfect ratio of lyrics to guitar. "People try to tailor your creativity before you’ve even done anything, you need to do it all first. The best advice is the opposite of that. John Fahey said ‘Play what you like to play, don’t worry about anyone else’. Imagine Dylan having singing lessons?!" "I wish I had written "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen or "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" by John Lennon, or "René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War" by Paul Simon. They’re all very individual and delicate and they move in cool motions."

                                Ramones

                                It's Alive - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                  This is the first live album from the American punk rock band, Ramones. Originally released in 1979, the album was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on New Year’s Eve 1977 and is often considered to be one of the band’s best live performances. The album received 5 stars out of 5 from Record Collector and was ranked at 279 in Rock Hard Magazine’s book, The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of all Time.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xColoured LP Info: Double 140 gram coloured vinyl.

                                  Ruby Rushton

                                  Overture 1 / Yardley Suite

                                  Tenderlonious led jazz quartet, Ruby Rushton, return with a brand new limited 7" single, a swift response to their highly acclaimed "Ironside" album released back in April 2019. These two new tracks continue to push the band’s sound into new territory; "Overture 1" is a brand-new composition from Ruby Rushton keyboard player Aidan Shepherd. Taking inspiration from bands like Weather Report and Soft Machine, its explosive introduction leads you to a dub-like breakdown, creating an open space for Shepherd to let loose his synthesizer for some deep space, Headhunters-esque exploration. "Yardley Suite" is a song first conceived by band leader Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne back in 2012. Having lied dormant for several years it felt like an appropriate time to pull it back out the bag. It’s a composition inspired by Cawthorne’s solo work as an electronic producer, under his alias Tenderlonious. Always wanting to merge his various approaches, "Yardley Suite" is the perfect mix of jazz and house. With a steady four to the floor beat and snappy horn lines it's sure to work its magic on dancefloors around the globe. Having focused on improvisation and more open compositions in the past, the bands new direction is geared towards tighter, more groove-orientated arrangements. This exciting new material is yet further evidence that this is a highly prolific band at the top of their game, continually evolving, stretching out their own unique sound across the full jazz spectrum.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd 7" Info: One off run, limited to 300 copies. No repress.

                                  Raphael Saadiq & Q-Tip

                                  Get Involved / Vivrant Thing

                                  The freshly minted 45 Jams imprint serve up a split 7" of Q-Tip related cool this week, taking us way back to the last millennium. Children Of Zeus inspiration and exceptionally deep dude Raphael Saadiq first released "Get Involved" back in 1999, treating the better served dance floors to a slick and sultry slice of jazz-flecked, funk-tinged soul, lent a little extra hip hop heat thanks to contributions from Q-Tip. Here is comes backed by another stone cold classic from the New York MC, "Vivrant Thing" - a cut first featured on the flipside of the Tribe Called Quest member's much more celebrated "Breathe Don't Stop" single. It's a little more stripped back than the A-side, with Q-Tip delivering his distinctive flows over a crunchy and fuzzy, Jay Dee produced backing track crafted from samples of Love Unlimited Orchestra's "I Wanna Stay."

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: If you're a fan of the jazzy end of the hip hop spectrum, then this 7" is for you! On the A-side Raphael Saadiq and Q-Tip get super soulful for "Get Involved", while Q-tip's "Vivrant Thing" is as good as anything he dropped with A Tribe Called Quest.

                                  Schatrax is back on his own imprint after a small hiatus with four idiomatic tracks produced in varying styles.

                                  Techy and tribal, "Folkdance" opens up with big, cavernous tuned toms and ethereal leads for a high pressure, midsession cut. "Coral", electric and minimal is up next, humming along nicely and sounding great in laser-guided aircraft hangers.

                                  Flip the disc and "Sisphunk" is an anthemic, end-of-night roller with triplet perx running up nicely against the emotive chord progression and stretched out vox. "Into The Stars" concludes with a jagged techno growler full of metallic hits and slamming bottom end.

                                  Josh Brent's impressive and prolific alias continues! 


                                  Ulrich Schnauss

                                  Now Is A Timeless Present - A Retrospective

                                    Highly respected German electronic music composer Ulrich Schnauss releases a career spanning retrospective seven CD boxset. As all the recording rights reverted back to Ulrich he has taken the opportunity to remaster his entire back catalogue to be released on his own Scripted Realities label. The two most recent of the albums, A Long Way To Fall and No Further Ahead Than Today have both been extensively reworked. The set also contains an 18 track compilation of outtakes, demo's & fragments including a cover version of Scott Walker’s ‘It’s Raining Today’ and Ulrich’s version of Bach’s ‘Prelude And Fugue No1 in C Major’. With 14 of the 18 tracks being so far unreleased. Each of the album's artwork have also been refreshed. This release makes Ulrich's music available again after an 18 month period. These seminal electronic albums are sounding contemporary and fresh. Contains the albums “Far Away Trains Passing By” “A Strangely Isolated Place” “Goodbye” “A Long Way To Fall – Rebound” “No Further Ahead Than Tomorrow” & “Now Is A Timeless Present” – (Outtakes ,Demos & Fragments) with a total of 73 tracks on seven CD’s. Similar artists Jon Hopkins, Brian Eno, Tycho.

                                    Mark Seven's Parkway series makes a triumphant return! The highly respected producer / DJ / remixer saves some of his best pieces for this label and packing four hot new tracks, there's somewhat of a furor around this latest release!

                                    Kicking things of in tradition MS fashion, "A Gift Dub" sees his patented boogie drums rattle and shake through darting keyboard stabs and the occasional piano refrain. Add some funky perc patterns and a rugged bottom end, plus a shed ton of tape delay and you've got one of those early evening burners just primed to get the crowd warmed up... Yes Mark!

                                    "Tranquility Dub" utilizes much the same palette for a nocturnal, paradisiacal trip that reminisces over the very first Petrcane site in Croatia with its palm-flecked licks and star-lit groove - magical.

                                    "No Time Dub" and "Secret To Success Dub" both grace the flip side with the kinda rock solid boogie-house we've come to expect from Mark Seven. Drums that could chip chunks out of caves, synths squelchier than being slimed on the Big Breakfast and sweeping tape delays that take you off into the stratosphere!

                                    There's no one quite like Mark Seven and this new EP is sublime - check!




                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Matt says: Highly proficient excersises in new boogie and proto-house by the master Mark Seven. Rock solid and ready to DANCE!

                                    Shitkid

                                    Duo Limbo / Mellan Himmel Helvete

                                      In the spring of 2019 ShitKid - Åsa Söderqvist and Lina Molarin Ericsson - headed over to the US for a couple of shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX but ahead of the festival they managed to squeeze in a couple of days in the studio – first in LA with the legendary the Melvins and then in Austin with Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers.

                                      The new album Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” collects the recordings from these two sessions, half of which are ShitKid’s first recordings in their native Swedish – with a set of four songs to start with the band set out to record them in both English and Swedish, clocking in at just over 26 minutes. It’s ShitKid’s finest work yet with the duo backed by an all star line-up of Buzz Osborne (Melvins) and Dale Crover (Melvins, Redd Kross) on half of the album and Paul Leary and Josh Freese (NIN, Devo, The Replacements etc) on the other half.

                                      First ever reissue of one of the most sought after titles in the catalogue of Peruvian's label MAG, in high demand not only among Latin music collectors but also among those interested in the most exotic and experimental psychedelic sounds around. It includes 'Astronautas a Mercurio', a cosmic descarga full of electronic effects, filtered voices and fierce guitars with wah wah and raw distortion, as well as guarachas, cumbias and descargas.

                                      STL's moonlit machine grooves strike back on the Blundar imprint. Dub, beatdown and deep house that's destined to soundtrack Dutch coffee shops as much as red lit dance basements. Nods to both Sound Signature and Grand Central with a sound that celebrates the dusty crackles of the past whilst viewing the future with optimism and insight.

                                      Pressed nice n hot on 180g, limited vinyl. Complete with sexy locked groove for the headzz...

                                      Recommended! 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Nice n varied EP touching on smoked out dub, house, dusty beatdown and some ruff atmospheres. Incredibly well pressed records - others take note!

                                      Supergrass

                                      The Strange Ones: 1994-2008

                                        Supergrass – Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn, Danny Goffey, and Rob Coombes – are one of the most important bands to emerge during the 1990s, with several million record sales, including 6 top 10 albums and 10 top 20 singles. Formed in Oxford UK in 1993, the Brit, Q, NME and Ivor Novello-winning outfit released their Mercury-nominated No.1 debut album I Should Coco in 1995. Fourth single, ‘Alright’, was a pop masterpiece and became a massive hit, catapulting the band to global success. 

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLP Info: Double black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
                                        Includes booklet with original artwork.

                                        Symptoms of Love, a project by Detroit duo Ryan Spencer (Freakish Pleasures) and Ben Christensen (Sector 7G), present "Foam EP" on Sydney label Planet Trip Records. This is the team’s second release, a follow-up to their 2019 "Eye Contact" (SOBO, Montreal). "Foam EP" reflects a contrast of the high-energy late nights and laid-back afternoons in the sprawling echo-chamber of Detroit.

                                        Recorded over the course of two years, the duo stack live instrumentation onto the vast synth and drum machine collection in Christensen’s home studio. The tracks are finished with explorations into sample-based wormholes that deliver a truly diverse EP. The sounds cruise through balearic and streetsoul inspired smoothness, machine funk dancefloor jams, and bleepy percussive workouts.

                                        This five tracker holds a mood and a groove for every hour of the dance; be it at peak time, sun up or sun down. Receiving early support from Jex Opolis, Millios Kaiser, CC:DISCO!, Lauren Hansom, DJ D.DEE, Ben Fester, Ruf Dug, Bayete & more.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Niiice n steady balearic-house business with 'nuff tropical inflections and a buzzy vibe right though. Already getting big spins from Ruffy, I'm reckoning this is gonna be huge when the masses catch on...

                                        Thin Lizzy

                                        Jailbreak

                                          Regarded as one of the bands all time classic albums, Jailbreak released in 1976 was a hit both sides of the Atlantic and contains the ultimate Thin Lizzy anthem in The Boys are Back in Town.’

                                          This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Andy says: An incredible band who were heavy as heck (and funky, and poppy) and in Phil Lynott had one of the best songwriters of his generation.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Lunatic producer duo Hudson Mohawke and Lunice stare at the moon for too long, get abducted and return just in time to deliver their second EP "II". Following the release of the mysterious “Serpent”, a lunar chart that was decrypted by fans in minutes and a dangerous Radio 1 Essential Mix, TNGHT’s crescent moon is appearing once again from behind heavy clouds. It has been seven years since Hudson Mohawke (Ross Birchard) and Lunice’s (Lunice Fermin Pierre II) prodigious debut which accidentally changed the sound of the pop music caught in its wake. The pair of bedroom-producers-cum-super-producers come from Glasgow and Montreal and have aligned once again on a record which aims to chew up and spit out every influence in an exhilarating 7 tracks.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: If you've a penchant for the new and undiscovered, and like your music drapped in neon and drunk off rocket fuel, then TNGHT's wild amalgamation of electronic music styles, hyped to obvlivion, should be top of your listening pile this weekend.

                                          Since relocating from Amsterdam to Bergen on the Netherlands’ north west coast, Tom Trago has gone back to basics. Every day he jams out tracks in his home studio using a small selection of electronic instruments, drum computers and effects units, a process that allows him to quickly capture ideas, emotions and the intense moments he experiences while making music.

                                          It’s these diverse and sometimes surprising musical moments that will be showcased on Trago’s new DIY record label, Jong Nederland. The imprint is named after the building where he now lives and works, an historic and storied place that has been home to artists of all descriptions since the 1960s. Each vinyl release will feature tracks made by Trago using his improvised, straight-to-tape technique, packaged in handcrafted sleeves illustrated by internationally renowned Dutch artist – and fellow Bergen resident – Pieter Bijwaard.

                                          The Jong Nederland story begins with two tracks of undulating, slowly shifting dancefloor voodoo rich in crunchy drum machine hits, lilting electronic melodies and instinctive dancefloor warmth. On the A-side you’ll find “Whisper”, a hypnotic but fluid affair where hushed melodies tumble down over off-kilter polyrhythmic machine drums, spaced out effects and bubbly, ever-changing analogue electronics.

                                          B-side “Belltower” sees Trago up the tempo a little and bounce us towards the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Utilizing a rubbery rhythm track full of sturdy but supple kick-drums and hissing cymbals, Trago layers up fizzing synthesizer lines, poignant minor key chords, wiggling acid-style motifs and starburst electronics to fire the synapses and stir the senses. Like its’ A-side companion, “Belltower” gently twists and turns throughout, reflecting the real time, hands-on changes made by its creator during the spontaneous sessions that led to its creation.


                                          Ugly Things

                                          Issue #52 - Winter 2019

                                            "For this issue, legendary rock photographer Chuck Krall (Creem, Rock Scene, Rolling Stone) opened his archive to us including rare and unseen photos from the 1970s (the Ramones, Bo Diddley, Arthur Lee, the Dead Boys, Flamin’ Groovies, Link Wray and more), and also shares his remarkable story.

                                            We also have feature stories on Florida ‘60s garage gods We the People, Aussie proto-punk hard rockers Coloured Balls, mercurial blues guitar master Michael Bloomfield, New England ‘60s teen crazies Rasputin & the Mad Monks, obscure UK new wavers the Kameras, cult private press psych/hard rock band Seiche, and the early Pretty Things remembered by their first manager, Bryan Morrison. And look for our expansive, mind-bending interviews with Cleveland proto-punk legend Craig Bell (Mirrors, Rocket From The Tombs), eccentric pop genius Brute Force, and the late Don Grady (My Three Sons, Yellow Balloon).

                                            All this and more, including our eagerly pored over review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books. (152 pages)"

                                            Underground Resistance

                                            Knights Of The Jaguar EP

                                              Without doubt, one of the greatest techno records of the last decade, perhaps even one of the greatest tunes of any kind of music, ever. DJ Rolando produced this stunning piece of music in 1999 and its reverberations are still being felt today. Instantly recognised as a Detroit techno classic, it slowburned its way into the brains of clubbers of every persuasion, becoming a Body&Soul anthem along the way. Not since "Strings Of Life" has a crescendo of techno rhythms and strings caused such a dynamic collection of soundwaves. This is a re-issue the original UR 12" pressing (with "Ascesion" on the B-side), albeit re-credited to UR rather than Aztec Mystic.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Don't fuck about if ANY OF YOU still don't have this amongst your shelves! Simply every home needs this, one of the best tunes ever made. I'll be checking!!

                                              Unknown Artist

                                              Les Edits Du Golem 11

                                              The infamous series returns! Les Edits Du Golem return with a special 7" release featuring two spaced out francophone oddities. On the A-side we have a wonderfully crooned, kinda Balearic and undoubtedly cosmic slow disco burner lamenting an evening getting lost while disco dancing. Think Brel or Gainsbourg attempting some seventies seduction after at least two tabs of acid. On the flip, things simmer down even further with a doped out dad rock track complete with proggy space whistle, nebulous pads and the slowest of drumbeats.

                                              Celebrating over a decade in the edits game, Les Edits Du Golem can always be relied upon to bring forth the obscure! Recommended. 


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: It's always a good day when a new Edits Du Golem drops, and this 7" edition is a space age smash. Both sides are slow, syrupy and swaying cosmic bombs with a touch of Gallic humour. It's the kind of tackle you'd expect to hear on a Harvey Sarcastic Disco mix.

                                              Here we have the superb new outing from We Are Willow, a self-styled 'multidisciplinary arts collective', who present a beautiful two-tracker in aid of Stockport Mind, an independent mental health charity working at delivering a range of essential services around the Stockport area. 

                                              First up we get the original mix, featuring an emotive stripped-back guitar line gently accentuated with Chris' gentle vocal line over the top, breaking out mid way through into a cavernous sweep of strummed and slide guitars, working around each other above the organic percussion. We revisit the quiet contemplative respite before the full choral power kicks in around the half-way mark, culminating into an emotive crescentic soar, as beatiful as it is effecting. 

                                               On the flipside, we get the emphasis based more on the reticent percussive backbone behind the original tune, but accentuated with a spoken word section interjecting before breaking into minimal acidic territory, providing an entirely contrasting idea but entirely in keeping emotionally. It's a bold juxtaposition, but one that ultimately helps to enhance both the diametric ideas and bring them together into a choesive and enjoyable whole. 

                                              Once again, conceptually superb and for a brilliant cause to boot. Top work once again from the venerable We Are Willow. 

                                              Wire exhibit little inclination to look back - rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern. Mind Hive is the group’s first newly recorded material since 2017’s Silver/Lead. That album garnered rave reviews and career best sales. Yet, if Silver/Lead set the bar pretty high, Mind Hive seems to have no problem vaulting over it.

                                              Be Like Them is a super-angular composition, utilizing a recently rediscovered Wire lyric from 1977. Colin Newman and Matthew Simms’ guitars constantly mesh and diverge, whilst the rhythm section ensures the song prowls forward with an unstoppable menace.

                                              Cactused is the first of Mind Hive’s pop moments. The vocal is wide eyed and wired, with effects-heavy guitar work creating a bright web of noise, with the song’s stop/start moments providing a series of precise energy bursts.

                                              Primed And Ready rides out on a tightly pulsing synth sequence punctuated by icy slivers of guitar. This is Wire at their most compressed yet propulsive.

                                              Off The Beach is another prime pop song. With its breezy, optimistic melody, and blend of electric and acoustic guitars, the song initially sees the group seemingly celebrating the joys of everyday life but things are destined to turn a shade stranger.

                                              Unrepentant explores the kind of bucolic soundscape early Pink Floyd would have been proud to call their own. Boasting one of the album’s finest texts, the song radiates out into a shimmering sonic heat haze.

                                              Shadows pulls the classic Wire trick of placing a dark and cruel lyric in a musical setting of tender beauty. Never has the recounting of atrocity been so seductively pitched.

                                              Oklahoma is the muscular and dramatic joker in the pack. Lewis’ dark vocal swims through a rich compound of guitar textures and synth tones, building into a masterclass of tension and release.

                                              Hung is the album’s centrepiece. This 8-minute excursion matches a brief but evocative lyric with a dense, mesmeric guitar grind. Simms and Newman’s keyboards add a plaintive note, as the song moves through a series of sections, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

                                              Humming is a beatless autumnal drift fashioned from delicate keyboard textures and rich soaring guitar tones. Newman delivers a state of the world lyric with a touching sense of innocence, whilst the piece ends with Lewis’ husky baritone listing locations and their difficult associations. An elegiac end to a supremely confident album.

                                              Mind Hive arrives at a time when Wire are being cited as an influence by yet another generation of bands. A career spanning feature documentary called People in a Film is due for release late 2020. Quite how a group that has been operating for such a long period is still able to produce such exciting and essential work is difficult to understand. And yet here we are…

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP 2 Info: Indies-only Embossed Orange Sleeve.

                                              The Wire

                                              Issue 432 - February 2020

                                                Inside this issue:

                                                Wire: Since 1977’s Pink Flag, Wire have crushed and expanded rock at will. About to release their 17th album Mind Hive, the most stable line-up in the band’s history discuss facing the future while repurposing the past. By Dan Barrow

                                                Katie Gately: Bereavement and ritual inform the new album from the Los Angeles based avant pop auteur. By Emily Pothast

                                                Frank Denyer: With his unusual instrumental combinations and penchant for microtonality and extended technique, the English composer offers sanctuary from sensory overload. By Sam Richards

                                                Invisible Jukebox: Mayo Thompson: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection trigger a “Free Form Freak-Out” for the Red Krayola founder? Tested by Alan Licht

                                                Unlimited Editions: Recital Records

                                                Unofficial Channels: Auctioneers

                                                Marcela Lucatelli: The Brazilian composer and improvisor gets her shriek on. By Philip Clark

                                                Nava & Shayna Dunkelman: Percussive siblings bond over the beat. By Kurt Gottschalk

                                                Terry Allen: Weird country’s master storyteller returns. By George Grella

                                                Global Ear: Malta: Creativity flourishes quietly in the shadow of turmoil. By Kurt Buttigieg

                                                The Inner Sleeve: Freedom To Spend on Heroin

                                                Epiphanies: Ryley Walker gives in to the temptation of Christian ska punk

                                                Highly sought after obscure dancefloor-approved house edits. Comes with a special appearance by mysterious Japanese / Swedish super-trio SPF.

                                                Bass buggin', low-ceiling house trax are demonstrated by Wiz whose three tracks all grab the ears and hips in equal measure; upfront, underground and edgy AF! There's plenty of groove programmed into those drum machines too, with some excellent swing templates keeping us gyrating all over the shop.

                                                SPF gets on board with one track, "Socratic Method", with is almost like a traditional 'Jack' track given a Ron Hardy-twist: lysergic, writhing and totally centric around its hypnotic perc lines. Excellent stuff!

                                                Wiz & SPF are one to watch!




                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: No-nonsense and fresh #goodhouseandtechno for the bass buggin' basement cru! Inside!

                                                Wolf Parade - Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, and Arlen Thompson are releasing Thin Mind, the group’s fifth album for Sub Pop. Thin Mind has sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and dystopian narratives interwoven throughout. These themes emerged while working at Risque Disque, which Boeckner jokingly describes as a Dutchman’s failed utopia, a problematic structure with a post-apocalyptic vibe: the studio is housed in a stone barn hand-built by the Dutchman in the middle of the woods, using local materials and based on his memory of a building he loved growing up in the Netherlands. Thin Mind finds the core members of Wolf Parade working as a trio, as they did on past albums Apologies to the Queen Mary and At Mount Zoomer, with songwriting duties evenly split between singers Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug. The album includes the singles “Forest Green,” “Julia, Take Your Man Home,” and “Against the Day,” the latter of which features a rare, co-vocal performance from Boeckner and Krug.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Indies Exclusive LP Info: Loser edition coloured vinyl.

                                                Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the trio’s third record. The first fruits of their fantastic expedition entitled Everything Sacred appeared in 2016. The second, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, followed in 2017. Navarasa : Nine Emotions takes their journey many, many leagues on.

                                                At the heart of YTK’s transporting new album is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organising principle. The individual artistic emotions range from Shringara (love, beauty) through Hasya (laughter, mirth, comedy), Raudra (anger), Karuna (sorrow, compassion or mercy), Bibhatsya (disgust), Bhayanaka (horror, terror), Veera (heroism, courage), Adbutha (surprise, wonder) to Shanta (peace, tranquillity).

                                                Each song on YTK’s new album is connected to one of these emotions, and the first track to be shared from Navarasa : Nine Emotions is “Westlin’ Winds”, paired with Adbutha.

                                                “Westlin’ Winds” starts with the life-destroying Act I of Robert Burns’ poem ‘Now Westlin Winds, (And Slaught’ring Guns)’ and deliciously transplants its disjoined, nature-extolling and life-affirming Act II onto Indian soil with a composition “in Purbi, a specific dialect of old Hindi. I learnt the song,” says Suhail, “by listening to various qawwali [Muslim devotional song] singers singing at Hazrat Nizammuddin’s dargah [shrine] in Delhi. Its source is Hazrat Amir Khusrau.” Thus YTK unite one of the key spiritual visionaries and architects of Hindustani art music, the poet-philosopher Hazrat Amir Khusrau with the key literary visionary of Scottish and Scots-language culture, Robert Burns.

                                                This bricolage of diverse cross-cultural elements is apparent across Navarasa : Nine Emotions and all of what YTK create. James Yorkston weaves in Scottish folk, sangster and literary strands. Jon Thorne is grounded in jazz and groove. What the New Delhi-based, eighth-generation hereditary musician Suhail Yusuf Khan brings to this feast of pulses and cycles is northern Indian classical, light classical (thumri, for example) and Sufi devotional musical and literary forms. What binds these diverse musical strands together is, in James’ phrase, “a dark happiness”.


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition double green coloured vinyl.
                                                Features three tracks exclusive to vinyl.

                                                2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                In 2015, Optimo’s Autonomous Africa label released "Youth Stand Up!", a triangular recording project hatched at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio that brought together young musicians from Belize, Ghana and Glasgow for ten tracks of cross-cultural collaboration. The result was an infectious cocktail of traditional Caribbean and West African rhythms, hip hop, highlife and Glaswegian post-punk, featuring contributions from Optimo Music regulars Golden Teacher and Whilst, among others.

                                                The proceeds from that project went directly back to the youth groups in Ghana and Belize, helping the musicians from Ghana’s Tafi Cultural Institute build a recording studio and performance space in their village.

                                                Two years later, a grant from Creative Scotland’s Open Fund spawned the sequel to "Youth Stand Up!": "Youth Stand United", recorded both at Green Door and at TCI’s new studio in Ghana (with Golden Teacher’s Laurie Pitt at the controls), and mixed by Green Door’s Stuart and Emily Evans.

                                                "Youth Stand United" features backing tracks contributed by members of Golden Teacher, Pu$$y Mothers, Whilst, Kaputt, and Sordid Sound System, with vocals provided by the musicians from TCI. Over 6 songs, it oscillates from the leftfield disco of "Diloeshutubui" to the Juju-electro odyssey of "Gidi" to the Joe-Meek-meets-William Onyeabor space age gospel pop of "Nobody Knows".

                                                Proceeds from Youth Stand United will go towards a scholarship fund for musicians from Tafi Atome, Ghana.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: More creative genius from the hotbed of activity that is Green Door Studios in Glasgow. A feiry cauldron of myriad influences but constantly looking to innovate and excite. Wonderful.

                                                DJ Andy Smith returns to BBE Music with a second stunning installment of his compilation series "Reach Up - Disco Wonderland".

                                                'Volume 2 takes the baton from Volume 1 and runs with it' says Andy. 'It brings new disco heat, with unreleased tracks & remixes by myself, Full Intention & Nick Reach Up, Crissy Kybosh and Bad Bikini vs Disco Circus. These fresh takes rub nicely alongside tried and tested original tracks from the golden age of disco for all to enjoy.'

                                                In the two years since the first volume of "Reach Up - Disco Wonderland" was issued, Andy’s ‘Reach Up’ DJ collective have been busy with performances at festivals such as Bestival, Festival No.6 and Eastern Electrics, as well as a host of club gigs from London to Lisbon and many spots in between. Their monthly South London Soul Train residency in Peckham, London is now in its third year, while their monthly Soho Radio show has been streamed and downloaded by thousands of Disco lovers Worldwide. Just like Volume 1 before it, "Reach Up – Disco Wonderland Volume 2" takes in forgotten boogie, funk, dance-floor soul and early house gems from the 70s and 80s, as well as a few contemporary productions created with a nod to the classics. Ranging from obscure West Indian pop artists to Chicago Disco royalty, "Reach Up - Disco Wonderland Volume 2" searches high and low to find the heaviest grooves and purest deep-down good vibes.


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Andy Smith might look like Barry's boiler repair man! (sorry Andy!) but he does have an excellent collection of disco, boogie and house music; all of which is presented here for our enjoyment. Yes Andy lad!

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xCD Info: An exclusive DJ mix is included on the CD version for maximum 'Reach Up' pleasure.

                                                Returning for Volume 2 of the sought-after series, Glitterbox Jams is back with another red-hot delivery of dancefloor gems, ready to become a record box essential for all discerning disco DJs. Delivering two tracks previously unavailable on vinyl and a pair of previews from the imprint, Volume 2 opens with Mike Dunn’s irresistible "Natural High". Featuring Mike’s unmistakable Windy City drawl, this stripped-back disco-house jam sees Mike flex his musical muscles with traditional analogue techniques. Up next, a silky-smooth disco number and exclusive first listen of enigmatic duo Body Music’s latest output, where pair team up with the ferocious voice of Amy Douglas. On the flip, another forthcoming Glitterbox release powers through, as French production maestro Yuksek turns his hand at remixing Risk Assessment’s "Remember Me", featuring the mystical vocals of Jemeni G. Recounting tales of Studio 54, self-expression and long nights spent on the dancefloor, this exhilarating cut makes a perfect fit for Glitterbox’s ethos of acceptance and open mindedness. Finally, the unmistakable bounding bassline of Seamus Haji’s "Boogie 2nite" delivers a dose of Saturday night fever, rounding off this sublime release from the Glitterbox camp.

                                                Not much is known about Philadelphia record producer / label owner Curtis R. Staten who sporadically operated the C.R.S. record label during the late 1960s throughout the early 1980s. During that time, C.R.S. released at least 15 singles and 2 albums of some of the finest R&B, funk, gospel recordings from the Philadephia area.

                                                Fans of Northern Soul and Deepfunk will be pleased to see (and hear!) some very rare AND amazing songs by such artists as George Johnson Jr. & The Mondells, Bonnie Blanchard, Andy Aaron & The Mean Machine, The Zodiacs, Midnight Madness, Carl 'Sherlock' Holmes, and many more.

                                                - initial 300 LPs contain a bonus 7" of Bonnie Blanchard's ultra-rare northern soul classic
                                                - incl. full album download code
                                                - 12x12" insert with detailed liner notes and unseen photographs
                                                - curated by Dave Louis from Funkadelphia Record Distribution

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Millie says: Tramp Records gathering all the best funk and soul off the C.R.S label which was made legendary by the sheer amount of talent streamlining its way to the hearts of music lovers. From the likes of George Johnson Jr. to The Zodiacs, this compilation is a gem!

                                                Various Artists

                                                OST: Ghost World

                                                  Cinema Paradiso is proud to present the Ghost World soundtrack, released on vinyl for the very first time, as a double gatefold LP.

                                                  A film adaptation of the popular Daniel Clowes comic of the same name, Ghost World starred Scarlett Johannson, Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi, becoming a critically acclaimed cult favourite immediately upon its release in 2001. As he did with Crumb, director Terry Zwigoff has created a soundtrack as eclectic and riveting as his movie subjects. The sounds of early jazz and blues play a crucial role in the events of Ghost World - the music heard here is some of the best ever recorded.

                                                  Skip James's classic "Devil Got My Woman" from 1931 may be the best-known work on this soundtrack, but it hardly steals the show. Three tracks from weird but riveting jazz-meets-calypso bandleader Lionel Belasco are included; the 70-year-old recordings are so original, they sound timeless. The same praise can be stated of film opener "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" a Bollywood rarity that has elements of surf music, funk, and garage rock. Of course, we also have to hear "Graduation Rap" and Blueshammer's "Pickin' Cotton Blues" two intentionally bad contemporary tracks that make the characters in the movie (and anyone listening to this soundtrack) feel out of place in today's pop culture.

                                                  Zwigoff wisely fills out the LP with tracks from his personal 78 record collection, a mix of '20s and '30s string band and blues tunes that are seldom found in compilations (including great cuts by the Dallas String Band, Joe Calicott, and McGee Bros). The haunting "Theme from Ghost World" composed by David Kitay, finishes off the second LP, perfectly capturing all the bittersweet moods found in the film.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Red Laser Records EP 10

                                                  As we boldly enter a new decade, we cap off the pingin' naughties with another four bangers for your intergalactic nappers on this, the tenth instalment of our various artist EP series!

                                                  Red Laser Corp. engage tractor beams once again and beam up an elite squadron of galactic firepower for another of their well-lauded V/A EPs. Featuring two new ascending space cadets, ready to prove their worth on the universal playing field, alongside well-decorated star commanders Ste Spandex and Franz Scala; this latest Manctalo mission is destined for undisputed interplanetary acclaim.

                                                  First up, it's local interstellar fugitive, RL regular and black listed hardware abuser, Ste Spandex; whose titular tribute to one of dance music's most notorious labels is as fitting and arresting a piece of glistening, space disco-tek as its namesake deserves. Centered on triplet synth shards and a rugged acid line, Spandex-patented perx snap, crackle and pop as the track careers through the asteroid belts protected by a capacious force-field of electrostatic energy.

                                                  New signing Baba & Ganoush deploy a sleek, Euro-disco themed energy ball named 'Stockholm'. It's epochal synth array referencing classic Italo disco whilst revealing a precision sign-writing maturity that belies the fact that this is indeed the duo's first release!
                                                  Spurting tantalising synth solos and interlocking leads from its holographic sphere, you could easily been sent spiralling into the speaker stacks, eyes-wide-shut upon hearing this piece - note RLC will not be held liable for any injuries sustained!

                                                  Next we enter the cockpit of Berlin-residing, Italo-maestro Franz Scala, who on his debut sortie for RLR, directs the mother ship towards an innocuous star cluster where Ka Zan’s 'Give Me Your Heart' is on permanent repeat. Scala utilises advanced time shift and audio defragmentation devices to re-engage its citizens with this hardcore cosmic climax, transforming it into an erupting supernova of Italo that blasts so far it's now detected across our own stratosphere.

                                                  Ondata's Martin Lefteri and Szymek Lawik are two new rookies snapped up from London and whose 'Feel The Drive' parties have established an alliance with Red Laser Disco members nationwide. Delving perilously into deep space via some meticulously programmed sequences and a dark, cold synthesis method, the pair show a fearless exploration of the outer cosmos on this initial exercise for the label. .

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: The nation's favourite returns. No. 1 purveyers of the finest Manctalo © (hell, they invented it!), Red Laser drop another various artists EP showing off their 2020 roster and the firm look in good stead for the year ahead; spreading their net across the globe. Check!

                                                  The cultish Rhythms Of The Pacific series returns with its first new edition in three years, showing off the freshest sounds from the Canadian Riviera all the way to The Big Smoke. Khotin returns to the series after two blockbuster ambient albums and shows how his melodic gift still carries over to dance music with a piano house track that feels as dreamy as an old Vincent Floyd jam.

                                                  Wolfey makes his debut on Pacific Rhythm with a chilled-out, Joey Negro-style disco-house track that sounds like it was made for a Manhattan lounge in the late '90s. They extend another olive branch to the East Coast after releases from ANF, Ex-Terrestrial and Jump Source with Toronto's Active Surplus. The duo delivers a jaunty tune whose quirky samples and synth horns give you an idea of what to expect from their debut EP in the coming months. And have you heard of Chapters? That's okay, we haven't either- but if you've been out in Vancouver at all the last few years, you've probably heard their incredible, addictive dubby house track "Ray Trace". Lazy but propulsive, melodic but minimal, it defines what Rhythms Of The Pacific is all about: relaxed, quietly inventive and essential house music.

                                                  Recommended!


                                                  Due to its extremely complex history, Taiwan in the 70's saw the creation of some incredibly special music in which the sounds coming at the moment from the west collided with the special sensitivity of Taiwanese musicians, creating a delicious mixture you'll need to hear to believe.

                                                  "Taiwan Disco" shines a light on the music created by Taiwanese women during those years (70´s and early 80's) to present a mind-blowing collection of songs with sounds ranging from wild Funk to Space Glam, exotic Disco or fuzzed out Soul. Here's the ticket to some crazy Taiwan nights, get those dancing shoes ready, it's time to shake it!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Unlimited Love #26

                                                  Disco / soul / boogie 'reissue' *cough* specialist Love Unlimited open up another highly collectable drawer of musical antiques, dating primarily from the late '70s / early 80s.

                                                  New Love Ltd & Interstate 95's high paced, orchestral disco-soul track, "So Much To Talk About" gets stamped next to "That Friday Pay" by Sonny Jenkins. Sugar & Spice's "The Beast" gets an instrumental outing on side B, keeping boogie heads bouncing before we conclude the session on World Quake Band's "On The One" from 1980 and possibly the most expensive in original form of the records presented here.

                                                  As always copies are limited!


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Killer set of expensive & hard to find disco hits for the working DJ or cash-strapped collector. Not available on discogs!!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Wild Chile!

                                                    A collection of rare and wild 60's Chilean Rock'n'Roll! Time to celebrate! Here we have a new installment of the Wild Series, focused on wild, untamed Latin American Rock'n'Roll from the sixties. This time we are lucky enough to visit the beautiful land of Chile for a rollercoaster of wild sounds and smashing and obscure hits. In Wild Chile you’ll find, of course, wild Rock’ n`Roll but also crazed out Twist, soul Stompers and a few fiery Instrumentals to boot. If you know the previous two volumes of this series you know what to expect: a record perfectly designed to make your next party explode, pure dynamite!


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