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Viv Albertine

The Vermillion Border

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    After a twenty five year hiatus from music, Viv Albertine, lead guitarist and songwriter of the hugely-influential ‘punk’ band ‘The Slits’, released her first full-length album. ‘The Vermilion Border’ includes a prestigious guest line-up of guest bassists and even reunites her with Dennis Bovell - producer of The Slits seminal 1979 album ‘The Cut’. Featured bassists: Jack Bruce, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Tina Weymouth, Wayne Nunes, Glen Matlock, Richard Pike, Dennis Bovell, Norman Watt Roy, Danny Thompson. Plus guest guitar from Mick Jones! Now for RSD 2019 it will be available as a gatefold sleeved, 2LP 180g red & orange vinyl.

    Various Artists

    AA Sessions Volume 1

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      AA Sessions is a collaboration project helmed by producer Ben Hampson at his “Agricultural Audio” studio in the countryside of Lewes, Sussex. A revolving door policy of different artists coming and going led to these 6 songs, each with a different line up, with members of AKDK, Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Projector, Nancy, Sweet Williams, Charlottefield, Sick Joy and more featuring in different ways on different songs. The LP comes on pillar box red vinyl and is strictly limited to 500 copies. Release is via Jazz Life which is the label set up in 2014 by Blood Red Shoes.

      Various Artists

      Brazil Classics

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        30 year anniversary box seT of David byrne’s legendary brazil Classics series. This is one of the first compilations of pop music from Brazil, and one of the most important compilations of music from anywhere. It became the beginning of a shift to music in other languages and from places other than where you are now. And, it was the beginning of Luaka Bop, which we are pretty happy about. New sleeve notes from David Byrne!

        Various Artists

        Breaking Bad OST

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          180 gram audiophile vinyl PVC protective sleeve Gatefold sleeve with UV-spot Varnish (TBC) A selection of defining songs, featured in the five seasons of Breaking Bad Exclusive Breaking Bad postcard (TBC) Exclusive Breaking Bad sticker-sheet with logo’s (TBC) 4-page booklet with exclusive pictures and credits (TBC) 2 printed innersleeves with pictures (TBC) Secret inscriptions in run-out groove Essential Breaking Bad songs by Gnarls Barkley, Bob James, J.J. Cale, The Monkees, Beastie Boys, Badfinger, Fever Ray, Whitey, The Bambi Molesters and others Limited edition of 3000 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl. 600 in UK Breaking Bad is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time. Following its premiere in 2008, the show's five-season run won 16 Emmy Awards and earned 58 nominations and continues to appeal to new fans every day in over 170 territories worldwide. The series follows the story of Walter White, a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family's financial future, and is supported by an impressive soundtrack. Music from a variety of styles and decades can be heard throughout the 5 seasons of the series. Music On Vinyl releases a special Record Store Day 2LP soundtrack, containing a selection of defining songs from the series. The soundtrack includes tracks by Dave Porter, Gnarls Barkley, J.J. Cale, Los Cuates de Sinaloa, The Beastie Boys, Badfinger, Nat King Cole and The Monkees. The Breaking Bad release is housed in a gatefold sleeve with UV-spot varnish. The package includes an Breaking Bad postcard and sticker-sheet with logo’s. To understand the story behind the songs we including a 4-page booklet with exclusive pictures and extensive liner notes by Thomas Golubic, Breaking Bad's music supervisor

          Various Artists

          Disco Not Disco

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            “Strut Records were there first, well before DFA recorded The Rapture’s Sub Pop debut. ‘Disco Not Disco’ preceded the punk funk revolution by two years.” - Resident Advisor For Record Store Day 2019, Strut present the first ever repress since 2000 of the influential first volume of ‘Disco Not Disco’ compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary. ‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook. Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. The album features full original artwork and Kris Needs’ sleeve notes and is remastered and cut by The Carvery. • First volume of the seminal compilation series repressed for the first time since 2000 for Record Store Day • Album title became known as a style of music in its own right, when rock bands and experimental NY artists aimed at the dancefloor • Major influence on the punk funk bands and labels of early 2000s including DFA • Album remastered by The Carvery and featuring full original artwork and sleeve notes by Kris Needs

            Various Artists

            Max's SKAnsas City

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              Recently unearthed ‘lost recordings’ from the early New York ska scene in 1980, in limited edition milky clear vinyl LP. When the NYC ska scene germinated in parallel to the UK Two-Tone movement, the Max’s Kansas City club was at the heart of it. The clubs pioneering record label, run by Max’s booker Peter Crowley, recorded a number of sessions in 1980, including with legendary Skatalites founder Roland Alfonso. But only two 7” singles, by San Francisco’s The Offs and NYC’s The Terrorists, ever got issued. Subsequently the NY ska scene exploded, with many bands achieving great success. Only now can these previously unreleased studio tracks by Roland Alphonso, The Terrorists and The Offs be heard. The album has 15 tracks, eleven of which are issued for the first time, and it comes with authoritative sleeve notes by ska writer and player ‘Marco On The Bass’. Tracklist: - Roland Alphonso – Tear Up; The Terrorists – Pressure and Slide; Riis Park; Roland Alphonso – Musical Resurrection; The Terrorists – Justice; The Offs – You Fascinate Me; Roland Alphonso – Four Corners; The Terrorists – Working in a Coalmine; Treat Her Right; Roland Alphonso – Sax Skandal; The Offs – My World; The Terrorists – Fade Away; Roland Alphonso – Bridge View; The Terrorists – Take It Easy; The Offs – Easier Said Than Done.

              Various Artists

              Music For Dreams: Summer Sessions For Record Store Day 2019

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                A special limited edition sample, comprising of 6 tracks by different artists. All tracks have never been released on vinyl, and 3 of the tracks are unreleased exclusive tracks. It will be a double vinyl LP on heavyweight 180g black vinyl. A collector's edition for the Balearic/Downtempo/Sunset DJ's & Collectors. Tracklist (**unreleased exclusive tracks) A1. The Swan & The Lake - Plastic Pacific Ocean ** A2. Troels Hammer - Infinita A3. Nordsø & Theill - Castanos Azules - 06:17 ** B1. Mike Salta - Hey Moloko - 08:13 B2. Ambala - Morning Lights - 05:20 B3. Dj Pippi - Hierba Buena - 05:51 **

                Various Artists

                The Freakbeat Scene

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                  The Freakbeat Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. The Freakbeat sound, was mainly a sub-genre of late 1960s UK rock and roll, which many of the artists, and their styles, went on to become a larger part of British music history. Includes early recordings from the Attack, the Birds, Marc Bolan and the Small Faces.

                  Various Artists

                  The Mod Scene

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                    The Mod Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. This compilation features 25 rare and influential that helped shape the Mod scene. Mixing rock, blues and soul with electrifying energy, the ‘mods’ were sharply dressed and ready to take their sounds to the streets and were warmly embraced by the music-obsessed ‘mod’ fans. Includes tracks from Tom Jones, Paul & Barry Ryan, the Poets, Amen Corner, Small Faces, Chris Farlow, Graham “10cc” Gouldman, Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, Graham Bond Orchestra and many others.

                    Various Artists

                    The R&B Scene

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                      The R&B Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. The British 1960s Rhythm & Blues music scene, was like no other, it borrowed the blues and rock & roll, and produced a sound that became a global success. Includes early recordings featuring David Bowie, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

                      Various Artists

                      The Vinyl Revival: The Album

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                        This is a gatefold compliation album that will contain the DVD of the The Vinyl Revival, based on Graham Jones' book of the same title, within as a unique product for RSD19. They are a combined product and will only be sold this way for RSD so will form a unique collectors item at only 1000.

                        Another classic remastered Italo Disco / Cosmic Classic from Best Record Italy, originally released on Musix Records in 1982, produced by legendary Italian producer Maurizio 'Sangy' Sangineto. (Change, Armed Gang, Firefly).
                        If you've never heard this mirrorball missile, imagine dropping the tempo on Debbie Jacobs' "High On Your Love", sticking a super smooth chorus in the middle and replacing the Hi-NRG elements with the smoothest, smooching groove possible and a super low slung bassline. Here we get the original mix and instrumental on the B-side, while the A-side boasts the special electronic cosmic version with totally tough snares, bubbling bassline and outrageous space synths...in other words..utter Italo joy! 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        David says: Oooft. Italo disco records don't come any better than this absolute BANGER. 6 minutes of ecstacy that probably had a young Silvio Berlusconi sleazing his way to success across any dance floor that came to hand.

                        Victor Bockris & Gerard Malanga

                        Uptight: The Story Of The Velvet Underground

                          The Velvet Underground is arguably one of the most influential American rock bands ever. Based on interviews with former members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison, as well as others from Andy Warhol's circle of artistic collaborators, Up-Tight is the definitive oral and visual history of the band and its revolutionary, often avant-garde music. Bockris and Malanga's intelligent and entertaining approach-which does not shy away from the drugs, sleaze, and controversy that enveloped the band seemingly from its inception-provides compulsive reading.

                          Various Artists

                          Brutal Music Tape Transmission Volume One - Mixed By Dom Thomas

                            60 minutes of Brutal Music morphed, mixed and layered by Dom Thomas.
                            Covering the usual Brutal palette, merging proto-house, cosmic rock and denizen funk. The mix includes previews of forthcoming tracks, reconstituted back catalogue and previously unreleased demos. Includes music comes from Justin Velor, Cherrystones, Cyclops Sister, Amaziac, Donald Knaack, EP-4 and Rain Society.



                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Philippa says: Dom Thomas brings us a 23 track mixtape of exotic cosmic, psych, disco, funk etc.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Cassette Info: Limited to 100 cassetes in hand stamped card slip cases.

                            Vashti Bunyan

                            Just Another Diamond Day

                              Vashti Bunyan’s legendary debut album from 1970 finally gets a UK vinyl repressing. Produced by Joe Boyd for Witchseason Productions and originally released on Philips in 1970, the album features contributions from Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick and The Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson.

                              The songs mostly concern the events that took place when Vashti and her lover travelled to the Hebrides in a horse and cart to join up with Donovan’s artistic community but by the time they got there that community had all left. 


                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: Repress of 1000 copies on clear vinyl.

                              Ltd LP Info: First UK vinyl pressing since 2000.
                              Limited edition of 1000 180g black vinyl.
                              Deluxe replica gatefold sleeve with lyric inner sleeve and restored artwork.

                              The broad cast of players - all seven members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, along with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) plus members of Hanged Up and Frankie Sparo amongst others - offered influences and approaches to Vic's music that yielded a record unlike any other in his substantial discography. Recorded over the winter of 2006-2007, at one of the last sessions to take place at the original Hotel2Tango location in Montreal (the studio moved in spring 2007), "North Star Deserter" is maybe, the very best album Vic Chesnutt has yet made. The songs on "North Star Deserter" are some of the most bracing and intense we've ever heard from him: macabre and fearless, playful and funny, at times deeply personal and at others, incongruously hopeful. Stripped-down songs like "Warm", "Rustic City Fathers", "Over" and "Marathon" are juxtaposed with explosive rockers like "Everything I Say" and "Debriefing", while "Glossolalia" and "You Are Never Alone" feature wonderful arrangements and group singing.

                              Vernon Elliot

                              Clangers - Original TV Music

                                Out of print since 2001, a classic trunk records release gets a rare repress. Naïve and pastoral space music at its very best!

                                As a TV obsessed child, the Clangers was my favourite programme on the box, so you can imagine how excited I was when this came in!

                                What an unbelievable recording. The entire unreleased score for the entire Clangers TV series - that's music for all 26 episodes. It grows organically (as does the series) from small and simple phrases to complex passages of pure pastoral space music. It all climaxes with the awesome "Harmony Of The Spheres". The running order is exactly as it ran with all 26 episodes and includes some SFX, Tiny Clanger and Oliver Postgate's timeless introduction. This CD also comes with the unique and sweet "Clangers Opera" compiled by Oliver Postgate, an adventure on the Clangers planet starring the Iron Chicken. The CD booklet includes rare photos, early Clangers Sketches and a Libretto for the Clangers Opera written by Oliver Postgate. 

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Ltd LP Info: Vinyl repress!!!!

                                Vic Godard

                                Mum's Revenge

                                  I started recording mums' revenge in summer 2016. Dave Morgan (The Rockingbirds, ATV, The Weather Prophets) had just joined the Subway Sect as our latest drummer and had a studio in his front room in St Albans. Over the next two and a half years we gradually did more and more tracks until we had more than enough for a record. I played all the instruments while Dave did the drums, percussion and recording. I was happy with my bass lines but not my bass playing which was all attack and no finesse. Luckily Ruth Tidmarsh was on hand and is a superb bassist and fine singer. Dave had already alerted me to her skills as a photographer but as a three piece Sect we were all in the same zone musically, which is a must when you have a tight budget. So Ruth played my bass lines but in a more musicianly way (ie. no horrid buzzy noises). It was an altogether happier experience than most recording set-ups. No outside interference meant we could do just as we wished and we had lots of voices other than mine in the final mix - which we had hoped for from the outset. We were helped out by Helen McCookerybook, Simon Rivers and Neil Palmer from the Bitter Springs/Oldfield Youth Club, Davy Henderson, Jock Scot and Gareth Sager, and Subo from Asbo Derek. The intro is spoken by a friend of mine called Neil Palmer - he's a drummer who writes a bit of poetry as a result of doing a gig in Manchester with me, The Bitter Springs and Jock Scot about 15 years ago. Jock inspired him to get a slim volume of his own poetry printed up. We did a live reading/music session for Resonance - Johny Brown's Bad Punk show. Neil recited the words over my single, Can’t take the sunshine away and I asked if he could repeat the trick for my LP. 

                                  Ever since she migrated from pitching editors on the little-known music of Robert Nesta Marley to becoming one of the foremost chroniclers of the perfect storm of reggae, punk, hip hop and afro-beat, the London-born, New York-based Goldman has made documenting music her primary life work. But between 1979-82, Goldman was also a working musician, creating songs that, years later, would be sampled by The Roots and Madlib. These rare grooves are now collected for the first time on 'Resolutionary', courtesy of Staubgold Records.

                                  'Resolutionary' takes us through Vivien's first three musical formations: first as a member of experimental new wavers The Flying Lizards; next as a solo artist, with her single "Launderette," featuring post-punk luminaries; and then as half of the Parisian duo Chantage, with Afro-Parisian chanteuse Eve Blouin. Goldman's synthesis of post-colonial rhythms and experimental sounds are threaded together by her canary vocal tones and female-centred themes. Her eclectic musical crew included PiL's John Lydon, Keith Levene and Bruce Smith; avantgardists Steve Beresford and David Toop; Aswad's George Oban: The Raincoats' Vicky Aspinall; the mighty Robert Wyatt; Zaire's Jerry Malekani; Manu Dibango's guitarist; and Viv Albertine, then of her good friends, the Slits. The majority of the tracks were produced by dubmaster Adrian Sherwood, and 'Resolutionary' channels the history of a time when the bon-vivant voice of music was in the air, and Vivien Goldman was its eyes, ears, and mouth. When she wasn't writing, broadcasting or filming - or even when she was - Vivien always sang. She sang in a lilting, clear-toned soprano honed during childhood, when she and her two sisters would harmonize with their violinist father. Spend even a little time with Vivien, and she is likely to burst into song.

                                  "The Punk Professor" began her singing career in the late '70s, doing backup with Neneh Cherry and Ari-Up (the Slits) on Sherwood records by reggae artists, including Prince Far I. It was a time of musical fermentation, collaboration, and experimentation - and of post-punk boundary breaking.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: Like a cooler, more musical Forest Gump, Vivien Goldman has spent a lifetime at the frontline of forward thinking music. As a fearless musicologist, respected journalist and revered industry guru she’s stayed with Fela Kuti, lived with Chrissie Hynde, smoked with both Bob Marley and Flava Flav, and had a front-row seat for the cultural explosion of reggae, punk, hip hop and Afrobeat. As a musician she fused these incendiary styles with an outsider’s view on the modern world, creating her own dub heavy strain of avant garde pop. Wildly creative and improbably catchy this is music from the cutting edge.

                                  Vince Guaraldi Trio

                                  Peanuts Greatest Hits

                                  To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts cartoon strip, 'Peanuts Greatest Hits' is an all-new compilation featuring 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts TV specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

                                  The album includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable "Linus and Lucy", the "Charlie Brown Theme" and the humorous "Little Birdie," and includes all new liner notes by Peanuts historian Derrick Bang.

                                  Vince Guaraldi Trio

                                  A Charlie Brown Christmas - Green Vinyl Edition

                                    Originally broadcast in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is hands down one of the most beloved specials in TV history. Commissioned by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Vince Guaraldi and his trio rounded out by Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums), composed and performed the timeless contemporary jazz score which wonderfully reflects both the spirit of the legendary Peanuts characters and the Christmas season.

                                    A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee in 2007, A Charlie Brown Christmas was inducted into the Library of Congress in May of 2012 with the accompanying statement, “A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners,” and 45 plus years on it's still doing just that. Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang even goes so far as to say, "Back people into a corner and limit them to just one holiday album for the rest of their lives, and I suspect that an impressive number of folks, jazz fans or not, would select this one!" Reissued here on green colored vinyl by Fantasy Records.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Green vinyl edition.

                                    Vince Guaraldi

                                    It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown OST

                                    The Peanuts comic strip gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. The soundtrack to this 1966 American prime time animated television special once again features jazz stylings by the matchless Vince Guaraldi.

                                    While Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi's music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy television and film soundtrack recordings. In the 1966 animated special It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. As usual Guaraldi's integral score drives the proceedings and steals the show!

                                    Taken from his self titled 2004 debut (CD only) album, "Down Here In Hell (With You)" is a superb retro-sounding neo soul cut that comes here in vocal and instrumental versions. On the flip Mac & Toolz give the track a real mid 80s flavour and more of a dancefloor rub.

                                    After receiving renewed attention with the reissue of a selection of his early works on Amsterdam's Redlight Records affiliated label "Into The Light", Vangelis Katsoulis offers an 8 track LP and 12 track CD album aptly entitled "If Not Now When", for Alex Bradley's new Utopia Records concept. The Avant Garde movement largely influenced Katsoulis' early compositions. After which, he turned to minimalism, applying elements of jazz and rock into that genre. Since the 80's, the use of technology became gradually apparent in his compositions, whist not diminishing the importance of the human factor and the creative involvement of the performer. Today, he is striving for simplicity, trying to express the most, using the least, providing the context for this release. From the subtle ambience of title track, to the intense and confronting sound on "All The Blue Skies", Katsoulis and his accompanying musicians deliver a diverse and contemporary work with a level of sophistication that will challenge the current electronic musical landscape. The purity of sound in stand out track "Tore" is juxtaposed by the dark and gritty "Grand Delusions", a remarkably modern composition which sounds like it has been composed for a Berlin Techno club, from a man we suspect has never been to one. "Slipping Beauties", the most revered of Katsoulis' back catalogue (recently remixed by Young Marco) is given an organic and intelligent reinterpretation for 2016. The haunting and provocative vocal performance by Anna Linardou on "Zarrin" leads the record down an even more emotive and provocative path. In conjunction with Vinyl Factory with artwork direction by esteemed young designer Lee Roach who worked under Peter Savile of Factory Records, the piece is a limited collectors edition to stand alongside the already high level content on Utopia Records.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Patrick says: Utopia reach out to Greek ambient hero Vangelis Katsoulis for a gorgeous LP of brand new music. Embracing minimalism, sonic purity and meditative philosophies, the composer’s return to our shelves is a triumph.

                                    Inner Roads and Outer Paths is Herefordshire born Vic Mars’ third release on Clay Pipe Music. It follows last years ‘The Soundtrack To The Hospice’ commissioned by Gideon Coe for BBC 6 Music, and 2015's critically acclaimed ‘The Land and the Garden’.

                                    The album was recorded with 1980s style ‘tracker’ software, and a collection of instruments that includes alto recorders, school glockenspiels, a Roland Juno 60 and a Korg Monopoly. He manages to merge the wow and flutter of orchestral sounds from vintage British cinema documentaries, with Freddie Phillips style acoustic guitars and sequenced analogue synths. ‘Inner Roads and Outer Paths’ is a lush beautiful record that magically captures the Hereford landscape of Vic’s youth.


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: Another pastoral, soft-focus beauty from Vic Mars here on the ever-reliable Clay Pipe. Hazy plucked guitar, slowly evolving synth washes and airy meandering walks through rural Herefordshire. Gorgous, plaintive bliss.

                                    Vaughan Mason / Bad Bascomb

                                    Bounce Rock Skate Roll / Black Grass

                                    Good news for giddy kippers all over, the Breaks & Beats 7" series returns this week with another two Bboy classics, given the slight adjustment for extended ecstacy. Volume 10 sees Vaughan Mason's roller-disco classic "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" looped up and suped up, backed with a cheeky extension of break-heavy country funker "Black Grass" by Bad Bascomb. Get yer lino!

                                    If ever an album could transport you to the hazy sunshine and imagined halcyon paradise of Southern California in the mid-1980s, could capture the early evening warmth of hanging at an inclusive boogie jam as it approaches “magic hour” in Santa Ana or Anaheim, then it’s Vaughan Mason and Butch Dayo’s Feel My Love. A brilliantly produced deep slung, low rider funk classic originally released on Salsoul in 1983. It’s a masterpiece of “funk love music”.

                                    Yes, this is indeed a perfectly formed five track “mini LP” of unparalleled heat, but there’s one song here that, above the rest, represents Orange County boogie-funk. A straight killer beloved by all that have had the pleasure of moving to it. A track that can fill up a dance floor within seconds of its starting. That song is the eternal title track, “Feel My Love”.

                                    This is a work of art that made people fall in love with the funk. It transcends the limitations of genre. “Feel My Love”’s deceptive simplicity makes it perfect to drop during a house set, a classic funk party or at a west coast rap jam. It’s sexy, deeply emotional, melancholic, hopeful, passionate and just radiates so, so much raw energy. This is music.

                                    The rest of the record is hardly filler though. Opener “Oh, Love” is a dizzying, emotional slow jam. With heaven-sent vocals riding gorgeous, sweeping keys that alternate between sweet twinkling lines and funk-fuelled stabbing. It’s sensational. A rollerskating jam named “Rollalong Songs” is an ultra-swish piece of dance floor dynamite. Its slick drums, staccato piano and neck snapping claps underscore Dayo’s buoyant vocals. It’s essentially “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll Part II”.

                                    The flip begins with “Party On The Corner”. Smoother than silk vocals, day-glo synths, a bubbling bassline and guitar licks that surely received the Prince seal of approval. It’s another example of how Vaughan Mason and Butch Dayo flirt with perfection so routinely. The most majestic closer, the kaleidoscopic, cow-bell-assisted synth-funk heater “You Can Do It” is a proto-rap groover that truly smokes.

                                    This prized LP is a stone cold jam and finding original copies on vinyl at affordable prices has been tough for years. Mastered brilliantly by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and with lovingly reproduced artwork, this fresh Be With reissue ensures this legendary LP now sounds, looks and feels as sensational as it should.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    David says: Yet more heat from Be With, the reissue label de jour. They're so hot at the moment they have their own fire department just in case things get out of hand.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                    Club Soul deliver the first ever reissue of this cult album, now complete with the previously unreleased instrumental. If that wasn't enough, this fresh pressing comes on 180gm heavyweight audiophile vinyl in a single sleeve featuring a Club Soul insert with new sleeve notes.

                                    To the pop buying public Van McCoy is known for his 1975 Grammy Award chart-topper “The Hustle”, after which he sadly died of a heart attack in 1979 at the age of only 39. To rare soul fans Van McCoy is a hero: THE most prolific writer and producer of Northern Soul of all time, working with a host of legendary artists including Kendra Spotswood (aka Sandi Sheldon) with whom he had a five-year relationship.

                                    ‘Dancin’ ‘ was originally released by Shelby Singleton in 1976 on his SSS International label, although all the ten original songs were recorded much earlier, circa 1968-69. With its kitsch cover and out-of-kilter track list, copies soon filtered through to the UK and into the hands of club DJ’s at Wigan Casino with perhaps “Help Is On The Way” becoming the stand-out track. Richard Searling played the mid-tempo “Just Another Dress Rehearsal” in the latter days of the club while an unreleased instrumental version of “Ain’t Got No Love” was played post-Wigan from a studio acetate.

                                    Vince Mole And His Calcium Orchestra

                                    Nothing

                                    Vince Mole is one of the original members of The Apples In Stereo and he played on their debut single "Tidal Wave". This single was penned to be the last single to come out on Elephant 6 but the label folded. It's been in limbo until now. Three poptastic tracks, handmade sleeves, limited to 500 copies.

                                    Van Morrison

                                    Moondance

                                      Van Morrison and the Summer of ’69 campaign are proud to release Van Morrison’s universally critically acclaimed third album ‘Moondance’ on a orange vinyl disc. The album spans Blues, rock, jazz and folk and has gone on to be a quintessential album in redefining and adding to these genres.

                                      Receiving rave 5 star reviews from Rolling Stone and the Independent, the album has come to be regarded as a culturally significant release, also helping Morrison establish himself as a major artist in popular music, while several of its songs became staples on FM radio in the early 1970s. The title includes classic tracks such title ‘Moondance’, ‘Into the Mystic’, and ‘Crazy Love’.


                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Coloured LP Info: 140 gram Orange Vinyl.

                                      Much been said about Vincent Oliver in the past eighteen months; his unique approach to songwriting that fuses the quirky lyrical elements of DIY pioneer R. Stevie Moore and Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat while musically leaning on the thin line between the shoegazing electronica of "Pygmalion" era Slowdive and the utter popness of New Order's "Power, Corruption & Lies". His first two EPs on Loaf have been a starting point for a young songwriter with infinite pop potential. "EP3" concludes the series of EPs of Vincent Oliver's bedroom recordings with reinterpretation and remixes from some of his most notable fans. Border community's young star and tour mate, Nathan Fake, lends a hand to re-arrange the blissfully confusing "Cluods In The Haed"; into a psychedelic techno affair that has been getting dancefloor support from James Holden. There's also remixes from Hrdvsion, Andrea's Kit, Isan, Rothko and an extended live version.

                                      Manchester song-writing maverick, performance poet and Smiths associate Vinny Peculiar has cultivated an alternative music career spanning the past 10 years collaborating with a diverse range of artists from Bill Drummond to Bonehead. "Goodbye My Angry Friend", his 7th studio album, is an ambitious, vengeful, tuneful and intriguing collection of songs. Produced by sonic magpie Tim Browne it fuses influences that are, to many a pop music connoisseur, poles apart.. from Nick Cave to The Darkness.. from Johnny Cash to Queen. Here is a record that, for better or worse, plays by its own rules.

                                      Vinny Peculiar

                                      Whatever Happened To Vinny Peculiar? - Selected Out Takes And Inserts 1989-2003

                                      Subtitled "selected out-takes and inserts 1989 - 2003", "Whatever Happened to Vinny Peculiar?" is a superb collection of obscurities, alternate takes and lost gems which both hangs together brilliantly as an album in its' own right and - once again - begs the question: why is this guy not revered as one of England's finest singer / songwriters? Most of the cuts actually date from around the turn of the 21st Century and as usual Vinny's vivid, acerbic observations on life, love and failure are presented with rich, colourful and persuasive musical backdrops which usually suit the unlikely subject matters to perfection.

                                      Vinny Peculiar

                                      Suicide Dad

                                      Fantastic acoustic and lyrical single on Manchester's very own Uglyman records, think of I Am Kloot as possible reference point.

                                      Vito Ricci

                                      I Was Crossing A Bridge

                                        For their fifth excursion into the lesser thumbed pages of the great musical story, Music From Memory present a collection of works from a man close to the label's heart. Operating at the leading edge of NYC's underground music scene, Vito Ricci produced only a handful of self-released cassettes and one LP (titled "Music From Memory", wouldn't you know) between 1983 and 1985, with most of his work being recorded for experimental theatre and performance art pieces. Starting out as a percussionist, Ricci’s early musical journey led him to improvised and experimental jazz; working alongside such luminary musicians as Rashied Ali, Byard Lancaster, Peter Zummo and Yousef Yancey. Quickly becoming involved in the avant-­garde scene with spoken word performances, film scores for independent movies and even playing in punk bands with performances at venues such as CBGB’s and Mudd Club, Vito’s own compositions drew on all of these influences whilst channeling them through his experiments with synthesizers and drum computers. Drawing comparisons with New York’s downtown no-wave scene Vito’s compositions blend his unique use of intricate percussion with a wide sphere of musical influences to create a world of hypnotising ambient, meditative and minimal synthwave through to dubbed out electronic funk and even leftfield boogie. "I Was Crossing A Bridge" unveils Vito Ricci's unique and visionary take on electronic music, most of which was previously unreleased.

                                        Vito Ricci

                                        Symphony For Amiga

                                          Last year's stunning Music From Memory retrospective introduced a fresh generation of listeners to Vito Ricci's obscure downtown magic, leaving young and old anaesthetized and invigorated in equal measure. But with no new material hitting the shelves since 1985, further digging proved a fruitless and disappointing endeavor. Good news then that Vito's been back in the studio to put together another total masterpiece then! Working exclusively on the Commodore Amiga (with its infamous soundchip), Vito composed all the pieces found on this LP in 'Music Mouse', Laurie Spiegel's pioneering software from the mid-80s. Traversing warbling ambient, warming drone, hypnotic minimalism and elements of aleatoric music, 'Symphony' sounds a million miles away from the Team17, Bullfrog and Gremlin games of my youth. Adding his own delicate guitar parts and Laurie Anderson styled vocals from Lise Vachon, Ricci successfully fuses the digital and the organic to create and intricate and expansive listening experience completely in tune with his earlier works. It's time to drift into Vito's unique sonic world once again.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Patrick says: That killer Music From Memory retrospective more than piqued my interest in Vito Ricci so this new set of records is a welcome treat. The NY musician takes to the Amiga's 'Music Mouse' program to compose and arrange an expansive set of experimental ambience. Deep listening!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP Info: One copy found

                                          Virgil Shaw

                                          Quad Cities

                                          Virgil Shaw from San Francisco band Dieselhed with his Americana inspired new release on Munich Records. His compositions are striking and enigmatic, sometimes little more than sketches, and often difficult to decipher, but usually anchored with a telling chorus that manages to convey a fresh, novel observation with simplicity and immediacy.

                                          Post-minimalist, post-ambient, post-something else.

                                          History freely dilates and collapses on Valgeir Sigurðsson’s ‘Dissonance’, his first solo release since 2012. Its three largescale works are haunted by the old Western tradition, infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation.

                                          Recorded and produced between September 2015 and November 2016 at Greenhouse Studios, ‘Dissonance’ is disarmingly human, reflecting the most extreme four years of Sigurðsson’s life full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow.

                                          ‘Dissonance’ is a personal and collective musical treatise to explore and question a world that is collapsing under its internal dissonances.

                                          Valerie Smith And Liberty Pike

                                          No Summer Storm

                                          Valerie Smith is a top bluegrass vocalist and her band provides perfect instrumentation for her considerable talents. She is at the cutting edge of today's acoustic music scene and "No Summer Storm" is probably her best work to date. A natural performer, with a passion for country music "No Summer Storm" offers a fine introduction to Smith's music and will please anyone into good contemporary bluegrass.

                                          Val Stephen

                                          Abstractum: The Electrogenic Music Of Val Stephen

                                            A lost collection of home studio tape manipulations and VCS3 synthesizer experiments from the unsung Australian composer Val Stephen. A practising medical anaesthetist turned electronic music innovator, Stephen's study of tape music originates back as early as the 1950s.

                                            Throughout the following decades he created a remarkable personal archive of uncharted electronic compositions and experimental music sketches using a range of resourceful tools and pioneering techniques.

                                            With only two of his compositions ever published (Folkways - Electronic Music. 1967) ABSTRACTUM is an amazing look into the previously undocumented world of this silent innovator. A hallucinogenic hybrid of sedated synthesis & primordial Musique Concrete that will appeal to those interested in experimental music such as Basil Kirchin's Worlds Within Worlds and Pierre Henry's Le Voyage.


                                            Vince Tempera

                                            Paganini Horror OST

                                              Paganini Horror is the second release on SUB OST, the soundtrack focused sub label of Subsound Records. For the first time ever on vinyl, this is the original soundtrack of Dario Argento protégé Luigi Cozzi's movie, composed and arranged by electronic composer and wizard Vince Tempera in 1989. Sinister like the sounds of a violin, this is a classic Italian horror score finally available on 2LP in a limited edition colored vinyl or black wax. Includes original artwork by E. Sciotti. 

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited edition blue vinyl.

                                              V.A.G. (Various Artists Geneva)

                                              DIY Compilation

                                              VAG (Various Artists Geneva) is a DIY compilation of dance and experimental music, consisting of 22 tracks produced by various musicians from Geneva. This limited double-LP is filled with analog-synths, modded'sequencers, drum-machines and amplified instruments, resulting in a surprising collaboration which reflects the bubbling underground scene of the city. The record sleeves have been individually customised, with each one being different from the other, and come enclosed with postcards from Geneva.

                                              "In May last year, I sent an email to a large circle of friends, dj’s and musicians, who gravitate around Bongo Joe Records, our local record store in Geneva. I wrote to them about the idea of sharing their B-sides on a various artists compilation, by delving deep into their personal home-studio produced music library. What followed was a flow of amazing tracks, raw and spontaneous. Subsequently, we all met to listen to eachothers recordings; it was a very powerful moment.

                                              The process quickly became an 'anonymous' project, with the idea that both established and non-established musicians should all be equal, without their personal egos getting in the way. Some of the artists had never released any tracks before. The final set of tracks, which eventually made it onto the LP, were selected by three members of the group with the intention being to draw a musical landscape across all 4 sides. The mastering was done by Lad Agabekov in Gimel, Switzerland. The 500 double LPs arrived with a generic white sleeve to be designed by our friends and the general public: all the covers are unique in this sense.

                                              One year on from the inital idea, we now have this beautiful and unpredictable compilation of various artists. It brings together a group of highly talented individuals, to enable us to discover the hidden underground scene of Geneva, with all its grit and soul. "

                                              The Vacant Lots

                                              Exit EP

                                                Recorded in Berlin in between tours with The Dandy Warhols and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the record was laid down when the band had 3 days off in Berlin in 2017, with Anton Newcombe playing Bass, Synths, Guitars and backing vocals on previous single 'Bells' as well as operating the desk. Jared Artaud of the band goes into the recording process . “About a week or so before we left for tour I just invited Anton & his wife out to dinner, since we were gonna have a few days off in Berlin. He said "f*ck that… let's make a record… come ready with your ideas.” And that was how we made Berlin EP. “ “I like working with Anton in the studio because through this collaboration we're able to distill ideas on the spot and turn fragments into songs. Anton pushes you further to get the best results and that really drives the process of making records. With Anton you don't get more than one or two takes to record something. You're executing your ideas with speed and intensity then moving on to the next idea. There is no time to overthink when you’re constantly creating.” The Vacant Lots are an American psych-electronic duo comprised of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen. The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock and roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psych template with a genuine punk spirit. The notion of duality is also a recurring theme in the band’s minimal means maximum effect aesthetic, whether in their lyrics or fiercely monochromatic artwork. The group has collaborated with underground music legends including; Sonic Boom (who mixed their debut album Departure), Alan Vega of Suicide (who’s vocals are featured on the band’s second album Endless Night & who they’ve done a split 10’ with) and Anton Newcombe who has recorded and produced 2 EPs at his Cobra Studio in Berlin with the band. 

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Ltd 12" Info: Limited white vinyl 12"

                                                The Vaccines

                                                Live From London (RSD 2011 Edition)

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

                                                  "Live From London" official bootleg.

                                                  The Vaccines

                                                  Combat Sports

                                                    Columbia Records present the much anticipated new album from The Vaccines! An 11 track record featuring the hit single "I Cant Quit", plus instant grats "Nightclub" & "Put a T-Shirt On It".

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Indies Exclusive CD Info: Indie exclusive signed CD of just 300 copies.

                                                    The Vaccines 'Come Of Age' follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' which was released in March 2011.

                                                    The album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Ryan says: They're back and coming in strong, 'Come Of Age' is just a bit crisper than their debut, the guys seem to have perfected their sound this time round. All in all they still has the same magic that was always there.

                                                    The Vaccines

                                                    Come Of Age - Deluxe Edition

                                                    The Vaccines 'Come Of Age' follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' which was released in March 2011.

                                                    The album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.


                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    2xLtd CD Info: Deluxe 2CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks and the entire 17 track 'Live In Brighton' gig.

                                                    Vagabundo Club Social

                                                    Pambele

                                                    Amigos Vagabundo Club Social have truly found their voice with "Pambele" – three songs that marry their work over the last few years and their and the musical heritage of their upbringing on the north coast of Colombia in Barranquilla. "Pambele" is a lilting, bouncy percussion workout that is a perfect homage to Colombian boxing legend. Flip for the heads-down shuffle of "Esclavo 29", sultry beats undulates up and down the groove. "Angayusa" closes the EP out with pure day party vibes: light and easy Rhodes, live bass, trumpet and slightly off-kilter arp.

                                                    Mika Vainio

                                                    Lydspor One & Two (Blue TB7 Series)

                                                    Moog Recordings Library is the record arm of Moog Sound Lab which was created and loaned by Moog Music Inc as a celebration of the life and work of Dr Robert Moog. Across 2015 and 2016 the project invited a who's who of contempory electronic artists for a 'conference' around the celebrated synthesizer. This week we see the fruits of these sessions via releases by Mika Vainio, Hieroglyphic Being and The Grid.

                                                    Mika visited the Moog Sound-Lab in April 2015. He made one his last known solo studio recordings in the form of two vinyl sized side long pieces. Entitled "Lydspor" - Danish for ‘Soundtrack’. Mika worked almost exclusively with the lab’s Moog Modular System 55. This UK sound-lab instrument is the sole protoype model (containing several golden filters) of Moog’s recent sold out reverse-engineered edition (55 units only) recreating the 1970’s classic. On completion of his sessions Mika announced ‘I could work with this machine for the rest of my life….I would need nothing else”. A second Moog session was planned but tragically Mika died in an accident in April 2017, shortly after he had approved the vinyl mastering. 


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: The late, great electronic genius Mika Vainio brings his imitable ambient electronics to Moog Recordings Library for his superb suite of simmering industrial electronics and crushing, static drone.

                                                    Valentina

                                                    Weights

                                                      Valentina’s Debut EP 'Weights' is a vivid and painfully honest account of her journey from youth into young adulthood. From the torment of first love lost and infidelity, to frustrated commentaries on the lives and choices of close family members & friends. In this collection of songs Valentina has managed to find form for her most heartfelt anxieties.


                                                      Influenced by listening to classic songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Valentina was inspired to pick up the Guitar and later on the Dulcimer and gradually begin to teach herself both, encouraging a simpler and more direct approach to her songwriting. In telling such personal stories, Valentina's music leaves you with the feeling that you have entered into someone else's deepest secrets and fears, and yet they are also your own.

                                                      'Weights' was recorded during the break-up with her, then, boyfriend and Co-Producer of 'Weights' - Blue May. Creating an intense and often uncomfortable atmosphere, which most likely contributed to Valentina giving her most honest and at times vehement performances. Also taking production duties is Kwes (TheXX, Micachu, Dels) bringing his ever-present alternative take on production and weaving in threads of textures and sparkles.

                                                      Matt Valentine

                                                      Before It’s Gone

                                                        Next up on The Great Pop Supplement is the ace new 45 from Matt Valentine- temporarily dropping the MV+EE tag for a solo 45 where he’s joined by the likes of J Mascis, Woods’ Jeremy Earl, Magik Markers’ Pete Nolan and the always great Mick Flower.

                                                        “Before It’s Gone” began in earnest back when the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud of 2010 prevented Mick returning to the UK after a stint as part of Matt’s THE GOLDEN ROAD backing band. An intense period of jamming produced the embryo to the track here from which MV then recruited first Pete Nolan (featuring his previously unheralded backing vox savvy) then on visits to Vermont, Jeremy and J to fill it out and slow cook those edges. (The full story is expertly told by MV on the record’s insert…)

                                                        Beautiful, killer, stoned out soft psych released in perfect time for tail end of summer as a ltd one time pressing of 500 only. Cool sleeve as ever from the GPS and on tasty white wax….

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Ltd 7" Info: White vinyl pressing of 500 copies only.

                                                        The Valkarys

                                                        Since I Was Fifteen

                                                          Limited Edition 10" Desert Orange Vinyl EP from Edinburgh's finest psychedelic band, The Valkarys.

                                                          Includes Download Code.



                                                          New reissue of Brazilian maestro Marcos Valle’s celebrated LP "Garra", which features an outstanding mix of bossa nova, baiao and samba, with foreign influences like jazz, rock, pop, soul and funk.

                                                          Recorded in 1971 with his brother, lyricist Paulo Sergio, "Garra" is the duo’s most overtly political statement. Highlights include "Wanda Vidal", which is widely regarded as a classic, and which became increasingly popular years after its release, particularly in the UK, Japan and Europe.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd LP Info: Deluxe limited edition 180-gram LP with original artwork.

                                                          The original Rio beach boy returns in style, with a new record of unabashedly feel-good Brazilian party music. Featuring Azymuth bassist Alex Malheiros (responsible for some of Brazil’s all-time funkiest low-end licks), a horn section including Valle’s go-to high-trumpeter Jesse Sadoc, and percussion master Armando Marcal, Sempre has all the masterful composition, exceptional musicality, and forward-thinking ideas you’d expect from the Brazilian titan, and it’s fresher than a fruity caipirinha in the Copacabana sunshine.

                                                          Updating Marcos Valle’s seminal boogie-era sound, "Sempre" spans ecstatic disco, cosmic samba, and late-night jazz-funk, drawing obvious comparisons to some of Valle’s late-seventies and early-eighties output. ‘Estrelar’ (1983), for example, an ode to the joy of exercise, has become one of the biggest Brazilian disco hits of all time. But lyrically the new album is more closely reminiscent of Valle’s progressive early seventies’ releases. Heralding love, tolerance and living in the present, while satirising political corruption, the new release recalls a time in which Valle, together with his brother Paulo Sergio, was writing subtly subversive lyrics in order to bypass the censorship imposed by the military dictatorship, which ruled over Brazil between 1964 and 1985.

                                                          The album marries compositional genius with pure pop perfection. From the blistering brass arrangements on up-tempo disco hit ‘Olha Quem ta Chegando’ and the infinitely classy ‘Vou Amanhã Saber’, to the nine-minute synth heavy instrumental funk stepper ‘Odiss ia’, which gradually morphs into an interplanetary samba jam, the songs are tightened and given an extra coat of gloss, by London based producer Daniel Maunick (son of Incognito frontman Bluey). More moments of boogie delight come in the form of ‘Minha Roma’ (a musical nod to the famed ‘Estrelar’), and the sunshine anthem title-track ‘Sempre’. Translating as ‘Ever’, Sempre is a testament to the continual drive for development and reinvention that has defined Marcos Valle’s astounding six-decade career.

                                                          Since the mid-nineties, Marcos Valle has been experiencing a renaissance with London based label Far Out Recordings, where his approach to music has remained, as always; decidedly open to new influences, possibilities and technologies. Sempre is Marcos Valle’s fifth album for the label, following 2010’s critically acclaimed Estatica.

                                                          Canadian musician, Damian Valles has been performing for more than a decade with bands that run the musical gambit from punk, post-hardcore and math rock to electronic and post-rock. Over the last two years he's concentrated more on solo work, creating experimental ambient and drone based soundscapes.

                                                          With several releases already under his belt (a number of limited CD-R's, a cassette, two Netlabel releases, and several compilation appearances), 'Skeleton Taxa', is Valles' seventh release to date. It's also his first "proper" full length CD and his first for the Drifting Falling imprint. Mastered by Taylor Deupree (12K), 'Skeleton Taxa' is a return to sounds first explored on his debut release, Count(r)ies (Under the Spire), but with an even stronger emphasis on instrumentation and song structure as opposed to the drawn out drones and ambient pieces he's explored in his recent work. Most of the tracks fall under five minutes and tend to have clear "parts" and passages, heavily guitar oriented with spatterings of piano, organ, field recordings and a healthy dose of percussive backdrops. The ambience and dronings are still present, but are there to fill out and carry the sound, rather than dominate the piece. Also, a new element is present on this release, the human voice, with samples and recordings of dialogue, manipulated or not, strewn throughout the course of the album. The track, "Bell And Arc", features vocals by Damian's wife, Heidi Hazelton.

                                                          Says Damian, “I feel like it's my most accomplished work to date. The concept behind Skeleton Taxa is as a collection of individual pieces that work better as a whole, a patchwork of sorts. Some of the tracks have been sitting dormant for months to years, some are reworked tracks from a previous life, and some are fresh out of the box; hints of traditional song compositions intertwined with sound collage that, somehow, seem to fit together to create a cohesive ‘entity’ or ‘body’.”

                                                          Matteo Vallicelli

                                                          Primo

                                                            Matteo Vallicelli is an Italian drummer and composer, best known as the live drummer of The Soft Moon and Death Index and as a founding member of many renowned Italian punk bands. This winter he debuts his first solo project, ‘Primo’, on Captured Tracks.

                                                            In 2013, Vallicelli relocated from the ancient neighbourhood of Trastevere in Rome to the ever-changing Kreuzberg district in Berlin. This dramatic uprooting acted as a catalyst, inspiring him to try and make music on his own. Heavily inspired by the pulsating techno scene of the German capital, Vallicelli began experimenting with synthesizers and drum machines. Recording sounds onto his computer and cassette tapes led him to create a massive collection of loops and samples, sometimes in protracted home sessions where he wouldn’t leave his apartment for days.

                                                            For Vallicelli, the transition from playing drums in punk bands to sitting alone in his home studio, working on minimalistic electronic compositions, has dramatically shifted his music career. “Being in charge of everything can be disorienting. Having no other band members to work or fight with… I would end up with hours of music that I would endlessly edit on my computer. It took me years to learn how to limit myself, to finish up a project and move on to something else. But, as soon as I mastered that, I was able to assemble my first album quickly.”

                                                            Songs like ‘Michelangelo’ and ‘Frammenti’ were born as techno tracks but, through subtraction, became something different and more representative of the introspective state in which they were created. These two tracks opened up a path for the rest of the music on the Primo, in which most of the songs have no traces of drums or percussive elements, marking a new, liberating way for Vallicelli to make music. The result of three years of experimentation, Primo is ultimately an exercise in self-limitation and discovery.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                            Vampire Weekend

                                                            Contra

                                                              Some bands stay in a holding pattern their whole careers. Others jerk the steering wheel hard and fly off the road. On their second album, Vampire Weekend do neither. Or maybe they do both. “I think we sound more like Vampire Weekend than we did on the first record,” says drummer Christopher Tomson.

                                                              "Contra" pulls off a series of impressive feats: It’s bustling with fresh ideas and yet it sounds immediately familiar; it’s heavily layered but taut and kinetic; it chews ravenously through sound palettes and rhythms, and yet it’s nimble and assured; it’s still breezy, and yet it smolders with a newfound emotional heft. “It’s sadder than the first one, a bit more sentimental,” says singer Ezra Koenig. The songs are catchy, fast, twinkling, clattering – the darker themes of loss, doubt and regret accumulate almost imperceptibly, but they land a powerful blow.


                                                              Vampire weekend return for their newest full-length since 2013's 'Modern Vampires Of The City', this time choosing to go further down the Americana route hinted at on their first LP. We kick things off with the acoustic-heavy duo of 'Hold You Now' and 'Harmony Hall', the former stripping back everything to vox and guitar, accentuated with airy vocal samples and lo-fi hissing only to bring in a choral accompaniment, knocking things into grand orchestral territory. The latter of the two flits between melodic piano and insistent percussion, all accentuated with perfectly phased vocals and flickering acoustic guitar. The technique of stripping things back only to bring it all back in is not a new idea, but the way it's handled here is beautifully done, with filter fades and instrumental shifts clearly highlighting the differing sections without resorting to the usual verse-chorus tropes. 

                                                              Move things along a little and we get a bit of synthpop atmospherics ('Unbelievably White'), plaintive jazzy progressions ('My Mistake') and funky angular soul ('Sunflower'), whilst still retaining the underlying sound that makes Vampire Weekend unique. At the heart of things, we still have the same playful progressions and flickering momentum of their earlier work (along with that unmistakeable vocal style and harmonic accompaniment), but brought up to date with a more mature outlook and delicate balance between beautiful harmony and patchwork construction of sound. Brilliantly inventive and warmingly original, this is Vampire Weekend but brought into the present. 

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Vampire Weekend have always stood out from the crowd with their own particular brand of dreamy melodic indie, characterised by rapid changes in direction and richly textured instrumental passages. What we have here is a classic distillation of their sound, spread across a hefty 18 tracks. It was well worth the wait.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xColoured LP Info: Orange double vinyl.

                                                              Vampire Weekend

                                                              Modern Vampires Of The City

                                                              Vampire Weekend’s third album is ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, released on XL Recordings.

                                                              When asked in interviews about the new record, the band have been guarded in describing it, but have stated the album is darker and warmer, saying in Triple J Magazine that “this is our most American album” and citing New York City at night as inspiration for the new sound. The band told interviewer Zan Roew that they focused on “good songwriting”, saying “we wanted the songs to just be amazing”, working towards a sound in which “something that sounds traditional and maybe something that seems modern come together and it feels natural.”

                                                              The cover art is a 1966 photograph by Neal Boenzi of the smoggiest day in New York City history, on which the air pollution killed at least 169 people.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

                                                              Dealing in genres the band have dubbed 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' and 'Upper West Side Soweto', Vampire Weekend is a breath of fresh air, both musically and lyrically, with this New York band endeavouring to make music that is anything but straight ahead rock. This is indie-rock that isn't indie-rock, a joyously exuberant carnival of melody and rhythm. Strings. Organs. Afro-funk guitars. Courtly 18th century harpsichord. A bit of post-punk (maybe Franz Ferdinand crossed with the Bhundu Boys?). Lyrics about grammar and architecture and preferred bus routes and the British Imperial origins of American preppie fashion. With fleet-footed pizzazz Vampire Weekend deploy all these to craft a tinglingly refreshing sound. Anyone for brainy party music?

                                                              Vanessa Van Basten

                                                              Closer To The Small / Dark / Door

                                                                Italy's Vanessa Van Basten reside among a rare breed of bands (loosely categorized as 'post-rock') that truly create instead of simply copy. At times lush and layered, at others minimal and haunting, "Closer To The Small/Dark/Door"'s breadth is the result of years in the underground. Although quite heavy, the album employs far more atmosphere and ambiance than its contemporaries.

                                                                Acoustic / classical instrument tracks conjure visions of Mogwai conducted by Ennio Morricone, while programming-centric tracks imagine Swans personnel falling hard for a Mediterranean girl who listens to a lot of Godflesh and Jesu. Nothing fits snugly into place, though - Vanessa Van Basten pushes genre boundaries in more than one direction. Thankfully, these veterans know the importance of 'too much' vs 'not enough'.

                                                                "Closer To The Small/Dark/Door" is a truly unique 50 minutes of rock music.

                                                                Nathan Van Cleave

                                                                Robinson Crusoe On Mars - OST

                                                                  Mondo is pleased to present the soundtrack to the science fiction cult classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), for the first time ever on vinyl. Over 50 years before Matt Damon was labelled 'The Martian,' there was the story of lone astronaut Christopher "Kit" Draper and his struggle to survive on the red planet after being marooned by his ship's near miss with a meteor. For a significant portion of the film - as Kit explores the terrain with no other life to communicate with (except for his monkey, Mona) - Nathan Van Cleave's music takes centre stage. Van Cleave's themes are simultaneously foreboding and triumphant. Only a few short years before Planet of the Apes took science fiction to its inevitable dystopian ends, the soundtrack to Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a pure patriotic time capsule; the sounds of a retro-future when science fiction films were still produced with true optimistic sincerity.

                                                                  Featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids, and pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl.

                                                                  So far so far out for Stroom, who continue their journey through the lesser thumbed pages of the Belgian underground with this sublime retrospective of art-house hero and ambient music weirdo Jan Van Den Broeke. Famed for his wavy, sample heavy synth compositions as Absent Music, The Misz and June 11, Van Den Broeke made an appearance on Alain Neffe's Insane Music imprint, with the lo-fi tropicalia of "The Desert" (included here folks). Falling somewhere between Spike, Marc Barreca, Eno's poppier moments and the bedsit anxiety of a Flying Nun band, the music collected on "11000 Dreams" beguiles, intrigues and transfixes us with its introverted magic. Working with a minimalist set up of drum machines, guitar, synth and spoken vocal, Van Den Broeke pursues his own unique musical path to create a sound which falls into a flawless musical no man's land - Absent Music indeed! So, if you dig on Balearic, minimal wave or ambient sounds, you NEED this in your life.

                                                                  Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                  Do Not Disturb

                                                                    Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of the excellent new album by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator.

                                                                    “Do Not Disturb” is the band’s 13th studio album and was recorded in the closing months of 2015 and the Spring of 2016.

                                                                    A true group effort, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans continue to follow in the tradition of Van Der Graaf Generator by delivering an album that is both powerful and possesses and emotive beauty.

                                                                    “Do Not Disturb” is another highlight of the band’s career, during which their music has been influential on successive generations of musicians.

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    Godbluff

                                                                    1975s "Godbluff" saw a change of direction for Van Der Graaf Generator as they expanded on the darker introspective sound that Hammill had been developing in his solo work.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    CD Info: This expanded, remastered edition incldes two previously unreleased bonus tracks: "Forsaken Gardens" and "A Louse Is Not A Home".

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    H To He Who Am The Only One

                                                                    Remastered edition of this 1970 album, which with it's strong jazz influence and inclusion of Robert Fripp's superb guitar work is a prog classic. Includes bonus tracks: "Squid 1 / Squid 2 / Octopus" and "The Emperor In His War Room (First Version)".

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    Pawn Hearts

                                                                    Universally acclaimed as their finest work, this newly remastered version of their fourth album (originally released in 1971) includes bonus tracks: "Theme One (Original Mix)", "W (First Version)", "Angle Of Incidents", "Ponker's Theme" and "Diminutions".

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    Still Life

                                                                    Originally released in 1976, "Still Life" saw Peter Hammill attempting to incorporate a more introspective mood into their sound.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    CD Info: Remastered and expanded, it includes the bonus track "Gog" recorded live at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor in 1975.

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    Vital

                                                                    This is a live album from 1978 and whilst not an original album as such, it did contain some new material. "Ship of Fools", "Urban", "Door" and "Sci-Finance" were all new tracks at the time.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xCD Info: Digitally remastered expanded edition includes "Sci-Finance" and "Nadir's Big Chance" both only available on CD on Japanese import until now.

                                                                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                                                                    World Record

                                                                    An epic album with three classics, "When She Comes", "Masks" and "Place To Survive".

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    CD Info: Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, their John Peel Session versions of "When She Comes" and "Masks" recorded in November 1976.

                                                                    Van Der Graaf

                                                                    The Quiet Zone - The Pleasure Dome

                                                                    By 1977 Van Der Graaf were Peter Hammill, Graham Smith on violin, Nic Potter on bass and Guy Evans on drums. The music had a more direct, rockier sound and has stood the test of time unlike many of their contemporaries. This is Hammill at his best, focused, intense and powerful but still with moments of aching beauty. Guy Evans drumming is a tour de force as are the wonderfully heavy Potter bass lines - an obvious influence on Jah Wobble. This proved to be their studio swansong but it's a fitting legacy for a band who put the songwriting first and refused to bow to commercial constraints.

                                                                    Sharon Van Etten

                                                                    Remind Me Tomorrow

                                                                      Remind Me Tomorrow comes over four years after the release of Are We There, a top 10 critically praised album of 2014, and reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present. Throughout, Van Etten veers towards the driving, dark glimmer moods that have illuminated the edges of her music and pursues them full force.

                                                                      Written while pregnant, going to school for psychology, after taking The OA audition, Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time: in scraps of hours wedged between myriad endeavors — Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, and brought her music onstage in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks. Off-screen, she wrote her first score for Katherine Dieckmann’s movie Strange Weather and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s show, Tig.

                                                                      The songs on Remind Me Tomorrow have been transported from Van Etten’s original demos through producer John Congleton’s arrangement. He helped flip the signature Van Etten ratio, making the album more energetic-upbeat than minimal-meditative. The songs are as resonating as ever, the themes are still an honest and subtle approach to love and longing, but Congleton has plucked out new idiosyncrasies from Van Etten’s sound. Joined by Van Etten’s longtime collaborator and bandmate Heather Woods Broderick, plus Jamie Stewart, Zachary Dawes, Brian Reitzell, Lars Horntveth, McKenzie Smith, Joey Waronker, Luke Reynolds, and Stella Mozgawa, Remind Me Tomorrow was recorded at studios throughout Los Angeles.

                                                                      For Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten put down the guitar. When she was writing the score for Strange Weather her reference was Ry Cooder, so she was playing her guitar constantly and getting either bored or writer's block. At the time, she was sharing a studio space with someone who had a synthesizer and an organ, and she wrote on piano at home, so she naturally gravitated to keys when not working on the score - to clear her mind. Lead single “Comeback Kid” was originally a piano ballad, but driven by Van Etten’s assertion that she “didn’t want it to be pretty,” it evolved into a menacing anthem. Remind Me Tomorrow as a whole shows this magnetism towards new instruments: piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. There are dark intense synths, a propulsive organ, a distorted harmonium.

                                                                      The breadth of Van Etten’s passions (musical, emotional, otherwise), of new careers and projects and lifelong roles, have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective. This is the tension that arches over the album, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new love.


                                                                      For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough ‘Tramp’, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is ‘Are We There’, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.

                                                                      For this album, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on ‘Boardwalk Empire’, they gently moved into new roles, rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman’s studio in New Jersey. Lerman’s studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make ‘Are We There’ the way she imagined. Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam Granduciel from The War On Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C Morris and Mickey Freeze.

                                                                      It is clear from the opening chords in the first song ‘Afraid Of Nothing’ that we are witnessing a new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten’s songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary, waiting, of silence.

                                                                      “Her voice is breathtaking throughout the record, altering to inhabit every emotional extreme.” - Uncut (9/10), “She seems to set her voice no boundaries” - Mojo (4 stars), “Van Etten goes several layers deeper, and faster, than most songwriters. ‘Are We There’ is the kind of album that many people have been trying to make for years and only a dozen or so have pulled off; words, voice and heartbreak.” - The New Yorker.

                                                                      The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten's Jagjaguwar debut album, 'Tramp', both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten was without a home - crashing with friends and storing her possessions between varied locations. The only constant in Van Etten's life during this time was spent in Aaron Dessner's garage studio.

                                                                      A two year journey brought her to that point of instability. Upon the release of epic (Ba Da Bing; 2010), Sharon Van Etten surprised the music world with a touching embrace. Having established herself as a reliable performer around New York, and coming off the release of her spartan first effort, 'Because I Was In Love' (Language of Stone; 2009), Van Etten created a short album of diverse songs connected by a shared goal of expanded sound and her unmistakable voice. Fans quickly picked favorites, discovered their choices changing, then changing yet again. That is the magic of epic; the intricate, understated record covered so much ground within its 33 minutes, it required more than an initial half hour to absorb. Since epic's release, she has opened the Pitchfork Music Festival, played The Hollywood Bowl with Neko Case and at Radio City Music Hall with The Antlers, sung on new records for Beirut and Ed Askew, and collaborated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Megafaun on the Songs Of The South project.

                                                                      Dessner, a member of The National, heard Van Etten early on, and in collaboration with Justin Vernon, performed a cover of "Love More" at the 2010 MusicNow Festival in Cincinnati. Van Etten heard about this and contacted him. Almost immediately they formed plans to work together, with Dessner offering both a location for Van Etten to record new songs, as well as the opinions of a wise producer.

                                                                      Now, one year later, Van Etten unveils Tramp, an album showcasing an artist in full control of her powers. Tramp contains as much striking rock (the precise venom of "Serpents," the overwhelming power of "Ask"), as pious, minimal beauty (the earnest solemnity of "All I Can," the breathtaking "Kevins," "Joke or a Lie"); it can be as emotionally combative ("Give Out") as it can sultry ("Magic Chords"). Contributions from Matt Barrick (Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.

                                                                      Van Etten has travelled far, and if her displacement took an emotional toll, she offset those setbacks with a powerfully articulated vision. And so, once again, each listener will discover their own moments along the way, and the debates as to the best song start anew.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Laura says: This is Sharon Van Etten’s third album, but even if you’ve missed out on her previous two, you really can’t afford to let this one pass you by. With The National’s Aaron Dessner at the controls, and an impressive cast of contributors, including Julianna Barwick , Zach Condon (Beirut), Bryce Dessner (The National), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) she has created an absolutely stunning album. Dressner’s production creates the perfect space within her songs for her vocals to really shine, whether they’re stark acoustic tracks ("Give Out", "We Are Fine") or powerful atmospheric rockers ("Serpents", "All I Can") or ones that fall somewhere between the two ("Leonard") the range of her voice covers everything from fragile and fractured, to strong and defiant, somewhere between Cat Power and PJ Harvey. Add to that, superb emotive songwriting and you have all the ingredients for a truly wonderful album.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                      Master funk musician Nick Van Gelder, legendary drummer and architect of the original Jamiroquai sound returns to planet earth with his brand new band. Featuring the amazing vocal talents of Mazen (formerly Akwaaba People) and London's finest stella horns – Jim Hunt, Dom Glover, and Nichol Thomson (Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Omar). "Choose Music" is a collection of tight, infectious, soulful, jazzy house grooves. No gimmicks, just real live dance music.

                                                                      “Don’t Look Back”, repeats one of several voices within Mark van Hoen’s The Revenant Diary, his fifth solo album and first release on Editions Mego. Surrounded by weighted beats, analogue synthesizer drones and granular dirt, the unidentified, siren-like female voice’s advice is as much seduction as warning. Tellingly so, for as well as being both Van Hoen’s most ambitious and his most accessible work, The Revenant Diary is an eloquent meditation on the allures and dangers of memory, regret and nostalgia.

                                                                      The album's foundation was shaped by a memory and a chance encounter. While remastering some of his early 90s releases and Peel Session tracks, Van Hoen - a founding member of Seefeel, who also worked as Locust and in Seefeel offshoot Scala and has collaborated with Slowdive, Robert Fripp, Edison Woods & Esben and the Witch amongst others - happened upon a track he had recorded in 1982. Attracted by its simplicity, he was inspired to record the basis of "The Revenant Diary" on 4-track tape, using a minimal set-up, reminiscent of his first early 80s musical adventures as a young teenager. The recollection of one of these - a 13 year old Van Hoen's experiment in reel-to-reel tape recording of an ineffectual pop song playing on the radio, which spuriously transformed it into a spooky amalgam of backwards church organ and unintelligible voices - provided an evocative inspiration.

                                                                      "The Revenant Diary" pivots on this combination of complex reflection and simplified technology. A determinedly analogue affair, it brims over with Van Hoen’s signature sounds: immersively decayed drones, almost broken ambient surfaces and lulling rhythms, with granular crackle providing spectral grit. Fragments of female vocals pepper the album, and notably dominate the 10-minute epic “Holy Me”, one of Van Hoen’s most complex compositions, in which non-verbal sounds rub delicately against each other in an otherworldly choral composition.




                                                                      The Van Pelt

                                                                      Tramonto

                                                                        Following the release of their third album Imaginary Third in 2014, The Van Pelt announce the release of new live album Tramonto, recorded during their most recent European tour.

                                                                        While only active for a matter of years, The Van Pelt have grown into something of a cult favourite since they original disbanded in 1997. And rightly so – even in that short period of time their music evolved considerably from the charged, proletysing punk of their debut album Stealing From Our Favourite Thieves to the quiet, creeping, minimal music of sophomore release Sultans of Sentiment.

                                                                        While the band called it quits at the peak of their success, with members going on to play in other acts including Jets to Brazil, Enon and The Lapse, to name just a few, The Van Pelt only continued to grow in popularity in underground circles. Initially conceived as a balanced culmination of the styles they’d experimented with on those first two albums, Imaginary Third finally saw the light of day in 2014 instead as a collection previously unreleased material alongside tracks from early singles and 7”s. Spurring the band to reform to play Jabberwocky Festival in London, with more European dates plotted around it, both the release and tour gave the band an opportunity to reflect on the music they’d written almost 20 years prior. On revisiting those songs and playing them live again.

                                                                        Recorded on the first date of said tour – a private gig for friends in a garden in the rural area of Ferrara, Italy, Tramonto came about not as a grandiose, self-congratulatory effort, nor a between-albums stop-gap, as is the case with so many live albums. Instead, this was as an opportune moment to capture and document a new chapter in the band’s history – those original songs filtered through an older, wiser Van Pelt. As Chris Leo explains, ‘we think we sound better now than we ever did and we wanted to document that if for no one else's ears but ourselves.’ Far from being a release that’s purely for prosperity, Tromonto (and indeed the tour that spawned it) has actually propelled the band into a new period of activity, with more material and touring planned for the future. 

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        2xLP Info: Gatefold 2LP with download code. Released worldwide jointly via Gringo Records (UK) and Flying Kid Records (Italy).

                                                                        Van She are back! And indeed back with a bang as they invite you to enjoy their sophomore record, their 'Idea Of Happiness' out now on Modular Recordings.

                                                                        So uplifting it’s practically levitational, 'Idea Of Happiness' is Van She’s most focused, joyous musical excursion to date. An album stirred by sunbaked travels and fleeting truths, and shaken with the sands of time, 'Idea Of Happiness' was recorded, engineered and produced by the band themselves in Kings Cross, Sydney.

                                                                        Their self-sufficient approach to the record allowed them the time and space to not only fine tune to the nth degree each cymbal splash and crashing wave sample, but also left them free to give ideas the time and space to hang loose. They may have walked a slow, deliberate path to realising album #2 but the result is all the better for it.

                                                                        The record was mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer, the perfect man for the job with a resume that includes work with Beck, Air, Phoenix and M83.


                                                                        Robin Van Velzen (Bambi Davidson)

                                                                        Robin Van Velzen

                                                                        After thoroughly pleasing our ears with a little woodland Balearic and motorik folk as part of Bambi Davidson, German musician Robin Van Velzen arrives on 9pm with a gorgeous solo debut. Stripped back and strung out, the self titled set boasts eight cryptic guitar ballads, as in debt to the gloomy poetry of Leonard Cohen as the sultry dub production of Lee Scratch Perry. Atmospheric, evocative and intimate, this moonlight music comes from a true bedroom troubadour.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Andy says: Beautiful, reflective, late night vibes permeate this gorgeous record from the Bambi Davidson guitarist and singer. The perfect blend of mood and melody.

                                                                        Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

                                                                        An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil

                                                                          Experimental lute player Jozef Van Wissem and acclaimed film director and musician Jim Jarmusch have a working relationship that dates back to 2006, when they ran into each other on the street in New York City and quickly struck up a friendship. Van Wissem contributed to the soundtrack for Jarmusch’s 2013 movie Only Lovers Left Alive, and the two have collaborated on three previous studio albums — Apokatastasis, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity, and The Mystery of Heaven. An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil is their second release as a duo for Sacred Bones Records, following The Mystery of Heaven, and its narrative picks up where that album left off.

                                                                          Like The Mystery of Heaven, An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil delves into the theology of William Blake and Emanuel Swedenborg, this time also exploring the work of Russian occultist and philosopher Helena Blavatsky. The album is mostly instrumental, so the dialogue between the esoteric thinkers who inspired it and Van Wissem and Jarmusch is expressed primarily in the song titles — fittingly arcane phrases like “Concerning the White Horse,” “The Two Paths,” “When the Sun Rises Do You Not See A Round Disc of Fire.”

                                                                          Musically, the album finds much of its power in minimalism. Van Wissem’s lute traces the outlines of subdued electronics and ominous guitar drones laid down by Jarmusch. It’s a subtle album, and repeat listens reveal vast depths in its dark corners. Above all, it’s an album that sees two formidable collaborators complement each other brilliantly.

                                                                          “An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil is another adventure with Jozef into the realm of vibrating strings and the dreamlike musical textures of darkness and light,” Jarmusch said of the album. “It was a real pleasure to collaborate with Jozef once again.”


                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Brown marble vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

                                                                          Jozef Van Wissem

                                                                          Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back

                                                                            After the release of 2016's 'When Shall This Bright Day Begin', Jozef Van Wissem returns to Consouling Sounds for the follow-up album 'Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back'. The album is inspired by a Vanitas painting by the Belgian artist Cindy Wright, which is also the cover of the album. This inspiration is beautifully reflected in the music of the album: Jozef Van Wissem's lute arrangements sound fragile, his sparse vocals delicate, as if the vanity, the temporality and senselessness of everything has been rendered audible. 

                                                                            Townes Van Zandt

                                                                            Townes Van Zandt

                                                                              Townes Van Zandt has written some of the biggest selling Country songs and has been covered by Plant & Krauss, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Lucinda Williams, amongst others. This is one of seven reissues.

                                                                              Townes Van Zandt

                                                                              Sky Blue

                                                                                Sky Blue, a collection of unreleased songs by one of the most celebrated songwriters of the twentieth century, is a time capsule that Townes Van Zandt created forty-six years ago, and we’re only now just unearthing and opening it to find the treasures inside. Scheduled for release by TVZ Records and Fat Possum Records on March 7, 2019—which would have been his 75th birthday—this album shows the artist working out some of his most iconic songs in an intimate, comfortable setting with one of his lifelong confidantes. - Unreleased acoustic recordings from 46 years ago - Two new songs never before heard - Being released on Townes Van Zandt's 75th birthday - Available in a gatefold vinyl - Liner notes from John Lomax III, Townes Van Zandt's former manager.

                                                                                Townes Van Zandt

                                                                                The Best Of Townes Van Zandt

                                                                                  A compilation of the best songs released from Townes Van Zandt over his career.

                                                                                  First ever official reissue of Vance & Suzzanne's "I Can't Get Along Without You", presented here by Kalita. A true holy grail which adorns the shelves of many a proud disco collector, it regularly fetches triple figures 2nd hand. Kalita have not only re-pressed the vinyl on ultra slick 12" with both vocal and instrumental versions, they've included never-before-seen press photos and interview-based linear notes.

                                                                                  Originally privately released in 1980 on Vanton Records, this is the first time that both the record and the label’s story has been told. The product of two members of Crown Heights Affair (Richard Vance Turner and Eleton Johns), the label was established as a way to protect both their musical freedom and copyright that they would have lost had they signed to a major label. With Vanton, they sought to create a sound that combined Eleton’s love for Philadelphia with Richard’s love for New York-based productions.

                                                                                  Vance & Suzzanne consisted of Richard and his childhood friend and fellow band member Suzzanne Slaughter, who was a background singer for many bands in New York including Sister Sledge. The result of a late night writing session between Richard and Eleton and recorded to tape the following day, the record was finished in just twenty-four hours. Yet it’s legacy lives on as one of the most sought-after disco singles in existence.

                                                                                  Two thousand copies of "I Can’t Get Along Without You" were originally pressed to test the market, with the initial plan being to re-record it again at a later date with additional strings. However, the record received such great acclaim by DJs such as Larry Levan that the idea of a re-recording was put on ice. Sadly, due to academic and familial commitments of both Richard and Eleton, only one other single was ever released on Vanton Records in 1985. This elusive little beauty should be right at the top of your disco purchases this week!


                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Sil says: A gentle and soothing soulful number oozing love and passion. Hot stuff.

                                                                                  Discos Nutabe’s third reference comes by Vandel, the label’s A&R man, so this better be good! Lucky it is, as "Inundación" (which means 'Flood') displays the producer in fine form - featuring delicate but overwhelming electronic goodness from start to finish. Vandel is a talented musician from the city of Medellín where he has worked for over 10 years in electronic music. Influenced by Masters At Work up to more vanguard sounds, "Dulce Martirio" kicks us off with serene piano lines, infectious, grooving percussion, emotive pads and a real, palpable sense of deepness which few producers rarely get to. "Dos Etapas" is up next, with rattling but subdued percussion, deep bass throbs and more atmosphere pad sounds. Finally, "La Realidad Es Utopica" translated as 'reality is utopia' (optimistic title Vandel! - ed) completes the set with a wonderful slice of deep house beauty. Tuned toms, excellently programmed drum machines and those trademark, enveloping pad sounds all present and correct as Vandel finishes off the EP in fine style. Recommended for deep house lovers the world over. Also check the reissue of Dijon Triathlon's EP on the same label, in this week and another killer, under-the-radar gem. 

                                                                                  Vanderschrick

                                                                                  Onzeker

                                                                                  Brewed up in the bedroom of Stroom intern Victor De Roo and roommate Felix Poffé, Vanderschrick trade in mournful synthwave, flavoured by a post punk attitude and swathed in the haze of 4AD. On the A-side "Ochtendgrijis" builds from a metronomic drum grid to a gothic synthpop spectacular, as if the IDIB printer ran out of colour ink and the all night diner shut down. "Ongehoord" has more of a post punk feel but retains the cinematic overtones of the A-side. 

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Patrick says: Stroom drop a very limited 7" here featuring the musical creation of their intern Victor De Roo and his housemate. Synthwave solemnity somewhere between a grieving Italians Do It Better and 4AD - sounds good right?

                                                                                  Chad VanGaalen

                                                                                  I Want You Back

                                                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                    This Record Store Day exclusive features four new tracks from Calgary artist Chad VanGaalen's vault of unheard music.

                                                                                    None of these tracks appear on Chad's upcoming Sub Pop album, ‘Shrink Dust’ (out in April on Sub Pop).

                                                                                    Cover art by Chad himself.

                                                                                    Limited to 250 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                                    Chad VanGaalen

                                                                                    Light Information

                                                                                      Nobody cared about their old heads, because the new ones work just fine now, don't they?.... they have the same size mouth and eyes.

                                                                                      The song “Old Heads” is a sci-fi space anthem to technology that constantly replaces itself, proving both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s also a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable. 

                                                                                      For an album that’s about “not feeling comfortable with really anything,” as VanGaalen says, Light Information is nonetheless a vivid, welcoming journey through future worlds and relentless memories. The rich soundscapes and sometimes jarring imagery could only come from the mind of a creative polymath--an accomplished visual artist, animator, director, and producer, VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, and The Head and the Heart, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others.

                                                                                      While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom--and anxiety--gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that's happening through the internet,” he says. Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation--but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.

                                                                                      The product of six years’ work, going back even before 2014’s Shrink Dust, Light Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on Light Information (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art.

                                                                                      Vanilla Pod

                                                                                      Dead End Town

                                                                                      First single taken from third full album from highly acclaimed four piece, Norfolk based melodic punk outfit. The single features two exclusive tracks not featured on the album.

                                                                                      Vanilla Pod

                                                                                      Third Time Lucky

                                                                                      Third full album from highly acclaimed four piec, Norfolk based melodic punk outfit. "Third Time Lucky" has received superb reviews from Kerrang / Rock Sound / Metal Hammer / Big Cheese / Fracture & Maximum Rock N'Roll.

                                                                                      Vanishing Twin

                                                                                      The Age Of Immunology - Bonus Disc Edition

                                                                                        FOR A LIMITED PERIOD, ALL FORMATS COME WITH A FREE "OUTER LIMITS" CD, A FIRE RECORDS COMPILATION SAMPLER.

                                                                                        'Vanishing Twin is songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, synth/guitar player Phil MFU and visual artist/film maker Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion; and on this album they have made their first artistic statement for the ages. Some of its great power comes from liberation. The album was produced by Lucas in a number of non-standard, non-studio settings. ‘KRK (At Home In Strange Places)’ summons up the spirit of Sun Ra’s Lanquidity and Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio was simply recorded on an iPhone during a live set which crackled with psychic connectivity on the Croatian island of Krk. The magical Morricone-esque lounge of ‘You Are Not an Island’, the blissed-out Jean-Claude Vannier style arrangement of ‘Invisible World’ and burbling sci fi funk ode to a 1972 cult French animation, ‘Planète Sauvage’, were all recorded in nighttime sessions in an abandoned mill in Sudbury.

                                                                                        The only two outsiders to work on the recording were ‘6th member’ and engineer Syd Kemp and trusted friend Malcolm Catto, band leader of the spiritual jazz/future funk outfit The Heliocentrics, who mixed seven of the tracks (with Lucas taking care of the other three). Vanishing Twin formed in 2015 - their first LP, Choose Your Own Adventure, which came out on Soundway in 2016; followed by the darker, more abstract, mostly instrumental Dream By Numbers EP in 2017. The band explored their more experimental tendencies on the Magic And Machines tape released by Blank Editions in 2018, an improvised session recorded in the dead of night, offering a glimpse into their practice of deep listening, near band telepathy, and ritually improvised sound making. These sessions formed the basis of The Age Of Immunology.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Vanishing twin skilfully craft a beautifully hazy, soaring psychedelia, redolent of tipsy summer barbecues, flickering raindrops and early-evening midge bites, dulled with dips in the water and semi-chilled beer. Beautifully soaring, woozy bliss.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        Picture Disc Info: Limited edition indies-only Cream and Black swirl PICTURE DISC

                                                                                        This week sees gruesomely named London ensemble Vanishing Twin release their debut album "Choose Your Own Adventure" via Soundway Records. The band enlisted the help of producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, DJ Shadow, The Gaslamp Killer) and began work at his London studio, Quatermass Sound Lab, last spring. Recording the basis for eight tracks, they blended structure and improvisation in pop songs that describe a personal mythology through the adventures of Lucas' vanished twin. Formed in 2015, Vanishing Twin came together to make an exploratory record that marries oblique English pop with a palette of arkestral sounds. Having previously released a string of conceptual cassettes under the name Orlando, founder Cathy Lucas (Innerspace Orchestra) named the group after her vanishing twin, an identical sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells. Drawing on sounds outside of the usual pop vocabulary, the group used forgotten drum machines, home-made electronics, vibraphones, tablas, and harp to invoke the esoteric psychedelia of lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and minimal music orchestras. In a studio that Catto built for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere, and crammed with obscure vintage equipment, he brought his own distinctive sonics to the table, informed by outsider jazz, Italian library music and ethnographic field recordings. Vanishing Twin is made up of singer Cathy Lucas (Fanfarlo, The Oscillation) drummer Valentina Magaletti (Raime, Tomaga, Uuuu, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (Zongamin, Floating Points), library music head Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus, Broadcast) on strange sounds, and film maker and visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion. 

                                                                                        Tombed visions newest beautifully crafted outing comes in the form of 'Vanishing', featuring Paddy Shine of Gnod fame and a host of talented and likeminded drone soldiers. 'Brighton' presents a softly spoken northern monologue draped liberally over a dark backdrop of chamber classical strings, gothic organ swells and earth-shaking percussion. Presented like dark ambient, but showing the grace of classical music and the melodic intonations of soaring post-rock buried under a shroud of gloom. As we move into 'Night Vision', the pensive vocal flourishes turn quickly into beastlike distorted whispering, while the percussion steps up a notch into syncopated distorted mayhem, gating airy swells and cavernous basses into an amalgamation of industrial and electronic influence. 

                                                                                        Moving further along and 'The Forger' is once again led by a bleak spoken monologue, but the backing has progressed into an echoic chamber of lengthy plate verbs applied to squeaks of noise and what sounds like train sounds, all underpinned by a heartfelt but shadowy piano refrain. 'Bronze Misnomer' threatens to break into full electronic meltown at any point, with droning feedback and Paddy's free-jazz sax noodlings providing relief to the stark electronic backbone. 

                                                                                        It really is brilliant this one, it takes time to devlop and it demands your attention, turning from a noisy drone into a nuanced and impeccable ambient masterstroke with repeated listens. Bleak, bold and stunningly beautiful. 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Gloomy dystopian futurism and industrial rhythms, juxtaposed with striking classical instrumentation and beautifully visceral spoken word segments. It's drone for the uninitiated, classical for people who love a story. Brilliantly immersive and hypnotic, a winner.

                                                                                        The Vanity Set / Sally Norvell

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                                                                                        The Vanity Set are a side project of Bad Seed's men James Sclavunos and Thomas Wydler, along with a collection of guest musicians - Kid Congo Powers, Sally Norvell, Larry Mullins (Iggy Pop), Daria Klotz (God Is My Co-Pilot), Pete Shore (Boss Hog) and Chris Pravdica (The Gunga Din). Sally Norvell is well known for her previous recordings and tours with outfit Congo Norvell featuring legendary ex-Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers and her duets with Mark Eitzel.


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