This vinyl release of both MEAT EP & META EP is the first time it has been released on Vinyl. It is also the first time META EP has been released in any physical format. This will only be relased for RSD and will not be repressed. It will be on white coloured vinyl. No download code. Remixes are by David Pajo (SLINT, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's) Thom (Alt J), Pete Robertson (The Vaccines) & Sly One.

    Emotional Rescue presents the 2nd EP (of 4) highlighting the music of International Noise Orchestra. Centered around Ulrich Hornberg and Wolfgang Sperner, aka producers Gemini Brothers, this world "supergroup" released 5 LPs and 2 EPs in just 4 years.

    Again showcasing their rhythm, calm and power, a metaphysical, real sensitivity and intellectualism, all wrapped around the groove. Starting with their own instrumental remix of Gimme Move Lovin', this little known 12" B side has long been a play for "heads" and allows the band's Pop Balearic, esoteric meets electronics to shine, layering Fairlight samples over a funky bass 4/4 around some '88 Amnesia pool dive.

    Next the anthem, Yeh Naina Yaad Hai, as Asha Bhosle's beautiful vocals from the Manzil Manzil soundtrack, are mixed with drum machines to create a dream Bollywood meeting.

    Again side two features 3 songs and starts like EP 1 with Glynnis Thomas (Savage Progress) vocals, now atop a sax laden Synth Pop brain, mind and body dance. Alias, Internationales Gerauschorchester offer wonderful jazz leanings for A Lulu A Bobe Danz, where the "bop" takes a leftfield embrace. To close then, Mr Richard Strange returns, invoking The Driving Force, returning to the idiosyncratic, percussive Earthbeat. Listen!


    A1. Gimme More Lovin (instrumental Muezzin Mix)
    A2. Yeh Naina Yaad Hai
    B1. Sick Of Love
    B2. A Lulu A Bobe Danz
    B3. Listen To The Earthbeat/The Driving Force

    International Teachers Of Pop

    Pop Gossip

      Music and dancing is one of the last great unifiers that we have. It doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care about race, sexual preferences, religion or what side of the fence you are on politically. Music chooses you and you just have to submit yourself to its peculiar yet tender headlock! ‘Don’t Diss the Disco’ is about that. It references Studio 54, Grace Jones & Bianca Jagger on a White Horse - but it’s mainly about clubs where we and our friends frequent like ‘Homoelectric in Manchester. This is a song for our kind of freaks and miscreants and the incessant snobbery faced by them for liking good pop music, good disco, genre’s that on the surface might not be deemed cool, but actually save souls. Says ITOP founder Adrian Flanagan (The Moonlandingz/ Eccentronic Research Council/ Adult Entertainment).

      Singer Leonore Wheatley adds.
      We wanted to capture that sweaty, hazy, manic, exciting mess in a song, that captures those halcyon days of Clubbing in Sheffield & Manchester, that moment the adrenaline kicks in and everyone in the room is your brother or sister.”

      Talking about the album, Adrian said:
      We recorded it all and produced it all ourselves at Dean’s Bowling green studio in Sheffield, it’s the best thing we’ve done since the last thing we did, which I know sounds unbelievable, but it really is! We also included Katie Mason on this record who sings live with us as a double pronged two headed front person with Leonore - and their voices together work like a harmonious dream. Katie & Leonore have been friends since primary school so you can’t fake that dynamic, it’s unbreakable) .

      Leonore adds:
      We decided to go deeper into the club realm. We wanted the record and live shows to go hand in hand, bringing the spectators more into becoming part of the performance. Dean Honer who mixed the album and who has worked with everyone from Jarvis Cocker to Britney Spears said:
      I like that we have a disco song about fillicide commited by the Queen. (The Tower) I wonder if Meghan and Harry heard our early demo?


      Barry says: ITOP return with their newest LP of thumping basslines, sparkling arpeggios and stone-cold groove. It's a heady combination that really captured our attention on the self-titled debut but goes even further this time. Neon grooves, huge monophonic basslines and all of the heart of the debut. Incredible record.


      1. Don’t Diss The Disco
      2. Gaslight
      3. I Stole Yer Plimoles (feat. Jason Williamson)
      4. Flood Club
      5. A Change
      6. Prince (The Final Wheelie) (Introducing Katie-Mason)
      7. The Red Dots (Dirty Mind)
      8. Beats Working For A Living (For Martin)
      9. Ein Weiterer Stein In Der Wand (End Of Days Mix)
      10. Femenergy
      11. The Tower

      Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

      Afro Futuristic Dreams

        Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids are back with their first major new studio album in over 3 years, an epic, sprawling new work exploring the future, the past and the urgent reality of the present, ‘Afro Futuristic Dreams’.

        Recorded between San Francisco and London and brought together by the genius of Malcolm Catto at his analogue Quatermass Studio, the new recording represents another bold step in Ackamoor’s ever-evolving journey in jazz, adding full, intricate scores including string sections and choral elements to the Pyramids’ trademark spiritual Afro-jazz sound; Driven by the core Pyramids members Ackamoor (sax, keytar, organ), Margaux Simmons (flute), Sandra Poindexter (violin) and Bobby Cobb (guitar), tracks range from hard-hitting commentaries about police brutality (‘Police Dem’) to celebrations of the ancestors and departed loved ones (‘Requiem For The Ancestors’, ‘Re-Memory’) and hazy cosmic journeys, including the album’s title track and the sparkling, experimental closer, ‘Nice It Up’.

        “This album has been many years in the making,” explains Ackamoor. “Back in late 2020, I set out to compose the first in a series of scores to take The Pyramids sound into brave new territory. All of the tracks involve issues that the core band is passionate about and the recording was a complex process involving many musicians and vocalists across two different time zones.”

        The recording is the Pyramids’ first new release since the acclaimed ‘Shaman!’ in 2020 and rides a wave of interest in the band around their 50th Anniversary this year. 

        ‘Afro-Futuristic Dreams’ is mixed by Malcolm Catto and mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works. The superb cover artwork illustration is by David Alabo.

        All recordings mixed by Malcolm Catto at Quatermass Sound Lab


        1. Afro Futuristic Dreams
        2. Thank You God
        3. Police Dem
        4. First Peoples
        5. Truth To Power
        6. Re - Memory
        7. Garland Rose
        8. Requiem For The Ancestors
        9. Nice It Up

        Isabelle Antena

        En Cavale - 2023 Reissue

          After Belgian electro-samba wunderkinds Antena split at the end of 1985, singer Isabelle Antena immediately shed her cold wave crown for a sophisticated pop princess tiara.

          On 1986’s Martin Hayles-produced ‘En Cavale’, echos of Madonna and city pop abound, with a lipstick stain of L80s Euro dance and spilled cosmopolitan’s worth of bossa nova stirred in for good measure.

          This elegant second chapter of a French pop diva has been expanded to include Antena’s shelved Island Records demo, adjacent B-sides and rarities, plus an expansive essay and previously unpublished photographs.


          Isabelle Antena - Play Back
          Isabelle Antena - Easy Street
          Isabelle Antena - Seaside Weekend
          Isabelle Antena - Ten Minutes
          Isabelle Antena - How Can They Tell
          Isabelle Antena - Be Pop
          Isabelle Antena - Magic Words
          Isabelle Antena - Booby Trap
          Isabelle Antena - Life Is Too Short
          Isabelle Antena - Mummy’s Not At Home Tonight
          Isabelle Antena - Don’t Think About It
          Isabelle Antena - Time To Work
          Isabelle Antena - Blow The World Away
          Isabelle Antena - Behind The Door
          Antena - Be Pop (12” Mix)
          Antena - Life Is Too Short (New Dance 12”)
          Antena - Mummy’s Not At Home Tonight (1983 Island Demo)
          Antena - Achilles (1983 Island Demo)
          Antena - Be Pop (1983 Island Demo)

          For Boogie Butt's latest project, on side A you'll find 3 tracks: Ian Ash's cover of "I Want to Thank You", originally sung by Ms Alicia Myers and here performed by Ella May. Surrounded by fantastic musicians such as Mathieu Karcher, Olivier Magarotto and Jérôme Billeter, it offers his vision of this track with no samples, everything is played afresh. Welcome to Ian Ash's "Boogievision"!

          Remix is by the impressive combo of Mr Doris and D-Funk who inject a certain degree of electricity and power into the track via a more digital instrumental and rhythm palette, plus some modern edits and chops.

          On the B-side, "Try Again", originally created by Fostin with Jessie Wagner gets transformed into a bright, summery, acid-jazz version. Jessica has toured the world with Chic, Lenny Kravitz , Kid Rock and Duran Duran. Her liquid necter vocals give "Try Again" a sleek elegance that's highly infectious - just listen to those juicy clav sections!

          Proper top drawer, connoisseur level, modern boogie. Don't sleep on this! 


          Matt says: Ian Ash offers up some stylish covers of two classic boogie tracks with impressive results. Smooth, soulful, summery vibes with maximum positivity.


          A1. I Want To Thank You
          A2. I Want To Thank You (Mr Doris & D-Funk Remix)
          A3. I Want To Thank You - Instrumental

          B1. Try Again
          B2. Try Again - Instrumental

          Ilya Beshevli

          Wanderer Remixes - Inc. Simian Mobile Disco / Palmbomen Remixes

            Ilya Beshevli’s sophomore album ‘Wanderer’, released in May 2016, gets a reworking of the title track by Dutch lo-fi house producer Kai Hugo aka Palmbomen as well as minimalist composer and labelmate Ryan Teague, whereas Simian Mobile Disco remix focus track ‘The Traveller’s Night Song’.  The SMD rework on Side-A is a woozy warped-keys rework of the original, with throbbing kick drums and cosmic echoes swirling around the stereo field. Starting with driving pitched kicks and a faded melodic trill working its way to the forefront before introducing both rhythmic and (later) melodic counterparts. Half Way through and it descends into some echoey melodic black-hole before kick-starting the part with an anthemic and triumphant ambient electronic climax. Move into the latter half of side-A, and there is a perfect juxtaposition to the dancefloor ready vibes on the opener in Palmbomen's remix of 'Wanderer'. New-age pads and woodwind-esque squeals are thrown together with aplomb, whilst giving way gradually to an ever encroaching melodic foundation. Half-way through and a resonant 303 rips its way into the mix, slidding and shimmering about the place, before coaxing the formerly meek ambience into some sort of distorted empathy. On the flipside, the epic Ryan Teague remix displays the sort of arpeggiated electronic ambience you might expect from Ricardo Donoso or Ulrich Schnauss before scraping and droning into a skittering rhythmic glitch. Highly melodic, but littered with artifacts (tape-stop/beat repeat etc) pulling and pushing at the established foundation whilst still retaining a cohesion and dedication to the source material. An excellently curated trio of tracks here, remaining true to the spirit of the original, whilst forging a new path for the outer boundaries of the sound. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: A perfectly flowing, and warmingly cohesive set of remixes from Ilya Beshevli's stunning 'Wanderer'. From cosmic electronic, to new-age with a bit of acid thrown in for good measure. A perfect digital counterfoil to the acoustic drive of the original.

            Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon

            Kontonbili EP (feat. Wiyaala)

            Following on from the successes of their first two LPs, "Kalba" and "Small Small", Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon return with the "Kontonbili EP". A collection of seven tracks that trace the traditional West African roots of their sound whilst adding their unique touch, largely courtesy of Isaac's xylophone, Sonny Johns' folky embellishments and the vocal prowess of powerful Ghanaian songstress Wiyaala.

            The lead single "Hado Deeli" roughly translates to "My Rival" and is a vibrant discussion between two rivals, one of whom is always making a fuss about anything and everything, even when things are all good! "Gargar", with its collaboration of xylophone, whistles, Wiyaala's effervescent vocals and relentless groove represents, quite literally, the band's "joining together" for this EP. In contrast, "I Know" sees Sonny Johns takes over lead vocal duties to lament the breakdown of a relationship accompanied by muted horns and Wiyaala's soothing backing vocals. "Nimmbalia" continues in a mellow and reassuring tone before emerging as one of the most uplifting and simultaneously fierce cuts on the EP! The traditional version of "Bawa" - the original take of which can be found on last year's "Small Small" LP - strips things back a little, before culminating in a battle of xylophone, whistles and choir. "Yeri Villa" has a wonderfully laid back, sun drenched feel with some truly beautiful vocal refrains, and finally - only available on the digital version - comes the deeply percussive and trance inducing "Darpeny", rounding off a rather stunning EP from this cross continental outfit.

            All tracks feature Ghanaian singer, song-writer, model and actor, Wiyaala. With a strong fanbase in Africa and beyond, "the lioness" made her mark on Wah Wah 45s and BBC 6 Music last year when she featured on the A-listed "Senye", described as "perfection" by Annie Mac and "pure joy!" by Tash LC.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Hado Deeli (feat. Wiyaala)
            2. Gargar (feat. Wiyaala)
            3. I Know (feat. Wiyaala)
            4. Nimmbalia (feat. Wiyaala)
            5. Bawa (Traditional) [feat. Wiyaala]
            6. Yeri Villa (feat. Wiyaala)

            Ian Britt

            One Day I...

              2005 debut album from the Sheffield born alternative singer songwriter. Written by one man and his guitar and produced by a duo more used to putting together breaks and beats this album has a lavish, transatlantic and timeless feel to it. The songs themselves, although based in a traditional songwriter approach, have a strong sense of individuality and self; a diverse and eclectic air about the sound, not least because it was almost three years in the making. Strong and soulful vocals and tasty guitar work interspersed with interesting, dramatic arrangements.

              Ian Broudie

              Tales Told

                Ian Broudie’s beautiful solo debut Tales Told becomes available for the first time ever on vinyl and vinyl replica CD. The album was recorded in Liverpool during a series of sessions with members of The Coral and The Zutons.

                On its original release in 2004, Tales Told marked a departure from Ian’s previous work with The Lightning Seeds. Instead, Ian stripped his songwriting to its bare fundaments, drawing on personal events in his life to create an album of tender, lovelorn ruminations. Ian is best known for his work with The Lightning Seeds, whose debut single Pure heralded a run of well-loved hits which included Sense, The Life of Riley, Marvellous, Lucky You, Change and You Showed Me.

                With The Lightning Seeds, Ian was also responsible for the multi-platinum single Three Lions, which in 2018 made chart history when it enjoyed its fourth spell at number one – the most enjoyed by the same artist. Ian’s role in the history of Liverpool’s music scene over the last 40 years is impossible to overestimate. Since joining the founding line-up of Big In Japan, alongside Holly Johnson, Bill Drummond, Jayne Casey and Budgie, Ian went on to work on the first three Echo & The Bunnymen albums, collaborated with The Wild Swans’ Paul Simpson in Care, produced albums by The Pale Fountains and Shack and also the first three albums by The Coral.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Song For No One
                2. Whenever I Do
                3. He Sails Tonight
                4. Smoke Rings
                5. Got No Plans
                6. Always Knocking
                7. Tales Told
                8. Lipstick
                9. Super Cinema
                10. Home From Home
                11. Something Street
                12. Broudie's Blues
                13. Home From Home (Band Version)
                14. Song For No One (Demo)
                15. Shifting Sands
                16. Something Street (Early Version)

                Ian Broudie

                Tomorrow's Here Today : Lightning Seeds, Football And Cosmic Post-Punk

                  'One of the greatest rock 'n' roll stories of the past 50 years recounted with warmth and wisdom' - Hot PressFew musicians have lived a musical life as rich as the songwriter and producer Ian Broudie. From recording the glorious uplifting psychedelic pop of his band The Lightning Seeds to producing bands like Echo & The Bunnymen and The Fall, Ian has journeyed from the energy and potential of the 1970s punk scene to the madness of '90s indie - and out the other side. Throughout nearly fifty years of making music, he has had a front-row seat working with generations of fantastic musicians in the creation of countless groundbreaking records. In Tomorrow's Here Today, he reveals what he has learnt about creativity, how to work with musicians touched by genius and what it is like to stumble through an exploding industry without losing sight of your dreams. Along the way, Ian shares how he wrote the million-selling album Jollification and how - along with the comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner - he wrote and recorded the only single in chart history to reach number one in the UK on four separate occasions. 'Three Lions' has since become the undisputed unofficial anthem of English football, soundtracking heartbreaking defeats as well as the wondrous victories of the Lionesses. Following 2022's long-awaited Lightning Seeds comeback, Ian reflects on a life of cosmic adventures spent in thrall to the power of music.

                  Ian Brown

                  The Greatest

                    Cheeky title, but what do you expect? This collects all his singles plus his two excellent collaborations with UNKLE. There's also three re-recorded, and far superior takes on a couple of B-sides and the gorgeous "Forever And A Day." As a romantic lover of the old '45' this is probably Ian's favourite LP that he's done. The photos and artwork are lush and the songs themselves are super-vibrant, catchy and groovy. If you only get one IB album then you better make it this. If you're a fan you'll be made-up with the new versions, and you can finally get to offload that dodgy second UNKLE LP!

                    Ian Brown


                      Ian Brown's comeback record is everything you'd want from the funky monkey. Care-free, breezy, uplifting vibes with words that mix the cosmic with a conscience, this record was made almost totally independently. Just Ian, his sons and his old engineer provide that unique blend of the groovy, quirky, and endlessly catchy that we've all come to love and expect.

                      There's mellow, soulful, bluesy funkers, a rock reggae cover, a reggae reggae cover, a couple of slinky, bouncy, elastic shufflers, some massive, psych-tinged slowies (Syd meets Lennon!) and his most Roses sounding tune so far: evidently a ballad ABOUT The Roses (insert broken-hearted emoji here!?)

                      Soundwise this is Ian's most beautifully produced record by a mile. Warm, fat and analogue, with killer basslines and a big bottom end, there's a sparseness in the textures but a depth and width in the mix that's more akin to late 70's reggae than any old 'indie' rock. Ripples is all about the SPACE. Ian's voice and words, as charismatic and enigmatic as ever, are central to it all. And he's never sounded better. Self produced, self written (bar 3 co-writes with his sons. What could be more natural?) and with zero session musicians in sight, this feels like Unfinished Monkey Business, the Second Chapter. But with way better songs, way lusher production; a glorious combo of Tunes, space and sound. The dream belongs to the dreamers!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      First World Problems
                      Black Roses
                      Breathe And Breathe Easy (the Everness Of Now)
                      The Dream And The Dreamer
                      From Chaos To Harmony
                      It’s Raining Diamonds
                      Blue Sky Day
                      Soul Satisfaction
                      Break Down The Walls (warm Up Jam)

                      Isobel Campbell


                        Following excellent reviews for her recent solo album, 'There Is No Other...', released earlier this year, Isobel Campbell will reissue her third and fourth solo albums, Amorino and Milkwhite Sheets via Cooking Vinyl.

                        'Amorino' is the third solo album from the former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell. Obsessed with French New Wave, chanson, vintage European cinema, the beat girls and boys of the 1960’s, White Horses by Jacky, Peter Sellers and the bossa nova of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Campbell, alongside fellow maverick composer and Scottish national treasure Bill Wells set about making their homage to such things. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Amorino
                        2. The Breeze Whispered Your Name
                        3. Monologue For An Old True Love
                        4. October's Sky
                        5. The Cat's Pyjamas
                        6. Why Does My Head Hurt So?
                        7. Johnny Come Home
                        8. Poor Butterfly
                        9. Love For Tomorrow
                        10. There Is No Greater Gold
                        11. This Land Flows With Milk
                        12. Song For Baby
                        13. Time Is Just The Same

                        Isobel Campbell

                        There Is No Other…

                          Long awaited new solo album from Isobel Campbell. 

                          It's been 10 years (yes really) since her last album, "Hawk", which was her third collaboration with Mark Lanegan and 14 since her last solo album, but it's been worth the wait. 

                          Drawing on everything from the twee indie pop of Belle & Sebastian, 60s pop, and the dark Americana of her Lanegan collaborations, this is an absolute gem of a record.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. City Of Angels
                          2. Runnin’ Down A Dream
                          3. Vultures
                          4. Ant Life
                          5. Rainbow
                          6. The Heart Of It All
                          7. Hey World
                          8. The National Bird Of India
                          9. Just For Today
                          10. See Your Face Again
                          11. Boulevard
                          12. Counting Fireflies
                          13. Below Zero

                          Icho Candy Ft The Viceroys

                          Pave The Way / Pave The Dub

                          A truly enigmatic character from the golden era of Jamaican roots music, Icho Candy is an artist that has, to me, always been shrouded in mystery. A devout rastafarian born with a gift for prophetic songwriting, Candy always writes in a way that is true to himself and his deep seated beliefs, regardless of the external pressures he endures as a veteran artist, an incredible feet for an independent artist with a career that spans fifty years.

                          First recording for the great Joe Gibbs and Jack Ruby in the late seventies, Icho’s big break in the industry came with the hit record “Captain Selassie”, a track that is widely considered to be one of the greatest rastafari anthems in dancehall. During this time Icho also recorded for labels such as Jah Life, Rockers International, Tesfa, Jah Shaka and many more. Like so many of the great artists in the eighties Icho recorded and toured in America for an extended period alongside Sugar Minott, Nicodemus, Nitty Gritty, King Kong before returning to Jamaica to record two amazing albums for the late Jah Shaka.

                          The A side of this latest seven inch gives us the classic writing style of Icho Candy. Pairing his lyrical depth with an early 70’s Phil Pratt style production. An eerie horns line meets the clean sharp, older school backing vocals provided by The Mighty Viceroys to create something magical, the type of record we thought we may have already heard on some scratchy 45 deep in a soundmans crate.

                          Yakka once again returns to the label on B side duties, providing another Tubby inspired voyage into dusty fx units and quick draw fades. The bassline increases, the vocal decreases but the vibe never ceases.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Killerrrr dub here from Poor Man’s Friend who are doing an excellent job of digging in the echo chambers for choice cuts of authentic flavour. You can almost taste the ganja smoke smouldering off this one!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Icho Candy - Pave The Way
                          B1. Yakka - Pave The Dub

                          Ian Carr


                            Official half-speed mastered re-issue of British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr's iconic jazz-fusion-rock hybrid ‘Belladonna’ from 1972.

                            Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable ‘swirl' record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the 70’s. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano saxophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few.

                            Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna’ is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era à la 'In A Silent Way'.

                            The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer Rain’, which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the 70’s, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. ‘Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in.

                            To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Belladonna
                            A2. Summer Rain
                            B1. Remadione
                            B2. Mayday
                            B3. Suspension
                            B4. Hector’s House

                            Ian Carr


                              Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable 'swirl' record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the 70's. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano s axophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few. Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna' is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era à la 'In A Silent Way'.

                              The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer Rain', which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the 70's, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. 'Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in. To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Belladonna
                              2. Summer Rain
                              3. Remadione
                              4. Mayday
                              5. Suspension
                              6. Hector’s House

                              Ivan "Mamao" Conti


                                Though it was recorded and mixed in the same sessions, ‘Katmandu’ was mysteriously omitted by Mam o from the Poison Fruit album, either accidentally or on purpose, he’s not quite sure. What is for sure is that it’s one of the most potent poison grooves of them all. The original mix, produced by Daniel Maunick, accompanies remixes from three of mainland Europe’s finest DJ/producer combos, prolific German nu-jazz collective Jazzanova, MCDE Recordings & Faces Records’ Pablo Valentino, and Croatian house veteran Eddy Ramich with assistance from Zagreb duo Jan Kinl & Regis Kattie. This EP is the second in a series of limited edition dance 12”s celebrating 25 years of Far Out Recordings and is housed in a special sleeve which uses the label’s original semiquaver logo from 1994.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Katmandu (Original Mix)
                                Katmandu (Pablo Valentino Remix)
                                Katmandu (Jazzanova Remix)
                                Katmandu (Eddy Ramich Feat. Jan Kinl & Regis Kattie Remix)

                                Inga Copeland

                                Higher Powers

                                  *BIG FANFARE!!* New album from Inga Copeland who I'm hoping you're aware of via the cult group Hype Williams which she was in with Dean Blunt. A modern muse of mythical status, Inga's smeared synth-pop musings and radioactive downbeat exercises have become highly treasured amongst underground aficionados, reddit forum users and NTS listeners alike.

                                  Stylistically it exists in that liminal / hypnogogic space between reality and dream world, with melancholic undertones reflecting, unfortunately, the current mood of our fractured country. With songs resembling traditional structures soon dissipating into the ether or crumbling into fried motherboards it draws comparisons with the recent Bar Italia album in terms of construction if not stylistic content. Her deliberately-almost-broken voice compliments the sorrowful machine music beautifully - the perfect ballad to soundtrack the end of humanity.

                                  Her 'first and last' album, which has previously only been released digitally, gets a highly coveted vinyl edition here - if you're reading this and its still in stock then lucky you - click that buy button or hurriedly scamper up to our counter with this in your hand - proud in the knowledge that you've snaffled a piece of modern electronic music treasure everyone’ll be fighting over in a couple of weeks. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Bedroom blues, rain dappled electronica, exotic downbeat; Inga Copeland's liminal music is a music journalist's fantasy or horror, depending on how eloquent they might be feeling that day.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01 Faith
                                  02 Light Up
                                  03 A&E (Copeland Audacity Mix)
                                  04 B.M.W.
                                  05 Obsession 2
                                  06 A World In Danger III (ft. Scratcha DVA)

                                  Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz

                                  In A Word

                                    In a Word, the sixteenth installment of the intergenerational collaboration series FRKWYS, brings together composer Daniel Lentz and vocalist and sound artist Ian William Craig for an album that embraces erosion and the potential of its loam left behind. A major figure in American composition, Daniel Lentz has worked at the middle and margins of postminimalism for more than four decades. A pioneer of “live multitrack recording” with the Daniel Lentz Group, he frequently writes for ensembles of similar instruments, from choirs to string orchestras to glass harmonicas. Like his west coast colleagues Harold Budd and Ingram Marshall, Lentz composes music of slow changes, built on fundamental harmonies and rhythms that evoke vast spaces and deep, ancient stone.

                                    Canadian artist Ian William Craig combines his classically trained voice with precarious technologies: homemade analog synths, altered reel-to-reel machines, and faulty tape decks. His solo albums, including the acclaimed Centres (2016) and, more recently, Red Sun Through Smoke (2020), document a haunted nostalgia. In contrast to Lentz’s (sometimes) radical expansiveness, Craig’s music is fragile and self-consciously created alone, using his customized machination to create warped nocturnes of melody and dissonance. The sessions for In a Word took place in the Santa Barbara home studio of engineer Dick Dunlap. For both musicians the experience was an exploration toward each other. Craig with his rickety tape decks, Lentz sat at a grand piano. Lentz was immediately enchanted by Craig’s voice and equipment: “With the first note he sang, I was hooked. The beauty of his voice and his unique analog looping setup, all compacted into a small suitcase, were both remarkable and always surprising in what they could do. The music emerged spontaneously from simple, even cautious beginnings.

                                    For Craig, who rarely works with other musicians, the sessions encouraged him to shed selfconsciousness and attune himself to his cocreator. Previously, he had regarded his tape decks and synths as bandmates, providing the creative energy he could get from other people. Recording with Lentz pushed him to find a new, more collaborative perspective. “I tried my best to control what was going on at first, and failed spectacularly. Once I let this aspect go and began to listen to Daniel, to my surroundings, and to the engineers, something finally clicked.” In a Word documents a coming together of two distinct musical personalities, and also a transformation. Lentz’s toiling, echoing piano, recalling his work on 1984’s Point Conception or the 1992 collaboration Music for 3 Pianos with Budd and Ruben Garcia, are churned into lush earth by Craig’s faltering machines. Craig’s folk-like tenor is realigned with Lentz’s crisp, minimalist repetitions; the combination is warm yet deeply layered, like the Californian sunset that would acknowledge the two composers at the end of each session day. Together, Craig and Lentz unearth deep forms of sonic expression from a common ground and newly seeded camaraderie. Lentz’s unmistakable piano sound is clearly relished by Craig’s tape decks, which add ghostly counterpoints of distortion and disintegration to its acoustic resonances. To this hall of haunted mirrors, Craig’s voice adds a yearning, human quality that is sometimes caught up in the same machinery, and is sometimes allowed to spirit above it. 

                                    An accompanying documentary of the collaboration directed by Eli Welbourne will be released in tandem. A portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit Wolfstone Ranch, a spiritually-based, activist community dedicated to making the rural Midwest a more compassionate place for all the animals who live there.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Tasteful Gloss
                                    A2. Joyce
                                    A3. Aphrodite
                                    A4. Erebus
                                    A5. Up Up Up Stay
                                    B1. A Pair Of Pears
                                    B2. Fragrance
                                    B3. Stöltzle
                                    B4. Poire

                                    Ian William Craig

                                    Red Sun Through Smoke

                                      Vancouver-based singer/composer Ian William Craig returns with a brilliant and powerfully emotive new album. His first for a long while to be centred around the piano - and also one of his most pared back - the record was made through an intense period of personal loss and environmental catastrophe.

                                      ‘Red Sun Through Smoke’ was recorded over two cataclysmic weeks in August 2018 in Kelowna, whilst the city was encircled by the forest fires which, under a warming climate, now regularly rage through British Columbia in summertime. With smoke engulfing the landscape, it was recorded from start to finish in the living room of a small house owned by his grandfather, who was moved into palliative care and tragically died halfway through the recording, his lungs filled with fluid as a result of the smoke.

                                      Forged in trauma and an intense, bewildering slew of mixed emotions, Ian William Craig has created an album of incredible beauty, sadness and depth. ‘Red Sun Through Smoke’ is a profoundly moving album, a standout record in a prolific body of work that shows no sign of faltering.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      The Smokefallen
                                      Condx QRN
                                      Mountains Astray
                                      Last Of The Lantern Oil
                                      Far And Then Farther
                                      Open Like A Loss

                                      Indigo De Souza

                                      All Of This Will End

                                        Indigo De Souza announces her new album All of This Will End, the anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2021 breakthrough album Any Shape You Take. All of This Will End marks a warmer and unmistakably audacious era for her. It’s a statement about fearlessly moving forward from the past into a gratitude-filled present, feeling it all every step of the way, and choosing to embody loving awareness.

                                        Across 11 songs, the album is a raw and radically optimistic work that grapples with mortality, the rejuvenation that community brings, and the importance of centering yourself now. These tracks come from the most resonant moments of her life: childhood memories, collecting herself in parking lots, the ecstatic trips spent wandering the Appalachian mountains and southern swamps with friends, and the times she had to stand up for herself. “All of This Will End feels more true to me than anything ever has,” she says.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Time Back
                                        2. You Can Be Mean
                                        3. Losing
                                        4. Wasting Your Time
                                        5. Parking Lot
                                        6. All Of This Will End
                                        7. Smog
                                        8. The Water
                                        9. Always
                                        10. Not My Body
                                        11. Younger And Dumber

                                        “Everything has to be said.” This is the conviction guiding Indigo De Souza’s sophomore album, Any Shape You Take. This dynamic record successfully creates a container for the full spectrum—pushing through and againstevery emotion: “I wanted this album to give a feeling of shifting with and embracing change. These songs camefrom a turbulent time when I was coming to self-love through many existential crises and shifts in perspective.”

                                        Faithful to its name, Any Shape You Take changes form to match the tenor of each story it tells. “The album titleis a nod to the many shapes I take musically. I don’t feel that I fully embody any particular genre—all of themusic just comes from the universe that is my ever-shifting brain/heart/world,” says Indigo. This sonic range isunified by Indigo’s strikingly confessional and effortless approach to songwriting, a signature first introduced inher debut, self-released LP, I Love My Mom. Written in quick succession, Indigo sees these two records ascompanion pieces, both distinct but in communion with each other: “Many of the songs on these two recordscame from the same season in my life and a certain version of myself which I feel much further from now.”

                                        Throughout Any Shape You Take, Indigo reflects on her relationships as she reckons with a deeper need toredefine how to fully inhabit spaces of love and connection.“It feels so important for me to see people throughchange. To accept people for the many shapes they take, whether those shapes fit into your life or not. Thisalbum is a reflection of that. I have undergone so much change in my life and I am so deeply grateful to thepeople who have seen me through it without judgment and without attachment to skins I’m shifting out of.”

                                        Growing up in a conservative small town in the mountains of North Carolina, Indigo started playing guitar when she was nine years old. “Music was a natural occurrence in my life. My dad is a bossa nova guitarist andsinger from Brazil and so I think I just had it in my blood from birth.” It wasn’t until moving to Asheville, NC that Indigo began to move into her current sound, developing a writing practice that feeds from the currents thatsurround her: “Sometimes it feels like I am soaking up the energies of people around me and making art from aspace that is more a collective body than just my own.”

                                        “I feel very much like a shape-shifter with my music, I’m always trying to embody a balance between the existential weight and the overflowing sense of love I feel in the world.” It is exactly this balance that Indigostrikes in her Saddle Creek debut, Any Shape You Take. A listening experience that gives back, as you shed andshape-shift along with her.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        01. 17
                                        02. Darker Than Death
                                        03. Die/Cry
                                        04. Pretty Pictures
                                        05. Real Pain
                                        06. Bad Dream
                                        07. Late Night Crawler
                                        08. Hold U
                                        09. Way Out
                                        10. Kill Me

                                        Ian Dury & The Blockheads

                                        Do It Yourself - 2022 Reissue

                                          Authentic original release track listing and artwork, issued for the first time on special transparent lime coloured vinyl.

                                          The sleeve features CROWN T72907 wallpaper version of the original multiple variant release. Of the original 30+ designs, this was Ian’s and original designer Barney Bubbles favourite, who referred to this version as ‘The Clarence’.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side One
                                          1. Inbetweenies
                                          2. Quiet
                                          3. Don’t Ask Me
                                          4. Sink My Boats
                                          5. Waiting For Your Taxi
                                          Side Two
                                          1. This Is What We Find
                                          2. Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy
                                          3. Mischief
                                          4. Dance Of The Screamers
                                          5. Lullaby For Franci/es

                                          Ian Dury & The Blockheads

                                          Laughter - 2023 Reissue

                                            Laughter is the third studio album by Ian Dury and the Blockheads; released in 1980, it was the last studio album Dury made for Stiff Records. It was also the last studio album he made with the Blockheads, until 1998's Mr. Love Pants, though a live album Warts 'n' Audience was produced in 1991. On 21st July 2023, "Laughter” will be reissued for the first time on Transparent Sunny Yellow Vinyl with reimagined artwork.

                                            Ian Dury

                                            Hit Me! The Best Of

                                              A brand new collection covering the entire career of the unique and incomparable Ian Dury.

                                              This collection features some of Dury’s earliest work with Kilburn & The High Roads, through a golden period of solo hits and classic recordings with the infamous Blockheads to his final studio album released in 2002, two years after his untimely passing in 2000.

                                              The Crown Prince of Essex… the punk poet laureate… Ian Dury’s mastery of the English language and powerful performance made him an artist like no other. His wit, wisdom and showmanship are ever present here on classic tracks such as ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt 3’, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ …all now unofficial British anthems!

                                              The collection also feature brand new liner notes by comedian, writer and Ian’s friend, Phill Jupitus, alongside rare and unseen photographs.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              CD ONE!
                                              Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
                                              Wake Up And Make Love With Me
                                              Sweet Gene Vincent
                                              Clevor Trever
                                              Billericay Dickie
                                              My Old Man
                                              I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra
                                              Plaistow Patricia
                                              Pam’s Moods
                                              If I Was With A Woman
                                              Upminster Kid
                                              Billy Bentley (Promenades Himself In London)
                                              Rough Kids
                                              The Mumble Rumble And The Cocktail Rock
                                              The Roadette Song
                                              Crippled With Nerves
                                              Blackmail Man

                                              CD TWO!
                                              Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (12” Version)
                                              Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
                                              What A Waste
                                              I Want To Be Straight
                                              This Is What We Find
                                              There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards
                                              Waiting For Your Taxi
                                              Razzle In My Pocket
                                              You’re More Than Fair
                                              Common As Muck
                                              Dance Of The Screamers
                                              Don’t Ask Me
                                              Lullaby For Franci/es

                                              CD THREE!
                                              Mash It Up Harry
                                              Dance Little Rude Boy
                                              Sueperman’s Big Sister
                                              Spasticus Autisticus (Live)
                                              You’ll See Glimpses
                                              F*cking Ada
                                              Hey, Hey Take Me Away
                                              Dance Of The Crackpots
                                              Bed O’Roses No.9
                                              Itinerant Child
                                              Jack Sh*t George
                                              I Believe
                                              One Love
                                              England’s Glory (Demo)

                                              Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)
                                              Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
                                              I Want To Be Straight
                                              Billericay Dickie
                                              I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra

                                              What A Waste
                                              Sueperman's Big Sister
                                              There Ain't Been Some Clever Bastards
                                              My Old Man

                                              Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
                                              Wake Up And Make Love With Me
                                              Sweet Gene Vincent
                                              Clevor Trevor
                                              This Is What We Find

                                              Mash It Up Harry
                                              Dance Little Rude Boy
                                              Rough Kids
                                              Upminster Kid

                                              Ian Dury

                                              New Boots And Panties!! - 2022 Reissue

                                                Authentic original release track listing and artwork, issued for the first time on special transparent amber coloured vinyl.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side One
                                                1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
                                                2. Sweet Gene Vincent
                                                3. I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra
                                                4. My Old Man
                                                5. Billericay Dickie
                                                Side Two
                                                1. Clevor Trever
                                                2. If I Was With A Woman
                                                3. Blockheads
                                                4. Plaistow Patricia
                                                5. Blackmail Man

                                                Ian Felice

                                                In The Kingdom Of Dreams

                                                  In The Kingdom Of Dreams is the debut solo album from Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by fellow Felice Brothers James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass. The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In The Kingdom of Dreams is a collection of songs Ian wrote in 2016 and recorded over the course of 4 days in February of 2017, with his brother Simone at the helm.

                                                  Izo FitzRoy

                                                  A Good Woman

                                                    Izo FitzRoy's third album 'A Good Woman' explores life as a single woman, railing against convention, battling depression, wrangling shame, and having a more embodied connection with herself. It's a masterclass in soul music, touching on elements of gospel, folk, and rock. Production comes courtesy of Kraak & Smaak's Oscar de Jong, who takes her song writing into a new territory (and he's no stranger to creating quality hits as an artist himself). The result is vibrant and ecstatic musically, with lyrics ranging from introspective and soul searching to uplifting and empowering.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Hope Divine
                                                    2. Chasing Days
                                                    3. Keep Your Light On Me
                                                    4. Call Me Pilgrim
                                                    5. Somewhere Beyond The Wreckage
                                                    6. Scram
                                                    7. God Gets A Little Busy Sometimes
                                                    8. Released (Interlude)
                                                    9. A Good Woman
                                                    10. Sum Of Its Parts (Interlude)
                                                    11. Small Mercies
                                                    12. Give Me The High
                                                    13. Love And Affection

                                                    Ioanna Gika


                                                      The debut solo album from Ioanna Gika, Thalassa, takes its name from the primeval spirit of the sea, a nod to the singer's Greek heritage and a thematic touchstone for the self-produced 10 song set. Written in Greece during a period of familial grief and romantic dissolution, Thalassa documents an unanchored soul facing nature at its most unforgiving. Gika's unique voice is laid bare, a beacon above the black water of dense, looming production that lies beneath. Her elegiac lyrics chart a path through her own mourning, while luring the ear like a siren’s call.

                                                      From expansive opener “Roseate” to the stark loneliness of closer “Drifting”, she channels the helplessness of being plunged into the depths of Thalassa's great waves, along with the adrenaline of not knowing if she will come up for air. A member of the band Io Echo, Ioanna Gika toured extensively in support of the album Ministry of Love including performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Moma Ps1 Warmup. The band also opened for Nine Inch Nails, Haim and Jon Hopkins. She co-wrote the score for a Louis Vuitton Ready to Wear collection and has also collaborated on two songs with producer and best friend TokiMonsta. Gika has also contributed original music to a number of noteworthy films, including Harmony Korine’s Rebel, Universal Pictures Dracula, and was shortlisted by the academy for her original song ‘Gone’ in Snow White and The Huntsman. Thalassa is the debut album from Ioanna Gika, formerly known as IO Echo. UK publicity handled by Kate Price at Stereo Sanctity. 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1 Roseate
                                                      2 Out Of Focus
                                                      3. Thalassa
                                                      4. Messenger
                                                      5. Swan
                                                      6. Weathervane
                                                      7. New Geometry
                                                      8. No Matter What
                                                      9. Ammonite
                                                      10. Drifting

                                                      Isaac Hayes And The Bar-Kays

                                                      Do Your Thing

                                                        The full 33-minute, unreleased, psychedelic funk jam session by Memphis rhythm kingpins the Bar-Kays, mixed directly from the original tapes. Contains bonus rhythm section instrumental and booklet detailing the history of this never-before-heard version of one of Isaac Hayes’ most famous songs by Hayes historian Bill Dahl.

                                                        Hayes was already a cutting-edge funk master at Stax Records when he accepted the unprecedented assignment of creating a soundtrack for the 1971 action flick Shaft. At a time when R&B songs routinely timed out at three minutes and under, Hayes’ albums for Stax’s Enterprise imprint had been breaking new ground since 1969. His masterpiece Hot Buttered Soul consisted of only four tracks, two songs on The Isaac Hayes Movement clocked in at a hair under 12 minutes, and one selection on his …To Be Continued stretched to 15:33.

                                                        But his epic “Do Your Thing,” one of the cornerstones of the two-LP Shaft soundtrack, outdid them all. Occupying nearly the entire last side of the set, it concluded after 19-and-a-half grooving minutes with the overdubbed sound of a needle scratching violently across a piece of vinyl. No one knew that jarring ending masked the existence of another 13 minutes of “Do Your Thing.” Consigned to the vaults, those improvisatory extensions—somewhere in between free-jazz and psychedelic rock—were seemingly destined never to be heard. Until now.

                                                        Habibi Funk is digging deep to present the songs of Ibrahim Hesnawi, otherwise known as "The Father of Libyan Reggae." Kingston meets Tripoli in this incendiary collection of Arabized roots, dub, dancehall and more. Featured on Habibi Funk's last compilation (HABIBI015) with his track "Tendme," Hesnawi crafts restless funk with evident buttressing from a reggae foundation. Highlighted across the LP is how Hesnawi essentially pioneered such an effortless synthesis between traditional Libyan music and Jamaican reggae stylings, plus the endlessly disparate funk, jazz, and disco accents which firmly situate Hesnawi in a league of his own. LP out everywhere October 6th.

                                                        Some years ago, we started a Facebook group named after our label "Habibi Funk" with the idea to create a space where everyone could share music they felt fit under this umbrella, one way or another. One day a Greek member, Thanasis Moutsopoulos, shared a photo of a vinyl record he found at the Monastiraki flea market in Athens, Greece. It was by a Libyan artist named Ibrahim Hesnawi and called "Hesnawi And Peace." At this point we had never heard of the artist and Thanasis was nice enough to record the album for us. We were immediately electrified by what we heard: A whole album full of classic reggae with some light touches of funk and disco here and there which Hesnawi had recorded in Italy more than 4 decades prior. We eventually decided we would love to learn more about reggae in Libya, and a mutual friend introduced us to Ahmed Abujazia, who was born and still living in Tripolis; through a shared appreciation of music, he agreed to help us work on the project. We asked around and eventually managed to get Ibrahim Hesnawi's telephone number. A few weeks later, Ahmed met Ibrahim in person and proposed our project. Hesnawi was happy to work on a rerelease of his music with us. Excited to share the story of his musical career, Hesnawi was apt to point us towards songs he felt like would be a great match for the tracks we had already expressed interest in. All of this happened in 2018, which was also when the licensing agreement was signed. It has taken us 5 years to actually bring the project to the world, mainly because of the challenge of finding tapes in good enough quality to release. Sadly, Ibrahim Hesnawi lost his studio reel tapes at some point and the digital files he had of his music were of poor quality. So, we spend years trying to find every Hesnawi tape we could get our hands on in order to find a copy that would suffice in terms of sound quality to be used as a source for remastering. Eventually, we had 5-6 copies of some albums, just to identify the ones that sounded the best. We've finally been able to find enough songs in great sound quality that has allowed us to create a selection that both we and Ibrahim were happy with. Now, we're able to share the story of the father of reggae in Libya with the sound quality his work deserves. In many countries, reggae was a widespread fad before its popularity gradually subsided. In Libya, however, the genre remained popular since its initial introduction in the late 1970s. Reggae's thematic throughlines like references to Pan-Africanism, liberation, and the end of oppression and exploitation resonated—and continues to resonate—forcefully amongst a Libyan audience. To this day, you will find countless bands playing variations of the genre as are there Facebook groups with predominantly Libyan members sharing old and new reggae tracks with ten-thousands of members. And no matter who you ask, chances are high that the genre's popularity in Libya will be largely attributed to one man: Ibrahim Hesnawi. Born and raised in Tripolis, the capital of Libya, Hesnawi was not initially interested in music. However, he credits Bob Marley, the universal face of the reggae genre, with changing his mind. Bob Marley was the artist that brought Reggae to Libya. And the two disparate musical cultures—Jamaican and Libyan—weren't so far apart. On the contrary: local musicians intertwined these influences quite fluidly. Libyan reggae borrows elements from its own culture, and is usually accompanied by a steady marching tempo, a significant hallmark of wedding chants. An effortless synthesis of Jamaican reggae and traditional Libyan sonics is featured throughout Hesnawi's catalogue. What better example of this audio amalgam than the LP's powerhouse lead single "Never Understand" which brings a roots and dancehall flavor into conversation with North African and Middle Eastern musical rhythms and Jamaican stylings. With warm keys, a thick, bouncing bass and English lyrics to boot, the track sounds like a missing Bob Marley cut. Fiery funk tracks "Tendme" (featured on HF015) and second single "Watery Al Kabir" bring a tireless groove to the record via chugging rhythms and key interludes that deliver searing harmonic motifs. Focus track "Only World" grounds the LP, placing an emphasis on its anthemic lyricism and subtle, yet slick guitar licks and synth runs that make Libya seem like the "only world" where Reggae continues to stand strong. As always, both vinyl and CD come with an extensive booklet featuring background and interviews with Hesnawi, including unseen photos, scans and more. "Ibrahim Hesnawi: The Father of Libyan Reggae" will be out everywhere October 6th.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Never Understand
                                                        2. Tendme
                                                        3. Only World (feat. Suzan)
                                                        4. Kesati
                                                        5. Tayr Al Salama
                                                        6. Al Hob Wal Salam
                                                        7. Fouhi Ya Nesma
                                                        8. Enti
                                                        9. Watany Al Kabir

                                                        I Admit Defeat

                                                        I Admit Defeat

                                                          Debut album from Manchester metalcore five piece, I Admit Defeat. They've created their own sound and style, taking influence from bands such as Underoath, Trivium, Norma Jean, Alex Is On Fire and Senses Fail.

                                                          I Am A Robot And Proud

                                                          Grace Days

                                                            Based in Canada, I Am Robot And Proud is the name Shaw-han Liem works under to create his singular brand of hypnotic, beguiling electronic pop music.

                                                            Following a well received two tracker a few months back, local four piece I Am Blackbird release their debut EP.
                                                            They kick off proceedings with the fiery "This Town", despite its nice lilting intro it soon twists into an uncompromising ode to the darker side of small town life. Track two, "Setting Sun" keeps up the firey delivery and adds some great Morricone-esque guitar twangs. Third track "One Good Reason" is a gorgeous slowey with bluesy vocals over strummed guitars and percussive drumming, and finally they up the tempo with "They Don't Speak For Me", which switches tempo between a galloping drum / vocal rhythm and a choppy chorus with subtle Mariachi-trumpets.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Laura says: There's an abundance of folk-tinged bands around at the moment but I Am Blackbird really stand out from their contemporaries. They write great songs delivered with a real passion and honesty. Superb stuff - grab one now while you can!

                                                            I Break Horses

                                                            Death Engine Remix

                                                              Following the release of her album ‘Warnings’ in May 2020 via Bella Union, I Break Horses announces details of a remix 12” featuring The Field and Mythologen.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Death Engine (The Field Remix)
                                                              Turn (Mythologen Remix)

                                                              I Break Horses


                                                                If I Break Horses’s third album holds you in its grip like a great film, it’s no coincidence. Faced with making the follow-up to 2014’s plush Chiaroscuro, Horses’s Maria Lindén decided to take the time to make something different, with an emphasis on instrumental, cinematic music. As she watched a collection of favourite films on her computer (sound muted) and made her own soundtrack sketches, these sonic workouts gradually evolved into something more: “It wasn’t until I felt an urge to add vocals and lyrics,” says Lindén, “that I realized I was making a new I Break Horses album.”

                                                                That album is Warnings, an intimate and sublimely expansive return that, as its recording suggests, sets its own pace with the intuitive power of a much-loved movie. And, as its title suggests, its sumptuous sound worlds – dreamy mellotrons, haunting loops, analogue synths – and layered lyrics crackle with immersive dramatic tensions on many levels. “It’s not a political album,” says Lindén, “though it relates to the alarmist times we live in. Each song is a subtle warning of something not being quite right.”

                                                                As Lindén notes, the process of making Warnings involved different kinds of dramas. “It has been some time in the making. About five years, involving several studios, collaborations that didn’t work out, a crashed hard drive with about two years of work, writing new material again instead of trying to repair it. New studio recordings, erasing everything, then recording most of the album myself at home…”

                                                                Yet the pay-off for her long-haul immersion is clear from statement-of-intent album opener ‘Turn’, a waltzing kiss-off to an ex swathed in swirling synths over nine emotive minutes. On ‘Silence’, Lindén suggests deeper sorrows in the interplay of serene surface synths, hypnotic loops and elemental images: when she sings “I feel a shiver,” you feel it, too.

                                                                Elsewhere, on three instrumental interludes, Lindén’s intent to experiment with sound and structure is clear. Meanwhile, there are art-pop songs here more lush than any she has made. ‘I’ll Be the Death of You’ occupies a middle ground between Screamedlica and early OMD, while ‘Neon Lights’ brings to mind Kraftwerk on Tron’s light grid. ‘I Live At Night’ slow-burns like a song made for night-time LA drives; ‘Baby You Have Travelled for Miles without Love in Your Eyes’ is an electronic lullaby spiked with troubling needle imagery. ‘Death Engine’’s dark-wave dream-pop provides an epic centrepiece, of sorts, before the vocoder hymnal of closer ‘Depression Tourist’ arrives like an epiphany, the clouds parting after a long, absorbing journey.

                                                                For Lindén, Warnings is a remarkable re-routing of a journey begun when I Break Horses’s debut album, Hearts (2011), drew praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, The Independent and others for its luxurious grandeur and pulsing sense of art-pop life. With the electro-tangents of 2014’s Chiaroscuro, Lindén forged a new, more ambitious voice with total confidence. Along the way, I Break Horses toured with M83 and SigurRós; latterly, U2 played Hearts’ ecstatic ‘Winter Beats’ through the PA before their stage entrance on 2018’s ‘Experience + Innocence’ tour. Good choice.

                                                                A new friend on Warnings is US producer/mixing engineer Chris Coady, whose graceful way with dense sound (credits include Beach House, TV on the Radio) was not the sole reason Lindén invited him to mix the album. “Before reaching out to Chris I read an interview where he said, ‘I like to slow things down. Almost every time I love the sound of something slowed down by half, but sometimes 500% you can get interesting shapes and textures.’ And I just knew he’d be the right person for this album.”

                                                                If making Warnings was a slow process, so be it: that steady gestation was a price worth paying for its lavish accretions of detail and meaning, where secrets aplenty await listeners eager to immerse themselves. “Nowadays, the attention span equals nothing when it comes to how most people consume music,” Lindén says. “And it feels like songs are getting shorter, more ‘efficient’. I felt an urge to go against that and create an album journey from start to finish that takes time and patience to listen to. Like, slow the fuck down!” Happily, Warnings provides all the incentives required.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Turn
                                                                2. Silence
                                                                3. L A R M
                                                                4. I'll Be The Death Of You
                                                                5. D E N L I L L A P å S E A V L Y C K A
                                                                6. The Prophet
                                                                7. Neon Lights
                                                                8. I Live At Night
                                                                9. Baby You Have Travelled For Miles Without Love In Your Eyes
                                                                10. Death Engine
                                                                11. A B S O L U T A M O L L P U N K T E N
                                                                12. Depression Tourist

                                                                I Ching

                                                                It's Me / Drive

                                                                I Ching is Rollo Smallcombe and Kevin Emre. The pair met at art college in London and soon after started to make music together.

                                                                Although writing as a duo, the band play live as a four piece, adding Andrew Ford (keys) and Tom Jones (drums) to the line up. They currently write from a home studio in Finsbury Park.

                                                                I Ching are influenced by pop, the avant-garde, 60s psych and Turkish garage, as well as early 80s synthesiser music. With an emphasis on colour and texture in their sound, the songs are written and produced to probe the imagination and imagery inside the listeners’ head.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A: It’s Me
                                                                B: Drive

                                                                I JORDAN

                                                                Watch Out!

                                                                  London based DJ and producer I JORDAN releases their new EP ‘Watch Out!’ on Ninja Tune.

                                                                  India is tipped as one of the world’s most exciting artists, producers and DJs of the moment following last year's’ hugely successful ‘For You’ EP. They have captured the attention of the scene’s top tastemakers and have received impressive support, with stellar reviews from Pitchfork (8.0), NME (5/5), Clash (8/10) and the EP’s title track ‘For You’ voted as Resident Advisor’s #1 Best Track Of 2020, Crack Magazine’s #2 and Pitchfork’s #21.

                                                                  I JORDAN had quite the year despite most shows being cancelled in 2020 and was named as Pete Tong’s Breakout Star Of 2020 on BBC Radio 1, listed as one of The Guardian’s 50 Amazing Musicians To Watch in 2021 and won Best Breakthrough Producer at the annual DJ Mag Best Of British Awards. 

                                                                  ‘Watch Out!’ sees I JORDAN reflect on how movement has tied into their life over the years. India describes the record as “a homage to both physical and conceptual movement” and comes as a result of their own pattern of movement being forcibly changed by lockdown.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Only Said Enough
                                                                  2. Watch Out!
                                                                  3. 10:58
                                                                  4. You Can’t Expect The Cars To Stop If You Haven’t Pressed The Button 
                                                                  5. Feierabend 
                                                                  6. And Groove 

                                                                  This album digs deeper into the most experimental recordings in the archives of Nelson Records. The label was founded in 1970 by the musicians Maurizio Majorana, Antonello Vannucchi and Roberto Podio (who along with Carlo Pes would be known as I MARC 4), after establishing the Telecinesound studio, right where the New Italian Library Sound was created. They recorded with Armando Trovajoli, Piero Piccioni, Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani, Henry Mancini and many others, and created a special sound, mixing jazz, pop, rock and psychedelic music, to produce records aiming to be used by the programmers of the Italian RAI television.

                                                                  The music of "Thrilling Mortale" is mostly special effects, drum breaks, fast bongo rhythms and groovy Hammond background sounds inspired by cinema noise experts who did not use any musical instruments and had only a few objects to recreate the noises of the films; from horse rides to closing gates, everything was done in the traditional way. I MARC 4, instead, would recreate those sounds with bass, guitar, drums, piano and Hammond organ.

                                                                  Many musicians, record producers and film directors still like, look for, rediscover and re-use for their work, and the music on these albums recorded by I MARC 4 between 1970-1976 have reached cult status among library music collectors.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Side A
                                                                  1. INTRO
                                                                  2. BONGOS SUSPENCE
                                                                  3. SMOOKIE
                                                                  4. ASFALTO IN AGGUATO
                                                                  5. OSSESSIONE OMICIDA
                                                                  6. BASE PERICOLOSA
                                                                  7. SUSPENCE SUBACQUEO
                                                                  8. CORSA PERICOLOSA
                                                                  9. IMMAGINI

                                                                  Side B
                                                                  1. THRILLING MORTALE
                                                                  2. TEMPORALE
                                                                  3. BOXES
                                                                  4. DRUMMING FREE
                                                                  5. TENSIONE ED ATTESA
                                                                  6. TEMA DI RAVEN I Vers
                                                                  7. IN LABORATORIO
                                                                  8. ATMOSFERE SPAZIALI
                                                                  9. GIALLO

                                                                  The new single, their first release since 2004's "Neveroddoreven" album, sees the I Monster duo of Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling enlist the vocal talents of Philly, the ill wind of Michael Somerset Ward and the pounding drum cakes of Ross Orton. "A Sucker For Your Sound" comes backed with the exclusive "No Nice Strippers". The pair have been far from quiet over the last few years. In between journeying to the centre of the earth, vampire hunting and building kitchen extensions, they've co-written and produced tracks on both Finnish artist HK119's and Roisin Murphy's new albums, spent some time in the studio with queen of pop Cathy Dennis and worked on rapper Lupe Fiasco's Grammy winning "Daydreamin'" single, the track based entirely on their big hit "Daydream In Blue".


                                                                  La Souteneur Numeridue

                                                                    Valentine Records' resident bedroom-studio maverick Michael O'Connor (aka I-Node). Taking its cue from early electro and acid house records (such as 808 State's "Newbuild" and Stakker's "Eurotechno") "La Souteneur Numerique" is a 38-minute introduction to the weird and wonderful world of this self confessed "Digital Pimp".

                                                                    I Speak Machine

                                                                    Zombies 1985

                                                                      I Speak Machine are vocalist and synth nerd Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together they make brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating the audio and visual in unison and giving both elements equal prominence. Their approach is inspired by Spaghetti Western cinema duo Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who used to play with score ideas for scenes while scripts were being written. Following the release of The Silence (the score to their own sci-fi short film) in 2014, Busch and Lewis have teamed up with Benge from Wrangler/John Foxx & The Maths to work on their latest short film and album, Zombies 1985

                                                                      * For analogue synth enthusiasts and fans of John Carpenter scores.
                                                                      * Tara Bush has previously collaborated with John Foxx, Clint Mansell, and Bat For Lashes

                                                                      I Start Counting


                                                                        Mute releases I Start Counting’s Ejected on CD for the first time. Initially produced on the now sold out limited edition cassette for the 2021 Independent Label Market alongside Re-fused, these two albums contain unreleased I Start Counting tracks and demos recorded in 1985 and 1986 for their albums My Translucent Hands (1986) and Fused (1988).

                                                                        The duo consisting of David Baker and Simon Leonard came together to form I Start Counting in 1982. Signing to Mute in 1984, the release of their first singles ‘Letters to a Friend’ and ‘Still Smiling’ were quick to follow, both produced by Daniel Miller. My Translucent Hands and Fused established a cult following for the duo, originating amongst American suburban teens who were discovering Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk for the first time. By the early 1990s, Baker and Leonard had evolved into Fortran 5, releasing three albums for the label before returning as Komputer in 1996. Their three incarnations finally met in 2011 through the release of Konnecting…, a record that showcased the duo's pure pop junctures.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1 Charlie
                                                                        2 Modern Sunbathing
                                                                        3 Is She On Her Own
                                                                        4 Cooler Than Calcutta
                                                                        5 Red Car
                                                                        6 My Sister's Friend
                                                                        7 Million Headed Monster
                                                                        8 I'm A Murderer
                                                                        9 You Can't Write That Down
                                                                        10 Rawhide 

                                                                        I. JORDAN / SHERELLE

                                                                        M1, M3 / GETOUTOFMYMIND

                                                                          Within the last couple of years, the UK has seen a paradigm shift in the electrifying sounds permeating from its clubs that have seen a ripple effect worldwide, calling to mind the revolution ignited by pioneers of the 1990s.

                                                                          Adopting a no-holds barred attitude to their high octane output in their respective styles, SHERELLE and I. JORDAN have acted as two of the forebearers of the UK scene; releasing music that maximises emotion and maximises euphorian dancefloors globally.

                                                                          Now the duo come together to announce their first collaborative release, ‘M1, M3’ /‘GETOUTOFMYMIND’, on fabric Originals, the flagship label from world-renowned club entity fabric.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A. I Jordan - M1, M3
                                                                          B. Sherelle - Getoutofmymind

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

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

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

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Gospel IV
                                                                          A2. Absublim XX
                                                                          A3. Massiv XIV
                                                                          A4. All Is Bliss
                                                                          A5. Places Of Soul
                                                                          A6. Green Earth
                                                                          A7. Feel The Forgotten Sense
                                                                          A8. Marshmallow Girls
                                                                          B1. Topless & Shaved
                                                                          B2. Drangendes Gleiten
                                                                          B3. Love (instrumental)
                                                                          B4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (instrumental)
                                                                          B5. X Meets U
                                                                          B6. Je Vais Bien IV
                                                                          B7. Hang On
                                                                          B8. Ferns

                                                                          Gerardo Iacoucci

                                                                          Le Avventure

                                                                            Combining all the traits of an international superhero or intrepid comic book adventurer, the true identity, whereabouts and history of the spectacular Italian composer known as Gerardo Iacoucci has been a mystery to record collectors for many years. As a result of the best efforts of secretive archivists and DJs as well as and the overprotective force field that surrounds the clandestine world of Italian library music, the commanding experimental psychedelic pop music made singlehandedly by this early pioneer of the anti-genre time after time rises to the top of collectors’ want lists, commands huge ransom notes, ignites dancefloors and decimates genre tags before returning to its mythical status as one of the kings of the underworld without removing his mask. Despite the fact that original Italian copies of records by Gerardo Iacoucci are amongst the rarest, enigmatic fixtures of European psychedelia, his music simply refuses to be ghettoised and as the name of this album suggests the history of this artist reads like the memoirs of a genuine musical adventurer as well as a well-travelled prophet of experimental music and unsung pillar of Italian jazz and sound design.

                                                                            Recorded in early 1970, Iacoucci’s wide-eyed ‘L’Avventura’ suite spanned 6 sides of loud, heavyweight monophonic vinyl for Romano Di Bari’s Deneb label and created an epically detailed blueprint for independent mood music companies whilst sharing release schedules with likeminded workaholics Alessandro Alessandroni and A. R. Luciani. However, Gerardo’s adventure didn’t begin here...

                                                                            As a published author, recorded musician, professor, film composer, gentleman, musicologist and scholar, Gerardo Iacoucci has managed to cram the stories of nine lifetimes into one heroic existence, while maintaining a humble, earnest and near-mythical status as one of the great lost progressive pop pioneers of one of the most important transitional eras of European music, cinema and general, seldom rivalled, creative super powers. When the needle drops, ‘L’Avventura’ has only just begun.

                                                                            Continuing their mission to shine light on the genuine anomalies of 70’s Italian production music, Finders Keepers Records resurrects another unlikely transcription disc from the vaults of one of Rome’s most esoteric library music archives.

                                                                            Finders Keepers Records, in continued collaboration with the Di Barri company, with the Casa/Ducros family blessing, proudly shine new light on this sonic sculptures and provide a fresh context where educated music listeners are ready to fill the gaps between Delia Derbyshire, Ennio Morricone, Suzanne Ciani and Harry Partch and patronise a very welcome considered alternative to the recent rise in popularity of Italian Giallo soundtracks from a seldom savoured feminine creative vantage point.

                                                                            Ian DPM

                                                                            One For The Waltzers

                                                                            As a self-described sponge for club music, London-based Bristol transplant Ian DPM has cut a singular figure in both the West Country and the capital in just a handful of years. Already situated as the tastemaker behind music curation platform Definite Party Material, co-owner of Scuffed Recordings, and Noods Radio and Rinse FM resident, Ian DPM’s emergence as a producer has marked him as an expansively curious, bass-forward figure at the bleeding edge of genre boundaries.

                                                                            After retreating to his hometown of Portsmouth during lockdown to absorb the blueprints of ‘90s techno, Ian emerged with a new phase of experimentation: techno-inspired and indebted, yet eschewing loops and grids for a loose-limbed, open minded engagement of the form.

                                                                            Taking inspiration from the iconic carnival rides that are inseparable from their high-octane happy hardcore soundtrack, “One For The Waltzers” begins with a distant rumble of muffled breakbeats that inch ever closer. But rather than dizzying lights and in-the-red maximalism, “One For The Waltzers” gradually reveals its knowingly deep shimmy and groove. It is a drum-heavy and rhythmic production, masterfully using negative space to showcase every contour of its slowed-down rave horns and acid house synth lines.

                                                                            “KE01” inhabits the flipside of the same sonic world. Here, feverish percussive energy contrasts against pensive melodic synth chords. It’s a heady warehouse affair, familiar and complex, referential yet contemporary, and only adds to the momentum that Ian DPM is gathering.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Big n wobbly fairground tackle for rushing sonic nostalgia and dizzying, amyl-huffing greatness. Mega.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A. One For The Waltzers
                                                                            B. KE01


                                                                            Angelic Music - 2023 Reissue

                                                                              In 1978 Iasos has returned with a new album consist of 2 long peaceful compositions “The Angels of Comfort “ and “Angel Play”. These pieces are extremely soothing, heavenly, loving, and peaceful, and it captures the energies of love – on a galactic scale. It functions as a universal healing comforting presence. This genre of music could be termed “classical New Age music”. The philosopher Alan Watts has said, “Iasos is doing the classical music of the New Age.” This album is a “vibrational environment” of soothing loving angelic feelings – very nurturing and comforting.

                                                                              The music can be used for creating a sacred space, for meditating, body-work, visualization, hospice work, emotional healing, and for tuning into angels. It is well suited for relaxing the mind, body and spirit. When Iasos first released this album, it immediately became an underground classic, due to its universal appeal. It was the one of first albums that created a new music genre now known as “New Age” music. In addition, it still is one of the most cherished pieces of music worldwide. The Psychology Department at Plymouth State College had this music receive the highest rating, by quite a margin, for being “most like the heavenly music” heard by people who had had a near-death experience. “Angelic Music” was released on vinyl only once in 1989 on Brazilian label Estúdio Eldorado.

                                                                              Inspired by the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension, Iasos broke ground for a new age of electronic sound manipulation. His was pioneering work - done from a bohemian boat-slip home office - on some of the first commercially available synthesizers and, on stage, into the kaleidoscopic heart of psychedelic-era concert visuals.

                                                                              As life-affirming and attuned to spirit as Iasos' soul portraits were, prestigious psychology departments heard in them the tones humans hear at the precipice between life and death. Before ambient and New Age were so named and codified, the "Paradise Music" of Iasos (represented here by 13 selections transmitted between 1975 and 1985) brought Earth - transcriptions of a vast and galactic soundhealing to a planet much in need.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. I Passion You A Leap Of Love-Flame
                                                                              2. Rainbow Canyon
                                                                              3. The Angels Of Comfort
                                                                              4. Blue Fire Realms
                                                                              5. Siren Shallows
                                                                              6. Crystal Petals
                                                                              7. Procession On The Horizon
                                                                              8. The Royal Court Of Goddess Vesta
                                                                              9. The Winds Of Olympus
                                                                              10. The Descent Of Spring
                                                                              11. Cloud Prayer
                                                                              12. Spring Temple Forest
                                                                              13. Crystal*White*Fire*Light


                                                                              Inter-Dimensional Music - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                A “Fact of Being” was lucky happy to invite you to Iasos dimension and presents 3 epic ambient/new-age releases from a remarkable artist. Iasos is a Music Creator, specializing in celestial, heavenly, inter-dimensional music. He is also one of the original founders of “New Age” music has named “the Duke Ellington of New Age and the “Creator of New Age” by the New York Times. His albums often in lists like “the list of 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time.” by Pitchfork, “The 20 best new age albums“ by Facmag, to name just a few. Since 1968 Iasos has remained focused and dedicated to his original intention – composing and recording his music, giving seminars, and doing multi-media concerts around the world.

                                                                                His music has been used by NASA, LAZARIS, ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, LASERIUM, and HEWLETT PACKARD, as well as by numerous hospitals, health clinics, therapists, mental health clinics, and surgeons throughout the world. Despite this, we found that some of Iasos’s masterpieces are criminally rare and hard to get on physical formats. In 2019 during discussions with Iasos, we have chosen 3 albums for the first part of the reissues of Iasos’s music on the Fact of Being on vinyl and audio CD. May this music be an OASIS for your Soul. In 1975 Iasos, published his first work “Inter-Dimensional Music” which during the years became an absolute classic of a new age and ambient music. This is probably a first “new age” album ever released. In addition, a year after in 1976 Steven Halpern, with his well-known masterpiece “Spectrum-Suite” cemented the existence of style. Being unique, the music lays at the crossroads of ambient, new age, psychedelic, prog, and space music. Recommended for fans of Peter Davison, Popol Vuh, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Steven Halpern, and Michael Stearns’ early works.

                                                                                Now, after 45 years since first publishing the album available again on limited VINYL in original artwork.

                                                                                Reviews: “It is NOT the typical sounds of the average new age music found throughout the ’80s, it is a trippy, exotic psych sound having roots in ’60s West Coast experimental music. A cornerstone of new age music by real new agers. “l find lasos’ inter-dimensional music needing new words to describe it. I feel as though I were entering a new world — a new and very profoundly beautiful world. –Buckminster Fuller

                                                                                “What’s most remarkable about Inter-Dimensional Music is how immaculately conceived it appears, less a stepping stone than a lodestone magnetizing the entirety of future new age sonic aesthetics. Even its creator, eccentric Greek bohemian Iasos, seemed caught off guard by it, admitting surprise when in 1967 he began hearing a new, nebulous form of music in his head, which he referred to as “paradise music”. Less than a decade later — on May 17, 1975 to be exact — he manifested this vision into a 45-minute suite of smeared synthetic textures, strings, piano, percussion, flute, and field recordings, dusted in heavenly FX and backwards tape. It’s an astoundingly ahistorical invention, crystalizing the essence of a style no one else had even imagined, much less attempted.

                                                                                The only remotely comparable form it shares a lineage with is some sort of outsider spiritual exotica but little in that world feels this hazy, immaterial, and limitless. The sides are diffuse and disorienting, evaporating into hypnagogic wisps of perfumed breeze or quiet creeks of frogs. Even so, Iasos distinctly intended Inter-Dimensional Music for focused enjoyment rather than background ambience because he believed his music could connect listeners to “heavenly realms of existence” — and heaven must be heard to be entered.” – Factmag (the list of 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time.)

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Libra Sunrise
                                                                                2. Formentera Sunset Clouds
                                                                                3. I Passion You A Leap Of Love-Flame
                                                                                4. Lueena Coast
                                                                                5. Aries
                                                                                6. Crystal Petals
                                                                                7. Osiris Bull-Man & Elephant Walk
                                                                                8. Creation / Cloud Prayer
                                                                                9. Angel Play
                                                                                10. The Bubble Massage
                                                                                11. Maha-Splendor


                                                                                Realms Of Light - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                  After a decade of a break, in 2001 Iasos returned with a new, first in a new millennium, album – “Realms of Light”. Here you will hear 8 masterpieces of heavenly music that takes you to other-worldly realms just filled with Love and Light. This album continues where “Elixir” 1983 left off! Journey into heavenly celestial realms with a master of inter-dimensional music. Ecstatic planes of existence filled with love, light, color, fragrance, and sacredness. Unearthly sparkling beauty.

                                                                                  There are a few guest musicians who beautify the album: Joie Favier from Cybervixen, legendary violinist Steven Kindler who was one of the forerunners in playing multi-string electric violin, and another new-age music legend Sophia Roberts. To summarize, this album is intensely full of heavenly feelings that will make your heart glow.



                                                                                    French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album ‘Ash’, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. ‘Ash’ is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name.

                                                                                    While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded.

                                                                                    ‘Ash’ was recorded in November 2016 in London with producer Richard Russell at his studio The Copper House. The album features twelve new tracks, including ‘Away Away’ which was released in June, and includes appearances from Kamasi Washington, Mala Rodriguez, Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello.

                                                                                    ‘Deathless,’ the second track to be debuted from ‘Ash’, features the incomparable Kamasi Washington on saxophone, and was written in the wake of an experience that Lisa-Kaindé had when she was sixteen that involved her being wrongly arrested by French police. She went home and wrote the emotive ‘Deathless,’ in which she describes her experience: “I was writing ‘Deathless’ as an anthem for everybody!” Lisa-Kaindé says. “For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless. I have a huge amount of respect for people who fought for, what I think, are my rights today and if we all sing together ‘we are deathless, ’they will be living through us into a better world”.

                                                                                    Step out of the gloom and into Ibeyi’s world, a place of optimism, openness and acceptance. The modern world never looked so beautiful as it does through Ibeyi’s lens


                                                                                    Spell 31

                                                                                      The third album from Afro-Cuban French twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz who together are Ibeyi. Inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, this is a record celebrating their multitudes are harnessing their power to heal others. Featuring collaborations with Pa Salieu, Jorja Smith, BERWYN, Dave Okumu, Ben Reed and Owen Pallett, with production by Richard Russell.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: Ibeyi fall perfectly in that magical middle ground between synth-pop disco and funk, imbued with musical sensibilities from their Afro-Cuban heritage, it's a beautifully balanced and eminently listenable triumph. The track with Jorja Smith on it is a particular delight too, probably my favourite piece of theirs to date. ace.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                      O Inle
                                                                                      Made Of Gold Feat. Pa Salieu
                                                                                      Sister 2 Sister
                                                                                      Creature (Perfect)

                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                      Tears Are Our Medicine
                                                                                      Foreign Country
                                                                                      Lavender & Red Roses Feat. Jorja Smith
                                                                                      Rise Above Feat. BERWYN
                                                                                      Los Muertos

                                                                                      Eno Williams, frontwoman of Ibibio Sound Machine, uses both English and the Nigerian language from which her band’s name is derived for the dazzling new album. Long lauded for jubilant, explosive live shows, Ibibio Sound Machine fully capture that energy on "Doko Mien", the followup to "Uyai". By pulsing the mystic shapes of Williams’ lines through further inventive, glittering collages of genre, Ibibio Sound Machine crack apart the horizon separating cultures, between nature and technology, between joy and pain, between tradition and future. That propensity for duality and paradox seems common in people whose lives span continents. Williams was born in the UK, but grew up in Nigeria, always steeped in her family heritage. She obsessed over West African electronic music, highlife, and the like, but was equally empowered by Western genres such as post-punk, disco, and funk.

                                                                                      The traditional Ibibio folk tale bobs over the waves of tuned percussion, chunky synth, and pinprick highlife-esque guitar, while Jose Joyette’s drums and Derrick McIntyre’s bass funk groove bring everyone to the dance floor. 'These stories won’t be forgotten. Feel the music: it speaks to everybody,' Williams says. 'We can travel back in time together, while convening on a futuristic, present tense. We hope that we can give people that reason to wake up, that one song to sing and dance and be happy.'

                                                                                      On their new album, Ibibio Sound Machine provide the perfect companion, ready to digest as much as possible and then further unfurl beauty and hope. They remember and honor the past and charge forward toward the future, all while intensely expanding the present.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      SIDE A
                                                                                      I Need You To Be Sweet Like Sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)
                                                                                      Wanna Come Down
                                                                                      Tell Me (Doko Mien)
                                                                                      I Know That You’re Thinking About Me
                                                                                      I Will Run

                                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                                      Just Go Forward (Ka I So)
                                                                                      She Work Very Hard
                                                                                      Nyak Mien, Kuka
                                                                                      Guess We Found A Way

                                                                                      Even in trying times, “there is no love without electricity.” Electricity is the fourth and most progressive album from Ibibio Sound Machine, and like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. “It’s darker than anything we’ve done previously,” says Eno Williams, the group’s singer. “That’s because it grew out of the turbulence of the past year. It inhabits an edgier world.”

                                                                                      Electricity was produced by the Grammy Award and Mercury Prize nominated British synthpop group Hot Chip, a collaboration born out of mutual admiration watching each other on festival stages, as well as a shared love of Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder. The fruits of their labor reveal a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder. Electricity is the first album Ibibio Sound Machine have made with external producers since the group’s formation in London in 2013 by Williams and saxophonist Max Grunhard. True, 2017’s Uyai featured mixdown guests including Dan Leavers, aka Danalogue, the keyboard jedi in future-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming, but Hot Chip and Ibibio Sound Machine worked together more deeply throughout the process, collaborating fully. Along the way, the team conjured a kaleidoscope of delights that include resonances of Jonzun Crew, Grace Jones, William Onyeabor, Tom Tom Club, Kae Tempest, Keith LeBlanc, The J.B.’s, Jon Hassell’s “Fourth World,” and Bootsy Collins.

                                                                                      The hook of opener “Protection From Evil” has Williams wielding a massive synth line from Hot Chip’s Al Doyle like a spiritual shield against unspecified, malign forces unspecified because Williams is speaking in tongues. Her lyrics are onomatopoeic: their meaning is defined in her energetic delivery. As Electricity takes off, so do Williams’ words towards a brighter future, alternating between English and Ibibio, sometimes within verses, and propelled by Joseph Amoako’s unabating afrobeat. She digs into this sentiment further on single “All That You Want,” coolly assuring her romantic interest while also requesting reciprocity. Meanwhile, Scott Baylis’ playful Juno synth guides the listener’s feet along the dancefloor.

                                                                                      Electricity is a deep and seamless realization of Williams’ and Grunhard’s ambitious founding manifesto to combine the singularly rhythmic character of the Ibibio language which Williams spoke growing up in Nigeria with a range of traditional West African music and more modern electronic sounds. While the band enjoys veering further into electronic territory with the help of mutuals like Hot Chip, Grunhard emphasizes, “For us, it’s not just a matter of embracing new technology. What’s key is to keep the music grounded in African roots.” Ibibio Sound Machine best exemplify this on Electricity’s “Freedom.” That track was inspired by the water-drumming rhythms of Cameroon’s Baka women, which in turn fueled its lyrics, which in turn prompted Hot Chip and Ibibio Sound Machine to layer joyfully kinetic electronic counterparts on top in the studio. As the track culminates with the mantra of “rage, hope, cope, soul,” it’s clear that Ibibio Sound Machine have channelled, harnessed, and distilled these words as guiding principles, both for the album and for the turbulent world that awaits it.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: I remember buying ISM's self titled album from this very shop around 2014 because it was recommended highly, and it couldn't have been more of a welcome punt. It turns out that they've only gone from strength to strength, and 'Electricity' absolutely shines with the raw groove and scattered influences of the earlier LP's, but with a much more honed sense of rhythm and melody. Absolutely, unsurprisingly brilliant.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      SIDE A
                                                                                      1. Protection From Evil
                                                                                      2 .Electricity
                                                                                      3 .Casio (Yak Nda Nda)
                                                                                      4. Afo Ken Doko Mien
                                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                                      5. All That You Want
                                                                                      6. Wanna See Your Face Again
                                                                                      7. 17 18 19
                                                                                      8. Truth No Lie
                                                                                      9. Oyoyo

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                                                                                      10. Something We’ll Remember
                                                                                      11. Almost Flying
                                                                                      12. Freedom

                                                                                      Hey, this aint no “follow up” number, this is a the other arm getting a shot; this is the Slave Vows era of the Icarus Line getting its I’s dotted. A sort of finality at play here, “Avowed Slavery” is the companion release to 2013’s well received SLAVE VOWS album, this completes the circle of fury.

                                                                                      With the video release of “City Job” at the end of 2013, and the Slave Vows album still making people talk, it was time to put these songs to wax, prepare the world for The Icarus Line's next move. Five tracks spread over the two sides, this mini album serves as aSlave Vows booster jab, the feral verocity of the last album is in spades here, maybe even more so, the fire in the band’s belly is roaring, and its only when the last track closes down do you realise quite fully, the impact.

                                                                                      Reference points take in a whole gamut of genres, styles, sounds, stances…… Cardamone leads the gang once more into the rough, the desecrated warzone that is the music industry, american culture and love , they (Cardamone, Hallet, De Guzman, Arnao) create their brand of “hellfire and brimstone” rock and roll…

                                                                                      Leeches and Seeds is a frenetic blast of noise with Hallets drums threatening to collapse your ears, driving you into live favourite Junkadelic. The bastard offspring of Clinton and Bargeld this grooves and slithers, winding its earworm abilities into your whole shuddering psyche…..

                                                                                      Raise Yer Crown closes off side one, with their LA swagger back in full effect, thump and grind from the Icarus Line, this is Los Angeles NOW…

                                                                                      Side two opens with the long awaited studio version of other live fave “Salem Slims”, first aired on the Killing Joke support tour in 2012, this fearless headrush is so adamantly an Icarus Line song, that theres no other comparison, howling stoogian vocal, building-destroying rhythms, shards of guitar gloss stunning all within range, this headrush of almost-insanity then moves into the last track, “The Father,. The Priest” , is this the calm after the storm, is this the comedown, is this the penance for the passion? Or is this the Vows era Icarus Line laying down tools to prepare for the next go?

                                                                                      Listen at full blast
                                                                                      - Joe Cardamone

                                                                                      Brand new album from LA hellions, the Icarus Line, is quite possibly their best album yet. Harking back to the fury of Mono, the fire of Pennance Soiree and dragging the swagger out of the Black Lives / Wild Life albums, "Slave Vows" is quite simply a fearsome vitriolic rock and roll outpouring that starts, and never lets up for every 45 minutes of Stoogian styled glory.

                                                                                      Evoking Funhouse, Everything Went Black, Goats Head Soup and Maggotbrain in one fell swoop, it could be said that the Icarus Line have finally made the album they set out on making in 2001... this is not for the fainthearted! Some of these songs were blooded on their support slot with Killing Joke on their European tour in 2012, this album also features the best rhythm section the band have had (new drummer Ben Hallett and original bassist Lance Arnao completely NAIL IT!), underpinning the white hot guitar flow from singer/leader Joe Cardamone, the songs..ebb, and flow, slash and burn...cauterizing any that stand in their way.

                                                                                      This is pure rock and roll hellfire distilled onto vinyl and CD.

                                                                                      BRAND NEW album from legendary LA firestarters, The Icarus Line. Their third full length release for Agitated (their eigth album in total), following on from their imperious return to the fray in 2013 with the much lauded release of 'Slave Vows', followed up by its companion "album release" 'Avowed Slavery' in 2014.

                                                                                      Recorded and arranged live as a group in Cardamone's studio, Valley Recording Company in Burbank, the sessions "were very private and conducive to conjuring," the frontman describes. "If you are lucky, you can capture something before it dies. I feel like all great music is a fleeting inspiration. You only have so much time to capture it before it either turns into routine or it turns its back on you."

                                                                                      The album features a guest appearance from legendary outsider artist Joe Coleman who helped coin the album title. Also appearing is Bad Seed / Grinderman/ Dirty Three band leader Warren Ellis who helped pen the track "Bedlam Blue" with Cardamone.

                                                                                      Art work for All Things Under Heaven was found during the making of the record. Veteran news photographer Randy Taylor was receiving attention for some works of his that were created out of destruction. During the Sandy hurricane his archive was flooded and many of his photos were "destroyed". The pictures that would make up the record's sleeve were simply a document of a 4th of July cookout but after the waters of Sandy they became the american dream in a car crash with mother nature. The perfect visual to compliment a document about a melted american dream.

                                                                                      All Things Under Heaven packs the kind of swagger, raunch & ascent that would make Iggy Stooge and Sun Ra proud parents. It is a record that expands the vocabulary of what rock music can be without sacrificing the critical spirit that makes it Rock N Roll. The Icarus Line have summoned up the demons from the past, paid their homage and taken the sound in an entirely new direction; because this band are never ones to be caught on their knees. The album is a sprawling sonic landscape that has a timeless quality about it as it traverses between low valleys, towering skyscrapers and all the dirty alleyways that connect them. It's a record that's as sprawling as the city of Los Angeles to which The Icarus Line have always called home. It's a fuck you to the bite size society that has become music consumption. Life is bigger than that. And just like LA, this is a record that from the opening hollow echo swallowed pounding drums of "Ride Or Die" to the final free jazz funeral lullaby of "Sleep Now" is all its own world.

                                                                                      The Icarus Line have been deep in the rock 'n' roll trenches since their debut album Mono in the late 90s, yet sound more significant now than ever. Over the years The Icarus Line have proved to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable live bands around, again and again. Their performances are explosive, dangerous and sexy all at the same time.

                                                                                      "Joe Cardamone slanks in a room like some sick fuck who actually knows how to live on the street, instead of pretending that he still does," writes Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl. "Walking down Vulnerable Hardass Ave " the one where OG rock'n'rollers, the early eat-their-arms screamers and bar walkers that paved the way for posers and haircuts to come, first started screaming out the truth that was eating them alive."

                                                                                      For fans of all music styles American Primitive: Ayler, Patton, Howlin Wolf, Gira, Velvet Underground, Funkadelic, Sun Ra, The Psychedelic Stooges, Black Flag, Charlie Feathers, Tony Conrad.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: As brash as ever, The Icarus Line return to the fore with this, their latest outing since 2013. All Things Under Heaven sees the band in a more grungy, punk-influenced mood. Snarling vocals, and screaming call-to-arms refrains atop driving distortion and thumbing kick drums. Never likely to be accused of being boring, this is a new direction from a band that can do no wrong. A Political noise-punk statement, and a righteous performance from one of the greatest post-hardcore bands of all time.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      RIDE OR DIE
                                                                                      TOTAL PANDEMONIUM
                                                                                      EL SERENO
                                                                                      ALL THINGS UNDER HEAVEN (featuring Joe Coleman)
                                                                                      LITTLE HORN
                                                                                      MILLENIAL PRAYER
                                                                                      INCINERATOR BLUE
                                                                                      BEDLAM BLUE (featuring Warren Ellis)
                                                                                      SOLAR PLEXUS
                                                                                      I DON'T WANNA STAY
                                                                                      SLEEP NOW

                                                                                      Ice Black Birds

                                                                                      As Birds We'd Be Fine

                                                                                      Debut release from Laissez Faire Club Records is the second single from Brighton based Ice Black Birds, "As Birds We’d Be Fine". It’s a slice of blues fueled, anthemic indie rock fit for the summer festival season, and has already been championed by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 as well as Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on 6Music.

                                                                                      The flip side is live favourite "Doors", a highly charged rock ‘n’ roll riot all over in two-and-a-half minutes – like they used to make in the good old days.

                                                                                      Fans of CCR, Kings Of Leon, White Denim and The Black Keys will love this.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A:
                                                                                      As Birds We’d Be Fine

                                                                                      Side B:


                                                                                      Power - 35th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                        35th Anniversary of the Platinum-selling Sophomore Album, co-produced by Ice-T and Afrika Islam. Releasing as a Limited Edition 'Ice Cold Gold' Colour Vinyl, this record includes legendary singles like "I'm Your Pusher" and "High Rollers" from one of rap's Original Gangsters.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A:
                                                                                        1. Intro
                                                                                        2. Power
                                                                                        3. Drama
                                                                                        4. Heartbeat
                                                                                        5. The Syndicate
                                                                                        6. Radio Suckers
                                                                                        Side B:
                                                                                        1. I’m Your Pusher
                                                                                        2. Personal
                                                                                        3. Girls L.G.B.N.A.F.
                                                                                        4. High Rollers
                                                                                        5. Grand Larceny
                                                                                        6. Soul On Ice
                                                                                        7. Outro



                                                                                          Beyondless radiates joy. It’s an album that shows Iceage finally catching up with their ambition, all the while retaining the rich character of the band’s brash beginnings. It’s important to pay attention to the journey, from New Brigade (2011), a juvenile delinquent take on post-punk, full of cold, distant condemnation, and onto the ecstasy of You're Nothing (2013), shedding the more aggressive hardcore influence and dragging in more light, a tendency followed on Plowing Into The Field Of Love (2014). Throughout their career, the band’s charm has rested in their running ahead of themselves with blind confidence; on Beyondless, they are treading with a disarming assurance, but no loss of charm.

                                                                                          The album was produced by the band with Nis Bysted, and recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Göteborg, Sweden, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios in Seattle. The album was played entirely by Iceage with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone).

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Switching from nodded-out psychedelic shambling melodies to driven garage-rock interludes, Iceage are brimming with spirit and equally matching their loosely laid melodic foundations with a relaxed but effective approach to songwriting.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          2. Pain Killer
                                                                                          3. Under The Sun
                                                                                          4. The Day The Music Dies
                                                                                          5. Plead The Fifth
                                                                                          6. Catch It
                                                                                          7. Thieves Like Us
                                                                                          8. Take It All
                                                                                          9. Showtime
                                                                                          10. Beyondless


                                                                                          Seek Shelter

                                                                                            With each new release, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth and Dan Kjær Nielsen refigure the contours of a typical Iceage song. This is especially true of Seek Shelter, their fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce the record and an additional guitarist in the form of Casper Morilla Fernandez, Seek Shelter sees Iceage’s propulsive momentum pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. A decade on from their first record, Iceage continue to harness their lives together through music. This journey, in music and life, has never progressed in a linear fashion.

                                                                                            Seek Shelter is the sound of a tight emotional core unwound. Rain dripped through cracks in the ceiling of Namouche, the dilapidated wood-panelled Lisbon radio studio of a 1960s vintage where the band set up for 12 days. The band had to arrange their equipment around puddles. Pieces of cloth covered slowly filling buckets so that the sound of raindrops wouldn’t reach the microphones. Kember arranged garden lamps from a nearby party store for mood lighting in the high-ceiling space. It was the longest time Iceage have ever spent making an album. When the rain had stopped, Seek Shelter revealed itself as a collection of songs radiating warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world that’s spinning further and further out of control.

                                                                                            Iceage started making music together in 2008 as young teens in their hometown of Copenhagen. The band’s 2011 debut New Brigade, crystallized the raucous energy and unbreakable brotherhood of Danish teenagers weaned on post-punk, hardcore and no wave, and it found ears and kin around the world. 2012’s You’re Nothing was hard, fast and raw, a bold doubling-down on the aggression of youth in the first record as well as the weight of expectation. Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014) and Beyondless (2018) saw a softening of the band’s hardest edges and the arrival of a certain world-weary vaudeville in the Iceage sound. In an extraordinary and unexpected run, the band had gone from the fertile hyperlocal Copenhagen scene to stages all over the world. Iceage’s past two records — all filtered twangy guitar riffs, sparse piano arrangements, and slinky, slow-moving rhythms — ventured into an intoxicated but knowing swirl, surveying the party at the end of the night. They’d seen it all, at least once, and their music rode the crest of that chaos.

                                                                                            Seek Shelter, the band’s first record made with an outside producer brought in alongside longtime collaborator Nis Bysted, is the place they have been called to next. Elias Bender Rønnenfelt casts the influence of producer Sonic Boom as that of a sparring partner, another wayward mind to bounce ideas off of and another pair of hands (along with Shawn Everett, who mixed the record) to help shape the sound. Kember had said in an interview that he’d like to produce for the band, and the feeling was mutual. Rønnenfelt recalls being 12 or 13, listening to Spacemen 3, the band Kember co-founded in 1982 at the age of 16. “It was one of those things that just reverberated with my being,” he explains. For Seek Shelter, “we wanted a partner that had some noise that we didn’t have, more a wizard than a producer. We thought he’d be that kind of wizard for us, and we were right — he came in with a truckload of strange equipment that we’d never seen before.” Kember, reflecting on the session and reaching for his highest praise, describes Iceage as “fucking show offs, like everyone who was ever great and emotional and honest.”

                                                                                            For Seek Shelter’s story of scorched-earth salvation, the band’s songwriting embraces conventional structures more conspicuously than it has in the past. The dirge-like drone that opens the record gives way to a wall of reverb that sounds fuller and brighter than anything they've committed to tape, signalling a clarity of clouds breaking. American gospel and blues signatures break to the front of the slow-grooving “Vendetta” and harmonica-flecked “Gold City,” a record which sounds like the road, a desert mission under a blazing sun. The Lisboa Gospel Collective, who joined the band for two tracks on the final day in the studio, provide a new scale to Rønnenfelt’s incantations. There are moments of unvarnished romanticism, as on the brisk Jacques Brel-like “Drink Rain,” and an overcast tenderness that gently glides over “Love Kills Slowly.” The massive “High & Hurt” interpolates “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a warhorse of the American religious vernacular that has become an increasingly urgent plea over the past century. It’s not the only anthem that calls out to the heavens: later on, Rønnenfelt invokes the patron saint of music and poetry on “Dear Saint Cecilia,” a song for seekers everywhere. “Writing a song is like trying to find a space where you can make something that’s been riled up and down through the years feel like it belongs to your present moment,” says Rønnenfelt. “It’s all just scaffolding that you can project something onto.”

                                                                                            Rønnenfelt’s lyricism reaches grand heights despite its classic opacity — he sings of taking shelter, of tranquil affections that threaten to combust, and of a limp-wristed god with a cavalcade of devotees in search of relief. His expressionist imagery consistently hinges on the divine, a natural result of his desire to take a kernel of ordinary emotion and, as he explains, “blow it up like a balloon.” For Seek Shelter, as with all Iceage’s previous albums, Rønnenfelt stowed away for a set period of weeks and wrote the lyrics in one shot. “I set a time just to make sure that all the lyrics are written from the same mindset,” he explains of these weeks alone. The lyrics stem from journals that he’s kept over the past few years: “it becomes an amalgamation of ideas and impressions of things that you’ve been provoked by or had to live through. You end up with something that is a rough, blurry perspective of what that period of time was like, a mishmash of personal struggle that is shaded throughout by a world that seems more transparent in its inherently cruel ways.” Romance and desire, as described in “Love Kills Slowly” and the album closer “The Holding Hand,” are feelings that stretch torturously — a race without a finish line.

                                                                                            What precisely makes an Iceage song is still a mysterious thing, and the band wishes to maintain this protean quality. “If there’s ever a point in our history when something in the songs starts to seem easy but doesn’t really excite us that much, we just discard that shit right away,” he says. “You’ve always got to find a new vantage point to attack the assignment of writing a song. If we had a formula, it would be just a continuous watering down of what we do until we hated ourselves and quit.” With Seek Shelter, they’ve managed to hold onto this core of presence and risk while writing their most ambitious songs. Even Rønnenfelt was surprised with what they were able to create together. “I think when we started we were just lashing out completely blindfolded with no idea as to why we were doing anything.” He’s speaking of the new record and also of their entire existence as a band, a travelogue that has catapulted these four friends far past the horizons of punk. “Some of that we wanted to remain intact. We try to keep the mystery. If there's no sense of mystery in it for us, then it's not fun.” Seek Shelter is a record that now exists at a moment of a collective unknown, when every beating heart wonders what will happens next.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: There's an indescribable flow to Iceage's music, pulling in influence from classic rock, a sort of country swing and distorted melodicism you don't hear that much nowadays. In a way, it harks back to the heyday of 90's indie, full of energy and power-chord groove, but with a much more nuanced lilt. It's clever and confounding and endlessly replayable.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                            1. Shelter Song
                                                                                            2. High & Hurt
                                                                                            3. Love Kills Slowly
                                                                                            4. Vendetta
                                                                                            5. Drink Rain

                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                            6. Gold City
                                                                                            7. Dear Saint Cecilia
                                                                                            8. The Wider Powder Blue
                                                                                            9. The Holding Hand


                                                                                            Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021

                                                                                              Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021, Iceage's second full length for Mexican Summer, is a collection of non-LP cuts (or “misfit children,” as lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt describes them) from the seven years during which Iceage made Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014), Beyondless (2018), and Seek Shelter (2021). As with all of Iceage’s albums, whether it be the sensual daring-do of their dark-hardcore masterpiece debut, the Flying Nun-dappled “Oi!!!!” of You’re Nothing, the shift to cowpunk gothic romanticism on Plowing Into the Field of Love, or the space truckin’ gospel-rock of their most recent albums, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Johan Suurballe Wieth, Jakob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen make the impossible seem effortless.



                                                                                                Rare as a bass eunuch this is 1978 Icelandic prog, vinyl copies are selling for £400 and musically it's good too. A trio with Axel Einarsson proving to be a dab hand on the old fretboard.

                                                                                                Lia Ices


                                                                                                  "Ices" is a celebration of flight, levity, and the conviction that you can leave earth. You take wing in an airplane, you go to real places when you dream, you have out-of-body experiences, you get high, you lose yourself in someone else.

                                                                                                  When we started work on these songs, I was beginning a gradual move to California, constantly traveling back and forth from New York. I was experimenting. I was falling in love. Our studio in the Hudson Valley was full of electronics and computers and the sounds of future ships sailing through the vastness of space, and I sometimes forgot where I was. The first songs we wrote were called "flying 1", then "flying 2", and so on, which eventually evolved into songs on the album. Flight became a metaphor for the ignition of the imagination. The process created a lightness in me, a freedom and positive energy that I¹d never before felt or explored.

                                                                                                  This recording session became a two year music and spiritual retreat with my psychic twin brother, Eliot. A private journey during which we abandoned old habits and familiar sounds. We got really geeky and experimented in our studio. We obsessed over sympathetic magic, "Ancient Aliens", and the NBA. We allowed everything we loved to find its way in: Persian percussion, hip-hop beats, lo-fi, hi-fi, Pakistani pop, Link Wray, Jason Pierce, gospel, dub. We developed new systems; we worked with synthesis, software, and samples; we became producers. The Hudson Valley was home base, but I wanted to keep flying. I wrote songs in California, recorded vocals in Atlanta, and worked with Clams Casino in Brooklyn.

                                                                                                  For the first time, Lia Ices felt like an inclusive project with its own identity, not just a name.

                                                                                                  "Ices" as a whole is devoted to these certainties. While we have evolved, we are still animals. We respond to planets, patterns, and cycles. We require the sounds of our origins. We live in the future but stay bound to the primitive and primordial. We will always want tribe, we will always want rhythm, we will always need music to guide us into our deepest sense of what it means to be human. So we hear sounds from all over the planet in this album. We devour so much music, and with this album we allowed ourselves to claim bits from all of it.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Tell Me
                                                                                                  2. Thousand Eyes
                                                                                                  3. Higher
                                                                                                  4. Love Ices Over
                                                                                                  5. Magick
                                                                                                  6. Electric Arc
                                                                                                  7. Sweet As Ice
                                                                                                  8. Creature
                                                                                                  9. How We Are
                                                                                                  10. Waves

                                                                                                  Icky Boyfriends

                                                                                                  Live In San Francisco

                                                                                                    “You like anchovies? Morning breath? Dried blood? The sun-up residue after a night of hard drugs? Well, you’re gonna love Icky Boyfriends.

                                                                                                    “I painted houses for a couple years with an old-school San Francisco artist / musician dude who would let me run the boombox while we worked. This was right around the time I became obsessed with Icky Boyfriends. I would play the shit all day and wax about how I much I loved them. He piped up one day and asked what they were called again. ‘Icky Boyfriends,’ I said. ‘Oh yeah, I remember those guys…man, they could clear a room.’ “That’s the Ickys—an acquired taste for people who maybe have eyes that feel natural when trolling the gutter for nutrition. These are stories of strung-out super heroes singing the praises of the old school San Francisco freak scene. Hilarious at times, genius always and as scuzzy as anything you could ever hear. “Live in San Francisco was recorded masterfully by the Castle Face engineers team at the grand SF Eagle. There are many classic favorites here, as well as a couple new jams (I challenge anyone to tell the difference). We’ve kept it primal and simple as the Ickys always have. What a treat, now let’s eat!” - John Dwyer

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. 22 Fillmore
                                                                                                    2. Miss Nevada
                                                                                                    3. Cuckoo
                                                                                                    4. Ecophobia
                                                                                                    5. My Disciples
                                                                                                    6. I'm Not Fascinating
                                                                                                    7. Frank's Mom
                                                                                                    8. Don't Read The Bay Guardian
                                                                                                    9. I Was?
                                                                                                    10. Toenails
                                                                                                    11. Even Richard Nixon's Got Soul
                                                                                                    12. Bay Colony Baby
                                                                                                    13. Rock And Roll Asshole
                                                                                                    14. Resurrection Ale
                                                                                                    15. Pigs 1
                                                                                                    16. Pigs 2
                                                                                                    17. No Duh
                                                                                                    18. Drug Wars (Original)

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                                                                                                            Icons Of Filth


                                                                                                              One of the greatest anarcho-punk bands of all time has returned with a brand new album that stands up to their brilliant early releases. Simply put, Icons of Filth have grown in stature to underground punks all over the world. "Nostradamndedus" features their trademark brash guitars and in your face vocals. Their confrontational lyrics take to task capitalism, corporate greed and a gamut of social issues that are more timely and important today than ever before.

                                                                                                              The Icypoles

                                                                                                              My World Was Made For You

                                                                                                                The Icypoles grew out of a soundtrack to an experimental film. During the recording Isobel Knowles discovered a love for 60s girl group garage bands and film music that creates a particular dark ambience. She started the band with her best friends Tara Shackell and Kim White and together they became The Icypoles.

                                                                                                                Tara and Isobel were invited to join Architecture In Helsinki soon after The Icypoles started playing to audiences and there was a long pause in the development of the band while AIH toured the globe. However, the idea stayed strong and more songs showed their faces over the years.

                                                                                                                The time came to take The Icypoles more seriously. The band found a new drummer, Lani Sommer, and together went into the recording studio (a kitchen in a temporary house). The recordings were interspersed with shows around Melbourne and small tours (Sydney, Stockholm and New York City!). A cassette came out in London with Sexbeat zine in 2010. UK label Kooky Discs invited the Icypoles to release a limited edition 7” in 2011.

                                                                                                                Then came a more serious stint in the recording studio with producer Haima Marriott (Architecture In Helsinki, Still Flyin’) and the mixing process began. Isobel and Haima had worked together on those first soundtrack recordings and revisited their recording experiments.

                                                                                                                ‘The Icypoles’ Story…The Icypoles grew out of a soundtrack to an experimental film. Here is the scene: a girl writes into a magazine with a problem about her teenage love life. She doesn’t know if she’s too young for love. The magazine is from a by-gone era, the music sounds something like Sixteen Candles with backing vocals to a ‘Dear Editor’ soliloquy. During the recording Isobel Knowles discovered a love for 60s girl group garage bands and film music that creates a particular dark ambience. She work-shopped some band names with her best friends Tara Shackell and Kim White and together with them created the idea of The Icypoles. Suddenly there was a new reason to write music and a small repertoire emerged. The songs featured on debut release, 'Promise To Stay' represent this first collection. Tara and Isobel were invited to join Architecture in Helsinki soon after The Icypoles started playing to audiences and there was a long pause in the development of the band while AIH toured the globe. But the idea stayed strong and more songs showed their faces over the years. The time came to take The Icypoles more seriously. The girls found a new drummer, Lani Sommer, and together went into the recording studio (a kitchen in a temporary house). The recordings were interspersed with shows around Melbourne and small tours (Sydney, Stockholm and New York City!). A cassette came out in London with Sexbeat ‘zine. Eventually some more recordings were made with producer, Haima Marriott and the mixing process began. Isobel and Haima had worked together on those first soundtrack recordings and revisited their recording experiments to come up with a sound for The Icypoles.


                                                                                                                The Lone Gunman

                                                                                                                  "The Lone Gunman" is Idaho's most keyboard intensive work featuring a collection of pianos, a Wurlitzer and an old Prophet 5. "The Lone Gunman" is already drawing praise as Idaho's most experimental album, 'a richly realized throwback to Eno's early work with Bowie.' Once dubbed 'the ultimate underground band', Idaho has garnered critical acclaim for 12 years, everywhere from the New Yorker to Paris's Liberation newspaper.

                                                                                                                  Yasushi Ide

                                                                                                                  A Place In The Sun

                                                                                                                    A command across genres has distinguished Yasushi Ide’s work as a DJ and producer since emerging from the multiscene spawning big bang that was Tokyo’s highly influential club milieu of the 1980s. His productions draw variously from hip-hop, dub, house, punk, jazz dance, exotica and electronic music - and at their most expressive, synthesize sensibilities within a single track. The respect Ide’s earned is well evident in the impressive roll call of collaborators he’s accrued over the years - Masters At Work, Tom Verlaine, Don Letts, James Chance, DJ Krush, Pharaoh Sanders, U-ROY, and Bongo Herman, just to name a legendary few.

                                                                                                                    Now available for worldwide distribution from Love Injection Records in both digital and 7-inch 45 vinyl formats, the Yasushi Ide “A Place In the Sun (Kaoru Inoue Remix)” is paired with the equally gorgeous “A Place In the Sun (Dub).” On the former, Inoue’s treatment largely strips away the track’s beats, anchoring it to a subtle percussion pulse that emphasizes the composition’s irresistible melodic qualities. The latter finds Yoko Ota at the controls restoring and pushing reverb-soaked drums to the forefront of the mix, accentuating Ide’s affection for the sound system aesthetic while exercising just the right amount of spacial arrangement flourishes to inject some brawn amidst the beauty.

                                                                                                                    These serendipitously rediscovered renditions of a back catalog deep cut are just the latest examples of Yasushi Ide’s artistic reach. In addition to recording such acclaimed albums as 2020’s Cosmic Suite and its 2022 sequel (for which Love Injection has remixed a track), his work has spanned music supervision of some 200+ compilations for major labels, artist management, his Grand Gallery shop/gallery proprietorship, and books showcasing the depth of his archival sensibilities, including vintage t-shirt and ephemera curation. Perhaps most inspiring, however, is that Ide is still winning new appreciators and collaborators in unexpected ways four decades into a revered career that continues to evolve and expand.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. A Place In The Sun (Kaoru Inoue Remix 45 Edit)
                                                                                                                    2. A Place In The Sun (Dub) 

                                                                                                                    The Idle Suite

                                                                                                                    Up Two Sticks Road

                                                                                                                      The Idle Suite are a six piece improv-rock group from Wellington, New Zealand. The band members come together from a variety of NZ underground acts including: King Loser, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Sferic Experiment, and Marineville. Driven by two drummers, the Idle Suite's music is open ended improv rock.

                                                                                                                      Since their inception, Seattle's eminently unique noise-benders, Idle Times have enshrouded their unhinged pop dexterity in an entire soiled spectrum of illustrious cloaks, assuring every angle they pursue is leveled with deranged precision. From the instant the lead off track kicks in on their debut LP, it's impossible to ignore the band's brainchild, Brian Standeford, utilizing an unreal and other-worldly scorching guitar tone, which very well might be what locks you in at first. But on closer listens, it's the scraps of distant-yet-familiar sound swatches, seamlessly patched together behind that inimitable guitar and vocal combination that make up the intensely diverse array of songs on their first full-length. It's never been more prominent than on their anxiously-awaited debut LP, where Idle Times are clearly pioneering a sound that's meshing so many degrees of varying styles from track to track, that it becomes easy to get lost in the staggering creativity of each intricate alcove.

                                                                                                                      With such an intense collection of tracks that crush and crackle with deranged delight, Idle Times wield both noisy pop hooks with subdued melodic mastery, and prove that following up Sic Alps/Guided By Voices-style grungy, yet fully jangled scratchy pop hits, with the twang and clang of a fried-out later-era Byrds studio outtake, is truly something fresh and exciting in this never-ending world of recycled ideas and ripped-off innovation. It just doesn't sound like anything else, and as shocking as that may seem, that's most likely why it's just so compelling. After a smashing debut single on Woodsist Records in 2009 and their elusive HoZac Hookup Klub single that followed it a few months later, Idle Times have been hard at work mastering these delicately agonizing tracks into a complete whole, reinstating the value of the full-length with its ability to showcase the broad variety of irresistibly catchy sonic sophistication included within. Dispositions and delusions aside, don't miss out on the Pacific Northwest's most enchanting underground pop ensemble of the moment, and hitch onto Idle Times while you still can breathe in the all-encompassing atmosphere of their wondrous world.

                                                                                                                      RIYL: Sonic Youth, Sic Alps, The Intelligence, Times New Viking, The Byrds, Guided By Voices


                                                                                                                      A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live At Le Bataclan

                                                                                                                        ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ was recorded at Le Bataclan in Paris on 3rd December 2018, at the close of a 90 date world tour. The album celebrates the band’s success over the previouse two years, featuring songs from ‘Brutalism’ and ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, and highlights their overall message of unity, and of healing through community.

                                                                                                                        “Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.” - Joe Talbot

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: A beautiful thing indeed, Idles bring all of their vitriol and political fire to the legendary Bataclan, and it couldn't be more perfect a performance. Rawkous, huge and scathing, a live album not to be missed.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        VINYL TRACKLISTING:
                                                                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                                                                        1 Colossus (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Never Fight A Man With A Perm (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 Mother (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Faith In The City (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        5 I’m Scum (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                        1 Danny Nedelko (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Divide & Conquer (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 1049 Gotho (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Samaritans (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        5 Television (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        SIDE C
                                                                                                                        1 Great (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Love Song (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 White Privilege (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Gram Rock (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        5 Benzocaine (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        SIDE D
                                                                                                                        1 Exeter (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Cry To Me (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 Well Done (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Rottweiler (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        CD TRACKLISTING:
                                                                                                                        DISC 1
                                                                                                                        1 Colossus (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Never Fight A Man With A Perm (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 Mother (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Faith In The City (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        5 I’m Scum (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        6 Danny Nedelko (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        7 Divide & Conquer (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        8 1049 Gotho (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        9 Samaritans (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        10 Television (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        DISC 2
                                                                                                                        1 Great (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        2 Love Song (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        3 White Privilege (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        4 Gram Rock (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        5 Benzocaine (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        6 Exeter (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        7 Cry To Me (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        8 Well Done (Live At Le Bataclan)
                                                                                                                        9 Rottweiler (Live At Le Bataclan)

                                                                                                                        Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that. Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment - but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound.

                                                                                                                        Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage .Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain, “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture. 

                                                                                                                        “Idles are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is the proof”-The Line Of Best Fit

                                                                                                                        ”Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness“ NME

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Snarling, pretence-free modern post-punk perfection from Bristol's very own Idles. From the slamming power-chord mayhem of “Well Done”, laying into Tarquin and his love of reggae and football, to the throbbing hook-laden 'Rachel Khoo', this is an unrelenting but perfectly formed juxtaposition of melodic sensibility and brazen, all-out aural warfare. Killer.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1.Heel / Heal.
                                                                                                                        2.Well Done.
                                                                                                                        3. Mother.
                                                                                                                        4. Date Night.
                                                                                                                        5. Faith In The City.
                                                                                                                        6.1049 Gotho.
                                                                                                                        7.Divide & Conquer.
                                                                                                                        8. Rachel Khoo.
                                                                                                                        9. Stendhal Syndrome.
                                                                                                                        10. Exeter.
                                                                                                                        12.White Privilege
                                                                                                                        13.Slow Savage

                                                                                                                        Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that. Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment - but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound.

                                                                                                                        Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage .Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain, “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture. 

                                                                                                                        “Idles are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is the proof”-The Line Of Best Fit

                                                                                                                        ”Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness“ NME

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Snarling, pretence-free modern post-punk perfection from Bristol's very own Idles. From the slamming power-chord mayhem of “Well Done”, laying into Tarquin and his love of reggae and football, to the throbbing hook-laden 'Rachel Khoo', this is an unrelenting but perfectly formed juxtaposition of melodic sensibility and brazen, all-out aural warfare. Killer.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1.Heel / Heal.
                                                                                                                        2.Well Done.
                                                                                                                        3. Mother.
                                                                                                                        4. Date Night.
                                                                                                                        5. Faith In The City.
                                                                                                                        6.1049 Gotho.
                                                                                                                        7.Divide & Conquer.
                                                                                                                        8. Rachel Khoo.
                                                                                                                        9. Stendhal Syndrome.
                                                                                                                        10. Exeter.
                                                                                                                        12.White Privilege
                                                                                                                        13.Slow Savage



                                                                                                                          Idles return with their new album “Crawler” – an album of reflection and healing amid a worldwide pandemic that stretched the planet’s collective mental and physical health to the breaking point.

                                                                                                                          Frontman Joe Talbot says, “We want people who’ve gone through trauma, heartbreak, and loss to feel like they’re not alone, and also how it is possible to reclaim joy from those experiences.” IDLES albums have always been anchored by these overarching themes, but the ability of the band to juxtapose beauty and rage with humor and drama has never felt more satisfying than on “CRAWLER.”

                                                                                                                          These stories are vividly brought to life through IDLES’ most soul-stirring music to date, recorded with co-producers Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs) and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen. There are, of course, numerous moments that will inspire absolute mayhem in a packed concert venue, but there are also fresh textures and experiments that push IDLES into thrilling new territory. “I don't really see us as a ‘rock band’ and working with Kenny [Beats] freed us of the idea of genre,” Talbot enthuses. “On this album, our dissolution of ego was helped by Kenny’s humble nature and willingness to learn. He has boundless passion for making the best song possible. Not the best ‘rock’ song — the best song possible.” He continues, “It was writing selfishly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else's story. Not trying to fix the world — just talking about how I am fixing mine.”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          MTT 420 RR
                                                                                                                          The Wheel
                                                                                                                          When The Lights Come On
                                                                                                                          Car Crash
                                                                                                                          The New Sensation
                                                                                                                          Stockholm Syndrome
                                                                                                                          The Beachland Ballroom
                                                                                                                          King Snake
                                                                                                                          The End

                                                                                                                          Bristol, UK 5-piece Idles (aka “the UK's best punk band" - The Guardian) release their sophomore LP - ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ 

                                                                                                                          Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarizes: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Colossus
                                                                                                                          2. Never Fight A Man With A Perm
                                                                                                                          3. I’m Scum
                                                                                                                          4. Danny Nedelko
                                                                                                                          5. Love Song
                                                                                                                          6. June
                                                                                                                          7. Samaritans
                                                                                                                          8. Television
                                                                                                                          9. Great
                                                                                                                          10. Gram Rock
                                                                                                                          11. Cry To Me
                                                                                                                          12. Rottweiler


                                                                                                                          Model Village

                                                                                                                            Following on from the release of Ultra Mono in 2020, IDLES are back to release a version of Model Village with none other than slowthai. In Joe's words: “We are fortunate to announce our forces have joined with the enigmatic and vibrant soul that is slowthai. Go dig.”

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A - Model Village
                                                                                                                            F - Model Village Feat. Slowthai



                                                                                                                              TANGK is the righteous and vibrant fifth album from madcap truth-seekers, IDLES. Pronounced “tank” with a whiff of the “g” - an onomatopoeic reference to the lashing way the band imagined their guitars sounding that has since grown into a sigil for living in love - the record is the band’s most ambitious and striking work yet. Where IDLES were once set on taking the world’s piss, squaring off with strong jaws against the perennially entitled, and exercising personal trauma in real time, they have arrived in this new act to offer the fruits of such perseverance: love, joy, and indeed gratitude for the mere opportunity of existence.

                                                                                                                              A radical sense of defiant empowerment radiates from TANGK, co-produced by Nigel Godrich, Kenny Beats, and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen. Despite his reputation as an incendiary post-punk sparkplug, frontman Joe Talbot sings almost all the feelings inside these 10 songs with hard-earned soul, offering each lusty vow or solidarity plea as a bona fide pop song—that is, a thing for everyone to pass around and share, communal anthems intended for overcoming our grievance.

                                                                                                                              TANGK is a love album—open to anyone who requires something to shout out loud in order to fend off any encroaching sense of the void, now or forever.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. IDEA 01
                                                                                                                              2. Gift Horse
                                                                                                                              3. POP POP POP
                                                                                                                              4. Roy
                                                                                                                              5. A Gospel
                                                                                                                              6. Dancer
                                                                                                                              7. Grace
                                                                                                                              8. Hall & Oates
                                                                                                                              9. Jungle
                                                                                                                              10. Gratitude
                                                                                                                              11. Monolith

                                                                                                                              Following Brutalism (2017) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018), two releases that garnered global critical acclaim, IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album – Ultra Mono. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. This is momentary acceptance of the self. This is Ultra Mono.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Darryl says: Including guest performances from David Yow, Jenny Beth, and Warren Ellis, their third album is an exhilarating punk tour-de-force. Bludgeoning drums, pummelling bass and searing guitars combine with wry social commentary for their most assured album to date.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. War
                                                                                                                              2. Grounds
                                                                                                                              3. Mr. Motivator
                                                                                                                              4. Anxiety
                                                                                                                              5. Kill Them With Kindness
                                                                                                                              6. Model Village
                                                                                                                              7. Ne Touche Pas Moi
                                                                                                                              8. Carcinogenic
                                                                                                                              9. Reigns
                                                                                                                              10. The Lover
                                                                                                                              11. A Hymn
                                                                                                                              12. Danke


                                                                                                                              Captain - National Album Day 2023 Edition

                                                                                                                                The six-track release is the band in their early raw form. Their sound developed over their illustrious 25-year career, but ‘Captain’ is a reflection of a band who, at the time, were disrupting a thriving indie scene with a unique edgier, more angular sound. Their live reputation preceded them, never failing to impress the fast-expanding fanbase. 'Captain' was recorded in October 1997 and was initially released on Deceptive Records in January 1998. The band signed to EMI shortly before the release of 'Captain'.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side One
                                                                                                                                1. Self Healer
                                                                                                                                2. Annihilate Now!
                                                                                                                                3. Captain
                                                                                                                                Side Two
                                                                                                                                1. Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks
                                                                                                                                2. Satan Polaroid
                                                                                                                                3. You Just Have To Be Who You Are

                                                                                                                                Having taken a break in 2010 (the previous fifteen years seeing them turn from raucous cult curiosity to chart bothering national treasures) Friendship and the bind of their creativity brought Idlewild back together for 2015’s Everything Ever Written. With it, came critical praise, an album in the top 20, and the band selling out venues as large as they ever had. With new members Luciano Rossi and Andrew Mitchell on board, Roddy Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense of purpose. So much so that the week that Everything Ever Written was released, they were already back at the drawing board to start work on what would become the bold step sidewards, forthcoming album Interview Music.

                                                                                                                                Inspired, they later decamped at the end at the end of a US tour in 2016 to Los Angeles to flesh out their ideas, but it would be some years before they set themselves up at Jones’ own Edinburgh studio to finish the record. “A lot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas that come from this state,” says Woomble. I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there and California you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state – driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical. You’re dreaming through a landscape.”

                                                                                                                                Before finishing the album, the band performed a run of shows to celebrate the anniversary for their seminal record The Remote Part. One of those shows would see them meet up once again with the producer of that record and 100 Broken Windows, Dave Eringa, who would provide Idlewild with the grounding they needed to finish Interview Music. “Dave produced five songs on the album, but also brought a focus back to the band, and actually made us finish it!” admits Woomble. “He made it sound like us”.

                                                                                                                                This is no more apparent than on opener ‘Dream Variations’; with its echoing, fever-dream melody, chiming fizzing riff, and vocal harmonies, before taking a surprise left-turn and drifting into a waltz-like trance. Much like the rest of the record, it has the indie-rock DNA of the band, but mutated in new and strange ways. ‘Same Things Twice’ takes the fire of the heavier highlights like ‘A Modern Way Of Letting Go’ or ‘Little Discourage’, but carries it with a more mature grace. Then ‘I Almost Didn’t Notice’ and ‘Mount Analogue’ make for record’s centre-pieces as playful, adventurous and strange – driven by abandon but still loyal to all that you want from Idlewild; not least for Woomble’s lyrics. Here you’ll find another tapestry of riddles written to “celebrate vagueness”. “What’s really important about Idlewild is that we are basically punk rock kids,” concludes Woomble. “No one ever taught us how to play anything. We formed a band and we learned. In our own way. We were inspired by the bands we saw just getting up on stage, making a noise and exchanging ideas, and trying to change your ideas. That’s principally what the band still do. I’m not a kid rolling around screaming into a microphone on the floor anymore, but that ideal is still at our core.”

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: Idlewild have managed to maintain their off-kilter syncopated indie-rock atmospheres from the early days of their popularity, but imbue it with a sense of maturity and restraint, turning those magnificently written rhythmic counterpoints into a smoothly segued, but completely essential part of their sound. Brimming with texture and perfectly measured, 'Interview Music' is a perfect example of how a band can continue their legacy without becoming staid.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Dream Variations
                                                                                                                                2. There's A Place For Everything
                                                                                                                                3. Interview Music
                                                                                                                                4. All These Words
                                                                                                                                5. You Wear It Secondhand
                                                                                                                                6. Same Things Twice
                                                                                                                                7. I Almost Didn't Notice
                                                                                                                                8. Miracles
                                                                                                                                9. Mount Analogue
                                                                                                                                10. Forever New
                                                                                                                                11. Bad Logic
                                                                                                                                12. Familiar To Ignore
                                                                                                                                13. Lake Martinez


                                                                                                                                The Remote Part - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                  Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s seminal album with the first repress since its original release in 2002.

                                                                                                                                  Their third album, this reissue continues to celebrate the band’s legacy and catalogue following the reissues of ‘Captain’ in November 2020 and ‘Warnings/Promises’ in November 2021. In an exclusive interview with Dig!, Roddy Woomble shared his thoughts on the importance of this record to the band's history… “Simply speaking, ‘The Remote Part’ is the most popular, commercially successful record that Idlewild ever made. None of our other records achieved that level of popularity. So it’s the defining record for the group.”

                                                                                                                                  Upon its original release, the album was met with huge critical acclaim with the NME saying “It's every ounce of Idlewild's potential fulfilled at once” and Mojo agreeing… “Sounding assured and triumphant, Scotland's finest finally have realised their true potential”, while Rolling Stone saw this as the album that made them stand out above their peers… “They ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin” and Uncut defined it as a huge progression for the band… “The Remote Part is Idlewild Mark II--sleeker, bolder, better“.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Side One
                                                                                                                                  1. You Held The World In Your Arms
                                                                                                                                  2. A Modern Way Of Letting Go
                                                                                                                                  3. American English
                                                                                                                                  4. I Never Wanted
                                                                                                                                  5. (I Am) What I Am Not
                                                                                                                                  6. Live In A Hiding Place
                                                                                                                                  Side Two
                                                                                                                                  1. Out Of Routine
                                                                                                                                  2. Century After Century
                                                                                                                                  3. Tell Me Ten Words
                                                                                                                                  4. Stay The Same
                                                                                                                                  5. In Remote Part / Scottish Fiction

                                                                                                                                  Akira Ifukube

                                                                                                                                  Rodan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                    Behold the might of Rodan, the giant monster from the sky! In 1956, Toho unleashed their first colour kaiju picture: RODAN, directed by Ishiro Honda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, is a terrifying tale from the creators of the original Godzilla that sees a giant Pteranodon rise from a deep underground cave after being disturbed by miners. Like the Big G, Rodan has mutated to excessive size after being exposed to nuclear radiation, subsequently soaring free above Kyushu to cause as much mayhem as possible as the JSDF do their best to protect the island from his bloodthirsty rampaging. It was inevitable that the man behind the music of Godzilla would also take on scoring RODAN, and the great Akira Ifukube created a score with a solemn edge as with Godzilla, which makes the music of RODAN fit in the larger universe while allowing it to feel unique to the character. For the main theme, Ifukube introduces a malevolent low piano and brass phrase before cointerpointing it with horns to create a howling menace worthy of Rodan. In contrast, beautiful but melancholy material represents the carnage the monster has brought upon the Earth; in a more upbeat mode, the composer includes another of his jaunty and jazzy marches for the JDSF in the guise of "Get Rodan". It's another Toho triumph from the great maestro Ifukube! (Charlie Brigden)

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    1. Main Title
                                                                                                                                    2. The First Victim
                                                                                                                                    3. Tragedy In The Tunnel
                                                                                                                                    4. Meganulon Appears
                                                                                                                                    5. The Terror Of Meganulon
                                                                                                                                    6. The Meganulon Pursuit
                                                                                                                                    7. Cave-In
                                                                                                                                    8. Earthquake
                                                                                                                                    9. Amnesia
                                                                                                                                    10. Tracking Supersonic Speed
                                                                                                                                    11. The Shadow Across The Sky
                                                                                                                                    12. The Birth Of Rodan
                                                                                                                                    13. The Huge Underground Cavern

                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                    1. Rodan Emerges
                                                                                                                                    2. Get Rodan
                                                                                                                                    3. Rodan Flies To Sasebo
                                                                                                                                    4. Rodan And The Saikai Bridge
                                                                                                                                    5. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka I
                                                                                                                                    6. Shockwave Fury
                                                                                                                                    7. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka II
                                                                                                                                    8. The Self-Defense Force Heads To Aso
                                                                                                                                    9. The Great Nature Of Aso
                                                                                                                                    10. Ending


                                                                                                                                    Clear Tamei / Steel Mogu - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                      Brainfeeder repress some more classic (and long sold-out) Iglooghost material from 2019 on limited edition grey marbled vinyl. “Steel Mogu” and “Clear Tamei” were Iglooghost’s back-to-back EP follow-ups to his acclaimed full-length debut “Neō Wax Bloom” (2017). As ever, the releases are bundled with multimedia storyline material that feed into Iglooghost’s ever-expanding narrative - giving longtime fans their first glimpse into the primordial era of the Mamu dimension. Although paired in format, the dual EPs draw from different corners of Igloo’s influences. “Steel Mogu” is a hyperspeed collage of synthetic, trance-influenced synths contorting around violent, mutating 808s - whilst “Clear Tamei” channels lavish string quartets and melancholic, fictional classical instruments.

                                                                                                                                      The double features are set in Mamu, 3000 years prior to the events of Neō Wax Bloom. We are introduced to a young, see-through, god in-training named Tamei. Although gifted, he and his little cohorts resent their fate of becoming Grid Göds - and find themselves wound up in a hyperspeed, cross-temporal battle with a fleet of mysterious, round beings.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      Clear Tamei Side:
                                                                                                                                      1. Påleo Mamu
                                                                                                                                      2. New Vectors
                                                                                                                                      3. Clear Tamei
                                                                                                                                      4. Namā
                                                                                                                                      5. Shrine Hacker (feat. Babii) - Edit

                                                                                                                                      Steel Mogu Side:
                                                                                                                                      1. First Vōids
                                                                                                                                      2. Steel Mogu
                                                                                                                                      3. Black Light Ultra
                                                                                                                                      4. Mei Mode
                                                                                                                                      5. Niteracer

                                                                                                                                      Lei Line Eon - written and produced entirely by Iglooghost is the creative polymath's follow up to his breakthrough debut album Neō Wax Bloom. The sophomore album is a product of Iglooghost integrating a lost tradition he has spent his time researching called Lei Music with the laptop music he is known for. The performance of Lei Music has extraordinary effects and whilst there is no clear explanation of why - some believe it could be related to a variety of properties unique to Dorset. Lei Line Eon features collaborations with LOLA and BABii, the latter who he has worked with alongside Kai Whiston collectively as 'Gloo' - creating clothing, club nights and strange online artefacts.

                                                                                                                                      Speaking on the album Iglooghost says “I wrote Lei Line Eon after studying my hometown’s secretive tradition of Lei Music - a mysterious subgenre that summons floating lifeforms. I wanted to make a slow-motion squelching giga-detailed opus that smells like granite & perfume.”

                                                                                                                                      Slyph Fossil marks the second single from Iglooghost’s upcoming album. The track features glitch-heavy production as the foundation behind Iglooghost's distorted vocals as he puts his own mark on Lei Music. Slyph Fossil follows on from Eœ (Disk•Initiate) released last year alongside Iglooghost's short film around Lei Music. The short film was directed and designed by Iglooghost who enlisted the help of Christopher Casey Denton for the 3D animation which brings the visual together.

                                                                                                                                      Iglooghost is a UK based artist who creates music, artwork and puzzles that all gravitate around a fictional ecosystem of strange entities and tiny gods. Each of Iglooghost’s releases expand on this universe through multimedia content and Lei Line Eon is sure to excite and intrigue listeners. To learn more about Lei Music; including an introduction to the genre and to Daosing, the M⚮rlands, Pebble Networks, & Celles please head over to to read research papers by Glyph Institute².

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Eœ (Disk•Initiate)
                                                                                                                                      2. Pure Grey Circle
                                                                                                                                      3. Slyph Fossil
                                                                                                                                      4. Light Gutter (feat. LOLA)
                                                                                                                                      5. Big Protector
                                                                                                                                      6. UI Birth (feat. BABii)
                                                                                                                                      7. Zones U Can't See
                                                                                                                                      8. Amu (Disk•Mod)
                                                                                                                                      9. Soil Bolt
                                                                                                                                      10. Yellow Umbra 


                                                                                                                                      Neō Wax Bloom - 2023 Repress

                                                                                                                                        Brainfeeder reissue Iglooghost’s groundbreaking 2017 debut album ‘Neō Wax.

                                                                                                                                        Bloom’ with a special edition splatter vinyl reissue of this long sold out classic.

                                                                                                                                        Lauded for its joyous hyperactivity, otherworldly quality and the inherent originality therein, Pitchfork proclaimed “Iglooghost’s thumping braindance is on its own planet entirely.”

                                                                                                                                        The album was the precursor to sonic adventures with Kai Whiston and BABii and a deep dive into the history of Lei Music.

                                                                                                                                        ‘Neō Wax Bloom’ follows the events surrounding two giant eyeballs crashing into the mysterious world of Mamu. Across its 11 tracks, Iglooghost builds a typically intense, hysterical, borderline batshit crazy soundtrack, introducing new characters to his fantastical world and inviting back old friends Mr. Yote and Cuushe for the ride.

                                                                                                                                        For fans of Kai Whiston, Shygirl, A. G. Cook, Hudson Mohawke.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Pale Eyes
                                                                                                                                        Super Ink Burst
                                                                                                                                        Bug Thief
                                                                                                                                        Sōlar Blade
                                                                                                                                        White Gum
                                                                                                                                        Purity Shards
                                                                                                                                        Zen Champ
                                                                                                                                        Infinite Mint (ft. Cuushe)
                                                                                                                                        Teal Yomi / Olivine (ft. Mr. Yote)
                                                                                                                                        Peanut Choker
                                                                                                                                        Göd Grid

                                                                                                                                        Ikebe Shakedown's powerful instrumental soul takes "big unison horns, slinky bass lines, tight little guitar licks-and blends them with tasty grooves culled from '70s-style horn-driven funk (WNYC Soundcheck)." The Brooklyn-based collective is set to follow up their well-received self-titled debut album with the heavier, more mature sound of their second full-length Stone By Stone.

                                                                                                                                        The self-produced album was recorded at the famed "House of Soul" Daptone Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Notes bassist Vince Chiarito, "Thinking of all the great music that has come out of the Daptone Studio really pushed us to refine our songs and grow as a band. It was really inspiring to record there." The band adds that, "Stone By Stone is a much more layered and arranged album. The self-titled debut captured the raw energy of us playing live and the new record is much more of a studio effort. Psychedelic textures weave in and out of the grooves while the horn section offers an explosive response. The songs are heavy and danceable and show our moodier, more melodic side."

                                                                                                                                        The seven-piece band-named after a favorite Nigerian boogie record and pronounced "ee-KAY-bay" formed in 2008 and has developed a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves. Following 2009's debut EP Hard Steppin', the band released their self-titled debut full-length LP on Ubiquity Records in 2011 that Okayplayer called "an adventurous trip through time" and "one of the best releases of the year." Their music has also been featured on a number of television shows and commercials including HBO's Eastbound and Down, Mini Cooper and Vans.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. The Offering
                                                                                                                                        2. Stone By Stone
                                                                                                                                        3. The Beast
                                                                                                                                        4. By Hook Or By Crook
                                                                                                                                        5. Rio Grande
                                                                                                                                        6. Last Stand
                                                                                                                                        7. Cover Your Tracks
                                                                                                                                        8. Chosen Path
                                                                                                                                        9. The Illusion
                                                                                                                                        10. Dram

                                                                                                                                        Ill Considered

                                                                                                                                        Liminal Space

                                                                                                                                          Having exploded onto the scene with 9 self-released albums between 2017 and 2019, UK-based outfit Ill Considered are breaking new ground with their first fully produced studio album and an interactive audio/visual performance residency at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, this autumn. Capturing a moment of transformation for the group, Liminal Space not only features a new core line-up of Idris Rahman (saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) and Emre Ramazanoglu (drums), but also sees Ill Considered bounce their live-wire style off a range of collaborators such as Collocutor’s Tamar Osborn, Steam Down saxophonist Ahnanse, tuba player Theon Cross and percussionist Sarathy Korwar.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. First Light
                                                                                                                                          2. Sandstorm
                                                                                                                                          3. Loosed
                                                                                                                                          4. Dust
                                                                                                                                          5. Dervish
                                                                                                                                          6. Pearls
                                                                                                                                          7. Light Trailed
                                                                                                                                          8. Knuckles
                                                                                                                                          9. The Lurch
                                                                                                                                          10. Prayer

                                                                                                                                          Ill Peach

                                                                                                                                          This Is Not An Exit

                                                                                                                                            Hardly Art debut and first full-length by ill peach, aka accomplished pop songwriters Jess Corazza and Pat Morrissey.

                                                                                                                                            The album is at once exuberantly catchy pop and genre-hopping modern experimental music.

                                                                                                                                            Here’s the thing about ill peach: this band exists because they are too weird to not exist.

                                                                                                                                            The seed of ill peach was first planted in the recording studios of New York City where Pat Morrissey and Jess Corazza were working together as professional songwriters, collaborating with artists like Icona Pop, SZA, Weezer, Pharrell, Big Freedia, and others. Then came the day they were offered their own publishing deal. Cool, right? Well, about that:

                                                                                                                                            “Everyone kept saying, ‘The stuff that you’re writing is slightly too left-of-center—weirdo stuff,” remembers Morrissey. “Why don’t you start your own project?”

                                                                                                                                            Thus ill peach, a pop band with a punk streak and a taste for both the rotten and the sweet, with an approach to making music that goes something like: “Do you want to pick up a guitar and do you want to be on this water jug and we’ll record it on the iPhone and create some weird drum pattern?”

                                                                                                                                            Following a series of well-received EPs on their own Pop Can Records (a record label and artist collective Morrissey and close collaborator Jesse Schuster run with friends), a digital single for Hardly Art’s 15th anniversary series, and some colorful music videos that crystallized the band’s visual aesthetic along with their sound, ill peach’s “weirdo stuff” comes to fruition on first full-length THIS IS NOT AN EXIT: a collection of anthemic songs built out of bright pop and gritty experimental elements (Morrissey names the sculptural use of distortion on the final albums by Low as an inspiration), punctuated with hooky choruses ready to be screamed along to in the safety of your own bedroom or with a bunch of friends at one of ill peach’s intense live shows.

                                                                                                                                            If ill peach first blossomed in New York, it took quarantine in Los Angeles for the project to ripen. The end of the world turned out to be what ill peach needed to get real with themselves. “It helped us creatively to zone in and removed us from the [industry] side of things to where we could just be like: this is our new identity, let's jump with both feet.”

                                                                                                                                            THIS IS NOT AN EXIT’s title is a reflection of something Corazza realized during a period of personal and familial crises. “I kept walking into buildings and I’d try to exit somewhere and the sign would be like, ‘This is not an exit,’” she says. “It just felt like a metaphor for a hopeful thing—don't give up yet.” This combination of hope and anxiety is all over THIS IS NOT AN EXIT, reflected in a sonic palette (Alternative! Electronica! Indie! Radio pop! Coldplay!) as eclectic as it is unpretentious. Ultimately, THIS IS NOT AN EXIT is a record about healing, a process often spoken about in New Age-y terms but one that in reality can be really confusing and, yes, weird. But it is the beautiful strangeness of being alive that ill peach capture so well on THIS IS NOT AN EXIT. 

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Bloom
                                                                                                                                            2. Blah Blah Blah
                                                                                                                                            3. Tornado Weather
                                                                                                                                            4. Hush
                                                                                                                                            5. Capillary Bed
                                                                                                                                            6. 17
                                                                                                                                            7. Soft (Intermission)
                                                                                                                                            8. Head Full Of Holes
                                                                                                                                            9. Sour Like Lemonade
                                                                                                                                            10. This Is Not An Exit
                                                                                                                                            11. Colliding
                                                                                                                                            12. Heavyweight
                                                                                                                                            13. Sigh

                                                                                                                                            The Illiterati

                                                                                                                                            Oh Flaming Sword! Oh Tree Of Life!

                                                                                                                                              The Illiterati is indie-pop music, music made with microchips and melodicas, sweet singing and six-string-strumming, tapped-out, taped-up drum machines and joy-drunk-heart-machinations. They hail from Gainesville, Florida in the big old US of A, and their sweet brand of indie-pop could well earn them a legion of fans over here. For comparisons and influences think, The Decemberists, Badly Drawn Boy, The New Pornographers, Grandaddy, and Air amongst many others.

                                                                                                                                              The Illness

                                                                                                                                              Descending G' W/ Steve West & 'Phrases Redacted' W/ Bob Nastanovich

                                                                                                                                                The debut, limited edition 12" by The Illness featuring collaborations with Steve West and Bob Nastanovich (Pavement & Silver Jews).

                                                                                                                                                The Illness are a UK collective of Sea-related personnel (members of Ambulance / Wolf Solent / Broken Arm / Alisia Casper) This 12" is the first release following 5+ years of scrapped sessions, line-up changes and other distractions.

                                                                                                                                                This double sided single serves as a precursor to an Illness album, due to be recorded/released in 2020 (worldwide crisis permitting).

                                                                                                                                                Both tracks were initially recorded in the basement of a former maternity home, Heworth Moor House in York (on Scout Niblett's old 8-track machine), then sent to Steve and Bob respectively. Steve recorded his vocals at Marble Valley Studio, Richmond, Virginia and Bob in Des Moines, Iowa.

                                                                                                                                                The songs were mixed and Mastered by Iwan Morgan (Euros Childs, Cate le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Laura J Martin).

                                                                                                                                                Ilmiliekki Quartet

                                                                                                                                                Ilmiliekki Quartet

                                                                                                                                                Ilmiliekki Quartet from Helsinki return with their new self-titled album on We Jazz Records on 11 February 2022. The group, including Verneri Pohjola (trumpet), Tuomo Prättälä (piano), Antti Lötjönen (bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums) is a mainstay in the Finnish scene and the band has been steadily developing their sound for nearly two decades now. It could be said that the group's musicians, each also a solo artist of note these days, has grown with and through performing together with this regularly working quartet. Ilmiliekki Quartet's music has a song-like melodic quality, which pairs naturally with their often freeform search for new musical landscapes.

                                                                                                                                                As testament of Ilmiliekki Quartet being a Band with a capital B, the songs on the new album come from each of the four members. As before, the band also takes a borrowed tune in for a loving rendition, this time tackling "Aila" by the Finnish dream pop group Karina. All in all, there's a deep, moody element to the music, yet at the same time, their sound flows with remarkable ease and lightness of touch. This brings out a wide range of color in their music, which is easy to fall in love with.

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                Millie says: One for all the Jazz heads out there, this is lovely ambient track after track of gorgeous music, they've been around for a long time now but continue to find new musical heights. A must if you like Matthew Halsall and Mammal Hands

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Three Queens (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)
                                                                                                                                                2. Sgr A* (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)
                                                                                                                                                3. Aila (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)
                                                                                                                                                4. Follow The Damn Breadcrumbs (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)
                                                                                                                                                5. Night Song (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)
                                                                                                                                                6. Kaleidoscopesque (feat. Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen & Olavi Louhivuori)

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