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Esteban Adame cut his teeth DJing at the ditch parties and house parties of East LA in the 90s. He then moved to Detroit to apprentice with Mad Mike Banks, performing as part of Los Hermanos and Galaxy to Galaxy. More than twenty years on, he still lives and breathes music. This is his debut record for Mister Saturday Night Records and it contains three bright eyed and optimistic house jams, rich with musicality throughout. Whether it's the wavy synth stabs of "Momma Knows", the feel good piano jive of "Mayan Basement" or "Open House Memories"'s sun soaked pads; Adame keeps the vibe alive through a brilliantly crafted palette of sounds paired against some intriguing and highly stimulating rhythms. An essential release for house music heads and dancefloor demons everywhere!

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.

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!

FORMAT INFORMATION

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."



FORMAT INFORMATION

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).

FORMAT INFORMATION

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.

FORMAT INFORMATION

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.

As a student and fan of Elvis, Little Richard, Bill Haley, and Chuck Berry, Erasmo indulged his primal rock urges on these albums, notably getting sufficiently psychedelic and fuzzy on "Carlos, ERASMO . . ." Arriving in 1971 while Caetano and Gil were still in exile, Rita Lee had recently quit Os Mutantes and Gal Costa was onto a new sound, Erasmo’s 1971 album was the closest thing to Tropicália around. "Carlos, ERASMO. . ." was co-produced by the Tropicália producer, Manoel Barenbein, including a new composition from Caetano, a few arrangements courtesy of Rogério Duprat and the musical talents of no fewer than three Mutants: lead guitarist Sergio Dias, drummer Dinho Leme and bassist Liminha, not to mention Brazil’s undisputed psychedelic axe-master, Alexander Gordin, aka “Lanny”, "Carlos, ERASMO . ." . is a virtual all-star team of Tropícalistas (not in exile). This album is considered a bedrock album within the Brazilian rock scene and a notable late entry in the Tropicália tradition, rocking harder than any album in his catalog, but also including wispy love songs, soul and funk moves, brassy pop tunes and a marimba-driven ode to marijuana.


FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: LP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket.

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

Anglicana

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

Songbird

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. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    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.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    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.

    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.”

      "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

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        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. 


          As one of the most enigmatic figures of the 1970s Italian soundtrack and library music network Emma De Angelis and her short recording career provides thirsty fans of speedball psychedelic rock and drum heavy instrumental funk with a tight discography rivalling many of the long-standing bastions of the otherwise male-orientated business. With encouragement from her brothers, Emma, who would also write music under the pseudonym of Juniper, would record a tight clutch of solo-penned material and seldom credited studio contributions to Guido And Maurizio’s film commissions, such as the score for Giuliano Carnimeo’s ‘Simone e Matteo: Un gioco da ragazzi’ (aka ‘Convoy Buddies’). While simultaneously pursuing a career as an illustrator and set designer the De Angelis family contacts would lead Emma to the offices of Romano Di Bari, whose up-and-coming Flirt label was finding success providing custom-built mood music for use in TV and film. Alongside important composers like Alessandro Alessandroni, Gerardo Iacoucci and A. R. Luciani, the young Emma Di Angelis would record a small number of tracks for a compilation called ‘Underground Mood’ (credited in the small print to E De Angelis - not to be confused with Italian singer Edoardo De Angelis). It is from this rare LP that the record you are now holding is compiled. Within the Flirt family of labels Emma De Angelis would also share schedules with other important female composers such as Daniela Casa and Giulia ‘Kema’ De Mutiis - both of whom have appeared on dedicated Finders Keepers releases. As one of the most enigmatic figures of the 1970’s Italian soundtrack and library music network Emma De Angelis and her short recording career provides thirsty fans of speedball psychedelic rock and drum heavy instrumental funk.

          Etienne De Crecy

          Super Discount 1

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

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

            Etienne De Crecy

            Super Discount 2

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              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.

                  'As Earth dips below sea level, E Davd steps up with a capsule of botanical and foreign matter reminding us what lies beneath the oil spills, crust and hum of wireless routers. Cast deep into the nebula, It’s the forgotten love songs from the glacial plains, expired vitamin compounds retrieved from petri dishes and the howls of extinct animal life condensed into 25 minutes. Electronic protocol modules formerly known as 'humid funk','new age' 'astral ambient' and 'horoscope house' drifting through foreign star systems, gradually lost to the eternal vacuum of deep space.'

                  Natural Sciences continue their all conquering grasp of the underground with this forward-thinking EP of house reinvention from new signing E Davd. If this is anything to go buy, we're gonna be seeing PLENTY of this cat in the future, as all four tracks here are nigh on flawless. Fitting the NS aesthetic perfectly, but injecting new life into the blueprint, there's an interstellar leaning combined with rock solid manifestation of the techno blueprint. In short, it's another sure-to-be-classic addition to the Natural Science label and a perfect introduction to this exciting new producer. Highly recommended!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I've been lucky enough to have this one on TP for a while now. Absolutely killer stuff from the firmly established Natural Sciences with a new signing, the skilled E Davd who drops an EP of hardware powered, neon radiance; somewhere between The Posse, Ron Trent and Linkwood. Absolutely essential!

                  E Myers

                  Love/Hate

                  After setting the cat amongst our very own Kickin' Pigeon with last year's single-sided sell-out smash "Home", the mysterious E. Myers returns to the vinyl world with two more tracks of intense analogue action. Picking up the proto house baton from where he left it at "Home", Mr Myers marshalls the Roland rhythm crew for a hard hitting excursion into Chicago house on A-side cut "Love". Rattling rim shots and tumbing toms inject some neccessary groove into that stiff 4/4, while bittersweet synth strings, glistening sequences and a sublime sax riff top a deep and round bassline. Proper end of night / end of season tackle from the mystery producer. Over on the flip, Myers opens a porthole into the darker side of the club universe with the psychotropic, EBM driven "Hate", a raucous banger propelled through the smoke and strobes by a particularly Belgian synthlead. Not for the faint of heart, this retro techno tonker could put the frighteners in anyone. In limited supply with the promise of no repress, this is another buy-on-sighter from the mystery man.

                  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.


                  Stunning new release from a French up-and-coming producer. E-Unity has previously released one record before this which got caned by Pearson Sound, Objekt, Avalon Emerson & A Made Up Sound. Now back with these breathtaking four tracks on Intramuros, he aptly displays a keen ear for production - merging UK influences with breakbeat, house and techno to devastating effect.

                  Kicking off with the slow-mo jungle / hardcore of "CD-ROM-1" which deploys eerie washes, sound system fx and a staccato bleep melody to thick and sludgy breaks and low end bass wobbles. "Neutrino" is up next, a plethora of skitty drum hit skidding over bass and pad as E-Unity tries to reign control as the various elements steadily fly out of control. "GDN" sees an unworldly palette usher collective minds into new directions. Seriously folks, the sound design on this guy is un-paralleled - tearing rhythms and hooks out of modular static and distortion artifacts."Unknown Graffito" reels in any doubters by conjuring up one of the most ear-catching and forward thinking grooves we've heard this year.

                  Rock solid, galvanized dance structures, an essential release for anyone into the broad umbrella of future beats - think Joy O & Boddika (+Sunklo), Adapta, Special Request, Night Slugs, Numbers. Objekt etc etc. Do not sleep! 


                  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.m.m.a

                  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.

                  Eagles Of Death Metal

                  Shasta Beast / I Want You So Hard

                  Eagles Of Death Metal is the new band featuring Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. Originally available as a tour only single at their recent UK dates with the Foo Fighters, this ultra-limited white label of just 500 copies features the tracks "Shasta Beast" and "I Want You So Hard".

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd 7" Info: We've just found another two! ONE PER PERSON!

                  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.

                  Delores Ealy & The Kenyattes / The Roadrunners Band

                  Honeydripper / It's About Time I Made A Change

                  Super, super rare soul repressed for the greater good. There is many a seasoned cratedigger who doesn't even own this piece it's so scarce. Word on the street is that Kenny Dope might be 'involved' somewhere along the line...

                  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

                        '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.

                          Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)

                          The Low Highway

                          Steve Earle is set to release his new album ‘The Low Highway’ via New West Records. The 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album ‘I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’ and is the first billed as ‘Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)’. The album is also the first to feature ‘The Dukes’ band name since 1987’s ‘Exit 0’.

                          ‘The Low Highway’ features his live band consisting of Chris Masterson, Eleanor Whitmore, Kelley Looney, Will Rigby and Allison Moorer and was co-produced by Earle and Ray Kennedy (whose production partnership known as the ‘Twangtrust’ was behind Lucinda Williams’ ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’).

                          ‘The Low Highway’ is Earle’s 15th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut ‘Guitar Town’.

                          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!

                            Earl

                            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.

                            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

                              RemIIxes

                                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’.

                                Earn

                                A Following Shadow

                                  Earn is Matthew Sullivan (known to some already as Privy Seals - his extreme harsh noise project), collaborator with underground ambient artist Sean McCann, owner of the cassette label Ekhein, one half of the group 1958-2009 and former member of the legendary Deep Jew.

                                  A prolific gentleman with an ear for blissful engulfing tones and radiance that go beyond ambient or shoe gaze.

                                  His project Earn stands as a testament at his ability to use minimalism as an approach to guitar playing to find sounds, exude gentle brushes of color and embrace the emotional state of the player.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  CD Info: 2 COPIES ONLY - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED - ONE PER PERSON.

                                  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 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!

                                  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

                                  Keep Your Head To The Sky / Shining Star

                                  More Earth, Wind & Fire, it seems we may get their whole back cat on 12"s the way they're chucking 'em out. This time the music has a slightly more soulful feel on side-A with "Keep Your Head To The Sky" a sweet slow tempo jazz / funk cut with some stunning vocal action and a easy mellow backing track. Now flip over and they are back to full on disco with "Shining Star" another classic cut, not as big as "Let's Groove" or "September" a bit more of a connoisseurs choice, mid tempo groove, ace lead guitar and a sick ass funky groove.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  12" Info: Was £7.99.

                                  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.

                                    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

                                    It was May 2017 when Earthboogie’s debut release dropped on Leng. The
                                    soundsystem-loving East London duo rightly won praise for a fine EP that
                                    brilliantly joined the dots between all things intergalactic, terrestrial and tribal.
                                    Having spent the last ten months recording their adventures, Izaak Gray
                                    and Nicola Robinson return with “Silken Moon”, the first single from their
                                    forthcoming debut album, Human Call.
                                    In typical fashion, “Silken Moon” cannily combines musical elements from a
                                    myriad of styles – most notably Afro-disco, samba and mid-tempo Chicago
                                    house – to create a humid hybrid that defies easy categorization. There are
                                    bouncy organ riffs, undulating acid lines, clipped Afro-funk guitars, tons of
                                    tropical percussion and the chanted, carnival-friendly vocalizations of guest
                                    singer Nina Miranda.
                                    The release comes backed with remixes from two members of the extended
                                    Leng family: long-serving producer Felix Dickinson and Turkish rising star Ali
                                    Kuru. Dickinson sticks close to the original of “Silken Moon” with a mix built
                                    around gently jacking machine drums and Earthboogie’s sweaty guitar licks
                                    while Kuru takes “Human Call” in an altogether more cosmic direction. Pushing
                                    the track’s psychedelic TB-303 lines and tropical textures to the fore whilst
                                    adding his own mind-altering electronics – most notably a fat new synth bassline
                                    – Kuru cleverly re-casts the track as a pulsating, late night throb-job.

                                    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.


                                    Earthless

                                    Black Heaven

                                      Guess what?

                                      Earthless has a surprise for you. Whereas the band’s three previous albums featured anywhere from two to four completely instrumental space rock jams, the California trio’s fourth and latest, Black Heaven, is nothing like that. “It’s quite different,” drummer Mario Rubalcaba says with a laugh. “It has six songs, and most importantly it has vocals on about 70 percent of the record. There goes being pigeonholed as an instrumental band, I guess…”

                                      Of Black Heaven’s six tracks, only two are instrumental. And one of those instrumentals is less than two minutes long. “It wasn’t a premeditated thing to do a record with vocals,” Rubalcaba explains. “On the older records, Mike was responsible for a lot of the riffs that would start these jams, but on this one Isaiah really brought his own pizazz and flavor to it.”

                                      When Rubalcaba, Mitchell and bassist Mike Eginton started Earthless in 2001 as a psychedelic instrumental band, they were constantly asked, Are you guys looking for a singer? “That was the joke for years,” Rubalcaba laughs. “But we’ve always known Isaiah could sing. He’s got a great voice.”

                                      While the band’s lysergic leanings are fully intact, Black Heaven takes on a more classic rock hue than previous outings. “For me personally, the psychedelic thing is pretty important,” Rubalcaba offers. “But I’m not sure if we’ll always be on the crazier side of things musically. Even on this record, there are moments when it’s more psyched-out, but we’ve always been really big fans of classic rock stuff like ZZ Top, James Gang, Allman Brothers—and of course, Cream. There would be no Earthless if it wasn’t for Cream. They’re like the great-grandfathers of power trios.”

                                      After working out the new material, Earthless rolled out to the famed Rancho de la Luna Studios in Joshua Tree, California, where illustrious desert rock denizens such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss and Masters Of Reality cut some of their weirdest and wildest work. Owned and operated by Eagles Of Death Metal guitarist Dave Catching, the studio is the stuff of legend. It’s safe to say that Earthless got some sand in their shoes—and their tunes—thanks to Rancho’s unconventional setup. “That desert vibe really sunk into this record even more than I thought it would,” Rubalcaba concedes. “I don’t think it sounds like a ‘desert rock’ record per se, but Rancho really brought that feel into what we were playing a little bit more.”

                                      Black Heaven is a game changer for Earthless. Nobody is more aware of this than the band members themselves. But they also know this: You’ll never get anywhere if you’re running in place. “I’m sure there will be some people who have come to expect the big gargantuan space rock jams, and I don’t know if they’ll be into this or not,” Rubalcaba admits. “But I’m ready to deal with a little bit of disappointment from people who just want the freakout stuff. At the same time, I think people are gonna enjoy hearing a different side of us.”


                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Ltd LP Info: Limited gatefold sleeved vinyl.

                                      Earth

                                      Live At Third Man Records

                                        The Blue Room at Third Man shook with the sludge-drone majesty of Olympia, Washington’s Earth. Anchored by wife-husband duo Adrienne Davies and Dylan Carlson, this band has an integral spot in American music by bringing a low-frequency uproar and six-string extremism to the forefront of the experimental, punk metal underground. More concisely, they are widely considered the pioneers of drone metal.

                                        The band built their reputation on widely respected albums, starting with Sub Pop and moving to current home Southern Lord. Using the device of repetition, the band disarms and transforms first impressions with a performance so plodding and insistent that each song is stretched to its limits. The set spanned their catalog with four first-class compositions, employing powerful guitar drones and Davies’ precise, slow-motion percussion swirling throughout.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: There is nothing quite as hypnotic as an Earth live show, the slo-mo heft of alt-drone-country rock taking hold of the atmosphere in the room, and taking everyone along on their hypnotic trip is beguiling, and here we get four of their live classics on the ever-reliable third man.

                                        "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.


                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                                        East Of Underground

                                        Hell Below - CD Box Set

                                        United States Army soldiers made the music contained in this three album box-set during the politically turbulent early 70s, towards the end of the Vietnam War. East of Underground, The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek were bands comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany. While little is known about the bands, the players, and the milieu they came from - other than what can be pieced together from a handful of photos and documents found in a box in the New York Public Library, and the vague recollections of some of those involved – we at Now-Again Records have worked diligently with the United States Army and researchers the country over to present this important document – and some damn good soul and funk music.

                                        Only one former band member has come forward during the assembly of this anthology, which has lead us
                                        to question: where did these talented performers land after their winning performances in Army-sponsored Battle Of The Bands contests afforded them (musical) tours across European Army bases? Perhaps some
                                        are still around somewhere: perhaps some are still involved in music; perhaps some were killed in action; perhaps some passed on after returning to the States. We’ve assembled vestiges - a show band contest entry form, a list of names, a couple of photographs, a playlist – to embellish this sonic time capsule, a capsule that functions as a snapshot of American culture during this politically charged era.

                                        Each of the two double-billed albums contained in this box-set is presented as an exact reproduction of the original United States Army issue. The extensive, full-color booklet features essays, annotation and a collection of Army ephemera from the creation of these albums. Also included is a full-color, exact reproduction of East Of Underground’s 1971 tour poster.

                                        Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop

                                        Whirled Music

                                          Reissue of landmark UK release originally released on Quartz in 1980. Remastered version includes a 24 page booklet with archival materials & notes from David Toop.

                                          Black Truffle presents the first ever reissue of "Whirled Music" by Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell and David Toop, one of the key documents of the inventive and energetic scene around the London Musicians Collective in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Originally released on Toop’s own Quartz label in 1980, the LP features a remarkable series of performances made entirely with whirled and swung instruments and objects.

                                          Part of the second generations of British free improvising musicians, the prolific scene centered around the performers heard here chafed at the limitations present within the music and ideology of improvising legends such as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Tony Oxley and John Stevens. Where the first generations of British free improvisers often demonstrated a rigorous commitment to non-idiomatic free improvisation and instrumental virtuosity, musicians like Beresford reconnected with the dada antics of figures like Han Bennink and surrendered to joyful musical promiscuity, gleefully disrupting expectations around ‘serious’ improvised music through quotations (of anything from Betthoven to reggae) and deliberate amateurism.
                                          However, where many recordings by various groupings of these musicians made around this time are gloriously anarchic real-time collages – see the classic Alterations LPs – Whirled Music is a singularly focused affair. Beginning in 1979, Whirled Music was the title given to a series of performances in which a variety of instruments and objects, both home made and store bought, traditional and invented, would be whirled to produce sound. In addition to variations on traditional instruments such as the bullroarer, Whirled Music also made use of whirled whistles, hand drums, radios and microphones. Due to the danger this represented for both performers and audiences, the performers wore protective masks and were separated from the audience by a net.

                                          As Toop points out in the newly commissioned notes contained in this reissue, these events were somewhere between ‘composition, installation, and improvisation’, at once sharply focused and wildly uncontrolled. Presented in glorious cassette-recorded room fidelity, the LP’s first side features a single extended live performance in which percussive chattering, resonant gong-like tones, mysterious wind tones and swells of delirious noise join together to create a sonic landscape as reminiscent of an environmental recording (wind in the trees, the squawking of birds) as of an ethnographic recording of the music of an unknown civilization. Although purely acoustic, the music has an unstable, dispersed quality reminiscent of the pioneering live electronics of the Sonic Art Union or even early Voice Crack. The LP’s second side presents a series of shorter excerpts, including some beautifully sparse outdoor recordings where the sounds of the whirled instruments blend indistinguishably into the backdrop of environmental sounds.

                                          A stunning document from a still under-recognised moment, Whirled Music is here presented in a stunning gatefold sleeve and 24-page booklet containing new liner notes by David Toop alongside contemporary reviews, flyers, notes on the instruments and performance documentation. Remastered and cut at 45RPM by Rashad Becker at D&M Belin for maximum fidelity. 


                                          Eastlink

                                          Angel Gun

                                          Eastlink is a section of freeway in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Eastlink is also a band from Melbourne that delivers a blown-out, three-guitar assault, equal parts riff-fueled rock and noise-fucked psych. If it matters (and you know it does!), Eastlink features members of such notable Australian flag-bearers as Total Control, UV Race, Repairs, Lakes, Straightjacket Nation, Interzone, Teargas, etc. Really, they are just a f’n great band. Watch for their debut album in 2014 on In The Red!

                                          East Man is a new project from Anthoney Hart and its material predates his previous work as Basic Rhythm. His unique take on grime reduces the sound to its steely fundamentals, bringing in influences from dancehall, drum and bass and techno to gird the voices of the MCs he works with. His own name for this hardcore continuum mongrel is 'Hi Tek'. Anthoney struck a friendship with the academic and theorist Paul Gilroy, who wrote the album introduction which places the segregation between young people and governments at the centre of its discourse. The set is a particularly regional offering, something that could only have really come out of London with its unashamed lyrical colloquialisms, razor-sharp beats and unparalleled grime energy.

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                                          Matt says: I like hearing stuff that's so unashamedly geographically tied down that you can't help but conjure up vivid images of the locale when you hear it. This is one such piece.

                                          Founded in Manchester in 2013 by members: Theo Tobias, Ronan Clowes, Alex Howes and Thomas Short, Easy Kill refer to their music as Doom-Pop - a sort of melancholy made catchy.

                                          Following the success of lead single 'Samson' and follow-up ‘Not Even Lovers’ - which received airplay on 6 Music and BBC Radio 1 (the former was selected by Huw Stevens as his 'Tip of the Week’) - the Manchester quartet have released their stunning EP ‘Sermons’. Released digitally and on 12” vinyl on 26th February the four track collection has been described by DIY as “timeless storytelling” and by Goldflakepaint as “a rich, swooning thump of pop music”, drawing comparisons to The National, Wild Beasts and Future Islands along the way… 


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