What is "Sool"? How is "Sool"? "Sool" is everything, everyone and no-one – "Sool" is a phantasm, a creation, which reflects the album's atmosphere, and also Ellen Allien as a person. Opening with the slowling building atmopheric street / cafe recording of "Einsteigen", the scene is set for a series of minimal electronic tracks, either techno, or more intricate electronica. Featuring precise programming and the subtlest layers of keyboard and synth work, "Sool" is a sparse but beautiful outing for Berlin's BPitch Controller.

Ed Askew


    Anyone who loves ‘outsider’ folk legends from Tom Rapp to Roy Harper or Gary Higgins to Peter Grudzien knows the name of the legendary bard Ed Askew. His 1968 ESP Record ‘Ask The Unicorn’ is quite simply one of the era’s finest artifacts, full of lilting, prickly, chiming songs of loss, love and escapism - maybe the gay "Astral Weeks" for the underground. Around the turn of the century, an equally compelling second album surfaced, "Little Eyes", where our hero, armed only with tiple (a sort of latin uke/banjo/guitar), laid out more heartbreaking baroque odes, all recorded in a single continuous take! Recorded for ESP in 1970, it never got past the test pressing stage and was eventually lost, until de Stijil came sniffing some thirty years on.

    After the 70s things get a bit foggy - the odd radio session, some live performances, a lot of painting - but there were no more proper albums to melt into. There wasn’t an audience really, or more importantly, a label that believed in him. Fortunately in the early 80s, Ed got his hands on a harpsichord and tiple and a simple two-track recorder and laid down some of his tunes he’d been carrying around for years. Released only on cassette in miniscule quantities in 1984, "Imperfiction" contains the same emotionally raw yet wry observations, in a decidedly no-frills sonic setting. Broken glass on the sidewalk outside, nice boys he meets in bars, and the joyous act of songwriting itself are all fair game for subject matter, giving a unique and intimate self-portrait of a truly gifted songwriter.

    "Imperfiction" is now available for the first time on vinyl via Galactic Zoo Disk / Drag City, with vintage photos and liners and sound that will transport fans back to the old days of Askew in all of its seemingly transient glory.

    Fans of Daniel Johnson, early Jonathan Richman, Smog, Palace Brothers and other lo-fi troubadours would be wise to snatch up this pressing.

    Eric Bachmann

    No Recover

      There was something sinister about Crooked Fingers, both the name of the project and the music that Eric Bachmann wrote at the helm of its ever-shifting lineups over 15 years. He retired the moniker a couple of years ago, but with his third album under his own name, the transformation feels gorgeous and final and irreversible: No Recover. The drunken louts and red devil dawns are a thing of the past now, monuments to a different time. Bachmann, husband and recent father, has some new lenses through which to view the world. But while No Recover is decidedly mellow and reflective, do not mistake it for the work of a relaxed, satisfied songwriter, sitting on some Georgia porch with a stalk of wheat between his lips, gently rocking a cradle with his foot and whistling an old tune.

      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.

      Awesome 1997 debut album from Philadelphia's neo soul queen Erykah Badu. After several years of mainstream pop R&B the main output from the soul scene, her more organic boho soul-jazz vibes and Billie Holidayesque vocals came as a breath of fresh air. Includes such classic tracks such as "On & On", "Certainly (Flipped It)" and "Next Lifetime". Essential!


      2xLtd LP Info: 180g vinyl.

      LP Info: 9 track US only vinyl. Comes in black stickered sleeve.

      Erykah Badu

      Mama's Gun

      'Mama's Gun' is the second studio album by neo soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates funk, soul and jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. 'Mama's Gun' features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

      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."


      2xLP Info: • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
      • Gatefold sleeve

      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Recorded live to tape at Toerag Studios, London in January 2015.

      The Toerag Sessions is a collection of solo versions of my songs, recorded live to 2-track tape at Toerag Studios in London with grammy-winning producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes - Elephant).

      Over the last few years, in between touring with my bands The Red Clay Halo and Vena Portae, I've played lots of solo shows. Often people will come up to me at the end of those shows and ask if there is any way to get hold of recordings of the songs as they've just heard them - just me, my guitar and my harmonica.

      Up until now, that hasn't been possible, but with The Red Clay Halo currently on hiatus after their final tour last year, I took the opportunity to go in to the studio to record this selection of songs from my back catalogue. Many of these songs are the ones I usually choose to play at solo shows, with a few additions. The songs go right back to my first UK band the-low-country, through all my albums with The Red Clay Halo, and including a brand new song, 'Anywhere Away', written last year as the theme to the forthcoming British movie Hec McAdam (starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen).


      2xCD/DVD Info: Comes in "casebound" book package with bonus DVD containing film of all the songs from The Toerag Sessions, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

      Sweet Kind of Blue is her first full studio album since 2013's critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

      Emily Barker's new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an allstar cast of Memphis session players.

      Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. In 2015 she composed her first full feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin's Hector, which won a Scottish BAFTA for its lead actor, Peter Mullan.


      Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive blue vinyl.

      LP Info: 180g audiophile black vinyl.

      Eva Be presents her long awaited debut album "Moving Without Traveling", an album of polished openness with each piece inviting you to lose yourself within it. She is concerned with exploring the interface between dub and electronica, using the opportunity to play with boundaries between genres, mixing in sounds and melodies from an easy listening and soundtrack context, for example. A feature throughout the LP is Boris Meinhold's guitar sound - a dusty tremolo tone reminiscent of country music and Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western soundtracks. Other collaborations include vocalists Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy's Drop), David Ben-Porat, MC Rqm (Al-Haca, Tolcha, Sterotyp, Jahcoozi), Pegah Ferydoni, Micatone singer Lisa Bassenge and Ear, aka Demba Nabe from Seeed.

      Eva Bernhard returns to Best Seven with a variety of sounds. Opening track "Tunc" sneaks some reggae motifs (funky, skanking beats, off-beat key lines, dubwise effects) in through the back door disguised as an electronic house instrumental. Over on side B things get back to proper reggae with EP title track "Trippin' On Eva Be" featuring David Ben-Porat on vocals. The track also comes remixed in an electronica-meets-cinematic fashion by Spleen.

      Eddie Bo

      Our Love Will Never Falter / From This Day On

      Get your twistin' shoes on and prepare to dance, dance, dance! This killer 7" drop from Vienna's Record Shack slaps a pair of soulful R&B grooves from Eddie Bo back to back. Eddie blasts off on the A-side with the smooth and swinging sound of "Our Love Will Never Falter", a neat 1965 cut with a smooth bassline, slick guitar work and passionate vocals from the main man. Over on the other side, 1966 number "From This Day On" settles into a mid tempo northern soul groove with hot horns, dreamy piano and loved up vocals - probably one for a partner dance!

      Trad dub cuts here in that authentic stylee from the High Note and Gay Feet labels .A selection of rocking rhythms from The Revolutionaries masterminded by Jamaica's finest female record producer, Mrs Sonia Pottinger, and mixed by Duke Reid's nephew, Errol Brown, chief engineer at the legendary Treasure Isle studio. This is new to me, but sounding lush, dreamy and fully legit. It's definitely in tune with Tubby's original sound, full of squelchy delays, aggressive tape echoes and warbling flange plus that all important magical element - spacial ambience (summat I think the new school of dub producers need to remember when they're utilizing their endless digital multitracks and plug-ins...). Yep, really strong hear, surprised she's never crossed my radar. Get involved! 

      Evan Caminiti

      Distant Lights

      Evan Caminiti is best known as one half of psychedelic drone-doom-duo Barn Owl but he also forges a path as a solo artist devising mystical & towering guitar pieces.

      'Static Waves' moves from airy echoes into thick blurry buzz smeared into drifting clouds of fuzz-damaged smouldering shimmer and back to drift through soft clouds of ghostly hum and whirl. 'Last Transmission' on the B features slow tones throbing and pulsing into arcing streaks of feedback which slowly unfurl into gauzy shimmer, layered and textured and expansive. A minimal and intimate but so sweeping and epic record.

      Buyers of the 7" will be able to uniquely access an additional download which features digital copies of Static Waves & Last Transmission as well as a totally exclusive video for Trensmat of Evan playing an amazing improvised acoustic jam in his kitchen!

      Erasmo Carlos has no counterpart in the universe of Anglophone pop music that could begin to hint at his relevance, popularity and his complex relationship with the only Brazilian pop star more universally recognized than himself, Roberto Carlos. He may be a beloved pop star and household name in Brazil, but hardly because of the music found on the three albums reissued by Light In The Attic. While in retrospect they can be appreciated as some of his most creative, consistent and personal albums, they were also some of the least commercially successful and underappreciated of his long career, at least until recently. Embracing the artistic freedom of the global counterculture of the late sixties and early seventies, over the course of these three albums, Erasmo evolved from his bubblegum beginnings into a sophisticated seventies singer-songwriter. "Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões" (1970), "Carlos, ERASMO . . ." (1971) and "Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972" (1972) collectively find this maturing teeny-bopper delivering a mix of world class psychedelic Rock, traditional Rock ‘N’ Roll, Soul, Funk, Folk, Bossa Nova, and Samba-Rock to an unsuspecting Brazilian audience.

      "Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972" is truly singular within Brazilian pop fusing rock, soul, jazz and singer-songwriter styles. It’s simultaneously rootsy, funky, modern and nostalgic. The lyrics are highly personal, searching for deeper meaning with lots of flower power imagery and language, while the music is tight, highly rhythmic, melodic and restrained in its delivery and effortless groove. Built around the future fusion trio Azymuth with keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, drummer Ivan Conti aka “Mamão” and bassist Alex Malheiros, a majority of the album’s tunes make excellent use of this trio’s telepathic tightness, subtle funkiness, and melodic mastery. The album dabbles with a few different styles and rhythms, all telling Erasmo’s musical story be it Bossa Nova, Roots Rock, Hard Rock, ballads, and soulful grooves, but a certain sonic frequency or tempo alongside the autobiographical elements unite this masterwork.

      Eliza Carthy


      The daughter of guitarist / vocalist Martin Carthy and vocalist Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy has continued in her parents' footsteps and has become one of the leading lights of the new generation to carry on the folk tradition. She has almost assumed the mantle of Sandy Denny on her brilliant new album "Anglicana", her work again showcasing her ability to breathe new life into England's folk music. Eliza Carthy is one of the few people who can take this wonderful music and perform it in a totally convincing contemporary style - both true to its sources and firmly relevant to today's values. This is what traditional music in the twenty-first century is all about. A true triumph.

      Eva Cassidy

      Eva By Heart

      This album, released shortly after her death in 1996 is a poignant reminder of what a talent was lost. "Eva By Heart" is a demonstration of her versatlity and the depth and range of her vocal skills, some simply wonderful tracks.

      Eva Cassidy

      Live At Blues Alley

      At times this is the blusiest and rockiest thing Eva Cassidy recorded. "She could sing anything and make it sound like the only music that mattered", according to the Washington Post and on hearing this live set you can see why her reputation has continued to grow even after her early death at just 33 years of age.

      Eva Cassidy

      Method Actor

      Eva Cassidy recorded her first tracks as part of a 'scratch' rock band called Method Actor, who recorded songs written by a friend of hers, David Christopher, whose project it was. Since her death and the phenomenon around sales of her few recorded works this album has become much sought after since it only had a limited release on LP and cassette in 1998. Eva sings lead vocals on eight original songs as well as contributing the artwork for the album. It's in a very different rock / pop style to her later work. Original copies of this album have reached up to $500 on e-bay hence the CD reissue.

      Eva Cassidy


      A compilation of tracks from her various albums. For those unfamiliar with her work Eva Cassidy had "one of the greatest voices of her generation" according to the Guardian and these are tuneful, melodic songs fusing folk, americana and contemporary pop effortlessly. She died aged 33.

      Eva Cassidy

      Time After Time

      Eva Cassidy had a wonderful voice and she chose songs to cover that perfectly suited her moody, yearning style - a fusion of folk and country but with rock leanings. On this release songs by Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Bill Withers and Cyndi Lauper rub shoulders with traditional arrangements most comfortably. Her early death was a genuine tragedy.

      Eric Chenaux

      Slowly Paradise

        Eric Chenaux makes conceptual music that’s not meant to sound conceptual. He operates among various ‘traditions’ but perhaps most broadly, Chenaux’s records grapple with the relationship between improvisation and structure in very particular, unique, idiosyncratic ways – and quite without irony or cynicism, through love. Because fundamentally, Chenaux writes love songs, which he sings in a voice honeyed and clear, while his guitar gently bends, frazzes, chortles, diverges and decomposes.

        This juxtaposition of his mellow, dexterous crooning and his highly experimental (and equally dexterous) guitar explorations, explodes even unconventional notions of singing and accompaniment, of tonal and timbral interplay between guitar and voice. As a solo artist, Chenaux’s improvisation methods are in certain literal ways solipsistic: as a singer-songwriter, he plays his guitar around and against his voice, challenging easy notions of harmony/harmoniousness, improvising ‘with himself’ in pursuit of surprising himself (and his listeners) as he unfurls ribbons of voice and instrument often to the point of seeming independence, all the better to capture – and be captured by – unforeseen, intimate moments of interdependence: a definition of freedom, as a profoundly intentional state of openness, presence and play.

        Even within avant-garde currents of folk and jazz balladry, Eric Chenaux feels like an outlier. Yet his music remains wonderfully warm, generous and fundamentally accessible in spite of its irrefutable iconoclasm. Slowly Paradise is Eric Chenaux’s new solo record. It is a lovely collection of mostly long songs guided by soothing, buttery singing and bent, fried fretwork. It is arguably Chenaux’s most assured and essential solo work, building on the critical acclaim his previous releases Guitar & Voice and Skullsplitter have rightly garnered. 


        LP Info: 180gram vinyl includes 12x24 art print poster + download

        Eric Chenaux

        Warm Weather With Ryan Driver

        Eric Chenaux is one of Toronto's most prolific and respected musical iconoclasts, an experimental guitar virtuoso with over two decades of dedicated and diverse service to an artistic community that encompasses post-punk, lo-fi, folk, multimedia composition and performance (chiefly in collaboration with modern dance) and free and improvised music.

        "Warm Weather" With Ryan Driver is Eric's third album for Constellation, which has been the conduit for his primary song-oriented solo work since 2006. Building on his fruitful collaboration with piano/synth/melodica player Ryan Driver - whose key role on the new album is signalled by his inclusion in its very title - the new record is without doubt Chenaux's most accomplished and focused work of forward-looking, contemporary balladry.

        The album is available on CD and 180g LP in 100% recycled paperboard jackets.

        New album from the ever prolific Euros Childs following on from his Summer Special album last year on his own National Elf label. This isn't a million miles away from its pop predecessor – it has its fair share of sing-a-long-choruses – but this time the subject matter is much darker. On this one the former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman tackles such topics as: second home ownership (Second Home Blues), serial killer envy (Brides In The Bath), depressed cosmetic saleswomen (Avon Lady) the commodification of the self through the medium of advertising (Ooh La Oona), depressed singer songwriters (Holiday From Myself) Kidnapping (Daddy's Girl) and cyber sex (Good Time Baby). Naturally. Each song is a short story , told though the voice of a different character.

        The album was recorded in Bristol at Toybox studios with Stephen Black aka Sweet Baboo on bass & brass, Laura J Martin on flute, Stuart Kidd on drums and Marco Rea on guitar, a line up that had never played before going into the studio so the backing tracks were recorded live.

        Euros sites the following influences on this album, but does not promise they will be evident listening to the record. Randy Newman, John Prine, Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, Godley and Creme/ 10CC (well alright), Judee Sill, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Roches, Barbara Woodhouse and Bert Jansch.

        Recorded earlier this year at Gus' Dungeon Studio in Cardiff by Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) - House Arrest sees Euros' flair for melody and gift for story telling undiminshed on this his thirteenth album. ''All the characters in the songs are imprisoned by their thoughts and circumstances '' says Euros ''I'm probably in there somewhere but hopefully not too close to the surface''. . Euros sees inspiration far and wide on House Arrest, tackling subjects such as cannibals dining at an all you can eat restaurant (Crystal and Misty), a man throwing himself into coma to escape everyday drudgery (Happy Coma), a songwriter who's stuck in a jar whilst trying to write a song about life in a Jar (Life in a Jar), a celebrity looking back on his life whilst taking a shower (Shower) directions to a whist drive (Whist Drive) and a man who falls in love with a kitchen implement (My Colander). House Arrest is a solo album in every sense of the word, with Euros doing all the singing as well as playing all the instruments.

        "I think around 12 or so keyboards were used in the end. Mostly brought in carboot sales and charity shops over the years. One was found in a skip. They'd been hanging round the house for a long time, it was good to put them to use."

        Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis & Sebastian Lewsley

        The Possibilities Are Endless

        The Possibilities Are Endless is a film, a hymn to happiness about Edwyn Collins. About finding his way back to music, to life, to understanding. Due for release by Pulse Films in UK cinemas on 7th November 2014 ‘The Possibilities. . .’ is the third feature from directing talents Edward Lovelace and James Hall. The film received its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year.

        "The thing about the film is....Ed and James listened and listened to me. We talked in my studio and they gave me time to develop my thoughts. It was quiet and peaceful. I knew I could trust them." - Edwyn

        "I called the film a hymn to happiness. The whole thing began with two young men discovering Edwyn's music, then his story and now look at what they've done." - Grace

        "Home Again" is Edwyn's 6th solo long player. Work began on the album at West Heath, Edwyn's North West London studio in late 2004 / early 2005 but was halted as Edwyn was struck down with a serious illness. Work to complete the album was resumed earlier this year following a long period of rehabilitation which sees Edwyn happily back creating music again. Edwyn formed his first band, The Nu-Sonics in Glasgow in 1976 and was later to form Orange Juice and the hugely influential Postcard Records on which they released a string of acclaimed singles including "Falling And Laughing" and "Simply Thrilled Honey" in the late 1970s. They went on to record four ambitious albums which fused the rhythm and drive of Chic and Stax with an edge and attitude born out of their post-punk roots; such a sound was, at the time, completely unique and their influence on subsequent waves of British guitar bands cannot be underestimated. Orange Juice disbanded in 1985 and Edwyn has subsequently enjoyed a successful solo career (his 1994 single "A Girl Like You" was a worldwide hit) and has produced a number of albums, including The Cribs 2004 long player "The New Fellas". He has released five solo albums since his debut, "Hope And Despair" in 1989.

        The 11-track album was self-produced with his long time studio partner Seb Lewsley and recorded at West Heath Studios in London during the 2nd half of 2012, except for a couple of earlier recordings.

        All songs were written by Edwyn, except Love’s Been Good To Me, a Rod McKuen cover and the album features the musicians Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie, Primal Scream), James Walbourne (The Pretenders, Ray Davies, Pernice Brothers, Dead Flamingoes), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, The Pretenders), Sean Read (The Rockingbirds, Dexys), David Ruffy (The Ruts, Dexys) & Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols).

        The last 12 months have seen Edwyn concentrate on running his AED record label, produce records for Vic Godard, Colorama, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Linden and London Mississippi with Seb Lewsley and begin work on a film about his life and music titled In Your Voice, In Your Heart with filmmakers Edward Lovelace & James Hall.


        Laura says: Edwyn croons his way through a selection of gorgeous slowies and floor filling soul stompers, and as ever his songwriting is second to none. Great stuff.

        Elaine Constantine / Gareth Sweeney

        Northern Soul - An Illustrated History

          "Most books about Northern Soul – of which there are groaning shelves worth – convey the scene's purism, obsessiveness and trainspotter-ish detail, but nothing of the passion this glorious sound evokes. This one does.

          A gritty social history, a beautiful artefact; it’s a labour of love that reflects the music’s joy, significance and its cultural place, with the people who love it at its heart. You will not find here the usual canonical lists, the catalogue numbers or the minutiae of dates and labels, but you will get a real sweaty, pungent feel for the music's thrill and power, and how it has always sat within a historical and cultural context; music made by young, black, working-class Americans elevated to a near religion by young, white, working-class Northern kids who embraced the songs’ ecstasy, energy and despair as their own." - (Stuart Maconie)

          "Northern Soul makes fascinating reading – tracing the development and explaining the appeal of the music with incredible in-depth input from a carefully chosen array of DJs, collectors and aficionados, all of whom were either there at the time or who were personally involved in making things happen, taking the scene forward to what it is today.

          From the great unknowns, discovered and popularised by DJs such as Ian Levine in the early 1970s, to the insightful thoughts of today's movers and shakers. From the DJs, the record dealers and collectors, and those who are still out there each and every weekend, the ones who keep the Northern Soul torch burning so brightly today.

          For myself, this book brings back so many memories of venues, events and characters I'd forgotten about. And I know this book will be well received as a true reflection of how it was back then by all those who experienced its formative years, and also by those who are fascinated by the scene and want to understand more about the music, the people, the venues and the associated way of life." - (Richard Searling)


          Hardback Book Info: 224 pages, 24.8cm x 19.6cm x 2cm

          Erland Cooper

          Solan Goose

            ‘Solan Goose’ is the first solo recording from multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper, also of The Magnetic North and previously Erland & The Carnival. Having grown up on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, he wrote this work as a response to ease anxiety and claustrophobia working in a city.

            It explores the borders between electronic, alternative and classical music while creating for him and the listener a work of balance and calm - a kind of liminal space. Each song is entitled with a bird name but in local ‘Orcadian’ dialect. It’s a record to travel to, and evokes themes of migration, restoration and childhood memory.

            Orkney is rich in folklore, music, myth and mythology with strong Scandinavian influences. These are echoed and layered throughout the album’s arrangements.

            Solan Goose is the first release on the new Phases imprint (a sister label to AllPoints, the in-house label of Believe Distribution Services) whose aim is to focus on new instrumental works, pulling together artists with significant creative individuality that bring a unique perspective to contemporary music.

            Eric Copeland

            Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

            Copeland brings the (schizoid, neon, frenetic) noise for his newest LP on L.I.E.S. Kicking things off with the juddering lo-fi stomp of 'Convoy', pushing hi-passed snares and delayed synth squeals through the mincer and ending up with some mechanically recovered heat, slavered liberally atop a solid foundation of mealy kicks and shuffled hats. 'Qualified' continues where we left off where vox are concerned, taking the mean voice of a hundred robots and gating them with some brutal sample & hold abstractions. In case this wasn't enough of thematic giveaway, bit-crushed synths fire off like lasers into the neon-lit heavens, turning the casual romp through the dystopian wilderness into a climactic white-knuckle boss-fight. 
            Moving further along, and 'Doggy' presents the first indication of rhythmic convention, with lithe bass fragents flickering over a classic four-to-the-floor percussive backdrop before pulling out the flicker-machine once again to heavily treat the melodic overtones into a brittle amalgam of crystalline pulses and terse filter cuts. 
            'Ultimo' veers into lite grime territory with sqelchy digital synths weaving their way around the cut-up vocal snippets and tinny flanged cymbals (it would sound great blaring out of a nokia speaker on the back of the 168). Brilliantly futuristic but with nods to everything that has secured its passage up to this point. Copeland has always pushed the boundaries, and this is no different, it just so happens that his boundary pushing has veered squarely into the wonky lo-fi house/techno/misc zone I find so appealing. RIYL Opal Tapes / Cloudface / SNES.  

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Brilliantly eccentric soundtrack to futuristic mishaps, last-life white-knuckle gaming and dusty sampler glitches. Superb.

            Eric Copeland is a founding member of New York's Black Dice. "Alien In A Garbage Dump" represents almost two years of basement jamming and collecting. At the same time he was immersed in two Black Dice albums. Consequently, there are obvious parallels in the results; an uncompromised sonic landscape. But alone, Copeland has found places one can only find alone: small inner dialogues and isolated mind caves where the idea may only last a moment, but he captures and tweaks it into a fragment of many memories. "Alien" proves to be a strangely curated time capsule of OUR time right NOW; music where birds beat-box with car-stereo subwoofers and the neighbours' espanol sings on top the Sabbath siren. With all this going on, Copeland sometimes disappears into the anonymity, playing a 'behind-the-scenes' role, pushing cords and pulling buttons, laughing because the batteries are dying. The result is a collection of songs at once uniquely urban but still strangely universal in language. Fifteen years strong in the game and somehow it's easier to see where his music is going as opposed to where it's been. The first seven songs of this release appeared as a vinyl EP by the same name put out by Paw Tracks last year. The last six songs appear as a vinyl EP named "Al Anon" put out by Catsup Plate.

            Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost which is exclusively released.

            The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard Magazine in January and a small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on the 20th of April. Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios.

            Elvis described the record as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read”. Ahmir says, “It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”

            Elvis Costello And The Imposters

            Look Now

              Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass), Pete Thomas (drums) – have made a sensational new album that ranks alongside the best work this singularly great artist has ever produced.

              Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, ‘Look Now’ is beautiful in its simplicity, reflective in its lyrical vision, surrounded by melodies and orchestrations that are nothing short of heavenly. It’s the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of ‘Momofuku’ and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, ‘Wise Up Ghost’.

              Anyone anywhere in the world who has seen Elvis Costello and The Imposters live can testify to their unmitigated swagger. Costello’s suspicion that it was time to return to the studio was confirmed while on the ‘Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers’ tour of the USA, last summer and he realized the power and sheer musicality of The Imposters had never really been fully captured on one record.


              2xDeluxe LP Info: 4 bonus tracks in the deluxe edition.

              2xDeluxe CD Info: 4 bonus tracks in the deluxe edition.

              "Bound Adam" is the first in a series of reissues by American artist Elysia Crampton (f.k.a. E&E) for Total Stasis record label. Originally self-released in 2011 as digital files, this is its first vinyl pressing. Its three tracks are an ode to the artist's Ford Ranger. 2011 is also the year Ford discontinued the Ranger line. As Crampton says, 'it is a speculative / ontological poem about a relationship with a car.' Sonically, if you imagine the futureproof hydraulics of Jam City or Bok Bok, coupled with that icy frost of Total Fantasy but then given a warming, hippie-friendly edge which recalls a distant Iasos or Brian Eno. Glacial pop ambience for generation i-pod.
              7" vinyl record
              Mastered by Brandon Hocura
              Cover + insert by Felix Lee

              Evan Dando

              Baby Im Bored


                Emerging after The Lemonheads disbanded Evan Dando returned to music first with a solo tour and ‘Live At The Brattle Theatre’ then came his debut solo album ‘Baby I’m Bored’. During his hiatus he sobered up, got married and went straight. Taking four years to produce, his live shows funded the album’s recording sessions. Mature and autobiographical, ‘Baby I’m Bored’ is a stellar record that stripped Dando of his grunge label. At the time of recording, he was without the band which saw him lean more towards an achingly melodic alt-country rock sound. Self-deprecating, these are songs of decline and coming back from that. The record includes “Hard Drive” and “All My Life” two tracks penned by Ben Lee and features contributions from producer/composer Jon Brion, producer Bryce Goggin, Tom Morgan, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, Calexico's John Convertino and Joey Burns, ex-Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, Come's Chris Brokaw and Arthur Johnson. This limited edition special Record Store Day 2LP ‘bookback’ reissue includes a disc of unheard unreleased tracks, singles, b-sides and rarities. “Dando has a flair for bruised melancholy that stands comparison with Gram Parsons and Alex Chilton.” Q Magazine / “A beautiful album of tender reflections on life, love and drug-induced folly set in soulful, country-tinged guitar pop.” The Independent 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd LP Info: 2LP plus 24 page book + DL Card.

                Evan Dando

                Baby I'm Bored

                  Emerging after The Lemonheads disbanded Evan Dando returned to music first with a solo tour and ‘Live At The Brattle Theatre’ then came his debut solo album ‘Baby I’m Bored’. Mature and autobiographical, ‘Baby I’m Bored’ is a stellar record that stripped Dando of his grunge label. At the time of recording, he was without the band which saw him lean more towards an achingly melodic alt-country rock sound. Self-deprecating, these are songs of decline and coming back from that.

                  The record includes “Hard Drive” and “All My Life” two tracks penned by Ben Lee and features contributions from producer/composer Jon Brion, producer Bryce Goggin, Tom Morgan, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, Calexico's John Convertino and Joey Burns, ex-Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, Come's Chris Brokaw and Arthur Johnson. // “Dando has a flair for bruised melancholy that stands comparison with Gram Parsons and Alex Chilton.” Q Magazine // “A beautiful album of tender reflections on life, love and drug-induced folly set in soulful, country-tinged guitar pop.” 

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xCD & Book Info: 2CD Book-back with 24 page book

                  Evan Dando

                  It Looks Like You

                  Second single off his ace comeback album, this is a lovely country jangle not unlike Teenage Fanclub's recent stuff. Proper song. Sounds like it's a cover it's so familiar (or classic sounding?) Lovely harmonies, perfect chorus and a soaring middle eight. As comforting as an old pair of slippers! There's always a place for music this natural and unforced.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CDS Info: The CD single includes two live tracks: "The Same Thing You Thought Hard About Is The Same Part I Can Live Without" and "Hannah And Gabi".

                  More inspired, rough and ready, sample-n-bump house music here from the sadly departed Eddie Danielle. One of the scene's true edit mavericks, shunning clean cuts for agro bangers, but mining the same classic sources - disco, soul, boogie etc. This one starts off with "Lady Bird" - taking Bumblebee Unlimited "Lady Bug" and ramping it up for Chi-town friendly frivolities. "Love Thrill" treads the very familiar territory, working Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" into a storming house tune; only thing is - Eddie D does it with so much more flair! Adding flapping claps, abrasive snares and drifting flange it's a sherm-stick rocket ride into disco-house oblivion and a true taste of what this producer can do with a couple of records and an MPC! So good! "Missing Groove" applies the brakes for a swinging beatdown house number, complete with jazz-flecked piano licks and a squashed and submerged, pitched down house groove. "Fat Rat" concludes with the more frenzied cut here, a squealing dial tone riding loopy disco-cut grooves and smashed apart percussion; it should see the hardcore dance frat doing spirals and swirls into the very early hours of the morning.
                  Recommended if you like Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Ste Spandex, Steve Poindextor etc etc. This is the real deal folks!

                  Master at: Reel Mastering
                  Artwork by: Riccardo Banfi and Mirko Pisanelli. 

                  Etienne De Crecy

                  Super Discount 1


                    Previously out of print for over x10 years. Real collectors pieces in the French touch house world.

                    Etienne De Crecy

                    Super Discount 2


                      Previously out of print for over x10 years. Real collectors pieces in the French touch house world.

                      Eduardo De La Calle

                      Icosahedrite EP

                        International man of mystery, Eduardo De La Calle here on Carl Craig's esteemed, long running imprint Planet E. Spanish born, but having spent a solid shift submerged in the German underground this artist has previously recorded for Jon Talabot's cult label Hivern as well as Boddika's bass-centric Nonplus. With over 100 releases to his name, De La Calle oft shuns ephemeral trends in dance music for his own stable and consistent style, earning plaudits around the world for his highly professional and fully realized DJ sets.

                        For Mr. Craig's label he keeps things nestled strictly in the future, as he introduces elements of jazz and experimentation into his sultry arrangements. "Phason Jazz" and "Mr Dewey D" both combine rich instrumentation with digital signal processing beautifully, also recalling the future jazz of Robert Hood's "Finger's Blue" with its jazz-informed drums, intricate keyboard licks yet forward-focused, dancefloor groove. "Rhythmic Soundscapes" is much more free form and experimental, a gliding synth note struggles to accelerate off the starting blocks as a clickty kick attempts to usher things forward. Both head twistingly fresh but undeniable EDLC at the same time! One producer who should always demand your attention, but doesn't always get the props he deserves. Excellent work!

                        Emanuele De Raymondi & Marco Messina

                        SARO (Original Soundtrack)

                          SARO (soundtrack of the film by Enrico Maria Artale) is the latest work by Marco Messina and Emanuele de Raymondi, two of the rising stars, respectively, in ambient electronic and contemporary classical scenes in Italy. The result of their collaboration is an elegantly crafted musical journey, between minimalistic string arrangements and textural modular synths, perfectly integrated to enhance the imagery of the film. SARO, as the name of film director’s father, it is both an intimate road-movie and a documentary that tells the journey through the evocative landscapes of Sicily in search of a father never known.

                          Emanuele de Raymondi is an Italian composer and sound artist. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, his work is based on digital processing techniques combined with traditional compositional structures. He has composed numerous soundtracks, including Arianna by Carlo Lavagna (awarded at BAFTA and Venice Film Festival), and in December 2016 he released the electronic music single "EXUL EP" (ZEROKILLED). 

                          Marco Messina is a musician, producer and sound designer. He was born and lives in Naples, where in the 90s he founded 99 Posse and Mousikelab Studio. He has scored numerous films, including creating soundtracks for of all of Pietro Marcello films, among the others The line Passage, Beautiful and Lost, The Mouth of the Wolf, (awarded at Berlinale film festival and Davide di Donatello).

                          Brought to you by the label responsible for Whitest Boy Alive, Jens Lekman and The Tough Alliance, "Secrets Adrfift" is the new album from Erik de Vahl. Erik is from the abandoned industrial town Kramfors, located in the middle of the majestic nature scenery of the north part of Sweden, which shines through in his mystic work. Here he has prepared a shimmering mini-universe of his own, for you to peep in to. It seems like he built it from the broken pieces and leftovers from conventional song writing. Listening to the anti-structured pop fragments that are "Secrets Adrift" feels like a new friend whispering secrets in your ear.

                          Who Are You is a new collection of free form, free flowing music from E Ruscha V. A wandering, wondrous search for identity rendered in brilliant musical shapes and forms, Who Are You resides in the transitional realm between calm and ecstasy. A meaningful moment along an artist’s transcendent path of self-discovery, and meaningful music to those who identify with a conscious universe.

                          Who Are You is the first full-length release by Eddie Ruscha under his given name since donning the Secret Circuit guise in 2010 to administer an electronic antidote to the psychedelic / shoegaze dirge that dominated his formative music-making. Between Secret Circuit’s two 12” EPs and a colossal full length, Tactile Galactics, on Beats In Space in 2013 and now, Ruscha has remained wildly prolific producing unfathomable fouron-the-floor formulas for the best and brightest labels outside of Space. The Secret Circuit hiatus suggests a return to self and an unmasked, untethered musical language, an approach Ruscha describes as “exploring melody that can mutate as different shades of beauty.” Rhythm plays a supporting role on Who Are You, an album with less concern over club constrictions and more contemplation of open, unbound spaces, areas in which Ruscha sees the music capturing “the feeling of a lost day.”

                          Who Are You further pares down the dub, tropicalia, and Afro / cosmic influences that have historically placed Secret Circuit at the dance music fringe, repurposing them as concerted instrumentals whose melodic themes are so lyrical they appear song-like, expressive without words. Brought to mind are similar instrumentalists such as Vini Reilly, Wally Badarou, Mark and Clive Ives of Woo, and contemporaries such as Gaussian Curve and Suzanne Kraft, a collaborator of Eddie’s.

                          A blend of electronic instruments with added emphasis on the ‘human touch’ of indigenous strings and guitar creates a parallel universe to WAY. On one track, the Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer adds an immersive, score-like quality to the music, reanimating the romantic sides of the album’s retrospective influences without vintage fetishization. On the other, ECM jazz chords velcro to percussive patterns in compositions that feel simultaneously open-ended and total. The exploratory quality of the tracks when intersected embraces a sense of wandering and the album’s intentional ‘lostness.’

                          Ruscha describes Who Are You as spanning states “from calm to ecstatic but mostly in-between these.” Though it’s an elliptical view, the description points toward the liminal atmospherics of the music, which dispose of the many hallmark genre traces that informed Secret Circuit’s galactic journeying. For Who Are You, Ruscha was content to wander more intimate environments, in search of an uncharted music rippling with humble discovery.

                          E-Unity unleashes a batch of endorphin loaded club nuggets for FTD.

                          Following up much lauded EP’s for Oscilla Sound and Intramuros, the French producer takes his signature leftfield dalliances several steps elsewhere, to jubilant club-centric heights.

                          E-Versions #8

                          Train Tunnel / Give It Time

                          Mark E returns via his Merc imprint with the celebrated E-Version series. No. 8 in the series and we see Mark in relaxed and creative form, providing us with an unhurried deconstruction of some obscure jazz number on "Train Tunnel". Upright bass, piano flourishes and horns delicately picked fresh from the speakeasy and popped in the slow-cooker for a deeper, mesmerising flavour. On the flip "Give It Time" is a glorious, celestial and atmospheric house workout, which - as the title would suggest - implores you to ignore the demands of accelerated culture and pace your journey to dancefloor nirvana accordingly. Mark's on hand, adding panning variations to the varios elements and generally tampering with the dynamics to make it push and pull in all the right places, this is another excellent display of Mark E's dancefloor prowess. Top stuff indeed. 

                          Second on Star Creature offspring label, Elivty featuring Eli Hurwitz aka E. Live, a funk / soul / boogie producer based in Oakland, California and director of this series of records under the SC umbrella.

                          The mood is totally in fitting with the Star Creature / Tugboat aesthetic - modern funk and new boogie played with authenticity, flair and panache. "Freaky Creatures" is the more traditional, circa '83 styled number while "Get Down Tonight", which features Rojai treads a slightly newer, beatdown vibe not a million miles away from Detroit's Amp Fiddler or Manchester's Crazy P. Both tracks are killer.

                          Limited 7" pressing, move quick! 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Saving the slow tempos and sexed out grooves for the 7" installment this week; Star Creature sub-label Elivity Records drop two absolutely gorgeous slices of bedroom funk and boogie.

                          E. Myers

                          I Am Alive / Dreamland

                          E. Myers returns just in time for the summer, with two heaters of contrasting styles. "I Am Alive" is a a fiery dance ritual, cooked up from gated drums, big bass swell and digital perc. Synth-strings and fluorescent pad presets add the required juices and Myers stands back and lets the machines do the talking!

                          "Dreamland" keeps its poker face on throughout its entire 9 minutes. Threatening to break out through a teetering hook, but staying cool with its restrained bump, it's equally at home in basements as it is on beaches, teasing out all manner of endorphins from our drug soaked recesses. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Expertly programmed box jams here from rising talent E Myers. With a nod to both the dark analogue synths of Europe and the jarring mechanical rhythms of Detroit.


                          Mindmaze / Pumpkin Emoji

                          Following a series of standout releases on stateside imprint, Astral Plane, E.M.M.A returns to Coyote Records for the first time proper with new 12”, ‘Mindmaze / Pumpkin Emoji’. Having first provided a remix on Spokes’ inaugural EP (‘Green Eyes’) for the label back in 2015, E.M.M.A has since kick-started her Angel Food radio show on NTS alongside Aimee Cliff, and also established Producer Girls - a nationwide workshop initiative aimed at helping aspiring women get into music production.

                          On ‘Mindmaze’, described by E.M.M.A. herself as ‘medieval funky’ and originally made as a special for Mumdance on Rinse FM, she pokes fun at the club, going in sample-heavy and re-fixing anthemic Windows 95-era melodies over a stampeding, heavyset 4x4 beat. “This tune is a homage to the Encarta 95 CD ROM”, she explains. On the flip meanwhile, ‘Pumpkin Emoji’ references the glossy, crystalline textures and lo-slung 808 bass of early E.M.M.A. gems like 2014’s ‘Light Years’; a potent reminder of why she remains one of the UK’s most innovative and quietly rebellious club producers. 

                          Each Other release their first album, ‘Being Elastic’, on Lefse Records. Recorded to tape in their homebuilt studio in Montreal between tours across Canada, Europe and the US, ‘Being Elastic’ is a document of a band always trying to move further out in terms of songwriting and production. Initial recordings were shelved in favour of starting over, as new songs piled up and intra-band shreddery intensified.

                          The restless energy that defines the band’s work habits shows up everywhere in their music. The songs have a solid foundation in avant rock pop traditions but are thwarted from sounding like any kind of reverent tribute to what’s come before by being adventurous and exploratory. Surprise breaks, abrupt left turns, tangled riffage, sidelongglancing lyrics and Space Echo murk all punctuate the full-throated harmonies, artful melody and bright, ringing tone that makes up the core of these songs.

                          At every turn, this is a record that sounds forwardlooking but not futuristic, meticulously constructed but not formulaic or predictable. It’s the sound of three people working hard on their own terms, without a promo budget or obnoxious social media hustling, to make a record that speaks for itself.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                          EODM (Eagles Of Death Metal) is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998 by best friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/ KYUSS/ THOSE CROOKED VULTURES). Despite their band name, EODM is not a death metal band. The story goes that a friend was introducing Josh Homme to the death metal genre.

                          When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the death metal genre, Homme then referred to Vader as “The Eagles of Death Metal”. After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. With that, the band was born. 

                          Partisan Records present ‘Ullages’, the second album from Leeds-based band Eagulls.

                          ‘Ullages’ is an altogether different record from the heady fuzz of Eagulls’ 2014 self-titled debut: the drawn out textured melodies recall the shimmering opulence of The Cocteau Twins and the melancholic majesty of The Cure.

                          Highlights of the last campaign included taking both ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in the US by storm, sharing stages with the likes of Arcade Fire and Pharrell, scooping a major NME Award and playing at some of the world’s most renowned festivals including Coachella, Latitude, Field Day and Reading / Leeds.

                          The artwork is a collaboration with British cult photographer Peter Mitchell.

                          “A title this sour never sounded so sweet” - SPIN (on ‘Lemontrees’)

                          “Their new work is brave, lyrically challenging and accomplished” - Loud & Quiet

                          “There’s always been more to Eagulls than just fire and brimstone. With ‘Ullages’ those widescreen ambitions finally look set to be fully realised.” - DIY

                          “A sparkling sonic environment situated somewhere between The Smiths, Shins and Stone Roses. It’s a lovely development.” - Stereogum

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive green vinyl.

                          Long awaited new full length album from Sonic Boom, and it's packed full of atonal wonder.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          CD Info: Limited edition (500 copies) available in triple colour neon case.

                          Karl Lukas Pettersson has searched through his vaults of DAT tapes to create a personal album of lost projects, ideas and forgotten gems. The album includes a remastered version of Professor Laphroaigh originally included on his Dr Lindh – Sounds Interesting EP for SCSI-AV

                          Limited to 300 copies

                          Earl Brutus

                          Tonight You Are The Special One (Expanded Edition)

                            Earl Brutus achieved notoriety and cult status with the release of their debut album Your Majesty… We Are Here. Their attention grabbing interviews and gigs attracted wider interest and they sign to Island Records via Fruition. They released a second long player, Tonight You Are The Special One, and several singles including The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It and Come Taste My Mind (“masterful examples of raging techno-pop” - Select ) and Larky.

                            The band continued to play chaotic shows and the last ever gig is at Hammersmith Working Men’s Club on 7th April 2004 and the last track from that gig, Teenage Taliban, is included on the 2CD edition along with a demo recorded in William Reid’s (Jesus And Mary Chain) front room. Other bonus tracks include all the single b-sides sequenced by the band.

                            The art direction on this re-issue has been done by Scott King who realised the concepts for the original release and singles. The album sleeve is included in Q magazine’s 100 Best Album Sleeves Of All Time in 2001.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            2xCD Info: The 2CD set is packaged in a tri-fold digipack and comes with a 16 page booklet with sleevenotes by Ian Harrison.

                            Earl Brutus

                            Your Majesty...We Are Here (Expanded Edition)

                              Earl Brutus are Nick Sanderson (Clock DVA, Jesus And Mary Chain, World Of Twist), Gordon King and Jim Fry (World Of Twist), Rob Marche (JoBoxers, Subway Sect) with Shins and Stuart Boreman.

                              Earl Brutus formed in 1993 and release a handful of singles before their debut album Your Majesty… We Are Here on Deceptive Records in 1996. They are chaotic, glam-rock, glitter-stomp British Pop. They think Bowie, T-Rex, Kraftwerk and The Fall. Their chaotic live shows became folklore and their reviews and interviews were always impressive. Your Majesty… featured in Q Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of the Year in 1996 and in 1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die.

                              Your Majesty… has been long unavailable and is now re-issued.

                              The two CD edition also includes all the b-sides sequenced by the band and an unreleased David Arnold remix of Life’s Too Long, the rare Alan Vega (Suicide) version of On Me Not In Me and Earl Brutus Display Purchasing Power, both commercially available for the first time.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xCD Info: The 2CD set is housed in a tri-fold digipack sleeve with a 16 page booklet, all designed by artist, Scott King, and contains sleevenotes by Ian Harrison

                              Earl Peterson

                              Boogie Blues / In The Dark

                                The label on this single hits the nail on the head — Michigan’s singing cowboy! Despite a very long 45-year career in country music as a promoter, radio station operator, artist and label owner, very little is known about Earl Peterson. In late 1952, he formed Nugget Records with his mother, basically as a means of self-releasing his music.

                                While shopping his music down South, he met Sam Phillips and agreed to release his song on Sun Records in the spring of 1954. This bouncing, twangy single would prove to be a cult hit and original pressings still command a lofty price. As the first remotely contemporary country single on the label, Peterson’s single paved the way for Sun to later pivot into the country genre.

                                From there, Peterson’s story becomes a bit murkier. He recorded the same song for Columbia in the fall of 1954, strangely disregarding his contractual agreements with Sun. He went on to release a couple more singles with Columbia and by the ‘60s, was holed up in rural central Michigan to run a radio station (WPLB) with his family.

                                Earl Sweatshirt


                                'Doris' is the debut studio album by Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt. Doris features guest appearances from Odd Future members Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Casey Veggies, Tyler, the Creator, along with Vince Staples, RZA and Mac Miller. Production was primarily handled by Sweatshirt under the pseudonym randomblackdude and production duo Christian Rich. Additional production was provided by Matt Martians, The Neptunes, RZA, Samiyam, BadBadNotGood, Frank Ocean, and Tyler, The Creator.

                                Upon its release, 'Doris' was met with universal critical acclaim from music critics, including perfect scores by The Guardian and Los Angeles Times, which praised Sweatshirt's rhyme schemes and lyrics along with the gritty underground production.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                Earl Sweatshirt

                                I Don't Like S**t, I Don't Go Outside

                                Odd Future rap collective member Earl Sweatshirt returns with his sophomore long player. From the album title onwards 'I Don’t Like S**t, I Don't Go Outside' in another introspective set of rhymes from Sweatshirt (Thebe Neruda Kgositsile to his mum) which eschew the wide scope of Kendrick or bombast of Kanye in favour of something smaller, more intimate. His mainly self-produced beats are pitched down and sludgy, lifted from the gloom by light-fingered jazzy keyboards here and there, while his vocal flow tongue-twists around the rhythms like a verbal dexterity veteran. At just 30 minutes in length the album doesn't have room for the usual look-who-I-know roll call of guest MCs, with just a handful of cameos from A$AP Mob’s Dash, Ratking’s Wiki, Cutthroat Boyz member Vince Staples and skateboarder Na’kel, leaving Sweatshirt to provide the lion's share of raps - a good thing in our book. A record that will leave you wanting more.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                Charles Earland

                                Over And Over / Let The Music Play

                                An unmissable 12” collection from legendary soul-jazz organist Charles Earland. First up we have the wonderful ‘Over and Over’. Co-produced by organist Earland and Randy Muller, the man behind Brass Construction and Skyy, this nine-minute masterclass in jazz-funk greatness was as big on the UK all-dayer scene as it was at David Mancuso’s Loft and blows up any dancefloor today. Over on the flip is steppers’ delight, the classic anthem ‘Let The Music Play’. Released in 1978, this superbly fast and furious jazz-funk workout blasted onto the disco and club scene leaving a lasting impact today. Last, but not least, ‘Intergalactic Love Song’ brings the tempo right down with a great spacey sound which doesn’t lose Earland’s unmistakeable signature keys and sleek jazz style. Essential!

                                Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band

                                The Mountain

                                  Originally released in 1999 and widely regarded as one of the best albums of that year, New West is proud to reissue one of Steve Earle's finest works. Released in 1999, The Mountain marks a radical departure from Steve Earle's previous works as it was his first wholly bluegrass album. He later revealed that he had made the album as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music the legendary Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996. In order to help flesh out the songs he had written for the album, Steve Earle called upon the famous bluegrass band of Del McCoury; widely regarded as one of the finest bluegrass bands on the planet who at that point. The album was a critical success and yielded Earle's 7th Grammy nomination when it was nominated for 'Best Bluegrass Album' in 2000.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLP Info: Available for the first time ever on heavy duty 180g vinyl.

                                  Stacey Earle And Mark Stuart

                                  Never Gonna Let You Go

                                  Husband and wife team who have both enjoyed previous success in their own right as well as together. Stacey's endearingly evocative style was first heard in 1990 in duet with her older brother, country renegade Steve Earle. "Never Gonna Let You Go" is their second album, built around the couple's obvious chemistry together.

                                  The Earlies

                                  Gone For The Most Part

                                    The final piece of the Five-Part 10" series that completes the vinyl version of the fantastic album "The Enemy Chorus". These three songs show the band at their most cinematic… soaring above the high rise buildings and into the clouds then collapsing into a monster funk jam before descending into the angular dark prog of "Bad Is As Bad Does".

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Ltd 10" Info: Ltd edition of 500 copies only – this 10" is packaged in a very nice box with room to house all five 10"s from this series. ONE PER PERSON!

                                    The Earlies follow their critically adored 2004 debut "These Were The Earlies", with the release of their second album, "The Enemy Chorus". Produced by The Earlies and Tom Knott and recorded in Texas, Manchester and Burnley, "The Enemy Chorus" builds on the approach of "These Were The Earlies" with a rich and expansive sound, textured with an original progressive edge. Standout tracks such as "Burn The Liars", "Foundation And Earth", "Enemy Chorus" and "When The Wind Blows" evoke elements of The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, Brian Wilson and Sigur Ros, yet the Texan/Mancunian quartet remain resolutely individual. The sound here is deep, lush and with a tasty, more electronic bottom-end (Warp Records?) this feels like a more modern record than their debut. The layers and attention to detail are staggering; it's shaping up to be a proper headphone masterpiece, an album to go on a journey with and another mysterious chapter for one of our most trusted bands. They're magicians!


                                    What Are You Waitin' For?

                                    "What Are You Waitin' For?" is a provocative and instantly engaging electro-pop offering, with heavy bass lines, scratchy guitars and a melody so catchy you'll be stuck with it for weeks.

                                    Early Day Miners

                                    Jefferson At Rest

                                    A collection of succinctly structured songs, recorded at frontman Dan Burton's Grotto Home Studios. Hushed vocals over beautiful soundscapes, reminiscent of classic 4AD releases.

                                    The Early Day Miners new album, "The Treatment", speaks to the powers of reinvention in more than one way. After years of building gorgeous and sprawling guitar rock epics, Early Day Miners have trimmed their sound into shorter, tighter songs with a decidedly pop edge to them. They have also slimmed their line up down from as many as eight members to the lean four-piece outfit of Dan Burton (guitar, vocals, keys), John Dawson (guitar), Marty Sprowles (drums) and Johnny 'Yuma' Richardson (bass). Even in the album's lyrics, the yearning allure of reinvention is ever present.

                                    Early Mammal

                                    Take A Lover

                                      Early Mammal are a 3-piece based in the home of South London Sludge, Dropout Studios. Formed in 2012

                                      Early Mammal are: Rob Herian - guitar, drone box & vocals, Ben Davis - drums & Ben Tat - bass & baritone guitars

                                      The band released two albums in 2013 and received strong reviews. Debut album 'Horror at Pleasure' was released in April of that year on Devouter. Denis Belindir provided cosmos expanding synth on this brooding dark invitation through the woods of the mind. The album, as with all to date was recorded live at Drop out over the course of 3 days. The LP streams continuously combining raw power and claustrophobic psyche blues, coaxing and sometimes dragging the listener through its journey. Influences of Captain Beefheart, Aphrodite's Child, White Hills, Hawkwind and Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats can be heard:

                                      Less than half a year later the band released 'My Fire' on Convoy records. This album found Dan Davies (Wolf people) joining to record a more experimental late night driving experience through psych-rock, Denis Belindir's distinctive Turkish tinged synth really taking the trip to different levels.

                                      ‘I have been blown away by this promo twice today! Think Pink Floyd soundtrack work circa 1970 and Irmin Schmidt's incredible 3 album run of 'filmmusik' + 'Toy Planet' 1980-81. Yes THAT good! Eurorock pulses; a bit of SanFranjam; driving around mainland Europe in the early 70's in a lorry left over from the war, worried about the last generation's involvement...easily the best recording I've yet heard from them but, once again, nothing like their tremendous live show, Valve amps wall of cabs- everyone dies overdrive...but the grooves are still tight’ TOBY MEARING RADIO SHOW

                                      Two well received albums on Devouter and Convoy lead to the band supporting Bong, and Baba Yaga’s Hut gigs around London, including the Raw Power Festival 2014

                                      Third album, 'Take a Lover' is proudly released September 2015 through Riot Season records. After the sudden departure of Denis Belindir on synth, the band regrouped with a reinvigorated sound. Taking the experimentation of My Fire, the narcotic muscularity of Horror at Pleasure, this album represents a new chapter out of the woods and showing greater depth. With the arrival of Ben Tat on bass and baritone guitars, the band shares two common ancestors now: Elks and 85bears. The upcoming release reflects the sound of a lineup finding order through the entropy of extended jams and developing their sound. Recorded at Dropout studios by the band. Take a Lover is live and captures a stream of single takes from two days of winter, December 2014. It has become the catalyst to yet again prolific recording and sets the tone for where Early Mammal are going next.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                      The Early Years


                                        Songs from last year's second album 'II' reworked by Andrew Weatherall, Andy Bell from Ride and XAM.

                                        Limited-edition pressing of 300 copies on black vinyl. Plays at 33rpm and comes with a code for a free Bandcamp download in the digital format of your choice.

                                        Almost 10 years since they released their self-titled debut on Beggars Banquet, The Early Years return with a brand new album called, simply, ‘II’. It was recorded in their home studio in rural Cheshire before being mixed in Atlanta, Georgia by Jason Kingsland (Deerhunter) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, New Order). It’s a stunning record, the sound of a band who have matured and relaxed into their playing, created without any external pressures or expectations. It is also more relevant now than ever, despite their long absence; it towers above the legions of kraut-psych bands who came along in their wake with the sheer scale of its scope and vision. Opener and lead single ‘Nocturne’ is a ferocious collision of man and machine: guitars sounding like Will Sergeant has moved to Neil Young’s farm, Roland TB-303s squelching away and the wild-eyed energy of Julian Cope circa ‘Fried’. Cope and the Bunnymen are reference points throughout, but ‘II’ also takes in the elegiac New Order of ‘Fluxus’, the Dean Wareham duelling Tom Verlaine solos of ‘Out Of Signal’, the Spiritualized lullaby of ‘Hush’, and the Harmonia-meets-pre-definite-article-Verve of album closer ‘Memory Case’.

                                        Sounding a little like a lost Balearic / house treasure, only refracted back through a modern prism, George Earnest's EP here on Pear seeks to update templates laid down by proto- British House pioneers as much as it delivers paradisiacal music for the sunshine isles.

                                        After an ambient, coastal introduction we're flung into the lush driving house of "Organ Of Evening Calm" - with big pitch bent solos enthusiastically jumping from a bed of delicate rhythms and synthy flute licks. The perfect track to get lost in as the stars begin to shine across the outdoor arena. "Dreaming Island" hires in a bolshie breakbeat for extra bump while majestic keys paint a tantalizing picture of serotonin flooded fun. Cheeky, groovy and oh-so-nice this'll have the whole floor smiling at each other. The appropriately named "Mermaid Dive" sounds exactly as describes, as sonar bleeps and underwater bubbles cascade past our ears as we sink deeper and deeper into a swirling sonic world. Finally, another beatless, coastal excursion closes proceedings entitled "A Sea" and decorated beautifully with bird song. I love bird song. I love this EP! 

                                        Earth / Sir Richard Bishop

                                        Peacock Angels Lament / Narasimha

                                        Sold exclusively on Earth & Sir Richard Bishop's European tour in 2008, this limited edition 180gram vinyl 12" (there were only 1000 pressed) features exclusive tracks unavailable elsewhere. "The Peacock Angels Lament" features Dylan Carlson playing solo electric guitar, a first for an Earth studio recording. "Narasimha" finds Sir Richard Bishop laying out an Eastern / Indian drone on electric and acosustic guitars, sitar, tambura and lap steel. Art and layout by Stephen O'Malley.

                                        Second release on Hidden Spheres' Fruit Merchant imprint and he's opted for some re-issue gold to keep us on our toes (the first release was a solo affair from the man himself...).

                                        "Destination Heaven" by Earth Boys was originally released in 1997 on Undaground Therapy Muzik. The A-side exemplifies why, when deep house is this, it's truly sublime. A simple three chord piano lick, gently swung house beats and a heads-in-the-clouds vocal refrain; hell, there isn't even a bassline and this still kicks! Dreamy and blissed out, it's hard not to lose yourself in this track - stunning!

                                        On the flip, "Star Struck" glides in a bit quicker, shiny pads reflecting bright lights of its silver surface. Then them bell keys come in and everyone gets excited. This one's pure hydrofoil; floating top of a crystalline ocean at 150 miles per hour.

                                        Fucking mega release, just in time for heady Summer evenings. Limited copies too so move quick folks...

                                        In early 2017, Public Release dropped a four-tracker by Brooklyn’s Earth Boys, a duo comprised of Julian Duron and Michael Sherburn. Now the label return with a crack-squad of production talent to remix three tracks off that original EP. Beats In Space main man Tim Sweeney is joined by Phillip Lauer as they take "Trail Mix" careering into the stars via beefy acid lines, epic drops and chunky drums. It's the original red-lined and shot down the highway at ninety miles an hour and worth noting that this is the trans-Atlantic unit's first remix to be released. After that is Earth Boys' own redo of "Highway
                                        1" a juiced-up re-imagining of the first version, filled out with chunkier kicks and fatter synth washes that completely envelope any sense of direction. The flip leans towards the ethereal, stretchy & abstract. The B1 slot goes to Canadian wunderkind Khotin, of 1080p and Normals Welcome, who blows some stardust into "Big Time", enveloping it in a blanket of sharp drums and icy pads. NYC mainstay Mike Simonetti, formerly of Trouble Man and Italians Do It Better, currently of 2MR, caps the record with his velumptuos overhaul of "Trail Mix" a compression of industrial percussion, tribal rhythms and sub-bass undulations. An essential companion to the original EP as well as being a killer release in its own right. 

                                        Earth Crisis

                                        Last Of The Sane

                                        Few bands have had the same impact on the hardcore scene over the last 10 years as Earth Crisis. this disc sees Led Zeppelin, Dead Kennedys, Slayer, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones all get the Earth Crisis treatment: nasty, aggressive and very, very loud.

                                        Earth Girl Helen Brown

                                        Four Satelittes Vol. 1

                                          The Earth Girl Helen Brown Center For Planetary Intelligence Band (E.G.H.B.C.F.P.I.B.) is pleased to join forces with In the Red Records and Empty Cellar Records, presenting the first vinyl release of their protolanetary series Four Satelittes Vol. 1. Double gate-folded LP (three sides + etching), the release is a collection of songs and information from the band’s 2017 consumer recycled cassette series: Spring: Mercury: Fire, Summer: Mars: War, Fall: Saturn: Communication, and Winter: Venus: Love.

                                          The band, related media artists and technicians includes: Heidi Alexander, Jamie Barron, Jamin Barton, Eric Bauer, Aylin Beyce, Emilee Booher, Ryan Browne, Tim Cohen, Grace Cooper, Dave Cousin, Brad Caulkins, Mikal Cronin, Bart Davenport, Brigid Dawson, John Dwyer, Chris Fallon, Lars Finberg, James Finch Jr., Davin Givhan, Dylan Hadley, Dustin Hamman, Kiran Harlow, Wilder Harlow, Graeme Gibson, Tahlia Harbour, Anna Hillburg, Douglas Hilsinger, Warren Huegel, Emmett Kelly, Nora Keys, Shannon Lay, Raven Mahon, Rusty Miller, Charlie Moonheart, Jack Name, Ethan Novikoff, Tim Presley, Ty Segall, Dave Sitek, Sean Smith, Sonny Smith, Kelley Stoltz, Enrique Tena, Alica Vanden Heuvel, Lida Vanden Heuvel and Mikey Young.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Earth Patterns is a new project by London based, Australian born musician Ben Davidson, previously known for his disco tinged house singles as Ben Sun that were championed by the likes of Gerd Janson and Larry Heard. Sitting perfectly alongside Vangelis Katsoulis, Lars Bartkuhn and Soichi Terada on Alex Bradley's Utopia Records, "First Light" is an expressive and expansive collection of synthesizer recordings supplemented wonderfully with crisp drum machine rhythms and the occasional flurry of piano or even vox. There's a playful yet divine nature to the tracks, joining the dots between Detroit and Japan, with classic rhythms powering inventive synthwork and emotive sound design. RIYL: Telephones, Passarani, Running Back, Kerrier District etc.

                                          Earth The Californian Love Dream

                                          Porn Star

                                          Following on from their limited edition 7" only release "In The Garden", and fresh from being one of the most talked about bands at this years SXSW festival, Nottingham's Earth The Californian Love Dream return with another short blast of riffy, rock'n'roll. There's a touch of Queens Of The Stoneage about it with it's heavy chugging guitar and drums, but with a more youthful, punchy arrogance, and weighing in at under 90 seconds, it leaves you wanting more....

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          7" Info: The 7" is limited to 500 copies.

                                          CDS Info: The CD single is limited to 200 copies only.

                                          With previous releases on Rythm Section, Echovolt and Les Yeux Orange, Earth Trax & Newborn Jr. return with a selection of tracks of Dopeness Galore. Kicking off with the goosebump inducing shimmer of "Maze", which seems to tip its hat to Omar S and his FXHE label and build into a crescendo of synthy goodness. "Where There's A Will, There's A Way" sees a tumbling breakbeat met with neon keys, bringing to mind a heady and ecstasy-fuelled night in Manchester's Soup Kitchen nightclub. "Acid Burn" sees those thick analogue waveforms return under a backdrop of starry sky pads and galloping delay fragments. "TechNoir" is a futuristic reprise, resplendent with fluorescent fauna and suspended in time. A really nice EP showcasing the multifaceted skills of this dynamic duo. 

                                          Comprised of Polish duo Kruczynski and Brocki, Earth Trax & Newborn Jr. return after some dope deep house recently for Rhythm Section Int'l. For Les Yeux Orange, here they deliver four sublime cuts on the dusty and retro tip. Starting off with the chunky, squelchy analogue grit of "Hypnosis" which does exactly what it says on the tin with its roaring/delay drenched basslines and spangling FM tones. Next up "Mirage" is like a much more lo-fi version of MCDE and Marcus Worgull's ambient balearica as Vermont. The sun bleached vibes continue on the flip, with the somewhat Sueno Latino sounding "Just In Time" by Newborn Jr until we are treated to one more gorgeous and evocative dancefloor experiment in the form of "Nemesis" by Earth Trax: who also flies solo for this offering. Following up some stellar releases by Wav Fuzz and n.stal, this Parisian label is off to a flying start and we're keen to hear what they have in store for us next!

                                          "Innocent Youths" was the first long player released on Jerry Brown's Summer Records imprint, hitting the emerging Toronto reggae marketplace in 1977. In 2008, the original LP is virtually extinct, a highly coveted and extremely rare piece of Canadian reggae history. For the uninitiated, we are talking heavy bass, drums, reverb, echo, roots vocals, keys, guitar, percussion, and Brown's wild style touch behind the controls. In 2008, Light In The Attic Records along with Jerry Brown and Jamaica-Toronto series producer Kevin Howes (aka Sipreano) decided to share this vital bounty to reggae fans the world over. "Innocent Youths" contains the complete studio album lovingly remastered from the original Summer Records master tapes. Over 30 years ahead of its time, this maverick material showcases the breadth of Earth, Roots & Water.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP Info: LP comes with full liner notes and poster insert.

                                          Last in the EWF twelves series, and you get two interludes of "Brazilian Rhyme" (one vocal, the other an atmospheric instrumental) plus a live version too, recorded in Rio 1980. There's also two mixes of "Runnin'", both of which sound ace!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          12" Info: Strictly limited pressing!!! Comes in authenticly retro CBS disco bag.

                                          Earth, Wind & Fire

                                          Fantasy (Shelter DJ Mix) / Can't Hide Love (MAW Album Mix)

                                          Booom! One of the finest funk outfits of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire, remixed by one of the finest house crews there ever was. Obviously this is some buy on sight tackle, and these remixes are works of art in their own right. On the A side we have the much in-demand Blaze 'Shelter' remix of "Fantasy" which stretches this classic to 8.55 and finishes with an unbelievable Phillip Bailey acappella. As though that wasn't enough we've put the much sought-after Masters At Work remix of "Can't Hide Love" - a staple for all the finest house jocks since its debut in 2002. 

                                          Earth, Wind & Fire

                                          Remix Sampler

                                          Two tracks taken from their CD only best of / remix package. First up is Masters At Work's mix of "Can't Hide Love", which is pared down from the 12 minute epic on the pricey Japanese import to a much more manageable six and a half minutes of anthemic dancefloor filling disco house. On the flip Phil Asher / Restless Soul wisely sticks closely to the original mix of "Let's Groove" and just adds some house beats to the mix.

                                          Earth, Wind & Fire

                                          Shining Star / That's The Way Of The World

                                          Presumably from the same people who did those Marvin Gaye EPs comes a whole series of classics from US jazz-funk outfit Earth, Wind & Fire. This second 12" features the ultra-funky "Shining Star", soulful "That's The Way Of The World" (which also comes as a 'Latin Expedition' edit), "Sun Godess" recorded live in concert and the fantastic "Can't Hide Love", all co-produced and arranged by Charles Stepney!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          12" Info: Strictly limited pressing!!! Comes in authenticly retro CBS disco bag.

                                          Earth, Wind & Fire

                                          The Best Of Vol. 1 - Picture Disc Edition

                                            Some of the era's most needed, heeded messages ran deep and sweet atop Verdine White's bass grooves (front and centre on "Getaway"), brother and leader Maurice's drum and percussion tracks honed over years with Chess Records' rhythm section Louis Satterfield's horn section scrambling through jazz-rock mazes every track, and Phillip Bailey's high, clear falsetto on "After The Love Has Gone," the prom dance standard "Reasons," the soaring chorus of "September," and the elegant "Fantasy".

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            Coloured LP Info: *ONE COPY FOUND!*

                                            Earth, Wind And Fire

                                            Brazilian Rhyme / Runnin' (Re-Edited By Danny Krivit)

                                            A true meeting of groove-legends on this extra large 12" (I mean in sonic terms - it will still fit on your turntable) as edit-expert Danny Krivit brings his expertise to a pair of oft-sampled Earth, Wind & Fire killers. On the A-side the breezy and beautiful "Brazilian Rhyme" gets stretched out, looped up and set to a shuffling breakbeat perfect for sultry summer evenings, mid afternoon BBQs and all-day dancing. Crisp and cool, this infectious groove is fully feel good. Over on the other side, Danny's flip of "Runnin'" retains the Bahaian scat of "Brazilian Rhyme" but pairs it with a driving disco-jazz bassline and reinforced drums, adding extra energy for the club systems.


                                            Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 (RSD Vinyl)

                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                              Following the Extra Capsular reissues, Earth's next offering is a brand new studio album, "Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light 1", a fine testament to the fact that they have come a long way since 1989. Drawing on inspiration from both British Folk-Rock bands the Pentangle and Fairport Convention and the North African Tuareg band Tinariwen, the new material, while still heavy is much more fluid and melodically oriented, less dense and more textured and nuanced. It contains greater improvisatory interplay between the musicians.

                                              The new album acknowledges previous recordings, sonically it cultivates the jazz infused Americana presented on "The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull" and as a further nod to the past, Earth returned to Avast studios to work with producer Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Built To Spill, and Earth2!) again. There have been some significant changes which have given birth to yet another new sound, the main change being the line up and so joining Dylan and Adrienne on the album is cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) on electric bass. The touring band will feature Dylan Carlson, Adreinne Davies, Lori Goldston, and Angelina Baldoz on bass.

                                              There are many breaths of fresh air in this new record, many hopeful tones and drones as well as more eerie ones. One thing is for sure, this incarnation of Earth excels all expectations.

                                              Recorded in the same two week session as 'AODDOL I' by Stuart 
Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, Earth's 
'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II' carries on in the freely 
improvised, folkloric vein of the title track from their last 
release. Tape was rolled and spontaneous composition occurred.

                                              'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II' is striking in many ways, not least, in the wildly improvised nature of this particular 
recording. Earth's songs, Sigil of Brass and The Corascene Dog, perfectly emphasise how the interplay between the foursome 
becomes even more accomplished as the recording evolves, a 
testament to the dynamism of this particular line up. Meanwhile, the track, His Teeth Did Brightly Shine, veers further into an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great 
British Acid Folk generation. This new Earth material brings forth some highly original and deeply mesmerising tones throughout, at times more hopeful and less dark and death 
oriented than previous work.

                                              'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II' is ultimately a new, 
completely unanticipated direction for Earth, and a very 
welcome one at that.

                                              The Earth line-up, again, consists of Dylan R. Carlson on 
guitar and devices (including bass on the track, The Rakehell), Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion (on this release, there is more percussion of all sorts), Lori Goldston (Nirvana, 
David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) who played on the infamous 
Nirvana album adds a beautiful, haunting element to the proceedings on cello , and Karl Blau (K Records, 
Laura Veirs, Microphones) plays bass. As with the first part, it again has truly amazing artwork by Stacey Rozich.

                                              It’s rare to come across a debut album that delights and surprises in equal measure, but that’s exactly what you can expect from Human Call, the first full-length excursion from daydreaming dancefloor fusionists Earthboogie.

                                              The East London-based duo of Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson has previous form when it comes to creating beautiful, funk-fuelled fusions of soundsystem-ready rhythms, humid instrumentation and intergalactic audio explorations. To date, they’ve released a pair of fine EPs on Leng, both of which did a splendid job in showcasing their unique musical vision.

                                              Even so, this vision has never been clearer than it is on Human Call, a vibrant eight-track missive that fixes the sticky tropical cheeriness of African and South American dance music – be it Afro-disco, Afro-funk or samba – with a wide range of complimentary sounds, styles and influences, from spacey analogue electronics, sun-kissed Balearica and hazy West Coast jazz-rock, to chunky dub disco, snappy retro-futurist house and bouncy, dub-fuelled club workouts.

                                              Throughout, Gray and Robinson showcase an impressive level of musicianship, variously combining crunchy drum machine hits and dusty old synthesizers with razor-sharp electric and acoustic guitars, rich bass, cascading saxophone solos and hazy, life-affirming vocal harmonies.

                                              The result is a string of memorable highlights, from the sticky tropical-house-meets-dub disco futurism of “Human Call” and fuzzy disco-funk righteousness of opener “Overground”, to the post-punk disco jauntiness of “Stargazing” and samba-infused dancefloor bliss of Nina Miranda collaboration “Silken Moon”. Cheery, absorbing, imaginative and hugely entertaining, Human Call offers a perfect snapshot of Earthboogie’s distinctive musical world. 

                                              Earthboogie’s debut album, "Human Call", rightly earned praise on its release earlier in the year, with listeners responding positively to its sticky and humid dancefloor fusions of African and South American rhythms, chunky dub disco, retro-futurist house, spacey analogue electronics and sun-kissed Balearica. Hot on the heels of that release, Leng Records has sourced new remixes of two album highlights – “High Minded Man” and “Silken Moon” – from Running Back label boss Gerd Janson and synthesizer-wielding Balearic boogie stalwart Pete Herbert. It’s Janson who steps up first, offering up two total overhauls of “High Minded Man” that re-cast the undulating, Afro-fired original as a dreamy, drum machine-driven chunks of vintage deep house goodness.
                                              Where Earthboogie’s album version bobbed and weaved around horns and live bass, Janson’s Deep House Mix places the duo’s original chanted vocals above a bouncy, polyrhythmic rhythm track, Larry Heard style chords, Kwaito-esque electronic bleeps and a smooth, soul-stroking bassline. Janson’s Deep House Dub, which strips out the vocal for a more sparse and ethereal listening experience, is also included on the EP. The EP’s other remix comes from sometime Reverso 68 member Pete Herbert, who gets his mitts on previous single “Silken Moon”. While he retains some key elements from Earthboogie’s original – specifically the vocals, Afro guitars and house stabs – he naturally adds a little of his own rubbery electronic disco flavour via spacey synthesizer flourishes and a massive electronic bassline that brilliantly tracks the rising and falling movement of the main melody. It has the feel of a terrace anthem in the making

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Gerd continues his near perfect path through house music's dense foliage. This one conjuring up tribal tinged, florescent-lit dances under exotic canopies and thick palms.

                                              The highly influential second album from doom / sludge rock duo Earth. For "Earth 2", subtitled "Special Low Frequency Version", Dylan Carlson and Dave Harwell stripped metal down to its bare bones – no vocals, no drums just gutwrenching electric guitar and bass layered on top of one another. Consisting of three long instrumentals edited together as one long monster slam of feedback and howling, it dedicates itself to the proposition that there's no such thing as too loud, trudging, or doom-laden. The effect of the harmonies in each riff clashing creates the illusion of sounds that were not actually recorded making the music shift from metal into the realm of psychoacoustic doom drones. This is essential for fans of Sunn O))) (probably their single biggest influence), Boris and drone pioneers Tony Conrad and La Monte Young.

                                              Jacob Long’s newest recordings under the Earthen Sea moniker deepen his compelling synthesis of shadowy rhythms and opaque atmospherics, drawing on the most potent qualities of melancholic ambient and dub techno.

                                              “An Act Of Love” follows 2015’s “Ink,” released via Ital’s Lovers Rock imprint,
                                              and was inspired by internal tribulations and the experience of exploring an empty nocturnal metropolis. Careful waves of tones drift and decay; beats materialize and pulse across twilit landscapes; a noir mood reigns.

                                              Given Long’s background as bassist for revelatory tribal-punk trio Mi Ami, “An Act Of Love” showcases a musician in the midst of transcendent redefinition, crafting an immersive language of texture and motion.

                                              From Jacob Long:
                                              This record was made over the course of the most emotionally difficult and stressful year in my life thus far. As such, it is both a reflection of that experience and also something that gave me space to begin working through issues to see a way forward, to a better place both psychically and physically.
                                              An idea that was also central to my thoughts while creating the album was the concept and reality of being out in the city at night, wandering around a large urban area after dark – the contrast of empty streets but with life still going on all around, and the openness and possibilities that can bring. This
                                              music was an attempt to capture that feeling.

                                              Ambient /drone / doom rock pioneers Earth have been hugely influential in both the metal and art rock scenes, most notably on the likes of Sunn 0))), Boris, Pelican etc. Earth was formed in Olympia, Wa. in the early 90s by Dylan Carlson. In those days some of the members of Earth included Slim Moon and Greg Babior. The original line-up was two guitars, vocals, and various old analog synths. After moving to Seattle, Slim Moon and Greg Babior exit... Dave Harwell and Joe Preston join the group. With this lineup Earth records in Portland, Oregon at Smegma Studios with Mike Lastra. Kurt Kobain (Nirvana) and Kelly Canary (Dickless) both contribute vocals to this session. Sub Pop release the Portland sessions as the "Extra Capsular Extraction" EP. The release is now legendary for its ultra heavy and slow mammoth riffing. Taking Sabbath and the Melvins to a entirely slower sub-level!


                                              From The West

                                                On the eve of the release of Black Heaven, their debut for Nuclear Blast Records, Earthless turned in this incredible live performance in San Francisco on March 1st, 2018, captured released on vinyl by Silver Current Records. Since their inception seventeen years ago, this band has become an icon of 21st century heavy music and a cult unto themselves.

                                                On From The West the band’s signature high-volume drive and unbridled horsepower create an almost mantra-like repetition as a framework for infinite improvisation. That, and beer-can crushing, fist-pumping riffs and solos delivered by an unstoppable rhythm section. This album is a complete, hypnotic, psychedelic experience in a way that remains totally unique to the band’s virtuosic expression. A live album that captures the band at peak powers and a quintessential fan piece from one of the best live rock bands in the world. Album tracks includes looser, rawer versions of Black Heaven favorites, a nearly twenty minute version of their instrumental titan “Uluru Rock,” and a blazing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown.” The album jacket is also a meticulous reproduction of the band’s favorite TMOQ (Trademark Of Quality) Zeppelin bootleg.

                                                Earthling Society

                                                Mo - The Demon

                                                  ‘Mo - The Demon’ was recorded at Leeds college of music between November 2017 – February 2018. The basis of the album was to record an imaginary soundtrack to the Shaw Brothers bat shit psychedicrazy Kung Fu horror ‘The Boxer’s Omen’ aka MO or demon.

                                                  The story is an everyday one.

                                                  After a Hong Kong kick boxer is paralysed by a cheating Thai competitor, his mobster brother vows revenge and journeys to Thailand for a duel. Along the way, our hero is met by bizarre visions, entered into a Buddhist monastery, and begins a quest to save the soul of a deceased Monk (his twin brother in a past life) who died at the hands of a powerful black magician.

                                                  We’ve all been there. However the movie descends into a kind of spiritual Jodorowsky mushroom fest that is completely deranged and is therefore one of those perfect midnight movies.

                                                  So we got free studio time at LCM in November and just went ‘fuck it’ lets make an imaginary soundtrack in homage to such a great movie.

                                                  Taking inspiration from all the things musical that have inspired us over the years. Berlin era Bowie, Prime Magazine circa ‘Correct Use Of Soap’, Electric Funk Miles, ‘Caravanserai’ Santana, Embryo and god knows what else (it doesn’t really matter as it all ends up Earthling Society), we think we’ve made a groovy as fuck concept.

                                                  Then, Invited back in February we decided to record 2 stand alone pieces ‘Spring Snow’ and ‘Jetavina Grove’ and bring all our space rock elements and psych raga back into the fray. Throw in some super cool Korean vocals courtesy of Bomi Seo of Tirikiliatops and run the guitars through a harmonizer H910 (as used by Visconti on Low an Heroes) and its the perfect swansong to the last 14 years of playing live and recording together.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Coloured LP Info: Limited edition 400 only translucent violet coloured vinyl LP. Housed in a full colour outer sleeve with mind bending artwork and download code.

                                                  Earth was now Dylan Carsson and Ian Dickson. In February 96 two new members were added to the group; Shawn McElligot on lead guitar and Mike McDaniels on drums. The group travelled to Studio .45, (which happens to be in the old Colt manufacturing plant) in Hartford, Connecticut to record with Mike Deming. "Pentastar" (In The Style of Demons) was a result of the Connecticut sessions and was released July 23rd 1996 on Sub Pop. This is an Earth rock album: bass, drums, guitars and (some) vocals. It is the most 'traditional' sounding Earth album recorded. After the release of this album the 'group' disbanded and Earth/Dylan Carlson went on hiatus.

                                                  "The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull" is Earth's first album of entirely new material since 2005's "Hex". Where "Hex" revelled in dark satanic twang and austere American beauty, "The Bee Made Honey In The Lion's Skull" finds Dylan Carlson and the band growing into a harder, more rock and American gospel oriented and improvisatory direction framed by a truly psychedelic production and blazing guitar sounds. Earth is honoured to be joined on this record for three songs by legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Don McGreevy and Steve Moore on acoustic grand and electric piano, Wurlitzer and Hammond organ.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xLtd LP Info: Limited 2018 repress in Stoughton gatefold jacket.

                                                  East India Youth aka William Doyle delivers his highly anticipated debut long player ‘Total Strife Forever’. It's an ambitious work heralding the arrival of a singular new talent. Doyle is an inventive composer, and not tied to one style of music, bringing a love of minimalist and ambient composition to play alongside traditional song writing. The album ranges from ambient passages and neo-classical episodes and Detroit techno through to effervescent melodic electronic pop songs, with 'On Heaven How Long' combining both elements as the euphoric chorus dissolves into a driving motorik rhythm. Inspirations along the way included the output of Tim Hecker, Brian Eno, Björk’s ‘Homogenic’ and Arvo Pärt.

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                                                  Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

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