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QASIM NAQVI

Beta (Love Record Stores Edition)

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

    Pakistani-American avant-composer and drummer of the cult experimental acoustic trio Dawn of Midi, Qasim Naqvi releases his new record titled Beta on a limited edition clear vinyl for the first Love Record Stores Day on June 20.

    Meant as a sister release to last year’s acclaimed six-part modular synth suite Teenages, Beta is a series of experiments chronicling Naqvi’s understanding of writing for this type of instrument and the growth of the instrument itself.

    “Beta is a prequel to the story of Teenages. At the time I had the most basic elements of a modular synthesizer- one oscillator and a random voltage generator which is a module that releases sporadic currents through the system. Ironically, this component provided a lot of warmth and humanness to the music, a kind of fallibility. I fed simple melodic ideas and rhythmic patterns into this bare bones setup and observed the responses, while occasionally guiding the music in other directions. It was like a diagnostic test. At the time I felt that this music was underdeveloped but listening back, I think the Beta tracks add an interesting dimension to the entire Teenages arc.They’re the zygotes.” — Qasim Naqvi

    The B side of Beta is a live performance of the track 'Teenages', which was recorded at the first Erased Tapes x LCO: Purcell Session at the Southbank Centre, in London last February. “I had performed this work just a couple of times and this particular one was special. There were microphones up everywhere and you could hear the room bleeding into the sound of the synthesiser” says Qasim of the performance.

    If Teenages captured the sound of electronics living, breathing and mutating of their own accord, Beta rather describes the moment they came to life.

    Love Record Stores Day is an initiative from the #loverecordstores campaign, launched during lockdown to encourage music fans to shop online with their favourite record stores. Qasim Naqvi joins a wide range of artists and labels who have pledged to release exclusive, limited edition records including Caribou, Belle and Sebastian, Beach House, Robyn, New Order and many more.

    Qasim Naqvi

    Teenages

      Pakistani-American composer Qasim Naqvi will release his debut album for Erased Tapes on May 3rd. 'Teenages’ captures the sound of electronics living, breathing and mutating of their own accord – almost autonomously – with only subtle, sparing but perfectly-judged and masterful guidance.

      This album is one singular synergy between Qasim and his machine within a broader milieu of sound, also explored by contemporaries Sarah Davachi, Alessandro Cortini, Caterina Barbieri and also the forefather, Morton Subotnick. At points tonal, textural and rhythmic, over six evolving and growing audio organisms, the album flourishes upwards in stages, from initial micro-sonics to something bigger, brighter and anthemic.

      This is Naqvi’s first non-soundtrack release, having previously established himself as a renowned composer for dance, theatre, film and installation-based art, not to mention his role as drummer in lauded trio Dawn of Midi. According to Naqvi, “my past releases like ‘Chronology’, ‘Preamble’, ‘Fjoloy’ and ‘Film’ were made to accompany visual mediums. The music was always written to enhance another form. ‘Teenages’ is the first album with its own motivating force. It’s a live multi movement work that I recorded for myself.”

      With ‘Teenages’, Naqvi summoned all the material on an analog modular synthesizer – a voltage-controlled sound generating system comprised of multiple modules. Naqvi built this synth over the course of two years and amassed a collection of works for this album.

      “I’ve always been drawn to the power of un-amplified acoustic music. And for me modular synthesizers are a natural progression forward from the acoustic realm into the electric. It feels like an orchestra comprised of very unusual instruments, and their orchestration and vibrational properties lie in the patching and flow of voltages through a system.

      They’re also unstable and they rarely play the same thing twice in any exact way. It’s almost organic and human. It was really important for this album to capture that kind of uninterrupted behavior.”

      Capturing a live feeling without the aid of heavy studio production was an important component to this release: “Even though this is ‘electronic music,’ I didn’t want to rely heavily on a computer with an array of plugins, loops and samples, or exhaustive editing as part of the writing process. I wanted to treat this work like a live piece of music and have the natural behavior of the machine shine through and sound huge, like an orchestra of electrical signals.”

      Gently stuttering like a time lapse-video of a seed sprouting up from the earth, ‘Intermission’ sets the scene, before musical motifs begin to emerge on the dancing, bubbling bassline of ‘Mrs 2E’, which possesses a playful, infantile quality, like a newborn animal learning to walk after birth.

      More bouncy, skewed bottom-line squelch appears on the jittery, buzzing ‘Palace Workers’, which seems to evoke life in the form of amplified insect or bat noises, with a melody that eventually unfolds into something akin to a fractal rendition of ‘Oxygene’. By ‘No Tongue’ more traditionally identifiable musical signifiers begin to emerge, with a bright and melodic synth line evoking the new blooms of spring, whereas ‘Artilect’ takes a more ominous drone tone, insinuating the dark, potential threat of artificially augmented biological intelligence.

      Like a coming-of-age, the album culminates on title track ‘Teenages’ – a dynamic, technicolour symphony that was recorded in one take, with no overdubs or edits. In the year leading up to ‘Teenages’, Naqvi created a series of shorter works. These stepping-stones eventually became the first 5 tracks of the album and were part of a larger process, leading to the realization of the title track. “I wanted to show the stages of development that lead to the main act. All of these tracks share the same D.N.A., even though they seem distantly related.” Explains Naqvi.

      The pieces heard prior to ‘Teenages’ chronicle both Naqvi’s understanding of writing for this type of instrument and the growth of the instrument itself: “I started with just a few modules. And naturally things had to be layered and pieced together but as the synthesizer and its components grew over time, I was able to create broader and more complex strokes in the moment. And by the time I got to ‘Teenages’, it was possible to create a robust, large-scale piece spontaneously. This is very much an experiential album for me because it was borne out of my direct experience of learning the instrument. And as the synthesizer grew over time with more components, it matured. At times I felt like it was even rebelling against my instructions or surprising me with what felt like its own choices.

      When everything was finished and I was thinking about track titles, this idea of artificial intelligence came into my head; a machine that reacts to your impulses and is capable of giving you something different from what you ask, and even defying you. It felt like different stages of growth and adolescence, and that lead to the album title, ‘Teenages’.”

      Deeply rewarding on close listening, Naqvi has created an inspiring and synapsestimulating new masterwork, within the analogue/modular cannon.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Intermission
      2. Mrs 2E
      3. Palace Workers
      4. No Tongue
      5. Artilect
      6. Teenages

      Q And Not U

      On Play Patterns

        First release from these emo / art rockers, since their "No Kill No Beep Beep" album in 2000. Two new tracks, produced by Ian Mackaye.

        Just over a decade on from the launch of Leng Records, the Simon Purnell/Paul 'Mudd' Murphy-helmed label is set to release its' 50th 12" single. Fittingly, it's the first of a series of sampler EPs that form part of the imprint's belated 10th anniversary celebrations.

        In 2020, label fans will be treated to a celebratory compilation featuring a mixture of Leng classics, overlooked favourites and previously unheard material. Some of this music will also be released on a series of vinyl EPs, with this first volume focusing on unreleased material from long-time friends of the family Q&A and Lex.

        Q&A is a collaboration between Phenomenal Handclap Band founding member, Quinn Luke, and long-time friend and musical associate Alexis Georgopoulos, formerly of San Francisco dub disco/punk funk heroes Tussle. The pair worked together extensively at the tail end of the 2000s, but only ever released one single: 2009's "Tumbling Cubes/Trap Door" on celebrated NYC label DFA.

        The two tracks showcased on this Leng Records sampler were recorded during the same period as that celebrated single but are only now seeing the light of day. "RM" is a typically low-slung and percussive affair that sees Luke and Georgopoulos wrap bubbly electronic melodies and glassy-eyed aural textures around a suitably weighty dub disco groove. In contrast, "Pulse" is a deliciously hypnotic, mind-altering affair: a bona-fide late night throb-job in which trippy electronic motifs, chiming melodies and crunchy Clavinet riffs vibrate attractively atop another killer punk-funk bassline and locked-in drums.

        Over on side B, Athens scene staple Lex takes over. The Greek DJ/producer – real name Alex Andrikopoulos – first rose to prominence locally when he ran the Radical Soundz record shop in the first decade of the century but has since become better-known worldwide for offering up music and DJ sets that frequently join the dots between disco, house and techno.

        The two tracks he's delivered for the Leng 10thbirthday sampler series are typically warm, loose and groovy, drawing more inspiration from '70s disco and '80s electrofunk than contemporary club culture. For proof, first check the mid-tempo sparkle of "GP Score", an organic disco-boogie number rich in low-slung bass, razor-sharp flanged guitars, colourful synthesizer lead lines, early house style piano solos and the kind of squelchy electronic bass more often featured on kaleidoscopic P-funk records.

        This attractively rubbery synth-bass sound can also be heard on "Max Pen", a slightly deeper and more laidback affair crafted from an attractive mix of loose-limbed drums, mazy synth solos, jangling piano motifs and sweet, spaced-out chords. Retro-futurist in nature, the track offers further evidence of Lex's increasingly expressive, funky and musically rich trademark sound. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: Int it nice when time goes slower than expected? So prolific is this label, such a constant on our shelves that I was convinced it had been running LONGER than 10 years. 5 releases a year ain't bad is it? Especially when the quality of the output has been so high. Celebrate the ocean and the sun with one of the most Balearicest labels going; the tuna carpacc is on us!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Q&A - Revolving Mirrors
        A2. Q&A - Pulse
        B1. Lex (Athens) - Max Pen
        B2. Lex (Athens) - GP Score

        Limited to 250 copies, hand stamped.

        Ace! La Beauté Du Négatif welcomes Qeta, best kept secret from xxxxxx. 5 trackers from electronica to jungle via braindance. There's a subtle but definite uprising of this hybridized IDM; which takes cues from AFX, Autechre & Boards of Canada whilst utilizing the most hi-tech modules and equipment around. Brainwaltzera, alongside much of the FireScope roster know this formular brilliantly, but it's especially pleasing to see La Beauté Du Négatif get in on the action. Superb, from start to finish; it's refreshing to see this sound invigorated with such enthusiasm and nuance. A breathtaking release - you simply must check it out! 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: Top drawer braindance music here on the exquisite La Beauté Du Négatif - one of my favourite labels of the last decade. Taking in vintage BOC and AFX blueprints but psychedelicizing them for modern consumption. Superb.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Annexx
        A2. Go With The Rush
        B1. Llexi
        B2. I Know You (Qeta Rmx)
        B3. By Dawns Early Light

        Qlowski

        Quale Futuro?

          What future? What futures? When fear substitutes truth / Misinformation obscures reality / And speculation prevails on experience / Brutality seems necessary / And empathy appears naïve.

          One. Simple. Direct. Question. Quale Futuro? What Future? Obliterated by a tumultuous year with lingering anxiety, uncertainty and a city ready to break any strand of hope, Qlowski, resorted to what they know best, turning frustration into dreams, stockpiling possibilities, fabricating desire and simply, living. This is Quale Futuro? their debut LP for Maple Death Records 

          London based twee-punks Qlowski entered the studio in late January 2020, basically before everything. Crammed in a small studio room in Tottenham Hale with producer Lindsay A. Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas, Middex) they created a striking, full blown manifesto, where their early post-punk nuances are heightened by an extremely poetic and compelling vision that encapsulates words, imagery and noise. Propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop are still the foundation of their sound but it’s the combination of bandleaders Mickey and Cecilia’s voices that creates an eerie effortless sense of familiarity. It’s no wonder they’ve known each other since they were young kids. ‘A Woman’ shines bright with Cecilia’s intimate and prismatic approach that unites Poly Styrene’s fierce delivery with the ethereal vocal melodramas produced by Joe Meek in the 60s. Mikey’s howl is confrontational and direct, moving from the motto-induced style of Italian new wave art-punks CCCP on ‘Lentil Soup’ to a deep commanding calm steadiness on ‘Lotta Continua’ and frenetic frenzy on ‘To Be True’. The stabilizing presence of Danny and Christian’s rhythm section has freed the band to develop and expand furious kraut-punk assaults like on deep cut ‘The Wanderer’. Les Miserable from London punks Italia 90 lends his snarl on the sci-fi 50s tinged romantic closer ‘In A Cab To Work’.



          Ferocity, heart, art and conviction travel together on Quale Futuro?, placing Qlowski in that beautiful lineage of bands trying to escape the masculine showmanship of borderline rock’n’roll and outsider punk. Martin Newell, Television Personalities, Half Japanese, The Raincoats, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk. Music narrating life through all the artistic forms. If concrete-punk was just a fun label thrown around to define Qlowski in the early days, now it has become a calling, a statement defining their future. 

          Qlowski is Michele Tellarini (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals), Cecilia Corapi (Keyboards, Vocals), Danny Smartt (bass, clarinet) and Christian Billard (drums, percussions). Quale Futuro? Recorded and mixed at Devils Mango IV by Lindsay A. Costorphine. Mastered by Mikey Young. Artwork by Harry Steel.  

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Ikea Youth Pt.2
          2. Folk Song
          3. A Woman
          4. Lentil Soup
          5. To Be True
          6. All Good
          7. Interlude (02/11/1975)
          8. Lotta Continua
          9. Larry’s Hair Everywhere
          10. The Wanderer
          11. In A Cab To Work

          X-Kalay continues to bewilder and bedazzle with another label debut from Leipzig based artist Marvin Uhde aka Qnete. An accomplished, yet hugely underrated producer, Qnete's notable solo contributions have come on the respected Berlin label 777, Dresden's Uncanny Valley offshoot Shtum.

          The four tracks showcased here skillfully blur the lines between vintage rave excavation and modern precision sound system music. There's a heady and loose vibe to each track, though the moods move between proggy, full on, baggy downbeat and techy breaks indiscriminately. Basically, over four tracks Qnete manages to encompass the very essence of the party; skillfully toying with genre and rhythm yet keeping true to the endorphin-rushing vibration of being surrounded by 1000 like minded ravers in a field in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a rig and generator for company. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: X-Kalay seem to be one of the freshest mutations of free party sprit on wax at the moment. This develish four tracker from Qnete takes us right back to the fields and motorway bridges whilst adding some modern, ear-catching flourishes. Top stuff indeed!

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Sand Progression
          A2. Atacama Behemoth
          B1. Air Progression
          B2. Touching Down, Taking Off

          "II: The Next Wave" is the long-awaited second album from hip-hop production supergroup Quakers.

          Featuring over 25 MCs on over 30 tracks across 2 LPs, it's a highly accomplished journey into the more concious and musical territories of rhyme and beat. It contains explosive, up-to-date commentaries on subjects such as American politics, Black identiy, gun laws, disproportionate wealth and global disengagement with minorities.

          There's a tense & abrasive mood to the entire album, as if a demoltion ram is about to smash through a brick wall. It's fiercly aligns itself with Run The Jewels & Clipping and is terrifyingly arresting with its urgent aggression.

          Featured MCs include Sampa the Great, Koreatown Oddity, Jonwayne, Guilty Simpson, Grandmilly, Jeremiah Jae, & more. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: A superb juxtaposition of the more upbeat instrumentals from the hip-hop of yesteryear and the darker, more avant-garde producers of today. The Next Wave feels as progressive and as varied as anything i've heard for a long time. Warmingly innovative but without sacrificing latent musicality and GROOVE. Amazing.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Electrify
          2. Start It Like This Ft Phat Kat
          3. One Of A Kind Ft Guilty Simpson
          4. Sell Your Soul
          5. Bare Essentials Ft The Niyat
          6. A Myth Ft Sageinfinite
          7. This Station Ft Jeremiah Jae
          8. Alive
          9. Heat On It Ft Grandmilly
          10. Double Jointed Ft The Koreatown Oddity
          11. Who Dat Ft Chester Watson
          12. Radiola Ft Radioactivists
          13. Gun Control Ft The Black Opera
          14. We Tried
          15. Duck & Cover Ft Guilty Simpson & Cysion
          16. Morphine Ft Bob Banner
          17. Approach With Caution Ft Sampa The Great
          18. The Streets
          19. Looking For Love Ft Denmark Vessey
          20. Fa Real Ft Jeru The Damaja
          21. A Quick Fix Ft Y2 & Super Vic
          22. Test My Patience Ft Jonwayne
          23. Too Many To Count
          24. Greatness Ft Nolan The Ninja
          25. Hit List Ft Cazeaux O.L.S.O
          26. Another Kind Of War Ft Jeremiah Jae
          27. Leaflet Drops
          28. One O’clock
          29. All Of It Ft Boog Brown
          30. Machine Room Ft Fat Ray
          31. Pain Ft SavKillz
          32. The Line Ft Cavalier
          33. Blocks Ft Dante Boom

          Production supergroup Quakers are Portishead’s Geoff Barrow aka Fuzzface, Portishead engineer 7STU7 and Ashley Anderson aka Supa K.

          Released on double LP around Quakers’ longawaited second album, ‘II: The Next Wave’, ‘Supa K: Heavy Tremors’ showcases the very best in instrumental hip-hop production.

          Album artwork created by graphic novel artist Joe Currie.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Leftfield hip-hop royalty, Quakers return with another jam-packed almanac full of the tastiest instrumentals around. Ditch those lame ass drill sample packs that are plaguing rap and try freestyling to this hot shit!

          TRACK LISTING

          Like A Drum
          Speak 2 Me
          Loud Music
          Lets Get It
          Life’s Highway
          Flavor
          Down Here
          My People
          It’s Here
          Listen
          Producer
          I Know
          The Gravy
          Meditation
          Magic
          Power Struggle
          Boogie Electric
          Low Gear
          Oh Shit
          Blow Out
          Spark Em
          Wicked
          Sucka
          My Man
          Sleep Talker
          1967
          Short Circuit
          Zodiac
          No Fakes
          I Tried So Hard
          WW3
          Rain
          Told Y’all
          Think Positive
          Lousy Odds
          Heavy Tremor
          It’s On
          Ain’t Seen U Lately
          First Light
          Bust A Beat
          Sparrow
          Discrepancy
          The Backburn
          Liberation Is Near
          Supa Fine
          Bad Bwoy
          Hang On
          A Few Dollars More
          A New Day
          Think I’m Finished

          Quantic & Denitia

          Nowhere

          World-renowned British producer, musician and DJ Will Holland aka Quantic launches his own record label Selva Records with the release of new 7" single ‘Nowhere’ with Denitia. The smouldering soul track features Will on guitars and keys, Joe Blaxx on drums and an intimate vocal from Denitia.

          "We wrote ‘Nowhere’ hot on the heels of ‘You Used to Love Me’. The song has a minimal approach, leaving a lot of space for emotion. I think Denitia and I both had a new confidence about working together and were excited about the new sounds we were building. This song has a very particular energy that I love." - Will Holland, Quantic

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Nowhere
          B. Nowhere (Instrumental)

          Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno

          1000 Watts

            '1000 Watts' is the third album from the tropical reggae and dub-infused Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project. This outing sees musical explorer Will "Quantic" Holland making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, although flashes of Holland's Colombian influences still shine through. A sun-drenched record, the LP is charged with atmosphere and a fitting tribute to dub music's evolution.

            Drawing together a set of classic style rhythms for the dancefloor, '1000 Watts' was recorded direct to tape, with all the band members in the same room; for this outing, Holland enlisted his most prestigious roll-call of guests yet. Alongside Jamaican toasting legend U-Roy and long-time collaborator Alice Russell, the featured artists include popular reggae singers Hollie Cook and Christopher Ellis. The late, great keyboard maestro Ikey Owens and legendary Jamaican drummer Santa Davis, known for his work with the likes of Bob Marley and The Aggravators.


            Quantic Presents The Western Transient

            A New Constellation

              Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will "Quantic" Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite American musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. 

              The resulting album, 'A New Constellation', is out on Tru Thoughts; in characteristically mercurial fashion this new outing sees Holland following up the explosive, worldly electronic and vocal direction of his hugely acclaimed last solo album, 'Magnetica', with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making. His thirst for musical exploration has seen British born Holland release over 15 albums - ranging from electronic solo productions via the full live funk and soul bands the Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Combo Bárbaro to Latin, African and Caribbean styles - and become renowned as one of music's modern trailblazers. On moving to New York in early 2014, he started rediscovering his love affair with instrumental jazz and soul records in which the studio ensemble takes the spotlight. He has previously collaborated with Aloe Blacc, Alice Russel, Anita Tijoux and Sharon Jones. He decided to record a full length album paying homage to recording in this classic sense and also to collaborate with many of the musicians that he had worked with in the city of Los Angeles - these revered musicians included Brandon Coleman, Todd Simon, Sylvester Onyejiaka, Wilson Viveros and more.

              With his debut singles championed by global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Jazzanova, Quantic was quick to follow on the initial success of ‘The 5th Exotic’ Like Tru Thoughts label-mates Bonobo and Jon Kennedy, who went on to record with Ninja Tune and Grand Central respectively, Quantic took his inspiration from sleepy 1990s chill and his enviable collection of funk 45s.

              Apricot Morning, Quantic’s ambitious sophomore full length, is built upon the achievements of its esteemed predecessor. Plentiful strings find themselves in friction against the hoots & parps of afrobeat brass, the loping percussion is tasked with drawing these elements together into a cohesive whole. Some inspired instrumentals were further fleshed out by the wonderful vocal contributions of EQ, Bristolian hip-hoppers Aspects and the majestic Alice Russell.

              TRACK LISTING

              LP 1
              Apricot Morning
              Transatlantic
              Brand New Watusi (Feat. EQ)
              Search The Heavens (feat. Alice Russell)
              Wider Than The Sky
              Primate Boogaloo (feat. Aspects)

              LP 2
              Blackstone Rock
              Sweet Calling (feat. Alice Russell)
              Trouble From The River
              Not So Blue
              Off The Beaten Track

              Quantic

              Atlantic Modulations (Remixes)

                ‘Atlantic Modulations’ on 12" brings together reworkings of Will “Quantic” Holland’s critically acclaimed album “Atlantic Oscillations”, featuring remixes from Sampology, Dan Shake, Alfa Mist and Quantic himself. EP opener “You Used To Love Me ft. Denitia (Selva Remix)” epitomises Holland’s relocation to Brooklyn, building his new recording studio ‘Selva’ and taking up a bi-monthly residency at ‘Good Room’ (NY); with the essence of the NY club scene radiating through the Selva Remix. A key figure in London’s burgeoning jazz scene, talented pianist, producer and composer Alfa Mist reworks “You Used To Love Me” with the addition of melancholic brass and keys, giving the original a contemporary jazz twist.

                “September Blues” is granted the heavyweight house treatment by Moodymann-stamped-seal-of-approval, Dan Shake. Adding his well-loved mesh of sparky acid synths, Brazilian samba percussion and itchy groove-funk to the song, fuelling “September Blues” into a peak-time contagious weapon. Brisbane-based producer, DJ, and Worldwide FM resident, Sampology gives “Orquidea” featuring Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve, a delicate touch of tropical-disco and dub-variants, slowing down the brass horns and distorting the bedrock of the track.

                ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ marked the return of world-renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date; “Atlantic Modulations” cements that release, contextualising it on the dancefloor.

                TRACK LISTING

                You Used To Love Me Ft. Denitia (Selva Remix)
                September Blues (Dan Shake Remix)
                You Used To Love Me Ft. Denitia (Alfa Mist Remix)
                Orqu Dea Feat. Sly5thAve (Sampology Remix)

                ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ marks the return of world renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date. Bringing together new players and concepts with a dance orientated sound that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world for nearly two decades, it showcases Will “Quantic” Holland’s artistry and rare ability to intertwine the electronic with the orchestral.

                Embracing his own love of albums that travel, taking the listener on twists and turns, with the loss of the album narrative that has occurred in this day of streaming, Holland utilises the space created to explore more creativity as a producer. As he admits, “on the whole, the common theme on this record is that it is probably more intricate and arranged than previous records. I spent three times as long as any other Quantic record and spent a lot of time in the detail”. This meticulous attitude is apparent throughout; each track has been crafted to draw the listener’s attention, with elements of both musical originality and a sense of modernity.


                TRACK LISTING

                1. Divergence
                2. Incendium
                3. September Blues
                4. You Used To Love Me (feat Denitia)
                5. Atlantic Oscillations
                6. Now Or Never (feat Alice Russell)
                7. Orquidea (feat Sly5thAve)
                8. Motivic Retrograde
                9. Tierra Mama (feat Nidia Gongora)
                10. La Reflexion
                11. Is It Your Intention

                Quantic

                Magnetica

                  The sum of many musical adventures, Will “Quantic” Holland’s new album ‘Magnetica’ sees him revisiting his electronic roots, blending cutting-edge and distinctive production with elements of folk, reggae, soul, highlife, cumbia and more; demonstrating the rare quality and artistry that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world, over more than a decade of releasing music on Tru Thoughts.

                  ‘Magnetica’ is the first studio album from Quantic under his main solo moniker since ‘An Announcement To Answer’ in 2006, so anticipation is running high. He has, of course, been far from quiet in the intervening years, with releases from many acclaimed side-projects including The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, Quantic & Alice Russell, Flowering Inferno and Ondatrópica, and a host of thrilling and high profile live shows to match.

                  Quarter-Life Crisis

                  Quarter Life Crisis

                    The genesis of Ryan Hemsworth’s new project, Quarter-Life Crisis, can be traced all the way back to his childhood bedroom in Nova Scotia, where the producer spent the bulk of his high school years listening to emerging indie acts and playing guitar. Not loving the sound of his own voice and without a band, he eventually started making music on his laptop, which earned him accolades as he stepped out into electronic and club music scenes. His prolic output, paired with a voracious appetite for a wide range of genres and creation of his own label Secret Songs, has made Hemsworth a xture since he released his debut solo album, Guilt Trips, in 2013.

                    But now, Hemsworth’s trying his hand at something unexpected that is nonetheless close to his heart and origin story as a musician. Quarter-Life Crisis is a collaboration with various artists who’ve come to prominence over the past couple of years , many of whom got their start playing scrappy DIY shows. “This project has me in the process of going back to when I was a kid when I’d sit down and play guitar for hours and come up with melodies and chords by just messing around,” Hemsworth says. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for ages.”

                    The self-titled debut EP features contributions from Frances Quinlan (Hop Along), Meg Duy (Hand Habits), Charlie Martin (Hovvdy), Yohuna, and Claud. It showcases Hemsworth in a new phase of his career, one that is perhaps a bit less indebted to the nightclub dance oor. “It’s always been a goal to mix, like, 25% electronic sounds and 75% live indie rock sounds,” he says. Collaboration is paramount to Hemsworth’s process, and though he produced all of the instrumentation on the album, he left the lyrics and intention of the song up to the contributors. The resulting collection shapeshifts from track-to-track, taking on new personalities as it moves between. “I think of my music-making process as ‘sneaking in as a fan,’” Hemsworth says. “Quarter-Life Crisis is just another way for me to work with artists whose music I really enjoy and listen to all the time .”

                    Though Hemsworth has been a working musician for a decade now, Quarter-Life Crisis has felt like a wholly new experience. He recorded the tracks using live instruments, which he doesn’t typically do, and for many of his collaborators the shift to performing without a band, or even an instrument in their hands, was unfamiliar. For Quinlan, who sings on the arresting “Postcard from Spain,” this was one of the only times she’s made music with someone outside of her circles. “Recording with Ryan ended up being a really freeing experience to focus solely on vocal melody, to play with where I could take what was already there, already strong on its own,” she said.

                    Quinlan’s experience overlapped with that of the other contributors. Going into the studio almost as a session artist gave Duy the opportunity to alter their voice in a way they might not have considered with a Hand Habits song. “Meg asked me to make them sound like Travis Scott,” Hemsworth remembers, laughing. The hypnotic track, “Comfortable,” made Duy think about “AI and cyborgs” and “souls disassociating from bodies.” “I kind of just freestyled until a theme started to swim up,” they said. For Hovvdy’s Martin, this was his rst time ever writing lyrics to accompany another artist’s work. “It was really exciting to hear [Ryan] meet me in the middle style-wise. There are many hidden gems in the production of ‘Waterfall,’” Martin muses. “Lyrically the song explores a parallel I’ve been feeling lately: the diculty of understanding and being understood and how sometimes that struggle almost mirrors the state of the planet. It’s like a downward spiraling feedback loop where any optimism feels like a triumph.”

                    Working with musicians who largely fall into the category of “indie” gave Hemsworth the opportunity to revisit some of the artists who inspired him to become a musician in the rst place. He cites bands like the Cardigans, Grandaddy, Bright Eyes, and Sparklehorse as being foundational to his writing process this time around. Quarter-Life Crisis a sharp turn away from his last project, 2019’s CIRCUS CIRCUS, which he made alongside the Japanese rap duo Yurufuwa Gang, but for Hemsworth, working in a wide array of genres and modes keeps him on his toes, and ultimately, keeps his career interesting. “Getting out of my comfort zone and bringing others into that process has always led to something really unique,” Hemsworth says. “As a producer, I really respond to other people’s ideas and whatever they can bring to a song. Being in a room with someone with a dierent outlook, or working remotely with them, I hopefully help facilitate something that feels new and exciting for both of us.”


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Waterfall (feat. Charlie Martin Of Hovvdy)
                    2. Comfortable (feat. Hand Habits)
                    3. Postcard From Spain (feat. Frances Quinlan)
                    4. You & Me (feat. Claud)
                    5. Fatigue
                    6. Stars (feat. Yohuna)

                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

                      The Sir Joe Quarterman And The Free Soul album was originally released on the GSF label in 1973. It is a funk / rare groove masterpiece, one of the best ever of its genre, containing many great tracks with social commentary lyrics, fat bass lines, soaring horns and relentlessly funky beats. Also included in this Connoisseurs edition are the three non-album tracks that Joe recorded for GSF at the time, including the much sampled "I'm Gonna Get You" and "Thanks Dad".

                      Initial quantities include a free CD bonus disc: 'Quasi covers EP'.

                      Now in their 20th year as a band, two-piece Quasi return with a veritable Quasi songbook featuring 24 shinning examples of shakin’ blues, percussion freak-outs, chiming minor seventh chords and rock & roll.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      You Can Stay But You Got To Go
                      See You On Mars
                      Blasted
                      Chrome Duck
                      Chumps Of Chance
                      Fat Fanny Land
                      Nostalgia Kills
                      R.I.P.
                      Headshrinker
                      Bedbug Town
                      The Goat
                      Geraldine
                      Loopy
                      Double Deuce
                      Gnot
                      Dust Of The Sun
                      Mole City
                      An Ice Cube In The Sun
                      One And Done
                      The Dying Man
                      Clap Trap
                      New Western Way
                      Beyond The Return Of The Sun Of Nowhere

                      Quasi Covers EP
                      Don't' Stop Me Now (Queen)
                      War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
                      Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
                      What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love & Understanding (Elvis Costello And The Attractions)

                      Quazar

                      Quazar

                        This 1978 LP is the only recorded output of Quazar, the follow up project of Parliament members Glenn Goins and Jerome 'Big Foot' Brailey. Very much in the P-funk style of crazed vocals, bubbling bass and supa-funky breaks, the album is a must for Parliament-Funkadelic collectors (originals go fo a tidy sum). Sadly Goins died before the album was completed, leaving his brother Kevin to finish the job using the vocals Glenn had laid down.

                        Queen Latifah / Altered Tapes

                        U​​.​​N​​.​​I​​.​​T​​.​​Y. (Altered Tapes Remix + Instrumental)

                        This 6th entry into the Heat Rock Records catalog features a saxophone-heavy, breakbeat-laden, downtempo Hip-Hop banger from Altered Tapes (Chicago). A remix of the first lady of Flava Unit’s track from her Grammy Award-winning album ‘Black Reign’. Includes the vocal and instrumental versions for all your scratching/juggling needs!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. UNITY (To Infinity Remix) (3:54)
                        B1. UNITY (To Infinity Remix - Instrumental) (3:56)

                        Queen

                        A Day At The Races

                          "In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty. The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel -- the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old Marx Brothers films and serve as counterpoints to each other. But even though the two albums look the same, they don't quite sound the same, A Day at the Races is a bit tighter than its predecessor, yet tighter doesn't necessarily mean better for a band as extravagant as Queen. One of the great things about A Night at the Opera is that the lingering elements of early Queen -- the pastoral folk of "39," the metallic menace of "Death on Two Legs" -- dovetailed with an indulgence of camp and a truly, well, operatic scale. Here, the eccentricities are trimmed back somewhat -- they still bubble up on "The Millionaire Waltz," an example of the music hall pop that dominated Night, the pro-Native American saga "White Man" is undercut somewhat by the cowboys 'n' indians rhythms -- in favor of a driving, purposeful hard rock that still could have some slyly hidden perversities (or in the case of the opening "Tie Your Mother Down," some not-so-hidden perversity) but this is exquisitely detailed hard rock, dense with minutiae but never lush or fussy. In a sense, it could even function as the bridge between Sheer Heart Attack and Night at the Opera -- it's every bit as hard as the former and nearly as florid as the latter -- but its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make." - Allmusic.


                          Queen

                          Jazz

                            "Famously tagged as "fascist" in a Rolling Stone review printed at the time of its 1978 release, Jazz does indeed showcase a band that does thrive upon its power, thrilling upon the hold that it has on its audience. That confidence, that self-intoxication, was hinted at on News of the World but it takes full flower here, and that assurance acts as a cohesive device, turning this into one of Queen's sleekest albums. Like its patchwork predecessor, Jazz also dabbles in a bunch of different sounds -- that's a perennial problem with Queen, where the four songwriters were often pulling in different directions -- but it sounds bigger, heavier than News, thanks to the mountains of guitars Brian May has layered all over this record. If May has indulged himself, Freddie Mercury runs riot all over this album, infusing it with an absurdity that's hard to resist. This goofiness is apparent from the galloping overture "Mustapha," and things only get a lot sillier from that point out, as the group sings the praises of "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Bicycle Races." May and Mercury have an unspoken competition on who can overdub the most onto a particular track, while Roger Taylor steers them toward their first disco song in the gloriously dumb "Fun It." But since over-the-top campiness has always been an attribute in Queen, this kind of grand-scale exaggeration gives Jazz a sense of ridiculousness that makes it more fun than many of their other albums." - Allmusic.

                            Queen

                            News Of The World

                              "If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name (a remarkable achievement in itself). Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You." Then there's the neo-disco of "Fight from the Inside," which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of "Get Down, Make Love," a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality. That cold streak on "Get Down, Make Love" runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May. Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop "All Dead, All Dead" or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker "It's Late," he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom." - Allmusic.

                              Queens Of The Stone Age

                              ...Like Clockwork

                                Queens Of The Stone Age announce their sixth studio album, ‘...Like Clockwork’, on Matador Records. The band have also unveiled the new album’s stunning artwork by UK artist Boneface.

                                Described by Queens principal Joshua Homme as “an audio documentary of a manic year,” ‘...Like Clockwork’ is the band’s first full length collection of all new material since 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris’, as well as the band’s debut release on new label partner Matador.

                                ‘...Like Clockwork’ was produced by Joshua Homme and QOTSA, and recorded by Mark Rankin with additional engineering by Justin Smith, at Josh’s Pink Duck studio in Burbank, California.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1 Keep Your Eyes Peeled 
                                2 I Sat By The Ocean 
                                3 The Vampyre Of Time And Memory 
                                4 If I Had A Tail
                                5 My God Is The Sun 
                                6 Kalopsia 
                                7 Fairweather Friends 
                                8 Smooth Sailing 
                                9 I Appear Missing 
                                10 ...Like Clockwork

                                Queens Of The Stone Age

                                Era Vulgaris

                                  "Era Vulgaris" sees Queens Of The Stone Age return to their deepest, darkest roots, with shadowy riffs reminiscent of the desert sounds of the Kyuss days combined with multi layered industrial power guitar and organ blasts of a new era. It was produced by long time Queens production cohort Chris Goss and Josh Homme himself at their hideaway in the dunes of Joshua Tree. Julian Casablancas from The Strokes and Mark Lanegan appear as guests on various tracks.

                                  Queens Of The Stone Age

                                  Era Vulgaris - Vinyl Reissue

                                    2007's Era Vulgaris finds QOTSA touching on a variety of styles, incorporating electronic and acoustic textures alongside the band's trademark heavy rock crunch. The album includes such fan favorites as "Sick, Sick, Sick," "3's & 7's" and "Make It Wit Chu," with guest appearances by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes and frequent QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan.

                                    The previous LP edition was on 3x 10” LPs, this LP edition marks the first-ever release of Era Vulgaris on 12" vinyl.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Turnin’ On The Screw
                                    Sick, Sick, Sick
                                    I’m Designer
                                    Into The Hollow
                                    Misfit Love
                                    Running Joke *exclusive Vinyl Track
                                    Battery Acid
                                    Make It Wit Chu
                                    3’s & 7’s
                                    Suture Up Your Future
                                    River In The Road
                                    Run, Pig, Run

                                    Queens Of The Stone Age

                                    Lullabies To Paralyze - Vinyl Reissue

                                      Queens of the Stone Age's 2005 release Lullabies to Paralyze debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album charts. Along with the hits "Little Sister" and "Burn the Witch," Lullabies to Paralyze features guest appearances by Jack Black, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal.

                                      The new vinyl release of Lullabies to Paralyze features a gatefold jacket with the album's original album art in the U.S. for the first time, and includes the original three vinyl bonus tracks: "Infinity," "Like A Drug" and "Precious And Grace."

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      This Lullaby
                                      Medication
                                      Everybody Knows That You Are Insane
                                      Tangled Up In Plaid
                                      Burn The Witch
                                      In My Head
                                      Little Sister
                                      I Never Came
                                      Someone’s In The Wolf
                                      Infinity *vinyl Bonus Track
                                      The Blood Is Love
                                      Like A Drug *vinyl Bonus Track
                                      Skin On Skin
                                      Broken Box
                                      Precious And Grace *vinyl Bonus Track
                                      “you Got A Killer Scene There, Man…”
                                      Long Slow Goodbye

                                      “The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."—Joshua Homme

                                      Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age re-emerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains.

                                      Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, Villains is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the line-up that took …Like Clockwork around the world and back are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?' If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound."

                                      Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age, Ronson says, "Queens are and have always been my favourite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it. There were moments during the making of the album in which I was aware I was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream--a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”

                                      Long-time Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, "After the baptism of fire that was …Like Clockwork, I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the addition of Ronson into the creative mix… What we’ve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens."

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      says: ‘Villains’ finds the QOTSA boys in fine rockin’ form. Heavy sonic riffage with an added groove appeal too, no doubt courtesy of Mark Ronson in the producer’s chair.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Feet Don’t Fail Me
                                      The Way You Used To Do
                                      Domesticated Animals
                                      Fortress
                                      Head Like A Haunted House
                                      Un-Reborn Again
                                      Hideaway
                                      The Evil Has Landed
                                      Villains Of Circumstance

                                      Debut Album from New York's Scott Mou.

                                      Sounding more like an album Kranky would release than what you might expect to hear on Dial, will appeal to fans of Jandek, Durutti Column, Panda Bear...

                                      Scott Mou, known as one half of the duo Jane – the folk techno drone duo he had with Panda Bear – as well as part of Manhattan's famous record store Other Music, debuts with his solo project Queens.

                                      Johan Jacobsen describes the wonderful music of Queens "in oxymorons; "colorful monochrome," "myopic depth," "sad joy," "driven slowness," "enlightened darkness," "universal intimacy ' , "ethereal earthboundness" ... As it should be. Queens is one of those wonderful artists who are hard to catch on the fly, who escapes easy definition. His music is an unexpected and unimagined universe ready to be explored, and it’s a universe that is wonderful to be in."

                                      (When Dial Records' David Lieske and Peter Kersten listened to a performance of their New York based friend in 2009, it was one of those unforgettable unique experiences you only have once in a long while these days. The idea of releasing an album was born. The production of "End Times" involved other labelmates such as Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin (recording), Kassian Troyer (mixing) and Hendrik Weber, who once joined a life performance on stage with Scott Mou in 2012.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Yellow Pages
                                      2. Keep It
                                      3. Frost Flowers
                                      4. Cables
                                      5. Here Comes The Snow

                                      Queen

                                      The Works

                                        "Following the disappointing commercial performance of the dance-oriented Hot Space in 1982, Queen took 1983 off to get refocused and work on a follow-up that would put the band back on track. While the songwriting had definitely improved on the resulting The Works in 1984, the album sonically lacked the punch of such earlier releases as News of the World and The Game (strangely, Hot Space even had a better overall sound). Although the album only peaked at number 23 on the U.S. album charts, it was a Top Ten hit in just about every other area of the world, producing the huge single "Radio Ga Ga." Three other tracks were hits in Queen's native England -- the uplifting "I Want to Break Free," the love song "It's a Hard Life," and the politically conscious rocker "Hammer to Fall," which dealt with the danger of nuclear weapons. Other highlights included the '50s-sounding "Man on the Prowl," the electronic experiment "Machines," the thunderous "Tear It Up," and a touching acoustic ballad, "Is This the World We Created...?"" - Allmusic.

                                        The Queers

                                        Today

                                          The Queers return to Lookout! 'Today' is produced by Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel) and features 5 blasts of patent Queers punk rock and pop.

                                          Quelle Chris X Chris Keys

                                          Innocent Country

                                            Quelle Chris has recorded with plenty of producers but his bond with Chris Keys extends beyond music. After linking through mutual collaborator Roc Marciano, the two Chris’ became fast friends. About four years worth of hang-out sessions, bong hits, video games and take-out food culminated in 2Dirt4TV3: Innocent Country, a deceptively subtle character study of self disguised as an excellent piece of stoner headnod hip-hop.

                                            Throughout the 33 minutes that comprise Innocent Country, our two protagonists are in synch like a pair of Jaeger pilots. Though the LP certainly has instances of energy and aggression, “Madness In The Oasis” and “Where The Wild Things Roam” are two, more often than not it lives within introspective mid-tempo moments like the languid “Nothing Moves.” Quelle is the wayward MC waxing bittersweet on the reflective “Well Running Deep,” filling Chris Keys’ sweeping string samples with palpable nostalgia. Our peregrine rapper is the lowkey consummate artist, powerful enough to give a rousing performance on the moving “I Asked God,” then turn on a dime and nail the hilarious and self-effacing “Drugfest TooThousandToo.”

                                            Upon repeated listens, one might see that Innocent Country speaks to the blissful naivete of youth. It’s the soundtrack to self-medication as an escape from reality, but it doesn’t jump ship before the inevitable moment of clarity. Innocent Country is a party, but it’s also the morning after and the day before. A sweet experience on the surface, this is therapy billed as reefer night at your man’s spot.


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Nothing Moves
                                            2. Freedom & Fear
                                            3. Where The Wild Things Roam
                                            4. Murphy's Law
                                            5. We Want It Alive
                                            6. Drugfest TooThousandToo
                                            7. Well Running Deep
                                            8. The Plan
                                            9. The Mirror
                                            10. Madness In The Oasis
                                            11. The Ones To Watch
                                            12. I Asked God

                                            Quest Ensemble

                                            The Other Side

                                              London-based trio Quest Ensemble present a distinctive twist on the traditional piano trio format. A collaboration between three powerful performers/composers, ‘The Other Side’ sees musical styles woven together into a lyrical tapestry of sound, blending improvisation with co-created original compositions. A truly unique ensemble in compositional process and performance style.

                                              On 5th June, Quest Ensemble will release their sophomore album ‘The Other Side’. With nods to influences as broad as the contemporary minimalism of John Adams and Steve Reich, the experimental melancholic textures of Radiohead to the progressive jazz precision of Brad Mehldau, ‘The Other Side’ inhabits its own soundworld somewhere in the gaps between chamber, jazz, folk and contemporary classical music.

                                              From the emotive ‘Moments’, the elasticated melodies of ‘Pendulum’, to the fluid lines and compelling urgency of ‘The Boatman’ and ‘Pedal Down’, Quest Ensemble’s compositions fuse layered melodies and rhythmic patterns to create contrapuntal webs of sound. The process involves sharing improvised ideas, building up layers of music on each instrument to create a patchwork of musical themes with a rich vein of surging Reichian rhythms underpinning each.

                                              Fusing their backgrounds in western classical, Indian classical, jazz and improvisational technique, Filipe Sousa (piano), Tara Franks (cello) and Preetha Narayanan (violin) are all graduates of the Guildhall School of Music Leadership Programme.

                                              In May 2014, Quest Ensemble released their much-lauded debut album ‘Footfall’, a collection of part-composed and part-improvised original compositions, steeped in the sense of place that inspired the sound and imagination of their stories. From an ancient leper hospice in Oxford to a stark urban underground rehearsal space, each piece poetically reflects a moment in time, a passing footfall.

                                              Since 2009, Quest Ensemble have regularly worked with schools, colleges, youth and community groups across the UK, leading creative music projects with musicians of all ages and backgrounds, transferring their collaborative composition methods to community settings, enabling others to experience their way of working. Most recently, the trio were commissioned to create a show with visual artist Somang Lee that was premiered at Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal as a part of the Big Bang Festival 2018.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Space Between
                                              2. Moment
                                              3. Pendulum
                                              4. Drops
                                              5. The Other Side
                                              6. The Boatman
                                              7. Land Of None
                                              8. Pizz Trance
                                              9. Pedal Down

                                              ? And The Mysterians

                                              The Best Of - Cameo Parkway

                                                Finally, a proper legit "Best Of" covering their prime period!! 27 nuggets of rockin', soul-driven garage ravers! Includes two previously unreleased tracks from 1996. And yes, it does include the awesome "96 Tears" before you ask!!!

                                                Quickbeam are an atmospheric/cinematic band based in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally formed in 2010 by Monika Gromek and Andrew Thomson, the band has since grown in numbers to a four piece. After releasing their first single ‘Seven Hundred Birds’ to widespread critical acclaim in April 2012, the band now look forward to further collaboration with Scottish label Comets and Cartwheels on the release of their Creative Scotland funded debut album in June 2013.

                                                The resulting collection of songs reveals more of what Quickbeam have to offer in the studio, and saw them find a well-suited collaborator in Scottish producer Stuart MacLeod. Part sparse minimalism and part luscious extravagance, the record is a confident showcase of the members’ growing maturity as songwriters. Consistently underpinned by orchestrally arranged strings, brass, and rich harmonium pitted against thunderously distorted guitar passages and pounding rhythms, the album’s overall feel is one that calls to mind grand themes such as the passage of time. Throughout the record, female led vocals are complemented by warm harmonies and subtle atmospherics which lend the music a rather captivating and often melancholic beauty.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Remember
                                                2. Seven Hundred Birds
                                                3. Immersed
                                                4. Mountains
                                                5. Fall
                                                6. Home
                                                7. Matter
                                                8. 1743
                                                9. The Great Expanse
                                                10. Far Out At Sea
                                                11. Grace
                                                12. One To Hold

                                                Quiet Slang (Beach Slang)

                                                Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

                                                  Since Beach Slang came into being, bandleader James Alex has taken to performing his group's heartfelt anthems as more intimate solo renditions. Appropriately dubbed "Quiet Slang," these alternate reality versions of Beach Slang's music have now simultaneously been stripped down and fleshed out in the studio to include piano and cello. Following on from the recent We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags EP, Quiet Slang now bring you a full album of such songs - 'Everything Matters But No One Is Listening' .




                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas 
                                                  2. Noisy Heaven [
                                                  3. Future Mixtape For The Art Kids
                                                  4. Filthy Luck 
                                                  5. Dirty Cigarettes 
                                                  6. Too Late To Die Young 
                                                  7. Spin The Dial 
                                                  8. Young Hearts
                                                  9. Throwaways 
                                                  10. Warpaint

                                                  An amorphous musical collective put together by Rich Machin and Duke Garwood, with a rolling cast of players assembled from the likes of Soulsavers, Spiritualized, Stereolab and Julian Cope. For Machin, Garwood and the other musicians (Ray Dickaty, Tim Lewis (aka Thighpaulsandra), Pete Marsh, Paul May Doggen), a sense of adventure and devil-may-care inventiveness took precedence over precise design when they started the recording process at Gabriel’s Real World studio in the autumn of 2017.

                                                  'One of the big things I wanted to achieve with this record was breaking away from things being super planned out,' Machin explains. 'To actually just go into a studio without having everything mapped out in advance. And being comfortable enough to see what happens. It was incredibly stressful at first, but once you realize it works it’s actually a really nice way to work.'


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Like a slo-mo distillation of Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane, the quiet temple serve up a trundling jazzy bouquet brimming with languid psychedelic flourishes, slowly growing into a bloom otherworldly drone. Properly hypnotic and brilliantly emotive.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  The Last Opium Den (On Earth)
                                                  The Bible Black
                                                  Shades Of Gemini
                                                  Rated
                                                  Noah’s Theme
                                                  Utopia & Visions

                                                  Quilsk

                                                  Artificial Imaginations

                                                    New Words is proud to present: Artificial Imaginations, the debut album by synthesist and composer, Quilsk.

                                                    Venture through environmental constructs, this music stimulates the listeners imagination and catalyses synaptic transmissions.



                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    says: A deep new offering from Bristol based label New Words. Ambient textures formed via a loose-knit network of rippling synths, dusty samples and spacious beats.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Sound To Vision Synesthesia 
                                                    2. GaP-1 
                                                    3. Voyage 
                                                    4. GaP-2 
                                                    5. The Lights From Synthetic Vibrations 
                                                    6. GaP-3 
                                                    7. Mechan Organics 
                                                    8. Mesopelagic Life
                                                    9. Invisible Migrations  
                                                    10. GaP-4 
                                                    11. Carrier Protien 
                                                    12. GaP-5 
                                                    13. Intermission
                                                    14. GaP-6 
                                                    15. Medina Cortex  
                                                    16. GaP-7 
                                                    17. Glow From The Heart
                                                    18. Gap-8
                                                    19. Moon Dub 
                                                    20. Gap-9  
                                                    21. Autumns Mist 

                                                    Quilt

                                                    Held In Splendor

                                                      Following their 2011 self-titled debut on Mexican Summer, Quilt return with their sophomore album 'Held in Splendor'.

                                                      'Held in Splendor' is an audacious pop-rock record with cascading harmonies and billowing textures, punchy rhythms and snarled guitars, wonderful depth and resplendent peaks. “Mary Mountain” takes hazy Summer of Love memories on a mid-summer road trip in a gleaming muscle car. “Tired & Buttered” invites Booker T over for an energy-addled jam in the garage. “The Hollow” twinkles like Fleetwood Mac and Galaxie 500, with sweet singing backed by the lap steel sighs of young acoustic guitar star and longtime Quilt pal Daniel Bachman.

                                                      Held in Splendor is an album of personal poetry and public questions, confessions and aspirations—really, these 13 tracks are their own playground, brimming with the sort of unapologetic energy and wonder that turns simple songs into absolute anthems.

                                                      “handmade and stitched-together, as though its creators were sifting through a collection of musical hand-me-downs and collating the bits that spoke to them into something new" - PITCHFORK

                                                      “A classical approach to music and an appreciation for the age-old practice of chant and melody with a slight lean toward the weird and experimental" - FADER "A fresh take on well-worn folk rock textures, instilling a bit of color into vintage grooves." – STEREOGUM

                                                      Plaza is the third album by Quilt; a name implying a meeting place, a crossroads, a coming together. In the space of ten songs, Plaza clarifies Quilt’s musical stance of a congregation, mixing folk, pop-psych, and wanderlust into a common ground where each form takes on the characteristics of one another to create something wholly satisfying, styles and sentiments hand in hand, the purest and sharpest distillation of Quilt’s group aesthetic to date.

                                                      On Plaza, Quilt has pivoted their sound on a new foothold. The guitars shimmer, squawk, warble, swell, and tense up. The organs and synths flow in the background as mood-enhancers. The drums dig in a little deeper. We hear flutes and harps, a string quartet, grand pianos and Casios, feedback and distorted violas. Among all these sounds the group’s shared and solo vocals showcase some of the strongest lyrics and hooks the band has made to date.

                                                      Plaza showcases a tighter, more concise version of Quilt, particularly as the members have learned to encourage each other’s strengths and allow each other to confidently exist as distinct voices cooperating within a very intimate creative space; their songcraft has tightened up, their singing now crystal clear, vis á vis personal experiences of loss, frustration and isolation.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1: Passersby
                                                      2: Roller
                                                      3: Searching For
                                                      4: O’Connor's Barn
                                                      5: Eliot St.
                                                      6: Hissing My Plea
                                                      7: Something There
                                                      8: Padova
                                                      9: Your Island
                                                      10: Own Ways

                                                      Quilt

                                                      Quilt

                                                        Listening to their self-titled debut, it's no surprise that the members of Quilt came together out of a shared love of visual art. While their music is steeped in timeless qualities like the gorgeous harmonies on "Milo" or the twinkling guitar on "Utopian Canyon," the entire record is full of expansive, cinematic moments. Each song can be enjoyed independently, but taken as a whole, the record becomes a world of its own: guitars drift languidly, keys sparkle in and out, often following their own threads into the stratosphere, with vocals that are at once powerful and intimate.

                                                        Frances Quinlan

                                                        Likewise

                                                          “We should try again to talk,” Frances Quinlan writes. It not just a lyric—it’s a suggestion, a warning, a plea, a wish. This request is woven throughout Likewise, her forthcoming solo album, amidst dramatically shifting motifs. Some are jubilant, some are dreamy and abstract, and a few are sinister, but within each dark void that Quinlan explores, there is a light peering back at her.

                                                          Frances Quinlan has built an identity for herself over the past decade as the lead songwriter and front-woman of the Philadelphia-based band Hop Along, and her distinct voice is among the most recognizable and inimitable in music. While the band began as Quinlan's solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise (out January 31st on Saddle Creek) is Quinlan's debut under her own name. To make the record, she enlisted the virtuosic skills of her bandmate Joe Reinhart, and together they produced the album at his studio, The Headroom, recording in stints over the course of a year.

                                                          With a renewed openness to explore different sounds, Quinlan supplements her typical guitar-based instrumentation with synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. The shifting and exploratory nature of these musical arrangements allow her lyrics and vocals—which have always been at the forefront of her music—to reach emotional depths like never before. Her vocal tones beckon a kaleidoscopic range of emotions across all nine songs on the album, from soft and ruminative to enraged and commanding; from conveying powerful messages to highlighting small, yet poignant, moments.

                                                          Quinlan is a voyaging songwriter. Throughout Likewise, she confronts what confounds her in the hopes that she will come out on the other side with a better sense of what it is to be human. She presents listeners with a complicated, albeit spirited vision of what it could mean to truly engage with another person, to give a small piece of oneself over to someone else without expectation. Although such is likely to be a lifelong effort, these songs prove evident that light can still permeate from unsettling depths.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Piltdown Man
                                                          2. Your Reply
                                                          3. Rare Thing
                                                          4. Detroit Lake
                                                          5. A Secret
                                                          6. Went To LA
                                                          7. Lean
                                                          8. Now That I'm Back
                                                          9. Carry The Zero

                                                          'Honky Tonk Medusa' is Donovan Quinn’s first album that he’s both recorded and produced since the Skygreen Leopards’ adventurous 'Life & Love in Sparrow’s Meadow'. Along with Quinn’s work on vocals, guitar and synth, the album also employs San Francisco musician’s Jason Quever (Papercuts), Michael Tapscott (Odawas), along with his regular rhythm section of Nick Marcantonio and Michael Carreira. Working in reverse order to many current acts, the sound of 'Honky Tonk Medusa' is molded to each individual song; letting the lyrics and spirit of the song dictate the instrumentation and style with the lyrical narrative tying it all together.

                                                          The story of the album is one of decaying American cities, Internet age entropy, and equal parts romance and loneliness. In addition to the music the album features artwork by San Francisco artist Joe Roberts and liner notes by Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers, 200 Years) & Ben Chasney (Six Organs of Admittance).


                                                          Quirke

                                                          QUIRKE001 - 12" + Cassette

                                                            Following his 2014 'Acid Beth EP' on Young Turks, Josh Quirke drops a new 12" white label on his own Quirke label. The 12" comes with a bonus cassette. We've got THREE copies - fastest finger first, folks!

                                                            Quiroga is back on Really Swing providing an extensive set of tracks in his typical style, a breezy and ear pleasing affair with his longtime friend and collaborator Dario Bass.

                                                            “Dabbler in Love” is a sunrise-ready boogie affair with stunning chords and bass progression summed by a twinkling Rhodes solo; “Kundabuffer” drives into more jazzy territory delivering throbbing basslines over a 4/4 latin beat while “Villa Lysis” is a laidback piano soundscape over a lately bassline on a Capri sunset.

                                                            On the flipside “Snaporaz” named after the Marcello Mastroianni’s character draws a housey jazz atmosphere with an astonishing bassline reminding of Kaytranada’s groove. “Drum’n’Bass for Papa” closes out the release - an homage to Plug/Luke vibert where chord progressions fuse onto a Squarepusher-Pastorious esque bass lead. Rock on!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Dabber In Love
                                                            A2. Kundabuffer
                                                            A3. Villa Lysis
                                                            B1. Snaporaz
                                                            B2. Drum & Bass For Papa

                                                            Hell Yeah’s extend the summer past Spetember with "Passages", a brand new and fantastic album from Quiroga that shows off his unique take on the Neapolitan sound. It is a soothing mix of real musicianship, laid back funk, soul and jazz stylings that wash over you, fill your heart with warmth and take you to a faraway beach where all your worries melt into the ether.

                                                            It is 11 years since Walter Del Vecchio’s last album on Cactus Island Recordings and since then he has put out a steady stream of sublime EPs on the likes of his own Really Swing as well as, of course, Hell Yeah. Label boss Marco calls him “a delicate musician” and it’s true that his deft sound is filled with beauty and detail.

                                                            A lot of attention is currently on his native Naples scene, but Quiroga doesn’t fit with the usual narrative thanks to his left of centre take on the breezy Mediterranean sounds of the city. This new album features six brand new cuts as well as six of his favourites that have previously been put out Really Swing, and is a fantastic showcase of his sound, with two of the tracks already getting big support from Italian ensemble 291out.

                                                            Gentle groove undulations and refrained vocal euphoria define opener Got Your Love, while fat bass twangs and nodding keys light up the jazzy-soul-funk fusion that is Martinica Feelings. Things get even more horizontal and romantic on The Zoist, with its steamy female coos and delicate keys, and North Hollywood Witches is a glorious bit of slow motion boogie with squelching bass and effervescing keys.

                                                            Elsewhere there are the lazy tumbles of Non Dire Notte, which is awash with acid gurgles, while glistening dreamscapes like Citto Di Mare shuffle on lush live drums and new age melodies. There are hippie vibes on Luzhin Defence which evokes sun beams breaking through the clouds, then Chiaia Sunset will melt your heart with its diffuse keys and rippling rhythms and ambient closer Bava casts you adrift into the clouds.

                                                            With many other gems along the way, this is a near perfect album that will temporarily rid you of whatever problems you may have.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: Another great release from Ferrara's Hell Yeah, who invite Neapolitan musician Quiroga to create a double LP of Balearic house brilliance. Breezy, melodic and ambient in parts, this LP ensures you can keep a little sunshine with you at all times.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Got Your Love
                                                            A2. Martinica Feelings
                                                            A3. The Zoist
                                                            B1. North Hollywood Witches
                                                            B2. Non Dire Notte
                                                            B3. Africa Addio (Ode To Fourth World)
                                                            C1. Città Di Mare
                                                            C2. Luzhin Defence
                                                            C3. Amori Proibiti
                                                            D1. Chiaia Sunset
                                                            D2. Viaggio A Tulum
                                                            D3. Bava

                                                            Hell Yeah call upon their merry crew of grown up groove makers to revisit key tracks from Quiroga's widely acclaimed Passages album, with Whodamanny, Jazz N Palms, A Vision of Panorama and My Friend Dario all stepping up.

                                                            The original album was noted as Piccadilly Records' Best Balearic Album of 2019 and a year on is still providing solace for us in these strange times. First to add his own spin to it is Periodica associate Whodamanny from Naples, whose magical take on 'Martinica Feelings' made it onto the excellent recent Buena Onda compilation, which is out now. It is a big hearted vocal reinterpretation filled with stomping kicks and twisted synths that bring the funk next to withering sci-fi effects and happy piano chords.

                                                            Then, up steps man of the moment Jazz N Palms, a resident at the cult Ibiza venue Pikes and regular at London's Ronnie Scotts. He has recently started his own self titled label and here offers a mad Latin jazz take on 'Africa Addio' that brims with energy and sunshines. The busy percussion will make you move your ass and the whole thing has a sexy 70s vibe.

                                                            Saint Petersbourg's very own balearic legend A Vision of Panorama is hailed as the king of the modern balearic sound thanks to EPs on labels like Omena. He takes care of 'The Zoist' with sentimental melodies and sunset grooves to die for. His arching pads speak to the soul and melt the heart.

                                                            Last of all, Hell Yeah's very own discovery My Friend Dario (who soon has an EP coming on NuNorthern Soul, recently remixed Calm and Gallo) tackles 'Chiaia Sunset'. The result is a laidback and cathartic track that slowly unfolds on tumbling drums and wooden hits as synths leave vapour trails high up in the clear blue sky above.

                                                            These are four more high class remixes that will keep the summer vibes alive long into Autumn.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: My pick for best Balearic record of 2019 returns in remix form here, with a quartet of top musical talents taking on Quiroga's amazing 'Passages'. It's an all styles, all flavours affair with Whodamanny's Neapolitan funk rubbing shoulders with the Latin interpretation of Jazz N Palms on the A-side, while dreamy Balearic interpretations come from A Vision Of Panorama and My Friend Dario on the flip.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Martinica Feelings (Whodamanny Reinterpretation)
                                                            A2. Africa Addio (Jazz N Palms Remix)
                                                            B1. The Zoist (A Vision Of Panorama Remix)
                                                            B2. Chiaia Sunset (My Friend Dario Remix)

                                                            Quivers

                                                            Golden Doubt

                                                              Melbourne-via-Tasmanian four-piece Quivers first released their 2018 debut We’ll Go Riding On The Hearses as hand-made cassettes. The album dealt with singer Sam Nicholson’s loss of his brother in a freediving accident, and “trying to not think about that, and often coming back to ghosts, benders, water, and pissing in the snow.” When demand for the album grew, it received a vinyl release and led Quivers to tour the US, film a KEXP session, and be selected by NPR Music for both the Austin 100 SXSW preview and as a “Slingshot” artist to watch. Their life-damaged but hopeful jangle pop has only sharpened since then, and while 2021 follow-up Golden Doubt conjures up REM or The Clean, there is a lyrical directness that sets this record apart as always its own.

                                                              Golden Doubt is carried by shimmering guitars and the harmonizing vocals of members Holly Thomas and Bella Quinlan. Elevated by the production of Matthew Redlich (Holy Holy, Husky, Ainslie Wills), the record explores what comes after grief, and how one throws oneself back into love. As Nicholson explains, the album tries to bottle “the rush of feelings and fears when you give in to falling for someone. It’s also an album in love with other albums, and the other bands around us.” Before each take at Woodstock and The Aviary studios in Melbourne, Australia, the band would imagine a scene together (a waterhole for “Laughing Waters”, an overgrown carpark for “Videostores”) and then dive in to capture live group takes. Quivers need to get words on the page and sounds out to keep moving on. Both Nicholson and Thomas lost their brothers in the same year, and through that shared vulnerability they all have together that runs deep. Golden Doubt is also a love letter to playing music as a band and processing it all together rather than just carrying it as a weight.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Gutters Of Love
                                                              2. When It Breaks
                                                              3. Hold You Back
                                                              4. Nostalgia Will Kill You
                                                              5. Chinese Medicine
                                                              6. You're Not Always On My Mind
                                                              7. Videostores
                                                              8. Overthinking
                                                              9. Laughing Waters
                                                              10. Golden Doubt

                                                              Qwestlife’s dedication to crafting authentic, heartfelt and original disco tracks has been well documented over the course their partnership. The duo, a cross-European collaboration between Southern French maestro Tom Laroye and London mainstay Andy Williams (aka Yam Who?), came together in 2013, and with Tom’s song-writing abilities and Andy’s club track mastery, they were a match made in musical heaven. Using old school methods and analogue techniques to produce enchanting boogie-filled numbers, the Glitterbox regulars now release their debut album ‘Prophecy’ on the imprint, encapsulating the boundless energy of their DJ sets in an exquisite 10-track collection. With highlights including previous singles like the joyous Glitterbox anthem ‘Hit It Off’ and instant party anthem ‘Give Me A Minute’ (the duo’s label debut) the feel-good qualities of this album highlight not only Qwestlife’s production abilities but also their expansive knowledge of the genre. Album exclusives like ‘Can’t Stop’ and ‘Cut You Loose’ show them exploring a distinctively housier vibe with vocalist Alena, while ‘Universal Love’ and ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ could have been taken straight from the heart of a 1970’s disco. Featuring an incredible array of collaborators that range from session vocalist to the stars Teni Tinks, Barbados’ Bobby Saint and the ubiquitous Sugarhill Gang this album is a wonderful ode to the dancefloor and a record box essential.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Qwestlife Featuring Teni Tinks - Hit It Off (Disco Soul Version)
                                                              A2. Qwestlife Featuring Alena - Can't Stop (Boogie Mix)
                                                              A3. Qwestlife Featuring Mary Moore - Twilight (Extended Mix)
                                                              B1. Qwestlife Featuring Sugarhill Gang, Siedah Garrett & GrandMaster Melle Mel & Scorpio - Fever (Extended Mix)
                                                              B2. Qwestlife Featuring Lady Z - Don't Break My Heart (Extended Mix)
                                                              C1. Qwestlife Featuring Jacqui George - Give Me A Minute
                                                              C2. Qwestlife Featuring Alena - Cut You Loose (Extended Mix)
                                                              C3. Qwestlife Featuring Lola & Qweck - What You Like
                                                              D1. Qwestlife Featuring Bobby Saint - Shooting Star (Extended Mix)
                                                              D2. Qwestlife Featuring Andre Espeut - Universal Love (Extended Mix)


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