Exclusive 4 track release for Record Store Day; two tracks from upcoming album DOVE (May 4th) and two unreleased tracks.This is the first new release from legendary 4AD band BELLY for over 20 years. The band scored two Grammy nominations, two UK top 10 albums, covers of Rolling Stone, NME and more in their heyday - now the original lineup has returned with this exclusive Record Store Day release.
Exclusive 4 track release for Record Store Day; two tracks from upcoming album DOVE (May 4th) and two unreleased tracks.This is the first new release from legendary 4AD band BELLY for over 20 years. The band scored two Grammy nominations, two UK top 10 albums, covers of Rolling Stone, NME and more in their heyday - now the original lineup has returned with this exclusive Record Store Day release.
These two tracks have been recorded specifically with RSD in mind, and were committed to tape in the space of a frenzied two day session in January 2018. Neither track will appear on any Blanck Mass album. They are in a style that is not normally associated with Blanck Mass. BM wanted to do something special and as RSD is a special day for all music fans and collectors of one off releases by their favourite artists, this is the perfect release date.
Originally unleashed back in 1964, 16 All-Time Greatest Hits delivers two fat album sides stuffed with Bo Diddley’s electrifyingly unique rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and African Juba rhythms... Featured here are the iconic recordings of “Bo Diddley,” “I’m A Man, “Road Runner,“ and “Who Do You Love,” plus the monstrous first-waxings of “Pretty Thing,” “Hush Your Mouth,” and much, much more! These original Chess/Checker mono recordings sound better than ever. Pressed at RTI, on gorgeous colored vinyl!
The Diddley experience is a swaggering onslaught of syncopation that reflects the performer’s own confidence and vision. Here are some of the most popular, award-winning and bestselling cuts from the artist’s catalog – Bo Diddley’s 16 All-Time Greatest Hits!
Heavyweight 180g White vinyl
Speaking on the remix, Baxter stated:Jarvis I guess isn’t interested in doing things politely, this is a different song, possibly a better oneMiami (Original)BBC 6 Music:B-LISTED: MIAMI w/c 02/10, 09/10, 16/10A-LISTED: MIAMI w/c 23/10Miami - (Jarvis Cocker and Parrot Remix)the Queitus - 6th top track of 2017 http://thequietus.com/articles/23768-tracks-of-the-year-songs-2017Trevor Jackson - "can't start to tell you how much i love this mix, love the original too and hearing this made me buy the album, which i love too! thanks for sending."Joe Goddard / Hot Chip - "Amazing tune"Kelvin Andrews / wONK / Soul Mekanik / Creative Use - "I'm a big fan of Baxter. This is just great. Nice work Parrot & Jarvis! Thank you! Playing this out loads!"
2-track double A side 12". "The unexpected, fully welcome, and deliriously successful pairing of professional ex-glam sound genius Brian Eno and his new sidekick, My Bloody Valentine noise sculptor Kevin Shields. Begging to be listened to on noise-canceling headphones or very, very loud speakers, the duo blast off with a drum track that is instantly, almost comically subsumed into a nine-minute sound-cleanse of bells, drones, and a soaring rocket flare that may be a guitar. Ambient but hardly static, its tones and textures return throughout, as if tracing long and inaudibly developing melodies. Not immediately identifiable as either Eno or Shields’ work, a rich, enveloping piece of music" - Pitchfork.
Bernard Herrmann is the undoubted master of the film score and his music for Vertigo and North By Northwest remain as vital a component as the director, actors and script. Vertigo crackles with tension as James Stewart’s character Scottie goes through an emotional wringer. Herrmann blew away the lush melodies that dominated music in films of previous decades and delivered harsh, stinging, repetitive themes overlaid on a deceptive symphonic score. The sound is as experimental as the film, which 60 years from release remains one of the milestones of cinematic history. One year on and in North By Northwest, Cary Grant is the new man in peril. This time it’s not mentally but physically as he is pursued by a spy network and the police. Herrmann ratchets up the tension with an orchestral tour-de-force, highlighting the thrill of the chase. He described it as, “a kaleidoscopic orchestral fandango designed to kick-off the exciting rout which follows."
First of a diptych of albums recorded in and influenced by Bert’s time in America. As the title suggests, this album was something of a contrast to Jansch’s usual style - taking in swathes of Nashville-infused pedal steel to sparkling effect. Produced in part by the Monkees’ Mike Nesmith, whose guidance is much in evidence on this perfectly measured slice of British country-rock. Includes 4 additional non-album tracks as a download. Limited edition blue vinyl. 1000 copies worldwide.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Bunny Lee arrived in London. To celebrate this historic event we are releasing this greatest hits package of Bunny Striker Lee an icon in the world of Reggae. This Deluxe Double vinyl album is limited to 175 on Red vinyl,175 on Green Vinyl and 175 on Gold Vinyl. The three wonderful colours of the Jamaican flag.
To celebrate Record Store Day 2018, Glasgow’s Mungo’s HiFi have remixed one of reggae’s most regal voices.The soothing, bewitching singer Bim Sherman was a connoisseur’s favourite until his untimely passing in the year 2000. Using a vintage vocal courtesy of On U Sound producer Adrian Sherwood, Mungo’s have repurposed Bim’s classic Rastafari warning Lightning and Thunder in stormy digital fashion. Lightning and Thunder is pressed up on a crisp 10 inch - like the earliest Mungo’s productions - and includes a rumbling, tempestuous dub.
Grammy Award winning Betty Wright has been of the most well-known and respected female Soul singers in a career that spans 50 years. Her breakthrough million selling hit from 1971 ‘Clean Up Woman’ is an iconic Soul sister track. Betty recorded eight albums for the Miami based TK label between 1968 and 1979. Betty Wright remains extremely popular today and her 2011 CD ‘Betty Wright The Movie’ is considered among her best and lead to a UK TV appearance on the Jools Holland show. For RSD, Expansion brings you this album for the first time on vinyl as a 2LP double set. It is collaboration with triple Grammy winners The Roots. Guests include Joss Stone, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dog. Betty Wright still tours and her shows are considered the best among all soul artists still working. There will be 750 pressings only.
Abraham first found his voice writing songs whilst working in a hospital. Eight years on, he’s made an album, toured with Emmylou Harris, co-written with Grammy-nominated singer Sarah Barreilles and made ‘Sirens’, his debut album.
Originally self-released in Australia, ‘Sirens’ is now receiving a worldwide release via Secretly Canadian.
Ben recorded ‘Sirens’ with two local friends, Jono Steer (who was his live mixer) and percussionist Leigh Fisher. A number of other Melbourne musicians joined in on sessions, including Gossling, whose angelic voice can be heard in the opening track. Gotye helped produce the haunting vocals on ‘Speak’, while ‘experimental electronic producer’ Tim Shiel assisted on ‘This Is On Me’.
‘This Is On Me’, co-written / sung with platinum-selling artist Sara Bareilles, has its own story. After Abraham posted a song (‘To Sara, From Ben’) on YouTube, Bareilles’ fans began to tweet the video and it grabbed her attention. When she played Melbourne in 2011, she invited Abraham up on stage to co-sing a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ and an original co-write was subsequently born.
After that band’s final implosion in 1983, Barry became a founder member of The Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld. ·
Originally released in 1996 ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’ garnered him his most widespread acclaim to date as a composer of vision, insight and innovation.
The album journey opens and closes with ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis’, a propulsive fusion of rock, gospel and funk featuring guest artist Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker on lead vocal.
An interval in the journey is provided by former Associate, the late great Billy McKenzie on ‘Achieved In The Valley Of Dolls’, while Nick Cave provides a considered acceptance of a relationship’s demise as guest vocalist on ‘The Sweetest Embrace’.
STAFF COMMENTSLaura says: When people talk about Manchester music legends, Barry Adamson barely gets a mention, but as this compilation demonstrates, he's been responsible for some of the most incredible, genre-bending music to come out of Manchester in the last 30 years, blending post-punk, jazz, blues, soundtracks, and everything in between in his own inimitable way. Stand out tracks include "The Man With The Golden Arm" from the briliantly noir-ish "Moss Side Story" and "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis" from 1996's "Oedipus Schmoedipus" featuring Jarvis Cocker on vocals, along with "Parade" by Magazine and "From Her To Eternity" from his days as a Bad Seed.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition gold coloured vinyl.
On the B-side Israeli duo Red Axes go large and lysergic with their dervish deep redux, inviting ASAF Samuel to bring his toolbox to the party. Wicked disorienting bells, nagging bass synths and batshit synth bleeps transform the OG into something ecstatic and sublime - sensory boosts included! Finally Johnny Aux kicks open the doors of perception with a golden great for the acid crowd. Blazing synth drones, kosmische keys and a entheogenic intensity pulsate throughout.
Multi Culti: voyaging through time, space and licensing agreements to bring you the best music the world has to offer.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Love me a bit of Multi Culti, and this trip into the reissue market is every bit as esoteric as their usual tackle. Stripped back Ghanaian hiplife on the OG, transformed into a pseudo-Kwaito moocher, disorienting dance floor journey and full on day tripper respectively. Put that in your pipe and smoke it...
The music on ‘June’ is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani and early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh and Cluster and puts his solo work in the realm of New Age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel. ‘June’ is a singularly beautiful and challenging work that marks the long overdue re-emergence of Brendon Anderegg as a solo voice.
Brendon Anderegg is a Brooklyn-based, Emmynominated composer with clients ranging from Pitchfork to ESPN.
Available only on vinyl, ‘June’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and includes a free digital download coupon.
A few words from Prins Thomas: 'The raw material which became “II” has the same DNA as Blackbelt’s debut. His ideas might lay around for 5-10 years before that crucial missing “middle part” pops out of nowhere (or in this instance: two old ideas gets combined into a new one) but essentially they all come out with the same colour, taste and smell… and they all sound like nothing but Blackbelt Andersen. Over a three month period in 2011 I invited Daniel into the mess that I call K16 Studios for a hectic but creative reworking of the material that he had piled up. The idea was to use Daniel’s tracks as templates and use whatever kind of tool we had at our disposal to colour in the white fields. Kalimbas, cheap old throwaway synths, guitar amps and effect boxes…'
2011 Live At Koko - Coloured Vinyl
Brett Anderson's fourth solo album, "Black Rainbows", was released in September 2011 and in October he undertook a six date tour: Leuven, Paris, Luxembourg, Manchester, London and Istanbul. The album is pressed on dark green vinyl, and the inner sleeve features previously unpublished photos from the rehearsal sessions.
At Koko in Camden on 12th October, Brett and his band (Jim Dare on guitars and backing vocals, Didz Hammond on bass and backing vocals, and Kriss Sonne on drums) played a rousing set that concentrated on "Black Rainbows" and its predecessor "Slow Attack" from September 2009. The best performances of the evening, seven songs from "Black Rainbows" and five from "Slow Attack", have been re-mastered by Didz Hammond especially for this exclusive Record Store Day release.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: No wonder this album had a huge response online. Lo-fi hazy rapping over an array of sampled soul loops, you need to hear this one.
Over the course of the album, the 13 songs explore connections between language, self-awareness, introspection and unconventional serenity.
A nod to the collective unconscious by way of personal reflection. Experiential wisdom filtered through a tin of mints and a fresh pair of chinos.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY / Denton, TX.
“B Boys have a knack for brevity, establishing ideas and concepts and moving on before they get stale” – Exclaim.
“Warm and heavy with grit, the tracks on the EP build on the foundation of many classic punk acts from Wire to Parquet Courts, with flangy guitars and ambivalent vocals over tight, frantic rhythms” – Stereogum.
“Wildly charismatic vocals, sudden textual shifts, snappy song lengths and driving groove across the board” – Popmatters.
Previously unreleased demos from 80s new wave band B-Movie. Their 1982 single "Nowhere Girl" became an international club hit, earning the band a worldwide fan base. In 1981 B-Movie signed to the Phonogram imprint Deram and had their biggest UK commercial success with the single “Remembrance Day”, which reached No 61 on the UK charts. A must for all collectors of new wave / synthpop.
Based in London for the best part of a decade; DJ, producer and BBC Radio 1 host B. Traits has become one of the world’s most influential electronic music tastemakers via her weekly show as part of the BBC’s legendary Friday night line-up, exploring the deeper, darker and more leftfield realms of house and techno.
Launched in 2016, In.Toto signified a career milestone as it also marked B.Traits’ return to production following a four year hiatus. "Still Point / North Shore" - the label’s debut release - sold out within one day, and was quickly followed by imprint’s second lauded release, "Basic Scenario". Meanwhile, B.Traits recently dropped an otherworldly remix of "Queendom" by Norwegian dreamy pop sensation, Aurora.
Thudding kicks, rattling hats and effervescent synths make way for a gated echoing vocal in "People’s Nation", generating a robust and mesmerising roller complete with endorphine rushing energy. On the flip, "Inside My Love" utilizes delayed stabs, vacillating bass rhythms and filtered samples throughout, making for an airtight high pressure slammer that should keep strobe technicians busy for the duration. Big one for all techno lovers this beaut.
Originally inspired by punk, pirate radio, East London soca parties and above all Detroit techno, the B12 sound has inspired generations of electronic artists and the tracks are still played out at underground clubs around the world.
"Electro-Soma II" is a companion volume compiled by B12 of other early B12 Records track of same vintage, deep cuts, rarities - on vinyl for the first time.
All tracks have been remastered from original sources and the package includes track-by-track annotation, a new essay about the early years of B12 by Ben Murphy, plus archival photos, flyers and other memorabilia from the period.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: UK space-techno enthusiasts B12 return with more of their indelible sound. Existing in the same star cluster as Martin Bond's Reel By Real project, "Time Tourist" nails that serene, interstella atmosphere perfectly; elevating all listeners into the stars and onboard the spacecraft.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xColoured LP Info: Comes with booklet, sticker sheet and d/l card including 4 previously unheard alternate versions.
2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.
Long unavailable, the album has been remastered and expanded with five bonus tracks, including four previously unreleased tracks taken from a remix EP that was never commercially released.
The album comes with brand new sleeve-notes by Luke Haines.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCassette Info: Available as a limited cassette with download code in an edition of 300, and digital download, ‘Thunderclap Spring’ precedes a full scale Babare release scheduled for Spring 2010, and is the first album from blackmaps limited, a Tokyo and London based label.
The Babies are a New York adventure, comprising the Vivian Girls frontwoman Cassie Ramone, the bassist from Woods Kevin Morby, the Bossy’s drummer, Justin Sullivan and Nathanael Stark. With releases out already on Keep It Yours Records and Shrimper (their 2011 debut long player), there has been much excitement about this ultra-limited EP.
LebensStrasse say; 'Their songs portray, in a beautiful and intense way, the experience of those who, consciously or unconsciously, are facing the contradictions of a city, wanting to live there like in a house full of friends on the beach front. If they were a drawing, they would be a tattoo illustrating a trip, which departed, then with the skin covered by the dust of a desert road, sometimes with the hair covered by the wave’s foam in an endless and empty beach.'
FORMAT INFORMATION7" Info: Limited dinked 45.
The album is not merely charming, nor simply enchanting and / or deeply touching - it is also an unusually arrayed album, scattering four vocal performances among eight smartly arranged, classically focused instrumentals, creating quintessential Baby Dee in all her unconventional glory.
"Regifted Light" was produced by the amazing Andrew WK. The arresting cover is the distinctive work of the acclaimed Dutch artist Christina De Vos.
Baby Dee’s musical career has seen her perform worldwide with musical connoisseurs such as Will Oldham (who co-produced ‘Safe Inside The Day’ with Matt Sweeney), Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond, Alex Neilson and David Tibet.
While Baby Huey was in the midst of recording tracks for his debut album, he died as a result of a heart attack in 1970. Heinman and Mayfield took what had already been recorded, added some instrumental tracks that had been recorded previously and managed to gather up enough for the album's release.
A quarter century after its release, 'The Baby Huey Story' went on to become a cult classic among soul musicians and hip hop fans. Its single "Hard Times" in particular has been sampled many times, by artists such as Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ghostface Killah, and was covered by John Legend & The Roots in 2010 for the album 'Wake Up!'
STAFF COMMENTSSara says: A big fellow with a big soulful voice, worth a listen if you haven't heard it.
The band have previously toured with The Kills, Thurston Moore, Ty Segall, Jesus and Mary Chain.
Partisan Records released the ‘For The Kids’ EP in April 2016 and it went to #1 in the Denmark vinyl charts.
“Denmark’s Baby in Vain are giving guitar music a snarling shot of adrenaline” -NME
“A band whose sheer unrelenting attack can leave you breathless” - Clash
“Songs that thrum with fearlessness and great confidence” - The Guardian
“A visceral combination of Sleater Kinney, Babes In Toyland, and Queens Of The Stone Age with boss-ass results” - Noisey
“The Danish trio don’t fuck around.” - DIY
Filled with hooks and humour, the album features some of the band’s finest ever lyrics ranging from the tender to the downright hilarious. Musically it has already been called their most accomplished and collaborative work to date.
As Peter Doherty told the NME recently, “I don’t want this to be half arsed, I want to get up there and really fu*king smash it out. Babyshambles aren’t back, this band has always been here”.
The album - featuring sleeve artwork by Brit-art icon Damien Hirst - is released on CD, and on heavyweight 12" clear vinyl LP (including a CD of the album, plus artwork poster).
STAFF COMMENTSAndy says: Proper songs and a solid production make this a surprisingly coherent effort from the erstwhile Libertines man.
This stunning soundtrack highlights the excellent piano technique and the jazz stylings of Bacalov mixed with exotic and erotic atmospheres characterized by extraordinary orchestration, harp, congas and the typical persuasive vocalism of those years (all by the great Nora Orlandi). It’s followed by "Rio, Zona Sul", refined samba-jazz on a massive percussive tapestry. "'Round Nassau” offers an elegant and dreamy atmosphere in Les Baxter’s style adding flute and female wordless vocals. "Swingin' easy in Tanganyika" is another extraordinary jazzy piece, primarily piano and drums with flourishes of resplendent fute. The side is closed by a previously unpublished version of the theme that was not included on the original Fonit Cetra LP.
The B-side rearranges the themes in a more melancholy and symphonic style without renouncing jazz as in the gem “Episodio in 3/4". The ballad "The Bitter Truth" is sung by Fiorenza Mormile in English.
Italian soundtrack holy grail and one of the most regarded scores by the majestic Oscar Award winning maestro Luis Bacalov. Original soundtrack for the Drama/Erotic film directed by Fernando Di Leo, shot in beautiful Sicily, IT. Totally destroys all his Soundtrack productions with a big orchestra selection featuring some of the best Italian grooves ever - terrific Funk beats, mind-melting scats, Brazilian influenced music with loads of dope Exotic vibes. A gigantic Italian music masterpiece finally available for the joy of collectors!
Limited edition of 500 copies exclusive for RSD 2017.
The sound is crisp and up-front, arguably more muscular than the 2005 original. On “Great To Be Here,” they take on the Jackson 5 B-Boy favorite (which stretches back to the Zulu Nation / Bronx block party days) – uncoincidentally, the original version featured a guitar lick that emulated a steel pan run. Here, it gets an even more pulsating groove, adding open-drums breaks throughout, to get DJs salivating. The group veers through more inventively-constructed covers as the album’s sequence continues, including Gang Starr’s “All For The Cash”; Mary J. Blige’s “I Love You”; and the recently unleashed first single, “XXplosive” and “Burn,” paying tribute to both Dr. Dre and Mobb Deep for a bi-coastal funk party. And, as band leader Bjorn Wagner states, 'My favorite cover on the album is probably "Crockett Theme", which is the theme to ‘Miami Vice.’ I always loved the melody, and the cosmic vibe of the song, and I was honestly surprised that it worked without synthesizers.”
This time around the group’s originals are even stronger, as evidenced by cuts like the flute-fueled break-fest of “Hoola Hoop”; the slow and spacey “Touchdown”; and the album’s title track, the future-epic-adventure-movie-soundtrack cut “The Serpent’s Mouth.” Wagner explains, 'I wrote the song with Bernhard Hummer as an instrumental fantasy story – think of pirates, smugglers and a dangerously beautiful sea passage towards the island. It became an allegory for our mind travels into the world of the steel pan.' "The Serpent’s Mouth" is sure to please past fans and newly-minted ones alike. It seems like a new era for Steel Drum music is upon us, and Bacao is firmly leading the way into the hearts of music fans around the world.
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: Boom! Amerie and steel drums! What more could you ask for? Sounds like carnival without having to leave the house.
Unfortunately, he will never get to hear this cover, and that has been one of the nicest things in covering some of these more current Hip Hop tunes. Rest In Peace P. BRSB manages to do it again…..a version equally as raw and punchy as the original. Pans bang out the iconic riff from the original, theremin ushers in the changes, and the low rubble of the synth bass is sure to crush the subwoofers.
Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of 'Luck In The Valley'.
His newest effort is the full length LP 'Seven Pines', sprung from a year living and working in the city of Philadelphia. The sound results in a combination of homesick worried blues and the ecstatic buzz of fresh experience and a new life in unknown territory. Familiar and known, but also seeking to access memories from lives past, dead and gone.
This 7" was available only (until now!) on Bachman's Spring 2013 full US tour. Limited to 500 copies.
Although attempted to adapt to the guitar, playing it on the banjo was the only way to keep the feel of the original version. Under the Shade of the Trees has the undertone and drone of the 17 year cicada hatch that hit Virginia summer of 2013. The title is taken from Stonewall Jackson's last words on his deathbed "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees". Chattanooga is played by Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle) and Charlie Devine (banjo). This version was taken from Blaine Smith. Blenheim is the name of the Latané family's property in Westmorland Co. Virginia. Its a song for good food, drinks and solid company nestled on the banks of the Potomac River. Leaving Istanbul (4 AM) is a frustration song and the feeling of being very tired thousands and thousands of miles away from home.
Simply stated, River is Bachman’s best album. Everything written previously by the critics about his albums applies once again with one change: he just got better. Unconventionally, it opens with the breathtaking and robust fourteen minute epic “Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore.” Proving his ability to write music that keeps the listener engaged (even across such a long tune), Bachman successfully uses tempo changes, varied picking patterns and melodic exploration, all without ever getting lost in pointless improvisation too far from the overall theme.
Bachman has always been quick to have his music serve as a homage to his musical and geographical roots in Virginia. River is no exception. Here he tips his hat to Jack Rose (“Levee”) and William Moore (“Old Country Rock”) through his interpretations of their songs. Bachman’s playing and flourishes on these tracks simultaneously acknowledge the influence each of these men has on his development and style. His love for old American music and deft skill at adapting traditional tunes allows listeners of all levels of sophistication to feel welcome at his musical table.
Whether one is newly discovering the world of American primitivism, or is already deeply into the experimental world, Bachman’s playing draws the listener in and takes them places.
On three of River’s successive tracks – “Farnham,” “Song For The Setting Sun I” and “Song For The Setting Sun II” – Bachman takes the listener on an aural journey through the back roads of the foothills of the Blue Ridge to calm coastal waters. Much like driving by a stunning vista and feeling compelled to pull over and take it all in, “Song for the Setting Sun I” continually surprises with a beautiful set of melodies that cause you to stop anything else you are doing in anticipation of how the music will continue to unfold. This track alone demonstrates the leap that is River in Bachman’s maturity of both artistry and compositional understanding. The album closes with a reprise of “Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore.” As its notes play out, it is almost certain that you will continuously hum one or another of the album’s rich melodies long after play has ended.
Over the course of the last several years Daniel Bachman has stepped out of the shadow of influential solo guitarists past and present. River, the definitive document of his skill and talent, proves that Bachman is pushing the boundaries of solo acoustic guitar.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: LP version pressed on 140gram Dutch vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket with download card.
No, the Eric Bachmann of 2018 seems to view life with a sort of disgruntled maturity and righteous resignation. No Recover is both harrowing and beautiful, and its mellowness can be deceiving. The album is mostly just him, a classical guitar, some treated rhythm tracks, and otherworldly drop-ins from singer Avery Leigh Draut and guitarist Eric Johnson, Bachmann's old pal from their Archers of Loaf days. He's got a lot on his mind, only some of it pretty. The sunset on the album’s cover might be the end of a cruel world for the duo in “Jaded Lover, Shady Drifter,” who introduce No Recover; they feel like flip-side lovers, both sonically and lyrically, of the couple at the center of Bring On the Snakes’ “The Rotting Strip.” But that dark sentiment is quickly reversed with “Daylight,” one of Bachmann’s most stunning vocal performances ever: For a guy who earned his stripes by shredding his vocal cords in the ’90s, he sure can croon.
And though the words cast some shadows—“fight for your life,” he implores—ultimately there is hope. “If you try, you can be loved.” Same goes, to a less direct degree, for “Waylaid,” the record’s jauntiest song, and a meditation on failure and love that leaves room for Johnson’s bright-but-mournful electric guitar to take center stage. But leave it to Bachmann to save the best for last: No Recover ends with one song for his wife and another for his son.
B FROM E (Frej Garcia Levin) represents a new generation of talented young artists making waves in Copenhagen. Of Mexican-Danish descent, and born and raised in the notorious tower blocks of the south-western suburbs of Copenhagen, the 27-year old is on the up-and- up. In high demand as the founder of boom bap rap group NATKAT, producer of pop outfit Ny Sensei (New Sensei) and head of tape-only label Buddahood, the multi-talent seems to have a hand in everything at the moment. His 2017 debut ‘Porno TR-XXX’ (C.U.P) saw some of the hottest names in the game spinning B FROM E at last year’s Dekmantel festival, resulting in offers from several well-known record labels.
His new record on Tartelet Records comes as four cuts exploring different paths of the garage house sound. The opener ‘Dark Energy’ is fueled by filthy breaks and a nostalgic theme that would not be out of place in an early Atari computer game. ‘The People (Dream Mix)’ is a trippy tour through subtle layered melodies, carried by a stripped-back groove.
On the B-side you will find ‘Positive Sister (2605 Tool)’: a chunky cut with a serious bassline. Saving the best for last, ‘You Will See’, rounds off the record in style. A feel-good tune that is sure to get plenty of spins this summer. HOT TIP!
With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler, The Creator who helped fuel their discovery with a series of live jams that instantly went viral and dubbed them the “Odd Trio”, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a fresh take on the traditional “standard” applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers.
Now, the inseparable friends are prepping to release their biggest project to dateIII on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group’s newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.
"This album takes us back to self-produced record shines with Bad Brains' true sense of freedom and musical experimentation, with blends of soulful backgrounds meshed with blistering hardcore and metal riffs, with classic dub," says Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains.
Considered to be the "holy grail" of punk rock, Bad Brains are one of the definitive American punk groups who garner the same respect as Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Ramones and The Clash. It's a return to form for the band that helped define American Punk and Hardcore music.
FORMAT INFORMATIONColoured LP Info: 300 copies only, Milky Clear with Red Splatter Vinyl.
Bad Veins – Benjamin Davis (vocals, keyboard, guitar, etc,) and Sebastien Schultz (Drums), take to the stage in army uniforms. Seb thrashes his kit like 2 demented punk drummers, while Ben croons laconically over the top. Their show also features a vintage megaphone, a rotary telephone and the 3rd member of the band – a reel-to-reel tape player named Irene. In 2007 they took their extraordinary performance and began relentlessly crisscrossing the US, climaxing with a high profile New York CMJ Festival show, where they were awarded the ‘Breakout and Of The Year’ accolade. Not only did they build a massive cult following, but they also toured with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks and won the first ever “Target Music Maker Award” at the Tribeca Film Festival.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick 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 vinyl ahead of a BRAND NEW SERIES! As lovely as Audrey and as cool as Agent Cooper, this is aces!
The magican longs to see
One chance out between two worlds:
Fire walk with me...'
Seeming to emanate directly from the dark heart of the Black Lodge, "Fire Walk With Me" is an altogether more brooding affair than the Twin Peaks series soundtrack. The surreal atmosphere and airbrushed shimmer remain, but the melancholic notes, minor key melodies and sustained bass tones are perfectly in keeping with the unending disquiet and foreboding which David Lynch achieved. Badalamenti won a grammy for the title track of this LP and it’s not hard to see why- it’s dangerous, and bursting with smokey jazz thanks to Jimmy Scott.
• Director approved artwork
• Composer approved audio
• Sleeve notes by film critic Mark Kermode (approved by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti)
• Vinyl re-master by Tal Miller at Warner Archives
• Laquers cut by David Cheppa at Plush Vinyl
• 2 x 180G Cherry Pie vinyl
• 425gsm Gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke black die cut outer jacket with black spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick 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 vinyl for the first time in 25 years, on coffee coloured vinyl no less. As lovely as Audrey and as cool as Agent Cooper, this is aces!
Limited 180g vinyl reissue of synth maestro Wally Badarou’s classic futuristic instrumental album ‘Echoes’ from 1983. Superb from start to finish, this electronic tour de force spawned several monster tracks including the wonderful Joe Claussell and Larry Levan favourite ‘Chief Inspector’, a bumping bouncing Korg and Moog-laden bomb which made its mark in the charts as well as on the dancefloor, showcasing the strong jazz-funk sensibility you’d expect from long-term Level 42 collaborator Badarou. Also features the hauntingly beautiful ‘Mambo’, a mesmerizing slo-mo epic instantly recognisable for its enormous contribution to Massive Attack’s hit ‘Daydreaming’ as well as hitting big for DJs such as Kevorkian at the time. Other gems on this amazing instrumental-only album include the sophisticated funk of big Baldelli play ‘Endless Race’, quirky afro-funky delight ‘Hi-Life’ and the cool and elegantly mellow ‘Waltz’ amongst others. Not to be missed!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Wally was a legend way before "Echoes", and this pristine Love Vinyl reissue returns his solo debut to shelves after far too long. Within the soulful grooves and perfect pop moments, we hear the origins of the innovative synthesis and pure Island funk we know so well.
The boys are back with the new album 'IV', their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell and MF DOOM.
With tracks like "Time Moves Slow" featuring haunting vocals from Sam Herring of Future Islands, the syncopated groove of "Lavender," a collaboration with Montreal based producer Kaytranada, the rumbling fusion build of "Confessions Pt. II" featuring Colin Stetson on the bass sax, "Love" which is highlighted with smokey left field raps from Mick Jenkins and the epic chords of "Speaking Gently", 'IV' is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.
STAFF COMMENTSRyan says: These guys never cease to amaze me, whilst also making me wish I'd have stuck it out at music school and studied Jazz. I can't get enough of this one, the production is perfect and they couldn't have chosen better people to collaborate with.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP Info: Gatefold 2LP + Download.
Tucked away in a dim and dusty studio, Baddies tinkered with new ideas and soon enough what emerged were the best bits of the old sound - spiky, scratchy guitars, hooks around every corner and manic vocals brought to life with an electronic pulse... creating an overall impression of a grander, broader and more mature version. Before long, Baddies had acquired enough material to finally make album number two and opted to make a swift return to the legendary Rockfield Studios. The next hurdle to overcome was how to fund this? One option could have been to queue up outside record labels, cap in hand and ask for a mammoth pot of money. In the scheme of things this was both unrealistic and not how Baddies wanted it. Instead, find a new way, retain independence and create a stronger bond with fans.
Enter, stage left, Pledge Music. Baddies launched the pledge campaign on Monday 2nd May 2011. To kick things off, the band released new single ‘Tiger Face’ on June 6th through Yoyo Acapulco which also featured an exclusive remix from DPPLGNGRS. Highlighting the huge fan base which Baddies have amassed over the years, the band quickly raised over £10,000 and 277 pledges in just over 3 months. In July, Baddies locked themselves away at Rockfield Studios and began the recording of the second album, with good friend and top producer Sean Genocky.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 7" Info: Sooo limited, you wouldn't believe! JUST FOUND A COPY OF THIS - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLtd LP Info: 180g vinyl.
LP Info: 9 track US only vinyl. Comes in black stickered sleeve.
The album contains the single "Bag Lady" which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. "Bag Lady" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song "Didn't Cha Know?" was nominated for Best R&B Song.
Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking "chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime" and went on to say "she has taken her art to the next level." Entertainment Weekly called the album a "'70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record."
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP Info: • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
• Gatefold sleeve
2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.
The discovery of a cassette of Carola Baer's early 90s private home recordings was like finding a needle in a haystack. Made as a one-off mixtape of newly recorded songs, and given to a long-since
forgotten recipient, this cassette was found in 2017 at a Goodwill "bins" location in Portland, Oregon. These chaotic, by-the-pound thrift stores contain 1000's of unsorted items in constant flux, which are only available for the public to buy for a limited time before they are discarded. The prospect that this obscure relic would be rescued from its untimely fate is nothing short of a miracle. As this tape was the only one in existence, with no back up versions of many of the songs, it's more than likely that this
music would have been lost forever.
"The Story of Valerie" is made up of songs culled from that cassette, with a few additional tracks from the time, and is the first time Carola Baer's solo material has been heard by the public. The intense emotion of the music is brought upon by the primary themes of the album: the cruelty of humanity, isolated life as a British immigrant in the US, and the pain of doomed relationships. Despite being inspired by classic 4AD acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins, Baer's home recordings have a sound and style that is uniquely her own. Many of the tracks feel like musical exorcisms, with Baer's spine tingling voice soaring above minimal arrangements for Yamaha DX-7 and Casio CZ-101 synthesizers. Like finding a stranger’s diary, the listener is granted access to music that is emotionally raw and deeply personal.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Even without the totally improbable and wonderfully romantic backstory (one off cassette found among thousands in a thrift shop bin), Carola Baer's "The Story Of Valerie" is irresistible. Mournful, melodic, epic and unique, Baer takes the bedroom synth pop stylings of the Cocteau's and twists it into something entirely her own. Be thankful that this one got saved from the tip.
Riccardo is one of the hot kids of the new Italian house scene. Only 23 years - he is already one of the main figures in Italy. Touring as a support DJ with Kim Ann Foxman (who is a closed friend and supporter), Azari & II, Munk, Ben Pearce, Gesaffelstein. Ricardo has the potential to become a real rockstar in the electronic bizness. Living the vida loca between night life and bedroom producing. 'The Message EP' is his debut. Inspired by 90s UK garage, Voguing, New York (where he has spent some time), Marshall Jefferson, Kevin Saunderson and soul music. Deep, funky, great. This is Ricardo's start - there is a lot more to follow.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: Two copies found!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Doning black eyeliner and goth boots, this industrialized chugger from Kris Baha is the kind of strung out tension that freaks on the continent go crazy for.
Jazz funk legends Azymuth play backing band with keyboard maestro Jose Roberto Bertrami also responsible for the arrangements on the album. Azymuth’s free and funky psych sounds combine with accordion, harmonica, brass and plenty of rural Brazilian rhythms, for a hugely varied album drawing on MPB, funk and soulful samba rock.
The album also features Orlandivo who co-wrote many of the songs, and renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Durval Ferreira.
In demand modern soul floor filler
Original worth £500
After being in Europe for 5 weeks as a touring member of Boduf Songs, Jessica Bailiff spent much of 2011, writing and recording At the Down-Turned Jagged Rim of the Sky in her spartan home studio. Sequestering herself through the hot summer months until ﬁnished, she then passed the tracks on to her friend Odd Nosdam for ﬁnal mixing.
*Down-tuned, distorted bass guitar adds a new color to her palette, but familiar ones also come into play: fuzzed and delayed electric guitar, organ, piano, cello, and drums. Noisy pop-tinged love songs nestle slyly in a bed of off-kilter lullabies and dark, metallic waltzes.
No need to recycle descriptives like “lo-fi” or “hushed vocals” - these are spurious words. This is another intimate collection of songs recorded entirely by Jessica at home, in a room next to where she sleeps. If you listen carefully, you might hear her dreaming.
But then there are records like this, popping up out of nowhere only to blow your musically obsessed mind! From a quick scan of the centre label, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is your standard Chicago acid track, desireable only for the posibility of a few motivational spoken word cuts. When you whack the platter on the player however, you experience something very different indeed. A spiritual journey through cosmic keys and subtle percussion, which vibrates at your very core, enriching your soul with every passing moment.
Frustrated at her students' lack of cultural awareness, Miami-Dade public school teacher Dr Mary Sullivan Bain recorded ‘Do You Know Black History’ in 1985, self releasing it as a single for educational purposes. Original copies didn't make it much much further than Florida’s public school libraries and the record has been shrouded in mystery up until now. Produced with no label constraints, this cross-genre grail sits comfortably in many boxes... 808’s, bass synths, deep chords, live percussion and effects dubbed into the mix. The production leans towards the electronic diy framework that informed the local sound on the Miami south side. The vocal side offers an inspirational account of Black history, full of passion and pain, while the instrumental side strolls through outer space and Ibizan sunset, sounding exactly like the kind of sublime ambient cut you'd find on a battered old Café del Mar. Reissued officially for the first time ever by Backatcha, this is a total one of a kind.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Words (even mine) can't do this record justice. Sublime, spiritual soul, recorded on synth and 808 which transcends genre confines to blow minds. It'd be record of the week in about five genres on any given week. DO NOT MISS THIS!
FORMAT INFORMATION12" Info: REPRESS DUE!
The result is thoroughly human, Lynn Bridges' mix retaining the band's live energy and looseness at the expense of a few out of tune strings. The Glory Fires music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. Its equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance. Its the sound of my place, says Bains. I want to know it. I want to argue with it. I dont want to be a band from anywhere that could be doing anything. For me, thats what punk is about -- figuring out who I am and how to be the best version of myself. I cant do that by pretending to be something Im not.
The songs are deeply rooted in Bains experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval. The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments -- the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody's struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference -- that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.
With this debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird plays odes to the traditions from which she learned, combining Appalachian balladry and the roughness of old field recordings, but there is also a dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures sleepy central New Jersey. This is where she departs from tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music to capture the singular self. The lyrics also present an amalgam of old and new, with half of the songs, including “Dreadful Wind and Rain” and “Pretty Polly,” being passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including “Wind Wind “and “Love Song From The Earth To The Moon,” coming from Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her previous Baird Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: It seems now that winter is drawing in, the record labels think we all like to put a blanket on, have the fire blazing and listen to some lovely folk music. Now that I mention it, it sounds lovely, and even moreso if Laura Baird can be the music in question. Not too frantic, but driven and melodic plucking banjoes flicker over pulled strings and Baird's haunting vocals.
It’s rare to get great stand-out vocal tracks that don’t split opinion, but this seems to be one of them. "No Pressure" is slick, deep house of the highest calibre with a stand out hooky vocal from Debukas. Art Department, owners of RA’s number one track of 2010 drop a superb remix, adding new vocals and teasing Debukas back into the mix for a pretty special, hypnotic workout. Simon’s ‘Upstate Dub’ mix finishes things off. It aims things directly at the dancefloor in his signature, deep and twisting style.
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