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Souls Of Mischief

93 'til Infinity (Black Friday 23 Edition)

    THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

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    A timeless hip-hop classic, Souls of Mischief's 93 'Til Infinity was released in February 1993 on Jive Records, serving as the second single from their debut album of the same name. A remarkable feat of lyricism, the track stands out from much of the harder hiphop that was prevalent in the era. Subtly jazzy and melodic, the song drags listeners in with its winding rhymes, giving listeners a glimpse into how the west coast brings the heat. Four amazing MCs combine forces to illustrate the power of hip-hop boasting, making this track a timeless hit. To celebrate 30 years of 93 ‘Til Infinity, classic remixes are available on vinyl for the first time ever for Record Store Day.

    Simon Jefferis

    Vibrations (Love Record Stores Edition)

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


      Simon Jefferis debut album, Vibrations. Featuring Rosie Lowe, Abhi The Nomad, Shunaji, Dylan Jones, David Mrakpor, Ife Ogunjobi, Natty Reeves, Sheldon Agwu & Ben Vize.

      Seriously though, who has this much talent? This shouldn't be so easy for him. It shouldn't be allowed for any human to groove so easily with so many different instruments. And, yet, here we are, watching SJ do his thing.” Earmilk Brixton based polymath Simon Jefferis has been setting mouths ajar with his expertly-crafted, atmosphere-heavy beats over the past few years. With his reputation as both a talented instrumentalist, and adaptive producer steadily circulating through the city’s hip hop undercurrents, 2020 sees Jefferis return to rising label DeepMatter with his debut LP ‘Vibrations’. From the golden era energies of ‘Back 2 Ours’ featuring Austin’s Abhi The Nomad, through to the silky smooth melodies of ‘White Rabbit’ (featuring the incredible Rosie Lowe on vocals) and shoulder swaying rhythms of ‘Something In The Water’, ‘Vibrations’ is an expertly crafted production masterclass from start to finish. With ease, Jefferis demonstrates the breadth of his musical capabilities, turning his hand to guitar, keys, drums and bass (with a little help from his friends along the way) with incredible results. Head nod inducing beats, jazz infused keys and interweaving textures make this a stand out record amongst the already sonically rich London jazz scene.


      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Atlantic Road
      2. White Rabbit
      3. High Grade
      4. Don't Upset The Neighbours (Skit)
      5. Back 2 Ours
      6. Don't Get WOnKy Get Funky!

      SIDE B
      1. Vibrations
      2. Hazy Days
      3. It's Pronounced 'Jeff-Riss' (Skit)
      4. Soul2ThePeople
      5. Something In The Water

      Sergio Mendes

      Dance Moderno

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

        Magenta colour vinyl for RSD 2019. Limited pressing of 500 copies. Originally released in 1961. Sergio Mendes began his career as a serious jazz and classical pianist, at the same time working with Antonio Carlos Jobim's circle during the very earliest stirrings of Bossa Nova, the music which was soon to seduce the world! Soon established as the go-to collaborator for US jazz greats touring Brazil, he became firmly part of their world and milleu, signing to Atlantic as a solo. in a few brave and, yes, experimental steps making his way to the conquest of the pop world Brazil '66. Perhaps his very first steps in that direction were this album, Dance Moderno in which he takes all his understandings of the freedom of Modern Jazz, and combines it with a Bossa Nova derived lighter, dancier, almost poppier feel, which was to serve him so well as Bossa Nova and later he himself exploded into the mainstream. An album full of super dance grooves, and the flavours of both jazz and carnival, standards and brand new Bossa sounds, it's simply a must-have! A vital moment in history, and an irresistible groove too....it's a win/win! " jazz and classical pianist, at the same time working with Antonio Carlos Jobim's circle during the very earliest stirrings of Bossa Nova, the music which was soon to seduce the world! Soon established as the go-to collaborator for US jazz greats touring Brazil, he became firmly part of their world and milleu, signing to Atlantic as a solo. in a few brave and, yes, experimental steps making his way to the conquest of the pop world Brazil '66. Perhaps his very first steps in that direction were this album, Dance Moderno in which he takes all his understandings of the freedom of Modern Jazz, and combines it with a Bossa Nova derived lighter, dancier, almost poppier feel, which was to serve him so well as Bossa Nova and later he himself exploded into the mainstream. An album full of super dance grooves, and the flavours of both jazz and carnival, standards and brand new Bossa sounds, it's simply a must-have! A vital moment in history, and an irresistible groove too....it's a win/win!

        Shit Girlfriend

        "Dress Like Cher" / "Socks On The Beach"

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

          Shit Girlfriend is Natalie Chahal & Laura Mary Carter (Blood Red Shoes)... 500 only splatter vinyl,

          Stalawa

          In East Africa

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

            Reggae's African connection meets the global ethos of Glasgow's Scotch Bonnet Records for their historic new EP. French-born, Glasgow-based producer Stalawa has voiced a talented selection of East African vocalists to thrilling effect, over his heftiest roots rub-a-dub rhythms. This project is the culmination of multiple fruitful visits to Kenya and Uganda by Scotch Bonnet proprietors, Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system. It has been fine-tuned between Glasgow and Kampala over the last three years.The A side features the wailing voice of Ugandan singer and emcee Blessed San. Showcasing a vocal style not unlike legendary Jamaican reggae veteran Michael Prophet (despite never actually having heard him before), Traitor is a mournful rebuke to all who violate his trust. Stalawa has mixed a haunting accompanying dub: all crashing drums and biting horns.The B side hosts a Kenyan-Caribbean collaboration on a vintage classic. Connoisseurs’ Jamaican singer Delroy Melody has recut his 1979 local hit Ease Up The Pressure, adding verses from Luganda Rasta lyricist C Wyne Nalukalala (meaning “the troublemaker”). The remade backing, based on Dennis Brown’s Easy Take It Easy, was built in Jamaica by renowned drummer Sly Dunbar and keyboardist Dennis ‘Jah D’ Fearon. Also on the flip is Kenya's “first lady” of hip hop and reggae Nazizi. Her song Ukiangalia (“when you see” in Swahili) rides a dubby update of King Tubby’s famous Tempo rhythm.All vocals bar Mr Melody’s were recorded in Kampala, Uganda by David Cecil and Wana Benjamin of East Africa Records, with brass parts dubbed by Stalawa in Glasgow. The guitar on Traitor is the work of popular Scottish vocalist Tom Spirals. Hornplay comes courtesy of Tim Quick, Liam Shorthall and Matieusz Sobieski.

            Suede

            Head Music - 20th Anniversary

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

              Exclusively for Record Store Day 2019, Demon Records proudly presents the 20th anniversary 3 LP edition of Suede’s fourth album; "Head Music". Home to the hits “Electricity”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Everything Will Flow” and “She’s In Fashion”. The extra third LP features ten non-album b-sides, issued in this format for the first time and pressed on 180g heavyweight coloured vinyl.

              Suicide

              Dream Baby Dream (RSD19 EDITION)

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

                “THE BAND THAT WILL ALWAYS SOUND LIKE THE FUTURE” - Dangerous Minds. The classic Suicide ‘Dream Baby Dream’ single (originally released 1979) is re-issued exclusively for Record Store Day 2019. Released on 12”

                Sonny Boy Williamson

                Don't Send Me No Flowers

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

                  "Send Me No Flowers" The Sought After Jam Session Headed By Famed Bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson. Featuring Early Recordings Of Legendary Guitarist Jimmy Page. Reissued On Vinyl For The First Time In Over Three Decades. Limited Edition Transparent Heavwegiht Vinyl. Only 1,000 Individually Numbered Copies In Circulation. Complete With Record Sleeve Poster.

                  Sarathy Korwar

                  Otherland

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                    LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    RSD exclusive pressed on transparent green vinyl, with new artwork which calls attention to the UK's immigration process.

                    Otherland' is a companion piece to Sarathy Korwar’s celebrated 'More Arriving' album, which drew on the words and experience of the Indian diaspora to powerful effect.

                    The release features two brand new tracks with vocals by London-based poet Zia Ahmed ('Birthright') and Kushal Gaya of Melt Yourself Down ('Juggernaut'), plus remixes by Auntie Flo and Emanative.

                    RSD exclusive pressed on transparent green vinyl, with new artwork which calls attention to the UK's immigration process.


                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Birthright (featuring Zia Ahmed, Mirande & Swadesi)
                    A2. Juggernaut (featuring Kushal Gaya)
                    B1. Mumbay (featuring MC Mawali) (Auntie Flo Remix)
                    B2. Birthright (Emanative Remix)

                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (RSD20 EDITION)

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                      Official Mr Bongo re-issue for Record Store Day 2020 with a gatefold cover.The self-tiled Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul album from 1973 was the only album recorded by the group.The success of the hit song and album enabled the band to share the stage with big-name acts such as James Brown and Earth Wind & Fire.The album track '(I've Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind' even became a regular feature on the legendary TV show, Soul Train.These triumphs also drew the attention of record company executives who wanted to sign Joe as a solo artist; an offer he refused as he was not willing to abandon the band.The group members for the recording were neighborhood musicians and school friends from the Washington D.C area - George "Jackie" Lee (Guitar), Gregory Hammonds (Bass), Charles Steptoe (Drums), Karrissa Freeman (Keyboards), Johnny Freeman (Trombone), Leon Rogers (Sax/Vocals) and Joe (Trumpet/Vocals).The simple cartoon-like almost pre-Basquiat style record cover artwork has become iconic in its own right, but this was not the original intention.Joe had prepared a quick illustration for a photographer to depict in a collage for the album art, however, the label ended up using his original sketches for the final cover.Whatever was in the water, things all came together and aligned at the right time, and a true soul-funk classic record was born.

                      Stooges

                      Whiskey A Go Go (RSD21 EDITION)

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                        vinyl only release/not released before/splatter vinyl

                        Sampa The Great

                        Birds And The BEE9 (RSD22 EDITION)

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

                          Before her critically acclaimed album The Return (Ninja Tune), equal parts songwriter, poet, singer and lyricist Sampa The Great made her mixtape debut on Big Dada with Birds And The BEE9. The mixtape won the Australian equivalent of The Mercury Prize (The Australian Music Prize) and features production from Slowthai producer Kwes Darko and Silentjay (who produced the lionís share of The Return).

                          5 years on it's been repressed on yellow and orange splatter vinyl and a liner note from Sampa The Great.

                          Santana

                          Splendiferous Santana (RSD22 EDITION)

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                            Splendiferous Santana is a new2-LP compilation, personally curated by Carlos Santana, showcasing highlights drawn from Santana's musical output spanning 2003-2019. It focuses on the too-often-underappreciated, yet creatively fertile period following Santana's 1998 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the massive success of 1999's Supernatural. In the wake of Supernatural, Santana released a series of remarkable recordings, among them 2003's Shaman, 2005's All That I Am and 2014's CorazÛn, that stand with the best that Carlos, or his band, have ever made. 

                            St. Vincent

                            The Nowhere Inn (RSD22 EDITION)

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                              The soundtrack accompaniment to the film of the same title, The Nowhere Inn. Features three original St. Vincent songs: ìNowhere Innî, ìPalm Desertî and ìWaveî. The Bill Benz-directed film features St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein & was released Friday, 17th September in the US. Website: https://nowhereinn.movie

                              Shirley Scott

                              Queen Talk: Live At The Left Bank (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank is an official never-before-seen concert recording from one of the greatest female jazz organists of all-time, Shirley Scott

                                With George Coleman on tenor saxophone and Bobby Durham on drums completing a powerhouse trio, this hand-numbered (to 3,000), double LP set was transferred from the original tape reels and is pressed on 180- gram vinyl. It features 100 minutes of music and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an extensive booklet containing liner notes by acclaimed music writer A. Scott Galloway, rare photos by Don Schlitten and Raymond Ross, and memorabilia from the Left Bank archives.

                                Jazz heads can also find interviews with jazz organ icon Joey DeFrancesco, Scott’s former bandmate saxophonist Tim Warfield, and pianist Monty reminiscing about drummer Bobby Durham. The set is co- produced by label owner musician Cory Weeds and renowned archival recording producer Zev Feldman.

                                The show was recorded at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore Maryland on August 20, 1972 and hasn’t ever been previously available. Philadelphia- born Scott rose to fame in the late 1950s playing the Hammond B-3 organ influenced by blues and gospel evolving into '60s soul jazz. She recorded numerous albums for Prestige, Impulse!, Atlantic, Cadet and Candid performing with countless jazz legends including Stanley Turrentine, Oliver Nelson and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.

                                Sisters Of Mercy

                                The Reptile House EP (RSD23 EDITION)

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                                  40th anniversary of influential mini-album The Reptile House EP. Out of print on vinyl since 1983. Features the original line-up of Andrew Eldritch (vocals), Craig Adams (bass), Gary Marx (guitar), Ben Gunn (guitar) and Doktor Avalanche (drums).



                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side One
                                  Kiss The Carpet [5:55]
                                  Lights [5:51] |
                                  Side Two
                                  Valentine [4:44]
                                  Fix [3:42]
                                  Burn [4:50]
                                  Kiss The Carpet (Reprise) [0:36] 

                                  Six By Seven

                                  System One (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                    Limited double coloured neon vinyl limited to 500 copies for RSD. Side A&B on magenta vinyl and Side C&D on orange vinyl. This is an album of melodic beat driven songs recorded in Chris Olley's home studio just before lockdown. The sonic driven guitars of six by seven now meet the neo-kraut grooves much more than ever before, to create an intense collection of songs which remind you of both of Can and The Cure and have a distinct heartfelt lo-fi Mark E Smith vocal. It's a big, expansive sound wrapped around Olley's trademark melancholic songwriting.



                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. When You Decide A2. I Forgot Who I Am A3. Vitriol A4. Dangerous World B1. Pure 60 B2. What You Waiting For B3. There's A Devil In Need B4. System One B5. Your Disguise Has Worn Thin C1. I Feel It C2. Conceal My Enemy C3. Perfection C4. Ghost Songs D1. Doing What Is Right D2. Rival

                                    Snapped Ankles

                                    Blurtations (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                      The follow-up to Snapped Ankles' 2018 RSD release, 'Violations' (which included new recordings of songs by Can, The Fugs, Joey Beltram and Comateens), 'Blurtations' sees the woodwose focus their eye on the work of a single artist. Ted Milton's post-punk Dada-jazz stalwarts Blurt blazed a trail for acts like Snapped Ankles, and 'Blurtations' assembles covers of some of their finest works, including 'The Fish Needs A Bike'. Packaged in a full sleeve and pressed on yellow vinyl, 'Blurtations' will be available on vinyl exclusively for RSD 2023. The EP builds on the success of 2021ís 'Forest Of Your Problems' album, which has seen Snapped Ankles grow their reputation as a formidable live force, with dates around the world. 

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Alouette
                                      A2. Machina Machina
                                      A3. Tube Plane
                                      B1. Some Come
                                      B2. The Fish Needs A Bike
                                      B3. Planet You

                                      Spectrum And Silver Apples

                                      A Lake Of Teardrops (RSD23 EDITION)

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                                        Pete Kember (Sonic Boom/Spacemen 3) and Simeon Coxe of legendary '60s electronic innovators Silver Apples came together to create this brilliant EP in 1998. It was released the following year on Space Age recordings. The numerous electronic instruments and oscillators used by Pete and Simeon invoke a timelessly purist electronic aesthetic, occasionally augmented by the presence of additional musicians Will Carruthers, Iain Worrall and Alf Hardy, who add bass, drums and yet more layers of electronics to the mix Now, to mark 25 years after its inception, this highly lauded and sought after recording is being repressed in 180g heavyweight silver vinyl.

                                        Stetsasonic

                                        In Full Gear (35th Anniversary) (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                          Formed in Brooklyn in 1981, Stetsasonic was one of the first hip hop bands to perform with a full band and to use live instrumentation in their studio recordings

                                          Stetsasonic's unique sound combines multi genres including R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Dancehall and Rock and is considered one of the first groups to pioneer jazz rap. Their 1988 album, In Full Gear, largely produced by band members Prince Paul, Daddy-O & Wise contains the tracks "Talking All That Jazz" and "Float On" Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, In Full Gear is a remastered double LP.

                                          140 gram black vinyl, in custom printed sleeves in a custom printed jacket w/ shrinkwrap & marketing sticker.

                                          Suede

                                          Suede - Demos (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                            Suede's eponymous debut album was released 30 years ago in 1993, and won the Mercury Music Prize that year .

                                            Fellow nominations included P.J. Harvey and New Order.The band's demos for this seminal album are issued on vinyl for the first time in specially commissioned sleeve artwork (conceived by Brett Anderson ) which resembles a cassette inlay.

                                            The LP includes the original demos of the classic singles The "Drowners" and "Metal Mickey", as well as the album tracks "Pantomime Horse", "Sleeping Pills" and "He's Dead", plus B side "To The Birds". Also featured are the outtake " "Diesel " and the rehearsal room recording Stars On 45.

                                            Pressed on 140 gram clear vinyl.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            The Drowners [rocking Horse Demo]
                                            Metal Mickey [island Demo]
                                            Pantomime Horse [island Demo]
                                            He's Dead [rocking Horse Demo]
                                            Moving [rocking Horse Demo]
                                            To The Birds [rocking Horse Demo]
                                            Sleeping Pills [east West Demo]
                                            Diesel [instrumental]
                                            Stars On 45 [rehearsal Room Recording]

                                            Sophie Ellis-Bextor

                                            Remixes (RSD24 EDITION)

                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                              IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.


                                              Record Store Day 2024 presents a celebration of Sophie Ellis-Bextorís catalogue, a new compilation of remixes of the top singles from her first three studio albums Read My Lips, Shoot From The Hip and Trip The Light Fantastic. Featuring remix versions of smash hits, ëMurder On The Dancefloorí, ëGet Over Youí and ëTake Me Homeí, all complied from CD and LP singles and promo singles between the years of 2001 to 2006. Housed in a single sleeve with a printed inner on limited edition blue glitter vinyl.

                                              Shelly Manne

                                              Jazz From The Pacific Northwest (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                Sinead O'Connor

                                                You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart - 30th Anniversary (RSD24 EDITION)

                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                  2024 is the 30th anniversary of the Sinéad O’Connor Single, You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart. The track was written by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer for the soundtrack to the 1993 film In the Name of the Father. The song was produced by English musician Tim Simenon (Bomb The Bass) and Gavin Friday and does not appear on any of O’Connor’s studio albums, but in 1997, it was included on her first compilation album, So Far… The Best Of.In the Name of the Father is based on the true story of the Guildford Four, four people falsely convicted of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings that killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian. O’Connor’s heart wrenching, powerful vocal was the perfect way to deliver the track’s devastating emotional message with lyrics written by Bono. In a 2023 interview with Steve Pafford, Gavin Friday talked about the recording of the track: “We showed Sinéad a rough edit of the film, after which I spent sometime with her going through the lyrics the next day in STS Studios in Dublin. And with the phenomenal talents of producer Tim Simenon we recorded Sinéad’s breathtaking vocals. All she asked for was the room to be candlelit, and within two takes she had made her magical mark on the song……. what Sinéad captured within that song spoke as loud as the bombs that opened the film and as deep as the pain The Troubles had wounded our nation” This exclusive release for Record Store Day 2024 is on clear vinyl and pulls together the versions of the track released in 1994 as well as the B-Side, The Father and His Wife The Spirit performed by Sinéad and Gavin Friday.

                                                  Sonny Rollins

                                                  Freedom Weaver: The 1959 European Tour Recording (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                    Sex Pistols

                                                    The Filth & The Fury OST (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                      Back in the year 2000, Julien Temple directed this account of Punk pioneers the Sex Pistols short but hugely influential initial career. The soundtrack - a mix of their classic tracks, rarities and a sprinkling of diverse artists from the Bay City Rollers and Sailor to Tappa Zukie and The Who - was only ever available on CD, making this its vinyl debut.

                                                      Uncluttered by the other artists tracks, the OST spread across 2 slices of red and white vinyl includes sing along family favourites Liar, Anarchy In The UK and No Fun alongside lesser known but no less essential cuts Don't Give Me No Lip, Road Runner and What'cha Gonna Do About It. The latter cover of The Small Faces classic comes complete with amended lyrics reflecting the spirit of the times.

                                                      Ltd edition and numbered to 3k units.

                                                      Shed Seven

                                                      Changed Giver (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                        Sia

                                                        Colour The Small One (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                          Originally released in 2004, Colour The Small One is the third album by Grammy-nominated Australian Singer/Songwriter Sia. A perfect combination of intimate vocals surrounded by mellow, folk-tinged electronica, the album spawned five singles ñ ëDonít Bring Me Downí, ëWhere I Belongí, ëNumbí, ëSundayí and lead single ëBreathe Meí, which achieved commercial success and featured in the finale of the HBO acclaimed drama Six Feet Under. To celebrate the albumís 20th Anniversary, UMR are releasing a 22-track, limited edition 2LP coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2024. Alongside the five singles, this expanded edition also includes track ëThe Bullyí, co-written by Sia and American Singer/Songwriter Beck, plus rare b-sides and remixes such as ëSea Shellsí and the fan-favourite ëBreathe Me ñ Mylo Remixí.

                                                          Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                                          Nocturne (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                            As part of Record Store Day 2024 Polydor (UK) and Universal Music Recordings are releasing Siouxsie and the Bansheesí 1983 Live album Nocturne performed at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Pressed on two 140g Black vinyl records, mastered and cut half speed from the original analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.November of 2023 saw Nocturne turn 40 years old and has not had an official vinyl press since. To celebrate this unique live album Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin have overseen a new direction of the already iconic artwork, 16 tracks taken from those two nights over the 30th September and 1st of October 1983, a new gatefold sleeve, printed inners and few extra surprises to discover.The Royal Albert Hall performances would see Sioux on vocals, Severin on bass guitar, Budgie ñ drums and Robert Smith (of the Cure) who at the time was a full time member of Siouxsie and the Banshees on guitar. Over the two nights the Banshees would play two different set lists, the songs making up Nocturne are hand picked by the band as their ideal setlist from the two gigs. With songs taken from Juju, it also features a few B-sides and live performances of Beatles covers Helter Skelter and Dear Prudence. The music heard in the introduction before ìIsraelî is an excerpt from The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 by Igor Stravinsky Nocturne was lauded for its no-nonsense introduction to the bandís music for neophytes, while fans of the group will appreciate the tight, gutsy, stripped-down performances. In 2013, the album was included in The Quietusí list of its writersí 40 favourite live albums. Julian Marszalek wrote: ìNocturne stands as both a representation of where they were at that point in their career and their status as an incredible live band. Be it Budgieís precise and muscular rhythms, Steven Severinís flanged bass, Siouxsieís commanding presence or Robert Smithís interpretation of other guitaristsí material, the performance is magnificent and convincing throughout. By cherry picking their finest material, Nocturne was ñ and still is ñ a kind of alternate Greatest Hits that acts as a gateway to their kaleidoscopic world. Although forming on a punky whim in 1976 the Banshees remain one of the most influential and enigmatic bands of our time, worlds apart from their contemporaries and a cut above the rest. Unapologetically singular, confrontational, ever evolving yet all encompassing. The Banshees are as important now and even more so than they have ever been and continue to influence future generations by introducing their music and imagery through such hits as ëStranger Thingsí, Stephen Kings ëITí and Edgar Wrights ëLast Night in Sohoí.

                                                            Sleater-Kinney

                                                            This Time / Here Today 7" Single (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                              Sleater-Kinney's Little Rope is one of the finest, most delicately layered records in the bandís 30-year career. On the surface, Little Rope veers from spare to anthemic, catchy to deliberately hard-turning. But beneath that are perhaps the most complex and subtle arrangements of any Sleater-Kinney record. Following the critically acclaimed release of Little Rope, Sleater-Kinney present two special bonus tracks from the original recording session on RSD exclusive 7î.

                                                              Soft Cell

                                                              Non Stop Extended Cabaret (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                One of the elements of December 2023ís rapturously received deluxe 6CD box set of Soft Cellís stone cold 1981 electro pop classic, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, was the inclusion of the entire original album presented as extended 12" versions. Now released on vinyl for Record Store Day 2024, Non-Stop Extended features contemporary full-length versions of the tracks, many of which have never been on vinyl before.The debut album from Marc Almond and Dave Ball AKA Soft is truly an icon of electronic music. Not only did ëNon-Stop Erotic Cabaretí introduce the world to classic singles ëTainted Loveí (one of the biggest global hits of all time) ëBedsitterí and ëSay Hello Wave Goodbyeí, it also shocked and delighted in equal measure with a 10-track song cycle straight outta the seedier, sleazier, darker side of life. ëSex Dwarfí, ëFrustrationí, ëMy Secret Lifeí, ëSeedy FilmsíÖ four decades on, it still has the power to thrill, shock and swoon. Created by Soft Cellís Dave Ball using only the original studio parts (theyíre not remixes, theyíre extendeds!), highlights include 2021ís ëTainted Loveí anniversary vinyl 10î rework plus new and unreleased 2023 box set versions of ëSeedy Filmsí, ëSex Dwarfí, and ëEntertain Meí. ëBedsitterí is represented in its original 12î extended version as all concerned agreed it just could not be improved upon! Also included are a new rework of the bandís first single for Phonogram, ëA Man Can Get Lostí and new previously unreleased remixes of its flip, ëMemorabiliaí, by The Hacker and Daniel Miller.

                                                                Sonic Youth

                                                                Hits Are For Squares (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                  Hits Are For Squares is a collection of songs from Sonic Youth’s career, curated by a diverse group of artists, actors, directors and musicians whose own progressive and unconventional style is akin to the freestyle expression of Sonic Youth’s music. The artisans handpicking Sonic Youth include Catherine Keener, Mike D, Radiohead, Portia de Rossi, Diablo Cody, Allison Anders, Dave Eggers, Mike Watt, Eddie Vedder, Michelle Williams, Flea, Gus Van Sant, David Cross, Chloe Sevigny and the Flaming Lips. Unavailable since 2010 and never pressed on colour vinyl, this 2 LP set is presented on Gold Nugget vinyl with a gold foil jacket for Record Store Day.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  SIDE A:
                                                                  1. Bull In The Heather
                                                                  2. 100% ISRC:
                                                                  3. Sugar Kane
                                                                  4. Kool Thing
                                                                  SIDE B:
                                                                  5. Disappearer
                                                                  6. Superstar
                                                                  7. Stones
                                                                  8. Tuff Gnarl
                                                                  SIDE C:
                                                                  9. Teen Age Riot
                                                                  10. Shadow Of A Doubt
                                                                  11. Rain On Tin
                                                                  12. Tom Violence
                                                                  SIDE D:
                                                                  13. Mary-Christ
                                                                  14. The World Looks Red
                                                                  15. Expressway To Yr Skull
                                                                  16. Slow Revolution

                                                                  Sorrow

                                                                  Sleep Now Forever (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                    South Park

                                                                    South Park The 25th Anniversary Concert (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                      Mercury Studios is releasing a 3LP of the South Park 25th Anniversary Concert for Record Store Day 2024. This concert was recorded over two nights on August 9 and 10, 2022 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado and features performances from South Park creators Matt Stone & Trey Parker, along with Primus and Ween. Also included is a special performance of ìCloser To The Heartî with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush in their first public performance together since Rush retired from touring in 2015. The 3LP package is pressed on ìTowelie-blueî vinyl and is numbered up to 5500 copies.Please be advised that Record Store Day will be making an official announcement of the titles in early 2024, so please keep this info confidential until we have word on the announce date from them. The canvass for this title will begin in the next couple days.SynopsisCelebrating 25 years of the animated sitcom South Park at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, this 3LP package, pressed on ìTowelie-Blueî vinyl, features South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Primus and Ween performing a variety of songs made famous by the show. Also included is a special guest appearance by Rushís Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, performing ìCloser To The Heartî alongside Primus and Matt Stone.

                                                                      Sparks / Noel

                                                                      No. 1 In Heaven / Is There More To Life Than Dancing? (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                        An exclusive 45th anniversary double vinyl release of Paste Magazine's #1 synth-pop album of all time 'No 1 In Heaven' by Sparks, and the Sparks-composed-and-produced lost gem 'Is There More To Life Than Dancing?' by Noel.

                                                                        Released in 1979, the Giorgio Moroder-produced 'No. 1 In Heaven' became the blueprint album for all electronic music to come. The same year, Ron and Russell Mael wrote, produced, and recorded the album 'Is There More To Life Than Dancing?' for LA-based singer Noel. Together these albums showcase the Maels' electronic adventurousness and trailblazing foresight into the next decade. Bands such as Joy Division, Duran Duran, Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure), etc. have cited 'No. 1 In Heaven' as infuential to their own work. 

                                                                        Spoonfed Hybrid

                                                                        Spoonfed Hybrid (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                          Steel Pulse

                                                                          Handsworth Revolution (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                            Special 2 LP version of this roots reggae classic, featuring 9 extra tracks and enhanced artwork

                                                                            Steps

                                                                            Deeper Shade Of Blue - The Remixes (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                              Suede

                                                                              Autofiction: Live (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                This Record Store Day, Suede release a live version of their critically acclaimed album Autofiction, which debuted at #2 in the UK Album Chart and marked Suede's highest charting LP since 1999ís Head Music, available on limited edition grey vinyl in a fold out envelope sleeve. Following the release of ëAutofiction: Expandedí in December 2023 digitally and on 3CD, the ëAutofiction: Liveí limited edition LP will feature live recordings from the bandís highly anticipated headline tour of the UK in March 2023, for the first time on vinyl and exclusive to Record Store Day.

                                                                                Sun Ra

                                                                                At The Showcase - Live In Chicago 1977 (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                  Sun Ra

                                                                                  Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The Ovc (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                    Suns Of Arqa

                                                                                    Wadada Magic (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                      Super Furry Animals

                                                                                      Fuzzy Logic (B-Sides & Besides) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                        Curated by the band themselves this album includes a collection of rare B-Sides taken from their classic album Fuzzy Logic. Including the rebellious anthem 'The Man Don't Give A F-ck,' the whimsical 'Don't Be A Fool, Billy!,' and the anticipatory rhythms of 'Waiting To Happen. Plus, many more on bottle green vinyl.

                                                                                        Supergrass

                                                                                        Kiss Of Life Is 20 (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                          Limited edition 10" colour vinyl, 6 track EP. 20th anniversary of the original single, released in March 2004 and specially recorded for the Supergrass Is 10 compilation. Contains the original single, B-Sides and rare bonus tracks.

                                                                                          Sylvia Telles

                                                                                          Princess Of Bossa Nova! Amor De Gente Moça (Musicas De Antonio Carlos Jobim….E Mais!) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                            Scott Walker

                                                                                            Tilt (Half Speed Master) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                              With original vinyl copies fetching at least £100 second hand, Scott Walker’s 1995 avant-garde masterpiece ‘Tilt’ gets a welcome reissue for Record Store Day 2024 on 140gram vinyl. Originally conceived as the first in a trilogy that went on to include ‘The Drift’ (2006) and ‘Bish Bosch’ (2012), ‘Tilt’’s atmospheric soundscapes and trance-like percussion combined with influences from as far afield as industrial music and traditional classical ‘lieder’ works. Throughout, Scott’s unmistakable baritone enhances an overall work of haunting beauty. In a recent reappraisal of the album’s charms, Pitchfork wrote: “Scarily, maddeningly good. It is like an old mansion full of haunted arcana: revolving bookcases, secret rooms, a golden pouf to perch on sipping ancient ‘eau de vie’. Even the easiest pleasures, like the stained-glass daybreak in “Bouncer See Bouncer,” arise from such obscure surroundings their beauty is always sudden, a second too quick for your defenses.” For this 2024 Record Store Day limited edition release, UMR have worked with the full consent of Scott’s estate and the album’s original producer, Peter Walsh. For an enhanced listening experience, it has been mastered for 140 gram vinyl by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios and cut by Miles Showell to play at 45rpm.

                                                                                              Steven Wilson

                                                                                              Harmonic Divergence (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                                                                                Harmonic Divergence is the perfect companion piece to Steven Wilsonís highly acclaimed 2023 album The Harmony Codex. On this very limited nine track release, music from the original album has been remixed and reimagined by Wilson, alongside longtime bandmates/collaborators and like-minded bands and producers. The result is a warped mirror image of the original, where oblique electronics are replaced by spidery gothic guitar riffs and cyclical piano tracks are mutated and transformed for the dance floor.

                                                                                                The Center Won’t Hold is the tenth studio album by Sleater-Kinney. It addresses transformation as it relates to the corrosion and decomposition of forms. Fractured and frayed by age or by loss, by internecine politics, by trauma or depression, these eleven songs ask what remains of a body, a human spirit, a relationship, a city, a country. The narrators herein sing from the brink of madness, corruption, loss, or grief. And though they speak to us from the narrow, near desperate strands to which they are consigned by others, or upon which they’ve self-exiled—feeling small, fearing obsolescence—they ask to be heard on the most sprawling of canvasses. By couching these personal stories in a sonic palette that unabashedly takes up space, what remains is a tale of survival: a treatise on female friendship, inner strength, resilience, and community.

                                                                                                If The Center Won’t Hold forces a reconsideration of a band people thought they knew, it’s due to the methodologies employed in the writing and making of the album. The tools upon which Sleater-Kinney had relied proved inadequate, both metaphorically and literally, so they sought new ones. They used the geographical distance between them, along with the larger uncertainty and brokenness swirling around them, as a means of inducing and exploring sonic change. Most concretely, they worked with producer Annie Clark (St. Vincent), who treated each song as its own world, letting them find a specific vernacular through careful construction and deliberation.

                                                                                                The most succinct thing to say about The Center Won’t Hold is that Sleater-Kinney continue to challenge the idea of what three women sound like when they create music together over the course of twenty-five years.


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: Sleater-Kinney have been one of the most interesting outfits to have come out of the 90's post-grunge indie boom, and have remained a fierce musical force since then. Through a myriad of splits / reformations and stylistic turns they have returned with their beautifully crafted powerhouse, 'The Centre Won't Hold'. Huge stadium choruses and anthemic turns are infused with snapping percussion and echoing distorted guitar, all topped with those unmistakable vocals.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                CD
                                                                                                1. The Center Won’t Hold
                                                                                                2. Hurry On Home
                                                                                                3. Reach Out
                                                                                                4. Can I Go On
                                                                                                5. Restless
                                                                                                6. Ruins
                                                                                                7. LOVE
                                                                                                8. Bad Dance
                                                                                                9. The Future Is Here
                                                                                                10. The Dog / The Body
                                                                                                11. Broken

                                                                                                DELUXE VINYL
                                                                                                Disc 1 (LP)
                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                1. The Center Won’t Hold
                                                                                                2. Hurry On Home
                                                                                                3. Reach Out
                                                                                                4. Can I Go On
                                                                                                5. Restless
                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                1. Ruins
                                                                                                2. LOVE
                                                                                                3. Bad Dance
                                                                                                4. The Future Is Here
                                                                                                5. The Dog / The Body
                                                                                                6. Broken
                                                                                                Disc 2 (7” Vinyl)
                                                                                                1. Hurry On Home

                                                                                                Newly formed archival label Fresh Hold presents one of Australia’s most mysterious jazz long players - Singing Dust, in collaboration with Efficient Space. Almost bound for obscurity from its inception, the eponymous creation of Queensland-based jazz pianist Robert Welsh was originally issued in 1986 on Melbourne independent label Cleopatra Records. Rich in compositional sophistication and expressive performance, Singing Dust resembles a unique fusion of Indian devotional song, the jazz piano styles of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, English folk and Debussey’s tonal impressions, bearing little similarity to the dominant commercial and subcultural music of its time. Representing a culmination of Welsh’s influences in and outside of music, the dynamic collection of seven compositions accompany the Ghazal devotional poems translated by Australian poet Francis Brabazon. While Singing Dust sits loosely within the spheres of exploration that many jazz players took into world fusion in the ’80s, it stands alone in its bright searing light of truth, love and austerity. A true work of dedication and posterity that will appeal to many serious music lovers, the album has finally been transferred and remastered from original tapes by Dan Elleson, superseding the imperfect 1986 pressing and fully realising Welsh’s expansive vision.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Involution
                                                                                                A2. Let Me Take Your Name
                                                                                                A3. Song Of The Reed
                                                                                                A4. Sweet Agony
                                                                                                B1. Love Flower
                                                                                                B2. Love Is Lovely & Lowly
                                                                                                B3. Desert Chant

                                                                                                Sorcerer

                                                                                                Kids World

                                                                                                  Working his mellow magic on the Growing Bin, Sorcerer entertains your inner child with eight tracks of instrumental west coast pop suitable for dancing, dreaming and surfing a wave or two.

                                                                                                  While Basso sat in a Teutonic treehouse, feeding his head with the sounds of the woodland, Dan Judd danced on the sands of San Francisco’s Baker Beach. Stretching between them, like the world’s longest tin can radio, was the Dream Chimney. This legendary forum, run by Ryan Bishop, better known as The Beat Broker, helped to launch a thousand labels, and the Growing Bin is one of them – all hail the Chimney!

                                                                                                  Here, Dan, naturally mystic in his Sorcerer guise, satisfies all our sensory needs with a Kinder Surprise of sweet melodies, coastal cool and playful rhythms inspired by his children’s earliest responses to music. Following his feelings and avoiding overthinking, he creates open, enticing and accessible cuts; each living and breathing that mellow magic you only get on the West Coast.

                                                                                                  ‘Kids World’ kicks into gear with the spheric bass of ‘2000 Studio’, a bouncy embodiment of that spacious San Francisco sound. There’s a nod to nu disco but the dreamy dubiness takes the track much deeper, especially as those surf guitars start to detune in the summer heat. The breezy fretwork continues on ‘Disco Drums’, topping a wriggling groove tailor made for the terrace. Shades of rave refract through a healing crystal at the midpoint, encouraging al fresco dancing from sunrise to sunset. The A3 sees Sorcerer get into the groove of ‘Bahia Brothers’, rolling that rubberised B-line out of his own Paradise Garage before putting the top down for the carefree Balearic pop of ‘Spray Paint.’

                                                                                                  The B-side glides into being via the night dubbing grooves of ‘Fire Feel’, a reverb laden journey though glassy tones, off beat perx and gorgeous chord progressions. Next up, the new wave inspired ‘Crunchy’ translates Sheffield’s daring synth pop into a wide eyed blast of psychedelic house, boosting our mana ahead of the loose limbed and light footed ‘First Wave’. Ringing guitars reference Ghanaian highlife, shimmering in the heat haze as Dan funks up the drum kit ready for the broken beat and blissed out energy of sundowning set closer ‘Escape Route’.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  2000 Studio
                                                                                                  Disco Drums
                                                                                                  Bahia Brothers
                                                                                                  Spray Paint
                                                                                                  Feel Free
                                                                                                  Crunchy
                                                                                                  First Wave
                                                                                                  Escape Route

                                                                                                  Spectres

                                                                                                  WTF

                                                                                                    Bristol’s loudest band Spectres return with the brand new six-track ‘WTF’ EP.

                                                                                                    With recording on their third album almost complete, the band have decided it’s time for one final look back at last year’s album ‘Condition’, which was acclaimed at the time of release, but largely forgotten about by the end of a year which saw some major changes in the band, with frontman Joe Hatt relocating to Berlin and long-time producer Dominic Mitchison joining on bass.

                                                                                                    The EP pairs one of the highlights of ‘Condition’ – ‘Welcoming The Flowers’ (the video for which was premiered on The Line Of Best Fit recently) – with remixes of other album tracks by the likes of Metrist, who melts ‘Dissolve’ in an acid bath of broken techno; Elvin Brandhi (aka one half of Yeah You) and Mun Sing (aka one half of Giant Swan) who turn ‘End Waltz’ into, respectively, a glitchy explosion of sound and a tribal industrial monster (which was premiered last week on Mixmag); finally French Margot and Silver Waves place a noose of ethereal beauty and bloody-minded sonic terrorism around ‘Neck’.

                                                                                                    It’s not just the music that comes as a shock to the senses: the packaging of the limited-edition 12” (250 copies only) is, quite literally, a car crash in a bag. It’s pressed on what we’re calling “windscreen coloured” vinyl and comes wrapped in a sleeve covered with tyre marks; inside, alongside the familiar digital download card, you will find an air freshener and a lyric sheet in a child’s handwriting, as you might find near the scene of an accident.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Dissolve (Metrist Remix) 03:26
                                                                                                    2. Welcoming The Flowers (WTF Version) 04:28
                                                                                                    3. Neck (French Margot Remix) 05:08
                                                                                                    4. End Waltz (Elvin Brandhi Remix) 07:04
                                                                                                    5. Neck (Silver Waves Remix) 03:34
                                                                                                    6. End Waltz (Mun Sing Remix) 03:41

                                                                                                    "Plus or Minus Two" compiles four songs from Kansas City wave pioneers Short-Term Memory’s first cassette album, "Every Head Needs Cleaning", with two previously unreleased tracks recorded in the 90s.
                                                                                                    This EP focuses on the group’s prescient dance-floor DIN-sync workouts which share sensibilities with contemporaneous early Detroit experiments by Juan Atkin’s Cybotron, Ron Hardy’s visionary Kikrokos tape edit, Shoc Corridor’s extended 808 exercises, and 90s Techno Pop by Haruomi Hosono. Rounding off the EP is the existential electronic soul ballad "Words".
                                                                                                    Kansas City, 1983: a band formed, wires connected and synapses fired. Three friends, tired of guitar/bass/drums rock started jamming with newly acquired synths and Roland TR 808. They called themselves Short-Term Memory. Thanks to the vanguard technology of the time, these electronic instruments spoke to each other, and Jim Skeel, John Paul & Robert Duckworth could program their instruments, riding the DIN-sync wave. Weekly jams became more ambitious, and in 1983 they released their first album "Every Head Needs Cleaning" on their own Silly Poodle Music label. Over the 80s members drifted in and out of the group, and they released two cassettes, an LP and a 7” EP. By the 90s Jim Skeel was at the helm, the only original member, and joined by Tim Higgins he continued to record in MIDI mode for a few years before pulling the plug, leaving recordings and memories that resisted the great fadeout of time, and today sound vibrant and more visionary than ever.


                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Patrick says: Around a dozen releases in and Seance Centre are yet to put a foot wrong. Whether it be deep disco-not-disco, experimental, ambient or new age, the reissue label's aim is always true. Here they hit us with four proto-techno, synth wave jams and two unreleased cuts from Kansas City's Short-Term Memory. As well as pre-Detroit hardware heaters like "Twitch & Jerk", "Hysteria" and "The Veldt", check the esoteric flavours of "City In Mind" and lost wave ballad "The Words" for more sombre scenarios. Killer artwork from Alan Briand as standard...

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Twitch & Jerk
                                                                                                    Yelping Doggies
                                                                                                    City In Mind
                                                                                                    Hysteria
                                                                                                    The Veldt
                                                                                                    The Words

                                                                                                    Succhiamo

                                                                                                    Mani In Fuoco

                                                                                                      Remember that straightforward mix of EBM and synth-punk that came out on Antinote last year, wrapped in a suggestive black and gold sleeve? The lyrics were far from ambiguous and the music produced by Panoptique and Paula was joyfully aggressive.
                                                                                                      Broken glass, dogs barking & cats roaring: Succhiamo is back and gives us news from the scrapyard.
                                                                                                      The thing is, it seems that Succhiamo’s scrapyard has been animated by Bill Plympton : in place of dogs and cats, it’s a lewd Pink Panther chasing a spaced-out Scooby-Doo on Dolore Dentro or Stai Male. Happily championing bad taste, the two musicians even venture into the illegitimate territories of italo-pop missed hits, shaped for lipsync performances on Rai Uno with the nagging Que Pena.
                                                                                                      As we’re getting close to the middle of the record, the music gets openly punkier, climaxing with the explicitly named "Desiderio Di Violenza", brushing past 200 BPM. While the inevitable silence following the last notes of "Que
                                                                                                      Pena" temporarily puts an end to the pleasant nightmare that is "Mani In Fuoco", the figures – somehow similar to those inhabiting the world of Fritz the Cat – that Succhiamo insidiously inserts into the listener’s head don’t fade
                                                                                                      away: they patiently wait for the duo’s pulsing drum machines and the saturated synths to wake up again and set them in motion for another ride.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Patrick says: After last year's sleazy exercise in electroclash revivalism, Succhiamo return to Antinote with their bedut longplayer "Mani In Fuoco", a scuzzy synth-punk journey through brash EBM, bruised electronics and S&M techno. Fans of Liaisions Dangereuse need to check out "Vecchia".

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Dolore Dentro
                                                                                                      2. Mani In Fuoco
                                                                                                      3. Desiderio Di Violenza
                                                                                                      4. Stai Male
                                                                                                      5. Vecchia
                                                                                                      6. Que Pena Sin Ti 

                                                                                                      Steven Adams & The French Drops

                                                                                                      Virtue Signals

                                                                                                        Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. Steven Adams’s first with his new group, The French Drops is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.

                                                                                                        The album’s tone is set from opening track, “Bad Apples”, a song addressing flag-waving, aggressive patriots. The lyrics are alternately playful and oblique, in the spirit of songwriters like John Lennon or Britt Daniel from Spoon. Where Adams aims to remove ambiguity and play with metaphor, as with “Ex Future”, the opacity of his writing means he doesn’t descend into cliche.

                                                                                                        Following a few years of performing and recording solo, Adams says he wanted to put together “a band where everyone was following their noses. I’ve been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It’s fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food.” Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood - who had played bass with The Singing Adams - switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.

                                                                                                        Produced by Ben Nicholls (Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon). Mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell. Adams tours the UK through May and the summer.

                                                                                                        For fans of: Field Music, Pavement, Spoon, Grandaddy, Teleman.

                                                                                                        Steven Adams And The French Drops

                                                                                                        Keep It Light

                                                                                                          “Making this record was a joy,” says Steven Adams of his latest album with his band the French Drops. He even let the positive mood around the making of it influence its title. “I love making records but sometimes time, money, or people - including me - fuck up my enjoyment of the process. So this time I kept saying to myself ‘keep it light’ whenever I was making decisions.” The buoyant and relaxed mood can be heard across the album in its gloriously skipping tones, as it traverses across indie, pop, alt-rock and more tender acoustic and folk-leaning moments. It’s a craft that Adams has been honing for years as the lead figure in outfits such as The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams, so much so that by now it oozes out of him with a seamless grace.

                                                                                                          The feelings of serenity and solace he experienced whilst writing the songs themselves carried over into the final product. “I did a big chunk of the writing on holiday in the South of France last year,” he says. “We were staying in this big, rambling house that had a kind of turret room that was cut off from everything, so I’d go up there in the mornings and sit on the floor and feel like a proper artist while everyone else was eating croissants.” Once described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s smartest, most underrated songwriters”, Adams’ aim was clear with this record. “I wanted to make a super personal, light-hearted and upbeat record,” he says. “I wanted to do the whole write about what you know thing and keep it as light as possible.” The lightness of the album was a guiding principle but it wasn’t a rule set in stone, as Adams soon found out the deeper he plunged into himself. “We had a running joke about how we were making an album called Keep it Light that is full of songs about racists and panic attacks and existential angst,” he says. “But it does you good to get that stuff out. Writing songs and making records keeps me sane.”

                                                                                                          The album is one as full of joy and beauty as it is ink black humour and caustic revelation. On the gorgeous shuffle of “Oh Dear” - recalling the kind of stripped back beauty of Yo La Tengo at their finest - Adams sings: “and true love will not find you in the end.” A knowing nod and a wink to Daniel Johnston’s earnest refrain that indeed true love will find you in the end. It’s such moments that fill the album with equal parts weight and lightness, a smart touch delivered with a deft hand. Of the broad range of the album and its wide-spanning lyrical content Adams simply says: “the upbeat stuff is pretty upbeat and the darker stuff is pretty dark, but it’s all still with some humour.” Perhaps the song that best encapsulates this split between the light and the dark and the funny and the personal is “My Brother, the Racist” a self explanatory song that skips along with an infectious groove as Adams sings about, well, his racist brother. It unfurls in an intimate manner that recalls the kind of deeply personal allure of Sun Kill Moon’s Benji. “It’s an awkward thing to sing about, but it was the right thing to do,” he reflects. “I’ve written about British racism before, but never this close to home.”

                                                                                                          Recorded at Soup by Simon Trought and with band members Laurie Earle, Daniel Fordham, David Stewart and Michael Wood, this is the first time Adams has worked in such a harmonious and in sync way. “This is the first record I’ve made with the band all playing in one room, getting everything down at once,” he says. “We played live with all of us on the floor, and it came together really quickly. But we still gave ourselves time to experiment and do fun stuff all over it. This combination of allowing things to be light, not overstressing, the harmony of the group, and the seamless knack of Adams’ songwriting has resulted in a truly special record. “I’m usually sick of a record by the time it’s mixed and I don’t get much of a kick out of hearing my own stuff, but this one’s different,” he says. “I know I sound like a wanker saying this but this is the best record I’ve ever made.” 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1) Soft Landings
                                                                                                          A2) Bring On The Naps
                                                                                                          A3) Canary
                                                                                                          A4) Gracechurch St
                                                                                                          A5) Oh Dear

                                                                                                          B1) Going To Everglades
                                                                                                          B2) Note To Self
                                                                                                          B3) My Brother, The Racist
                                                                                                          B4) Jonny
                                                                                                          B5) Mr Sunshine

                                                                                                          Steven Adams

                                                                                                          Drops

                                                                                                            Steven Adams, formerly of The Broken Family Band releases new album DROPS on Fika Recordings. Since calling time on TBFB at the height of their success, Adams has released half a dozen albums under various names (Singing Adams, Steven James Adams, Steven Adams & The French Drops), his witty, incisive lyrics and melodic sensibilities taking in DIY indie rock, folky introspection, and off-kilter pop hooks. Originally from South Wales, Adams now lives in East London.

                                                                                                            “Every record I’ve made has been in a hurry of some sort” says Adams of his new album, “and with this one I took my time”. DROPS is the first album to be credited to him as a solo artist since 2016’s Old Magick, his first new music since 2020, and his noisiest record to date. Armed with a new batch of material, he began by upping sticks to the Welsh countryside to experiment with drummer Daniel Fordham and bassist David Stewart - both formerly of psych oddballs The Drink. The trio then took the songs to Big Jelly, a converted chapel on the south coast, with co-producer Simon Trought (Comet Gain, Johnny Flynn, The Wave Pictures) to lay down the basic tracks for DROPS. Eschewing a full band set up (“I wanted to concentrate on one thing at a time”), recording sessions in East London followed with Laurie Earle (Absentee) on guitar and Michael Wood (Hayman Kupa Band, Michaelmas) on keyboards. Adams then took the recordings home and to the French countryside, to work alone. “I finally got my head around home recording in 2020, while things were a bit quiet. Once I worked out how to record things I realised I didn’t have to think about time. I could let the songs evolve and change once we had the basic tracks down. After a while I started to think of them as paintings; trying something one morning, painting over it in the afternoon and attempting something completely different… it was about enjoying the process, making some bangers, playing around... and giving Simon the producer a mess to sort out when it came to mixing the record". Whenever Tom from Fika Recordings checked in to see how the album was progressing Adams would reply, “it’s taking ages but it’ll sound like it was recorded in an afternoon”. The result is a dynamic and spirited collection of songs, with Adams's love of 90/00s US underground rock (Pavement's Bob Nastanovich is a fan) to the fore. DROPS is a sonically compelling piece of work: from bleak/exultant opener Out to Sea and the motorik Living in the Local Void to the weirdly funereal Fascists (where Adams imagines the “little skip in our steps” that we’ll have upon outliving some baddies), and Day Trip's psychedelia in miniature. There are also moments of tenderness: the avalanche of empathy on closing track Cheap Wine Sad Face, and I Tried to Keep it Light’s “worse things could happen… I don’t know how, but give me time”. Adams says: “I'm preoccupied by the passing of time and the way it affects how we feel. This record is about time and bewilderment and trying to make sense of things".

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Out To Sea
                                                                                                            Living In The Local Void
                                                                                                            Moderation
                                                                                                            Heads Keep Rolling
                                                                                                            Making Holes
                                                                                                            Pas Moi
                                                                                                            Holiday Casual
                                                                                                            Fascists
                                                                                                            I Tried To Keep It Light
                                                                                                            Day Trip
                                                                                                            Cheap Wine Sad Face

                                                                                                            Salar Ansari was born and raised in Tehran and is now based in Detroit. After his "Feelings from the Future" EP, he returns to his Passed Out On A Persian Rug imprint, breathing new life into four Persian pop classics.

                                                                                                            This is seriously strong shit folks! Full of intrigue, yet highly danceable and touched up in just the right manner (it's a Motor City thang!). Flecks of acid, electronic drum machines and warm bass merging beautifully with the mystic and haunting Persian vocals. Ansair is obviously a skilled producer, but his Persian background has gifted him unique source material that few can match in the current climate!

                                                                                                            Sick of the same old disco tracks, looped up and turned into house music? Me too! This stuff is a welcome breath of fresh air and sure to get you noticed as a DJ.. or will simply blow the roof of your living room disco!

                                                                                                            Don't sleep - limited copies - hot stuff!! 

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: When Tehran-born producers end up living in Detroit these are the breath taking results that ensue! Detroitian, forward thinking mindset, Persian source material - whodathunk it would result in the most arresting musical experience for a good while!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Hayedeh - Gol Vajeh (POPR Mix)
                                                                                                            A2. Shahyar Ghanbary - Forbidden (POPR Mix)

                                                                                                            B1. Shahram Shabparesh - To Mitooni (POPR Mix)

                                                                                                            B2. Hassan Shamaeizadeh - Telesm (POPR Mix)


                                                                                                            Steve Arrington

                                                                                                            Down To The Lowest Terms : The Soul Sessions

                                                                                                              After a 7-year hiatus, funk legend Steve Arrington returns with his uplifting and soulful new album ‘Down To The Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions’, with artists including Mndsgn, Knxwledge and Jerry Paper on production. The album portrays his diversity of influences, which sees Arrington drawing on funk, soul, jazz, electronic and R&B.  

                                                                                                              Steve Arrington is known for his innovative vocals on classics including ‘Watching You’ and ‘Just A Touch of Love’, with Slave, as well as his solo work with tracks including ‘Dancin’ in the Key of Life’, ‘Weak at the Knees’ and ‘Nobody Can Be You’. His music has greatly influenced the hip hop generation, having been sampled by Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharrell, 50 Cent, 2Pac, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg and many more.  

                                                                                                              ‘Down To The Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions’ is Steve Arrington’s first solo album since 2009’s ‘Pure Thang’. 

                                                                                                              Arrington’s recent collaboration with Thundercat on the single ‘Black Qualls’, for his album ‘It Is What It Is’, was added to the BBC 6 Music A-List and performed live on Jimmy Kimmel. Arrington’s latest release was the collaboration ‘Higher’ with Dam-Funk in 2013, praised by Pitchfork, Exclaim! and more.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Matt says: Rich in authentic, old school, proper FUNK; this one should appeal to fans of George Clinton's many projects as well as any newer modern funk devotees coming from the PPU, Star Creature angle. TIP!

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. The Joys Of Love
                                                                                                              2. Make A Difference
                                                                                                              3.Soulful I Need That In My
                                                                                                              4. Life
                                                                                                              5. Keep Dreamin'
                                                                                                              6. Love Knows
                                                                                                              7. My Favorite Swing
                                                                                                              8. Good Mood
                                                                                                              9. Love Is Gone
                                                                                                              10. Work On It
                                                                                                              11. You’re Not Ready
                                                                                                              12. Make Ya Say Yie
                                                                                                              13. All I Wanna Do
                                                                                                              14. It’s Alright

                                                                                                              Sibelle Attar

                                                                                                              Paloma's Hand EP

                                                                                                                Five years after her acclaimed debut album Sleepyhead (Pitchfork, nominated for the Swedish Grammys etc) the Swedish pop artist Sibille Attar is back with new music, now signed to Stockholm indie label PNKSLM Recordings (ShitKid, HOLY, Sudakistan etc). A prominent artist on the Swedish indie scene for the past 15 years, Sibille Attar's solo debut, released via Universal imprint Stranded Rekords, was one of 2013's biggest Swedish albums and Paloma's Hand carries on the torch, showcasing a slightly darker and more ominous take on her brand of psychedelic pop, with the songwriting and melodies intact.

                                                                                                                Stuart Avery

                                                                                                                Polaris

                                                                                                                  Local lad, first recordings and nine good songs they are too. Inhabiting a 'David Gray' sort of pigeonhole.

                                                                                                                  Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

                                                                                                                  Sing Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                    The title is about as self-explanatory as could be: ‘Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith.’ 12 songs originally written by the acclaimed and well-loved Smith, performed by 2 artists, currently known for their contributions to the indie folk rock landscape. The recordings are, in many cases, defined by bare instrumentation, driven by a simple yet bold vocal delivery, the depth of feeling complimenting that of the subject matter. This album is an obvious labour of love; a comment based on the genuine reverence which Avett and Mayfield clearly hold for Smith. At times, the songs feel light as a feather, while in others, thematically leaden with heartache, they are given a deep breath, a different dimension, a new colour. In modern fashion, melodies intensely whispered by Elliott Smith are sung in a harmonious way, akin to the folk aesthetic of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

                                                                                                                    A relationship with, and a love for the songs of Elliott Smith is a feeling shared by many. Avett and Mayfield are among those who view his music as an under-celebrated body of work, reduced by some to a footnote in the canon of 1990's alternative rock. However, for any lover of music who may appraise his work in a dedicated way, the beauty and depth of it is crystal clear. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, the nature of this album distinguishes itself as a labor of love, more pronounced in this respect than anything either has previously recorded. At the heart of a genuine musical interpretation, there must be an emotional connection. In this regard, the care and feeling for the music is apparent, even from the first moments of the opening track.

                                                                                                                    Aesthetically, the record is defined by simple vocal harmonies, bare instrumentation, and an approach which takes its time. Avett and Mayfield’s voices play against each other in a natural and effortless manner, giving Smith’s darker themes a new and bright dimension. In a commercial landscape, where albums are made for the sake of selling, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith is an anomaly, a collection of songs recorded for the sole purpose of saying thank you; a gesture of musical gratitude for an original voice, one which so brilliantly whispered such beautiful melodies.


                                                                                                                    Susana Baca

                                                                                                                    Espiritu Vivo - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                      The tracks on this album may arouse a number of emotions; they were not sung purely for the pleasure of making music, but to convey, with drama and joy, that life is stronger than ever and continues with a live Spirit... Recorded in New York after 9/11 in front of a small audience, Espíritu Vivo marries Susana Baca’s wonderful vocals and Peruvian backing band with the downtown sounds of John Medeski and guitarist Marc Ribot—for a recording that transcends time and place, with Baca giving every iota of herself to the music. This is the 20th anniversary edition, on vinyl for the very first time.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. La Noche Y El Día
                                                                                                                      2. Si Me Quitaran...
                                                                                                                      3. Caracunde
                                                                                                                      4. El Fusil Del Poeta
                                                                                                                      5. Se Me Van Los Pies
                                                                                                                      6. 13 De Mayo
                                                                                                                      7. Toro Mata
                                                                                                                      8. Afro-blue/zum Zum
                                                                                                                      9. The Anchor Song

                                                                                                                      Sami Baha is a Turkish producer based in South East London. His music was introduced to the world via his 2016 EP 'Mavericks'. Sami got into producing through being a rapper himself, working with local rappers in Turkey and producing beats for them, before setting his sights outside the country. 'Free For All' features MCs from all corners of the globe: UK drill squad 67's Dimzy, Stockholm's Yung Lean and Chicago rapper and singer DJ Nate (aka Flexxbabii). The record also features Egyptian MCs Dawsha and Abanob. Sami's production is refined and elegant, familiar tropes are reassembled in original ways, the instrumentation reflecting his background and influences simultaneously. Everything Sami brings to the album sounds relaxed and minimal, but tough, built from thoughtful arrangements and instruments, shot through with emotion and a dreamy night-time feel. 

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      LP A:

                                                                                                                      1/Cash Rain
                                                                                                                      2/Discreet (ft. Dimzy)
                                                                                                                      3/Aliens
                                                                                                                      4/Gambit
                                                                                                                      5/Thugs (ft. DJ Nate)
                                                                                                                      6/Free For All
                                                                                                                      7/NAH

                                                                                                                      B:

                                                                                                                      1/When The Sun's Gone (ft. Yung Lean)
                                                                                                                      2/Path Riot
                                                                                                                      3/Glory (ft. Kufura)
                                                                                                                      4/Ahl El M8na (ft. Dawsha & Abanob)
                                                                                                                      5/Limbo
                                                                                                                      6/Cold Pursuit


                                                                                                                      Sadar Bahar & Marc Davis

                                                                                                                      Disco Beat Down EP

                                                                                                                      After previous releases with Chicago heavyweights like Rahaan and Darryn Jones, Dublin based disco messers Fatty Fatty return to Chi-Town once again.

                                                                                                                      This time they have Sadar Bahar on board, who expertly applies the scalpel to two heavyweight tracks along with Marc Davis.

                                                                                                                      The A-side is a thumping slice of mid 70's Philly gospel disco, with the famous Baker/Harris/Young rhythm section present and very correct. Splicing sections of the album cut and the 45 to create a driving extended mix for the floor, this is one for the peak-time dancers.

                                                                                                                      On the flip is a wild barrio jam for the more adventurous DJ, hitting hard with Latino rhythms and a mesmeric piano line that builds and builds in the background before taking over completely towards the end and knocking you for six. It's been getting rapturous receptions from Sadar's dancers during his summertime festival sets, and no doubt it'll still be doing the do all the way through the 2023 season...



                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Matt says: Phwoooarr that "Disco" track's a bit tasty ain't it?! Rough, raw & riotous. Meanwhile on side B, the ultimate psilocybin-induced perc and piano swirl for the secret mushroom parties of the city's underground...

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A. Disco
                                                                                                                      B. Beat Down 

                                                                                                                      Scott Ballew

                                                                                                                      Leisure Rodeo

                                                                                                                        Leisure Rodeo is the new album from Scott Ballew, following up 2021’s surprise debut Talking to Mountains. Born in Austin in the early 80’s Ballew eventually drifted out west to California, where he made a name for himself as a film director. At the age of 30 he ended up back in Austin, got sober, picked up the guitar and started writing songs. Most of those songs ended up on Ballew’s debut, but he kept writing and refining his craft, eventually ending up with ten tracks for a follow up album. Picking up where he left off, Leisure Rodeo features world-weary vignettes in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker set to rustic country-folk arrangements. Frequent collaborators Jesse Woods, Shane Renfro (RF Shannon), Jesse Siebenberg, and Todd Hannigan are back, joined by special guest appearances from Ryan Bingham on “Border Kid” and Erika Wennerstrom (The Heartless Bastards) on “Convenience Store World”. Highly anticipated new album from Scott Ballew, featuring contributions from Ryan Bingham, Erika Wennerstrom (The Heartless Bastards), Jesse Woods, and Shane Renfro (RF Shannon). 

                                                                                                                        Our favourite Yorkshire-based 12-string maestro Serious Sam Barrett returns with another self-released future classic on his YaDig? record label. Having wooed us at his Manchester gig last year for Crowfoot we all got very excited here at Piccadilly for Sam's timeless songwriting skills and virtuoso guitar playing. After going through the previous albums and EPs, it's nice to see Sam evolve somewhat on this album - taking in upright bass, accordion and a small drum kit to fully expand the Sam Barrett sound; and loosing none of the authenticity or magic with it. Essential an album inspired and written whilst on tour, it's a collection of songs about being on the road, missing home and missing, of course, the woman of your desires; with the subject matter rarely veering off these classic subject themes. Sam keeps us hooked right till the end though - his heart-on-sleeve lyrics, clear vocal delivery and breathtaking guitar work a sonic Cupid's arrow directly to our hearts. Cupid rears his head quite a lot through Sam's work, and pleasantly returns with earnest on this album (much of the A-side taken up with love lust meanderings about wonderful woman - "Cupid's Song", "She's My Only One", "Better Give It Up"). When Sam talks about being far from home, you know he means it, and learning of his recent US tour the songs speak a thousand pictures of a naive Yorkshire lad in the big, vast country of the American West coast and all that goes with it. From start to finish a breathtaking record, probably my favourite to date. This cat's just starting his musical ascent it seems, improving exponentially and I feel privileged to almost be there from the start of the trip; get on the train and join the journey now - you won't be sorry!

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: Back with another treasure of an album, Sam is joined by upright bass, accordion and percussion on this timeless future classic from deepest Yorkshire. If you play guitar or enjoy stripped back, heartfelt music, I can't recommend this enough.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Back On The Jack
                                                                                                                        2. Cupid's Song
                                                                                                                        3. She's My Only One
                                                                                                                        4. Better Give It Up
                                                                                                                        5. Any Road

                                                                                                                        6. Livin On Shoestring
                                                                                                                        7. Hillbomber's Blues
                                                                                                                        8. Song For Kid Little
                                                                                                                        9. Desert Theme
                                                                                                                        10. Footsteps
                                                                                                                        11. Say You Do

                                                                                                                        Serious Sam Barrett

                                                                                                                        Serious Sam Barrett

                                                                                                                        Towards the end of last year, I was lucky enough to see this guy play in a lovely event organized by the lads at Crowfoot Records. He blew me away with his honest, genuine, old time guitar style coupled with great lyrics touching on all things important to your average young adult (skateboarding, drinking, travelling on shit public transport to see girls etc...). A charismatic performer, with a strong Yorkshire dialect; his 12-string guitar chimed, resonated and strummed away all night, with the crowd reveling in the beautiful music and surroundings. I was further delighted to see that Sam had recorded four full length albums, and promptly snapped them up at the gig, insisting he bring some into the shop in the new year. Well here we are in 2014 and Sam's ferried two titles across the border for your listening pleasure. This, the self titled, comprises of ten original compositions and features his trademark 12-string guitar alongside mandolin and voice. Personal favourites are "Henessey Nights" and "Long Gone". The former is an ode to being young and free and loose on the streets with your best friends while the latter is a heart wrenching break up song with the overpowering smell of whiskey running through it. This private press record is a timeless, succinct slice of reality that every home needs! The new bluegrass explosion starts here! Recommended. Comes with CD.


                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: Solo album by the one and only Sam Barrett. Yorkshire's finest guitarist... he does weddings you know?!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Alf's Song
                                                                                                                        Hurry Back
                                                                                                                        Hennessy Nights
                                                                                                                        Spiderweb Frame
                                                                                                                        Streetlights
                                                                                                                        Kerosene
                                                                                                                        16 Again
                                                                                                                        Holding Out
                                                                                                                        Dreams
                                                                                                                        Long Gone

                                                                                                                        Syd Barrett

                                                                                                                        An Introduction To Syd Barrett - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                          An Introduction To Syd Barrett, is a reissue of the 2010 collection that brought together for the first time the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation.

                                                                                                                          David Gilmour, who originally worked on Syd Barrett's two solo albums, as co-producer of The Madcap Laughs and as producer of Barrett, was the executive producer for the album. Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson at Astoria Studios remixed five tracks including ‘Octopus’, ‘She Took A Long Cool Look’, ‘Dominoes’ and ‘Here I Go’, with David Gilmour adding bass guitar to the last track. Pink Floyd's ‘Matilda Mother’ also received a fresh 2010 Mix.

                                                                                                                          The album features the original 24-page booklet and graphics plus all lyrics, and was designed including the cover art by long time Pink Floyd associate the late Storm Thorgerson and his estimable studio.

                                                                                                                          An Introduction To Syd Barrett provides a handy overview of this visionary talent, this madcap genius whose star shone brightly yet burnt out all too quickly.


                                                                                                                          Syd Barrett

                                                                                                                          Barrett - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                            On ‘Barrett’, Syd's second solo album, he was joined by Pink Floyd members Rick Wright and David Gilmour. Gilmour and Wright also acted as producers. Syd needed this help as things were getting a touch more fractured for him  and obviously you can hear this in the music.  It is still  a great  record though, from a trailblazing, unique talent.


                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Andy says: Whimsy, melody and magic. Last outing from a legend.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Side One:
                                                                                                                            1. "Baby Lemonade"
                                                                                                                            2. "Love Song"
                                                                                                                            3. "Dominoes"
                                                                                                                            4. "It Is Obvious"
                                                                                                                            5. "Rats"
                                                                                                                            6. "Maisie"

                                                                                                                            Side Two:
                                                                                                                            1. "Gigolo Aunt"
                                                                                                                            2. "Waving My Arms In The Air"
                                                                                                                            3. "I Never Lied To You"
                                                                                                                            4. "Wined And Dined"
                                                                                                                            5. "Wolfpack"
                                                                                                                            6. "Effervescing Elephant"

                                                                                                                            Syd Barrett

                                                                                                                            The Madcap Laughs - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                              ‘The Madcap Laughs’ is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter recorded after Barrett had left Pink Floyd. He only made one full album and a couple of amazing singles with The Floyd, then two solo LP's of which this is the first.  It is a LOT looser than his previous work but still with that unique child-like sense of wonder and a lovely way with a melody.


                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Andy says: Pure expression. A unique vision, slowly unravelling.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Side One:
                                                                                                                              1. "Terrapin"
                                                                                                                              2. "No Good Trying"
                                                                                                                              3. "Love You"
                                                                                                                              4. "No Man's Land"
                                                                                                                              5. "Dark Globe"
                                                                                                                              6. "Here I Go"

                                                                                                                              Side Two:
                                                                                                                              1. "Octopus"
                                                                                                                              2. "Golden Hair"
                                                                                                                              3. "Long Gone"
                                                                                                                              4. "She Took A Long Cool Look At Me"
                                                                                                                              5. "Feel"
                                                                                                                              6. "If It's In You"
                                                                                                                              7. "Late Night"

                                                                                                                              Steve Bates

                                                                                                                              All The Things That Happen

                                                                                                                                RIYL: William Basinski, Wolf Eyes, Gas, Tim Hecker, Emeralds, Yellow Swans, Flying Saucer Attack. Steve Bates is an artist and musician known for his work with post-rock ensemble Black Seas Ensemble, duos with Timothy Herzog and Sophie Trudeau of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, amongst others, as well as a series of digital-only sonic explorations on his own label, The Dim Coast. All The Things That Happen is his first full-length album for Constellation. For this album, Bates pursued a more stripped down exploration of the noisier terrain of the cheap timbre and tonality of the much-loved Casio SK-1 keyboard sampler. These sounds were fed through a variety of electronics, effects, amps, cassettes recorders to shift into their current form heard on these tracks.

                                                                                                                                Steve notes that all the tracks started off as ambient, "but I always kept reaching for more texture and noise." Getting reacquainted with the Casio SK-1 was the initial focus on developing the music here. Processed and manipulated during the recording and mixing stages, these initial SK-1 sessions became the foundation of this body of music. Working within the rich world of experimental electronics, these tracks have a core melodicism to them and maybe even a melancholy, as distortion and overtones saturate and spray the music in various directions, while feeling whole and integrated as a body of sound. A fixture of Winnipeg's burgeoning anarcho-punk and social justice community in the 80s-90s, Bates played in hardcore and indie rock bands (XOXO, Bulletproof Nothing) while contemporaneously continuing to fiddle obsessively with the shortwave radio his father bought him as a child — sensibilities that continue to meld and inform his sound work to this day. Bates founded the Send + Receive Festival in 1998, a crucial development in putting Winnipeg on the map for avant music and experimental sound art, which he helmed for seven years. Moving to Tiohti:áke/Montréal in 2005 he took on the Sound Coordinator position at Hexagram (Concordia University), released solo and duo work on ORAL_records and two albums with his Black Seas Ensemble on The Dim Coast, while pursuing myriad other ongoing audio research, installation and collaborative projects. His exhibition and site-specific works have been presented throughout North America and Europe, Chile and Senegal. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1 Groves Of…everything!
                                                                                                                                A2 These Problems Are Multiplied By The Difficulty I Have In Front Of A Tape Recorder
                                                                                                                                A3 Glistening
                                                                                                                                A4 Covered In Silt And Weed
                                                                                                                                B1 Destroy The Palace
                                                                                                                                B2 Glimpse An End
                                                                                                                                B3 Bring On Black Flames
                                                                                                                                B4 We Do Not, Nor To Hide
                                                                                                                                B5 September Through September

                                                                                                                                Shane Beales (With Baby Ingrid)

                                                                                                                                I'll Repair Your Mistakes

                                                                                                                                  This collaboration with Baby Ingrid, is the debut solo album from Liverpool based songwriter Shane Beales. His songs are honest, and his voice holds a delicate authority. Influences include Radiohead, Ben Folds and Dave Matthews Band.

                                                                                                                                  Si Begg

                                                                                                                                  Blueprints

                                                                                                                                    Pioneering music producer Si Begg releases his sixth studio album, "Blueprints", on Berlin's legendary Shitkatapult label. His first LP in four years, "Blueprints" is a celebration of raw electronics welded to the 'romance of engineering'. Backed over the course of his career by the likes of John Peel, Thom Yorke, Leftfield, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar and Mouse On Mars, he has carved a reputation as a recording artist, DJ and sound designer, and in more recent years as an award-winning composer for television and film. I remember many moons ago picking up a Si Begg record and being overwhelmed by his precision bass engineering. A celebrated live performance artist this new album is a more gentle, cerebral affair. Highly detailed electronic textures and resonator rhythms intertwine and jostle under a midnight, star-lit sheen. Very, very impressive stuff.

                                                                                                                                    Serge Blenner

                                                                                                                                    La Vogue

                                                                                                                                      Originally released 1980 on Sky records, this is music for the apocalyptic eighties inna Deutschland state of mind. When Serge Blenner left his native France for Hamburg, West Germany, neither he nor anyone else could have guessed that he would inadvertently compose a soundtrack for the Cold War. But his dark, monotone synthesizer album "La Vogue" (1980) turned out to be just that.

                                                                                                                                      You don't get to make 17 albums and stay out of the public eye unless you live and breathe music. Focus on nothing else. Commercial success may come your way, but will always be subordinated to the goal of making music on your own terms rather than music designed to sell. Listener, meet Serge Blenner.

                                                                                                                                      Blenner was born in 1955 in Alsace, the easternmost region of France. He studied composition and harmony at the Conservatoire de Mulhouse. He loved listening to electronic music from the Berlin School: Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching, whom he got to know when they played in Alsatian churches and chapels. Such locations added a magical dimension to what was already extraordinary music. Blenner the proselyte had seen enough to realise: it was time to move to Germany, whence this music came.

                                                                                                                                      The year was 1975. He soon began experimenting with electronic music himself and graduated to live performances by 1978 and finally settled in Hamburg in 1979. One of the most important electronic music labels of the period, Sky Records, was based here, releasing music by such illustrious artists as Cluster, Michael Rother, Brian Eno and Conny Plank. Within the space of six months Blenner had recorded the tracks which would become La Vogue and sent them to Sky Records. A deal was done and La Vogue was officially released before the year ended.

                                                                                                                                      The record was a resounding success, some tracks even made it onto the radio - crucially, aired at hours of the day when significant numbers of listeners were tuning in, instead of being confined to the niche programmes or graveyard shifts more commonly associated with the genre. The longest track on La Vogue by far clocks up 8 minutes, 49 seconds, a rarity in Blenner's oeuvre, well outside his usual range of three to five minutes.

                                                                                                                                      La Vogue is an album of two halves. Through the first four tracks, Blenner still seems to be searching for his own style, beginning with the minimalistic, rather sombre fanfare of Phrase I built around a single melodic pattern. Next up is the almost poppy, harmonically rich Phrase II, followed by the spherical Phrase III and the crystalline, chiming Phrase IV. If the first four cuts are linked only by heterogeneity, tracks five to eight are very much of a piece. Together they represent a frosty, menacing soundtrack worthy of the apocalyptic mood which hung over the early 1980s, particularly in West Germany. With Cold War angst at its peak, many people feared a Soviet nuclear attack was imminent.

                                                                                                                                      Blenner doesn't really see the connection, "I wasn't thinking along those lines at all, I wouldn't say I have a depressive streak. Although one filmmaker did ask if he could use Phrase V on a soundtrack for a horror film. And someone has added Phrase V to a YouTube video of underground trains passing through East Berlin ghost stations in the early 1980s. I didn't consciously set out to evoke such a dark mood, but if that's what others hear - then who am I to argue?"

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Phrase I (6:43)
                                                                                                                                      2. Phrase II (4:34)
                                                                                                                                      3. Phrase III (6:05)
                                                                                                                                      4. Phrase IV (4:00)
                                                                                                                                      5. Phrase V (3:07)
                                                                                                                                      6. Phrase VI (3:53)
                                                                                                                                      7. Phrase VII (8:48)
                                                                                                                                      8. Phrase VIII (3:53)

                                                                                                                                      Serge Blenner

                                                                                                                                      Magazin Frivole

                                                                                                                                        Reissue (originally released 1981 on SKY records).
                                                                                                                                        Cold, concise analogue synthesizer instrumentals — on his second album Serge Blenner remained true to his style, albeit shifting course slightly towards pop territory. The juxtaposition of dark harmonies and pop structures is what makes this album so appealing. In places, it feels like a blueprint for early Depeche Mode.

                                                                                                                                        Having seen his first album La Vogue snapped up by the Sky label and fast tracked for release in 1980, Blenner delivered his second LP (Magazin Frivole) the following year. Mindful of the success of its predecessor, Blenner added the name of his debut in big letters to the front cover of the new sleeve. Better to be safe than sorry.

                                                                                                                                        Blenner remained faithful to his musical style, albeit adding more of a pop flavour. Magazin Frivole would not look out of place filed alongside Depeche Mode on the record shelf, as a certain resemblance is undeniable. Moreover, Blenner was one of the few proponents of electronic music who preferred to keep his songs concise, in contrast to the meandering odysseys of many of his electronic contemporaries. The far better known French artist Jean-Michel Jarre adhered to similar principles, yet although Blenner was often compared to his compatriot, he claims only to have heard his music long after La Vogue had appeared.

                                                                                                                                        Blenner’s creative approach is quite remarkable. He is at pains to point out that he is a composer, not a musician. Improvisation does not play a part in his music. Minor chords dominate his harmonies, the bass performs octave leaps which mirror the zeitgeist. Unexpected key changes abound, adding a restless, almost disquieting quality. Overall, Magazin Frivole is less dark than the preceding album, but a picture of cheerfulness it is not. Nevertheless, a poppy drum computer introduces a lighter note.

                                                                                                                                        From the very first track, chord changes pop up at unexpected junctures — they seem to come in prematurely, before harmonic sequences have run their course. Blenner doesn’t have any explanation for this curiosity, other than to note that “most of the music was played by hand, so of course it wasn’t all perfect.” Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be too catchy. “I did all I could to avoid being successful — on a subconscious level, at least. Unpredictable metrics and irregular beats were definitely part of the process” Blenner admits with an enigmatic smile.

                                                                                                                                        As a matter of fact, Blenner prefers not to listen to his older recordings, dismissive of their adolescent air. Juxtaposed with Blenner’s more recent works, one can see what he means. His latest album Musique de Chambre (2008) comprises modern classical chamber music, built on digitally sampled real instruments. Besides, Blenner points out, handling all of those analogue devices was a convoluted and complex undertaking. Help was at hand. With an impeccable sense of timing, his friend Wolfgang Palm launched the PPG Wave, the first commercially available digital synthesizer. Blenner sings the praises of the PPG (Palm Products GmbH) today as enthusiastically as when he first got his hands on one. “Suddenly I had all the equipment I needed in one box.” He never used analogue equipment again, leaving his first two albums as the only ones of their kind. Which is a real shame.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Magazin Frivole (6:46)
                                                                                                                                        2. Envoutement (4:11)
                                                                                                                                        3. Derivatif (3:57)
                                                                                                                                        4. A L’Ouest (3:45)
                                                                                                                                        5. Métropole Agile (4:50)
                                                                                                                                        6. Phonique (5:03)
                                                                                                                                        7. Frivolité (2:44)
                                                                                                                                        8. Polyphase (4:52)

                                                                                                                                        Stuart Bogie

                                                                                                                                        Morningside

                                                                                                                                          You’ve likely already listened to Stuart Bogie. He’s played on records by Taylor Swift, Run the Jewels, The Hold Steady, Beth Orton, Logic, Tomberlin, and Alanis Morrisette - and that’s just in the last three years.

                                                                                                                                          During COVID, Bogie was, like a lot of us, trapped inside his Brooklyn apartment, trying to not hear the constant sirens ricocheting down Atlantic Avenue. A few days into the ordeal, his partner Karyn suggested he start playing his clarinet for friends online, and so, with nothing else to do, he fired up Instagram Live.

                                                                                                                                          At first, he started playing over simple things he found on iPhone apps, but eventually friends started sending in other instrumental accompaniments. All in all, with the crucial support of Karyn, Bogie played and broadcast at least once a day for 150 days straight.

                                                                                                                                          Among the proffered backing tracks were two twenty-or-sominutes-long drones from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, who had connected with Bogie via DFA house engineer and LCD band member Korey Richey. The first was a recording of treated piano, with all of the attack removed, from the mid-2000s. The other was extended drone featuring multiple organs, recorded all the way back in the 90s. Low-quality recordings of Bogie’s Instagram sessions were great - simultaneously trancelike and pastoral - so why not make a proper go of it in the studio?

                                                                                                                                          Bogie eventually recorded new versions at DFA Studios in Brooklyn with Richey, who had an idea to route his clarinet through a stack of Korg delay units, creating a fluttering, glistening sound that effortlessly dances across each of Murphy’s drones. After a few takes, they had two perfect side-length pieces: “Morningside” and “Eveningside,” which you find here.

                                                                                                                                          “Morningside” was produced by Korey Richey and James Murphy for the DFA. Mixed by James Murphy. Mastered and cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Pressed at Citizen Vinyl in Asheville, NC.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Morningside
                                                                                                                                          2. Eveningside

                                                                                                                                          Simon Bonney

                                                                                                                                          Past, Present, Future

                                                                                                                                            ‘Past, Present, Future’ features songs from Simon Bonney’s last two albums, ‘Forever’ (1992) and ‘Everyman’ (1994), as well as six unreleased tracks, including his cover of Scott Walker’s ‘Duchess’.

                                                                                                                                            Speaking to Billboard, he explains “It’s a very dynamic period in the world; a lot of people are feeling that they’re struggling to see how the future will unfold for them and whether or not they’ll have a place in the future. And that’s what a lot of these songs are about.”

                                                                                                                                            At the age of 16, Simon Bonney formed Crime And The City Solution in an abandoned building in Sydney’s business district. The band embodied the post punk ethos of nihilism and alienation and Simon’s lyrics and music were informed in part by life as a 14-year-old runaway in 1970’s Kings Cross, Sydney’s red-light district. In 1984, after a move to London, Simon formed a new incarnation of the band with Bad Seed Mick Harvey, Rowland S Howard (The Birthday Party), Harry Howard (These Immortal Souls) and Epic Soundtracks (Swell Maps). After four beautifully chaotic records, a run of cacophonous live shows in Europe and the US and a standout performance in Wim Wenders’ 1980s masterpiece ‘Wings Of Desire’, the band broke up and Simon and Mick relocated to West Berlin. Here Simon would form the longest lasting line up, the Berlin Crime And The City Solution, which featured Simon, Mick, Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Bronwyn Adams, Thomas Stern and Chrislo Hass (DAF). From the band’s first offering, ‘Shine’, through their final album, ‘The Adversary Live’, the band was championed by influential journalists, with its albums regularly showing up in the Best Of lists.

                                                                                                                                            In 1992, with Crime And The City Solution on hiatus, Simon moved to the US on an impulse, stayed for a decade and released two records; the much loved and very personal ‘Forever’ and the socio-political ‘Everyman’, a record that has grown in relevance as rapid change and social dislocation has increased.

                                                                                                                                            In imagining the perfect soundtrack to these observations, he turned to the melancholy and plaintive sounds of dobro and lap steel of 1970s country music, the sound of longing for the familiar, for security and stability, songs about family and belonging, memories of a childhood farm in Tasmania. The result was two country tinged, compassionate and prescient portraits of life in late 20th Century America through Tasmanian eyes.

                                                                                                                                            His path led him into outback Australia, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh - a life rich in extremes of colour and conflict, of trauma, of humanity and inhumanity, of power and powerlessness. It was not always easy to witness and eventually, as happens with all that walk this road, he had seen too much and it was time to stop. It was time to re-embrace something simple, something personal - his music. He pulled tapes from shoeboxes and listened to the old albums as well as tracks recorded for an unreleased album, ‘Eyes Of Blue’, recorded in Detroit with a band featuring Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, the Volbeats), Troy Gregory (the Dirtbombs, Electric Six, Killing Joke) and a guest appearance by Chuck Prophet and found that, far from sounding nostalgic, they sounded fresh and every bit as relevant - if not more relevant - than when he had recorded them.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Ravenswood
                                                                                                                                            Don’t Walk Away From Love
                                                                                                                                            There Can Only Be One
                                                                                                                                            Where Trouble Is Easier To Find
                                                                                                                                            A Sweet Kind Of Pain
                                                                                                                                            Everyman
                                                                                                                                            Duchess
                                                                                                                                            The Great Survivor
                                                                                                                                            Forever
                                                                                                                                            Annabelle Lee
                                                                                                                                            Eyes Of Blue
                                                                                                                                            Can't Believe Anymore

                                                                                                                                            Berlin underground authority Stefan Braatz returns to Nu Groove with a four-track EP showcasing his timeless sound – Outlaw. An established club DJ and producer who has donned many hats in his 30-year career, Stefan Braatz is known for his expansive knowledge that defies genre convention, with his previous Nu Groove collaboration ‘Everyman Jack’ featuring Chicago legends Virgo Four combining his respect for the old school with new school techniques. Opening the EP is the eponymous track ‘Outlaw’, featuring vocals from Chicago house pioneer Harry Dennis – a contemporary of Ron Hardy, the late Frankie Knuckles and a member of Jungle Wonz alongside Marshall Jefferson. As Braatz’s relentless synth energy powers through, Dennis’s unmistakeable free flow guides the composition with ease. What follows are three solo tracks that summarise the Berlin expert’s opposition to the genre restraints; ‘Conversation’ opens a dialogue between synth strings and piano that loops in ecstasy, while ‘Dingy Thoughts’ and ‘One More Dream’ are darker club cuts that bubble with intensity in the lower registers.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. Stefan Braatz Featuring Harry Dennis - Outlaw
                                                                                                                                            A2. Conversation
                                                                                                                                            B1. Dingy Thoughts
                                                                                                                                            B2. One More Dream

                                                                                                                                            Si Brad Feat Azeem

                                                                                                                                            Avenue 6 (Is This The Real Life ?) - Inc. Crooked Man Remix

                                                                                                                                            The second selection from Toko's 2021 collection again sees label mainstay Si Brad man the controls on the sublime and soulful 'Avenue 6 (Is This Real Life?)'. Incorporating the crisp rhythms, heavyweight subs & swelling pads which are such a Toko trademark, Brad brings the bliss to this sensual house heater, enlisting Azeem's emotive vocal tones for an extra helping of soul.

                                                                                                                                            The label enlist hometown hero Crooked Man for the B side business here, and the techno hero obliges with a pair of ferocious speaker tweaking reshapes.

                                                                                                                                            Dark and cavernous, the 'Real Crooked' mix combines wall shaking bass, jacking drums and bloodless riffs into a smoke and strobe stomper, repurposing Azeem's vocal as a haunting refrain.
                                                                                                                                            The dance floor paranoia continues on the 'Crooked Girl, Crooked Boy' mix, a sparse and dissociative take on the original equipped with demented dub FX and some serious bass weight.

                                                                                                                                            An anthem in its original form, and a main room monster on the remix tip. Toko are back.

                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                            Matt says: Second Toko release of the year and I gotta say we're really enjoying the renaissance! With star signings Si Brad & Crooked Man we are in safe hands for anthemic, end-of-holiday bliss. Don't forget this was supposed to come out in summer when it would make a lot more sense! To any DJs playing the southern hemisphere at the moment - your time.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. Avenue 6 (Is This The Real Life ?)
                                                                                                                                            B1. Avenue 6 (Real Crooked Mix)
                                                                                                                                            B2. Avenue 6 (Crooked Girl, Crooked Boy Mix)

                                                                                                                                            Si Brad Feat Azeem

                                                                                                                                            Falling Down - Inc. Psychemagik Remix

                                                                                                                                            For their first new release in twenty years, Toko turn to the talents of their original 'in house' producer Si Brad, who calms and charms with the butter smooth Balearic soul of 'Falling Down'.

                                                                                                                                            Featuring the rich vocals of Azeem, this sublime sundowner takes Curtom horns on a Moon Safari, a nimble bassline chasing crunchy keys across the horizon before the sublime vocoder soul of the final third transports us from Sheffield to Shibuya. Slow burning, deep and meaningful, 'Falling Down' is your new summer soundtrack.

                                                                                                                                            Balearic trailblazers Psychemagik take the controls for the B side, creating an atmospheric extension which is low slung and laid back but still dressed for dancing. Building a haunting riff into the main refrain, they lead us through nearly 12 minutes of floatation tank funk awash with heart-swelling strings and cascading keys. As the breaks and bass intensify, the track swells into a true end of night anthem for the horizontal dancers.

                                                                                                                                            Welcome home.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A. Falling Down (Brass Apes Mix)
                                                                                                                                            B. Falling Down (Psychemagik Remix)

                                                                                                                                            Stuart Braithwaite

                                                                                                                                            Spaceships Over Glasgow - Indie Record Store Edition

                                                                                                                                              Signed & slipcase with exclusive colourway. Plus, bonus hardback folio ‘Photographic Evidence’, featuring previously unseen photographs from throughout the band’s career.

                                                                                                                                              Born the son of Scotland’s last telescope-maker, Stuart Braithwaite was perhaps always destined for a life of psychedelic adventuring on the furthest frontiers of noise in MOGWAI, one of the best loved and most groundbreaking post-rock bands of the past three decades.

                                                                                                                                              Modestly delinquent at school, Stuart developed an early appetite for ‘alternative’ music in what might arguably be described as its halcyon days, the late 80s. Discovering bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Jesus and Mary Chain, and attending seminal gigs (often incongruously incognito as a young girl with long hair to compensate for his babyface features) by The Cure and Nirvana, Stuart compensated for his indifference to school work with a dedication to rock and roll … and of course the fledgling hedonism that comes with it.

                                                                                                                                              After an initial outing in the unfortunately (and provocatively named), Pregnant Nun, Stuart – alongside teenage friends Dominic Aitchison and Martin Bulloch - upgrades the band name to MOGWAI. They release their first single ‘Tuner/Lower’ in 1996. Championed by the legendary John Peel, and making a name for themselves for tinnitus-inducing live shows, MOGWAI’S subsequent single ‘Summer’ is named Single of the Week in NME. Their first album, Mogwai Young Team, follows to significant critical acclaim.

                                                                                                                                              Spaceships Over Glasgow is a lovesong to live rock and roll; to the passionate abandon we’ve all felt in the crowd (and some of us, if lucky enough, from the stage) at a truly incendiary rock and roll show. It is also the story of a life lived on the edge; of the high-times and hazardous pit-stops of international touring with a band of misfits and miscreants.

                                                                                                                                              Lee Brackstone, Publisher at White Rabbit said: ‘MOGWAI have blown my head apart live on many occasions; Stuart’s book has the equivalent impact on the page. A chronicle of a life lived on the stage making truly contemporary psychedelic music, Spaceships Over Glasgow is the first book told from the source about a band who have truly lived the rock n roll lifestyle, survived, and thrived, to create some of the most powerful post-rock music of the past two decades plus.’

                                                                                                                                              Stanley Brinks And Freschard

                                                                                                                                              Lion Heart

                                                                                                                                                Following on from the two sold out records together, Freschard and Stanley Brinks come together for 12 brand new tracks. Lion Heart is an irresistibly charming collection of late night tales, woozy ballads and uptempo sing-alongs. Clemence Freschard’s beautiful vocal tones lend this a rich, French indiepop/chanteuse vibe, complemented by Stan’s wistful timbre and characteristic warm instrumentation. Stanley Brinks is renowned for his unique anti-folk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973.

                                                                                                                                                He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks.

                                                                                                                                                Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures. Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. Aged 18 she moved to Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe.

                                                                                                                                                There, a local musician and regular customer called Stanley Brinks wrote a few songs for her to sing. Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album, "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, she plays the drums herself. On her fourth “Shh...” she also plays the flute, and she breaks out the washboard on her fifth “Boom Biddy Boom”. On Midnight Tequila, Freschard brings it back to just drums and vocals

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                A1) Lion Heart
                                                                                                                                                A2) Grapes
                                                                                                                                                A3) Drink With Me
                                                                                                                                                A4) One Smile
                                                                                                                                                A5) Home
                                                                                                                                                A6) Me One Alone

                                                                                                                                                B1) Time To Think
                                                                                                                                                B2) Lazy Way
                                                                                                                                                B3) Night
                                                                                                                                                B4) Find It
                                                                                                                                                B5) Stay Where You Are
                                                                                                                                                B6) I’m Out

                                                                                                                                                Stanley Brinks And The Wave Pictures

                                                                                                                                                Tequila Island

                                                                                                                                                  Stanley Brinks is joined by The Wave Pictures for their fifth album together; and their first since 2015’s “My Ass”. That’s not to say either have been slacking in that time, both are notoriously prolific: The Wave Pictures have turned out 5 albums and Brinks 7 since they last came together in the studio. Stan arrived at the studio with several CDs worth of unrecorded songs on a balmy North London night and instructed The Wave Pictures to pick out some favourites to jam during the following three nights of recording sessions.

                                                                                                                                                  To anyone familiar with Stanley Brinks' huge discography - more than 100 albums - it might sound more raw in a way, less sophisticated than some of his other recordings. It's still rich in jazzy sounds and original structures however, the songs looser and full of playfulness, with the lyrics carrying the essence of the songs. Tequila - the drink - was obviously the inspiration for the album. While writing, and while recording. Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne.

                                                                                                                                                  Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

                                                                                                                                                  The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material. They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Interest generated from these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Düne. 

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  A1) Song Of Siggi
                                                                                                                                                  A2) Living Without You
                                                                                                                                                  A3) Like A Fool
                                                                                                                                                  A4) Underwater
                                                                                                                                                  A5) Like A Song
                                                                                                                                                  A6) Tequila Island
                                                                                                                                                  B1) Sober In Barcelona
                                                                                                                                                  B2) Vermut
                                                                                                                                                  B3) Gin In Me
                                                                                                                                                  B4) Four Times We Kissed
                                                                                                                                                  B5) Little Irene

                                                                                                                                                  Stanley Brinks

                                                                                                                                                  Good Moon

                                                                                                                                                    The good moon comes after the full moon, when everything comes down and you can finally get some work done - be it building a house, or a boat, or recording an album). It's the most achieved album Stanley Brinks ever made. Stanley Brinks is renowned for his unique anti-folk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne alongside his brother, David-Ivar. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded well in excess of 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on numerous occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    If I Can Bring It To My Lips
                                                                                                                                                    This Is The Day
                                                                                                                                                    Always The Same
                                                                                                                                                    Take It To The Street
                                                                                                                                                    Last Bar
                                                                                                                                                    Good Moon
                                                                                                                                                    I Didn’t Come Here To Love You
                                                                                                                                                    Dead Bug
                                                                                                                                                    Cold Noise
                                                                                                                                                    No Trouble
                                                                                                                                                    Don’t Go
                                                                                                                                                    So Easy
                                                                                                                                                    Out Of Nowhere

                                                                                                                                                    Selah Broderick

                                                                                                                                                    Anam

                                                                                                                                                      Anam is the first collection of recordings by Selah Broderick (b. 1959, Washington, D.C.). Having grown up in a strict Catholic setting, the alternative movements of the late 60's and 70's could not come soon enough for Selah, who's love for art and music eventually sent her traveling around the country, running from a rather chaotic upbringing, in search of quieter ground. She eventually wound up in the Pacific Northwest, where she picked up a gig playing her guitar and singing at a local bar a few nights a week, and it was there in the audience that she met the man who would soon become the father of her children. First pregnant at the tender age of 19, Selah would have to put her musical dreams on hold while she attended to the demands of motherhood. It's no wonder she was so supportive when her three kids all gravitated towards music. While her devoted husband supported the family as a woodworker, Selah carved out her own path as a yoga instructor, in a time when non-western spiritual practices were not so welcomed in the western world. Her devotion to spiritual development would be the guiding force in her life, leading to a formative trip to Tibet alongside Roshi Joan Halifax in the early 2000's.

                                                                                                                                                      Her passion for music entwined itself with her work when she created the soundtrack to her own instructional yoga CD, featuring synthesizers, gentle field recordings, wind chimes, and most notably, her enchanted flute playing. Her interest in more meditative sounds infused itself with her background in folk music, and it is somewhere between these two worlds that Anam exists. Consisting of recordings as old as 1979 and as new as 2018, the wide range in fidelity has been embraced for this collection. The recordings were collected by her son Peter Broderick, who carefully wove them together over the years with occasional contributions from himself and sister Heather Woods Broderick. When asked about a potential title for her first album, Selah referenced the book Anam Cara by John O'Donohue, the modern-day Celtic mystic whose work helped her to reconcile her Catholic upbringing with her love for Eastern spiritual disciplines. The title "Anam Cara", meaning "Soul Friend" in Irish Gaelic, was given to a track originally created for meditation, while the album is simply called Anam, or "Soul." You are invited to explore the soul of this beautiful woman.

                                                                                                                                                      Simon Bromide

                                                                                                                                                      Following The Moon

                                                                                                                                                        Perhaps best known as the frontman of South London indie pop / power pop outfit Bromide or being the worst salesman in Cargo Records…, Simon Bromide (aka Simon Berridge) releases his solo album 'Following The Moon' via Scratchy.

                                                                                                                                                        ‘Following The Moon’ is essentially a solo album - with a lot of help. It was recorded at Bark Studios in Walthamstow by Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Beth Orton), who had worked with Berridge on the last two Bromide albums. The album features drummer Fells Guilherme (Children of The Pope), bassist Ed ‘Cosmo’ Wright, multi-instrumentalists Dave Hale, Dimitri Ntontis and Stephen Elwell as well as folk-pop chanteuse Katy Carr on piano and Terry Edwards (Nick Cave, Tom Waits, P.J.Harvey) on trumpet.

                                                                                                                                                        Scottish singer Julie Anne McCambridge joins Simon on the closing track, the William Blake penned ‘Earth’s Answer’. This is Berridge's first output since Bromide's 'Ancient Rome' and 'I'll Never Learn' singles, both released in 2020. Their most recent album 'I Woke Up', with singles 'Magic Coins' and 'Two Song Slot', was met with popular acclaim, receiving positive reviews and airplay in dozens of countries. Influenced equally by The Beatles, Neil Young, Mark Eitzel and Bob Mould, Simon Berridge creates ultra-catchy, jangly acoustic pop / electric rock. Album track ‘The Skehans Song’ pays homage to the club and features the ‘Easycome choir’ with Andy Hankdog, Scarlett Woolfe and Vincent Davies. “A febrile soul who can do pop in many voices” ~ Melody Maker "Simon Berridge's voice is as strong as ever, with the songwriter only gaining in sound and fury” ~ Clash Magazine “Romping, indie-pop blast“ ~ The Times "This is catchy, upbeat, well-structured and impeccably delivered – with a winner of a debut release, Simon Bromide has our attention" ~ The Spill Magazine “Memorable slices of acoustic whimsy” ~ Q magazine “Berridge has an ear for a canny tune and a keen lyrical eye for detail... Ray-Davies-meets-Lloyd-Cole crooning”

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Side A

                                                                                                                                                        1. The Waiting Room
                                                                                                                                                        2. Chinua Achebe
                                                                                                                                                        3. The Skehans Song
                                                                                                                                                        4. Not That Type Side

                                                                                                                                                        Side B

                                                                                                                                                        1. The Argument
                                                                                                                                                        2. Slow Release Love
                                                                                                                                                        3. Following The Moon
                                                                                                                                                        4. Reflections Of Seating
                                                                                                                                                        5. Earth’s Answer 

                                                                                                                                                        Sarah Brown

                                                                                                                                                        Sings Mahalia Jackson

                                                                                                                                                          Sarah Brown releases her debut album ‘Sarah Brown Sings Mahalia Jackson’, the record sees Sarah offer her interpretations of some of the classic tracks of arguably the most famous gospel singer of the last century who gave Brown hope and sanctuary through hard times faced over the years. Having recently appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour performing her debut single ‘I’m On My Way’, she is currently on tour with Simple Minds with whom she has been playing with for the last 15 years.

                                                                                                                                                          Sarah explains: “For as long as I can remember, Mahalia Jackson with her fever pitched performances have been a soothing note to my tapestry. At 10 years old, I remember hopelessly trying to sing along to her bellowing thunder of a voice. In my bedroom I would become her. I chose these songs because they tell of my story. Growing up in a Caribbean home to parents who were a long way from their home. Anger and fear were the two prominent emotions that I lived with.

                                                                                                                                                          The style I was trying to achieve was influenced by early jazz, blues and the spirituals. I am happy with the sound/style of the album. It was always going to be an experiment but I had no idea that it was going to sound as good and as authentic as it does. ‘Didn’t It Rain’ as a jazz feel. ‘Nobody Knows’ as a spiritual feel then it goes into swing jazz. ‘Walk over God’s Heaven’ as a hint of rock & roll with a bit of early swing.”

                                                                                                                                                          You may not know Sarah Brown’s name but you’ll definitely have heard her voice. From her collaborations with the likes of George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, Simply Red, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Simple Minds … Sarah Brown is one of the most prolific and in-demand vocalists in the world. Jim Kerr from Simple Minds comments: “In a sane world Sarah’s colossal talent would ensure that she would be front of stage every night, so I would be in the front row. Every night. I am her biggest fan after all”

                                                                                                                                                          Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) is widely considered as a major influence on Mavis Staple, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Donna Summer, Ray Charles, and a civil rights icon (Malcolm X noted that Jackson was "the first Negro that Negroes made famous”, Harry Belafonte stated "there’s not a single field hand, a single black worker, a single black intellectual who did not respond to her”, and it was Mahalia who prompted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to improvise the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Nobody Knows
                                                                                                                                                          2. I’m On My Way
                                                                                                                                                          3 Didn’t It Rain
                                                                                                                                                          4. Summertime
                                                                                                                                                          5. Walk Over God’s Heaven
                                                                                                                                                          6. Just A Closer Walk
                                                                                                                                                          7. Trouble Of The World
                                                                                                                                                          8. Joshua Fought The Battle
                                                                                                                                                          9. Amazing Grace

                                                                                                                                                          Sidiku Buari

                                                                                                                                                          Feelings / Sidiku Buari And His Jam Busters

                                                                                                                                                          BBE Music presents two back-to-back, impossibly scarce and NYC Afrodisco by Sidiku Buari & His Jambusters, originally released on short-lived and highly collectible imprint ‘Precious Records’. Accra funk, village-party, anthem-packed LPs from the prolific output of Alaji Sidiku Buari, gold-winning sprint athlete, dancer, singer, arranger, composer, cinema and club founder, award-winning music video producer – and, latterly, president of Ghana’s Musicians’ Union as well as recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Pan- African Society. Sharp Club 54 production values "Music", "Feelings", "Karambani" - combine with Accra village-style party vibes "Yayo Papa", "Minsumobo" and Buari’s socially conscious lyrics "Anokwar", "Power To My People" to produce more than two hours’ worth of music that will have you stuttering for superlatives.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Yayo Papa (Good Friend)
                                                                                                                                                          2. Music
                                                                                                                                                          3. Feelings
                                                                                                                                                          4. Anokwar (Truth)
                                                                                                                                                          5. Let's Go Funky Town
                                                                                                                                                          6. Karambani
                                                                                                                                                          7. Power To My People
                                                                                                                                                          8. Minsumobo
                                                                                                                                                          9. Sophisticated Jammer
                                                                                                                                                          10. Rhythm Of Africa
                                                                                                                                                          11. Let's Go Funky Town
                                                                                                                                                          12. Karambani
                                                                                                                                                          13. Power To My People
                                                                                                                                                          14. Minsumobo
                                                                                                                                                          15. Sophisticated Jammer
                                                                                                                                                          16. Rhythm Of Africa

                                                                                                                                                          Sidiku Buari

                                                                                                                                                          Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City)

                                                                                                                                                            Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City) is the fourth and final BBE reissue of Sidiku Buari’s unique and sought-after body of African Disco albums. Side 1 is (possibly!) ‘live’ throughout, from a 1979 show at the (possibly mythical!) La Cheer Nightclub, NYC, but very well recorded for a ‘live’ album with clean, bright top notes, sharp percussion and heavy bass-lines. Keep The Rhythm Going segues into Ofey Karambani reminiscent of the Kongos’ massive Loft Club floorfiller Anikana-O, whilst This Is Music and Disco Soccer keep up the 120-140bpm pace to complete a side that rocks enough for the lazier DJ to play from start to finish without lifting the needle! Side 2 consists of four very varied tracks all recorded at Aire L.A.Studios, the two openers Revolution and Together We Can Rebuild It (Ghana Motherland) being polemics against government and army corruption, and a battle-cry for Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings, who ruled the country for a brief period in 1979 when this recording was made, later serving as Ghana’s President from 1981 to 2001. Then there’s a perennial crowd-pleaser Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Side 2 rounding off with the super-heavy Afrobeat-Disco groover, Happy Birthday. Originally a national athlete, winning silver and gold medals in the Senegal All Africa Games and West African Games in 1963 and a bronze in the All African in Congo Brazzaville in 1965, Sidiku Buari then moved to America on a music scholarship at The York Institute, obtained as a result of his athletic achievements. When one of York’s music teachers, Irvin Mechanic, heard him singing in the Ga language- he suggested putting a rhythm section behind the songs, recording them, and seeing what the American record buying public thought of them. Four classic albums followed in quick succession, after which Buari’s solo output abruptly ceased. But it was an ending that held within it the seeds of greater musical achievements to come. In 1990 he was appointed to the board of the Musicians’ Union of Ghana, later becoming its President from 1999 until 2007. In 2019, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pan-African Republic Honorary Award Society for ‘meritorious contribution to the development of music and movie industries in Ghana’.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Keep The Rhythm Going
                                                                                                                                                            2. Ofey Karambani
                                                                                                                                                            3. This Is Music
                                                                                                                                                            4. Disco Soccer
                                                                                                                                                            5. Revolution
                                                                                                                                                            6. Together We Can Rebuild It (Ghana Motherland)
                                                                                                                                                            7. Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
                                                                                                                                                            8. Happy Birthday

                                                                                                                                                            Two longstanding electronic legends, Steve Bug reunites with frequent collaborator Cle for the three-track ‘It Just Happened EP’ on Nu Groove. The German tastemaker and Poker Flat label boss has helped define a plethora of electronic sub genres through his modern releases and expansive DJ sets. From early LPs ‘Volksworld’ and ‘Da Minimal Funk’, to later works ‘Traffic Signs’ and ‘Never Ending Winding Roads’, Bug’s futuristic vision is apparent throughout his experimental releases. Joined once again by Cle, a fellow veteran of the German rave scene, the pair return to the cult NYC label with three striking originals following previous release ‘Let It Go / Suitcase In A Box’. The EP’s lead, ‘It Just Happened’ features breathy synths and acidic loops that harken back to an era of underground house, immediately nostalgic yet forward thinking in its technique. ‘Crew Thing’ and ‘House Music Transcends’ follow suit, both teeming with energy as the two producers show off their unique creative process through sound.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            A1. It Just Happened
                                                                                                                                                            A2. Crew Thing
                                                                                                                                                            B1. House Music Transcends

                                                                                                                                                            Sandy Bull

                                                                                                                                                            Still Valentine's Day 1969

                                                                                                                                                              "[Sandy Bull] was no minor player. He influenced, however subtly, an entire generation. His reinvention of classic pieces paved the way for my own experiments.” - Patti Smith // Sandy Bull was an American folk musician who rose to prominence with a series of albums on the Vanguard label in the 1960's and 70's. Still Valentine's Day 1969 is pulled from two live shows recorded at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969 with Bull playing shimmering electric guitar and oud, accompanied by tape loops. Previously available on CD, but now out of print in all formats, this is the first ever vinyl pressing and includes the original liner notes from Byron Coley. 

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Introduction
                                                                                                                                                              2. Bouree
                                                                                                                                                              3. No Deposit, No Return Blues
                                                                                                                                                              4. Manha De Carnival
                                                                                                                                                              5. Improvisation For Oud 1
                                                                                                                                                              6. Electric Blend 1
                                                                                                                                                              7. Improvisation For Oud 2
                                                                                                                                                              8. Memphis, TN
                                                                                                                                                              9. Electric Blend 2 

                                                                                                                                                              Sam Burton

                                                                                                                                                              Dear Departed

                                                                                                                                                                Sam Burton’s upcoming second album, Dear Departed, was produced by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty, Margo Price) at his Topanga Canyon studio with some of the best studio players in LA. Together, Wilson and Burton achieved a sound that doesn’t descend into retro pastiche, but rather becomes an evocative echo, a dream of the past. In scope, it finds Burton using a far bigger canvas than on his acclaimed 2020 debut I Can Go With You, giving the emotions therein a new sense of urgency and intensity. Burton has a knack for mining pure Laurel Canyon AM gold. Pastoral string arrangements bloom in the background of Sam’s striking honeyed vocals - like a modern-day Campbell, Orbison, or Nilsson.

                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: Brittle acoustic guitar and swooning strings, hearty slo-mo country anthems and staggered lounge groove, all brought together with Burton's syrupy smooth vocals. A hugely evocative, expansive work that expands on his debut with aplomb. Lovely stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. Pale Blue Night
                                                                                                                                                                2. I Don't Blame You
                                                                                                                                                                3. Long Way Around
                                                                                                                                                                4. Coming Down On Me
                                                                                                                                                                5. Empty Handed
                                                                                                                                                                6. Maria
                                                                                                                                                                7. I Go To Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                8. Looking Back Again
                                                                                                                                                                9. My Love
                                                                                                                                                                10. A Place To Stay

                                                                                                                                                                S. Carey

                                                                                                                                                                Hoyas

                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Hoyas’ by S. Carey is a hospitable statement about love, longing and the celebration of knowing it well.

                                                                                                                                                                  You will find the familiar S. Carey modern classical repetition pushed into the vernacular of electronic music and beat making. This is the warmest electronic music you'll ever know. The beats swing, stutter and pulse while each instrument retains a heightened awareness of its form and function within the larger family of voices.

                                                                                                                                                                  Each of Hoyas’ songs has its own personality, each part inseparable from the body, and while the results might be surprising to some, they shouldn't be.

                                                                                                                                                                  S. Carey has historically illustrated a very rare breadth as an artist, not only as a member of Bon Iver, but on recordings of his own, whether from his debut full-length, ‘All We Grow’, performing cover songs, or in remix work.

                                                                                                                                                                  With Hoyas, Carey's uncontainable talent is hard at work exhibiting some of the deeper colour palettes that music can offer. But most impressively, Carey's talent can now be seen to be growing by leaps and bounds. His range as a singer is progressing into much bolder territories, as evidenced not only on Hoyas’ albums but on the Bon Iver at AIR Studios recordings, where just his voice, Justin Vernon's voice and two pianos mesh perfectly to create an unforgettable performance for the ages.

                                                                                                                                                                  At its heart, Hundred Acres -- the third full-length album from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey -- finds him grounded comfortably in his skin, but still with one foot in the stream. More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this new batch of songs that lays bare the intricacies of life while keeping its ideas uncomplicated.

                                                                                                                                                                  Trained in jazz, Carey’s astute musicianship has never been in question nor taken for granted, and the execution of Hundred Acres’ new ideas is seamless. He intentionally unburdened himself from a more complicated instrumentation palate for these ten songs, and, in effect, this modification to his approach brings the content of the work much closer to a living reality. By giving equal status to the indifference of nature and the concerns of a material world -- while employing more pop-oriented structures instead of the Steve Reich- or Talk Talk-ian repetitions of his past work -- a new balance is struck that creates something unique. This in turn provides equal status for the feeling that created each song, and the feeling each song creates. Almost impossibly, there is more air between the bars; Carey and his contributors sway like treetops in the wind, remaining flexible enough that they never threaten to break.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Rose Petals
                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hideout
                                                                                                                                                                  3. Yellowstone
                                                                                                                                                                  4. True North
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Emery
                                                                                                                                                                  6. Hundred Acres
                                                                                                                                                                  7. More I See
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Fool’s Gold
                                                                                                                                                                  9. Have You Stopped To Notice
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Meadow Song

                                                                                                                                                                  S. Carey

                                                                                                                                                                  Supermoon

                                                                                                                                                                    Recorded primarily during the perigee-syzygy (also known as the super moon) of August 2014, the ‘Supermoon’ EP from S. Carey is a study in scale, space, and proximity. These songs are a new and closer look into existing works from both S. Carey’s renowned fulllengths - 2010’s ‘All We Grow’ and 2014’s ‘Range Of Light’.

                                                                                                                                                                    With ‘Supermoon’, Carey has broken these songs down to their essential, acoustic parts with his forever humming vocals laid over top, lilting yet percussive piano and a subtle swath of harmonic strings. You can hear Carey's breath between words and the pat of his fingers on the keys; you can hear the living room in which his family’s baby grand piano sits. These songs are beautiful, intimate and so potently personal. This collection is a stark presentation of S. Carey laid bare, an open invitation for the listener to climb into his world.

                                                                                                                                                                    One particularly poignant piece is the re-imagined ‘Range Of Light’ closer, ‘Neverending Fountain’, perhaps an apt metaphor for the life of the songs themselves. Says Carey, “The longer you spend with a song, the more you can see it in its pure form.”

                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Supermoon’ also features a heartrending cover of ‘Bullet Proof.. I Wish I Was’ from Radiohead’s classic album ‘The Bends’ and a new song, the EP’s namesake, ‘Supermoon’, which takes its inspiration, like much of Carey’s work, from the natural world around him.

                                                                                                                                                                    Another source of inspiration quoted by Carey is the excitement of working out arrangements for pre-existing songs on the spot, for various sessions on tour. He brought that spirit to the recording of ‘Supermoon’, which took place over the course of a single weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                    Already known as an artist of impeccable craft, S. Carey worked with longtime friends and collaborators (Mike Noyce played viola, Zach Hanson engineered, mixed and mastered) to add a chapter to the still unfolding story of Sean Carey as an artist. We can hear the songwriting, singing and performance for what it truly is; understated, true and pure beauty.

                                                                                                                                                                    S. Carey is the project of Sean Carey of Bon Iver.

                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Supermoon’ is available exclusively to independent retailers and is limited to 200 copies for the UK and Eire.

                                                                                                                                                                    S. Carey

                                                                                                                                                                    Break Me Open

                                                                                                                                                                      S. Carey is the moniker of Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based multiinstrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Sean Carey. Over the past decade, Carey has fostered his flourishing solo career via themes of nature and sustainability, songwriting built from jazz beginnings, and heartfelt, emotive lyricism. His latest and fourth album, Break Me Open, is best described in his own words:

                                                                                                                                                                      In Break Me Open, I confronted darkness, I wrote about fear, I looked at love from different angles, I left it all out on the field. These past couple years have been the hardest of my life: full of grief, loss, and change. I feel like I had two choices. I could run from life, turn away, grow cold, resort to drugs, run and keep running. Or, I could give myself a deep look within. I could dig deep where the pain lives, where fear is festering, to try shed a new skin and come back a better person.Everyone is so far from perfect.This is not a “divorce” album. And while going through that has shook me to my core, leaving me at times, wondering who I am, and where to go, this record is bigger. It’s about love - past, present, and future. It’s about fatherhood - the overwhelming feeling of deep love for my kids and the melancholy of watching them grow up right before my eyes. It’s about accepting my faults and wrongdoings, exposing myself, and trying to know myself better than I did the day before. But above the darkness, it’s a message of hope, honesty, and growth. It’s a call to be vulnerable: Break Me Open.

                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: 'Break Me Open' is rich with Carey's faultless mastery of melody and tender instrumentation, it is both melancholic and hopeful in equal measure. With perfectly pitched vocals reminiscent of Bon Iver and grand instrumentation that wouldn't sound out of place on Sigur Ros' Takk, What's not to love?

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                                                      1. Dark
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Starless
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Sunshower
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Island
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Waking Up

                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Desolate
                                                                                                                                                                      7. Paralyzed
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Where I Was
                                                                                                                                                                      9. Break Me Open
                                                                                                                                                                      10. Crestfallen

                                                                                                                                                                      S. Carey

                                                                                                                                                                      All We Grow

                                                                                                                                                                        The debut album from S. Carey, "All We Grow", is the result of a young lifetime spent immersed in music. As a band member of Bon Iver from the very beginning, Sean Carey witnessed a flip of his formal training to step firmly into a worldwide-touring rock band. His performance degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his love for jazz drumming prepared him for a central role in the inspiring force of the Bon Iver live show.

                                                                                                                                                                        "All We Grow" is a convergence of Carey's Waltz For Debby-era Bill Evans inflected jazz tendencies, and traditional rock band experience, taking leads from Mark Hollis' Talk Talk. It also retests the waters of modern classical composition, investigating the moodiness generated by percussive repetition in a manner familiar to fans of Steve Reich. In his downtime on tour with Bon Iver, Sean would spend time pining for his soul-mate's arms, and in that context, dreaming and composing. During infrequent tour breaks at home he would patiently record these pieces, adding layers each time. Two years later, the parts converged to make an album.

                                                                                                                                                                        For as much room to breathe as Carey allows his compositions, there are incredibly dynamic moments of bombast held right next to moments of subtle depth and texture. Engineered by Jaime Hansen and Brian Joseph, intermittently at home and at April Base (Justin Vernon's studio outside Eau Claire), "All We Grow" is an all-encompassing headphone experience as intimate as chamber music and as ambitious as a symphony. A classic album born without expectation and met with adoration - a cathartic result of Carey's extraordinary and vibrant life experiences that resonates loss, dreams and heart in a manner so instantly relatable, you feel as though you can touch it.

                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                        Darryl says: Being a band member of Bon Iver has clearly rubbed off on S. Carey. A subtly stunning and beautifully lush debut album, total ear candy for the headphone listener.

                                                                                                                                                                        Sean Carey is the drummer of Bon Iver and an acclaimed solo musician in his own right. ‘Range Of Light’ is the follow up to his well received ‘All We Grow’. Like its predecessor, ‘Range Of Light’ deals in hugely beatific, restorative panoramas of beauty. An array of musical light and shade, drawn from Carey’s love of jazz, modern classical and Americana.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        Glass/Film
                                                                                                                                                                        Creaking
                                                                                                                                                                        Crown The Pines
                                                                                                                                                                        Fire-Scene
                                                                                                                                                                        Radiant
                                                                                                                                                                        Alpenglow
                                                                                                                                                                        Fleeting Light
                                                                                                                                                                        The Dome
                                                                                                                                                                        Neverending Fountain

                                                                                                                                                                        Sean Carey is the drummer of Bon Iver and an acclaimed solo musician in his own right. ‘Range Of Light’ is the follow up to his well received ‘All We Grow’. Like its predecessor, ‘Range Of Light’ deals in hugely beatific, restorative panoramas of beauty. An array of musical light and shade, drawn from Carey’s love of jazz, modern classical and Americana.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        Glass/Film
                                                                                                                                                                        Creaking
                                                                                                                                                                        Crown The Pines
                                                                                                                                                                        Fire-Scene
                                                                                                                                                                        Radiant
                                                                                                                                                                        Alpenglow
                                                                                                                                                                        Fleeting Light
                                                                                                                                                                        The Dome
                                                                                                                                                                        Neverending Fountain


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