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Madlib

Before The Verdict (Black Friday 23 Edition)

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    Before The Verdict Hits For RSD Black Friday 2023 In A Gold Vinyl Pressing. In 2010 Madlib launched the Madlib Medicine Show Series - an ambitious undertaking that saw the prolific producer release a new title on a monthly basis - which kept him busy into 2011. The series debuted with Before The Verdict with Guilty Simpson, a seventeen track rap outing with the Detroit MC. In addition to being the debut of Madlib's Medicine Show Series the release also served as a prelude to Guilty Simpson's OJ Simpson album, his collaboration with Madlib from later that year. Before The Verdict, an action-adventure psycho-thriller in the form of a full-length rap album, is back on print on vinyl for RSD Black Friday 2023

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Arraignment (Intro)
    2. Ode To The Ghetto (OJ Simpson Remix)
    3. Yikes (OJ Simpson Remix)
    4. Further
    5. Lucky Guy
    6. Pigs (OJ Simpson Remix)
    7. Life Goes By
    8. Get Bitches (OJ Simpson Remix)
    9. The Exclusive (feat. MED)
    10. Robbery (OJ Simpson Remix)
    11. Kill 'Em (OJ Simpson Remix)
    12. The Paper
    13. I Must Love You (OJ Simpson Remix)
    14. Looking For Trouble
    15. Young Guns (feat. J Dilla)
    16. My Moment (OJ Simpson Remix)
    17. American Dream & Future (OJ Simpson Remix)

    Meat Puppets

    Forbidden Place (Black Friday 23 Edition)

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      Well, that AIN'T what happened here; the Meat Puppets's first album for London Records (home of their beloved ZZ Top) is actually one of their best. And, ironically, one of their most overlooked, for their new home's major label marketing muscle was no match for the grunge craze that swept the rock music scene in 1991 (of course, grunge gods Nirvana later gave them a hand up on their MTV Unplugged special). "Sam" kicks off Forbidden Places with frenzied vocals from the brothers Kirkwood and maintains the buzz with such highlights as the lyrical "This Day," the twisted southern rock boogie of "Open Wide," and the pickin' and head-spinnin' album-closing instrumental "Six Gallon Pie."

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Sam
      2. Nail It Down
      3. This Day
      4. Open Wide
      5. Another Moon
      6. That's How
      7. It Goes
      8. Whirlpool
      9. Popskull
      10. No Longer Gone
      11. Forbidden Places
      12. Six Gallon Pie

      Mogwai

      My Father My King (Black Friday 23 Edition)

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        My Father My King’ was released originally as a single by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai in October 2001. The track, over 20 minutes long, is billed as a companion piece to the album ‘Rock Action’.

        First time reissued on vinyl since original release in 2001.

        Pressed on limited edition one-sided white vinyl.

        Limited to 1500 copies for the UK & Ireland

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. My Father My King

        Midlake

        The Courage Of Others (Love Record Stores Edition)

          Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
          Limited to one per person.


          Green vinyl.

          After Vox Populi!'s "Half Dead Ganja Music" and Frank Dommert's "Kiefermusik", we have a hand picked compilation by the Hamburg artist Maat. Maat is a solo project by Dorte Marth, who created two secretly powerful and underappreciated records in 1993. They were released on two labels (Dragnet, Dom Elchklang) run by Achim P. Li Khan, the co-founder of the Greatest Band On Eearth, H.N.A.S. Maat's musical pallette is at once, strikingly, a more dark and brooding occult version of Anima and Limpe Fuchs. One can hear classical music references much like Coil's Unnatural History, but played further, blurring the shadowy lines between sampling and virtuoso playing.

          Maat's dark and glisteningly illustrated use of electronic drums, Pan-Asian arrangements, and classical styles, invent a private world where she uncovers and projects forth, a new and ancient female energy. Its almost as if she is orchestrating her pallette and shooting it through star-clusters beneath the world. Probably Typhonian Highlife's and 4th World Magazines greatest influence. 

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Krypt
          2. She
          3. Sie
          4. Shaku
          5. Monoton
          6. Duster
          7. Sphare
          8. Quer
          9. Tudelo
          10. Vopice
          11. Kurz Davor 

          It's the 21st Century and the cult of mass information has finally vanquished the allure of mystery. Reality TV, live blogging, social media and iCloud leaks - we don't wanna see our idols airbrushed, we wanna see them before they zip their skin up. We want the process dammit, the 4 a.m. burnout, the smudged ink and the pencil shavings. 
          Melody As Truth know what we want, and the Amsterdam label duly give it to us with their new MATstudio series. Inviting us into their workspace, Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft catalogue some of the experiments, explorations, accidents and fortuitous events that regularly take place. Each record will feature two compositions created from a collage of works created using guitar, bass, synth, piano, chime and fx.
          This first offering treats us to a pair of drifting dreamscapes, both strange, beautiful and organic. Imagine floating down a river in a land of divergent DNA.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft serve up the first in a series of recordings taken from live jams, improvised sessions and machine experiments. Floral beauty on the A-side, seismic power on the flip.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. In Strange Company He Spoke Softly
          B1. The Land Through Which We Pass

          There's no shortage of heat emanating from the Neapolitan scene right now, and Periodica's latest must have masterpiece comes from the expanded mind of E. Fierro, otherwise known as Space Garage and Mystic Jungle Tribe member Milord. Switching up the format for spectacular 7" to luxurious LP, the Italian keeps the palate reassuringly spacey, tripping us out with library-style synthesis, twisted space echo and killer funk arte facts. Ambient opener "Mnemonic Induction" chimes wonderfully with the retro-futurist sleeve art, bringing to mind Superman's Fortress of Solitude or that trippy crystalline bit in Bill & Ted. "Onironauta" introduces rhythm in the most syrupy cosmic style, serving up spaced out slow mo complete with churning sequencers and tasty FX. We take another plunge into the symphonic and synthetic with the soundscaping of "Sub-aquatic level" before "Virus Of Time" takes us on a subtle glide through sparkling circuitry and dub delay. Flipping the disc, we're instantly unhinged by the library-styled techno of "The Glass Maze", scattershot electro of "Third Layer" and deliriously disorienting synth squelch of "Static Rain". All that remains is for "False Awake" to fling us through an interdimensional portal of sleek sequencing, proggy tones and tripped out FX and we're entirely enlightened by another amazing Periodica release.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Naples in the house! The Italian city is totally killing it at the moment, dominating our staff picks with releases from Nu Guinea, Mystic Jungle Tribe, Space Garage and Whodamanny. Now Milord goes solo on Periodica with a killer LP of spaced out sounds, proggy electro funk and A-grade cosmic. As usual, it's buy on sight tackle.

          TRACK LISTING

          Mnemonic Induction
          Onironauta
          Sub-aquatic Level
          Virus Of Time
          The Glass Maze
          Third Layer
          Static Rain
          False Awake

          Marvin Gaye

          Sexual Healing: The Remixes

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            Red smoke coloured Vinyl. 35th anniversary package of remixes, including Kygo club hit.

            Mastodon

            Stairway To Nick John

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              10" Black Vinyl single

              Moules Frites

              I Should Care B/w I'm Glad

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                "Moules Frites is perhaps the inevitable denouement for two ‘seasoned’ musicians, Rose Elinor Dougall and Louis Eliot. After a brief and ultimately disastrous stint on various European cruise ships, (erasing memories of that final performance aboard the Plymouth to Santander back in 2009, has proved difficult for the few unfortunate witnesses), the unlikely pair retreated to the studio, to produce what was intended as their opus magi, a work of unparalleled ambition and genius. A decade later that somewhat unwieldy project is apparently ‘still cooking’ according to Eliot, so in the meantime they have offered up a couple of stripped back versions of two of their favourite songs from the old set. Recorded to tape, late at night, at Vacant TV Studios by cohort Euan Hinshelwood, these tracks are intended as an homage to two of the greats, Julie London and Barney Kessel."

                MJ Cole

                Madrugada Remixes

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                  On clear single 12 inch, clear sleeve, MJ Cole releases the 4 remixes of his forthcoming album 'Madrugada'.Current heavyweights across global dance genres, Shanti Celeste, Max Cooper, Model Man and MJ Cole himself lend their identities to the neo classical ambient originals bringing a new dimension to the mystical Madrugada.

                  Melt Yourself Down

                  Born In The Manor

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                    A limited edition 7" from the jazz-influenced party-punk band Melt Yourself Down.Featuring their upcoming single 'Born In The Manor' and the IDLES remix of their single 'It Is What It Is'

                    Marika Hackman

                    Sugar Blind & Deaf Heat EP (RSD21 EDITION)

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                      Marika's first 2 EPs pressed on vinyl for the first time

                      Manu Dibango & El Cuarteto Patria

                      Cubafrica (RSD21 EDITION)

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                        "Afro-cuban : that term which set the world on fire, from rumba to bolÈro, mambo to cha-cha-cha, before salsa, that 70's spicy sauce, took over from the others. But to speak truely, since the mists of times (of slavery), both Africa and Cuba aim to vamp that umbilical cord. The most recent example, CubAfrica, a record born from the reunion of a master from Africa and this very living institution from Cuba, during a show around Albi (in the south of France) where they were both headlining in spring 1996. Manu Dibango's sax melted perfectly with the rural music of Eliads Ochoa and his Cuarteto Patria, here's the beginning of an idea. Talking about latino music, Manu Dibango has a history with it. First, during the early 60's, from Douala to Abidjan and Paris, he was surrounded by as much cuban tempos as afro, and a lot of descarga, this typical afro-cuban jam sessions with a spicy jazzy touch, which were back in the circumstances back in the days. Later on, in the 70ís, invited in Puerto Rico by the Fania All Stars, this dreamy salsa big band at its highest, Manu dressed his anthemic hit "Soul Makossa", for a show (and then a record) of anthology. There was nothing more natural for him than diving again in the cuban bath. This time, he crossed the sound barrier with this Cuarteto Patria, a standard combo in the cuban music, founded 60 years ago and handled by EliadËs Ochoa, this master of trËs the ancestral cuban guitar, in 1978. He just achieved another magic meeting, the one of Buena Vista Social Club' record, next to Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez and Ry Cooder. In Paris, back from Albi, an idea started to tickle Manu, EliadËs and... Gilbert Castro, boss of CelluloÔd-MÈlodie. They high fived each other, been agree on the repertoire and then get to Davout studio the day after. They tweak the arrangements right at the studio with the help of Ernesto "Tito" Puentes and Hughes de Courson, Lambarena' producer. In two days, everything's almost ready. Jerry Malekani, Manu's guitar player will add a few things to it. CubAfrica is a seductive guided tour around the garden of latinos' classics, with that Creole' smell. Latinos but not only cuban, this record is a walk toward mexican Cielito lindo or Cerezo Rosa, this french sweet made by AndrÈ Claveau and spiced by Perez Prado. A repertoire that even newcomers are able to hum, due to such a patrimonial status, spread by Cubans and their African partner in crime, round-shaping sounds for a spontaneous result: the black continent and the Caribbean island aren't on the edge of losing the bond between them."

                        Mayer Hawthorne

                        Impressions EP (RSD21 EDITION)

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                          Mayer Hawthorne is an R&B / soul singer who debuted on Stones Throw in 2009 with A Strange Arrangement - The Impressions EP, a collection of covers, was released in 2011 for free online. This RSD exclusive edition brings these covers to vinyl for the first time - Exclusive art for the vinyl by Alvaro Ilizarbe / Freegums - Includes covers of tracks by Chromeo, Average White Band, ELO, and more Tracklisting Side A 1. Mr. Blue Sky 2. Donít Turn The Lights On 3. Youíve Got The Makings Of A Lover Side B 4. Fantasy Girl 5. Little Person 6. Work To Do

                          Millie

                          My Boy Lollipop (RSD21 EDITION)

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                            Millie Small was a Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known for this 1964 recording of My Boy Lollipop, which reached number two in both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. The Caribbeanís first international recording star, and its most successful female performer, she sadly passed away in May 2020 My Boy Lollipop has sold over 7m copies worldwide and is here reissued as a replica of the original UK picture sleeve but with altered colour palette and original pink Island label. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. My Boy Lollipop 2. Something's Gotta Be Done 3. Don't You Know It 4. Until You're Mine

                            Michael Chapman

                            The Man Who Hated Mornings (RSD22 EDITION)

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              The Classic 1977 Folk album now reissued on 180m gram vinyl. Feat: Mick Ronson (David Bowie) Andy Latimer (Camel) & Keef Hartley. Insert with extensive sleeve notes by Andru Chapman. Recorded during 1977 at Sawmills Studios, Cornwall, Tapestry Studios, London and Fairview Studios, Hull. Michael Chapman - Guitar and vocals. Keef Hartley - Drums. Rod Clements - Bass. Pete Wingfield - String Synthesiser (Track 1), Organ (Track 2) and Electric Piano (Track 3). Johnny Van Derek - Violin (Track 1). John McBurnie and Vivienne McAuliffe - Backing vocals (Tracks 1,5,6 and 8). Mick Ronson - Guitar (Track 2). Andy Latimer - Electric Guitar Intro (Track 3) and Guitar (Track 9). B.J. Cole - Steel Guitar (Track 5,6,7,8,10).

                              Miles Davis

                              Live In Montreal, July 7, 1983 (RSD22 EDITION)

                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                This double LP release includes one of Miles Davis' final great bands including John Scofield on guitar, Bill 'The Other Bill Evans' Evans on saxophones, flute and electric piano, Darryl Jones on bass, Al Foster on drums and percussionist Mino Cinelu. Miles was back in amazing form (ìincandescent and iridescent as ever as Greg Tate noted), when he mounted the stage at the Theatre St-Denis during theFestival International De Jazz De Montreal in July 1983 and this release is the first time this revelatory performance will be released. It has been lovingly mixed and mastered and will be included on CD and digitally in the next edition of the Miles Davis Bootleg series that focuses on the 1981-1985 period, coming later in the year, but the Record Store Day release would be it's exclusive release on vinyl.What It Is includes tracks from that year's release Star People, the Marcus Miller tune Hopscotch and the song Jean-Pierre that appeared on 1982's We Want Miles. The recordings of What It Is and That's What Happened were so well thought of by Miles that he utilized them for his 1984 release Decoy, but in heavily edited form and this release would include the first release of them in complete form. Packaged in beautiful gatefold packaging, the album features liner notes penned by the incomparable music journalist Greg Tate and represent some of his final writing.

                                Metronomy

                                Posse EP Volume 1 (RSD22 EDITION)

                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                  Prior to their new album "Small World" (February 18th, 2022), Metronomy surprise released a 5 track collaborative EP on digital only. Each song featured a rising artist of the next generation including Biig Piig and Spill Tab. This very first vinyl Edition of the EP, pressed exclusively for RSD on purple vinyl also includes bonus instrumental version of all songs. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A Side / Main Mix - Original Songs
                                  1. Metronomy X Pinty - "Half An Inch "
                                  2. Metronomy X Biig Piig - "405"
                                  3. Metronomy X Spill Tab - "Uneasy"
                                  4. Metronomy X Sorry - "Out Of Touch"
                                  5. Metronomy X Brian Nasty X Folly Group - "Monday"
                                  B Side / Instrumentals
                                  1. Metronomy X - "Half An Inch [Instrumental] "
                                  2. Metronomy X Biig Piig - "405 [Instrumental] "
                                  3. Metronomy X Spill Tab - "Uneasy [Instrumental]"
                                  4. Metronomy X Sorry - "Out Of Touch [Instrumental] "
                                  5. Metronomy X Brian Nasty X Folly Group - "Monday" 

                                  Marianne Faithfull

                                  A Secret Life (RSD23 EDITION)

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 22ND ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.



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                                    First global vinyl pressing for Marianne Faithfull’s final album for Island records. 1995’s ‘A Secret Life’ received its only vinyl issue in Greece, and copies are hard to come by with collectors now expected to pay anywhere between £50 and £200 for a copy.



                                    The album was a new direction for Marianne and was written with the Italian composer Angelo Badalamenti, known for his atmospheric scores to David Lynch’s films. The result successfully marries his multi-layered orchestral production style with Marianne’s trademark voice and poetic lyrics to create a wholly original and timeless album.



                                    Marianne’s other 90's albums ‘20th Century Blues’ and ‘Vagabond Ways’ have recently appeared on vinyl, so this could join the dots for collectors.



                                    • Album never pressed on vinyl outside of Greece

                                    • Greek second hand copies sell for between £50-£100

                                    • One of Marianne's most original collaborations essentially available on vinyl for the first time.



                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side A)
                                    1. Prologue
                                    2. Sleep
                                    3. Love In The Afternoon
                                    4. Flaming September
                                    5. She
                                    Side B)
                                    1. Bored By Dreams
                                    2. Losing
                                    3. The Wedding
                                    4. The Stars Line Up
                                    5. Epilogue
                                    6. You're Not In London Anymore

                                    Marcel King

                                    Reach For Love - Singles 1983-1988 (RSD23 EDITION)

                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                      Factory Benelux presents a limited edition 180gm vinyl singles collection by Marcel King, best known for his sparkling 1984 dance single ‘Reach For Love’ on Factory Records, as well as the youthful vocalist on ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’ by Sweet Sensation, a UK number one back in 1974

                                      Limited to just 1000 copies, Reach For Love: Singles 1983-88 features both sides of the infectious electro single co-produced by Bernard Sumner (New Order) and Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio) and released as Fac 92 in April 1984, as well as a previously unreleased demo for ‘Love To Shine’, the planned follow-up single on Factory produced by Tony Henry of 52nd Street. (NON-RETURNABLE)

                                      The album also features ‘Hollywood Nights’, a later single cut by Marcel with Gee Bello of Light of the World, along with a rare US remix of ‘Reach For Love’ by noted New York DJ Mark Kamins, and extended dub and instrumental versions.

                                      King was invited to record for Factory in 1983 by Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton, a devotee of soul and black music, and prime mover behind the famous Hacienda nightclub. ‘Rob was a massive fan of Marcel and thought he was as good a singer as Michael Jackson,’ explains Tony Henry. Not just a gifted and plaintive soul singer, King also wrote both sides of his Factory single, ‘Reach For Love’ and ‘Keep On Dancin’, both paeans to perseverance and enduring Hacienda classics.

                                      A classic video clip for the single, filmed at The Hacienda with local breakdancing crews, is available in YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h7X3z8JghY

                                      Alas ‘Reach For Love’ was destined to remain an underground hit rather than a chart topper. Rob Gretton blamed Factory’s disdain for conventional promotion. ‘At Factory we still basically believe that you don’t have to hype a group in any way, and that a record should success on its own. But it’s getting increasingly difficult. We put a record out by Marcel King and it’s hardly sold at all. The charts are wide open to hyping and marketing.’

                                      Adds Bernard Sumner: ‘Marcel was an incredibly talented guy, but a tragic figure. He used to sleep in a car in Moss Side and was a bad heroin addict.’ A troubled but pioneering artist, Marcel sadly passed away in 1995 after suffering a brain haemorrhage.


                                      1000 copies only of FBN 47 will be available on Record Store Day on 22 April 2023, pressed on 180gm black vinyl. The sleeve is based on original artwork for the Factory single and also includes a press interview with Marcel from 1984.


                                      M.E.B.

                                      That You Not Dare To Forget (RSD23 EDITION)

                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                        Opaque Pink Coloured LP Vinyl - M.E.B. (formerly Miles Electric Band) led by Vince Wilburn, Jr collects a progressive All-Star ensemble featuring Miles Davis alumni and the players Miles inspired. This brand new, never-released studio recording captures a multi-generational whoís who of acclaimed artists performing new Miles-inspired compositions. Two tracks of the five on the album include unreleased trumpet performances by Miles and the album, produced by Miles' alumni Lenny White and Wilburn, features music legends including Ron Carter, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Darryl Jones, Vernon Reid and John Scofield. This album is dedicated to the memory of Wallace Roney and Bernard Wright and contains some of their final recordings. The cover is an original painting from artist and Milesí associate Mikel Elam. Pressed on hot pink vinyl, this is the exclusive vinyl release.

                                        Mansun

                                        Before The Grey Lantern (RSD23 EDITION)

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                                          A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF THE PRE-ATTACK OF THE GREY LANTERN ERA SINGLES & B-SIDES, RELEASED ON LP FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2023.



                                          In 1995, Mansun signed to the legendary record label Parlophone (home to The Beatles & Radiohead) & headed to the studio to record their seminal #1 album 'Attack Of The Grey Lantern'



                                          The debut album topped the charts & remains one of the classic brit pop albums of the 90's. Formed in Chester in 1994, the band wrote & released a collection of songs before the album sessions, released on CD/7-inch vinyl leading up to their debut album. Now, for the first time, these pre- Grey Lantern tracks has been compiled on this essential album - 'Before The Grey Lantern'.



                                          Included in the compilation is 'Take It Easy Chicken' (1995 Original Self Released Version), the band's first ever single & a song Mansun famously closed sets with, right up until they disbanded in 2003. Elsewhere on the record, stand- out moments include tracks from the bands One, Two, Three, Four & Five EP's & Bsides from the 'Stripper Vicar' & 'Wide Open Space' singles.



                                          The exclusive LP is available as a Record Store Day 2023 release on black vinyl.



                                          Kscope, having acquired this impressive catalogue, are running a thorough reissue series that delves into a treasure trove of previously unreleased audio & visual material, including the much- awaited 21st- anniversary remaster of their experimental Top 10 album 'Six', which jumped back into the UK charts in 2019, as #1 Vinyl album, #5 Indie album, #12 Physical album & #36 Album. Meanwhile the label's reissue of 'Attack Of The Grey Lantern' reached #28 in the UK album chart & ultimate 25- disc box set 'Closed For Business' (which chronicled the band's entire career) gained critical acclaim upon its release in 2020 with Record Collector describing it as a "truly monolithic collection".

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Take It Easy Chicken (1995 Original Self Released Version )
                                          Flourella
                                          The Greatest Pain
                                          The Edge
                                          Rebel Without A Quilt ( 2018 Remaster )
                                          No One Knows Us
                                          The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail
                                          Skin Up Pin Up
                                          Ski Jump Nose
                                          Things Keep Falling Off Buildings
                                          Lemonade Secret Drinker ( Acoustic Version - 2018 Remaster )
                                          Drastic Sturgeon
                                          Moronica
                                          The Most To Gain

                                          Maria McKee

                                          Late December / Live Acoustic (RSD23 EDITION)

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                            First time on vinyl for the gorgeous 'Late December', with a second LP featuring rare recordings from her Live Acoustic LA tour in 2006, the package includes new liner notes and a download of the studio album and live show. An album thatís broader than Broadway, a panoramic view of life, love and loss filled with drama and theatricality. Plus a live set thatís heart-on-sleeve time, bringing together songs from Lone Justice, plus covers of the traditional country anthem 'The World Is Not My Home', Richard Thompson's 'Has He Got A Friend For Me' and three songs that show the bittersweet beauty of her brother Bryan MacLeanís song writing. In total, it's Kurt Weill, Springsteen, itís the million-selling global hit 'A Good Heart' delivered by the songwriter herself in all its Phil Spector-like baroque beauty.

                                            Metronomy

                                            Small World Special Edition (RSD23 EDITION)

                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                              Metronomy’s last studio album "Small World" revisited : new version of each track with a guest . This 1 x Black LP will be the only physical edition and features an exclusive artwork. 

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Life And Death - Metronomy X Porij
                                              A2. Things Will Be Fine - Metronomy X PPJ
                                              A3. It’s Good To Be Back - Metronomy X Panic Shack
                                              A4. Loneliness On The Run - Metronomy X Nadeem Din Gibisi & Tony Njoku
                                              B1. Love Factory - Metronomy X Katy J Pearson
                                              B2. I Lost My Mind - Metronomy X Jessica Winter
                                              B3. Right On Time - Metronomy X Haich Ber Na
                                              B4. Hold Me Tonight - Metronomy X Bolis Pupul
                                              B5. I Have Seen Enough - Metronomy X Sebastien Tellier

                                              Midlake

                                              Live At The Roundhouse (RSD23 EDITION)

                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                Denton, TX indie folk-rock pioneers Midlake announce their first catalogspanning double live album, ‘Live At The Roundhouse’.

                                                Recorded at London’s historic Roundhouse in April 2022, the album includes material from their latest album For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, fan favorites from 2013’s exploratory Antiphon, dark psych-folk thickets of 2010’s The Courage of Others, and the highly wondrous and critically acclaimed modern classics of 2006’s The Trials of Van Occupanther.

                                                A pivotal city to the band’s success and their dedicated fanbase, London was the obvious show to record during their most recent tour. Midlake’s Eric Pulido shares, “Since our early days, London has been like a second home. We’ve been embraced so warmly all of these years and knew our show at The Roundhouse would serve as the perfect night to celebrate our 20-year relationship with our first live album.”

                                                A long overdue retrospective, Live at Roundhouse includes 75+ minutes of music including Midlake classics “Roscoe,” “The Old and the Young,” “Head Home,” and “Acts of Man,” featuring vocals from singer/songwriter Bess Atwell.

                                                The packaging showcases a gorgeous matte-board double album, printed on Translucent Red (Side A) and Translucent Orange (Side B) 180-gram vinyl, with expansive artwork by photographer Andy Little.

                                                ‘Live At The Roundhouse’ is a true collector's item for any fan of the band.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Commune
                                                Bethel Woods
                                                Glistening
                                                We Gathered In Spring
                                                Young Bride
                                                Acts Of Man
                                                Children Of The Ground
                                                Antiphon
                                                Aurora Gone
                                                Meanwhile…
                                                Feast Of Carrion
                                                Roscoe
                                                Noble
                                                The Old And The Young
                                                Head Home

                                                Max Romeo

                                                Every Man Ought To Know (RSD23 EDITION)

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                                                  First time on vinyl in at least 30 years, this underground collectable from producer Bunny Lee features early '70s productions with Max Romeo The album was originally distributed by (VP Records family) Chin Randy's in North America.

                                                  Marc Bolan & T. Rex

                                                  Zinc Alloy - 50th Anniversary (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                    Manu Dibango

                                                    Manu 76 (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                      Marianne Faithfull

                                                      Faithful Forever (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                        'Faithfull Forever' is a 1966 studio album by Marianne that was only issued in the United States. This RSD pressing marks its first U.K release and it has not been re-issued on vinyl in the U.S. In 2024 Marianne celebrates her 60th anniversary in music, and for fans of her Decca catalogue ëFaithfull ForeverÖí is a must. The album is a defining moment of the baroque pop sound and features some of Marianneís best 60ís performances with interpretations of songs by writers particularly suited to her interpretive gifts. Standout compositions include ëWith You In Mindí by Jackie De Shannon who had previously written ëCome And Stay With Meí for her, Donovan contributes ëIn The Night Timeí aka ëHampstead Incidentí which was released 6 months in advance of his own recording, Bob Lindís ëCountingí arranged by Jack Nitzsche and ëTomorrowís Callingí written for her by Eric Woolfson later of the Alan Parsonís project. The album features some unexpected song choices from Marianne including a pop arrangement of Ewan MacCollís ëThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Faceí originally recorded for her second folk LP ëNorth Country Maidí, her reading of the Love theme from ëThe Umbrellas of Cherbourgí soundtrack performed in the original French, and a foray into jazz on the Herzog Jr / Kitchins classic ëSome Other Springí which will be a revelation to those who only know Marianne as a singer of folk pop. This track along with ëLucky Girlí by Les Reed and Barry Mason and Norma Tanegaís ëIím The Skyí have never been released in the UK, and are still unavailable elsewhere. 7 of the albums 12 tracks are also appearing on vinyl for the first time since the original release.All tracks have been remastered from the original tapes by Andrew Batt, and this special RSD release comes with detailed sleeve notes featuring exclusive commentary by Marianne herself and new artwork based on the original sleeve shot by the master French photographer Jean-Marie Perier.

                                                        Miles Kane

                                                        Miles Kane & The Evils (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                          Miles Kane & The Evils is a four track RSD exclusive released on physical format only. Limited to 500 copies this colour vinyl lets fans explore Miles' passion for 60's sounding surf rock instrumentals. Recorded with long term collaborators Sunglasses For Jaws. Quote from Miles ìSurf guitar has been a passion of mine since day one hearing dick dale for the first as a kid in pulp fiction blew my mind I connected with the sound immediately. Even going back further as a kid hearing the Batman theme, the pink panther theme and James Bond I was obsessed I would listen over and over to those theme songs! When I was a teenager I heard Link Wray for the first time and it changed my life I was like that is the guitarist I wanna be-twang-whammy bar-reverb-tremolo! That has been my guitar sound on every album Iíve made from the little flames to the rascals to the puppets and my solo albums! This surf mini album is me having my guitar front and centre imagining Iím in a cool badass Tarantino filmî

                                                          Mark Knopfler

                                                          The Boy (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                            As a boy, Mark Knopfler was captivated by the giant funfair held every year on Newcastle Town Moor. The songs on his new EP The Boy connect themes of the fairgrounds and their boxing booths commonplace in the Britain of the 50s and early 60s

                                                            Madness

                                                            Embarrassment (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                              Apart from Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment was the only Madness single not to be released on 12" in the 80s. RSD 2024 will give the classic Motown-inspired hit the 12" treatment as part of a six track EP, which features the original 7" mix plus a previously unreleased instrumental version specially mixed by Clive Langer.

                                                              Mansun

                                                              Little Kix (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                Maximum Joy

                                                                Why Can't We Live Together (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                  Melys

                                                                  BBC Sessions Vol 1 (John Peel Sessions & Other Selected Rarities) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                    Militarie Gun

                                                                    Life Under The Sun (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                      5-song stripped-back EP featuring guest appearances from Manchester Orchestra, Bully, and Mannequin Pussy.

                                                                      Monty Python

                                                                      Live At Drury Lane 50th Anniversary (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                        For Recordstore Day 2024 Universal Music Recordings and Virgin Records will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album ëMonty Python Live At Drury Laneí. Inspired by Terry Gilliamís unmistakable animations and graphics, the original artwork was created by Kate Hepburn (who later created visuals for Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones) and has been adapted for a first release on picture disc by Darren Evans and Holly Gilliam, who were also responsible for 2019 ëLife Of Brianí RSD release.Following the success of four studio albums ñ ëMonty Pythonís Flying Circusí (1970), ëAnother Monty Python Recordí (1971), ëMonty Pythonís Previous Recordí (1972), and ëThe Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchiefí (1973) ñ ëMonty Python Live At Drury Laneí was recorded in March 1974 on the last night of a sell-out four week-run at the London theatre. It peaked at No. 19 on the UK album chart that July, where it nestled between Marvin Hamlischís soundtrack to The Sting, and the debut album from Bad Company.The album features live versions of sketches made famous on the BBC TV progamme Monty Pythonís Flying Circus, written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terr Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, with support from Lyn Ashley and Neil Innes. This 50th anniversary celebration can only mean that the following message, that appeared on the original 1974 artwork, was a little premature: ìThis could be, but by no means definitely, perhaps almost your very last chance but one to hear some of these classic rib-ticklers, before they are all handed over to the British Museum archives (Loopy and Dappy Things Department).î

                                                                        Morcheeba

                                                                        B-Sides & Beats (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                          Beats & B-sides was an 8 track companion piece to the bands Who Can You Trust album in 1998. Released for RSD 2024 on Green Vinyl

                                                                          Morrissey & Siouxsie

                                                                          Interlude (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                            Interlude is a 1968 song written and composed by Georges Delerue and Hal Shaper and originally performed by American soul singer Timi Yuro. It is the title track for the 1968 film of the same name. In 1994, the song was covered in a duet by Morrissey and Siouxsie Sioux and released as a single in August of that year by EMI. It was presented under the banner of "Morrissey & Siouxsie".

                                                                            Motley Crue

                                                                            Supersonic And Demonic Relics (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                              Never Before On Vinyl! 25th anniversary release of rarities collection featuring non-album tracks, b-sides & live.

                                                                              Motorhead

                                                                              Remorse? No! (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                40th anniversary celebration of 1984's classic Motorhead compilation No Remorse. This redux version on limited edition silver colour double vinyl with new sleeve notes, contains an alternative tracklisting to the original, using demos, alt and live versions of the original tracks many of which are available on vinyl for the first time.

                                                                                Motorpsycho

                                                                                Small Boats (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                  Mudhoney

                                                                                  Suck You Dry: The Reprise Years (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                    RSD limited exclusive release. Band's Reprise albums collected on wax for the first time, includes live tracks, B-Sides and unreleased demos all making their debut on vinyl, band just released a new album, Plastic Eternity and constantly tour. Steve Turner's new book, Mudride just came out in June. First North American pressing of their Reprise debut: Piece Of Cake.

                                                                                    Mike Oldfield

                                                                                    Hergest Ridge 50th Anniversary (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                      By 1974, Mike Oldfield was coming to terms with the enormous success of his debut album, Tubular Bells, that has been released the previous year. Its success continued to grow stealthily, bolstered by the inclusion of the opening theme in the cinema sensation The Exorcist. The album became a phenomenon, topping the UK charts, winning a Grammy; giving a green light to Mike Oldfieldís career. Oldfield could have at this point done anything he wanted, and he did. He disappeared. He drove west from London and settled on Kington, a beautiful market town in Herefordshire. The town is dominated by Hergest Ridge, the long, high common land with breathtaking views that stretches from the town to Gladestry in Wales. Combining flying his gliders on the Ridge and playing in the local inn, Penrhos Court, Oldfield came up with Hergest Ridge, the successor to Tubular Bells, written at The Beacon, his home there on the borders. Mikeís demo of the album ñ that was ultimately released in August 1974, topping the UK chart ñ was first released on the 2-CD set of Hergest Ridge in 2010. Now, for Record Store Day 2024, it makes its debut on vinyl, mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. With new artwork overseen by Mike Oldfield (including photographs taken on the Ridge in 2023), The 1974 Demo offers a chance to revaluate this breathtaking English pastoral music, two suites performed and played by a 21-year old musician running from fame.

                                                                                      Maisie Peters

                                                                                      The Good Witch (Deluxe) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                        Deluxe edition of Maisie Peters' acclaimed NO.1 album 'The Good Witch'. Limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day 2024.

                                                                                        Mavis Staples

                                                                                        Have A Little Faith - Deluxe Edition (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                          Midge Ure

                                                                                          The Gift - Early Versions (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                            Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy

                                                                                            The Mighty Warriors - Live In Antwerp (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                              Mike Welch

                                                                                              Renovations Remastered 2024 (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                                A stunning cover version of Errol Dunkley’s ‘Movie Star’ originally released on Brooklyn label Witty in 1987. Produced by Paul Beecher, the 707 drums are phat & crisp and the keys shine brightly in the mix to complement the incredibly soulful vocal from Melody Beecher. Backed with Dub Version and an extended 12” mix, housed in a sky blue and red IOJ Island Disco sleeve with sticker designed by Bradley Pinkerton.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Paul says: Another cover from Beecher! I've been seriously digging her versions of these 80s hits. "Movie Star" is a true classic - but it works so well as a reggae-rub-down!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Movie Star
                                                                                                Movie Star (Dub)
                                                                                                Movie Star (Extended 12" Mix)

                                                                                                Scottish five-piece band Marouli, led by musician and composer Graham McCusker unveil their debut album "Tall Tales From A Distant Uncle". A determined and heart felt record, it was recorded after McCusker successful beat lukemia and, with a unique and quirky turn, pays homage to Billy Connolly's storytelling tradition. 

                                                                                                It features Alex Hill on keys, saxophonist Josh Poole (Bill Laurance, The Beautiful South), bass player Nick Waldock and former drummer Xavier Winton (G4). The band, which now features Matt Brown on drums, has a sound that is inspired by jazz and pop artists like Steely Dan and Gregory Porter, as well as those from Graham’s classical roots, like J.S. Bach. It has a vintage sound which is hard to date, like a good tweed jacket. McCusker's vocal shines through like beautifully polished oak, rich and syrupy; whilst the muscians involved are deceptively locked into each others groove; natural yet complex arrangements flowing from the backline like luxurious carpet. There's a warmth like a good camp fire or freshly baked bread that's hard to articulate but instantly felt throughout the duration of the LP. Drawing elements from blues, rock and throwback pop "Tall Tales From A Distant Uncle" creates a cinematic sound that is classic yet fresh.

                                                                                                Songwriter Graham and keyboard player Alex Hill met when they were students in 2018 and with the addition of three college friends, the lineup was complete and Marouli was born. The album was recorded at Angelic Studios near Banbury and at Hope Mill Studios in Manchester. Artwork is by Paul Hemmingfield.


                                                                                                *** ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY plus special guests:

                                                                                                Friday 28th October - The Eagle Inn - 7:30pm. 

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Matt says: McCusker's tales sink deep into the psyche; a collection of songs that reflect the overcoming of adversity that the band leader has endured. It's a triumph - unshakingly sincere, with skilled and sophisticated song writing and arrangements that feel warm, friendly and inviting. One of those albums that feels like a long lost friend returning time and time again.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Let Her Go
                                                                                                2. Shane
                                                                                                3. Thoughts On A Thursday
                                                                                                4. Where Do They Go
                                                                                                5. I'll Keep On Running
                                                                                                6. When You're Afraid
                                                                                                7. The Boy With The Stone In His Shoe
                                                                                                8. Fumblin'
                                                                                                9. Strange But True
                                                                                                10. Can't I Dream?

                                                                                                Growing Bin switches back into reissue mode with an off-kilter obscurity from Austrian eccentrics Molto Brutto. Equal parts amateur funk, indie jangle, art rock and idiot pop, "2" is a real weird bastard with a whole lot of charm. As the Bin continues to grow in all directions, there's plenty of space for new sounds to take root. Alongside patches of Ambient, Balearic, Kosmische and Jazz, Hamburg's audio allotment now stretches to accommodate the strange waves of Molto Brutto.

                                                                                                Basso dug their first LP a decade back in Stuttgart's Second Hand Records, embracing their abrasive style of sandpaper sonics and experimental urges. Interest piqued, he made the journey through their DIY catalogue, capturing excellent collaborations under the Ganslinger alias before bumping into the second of their two LPs. Originally released on their Golfdish imprint in 1988, "2" walks into the pub with an air of accessibility, but quickly unravels into glorious chaos - pissing in the corner and passing out on the bar. Pop structures are suggested then subverted.

                                                                                                Pints of Paisley slosh out of a broken Glass, tape loops spool onto shabby Material, and indie janglers are just a couple of stamps short of a Postcard.

                                                                                                Turning you tipsy, this loveable rogue starts to tell you his life story, but you're going to have to fill in some blanks. They miss 'Blackie', but who is he - a dog? What happened on the 'Deadly Vacation'? Is that song really about a 'Goldfish', or did they find out the name of America's horse? Words repeat until they lose all meaning, awkward poetry masks a lost laureate and a drunken Wurlitzer sends the room into a spin.

                                                                                                The pubs are shut, so get happy drunk with Molto Brutto.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Patrick says: Growing Bin throw a fuzzed out curveball at the Balearic crowd here with a reissue of this Austrian post punk / DIY pop rarity from Molto Brutto. Coming out the gates with cold wave curios, nutso synth-funk, C86 style jangle, this is one weird bastard - and I love it!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Chant
                                                                                                A2. Sadman
                                                                                                A3. Blacky
                                                                                                A4. Deadly Vacation
                                                                                                A5. Smalltalk
                                                                                                B1. Time
                                                                                                B2. Secret Life
                                                                                                B3. No Monkey No Work
                                                                                                B4. Go Ahead Goldfish
                                                                                                B5. Psychobilly

                                                                                                “The letter X marks the spot, crosses over, literally with a cross. It’s the former, the ex-. The ex-lover known simply as “an ex”. Ex- is the latin prefix meaning “out”. Exterior, an exit. Extraordinary. Excellent. It’s exciting. Generation X. X-files. X is the unknown. X is Extreme“.

                                                                                                Extreme is Molly Nilsson’s tenth studio album. Recorded in 2019 and throughout the 2020 global pandemic at home in Berlin, Extreme is a departure for Nilsson, an explosion of angry love. It’s an album of anthems for the jilted generation, soaked with joy and offering solace, bristling with distorted, Metal guitars and planet-sized choruses that bring light to the dark centre of the galaxy. It’s an album of the times, by the times and for the people. It’s a record about power. About how to fight it, how to take it and how to share it.

                                                                                                Absolute Power explodes with massive guitars, double kick beats and the instantly iconic line “It’s me versus the black hole at the centre of the galaxy.” Nilsson’s performance itself portrays absolute power in its confidence but the song is a call-to-arms, an entreaty to grasp the here and now, to take the power back. It’s Nilsson pacing the ring and we’re instantly in her corner. Earth Girls takes familiar Molly Nilsson themes - female empowerment and subverting the patriarchy - but casually throws in one of the choruses of her career. “Women have no place in this world” she sings, but it’s the world that isn’t good enough. Stadium-sized but still warmly hazy, Earth Girls has its fists in the air, glorifying in harmony, almost ecstatic in its feeling good. Nilsson’s Springsteen-level conviction and righteousness bleeds through the speaker cones, the cognitive dissonance between the song’s cadences and angry lyrics redolent of Bruce in his prime. Female empowerment isn’t always an angry energy on Extreme, however. On Fearless Like A Child, Nilsson’s anthem to the female body and women’s sovereignty of it, she croons over a mid-80s blue-eyed Soul groove. It sets a nocturnal scene as the narrator surveys her past and her surroundings. Before we’re fully submerged in a dreamlike, Steve McQueen-era Prefab Sprout poem to learning from your mistakes the song erupts into one of those lines only Molly Nilsson can get away with: “I love my womb, come inside I feel so alive” she fervently sings. Against the backdrop of ever-encroaching, conservative rulings on women’s reproductive rights in places like Texas, it’s simultaneously angry and full of love.

                                                                                                Every song on Extreme is a gleaming gem in a pouch of jewels. On Kids Today, Nilsson is the voice of wisdom, archly commenting on the eternal struggle between youth and authority. Wisdom infuses Sweet Smell Of Success with a transcendent love that forgives the narrator’s shortcomings and celebrates the moment, it’s a letter to the author from the author that asks “what is success” and concludes that this is it, this song, this moment. It’s a rare moment of simple reflection that is generous in its insight to Nilsson’s inner life. “Success” is a tool of power and we don’t need it… We need power tools and there are moments on Extreme where it feels like Nilsson is showing us how to find them. It's an open conversation through out Extreme. She’s a warm, comforting presence through out the album and specially on these songs of encouragement, songs perhaps sang to a younger Molly Nilsson or, really, to whomever needs to hear them. “They’ll praise your efforts, they’ll call you slurs a rebel, a master, an amateur / Merely with your own existence, you already offer your resistance.” On Avoid Heaven she’s even more direct, pleading with us to avoid concepts of purity and to embrace the glorious, ebullient, emotional mess we’re often in as a method of upending the power structures who need things to be perfect.

                                                                                                They Will Pay brings back the big, distorted power chords in the form of a agit-punk, pop slammer. Of course, when Molly Nilsson does punk pop we get the catchiest chorus this side of The Bangles or The Nerves. It’s rendered in an off the cuff, throwaway manner that is just perfect in its roughness. However, it’s on Pompeii that Nilsson delivers the album’s epic, emotional heartbreaker. Like 1995 on Nilsson’s album Zenith, or Days Of Dust on Twenty Twenty, the lyrics of Pompeii are heavy with a transcendent sadness, an aching poetry that cuts to the truth of the heart like the best Leonard Cohen lines, though here delivered with an uplifting, life-affirming love. It contains the most personal moments of Extreme, a song lit by the dying embers of romance. Yet it’s here where the alchemy at the base of all Nilsson’s best work is found. Turning small nuggets of personal truth into big, generous universal moments that invite everyone to cry, to love and to fight the power. In an album of jewels, it might be the shining star.

                                                                                                Molly Nilsson’s biggest, boldest and most vital album to date, Extreme is about power. Against the love of power and for the power of love.


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Absolute Power
                                                                                                2. Earth Girls
                                                                                                3. Fearless Like A Child
                                                                                                4. Kids Today
                                                                                                5. Intermezzo
                                                                                                6. Sweet Smell Of Success
                                                                                                7. Obnoxiously Talented
                                                                                                8. Avoid Heaven
                                                                                                9. Take Me To Your Leader
                                                                                                10. They Will Pay
                                                                                                11. Pompeii

                                                                                                “The letter X marks the spot, crosses over, literally with a cross. It’s the former, the ex-. The ex-lover known simply as “an ex”. Ex- is the latin prefix meaning “out”. Exterior, an exit. Extraordinary. Excellent. It’s exciting. Generation X. X-files. X is the unknown. X is Extreme“.

                                                                                                Extreme is Molly Nilsson’s tenth studio album. Recorded in 2019 and throughout the 2020 global pandemic at home in Berlin, Extreme is a departure for Nilsson, an explosion of angry love. It’s an album of anthems for the jilted generation, soaked with joy and offering solace, bristling with distorted, Metal guitars and planet-sized choruses that bring light to the dark centre of the galaxy. It’s an album of the times, by the times and for the people. It’s a record about power. About how to fight it, how to take it and how to share it.

                                                                                                Absolute Power explodes with massive guitars, double kick beats and the instantly iconic line “It’s me versus the black hole at the centre of the galaxy.” Nilsson’s performance itself portrays absolute power in its confidence but the song is a call-to-arms, an entreaty to grasp the here and now, to take the power back. It’s Nilsson pacing the ring and we’re instantly in her corner. Earth Girls takes familiar Molly Nilsson themes - female empowerment and subverting the patriarchy - but casually throws in one of the choruses of her career. “Women have no place in this world” she sings, but it’s the world that isn’t good enough. Stadium-sized but still warmly hazy, Earth Girls has its fists in the air, glorifying in harmony, almost ecstatic in its feeling good. Nilsson’s Springsteen-level conviction and righteousness bleeds through the speaker cones, the cognitive dissonance between the song’s cadences and angry lyrics redolent of Bruce in his prime. Female empowerment isn’t always an angry energy on Extreme, however. On Fearless Like A Child, Nilsson’s anthem to the female body and women’s sovereignty of it, she croons over a mid-80s blue-eyed Soul groove. It sets a nocturnal scene as the narrator surveys her past and her surroundings. Before we’re fully submerged in a dreamlike, Steve McQueen-era Prefab Sprout poem to learning from your mistakes the song erupts into one of those lines only Molly Nilsson can get away with: “I love my womb, come inside I feel so alive” she fervently sings. Against the backdrop of ever-encroaching, conservative rulings on women’s reproductive rights in places like Texas, it’s simultaneously angry and full of love.

                                                                                                Every song on Extreme is a gleaming gem in a pouch of jewels. On Kids Today, Nilsson is the voice of wisdom, archly commenting on the eternal struggle between youth and authority. Wisdom infuses Sweet Smell Of Success with a transcendent love that forgives the narrator’s shortcomings and celebrates the moment, it’s a letter to the author from the author that asks “what is success” and concludes that this is it, this song, this moment. It’s a rare moment of simple reflection that is generous in its insight to Nilsson’s inner life. “Success” is a tool of power and we don’t need it… We need power tools and there are moments on Extreme where it feels like Nilsson is showing us how to find them. It's an open conversation through out Extreme. She’s a warm, comforting presence through out the album and specially on these songs of encouragement, songs perhaps sang to a younger Molly Nilsson or, really, to whomever needs to hear them. “They’ll praise your efforts, they’ll call you slurs a rebel, a master, an amateur / Merely with your own existence, you already offer your resistance.” On Avoid Heaven she’s even more direct, pleading with us to avoid concepts of purity and to embrace the glorious, ebullient, emotional mess we’re often in as a method of upending the power structures who need things to be perfect.

                                                                                                They Will Pay brings back the big, distorted power chords in the form of a agit-punk, pop slammer. Of course, when Molly Nilsson does punk pop we get the catchiest chorus this side of The Bangles or The Nerves. It’s rendered in an off the cuff, throwaway manner that is just perfect in its roughness. However, it’s on Pompeii that Nilsson delivers the album’s epic, emotional heartbreaker. Like 1995 on Nilsson’s album Zenith, or Days Of Dust on Twenty Twenty, the lyrics of Pompeii are heavy with a transcendent sadness, an aching poetry that cuts to the truth of the heart like the best Leonard Cohen lines, though here delivered with an uplifting, life-affirming love. It contains the most personal moments of Extreme, a song lit by the dying embers of romance. Yet it’s here where the alchemy at the base of all Nilsson’s best work is found. Turning small nuggets of personal truth into big, generous universal moments that invite everyone to cry, to love and to fight the power. In an album of jewels, it might be the shining star.

                                                                                                Molly Nilsson’s biggest, boldest and most vital album to date, Extreme is about power. Against the love of power and for the power of love.


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Absolute Power
                                                                                                2. Earth Girls
                                                                                                3. Fearless Like A Child
                                                                                                4. Kids Today
                                                                                                5. Intermezzo
                                                                                                6. Sweet Smell Of Success
                                                                                                7. Obnoxiously Talented
                                                                                                8. Avoid Heaven
                                                                                                9. Take Me To Your Leader
                                                                                                10. They Will Pay
                                                                                                11. Pompeii

                                                                                                Michael Price

                                                                                                Eternal Beauty - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                  Michael Price, one of the UK’s most sought after composers (Unforgotten, Sherlock, Dracula), releases the original soundtrack from director Craig Roberts’ (Submarine, Just Jim) latest feature Eternal Beauty, starring Sally Hawkins.

                                                                                                  The Eternal Beauty soundtrack will be released on vinyl as the 73rd Dinked Edition, exclusive to the Dinked network of the UK’s best independent record shops.

                                                                                                  The 16 track Première edition LP - exclusive to the Dinked network - is a limited edition on blue vinyl with multi-colour splatter and includes a signed and numbered print.

                                                                                                  It becomes available to pre-order from October 2nd, coinciding with the cinema release and on demand première of the film. It will also be available exclusively on Bandcamp from the same date, before arriving on all other digital platforms in November.

                                                                                                  Recorded and mixed by Andrew Dudman at Abbey Road Studios and The Control Room.
                                                                                                  Mastered by Oli Morgan at Abbey Road Mastering.

                                                                                                  Price’s score, as his so often do, serves as a narrator, a character helping to guide us through the true highs and lows of Jane’s (Sally Hawkins) rarely uneventful life. Price’s signature sweeping strings, underpinned by piano and a beautifully restrained use of sound design ensures that whilst the score drives the story forwards it never distracts from that which is unfolding before our eyes.

                                                                                                  “A soundtrack that provides the rocket fuel for a story that unzips our understanding of ’normal’ " Adrian Bates, Eternal Beauty Producer

                                                                                                  When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with touching and humorous consequences.

                                                                                                  The reality we see through Jane’s eyes is vividly different, heightened in the film by the stylized palette, camera work and intoxicating score - a reality that the film celebrates and treats with dignity, humour and affection.

                                                                                                  On writing the music, Michael Price explains:

                                                                                                  "Finding a musical voice for Jane was a little daunting at first. Craig Roberts' kaleidoscopic writing, and Sally Hawkins' blazing performance seemed to fill so much of the air around me, that the first few notes to emerge were tiny and bird-like. In fact, there is literally bird-song, an Irish nightingale, that stayed in the score, early in the film when Jane sits and feeds the pigeons in the park. That became a key to unlocking Jane's interior world, as did using snippets of her vocalisations, which became percussion instruments and stretched into more ambient pads. Once I had opened the door to her world, though, the music came tumbling out - rich, romantic, delicate and tender, and sometimes terrifying. All of it brought into life by the writing and performance, and the opportunity to celebrate Jane's "superpower", as Craig described it.”

                                                                                                  Shot in and around writer/director Craig Robert’s native South Wales, the inspiration for the character of Jane at the heart of Eternal Beauty came from people Craig was close to when growing up. He explains “The character came fully formed. I just kind of knew those people, to be honest.

                                                                                                  On the recording, Michael Price recalls:

                                                                                                  When we finally recorded the orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, I was touched to see that Craig had brought some of his family down to listen too. I think this is an incredibly personal film for him, and there was something about hearing the orchestra sounding majestic and noble, which seemed as if we had done musical justice to both the characters, and the people who had inspired their creation."


                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: There's something inherently soundtracky about Michael Price's work for the decidedly soundtracky Erased Tapes records, so it's no giant surprise that this soundtrack of his for Craig Roberts' 'Eternal Beauty'. It's the perfect score, and displays wonderfully how talented a composer Price is.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                  1. A Walk And A Wedding
                                                                                                  2. Eternal Beauty
                                                                                                  3. Different Dose
                                                                                                  4. Where Have You Been
                                                                                                  5. Cannibals
                                                                                                  6. Beauty Pageant
                                                                                                  7. Marry Me

                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                  8. Pot Plant
                                                                                                  9. Unpacking
                                                                                                  10. Making You Better
                                                                                                  11. The Other Side
                                                                                                  12. Towards The Light
                                                                                                  13. Time To Go
                                                                                                  14. More Friends Than You
                                                                                                  15. Nice Or Really Nice?
                                                                                                  16. The End

                                                                                                  The accomplished and uniquely characteristic world-builder Mart Avi delivers his most complete body of work yet with Vega Never Sets. His fifth full-length solo release, a record of abstract soul and spectral electronic textures finds him evolving further into a state of hyperkinetism and timeless grandeur. Like the great storyteller, Mart Avi blends the familiar and comforting with the new and the unpalatable, to seduce the unawares with a bold new record that veers between folkloristic tech-noir and melodic, post-digital ballads; a movement of electronic pulses, gently held together by his finely composed worlds. Pulling at deeper contexts, he expresses an unstrained defiance of gravity through his playful character — one that is smartly dressed, charming and full of boyish anarchism. As The Quietus wrote, Avi is “like a David Foster Wallace of pop”, cerebral and hot-blooded, with plenty of fervour and a lust for living.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Patrick says: Porridge Bullet play host to Mart Avi's fifth full length solo release, revelling in every second of its uncanny beauty. Reminiscent of both the chamber pop of Dutch Uncles, James Blake's electronic ballads and the synthesised shimmer of Rex Orange County, this is Avi's most honed release to date.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Feather
                                                                                                  A2. Wire
                                                                                                  A3. Soul Reaver
                                                                                                  A4. Avirex
                                                                                                  A5. Firefly
                                                                                                  B1. The Fifth Season
                                                                                                  B2. Spark
                                                                                                  B3. Endsville
                                                                                                  B4. Milton
                                                                                                  B5. Vega

                                                                                                  Originally released as one side of a split E.P on Firewire Recordings back in 2002 “Venting Steam” and “Solid Gear” get a fresh remaster on Varial Records.

                                                                                                  Featuring alongside are two additional unreleased tracks created and recorded at The Cube in the same time period, "Muted Point" and "Tallon Drive" provide a more lo-fi 4/4 techno workout. Inspired by the other worlds we escape into through sci-fi and video game culture. Both original tracks have become sought artefacts amongst devote techno and electro collectors whilst the new ones on offer here have plenty of kinetic energy nestled within their grooves to power a dancefloor when the doors reopen in June. 


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Venting Steam
                                                                                                  A2. Solid Gear
                                                                                                  B1. Muted Point
                                                                                                  B2. Tallon Drive

                                                                                                  Mikal Cronin

                                                                                                  Switched-On Seeker

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                                                                                                    Limited edition companion piece to Mikal Cronin's 2019 Seeker album, Switched-On Seeker is a completely synth-based, full-length reworking of 2019's Seeker in the vein of Wendy Carlos' "Switched-On" series.Mikal Cronin will continue his world tour across the calendar in 2020, including a confirmed BBC 6 Music session with Marc Riley at the end of February.

                                                                                                    Maria McKee

                                                                                                    La Vita Nuova

                                                                                                      Maria McKee has been out of the proverbial spotlight for some time, her creative talents re-engaging with her first love of acting, performance and the musical tapestries that accompany such activities.

                                                                                                      Candid and passionate, she’s, quite simply, had a beatific awakening and in a crescendo of prose, her new album ‘La Vita Nuova’ unlocks her story, sketching out her journey that started many moons ago when she sang in her bedroom with her older brother, the late, great musical innovator Bryan MacLean. Along the way she retooled punk and country in Lone Justice, released a string of evocative and eclectic solo records, wrote chart topping hits and touched millions of people before seemingly disappearing…

                                                                                                      Some of the new album sounds like modern show tunes for musical extravaganzas that are still to be penned.

                                                                                                      ‘Little Beast’ is almost Disney-esque and ‘I Should Have Looked Away’ has a real stagey feel to it. Title track ‘La Vita Nouva’ and ‘Let Me Forget’ are all beautifully written stories of relationships in various states of evolution or disrepair. And, ‘However Worn’ is like a slice of American gothic.

                                                                                                      A homage to new life, the completion of ‘La Vita Nuova’ saw Maria’s life entirely change and illustrates an important period in the artist’s life.

                                                                                                      “It’s a really personal record; all I can do is tell my story. People can find their own meaning in it, taking them deeper, perhaps, into something they need to experience, I think that’s what music and art does.”

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Side A:
                                                                                                      A1 Effigy Of Salt
                                                                                                      A2 Page Of Cups
                                                                                                      A3 Let Me Forget
                                                                                                      A4 I Should Have Looked Away

                                                                                                      Side B:
                                                                                                      B1 Right Down To The Heart Of London
                                                                                                      B2 La Vita Nuova
                                                                                                      B3 Little Beast

                                                                                                      Side C:
                                                                                                      C1 Courage
                                                                                                      C2 Ceann Bró
                                                                                                      C3 The Last Boy

                                                                                                      Side D:
                                                                                                      D1 I Never Asked
                                                                                                      D2 I Just Want To Know That You're Alright
                                                                                                      D3 Weatherspace
                                                                                                      D4 However Worn

                                                                                                      Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                                                      Superwolves

                                                                                                        Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                                                                                                        The songs that make up Superwolves, the duo’s second album and first since 2005’s Superwolf, go boldly into undreamed-of places, and go deep, as Matt and Bonny take all the musics they know to make songs that penetrate. In classic Garcia-Hunter style, Sweeney and the ‘Prince’ first work separately, finding a path to each other in their solitary imaginings. Bonnie lyric sets delivered to Matt spark Sweeney’s guitar brain; chords and a melody are shaped, recorded fast and loose and sent back to the Prince, then the two parties meet up to sing, stitch, strengthen and finally perform them together in front of a small unsuspecting audience. Then new sets of lyrics are sent, animated and played in a high wire style until the shared songs and experiences are ready to commit to record. This is just the beginning of their fusion process, as words imply vocalizations to counter and support, and guitar lines suggest harmonic fields to subtly push into. In this process, a new creature grows out of the old one. In this name of this partnership, the guitar shares an open and fluid space with the vocals, the voices sing with the guitars—every moment in the life of Superwolves is an extravaganza, guided only by its need.

                                                                                                        “The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance. We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.” — Will Oldham

                                                                                                        “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing. Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.” — Matt Sweeney

                                                                                                        As far as this record, as in when and how it came together, the two man crew started working on it five years ago. The first actual session, however, went down about a year ago at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather and the next took place at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Sweeney oversaw the mixing of the Brooklyn sessions with Oldham overseeing the Nashville mixes. On the album, Sweeney sings harmonies along, with, and around his favorite singer, and plays all electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, joined in places by David Ferguson on stand-up bass, Mike Coltun on electric bass, Mdou Moctar on electric lead, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar, Souleyman Ibrahim, Ryan Sawyer and Peter Townsend on drums and Mike Rojas on keys. The Bonnie ‘Prince’ sings. Does he ever. And Superwolves rules over all.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: This is a perfect collaborative effort from Sweeney & Oldham here, offsetting BPB's sometimes saccharine vocal style with Sweeney's brilliantly dynamic guitar playing. There are moments of stunning minimalistic bliss ('Resist The Urge') or more psychedelic grooving force ('Hall Of Death') but this is a constantly confounding and rewarding listen.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Make Worry For Me
                                                                                                        2. Good To My Girls
                                                                                                        3. God Is Waiting
                                                                                                        4. Hall Of Death
                                                                                                        5. Shorty’s Ark
                                                                                                        6. I Am A Youth Inclined To Ramble
                                                                                                        7. My Popsicle
                                                                                                        8. Watch What Happens
                                                                                                        9. Resist The Urge
                                                                                                        10. There Must Be A Someone
                                                                                                        11. My Blue Suit
                                                                                                        12. My Body Is My Own
                                                                                                        13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
                                                                                                        14. Not Fooling

                                                                                                        Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                                                        Superwolves

                                                                                                          Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                                                                                                          The songs that make up Superwolves, the duo’s second album and first since 2005’s Superwolf, go boldly into undreamed-of places, and go deep, as Matt and Bonny take all the musics they know to make songs that penetrate. In classic Garcia-Hunter style, Sweeney and the ‘Prince’ first work separately, finding a path to each other in their solitary imaginings. Bonnie lyric sets delivered to Matt spark Sweeney’s guitar brain; chords and a melody are shaped, recorded fast and loose and sent back to the Prince, then the two parties meet up to sing, stitch, strengthen and finally perform them together in front of a small unsuspecting audience. Then new sets of lyrics are sent, animated and played in a high wire style until the shared songs and experiences are ready to commit to record. This is just the beginning of their fusion process, as words imply vocalizations to counter and support, and guitar lines suggest harmonic fields to subtly push into. In this process, a new creature grows out of the old one. In this name of this partnership, the guitar shares an open and fluid space with the vocals, the voices sing with the guitars—every moment in the life of Superwolves is an extravaganza, guided only by its need.

                                                                                                          “The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance. We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.” — Will Oldham

                                                                                                          “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing. Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.” — Matt Sweeney

                                                                                                          As far as this record, as in when and how it came together, the two man crew started working on it five years ago. The first actual session, however, went down about a year ago at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather and the next took place at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Sweeney oversaw the mixing of the Brooklyn sessions with Oldham overseeing the Nashville mixes. On the album, Sweeney sings harmonies along, with, and around his favorite singer, and plays all electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, joined in places by David Ferguson on stand-up bass, Mike Coltun on electric bass, Mdou Moctar on electric lead, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar, Souleyman Ibrahim, Ryan Sawyer and Peter Townsend on drums and Mike Rojas on keys. The Bonnie ‘Prince’ sings. Does he ever. And Superwolves rules over all.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: This is a perfect collaborative effort from Sweeney & Oldham here, offsetting BPB's sometimes saccharine vocal style with Sweeney's brilliantly dynamic guitar playing. There are moments of stunning minimalistic bliss ('Resist The Urge') or more psychedelic grooving force ('Hall Of Death') but this is a constantly confounding and rewarding listen.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Make Worry For Me
                                                                                                          2. Good To My Girls
                                                                                                          3. God Is Waiting
                                                                                                          4. Hall Of Death
                                                                                                          5. Shorty’s Ark
                                                                                                          6. I Am A Youth Inclined To Ramble
                                                                                                          7. My Popsicle
                                                                                                          8. Watch What Happens
                                                                                                          9. Resist The Urge
                                                                                                          10. There Must Be A Someone
                                                                                                          11. My Blue Suit
                                                                                                          12. My Body Is My Own
                                                                                                          13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
                                                                                                          14. Not Fooling

                                                                                                          Minds expanded and bodies soothed by Krakatau’s deep spiritual eruptions, Growing Bin take us back to the beginning with three impressionistic jazz landscapes from the magical Merge. Inspired by childhood memories of an Iranian oasis, Jo Lienen let his fingers breeze over the keys like a warm shamal, leading him back through dusty streets and covered markets to his long forgotten Kashan. As the needle nestles into the well pressed groove we gaze through Lienen‘s eyes upon an ancient beauty, the sapphire skies and tan sands which surround the endless domes and lush gardens of his childhood home. Focusing on the bustling market in the morning sun, ‚Part I‘ races down the narrow alleys to a bright bossa rhythm, weaving past the crowds with a swaying bassline and lithe guitar. The soothing air carries the faint heat of spice and the voices of the bazaar, while the delicate piano falls like a warm desert rain. As afternoon prayer leads the crowds to mosque, ‚Part II‘ strolls through the empty streets, following mystical melodies to a moment of trascendent beauty. Hissing snare rolls leap above subtle percussion, carrying the earthy bass and airy piano as emotive guitar drifts through the city like smoke in the wind. A dervish solo erupts with spiritual fervour and the crowds flood back through the streets bringing Kashan back to life once again.
                                                                                                          ‚Part III‘ finds us at sunset, drinking spiced tea with red dust underfoot. Taking a slower, more sedate pace, this bass led beauty rolls on restrained but rhythmic percussion, flooding the senses with synth harp and dreamy guitar. The music might stop and the mirage may disappear, but thanks to Growing Bin we can visit any time we want.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Patrick says: Basso rounds off a spectacular year of Growing Bin goodness with some brand new material from German jazz troupe Merge. Swapping coastal breeze for the heat of Iran, the desert jazz of 'Kashan' is as warm, refreshing and intoxicating as an afternoon aperitif.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. Kashan I
                                                                                                          A2. Kashan II
                                                                                                          B1. Kashan III

                                                                                                          "Naive overlooked New Beat / New Age project from 1989"

                                                                                                          Sometimes in life, a certain incentive is needed to convert talent into productivity. As for the case of MKS, the enigmatic and musical disguise of Nicolas Aubard, it was a merely coincidental encounter at the end of the 80s that set the stone rolling. For Nico, it all began in his hometown of Saint-Quentin in Northern France. At a young age, he got obsessed with Japanese and American cartoon culture. Being a devoted collector of cartoon-related toys and widgets, he spent hours watching anime series on TV and creating scale models of science fiction and horror-related sceneries. Growing up in a musical household, young Nico took on stringent training in classical and jazz piano. But, frustrated with the fact of not being the technical virtuoso he wanted to be, he turned away from his training at the age of 16. “I had no choice, as I felt as if my creativity got limited by my piano. That’s when I got drawn into the world of synthesizers.” Not long after, Nico put together a home studio and started to experiment with ambience and sound-inserts. Despite years of experimentation and music making, all Nico’s productions stayed between the 4 walls of his modest home studio. Something that would change in 1988, when Nico bumped into Emmanuel “Manu” Prevost.

                                                                                                          “We met on a night out in Lille”, Nico recalls. “I usually just stood by the dj booth, as I wasn’t a good dancer. So instead of throwing shapes at the dancefloor, I started a conversation with the dj, who happened to be Manu. By the end of the night, I handed him a demo tape of the album I was wanting to do.” Propelled by good fate, a fruitful collab happened between Nico and this dj. For Manu, everything also fell in place: “At the time, I was looking for a composer to work on producing a new beat record. As a dj, I often crossed the Belgian border for gigs and this new style was in full explosion over there. I heard Nico’s songs and naively told him: “Let’s make an album”, without knowing how.” Despite the high hopes for the new alliance, the project turned out to be a shot in the dark. “I assumed Manu already had some experience, as he proposed to do the mastering himself. But funnily he only told me after the release of the record that it was his first time too. But you know, we managed.” Not willing to release under his own name, Nico came up with Musical Keyboard System, abbreviated as MKS. The alias was born and the journey ready to take off.

                                                                                                          The album finally released in September 1989. After the release, Nico went on a low-key promo tour together with Manu in Northern France. “We aired a video clip on FR3 for two songs, together with a short interview. In their studio, we created a scrimpy décor with some green plants to resemble the Vietnam jungle (as for the track Nam Revelation) and we shot the clip. Manu even lay down behind a screen operating the fog machine.” As a live act, MKS’ career was rather short-lived, with a first and final gig in the Theatre of Saint-Quentin a few months after the release. “In France, we would remain illustrious strangers. Yet in the meantime, our music got played on new age radios in the USA.” After the end of MKS, Nico moved to Paris and Manu took on his military duty. In the army, Manu met movie animator Jacques Rouxel (the man behind French cult series Les Shadoks) and got him in touch with Nico. The duo collaborated with Rouxel on some compositions, before they went their separate ways at last. Nico went on to pursue his childhood dream, as a pioneer in France for integrating 3D animations into classical cartoons. Manu in turn became a producer for feature films.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. The New Age Of House
                                                                                                          A2. Twilight Zone
                                                                                                          B1. Figure
                                                                                                          B2. The Dream
                                                                                                          B3. Nam Revelation

                                                                                                          Mouth Congress

                                                                                                          Ahhh The Pollution

                                                                                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
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                                                                                                            Color vinyl. Never before released three track 7" from Mouth Congress, the musical comedy duo of Scott Thompson and Paul Bellini, best known for Kids in the Hall.

                                                                                                            Mike Adams At His Honest Weight

                                                                                                            Oscillate Wisely (10th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                              Recommended If You Like: Pedro The Lion, The Sea and Cake, David Bazan, Major Murphy, Kurt Vonnegut & Guided by Voices. For ten years now, I’ve understood “Oscillate Wisely” as a play on the Smiths’ instrumental “Oscillate Wildly”--itself, of course, a pun on Morrissey’s muse, Oscar Wilde. This is not to say that anything about Mike Adams and his band reminds me of the Smiths (especially­Morrissey), as much as the idea that rock bands like Mike Adams At His Honest Weight take shape more or less as a thesaurus of past ideas--winking at them, borrowing them like a library book, checking them out from across the room, cloning them.

                                                                                                              But the best stuff is more ineffable, far more than just cut-and-paste. There’s a weird grandeur to Adams' music, starting with that fully formed, geekily majestic 2011 debut LP Oscillate Wisely, that I don’t hear in anything else, before or since. A sense that Adams is guiding his listeners toward a cosmic joke so personal, so inscrutable, so funny (“funny”), if you give him your attention. It's in his blood, I think. He's not Oscar Wilde, but a uniquely Midwestern type of deeply sincere romantic and dyed-in-the-wool goofball cast from the mold of Hoosier icons like Letterman and Vonnegut.

                                                                                                              He doesn’t want to believe in anything, he didn’t create this body, he­loves­a parade.­ It’s all in fun, but it gets so personal. Onstage, Adams is gregarious and playfully self-effacing, a college town denizen telescoping backwards to the brief early 90s moment when “college rock” entered the corporate suite, and performers forced to become showmen retreated to the comfort of their native tongue: irony.­And­Oscillate Wisely­has demonstrated for a decade that earnestness and sarcasm are as intricately bound in rock and roll's­lingua franca­as hang-ups and chill hangs. I’ve never heard any musician summon everything I love about being from Indiana so perfectly. And I’m­fucking­old. Eric Harvey.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1 Bad Weather
                                                                                                              2 Skeletons In The Cloner
                                                                                                              3 I Don’t Want To Believe In Anything
                                                                                                              4 I’m Not Worried
                                                                                                              5 Sunrise
                                                                                                              6 Don’t You Blanket When That Happens
                                                                                                              7 I Did Not Create This Body
                                                                                                              8 IIIIIIIII Love A Parade
                                                                                                              9 It’s All Been Done You Said
                                                                                                              10 You’ll Have Me As Long… 

                                                                                                              Matias Aguayo

                                                                                                              Ay Ay Ay

                                                                                                                Chilean born, German raised Matias Aguayo is Kompakt's most blogged about musician today thanks to a string of successful 12" releases on Soul Jazz, Kompakt and his own imprint Comeme. "Ay Ay Ay" was recorded in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Paris together with Vicente Sanfuentes (Original Hamster) and was mixed down in Berlin together with long time collaborator Marcus Rossknecht (of Broke fame). Matias has conjured an impossibly unclassifiable full length set that is certain to surprise and uplift. Take opener "Menta Latte", countless layers of his voice revel in a psychedelic dream park together with a simple xylophone chord. First single "Rollerskate"'s chorus is sure to stay on auto repeat in your head for days after first listen. Aguayo's leanings to traditional African music resonate on the beautiful crooner "Koro Koro". Fans of his recent singles will rejoice to the rhythm of songs "Me Vuelvo Loca" and "Juanita"'s Latin harmonies embraced with Matias coaxing you to get up and dance.

                                                                                                                Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas

                                                                                                                Sofarnopolis

                                                                                                                  Renowned electronic music producer & DJ Matias Aguayo presents his new project, which will unfold on several levels. The Desdemonas are a 4-piece rock band, fronted by Aguayo (who sings and plays a variety of instruments). It’s also a fictional story about a group of teenagers in a dystopian world (the story will be told in the lyrics, and in cartoons and videos based on Aguayo’s drawings). And it’s of course an album, in which Matias digs deep into some dark forms of rock music which inspired him as a teenager, and brilliantly revisits them in a moody, compelling, post-electronic 2017 style. Based in Berlin, the band will be touring around Europe and beyond, starting before the album’s release and continuing through 2018. Their line-up consists of drummer Matteo Scrimali from Italy, keyboard player Henning Specht from Germany, guitarist/bass player Gregorio Gomez from Colombia, and Matias Aguayo on vocals, keys etc. Matias Aguayo in a nutshell: born in Chile and raised in Germany, he’s created a varied body of genre-defying work since the early 00s, including several albums with legendary Cologne-based electronic music label Kompakt. A much in-demand DJ, he’s constantly been performing all around the world, appearing in the most prestigious festivals. Matias Aguayo has always been an original, iconoclastic artist: starting out “the man who helped popularize and expand minimal [techno]” (Pitchfork).

                                                                                                                  Marja Ahti

                                                                                                                  The Current Inside

                                                                                                                    The Current Inside”, Marja Ahti's sophomore album for Hallow Ground, plays with the theme of currents - connecting and animating movements in the form of air, water and electricity. It approaches sound as a poetic medium, focusing both on the experience of sound as form and energy and on a loosely narrative arc, suggesting a riddle on the relations between the sounds. It implements alternative as well as intuitive tunings, analog and digital synthesis, recordings of sonorous spaces and vessels, electromagnetic fields transduced into audio, acoustic close-ups of elements in motion and other field recordings. Fluently connecting quite diverse sound sources, Ahti's music lingers in a zone between abstract sonorities and vaguely familiar acoustic environments. The first half of the album consists of ”The Altitudes”, a piece commissioned by Ina GRM for Présences Électronique and Sonic Acts. It was inspired by descriptions of the layers of Earth's atmosphere. Imagining a movement through layers of air, the piece unfolds with a slow intensity, interweaving concrete sounds and closely tuned electronic sonorities.

                                                                                                                    Traversing the altitudes, a landscape of entangled elements, masses and currents emerges. The air around us has weight and it presses against everything it touches. As gravity pulls it to Earth, it is sensed as pressure. The rotation of the planet, the angle of the sun at any new moment sets the elements in motion in a chain reaction. The other side consists of four shorter pieces. ”The Currents” opens with a dance of trembling charged movements. ”Lost Lake” extracts resonant tones from a trail of close-up recordings of winter environments, while ”Fluctuating Streams” channels streaming air in different forms. The closing track, ”Sundial”, could be construed as the steady turning of the planetary angle towards the sun, unfolding through fragments of everyday activity against the backdrop of piercing, slowly twisting, suspended tone. Marja Ahti (b. 1981) is a musician and composer based in Turku, Finland. Originally from Sweden, Ahti has been a part of the Finnish experimental music scene for more than ten years in different constellations.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1.The Altitudes (20:09)
                                                                                                                    2.The Currents (04:21)
                                                                                                                    3.Lost Lake (04:25)
                                                                                                                    4.Fluctuating Streams (06:12)
                                                                                                                    5.Sundial (04:43) 

                                                                                                                    Marina Allen

                                                                                                                    Candlepower

                                                                                                                      Marina Allen glides on angelic highs, surfing the husky deep; she is one of the great new voices of her generation. Writing songs that carry notes from other realms; these are kitchen table tales about love and fear, the capturing of the wild heart, sketching the breaking of dawn, bringing real life back to life. Every song on stunning debut album ‘Candlepower’ is a tick box of influences, asides, inspirations, quickfire theories, storylines and melodic progressions that galvanise a chemical reaction for each dramatic scene that unfolds on this genre-traversing seven song epic.

                                                                                                                      One listen to opening track ‘Oh, Louise’ underlines the range of Marina’s talent, it’s a filmic play on words, with an arrangement that’s like a Kate Bush dream sequence. It’s the perfect foil for the plaintive strum of ‘Sleeper Train’, a haunting, folky paean fit for Judee Sill brought up to date with some echoey electric guitar; or the conversational ‘Believer’; with a nod to Joni Mitchell in the lyrics it sounds every bit like Simon And Garfunkel at their Big Apple best listening to the ‘7 O’Clock News’ re-imagined on Sunset. The stuff of legend for a voice that surfs many musical tangents, hovers, and persists, that stings with honesty; morphing from Karen Carpenter’s gentle reverence to Laura Nyro’s soulful grit, moving through the phases like some possessed Dada performance artist before throwing in a melody from Joni at her jazziest or from the close harmonies of the lamented Roches when they flipped out with Robert Fripp. ‘Candlepower’ is a juxtaposition of melodies, an achingly beautiful set of songs set against the clank of the mundane world, a beguiling commentary on the everyday and everywhere. It’s all here, in under 20 minutes… every second counts.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1 Oh, Louise
                                                                                                                      A2 Original Goodness
                                                                                                                      A3 Belong Here
                                                                                                                      A4 Sleeper Tran
                                                                                                                      B1 Believer
                                                                                                                      B2 Ophelia
                                                                                                                      B3 Reunion

                                                                                                                      Marina Allen

                                                                                                                      Centrifics

                                                                                                                        LA-based musician Marina Allen’s spectacular debut proper, and follow up to last years acclaimed 18 minute mini-opus, ‘Candlepower’.

                                                                                                                        ‘Centrifics’ is a joyful collection of observations and questions about the self, the world, and how they interact. Awe-inspiring reflections accompany mesmerizing melodies while Allen’s extraordinary range and depth of singing showcases a wide array of influences from Karen Carpenter to Karen Dalton, from Joanna Newsom to Fiona Apple, from Cate Le Bon to Waxahatchee, via Meredith Monk and the New York avant-garde.

                                                                                                                        Produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Cohen. Co-engineered by Jonny Kosmo.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                        A1 Celadon
                                                                                                                        A2 Getting Better
                                                                                                                        A3 Or Else
                                                                                                                        A4 Smoke Bush
                                                                                                                        A5 Superreality
                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                        B1 New Song Rising
                                                                                                                        B2 Halfway Home
                                                                                                                        B3 My Stranger
                                                                                                                        B4 Foul Weather Jacket Drawing
                                                                                                                        B5 Gardiner's Island

                                                                                                                        Marina Allen

                                                                                                                        Eight Pointed Star

                                                                                                                          The third album of powerfully vivid songwriting from Marina Allen. Beautifully orchestrated, highly melodic and delivered with unrivalled lyrical perspective. Across two acclaimed records, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has ripened a rare harvest, but her third studio album is an arrival home.

                                                                                                                          Taking fragments and stories from Marina’s past, Eight-Pointed Star deftly weaves together a new future, in what feels for all the world like a glittering, clear-eyed modern classic of alternative folk and Americana. For fans of Aldous Harding, Fiona Apple and Waxahatchee.

                                                                                                                          Ineffable and timeless, this collection of songs holds a curiosity that’s as open to you as you are to them. Compared to the soaring and swelling compositions of Allen’s second album Centrifics or the innocent tranquillity of Candlepower, the world of Eight Pointed Star is more deeply addressing and open-armed. It favours a type of soul-searching that doesn’t dwell in complications, and is open to answers. Rolling guitars rise and fall with the canyons and dust is kicked-up from the red scarred earth. Allen’s vocals pure and crystalline whilst the instrumentation is rich and bursting with brightness. You can hear contentment radiating from the music, with Chris Cohen’s production offering a full-band affair.

                                                                                                                          Allen’s affection runs deepest for singers who in her words can really sing, from The Roches to Karen Dalton, Joanna Newsom to Meredith Monk. But these influences vanish like ghosts in the attic when she starts to sing herself. Allen has a voice that stands up to the canon – inimitable – and it’s never sounded more resolute than it does here.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1 I'm The Same
                                                                                                                          A2 Deep Fake
                                                                                                                          A3 Red Cloud
                                                                                                                          A4 Swinging Doors
                                                                                                                          A5 Bad Eye Opal
                                                                                                                          B1 Easy
                                                                                                                          B2 Love Comes Back
                                                                                                                          B3 Landlocked
                                                                                                                          B4 Between Seasons

                                                                                                                          Marc Almond

                                                                                                                          The Velvet Trail

                                                                                                                            Marc says of ‘The Velvet Trail’: “Some of the songs have a more personal melancholy, reflective and evocative, like the title track ‘The Velvet Trail’, a song about memories, nostalgia, childhood and death. So it is too with the song ‘The Pain of Never’ (Chris Braide’s personal favourite). Chris wanted to create his ultimate Marc Almond record, electric, lush, emotional, dark and sexy and I felt inspired by his tunes and production to deliver just that”. He then explains the seamless format of the album: “Chris saw the record as one journey, one record you put on from beginning to end, linking tracks with musical interludes. This a reaction against the downloaded digital age, where individual tracks are taken or albums re-arranged in different orders. I always see my records as a show running from beginning to end that takes you on a ride”.

                                                                                                                            The Velvet Trail is an album that wasn’t supposed to exist - born from a spontaneous, organic inspirational process. It wasn’t just written and recorded, but felt and created. For all those who love Marc Almond’s work and those who just love true music and the emotions it generates, this is one not to be missed.

                                                                                                                            Marisa Anderson & William Tyler

                                                                                                                            Lost Futures

                                                                                                                              Guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler distil deeply rooted and varied traditions into distinctive voices all their own. Anderson and Tyler are each unyielding in their desire to extend through those traditions and the confines of ‘guitar music’ to craft music at once intimate and expansive, conversational and transcendent.

                                                                                                                              The duo’s debut collaborative album tethers together their singular voices into unified narratives that glisten, drive and sway. On ‘Lost Futures’, Anderson and Tyler’s guitars dance through lush arrangements and pastoral duets serpentine and reverent. 

                                                                                                                              ‘Lost Futures’ takes its name from writer Mark Fisher’s cultural theory of the loss of potential futures, the hopes and ideals which once felt inevitable but have since been interrupted. Anderson and Tyler’s use of textural drones, rhythmic repetition and harmonic shifts embody the building tensions of uncertainty created by profound loss: loss of life, experience, companionship, compassion. Across ‘Lost Futures’, Anderson and Tyler mold their instruments into breathtaking panoramas of blight and bliss. Each movement contains a dense biome of transportive sound. 

                                                                                                                              The duo’s music together reckons with mounting pressures as well as the joy of newfound friendship and gratitude for being able to play together. In tandem, Marisa Anderson and William Tyler have composed a work of remarkable breadth, brimming with resplendent odes of solace.

                                                                                                                              Marisa Anderson and William Tyler are both prolific solo artists. Tyler has also toured with groups including Lambchop and Silver Jews and Marisa has contributed to recordings by Beth Ditto, Sharon Van Etten and Circuit Des Yeux among others. 

                                                                                                                              ‘Lost Futures’ features guests Gisela Rodriguez Fernandez on violin and Patricia Vázquez Gómez playing quijada.

                                                                                                                              Package features artwork by Sam Smith. LPs include artworked inner-sleeve featuring photography by Marisa Anderson.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Barry says: Both Marisa Anderson and William Tyler have impeccable form for crafting gorgeous acoustic guitar anthems, ranging from the beautiful simplicity of Anderson's plucked acoustic to Tyler's country-tinged Americana anthems, so I really couldn't imagine a better combination than the two of them. It works perfectly here with each artist's own voice coming through wonderfully while accentuating each-other perfectly.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. News About Heaven
                                                                                                                              2. Lost Futures
                                                                                                                              3. Pray For Rain
                                                                                                                              4. Something Will Come
                                                                                                                              5. At The Edge Of The World
                                                                                                                              6. Hurricane Light
                                                                                                                              7. Life And Casualty
                                                                                                                              8. Haunted By Water

                                                                                                                              Marisa Anderson

                                                                                                                              Still, Here

                                                                                                                                ‘Still, Here’ emphatically makes the case for Marisa Anderson’s profound artistry, each piece intimately revealing a new aspect of Anderson as a player and as a human being navigating the path laid before her.

                                                                                                                                Marisa Anderson’s ‘Still, Here’ is for the listener an alchemical salve, the work of a gifted player with an exceptional ability to convey the complexities of the human experience through composition.

                                                                                                                                Marisa Anderson is one of the most eminent guitarists working today. Her lucid, eloquent approach to guitar music and composition has established her as an unparalleled artist and an insightful, coveted collaborator. Anderson’s work draws on a mosaic of folk musics and lives in conversation with myriad musical traditions.

                                                                                                                                “[Anderson] the solo guitarist creates truly borderless music, fusing the diverse global traditions she favors without drawing too much attention to the act of juxtaposition.” - Pitchfork

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                In Dark Water
                                                                                                                                The Fire This Time
                                                                                                                                The Low Country
                                                                                                                                Night Air
                                                                                                                                Waking
                                                                                                                                The Crack Where The Light
                                                                                                                                Gets In
                                                                                                                                La Llorona
                                                                                                                                Beat The Drum Slowly

                                                                                                                                Matt Anniss

                                                                                                                                Join The Future : Bleep Techno And The Birth Of British Bass Music

                                                                                                                                  Matt Anniss's critically acclaimed alternative history of UK dance music in the acid house era returns in updated and expanded form. Named by Rolling Stone UK as one of the best books on British music culture, Join The Future puts forward a persuasive new argument about the origins of UK club culture's longrunning love affair with bass. Since the dawn of the 1990s, Britain's dancefloors have moved to a string of styles built around skeletal rhythms and heavy sub-bass, including breakbeat hardcore, jungle, drum & bass, dubstep, UK garage, grime and bassline. Yet another previously overlooked sound pre-dated them all: bleep and bass, or bleep techno, the first distinctly British form of electronic dance music.

                                                                                                                                  Periodica offshoot Futurible continue to treat us more than kindly with a wonderous bit of Balearic boogie / sublime soft synth serenade (delete as appropriate) from Chilean musician Marcelo Antonio Galleguillos Torres. Though he may sound like the kind of South American midfield enforcer you'd expect to cause a career threatening injury after boshing too much pre-match powder, Marcelo's actually a sensative soul with a musical mind. "Suspension" shifts through sunblushed PPU guitar licks and Roland claves, two steps around late 80s George Michael synth riffs and weaves a spell with wonderful Spanish vocals. Light as you like, the track trots the same saccharine streets as the more uptempo moments of the Menage A Trois catalogue, always a good thing in my book. Over on the flip, "Males De Otro Lugar" drops in with dreamy DX7 leads, breathy Berlin pads and divine pop vocals, hurting my heart but making me smile.

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Patrick says: Futurible's fresh 7" comes all the way from Valparaiso Chile, where Marcelo Antonio wanders the streets, trading in the most sensual synth pop around. Absurdly Balearic and totally limited, this is A-grade buy on sight tackle.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  A. Suspension
                                                                                                                                  B. Males De Otro Lugar

                                                                                                                                  A stunning survey of the 1970s heyday of this great Japanese singer and countercultural icon. Deep-indigo, dead-of-night enka, folk and blues, inhaling Billie Holiday and Nina Simone down to the bone. A traditional waltz abuts Nico-style incantation; defamiliarised versions of Oscar Brown Jr and Bessie Smith collide with big-band experiments alongside Shuji Terayama; a sitar-led psychedelic wig-out runs into a killer excursion in modal, spiritual jazz. Existentialism and noir, mystery and allure, hurt and hauteur. With excellent notes by Alan Cummings and the fabulous photographs of Hitoshi Jin Tamura. Hotly recommended.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Nemuru No Ga Kowai
                                                                                                                                  Chicchana Toki Kara (Live)
                                                                                                                                  Blue Spirit Blues
                                                                                                                                  Fushiawase To Lu Na No Neko
                                                                                                                                  Govinda
                                                                                                                                  Chicchana
                                                                                                                                  Toki Kara
                                                                                                                                  Boro To Furutetsu
                                                                                                                                  Aisa Nai No Aise Nai No
                                                                                                                                  Uramado
                                                                                                                                  Kamome
                                                                                                                                  Machi
                                                                                                                                  Gogo
                                                                                                                                  Zenkamono No
                                                                                                                                  Christmas
                                                                                                                                  Hikkoshi
                                                                                                                                  Cabaret
                                                                                                                                  Konna Fūni Sugite Iku No
                                                                                                                                  Nara
                                                                                                                                  Onna
                                                                                                                                  Yuki Ga Furu

                                                                                                                                  Mulatu Astatke

                                                                                                                                  Mulatu Of Ethiopia - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                    Strut present the official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”

                                                                                                                                    Journeying regularly to the Big Apple to play and watch live shows at the Cheetah, the Palladium and the Village Gate, Astatke met producer Gil Snapper on the circuit. “Gil was a nice and very interesting guy. He produced music and worked with all kinds of musicians.” The meeting would lead to a series of albums on Snapper’s Worthy label, Astatke began to hone his sound, infusing funk and Azmari “chik- chikka” rhythms into the mix. Returning to a downtown Manhattan studio with Snapper and working with some of the city’s top young jazz and latin session players, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ began to take shape. “We rehearsed for 3-4 weeks,” remembers Astatke. “it took them a while to get the right feeling in the music.”

                                                                                                                                    The resultant album represented the first fully formed document of Astatke’s trademark Ethio jazz sound. It features ‘Kulunmanqueleshi’, ‘Dewel’, and ‘Kasalefku-Hulu’, tracks that Mulatu would return to regularly on singles and in live shows, the Ethio- Latin workout ‘Chifara’ and the self-titled groover ‘Mulatu’ (“I wanted to make a track for.... myself!”).

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    A1. Mulatu
                                                                                                                                    A2. Mascaram Setaba
                                                                                                                                    A3. Dewel
                                                                                                                                    B1. Kulunmanqueleshi
                                                                                                                                    B2. Kasalefkut-hulu
                                                                                                                                    B3. Munaye
                                                                                                                                    B4. Chifara

                                                                                                                                    Mulatu Astatke

                                                                                                                                    Mulatu Of Ethiopia (Special Edition)

                                                                                                                                      In celebration of the label's 25th anniversary, Strut have released a special edition of a landmark album within the realm of African music - Mulatu Astatke's 'Mulatu Of Ethiopia’. Recorded in New York in 1972, this pivotal album marks a juncture in Astatke's musical journey when he adeptly fused various styles to craft the distinctive genre known as Ethio-jazz.

                                                                                                                                      For this special edition, the release features the original stereo mix of the full album, as well as a special ‘mono-mix’ of each track retrieved from the original 2" tapes, pressed on opaque white vinyl 2LP.


                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Mulatu (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      2. Mascaram Setaba (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      3. Dewel (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      4. Kulunmanqueleshi (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      5. Kasalefkut-Hulu (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      6. Munaye (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      7. Chifara (Stereo Mix)
                                                                                                                                      8. Mulatu (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      9. Mascaram Setaba (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      10. Dewel (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      11. Kulunmanqueleshi (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      12. Kasalefkut-Hulu (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      13. Munaye (Mono Mix)
                                                                                                                                      14. Chifara (Mono Mix)

                                                                                                                                      Mulatu Astatke

                                                                                                                                      New York - Addis - London: The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 - 2023 Repress

                                                                                                                                        Vibraphone and keyboard player, master arranger and bandleader, Mulatu Astatke is one of the all-time greats of Ethiopian music and the creator of his own original music form, Ethio jazz. Through the acclaimed Ethiopiques album series and through featuring on the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers, his music has belatedly reached a global audience and a new, younger generation of fans. In November of last year, he recorded an inspired new album with London psych jazz band The Heliocentrics for Strut’s ‘Inspiration Information’ studio collaboration series. Now, Strut are proud to present, for the first time anywhere, the definitive Mulatu career retrospective covering his landmark ‘60s and ‘70s recordings.

                                                                                                                                        Mulatu is a true pioneer of African music. He was the first Ethiopian musician of his generation to travel extensively and to record abroad – he studied in the UK in Wales and at Trinity College Of Music in London, cutting his teeth on the buoyant London jazz scene of the early ‘60s. He became the first African student to attend Harvard and he lived and recorded in New York, developing a unique sound that fused Western jazz with traditional Ethiopian melodies.

                                                                                                                                        Tracing the progression of his Ethio jazz experiments with full access to all of the labels for whom he recorded, Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London is the essential Mulatu. Covering his first recordings in the UK during 1965, his groundbreaking fusions for the small Worthy label in New York and his key ‘70s recordings back in Addis on Amha, Phillips and Axum, the album features comprehensive sleeve notes by Miles Cleret, boss of the excellent Soundway Records imprint, and rare, previously unseen photos from Mulatu’s personal archive.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        A1. Yèkèrmo Sèw
                                                                                                                                        A2. I Faram Gami I Faram
                                                                                                                                        A3. Shagu
                                                                                                                                        A4. Emnete
                                                                                                                                        A5. Mulatu
                                                                                                                                        B1. Yègelé Tezeta
                                                                                                                                        B2. Asiyo Bellema
                                                                                                                                        B3. Ebo Lala
                                                                                                                                        B4. Fikratchin
                                                                                                                                        B5. Yefikir Tizita
                                                                                                                                        C1. Dèwèl
                                                                                                                                        C2. Yèkatit
                                                                                                                                        C3. Girl From Addis Ababa
                                                                                                                                        C4. Mascaram Setaba
                                                                                                                                        C5. Ené Alantchie Alnorem
                                                                                                                                        D1. Nétsanét
                                                                                                                                        D2. Kasalèfkut Hulu
                                                                                                                                        D3. Wubit
                                                                                                                                        D4. Lanchi Biye
                                                                                                                                        D5. Tezeta

                                                                                                                                        Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

                                                                                                                                        Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1

                                                                                                                                          Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, one of the preeminent musicians, orchestrators, arrangers and composers of our time, presents his magnum opus. 12 years in the making, ‘Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1’ comprises three and a half hours of music spanning jazz, modern classical and ambient.

                                                                                                                                          Composed, arranged and produced by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with contributions from 50+ friends and family including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, DOMi & JD Beck, Jeff Parker, Carlos Niño, Austin Peralta, Bennie Maupin, Lara Somogyi, Jamael Dean, Jamire Williams, Burniss Travis II, Deantoni Parks, Brandon Coleman, Marcus Gilmore and more.

                                                                                                                                          For fans of Flying Lotus, Floating Points with LSO & Pharoah Sanders, Kamasi Washington, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ólafur Arnalds.

                                                                                                                                          Miguel joined an all-star lineup at the Hollywood Bowl recently, to conduct the Los Angeles Studio Orchestra in a performance of ‘Promises’, the acclaimed 2021 album recorded by Floating Points with the late tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.

                                                                                                                                          Miguel has released music on cult indie labels such as Ninja Tune, Kindred Spirits and International Anthem.

                                                                                                                                          He is best known to hip-hop fans for his stunning orchestral tribute to the music of James ‘Dilla’ Yancey - ‘Mochilla Presents Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes’ in 2009.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Disc 01:
                                                                                                                                          1. Kiseki
                                                                                                                                          2. Persinette
                                                                                                                                          3. Narva
                                                                                                                                          4. Eudaimonia
                                                                                                                                          5. Porpita
                                                                                                                                          6. Nazo No Tenkai (Ernok)
                                                                                                                                          7. Mångata
                                                                                                                                          8. Ano Yo
                                                                                                                                          9. Zarra
                                                                                                                                          10. Kairos (Amor Fati)
                                                                                                                                          11. Magnolia (Aisling)
                                                                                                                                          12. Cho Oyu
                                                                                                                                          13. Matumaini
                                                                                                                                          14. Zoticus

                                                                                                                                          Disc 02:
                                                                                                                                          1. Légäsi
                                                                                                                                          2. Votivus
                                                                                                                                          3. Querencia
                                                                                                                                          4. Kundinyota
                                                                                                                                          5. Dragons Of Eden
                                                                                                                                          6. Eunoia
                                                                                                                                          7. Znaniya (Falkor)
                                                                                                                                          8. Tzedakah
                                                                                                                                          9. Apocrypha
                                                                                                                                          10. Asherah
                                                                                                                                          11. Plotinus
                                                                                                                                          12. Kairos (Kefi)
                                                                                                                                          13. Qumran
                                                                                                                                          14. Makaria
                                                                                                                                          15. Kupaianaha
                                                                                                                                          16. Taijasa
                                                                                                                                          17. Vesta
                                                                                                                                          18. Ziggurat

                                                                                                                                          Disc 03:
                                                                                                                                          1. Ziya
                                                                                                                                          2. Scar
                                                                                                                                          3. Let The Light Shine In
                                                                                                                                          4. Komorebi
                                                                                                                                          5. Daydream
                                                                                                                                          6. Dream Dance
                                                                                                                                          7. Apotheosis
                                                                                                                                          8. Magnolia (Astronomia Nova)
                                                                                                                                          9. Moksha
                                                                                                                                          10. Datsuzoku
                                                                                                                                          11. Hypatia
                                                                                                                                          12. Kuleana
                                                                                                                                          13. Aldous
                                                                                                                                          14. Jijivisha
                                                                                                                                          15. Paititi
                                                                                                                                          16. Airavata
                                                                                                                                          17. Znaniya (Ahura Mazda)
                                                                                                                                          18. Nag Hammadi
                                                                                                                                          19. Halcyon
                                                                                                                                          20. Sweet Invitation

                                                                                                                                          Moriah Bailey

                                                                                                                                          I Tried Words

                                                                                                                                            I Tried Words began with words, mostly words. Moriah Bailey laid the lyrics out on several pages. The words were crafted over many months with feedback from Bailey’s sister and input from the growing melodies and body of music that began to take shape around those words. The contributing musicians, Sarah Reid (violin), Ryan Robinson (percussion), and Ricky Tutaan (guitar), recorded their own parts and sent them to Bailey. The result is lush, intricate arrangements that complement a solid base of harp and vocals.

                                                                                                                                            The album explores dualities: yes/no, future/past, darkness/light, giving/taking, masculinity/femininity, wants/needs. It is in part about Moriah Bailey’s struggle to learn healthy boundaries but also about the harmfulness, complexity, and entanglement of many social boundaries.

                                                                                                                                            With I Tried Words, Bailey relies less on experimental sounds, and instead, lyrically focuses on her struggles to understand and make sense of definitions and expectations of femininity. It explores these themes through an intimate narrative of losing oneself in a relationship and struggling to find a way out of the relationship.

                                                                                                                                            The album ends with a triumphant goodbye and joyous new beginning in “Not Staying”. She sings: “I contorted my body and stretched myself thin to form a bridge between now and when. So, as I'm gathering my strength to say goodbye, please quit saying I should've tried.”

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                            1. Wishful Thoughts
                                                                                                                                            2. A Late Spring
                                                                                                                                            3. The Downpour
                                                                                                                                            4. So You Say…
                                                                                                                                            SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                            5. The Ocean LIfe
                                                                                                                                            6. My Father’s Words
                                                                                                                                            7. My Mother’s Words
                                                                                                                                            8. Not Staying

                                                                                                                                            "Laughing Boy", the second solo album from Matteah Baim, was recorded in Chicago, where it was produced, arranged, and mixed by Baim with engineer Jamie Carter. Expanding on the sounds hinted at with her previous band, Metallic Falcons, and her first solo record, "Death of The Sun", Baim has created her most lush and beautiful recordings yet with "Laughing Boy". Matteah Baim was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1996, at the age of 17, she moved to California to study painting and drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduating, Baim moved to New York where she met Sierra Casady. In 2005, the duo began to write music together and formed the 'soft metal' Metallic Falcons. Voodoo Eros released their first record, "Desert Doughnuts", in 2006, recorded in Brooklyn, New Mexico, and Chicago, with performances by Antony, Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter, and Greg Rogove. After the Metallic Falcons disbanded, Baim moved to Los Angeles and began writing and recording material (both at her Venice Beach home and at Chicago's CarterCo studio) for "Death Of The Sun". She spent the next two years touring and writing material for "Laughing Boy", working on music for several films, and exhibiting drawings.

                                                                                                                                            Meg Baird

                                                                                                                                            Furling

                                                                                                                                              Meg Baird’s songs are rarely made up of tidy stories. In fact, for Meg, mystery itself is often the medium. With ‘Furling’, Meg’s fourth album under her own name, she explores the breadth of her musical fascinations and the environments around them - the edges of memory, daydreams spanning years, loose ends, loss, divergent paths, and secret conversations under stars. ‘Furling’ moves through these varied spaces with the slippery, misty cohesiveness of a dream - guided by an ageless, stirring voice that remains singular and unmistakable.

                                                                                                                                              Since co-founding the beguiling and beautiful Espers in the mid-aughts amid Philadelphia’s fertile underground music community, Meg’s solo recordings have constituted just a fraction of her work.

                                                                                                                                              Her first solo LP, the disarmingly out-of-time ‘Dear Companion’ (2007), saw her carve a quiet, sunlit space away from the flickering swirl of Espers. Since her last solo releases, ‘Seasons on Earth’ (2011) and ‘Don’t Weigh Down the Light’ (2015), Meg has lent thunderous drumming, lead vocal, and poetry to Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) on an album that garnered praise from the New York Times and made Mojo’s Top Ten Albums Of 2016 list. She collaborated with harpist Mary Lattimore on the mesmerizingly hazy ‘Ghost Forests’ (2018). She’s played drums with Philadelphia scuzz-punks Watery Love (In The Red, Richie Records) and explored her deep familial folk roots in the Baird Sisters (Grapefruit Records). She also contributed her vocal arrangements to albums from Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham and Steve Gunn, and toured with Angel Olson, Dinosaur Jr., Bill Callahan, Thurston Moore and Bert Jansch, among others.

                                                                                                                                              Yet ‘Furling’ is the album that most irreverently explores the span of her work and musical touchstones. It showcases her natural tether to 1960s English folk traditions. But it also reveals her deep love for soul balladry, the solitary musings of Flying Saucer Attack and Neil Young shackled to his piano deep in the foggy pre-dawn, dubby Bristol atmospherics, the melancholy memory collage of DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’, and the delicious, Saturday night promise of St. Etienne.

                                                                                                                                              ‘Furling’ was primarily recorded at Louder Studios by Tim Green (Bikini Kill, Nation of Ulysses, Melvins, Wooden Shjips). Additional piano and vocal recording were captured at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA with Jason Quever (Papercuts). It was mastered in Brooklyn by Heba Kadry, who mixed Bjork’s ‘Utopia’ and mastered albums for Slowdive, Cass McCombs and Beach House.

                                                                                                                                              For all its adornments, ‘Furling’ remains deeply intimate. The entire album was performed by Meg and her long-time collaborator, partner, and Heron Oblivion bandmate Charlie Saufley. While her prior solo work hinted at more expansive horizons, ‘Furling’ explores the idea of Meg Baird as a band much more freely. Venturing beyond the musical confines of fingerstyle guitar, she plays drums, mellotron, organs, synths, and vibraphone over her piano and guitar foundations. Her distinctive, simultaneously elegiac and uplifting vocals, meanwhile, connect surreal dream montages, graft sunshine sonics to swooning mediations on romantic solidarity in trying times, and weave odes to the simple gestures of friendship - and the loss of family and friends.

                                                                                                                                              This rich sound world makes the songs a varied bunch: ‘Twelve Saints’ mates Pacific sunset ambience and Pink Floyd pastoral to a meditation on mortality and escape. The infectious and kinetic ‘Will You Follow Me Home’ contemplates hope and longing through the looking glass of a Jimmy Miller-era-Stones strut. And in the closing piece, ‘Wreathing Days’, language disintegrates over tone clusters that feel somewhere between falling and flying.

                                                                                                                                              ‘Wreathing Days’ also reveals much about Meg’s mastery of contrast - situating the dear and delicate adjacent to chaos. And while it’s true that some songs on ‘Furling’ grapple with humanity’s existential unknowns in stark terms, they primarily revel in the mysteries that hide in nature and humanity at their most ordinary. ‘Furling’ lives in the notion that whole universes of experience, enlightenment, elation and ecstasy can bloom in these corners.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Ashes, Ashes
                                                                                                                                              Star Hill Song
                                                                                                                                              Ship Captains
                                                                                                                                              Cross Bay
                                                                                                                                              Twelve Saints
                                                                                                                                              Unnamed Drives
                                                                                                                                              The Saddest Verses
                                                                                                                                              Will You Follow Me Home?
                                                                                                                                              Wreathing Days

                                                                                                                                              Matt Baldwin

                                                                                                                                              Paths Of Ignition

                                                                                                                                                One of the more unexpected - if worthwhile - by products of the 21st-century underground American folk revival is a renewed interest in solo acoustic guitar music. Spare, haunting, pastoral sounds have struck a new chord, and the names John Fahey and Takoma are hip again. Matt Baldwin, raised in California's rustic Pacific Grove, educated in the alternative mecca of Berkeley, sits in the center of this quiet, swirling scene. He is the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass. Unlike many of his peers, he looks beyond the traditions of Fahey (whom he calls 'a teacher', not a god), bringing portentous and progressive elements into his music, alongside a dreamy country lilt. He covers krautrock legends Neu! ("Weissensee") and metal Vikings Judas Priest ("Winter"), and culls inspiration from prog heroes yes on the closing epic "Rainbow". His music comes on like a creeping moss, verdant but threatening, comforting yet unsettling.

                                                                                                                                                Marty Baller

                                                                                                                                                Baller Nation

                                                                                                                                                  A$AB Mob affiliate Marty Baller, started his career out as A$AP Ferg’s hype man, before becoming a serious solo artistic his own right. The last year and a half has seen Baller steadily building up to the release of ‘Baller Nation’ with co signs from A$AP Mob and support tours with the likes of Future. ‘Baller Nation’ is Marty’s second mixtape, following 2016’s ‘Marty G Raw.’ The concise 10 track tape sees Marty upping the stakes, with confident lyrics, big trap beats and an all start features list including A$AP FERG, Rich The Kid, Rob $tone and Smooky Margeilaa. Omerta Inc will be bringing Marty Baller’s ‘Baller Nation’ to vinyl for the very first time, to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the albums original release. Limited to 150 copies pressed onto 180gm cocaine white vinyl. Each copy will be individually hand numbered in gold pen and come housed in a high quality matte finish sleeve with original artwork

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. First Quarter
                                                                                                                                                  2. Gladys Knight (ft 5Am & Reese LAFLARE)
                                                                                                                                                  3. Do My Thing (ft Madein-TYO)
                                                                                                                                                  4. I'm On The Moon
                                                                                                                                                  5. Slick Talk (ft Rob $tone)
                                                                                                                                                  6. Like Mike (ft A$AP Ferg, SMOOKY Margielaa & Aexyz)
                                                                                                                                                  7. Send Em My Way (ft A$AP Ferg)
                                                                                                                                                  8. Rambo (ft Rich The Kid)
                                                                                                                                                  9. Nothing Wasted
                                                                                                                                                  10. Throw The Money Away

                                                                                                                                                  Michel Banabila

                                                                                                                                                  Wah-Wah Whispers

                                                                                                                                                    Ever since he released his music in the early '80s Michel Banabila has been hard to pinpoint to a specific genre or style. His musical output includes jazz, experimental cut-up electronics, world music (especially influenced by the Fourth World music as developed by Jon Hassell), New Age, eclectic pop tunes, music for dance or other stage projects, and soundtracks for TV. Some listeners may have found it difficult throughout the years to find their way in this versatile output.

                                                                                                                                                    For this particular release, Bureau B chose a different approach. Instead of archiving early works from the 1980s, Wah-Wah Whispers focuses on Banabila's more recent output. It is a collection of works showcasing many facets of his music: a journey visiting the minimal and cinematic sample scape, contemplative ambient / fourth world scenes and more. The album ends with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres gradually building up to a noise climax.

                                                                                                                                                    These two tracks from Mike Bandoni and Chip Wickham have been a long time coming. These two stable mates from the 'Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band' have been discussing a collaboration for years and now; it's finally in the bag!

                                                                                                                                                    Mike brings his trademark killer funky Drums (Recorded by the legendary Malcolm Catto), Percussion, Rhodes, Bass and vintage Guitar vibes to the party whilst Chip delivers some sublime and highly complimentary work on sax and flute.

                                                                                                                                                    Infinity Pool sounds like a long lost Bobbi Humphrey meets Bob James composition with the flute taking centre stage underpinned by what can only be described as mammoth funk grooves on every other instrument. A true modern Jazz Funk classic with just a fraction more Funk than Jazz!

                                                                                                                                                    Get It! is a cool number with a phenomenally infectious groove and a hook that stays in the brain for days! Think early Kool & The Gang. You'll be humming these hooks day and night! Chip again raises the bar further with some sublime flute and sax work and is ably joined by Eoin Grace on trumpet to deliver that full fat section accompaniment that so completes this composition.

                                                                                                                                                    Both tracks are equally at home listened to through headphones or pumping loudly through a sound system in a club at your best Funk and Soul events.

                                                                                                                                                    Both tracks are getting plenty of radio play so it's likely to shift quickly! One for the collection and a must have. Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Get It (feat. Chip Wickham)
                                                                                                                                                    2. Infinity Pool (feat. Chip Wickham)

                                                                                                                                                    Most music does not come out of nowhere. Arising and appearing in a pre-existing system of influences, cross-references, roots, memories and desires, it either directly points towards a heritage or into the future. Mark Barrott’s "Nature Sounds of the Balearics" is a bit of both. The mastermind behind the International Feel label and the Sketches from an Island series presents an intermediary.

                                                                                                                                                    Technically, it’s his departure from a software based workflow and onto (or back to) a hardware driven creative point of view. Philosophically, it deals with the schizophrenia of our times: the late Paul Virgilio’s dromology and logistics of perception versus a decelerated life outside of cities, internet algorhythmics (sic!) versus meditation, the excessive stock market (all track titles are derivates of that world) against a tactile way of living.
                                                                                                                                                    Musically, it is the outcome of what Barrott himself described as his "techno album". For people whose definition of techno has to do with speed (again) and kick drums that might seem like a misinterpretation. Listeners who remember the Artificial Intelligence and Freezone compilations, various chill out channels or Detroit’s mellow moments, will tend to agree. "Nature Sounds of the Balearics" miraculously evokes those days and times, without breaking his neck. It is as much at home in a Caribbean water utopia between dolphins and old fishing boats as it feels current and applicable in a Ridley Scott dystopia. And if meta levels aren't your thing: it’s just a beautiful album.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: Moving away slightly from the beach-bound cocktail-fuelled halcyon lysergia of the previous outings, Barrott opts for off-kilter melodies and hardware-based sequencing to create a more rhythmically diverse offering, as fascinating as it is engrossing. Lovely stuff.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    A1. Aroon
                                                                                                                                                    A2. Morning Star
                                                                                                                                                    A3. Point & Figure
                                                                                                                                                    A4. Heikin-Ashi
                                                                                                                                                    A5. TRIX
                                                                                                                                                    B1. Keltner & Chalkin
                                                                                                                                                    B2. Ichimoku
                                                                                                                                                    B3. Donchian Reprise
                                                                                                                                                    B4. Boolean Hawks
                                                                                                                                                    B5. Evening Star 

                                                                                                                                                    Mario Batkovic

                                                                                                                                                    Introspectio

                                                                                                                                                      Mixing classical and contemporary sound, Mario Batkovic seeks to explore the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. Challenging, hypnotic and grandiose; Batkovic’s symphonic vision is unique and he has received widespread critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone magazine who voted his self-titled debut album in the Top 10 ‘Best Avant Albums of 2017’

                                                                                                                                                      ‘Introspectio’ is a self-questioning, self-examination of society and the meaning of sound. Featuring collaborations with electronic sorcerer James Holden and former BEAK> member Matthew Williams aka MXLX, in addition to drummer Clive Deamer (Radiohead/Portishead/Robert Plant/Roni Size), saxophonist Colin Stetson and concert choir Cantus Domus, Batkovic questions the place of sound, clichés and prejudices, taking the listener on a journey through infinite universes of sound.

                                                                                                                                                      Musical contrasts run throughout the album. Sound aesthetics versus compositional ethics play out, it all about creation and destruction as our sound researcher creates his very own macrocosm of music and sound. Whether solo or in collaboration, ‘Introspectio’ invites us on a rhythmically pulsating trip somewhere between dissolution and new beginnings.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      SANATIO
                                                                                                                                                      REPERTIO (w/ Clive Deamer & MXLX)
                                                                                                                                                      CHOREA DUPLEX (w/ James Holden)
                                                                                                                                                      QUIS EST QUIS (w/ Colin Stetson)
                                                                                                                                                      SURROGATUM
                                                                                                                                                      PRIMORDIUM FINALE

                                                                                                                                                      Masaki Batoh

                                                                                                                                                      Smile Jesus Loves YOU

                                                                                                                                                        Masaki Batoh’s solo career continues to rise up with his 5th solo album, and second in the last two years, Smile Jesus Loves YOU.

                                                                                                                                                        As long time listeners of Ghost and The Silence are well aware, Batoh’s music is of the world and for the world . . . it exists as part of the conundrum of the world, for us to hear and form thought or feeling. We have no way of knowing it, other than to listen. The defiance of a fixed notion in Batoh’s world and music is made clear, as with the ambiguities of last year’s mortality meditation Nowhere, by the title of his new album. This shouldn’t be taken at face value. It might be a politically bitter statement. It might not be political at all, in this time of insane corrupt leaders who clearly believe in nothing except what they can use. It is a question for anyone who believes, or doesn’t believe. Listeners must come up with their own understanding, based on their own sentiment and where they find themselves in their evolving form.

                                                                                                                                                        Following the mostly solitary activity of making’ Nowhere’, Batoh has invited several guests to play with him for parts of ‘Smile Jesus Loves YOU’. Like family members, collaborators from The Silence and Ghost make guest appearances, including, for two songs, ex-Ghost and legendary percussionist Hiroyuki Usui (Fushitsusha).

                                                                                                                                                        For the journey of this new album, Batoh takes us a great distance, singing in Japanese, English, Spanish and Latin, including an amazing cover of one of his heroes, Atahualpa Yupanqui, with lyrics translated from Spanish to Japanese, giving them a haiku-like feeling.

                                                                                                                                                        Batoh plays a variety of stringed instruments throughout, as well as mellotron and shanai, supported at times by the playing of others on flute, piano, lap steel, saxophone, contra bass and drums. The songs expand amoebically, with music styles of the world shifting and merging to form their whole. Through phases of dark and light, including some new musical discoveries in Batoh’s world, we travel through the multipart epic title track to salvation.

                                                                                                                                                        This world is a difficult place, whether or not the gods will come to save us, but there is a happy ending for us if we accept and make it so. As with all of Batoh’s recent releases, Smile Jesus Loves YOU is a 100% analogue recording of absolutely human playing, with no digital copying and pasting. This allows us to hear and feel the air around the recording as if it is our own.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        In The Hour Of Serpent
                                                                                                                                                        Pobrecito Mi Cigarro
                                                                                                                                                        Uzumaki
                                                                                                                                                        No Momento
                                                                                                                                                        Sarabanda
                                                                                                                                                        Smile Jesus Loves YOU

                                                                                                                                                        Michael Beach

                                                                                                                                                        Dream Violence

                                                                                                                                                          Dream Violence, Michael Beach’s fourth full-length, is an epic album that explores the duality of the human condition. Or, as Beach himself puts it, the album is about “human futility, passion, desire, anger, frustration, and the struggle to maintain hope in a somewhat hopeless time.” Dream Violence, then, addresses the existential crisis of being an artist in 2020. Known for his work touring with the Australian guitar pop band Thigh Master and the late, brilliantly eccentric Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira, currently the focus of a number of reissues by the Numero Group, Beach is the architect of a sound that is both well-built and ramshackle, straightforward and indeterminably complex, out of the norm yet familiar in all the best ways. Dream Violence unfolds like a revelation, filled with sonic tumbleweeds that reference Neil Young’s On the Beach, Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, the Velvet Underground’s Loaded, and the Go Betweens’ Before Hollywood. Influences ranging from the enigmatic outlier Megira to Glenn Branca to the Oblivians are combined to create a new, exhilarating sound, part of the path that Beach has been on since 2008’s Blood Courses. A veteran of year-end indie rock round ups beginning with Golden Theft in 2013 and continuing with Gravity/Repulsion, released in 2017, Beach distills the best of those early albums and adds sharpened intent.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Irregardless
                                                                                                                                                          2. De Facto Blues
                                                                                                                                                          3. The Tower
                                                                                                                                                          4. Metaphysical Dice
                                                                                                                                                          5. You Know, Life Is Cheap
                                                                                                                                                          6. Spring
                                                                                                                                                          7. Curtain Of Night
                                                                                                                                                          8. You Found Me Out
                                                                                                                                                          9. Dream Violence
                                                                                                                                                          10. Sometimes I Get That Cold Feeling

                                                                                                                                                          "Zeus" is the first ever full-length album by Max Beesley's High Vibes ensemble, who released two classic 12inches on Boogie Back Records at the height of the Acid Jazz movement in 1993/1994. For "Zeus" Beesley set out to create something very special and reached out to some of the greatest session players in the world to play on the record.

                                                                                                                                                          Steve Gadd was a friend from many years ago when the two played on George Benson's 1996 album "That's Right". Steve came on board and suggested his good friend Walt Fowler would be a great addition for soloing on flugel and trumpet. Walt said he would love to be a part of the record and was terrific to work with. His tone is unsurpassable and perfect for the High Vibes record. Max then reached out to renowned guitarist Dean Parks who is one of the most recorded player in the 21st century. Dean also loved the tracks and wanted to record. Max has admired Luis Conte for many years and he has worked extensively with Steve, Dean and Walt in the James Taylor band among virtually every artist in the world, so it was great to add him to the line-up.

                                                                                                                                                          Jerry Meehan is Max's close school friend. Together they have produced and written songs, film scores and toured together with many artists. Jerry also served as a co-producer on the record: "Jerry's my fav bass player in the world and his musicianship unsurpassable". Finally, Max's good friend Christian Sands plays keyboards on the album. Max cites him as one of the greatest players of his generation today and was very eager to have him on the record. Christian's contribution is phenomenal. The Horn House rounded the musicians off. Nichol Thomson on trombone, Tom Walsh trumpet and Mike Davis also adding trumpet on some tracks. They are Max's fav horn section. Nichol and Max arranged all horns and the result is electrifying.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Zeus
                                                                                                                                                          2. Snake Oil
                                                                                                                                                          3. Saturn's Dust
                                                                                                                                                          4. Juice
                                                                                                                                                          5. We'll Always Have Yesterday
                                                                                                                                                          6. Fire
                                                                                                                                                          7. Sergio's Bag
                                                                                                                                                          8. Ice

                                                                                                                                                          Matt Berninger

                                                                                                                                                          Serpentine Prison

                                                                                                                                                            Serpentine Prison is the debut solo record from Matt Berninger front man of The National. The album, produced by renowned Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. & The MG’s fame) will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records.

                                                                                                                                                            “The song ‘Serpentine Prison’ was written in December 2018, about a week after recording The National’s I Am Easy to Find,” Berninger explains about the new track. “For a long time, I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that, but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.”

                                                                                                                                                            Berninger continues, “The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue, so I named the record after it and put it last.”

                                                                                                                                                            The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.


                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Matt Berninger has had our attention for a long time, fronting and writing songs for The National. It comes as a little surprise then, that he's smashed out a solo album with the band still fully intact (just not the done thing is it?). Anyway, he's forgiven because what we have here is a beautifully emotive but comfortingly different creative path than his 'Day Job'. How the songs keep flowing at this quality is beyond me, let's just hope they keep flowing.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. My Eyes Are T-Shirts
                                                                                                                                                            2. Distant Axis
                                                                                                                                                            3. One More Second
                                                                                                                                                            4. Loved So Little
                                                                                                                                                            5. Silver Springs
                                                                                                                                                            6. Oh Dearie
                                                                                                                                                            7. Take Me Out Of Town
                                                                                                                                                            8. Collar Of Your Shirt
                                                                                                                                                            9. All For Nothing
                                                                                                                                                            10. Serpentine Prison

                                                                                                                                                            Whether you’re familiar with Matt’s Live shows or want to understand what they are like, this album takes you there! From the excited audience chatter to the clarity of his pulsing KORG, each element resonates with perfect clarity. Berry and The Maypoles' musical prowess shines through their prog-folk excursions and trombone flairs which are reminiscent of an early Acid Jazz release, all with the a nod to Berry's surreal and panoramic world-view.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. The Innkeeper’s Song
                                                                                                                                                            2. So Low
                                                                                                                                                            3. October Sun
                                                                                                                                                            4. Take My Hand
                                                                                                                                                            5. Sorry (Theme From)
                                                                                                                                                            6. Solstice
                                                                                                                                                            7. Snuff Box
                                                                                                                                                            8. Song For Rosie
                                                                                                                                                            9. Medicine
                                                                                                                                                            10. Devil Inside Me
                                                                                                                                                            11. The Pheasant

                                                                                                                                                            Having recently completed a Christmas special of The IT Crowd (Channel 4), his own series Toast Of London (Channel 4) Matt Berry currently features in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s new series House Of Fools (BBC) – which has seen Matt described as “probably – the funniest person on television right now.“ by The Guardian. 

                                                                                                                                                            Far from being content with just acting, Matt released two critically-acclaimed records of idiosyncratic folklore pop 2011’s Witchazel and 2013‘s Kill The Wolf (an ablum descibed as “equal parts serious, beautiful, English & charming” by Josh Homme) It’s of little surprise that Matt‘s forever fertile mind has been affecting his sleep. About a year ago, found himself suffering from insomnia... but he turned the deprivation into a new expressive outlet: Music For Insomniacs. 

                                                                                                                                                            An album on which every note was recorded by Matt in solitary only during the nights at his flat. 

                                                                                                                                                            Cover art originally painted by Matt Berry.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            A. Music For Insomniacs Part I 
                                                                                                                                                            B. Music For Insomniacs Part II

                                                                                                                                                            Matt Berry

                                                                                                                                                            Gather Up - Box Set Editions

                                                                                                                                                              Gather Up is the culmination of ten years on Acid Jazz for Matt Berry. Gather Up comes as a beautifully packaged 5LP Box set with a 64 page booklet or 4CD Hardback book-set with a 28 pages of illustrations and notes.

                                                                                                                                                              The 55 tracks are split between an anthology compilation that tracks the very best tracks from his 8 albums and associated singles for the label over the last decade, an album of unreleased tracks and rarities, a demo version of his 2020 album Phantom Birds and the previously unreleased Live At A Festival LP which showcases Matt & his band the Maypoles in full flight.

                                                                                                                                                              The book included in both formats has an extended essay by Chris Catchpole which review Matt’s musical career and an exclusive set of photo images culled from the archive of Matt’s long time photographic collaborator Ben Meadows.

                                                                                                                                                              The LP Box is strictly limited to 1500 copies and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Matt.


                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              CD 1 - Gather Up
                                                                                                                                                              1. Take My Hand
                                                                                                                                                              2. Something In My Eye
                                                                                                                                                              3. Medicine
                                                                                                                                                              4. Badger's Wake
                                                                                                                                                              5. World In Action
                                                                                                                                                              6. One By One
                                                                                                                                                              7. Take A Bow
                                                                                                                                                              8. October Sun
                                                                                                                                                              9. So Low
                                                                                                                                                              10. Summer Sun
                                                                                                                                                              11. Gather Up
                                                                                                                                                              12. Theme From Snuff Box
                                                                                                                                                              13. Middle Of The East
                                                                                                                                                              14. Like Stone
                                                                                                                                                              15. Phantom Birds
                                                                                                                                                              16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
                                                                                                                                                              17. Say It Again
                                                                                                                                                              18. The Innkeepers Song Live
                                                                                                                                                              19. Obsessed & So Obscure
                                                                                                                                                              20. Woman
                                                                                                                                                              21. Solstice

                                                                                                                                                              CD 2 - Rare & Unreleased
                                                                                                                                                              1. Bigger Than A Dog - Original Witchazel Intro
                                                                                                                                                              2. Take My Hand - Live On Absolute Radio
                                                                                                                                                              3. Autumn - Witchazel Outtake
                                                                                                                                                              4. The Dawn - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
                                                                                                                                                              5. Snuff Box - Live Loop Used Live Between 2005 - 2012
                                                                                                                                                              6. Catch Me In Time
                                                                                                                                                              7. Dark Beach - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
                                                                                                                                                              8. The Hangman - Acoustic Version 2007
                                                                                                                                                              9. Wonder Theme - Became 'Something In My Eye’
                                                                                                                                                              10. Music For Insomniacs - Alternative Intro
                                                                                                                                                              11. Theme From 'Sorry’ - Live From Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe 2007
                                                                                                                                                              12. Music For Insomnaics - Rejected Theme
                                                                                                                                                              13. Walk With Samuel - Devil Inside Me’
                                                                                                                                                              14. Blankety Blank - Vocal Intro
                                                                                                                                                              15. The Blue Elephant - Trip Two
                                                                                                                                                              16. Sweet Velvet - Became 'Seasons On Fire’
                                                                                                                                                              17. The Blue Elephant - Alternative

                                                                                                                                                              CD 3 - Phantom First
                                                                                                                                                              1. Covered In Clowns
                                                                                                                                                              2. Get Her Out Of My Mind
                                                                                                                                                              3. I'm Going
                                                                                                                                                              4. Make It Go Away
                                                                                                                                                              5. Peter Cleopatra And The Windmill
                                                                                                                                                              6. Play On
                                                                                                                                                              7. Take A Bow
                                                                                                                                                              8. The Preacher's House
                                                                                                                                                              9. A Shot Rang Out In The Forest
                                                                                                                                                              10. The Wrong House
                                                                                                                                                              11. Where's My Love?
                                                                                                                                                              12. You Danced All Night

                                                                                                                                                              CD 4 - Live At A Festival
                                                                                                                                                              1. Medicine / So Low
                                                                                                                                                              2. Silver Sun
                                                                                                                                                              3. Theme From Snuffbox
                                                                                                                                                              4. Solstice
                                                                                                                                                              5. The Pheasant

                                                                                                                                                              Matt Berry

                                                                                                                                                              Gather Up (Ten Years On Acid Jazz)

                                                                                                                                                                Following the huge acclaim earlier this year for Matt Berry’s eighth studio album The Blue Elephant, Acid Jazz Records release Gather Up, a compilation album encompassing the singular musical adventures this extraordinary musician has taken over the past decade, offering a revelatory and fascinating insight into the working process of a genuine musical maverick and sonic explorer.

                                                                                                                                                                Over 10 years with Acid Jazz Records Berry has released nine incredibly diverse albums (including one live album). From the tangled-folk rock thickets of Witchazel and Kill The Wolf (which features the song from which this box gets its name), to the out-there explorations of Music For Insomniacs or TV Themes’ retro-kitsch delights, through the soul power in Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live or the twilight grooves of The Small Hours to the classic pedal-steel songwriting of Phantom Birds and the smorgasbord of psychedelic sounds on The Blue Elephant, Berry’s journey has produced a feast for the ears that twists and turns down more unexpected avenues than most artists could manage over several careers. 

                                                                                                                                                                Gather Up pulls together an excellent 21-track career spanning collection expertly compiled by Berry, available as a separate, standalone release on 2LP or single CD, including non-album tracks such as ‘Snuff Box Theme’. No easy achievement considering the sheer breadth, diversity and volume of his exceptional musical output. 




                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. Take My Hand
                                                                                                                                                                2. Something In My Eye
                                                                                                                                                                3. Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                4. Badger's Wake
                                                                                                                                                                5. World In Action
                                                                                                                                                                6. One By One
                                                                                                                                                                7. Take A Bow
                                                                                                                                                                8. October Sun
                                                                                                                                                                9. So Low
                                                                                                                                                                10. Summer Sun
                                                                                                                                                                11. Gather Up
                                                                                                                                                                12. Theme From Snuff Box
                                                                                                                                                                13. Middle Of The East
                                                                                                                                                                14. Like Stone
                                                                                                                                                                15. Phantom Birds
                                                                                                                                                                16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
                                                                                                                                                                17. Say It Again
                                                                                                                                                                18. The Innkeepers Song Live
                                                                                                                                                                19. Obsessed & So Obscure
                                                                                                                                                                20. Woman
                                                                                                                                                                21. Solstice 

                                                                                                                                                                Matt Berry

                                                                                                                                                                Kill The Wolf: 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                  In 2013, Matt Berry released his second album on Acid Jazz, ‘Kill The Wolf’, introducing progressive music, 1970s pop and psychedelic experimentation for a critically acclaimed album that established him as a musician in his own right. 

                                                                                                                                                                  The original release plan saw a short run of a box set that included exclusive music and has inevitably become a sought after rarity since. 

                                                                                                                                                                  For the album’s tenth anniversary, special edition deluxe versions make these tracks availableagain, in some formats for the very first time.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  CD
                                                                                                                                                                  Gather Up
                                                                                                                                                                  Devil Inside Me
                                                                                                                                                                  Fallen Angel
                                                                                                                                                                  Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf Quartet
                                                                                                                                                                  Solstice
                                                                                                                                                                  October Sun
                                                                                                                                                                  The Signs
                                                                                                                                                                  Knock Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  Bonfire
                                                                                                                                                                  Village Dance
                                                                                                                                                                  Farewell Summer Sun
                                                                                                                                                                  The Dawn
                                                                                                                                                                  You That I See
                                                                                                                                                                  Fire Chant
                                                                                                                                                                  Food Chain Blues
                                                                                                                                                                  Early Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  October
                                                                                                                                                                  To The Floor
                                                                                                                                                                  Sea Chant
                                                                                                                                                                  Devil Inside Me (Walk With Samuel)
                                                                                                                                                                  Honky Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  Venison Sketch
                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf Quartet (‘Original’ Mix)

                                                                                                                                                                  2LP
                                                                                                                                                                  Gather Up
                                                                                                                                                                  Devil Inside Me
                                                                                                                                                                  Fallen Angel
                                                                                                                                                                  Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf Quartet
                                                                                                                                                                  Solstice
                                                                                                                                                                  October Sun
                                                                                                                                                                  The Signs
                                                                                                                                                                  Knock Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  Bonfire
                                                                                                                                                                  Village Dance
                                                                                                                                                                  Farewell Summer Sun
                                                                                                                                                                  The Dawn
                                                                                                                                                                  Devil Inside Me (Walk With Samuel)
                                                                                                                                                                  Fire Chant
                                                                                                                                                                  You That I See
                                                                                                                                                                  Early Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  To The Floor
                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf Quartet (‘original' Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                  Ukenwhistle
                                                                                                                                                                  Venison Sketch
                                                                                                                                                                  On A High
                                                                                                                                                                  October
                                                                                                                                                                  Honky Knock
                                                                                                                                                                  An Electric Hero
                                                                                                                                                                  Food Chain Blues
                                                                                                                                                                  Sea Chant


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