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Q'65

Kjoe Blues

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

    Kjoe Blues is a four track single with “Nederbeat” style songs all recorded in MONO by Q’65 in 1967. Q’65 was formed in The Hague in 1965 and is often considered one of the more prominent bands associated with the Nederbeat sound that took place in the 60s. To promote one of their singles the band travelled to London. Unfortunately they were denied a work permit and returned (according to their bio but highly-doubted) to The Netherlands in a rubber lifeboat, taking 12 hours to cross the Channel! This collectable four track 7” is newly remastered for MONO playback and is available for Record Store Day in a limited run of 750 copies on yellow vinyl.

    Quincy Jones

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    Official / bargain price reissue of the soundtrack to this early 70s film. Features Roberta Flack and Little Richard. Comes in original sleeve artwork.

    Q'D

    Pure Amethyst

    Wild Oats is happy to present this debut release entitled “Pure Amethyst” from Caron Miller aka Q’uran D’Mar aka Q’D’ who is another gifted young brother from Detroit. Our hope is this record adds some thoughtfulness, love and intentionality to your inner world at the beginning of this Lunar new year.

    February’s birthstone is the Amethyst so we found it very synchronistic that this debut is released in February.
    The Amethyst crystal guards against psychic attack and transmutes that energy into love. From The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, she also states this valuable piece, “This stone facilitates the decision-making process,bringing in common sense and spiritual insights,and putting decisions and insights into practice. Mentally it calms and synthesizes, and aids the transmission of neural signals through the brain.”

    Pure Amethyst Sonically personifies this internal shadow dance that one must participate in in order to get to a grounded and positively intentioned state of being. Questioning ones motives, accepting and releasing the blame of past traumatic experiences as the reasons for deficiencies inspires you to find a new way forward from where you are. Ultimately realizing it is you today who is going to inspire the goodness in your life. As the great Arthur Ashe states, "To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can."

    Sincerely, Kyle J Hall 

    Morr Music do it again. On paper it doesn't look half as lovely as it sounds, a folky German singer songwriter whose album includes electronic input from Berlin collective Rechenzentrum and Sweden's Smyglyssna. But Masha Qrella deftly merges sweet European pop, indie rock (she's supported Sonic Youth and Calexico), noisy guitars and laptop rhythms in a thoroughly convincing way. An early candidate for one of our favourite records of 2005.

    Man oh man, Isle Of Jura know how to pick out a reissue! This time round it's the all time Italo classic, "The Voice Of Q", a leftfield electro disco gem that's rocked the spot for everyone from IF to Morgan Geist to Il Bosco etc. While it's been readily available in recent years as a standalone 12" or on the Dark Disco comp, it's worth noting that these releases are BOOTLEGS and sound DOGSHIT. Now, those heroes at Isle Of Jura have secured the official rights, sent the masters to Matt Colton for a necessary clean, and chucked in a previously unreleased Q killer for good measure.
    If you're sat there thinking, "What the fuck is this dude on about? Has he been stood too close to Matt Ward's stash tin or something" then I'll fill you in. Back in 1982, Q picked up some interplanetary frequencies and laid down a gamechanger. "The Voice Of Q" delivers a discoid 4/4, spiced up with syncopated electro funk hats, a garbled sequence, slap bass, sci fi synth tones and killer vocoder work. The original mix introduces some peppy vocals for those who feel frisky, while the B-side keeps things stripped back for cybernetic dancefloor freaks. The previously unreleased "Keep It Strong" shifts gears a little, packing punchy piano licks over a shuffling garage groove to totally nail the proto house vibe. Warm, light and euphoric, this shoulder roller should sit perfectly next to "Casa Beat", "Free Yourself" and Soft House Company. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: At last a repress of The Voice of Q that has received the Matt Colton remaster love that it deserves. It sounds super. Lovely artwork too for an all-time classic!

    Pure Berlin-school bliss from synthmeisters Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss. Synthwaves pays homage to the masters of the past, yet feels fresh and enchanting. Crisp, interlocking patterns are modulated and mutated with mathematical precision into eight pieces of pristine, post-kosmische sounds to float away to. During two intense weeks in Berlin, Quaeschning and Schnauss – both students of the great, late maestro Edgar Froese – locked themselves in a studio full of vintage synthesizers, analog sequencers and drum machines, and the result is a gorgeous set of purely electronic music.

    As the title suggests, a bit of tongue-in-cheek playfullness was allowed during the process – however, all of these pieces sparkle with real emotion and warmth. As with the finest Tangerine Dream soundtracks it's the kind of music that paints vivid pictures on the canvas of the listeners mind: synth plucks hang in the air like glaring neon in metropolitan dusk, and zero-gravity pads hover like ghostly morning mist travelling over empty coastlines. Poly-rhythmic patterns are allowed to build - slowly but steadily - bar after bar, until synth-Satori is reached. By the time the last track on this
    album runs out, it's obvious these two producers have themselves become masters of their craft. 

    "Curao" is the first full collaborative album from world-renowned British producer Quantic and Colombian folklore singer Nidia Góngora – who has regularly fronted Quantic’s high profile live ensembles in recent years as well as contributing to some of his most popular tracks. With infectiously danceable rhythms, captivating songwriting and up-to-the minute production, "Curao" brings a new and highly original interpretation of the unique, rich and mystical musical traditions of the Colombian Pacific Coast. Combining Quantic’s trademark electronic production with the distinctive traditional rhythms of Pacific music, the album presents itself as a captivating body of work. Treating the stories and rhythms of Pacific music with utmost reverence, while forging a new and vital sound for today’s dancefloors, it reflects the distinctive yet diverse nature of the Pacific Coast itself – an area brimming with beauty and creativity but also shaded by conflict, affected by the work of mining companies, private militias and the drugs trade. Holland’s work with Nidia Góngora has grown into of the most influential partnerships of his career; for Góngora’s part, this work is the only time she has mixed outside influences into her beloved traditional style, and she is conscious of protecting its essence. “You have to be very careful to keep a balance, so that this music will not lose its feeling and significance”, she says, “but by performing songs from the indigenous and ancestral style, and recreating them through modern and dynamic sounds, I feel I can expose this musical proposition to a global space.”

    With more than 15 albums on Tru Thoughts, Holland’s work as a band leader, producer, DJ and more has led The Guardian to class him “alongside global music adventurers such as Damon Albarn and DJ Gilles Peterson” and Red Bull Radio to enlist him for a regular show (adding to heavy international media coverage). His rare ability to interpret genres and seek out fascinating collaborators has led to acclaimed projects including The Quantic Soul Orchestra, the Cómbo Barbaro and Flowering Inferno, not to mention cutting-edge solo electronic LPs, and side-projects including Óndatropica (Soundway). The LP version is presented on Stunning Gatefold 2xLP on reverse board with photos from B+.

    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.

    Back at the turn of the millenium, multi-instrumentalist and producer Will Holland, a.k.a. Quantic, emerged out of darkest Worcestershire, and attracted a lot of attention as a fully-formed purveyor of ‘cinematic breaks’-cum-electronica with the 2001 LP The 5th Exotic. Now, a million albums later, he’s a globe-trotting purveyor of everything from cumbia to drum n bass and lives in New York. But there’s always been a ‘dance element’ to his music as a few tracks on The 5th Exotic revealed and, indeed, the two cuts that make up both sides of this 45 (re)release which originally came out on the Breakin Bread in 2000. The tracks of course are the big horns-toting, funky boom-bap of We Got Soul (in it’s Rob Life remix form) and the similarly hip-hop set-friendly instro Fresh Rhythm which chugs along like an ATCQ instro. And you can’t argue with that.

    Quarry Hollow

    The Path Of Tranquility / Masons Arm

    Few parents while away time at the school gates discussing analogue synthesizers, dusty drum machines, and obscure old records. Then again, few parents are quite as musically decorated as Mark Evetts and Stuart Hobbs.

    Evetts, of course, has carved out a successful career as a globetrotting DJ / producer under the Mark E alias, delivering a string of killer albums and singles on such esteemed labels as Running Back, Spectral Sound, Golf Channel Recordings, ESP Institute and his own Merc imprint. As for Glasgow-raised Hobbs, he currently works as a producer out of his own SHONK studio in Oxford, having previously co-owned Crash Records in Glasgow, and appeared in all manner of weird and wonderful bands alongside former members of Teenage Fanclub, Superstar, Ride and Candyskins.

    As the duo got to know each other – and their shared musical interests – while waiting to pick up their respective five year-old daughters from school, a plan began to form. They’d get together in the studio to have some fun, indulging in “an eclectic groove-driven forage into the wonky playing of first takes”. They decided nothing was off limits except “the formula”. Thus, Quarry Hollow was born.

    The first results of their musical partnership are presented on this fine debut EP for Leng. It’s a deliciously warm, fuzzy and off-kilter exploration that touches on numerous musical styles, whilst developing an endearing loose mix of krautrock guitars, heavy dub basslines, bongo-laden percussion and fluttering synthesizer lines.

    “The Path Of Tranquility”, the EP’s triumphant title track, sounds like an unlikely jam session between Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley, Can and The Idjut Boys - all picturesque synthesizer lines, attractive cyclical melodies, fuzzy guitar textures and rolling, organic percussion. It’s utterly sublime.

    “Long Slide” takes a drowsy, high-grade fuelled trip into Balearic dub territory, with aquatic funk guitars drifting in and out of a mix that wisely emphasizes the duo’s heavyweight bass, live percussion and ghostly synthesizers. “Masons Arms”, on the other hand, tips a wink to low-slung post-punk rock, whilst at the same time maintaining one eye on the dancefloor via restless percussion, Doors-style organ riffs and hazy, psychedelic electronics.

    Formula-free music from the margins: what’s not to like?

    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.

    Quasimoto

    Further Instrumentals

      The instrumentals to Madlib’s acclaimed sophomore album as alter ego Quasimoto. Madlib resurrects his sticky-green obsessed, helium-huffing alter-ego, Quasimoto, for the The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. While Madlib has always been one of the most experimentally savvy beatmakers in the underground, his creation of the electronically altered narrator Quasimoto, has become one of his biggest selling points for alternatively minded fans. Quas made his full-length debut in 2000 on The Unseen, an album which reached over 38,182 fans, and was dubbed one of the “Top 20 albums of 2000” by both SPIN and URB. Meanwhile Madlib’s Quas-filled collaboration with M.F. Doom on Madvillainy has been deemed a cult classic. Madlib does not dissapoint on The Further Adventures of Lord Quas.

      Every now and then, Madlib raps over his own beats as his alter ego Quasimoto. It's been eight years since he came out with 'The Further Adventures of Lord Quas', and now, Quasimoto is getting his own compilation. 'Yessir Whatever' collects material spanning the full history of the project. The LP comes with a bonus 45 featuring "Hittin Hooks" and "Microphone Mathematics Remix". The comp features 12 tracks of rare, out-of-print, and previously unreleased material.

      FROM STONES THROW: We thought we’d make the best Quasimoto record cover of all time, a peel-off Lord Quas that shows lil’ homie’s insides when peeled. We tested it. It worked. We tested it again. It Worked. And in the end, the sticker turned out to be pretty tough to peel, and near impossible to peel without taking some of the cover with it.

      The Quasimoto records, which were originally advertised as having peel off stickers, unfortunately do not. The vinyl comes with a marketing sticker noting that the sticker should not be peeled off. Please note this to any and all of your customers who have pre-ordered this item, we apologize for the issue.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      David says: Just what is going on with hip hop? It's 2013 and America's rap superstars look to Europe and EDM for their inspiration, stumbling from cliché to cliché like zombies in a George Romero B movie, squabbling over bit parts in bad films and faking the funk, rhyming about glocks, rocks and getting drunk. Meanwhile, deep underground, in downtown LA, artists like Madlib and his alter ego Quasimoto, are out to prove that the folk music of the Bronx hasn't sold its soul to the man, yet. Containing rare and unreleased material spanning Quas’ 12 year career, 'Yessir Whatever' leaps buildings like a Marvel superhero, his helium induced, stoner rap dragging hip hop from the underground to a, cough, higher level. So yessir, if you've still got a love for hip hop this is the album for you and if not? Whatever.

      Quaternaglia

      Forrobodo

      Released on the label owned by guitarist Egberto Gismonti this is a characteristically latineseque release with flamenco overtones. The main influence is the classical guitar compositions of Barrios and Rodrigo amongst others.

      Mac Quayle

      Mr Robot: Original Television Soundtrack Volume 4

        ‘Mr Robot’s Emmy-winning (and three times nominee) composer Mac Quayle improves on perfection with this latest instalment of music from the critically acclaimed hit TV series ‘Mr Robot: Season 2’.

        Mac Quayle’s previous credits include ‘Drive’, ‘Only God Forgives’ and ‘Spring Breakers’ with Cliff Martinez.

        Custom illustrated jacket concept and design by award winning art director John Bergin.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Crystal clear with black & white splatter double vinyl in gatefold sleeve. LP jacket cover depicts 16Bit gaming console. 11”x 11” insert, 11” x 22” poster.

        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.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: US import reissue with original sleeve artwork.

        After Quazedelic's success with artists like Snoop Dogg, X-Clan, Redman and George Clinton he's ventured out on his own to create a new space age hip hop funk sound, with the help of his label-mates Oneder Friendz, and Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins - Epistrophic Peach Sound owners (who also guest). This is the first single taken from his upcoming album "The Arrival 2012 AU". As well as title track "Around The World" this EP features "I Thought I Told Ya", "Searchin (Xpecoseconds)" (all in vocal and instrumental versions), plus exclusive bonus track "Also" which is an instrumental tribute to the late great J-Dilla.

        Que Sakamoto + NT

        Lalo - Inc. JP & Vulinej / Magic Touch Remixes

        The latest installment of Roam Recordings comes from the Japanese disco scene via the production duo of internationally acclaimed DJ Que Sakamoto and seasoned studio engineer NT. The title track "Lalo" is an original production with a stylish edit of an obscure vocal. This slow paced groove has a lot to offer with its bells chiming, synths drifting, and peppered in vocal that brings it all together. The first remix comes from JP & Vulinej the partnership between JP Soul (boss of Roam Recordings) and Jeniluv (a prominent figure in the LA dance scene and partner in Roam Recordings). Having heard Que Sakamoto+NT’s excellent single, Vulinej fell for the song and brought it to JP Soul at Roam Studios. Together they came up with a filthier heavy hitting acid bender.  The second remix comes from Magic Touch who has made a name for himself for his critically acclaimed releases on 100% Silk and Tensnake’s label True Romance as well as his performances at places such as Sonar, Unsound, and the legendary Panorama Bar. His remix of "Lalo" perfectly rounds out the EP in an entirely new direction with elements of atmospheric electro combined with a consistent heady dance beat.


        Queen

        Bohemian Rhapsody - 12 Days Of Xmas Edition

          12” black vinyl release celebrating the 40th Anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody” includes the original artwork and track listing.

          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.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          3x10" LP Info: Incredible book style packaging (measuring 12" wide by 10" tall) wrapped around three 10 inch LPs. And if that wasn't enough - there is even a bonus track not available anywhere else!!!

          “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

          Darryl 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.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe heavyweight tipped-on sleeve, with 180g vinyl, plus 14 limited edition art prints by Boneface.

          2xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          2xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Independent store exclusive – different sleeve artwork.

          2xIndies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          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.

          Quell

          Pushin' On

            Rob Amboule is a relatively fresh name on the scene, the young artist stepped onto 2020Vision’s radar following the London based producers self released white-label, KERRI01. A record which put Amboule on the map and was heavily supported by the likes of Paul Woolford, who closed the Space Terrace with one of the cuts last year, and Heidi on her Radio 1 show. This introductory single has now led to a full EP of original material for 2020 here, joining the likes of Ejeca, Huxley and Maya Jane Coles on the roster.

            The release kicks off with ‘Kerri’, a raw deep house cut, embracing a classic aesthetic, the record employs an amalgamation of cutting chords, blooming pads and vocal snippets, running alongside swinging 909 drums. ‘Pushin’ On’ follows, displaying a more understated, reserved approach to Amboule’s productions, as he tightly blends swirling pads, resonant synths, and shuffling percussion, with sensual vocal lines uttering the tracks title. Amboule adds a further musicality to the track in the centre stages, throwing in a tension building synth string for good measure.

            Last up to close the single is ‘Part Three’, taking on a retro US House approach, with its crunchy claps, warm, evolving Rhodes melodies and stabbing bass hooks, these elements build the foundations of the record while subtle nuances in the drum programming and background atmospherics add character.

            ? 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!!!

            It would be fair to call Quetzal a typical vinyl junkie; born and raised on the sounds of classic soul and jazz, by the early 90s he had discovered a love of hip hop culture, through the New York scene. It was this music and a fascination with processes used to create it, which gave Quetzal the drive to become a producer. Sample based music and crate digging were the flavour, and by 2003 producing had become the focus of his career. Yes, it would be fair to call Quetzal a regular vinyl hound, but in terms of slick production and style, an album such as "Vision" really separates the men from the boys. The set explores a world of smooth grooves combined with more rootsy musical elements; 70s Latin, Caribbean and Jamaican styles are clearly present, all seamlessly melded with more hip-hop and soul flavours. This is a nomadic sound - Quetzal is clearly a well travelled individual, and listening to "Vision" feels like a journey through several diverse places. This is one for the beat journeymen and fans of Dusted Soul grooves and Tru Thoughts alike.

            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.

            Quiet Dawn

            Human Being: The Short Story Of A Reed

            Electro-Balearic beauty, "Human Being: The Short Story of a Reed" is an unraveling masterpiece laced with meaning and metaphors, a plant’s desire to be human (don’t do it!) Evolving his music from a palette accumulated over the years of Hip Hop, Broken Beat and House, he has expanded his talents for arranging and composing, and now drafted in a wealth of musicians for this sublime new EP, his most ambitious yet. Strings glide effervescently atop of Quiet Dawn's assorted analogue synths, and an array of percussive organics combine to build the tale of The Reed. In-places, the set transcends into the kind of grooves that saunter somewhere between the land of Bonobo and Quantic, and the cinematic library record craft of Alan Hawkshaw et al. Deep, organic and epic. Each track of the EP tells a different chapter of the story. In the words of Quiet Dawn, "This record is about human behaviour; relationships, happiness, sadness, peace, anger, sex, love, birth, death… But as viewed by The Reed. The Reed is a plant that wants to be human, after observing them all around her. Over the course of the record, The Reed evolves and desires to feel feelings, gradually learning that becoming human is not so simple…


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Quiet Dawn's latest offering gives us everything you'd want from a concept record about plant to human metamorphosis, namely heady soundscapes of wild percussion, kraut sequences and gorgeous jazz leads from the synth and sax sections. Deep head music for your next sofa-based space exploration.

            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' .




              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

              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.

              Quince

              My Life's Rhythm EP

              Utrecht based producer Quince teams up with Paris The Black Fu (Detroit Grand Pubas) for this throbbing electro-tech cut. Decayed, saw-tooth synths meet a dark, distorted spoken word vocal to create some evil dancefloor business for "My Life's Rhythm". On the flip, "Electric" is some seriously wigged-out, DC-10 type head gear. Wobbly, out of sync bleeps and hisses cause all kinds of confusion to the cranium with some stupidly crazy breakdowns for those deep into the k-hole. Already praised and played by Ellen Alien, Laurent Garnier, DJ Gregory, Kenny Larkin, Osunlade, DJ Deep, Joris Voorn and more.

              '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).


              Quinoline Yellow / Massimo

              SMAK 9 / 10

                Yes folks, it's the fifth Smak record and I estimate that all our copies will disappear sometime on Monday! We're holding a few back for mailorder customers though, so get those orders in fast!!

                Quinoline Yellow

                Cyriack Parosol EP

                Luke Williams is back with this quality seven (or eight on CD) track EP that fuses micro-sliced glitch beats with sometime random, sometime organised childlike keys and lush synth fills.

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                CDS Info: CD inc bonus track.

                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!

                  DJ International sub label Rhythm Beat reissue this killer early Mike Dunn EP from all the way back in 91 to teach the young bucks a lesson. "Love Injection" saw Dunn paying tribute to the musicians who inspired him and so offers a varied picture of house music at the time. Up first, "The State Of 727 W" sees Dunn doff his cap at 808 State's "Pacific State", a seminal release which inspired the UR movement in the early days. Hazy pads, twinkling bells and a languid bassline all combine into a swirling cloud of house bliss. Next up, "Inject Me Love Mixx" sees Dunn riffing on Mr Fingers' "Can You Feel It?" to create a deep and dense soundspace to house the yearning vocals. "Eddie's Answer Mix" seemlessly stitches the A1 and A2 together to create a house bliss megamix! On the flip, "Wild Child" offers us a taste of Dance Mania inspired psychotic jack, while the "Do It Mixx" heads deeper into tracky and techy territory. Mike closes the set in super deep fashion with the speaker rattling bass assault of the "Out The Jungle Mixx). One track, six distinct flavours; that's value for money right there! 



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